culture and heritage

48 petitions

Update posted 2 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 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
1,089 supporters
Update posted 7 days 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
5,780 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Casey Roats, Bill Moseley, Nathan Boddie, Sally Russell, Justin Livingston, Barb Campbell, Bruce Abernethy

Make Bend A Welcoming City!

Hello Bend! We know that discrimination is a real issue our fellow community members face, including those individuals and families who have come here as immigrants. This resolution will commit the City of Bend to protect our shared community values of Bend being a welcoming, inclusive and neighborly place for everyone. The resolution will lead to the City of Bend joining Welcoming America, a national non-partisan initiative, linking us with towns and cities that share our vision.  Join us at Bend City Hall Wednesday June 21 at 6:45pm for a public meeting to encourage our council to adopt the resolution. We also invite Bend-based and other area non-profit organizations in Central Oregon to join The Latino Community Association and Bend 2030 as Welcoming Nonprofits. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Petition submitted to the Bend City Council A RESOLUTION TO DECLARE BEND A WELCOMING CITY AND AFFIRM MEMBERSHIP IN THE NATIONAL WELCOMING AMERICA INITIATIVE Whereas discrimination is understood to negatively impact local economic activity and the health and well-being of all our residents; and Whereas fostering a welcoming environment and treating all individuals with compassion and respect, regardless of race, ethnicity, place of origin, or citizenship status enhances Bend's cultural fabric, economic growth, global competitiveness and overall prosperity for current and future generations;  and Whereas Bend aspires to be a welcoming place where people, families and institutions thrive and the contributions of all are celebrated and valued; and Whereas Bend is committed to ensuring a welcoming and neighborly atmosphere in our community, where all people, including immigrants and refugees, are welcomed,  accepted and encouraged to participate fully in civic life; and Whereas community efforts that promote inclusivity, understanding and collaboration across cultures to learn about and appreciate everyone’s unique perspectives and experience are crucial to ensuring a welcoming  and thriving city;  and Wheres Bend encourages business leaders, civic groups, other government agencies and community institutions, and residents to join in a community-wide effort to expand prosperity, integration and inclusion for all residents; Based on these Findings,THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BEND RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:Section 1. The City Council declares Bend an Inclusive and Welcoming City that embraces and celebrates its immigrant and refugee residents, and welcomes and encourages their contributions to the collective prosperity and security of all current and future residents. Section 2. To achieve this vision, and in alignment with Oregon State laws2, the City will continue to refrain from the use of City funds, personnel and equipment from enforcing federal immigration laws and detaining people solely on their immigration status. Section 3. As an initial action toward honoring the spirit and intent of this resolution, Bend is declared a Welcoming City and a member of the National Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative the City Council directs City staff to join as a proud member of the National Welcoming America Initiative.

Latino Community Association
532 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Abel Guillén, Annie Campbell-Washington, Dan Kalb, Libby Schaaf, Larry Reid, Lynette Gibson-McElhaney, Rebecca Kaplan, Desley Brooks, Noel Gallo

Re-Fund Good Housing, Good Jobs, Public Services & Culture in Oakland NOW

We are living in a time of unprecedented growth in our city.  It’s time that long-term residents benefit from that growth and the city choose the side of our communities over big developers and wealthy interests. We are calling on the city to truly reinvest in our communities by redirecting money that criminalizes our residents back into public services. We are calling on the Council to stand up to Big Developers who are profiting off of displacement and instead reinvest in acquiring properties to house our homeless and invest in truly affordable housing for very low to moderate income families. It is time for our city to have the audacity to redirect money away from large developers who are displacing our communities & redirect resources away from criminalizing our homeless and unhoused and the city’s young people and reinvest those dollars into stopping displacement, protecting workers & maintaining our city’s rich and diverse arts and cultural movement. As we all know, Oakland is at the height of gentrification and displacement.  Long term residents are being pushed out of our homes, jobs are not paying nearly enough to match the cost of living, and everyday we see more and more tents popping up as the number of homeless people grows.  But you all are proposing to fill budget gaps by selling public lands to build luxury housing, instead of pressing developers to create housing and jobs that will actually benefit long-time Oakland residents and address the homeless crisis. Therefore, we the ReFund Oakland Community-Labor Coalition propose this Community-Labor Budget Priority for 2017-19: 1. Reinvest in Housing for ALL Reinvest in  long-term residents in Oakland by directing resources, including Measure KK Bond Measure funds, to create a “Building Acquisition Fund,” to preserve long term, affordable housing throughout Oakland  including “Single Resident Occupancy” Hotels (SROs) and/or rehab of of underutilized or vacant properties to house homeless populations currently living  under increasingly  dangerous conditions and acquiring tenant-occupied buildings to prevent renter displacement  ReInvest in housing for all by supporting the  development of Homeless “Navigation Centers” or one-stop shops that combine shelter with access to resources and assistance in targeted parts of the City, beginning with East Oakland, West Oakland & Downtown that can be funded using County dollars Divest from criminalization of the homeless and unhoused and ReInvest in services by redirecting funds from the OPD that dehumanize citizens and destroy encampments to funding activities that  connect unhoused people to resources and housing including counselors, health care and general assistance   ReInvest in keeping Renters in Oakland by ensuring enforcement of all tenant protection ordinances and Measure JJ including:  1) Funding multi-language, housing counseling, education, and outreach for tenants, including adequate funding to ensure access to all limited english-speaking communities ($270K);  2) legal eviction defense for tenants & enforcement of the Tenant Protection Ordinance ($1.45M); 3) emergency rental assistance for low-income renters ($500K); 4) housing counseling and legal services for at-risk low-income homeowners ($100K); and 5) emergency housing assistance for at-risk low-income homeowners ($500K). Ensure public land for the public good.  If after a community process, any public land is sold or leased, all proceeds must go to affordable housing and community benefits.   ReInvest money collected from the “Transient Occupancy Tax” of companies like AirBnB, that extract from our economy and increase displacement, towards production & preservation of affordable housing, enforcement of short-term rental regulations and tenant legal services. ($2.4M) 2. Reinvest in Oakland’s Workers Protect low wage workers of color by fully enforcing the City’s Minimum Wage & Paid Sick Day law including the renewal of funding for community-based enforcement and education of workers throughout the City (renew $500K contract; $250K per year for worker education, outreach, and reporting support) Increase workforce development funding to ensure local residents are prepared, placed and retained in family-sustaining careers by fully funding Workforce Development organizations in East & West Oakland including the West Oakland Jobs Resource Center ($900K).  Provide adequate funding for the Day Laborer Program to protect our city’s most vulnerable, low wage workers  ($340K) 3. Reinvest in Public Services ReInvest in infrastructure by  prioritizing repair of crumbling streets and infrastructure in flatland communities that have suffered from years of economic and civic divestment  ReInvest in a livable City by adequately staffing the Public Works Department to pre-recession levels & prioritize addressing blight in flatland communities using a hybrid approach of both proactive and complaint based enforcement ReInvest in accountability, fully and adequately staff the newly established Police Commission by adding $368K to the budget for Police Commission/ Civilian Police Review Agency budgets ReInvest in our youth and young people by increasing funding of Summer Youth Programs. Say YES to more recreation/parks and jobs for youth & provide pathways to future employment! ($320K)  4. Reinvest in Equity + Culture Reinvest in racial and economic equity by prioritizing additional funding to adequately staff the Department of Race and Equity ReInvest in preserving Oakland’s rich and diverse culture by increasing funding for arts and culture  ($3M over two years for the City’s Cultural Funding Program grantmaking budget) Reinvest in preserving our City’s rich culture by re-establishing Oakland’s Arts and Culture Commission and budget for its operation ($165K) Fund a feasibility and implementation study to establish a Public Bank in Oakland (100K) The ReFund Coalition is a subcommittee of the The Oakland Citywide Anti-Displacement Network and includes: ACCE Action, APEN, SEIU 1021, IFPTE Local 21, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, CBE, EBASE, EBHO, Oakland Rising, Unite Here 2850, East 12th Coalition, Public Advocates, CURYJ, Street Level Health Project, APTP, Pueblo, Oakland Tenants Union, Our Beloved Community, Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, and many others

Refund Oakland: Community & Labor Coalition
80 supporters