Petition to United States Forest Service, Donald Trump
Forest firefighter pay raise
U.S. Forest Service firefighters risk their lives every day they work. What’s more, they spend weeks at a time away from their families as they put themselves in harm’s way to protect others. These brave women and men, to whom we owe so much, have been under a pay freeze. It is time for the pay freeze to end, and for them to receive a raise. My name is Alexis, and I’m the proud wife of a US Forest Service firefighter. I know what it’s like to go without seeing my husband for up to 8 weeks, striving to keep a brave face and hoping our two children won’t lose their father. When he does finally return home, he is twenty pounds lighter due to the strain of the work. People like my husband deserve to be paid fairly, not to have their wages frozen over political fights. These men and women are dedicated to serving others. When they are not battling blazes in life-threatening temperatures, or hiking with half their bodyweight on their backs, they are training to be the best crew they can be when a crisis does arise. And yet, they are under a pay freeze. The pay they do get doesn’t reflect the job they do. It is time for President Trump to lift the pay freeze and give a raise to our US Forest Service firefighters. Most people don’t work in jobs where their life is on the line. We have jobs that often come with air conditioned offices, lunch breaks, and the ability to go home to our families every night. Many of those jobs pay better than what forest firefighters earn. I respectfully ask that you take a moment to research what a US Forest Service firefighter job entails. You will find out how often they come close to death, and that many don’t make it home. Once you see what they do in the line of duty, I believe you will agree that they deserve our support in getting their wage freeze lifted and their pay increased.
Petition to United Parcel Service
Demand UPS provide Air Conditioning to all drivers
As a nurse of 20 years, I’ve seen dozens of patients who have suffered from heat stroke. Last summer, my husband -- a UPS delivery driver -- was one of them. In all but one state, UPS does not provide air conditioning for their drivers -- even in the blistering summer heat. Join me in demanding that UPS keep their employees safe by adding AC to their delivery trucks. Just a few stops along his route on an August day in 2016, my husband began to feel ill. Hours later, he was in the emergency room and his kidneys were failing. My husband was re-hydrated and stabilized by a team of doctors. He was one of the lucky ones. Drivers like my husband are at incredibly high risk during summer months, when temperatures in their trucks can climb to 180 degrees. As a result, they can face dehydration and heat stroke, which can have life-threatening consequences. Because UPS won’t protect their employees, drivers like my husband are forced to protect themselves. He tries to save his vacation for the hottest weeks of the year, but it’s nearly impossible to predict. After 14 years as a dedicated employee of UPS, I can’t believe my husband has to worry about his safety at work. UPS: We know you care about your service, now show us that you also care about your people. No one should have to go to work not knowing if they are going to make it home. Sign now to demand that UPS protect their employees.
Petition to Bryon L. Grigsby, Betsy Miller
Save America's Oldest Bookstore!
Moravian College recently bought the independent Moravian Book Shop with plans to turn it into a Barnes & Noble college bookstore, which will end the 273-year-old business. Please stand with us in telling them "NO!" The Moravian Book Shop has anchored Bethlehem’s historic downtown for generations and has built itself into the premier location for books, gifts and Christmas decorations in downtown Bethlehem. Despite what some people have said in the news, after a few up and down years, the Moravian Book Shop is in a good position in terms of its core business. In the last year we have streamlined our operations and modernized the store’s back-end systems. We had almost $2 million in sales last year and we are on pace for an even better 2018. In fact, any financial difficulty stems from the Moravian Church’s Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) and the Moravian Book Shop’s Board of Directors decision, over the protest of lower management and employees, to take out bad loans to open a location in Allentown in 2015. The Allentown store lost money for two years and when it closed last year the bad loans became due. Despite the Bethlehem location’s strengthening position we were not able to absorb the entire cost of the bad loans and so the PEC decided to negotiate in secret to sell the store. As it currently stands, the Moravian Book Shop will be taken over by Barnes & Noble (the national bookstore chain) and Sodexo (a multinational food services company) to provide a college bookstore for Moravian College. All of our staff will be laid off, though we were told we could interview for jobs at the new store, and the mission of the Moravian Book Shop will be lost forever. Moravian College is a great school, indeed, my brother and many of my close friends are alumni. And, the Moravian College students deserve a place to buy their textbooks, but that need does not have to erase 273 years of Bethlehem’s history. I think there are other avenues worth exploring, but if the sale from the Moravian Church to Moravian college is inevitable, the college has a choice as to who will operate the bookstore, including giving the current management a chance to show what we are capable of. I ask you to please tell the college that local small businesses are important for the health of our historic downtown and the entire city. We need you to sign the petition and contact Moravian College (information below) to tell we do not want huge national and multinational corporations controlling our downtown! Bryon L. Grigsby President, Moravian College 610-861-1364 firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster - Sell Tickets to Fans, NOT Scalpers!
Ticketmaster needs to do more to prevent scalpers from getting tickets ahead of fans. I have been attending concerts since I was twelve years old, and as you know, having a ticket is essential to getting into the concert. This is where Ticketmaster comes in. Every time I have used this site to buy tickets, there have been problems. I will try to buy tickets the second they go on sale, only to find out they're sold out. If fans had bought them, that would be fine - instead, the tickets are sold to scalpers, who triple the price at the very least. Most recently, this has happened when trying to get tickets for a band called 5 Seconds of Summer. Ticketmaster hosted a "fan presale" in which tickets didn't actually go to fans in most cases - they went to scalpers. By the time the general public could buy them, a message popped up saying the tickets were sold out. Upon checking other sites, you could find the $30 tickets on sale for up to $800. Fans didn't get these tickets. Scalpers did. Not only were the fans screwed out of tickets, but the band won't have a crowd of supporters (If they have a crowd at all). So, ticketmaster, all I'm asking is to actually try to keep scalpers away and forbid the tickets to be resold at insane prices. Let fans get their tickets and the opportunity to see their favorite band live.
Petition to The Honorable Raymond Martinez, Elaine L. Chao, Donald Trump
Repeal ELD Mandate through Regulatory Review
Docket ID: DOT-OST-2017-0069-1442 #RepealELDs
On November 20, 2017, the Small Business in Transportation Coalition ("SBTC"), an industry trade group, petitioned Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") to reconsider the Electronic Logging Device ("ELD") Rule as a good candidate for repeal in response to an October 2, 2017 Notification of Regulatory Review (and request for comments to be submitted by December 1, 2017) issued by the USDOT under Docket ID: DOT-OST-2017-0069-1442. SBTC requested an emergency stay on the December 18, 2017 ELD rule effective date. On December 18, 2017, the ELD rule went into effect and the request for a stay went unanswered. On January 5, 2018, FMCSA denied SBTC's request for reconsideration as "untimely" and kicked back the exemption application suggesting it must conform to a rule that applies to exemption applications submitted by individual motor carriers. On February 1, 2018, SBTC petitioned for reconsideration of that denial pointing out the request was a timely comment under the USDOT's regulatory review notice and supplemented its request for an exemption from the ELD Rule for all owner operators and companies with less than 50 employees. On April 1, 2018, motor carriers not compliant with the ELD rule will be put out of service. I support the SBTC's efforts to repeal the ELD rule in its entirety. In the event the rule is not repealed, I support the SBTC's exemption application. #RepealELDs
Petition to Bill de Blasio, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, NYC Council Member Diana Ayala, John DeSio, NYC Council Member Rafael Salamanca
Stop Mayor De Blasio’s Plan to Build a New Jail in the South Bronx
We, the residents of the South Bronx, call on all people of conscience to stand with us in strong opposition to the mayor’s proposal to build a new jail in the Mott Haven neighborhood at a site vital to implementing the community-driven Diego Beekman Neighborhood Development Plan. On February 14, 2018, Mayor De Blasio revealed a plan to speed up the closing of Rikers Island by transferring those incarcerated into existing (retrofitted) facilities in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, bypassing Staten Island altogether, and building a new jail in a South Bronx community still reeling from decades of disinvestment, destabilization and the resulting fallout, and where two other jails already exist. The proposed site at 320 Concord Avenue – steps from three schools, homeowners, and the 38-building Diego Beekman housing complex – has already been earmarked for years by the community as the central piece of its Neighborhood Development Plan for affordable housing, community centers and living wage jobs. Building on 22 years of community organizing, the Neighborhood Plan was developed in consultation with residents, organizations, agencies and elected officials, none of whom were consulted about the mayor’s new jail proposal. The area already has one of the highest and most unequal concentrations of homeless shelters, methadone clinics, power plants and waste transfer stations in the city. With some of the highest rates of poverty and unemployment nationwide, the Mott Haven community is in crisis, and any tax dollar investments must be in (long-ignored) social, educational and economic opportunities for the community – not a jail. We applaud the city’s plan to close Rikers Island, but the answer is not to expand the criminal justice footprint – not in the South Bronx, not anywhere – when over the last 25 years, the city’s jail population has fallen from a high of 21,674 in 1991 to under 9,000 earlier this year through a combination of falling crime rates and criminal justice reforms. Our opposition to a new jail is in no way a rejection of the people caught up in the system. We desire fairer, swifter, and more humane forms of justice for incarcerated families. We challenge the city to further reduce the number of people in jail through a combination of bail reform, decriminalization of minor offenses, and more restorative ways to deal with crime that would make the construction of a new facility unnecessary. With more than 2.3 million people imprisoned across the US, mass incarceration is the greatest moral and racial injustice of our time. We need bold investments in people, not prisons. Now therefore, please join us in our fight, stand in solidarity with us and demand that our Mott Haven community receives the revitalization plan it designed, developed and deserves. For more information about this campaign, send us an email at email@example.com. ***** Diego Beekman Neighborhood Plan Open Letter to Mayor de Blasio and NYC Council Speaker Johnson in Opposition to A New South Bronx Jail from the Diego Beekman Mutual Housing Association, HDFC (Jose de Diego Beekman Houses), the Nehemiah Homeowners, and the Concord Avenue/Jackson Avenue Homeowners South Bronx Unite Statement – No New Prisons: Not in the South Bronx, Not Anywhere Local Residents Lash Out at Meeting on Proposed Bronx Jail (NY1 - March 8, 2018) Bill Locks Himself In with Bronx Jail Site (Daily News - March 30, 2018)
Petition to Rodney Sacks, Hilton Schlosberg
Boycott Monster Energy for attacking small local-owned businesses
Monster Energy is big, really big. Being so big, Monster has money to spend on lawyers to make nuisance lawsuits to smaller companies who just so happen to have their names also start with "M." Can you tell the difference between these two logos? Nobody would confuse them, but still, Monster filed a lawsuit against this beloved local Virginian distillery, and it's not the only lawsuit they've filed against small local businesses. Monster has been relatively brutal in attacking small companies whose logos don't even remotely look like the Monster "M" as these small companies just don't have the vast resources to fight back. This greedy behavior does nothing but strip resources from the important local community businesses that offer local jobs and bring money into local communities. Those resources instead make this fat Monster that much fatter, and that doesn't help any of us.Of course what's most ironic is that Monster isn't the original company who had an "M" for a logo, we have the golden arches to thank for that...Please consider signing this petition and sharing it with your friends on social media to tell Monster they need to stop attacking small beloved community businesses. We'd also ask you to really hit Monster where it hurts and buy your energy drinks from their competitors until they stop attacking small community businesses. Monster Energy will only have deep pockets if we consumers line them afterall. Take a stand, help fight this monster, and do a good thing for local businesses!
Petition to United Nations
Personal Data Day
We need the United Nations to grant a Personal Data Day on 9/25 to raise awareness about the fact that people's personal data is the greatest input to economic productivity. Raising awareness annually can bring about policy and cultural change to structure a royalty for the world's newest natural resource: #PersonalData