Petition to U.S. Senate, Rob Portman, U.S. House of Representatives
Student Loan Forgiveness for Special Needs Parents
After I lost my son while he was just an infant, the birth of our daughter Ivy was all the more a blessing. Ivy has special needs and requires around-the-clock care. For the first 10 months of her life, we lived in hospitals. We had to travel across the country to try to get Ivy the expert help she needed. It required me to leave my job and become Ivy’s primary care provider. On top of it all, we were trying to figure out how we were going to pay for my crushing student debt. The burden of student loans is great for any person, but it is especially hard for those that are parents to a special needs child. The care that children like Ivy require is expensive. Roadblocks -- like inadequate insurance coverage, high deductibles, and sometimes having to pay costs upfront -- face many special needs families. In addition, there simply are not enough nurses when 24/7 care is needed. These factors often force parents to become the primary caregiver, making it impossible for them to return to the workforce and pay off their student debts. My husband and I have always been hardworking and pay all our bills in full. His salary as a public school teacher and the Social Security Insurance we receive for Ivy barely keeps us afloat. At the end of the month, after our regular bills and medical expenses are paid for, there isn’t anything left to save, let alone pay down my student loans. The current options available to families like mine only delay repayment. We now find ourselves having to decide if we want to put a meal on the table or pay my student loan bill. Ivy will need a lifetime of care -- our family can’t afford a lifetime of debt, too. I’m asking for Congress to allow student debt forgiveness for the parents of special needs children. Debt forgiveness is the only way we can truly focus on caring for the ones we love.
Petition to Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service John Koskinen
REMOVE HUNTING CLUBS FROM NON-PROFIT "CHARITY" DESIGNATIONS 501 (c)
CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS ARE DIRECTLY SUPPORTED THROUGH THEIR DESIGNATION AS "NON-PROFIT" IN ORDER TO MARKEDLY REDUCE THEIR TAX COMMITMENTS AND BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR RECEIVING GRANTS AND CHARITABLE DONATIONS. THE NON-PROFIT - 501 (C) DESIGNATION IS NOT DESIGNED FOR PURPOSES THAT ARE NOT FOR THE GREATER GOOD. THIS PROGRAM IS BEING EXPLOITED BY HUNT CLUBS LIKE SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL AND WOLF PATROL, WHO ARE NOTHING MORE THAN HUNT CLUBS, BUT MASQUERADE AS "CONSERVATIONISTS". WILDLIFE AND AMERICAN TAXPAYERS ARE BEING EXPLOITED AND OUR TAXES ARE BEING USED FOR KILLING WILDLIFE UNDER THE GUISE OF "CONSERVATION". THIS DESPICABLE PRACTICE IS BEING OVERLOOKED AND NEEDS TO BE URGENTLY ADDRESSED. CLAIMS BY HUNT CLUBS THAT THEY ARE CONSERVING WILDLIFE ARE OBVIOUSLY UNTRUE, AND THE MONEY GAINED IS USED TO PROP UP DICTATORS IN FOREIGN LANDS, SUSTAIN CORRUPTION AND UNDERMINE THE FUTURES OF OUR CHILDREN AND WILDLIFE. THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR THE TAX EXEMPT STATUS OF EITHER SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL OR WOLF PATROL, OR ANY OTHER HUNT CLUBS POSING AS "CONSERVATIONISTS" OR "CHARITIES". PLEASE END THIS FARCE IMMEDIATELY, BECAUSE IT IS PURE EVIL AND UN-AMERICAN.
Petition to Donald J. Trump
End Predatory Healthcare Pricing
I recently served as president of a Miami hospital and got an insider’s view of the healthcare system. The lack of “legitimate” healthcare pricing has destroyed the system. Ask the price of any healthcare service and you will always receive the same answer: “What insurance do you have?” Billing is determined by how much can be extracted from each patient on a case by case basis. Because billing rates are not set, the industry is able to prey on patients at their most vulnerable. And if you are out of network or uninsured, you pay the highest rates. A simple blood test for cholesterol can range from $10 to $400 or more at the same lab. Hospitalization for chest pain can result in a bill from the same hospital for the same services ranging anywhere from $3,000 to $25,000 or more. Price transparency initiatives are futile when prices may vary by a factor of 100 for the exact same service performed by the same provider. To stop the bleeding, Congress need only require that healthcare providers publish “legitimate pricing” which means, they can continue to set their own rates, but - a different rate for each patient - must be prohibited. Rates must be published in a uniform format such as industry standard CPT codes or a percentage of Medicare rates. Every citizen would be empowered to search any medical procedure online and see pricing for all providers within X miles. It would be as easy and familiar as checking the price of any other goods or services. Legitimate prices mean networks will be obsolete, along with the administrative burdens, tremendous costs, and limitations on patient choice which they impose. Reducing healthcare costs is the only way to materially lower health insurance premiums. Legitimate pricing will force providers to compete. Costs and therefore insurance premiums will plummet overnight. But if we keep the status quo, we will continue to see rising prices and outrage over medical bills. We shouldn’t have a system that makes us so powerless. To reverse our nation’s financial bleeding and end restrictions on patient choice, we petition for the President-Elect's support for Congress to empower citizens by mandating legitimate healthcare pricing.
Petition to Kickstarter, Znaps
Refund for Znaps
Znaps seemed like another great project to over achieve their goal on kickstarter. Hundreds of thousands of people have made orders almost a year ago when Znaps said their estimated shipping was November 2015. Now being 2016 I am here to fight for the right to get all the money back to the people who have given up their hard worked money to this company.
Petition to Bishop Dennis Sullivan
Request Diocesan Bishop Sullivan to delay closing St. Michaels Church in Atlantic City, NJ. All public Sunday Masses will now end on September 27, 2015.
St. Michaels Church and Parish is 112 years old and a Historic Landmark and Cultural Center for Italian-Americans and Atlantic City. St. Michaels Church contains beautiful Italian Renaissance sculptures, frescos, paintings and sacred objects that are irreplaceable. $8 Million was spent in 2000-2001 to completely restore St. Michaels Church and the adjacent Dante Hall. Closing St. Michaels Parish which occupies almost a whole city block will eliminate the heart, soul, and character of the Ducktown District of Atlantic City and allow corporate developers of outlet type stores to commercialize the community and “take over” the historic area. Closing St. Mikes will further deteriorate a community in a City that needs the Churches’ spiritual and moral leadership more than ever. St. Michaels is an icon and model of the Mission of the Catholic Church to preserve community, traditional values, and the saving message of Jesus. St. Michaels Parish has hundreds of admirers who are not aware of the Churches closing many of whom are graduates. They deserve the right and the opportunity to Save St. Mikes for the future.
Petition to Susan Wolf Ditkoff, Michael Glover
A Fair Contract for Brookline Teachers NOW!
The Brookline Public School teachers and para-professionals have been working without a long-term contract for a year and a half. These teachers and para-professionals care deeply about the education and welfare of our children and we want them to be fairly compensated for their hard work, supported to do their best work and we do not want them to be over-burdened by administrative tasks, meetings and paperwork. As parents of Brookline K-12 students and citizens and voters in Brookline, we want you, the School Committee to IMMEDIATELY finalize a contract with the teachers.
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
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.