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Care2 Members in the News

In the past two weeks, Care2 petitions have been featured in news outlets ranging from BuzzFeed to The Daily Beast. Check out a few of the highlights below!

Care2 Members Demand Vogue Apologize for Insensitivity to LGBTQ Community

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In the July 2015 Vogue cover story, English model, actress, and singer Cara Delevingne revealed she is in a committed same-sex relationship with musician Annie Clark (also known by her stage name, St. Vincent).

But Julie Rodriguez, Care2′s Online Activism Coordinator, says the article’s writer, Rob Haskell, characterized Delevingne’s relationships with women as a “phase,” perpetuating a harmful LGBTQ stereotype. More than 10,000 LGBTQ protestors and allies signed Julie’s Care2 petition demanding an apology from Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, for publishing the piece.

Haskell wrote: “Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct…When I suggest to Cara that to trust a man, she might have to revise an old and stubborn idea of hers—that women are perennially troubled and therefore only women will accept her—her smile says she concedes the point.”

Julie says it’s wrong of Haskell to equate same-sex relationships with childhood trauma or to characterize it as a phase — and thousands of Care2 members agree with her. Her petition quickly gained the attention of over 71 media outlets, including major players such as:

Jezebel

Huffington Post

Yahoo!

The Daily Dot

People

Cosmopolitan

The petition even snagged Julie an exclusive interview with Bisexual.org. You can add your name to Julie’s Care2 petition here!

138k+ Petition Signatures Presented to Support Kansas Mom Facing Felonies Over Medical Marijuana Use

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Care2 joined Shona Banda, a Kansas mother facing felony charges for medical marijuana use, as she surrendered herself to custody on June 15. Care2 Senior Campaigns Manager Christopher Burley joined her to present a Care2 petition with over 138,000 signatures from advocates worldwide urging mercy for Shona. The petition now has over 150,000 signatures.

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The tragic story unfolded when Shona’s 11-year-old son defended the use of medical marijuana during an anti-drug program at school. Shortly after, Shona’s home was raided and authorities discovered the medical marijuana she used to treat her Crohn’s disease. She now faces up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 bond on multiple cannabis-related charges stemming from the medical cannabis use that saved her life.

Christopher is a native Kansan who spearheaded the Care2 petition. His mother used medical marijuana to ease nausea and maintain an appetite during chemotherapy before she lost her life to colon cancer in 2001. When Shona turned herself in, the throngs of Care2 members urging the governor to intervene were heard.  Media swarmed the event, and the petition was featured in over 17 media outlets, including:

Yahoo!

TakePart

Garden City Telegram

Wichita Eagle

Please speak out for Shona by signing Christopher’s petition.

Care2 Members Speak Out For Women’s Rights

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Other Care2 petitions that saw media attention in the past two weeks focused on women’s rights issues.

Care2 Members Demand Wider Birth Control Access

After Oregon passed a law that would allow women to obtain a year’s supply of birth control (instead of the 30- or 90-day supply currently available), Care2 members signed a petition to tell their Senators they wanted the same change made in their states. The petition was featured in the Bellingham Herald. You can sign now and an email will automatically be sent to your state Senator.

Care2 Members Tell Facebook to #FreeTheNipple

Another Care2 petition took Facebook to task for suspending the accounts of women who posted about the #FreeTheNipple movement. The movement seeks to desexualize female breasts so that women may be topless and/or breastfeed in public without fear of harassment or prosecution. While Facebook regularly deletes harmless, artful, nonsexual, or political images of female breasts, it allows images of violence against women to remain. The Care2 petition was featured in Reason and Oregon Live; you can add your name here.

Nearly 12k Tell Hasbro to Stop Misgendering Dinosaur Toys

Finally, a Care2 petition asking Hasbro to stop misgendering dinosaur toys associated with its Jurassic World line made a splash in many news outlets and blogs. The petition was started by dinosaur expert Dustin Growick, who noticed Hasbro had begun marketing all of its dinosaur toys as male — even though every Jurassic Park fan knows only female dinosaurs populate the island! Growick says Hasbro is reinforcing the antiquated gender stereotype that only boys can like dinosaurs and action figures. You can add your name to his petition here.

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All of these stories are a great testament to the power of online petitions created on Care2. Is there an issue or cause you care about? Create a petition today, and show the world what you want to change.

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6294 comments

Sue H
Sue H13 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Lesa D
Lesa D1 months ago

thank you Julie...

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John J
John J1 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Peggy B
Peggy B2 months ago

Noted

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Peggy B
Peggy B2 months ago

TY

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Ellie M
Ellie M2 months ago

ty

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Lesa D
Lesa D3 months ago

thank you Julie...

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John J
John J3 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Ellie M
Ellie M4 months ago

ty

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Danii P
Past Member 4 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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