Petition to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Dr. Ben Carson, Deana Bass, Len Wolfson
Stop Ben Carson and Congress from Raising our Rent
Regarding the Washington Post article HERE , An increase in rent for low income families in subsidized housing is unacceptable. People on fixed incomes such as SSD, SSI, and SAGA, have less and less each year, as the cost of living rises. Retired, and disabled people, who have no way to increase their income, are already struggling to survive. We need adequate cost of living increases to our benefits, not increases in our rent. That small percentage you may propose, could mean we go without food. We cannot continue to shoulder the burden of the mismanagement of funds by our leaders. We implore you to reconsider this, and if proposed, we urge all members of congress to vote NO. Please sign this petition, and share it everywhere.
Petition to Joanne Berger-Sweeney
Bring Back Debbie Cook!
On May 15, 2018, a Trinity College Human Resources rep walked up to Debbie Cook in Mather Hall and informed her that she was being let go, immediately. I can only imagine how Debbie felt as she was escorted to her office to get her things and then walked out of the very institution to which she gave more than 30 years. For more than 30 years, Debbie has given everything she’s had. In an environment where a sense of community is sometimes challenging to find, Debbie has been there for many of us. Whether she smiled and said, “Hello sugar,” made a simple quip to cheer you up, or asked about your day, Debbie surely warmed our spirits. Undoubtedly, when we think about the events and people that make us proud to be part of trincoll, Debbie is one of the first people that comes to mind for many. These past few years, Debbie has been battling cancer. Even through this personal battle, she has been there for Trinity. The pain of her many ailments has never been enough to put her in a bad mood. Rather, more than anything, she worries about the possibility of not being at work the next day. The Trinity family and her husband have been and remain her priorities. In an age where a person's humanity is disposable in the name of the bottom line and treating those around us with basic decency is an option, we ask Trinity to stick by its core values. We, the undersigned, request that President Berger-Sweeney and the Board of Trustees reinstate Debbie and continue her health insurance benefits. At a time when she needs the most support, Trinity should be there for her, at least, as much as she has been there for her community.
Petition to Overbrook Park Civic Association
Allow 2 Young Black Entrepreneurs to continue operating their business
Hello, my name is Robert Green, and my business partner is Jordan Johnson. We are co-owners of Hairitage Barbershop LLC and Platters LLC, located at 7402 Drexel Rd. Philadelphia, PA. I have been a resident in the Overbrook Park community for nearly 20 years. Jordan and I established our barbershop in May of 2014, and It has been very successful ever since. We have operated for 4 years without major incident, and we are the youngest black business owners in the neighborhood. We recently expanded our brand, and purchased a food truck that we named Platters. The goal of our food business is to occupy the area outside of our barbershop, with hopes to service our barbershop customers, neighboring businesses and all members of the community. Our mission is to establish a family oriented business that displays great customer service, provides great food, creates job opportunities, and serves as a inspiration for young adults, both male and female. We plan to achieve this by sponsoring local events, sports teams and back to school initiatives. We spent countless hours, time, and money to enhance the appearance of the truck, and the appearance of our staff so that we represented the image of our community correctly. We also spent countless time and money on obtaining our business licensing and permits, in order to legally operate and serve at our intended location. We were granted approval to operate by the City of Philadelphia’s Licensing and Inspection agency on April 25, 2018. And after being open for only 6 days, the Licensing and Inspection agency came out to our truck to inform us that a legislation was recently passed that prohibited vending at that location, signed on May 2, 2018, and that it would be our last day of operation. Our business was completely crippled. We then sought support from our community leaders, and received a great deal of support from State Representative Morgan Cephas, 19th District police captain John Stanford, District Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Town Watch President Darryl Day, and Haverford Avenue Business Association President William Nasir. They all were very understanding of our situation, eager to address our concerns, and were all in agreement that new legislation should be passed pending final approval from Overbook Park Civic Association. The obstacle that we now face is that some of the individuals in the community expressed concerns that our truck will bring negative traffic to the community and spoke out against us re-establishing our business. Most of their concerns were greatly appreciated and legitimate, in which we too shared some of the same concerns. We addressed most of those concerns by providing solutions, and means of safety options to deter loitering and potential crime. We are installing cameras at our businesses to instill safety and security for us, as well as our neighbors. We stand for so much more than a barbershop and food truck. The last thing we want as business owners, parents and role models, is to promote negativity, or create something that would bring harm to our community or families. Our mission is to gain the approval of the Overbrook Park Civic Association to support the modification of the legislation, and show them that we have a great deal of support from the community to do so. Please sign our petition, so that a modification to the law be passed, so we can continue to operate and be a positive inspiration to the youth. Thank you
Petition to Samsung, President & CEO Charlie Bae, CEO of SAMSUNG Electronics (UK) Ltd, Giny Woo
Samsung: Help us to end the abhorrent cruelty and suffering of cats & dogs in your country
For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/samsung/ To the Samsung Group, The dictionary definition of the word ethical shows that it is: ‘relating to morals, esp. as concerning human conduct’. Samsung states that it has “an aim to become one of the most ethical companies in the world”. We challenge this statement, as your company originates from South Korea, and therefore represents a country which endorses ‘human conduct’ that is unacceptable, immoral, and shocking: we refer to the endemic and brutal practices that are unashamedly being carried out within all parts of the dog and cat meat trade. South Korea is the only country in the world which commercially farms cats and dogs to supply the nation’s demand; and the brutalization of these helpless animals is appalling, and the suffering which they experience is immense. Within the thousands of farms, ranging in size from small, backyard enterprises to huge concerns, every year many millions of animals are bred and reared, and kept in completely inhumane and pitiful conditions: with dogs being raised in small, filthy, barren cages, with no reprieve from hunger or fear. They endure all of this before they are finally condemned to hideous deaths, by horrendous and prolonged methods of slaughter - all of which are illegal, and completely unacceptable by any human standard. We know that dedicated, caring people in South Korea have been asking their Government to ban this atrocity for many years, but the Government has yet to take a leadership role in this matter; and it is hard to believe, in the twenty-first century, that a civilized nation such as South Korea, which is one of the major economic world powers, and also boasts one of the highest educational levels in the world, is still committing this type of unnecessary and despicable cruelty. The dog meat trade is a two billion dollar industry, but South Korea could stand to lose considerably more in terms of export revenue, goodwill and its positive image within the international community if this appalling industry is not stopped; and if South Korea wants to join civilized nations around the world, and be respected as a nation of conscience, then it needs to strengthen and, importantly, enforce its animal protection laws. Many people around the world, because of their great love for dogs, will either continue, or decline, to support your corporation depending on how you now decide to act with regards to the animal rights and welfare issues in your country. Do you want your product image to suffer? Samsung is the largest electronics company in South Korea - it has the power to change this tragic and cruel situation; and we are surprised that a business with so much power, influence and money, is not already doing something about this abhorrence. It is shameful. Furthermore, your Company will be sponsoring the Rio and Pyeonchang Olympics - but what good is spending millions of dollars on promoting your company’s name through these events, when the dog meat trade in your country is doing much to damage your corporate image. Surely your corporate dollars should, in the first instance, be spent on helping end the appalling dog meat industry? That would make better economic sense. With the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, now is the time to take action: South Korea has to permanently ban the consumption of dog and cat meat. Furthermore, as a representative company of your country, Samsung has a moral duty to be proactive in this matter: you must urge the South Korean Government to put an end to the dog and cat meat trade once and for all. We implore you, Samsung, to live up to your claim to “inspire the world” by standing up for what is right, and so “shape the future” that all South Koreans will be proud to be a part of.
Petition to Cathy F. Gautreaux, Elaine L. Chao, Donald Trump
Repeal ELDs through USDOT Regulatory Review
Docket ID: DOT-OST-2017-0069-1442 #RepealELDs
On November 20, 2017, the Small Business in Transportation Coalition ("SBTC"), an industry trade group, petitioned Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") to reconsider the Electronic Logging Device ("ELD") Rule as a good candidate for repeal in response to an October 2, 2017 Notification of Regulatory Review (and request for comments to be submitted by December 1, 2017) issued by the USDOT under Docket ID: DOT-OST-2017-0069-1442. SBTC requested an emergency stay on the December 18, 2017 ELD rule effective date. On December 18, 2017, the ELD rule went into effect and the request for a stay went unanswered. On January 5, 2018, FMCSA denied SBTC's request for reconsideration as "untimely" and kicked back the exemption application suggesting it must conform to a rule that applies to exemption applications submitted by individual motor carriers. On February 1, 2018, SBTC petitioned for reconsideration of that denial pointing out the request was a timely comment under the USDOT's regulatory review notice and supplemented its request for an exemption from the ELD Rule for all owner operators and companies with less than 50 employees. On April 1, 2018, motor carriers not compliant with the ELD rule will be put out of service. I support the SBTC's efforts to repeal the ELD rule in its entirety. In the event the rule is not repealed, I support the SBTC's exemption application. #RepealELDs
Petition to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon
Walmart: it's time for paid leave equality
My name’s April, and I’m a part-time associate at Walmart. So when Walmart expanded paid family leave earlier this year — I was left out. I’m a mom to my wonderful foster daughter, Naomi. But while my full-time coworkers get 6 weeks paid leave to help settle a newly arrived child, 550,000 part-time associates like me don’t get any. In a few days, part-time associates are going to Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting to ask company executives and investors to provide paid family leave and better wages to all part-time employees. Will you support us? Add your name to show there’s overwhelming public and customer support for paid leave equality at Walmart. Some people think that being part-time is a choice, but for many of us, that's not true. I'd love to be full-time, but every request I've made for full hours is denied. Many of us wonder if Walmart keeps us part-time in order to deny us benefits. And Walmart isn't the only company leaving part-timers behind. In a recent analysis, PL+US found companies everywhere are leaving out part-time workers like me. When Walmart changes, other companies follow: they can lead the way by offering paid leave to part-time employees. Now is the perfect time! Walmart JUST changed its paid leave policy for full-time associates after pressure from associates and customers. So I know we can do it again. Sign my petition now — and let’s show everyone at the annual shareholder meeting it’s time for paid leave equality at Walmart. Let's win this! April LawWalmart associate and OUR Walmart member Petition Text To: Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and Walmart executives As one of the largest employers in the U.S. your family leave policies have an enormous impact on the lives of working families. Right now Walmart is treating part-time associates worse than full-time associates, denying part-time associates the time their families need and deserve when they need it most. Walmart showed it can be recognized as a leading employer when you expanded paid family leave for full-time associates. Creating paid leave equality will set that reputation in stone.
Petition to Jared Huffman, Sherrod Brown, Keith Ellison, Nancy Pelosi, Chellie Pingree, Jared Polis, Barbara Lee, Dianne Feinstein, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, John Garamendi, Jerry McNerney, Jackie Speier, Maxine Waters, Anna Eshoo, John Larson, Suzan DelBene, Jim McGovern, Seth Moulton, Chris Van Hollen, Raul Grijalva, Barbara Boxer, Xavier Becerra
Field 21 million American World Service/Jobs Corps volunteers over the next 27 years.
People's Lobby's citizen-initiated proposed law will produce a robust, peaceful, productive national service program that helps our military volunteers create smarts, security, jobs, and a growing middle class. The AWSC National Service proposed bill is at http://peopleslobby.us/awsc-congressional-proposal Imagine if 20 million Peace Corps Volunteers had served since 1961 rather than barely over 200,000... if the same increase applied to such do-good organizatiions like VISTA, AmeriCorps, do-good NGOs, etc... Imagine if People's Lobby Inc. (PLI) Joint US-USSR Peace Corps, which inspired Congresswomn Boxer to introduce it as HR 1807 in 1989, had by now produced 100,000 Russians and Americans who had served together as PCVs. Imagine if this ambitious, educational,enriching, and unifying national service program were funded with potentially no cost to tax payers http://peopleslobby.us/awsc/financing-awsc/ thanks to its non-traditional funding mechanisms, Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge, and growing public awareness of huge inequities Would the world be a better, healthier place? Nixon opened China. Press Trump's Congress to inspire, move and open the US, Russia, and other nations to peaceful robust AWSC National Service. Without money, PLI needs citizen pressure to attract strong original sponsors to introduce the AWSC Congressional Proposals. PLI then needs your continued citizen support to add cosponsors and pass the legislation. This interactive letter to Congressional reps offers citizens the opportunity to press your representative to sponsor the AWSCNS Congressional Proposals that will create jobs, expand common sense, and strengthen public policies from the grassroots on up. To sign the petition, click the "Take Action" or "Sign" button to the right under Uncle Sammy. www.peopleslobby.us Recruit supporters by clicking the brown E-mail widget (or Facebook or Twitter - @attiladl https://twitter.com/attiladl ) in the right column and mailing the note there to some of your friends. You can follow some AWSC news by liking our FB page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-World-Service-Corps/108491385864236 Read op-eds http://opednews.com/author/author6270.html Become an OPED fan of PLI Executive Director Dwayne Hunn in order to be notified of opeds and forward to others. And if you want to painlessly raise revenues that built America's once vibrant Middle Class click to: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/reinstitute_tax_brackets_that_grew_a_middle_class
Petition to Mike Honda, Jared Huffman, Bernie Sanders, Keith Ellison, Alcee Hastings, Nancy Pelosi, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Michael Turner, Debbie Stabenow, Barbara Mikulski, Jerry McNerney, Mike Honda, Eric Swalwell, Pete DeFazio, James Clyburn, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Lee, Gloria Negrete Mcleod, Kamala Harris
REINSTITUTE TAX BRACKETS THAT GREW A MIDDLE CLASS
In the ‘60's hard working Midwestern families could invite family and friends over for weekly summer barbecues and still pay their kids' college tuition. Not anymore. From the ‘50's through the ‘70's, America's Middle Class grew. Then, marginal tax rates on the richest Americans ranged from 70% to 91%. Then, well paid CEO's of American-centric companies, who built real stuff, earned about 9x's what their mostly American field workers earned. Not anymore. For decades, America's uber-rich have funded foundations and K Street lobbyists to reframe and rewrite America's tax system. Their wealth and influence tumbled their top marginal tax rate to 35%, which has allowed their effective tax rate (what they actually pay) to be about 16%. Today, the too long inattentive to public policy middle class has trouble buying hot dogs, let alone throw steaks on the barbee, as it moves in mass into the lower class. A fair tax policy is the foundation of a strong fiscal policy and smart public policy. That's why you should sign People's Lobby's petition to move Congressional visionaries to introduce and pass the Fair Tax Bracket Reinstitution Act (FTBRA) http://peopleslobby.us/fair-tax/ . Without a more equitable tax structure, which built an educated middle class decades ago, America will continue expanding an uneducated and unaware lower class. http://peopleslobby.us/fair-tax/fair-tax-bracket-reinstitution-proposal/ Click "TAKE ACTION" and sign the interactive petition. If you take exception to the above sentiments, do some research. You can start with linking to a variety of graphs at: Fair Tax Bracket Reinstitution http://peopleslobby.us/fair-tax/fair-tax-bracket-reinstitution-proposal/ Graphic info... Wealth Distribution http://peopleslobby.us/fair-tax/econ101/ http://peopleslobby.us/fair-tax/graphic-info/Debt And, if you want to usher in a service/employment program that will employ 21 million Americans over 27 years and make America smarter and less dependent on wars: Click & sign the NEW INTERACTIVE American World Service Corps petition, Or paste http://www.change.org/petitions/view/field_21_million_american_world_service_corps_volunteers_over_the_next_27_years http://www.peopleslobby.us/">www.PeoplesLobby.us Recruit supporters by clicking the brown E-mail widget (or Facebook or Twitter) in the right column and mailing the note there to some of your friends.