Sexual Assault

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Started 20 hours ago

Petition to SAG-AFTRA

Rescind Honor for Morgan Freeman after Devastating Sexual Harassment Allegations #MeToo

Morgan Freeman has been accused by upwards of 8 different women of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, and creating an unsafe workplace for scores of women on his movie sets. The allegations include inappropriate touching, sexually explicit language, inappropriate staring at women and their breasts, and even continually trying to lift up a production assistant's skirt. In this #TimesUp moment, where Hollywood especially is being forced to reckon with the way harassers have flourished in the industry, it's time to send a strong message that there is zero tolerance for this kind of behavior. SAG-AFTRA recently awarded Morgan Freeman a Lifetime Achievement Award in January. They're now reconsidering that award and looking at "corrective actions". Those corrective actions should include rescinding this honor, and sending a very clear message that those who commit sexual harassment shouldn't be honored in the entertainment industry. Several women and even more witnesses revealed disturbing allegations about Morgan Freeman's history with women, including: Telling a pregnant journalist that she was "ripe"; Coming over to an employee's desk and standing over her staring at her breasts; Trying to lift a production assistant's skirt and asking her "if she was wearing underwear"; Walking up to interns and massaging them without permission or consent This type of behavior has existed in Hollywood for too long without being checked. That's why SAG-AFTRA can take a bold stand -- especially since they just released a new Code of Conduct to address rampant sexual harassment -- and move to rescind Morgan Freeman's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Campaigns Lab
48 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Editors , Editors

Verso Books & the New Left Review, Stop Supporting Gopal Balakrishnan

As this Buzzfeed article makes clear, Professor Gopal Balakrishnan of the University of California Santa Cruz has a terrible record of abuse of power, with at least two people speaking on the record about sexual assaults, many more speaking to harassment and classroom misogyny, and a string of Title IX complaints dating back to at least 2006. Verso Books and New Left Review, we the undersigned ask that you stop supporting Professor Balakrishnan and remove him from the New Left Review's Editorial Committee. If you do not make this change, we pledge to boycott both Verso and NLR: we cannot, in good conscience, support institutions that stand with abusers, however radical they purport to be. As the "largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world" Verso Books and its parent organization the New Left Review have a responsibility to radicals and agitators worldwide. As publishers of major feminist and Marxist feminist work, you have the opportunity to show leadership and that you can "walk the walk" by withdrawing support from a known serial abuser. Continuing to support Gopal Balakrishnan sends a clear message that you are on the side of the powerful and comfortable, of institutional repression, and of injustice. We ask you to make the right decision, remove Professor Balakrishnan from the New Left Review Committee, no longer publish him at Verso Books, and stop giving him a platform at NLR/Verso events.

Us Too
50 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Netflix

Cancel 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why has caused so much controversy within the past year, and for good reason. This show is violent, triggering and simply uncalled for. Its message gets lost in translation and only brings harm more than it brings awareness. Last March when the initial season of 13 Reasons Why was released, I was anxious to watch it. I enjoy to the book in middle school because I related to it. In middle school I dealt with suicidal thoughts and actions and was looking for an outlet to be a martyr. In the first season, the biggest thing that stood out were the two rape scenes and the graphic depiction of the suicide scene. The entire premise of the show was to release reasons for suicide of the late Hannah Baker. All these reasons did was make at-risk people question their stability. I know that I personally started questioning whether I should live or not. I know that I have seen other people share the same remarks. The depictions of violence in the show were too graphic and uncalled for. In the second season, one of the characters is raped with a broom by a fellow classmate. There are many more examples and all of these examples could be flushed out even more but those of you signing this petition have probably already heard of all of the violence that takes place within this problematic show. I was okay with having the first season because, despite its terrifyingly unsafe mesage, it would be over. It finished nicely. All the second season is for is causing more problems and making more money. It has lost its narrative and its purpose. You can't even claim that this is still about suicide awareness because it isn't anymore. This petition exist to accomplish two things. The first one and the one that needs to happen the most, is to have 13 Reasons Why cancelled. Second and optional goal is to have 13 Reasons Why taken off of Netflix entirely. I hope that we can at least get 13 Reasons Why cancelled. Please sign this petition and send it to your friends and people that you know who would be interested in this. Thank you so much.

Arin M.
48 supporters