Make Election Day a Federal Holiday. Americans Deserve Time and Equal Opportunity to Vote.
We the people believe that voting is the heart and soul of democracy. Nearly 60% of voting-eligible Americans did not vote in the last midterm elections, citing work or school-related conflicts as the primary cause. Americans deserve time and equal opportunity to vote. Blue Point Brewing Company, along with other forward-thinking companies, has committed to giving our employees the day off to vote. But we need implement this change on a bigger scale. Join us in creating the change and protecting democracy. Convince Congress to establish Election Day as a Federal holiday. Blue Point Brewing Company is committed to this initiative and will be making Voters' Day Off beer cans available for supporters to sign and further inspire change.
Stop making corrupt Somali Politicians Rich
Did you know that the US government is planning to send a billion dollars to Somalia (a country in East Africa)? Why? According to a statement issued by the US Ambassador to Somalia, the money would be used for humanitarian assistance, expanding education and healthcare, building institutions, and creating jobs. Now this would be great if the Somali Government actually used the money for developing their country. According to Transparency International, Somalia is ranked the most corrupt nation in the world, tied with North Korea. And according to a UN report, 70% of foreign aid received is unaccounted for. In fact, the United States suspended food and fuel aid to this Somali Government in 2017 because they were unable to account for all the aid given. Now ask yourself this, if we can’t trust this Somali Government to distribute food to its own people, then why should we trust that they would use our hard-earned tax dollars to better their county? Not to mention this is the same government in Somalia that has rigged its nations election process and when their citizen questioned them the government had them arrested and even killed. When the UN questioned them, the government ousted the UN Ambassador from the country. If you don’t want your tax dollars used to support a nation who can’t even be trusted with food, then sign this petition and let our President, and Congress know that we don’t trust this Somali Government with our money.
Pay Independent and Hospital Pharmacists Fairly & Provide Access Through Coverage
Per a recent consumer reports study, most patients prefer independent pharmacy (Gill,2018). Unfortunately, many are not allowed to use independent pharmacist for coverage of their life-saving medications as they have been removed from the insurance networks by their competition. It appears, no one is listening to the voices of voters and patients. For example, recently medications that were filled by a hospital pharmacy were suddenly forced away from the hospital pharmacy to the insurance company's pharmacy benefit manager's owned mail-order pharmacy. It wasn't because our pharmacy was unqualified; they fill medications for children's transplant, cancer, and many other specialty medications every single day. Although, the reply received from the insurance company for the reason for denial said the pharmacy was not appropriate to fill these medications. Many would argue they were the most qualified and appropriate. The issue is the pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) who control access and reimbursements. There is about an 80 percent chance your PBM is Express Scripts Optum RX or CVS Caremark. Sadly, these same pharmacy benefit managers force many to their own mail-order and retail pharmacies. For my family, our only in-network pharmacy is CVS and CVS mail-order pharmacy. The PBM, of course, is CVS Caremark. Life-saving medications, like my son's transplant medications, are mandated to only be received through the mail for coverage. This issue is not unique. It's happening across America. Recently, a news article stated that CVS paid their own pharmacy much more. "For example, CVS would have to pay Walmart and Sam’s Club almost half again as much — 46 percent more — for generic drugs if CVS were to equal the rates it was paying its own pharmacies" (2019, Candisky & Schladen)" When looking at the reimbursements of our independent pharmacies, unfair and unequal reimbursements are found. "For a Fentanyl Patch 100, CVS pharmacies were reimbursed $400.65 while mom-and-pop pharmacies were reimbursed $75.74. For Amoxicillin, CVS pharmacies were reimbursed $35.92 while mom-and-pop pharmacies were reimbursed $12.21 (Lopez,2018)" Upon speaking to many pharmacists, these reimbursements are barely enough or not enough to cover their overhead cost along with the cost of the medications. After these unfair reimbursements Business Insider notes, "They also didn't know that, as their local pharmacists were getting squeezed, CVS was waiting in the wings, sending out letters offering to buy the very mom-and-pop shops it was forcing out of business (Lopez,2018)." In Ohio alone, over 160 independent pharmacies have closed. Many were bought out by CVS and many did not reopen. These closures are leaving entire communities at loss of a critical healthcare provider to help them demonstrate how to use complex medications, to inform patients that it may be cheaper to pay cash instead of using their insurance card, to prevent patients from taking the many risks of mail-order pharmacy such as delays, lost, thefts, loss of potency of medications due to lack of temperature monitoring, the risk of children and pets ingesting medications, and no one to communicate face to face with our elderly and people with chronic conditions and the list of over 100 other issues with mail-order pharmacy. The over-performance and hard work of our independent, hospital, and community pharmacist should be greatly rewarded not overlooked and disregarded. For example, CVS often states that they are paying per performance. For example, CVS states they pay the pharmacy based on factors such as patient adherence and use of generics. They often measure adherence by medications refilled by the customer. However, for some customers who are discarding medications by the table full due to auto refills and the price gouging of taxpayers dollars when generics are filled, many patients argue that the performance reward should go to our independent, community, and hospital pharmacy who do not make us take all the risks with mail-order pharmacy. Often, when a medication is refilled and the mail-order pharmacy has delayed the medication for days and weeks or one of many incidents that can go wrong with mail -order happens during shipment, the independent pharmacies will fill an emergency prescription. What will happen as the independent pharmacist close their businesses? Where will we go? The insurance company's pharmacy benefit managers are hoping that we are all sleeping at the wheel. That we are not caring about the future of our pharmaceutical care. Let's unite and the PBMs and our regulators otherwise! YOUR SUPPORT WILL SAVE LIVES Thank you! References, Candisky, Cathy, and Schladen, Marty, and . “CVS Paid Itself Far More than Some Major Competitors, Report Says.” Gatehouse Media, Gatehouse Media, 2019, gatehousenews.com/sideeffects/cvs-paid-far-major-competitors-report-says/. Gill, Lisa L. “Consumers Still Prefer Independent Pharmacies, CR's Ratings Show.” Product Reviews and Ratings - Consumer Reports, 7 Dec. 2018, www.consumerreports.org/pharmacies/consumers-still-prefer-independent-pharmacies-consumer-reports-ratings-show/ Lopez, Linette. “What CVS Is Doing to Mom-and-Pop Pharmacies in the US Will Make Your Blood Boil.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 30 Mar. 2018, www.businessinsider.com/cvs-squeezing-us-mom-and-pop-pharmacies-out-of-business-2018-3
Show Bernie he has the Grassroots support to win
Bernie Sanders says that if he has enough grassroots support, he would run. Sign this petition to show that we are all behind him! All donations will go to Our Revolution, his PAC.
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.email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com Thank-you everyone for your help and support! Without you I won't make a difference. Stacey Meyer twitter @samfashion43
My name is Ava Roden, and I’m a sixth grade student at Shelburne Community School. I believe that people should stop poaching elephants because it causes harm to the world. Not only is the ecosystem and food chain affected, but people are as well. Recently nearly 90 elephants were found dead, outside of a sanctuary in Botswana. This work; a classic job by the poachers. Not only were the elephants dead, they had been stripped of their ivory as well. Think about how the employees must feel. Seeing the animals that they care for killed right outside the sanctuary. Why do poachers kill elephants? There is an illegal black market to sell ivory. Even though many wildlife rangers watch these beautiful beings everyday, many of them still end up getting poached. The most common weapon used is the AK-47. They shoot from above, usually from helicopters. On the ground, machetes, spears, and watermelons spiked with cyanide are most commonly used. The price of a gun ranges from state to state, but one ivory tusk can be worth up to $240, which is way more than a gun. In China, the worth of an ivory tusk is $2000! The worst thing is, people in China don’t even know that elephants are being poached for their ivory. Overall, they estimate that 25,000 to 35,000 elephants are killed overall. But no one is held responsible for this! Less than 5% of these people have been prosecuted, and only 3 have been sent to jail. Many people think that elephants tusks can just fall out, or that they grow back like fingernails. But they don’t! Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Elephants are very much like humans. They can be gay, left handed, and they have the ability to grieve, with great memories. They have a bad reputation of stampeding and destroying, but they’re really just kind and peaceful creatures, and they need your help! The goal of this petition is to save elephants, and raise awareness about the danger of poaching elephants.