Petition to Poudre district students
No school after Halloween
It’s Halloween night you don’t want to have to have to go to school in the morning that means less candy last time to go trick-or-treating and less time to have fun. What do you say if you were to sign this petition no school will be put upon us after Halloween night? This is your chance to party all night long not have to worry about getting up in the morning and go to school!
Petition to Scranton recovery team and Scranton School District, Scranton School Board
Keep preschool in SSD
Title one funds in the district have been used for the last 53 years to run free preschool for residents of the city of Scranton. The recovery plan wants to now use those funds for “other interventions”. Data proves the children who attended preschool in the district succeed in reading, math, and PSSAs. The funds are there. Why change what works. Under the proposed change the 2.1 million that is used for preschool will now be dispersed and the principals will implement things to try to improve test score. The research is out there. For every $1 spent on early childhood education saves $16 in remediation. This will also eliminate 28 positions. Under the 6 million block grant we received from the state the stipulation is staffing levels stay the same from previous school year. This may put us in jeopardy of losing that as well.
Petition to Public, Mark White, Dwayne Thompson
Building Stronger Brains for Children
There is chronic trauma that children deal with when they face Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). These experiences have a negative ripple effect on a child’s brain development and is evident in many ways including when children are the victims in a divorce, poverty, domestic abuse, and/or alienated from a parent. While families are separating, there are hundreds and thousands of children who suffer ACEs due to the emotional stress they experience from parents not healing or knowing about their own ACEs. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on a child’s health and well-being. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. Children suffer in many ways during the time of divorce, post-divorce, or during the uniting of two new families. They endure much stress, which can be very emotionally traumatic. Most of the time, parents with ACEs put the child in the middle of a War of the Roses, and they are used as pawns or weapons against the other parent. Children can get abused in many forms during this cycle. When the horrid methods of unethical attorneys are factored in who may have their own ACEs, who fuel the fire of their clients’ ACEs, leads to the negative ripple effect of children constantly being traumatized and adding ACEs to their lives. Children in turn may exhibit varying emotional and unhealthy behaviors manifesting themselves in bullying, drug addictions, prostitution, falling victim to human trafficking, anxiety, depression, suicide, crimes, and more. The juvenile court system is overwhelmed with children who are all suffering from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). There is a solution. We can all be productive and break the stigma and abusive cycle by building strong brains. Let’s all become aware, educate, train and reward a society on how to end Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by aligning physical responsibilities. Please simply sign this petition to join me and my friends, Charlie Caswell and Roy Ray, at the Rotary Family Youth Incentive (RFYI), along with State Representative Mark White and Representative, Dwayne Thompson to support our efforts in passing laws that will help children and families build stronger brains. “Marie Pizano’s passionate interest in assisting in getting laws passed to empower divorce attorneys to be sensitive and responsive to the developmental needs of children of divorcing parents is a great and constructive move in the right direction. This training is also needed by all community members who play roles in assisting the entire next generation in becoming successful in school, careers, and in life. Additionally, Marie’s platform is bringing awareness to the fact that current, valid, and convincing neurosciences are very clear that all member of the community should be equally concerned about the effects of chronic trauma on the brain development processes in children, youth, and young adults. This problem is everyone’s problem. It has taken years to deteriorate to where we are today. It likewise will take entire communities, working together for several decades, with congruent philosophies, policies, projects, programs, and funding priorities to significantly reverse the current trends.” -Roy G. Ray, Director Rotary-Family Youth Initiative www.RotaryFYI.com “A child’s ability to perform and thrive in school is based on a strong and stable home environment. Domestic trauma affects a child in school and throughout life. “-Mark White (R) State Rep www.RepMarkWhite.com “When families split up, the ones hurt the most are the children. Adverse Childhood Experiences occurring as a result of divorce often cause lasting harm. We want to make sure that, through proper counseling, many of these situations can reduce ACEs as much as possible. “ Dwayne Thompson (D) State Rep www.voteThompson96.com “It should become every citizens responsibility to make sure every child has a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. Helping to mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is key to Building Strong Brains.”Pastor Charlie Caswell, Executive Director of Legacy of Legends CDC www.legacyoflegendscdc.com I have my own story that has driven my passion to create change and help empower children, women and men, and to help stop ACEs. I’m determined to help spearhead passing laws that mandate parents, attorneys, schools, therapist, child agencies and the whole village to become educated and trained on Adverse Childhood Experiences. Thank you for your time and your support! Let’s all Go Find our YES by breaking the cycle, stop the trauma and help children build stronger brains! Sincerely, Marie Pizano Mother, Author, Writer, Producer, Speaker, Radio/TV Host and CEO/Founder, MVP3 Entertainment Group www.MariePizano.com
Petition to New Mexico Governor, New Mexico State House, New Mexico State Senate
Save Cliff Schools!
Due to Senate Bill #1 that was passed in 2019, the small school funding that Cliff Schools, who are part of the Silver Consolidated School District, relies on has begun to be phased out. Not having access to this funding will have a catastrophic impact on our rural school. I am asking for you to work diligently to find a solution to “Save Cliff Schools” by allowing us to continue to access the rural school funding that is critical to our sustainability. We are located in the beautiful Gila Valley in Cliff, in an isolated and rural part of New Mexico. Cliff Schools has a long history of providing quality education to the students in our rural area. As early as 1888, many one-room schoolhouses existed in our area. In 1917, the Cliff Consolidation School District #1 was formed to better meet the needs of the community. Cliff Schools operated as an independent school district for many years. In 1959, we became part of the Silver Consolidated School District, which is our current status. Cliff Schools (Cliff Elementary and Cliff High School) have received the Small School Funding adjustment that is available to schools with enrollments below 200 for many, many years. This funding is critical to the school and the district as it strives to continuously meet the demands of current education and the needs of the children and community. The small school funding adjustment was created for schools like ours!!! Cliff Schools provides high quality education while providing a supportive environment for children ages K to 12th grade. Kids travel for miles to attend the school, with the furthest kids travelling 45-60 minutes one-way just to get to school campus. These miles traveled are often on dirt roads and with addresses that Google Maps cannot find. The school is a Community Hub that provides way more than educational classes. It is a place where the community comes together and celebrates our heritage, our kids, and of course supports its basketball teams. Cliff is known for its excellence in Athletics (Basketball and Track); but it also has a reputation for high academic performance. Cliff also has a strong Future Farmers of America program, along with other school organizations that provide opportunities for children to participate in extracurricular activities. Through these programs, students learn the value of hard work, discipline, integrity and important life skills. Many students who attend Cliff are from an agriculture background with families who are actively farming and/or ranching. These kids along with many of their peers, get the opportunity to experience the challenges and sacrifices that are often made to “Feed America”. Our students live where the Gila River runs, and they enjoy the outdoors and learn what it means to be a steward of the land. Our community and our school are intertwined and depend on each other to be successful. If the school has to be closed down due to lack of funding, it will destroy our community. I am asking you to PLEASE sign and help us to convince our legislators to work on a solution that will protect Cliff Schools!!!
Petition to Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mayor Kenny, Philadelphia City Council, Philadelphia Democratic City Committee, Congressman Brendan Boyle, Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, Philadelphia School Partnership, Board of Education - The School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tom Wolf
Stop String Theory Charter School from Punishing A Single Mother
The Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School (PPACS), a string theory charter school, is threatening to dis-enroll Amin Branch because his mother, Nadira Branch, MPA, must return to West Africa to complete her Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship. Nadira's request for an extended family leave of absence falls within page 41 of the school's student handbook, yet the school has vehemently denied her request. In doing so, PPACS is forcing Nadira, a single mother, to a) separate her family by leaving her 12 year old son to complete her fellowship or b) take her son with her and suffer the consequences of him being dis-enrolled from the only school he's attended since kindergarten. We stand with Nadira because motherhood is a blessing and not a punishment. Nadira was one of only 10 scholars in the world to be named a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow in 2019. Her achievements should be supported and rewarded. No woman should be forced to choose between her career and her family. We are calling on the community to express unwavering support for Nadira and Amin.
Petition to Scott H. Peters, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Adam B. Schiff, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Paul Cook, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Darrell E. Issa, Eric Swalwell, Jackie Speier, John Garamendi, Zoe Lofgren, Anna G. Eshoo, United Nations, Brian Maienschein, Toni Atkins
Let's End Child Marriage and Forced Marriage
The marriage age needs to be raised to 18 in each and every state in the USA and forced marriage needs to be criminalized, just like it is in the UK. We’re not doing enough to protect our kids, and I find it appalling that as of January, 2020 - only two states in the USA have raised the marriage age to 18, and those are New Jersey and Delaware. Everywhere else kids can get married at varying ages - 15, 16 and 17. Judges allow it when they see a parents consent, but I need to let it be know this is where the problem lies. Too often, it’s the parents who are coercing their children into marriage, so why are judges not better informed? Please see my blog post for more info on this - the link is below. Kids should be able to enjoy their childhood. No child needs to get married. I was engaged at the age of 14, and even though the marriage didn’t take place until I was 18, it had all the elements of child marriage. I was not free to choose. I couldn’t say no. I was too young to know what was happening or to fight for my rights. My human rights were violated, and my freedom to choose was taken away from me. I was forced to marry a stranger, and was put into danger. This happened to me not in India, but in the UK (see my video here: Forced Marriage Is A Terrible Human Rights Violation). I was shown a photo of a boy when I was only 14. He was the one my mum wanted me to get married to. I really had no opportunity to say "no", and was therefore engaged to him. I was brought up in a strict Punjabi household, where I was subservient and couldn't answer back. I had no voice, and couldn't speak my mind. This happened in the UK. Even though I got married at 18, it had all the elements of child marriage as I was promised to him from an early age. No child knows what is best for them at 14, they trust their parents. Very often, parents are the ones inflicting abuse in the name of culture or tradition, but they don't realize this is what they are doing. It is no one's culture to abuse, and this has to stop. I tried to run away at 18, but went back home when I was told a family member was ill - it was just a trick to get me home, and then I succumbed to the pressure and the guilt. I thought it was an arranged marriage and that it was part of my culture, but later found out it was really a forced marriage as I didn't want it, but I was coerced into it. The terminology that was always used was "arranged marriage". No one is going to say "we are arranging a forced marriage". I want it to be known that many arranged marriages are really forced marriages when one or both of the parties does not fully consent or is not able to do so (because of age, etc.). No one should be put into this situation, but so many are. I wasn't even allowed to go to college as I was told I was getting married and there was no point. I was unhappy on my wedding day, and when I told him after the marriage that I didn't want to be in the marriage with him, he turned violent and abused me. He also tried to kill me. My parents still took his side as he was now my husband and their new son. I was inferior even though I was their daughter. I got away from him after 6 weeks, but at what cost? There was a huge cost. This is not the way to start your life. We all need to stop this. No child should get married to a stranger, and be put into danger. We need to get the word out that forced marriages are a form of human trafficking, and it's slavery and abuse. Forced marriages and all child marriages involve abuse, and rape. We were not just born to get married, we deserve so much more. We shouldn’t be used for immigration purposes either to allow the other spouse the right to reside in the UK or USA, and then get citizenship eventually at our cost! I’d like it to be known that we want education first, then marriage. As an important note to this, I do not blame my parents, and realize they were just following a tradition, and were trying to do the best for me. I have forgiven them, but want to stop this cycle of abuse, so no one else suffers what I suffered and what so many other girls have suffered, and for that matter - boys too. Boys are also victims of forced marriage. I was silent for so many years, but now I've realized I need to break the silence. Forced marriage and child marriage are happening all over the world, including right here in the USA. I'm asking for it to stop not only in California where I now live, but want it to stop everywhere in the USA and all over the world too. Please join me in the fight to end child marriage and end forced marriage. Please sign my petition and share it as much as possible: www.change.org/EndChildMarriageAndEndForcedMarriage For more information and references, including links to 3 other important petitions to stop child marriage, and to see who the organizations are that are working on ending these human rights abuses, please see my blog post. Again, I’m asking for the marriage age to be raised to 18 in California, but this needs to occur in each and every state in the USA and forced marriage needs to be criminalized, just like it is in the UK. Only when it’s criminalized will parents be deterred from doing this to their children. Let's #BreakTheSilence. Join the movement to #EndChildMarriage and #EndForcedMarriage. Culture is No Excuse for Abuse!
Petition to New York State Department Of Education
Laryssa''s Law for New York State Posthumous High School Diplomas
On January 18, 2005 my sister Laryssa Veronika Falkowski was killed in a car accident only a block away from Hicksville High School during her senior year. Presently, New York Sate Education Department doesn't have a provision for posthumous high school diplomas. This petition supports Laryssa''s Law so that any child who passes away while registered in a school in New York State should be recognized by a state issued high school diploma. All families of children who pass away from the first day of kindergarten to the last day of twelfth grade, should receive a diploma acknowledging their child.