139 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to IDFPR , ACGME , Department of Education

End Racism in Higher Education: #EqualRight2Learn

I am a medical doctor that grew up in inner city Chicago. My 17 yr journey to become a physician came to an abrupt end when I found racial threats in my performance evaluations.  I reported my concerns to the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education as well as to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). To date, neither agency has investigated this matter.  When I reported my concerns to my state licensing board, they placed an indefinite administrative hold on my license – effectively preventing me from continuing my medical education. Please help to put an end to this injustice by signing this petition. We are asking that (1) the Dept. of Education and the ACGME conduct an investigation into this matter (2) my state medical board, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, release their administrative hold on my license so that I can continue my medical education. All students should have a right to a fair education.  “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” - MLK   So What Can I do...  The Most Powerful Phrase in American History is "We the People". To help bring justice for all students in this great country we are asking YOU (the people) to: 1. Sign the petition and then share the petition ( 2. Find Your Represented Official at one of the following sites:U.S. Representative Senator Alderman & Congressman 3. Email them the following:"We believe that all students in this great country should have a learning environment free of discrimination. Dr. Rushing’s medical education was cut short when he found racial threats in his performance evaluations. Please find his story and support the petition for change here (" 4. Follow Us On the Following Platforms:Please visit our website at www.EqualRight2Dream.orgPlease email us at EqualRight2Dream@gmail.comPlease follow us on Twitter at EqualRight2Dream @DreamEqualPlease like us on Facebook at @EqualRight2Dream  Remember that When You, the Person, speak out then We The People are Better Off      

Marcus Rushing
6,967 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Lance Robertson, Mary Lazare

Calling for the resignation of Mary Lazare, ACL's Principal Deputy Administrator

U.S. Department of HHS' Administration for Community Living (ACL) Principal Deputy Administrator Mary Lazare was reported by Disability Scoop to have made several comments about "segregation" and "reinstitutionalization" of people with disabilities on July 11, 2018. Lazare went onto social media site Twitter later that day, rather than giving a formal statement, and apologized for her statements. Lazare reportedly expressed these assertions at both an Autism Society conference in Bethesda, Maryland, and again at another conference in Oxford Hill, Maryland, for the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities. Lazare's tweet, which was posted on the ACL's public account, read: "Mary Lazare: I regret & apologize for my words at #ASAconf18. ACL believes ppl w/disabilities have the right & choice to live in the community. We work to expand those opptys & are 100% committed to that mission. We also recognize Olmstead gives people the right to other choices." Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Jim Langevin (D-RI), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) addressed these comments in a letter to Lance Robertson, Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL's Administrator. Due to Lazare's comment mentioning Olmstead as a choice rather than a right in her Twitter post, these representatives are concerned about Lazare's understanding of the Olmstead decision, as well as her understanding of community-based care as a whole. Additionally, in February 2018, President Donald Trump made comments about “nabbing” people with mental illnesses who have committed no crime but who seem suspicious. See article from Politico. Lazare was appointed to her post at the Administration for Community Living by President Donald Trump in June 2017. The disability rights movement has been growing at an especially increased speed in the new millennium. It is concerning to anyone within the disability community to hear that a person who should be representing and protecting us is making such remarks. Considering Lazare's professional history, we should expect better.  We can do better. We are requesting that Mary Lazare resign from her post, as it is the ethical and moral thing to do in light of her comments. Independent living is important to people with disabilities as well as aging seniors, and we need someone who's got our back. Discriminationatory comments in any form should not be tolerated by HHS. It is important that we send a message about this type of ableist rhetoric and demand respect in all areas of our lives.In lieu of resignation, we are requesting a formal apology from Mary Lazare.UPDATE 8/3/2018: Comments by Lance Robertson, Administrator of ACL, were reported by Disability Scoop. Click here for the article as well as my comments.  Nothing About Us, Without Us Original story on Disability Scoop Please note that this petition does not infer that Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Jim Langevin (D-RI), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), or Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) have endorsed the idea of Ms. Lazare's resignation. This is an independently-led petition by people of the disability community.

Maggie M.
201 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Dorothy Wellington

Be Extra Nice to People Challenge

Three years ago I started this petition, "Be Extra Nice to People" after one day of hearing so many painful stories from people while doing my errands.  I had come across several people in dire, suffering conditions.  Today, July 11, 2018, while at a bus stop near a hospital, there was a man who was slumped over and had just been released but had no money for the bus to get to his home.  I reached in my purse and gave him the extra bus ticket I had.  He was so grateful, I told him "You deserve to have a bus ticket to ride all day long wherever you need to go."  What's amazing, the words I wrote below are still a voice of our current condition and I have repeated to offer you the "Be Extra Nice to People Challenge"  We still have the poor with us, the sick and those suffering from chronic illnesses, people with hurts, pains and exhaustion, sorrow, hardships, losses, broken relationships and more.  In addition there has been an increase in fears, worry and distrust in our political systems from Washington down to our local cities.  There has always been differences in political views, policies and opinions, voting for opposing candidates, but never to the level of vivaciousness, cruelty and intolerance of each other that's happening across our Nation and on social media.  Now, added to this, is the threats and fears of ISIS and Terrorists with murders and bombings in America and around the world.  There is a deep loss of trust and respect for diversity of race, prejudice, backgrounds, politics, and gender differences because of radical religions, social and cultural beliefs. Three years ago God instructed me to challenge people to "Be Extra Nice to People" and start this petition.  Wars do not end wars, Peace and Diplomacy end wars.  Would you sign this petition and accept the Challenge to make efforts to "Be Extra Nice to People" as you drive your cars, meet people at your stores, schools, places of employment, be nice to your family and friends, everywhere you go "Be Extra Nice to People."  Then, follow the same kindness and tolerance on the Internet and social media.  Do not return evil comments with more evil comments.  Do not give vivaciousness any support with more comments of hate and intolerance. Our Nation has suffered a great loss of trust, acceptance and of being One People.  As diversity of race and backgrounds grew in our Country--instead of oneness, many people resorted to hatred and separation--"they are not a part of us."  Those attitudes and beliefs are lies, truly,  "We are One World One People created by the design of One God."  If one person takes the Challenge of courage and commitment to "Be Extra Nice to People," and shares this petition with another person, soon we could have a collective mass being extra kind to our world of diversity.  "Acts of kindness are based on Love and it is the most powerful energy in all the world."  (Love is backed by God).

Dorothy Wellington Ministries
27 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to National University Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway)

Micheline's Three Conditions

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, a botanist for 34 years at NUI Galway, last month won a case against the University who were found to have discriminated against her because of her gender when they failed to promote her to Senior Lecturer. However, five other eligible women lecturers at NUI Galway were also denied promotion in 2009 and have a similarly strong case. Dr Sheehy Skeffington is donating her €70,000 damages to these women to help them pay legal fees to fight the University for their right to be promoted. The fight for women's rights is as important as ever. Women are overwhelmingly under-represented in senior academic roles at third-level institutions in Ireland. Of the Irish institutions examined, NUI Galway has the lowest percentage of women holding senior academic posts with only 21% at Senior Lecturer and above.  In addition, Dr Sheehy Skeffington, granddaughter of famous suffragette Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, has been asked by the University to join a task force designed to review gender equality practices. This is part of the aim to win an Athena SWAN award. She will agree to join the task force ONLY if the University meets three conditions, which she also feels are essential for the award. See e.g.  Please sign this petition and demand that NUI Galway meet Micheline's three conditions. When signing the petition, please indicate if you are NUI Galway staff, student, past staff or past student in the Commentary box.  These are Dr Sheehy Skeffington's three conditions:   1.   That NUI Galway promotes the five other women who, along with Dr. Sheehy Skeffington, were interviewed but not promoted in 2009 when only one woman was promoted out of 15 applying but 16 men were promoted out of 32 applying. The women want their promotion back-dated to 2009 but are willing to forgo any damages because it is the recognition of their worth which means most to them.  2.   That NUI Galway admits that the subsequent round of promotions in 2014, for which there have been at least 20 appeals, was also flawed. That NUI Galway immediately puts this right in a way which at least ensures gender balance among the successful candidates.  The only fair way to do this is to promote all the shortlisted candidates, all of whom were deemed eligible, as half of them were female.   3.   That the aim of any attempt by NUI Galway to address the issue of gender imbalance in senior posts be to have an equal number of women as men in such posts and that NUI Galway starts to achieve this aim by promoting the same percentage of women from each level as the percentage of women at that level. According to recent government statistics, in NUI Galway, there are 53% women lecturers (lowest level), but only 30% senior lecturers and 14% professors. For non-academic posts, it is a similar pattern.        

Rose Foley
4,162 supporters