Petition to Donna Wolfrom, Jeff Shedd, Nate Carpenter, Cape Elizabeth School Board, Cathy Stankard
STOP PUNISHING SURVIVORS & THEIR ALLIES!!
My daughter Aela, who is 15 years old, has been suspended from school for warning her classmates about a rapist. During the past several school years, multiple sexual assaults were reported at Cape Elizabeth High School in Maine. Aela came into the high school last year as a freshman, but very ahead of her years in her knowledge of sexual assault prevention, through her work with an advocacy organization I founded with a group of high school aged sexual assault survivors - SafeBAE. In May of 2019, Aela spearheaded our first Sexual Assault Prevention Summit in Maine and some of her classmates learned about their rights at one of the break out sessions. Armed with this knowledge, a group of survivors and allies, including Aela, went to the June school board meeting to raise the issue. They were granted permission and each student shared a story about their assault or spoke on behalf of a survivor. They talked about the dangers they faced at the school, the lack of support from administrators and teachers, and they asked the school board to work with them to create a robust sexual assault response policy for the district. The board responded by silencing them, including removing the live video of the meeting and replacing it with a dubbed over version. The board did not reach out to the students to offer to better support them or engage them on the issues. They did nothing. So on September 16, my daughter and other students took matters into their own hands to protect their classmates and advocate for their rights. They posted multiple sticky notes in the girls' bathrooms saying "There's a rapist in our school and you know who it is." The school responded by investigating the students who had spoken out, interrogating them, pressuring them to share the names of their accomplices and involved the local police...not for the crime of sexual assault, but for their simple act of speaking out. Ultimately, they were suspended for bullying, even though the post-it notes didn’t mention any names. I’ve never been so proud of my daughter and her classmates and I’m shocked that the school isn’t celebrating the leadership of these remarkable young women and men, but is instead doing everything in their power to discourage their free speech. It is an outrage that the district is punishing survivors and whistleblowers. What kind of lesson is the school teaching these kids? To be silent? To not stand up for themselves or others? My daughter and her classmates deserve to have their voices heard. We are asking the district to remove the suspensions and invite a sit-down with students and stakeholders to address their concerns. The school ultimately needs a comprehensive policy to make school safe for my daughter and her classmates, including anonymous reporting, Title IX training, and trauma-informed counseling.
Petition to NCAA, NIRA , Colby-Sawyer College
Help us get Coach Ken Pape back for the remainder of our rugby season.
On Thursday, October 10th, the 5-0 Colby-Sawyer Women’s Rugby team was informed that their Head Coach, Ken Pape, was terminated, leaving more than twenty-five players in emotional distress for their game in two days. Athletic Director of Scheduling George Martin, layed the news on the team as they responded to the announcement with cries and questions. They asked if they were able to contact Coach Pape and if he was able to attend their games. Martin verbally responded that Pape could only interact with players who contacted him first and then implied that if he was emotionally stable, Pape would be able to attend their games. As a couple of players assisted Coach Pape while moving out of his office, he showed them his termination letter—when asked—as he did not sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. They learned from Colby-Sawyer’s official document that he was fired for unjust reasons. As players learned the truth behind the story, they began to take a stand for what they believed was right. At that Friday’s afternoon practice, players laid down their jerseys for Coach Pape as a representation that they would not participate in the upcoming game against the University of New England. One of the players then informed him of the protest, to which he responded, “...we have to stay true to our core values, our culture is why we are as successful as we are. You should all play tomorrow.” Many of the players came from all over the country to play rugby for Coach Pape (California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin). He has become their home away from home. He has stood by them and fought for their rights (Title IX) in multiple scenarios in and out of Colby-Sawyer College. Coach Ken Pape is the reason for their current 6-0 season. He is the reason that the team developed four All-American players. He is the reason that many women on this team have become the players that they are now. This protest is to object the unjust firing of Coach Pape in the middle of the best season known to Colby-Sawyer rugby history. Pape deserves the opportunity to finish this season (five weeks, four games) before dismissal since he is the reason that they have even come this far. They respectively ask those that are willing to help them, please sign and share their online petition (click the link in the bio). Members of the Women’s Rugby team at Colby-Sawyer thank you for listening and helping during this difficult time.
Petition to American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology -Alabama, Alabama Child Protective Services, Ob/Gyn Associates of Alabama
Keep Babies with Moms Suffering from Postpartum Depression
Up to 1 in 5 women will suffer from a maternal mental health disorder, like postpartum depression, the most common complication of pregnancy, yet most are never screened, diagnosed or treated. When moms finally speak up, doctors should listen and provide treatment not call child protective services and have their babies taken away from them. It's critical doctors, nurses, child protective services and judges receive training in the range of disorders and symptoms so they know when a mother is at risk of harming herself and/or her baby (with postpartum psychosis), and when she is not (with postpartum intrusive thoughts/anxiety). This knowledge should be tested for by medical/nursing boards before doctors/nurses receive/renew their licenses. Child protective services and judges should also be trained in every state before being able to hear a case involving a potential maternal mental health disorder. Ob/Gyns should be screening mothers routinely for these disorders and educating their patients about the range of symptoms including the possibility of unwanted thoughts, patients shouldn't be educating their doctors! Babies belong with their moms, and moms deserve help.
Petition to IBJJF, international brazilian jiu jitsu federation, brazilian jiu jitsu federation, new breed, kasaigrappling , f2w , fight2win , polaris professional jiu jitsu, sub stars jiu jitsu, bjjstars , bjjstarts.tv , bjjstarsoficial , spyder_korea , spyderkorea , abu dhabi world pro, uaejjf , united arab emirates jiu jitsu federation, eddie bravo invitational, Five Grappling, spyderkoreabjj
PETITION FOR WOMEN'S EQUALITY IN JIU JITSU
A Petition for Equal Pay and Opportunity for Women in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Athlete: a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. - “Athlete.” Def. 1. Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster Dictionary, web. 16 Sept. 2019 In the definition of the word athlete, there is no gender specified, thus concluding no disparity should be made between male and female. Gender inequality is the idea and situation that women and men are not equal. Gender inequality refers to the unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals due to their gender. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the fastest growing sports. Regardless of this fact, many of the big federations for Jiu Jitsu have a discrepancy between male and female payouts as well as opportunity. Here are the problems that need to be addressed: 1. Inequality in the prize money at tournaments. (See below graphs) 2. Women compete in less diverse weight categories and combined ranks. 3. Opportunities presented by the biggest federations in Jiu Jitsu are only open to male competitors. I.E. IBJJF Grand Prix, ADCC Open Class and Superfights, UAEJJF King Of The Mat. 4. There is not enough media attention for female athletes. One example being an article written and posted on September 8th by FloGrappling entitled, “The Massive and Unfair Size Differences in the ADCC Women’s Divisions.” This article was taken down not even 24 hours later. Due to the lack of opportunity to compete for big payouts, women are unable to solely live off of prize money throughout the competition year. This contributes to the absence of media coverage and subsequently many sponsorship opportunities. We believe that these problems can be solved. If the federations and women competitors address these issues, the women’s division will grow, become stronger and even more exciting to the spectators. It is unfair to receive different treatment due to the gender. Women train the same amount of hours, compete at the highest level, and have to mentally deal with the disparities mentioned above. Women have been competing in this sport for over 30 years (1985), with the first female BJJ black belt being awarded in 1990 to Yvone Duarte. Yet, we are not able to receive the same treatment as men in our sport. We petitioned for women’s divisions to become a reality at the Mundials (1998), we petitioned for the divisions to be separated for all belts (2011.) At ADCC, women weren’t included for 7 years, and when we were invited, there was one open weight class and 8 women competing (compared to 5 weight classes and 16 man divisions.) We are speaking up and petitioning for the equality of pay and to be given the same opportunity as men for competitions with high payouts. The demand for equal pay is not one that has been asked by female jiujiteras alone. According to www.womenssportsfoundation.org the U.S. women’s soccer team, the U.S. national ice hockey team, the WNBA and Big Wave surfers have all taken steps for equal pay in their respective sports. Some teams have sued their governing bodies, others boycotting major competitions and protesting. This has brought more media coverage for the issue and, in some instances, has brought the change of equal pay for both genders. This is not a matter of the amount of women competing, as of September 2019; there are 226 ranked female black belts. In 2019, 63 female black belts registered and competed at the Worlds, with 68 the previous year. This is about the motivation from federations and the support we receive. In this petition we are kindly asking the Federations to review these circumstances and make a change, for the women, and for the advancement of the sport. Thank you kindly, The women of Jiu Jitsu and the men that support our cause.
Petition to ESPN, FOX News, ABC
Equal advertisement on all women sports, college and professional.
Women have the same desire to play professional sports, but the lack of women sports available is limited, and those that are available are not able to make a living like men sports. So I want to make all the news stations and Universities aware of the lack of advertisement done to women sports, the lack of money spent on advertisement. I think a change needs to happen, you can't just make money appear out of thin air, bringing attention to and applying the same flare that are brought to men sports to women sports, is something that can help women sports get noticed and eventually allow women to make a living playing something that they love. I want there to be fantasy women sports, I want the amazing videos of awesome plays and highlights put together, I want commercials to feature women sports more than "here is this team playing at this time". I want excitement brought to women sports just like the men sports. I think this needs to start at the college coverage and advertisement, once the hype of the sports are done there, I think it will help people want to watch and go to professional and collegiate sports. I grew up playing softball, I was good, my junior year I was MVP, all-region, all-state, my senior year the same thing plus we were regional champs! I went on and played college softball, but that was all that I could do without having a different job to support me. I want future women to have the opportunity I didn't!
Petition to Instagram.com, Mark Zuckerberg
Instagram, please stop censoring pole dance
For hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, pole dance is a mainstream fitness activity. Pole athletes, dancers, performers, instructors, entrepreneurs and amateur enthusiasts use Instagram daily to connect, share expertise, train and inspire. We have uploaded millions of videos and pictures. We carefully hashtag our tricks, training and dance flows to learn and progress, and cheer each other on as a passionate, supportive and diverse community. Recently Instagram has blocked almost all pole-related hashtags - without explanation other than citing ‘content that may not meet Instagram’s community guidelines.’ This means we cannot connect. We cannot learn. We cannot support each other. What we do does not violate Instagram’s community guidelines. It is not profane, pornographic, injurious or hateful. What we do requires skill, strength and discipline. It is a dance art; it is fitness training; it can be sexy and entertaining - but it does not violate Instagram’s terms of service. To perform aerial acrobatics on a pole requires skin grip - but we are not nude. We dance, compete, run small businesses, perform legally and legitimately. We respect each other. We ask that you respect us, your users. Review your algorithm and settings, and let us continue to share our art, our dance, our successes, our failures; let us continue to celebrate the human body in beautiful flight. Empowered, without shame, with love. As a community of thousands, we love Instagram. As a pole family with supporters in the millions, we appreciate Instagram as one of our foremost social media platforms. We are saddened that Instagram no longer seems to love us back. To our family of followers and fans, to our community of pole and aerial dancers, teachers, trainers and athletes, please sign our petition. Share it with your friends and ask them to sign it too. Help us make Instagram hear our voice. #whereisthepoleloveInstagram Sincerely The Pole Dancers of Instagram, including..... United Pole Artists 183k followers, info/marketing/consulting for pole industry @upartists Pole Dance Nation 238k followers, author ‘Pole Dancer’ by Nikki St John, publicist @poledancenation Michelle Shimmy, 187k followers, international pole artist, instructor and businesswoman @michelleshimmy Elizabeth Blanchard, 75k followers, international instructor, aerialist and kinesiologist @Elizabeth_BFit Anna-Maija Nyman, 90k followers, athlete, Nordic & 5x Swedish National Pole Champion @annamaijanyman Dan Rosen, 56k followers, competition athlete, instructor, UK Male Pole Champion @danrosenpole Laura Arbios, owner Sadie’s Pole Studio, Founder Pole Dancers Vote @sadiespolestudio Meg Lee, 24k followers, competition athlete, instructor, studio owner @megthesupernova Makeda Smith, 3.4k followers, publicist, instructor, Pole priestess @flyingover50 Carolina Hades @bloggeronpole, social media PhD researcher, writer, activist & blogger with 5k followers Rachel Osborne 11k followers. Housewife. Mum. Pole dancer @TropicalVertical NOTES: From Carolina’s essay ‘What Instagram’s Pole Dance Shadowban Means For Social Media’ published at www.bloggeronpole.com ‘We need more clarity about how social media algorithms work, about what gets engagement and what is banned why. It’s puzzling that algorithm changes are so frequent, so hard to keep track of and still go unexplained by Instagram. This wouldn’t be feasible with any other business model: imagine using a service and not being told how it works and how to use it to make the most out of it. You wouldn’t buy it. Instagram is thriving off of people’s need for exposure and attention and isn’t clarifying much." "The 'Community Guidelines' approach in social media regulation has clearly failed. In my PhD, I talk about how human rights law and a balancing act between censorship and freedom of expression are needed to judge whether a post has to be taken off. Does it infringe or threaten anybody’s human rights or pose a threat to someone’s security? If not, I’d say keep it on – and if anything, add a NSFW/ 18+ content filter." https://bloggeronpole.com/2019/07/what-instagram-pole-dance-shadowban-means-for-social-media/
Petition to Mayor of Brookland, City Attorney for Brookland, Kenneth Jones, Kevin Orr, Brookland City Council
8/12/19 Audio of Brookland Arkansas City Council meeting needs to be uploaded publicly
During the September 9, 2019 City Council meeting in Brookland, Arkansas, Kimberly Shelby once again, asked the City Council to enforce the city ordinance requiring a 6 foot privacy fence or screen to be put up between commercially zoned properties and residential districts and asked for a vote after she received a notice in writing from the Brookland Mayor's Office, City Clerk that a vote would be required to have Kevin Orr, the City Attorney enforce the ordinance. However, that September 9, 2019 City Council meeting turned into an attack on Kimberly Shelby and her character once again. Councilman Cooper stated that Mrs. Shelby was contradicting herself after she supposedly made statements about working with Sonic regarding "her fence" during the August 12, 2019 meeting. Those statements were false. That can be proven if the City will upload the August 12, 2019 audio minutes. They do have the minutes available that will allow the general public to verify that Councilman Cooper's statement was false and an attempt to discredit Mrs. Shelby publicly as well as other discrediting attempts. Please join us in asking for transparency of The Brookland City Council by signing this petition & stop the belittling of 1 citizen in an effort to avoid a serious Code Enforcement issue.
Petition to Mayors office
We all know that teenage pregnancy is one of the biggest problem in this country.For the past years in our country, early pregnancy is very timely topic for the teenagers. Most of the teenagers, don't know how big responsibility to raise a child when they are young. We aim to lessen and eventually stop the high rate of teenage pregnancy especially here in our school.We suggested that we should have atleast 1-2 hours class to teach students sex education. We aim to create our Facebook page and create a petition under change.org about teenage pregnancy and through this, students have atleast a background knowledge about this issue and make them realize that being an unprepared parents in the future can make a failure in their lives. We talk about it to make a form to encourage all the teenagers and parents especially to our Barangay officials to be with us or help us to spread the importance of the future of every child. We make this not only to inform teenagers but also to help them make the right decision on their lives. For more information just visit our website at Princess any altar are gmail.com and Cabildoclaribel@gmail.com or contact us:#09655804745 and #09267930879.