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Economic Justice

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Petition to Richard Burr, President of the United States, Donald Trump, Thom Tillis

Approve my Social Security Disability

I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT JOURNEY IN MY LIFE.  YOUR SUPPORT, PRAYERS, ADVICE,  AND FRIENDSHIPS HAVE PUSHED ME THROUGH THIS PAST Year.  (I changed my main photo because some said it was too brutal to look at) MY STORY: Raleigh News and Observer article Three years ago, I was in a car wreck that left me with a traumatic brain injury. I now suffer from seizures: I simply black out, with no warning, several times a week. Because of this, I can never drive again; I can’t work. I can’t even shower alone, and I’m running out of hope. Before my injury, I was an electrician by trade. I always worked and supported my three children. I tried going back to work after the wreck, but my seizures forced me to stop. My multiple attempts to get on disability have been denied even though my medical history is well documented by hospitals, neurologists, doctors,  and psychiatrists.  I have given the Social Security office all the medical and financial records they have asked for. I have had a couple doctor's notes since 2014 that said I could not work because of my condition.  The health coverage I have from the county is not enough. It doesn’t pay for rehab or the weeks I’ve spent in the hospital due to further brain injury caused by falls during seizures. I have lost everything I worked for all of my life.  I feel so helpless. We’re looking at homelessness as a very real possibility, and all because the Social Security contract I entered into when I started paying in at 16 years old, has failed me. Please, I am not looking for handouts. Simply for the money I have paid into the system in my time of great need. Please call on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to grant me disability insurance, so that I may have a fighting chance to get better. I know I am not alone in this. I’ve talked to so many people going through similar hardships. My condition is getting progressively worse. I want so badly to live to raise my children to adulthood, to be a good role model for them, and teach them that it is possible to overcome any obstacle in this country.  I can only do that with some help. Please help me call on the SSA to grant me disability insurance. I have earned it, and I would not take it if I didn’t really need it.  Thank you for your time, God Bless, Christopher E Layne My life as I know it (click here) Every signature under here is probably going through the same hell or loves someone going through the same thing, fighting for their lives. Something has to change fast. One wrong fall and I will not be here any longer to see my chosen grow. Please help me by signing this petition.  It truly could mean life or death. A message from my daughter  

chris layne
72,225 supporters
Update posted 9 hours ago

Petition to Warren Slocum (San Mateo County Supervisor) (San Mateo County Supervisor) (San Mateo County Supervis, Papia Gambelin, Eric Holm, Stan Watkins, Sean Williams, Ron Munekawa, Sheila Canzian, David Hogan, Maureen Freschet, Dianne Whitaker, Charlie Drechsler, Carole Groom, Dave Pine, Don Horsley, Adrienne J. Tissier, Jerry Hill, Joe Goethals, David Lim, J. Christopher Massey, John Ebneter, Rick Bonilla, Pamel O'Leary, Eric Rodriguez, Diane Papan

Mayor David Lim and the City of San Mateo, Please Don't Take Away Our Ice Rink

The San Mateo Ice Center is the best, if not only, opportunity for San Mateo area parents and children to have access to an ice rink. Without the rink, we and our kids will no longer be able to play hockey, figure skate, attend public skate sessions, hold birthday parties, participate in laser skate nights, play broomball, and attend summer camp on the ice. Recently, the San Mateo Daily Journal wrote an article about how demand for ice time is skyrocketing at San Mateo and other rinks in the area.  Ice is hard to come by and demolishing the San Mateo rink will mean fewer kids learn to skate or experience the thrill of ice hockey and figure skating.  San Mateo families will face longer commutes, higher costs, and less convenient hours for kids who play hockey or compete in figure skating. The San Mateo rink is currently busy from early morning to late at night - 18 hours a day.  The closest rink, Belmont Iceland, is also at capacity and packed well into the night.  Unlike San Mateo, the Belmont rink isn't full size so some competition levels cannot play there.  All the rinks in the Bay Area are currently at capacity.  Closing San Mateo will increase demand on other rinks, increasing costs for San Mateo families that will now need to travel elsewhere.   Interest in ice hockey in San Mateo continues to grow significantly.  The California Cougars youth hockey program, serving kids as young as 5, was headquartered at the San Mateo rink.  Many Cougar alumni are playing at college, junior, and professional levels; current skaters dream of one day following in their footsteps.   Figure skating demands on ice time also continue to grow; recent San Mateo competitions have hosted well over three hundred skaters and their families.  San Mateo Ice Center has a legacy of amazing and accomplished U.S. figure skaters.  Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi got her start in San Mateo.  Gold Medalist Brian Boitano and Bronze Medalist Debi Thomas also skated in San Mateo during their competitive careers. While we appreciate SPI Holdings LLC's offer to build a park restroom and provide plastic turf on an existing soccer field, we feel this will be of less benefit and use to the community than the rink.  The artificial turf will only increase playtime a few days a year.  Closing the rink will eliminate ice time year-round for thousands in our community.   Losing the rink will greatly change the lives of San Mateo and other area families, many of whom moved here due to the rink.  The San Mateo City Council made a commitment to this community in their previous 5-0 votes to keep the rink.  An entire ice skating culture has grown and devloped from that commitment.  We ask that the City Council not reverse its previous decisions and not change the current master plan to demolish th ice rink and build more chain stores. Thank you.

Mike Swire
6,098 supporters