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Petition to Alma Adams, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, North Carolina Director of Health and Human Services Director Mandy K. Cohen

Close Non-Essential Businesses Until COVID-19 Numbers Decline in North Carolina

Please consider amending this week's Executive Order (EO) strengthening mask guidelines to a temporary return to a stay-at-home order for the state of North Carolina.  We ask for this to protect the health and safety of its residents instead. We have seen that more than 50% of North Carolinians refuse to/cannot be trusted to abide by the mask mandate issued back in June of this year, which is evident by the increase in cases across the state. They are seen daily in the news flat out refusing to wear them [masks] and in news stories at bars, restaurants, and private gatherings without them on (or not on properly). Flaunting their "constitutional" right to do so. Those of us who work in non-essential businesses do not feel safe going to work and having to be "mask police." Without anyone in an official capacity, or limited people to go around, to help us enforce these rules and regulations. This week's "stricter" mandate only placed more of the burden on the people who work in these businesses to earn a living to try and control the people who refuse to wear masks. Adding to the weariness felt by the whole state and endangering our own safety when we are forced to come within less than six feet in confrontation of said individuals. We do not get paid enough to sit at the door and get verbally abused by people who are refusing to put on a mask to enter. Or, for instance, to have to walk up to tables all night asking people who have cleaned their plates to put their masks back on. It is, for most of us, wearing us down and affecting our mental health as well. Making us irritable and burned out after having multiple confrontations weekly, sometimes daily while at work with non compliers. I know some of the most passive people who are getting into confrontations with people at the gas station and grocery stores over them not wearing masks. This is the reality of where we are in society right now. People are scared. The better plan would be to reverse this and go back to [temporarily] shutting down places like bars and restaurants, so that people are forced to stay home and allowing the contact to be minimized and the spread to lessen. Not to mention, that issuing a [temporary] shutdown would allow the employees to have access to unemployment benefits and businesses PPP loans. Otherwise, if employees reach a point where they are forced to quit (and I know some who already have since last week's EO was issued) and businesses are forced to close (perhaps for good this time) they would have no access to funds in the interim. The last thing we need is more homelessness, evictions, and mental health crises on top of an already stretched thin group of citizens. And sadly, if it is to spread, it will spread amongst the individuals who are disobeying your [Governor Cooper's] mandate to begin with, instead of those of us who are trying to abide by it and just make an honest living. Please hear our pleas for help. We feel so helpless and powerless because we are at the mercy of state and local leaders and fellow North Carolinians. Others who do not care about our health, mental health, the health of our loved ones, and the possibility of overwhelming an already stretched thin healthcare system. Believe me, they will care when it is their loved ones sick or dying in the hospital from Covid-19. We are not asking for another four months, just another four weeks...  

Dara Beth Childers
15 supporters
Update posted 14 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
836,464 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to American University Administration

Allow Unconditional Pass/Fail Grading- American University

Hello AU Administration, On October 19th 2020, The provost announced a partial pass/fail option for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semester. The reasons stated were “impacts of COVID-19” and “Zoom fatigue.” There are a plethora of issues that students are dealing with, including family members suffering with COVID-19, accessibility issues i.e. technological and physical barriers, challenges with employment, food insecurity, healthcare disparities, racism, mental illness, family burden, troubled/unstable home environments, the 2020 election, and many more. It is crucial that the University acknowledges the nuances of each student’s experiences and capacities. Simply expressing that there have been “impacts” is not enough—this broad statement does not address the actual burdens that have been placed on many of us. The pandemic emerged in the Spring 2020 semester, and we–as students–were given the option to opt for pass/fail for any amount of classes we wanted, under any condition. During this semester, we can now only opt for one non-elective class along with one elective class. Many of us are taking five or more non-elective classes, which does not align with the University’s restricted pass/fail option for Fall 2020. We deserve an option to opt for pass/fail for more than one non-elective class. When the provost announced the unconditional pass/fail option on March 26, 2020 for the Spring 2020 semester, there had been 16,988 COVID-19 cases and 877 deaths in the US according to the CDC. Today, we’ve had over 12.7 million cases and over 260,000 deaths. This stressful and uncertain environment is extremely difficult for students, combined with many of the factors listed earlier.  While we sincerely appreciate the accommodations made to allow students to declare pass/fail up to 5 days after final grades are posted, we feel that limiting the option to one non-elective class is not enough. GPA, while not indicative of one’s learning or academic ability, is incredibly important to graduate schools, scholarships and employment. We students are struggling with learning online, communicating via delayed emails, working on group projects remotely, not being able to concentrate on a digital screen, along with obstacles outside academics, given the fact that we are not on campus. We do not deserve to be penalized for our performance during a global crisis, and we plead for you to allow us to take more than one non-elective course pass/fail.  The stress of this pandemic will stain our transcripts for years to come if we are not allowed this accommodation. Graduate schools and employers will consider the fact that the Spring and Fall semesters were during the same year, so the effect on students was the same, when this is not the case. The climate during this semester is so much more dire than the Spring and therefore the accommodations should align with the severity of what students are going through. The students with advantages this semester will be looked at by graduate schools and employers as more capable than those without, which is disastrous for students’ futures.  Therefore, we are calling on the American University administration to allow for the unconditional pass/fail option for the Fall 2020 online semester. Also, so long as our semester is fully online and the pandemic continues, these issues will only get worse. If the issues that students are facing persist, we would like the same accommodations for the Spring 2021 semester. Sincerely, American University Students Co-signed by: Public Health Association @ AUAU Black Student UnionAU NAACPAerospace Society at AUAmerican University Class of 2024 CouncilAmerican University Meditation ClubAmerican University PrideAsian American Student UnionBlack Girls VoteBlack Wellness & Liberation CoalitionDelta Phi Epsilon at AUEthiopian and Eritrean Student AssociationFirst Generation Student UnionFossil Free AUGerman Language and Culture Club Hawai’i ClubMuslim Student AssociationRoosevelt Network at AUSaudi Student Association Sikh Student AssociationSister CircleSocial Enterprise AssociationSouth Asian Student AssociationStudentVoiceAUStudents Against Human TraffickingStudents for Justice in PalestineStudents for a Just SocietySunrise AUThe Blackprint AUThe Rose at AUUnited Students Against SweatshopsWomen’s Initiative

Public Health Association at AU
553 supporters