Petition to Ralph S. Northam, Michelle Obama
JUSTICE FOR ELIJAH NICHOLS
On September 28, 2017 Elijah decided to take a break from studying, he wanted some social interaction so he decided to go to a predominantly white fraternity party with some friends. When Elijah walked through he saw people partying, smoking and drinking alcohol which was given by fraternity brothers from behind the desk, they were handing out liquor and beer. Elijah asked 1 of the fraternity brothers if it was ok if he were to roll a joint, he was told he could so he went to another room as instructed. When Elijah went to the other room he saw 2 white guys and 1 female in the room and saw a white substance which he didn’t know what it was. Once Elijah saw this, he is now being asked to leave. While he is trying to leave he is yanked up off of his feet placed in a head lock, while his feet is lifted off of the ground, unable to yell for help, unable to breath. This is happening while another guy is punching him. Elijah saw fit to defend himself as he went into survival mode out of fear, thinking that he wasn't going to make it out alive. Elijah was finally able to get away from his attackers after he defended himself, as he was running he was being chased while being called a nigger, then he was tripped by the third attacker. These guys bullied Elijah! On December 17, 2018 an African American man named Elijah Nichols , whom turned 18 years old on August 6, 2017 was handed down a 45 year sentence. The judge suspended the 45 years, however the sentence is over his head for 45 years, being that the sentence is not dismissed. Elijah must serve 10 years immediately, with 20 years of probation following his release for stabbing three white guys whom were attacking him while attending a fraternity party in Radford, VA. Elijah Nichols is a teen father, was the captain of the William Fleming varsity basketball team and he graduated with honors. It has always been instilled in Elijah to go to college to make something of himself and not to become a statistic. Being a father at 17 years old did not stop Elijah from wanting more out of life and to be a role model for his young son. Elijah decided to go to Radford University so that he would be able to come home on the weekends to be able to continue to have a relationship with his baby boy and be able to raise him. Elijah is being punished for defending himself against 3 attackers, which is unfair. The judge who sentenced Elijah went over the 1st time offenders guidelines of 3.5 years to 8 years. This judge is known for handing down harsher sentences to people of color. The day that Elijah was sentenced the judge told him that " I am going to use you as an example". The commonwealth prosecuting attorney asked the judge for a sentence of 5 years which the judge disregarded. Elijah has never been in trouble, this is his first offense. The judge did not take any of that into consideration. While Elijah spoke and his character witnesses spoke, which consisted of a police office whom is a former Carolina Panther, a Doctor of Theology, his mother and grandfather. The judge closed his eyes and nodded off showing his disinterest in their statements. If Elijah would not have defended himself, because of the location and the type of community Radford Virginia is. Just as they are sticking together with their story of the incident, if this would have been about a young black male found beaten or even dead no one would have seen anything amongst a large group of onlookers who are afraid of these fraternity brother bullies, they would have turned a blind eye and nothing would have been done. Even a strong witness for Elijah was afraid for their safety as the detective went around campus with a picture of them asking students is they knew who the person is, due to this it caused this witness to remove themselves from being a witness in Elijah's case. If the roles were reversed and it was 3 African American men attacking 1 white male, they would have been called thugs and the white man defending himself against them would have been considered justified. These are the words of Elijah Nichols, for I am standing in proxy for him telling his story. Elijah is your son, he is your grandson, he is your brother, he is your nephew! We are asking for Elijah to be released on time served as he defended himself while being attacked.
Petition to Rhode Island State House
Mandate LGBTQ+ Education in Rhode Island Schools
All that LGBTQ+ people want is to be accepted for who they are. We are not looking for special rights, only equal rights. It truly upsets me to hear about the constant attacks on the LGBTQ+ community. It needs to stop. I am starting this petition to influence the Rhode Island General Assembly to propose a bill that would mandate LGBTQ+ education in K-12 schools in the State of Rhode Island. A good first step towards acceptance and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community is to educate people about our history. I think that the following topics, amongst many others, would be helpful in the process of educating people about the LGBTQ+ community: LGBTQ+ movements (e.g. the Stonewall Riots) Important LGBTQ+ people who have contributed to our progress The annual LGBTQ+ Pride Month (observed in June) LGBTQ+ sex education Legal rights for LGBTQ+ people (e.g. marriage equality, workplace protections for LGBTQ+ employees) Other topics Please consider signing my petition to influence the Rhode Island General Assembly to propose a bill that would mandate LGBTQ+ education in K-12 schools in Rhode Island, and please share so it can get around to more people. Thank you so much, Alexander Pescarino, Rhode Island Resident
Petition to Sacramento City Unified, Principal John McMeekin
West Campus Dress Code Reform
Concerned about the new West Campus dress code? Want to help make a difference? Our goal is to talk to administration to help change the dress code to include less strict and unreasonable rules. And this petition will help to show support for the dress code reform. Some of the new rules include no leggings and shorts and skirts that must be 3” above the knee cap which will be measured with an index card. Which is a big difference from last year where leggings could be worn if a long shirt or sweatshirt was worn, covering your butt, and shorts needed to reach the middle of the thigh. In addition, the rule that shirts must be within 2” of the collarbone was added. Along with the rule stating no strap tops, halter tops, off the shoulder blouses, crop tops, tank tops, or tube tops are allowed. The 2-inch rule just about rules out any shirt for girls other than crew necks since women’s shirts are often cut lower than men’s. These rules not only severely restrict what students can wear to school, but they are also mostly directed at girls. Often the excuse for the restricting of girls bodies is that a woman's body is “distracting” to boys and in turn, they need to be covered. Also, due to certain campus monitors strict enforcement of the dress code, whether a student is within the dress code or breaking it, students often feel the need to avoid them, finding new routes to class, in fear of getting dress coded. Besides the strict rules, the penalty for breaking the dress code is extreme. With a student’s first offense they will receive lunch detention. Their second, two lunch detentions. The third, a parent conference and 1 week of community service or lunch detention. And in their fourth offense, they will be suspended and placed on school probation. In comparison to other high schools in the district, the penalties for breaking the dress code are nowhere near as severe as those at West. These are excessive and unfair punishments for breaking the dress code. We would like the West Campus dress code to reflect that of McClatchy and Hiram Johnson High Schools. Both having only four simple rules and are not directly targeted towards girls. CKM: https://ckm.scusd.edu/school-rules 1. Students can wear hats. However, teachers in classrooms can require students to remove them. 2. Students can wear tank tops as long as undergarments and/or private areas are not exposed. 3. Shorts, dresses, and shirts must be a length that ensures undergarments and/or private areas and or midriff are not exposed. 4. Students cannot wear clothing that displays or insinuates weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, nudity, profanity, sexual innuendos, or gang affiliation. Hiram Johnson: https://www.hiramjohnson.net/sites/main/files/file-attachments/student_handbook_2018_-_2019.pdf 1. Clothing must not interfere with instruction or other activities. 2. Clothing accessories or markings that advertise obscene, vulgar or discriminatory phrases or symbols, and/or controlled or illegal substances are prohibited. 3. No gang-related clothing and accessories (gang markings or pictures, gang color, etc.)4. Students must wear shoes at all times. No bare feet. If you have any questions please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Carlos Migoya, Marcell Felipe, Michael Bileca, Nicole Washington, Anay Abraham
MDC Board of Trustees Must Reinstate Process for Miami Dade College President Selection
The Miami Dade College Presidency should not be hijacked. The transparent selection process must not be undermined. Colleges and Universities hold a special place in our society. They are the ultimate “town squares” --- where diversity of thought and academic freedom reign supreme. We cannot allow colleges and universities to become political playgrounds where politicians appoint the politically connected. Miami Dade College, one of the largest and most prestigious colleges in America, is in the process of searching for a new president. MDC’s iconic President, Eduardo J. Padrón, is retiring. In March 2019, a 17-member search committee was empowered to represent all of the stakeholders in screening qualified candidates for the Miami Dade College presidency. The presidential Search Committee received over 500 inquiries, resulting in 50 applicants before the screening committee recommended 4 qualified finalists to the Trustees. The Trustees were scheduled to select the new president on July 24, 2019. In a shocking vote of 6-1, the board of trustees (BOT), which included 5 recently appointed members, canceled the entire search process. The board of trustees has decided to conduct the search on its own, without any stakeholder involvement or oversight. The MDC presidency should not be hijacked. Scholars and students everywhere call upon the MDC BOT to maintain the transparent selection process that has been in place for months and to select a new president from among the qualified 4 finalists recommended by the presidential search committee. The community is alarmed. The student body and faculty are outraged. We demand that the trustees keep their commitment to the original transparent selection process and honor the principles of the academic and higher education community. Please sign this petition to demand the BOT uphold the legitimacy of the search process by selecting one of the qualified four names put forward. Disclaimer: After signing the petition, change.org offers all signatories the option of making a voluntary payment to promote the petition through paid advertisements on social media and other distribution channels in order to reach a wider audience. Donating is your choice and is absolutely optional. The money collected does not go to the college or the sponsor of the petition.
Petition to Toms River Regional Schools Board of Education, New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Department of Education
Support Daniel P. Leonard, Toms River, NJ BOE
Daniel P. Leonard, a Retired Career Army Combat Veteran and U.S. Paratrooper with multiple deployments and current member of the non-partisan Toms River BOE, has been the subject of a partisan witch-hunt based upon Lies & False Context perpetrated by a left wing coalition; particularly an extremist group intent on tarnishing Mr. Leonard’s sterling reputation as a military hero and selfless, unpaid civil servant and proven community leader. Please Sign this petition in support of MSG (Ret) Daniel Leonard and Free Speech. https://nj1015.com/how-one-nj-veteran-put-cair-in-their-place-opinion/?fbclid=IwAR2taPG2pXg0T9jCC26Qc_T-IYZmzU5cx7-N-wDBYt4ytLd6cupNeaLcxeU http://shorenewsnetwork.com/2019/08/03/army-veteran-toms-river-school-board-member-family-kids-receiving-death-threats-after-criticizing-rashida-tlaib/ https://nj1015.com/is-free-speech-dead-facebook-live/ https://www.amazon.com/I-R-Hamas-Government-American-Islamic-Relations/dp/1540707555 Mr. Leonard has been the target of a coordinated international campaign to disparage his integrity and fitness for his position on the school board by CAIR (Hamas) - The Council On American Islamic Relations which government organizations have tied to known terrorists. Stand up for Freedom and let Toms River & New Jersey know we support Mr. Leonard. ***UPDATE*** We will be having Rally with Guest Speakers to support Daniel Leonard on 9/18/19 at 7PM Location: Toms River High School North, BOE Meeting, 1245 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, New Jersey 08753 Please Come Support an American Hero and Free Speech! Sincerely, The Committee To Support Daniel Patrick Leonard - The Most Qualified Board Of Education Representative This Town Has Ever Seen! https://www.linkedin.com/in/dleonard76/ www.facebook.com/TeamLeonardNJ www.twitter.com/DPL08722 www.instagram.com/teamleonardnj/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3soF8crjGLh1RPVZM2BdLQ/videos?view_as=subscriber View Mr. Leonard's Single Term Highlights - This Assault On Him & His Family By People That Don't Even Live Here Has Forced This District To Lose A True Asset For The Students, Staff & Taxpayers! * Armed Security Officers In Every School* Over 150 Million In District Repairs & Upgrades After 30 Years Of Neglect* Completely Rid Your Non-Partisan School Board Of Partisan Special Interest* Ocean County Appointee To The NJSBA Board Of Directors* District Liaison To The Ocean County School Boards Association* District Representative To The NJSBA Delegate Assembly* Increased Transparency Between The District & Residents * Beachwood School Tax Increases have remained The LOWEST when compared to Toms River, South Toms River & Pine Beach Since He was Elected the Board In 2016!* SAVED The Taxpayers Nearly $20 Million In Bond Interest Since The Referendum Passed in January 2019* Referendum Taxes Are LOWER Than Originally Projected - Just As He Promised!* Does What Is Fair & Equitable For ALL District Stakeholders Rather Than What Is Politically Expedient - In other words - Does Not Make Decisions Based On How They Will Impact His Re-Election ..... They Are Based On Actionable Intelligence and Immediate Facts & Evidence ..... NOT Social Media Emotions or Personal Relationships! Yet - He Has Been Forced To Abandon His Re-Election Campaign So That He Would Not Compromise The Integrity Of The School District Due To These Outside Agitators & Their Threats & Intimidation. We Must Take A Stand!
Petition to Eileen Robinson, Elizabeth Griffin, Tom Lando, Kathleen Kaiser, Linda Hovey
Protect the Hooker Oak Nature Center
Chico Unified School District chose to authorize placement of an air conditioning unit on the ground right in the middle of the Hooker Oak Elementary School Nature Center. The PTO was given no notice, and the unit is located directly adjacent to the outdoor classroom. This means that teachers will have to compete with the noise of the machine to be heard, and any natural sounds will be drowned out. It's also visually and spatially obstructive. The PTO green committee as well as so many parent volunteers, teachers, businesses, and community members have worked so hard on this special place and have spent countless hours (years, in fact) and thousands of dollars on improving it. This is more than just a setback. I sent an email and left a voicemail with the Chico USD maintenance supervisor, and I haven't received a response. I'm imploring Chico USD to do better. We can still move this unit away from the middle of the area and have a functioning air conditioning system. Chico USD, please don't ruin this opportunity for these kids. It's been such a difficult year; the Camp Fire threw everything into disarray, and the kids, the teachers, the parents - and anyone else who needs to take a moment for a breath, really - deserve a place that provides them even a little bit of respite, right there in their own school. The district should consider that the decisions they make have real impacts on the people whose lives are intertwined daily with these schools, intended or otherwise. When we know better, we do better. #dobetter
Petition to Lassiter High School
To change the Pope theme back to jerseys
The theme of the Lassiter football game against Pope was changed to superheroes instead of jerseys, which it originally was. Please help us on our mission to bring back the jerseys theme!!