Petition to Etsy
ETSY! Free Shipping ISN'T FREE. Stop this campaign & support your small businesses.
Etsy, for over ten years you have been the best place to purchase handmade and vintage items on the internet. And while no one has loved every change, most changes have been acceptable or defendable. Your campaign to push sellers into offering free shipping is not. Free shipping IS NEVER FREE. If the customer is not paying for shipping, it means your small businesses must pay the cost, thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in shipping per year. Most cannot afford this - they will have increase their product price to cover the cost. This means absorbing that shipping cost when an item is returned. And the practice may price some sellers out of their market. Free shipping has a high cost.Shipping SHOULD NOT BE FREE for handmade pieces, custom work, vintage and antiques. It should not be free when the business shipping sells only 50, 100, 1,000 or 5,000 items a year. What about International sellers? What about sellers that carry heavier items? What happens to the potter? To the small furniture maker? To the seller of heavy winter coats or fragile, antique glass? These sellers will be disproportionately disadvantaged. They cannot offer even the illusion of free shipping.Etsy customers understand that they are buying from small businesses. They respect us and say they are willing to pay for shipping. Your pressures using search result algorithms, the free shipping contest, and the obvious risk of exclusion from related holiday promotions feel aggressive and abusive. Free shipping should remain an option for sellers who wish to use it, but there should be no effect on the search algorithm, or on inclusion in promotions. Prove you are still there to support and grow the small businesses that make up what Etsy is, and remove your campaign to create a site of Free Shipping. Your small businesses deserve better.
Petition to Caterpillar, Jim Umpleby
Tell Caterpillar Inc. to Stop Bullying Cat & Cloud and Other Small Businesses
**PLEASE NOTE: Change.org might ask you to “donate” after signing. Any donations go to Change.org, and will not reach Cat & Cloud Coffee, or any other business that Caterpillar has taken action against. To support Cat & Cloud Coffee directly, please visit their fundraiser here! Caterpillar Inc. is the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturer, with net revenue exceeding $54 billion in 2018. Recently, they’ve embarked on a concentrated effort to cancel the trademarks of several small businesses that use the word “Cat” in their name. The businesses they’ve chosen to attack do not produce construction equipment, or market themselves or their products in a way that could be confused with Caterpillar Inc. whatsoever. In short, they do not compete with, or take business from Caterpillar Inc. at all. Suspiciously, Caterpillar Inc. has not taken action against larger brands - like Target and Dr. Seuss Enterprises for their “Cat & Jack” and “Cat in the Hat” clothing products, respectively - seemingly because these brands are known to have excellent trademark counsel. If these actions against smaller businesses are truthfully made in effort to protect the interests of Caterpillar Inc. why don’t they focus on the largest sources of potential competition? Maybe they really do have reasons. Maybe they were dreaming up some sort of weird, cloud-based construction service of the future, and trying to come up with catchy names for it. Maybe those things are true. The problem is, these businesses chose their names and went through the necessary steps to have them legally registered. That should be the end of it. By signing this petition, you are urging Caterpillar Inc. to stop bullying, lift these frivolous actions against small businesses, and invest the money saved into more worthwhile efforts that will reflect their company values and those of their shareholders. **PLEASE NOTE: Change.org might ask you to “donate” after signing. Any donations go to Change.org, and will not reach Cat & Cloud Coffee, or any other business that Caterpillar has taken action against. To support Cat & Cloud Coffee directly, please visit their fundraiser here!
Petition to United States Department of Transportation
STOP THE ELECTRONIC LOG MANDATE
Electronic Logs for small trucking companies and owner operators are impractical, expensive to Install, maintain/use and are unconstitutional and infringe on truck driver's 4th amendment rights that protect against unreasonable search and seizure. ELDS are arbitrary and capricious. There is absolutely no proof that ELDS make anything or anyone safer on the road. An ELD user can adjust the log the same way a paper log user can. They will add more regulation and be an obstacle for the small outfits and owner operators in this great industry. The biggest trucking companies are pushing for ELDS. If the ELD law goes through it will surely create an undue burden for all of the smallest companies which make up most of the industry. Please reconsider this mandate!
Petition to Joel Pullen, Aki Snelling, Lily Mei, Scott P. Roylance
Save Cloverleaf Family Bowl
A developer is proposing to tear down the buildings in the old Fremont Center at the corner of Fremont Boulevard and Grimmer Boulevard in Irvington and replace them with 272 housing units. The Cloverleaf Family Bowl, which has greeted generations of bowlers for 55 years, is one of the buildings that would be demolished. The proposed project site extends from Fremont Boulevard west to Bay Street, and from Grimmer Boulevard south. It includes the Bank of America and the businesses south of that along Fremont. All commercial buildings on the site are proposed to be demolished except the Taco Bell drive-in restaurant. Mike Hillman says: This is wrong on so many levels. If Cloverleaf Family Bowl has given you memories and happiness then I ask you to please write to the email in the article. My family has been in this business and location for over 55 years now. The last thing Fremont needs is more residential and eliminate one main source of family entertainment. Nobody does more for the kids and families than Cloverleaf Family Bowl. Our seniors included. The parent company of Taco Bell discovered the center had been devalued by the loss of tenants (with the previous landlord) so they purchased the shopping center. Then one day we get a call and find out that developers are interested in purchasing the shopping center and that it is under contract. Then earlier this week, an article in the Tri City Voice was published and this was a bit of a shock to all of us that things had progressed to this point. And to read that EVERYTHING will be demolished here EXCEPT Taco Bell. A day may come where we will need to go to city council meetings. I would hope that we could count on a lot of people to support us and attend the meeting and show these people how much we mean to the city and the families that live here or bowl here. My family has been here for 55+ years in this business. I have been inside this building almost every day of my life. We are not giving up!
Petition to Greg Slater, Pete Rahn, Marc Elrich, Nancy Navarro, Tom Hucker, Casey Anderson
Fund Design & Construction of SHA MD 97 Georgia Ave Montgomery Hills
We support the ongoing progress of the MD 97 Montgomery Hills Project and urge SHA to fund the construction so that work can proceed on this overdue and important improvement plan for the Georgia Avenue corridor. We are eager to see the Georgia Avenue Corridor improved. Simply stated, the corridor is unsafe for all users: vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Commuters and residents alike cannot travel through the area easily, and the existing conditions create an automobile-dominated environment that is unattractive and economically untenable to most community-oriented businesses. In fact, the study area roadway and sidewalk conditions are one significant factor in the area's inability to attract a better mix of retail stores and businesses. Furthermore, the study’s extended planning phase (the original planning effort for this corridor started seventeen years ago), has chilled any private sector improvements that may have been undertaken by the adjacent property owners. We request that Montgomery County prioritize the MD 97 (Georgia Ave) Safety and Complete Street Improvements in its 2019 Transportation Priorities letter, and that Maryland State fully fund the design and construction of the Georgia Ave improvements without delay in their FY 2020 budget.
Petition to City of Sanibel Planning Commission
Keep chain/formula restaurants off Sanibel Island
Help keep Sanibel Island unique, no big chains, no corporate business'; just mom and pop locally owned and operated business' focused on serving locals and travelers alike with a smile and a thank you for helping us stay in business year after year. Let's keep chain restaurants off Sanibel Island by signing this petition. The elected/appointed officials of the planning commission represent us, the people of Sanibel Island. Let's make our voices heard. September 10th is the next meeting scheduled for the commission, let's get as many signatures as we can by then. Thank you! God Bless
Petition to Rodney Sacks, Hilton Schlosberg
Boycott Monster Energy for attacking small local-owned businesses
Monster Energy is big, really big. Being so big, Monster has money to spend on lawyers to make nuisance lawsuits to smaller companies who just so happen to have their names also start with "M." Can you tell the difference between these two logos? Nobody would confuse them, but still, Monster filed a lawsuit against this beloved local Virginian distillery, and it's not the only lawsuit they've filed against small local businesses. Monster has been relatively brutal in attacking small companies whose logos don't even remotely look like the Monster "M" as these small companies just don't have the vast resources to fight back. This greedy behavior does nothing but strip resources from the important local community businesses that offer local jobs and bring money into local communities. Those resources instead make this fat Monster that much fatter, and that doesn't help any of us.Of course what's most ironic is that Monster isn't the original company who had an "M" for a logo, we have the golden arches to thank for that...Please consider signing this petition and sharing it with your friends on social media to tell Monster they need to stop attacking small beloved community businesses. We'd also ask you to really hit Monster where it hurts and buy your energy drinks from their competitors until they stop attacking small community businesses. Monster Energy will only have deep pockets if we consumers line them afterall. Take a stand, help fight this monster, and do a good thing for local businesses!
Petition to City of Myrtle Beach Planning and Zoning
Petition to amend zoning for tattoo shops in myrtle beach
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN MYRTLE BEACH TO SIGN THIS PETITION. **Please leave a reason for signing (comment). More comments and input will have more impact with the planning commission.** Our goal is to extend the permittable zoning districts for tattoo shops in the Myrtle Beach area. Currently tattoo shops are restricted to the wholesale and manufacturing district with a requirement to be 1000ft from any church, school or playground. These restrictions essentially only offer a small area on one street for tattoo shops to operate. Most are directly next door to each other, 10 of which are sharing the same building and parking lot. This is absolutely discrimination against tattoo artists, in a city that allows something like bike week to define it. Strict restrictions on zoning for tattoo shops is a violation of the first ammendment. The federal court system has ruled over and over in favor of tattoo shops in civil rights cases, stating that "the tattoo itself, the process of tattooing, and the business of tattooing are forms of self expression fully protected by the First Amendment." We have a right to practice our legal, chosen profession just like anyone has a right to practice their chosen religion. Restrictions on the practice of tattooing or the business thereof, is as much a violation of freedom of expression as wearing the tattoo itself. Tattoo artists are ARTISTS. We offer a professional service and have a right to do so without overbearing restriction. As long as we have permission from the building owner and are not causing an issue, we should be free to practice where we choose and buildings owners should be free to use the building as they see fit. Optimal use for buildings changes over the years and excessive zoning laws inhibit economic growth, especially for small businesses. Tort law allows any business to take legal action against any tattoo shop if they are disrupting their business. If there is no actual, demonstrable harm- not a theoretical possibility- we have a right to be there. The city cannot restrict zoning for tattoo shops based on imagined possible outcomes. Tattoos are mainstream now. There is money to be made for the city. The beauty industry has realized the potential and is actively making an effort to cash in. 3 in 10 people have tattoos and of those people who have tattoos, 7 in 10 have more than 1. We should be allowed to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our clients to get quality work. We should be allowed in an area with decent foot traffic in a building that actually appeals to our clients, and doesn't immediately deter them. We should be allowed to spread out across the city without direct, side-by-side competition. No where in the country do you see this: 10 coffee shops sharing the same building 10 liquor stores sharing the same building We have been set up to fail and it's time to reevaluate and make some changes. Opening tattoo shops to new zones will allow them to spread out across the city, providing a safer environment for tattoo clients and allowing tattoo artists to practice their profession with an equal opportunity to succeed financially.