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Petition to Nikolai Vitti, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Shut Down Detroit Public Schools Community District To Stop COVID-19 Spread

My name is Hafiza Khalique and I am a student at Cass Technical High School in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). I am an organizer with By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) and the chair of a youth-led activist organization, Detroit Area Youth Uniting Michigan, both of which have been leading efforts to shut schools down and ensure safe virtual learning environments for all students. Over the last two years of this pandemic, which students have insufferably managed to withstand, the district has failed to make the right decisions that kept students’ safety at heart.  For the 2021-2022 school year, DPSCD has decided to reopen schools with knowledge that COVID-19 will eventually spread; they have decided to put youth, who may or may not be vaccinated, at risk of possible exposure. The district has implemented “safety measures” within the schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, these “safety measures” are ineffective and have, in fact, contributed to the rising cases within the school district. Temperature checks, mask mandates, optional weekly testing, social distancing, and cleaning are the measures that DPSCD has taken to prevent COVID-19. A number of students and teachers have broken the mask mandate, without penalty, and it is impossible to track the virus when schools cannot control or monitor whether students or staff practice social distancing and wearing a mask outside of school grounds. Additionally, COVID-19 testing is optional. The number of cases, which are increasing heavily, are only based on a small number of students that participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Testing occurs only once a week, limiting students’ opportunity to get tested during school. Social distancing is rarely practiced; lunchrooms and hallways are crowded, while some classrooms do not have the capacity to maintain a 3ft distance.  With all of these “safety measures” in place that have proven to be ineffective, it is not a surprise that the cases have skyrocketed, resulting in a decision of closing all DPSCD schools and buildings on Monday, November 22, and Tuesday, November 23. The district’s response to this situation was the following: partial remote learning for the month of December. However, Cass Technical High School has been doing partial remote learning by following a hybrid schedule since the beginning of September: it did not work. It is clear to see that the only solution to keep students and staff safe is by STAYING HOME! The only fully remote option that DPSCD provided was the virtual school. This virtual school was inadequate for students learning from home: approximately 30-50 kids in the classroom, shortage of teachers, staff who are unavailable to aid their students, and lack of student resources and learning opportunities. Attending school virtually on Fridays is not the only day that can expose students and staff to COVID-19. COVID-19 exposure still exists for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This is still not safe and does not provide any help with this spread. Currently, Michigan is the worst hotspot for COVID-19 and it has become unmanageable to contain: 1 out of 10 new cases in the US are from Michigan. The new variant creates more urgency to close schools down. Those who live with people who are vulnerable to COVID-19 are forced to stay home and miss out on school for their own safety and their loved ones. DPSCD needs to provide staff an opportunity to adjust and plan accordingly for virtual learning. This school district has failed to keep students and families safe and needs to listen to the concerns of their students and staff: SHUT THE SCHOOLS DOWN! Contributions/Signed By: Wajiha Begum, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), Detroit Area Youth Uniting Michigan (D.A.Y.U.M.)

Hafiza Khalique
137 supporters
Update posted 6 hours ago

Petition to Francis Collins

Cut U​.​S. taxpayer funding for the Wuhan Animal Lab & other foreign labs!

Last spring, just as COVID-19 hit our shores, a White Coat Waste Project investigation revealed that taxpayer funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) was secretively funneled to the notorious Wuhan Institute of Virology for wasteful and dangerous experiments on coronavirus-infected bats and other animals… including experiments that the State Department warned posed a pandemic risk.Just one week after we released our international exposé, the White House cut funding for these animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,But now, despite being actively investigated for its role in the origins of COVID-19, the NIH says the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and 26 other labs in China, are still eligible to spend U.S. taxpayer money for wasteful, cruel, and hazardous animal experiments until 2024!We need your help telling the U.S. government to permanently end taxpayer funding for the Wuhan Animal Lab and all other animal testing in China and other foreign countries!Want to know how else your money has been squandered? Let's just say the NIH is addicted to spending tens of millions of your tax money at foreign labs where animals are made to get hooked on drugs.In recent years, Uncle Sam sent $11.6 million of your money to the U.K. to addict "junkie monkeys" to cocaine, morphine, and heroin, over $700,000 to hook zebrafish on nicotine, and $4.9 million to force pregnant mice to consume alcohol to cause birth defects.It's time to just say no to this cruel and wasteful spending. Please join me and White Coat Waste Project in urging the U.S. government to cut funding for ALL animal experiments in foreign labs. Sincerely,Anthony BellottiFounder and President, White Coat Waste Project

White Coat Waste Project
17,135 supporters
This petition won 6 months ago

Petition to President Joe Biden, Admiral Brett Giroir, Moderna , Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Alex Gorsky, Albert Bourla, Stéphane Bancel, Vice President Harris, Emmanual Macron, Boris Johnson, Anthony Fauci

Suspend Patent Rights on COVID-19 Vaccines so we can end this Pandemic

We all know the toll COVID-19 has taken. The millions of lost lives, the lost livelihoods, the illness, the isolation, the educational loss for kids, and direct impacts on our way of life. We all know what an amazing feat it was that as of February, several vaccines were on the market that could beat this virus. However, getting people vaccinated has been a disaster. However, getting people vaccinated has been a disaster. Globally, we've given out approximately over 1.15 billion doses of the vaccine and about 3.5% of the world is fully vaccinated. One of the major reasons for this is we simply aren't producing enough of the vaccines. More worrying are new strains of the virus. As the virus continues to spread, it'll have more opportunities to mutate which will increase the chances that our newly developed vaccines will be less effective.  It is a national shame that the United States is not doing more to help India​ when life has become an absolute nightmare for millions of people​ during their second outbreak. It doesn't have to be this way. Other drug-makers could take part in the production of the vaccines IF they had the blueprints and especially if the vaccines were classified as generics. However, Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca and the U.S., and many other wealthy countries are preventing this. The drug companies are maintaining intellectual property rights on their vaccines even though they were fully funded and then some by taxpayer money for research and development and initial orders (Moderna received 2.5 billion in government funding). In late October of 2020, South Africa and India petitioned the World Trade Organization (WTO) to suspend some Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights on the vaccines so that they could be produced more freely. This was supported by 100 other WTO members, but unfortunately, the United States and 17 other wealthy countries blocked this effort. This petition calls on the CEOs of Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca to make their vaccines generic and to take any and all steps to assist in the widespread development of their vaccines. It also calls on the U.S. Government to support India and South Africa's proposal to the WTO (IP/C/W/669) to waive parts of Trade-Related Intellectual Property rights (TRIPs) so that the world could more effectively produce the COVID-19 Vaccines. Especially, when these drugs were already developed at the expense of tax-payers, and when considering what is at state for all of us, we need to get our global community vaccinated quickly and put profits aside. If this virus has taught us anything, it's that we're all in this together. And governments and pharmaceutical giants need to heed this lesson. 

Nathaniel Baum
280,216 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Dr. Anthony Fauci

Stop tax funding for dangerous “gain of function” animal tests that can cause pandemics!

One year ago, the suggestion that the COVID-19 pandemic could have sprung from the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s coronavirus experiments on animals – funded in-part with American tax dollars – was dismissed by the mainstream media as nothing more than a conspiracy theory.Today, that narrative around is changing – and quickly.“Wuhan lab leak theory gets new look with Biden order to determine coronavirus’ origin.” – Los Angeles Times, 5/26/21On March 26, 2021, the former Director of the CDC, Robert Redfield, told CNN that he believed that COVID-19 escaped from a Wuhan Lab.And on April 15, Dr. Anthony Fauci himself admitted he’s “not convinced” that COVID-19 developed naturally outside the Wuhan lab.White Coat Waste Project is trying to reach the attention of Congress to permanently defund potential pandemic pathogen research that may have caused COVID-19, killed over 4 million people, and could lead to an even worse pandemic.You see, the government gives millions of dollars to experimenters – both domestic and foreign – to engage in “gain of function” research, a fancy term for genetically manipulating animal viruses to make them deadlier and more infectious to humans.This should scare you…Because even if it turns out the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic was not a result of a lab leak, other deadly diseases  are confirmed to have escaped from labs conducting gain of function experiments.Reports show that U.S. laboratories reported more than 450 accidents from 2015-2019 while experimenting with some of the world’s most dangerous viruses – including anthrax, Ebola, plague, deadly strains of avian influenza and types of the SARS coronaviruses.In addition, the original SARS and H1N1 also escaped from labs in China and other countries and killed people on an international scale.The only way to prevent any laboratory-caused pandemics is to end risky gain of function experiments… and the first step to doing that is to stop the tax funding!Please sign this petition to help us rally Congress to ban American tax dollars from being spent on dangerous gain of function experiments that can cause pandemics!

White Coat Waste Project
5,398 supporters