Petition to Penn State University
Disciplinary Action For Ryann Milligan Penn State Student
On June 1, 2020 at 4:47pm a photograph of Penn State student, Ryann Milligan, surfaced on Twitter with a swastika drawn on her shoulder. This act of antisemitism and hatred towards the Jewish community cannot and will not be tolerated. It is not enough for Penn State to say that they are going to contact Ryann Milligan. This photo is terrifying and extremely threatening, and it is not to be taken lightly. Ryann Milligan does not even begin to uphold the values of Penn State. Allowing her to remain a student of Penn State is a disservice to all Jewish people, living or dead. It sends the message that antisemitic actions and ideals are accepted by the university, and that Penn State doesn’t care about protecting its Jewish students, as well as other oppressed and underrepresented minorities. It would be extremely demeaning and unjust to force Penn State students to walk among this antisemitic student every day. Ryann Milligan is a Rehabilitation and Human Services major, meaning she is being trained by Penn State to have a career in advocating for and helping others. How can Penn State allow itself to continue training an antisemitic person to hold such a career? At this time, the signees of this petition are calling on Penn State to take disciplinary action against Ryann Milligan for her horrific act of antisemitism. It will never be enough for Penn State to claim that the university is contacting her. It is imperative that consequences are issued and upheld.
Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State House, Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York State Senate, New York Times
Allow Graduation Ceremonies outdoors safely!
Please take a moment and read an important plea from the New York State Class of 2020! The Class of 2020 has already had many missed traditional high school memories. Proms, Senior trips, awards ceremonies, missed Senior nights, missed final performances and competitions in their high school career. They missed 3 1/2 months of their school year where there were no goodbyes to fellow students, beloved teachers, and staff. Many of your future constituents have lost summer employment, and lost valuable time due to distancing from family with the Covid pandemic. From school events to just hanging out at their homes together, they have been isolated. Graduation is the final culmination of their high school career. This is their moment, the big moment they have worked so hard for and spent years waiting for! The question remains.... How can they safely celebrate this big moment in their lives? Graduation ceremonies can be done safely outside on a school field, or in a public park outdoors. Social Circles are allowed in Central Park, why not school fields or other Public parks for graduation ceremonies? The current NYS DOH guidelines are contradictory with each option and completely take away from this celebration. So how can this be done? Here is a solution. Allow outdoor ceremonies with social circles. Allow principals to hand over diplomas. If a cashier can hand me my change surely a principal can hand over a diploma! The newly released WHO guidelines say a mask is recommended when social distancing is not allowed. Two arms length and a diploma in the middle is about 6 feet. A central area with a mark in front of the presentation area can be circled out and reserved for one family member to come to and take photos of this moment. Currently groups of 10 or less are allowed. Again, social circles can be set up near the presentation area to allow for keynote speakers, Valedictorians, Salutorians, and others to give traditional speeches or the performance of the National Anthem and school Alma Mater. Let them safely celebrate with beloved teachers, family, and their friends! Let School Districts follow the two main guidelines..... Social Distancing and masks when that can not be accomplished! The reality is that this can and should be done!!! PLEASE hear the plea of the Class of 2020 and their families. Allow these students and now constituents their BIG moment. They have earned it and sacrificed so much all ready! Let their families and communities celebrate WITH them! Please do it NOW, the longer School Districts wait, the harder it is to plan and make happen. Thank you! Class of 2020 and families! #We are all in this together!
Petition to Bob Fisher, Belmont University, Douglas J Howard, Fallon Nell
REMOVE THE WORD ‘URBAN’ AND REDESIGN BELMONT UNIVERSITY’S YEARLY SHOWCASES
I am calling Belmont University to remove the ‘Urban’ showcase label and replace it with a showcase for each of the genres that are grouped into it. Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee is known as a musically expressive campus that holds 4 yearly showcases meant to promote and celebrate the talent in the school. The program is outdated. The four genres are Christian, Country, Pop/Rock, and ‘Urban’. The description of the ‘Urban’ showcase includes R&B, Hip-Hop, Rap, Neo-Soul, Jazz, Blues etc. These genres are rooted in black history yet they aren’t given individual showcases. Since four acts perform at each showcase, it would be impossible to cover all of those genres in that one night. Belmont University is not giving black music enough space to be seen, recognized and appreciated by the campus and the industry executives who come to these shows. You are cheating young, black artists of opportunities by grouping all black rooted genres into one night, one hour. In times like these,giving time and money to black artists and black music is important as ever. It’s time for us to lead as a university. It is not acceptable now, nor has it ever been, to suppress black voices, especially at a school that claims to breed creativity and opportunity for all of its students. Give black students a space to show their art. Remove a word that is historically offensive and set the precedent for all other music schools. We have an opportunity to do the right thing and be a leader in this long overdue change in the music industry.
Petition to DEPED
CANCEL THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021
Due to the rising numbers of cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, and the curve have not flattened yet, it is possible that by opening the school year 2020-2021, the total cases will be doubled. Students are not the same. Not everybody has the means to adapt to the new normal type of schooling. Having online learning as an alternative to educate learners is proven to be uneffective and insufficient. The academic freeze is vital in this time wherein there is a pandemic, mainly because of the following reasons: 1. Not every students in the Philippines have stable internet connections at home. Also consider that the Philippines are one of the countries that have the slowest internet connection worldwide. 2. Not all of the students are privileged to own the materials that they would be needing on the online based education that DepEd wants to implement this school year. E.G, laptop, computer, mobile phones, etc. 3. Even though that there would be printed materials that will be delivered to the homes of the students through courier service, the parents would be obliged to use their money for the courier fees instead of using that amount for their necessities in the middle of this pandemic. 4. I've read an article before wherein the Director of DepEd in Bicol said that the pause of education for this year would lead to produce "mangmang na mga estudyante." What's the point of pushing the students to continue their studies this year if their healths would be at risk? Especially that there are no vaccines yet for the COVID-19. 5. Even though that students before the pandemic are attending their classes in schools, facing their teachers face to face in a daily basis, not all of them can comprehend their lessons and are still having a hard time to focus on their lessons. What more that they would be studying through screens only? How can we be sure that they would be able to learn? It may not be the best solution, but an academic freeze can be adopted until the digital divide is fully resolved or results of mass testing and curve-flattening are already evaluated empirically. This will require a flexible academic term, calendar, and curricula to lessen the school days required, lower the number of course requirements, and reduce tuition and other fees usually projected for the use of school facilities.
Petition to Chicago Public Schools
To being back my music teacher’s job!
Hello, I’m a uprising Junior at Mather High School, located in Chicago,IL. Recently I connected my advanced band teacher for some help with my tenor saxophone but then got a response that I never thought I would get from my conductor. She told me that my school didn’t allow her to renew her contract so she lost her job teaching and is now being forced to teach at a lower grade, which she shouldn’t be! She was the only teacher in the music department that made students be inspired and confident on themselves and brought spirit to the whole school! My high school won’t be the same if she leaves. I’m not asking for much but I want to fight in order to help my teacher get her job back as being the conductor she deserves to be! If you can just help me spread the word and help my teacher get her job back will be highly appreciated. Thank you
Petition to Texas Governor, TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY, Donald J. Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States, U.S. Senate, Greg Abbott
All Texas Students Pass The Rest Of The School Year
All Texas Student Should Be Able To Pass This School Year Because Of COVID-19 And Another Reason Is We Are Not Getting Any Teacher Instruction On How To Do The Work And Some Students Do Not Have Any Access To Online School Work
Petition to Department of Education
Create Justice for all People. Educate Racism.
The idea of race has played a big part in America. Maybe more so than in most other countries. Because of North America's history of slavery, a clear divide has been marked in our society. An "Us" and "Them" mentality is strong here. This causes many problems, not just for black people, or other people of color, but for our country in general. If we are all doing well, the whole country prospers. And if we are not, well, problems grow bigger. Because of Slavery, and the lack of proper integration after slavery was "abolished", communities plagued with poverty, lack of education and broken homes were created. This is all generational. Some people look at this and think that these things can easily be changed. But things can only be changed when one sees that it is actually a possibility. It is hard to see the other side of something that you have never seen. On the other end of this, we see people who look at people of color as a threat, a target, a problem. This is also generational. Whether this is spoken out loud or not, it is taught and passed down. The people who have this mindset become teachers, lawyers, doctors, mechanics, truck drivers, government officials, and yes, police officers. It is ridiculous for us to think that if racism in this country exists, it doesn't exist in the system. People take their beliefs with them wherever they go. Why isn't racism being taught in school? It's a giant part of our history. It's just as important as many other subjects taught in schools now, because it affects our daily lives. It affects how we interact with each other, and how and if our society prospers. The history of racism should be something we teach alongside American history and something that we teach in Social studies. This is to petition the Department of education and all other applicable factions of government to consider the funding and implementation of teaching the history of Racism and the study of Racism in public schools. This has been a subject of great concern for me for many years. But more recently when I had my daughter. I remember the first time she heard someone call her the "N" word. We were at a playground. She was just 3 years old. A little boy of the same age taunted her. So my husband pulled our daughter away and they went and sat down at the picnic table. And finally, the little boy walked up to her and my husband and said, "You're just stupid N**". I was standing far off and immediately looked at his grandmothers reaction. There was none. She just sat there. My husband, shocked just got up and lead us out of the park. My daughter asked what that meant, she new it wasn't good. We explained it to her, with burdened hearts. And she just said, "I think we should pray for him." I prayed and prayed that she would forget about this, and that the hate would not have an effect on her, like it has on so many of us. And thank God, it did not effect her the way it has effected some. But she still remembers this to this day. It was not that little boys fault that he was taught to hate. So, we prayed for him many times through the years, as my daughter remembered and asked to pray. But can you imagine, other children being taught this same level of hate and then going out into the world and becoming a part of everyday society. Being in roles that should protect us, but having this inner hate instead? Please help spread the word by sharing, and give this some thought. What kind of society do you want your child to grow up in? Very Sincerely,Cashmeira Hendersonof Loving Our Children Inc.
Petition to West Ada School District, Dr. Mary Ann Ranells, Mike Hirano, Cliff Rice, Terry Beck
Let the Seniors Walk
West Ada School District planned to have high school graduation ceremonies on May 30th and 31st. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, they planned to hold contingency graduation ceremonies on July 18th and 25th. But on April 24th, West Ada sent out an email saying: "...Graduation ceremonies will be on June 6 and will start with an online graduation ceremony...This blended graduation will replace the events that West Ada had scheduled in July due to concerns about being able to celebrate all students in the middle of summer along with the possibility that the large group events still won’t be able to be held in July." West Ada doesn't plan on letting their seniors walk across the stage and receive their diploma after working towards it for 13 years. They made this decision based on no guidelines from the CDC or the President, because not a single organization expects this outbreak to last till July. Please sign this petition so the seniors of West Ada School District can walk.