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Petitioning U.S. Senate, Bernie Sanders, Charles Schumer, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray, Richard Blumenthal, Maria Cantwell, Ben Cardin, Tom Carper, Robert Casey, Christopher Coons...

We demand that The United States Senate not confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, the Attorney General of the United States must be independent of politics and respect the dignity of all Americans. The Attorney General has a duty to enforce the rule of law fairly and pursue equal justice under the law. One of the core functions of the Department of Justice is to protect Americans’ civil rights, and to defend those who have been denied them. Another key function of the Department of Justice is to protect our security, but never sacrifice our civil liberties. Not only has Senator Sessions been a staunch opponent of reforming the tragic shortcomings in our criminal justice system, he holds a number of views that are inconsistent with how most Americans believe justice should be applied under our Constitution.

The Righteous Opposition
40,390 supporters
Petitioning Lisa Murkowski, Mike Enzi, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Bernie Sanders, Michael Bennet, Al Franken, Mark Kirk, Patty Murray, Orrin Hatch, Lamar Alexander, Chris Murphy, Bill...

Tell the H.E.L.P Senate Committee to Make Federal Employment Equal and Safe For People With Autism/ Mental Disabilities

Former FDA Consumer Safety Officer, Stacey A. Meyer is seeking a petition of a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States due April 21st, 2015.  She is also seeking to unite special interest groups as amicus curiae to file a brief in support of this case.  Her prayer and plight is to bring change to “how” and “who”, neutral third party, handles the requests for reasonable accommodations for individuals with invisible or barely visible mental or developmental disabilities.  Often times, the employee with a developmental or mental disability cannot advocate for themselves or even know “what” types of accommodations the employer could make for them.  The very essence of their disability impedes them from requesting or speaking up for themselves.  Additionally, if the decision making process is left to an employee’s first, second or third level supervisor,  a conflict of interest or negative biases will ultimately impact “how”, “if” and “what” the employer will provide for the qualified disabled employee seeking relief.  Now, the employee is left exposed, vulnerable and if not valued subjected to resentful and/or discriminatory treatment. Everyone knows someone who has autism either through direct interaction or indirectly.  It affects all of us and unless we stand united together injustices will continue to be committed against individuals with autism whether they are children at home, in school or adults in pursuit of the American dream, gainful employment and independent living. Stacey was a proud public servant for the United States Government for 17 years.  She was terminated “because of” the mental disabilities she suffers from on July 15, 2011.  The last position she held was with the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration as a Consumer Safety Officer regulating the imported commodities, primarily foods, which enter into our domestic commerce. She was a loyal, trustworthy, dedicated and hard-working individual despite her mental disabilities (panic attacks, major depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, dependant personality disorder and sensory processing disorders).  It is more than likely, because of these traits and symptoms, that she falls under the autistic spectrum disorders.  The disabilities listed are co-morbidities of the autism.  She is a 46 year old woman and often, especially women, do not find out until much later in life. She has been in litigation for 3 ½ years and this process has intensified her health issues and put her in financial ruin.  She has lost everything through all of the litigation expenses.  She never had her day in court with the administrative judge in the Merit Systems Protection Board, because her trial attorneys led her to believe that the Administrative Judge was going to rule against her and for the defendant the Department of Health and Human Services.  Under their guidance, she withdrew from the MSPB process and filed a civil employment lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida in early July of 2012.  Her day in court was slated for the first two weeks of December 2013.  On November 15, 2013 the defendant moved for Summary Judgment on all four counts and the District Judge Cecilia Altonaga dismissed all 4 counts and closed the case. The four counts:  Count I – Discrimination based on disability for Meyer’s termination in violation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C.  sections 701-791b; Count II Discrimination based on disability for the FDA’s failure to accommodate Meyer’s disability in violation of the Rehabilitation Act; Count III – Retaliatory termination against Meyer for engaging in a protected activity in violation of the Rehabilitation Act; and Count IV – Discrimination based on gender in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1064, 42 U.S.C. section 2000e-2(a) (“Title VII”) Case No. 12-22666-CIV-ALTONAGA/Simonton. HHS admitted that she is a “qualified individual with a disability” under the Rehabilitation Act.  The only hurdle that she appears to be facing in the court of law is that the DHHS terminated her under the “guise” that she broke a policy, misuse of a Government Owned Vehicle GOV and misrepresentation of her time and attendance by performing “fieldwork” in the field.  She worked from within the GOV to escape the inadequate cubicle, high foot traffic and its location to supervisor William Keck.  The court is hinging on the fact that she was not terminated “solely, because of” her disabilities.   She revealed her mental disabilities to her first and second line supervisors, respectively, William Keck and Florida Director of Imports Branch, Facundo Bernal.  She requested a minimal reasonable accommodations through the EEOC process a flexible any 80 hour schedule.   In September 2010, Bernal called  a meeting to create the facade that he was willingly engaging in the interactive process that the American with Disabilities and the Rehabilitation Act envisions.   This process is a give and take between employee and employer is to determine the exact limitations and to consider what types of accommodations might help the otherwise qualified individual effectively perform the job. This process is also ongoing not a one stop deal.  The needs of the individual may change through time or circumstances.  Bernal used this meeting as a platform , as a pretext, not to discuss her needs for accommodations, but instead ridiculed and mocked her limitations surrounding her conditions:  1) interacting with others 2) concentration and 3) inability to learn new things.  Bernal called her a “liability” during the meeting and flat out stated he did not think she was qualified for the position.  Bernal questioned her abilities to do fieldwork, drive a GOV and interact with the officials at the firms FDA regulates. Stacey experienced a panic attack and became overwhelmed when Bernal called her a “liability” and publicly humiliated her in front of the other five individuals involved in the meeting.  This disrespect of Stacey as a human being and as a contributing employee to the department caused irrevocable damage to her. Stacey’s behavior, “avoidant” followed after this contemptuous treatment. Even though Bernal did not think she could do the fieldwork, he chose to leave her in that very environment to fester her conditions. Union representatives brought up various accommodations during the meeting, including inner office duties (i.e. entry review and filer evaluations).    Those duties are within the position of her former position and there are individuals that are not disabled performing those duties exclusively. Rotation into the inner office duties would have allowed Stacey to decompress from the continual flux of sensory and social engagement countered performing fieldwork. EEOC strongly advised Bernal to grant the any 80 hour schedule and offer FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) as an additional accommodation.  Basically, because of the EEOC laws, Bernal reluctantly granted the any 80 hour schedule, but never mentioned to Stacey about invoking her FMLA right.  Only 3 weeks later, Bernal unilaterally changed the accommodation, to a First 40 schedule, without consultation with the EEOC.  He notified her of the change without union representation and did not engage in a discussion for alternative accommodations. This schedule conceptually looked similar to the 80 hour, but was quite different and was difficult in application.  Stacey volunteered every other weekend to perform entry review, remotely, and counted on those hours for the 80 hour pay period. After this change to her schedule Stacey “shutdown”. In November 2010 Stacey’s reasonable accommodation needs changed when the import personnel relocated to a larger building. Stacey’s cubicle in the previous office was a secluded partitioned cubicle. The new cubicle was an open space just outside Keck’s office. Because of the new exposed cubicle, her conditions became exacerbated with sensory overload and a change of routine, important for autistics, and the proximity to Keck’s office.  This cubicle became a contaminated area for her. Stacey began to experience panic attacks while sitting there and within eyesight of Keck.  Stacey’s previous involvement, with Keck, incited emotions that triggered these panic attacks and extreme anxiety.  As a new accommodation, she asked Keck for a different cubicle reassignment and was denied and mocked.  Stacey was trying to stay gainfully employed at the same time she was being mistreated and dealing with all the triggers causing her health to deteriorate.  This cubicle affected her concentration and anxiety levels.  Stacey began to avoid this space at all costs.  Keck, on many occasions mocked her limitations regarding her disabilities by exclaiming “What’s a matter can’t you concentrate at this desk?”  Keck also made reference to one of her limitations, social communication, by making inflammatory comments “If you shake your ass I know you won’t have any problems while out in the field”.    Instead of reporting these inflammatory comments to the EEOC or third or fourth level supervisors, she mistakenly, because of her conditions, stayed silent.  Staying  silent for too long ultimately caused her termination. After visiting the importing firms Stacey would continue the “fieldwork” at a small park one block across from the office to perform administrative duties, which is not uncommon, within the “safe” space of the GOV or on the park bench.  She used the GOV as a satellite office.  She also combined her lunch and two – 15 minute breaks while at the park.  The flexible schedule was requested and granted, although modified, for exactly this reason to flex her schedule when needed.  Stacey chose to avoid the cubicle triggering her panic attacks and work from the field.  She also utilized the hour break to walk decompressing from the sensory overload and prepare to return to the contaminated cubicle.   Her first and second line supervisors believed she was taking too long out in the field, so allegedly Keck did surveillance for 4 days while she performed fieldwork.  Instead of questioning her or asking if her disabilities were causing difficulties while driving or performing the fieldwork,  they contacted her third line supervisor, Emma Singleton who allegedly contacted the Office of Internal Affairs (OIA) to conduct an investigation.  These managers, Facundo I. Bernal and William M. Keck were so derelict of their duties as the Florida’s Director of Import Operations Branch and as a Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer making over $100,000 each annually neither offered to discuss what was causing Stacey’s delay doing the fieldwork.  From the reasonable accommodation meeting held only 1 ½ months earlier both officers gleaned that Stacey was a qualified individual with a disability and struggled with the limitations of 1) social communication 2) concentration and 3) ability to learn new things but neither cared enough to try to engage Stacey when they both noticed a difference in her behavior after moving to the new office.  This clearly demonstrates their disregard and animosity for Stacey’s limitations and as an employee in general.  Their number one action should have been for her welfare and safety under their purview.  This gave them the ability to remove Stacey from her federal career under the pretext that she violated a policy. The investigation through a GPS, of course, confirmed that she was going to the park across the street.  Stacey was fired under the pretext that she misused a GOV and that she did not perform work while at this park. Stacey timely appealed, Case No. 13-15685-BB, to the 11th Circuit, on December 13th, 2013.  On November 17, 2014 the 11th Circuit Judges:  Chief Judge Ed Carnes, Gerald Tjoflat and Adalberto Jordan per curiam AFFIRMED the lower court’s ruling as a matter of law stating that there were no material facts in dispute for a trial jury to decide.  Stacey’s trial attorneys and appeal attorney have raised several significant material facts of dispute that collectively; together create a mosaic of circumstantial evidence.  These facts should be left to a jury of her peers to decide if there was intentional retaliation and/or discrimination for seeking a reasonable accommodation for her disabilities. The case has many, many more tiles, components to it, that taken together demonstrate intentional discriminatory and retaliatory actions from her first line supervisor, William M. Keck and her second line supervisor, Facundo I. Bernal.  Quite prudent to this case is a glaring conflict of interest that has been disregarded and over-looked intentionally.  Count IV, gender discrimination, was not appealed to the 11th circuit and is therefore not considered.  However, if a jury heard her case in its entirety; the perjuries committed by Keck, about any former relationship, sexually, with Stacey would illustrate his lack of candor.  Also the perjuries from the Director, Bernal that he never called Stacey a “liability” and even openly admitted that it was wrong when he unilaterally changed her accommodation, justice could be served.     WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP: Please write, call, email and tweet the following individuals to change the outcome of my case and life. President Barack Obama, DHHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D) - FL, Florida District Director Susan Turcovski and the  United States Attorney for Appellee Wilfredo A. Ferrer. If you decide to tweet, justice4stacey.com, please include the hashtag ‪#‎justice4stacey #accountability  #williamkeck and #facundobernal.   The message is simple: Stacey deserves justice and her right to a jury trial. You can reach the President Barack Obama at: The White House Attention: President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Phone (202)456-1111 Twitter: @BarackObama@WhiteHouse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barackobama You can reach U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D) - FL at: Office of Senator Bill Nelson 225 East Robinson Street, Suite 410 Orlando, Florida 32801 Phone: (407) 872-7161 Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenBillNelson Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/billnelson E-mail:  http://www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill You can reach my congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz       Congresswoman D. Wasserman-Schultz 118 Cannon H.O.B.                                          10100 Pines Blvd Washington, DC 20515                                     Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 Phone: (202)225-7931                                     Phone: (954)437-3936 Twitter: @DWStweets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepDebbieWassermanSchultz You can reach the DHHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Attention: Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell 200 Independence Ave. SW Washington DC 20201 Phone: 1-877-696-6775 E-mail: Sylvia.Burwell@fda.hhs.gov Twitter: @SecBurwell You can reach the FDA Commissioner, Margaret A. Hamburg at: Food and Drug Administration Attention: Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg 10903 New Hampshire Avenue WO1 RM2219 HF-01 Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002 E-mail: Mhamburg1@fda.hhs.gov Phone (301)796-5000 You can reach the FDA Regional Director, Anne Reid at: Food and Drug Administration Attention: Regional Director Anne Reid 60 Eighth Street DO-ATL Annex1 RM214 HFR-SE1 Atlanta, GA 30309 E-mail: Anne.reid@fda.hhs.gov Phone: 404-253-1171 You can reach the Florida District Director, Susan M. Turcovski at Food and Drug Administration 555 Winderley Place 2nd Floor, Suite 200 Maitland, FL 32751 E-mail: susan.turcovski@fda.hhs.gov Phone: (407)475-4702 You can reach U.S. Attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer at: US Attorneys Office Southern District Office 99 NE 4th St     Miami, FL 33132-2131 United States Phone: (305)961-9001 Fax: (305)530-6444 Email: wifredo.ferrer@usdoj.gov   Thank-you everyone for your help and support! Without you I won't make a difference. Stacey Meyer twitter @samfashion43      

Stacey Meyer
1,162 supporters
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Petitioning Ben Cardin, Barbara Mikulski, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Department of Justice, Elijah Cummings

Department of Justice Investigation of Civil Rights Violations of MD Schools without AC.

In 1983 Maryland's highest court in Hornbeck v. Somerset County Board of Education, 458 A.2d 758, held that the education clause of the Maryland constitution embodies a right to “an adequate education measured by contemporary educational standards.” If climate control to keep temps at safe levels is not a "contemporary standard" when most schools in the state have AC then we don't know what is. When classroom conditions lack minimum safe standard that other classrooms have, this puts a limit on the access to education of those students. Particularly when the schools have to close as a result. Education is a civil right. All children have an equal right to education. The civil rights violation that a lack of AC represents is based on the fact that a lack of AC in schools when other schools have them, creates unequal access to education.Furthermore when those schools without AC have a disproportionate concentration of children who qualify for free and reduced meals, this creates socioeconomic based discrimination, violating these student legal right to equal access to education. The Comptroller and NAACP have written to the Federal Department of Justice calling for an investigation of civil rights violations of the children without AC in Baltimore County and Baltimore City. We need to support thier request.Please sign this petition asking the Department of Justice to investigate the civil rights violations of Maryland children.

BCPS Parents and Teachers for Equitable Facilities & Portable AC
749 supporters
Petitioning Elijah Cummings, Adrienne Jones, Lauren Kirk 513-579-7161, Dutch Ruppersberger, Donna Edwards, John Sarbanes, Barbara Mikulski, Ben Cardin, Larry Hogan

HELP ENCOURAGE REVITALIZATION at SECURITY SQUARE MALL

Many Baltimore regional shopping malls are seeing revitalization around the Maryland area. However, the shopping malls in the 7th Congressional district (Security Square Mall & Owings Mills Mall) have been abandoned many times over.  With all the attention on the defunct Owings Mills Mall, our quaint Security Square Mall that outlines the beltway and 3 major federal government agencies (Social Security Administration, Health Care Administration/ CMS and FBI) has been forgotten.  Forgotten so much that about 80% of the income earned right here in Windsor Mill Maryland is spent elsewhere.  The "Why?" is because of two simple reasons. One being, Gov. Larry Hogan stopped the Red Line project that had Security Square Mall earmarked as a major station along the route of connecting Northwest region to our downtown area. Even canceling this project he never gave a second thought at offering an alternative to the land and business owners that had prepared themselves to grow off this project. Millions were wasted on infrastructure planning, yet no one saw fit to give the area another ounce of hope. Secondly, our elected officials have failed to hold the retail center's investors accountable for there investment in our neighborhood.  They are not required to live up to the like standards of area homeowners. For example, Macy's owns two defunct, boarded restaurants on the front parking lot of Security Square Mall. These two restaurant buildings have been vacant for more than 7 years.  Yet to the contrary homeowners in the area can expect a $300 fine for not having a tight fitting lid on the their trash can.  In my comparison, there has been trashy buildings littering the parking lot of a viable mall within the community and there has been no push to correct this issue or "put a lid on it".  Where is the equity?  Furthermore, there should be state limitations on how long buildings commercial and/or residential can stay vacant within our state. Constantly seeing the defunct restaurant sites on Security Square Mall's parking-lot,  for so many years, is beyond an eyesore and gives a stench of despair.  Retailers within the mall are starting to feel the monetary tension within the community and the chatter as patrons leave the area to spend their dollars elsewhere. Despite efforts like the movie theater at the mall undergoing renovation as we speak, and the inside mall maintaining a high occupancy rate, more needs to be done.  The outer image in conceptually deceiving and needs to be corrected very soon because patrons will continue to flee and maybe even relocate in droves to be apart of more thriving communities.  As one rides the boulevard to visit the areas medical centers, go to their government job, attend a formal event at the luxurious Martin's West facility, visit the local 92Q radio station hub, or to access the beltway at exit 17, the visual of dysfunctionality does not escape you.  There is clearly two high profile vacancies that are attractive locations, yet have sat empty for far too long.  Security Blvd area desperately needs a high profile restaurant or two that allows the mall to compete with the likes of Mondawmin Mall (has TGI Fridays), Reisterstown Road Plaza (has Applebees), Towson Town Center (has Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, Stoney River, & TGI Fridays) & the new Foundry Row in Owings Mills (has Bar Louies). I encourage us residents of the Windsor Mill area to petition Macy's, our elected officials of the 7th congressional district, and the mall owners to change the image of our local mall, show the economic growth needed, and allow this retail center to be a beacon of light to our community.

Estillo Shoes
669 supporters
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Petitioning Larry Hogan

Help bring baby Emily home she has 3 siblings waiting and grieving

Baby Emily was placed in the custody of a foster family in Florida awaiting ICPC transfer paperwork to move her to Maryland.  The paperwork was done incorrectly which delayed the process long enough so that the foster parents were awarded custody on the grounds that she was already attached at 6 months.  Her room was ready, her 3 siblings were excited and every day calling her name in their own special way.  My wife, Tina, flew down to Florida with baby Em's 7 year old sister with the intent of bringing her home only to be told she was being awarded custody to the foster parents because she had now been attached to them.  My wife made many attempts to set up visitation so her sister could see her and either ignored or denied a visit when they were in Florida.  When my wife called the Guardian ad litem (GAL) she was told that her siblings would basically just need to get over the fact they will not see her sister.  Note: Laws do not allow using the baby's real name

Daniel Hall
598 supporters
Petitioning FOX News, CBS, MSNBC, Huffington Post, Bernie Sanders, Larry Hogan, Donna Edwards, John Delaney, John Sarbanes, Alonzo Washington, Angela Angel, Dutch Ruppersberger, Katherine Klausmeier, Andy Harr...

CBD saves lives. Demand DEA remove CBD from schedule 1 controlled substances list.

CBD has a wide range of medical benefits. CBD non-psychoactive. Charlotte Figi who was born with Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of intractable epilepsy. Intractable means the seizures are not controlled by medication. CBD has reduced her seizure frequency from roughly 400 a week, to almost zero. Pharmacies in the United Kingdom make CBD available as an oral mucosal spray available for relief from conditions associated with multiple sclerosis.  GW Pharmaceuticals  produces a drug called Epidiolex. The drug contains 98% CBD, no THC, and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for trials on children with certain forms of epilepsy. Conveniently, CBD was just listed as a Schedule 1 substance, making it illegal to obtain naturally shortly after FDA approved Epidiolex.

Daniel Simmonds
559 supporters
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Petitioning Thad Cochran, Barbara Mikulski, Roy Blunt, Jack Reed, Patty Murray, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Tom Udall, Mario Diaz-Balart, Mike Rogers, Nita Lowey, Rosa DeLauro, Betty McCollum, Charles Schum...

Tell Congress to End Lead Poisoning Now

Lead poisoning is completely preventable, but there are still over 535,000 children with elevated blood lead levels in the United States. Even at low levels, childhood exposure to lead has lifelong consequences including decreased IQ and cognitive function, developmental delays, and behavioral problems; very high exposures can cause seizures, coma, and even death. Children of color and children from low-income housing are disproportionately impacted by lead poisoning. It is completely unacceptable to poison our children. We must find and eliminate lead hazards before children are exposed, and we must provide needed services to those already impacted.   The time for the new administration and Congress to write the budget for Fiscal Year 2018 is fast approaching. In the wake of Flint and the lead poisoning crises across the country, this budget must include funding to eliminate lead poisoning. Programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Education, and the Environmental Protection Agency are critical in eliminating lead hazards, identifying children exposed to lead, and providing needed services. We urge Congress and the administration to launch a national comprehensive effort to eliminate lead poisoning in five years by increasing funding to these programs. Sign this petition and demand that Congress: Increase funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes from $110 million to $2.5 billion annually over five years. This will allow us to fix lead hazards proactively in all at-risk low-income housing before they harm children. Increase funding for the CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program from $17 million to $50 million. This will provide blood lead level surveillance and outreach for all states, not just some. Provide $25 million in new funding for EPA to increase enforcement, including by grants to states, of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule, public awareness of the Rule’s requirements, and the use of lead-safe work practices. This will ensure that children across the U.S. are protected from lead poisoning when their homes are renovated.  Provide significant additional funds to local governments to replace lead drinking water pipes. Ensure that states have the funds necessary to enroll children with elevated blood lead levels in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs, allocate the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act parts B and C in part based on numbers of children in communities with elevated blood lead levels, and fund research to test best educational interventions for children exposed to lead. This will ensure that affected children receive needed services to enhance cognitive development and lifelong success. #FindFixFund #SHHCoalition @NCHH  

National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition
357 supporters
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Petitioning Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, Lamar Alexander, Kelly Ayotte, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Michael Bennet, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, Cory Booker, John Boozman, Barbara Boxer, Sherrod Brown, Richa...

Public Education Needs a Leader Who Knows About… well, Public Education!

Did you benefit from free public education? Do you have children who did? Do you have grandchildren currently in public schools?  Do you agree that public education is the basis of our free and democratic society?  Do you believe that public money should stay in public schools?  And do you agree that we should invest in our public schools? Regardless of whether you are a Republican or a Democrat... If you’re a “Public School Person,” please speak up. You do not have to work in the educational system to be concerned with the future of public schools. No one benefits from living in an uneducated society. Therefore, we are urging our senators in Washington to vote for a qualified educator as Education Secretary and whose ideas do not contradict the very beliefs that universal public education is built upon. Betsy DeVos has no experience in public education in any capacity, and her only education agenda is to take funds from neighborhood schools and give those funds to private schools and for-profit charters. We are asking that our US senators vote against the current nomination of Betsy DeVos - and to oppose any misguided policies that weaken public education. #StandUpforPublicEducation #VoteNoforDevos

Sarah Longshore
327 supporters
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Petitioning U.S. Senate, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Barbara Boxer, Sherrod Brown, Maria Cantwell, Ben Cardin, Tom Carper, Robert Casey, Christopher Coons, Joe Donnelly, Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Al Fran...

Open letter from millennials to the Democratic congressional minority: fight!

Dear Democratic Senator or Congressperson, Many of us cast our first-ever votes for Barack Obama. We came of age, politically, believing in his ideals of cultural unity, mutual respect, and an assumption of goodwill in politics. Whether we were “with her” or “felt the Bern” this spring, on November 8, we stood unified and voted for Hillary Clinton to be our next president. We have faith in the democratic process and our institutions, imperfect as they may be.  Now we are in shock. It turns out that we live in a different country, a more divided country, than the one we thought we lived in. To put it bluntly, we were wrong: wrong in what we thought people wanted, in what we thought people listened to and cared about most, what would sway them, and how they would ultimately vote. Deep down, we did not believe this could happen. More is at stake now than we could have imagined just days ago. We have been delivered a reality check, as we confront a potentially perilous weakening of our institutions and erosion of our general welfare and individual freedoms, particularly among disadvantaged communities. Since at least Bill Clinton's impeachment hearings, the notion of partnership in governing has been absent from the Republican playbook. Long ago, the G.O.P. declared politics-first to be their operating principle. It is time for Democrats to adopt a new strategy to the Republicans’ decades-old assault on our democracy. We ask you as our representatives in Congress: show the people of this country – show us, your constituents – that you will give nothing to this new G.O.P. administration and majority. Newt Gingrich is about to have a position in the cabinet. Can it be said more clearly? The assumption of goodwill and fair play in politics is not currently viable. At least for now, persuasion and compromise are over. Please fight for us and the liberal values that we all love: the social safety net, the equality of the LGBTQ community, women,  and people of color, the rights of immigrants, a woman’s right to choose, a responsible foreign policy, the protection of the environment, all the progress we have made in these recent years, these past decades, and the entire last century. Do not let the current G.O.P. and Donald Trump destroy our country. Use everything you have in your power, well-worn tools in your arsenal and those yet to be discovered. Find archaic rules. Reset the definition of “normal,” as the G.O.P. has itself done time and again. Leave no stone unturned in figuring out how to organize against, how to fight, how to counter and ultimately disqualify in the eyes of the public this incoming president and congress. Give the Republicans, finally, a version of what they've inflicted upon us for decades. The times call for these actions, now! Stop them!

Phillip Golub
269 supporters
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Petitioning Michelle Obama

Please take Veteran John Muchmore out of Heartland Nursing Home and into Charlotte Hall Nursing Home. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007445385115

http://youtu.be/UwX5nfZ6wHI Please help to get John OUT of Heartland Nursing Home and into Charlotte Nursing Home! To get John 3 Meals a day; proper Physical Therapy (at LEAST, get him OUT of bed ONCE a day); proper Medications & Treatment; proper Speech Therapy so that Brother John can talk w/ Mom & others; as well as many other basic needs such as checking his diaper so he’s not lying (all day &/or all night) in a bed of feces & urine.  He is a veteran and that is the least he deserves. If this petition works and he goes into Charlotte Nursing home, he will live a better and longer life. John Muchmore's facebook page

John Muchmore
248 supporters