Petition for Senator Maureen Walsh to shadow a Nurse for a 12 hour shift

Senator Maureen Walsh stated that we as nurses mostly spend our 12 hour shifts playing cards. I would like to take a stand and petition to have the Senator experience what really happens during an RN’s 12 hour shift. She most likely won't be playing uno.....

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570,509 signed of 1,000,000 goal

Target, Stop Filling the World with Plastic Bags!

We, Target customers, ask Target to eliminate plastic bags. We understand this won’t be convenient to us, but it is time to act. For those of us who also shop at Costco or IKEA, we know we can survive without plastic bags.  2 million single-use plastic bags are consumed every minute. These bags often wind up in waterways and our landscape, degrading water and soil as they break down into tiny toxic bits. These bags have a massive carbon footprint.  Switching to paper won’t help. The carbon footprint of paper bags is even bigger. Paper production uses trees that could instead be absorbing carbon dioxide, releases more greenhouse gases, takes 3 times the amount of water, and results in 50 times more water pollutants. Paper bags do not breakdown faster in a landfill and take more space.  If Target provides bags for purchase, we ask it to charge a meaningful amount because this approach works. Plastic bag use fell by 90% in Ireland following a plastic bag tax of 37 cents. In Australia, 2 major retailers led by eliminating plastic bags in their stores and the country reduced plastic bag use by 80% in 3 months. In Los Angeles county, a plastic bag ban with a charge on paper bags reduced single bag use by 95%. Target’s current 5 cent discount for those bringing bags does not meaningfully curb Target’s plastic bag consumption.  We want Target to act swiftly. Target’s plastic bags are choking the earth. 

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228,871 signed of 300,000 goal

Earth Day Should Be a National Holiday

We believe that Earth Day should be a national holiday - giving everyone time to explore our planet. When people take time to appreciate Earth, they feel more connected to it and are more likely to protect it. That’s why we are taking a stand and committing that on Earth Day we will explore and connect with our surroundings. We believe love for our planet comes from having the freedom to explore it, and that Earth Day should be recognized as a national holiday everywhere. Sign and share to join the petition to support Earth Day as a national holiday. Today, we’re spending more time in front of screens than ever before. The average person with a smartphone checks their phone 47 times per day, and we’re averaging 4 hours a day of emails, photos and a steady stream of “you might like” suggestions. This behavior is hindering our ability to discover and make meaningful connections in the real world. When we unplug, we’re more open to connect with each other, our communities, and the world around us. We all deserve time to explore and connect. Sign our petition to make Earth Day a national holiday and spend the day exploring the planet we love.

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107,606 signed of 150,000 goal

Add the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to ALL IPHONES in the U.S.

Suicide is a major health concern.  The summer before my freshman year of high school, I found out that two of my close friends had attempted suicide; and they're not alone. According to the CDC, in 2016 suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. It was also the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 to 34.  With preteens, adolescents, and young adults at a high risk, Apple is in a perfect position to help. According to Business Insider, 82% of American teenagers own an iPhone as of April 2018.  While there are resources to help those struggling with suicidality, many have trouble seeking them out. I would like all iPhones in America to come with a contact already set up for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 

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93,841 signed of 150,000 goal

Help Us Free Nasrin Soutoudeh Now

Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced by an Islamic court in Tehran to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. The multiple indictments brought against her included conspiracy, incitement to corruption and prostitution, propaganda against the system, disruption of public order, and espionage. What did Sotoudeh, the 2012 recipient of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, do? She defended Iranian women who were removing their headscarves to protest the law that required them to wear one. Supreme irony: As Sotoudeh sits in jail, Iran has been appointed to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). In the name of all the values we have always defended—equality between men and women, women's emancipation, freedom of expression, freedom of conscience—we, Marie Claire U.S., as well as many of our international editions, call for Nasrin Sotoudeh’s unconditional release.

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96,145 signed of 150,000 goal

Make it illegal for Dogs in Michigan to be kept outside in below freezing temperatures

Legislation is greatly needed in the State of Michigan requiring dog owners to not  keep their pets outdoors  once the temperature is life threatening  drops below 35 degrees, or exceeds 85 degrees. Currently, there is no protection for dogs left outside, and severe weather poses a fatal threat to these defenseless creatures. Please be the voice for these dogs!  PLEASE contact your local representative and senator asking them to support a Bill for this issue, other states have already done this!  Find your senator website: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.htmlFind your local representative here:http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/frmFindARep.aspx This law was just passed in Pennsylvania https://outwardhound.com/buzzwoof/barking-news/laws-protecting-dogs-left-outside-in-the-cold

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Iceland is going to kill 2,000 whales. Stop them

Whaling is inhumane, doesn’t make economic sense, and is illegal. Iceland just announced that it is going to kill over 2,000 whales in the next five years. Despite the fact that it is a member of the International Whaling Commission (which was set up to manage commercial whaling) and are only actually allowed to kill 209 fin whales and 217 minke whales a year, they are killing 2,000. There is no public support for whaling in Iceland itself.   The International Whaling Commission placed a ban on whaling in the 1980s, yet Iceland continues to hunt and kill whales. In fact, last summer, Iceland killed two rare whale species and at least a dozen pregnant females. Whales are one of the most intelligent beings in the world. They call to each other using names and experience grief when another dies. The population of some species of whales are at concerning levels, and killing 2,000 of them isn’t going to make it better. Whale hunting is cruel and inhumane. Whales are often pursued to the point of exhaustion, some whales are harpooned multiple times before eventually dying. They are dragged by the ship and eventually suffocate because their heads are forced underwater. The International Whaling Commission must go further than denouncing Iceland’s actions. They must remove Iceland as a member of the Commission. Iceland has gone against their rules and belief systems time and time again, and it has to be stopped. Without anyone holding them accountable, Iceland will continue killing whales. It has to stop. Sign now to urge the International Whaling Commission to hold Iceland accountable.

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362,339 signed of 500,000 goal

Beagles need rescuing from abuse and neglect

6 beagles were found in the Olney section of Philadelphia, Pa. on March 14, 2019. They live outside in cages, 24 hours/7 days per week behind an empty industrial building. The temperature statistics for year 2018 are 86 days of 32 degrees or lower and 30 days of 90 degrees or higher. As you can see in the picture, these dogs are exposed to ice, snow, rain, wind and summer heat without humane shelter. We observed that neither water nor adequate water is provided. Dollar store canned food was found sitting nearby. Excrement from elevated cages covers the ground and ground level cages are overflowing with waste forcing the dogs to live in it.  Pertaining to current law, it is acknowledged these dogs are not “tethered”, however the caging and the cruel, inhumane and neglectful confinement are far more deleterious to their existence. The SPCA says their hands are tied by the current animal cruelty standards, including Libre’s Law due to the word “tethered”. We were told to get the laws changed and then these poor dogs could be saved. My interpretation of this law is that dogs must not be “tethered” outside in 32 degree weather for more than 30 minutes, let alone live outside. They do not live in sanitary conditions nor do they have access to drinkable water. Is this not illegal?  The pups are of all ages, separated and the older one (s) cannot produce adequate body heat as stated in the law. These conditions do NOT meet the legal minimum standards. We can provide video of empty water bowls that we were trying to fill. We have reached out to local and state government, the SPCA, Dept. of Agriculture, media, the owner of the abandoned building and anyone who might be able to help these dogs who are subjected to apparent abuse and cruel negligence. In addition, we have offered to purchase these dogs from the owner and have been refused. We believe the minimum of the law’s standards are not being met and implore Governor Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney and Councilman Bobby Henon to: Firstly, remove these dogs expeditiously from the owner and his abuse and negligence and secondly, please broaden the verbiage of the law to include caging and confinement and to specify clearly what adequate shelter should mean in detail. NOTE: We have secured a rescue who are more than willing to take these pups in, give them medical care, nutrition, companionship and love. Please help us by signing this petition so that those who could make a legal difference hear us, the voices speaking on behalf of these poor pups. Your signature will save lives.  Thank you!

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137,552 signed of 150,000 goal

Senator Maureen Walsh will follow a nurse an entire 12 hours.

Senator Walsh. I demand you follow a nurse at a local hospital on her full 12 hour shift. I demand that you remain with that nurse the full 12 hours, eat when she does, go to the bathroom when she does and leave for home when she does. None of your extra breaks, or privileges.                                     You have decided not to exclude Nurses from mandatory overtime because you do not have the faintest clue what we do. How critical it is to avoid over exhaustion which leads to burn out. How could you? You do not actually work. You barely serve your state a full 30 days then the senate closes session and you people are on vacation again.        You could of course just hold a press conference and publicaly apologize and acknowledges you have absolutely NO knowledge of Nursing duties. 

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45,688 signed of 50,000 goal

WILD ORCAS NEED WILD SALMON!

Wild salmon and southern resident killer whales are on the brink of extinction. Now a misguided plan to feed the starving whales with hatchery salmon will push both endangered species closer to the edge, while costing taxpayers millions of dollars per year. Hatcheries and over harvest, along with net-pen fish farms and dams, are key contributors to the catastrophic decline of wild Chinook salmon and southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest. Now, Washington state’s Orca Task Force recommendations include a plan to “feed the orcas” with 60 million more hatchery salmon per year. The proposed budget requests up to $87 million dollars to fund this plan for 10 years. Science tells us this won’t work: orcas need larger wild salmon, while adding more hatchery fish further weakens the wild-salmon gene pool. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have the power to make this change. Tell NOAA Regional Administrator Barry Thom, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind, and our elected decision makers to stop wasting money on failed plans and invest in science-based solutions: reduce hatchery production, remove dams and change how we harvest salmon.

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96,427 signed of 150,000 goal