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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 6,593
Sponsored by: The Autism Site

Ribbons are an iconic symbol of raising awareness for a certain cause, and the brightly colored autism awareness ribbon is no exception.

It's no surprise, then, that people affected by or passionate about autism would want to show it off on their car, keychain, clothing, or just about anywhere else you can think of. And there is no shortage of supply for these individuals; a simple Google search will pull up a multitude of companies selling the autism awareness ribbon in many forms of products.

But where does the money from these sales go?

A large portion goes into the pockets of sellers, but that doesn't make sense. If companies are going to advocate a cause by selling related products, they should also donate a portion of the proceeds to relevant, charitable organizations. That way, consumers would not just be taking pride in their cause; they would be helping their cause, as well.

Tell Jessica Rich, the Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection: the awareness ribbon isn't just a piece of merchandise that companies can profit from!

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Dear Director Rich:

Autism awareness ribbons are a good way for parents, teachers, and advocates to show pride in their cause. However, a number of companies are taking advantage of this to make a profit. They sell products emblazoned with the autism awareness ribbon but pocket all the proceeds.

This is unacceptable. If a company is indirectly supporting a cause by selling autism awareness merchandise, they should also make an effort to donate at least a portion of their sales proceeds to autism charities.

For this reason, I ask that those who sell merchandise with autism awareness ribbons should be required to give a portion of their merchandise sales to charitable autism organizations. The autism awareness ribbon should not be used to line companies’ pockets.


Petition Signatures

Jul 27, 2018 Cara Blazucki
Jul 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2018 Maristela Machado
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2018 Eleonora De Giorgio
Jul 7, 2018 Marilyn Snyder
Jul 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 4, 2018 Deirdre Gately
Jul 2, 2018 Roxanne Asel
Jul 2, 2018 Kristen Lightbody
Jul 2, 2018 Emilie Johnson
Jul 1, 2018 Nicholas Zecher
Jun 29, 2018 Fernanda Magri
Jun 29, 2018 Susan Faust
Jun 29, 2018 Rose Saunders
Jun 28, 2018 Maria Monteiro
Jun 28, 2018 angie heide
Jun 28, 2018 Sarah Bakker
Jun 28, 2018 Bridget Tully
Jun 28, 2018 Sharon Cornett I think it's disgraceful that any company would sell merchandise for a profit and not share that profit with the charity.
Jun 28, 2018 Carol Borowski
Jun 28, 2018 Carisa Sheely
Jun 28, 2018 Karen Phillips
Jun 28, 2018 Graciela Macedo-Camacho
Jun 28, 2018 Lasha Wells
Jun 28, 2018 Gary Herwig
Jun 25, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 18, 2018 maria kavvoura
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2018 Amy Gorton
Jun 4, 2018 Carl O Connor
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 3, 2018 Jaimie Dockins
May 29, 2018 Jane Garrett
May 29, 2018 Pilar Pérez
May 28, 2018 Shirley Eichelberger
May 27, 2018 Sharman von Dallwitz
May 23, 2018 Kathy Bolton
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Michela Tognoni
May 20, 2018 Oscar Carlos Cortelezzi
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 13, 2018 Persephone Luna RebelKatt Integrity=Thoughts/Words/Actions intentionally aligned. I support this petition because of the indirect emotional manipulation involved. Even 5% of profit- while still corrupt intention- would signify attempting to steer away from exploitation.
May 12, 2018 Theresa DeLuca
May 11, 2018 Lisa Whitaker
May 10, 2018 Julie Hall
May 9, 2018 ioannis tsorvas
May 7, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
May 5, 2018 Heather Kessler

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