iPetitions continues to have a powerful impact. Here are some of the ways our petitions are making a difference.
The first step in justice for Aaron Juarez
On June 1, 2013 Aaron Juarez died as a result from being punched once in the face, knocked unconscious, causing him to fall backwards, hitting his head on the concrete parking lot. Aaron hit his head, resulting in severe head trauma from which he could not survive.
The man responsible for this is David Alvarez, 31 years old from Corpus Christi, Texas. David Alvarez was arrested on Thursday June 6 and had a bond set at $200,000. Mr. Alvarez's family and his attorney have requested a reduction of that bond. This petition has been started to ensure that doesn't happen.
Over 3,100 signatures were collected to support the denial of the bond reduction request. Alvarez was scheduled for a bond reduction hearing Thursday morning and his attorney Scott Ellison was going to ask 28th State District Judge Nanette Hasette to lower Alvarez’s $200,000 bail. But Ellison canceled the hearing earlier this week and didn’t reschedule it for another day, according to court staff.
Aaron Juarez's killer remains in jail.
UNESCO Site Hadrian's Villa saved from garbage dump
The Italian government had plans to put an emergency garbage dump a mile away from Hadrian's Villa, a large Roman archaeological complex located in Tivoli, Italy. Sponsored by the American Institute for Roman Culture, a petition was launched to save this important UNESCO site. They exceeded their target of 5,000 signatures by over 1600. In the end, the Italian government decided NOT to create a garbage dump near by. Congratulations, American Institute for Roman Culture!
"Revive The 4400" petition signed by cast, gets celebrity attentionA petition asking Netflix to revive the TV series "The 4400" has caught the attention of many involved with the show, including Maira Suro (Executive Producer), Craig Sweeny (Producer), Jen Grisanti (Vice President of Current Programs | CBS/Paramount) and lead actors Joel Gretsch (Tom Baldwin) and Jacqueline McKenzie (Diana Skouris). It was even retweeted by William Shatner!
The late Chris Tully to be honored during graduation ceremony"Administration is letting Lucia speak at graduation! After 1,000+ signatures in just over 12 hours, we thank all of you for your words and support. We could not have done this without you."
Policy preventing visiting students from accessing recreational facilities overturned
Visiting students are now allowed to purchase memberships to recreational facilities on campus after an online petition resulted in a University policy being overturned.
Knox Grammar's Paterson Centre for Ethics and Business Studies to be renamedThe headmaster of Knox Grammar School has announced the school's Paterson Centre for Ethics and Business Studies will be renamed, after it was revealed that former headmaster Ian Paterson failed to stop the pervasive sexual abuse of students that occurred during his 30-year tenure. The decision to rename the centre comes after an online petition was launched. (Photo via theage.com.au)
Cardiff Riding School Stays Open!
"Cardiff Riding School was threatened with immediate closure during the Council budget process in February 2013. Our on-line petition was combined with in person signatures collected in the city centre demonstrated the breadth of support for the School and forced the Council to change ‘closure’ to ‘review’ in just 15 days and prompted a Scrutiny Committee enquiry. The many comments about the positive impact of the School on individuals from the last 40 years of operation gave us personal cases and powerful quotes to add to our hard facts when presenting our case to the enquiry, which eventually led to the Council agreeing a partnership with the Friends of Cardiff Riding School to keep the School in Council ownership... Without the immediacy and reach of social media, we would never have had the evidence base we needed to galvanise the campaign"