66 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Don Young, Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan

Grant extension of Veteran's cabin before it's destroyed

My grandfather was the owner of the family cabin in the national forest in Petersburg, Alaska.  He originally intended to pass along ownership to my brother or myself.  We were both in the military at the time and there was concern that if either one of us were killed in action, the family cabin would be lost, too. My grandfather’s intent was to keep the cabin in the family for as long as possible so, in 2003, he transferred stewardship to my father. Unfortunately, my father passed away this past year (September 2016). At a time when the family is grieving, we must also deal with potential loss of the permit that allows us to maintain a cabin in the national forest. I am hoping that, after almost 70 years of being good caretakers of this land, there is something that can be done to save this special place. I have been pouring over log books and pictures of my families’ time up Petersburg Creek. I am struck by how much it has meant to generations of service members from my family. During my time serving in the Marine Corps, I would make sure to go to the cabin when home on leave. When I had a family of my own, we chose to come back to Petersburg. One of the reasons why we chose to be here is the cabin. I planned on being able to take my children “up the creek”. I plan on sharing with them the wisdom of cabin life that my grandfather and father passed onto me. If the cabin remains in place, there are no negative effects to the community or the land where it now sits. In fact, I would argue that our stewardship would continue to add to this special place.

Jacob Hammer
436 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Frank Murphy, Grishae Blackett’e

Restore Splash Pad/Water Feature to Broadway Square Renovation Plans

Broadway Square in Fell's Point is currently being demolished for a nearly $3 million renovation which was supposed to include a water feature similar to the Walter Sondheim Fountain in West Shore Park. However, recent developments have uncovered that the water feature was taken out of the plan. In the rendering, the gray area in the center was meant to be the splash pad. In a recent community meeting on March 28, 2017 with the Department of Transportation and the project architects, they gave "community opposition" as a reason for excluding this water feature from the current construction, although it is still on the plan. Fell's Point Residents Association voted in favor of the original plan including this water feature. This would be a huge asset to the community, for all of the families and children in Southeast Baltimore as well as those visiting as tourists. Thames Street Park was recently renovated and the new playground is constantly filled with children and families. A splash pad in the neighborhood would be an incredible benefit in warm weather and draw crowds of families to Broadway Square, benefiting the atmosphere of the square as well as the surrounding businesses as families would likely stay in the neighborhood and patronize them more frequently. Please help us bring this water feature to Fell's Point and Broadway Square! Kelly Navas-Migueloa, Director, Fell's Point Residents Association

Kelly Navas-Migueloa
716 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer

Help Bring Peter's Children to the United States

It only takes five minutes to read Peter Digo’s story, but by doing so you may help reunite a family and make a lifetime of difference. During the Second Sudanese Civil War, thousands of children were forced to flee their homes, leaving more than 20,000 boys and girls in Southern Sudan orphaned and displaced. Many walked thousands of miles to safety and many died before reaching refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. The survivors of this tragic migration are the Lost Boys of Sudan. Peter Digo is one of them. For more than 20 years, starting when he was only 12 years old, Peter lived in the Sherkole refugee camp in western Ethiopia. Life was hard -- there were no schools, no clean water, not enough food and few jobs. Life became more difficult when he started a family, as there were not enough resources and few opportunities. In 2008, Peter was approved to leave the Sherkole camp for the United States. He and three of his children resettled in Syracuse, NY, where his youngest child was born and he began working full time. However, at the time, his other children with his first wife were trying to reenter Sudan with their mom and were unable to accompany Peter. They later had to return to the camp, and his children from that union -- Philemon, 19, Pamella, 17, and Bole, 14 --  still live there today. Peter, now a U.S. citizen, is thankful for his new life. His other four children, ranging from 7 to 16, live with him and attend Syracuse schools. However, Peter fears for his other children’s safety and well-being in the refugee camp. They still live with their mother and her other five children, but she has approved their move to the United States so they will have access to better living standards and opportunities. For the past nine years, Peter has been sending money to them every month and calling them daily. Peter’s children have not been able to grow up with their half-siblings and have not even met his youngest child, who was born in the United States. When Peter visited my class, I felt instant resonance with him -- for me as an international student almost 8,000 miles from home, I cannot see my family often because of the expensive airfare and year-round school work. I am still able to see and talk with them, but the separation from family and community is excruciating. Incomparable as my situation is, it is also true for Peter. I cannot imagine not seeing my family for nine years; no one deserves to be separated like this from loved ones. U.S. immigration policies allow refugees to request permanent residency for their families, which Peter did two years ago. All necessary documents have been prepared, including paternity tests. However, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not provided any update regarding Peter’s application for his three children to join him here. It is easy to watch the news and feel powerless about what happens in the world. But by petitioning the New York State Senators to urge the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to approve this case, you are making a difference. Please take a few minutes out of your day to sign and change the lives of this family. Thank you.

Lishu He
53 supporters