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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
193,572 supporters
Petitioning Verizon, Ada County Commissioners, Horizon Tower, Powder River Development Eagle

No Cell Tower Steps from Our Homes! #GETTHECELLOUT #STOPVERIZON #STOPHORIZONTOWER

REACTunite.org (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 www.reactunite.org 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. 

REACTunite.org
1,304 supporters
Petitioning Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Moraga Town Clerk, MS , Mayor Roger Wykle, Vice Mayor Kymberleigh Korpus, Council Member Mike McCluer, Council Member Renata Sos, Council Member Steve Woehleke

Safer 5G in Moraga!

  Demand that 5G Cell Towers are installed at least 500 FEET AWAY FROM MORAGA HOMES AND SCHOOLS!  Send the message to the Telecoms that Moraga residents will BOYCOTT ANY 5G CARRIER WHO DOES NOT ADHERE TO THIS STANDARD! If you are one of 17,000 Moraga residents, add your name to this petition. Moraga’s new ordinance governing 5G wireless cell towers has NO RESTRICTIONS on where 5G “close proximity microwave radiation towers” can be placed!  5G towers emit Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR) at higher frequencies than the 4G towers we currently use.   The 5G frequencies can transmit more data but don’t travel as far; thus requiring towers to be much closer together.   Wireless carriers plan to scatter these radiation emitting antennas across our town - this means potentially HUNDREDS OF NEW CELL TOWERS IN MORAGA.   The majority of these will be installed on existing utility/light poles in our residential neighborhoods.  To achieve this goal quickly -- before homeowners, health advocates, and parents can understand what is happening -- the FCC overrode the power of municipalities to regulate these towers and applied short time limits for building permits to be issued.  Now is the time to act, before these towers are installed! Not concerned yet?  Here is why you should be outraged! HEALTH EFFECTS:  RFR has been categorized as a Group 2B Carcinogen by the World Health Organization (in good company with Lead, Chloroform, and DDT).  Hundreds of studies show links between RFR and a host of serious medical conditions including: brain cancer, reproductive dysfunction, DNA damage, cellular damage, oxidative stress, ocular damage, neurodegeneration, and learning & memory deficits.  Children are particularly vulnerable. https://www.iarc.fr/wpcontent/uploads/2018/07/pr208_E.pdf                                         http://www.iaff.org/hs/resi/celltowerfinal.htm https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zeM5L7x4Xnu9B6SxpHPQ0J_dHIHMQCy/view          https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29530389 https://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/Golomb-SB-649-5G-letter-2017-08-18b.pdf https://mdsafetech.org/2019/03/25/cell-tower-to-be-removed-after-4th-ripon-student-diagnosed-with-cancer/ FIRE RISK:  Utility pole overloading and malfunction have been blamed for numerous CA fires.  5G cell towers will further overload utility and light poles. https://www.latimes.com/local/la-xpm-2011-oct-23-la-me-utility-pole-fines-20111023-story.html https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-utilities-wildfires-regulators-20190128-story.html REAL ESTATE VALUES:  One survey found that 94% of home buyers were less interested in properties near cell towers and would pay less for those properties.  A second study found a price drop of up to 20%!  https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140703005726/en/Survey-National-Institute-Science-Law-Public-Policy If you want to help protect Moraga, please: 1.  Sign this petition, encourage everyone in your household to sign it, and share it with friends/neighbors, and on social media. 2.  Write to the Moraga Town Council and demand that they adopt a stronger 5G ordinance like the one enacted by Orinda on April 9, 2019. 3.  Email us at Safer5GMoraga@gmail.com so we can keep you informed of developments and more ways to help. Let’s keep 5G towers a safe distance from Moraga homes & schools!

Safer 5G Moraga
347 supporters