17 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Health And Human Services Secretary Burwell, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Governor Charlie Baker, MA HHS Sudders, Senator Warren

Epidemic letter to The President

Please find our letter to President Trump, HHS Burwell, and key Govt. and our state officials regarding a declaration of a public health emergency by HHS Secratary Burwell and a National State Of Emergency by President Donald Trump. Sincerely, Sarah P AhernFounderEndTheStigma EnoughisEnough President Donald TrumpHHS Secretary BurwellSurgeon General Vivek MurthyGov. Charlie BakerMA HHS Mary Lou SuddersMayor Martin Walsh To Whom It May Concern,We the undersigned are writing to demand President Trump, HHS Secretary Burwell, and key federal and state stakeholders declare a National State of Emergency (and subsequent National Public Healthemergency, and state specific PHE ) in response to the public health crisis we are facing that is taking365 beautiful lives every day to a preventable disease. Since the passage of The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed into law on July 12, 2016with no real funding our nation has lost over 10,000 Americans to unintentional drug overdose.Some communities are losing 5 a day and counting. This National Crisis has claimed millions for two decades and is taxing all of our states public health and safety departments. The states simply don't have the means or the infrastructure to" Turn The Tide" in this deadly epidemic. Americans are dying hourly because they can't access treatment for lack of resources and "Stigma " which is alive and well in various communities all across the country.We are devastated, helpless, and angry as this preventable condition kills our loved ones, destroysfamilies and is unraveling the very fabric of our society. We are tired of our loved ones who struggle with the disease of addiction continuing to be treated assecond class citizens for having a medical disease by the very people tasked to help. Hospitals and ERsare shuttering their doors in an epidemic they caused violating the very oath they took to heal andprotect and most importantly do no harm. This is one of THE biggest barriers to treatment.There is no more time to wait, This epidemic is like having an F4 tornado dropping in every community.Just imagine that, Without a National response, We will not beat this and We will lose an entiregeneration. We implore HHS secretary Burwell to declare a Public Health Emergency in accordance with PublicHealth Services Act ( PHS) ( section 301, 319) FFDC Act, Social Security Act and activate the US Public Health Service ( USPHS),the National Disaster Medical system ( NOMS) and deploy the Medical Reserve Corps. We implore President Donald Trump to then declare through Executive order a National Emergency inaccordance with National Emergency Act ( NEA) sections 201, 319 to authorize a true NationalEmergency response as Congress couldn't be bothered to take this National Crisis seriously even in light of the preventable deaths mounting daily. The declaration of a National State of Emergency will authorize the National Medical Corp. (NMC) toassist communities in hospitals, army bases, hospital ships to treat acutely patients who need that level of care as would happen during a National disaster. It will also authorize the HHS Secretary to release funds directly to the states and local communities. It will demand hospitals open beds to patientssuffering with SUD and authorize use of federal facilities including Military bases/hospitals/ships fortreatment. In 2009 President Obama declared a state of emergency in response to the H1N1 flu strain. During this time I was a Practice Manager for an Internist and saw first hand how quickly federal, state, and local resources were activated, yet no deaths occurred during this outbreak. Again with Ebola billions were spent on a disease that netted zero US deaths. The same I fear will happen with the Zika virus where no US deaths have occurred yet Congress again is asking for billions. We can no longer wait for the infrastructure to be built or for Congress to vote on the 2017 budgetwithout a guarantee of promised funding.We need help Now!We carry the weight of millions of Americans and their lost loved ones who stand with us and are ready to serve. Sincerely, Sarah P. Ahern, Founder EndTheStigma William Pfaff, founder Heroin Is Killing My Town Please Note: The research contained within this document concerning The Declaration of a NationalState of Emergency and subsequent PHE is the sole property of Sarah P Ahern, Founder EndTheStigma. Sent from Mail for Windows 10

EndTheStigma EnoughisEnough
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Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to John G. Finneran Jr. & Trustees

Reverse decision to close Eckerd College's 39 year old Program for Experienced Learners

Since the decision was announced on Sept. 9, 2016 to discontinue the Program for Experienced Learners, a large number of students, faculty, and alumni have expressed grave concerns. Seeing a program as successful and long-running as PEL abruptly close because "it can no longer compete" immediately drew suspicion. After months of research, an increasing number of people are outright challenging the motives behind the closure.Eckerd College President, Dr. Donald Eastman took meetings with several students and alumni in an attempt to address our concerns surrounding the closure. However, most left with an even greater feeling of deceit. Upon receiving a signed declaration outlining concerns and suggestions, Dr. Eastman's first words were "I don't appreciate being lectured to." He and his staff then went on to make the case for closure, which does not hold up to scrutiny. After hundreds of hours of due diligence, there is strong reason to believe that PEL was targeted for closure years ago and intentionally starved of adequate resources until enrollments declined to a point where closure could be financially justified. The fact that PEL continued to deliver a superior academic experience to adult learners for so long and under such circumstances reinforces the need for such a program. Furthermore, it speaks to the quality of the amazing people responsible.   Public concerns regarding the actions of the administration include but are not limited to: Potential sabotage of a premier academic program due to underlying negative sentiment towards adult education. Possible misleading of the student body, faculty, and public as to the primary reasons for closure.  Continued enrollment of new students up until Aug. 2016 which could be a consumer protection issue. Unrealistic timeline (approx. 12 months) for currently enrolled students to complete degree plans. Students forced to enroll in more courses than they are capable of completing without significant reduction in academic performance or work/life/school balance. Capitalization on fees for increased CLEP/DSST testing and portfolio evaluations due to closure timeline. Inadequacy of teach out agreements with comparable programs. Lack of academic support for students rushing to graduate such as the premature termination of writing coaches during a period of record writing exhibit submissions. Potential misleading of accrediting body as it relates to the substantive change granted in 2015 for PEL to offer over 50% of classes through the Tampa campus (seemingly just for show). Potential misleading of accrediting body as it relates to the application for substantive change (program closure) and reasons for discontinuation. For 39 years PEL has served the community by offering a quality liberal arts bachelors degree to adults willing to put in the time, resources, and effort. We implore you to not let the mismanagement and evident negligence of a few adversely impact the many. With the proper integration of the residential program and PEL (as suggested in your strategic plan), there's no reason why Eckerd College cannot continue to be a pioneer and innovator in liberal arts education. We ask the Eckerd College Board of Trustees to take immediate action to halt this decision until an honest, independent audit and assessment of PEL can be conducted. We also ask that the administration be brought under review for breach of fiduciary duties to the College and its stakeholders. Furthermore, we ask the stewards of Eckerd College to embrace the concept of shared governance and begin operating in the spirit of full transparency.  To make a tax deductible donation or for more details please go to Questions or concerns about our efforts to save the program or information from confidential sources can be directed to  "If transformative change is to come from within the academy, it won't come from a great dinosaur of a university. The age of mammals originated with an agile shrew-like creature and occurred only after environmental disruption by a massive comet. I would say that if a new age comes to the academy, it too will come after disruption and originate with a Triton-like one."- Chairman, Eckerd College Board of Trustees (2013)

Saving Eckerd PEL
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