20 petitions

Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Erin Stewart, Jamie Giantonio, Daniel Salerno, Carlo Carlozzi, Wilfredo Pabon, Robert Smedley, Shirley Black, Tremell Collins, Daniel Davis, Jerrell Hargraves, , Chris Polkowski, Kristian Rosado, Louis Salvio, Emmanuel Sanchez, Jim Sanders, Jr.

Rename Paul Manafort Drive to George Springer Drive in New Britain, CT

Paul J. Manafort Drive is a street that runs along Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. In June 1994, the street was named after Paul J. Manafort, one of four brothers who inherited their father's New Britain demolition business. The street currently bears the same name as his son, Paul J. Manafort, a New Britain, CT native who was recently indicted on twelve federal criminal charges, including conspiracy against the United States. This street next to New Britain's featured university should honor a better name. Major League Baseball player and World Series champion George Springer is a New Britain, CT native. Springer attended and played baseball for New Britain High School and the University of Connecticut. He grew up watching the city's AA baseball team, the New Britain Rock Cats. George Springer's athletic achievements are considerable. At the University of Connecticut he was named Big East Rookie of the Year in 2009, Big East Player of the Year in 2011, and was named to several All-American teams. In 2013, in AAA minor league baseball, he was named the Texas League Player of the Year. In Major League Baseball, he was named to the 2017 American League All-Star Team and led the Houston Astros to their first-ever World Series championship. George Springer hit 5 home runs over the thrilling seven game series and was named the 2017 World Series' Most Valuable Player. George Springer also does charity work for children with speech development difficulties, having had a stutter his whole life. Springer participated in a baseball clinic in Newtown, CT for elementary school students in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Springer greeted Connecticut truckers who delivered relief supplies to Houston after the devastating Hurricane Harvey. Let's give this street a name that New Britain can be proud of: George Springer Drive.

Dan Russell
1,656 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Madison Board of Education

Madison Public Schools are Facing a Major Change - so let's take a pause.

The Madison Board of Education (BOE) is planning to vote on a MAJOR CHANGE for our schools on October 17, 2017. The result of this vote will significantly impact ALL THREE of the town's elementary and BOTH middle schools. We want the Board of Education to hit "PAUSE" before making this critical decision about the future of our schools. On November 7, there is a town election, and after that vote, there will be new people joining the Board of Education and a change in the chair of the board. We are asking the BOE to hold off on the vote of whether or not to close Island Avenue School until the town is presented with a fully-vetted and well-communicated plan. We need to know more about how the closing of Island and repair of Jeffery and Ryerson will be completed and financed. The decision to close Island Avenue School directly impacts the families of Brown and Polson as well, and we feel it is only fair that our newly elected members of the Board of Education give this significant decision more consideration. This petition is NONPARTISAN; we are simply asking the BOE to hold off on the vote. The decision on whether or not to close Island Avenue will have a direct impact on the future of ALL students of Madison's Public Schools (especially Jeffrey, Ryerson, Island Avenue, Brown, and Polson). It is in our town's best interest to come to a joint understanding about the future of our schools. Many residents have expressed concerns and asked questions about the next steps. Here are just some of the questions: After the upcoming election (on November 7), there will be a new Board of Ed chairperson and, likely, new members on the board. Those people will inherit the task of imposing whatever decision is made if the vote is not postponed, whether they agree with it or not. Why put them in that position? Parents, residents, teachers, and students are confused about how the closure of Island Avenue will affect the student populations in our town's other schools. How much will it cost tax-payers to close down one school and make updates to the other elementary schools? How will class sizes be affected by the redistricting process? What will happen to the teachers, administrators, and staff at our current schools? How will this impact morale? When would the necessary repairs be made to the existing schools? How much will they cost? What is the time-frame for completion of those projects and how will students be accommodated during that process? Our town already has one abandoned school building (Academy - 15 years ago). What are the implications of having two abandoned school buildings in our small town? How will new grade distributions in the middle schools (putting grades 6,7, and 8 into one building) affect the cultures of Brown and Polson? Are these changes a reflection of sound educational practices? Has all the necessary due diligence been completed to make an informed and prudent decision? School renovation projects and redistricting efforts are complicated, time-intensive, and involved processes. Given the complex issues and important decisions at stake, which will impact every town resident, we are asking the BOE to take a little time to PAUSE, as the town is still reeling from the results of the recent referendum, and emotions are high. We request that the Board of Education delay the vote on the decision to close Island Avenue until after the elections on November 7.  Please join us. After signing, please spread the word.  A little more information about the Board of Education: Current Madison, CT Board of Education Members:Jean Fitzgerald (Chair)**Jessica Bowler* Galen CawleyJohn DeanAlison Keating*Matt Keller Seth Klaskin Happy Marino Katie Stein *denotes up for reelection in November**leaving BOE but running for Board of Finance in November Candidates for 2017 Board of EducationFive of the following to be selected; not more than 3 from one party:Michael Abbondandolo (G)Kirk Barneby (R)Jessica Bowler (R)Alison Keating (D)Violet McNerney (R)Matt Parthasarthy (D)Emily Rosenthal (D)    

Kristen Rosecrans Powers
267 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Mark Nussbaum, Steve Rodgers

Allow Anthony Fantano to Perform at the Outer Space in Hamden, CT

After a hit-piece from, numerous shows across the country celebrating the 10th anniversary of the popular Youtube creator, Anthony Fantano aka The Needle Drop, were canceled. The article calls Fantano "alt-right" and attempts to defame him by aligning him with that of Neo-nazis and white supremacists, because of a comedy side channel called thatistheplan. On the channel, Fantano used parody often to satirize events and trends in and out of the online community. used this as "evidence" of his alignment with the likes of Richard Spencer and the White Nationalist movement. Fantano has since taken down the channel due to the demonetization of his content, but the article claims it was in response to their questioning him. This defacement has led many venues on his upcoming tour to cancel the scheduled events. While this does not violate his 1st amendment right and is within both the venue's and promoter's rights, we need to show these people that we want voices like Fantano's heard. We support the marketplace of ideas, and we support comedy.  For a long time, I have frequented the last stop on Fantano's tour, The Outer Space in Hamden, CT. I've gotten to know some of the good people that run the facility and recognize the good the entire complex has done for the art community in Connecticut as a whole. I created this petition to show support for Fantano, another CT native, and to show support for free speech. This isn't a dog whistle. Fantano is not the things he is being accused of. My hope is that the owners and promoters associated with the Outer Space will see this and understand that we support The Needle Drop and want him there. I've met many of these people personally, and know they are good people. If they were to retract the cancellation, then perhaps other venues will do the same. Thanks for taking the time for reading this and supporting. Please share this petition and spread it for other people to see.OH! And if you, like me, were one of the people who had their tickets refunded, I urge you to take that money and donate to The Needle Drop directly. We need to support these content creators if we want them to keep doing the work they do! 

Biagio Gulino
76 supporters