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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.renewrensselaer.org and www.savetheunion.xyz for the most up-to-date content.

Stephen VanRensselaer
5,479 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Senator Andrew Lanza, Senator Diane Savino, Assemblyman Ron Castorina Jr., Assemblyman Matthew Titone, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Councilman Steven Matteo, Councilwoman Debi Rose, Councilman Joe Borelli

Protect Staten Islanders from Secondhand Smoke

There is NO safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Completely avoiding secondhand smoke is difficult and even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can be harmful to health and increase the risk of asthma attacks, ear infections, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Since 1964, when the Surgeon General's report was released, approximately 2,500,000 nonsmokers, died due to secondhand smoke. Young children are most susceptible to secondhand smoke exposure and are least likely to avoid it. It could lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This is a public health issue that transcends to public spaces such as parks and beaches and affects those living in multi-unit housing as well. Here in Staten Island many strides have been taken at a city and state level to protect our community from secondhand smoke. This includes: 1. The Clean Indoor Air Act protects our community in public and private indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars, to protect workers and the public from exposure to harmful secondhand tobacco smoke and vaping aerosols. 2. Local Law 147 requires building owners to create a smoking policy that details whether or not the building permits smoking, and disclose it to current and prospective residents. Smoking disclosure is designed to help New Yorkers make better choices about where they live, and ultimately reduce the number of smokers across the city. 3. Local voluntary policies adopted by business owners and property managers to protect customers and residents from dangerous secondhand smoke emissions. 4. Tobacco Free Parks and Beaches allows everyone to enjoy the outdoors safe from secondhand smoke. 5. Under the new HUD ruling, all publicly funding housing authorities will be mandated to go smoke-free in July 2018. However, there is still more work to be done.  If you are a business, property manager, resident or concerned community member we want to work with you to bring positive and healthy changes to Staten Island.  For more information, call 718.475.5277 or visit www.tobaccofreestatenisland.com

Tobacco-Free Staten Island
18 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to MI: State Board of Education, Cassandra Ulbrich, Richard Zeile

URGENT: Say NO to far-right rewrite of Michigan K-12 social studies standards.

The Michigan State Board of Education is considering revisions to K-12 social studies standards that endanger not only our past, but our future. By altering the standards for teaching history in Michigan, they cut many people out of history - and silence the work of those who have worked to fulfill the American promise of liberty and justice for all. The changes would severely cut references to the movement for civil rights, the women's movement, and the movement for LGBT equality. They would eliminate references to climate change, and remove discussion of America's "core democratic values." More details are available at this link:    https://www.bridgemi.com/talent-education/history-gets-conservative-twist-michigan-social-studies-standards  (June 12, 2018) The article gives a link to the proposed changes to the Standards, information on 5 public hearings across the state in June, and a link to the official page where you can give your comments in detail. The revisions were spearheaded by State Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton). In his original statement urging the revisions, Colbeck made the astonishing claim that the Ku Klux Klan was not a white supremacist organization. This statement is contrary to all historical evidence. It is crucial that the children of Michigan receive a comprehensive, accurate and inclusive picture of our history and heritage as a state and as a nation. The proposed revisions endanger that goal. The proposal attempts to not only rewrite standards, but rewrite history. If approved, the standards would do lasting damage to our state, by undermining the historical ground on which we stand. We urge the Board to reject the proposed standards, and approve a set of standards that reflect the history of all Michiganders.  Please sign now to signal your disapproval of these proposed changes. See related Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/Defend-MI-History-462220947558113/

Jeff Gaynor
5,104 supporters