Topic

Sexual Harrasment

10 petitions

Started 4 weeks 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
83 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein

A Final Stop to Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces!!!

Dear Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Dianne Feinstein, We want you Senator Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein to author a bill reforming the National Defense Authorization Act and to change the court martialing system from Armed forces personnel to a Random Public Jury. Sexual assault has been a problem forever and this is continued to be a problem in the United States military. 14,900 women in the military have been sexually assaulted in the last year. Also, every 98 seconds someone is sexually assaulted, and every 1-6 women in america have been sexually assaulted. Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than everyone else. The root causes of sexual assault in the military are the "man box", power roles in the workplace, and the objectification of women. Our action plan is going to make the consequences for the perpetrators more severe. It is addressing the objectification of women and unjust consequences. It will be more fair because the people in the community will have more power and say in what happens to the perpetrator. It will be harder to get away with sexual assault and will hopefully make cases and rates of sexual assault in the Armed forces go down. We want to author the bill because, as U.S. senators, you have power to author a bill reforming the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year (2020-2021), introducing a new stricter policy that punishes the sex offenders. We want you to author a bill changing the National Defense Authorization Act by to altering the court martialing system from Armed forces personnel to a Random Public Jury. Thank you, Delilah Mays-Triplett, Andres Kuri, Luke Garrett, and Peter Silveira Our Petition does not want to see the total reform of court martialing, because of the problems it may face for the self-sufficiency during times of War. This petition was created to reform court martialing in cases of sexual assault and sexual assault only.  

Delilah Mays
80 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to University of Rochester, Joel Seligman, Morgan Levy, Gail M. Norris, Ashley Campbell, Paul Burgett, Maggie Cousin, Kim Downs, Jennifer Faler, Greg DeAngelis, T. Florian Jaeger, Peter Lennie

Remove Florian Jaeger and Reevaluate Sexual Harrassment Policy

For years a scandal was tearing apart the University of Rochester Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, but most of the school community was unaware until Mother Jones broke the story on September 8th. U of R students were shocked and disgusted to learn that: Professor Florian Jaeger had been reported for sexual harassment by multiple students and faculty; This harassment included unwanted sexual pictures, threats, stalking, and verbal abuse; The school promoted Jaeger while he was still under investigation, eventually clearing him in a procedure conducted by an investigator who refused to even look at all the evidence offered by Jaeger's victims; The school retaliated against professors who reported the abuse, even denying them legally mandated maternity leave; Richard Aslin, the most prestigious member of the BCS department and a former school dean, resigned in protest. Florian Jaeger remains a professor at the University of Rochester. President Seligman initially resisted calls to launch another investigation of Jaeger's conduct, but relented due to a public outcry including a hunger strike and coverage by the New York Times. Jaeger is temporarily on leave (a voluntary move on his part) pending the results of an external investigation. Unfortunately, this investigation appears to be a sham. Rather than settle with the complainants, the school has chosen to fight Jaeger's victims in court. Although the complainants would like to cooperate with the school's investigation, they cannot do so while engaged in a legal battle. Thus, the University is once again "investigating" Jaeger while excluding the primary witnesses! In addition to signing, you can directly contact the school through email or a phone call.

Zachary Taylor
40,155 supporters