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Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Jerry Brown, Boeing, Senator Henry Stern, Barbara Lee, Mohsen Nazemi, Julia Brownley
No more kids with cancer: clean up the Santa Susana Field Lab
When my daughter Grace Ellen was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, at age four, I thought that our family had the worst, most devastating luck. But after spending months in the hospital with her, we learned that she was one of 50 children who may have been poisoned by one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in America. Sign to demand that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) safely and completely clean the Santa Susana Field Lab and prevent any more children from getting cancer. Grace Ellen’s form of cancer is incredibly aggressive. At age four she was put on several clinical trials, had ten times the normal amount of chemotherapy, and spent two years fighting her cancer. A year and a half later her cancer came back. Today she’s inpatient again, having finished more radiation and intense chemotherapy, and is healing from a bone marrow transplant. She’s addicted to morphine, unable to eat or drink, and is fighting for her life in the hospital isolation floor. It haunts me to know her cancer might have been avoidable. She, like the other 49 children, grew up within 20 miles the Santa Susana Field Lab, land which was developed in the 1940s to conduct nuclear research. In 1959 an uncontained partial meltdown of a sodium reactor caused such a devastating radiation leak that many consider it to be the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history –and it was completely covered up for years. Our community has up to 60% higher cancer rates, we have decades of EPA reports to prove it. But the Boeing Company, who partially owns the site, is proposing that the land be open to families for recreational use, even while the disaster has still not been cleaned up. It is the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s job to clean up this mess, but they aren’t taking any meaningful action. Instead they released an Environmental Impact Report that proposes to leave vast amounts of the radioactive and carcinogenic waste on site permanently. They know our children are sick and dying, but Boeing doesn't care. They care about stockholders and profits more than people, and the government isn’t doing anything to stop them. I will protect my children even if I have to tear down mountains with my bare hands – and I am one of many parents fighting for our kids. To win this, we need our nation to stand with us to demand that DTSC clean up this disaster once and for all. Will you join us? #SantaSusana
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Secretaries of the Armed Forces and Congress, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senate, Bernie Sanders, Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Donald Trump, Tim Kaine, North Carolina State Senate, Tom Cotton, Dan Sullivan, Deb Fischer, Benjamin Sasse, Mike Rounds, Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, Patty Murray, Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Mike Pence, Ralph Lee Abraham, Sanford D. Bishop Jr., Anthony G. Brown, Tammy Duckworth
Hold Military Moving Companies Accountable
An Open Letter To Our Elected Officials - UPDATE 1 to the petition: https://militaryspousechronicles.com/2018/10/02/pcs-petition-brings-change/ Every year thousands of military service members and their families pack up and move on military orders. All of their memories, heirlooms, worldly processions, keepsakes, pro-gear, kids toys, and some useless stuff, otherwise known as household goods (HHGs) gets packed up by contracted strangers, loaded onto a truck and driven across country. If you are on the lucky side of things, your HHGs will arrive with a few scratches and maybe a broken bowl. However, most everyone ends up on the other side. Boxes will be unloaded smashed and torn, furniture will come off broken in multiple pieces, and other items will just go missing. It will be brushed off as “don’t worry, you can just file a claim”, and while that might be true, there are things that money just can’t fix. Money can’t replace the broken hutch inherited from my grandmother. Money can’t fix the missing foot board from the custom made bed. Money can’t fix my discontinued, now smashed in to pieces wedding china. And money can’t fix the box of my children’s baby memories box that never arrived. I know, we should just leave these things with family! While that is a good thought, it’s not always possible. Some service members just don’t have the family available to leave these things! Every year, thousands of service members file claims with moving companies. Within the last 2 years the average claim has been around $10,000, with an average of only 50-60% of that being paid out. Over the last 5 years, the PCS season has become more and more horrendous to deal with. The major moving companies being awarded the contracts, often sub contract out to smaller, local companies. Many of these companies do not understand how military bases work- usually sending drivers or crews who have a felony background, can’t access post, or a truck that has expired registration. These companies also do a poor job in packing and handling of the HHGs. Many times the crew will pack as quickly as possible to get to the next job to make more money. In doing so, things are usually packed improperly, allowing for damage to occur. When loaded into the truck or unloaded at the storage facility or destination, everything is usually just thrown around without a care. When Service members and families speak up about how things are being handled, we are usually scolded, degraded, and told to just let them do their job. In one of our recent moves we had a mattress come off the truck soaking wet. When I questioned it and ask what my son was suppose to sleep on, the driver took a furniture pad off the dresser and said he could sleep on that. When we moved to our current location, I questioned the driver about my high value list, and the markings on the inventory about the furniture. The response I received was “this is just how we do it.” Then when we arrived, our range bags complete with range equipment were missing. Our military service members and their families already sacrifice so much for this country. The deployments, holidays missed, birthdays not celebrated, their children’s firsts moments, training time, and sometimes even their life. Is it so much to ask that moving companies take a little more care in handling our memories? Is it so much to ask our elected officials to step in and protect our service members from the headache and heartache during a PCS? I challenge you to start holding these companies accountable. I challenge you to step up your game and ease the worry burden on our military families. MilitarySpouseChronicles #PCSChronicles #MemoriesSmashed
Petition to Ari B. Levy, Chris Birkinshaw
Aloha Poke Co, Remove "Aloha" and "Poke" From Your Name
Aloha Poke Co is a Midwest based restaurant that has aggressively threatened Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) families with legal action for the use of the word “Aloha” in their business or social media. Not only are they capitalizing on an Indigenous traditional dish that they have no rights to, but they also have the gall to try and bar our own people from using a word in our language that has deep cultural meaning and symbolism. A language that up until 1987 was illegal in schools in Hawaii. Aloha Poke Co.'s lawyers have sent cease-and-desist letters to small businesses demanding they "stop all use of Aloha and Aloha Poke in association with selling your food, products and services" as well as demanding the "removal of Aloha and Aloha Poke from any company name, domain name, Facebook page or other social media site." Aloha Poke Co. has yet to confirm how many of these cease-and-desist actions were undertaken by their lawyers. But two small businesses, including a native Hawaiian-owned restaurant, have been forced to rebrand their entire businesses due to this legal threat so far. The root base of aloha are the words ALO and HA. Alo means presence, or as some kupuna have described it, recognition. HA means the breath of life. Therefore when we as Kanaka Maoli say “Aloha” we are recognizing being in the presence of another person's breath of life. To threaten suit to Kanaka Maoli families who are simply trying to practice their generations old culture and feed the community? So that you can profit off of a culture and a people that are not yours to sell? That is what we call HEWA. We as Kanaka Maoli also stand in solidarity with the Algonquin peoples who are the First Peoples of Chicago and were driven from the land by settlers. This is still pertinent because not only do the Algonquin people still live and struggle today, we know from the struggles of working class Chicago peoples that Aloha Poke Co is a part of a progressive wave of gentrification, commodification, and cultural appropriation that is criminalizing and driving out poor and people of color from the urban core. We understand because half of our own people cannot afford to live in Hawaii due to the cost of living. We as Kanaka Maoli and all those who ally with us seek not only to be free from oppression, but to be free from the use of our culture in the oppression of others. As we struggle to cease the exploitation of our people, lands, culture and foods, so also do we refuse to have our language and culture participate in the gentrification of the homes of our allies abroad. We call upon Aloha Poke Company, LLC to “cease and desist” from the use of the words “Aloha”, “Aloha Poke” and “Poke" from all current and future businesses. We believe the words "Aloha" and "Poke" belong to the whole Hawaiian culture – not to a U.S. company in Chicago. We understand that this will come at some cost to you, but we think that cost to a multi-million dollar company is comparable to the cost that you have asked these small families to suffer when you have demanded they remove theirs. Mahalo nui loa, (not copywrited, still not yours to have) The Kanaka Maoli peoples and ALL OUR relatives.
Petition to CarMax, Bill Nash, Katharine Kenny, Tom Folliard, William R. Tiefel (Chairman of the Board)
Stop selling unsafe, recalled cars to consumers.
CarMax is the largest used-car retailer in the U.S. You've probably seen their ads claiming that every car they sell passes a rigorous “125+-point inspection.” What they don't tell you is that CarMax fails to get the safety recall repairs done before they sell cars to consumers. Angela and Clarence Davidson bought a used 2010 Dodge Ram from CarMax in Irvine, CA. With children at home and in college, and a 5-year-old grandson, they wanted a safe car. Because the car was "CarMax Quality Certified," they believed it was safe. But right after they bought it, Chrysler told them the truck was recalled over a year before. The drive shaft was defective and likely to separate from the rear axle. CarMax had failed to get it repaired before selling it to the Davidsons. When they tried to return it, Carmax refused, and told them it was now their problem, not CarMax's. So they took it to a Chrysler dealer for the safety recall repairs and thought it was fixed. Days later, without warning, the truck fell apart on the freeway and caught on fire. The couple and their 12-year-old daughter barely escaped before the truck exploded into flames. It also caused a brush fire that closed down the freeway for about 4 hours. They owned their “CarMax Quality Certified” truck just 11 days. Then it almost killed them. How could this happen? CarMax sells ticking timebomb cars with safety defects like: catching on fire, brake failure, exploding air bags, axles that break, ignition switches that make cars die in traffic and disable the air bags, and other life-threatening safety defects. CarMax must stop selling unsafe, recalled cars to consumers without getting the free repairs done first. CarMax says they're not authorized by auto manufacturers to perform safety recall repairs. So instead of taking recalled cars to other dealers who are authorized to do the repairs, for free, CarMax dumps the unsafe cars onto their customers. CarMax makes billions of dollars a year. They can afford to get recalled cars repaired for free or sell them to dealers who are authorized to perform safety recall repairs. They just don't care enough about their customers' safety to do the right thing. CarMax needs to hear from consumers. Tell CarMax to stop selling unsafe, recalled cars to consumers without getting the free repairs done first.
Petition to McKinsey , Deloitte , EY , Price Waterhouse Coopers, Oliver Wyman, Baine & Company, Siemens , Credit Suisse, Roland Berger, Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, HSBC, Boston Consulting Group
Send the message: kidnapping and murdering a journalist is not how you win global business
After the disappearance and suspected murder of an outspoken Saudi Arabian exile and journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, global businesses are still planning to attend a conference later this month in Riyadh. Khashoggi went missing at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey. He went there to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage and hasn’t been seen since. Turkish officials say he was killed and dismembered by Saudi assassins. It’s very likely the Saudi Arabian government had him disappeared, or worse. After news broke of Khashoggi’s murder, Virgin, J.P. Morgan Chase, Ford, Mastercard, Viacom, Uber, the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Los Angeles Times and other global companies all withdrew from the Future Investment Initiative conference after this disturbing news came to light, but many global companies are still planning to attend. Tell McKinsey, Deloitte, EY, PWC, Oliver Wyman, Bain & Company, Siemens, Credit Suisse, Roland Berger, the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, HSBC, and the Boston Consulting Group to stand up for basic human rights and free speech - withdraw from the Future Investment Initiative happening 23-25 October. The summit is being hosted by the Saudi Arabian government, as a way to encourage more foreign direct investment, with the hope of creating one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world. American companies alone invested $55 billion in Saudi Arabia last year. It’s time these companies stand up for global human rights. Tell these global companies that global business cannot continue as usual. Journalists are on the frontlines defending human rights. State-led kidnapping and suspected murder is not something that can be overlooked. From 1992 to present, 1,322 journalists have been killed globally. It's not just Khashoggi's murder, there’s been a sweeping crackdown on women in Saudi Arabia that has the whole world watching their human rights record. Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia detained 17 women activists who called for the freedom to drive, and so far 6 of them remain behind bars - despite the nation now granting women the right to drive. Demand global companies stand up for human rights.
Petition to Kevin Plank, ÖSV Präsident Prof. Peter Schröcksnadel, Präsident Oke Göttlich, Kevin Mansell, Roberta Myre
Boycott Under Armour for their Slaughter of Wildlife
Picture: Under Armour goon Lee Lakosky poses with the carcass of a Kodiak Bear he'd just killed. Under Armour sponsors numerous Trophy-hunters like Kendall Jones, Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Cameron Hanes, and many others, to kill wild animals for sport on different continents in order to promote the sale of Under Armour Hunting Gear. Under Armour trophy hunters flaunt their numerous kills ostentatiously on "UNDER ARMOUR HUNT" social media pages as well as their personal websites. To Kevin Plank, Founder and CEO of Under Armour: "Sir, the inspired spirit of innovation that built your company is contrary to the sport hunting programs you support and sponsor. Watching individuals butcher unsuspecting wild animals for the thrill of killing, flaunting pictures of themselves with their kills on social media is something that haunts any conscientious human being. Your aim to inspire through sport is noble and innovative. Including killing sentinent beings into that aim is base, grotesque and inhumane. Please reconsider and cancel your involvement in hunting. It literally destroys the reputation of your entire company."
Petition to Dublin City Council, Mayor David Haubert, Abe Gupta, Melissa Hernandez, Don Biddle, Arun Goel, Chris Foss
Say NO to Ikea in Dublin, California
March 15th 2016 - "IKEA announced they have submitted a proposal for a 339,000-square-foot in Dublin. If approved, the store would open in 2018." http://patch.com/california/dublin/ikea-aims-open-dublin-0 http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160315005192/en/IKEA-Submits-Plans-Store-Dublin-California-Open Many residents of Dublin fought against this in 2002 and at the time succeeded. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2006/11/13/daily49.html http://observer.sanramonexpress.com/user/Wake%20Up%20Dublin.pdf While there is always merit to increasing the revenue for a town, there are many reasons this is a bad idea. At some point enough has to be enough. To focus on the most simple and tangible impact, think of the traffic impact this would have on the area. Asking for support from as many Dublin California residents as possible to send a message to the Dublin City Council that this is not a welcome addition to our town.
Petition to Coca-Cola, Marcos de Quinto, James Quincey, Muhtar Kent, Warren Buffett
Coca-Cola: Please Bring Back Diet Coke With LIME!
Please join me in asking the Coca-Cola Company to bring back Diet Coke with Lime to our grocery stores. I was surprised and unhappy to discover that my favorite soda flavor is essentially discontinued. I was told it would still be available online but it says “sold out” on Amazon Fresh and there are few remaining online that are priced at price gouging prices. There are many things in the world that are important issues; a soda flavor is not going to change the world but it does bring me and many others joy. Please spread the word to bring back Diet Coke with Lime.