Petition to Philippine Government, Filipino citizens, pinoys, Filipino Youths
Save the Filipino Farmers
Rice fields are turning gold and two weeks from now, harvesting season will start here in Nueva Ecija. But unlike last year, you don't see from the farmer's eyes the excitement of reaping the fruit of four months of hard labor. Excitement turned into worry... worrying of just breaking even or even selling the harvest at a loss. Farmers have all the reasons to worry for the farm gate price of fresh palay is currently at 12 to 14 pesos per kilogram compared to 19 to 21 pesos per kilogram same season last year. Here are some interesting numbers... The average cost and average yield per hectare during this season are 40,000 pesos and 5,000 kgs of palay, respectively. At 12 pesos per kg, it will give a net income of 20,000 pesos per hectare ((12pesos/kg x 5,000kgs) - 40,000pesos) compared to 55,000 pesos ((19pesos/kg x 5,000kgs) - 40,000pesos) same season last year. That is roughly 65% loss of income! 20,000 pesos income translates to 3,333 pesos of monthly income and that amount of money is surely not enough to have a decent living for a farmer who only owns one or two hectares of farm. It is ironic that farmers are the ones feeding the nation yet they cannot feed themselves... It is ironic that goverment officials are exhausting all their time in figuring out where transgenders should pee yet they are ignoring the industry where millions of Filipinos depend their future... #abolishRTL#savethefarmers ctto ( Mr. Emerson Ferrer ) HELP US. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE CHANGE!!!
Petition to Mayor Marcus Muhammad, Commissioner Jerry Edwards, Mayor Pro Tem Duane Seats, Commissioner At Large Ron Singleton, 4th Ward Commissioner Ruthie Haralson, 1st Ward Commissioner Shoron Henderson, 2nd Ward Commissioner Jerry Edwards, 3rd Ward Commissioner Juanita Henry, City Manager Ellis Mitchell, Commissioner At Large Mary Alice Adams
Create a Racial Equity Office in the City of Benton Harbor to bring dollars/jobs back.
With the help of our city council, we can bring millions of dollars back to the families in Benton Harbor and revitalize the inner city. Some elected officials are ready to cast their votes now, but they need to hear from the residents. The City of Benton Harbor is one of the most disinvested communities in the State of Michigan. The schools, jobs, and businesses have suffered. As a group that still exists in survival mode from centuries of systemic oppression, African Americans, in particular, have not received the consistent economic boost needed in order to realize sustainable success as a group. The data is in and the impact of racism in Benton Harbor was declared by healthcare officials as a public safety crisis. Structural racism against African American residents in Benton Harbor will require a structural anti-racist solution. Last year we formed a Racial Equity Committee that consists of students, community organizers, and a city council member. After reviewing research and listening to members of the community, we are pressing for a comprehensive long-term solution to return millions in dollars and resources for financial relief, mental health relief, racial equity healing training, and sustained systemic policies to provide the scaffolding needed to address the severe trauma within the inner city of Benton Harbor. We need a Racial Equity Relief, Recovery and Reform Office established for the people by the people overseen by the Racial Equity Committee. The lead Racial Equity Officer will be recommended by the committee based on the people's vote. The Office will be funded in large part by a small yearly Special Racial Equity Tax collected ONLY from Cannabis businesses and businesses within the city that enjoy a revenue of $1 million or more per year. The Special Racial Equity Tax will be assigned as follows: 1.5% on Cannabis revenue 1% on businesses with revenue of $1 million or more 2% exit tax on businesses that fall under either of those 2 categories if the business leaves the city. These dollars will be used to manage the Racial Equity Office and finance Fresh Start Projects to help enhance Benton Harbor public school programs, finance and support black businesses, enhance training for residents, help with transitional housing and secure jobs for African American residents and Benton Harbor Area School graduates/alumnae. We will use a One Voice Now/ Participatory Budgeting Model that will empower residents to help vote on major decisions surrounding funding and racial equity development projects. All we need is for our City Council and top leaders to vote in support of this initiative. We have been asked by a city official to find out if this is what the people want. If you live within the city limits, please sign your name and share this petition as soon as possible. Click here to watch an overview video to learn more about the Fresh Start Project. Follow us at Facebook.com/racialequitybh (If you live in the city limits, please type City of Benton Harbor and/or your street address in the address section).
Petition to Petition to Vietcombank, Mizuho Bank, The Federal Reserve and international banking authorities
Vietcombank must release the $23,000 donated to the funeral services of Mr. Le Dinh Kinh
(Bản tiếng Việt ở dưới) On January 9, 2020, Vietnamese security police attacked the village of Dong Tam on the outskirts of Hanoi and brutally killed 84-year old Le Dinh Kinh -- a respected anti-corruption activist. Human rights defender Nguyen Thuy Hanh arranged a fund to help Mr. Kinh’s family with funeral expenses. To pay their respects, some 700 people contributed a total of 528 million Vietnamese dong (US$ 23,000) in just two days to an account administered by Nguyen Thuy Hanh at Vietcombank (account # 0611001987139). When Nguyen Thuy Hanh went to withdraw the funds at the Vietcombank branch at 102 Thai Thinh, Dong Da, Ha Noi, she was told that the account was frozen and was not provided any further explanation. That same day, the Ministry of Public Security announced that the account was frozen because the donations represented “terrorist financing”. The announcement did not provide any legal justification nor was it approved by any court. This arbitrary decision to freeze a customer’s deposit account calls into question the credibility of Vietcombank and the soundness and transparency of the Vietnamese banking system. We call on Vietcombank to return all the money in the account with interest to Nguyen Thuy Hanh. Vietcombank — a publicly traded company on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange with significant investment from Mizuho Bank and offices in the United States, Australia and Singapore — must adhere to international practices for banking and consumer rights. We call on Mizuho Bank to reconsider its investment in Vietcombank and whether being associated with Vietcombank is an acceptable risk to Mizuho’s reputation. In addition, we urge the Federal Reserve and international banking authorities to investigate the circumstances under which Vietcombank froze a bank account with funds earmarked for funeral services. If Vietcombank and the Vietnamese authorities can get away with taking the money of one group of customers without any due process, they can potentially take the money of many other depositors. ==============Vietcombank phải trả lại số tiền 528 triệu đồng do đồng bào gửi tặng cho việc tang lễ Cụ Lê Đình Kình Kiến nghị gửi Vietcombank, Mizuho Bank, Ngân hàng Dự trữ Liên bang Hoa Kỳ (The Federal Reserve) và các cấp thẩm quyền ngân hàng trên thế giới Vào ngày 9 Tháng 1, 2020, công an Việt Nam tấn công vào xã Đồng Tâm ở ngoại ô Hà Nội và giết chết Cụ Lê Đình Kình, 84 tuổi, một nhà hoạt động chống tham nhũng được người dân kính trọng. Nhà hoạt động bảo vệ nhân quyền Nguyễn Thúy Hạnh đã thiết lập quỹ hỗ trợ tang lễ cho cụ Kình. Trong sự quý trọng, chỉ trong 2 ngày, khoảng 700 người đã đóng góp tổng cộng là 528 triệu đồng Việt Nam (US$ 23,000) vào tài khoản của bà Nguyễn Thúy Hạnh tại Vietcombank (tài khoản #0611001987139). Khi bà Nguyễn Thuý Hạnh tới rút tiền tại chi nhánh Vietcombank ở 102 Thái Thịnh, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, bà được cho biết là tài khoản đã bị phong toả và không được giải thích gì thêm. Trong cùng ngày, Bộ Công An thông báo lý do khoá tài khoản vì số tiền quyên góp là tiền "tài trợ khủng bố". Thông báo đưa ra không có bằng chứng hợp pháp và cũng không thông qua án lệnh của toà án. Việc tùy tiện khoá tài khoản của khách hàng khi không có bằng chứng hợp pháp đặt dấu hỏi về sự tin tưởng ở Vietcombank -- cũng như sự hợp lý và minh bạch của hệ thống ngân hàng Việt Nam. Chúng tôi yêu cầu Vietcombank lập tức trao trả toàn bộ khoản tiền trong tài khoản cùng với lãi cho bà Nguyễn Thúy Hạnh. Vietcombank — với văn phòng ở Hoa Kỳ, Úc, Singapore, cổ phiếu trên sàn Chứng Khoán TP/HCM và đầu tư lớn từ ngân hàng Mizuho — cần phải biết tuân thủ nguyên tắc làm việc của ngân hàng và với khách hàng. Chúng tôi kêu gọi ngân hàng Mizuho xem lại việc đầu tư tại Vietcombank, và liệu làm việc với Vietcombank sẽ bôi xấu đi danh tiếng của Mizuho. Thêm vào đó, chúng tôi kêu gọi Federal Reserve và các giới thẩm quyền ngân hàng trên thế giới hãy điều tra trường hợp Vietcombank đóng khoá một trương mục ngân hàng với khoản tiền dành riêng cho việc tang lễ. Nếu Vietcombank và nhà cầm quyền Việt Nam có thể ngang nhiên lấy tiền của một nhóm khách hàng mà không phải chịu hậu quả gì thì họ sẽ có thể tiếp tục lấy tiền từ nhiều khách hàng khác nữa.
Petition to City of Statesville North Carolina
Let Camping World & Gander Outdoors Fly The American Flag!
The City of Statesville has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to require Gander RV in Statesville, NC to take down their American Flag. They are imposing a $50/day fine retroactive to 10/15/18. Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags. WE WON'T DO IT! Stand with us. This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down!
Petition to Petition to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
USDA: Stop Exploiting Animals and Farmers
I was a chicken farmer for twelve years. I can tell you the real truth about industrial agriculture – about what it does to animals, the environment, and a farmer’s sense of dignity and self-respect. Let’s start with the label. You buy a package of chicken and you see an iconic farm – but the truth is my farm looks nothing like that. My 30K birds are stored in a giant barn and never see the light of day. Funnily enough, that same label says the chicken you bought is “natural.” Trust me, there is nothing “natural” about getting sick, weak, or poorly handled chicks from the company, and then being forced to compete with your neighbors to see who can make the fattest chickens using the least amount of company feed. The system is broken and we need USDA to stand for farmers who want to fix it! Corporate Ag is taking advantage of farming families and controlling the way we run our farm. To them, animals are nothing more than “units.” The same is true with us farmers - we are not seen as individuals either. This is not the way farming should be. There are more farmers who would tell you the same if they weren’t scared of retaliation. Farmers have something to say about the way food is produced. We need USDA protections now - not just for farmers - but for consumers who deserve to know how their food is sourced and how farm animals are treated. Sure the label says that there are no antibiotics, but the company won’t tell you all the pharmaceuticals that went into keeping a diseased flock alive. Don’t get me started about the environmental issues that come along with housing this many animals. This is not the way my wife and I want to treat our birds or run our farm. That’s why we need USDA protections - to help level the playing field and give us a chance to speak out when we see something’s wrong. Corporate Ag treats farmers as little more than serfs who are locked into a lifetime of debt to the company. None of that is on your labels. When farmers like me speak up, they are bullied into remaining silent. It’s time to bring Corporate Ag to account. We need the USDA to craft rules that protect farmers who want to improve the system. Learn more: www.standwithfarmfamilies.org#StandWithFarmFamilies
Petition to Feeding America Organization, WhyHunger Organization, Food waste reduction alliance organization
Put an end to food waste
The main issues of food waste are due to the food industries constantly disposing and wasting resourceful food that could either be donated to food banks or stored away for the less fortunate. About 40% of store bought food is thrown away and 20% of that fills up our landfills with methane emissions (and that is just talking about America). Food waste can happen at any stage starting from producing, processing, retailing or consuming the food. The main causes of this go from meat and fish not being properly placed in the correct cooling temperatures causing the food to spoil and rot. Many people also just blankly believe in this mindset that disposing day old food will be more cleaner and healthier, which is not always the case. The solutions to help stop and possibly put an end to food waste are by preserving leftovers instead of throwing them away, not over shopping, and definitely donating to food banks and food farms. There are so many ways to preserve and use all these foods that just go to waste day after day. Most of these solutions can be done right at home without any complications. Almost 20% of all food is thrown out before it ever reaches anyone’s stomach, and that is a huge problem that I believe with more attention and awareness, can be fixed. By signing this petition we can help put an end to food waste one step at a time.
Petition to Marsha Blackburn
Make Speed Bumps Illegal in the State of TN
Speed bumps, safety tool or poverty enhancer? Private properties use speed bumps as a tool to keep customers/visitors safe. HOWEVER, has anybody truely looked into the ethics of speed bumps? They tear your car up if you hit them too hard causing possible serious suspension damage. The worst part? The owner of the property is not held liable for implementation of a tool that damages YOUR vehicles which are not cheap. I write to the TN Senate today asking to abolish these evil implients of destruction that cause financial suffering for average Tenneseans every day.
Petition to Quincy McCoy, KPFA Listener Station Board, Pacifica National Board, Laura Prives
Re-instate KPFA WorkWeek Radio NOW!
The show KPFA WorkWeek Radio (Tuesday 3:30 – 4:00 94.1 FM) was cancelled without notice on January 13, 2020. The show has been on KPFA for over seven years and has helped bring the voices of trade unionists and workers not only from the Bay Area but also nationally and internationally. KPFA WorkWeek radio is the only Northern California weekly labor radio show, which provides vital and critical reports on the struggle and conditions of working people and unions in the Bay Area including teachers, public workers, healthcare workers, transit workers, and injured workers. It has covered the attack on injured workers in California, the attacks on trade unionists who are whistleblowers and the need for union democracy. It has also reported on the fight against privatization and deregulation, the struggle of ILWU longshore workers and their struggle to protect maritime workers from privatization of the port, the effect of gentrification of workers, racism on the job, May Day struggles, union organizing victories such as Anchor Steam Brewery and the many strikes and work actions taking place regularly in the Bay Area. These issues need to be covered by KPFA and the cancellation of this show prevents unionized and unorganized workers from hearing these issues on the air. It is important to have a regular labor show focusing on all the important struggles working people face. We call on manager Quincy McCoy, who unilaterally cancelled this show, to re-instate Work Week Radio and Steve Zeltzer, CWA member volunteer producer, and work to expand it a full hour. KPFA and Pacifica need to extend their outreach to unions and all working people, and this show was playing a necessary part of this requirement for free speech community radio. This is also part and parcel of solving KPFA and Pacifica’s financial crisis. The hundreds of thousands of unionized workers in Northern California need to see KPFA as their station.