Petition to Wayne Stenehjem
Tell North Dakota’s Attorney General - Protesting isn’t a crime.
On January 19, 2017, Marcus Mitchell was shot by a sheriff's deputy in the eye with a pellet, and had an officer kneel on his neck while protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. He was protesting with Water Protectors. After he was shot and restrained, he and 20 other people were arrested. He may never fully recover from these injuries. Marcus has suffered irreversible loss of his senses on one side of his face, and has had severe damage to his spine. His treatment at the hands of law enforcement officers is one of many stories to come out of recent protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tell Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota’s Attorney General, to throw out this case and stand up for protester rights. While the officers involved in this incident don’t seem to be facing any repercussions for their actions, Mitchell is now being tried for trespassing, which carries with it time in prison and a $6,000 fine. Prosecutors are alleging that Marcus trespassed onto a bridge when it was closed to the public, and blocked law enforcement from their attempts to clear people from it. His trial date is set for November 8th, but the Attorney General Stenehjem could throw this case out tomorrow. Tell the North Dakota Attorney General that protesting is not a crime. Protesting and the right to assemble are protected by the First Amendment, but this case could set a dangerous legal precedent for North Dakota, and future cases involving the right to protest in the U.S. Making protesting a criminal offense is un-American. This case should be thrown out. Sign on and support the right to protest. Hundreds of protesters, and even journalists, have been arrested during Dakota Access pipeline protests with charges of ‘blocking a road’ or ‘trespassing’. Marcus's trial is coming up. Send the message loud and clear to North Dakota's Attorney General, that charges like this threaten free speech and put so many people -- regardless of their politics -- at risk. People shouldn’t be tried in court for exercising their Constitutional right to show up and stand up on issues they care about. Sign on and tell Attorney General Stenehjem to throw out Marcus’s case.
Petition to CEO Publix Supermarkets, Todd Jones, Ed Crenshaw
Ban Plastic Bags
Dear Mr Jones and Mr. Crenshaw, CEO and Head Chair of Publix Grocery Stores Would you please take a moment to read the following. All the signatures below are from your customers who care about our planet and appreciate your stores. First we want to THANK YOU for your signs at each of your stores to remind customers to bring their reusable bags. I recently spent 2 months in Florida and purchased many items from your stores. I rarely saw anyone with reusable bags. How many times do you forget your bags in the car? Let's face it, we have a society of convenience and laziness. I saw mostly one or two items per plastic bag. So many bags being used unnecessarily. I asked for paper. Your checkers had a hard time finding them and shared that they were discouraged to use paper bags because they cost more. WE ASK THAT YOU BE A PIONEER IN FLORIDA and ban plastic bag use from your stores! You are the #1 grocery chain in Florida and your customers will appreciate your stand for our environment! You can start with charging $0.10 each bag then let your customers know they will be banned on a certain day. It will create revenue at first then save you revenue. You can also put boxes in the front of the store and save money for all of the hours paid to your employees for breaking them down. If customers forget their bag they carry it out like Costco. We did it in Hawaii 3 years ago and everyone was fine with it! THIS IS A WIN FOR YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT! We use over 4 billion single-use plastic bags every year, that's over 10 million each day! Only 3% of them are currently being recycled, 200,000 bags are dumped in landfill every hour, and they take between 50 and 1000 years to degrade. Plastic bags have many negative impacts on our planet, animals and the community. In the marine environment, they are commonly mistaken for food like tasty jellyfish, and a great variety of animals like birds, whales, seals and turtles, can choke to death, die of starvation or infections because they have ingested plastic bags. Many critters also get entangled in plastic bags and packaging floating in the oceans, which can cause them injuries, starvation and even death. It is also estimated that 30 to 50 million plastic bags end up as litter on our beaches, streets and parks and it costs governments, businesses and community groups over $4 million a year to clean up littered plastic shopping bags. Imagine the changes that could be made in our community if the government spent this amount on education, cultural or environmental programs? Plus, plastic bags are produced in factories that use energy made of gas, oil and coal. These production processes emit high amounts of dangerous greenhouse gases into our atmosphere, which contributes to global warming. Plastic bags are also made of petroleum, which is a non-renewable resource rapidly depleting which we should stop using altogether. Thank you for your time reading this and we hope we can thank you for reducing your footprint on our beautiful planet. The Children will Thank You! Blessings to you and your families Victoria Bliss and the Floridian Communities
Petition to Mac Glinn, Sean Brady, Alice Burch, Jonathan Meltz, Steven Zelkowitz, Tom Benton
Support Non-Toxic Pest Management in Miami Shores
It is time to reconsider how we keep our village green! The same toxic chemical pesticides that eliminate pesky bugs and weeds can have adverse effects on the health of our children and pets, and contaminate our groundwater. Many of these pesticides kill pollinators such as butterflies and honeybees along with the pests they are intended to eliminate. Effective, non-toxic pest management methods exist and are being used throughout the United States, from San Francisco and Pittsburgh to our neighbors in North Miami. If you agree with the statements below, please sign our petition: · I support pest management practices that are safe for children and pets. · I support using pest management practices that do not harm pollinators (birds, butterflies, bees, etc.). · I support pest management practices that do not contaminate ground water. · I support using non-toxic pest management in Miami Shores · I support limiting the use of pesticides containing toxic chemicals in Miami Shores so that they may be used only as a last resort. I would like the Village of Miami Shores to do the following: 1. Investigate alternatives to toxic pesticides in public spaces maintained by the Village of Miami Shores including, but not limited to the Tot Lot, Community Center, Aquatic Center, Athletic Fields, the Dog Park and Parks within Village boundaries, as well as at the Golf Course. 2. Follow expert guidance to transition Miami Shores pest management practices toward non-toxic pest management. 3. Take steps to ensure that the Village of Miami Shores will continue to prioritize the well-being of its most at-risk populations (children, pets and pollinators) in future pest control policies.
Petition to James J. Breheny, Max Pulsinelli
End Happy The Elephant's 10 Years of Solitary Confinement
The Bronx Zoo has been given the shameful title of the 5th worst zoo for elephants in the country. The New York Times calls Happy the Bronx Zoo’s loneliest elephant. That’s because this highly intelligent and social being is one of the only zoo elephants in the entire United States who is being held alone. And it looks like her living conditions won’t change anytime soon unless we do something about it. I am asking you, my fellow animal lovers, to encourage the Bronx Zoo Director James J. Breheny to release Happy to a sanctuary where she can be in a more natural setting and live the rest of her life in peace. New standards regarding the keeping of elephants were recently passed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the accrediting organization for American wildlife institutions. Among their recommendations was that elephants be held in groups of three or more, as they are highly social creatures. Now, zoos around the country are scrambling to comply with the regulations by AZA’s 2016 deadline. Yet, the Bronx Zoo seems steadfast in its opinion that Happy is “happy” with her solitary life. This goes against all scientific data about elephant behavior. Happy and 6 other elephant calves were captured in the wild from Thailand and brought to the States in 1977. For 25 years, she and her companion, Grumpy, were kept as a pair in the Bronx Zoo. When Grumpy passed away, she was paired with Sammy, who sadly died in 2006. It was then that the zoo decided to end its elephant program, but it didn’t relocate the elephants it currently had. For 10 years, Happy has been in a sort of solitary confinement, unable to truly interact with the other elephants held at the zoo. This is a social being like a monkey or a dolphin. Elephants thrive in the company of their own kind, where they form multi-generational family groups that remain loyal to one another for life, and the elders pass wisdom down to the younger ones to help them navigate their world. Happy is likely not at all happy. She has endured a decade of loneliness and deserves the chance to be with others of her kind in a sanctuary. Please join me in telling the Bronx Zoo to release Happy to a sanctuary and let her really have a chance at happiness.
Petition to Taylor Energy
Demand Taylor Energy plug this 14-year old oil spill
It’s the largest oil spill you’ve never heard of. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan sank an offshore oil rig owned by Taylor Energy. It’s been oozing oil into the Gulf of Mexico ever since. Soon it will surpass Deepwater Horizon as the worst offshore oil spill in American history. Taylor Energy has plugged one third of the wells, but has left the rest to leak into the Gulf. Now they are trying to get back $450 million they put into a trust and walk away from this crisis. Tell Taylor Energy to plug this oil spill, today. Adding insult to injury, the Trump Administration is planning to expand offshore oil leases along hurricane prone coasts. Spills like this could be our new normal if companies aren’t pressured and held accountable for negligence. Tell Taylor Energy to put a plug in it, this oil spill cannot continue. Located just 12 short miles off Louisiana’s coast, the Taylor Energy spill has been leaking roughly 10,000 to 30,000 gallons of oil everyday for 14 years. It’s spilled as much as 153 million gallons of oil to date. For perspective, Deepwater Horizon spilled between 134-206 million gallons of oil over an 87 day period. This September, the Department of Justice even had an independent study done to better understand the scope of the spill. It found that Taylor Energy had significantly underreported on the extent of the oil spill and overall damage. There’s a deadzone in the Gulf of Mexico that’s size of New Jersey. It’s the largest deadzone ever recorded. Offshore oil spills create fish die offs. It also harms Louisiana’s coastal economies like tourism and fishing. Pollution like this decreases the oxygen in waterways, suffocating all life in the Gulf. Demand Taylor Energy clean up this mess, plug this oil spill.
Petition to Albert Hein, Jumbo Corporate Communictaions, Vomar & Dirk, email@example.com
Less single use plastics in Dutch Supermarkets
We've all seen the footage of plastic on beaches and in the oceans and seas, we've all filled our bin bags with unrecyclable single use plastics and we've all seen plastic rubbish on our streets. It's time to tell the supermarkets we no longer want them to pack everything in single use plastic and we want them to use only recyclable plastic for anything that simply has to use it. I see plastic bags being used for fruit, veg and bread, I see individual vegetables wrapped in plastic. None of these things need to be in plastic, we can use paper bags or simply no wrapping! The Netherlands is thought of throughout the world as a forward thinking, environmentally conscious place however the reality is it has a long way to go. Let's start here! Vomar, Jumbo, Albert Hein, Dirk Van den Broek please rethink your plastic policy.
Petition to Publix Super Markets
Ban Plastic Bags In Florida
Plastic Bags are an environmental disaster, especially in the State of Florida, which has a very diverse ecosystem. Plastic bags are killing marine life, causing flooding by clogging storm drains and aren't biodegradable. I started this petition because I couldn't tolerate seeing plastic bags in our beautiful waters, on our beaches and within our cities anymore. It's a dangerous form of litter that needs to be eliminated. Get involved by sharing this petition. Presently, the City of Coral Gables is in the process of banning plastic bags. There is a 'State Preemption Law' which loosely says cities can't ban plastic bags. House Bill 93 and Senate Bill 0162 will allow coastal cities with under 100,000 in population to pass ordinances which will put them into a pilot program to regulate plastic bags. These bills will give coastal cities local home rule which has been restricted for so many years. http://www.CleanUpMiamiBeach.com
Petition to Tom Casperson
STOP FOREST CLEAR CUTTING IN UPPER MICHIGAN
This petition is regarding Lumber Sale Number: 12-064-16-01 (Bear Camp SBW) The Picture above is the Forest Scheduled to be CLEAR CUT, it is growing lush and green, hardly a forest devastated by the bud worm. Michigan's DNR is CLEAR CUTTING/DE-FORESTING Thousands of Acres of Public Lands in Upper Michigan in the name of PROFIT. They claim that they need to clear cut harvest the lumber while there is still value. I understand that the spruce bud worm damages balsam fir and may also damage and feed on black spruce, tamarack, pine and hemlock trees when they are in stands with balsam fir or white spruce, but these species generally suffer less damage. I see no reason why the DNR is CLEAR CUTTING: ASPEN, BIRCH, CHERRY AND MAPLE. There is NO reason for this type of Deforestation in the year 2016. There are many ways to manage the forest other than CLEAR CUTTING it just takes a little thought and a comprehensive plan. The Real Value in Michigan's Forests is not the timber value but rather in their beauty and what that beauty brings. CLEAR CUTTING Michigan's Forests may put some short time money in the states pocket but in the long term it will cost the State (especially in the U.P.) millions of dollars in lost tourism, and hunting and fishing revenues, not to mention the lost beauty for generations of Michigan Property Owners. The deforestation of this area will also diminish the Property Values of all property owners as we depend upon hunting, fishing and beauty of Upper Michigan to bring Hunters, Fisherman, Boaters, Tourism for the Colors etc... I want be able to enjoy the beauty of Upper Michigan with my children and grandchildren to in a natural forest with large trees not just new growth pine trees and brush which resembles a tree farm. Deforestation also lowers the animal population in the natural forest environment and forces deer, bear, etc.. into populated areas where they can become a nuisance and cause real property damage thus costing farmers and residents thousands of dollars each year. Wildlife in populated areas also causes many auto accidents and even the loss of pets from coyotes and wolves. All I am petitioning the Michigan State DNR to take the time to conduct Responsible Forest Management and not to CLEAR CUT the forest. There is no reason for the removal of hardwoods and/or ASPEN, BIRCH, CHERRY and MAPLE trees do to Spruce Bud Worm damage. The DNR can easily re-write the bid specifications and leave the hardwoods and other trees unaffected by the spruce bud worms. The Forest that you are about to CLEAR CUT is the year round home to many Deer, Moose, and Black bears, Grouse, Woodpeckers and many other animal and bird species and without this forest they will be gone for several generations. Sportsman, Nature Lovers, Environmentalists, and anyone who just enjoys the Natural Woods, Please endorse this petition. Sincerely, David Rassel