Petition to US House of Representatives
"DON'T TREAD ON MY ADA" - Oppose ADA Education & Reform Act of 2017 - H.R. 620
The Honorable Paul RyanSpeaker of the House of RepresentativesThe Capitol H-232Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Nancy PelosiHouse Minority LeaderThe Capitol H-204Washington, DC 20515 Re: Opposition to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) Dear Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi: OPPOSE the bill and STOP THE VOTE on H.R. 620 today! This will weaken and destroy the Civil Rights of millions of people with disabilities! DO BETTER! As a person with a disability, an advocate for disability rights, an ally to disability rights and/or a social justice/equity advocates I sign this petition opposing the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017! H.R. 620 would create significant obstacles for people with disabilities to enforce their rights under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to access public accommodations, and would impede their ability to engage in daily activities and participate in the mainstream of society. Rather, the burden of protecting the right to access a public place is shifted to the person with the disability, who first has to be denied access; then must determine that violations of the law have occurred; then must provide the business with specific notice of which provisions of the law were violated and when; and finally, the aggrieved person with the disability must afford the business a lengthy period to correct the problem. The bill’s proponents purport to protect business owners from the burden of understanding and complying with rules designed to ensure that people with disabilities could access public accommodations, on the ground that this burden is too heavy for businesses. Yet people with disabilities are expected to shoulder this burden and to provide businesses with information about the specific legal obligations that they are violating—after those individuals have been denied the access rights that Congress gave them decades ago. We know of no other law that outlaws discrimination but permits entities to discriminate with impunity until victims experience that discrimination and educate the entities perpetrating it about their obligations not to discriminate. Such a regime is absurd, and would make people with disabilities second-class citizens. Almost 28 years ago, the ADA was carefully crafted as a bipartisan compromise to take the needs of covered entities, including the types of businesses covered by Title III, into account. Among the compromises reflected in the ADA was the absence of any damage remedy in Title III; only injunctive relief and attorney’s fees are available for violations of this part of the law. The fact that, almost 28 years after enactment, there are still organizations, businesses, and companies who violate the law and deny access to people with disabilities suggests that businesses should be better educated about their legal obligations under the ADA—just as they are expected to be about the other legal obligations that they undertake in running a business—not that we should limit the rights of people with disabilities to participate in their communities. Section 2 of this bill states that the bill was written in consultation with … and representatives of the disability rights community. But H.R. 620 was not written in consultation with representatives of the disability rights community and it would create barriers to the civil rights for persons with disabilities that do not exist in other civil rights laws. As was mentioned earlier, the ADA has been law for almost 28 years. By this time, business owners have had ample notice of the ADA’s requirements and opportunity to remove barriers. If, after 28 years, a business has continued to not comply with the requirements of this legislation, why should a person have to wait more time for enforcement of their civil rights? Should an individual who is not allowed to enter a restaurant because of their race, gender or religion, have to wait before seeking to enforce their civil rights? Title III of the ADA already reflects a compromise that takes into account the concerns of businesses; it does not allow individuals to seek damages for violations of their civil rights. Now legislation like H.R. 620 seeks to further erode the civil rights of people with disabilities. OPPOSE the bill and STOP THE VOTE on H.R. 620!
Petition to Mark R. Shaw, Steven Goldberg, Ryan Green, Ellen Torbert, Landon Nitschke, Scott Halfmann
STOP Southwest Airlines from using an Airborne Killer on its planes! #StopSouthwestPeanuts
There is an airborne allergy that can kill people within 15 minutes of breathing any particle of it- that is a peanut. Unless you have a peanut allergy, or have a loved one that is afflicted with this deadly allergy, you are not aware of how being allergic to peanuts can kill you, if you do not get medical attention within 15 minutes. The last place you can do that is in sky, so why would an Airline intentionally expose people to this allergy? Why would they do this when you are confined in a pressurized space? #StopSouthwestPeanuts Most people believe that if someone has a peanut allergy, as long as they do not eat the peanut they are fine. THAT IS WRONG. Exposure to the dust, especially in a confined space, where air is recycled is one of the most dangerous places to be for that person. Most people believe that if someone has a peanut allergy, they will be fine after injected with an Epipen. THAT IS WRONG. After being injected with an Epipen, the person needs to get serious medical attention immediately after this adrenaline shot. They cannot do this while in a plane in the sky. Epipens DO NOT CURE it! Southwest is literally setting the stage for a murder. They tell people with a peanut allergy it is fine they will not serve them. See at the bottom here, their own words to my complaint letter- they can help the "Majority" of their peanut allergic fliers. Persons with a Peanut Allergy can experience a myriad of symptoms of anaphylaxis - and all are life- threatening. These symptoms can include: Mouth: Itching, Swelling of lips and/or tongue Lungs: Shortness of breath. Coughing or WheezingHeart: Weak pulse; Dizziness; Passing out or ShockSkin: Itching; Hives; Redness or Swelling Throat: Itching; Tightness/closure or CoughingStomach: Vomiting; Nausea; Diarrhea or Cramps Or Death. Steward and Stewardesses on Southwest Airlines have admitted they have no way of cleaning up the peanuts dropped, spilled, or crushed on the floor. The remnants, particles that are in the air remain! And they have no way of knowing about or cleaning up after those customers (who have been seen doing this) who wiped their hands off on their seats or seats in front of them, after eats peanuts. This can be from other flights, not even the current flight! The twitter links below show photos from a flight where no peanuts were served, yet peanuts were all over the plane, that was from when I boarded the plane! The Americans with Disabilities' Act states: that something is a disability if it substantially impairs a major life function. Breathing is a major life function. Someone with a deadly allergy like a Peanut is considered disabled under the law. Further, in 1986, Congress passed the Air Carrier Access Act. Under ACAA, the Department of Transportation does not generally consider an allergy to be a disability, however "if a person’s allergy is sufficiently severe to substantially limit a major life activity, then that person meets the definition of an individual with a disability," a DOT spokesperson told ABC News. (citation below). DOT defines an individual with a disability as someone who has an impairment that substantially limits their ability to care for themselves, perform manual tasks, walk, see, hear, speak, breath, learn or work. If someone can not breathe after being exposed to peanuts, under this definition they are disabled due to this allergy! So why won't Southwest help the disabled? Why do they continue to put this "killer" on their planes? They claim their customers love peanuts too much. Putting peanuts over lives. We need to stop this, please support this petition and #boycott Southwest until they remove these deadly killers from their all of their operations. Below are photos of peanuts all over a plane where no peanuts were even served on that plane! And Southwest's "response" https://twitter.com/TraciHinden/status/969723564461928448 https://twitter.com/TraciHinden/status/969698928651218945 https://twitter.com/TraciHinden/status/969722937405202432 https://twitter.com/TraciHinden/status/969705387623514112 https://twitter.com/TraciHinden/status/969698584927989760 My original email to them on February 16, is below- after watching a woman on a flight after eating her peanuts, wipe her hands all over the back of the cloth seat in front of her. "Hello I am aunt to a 7 year old beautiful nut allergic little girl. I fly on Southwest all the time. I cringe when you pass out peanuts on every flight. On every flight I refuse them in protest. Each time, the stewards always say well we don't serve them on flights when a known nut allergy is on board. I always have the same response- nearly every flight i see food on the floor of a prior flight. If even one peanut is on the floor, and I have seen some, any person with a nut allergy would immediately - once the plane becomes pressurized become deathly ill. Those Eppi Pens only give you 15 minutes until you need medical attention. Southwest continues to pass peanuts out though even though a large population of people have this DEADLY Illness. This illness is a disability. Since the planes are not fully scrubbed of peanut particles and debris I am formally requesting you STOP serving these as you are playing with people's lives. I love flying your airline, but this practice is truly irresponsible. They do not do this in Europe Airlines anymore. You are expanding your routes now and taking on a larger group of people and someone is going to be hurt, or killed because of this business practice. As a civil rights lawyer and a loving aunt, I beg you to please stop." This was their cold hearted response from a "no - reply email: "Dear Traci, Thank you for contacting us. I am so glad to know that you are usually pleased with your experiences on Southwest. We appreciate the loyalty you’ve shown us as a Rapid Rewards Member since 2009 and I welcome the opportunity to address your concerns. I am truly sorry for any disappointment with having peanuts as our snack option. As you know our Employees are trained to follow certain procedures when we are notified that a Customer is traveling with us and has a severe allergy to peanut dust. That said, we have decided not to forego serving peanuts for two reasons: 1) Experience tells us that we can accommodate the majority of our Customers who have peanut allergies with our current procedures and 2) The feedback we receive from our Customers doesn't justify the need to permanently remove peanuts—a trademark of our Company. In fact, we get a great deal of positive comments regarding our peanuts from Customers who were counting on a low-sugar, low-carbohydrate snack. And, we often must respond to complaints from Customers on flights that we do not serve peanuts. Rest assured, we are grateful for your taking the time to inform us of your concerns as we realize the usefulness of Customer feedback and its purpose to improve upon our operation. Please know that I have tracked your concerns via our monthly summary, which is distributed to our Senior Leadership. We are fully committed to providing our Customers with affordable, dependable, and genuinely friendly air travel, and we will continue to do our very best to meet or exceed our Customers' expectations. Your patronage is very important to us Traci, and we hope to welcome you onboard a Southwest flight soon. Sincerely, Sloan Chatterton, Southwest Airlines The file reference number for your email is 2224661574247." Citation: http://abcnews.go.com/US/flying-peanut-allergies-airlines-react/story?id=47795670
Petition to Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio, John J. Divney, Frank P. Edwardi, Jack C. Gibson, Cheryl Kehner, Mary Tighe
Beach Access in SIC should be offered to ALL
Sea Isle City, NJ offers no beach access for the elderly or physically challenged. The blocks they claim to be handicapp beach block entrances are on these blocks: 32, 40, JFK, 44, 63 and 85. However, it seems they do not truly understand the difficulties many face getting onto the beach in Sea Isle City, NJ. Furthermore, what about the residents who live in the south end and not near 63rd or 85th street? Why can't the city of Sea Isle make 55th st and more near it a handicap beach entrance block? The beach access ramps are literally hills & they are very steep and extremely hard to climb. Additionally, there are no blue handicap mats once you get over the mountain of a hill. Blue handicap mats on the beach would help those who struggle with walking to get down to the beach and near the ocean. To make matters worse these steep ramps are covered with sand and this makes it even more difficult to navigate. More disgraceful, is there are no public restrooms near the beach between 44th and 85th Street. Thus, even if you manage to get your elderly or physically challenged love one onto the beach you have to reverse this process each time they have to go to the bathroom. My elderly Father who is a Navy WW2 Vet deserves better. He and others with similar physical challenges should not be denied a relaxing day on the beach with family and friends. Nor should they be denied access to a nearby public bathroom while enjoying their time on the beach. I am asking you to like the FB link for the petition, sign this petition, forward it to all your contacts on all your social media accts and to also email the Mayor of Sea Isle City, NJ and SIC Council Members if you agree. Just copy the text, paste it in the body of your email to the mayor and council and tell them you agree. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the email address for the council members: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and Mtighe@seaislecitynj.us. Thank you in advance for your time and help. I and many others really do appreciate it. #WW2NavyVet #ElderlyDeserveOurHelp #HandicappBeachAccess #DoTheRightThingMayorLenny
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 Bronx PostMaster, United States Postal Service, 10468
We NEED ADA accessibility ramps at OUR Bronx NY 10468 Post Office
The Post Office in question is at 2549 Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, NY. Simply put, there is no accessibility ramp available for individuals who are wheelchair bound, individuals with heavy packages, individuals who use walkers, our elderly, individuals with baby carriages and anyone carrying large bulk for the purpose of mailing. The vestibule area has a small space with a staircase and a handrail that divides the staircase, and it is very difficult for many people who are able to climb stairs to maneuver within that area.