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Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, California State Senate, California State House, Jerry Brown, Department of Justice

End Solitary Confinement in California

Thousands of prisoners in California are forced to endure the torture of solitary confinement. No one's life should be so brutally restricted. You may think that everyone in solitary confinement is a dangerous criminal who deserves to be there. This is untrue. According to Solitary Watch, "Far from being a last-resort measure reserved for the 'worst of the worst,' solitary confinement has become a control strategy of first resort in many prisons and jails. Today, incarcerated men and women can be placed in complete isolation for months or years not only for violent acts but for possessing contraband, testing positive for drug use, ignoring orders, or using profanity. Others have ended up in solitary because they have untreated mental illnesses, are children in need of 'protection,' are gay or transgender, are Muslim, have unsavory political beliefs, or report rape or abuse by prison officials." If someone really is so dangerous that they can't come into contact with other people, they should be kept in high security prisons with reform programs to help them. They should not be kept in mentally destructive rooms from which there is no escape. We are collaborating with California Prison Focus and the Prison Activist Resource Center in order to reform California's prison system. Join us in our struggle to end this cruel and unusual punishment.

SEA-DISC Incarceration Freedom Project
100 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi

Stop the Rental Crisis in Bay Area: Government Should Give More Permission to Build

Being one of the most expensive areas to live in, San Francisco Bay Area has approximately 12,000 homeless people (San Francisco Coalition). While there are many affordable housing programs that help people in poverty, many middle-class people are being ignored by the public. These middle-class people earn too much to qualify for any affordable housing program but their income is still not enough to afford the expensive rent in the Bay Area. Having one of the most rapid job growth rates in the whole world, the housing supply in the Bay Area has become significantly insufficient. Therefore, as a concerned citizen, I urge the regional governments in the Bay Area increase housing supply in their area to match the rate of job growth, which was a 5.9% increase, approximately triple the national average. According to the yearly income limits in 2017 by the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara, in order to be eligible for federal housing assistance in the county, one's income cannot exceed 80% of the area median income, which is $59350 for an individual. Although this number may seem reasonable for many areas in the US, it is important to note that the average apartment rent in Santa Clara is $2128. With that said, people whose income exceeds the low-income limit will have to rent for approximately 35-40 percent of their income, though bets are on for how long that price will last. Many middle-class people such as school teachers and tech workers are being squeezed out of the expensive Bay Area.  One major reason of the extremely expensive housing in the Bay Area is the rapid job growth in the area. In 2016, there were more than 59300 new positions in San Jose metro area, a 5.9% jump that is nearly triple the national increase of 2.1% (MercuryNews). What's more, the Bay Area is also attractive to many internationals because of its good climate and lively city vibe. The housing supply in the Bay Area is far less than the demand. There are definitely companies willing to build more homes and make more money, and there is plenty of space in the area. The very regional governments in Bay Area should increase the current housing supply in their own area to better the lives of the left-out middle class by giving more permission to build.  There are definitely companies willing to build more homes and make more money, and there is plenty of space in the area. It is clear that the major barrier to more housing supply is the governments. According to National Association of Home Builders, there were 14, 989 of building permit issued in 2016 in the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont area, which was a 18% decrease compared to 2015. In order to better the lives of the left-out middle class in the Bay Area, the very regional governments in Bay Area should increase the current housing supply in their own area by giving more permission to build. 

Jacqueline C
27 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to California State House, California State Senate, California Governor, Ben Allen, Steven Bradford, Al Muratsuchi

PREVENT Mass Casualties in the South Bay - Please Forward

ALERT: This affects residents in Torrance, Redondo Beach, Gardena, Carson, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Wilmington, L.A., Lomita, Rolling Hills, San Pedro, Palos Verdes Estates, West Rancho Dominguez, and Long Beach, California. Torrance Refining Company (formerly ExxonMobil ) in Torrance and Valero in Wilmington are the only two refineries in CA that use toxic and volatile forms of hydrofluoric acid (HF) which can have deadly cloud-forming behavior. All other CA refineries use a much safer alternative — sulfuric acid. PBF and Valero must stop using HF and switch to a safer alternative. This can be mandated by an AQMD rule or state law.  A refinery shutdown is not required.   According to an EPA "worst case" scenario previously prepared by ExxonMobil prior to the refinery sale, the release of 50,000 lbs of their "Modified" HF (MHF) could result in a ground-hugging HF cloud drifting with the breeze 3.2 miles into surrounding areas at concentrations high enough to cause serious and irreversible injuries with short term exposure (and possibly fatalities). If released in an explosion, fire, earthquake, or terrorist attack, MHF could cause mass casualties in surrounding communities.    Alarmed?  It gets worse.  * The Torrance refinery doesn't have 50,000 lbs. They have 250,000 lbs of MHF. Furthermore, ExxonMobil's estimated 3.2 mi. toxic distance is too low because they gave too much “credit” to MHF’s supposed ability to reduce HF cloud size. The actual risk zone is 15 miles. Thanks to an analysis by the local citizens group Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA), the EPA is now investigating ExxonMobil's scenario, and the SCAQMD is considering the adoption of a rule to ban it.  * During the February 18, 2015 explosion at the Torrance refinery, a flying 80,000 lb. piece of equipment hit just 3 ft. from a tank containing 50,000 lb. of MHF. Federal safety officials said the surrounding communities "dodged a bullet."  * On Sept 6, 2015, a leak of MHF from the Torrance refinery occurred. No sirens sounded, and the Torrance Fire department was notified only later by email.   * A key volunteer, Dr. S. Hayati with the grassroots Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA), recently uncovered the fact that in 1998, Mobil officials, Torrance Fire Department Chief R. Scott Adams, and possibly other city officials secretly approved  the reduction of a key safety chemical that was supposed to make deadly HF safer in case of an accidental release. Thanks to the hard work of Dr. Hayati, the Chemical Safety Board has stated its intent to investigate MHF. The South Bay should not accept the status of “sacrifice zone” for the benefit of PBF in Torrance and Valero in Wilmington. How much are more than a half-million Californians worth?   As a critical and time-sensitive public safety issue, we call on California lawmakers to immediately introduce legislation to BAN and REPLACE the use of MHF and HF at California refineries! California Governor Jerry BrownPhone: (916) 445-2841Fax: (916) 558-3160email: California State Senator Ben Allen Capitol Office (916) 651-4026District Office (310) 318-6994email California State Senator Steven Bradford Capitol Office (916) 651-4035District Office (310) 514-8573email California State Assembly Al MuratsuchiCapitol office (916) 319-2066District Office (310) 375-0691email: Join your concerned fellow citizens:

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