U.S National Park Services
The National Park Service manages national parks and American national monuments
U.S National Park Services
The National Park Service manages national parks and American national monuments
Remove Selma’s KKK Memorialization: Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge
Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Movement marched through Selma and over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The marches across the bridge led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and today the bridge is a symbol of nonviolent victory for change! Unfortunately, the bridge is STILL named after a man who served as Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan, was a Confederate General, and was later elected as a United States Senator. The bridge was the site of “Bloody Sunday”. On March 7, 1965, hundreds of nonviolent protesters attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for their right to vote. But as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were met by Alabama state troopers and deputized civilians who were armed with billy clubs, tear gas, and cattle prods and attacked the marchers and drove them back to Brown Chapel Church. How could a landmark that holds so much significance for the civil rights movement be named after a man who not only supported slavery, but held one of the highest positions within the Ku Klux Klan? It's time for the state of Alabama, the city of Selma, and the National Park Service to remove a KKK leader's name from the historic bridge. Selma and the Voting Rights Movement altered the course of history forever, and Selma has done too much for this country to remain unchanged. Selma is currently 80% African American, with a black mayor and majority African American local city officials. The name Edmund Pettus is far from what the city of Selma should honor. Let’s change the image of the bridge from hatred and rename it to memorialize hope and progress. Please sign our petition calling on Selma and Alabama leaders and the National Park Service to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
White Supremacists are Not Welcome in the District of Columbia
Dear Acting Director Smith, Speaker Ryan, Delegate Norton, and Mayor Bowser, On August 12, 2017, Heather Heyer was murdered during a rally and counter-protest in Charlottesville, Virginia that sought to preserve Confederate culture, glorify slavery, and display abhorrent White Supremacist ideals. Some of the organizers of that rally are now planning an event in Washington, D.C. on August 11, 2018, under the thinly-veiled guise of a "white civil rights" protest. Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, their associates and assorted partner organizations are not welcome within the boundaries of the District of Columbia. They will receive no assistance funded by taxpayers from the Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, nor the municipal government with jurisdiction over the areas where they seek to promote their hate-speech. We, the undersigned, urge you to deny permits for this rally and leverage your respective oversight powers to send a clear signal that the citizens of the District of Columbia refuse to offer a venue for intolerance, racism, and anti-American values in our city. Hate is not welcome here.Sincerely, Concerned Citizens of the District of Columbia
Stop the removal of historical Confederate Monuments.
These monuments are a reminder of what our country had to go through to become whole again. Many of these monuments are not only in dedication to the men who served in the Confederacy but they also served in the US army pre-civil war. It is important to save these monuments for future generations to see these monuments and learn about them and the men who gave everything for a several causes. These were brave men, good men and religious men. I beg the President, Vice President and the US Supreme Court to stop the purge of our American History in our cities and towns across the south. I urge President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the U.S. Supreme Court to sign a bill into law protecting these monuments, all military monuments from removal. Please save our history.
Shut down Fair Oaks Farms
Fair Oaks Farms is one of the largest dairies and producers of dairy goods in the United States. Fair Oaks Farm in Indiana as of recently has been investigated by Animal Recovery Mission, an animal rights activist group. The horrific, video evidence shows baby calves being burned, beaten, stabbed, and mother cows crying out loud for their young ones. The video also shows employees growing and using illegal drugs on the farm itself. By signing this petition you will help the fight in preventing this kind of cruelty from going on any longer to these poor animals.
Designate Prince Rogers Nelson's Paisley Park As A National Historic Landmark
To National Historic Landmark Program & The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson Pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, part 65, we the undersigned, fans of Prince Rogers Nelson, do hereby nominate the building structure which was the residence and studio of Prince Rogers Nelson, known as ‘Paisley Park’, located at 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen,Minnesota, 55317, to be designated as a National Historic Landmark for the purpose of preserving this landmark for the future and so that it not be destroyed or not available to future generations This site sufficiently meets the criteria as set forth by the aforementioned regulation as follows:Paisley Park is a building and structure which possesses exceptional value in illustrating the heritage of the United States in artistic culture and possesses a high degree of integrity of location and setting. It is associated with the life of Prince Rogers Nelson, deceased, who is a significant person in the history of United States, a United States citizen who was an internationally acclaimed musical artist, singer,writer,poet,composer,film director, and academy award winner. The association being that Paisley Park, so named by Prince Rogers Nelson,was not only where he lived, but also included a studio where he created the music and where a stage where he performed as well. The events associated with Prince Rogers Nelson are outstandingly represented. As Paisley Park is associated with the life,music, of Prince Rogers Nelson, it meets the criteria for being named National Historic Landmark, with all of the benefits and protections therein. The areas of significance are ‘Art’ and ‘The Performing Arts’. It is a building and structure which possesses cultural value. Paisley Park possesses significant value as that is not only where Prince Rogers Nelson created music, but also where he lived and performed. It also possesses significant value to his legions of fans not only in the United States, but worldwide as well. Prince Rogers Nelson’s significance is unquestionable in the history of music art and performing arts.. He had mastered numerous instruments, and received numerous awards for his achievements in music. We the fans of Prince Roger Nelson wish the structure, building, and objects therein, to be preserved for future generations, and for those fans to visit and for others to visit. It is a location that is loved by his fans and recognized as the place which is associated with Prince,his life,and his music. We, the fans of Prince wish that the building and structure be protected from demolition and/or any other sort of destruction. We, the fans of Prince wish that ‘Paisley Park’ be preserved as a tribute to the outstanding legacy to Prince and be designated as a museum and a National Historic Landmark.
Don't Ban Sports & Recreation on the National Mall
There are few things more American or uniquely DC than playing a recreational sport in the shadow of the Washington Monument or the National Capitol Building. Unfortunately, the National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a ban on all sporting and recreational activity along the National Mall from 3rd to 17th Streets. The ban includes eliminating currently permitted softball fields around the Washington Monument grounds and the first-come, first-served policy on the plots from 3rd-14th Streets. The proposed policy is an extreme position and massive change from long standing practice. Among the NPS-cited concerns, their primary reason offered thus far for the total ban is the perceived impact sports and recreation might have on the recently installed grass turf. Context:The total ban is antithetical to the purpose of the Mall. Through the inception of the National Mall dating back to the L'Enfant plan of 1791 and the redesign by the McMillan Commission of 1901, a main intention of the Mall is to serve area citizens and the city by providing open recreation space. The National Mall represents the vast majority of open grass space in the city and is often cited as a contributing factor to the city’s frequent ranking as a best place to live or fittest communities. The NPS over the past 2 years has already successfully managed preservation of the newly installed turf along the Mall by resting sections when necessary and working with local stakeholders. At its peak recreational sports typically use portions of the Mall merely 4 workdays a week during a 3-4-hour early evening time frame and light use of some weekends. This small time frame represents, at most, a moderate use of the Mall but has an over-sized impact on creating a foundation of well being for the city. Even those who do not regularly participate in the games, tourist and local residents alike, will often stop to watch the activity and reflect positively on the games and at times, join in themselves. The NPS ban would dampen the vibrancy of the City by directly restricting access of tens of thousands of area residents and touching a much larger number of people through its negative impact on health and wellness and the local economy. Exacerbated by an existing shortage of available play space throughout the city, the NPS ban would further stress the existing limited resources of the city and restrict groups like Congressional Softball, Senate Softball, House Softball, Flag Football, Soccer, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Bocce, Kickball and others that have become a DC institution and part of the fabric of the city. While maintenance of the turf is certainly a worthy priority we do not believe it should be put above the recreational, health and economic needs and interests of area citizens. This uniquely Washington DC, and indeed American, Institution must preserved. Our Position:Access to 3rd to 17th streets should remain open for sports and recreation as it is vital to the vibrancy and health of the city. We seek a dialogue with the National Park Service and other stakeholders to solve this impasse of access to the open space between 3rd-17th Streets. We are ready to collaborate with the NPS to establish best practices that balance the need for recreation and the integrity of the Mall turf. Please help us maintain access and recreation on the National Mall by signing this petition and spreading the word. You can get more information and learn about ways you can help at www.YesMallBall.com - A Coalition of stakeholders, concerned citizens and players on the National MallSUPPORTERS: Congressional Softball, DC Chamber of Commerce, United Fray, Social Sports Foundation
PROTECT WILDLIFE AND HUMANS - HELP PREVENT WILDFIRES BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Wildfires are a leading cause in deforestation, the removal of trees and forests all over the world, and what makes it worse is that 90% of wildfires are caused by humans. It’s no secret that humans are a danger to the environment when it comes to our lifestyle, including pollution, deforestation, and the trash we leave behind. But, we leave behind matches, lit campfires, cigarettes, and other things that can cause wildfires that have the power to change things. This impacts the wildlife that lose their homes, food, and maybe their lives. This can be changed if we tighten regulations on letting in things that can cause fires that make incredible damage. Frantic evacuations of humans to get away from wildfires often leave the animals to fend for themselves. One major wildfire that has happened recently was the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River gorge in Washington and Oregon. It was reported September 2nd, 2017 at 4 PM in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area near the town of Cascade Locks, Oregon. It grew to 3,000 acres overnight. On the morning of September 5th, the fire grew to over 20,000 acres. At its biggest, it grew to 48,861 acres. This wildfire destroyed hundreds of houses, properties, and would force to evacuate hundreds of people. Tons of wildlife were found trapped between debris from trees and buildings. About 150 hikers were stranded when the fire broke out. They were found by the Gorge. One of the people who stepped up to rescue them was an Air Force Reserve medic. He described what happened and who the hikers were. “‘There was a lady who was pre-diabetic, one who had asthma, a few who weren’t really in very good shape. And some kids. That was my biggest concern, was the kids. One little 2-year-old said to her dad, ‘Daddy, I’m cold.’ And man, that just tears at your heart.’” The cause: a 15 year-old playing with fireworks in the middle of a fire ban. He was sentenced to 5 years of probation and 1,920 hours of community service. His mistake caused about $12 million in damage. Another major wildfire that has happened recently was the Black Forest Fire in Colorado. This started June 11, 2013 in Black Forest, Colorado in El Paso County near Colorado Springs. The blaze killed two people, a couple whose bodies were found by their car in the garage, belonging already packed. It burned 509 houses that were hidden in the forest, tucked away in the trees. It burned 14,280 acres of property and forest. This resulted in $420 million in damages and losses. The investigators have eliminated the possibility of natural causes, so that only leaves that it was human-caused. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office released a police report that states: “The only clearly established fact was that no natural causes existed and thus the fire was human caused”. They further explain this saying: “A potential cause associated with the metal particles cannot be ruled out, or positively identified. A potential cause associated with an intentional ignition is not supported by the evidence or circumstances, but cannot be completely ruled out. The origin of the fire is in an area that is not readily accessible from a roadway, allowing an easy escape, as is typical in intentionally set Wildland fires. There was no evidence of an other miscellaneous cause such as blasting, fireworks, welding, target shooting, etc”. They have not concluded on a final answer about what started this catastrophic conflagration, but they have finalized that it was human-caused. Finally, another recent wildfire was the Rim Fire. It began to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest in California and the Yosemite National Park in the steep mountains. The fire started August 17, 2013 and burned 257,000 acres. This catastrophic fire burned for nine weeks before firefighters were able to get it under control. The man responsible was 32-year old Keith Matthew Emerald. He was on a hunting trip when he started an illegal hunting fire. Investigators searched his car and belonging, expecting to find evidence in his phone or computer. During which, they asked Emerald in multiple interviews about how he started it. All of his responses were different. He said it was started by illegal pot growers, inadvertently started a rock slide, in which they made sparks and lit into a fire, and starting a fire and threw trash in it as it grew into a blaze and became uncontrolled. The police and investigators have ruled out everything other than intentional fire-starting. The Rim Fire became the biggest fire to burn the Sierra Nevada. It burned 11 residencies, and caused 10 injuries. Sign this petition to show your support for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to tighten regulations to prevent human caused wildfires and save the wildlife that use the forests as their home. This can make an impact on how to prevent further problems with forests, and potentially save the planet. Sites: http://katu.com/news/local/air-force-reserve-medic-among-those-who-helped-150-hikers-trapped-by-eagle-creek-fire https://www.kgw.com/article/news/crime/teen-who-started-eagle-creek-fire-gets-probation-community-service/283-509497002 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/ http://gazette.com/article/1502578?forgotpassword=1 http://wildfiretoday.com/tag/black-forest-fire/ http://www.sierranevada.ca.gov/our-region/rim-fire/the-rim-fire http://wildfiretoday.com/tag/rim-fire/
Protect the NPS C&O Canal and Potomac River from a Fracked Gas Pipeline.
We need your help to stop this project! Sign our petition by November 18! We call on the National Park Service (NPS) to deny TransCanada a right of way permit across the historic C&O Canal! TransCanada has requested Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authority to begin construction on other sections of the pipeline not under the jurisdiction of NPS. Potomac Riverkeeper Network and other water advocates are concerned because horizontal drilling for a gas pipeline has never been used to cross the Potomac. There is great uncertainty regarding the effect of this drilling technique on the region’s Karst geology that has significant influence on the hydrology of our drinking water sources. The public needs NPS to protect our historic treasures such as the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. Please sign our petition to urge the National Park Service not to issue a Right of Way permit for the Potomac Pipeline Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project. Remember, if approved, this pipeline would be the energy source for the controversial Rockwool USA insulation manufacturing plant. Stopping the Potomac Pipeline will prevent: Risk of pollution to the PotomacRisk of impact to the C&O Canal from a blow outRisk to destruction of historical propertyRisk of pollution to thousands of private wellsRisk of destruction to personal propertyRisk of continuous threat of a natural gas explosion On November 19, 2018, we will be presenting this petition at a press conference in Hagerstown, MD. Let’s have thousands of signatures, so sign this and encourage your friends and fellow clean water advocates to do so, too!
Allow E-bikes and Equal Access for the Aging and Disabled in OUR National Parks!
The Disabled and the Aging have found a way to enjoy the National Parks safely. Please don't take this away! E-bikes are an environmentally sound way for people who are disabled or have aching joints, cardiac issues, etc. to enjoy the great beauty of this nation independently. Some national parks like Acadia National Park have put up signs denying access to this beauty that others who are physically uncompromised and can ride regular bikes enjoy. Acadia National Park makes the disabled and the aging go through a process if they want to use an e-bike. Is this fair when those who are physically able to ride a regular bike can just enter the Park freely? Most of the people who purchase/rent e-bikes are over 50, and/or have limited mobility, ride them often more slowly and carefully than some on regular bicycles, and just want to enjoy the same access provided to the non-disabled and younger members of society. E-bikes are quiet and energy efficient. They allow people to get exercise by pedaling and providing a little assistance if they need it. Our nation's national parks belong to ALL its citizens, not just the healthy, not just the mobile, not just the community by which they are located. The disabled and the aging citizens should not be discriminated against and have to jump through hoops that others don't just to enjoy their rights of free access to public places like OUR national parks. Please add your name to this petition, share this petition and, if you have time, kindly share your story/reason for supporting e-bikes and equal access for ALL to our nation's bike trails and parks.
Require the USDA and Merial to add wildlife to the label of RABORALV-RG Rabies Vaccine
I am requesting that the U.S.D.A require Merial Inc., whom makes and produces the rabies vaccine, RABORAL V-RG (License # 298) to list the wildlife animals, Skunk, Raccoon, Coyote, Fox and Bat, that the U.S. government has been giving this rabies vaccine to since 1990, on the label of the vaccine Imrab3 and also make it available to U.S. certified and licensed Veterinarians to also be able to administer the vaccine to these same animals and to be able to give these animals a certificate of rabies vaccination, as is done with all other vaccinated animals, so that these animals will be treated as fair as vaccinated cats, ferrets, horses, dogs etc. are, and given a quarantine time, the same as other animals listed, if they happen to nip/bite someone. Rabies is an infectious disease of warm-blooded animals, including man. The rabies virus is thought to have originated in bats. The virus survives only in living animals and does not exist in the environment. The virus does not infect birds or cold-blooded creatures such as reptiles and amphibians. Although small mammals, such as rabbits, squirrels and mice can be infected with rabies, these species are considered a low risk for transmitting the disease. Rabies is more likely to infect mammals such as dogs, mongooses, skunks, coyotes, raccoons or foxes. In all species, the saliva of infected animals contains live rabies virus particles, which can spread to a new host via bites or scratch wounds. Rabies can also be spread by aerosol (saliva droplets in the air) in caves inhabited by large numbers of infected bats. In the United States, humans are most often infected with the rabies virus by bats. Infected domestic animals, including cats, dogs, horses and cattle, can also transmit rabies to man. Protecting your pets from rabies via regular vaccination is important to reduce the potential of transmission of rabies to your pets and to humans. While extremely rare in the United States, human deaths are still caused by bites inflicted by unvaccinated rabid dogs in many countries. It is very important to seek post-exposure treatment immediately if ANY animal bites you, especially while traveling outside the United States. Post-exposure treatments for humans are no longer a series of abdominal injections and these treatments are very successful in preventing rabies if begun immediately following exposures. Travelers are often unaware that in certain countries the risk of rabies exposure, even from what seem to be pet dogs, can be very high. RABORAL V-RG is an oral rabies recombinant vaccine that protects raccoons and coyotes against rabies, thereby reducing the risk of exposure to rabies to humans and domestic animals. It is only sold to government agencies conducting rabies control programs. RABORAL V-RG immunizes the animal during the eating process. While they eats the bait, the vaccine is exposed to the tissues inside the animal's mouth and the vaccine causes an immune response against rabies.This vaccine is a highly specialized and safe vaccine because it has only one genetic element (i.e., gene) of the rabies virus (NOT the complete virus) so the vaccine will not cause rabies. After eating the vaccine, in approximately 10-14 days the raccoon or coyote will be protected against rabies, should it get exposed to a rabid animal. Each year in the United States, approximately 5 million doses of RABORAL V-RG are distributed into wildlife habitats by public health officials.The bait-units containing the vaccine are distributed by airplane, helicopter or by hand to reach the target species. The location and number of baits used depends on the severity of the outbreak and the specific public health official's goals for their rabies control efforts. Radio messages, TV announcements and posters are used in communities to alert citizens of upcoming baiting programs. As of today, November 3, 2017, the US government, will not allow Merial to sell this vaccine to licensed veterinarians to administer to these animals, even though the government has been using them, successfully, since 1990, on these animals. Merial will not add the animals names to the label either. The IMRAB3 vaccine is the intravenous version. Every year the federal government distributes ORV (oral rabies vaccine) across the US, by the thousands. They have concluded the cost benefits of the efforts showing that it does eliminate wildlife rabies, saves lives, and the taxpayers pays for this. They say that "To eliminate rabies in our county, like other countries have done, we need to prevent the disease in the wildlife. As a result of the ORV program, in 2004, the dog/coyote strain of the rabies disease has been eliminated in Texas. The World Health Organization declared the US free of canine rabies in 2007. This an similar success in Canada and several other European countries demonstrate that using ORV for wildlife can manage and eliminate rabies. ORV programs reduce Epizootic related pet and livestock vaccination, quarantine and euthanasia, Lessens the burden on state services (paid by taxpayers) for animal diagnostic testing, lessens livestock and wildlife losses. By combining the expertise of human health care providers, veterinarians & wildlife professionals rabies management can improve the health and well being of all species impacted by this disease. The partners for Rabies Prevention meeting held in August 2017 in Switzerland, brought together over 40 representatives from 27 organizations to discuss international efforts to support countries as they move forward to eliminate rabies. They have came up with a slogan 'Zero by 30' . They want to eliminate rabies worldwide by the year 2030. It CAN be done and this is just my way of helping, because as long as rabies is in the wildlife, we will not eradicate this disease. Making this Change happen will not only help save wildlife, but also domestic animals, people and it will help rehabbers and people that own exotics and wildlife. If we don't put these names on the label and make this vaccine available to vets, then I do not see us ever getting to the point of eradicating this disease. It will save taxpayers money, by letting the rehabbers and owners take the animals to their vet and getting the vaccine. It will save these animals lives if they bit someone, they wouldn't have to be killed and decapitated and will save money all around. Also, it just isn't fair to not have these animals names on the labels of the vaccine that the government is giving them, IT WORKS, let the vets buy it from the Merial, let the people buy it from the vets. The main reason that this is close to my heart is because of a skunk that I rescued at around 4 days old when the mother and siblings got killed by a tractor. I raised her on an eyedropper, got her descented, spayed and vaccinated with the IMRAB 3 rabies vaccine. That did not save her life when she supposedly nipped someone at the age of 6 months old. She was confiscated by the Fish and Wildlife and the Health Dept, took to a local vet, euthanized and decapitated. The person, a relative, that said they got nipped DID NOT EVEN GO TO THE DOCTOR. All they had to do was make a few phone calls to a few places. There was not any proof that my Pepe even bit her. No evidence even was shown for Pepe to be taken away because "That is the Law. She is a Skunk, even though she had the rabies vaccine that is given in the wild by the government, it is just like she has not had it because Skunk is not listed on the label... they have no rights." You can read her full story at PromisesForPepe on Facebook, Instagram, GoFundMe and .com Pepe was born on or about May 2, 2016 and was killed Nov. 2, 2016 The day that they came to take her away I promised her that I would not let her death be in vain. That is when I made this promise to her that I would do what I could to help her kind. I will never forget the health dept person bringing her headless body back to me, still warm, and I held her for 4 hours crying. I do not want any person and especially and animal to ever have to go through this again. It was uncalled for, barbaric, outdated. rabiesalliance.org raboral.com nasphv.org endrabiesnow.org usa.merial.com usda.gov aphis.usda.gov