Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Student debt will be the next bubble to burst. Tell Congress to forgive student debt
Student loan debt in America is the largest form of any debt, other than home mortgages. Many student loan borrowers are defaulting. If nothing is done, this could be the next bubble to burst, propelling the economy into another recession. It doesn’t help that overall earnings for young people is substantially lower than past generations. With rising cost of living, the burden of student loans, and the reality of lower wages - recent graduates are struggling for the basics. It’s only a matter of time before more student loan borrowers default on their loans. Congress could do something about it, they could forgive student loan debt by passing the Student Loan Forgiveness Act. Tell Congress to help reinvigorate the economy and simultaneously avert the next financial crisis - forgive all federal student loan debt and pass the House Student Loan Forgiveness Act. Across the U.S., student debt is holding an entire generation back from life’s major milestones; from buying a first home to starting a family. Some states are starting to take notice. Maine is one of the first U.S. states trying to help student loan borrowers. Over one-third of Maine’s population is at or near-retirement. In an effort to attract young Mainers who’ve left the state for higher paying jobs elsewhere - while also reinvigorating the state’s economy - Maine is giving student borrowers a second chance. In the state’s new program, the state will help recent grads pay off their student loan debt through a state-tax reimbursement, ranging from $3,500 to $5,000 a year over a ten-year period. States shouldn’t have to go it alone. Tell Congress to forgive federal student loan debt. Large student loan burdens have meant graduates aren’t investing in themselves or the economy like past generations of Americans. It’s easy to see why. Forty-four million Americans are carrying the burden of student loan debt, amounting to a whopping $1.5 trillion. For perspective, America’s credit card debt was $1 trillion in 2017. Only one-third of student loans are in repayment, the rest has essentially been put on hold or is in default. Across the U.S., 1 million Americans default on their student loans every year. By 2023, 40% of borrowers will default on their student loans - pushing us all into the next recession and shrinking the middle class. Whether or not you have student loan debt, student loan defaults will devastate the economy - hurling us all into the next recession. Tell Congress to prevent the next recession before it happens, forgive student loan debt.
Petition to Department of Homeland Security
TSA: Broaden your hiring practices and let Deaf people serve their country!
In light of recent undercover tests by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General where undercover officers snuck fake weapons or explosives through checkpoints an astonishing 70% of the time, would you feel safer at the airport with a homogeneous security apparatus, made up of people who all shared the same skills, or would you want the absolute best person at each position? Talented people who excel at spotting suspicious behavior, or who are more competent than most at spotting weapons in baggage x-rays? Most people would want the most competent person on the ground, using their skills to keep everyone safe. But the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) blocks a certain group of people from careers as Transportation Security Officers – Deaf people, despite multiple studies showing that Deaf people perform better with certain tasks crucial to the success of a Transportation Security Officer (TSO). For example, several studies showed that Deaf people have higher capacity for processing visual tasks, demonstrating quicker reaction times to visual stimuli. In others, Deaf people were shown to be quicker at recognizing and interpreting body language. Everything being equal, this gives Deaf people a leg up when it comes to jobs that rely on visual processing or interpreting body language -- such as TSOs, who screen travelers and monitor them for suspicious behavior. But everything is not equal, and Deaf people are prohibited from being Transportation Security Officers, though the career would otherwise seem uniquely suited for them. Today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires TSO applicants to pass a hearing test; those who do not are placed on hold, effectively tabling their application and denying them the honor of becoming TSOs. This artificial barrier to employment not only denies Deaf people careers, it prevents Deaf people from serving their country. But this doesn’t need to be the case: Deaf people are employed as security guards, surveillance managers and expert body language analysts by private companies, and by the governments of other countries. TSA requirement for a hearing test is notable for the fact that it excludes any consideration for the provision of reasonable accommodations -- which private companies are required to provide applicants, per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Do you want to tell the TSA that you want them to open up their hiring process and let Deaf people work where they are most successful? Sign this petition!
Petition to Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology
I Deserve a Second Chance to Earn an Honest Living
Pennsylvania’s Cosmetology Board won’t let me work in a salon. I’m Courtney Haveman, and this is my 18-month old son Roman. I love being a stay-at-home mom watching him grow and explore the world, but I’d like to be able to support him by working as an esthetician—providing facials, waxing, and tweezing. I went to beauty school for six months at a cost of $6,000 but the Board won’t let me take the test to get my license. The Cosmetology Board routinely rejects applicants because of criminal convictions, even if the convictions are years old and have absolutely nothing to do with cosmetology. I was shocked and heartbroken when I received the rejection letter. Years ago, I struggled with alcohol addiction. I wasn’t the same person when I drank, and I made bad choices that resulted in some misdemeanor convictions. But I found a 12-Step program—where I met my incredible husband—and stayed out of trouble. Lots of people have had similar struggles, and my past has nothing to do with my ability to work at a salon. And, it turns out that barbers in Pennsylvania aren’t subject to the same standard! That’s not fair, which is why I’ve joined with the Institute for Justice and another Pennsylvania woman to sue the board for our right to work. But people like me shouldn’t have to file a lawsuit just so they can work. I think people like me deserve a second chance. If you agree, sign my petition to tell the Cosmetology Board to stop keeping women from earning an honest living.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, John R. Curtis, Kurt Schrader
Dock Congressional Pay When Government Shuts Down
My oldest daughter came to visit on Christmas day with the expectation that she would be receiving a furlough notice after the holidays. I am a retired transportation executive and a former Marine in my early 70's. Katie has worked for the federal government for almost 27 years. We disagree on most domestic political issues, and we vote for different parties. But we found common ground when we started talking about the current partial government shutdown. Our country is in a difficult place. We are divided on so many issues, even within our families. But we can all agree that when the government shuts down, the wrong people pay for it. It’s time for Members of Congress and their highest-paid staff members to be docked salary when they don’t decide on annual budgets before the start of a new fiscal year. Continuing resolutions and government shutdowns waste taxpayer dollars year after year. Congress should be making tough decisions about how much the government should spend and for what. When they refuse to make decisions about the annual budgets of federal agencies, they create waste and chaos - without facing any consequences. Members of Congress and their senior staff are receiving their salaries during the shutdown even though they created it. Federal workers did their jobs, but they are not. When we were together over the holidays, Katie shared some frustration about working under Continuing Resolutions year after year, regardless of which party has a majority in Congress. In the 26+ years that she has worked for the government, it has been shut down six times. Every time it looks like federal employees might be furloughed because of lapses in federal appropriations, agencies have to prepare furlough notices for thousands of employees and develop shutdown plans. This wastes millions of dollars and thousands of staff hours. While the things we want Congress to fund and tax are different, my daughter and I agree that Congress's failure to make decisions is seriously bad for the health of our democracy. This is not the first time Katie has been furloughed, but when it happened in 1995 she was single and had no children. Twenty-three years later, she and her husband have three kids, two of whom are still at home. He is also a federal employee. It's scary not knowing when the next paycheck is coming, even when you are pretty sure that the money will come eventually. Wherever you stand on the policies and funding that are being debated during this shutdown, please join us to make sure every Member of Congress, every Senator and every senior member of the Administration knows that We the People expect them to do their job. And if they're not going to do it, then they shouldn't be paid. The House of Representatives should introduce a bill to change Congressional pay regulations so future Members of Congress and their highest-paid staff members will face direct financial consequences when they cause a government shutdown.
Petition to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Premier Doug Ford, MPP Bob Bailey, Minister Bill Walker
End Tarion’s new home warranty monopoly NOW: Give Ontarians a choice!
Why has Doug Ford changed his tune since he became premier? Why has he not ended Tarion's monopoly? Could it be that he is now more interested in catering to builders/developers than protecting Ontario's consumers? Tarion has been studied for decades - the problems are well known. Numerous media reports show that there are many serious problems resulting from the legislation and how Tarion is administering the legislation. As consumers continue to needlessly suffer, the Ford government now says that it is "looking at this policy area" (Minister Walker, letter to CPBH dated Dec. 14, 2018). As the Ford government stalls, each month the Ford government is FORCING approximately 5,000 families who purchase newly built homes to also purchase a warranty from the monopoly Tarion - a mandatory warranty that many agree is little to no good. What happened to Ford's slogan "for the people"? Justice Cunningham, who was hired by the Ontario Government to conduct an independent review of Tarion, ultimately concluded that Tarion basically needs to be dismantled. Justice Cunningham laid out a comprehensive plan forward, with 37 recommendations, including ending Tarion's monopoly: "...I am recommending the introduction of a competitive multi-provider model for warranty protection. Introducing competition should encourage continuous improvement and innovation. This in turn can lead to better consumer outcomes such as enhancements in warranty protection beyond minimum amounts..." (Tarion Review Final Report, Dec. 16, 2016). It's time for Ontario to catch up to other provinces like Alberta, BC and Manitoba and offer a CHOICE of warranty providers! Sign this petition to ask Premier Ford to end Tarion’s monopoly and offer a number of warranty providers in Ontario -- like Justice Cunningham recommended -- and like other Canadian provinces are doing. It's time for Ontario to catch up!
Petition to Phil Ting, Phil Ting, Phil ting
Nullify Fines for loud mufflers: AB 1824 in California
To repeal section 4 of AB-1824. Section 4 is targeting California car owners and creating an issue to cite and punish law abiding citizens including wasting law enforcement resources and time. This law has no effect on California emissions and does not clearly describe what a modified, excessively loud exhaust or muffler system is.
Petition to T-Mobile, T-Mobile Media Relations
T-Mobile Employees Fair Wages Fair Treatment
When we first began working for FX1 Mobile/T-Mobile, the enviornment was great. We did not dread coming to work. I mean, it was the kind of job you enjoyed coming to. Recently, however, there has been some unfair changes. In the past few months, we have been told that on an 11 hour shift, you are not allowed to sit down. The managers sit all day every day while at work, but the mobile experts and sales leads are expected to stand for 11 hours straight.They have also taken a huge portion of our monthly commisions away, cut our work weeks down, and taken away any and all oppritunities for overtime. They took the lower priced plans for people who can not afford huge downpayments, and gave us no incentive to sell to them. T-Mobile has stopped caring about people and started only caring about money! They cut all this down, but they did not cut the sales pressure or the expectations. If anything, they have raised since. They are not taking into consideration that we are people. We have families and houses support. We are now living paycheck to paycheck and it has stopped being worth it. I would like to see if we get the signatures maybe we can make a change in a postitive directions. We would just like to see something be done because everytime we have tried to reach out or say our part we are ignored and pushed to the side. Please help us get the recognition we deserve!
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.