Petition to Anthem's CEO, Joseph Swedish
Anthem BlueCross BlueShield is Preventing My 12-year-old Son from Having a Better Life
My son, Brody, has a rare form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It’s a terrible disease that leads to an early death. Brody is only 12 years old. He has a fighting chance, especially in light of a new drug (Exondys 51) that the FDA approved late last year for all patients with the rare form of this disease. However, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, one of the largest health insurers, recently announced that they won’t cover this treatment. Rather, Anthem is labeling this life-altering medicine “experimental,” despite its FDA approval. This is unacceptable! Anthem’s creative interpretation of its coverage policy withholds a treatment for Brody and the 1,500 other patients with this rare form of Duchenne affecting their quality of life and ensuring an early death sentence. PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION AND HELP ME SHOW ANTHEM THAT KIDS WITH MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY DESERVE A FIGHTING CHANCE. This drug isn’t a cure, but it’s the first FDA-approved treatment that gives our family hope. It helps slow the progression of the disease by producing dystrophin, a protein that my son needs to use his muscles and that he can’t produce on his own. The fact that Brody is in a wheelchair shouldn’t matter at all – he needs to be able to move his arms, hands and fingers. When did we start telling people in wheelchairs that one’s quality of life – eating, texting, writing, etc. – isn’t important? Should big insurance companies be able to discriminate against kids with disabilities? To Joseph Swedish, CEO of Anthem: You still have time to do the right thing. Maybe your decision was made in haste? Perhaps it was a clerical error or a simple oversight? Did you have an opportunity to speak with any of the Duchenne experts about the value of this drug? Did you even know this decision was made? Regardless, the Duchenne community is deeply concerned. Since my son is unable to walk, we have to be the ones to stand against Anthem for him. The company has time to reverse this decision before it’s too late for kids like Brody. I hope you will join me by signing this petition and sharing with your friends and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter Thank you for standing with me.
Petition to Vlade RH i BiH
STOP trovanju DJECE u Slavonskom Brodu!
Samo ove godine, u samo jednoj generaciji i samo jednoj školi, troje djece u Slavonskom brodu dobilo je karcinom. Ukupan broj oboljele djece od karcinoma, bronhitisa i ostalih bolesti uvelike se povećao posljednjih godina zbog zagađenosti zraka izazvane radom rafinerije u Bosanskom Brodu. U Slavonskom Brodu zrak je sumporvodikom i drugim supstancama u nekim trenucima zagađen čak do 40 puta više od dopuštenog, a lebdeće čestice izazivaju najteže posljedice. CroExpress.eu, informativni medij hrvatskog iseljeništva, u želji da pomogne u ukazivanju na ovaj problem i njegovom rješavanju, stoga pokreće online peticiju za zaustavljanje onečišćenja u Slavonskom Brodu. Cilj je prikupiti što više potpisa te ih proslijediti nadležnima na uvid. _____________________________________________________ Only in this year, in one generation, in one school, three children from Slavonski Brod got sick with cancer. The number of children with cancer, bronchitis and other diseases has largely increased in the last years because of the polluted air due to the oil refinery in Bosanski Brod (Bosnia and Herzegovina). In Slavonski Brod the pollution of air is at times 40 times larger than permitted and the consequences are devastating. CroExpress.eu, news site for Croats outside of Croatia, started this petition with one wish - to help raising awareness about this problem and to help solve it. Our goal is to collect as many signatures as possible and send them to decision makers.
Petition to President of the United States, Donald Trump
Turn the White House ‘Gold’ for kids with cancer
Did you know that every 2 minutes, a child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with Pediatric cancer? A normal childhood comes to a halt for these kids. And each day in the U.S., 7 families have to bury their brave, beloved children who’ve lost the fight. I was one of those people, losing my beautiful, brave son Mathias to cancer. Childhood Cancer Awareness month is coming this September. I’m asking the President of the United States to light the White House Gold, for one night, to show support for the kids fighting the battle of their lives. It will help us remember the children who’ve lost their battles with cancer -- children like my son Mathias. Will you help me? The White House has been lighted up to recognize cancer and significant milestones in the past. Seeing the people’s house lit up is a moving experience, one shared across social media and on the news. More importantly, it shows kids fighting cancer they are not alone and their country supports. Please sign and share this petition telling our President to turn the White House gold for all the children battling cancer across our nation today. #TeamMathias #MathiasStrong https://m.facebook.com/groups/322030827926363
Petition to Hayward Area Recreation & Park District (HARD), Minane Jameson, Lou Andrade, Paul Hodges, Jr., Carol Pereira, Rick Hatcher, Paul McCreary
Protect animals & children at the annual Rowell Ranch Rodeo in Castro Valley!
The annual Rowell Ranch Rodeo once boasted a quite progressive animal welfare policy, but has degenerated in recent years. The 2017 Rowell Ranch Rodeo Committee (Russ Fields, pres.) plans to feature two particularly abusive non-sanctioned events: "Wild Cow Milking" (depicted above), and children's (ages 4-7) "Mutton Busting," dangerous for kids and sheep alike. They need to go. (If in doubt, see the many YouTube videos.) In the "Wild Cow Milking" contest, two cowboys rope and manhandle a stressed-out cow into a standstill, attempt to milk a few drops into a bottle, then race to the finish line. A cow was killed at the 2014 rodeo, leaving an orphaned calf. Dangerous for all concerned. In the "Mutton Busting" event, vulnerable young children (often in tears) are placed on the backs of sheep, then released. The event ends only when the kid falls or is knocked off. There are documented cases of comas, broken arms, knocked-out teeth, and bloody noses. The sheep are terrified, of course, and sometimes suffer injuries as well. Promoters and parents alike should be cited for child endangerment. This event is banned in New Zealand, on the recommendation of the NZ Veterinary Association. Hayward Area Recreation & Park District and the U.S. should do likewise. From 1987-2008, the rodeo policy banned the use of electric prods on animals in the holding chutes. That ban should be re-instated. (NOTE: The prods are designed for use on cattle and swine only, NEVER on horses.) These nonsensical events send a terrible message to impressionable young children about the proper treatment of animals. It's only a matter of time before a child is seriously injured or killed. Please contact Hayward Area Recreation & Park District's General Manager, Paul McCreary, and the Board of Directors (Louis Andrade, Pres,; Minane Jameson; Paul Hodges; Carol Pereira; Rick Hatcher), c/o HARD, 1099 "E" Street, Hayward, CA 94541; tel. 510/881-6700. EMAIL FOR ALL: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOUR REQUESTS: (1) ban "wild cow milking"; (2) ban "mutton busting"; (3) reinstate the ban on electric prods; and (4) in the Jr. Rodeo's "goat tying" event (held in August), no single goat should be thrown and tied more than twice per day (preferably only once, if at all). Hayward Area Recreation & Park District has received more than 300 letters in support of these modest and humane requests: Eastbay SPCA, Hayward Friends of Animals, Ohlone Humane Society (Fremont), Marin Humane Society, Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Action for Animals, In Defense of Animals, Humane Farming Association, Animal Legal Defense Fund, a half-dozen veterinarians and RVTs, a Presbyterian minister, and hundreds of letters from concerned citizens. A "no-brainer," yes?
Petition to Stephen Magie, Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas Governor
Keep AR Kids Safe
Our children are our most precious gifts. Let's keep them safe! Under the current law, a child care employee can start to work BEFORE their pre-employment screens are completed, such as a background check, and a child maltreatment check. They can continue working until the results are back. If there are positive findings, only then is the employee terminated. This process can take up to 30 days. Keep AR Kids Safe wants to change that. We are proposing that a child care employee CANNOT start to work until all background checks/screens are completed.
Petition to Councilman Paul Koretz, Joseph Galloway, Field Deputy, Council District 5, LAUSD Board Member Dr. George McKenna, LAUSD Director Charter School Division Jose Cole Gutierrez, David Estrada , Charter School Div. Operations Coordinator, Josh McLaughlin, Heather McManus, Stacey Rossley, Allison Kerr
Save our kids computer lab, special ed classrooms, cafeteria and more!
March 13, 2017 Dear Community Leader, As part of the Motor Avenue and Palms Elementary School community, I have been informed about changes to the neighborhood that may negatively affect my community’s children, business, commute, and daily routine. After extensive outreach to both residents and businesses in the community, I would like to express my position on the addition of Citizens of the World Charter School and hundreds of additional students at the property located at Palms Elementary School at 3520 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034 at Palms Boulevard. While I value the efforts of Citizens of the World Charter School to improve the educational experience for its students, I DO NOT believe that a school is a suitable option for this location at Palms Elementary School. I request that you collaborate with our community in stopping Citizens of the World Charter School from locating at Palms Elementary. They promise lots of good changes. This has not and will not occur. The kids are dropped off and picked up with nothing but the gift of more traffic, no parking and the loss of a computer lab, cafeteria, rooms for the special education students and more. Most of the new children are not from our community. Already hundreds of immediate areas residents and businesses have signed hard copy petitions to the office of Councilman Koretz and others. As a member of the community, I DO NOT approve of the relocation of Citizens of the World Charter School, a privately owned institution for middle school students, to a facility currently filled with Palms Elementary School. Citizens of the World Charter School will cause several issues for our children, business owners and residents alike. Loss of Classroom Space The current students and this school do not have extra space. The Charter School wishes to take rooms that are currently used for a computer lab which services over 300 students, two Special Education Classrooms, the cafeteria where all children eat, two classrooms for learning disabled student resources, classrooms for Targeted Student Population Coordinators that serve English learners, students in the foster care system and low income students. This is not what we want for our children and do not want a Charter School to site at Palms Elementary and destroy programing for our disabled students. Hindrance to Revitalization While schools can be an advantageous appendage to a community, the current makeup of this location in question is not conducive to two hundred additional students and the same amount of new vehicle trips. Motor Ave and Palms Blvd are both transitioning from single-use residential buildings to mixed use buildings with housing and commercial businesses and creating an energetic mixed use and active business environment. The growth of commercial business is part of our design guidelines and the future of the Motor Avenue and Palms intersection as a vibrant business hub. In an effort to promote smart growth and walk-ability in this community, MAIA supports the implementation of commercial businesses that generate activity throughout the day, evenings and weekends. Street-level businesses will provide a vibrancy and livelihood that the Motor Ave community needs and that a school will not provide. The relocation plans by Citizens of the World Charter School to this intersection have already negatively altered the composition of businesses in the area. Businesses have been deliberating expanding or renewing their lease. In addition, it is dislocating businesses that have been part of Motor and Palms for over 15-20 years. This plan is unacceptable to our community members as many of these businesses have been the bedrock of our community for years. It will undoubtedly harm this community and hinder the extensive revitalization efforts that have taken place thus far. Streetscape Plan The Planning and Department of the City of Los Angeles has chosen Motor Avenue as two out of seven streets throughout the City to implement Parklets and one of five streets to implement new design guidelines and a streetscape plan. This effort is being undertaken to stimulate the business and residential community. The street and this intersection in particular will be experiencing new intersection lighting, trees, street furniture, and many other enhancements. This school will be negating these efforts and destroying the vibrancy of our core business intersection. With parking at a premium the school will not be able to mitigate any of these damages as a Westside commuter school where kids are dropped off and picked up, there will be no economic benefit. Parking This location is also not a suitable option for a school due to the lack of available parking. Currently there are 30 spaces for 50 teachers. The community works to offer and provide additional parking so the current teachers may have another option rather than having to leave the class to move their car every two hours. There are simply no more parking spaces at the school or in the community. Bathrooms There is a shortage of bathrooms for current student let alone the addition of younger students having to share the facilities with older Citizens of the World Charter School students. This situation is completely inappropriate. Traffic Concerns The addition of a school at the Palms Elementary School address would introduce increased traffic issues to two intersections that are already plagued by traffic congestion during peak hours. Nearby residents and commuters will be completely stuck by a lengthened morning and afternoon trip to their homes and workplaces. The local businesses will suffer even more than they do currently as they attempt to get patrons into their establishments. In addition, the existing configuration of street access points do not provide for the passenger loading needs that a school will require. During drop off and pick up times, school traffic will prevent residents and patrons from accessing the nearby businesses. Such a disadvantage should not be imposed upon the businesses as they are a critical component of this community and a fundamental part of economic growth in this area. This situation will just get worse as a new building with over 50 residents is build next door to the school, Fox Studios is expanded and finally as Westfield and other large entities expand. Citizens of the World Charter fail to mention their trips are twice a day and what about all the faculty and staff? We are talking many hundreds of additional cars a day. Educational Saturation Lastly, there is no need for another school in this area. There are three schools in just a two block radius, Palms Elementary School, Vista School, and Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles, that have a collective total of over 2000 students. The inclusion of another school would not only be totally unnecessary in this community, but it would prevent the entrance of other entities or organizations that would be more beneficial to the residents and business owners. Furthermore, there are three additional schools within a mile radius of the intended location of the Citizens of the World Charter School—Notre Dame Academy Los Angeles, Notre Dame Academy Elementary, and Palms Middle School. This only further saturates this area with schools. Besides the intrusion that a school at this location will cause to the vibrancy of Motor Avenue businesses, it would not be primarily serving the students of Palms. The needs of the community are our highest priority. We hope that we have your commitment of nonsupport for the chosen location of Citizens of the World Charter School as it would have several severe negative environmental and economic impacts on our community. In light of these issues, I DO NOT support Citizens of the World Charter School’s relocation and do not see the benefits of another school in our already school congested Motor Avenue community.
Petition to Congressman Gary Palmer
The Declaration of Reasoned Respect
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights." Make no mistake, the ideas of the Declaration of Independence changed the world forever... in so many beautiful ways. Moreover, so many have paid the ultimate price to ensure that this bedrock is never forgotten. Therefore, if these founding principles still matter, our nation's schoolchildren must be able to hear, consider, and speak such thoughts without fear or intimidation. After all, there is no need to spend millions of our tax dollars protecting a piece of parchment in our National Archives Museum if we can no longer act upon what is written upon it. Closer to home, imagine your young child being told that she cannot express thoughts about our "Creator" in the classroom. For many of us, this is an easy assignment, as we have vividly experienced such scenarios. If our children can no longer speak of our "Creator," on what basis can their subsequent "Rights" be ensured? Think for a moment, this prevailing reality is irrefutable evidence that the children have already lost many of The Declaration's guarantees: being able to explore the essential essence of "Life," being able to experience energizing "Liberty," and being able to soar in personal "Pursuits." Let us take inventory of the sad, and often tragic, state of affairs in our nation's public schools. (There is a bounty of evidence regarding the manifest failures to create what Thomas Jefferson insisted was our responsibility: the sustained presence of "an enlightened citizenry.") If we are going to "live up to the full meaning of our creed" (particularly in the inner city), our children must obviously know what our creed is! Yes absolutely, we must restore the beacon of truth that has inspired the soul from its very first reading in 1776. Today, our children need to be able to think anew within the paradigm of possibility… to be illumined by the still "self-evident truths" that kindle vision, purpose, and abiding hope The Declaration of Reasoned Respect: “In order to secure the Blessing of Liberty, we wholeheartedly embrace the Founding Principles enshrined by America’s Founders within The Declaration of Independence. As these principles have brought empowering light to the world since their inception, it is right and proper that we declare our allegiance and reliance upon these same principles. We remember that these are the “self-evident truths” that gave birth to our enduring Constitutional government... deriving its exceptional powers from "we the people," not the edicts of kings and tyrants. Almost a year after enacting his Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his infamous Gettysburg Address wherein he urged all Americans to consider the principles that birthed our nation: "a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Remembering our moral foundations helped end a bloody civil war as well as the scourge of slavery around the world. Roughly 100 years later, Dr. Martin Luther King again illumined America's founding creed... and inspired the masses to live up to its full meaning. Since they were first penned in 1776, countless brave and often nameless souls who have fought, bled and died for these enduring principles. Today, upon this rock of remembrance, we return to the wellspring of Life and Liberty for the sake of our youngest citizens… those in “self-evident” need of our great legacy of moral imagination and its ability to empower the human spirit. From this day forward, we open the doors of Freedom to all our public schools... allowing students to stand upon the shoulders of giants... inspiring them to seize their own greatness. In this pursuit, all teachers engaged in the noble goal of "an enlightened citizenry" may stand firmly upon America's Founding Principles without anxiety or fear. Yes, the First Amendment becomes operational: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” And so, all students are free to think and speak without intimidation or coercion: The worldview of our Founders (and most parents) will not be routinely disparaged or deemed somehow out-of-bounds. Teachers simply stay within the parameters of our founding documents. Clearly, no “religion" is “established" by using the nomenclature of our Founders. Today, in all facets of the educational endeavor, "Reasoned Respect" is provided to all citizens. From this day forward, the servants of America’s future are at liberty to employ the language, embody the worldview, and amplify the dreams of America’s Founders. To these heroic ends, inclusive terms such as “Creator,” “Nature's God,” and “Divine Providence,” may be used with the same ease as when speaking of “Mother Nature,” ”Father Time,” and “Darwinian Evolution.” When everyone is free to speak, everyone is free to think. Clearly, when everyone is thinking and expressing their thoughts, everyone has far greater opportunities to actually learn… and to know why they are learning! This is how we become "an enlightened citizenry:" The wonderment, hope and enduring virtue found in the transcendent truths of our great nation will enlighten a new generation. Like our Founders, students have access to our foundations for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. In daily application, there is the opportunity for genuine deliberation, the refinement of one's thinking, and even the possibility of gaining clarity and conviction. Consider, the “inalienable” American standard provides a moral basis for terminology such as “Good” and “Bad” or “Right” and “Wrong.” These core concepts may now be used with the same degree of comfort as the relative terms of “Appropriate” and “Inappropriate” After all, the history of the world and the light of reason verify the “Goodness” and “Rightness” of our founding principles. More directly, parents still desire that their children be “Good” and choose the “Right” path, not merely be deemed “appropriate” by a public official. And so, we now restore real tolerance and inclusion to our public schools, as we embrace both our Founding Principles and all the people they serve. Without regard to corresponding zip codes, we infuse each of our public schools with the instruments for inspiration and empowerment of the total child... heart, mind and soul. On this new day, it is with steadfast optimism and great anticipation that we come together as Americans... to be “One Nation, under God, Indivisible... with Liberty and Justice for all.” With all of our citizens focused upon the ultimate goal of an “enlightened citizenry,” let us create the best schools in the world! May the hopes and promises of "The American Dream,” "The Good Life," and even the “Shining City on a Hill” be reinvigorated within all of us. Today, we hear President Lincoln's closing words echoing, "That we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Today, we seize this gift of great price and the blessed opportunities therein. Today, we reclaim our duties as citizens!" Implementation: How would the greater purposes of The Declaration of Reasoned Respect be put into practice?" There would surely be many subsequent steps, as young citizens explore these formally unknown documents. However, the initial "action point" of the Bill is easily accomplished, as the Bill requires that large copies of the vital portions of The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution be permanently exhibited in every public classroom in America. To promote consideration and clarification, the Bill also requires The Declaration of Reasoned Respect to be placed alongside America's founding charters. (The excerpts from our founding documents are attached below.) After all, every participant in our educational system needs to know the founding principles that call us all to this grand endeavor of "an enlightened citizenry" in the first place. All citizens should understand the meaning of the words that gave birth to their country... the only country ever founded upon such moral propositions. Moreover, beyond just knowing more about the documents, there will be many ramifications in understanding what they mean... a cornucopia of good fruits to be born in countless young lives! Upon these still "self-evident truths," we will build the long envisioned shining city on a hill. Today, "we the people," proclaim with strong and clear voice, "Let Freedom Ring!" Essential Text from The Declaration of Independence: "When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." Essential Text from The Constitution: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." http://projectamericanlife.com/projectamericanlife/Dependence.html
Petition to Donald Trump
Better Food for Public School Lunches!
The children in public schools have terrible lunches. School lunch is the only meal some kids get and it should at least be good enough so they can enjoy it. Sometimes, there is mold on the bread or hair in the food. I understand that Michelle Obama changed the lunches to make them healthier for the kids. However, if the lunches are not good, the kids may not eat them to get enough nutrition. If you are worried about their health, just give them more physical education time or more active things to do throughout the school day. I remember when the lunches were good, I would eat them everyday and it gave money to the government when I bought it. Once they were changed, I started bringing my lunch to school so I could eat something good. There may still be unhealthy children, but it is their choice what they eat anywhere else and one meal a day is not going to change anything.