culture and heritage

44 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor


With national statistics, data , and high numbers of deaths,illnesses attributed too drugs and as well our failing public schools, as direct links to the  "Drug Epidemic",  in Northern New Mexico,  we have been placed at the top of national graphs and state counties as one  of the worst places for drug overdose, suicide and illness in the country. Thus, we the undersigned concerned tax paying citizens are "Demanding a "State of Emergency" be declared in the county of Rio Arriba, in the state of New Mexico. For several decades we have been in a heavily oppressed, repressed and dire situation in regard too loosing large numbers of souls too include : Teens,  young and old adults as well as elderly citizens too the drug infestation, both legal ( narcotic/opiate, ect... ) and  illegal ( heroin/meth/pink/cocaine, ect..) drugs. As the Federal Government  and DEA cracks down on prescription drug dispensing, the adverse effects have increased the use of heroin use and thus, increasing higher incidences of Hepatitis-c, AIDS, Crime, and Criminal Activity in all facets our livelihood. The age groups of addiction has scattered in both directions, currently it has trickled down too adolescence and gone up in some cases too great-grandparent ages. Its is no longer a "FAD" or a "TREND" in many circles it is becoming a "RITE of PASSAGE" and a way of life in others. WE are demanding that;   1) Assessment, treatment, triage, substance abuse teams be dispatched throughout the county communities. ; 2) That a temporary centrally located "medical" detox-facility and housing area be established too address our addicted citizens needs, with hopes that a permanent facility be established in the near future.       

Hermano Pedro Herrera
181 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Robert Rodriguez, Catherine Nolan, Carl Heastie, Joseph Addabbo, Jesse Hamilton, John Flanagan, Marcos Crespo, Nick Perry

Empower New York students with culturally responsive teachers!

Our goal is 1,000 signatures. [Updated 4/20] Currently, between paper & this, we have about 500.  Share this petition with as many people as you can to get us there! We live in one of the most diverse states in the world, but this diversity is not reflected in school curricula. Every year, thousands of teachers enter their classrooms unprepared to respond to the diverse experiences and cultural backgrounds of their students. In the end, many students do not have a culturally responsive education. This gap is where we believe students need culturally responsive teaching (CRT). Culturally responsive teachers affirm and engage with their students' multi-dimensional identities. Culturally responsive teachers incorporate the diverse experiences and backgrounds of their students into their lessons, promote critical thinking, and empower students to lead the changes they aspire to see in their communities. CRT is important because... Students are provided with the skills necessary to think critically about society and activated to seek civic ways to make changes in their community. Students' identities and experiences are incorporated through all aspects of their education. Teachers are able to build meaningful relationships with students and parents because they understand, honor and respect the diverse experiences and identities of their students and parents. All students have an opportunity to learn about the accomplishments of people from various backgrounds. To open the door for New York students to have culturally responsive teachers, the New York State Legislature needs to pass State Assembly Bill Number A4710 sponsored by Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez (D). This bill mandates the Department of Education to: Offer professional development in culturally responsive teaching four times a year. This development includes teacher training on understanding and responding to the different experiences of students & parents, developing culturally responsive lesson plans & undoing implicit bias Put these professional development opportunities on its website We believe the following Priority Supporters can make this bill a reality: Robert Rodriguez, Bill Assembly Sponsor Carl Heastie, Speaker of the Assembly Cathy Nolan, Assembly Member & Ed. Chair Joseph Addabo, Senator on Ed. Committee Jesse Hamilton, Senator on Ed. Committee Jeffrey Klein, Senate Coalition Leader & IDC Leader John J. Flanagan, Temporary President & Majority Leader of the Senate Marcos Crespo, Chair of the Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force N. Nick Perry, Chair of the Assembly Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus

Sabine Chishty
408 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to City of Vancouver Mayor and Council

Save Vancouver’s Character Houses

More than 750 homes are demolished annually in Vancouver, many of them pre-1940s houses built with a high level of craftsmanship and quality materials.  Most of these homes are already adapted, or adaptable, to modern living requirements and are a more affordable and ecologically sustainable option than the houses that currently replace them.  Each demolition sends more than 50 tonnes of waste to the landfill, taking with it the history and character of the streetscape and the mature gardens that grace our established neighbourhoods. We the undersigned call on City Council to take immediate action to: 1) remove from zoning and building code bylaws any biases favouring demolition and new construction over retention; 2) review and amend single-family(RS) zoning in a collaborative process with affected communities so that retention of pre-1940s homes has significant advantages over demolition and new construction while ensuring the character, scale and fundamental nature of the neighbourhoods are preserved; 3) provide greater review and scrutiny of pre-1940s homes prior to accepting proposed development applications and/or demolitions; and 4) fast-track and prioritize development applications that retain pre-1940s character and heritage housing.   Vancouver Character House Network Please view our video:

Vancouver Character House Network
5,599 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Jane Chu, National Endowment for the Arts, Donald Trump, Kirsten Gillibrand, Chris Collins, Peter T. King, Elise Stefanik, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Don’t eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts

      Multiple news outlets say the Trump administration may soon announce plans to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) entirely as part of a plan to curb spending. The administration plans to cut $10 trillion, nearly all of our budget’s non-discretionary spending, over the next 10 years. The NEA and NEH account for less than .002% of our federal spending -- about 46 cents each, for every American, every year. The NEA has been the life-blood and foundation of the arts community across our nation since 1965. They provide grants for dance, music, drama, literature, outreach education, and so much more. The NEH offers research funding to museums, libraries, and colleges. Did you enjoy films like Ken Burn’s Civil War documentary series? That was funded by the NEH, along with 16 other Pulitzer prize winning productions. Together, these two organizations enrich the arts in America -- giving creativity and freedom of speech a voice and continues to nurture humanity at large. These vital organizations must be spared. Don’t allow these organizations to slip away quietly into the night. Sign this petition right now and tell Congress to save the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and help us petition for policy that protects this valuable resources from future partisan shifts with a permanent funding mandate.

Jonathan Estabrooks
51,054 supporters