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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. Both the Big Sky Athletic Conference and the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) have adopted a comprehensive policy by working with Brenda and myself. Neither waited for the NCAA to make their conference safer for all students. 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.

Cody McDavis
219,490 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to President Gianni Infantino

Support Iranian Women to Watch Sports in Stadiums (#NoBan4Women)

UPDATE: Iranian women were allowed into Azadi stadium on October 10 - but we expect stadiums to open completely and permanently. We continue to advocate for Iranian women to be allowed into league matches where most incidents of physical and verbal abuse, detention and arrests occur. We look to FIFA for the full stop to gender discrimination in sport. UPDATE: FIFA President Infantino answered our petition and gave the Iran Football Federation an ultimatum to stop the ban in time for the October 10 qualifier match. We urgently need your help to sign and share this petition to let FIFA and Iran know that the world is watching and expecting an end to this gender discrimination! === 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: We have surpassed 300,000! Help us reach 500,000!! 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 39 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 the 2018 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

Maryam Shojaei
300,611 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Southern New Hampshire University

Bring Penmen Football to Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University needs to join the world of college football. There are a number of good things that a football program can provide to its student body and alumni. If SNHU were to establish a football team then there would be more recognition for the University in large. Both students and alumni would be able to enjoy a true homecoming. Ask anyone you know who has gone to a school with football as the centerpiece of homecoming and you will learn quickly that it makes a very big difference. A football game is a great way to get the student body to unite over one common goal...beating the opposing school. SNHU is a Division 2 member of the Northeast 10 conference...thus a football team opens the chances of playing Saint Anselm on a year in, year out basis. The NCAA rules also allow for games against D3 and D1-AA opponents which would mean we would be able to schedule games against UNH. Travel would not be an issue because the NE10 is within a reasonable bus drive for all member schools and there would only be 4-5 away games a year. As for a stadium, the University already has a brand new stadium that can support a football program at the D2 level. Bottom line is that while it can be costly to start up a program it is something that will only benefit the entire SNHU community and it is certainly something that the head of the school should take a serious look at.

Paul Padden
37 supporters