Petition to David Abney, UPS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, UPS Corporate office: 404-828-6000, Frederick W. Smith CEO FEDEX, FedEx Corporation 942 South Shady Grove Road Memphis, TN 38120 USA (FEDEX), 1.901.369.3600. Fedex corp number.
Tell UPS/FEDEX to start shipping again to areas affected by hurricane Maria and Irma.
Hundreds of thousand, if not Millions of families are starving in Puerto Rico because families cannot get supplies to their love ones. Families are being forced to only take out $20.00 a day from ATM's. (You are also on-line for 6-8 hours to pull out $20.00 from your account. The branches are not open, despite what their US branches say. You then have to decide between gas (standing in line can take up to 12 hours) and food (6-8 hours), because to look for food and necessities you must drive around for hours, looking for food, medical supplies and most importantly (Water) mind you it’s in the 90's most of the time. But there are millions of families all over the world that want to help!! I have two shipments with emergency food just sitting in Carolina, PR, Puerto Rico at the UPS, and my Mom with 4 kids, my niece and husband are starving, with only 4-5 bottles of water left. Other families are less fortunate. If Walmart and other carries can receive there supplies, why not the people that are fighting to live... Below is a picture of a town in Humacao, PR, they wrote SOS/we need water and food, please answer the call. If safety is an issue please contact the president and tell him, help us help them, send the national guard...PLEASE WILL YOU ANSWER THE CALL???? TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!!!! PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND ASK THEM TO SIGN AND DO THE SAME BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.....
Petition to FedEx
FedEx needs to offer cheap rate to USVI and PR emergency supply packages.
We respectively request FedEx to offer a special code that can be used by stateside Americans to significantly reduce the cost to send emergency relief packages to family, friends, and other people living in the United States Virgin Islands and The United States territory of Puerto Rico. This code should significantly reduce the cost associated with sending these time sensitive and immediately needed supplies. Currently the cost to send a 30-35lb package from zip code 54455 to 00802 is being quoted at roughly $700. The same package to Naples FL is being quoted at $40-$60. This is unacceptable given the nature of the need to get supplies to the USVI as fast as possible.
Petition to Department of Justice
Improve living conditions at the federal prison facility in Beaumont Texas
This petition is regarding the treatment and current living conditions of inmates at the United States Penitentiary at Beaumont Texas . The BOP IS covering up the inhumane conditions at which our loved ones are currently being housed in due to Hurricane Harvey. They insist that the conditions are acceptable. However, there is proof that the conditions are substandard & inhumane. The BOP was previously named in a class action lawsuit for the same thing in 2008 during hurricane Rita. These men are not only human beings but they are also our loved ones and they deserve to be treated as so. Please help by signing this petition.
Petition to Department of Homeland Security, President of the United States
Waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico to Help Rebuild its Infrastructure and Economy
Everyone has seen the unprecedented devastation in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The entire island is without power and thousands of Americans may die. Many have asked how they can help. This petition focuses on cutting through bureaucracy that could cost lives and add to the suffering of millions of Americans in Puerto Rico. The Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act 1920, 46 U.S.C. § 883) prevents foreign ships from carrying cargo between the US mainland and noncontiguous parts of the US like Puerto Rico. Foreign ships can't stop in Puerto Rico to offload goods. Instead, goods are dropped off on the mainland and brought to the island on US flag ships. This makes everything more expensive, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, could actually cost lives. The Department of Homeland Security extended a waiver of the Jones Act to relieve PR, but the waiver expired on September 22, 2017. I started this petition on Saturday, September 23rd. By September 28th, this petition garnered nearly 500,000 supporters, and President Trump and DHS agreed to waive the Jones Act for 10 days. While this is a good start, Puerto Rico will need additional time to rebuild its economy and infrastructure and should receive the benefit of foreign support. For example, Germany has already begun assisting Puerto Rico with restoring its power grid. By signing this petition, you are telling the Department of Homeland Security and the President of the United States to waive the Jones Act for 12 months to give Puerto Rico the relief it needs to recover and rebuild its infrastructure and economy.
Petition to Sean Hannity, Anderson Cooper, Bernie Sanders
Forgive ALL Small Business EIDL Loans because the Government is responsible for THIS.
Small business were required to go through months of headaches to get approved for PPP and small grants and apply for EIDL loans. They ALL should be forgiven if the money was used properly. The Government CAUSED the reasons why small business needed these loans in the first place by spreading false information and placing the country and most importantly, the employees and business owners in a state of panic. Business owners applied for the money to save their companies and make sure their employees did not have an interruption in their quality of life. Whether the loan was $50,000 or $500,000 and higher, if the small business used the loan to keep their employees job in tact 100% without interruption, these normally unnecessary loans in most cases should be paid for by the US Government 100% and not stick the small business with a debt they did not ask for because of a poorly handled pandemic. The small business that took the EIDL loan did it to save their company and employees. This debt is in the hands of the government and it is their responsibility to step up to the plate and pay for it. They created a nationwide panic and placed their people in jeopardy. President Trump, please read this.
Petition to Gavin Newsom, Adam Schiff, Julie Su, Maria Elena Durazo
Waive EDD False Statement Penalty Weeks during COVID 19 for Claimants in Good Standing
I am calling attention to an inhumane oversight made by the Employment Development Department of California, during this life altering "shelter in place" order put on the labor force due to COVID-19. While the State and Federal Government have made temporary and situational changes to the unemployment benefits cap, with it's inclusion of gig economy/1099 self-employed to receive benefits, we MUST address the impact that the "FALSE STATEMENT PENALTY" has had, WHICH IS BEING INDISCRIMINATELY APPLIED TO ANY NEW COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS. UPDATED PROPOSAL TO JULIE SU, THE LABOR DEPARTMENT, AND THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM (april 24th 2020) I wrote this petition before the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (FPUA) was issued and implemented. Due to the Immediate need for funds as our petitioners serving false statement penalties, and there cut off to the CARES2 FPUA, we propose the following as an alternative or additional Solution: In order to receive the FPUA- according to the Implementation notice requires that claimants must be eligible for $1 of their weekly UI benefits. Because claimants serving false statement penalty, while the do have benefits in their accounts --- we must make at the very least $1 of their weekly benefits amount authorized and available to claimants. We ask that the EDD back pay the past 4 weeks in which the FPUA became available and issued to all serving false statement penalties as a measure based on the foundation of humanity, and making sure all of us get through this horrific, and already devastating pandemic The $600 that UI claimants receive(d) this would make certain that those with false statement penalty weeks being served can at least put food on there table, and care for our families. These false statement penalty weeks do not just sentence the individuals, it puts extreme hardship on the children and loved one. IF the EDD is unflinching with there duty to PUNISH claimants and hardworking california- then to ask that the EDD allow $1 access for the past weeks (all false statement penalty weeks already served should be back paid the FPUA) and future weeks for claimants sentence to cruel weeks of no income or ability to provide be the LEAST we can do. The EDD would not have the burden of cost for administering such an act, as stated in the FPUA packet issued to all states- the EDD can bill for costs petition to hang on just a little longer- or that you will get back to us. Everyday is We need a solution today- and we thank you for hearing us. (see Unemployment Insurance program letter 12-20 april 4th 2020) WHAT IS A FALSE STATEMENT? (EDD CALIFORNIA) A false statement (FS) disqualification is appropriate when the claimant has either given false information or withheld material information in order to obtain unemployment benefits. Unemployment Insurance Code Section 1257(a) provides that an individual is disqualified for unemployment benefits if: He or she wilfully, for the purpose of obtaining unemployment compensation benefits, either made a false statement or representation, with actual knowledge of the falsity thereof, or withheld a material fact in order to obtain any unemployment compensation benefits under this division. WHAT IS THE FALSE STATEMENT PENALTY? A penalty week is a week of unemployment benefits that you would normally receive but won't because the state believes you intentionally tried to file a false claim. You file for weekly claims certifications as usual but receive no payment until your penalty weeks are over. The False Statement Penalty is then placed upon your benefits account at the EDD for an average of 5 to 7 weeks in which the claimant cannot receive benefits. The False Statement Penalty does not get waived or removed for the duration, even though you have paid back the entire amount along with huge penalty fees. Here is my ARGUMENT FOR THE DISMISSAL OF FALSE STATEMENT PENALTIES PLACED ON EDD ACCOUNTS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS: 1. WHILE THE FALSE STATEMENTS DISQUALIFICATION ACTION, could be argued as fair in a modestly healthy economic climate, Covid-19 has drastically changed the economy and the ability for workers to access resources. Therefore it is unfair to be implementing such a measure while the government is offering and extending resources and funding to individuals that never would receive benefits in any other situation. WE MUST TAKE CARE OF ALL INDIVIDUALS AT THIS TIME. 2. ANY and ALL claimants that are facing this "false statement penalty" have something in common: -While claimants may have made an unintentional error on a PAST CLAIM (i.e. NOT the more current claim layoffs caused by COVID 19) - these individuals/claimants were indeed able to find work again and contribute to the labor market, which to summarize: although we may have made a clerical mistake in the past, we still remain as ASSETS TO THE LABOR MARKET, still contributing to unemployment insurance on each paycheck we earn, and still deserving the same emergency treatment as other workforce peers during this pandemic. 3. THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE IS NOT ABLE TO KEEP UP, OR ADDRESS CLAIMANTS SITUATIONS IN A TIMELY MANNER - THEREFORE THERE MUST BE AN ORDINANCE MADE TO TEMPORARILY REMOVE THE FALSE STATEMENT PENALTIES on all of these accounts ASAP. This would allow those in need to get help much faster, and also relieve the burden of pressure placed upon the EDD administration during the time of COVID-19. Speaking personally - I have not been able to get a single UI representative on the phone. I have called over 400 times as of today. (I can submit call records to prove this). EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT I TRY TO CALL AND AM UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH EDD is one more day that my basic needs of shelter, food, and wellbeing are jeopardized. I can argue that those who have settled their overpayment accounts with EDD, having reimbursed the monies in dispute, along with paying a large penally fee, should now be considered "IN GOOD STANDING", with penance paid. And if there really must be an unfair 7 week penal waiting period, please we ask, could that be pushed forward or temporarily forgiven so that we can have some peace of mind, food to eat, and to pay the bills. MY PROPOSAL RATHER THAN EXPECTING THE EDD to simply waive everyone's false statement penalties, I believe that the EDD should grant a crisis clause in which: - THE CLAUSE would aim to temporarily suspend the disqualification punishment to those individual accounts, and reapply it FUTURE-ACTIVELY, once we return to better circumstances. This means that the claims filed for Covid-19 reasons would receive relief of the burden, and freeze those financial penalty obligations. These false statement penalties should be reapplied to those claimants only when the economy, infrastructure, and labor market are back to a functioning system. - INABILITY FOR INDIVIDUALS TO SPEAK WITH REPRESENTATIVES It is impossible to speak to a representative at this time, which also indicates how pressured and at the limits the EDD is currently operating at. Enforcing that punishment for claims with False Statement penalties is a catch 22, in that it's only adding to the stress, worry, contempt, and decay of economic progress building. WHY SHOULD THESE CLAIMANTS not receive benefits during COVID-19, when both state and federal government understandably have placed such incapacitiating measures and ordinances on the greater workforce? - THE PROCESS OF APPEALS could take in excess of 1 month to be handled. This is too long for many people already experiencing financial hardship. Please waive the red tape for now. - The EDD has 15 business weeks to respond to any appeal, meaning that the appeal and possible overturn/removal of the false statement penalties would not come into effect so far down the line, many individuals will be unable to take care of their basic needs in the meantime. PERSONAL STATEMENT AND REASON FOR THIS PETITION I am going to address the financial aid avenues I have pursued and/or are ineligible or have been denied. 1. I am a costumer in the entertainment industry, and was working regularly up until March 15th. (I would have been sworn into the IATSE LOCAL 705 on April 4th 2020, but now have been told my union membership is postponed until July 2020. I will receive no resources, options or support from my union until then. 2. I work at CBS Television City on the YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (every Friday on set wardrobe to the women), and I day-play on THE LATE LATE SHOW with James Corden, as well as subbing on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. I did not receive pay from my employer the two weeks I was pre-booked for. I lost out on that income because of the "safer at home" ordinance, due to the fact that I am not technically an EMPLOYEE but rather an independent contractor... which I understand and agree with. But I don't have the protection of a steady employer, which makes my need for UI that much more critical in times of disaster. 3. I filed for unemployment promptly, and reduced my spending dramatically. I took charge of meal planning, prepping, shopping, and educating myself and household on logistics and staying informed of protocol during Covid-19. After calling EDD tech support for a week straight, I was finally able to get through and back into my account yesterday. TO MY SHOCK it showed that I received NO BENEFITS for week 1 and week 2 with the description "FALSE STATEMENT DISQUALIFICATION". After doing some research, I found this was applied to my account because1. Two and a half years ago - while going through A VERY TOUGH TIME - I was let go from a job, and when I filed, I accidentally messed up the start date of a part time job. This unfortunately led to overpayment, BUT NOT INTENTIONALLY. I paid back the the full amount (with a large penalty added to it) 2.5 years ago. THIS WAS NOT ANYTHING BUT A STUPID MISTAKE, not a willfully false statement as alleged - and all the monies were paid back. 2. From further research and legal document reading I did last night, I read that the EDD puts a 5 to 7 week penalty on your account, and makes it so that you are unable to receive any benefits during this time. So in my situation, I'm still paying penance for making an error that resulted in overpayment (even though this was 2.5 years ago- and I had already paid them back!). PLEASE NOTE - this also means I won't receive the larger weekly benefit allowance when this disqualification penalty is over. I will receive $313 beginning in 5 weeks- which is already 70% less than I would make should we not have the "Shelter in Place" ordinance due to Covid-19. LIKE MANY OTHERS IN THE SAME POSITION, I AM OUT OF OPTIONS - unless the State Unemployment Office can recognize this questionably unethical waiting period penalty during disasters and pandemics, and compassionately waive or suspend it. I do not have great credit, though I have been doing everything in my power to get it back to good standing - which means any small loans I have tried to apply for have been denied at this time. I don't have wealthy family members or friends that can aid me during a time of need, nor should this burden be put on anyone when I have been faithfully paying into the unemployment insurance system all along with every paycheck. While I do look for work, there isn't any because of Covid-19. HERE IS MY ARGUMENT ON WHY THIS PETITION WOULD BENEFIT BOTH THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICES OF CALIFORNIA AS WELL AS THE INDIVIDUALS IMPACTED BY THE PENALTY. I completely understand the 5 week penalty, UNDER A NORMALLY FUNCTION ECONOMY and labor market. My argument for myself, and anyone else who has a determination penalty from a previous claim, is that this punishment of withholding aid during a disaster or pandemic is simply inhumane and unjust. The state and federal government has already made changes to the unemployment system to aid and expand benefits those of us who were laid off due to Covid 19, and are treating current circumstances as unique and unprecedented. I am hoping to argue that the 7 week waiting period should be FUTURE-ACTIVELY applied to any claimant who made an error in a past claim, and should also NOT BE APPLIED to those who are only just now filing because of the Covid-19 related lay offs. I am out of options financially, and while I am seeking jobs- EVERYTHING IS SHUT DOWN. So, this punishment like I said is outdated and INHUMANE. I am asking that the government please act altruistically, give the benefit of the doubt to it's hard working people, and grant amnesty to those of us struggling with this "False Claim determination". We urge EDD to lift this rule to whose who have already paid off their overpayments from past claims, and to retroactively give claimants the benefits they should have received for weeks 1 and 2. This will not only free up much clerical work, but would lessen the burden upon the appeals court, as well as lift morale to a great many. Thank you for your support, and please reach out if you have any contributing insights or questions. Kaila HOPPE Los Angeles, CA
Petition to Charles D. Baker, Donald J. Trump, James M. Kelcourse
Keep Personal Services out of Phase 1 Openings
The push for personal service-based businesses to be included in the early stages of states opening, needs to stop. Especially speaking for my state of Massachusetts, where we currently are ranking third in the country for confirmed cases and deaths, particularly in the area that I work which have the highest numbers in the state (Middlesex and Essex county). The nature of our business is that we are in close proximity and touching our clients for prolonged periods of time. We should be among the last to be safely phased into openings. Reducing occupancy does not reduce the amount of contact we have with clients. In fact, it only reduces the amount of hairdressers that can work at one time. This, not only fails us from a public safety standpoint, it also means that many small businesses will not be able to produce the appropriate income to pay staff and landlords. Ours and many others business models, quite simply, will be reduced to half. Not to mention, the amount of time that will need to be allotted in between each appointment for the extra sanitation of each individual apparatus along with the extra time added during each appointment to follow the other restrictions that will be put in place. Our entire business model will be adjusted dramatically. So, along with that, we will need our financial responsibilities to be adjusted too! Opening too soon, with heavy restrictions, compromises our personal safety and puts our businesses at even more risk of financial failure. Also, what about our clients that will refuse us business because they too are fearful for their safety because it is simply too early? How can we financially support ourselves with the refusal of business from our regular clients who otherwise would be promptly serviced? We simply won’t have the resources in a mere few weeks to follow the PPE guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone in our space. We would be taking away from the medical professionals (who already are in such need of the necessary equipment) to ensure the safety of our community and follow the strict guidelines that will be put in place. Additionally, those (myself included) that have children, and especially single parents, have been completely neglected in this issue. Our children are out of school and unable to attend day camps or care centers of any sort safely. They have nearly 8 weeks still left of homeschooling. How can we work efficiently enough to support our financial responsibilities without our children being educated properly and taken care of safely at this time? Trust me. I am chomping at the bit to get back to my clients, who I know also miss and need me as I do them, but now is not the responsible time to do so. The government is opening us up not because it is safe. They are opening us up because they are more worried about an economic collapse than our lives. The voices of those who are requesting our services are louder than the voices who are concerned for our well being. And this needs to change. And that starts with you. I know I’m just one small hair stylist, but I'm not alone in this and we need your help. In conclusion, we need state officials to not only give our industry the appropriate access to funds and resources, but also prioritize our safety, by pushing our industry to the back of the line for reopening.
Petition to Congress, Federal Trade Commission, Federal Reserve Board
Defer mortgage and rent payments in USA amid COVID-19
COVID-19 is having a devastating effect on everyone, especially small businesses and non-salaried employees. Deferring or cancelling rent and mortgage payments of our primary residence for the duration of the COVID-19 virus pandemic would relieve the financial pressure on each American who is trying to cope with this tough situation, allow citizens to work from home without worrying about losing their housing and limit the spread of the virus. We are calling for federal government to mandate the suspension of rent and mortgage payments during the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic.