Economic Justice

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Petition to The citizens of Florida

To change unemployment benefits in Florida and to fix the broken system that is the FL DEO

We inherited a broken computer and outdated unemployment system in Florida. The regular citizens have no say so or oversight in this system and politics. We need a voice ... a voice that can be heard, and a voice that the politicians of the state of Florida will listen to and take seriously. We hear excuses and apologies but we do not see anything that is working or being done. While citizens of Florida go hungry and poorer by the day from being out-of-work due to the Coronavirus, the politicians just spin things to appease us and just say things will get better .. things will get fixed. there is no accountability ... their is no oversight ... there is nothing for the people of Florida ... only politicians words that we should tough it out ... we should be stronger ... we should not complain. While, the politicians are spending time in their big houses and mansions ... with a job ... with money ... with not a care of what is happening around them or about the people of Florida. How many people have been trying to file for unemployment for weeks with no avail ? We are expected to wait til things get fixed ... wait for a measly unemployment checks, if we do get one which is way below the average for the nation. Stand up ... be counted. I, for one, have stood around and not said a word, but, one can only stand on the sideline for so long...  to see all the injustice that comes out when there is a crisis. We will not be quiet anymore !!! Let your politicians know that you want the Florida unemployment to change or you will vote them out. Right now, GOP led House are not willing to change the current ineffectual unemployment benefits which is the lowest in the country ... In Florida, your weekly benefit amount is calculated by dividing your total earnings for the highest paid quarter of the base period by 26, up to a current maximum of $275 per week. You can receive benefits for anywhere between 12 to 23 weeks, depending on Florida's current unemployment rate.  The Governor said it normally takes “2-3” weeks for someone to receive money after filing a claim but some people haven't received payments after filing more than four weeks ago Other states unemployment benefit rates: Illinois – $1,495.Massachusetts – $1,179.Maine – $855.Ohio – $753.Connecticut – $706. The DEO Connect website is still experiencing problems and our Florida Republican politicians do not think this needs to be fixed at all or even look into ... please forward this petition to your social medias and lets get this website and our broken unemployment system fixed asap.  

Sonha Nguyen
867 supporters
Update posted 42 minutes ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Miguel Cardona

President Biden: Cancel student loans in the first 100 days.

Trillions could be injected into the economy with no money needed from the Treasury, and nothing added to the national debt.   Federal student loans have become a national threat.  Before the Pandemic,  One in every 5 adults in the U.S. had student loans, and over 80% of them were either unable to pay, or were paying but their balances were going up.  The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, and they took out less than a third of what today's students have to borrow.  Nineteen U.S. states owe more in student loans than their entire state budgets.  The default rate for current borrowers will likely exceed 75%.  This is more than four times the default rate of sub-prime home mortgages.   By every reasonable metric, this is a catastrophically failed lending system. This is not a partisan problem.  More than half of all student loan borrowers identify as being politically independent, or republican. More than 40% never graduated.  "Red" states are being hurt significantly worse than "Blue" states.   All are trapped by a uniquely predatory lending system from which nearly every consumer protection has been stripped- including  bankruptcy rights that the Founders called for ahead of the power to raise an army and declare war in the Constitution.  The predatory, hyper-inflationary lending system that has resulted is what the Founders feared. The citizens must not, and should not tolerate this unconstitutional lending scam any longer. The President and Secretary of Education have all the authority needed issue an executive order cancelling all federally owned student loans- about 85% of all student debt. Nothing would be added to the national debt, and no tax appropriation would be needed.  This is, by far, the least expensive, and most expedient way to inject trillions into the economy.  President Biden must to do this in his first 100 days in office.  He must also issue an executive order returning bankruptcy protections to federally owned loans, and urge Congress to do the same for ALL student loans. Analysts have predicted that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by about $100 billion for the next ten years, but they do not take into account the borrowing capacity (and thus spending) that such a move would free up. This would be another $1 Trillion injected into the economy in the near and medium term.  Some experts even believe that debt cancellation is the only way to avoid a depression. Claims that cancelling loans will largely benefit people who don't need it are completely wrong.  100% of all borrowers were determined to be "financially needy" as a condition for federal loans. 80% were never going to be able to repay them before the pandemic.  The highest balance borrowers are over 50.  They outnumber people under 25 with student loans and owe 3 times more, despite having borrowed far less.  Importantly: the most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system, so would not benefit from federal loan cancellation. There simply is no easier, cheaper, more effective, or better targeted way to stimulate the economy. Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine.  The federal government has been profiting wildly on these loans for many years, and decades of White House Budget data show that the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans.  On balance, the taxpayer will have very little- perhaps no- net loss when these loans are cancelled. This is YOUR PETITION.  It requires more than your signature to succeed.  Please get everyone you know to sign, and paste the link to it wherever student loan borrowers are likely to see it (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)  Also, contact your local media, and tell them to cover it. THE SUCCESS OF THIS PETITION DEPENDS ENTIRELY UPON YOUR EFFORTS TO MAKE IT GROW.  PLEASE DO YOUR PART! Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).  

student loan
984,260 supporters
This petition won 5 months ago

Petition to Jeffrey Hogue, Doug McMillan, Sanne Moller, Sandra Fallgatter, Michelle Gass, Mark Newton-Jones, Dave Lewis, Richard Hayne, Ralf Senden, Pamela Sviatoslavsky, Jill Timm, Kristine Moenster, Brett Biggs, Walmart , Glyn Hughes, Andrew Cook, Frank Conforti, Claire Pemberton, Helen Webber, Ffion Richards, Elin Collins, Michelle Morse, Daniel Colburn, Rick Darling, Robert Sinclair, Onur Gur, Nick Cottrell, Fanny Cheng, Sunil Shewakramani, Alice Wong, Wilson Zhu, Uday Pathak, Deepika Rana, Ian Grabiner, Paul Whitehead, Felicity Tapsell, Aleix Gonzalez Busquets, Ryan Kaneshiro, Richard Saghian, Jason HairFord, Ron Johnson, Lesa Hubbard-King, Alison Gingo, Press EWN, Barbara Rentler, Travis Marquette, Reena Gupta, Adrian Sherman, Stephanie Mutsaerts

Urban Outfitters, JCPenney, C&A #PayUp for orders, save lives

October 2nd, 2020 -  Dear #PayUp Supporters, After getting the attention of fashion brands all over the world, the #PayUp petition has resulted in an incredible $22 billion being unlocked for garment workers. Over 21 brands committed to pay their bills for orders cancelled as a result of Covid-19, saving the lives of millions of mostly women makers who faced food and housing insecurity at the outbreak of the pandemic. We most certainly consider this campaign a victory! As a result of #PayUp’s success, we’ve launched, a movement to reform fashion through 7 actionable labor rights goals, including canceling starvation wages, keeping workers safe, and utilizing enforceable contracts that put workers first. Over the next year, we’ll be pressuring 40 of fashion’s most influential brands and retailers to meet these demands, tracking their progress along the way. We ask that you please make your way over to read more about our demands, and most importantly, sign our new petition. We hope that you will join us for this next phase of #PayUp — the fight for a better future of fashion has only just begun! In Solidarity, The #PayUp Team --- Unless fashion brands like Urban Outfitters, JCPenney, C&A and others #PayUp, millions of mostly women garment makers will go hungry and be forced onto the streets. COVID-19 has ravaged garment makers around the globe with a majority of fashion brands cancelling orders after a constriction in retail sales during the months of March and April. The result of this has caused millions of garment makers to be left unpaid for work they had already completed. With no access to savings, healthcare, or severance, these makers face critical food and housing insecurity. As one supplier stated, "If coronavirus doesn't kill my workers, then starvation will."  Remake’s #PayUp campaign has seen many victories. Thus far, 21 brands have committed to pay in full for orders completed and in production and an estimated $1 billion dollars have been unlocked in Bangladesh and an estimated $22 billion globally, accounting for approximately one-half of the $40 billion worth of wages owed to garment workers at the start of COVID-19. However, there is still more work to be done. Brands like The Children's Place, Arcadia, and Urban Outfitters are still refusing to #PayUp. With some brands, we’ve seen shareholder payouts occur while workers go unpaid, and we also know that certain brands are deleting #PayUp comments on their social media accounts as a way to try and shut down the conversation. To be removed from the #PayUp petition, brands must promise to pay suppliers for all orders that were cancelled or paused as a result of coronavirus. Furthermore, brands must agree to pay for these cancelled and in-production orders in full (without asking suppliers for discounts) and in a timely manner (without extending payment terms unless financing options can be provided).  18 BRANDS THAT NEED TO #PAYUP: Arcadia (Burton Menswear London, Topshop, etc.) Balmain Bestseller C&A Edinburgh Woolen Mill (Bonmarché, Peacocks) Fashion Nova Forever 21 JCPenney Kohl's Li & Fung/Global Brands Group Mothercare Oscar de la Renta Ross Stores Sears The Children's Place TJX (T.J. Maxx, Marshalls) URBN (Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropologie) Walmart/Asda/George 21 BRANDS THAT HAVE COMMITTED TO PAY IN FULL FOR ORDERS COMPLETED AND IN PRODUCTION: adidas ASOS Gap (Old Navy, Athleta, Banana Republic) H&M  Inditex (Zara) Kiabi Levi Strauss & Co. LPP (Reserved, Cropp, House, etc.) Lululemon Marks & Spencer Moschino Next Nike Primark PVH (Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, etc.) Ralph Lauren Target (USA) Tesco Under Armour UNIQLO VF Corporation (Timberland, The North Face, Vans, Dickies, etc.) *We will continue to monitor these brands and their payments to suppliers.* *You can find more detailed brand response information on Remake's update page.* WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THIS PETITION AS MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE (Last Updated: October 2, 2020)
272,480 supporters
This petition won 19 hours ago

Petition to Senate of the United States of America

Pass the $1​.​9 Trillion Stimulus Package

A petition to the Senate of the United States of America from the citizens of said great nation.  “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” do hereby request that the $1.9 trillion dollar Stimulus Package, as presented to the Congress by the Administration of President Joseph Biden, be passed into law; Further, We suggest that any member of the Senate who votes against sharing the wealth of this nation with the People of this nation forego their paychecks for one year, because, any elected officials who prevent the People of this nation from pursuing happiness during this crisis, should learn to share the same burdens that the rest of Us share.  And, thus, We remind you of Alexander Dumas’ famous phrase in, “The Three Musketeers”, “All for one and one for all.”  And, if it is your view that "We, the People...", except for the prosperous, should suffer in this time of need any more than We are already suffering, then that suffering should extend to you as well.  Therefore, by this petition, We request you, members of the 117th Senate of the United States of America, honor your pledge to the Constitution, which is “…to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,…promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of [Financial] Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,…”, and quickly vote yes for the entire $1.9 trillion Stimulus Package and ensure that We, the people of the United States of America, are far happier and better equipped than We are today to handle this unfortunate time in Our lives.     

Patrick Smyth
16,298 supporters