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January 22, 2014
When the emergency system fails: Last month, Kari Hunt Dunn (shown with two of her three children) took the kids to see her estranged husband at a Texas hotel. While at the hotel, Dunn was brutally stabbed to death by her husband Brian while the children were in the adjacent room. The oldest daughter, 9, knew to call 911, but ran into an issue: The phone system required callers to dial 9 to reach an outside line. (The father was later arrested and is currently sitting in jail on a $5 million bond.)
The result of this tragedy, led by Kari’s father Hank Hunt, could lead to some major action: A Change.org petition encouraging the passage of a law that would require hotels to change their phone systems to make it easier to dial 911. The effort is gaining traction with both Congress and the FCC—here’s the latest.

When the emergency system fails: Last month, Kari Hunt Dunn (shown with two of her three children) took the kids to see her estranged husband at a Texas hotel. While at the hotel, Dunn was brutally stabbed to death by her husband Brian while the children were in the adjacent room. The oldest daughter, 9, knew to call 911, but ran into an issue: The phone system required callers to dial 9 to reach an outside line. (The father was later arrested and is currently sitting in jail on a $5 million bond.)

The result of this tragedy, led by Kari’s father Hank Hunt, could lead to some major action: A Change.org petition encouraging the passage of a law that would require hotels to change their phone systems to make it easier to dial 911. The effort is gaining traction with both Congress and the FCC—here’s the latest.

18:17 // 3 months ago
December 9, 2012

On haters and the University of California’s new logo

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One of the designers of the new UC logo explains why he thinks it’s exciting and necessary.

A lot of folks aren’t in that camp (at least 33,000, according to Change.org), leading to personal attacks like this one on UC’s creative director, Vanessa Correa:

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It’s also a heavy topic of discussion on Reddit’s Berkeley community. What do you think of the logo?

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(If you’re curious, BTW, Fast Company has a piece explaining the reasoning on the change, which was part of a complete rebranding.)

16:05 // 1 year ago
July 5, 2012
We demand, on behalf of all the seniors, poverty-stricken and children, that Pepco immediately begin investing their profits in improving our power and implement a long term solution to these unacceptable delays.
A new Change.org petition against Pepco, a mid-Atlantic energy company • Demanding that the electric company change its business practices, in order to put an end to regular power outages in the DC area. Think that’s bad enough? The power company also wants to stick its own customers with the cost of a public relations campaign that argued it did a good job keeping up the quality of its utility service. This is despite the fact that this campaign was unsuccessful. Pepco’s service has been in the news recently after millions of customers lost power over the weekend after a heavy storm, most in the Washington DC region. source (viafollow)
15:46 // 1 year ago
March 18, 2012
These are real people, telling their real stories. I think it could create a big change, and it could potentially save lives if kids are allowed to see it.
Teen activist Katy Butler • Discussing her Change.org campaign to encourage the MPAA to change the rating of the documentary “Bully,” intended for teen audiences, from R to PG-13. Butler’s campaign has put her in a position where she’s talked to lawmakers, done interviews and even was invited to speak at a discussion about the film by the MPAA, where she said this about the R rating: “The kids can’t go to see the movie by themselves — and, honestly, how many 13-, 14-, 15-year-olds want to go to the movies with their parents? That’s just not cool.” Did the MPAA make the wrong move with the film’s rating?
20:46 // 2 years ago