City of Austin, Texas
City of Austin, Texas
Governor Greg Abbott: Suspend Rent, Mortgage & Utility Payments During Coronavirus Crisis
To Governor Greg Abbott, The Texas House of Representatives, The Texas Senate and all of the Lone Star State's Senators, Congressman, Mayors and other elected officials. COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) has been classified as a global pandemic. As of March 15th, there are 68 known cases of the virus here in Texas. The CDC has recommended that gathers of more than 50 people be canceleld for the next 8 weeks. Many states have also closed down bars, restaurants, movie theaters and other establishments. State and federal officials are encouraging people who feel sick to stay home, but many workers already struggle to make rent or mortgage payments. The choice to skip work for the sake of community health could leave them and their families unsheltered. In order to protect the health and housing security of our community we call on Governor Abbott and our government to act now so workers won't have to make that choice. Specifically, we call for a suspension of all rent, mortgage, and utility payments for 2 full months to allow people to do what they need to in order to take care of themselves, their loved ones, and the community. The legacy of every public official currently serving will be determined in the next few months. Across the world, Texans are known for taking care of Texans. It's time to act now and protect the community you are sworn to serve.
Rescind the homeless camping ordinance in Austin.
A few weeks ago, the City of Austin passed an ordinance that allows homeless people to camp in public spaces (excluding private property, parks and City Hall). The result has been chaos. Homeless people are camping on sidewalks downtown (in front of businesses), there have been several violent attacks, and they continue to camp in parks and on private property, believing that they either won’t be reported to police or police won’t remove them. It is time to rescind this policy which is bad for tourism, the Austin economy, public safety and public health.
JUSTICE FOR BRAD LEVI AYALA
Brad Levi Ayala is a 16 year old who attended a protest in Austin Texas. An officer from the Austin police department SHOT HIM IN THE HEAD. The officer responsible has yet to be identified, but this is absolutely unacceptable. Brad Levi Ayala was a protester exercising his first amendment RIGHTS. In no world should a teenager be shot for advocating for justice. Rubber bullets were never designed to be shot directly at people, ESPECIALLY not at a teenager’s head. We need to DEMAND for the officer involved to be fired and charged. We cannot tolerate officers getting away with endangering the lives of future generations. We cannot allow them to silence us! The media is hyper fixated on looters and rioters yet there are blatant acts of police brutality occurring everywhere. The actions of the police force has been reckless. We need Austin’s Chief of Police, Brian Manley to take accountability for mismanaging the department and bring justice to Brad Levi Ayala and his family. Although he was lucky enough to survive a round of “less lethal bullets” he should have never been put through such extensive trauma.
Citizens against de-funding Austin Police Department.
Please sign to show your SUPPORT of Austin Police Department funding.The silent majority of citizens support Austin Police Department, this is the way to show your support. Sign to show you are against Austin City Council vote to de-fund APD in any way. Austin City Council members are planning to vote for de-funding APD, and to stop of hiring new police officers for the future. Sign to show your support of both of these. Side note: currently Officers have been assigned to patrol city council member houses. They are voting to de-fund APD, but want to be protected by APD. Austin Mayor Adler who voted to de-fund APD also has his own APD executive protection unit who is with him 24/7. Garza, Casar, Flannigan, and Renteria want to de-fund APD. Here is their contact info: Natasha Madison512-978-2101 Natasha.Madison@austintexas.gov Delia Garza512-978-2102 Delia.Garza@austintexas.gov Sabino "Pio" Renteria512-978-2103 Sabino.Renteria@austintexas.gov Greg Casar 512-978-2104 Greg.Casar@austintexas.gov Ann Kitchen512-978-2105 Ann.Kitchen@austinteas.gov Jimmy Flannigan512-978-2106 firstname.lastname@example.org Leslie Pool512-978-2107 Leslie.Pool@austintexas.gov Paige Ellis512-978-2108 Paige.Ellis@austintexas.gov Kathie Tovo512-978-2109 Kathie.Tovo@austintexas.gov Mayor Steve Adler 512-978-2100 Steve.email@example.com
Change the name of Austin's Robert E. Lee Road
UPDATED Austin has no connection with the confederate general Robert E. Lee, and yet we have a prominent road near Zilker Park named for him. It is way past time that a progressive city such as Austin abandoned such a memorial to a confederate traitor, and used that space to commemorate a more local hero who was on the right side of history. We propose changing the name of Robert E. Lee Road. One possibility would be change it to Fritz Teneger Road. Teneger was the leader of a group of hill country Unionists who all refused to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy, and were then chased down and killed by confederate troops in battle. He would make a fitting figure to commemorate here. But the final name should be the result of community input. In light of the horrific events in Charlottesville, VA, now is the time. Please join us in urging the Austin city council to make this change.
Defund Austin Police Department
Austin Police Department is known for using excessive force far too often. Instead of granting them another 442 million dollars to abuse their citizens (more often than not, people of color), Austin needs to defund the APD and allocate those funds towards underprivileged communities and low income neighborhoods, so that tax payers dollars actually make a difference in the city of Austin. Racial inequality in our area is unacceptable, and since APD is not doing nearly enough to change that, we the people need to take a large portion of their budget and do it ourselves. Please sign and email/call the mayor of Austin (Steve Adler: 512-978-2100/ 512-974-2337), and AT LEAST one member of Austin’s city counsel, so that we can make Austin the place that it should be. Austin City Council # 512-974-2250
Recall Austin Mayor Steve Adler
Steve Adler (https://twitter.com/MayorAdler) won't repeal the open camping ordinance in Austin, TX unless we show him we mean business. By signing this petition, you are showing your willingness to vote this irresponsible progressivist out of office if he continues to ignore his constituents! Why Sign? City Council lied about the effects of the Open Camping Ordinance Local Businesses are suffering from the homeless epidemic Residents no longer feel safe in downtown Austin. Steve Adler and the Public Safety Commissioner dismissed the rape and murder of Haruka Weiser by a homeless man Homeless are shitting in public places, such as the library Nothing will change if we don't show the mayor and the rest of city council that we mean business! This petition is not an official recall petition, but it will remind our reps who's boss!
Justice For Michael Hickson
Michael Hickson was a 46 year old disabled Black man who contracted COVID-19 from a staff member in his nursing home, developed pneumonia and was hospitalized. He was then REFUSED FOOD AND TREATMENT for 6 days before he died on June 11th at St. David’s Hospital. The hospital and (temporary appointed guardian) Family Eldercare agreed on the action to withhold treatment, nutrition and hydration from Michael. He had a wife and 5 children. “Who gets to make that decision whether somebody’s quality of life, if they have a disability that their quality of life is not good?” Melissa, Michael’s wife asks his doctor. “So as of right now, his quality of life — he doesn’t have much of one,” the doctor replied. “Will it improve his quality of life and the answer is no... At this point, we are going to do what we feel is best for him along with the state and this is what we decided,” he tells her. “Because he’s quadriplegic and has a brain injury?” She asks. “Correct.” He answers. Michael’s life was worth trying to save. He was worth getting care, food and water even if the treatment didn’t end up saving him. He still deserved an equal chance as any able-bodied young person. He deserves justice. And this needs to stop happening. SIGN THIS PETITION AND ASK THE STATE OF TEXAS TO RIGHT THE WRONG THAT HAS HAPPENED TO MICHAEL. AND to do something to ensure this doesn’t keep happening to more and more disabled people. One of the many, many Black disabled people being MURDERED... yes I am using that word because that’s what it is... by medics (sometimes being ordered by the state) who are refusing to treat disabled people with COVID. This is because they think disabled lives aren’t worth living, especially if they’re not white. That there’s no value in lives with disabilities, and the more intersections of marginalization - the less they’re worth. These eugenics haven’t just been going on during COVID by the way. This goes on all the time, you just never hear about it. You’re barely hearing about the rapidly increasing amount of ones happening right now. The only reason this one was publicized is because the dialogue between his wife and doctor was recorded so there’s proof of it and it can’t be buried. Cops aren’t the only one murdering Black disabled people. So are doctors. The medical industrial system is messed up too.
Stop Animal Abuse on Factory Farms
Did you know that currently we have ZERO federal laws governing the conditions of which farm animals are raised in? Thanks to the lack of laws and enforcement, animals currently suffer through horrible conditions on factory farms. Animals are often given so little space and kept in severely cramped areas. Hens, for example, are kept in small cages, chickens and pigs are kept in jam-packed sheds, and cows are kept in crowded and filthy conditions. Antibiotics are used to make animals grow faster and to keep them alive in the otherwise unsurvivable conditions. Research shows that factory farms’ widespread use of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can potentially be very dangerous to humans. Majority of factory-farmed animals have been genetically altered to grow larger or to produce more milk or eggs than they naturally would, until it drastically affects their health. Some chickens are made to grow so large that their legs cannot support their bodies; they suffer from starvation or dehydration when they can’t walk to reach food and water as a result. When they’ve grown large enough to slaughter or their bodies have been worn out from producing milk or eggs, animals raised for food are crowded onto trucks and transported for miles through all weather extremes, typically without food or water. At the slaughterhouse, those who survived the transport will have their throats slit, often while they’re still conscious. Or, they’re plunged into the scalding-hot water for defeathering or hair-removal tanks or while their bodies are being skinned or hacked apart. The quantity of milk that dairy cows produce decreases substantially around 10 months after giving birth due to the fact that the cows only produce milk to feed their babies. In order to continue and maximize milk production, cows are annually impregnated which increases stress, and the likelihood of sickness and premature death. Each cow is genetically manipulated to produce up to 100 pounds of milk per day – ten times more than they would produce naturally. Dairy cows commonly suffer from a variety of illnesses because intensive milk production, including widespread lameness and mastitis, a painful and often fatal infection of the udder. Pharmaceutical products that are used to infections often have bad side effects. Dairy cows produce an average of 729 days of milk, which amounts to 2.4 lactations, before they are considered “spent”, and sent to slaughter. 3 million young dairy cows are slaughtered each year in the U.S. Dairy cows are typically killed between 2 to 5 years of age despite the fact that they can live up to 25 years. Newborn calves are permanently separated from their mothers, usually within 1-3 days, since the mother/calf bond intensifies over time and delayed separation can cause even worse emotional distress for the calf and mother. Nearly 100% of calves born to dairy cows in the U.S. are removed from their mothers within the first 12 hours of birth. As a result, dairy calves separated from their mothers are denied their mother’s milk, which contains all the essential nutrients and antibodies the calf needs.Calves are typically fed milk substitutes, often from a dried powder base, and raised without a mother to care for them. Mothers and calves form deep bonds, much like humans, which makes it inhumane to separate one from the other. In natural herds, the mother-calf bond is the strongest bond in a cow’s life. With the production of dairy also comes the production of veal. Veal only exists to help farmers make money from male calves born to dairy cows; they would otherwise be considered useless as they can’t produce milk. As a result, they are slaughtered and sold for veal at a few months of age. The corporations that run current factory farms are full of greed and driven by solely by money. Factory farms have become the leading method of food production in America. The U.S. meat industry is a multi-billion dollar per year industry and feeds millions of people around the world. In 2014, the U.S. meat industry, which processes cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, and turkeys, sold 186 billion dollars worth of meat. With the ability to gain great profits, factory farm corporations are motivated to get meat to domestic and international consumers as efficiently and inexpensively as possible. Today, only a handful of giant factory farm companies control meat production in the United States, all of which are wealthy, politically powerful, and take in no consideration of the animals at all. These companies provide cheap meat for people around the world and are only interested in keeping their high-production, low-cost. Why do nothing and let these animals suffer? How much longer before we take a stand and actually enforce change? If you care about all the innocent lives being tortured every day as factory farms inherit more and more money at their expense, then please sign this petition. My proposal to our state government is as follows: All Ag-Gag laws in Texas (which criminalize whistleblowers on farms) should be lifted. Surveillance around factory farms should be allowed and enforced. HB 1643, the act which makes it illegal to use a drone to take photos over a concentrated animal feeding operation, should be revoked. The 28 Hour law, which requires vehicles transporting animals for slaughter to stop every 28 hours to allow animals exercise, food, and water, should be modified to 14 hours and include poultry species as well. Animals on factory farms should not be genetically manipulated to produce unhealthy amounts of eggs, milk, etc to the point of which it affects their health. Killing and selling the young of any animal (especially veal) should become illegal, due to the fact that it is inhumane. Sign this petition and possibly save the lives of many animals who currently suffer under the hands of factory farms. Take a stand, and together we can make change,
Removal of the Confederate statue at Sherman Texas Court house
This petition is for the removal of the Confederate statue located at the court house in downtown Sherman, TX. Black lives matter and so does George Hughes' life. The African American man who was burned alive inside of a safe at the old court house in Sherman Texas in 1930. His dead body was then hooked to a chain and dragged throughout the black community by Confederate supporters, then hung from a tree in front of a black owned Drug store that was then burned down. This riot in Sherman, TX in the 1930s affected every thriving African American business owners and families in Sherman as well other towns in and around Grayson County at that time and still does to this day. Most if not all black businesses were burned to the ground and a marshal law was later enforced to protect members of the black community from Confederate supporters in Sherman Texas threatening to harm them. George Hughes' body was given to the black funeral home, however that funeral home had been burned down. Because of this his body was then given to a white funeral home and they ended up burying his body on one of the city of Sherman lots. He never received a proper burial or historical monument nor historical marker. Instead of a memorial being built in respect of this great tragedy. A Confederate statue remains as a symbol of slavery, Treason against the United States of America and ultimate racism on the land he was killed. The Swanson Confederate statue was removed in Dallas Texas at DFW love field inco junction with George hughes," Swanson also noted the title “One Riot, One Ranger” came from a Ranger's report of a scene at the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman in 1930, when a black man stood trial for assaulting a white woman. The mob eventually set fire to the courthouse and roasted the black man alive after he sought refuge in a courthouse safe. George Hughes and the hate crimes that were committed in the Sherman area in 1930 symbolizes what the Confederate staues in Sherman Texas stands for a contentious reminder of evil, slavery, racism, ignorance and hate for the African American to be free ,and equal. It must be removed, and our society needs to be educated on the historical ills of racism in American society. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/jcs06 https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article243285731.html