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Petition to American people with a moral conscience

Declaration repudiating Trump and Trumpism

Declaration repudiating Donald Trump, his words and actions, and asserting his essential and irremediable unfitness to serve as President of the United States of America We strongly and unequivocally believe it to be the responsibility of every citizen in a properly functioning democracy and normal political environment to accept the outcome of an election freely and fairly conducted and to acknowledge, despite differences of opinion with regard to public policy and political-economic philosophy, those declared winners of such an election as the electorate’s legitimate leaders and representatives. When, however, the citizens are asked to choose between doing what is morally right and carrying out what is their customary responsibility in a democratic society to accept an election outcome, an extraordinary situation has arisen. No citizen should feel or be compelled to take a position for the sake of political expedience that is in violation of fundamental and universal moral principles. In such instance, the citizens have a right – and even a responsibility – to take a stand against an immoral outcome which has been deceitfully attained. That right and responsibility may reach so far as to repudiate the declared winner of such election. To recognize as legitimate such a declared winner of an election would be to commit an immoral act, and no political authority or system can rightfully oblige the citizenry to commit a shameful act which is offensive to fundamental and universally recognized morality. Whereas Donald Trump as a presidential candidate, his key staff, and many of his supporters made explicitly clear during the campaign that they would not feel compelled to accept the outcome of the election if they were to lose, Whereas Donald Trump and elements of the Republic Party ran a campaign based and built upon divisiveness, bigotry, racism, incitement to hatred and even violence, hypocrisy, slanderous untruths, and misrepresentation to an extent so extreme as to be inconsistent with fundamental human, American, and democratic values, Whereas Donald Trump, in contrast to all other major party candidates in perhaps the entire history of the United States has uniquely shown himself by his words and actions to be morally and temperamentally unfit to serve as President of the United States of America, Whereas forces within the Federal Bureau of Investigation took blatant steps to influence the election of Donald Trump in the last 11 days of the campaign, doing so with facilitation from, and perhaps the outright complicity of, FBI director James Comey, and whereas forces from outside the United States used stolen and perhaps falsified emails of Democratic Party officials to influence the election in favor of Trump, and whereas the Trump–Pence campaign exploited the FBI’s irresponsible actions and the stolen materials to create, publish and broadcast patently untrue and defamatory advertisements in the traditional media and to circulate similarly untrue and defamatory messages on social media, Whereas Donald Trump, since being declared most probably to have received the majority of the Electoral College votes, albeit while receiving some 2 million fewer of the popular votes than did the candidate who was his nearest rival, has shown every indication by his words and action that he will refuse to be bound by generally and historically accepted standards to avoid conflicts of interest and would indeed endeavor to utilize the office of president to further enrich himself and his family, and Whereas populist, anti-democratic, demagogic, and potentially authoritarian forces and politicians also are gathering strength in other countries beyond the United States, and notably so in numerous European countries, and whereas these forces and politicians are finding inspiration, encouragement, and public support in the successes of Trump and the vile words and deeds of his most abhorrent supporters, and inasmuch as this phenomenon provides comfort to and encourages greater boldness in our nation’s adversaries even as it threatens our democracy, international cooperation and world peace, Therefore, we the undersigned and those who will support our nonpartisan position and efforts resolve and unambiguously declare that we do not and will never accept that Donald Trump can or does legitimately serve as president of our free country with its tradition of equality, toleration and decency, law and order, or that he should be regarded as legitimately so serving. For us to do otherwise would be to commit an egregiously immoral act. We further declare that we will actively and continuously oppose Donald Trump’s illegitimate and wrongfully obtained claim to the office of the President of the United States of America, and we denounce those within his circle and any other political leader, whether or not formerly or currently holding public office, who had supported or condoned his candidacy and his unjust claim to the office of president.    

Gale A. Kirking
1,189 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to City of Atlanta Arborist

Save our Buckhead Tree!

Buckhead-based Family Office to Cut Down Healthy 100 Year Old Oak Tree to Expand Parking LotJune 25, 2018For Immediate RelaseIn what seems like a real life version of the song “Pave paradise, put up a parking lot”, an  Atlanta-based family office group, located at 3166 Mathieson Drive Northeastin Buckhead, has posted a notice that they intend to remove at least one 100+ year old tree in the rear of the property for expansion of their parking area.  (see tree & property photos on pages 3 & 4 of press release)The firm has no business signage at the address, but it was noted by the prior owner of the property (attorney David Boone, who passed away earlier this year) that the building was purchased from him by a family office with approximately $500 Million in assets under management and the assets were gained after a “liquidity event”.  The current property owner is listed as Forum Investment Management. (Property ownership records)Firm principal Dale Bauman is listed as CFO of Reicon Management LLC, CFO of Reicon Capitaland the registered agent for Forum Investment Propertiesin Cartersville, linking the building’s ownership and other businesses to the address.According to their website, “Reicon Capital LLC is a private investment management firm founded in 2000. The firm actively manages discretionary capital in the public markets, and has a diverse portfolio of alternative investments including private equity, credit, hedge funds, and real estate.”  Neighbors Filing AppealSeveral owners at the adjacent Matheison Exchange Lofts(MEL) high-rise at 3180 Mathieson Drive Northeast have expressed concern about the tree removal plans, and will be filing an appeal with the City of Atlanta in an attempt to to prevent the removal of the tree/s.The notice of the tree removal was first spotted by MEL condomunium owner Maryam Ossooli who walked by the property last week and stopped to read the notice on the front of the lawn. According to Ossooli, “I was walking by the gray stone building next to us, and noticed an orange sign indicating that there may be removal of trees at 3166 Mathieson next door. I love those 100+ year old oaks next to our building so I called the City to discuss the plans proposed by our neighbor. It seems they want to resurface and expand their parking area, and are proposing removal of the Oak tree by the picnic table. The other Oak tree looks to be left as is, but it’s not certain. The plans are due for approval imminently.  There is a 5-day window for appeal after approval.”Like you, the idea of a healthy tree that’s survived over 100+ years coming down for a couple extra parking spots is something I couldn’t let happen without some sort of appeal”. (cont’d) CONCERNS OVER DECREASED PROPERTY VALUE/ ENERGY BILL IMPACT/ SENTIMENTAL CONNECTIONOther Mathieson Exchange Loft condo owners have also stated their concern that the removal of the tree could decrease property values, impact their energy bills and more….“I’m on the 6th floor, Southeast corner.  That tree is, literally, my view.  I don’t know if any of this matters but I’m an original tenant (since 2001).  That tree was a serious factor in why I chose this side of the building (I thought to myself - no one would ever cut down that beautiful tree).  I’ve been enjoying that tree for 16 years.  On the practical side, that tree keeps my unit cooler and saves energy -  if it’s gone my energy use will probably double (as it will for everyone in the 01 stack up to the top of the tree).  Cutting down that tree will also devalue the 01 stack units if the view is just of a windowless brick building.On the emotional side, my now 17 year old daughter grew up playing on that balcony pretending she had a yard and was up in her ‘tree house.’”PARKING LOT SELDOM FULLAnother owner noted that the parking lot adjacent to the tree is seldom full….“These are two trees we look at every day. To make room for more parking sounds crazy   When we look down onto the little parking lot, it is always half empty. What are they talking about???”WATER RUN OFFIncreased water run-off was also noted as a concern by another owner, and a video of the already signficant run-off at the property is included with this press release as an attachment by another property owner:“I took several videos during Friday’s downpour (1 of 4 attached).  It seems to me there are already significant water run-off issues, and it seems to me the tree HELPS this as it appears to be sucking up a lot of water.”Several property owners at Mathieson Exchange lofts have created an informal coalition to attempt to prevent the removal of this beloved, healthy 100+ year old tree.   FURTHER INFO ON PERMIT: HERE:You have the option of keeping track of the project through "Acella Citizen". (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Faca3.accela.com%2FATLANTA_GA%2FDefault.aspx&data=02%7C01%7CMiBrowning%40AtlantaGa.Gov%7C613db3c4e3b44d1c4a2b08d5d878f298%7C031a550af1f34b629c643ef02c7798a5%7C0%7C0%7C636652936332072878&sdata=Umjz6Tja8sv0IGsYwzSn%2FTNobT1BPJLDsr5HrD44gb0%3D&reserved=0 The permit application # is BB-201804222. The Arborist record of review is BA-201804346. And you can also use the permit address (3166 Mathieson) referenced above to find the project.The status as of this morning is “Approved with conditions: 1- Parking lot, existing ramp shall comply with 2010 ADA chapter 5 and 2010 ADA 405 for accessible ramp slop, railing and landing areas. 2- Pending site development approval”    For additional information, contact: Cindy Taylor/ cindy@fintegration.net/ Cell (404)324-0410Maryam Ossooli / Maryam.Ossooli@adp.com 

Jason Holland
145 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Albemarle County Public Schools

Commit to clean energy at our schools to power a brighter, healthier future for our youth

As students, parents and community members, we are asking Albemarle County School Board to pass a resolution (included below) that declares its ongoing commitment to reducing its energy demand and increasing its clean energy sourcing. We applaud the existing efforts and leadership of Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) to adopt energy efficiency and clean energy into its operations, and we are encouraging ACPS to continue its investment in protecting the future of our youth through clean energy. Please sign the petition and join us in supporting the resolution below.  PROPOSED RESOLUTION FOR ALBEMARLE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHEREAS, Albemarle County Public Schools are committed to personal and academic excellence and preparing all current and future students to be engaged citizens who make contributions to the well-being of their community, including the natural environment; and  WHEREAS, there is scientific consensus regarding the reality of climate change and the recognition that human activity, especially the combustion of fossil fuels that create greenhouse gases, is an important driver of climate change; and  WHEREAS, climate change has been widely recognized by government, business, academic, and other community leaders as a worldwide threat that is harming our economy, safety, public health and quality of life now and in the future; and  WHEREAS, children represent a particularly vulnerable group because greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere will continue to accumulate over the coming decades and will profoundly impact our current students throughout their lives, as well as the lives of future generations; and WHEREAS, actions that reduce climate pollution and increase energy efficiencies will also lead to a cleaner environment, a better quality of life for both students and community members, energy security, domestic job security, and increase economic competitiveness; and WHEREAS, through buildings, practices, and partnerships, Albemarle County Public Schools strives for energy-efficiency, sustainability, and eco-friendliness; and  WHEREAS, renewable power installations and energy savings initiatives provide an educational opportunity for students and employees for everyday teaching and learning. WHEREAS, Albemarle County Public Schools has been deliberate and proactive in taking actions directly related to climate protection, including: ●       In 2012, installation of a 42-kilowatt photovoltaic system at Henley Middle School ●       In 2014, installation of solar powered tables/plugs to charge devices at Western Albemarle High School ●       In 2015, executed the first Power Purchase Agreement in Commonwealth of Virginia. The 1.1 megawatt system included the installation of more than 3,000 solar panels on six schools ●       In 2018, implementation of a $7.5 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract to provide energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades to 22 schools and is expected to save more than $8.7 million over the 12-year term  WHEREAS, Albemarle County Public Schools are committed to leveraging all available resources responsibly and efficiently to maximize student services, improve public health/attendance, and ensure quality instruction; and  WHEREAS, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in September 2017 to reaffirm commitment to support local actions to reduce climate pollution; and has adopted long-term strategic goals to protect natural resources, safeguard the quality of life of current and future generations, foster economic prosperity, and invest in critical infrastructure; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Albemarle County Public School Board commits to continue efforts to reduce the energy use of buildings and operations through conservation and efficiency upgrades, as well as, secure renewable energy systems where practical, such as solar, for current and future school buildings that result in reduced dependence on fossil fuel energy sources and increased utility cost savings.

Generation 180
47 supporters