environmental justice

45 petitions

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Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Ray Leclerc, Jerry Brown, Boeing, Senator Henry Stern

No more kids with cancer: clean up the Santa Susana Field Lab

When my daughter Grace Ellen was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, at age four, I thought that our family had the worst, most devastating luck. But after spending months in the hospital with her, we learned that she was one of 50 children who may have been poisoned by one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in America. Sign to demand that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) safely and completely clean the Santa Susana Field Lab and prevent any more children from getting cancer. Grace Ellen’s form of cancer is incredibly aggressive. At age four she was put on several clinical trials, had ten times the normal amount of chemotherapy, and spent two years fighting her cancer. A year and a half later her cancer came back. Today she’s inpatient again, having finished more radiation and intense chemotherapy, and is healing from a bone marrow transplant. She’s addicted to morphine, unable to eat or drink, and is fighting for her life in the hospital isolation floor. It haunts me to know her cancer might have been avoidable. She, like the other 49 children, grew up within 20 miles the Santa Susana Field Lab, land which was developed in the 1940s to conduct nuclear research. In 1959 an uncontained partial meltdown of a sodium reactor caused such a devastating radiation leak that many consider it to be the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history –and it was completely covered up for years. Our community has up to 60% higher cancer rates, we have decades of EPA reports to prove it. But the Boeing Company, who partially owns the site, is proposing that the land be open to families for recreational use, even while the disaster has still not been cleaned up. It is the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s job to clean up this mess, but they aren’t taking any meaningful action. Instead they released an Environmental Impact Report that proposes to leave vast amounts of the radioactive and carcinogenic waste on site permanently.  They know our children are sick and dying, but Boeing doesn't care. They care about stockholders and profits more than people, and the government isn’t doing anything to stop them. I will protect my children even if I have to tear down mountains with my bare hands – and I am one of many parents fighting for our kids. To win this, we need #1millionparents standing with us to demand that DTSC clean up this disaster once and for all. Will you join us?

Melissa Bumstead
66,181 supporters
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Petition to Bernie Sanders, Sylvia Acevedo, Kamala Harris, Dan Bane

First Step in Protecting Rainforests and Child Slaves from Palm Oil Production

Hello! I am an 8th grader from Helios School, in Sunnyvale, CA. Like many, I eat processed foods almost daily. Although they may be mouthwatering, an ingredient that is found in almost every single one of these products is tied to slavery, child slavery, ecosystem degradation, slash and burn agriculture, and the destruction of orangutan habitats. This ingredient is called palm oil. Every minute, rainforest lands equivalent to the size of 5 football fields are cut down to make way for palm oil production. Tens of millions of tons of palm oil are produced each year. It is found in 40%-50% of household products, and lots of food products too. The process of planting African oil palms requires burning huge swaths of rainforest, releasing carbon that has been in these rainforests for hundreds of years. This deforestation is the reason why the Sumatran Tiger and the Sumatran Elephant are on the verge of extinction, along with the Orangutan. In 1997 through 1998, a palm oil production started wildfire swept through Sumatra and Borneo, wiping out 1/3 of the global Orangutan population. The second reason why palm oil is extremely important to get out of food is that it is very cancerous. Because palm oil is found in many foods that are consumed by children, adults, seniors, and even babies daily, this is a serious public health and safety issue. The last reason why palm oil should be taken out of our foods is that the production of palm oil is tied to child slavery and enslaving indigenous peoples. Palm oil executives enslave the indigenous people of the jungles they want to clear, and they and their children are worked to exhaustion in shocking and dangerous conditions, only for the profit of the palm oil executives. This petition is asking that all products with palm oil in them list it clearly on their packaging. This is "step one" in helping take palm oil out of our products.  If you want to protect beautiful species that are on the brink of extinction, protect you and you family from harmful products in your food, stop child slavery, and help save our planet, this is one step towards that goal.

Tal D
1,856 supporters
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Petition to Elissa Silverman (Councilmember At Large) (Councilmember At Large) (Councilmember At Large), Charles Allen (Councilmember, Ward 6) (Councilmember, Ward 6) (Councilmember, Ward 6), Brandon T. Todd (Councilmember, Ward 4) (Councilmember, Ward 4) (Councilmember, Ward 4), Mary Cheh (Councilmember, Ward 3) (Councilmember, Ward 3) (Councilmember, Ward 3), Anita Bonds (Councilmember At Large) (Councilmember At Large) (Councilmember At Large), Kenyan McDuffie (Councilmember, Ward 5) (Councilmember, Ward 5) (Councilmember, Ward 5), Jack Evans (Councilmember, Ward 2) (Councilmember, Ward 2) (Councilmember, Ward 2), Brianne Nadeau (Councilmember, Ward 1) (Councilmember, Ward 1) (Councilmember, Ward 1), David Grosso (Councilmember At Large) (Councilmember At Large) (Councilmember At Large), Muriel Bowser (Mayor of the District of Columbia), Brian Kenner, Robert White, Jr., Vincent Gray, Trayon White, Sr.

Reopen the District of Columbia's McMillan Park. Let us in!

Reopen McMillan Park for Recreational Use - Let Us In!!! District of Columbia Mayor Bowser, Deputy Mayor Kenner, and D.C. Councilmembers,  Over recent years, the District's Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development or DMPED and its selected consortium of developers (Vision McMillan Partners, or VMP) has sought to develop the 25-acre McMillan Park, owned by the District of Columbia and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Friends of McMillan Park (FOMP) and allied organizations have sued to overturn decisions by the District’s Zoning Commission and the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation which would have permitted massive commercial development on the site and the near-total destruction of its historical character.  On December 8, 2016, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled against the District's decisions, and gave opponents of this development a crushing victory by remanding and vacating (made null and void) these decisions, agreeing with us that the District was violating its own zoning and preservation laws.  The efforts of the FOMP will now be to push the city to look at revitalization of the site consistent with the recommendations of the District's Comprehensive Plan, to create a scope of work for its future that does not involve maximum possible return for private developers, and to conduct an international design competition for its reuse. This work will be long and hard, but the court decision is a great encouragement. We now ask that the District of Columbia government do three things: (1)  Immediately reopen McMillan Park so that District of Columbia residents and others may enter the park for purposes of recreation, exploration and community activities. (2)  Begin to define with full citizen participation a new scope of work for planning the future of the Park (3)  Commit to an international design competition for the future use of the Park. The Mayor and others have proclaimed that McMillan Park is “unsafe.” This is misleading and untrue. Most of the park is safe for public access.  Neighborhood tours of the park were given for many years without incident. If you agree with us that these three steps will help return this 25-acre park to the people of the city and the world (after the unsafe portions have been secured), please sign this petition and forward this it to your friends who favor open green space instead of massive commercial development at McMillan Park.        PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION TO REOPEN MCMILLAN PARK   (and read on for a bit more of the story behind this astonishing place) The Unique Historic Value that McMillan Park Offers The McMillan Sand Filtration Site and Reservoir, with its system of underground vaults for water purification, is the last such facility of its kind extant in the U.S.  In 1991, the 25-acre park land was added to the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites, putting it under the protection of the city's very strong Historic Preservation Act, and in 2013, the entire McMillan campus (including the McMillan Reservoir next door that supplies drinking water to the District) was added to the National Register of Historic Places. History of McMillan Park The McMillan Sand Filtration Site and Reservoir, located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and North Capitol Street, NW, in Washington D.C., served to filter and purify our capital city’s water beginning at the turn of the 20th century during an era of rampant, fatal water-borne diseases like typhoid. Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., the famous landscape architect who designed the grounds of McMillan, cleverly concealed the water purification facility beneath a public park for the surrounding communities to enjoy. The entire park, opened to the public about 1912, served as the city’s first and only de facto integrated park until the beginning of World War II (when it was fenced to protect the water supply from enemy sabotage). After the war, McMillan Park was re-opened for a short time. After the Hurd vs. Hodge Supreme Court decision of 1948 that eliminated covenants in real estate deeds that excluded homeowners by race and religion (thus ending a key practice that prevented persons of color from being able to purchase homes), the city “coincidentally” fenced and gated the entire area, even though wartime had ended, in an apparent effort to close this park to the area’s new African-American residents. The federally owned reservoir side of the McMillan Historic District likely retained the protective fencing for security reasons, but why is the fence still up on the city-owned side, where there is no longer any city water and thus no water security issue? When D.C. Purchased McMillan Park from the Federal Government The McMillan sand filtration site purified city water until 1986. It was subsequently de-commissioned, and a chemical water-treatment facility nearby took over that task. The federal government determined that it had no use for the decommissioned water filtration site and park and so sold it to the District for $9.3 million.  The deed transferring the property to the District contains a covenant that obligates the District and any successor owners of the land contemplating development of the site to proceed in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation. Since that time, neighbors and the District government have fought over the future of this land, which offers scenic views of the Washington Monument and beyond.  First, a strip mall with a Kmart was proposed, and then a prison. The city’s most recent proposed development, initiated in 2007 by DMPED and DMPED's selected development partner, Vision McMillan Partners (VMP), would demolish virtually all of the vaulted underground sand filtration chambers and eliminate all but 6.2 acres of the contiguous open space above for the construction of high-rise buildings and townhouses. McMillan Town Center, as it is known, largely eschewed the feedback and concerns of neighbors and residents across the city. The VMP development plan is dead, at least for the moment, due to the D.C. Court of Appeals decision. Let's restart this process and do it RIGHT this time! And in the meantime, TAKE DOWN THAT FENCE! LET US IN TO OUR PARK!

Friends of McMillan Park
578 supporters