37 petitions

Update posted 16 hours ago

Petition to Netflix

Take it down, Netflix

In the Netflix Original comedy "Disgraceful" by Tom Segura, members of the Down Syndrome community were appalled to find Mr. Segura suggesting replacing the words "that is retarded" or "that is not smart" with the words "that idea has an extra copy of the 21st chromosome." This is a full transcript of the sketch:                   "You can’t say “retarded” anymore. [audience laughs] It was just here. Don’t you remember? -“Retarded.” That’s how I… -[audience laughs] People get very upset. I don’t really support the arguments against it. When people are like, “You shouldn’t say it.” “Why?” “What if there’s one over there?” And you’re like… [audience laughs] We never said it like that. We were never like, “Look at that guy!” [audience laughs] You didn’t say it like that. You said it to describe an idea, or a situation, you know? If your friend was like, “I’ll pick you up at your house, and then we’ll come back to my place, and later we can go back to your house. And we can get your bags. And then, we’ll come back over here after that.” And your like, “That’s retarded. Why the fuck would we do that?” [audience laughs] But now you can’t say that. Now you’ve gotta be like, “That’s not… smart. Your idea has an extra 21st chromosome, if you ask me.” [audience laughs] It’s not the same." This petition calls for Netflix to: Remove the anti-down syndrome rhetoric from the show take the anti-disability sketch out of the trailer for the show issue a public apology for perpetuating hate speech and stereotype to the Down Syndrome community The words used in this program are wrong, offensive and by definition is hate speech against the Down Syndrome community. As a parent to a child with Down Syndrome, I worry daily about the stereotype surrounding Down Syndrome and what that will mean in the future for my child as they make their place in the world. By allowing people like Mr. Segura to make a joke of the daily struggle this community faces for the sake of promoting his brand is morally wrong. For a company like Netflix to promote it and to go so far as to add in anti-disability rhetoric to the trailer for the program shows that the almighty dollar is more important to them than the basic human right of safety, love and belonging.  

Takeitdown Netflix
35,028 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Department of Justice, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions

Provide benefits for police officers disabled in the line of duty

The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program through the department of justice currently allows for payment of a one-time benefit to the survivors of officers killed in the line of duty.  The benefit also applies to officers who are 100% disabled in the line of duty and rendered completely unable to work. Benefits covering college tuition are also extended to the survivors of a deceased officer and the dependents of a disabled officer.  However, this does nothing to assist officers who are deemed disabled in the eyes of their department, but do not qualify for 100% disability. I suffered a severe back injury and damage to my sciatic nerve when a fleeing suspect rammed my patrol car.  I am unable to serve as a police officer anymore.  That does not mean that I will never be able to work again in a different capacity.  But I need help.  So do many other forgotten disabled officers. As the system currently stands, a disabled police officer would provide better financial support for their family if they were to succumb to their injury, or even commit suicide.  We need encouragement, assistance, purpose, and a reason to live.  Under the duress of a line of duty disability and the cumulating effects of the stress of the job, the men and women who sacrifice their health in the protection of others do not need financial justification for our own death.  We need help getting back on our feet and going back to work.  Instead, I propose the following solution: 1.     Amend the PSOB program to offer payment to first responders who are forced into retirement due to a line of duty disability regardless of the percentage of disability that their department deemed necessary for retirement.  2.     Remove the one year time limit on filing a claim under the PSOB system.  Many officers do not accept the fact that they need assistance until several years after their incident. 3.     Adjust the College Assistance benefit to include the disabled officer as an option of occupational retraining.  Help us go back to school. 4.     For officers who do not reach the term of service needed for Student Loan Forgiveness, make line of duty disabilities a qualifying event that will fulfill the requirements to forgive any and all federal student loans acquired prior to the line of duty incident. These simple changes will reduce the stress associated with such a critical life changing incident, and provide help to those of us who are often too proud to ask for it.  Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. Myself and thousands of other officers who have made physical sacrifices feel that there is nowhere else to turn for help.     

Salvatore Zagami
689 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Department of Veteran Affairs, US Congress, US Senate

Expand comprehensive caregiver benefits to severely disabled veterans of all generations

DAV (Disabled American Veterans), The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) together are calling on Congress to expand the Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) comprehensive caregiver assistance benefits to disabled veterans of all eras.Veterans like myself. Like many husbands, each day begins and ends with my wife, Yvonne. As a former Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer and quadruple amputee, I am able to get out of bed every morning and rest comfortably at night because of her. Yvonne is my caregiver—one of America’s unsung heroes who takes care of the millions of disabled veterans living in America. She is why I am urging Congress to extend the Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) comprehensive caregiver assistance benefits to all disabled veterans of all eras. Under the current VA program, some family caregivers for injured veterans are already recognized and supported for their work. But not Yvonne, or thousands of others like her. Today, only caregivers of veterans who were injured on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible - leaving tens of thousands of families caring for veterans without sufficient support or resources. Yvonne—like so many other loving caregivers—made a lifetime of personal sacrifices to help manage my care yet she’s not eligible for all of these benefits. It is virtually impossible for me to take Yvonne for granted, but I feel like the system does. She has been, for all intents and purposes, my most important prosthetic. Her steadfast and tireless support has given me the independence I’ve needed to thrive in life. My family is one of the many veteran families left out because of an arbitrary date in the law. In 1997, I contracted an infection that stopped the blood flow inside my body and put me in a coma for a month.  That left it to Yvonne to make the difficult decision to let doctors amputate all four of my limbs and remove several internal organs in order to give me a chance at survival. But over the last two decades, with Yvonne’s love and support, we have been able to build a meaningful life together. I was able to learn and succeed in a new career in the IT sector. I even learned to ski and golf, competed in cycling races and rose through the ranks to become the National Commander of the 1.3 million member Disabled American Veterans. The things Yvonne does for me—helping me dress, bathe, eat, get out of bed and put on my prosthetics—are all made easier by the fact that she is right there by my side when I wake up in the morning. When a caregiver is able to stay home and provide that kind of round-the-clock care, it helps create a better quality of life and better health outcomes for disabled veterans. It’s also been shown that supporting family caregivers is less costly to the federal government than treating veterans through institution-based options. For example, I am eligible for nursing home care which could cost nearly $400,000 per year, whereas average cost per veteran through VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers is under $40,000 annually. In addition to preventing unwanted and more costly nursing home admissions, caregivers reduce overall health care costs by minimizing medical complications and lowering the number of hospital admissions for veteran patients. And perhaps most importantly, it allows so many injured and ill veterans remain in their homes with family. Caregivers truly are America’s Unsung Heroes. Please encourage your Member of Congress to honor and support these unsung heroes by extending ALL comprehensive caregiver benefits to ALL severely disabled veterans, not just those injured after 9/11.

Commander Dave Riley and PL+US
191,235 supporters