Petition to Massachusetts State House, Robert A. Deleo, Bradley Jones, Ronald Mariano, Brian Dempsey
Pass H2998 to prevent sexual assault on college campuses
Sexual assault and other forms of dating violence are epidemics on college campuses. Every academic year, between 20 and 25% of college women will experience dating or sexual violence, and another 1/3 will be subjected to sexual harassment. Despite its prevalence, 'little is known' about the factors that cause this type of violence and harassment, according to the Center for Disease Control. In 2004, a White House Task Force was convened to combat sexual violence on campuses, and recommended that a sexual assault climate survey be administered at colleges and universities across the country to correct our presumptions about sexual violence and move forward with concrete and effective policy solutions.The statistics above are why we cannot delay in passing H 2998 to establish a sexual assault climate survey at college and universities across Massachusetts. This survey is more than an assessment of the prevalence and perception of violence, identifying key demographics, gathering information about assailants, and tailoring solutions to specific campus communities - it is also a platform for victims, who are often shamed into silence, to speak out anonymously but candidly, and for students to voice their true concerns about their campus communities. The Legislature cannot let another year pass without taking action. Students, the campus community, and our state as a whole need to see government making the eradication of sexual violence on campus a priority. We ask that the House of Representatives pass H2998 during the informal session, so that work on the survey may commence immediately. Not another year can go by while those who could fix the problem of sexual assault are powerless to do so because of incomplete information. Behind those statistics are real students, looking to their representatives to take action to keep our campuses safe. Please help us make Massachusetts a leader in combating sexual assault and violence.
Petition to Greg Abbott, U.S. State Legislators
SNAP for Healthier College Students
Always on the run, stressed, hungry, and trying to tie loose ends for money, college students often make unhealthy choices when trying to decide at the grocery store: To make a quick, cheap food, or a nutritious, expensive meal. With low funds, the choice is obvious. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is a beneficial program for adults aged 18 and over, helping them to buy fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be inaccessible. The money is transferred through an EBT card (Electronic Benefits Transfer), thus making it easy to simply choose the vegetables then swipe at the register like a regular debit or credit card. While this program sounds great, it is unfortunately unavailable for college students for reasons not explained on the SNAP Website. Most students, living alone or with roommates, naturally meet the little to no income requirements, especially in their first years when they are learning to eat healthy and balance freedom for the first time. Together we can raise our voices to help college students raise forks full of nutritious food. Students are essential to our future, they are the world's leaders and innovators, they need healthy fuel to help them through their studies and to change the world. Healthy food needs to be a necessity, not a precious luxury.
Petition to Maureen S
Demand Reform in Solano Community College's Math Department
I am a Political Science major at Solano Community College (SCC). For the most part, my academic experience at SCC has been good. That is, until I took a math class during the summer 2017 semester. That was the worst class I've taken in my entire academic history. Concerned it was just me, I began polling fellow classmates and other SCC students only to learn of horror stories about abusive, unprofessional, and downright inept professors, students needing to take math classes multiple times to pass (professor issue...not student), disparate treatment towards minority students, and overall dereliction of duty by professors who simply do not care enough to see students succeed. My experience and countless others like mine, compelled me to be the change I wanted to see. Effective September 18, 2017, I begin a Hunger Strike to raise awareness about biased grading practices, disparate treatment of protected class students, pernicious pedagogy, and dereliction of duty to provide a curriculum in the spirit of excellence in SCC's Math Department. I am asking SCC to reform their Math Department once and for all! But, I can't do it alone. I need your help. Here's how you can show your support: Sign this petition then use your voice to share the link with every student, friend, and parent you know who pays tuition at SCC and ask them to sign it too. E-mail David.Williams@solano.edu and Celia.Esposito-Noy@solano.edu to show support for the protest. Demand that they reform SCC's Math Department immediately. Use hashtag #MyTuitionMatters across social media platforms to show your solidarity with the movement. Attend the protest rally next Friday, September 22, 2017 at noon on SCC's campus. Cancelled: Due to Hunger Striker Being Bedridden. Thank you for your support! As members of the academic community, we must continue to strive to make our learning institutions better today, tomorrow, and for the future. 10 Points: I have a right to quality Math and Science professors. I have a right to hold faculty and staff accountable for poor pedagogy without fear of retaliation. I have a right to complain about poor customer service by faculty and staff and to have my concerns resolved in a timely manner. I have a right to a peaceful learning environment. I have a right to receive assistance from qualified professors and tutors in the MAC Lab. I have a right to higher education. I have a right to have my grades evaluated within a reasonable time frame. I have a right to transparency from the Administrative Leadership concerning issues related to my education. I have a right to demand excellence from faculty and staff. I have a right to succeed in every class I enroll in without interference from disgruntled, mean-spirited, and unqualified professors.
Petition to Southern Adventist University
Active Shooter Response
Southern Adventist University is a private college located in the small town of Collegedale, TN. Roughly 3,000 students attend classes on this fairly large campus. While there are fire drills and tornado drills, active shooters drills are not practiced. The reason being is because the school board does not see them as a necessary task and they do not want to lose education time for practice. Furthermore, the campus safety officers are not allowed to carry firearms on campus. In the even of an active shooter it would take nearly 9 minutes for a police officer to arrive. The average active shooter incident only lasts 2 minutes. Something has to be done to make this college campus better prepared. If the students have never done the drill then if an incident were to ever occur the reaction of the students wouldn't be well. Instead of knowing what to do the students would panic and only make a terrible situation worse. I am a student at Southern Adventist University. I want to be safe while I am in school. The fact is that the world that we live in isn't always safe. We need to be prepared for as many circumstances as possible. With your help hopefully we can bring this oversight into the eyes of the school board and make the much needed change.
Petition to Ro Khanna, Dianne Feinstein, Virginia Foxx, John Sobrato, Janet Napolitano, Pete Boyle, Rick Williams
Petition for Reduced Tuition
Join the movement on Twitter @changetrain1 This petition is not for the over-entitled who have told me, "It's not my money." This petition is for those of us who give a damn. Do you, like me, have nervous thoughts about whether you can get approved for more loans to finish school? Do you, like me, continuously update and figure out your school payment options with your family? Do you question whether you can take up more minimum-wage work and still have time for school? Did you think about leaving college behind? If so, join The Change Train. Join us as we take action with the Petition for Reduced Tuition. We want college and university administrators to collaborate with their students to reduce tuition costs. We believe that change in this area is not a one-way street; there are actions that both groups can take to reduce tuition and expenses. Below are the individuals that we are petitioning to in order to gain their support in promoting reduced tuition, and to help create collaboration between students and administrations to achieve reduced tuition and expenses. Janet Napolitano (President, University of California) Pete Boyle (VP for Public Affairs, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities) Rick Williams (Chief Executive Officer, Sobrato Family Foundation) Ro Khanna (Congressman 17th District) Dianne Feinstein (California Senator) Virginia Foxx (Higher Education subcommittee chair) John Sobrato (The Sobrato Organization President, Santa Clara University alum)