Petition to University of Michigan School of Social Work
ABSWS Needs Secure Space in the SSW!
The Association of Black Social Work Students (ABSWS) is a student organization housed in the University of Michigan School of Social Work (SSW). Our organization serves as spokespeople, self advocates and a social hub for the Black/African student body and the advancement of Black/African individuals. Recently, ABSWS has experienced difficulties reserving rooms in the school for events, such as: weekly study hours, e-board meetings and general body meetings. We have expressed our concerns to faculty, and were told that this is not an issue they could help with because of University policy. The UM-SSW room reservation policy currently states that space in the School of Social Work building can be used by MSW students, CASC minors, all university faculty, and all doctoral students. However it does not give priority to SSW students and organizations, despite the fact that our building is small, compared to other professional schools. More importantly, SSW students are the individuals enrolled in, and paying tuition for, the social work program. As a University of Michigan student organization and student leaders currently enrolled in the School of Social Work, we think it is imperative that space in the SSW for ABSWS, and our accompanying activities, be made a priority among administration, so that we may effectively organize and impact the student body in a positive way. ABSWS believes that students of African descent need a curated space in the School of Social Work, that is dedicated to embracing and celebrating Black/African Culture. Our goal is to use that space as a place for Black/African students to dialogue, reflect, organize, and plan with other community members who share our passion and purpose, and collaborate with allies in a comfortable and empowering environment. We think that something as simple as dedicating a room to students of African descent, could make the injustices of Black/African communities more visible to the students and faculty in the School of Social Work. It is our hope that this proposed action will prompt more thoughtful, proactive, and consistent responses from the School of Social Work, to crises in Black communities on this campus and around the world. If you are a person who can proudly stand behind our cause, we ask that you please sign and share this petition. We thank you in advance. Sincerely, The Association of Black Social Work Students, University of Michigan Chapter
Petition to Cape Agulhas Municipality
Ban fireworks in Cape Agulhas Municipal region
Due to the multiple casualties, as well as lost and traumatised pets during times of celebration and entertainment, a couple of residents decided to start with this petition. A few minutes of enjoyment causes weeks/years of trauma and heartache to both pets and owners, therefore we are requesting your support. Our purpose is totally stop the sale and use of fireworks in the Cape Agulhas Municipal area. It is unacceptable that community peace and quiet be disrupted for the entertainment of a few. Our pets need our voices to be heard!
Petition to Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Patients Can Impact The Breast Cancer Patient Education Act.
The are 2 parts of the problem that need to be solved: Part 1. We need to help Sheila find a leading plastic/reconstructive surgical team so that she can get back to feeling herself and to restore a sense of dignity and confidence about her body. Part 2. Aside from educating patients and the healthcare community about the various surgical reconstruction options available for patients with breast cancer (and those taking prophylactic measures), the education campaign which is being formed by the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act, must work to educate each and every patient whose number one concern for reconstructive surgery is, “What am I going to look like after?” The current method; plastic surgeons show patients examples of their finest work which highlight their surgical style. They may supplement this with a pencil diagram of surgical sites or 3-D graphic renderings of a generic female form. And some surgeons just describe their direction with hand gestures. Patients who go into surgery and do not understand what they can expect from their own body take a huge risk on an irreversible surgery. The solution to this; those operating under the plastic, reconstructive, or cosmetic surgeon title provide visual information of the patients own body and to apply projections so that the patients will have more knowledge of what they can expect for their own body and understand their surgeon's vision. In the cosmetic surgery realm, most surgeons give their patients this information so that they understand how subtle modifications can be transformative, but in the world of breast cancer, where the modifications sometimes are not as subtle, there is still limited and generic information given to the patient who has to make an enormous and irreversible decision. In a country with medical leadership, it is unacceptable to have results like Sheila’s surface and the medical community to shrug their shoulders. This must find its way within surgical protocol so that all patients considering breast reconstruction understand fully what they can expect for their own body. Redesigning the body is a creative process and surgeons must share their vision with their patients prior to surgery. Another way to educate the patient is to define the difference between a reconstructed breast vs. an augmented breast. Some make an assumption that since they have a plastic surgeon their body will come out perfectly, perhaps better than before surgery. Some get to experience a silver lining, but for others, it can be their worst nightmare. With surgery, there may be complications. There must be an infection protocol for any of the surgical options listed in the Breast Cancer Patient Act and educate what makes patients prone to complications so that patients can weigh the risk involved with each surgical option. With any of the surgical options, there are risks of a lifetime of chronic pain, nerve damage and lymphedema. This should be addressed for each surgical option and there must be an association of specialists that handle breast reconstruction patients. There could be a separate association of "vouched for" plastic/reconstructive surgeons that work only with patients of breast cancer (and those taking prophylactic measures), have a track record for great results and an intuitive bedside manner. This could help patients make careful and educated decisions and prevent results like Sheila's or any other mishandled results from happening.
Petition to Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Don't Let the "Fruit Belt" Disappear
Millions of our tax dollars have gone into the development of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), and yet residents of the neighboring Fruit Belt community are not benefiting from the investment. Worse, the BNMC's incredibly rapid growth is giving residents of the Fruit Belt some serious pains: Seniors can no longer find parking near their homes. Forces of gentrification are threatening longtime homeowners. Speculators loom, ready to snatch the neighborhood's property, history, and cultural heritage. The Community First Alliance has crafted a list of demands to address the needs of the community on the following issues: Affordable Housing Job and Training Opportunities Parking and Traffic Relief Community Investment Historic and Cultural Investment Community Power and Representation Before it's too late, tell the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus that YOU support creating a Community Benefits Agreement to preserve the Fruit Belt!