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 WWE, Vincent K. McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Paul Levesque, Tara Carraro, Mary Ellen Curran, General Contact
Induct Chyna into the WWE Hall of Fame
The purpose of this petition is to support an international grassroots campaign to see former WWE superstar Joanie "Chyna" Laurer inducted into WWE's prestigious Hall of Fame. Immediately upon her debut in February 1997, Chyna was dubbed the "Ninth Wonder of the World," a one-of-a-kind mix of villainess and fan favorite with an unmatched display of pure domination. Chyna's impressive physique and her naturally commanding presence allowed her the rare ability to go toe-to-toe with some of wrestling's most legendary male performers including Stone Cold, Kane, Mankind, Eddie Guerrero, and Chris Jericho. Up until that point, a female actively competing with men (and winning) was something the wrestling industry had never seen before. This was just one of many "firsts" Chyna accomplished for women superstars. In October 1999 at WWF's No Mercy, Chyna defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the Intercontinental Championship. That night she became a bonafide icon and went on to enjoy two more successful runs as Intercontinental Champion. In WWE's 35 year history, Chyna is still the only female to hold the Intercontinental Championship. Apart from that record-setting accomplishment, Chyna was also the first female to compete in the Royal Rumble match and qualify for the King of the Ring tournament. She is also the only female to ever be named the #1 contender for the biggest prize in sports entertainment: the WWE Heavyweight Championship. With a rich and detailed history facing men in the ring it's often overlooked that Chyna is WWE's only undefeated Women's Champion - having battled remarkable female performers like Ivory and Molly Holly and Hall of Famer's like Lita and Trish Stratus. We understand any criticism or hesitation to induct Joanie Laurer into the Hall of Fame. Despite this, we want WWE to know that the Chyna we remember is a woman who defined history, defied stereotypes and created a legacy that is as fresh and curious as the day she left in 2001. Sadly, I am updating this petition to account for the fact that Joanie "Chyna" Laurer passed away at her home in California in April 2016. Our goal now with this petition is for WWE to finally celebrate Chyna's triumphs and stand with us in full support and encouragement to add this trailblazing wonder into the WWE Hall of Fame. In late 2015, a kickstarter campaign was successfully funded to help shoot a documentary titled "The Reconstruction of Chyna," detailing Joanie's life and career; although she did not live to experience it, we would love to see this documentary include Chyna's induction into the Hall of Fame. Please sign this petition, tweet @WWE and @VinceMcMahon, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call WWE Headquarters directly at (203) 352-8600! We have waited 15 years+ to see this electrifying icon recognized and the time is now. Long live the 9th Wonder of the World. #Chyna #RIPChyna #ChynaHOF #TeamChyna
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 Francis Collins, Jenni Glenn Gingery, Sean Tipton, Mary Green, Dr. Anuja Dokras, Dr. Barbara Levy, Jeremy Lazarus, Kevin Griffis, Polly Webster, Yvonne Lau, Richard Ricciardi
Recognize #PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as a significant health concern demanding national attention and government support.
Often unrecognized PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) can cause many physical and emotional symptoms and for the up to 10% -20% of women and girls with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Worldwide, it is estimated less than half know what it is or that they have it. Many women with PCOS, have gone years without the proper diagnosis and have silently suffered not knowing what was truly wrong. Even in today’s medically advanced era, women from around the country are experiencing the same lack of response from a medical community with little understanding of PCOS, except in cases when the infertility aspect are addressed. As a result, single women, adolescents, LGBT, older women and those not trying to get pregnant have little chance of being diagnosed!!! PCOS can be a precursor to many life threatening conditions including type II diabetes, hypertension, cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney problems if left undiagnosed or untreated. This means PCOS contributes to some of the leading causes of death and disability in women today. So why does all of this this matter? PCOS is the leading cause of female infertility in women of reproductive age PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in women PCOS affects an estimated 14 milluon reproductive-age women in the U.S. Over 50% of PCOS patients are obese 50% of PCOS patients have diabetes by age 40 Approximately 34% of women with #PCOS have #depression and 45% have anxiety. PCOS patients are at higher risk to develop high blood pressure, lipid disorders and coronary artery disease As many as 40% of PCOS patients as young as age 30-45 may have coronary calcification (a warning of heart attack risk) To put this in to further perspective... PCOS affects about 14 million women in the USA. That's more than the number of people diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus combined!" - Louise Chang, MD Therefore, PCOS leaders, government officials, organizaions and advocates are charged with identifying strategies for achieving substantial improvement in the quality of health care and education for all patients living with the syndrome. PCOS patients can not and should not simply be dismissed as a gynecological or infertility problem! With more than half of the women with PCOS predestined to have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes before the age of 40, and increased risks for heart disease, stroke and endometrial cancer, finding ways to diagnose, screen and educate on the connection between thesee diseases to PCOS is imperative! Without the proper education and awareness of these connected disorders and the seriousness of PCOS as a metabolic endocrine disorder, these epidemics will continue to rise. The NIH needs to allocate more than 0.1% of funding to the approximately 30 million women affected in The United States and needs to engage and direct federal agencies to support more research, better physician education and better tools and resources for women and girls with the syndrome to live healthier lives with healthier outcomes!
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 Jim Turley, Ellie Morrison, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scout President Jim Turley: Speak Out Against Discrimination and Harassment of 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 but they continue to discriminate against us. When I met with the Boy Scout Chief Scout Executive, he encouraged me to keep earning Rank and Merit Badges and said that I could be the first female Eagle Scout. I did the work. I earned Merit Badges and Rank Advancement. I completed my Eagle Project. I was even elected Senior Patrol Leader of my Troop. BSA President Jim Turley then tells me that I will be denied the Eagle Rank. I will have to start all over. Why? Are male Scouts required to repeat Merit Badges? Yes, in response and in retaliation for our advocacy, I, and other young women, are denied the Rank Advancement and Merit Badges we have already earned. 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 new Scouts BSA intends to welcome girls, there can be no tolerance for Harassment and Bullying of young women. Tell Mr. Turley, we deserve a safe program, free from harassment. 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 Jim Himes, Dannel Malloy, Donald J. Trump, UN, UN Human Rights Council
Around the world, women are being deprived of the basic human rights given to them by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These women are being denied freedom of education, of work choice, and of expression. They are being denied the right to a fair trial, to consenting to their own marriage, to education, and much, much more. By bringing more attention to this already well-known issue and speaking up, it will be hard to ignore the call to bring equality between men and women, no matter where they're from.