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
Outlaw all Sales of Elephant Ivory, Rhino Horn and Trophy Hunting Products in Ohio!
The purpose of this petition is to encourage Ohio Governor John Kasich and our fellow legislators to enact legislation banning the import, in-state, internet sale and distribution of all Elephant Ivory, Rhinoceros Horn and Trophy Hunting Products in our state. The United States is the largest consumer of these products behind China. With 96 Elephants killed daily for their tusks, and 1200 Rhino killed annually in South Africa alone, (Howard, 2014) it is predicted that these keystone species will be extinct within a few short years. To understand the brutality of the killings, one must be aware of the poacher's methods. AK47’s, poisoned watermelons, cyanide dumped in watering holes thereby killing entire ecosystems in the process. Hacking off the tusks or horns while the animal is still alive. Paralysis darts so the species cannot move, yet is fully cognizant of machetes slicing into its skulls. Poisoned darts lead to weeks and weeks of suffering before an unspeakable death. (McAvey, 2015) US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH says "Stopping the Ivory trade is not only a matter of conservation, but one of national security and international stability. (2014) There is no legislation banning these products in Ohio, and that is what we are committed to change. Encourage Governor Kasich and our elected constituents to enact legislation banning all sales of these products. Wild animals cannot protect themselves, but we can and we must! Respectfully, Ivory Free Ohio - IFOH Ivory Free Ohio is a Grassroots Organization Committed to Ending the Trade of All Ivory, Rhino Horn, and Trophy Hunting Products in the State of Ohio. Join Us Online! Facebook: Ivory Free Ohio - IFOH Twitter: @IvoryFreeOhio Web: IvoryFreeOhio.org Reference Howard, B.C. (2015, January 22). South Africa Sees Record Year for Rhino Poaching. Nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150122-rhino-poaching-south-africa-conservation-science/ McAvey, A. (2015). Ivory Free Vermont. Ivoryfreevermont.org. Retrieved from http://www.ivoryfreevermont.org/ Portman, R. (2014, February 8). Elephants Slaughtered for Trinkets and Terrorism. CNN.com. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/08/opinion/portman-elephants/ Photo Credit: WWF
Keep CBD Legal in Ohio
Clean Remedies CBD has organized an effort to save Ohio hemp CBD sales. We are fighting to keep hemp derived CBD products legal to sell, purchase and possess in the state of Ohio outside of the state's medical marijuana program. Helping thousands of business selling or carrying hemp based CBD products across the state of Ohio keep their doors open, lights on and food on their table. By Signing this petition you will help: Keep Hemp based CBD products legal in Ohio Support locally owned CBD businesses in Ohio Support the freedom of choice in Ohio commerce Why this is so important: Hundreds, if not thousands of businesses and jobs are at stake Your favorite CBD products could go away The state of Ohio is in violation of the 2014 Farm Bill Background: The Ohio CBD Movement coalition was formed by Clean Remedies CBD, to bring CBD companies, users and advocates together to urge the state of Ohio to redefine the hemp CBD laws and make it assessable to all. The state does not have a defined distinction between CBD derived from industrial hemp and CBD derived from marijuana. In August the Ohio Board of Pharmacy released a statement claiming that the sale and possession of CBD products, regardless if they are derived from hemp or marijuana or considered illegal as "defined" by the States medical marijuana program. However said program does not have a distinction between hemp derived CBD or marijuana derived CBD. Fore more information go to: ohiocbdmovement.org cleanremedies.com
Remove sub-Asian boxes on Census Form 2020! Stop racist anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy!
Dear fellow Americans for justice, brothers and sisters against racism, The glaringly racist legacy of sub-Asian boxes on the Census form was started in 1870, after the Burlingame Treaty of 1868, which eventually led to the infamous, racist, and inhumane Chinese Exclusion Act spanning from 1882 to 1943, which among other terrible abominations, banned U.S. residents of Chinese descent from having children or getting married; their family members in Asia were forbidden from entry to U.S. and reuniting as families. The Census form has no "Asian/Asian American" category. In its place are a group of boxes signifying foreign nationalities in Asia as if Asian Americans were all “perpetual foreigners.” It intrusively identified and collected data on which U.S. residents were of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese...descent. While the Chinese Exclusion Act ended in 1943, did these racist, humiliating, dehumanizing sub-Asian boxes get removed from the Census form? No, they were kept on the Census form by the U.S. government even until today, and if we don't fight back and boycott the Census form with sub-Asian boxes, it will stay on the 2020 Census form and beyond, prolonging a racist American legacy, a shame to all Americans. This legacy treats Americans of Asian descent as perpetual foreigners, and collects intrusive personal ancestral origin data used in many kinds of racial discrimination and persecution. In one example, the U.S. government used information from the Census Bureau to identify native born Americans of Japanese descent and sent them to Internment Camps during the World War II. There were also discriminatory laws against Americans of various Asian descent, such as Filipino. Such horrendous trampling of humanity will happen again unless you and I act now to boycott a 2020 Census form with sub-Asian boxes. We demand these sub-Asian boxes be removed and replaced with one description--"Asian/Asian American." Injustice to one human being is injustice to all human kind. If we don't stop this racist and anti-immigrant legacy, its “logic” and mentality will be repeated in current and future policy-making. Let's keep fighting against racism and improve the human condition step by step. Please join the good fight to make this historically significant change happen for now and forever, by signing this petition and sharing it on social media and by email, word of mouth. Power to the people! Fighting on, Americans against racism and anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy
Support the HOT CARS Act – Require alert systems in cars to prevent hot car deaths
I need your help to pass a bill aimed at saving children’s lives, via the HOT CARS Act. You probably have heard about babies dying inside hot cars every year. I have too. But I used to think this would never happen to somebody I know…until it did…I am part of a close community in Cincinnati experiencing this unimaginable tragedy. A friend of ours realized she had unknowingly left her baby girl, that she so deeply loved, unattended in her car as she went to work. They would do anything to get her back. Their lives and the lives of all these parents who have suffered this heartbreaking tragedy across our nation are forever changed. Even more tragic is the fact that these unthinkable deaths can be prevented through technology and education. You can help me achieve this. I learned through the KidsAndCars.org nonprofit organization: that more than 800 children have died in hot cars since 1990. Sadly, we all think that “this could never happen to me,” until it does. It has happened to doctors, fire fighters, teachers, caregivers, principals, nurses and more. I learned, a child’s body overheats 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s. At 104° F heatstroke starts within a child’s body, at 107°F fatality is imminent. Our car interiors heat up extremely fast. I didn’t know that even if the windows are cracked open, the temperature inside can reach 125° F degrees in mere minutes! Children can heat up and die even when the outside temperature is 50° F. Elderly and pets left in cars are also at risk. Unfortunately, even with education campaigns that have increased awareness and laws for leaving kids unattended in vehicles, the statistics have sadly stayed unchanged with a national average of 37 children dying every year. In the majority of these tragic cases (55%), children are left unknowingly by loving devoted parents or caregivers. Why? Because our brain can fail us. A change in daily routine, lack of sleep, stress, fatigue and or other distractions of the mind are things that all people have experienced which can be key contributing factors (according to KidsAndCars.org). This is supported by Dr. David Diamond, a professor in the Departments of Psychology, Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida and an expert on neuroscience. He has said: “From a brain science perspective, parents can, through no fault of their own, lose awareness of the presence of a child in the car.” "It is important to stress that these parents do not have a reckless disregard for the care of their children. Rather, common factors like a change in routine lack of sleep, or even simple distractions can all have an effect on even the most responsible parents. “The common factor is not just stress, but that the parent is on a drive that typically does not include the child, so the brain goes into autopilot mode that takes the parent from point a to point b, and the day care is not along that route,” said Diamond, who has interviewed parents of children who died of vehicular heatstroke. “The parent is driving, the mind is wandering to plans for the day, and the awareness of the child is lost.” “Parents’ brains can fill in the memory of dropping children off with caregivers and really believe it happened. They talk about their children at work, have pictures of their children on their desks and even tell co-workers that they have to leave early to go to the day care. That is why it is imperative that there be a system to provide an alert to remind parents of the presence of a child in the back seat. This is a modern phenomenon which requires a modern solution." This is why I need your HELP to sign this petition so our Senators will make it a priority to pass the HOT CARS Act that requires vehicles to have a safety alert system to prevent these losses. The proposed legislation would establish a performance standard for a visual and auditory alert system. The U.S. Department of Transportation would then issue a rule requiring new vehicles to be equipped with an alert system to remind drivers to check the rear seat. We already have reminders in our vehicles to prevent us from locking our keys inside our cars or leaving our headlights on and draining the battery; so why not a safety alert for our beloved children? Please sign this petition today.