Tell Teva Pharmaceuticals to keep producing Vincristine to save lives of children!

Vincristine is an extremely important chemotherapy given to thousands of children to treat a variety of cancers. As a childhood leukemia survivor, this drug helped save my life. As a pediatric oncology nurse, I see it help save the lives of my patients every day. These kids rely on this drug to survive. Teva Pharmaceuticals has made a “business decision” to stop producing vincristine. This is causing a nationwide shortage of this important drug. These kids are fighting for their lives, and now they will be losing one of their most important weapons. Teva is saying that profit is more important than the lives of children.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/14/health/cancer-drug-shortage.html

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215,354 signed of 300,000 goal

#FreeAlejandra

Alejandra is a 44-year-old transgender woman from El Salvador who requested asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border in November 2017 but has been held in immigration detention by ICE ever since.  We need ICE to free her today! Alejandra Barrera is the longest detained trans woman in Cibola Detention Facility. She is transgender Latina immigrant who was forced to flee El Salvador due to discrimination and violence, her home country in which she has spent years fighting for respect and dignity of transgender people. Upon leaving El Salvador, Alejandra was detained and placed in Cibola detention facility in New Mexico. Often, transgender migrants are criminalized for fleeing violence and seeking safety in a new country and place into an immigration system that further exposes us to mistreatment. Alejandra did not choose to migrate to the US for leisure, on top of the daily discrimination, she faced extortion and attacks, including sexual assault by a gang, and by the El Salvadoran military. All of this forced her to leave and seek a new life in the US. These compounding factors are overlooked by our current immigration system, as the US focuses on punitive approaches to immigration rather than offering support and safety. She was denied asylum in June of 2018. Since leaving El Salvador, Alejandra has not had the opportunity to rebuild her life. Instead, the US government has been keeping her detained since the November of 2017, and has denied her request to be released on parole while waiting for the decision of an immigration judge on her asylum case. Additionally, they are not providing her with access to adequate medical care and she needs treatment now. Alejandra’s situation is not unique; there are many more transgender people seeking asylum in the United States, who are stuck waiting indefinitely in detention centres where they are at risk of ill-treatment because of their gender identity, medical needs, or trauma they have endured. RIGHT NOW, Alejandra needs your help. Sign this petition and demand that ICE grant Alejandra parole and improve the treatment of people awaiting decisions on their asylum claims.

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36,183 signed of 50,000 goal

Get Vandegrift a Recycling Program!!

Vandegrift High School has been open for 11 years, and it has had a full recycling program for zero of those years. Despite the fact that we have small recycling bins in each classroom, all of it gets thrown in the trash because we don't have a larger recycling program at our school. We only have trash dumpsters. This is an environmental disaster, and something must be done. According to a study done by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, a school of our size produces an estimated 980 pounds of waste per week and 5,880 pounds per grading period. According to that same study, "a school could conceivably recycle or compost in excess of 78% of the material it discards." The climate is quickly changing worldwide and it is our generation that will suffer. Therefore, I believe that helping the environment is every bit as important as our education because we need a healthy world in which we can actually use the education we are receiving. The school needs to understand that reducing our environmental impact is as essential to our students' futures as their educations are. Vandegrift, we must do something to reduce our impact on the environment, and recycling is the perfect place to start. If we can afford an electric marquee, two golf carts, and a jumbotron, we can afford to recycle. Show your school board that recycling is a priority for you by signing this petition and get Vandy Recycling NOW!

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Approve paid medical leave for UC Irvine lecturer's emergency brain surgery

Lecturer and activist Andrew Tonkovich has taught at UC Irvine as a contingent faculty member for 22 years.  He has guided and mentored ~4000 students during that time and has never taken a leave of absence.  Andrew just had emergency brain surgery and is experiencing complications during recovery, delaying his return to the teaching he loves.  Yet UC Irvine has twice denied him the paid medical leave our union negotiated for long-term lecturers.  Adding insult to injury, because he can't work this term, UC Irvine is trying to claw back Andrew's salary and the employer-paid portion of his insurance premiums from last summer.   UC-AFT is the union of teaching faculty and librarians at the University of California, representing nearly 7,000 academic workers on all UC campuses.  Our faculty bargaining unit is currently negotiating a new contract.  We're fighting to end the relentless purging of precarious faculty and the epidemic of unpaid work among our members.  We're fighting for respect, dignity, and compensation commensurate with our essential role in the UC's teaching mission.  We're fighting so that UC students can count on having faculty like Andrew to inspire them. Andrew's story is just one part of the bigger picture of contingent faculty labor.  He represents the type of scholar-teacher who can make a difference in thousands of students' lives if permitted to have a long-term career at the UC.  And his story illustrates the crushing callousness and contempt with which UC admin treats many lecturers. Let's tell UC admin they can't ignore us anymore.  The people in a position to approve Andrew's leave and stop the claw back include Diane O'Dowd (UCI Vice Provost for Academic Personnel), Marianne Beckett (UCI Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel), and Michael Szalay (UCI English Department Chair).  Signing this petition will send them the message not only that Andrew deserves time to recover in recognition of his long and selfless service to the UC, but also that we're prepared to fight so that  UC students will get the education they deserve.    

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Keep Spider-Man with Disney and the MCU

After the news today that Sony walked away from their deal with Disney, I cannot in good faith stand by while Spider-man and his fans around the world become collateral damage. Spider-man in the MCU has brought some of the best moments in modern cinema history. SONY you must let go of this property or renegotiate with Disney to keep all of the fans happy. Please join me in standing against Sony who I'll be boycotting until this matter is properly resolved. Share this petition and let's make our voices heard! www.journeyintocomics.com#BoycottSony #SaveSpidermanFromSony

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160,249 signed of 200,000 goal

Keep Arnold's Tea Open

Arnold's Coffee and Tea is under threat of being forcibly closed by its landlords: The Northside Leadership Conference and the Historic Deutschtown Development Committee. Chef Claudy Pierre, the owner and operator of Arnold's, is not afraid to admit that  he's made mistakes that led to his falling behind in rent. But he has recently become current on his rent payments (as well as paid all related late and NSF fees).   Even though Chef Claudy is up-to-date on his rent and is correcting the errors of the the past (including adding a financial manager to his team), the landlords are still intending to revoke the lease for this important Northside, neighborhood asset.  These landlords need to hear from us, the patrons and neighbors of Arnold's Coffee and Tea. The Northside is better with Arnold's as a part of the community and we've generated this petition to let the landlords know that we want to keep Arnold's open! If you want to express your support for keeping Arnold's open, please sign this petition and forward it to other friends of Arnold's Coffee & Tea. These signatures will be collected and given to the landlords at a meeting this week to demonstrate the strength of our community support. 

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FIRE DANIEL PANTALEO FOR THE MURDER OF ERIC GARNER NOW

Fire Daniel Pantaleo! Fire Daniel Pantaleo! Fire Daniel Pantaleo! Hello I am the youngest daughter of Eric Garner, Emerald Garner, please hear my message and continue to stand with my family through this trying time.  My family and I have stood by for 5 years waiting for a decision from the Department of Justice. They asked us to let them “investigate” the murder of Eric Garner. What other evidence does one need to convict a murderer who was filmed in broad daylight killing an unarmed man?! My dad screamed “I can’t breathe!” 11 times. #WeDemandJusticeNow My sister Erica died before she could see justice for our father, and I refuse to leave this Earth until I see justice for Eric Garner and all others who were murdered at the hands of the murdering police officers who took an oath to protect and serve the communities.  No more! #FirePantaleo #WeDemandJusticeNow #E20Movement #JusticeForEricGarner #IStandWithEricGarner #IStandWithEmeryGarner #IStandForEricaGarner #RIPEricaGarner Please sign this petition and help us as we continue to demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill Fire Officer Pantaleo -- the man who killed my father -- immediately! We need justice now. We demand justice right now! We need your support. ----‐---------- For more info please email 5YearsTimesUp@gmail.com.  Please sign this petition. Please support. Please stand with us!  We need justice now. If you would like to make a donation to the movement, please    CLICK HERE Your support is greatly appreciated.

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144,657 signed of 150,000 goal

Bullard High School isn’t allowing their band to use the field for practice

Our school isn’t allowing the band to practice on the field due to the band “messing up the field.” However, in our defense, the only thing that we do is simply march on the field in our tennis shoes (much less damaging than football cleats). This is causing us to lose practice time and ultimately result in the band having to defer from our first band competition (that we paid $250 to register for) and ruining the band experience for us. We are at every football game supporting the football team from 7-10pm, pep rallies, special olympics, and usually the LAST ones to leave campus and events. We are one of the biggest faces of Bullard Highschool— representing us from California to D.C. All we ask for is a practice space for one of the biggest programs on campus that is CONSTANTLY supporting other programs.  Like every other extra curricular, we fundraise very hard to keep this program strong and if this gets taken away from us then it will ruin the high school experience for a large majority of the campus. When you walk into the band room, you will see decades of awards and trophies. Not only that, but you will be greeted with happy smiles. Please take into consideration what you are taking away from us        

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7,301 signed of 7,500 goal

Don't Deny Compensation to 9/11 First Responders

My name is John Feal and I’ve been to 181 funerals since September 11, 2001, for first-responders who joined me at Ground Zero after the attacks on the World Trade Center. They are now dying from cancer due to exposure to asbestos, burning jet fuel, burning computer parts, pulverized concrete and other toxic substances. By 2021, it’s expected that more people will have died from toxic exposure than were killed in the attacks. And Congress could break their promise to provide them with compensation. I went to Ground Zero hoping that my experience as a US Army veteran and demolition supervisor could save lives. Seventeen years later, many of my fellow responders have died or are dying from cancer, respiratory illness, and other health problems caused by their exposure to debris and toxic chemicals. In 2015, we successfully fought to reauthorize the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act, which ensures victims could receive health screenings and medical benefits for 70 years, and compensation through 2020. In less than two years, that Victim Compensation Fund will close — and it’s already running out of money. After 9/11, the EPA assured the responders and residents that "the air is safe," and hundreds of thousands of residents and workers returned. Today over 10,000 people have been diagnosed with WTC-linked cancers and more than 2,000 of those people have died, including 184 NYC firefighters. I live with the memory of the lives lost that day, but also the sadness of knowing survivors are still dying. It’s tragic that our elected officials won’t come together to guarantee support for these victims, who inhaled cancer causing chemicals as they searched for survivors and recovered bodies. Now, thousands of families face steep medical bills and struggle every day just to survive. This is no way to treat human beings who sacrificed so much that day. Please sign my petition to make sure 9/11 responders and victims are supported by the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund after they sacrificed everything.

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Conagra — It’s time to do better for chickens

Consumers across the globe are demanding more transparency about where their food comes from — especially with regard to animal welfare. In response, companies are committing to doing better. From General Mills to Kraft-Heinz, corporations are adopting higher welfare standards that eliminate some of the worst forms of abuse commonly used in standard factory farming practices.However, there is one major company that lags behind its competitors by refusing to adopt a comprehensive animal welfare policy: Conagra. Conagra is one of America's top manufacturers, with many commonly used household brands, such as Healthy Choice, Slim Jim, Marie Callender's, and Duncan Hines. You might think the company behind Birds Eye vegetables —and even Gardein— would take animal welfare seriously, but they're refusing to keep up with industry standards.Chickens raised for meat in Conagra’s supply chain are crammed into filthy, windowless barns — often only with space the size of a piece of paper in which to move. These social, intelligent animals are even forced to live in their own excrement, with ammonia levels so concentrated that many suffer from chemical burns. Sadly, the torture doesn’t end there. When these birds — who, like humans, experience pain and emotions — are brought to slaughter, they are violently shackled upside down. Their throats are then slit, often while they’re still conscious. The level of terror and suffering is unfathomable. If all of these other companies can take action to end this extreme cruelty, why can’t Conagra? Please join The Humane League in asking Conagra to stop using chickens who are forced to live in agony for their entire lives by signing and sharing this petition. Thank you for your support. A more compassionate world is possible with your help.

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56,336 signed of 75,000 goal