In the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department's Derek Chauvin, the University of Minnesota has cut major ties with the MPD in solidarity with and for the safety of their students. In her letter addressing students, staff, and faculty, UM President Joan Gabel stated:
“Our hearts are broken after watching the appalling video capturing the actions of Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officers against George Floyd leading to his tragic death.”, the letter begins. “As a community, we are outraged and grief-stricken.”
The protests that consequently followed nationwide, in major cities spanning from Atlanta, Los Angeles to our home of New York City are testament to the tipping point our nation is at.
In New York City, the NYPD has been caught on camera militarizing the recent peaceful protests, inciting violence and blaming its victims. The police have been a catalyst for stoking violence in a city that many college students and alumni call their home.
We urge NYU to follow the lead of the University of Minnesota and sever ties with the NYPD. As alumni, we understand the influence and importance that a school like NYU has - to sever ties with the NYPD is to send a message - we DO NOT condone the violence and the actions of the police force. We should NOT wait for more incidents like this to occur, more people to get hurt, arrested or even unlawfully killed before action is taken.
We urge NYU to protect its students, a diverse and international community who deserve to feel safe and protected. College is a time where you should be able to find yourself, explore interests and protest for the things you believe in without fear. The NYPD has created a conflict zone in our homes and has taken these rights away from your students.
NYU, we hope to see you on the right side of history. Make your students, alumni and faculty proud. Sever all ties with the NYPD now. #blacklivesmatter
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Rebecca KligermanBROOKLYN, NY, United States
Created May 31, 2020
Petition to Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Barneys, Bloomingdale's, Dillards , lord & taylor, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra , Aurthur Galan, Balen...
Ref : Appeal to Fingal CC planning grant reference F21A/0455
Addressing Musgrave Operating Partners Ireland Ltd.
There is an imperative on Rush Tidy Towns to fight to improve all visual and aesthetic aspects of the Main Street in our town. For close to two decades, the row of 6 derelict houses which are the subject of the planning application F21A/0455 have been an abomination on the Main Street of Rush. We cannot over-state the psychological and emotional toll this has day to day on residents who have chosen to live in Rush.
While on the surface, the appeal appears to stand up for the town, we hypothesise that were you not an anchor tenant, trading as Supervalu on Rush Main Street, you may not have the same impetus to lodge an appeal. In fact, despite pointing out weak technical nuances in the appeal, you appear to be trying to protect your commercial interests in Rush, by both preventing further commercial developments, in addition to promoting residential development to further enhance your customer base. In our opinion, you are delaying the inevitable, you are delaying us getting our Main Street rejuvenated, you are delaying us getting a car park for the Town Centre, you are delaying the removal of 6 uninhabitable derelict houses which have dragged the town down for nearly two decades, and which are a constant eyesore for residents and visitors alike.
Please withdraw your appeal for the sake of Rush.
Brendan O'Reilly, Chairperson Rush Tidy TownsRead more
Rush Tidy TownsIreland
Created Oct 20, 2022
Petition to Chairman Martin B. Delgra III, Honorable Justices
Help #SaveAngkas and support the Filipino riding public
On December 12, 2018, the Supreme Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against a previous RTC injunction that prevented the LTFRB from apprehending Angkas riders. The TRO does NOT suspend Angkas' operations, but merely allows the LTFRB to once again apprehend Angkas bikers if they choose to do so.
The LTFRB, through various channels, has made clear its intent to crackdown on Angkas bikers, citing a very narrow interpretation of the law, and its supposed lack of options to aid Angkas and its bikers. Yet we have on various occasions presented the LTFRB with various options to move forward together.
Last December 2017, Angkas voluntarily suspended its operations to dialogue with the LTFRB. We proposed a pilot program of the Angkas service with the very purpose of determining its feasibility for the Metro under the agency's close watch and supervision. The proposal was declined despite evidence presented of our safety track record and the genuine service we were able to provide to hundreds of thousands of commuters.
Then in May 2018, Congressional committee on Metro Manila Development chaired by Hon. Winston "Winnie" T. Castelo urged the LTFRB to include Motorcycle Taxis as a type of TNVS, citing the precedent of the LTFRB allowing private 4-wheeled vehicles to be used for passenger services as in the cases of Uber and Grab. They were given 30 days to review the legal and regulatory implications of such a move, yet no action was taken.
The LTFRB has, on at least 2 occasions, passed up the chance to work with Congress and the private sector to provide safe and efficient transport alternatives to Filipinos, despite having numerous setbacks and delays in their own efforts to modernize mass transport systems in the country.
Thus far the LTFRB continues to insist that motorcycles are unfit for passenger transport due to safety issues, yet has consistently ignored Angkas' safety record as well as proof of the precautions it takes to ensure passenger safety, including biker training, quality helmets, and accident insurance.
Angkas' safety record currently stands at 99.997%, above and beyond the rates cited by government agencies to claim otherwise. It is a testament not only to the viability of using motorcycles for safe passenger services, but also of the massive improvements that a single committed organization can make to professionalize an industry.
The LTFRB continues to insist that safety is its top priority, yet we beg to insist otherwise: their first priority should be moving the Filipino people, then figuring out how to make them safe while doing so.
Habal-habal has been around for decades, and will continue to exist so long as Filipinos continue to lack decent transport options. And while the LTFRB insists their crackdowns will fix this dismal situation, we ourselves have already trained and educated over 70,000 motorcycle drivers – free of charge - all over the country in less than 2 years.
There are over 14 million motorcycle drivers all over the Philippines, most without any formal training. Only by working together can we hope to make more of them better and safer, without having to take away their only means of transportation.
George RoyecaMakati, Philippines
Created Jul 6, 2018
Petition to IHRSA , Health clubs, GYMS, Fitness Industry, USAPL , The Arnold Sports
“The entire fitness industry is looking at you for your support. Congress is rapidly putting together a stimulus package that needs to include the health and fitness industry. Help IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, gain momentum in Congress by sending a letter to your Senators and Representatives for health clubs that need relief—and don't forget to spread the word!
U.S. health clubs and studios are vital to the economy; they serve 74 million consumers, generate $32.3 billion in annual revenue, and employ over 800,000 people. Those jobs are at risk. As a result, IHRSA is fighting to ensure the inclusion of health clubs of all types and fitness industry suppliers in any relief package.”
Write your Members of Congress
Avenger Athletics - Coach Estreya, Strength CoachUnited States
Ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan has end-stage Cystic Fibrosis and has been on the lung transplant list for 18 months. Too sick to leave Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for three months, she has only a week or two before she will lose her battle. If she were two years older, she would have a high probability of receiving lungs in time. Sarah is eligible for adult donor lungs, but because of her age, she will only receive them after all adult candidates, regardless of how sick they are, have the opportunity to accept them.
This is a policy created by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), the nation's organ procurement, donation and transplantation system and enforced through United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) which manages US organ transplant system under contract with the federal government.
Based on a 2000 ruling by the US Department of Health and Human Services, which mandated that organ allocation policies must be based on medical necessity rather than waiting time, OPTN implemented a new allocation system based on the severity of a patient's illness (the Lung Allocation Score, or LAS), rather than the amount of time served on the wait list in 2005. This reduced the number of deaths among patients awaiting lung transplant, ensured lungs were allocated to those with less stable diagnoses, and dramatically reduced the average wait time from over two years, and reduced the wait list by half. This new approach only applied to patients over the age of 12.
This approach was not extended to children. Despite the fact that many pediatric patients can use a partial lobar transplant from an adult donor, these young patients are only offered adult donor lungs after all adult patients, regardless of the severity of the child's illness. While Sarah has an LAS score over 60, which would normally place her as the highest priority for her blood type in region, all adults in region with her blood type will be offered the lungs first, even those with more stable diagnoses and lower LAS scores. Sarah will only be offered adult lungs if no adult candidates accept the organ.
Sarah is a top priority on the pediatric list, but the pediatric donors are far fewer than the adult donors, dramatically reducing the number of lungs Sarah is offered. So far in 2013, there were 1,133 adult deceased lung donors and only 70 under the age of 12. The result is only 4 pediatric lung donor recipients in 2013, and 291 for those over 12 years old.
This policy needs to change. The OPTN/UNOS Lung Review Board, a national group of transplant physicians and surgeons, can make an exceptional ruling for Sarah. And they can recommend new policies to OPTN. John Roberts is President of the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors.Read more
Maureen GarrityHaddon Heights, NJ, United States
Created May 25, 2013
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