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Petition to elle magazine

Advocate for Migraine Awareness

Dear ELLE magazine, I pray that you read this with open hearts and minds.  I am disappointed… In smart, powerful women, who have acted with a lack of cultural literacy. Had you thought through this headline:             “All the Pretty People on Instagram Are Doing the Migraine Pose” – you should have realized that June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month, and that many of your readers, followers and fans, are suffering from this often misunderstood, debilitating disease as it affects 18% of women - your target audience. In identifying a “pose” with a neurological illness that affects millions of people, you missed an incredible opportunity to create true beauty by raising awareness. Instead of advocating, you exploited. But before I continue - I would like to thank you.  In missing the mark of advocacy, you struck the hearts of people with migraine disease. With a search of #migrainepose on Instagram – it’s clear the migraine community has taken ownership. We will not allow #migrainepose to be anything other than an opportunity and platform to share our powerful story. I invite you to join this movement. We see that you have changed the headline to “Headache Pose”, which again misses the point. It’s not about the pose. It’s about how it was glorified. You have invalidated people’s real pain. Severe migraine is recognized by the World Health Organization to be as debilitating as dementia, paraplegia, and active psychosis. And even though it is the most prevalent neurological illness, it receives the least amount of funding for advocacy and research. This kind of pain doesn’t result in beautiful skin – it radically changes people’s lives – usually through alienation and isolation because friends, bosses and family who don't experience migraine attacks are typically uneducated and completely unaware of the true impact of this disease. With the lack of visibility, understanding and support, as well as the physical toll it takes on brain structure and chemical balance - it is no wonder that depression is 3x more prevalent in people with migraine. As a feminist with migraine and entrepreneur who works in the fashion and beauty industry, I have an appreciation for empowerment achieved through feeling beautiful.  But when we focus solely on appearance, we mis-represent our sex as one dimensional.  The ELLE website states: “Since the magazine launched in Paris in 1945, its audience has known that ELLE's distinct voice assumes a certain level of cultural literacy; so whether the topic is fashion, beauty, culture, the arts, or politics, the content is always inspiring, relevant and uniquely personal. ELLE is not just about the dress—but also about the woman in the dress.” I trust you will strongly reconsider the “woman in the dress” and the essence of what ELLE stands for.  If you need guidance on how to make this right, my team can help. We believe the best solution is 1) a formal apology and 2) a migraine awareness campaign.  Sarah Seo CEO - OmOfficial.com

Om
2,045 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Tracie Davis, Audrey Gibson, Marco Rubio, Florida State Senate, Florida Governor, Florida State House, Susan Davis, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Mike Quigley

Help families of murdered children pass Curtis’s Law

I will never forget the day those policeman came to my door to tell my that my son Curtis was dead. Your world is immediately flipped upside down and the pain grips you like nothing else you can imagine. After the initial shock wears off, you want answers. As a parent, you need basic answers. Answers to questions like: Who is investigating my child’s case, and where are their belongings? As if the pain of losing my child wasn’t enough, I had to take on the additional stress and frustration of attempting to pry these very basic details out of the law enforcement agency investigating my son’s death. In Florida, law enforcement agencies are not required to release any information about on-going murder investigations to anyone. My son’s investigation has been on-going for almost 20 years now. I had to get a lawyer to simply find out who was working on my son’s case! I would later learn that my experience was not unique. Other parents were struggling through the same process. Those who can’t afford legal counsel often give up. This is why I am working with other parents of murdered children to create a law in Florida that would require law enforcement agencies to send a letter to the parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin within 30 days of notifying them of their child’s death. The letter would include information about: Onsite police and paramedics, assigned investigators, coroner’s name, where child’s property and belongings are stored, and any available photos This would NOT be required if the child’s parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin is a suspect or person-of-interest in the child’s murder investigation. When a family faces the unthinkable, all they want is some type of closure. They shouldn’t have to spend weeks or months, or even retain legal counsel to get the basic information about their child’s case that can help our families begin to heal. Please sign this petition today and help families like mine pass Curtis’s Law today.    

patricia ward
59,857 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Diane Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Jim Patterson, Jim Costa, Devin Nunes, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, T. Montgomery Mason, Rob Wittman, Scott Taylor, Terry McAuliffe, Jerry Brown, Michael Mullin, Brenda Pogge, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Nancy Pelosi, United States Supreme Court, Barack Obama, Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate, Steve Westfall, Bob Goodlatte, California State Senate, California State House, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Paul Cook, Darrell Issa, Melissa Melendez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Adam Schiff, John Garamendi, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Scott Peters, Ken Calvert, Sam Farr, Xavier Becerra, Anna Eshoo, Jared Huffman, Jerry McNerney, Zoe Lofgren, Mark Takano, Dave Brat, Evan Jenkins, Roy Cooper, Morgan Griffith, Allen Evans, Bobby Scott, L. Louise Lucas, Shelley Capito, Gerry Connolly, Facebook Hard Questions

Responsibilities Required From Social Media Regarding Military Romance Scamming

THE CAUSE: Military Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired  or are deceased. The scammers are aware how highly Americans think and feel for their military and they use this to pull at the heart strings of vulnerable men and women. Working with a retired Colonel from the United States Army whose pictures, name and child have been used in the scammers story, I have come to realize just what an epidemic this is. Unfortunately, many of the victims are afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed to come forward. Many just want to forget about the scam and move on with their lives. That is why I bring this petition to you. Due to the overwhelming numbers of fraudulent accounts throughout social media and the unidentified number of victims, we need to be the voice.  Social Media has a great amount of power, and with power comes an abundance of responsibility. THE BATTLE:  Because of the majority of military romance scammers residing in other countries, the United States has very little jurisdiction over these criminals, therefore we must work from where and what we know, and that is through the United States and our legislative system. We are looking to encourage social media sites to provide more public service announcements by way of television, movie theater ads, magazines, radio, etc. and provide additional man power to their fraudulent account tracking system as well as upgrading their security system to recognize these duplicated accounts that are recreated literally moments to hours after being deleted. Facial recognition does not solve all problems, especially when these scammers are using generic pictures (flowers, hearts etc.) on their profiles and cyber security is unable to recognize this discrepancy. OUR PROPOSAL: We are working hard to find a Champion to take on our proposal to amend the 230 Communications Decency Act of 1996 with the focus on identity theft. When this law was put into place 20 years ago there was little to no thought of the extreme type of crimes that could and or would be posted onto the social media platforms. This law gives social media a "get out of jail free" card, in other words, they are not held responsible for anything posted to their site by their own consumers. These sites are used as breeding grounds, and the social media companies are fully aware. We are not people who promote regulation, however it is very obvious, in previous news stories and with our own investigation, that self regulation is not the answer to consumer safety and security. We are proposing routine technology upgrades, additional staff to match growing population and ongoing up to date education. Items that are not successfully being done under self regulation. PERSONAL NOTE: I am a very proud daughter to a mother who served in our Navy, and brother and father who served in our Army. I also have multiple cousins, aunts and uncles who have served and the thought of our military being abused and disrespected is appalling! My mothers friend fell victim to a scammer using the pictures of the Colonel I am currently working with, thus being the reason I have become so involved. I, like many others, had no idea what an epidimic this has become and what little is being done. Social Media needs to take on more responsibility for this breeding ground than they already have, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of our security, and Military whose job is to protect us. What security is social media providing them? Obviously, not the right kind. Scammers are the cancer to the social media world and it's time our companies and legislature took a stand and initiative to help prevent such illness within our military community and every day victims. 

Kathy Waters
5,416 supporters