Petition Tag - oscar

1. Let's Turn the Puerto Rican Day Parade Into a March for Justice!

We've often heard the phrase, drastic times call for drastic measures. It's a message that everyone on this page and beyond should deliver to the Board of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. While it's a good thing that they announced a special tribute to our national hero, Oscar Lopez Rivera, a day after tens of thousands of Boricuas shut down the Motherland to protest la Junta and its draconian austerity measures, we humbly submit that this years parade should be turned into a march for justice and freedom for Puerto Rico.

How pathetic it would be to have a parade led by politicos like Rep. Nydia Velazquez and Rep. Jose Serrano who VOTED FOR PROMESA? How insulting would it be to have floats and sponsors like Banco Popular who have bankrupted the island and forced thousands of families from their homes? How out-of-touch would it be to have over a million Boricuas on Fifth Ave shouting "QUE VIVA PUERTO RICO!" when in fact the Motherland is getting its very life and its people literally sucked out of it by hedge fund vultures, corrupt politicos and greedy corporations?

This march should be led by Oscar AND the students of the UPR who have been leading the movement for dignity and respect and liberation. We have a strong feeling that the ancestor Gilberto Gerena Valentin, who is also being honored this year and was a leading voice for social justice, would agree. A call has already been made to stage another massive national strike in Puerto Rico on the day that a wasteful plebiscite takes place. So far, that day falls on June 11th, the day of the Puerto Rican Parade. Are we gonna march or are we going to parade?

2. Name an Oscar Category after Robin Williams

Following the sad loss of Robin Williams earlier this week, I and the undersigned would like to suggest that the Oscars Committee consider a new lifetime category.

It's title could be along the lines of, 'The Robin Williams Oscar For The Most Diverse Contribution to the Golden Screen.

3. Give Hattie McDaniel an Oscar; Support the replacement of her plaque

In 1937, the Best Supporting Actor and Actress were first awarded. The winners received plaques instead of statuettes for the first seven years. After that according to the Academy's history, in 1943, all plaques were later replaced with statuettes.

Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win the role of Best Supporting Actress in 1939 for Mammy in Gone with the Wind received the award (plaque), but her plaque was never replaced with the statuette (Oscar). She donated her plaque to Howard University, but is was lost during the riots of the 1960's.

Because it is such an important historical artifact the Friends of Hattie believe that it is only right for the lost plaque to be replaced with a statuette as have been all other plaques. Plans have been made to house the award at the international headquarters of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. McDaniel was a member and a part of the first graduate chapter, Sigma Sigma that was formed in Los Angeles who were instrumental in petitioning the Academy to nominate her.

4. Free Oscar Elias Biscet

Free Oscar Elias Biscet is the petition of The International Campaign of Oscar Elias Biscet. Dr. Biscet, my father, was unjustly imprisoned and sentenced to 25 years for defending basic human rights.

5. Help Families Keep the Government from Seizing their Land

On Sept. 14, 2009 we went to Big South Fork National Park in Tennessee. There we came across a homestead farm built in the 1800's by Jonathan Blevins but the land had continued to be worked until the early 1980's by the then said owner, Oscar Blevins. He was told he would have to leave his home of 50 years so the Government could declare Mr. Blevins land and other homesteads in the area as well as the forest surrounding these homesteads a National Park.

Oscar Blevins did not want to leave his home but the Government declared his home and land condemned and seized it from him. I was outraged when I read all this on the history of the farm right there on Oscar Blevin's property.

6. Dukes of Windsor - show us What Love Is

On April 18th in the Triple J studios The Dukes of Windsor joined Zan Rowe to share their top five dream collaboraters the last of the lovely songs they decided to share was a cover by Oscar of 'I Want To Know What Love Is'

Listen to the streaming here, the song can be heard at about 45 min just click through:

This brilliantly hilarious cover needs to be shared, it needs to be heard in its entirety, it needs to be online.

7. Oscar Voters Who Have Not Viewed All Nominees Should Be Disqualified From Voting

March 13, 2006

This petition is an attempt to convince the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to change their rules, making the viewing of all nominees in any given category mandatory and verifiable, before allowing Academy members to vote in that category.

On the heels of the controversial Best Picture selection of Crash at the recent Academy Awards ceremony, it was disturbing to hear Academy voters like Tony Curtis and Ernest Borgnine admit publicly that they refused to view all of the Best Picture nominees.

The Academy Award has in the past been considered the pinnacle of achievement in the motion picture industry. Now imagine a panel of judges at the Olympics awarding the gold medal, which is viewed as the pinnacle of achievement in sport, to a specific competitor, despite refusing to view the routines of all participating competitors. The uproar would be quick, relentless and perfectly justified.

8. Posthumous Oscar for Richard Burton Campaign

It's been 21 years since Richard Burton passed away and his memory still 'burns as green as grass'.

Elizabeth Taylor recently referred to the fact that Richard Burton had been nominated for an Oscar a record 7 times but had never won. She mentioned that it maybe time that his contribution to the industry should be recognised. We at the Richard Burton Yahoo group agree.

If you think Richard Burton should be honour too, please sign our petition.

9. Prevent Oscar Stephen III From Being Released

This petition has been created to inform the world of the sensless acts often committed by men. Oscar Stephen III has successfully taken a precious member of my family. In retribution of that act, my family and I desire to ensure he gets the maximum penalty allowed by the State of Texas. Murderers must know that while they may be forgiven for such crimes, it does not exonerate them from serving the required amount of time regardless of good behavior.

10. DR,Oscar Elias Biscet

El DR: Oscar Elias Biscet, Esta preso en Cuba, Por defender la libertad y los derechos Humanos, Que todo ser Humano tiene derecho en este mundo menos en Cuba,El pueblo de Cuba sufre una tirania comunista por mas de 40anos.

11. Freedom for Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet

This is an international petition to urge the Castro government to free Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet who is unjustly held in a Cuban prison. Dr. Biscet is an Amnesty International Prisoner of conscience.

12. Release Dr. Biscet from Cuban jail

Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet González was born of humble origin in Havana, Cuba on July 20, 1961. Dr. Biscet is a political prisoner in Cuba where the dictatorship says it holds no political prisoners. Yet a multitude of respected human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have reported that Cuba does indeed have many political prisoners. Dr. Biscet is considered an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience.
Dr. Biscet is the founder and president of the Lawton Foundation, an organization considered illegal by Fidel Castro's government. The Lawton Foundation peacefully promotes the defense of all human rights through nonviolent civil disobedience. Dr. Biscet, a follower of Thoreau, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, has been mistreated physically and psychologically, has suffering beatings, threats, humiliations, blackmails, intimidating interrogations, and is now unjustly incarcerated by the Castro regime.