Petition to Eric T. Schneiderman
Urge NY Attorney General to bring a case to the US Supreme Court for a Clinton victory
ACTION to AVOID TRUMP'S ELECTION: Harvard legal scholar Lawrence Lessig sees a viable court case to demand that electoral college votes be allocated proportionally, not winner take all, in THIS election. This would mean a CLINTON VICTORY.We need New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to bring this case to the US Supreme Court.On behalf of New York voters, we are asking Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to ask the Supreme Court to allocate the electoral votes proportionally in this election, ensuring our rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig details the argument in this essay:https://medium.com/@lessig/the-equal-protection-argument-against-winner-take-all-in-the-electoral-college-b09e8a49d777#.6d4jiyhrw
Petition to Donald Trump, Republican National Committee, Mike Pence, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Roy Blunt, Lamar Alexander, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Michael Bennet, Richard Blumenthal, Cory Booker, Richard Burr, Maria Cantwell, Shelley Capito, Ben Cardin, Robert Casey, Bill Cassidy, Thad Cochran, Susan Collins, Christopher Coons, Bob Corker, John Cornyn, Catherine Cortez Masto, Tom Cotton, Mike Crapo, Ted Cruz, Steve Daines, Joe Donnelly, Tammy Duckworth, Dick Durbin, Mike Enzi, Joni Ernst, Dianne Feinstein, Deb Fischer, Jeff Flake, Al Franken, Cory Gardner, Kirsten Gillibrand, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, Kamala Harris, Maggie Hassan, Orrin Hatch, Martin Heinrich, Heidi Heitkamp, Dean Heller, Mazie Hirono, John Hoeven, James Inhofe, Johnny Isakson, John McCain, Ron Johnson, Tim Kaine, John Kennedy, Angus King, Amy Klobuchar, James Lankford, Patrick Leahy, Mike Lee, Joe Manchin, Edward Markey, Mitch McConnell, Claire McCaskill, Robert Menendez, Jeff Merkley, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, Chris Murphy, Patty Murray, Bill Nelson, David Perdue, Gary Peters, Rob Portman, Jack Reed, James Risch, Pat Roberts, Mike Rounds, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, Benjamin Sasse, Brian Schatz, Charles Schumer, Tim Scott, Jeanne Shaheen, Richard Shelby, Debbie Stabenow, Luther Strange, Dan Sullivan, Jon Tester, John Thune, Thom Tillis, Pat Toomey, Tom Udall, Chris Van Hollen, Mark Warner, Elizabeth Warren, Sheldon Whitehouse, Roger Wicker, Ron Wyden, Todd Young, Democratic National Committee
End Sanctuary Cities
There are near 500 sanctuary cities in the United States of America, this number both appalls and scares me at the same time. In Rockville high school a 14-year-old was raped by two illegal immigrants. Rockville is a self-proclaimed sanctuary city, cushioning and protecting illegals. Anyone who thinks that sanctuary cities should be protected after this incident is brainwashed by the politically correct movement that is destroying this country. Sanctuary cities don't allow police to investigate and question people who have broken the federal immigration law. What?? Sanctuary cities have far higher violent crimes then non-sanctuary areas, this puts our native American population at risk. Not only that, but our American tax dollar goes to their food and room in jail. For illegals. Both these situations could have been avoided if these P.C cities were tougher on immigration. As a woman, it angers me to the core see women be assaulted by illegal immigrants. Their safety is deemed less important than not being "racist". Tessa Tranchant was killed in 2007 by an illegal immigrant, in a SANCTUARY CITY in Virginia, the perpetrator had a history of convictions but was never detained. Although this was almost 10 years ago, Tessa would be 26 today if they detained the illegal immigrant or banned sanctuary cities. Sarah Root was killed in 2016 by an illegal immigrant, also a SANCTUARY CITY, Sarah had just graduated from college with a 4.0. Her killer was posted bond and is a free man today. She would be 22 today. Is that really justice? I could go on with the unnecessary deaths of American citizens, but I digress. By allowing sanctuary cities to stand, you are putting our native population at risk. Our country has been so concerned with "hate speech" and all the -ists and the -phobias that have been spouted every five minutes (racist, Islamophobia, xenophobia,) and less concerned with the safety of our population and well being. I pray that the way this country is going changes. Thank you for reading, and I hope you sign this petition.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President Donald Trump
Legalize Lyme Disease
Lyme disease has reached epidemic proportions. It is the fastest growing infectious bacterial disease in America. Generally contracted through a tick bite, new evidence shows it is also contractable via mosquito, spider, or fly bite , from mother to child in the womb , or potentially through unprotected sex . The CDC admits that it does not know how many people have Lyme disease. Estimates vary between 300,000 and 1.5 Million new cases diagnosed per year . These figures do not include tens of thousands of undiagnosed or misdiagnosed cases. 25% of all Lyme cases are children. When Lyme disease is not treated early it can be debilitating, even fatal. The spiral-shaped bacteria (Borrelia) bore their way through every tissue, organ, or bone, causing damage wherever they go. The bacteria knowingly avoid treatment areas in the body and by changing their shape, mimic non-threatening cells. They create intelligent biofilms to protect themselves from antibiotics and their host's natural immune response. Studies now show that 1 in 5 cases may go on to become chronic due to Borrelia "persisters" . Unfortunately, the CDC-approved test available for early detection fails approximately 50% of the time . And due to abysmal funding for research, effective treatments are experimental and often long-lasting. The CDC's illegal preferential treatment of out-of-date and inaccurate Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) Lyme Treatment Guidelines  support a government narrative that chronic Lyme does not exist. Thusly, insurance companies are not required to cover treatment costs and patients are left to pay for long-lasting treatment out of pocket. Lyme Literate Medical Doctors (LLMDs) who practice life-saving medicine for Lyme patients are forced to operate outside of the insurance industry, for risk of being shut down. Such little information and training is available to physicians across the country, patients are left to suffer for years before they even receive a diagnosis . By then, many have been misdiagnosed with any of the 300+ diseases that Lyme mimics . They have lost their jobs and are on disability. Some (including children and teens) are heavily affected by the neuropsychological effects of the disease and succumb to suicide . Others have died simply due to ignorance of doctors . This cannot continue. The CDC and IDSA have failed to control Lyme disease. As sufferers, care-takers, friends, family, and co-workers of those who are suffering, we urgently request from the President and all members of Congress: 1. Legislation Expanding The Definition Of Lyme Disease To Cover Chronic Lyme And Co-infections 2. Legislation Protecting Doctors Who Treat Chronic Lyme And Co-infections From Insurance Industry-driven Investigation And Shut-down 3. Heavily Increased Funding For Research Into Chronic Lyme Disease And Co-infections 4. Greatly Improved Testing With High Accuracy Rates (As Seen With Ebola And Other Infectious Diseases) 5. Education Of Doctors And The Public Regarding Symptoms And All Treatment Options -- This petition was originally featured on the We The People petition site. Thank you for signing and sharing with friends, coworkers, spiritual leaders, family members, loved ones, and strangers. It is time to Legalize Lyme disease, including chronic stage and co-infections! -- Sign to add your voice to establish proper legislation and funding of this global epidemic. Important resources: ILADS.org lymedisease.org lymestats.org lymediseasechallenge.org -- Sources:  New England Journal of Medicine: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199006143222415Journal of Molecular Medicine: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01711648Journal of Clinical Microbiology: http://jcm.asm.org/content/26/8/1482.full.pdfPubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4075471Folia Parasitologica: http://folia.paru.cas.cz/pdfs/fol/1998/01/11.pdf  Annals of Internal Medicine: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=699780 PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7648832  Journal of Investigative Medicine: http://www.lymedisease.org/lyme-sexual-transmission-2/Conclusions Raphael B. Stricker, MD On Sexual transmission of Lyme disease: https://twitter.com/NorVect/status/604992062421921792  Dr. Richard Horowitz discusses new case estimates with Congressional Candidate Zephyr Teachout: https://youtu.be/rTIeyKuo8JY  Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lyme-disease-may-linger-for-1-in-5-because-of-persisters/  Journal of Infectious Diseases, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene/College of American Pathologists Proficiency Testing Program: http://www.lymedisease.org/lymepolicywonk-two-tiered-lab-testing-for-lyme-disease-no-better-than-a-coin-toss-time-for-change-2/  Advocates Call on CDC to Remove Expired Lyme Guidelines from all Publications https://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=202124  Study of over 6,000 Lyme patients: http://www.lymedisease.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/lymedisease.org-patient-survey-20151.pdf  Can Lyme Disease Be Chronic? Dr. Richard Horowitz: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/05/06/lyme-disease-debate-can-condition-be-chronic/  Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/emerging-diseases/200903/infection-can-change-your-personality-theres-plenty-proof?collection=126213  "Doctors Pushed ALS Diagnosis, Ignored Lyme", Valley Breeze: http://www.valleybreeze.com/2014-12-17/cumberland-lincoln-area/geraghtys-doctors-pushed-als-diagnosis-ignored-lyme#.Vub33JMrJE5  Tulane University study finds Lyme bacteria can survive antibiotic treatment months after infection https://news.tulane.edu/pr/study-finds-lyme-bacteria-can-survive-after-antibiotic-treatment-months-after-infection
Petition to Fairfax County School Board, Ryan McElveen, Megan McLaughlin, Jane Strauss, Pat Hynes, Tamara Derenak Kaufax, Sandy Evans, Karen Corbett Sanders, Dalia Palchik, Elizabeth Schultz, Thomas Wilson, Karen Keys-Gamarra, Niharika Vattikonda, Ilryong Moon
Fix the Grading System for Fairfax County Public Schools!
Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia is home to nearly 189,000 students*, commands the second most used public school bus fleet in the nation**, and employs over 28,000 people.* It is also ranked as one of the best academically performing school systems in the U.S.A., having ten high schools that are ranked in the top 30 in the state of Virginia***, and its S.T.E.M based school, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is ranked #6 in the country.# Despite its high caliber rankings, grades for individual students remains a large problem. As a student, I have suffered a number of stressful classes where I frantically worked to boost my grade to an 'A,' and all because our schools don't award grades equitably. The students, parents, and teachers of FCPS deserve better. Grades shouldn't trick or punish students. Our school system's current scale for grading students is insufficient, inconsistent with other schools, and hampers student achievement. But with our new proposed grading system, we can fix all of that. It will make 'A's easier to earn, make it harder for students to fail, and all around increase student academic achievement while reducing student stress. These changes will allow not just the schools to flourish, but students as well. Currently, all assignments in FCPS are graded on the following scale: 4.0 A (100-93) 3.7 A- (92-90) 3.4 B+ (89-87) 3.0 B (86-83) 2.7 B- (82-80) 2.4 C+ (79-77) 2.0 C (76-73) 1.7 C- (72-70) 1.4 D+ (69-67) 1.0 D (66-64) 0.0 F (Below 64) This scale was enacted in 2009 to remedy the somewhat flawed "5-Point" grading scale from the early 2000s and 1990s. Many school board members have even said they are proud of the FCPS grading scale because "a 90 or higher is an 'A.'" This, however, is not the actual case. Students who receive a 90-92 for a grade are awarded an 'A-.' This grade is 0.3 lower on the G.P.A. scale, punishing students whom still earn high marks. Furthermore, to fail an assignment (or class) a student need only earn a 63%. Given that FCPS defines an 'F' as "the status of a student who has not demonstrated the basic knowledge...or skills"## for a class, it makes no logical sense that students earning nearly 2/3 the credit for an assignment are deemed to have zero basic knowledge. These problems should be fixed. Grading ought to be simplified. That is why we, the undersigned students, parents, teachers, and community members of Fairfax County and beyond, hereby recommend that the Fairfax County School Board pass and the FCPS Superintendent implement this NEW grading scale for all FCPS students. The NEW FCPS Grading Scale: 4.0 A (100-90) 3.7 A- (89-87) 3.4 B+ (86-84) 3.0 B (83-80) 2.7 B- (79-77) 2.4 C+ (76-74) 2.0 C (73-70) 1.7 C- (69-67) 1.4 D+ (66-64) 1.0 D (63-56) 0.0 F (55 and below) The most basic aspects of this change are these: 1. 90-100% scores will now earn students the grade of 'A' and a 4.0 G.P.A. 2. Scores of 55% and below now warrant 'F's instead of 64%, resulting in an extra buffer of nine percent where students no longer feel the pressure of failing. 3. All other grading percentages have been moved down by 3%, no new letter grades are to be added, and no other G.P.A. scale changes have been made. If the Fairfax County School Board implements this new grading scale, these are just a few of the many positive effects: 1. A more easily earned 'A.' All students, myself included, have felt the pressure of trying to earn that *perfect* G.P.A. in any one class. No longer will students with high grades have to fret over a few percentage points (e.g. 92-93) to earn their 'A.' If a student has a grade of 90% or higher, he/she has demonstrated mastery. This new grading scale will reflect that. 2. Grading aid to students struggling in classes. Tens of thousands of FCPS students will fail a class this year, a sad figure to imagine. But what if there were a way to help students with low test scores? If the FCPS grading scale is modified, 'F's will become nine percentage points harder to receive, giving relief to students and preventing many from having to take expensive summer makeup courses or worse: attend school an additional year. This, in turn, will also save the county A LOT of money. 3. Reduced number of incomplete assignments. In recent years, the Fairfax County School Board has implemented a policy stating the lowest grade that can be given on work or tests is 50%.^ While this has aided students with missing work, it has also become an incentive not to try on any assignment at all, since the lowest grade is only a 50 and to avoid that 'F' a student needs a 64%. However, by lowering the 'F' grade to 55%, a 'D' will become more attainable to students, and the "No-Zero Rule" will still prevent students from quickly flunking while enabling some to persevere to earn even higher grades. 4. Increased FCPS' Academic Competitiveness When comparing FCPS with neighboring school systems, its grading scale is actually a bit harsher at evaluating students. In the bordering school systems of Prince William^^ and Arlington counties~, students are only required grades of 90% or higher to earn an 'A' as opposed to Fairfax County's requirement of 93%. Also, the neighboring school systems of Prince William^^, Arlington~, and Loudoun counties~~ do not assign the grade of 'F' unless an assignment or test is below 59% as opposed to Fairfax County's assigning of 'F's below 64%. By implementing this new grading scale, not only will FCPS match the surrounding school norms for earning an 'A'; it will be one of the harder counties to fail in! And that is not only good news for FCPS students' grades, self-esteem, and overall pride in their schools. And, it will boost FCPS' overall academic rating. With this new grading system, we can enable Fairfax County Public Schools' students to thrive, be more competitive, and have less stress from grades. We will even improve the quality of our local education system. Some students with 'C's may get 'B's, or students with 'B's 'A's! Some failing students may pass!!! For a change this monumental to occur though, we cannot do it alone. We need every signature we can get. The process will be long; this won't be easy. But with enough grassroots support, we can fix our public schools' grading system! To quote Robin Cook: "Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society owes to itself." For a link to a printable version of our proposed new grading scale, click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p32tsn7li3VM9EjJMG4nqKK0uc1jWwXSvGaVVb29c5A/edit (Note: link only accessible to those with FCPS Gmail accounts) Sources: *FCPS Statistics **Size of Public School Bus Fleets ***FCPS School Rankings, USNEWS #TJHSST School Ranking, USNEWS ##FCPS Current Grading Scal ^FCPS "No-Zero" Policy ^^Prince William County Public Schools Grading System ~Arlington County Public Schools Grading System ~~Loudoun County Public Schools Grading System
Petition to Roger Wicker, Cindy Hyde-Smith
Stop Russian Meddling in Our Country
The subversive Russian activities, notably the cyber-attacks taken against our country, significantly distress those of us signing below. What further elevates our concerns is our federal government’s lack of action in protecting our country against these and future attacks. LTG H.R. McMaster’s recent emphatic statements echo are position: “Russia employs sophisticated strategies deliberately designed to achieve objectives and still fall below the target state’s threshold for a military response. Tactics include infiltrating social media, spreading propaganda, weaponizing information, and using other forms of subversion and espionage…. We cannot be passive, and hope that others will defend our freedom.” Unfortunately, our President has not mobilized the country, inaction that is in stark contrast to the intense bi-partisan response after the attacks on September 11, 2001. Where the response to 9-11 unified this country then, the Russian cyber-attacks divide us now. Though American lives are not immediately at risk, our state and local election systems are. Our intelligence agencies have found that Russians “obtained and maintained access to multiple U.S. state and local election boards” and that numerous voter rolls have been accessed. We are also aware that our power grids, including conventional and nuclear power plants, may be compromised. In addition, our President is far more interested in attacking our Justice Department, FBI, intelligence agencies, and prior administration than he is in criticizing Russia and its leaders. These attacks are damaging our democratic institutions in ways that may not be totally apparent to us for years to come. We are grateful for the strong, but very belated sanctions taken against Russia, but we have grave concerns that these sanctions, though necessary, are insufficient to ward off future cyber-attacks. In our opinion, what is needed is more effective presidential leadership and engagement to forestall further Russian interference. CALL FOR ACTION: In the absence of said leadership, we call on you, our Senators, to give us assurance that Congress will urge stronger protections against external and internal threats. Specifically, we ask that you: 1. Urge the Senate to press President Trump to take stronger action. 2. Encourage your Senate colleagues to censure the President for dereliction of duty should he neglect or refuse to act. 3. Encourage the Senate to enact legislation to protect upcoming elections and our national infrastructure against future Russian cyber-attacks by mobilizing key federal agencies, supporting state governments, and assuring the integrity of social media including Facebook and Twitter. Recommendations to safeguard against foreign meddling in the 2018 primary season made by the Senate Intelligence Committee on 20 March 2018 represent a good start, but much more aggressive legislation is critical to protect our election process. 4. Advocate for our democracy by urging your Senate colleagues to speak out, visibly and concretely assuring that Mueller’s investigation into the Russian cyber-attacks will continue unimpeded until completion. To this end, support passage of the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act.
Petition to Congressman John Lewis, Congressman Ted Deutch, Senator Boxer, Senator Leahy
Congress Hold Public Hearing on Trump and Russia
We are asking you to object to the counting of the Electoral College votes in eight states: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. Summary of Objections:1. Voter suppression2. Foreign intervention and insufficient instruction Why we appeal to you to submit an objection on January 6th, 2017: This election year was volatile and full of underhanded plays by Donald Trump. Our country cannot allow the precedents he has created to stand without objection. We must be firm when the Constitution and law are being violated. We are asking you to stand up for the black and brown vote and for elections that are free from Foreign Intervention. Would you take the lead to help put the American election back into the safety of our laws, by putting forth the objection on January 6th? Please consider the following objections. 1. OBJECTION: VOTER SUPPRESSION. This was the first presidential election in 50 years without the protection of the “Voting Right Act.” Without this law, states enacted new voting restrictions designed to reduce minority votes. Millions of voters, predominantly voters of color, faced widespread voter suppression in the 2016 election. The counting of the Electoral College votes should be denied in the aforementioned states because the Fourteenth Amendment Section Two says that states shall lose congressional representation, in this case, the Electoral College votes, "…when the right to vote at any election for the choice of Electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime.” Not only is there the Fourteenth Amendments foundation but also, future amendments (14th, 15th & 19th)then further ensured votes shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex, race, color, or previous condition of servitude, and it further reduced the age requirement down to eighteen. However, this year there were discriminatory voter ID laws which disenfranchised voters of color across the country and a coordinated strategy in 30 states called Cross-Check which wrongly removed seven million Black and Brown voters from the voter rolls. For example in Wisconsin, Donald Trump carried the state by 27,000 votes. According to a federal court, 300,000 registered voters lacked the required forms of voter ID to place their vote. Further, in this election, there were 868 fewer polling places, primarily in areas where minorities reside, in states with a long history of voter discrimination, like Arizona, Texas, and North Carolina. These and many other discriminatory actions took place in this year’s election. 2. OBJECTION: FOREIGN INTERVENTION AND INSUFFICIENT INSTRUCTION. The counting of the Electoral College votes should be denied because Electors have a Fourteen Amendment duty not to further the hostile designs (aid or comfort) our enemies. Electors should have been made aware of the Fourteen Amendment Section Three that outlines their duty to protect our country from Foreign Intervention. Prior to the Electoral College vote on December 19th, 2016, the New York Times reported that American intelligence agencies concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump to become president of the United States. Prior to December 19th, forty Electors signed an open letter asking James Clapper to release facts on outside interference in U.S. election. Since there was no delay of the Electoral College vote or an additional security briefing to the Electors, the last known intelligence that the Electors were given prior to casting their vote on December 19th, was that Russia was plotting to have Trump elected. The Electors had a constitutional responsibility to cast their vote in a way that would not have aided our enemy. Their duty to preserve the Republic exceeds the will of the population of their state. In the case of Electors, they should be individually instructed, by an independent third party, regardless of party affiliation, as to their Constitutional responsibilities to safeguard the sanctity of our Nation. In this case, states and/or the Electors’ party advised and persuaded them to vote for Trump and Clinton rather than send the decision to the House of Representatives where the Russian influence could have been more greatly scrutinized. If one Senator and one Representative sign the objection, it must be heard and debated on Jan 6th. Please consider this action to stand and act by the law of the land so that the Objection can be heard and voted upon.
Petition to Andrew Cuomo (Governor), New York State Senate, New York State Assembly
Vote Better NY
New York faces a voter participation crisis. Nearly 2 million voting age citizens in our state are not registered to vote and New York consistently falls to the bottom in voter turnout. In 2014, just 20 percent of voting age citizens voted -- good for 46th in the nation. It doesn't have to be this way. We live in a smartphone world, but our election laws are stuck in the past. We need fundamental change to make the way we vote reflect the way we live our lives today. To make sure voters can make their voices heard, we, the undersigned New Yorkers, call on Governor Cuomo and members of the New York state Senate and Assembly to support early voting, expanded voter registration and better ballot design. We support passage of legislation, such as the following: Early voting (A8582A/S3813B). New Yorkers should have a two-week period including Saturdays and Sundays to ease long lines on Election Day and give voters flexibility as they juggle work and family obligations. Voter Empowerment Act (A5972/S2538A) to ensure every eligible citizen is registered to vote and make it easier to update their voting information. Voter Friendly Ballot Act (A3389) to create a ballot that is easier to read and understand so that every voter can cast a ballot that counts. In the coming months the Vote Better NY effort will broaden to reach communities all across New York State. Sign up to join the movement, here. Track the team's progress by following us on Twitter and Facebook and add your voice to the movement using the #VoteBetterNY hashtag