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 The CDC's illegal preferential treatment of out-of-date and inaccurate Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) Lyme Treatment Guidelines  support a government narrative that chronic Lyme does not exist.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
Petition to President of the United States
Put Donald Trump's face on Mount Rushmore
Donald J. Trump is the personification of the American dream. He is a true patriot and successful businessman. Every day, he offers ordinary Americans hope to make America greater than ever before. In the political field, he has been doing things that have never been done before. He has single handedly reshaped American politics forever and political analysts will be studying Trump's campaign and presidency many years from now. It is our wish that Mr. Trump's face be put on Mount Rushmore.
Petition to Lester Holt, Martha Raddatz, Anderson Cooper, Chris Wallace, Elaine Quijano
Revive Civility in the Presidential Debates
Recent polling by Weber Shandwick shows that Americans feel this election is the most uncivil in recent memory, with two-thirds of voters saying the 2016 is less civil than others and 74 percent agreeing that civility has decreased in the last few years. As a way to reset the tone of this election, The National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) is calling on presidential debate moderators, candidates and audiences to commit to more civil debates. NICD’s Debate Standards, if adopted, will ensure that the debates are fair, informative, and civil. More than 65 organizations have already signed on to the standards. Help revive civility by supporting the Debate Standards for the upcoming Presidential Debate. Names of signatories will be sent to the Presidential Debate moderators, asking them to adopt the Debate Standards for the upcoming debates. The Debate Standards are: I want debaters to: Be respectful of others in speech and behavior Answer the question being asked by the moderator Make ideas and feelings known without disrespecting others Take responsibility for past and present behavior, speech and actions Stand against incivility when faced with it I want moderators to: Address uncivil behavior by naming it and moderating the conversation to move toward a more respectful dialogue Enforce debate rules equally Hold candidates accountable by challenging each candidate to speak the truth and act with integrity Treat all candidates equally in regards to the complexity of questions and debate rules Be respectful when interacting with candidates I want audience members to: Be respectful of other audience members, the candidates and moderators in speech and behavior Refrain from creating disturbances that impact other audience members, candidates and moderators Take responsibility for personal behavior, speech and actions Speak against incivility by reminding candidates it is not acceptable Practice active listening when someone else is speaking, seeking to understand them
Petition to South Kingstown Town Council, Abel Collins, Bryant Da Cruz, Joe Viele, Liz Gledhill, Meg Healy
Appoint Andrew Gilmartin to the School Committee
Due to the recent resignation of School Committee member Kim Kimball, the Town Council is charged with filling her vacant seat. Having had an election just 2 months ago, it seems prudent to appoint the next-highest vote-getter, which in this case was Andrew Gilmartin. Mr. Gilmartin was the 5th highest vote-getter in the election, in which there were 4 open School Committee seats. He had 35 fewer votes than the candidate who took the 4th seat. Despite having clear direction from voters in November, the Town Council has decided it is their responsibility to open the position up to the general public, and will be conducting interviews on which to base their decision. This will allow a potential candidate to circumvent the democratic process that just took place, in which candidates on the ballot campaigned, took part in candidate forums, were subject to important questions posed by the public and teacher's union and were interviewed by the local newspapers. Sign this petition to ask the Town Council to take the democratic process and the voices of their constituents seriously and appoint Andrew Gilmartin at their next meeting on January 23.
Petition to Hillary Clinton, Clinton Campaign
Clinton Campaign: Demand Recount of Election
This may not be over. As much as we respect and admire the graciousness of Hillary Clinton’s concession, she may have made it in error. Prominent election lawyers and computer scientists have reached out to the Clinton campaign in the weeks since November 8th to urge them to demand an audit, or recount of the election results. According to these experts, there are serious discrepancies with the results in the swing states that Trump won: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Electronic voting machines are suspected, and may be responsible for the electoral victory of Donald Trump when America spoke and voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton. As it stands, her popular vote lead is over 1.5 million votes. The futures and lives of so many hang in the balance: women, minorities, the LGBT community, and so many more. Not only these lives, but the path of our very democracy, the America we know and love and must fight to preserve hangs in the balance. As we have seen in these last few weeks since the election, white nationalism and neo-nazi groups are gaining momentum, their sociopathic, fascist rhetoric is reaching the mainstream media as never before, and members of Congress are describing how they will leave millions without healthcare and allow fossil fuel superpowers to destroy the progress we've made at lowering carbon emissions in order to combat climate change. President - Elect Trump himself is currently laying the foundations for the destruction of the freedom of the press even before inauguration. We implore you Hillary, and the Clinton campaign: please demand an audit, ensure the millions of Americans and citizens of the world abroad, may not have to face a future of fear, oppression, fascism, and environmental catastrophe. We must fight against this dark future for our country.
Petition to Washington Post
Require Mandatory Independent Presidential “Fitness for Duty” Assessments
We need mandatory independent assessments of presidential candidates’ and periodic reassessments of presidents’ physical and mental health and ability to safeguard sensitive classified information to proactively address risks of harm to United States interests. Presidential candidates and presidents are not required by law to have any sort of examination to determine fitness to hold the highest, most sensitive position in the United States. Annual presidential physical examinations are typically performed by the president’s physician of choice, and the results that are made public, if any, are determined by the President. Serious, debilitating health problems have historically been withheld from the public. For example, Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke during his second term, but did not leave office. Details of his illness were hidden from the public while his wife carried out many of his duties. President Warren Harding died in office of a stroke. Mental health is not routinely assessed, if assessed at all, and should there be a history of or current debilitating mental health problem, it would likely be withheld from the public. A Duke study of presidential biographies suggested that 8% of the presidents exhibited evidence of alcohol abuse or dependence. President Pierce died of cirrhosis of the liver; Grant was once allegedly so drunk he fell off his horse during a military parade in New Orleans; and Nixon was once unable to take a phone call from the British Prime Minister because he was “loaded." Other presidents had physical conditions that can have a severe impact on psychological functioning. Taft, for example, had sleep apnea, which is associated with declines in cognitive functioning across the board, and some scholars now believe that Ronald Reagan showed early signs of Alzheimer’s while still in office. At least 10 presidents were affected by mental health episodes while in office according to the Duke study, and the study found evidence that symptoms interfered with their performance in almost all cases. Contrast these facts with the facts that many who work to provide safety and security for our nation, including members of the armed forces, police, fire departments, and all border patrol agents, must undergo rigorous physical and mental health assessments, some including polygraphs, to ensure fitness for duty in their official roles. The intent of these assessments is both to ensure that these individuals have the physical and mental prowess necessary to perform their duties and also to try to ensure that persons in a position of power do not abuse their power. Additionally, background investigations necessary to obtain a formal security clearance for individuals with access to classified information are not required for the President of the United States or candidates for that position. The US State Department states of background investigations, “It must be determined that the individual’s personal and professional history indicates loyalty to the United States, strength of character, trustworthiness, honesty, reliability, discretion, and sound judgment, as well as freedom from conflicting allegiances and potential for coercion, and a willingness and ability to abide by regulations governing the use, handling, and protection of classified information.” Unauthorized disclosure of classified information may be subject to criminal penalties. Yet Presidents, who have access to the most sensitive information of national importance and who do not have security clearances, have disclosed classified information without proper vetting, a case in point being President Bush and/or Vice President Cheney authorizing Lewis “Scooter” Libby to release classified information to the New York Times to help buttress their case for the Iraq War. We have also been informed that President Trump disclosed classified information from another nation, which had not given consent for disclosure, to Russia. Physical examinations reveal current and future problems for a person’s health through a review of bodily systems and diagnostic tests. Similarly, mental health examinations, often known as psychological and/or psychiatric evaluations, use interviews and psychological tests to determine areas of concern. A number of reliable and valid psychometric instruments can be used to measure emotional and personality functioning and identify areas of concern, e.g., cognitive (thinking) problems, mood instability, substance abuse, impulsivity, and low tolerance for stress. Background investigations reveal potential conflicts of interest, opportunities for blackmail or extortion, and other risk factors for national security. While the American electorate can be informed about the platform and the persona of presidential candidates as we hear them speak, we lack essential health and security risk information, which can help us to understand the candidates’ motivations and character, illuminate the potential for a debilitating physical or mental health crisis, whether they might have financial ties or be subject to blackmail or extortion by foreign powers, if they can be trusted with national secrets, if they might impulsively release a nuclear weapon in a fit of rage. I suggest that this information is at least as important as the person’s stated agenda should s/he be elected to the highest position in the land. Periodic independent physical, psychological/psychiatric, and security risk assessments would help to identify emerging or acute issues that could impair a sitting president's judgment and compromise our nation. Given the amount of stress involved in the President’s job and the prevalence of stress-related health problems in this nation, including thinking/concentration problems, heart disease, stroke, and insomnia, a proactive rather than a reactive stance to the possibility of debilitating presidential psychological or physical health problems seems warranted. In summary, we need mandatory independent assessments of presidential candidates’ and periodic reassessments of presidents’ physical and mental health and ability to safeguard sensitive classified information. Background investigations for security clearance would reveal among other things, financial ties to other nations or other compromising situations which might impair a President’s judgment
Petition to Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Santa Rosa City Council, Sebastopol City Council, Cotati City Council, Rohnert Park City Council, Windsor City Council, Healdsburg City Council, Sonoma City Council, Cloverdale City Council, Petaluma City Council, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas
It Won't Happen Here - Sonoma County Resistance to the Trump Agenda
This is a call for people living in Sonoma County, California (PLEASE DO NOT SIGN IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN SONOMA COUNTY, but create a similar statement for your elected representatives.) to endorse the following It Won't Happen Here Statement. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a hard copy of the petition. English followed by Spanish followed by explanation: WHEREAS, to safeguard the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people that is the foundation of the relationship between a government and the people; AND whereas, we recognize that the rights and dignity of all people are under threat; WE, the undersigned individuals residing in Sonoma County, CA, call upon all Sonoma County governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of the County's community members; FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity or sexual orientation; FURTHERMORE, we, the undersigned individuals, in obedience to our consciences, pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic and un-American practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect and dignity. ESTO NO SUCEDERA AQUI - Resistencia del Condado de Sonoma a la Agenda de Trump CONSIDERANDO que, para proteger los derechos iguales e inalienables y la dignidad inherente de todas las personas, que es el fundamento de la relación entre un gobierno y el pueblo; Y CONSIDERANDO que reconocemos que los derechos y la dignidad de todas las personas están amenazados; NOSOTROS, los abajo firmantes que residen en el condado de Sonoma, CA, pedimos a todas las autoridades gubernamentales del condado de Sonoma y las agencias de aplicación de la ley que se comprometan por escrito a proteger a todos los miembros de la comunidad del condado; ADEMÁS, exhortamos a estas autoridades y agencias a proclamar públicamente que se negarán a cooperar con cualquier demanda del gobierno federal para instituir detenciones, deportaciones, registros, terapias de conversión, encarcelamiento o cualquier otro acto que apunte o discrimine basado en el estatus migratorio, Raza, origen étnico, religión, país de origen, capacidad, afiliación política, condición económica, edad, identidad de género u orientación sexual;ADEMÁS, los abajo firmantes, en obediencia a nuestras conciencias, nos comprometemos a proteger, en la medida de nuestras posibilidades, a todos los miembros de la comunidad y apoyaremos a nuestros gobiernos locales en su intento de resistir estas prácticas antidemocráticas y antiamericanas para reafirmar su compromiso con la inclusión, el respeto y la dignidad. *. *. *. *. *. *. *. *. *. *. *. *. *. *. *. After the 2016 presidential election, so many people were talking about what might happen under a Trump presidency that a group of people came together to create a statement that would go to Sonoma County's city councils, the Board of Supervisors, the D.A., the Sheriff and the school boards letting them know that we expect them to protect all the people of Sonoma County (CA) from laws, executive orders and department regulations which would violate their civil rights. Through a Facebook announcement initiated by local activist, Susan Lamont, we ended up with more than 70 people from many communities working on the statement over the course of six meetings. We are currently involved in getting as many groups (95 groups have endorsed as of 1/9/17) and individuals as possible to endorse it before we take it to those elected bodies. This petition is the vehicle for support by individuals. We believe that these are not normal times and that people will make extraordinary efforts to be on the right side of history. We would like to make Sonoma County a county of resistance to all forms of discrimination. For those of us born in the years immediately following the end of WWII, we have heard people of all political persuasions say "Never again!" and "How did the German people allow that to happen?" We're essentially asking people to show that those reactions really meant something. We do not know exactly what the Trump administration will bring forth by law or executive order or department policies. But we should know what we will not allow or accept. The rhetoric of Trump and his appointees cannot be met with halfway measures or a wait-and-see attitude. We must be clear in our resistance and refusal from the start. Elected officials around the country are speaking up. The Mayor of New York City has been particularly strong in saying he will break the law to resist. Governor Jerry Brown has spoken out strongly, as well. We want the same from our elected representatives in Sonoma County. We can and should resist here. We can and should say “It won't happen here.” (This group is a loose affiliation of many people from many walks of life. We've been so busy promoting the statement that we haven't had time to create a formal organization - but we'll get to it! We do have a phone # -707-595-0153 - and an email address - email@example.com)
Petition to Commission on Presidential Debates, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, ABC
We Will Never Vote for Hillary: INCLUDE JILL STEIN IN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES
We the people will never vote for Hillary Clinton. We are not afraid of Donald Trump. Include Jill Stein in the presidential debates. Please share this petition with over 7 Facebook groups every day and as much as you can on social media sites so we can reach all Bernie Sanders supporters and Jill Stein supporters.