Petition to Larry Merlo, CVS Pharmacy
Tell CVS to Donate, Don't Dump
For about a year, I’ve walked up and down the streets of New York City in the evenings to save perfectly good food and other items from CVS’s trash, which I then gift to friends, family, and people in need. I find it ridiculous - and frankly disrespectful - to see how much CVS wastes when millions of people, including CVS’s own employees, struggle to put food on the table. CVS, as a policy, throws out excess, slightly damaged, or about-to-expire merchandise. In CVS's trash in New York I've found unopened toothpaste, bars of soap, tissues, and shelf-stable food like Oreos and oatmeal (which safely can be eaten months after the best by date*). All of this should have been donated. Over the course of several months I've emailed CVS's CEO Larry Merlo about this multiple times, and as direct result have spoken to regional management about this multiple times. They've promised to donate more, but nothing has changed. I'm hoping this petition can pressure CVS to make donation their default. Tell CVS to #donatedontdump Donate to a local shelter, food pantry, or church. CVS has a national partnership with Feeding America, but still a lot of food and usable merchandise is thrown out. CVS should not only allow regional managers to form partnerships with local charities, but should reward them for doing so (make it part of their performance appraisal, for example). If donation is not a possibility, allow employees to take home food and other usable items that would otherwise be thrown out. Employees, most of whom make minimum wage, are forbidden from taking home or donating excess merchandise to those in need, and might be fired for doing so. CVS should allow employees to take home items that would otherwise be thrown out. Thank you for your help! I hope you'll sign and share this petition. -Anna *Legally, only baby formula needs to have a best by date. Best by dates on all other products are voluntarily put there by manufacturers and often only indicate product quality, not product safety. If anyone were to get sick from donated food, CVS would be protected from legal liability under the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. In addition, there have been no recorded lawsuits related to food donation.
Petition to Malcolm Yarnell III, The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Malcolm Yarnell III Must Resign to Install More Diverse Leadership in the SBC.
Whereas Malcolm Yarnell III, a Southern Baptist professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, gave a Kingdom-minded, brilliant argument on Twitter (on 11/16/19 at 7:06 AM) that "every male Anglo" candidate for a Southern Baptist appointment should refuse that appointment (as their conscience leads) "until a more diverse leadership, representative of our desire to reflect the redeemed gathered around the world were installed"... And whereas Malcolm Yarnell III and many Southern Baptist leaders who agree with him insist on treating Galatians 3:28 as though it were not in the Holy Bible and instead insist on seeing the world through the lens of race and identity... And whereas Malcolm Yarnell III is not a person of color or of an underprivileged identity group... And whereas Malcolm Yarnell III is occupying a position at a Southern Baptist institution while certain members of under-privileged identity groups who are qualified for his position remain unemployed or underemployed... We demand that Malcolm Yarnell III immediately vacate his position at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to be replaced by a non-Anglo male candidate. This change will foster a more diverse leadership, representative of his desire to reflect the redeemed gathered around the world. This would show the seriousness of Yarnell's position and the validity of his suggestion.
Petition to Jean Clarke
Jean Clarke needs Venmo
Jean needs Venmo. She's always running around hooking us up and taking care of business. Then we have to scrounge up physical cash to try to make it right. After all that she usually won't take the money anyway. Come on girl get Venmo! I currently owe her $18 (she did some awesome Christmas shopping for me) but haven't given it to her in a few days due to this issue. Thank you for your time. Go Bills!
Petition to Edmund G. Brown Jr., California State Senate, California State House
Allow California's Prisoner Firefighters to Work Professionally After Release
California has been devastated by massive wildfires, and thousands of state prisoners have volunteered to fight the flames. Paid just $1 an hour, the state encourages low-level prisoners to risk their lives and serve alongside professional firefighters. But once inmates leave prison, they often can’t work as firefighters because of their criminal records. Despite their frontline experience, most counties in California require firefighters to become licensed emergency medical technicians (EMTs) — and that credential is often denied to anyone with a criminal record. Nearly 4,000 of California’s firefighters are state inmates, carefully selected to participate in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation CAL FIRE program. At least three inmates have died fighting these fires. It’s simply wrong to deny these men and women the ability to become firefighters after they have served their time. A steady job is one of the best ways to prevent re-offending. Restoring the right to earn an honest living is crucial for ex-offenders to regain a sense of hope and a new chance at redemption. In 2018, California passed a law that eased licensing barriers for many residents with criminal records. But that reform does not apply to firefighters. Sign our petition urging California to make it easier for formerly incarcerated people to become firefighters and EMTs after serving their time.
Petition to Gregory L. Fenves
Reduce UT tuition for international students
Most international students bear substantial pressures on UT tuition. First, compare to local students, they need to afford expensive costs of housing and dining. Second, the expenditures of traveling between their home countries and University are also great amounts of money. Finally, studying abroad in the United States with high level of consumption, international students are going to consume more with current exchange rates. It is reasonable for UT to reduce the gap between tuition of American students and international students.
Petition to Michael Brown, Cincinnati Bengals
Ask Mike Brown to Sell the Cincinati Bengals to Jeff Bezos.
In 1990 the Cincinnati Bengals' owner Mike Brown decided to not hire a General Manager or hire outside help to get the Bengals over the hump. After years of mediocre seasons and false hopes, it is time to ask the Brown family to let the team go to a new owner who actually cares about football and not about filling their pockets with tear soaked dollars. It has been shown in the news that Amazon CEO and founder, Jeff Bezos is interested in owning an NFL team. What better chance is there to have the Brown family wash their hands of a sad franchise they have drove into the dirt? Bezos can offer more than a fair amount to acquire the Cincinnati Bengals and bring them into the spotlight as a team who has an owner that cares not only about the city, but it's fans. In closing, we the Fans of the Cincinnati Bengals ask that the Brown family, sell the team that Paul Brown loved so much, becuase he is currently rolling in his grave watching his son Mike run it through the gutter. We ask that who ever buys the team realize that the fans ask for serious leadership, that have a thirst for winning and a love for football. Please end our suffering sincerely, disgruntled Cincinnati Bengals fans across the globe.