Petition to Lee Zeldin
Cutting scientific research funding puts America last. Don’t support it.
President Trump’s budget proposes slashing investment in scientific research. If passed, it would hurt our economy, ability to make discoveries that change how we live, and our place as a world leader in science and technology. I live on Long Island, NY -- home to Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Medical Center, and the Brookhaven National Labs. These institutions are some of the largest employers in our area and they depend on funding from federal grants to continue their work in scientific discovery. They also provide the jobs that anchor our local economy. That’s why we were stunned to see the President Trump’s proposed cuts to the research and innovation funding in his recently unveiled ‘America First’ budget. Key agencies like the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- among many others -- are on the chopping block. Not only would these budget cuts be a blow to maintaining our nation’s supremacy in scientific discovery and innovation, but they would have a devastating economic effect on the communities tied to the research institutions funded by these agencies. Here’s why: federal research dollars to our non-profit institutions help spur the development of innovative products and technologies. This often results in the creation of numerous start-ups and small business -- creating jobs and contributing to the economic well-being of communities. Ripping away that funding will kill 3,000 jobs at Brookhaven National Labs, alone, -- creating a devastating ripple effect among other areas of our local economy. Not only does the so-called ‘America First’ budget promote bad research policy -- it’s also bad economic policy. Please sign and share this petition telling Congress to reject the Trump administration’s proposed budget. Donald Trump says he’s putting ‘America First’, but his budget policies will only leave American research and American communities behind.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Robert Pittenger
Save our State Department’s Education and Cultural Exchange Programs
Education and Cultural Exchange programs funded by the U.S. State Department support our nation’s international diplomacy efforts. They provide young Americans from all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities with the opportunity to serve as cultural ambassadors for our nation in strategically significant areas of the world like the Middle East, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. The Trump administration’s new budget would eliminate nearly all of these programs -- at a time when our country needs the goodwill generated by these exchanges the most. Eliminating these Education and Cultural Exchange programs would be a costly mistake for our country. These programs help build relationships with key civilian partners for sustained peace -- an essential tool needed to fight terrorism. They help us gain the respect of the world, and support our military when the use of force is needed. These initiatives take on even more urgency, with our country’s recent military action against the Syrian government -- the regime at the center of another festering Middle-Eastern conflict crying out for a sustainable peace. Ongoing international cultural exchange is crucial for our country to defend its claim as the world’s “indispensable nation". Eliminating funding for the programs encouraging goodwill and cultural awareness in strategically significant areas will cause us to lose touch with the rest of the world -- leaving us all a bit less safe and free. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that cutting funding for these essential State Department Educational and Cultural Exchange program is a mistake we don’t need to make.
Petition to Jane Chu, National Endowment for the Arts, Donald Trump, Kirsten Gillibrand, Chris Collins, Peter T. King, Elise Stefanik, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Don’t eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts
Multiple news outlets say the Trump administration may soon announce plans to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) entirely as part of a plan to curb spending. The administration plans to cut $10 trillion, nearly all of our budget’s non-discretionary spending, over the next 10 years. The NEA and NEH account for less than .002% of our federal spending -- about 46 cents each, for every American, every year. The NEA has been the life-blood and foundation of the arts community across our nation since 1965. They provide grants for dance, music, drama, literature, outreach education, and so much more. The NEH offers research funding to museums, libraries, and colleges. Did you enjoy films like Ken Burn’s Civil War documentary series? That was funded by the NEH, along with 16 other Pulitzer prize winning productions. Together, these two organizations enrich the arts in America -- giving creativity and freedom of speech a voice and continues to nurture humanity at large. These vital organizations must be spared. Don’t allow these organizations to slip away quietly into the night. Sign this petition right now and tell Congress to save the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and help us petition for policy that protects this valuable resources from future partisan shifts with a permanent funding mandate.
Petition to The United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate
Stop President Trump's proposed budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health
President Donald Trump released a budget proposal on 3/16/17 which calls for a $6 billion dollar cut in funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or 20% of the NIH's total budget. The NIH uses more than 80% of its budget to provide grant money to university, hospital, and research center scientists who study relevant public health issues. The NIH is the major funding source for research on cancer, asthma, diabetes, autism and developmental disabilities, Alzheimer's Disease, as well as many other debilitating diseases. NIH funding in its current configuration is inadequate to provide scientists with the tools and training that they need to combat these problems. Lack of funding has left many highly trained and qualified scientists with little or no resources to conduct their work which in many cases had strong potential to make significant advances in human health and medicine. The proposed budget cut would paralyze biomedical research; Both ongoing research progress as well as new and innovative research will be halted. These cuts will directly result in fewer advances in medicine. The proposed cuts will also alter the trajectory of science, as they stand to decimate the funding which is necessary for the training of new scientists. This will result in a reduction in the number of highly skilled biomedical experts in this country. Please do not allow this to happen. The NIH budget needs to be increased, not slashed, if we consider health a priority in this country.
Petition to Hutchinson's School Board + Superintendent Daron VanderHeiden
Art Does Matter...Save Hutchinson's Middle School's Arts Program
Art is important. Every student has the right for creative expression. Art encourages acceptance and fosters debate. Cutting the Hutchinson Public School District's Middle School Art's Program is unacceptable. Voice your support now. Oppose the potential cut of the Hutch Middle Schools Art Program. Tell the Hutch School Board art is a necessity to our community. #SaveHutchMSArts
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Mike Crapo
Don't eliminate funds for Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity helps thousands of families, seniors and veterans each year to build or repair their homes. We work in over 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. Federal funding helps us qualify and train homeowners, purchase property and prepare sites for construction. The White House's "Skinny Budget" proposes to eliminate every federal program used by Habitat for Humanity. These cuts would devastate communities and thousands of families would lose the opportunity for better housing. The “skinny budget” proposes eliminating CDBG (Community Development Block Grant Program); HOME (Home Investment Partnerships Program); SHOP (Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program); Section 4 Program; the CDFI fund, which administers the New Market Tax Credit program at Treasury, and the entire Corporation for National and Community Service agency, which implements the AmeriCorps program. Eliminating or reducing funding for these housing programs would exacerbate local housing shortages and increase the burden of housing costs on families in need of housing stability. There has never been a greater or more urgent threat to Habitat for Humanity's funding! Please help us by signing this petition asking Congress to restore funding that helps rural and urban communities throughout our country.
Petition to Mark Meadows, Virginia Foxx, Phil Roe, Alma Adams, Patrick McHenry, Morgan Griffith, Hal Rogers, Andy Barr
Save the Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission is in danger. It is one of the many government agencies set to be eliminated if Trump's proposed budget passes. The ARC has provided everything from economic help to leadership opportunities to the Appalachian area since it was enacted under the Johnson administration in 1965. Possibly the ARC's most important aspect is the infrastructure it has given to support the area. The commission has provided water and plumbing to countless homes in the past 50 years. Of course, as time progresses, so do the people, as does the ARC. From simple plumbing to booming tourism, the commission develops with the Appalachian people and their needs. Even with the growth, this agency is still needed. Without it, the Appalachian region, my home, could begin to crawl back deep into the poverty it was famous for in the 20th century. With the recent deregulation of coal pollution into the areas water sources, the ARC is needed now more than ever to help keep the mountains clean and the people safe. Please, contact your local representative and tell them to vote NO to Trump's budget to save the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Petition to Lily Malaspina
Cedar Creek Wants to Keep Latin
Cedar Creek has offered their students the choice to learn Latin since the opening of the school in 2010. The program has grown over the years, with apparently larger class sizes in just the past three years. However, the program is scheduled to be cut for the 2017/2018 school year. Many of the students are upset by this, especially those who just started taking the language, or who are on their second or third year and will now not be able to take it for all four years. Not only is this disrupting the students currently taking Latin, this cut is also removing an extremely useful and educational class. Students learn more about grammar in Latin than they do in their standard English classes. They decline nouns and learn about the different moods and voices of verbs, all of which are just the tip of the iceberg. Students are also taught about Romans and Greek gods, ancient Roman and Greek culture, and the fascinating myths the people believed. Most of the topics covered aren't even touched upon in typical history classes. Students also learn about scansion, the separation of lines of poems into feet. They also read tons of poems from many different famous ancient poets. While learning the Latin vocabulary, students will find derivatives of Latin words in the English language. This is so useful in science and medical fields. They can look at the scientific name of a species of animal, a disease, or a medicine and pick out Latin words within the name to figure out what type of animal it is, or what the disease is, or what the medicine cures. So students aren't just learning Latin; they're learning grammar, history, and so much more. From a senior's point of view, Latin can be useful for so many majors in college. Current Latin students are also upset by the fact that Oakcrest, one of the other two schools in our district, will be offering its student an additional language in the 2017/2018 school year, making their total languages five and Cedar Creek's total three. When viewing their "Curriculum Guide" for Oakcrest regarding the 2017/2018 school year, one will observe that they will offer French, German, Latin, and Spanish, all of which Cedar Creek currently has. However, one will also notice that Chinese will be offered at Oakcrest as well. So not only is the district removing Latin from the Cedar Creek curriculum, it's adding Chinese to the Oakcrest curriculum. The current Latin students at Cedar Creek are extremely upset by this cut since the class is educational in so many areas, and because current students won't be able to take all four years of the language. Please help to keep Latin at Cedar Creek by signing our petition. Every single signature is greatly appreciated!