Petition to Mark Emmert, L. Jay Lemons, NCAA
Dear NCAA: My Mom Is a Rape Survivor and You Can Help
My mother and I are asking the NCAA to ban violent athletes. Please read my letter and sign our petition. Let the NCAA know that sports are NOT more important than human lives! Dear NCAA, My name is Darius Adams. I’m the son of Brenda Tracy who is a public rape survivor. It was 2010 when my mom first told me that she was raped. I was 17. We were sitting in our car in our driveway. I remember it because it was a life-changing moment for me. She didn’t tell me because she wanted to. She told me because she had to. She was trying to save my life. I was out of control at the time. I was angry and broken and I didn’t care if I lived or not. I remember her crying and struggling to get the words out “I was raped.” She apologized to me over and over and asked me not to hate her. “Please don’t be ashamed of me. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” I still can’t understand why she was apologizing to me, but after that talk, I started to see her as a different person. I saw her as someone who had been hurt, and she was just doing the best she could as a single mother with two kids. It was then that I began to turn my life around — mostly for myself, but also for my mom. I wanted her to be proud of me. I wanted to make sure that what she went through and all the sacrifices she made for me and my brother were not in vain. It was 2014 when my mother went public with her story. I wasn’t prepared. She hadn’t told me the details in 2010, but now every ugly detail was on the internet in an article by John Canzano at the Oregonian. To this day, I haven’t read it all. I can’t. I just can’t. What I do know is that my mom was drugged and gang-raped by four football players in 1998. I know that Oregon State University gave two of them 25 hours community service and Coach Mike Riley gave them a one-game suspension. I know that the police threw away her rape kit and the DA lied to her about her case. I know that Oregon State cared more about football and money than my mom. I know that my mom wanted to kill herself, and I know that she almost did. And all because other people decided that football, money and reputation was more important than me and my brother having a mother. I was scared when the article first came out. I didn’t know how people would react to us. Would they attack my mom? Would they say terrible things about her? Would I have to defend her? And what would I say? But a great thing happened. People reached out to us and they supported us. They expressed their love and gratitude for my mom coming forward and being brave enough to tell her story. I was proud of her. It was the first time I saw her happy. It was like a huge weight had been lifted off of her. I’ve heard her say more than one time, “I walked out of my prison of shame and silence that day,” and she did. I could see it. Ever since then my mom has worked hard to help others. She’s passed five laws in Oregon. She’s won numerous awards. We just went to Washington, DC where she received the National Service Courage Award from the United States Attorney General. She also changed a Pac 12 rule so that athletes with serious misconduct issues can’t transfer into our conference. She’s my hero. And that’s why I’m writing to you. I’m a college athlete, and I watch ESPN religiously. There’s a serious problem in sports. We don’t take sexual violence seriously enough. Seventeen years ago Coach Mike Riley suspended the men that hurt my mom for one game and just yesterday I saw the story about Baylor. Nothing has changed. Schools are still more worried about money and football than people’s lives. I’m a grown man now. I would never hurt a woman that way and I know that most men wouldn’t. Why are we protecting this small group of men? Why are we allowing them to destroy people’s lives? All of these victims have families and they get hurt too. I’m still dealing with what happened to my mom. We need to do something right now, and I think it starts with the NCAA creating a policy that bans violent athletes. Enough is enough. It’s been 17 years and nothing has changed. How many more years do we have to wait for something to happen? As the NCAA you have authority over many schools. YOU can change this. These schools have proven that they are not going to do the right thing. I believe it is your responsibility to step in. And please don’t do it for me or my mom. Do it because it’s the right thing to do. Sincerely, Darius Adams
Petition to President Gianni Infantino
Support Iranian Women to Watch Sports in Stadiums (#NoBan4Women)
I grew up loving the game of football. As often as possible, I’d watch the matches on television with family and friends, cheering on our favorite teams and players. But as a woman in Iran, I’ve never seen a single game played in my home country. Iran's largest stadium is named Azadi - which means "freedom" - and it seats 100,000 sports fans. However, not one of those seats is currently designated for Iranian women to freely enjoy sports. Please sign my petition demanding FIFA use its power to call for an end to Iran’s stadium ban for women. Help me raise 100,000 signatures to represent the 100,000 seats of Azadi Stadium. UPDATE: Our new goal is 200,000! Women are passionate sports fans just like men, and deserve to cheer on their teams in the stadiums. The fact that this discriminatory ban has existed for 38 years is appalling, and an assault on our right to free assembly. But the good news is that it’s not actually written into our law, and can easily be overturned – if we apply enough pressure on the right people. Iran is the only country playing in this year’s World Cup which bans women from stadiums, a direct violation of FIFA’s gender discrimination statute and their new human rights policy. Yet FIFA president Gianni Infantino has shown no sign of doing anything about it – in fact, he was recently photographed posing with Iranian president Rouhani the day after 35 women were arrested for attempting to attend a football game. Sign my petition to demand that Mr. Infantino use his power to get Iran to end the stadium ban for women. Support #NoBan4Women. Thank you! من از طرفداران فوتبال هستم، اما همیشه مسابقات رو فقط از توی تلویزیون دیدم و بخاطر دختر بودنم هیچوقت این شانسرو نداشتم که بازی تیم مورد علاقهام رو در کشورم از نزدیک تماشا کنملطفا این طومار رو که برای پایان دادن به منع حضور زنان ایرانی به ورزشگاهها به فیفا نوشته شده امضا کنید بسیاری از خانمها هم مثل اکثر آقایان طرفدار فوتبال هستند و این حق رو دارند که مسابقات مورد علاقه شون رو از نزدیکتماشا کنند. این مانعی که سالها وجود داره توهینی به همه ما زنان ایرانی است. خوشبختانه منع قانونی در این مورد وجودندارد، بنابراین، تغییر این شرط ممکن استایران تنها کشوری است که این اجازه را به زنان نمیدهد که این بر خلاف قوانین فدراسیون جهانی فوتبال است چرا کهتبعیض جنسیتی محسوب میشود. با این حال تا کنون هیچ انتقادی از طرف فیفا مطرح نشده است. اگر همه ما خواسته خودمان را مطرح کنیم، فیفا قادر به نادیده گرفتن این وضعیت نخواهد بود فیفا یک مجمع بین المللی است و عده زیادی از زنان در این مجمع حضور دارند که به افکار عمومی اهمیت میدهند لطفا برای درخواست از فیفا جهت پایان دادن به منع حضور زنان به ورزشگاهها این طومار رو امضا کنید Petitioner: My Fundamental Right | Supported by: Equality League
Petition to NCAA Power 5, Robert A. Bowlsby, James E. Delany, Gregory Sankey, Larry G. Scott, John D. Swofford
NCAA Conference Commissioners: Ban Violent Athletes
My name is Cody McDavis. I am a former Division I student-athlete and the prevalence of sexual violence in college athletics makes me sick. That’s why I’m calling on the Power Five Conference Commissioners — the most influential conferences in the NCAA — to immediately ban student-athletes with a history of violence. Violent students have no place in collegiate athletics. Sport is meant to be a place of respect, accountability, and honor. None of these virtues can exist in a place where we allow perpetrators of sexual violence to exist. Several individuals in my own family have been sexually assaulted and so have many of my close friends. As a result, I’ve been speaking out against sexual violence for years. In 2015, I worked with then-Vice President Biden, the White House, and the NCAA to start the It’s On Us campaign that called on student-athletes around the country to speak out against sexual violence. Then, in 2016, Darius Adams petitioned the NCAA to ban violent athletes, and 190,000 of you signed your name. Darius started this petition because his mother, Brenda Tracy, was drugged and gang-raped in 1998 by four college football players. Their punishment: a one-game suspension for breaking team conduct rules. Darius and Brenda inspired me to take a stand. I met with the leadership of the NCAA to create the Committee to Combat Campus Sexual Violence, which Brenda and I sat on together. Brenda and I spent two long years working with the NCAA to finish what Darius originally set out to do: ban violent student-athletes. But the NCAA disbanded the committee without changing the rules. The NCAA has failed to act, so it’s time to turn directly to the athletic conferences. NCAA Power Five Conference Commissioners: Please adopt rules prohibiting student-athletes with a history of violence from participating in college athletics. This policy change is both critical and possible. The Big Sky Athletic Conference has already adopted a comprehensive policy banning violent athletes, thanks to students who worked with Brenda Tracy. The Big Sky didn’t wait for the NCAA to make their conference safer for all students at their member schools. Now it’s time for the Power Five conferences to step up and do the same. Brenda Tracy was gang-raped 20 years ago. For the past several years, Brenda has been meeting with college teams across the country to tell her story and advocate for change. Brenda is doing everything she can to make our college campuses a safer place for everyone, and I’m proud to stand with her. We cannot allow the NCAA or its conferences to be complacent. They owe it to their athletes. They owe it to their students. They owe it to Brenda and all survivors. The Power Five conferences have an opportunity to make a statement and start a cultural shift within college athletics and beyond. Sexual violence is at its worst on our college campuses. 1-in-10 students will experience sexual violence while in college. 1-in-5 will not report out of fear of reprisal. Our athletic conferences, with all their influence, have an opportunity to tell the country that they stand with the survivors of sexual violence. Join me in calling on the Power Five Conferences of the NCAA to enact rules prohibiting the participation of student-athletes with a history of violence.
Petition to Zygi Wilf, Shahid Khan, Clark Hunt, Tom Benson, Robert Wood Johnson IV, Carol and Mark Davis, Jeffrey Lurie, Alex Spanos, Stan Kroenke, Malcolm Glazer, Estate of Bud Adams, Jim Irsay, Robert McNair, Stephen Ross, Jed York, Pat Bowlen, Paul Allen, Bill Bidwell, Arthur Blank, Ralph Wilson, Jerry Richardson, Mike Brown, Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder
NFL Teams: Pay Your Cheerleaders A Living Wage
NFL Cheerleaders are one of the most recognizable mainstays of the sport, rooting on their teams in extreme weather and performing routines for millions of fans. But while NFL Cheerleaders bring in as much as $1 million dollars each season for their teams in merchandising and promotions, many get paid as little as $150 per game. In fact, while NFL Cheerleaders do have some opportunities for outside appearances, many of these skilled athletes make less than $1000 per year. Comparatively, an NFL Mascot can make as much as $65,000 per season; and while some NFL teams have recently moved in the direction of paying Cheerleaders minimum wage ($9 per hour), the NFL pays Concession Stand Workers $12-$18 per hour. NFL Cheerleaders spend countless hours at practice each week, perfecting their routines, but most aren’t paid for any of it. Being an NFL cheerleader isn’t a hobby; for many, it’s their dream come true. The selection process for the few slots on each squad is highly competitive and each member is required to have highly specialized dance and athletic skills. It’s time for NFL teams to step up and start paying cheerleaders a “living wage”. Please join me, Paula Abdul, and numerous other great supporters, in asking the 26 NFL teams that have cheerleading squads to commit to paying their Cheerleaders a living wage for the work they do contribute to their respective franchises and the National Football League as a whole.
Petition to President of South Korea, Mr. Thomas Bach, President & CEO, Hee-Beom Lee 2018 평창 동계 오림픽 위원회 이희범 회장, Jang Moon-Hyeok, Lee Ju-Woong, Park Chan-Won, Ji Kwang-Chun, Shim Hyun-Jung, Jeon Soo-Il, Lee Myung-Soon
Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!
Click here to take actions to help fight the South Korea's cruel dog and cat meat trade: http://koreandogs.org/petitions-korean-cities/ Thank you for caring! Please visit "Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Action Center" for more actions you can take: http://koreandogs.org/pc2018/ To the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach, and the President of the South Korean PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, Mr. Lee Hee-Beom, We ask you to please watch this video: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q South Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy, yet an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered each year in that country, and eaten as “health food”. Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torment, from the moment they are born until the day they are slaughtered, dogs are imprisoned in cramped, rusty, raised cages all their lives, with no protection from extreme elements, no access to water, no exercise, or medical care. Their eardrums are often burst to deter barking. Finally, in broad daylight, often in front of other live dogs, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burnt to death. It is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea, which is one of the major economic powers and boasts one of the highest education levels in the world, is still continuing to commit this type of barbaric brutality in this day and age. For the millions of dogs and cats that are being slaughtered each year in South Korea’s markets, slaughterhouses, restaurants, dog farms and backyards, it is a tragic reality and a nightmare from which they can’t escape; but it is unacceptable and shameful: South Korea is happy to take the benefits of an advanced society, but not the full responsibility. This is a profit-driven, tax free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating dog meat (especially the dog’s penis) enhances male virility and provides men with energy. South Koreans genuinely believe that the more the dog is made to suffer, the more it will enrich the quality of the meat and increase the health benefits to the consumer. Many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death. Cats are frequently boiled alive to make tonics believed to treat rheumatism. The demand is so high in South Korea that 20% of the dog meat is now imported from China. If South Korea wants to be respected as a nation of conscience, then South Koreans need to strengthen their animal protection laws and permanently ban dog and cat meat consumption. This has continued for far too long, and it is now time for the South Korean Government to take moral leadership for its citizens and take a stand against this appalling practice. Not only would this save the South Korean animals from unimaginable suffering, but it will be in South Korea’s economic interest because people across the world will keep condemning South Korea’s cruelty. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” It is time, therefore, for South Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and prove that South Korea really does have a compassionate and ethical society. This means it is time for the South Korean Government to start better educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning pets, and about treating animals in a humane and decent manner. And, the first step must be to finally end this horrendous cruelty of dog and cat meat consumption. If South Korea does not take the above action immediately, I will boycott the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, and all South Korean businesses and tourism. The favor of your reply is requested. We thank you, in anticipation, for taking swift action! ------------------------------------ I also urge you to write to the Olympic Committee that you will boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. International Olympic CommitteeMr. Thomas BachChâteau de VidyCase postale 3561007 LausanneSwitzerland Video: CARE (Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth), The Korea Observer. For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/pc2018/ International Olympic Committee Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Official Website for The 23rd Olympic Winter Games - PyeongChang, South Korea
Petition to Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Jim McLendon
Elect Jim Brown to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame lists it's Mission Statement as "Our mission is to celebrate outstanding athletic accomplishments of Georgians and to inspire the youth of our state to excellence." Jim Brown, is one of the greatest athletes in our Nation's history and has led a life inspiring youth nationally to excellence. Yet somehow, the state where Brown was born and spent the first 8 years of his life, continues to overlook his accomplishments. Brown excelled in sports including track, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, and most notably, football. Brown retired from football in his prime to focus on other activities including acting and working for social change and justice. In a 2002 interview, Mr. Brown credits his self-reliance to having grown up on St. Simons's Island, Georgia. It's time that Georgia credit Jim Brown.
Petition to ITF - International Tennis Federation, WTA - Women's Tennis Association, ATP - Association of Tennis Professionals
Help save the future of professional tennis
The future of professional tennis is expected to go under a drastic change by 2019. Many players believe this could be the end of their dream. Here are the main reasons why: 1. The professional rankings will most likely end up with no more than 750 players for men and women. Currently, there are almost 2000 men and 1250 women. 2. $15,000 professional tournaments will no longer be professional tournaments; they will not award professional points. 3. Many players continue to compete in $15,000's (even top 200 players!) because there are many that are held for consecutive weeks in the same place. This is not the case for $25,000's. This will mean that all players will have to significantly increase their budget to travel to a different place on a weekly basis for $25,000's and other tournaments. Yes, this means all players without WTA/ATP points will not be considered professional, only those who win points in $25,000's will. Their professional status will be taken away from them. Their chances of winning professional points in $15,000's will not exist anymore. All the best professional tennis players seen on TV today and all the tennis legends won some of their first professional points by competing in entry-level tournaments, the equivalent of $15,000's today. This 'first step' is so important for all professional players, and it's about to be taken away from them. All tennis players who work hard every day to win their first professional point in a $15,000 tournament will be denied. The very essence of beginning a professional career, as well as continuing one, will be extinguished for many tennis players around the world. Many players have already said that if these changes happen, they will probably quit. This is happening because the ITF (International Tennis Federation) is ordering a major restructuring of entry-level professional tennis. They want to implement their own ranking system that will award players "transition points" in $15,000's to redeem for a spot to play in 'real professional events', such as $25,000's. In fact, they have already said that by 2020, they plan to entirely remove $25,000's from the men's professional tournament category. This is due to a study (found here) that shows there are currently ~14,000 players competing in professional tournaments, of which almost half do not earn any prize money. Tennis players may be alone on the court, but this is a calling for all of them to come together and say "no" to these changes. For all their team members, family, tennis fans, and all people around the world to stand up against this injustice. Our goal is to reach 2,000 unique signatures before sending our petition to the ITF.
Petition to Lance Gooden, Ken King, Linda Koop, Gary VanDeaver, Joe Deshotel
Pass the Tim Tebow Bill
Currently, home school students in Texas may not participate in University Interscholastic League (UIL) activities even though parents pay property taxes that go to fund the schools. The Tim Tebow bill, which is being proposed in the Texas Legislature this year, would fix this discrimination and allow home schoolers to try out for UIL activities. The majority of states in the country have legislation like this, and it has proved very beneficial, and not at all detrimental, for home schoolers across the nation. This is especially beneficial for many rural home school families who would greatly benefit from UIL participation, but also for any home schoolers in the state who wanted to participate in UIL extracurricular programs. Home school families ought to be free to participate in a program that is funded by home schoolers' taxpayer dollars. If you want to support equal access for home schoolers, sign this petition, and call your state representative and senator regularly to tell them that this matters to you! The only way we'll get this passed is if we, the people, make our voice heard! Go here to find out who represents you, and how to contact them: www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Address.aspx"