Charles E. Schumer
Charles E. Schumer
Federally Required Psychological Screenings for Police Employment and Federal Reforms
Over this past decade, we have seen numerous police killings and brutality—much of which has been captured with the help of social media. The use of social media has exposed much of the violence which would have otherwise been hidden. Recently, George Floyd was a victim of this violence. A police officer in Minneapolis, Derick Chauvin, used his knee to pin Floyd down by his neck. A 10 minute video captured his murder. Floyd pleads that he can't breath, and about halfway through the video, Floyd appears unconscious and is likely dead at this point. Still, Chauvin keeps Floyd pinned to the ground with his knee until the paramedics arrive; ignoring his duty to render aid. Also captured, were the three other officers at the scene who also refused to assist Floyd and ignored the pleas of the bystanders to check his pulse. It was recently shown that Chauvin had multiple complaints against him, 2 of which he was punished for. The following proposed law would be able to prevent many of the incidents which have occurred with George Floyd, Freddie Gray, Atatiana Jefferson, and countless others. As of now, potential officers go through a psychological screening before employment that tests their fitness to be an officer. The test screens for judgement, integrity, dealing with stress, honesty, etc. This needs to go further in order to eliminate people who could pose a danger to citizens while on the job. Not all states require psychological screening which makes a federal requirement a necessity. The psychological screening, which is already done to screen an officer, should be more in depth and should also include evaluations that test for psychotic disorders, mood disorders & personality disorders. Around 88% of police departments have required drug screening. This should be included in all police departments since it would serve as a necessary precaution for screening. Since Chauvin was involved in incidents during his tenure as an officer, a re-screening should be required every 6 months to a year while the officer is employed. Much like how a doctor or lawyer is re-examined on their knowledge to ensure they are fit to practice, an officer should be required to take a re-examination too. These requirements should be federally mandated to ensure that across the country, officers are screened effectively. I appreciate you for taking the time to read this. Thank you! UPDATE (6/5/20): Since posting this petition, I have received numerous suggestions which I believe should be included and federally required as well. These include: regular & initial drug testing, social media screening, a federal hate crime for falsely reporting a racial crime, redirecting police funding in major cities to programs that support the communities, a national database for police officers involved in misconduct, QR codes on uniforms, an associates degree requirement for all departments, and banning police officers from being hired at another department if they are fired from one previously.
Hazard Pay for Nurses, Doctors and Healthcare Professionals
Healthcare professionals across the country, from nurses, doctors, EMTs, public health officials to other staff critical to hospital operations are on the frontline against COVID-19. We support soldiers for putting themselves in danger, and should now do the same for those fighting this battle. Please support our nurses and sign this petition to tell lawmakers that our troops need the following: 1) Protective gear and operations planning to mitigate exposure 2) Hazard pay 3) Mobilize a reserve of students and retired healthcare professionals *** If you are able, please consider donating to your local food bank, homeless shelter and/or local caregiver organizations. *** #hazardpayfornurses #COVIDfrontline #COVID19 #healthcare #hospitals #crushCOVID #flattenthecurve
Sign Our Petition! Stop Trump From Firing Dr. Fauci!
Please immediately sign our petition in support of Dr. Anthony Fauci, our nation's top infectious disease expert. America is facing the most dire public health emergency in modern times. We need to keep Dr. Fauci on the job. President Trump, however, wants him gone! Why? Because Dr. Fauci is refusing to go along with Donald Trump's lies. Dr. Fauci cares about one thing -- keeping us safe. He is trying to tell us that ... COVID-19 is very real and very dangerous. We all need to wear masks. The situation is getting worse by the day. These are the facts. But Donald Trump wants to hear none of it. He wants Americans to believe everything is fine ... that he is the "perfect" President, just so he can get reelected. He doesn't care how many more people get sick or die. Even school children. So he’s been laying the groundwork to do the unthinkable: Fire the one person in the Administration who's actually trying to save American lives. We have to say “No!" And if we don't speak up now, Dr. Fauci could be gone within the week. SIGN ON TO SAVE FAUCI. Dr. Fauci is a national hero. He has advised six Presidents as Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. Over 135,000 Americans have already died from COVID-19. We need to keep Dr. Fauci on the job. PLEASE SIGN ON NOW TO SAVE DR. FAUCI!
IMPEACHED TWICE: IT’S TIME TO REMOVE 45!
This campaign began on January 6, 2021 after I couldn’t stomach the insurrection at the Capitol, I had to do something, I dipped a toe before, but now I’m all in. 45 crossed a line even I didn’t think he was capable of, I started the petition to implore Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment and remove this man before he causes more harm. On January 12, 2021, Mike Pence made a decision to stand by the man who’s words and actions caused an attempted coup, damaged the hall of Democracy and left 6 dead. Pence’s cowardice will only come back to bite him, but for now let’s tell 45 - “You’re Fired!”. After the domestic terrorist attack on the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021, spurned on by Donald Trump and Rudolph Guiliani’s inciting words at a rally earlier that day. Trump directed his followers to march to the Capitol, taking to heart Rudy’s “Trial by Combat” comment. The aftermath of the damage from the breach is palpable, 6 lives lost, many, many Americans feeling like the appointed leader of our government is more than unfit to serve, but actually a criminal. He must be removed immediately! Today, we saw the worst of Americans and it will not be forgotten. The attack took the lives of 4 civilians, multiple law enforcement members injured and one Capitol Police Officer Dead. It didn’t need to happen, our democracy did not need this challenge. Please help in signing this petition, so we can send a message to Mike Pence and the leaders in Washington to let them know that we are disgusted and appalled by these actions by “Donald Trump’s Domestic Terrorists”. Nothing less than removal of his authority and presidential privilege will do at this point, the one person elected to protect the country above all others, very, very literally let the foxes into the henhouse and caused damage and destruction, leaving 6 people dead.
Support the COVID-19 Pandemic Physician Protection Act (CPPPA)
Colleagues, Friends, and Family, By now, many of you have been personally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In some households, it may be several family members, or even yourself. As physicians and healthcare workers, we have been called to the frontline of this war against COVID-19, and we do not take this responsibility lightly. However, we do need your support. We need more tools and assurances in this fight against COVID-19. After hearing the feedback of the grassroots physician community through online communities with membership totaling over 100,000 physicians, we have proposed the COVID-19 Pandemic Physician Protection Act (CPPPA), which outlines the areas where we need help the most. Highlights include: Ensuring that physicians and other healthcare workers have access to adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), protecting physicians from malpractice concerns that have arisen as a result of deviation from standard practices in order to protect patients from COVID-19 exposure, increasing access and removing restrictions for TeleHealth services, keeping our private practices financially solvent, ensuring mental health coverage for healthcare workers, canceling student loan debt, and creating provisions for our families if we die or become disabled during this pandemic. Please take a moment to sign our petition, which will also supports our proposed legislation (the CPPPA). We truly believe it will save lives - not only of physicians and other healthcare workers, but of patients throughout the United States of America. Respectfully submitted, Nisha Mehta, MD Carlos Vital, MD Karla Vital, MD The full text of CPPPA can be seen at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15ls6Mff-b5JV3uWA666Lxvo9JF1VVDEn/view?usp=sharing
Allow Transgender People Into the U.S. Military
Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be accepted or allowed into the U.S. Military because their cost is a "burden." This is extremely disgraceful and an insult to all those who have already given their lives for this country. This is not equality, and this is not "supporting the LGBT community," as he said he does. This is utterly transphobic. Many people who served are going to be left jobless, and many others will no longer be able to fulfill their dreams. This is not okay, and this should not be legal. Trans people are still people.
Airlines - Refund all ticket costs due to COVID-19
Due to the unprecedented global pandemic and resulting social distancing measures, millions of people are having to cancel their travel plans for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, many people who have tried to cancel their plans are being offered vouchers instead of full refunds. Vouchers are unacceptable. Since the airline industry accepted a $50 billion dollar tax payer bailout, the airline industry must fully refund all travel costs when asked for trips that have not (and cannot) occur.
Make the Post Office Deliver Our Mail
The words "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" have long been associated with the American postal worker. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is being sabotaged. As sacred as the 1st Amendment - as cherished by our country as freedom of religion - as critical to freedom as the Constitution, the latest appointee, Louis DeJoy, is purposely tearing down the United States Postal Service. He's given instructions for hours to be slashed, mail to be left behind and routes to go unfilled. Our postal employees are sickened by the virus while ensuring older Americans receive their social security benefits. They deliver affordable medicines to the elderly and the disabled. They ensure rural Americans receive food and other important supplies where no other service will deliver. The USPS employees are part of the life blood of America. They're heroes and they should be treated as such. The USPS should be treated with reverence. Instead, Louis DeJoy is tearing it and American lives apart. The USPS is critical to cities and rural communities alike. Whether Democrat, Republican or Independent, Americans rely on the postal service for paychecks, medicine and other critical correspondence. Yet mail vital to American survival is delayed for weeks. Tell Congress to remove the power to appoint the Postmaster General from partisan hands. The post office is too important to American lives and American democracy to be decided by any one party. Free the post office from politics and restore an independent, non-partisan postmaster general to lead this fundamental part of our democracy. REMOVE LOUIS DEJOY TODAY!
Save Net Neutrality
Net neutrality preserves the right to communicate freely on the internet. Net neutrality requires internet service providers (ISPs) to give everyone equal access to everything you use on the internet-- email, watching videos, reading news articles, and listening to music. It prohibits ISPs from slowing down, speeding up, or blocking content on the internet. It is how the internet has always worked. Unfortunately, this is being threatened by the FCC- the Federal Communications Commission. If the FCC ends net neutrality, then how we’ve used the internet changes completely. ISPs will be able to block content, slow down internet access, and favor websites over others. It will also end the Title II of the Communications Act, which charges ISPs for blocking content or slowing down internet and creating “fast lanes.” “Fast lanes” would allow certain internet service providers to give internet access faster than any other service providers. Ending net neutrality could have global impacts and change the way the world shares information and changes how information is processed. As high school seniors about to enter into the real world, we cannot imagine what life would be like if we did not have net neutrality. Net neutrality allows us to use our freedom of speech on a platform that is like no other. I can go on the internet and research something without the fear that an ISP has favored a certain website that is completely biased one way or blocked certain websites. If you believe we should have free access to the internet, sign this petition to show your support. This issue is time sensitive and must be addressed. Support free and open internet! Thank you for your support, Katie Lemon
Don't Let Scott Pruitt Dismantle the EPA
Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic set on dismantling the EPA, has been nominated to head the EPA. We are petitioning the U.S. Senate to keep him from taking that position. Scott Pruitt, an outspoken skeptics of climate change, represents a serious threat to the future of global climate change and cooperative efforts to prevent catastrophic and irreversible damage to the health of the planet. Regardless of political affiliation, we as Americans have a responsibility to ourselves, to future generations, and to the rest of the world to work towards a clean and sustainable United States. It is absolutely critical that our country does not waste four valuable years deregulating fossil fuels and promoting coal mining and fracking. Myron Ebell, the leader of Donald Trump's EPA Transition Team, has said that he would “like to have more funding" to "combat the nonsense put out by the environmental movement.” Similarly, Scott Pruitt has claimed that the climate "debate is far from settled" and spent his time as Attorney General of Oklahoma suing the EPA over its environmental protection initiatives. These men have displayed a fundamental unwillingness to heed the unanimous warnings of the scientific community that direct and immediate action is necessary to prevent disastrous damage to the stability of the planet. We must make it clear to Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate that we will not stand for the appointment of Scott Pruitt, an ill-suited and completely unqualified candidate, to head the EPA. This petition calls for the U.S. Senate to block the confirmation of Scott Pruitt and any other climate change deniers that Myron Ebell and the transition team attempt to appoint within the EPA. U.S. Senate: do not confirm Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. He has proven himself fundamentally unfit for his proposed position, and it is unacceptable to allow him to pursue his reckless environmental agenda. It is time for the United States to lead the world in a sustainable future. Make your voice heard--this issue is too important to neglect. Watch this 47 second video if you need a reminder of just how much is at stake.