On the weekend of November 22nd, a UIC student, a young woman, was brutally murdered and sexually assaulted in a UIC parking garage. The offender is a man who has no affiliation with the university.
This young woman entered the garage at 1:30 in the morning. While it is unclear whether or not the student was a housed on campus, the majority of students at UIC commute and use this particular garage.
Students are carrying out their responsibility to study and collaborate with peers to succeed at UIC. It is the university’s responsibility to ensure every property owned is safe and secure.
As a former UIC student, this is certainly not the first instance I’ve heard of violence, specifically against women, on campus or within University Village.
Safety is not a luxury, and we call on UIC to provide this to all students within all spaces granted by the institution.Read more
American Airlines has recently taken deliberate steps to control (and by extension, limit) what you can do with your miles data. By demanding The Points Guy cease and desist from syncing the miles data of AAdvantage customers, American Airlines made clear that it believes that you do not have the right to share your personal information with third-party apps that will help you save time and money and make your life easier. We believe this is your right.
We are dedicated to protecting travelers' rights to review their awards status and use the miles that they have spent hard-earned time and money to accumulate. To help protect that right, please sign this petition sending a message to American Airlines affirming that your miles and your data are your choice. To read more about our journey to solidify your rights over your data, please visit https://thepointsguy.com/yourchoice and our press release on the matter. Read more
Brian KellyPennsylvania, United States
Created January 20, 2022
Petition to Ohio State Senate, Ohio Governor, Rob Portman, Warren County Board of Education, Warren County Prosecutors, Warren County Common Pleas Court
The Philippines is considered as one of the sachet economies in Asia. In a study published in 2019 by Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), the Philippines uses 60 billion plastic sachets annually. If we translate this to usage per person, this is equivalent to one sachet per person per day. One benefit derived from the quarantine and lockdown is the apparent clearing of the skies and the waters. The standstill in almost all industries and stoppage in commerce have given the earth her much needed respite from the onslaught of damaging and irresponsible human activities. Of late, news of cleaner air and clearer waters have made headlines. This can be attributed to the enforced lockdowns in almost countries across the globe during the first quarter of this year where everything thing (?) was shut off – work, businesses, transportation, shipping, etc. Notwithstanding the gains we have had so far, the increased usage in single-use plastic brought about by the sudden shift to the new normal counterbalances this small win. Discarded personal protective equipment (PPEs), disposable face masks, take-away containers have started to wash up along the shores. If this trend continues, our garbage problem worldwide will be compounded. One way to help lessen the environmental impact of these single-use plastics is ecobricking. According to ecobricks.org, an ecobrick is a PET bottle packed solid with clean and dry used plastic. They are made to a certain density to create reusable building blocks. They terminally reduce the net surface area of packed plastic to effectively secure it from degrading into toxins and microplastics. Bricks that have been made out of recycled plastic help to extend the life of single-use plastic. Instead of ending its life immediately after one use, ecobricks avoid sending single-use plastic straight to landfill. Because of these traits, ecobricks can be made into modular units, furniture, earthen gardens and structures. For a long time now we have relied on outside companies, corporations and government programs to take care our their plastic. As news spreads that these ‘waste management’ methods are failing to solve plastic, ecobricks are a way to reclaim personal responsibility for one’s ‘waste’. Ecobricks are designed from the ground up as a principled, people powered solution. In this way ecobricks can re-empower individuals, households, communities and companies to take full responsibility for their plastic. By enabling individuals to take personal responsibility for their plastic consumption, the manual process of ecobricking compels a direct interaction with one’s consumed plastic. The meditative and communal aspect of ecobricking brings about what we call ecological consciousness. Ecobrickers tend to pursue more information about waste disposal in their community, plastic, recycling and ecobricking topics. This leads to a steady decrease in the ecobricker’s net plastic consumption. Ecobricking requires no special machines, skills, or finances to implement. The technology is 100% open source. Because of its simplicity, ecobricking can spread and over-reach plastic consumption rates. In local government units, particularly the small communities therein, ecobricking can be implemented as a means to create more awareness towards better waste management. By adapting this practice, the use of plastic will be maximized and each member of the community will be able to contribute in their own small ways to lessen the environmental impact of daily consumption of plastic. As a community output, these ecobricks can be upcycled to school tables and chairs, children’s playground equipment like slides and swings, and can even serve as material for walls. With creative minds on board, there is actually no limit for the use of ecobricks. I believe this effort can create ripples of change in the mindset of the people relative to taking better care of the environment. In this day and age of heightened consumerism, the need to preserve and protect the earth is more imperative. There is value in upcycling waste. Join me in this petition for a cleaner and greener earth! Read more
Created June 27, 2020
Petition to Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Supervisor Holly Mitchell, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Supervisor Janice Hahn, Director Marcia Mayeda, Supervisor Hilda Solis
It is widely accepted that wide-spread testing for 2019-nCov, the virus causing covid-19, must be a critical component of an informed and targeted response to the pandemic.
Currently only a small number of symptomatic individuals are tested. More extensive testing would provide a much clearer picture of the state of the pandemic and help keep us safe. For example:
i) Testing a random sample would provide a much needed estimate of the number of infected Virginians; this data in turn is critical for models which predict how the pandemic develops over time.
ii) Targeted testing, for example the workforce in hubs such as large supermarkets (Wegmans, Costco, etc) and other crowded work spaces, is especially critical since social distancing is challenging in these environments. This would allow silent carriers to be identified and isolated, to the benefit of the health of the workforce and everyone else.
Unfortunately, Virginia is behind other states in testing for 2019-nCov. Our neighbors (West Virginia and Maryland and North Carolina) all have administered more tests per capita; Massachusetts five times as many (https://covidtracking.com/data/
It is often stated that limited testing capacity needs to be reserved for hospitals. However, Virginia has excess capacity because the private sector has stepped up to increase 2019-nCov testing capacity. For example, Aperiomics, a testing company in Sterling, has teamed up with volunteers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to greatly increase the capacity of testing, with short turn-around times (e.g. https://www.loudountimes.com/news/sterling-based-aperiomics-howard-hughes-researchers-partner-to-increase-covid-19-testing/article_b48835e8-75c0-11ea-8b6b-db5503e53632.html However, Aperiomics is running at less than 10% capacity because the samples (nasal swabs) are simply not coming in. This is because the demand is kept artificially low by Virginia’s guidelines.
We urge you to modify guidelines so that testing for 2019-nCov in the Virginia population is maximized and matched to the available capacity. Read more
karel svobodaLeesburg, VA, United States
Created April 5, 2020
Petition to Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Teachers
Far too many K-12 students remain unfocused, unmotivated and disengaged from day-to-day instruction. Classroom menus offer students choice, goal setting and validation as routine activities moving students towards learning independence. Administrators, curriculum directors and teachers must provide the "what" students are to learn and the "how" to learn. Most teachers are given the "what" students must learn, but are given the flexibility to develop the "how" students are to master the material. Well written menu driven activities provide students multiple learning pathways toward mastery. Like at any restaurant, a classroom menu provides students choices of how to master the material.
Using menus as far back as 1980 all the way through 2017, discipline issues decreased, engagement levels increased and students appreciated the choices that menus provide. One of my first teaching jobs was a "one room school house" with 15 students in grades 6-8 in a small mountain community in California. I was expected to teach 3 different math curriculums, 3 history curriculums, 3 science curriculums and 3 Science curriculums. Students HAD to be independent learners. Not having enough hours in the day, menus were the call. After aligning curriculums and finding the overlaps, students were presented menus that drove their choices of HOW they could demonstrate mastery. Read more
In the midst of the Covid 19 Epidemic, health care workers, paramedics, firefighters, and police as well as myriads of other groups do not have adequate access to Personal Protective Equipment needed in order to prevent contracting the often deadly virus. Doctors are sleeping in their garages to not infect family members; nurses are sobbing as they have to choose between their patients and their families because they don't have proper protection; paramedics don't know if their next call will be their last.
Meanwhile, doctors throughout the country are writing criteria for what to do when the decision has to be made who will receive a ventilator and who will die. As of April 2, the New York Governor said that they have enough ventilators for six more days.
If President Trump maximizes his invocation of the Defense Production Act, the supply chain can be incentivized and mandated to produce PPMs and Ventilators that are so badly needed. He has been unwilling to do so, citing Communist regimes who nationalized industries. The comparison is a fear tactic. The government will not own any business that ends up producing these materials. He can also revoke the Act.
We need to get American companies manufacturing these vital goods. As the country's unemployment rate hit 17 percent this week, this would be a good way to get people back to work.
We are currently fighting a war where 5,768 people have already died (as of April 2). We are asking our "soldiers" to go to battle without weapons. We are asking our doctors to make life or death decisions that no one should have to make.
It's time President Trump. Mandate the production of PPMs and Ventilators to save American lives, and, in your words, "Make America Great Again." Read more
Sharna MarcusChicago, IL, United States
Created April 2, 2020
Petition to WSDOT WA State Ferries 310 Maple Park Avenue SE P.O. Box 47300 Olympia, WA 98504-7300, The Northwest Seaport Alliance P.O. Box 2985 Tacoma, WA 98401-2985, Port of Everett 1205 Craftsman Way #200 Ev...
respectively, that maximize the detection and protection of whales in order to minimize ship strike by, and maximize the WSF fleet's compliance with Executive Order 18-02;
Washington State voters andRead more
Kristina MelnichenkoMukilteo, WA, Соединенные Штаты Америки
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URGENT – PLEASE ACT NOW TO STOP CHARITIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES BEING EVICTED OVER CHRISTMAS
Guy’ and Thomas’ Foundation (GSTF) have reneged on promises that, if their proposed office development was delayed, they would negotiate to extend the contract. As a result, tenants of Old Paradise Yard have to vacate over Christmas and face a financial, practical and emotional abyss.
GSTF extended the lease of the adjacent organisation that supports their office development. It looks like they are punishing Old Paradise Yard tenants for exercising their democratic right to object.
Please click here for an email to send to GSTF - it will only take you 3 minutes - to ask them to keep their promises and cease the evictions.
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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Lambeth Council recently approved an oversized and unnecessary office development that will trash irreplaceable public resources, green spaces, heritage buildings and a unique creative enclave… while releasing a tsunami of CO2 into the atmosphere.
In doing so, Lambeth ignored many written objections from local residents, small businesses and community groups, objections from several respected national and international organisations concerned with heritage and the environment, and all 37,000+ (at the time of Lambeth’s meeting) signatories of our petition.
But this is too big a decision for Lambeth, so it went to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. He too has chosen to put profit before people and the planet. Now, we're relying on the Secretary of State, Michael Gove.
We’re fed up with greedy developers vandalising public spaces and our heritage, with profits destined for a tax haven. Please help us fight for a more sustainable alternative. It’s time to put people and the planet before profits. Enough Is Enough!
Please, if you can, contribute to our fighting fund:https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/save-waterloo-paradiseNo amount is too small and anything is gratefully received and will be put to good use.
Why does this matter? It will destroy irreplaceable public resources
London's Waterloo can be a hectic place: it has the UK’s largest rail station with 100 million commuters a year, Europe’s largest arts centre with 30 million visitors a year, the HQ of Europe’s largest company, one of the UK’s major hospitals… and, amidst this dense bustle, Archbishop’s Park and Old Paradise Yard: quiet green oases.
Archbishop’s Park is a vital resource for local residents, most of whom don’t have their own outdoor space, as well as staff and visitors at St Thomas’ hospital. Lambeth Council calls it a “a ‘green lung’ for those who live and work in this busy part of central London” and recognises its “importance not just for wildlife, but also for people living in both Lambeth and London to enjoy access to nature”. Part of the Park’s appeal is its remarkable feeling of openness. As The Kinks sang “As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset I am in paradise”.
Old Paradise Yard is a unique and characterful enclave which houses small businesses in the creative, arts & crafts, design and technology sectors, partly housed in historic Victorian school buildings, the oldest remaining in Lambeth.
You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone
The proposed huge tower blocks would loom over Archbishop’s Park, blotting out views of the sky and creating a hemmed-in feeling. And the developers would bulldoze Old Paradise Yard. These beautiful and irreplaceable public resources, and their positive contribution to the physical and especially mental wellbeing of so many people, would be degraded or destroyed forever.
It doesn’t have to be that way. According to planning requirements (at least ten of which were ignored by Lambeth) the offices should not be so dense and tall. They should step back from Archbishop’s Park and preserve Old Paradise Yard and its historic school buildings. This, together with re-purposing existing buildings wherever possible rather than just demolishing and rebuilding, would significantly reduce the environmental impact.
And a more sustainable design already exists: Lambeth Council’s own Planning Department produced it in a January 2022 report! Why did Lambeth ignore it? They haven’t explained...
Some things you can do right now to make a difference:
Sign this petition!
Send this ready-to-go email to the Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation:Click here for a ready-to-send emailFeel free to put it in your own words.
Keep an eye on our website: https://www.savewaterlooparadise.com/and come along, if you can, to the Open Day at Old Paradise Yard that we’ll publicise there.
If you have time or skills that you are able to offer to support our campaign, please email us at:email@example.com
Tell your friends and contacts! Please help us spread the message far and wide:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/save_wateloo_paradise/?hl=frTwitter: https://twitter.com/savewaterloo_Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085893805161
THANK YOU!Read more
Save Waterloo's ParadiseLondon, United Kingdom
Created September 21, 2022
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