Protests have been made all over the Netherlands to make a stand against racist police brutality. However, that noise did not arrive in the House of Representatives, so it is now important to hear it in the Senate. For years, Rutte's cabinets have been working quietly on a change in law that will make suspicion and prosecution of police officers after violent action even more difficult. If this law comes through the Senate on June 9, it will take effect before the summer.
When the law was introduced, the Council of Justice indicated that it is symbolic and will backfire . The introduction of such a law is therefore in no way explainable or justifiable. Time and again, law has been denied due to the protection of violent or otherwise cross-border acts by agents. Instead of extra protection, we must aim for a drastic reform of the police force and the ruling culture. The fact that, with the exception of DENK, all political parties on the left and right sides of the political spectrum agree to this, shows once again why the political system must change in a drastic Netherlands.
This new law would especially affect groups such as: Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Immigrants, Sex Workers, Homeless people, Religious Minorities, and the LGBT community. It would also jeopardize citizens' rights to protest, as it would become increasingly difficult for those in law enforcement to be held properly accountable for police brutality. This law will clear the path for an increased use of violence towards citizens living in The Netherlands.
On the 9th of June 2020, the First Chamber has the opportunity of accepting or rejecting this proposed law. We must make it clear that the citizens of The Netherlands will not allow this law to pass. Please sign this petition to pressure the First Chamber into rejecting this law!
Overal in Nederland is geprotesteerd tegen racistisch politiegeweld. Dat lawaai is echter niet in de Tweede Kamer aangekomen, dus het is nu belangrijk om het in de Eerste Kamer te horen. De kabinetten van Rutte werken al jaren in stilte aan een wetswijziging die de verdenking en vervolging van politieagenten na gewelddadige acties nog moeilijker maakt. Als deze wet op 9 juni door de Senaat komt, zal hij nog voor de zomer in werking treden.
Bij de invoering van de wet heeft de Raad van Justitie aangegeven dat deze symbolisch is en een averechtse uitwerking zal hebben. De invoering van een dergelijke wet is daarom op geen enkele wijze verklaarbaar of te rechtvaardigen. Keer op keer is de wet ontkend vanwege de bescherming van gewelddadige of anderszins grensoverschrijdende handelingen van agenten. In plaats van extra bescherming moeten we streven naar een drastische hervorming van de politie en de heersende cultuur. Het feit dat, met uitzondering van DENK, alle politieke partijen aan de linker- en rechterzijde van het politieke spectrum het daarmee eens zijn, toont eens te meer aan waarom het politieke systeem in een drastisch Nederland moet veranderen.
Deze nieuwe wet zou vooral van invloed zijn op groepen als: Raciale en Ethnische Minderheden, Immigranten, Sekswerkers, Daklozen, Religieuze Minderheden en de LGBT-gemeenschap. Het zou ook het recht van burgers om te protesteren in gevaar brengen, aangezien het steeds moeilijker zou worden voor degenen die bij de rechtshandhaving betrokken zijn om naar behoren verantwoording af te leggen voor politiegeweld. Deze wet zal de weg vrijmaken voor het toenemend gebruik van geweld tegen burgers die in Nederland wonen.
Op 9 juni 2020 heeft de Eerste Kamer de mogelijkheid om dit wetsvoorstel te aanvaarden of te verwerpen. We moeten duidelijk maken dat de burgers van Nederland deze wet niet zullen toestaan. Ik verzoek u dit verzoekschrift te ondertekenen om druk uit te oefenen op de Eerste Kamer om deze wet te verwerpen!
MARIST COLLEGE ENABLES ABUSERS
See below on how to call, email and post to make it known that the PresidentFor emails, subject line should be something along the lines of:MARIST COLLEGE ENABLES ABUSERSRead more
A new messenger application, Kik, allows people to send messages that are automatically deleted once the person logs off. This app is being used by paedophiles to groom young girls - which then can’t be investigated as there is no upfront proof.
My 13 year old granddaughter was groomed for four weeks on this app and the police will not pursue the perpetrator because the app deleted all of the messages. Police even tried to blame her for willing entering conversations with these men. It is disgusting.
I want to get the word out to other parents and call on the Government to ban these messaging apps enabling criminals to target underage girls.
Deb Aitkendubbo, NSW, Australia
Created August 7, 2017
Petition to Congress and the President of the United States of America
Under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, American citizens are guaranteed "Equal Protection under the Law.” The Equal Protection Clause requires each state to provide equal protection under the law to all people within its jurisdiction. However, American Citizens engaged in interstate commerce are routinely discriminated against in that they do not enjoy the same protections as those citizens engaged in other occupations like office workers who can return to the safety of their homes each night.
While many American citizens currently enjoy the right to carry concealed weapons in their home state, some states and cities deprive them of the right to protect themselves and the high value cargo they are transporting while working in interstate commerce outside of their home state. American citizens should not have to sacrifice their personal safety and their family's financial security in order to deliver products to their fellow citizens in other states.
Once an American citizen leaves his home state and engages in "interstate commerce," his ability to carry a firearm and guard the shipment is at the mercy of other states that may or may not choose to grant reciprocity to their home state. Instead, American citizens should be protected under Federal Law pursuant to the Interstate Commerce clause and in the spirit of the Second Amendment. The "Reserved Powers" clause, which gives the states the right to regulate guns carried WITHIN their state, should not apply to instances involving interstate commerce because the firearm is carried THROUGH a state not solely WITHIN that state. In essence, there should be a Federal Business Carry permit issued by the ATF that supersedes and preempts states' laws and their right to regulate the carrying of guns. The states should not be allowed to interfere with interstate commerce in this manner.
"Jason's Law," named after Interstate Truck Driver Jason Rivenburg, who was murdered in his truck while parked in an abandoned gas station in 2009 during an interstate shipment from Virginia to South Caronlina, was passed as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act in 2012 and authorizes funding for safe truck parking. Nonetheless, five years after Rivenburg's murder, history repeated itself as Indiana-based Interstate Truck Driver Michael Boeglin was gunned down in Detroit in June of 2014, leaving behind a new wife and unborn child. But make no mistake: these are not isolated incidents. According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck drivers are one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States ( http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfar0020.pdf ).
The SBTC is a network of transportation professionals, associations, and industry suppliers that is on the front lines when it comes to issues that affect transportation professionals in small business. We seek to promote and protect the interests of small businesses in the transportation industry. We believe it is clear that Congress needs to take action to enable American Citizens to defend themselves while transporting goods across state lines. Such interference by certain states with interstate commerce is unlawful and Un-Constitutional under the American theory of Federalism.
The SBTC therefore calls on Congress to remedy this situation before more lives are lost by passing enabling legislation directing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to develop and implement a Federal Concealed Firearms Business Carry program that preempts states from regulating the carrying of firearms through states and their political subdivisions.Read more
James LambFort Lauderdale, FL, United States
Created July 26, 2014
Petition to North Carolina State House, Justin Burr, Jeff Collins, Julia Howard, John Ager, John Fraley, Mike Clampitt, Carla Cunningham, Ted Davis, Susan Fisher, Elmer Floyd, Carl Ford, George Graham, Kyle Ha...
If HB 36 passes, it will enable optometrists (non-medical doctors) to perform medical and surgical procedures to treat eye diseases and conditions. These procedures include lesion excisions for aggressive forms of cancer, laser treatments that can cause serious blinding illnesses/ injury if not performed correctly and injections around the eye.
What's the difference between an optometrist and ophthalmologist?
Optometrists, while trained in medical diseases and improving vision through glasses and contact lenses, are not experienced surgeons and complete just four years of post-graduate training. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors with specialized training that requires four years of post-graduate study, four years of medical school and an additional one to two years of fellowship.
Per HB 36, optometrists will be able to perform delicate procedures, such as lasers and injections, after attending a weekend or online course. According to Connie Calvert, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Optometry Examiners, only 32 hours of classwork courses are required to be certified to use lasers in humans. And according to Earl Smith, president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, most optometry students gain laser experience practicing on animals, mostly rabbits. Relatively few students have hands-on training on human eyes. Students have even less training in scalpel surgery. Per Smith, students only operate on people AFTER they graduate.
However, ophthalmologists are trained surgeons. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education internship/residency training requires four years. Residents perform more than 100 lasers and 100 eye injections on average with supervision, prior to graduation.
Passing HB 36 puts patients at risk and increases costs
Expanding the scope of practice of optometrists in North Carolina endangers public health and increases costs.
In Oklahoma and Kentucky, where similar laws have been passed, wrongful surgeries have been performed leading to life-threatening situations and blindness. Examples include:
incomplete removal of squamous cell carcinoma, which leaves patients at risk for additional surgeries and spread of cancer
blindness caused by scarring of the cornea after a glaucoma laser surgery
removal of a bleb, a bubble above the eye created by a surgeon to lower intraocular pressure in the treatment of glaucoma. In this case, the patient's bleb was misdiagnosed as a conjunctival cyst
A recent study* in Oklahoma found that among the 1,384 eyes receiving laser trabeculoplasty, the proportion of eyes treated by optometrists requiring additional laser treatment in the same eye (35.9%) was more than double the proportion of those treated by ophthalmologists (15.1%). Eyes treated by optometrists had a 189% increased risk of requiring more laser trabeculoplasty. Excess treatment increases costs to the patient.
People prefer to see ophthalmologists for management of serious diseases, as well as laser and scalpel procedures
Only 8% of people would go to an optometrist for glaucoma management, after learning that an optometrist does not attend medical school. (Angie's List)
Only 2-4% would trust an optometrist with eye injections and laser surgery after understanding the difference in training of optometrists and ophthalmologists
95% of 600 Americans surveyed wanted a medical doctor performing laser or scalpel procedure on their eyes (National Consumer's League)
Ophthalmologists ARE accessible in all counties of North Carolina
None of North Carolina's 100 counties have less than nine ophthalmologists within 50 miles of the center of the county seat.
Approximately 97.7% of North Carolina's population has access to at least 31 ophthalmologists within 50 miles of the county seat.
Passing HB 36 will not improve care to patients or lower costs and is not needed in North Carolina
The information provided above definitively illustrates why the passing of HB 36, not only threatens public safety, but will increase costs to patients. Most importantly, people do not want the procedures outlined in HB 36 performed by a non-medical doctor. These procedures have serious risks, including blindness, and should not be lightly expanded into the scope of non-medically trained optometrists. This bill does not serve the people of North Carolina and, if passed, could seriously threaten the quality of eye care they receive.
* JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016;;134 (10): 1095-1101. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.2495)Read more
Heather WilsonMonroe, NC, United States
Created February 3, 2017
Petition to Kalamazoo Board of education, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri
As a senior that attends Kalamazoo Central Highschool, It is generally agreed upon that we all have a right to a proper, and quality education. These standards are not being met with online classes as every single day, students struggle to find a reason to even get out of bed, as they have nothing to look forward to as the sun rises for the next day. To put it frankly, attending school over the internet is a burden to the quality of education that we receive. All we ask is for a hybrid decision to be implemented optionally for students and parents that feel comfortable with taking classes in person.
It is damning to our mental health to stare at a screen for 6 hours straight as we see our years of adolescence fade away from us like dust in the wind. It is agonizing to stare at my screen only to see the disheartened eyes of my peers staring right back at me with no motivation to learn. Learning online is exhausting, and it is agonizing for all of us since we oftentimes find ourselves studying more than usual on our own time. And all in all, we need to fulfill our own aspirations as young adults, and online school is keeping many of us from reaching our dreams and meeting the goals that we once had planned, which feels like it's been an eternity. 11 months to be exact or approximately a 1/17th out of my life has been wasted away. It feels even crazier when I just think about it.
There are already many disparities between Kalamazoo Public Schools and other neighboring school districts, and remaining virtual will only increase those disparities. Our footing was never equal with our neighboring districts, but the decision to remain virtual will only create a larger disparity in education between us and our neighboring school districts. It is absurd that this was never considered. We are settling for mediocrity once again, and we are making decisions, based on what is difficult, as opposed to doing what is right. Sheltering us away from reality is not an effective way of educating us and letting us learn. Many other school districts are learning how to thrive under these circumstances, something that we find ourselves completely unable to do. How are we expected to survive in the real world, when we don't even have the option or opportunity to confront complicated matters like these? Other schools get the right to quality education, but we don't? It's odd how now that the CDC states that it is safe to go back to school in person is safe, as long as we take the proper precautions. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html
Using the Netflix app with XBOX ONE S with a TV that has High Dynamic Range (HDR) capability, the app automatically goes into HDR mode. Unless you're watching a title that is available in HDR, the image is too dark, and if you adjust the brightness on your television it will wash out the image. This makes the Netflix App on XBOX ONE S unusable if you have an HDR TV. Unless you exclusively watch HDR content, or want to disable HDR on your TV each time you want to watch non-HDR programming. This issue has been reported online in various forums going back to early 2017. I would like Netflix and the Xbox team to work on fixing this application so it can properly support TVs with HDR.Read more