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coronavirus

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Started 11 hours ago

Petition to Columbus City Schools

Finish the Columbus City School Year Virtually

On Thursday, February 25th, Columbus City Schools informed Columbus City School students that grades 6-12 would return to the school building. This decision was made without the consultation of parents or students.  Many buildings in the district are notorious for the lack of windows. The CDC guidelines state, "When indoors, ventilation mitigation strategies help to offset the absence of natural wind and reduce the concentration of viral particles in the indoor air." However, schools such as Centennial have no windows in classrooms.  There is no way to "prepare" for the virus as the district would like for us to believe. Students may be asymptomatic, meaning they could carry the virus and not show any symptoms. As a result, they may spread this to students.  Many people will argue to switch to "Online Academy", but this is inconvenient because Online Academy means the student will be dropped in a new classroom and receive new instructors. This is inconvenient because students have gotten adjusted to their virtual classrooms for months.  Others argue homeschooling is an option. Not only do many students not have the resources to be homeschooled, but students taking AP/IB credits will lose all their hard-earned work and credits.  Online academy or learning extension centers are providing a stepped-down level of instruction relative to the AP/IB programs. So, are these real options? To many, this appears as extortion to send kids back to school.  The only way to ensure our safety is if everyone stays home. CCS, allow us to stay at home to ensure our health, and no one dies from this plan that lacks structure. Thank you.   

Colubus City Schools Change
85 supporters
Update posted 21 hours ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Miguel Cardona

President Biden: Cancel student loans in the first 100 days.

Trillions could be injected into the economy with no tax money needed, and nothing added to the national debt.   Federal student loans have become a national threat.  Before the Covid-19 virus emerged, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. had student loans, and over 80% of them were either unable to pay on their loans, or were paying but their balances were going up.  The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, and these people were taking out less than a third of what today's students are compelled to borrow for college. The default rate for current borrowers will easily exceed 75%, if not far higher.  This is more than triple the default rate of sub-prime home mortgages, and this was all true before the pandemic. By every reasonable metric, this is now a catastrophically failed lending system. The President and Secretary of Education have all the authority needed issue an executive order cancelling all federally owned student loans- about 85% of all student debt. Nothing would be added to the national debt, and no tax appropriation would be needed.  This is, by far, the least expensive, and most expedient way to inject trillions into the economy.  President Biden must to do this in his first 100 days in office.  He must also issue an executive order returning bankruptcy protections to student loans, and urge Congress to do the same for ALL student loans. This is not a partisan problem.  More than half of all student loan borrowers identify as being politically independent, or republican. More than 40% never graduated.  People in "red" states are being hurt significatly worse than in "blue" states. All are trapped by a uniquely predatory lending system from which nearly every consumer protection has been stripped- including statutes of limitations, Truth in Lending laws, and most importantly: bankruptcy rights that the Founders called for ahead of the power to raise an army and even ahead of the power to declare war in the U.S. Constitution.  The predatory, hyper-inflationary lending system that has resulted is what the Founders wished to avoid. Critics claiming that cancelling loans will largely benefit people who don't need it are completely wrong!  100% of all borrowers were determined to be "financially needy" as a condition for federal loans. 80% were never going to be able to repay them before the pandemic.  What's more: the most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system, so would not benefit from federal loan cancellation. Importantly:  the people with the highest loan balances aren't younger people who irresponsibly over-borrowed for college; they are people over 50, who actually outnumber people under 25 with student loans.  They borrowed very moderately decades ago, but today owe more than triple what people under 25 owe because their loans have exploded with interest, penalties, fees, etc.  More than half of people over 75 are in default, and seniors citizens are having their social security seized by the government. Analysts have predicted that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by about $100 billion for the next ten years, but they do not take into account the borrowing capacity (and thus spending) that such a move would free up. This would be another $1 Trillion injected into the economy in the near and medium term.  Some experts even believe that debt cancellation is the only way to avoid a depression! Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine.  The federal government has been profiting wildly on these loans for many years, and decades of White House Budget data show that the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans!  On balance, the taxpayer will have very little- perhaps no- net loss when these loans are cancelled. This is an historic opportunity for President Biden to do what he said he was going to do, cure a recession, and create a better higher education financing system for the country. This is YOUR PETITION.  Word of mouth is the best way we have to make it grow.  Please get a few people you know to sign, and paste the link to it wherever student loan borrowers are likely to see it (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)  Also, contact your local media, and tell them to cover it! Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).  

student loan justice.org
982,212 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

$2000/month to every American #moneyforthepeople #covid19

**UPDATE: As the Biden administration takes office, the country is deeply struggling. We’re out of work and out of cash. It took nine months for Congress to send a second stimulus check, and just moments to spend it. Another single check won’t solve our problems – people are just too far behind. Like we’ve been saying from the beginning of this pandemic, people need to know when the next check is coming. And the best thing our government can do right now is send emergency money to the people on a monthly basis. Sign to join our movement to get recurring checks to the people.  My name is Stephanie, and I am one of millions of Americans who fear for my financial future because of this coronavirus crisis. With businesses and schools closing across the country to control the spread of this virus, many people have already lost their jobs. Others are being forced to stay home. This is catastrophic for working families like mine.  I’m calling on Congress to support families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for kids immediately, and continuing regular checks for the duration of the crisis. Otherwise, laid-off workers, furloughed workers, the self-employed, and workers dealing with reduced hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table. My husband and I own a restaurant in Denver and these past two weeks have been a blur. Our restaurant community is wrestling with seeing everything we all have worked so hard for irrevocably changed. Our hearts were breaking as we watched our staff divide the ingredients in our kitchen to bring to their homes: a dismal token for employees who worked tirelessly every day. Our talented and cherished team, some of whom have been with us since we opened our doors 15 years ago, are now without an income. Like our team, my family has lost all of the income from our restaurant, and business owners and the self-employed can't claim unemployment. This is the story of America right now. For our team and other Americans who can claim unemployment, even the maximum payments will not be enough for most people to continue paying their bills – and avoid slipping into poverty. The facts are, even successful small businesses can’t go months with their doors closed.  But supplying Americans with monthly support until they can get back on their feet can save our communities from financial ruin. We need immediate checks and recurring payments so that we can keep our heads above water.  Congress needs to make sure that we won’t be left financially ruined for doing our part to keep the country healthy.

Stephanie Bonin
2,043,937 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Federal Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Department of Health and Human Services

Demand FDA Approval for Emergency Use of Ivermectin for Covid 19 Treatment

DAntiviral ResearchAvailable online 3 April 2020, 104787The FDA-approved Drug Ivermectin inhibits the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in vitroAuthor links open overlay panelLeonCaly1Julian D.Druce1Mike G.Catton1David A.Jans2Kylie M.Wagstaff2https://doi.org/10.1016/j.antiviral.2020.104787Get rights and contentUnder a Creative Commons licenseopen access  Highlights•Ivermectin is an inhibitor of the COVID-19 causative virus (SARS-CoV-2) in vitro.•A single treatment able to effect ∼5000-fold reduction in virus at 48h in cell culture.•Ivermectin is FDA-approved for parasitic infections, and therefore has a potential for repurposing.•Ivermectin is widely available, due to its inclusion on the WHO model list of essential medicines.The FDA-approved Drug Ivermectin inhibits the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in vitro Although several clinical trials are now underway to test possible therapies, the worldwide response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been largely limited to monitoring/containment. We report here that Ivermectin, an FDA-approved anti-parasitic previously shown to have broad-spectrum anti-viral activity in vitro, is an inhibitor of the causative virus (SARS-CoV-2), with a single addition to Vero-hSLAM cells 2 hours post infection with SARS-CoV-2 able to effect ∼5000-fold reduction in viral RNA at 48 h. Ivermectin therefore warrants further investigation for possible benefits in humans.Ivermectin is an FDA-approved broad spectrum anti-parasitic agent1 that in recent years we, along with other groups, have shown to have anti-viral activity against a broad range of viruses2, 3, 4, 5 in vitro. Originally identified as an inhibitor of interaction between the human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) integrase protein (IN) and the importin (IMP) α/β1 heterodimer responsible for IN nuclear import6, Ivermectin has since been confirmed to inhibit IN nuclear import and HIV-1 replication5. Other actions of ivermectin have been reported7, but ivermectin has been shown to inhibit nuclear import of host (eg.8,9) and viral proteins, including simian virus SV40 large tumour antigen (T-ag) and dengue virus (DENV) non-structural protein 55, 6. Importantly, it has been demonstrated to limit infection by RNA viruses such as DENV 1-44, West Nile Virus10, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV)3 and influenza2, with this broad spectrum activity believed to be due to the reliance by many different RNA viruses on IMPα/β1 during infection11,12. Ivermectin has similarly been shown to be effective against the DNA virus pseudorabies virus (PRV) both in vitro and in vivo, with ivermectin treatment shown to increase survival in PRV-infected mice13. Efficacy was not observed for ivermectin against Zika virus (ZIKV) in mice, but the authors acknowledged that study limitations justified re-evaluation of ivermectin’s anti-ZIKV activity14. Finally, ivermectin was the focus of a phase III clinical trial in Thailand in 2014-2017, against DENV infection, in which a single daily oral dose was observed to be safe and resulted in a significant reduction in serum levels of viral NS1 protein, but no change in viremia or clinical benefit was observed (see below)15.

Diana Z
1,077 supporters