- Governor of Texas
Attorney General Greg Abbott was reelected as the 50th Attorney General of Texas on November 2, 2010. Prior to his election as attorney general, Greg Abbott served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County.
- Governor of Texas
Attorney General Greg Abbott was reelected as the 50th Attorney General of Texas on November 2, 2010. Prior to his election as attorney general, Greg Abbott served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County.
Cancel the STAAR test! Use those funds to rebuild TX schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey
Please cancel the STAAR test this school year. Let's take all the money we spend on the test and use it to rebuild the MANY schools in Texas that were damaged from Harvey! Let's cancel the STAAR test so that when our children return to the classroom, we can teach and care for them and not have to feel guilty for using instructional time to comfort a child who just lost everything. Let's focus on our future and not scores. Let's take care of our children and think with our hearts. Fellow teachers and parents, please consider signing this petition and share as much as you can. We chose this profession to make a difference in the life of a child and there are so many out there in need of our love!
Mattress Mack Day Aug 26
It's time, Houston it's time, that Mattress Mack deserves his own Houston's day/ key to the city. During Hurricane Harvey he turned the key to his locations and opened them up as Shelters. This man is a Houston icon that deserves to be remembered forever. Signing this petition will help us get what he deserves August 26 is to be declared as Mattress Mack Day in Houston.
Healthcare for Retired and Active Teachers
Recent changes, voted on by our elected officials, have escalated the price of health insurance for educators in Texas. Retired teachers presently average $24,000 a year, and as of January 2018, in-network fees will increase 130% and the out-of-network will increase by 361%. With these rising costs, the average retired teacher will have the bulk of his/her pension sucked away by heightened insurance premiums. Retired teacher deductibles will also increase to $3,000 which is TEN times what it is now. As it stands for current educators, in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, ActiveCare 2 will increase to $2,004 for employees and their families. Couple that with dental and vision insurance, and it totals a whopping $2,201.46. Each district tries to help by contributing around $300; however, that still ends up being $1,816 a month for health, vision, and dental insurance. On average, a teacher who has taught for 10 years makes about $50,000 a year ($4,166 a month). Deduct withholding tax and medicare tax ($408), deduct TRS contribution ($329), deduct ins ($1,816), and the amount to be lived off of is $1,613 a month if they choose ActiveCare 2. Let me put this into perspective for you...TRS insurance will cost MORE than what you are left with. Even if deciding to go with another plan, the premiums and/or deductibles are still high. There is no other profession in Texas that employs more than that of public education, yet we are not taken care of by the state of Texas. Currently 700,000 active public educators and 270,000 retired teachers are looking to our elected officials to make moral and ethical decisions on the welfare of educators. Why more teachers don't protest: Teachers are some of the most loyal employees you will ever find. For many, professional development is back in full force beginning next week. Their loyalty to their district and students supersede that of fixing their own dire situation, hence how they managed to stay quiet this long. Educators care for others and put themselves on the back burner. Last year alone, Texas teachers spent around $200,000,000 of their OWN money to put back into their classrooms. I have never seen any other profession give of themselves as teachers do. It is time that the state of Texas bands together with and for them to show your support. In signing this petition, you are pleading to Governor Greg Abbott and our elected officials to revisit the TRS healthcare for retired and current educators and make it affordable in comparison to average monthly incomes and cost of living in Texas. This is not the responsibility of the school districts. It is the duty of the state to manage teachers' healthcare premiums and deductibles, and as it stands, Governor Abbott, our senators, and our representatives have failed in doing so. School Administrators, teachers, and other school employees, please copy and paste the link and send this out to your campuses/districts!! We MUST finally come together and be heard!! #dontmesswithtexasteachers #changetrs
No child goes hungry at school, no exceptions.
As of right now there is not a law in place that requires Texas schools to provide a meal to children who are required to pay for their lunch and do not have money on their account. Leaving the children who do not have lunch money without anything to eat throughout the day. As we know as parents and relatives of the children and attending school once ourselves, the child’s day can be very long. The average school day is eight to ten hours long, depending on after school activities. This concerns me for many reasons, one thought that comes to mind, is the children with health issues that need to eat but are not provided a meal and how dangerous that is. Another thought that comes to mind, is how this is effecting the children during a major time of body growth and brain development. My son, who attends a Texas public school was given crackers and cheese for lunch. He is a very active five-year-old boy and had flag football practice right after school. He came home hungry and tired and when asked what was wrong he told me about his lunch of so little. I was confused and infuriated, as all moms would be. When I called the school to discuss the matter, I spoke with a member of the cafeteria staff and I was informed that my son had an outstanding balance. Normally I would have been made aware of this by a letter sent home from the school but this time I was not so the balance went unpaid. I was also told that there is not a state law that requires the schools to feed the children who pay for lunch and do not have money on their account, however my son was provided with cheese and crackers. Was I supposed to be grateful my son was given cheese and crackers for lunch? I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and then I was told something that stuck with me, that this happens all the time. After much research, I found that this is a very real problem and it is often called child shaming because when the children are not given meals, they feel humiliated sitting next to their classmates who are eating their meal. I believe Texas can do better than this. A nutritious meal while the kids are learning and growing at school, where they should feel protected and secure, should not be something they worry about. Please join me in signing this petition so we can come together to be the difference in whether a child is provided with a caring nutritious meal or given nothing at all. We, the relatives and friends of the children of the state of Texas, petition the state to make law that all children, no matter the circumstances, are provided with a nutritious breakfast and lunch during the school day.
Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
This is the year 2016. Isn’t it time women had equal rights in America? Will you join me by signing a petition compelling your lawmakers to vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment? “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The Equal Rights Amendment, first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that affirms that all citizens deserve equal rights under the law regardless of sex or gender. Seems self-evident, right? Do you think that women’s equal rights are guaranteed by our constitution? Sadly, they are not. The ERA never passed, leaving women’s rights up for interpretation. This imbalance has been demonstrated time and time again in the highest courts in the land, where women often lose even when clear bias is shown. Women’s rights are seemingly at the mercy of whoever is in office or on a judicial bench at any given time. Here is what one of our most influential Supreme Court justices said on the matter of sex discrimination: "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't." —Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia While we in America may think that women are doing fine, the rest of the world does not. The United Nations has deemed the United States to be a country that does not adequately protect women’s human rights. The Equal Rights Amendment may seem unnecessary to some, but the truth is American women do not have explicit rights under The Constitution. There are dozens of areas where a lack of equal rights negatively affects women and the families they support. Here are just a few: • America is the only nation in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate. • 10,000 abused women are turned away from shelters daily, a total of 3.65 million denied requests per year. When looking specifically at the gender pay gap: There is a direct correlation between underpaying mothers and child hunger. It is estimated that half of the 33 million women and children living in poverty in the United States would not be if women were paid their full dollar. Is it any wonder that 1 in 5 children in America go hungry? Seventy-five percent of all African American children are being raised by full time working single mothers who are paid .60 cents on the dollar. Latinas earn .55 cents on the dollar, and white women make .78 cents compared to their white male counterparts. Our transgender sisters are faring even worse. They are four times as likely to have a household income under $10,000 and twice as likely to be unemployed. Over the course of her working life, an American woman will lose between $400,000 and two million dollars due to wage discrimination. The Equal Rights Amendment would provide an express constitutional basis to challenge sex-based discrimination. It would also ensure that laws and government actions that treat women differently are reviewed by the courts with the strictest of standards. With the upcoming 2016 election we need to intensify the conversation around women's issues and compel our lawmakers to protect the basic civil and human rights of American women by passing the ERA. It is time that we finally make this happen for ourselves, our daughters, and for the future of our nation. If even Supreme Court justices don’t believe the Constitution protects women from discrimination, let’s pass an amendment that will. Please join me along with Kamala Lopez, the director of the upcoming documentary “Equal Means Equal,” the ERA Coalition, and Noreen Farrell of Equal Rights Advocates, to sign this petition for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment #EqualMeansEqual —Patricia Arquette
Help End Lunch Shaming in Texas Schools. Feed the kids, Bill the parents. #ShameFreeTX
JUNE 2017 UPDATE - JUNE 2017 UPDATE - JUNE 2017 UPDATE With the passage of SB 1566 the Texas Legislature effectively addressed Lunch Shaming in Texas schools, all we lack now is Governor Abbott's signature and that bill will be law! Following closely behind New Mexico, Texas is poised to become the second state to address Lunch Shaming on a statewide level. Upon the Governor's signature we will become #ShameFreeTX MAY 2017 UPDATE - MAY 2017 UPDATE - MAY 2017 UPDATE https://www.texasobserver.org/texas-lunch-shaming-problem-fight-fix/ It is clear that this petition has grown beyond its original stated purpose, the amendment of Texas HB 3562, the intent however, has never changed, I would like to put an end to what has become known as lunch shaming. In my opinion, this petition and the social media pages associated with it, have morphed into a launch point for ending lunch shaming on the national level. Clearly, the action taken by New Mexico to end lunch shaming has put the issue in the national spotlight, that’s a good thing. Let’s agree to support one another and any and all efforts to end lunch shaming nationwide. I have encouraged supporters from the beginning to address this issue locally, at your child’s school, school district, city and state. Check local school websites and locate their child nutrition policy, if you agree with their plan for dealing with delinquent meal accounts then that’s great, if not then call them out on social media in order to get like-minded supporters and together, call for change. Contact your local school board, contact local media outlets, make noise and rally supporters. There IS strength in numbers. A bit more on lunch shaming, I recently came across a Twitter page that address lunch shaming but is NOT state specific, https://twitter.com/endlunchshaming Sadly, this page only has 53 followers, as a reference, Kim Kardashian West has 52 million Twitter followers. I have nothing against Mrs. West, but how about we rally behind one Twitter page so that our numbers reflect our strength and resolve toward ending lunch shaming policies nationwide. If not this page then please choose and share another, we need a unified front and the pressure needs to stay on. A focused effort is more likely to be effective. TEXANS - URGENT - FOR THOSE HERE IN TEXAS - URGENT - TEXANS The Texas legislature failed to act on amending HB 3562 and that time has now passed, HB 2159 which addressed many of the issues that were to be addressed through the amendment to HB 3562 has been killed as well . . . in a way, read on. Ok supporters, here is the latest on HB 2159, the bill that would end, or at least limit, Lunch Shaming in Texas schools, thanks to legislative shenanigans, the bill never received a second reading and now that window has passed so that bill is essentially dead. Don’t fret however, for thanks to the actions of several legislators in both the House and the Senate, the language of HB 2159 has been included in three new bills, HB 367, SB 725 and SB 1696. That's right, HB 2159 LIVES AGAIN! But wait, there’s more! One of the trio, HB 367, is currently at Stage four of seven, it has already been voted on and passed the House, it is now headed to the Senate, oh, and one last thing on HB 367, it is a bipartisan bill! Another bill that now includes the language from HB 2159 is SB 725, and while it may not be a bipartisan bill, it is actually at Stage four of seven, it has passed the Senate and is headed to the House! And finally, there is SB 1696 also includes the language from HB 2159; this bill is also at Stage three of seven, it has been voted on by the Senate and is headed to the House. We are getting close to ending, or at least seriously dampening Lunch Shaming in Texas folks but as they say, “It ain’t over till it’s over!” I need tweets, emails, phone calls, Facebook posts asking the following: Contact your state Senator representative and ask them to support and vote “YES” on HB 367, and . . . Contact your state House representative and ask for their support and a “YES” vote on SB 725 and SB 1696. Follow this link to quickly find your Texas representatives based on your address, the responses include links to their webpages and email addresses - http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx The 85th legislative session will end on May 29th, THAT’S ABOUT 6 WORKING DAYS! At some point prior to the 29th, the Texas legislature will have to vote on these bills, let's keep the pressure on them so that we get a YES vote. Lunch Shaming in Texas needs to end, NOW! If we don't make this change happen with the 85th legislature then our next opportunity won't be until the 86th legislature meets in 2019!!! Politicians respond to media attention, even social media, so please, PLEASE, continue sharing, re-sharing, tweeting and re-tweeting links to this page and or the petition itself; they say the squeaky wheel gets the grease, I say let's SQUEAK, IN UNISON! NOTE - - NOTE - -NOTE - - NOTE - - NOTE The original petition has changed so significantly that I've decided to flip the text and place the updates on top and the original petition at the bottom. The bills associated with this petition drive may have changed titles but the intent of this petition has never waivered, putting an end to lunch shaming in Texas schools. Feel free to read the original petition below the "NOTE" line. NOTE - - NOTE - -NOTE - - NOTE - - NOTE While working as a substitute teacher in a Central Texas school district I witnessed a truly sad situation -- during breakfast, one of my 4-year-olds slid her meal tray down to the cashier in order to pay for her meal but instead what she heard was an emphatic “You have no money!” followed by the removal of her meal tray. I live by my debit card and on this day I had absolutely no cash on me or I would have paid the $1.50 for the child's meal. The student then sat at the table assigned to her class and was inconsolable for the next twenty minutes, while her classmates enjoyed their breakfast meals. This seems like cruelty on the part of the cashier, but sadly, she was just following school district policy in accordance with Texas law. There is a law on the books that requires any Texas school district in which students use a prepaid meal card or account to purchase school meals, to have a grace period during which students continue receiving meals even after their accounts are depleted. This is a good law, as school financial matters are adult business and should not result in a child going hungry. However, it fails our children in one area: each district is allowed to determine how long this grace period is, and, it turns out, it doesn’t have to apply to all meals offered at school. This was an error on the legislators’ part, and it must be changed to spare kids from such cruel embarrassment. Please join me in calling on the Texas legislature to amend the law to require all districts to continue providing all meals to students, regardless of account balance. Sadly, the district I am teaching in chose to adopt a one-lunch grace period, meaning they will provide one lunch after a child’s account is depleted. As for breakfast and other meals provided by the school, the student gets nothing. This is ridiculous. Studies have proven that children cannot learn when they are hungry, and everyone knows that suffering that kind of embarrassment in a school setting can be terribly upsetting for a child. I am not asking that parents and caretakers be absolved of their financial obligations. But repayment can be worked out among adults. Children are not the guilty parties in this scenario, and they should not be punished with hunger for mistakes their parents make. This petition requests that the law be amended so that children in schools that use prepaid cards or accounts to purchase meals receive uninterrupted access to all meals served at the school, regardless of their account balance. Feel free to read the proposed amendment here, the new text that has been added is highlighted in green and the text to be removed is in red and has been struck through, the amended replacement text follows and is in black and bold. I have tried to remain fiscally conservative and have changed as little as possible of the original HB 3562 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1hwY-fES_-2cnhDMVRKanVhUUE
Rename SH 99 The JJ Watt Parkway
JJ Watt has been an exemplary humanitarian and Houstonian. He has given to our great city more than we could ever have asked for ! Through his fundraising efforts over 27 million dollars was raised to aide Houstonians suffering loss due to Hurricane Harvey! As a token of our appreciation not only should SH 99 bear his number but also his name!
Save Doctor Burzynski's Life-Saving Cancer Treatment
My name is Teresa Kennett. I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and given less than a year to live by my oncologist who also told me that conventional treatment could not cure me but could only temporarily slow the progression of my form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I was a young mother with a three-month old baby girl. Desperately I sought other solutions and found Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, whose non-toxic Antineoplaston treatment put my cancer into complete remission and saved my life. That was over 27 years ago! And I am not alone! Over 1000 cancer patients like Faye Joseph, MaryJo Siegel and myself (left to right above--Rita Starr, mother in remission over 20 years, Faye Joseph, in remission 4 years, Steve Siegel, Teresa Kennett, remission 27 years, Mary Jo Siegel remission 21 years) who previously received terminal diagnoses are alive today because they were treated by Dr. Burzynski. But access to this successful treatment is threatened! Now the Texas Medical Board is bringing highly questionable charges against Dr. Burzynski in a proceeding scheduled to begin this Thursday, November 19. If charges are not dropped cancer patients will not have the freedom to choose this life-saving treatment. Please stand with me and sign the petition below to demand that all proceedings against Dr. Burzynski be halted immediately and all charges be dropped. Whereas: Dr. Stanislaw R. Burzynski is the discoverer of the Antineoplaston cancer treatment and has achieved spectacular results with it against a variety of brain tumors during 13 self-funded Phase II clinical trials sanctioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and whereas * Dr. Burzynski has employed this treatment to save the lives of well over 1,000 cancer patients who had previously received terminal diagnoses, and whereas * The FDA has asked Dr. Burzynski to begin Phase III clinical trials using Antineoplaston treatment against DIPG brain tumors, known as diffuse intrinsic brainstem gliomas, which are almost always fatal, and whereas * Dr. Burzynski's 13 prior brain tumor clinical trials produced well-documented cures of brainstem gliomas, anaplastic astrocytomas, DIPGs and several other types of brain tumors, and whereas * Dr. Burzynski’s randomized controlled trials against colon cancers with liver metastases demonstrated a median survival time by patients treated with Antineoplastons-plus-chemotherapy almost three years longer than for patients treated with chemotherapy alone, and whereas -- No other treatment, whether experimental or not, has ever produced results even approximating Dr. Burzynski's life-saving success rates, and whereas * Numerous patients in Dr. Burzynski’s private oncology practice have been treated successfully for many types of advanced cancers by using Antineoplastons in combination with cutting edge personalized precision medicines guided by human genome analysis, and whereas * No patient of Dr. Burzynski’s has ever been treated in FDA clinical trials without receiving written notice that Antineoplastons are officially considered experimental, and whereas * All patients are notified both in writing and in person that Antineoplastons and treatments using medications from the Antineoplaston group in combination with other drugs are not universally successful, and whereas * Dr. Burzynski has achieved all this despite decades of opposition and even criminal prosecution by the FDA, and despite numerous administrative obstacles repeatedly placed in his path by the Texas Medical Board, and whereas * A proceeding against Dr. Burzynski on highly questionable charges brought by the Texas Medical Board is scheduled to begin Nov. 19, * Now therefore, we the undersigned patients and supporters of Dr. Burzynski hereby demand that all proceedings against Dr. Burzynski and other physicians associated with him be halted immediately and all charges against them be dropped or dismissed.
Stop the Comanche Trail Pipeline
The movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline has helped demonstrate the entire nation that pipelines can have a lasting negative impact on our water, air, and land. Now the same company that is threatening Standing Rock’s water, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), is posing a similar risk to my community in El Paso, Texas. Join us and ask U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo to stop this pipeline. The Comanche Trail Pipeline and it’s sister the Trans-Pecos will carry fracked gas from West Texas to Mexico, passing through biodiverse deserts and cross the Rio Grande river – and when they leak, they will poison plants, animals, and people living nearby. We are concerned that this pipeline, like so many before it, will leak into our groundwater. 73% of water in El Paso is used for crops in the community and is threatened by possible contamination, due to construction under multiple canals. The Comanche Trail pipeline will run 300 yards from family homes, risking the safety of children who want to play outside. Energy Transfer Partners has a history of putting profits before people, and disrespecting indigenous and communities of color who will be impacted by their extraction projects. We stand in solidarity with the indigenous-led Two Rivers Camp, who are organizing direct actions to stop this dangerous project. Please add your name to demand that U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo stand for our health and safety above profit.
Free Parking for Immediate Family Members of ALL Hospital Patients
Immediate family members paying for parking at Hospitals that are billing the insurance company thousands of dollars, sometimes millions of dollars as in our son’s case, for care, must stop. Parents spend many weeks, sometimes well over a month, in a hospital getting the help they need to help their children survive. Parents are staying at the hospital 24/7 making the hospital staffs job so much easier. They lose their jobs, houses and many other things they will sacrifice to help fight for their baby’s lives. We have spent a combined total of several months, if not a year, in the hospital for our special needs son with Hypo-Plastic Left Heart Syndrome in the last 23 years. Some families only have one family member that can visit and help them in their time of need. The stress already is more than most people can imagine, and then to also worry about parking, is sad but a reality. Parents must pay for their food and drinks while they are there, when they run out of their own groceries. There is only so much food and drinks that you can bring at once. Then you must decide to pay the $ 12 per 4 hours rate to run to the store to restock or pay for their food. Which adds another $12 when you return for over 4 hours. Example TCH Parking Fees"$5 for the first hour and gradual increases up to $12 per 24-hour period." FALSE Actual cost is $ 12 after 4 hours and does not include any in and out privileges. TRUTH Patients need family moral support while going through these times to help to stay mentally strong. On our last visit, I had friends and immediate family members tell me they could not afford to visit more because of the outrageous parking cost. It does add up and hard to argue. Of course, there is a $ 5 parking spot down the street where you have a greater chance of being mugged or your car broken in to. Even the thieves rob you while you are in the hospital! Hospitals can cover the cost and I am sure they will add it to the insurance bill. Example of what is billed to your insurance company while parents still must pay for parking. This is only one thing, click on the Readers Digest link to get a few more that will make you sick to your stomach. That is a whole different battle for someone else to fight. Readers Digest "Charge to patient: $53 per non-sterile pair (sterile are higher), for a total of $5,141 during average patient stay" (Which is $ 26,500 for box of 1,000) Box of equivalent gloves at Health Care Supply Pros (random place when I searched online, no affiliation) cost for a box of non-sterile gloves, is $ 64.99. (Which is $ .13 a pair for a box of 1000) Which gives them a ballpark profit, on this example, of $ 26,435.01 on ONE BOX of gloves. We were told at a hospital, very recently, that they do not write down every pair of gloves and bill your insurance company. She said when the box runs out, they put the charge for the next box on whoever needs them next. WOW Reducing their profit on parking, to immediate family members, is so minimal that it will not affect their overall income and is a great contribution to the parents in their community and most likely a write-off on their taxes! They can cover the profit they are losing by purchasing one box of gloves from anybody else on line. Proposed Solution: The immediate family members of the patient, including parents and siblings, should have their parking validated by the hospital or the parking organization that is partnering with the hospital. A simple chip for family members would be easy to manage. They could start now by giving in and out privileges to families living in the hospital for more that a few days.