Topic

Coronavirus Epidemic

4,830 petitions

Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to VUSD Students, Parents, Community

VUSD Grades 9-12: Letter Grades and C/NC Option

We would like VUSD to amend their "Temporary" grading policy to include a Letter Grade option for grades 9-12 for the last grading period for the 2019-2020 school year.   We are currently 1 of 3 districts in our county offering only credit grades. 75% of the largest school districts and across this nation are allowing Letter Grade Options. Universities in state and out of state and scholarship organizations are allowing Spring 2020 Letter grades from other districts to be used for GPA calculations and for selection purposes. VUSD students will at a disadvantage to every district around us except for Oceanside.  The VUSD Board will be holding a Special Board meeting this Thursday, May 21st at 5:00pm.  Please review the slide shows below and feel free to share.  1. Updated Slide Show Video -ENGLISH-Please share  https://youtu.be/lMIP_FQ7gsg 2. Updates Slide Show Video-SPANISH-Please share https://youtu.be/6RZFOsgefWE Board Meeting Thursday, May 21st at 5:00pm. (See link below for details on how to have your voice heard at the meeting) IMPORTANT: The procedure for comments has been changed. It will now mimic an in-person meeting as the community member who wants to speak, will be un-muted and speak themselves instead of having their comment read aloud. Remember, 300 words equal about 3 minutes. Comments must be sent to Chris Lupola christinalupola@vistausd.org  between 3:30pm and 5:00pm on Thursday. Write that you would like to submit comments for item 2.  NOTE: No more than 20 minutes will be spent on public comments. That's because it is a special meeting. At a normal meeting you have 20 minutes of public comments first, then you go through the rest of the agenda and at the end you go back to public comments. Not so at special meetings.V VIRTUAL/ON-LINE MEETING VIA ZOOM: https://vistausd.zoom.us/j/96539001940ORDial-In Conference Call: 1-669-900-6833, Webinar ID: 965 3900 19405:00 PM SPECIAL BOARD MEETING https://go.boarddocs.com/ca/vusd/Board.nsf/Public

VUSD Students/Parents/Community Letter Grade Petition
1,083 supporters
Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to Nancy Pelosi, Charles E. Schumer, U.S. House of Representatives, Nydia M. Velázquez, Yvette D. Clarke, Chris Smith, Catherine Cortez Masto, Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Repatriate Stranded US Citizens and Waive Airfare

US citizens travelling abroad are stranded for months due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic The State Department has risen to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. US embassies all over the world in conjunction with State Department arranging chartered planes to bring us home, for that we all are grateful to our government and we thank our government. However, at the time of the departure, US government have had us sign a promissory note to pay for the cost related to return flights. It is expected that one-way airfare could be $2,000 or more per person, exclusive of domestic flights from the port of entry to final destination. Furthermore, cost of travelling to the departing airport and from the port of entry to safety of home and love ones, which is also our responsibility. We are aware that the evacuation is voluntary and that it is the policy of US State Department to charge fees for repatriation and/or evacuation. However, Congress, Senate and White House are passing bill after relief bills, such as, $2.3 Trillion Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT) as companies and households brace for more economic pain, $484 Billion dollars for small business and hospital funding, $8.3 Billion Covid-19 Funding Bill, and more to come to lessen financial burden of individuals and businesses. Pumping trillions of dollars to keep the economy afloat but cannot waive the airfare for the return flights due to worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, is simply unconscionable. It is hard to believe that our government cannot absorb these costs and will go broke as a result. In big scheme of things, cost of saving its citizen from getting infected is utterly insignificant. Under the extraordinary circumstances that world is experiencing, we ask that airfare individual needs to pay be waived retroactively, from the first flight to the last. We also ask that rest of the stranded US citizens be repatriated as soon as possible. As a nation, we do not leave anyone behind, that is what is expect from all of us, including our government. There are at least three separate bills are on the floors to waive or absorb the repatriation cost. Please see the list of bills at the end of the petition. The bills are also been uploaded as pdf for your convenience. We support these bills and ask that Congress and Senate pass the measures as well. Also, because of exorbitant cost, thousands of US citizens and permanent residents are also forced to make hard choices, stay in a country where they may potentially face devastating consequences. As a result, a significant number of citizens are still stranded and not applying for evacuation. Many of these countries are in the verge of a massive Covid-19 outbreak. God forbids, if there is an outbreak in these countries, the number of deaths could be unprecedented and devastating. It is still not too late; we are also asking State Department to make it an utmost priority to evacuate rest of its stranded citizens. Please sign and share the petition to send it to Congress, Senate and White House asking to repatriate citizens and include repatriation expenses retroactively in the relief package and lessen financial impact for those who returned on the chartered flights.

Ahmed Shakil
6,140 supporters
Update posted 20 hours ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Donald J. Trump, Donald trump

Donald Trump, Joe Biden: Cancel Student Loans by Executive Order!

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 60%, 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. 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.  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 precisely what the Founders wished to avoid. The nation currently needs significant new fiscal stimulus.  After having spent trillions- including more than $500 billion in business loans that don't need to be repaid-  Wall Street has bounced back stronger than ever, but tens of millions of jobs have disappeared, and will not be coming back.  There are very few stimulus options left, and those which are currently being discussed will require more tax money, or will increase the national debt... Except cancelling student loans by executive order. 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.  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 the President- whether this one or the next- to 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! Alan Collinge is founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).  

student loan justice.org
837,894 supporters