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Petition to Gavin Newsom

Change the EDD

My name is Ashley.  I am writing to you today with a personal story about an all to familiar topic. The California employment development department. As you know the need for unemployment benefits here in the state of California amid the pandemic is through the roof. But what is not being discussed is the unethical treatment of people who are receiving these benefits. I am writing in today to tell you a little more about my story. I am a pandemic unemployment recipient. My claim started back in August of 2020. During the time I was still actively seeking work throuout the pandemic as the business that my husband and I have could not operate. I was fortunate enough to secure a job with san bernardino county after my initial claim was filed. I was very excited to have a stable source of income from that job to stop from relying on the edd system. So I started my job. However two days after securing that job the school district that my children attend put out a statement saying they would remain distance learning for the rest of the school year. Meaning they would be at home learning for the rest of 2020 and so far 2021. Since I am the one responsible for taking care of them since childcare is unavailable at that time I was forced to resign from my job. Three weeks later I received a paycheck of 243 dollars for the two days worked. And of that 243 I saw 172 dollars due to the fact employers take out for taxes and pensions and etc. I was baffled by the fact that once again I was finding my self like so many other people, unemployed because of the pandemic yet again. Now let's fast forward to March 23rd of 2021. After months of issues with the edd from delayed extensions to gaps in benefits I was hit with another road block. The 172 dollar gross paycheck back from August of 2020. The edd put my entire claim on hold. That was March 23rd. I started frantically calling the edd to try to find out what was going on and spent over 300 hours in total trying to get a hold of them. When I finally found success in using an autodialer to help with making the connection I was told to basically "just wait because I need an eligibility interview." I was told it would take approximately 2-3 weeks and I would receive correspondence from the edd. However, this never happened. I utilized method after method to contact the edd including sending a total of 10 emails now that have yet to be answered.  The audacity of the edd to require that we as people should do everything in a timely manner. Where is the same respect for us. It reminds me of our local Walmart. Have you ever been in Walmart with 18 registers but yet three are open. That is our California unemployment system. This Sunday will mark 8 weeks of unanswered emails phone calls and lack of benefits.  There is nothing I won't do at this point to try to fix my claim. I have even gone as far as to reach out to the office of Gavin Newsom.  They seem to be the most successful in attempting to help but are stating they need at least 30 days to try to process. Another 30 days. Another month of not recieveing the measly 147 dollars a week I am entitled to. There has been no press release from the edd in I don't know how long and it seems as though there seems to be no one in the entire department who actually cares about helping the people during this pandemic. This needs attention and I think there is a lot of people who would love to express the need for an EDD REFORM!!! Sincerely one angy American citizen!!! 

Ashley Berckley
55 supporters
Update posted 10 hours ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Miguel Cardona

POTUS: Cancel ALL Federal Student Loans, and Return Bankruptcy Rights to the Rest.

Trillions could be injected into the economy with no tax money needed, and nothing added to the national debt.   Before the pandemic,  80% of the 45.4 million people holding federal student loans were either unable to pay, or were paying but their balances were going up.  Over one-third of U.S. states have student debt loads that eclipse their entire state budgets. People over the age of 50 with student loans outnumber people under 25, and they owe 3 times more, despite having borrowed far less.  The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, and they took out less than a third of what today's students have to borrow.   The default rate for current borrowers will likely exceed 75%.  This is more than four times the default rate of sub-prime home mortgages.  By all rational metrics, this is now a catastrophically failed, and nationally threatening lending system. We do not have to take this. The President and Secretary of Education have all the authority needed to cancel all federally owned student loans- about 85% of all student debt. Nothing would be added to the national debt, and no congressional approval or appropriation is needed.  The President can also order the Department of Education to stop opposing student loan borrowers in bankruptcy court.  For the good of the nation, it is time to end this broken federal lending system.  We call on President Biden cancel all federally owned loans by executive order, and replace this failed lending system with a less expensive, more state-friendly funding model for higher education.  We also call on both the President and Congress to return standard bankruptcy protections to ALL student loans, by executive order and through legislation. This will greatly stimulate the economy.  Analysts have estimated that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by over $100 billion for the next ten years, but they neglect increased borrowing capacity that will enable people to buy homes, start businesses, etc.  This would be an additional $1 Trillion (roughly) in direct spending in the near/medium term.   This is not a partisan problem.  More than half of all student loan borrowers identify as being politically independent, or republican. "Red" states are being hurt significantly worse than "Blue" states.    Claims that cancelling loans will largely benefit people who don't need it are wrong.  80% of all borrowers were "underwater" on their loans before the pandemic. All borrowers were determined to be "financially needy" as a condition for federal loans. More than 40% never graduated.   The most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system, so they won't benefit. Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine. The federal government has been profiting greatly on these loans for many years, and the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans for decades.  While it is not known how much of the $1.6 Trillion federal portfolio is unpaid principal, it is likely a small fraction of the total. On balance, the taxpayers will have very little- if any- net loss when these loans are cancelled. PLEASE HELP GROW THIS PETITION: Paste the link to it across social media platforms. Tell your local media to report on it. Get at least ten people you know to sign.  Give it a boost. Follow us on Twitter and re-tweet this.  PLEASE...DO YOUR PART.  THIS HISTORIC PETITION REQUIRES MORE THAN JUST YOUR SIGNATURE TO SUCCEED! Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press). 

Student Loan Justice
1,036,553 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

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

$2000/month to every American #moneyforthepeople #covid19

**UPDATE: Our country is still deeply struggling. The recovery hasn’t reached many Americans – the true unemployment rate for low-wage workers is estimated at over 20% and many people face large debts from last year for things like utilities, rent and child care. These are all reasons that checks need to be targeted to people who are still struggling and that Congress needs to learn from this past year. It took nine months for Congress to send a second stimulus check, and just moments to spend it. Moving forward Congress needs to make recurring checks automatic if certain triggers are met. No more waiting around for our government to send the help we need. 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
2,213,629 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Charles E. Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, John Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, Joseph R. Biden, Jill Biden, Michelle Obama, George H.W. Bush, David Perdue, Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, Kelly Loeffler, Marco Rubio, Josh Hawley, Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, Anthony Fauci

The Get Paid To Get Vaccinated Initiative

More than a year later our country is still in the grips of the pandemic known as COVID-19.Our lives have been disrupted and changed in a way that we will never forget.After a year of social distancing, panic, worry, declining mental health, infighting, political hemming and hawing like our country has not seen in any of our lifetimes we, as a people, yearn for a return to normalcy, or at least a new and bearable equivalent.Many immunological and infectious disease experts agree that in order for our country to achieve the Herd Immunity necessary for us to move on that 80% of the population needs to be vaccinated.While people have been voluntarily seeking immunization in droves the projections make it look less and less likely that we will achieve the 80% mark that scientists feel we need in order to actually be safe.Unfortunately, there are numerous roadblocks getting in the way of achieving this number.In addition, our country and its citizens are reeling in economic hardship due to the problems created by this pandemic.With Congress currently considering a fourth round of stimulus payments, which many Americans are in favor of, this is still a stop-gap measure towards healing our country overall.It is, honestly, sticking to the analogy, nothing more than a mere band-aid.Surely there has to be something else we can do to promote a unified attack on more than one front with citizens and our political leaders working together to finally and effectively move towards a more promising future for all of us.With this in mind, I have a proposal.First, and obviously the more controversial portion of the proposal, end discussions regarding a fourth stimulus payment.Considering what is going on currently that is simply a temporary fix and does not address the larger issue.Second, instead of a stimulus payment offer a $600 "Incentive Payment" to any individual residing in America that becomes fully immunized, as well as our citizens abroad.This works on two fronts.First and foremost it saves more than 50% of the money that would need to be spent on another stimulus (the "more than" being the unseen costs of trying to get the payments approved and distributed) and, secondly, offers even more substantial reason for individuals to become vaccinated.This provides additional funding to individuals that desperately need help right now and becomes a literal investment in our future helping bring us that much closer to the 80% mark.I also propose that this payment include retroactive payments for anyone that has already been immunized as a sign of equality, fairness, and acknowledgment of the actions of so many so far to ensure the well-being of our country as a whole.I also firmly believe that, if successful, would eliminate any future needs for additional stimulus checks due to our being able to fully resume living our lives that much sooner than if we waited and hoped for everyone to come around on the idea of immunizations.So, in closing, please support this initiative and share it so that others might also speak up and tell our leaders exactly how prepared we are to move forward.Thank You.Jim BushTroy,

Jim Bush
8 supporters