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Petition to Heritage Capitol Partners

Save Ormewood Forest

Please help Save Ormewood Forest.  Nestled in the heart of East Atlanta, Ormewood Forest represents over 6 acres of land, upon which century-old trees provide habitat for abundant wildlife and essential protection for a first-order headwater stream.  The surrounding community wishes to preserve the land, its trees and the stream for several reasons.  First and foremost, the land and its trees contribute to the ever-shrinking tree canopy within the urban heart of Atlanta.  Preserving Ormewood Forest would increase, by 50%, the current public greenspace within the East Atlanta neighborhood.  Second, preserving the land around the headwater stream protects watershed resources of the already impaired Intrenchement Creek and South River Watersheds.  Third, neighboring residents as well as native inhabitant wildlife depend upon this forested land to mitigate urban heat-island effects and to process storm water runoff.  The land serves as a significant wildlife habitat, as well as providing esthetic values that enrich the quality of life for our community.   Heritage Capitol Partners and Heritage Homes are seeking to develop Ormewood Forest using high density, multi-family residential zoning. Their specific re-zoning request to MR1 could even allow for some limited commercial usage and does not guarantee that a quality planned development would be built.  MR1 is not only inconsistent with the surrounding neighborhood zoning, it would set an undesirable precedent for future developers who may be unconcerned about environmental impact and the existing traditional character of our neighborhood as established in the City of Atlanta’s 2016 Comprehensive Development Plan.  If unsuccessful in their zoning request, Heritage is still intent on developing the property in accordance with existing zoning.  This would result in the entire acreage being sliced up across the protected stream buffers into ten home sites, virtually eliminating any meaningful way to restore and preserve the stream system. Show your support for Saving Ormewood Forest and join our efforts in appeal to Heritage Capital Partners and Heritage Homes to take their development plans to a more suitable location and allow our community and Atlanta the opportunity to permanently protect this green space for the benefit of all.

Save Ormewood Forest
833 supporters
Started 5 days ago

Petition to , Michael Davidson, Joanna Trotter

Say GRACE for South Deering!

Grace Housing Complex (Grace) and The Social Alchemy Collective (SAC) are proud to be working together on the Say GRACE initiative to revitalize the South Deering Community of Chicago. The "GRACE" of SAY GRACE means Greet, Relationships, Assistance, Communication, & Evaluation, and it is a model through which we will provide programming and activities which focus on housing, education, and health. We will also begin planning activities around workforce development and the creation of a social enterprise - a community-owned brewery which will create jobs and revenue to further South Deering's revitalization. Grace and the SAC recently submitted a request for funding to the Chicago Community Trust (CCT) to support these efforts. While the CCT has a fair and open grant awarding process, it is important for CCT leadership to know that the people of South Deering are in support of these efforts and are being organized to take an active role. It is also important for CCT leadership to realize the impact that this grant will have in South Deering ... an impact which will advance prior and and forthcoming planning efforts in the area. Please consider signing this petition to inform CCT of your support of Grace's work! WHY SOUTH DEERING? South Deering is a neighborhood which is 31.3% below the National and City poverty line and is in need of philanthropic investment. As a result of impoverished conditions and subsequent lack of investment, South Deering has been plagued with gangs, high crime rates, struggling schools, and below national average consumer spending for several decades. Moreover, South Deering has limited restaurants, stores, affordable housing and community resource centers, and opportunities for gainful employment. Thus, Grace has been working with the SAC over the past year to develop strategies to address these challenges within the context of its mission and focus. The Say Grace initiative is one outcome of these efforts. THE SAY GRACE INITIATIVE Say GRACE  is an initiative in which Grace, the SAC, and partnering organizations work with residents of Trumball Park Homes and the South Deering Community to address issues of financial stress, trauma, education, health, self-mastery, and community change. This work will be encompassed through a community organization model developed by the SAC in which principles of popular education are used to teach mindfulness and mind/body practices as a means to improve mastery motivation, social action, and community organizing around education and health outcomes. Say GRACE adapts three "keys" of mastery (self-care, self-help, and self-sufficiency) to facilitate objectives. These keys are explored thorough workshops and activities addressing education and health-related concerns. Concepts are further reinforced through engagement with a graphic novel and related personal development curriculum (The Magic of Mastery) developed by the SAC. SAY GRACE GOALS Say GRACE connects permanent public housing residents to activities which enhance health and education outcomes through the pursuit of four goals: Alleviate physical and trauma symptoms through short- and long-term mindfulness-based interventions. Address the link between disruptive parenting and poor child/youth academic performance. Develop a cadre of residents (adults, youth, and children) who become leaders within the community and take a leading role in devising community change solutions. Engage the community through organizing around the pursuit of solutions to education, health, and workforce readiness concerns. OUR PLAN General Community Sessions. Conduct drop-in workshops and activities (once-twice per week) to provide  services and training on self-care, self-help, and self-sufficiency. These sessions will evolve into panel discussions, organizing meetings, and planning sessions as the project progresses. Focused Cohort Work. Address parental responsiveness, mastery, and academic performance for three cohorts through 8 weeks workshops and activities (meeting twice per week), with Weeks 1-3 focusing on Self-Care, Weeks 4-6 focusing on Self-Help, and Weeks 7-8 focusing on Self-Sufficiency. Dates include Cohort 1: 10/1/17 – 11/17/17; Cohort 2: 1/1/18 – 2/23/18; and Cohort 3: 4/1/18 -5/25/18. Leadership Cultivation. Develop a cadre of residents (adults, youth, and children) to become community leaders. Leaders will pursue activities around community planning, teaching other residents in a “train the trainer” model, conducting organizing and outreach around education and health needs, etc. Summer 2018 Planning & Activities. Grace will convene a planning committee of community residents and other stakeholders to plan Summer 2018 events around peace, safety, health/wellness, education, & workforce readiness, with planning conducted 6/1/18 – 6/30/18. Grace will also conduct programming around mindfulness, education, safety, and arts (7/1/18 – 8/15/18). Finally, Grace will also lead additional community planning efforts and host a community celebration (8/18). ABOUT GRACE Grace is an economic and community development organization with a mission to provide low income residents with affordable housing, informational services, and other development opportunities. Grace was founded in 2013 by Cynthia Dailey, a community activist and mother of Grace CEO/President Justin Dailey. Cynthia came from humble beginnings being raised in the Robert Taylor Housing Projects. Her struggle and experience led to the development of Grace … an organization focused on helping low income residents (particularly mothers) of the far southeast side take control over their lives through the provision of services which advance affordable housing, civic service, employment, health, education, and othercommunity initiatives. More info: ABOUT THE SAC The Social Alchemy Collective is a nonprofit think tank and action team comprised of social alchemists who not only represent various sectors, interests, professions, ideologies, and aspirations, but who are also committed to using the nonprofit movement to facilitate social change and the holistic development of humanity. Through the process of our work, we hope to start a movement which contributes to a revolution of society, relationships, thoughts, and existence. More info:

Grace Housing Complex
30 supporters
Started 5 days ago

Petition to Sheryll Shimata

Waikoloa Community Wellness Center

The old Waikoloa Village Store, also known as the "Kau Kau Depot" This once vibrant gathering place for the community now sits empty and is a sad gathering place for the homeless and addicts of the Island. As we have seen it sit empty for years, trying to bargain with the bank to turn it into anything but empty, we have seen an increase in activity there with homeless and addicts, drug use, paraphernalia, garbage, and a young beautiful man who lost his life to an overdose at the location. We have done community clean up with the trash outside and have notified local law enforcement of the drug paraphernalia inside of the location, but it still stands there today a sad reminder of this once beautiful place.With this petition we hope to create The Waikoloa Community Wellness Center!   Our hope is to help the less fortunate through Life is to Be Lived Foundation. Our Community Wellness Center plan is intended to drive positive change within the Hawaii community while also embracing Waikoloa community. Our Wellness Center will allow clients access to clubs, social groups and employment resources with opportunity for personal development and education. It is our goal to create a place for Wellness, Kindness and Respect for all of our community. It will serve as the bedrock for social equity with open doors for all with free or low cost community centric programs as well as help our community seniors and youth through activities and education. Community Center foundations must constantly balance current needs and future needs, we must do what we can to meet current needs while at the same time providing resource to help future generations meet unforeseen future need which includes homeless individuals suffering from drug addiction and or mental illnesses. This Plan aims to strike that balance sometimes addressing problems today can prevent them from becoming bigger problems in the future.   For further information Contact Sheryl Shimata Crystal Elliott 808-345-4956  

Life is to Be Lived
127 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to City of Detroit, Michigan, State of Michigan

Citizens Against the Grand Prix on Belle Isle

We believe that it's time to pull the plug on the Detroit Grand Prix event on Belle Isle.  Before bankruptcy, the City could not afford to properly maintain the Island, so offers by the Grand Prix to run the race there in exchange for making "improvements" might have made some sense.  Now that the State of Michigan has taken over and has made Belle Isle a State Park, the time has come to allow the Island to be used as it was intended - as a nature and recreational park to be used by all people, year round.  This current year, the Grand Prix began setting up 8 weeks before the race.  That means concrete barriers inhibiting access to the riverfront, blocking bike lanes, etc.  When you include the weeks afterward to dismantile it and clean up, this means the island is essentially monopolized by the race people for the better part of three months.  This is prime park season, with public access impeded to the river, and most public gathering places in the half of the Island where the race course exists.  The fact that an immense portion of the island near the Fountain and Casino has been encased in concrete - creating a gigantic parking lot - to serve the purposes of the race organizers, is a permanent blot and eyesore on the face of the island.  It's time to say no to the rich and powerful who have taken over the island, and return it back to the people.  Move the Grand Prix somewhere else - get it off Belle Isle.

David Martin
412 supporters