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!
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
Kevin McCarthy must expel Marjorie Taylor Greene
Kevin McCarthy, As a veteran of the armed forces, I've been trained to assess threats and there is a serious threat to our country sitting in Congress that goes by the name of Marjorie Taylor Greene. She gained notoriety by spreading anti-Semitic conspiracies and has deployed her social media platform to incite an insurrection, support a plan to murder Speaker Pelosi, as well as to falsely accuse her colleagues of ties to terrorist groups. Marjorie Taylor Greene cannot even be trusted to be on any committees and is only in office to disrupt order and cause chaos. Her recent comments comparing Covid-19 CDC guidelines to the Holocaust are deeply offensive and are just one of the many different ways she's violated her oath as a member of Congress. I used to believe the Republican Party stood for decency, family values and good faith principles, but any continued support of Marjorie Taylor Greene, renders that demonstrably untrue. She is an active security threat to her colleagues, is unfit to serve the good people of this country, and she's directly harmed our civil liberties and freedoms with her divisive and hateful rhetoric. Marjorie Taylor Greene must be immediately expelled from Congress. #TimeToExpelMarjorie #DoSomethingKevin
Tell Congress not to pass the SEA, Act & SECURE, Act which will harm protected marine life
The SEA Act bill and the SECURE Act bill would give oil industries almost unregulated ability to perform Seismic surveying. The practice involves a ship firing blasts of pressurized air to create powerful sound pulses that penetrate beneath the seafloor. Below the water, the explosions sound like bombs going off every 10 to 15 seconds and can be heard as far as 1,500 miles, audio recordings show. The testing threatens a number of species and is part of a thinly veiled oil industry wish list that would upend established protections and fast-track the permitting process for oil exploration off the Atlantic, much of Alaska and even California. Both bills have passed committee and could head to a full vote any day. The bills follow other undoings that have prioritized oil and gas energy over conservation which is vital to the protection of endangered species. The new bills would target the core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which regulates seismic blasts used to locate oil and gas. The noise, scientists say, can disorient and damage the hearing of whales and dolphins so badly that they lose their ability to navigate and reproduce. We cannot allow further offshore oil and gas exploration and development as it harms our coastal economies in the near term and opens the door to even greater risks from offshore oil and gas production down the road. To read the full story, check out http://seavoicenews.com/2018/04/02/oil-seismic-tests-law-harms-marine-life/
Banks had their bail out at the US tax payers expense so now it's the Banking Industries turn to take one for the team. #TEAMAMERICA Sign this petition in support for your local small business who employ many within your community. Employees working for companies with less than 50 employees are excluded from the Covid -19 Stimulus Package totalling 8 Billion dollars. They will not receive 2 weeks sick pay should they need to take off from work. Why? Mom and Pop businesses make up over 50% of the nation's companies. Their workers deserve the same opportunity as their neighbor working for a large corporation. Please show your support for small business. Ex: local restaurants, coffee shops, boutique, beauty salons, all types of shops owners, printing, specialty stores, your dentist, and millions of other service oriented industries and vendors who service closed schools and closed local governments. The affect will hit for countless additional industries, like DHL, Federal Express and UPS employees when the demand for deliveries are no longer there. There are countless more business types affected for unknown reasons that come from our need to social distance in order to help prevent the spread of the virus. Help their landlord say to their small business tenant, " you can push back the next month's rent due". As Americans following the President's and CDC guidelines to stay home, work from home which is impossible in many industries, and not gather in groups to help prevent the spread of Covid -19. over the next few months, these small business, should have been equally considered with the travel industries bail out plans in the Stimulus package being reviewed before Congress to encourage them to cease transportation. For the next three months, millions of small businesses expect to have severe revenue hardships that will detrimentally affect millions of families salaries if smal employers must chose to pay a loan or make payroll. Let us not force them to shut their doors sending employees hiking to the unemployment lines. These small businesses are very fragile during this period and could greatly benefit. It could keep them out from filing bankruptcy when income and revenue are severly limited due to obstacles in their operations. They arent asking for a hand out. They are asking to delay payments due without added interest assessed. They deserve to receive a 3 month reprieve from making loan payments to all types of financial institutions and banks without penalty, without default for non payment or fear of receiving a negative report from credit agencies. Why three months? This is the period that the Global pandemic is expected to consume and move through our nation altering our everyday behavior. While temporary, it is enough to throw every single small business into a dark tunnel never to see the light of day again. These small businesses are owned by the average middle class person. He could be your neighbor. By signing this petition, you are letting our nation's leaders know you support the working man and small business over the billions of dollars in profits taken by the banking industry in interest payments made by small business owners and their employees. The money these financial institutions charge us is often used to lobby congress against our immediate interests. We need to maintain our economic strength of the people by supporting these people. So without your signature, we will be letting big banks win over the working man during the most critical period in our nation's economic history. Sign the Petition and say we are #teamamerica. God bless all of us!!!
Put term limits on Congress
Just like the President, we limit them because issues in our country are constantly changing. So why shouldn't the same happen with our Congress? Politicians ideas need to change as time and society changes. And we put a term limit on the president to keep them from having too much power. How is that any different than our Congress member. The longer they are in office, the more power they gain. The US government was designed to keep a limit of power, and a term limit would heavily help with this fundamental idea of the US government.
Make Juneteenth A National Holiday
The United States is experiencing a sea change of public consciousness. The unequal system that has plagued our Nation since its inception is in full view. Despite hard fought progress over the centuries, the U.S. remains unjust for too many American citizens. That can no longer be ignored. Juneteenth originated as a celebration of the last slaves in America learning of their emancipation. Over the many years that it has been celebrated, it has evolved from a simple "jubilee," to an opportunity to learn more about the struggle of the black community, to a celebration of the black community's many contributions to the United States. Today, it is time for one final evolution. It should become an official federal holiday marked by celebration, education, and, now, activism. June 19th should be National Juneteenth Day- a day in which all American patriots engage in a positive and productive manner to build a truly equitable system for anyone who strives to exemplify our American Values. This day should be dedicated to healing old wounds and uniting our Nation as the one great society that it is and can be.Please sign this and let's get our Nation's leaders to make this happen!
Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday
Why Juneteenth Should Be a National Holiday JUNE 19, 2018|IN HISTORY|BY JEMAR TISBY 1. Juneteenth is a way to highlight freedom. In recent days several cities have made high-profile initiatives to take down Confederate monuments. Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans made the bold decision to remove four statues honoring the Confederacy which defended slavery. Workers had to take down the monuments at night, wearing masks and with police protection to shield them from potentially violent protesters. In Charlottesville, Virginia, the city’s plans to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson met with a racist rally that summoned memories of Ku Klux Klan rallies of the past. While Confederate monuments should come down, that’s only part of what healing from the racial wounds of slavery and racism entails. Positive reminders of the struggle for freedom must be created. Enshrining Juneteenth as a national holiday centers people of African descent in a way that puts the black freedom struggle in the middle of the American story. Confederate monuments and icons put white people at the heart of America’s history while rendering black people as mere objects or perpetual victims. A Juneteenth national holiday would help American citizens view the Civil War and emancipation from the perspective of those most affected by its outcome—black people. 2. Emancipation is one of the most important events in U.S. history. The Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in certain states of the Confederacy on January 1, 1863. Then on December 6, 1865, Congress ratified the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery nationwide. Finally, the institution that had kidnapped millions from their homeland, separated families, exposed women and children to sexual assault, made lives disposable, and reduced human beings to property, had been legally eradicated. The end of slavery is a milestone every American should celebrate. The Emancipation Proclamation, along with the further changes that it precipitated, ranks with the Declaration of Independence and the adoption of the Constitution as documents of foundational importance to the United States. The Proclamation opened the way for further legislation designed to grant black people their civil and human rights such as the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments which officially abolished slavery nationwide, granted citizenship status to black people, and prohibited voter discrimination based on race or “previous condition of servitude” respectively. Few other legislative acts so profoundly altered the landscape of the country. Juneteenth should be recognized as a national holiday because it is a singular moment in U.S. history, and it solidifies the reality that black history is American history. 3. Celebrating Juneteenth as a national holiday reminds us how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. Freedom has always come with an asterisk in America. Emancipation was one step toward full equality. But in many ways African Americans and other people of color remain in bondage. Poor education , a massive racial wealth gap, and biased sentencing in criminal justice continue to affect minorities at disproportional rates. Even the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery, left a loophole for forced labor to continue by including the following clause: “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” The exception contained in the amendment made convict-leasing possible and served as a foundation for mass incarceration. Commemorating Juneteenth as a national holiday would both amplify the agency of black people in securing the end of race-based chattel slavery while also motivating present-day activism for securing the full independence and equality of all people. People have been trying to make Juneteenth a national holiday for years. Ninety year old educator and black civil rights advocate Opal Lee, made a highly publicized symbolic walk in 2016 from Fort Worth, Texas to Washington D.C. She tried to gather the 100,000 signatures necessary to get the White House’s attention. Time ran out before she could get the required number, but her work highlights the call to make Juneteenth a national holiday. In 2016, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) got a resolution passed formally designating June 19 as “Juneteenth Independence Day.” Ronald D. Myers, M.D., a medical missionary in the Mississippi Delta founded the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation to promote the cause. More recently an online petition hosted on the Color of Change website called for recognition of Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Full freedom has not been achieved for all Americans. Too many people still struggle to break all kinds of gender, racial, ethnic, and economic bonds. The fight for the full equality and freedom of all Americans goes on still. But the time is now and long past for the nation to memorialize Juneteenth as a day that marks liberty as both a reality and an aspiration.
STOP THE PRICE GOUGING BY MEAT PACKERS BEFORE THEY DRIVE THE FAMILY FARM OUT OF BUSINESS.
URGENT! FAMILY CATTLE FARMS IN DANGER! Monday March 15, 2020 ALL OUR BEEF WILL SOON COME FROM THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES UNLESS CONGRESS INTERVENES QUICKLY. In light of the revelation during the COVID-19 crisis, that China may supply up to 95% of our antibiotics, congress is considering ways to protect our national security going forward. Congress is also providing assistance to industries directly impacted by the situation. We want to point out that there is another industry being impacted, that may be of equal if not greater importance and it involves our food. It needs to be addressed before it is too late. Live cattle prices have dropped 30.47% since the first of the year from levels that were marginally profitable to current levels that are less than cost and producers are guaranteed to lose money. Each year, American farmers produce 39 million cattle that are processed netting thirty billion pounds of beef. This domestic source of protein is in danger of going to foreign markets. A lot of these countries are third world with little or no control over the use of chemicals and the way cattle are treated. But first let’s look at some comparisons: The latest statistics show that there are 2.2 million farms in the United States today. Since most of those are small family farms where family labor is “free”, if you will, thus not reported to Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Therefore, exact statistics are not available. But it is easy to conservatively estimate they employ at least 4 million people. This compares to 750,000 in the airline Industry, 296,000 in the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing and 234,000 in the cruise ship industry. Even the hotel industry that employs approximately 1.5 million is dwarfed in comparison to the farmer. The number of farmers raising cattle nearly doubles the employees of hotels, airlines, cruise ships and pharmaceutical manufacturing combined. Farmers are known to be independent, fiercely loyal and voracious voters. The production of cattle is a substantial and a vital industry that is in danger. Currently, 13% of our beef is imported (3.9 billion pounds). This figure is increasing rapidly while the number of farms decreases annually. Let’s assume it’s because the packers can buy it cheaper. As cattle producers quit the business we will just import more and more. Pretty soon we are just as dependent on countries with sweatshop labor, cruel animal treatment and no health standards for our food. We are not looking for price supports or subsidies. We have always been independent that way. What we want is fair treatment and protection against semi-monopolies. For example, while live cattle prices, the price the farmer is paid for his cattle, was dropping 30% to nearly $0.86 per lb., the Average Fresh Beef Index, the average price of all cuts of beef folks pay in the grocery store, is up slightly to $5.94 per lb. So, while the farmer’s selling price has fallen below his cost, someone in the food distribution chain is reaping a windfall of 30% or better. That someone is the packers! Only FOUR meat packers control over 80% of the 30 billion pounds of beef processed. At least three of these packers are multinational with a great deal of foreign ownership. While it is difficult to prove collusion, they definitely control the prices they pay the farmer. More than appalling is the price gouging they are doing during America’s time of need. Meat counters are cleaned out within minutes of the grocer filling them while they disguise their gouging by raising their prices just a little, but they increase their profits driving down the price they pay the farmer. They don’t care if they destroy the family farm, however. They know they can replace the beef from foreign markets, but look where that got us on surgical masks, ventilators and medicine. Let’s not wake up in a year or two and find ourselves in another China situation. The time to fix it is now, while it is relatively easy to handle. We are asking President Trump and congress to have the Justice Department investigate the big four packers under antitrust laws already on the books. No new laws have to be enacted which we all know takes forever and even longer now that congress is dealing with COVI - 19. It is my opinion that this is the fastest way to get relief. In the United States, antitrust law is a collection of federal and state government laws that regulates the conduct and organization of business corporations, generally to promote competition for the benefit of consumers. The main statutes are the Sherman Act of 1890, the Clayton Act of 1914 and the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914. These Acts serve three major functions. First, Section 1 of the Sherman Act prohibits price-fixing and the operation of cartels, and prohibits other collusive practices that unreasonably restrain trade. Second, Section 7 of the Clayton Act restricts the mergers and acquisitions of organizations that would likely substantially lessen competition. Third, Section 2 of the Sherman Act prohibits the abuse of monopoly power. Note: We are NOT asking for any money. It has been brought to my attention (and I just checked it) that when you go to sign the petition, it asks for a donation. This money does not come to me. It is to help change.org promote the petition more people. For example, Facebook charges them to promote the post. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DONATE TO SIGN! The important thing is to sign. Your donations help but I have already paid Facebook $1000 to promote the post on GoBob Pipe and Steel's Facebook page, Gobob pipe and Steel If you would like to verify that I am legit, my website is www.gobob.com and you can view my personal Facebook page. Thank you all for your support! Bob
Save the Health and Wellness Industry from COVID-19!
*Donations on the following page go directly to change.org and help support petitions like ours and the work of the change.org team. Should you choose to donate, please know your donation will not be sent to businesses within the health and wellness industry.* Over the past few weeks, COVID-19 has presented an enormous challenge to the health and wellness industry. Businesses around the globe have closed their doors, laid off their employees and seen their income drop to zero. In the last two weeks alone, 80-90% of ClassPass’ 30,000 partners across 30 countries have temporarily closed for business. These are businesses that keep our communities healthy and resilient, and the global COVID-19 puts them at risk. Customers, business owners and industry advocates are coming together to do what we can to help thousands of mostly small businesses and their employees get through this. But it’s not enough. We need our governments to step up and support these businesses to preserve these integral communities for the foreseeable future. Our health — and the health of our economies — relies on this. In light of COVID-19, we have come together to request COVID-19 relief in the following ways: Rent relief: Rent is the most significant cost for most in our industry and the single most important policy theme for our industry right now. Without a policy intervention, the inflexibility of private landlords will drive many businesses to close permanently. Policies should be put in place to prohibit eviction, incentivize reduced rent, or to guarantee rent holidays to ensure businesses can reopen after this crisis subsides. Financial assistance to support the workforce: Thousands of fitness instructors, front desk staff, cleaning teams and venue managers are without work. Direct financial assistance or UBI-like stipends are necessary so they can afford basic expenses while awaiting the cessation of government mandated shutdowns. Wherever possible, this assistance should be provided in a way that preserves employment relationships for the long term, by subsidizing wages for underutilized staff during this period. Loan, tax and interest relief: We ask that governments put 2020 tax holidays in place for any business that provides health and wellness services as their primary product. Governments should also consider mandating the postponement of debt repayment and provide other forms of relief from existing financial obligations. Leveling up incentives for employers to invest in employee wellness: Regular fitness regimes reduce the costs of long-term public health issues. In fact, IHRSA notes that fitness regimes make populations more resilient against infection, including respiratory infection. Several countries already offer generous tax incentives to companies who provide fitness and wellness services to their employees – incentivizing employers to co-invest in these public goods in countries where governments don’t already do so will powerfully aid in the recovery of this sector. All of this relief is provided in a way that optimizes for simplicity and speed: It is troubling to see smaller fitness providers already announcing they are permanently closing for business, and some of the largest brands laying off almost their entire workforce, amidst widespread confusion about what support is available to them, and uncertainty about how fast it will arrive. Offering a stimulus that gets relief funds into the economy as fast as possible while minimizing confusing qualification criteria and bureaucracy will go far in ensuring these businesses can open their doors again.We and all of our partners thank you for your support. Regards, The Health and Wellness Industry Fritz Lanman, CEO, ClassPass Payal Kadakia, Founder and Executive Chairman, ClassPass Andy Stenzler, CEO, Rumble Joey Gonzalez, CEO, Barry’s Bootcamp Anthony Geisler, CEO, Xponential Mike Abramson, COO, Xponential Karl Sanft, COO, 24 Hour Fitness Frank Napolitano, President, 24 Hour Fitness Patrick Walsh, CEO, Town Sports International Jim Rowley, CEO, Crunch Fitness Worldwide Keith Worts, CEO, Crunch Fitness Signature Mike Neff, VP, Crunch Fitness Signature Colin Grant, CEO, Pure Group Adam Zeitsiff, President & CEO, Gold's Gym Chuck Runyon, CEO, Anytime Fitness Weldon Spangler, CEO, Lift Brands Inc. Travis Frenzel, President, Flywheel Anne Mahlum, Founder and CEO, Solidcore Bonnie Michel, Tracy Roemer and Matt Micheli, Founders, Shred415 Tim Suski, Co-Owner, Rush Cycle Heather Shalabi, Founder, Flex Studios Amy Boone Thompson, Vice President & General Manager, IDEA Health & Fitness Association Vivienne Fitzpatrick, Founder, H-KORE Peter Thew, Founder and CEO, Yoga Movement Joan Murphy, CEO, Frame Leonardo Pere, CEO, Selfit Ryan Junk, President, CycleBar Shaun Grove, President, Club Pilates Brad Robinson, Founder and CEO, Ritual Gym Luiz Urquiza, CEO, Bodytech Brazil Sarah Luna, President, Pure Barre Marc Caputo, CEO, Cycle House Han Doorenbosch, CEO, Urban Gym Group Till Trilling, Founder and CEO, Ride bln Guy van der Reijden, CEO, PLTS Zsoka Bernard, CEO, Balanzs Ramon Castillon, President, Row House Melissa Chordock President, AKT Lindsey Junk, President, YogaSix Lou DeFrancisco, President, StretchLab Jeff Stokes, President, STRIDE Gundula Cöllen, Founder & CEO, BeCycle Jonathan Fisher, CEO, Holmes Place Brands B.V Agustin Santellan, Founder and CEO, HitBox Ana Jimena Ramírez España, CEO, Sersana Alejandro Ramos, CEO, Síclo Eduardo Mussali, CEO, Commando Rick Berks, CEO, Youfit Health Clubs Sophie Azout, CEO, Cyglo Laura Casallas, CEO, Brigada Ross Campbell, Founder and CEO, FIT Summit Stewart Miller, Founder and CEO, The Platform Kjetil Rygh, CEO, Mudo Gym Dave Nuku, Co-founder, Firestation Malaysia Tiffany Yow, Co-founder, 'The Flow' Malaysia Katrina Taib, Co-founder, Aloha Cycle Club Malaysia Janice Lee, Head of Operations, Ministry of Burn Kenny Choong, Co-founder, FLYPROJECT Malaysia Linda Tang and Anabel Chew, Co-founders, WeBarre Yen Kee, Co-founder, Playground Malaysia Karen Lim, Founder, Barre 2 Barre Joanne Mathews, CEO, Ten Health and Fitness Jack Thomas, Founder and CEO, BASE and Fitness Asia podcast Louis Prutschi Weil, CEO, Quarzo