Monday, 21 November 2011

Amazon Petition - Look Who's Signing!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CAMPAIGN HAS NOW BEEN HANDED OVER TO THE U.S ALLIANCE TO END THE HITTING OF CHILDREN



Currently, I'm trying to attract press attention to my petition to ask Amazon not to stock books which advocate the physical abuse of children. I'm compiling and circulating the following list of 'notable signatories'. Of course, every one of the ten thousand seven hundred and ten people who have signed the petition so far are immensely notable and significant to me. But with Amazon refusing to respond, I want to try and attract attention, both to the petition itself, and to Amazon's silence.

I have therefore been in contact with the following signatories and gained their permission to make public their support of my campaign. I am immensely grateful to them, not just for this support, but also for their individual contributions to the awareness of child protection.


UPDATE! 22/11/11 NEW SIGNERS:
  • Prof George.W.Holden, Professor of Psychology, SMU, Chair of the Global Summit on Ending Corporal Punishment and Promoting Positive Discipline, 2011, Dallas, TX. Prof Holden's research at the Holden Lab focuses on understanding the determinants and significance of the parent-child relationship in development.
  • Robert Fathman Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist, Co-Founder of the Center for Effective Discipline and the National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools. Co-Chair EPOCH-USA (End Physical Punishment of Children, part of an international federation of organizations seeking to end corporal punishment of children)


UPDATE! 23/11/11 NEW SIGNERS:


UPDATE! 24/11/11 NEW SIGNERS!:
  • Peter Newell, Coordinator of the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, and long term advocate for children's rights in the UK and internationally. In England he chaired the NGO Children’s Rights Alliance from 1992 to 2002 and is Coordinator of the Children are Unbeatable! Alliance, campaigning for abolition of all corporal punishment. Together with his partner, Rachel Hodgkin, he prepared UNICEF’s Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child. He has worked frequently as a consultant for UNICEF, in particular advising on general measures for implementation of the Convention and on establishment of independent human rights institutions for children. He is also Adviser to the European Network of Ombudspeople for Children. 
  • Margaret Sims, Professor of Early Childhood, University of New England, NSW, Australia, author of numerous books, book chapters, journal articles, and reports, all with focus on the importance of early childhood. Of particular note to this campaign is Policy Brief no.20 on Physical Punishment.


UPDATE! 25/11/11 NEW SIGNERS!:


UPDATE! 28/11/11 NEW SIGNERS!:


UPDATE! 29/11/11 NEW SIGNER:



UPDATE! 04/12/11 NEW SIGNERS: 



UPDATE! 06/02/12 NEW SIGNER!


As you can see, this list just keeps growing! If you have signed the petition, are an author, campaigner, psychologist, expert or scholar, or think your signature adds to the campaign in any way, please get in touch with me.

In the meantime I'm sure the list as it stands - creaking under the weight of so many great minds - will gain press attention and increase the pressure on Amazon to respond.

Fingers crossed, and thank you ALL for your wonderful support!



3 comments:

  1. Milli Hill, keep up your good work!

    We all need to persist in our efforts to discourage the sale of books and any other material that abets or promotes the abuse of children, women and human beings everywhere.

    Those who promote violence and abuse through literature are accessories, moral if not legal, to any act or behavior that can be linked to the ideas expressed in said literature.

    While free speech for all must prevail, we can certainly use that free speech right to discourage the and/or sale of violence mongering literature in the interest of protecting the innocent and defenseless: namely children and women!

    Michael Goldfield
    Connecticut, USA

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  2. This is horrible! Its amazing to me that there are actually people out there buying these books disgusting!!!!!! Children are innocent, defenseless gifts from god to be cherished not tortured!!!
    Brandy Green

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  3. I pray that Amazon and any other book chain has the good sense to remove these books and burn them ALL!

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