Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Edward Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy, Michael Capuano, Niki Tsongas
Keep the teacher's tax deduction in our federal taxes
Imagine you are at work and realize that you are in need of something very important to your success at this job. You go through the proper channels to acquire this item but at every turn are told that this essential item is not truly essential to the job. Some might say, well just get it yourself and move on. Well imagine again that this happens with EVERY item that you need. This is the life of some teachers in this country especially in the most needy of districts. These districts are also the ones with the highest achievement gap. Parents can only provide so much for their children. For some it is a matter of buying clothing or buying the books, notebooks, pencils, markers etc. Clothing is a bit more important. Imagine even further that the situation is choosing between clothing and housing. School supplies do not even enter into their consciousness. Teachers provide for these students because we set our students up to succeed in life. The kids are not the ones that have put their families into these situations. They are just collateral damage. The $250 that teachers can get back via taxes yearly only chips away at the mountain we spend out of our own pockets. Every little bit back helps us to provide the best possible education for the future of our country. By doing away with this help, it impacts those who are the most vulnerable in our country, the children. Please help to make sure that our future has an actual future.
Petition to New School President David Van Zandt
Stop Anti-Semitism at The New School
Dear President Van Zandt: We write as members and supporters of the Zioness Movement, a new initiative that empowers progressive and feminist Zionists who wish to engage in movements to advance civil rights, social justice and equality for all. We are deeply troubled that the New School’s Department of Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism has chosen to host and sponsor an event on Nov. 28, called "Antisemitism and the Struggle for Justice," that has the sole purpose of excluding Jewish and Zionist voices from the left. The gross misrepresentation of Zionism espoused by these panelists, and their explicit endorsement of anti-Semitism couched as anti-Zionism, strongly correlates with a horrifying increase in anti-Semitism today. In fact, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. have increased 67 percent in 2017 compared to 2016—a trend that is felt acutely on college campuses. Academic institutions have a duty to the public to advance nuanced and difficult conversations, and anti-Semitism is a critical societal issue. While criticism of Israel is not inherently anti-Semitic, it frequently manifests as anti-Semitic. Zionism, a movement of self-determination for the Jewish people, does not take a position on the specific politics or policies of a foreign government thousands of miles away. Even if it did, it is totally unacceptable to hold all Zionists accountable for specific policies of the Israeli government. The New School’s event seems to be calculated to excuse the anti-Semitism that often colors criticism of Israel, while giving a platform to panelists who are complicit in explicitly anti-Semitic campaigns and who voice support for notoriously anti-Semitic individuals. We have three primary concerns: First, we are alarmed by the inclusion of an individual who is neither Jewish nor a scholar on anti-Semitism, and, ironically, has perpetuated anti-Semitic tropes and worked to demonize Jewish Zionists nationwide. Linda Sarsour has no authority on anti-Semitism, either as a scholar of Jewish history or through lived experience as a Jewish person. While there are nuances of anti-Semitism and its relationship with anti-Zionism, Sarsour has frequently demonstrated—at best—a failure to understand them: her comments are regularly perceived as anti-Semitic to Jews and Zionists on the left and the right. Further, she has praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a well-known anti-Semite. Second, one of The New School’s co-sponsors of this event, an organization which calls itself “Jewish Voice for Peace,” has ties to anti-Semitic individuals and is known for regularly excusing anti-Semitic behavior. Most recently, JVP publicly supported the Chicago Dyke March’s decision to remove two lesbians from their parade for carrying a pride flag with a Magen David, a historic symbol of Judaism and the Jewish people. Third, and most importantly, this panel appears to conflate legitimate criticism of Israel—like legitimate criticism of any other state—with the belief that Israel should not exist as a state and should be replaced. Israel was founded as a refuge and homeland for the Jewish people. Political and social action to end the existence of the Jewish State of Israel—and Israel alone—is overtly and often explicitly anti-Semitic. Yet, the panelists invited to The New School work to whitewash this type of activism and deny its unequivocally anti-Semitic nature and intent. Lionizing them as experts on anti-Semitism is simply perverse. These panelists actively work to prevent Zionists from engaging on the left, despite Israel’s leftist roots. Lina Morales has publicly posted on social media that she aims to, “drive a wedge between Zionists and the left, between Zionists and the queer community, between Zionists and poc communities.” Rebecca Vilkomerson has said JVP’s role is to drive a wedge between Judaism and Zionism. Linda Sarsour has said “nothing is creepier than Zionism,” and declared that Zionists cannot be feminists. By removing a contingent of passionate activists from social justice causes, these individuals are not only hurting Jews and Zionists, they are working against the marginalized communities who need the support of the many, not the few. It is counterproductive for any proclaimed progressive activist to demonize members of the progressive left, denying our humanity and desire for our own liberation while blocking us from participating in the other important issues of our time. Instead of opening a dialogue on the topic of the very real fears faced by millions of Jews around the world, or a dialogue on criticizing certain Israeli policies without perpetuating anti-Semitism, this panel will bolster a narrative within the progressive student community that they do not need to question anti-Semitic elements within the context of anti-Zionism. It will reiterate the profoundly disturbing message that, in order to fight for civil rights and social justice, one must denigrate the Jewish state and deny the humanity of anyone who supports its existence. We fear that this will not “address” anti-Semitism but will, in fact, excuse and exacerbate it. The institutionalization of the positions espoused by these panelists — through The New School’s official sponsorship of this noxious event — is itself systemic anti-Semitism. We assume that advancing anti-Semitism is not the goal of The New School, its academics, faculty members, or administrators, and thus urge you to reevaluate the ethics of offering your institution as a venue for this panel as it is currently composed. There are a variety of ways to address this important conversation in a scholarly and nuanced way — without having a panel on anti-Semitism that is itself perceived as anti-Semitic, and without impinging on academic freedom — and we would be thrilled to be a part of that dialogue. We are grateful for your consideration of our perspective — which is widely shared by the Jewish community on the left and right — and remain available to answer any questions you may have. The New School has a rich history of providing a haven for scholars fleeing the Holocaust. We are grateful for The New School’s longstanding partnership with members and institutions of the Jewish community in New York and around the world. We hope to work with you to ensure that this legacy is not compromised by events like the one scheduled for November 28th.
Petition to Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senate, Delaware State House, Delaware State Senate, John Carney, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Massachusetts State House, Michael Capuano, Jim McGovern, Niki Tsongas, Bill Keating, Edward Markey, Katherine Clark, Seth Moulton, Stephen Lynch, Darrell Issa, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Adam Schiff, John Garamendi, Eric Swalwell, Jackie Speier, Scott Peters, Zoe Lofgren, Ken Calvert, Jim Costa, Maine State House, Maine State Senate, Chellie Pingree, Bruce Poliquin, Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire State House, Ann Kuster, Frank Guinta, Scott Perry, Lou Barletta, Mike Doyle, Glenn Thompson, Robert Brady, Tim Murphy, Mike Kelly, Keith Rothfus, Joe Pitts, Elizabeth Esty, Rosa DeLauro, John Larson, Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Foxx, Gerry Connolly, Barbara Comstock, Don Beyer, Randy Forbes, Morgan Griffith, Rob Wittman, Evan Jenkins, Pramila Jayapal, Denny Heck, Dan Newhouse, Mike Honda, Jerry McNerney, Anna Eshoo, Mike Thompson, Doug LaMalfa, Mark Takano, Jared Huffman, Louie Gohmert, Sheila Jackson Lee, John Yarmuth, Marsha Blackburn, Steve Cohen, Jared Polis, Ed Perlmutter, Doug Lamborn, Mike Coffman, Mark Pocan, Sean Duffy, Glenn Grothman, CNN, New York State Senate, New Jersey State House, Eliot Engel, Nydia Velazquez, Martin Heinrich, Carolyn Maloney, Nita Lowey, Gregory Meeks, Frank Pallone, Luke Messer, Andre Carson, Susan Brooks, Larry Bucshon, Liz Cheney, Jeff Duncan, Tom Rice, Kristi Noem, Rick Quinn, Creighton Coleman, California State House, John Lively, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, Cedric Richmond, Ralph Abraham, Charles Chaney, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Trey Gowdy, Maryland State House
Adverse effect of GOP tax bill on Graduate students in the US
Graduate students in the US are already living at the survival line. They are working hard to push forward the frontiers of science in all directions and trying to make a better tomorrow than today. Their disposable income is barely reaches 20k per year ( stipend for being TA or RA) and this money goes all to their consumption needs with almost nothing left to save. The new GOP tax bill is going to make the tuition waiver taxable which is estimated to cost each graduate student about $2000 a year and this will push most of the graduate students even lower the survival level. As a result, they should cut down their daily expenses to get along with the new budget and this means they will buy and consume less necessary stuff. On the other side, local businesses will suffer as well because students will spend less money in local restaurants, bars, games and etc. In all, this bill is going to put more financial pressure on graduate students and also hurt local businesses across the US. Please sign and share this petition to support all graduate students in the US and also opposing this unfair tax bill.
Petition to Kevin Brady, Elizabeth Warren, Edward Markey
Students & Educators against GOP Tax Bill
**Edit: Even if you are not a student or educator yourself, but you are opposed to the GOP Tax Bill and the implications on education, please sign!** The newly introduced GOP tax bill, if passed, will have a devastating effect on education in the US. Public school teachers spend, on average, $500 out-of-pocket for school supplies for their classrooms. Under the new tax plan, they will no longer be able to get tax deductions for this money spent. It penalizes teachers and students alike. You can see Rep. Susan DelBene's line of questioning on how corporations will be prioritized over teachers. College students will start paying taxes on the interest accrued for student loans. The change will affect an about 12.4 million people, and is estimated to increase the cost of student loans by $24 billion over the next 10 years. Not only will this negatively impact current college students and recent graduates, but it risks making a college education out of reach for thousands of students. Graduate students will be forced to pay taxes on their tuition waivers, which often surpass the stipend they received. For example, most graduate students receive an annual stipend in the $20K - $30K range, while tuition and fees can range from $12K-$50K depending on your year in a program, and the program itself. The bump into a different tax bracket means students will end up paying an additional $4K-$13K in taxes -- when their income is less than $30K! Some having likened this to "taxing a coupon", and believe the bill will negatively impact American research via brain drain. The GOP tax bill is an assault on American education on all fronts, negatively impacting public school students and teachers, college aged students, recent college grads, PhD students, and researchers housed at colleges and universities. Please sign this petition to signal to Congress: we will not stand for it! Additionally, please consider calling your senator or representative, and asking them to vote no on this bill. Thank you for your time!
Petition to Matt Bevin
A PENSION IS A PROMISE! Protect Kentucky's Public Employees' Pensions!
In 1938, the State of Kentucky entered into an inviolable contract to provide pension benefits to its teachers. According to state law KRS 161.714, these pension benefits are teachers’ earned compensation promised by the State and the State must fund them. Why did the Legislature promise this to teachers all those years ago? Because Kentucky’s children deserve the best education, and they knew that pension security ensures that every child is taught by professionals who have put in the time and effort to earn the qualifications needed to give our children the education they deserve. Since the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) was founded, teachers have always contributed a significant portion of their salary towards their retirement. No teacher has ever missed a payment or paid late since the pension fund was founded in 1938. However, between 2008 and 2016, the State has not made the required annual contributions for teachers’ pensions. Now, funding levels for Kentucky's public pensions have reached CRISIS levels. Our Commonwealth MUST fulfill its obligation to fund public pensions and provide a secure future for every public worker.
Petition to Arthur F. Golden, '66, Kareem I. Muhammad ’01
Retain Student Control Over the Rensselaer Union
On September 27, 2017, Chairman of the RPI Board of Trustees, Arthur F. Golden '66, J.D., sent a message to the RPI community. Following three unsuccessful attempts, beginning in 2016, to remove student control from the historic Rensselaer Student Union, Arthur F. Golden informed the RPI community that RPI President, the Honorable Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., had been granted the sole authority with respect to "...any decisions on the hiring, formal reporting line, removal, and other terms and conditions of employment of the Director of the Union," effectively disregarding any power the Rensselaer Union Constitution and Student Government once had. Students were not consulted about these changes. For the first time in 127 years, the successfully student-run Rensselaer Union has ceased to be operated by students. Yes, the building is still there, the clubs, organizations, and intramural sports still exist, services like banking and dining remain operational, and study spaces and meeting rooms are available, but the student experience will soon become a shell of what it once was. There will be no more freedom, no more meaningful choices, no more risk-taking opportunities like starting a club or hosting a specific event, no real say in what matters. The student experience born from a student-run union and treasured by so many RPI alumni and students may soon no longer exist. Students will not have the power or control to shape the present and future of their Union. The RPI community must unite and fight before our beloved cornerstone of the student experience is lost forever! Please sign and share this petition if you disagree with the Board of Trustees’ recent decisions to give Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson unilateral control over the Director of the Union position and to allow the Union Constitution and 127 years of Rensselaer Union tradition to be trampled. Let’s send the RPI Administration and Dr. Jackson a collective message of our own: our unwavering support of a student-run Rensselaer Union. Visit www.savetheunion.xyz for daily updated content.
Petition to State Bar of Texas
Disbar Nona Matthews for Using and Abusing Children for Profit
En el fondo es en Espanol... **************************UPDATE:************************************ WE ARE LOOKING AT ANOTHER DIRECTION TO REPORT NONA MATTHEWS. THE WALSH LAW FIRM HAS STRONG CONNECTIONS WITH THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS. WE MAY STILL REPORT HER TO THE BAR AT A LATER DATE, BUT AT THIS TIME - WE HAVE REPORTED TO OTHER ENTITIES AND WILL KEEP Y'ALL POSTED. ~ WE STILL NEED SIGNATURES AND FOR THOSE IN THE FIELD OR THAT CANNOT SIGN FOR VARIOUS REASONS - THE CONTENT HAS STILL BEEN VERY HELPFUL TO MANY OTHERS. PLEASE KEEP SHARING THIS PETITION. KNOWLEDGE IS EVERYTHING. Above you will see a picture of Attorney, Ms. Nona Matthews. Our 12 year old son was the victim of her flagrant abuse and egregious decisions four years ago and he continues to be victimized by Ms. Nona Matthews for flagrant abuse of law. Texas Attorney, Nona Matthews (Bar Code 00787982), represents school districts in the state of Texas regarding issues arising from the mistreatment of disabled students across the state. IMPORTANT: THE MAJORITY OF THIS ACTIVITY HAPPENED UNDER HEAVY SEAL IN THE LOWER FEDERAL COURT. JUDGE JOHN MCBRYDE DID NOT EVEN ALLOW THE FAMILY (CASE PARTICIPANTS) ACCESS TO THEIR OWN COMPLAINT. IT WASN'T UNTIL WE GOT TO 5TH CIRCUIT THAT WE COULD SEE ALL OF NONA MATTHEWS' ILLEGAL ACTIVITY. She is well known for being extremely unethical in redacting factual information from records to cover the truth. She is doing this under deception of using the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act also known as the acronym FERPA. The Act was created to conceal the child's identifiable information and NOT to be used to conceal the actual facts crucial to the knowledge of events in the judicial system. Redacting and covering those facts in records is unethical and does not allow justice to be served. It is deception. Nona also TAMPERS with evidence and changes government documents, blatantly lies and commits subornation of perjury. In Federal Court, she did much of this under heavy seal that even the family (case participants) were not allowed to access her illegal activity until well after the fact. This is all a fun game to NONA MATTHEWS - what's worse is that she intentionally and deliberately did this as a FACT WITNESS and decision maker to a disabled child harming a child permanently. A good case is fought by the laws that protect the school districts, not by unethical acts Ms. Nona Matthews takes in hiding the truth ultimately harming disabled children and the judicial process further that is to fairly protect all as our legal system was intended to do. Presently, we have a case in our legal system that she is doing much of the same to the ultimate harm of our minor young son that has continually been harmed by her tactics including making intentionally CRUEL and FALSE allegations in her briefs. It is deplorable and preventing justice from taking place. Ms. Nona Matthews also redacted facts that we took to the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School District School Board Grievance against the school district's Vice Principal Damon Emery for committing perjury in a Texas Education Agency Hearing also known as TEA. Ms. Nona Matthews redacted facts in order that the school board was not able to see what actually took place. Her acts have prevented justice from being served in the legal court system as well and she continues to do these extremely unethical acts to the detriment of many Disabled children across the state of Texas and to the detriment of justice being served. She has done this in legal filings in the court system as well. This is one of many very unethical acts she has taken in the TEA Hearings and the U.S. Court system including intentionally misrepresenting facts as she biasly protects herself for poor decisions she made. A good attorney fights with good caselaw and the laws set up by our country to protect the rights of all people with a fair, ethical, unbiased court proceeding. Harming children with these unethical acts is inexcusable and deplorable. These unethical acts have harmed Autistic children, children with ADHD and other learning disabilities in the schools across the state of Texas. Additionally, Ms. Nona Matthews has also intervened with the Texas Education Agency Investigation team by asking certain TEA employees not to investigate complaints brought by parents for the safety of their children. She is doing this to protect her own bad decisions as well as unethically intervening with the Texas Education Agency investigations that are to protect children and teachers both. We ask that the process is allowed to go through without Ms. Nona Matthews unethical interventions. We ask that Ms. Nona Matthews be fully investigated and disbarred for flagrant abuse of the law. She has made thousands of dollars winning cases illegally. There are many that can attest to this as you will see in the comment section of this petition. Please sign our petition to help have Ms. Nona Matthews removed from the judicial system to prevent her from further harming Texas DISABLED CHILDREN and the legal system from doing the work it was intended to do to bring fair, ethical justice for all. PETITIONING FOR CHANGE AND PLAYING FOR CHANGE! Please sign this petition with ONE click on behalf of our son and all children's disability rights...we NEED Change for these children!! IF YOU ARE NEW TO THIS PETITION, PLEASE READ THROUGH THE UPDATES. Arriba veran un foto de la abogada Sra. Nona Matthews. Nuesto hijo de 12 años fue la victica de su flagrante abuso y de sus decisiones atroces de hace cuatro años y el continua siendo victimizado por la Sra. Nona Matthews por su atroz abuso de la ley. La abogada de Texas, Nona Matthews (numbero de barra de abogados 00787982). IMPORTANTE; LA MAYORIA DE ESTA ACTIVIDAD SE LLEVO A CABO BAJO CIERRE INTENSIVO (LOS EXPEDIENTES NO ESTAN DISPONIBLES AL PUBLICO) EN LA CORTE BAJA FEDERAL. EL JUEZ JOHN MCBRYDE NO LE PERMITIO EL ACCESO A LOS EXPEDIENTES NI SIQUIERA A LA FAMILIA. ESTO ACERCA DE SU (DE LA FAMILIA) PROPIA QUEJA! NO FUE SINO HASTA QUE LLEGAMOS AL CIRCUITO QUINTO QUE PUDIEMOS VER TODA LA ACTIVIDAD ILEGAL DE NONA MATTHEWS. Ella es muy bien conocida por su falta extrema de etica al redactar informacion objetiva de expedientes que abarquen la verdad. Ella esta haciendo esto bajo engaño al usar el Acta de los Derechos Educacionales y de Privacidad tambien conocida for sus siglas en Ingles FERPA. El acta fue creada para sellar (mantener inaccesible) la informacion identificable del niño y NO para ser usada para sellar (esconder) los propios hecho cruciales para tener conocimiento de los eventos en el sistema judicial. Redactando y encubriendo esos hecho en los expedientes carece de etica y no permite que se haga justicia. Es un engaño. Nona tambien altera (falsifica) la evidencia y cambia documentos del gobierno, descaradamente miente e instiga a cometer perjurio. En la corte federal hizo mucho de esta bajo sello (con expedientes que no son accesibles) que ahun la family (participantes del caso) no se les dio acceso a su actividad ilegal sino hasta mucho despues de los hechos. Todo esto es un juego divertido para NONA MATTHEWS - lo peor es que ella intencionalmente y a proposito hizo esto siendo un TESTIGO DE LOS HECHOS y siendo una de las personas que tomarian una decision respecto a un niño con una discapacidad, dañando al niño permanentemente. Un buen caso (a favor de un niño) es combatido por las leyes que protegen a los distritos escolares y no deberian ser combatiodos con hechos sin etica de la Sra. Nona Matthews quien oculta la verdad y a final de cuentas daña a niños discapacitados y al proceso judicial cuyo objetivo es proteger justamente a todos. Hoy en dia, tenemos un caso en nuestro sistema legal al cual ella le esta haciendo mucho de lo mismo lo cual, a final de cuentas, termina dañando a nuestro hijo menor quien ha sido continuamente lastimado por las tacticas de ella, inclyendo haciendo alegatos FALSOS y CRUELES en sus informes. Esto es deplorable y esta previniendo que se haga justicia. La Sra. Nona Matthews tambien redaca hecho que llevamos a junta de quejas del distrito escolar Hurst-Euless-Bedfors en contra de el vice presidente de la escuela Damon Emery por cometer perjurio en una audiencia de la Agencia de Educacion de Texas tambiien conocida como TEA por sus siglas en Ingles. La Sra. Nona Matthews redacto los hechos de tal manera que la junta escolar no pudiera ver lo que realmente estaba pasando. Sus acciones previnieron que se hiciera justicia en el sistema legal de las cortes y ekka tanbueb continua cometiendo estos hechos extremadamente sin etica que perjudican a muchos niños discapacitados por todo el estado de Texas y que no permiten que se haga justicia. Ella tambien ha echo esto en presentaciones legales en el sistema de cortes. Este es uno de los muchos hechos con mucha falta de etica que ella ha llevado a audiencias de la TEA en el sistema de cortes de Estados Unidos incluyendo tergiversar hechos para protegerse a si misma, con prejuicio y parcialidad, de las pobres decisiones que ha echo. Una buena abogada pelea con casos de ley y con las leyes que se establecieron en nuestro pais para protejer los derechos de todas las personas con un procedimiento en corte justo, etico e imparcial. Dañar a los niños con estos actos sin etica es imperdonable y deplorable. Estos echos sin etica han lastimato a niños autistas, niños con ADHD (THDA, trastorno de hyperactividad con deficit de atencion) y otras discapacidades de aprendizaje en escuelas por todod el estado de Texas. Adicionalmente, la Sra. Nona Matthews ha intervenido con empleados del equipo de investigacion de la Agencia de Educacion de Texas al pedirles a ciertos empleados que no investiuen quejas que los padres han interpuesto con respecto a la seguridad de sus hijos. Ella hace esto para proteger sus propias malas decisiones y tambien su intervencion sin etica con las investigaciones de la Agencia de Educacion de Texas. Teles investigaciones son para proteger a los niños y a los maestros. Pedimos que el proceso se le permita continuar sin las intervenciones sin etica de la Sra. Nona Matthews Pedimos que la Sra. Nona Matthews sea completamente investigada y sea expulsada de la abogacia for su flagrante abuso de la ley. Ella ha ganado miles de dolares ganando casos ilegalmente. Hay muchas personas que pueden atestiguar sobre esto como veran en la seccion de comentarios de la peticion. Por favor firmen nuestra peticion para ayudar a que remuevan a la Sra. Nona Matthews del sistema judicial y para detenerla de que continue dañando a NIÑOS DISCAPACITADOS en Texas y parar que siga previniendo que el sistema legal funcione en la forma para la que fue diseñado: que haga un trabajo justo, etico y con justicia para todos. HACIENDO UNA PETICION POR UN CAMBIO Y ORANDO POR UN CAMBIO. Por favor firmes la peticion con un 'click' de parte de nuestro hijo y todod los derechos de niños con dicapacidades...NECESITAMOS un cambio para esto niños. SI ESTA PETICION ES NUEVA PARA TI POR FAVOR PONTE AL DIA LEYENDO TODAS LA ACTUALIZACIONES (UPDATES). Esta peticion sera entregada a: La Barra de Abogados de Texas