Petition to Megan Brennan, USPS
Hazard pay for all USPS EMPLOYEES!!
As we get deeper and deeper into this Coronavirus epidemic postal employees are being forced to work and do overtime upwards of 12 hours a day. As of this present time there have been Upwards of more than 40 confirmed cases of coronavirus with-in the United States Postal Service. From dealing with the day-to-day struggles of rain, sleet snow, hail or no AC in postal vehicles limited heating in postal vehicles no innovations in carriers delivery methods no innovations in protection clothing or any other areas of the post office. Megan Brennan USPS CEO hasn’t sent any supplies such as had sanitizer or mask for employees protection, she made a very vague statement which basically read her employees should follow CDC guidelines. Blood, sweat, and tears postal employees carrier this company on their backs day in and day out at the expense of time with our families, wear and tear on our bodies, mental and emotional abuse from USPS management. We are demanding hazard pay for working during Coronavirus considering we are essential during this epidemic we should at be paid for it. The union is no help to employees during this at all they should be fighting for this hazard pay or threatening for another shutdown. We have to get louder post office!! Hopefully this is an outlet to make change happen.
Petition to Ralph Northam
#Masks4VA: Make cloth face masks mandatory in Virginia's public buildings & city sidewalks
We're calling on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to take action now!Let's make Virginia a #Masks4All state – all Virginians should be required to wear cloth face masks in public buildings and on city sidewalks until COVID-19 is defeated. Even simple, cloth face coverings reduce the spread of COVID-19.A 30 day #Masks4VA executive order or law will protect our first responders, save the lives of countless Virginians, and create jobs. We'll keep the N95 and surgical masks for our health care workers. And it will help VA flatten the curve even faster than other states. That means Virginians will get back to work faster! See the bottom of this petition for instructions on how to contact Governor Northam. Why we need a Masks4All rule in Virginia: THE CDC RECOMMENDS THE PUBLIC WEAR MASKS: Americans should wear “face coverings in public” because “a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms.” That’s right, you could be spreading COVID-19 even if you feel fine. ANYONE CAN MAKE A SIMPLE MASK AT HOME: The CDC says a simple cloth covering using items found in people's homes will do. #MASKS4VA WILL PROTECT OUR HEROES: #Masks4VA will help protect our nurses, paramedics, firefighters, grocery store workers, and other heroes from individuals who are contagious but not symptomatic. In Italy, more than 20% of responding health care workers have become infected with COVID-19. MASKS REDUCE INFECTIONS: “Any type of general mask use (including homemade masks) is likely to decrease viral exposure and infection risk on a population level, in spite of imperfect fit and imperfect adherence,” according to a study in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. ASIAN COUNTRIES HAVE USED MASKS TO BEAT COVID-19: Hong Kong, Mongolia, South Korea and Taiwan, have largely contained COVID-19 without lockdowns. They are all located next to China. They all encourage widespread mask wearing. #MASKS4VA WILL GET VIRGINIANS BACK TO WORK FASTER: Flattening the curve faster means social distancing ends sooner. #MASK4VA WILL CREATE VA MANUFACTURING JOBS: State and local governments can pay unemployed Virginians to manufacture homemade masks. This is already happening elsewhere in the country and creating jobs. #MASKS4VA WILL NOT TAKE AWAY MASKS FROM HEALTH CARE WORKERS: Virginians will be encouraged to wear cloth masks. Surgical masks and N95 masks will still be reserved for healthcare workers. How will the #Masks4VA rule work in practice? The order would expire in 30 days, unless re-approved by the Governor or Virginia House of Assembly. Every person over the age of five would be required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when outside their home and in a public space frequented by other people (city sidewalks, public buildings, supermarkets, gas stations, doctors offices, etc). Virginians would be encouraged to use home-made cloth face coverings in public. N95 and surgical masks should be reserved for health care workers and other high-risk workers. The State of Virginia, along with local municipalities, would contract with individuals, businesses, and non-profits in Virginia to provide cloth masks to every Virginian in need of masks. State and local governments would seek to ensure that unemployed individuals have the opportunity to generate income from the manufacture and sale of masks. State and local police would enforce the #Masks4VA rule and levy fines when appropriate, but no one would go to jail for not wearing a mask. Individuals would be exempted from the #Masks4VA rule as appropriate. For example, masks would not be required for certain individuals when doing so would pose a greater health, safety, or security risk. Other state/local governments, including Laredo, Texas, are implementing similar laws. Next Steps for Virginians: Sign this petition to Governor Northam. Share on social media! Don’t forget to use the #Masks4VA hashtag! Contact Governor Northam directly. It takes 30 seconds. Don’t underestimate the power of an email or tweet from a constituent. You can copy and paste the eight points above or share a link to this petition -- www.change.org/Masks4VirginiaEmail: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-officeTwitter: https://twitter.com/GovernorVA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GovernorVA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/governorralphnortham Contact your VA state legislator. You can find their contact information here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/ Share this petition with your organization, church, or union and ask them to publicly support it! For further science-based information on COVID-19 and how we can stop it, visit www.endcoronavirus.org Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would have questions or if your organization would like to co-sponsor this petition.
Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, Donald Trump
Restore New York's and the Nation’s Access to Coronavirus/COVID-19 Treatment & Prevention
Physicians need to be able to immediately prescribe Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) off-label to patients via pharmacies as a treatment for those who are ill with COVID-19, and prophylactically for all front-line health care workers, first responders, and immunocompromised and elderly people before one more person dies unnecessarily. On March 23, 2020, Governor Cuomo, by Executive Order, No. 202.10, suddenly took this existing right of use away from all the doctors and patients in New York. This section of his Executive Order must be instantly revoked, and the right to use restored. As of March 29, 2020, NYC COVID-19 cases have reached more than 32,000, with 678 related fatalities, and a death occurring under every 9 minutes. However, nurses report that the fatality rate is higher than what is being officially reported. Hospitals are building outside morgues, families are being ripped apart, doctors and nurses are succumbing to the virus, depression and suicidality is soaring, and the economy is crumbling. Therefore, why is Governor Cuomo foregoing the chance to remedy this by denying “we the people” the right to use this potentially life-saving drug? Doctor Mehmet Oz and Doctor Marc Siegel both affirm that reports indicate the beneficial effects of Plaquenil against COVID-19, when given with azithromycin, and Dr. Siegel has noted that top rheumatologists use hydroxychloroquine in their practice and find it highly effective in preventing viral spread. New York critical care physician, Doctor Steve Kassapidis calls the inside of New York City hospitals “Biblical hell, where people come in to get intubated, and die, and the cycle repeats.” However, he states that he has not fallen ill because “He was one of the lucky ones who started on Plaquenil as prophylaxis, and for that he is well, because if anyone should have been positive by now, it would have been him.” Mr. Rio Giardinieri of Florida has related that hydroxychloroquine brought him back from the brink of death, and there are numerous people testifying in the same regard, with respect to the almost miraculous, in their specific cases, effects of Plaquenil. Doctor Zev Zelenko of Orange County, New York, has recounted his treatment of approximately 350 patients with hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and zinc sulphate, and reportedly his patients’ breathing was reconstituted within a day, and there were zero deaths, zero hospitalizations, and zero intubations. Doctor Zelenko calls his use of this medical protocol “a no brainer”. Many physicians have commented that the key is to give the drug before-hand, prophylactically, or at the early stages of the infection to prevent the development of dire symptoms. Finally, the updated French study on 80 patients, led by renowned physician Didier Raoult found a clinical improvement that appeared significant in all but one 86 year-old patient who passed away having arrived with an advanced form of the illness and in whom the evolution was irreversible, and one 74-year-old patient still in intensive care. Furthermore, Dr. Fauci has expressed that hydroxychloroquine has few negligible side effects, and this drug has been studied and used for 60 years. Despite the rapidly rising death toll, on March 23, 2020, Governor Cuomo inexplicably BANNED the prior existing and legal out-patient, off-label use (which is a common medical practice) of hydroxychloroquine to treat patients who exhibit the symptoms of COVID-19. Prophylactic use was also banned, notwithstanding that such preventive treatment is apparently protecting medical workers, like the aforementioned, Dr. Steve Kassapidis. Under Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order, Plaquenil may be employed out-patient with respect to current FDA-approved indications such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, but no other use will be permitted outside state-approved clinical trials for patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, which may take weeks, or even many months, and then subject to the subsequent FDA designation of COVID-19 as an FDA-approved indication. This sudden and arbitrary prohibition of a previously commonplace healthcare approach was enacted notwithstanding that every day in New York, people are either being sent home to die, or having their bodies tossed into refrigerator trucks. We request that Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order no. 202.10, denying persons the previous right to use hydroxychloroquine in consultation with their physicians, be immediately withdrawn. Not only is his fiat Executive Order (given all the reports concerning both the precautionary and recuperative effects of Plaquenil to fight the virus) possibly costing thousands of people their lives, but it is also arguably in violation of the General Welfare Clause, the Interstate Commerce Clause, and Amendment 9 as well as Amendment 14 of the United States Constitution and is conceivably creating a clear and present danger to the citizens of the rest of the country. Almost all the other states allow doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine off-label to their patients, subject to the physician’s discretion, taking into account the patient’s age, underlying conditions, instances in which the drug might cause untoward side-effects for a particular individual, and/or current symptoms or test results. Should there be a concern regarding a shortage of hydroxychloroquine for those with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, the federal government can require the appropriate pharmaceutical companies to manufacture same, and very quickly, under the Defense Production Act. In addition, there is no need for any more study in the form of “clinical trials” on this drug. It has been studied for over half a century. Furthermore, these are not ordinary times, this is a war-time national emergency. Doctor Steve Pieczenik, who trained with Dr. Fauci and was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under Henry Kissinger, has stated that given the current circumstances of a crisis situation, no clinical trials should be necessary, prior to giving this medication Dr. Pieczenik notes that at the NIH they want to talk about controlled experiments “in another world,” but this is the real world. And, as reported by many healthcare workers in New York and across America, we are in a nightmare situation, and they are facing death every second. It is they who are on the front lines of this war and who urgently require the use this drug prophylactically, as do many others. It needs to be pointed out that the man who died taking “chloroquine” did not take the life-saving anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine. Unfortunately, this poor man and his wife imbibed chloroquine phosphate, which is employed in aquarium cleaner. His story, however, shows that people are desperate to obtain the real therapeutic drug, hydroxychloroquine, with doctors being able to prescribe Plaquenil to their patients. In closing, one medical assistant at a top NYC hospital told me of the pressures she was under in trying to protect her ill father and aged mother along with her husband and her 7-year-old daughter -- and all under one roof. She said: “People are dying unnecessarily. We have to keep all politics out of it. We know this drug works, and we have the right to life, and we have the right to try.”
Petition to Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, Greg Abbott, United States Department of Health and Human Services
Hazardous pay for healthcare workers
I am aware of the coronovirus situation we are facing. This is more serious than people are taking it. As a Respiratory therapist I am considered to be most exposed to these type of patients. Rather intubating a patient who comes in with respiratory distress, or administering nebulizers, placing patient on Bipap or Vapotherms, High flow oxygen devices. I am the one who manages the Ventilator. I am the airway I will be in the patients face and be at risk. Like many times before with other situations a patient comes in and the whole ER staff is exposed later finding out that we were exposed to this patient and now have to get testing and take special medications for example being exposed to TB and having to be medicated for 3 months; or meningitis and having to be medicated. This Coronovirus is much more serious and has proven to be more deadly. We are supposed to be at social distancing however as a healthcare provider I cannot stay home we have to come to work in any situation and care for patients. I love what I do however I don’t feel we are recognized enough for what we do. Please allow us a raise or at least HAZARDOUS PAY throughout the healthcare system immediately! Thanks
Petition to President of the United States, United States Department of Transportation, FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, Elaine Chao, Raymond Martinez, Jim Mullen, Mike Pence, U.S. Senate
Protect Truckers Through Covid 19
Truckers are working hard to haul the goods the American people need. It is a travesty that Covid 19 legislation is grossly inadequate in addressing the unique needs of the long haul driver. Long haulers are away from home far more often than they are at home. If a driver becomes ill with Covid 19, it is far more likely it will happen on the road. They are especially vulnerable, due to their dependence on truck stops, where they encounter the traveling public frequently. Additionally, they are in and out of shippers and receivers and rest areas regularly. This situation is declining, as rest areas and shippers/receivers are increasingly closing restrooms and instead installing Kybos. At this time there is still no official guidance, nor assistance, for the long haul driver. If drivers get sick, your shelves go bare. Our nation's drivers should not have to risk financial catastrophe for themselves and their families, in addition to their increased risk of illness, for absolutely no compensation*, nor assistance, in the event they fall ill or test positive. A minimum of 3 issues need addressed immediately. 1. Establishment of a hotline for drivers where they can receive guidance on what to do and where to go if they become ill when on the road. Due to the nature of their vehicle, up to 70 foot long and 80,000 pounds, they will likely require facilitation in regard to getting them to a clinic or hospital and later, possibly, to a motel or appropriate facility. 2. Drivers who become ill while in the course of their duties, who were forced to quarantine in a motel or other facility away from home, should be reimbursed 100% of all expenses for food, supply delivery and lodging. If a family member must travel to the truck driver, those travel expenses should be fully reimbursed. 3. Drivers who become ill in the course of their duties should be entitled to sick pay, commensurate with their average daily earnings, until such time as they are medically cleared to return to work. Additionally, a driver who tests positive, whether ill or not, but who is required to be quarantined, should also be entitled to sick pay. This should apply to all drivers, no matter the number of employees their carrier employs, including owner operators. (edited for clarity 4/2/20) Considering the disgusting pet pork projects allowed to pass, this protection for the American truck driver should not even be in question. This petition does not ask for hazard pay, raises or bonuses - it asks only for protection. Truckers, friends and their families are millions strong and we're watching. Do the right thing. Thank you to all those who sign in support the American truck driver. We deeply appreciate you. *ETA, 4/2/2020: Please see the 2nd update for more information about why the legislation passed thus far does not adequately provide sufficient protections for ALL truckers. IMPORTANT UPDATE! 4/7/2020: Announced today is a proposal for hazard pay for essentials, including truck drivers. Although hazard pay is not what was asked for in this petition, this is a side-step in a direction that might address what we ARE asking for - sick pay & reimbursements for Covid related issues. There's never been a more important time to reach out to your lawmakers and share, share, share. One part of the statement that is a little worrisome says, "The Heroes Fund would provide funding directly to eligible employers so they could then distribute the premium payments." Who is an eligible employer? The end goal of this petition is that ALL truckers are covered for illness. Keep your eye on this! Hazard Pay for Essentials
Petition to Durham Public Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Pascal Mubenga
Let high school seniors decorate their caps for graduation
High school seniors had their last year of high school, last year of being in the Durham county public school system, cut short due to the coronavirus without warning. Many memories were yet to be created, such as decision day, prom, senior breakfasts/ trips/ events, and even graduation. These were either cancelled or postponed until further notice. We are all left wondering whether or not we’ll be able to complete our journey as we are yet to hear about what will happen with graduation. Since our senior year was suddenly taken away, I believe we should have the opportunity to decorate our graduation caps in order to make up for the memories and time the virus unexpectedly took from us. Decorating our caps will allow us to feel like we have some control over the memories we have left of our senior year. Additionally, this will give many people that may not have this experience in college as a result of having different plans after high school an opportunity to participate in this special moment often done in other counties and colleges. This may be their only chance to do something like decorate their cap and feel in control of their graduation. This pandemic is also impacting us greatly and I think it'd be nice to associate this event with good memories rather than just negative ones. The class of 2020 deserves a good experience regardless of the confusion and disappointment this pandemic has created. The Durham Public School Board of Education has stated that they want what is best for the students in the county, and I believe that having this opportunity will allow us to feel heard and valued by our district and our community.
Petition to Gavin Newsom, Eric Garcetti
California & Los Angeles Residents Need Help!
It is time for State of California and the City of Los Angeles to help its residents. The Coronavirus crisis is seriously affecting us financially and this is what you can do to help us: California: Water:o Stop all water restrictions (we have plenty of water now)o Revert water rates to pre-drought rateso Eliminate all overage penalties Taxes:o Eliminate the carbon emissions tax on gasoline ($0.99 per gallon). We don't need this now!o Give residents and businesses a two-month period of no State taxeso No new taxes Los Angeles: Water & Power:o Eliminate all water restrictionso Revert fees to pre-drought rateso Give residents a two-month free of DWP Taxes:o Reduce all sales taxes to 5% or 0% until June 2020o No new taxes The Federal Government is doing its part. It is time for California and Los Angeles to pitch in and help us.
Petition to United States Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Allow U.S.-Based IMGs to Work in the U.S. for COVID-19 Support
27% of U.S. physicians are internationally trained with 65,000 unlicensed IMGs in the country. AMOpportunities connects international medical trainees with clinical rotations in the United States and has a solution to our healthcare shortages. You can learn more at https://www.amopportunities.org We believe that an answer to the impending physician shortage in the United States and at present the global pandemic of COVID-19, necessitates U.S.-based international medical graduates. As such, we petition the United States healthcare system to allow IMGs to assist U.S. hospitals in any capacity. We're asking you to sign our petition to demonstrate your support and show the U.S. government and healthcare system the need for the expertise of IMGs. Our country is struggling to provide much-needed healthcare to the victims of COVID-19, which has infected more than 200,000 U.S. citizens. If we look at harder hit countries, it’s clear this number will only soar. Already, U.S. hospitals are calling on retired healthcare professionals and medical students to lend their support. Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey recently signed Executive Order No. 112 authorizing the Division of Consumer Affairs to grant temporary licenses to doctors licensed in foreign countries. The rest of the country must follow suit. The 65,000 unlicensed IMGs in the U.S. are the answer to strengthening the healthcare workforce and ensuring we slow the spread of COVID-19 and eventually eradicate the virus. IMGs are limited to work by policy, geography, and cost. Many of them are unlicensed due to the lack of residency positions available. These 65,000 IMGs have medical degrees, and many have passed their board licensing exams, however these qualified near physicians cannot secure the necessary residency slots and thus can’t practice. In New York, IMGs that have completed three years of graduate medical education in a postgraduate training program accredited by the ACGME or the AOA can provide patient care services even if they’re unlicensed. This petition goes one step further. We ask all state officials and medical boards to pass policies that allow IMGs who are ECFMG certified to assist under the supervision of a licensed physician, regardless of whether they have completed any U.S. postgraduate training. The untapped knowledge and expertise of IMGs are precisely what frontline healthcare workers need to fight COVID-19. Join us as we petition the government and U.S. healthcare system to invite IMGs in the U.S. to lend their extensive medical experience. We all need to do our part to confront the uncertain time we find ourselves in. Thank you for your support. AMOpportunities https://www.amopportunities.org Here are other ways you can help us gain support for IMGs in the United States to practice in the U.S. during COVID-19. 1. Encourage your state to create an International Medical Assistance Program for a pathway to practicing in the U.S., similar to what Minnesota has done for IMGs. Washington is pushing similar action. You can see what other states have done to push a pathway for IMGs here. 2. Encourage universities to create programs that strengthen IMGs’ likelihood in matching into U.S. residency positions, similar to this program at UCLA. 3. Rural care has the greatest need of care from IMGs, and many live outside of major metropolitan areas, making it easier for them to practice in rural cities. Again, Minnesota has been working toward that same cause. You can also find more information here.