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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Dave Cortese, Lujan Grisham, California State Senate, Charles E. Schumer, Steny H. Hoyer, Kevin Thomas, Gavin Newsom

Time to ban the use of real firearms on set and demand better crew working conditions!

On October 21st, 2021 we lost an unbelievably talented cinematographer on the film set of RUST, due to a real gun being discharged with live ammunition in it. I am in shock and numb to my core. The bullet also wounded Director Joel Souza. Halyna graduated from the AFI Conservatory in 2015 with a MFA in Cinematography. I graduated in 2010 with a MFA in Directing. Like everyone in the "AFI Family", we all knew one another. AFI is a very small community of filmmakers, trying their hardest to get their "big break" in the film industry after graduating from the program. This up and coming Cinematographer was named as an ASC “Rising Star Cinematographer” in 2019, and was finally breaking into the Hollywood film industry after hustling and shooting amazing content for half a decade. She shot three feature films prior to Rust, but this would have been the movie that would have put her on the Hollywood map as a talented, female cinematographer working with an A-list celebrity.  We need to make sure that this avoidable tragedy never happens again.  There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century.  Real guns are no longer needed on film production sets. This isn't the early 90's, when Brandon Lee was killed in the same manner.  Change needs to happen before additional talented lives are lost. Please sign this petition and demand for your local state politicians to propose legislation that will ban the use of real guns and live ammunition on film and television sets. While we're at it, it's time to address the horrendous working conditions of those who work in the film industry (both studio and independent). The days of working 14-16 hour days are over. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND WE DEMAND CHANGE! Follow us @HalynasLaw (Twitter)

Bandar Albuliwi
116,851 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Governer Kim Reynolds

Urgent: Temporarily Close Meat-Packing Plants in Iowa

Several meat-packing facilities have been identified as sources of major covid-19 outbreaks in the state of Iowa. Meat packing plant workers are considered "essential", yet they are treated as disposable commodities whose lives, families, and livelihoods do not matter. A percentage of patients who will contract this highly infectious disease will suffer severe and fatal complications. The risk of death increases exponentially if our hospital systems are overwhelmed by patients admitted with the disease. Meat-packing plant workers have already died from covid-19 in Iowa.  If we act now, we can mitigate the spread of this infectious disease, which is indeed causing economic uncertainty and hardship, and which is again re-surging. While it will be an economic hardship to those farmers who had expected to turn a profit, if the meat-packing facilities close, the farmers will be able to survive without that revenue for a temporary period. Governor Reynolds cites the critical nature of this production for the food supply, Reynolds seems to forget that reduced pork consumption for food doesn’t equate to life and death.  We have seen the absolute devastation that occurs when effective measures are not taken to contain the disease early.The financial burdens caused by covid-19 will only increase with the new infections. There is no price tag for human life.  Iowans deserve safe working conditions.    Contact Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds: Governor of IowaGov. Kim ReynoldsState Capitol1007 E. Grand Ave.Des Moines, IA 50319Telephone: 515-281-5211Online Contact Information:   

Margaret Klemme
170 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Matthew Shaw, Sir Michael Rake, Paul Evans

Equality for security guards at Great Ormond Street Hospital

My name is Erica Rasheed and I am a security guard at Great Ormond Street Hospital. For the past year, I have been one of those key workers that keep the hospital running. Yet I am part of a small group of workers who are outsourced and on inferior contracts. Like many of the people who turn up to work at the world renowned establishment, I am not originally from the UK, but from Portugal, and my parents from Angola and Mozambique before me. I came here to find a better life for me and my family, but also - like many others, I came to contribute to this country. In 7 months time, I will give birth to my second child. I will do that at an NHS hospital and like many women across the country, I will marvel at this service which - as they say here - ‘free at the point of use’. But this will be a bittersweet moment. Because for the past few months, my colleagues and I have been asking our bosses at the NHS to bring us in-house. We are doing this because as outsourced employees, we get worse pay, worse benefits, worse conditions. What does that mean for me? It means that in 7 months’ time, when I have my second child, I can’t afford to stay with my newborn longer than the 6 weeks that the statutory maternity gives me. My NHS colleagues get to stay home for 5 months. They earn a whopping 2500 more during that time. From a woman’s perspective, this is what outsourcing looks like. Last year, when the world woke up to the realities of racism, bosses at the NHS made nice sounding pledges about how to address ‘structural racism’. We security guards are mostly Black and Brown migrants. Our colleagues in-housed at the NHS are mostly white. If you ever wanted an example of institutional racism, look no further. Going on strike is a last resort. I am calling on you all to sign this petition - because petitions work. They put pressure on people in power. Please sign it in solidarity in support of our strike.

United Voices of the World union
42,545 supporters