- Ryan Bryski Southern, NJ, United States
- 83,020 supporters
- Created Apr 18, 2012
- Loretta Boesing Park Hills, MO, United States
- 159,750 supporters
- Created Jul 14, 2018
- DeLano Cain United States
- 12,720 supporters
- Created May 25, 2016
- vanita connery Australia
- 20,583 supporters
- Created Feb 22, 2018
- Caitlin Waddington Orillia, Canada
- 7,005 supporters
- Created Nov 22, 2018
- Australian Liberty Alliance Ltd
- 11,938 supporters
- Created May 10, 2018
- Jess Jones Australia
- 1,578 supporters
- Created Dec 10, 2017
- Washington State Martial Arts School Owners
- 8,446 supporters
- Created Oct 20, 2015
- Ann-Marie Richardson London, ENG, United Kingdom
- 3,556 supporters
- Created Aug 11, 2015
- Peggie Boldt Pontiac, IL, United States
- 5,993 supporters
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Petition to Beth Mooney
Key Bank: Stop forcing my family to pay my dead brother's student loans
On June 17, 2004, my brother Christopher Bryski sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in a tragic accident. He remained in a persistent vegetative state for two years before passing away on July 16, 2006. That's when the calls began. You see, our dad cosigned Christopher's private student loans with Key Bank. When Christopher died, Key Bank came after my dad to get their money back. Our dad has had to come out of retirement to make the monthly payments. When Christopher died, my family didn't just lose a loved one -- we inherited debt for an education that will never be used. Key Bank's action's are dramatically out of step with the status quo. The federal government and even large private student lenders like Sallie Mae and Wells Fargo all forgive student loans once the borrower dies. But over the years, Key Bank has ignored our calls to take this humane step. In the years since Christopher's death, my family has tried to keep others from facing what we have. We've worked with members of Congress to pass "Christopher's Law," which would make sure student borrowers and their families know exactly what could happen if they die or become disabled, and we've started a website about our efforts to get Christopher's Law passed (http://chrisbryski.blogspot.com). This work has been meaningful and important. But it doesn't change the fact that every month we're reminded of my brother's death in the worst way every time dad puts a check in the mail to a heartless bank. That's why I'm asking Key Bank to relieve my family of this terrible burden and discharge my brother Christopher's student loan debt. Thank you, Ryan Bryski and FamilyU.S. Air Force Veteran
Southern, NJ, United States
Petition to U.S. Senate, Dan Brown, Kathy J. Byron, Lee Ware, Mike Cunningham, Timothy Hugo, Bill Eigel, Jason Holsman, Daniel Marshall, III, Jacob W Hummel, Robert B. Bell, Israel D. O'Quinn, Jamilah Nasheed,...
Stop Forcing Mail-Order Pharmacy as the Only Option of Coverage
Patients' lives depend on choice. **Since starting the petition, I have realized that there are many issues other than temperatures with forced mail-order pharmacy. Mail-order pharmacy is very loosely regulated. There are life-threatening delays, lack of face-to-face relationship with pharmacists for people with chronic conditions, and rapid closures of our independent pharmacies; although, a recent study showed people prefer independent pharmacy (2018, Gill). *************Our Story************* Our son, received a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 2 from a 3-year-old little girl. His life depends on the potency and effectiveness of chemotherapy/immune suppression medications every 12 hours to prevent his body's immune system from fighting off his transplanted liver. In the past mail-order delivered his liquid oral medications in nothing but a plastic envelope on a 102-degree day on a hot enclosed not temperature controlled UPS truck. Shortly after, he went into liver rejection which could have resulted in complete liver failure or death. I speculated that the medication could have been too weak after the delivery of medications in high heat. I vowed to never again risk his life with mail-order pharmacy. Recently, we were mandated/forced to only use mail-order pharmacy in order to receive coverage for his life-saving medications. The package arrived in only a bag on a hot day without an ice pack. The hot non-temperature controlled enclosed delivery truck can reach temperatures up to 170 degrees. His labs elevated again afterward. My son wants to know, "Why would they do that?" I contacted the manufacturer, who performs the testing stated that both of my son's medications should be discarded and considered less potent once stored above 86 degrees as higher temperatures and freezing could both result in lower potency. Liquid medication is the most harmed by the mishandling of medications outside of the manufactures temperature storage guidelines. I contacted the mail-order pharmacy who refused to replace or take back the medication. They said the law & USP Pharmacopoeia allows them to ship up to 104 degrees, although the manufacturer states it is not proven safe at these temperatures. However, I have received communication from USP Pharmacopoeia who writes guidelines for storage, and they also said that the mail order pharmacy should follow the manufacturer's guidelines of 59-86 degrees for storage. Again, the trucks reach up to 170 degrees which is much hotter than 104. I contacted the FDA, who states that the mail order pharmacy should be using the manufacturer's guidelines that have been proven safe..However, since the mail-order pharmacies are regulated loosely by the State Board of Pharmacy, not the FDA. There was nothing that the FDA could do. I made over 30 calls to the insurance company begging for them to please let us pick my son's medications up at the local pharmacy at which they are filled. My son's physician wrote a note/appeal as his transplant team has stated that they have tried to voice their concerns about this issue with their pediatric/child patients and no one is listening! The insurance company still denied the doctor's appeal for us to pick up my son's medications in the safest way. It was not until the Media became evolved that the insurance company budged. I felt helpless and have united with many other pharmacists, physicians, patients, mothers and fathers, and caregivers who feel the same way. Helpless. Mail-order of prescription drugs should be a choice, not the only option of coverage. Mail-order pharmacies may appear to save money, but when my son ended up in the hospital after taking medications that could have been compromised by having lower potency, the cost of the rejection was thousands of dollars. If his liver would have fully failed, the cost of his liver transplant for just 5 days (he was in the hospital for 5 weeks) was over $1,000,000. The lax regulation and oversight may save money on prescription drug plans but may come at an increased cost to the health plan itself. Also, keep in mind the endless waste of medications that automatically are sent regardless of whether or not patients need them. Also, people with chronic, complex conditions, should always have the option of face to face interaction with a pharmacist who knows their complex needs and medical history. The pharmacist and patient relationship are crucial to the successful outcome of the patient's overall health. Taking this away is harmful to patients and be more costly to our already stressed healthcare system. Only allowing mail-order pharmacy for coverage is unethical and irresponsible. I share stories on my social media sites every day of patients who are suffering from lack of choice. We need your help to make mandatory mail-order an option, not a mandate. YOUR URGENT SUPPORT WILL SAVE LIVES! THANK YOU!! WE APPRECIATE ALL OF THE SUPPORTERS, CAREGIVERS, & PATIENTS. Thank you, Loretta Boesing, Founder of Unite for Safe Medications You may make a tax-deductible contribution to support our advocacy here Email: email@example.com Facebook Page: Issues with Mail Order Pharmacy @justamomwholovesherson Twitter: @BoesingLoretta The greatest way that you can help is by sharing this petition & gathering 2-3 people in your community who are having issues and speak to your legislatures. Reference: Gill, Lisa L. “Consumers Still Prefer Independent Pharmacies, CR's Ratings Show.” Product Reviews and Ratings - Consumer Reports, 7 Dec. 2018, www.consumerreports.org/pharmacies/consumers-still-prefer-independent-pharmacies-consumer-reports-ratings-show/
Park Hills, MO, United States
Petition to Rozy Warder
Stop forcing special education students to clean up our schools
I’m 15 years old and go to high school in the Dubuque Community School District in Iowa. Recently, I noticed something that really bothered me: special education students being used as janitorial staff. Allegedly without pay, the school district forces the special education students to clean up the lunch room and handle all the recycling around the school. This really hit home for me because my brother has special needs. These are students with disabilities having to clean up after kids who are more than capable of cleaning up after themselves. If there is a need for people to do janitorial cleaning, the school district should hire more custodians, not force the special education students to do it. I started this petition as a way to let the Dubuque Community School District know this is wrong and ask them to put an end to the use of special needs students doing janitorial work. I heard it said this helps the kids learn a sense of work ethic. All it does is single them out to do free work that would normally be handled by a paid professional. Work ethic is also about making the choice to do a job and be responsible. These students don’t have a choice and are cleaning up after others when they should be in class learning and being treated as equals. This must change and it starts with us. Please stand with the special needs students of Dubuque Community School District -- Demand the school district stop its use of special needs students to do janitorial work.
Petition to Hon Kevin Andrews MP
Stop NSW Govt from forcing families to abandon children with intensive disability needs
When NDIS was introduced, funding for 1700 children/young people in NSW with profound disabilities went to NDIA. BUT NSW Government DID NOT ask NDIA to keep providing the intensive, 24/7 services they were already receiving. Now Govt is asking us to give up our kids to 'fix' this bureaucratic bungle. Please help - we want to reach 10,000 signatures by Friday 16 March! THE ISSUE IN A NUTSHELL Our children have such severe disabilities they need the intensive, 24/7 services. Those services were provided under the state disability service system until now … Somehow, during the establishment of the NDIS, the NSW Government handed over our children’s funding to the NDIA BUT DIDN’T ask the NDIA to continue providing our children’s services.Now the NSW Government has said if we want our children to continue to receiving intensive, 24/7 services, we must give our children up. But we love them and they need us so we say NO!Please sign our petition to ask the NSW Government and NDIA to amend their agreement to include our children’s funding AND the provision of the services they need and were already receiving – as should have been done in the first place! What can you do? Please sign this petition to help us continue to keep our much-loved, very vulnerable safe. MORE INFO IF YOU WANT IT - OR SKIP TO SIGN PETITION NOW! Pictured: much-loved Jordan and Olivia Smith, two of the 1700 children the NSW Government is asking their parents Vanita Connery and Robert Smith to give up in exchange for essential disability services. MORE INFO IF YOU WANT IT - OR SKIP TO SIGN PETITION NOW!Why has this happened?When the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was introduced two things happened: Our children’s funding was transferred into the NDIS bucket. BUT the responsibility for providing those services was not. Why would the NSW Government hand over funding used to provide our children with services essential to their survival, but NOT include the provision of those same services in its agreement with the NDIA? We’ve asked but no one can tell us.Why is the NSW Government asking loving, involved, engaged parents to give up their children?If we want our children to consider receiving the intensive, live-in, 24/7 services they need, we need to give them up to the state.Why? The NSW Government still has two buckets of money available left available to them: #1 to support children who are at risk from their parents. #2 to support children whose parent cannot or will not care for them. They are asking us to give our children up so we can fit into bucket #2.These are much-loved children who are vulnerable and who we are constantly advocating for to keep them safe and well – we will not give them up or give up on them to fit into a bucket.
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Patty Hajdu
Stop the Government from forcing CP Workers back to work!
… passed by the Senate removes all leverage the workers and union holds. You will be forcing Canadian … forcing Canada Post workers back to work. Also by mediation to come to an agreement. If you are going…
Petition to The Hon Richard Wynne MP
Stop greedy Bendigo Councillors forcing the Carter family from their land!
If this looks like a story copied straight from the famous Australian movie ‘The Castle’, you are not dreaming. Just that this is really happening in 2018 Victoria, two hours from Bonnie Doon. Greedy Bendigo councillors have decided they want 313 hectares of the Carters’ farm. Not for an airport, railroad or hospital, no. They want it so property developers and their councillor mates can make money with a business park. With so much land taken away, the remaining farm will become unsustainable. Since the Carters’ wouldn’t agree to sell, greedy Bendigo councillors decided to proceed with the forcible acquisition of the land, just like it happened to the Kerrington family in The Castle. The only councillor genuinely in the corner of the Carter family is Julie Hoskins, but she and a second councillor were outvoted 2 vs 6 at the council meeting. Now it is up to the Victoria’s Planning Minister Richard Wynne (ALP) to make the final call, with a decision likely to be handed down in four to six weeks. We call on all fair-minded Australians who had enough of greedy councilors and developers: Sign your name to this petition asking the minster to reject the proposal of forcible acquisition. Stand with the Carters who own the land and have been on this land for five generations. Don’t let the Carters’ be bullied off their farm. This is about true blue Aussie battlers standing up against big business political bullies. Sign the petition. Tell these greedy councilors and their developer mates they’re dreaming! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Hon Richard Wynne MP, Planning MinisterThe Hon Maree Edwards MP, Member for West Bendigo.Parliament HouseSpring StreetEast Melbourne, Victoria 3002 Re: Planning Scheme Amendment C161: Marong Business Park Dear Minister Wynne, Dear Ms Edwards, The undersigned residents and voters urge you to reject the application by the Greater City of Bendigo to place a public acquisition overlay over a large section of the farming land of the Carter family, in particular 313 hectares at 20 Yorkshire Road, Wilsons Hill. Forcible acquisition of private land must only ever be the last resort and applied only in such cases, where there is no alternative available, the greater good of the state is at stake and the acquisition can be made on fair terms. In this case neither applies. 1. The six Bendigo councillors behind this project have disregarded the recommendations of Planning Panels Victoria against applying a public acquisition overlay on this land. 2. Other options for a business park are available for developers. 3. This forcible acquisition can never be on just terms. It would destroy both the farm and livelihood of the Carter family and destroy the special bond formed over decades between farming people and the land. In the 19th century people were forced off their ancestral homeland by ruthless governments and greedy investors. This must not happen again in 2018. The interests of greedy property developers must not be allowed to override the rights of generations of farming people. Bendigo has other alternative sites available for this project. Your decision today can play a significant role on 24 November 2018. Primary Petitioner: Ralf SchumannSecretaryAustralian Liberty Alliance LtdPO Box 290South Melbourne, VIC 3205
Australian Liberty Alliance Ltd
Petition to State and Territory Governments
Stop forcing surgery on trans Australians
We're rightly celebrating marriage equality in Australia at the moment. With the removal of the restriction of marriage to 'between a man and a woman', any couple can get married, including trans and non-binary people. Previously trans folks had to get divorced before we could change the sex on our birth certificates, but that's all changing now, which is great! But it's not the end of the fight. Trans people in most states and territories of Australia are required to have gender-related surgery before changing their birth certificate. Not all trans people even want surgery, and of those who do, few can afford it. It's a really cruel and out-of-touch requirement that leaves most of us with mismatched identification. It's not how it has to be though. SA and the ACT don't require a person to have invasive, expensive and often unwanted surgery just to change a letter on their birth certificate. It's time for the rest of the country to follow. We call on the state and territory governments to remove the requirement for surgery for people changing their legal sex. Additionally, we call for the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages to issue 'clean' birth certificates to trans people who change their name. Current practice is to issue a new certificate when a person corrects their sex, but it still shows the old name, effectively outing people as trans. To further preserve the dignity of trans people, each state and territory must offer the option of a new birth certificate noting that the person has had another name but not stating what it was. We've got marriage equality, now let's start making things really LGBTI-inclusive around here.
Petition to Joe Fain, Judith Warnick, Jay Inslee, Cindy Ryu, John Braun, Sharon Brown, Dino Rossi, Jim Honeyford, Christine Rolfes, David Frockt, Kevin Ranker, Kristine Lytton, Noel Frame, Terry Nealey
Urge WA State Lawmakers to Fix a MISTAKE Forcing Taxation of Martial Arts Instruction!
<New Developments and Updated For 2017> If you think martial arts deserves to be returned to equal status with every other similar business, as an educational service, in WA State read and sign our petition. Due to an ADMITTED "UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE" in legislation made in 2015 all martial arts schools were required to charge students sales tax up to 10.1% in 2017 and beyond. This has hurt these small businesses and is hindering access for children and adults alike. This affected ONLY martial arts studios and not other fine arts or instructional based businesses. Even though this law is unjust and a mistake lawmakers may not want to give this revenue back without your urging. Learn more below. Learning a martial art is about much more than exercising or playing a game. Instruction in the martial arts has traditionally been ESTEEMED in the community for the unparalleled benefits participants receive when learning these important self defense and cultural art forms. It is understood that martial art is as much mental and spiritual as it is physical. Martial arts have been one of the most important and effective bridges between cultures bringing people together. Our schools are the go-to resource for parents with children struggling with confidence issues or bullies and to instill respect, discipline, focus and determination. DETAILS OF THE ISSUE AND 2017 UPDATES FOLLOW In addition HB1550 was proposed and passed without notification or chance for opposing viewpoint by a single member of the martial arts business community. We had no lobbyist or representation. In Olympia we were told, 'if you're not at the table you're on the menu.' Our research showed that martial arts was specifically targeted by Department of Revenue yet most lawmakers were unaware due to incomplete and inaccurate bill summaries and analysis. In opposition to common sense, what our business licenses state and decades of research this law redefined any facility teaching martial arts as an 'athletic or fitness facility' or health club. The law stipulates that ALL business done inside the walls of an 'athletic or fitness facility' is subject to retail sales tax up to 9.9% in our state. A 9.9% tax on all facets of the educational process (tuition, private lesson, guest instructors, testing, special events) makes truly educating extremely difficult if not impossible to accomplish. We also find troubling the institutionalized cultural discrimination inherent in the exclusion and protection of businesses that primarily teach yoga, tai chi and chi gong. Why are two cultural practices from China, and one traditionally associated with India, protected and esteemed of higher value than the cultural arts of the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Brazil or France for example? Spiritual or meditative aspects exist in hundreds of other methods from around the world. HB1550 was about 'simplifying the taxation of amusement, recreation, and physical fitness services." Martial arts and self defense are not about any of these things and the industries covered under this description are a completely different set of pursuits. Martial art should have been the ONE activity NOT to be treated as 'amusement', 'recreation' or a game. When school owners were notified 10 months later, and less than 2 1/2 months before this sweeping change was mandated, they began to mobilize and join together as a community. The result of their grassroots efforts was a bill introduced in the House, HB2334, to fix the issue that passed with bi-partisan support UNANIMOUSLY. A great first victory and first step! On to the Senate where, despite overwhelming support, the bill was not even allowed a vote by leadership in 2016 due to purely partisan politics. And we've all suffered because of it. Because of this UNFAIR and MISTAKEN law every single participant easily pays an additional $100-$200.00 PER YEAR in TAX alone. Imagine the financial damage done to FAMILIES with multiple children enrolled… Damage has been done to dozens of martial arts businesses due to loss of members and a slowdown in new participants… A very small group of dedicated martial arts leaders continued to work on the issue through the summer and fall of 2016 and continued to financially support and raise funds to keep our lobbyists working in Olympia. GOOD NEWS AND 2017 UPDATE Good news! RIGHT NOW new legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives AND the Senate to fix this. There is overwhelming bi-partisan support and dozens of sponsors! We have Rep. Cindy Ryu (D) in the House and Sen. Judy Warnick (R) in the Senate to thank for being leaders and prime-sponsors. We need your help to demand a vote. It's hopeful! Read this background written by Rep. Cindy Ryu who voted for the legislation that CAUSED this problem AND has sponsored the bills in 2016 and 2017 to FIX IT: “In 2015, HB 1550 (Carlyle) passed with overwhelming support of the Legislature. The goals were to clarify and fine tune a section of the state tax code by providing an easy to follow list of things that qualify as physical fitness that are subject to sales tax. The rest of the items are classified as service and are not subject to sales tax. The bill did not provide an exemption; we simply tried to clarify what is and is not subject to sales tax. The unintended consequence was that martial arts lessons became subject to sales tax beginning in January, 2016 – which was never the intention of some of us who voted for HB 1550. Taxing martial arts lessons outside of fitness club settings were never brought up in the 2015 Finance Committee hearing nor during the House Floor debate. So this bill is trying to put the Martial Arts excise tax status back where they have always been for decades – a service and not subject to sales tax.” This excerpt is from the new legislation HB 1032 waiting to be passed. “The legislature finds that the sales tax treatment of martial arts training and instruction changed as an unintended consequence of the passage of HB 1550 during the 2015 legislative session. The legislature further finds that under the current sales tax structure, martial arts training and instruction that take place outside of a fitness facility are treated differently from similar activities. It is the intent of the legislature to redefine martial arts training and instruction that take place outside of a fitness facility in order to return these activities to their previous tax treatment.” Unfortunately we've seen our first setback already in 2017 when the bill seems to have stalled out in the House Finance Committee. We are concerned. Lawmakers have a tough battle with the state budget ahead. We worry now that they've got it they won't want to 'give the revenue back' or are holding our bill hostage to ransom for something else later in the session. If you are a resident of Washington State by signing this petition you will be asking key Representatives and Senators for support on this issue and ask them to get both bills out of committee and pass either HB 1032 or SB 5220 as soon as possible. Together We Can Fix This Mistake. Thanks for Your Support, Washington State Martial Art School Owners
Washington State Martial Arts School Owners
Petition to Kensington and Chelsea Council
Stop demolishing our homes and forcing us out!
… process they are going to enforce compulsory purchases on the lease-holder properties whilst forcing…
London, ENG, United Kingdom
Petition to Peggie Boldt
Walmart Policy Change Forcing Many Disabled and Senior Workers Out of Their Jobs
A recent change by Walmart Corporation is eliminating the position of store greeters at stores across the country. The job title is being changed to customer hosts. However the new job has physical requirements that most former greeters will not be able to do physically, such as climb ladders, stand all day on their feet, and lift heavy objects. Many people in those positions are either seniors and/or disabled workers who were originally hired with Walmart's full knowledge of their limitations. They are being told they can apply for other positions within the company, but those positions all have similar physical requirements. An example of the disabilities would be cerebral palsy and Williams Syndrome, the latter of which affects depth perception. Most of these employees have been with Walmart for a long time and we believe that this policy change is unfair and unethical and goes against Walmart's own policy of not discriminating against seniors and the disabled. At the very least, existing employees should be grandfathered in or Walmart should reverse this decision. #savethegreeters #peoplenotprofits #walmart #nathanjoerndt #nathanstrong #adamcatlin #mitchellhartzell #jessicaculberth #jaymelton
Pontiac, IL, United States
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