Petition to Food and Drug Administration
Eliminate FDA regulation of CLOTH MENSTRUAL PADS (or reduce fee for small businesses)
There is an issue about a product you may not even know exists. The product is the reusable menstrual pad. It is an absorbent pad made from fabrics which can be purchased at any fabric store. It is used in the same manner as the common disposable variety. The difference is that it can be used, washed, then dried for reuse (by the same woman). These are preferred by some women over disposable pads for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons are decreased lifetime cost, less environmental impact, and sensitivity to commercially available disposable devices. Because these devices are not readily commercially available, many consumers have turned to handmade items sold by small businesses. A quick search of the website Etsy, which hosts sellers of handcrafted items, will show many makers. The trouble is this: the FDA considers menstrual pads (even cloth ones) to be a medical device. Therefore, the FDA forces makers, including those that are small, home based businesses, to be "FDA compliant". For 2018, this certification of compliance costs the business owner $4,624 per year. This regulation does not add any additional safety to these products, which are essentially cloth to attach to ones underpants. There is no "sliding scale" or reduction in cost based on sales. The fee is the same for huge multinational companies as it is for a person making them in a home office. As you can imagine, the fee alone is enough to be a stumbling block for small start-ups. A home-based business would have to sell hundreds of items just to break even on the fee every year. This regulation is stifling business start-ups without adding consumer protection and forcing established home businesses to close when the FDA comes calling for payment. We ask for your assistance in eliminating the FDA regulation for reusable cloth pads or modifying the fee structure to ensure affordability for small business owners.
Petition to President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, Donald Trump, Richard Blumenthal
Acknowledge the Reality of Climate Change
Our newly elected President, Donald J. Trump, has said throughout his campaign that climate change is a hoax and that he will defund environmental research departments in the government such as the EPA, as well as pull out of the Paris Accord, which sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Mr. Trump also plans on doing away with Obama's "Clean Power Plan," which has aimed toward making renewable energy the standard for cities and industries, and the federal rule limiting methane emission near waterways and wetlands. Regardless of your political views, I believe climate change is something we as a people (not just liberals or conservatives) should unite behind as being a very real threat to the well-being of our planet. By signing this petition, you are adding your voice to the movement of preserving our planet and its resources. This is not an issue of left wing versus right wing, if we don't act now the effects of climate change will be entirely irreversible and there will be no habitable planet for our future liberals and conservatives (and third parties) to live on. In short, the goal of this petition is to: 1. Have President Trump acknowledge the reality of Climate Change. ...even the lowest consensus reached in a survey taken in 2014 by active climate scientists had 91% agreeing it was occurring, with other surveys nearing 100% 2. Have President Trump and his committee continue the Funding of the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as other government-based environmental study groups which help look into and institute new forms of "clean energy." and 3. Not have President Trump re-negotiate the U.S.'s role in the Paris Accord. Thank you in advance for your signature, you are now a part of the solution.
Petition to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Revoke Mark "The Shark" Quartiano's Charter and Fishing Licenses
Mark "The Shark" Quartiano has killed over 100,000 sharks during his fishing career, of which several have been protected species. The practice of shark fishing is truly despicable considering the dwindling number of sharks in the world today, as they near extinction due to overfishing and shark finning. Due to sharks' late and lengthy reproduction period, their populations cannot be sustained while unscrupulous hunters like Mark "The Shark" continue to decimate their populations. By revoking Mark Quartiano's charter and license to fish, marine ecosystems off the coast of Miami will slowly rebuild from their currently imbalanced state.
Petition to Cory Booker, Robert Menendez
Make NJ Pine Barrens a National Park
This page has been created with the purpose of trying to protect the New Jersey Pine Barren System. Due to continuing encroachment by business and individuals our Pine Barrens are shrinking, New Jersey currently houses the largest remaining section of this unique ecosystem. While the New Jersey Pine Barrens are a State Park and they are protected in a sense due to State Park regulations there is limited finding and protection available. The hope is that this page through signatures you provide us will allow us to develop a petition to send to our senators demanding that the New Jersey Pine Barrens will become part of the United States National Park System. We have the support of our senator we just need to show he has the support of the people so he can create a viable presentation. This step will create additional protections and funding so everyone will be able to enjoy the pine barrens in ways we previously could not for many years to come.
Petition to Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Gilbert Anthony Cedillo, Paul Krekorian, Bob Blumenfield, david ryu, Paul Koretz, Nury Martinez, Monica rodriguez, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Curren D. Price, Herb Wesson, Mike Bonin, Mithcell Englander, Mitch O'Farrell, Jose Huizar, Joe Buscaino, Department of Parks and Recreation County of Los Angeles, John Wicker
Convert Some Municipal Golf Courses in Los Angeles to Community Parks
We the people of Los Angeles move to petition LA City Council to convert the municipal golf courses currently dominating the landscape into public parks that could profoundly enrich our community virtually overnight. What makes a city great? Famous urban hubs around the world like London, New York, Chicago, and Munich boast numerous parks and nature areas for travelers and city-dwellers alike to find a quiet reprieve. Making such public treasures available is a sure way to strengthen our sense of community (and even contributes to a healthier population by encouraging more walking!) Lincoln Park in Chicago, IL stretches 3.19 square miles Hyde Park in London covers 350 acres Central Park in New York City covers 1.32 square miles The Death of Golf With prohibitive costs and the popularity of golf already in decline, why do we continue to allow so many high-maintenance golf courses to monopolize access to our land? Environmental Benefits According to Audobon International, the average golf course uses 312,000 gallons of water per day, which is roughly equivalent to the usage of 780 4-unit families. With over 90 golf courses in LA alone, the negative impact of these water-guzzling wastelands cannot be overstated. By transforming municipal golf courses into public parks, their maintenance would be subject to direct government oversight which would curb some of this excessive water usage. Community Enrichment And while there are plenty of public hiking trails in Los Angeles, this is not a comparable experience to enjoying a public park. For one thing, a park is much more family-friendly than a hiking trail - Have you ever tried pushing a stroller up a mountain? Replacing municipal golf courses located in key areas would afford residents more easily accessible zones of calm to escape the bustle of the city. You can see for yourself how many golf courses there are in LA in Google Maps https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1PjgDLy5T3ZMf3qZQLGtOYNA0SxM&hl=en_US&ll=34.04358300649453%2C-118.23855400000002&z=10 - but imagine for a moment what it would mean for our community if even just some of these were converted into public parks: The sounds of children laughing and playing, the magic of bumping into a friend in passing, the energy from street performers practicing their craft… Just remember: Golf courses are for the few elite, but a park is a place where we can all go to indulge in the essence of our city. Ready to speak up and make your voice heard? Here are 3 things you can do right now to make a change that will better our community and profoundly reduce water usage. 1) Sign this petition. If you support the abolishment of municipal golf courses in Los Angeles in favor of converting them into parks, creating a rich new space for public use and saving thousands of gallons of water per day, sign this petition! 2) Write directly to your local city council member. This map will show you where the district boundaries are so you can write to the appropriate city council member. Or, you can simply go here to fill in your address to determine your district automatically. 3) Start your own petition. Do you have additional demands not covered by our petition? You should speak up and start your own petition. Here are some tips: Who to petition? Department of Parks and Recreation County of Los Angeles. How to start a petition? Write your petition title (This is the first thing people will see about your petition. Get their attention with a short title that focuses on the change you’d like them to support). Choose a decision maker (This is the person, organization, or group that can make a decision about your petition. Change.org will send them updates on your petition and encourage a response.) Explain the problem you want to solve (People are more likely to support your petition if it’s clear why you care. Explain how this change will impact you, your family, or your community). List of Municipal Golf Courses in Los Angeles: Name: Alondra Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr/ThingsToDo/Golf/Alondra_Golf_CourseLocation: 16400 S. Prairie Ave, Lawndale CA 90260 Name: Balboa Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.balboapark.org/recreation/golf-courseLocation: 16821 Burbank Blvd CA 91436 Name: Chester Washington Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.chesterwashington.com/Location: 1818 Charlie Sifford Dr, Los Angeles CA 90047 Name: Debell Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.debellgolf.com/Location: 1500 E. Walnut Ave Burbank Ca 91505 Name: Diamond Bar Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.diamondbargolf.com/Location: 22751 E. Golden Springs Dr. Diamond Bar CA 91765Name: El Cariso Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://elcarisogc.com/Location: 13100 Eldridge St. Sylmar CA 91342Name: Encino Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://golf.lacity.org/cdp_encino.htmLocation: 16821 Burbank Blvd Encino, CA 91436 Name: Hansen Dam Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://golf.lacity.org/cdp_hansen.htmLocation: 10400 Glenoaks Blvd Pacoima, CA 91331 Name: Harding Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://golf.lacity.org/cdp_wilson.htmLocation: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr Los Angeles CA 90027 Name: Knollwood Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.knollwoodgc.com/Location: 12040 Balboa Blvd, Granda Hills CA 91343Name: La Mirada Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.lamiradagc.com/Location: 15501 E. Alicante Rd. La Mirada CA 90638 Name: Mountain Meadows Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.mountainmeadowsgc.com/Location: 1875 Fairplex Drive Monoma CA 91768Name: Whittier Narrows Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.whittiernarrowsgc.com/Location: 8640 E. Rush St. Rosemead CA 91770 Name: Los Verdes Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.losverdesgc.com/Location: 7000 W. Lod Verdes Dr. Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90274 Name: Los Amigos Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.losamigosgc.com/Location: 7295 Quill Dr Downey, CA 90242 Name: Lakewood Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.lakewoodgolfcc.com/Location: 3101 Carson St Lakewood CA 90712Name: Wilson Municipal Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://golf.lacity.org/old/cdp_wilson.htmLocation: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr Los Angeles CA 90027Name: Woodley Lakes Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://golf.lacity.org/cdp_woodley.htmLocation: 6331 Woodley Ave Van Nuys CA 91406Name: De Bell Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.debellgolf.com/Location: 1500 E Walnut Ave Burbank CA 91501Name: The Links at Victoria Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.linksatvictoria.com/Location: 340 E. 192nd Street Carson CA 90746Name: Marshall Canyon Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://www.marshallcanyon.com/Location: 6100 N. Stephens Ranch Rd La Verde CA 91750Name: Meadowlark Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: http://www.meadowlarkgc.com/Location: 16782 Graham Street Huntington Beach CA 92649Name: San Dimas Canyon Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.sandimasgc.com/Location: 2100 Terrebonne Ave San Dimas CA Name: Griffith Park Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: http://griffithparkgolfclub.lagolfclubs.com/clubs/NewHome.cfm/ClubID/25/Section/TournamentLocation: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr Los Angeles CA 90027 Name: Armand Hammer / Holmby Pony Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://www.golf.lacity.org/cdp_holmby.htmLocation: 601 Club View Drive Los Angeles CA 90024 Name: Roosevelt Executive Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://www.golf.lacity.org/cdp_roosevelt.htmLocation: 2650 N. Vermont Ave Los Angeles CA 90027 Name: Maggie Hathaway Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr/ThingsToDo/Golf/Maggie_Hathaway_Golf_CourseLocation: 1921 West 98th Street Los Angeles CA 90047 Name: Los Feliz Municipal Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://golf.lacity.org/cdp_los_feliz.htmLocation: 3207 Los Feliz Blvd Los Angeles CA 90039 Name: Westchester Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.westchestergc.com/Location: 6900 W Manchester Ave Westchester CA 90045Name: Rancho Park Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: http://golf.lacity.org/cdp_rancho.htmLocation: P.O. Box 64266 Los Angeles CA 90046Name: Rancho Park 3 Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://golf.lacity.org/cdp_rancho_p3.htmLocation:Name: Bell Gardens Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://www.bgrecreation.org/golfLocation: 8000 Park Lane Bell Gardens CA 90201Name: Compton Par 3 Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://www.comptoncity.org/depts/parks/facilities/golfcourse.aspLocation: 6400 E Compton Blvd Compton CA 90221 Name: Rio Hondo Country ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: http://riohondogc.com/Location: 10627 Old River School Road Downey CA 90241 Name: The Lakes at El SegundoType: MunicipalWebsite: http://www.golfthelakes.com/Club/Scripts/Home/home.aspLocation: 400 S Sepulveda Blvd El Segundo CA 90245 Name: Alonda Park Par 3 Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr/ThingsToDo/Golf/Alondra_Golf_CourseLocation: 16400 S Prairie Ave Lawdale CA 90260 Name: Alonda Park Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr/ThingsToDo/Golf/Alondra_Golf_CourseLocation: 16400 S Prairie Ave Lawdale CA 90260 Name: Sea-Aire Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: doesn't have websiteLocation: 22730 Lupine Drive Torrance CA 90503 Name: Montebello Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: doesn't have websiteLocation: 901 Via San Clemente Montebello CA 90640 Name: Don Knabe Golf Center and Jr AcademyType: MunicipalWebsite: https://www.playknabegolf.com/Location: 13717 Shoemaker Avenue Norwalk CA 90650Name: Pico Rivera Municipal Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://www.picoriveragolf.com/Location: 3260 Fairway DriveName: Iron-Wood Nine Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://www.cerritos.us/RESIDENTS/recreation/facilities/iron_wood_nine_golf_course.phpLocation: 16449 Piuma Avenue Cerritos CA 90703 Name: Harbor Park Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: http://golf.lacity.org/cdp_harbor.htmLocation:1235 N Figuerora Place Wilmington CA 90744
Petition to Michael Surbaugh, BSA Innovation Team
Ask Boy Scouts of America to Promote Responsible Pet Ownership
The Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge requires scouts to “Maintain one or more reptiles or amphibians for at least a month. Record food accepted, eating methods, changes in coloration, shedding of skins, and general habits; or keep the eggs of a reptile from the time of laying until hatching; or keep the eggs of an amphibian from the time of laying until their transformation into tadpoles (frogs) or larvae (salamanders).” As an employee at a zoological institution, I find this requirement to be irresponsible. Instead of asking the boys to make an informed decision about a pet and care for it over its entire lifetime, the requirement implies that animals can be kept a short time and disposed of. Furthermore, if scouts choose the latter option, once the baby reptile or amphibian hatches, there is no mention of continuing care. Any animals released into the wild will likely be invasive and may damage local ecosystems and spread disease to native species. While there is an alternative to the requirement (scouts can visit a captive reptile or amphibian once a week for three months and make observations), it is cost-prohibitive for scouts to attend facilities that exemplify excellent care like zoos and aquariums. Potential "free" locations like commercial pet stores may not provide accurate or sound information about the reality of the expense and time commitment required for acceptable animal care. I am asking all animal-lovers, scientists, serious herpers, environmental educators, and anyone else who is concerned about the BSAs implication that pet ownership is anything less than a life-time commitment to join me in petitioning them to make the following change to the Reptile and Amphibian Merit Badge Requirements: 8. Do ONE of the following: a. Research common reptiles and amphibians that are kept as pets. Pick one you would like to learn more about and speak to a professional caretaker such as a zookeeper, aquarist or a responsible hobbyist or read a book about the best practices required to ensure a long, healthy life for your chosen species. Find and record the following information: How long does your chosen species typically live, and what is its maximum size? What diet is required, including any supplements, live food, or fresh produce needed for optimum health? What is the minimum size enclosure needed for the animal? What substrate, hides, and other equipment are required for the best care? Will your chosen species need a larger home as it grows over time? What are the ideal temperature and humidity ranges for the animal? What equipment is required to maintain them? What is the initial cost of the equipment and the animal? What are the long-term costs and time commitment of caring for your chosen species over the course of its entire life? Locate a local veterinarian that can care for your chosen species and ask about common health problems and potential costs involved for medical care. Report what you have learned to your merit badge counselor and explain why or why not you would like to keep the species as a pet and how you plan to ensure it gets the best care if you acquire your chosen species. b. Choose a reptile or amphibian that you can observe at a local zoo, aquarium, nature center, or other such exhibit (such as your classroom or school). Study the specimen weekly for a period of three months. At each visit, sketch the specimen in its captive habitat and note any changes in its coloration, shedding of skins, and general habits and behavior. Find out, either from information you locate on your own or by talking to the caretaker, what this species eats and what are its native habitat and home range, preferred climate, average life expectancy, and natural predators. Also identify any human-caused threats to its population and any laws that protect the species and its habitat. After the observation period, share what you have learned with your counselor. The BSA is generally a very responsible organization, and I feel this change is in keeping with their values of being trustworthy, kind, and conservation-minded. Please join me in urging the BSA to make this common-sense change to an outdated requirement.
Petition to Committee on Natural resources United States House If representatives, Bernie Sanders, Paul Gosar
Stop!! The open mine at Oak Flat!!
Please support the Save Oak Flat Act which repeals Section 3003 of the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 3003 (the Oak Flat land exchange) has nothing to do with national defense and instead would turn over a sacred site that is critical for the religious freedom of Native Americans to foreign mining companies that have stated they would ship U.S. minerals outside the United States for processing. Oak Flat is public land in the Tonto National Forest. It is not only sacred; it is a recreational and ecological haven. President Eisenhower protected much of Oak Flat from mining. If Congress can give a protected sacred site to foreign mining companies, what public lands are safe? Section 3003 dictates that Oak Flat cannot be given away for several years. This gives you time to work with your colleagues to correct an error made in haste at the end of the last Congress. Please work to protect Oak Flat for future generations.