Petition to Ernie Chambers, Adam Morfeld, Patty Pansing Brooks
Support the Morfeld, Chambers, and Pansing Brooks Amendments to LB46, Nebraska
Recognizing that 1,825 children are abused and neglected each day, that there are at least four child maltreatment fatalities each day, and that there are at least 9.2 victims per 1,000 children (American SPCC, 2017), we believe that child abuse awareness and prevention is a serious issue which deserves attention and support in Nebraska. Recognizing that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men are victims of rape and sexual assault in their lives, that 60% of reported rapes involve victims under the age of 18, that youths aged 12-17 are two to three times more likely to be victims than adults, that 82% of victims are assaulted or raped by someone they know, and that a rape is reported in the US about once every 5 minutes (Rape Treatment Center, 2017), we further believe that rape culture awareness and prevention is a serious issue which deserves attention and support in Nebraska. Thus, we, the undersigned, support the proposed amendments to LB46 by Senators Chambers, Pansing Brooks, and Morfeld. We, the undersigned, urge the Nebraska Legislature to stand up for victims of rape, sexual assault, child abuse, and neglect by supporting honest and accurate license plate options in Nebraska that contribute to the Nebraska Child Abuse Prevention Fund. References: American SPCC. (2017). Child abuse statistics: Statistics and facts about child abuse in the US (webpage). Retrieved from http://americanspcc.org/child-abuse-statistics/ Rape Treatment Center. (2017). Facts and quotes: Statistics (webpage). Retrieved from http://www.911rape.org/facts-quotes/statistics Referenced Bill and Amendments: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=31032 Petition Written by Board of Suit Up Nebraska http://www.suitupnebraska.org/
Petition to governor of ohio
End the Tampon Tax in Ohio!
Each year, Ohioan menstruators are taxed over $4 MILLION just on tampons and pads because they are not considered necessities. According to Ohio law, menstrual products are deemed non-essential goods and when taking local and state taxes into account, menstrual products are taxed between 6.50-8%, thereby implying that menstrual hygiene is unnecessary -- a luxury. However, other products like Viagra, penile pumps and men’s suspensories are not taxed. This exemption needs to be extended to menstrual products because MENSTRUAL HYGIENE IS NOT A PRIVILEGE; IT IS A RIGHT! For the average consumer, this tax can become burdensome, as menstruators are already expected to pay $11,000 during their lifetime on tampons alone, not including other menstrual care expenses. Also, standing higher than the National Poverty Rate, 14.6% of Ohioans are estimated to be in poverty. The luxury tax placed on menstrual products coupled with these statistics reiterate how pressing the issue of period poverty is in the state of Ohio. And when we say it is a right, we mean it. The U.N Human Rights Watch views access to clean, safe, and affordable menstrual products as a human right; a simple biological factor shouldn’t be a barrier to equality. Further, the average family in a shelter consists of a single mother with very young kids trying to get out of poverty. For her, it’s a decision between getting food on the table for her family or addressing her menstrual cycle. In a world where women are already paid less than men, menstruators should not be forced to pay extra for something that is natural. The misclassification of menstrual products as luxury items instead of Medical necessities can often result in fatal consequences such as Toxic Shock Syndrome. One of the primary factors leading to Toxic Shock Syndrome is wearing tampons for over the 6-8 hour long recommendation. Ultimately, the expensive cost of a menstrual cycle makes individuals in poverty more susceptible to Toxic Shock Syndrome, and therefore by removing the luxury tax we are enabling menstruators to live their healthiest lives. In Ohio, over half of the population menstruates, and the Tampon Tax only adds unwarranted pressure for these individuals. Additionally, the Luxury Tax imposed on Menstrual products puts a more unfair obligation on the LGBTQ community. For instance, lesbian couples face an unfair tax obligation to pay twice as more for a medical necessity. Our hope is to eliminate this tax one state at a time, which would be a huge step in achieving gender equality and opening up the conversation on menstrual hygiene. As fellow citizens, menstruators and non-menstruators alike, it is our civic duty to note injustice and act upon it. We cannot allow people to pay a luxury tax for a natural bodily function. We are calling on the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, to repeal the Tampon Tax, and we need your help to do so. We are also calling on Richard Cordray, the Democratic Candidate for Ohio Governor, to advocate for the same. Our goal is 100,000 signatures in 30 days, join us! Sign this petition, share it with your friends, and help Ohio join the Menstrual Movement along with New York, Washington D.C., Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida in creating change for millions of menstruators and demanding systemic change towards gender equality. ABOUT US PERIOD at The Ohio State University: This petition was started by the efforts of the PERIOD Chapter at The Ohio State University in conjunction with the National PERIOD Nonprofit. It is currently being spearheaded by the Ohio State University Chapter leaders Anusha Singh, Ameer Abdulrahman, Bryan An and Founder/ Executive Director of PERIOD, Nadya Okamoto. As representatives of the OSU Chapter, they are meeting with government officials and actively engaging students in policy change. Although a fairly new student organization, PERIOD at The Ohio State is already rallying up campus-wide support for various policy initiatives on campus, as well as in the Columbus area and in the state of Ohio. PERIOD is the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health in the world. We provide and celebrate menstrual hygiene through service, education, and policy — through the global distribution of period products to those in need, and engagement of youth leadership through a nationwide network of campus chapters. In the last two years, we have addressed over 300,000 periods and have registered over 180 campus chapters at universities and high schools in the United States and abroad. REFERENCES: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-committee-documents?id=GA132-HB-61 https://www.change.org/p/jerry-brown-california-tampon-tax-we-want-you-out https://www.thepetitionsite.com/how-to-write-a-petition/ https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/florida-will-longer-tax-tampons-ohio-could-next/ej2o7QcH6jsfFaJAUBHFYI/ https://www.teenvogue.com/story/why-we-want-californias-tampon-tax-out https://www.tax.ohio.gov/portals/0/tax_analysis/tax_data_series/sales_and_use/salestaxmapcolor.pdf https://www.development.ohio.gov/files/research/p7005.pdf https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/02/ohio_lawmakers_want_to_elimina.html https://www.tax.ohio.gov/portals/0/tax_analysis/tax_data_series/sales_and_use/salestaxmapcolor.pdf https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-committee-documents?id=GA132-HB-61
Petition to Chris Lytle Executive Director of the Port of Oakland and the Board of the Port of Oakland
Rename Oakland Airport After Trailblazing Asian American Woman Pilot
Did you know that not a single major airport in the United States is named for a woman? Fortunately, the East Bay produced a trailblazing female pilot who would be a great namesake for the Oakland International Airport! Her name is Maggie Gee. Maggie Gee (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M3Y6OBs5jc) was a member of a pioneering group of women in WWII who aided in the war effort by enlisting in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). She was also one of only two Chinese-American women to serve as a WASP. These women pilots worked stateside ferrying planes, towing targets for gunnery training, and serving as instruments instructors for male pilots. Over 25,000 women applied to the WASP but only 1,074 were accepted and made it through the rigorous training program. Thirty-eight of these pilots died in service to their country. As a child, Maggie Gee’s family would spend Sundays watching planes take off from the Oakland Airport. This is what first inspired her to fly. At the start of WWII, Maggie passed a drafting test and left her first year of college to work at the Mare Island Naval Shipyards in Vallejo, California. There, she worked as a draftsman for the engineers who were working on classified projects on US Naval ships needing repair. Once Maggie saved up enough money, she traveled to Nevada and paid $800 for six months of flight training and fifty hours of flying time. After she soloed and flew the required hours, Maggie applied for the WASP flying training program at Avenger Field, Texas and was accepted into class 44-W-9. After graduation from WASP training, Maggie was sent to Las Vegas Army Air Field, where she served as a tow target pilot for flexible gunnery training for male cadets until the WASP were deactivated on December 20, 1944. Maggie spent the remainder of her life serving her country and her community. She finished putting herself through school at UC Berkeley and spent the bulk of her career working as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 2010, Maggie and her fellow WASP received the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their significant service. The individuals we, as a society, choose to memorialize publicly create a statement about whose contributions are worthy of recognition. Representation matters. Currently women, and especially women of color, are woefully underrepresented among icons, memorials, and airports. It’s time to change that! We can make it happen. The Oakland Airport is the City’s front door. The City has always prided itself on its unique and rich cultural heritage. Oakland’s history is one of activism and the fight for social justice by marginalized communities. Like so many of the East Bay’s native sons and daughters, Maggie Gee was a groundbreaker. She was one of the first American women trained to fly military aircraft. She answered her country’s call at a time of dire need. She dedicated her life to her country and her community. The Maggie Gee Oakland International Airport would provide the perfect welcome for visitors to the Bay Area. We, the family and friends of Maggie Gee, are initiating this petition to demonstrate public support for renaming the Oakland Airport after this extraordinary woman. Please sign this petition to show your support for Maggie Gee and all monument-worthy women! In the words of Maggie Gee, “Women can do anything, everything! I’m proud to be a woman!”
Petition to Jackie Doyle-Price MP
Create a law to protect models from getting dangerously skinny!
I’m a 25 year old model, a clothes size 8. The girl in the picture is me. When I walked into one of the UK’s biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one -- I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone, 2 inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me "down to the bone".When I look in the mirror I see someone that is healthy and comfortable in their skin. That’s because I had the guts to carve out my own path and refuse to let people pressure me into losing more and more weight. But with London Fashion Week the reminders are everywhere that we need a law to protect young girls, and boys, who are put under pressure to be dangerously thin.Modelling can be a very lonely place, especially for girls working internationally who are away from the usual support network of friends and family. When models travel overseas they are often put into shared accommodation with other models, and being surrounded by girls who are all striving to stay thin can perpetuate bad eating habits and encourage eating disorders. I’ve been on shoots for up to 10 hours where no food is provided -- the underlying message is always that you shouldn’t eat. The agencies managing and recruiting models have a responsibility to the wellbeing of girls on the catwalk at fashion week, and in the industry as a whole.Earlier this year France became the latest country to vote to criminalise the use of models who are dangerously thin. Those breaking the law face fines and up to six months in jail. And there is growing momentum for change in the UK -- Caroline Nokes MP is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and is campaigning for the Government to look at the possibility of legislating to ensure models are of a healthy weight. The time is now for us all to come together.Please sign my petition to create a law to protect vulnerable young girls and boys in the industry.*Note: the fur in the image is fake fur!
Petition to Jim Turley, Ellie Morrison, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America
National Chair Jim Turley: Please Stop the Boy Scouts from Discriminating Against Girls
I have been an unofficial member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for 13 years and try my best to live by the Scout Oath and Law but as a girl, I am not eligible for official membership or recognition by the organization. In response,I helped to launch a movement of young women campaigning to be allowed into the organization and the Boy Scouts finally announced that they would begin to accept girls – 478 days after the announcement. The Boy Scouts say they are ready to welcome girls and young women. Their actions do not support their words. Last week, Boy Scout National Chair Jim Turley announced that the Boy Scouts will continue to ban girls until February 2019. I, and other young women, will also be denied all Rank Advancement and Merit Badges we have earned. The final award earned by Boy Scouts is called the Eagle Scout, an internationally-recognized award which gives scouts access to many opportunities, including scholarships, and college acceptances. I am ready to complete my Eagle Project - connecting adoptable dogs with veterans and providing information on training of these pets so they can train as service or therapy dogs. For my Eagle Project, I am partnering with Bideawee shelter, for the event on Veteran's Day, November 11th. Last year the BSA Chief Scout Executive encouraged me to keep earning Rank and Merit Badges and he said that I could be the first female Eagle Scout! I viewed Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh as a mentor and supporter. I worked hard. I was elected Senior Patrol Leader of a Troop - a Troop I cannot officially join. Why is he now telling me my work does not count? If we allow the Boy Scouts to continue discriminating against girls – one of the few countries left in the organization which does – for this arbitrary and unnecessary period, I, and many young women will miss the chance to earn Eagle rank in time to include the honor with school applications and to support our applications for the World Scout Jamboree. We fought to make the Boy Scouts more inclusive, and now they are punishing us for it. Young women demonstrated enormous leadership in pushing the BSA to do the right thing and accept girls into the program. Because of this, girls will rise through the ranks and become Eagle Scouts alongside the best of the boys. All we need is the opportunity Mr. Turley. If the Boy Scouts intend make girls feel welcome, the organization must not permit or ignore Harassment and Bullying of Young Women and Must Immediately Remove Adult Leaders Who Engage in Such Negative Behavior Internet bullying and harassment of any kind, particularly by an adult leader, is unacceptable. Tell Mr. Turley, we deserve a safe program, free from harassment. Tell BSA that accepting girls by 2019 is not enough – we deserve to be part of the Boy Scouts NOW and must have a SAFE SPACE. Send an email to Mr. Turley respectfully asking him to allow girls to join the Boy Scouts now. Girls have worked just as hard for recognition and deserve to the same Rank Advancement and Merit Badges as anyone else. Please send to all email addresses: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com #ScoutHerIn #LetSydneyInNOW #CatalystInc #MeToo
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Urge Congress to Support Common Sense Rape Survivor Rights
On a brisk October afternoon, I left for an appointment at a rape crisis center. Fifteen minutes later, I faced a challenge more daunting than the rape that brought me there: America's unequal justice system for rape survivors.I struggled to have my basic rights recognized by the criminal justice system. Through my fight, I learned that survivor rights are not equal across the US. Over forty states have backlogs in untested kits. Some states do not cover the full medical expenses of a kit, leaving survivors to pay their own way towards justice.A handful of states don’t even notify the survivor when they permanently dispose of a rape kit. Instead, different states provide different rights. Even worse, no states provide survivors with all of the common-sense rights they deserve.My fight is not mine alone. Instead, it is a crisis for 25 million survivors across America, and I've come together with citizens, advocates, and legislators to do something about it. We're fighting for a comprehensive Bill of Rights for all survivors, including: The right to be notified of your rights in clear language The right to know your own medical information from your own rape kit The right not to have to pay for your own rape kit The right to a copy of your own police report After my experience, I wanted to help others. So I started an organization called Rise, dedicated to protecting the rights of sexual assault survivors. Today, we're close to an important victory. We've introduced legislation in the U.S. Congress that would help protect these rights across our country, so that justice does not depend on geography. But we need your help.Join us by signing this petition and calling on your Senators and Representatives to pass this important legislation now. Amanda Nguyen President & Founder, Rise
Petition to United Nations, Plan International
Create a Global STEM Mentoring Program and Cement the Legacy of the Day of the Girl (2018)
On October 11, the world celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child. This year, the focus was on preparing girls to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. It is widely acknowledged that one way to prepare girls for the emerging world of work is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). As pointed out by Gwendoline Tilghman, the gender gap in STEM starts in school. When girls are not introduced to STEM technologies early in life, they are far less likely to pursue STEM degrees. Furthermore, girls are far less likely to study STEM subjects when their friends are not studying those subjects. We therefore call upon the United Nations and Plan International to cement the legacy of the "A Skilled Girl Force Campaign." Specifically, we call upon the United Nations and Plan International to establish an enduring program that gives girls the chance to shadow experts on data science, GIS, and robotics for decades to come.
Grappling Industries: Take a Stand for Victims Not Perpetrators
In recent current events, victims of sexual assault have felt more empowered to come forward, because as a society, we have started to truly hear their stories. To continue to do our part, we need to take a stand against glorifying any athletes with a history of sexual assault. On October 5th, 2018, Grappling Industries was confronted for promoting their events by revering Lloyd Irvin athlete, DJ "Action" Jackson, a known sex offender. When questioned about this activity, Grappling Industries blocked two of their customers from the Instagram account, refusing to take responsibility. Being a black belt means being held to high standards, one of which is basic human decency. There is no place for a culture that turns a blind eye to sexual assault in the sport of Jiu Jitsu. Sign this petition and tell Grappling Industries to stop promoting athletes who are known sex offenders. Let Grappling Industries know that you will not support their events until they choose to support the victims of sexual assault. Read more here: Running Reflections - Keep Jiu Jitsu Safe For All