Topic

equality

199 petitions

Started 4 days ago

Petition to Congress

Providing Equal Healthcare to all Regardless of Race, Demographic, etc.

The reality of current American society is that affordability healthcare is largely based on socioeconomic class, race, etc. According to census.org, the poverty rate in America is greatly consistent with demographic (U.S. Poverty Rates by Race and Hispanic or Latino Origin: 2007–2011). Because of this, many cannot afford basic procedures that may be life-saving, based on insignificant characteristics. Thus, we are apolitical campaign based on educating and providing the public with resources about the reality of demographic and its effect on healthcare. What is the reality? 18,000 Americans between the ages of 25-64 died in 2002 because they were uninsured (Researchers of the Institute of Medicine). The latest poll (Gallup-Healthways) found a rise in uninsured U.S. adults from 10.9% to 11.3%, showing the unstable and volatile state of healthcare today.  Survey in 2009 of 12,000 households found that 20% of people rejected or postponed healthcare because of cost concerns (Thomson Reuters).  Hospital costs totaled $387.3 billion in 2011--a 63% increase since 1997, with inflation adjusted (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) In 2011, 18% of the U.S's GDP is spent on healthcare, the highest healthcare spending in the world (World Health Organization).    What is our solution? We are greatly influenced by the model of the Bar Association, in which several states require a set amount of Pro Bono hours a year in order for lawyers to keep their licenses. Thus, we are petitioning for several states to require a certain amount of Pro Bono work (e.g., 20 hours a year) for all physicians with the ability to do so. The ideal would be that physicians would reach out to underprivileged areas within a close proximity to their home/work.    Who would fund medical testing/tools? Donations Support from local hospitals/businesses.  What else are we striving for? Ultimate goal: create better coverage by passing a law after education/outreach has been established through our program.  Businesses with a certain amount of employees should offer their employees with insurance. Thank you for reading and supporting this important cause. 

Act For Affordable Healthcare
29 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to President Barron, Penn State

Incorporate Sexual Assault Resources University-Wide @ PSU

THE BACKGROUND: Penn State Main has both a Women’s Center and a Title IX office The Women’s Center is a safe space where victims can talk about their sexual assault and are offered ways to cope through licensed trauma counselors  The Title IX office is meant for reporting the rapist through the school, so the victim can stay protected as their case unfolds  THE PROBLEM: Penn State has twenty-four campuses statewide, yet the Main Campus (University Park) is the only one that provides these privileges to students WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM? Total student population at PSU MAIN: around 46,000 Total student population across campuses: 99,133 Only a few Title IX officers are in charge of all these students!! Furthermore, victims from branch campuses have to write a letter or email detailing their assault as opposed to being able to walk in like us students at Main; this is extremely impersonal and inconvenient for the victim who is already enduring so much IN THE GRAND SCHEME: Most universities (including PSU) are being investigated for how they handle rape  Title IX at most schools is known for being inefficient already despite having good intentions That inefficiency is usually due to the lack of employees, making the process of reporting and the overall case time last months longer than it is supposed to  This is a bigger problem at PSU due to the lack of resources for all the other twenty-three campuses. We clearly go to a very large school! NOTE: Students can choose to go to their local police, but Title IX reports rape as SEX DISCRIMINATION as opposed to just a crime. So, unlike police, Title IX has the ability to suspend the rapist, make dorm changes, etc. THE NEED FOR CHANGE: So, in the name of equality for all, PSU should include its Women’s Center and its Title IX offices in every one of its branch campuses to ensure that all students feel safe and comfortable when facing sexual assault.  I graciously ask our fellow Penn State students, faculty, or anyone else who cares about this GLOBAL issue to sign this petition in hopes that it will spark President Barron's attention. Every student here deserves the best coping resources, so it should be the norm for PSU to incorporate Title IX resources in each of its 23 other branch campuses. This way, the process would be much more streamlined at University Park as well, considering that in the long run, every campus needs better resources so the investigations don't last longer than they need to ANYWHERE.  BONUS: If we all forward this petition to Barron and his team (president@psu.edu), then we could potentially flourish their emails with this petition Let’s work for a better tomorrow; at this point, it’s truly on us. Thank you, Minaya Ismayilova (Senior at Penn State Main)    

Minaya Ismayilova
278 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Kamala Harris, Diane Franklin, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren

Make equality a truth that is self-evident

It's 2017. Let's all agree that all humans should be equal is a truth. One that does not need to be continuously debated or sought, but a truth that is self-evident. I write humans because we've let gender, race, religion hold us back from embracing each other for too long. Everytime something happens in our country that calls our belief in equality into question, I'm reminded of the sad reality that as much as this should be obvious, we still lack equality as a universally accepted truth. One significant example: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,..." Sure this was written in an age where non-(white)men weren't thought to be equal, leaving aside the inexplicable question of why not? But we're in 2017. It's time for an update. I'm demanding the rewrite, might I suggest the fine word "humans?" You may ask why this is important: Can you imagine how powerful this action would be to quell what shouldn't even be a debate any longer? It would inspire inclusion for all - reminding women, transgender, LGBTQ people, and all groups and races that call America home that our founding ideals created a home for ALL of us.  "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all humans are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among humans, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,..." There's no better or more necessary time to rewrite our history for our equal future.

Swati Sehgal
8 supporters