Petition to The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Donelle Dadigan, Patty Brunton, Cindy Braun, Christine Derenthal
Remove Bill Cosby Star NOW from The Hollywood Walk of Fame
Bill Cosby is a brilliant stand-up comedian, actor, musician, author and community activist. Now, he is also a convicted sex offender. SIGN MY PETITION TO REMOVE BILL COSBY'S STAR FROM THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. After DECADES of whispers and rumors, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault in April 26, 2018. The case involved Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who testified under oath that Cosby drugged and molested her at his Philadelphia home in 2004. At the trial, five other women told about similar encounters. OUTSIDE COURT, MORE THAN **60 OTHER WOMEN ** HAVE COME FORWARD with stories that are much the same, but include rape. SOME of the victims were minors when they were assaulted. MANY of their horrific encounters took place decades ago. On September 25, 2018, a silent Cosby heard his sentence: three to 10 years in prison. Despite his attorney's protest, Cosby was handcuffed and transported directly to prison immediately after Judge Steven T. O’Neill made the ruling. This dramatic fall from grace has been tough for the millions of fans--including myself--who adored Bill Cosby. First, there were his terrific comedy albums, and then he was Scotty, the uber-cool agent on "I, Spy." Later, Cosby was high school coach Chet Kincaid and a happy-go-lucky spokesperson for Jell-O Pudding Pops. For many, he was also the wise and funny Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," a loving family man and The All American Dad. BUT, the real Bill Cosby hid behind every one of these characters. In reality, Cosby was a cunning sexual predator and serial rapist, serving up alcohol and pills to unsuspecting women and then assaulting them. NOW, it's TIME for The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to DO THE RIGHT THING. SIGN MY PETITION TO REMOVE BILL COSBY'S STAR FROM THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. Despite the sentence--which includes Judge O'Neill making Cosby register as a sexually violent predator--the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has so far refused to remove the star. While rescinding a star has no precedent, taking away an honor from Cosby has already happened dozens of times this past year. In a one-two punch in early May, Bill Cosby’s name and statue were removed from the prestigious Television Academy Hall of Fame AND the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame. As of July, **Nearly 30 colleges and universities across the United States have revoked honorary degrees from Cosby,** including Yale University, an action the college has never taken in its 300 year history. Some other prestigious schools are USC, Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, Notre Dame and Boston College. At least half a dozen other colleges are recommending to their boards that their Cosby degrees be revoked. When the verdict was announced, Cosby shouted expletives in the courtroom. Unlike others who have apologized and taken responsibility for their reprehensible behavior, Cosby continues to say he has done nothing wrong. To keep the Bill Cosby star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame is to agree with Bill Cosby. For the sake of millions of tourists who visit the Walk of Fame every year--especially families with young children--NOW is the time to remove Bill Cosby's star. Together, we can encourage The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to DO THE RIGHT THING. REMOVE BILL COSBY'S STAR. THANK YOU.
Petition to Bloch Company
Demand Bloch ballet start including women of color
Dancers of color are often told to obtain brown pointe ballet shoes (the hard-toed lace-up shoes you probably associate with ballet), and not the traditional pink. But few very manufacturers make brown pointe shoes - not only is there very little diversity in ballet itself, but what exacerbates the issue is that there is often zero diversity in shoe shades. If you don’t fit the one shade of shoe color, you automatically feel like you don’t belong. Bloch, one of the largest and most well known suppliers of ballet pointe shoes, needs to start producing pointe shoes that are made for more than those who have a white or tan skin tone. Ballet dancers of color are forced to buy hundreds of tubes of cheap foundation and spend hours caking it on their shoes. Virginia Johnson, the artistic director of the Dance Theater of Harlem, told The New York Times, “This isn’t about shoes, this is about who belongs in ballet and who doesn’t.” But now one of the largest distributors of ballet pointe shoes has announced that it will start producing shoes in bronze and brown to match the skin tones of a more diverse audience. Demand Bloch follow their lead and start making a diverse range of shades for their ballet pointe shoes - every person deserves to feel included in something they love.
Petition to Yielding Accomplished African Women
Empower Women to Believe in their Dreams
We are in a unique moment in history. For centuries, women from all walks of life have defied, persisted and thrived. Our society is on the cusp of a pivotal, inspiring and expansive time in which women can materialize all the aspirations they imagine for themselves. Still today, women all over the world are being are being silenced, maligned and overlooked. Gender based biases and beliefs and the detrimental actions that they produce misrepresent, delineate and disrupt the power women have within. But we believe and are declaring, “TIME’S UP!” Yielding Accomplished African Women works to 1) create a corporate pipeline consisting of top finance and technology firms and 2) holistically prepare young African college women with the qualitative ( critical thinking, creativity, emotional intelligence, presentation, communication, networking skills) and quantitative skills (Django, data management, Excel, Python, PHP) to enter into and succeed in these fields. Donate now to support DIRECT IMPACT in the lives of African women here! Join us as we collectively commit ourselves to: Redefine women’s capabilities. Urge women to take on new challenges and conquer personal goals. Push for women to believe they are the curators of their own destiny. Remind women that their dreams are within reach. Contribute, promote, and celebrate all women in this world. With You in her corner, the possibilities are endless! Donate HERE.
Petition to Alex Azar, Betsy DeVos, Dianna Stubbs, Stacey Rowe, President of the United States, Chelsea Taylor, Carolyn Gargiulo, Amanda Reeves, Michelle Haby, Alison Markwick, Emma Cadogan, Bran Alexander, Shelly Bowen, Graeme Walker, Katie Walker, Zahid Ansari, Timothy Ore, Lance Wallace, Paul Smith, Elise Davis, Human Rights Campaign, Pier deCarlo, Chris Brook, Carol Pyke, Peter Fitzgerald, Pradeep Philip, Simon Jolly, Rosemary Stewart, Frances Diver, Jo Hall
Protest Trump Administration’s Attempts to Derail Transgender Rights
Hi. I’m a fifteen year old trans guy from New Jersey and after checking the news on my phone yesterday, I started to grow even more scared for the future, than I already was as a trans teenager under the Trump administration. As reported by the New York Times, followed by various other news sources, a leaked memo from the Department of Health and Human Services shows collaboration between the Trump administration and the department in trying to create a revision to Title IX that defines “gender” ( really meaning sex) as completely biological and unchanging from birth without genetic testing. This would be completely denying the existence and basic human rights of transgender people, both binary and not. We would loose the right to change our gender markers and hid our transgender status to prevent discrimination. Speaking of discrimination, we would no longer be protected from “gender” discrimination. This will also affect cisgender people, as gender non conforming and androgynous people would also face more discrimination. This policy would significantly diminish the rights of intersex ( those outside the sex binary) people who are only recently getting protection from unnecessary genital surgery as a baby, and only in a few states. Personally, I have not changed my name or gender marker legally, nor have I started hormones or had any surgeries yet and I am terrified that if this comes to pass, it will be much harder to do. Please help us fight back against this discriminatory, disgusting, so very predictably republican policy. For regular citizens: The most important thing you can do is vote! Especially if you are voting in Massachusetts, and need to vote yes on the third question to protect trans people from discrimination On November 6, at 10 am, I think that everyone who does not support bigotry should walk out of their schools and their places of work. Those who can, march to the polls and take action. For the rest of us, we should wear blue, white, and pink, the colors of the trans flag and peacefully protest the administration’s attempts at tearing us down. Half an hour would be sufficient.
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
Women are miscarrying at work, demand Congress do more for pregnant women in the workplace
A 40-year old law grants pregnant women workplace protections, but there’s a big loophole - if businesses don’t already aid other workers with similar health restrictions, they don’t legally have to help pregnant women. Women are having miscarriages because employers are not accommodating them. Tell Congress to beef up this existing workplace protection law, to treat pregnant women in line with ADA considerations. In a recent New York Times piece, several pregnant women working in a warehouse had their needs ignored. A third-party logistics company used by Verizon was forcing pregnant women to carry on their duties, as if they weren’t pregnant. Those duties included carrying 45-pound boxes. Many of the women had doctor’s notes stating they should not carry heavy boxes for both their own health and the health of their babies. Their needs were neglected. Most of them had miscarriages. No woman should have to choose between her job, her health, and the health of her unborn child. That’s why across the U.S., 23 states and the District of Columbia have created additional anti-discrimination laws to protect pregnant women from being fired and mistreated in the workplace. According to the National Women’s Law Center, “they share a core principle: a pregnant worker with a medical need for accommodation should not be pushed out of work when she can be reasonably accommodated without imposing an undue hardship on the employer.” States shouldn’t have to go it alone, workplace protections for pregnant women should be available to all Americans. Women working in factories or in other strenuous environments shouldn’t lose their babies, or face serious health issues themselves. Tell Congress to expand the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, protect pregnant women from avoidable health complications.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
A Petition to be delivered to all U.S. Senators, all Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and to all State lawmakers Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment NOW Are you aware that Women’s Rights are not in the U.S. Constitution? Ask around. Many people mistakenly believe Women’s Rights are already in the U.S. Constitution. They’re not. Wait. What? They’re not? They’re not. The U.S. Constitution gives Women only one right –the right to vote. It’s time to amend the Constitution to guarantee women all the rights men have… not just the one right to vote. Fellow students and others, it’s time for us to finally convince elected U.S. and State lawmakers to pass and ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). It’s so overdue. What can you do? Sign this petition if you support adding the ERA to the U.S. Constitution. Sign this petition if you want to help lawmakers Pass and Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Sign this petition to accept the torch from those who came before us, giants on whose shoulders we stand. Let’s take the Equal Rights Movement up to the next level – ratification. Let’s take the torch from those who lit it and those who carried it such as: Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman; U.S. Representative Bella Abzug of New York and feminists Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, Bobbie Francis; Eleanor Roosevelt; Lucy Stone, Senator Ted Kennedy, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Senator Patsy Mink, Jeannette Rankin, Billie Jean King, Shirley Chisholm et al. It’s our turn now. Be among the next wave of Equal Rights Activists. Sign, then spread the word. Then ask your U.S. and State lawmakers where they stand on the ERA. Ask them to sign, too. Be one of the reinforcements. Help make women’s rights official and Constitutional.
Petition to Department of Homeland Security
Demand DHS protect immigrant women from sexual assault
For immigrant women, entering the U.S. can be a difficult road. A recent study showed that many women are being strip searched and sexually abused by Border Patrol Agents. Their complaints are rarely addressed, and the agents are hardly ever reprimanded. The current process for even filing a complaint is filled with obstacles. When complaints are filed, it’s often the Border Agent’s word against the victims. Immigration stories shouldn’t include incidents of sexual coercion. Tell the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect immigrant women from sexual assault - place cameras in booking areas. Two sisters from Guatemala were strip searched and sexually assaulted by a Border Patrol Agent. He took each of them separately, forcing them to remove their clothes and touched their genitals. The booking areas all were without cameras. Current DHS policies require strip searches be performed only by female agents. If that is impossible due to staffing, then two agents are supposed to be in the room. Their complaint was investigated, only to be thrown out due to a ‘lack of physical evidence’. Their story isn’t isolated. From 2010-2016, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection received 84 complaints of coerced sexual assault. Agents should not use their positions of power to sexually assault immigrant women. Tell the DHS to protect immigrant women from sexual assault, install cameras in booking areas. Sexual assaults by Border Agents is not something that can be overlooked.