Civil Rights and Equality

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Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Dianne Feinstein, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Hillary Clinton, Doug LaMalfa, Connie M. Leyva, Donald Wagner, Donald Trump, President Donald Trump, Department of Veterans Affairs, Zoe Lofgren, Human Rights Campaign, Department of Education, Michelle Obama, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Maxine Waters, Xavier Becerra, Young Kim, Tom Young, Jr., Hannah-Beth Jackson, Kamala D. Harris, Melissa A. Melendez, Melania Trump, Karen Pence, Rex W. Tillerson, Mike Pence, Ben Kalasho, Jeff Sessions, Maria Foscarinis, Megan Hustings, Amy Anderson, Phil Ting, Miguel Santiago, Hilda Solis, Jan Arbuckle, Oscar Villegas, Stephany Aguilar, Phil Ansell, Robert Huff, Edward R. Royce, Dana Rohrabacher, Raul Ruiz, Darrell E. Issa, Barbara Lee, Adam B. Schiff, New York Times, ABC, Democratic National Committee, Facebook, FOX News, FOX Broadcasting Company, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Google, Inc, Twitter, Inc, Microsoft, Mark Zuckerberg, NBC, Republican National Committee, Department of Homeland Security, Bill Quirk, John Garamendi, Eric Swalwell, Jackie Speier, Mike Honda, Scott H. Peters, Anna G. Eshoo, Jerry McNerney, Jim Costa, Mark Takano, Jared Huffman, Ken Calvert, Mike Thompson, Alan S. Lowenthal, Lois Capps, Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Kevin de León, United States Department of Labor, Luis Alejo, Live Nation, Linda T. Sanchez, LinkedIn, Ted Lieu, Carol Liu, Ling Ling Chang, Tony Cardenas, Kristin Olsen, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Cheryl Brown, Adrin Nazarian,, Amazon, Tom McClintock, USA Today, Norma J. Torres, Karen Bass, Capcom, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Jeff Brown, Joe Buscaino, Cindy Cavanaugh, Curtis Hunt, Kathy Miller, Jacky Morales-Ferrand, Elizabeth Pianca, Stacie Spector, Gail Holland, Mike Bonin

Unhomeless the Homeless in California

Declare Homelessness State of Emergency in California L.A. County Homeless On any given night, there are over 148,000 homeless people in California - 23% of the entire nation’s homeless population.  Los Angeles County has the second largest population of homeless people of any region in the United States, according to a government report released Wednesday. In Los Angeles, 600,000 people are considered "severely rent burdened," which means they spend half their income on rent. More than 8,000 people became homeless here for the first time last year, according to the 2017 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report. "We are reaching levels of inequality that we have not seen since the Gilded Age," said Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenants Union. The union helps organize tenant boycotts against things like rent increases and gentrification. Los Angeles County's total — 55,188 — was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, 95 percent of people experiencing homelessness in New York City were sheltered, the report found, while only 25 percent of those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles were sheltered in 2017. The HUD report findings were similar to the results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 57,794 — an increase of 23 percent over the previous count. The HUD report found that on one night in January, nearly one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles. According to the report, overall homelessness increased nationwide this year for the first time in seven years, by slightly under 1 percent compared to 2016. On a given night across the country, 553,742 people were homeless, with nearly two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one- third living on the streets, according to the report L.A.'s big increase in homelessness had a significant impact on the national numbers. Between 2016 and 2017, individual homelessness increased by 9 percent (15,540 people) in the nation's major cities. Los Angeles accounted for 60 percent of this increase. According to the report, Los Angeles County ranked: - second nationally in the percent of unsheltered homeless, at 84.3 percent; - first in the number of individuals who are homeless, at 47,082; - first in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth at 5,163; and first in the number of homeless veterans (4,476) and percentage of unsheltered veterans (76.1 percent). California had 134,278 homeless people, and while the Golden State has the nation's largest population, the rate of 34 homeless residents per 10,000 people was twice the national average, according to the report. Of those, 68 percent were living on the streets, by far the worst percentage. The report said half the nation's homeless live in California, New York, Florida, Texas or Washington. Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors.  Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least  134,278 men, women and children -- 10,000 to 12,000 in Downtown, including more than 8,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes.More than 53,000 homeless people, or 40 percent of the state’s total, live in Los Angeles County. That number is up from about 36,000 just six years ago. There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities.  In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure. It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is.  The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action. That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis. Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way.  Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice. No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home.  Then Share this petition with your friends on social media to spread the word even further. Thank you for your support.

Lori Jean Siebers
4,018 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to UCSD, Dean of Graduate Studies, Dean of Social Sciences, UCSD DisAbility Couseling and Consulting

UC San Diego: Ensure Equal Access To Education for Disabled Students!

We, the undersigned members of UCSD, the Broader San Diego community, and community members in solidarity, are writing to express our concerns about UCSD’s failure to supply Krys Mendéz with timely and appropriate employment accommodations. Krys is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Ethnic Studies who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a progressive, neurodegenerative condition that results in damage to the brain and spinal cord. An incurable disease, MS causes a host of symptoms such as chronic pain, migraines, fatigue, numbness, tremors, as well as cognitive and mobility issues. The aggressive and unpredictable nature of Krys’s condition has prevented him from fulfilling a traditional Teaching Assistant position without undue detriments to his health—a fact that has already been documented and known to the university administration  for years. Nevertheless, just two weeks before the start of the academic year, Krys was terminated from the Writing Program position he was appointed in May by the Disability Counseling and Consulting (DCC) office, a division of the University’s Human Resources department. This termination occurred without a guaranteed and equivalent reassignment, in possible violation of Articles 3 (“Appointment Security”) and 34 (“Reasonable Accommodations”) of the UAW 2865 labor contract. To state clearly: We are appalled by the administration’s inaction in the face of a well-documented medical history. Krys first sought employment-related accommodations from his department, the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), and the Disability Counseling and Consulting (DCC) office in 2016, following a severe relapse. At the time, he was granted a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) position with a self-paced workload his condition required, enabling him to advance in his program. However, when he re-initiated an accommodations request this past Spring quarter,UCSD failed to provide (for undetermined reasons) a clear and reasonable pathway for advancing in the program with medically suitable student employment.  It is now mid-September, and despite the abrupt termination, Krys has yet to receive a secure, year-long appointment with equivalent compensation—much less a position that has been adapted for his functional limitations and daily needs. Without this, Krys faces the loss of income security, health insurance, and the fee remissions necessary to maintain his academic status. This is simply unacceptable. Krys is fighting for his life and managing a fundraiser to pay for his medical bills, all while having to stay on track with his doctoral research. Navigating the bureaucracy of UCSD has drained Krys of valuable time, labor, and energy needed to maintain his health and academic progress. We demand an immediate resolution to this issue from the The Division of Social Sciences, the Department of Ethnic Studies, and the Office for Students with Disabilities. It is imperative that this position provide Krys with a reasonable and flexible workload, as strongly advised by his medical providers. Moreover, an appointment letter must also be provided that outlines the exact accommodations Krys will receive in the 2018 - 2019 academic year. A large research university with as many resources as UCSD has no excuse for withdrawing support from a disabled, queer, PhD student of color in his attempts to access higher education. We demand immediate action as well as a continued commitment to making UCSD more accessible to all students with disabilities and chronic health conditions. Undersigned UCSD Affiliates Alexia Arani, PhD candidate, Anthropology Mellissa Linton Villafranco, PhD candidate, Ethnic Studies Boke Saisi, PhD Candidate, Ethnic Studies  

UCSD Graduate Students and the Broader San Diego Community
341 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Tom Kelly

Justice for innocent girl

Kierstin is a 14 year old girl who has been accused of making terroristic threats to staff members and peers at her school. She qualifies for protection under section 504 and her school is supposed to provide 'reasonable' accommodations so that she can have access to an education. Instead, they failed to properly follow a 504 plan and neglected to protect her from sexual violence at school, and are continuously causing untold damage. Worst of all, when she reported that she had been sexually harassed by a boy at school, which was extremely difficult for her to do with her disabilities, they not only completely ignored her, but they took measures to protect the boy. They filed a claim against her alleging that she had bullied the boy whom she had just reported to them... Two days after she reported him! Her complaint was never investigated, and it would seem that the school is trying to silence her by criminalizing her. The boy who she reported as having made sexually harassing comments to her and her friends now claims that she made terroristic threats to him, which is completely false. The school completed a title 9 compliance investigation where several students claim that she made no such threat, yet the school suspended her and filed a police report any way. She is 13 and facing felony charges and the boy who made sexual comments to her is allowed to remain at the school, with absolutely no consequences for his actions and no official documentation that there was ever a report made by Kierstin, other than the possibility that a friend of hers may have recorded the report that Kierstin had filed. People need to have a clear understanding of the persistent problems involving sexual assault and the vulnerability of those who have disabilities, and the importance of advocating for the rights of such individuals particularly since some of those disabilities make asking for help extremely difficult if not impossible. This is a situation where a child with a mental disability found the courage to seek help and what she got for her efforts was the most obvious case of retaliation at the hands of a school that I have ever heard of. It's absolutely disgusting and  people need to know the truth about what is happening. Kierstin remains in custody, not allowed to return to her home with her loving family and her pets who bring her such comfort. She has no criminal record and has pleaded with her public defender and probation officer to let her go home, as she is not a threat and has no intention of bringing harm to anyone. She is awaiting trial after entering a plea of not guilty to felony charges, meanwhile this boy could be terrorizing more innocent and vulnerable children at this school right now as you read this. Of further concern to me is that nearly half of the students at this school are reported to have enrolled having already qualified for either 504 accommodations or special education services under an IEP. The website reports that 40% of the students receive Special Education Services, 'mostly due to emotional and behavioral disorders and Autism spectrum disorders.' This is concerning because all of these students could be at risk for sexual abuse if this boys actions are not addressed. As a staff member of a public school it is greatly disturbing that this is happening at this Charter School and I feel that the behavior of the staff at this school is a disgrace to all education professionals. Kierstin Countryman is innocent, and the charges against her should be dropped. The only criminals in this matter are the teachers at this school who failed to report allegations of sexual harassment under Title 9 and who participated in false reports against Kierstin Countryman as a means of retaliation. Kierstin's family has filed a report with the US Department of Education under Title 9 compliance, as well as with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division but that is not enough! Kierstin is still facing legal charges for something she did not do! The boy who made the sexually harassing comments is also not in need of legal charges... but rather, mental health intervention services. Children do not just make comments of a sexually harassing nature to peers for fun, they do it because they are reaching out for help. According to one study, a large portion of children who sexually harass other children have themselves been the victim of such sexual misconduct (Hill & Kearl, 2011). We need to stop the vicious cycle before it causes any more damage!  Free Kierstin Countryman and hold her school accountable for their actions! #schooltoprisonpipeline, #educationnotincarceration, #SSAIS, #JusticeforKierstin! References: Hill, C., Ph.D., & Kearl, H., M.A. (2011, November). Crossing the Line, Sexual Harassment at School. Retrieved May 12, 2018, from by AAUW 1111 Sixteenth St. NW Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202/785-7700 E-mail: Web: Copyright © 2011 AAUW All rights reserved Printed in the United States First printing: November 2011 Library of Congress Control Number: 2011940886 ISBN: 978-1-879922-41-9   Justice For Kierstin GoFundMe

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