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Don't make domestic violence victims pay to stay safe

This summer, I got a phone call that nobody wants to receive; on the other end of the line between sobs I heard, "He beat me up." My sister had been attacked and beaten by her boyfriend and was in the emergency room.   Without even putting shoes on her feet, she quietly escaped their house in the middle of the night with nothing but her car key. Because he had taken her phone she went to a small pub around the corner to call her daughter, who lives 3 hours away and then drove there for help. Her glasses were broken, her nose was broken, her ribs were cracked, her heart was broken - she knew this was the beginning of a long and difficult journey to reclaim her life.    After the initial shock and urgent care treatment, my sister began to take the necessary steps to keep herself safe and get away from her abusive partner.   As a couple, they were also business partners owning a mobile car mechanic service; it was her only source of income. She booked the appointments and ran the billings. They used her credit to secure a small loan, credit cards and bank accounts. Everything was joint or in the business' name, which meant her abuser had access to all of the accounts.  One of the first things she tried to do was cancel their shared contracts with Verizon Wireless - ending the contract was a complicated but extremely necessary step. If Verizon would not end the contracts, it meant that her abusive boyfriend would have continued access to all of her phone records and would know who she was calling and most horrifically, where she was calling from. My sister's life and safety, like many other survivors’, depended on being able to stay away from her abuser. She was shocked when Verizon informed her it would be $500 to end these contracts and stay safe. She had no money – he had taken everything from her.  Not only was she emotionally shaken, but because of Verizon’s policies she would have to pay extra money to keep herself safe.   After a long battle, Verizon finally waived my sister's fees, but thousands of other victims of abuse are in her shoes right now, facing the choice between safety at a huge cost and continued danger. One in four women and one in nine men are victims of domestic violence. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner every year.  It takes so much courage to step out of an abusive relationship, seek help and start over. And Verizon Wireless knows it. They even have programs to help victims of domestic violence, like HopeLine.  But Verizon Wireless is punishing these customers by charging an early termination fee, even when the contract must be broken because the abusive partner is in jail or a court has ordered a restraining order. They can and should do better.  Please sign my petition asking Verizon Wireless to create a policy that does not punish victims of domestic violence for taking the brave steps necessary to keep themselves safe. Verizon should not charge fees for early termination of contracts if they are because the person has been a victim of domestic violence. 

Cynthia Butterworth
192,590 supporters
Petitioning Federal Communication Commission, Cell phone providers, shopify, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Boost Mobile, Twillio , Atttentive SMS, Postscripts SMS, Emotive SMS, Klaviyo , Yotpo , Community SMS

Stop Censoring CBD #freecbd

Recently, CBD has been unjustly lumped into what is known as S.H.A.F.T. content, which is designated as content pertaining to sex, hate, alcohol, firearms, and tobacco. This means companies are no longer allowed to use SMS messaging to promote their CBD products, despite CBD being a wellness aid with no intoxicating effects. CBD is effectively being classified in the same category as hate speech, alcohol, and guns, and is being censored by the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), a non-profit trade organization that monitors S.H.A.F.T. content and reports violations, which can result in costly FCC fines and fees for brands categorized as S.H.A.F.T. that continue to market using SMS messaging. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating compound found in hemp that has been shown to be a natural remedy beneficial for everything from promoting better sleep and reducing stress to helping keep skin healthy and well balanced. Though congress legalized hemp and hemp-derived products in 2018, the FDA has yet to develop any clear guidelines or policies regarding hemp-derived CBD, despite its relatively widespread availability. This, combined with the fact that CBD can also be found in marijuana, has created immense amounts of confusion and misinformation. That confusion and misinformation have led to restrictive and widely disparate policies crafted and implemented by independent private sector organizations like Facebook, Amazon, Google, Shopify, Twilio, and many more on how brands can market, communicate, and sell their hemp-derived CBD products.  One of the most glaring examples of this is the recent ban of CBD from SMS marketing. Text messaging is an invaluable form of direct communication for many hemp CBD wellness companies to help educate consumers about their brands, products, and the benefits of cannabidiol, as well as manage typical customer communication such as order information. While text message marketing is already heavily regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), brands that market or sell hemp-derived CBD products face additional scrutiny due to the fact that marijuana is still classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance under federal law due to high concentrations of THC, an intoxicating cannabinoid. CBD can be found in both plants but is not intoxicating like THC.  By censoring CBD, the CTIA is contributing to the misinformation surrounding CBD and limiting the education and exposure of consumers to this natural plant-derived ingredient that has been shown to have positive benefits for health and wellness. Because the FDA has failed to provide clarity around the regulation of hemp-derived CBD products, there are many ill-informed, unjust challenges and hurdles for communicating with consumers about CBD. The S.H.A.F.T. regulations create another legal hurdle in our mission to destigmatize CBD and educate consumers on its benefits as a healthy and safe ingredient. As a coalition of brands, healers, advocates, and champions of hemp-derived CBD, we have organized this Stop Censoring CBD #freeCBD initiative to help bring awareness to the unjust inclusion of CBD in the S.H.A.F.T. guidelines and the overarching issue of CBD being poorly regulated. We’ve created this petition with the following goals: To encourage lawmakers to co-sponsor and pass the S. 1698 Hemp Access and Consumer Safety Act, which will establish legal and regulatory pathways for the nationwide sale of hemp-derived extract products like CBD supplements, creams, and balms. To pressure the FDA to move forward with regulatory actions that would separate hemp-derived CBD from marijuana and create a regulatory framework for companies to ensure compliance and protect consumers with clear guidelines and standards for safety, labeling, potency, growing practices, manufacturing, and communications for all products.To inspire CBD companies to work together in the interim to create a clearly defined set of universal criteria for all CBD products to make it easier for consumers to shop CBD products and ensure they are getting safe, high-quality CBD products that are grown, formulated, manufactured, and marketed responsibly and ethically. By signing this petition, you will help us to advocate lawmakers, the FDA, and the FCC that CBD does not belong on a list of illicit substances or treated equally to hate speech, alcohol, and guns and pressure them to act to create federal regulations around CBD that will help better educate, inform, and protect consumers, while creating clear guidelines for the brands to follow in order to ensure their products comply, providing credibility for legitimate CBD brands and eradicating the bad actors with sub-par or fake CBD products. Federal standards and regulations mean safer and more efficacious CBD for all. The CBD Brand Coalition is a group of CBD advocates, champions, and brands including Prima, Recess, Plant People, Papa and Barkley, Svn Space, Sweet Reason, Miss Grass, Foria Wellness, Fleur Marche, Juna, Looni, Muri Lelu, Cann, Apothecanna, Hivi, Onda Wellness , Vertly , FruitsLabs, Empyri, Quim, Omura, ENUF Period,  oHHo, Plant Society,  Calm Better Days, Flor De Maria, Botanica Boutique, Liweli, Toastyy, Raw Botanics Co., Receptra and more on a mission to unlock the industry together and #FREECBD.

CBD Brand Coalition
14,029 supporters
Petitioning City hall, syracuse city hall, Syracuse Common Council, Syracuse council, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mitch McConnell, chuck schumer, Verizon, Spectrum


All cell towers emit Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation. There are literally hundreds of peer reviewed scientific studies from around the world that have linked this “non-ionizing” form of electromagnetic radiation to things like cancer, DNA damage (especially in infants and fetuses), and infertility. And Kevin Mottus of the US Brain Tumor Association says that within the radio frequency portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, the higher the frequency, the more dangerous the radiation is. 5G Cell Towers are More Dangerous for Two Main Reasons: First, 5G emits “ultra high frequencies”. The higher the frequency, the shorter the length of each wave. This means more waves hit our bodies in the same amount of time. Previous cellular generations emitted from 1 to 6 GHz frequencies. 5G cell towers may emit frequencies as high as 300 GHz. Second, 5G technology requires “ultra high intensity”. Since the shorter length millimeter waves (MMV) used in 5G do not travel as far (and get obstructed easier), with our current number of cell towers the cell signal will not be reliable. To compensate 5G cell towers will have to emit the lower 3G & 4G waves as well, and many more “mini cell towers” will have to be installed. It is estimated that they will need a mini cell tower every 2 to 8 houses. All of this combined will greatly increase our RF Radiation exposure. With RF Radiation, how close the source is to our physical bodies is more important than the power level (or wattage) of the radiation. RF Radiation dissipates with distance. In other words, a low powered exposure right next to someone, is more dangerous than a more powerful exposure a long ways away. Also the longer the exposure time is, the more dangerous it is. 5G will be the worst of both worlds. We will have more sources around us, and closer to us. And they will be more powerful and continuous emissions. 5G is a technology that uses most of the microwave portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. In that range the radio waves are shorter in length, travel shorter distances, get obstructed much more easily, but can carry much more data. It is this more data part that has attracted the technology industry to 5G. More data means more capabilities. Similar to how download speeds increased significantly when we switched from the 3G to 4G cellular networks. 5G promises to dramatically increase download speeds. Instead of taking hours to download a movie it can happen in just a minute or two. And this opens up the possibility of things like self driving cars, holograms and connecting every electronic device to the network. 5G Part Of Electromagnetic SpectrumIn the chart below you see what is called the “electromagnetic spectrum”. Both the “Radio waves” and “Microwaves” sections of the below chart are part of what is called the Radio Frequency (RF) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. So microwaves are just a higher frequency radio wave. And remember that within the RF Radiation part of the electromagnetic spectrum, the higher the frequency the more dangerous the waves are to living organisms. (This is not the case in the infrared and visible light portions of the spectrum.) Who is effected? •YOU ‼️• Your ederly loves ones ‼️• Your Children •Your Grandkids •Your childrens, Children’s Children  • Dogs  •Cats  •Birds  •ALL LIVING ORGANISMS   Take a step today HELP STOP 5G    

Vay Riley
4,662 supporters
Petitioning Verizon, Pornhub, Tumblr

Encourage Verizon to sell Tumblr to Pornhub

After years of being a space for NSFW artists to reach a community of like-minded individuals to enjoy their work, Tumblr banned adult content in December of 2018 following the app's removal from the Apple store.  This hasty and poorly-executed decision not only displaced NSFW artists, many of whom relied on the exposure they garnered from the site to make a living, but also resulted in the removal of harmless, regular posts improperly identified by the artificial intelligence measures put in place to ban adult content. Now, after months of declining site traffic, Verizon is looking to offload Tumblr, and Pornhub is interested in buying, which is good news for both exiled artists and SFW blogs that were unjustly censored in the chaos.  Corey Price, vice president at Pornhub, said in a statement, "We're extremely interested in acquiring the platform and are very much looking forward to one day restoring it to its former glory with NSFW content." Many will contend that Pornhub’s involvement would definitively result in the site becoming off-limits to minors, but arguably, Tumblr's role in the community has been much more meaningful as a space for exploring sexuality, while all-ages platforms are plentiful elsewhere.  More importantly, If Verizon doesn't sell Tumblr outright, it could potentially be shut down altogether because of its failure to meet revenue targets, making it nothing but a distant memory for everyone. Let's encourage this acquisition and save Tumblr.

Felina Hancock
1,980 supporters
Petitioning Verizon, Ada County Commissioners, Horizon Tower, Powder River Development Eagle

No Cell Tower Steps from Our Homes! #GETTHECELLOUT #STOPVERIZON #STOPHORIZONTOWER (Rural Eagle Against Cell Towers) is a quickly formed group of Eagle, ID residents that have been jolted by the news of our neighbors who signed a lease agreement with Verizon, for a cell tower, which will be completely surrounded by thriving residential neighborhoods, with homes literally STEPS away.  THE PROPOSED TOWER MARKER IS 25 STEPS FROM THE CLOSEST PROPERTY LINE, AND 80 STEPS FROM NEAREST HOME! THIS DOES NOT ACCOUNT FOR THE 50x50 FOOT FENCE ENCLOSURE PLACED WITHIN APPROX. 20ft OF OUR PROPERTY LINES! This intrusive tower will be too close for comfort for many of us right next to it, forcing us to live with it or move.  Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission has a choice to hear the voice of it's citizens and DENY the application. Public Hearing HAS BEEN EXTENDED and will take place October 18th, 2018. While we are not opposed to, AND FOR  improved telecommunications, there are much less controversial & intrusive areas for such development where safe placement is a safe distance AWAY FROM EAGLE HOMES.  We have started this petition & ask that you sign to: 1.  Tell ADA COUNTY PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION TO DENY THE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT required to erect this tower on RESIDENTIAL ZONED PROPERTY and to Respect & Protect City of Eagle Property Owner's Investments, Privacy, Quality of Life, Safety & Health, and any future Treasure Valley Citizens threatened by such.  Reminding them that they have plenty of grounds for Denial in this particular matter, and can exercise County Legislative Rights for it's people. 2.  Tell POWDER RIVER DEVELOPMENT, LLC of Eagle, in partnership with HORIZON TOWER, LLC of California on behalf of VERIZON, to MOVE THE TOWER TO NON-RESIDENTIAL ZONED PROPERTY, and hold them accountable for providing MISLEADING information to the homes within 1,000ft of this proposed site, including but not limited to conflicting information on date, time and place of initial "community meeting", sending an outdated satellite map over 6 yrs old that in NO way depicts our current thriving residential neighborhoods, document discrepancies stating heights ranging from 65’-93’.  Site placement markers not matching geo coordinates, point of access, etc... 3.  Tell the TAYLOR FAMILY, OWNERS OF 2557 N. SKY VIEW LANE, EAGLE, ID that moving to our beautiful state and misusing their residential property for business and financial gain at the expense of the City of Eagle, ID residents is not OK, and to PLEASE RECONSIDER the impact of their decision. THE PROPERTY OWNERS DO NOT LIVE ON PROPERTY WHICH IS ZONED ADA COUNTY, NOT CITY OF EAGLE.  THE PROPERTY OWNERS (whom several of us had good relationships with) DISCREETLY SIGNED A LEASE WITH VERIZON IN DECEMBER 2017 FOR A MONTHLY LEASE PAYOUT AND NEVER SAID A WORD. We are not overstating the issues below.  All information is readily available online and quite telling. 1.      We will take a DECREASE IN OUR PROPERTY VALUE!   Most recent online information accounts for 10-20% decrease, and more, the closer you are to the tower.  Opposition can and will continue to say otherwise, but there is no question that installation of this facility at this site will impact property values of homes directly surrounding it.  Because of the intense and on-going controversy surrounding such sites and the stigmas attached thereto, it will be increasingly more difficult for sellers to maintain their current level of pricing in the area.  Wireless cellular towers and base stations are listed in the “50 Environmental Hazards to Avoid When Buying, Selling or Maintaining a Home" (The Home Environmental Source Book).  And the location of this tower must be disclosed to potential buyers just as with any other potential hazard in the area or they can be sued. 2.      Additionally, the ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT in our rural area includes disruption to animal and bird migration patterns, and loss of habitat.  3.      Apart from, and in addition to the unknown health and environmental concerns, cell towers become EYESORES (even when falsely made to look like trees).  Unfortunately, this one will stand alone in a property of weeds, enclosed by a 50x50 fence with no chance of blending into or hiding from views. 4.      NOISE NUISANCE from AC units & generators, INVASION of PRIVACY as workers will have clear shots into windows of homes and yards. 5.      Last buy definitely not least are the ample disturbing publications in recent research by our top world renowned scientists and doctors over the UNKNOWN HEALTH RISKS of long-term effects of exposure to cell towers which emit high-frequency radio waves, or microwaves.  We do know, the closer you are, the greater the danger.  The microwaves from cell phone towers have been shown to interfere with your body’s own EMFs, causing a variety of potential health problems, including Headaches, Memory loss, Cardiovascular stress, Low sperm count, Birth defects, and Cancer 1.  SIGN THIS PETITION AND SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. 2.  GO TO for all information on status of tower, what you can do to get involved and make your voice heard, schedule of meetings, and JOIN us as we plan to accelerate any means to convince them to do what is right, inclusive of, but not limited to organized peaceful protests, petition appropriate governmental entities, engage media and pursue legal action. 3.  SHOW UP AT THE NEW ADA COUNTY PUBLIC HEARING DATE:  OCTOBER 18th, 2018 at 6pm in the Commissioners Main Hearing Room #1235 (first floor), 200 W Front St, Boise, ID TOGETHER WE WILL FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS AS PROPERTY OWNERS TO DEFEND OUR MOST IMPORTANT INVESTMENT, OUR HOMES AND OUR FAMILIES LIVING WITHIN THEM.
1,350 supporters