Petition to Trader Joe's
Bring Trader Joe's to Bismarck!
Trader Joe's! We need you and your selection of healthy and delicious foods at fair prices in our community, Bismarck, ND! Our nearest TJ's is about 370 miles away--that's about 6 hours driving time. Many people in the area drive 30 minutes or more to get to Bismarck's grocery stores. The Bismarck-Mandan area boasts a growing population, and has been ranked as one of the nation's best small cities (http://bmda.org/about/ If fellow supporters of the cause would care to share more, here are some ideas for comments: Have you lived in an area with a Trader Joe's before? If so, what was your experience? How often would you anticipate visiting Trader Joe's if we had one in Bismarck? For how many people in your household would you be shopping? What is your favorite thing at Trader Joe's that is difficult to find elsewhere? If you would like to send an individual message to bring Trader Joe's to Bismarck, they can be contacted through this website: https://www.traderjoes.com/contact-us/location-request
Petition to U.S. Department of Transportation
Help for the Disabled : Adult Changing Tables on Major Interstates
Adult Changing Tables are desperately needed on all major Interstates through the United States! More and more children are being born with disabilities and are unable to walk and when our children become of age (Teens to Adult), it is very difficult for parents to care for them while traveling. An incident happened to me on August 6, 2017 while traveling on I-95 from Orlando Florida to Savannah, GA. My 15 year old daughter has Cerebral Palsy and can not walk therefore, she is wheelchair bound. While traveling home my daughter soiled her diaper about an hour into our drive. This was no ordinary soil as my daughter had an accident in her diaper and needed to be changed. Not wanting to change her in the vehicle, my husband and I decided to stop at a hotel in St. Augustine, Fl to ask if we could briefly use a bed to change my daughter's soiled diaper. I even asked to use a room which some one had recently checked out of but, I was told NO by the Front Desk Clerk. I then asked if I could use a blanket or sheet to lay on the floor (bathroom or room) to change her and the answer was still NO. The clerk decided to ask the Manager but the answer was once again NO! Therefore, we decided that surely an Urgent Care facility or ER would say YES so we proceeded to the nearest "Care Spot" location. Explained our situation to the medical clerk and was told that we had to sign in to see a Doctor in order to be seen in the back. Needless to say, we were turned away once again! As I held back my tears we purchased a blanket from a nearby Walgreens and proceeded to change my daughter on the floorboard of our vehicle. This was embarrassing to my daughter who is well aware of what is going on. I said all that to say that there NEEDS to be proper facilities at all Rest Areas and Welcome Centers throughout the U.S. off of major Highways and Interstates! No mom should have to change their teenaged and/or adult child's diaper in a car, on the filthy bathroom floor, picnic tables at rest stops, etc! This is disgusting and down right disgraceful to all people with disabilities. I need your help so that others do not have to experience what has happened to me and many many other mothers of special needs children. In some cases, the only way we can travel is by car therefore there needs to be proper facilities available. Family Restrooms are great but, whats the use if there are NO ADULT CHANGING TABLES inside!!!! Help Me Help You. May God Bless you. PLEASE SIGN and SHARE
Petition to The Census Bureau, Deaf Urbanists, Gallaudet University, National Association for the Deaf, DC Association for the Deaf
Have American Sign Language as a language option in the Census
There are no good statistics or data on the number of people that use American Sign Language (ASL) as a primary language in the United States of America. The Census Bureau should include ASL in order to find out the true number of ASL users, and to better provide services as well as access for these communities. ASL should be counted as a language other than English, due to its unique features as a language and as a cultural identity. ASL is one of the fastest growing languages in America, and is now, by some metrics, the 4th most used (and 3rd most taught) language in the United States. This data will allow law makers and policy makers to better connect resources to the D/deaf population. By having good, quality metrics on people that use ASL as a primary language, we can better serve a minority community and culture.
Petition to Durham Chapel Hill Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization
Make Chapel Hill Carrboro pedestrian friendly
We believe that Chapel Hill and Carrboro need to provide many options to help residents move from place to place safely. In light of the recent deaths of two of our neighbors, partially due to unsafe walking conditions, there is a renewed urgency to see more options. In addition to designing safer streets with better lighting, buffered bike lanes and more crosswalks, we are in support of the completion of a handicap accessible greenway from northern Carrboro to southern Chapel Hill. Handicap accessible greenways are an equitable way to help our bike and ped-dependent neighbors safely travel, our children get from home to school and back safely, and provide recreational opportunities for all regardless of ability. We'd like to see Phases 3 and 4 of the Bolin Creek Trail move ahead and we look forward to participating in Carrboro's coming public engagement period to assist with this.
Petition to Uber
Bring Uber Assist to Dunedin
Currently in Dunedin, if a person with a disability requires transport there are limited services to choose from and there is no guarantee a wheelchair accessible vehicle will be available at night time or during the weekends. Excess cost paying for mobility taxis (we are paying $3-4 more per trip). By bringing Uber Assist down to Dunedin it will be very beneficial to disabled consumers like myself. This petition intends to advocate for people with disabilities and show evidence of support for Uber Assist in Dunedin.
Petition to Stonewall Inn, K Kelly, Mike Salinari
Apologize for Violating the Americans With Disabilities Act - And Fix Your Space
On June 4th, 2018, Lynn Zelvin - a blind person with a service dog - was turned away from Stonewall Inn. Stonewall Inn is a historic place that helped propel queer rights to the forefront of the US consciousness. It exists because of a disabled trans woman of color, Marsha Johnson. Two friends, Isabella Maxine Kalish and Elena Gibbs, were with Lynn as they explained that turning them away was a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Several employees were involved, including a manager named Mike. The following is from the YouTube video of the event on Isabella's page (of which a transcript is available here): 'I firsthand witnessed my blind friend and their service dog were illegally denied entrance into the Stone Wall Inn. This is a harsh reality that people with service animals have to deal with on the regular day-to-day basis.It is illegal to deny entree, the law directly from the website states:“Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), privately owned businesses that serve the public, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, taxicabs, theaters, concert halls, and sports facilities, are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. The ADA requires these businesses to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed.” We read the Disability Act directly from the website and it was disregarded by the bouncers. It was illegal to do what they did. It is against the law to ask for paperwork. After waiting for 20 minutes, the manager still didn’t come out. My friend and I went in to talk to the manager to let our friend in, but he would barely say more than a few words to us. The manager didn’t care and shrugged it off without even coming out to speak to them. We went to a different bar and the bouncer accommodated us 100% and concurred that what they did was illegal. Nobody else in the queue to go in stepped out to defend my friend. This is part of the harsh reality that blind people face every day.' According to a story on Them - as well as social media - an apology has popped up. However, said apology falls incredibly short of actually addressing anything. It even pins all the blame on their third-party security staff - ignoring the part played by Mike, the manager. I share Isabella's sentiments here as well: "Stone Wall sent a copy and paste message to her, commented the same thing on my video, and also sent the same thing to a different writer. The fact that they're putting the blame.on security was disgusting. Their manager clearly said he didn't want a dog in the bar and didn't give my friend the time of day. They messed up big and are trying to weasel out of it by passing the blame onto other people rather than themselves who should really be blamed." In order to rectify this situation, I ask Stonewall to do the following: Hire an accessibility consultant to make their space accessible Donate to disability organizations Undergo disability sensitivity training Stop violating the ADA
Petition to Paisley Park
Allow aides for the disabled to attend Paisley Park events free of charge
Certain persons with disabilities face the challenge of severely limited mobility. They need aides to assist them in getting around. Essentially, this means the aide is an actual physical extension of the disabled person. Paisley Park should allow aides of disabled patrons to attend events there without having to pay separately for themselves. The aide's attendance should be covered within the price of the disabled patron's ticket (a ticket equal in value to that of an able-bodied patron), since the aide is essential to the disabled patron's mobility. Otherwise, accessibility to events is compromised, which is in direct violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. I am disabled in a wheelchair with Cerebral Palsy, and I cannot wheel myself around. I need an aide, and I don't think my aide should be charged as a separate attendee at events, since he/she is acting as a physical extension of myself.
Petition to montgomery county board of elections
Make Montgomery County Election Judge Training Accessible
Election judges are a vital part of any functional democracy. Unfortunately, training for election judges in Montgomery County is largely inaccessible. The only training area is in Gaithersberg, which is difficult for many people to reach via public transportation and is quite far by car and expensive using ride-sharing apps. It's over a 30 minute drive (which is a lot for many older or disabled drivers) or over two hours of public transportation with multiple transfers. Additionally, training is only available from 4 PM-8 PM, which can be prohibitive to some people with disabilities with restricted licenses as well as single parents who may not be able to arrange childcare during that time. Election judge trainings should be available in multiple locations, particularly in Downtown Silver Spring. Silver Spring is one of the most populous and vibrant parts of the county, as well as one of the most accessible by public transportation, both by bus and metro. There are plenty of spaces to conduct such trainings, such as the Silver Spring Library or Silver Spring Civic Building. There is no sensible reason to limit trainings to Gaithersberg -- It only reduces the diversity of individuals who may serve as excellent poll workers and election judges. I am a proud Takoma Park resident and disability advocate. I was particularly excited about the opportunity to act as a poll worker, and for the opportunity to assist other people with disabilities in exercising their democratic rights. However, the system is not currently designed in a way that would allow me or many others to do that to do that. I can't drive after dark, so a training that ends at 8 PM is a training I can't go to. I could ask a friend to give me a ride, but I would strongly prefer the dignity of being able to get to and from such a training on my own. I think that many people with disabilities and seniors feel a similar desire to be self-sufficient. The current election judge training system doesn't allow for that. Montgomery County Board of Elections: Please provide more varied times and more easily accessible training for election judges, so that all interested Montgomery County citizens may act as active members of the electoral process. If you support these changes, please sign on to my petition.