Petition to Charlie Baker, Elizabeth Warren, Donna Holaday, Newburyport Development
Save Plum Island Coffee Roasters
For more than 15 years, Plum Island Coffee Roasters has been an iconic landmark near Newburyport's waterfront, but its future is in doubt after owner Bruce Vogel was given eviction papers last week by the building's owner, Newburyport Development. Without any warning, he was given 45 days to relocate despite paying rent. If you have ever visited PICR, you know "relocating" isn't that easy. PICR is more than the great coffee, it's the location, the essence. It has become a sacred part of Newburyport and become a landmark, like the Pink House the Boardwalk, Bob Lobster or Oldies Marketplace. COVID has been hard enough on small businesses and their employees. Bruce and his PICR staff are absolutely heartbroken and blindsided. The people of Newburyport and the surrounding towns need to speak out. We want to enjoy our coffee on the water like we have been for the past 15 years. Please sign and share this petition to your own network, if anything we can show Newburyport Development how much the community cares for PICR and the staff - we wont let them take it away without a fight! ****Please note that any donations made through change.org go directly to change.org not Plum Island Coffee Roasters! Instead of donating, spread the word by sharing the petition!
Petition to U.S. Senate, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, Ron DeSantis
There Needs to Be Limits to Internet Censorship in the United States
Do you ever feel that someone is constantly trying to control what you see, hear, and do? Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Nicholas Grippi and I am here to tell you that they are. Internet censorship is the control of information that can be viewed on the internet, and it may be carried out by the government, private organizations, and institutions. I argue that censorship restricts the right of the people to share opinions, it allows the government to control the population, and it creates a society of mindless idiots who are completely unaware about what is going on around the world. Direct censorship of the internet is a direct violation of our First Amendment rights, and here is why I believe that there needs to be limits to internet censorship in the United States. DECREASES PEOPLE’S AWARENESS OF WHAT IS GOING ON Censorship has made people dumb and unaware about the events going on around them. If someone only gives you a portion of the total information, you are not able to make a well-informed decision. When reacting to the information you receive, the decision that you make is what is thought to be normal for you. This makes people desensitized and they will grow to accept their circumstance as the new normal. Think about this: if you only read and hear that students learn best by virtual education, you will be unaware that if students go to school to receive their education, they will have hands-on learning, they will talk to people who have other opinions, and they’ll be exposed to other things not obtained through virtual school. If there is a lack of awareness present in society, then it is easier to brainwash the people, as well as manipulate outcomes. GOVERNMENT CONTROLS THE POPULATION Another thing to consider; censorship gives authority to one agency or group of people. How does this group figure out what to restrict? Who oversees the activities of this group? Think back in history, as early as 60 years ago. We’ve learned about how Hitler was able to convince the German people that he could do no wrong; that he was immortal. He did this with the help of his propaganda minister, and he suppressed anyone that he felt was a threat to his agenda. Ruling governments use internet censorship to their advantage by blocking websites that pose a threat to their power. Internet censorship allows people who have power and money to control citizens and manipulate their opinions. TAKING AWAY PEOPLE’S RIGHTS Lastly and most importantly, censors seek to limit freedom of thought and expression by restricting spoken words, printed matter such as books and art, television programs, and internet sites. A study done by Yang and Chen from Stanford University has concluded that media censorship is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes. When the government engages in censorship, First Amendment freedoms are implicated. Various groups have carried out ridiculous attempts to ban classic works of literature. Challenged books include To Kill A Mockingbird, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, and the Bible. That’s right. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the integral elements of democracy. It is important to understand that we learn from one another by talking. Eradicating our freedom of speech would be detrimental to ourselves, as well as our democratic society. CONCLUSION 1.72 billion. That’s the number of people that are affected by internet censorship on any given day. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world today, the internet is going to be censored in one way or another. Although you alone cannot stop censorship, with a group of people, it can be greatly reduced. This is why I urge you to spread the word to your family and peers if you are sick of seeing this every time you go online. It might not happen today or tomorrow, but one day, we will terminate unfair internet censorship.
Petition to Daniel Ek, Oliver Schusser, Susan Wojcicki, Amazon, Jay Z, Michael Weissman, All OTHER music streaming platforms
Raise minimum pay for Artists to a penny per stream!
Streaming platforms have been racking up billions in Ad revenue and subscriptions generated by the songs of independent artists while at the same time only paying them roughly 0.003¢ per stream. This means that if an artist were able to get 1 million streams in a year they would have an annual salary of $3000. Sadly most independent artist struggle to generate even 5000 streams annually. This means that at the current pay rate of 0.003 ( Less than a penny) most artists will make less than $16 by the end of a year. However If an artist were to make just 1¢ per stream that $16 would then become $50. Not enough to make it through a year right? BUT if an artist were able to reach that 1 million stream mark they would then have an annual salary of $10,000, still pathetic lol but enough to get by. This is a call to action to help raise the current pay rate to 1¢ per stream as anything less doesn’t exist in actuality and further makes such a payout unjust.
Petition to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
Help the Farmers Now! Change the Rice Tariffication Law
HELP THE FARMERS ‘NOW’ The Rice Tariffication Law paved the way for lifting the quantitative restrictions that have allowed Philippine authorities to limit the volume of rice imports every year. Bumaba na ang presyo ng palay pero bumaba ba ang presyo ng bigas?? Palay, ito ay isa sa mga pangunahing produkto ng Pilipinas. Ang ating bansa ay isang Agricultural Country. Pero bakit parang ang mga magsasakang Pilipino ay pinapatay ng ating gobyerno Nabalewala na ang pagod at paghihirap ng mga Pilipinong magsasaka, ang binubuhay natin ay ang mga dayuhang magsasaka na tumatanggap ng tulong mula sa kanilang gobyerno. Hindi lahat ng magsasaka ay nakikinabang sa irrigation, madami ay umaasa lamang sa patubig, patubig na nangangailangan ng krudo, krudo na tuloy tuloy din ang pagtaas ng presyo. Kasabay ng pagtaas ng presyo ng krudo ay pagtaas din ng presyo ng mga pataba, fertilizers na kailangan upang maging maganda ang ani. Pati nga ang upa sa mga manananim ay tumaas na rin. Ang presyo ng lahat ng mga kailangan upang makapagtanim ng palay ay tumaas na subalit tuloy tuloy parin ang pag baba ng presyo ng palay. Hindi naman permanent rice shortage ang nangyari sa atin. Ang rice shortage na dulot ng hindi pagbili ng palay ng NFA. Sa halip na ibili ng palay ang pondo ay ibinayad nila sa utang! Ang Petisyon na ito ay hindi naman naglalayon na alisin ang Rice Tariffication Law, sa halip ito ay baguhin lamang. Huwag naman sana masyadong paboran ang mga mayayaman na na business man. Sana ay baguhin ang batas at maglagay ng probisyon na pabor din sa magsasaka. DAPAT LAGYAN NG KONDISYON KUNG KELAN ITITIGIL ANG UNLIMITED RICE IMPORT KUNG SAPAT NA ANG SUPPLY NG BIGAS UPANG HINDI NAMAN MASYADONG BUMABA ANG PRESYO NG PALAY AT MALUGI ANG MGA MAGSASAKA! HINDI UTANG ANG KAILANGAN NAMIN KUNDI AY SUBSIDIYA! Ang hiling namin sa ating mahal na Pangulong Duterte ay tulungan niya ang ating mga magsasaka. Kung pwede ay mag paikot ng mga bumibili ng palay sa lahat ng sulok ng Pilipinas at bilhin sa mas mataas na presyo ang palay upang sa ganoon ay hindi naman tuluyang mamatay ang ating mga magsasaka. Kailangan may umikot sapagkat hindi naman kayang maghatid ng mga inaning palay ng mga maliliit na magsasaka sa mga warehouse ng NFA sapagkat madalas ito ay nasa mga bayan Kung hindi ito kakayanin ng NFA, maglagay nalang ng floor price, o minimum na halaga ng palay. (20 - 21 pesos per kilo) Pag aralan muli ang batas! Iyan ang kailangan ngayon ng mga magsasaka!
Petition to Target Corporation, Target Corporation - T2212, Target Corporation - Team Leader, Brian Cornell, Target Media Hotline
Target Workers Demand Hazard Pay - T2212
Target employees working at location T2212 have endured extreme physical and psychological stress throughout the coronavirus pandemic. As we continue to work through the second wave of the pandemic, we demand that Target Corporation reinstate the $2 hazard pay incentive it had offered during the first wave of the pandemic. Both the New York Times and ProPublica have written about the impact of COVID-19, reporting that in states where Black communities make up only a relatively small portion of the population, nearly half — if not majority — of all COVID-19 deaths are members of the Black community. Given that T2212 is located in a primarily working class, Black community, Target is responsible for the protection of both its employees and the community that it serves. If Target is truly dedicated to racial equality, then it must provide a minimum of $2 hazard pay to mitigate the extreme risk that its essential workers face on a daily basis at this location.
Petition to Bernie Sanders
Bernie, Keep the $15 Federal Minimum Wage in the Covid-19 Relief Bill!
We the undersigned petition Bernie Sanders to forward the $1.9 Trillion Covid-19 relief bill out of the Budget Committee without removing the $15 Federal Minimum Wage provision from the legislation. We support this action because we understand that all other partial measures and promises will not have any substantial effect on moving the working class out of poverty and toward a living wage. Income inequality is the worst it has ever been in our United States, the passage of this critically important measure is socio-economic justice now! The $15 Min is way overdue and would bring about the following: "Gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025 would lift pay for nearly 32 million workers—21% of the U.S. workforce." "A majority (59%) of workers whose total family income is below the poverty line would receive a pay increase if the minimum wage were raised to $15 by 2025." "A $15 minimum wage by 2025 would generate $107 billion in higher wages for workers" every year and would also benefit communities across the country, because a majority of those wages will be spent in those communities bringing greater business activity and Job growth, it acts as an economic stimulus with a multiplier effect. A majority of those that would benefit are Essential and Front Line workers. "Nearly one-third (31%) of African Americans and one-quarter (26%) of Latinos would get a raise if the federal minimum wage were increased to $15." "Almost one in four (23%) of those who would benefit is a Black or Latina woman." We the undersigned support Chairman of the Budget Committee, Sen. Bernie Sanders, keeping the provisions that raise the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 in the 2021 Covid-19 relief bill. (Quoted economic statistics from EPI.ORG)
Petition to city of gastonia
Bring back curbside recycling!
The city of Gastonia’a curbside recycling program has come to an end, unfortunately this means that a lot of the people who were making a change in their waste habits can no longer. This change was made because citizens of the city were putting contaminated trash into the recycling bins. There is smaller recycling centers in and around the city, and Although that option is still out there, many in our city will not utilize that option due to lack of transportation, information, and even just the inconvenience. In order to help our impact on this earth, we need to be providing the public with this option. Please help encourage the city of Gastonia to bring back the recycling program. They can send out a letter or email to the citizens of Gastonia to sign and agree to exactly what they are putting into their bin, and if they do not agree to it or they fail to comply, they will no longer have the option for curbside recycling. Our streets are being flooded with alchohol bottles, single use plastic, aluminum cans, and other completely recyclable litter everyday. Half of the trash we send off to the dump could be repurposed into new items, to save waste, and for consumers to be able to make a better and more sustainable choice. Although some people did not follow the guidelines set for the recycling program, that does not mean that others won’t, if simply given the information upfront and being held responsible for their waste. Please give the citizens of Gastonia the option, to do better for the planet and their community.
Petition to Brooklyn District Attorney, NYC department of finance, NY District Attorney, GOVERNOR CUOMO, NYC comptroller
Audit the overspending on the 100 Neptune Ave site
100 Neptune ave. in Brooklyn NY is chosen as the site for the future homeless shelter. However it is is hazardous to the health of prospected residents; it was never used as a residential space, but a repair shop and a car dealership, with possible poisonous remnants. The space allocated is too small for the projected 170 residents and 60 staff and would not allow residents to have adequate social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID and other infectious diseases, it will not allow them to have privacy or safety. There are also train tracks located directly above the property, exposing the residents to noise and electromagnetic pollution. We feel that the funds allocated for this project, 8.5 Million PLUS cost of remediation to make this space habitable, much less, comfortable, is extremely frivolous spending considering the city budget deficits. Our homeless community deserves permanent, safer, more appropriate conditions that will allow them to begin the road to their own habitat.