Lower the Photography Permit Fee for Colorado Springs - $500 hurts small business!

The City of Colorado Springs Government and Parks Department has decided to 'change the permit structure' for photography in public parks such as Garden of the Gods.  The permit is now the most expensive one in the state and would cost $500 annually. Even Rocky Mountain National Park is only $300 annually and this one far surpasses the various permit fees in Denver and Boulder's annual permits.This permit will affect the small business community and their clientele because permits will either cut into a small business owner's bottom line, how they feed their families, pay their mortgages and keep their electricity on OR the other option is to pass this cost down to their customers.  When the Perkins family GIFTED Garden of the Gods to the City of Colorado Springs, one of their stipulations was that it stayed free to the public, this is still on a plaque in the middle of the park. The public should include those who pay to operate businesses in the city of Colorado Springs through taxes and business licensing AND their clients who are also part of the public. 10 years ago, I started my small photography business in Colorado Springs Colorado. I was just out of high school and was dreaming of being an entrepreneur. This permit fee is DEVASTATING to those who are trying to start a photography business. If I had this coming out of my very small bottom line back then, I may not have succeeded. For the more 'mature' small business owners who have been paying for their business license and their taxes in the city of Colorado Springs, this is also extremely difficult. Now we have to either figure out how to live off of less in an economy where housing and the cost of living is rising dramatically, or we have to explain to our customers why their pricing is going up to facilitate a change out of our control and then our customers have to decide if they are going to skip their family photos this year, take their business OUT of Colorado Springs or find somewhere else in their budget to take that money from... probably another Colorado Springs business where they could've gone to dinner or spent that money. This will further hike the costs for wedding photographers and may encourage the wedding industry to go elsewhere and for some high school seniors, they may not be able to afford senior portraits for the yearbook like everyone else in their school.Please sign this in an effort to keep fueling our local economy through small business. To the City of Colorado Springs - PLEASE reconsider this action, this is not good for small business. 

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WAWA: Please reduce your plastic waste. No more plastic coffee stirrers!

Wawa please stop supplying your customers with single use plastic coffee stirrers. 30 seconds of stirring becomes forever in a landfill or the ocean! Plastic is choking the environment, literally. Currently, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, and it is predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish. That means when my son is a just a little older than I am now he'll have to use a pool skimmer at the beach if he wants to swim in the ocean.  WAWA boasts on their napkins that they are "saving the environment, one napkin at a time", because they are made from recycled material. I can appreciate that, but what would help more is to do away with your plastic coffee stirrers.  Anyone who knows this company knows that they sell a lot of coffee and it isn't ridiculous to see people use 2, 3 and 4 of these little plastic stirrers at a time. There are alternatives available. Please stop handing out plastic that will just end up in a landfill or even worse, the ocean! You're a family owned business with some values, I assume. Do your part. These pieces of plastic will still be here long after we are gone, long after our children are gone, etc. Raise my coffee price $0.10 a cup if you have to. That's a small price to pay if it will lessen your environmental impact. NO MORE PLASTIC COFFEE STIRRERS! Please, thank you. 

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Get MassDOT to revoke all current and future contracts with HIWAY SAFETY SYSTEMS, INC.

On 12/29/19, a thirteen year old girl was killed by one of their employees. The employee was leaving a company party, after consuming excessive alcohol and drugs. Furthermore, another thirteen year old girl was severely injured due to this accident, and is currently undergoing a multitude of surgeries. This company is supposed to be responsible for highway safety, while these actions represent the opposite of this. With the state allowing for this company to still operate on our roads is a total disregard to the safety and protection of its citizens.  By getting rid of these contracts will send a strong message to the community that in Massachusetts individuals and companies are held accountable for their actions, and will as well give friends and family of those injured the justice they deserve.   

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Shut down Hancock NY Fire Department’s Coyote Hunting Tournament Fundraiser

https://facebook.com/events/2844788005595181/?ti=icl The Hancock Volunteer Fire Department in NY are planning their 2nd annual coyote hunt tournament on January 17th - 19th. They are murdering innocent living sentient beings for a fundraiser. Please sign & let them know there are may ways to raise funds that does not include death to any living, breathing beings. We urge them to cancel this horrendous event. These are firefighters whom children look up to as hero's. What are they teaching our children when promoting events that kill animals for money & fun? Shameful. It is very inhumane, evil & immoral to treat these beautiful creatures like they are disposable. Coyotes play an intricate part in the ecosystem. This is despicable. Animal (of ANY kind) killing contests are outdated and outrageous. We ask everyone involved to research the science behind coyotes and consider the cruelty they are inflicting on the complex and devoted coyote packs. There is a ripple down affect into the eco system when these precious souls are killed by humans. This effects everyone & every living breathing being. This must be stopped. Please sign & share. Please send them messages, emails, phone calls, letters, comment on their posts. Let them know how you feel.

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20,600 signed of 25,000 goal

Name Greta Thunberg as ‘Time Person of the Year’

Let’s make this headline and photo ^^ a reality! TIME Magazine will announce the 2019 Person of the Year at the start of December. The magazine’s annual tradition features a person, a group, an idea, or an object that "for better or for worse... has done the most to influence the events of the year". I believe this award should go to Greta Thunberg this year. I need your signature today to put public pressure on TIME Magazine to make this decision well before the magazine goes to print. Please sign my petition today. Greta has become the face of a generation of kids, like me, who are taking action to save the planet. She is a symbol of the millions of youth who are taking the future into our own hands when adults in power continually fail to act. My name is Jerome and I am a 17-year-old climate justice advocate. I strike every Friday in front of the White House as a part of the FridaysForFuture movement, and I am a member of the international organizing team.  Greta Thunberg is a huge inspiration to me as she sparked an un-ignorable global movement that has mobilized millions of young people to hold our world leaders accountable and demand real action to stymie the climate crisis.  There is no one more deserving of 2019 Time Person of the Year than Greta. If you agree, add your voice today.  The FridaysForFuture strikes are an important and needed shock to the status quo to make the world aware of the scale and speed of the climate crisis; they shine a light on the fact that our current approach to stopping this crisis is not working and that revolution and unprecedented intergovernmental collaboration is the only appropriate path forward to a sustainable and survivable future. The Fridays for Future Movement is a representation of the scale of global camaraderie that is needed to save ourselves from catastrophic climate breakdown. Our movement is unveiling the curtain to the ugliness of the fossil fuel industry and the nations that lack the moral clarity, political courage, and maturity to act in the best interest of the future of humanity. Greta is more than an inspiring leader for the climate movement. She is a symbol of the millions of youth who are taking the future into our own hands when adults in power continually fail to act.  Please sign my petition today.

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Posthumously bestow "Wings of Gold" to brave Navy men who died in Pensacola shooting

When a Saudi military trainee opened fire on a Naval base in Florida last week, three men died. The oldest was 23. These men were gunned down while trying to protect their brothers and sisters.  Airman Mohammed Hathaim, 19, Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21 were young hopefuls at the start of their careers, excited to pursue their dreams in Naval aviation. They all had enormous potential. While this heinous act of violence has taken away their chance to complete their training, they still deserve to be honored.  Join me in asking the U.S. Navy to posthumously bestow "Wings of Gold" to each trainee who died on Dec. 6, 2019.  Ensign Watson spent the last moments of his life as a hero. According to his commanding officer, he jumped over a desk to put himself between the shooter and the others in the room, and yelled for everyone to run while he attempted to unarm the gunman.  After being shot 5 times, Ensign Watson still managed to crawl out of the building to give responders the location of the shooter and a description of him.  Airman Mohammed Hathaim – known to friends and family as Mo – would have turned 20 years old on Dec. 16. He also tried to take down the shooter before he was killed.  Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters finished boot-camp just a few weeks before the shooting. His father told the Associated Press that his son died while standing watch at the building where the shooter opened fired. Mr. Walters said in his interview,  “He just wanted to earn his wings. He was looking so forward to having those wings pinned on his chest.” All three of these men deserve wings they would have earned if it weren’t for this careless act. Sign to ask the U.S. Navy to honor them as they died – heroes. 

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Save Isabel

Save Isabel Told that she would die by the age of 7 due to a rare medical condition, Isabel moved to the U.S. to access life-saving medication and care not available in her home country. Now she is being deported, with just 33 days notice, despite 16 years of living in the U.S. a legal resident. Help keep Isabel in the U.S. so she can continue to access life-saving medical care. Tweet the President About Isabel Isabel is an inspiration to everyone who meets her. She is smart, lively, lovely and full of plans. Despite being told that she would die by the age of 7, Isabel has defied the odds through life-saving medication and care. She recently graduated from college with honors and is an active member of her community. In 2016, Isabel was featured on the popular TV series, My Last Days. To see her episode and learn more about her story, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87q8HvGmTes. Isabel is severely disabled - wheelchair bound with a tracheotomy. She suffers from a rare, life-threatening disorder called Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome, also known as Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VI (MPS-6). She receives weekly day-long treatments at UCSF Children’s Hospital in Oakland, which is paid for through her private medical insurance. About Her Situation In 2003, Isabel and her family moved to the United States to participate in a clinical trial to treat her rare condition. Upon FDA approval of the treatment, the family stayed in the U.S., legally, in accordance with a medical deferred action status, so that Isabel could continue receiving treatment and additional medical care crucial to her health. The treatment is not available in Guatemala. Isabel and her family have lived in the U.S. legally for 16 years. Isabel’s mother is her primary caregiver, while her father works and provides for the family. They own a home, pay taxes, are active in their community, and have complied with all legal requirements of their visa. On August 13, USCIS denied extension of their Deferred Action Status, ordering Isabel and her family to return to Guatemala. If the family does not leave within 33 days, deportation proceedings will be initiated. Immigration attorneys are reporting similar denials across the U.S., except to U.S. military families. Lack of notice prevents the family from making any accommodation for Isabel’s care. According to Martin Lawler, Isabel’s San Francisco immigration attorney, “Isabel and her family have followed all the immigration rules. She is not a burden to the government and has private medical insurance. It is outrageous to deport a young person with a serious illness that can only be treated in the U.S. Where has our compassion gone? USCIS should extend Isabel and her family’s deferred action status.”

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196,697 signed of 200,000 goal

Wyndham: Stop Animal Cruelty

If Wyndham ran its hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals the way its egg suppliers run their factory farms, they would be filthy, small, overcrowded, and unsafe. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Wyndham Destinations have a dark secret. Millions of egg-laying hens throughout Wyndham’s global supply chain suffer in cruel cages. These cages are so small and packed with birds that the hens can’t do anything that is natural or important to them. Often, their body parts are caught in the caging, which results in fractured or broken bones, deformities, and severe feather loss. Some hens, exhausted or unable to move, are trampled to death by their cage mates. Hundreds of companies around the world are ditching cages. Global commitments to go cage-free are being made by some of the largest companies in the world, including Marriott International, Accor Hotels, InterContinental Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Best Western, Unilever, Nestle, Lidl,  Aldi, Aramark, Sodexo, Mondelez, and Compass Group. Even low-end fast food companies and US prisons are moving away from this horrible practice.  Wyndham has recognized that cages are inhumane and outdated. In 2017, Wyndham Worldwide promised guests that it would go 100% cage-free globally, and Wyndham received public praise for the pledged move to higher welfare standards. In 2018, Wyndham Worldwide spun off into two companies -- both still holding the Wyndham name -- and deleted its cage-free commitment. Hens are still needlessly suffering for Wyndham. Customers are tired of false promises and hollow commitments.  Wyndham Destinations says: “we believe in hospitality with heart.” Wyndham Hotels and Resorts proudly states: “we hold ourselves to the highest standards. We’re responsible, truthful and transparent. We do the right thing...we honor our commitments.” It’s time for both these companies to take their words seriously; to do the right thing, act transparently, and show compassion to millions of animals that are suffering. It’s time to follow-through on their commitment and work to meet basic animal welfare standards. It’s time for all of Wyndham’s brands to make good on the promise to finally go 100% cage-free globally.  Please sign this petition to tell Wyndham that you won’t be staying at any of their hotels until it stops supporting this egregious animal abuse.

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Provide Accurate Breast Cancer Screenings for Servicewomen and Families!

Servicewomen and military families deserve the same preventative breast cancer care and treatment to which other women have access. Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. However, when detected at an early stage, chances of survival increase dramatically. Accurate and efficient preventative screenings are crucial. I am a mammographer and the wife of a veteran. I often hear how breast cancer is caught early because of 3D mammography -- and I know how critical it is that the military community has access to this life saving technology.  According to an article in Society of Breast Imaging, “3D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis, has been shown by many research studies to improve the results of mammography when compared to usual 2D digital mammography. If a woman chooses to have mammography, she should have the best possible outcome and that means 3D instead of 2D in almost all cases.”  3D Mammograms are covered by most major programs including Medicare. HOWEVER, under Tricare insurance, covering veterans, active military and dependent, it is NOT COVERED. Help me make this change for our veterans and military dependents. Sign now!

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111,820 signed of 150,000 goal

Pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty (PACT) Act

Ask Congress to pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, the first-ever general federal Animal Cruelty law in history. This is a bill with broad bipartisan support. Even prior to swearing in the new members of Congress, this bill had 36 Co-Sponsors in the Senate and 283 Co-Sponsors in the House. It was previously blocked from a vote by a single congressman. Now that the House of Representatives has changed, this bill needs to be brought to the floor of Congress for a vote. We should not go another day without protecting the animals from cruelty, bestiality, and torture. Why is this law important? This law will allow the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to crack down on malicious cruelty and the sexual exploitation of innocent animals. The legislation will build on the federal “animal crush” video law that was enacted in 2010, which banned the creation, sale, and distribution of obscene videos that show animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or subjected to other forms of heinous cruelty. The PACT Act will prohibit those same extreme acts of animal cruelty when they occur in interstate or foreign commerce, regardless of whether a video is produced. The PACT Act will also enable the federal government to prosecute malicious acts of animal cruelty on federal property such as military bases, federal prisons, airports, and national parks. Additionally, it will enable federal authorities to crack down on the practice of bestiality which often involves a subculture where animals are moved across state lines and where information is exchanged on websites that enable the exploitation to happen. Who supports this bill? This legislation is endorsed by more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the country. This bill was previously passed in the Senate by a UNANIMOUS bipartisan vote. This bill had 283 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 36 Co-Sponsors in the Senate even prior to the swearing in of the current members of congress. History In December 2017 the Senate UNANIMOUSLY passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, S. 654.  This bipartisan legislation protecting animals against cruelty and torture was led in the U.S. Senate by Senators Pat Toomey, R-Pa, Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and was joined by 34 cosponsors. Despite the overwhelming bipartisan support we still do not have this important federal law. The bill was blocked by a single member of Congress despite the valiant efforts of Reps. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Ted Deutch, D-Fla. to help pass this bill (H.R. 1494). Reps. Lamar Smith and Ted Deutch previously secured an unbelievable 283 cosponsors and broad bipartisan support by ⅔ of Congress. Now, with the change of leadership in Congress, there is a new and fresh opportunity for congress to pass this important law with vast bipartisan support. Why should we sign this now? There is a new and fresh opportunity for congress to pass the overwhelmingly bipartisan Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act that was previously blocked by a single member of congress. The shift of power in Congress has removed this one congressman as an obstacle. Now this bill has a real opportunity to pass if the public demands that Congress makes it a legislative priority, and brings it to a vote. Passage will bring the first federal animal cruelty bill that protects against bestiality, animal cruelty, and animal torture. Your signature will help demonstrate the public outcry to make this a legislative priority.   The animals cannot speak for themselves. Please consider being the voice for the voiceless and sign the petition. Your support will speak volumes to lawmakers! "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." ~Margaret Mead What you can you do to help RIGHT NOW in addition to signing the petition? (IMPORTANT) (Total Time: 5-7 minutes) 1.  Share this Petition on social media, and ask your friends, co-workers, and family to sign the petition and consider sharing it as well. 2.  Contact your congressional representative's office, and politely inform them that you are calling to ask your representative to support H.R.724 - The PACT Act which will make animal cruelty a federal crime. (The process is simple. Just call the Capitol Switchboard. (202) 224-3121. Give them your zip code, and they will provide you with the telephone number for your congressional representative. Call that number, and express your support.) This will make a big difference. 3. Follow the progress of this petition on our Facebook page, and find ways that you can have a positive impact on the lives of animals: Animal Welfard Center Facebook Page

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