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Petition to Randall L. Stephenson, Charles W. Dahlquist II, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America

Tell the Boy Scouts to End Discrimination Against Young Women

I cannot change my gender to fit the Boy Scouts’ standards, but the Boy Scouts can change their standards to include me. I am determined to be an Eagle Scout. It isn’t just a hobby, it’s access to some of the best leadership training there is. According to the BSA, over half of all astronauts were involved in Scouting and 16.3% of West Point cadets are Eagle Scouts. Of the current Congress, 191 members were involved in Scouting, 18 current U.S. governors participated in Scouting, and many of them are Eagle Scouts. The facts say it all -- high-level Scouting creates opportunity, and with opportunity comes a chance at success in the global community. Unfortunately for me and half the country’s population, we are excluded from most of these amazing opportunities for no reason other than that we are female. That’s why I’m calling on the BSA to end the discriminatory ban against young women and girls, and allow all children to participate in the Boy Scouts and earn the Eagle Rank. In most countries, Scouting is co-ed. International Scouting appreciates that separating children by gender is an artifact from a bygone era. The BSA has opened a few programs to girls and young women, but the Scouts exclude us from joining Scout Troops, and we are not eligible to earn the rank of Eagle Scout -- the most advanced, and most challenging leadership program they have. Boy Scouting teaches young people to be strong leaders. I, and many young women like me, want this chance at the best leadership training for our youth. Women can now hold all combat roles, and have already earned Bronze and Silver Stars, and Purple Hearts in war. Women have leadership roles in government, business, academia and entertainment. Imagine what else would be possible for women with Eagle Scout training.... Under the leadership of former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates, the Boy Scouts recently ended anti-gay policies, allowing all boys and LGBT adults full membership in Scouting.  The Boy Scouts should now end discriminatory policies based on gender, welcoming all children to participate in Scouting, including young women and girls.   I know I could rise through the ranks and become an Eagle Scout alongside the best of the boys -- all I need is the opportunity. Please join us in calling on the Boy Scouts to allow all children to participate in Scouting and earn the Eagle Rank. Please sign our petition and encourage your friends on social media to get involved. We can be reached at  Thank you for your support. Photo credit: Yasmeen Khan at WNYC. 

Sydney and Bryan Ireland
9,629 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Sheryl Sandberg, Mark Zuckerberg

Petition Facebook to integrate age-verification and stop banning women and sex-workers.

For years, Facebook has been a primary means of promotion for small-businesses. However, if you’re a woman who is comfortable with her body or sex-worker, you are very likely to be banned without any means of refuting the reported content, even if it was properly censored. Facebook constantly takes a stand for equality for women, however, only certain women. Sheryl Sandberg, head of operations for Facebook has been a cornerstone of this equality movement, and it is high time Facebook enacts age-verification policies and protections for women who work in the sex industry. Imagine owning a small business where most of your promotion is done via the Facebook network. Now imagine waking up one morning to find that your page is gone and you’re blocked from even posting to your followers what has happened. This is a constant reality for sex workers and women who dare show a bit too much skin. It seems as though Facebook would rather sweep this issue under the rug by banning them and using algorithms (or bots) to hunt pages like this down. What we hope to do with this petition is to: 1. Have Facebook enact age verification services for content that may not be appropriate for people under 18 years of age (they already have this for violent or gory videos) they simply need to allow pages to require age verification to view.  2. Change the ‘Ban First’ policy where anyone who dislikes your content can get it taken down due to lack of oversight on if the reported content is actually violating Facebook’s Community Standards. 

Brian Baka
34 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Minnesota Governor, Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota State Senate, Mark Dayton, Tina Smith Minnesota Assistant Governor, Elizabeth Warren, Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum

Protect Baby Shoshana

I am a mother of two, a registered public health nurse and a survivor of domestic violence. I am now battling my abuser in family court against biased officials who have ignored and dismissed police reports, my sworn statements, the sworn statements of witnesses, evidence that this man has abused me both during my pregnancy with our daughter and prior to that including threatening texts, emails, and eyewitness statements.  I have a restraining order against the father of my child, which I was forced to obtain during my pregnancy due to the father's stalking, harassment, threats, and verbal, emotional and physical abuse. The abuser has traumatized me, traumatized my son by abusing me in front of him, has chemical dependeny issues, has an extensive collection of assault weapons and has abused other children in his care. He has also abused previous partners. He is a proud descendent of a grand imperial wizard of the Georgia KKK hate group. My family is Jewish. During my relationship with him, I was forbidden to practice my religion or even discuss it. During my pregnancy, he attempted to rape me, attempted to convince me to abort the baby and when that failed, attempted to drug me to induce miscarriage.  After leaving the relationship, the abuser threatened to have me involuntarily taken to HCMC psychiatry based on false pretenses and actually filed a false police report in which I had to defend myself against false allegations of "mental instability" in front of my autistic son, in the middle of the night. The abuser has continued to lie, embellish, and create fictitious stories slandering me as a parent, even though I have raised a 9 year old son with autism who is thriving in the care of myself and his biological father, with whom I have a cooperative relationship with.  The father of my daughter sued me for joint custody within weeks of her premature birth. My concerns, the abuse that I suffered, his felony criminal records, his lack of parenting experience, his kidnapping threats have all been discounted by Hennepin County Family Court. He has made many false statements to the court that have been ignored.  Although he has no evidence, he has made many outrageous and unsupported claims about me in order to discredit my testimony. However, he is an accomplished and well practiced and charming liar. Based on his unsupported allegations alone, he has secured unsupervised visitation with this baby.  Like many abusers, this one is continuing his harassment and abuse of the victims through family court. And even though he has clearly demonstrated that he is dangerous, the judge has sided with him. Also common with abusers, is the accusation of "mental instability". I do have mild anxiety and insomnia, but the abuser has exaggerated those mild conditions in order to create a believable backstory of my "mental illness" and to discredit the safety concerns regarding his anger, abuse, and lack of empathy for others.  Shoshana, my daughter, is currently being forced to participate in completely unsupervised parenting time three times a week, with two of those court ordered times requiring her to forgo sleep in order to accommodate the father's visitation. This visitation was ordered based on false allegations that I disputed with lengthy evidence to the judge. However, the judge now appears to be biased against me. My daughter is physically exhausted. She cannot yet speak for herself. Her behavior is becoming erratic and aggressive following visitation. She comes home ravenously hungry and thirsty. But she can't tell me anything about what happened because she's only 13 months old.  I am asking for an investigation into this case by investigators that are familiar with domestic violence.  Thank you. 

Kristina Scott
349 supporters