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Tiny Fighter Bill - Extend FMLA benefits for families of babies in the NICU.
In the United States, mothers that work for eligible employers are provided 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected maternity leave through the Family Medical Leave Act. This time is to be used for recovery from delivery and bonding with the child. Unfortunately, this same coverage is applied to mothers of babies who spend their first weeks/months of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I, like many other mothers had to make a choice. I had to decide how I would use the short 12 weeks of job protection while my daughter was fighting for her life. Should it be spent with her as she lay in an incubator? Should it be saved for when she finally came home after 74 days? This is a choice that no mother should ever have to make. Yet, we are forcing it upon so many women across the country. Mothers should be afforded the right to spend their days alongside their infant(s) fighting for their lives in the NICU. Mothers should be afforded the right to bond with their infant(s) when they come home. Most importantly, mothers should be afforded the right to not have to choose between the two. There must be a change! Therefore, I am proposing legislation to amend the Family Medical Leave Act. This amendment would provide up to an additional 12 weeks of job protection for families of babies that spend longer than 7 days in the NICU. Please consider taking a few moments (less than a minute) to SIGN and SHARE the Tiny Fighter petition! For updates on the policy proposal, petition status and the legislative journey, follow our “Tiny Fighter Legislation” page on Facebook. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for helping us to provide additional support to families of Tiny Fighters! #AvaStrong #TinyFighterBill
Fix unemployment system NOW.
There are now millions of people who cannot get through the phone lines to complete their unemployment applications. Or those who have completed and are still not receiving any money. Many of us having been trying for over a month, calling hundreds or even thousands of times a day just to try to reach one person to finish our applications or those trying to figure out why they are "Pending" and still not getting any money, with no answers in sight. At this point many of us already have or are about to run out of money for basic needs like food and rent. We're trying to borrow money from friends, or starting GoFundMes, or going to food banks, but how long can this last? We propose the following changes: 1) Allow all incomplete applications to be filled out and completed over the internet. #WaiveTheCall 2) Implement a numbered Callback System for all people to have the option of leaving their phone number for a return call. 3) Immediately disburse funds for Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) to those with pending applications, including the Self Employed and all those waiting for approval of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). WE CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER - IT IS A MATTER OF SURVIVAL, NOT LUXURY. Join our Facebook Group with tens of thousands of others going through the same thing: https://www.facebook.com/groups/223743412368739/
Respiratory Therapists deserve to be classified as Healthcare Caregivers
Respiratory Therapists are often the unsung heroes of medicine. Most of the general public doesn't even know that we exist . We were hoping that would change during a respiratory pandemic. Sadly, it has not. When a patient in the hospital is deteriorating Nurses and Doctors alike scream, "Where is Respiratory?" Respiratory Therapists are screaming that now. When healthcare workers are mentioned, it's always Doctors and Nurses. The much needed ventilators are even mentioned but rarely the skilled professionals that manage them. Respiratory Therapists are very crucial as we intubate the patients,manage the vents and breathe for these patients during code blues. Because of this care, we are at high risk for exposure. We do this willingly because if the patient isn't breathing then little else matters. The federal government doesn't list us as caregivers or providers along with Doctors, Nurses or other Therapists. We're listed as Hospital personnel and even then, we're last like we were thrown in as an afterthought. This affects our being able to qualify for healthcare caregiver loans and grants. This also affects morale. None of us went into medicine for glory or fame but I would be less than honest if I said that this slight isn't hurtful. By signing this petition you may be helping Respiratory Therapists get the classification and recognition that we have rightfully earned and deserve. Please consider reaching out to your elected officials as well. Thank you!
SOS: CUBANOS EN COSTA RICA PIDEN AYUDA PARA VIVIR EN PAÍSES CON CONDICIONES DE SEGURIDAD.
SOS CUBANS IN COSTA RICA *(English and Spanish Translation) *(Con Traducción al Inglés y Español) Dear English reader: By reading and signing this letter, you may collaborates with the Cuban community in Costa Rica, which has been going through vicissitudes and insecurity of different kinds. We would greatly appreciate it if you sign and share it as this will help us show the world our situation. It happens that we are a group of refuge applicants and we have been in this country for up to 1 year, which we thank in part because of the brutal and idiomatic persecution and human rights violation of freedom of worship, freedom of the press, economic freedom, food freedom, Gender Freedom, Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Communication Abroad, the theft of remittances for 16 years from family members abroad and for countless causes and dictatorial and arbitrary oppression that our government disguises with the exploitation and extortion of doctors Cubans saw the need to emigrate to reach Countries of democracy and development where they enable us to restart our lives with security and honest and dignified work. We are professionals with Profession, Technical and University careers because our parents instilled in us a love of study, with no criminal record. Prior to the epidemiological crisis, we have been together suffering insecurities such as Xenophobia for living as foreigners, which for nationals is the seizure of opportunities and attentions from their own corrupt governments in Latin America, labor exploitation, sexual harassment, unemployment, evictions of incomes, inhabiting the streets and hostels with addicted people and repulsive behaviors, we no longer have what little we brought or what was extorted from us on the borders of Central America, we live in constant fear of crime in the region where Costa Rica is part of it. Despite the fact that we are through the refugee process, we do not have the desired follow-up for it, the Refugee Applicants express that we were left to our own devices, because sometimes the concerns to the instances go but either answers do not arrive or are receives an automatic and impersonal answer without reading each case and many telephone calls are not answered, also mentioning that said procedure to subsequently opt for a residence is scheduled after 3 or 6 years, a period where if we are not recognized as refugees, we lose our nationality Cuban and automatically after 2 years we would become stateless (law of the Republic of Cuba), it is not fair that for so many years of waiting we cannot qualify for a foreign citizenship after almost 10 years and be wanderers in the countries where we are stranded looking for better opportunities to assert our rights. The solution for our case is only in the hands of government and charitable figures to dialogue with each other since we have traveled several ways by ourselves and we are not understood, so the influencers find a way of solution to improve our lives and we allow them to find real security, refuge and employment, as well as to recognize the Cuban government as a dictatorship that forces us to emigrate. We feel that we are at risk of getting sick or being reached by groups that jump from country to country through the region as communist allies and are encouraged by our government, we have already experienced stories of assault and human trafficking, we do not want to go through these things again neither here nor in the border crossing. In addition to living in street conditions, our lives are in danger from assaults and firearms, we very much regret that Costa Rica is no longer the country where it was safe to walk on the streets. We are grateful to some institutions such as Fundación Mujer in coordination with UNHCR in trying to solve the crisis, but the situation is already getting out of hand and as human beings we do not deserve a tragic fate in a country where we do not have security We ask whoever can read this document to help us sign and share to show the world that Cubans are one more victim of communist repression. We greatly appreciate your help _ SOS CUBANOS EN COSTA RICA Estimado Lector en Español: Al leer y firmar este escrito colabora con la comunidad cubana en Costa Rica la cuál lleva pasando viscicitudes e inseguridad de diferentes índoles. Agradeceríamos mucho si la firmara y compartiera ya que así nos ayudará a mostrarle al mundo nuestra situación. Sucede que somos un grupo de solicitantes de refugio y llevamos hasta 1 año en este país al cual agradecemos en parte porque debido a la persecución brutal e ideológica y violación de derechos humanos de libertades de Culto, Libertad de Prensa, Libertad Económica, Libertad Alimentaria, Libertad de Género, Libertad de Pensamiento, Libertad de Comunicación con el Exterior, el robo de remesas durante 16 años de familiares en el exterior y por un sinnúmeros de causas y opresión dictatorial y arbitraria que nuestro gobierno disfraza con la explotación y extorsión de los médicos cubanos nos vimos en la necesidad de emigrar para llegar a Países de democracia y desarrollo donde nos posibiliten recomenzar nuestras vidas con seguridad y trabajo honrado y digno. Somos profesionales con carreras de Oficio, Técnicas y Universitarias porque nuestros padres nos inculcaron el amor al estudio, sin antecedentes delictivos. Previo a la crisis epidemiológica hemos estado juntos sufriendo inseguridades como xenofobia por convivir como extranjeros que para los nacionales es arrebato de oportunidades y atenciones de sus propios gobiernos corruptos en América Latina, explotación laboral, acoso sexual, desempleo, desalojos de rentas, habitando en las calles y albergues con personas adictas y conductas repulsivas, ya no tenemos lo poco que trajimos o lo que nos fué extorsionado en fronteras de Centroamérica, vivimos con el constante miedo por la criminalidad en la región donde Costa Rica forma parte de la misma. A pesar de que estamos por el proceso de refugio no tenemos el seguimiento deseado para el mismo, los Solicitantes de Refugio hacen expresar que fuimos dejados a nuestra suerte, pues en ocasiones seguidas las inquietudes a las instancias van pero o bien respuestas no llegan o se recibe contestación automática e impersonal sin leer cada caso y las llamadas telefónicas muchas no son atendidas, además mencionar que dicho trámite para optar posteriormente a una residencia está programada posterior a 3 o 6 años, período donde sino se nos reconoce como personas refugiadas perdemos nuestra nacionalidad cubana y automáticamente después de 2 años nos convertiríamos en apátridas (ley de la República de Cuba), no es justo que durante tantos años de espera no podamos optar luego de casi 10 años a una ciudadanía extranjera y ser errantes en los países donde quedamos varados buscando mejores oportunidades para hacer valer nuestros derechos. La solución para nuestro caso está solo en las manos de figuras de gobiernos y caritativas para que dialoguen entre sí ya que por nosotros mismos hemos recorrido varias vías y no se nos entiende, así los influyentes encuentren una vía de solución para mejorar nuestras vidas y nos permitan encontrar realmente seguridad, refugio y empleo, así como que reconozcan a la gobernación de Cuba como una dictadura que nos obliga a emigrar. Sentimos que estamos en riesgo de enfermar o de ser alcanzados por grupos que brincan de país en país por la región como aliados comunistas y son alentados por nuestro gobierno, ya hemos vivido historias de asalto y tráfico humano, no queremos volver a pasar por estas cosas nuevamente ni aquí ni en el tránsito por fronteras. Además de vivir en condiciones de calle, nuestras vidas corren peligro por los asaltos y las armas de fuego, lamentamos mucho que Costa Rica ya no sea el país donde era seguro andar en las calles. Se le agradece a algunas instituciones como Fundación Mujer en coordinación con ACNUR en tratar de solventar la crisis, pero ya se les va de las manos la situación y como seres humanos no merecemos un destino trágico en un país que no tenemos seguridad Les pedimos a quien pueda leer este documento que nos ayude a firmar y compartir para mostrarle al mundo que los cubanos somos una víctima más de represiones comunistas. Agradecemos mucho su ayuda
#JusticeForHardRock3 - Respectfully Return the Bodies & Prosecute Those Responsible!
The first link below is to the GoFundMe referenced at the end of this petition. gf.me/u/xpvsqj The second link will take you to a site run by one of the few angels here in New Orleans who have selflessly taken on the task of getting justice for Jose, Quinn, and Anthony. Follow this page for more info on the #hardrock3 and read below for an overview of what happened, where we are currently, and what we plan to do. #hardrock3 Link: https://m.facebook.com/HardRock3-102823511314993/ The 3rd link takes you to the page of Rubia Garcia, the 10 year educator and local human rights & social justice advocate, Hurricane Katrina survivor, and life long resident of New Orleans, who organized the #boycotthardrock movement to force Hard Rock into action. If you follow her, she visits the site daily to bring awareness to the hundreds and thousands (millions during Mardi Gras) who visit the site daily. She shares regular/daily updates on her social media pages to inform the millions around the world who are now following this story and fighting to bring justice and peace in death to the victims and their families because they were denied and robbed of them in life. Rubia Garcia Link: https://www.facebook.com/1341832342508469/posts/3746743705350642/?vh=e&d=n BACKGROUND: On Saturday, October 12, 2019 at approximately 9am, the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana that was under construction, collapsed. Out of the approximate 281 people in the building that morning, there were 18 people transported to the hospital from the site and many others that drove themselves to area hospitals. However, the day of the collapse, at least 3 workers were publicly unaccounted for. We will discuss the potential causes for the collapse later. But first, our brothers. The day after the collapse, on Sunday, October 13th, the body of one of our brothers, Anthony Magrette, was pulled from the rubble after 32 hours. His family has reported since that his autopsy revealed he had survived the first 27; 5 hours too late, due in part to New Orleans first responder administrators refusing to allow responders into the building and also refusing help from local unions, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other local volunteers who offered to assist in recovery and telling the families as they waited those 32 hours that Anthony was "alive" and in a "safe Haven. To date, the families haven't heard from Mayor Latoya Cantrell since she attended the wake (with press to take pictures), even though in press conferences her and other city officials say that they have spoken to them regularly since the collapse. They have not. See this news link from March 4th. ( https://www.fox8live.com/2020/03/05/family-hard-rock-collapse-victim-calling-answers-accountability-city-new-orleans/ ) As of today, March 5, 2020, the bodies of our other two brothers, Jose Ponce Arreola and Quinnyon Wimberly, still remain inside the building. Quinnyon, who can tragically be seen on the original video of the collapse exiting the building on the 12th floor as the building comes down, not only remains in the building to date, but his legs at this very moment, are visible to any of the public from the streets around the city/site. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5_UtZWK1aw&disable_polymer=true , Some may remember a few weeks ago at the end of January, the tarp that the city had placed to cover his legs had blown away in the wind, and this was when global outrage behind the coverup and the #boycotthardrock movement began. This, in the greatest country in the world, was unacceptable. Now 5 months later, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, countless Saints games, the LSU games including the Championship, as well as personal holidays, and of course Mardi Gras, have all gone on since the collapse and the cries of the families and the community; have been blatantly ignored. In that time that has passes, the plans on what to do with the building and how to address recovery have changed so many times that as writing this, a fair number would have to be at MINIMUM in the double digits. Adding to this inconsistency, are those of conflicting information being provided by and between our elected officials. For example, in a press on February 12th, just weeks after the start of the #boycotthardrock movement and the same day that Hard Rock International sent our Mayor a personal letter, the Mayor stated not once, but twice, that she intended to recover the bodies and THEN control-implode the building in mid-March. This statement was HUGE to the families and the community. Just days prior to the Mayor saying this in that February 12th conference, New Orleans Fire Chief Time McConnell had stated the opposite and original plan forced upon the families by the city, that they would implode the building with the bodies inside. Only for last week, the plan that was proposed and approved by the Mayor, to state that what the fire chief had said, was the real truth all along, and the Mayor not onlylied to the families, the press, and the city, but also, you and the millions others around the world now a part of this movement towards righteousness and justice. POTENTIAL CAUSES and DEFINITIVE EFFECTS - The building is located at 1031 Canal St. It is on the corner of Canal Street and North Rampart and up until 2014 used to be the Woolworth’s. It was the location of the first organized lunch counter sit-in in New Orleans. In September 1960, 2 whites and 5 blacks walked in and sat at the Woolworth's counter and demanded to be served, in direct protest to the Jim Crow laws of the South at the time. The city signed off on the demo, (our now Mayor being a member of the council) and the Woolworth’s was declassified as a historic landmark and demolished in 2014.Praveen Kailas of Kailas Companies, the owner of the land and son of the now lead developer/stakeholder in the 1031 Canal pleads out to federal charges for over billing in the Louisiana States Road Home Program. He turns the company to his dad Mohan Kailas, who then announces the consortium and partnership with Hard Rock and 2018, it starts. This just shows history of corruption. Also shows that Hard Rock didn’t bet their developers. - Mayor LaToya Cantrell has taken over $70k from the consortium. City Council members have taken over $20k from them as well. - Unapologetic and proliferated use of non union, undocumented workers.Supervisors ignored the warning of these workers who even took to apparently posting videos to social media DAYS BEFORE the collapse after being told to go back to work when they told their supervisors that the temporary shores holding up the concrete slabs they had just poured, were failing. - The floors of the Hard Rock on Canal Street are a different size shape and size than the ones that were approved by the cities safety and permitting office; and public records apparently show a violation by the developers of the project which is a consortium named 1031 Canal, composed of Kailas Companies, Citadel Builders(Denzel Clark), and All Star Electric (Todd Trosclair, has be reported to have thrown campaign fundraisers for Mayor Cantrell), who failed to file such change with the city according to Sections 26-15 of city code. The size and shape of the decking used, is extremely important because tips engineers have stated publicly that the floors placed, weren’t meant to withhold the spans between the beams as were those of the original design. - The final concrete was poured into the 18th floor on October 4th and according to American Concrete Institute, should have been cured at minimum given those spans, for 14 days. Three days after the pour on October 7th it appears they began removing the temporary shores to support the decking while it cured. Three days after that, on October 10th, workers are posting videos showing the shores that remained, still remained because the pressure had bent them in place. Two days after that on the 12th, they moved forward with installing the rooftop pool. And just a few hours after that, the building floors pan caked. Pulling half the entire building, pulling the floors from the 18th floor that Jose was standing on from under him, entombing him completely ever since. Then, wrapping around the North Rampart side of the building, and catching Q, as stated before just on the opposite end of the building, leaving only his legs and now his partially visible face, as the only proof as to where he is and how absolutely horrible this all is on what is now, day 146. - One of the workers Joel Ramirez Palma, a husband, father of 3, and construction worker with almost two decades of construction background, was one of the workers who had warned supervisors that the building wasn’t safe. The day of the collapse, he spoke with local news media. Less than 48 hours later, he was arrested, detained for weeks, and then deported. He remains there, after living and making an honest living with his family for the majority of his life. As of Day 142 (March 2, 2020) - Top building official for the City of New Orleans, Larry Chan, and Chief Building Inspector Terry Willis were secretly recorded (recorded by Chan himself) in a special meeting they had held Sept 16th(a month BEFORE the Hard Rock Collapse)with city inspectors after he reissued a 5 year old policy statement of the department which required city inspectors to use the approved mobile app to upload time stamped photos of site visits and recording their locations. He warned them that there were GPS trackers in the vehicles. He warned them NOT to inspect commercial buildings if they held only residential inspection certifications.Later that day after the meeting he (Chan) and an analyst in the Department, Richella Maxwell, were escorted out of the building and placed on emergency suspension, "based on the ongoing investigation into your involvement in the alleged illegal issuance of city permits. - This all stems from a years long investigation into the city's Safety and Permits Office, which just days before this meeting Chan called, had led to the indictment of Kevin Richardson, a former city inspector worker who actually had been FIRED IN 2015 for taking $65K+ in bribes for buildings he had not inspected or forged documents on, having potentially touched permits numbering over 8,300 in his career working since 2009. He was reportedly working/conspiring with an analyst Maxwell, maybe others, who had remained within the department office after Richardon was terminated. Richardson pled out within weeks AFTER the collapse.City Inspectors Julie Tweeter, Thomas Dwyer, and Eric Treadway reportedly signed off on MULTIPLE PROJECTS throughout the city that they had never visited (witnesses AND GPS in the suspected inspector vehicles appear corroborate this); and NOT just the Hard Rock site. Also important to note, since the collapse, other buildings have had issues with permits and scaffolds have fallen in the French Quarter in front of Harrah’s Casino, landing ion cars and just missing innocent people, due in significant part, to such carelessness and corruption. - Julie Tweeter, the inspector who signed off on the October 1st inspection of the top floor of the Hard Rock, even reportedly requested one company to EMAIL HER photos of the project since she never showed to take the pictures herself as required by law. She also signed off (at minimum) on 6 different occasions at the Hard Rock DESPITE THE FACT that the Louisiana State Fire Marshall's Office confirms she wasn't certified to inspect commercial buildings such as the Hard Rock. She wasn't the only one not certified on commercial buildings, but was conducting them on the Hard Rock Commercial Site. Inspector Bryan Cowart ALSO signed off on key stages of the Hard Rock's construction without the requisite certifications for projects such as the Hard Rock. - The day of the meeting with supervisors Larry Chan and Terry Willis on September 16th, Julie Tweeter's inspection logs show she performed a foundation inspection at the Hard Rock, but her city truck stopped within a few block for only 6 minutes. Two weeks after that meeting she approved that fatal final pour, but her truck never came within 7 blocks the construction site that day. Three days later, the concrete is poured. Three days after that the temporary shoring posts are being removed and workers like Joel Ramirez Palma (the man soon after arrested and deported) begin warning job supervisors that the remaining shores are buckling and failing. And 5 days after that, just hours after installing a rooftop pool, those top floors collapse.Eric Treadaway was the inspector that signed off on the July 26th inspection of the 14th floor. That day, GPS tracker in what is believed is his city truck, never came near the Hard Rock. - The 3rd inspector Thomas Dwyer, signed off on 3 slab inspections on August 9th, but GPS from the inspector vehicle believed to be his, made it to City Hall around 9am that day and left at 2:48, the car never making it to the Hard Rock site the day of in that vehicle. The vehicle believed to be his DID however make it to the Hard Rock on September 20th, another date in his log as to an inspection he had reportedly performed. Although having ALSO missed the wrong decking. - Tweeter and Treadaway are suspended without pay pending a pre-termination hearing next week at City Hall. - Larry Chan was also allowed to retire. - Safety and Permits Director, Zachary Smith, was DEMOTED and will STILL REMAIN EMPLOYED as a deputy within the department. - City Administration announced days ago that they are DISMANTLING the Department of Safety and Permits, renaming it 'Department of Licensing and Regulation', because well.... CLEARLY.... 'safety' isn't what they signed up for, nor is it a priority. Especially when this has been going on for YEARS in EVERY aspect of city governance here in Nola from Construction to Sewage and Water, and beyond. - The historic building of the Saenger Theatre were damaged. The building behind, what is now the New Orleans Athletic Club, to this day, can’t use its facilities. - The buildings attached to the Hard Rock site have all been purchased by the consortium and have filed with the city for demo. - To date, there is NOT a date or time for when the building is to come down, the timeline just keeps getting pushed back and filled with more lies and scandals. - The families have ALL spoken publicly and voiced their desires that they want the remains removed hastily and with dignity, for the building to be preserved for evidence, and those accountable, brought to justice to the fullest extent of the law. THE PLAN: It’s been almost 5 months now and the bodies of Jose and Q still remain in the Hard Rock Hotel that collapsed back in October of last year with no plan to date as to when they will be removed. Yet another uniquely New Orleans event, Jazz Fest, is fast approaching. The Mayor has once again rescheduled the implosion date until maybe some time in April and will attempt to recover the bodies AFTER the implosion is completed. Another "deadline" postponed, yet again. The families want the remains of their loved ones so that they can give them a proper burial. In as BEST condition as possible given the known facts that our brothers have been crushed, partially blown up when they decided to demo the cranes with them inside of it, and having been exposed to New Orleans elements for 5 months. This is their number ONE and TOP priority, and has been since day ONE. That part, has never changed. They do not wish to force anyone to risk their lives and potential add injury to an already egregious insult to humanity. However, incidents' such as this, and even ones FAR WORSE, have unfortunately transpired and have been resolved and remedied in a fraction of the time. Which begs one to question, why is implosion and destruction of a crime scene (the City Office of Inspector General IS criminally investigating as does NOT wish the building to be taken down until the initial investigation is concluded, which is supposed to come next month. Second to this demand, is to prevent them from imploding the building, not just with the bodies inside, but also in order to preserve the evidence and stand the best chance at holding those who are responsible, accountable. Lastly, to push for support of a Civil Rights park to be placed at the site once clean up has been concluded. Not only does this honor the lives of Jose, Q, and Anthony, but also to the dozens injured and numerous businesses affected. It also serves as a small gesture to honor not just to the history that has permanently been erased by the destruction of the Woolworth's, but also to rectify the wrongs made SINCE without regard to the families, which has ultimately forced a community to rally into raising these funds to do it ourselves. We want to help them and we need YOU to help us. This fundraiser will run continuously, but the first deadline is February 12th. The 5 month anniversary of the collapse. This means we are in a crunch so if this is going to happen and going to be impactful, it has to happen and happen FAST. The City of New Orleans has made it clear to the families directly that there are two specific reasons that they will not recover the bodies. They have said that they will not spend ANY MORE MONEY (as of Dec 2019, the City of New Orleans, NOT the consortium, has used over $12 million of taxpayer dollars), nor will they forced their teams to risk their lives. Well, THIS plan.... While ambitious, is the solution. Our plan is to raise the funds to hire a team of experts (we are currently in talks with 3 potential teams) who specialize in this specific type of recovery, investigations, and legalities. We want to pay for their transportation, accommodations, tools/supplies, staff, etc, any all expenses that will be needed in order to accomplish this challenging, but possible task that our incompetent politicians and crooked contractors can't seem to do. We will do it ourselves. WE... the millions of people around the world following, will pay for them to come in and conduct a search and recovery operation. These funds will cover all fees including airfare and ground transportation, accommodations, materials, expert fees, tools, and staffing needed to fund #hardrock3recovery. The money and plans (including the team who has agreed to do it) will be presented to the Mayor, the City of New Orleans, and other state elected officials at that time for their approval. In the event they deny the plan that cost them absolutely NOTHING, as well as specifically honors the desires of the families while addressing the two main justifications against removing them, the funds will continue to be raised to reissue the plans, as well as seek legal/ judicial remedies, in order to force them. And why? Because the Power of the People, is supposed to be more powerful than the people in power, THAT's why. In conjunction with the specific Hard Rock incident legal recourses towards justice, the committee for #hardrock3 will use a portion of these funds to create a the “Hard Rock Meets Hard Knocks” Scholarship fund, with specific scholarships dedicated under the names of the victims Jose Ponce Arreola, Anthony Magrette, and Quinnyon Wimberly, to educate, train, and provide resources to human rights activist, advocates, and muckrakers around the world to investigate and expose the levels of corruption in their local communities, and provide a channel to broadcast such situations GLOBALLY. Also, fund will be provided to produce the plans for the park that is to replace the site. How the funds will be used will be fully transparent and expenses made public. This fundraiser is dedicated to the honest workers who lost their lives to no devices of their own. It is dedicated to the memory of Anthony Magrette, Jose Ponce Arreola, and Quinnyon Wimberly, who from forever on, will be known and honored now, as the #HardRock3. This cause serves as the beacon of light in an unjust world working towards justice and demanding it on behalf of the men, their families, for the numerous businesses impacted, as well as to the people around the city who have had their lives turned upside down due to the effects this has all had on transportation, in conjunction with the added emotional trauma of having to relive the indecency of having two of our own being disrespected in a city that is NOTORIOUS for revering our dead unlike anywhere else in the world. All of this, in addition to the repeated injustice of being bold faced lied to constantly by our public officials and having due justice held hostage to a dollar amount and cowardice. RIP Anthony, Jose and Quinnyon. We will NOT let you be forgotten. And we WILL bring you home. Not because it is cheap, and not because it is safe; But because as Americans, it's just the right thing to do. And we are better than leaving good, innocent men behind when we have to resources available to bring them home. When the people who are supposed to protect us, don't. THAT, is where the PEOPLE come in. It is where YOU come in. Any amount helps, and if not because we know these are trying times for many of us, PLEASE....never underestimate the power of a supportive word and/or a SHARE; after all, such empathy is what started this movement to begin with. NOW, we need you to follow this through to the true progress and change we demand. We can... and we WILL get justice. Not just here, but everywhere. All we all have to do... is....be human. � #hardrock3 #boycotthardrock #behuman #standupandwalktall For more information on the Hard Rock Collapse, the Boycott on Hard Rock or updates, please follow Rubia Garcia, Rubia Garcia II and #boycotthardrocknola on Facebook. Please follow the social media pages as they will tell you more about these victims, share photos, articles and videos and give everyone a place to memorialize these innocent victims of such a preventable, tragic disaster.
Hazard pay for all 32BJ Members
Now that 32BJ members are considered “essential workers”, we should receive hazard pay for being on the front line of the fight against Coronavirus! We expose ourselves everyday and return home to our families putting more lives at risk.
Reinstate State of Texas Federal Unemployment Benefits
To The Honorable Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas: The last year has been hard on so many of the sons and daughters of Texas. Covid19 brought with it unexpected consequences in multiple areas of life. Socially, physically, emotionally, financially, and probably more than we haven't realized yet. The times we went through will be remembered in history for years to come, and document either the success or failure of our leaders. It saddens me to even have to think about our elected officials jumping on a bandwagon of their peers. When I know Texas to breed strong and unwavering leaders. I'm talking about the ending prematurely of the Federally funded Unemployment that other states have declared they know what's best for the people underneath them and thus begun to systematically take away a lifeline of funding for your most vulnerable Americans. What you're saying is that you alone know the cases of each individual on unemployment and not one of them needs it. That is vanity at best and dictatorship at worst. I pray that you consider this petition to reinstate State of Texas Federal Unemployment Benefits till September 06, 2021. Below are just some of the arguments well-grounded in facts and science for continuing the unemployment payments to our poverty-stricken class. 1.Consumer spending is critical for any sort of recovery. "Cutting off a policy that helps households maintain spending is a terrible idea, both for these households' welfare and for macroeconomic stabilization," Givens 2.Increased unemployment assistance — along with food assistance spending — will provide the most meaningful boost to the U.S. gross domestic product over the next year, Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi and Harvard economics professor Raj Chetty said recently. 3.Ending the extra $300 federal benefit will harm 'the vast majority of unemployed workers, especially women and people of color 4.A new study conducted shows that people are more likely to job hunt while on benefits. The report finds that those who have exhausted their benefits are actually less likely to search for work than those still receiving them. In fact, once benefits run out, “their search effort drops precipitously.” 5.“Individuals collecting benefits tend to receive better job offers than those who are not. collecting benefits,” write the researchers. That puts your state in great economic fluxes… skilled workers now making 7 dollars an hour is NOT good for the monetary health of the state. 6.Evictions will dominate lower income levels and Covid will spread among the neighborhoods having to care more about their places to live than their health. 7.Unemployment numbers have not gone down. They are going up. States should not be allowed to pull the rug out from under any federally regulated programs by citing baseless unsubstantiated claims. Thousands of families will be thrown into poverty. Thousands of Americans will have food insecurities, lose the financial ability to pay for healthcare, and do without basic necessities needed to survive. 8.Ending all Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Programs including but not limited to PUA, PEUC, FPUC, MEUC and the $300 federal unemployment boost will end unemployment eligibility to independent contractors, gig-workers, and sole-proprietors, and many more citizens who are no longer eligible for regular unemployment benefits who are not able to work during these troublesome times. Ending these programs will cause a lot of families to lose their homes, source of income, food, etc... Not everyone on unemployment is just being lazy. For most of us, the federal programs mentioned above have been our lifeline during the Covid-19 pandemic when the jobs we worked for have completely shut down or dramatically reduced hours. This is no longer about politics, we are talking about families, children, and the elderly that will be on the verge of homelessness if these programs are ending while still under a pandemic. More research is showing predominantly that injecting our society with extra monies means it will trickle up. Everyone benefits in the end. So we the people of the great state of Texas are asking Gov. Greg Abbott to reconsider your actions to end these federal programs short of the federal end date of September 6, 2021. Please do not follow the poor choices of your peers. Be a leader. History will remember to herald sound judgment even in the wake of a horrible pandemic. Texans are asking, and pleading for you Gov Abbott to soul search and see the truth in our plight. Reverse your decision before many of the people who voted for you and the ones that didn't, find themselves in dire need. If our lamentations fall on deaf ears then we turn to you and your wisdom Mr. President Biden, Speaker Peolsi , Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Senators and Congressman , We ask that you step in and intercede on the behalf of the children of Texas. Reinstate the promised wages that were halted by faulty thinking and uneducated guesses. Restore the pandemic assistance you deemed necessary in the beginning. Thank You. God bless the State of Texas and God bless America
Make Thursday Night The Legal Start Of The Weekend
Thursday Night Football should be more than just a game, it should be the official, legal start of a three-day weekend. America is at a crossroads. The choice is clear: do we continue to suffer the indignity of a two-day weekend? Do we keep sleepy Fridays at work dreaming of escaping the cubicle as part of our weekly routine? OR do we rise up to make the change that hardworking members of society have deserved for so long? Our demands are simple. We, the people, the football fans, the hard working people of the United States deserve better. To be precise, what we deserve is a longer weekend and one that starts at the same time as Thursday night kick off. All we ask is that the government simply change our national calendar, and make Thursday night the start of the weekend. That’s all. No big deal. We’ve punched the card too many times to deserve anything less. Join the movement. With every signature, we are one step closer to starting the weekend early and making a real change for every single working class member of society. It is only together that the future is possible.
Hazard Pay NOW for Smith's Grocery Store Employees
Smith's Food and Drug Stores, as well as all grocery stores in the nation, are on the front lines of a global pandemic. These employees are constantly and consistently risking their health and the health of their loved ones by being exposed to so much of the general public as COVID-19 continues to spread exponentially throughout the community. Smith's employees - from the distribution warehouses to in-store workers - are demanding fair compensation by way of hazard pay for being potentially exposed to this dangerous and lethal virus. Hazard pay is defined by the US Department of Labor as "additional pay for performing hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship. Work duty that causes extreme physical discomfort and distress which is not adequately alleviated by protective devices is deemed to impose a physical hardship."Fair hazard pay currently runs between 10% and 20% of an employee's current hourly wage. It is the responsibility of Kroger and the US Government to fairly compensate the workers for the risks they are taking to perform their job. WHY THIS MATTERS Coronavirus COVID-19 has spread to over 160,000 people worldwide since its first case in November 2019, as of March 17, 2020. The disease has been fatal to over 6600 people. Transmission is caused mainly through people who are untested and are currently asymptomatic as the virus has an incubation period of upwards of two weeks. This virus is spreading quickly, exponentially, and silently. Gloves and masks are not adequate protective measures, and the CDC recommends social distancing as the main preventative measure for spreading COVID-19. Grocery store employees are seriously limited in their ability to maintain a distance between themselves and the general public. Nevada state governor, Steve Sisolak, has banned restaurants (except those offering take-out services), bars, casinos, recreational facilities, and other non-essential businesses from operating for 30 days. The CDC recommends prohibiting public events and gatherings of 50 people or more. These measures are in place in order to aid public health and safety. Smith's currently has no capacity limit in place and continues to see hundreds of customers a day, many SHOPPING AT THE SAME TIME. This is deemed as dangerous under the CDC's guidelines and guarantees the continued transmission of COVID-19. The ONLY preventative measures currently are social distancing, self-isolating, and quarantine. As previously stated, gloves and masks are NOT enough to stop the transmission of the virus, and as such, it is impossible for Kroger to provide adequate protection against COVID-19, hence the necessity of providing employees with fair hazard pay. Kroger, and other grocery store employees, are risking their health and safety in order to help society operate in these distressing times. There are not many other professions currently that are exposed to this virus on a daily basis as much as grocery store employees. These workers are helping to maintain a semblance of normalcy and security during the midst of a global pandemic. Provide these employees jeopardizing their health and the health of their loved ones for the sake of the community with fair compensation immediately!