Petition Tag - culture

1. Black on Black DISCRIMINATION AN OFFENSE

AfricaRastasMovement Letter to the {Africa Religious peoples}
(Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Sabbatarians).

We invite you to come and join us {Spiritual people}, in Worshipping of (JAH,God,Allah) in Truth and Spirit.

We testified that JAH is only One worthy to be Worshipped.
We believe in all Allah prophets.
We accept Jesus son of blessed Mary to be Christ (the Messiah), spoken by all the Prophets.

We believe in God first.
Africa second, and Religion last.
We deposes every political and Religious orders that permits Black against Black DISCRIMINATION.


It will be of good interest for our Community (African) that you accept our invitation.
Allah loves Community that love one another.
Know that we (Rastas) are true believers of Oneness of JAH.

Signed
Ras Dominic Chima Ntodonke.
-servant of JAH-apostle of Christ Jesus-Emperor Selassie1 frontline Battle Commander-5*.🇪🇹 ~17/04/2017.
On behalf of AfricaRastasMovement.

2. Fund the Building for the Arts Program!

“The arts elevate the quality of life in this region by fueling the economy, helping our children succeed in school and beyond, connecting communities, and providing inspiration and hope.”—ArtsFund.org

Building for the Arts was created by the Legislature in 1991 to help direct State funds to strong nonprofit arts capital projects all around Washington. Building for the Arts is an important program that provides crucial funding for Washington’s arts and cultural organizations.

Sixteen widespread and diverse projects around the state of Washington have been recommended for grant funding in the state’s 2017–2019 Budget, including theatres, museums, and performing arts centers. The state’s investments in these local projects provide temporary construction jobs, permanent arts-related jobs, and improved quality of life for residents.

However, representatives have indicated that they might consider NOT funding the entire program this year due to increased school and education funding levies passed in the 2016 election.

We believe that Washington’s commitments to support both education and the arts are not mutually exclusive, and ask our representatives to affirm the importance of the arts by including full funding for the Building for the Arts program in this year’s budget.

3. Government please explain where Australian dignity has gone

Our NFP has had to close due to government changes within a campaign we were not offered any opportunity to allow our organisation to diversify leaving us no other result than close its doors.

In 2016 we so clearly realise that a small org such as A Good Support have no voice this petition is strictly to create a movement to bring back dignity to every Australian and that our federal government does really need to explains it actions of being a reactive government rather than a proactive one and why when small people try to create a community of empowerment amongst others are they shunned and not able to be heard by those that were and have been elected to represent us the people.

4. STOP MCQP'S BLATANT CULTURAL APPROPRIATION

At midnight on October 30 2016, a day the indian community recognized globally as Diwali, MCQP announced the theme of their 2016 party: "A Bollywood Production."

Established in 1994, The Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) started as a costume party which aimed to create a safe space for misfits, freaks and beautiful creatures to be free and rejoice in the experience of being a marginal other. But in recent years, all it has become is a money making machine which blatantly commoditizes the queer body and creates a hostile playground for white, homonormative bodies to rule over. Those are the "no fats/fems/asians" types just by the way. It's toxic and it just became even more toxic with the announcement of this theme.

This is blatant cultural appropriation and misrepresentation of the highest regard. The event's Facebook page uses a description that attempts to justify the theme as cultural appreciation, but with phrases such as "Eastern guests" "from Bollywood" (because Bollywood is a place now) calling for the party's predominantly white cis-gendered patrons to express themselves in "Saris and harems", it is anything but. Furthermore, the Facebook event credits Ian McMahon as brainchild
of the event, and features no members of the indian community in its production credits or promotional material. The promotional material features white shirtless males dressed in "pagaris" (turbans) and traditional Indian jewelry. This is an uncalled for exploitation of the iconography of indian culture for the pleasure and profit of a largely privileged and white audience. Those homonormative bodies are going to be taking a marginal identity and missusing it for the sake of looking "cute" or just getting lucky with NO regard for the cultural significance of such icons AT ALL. This cannot be allowed!

This is distasteful, problematic and absolutely unapologetic appropriation in the worst way possible. As members of both the Indian and queer communities, we are truly offended. MCQP, you have gone too far. The gaytriarchy will not prosper. Do us all a favour and fix this.

We ask for all the support we can get in signing this petition and appealing to MCQP to change the event theme, or if not, cancel their event. As advocates for the rights of marginalized identities, we cannot let this come to fruition.

5. Say NO to Ocean Burials. Say No to EPANZ.

EPA are going ahead with agreeing with allowing Ocean Burials in NZ. Originally 5 off shore areas had limited restrictions and now it has the go ahead.

How do you feel about fishing in the waters of a burial nature, how do you feel about creating a tapu type area in the waters of NZ?

Sign this petition and let's stop this from happening.

Let us instead of distributing our loved one's remains in the oceans let's bury them where they deserve to be buried and let's show our loved ones some respect.

6. Restore Teddy Roosevelt's Moose Head at Rothmans Steakhouse!

We, the people, respectfully request that the massive moose head hanging high over the mantel in Rothman's Steakhouse (6319 Northern Blvd., East Norwich, NY) is restored to it's original glory.

The moose head was reportedly bestowed to the Rothmanns by Theodore Roosevelt himself, who is said to have ridden over there on horseback for meals in his day.

This priceless piece of history deserves to be shared by all at this historic hometown haunt. This is not just an Oyster Bay or Long Island issue. This is deeply American at its core!

7. Students Speak: Save the Languages

Students of Modern Languages programs at the University of Northern Colorado would like to express their concern over the decision made Monday April 11, 2016 to suspend both the French and German major programs.

By announcing this decision, the administration, provost, and dean of our college have effectively ended these crucial programs. Learning world languages fosters a community of cultural awareness and understanding that not only contributes to our campus, but to our nation. It is our responsibility as a world leader to promote diverse education, which enhances our ability as Americans to be engaged citizens domestically and effective ambassadors abroad.

While publicly advertising to prospective students our university's small class sizes, study abroad programs, and cultural diversity, UNC is denouncing each of these claims within. This decision is not maintenance of any policy on record, but a new statement for the disregard this campus apparently has for its students and other cultures.

Student voices, in every language, matter.

8. Stop Government Assaults on Music

(To keep the petition short and concise we have posted our fully referenced, extended Preamble on our website )

To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

We are a group of Australian Residents, Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Family Members, Organisers, Promoters, Business Owners, Musicians, Artists and Young People who are opposed to the alienation and marginalisation of youth in Australia, in the form of Government 'crackdowns' on music events.

The petition of the undersigned shows:

The current attack on Electronic Dance Music events (specifically) has caused community wide witch-hunts to shut down anything and everything that youth find even remotely entertaining or interesting - thus driving them further towards unfulfilling and deeply depressing lives where drugs and/or alcohol fill the void.

Fuelling community vexation, NSW Premier Mike Baird, NSW Police Minister Troy Grant and numerous Police Commanders and Commissioners have all repeatedly impressed on the public that the 'nature of the entertainment [EDM] is intrinsically linked to illicit drug use', commonly labelling EDM events as 'a breeding ground for wild behaviour, sexual assaults, violence and underage drinking' among other derogatory and Ad Hominem attacks.

As any loving family member well knows, consistent negative dialogue can only serve to CAUSE anger, resentment and mental health issues in young adults, as does reducing quality of life and choices of entertainment.

Additionally, Australians are being prevented from privacy and undisturbed use of their own homes and many tax-payers (promoters, organisers and venues) are loosing business and/or going bankrupt due to forced closures for no other reason than hosting dance parties for youth.

Hence, we beg the Honourable President and members of the Senate to recall, throughout history it has been proved time and again that assaults on entertainment and music are ineffective in addressing drug-culture. And to please also consider those who are being adversely affected, some to devastating degrees, by the current assault.

9. Keep The Mascot

Well, my last petition was taken down due to someone reporting it. Our petition had more signatures than the other had it not been for it being taken down. So thank you for the signatures, all 665. Lets take another stab at it.

The Indian Mascot represents much more than a mascot, it represents bravery, strength, determination, and leadership. For many schools, it represents the heritage of that area, and that should never be taken away. The only peoplewho find this racist,are racist themselves. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, don't be afraid to share it.

For years, this debate has been a topic of controversy. Many schools have used the Indian as a mascot, and even football teams. A school needs a mascot representing the true spirit of teamwork, and confidence, and in my opinion, the Indian is a perfect match. As being a descendant of one of the Great North American Indian Tribes, I find this mascot, a tribute, honoring the many people of this land.

In a society where we strive for unity and friendship, we have focused too much on finding the differences that divide us.

10. My Care

I want to introduce you all to a thought – simple idea born out of musing over the state of our society and our situation, and how we can improve our state as we delve deeper in the 21st century and leave something to look forward to for the coming generations.

How would you like to have funds available to you that won't cost you a penny? The funds I am talking about will be dedicated for the sole purpose of social welfare and the betterment of our society. These funds will come out of the total amount you pay as income taxes to the government. Imagine, a small amount of your taxes being available to you for making the world a better place. You can either donate the funds to any charity of your choice or even establish your own charitable organization to improve any aspect of your society, which you deem to be in need of development or relief.

My aim is to bring about a social change – a change that brings a paradigm shift in our outlook. It is quite apparent, from the present state that our society is in, that there is a crucial need to give care to our ever apathetic society.
This is an introductory attempt to start creating those necessary changes and with this I am introducing My Care to you! I want you to start reading the book with some idea as to what I wish to communicate to everyone and what you should expect. The book is available on Amazon and the link is on the website- www.mycarethebook.com.

Petition Guide:

This campaign has always meant to be a global one and it is the wish of the author to ask the residents of each country who would like to support the My Care campaign in their own country to supply the addresses (in case of UK being; The House of Commons) of their own country and send it to my email.

The information provided will be used to create a petition similar to that of the UK. This way every participating country can have a petition connected to this link for voting.

The global petition is for the rest of residents living in countries where the implementation of My Care cannot take place at present, but want to show their support for the cause!

Please send your addressee information to: Mycarethebook@gmail.com

11. Petition Against Budget Cuts in Culture

At its session on 21st September 2015, the National Council for Culture discussed the announced cuts in the budget funding by the Ministry of Culture.

In the past 20 years, the Slovene culture has been experiencing a systematic political devaluation.

The Government is avoiding taking decisions on cultural policies by means of which it would provide a system environment for the production, distribution, and protection of cultural goods, and it is continually decreasing the percentage of budget funds earmarked for culture.

In 1995, this percentage amounted to 2.5%, while in 2014 it was only 1.67%. As of 2009, the Government has been reducing the amount of budget funds for culture.

These funds amounted to €204 million in 2009 and to €157 million this year, and additional decreases have been announced for 2016.

12. Make English Our Language

America, a former Commonwealth of England, is one of the best Western nations to date.

Unfortunately, English, the most recognized and learned language in the world, isn't our national language.

Due to the massive influx of immigration, Spanish is the most spoken language in America. This shouldn't be!

It's time to unite American citizens with a common language!

13. Free Iranian Television Producer Mostafa Azizi, Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison

UPDATE June 10, 2015--Mostafa Aziz Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison
A man with Canadian permanent resident status has been sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison.

Mostafa Azizi, 53, was sentenced Monday in Iran on charges of collusion against Iran and insulting the supreme leader. The charges apparently stem from some of Azizi's social media posts.

"I'm still in shock," says Parastoo Azizi, his daughter, who lives in Toronto.

Mostafa Azizi, a prominent filmmaker, emigrated to Canada with his family in 2008. His children have Canadian citizenship, and Azizi is a permanent resident who was in the process of gaining citizenship.

Azizi recently travelled back to Iran to visit his relatives. During that trip, Azizi was arrested and held in Tehran's Evin prison. After his trial, he was sentenced to eight years in prison.

"My dad is innocent," says Parastoo Azizi. "He hasn't done anything wrong."
Mostafa Azizi is appealing his case.

Parastoo Azizi spoke with her father briefly earlier this week. He's "holding up" emotionally, she says. But his physical state "is not really good."

Mostafa Azizi has been held in Tehran's Evin prison since shortly after he arrived in Iran in January 2015.

Azizi has spent more than two weeks in solitary confinement, his son, Arash, says, before being placed in the general population.

It's unclear which of Mostafa Azizi's social media postings alerted Iranian authorities, says Sima Sahar Zerehi, a journalist with Shahrvand Publications who also occasionally works for CBC.

She is shocked by the sentence for Azizi, who became a prominent cultural figure in Toronto's Iranian community after his emigration.

"It's a very sad day for Iranian Canadians to see someone who was part of our community, who was part of our neighbourhood, who was very active face something as draconian as eight years in Iranian prison."
SOURCE: CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/mostafa-azizi-sentenced-to-8-years-in-iranian-prison-1.3107324

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Mostafa Azizi, a former Iranian television writer and producer, who has been in prison since February 1, 2015, will be put on trial on June 1, at Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Salavati. Azizi, a resident of Canada since 2008, returned to Iran in December 2014.

A source close to Azizi’s case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the charges he faces are “insulting the Supreme Leader,” “insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic,” and “assembly and collusion against national security,” although no evidence supporting these charges has been presented.

“He is an artist, not a political activist. He is an artist who wrote his analysis of the social and political situation in places like his Facebook page, but he did not intend to break the law or insult anyone,” said the source.

Mostafa Azizi wrote and produced popular Iranian TV series before moving to Canada with his family in 2008. The source told the Campaign that Azizi had returned to Iran to be close to his ailing father and to possibly write or produce new TV series.

“He was summoned by Evin Prison Courts. He appeared at the courts on April 1. I’m not sure what happened there, but he was arrested and transferred to Evin Prison. He spent 14 days in solitary confinement inside the IRGC’s Ward 2-A, and then he was transferred to a cell where there were four or five other prisoners. He is currently inside Evin Prison’s General Ward 8,” the source told the Campaign.

“If he thought he would face problems and that he could be arrested, he would not have returned to Iran at all. When Mr. [Hassan] Ghashghavi, Deputy Foreign Minister [in Consular and Parliamentary Affairs], said that all Iranians can return to Iran, he thought he, too, should return. News of his arrest was shocking,” added the source.

Dozens of Iranian expatriates who have traveled to Iran following assurances by President Rouhani regarding their safe passage, have been arrested, interrogated, prevented from leaving by having their passports confiscated, and, in many instances, imprisoned upon their return, due to the peaceful expression of views or lifestyles with which the government does not agree. This is in direct violation of Article 13(2) of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, “Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”

14. Save The Fijian Indigenous Peoples, Cultures, Chiefly Institution, Race & Language, and 'Vanua' our Land & Resources

Fiji has suffered 27 years of coup culture. The worst is December 2006 coup executed by Voreqe Bainimarama and which resulted in Fiji being under dictatorship for 08 years.

Fijian Indigenous Peoples have suffered the most post 2006 coup.

Fijian Indigenous have lost Rights to Self Determination, their Sovereignty as a First Nation Peoples of Fiji, their Fijian Race & Culture, Fijian Chiefly Institutions, Rights to make calls on their Land, Resources, 'Qoliqoli' or Foreshore and Seabed. Deaths, torture and abuse post 2006 have specifically targeted our Fijian Indigenous Peoples.

The dismantling of the BLV - 'Bose Levu Vaka Turaga' or GCC- Great Council of Chiefs had been craftily orchestrated under the infamous Khaiyum-sunset clause where a thesis had been written to supposedly spell the end of the Fijian Race in Fiji hence the removal of the name Fijian and being given to all in Fiji without even any consultation with the Fijian Indigenous who have held this description of its Fijian Race for approximately 141 years post Deed of Fiji Cession to Great Britain in 1874.

Now on this day 30 March, 2015, invoking that same Deed of Fiji Cession (1874), initially signed by our Fijian Indigenous Forefathers, we, the Fijian Indigenous Peoples of Fiji which includes those of us residing offshore, we collectively now wish to reclaim everything lost to the Fijian Indigenous Race post 2006 coup to 2015.

This petition is apolitical and is purely for the salvage of the Fijian Indigenous Peoples of Fiji who are now spread globally and residing in Fiji and also other parts of the world.

15. Protect and Preserve

Please support our effort to Protect and Preserve historical buildings in Downtown Lafayette.

We are primarily concerned with saving 2 buildings, both of which are at or over 100 years of age. These buildings had a tremendous impact on the early economic growth of Downtown Lafayette, the City of Lafayette, Lafayette Parish and much of Acadiana! The wealth created by Merchants' Grocer Company enabled owners and investors to promote and develop our communities, municipalities and infrastructure at an accelerated rate. Bolstered by the recently constructed rail road in downtown this resulted in the early development of our city giving our city and parish a strategic advantage that has continued to pay dividends over the last 100+ years.

There are many reasons to save these buildings and no good reason to tear them down. They are NOT blocking construction of the proposed interchange and there is plenty of room on either side that can be used to insure construction in those areas does not damage the integrity of these magnificent buildings.

Use this link to view the LA State Historical Preservation Office's letter from the Lt. Governor's office ruling that the 2 buildings are eligible for the National Historic Register.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxarsJ7vBUUnU1N2Y0k5YU5XZHc/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you for your support!

16. K'gari aka Fraser Island

K'gari, the original name for this paradise island now commonly known as Fraser Island.

The direct translation for K'gari' taken from the Butchella language means paradise and any one who has or is planning to visit the island will understand why. Pronounced, Gurri' this breathtakingly special island is still home to a few indigenous descendants and her community of residents share a deep respect and admiration for the island and her settlers history and culture.

The name Fraser Island came from Eliza Fraser so called honest account of her story of survival when she was shipwrecked on the island in 1836. Needless to say Eliza made a lot of money from her tales of her adventure. It was the catalyst that fuelled a dark sequence of events that would eventually lead to all but a few indigenous people left on the island.

It is our mission to see this wonderful island we now call home be crowned to be 'Princess K'gari' once again. Join us in our quest for awareness and help us stand for culture and indigenous history.

17. Save the former Amherst Baptist Church

The County of Amherst purchased the former Amherst Baptist Church, circa 1882, believed to be the second oldest house of worship in the Town of Amherst, in 2006.

The building has remained unused and continues to deteriorate. A group of interested county citizens wish to renovate the facility for use as a cultural community center. However, the current board of supervisors, in a continued 3-2 split, have voted to demolish the building. This petition seeks to reverse that decision.

YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLD, GIVEN AWAY, OR USED IN ANYWAY EXCEPT FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS PETITION.

18. ΓΙΑ ΤΟΝ ΟΡΦΕΑ

Εμείς οι πολίτες της Νήσου Σκοπέλου, που υπογράφουμε την παρούσα επιστολή, αιτούμαστε από το Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού την παραχώρηση στο Δήμο Σκοπέλου του παλιού κινηματογράφου «Ορφέας».

Ο Ορφέας είναι ο μοναδικός χειμερινός και θερινός χώρος εκδηλώσεων που διαθέτει το νησί μας και μπορεί να στεγάσει θεατρικές παραστάσεις, κινηματογραφικές προβολές, συναυλίες, εκθέσεις εικαστικών τεχνών, σεμινάρια, ημερίδες καθώς και πολλαπλών δραστηριοτήτων συναφή με τον πολιτισμό.

Στη Σκόπελο δραστηριοποιούνται: θεατρική ομάδα, χορευτικές ομάδες, μουσικές ομάδες, πολιτιστικοί σύλλογοι, καλλιτέχνες πλαστικών τεχνών κ.α. οι οποίοι όμως αδυνατούν να χρησιμοποιήσουν τον Ορφέα για τις εκδηλώσεις τους εφόσον σήμερα κρίνεται ακατάλληλος για χρήση.

Ενδεικτικά θα αναφέρουμε ότι δεν διαθέτει έξοδο κινδύνου, η στέγαση του κτιρίου είναι ελλιπής, δεν υπάρχει θέρμανση, μόνωση κτλ. Οι εργασίες επιδιόρθωσης κρίνονται αναγκαίες, χρονοβόρες και πολυέξοδες. Οι πολίτες της Σκοπέλου όμως θέλουν και μπορούν να ξαναφτιάξουν τον Ορφέα.

19. Bringing Chingay back to the People!

Singapore's Chingay Parade first started in 1973, as a result of the ban on firecrackers in Singapore. For the subsequent 3 decades, we had a street parade that many Singaporeans looked forward to every Lunar New Year.

However, over the past few years, the event had become an exclusive ticketed event at the F1 Pit - a place where most people would not find themselves headed for if they were not going to the Singapore Flyer (Most performing groups are just walking by the non-ticketed sectors even, not performing). Many people don't even know that Chingay still exist, though most still fondly reminisce squeezing through the crowd just to get a glimpse of the parade.

Presently, even though we have Chingay@Heartlands, only a handful of floats are selected where few, if not none of the performance presented in the actual parade is brought to the people at the Heartlands.

In short, the Chingay Parade has lost its significance to many Singaporeans. It is now an exclusive for the selected few who have the means to buy the tickets/obtain complimentary tickets.

20. Democracy NOW at the Folklore State Centre of Georgia საქართველოს ფოლკლორის სახელმწიფო ცენტრი

Clandestine and manipulative actions are currently being undertaken to put into place an unsuitable candidate as the Director of the Folklore State Centre of Georgia.

This is a result of yet another purge which threatens an emerging democracy. This petition calls for a clear, transparent and considered process to take place with consultation across a broad cultural community before any decisions are made.

The aim of the appointment ought to be to focus on the future of Georgian Folklore and how it is developed and represented on the world stage.

Taken from Rustavi 2 Broadcasting 26 Dec 2013
Staff rallies at Folklore State Center of Georgia
26.12.13 12:15.

The staff of the Folklore State Center of Georgia held a symbolic protest outside the office of the center today. They nailed the entrance door of the building with a banner today and presented their statement of five demands addressed to the Minister of Culture.

The staff of the center is objecting to the decision of the supervisory board of the center, which elected Giorgi Donadze as the director yesterday. They say both the staffing of the board and the election of the new director was carried out with violations and call on the ministry not to sign the decree on Donadze`s appointment.

The previous director of the center Giorgi Ushikishvili was dismissed from the position on the grounds of the violations revealed in the office by the state audit office. Giorgi Ushikishvili and the staff of the center assert that the processes are controlled by Anzor Erkomaishvili.

21. SUPPORT EMBROS: SOCIETY AND CULTURE UNDER THREAT IN GREECE

The historical building of Riga Palamidi 2 of Embros was built in 1933 and till 1985 housed the printing facilities of EMBROS newspaper. In 1988 the Public Real Estate Corporation leased the building to the theatre director Tassos Bantis.

The theatrical company "Morfes" and later the "Embros Theater Company" were housed in the building until the death of Tassos Bantis. During those years EMBROS drew large audiences and became one of the most important Athenian theatres. In 1989, the Ministry of Culture declared the building a “historical monument.”

This deserted building, abandoned after the death of T. Bantis, was occupied in November 2011 by Mavili Collective – a small group of artists and theoreticians. The occupancy installed itself as a “re-activation” and proposed initially an intense twelve-day program of activities bringing together artists, theoreticians, dance/theatre makers, architects and the general public. Mavili Collective continued to operate within the space after the reactivation and produced a dense program of cultural events for about one year.

During this period, over 500 Greek and foreign artists, academics, activists and theorists participated in events organized and produced by the Mavili Collective, in collaboration with local inhabitants and the “Psirri residents movement,” and also many other collectives and groups of the city. All events were free for the public.

A year later ETAD, a new company responsible for selling national assets announced the potential rental of the theatre and demanded Mavili Collective evacuate EMBROS. In a time of crisis, where the Greek state had proven and still is, unable or perhaps unwilling to support the arts and culture and to create social structures, the salvation of EMBROS was of vital importance. Over 2000 signatures were collected in support of EMBROS. Crucially many artists, theorists and activists, felt the urgent need to actively defend the space, a fact which resulted in a further widening of the participants of the occupation, which in the last year operates with an Open Assembly as its organizing body and under the name "Free Self-managed Theater EMBROS ".

Since November 2012, EMBROS functions as an open cultural and social space and hosts performances, exhibitions, screenings, concerts, seminars, discussions and social activities. The operational models are always in process, constantly testing modes and forms that can support its cultural and social role as an experimental common good in the heart of the city. At the same time EMPROS has established relations with other spaces, in Greece and abroad and is supported by other occupancies, social spaces, research centers and cultural institutions across Europe.

In September 2013, EMBROS was once again forcibly closed, this time from TAIPED -Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), a company responsible for the auctioning and privatizing of public assets, which appears as the new owner of the space. However, the legal documents for this transition seem vague and imprecise and the space is not properly described nor located with its exact address. Although the space re-opened a few days after its closure, on October 30th two actors were arrested and evicted with a series of charges.

EMBROS has already received numerous expressions of solidarity from Greece and abroad. Your support at this stage is vital for the continuity of EMBROS and also for the two arrested actors who will be tried in court ιn the next couple of months.

In response and resistance to the authoritarian, repressive policy of the current government, to the privatization of public property, and the government’s imposed motto of "order and security" applied by the police, EMBROS remains open today and invites you all to participate in all its actions.

For more info visit:
www.embros.gr
www.embros-theater.blogspot.com

22. Saving African Cultures

A lot is happening to extinguish African cultures so let's work hand in hand to save our cultures for the best of our ancestral fathers.

23. Protect the Gay Village, Manchester

The internationally famous 'Gay Village' in Manchester is facing many difficulties as an area and its legacy is under threat.

Respondents are encouraged to sign this petition and state their concerns about the famous 'gay area' and to suggest the support that they believe it needs.

Supporting this petition is to request support from leaders and organizations that can help the LGBTQ community evolve and overcome difficulties faced within this area.

The infamous headline in Manchester Evening News in April 2013 prophesied the death of the Gay Village 'within five years', was made. Yet this ongoing struggle has been years in the making and is a sign of a long term lack of investment or strategy.

Notably there has been an absence of an online consultation of LGBTQ residents of Manchester, despite these requests for a think tank and inclusive public dialogue

Signing this petition is to agree that somehow LGBTQ is disempowered in being self-defining and changes for the safety and evolution of the Gay Village are needed to protect its future.

In signing the petition also add your areas of concern and your voice to what the Village needs to become.

Your primary concerns might include:

• The overall demise and decline of the area which concerns you for the Gay Villages future
• The lack of investment into the Gay Village, despite it being an area that needs support, funding and consideration of improving the area with Heritage and Arts and Culture funding and representation
• The failure of the Pride model to put reasonable or fair investment back into the Gay Village, recent years 'donations' to charity barely exceeding 5%
• A desire to see more ‘alternatives’ to a drinking culture in terms of possible community space, arts centre, museum, performance space, market, encouraging community and activities, markets and support for small businesses
• The licensing concerns of takeaways, irresponsible bar and door policies, taxis and the restrictions put upon bars wishing to individuate their businesses
• Concerns of safety and crime within the Village, though a challenge for the whole city centre, consideration of safety is needed to prevent hate crimes, becoming the victim of crime, to make a realistic and 'safe' drug policy, to keep all people safe and reduce the exploitation of homeless, sex workers and vulnerable people
• Poor Leadership and evidenced strategies from an individual in the Council's LGBT Lead, e.g. after the EMRO debate and its procedural homophobia
• Wasteland and unoccupied buildings that could be of cultural benefit. Business rents that exclude pioneering enterprise and penalize business and free enterprise
• An absence of a Community Model for business and improving the Village
• Representation needs to be enhanced to be inclusive of the many voices of the LGBTQ and community projects and premises that are used to benefit the Village and are unrelated to alcohol

For those who wish to go into detail please share this online questionnaire designed to gather more detail upon LGBTQ Manchester's opinions in the absence of such official research - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FPZGYQQ

24. Stop Scotiabank and the City Of Toronto from Stealing Our Festival

The Caribana™ Carnival in Toronto was created in 1967 by the Caribana™ Cultural Committee (C.C.C), now known as the Caribana™ Arts Group (C.A.G.). It is the largest cultural festival in North America and was created to commemorate Canada’s centennial independence celebration, by a group of West Indian immigrants living in Ontario, Canada.

Throughout the years, the founders made tremendous sacrifices to keep the festival alive despite the many adversities they faced, including bankruptcy. Others even lost their homes as a result of repossession by financial institutions when they could not repay the loan borrowed to run the festival. Needless to say, the Caribana™ creators got little or no financial help from the City of Toronto or any government entity when they started, which continued for many years. Despite their many pitfalls and lack of funding, the founders still held on to their visions and dreams and continued to risk all they had to ensure the Caribbean culture was showcased during the summer months when the festival called Caribana™ was held.

Ironically, the festival has now been usurped by one of Canada’s largest financial institution called Scotiabank, and the City of Toronto, through one of the city’s management company call the Festival Management Committee (F.M.C). The takeover was arranged when the City of Toronto, in 2006, offered to assist the C.C.C. with expertise advise in areas they were lacking. This arrangement was accepted when the C.C.C experienced certain challenges, some of which resulted from inadequate funding, so they thought this gesture was genuine and in good faith. Eventually the C.C.C agreed to allow the FMC to manage the festival for a year and helped augment their operations. Afterwards, the festival was to be returned to the C.C.C. management control, but this did not happen.
The C.A.G has requested the return of the festival many times or asked the FMC to enter into a licensing agreement, but their requests have been ignored by a group some people in the community have labeled “the de facto group.” Subsequently, the C.A.G took the initiative to pursue legal action to reclaim the festival and in May 2011, the Ontario Superior Court ruled the name Caribana ™ is a trademark that could no longer be used by Scotiabank and the FMC. With that ruling, the “de facto group” was forced to change the name and renamed it Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

An article in the Toronto Star in May 2011, stated, “An Ipsos Reid study released April (2010) showed Caribana generated $483 million for the provincial economy in 2009, drawing about 1.2 million festival-goers, including 300,000 from outside the country.” Maybe, the biggest question that needs to be answered is, who requested this study? Was it because of these astounding figures, Scotiabank and the City of Toronto do not want to return the festival to its rightful owners? After managing the festival successfully for almost 40 years, why do the City of Toronto, Scotiabank and the FMC now believe C.A.G is incompetent to manage it?

There is no doubt the festival belongs to the C.A.G, who demonstrated resilience throughout the years in promoting the Caribbean culture, even during the most tumultuous times. Scotiabank, by virtue of their actions, seems to be exercising organizational colonialism, which must be condemned. This is an unprecedented action taken by a large city in an advance democratic country. Where is Scotiabank and the City of Toronto ethics and social responsibly?

If anyone was to take away any property of Scotiabank or the City of Toronto, they might be charged for illegal possession of the property and possibly called a thief. Why does Scotiabank believe after all the sacrifices made over the years by members of the Caribana™ Arts Group and the Caribbean Community, the City of Toronto now has the right to take their festival away and let them claim it as their own? Hmm…Bully? Furthermore, under any other circumstances would this not be considered stealing?

25. Bring Adriano Zumbo Patisserie to Western Australia

Adriano Zumbo Patissier is an award winning patissier based in Melbourne & Sydney.

26. Boycott the Kardashians

Kim Kardashian said Is a Lot That's Wrong With American Morals. after she produced the controversial sex tape which was considered a promotion of loose moral fibre. Kim is giving our young girls a negative impact of what women should be like.

27. Stop closure of the only BA in Sign Language Programme for Hearing Impaired in India

Nobody would have thought that in less than two years of setting up of the first Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC) for the Hearing-Impaired, plans would be afoot to shut it down. But that is what seems to be happening at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) campus here.

Vice-Chancellor M. Aslam has publicly announced that t there was no point in continuing with the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sign Language Studies (BAASLS) program.

28. Reform Immoral #BBA TV

We African youths wish to ask DSTV to give us a BBA where African Youths are rewarded for creativity and hard work, thereby promoting entrepreneurship and not this morally-loosed show where single parents who can’t keep their relationships go into the house to show their sagging breasts and addiction, mixed-up with ill-mannered people and get rewarded, producing international prostitutes and gigolo. Haba!

29. Support other cultures on Australian TV

Every night i watch main stream television. The majority of people represented on TV are Caucasians. This is the case whether it is a game show or soap opera. The TV networks in 20 years have introduced a slight presence of other cultures and indigenous Australians on TV but it does not represent the presence in reality. H

How can children and adolescence feel confident about who they are and where they come from if all they see on TV are Caucasian people?

30. Recognize and protect the Brazilian indigenous population

Brazil has advanced greatly in recent years. On the one hand, it has become a model of democracy for Latin America. On the other hand, it has managed to incorporate the fight for gender equality and the promotion of racial equality.

But still Brazil has failed to promote the historic rescue of our native peoples, or Indians, who still remains somewhat on the fringes of the development process itself as a subordinate population. What is the reason for this delay?

They can not be left behind, because our history can not be orphaned.