financial aid

38 petitions

Started 8 months ago

Petition to Bill Gates, Snoop dogg, The Jim Henson Company, Jeff Dunham, Steven Spielberg

Master's Degree Programs in Puppetry at All U.S. Universities

This discussion has been on the table for quite some time. The demand for highly qualified puppeteers in today's U.S. workforce is rapidly growing. Currently, there are only two accredited universities in the U.S. that offer an MA/MFA degree program in the art of puppetry. The dearth of concentration in higher education for exceptionally talented students of puppetry has been one of the main factors responsible for the 24 percent increase in the national suicide rate since 1999 (National Center for Health Statistics). Each year, thousands of highly selective puppetry positions are unable to be filled because the applicants lack the necessary education.  Starbucks recently raised its pay by 5% to help thousands of struggling underqualified puppeteers working as baristas pay off their student loans--do you really want to pay an extra 30 cents for coffee? Many puppeteers must resort to auditioning for small-scale community theaters where waiting lists can span into the next decade. We ask those who may be aspiring to fulfill an advanced degree in puppetry to please sign this petition. We also ask those of you who may know someone--whether it be family, friends, or the homeless person with no teeth you walk past every day who resorts to putting on puppet shows with worn out tube socks full of holes--to please find a way to sign this petition. The future is on your hands.

Nigel Jones
9 supporters
Started 9 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate

Allow Federal Financial Aid for Students with Prior Drug Offenses

The United States incarcerates people at a higher rate than any other nation, with over two million people incarcerated and nearly five million more under supervised release at any given time. While the problems associated with widespread and often disproportionately-severe direct consequences of conviction have come into increased focus, more troubling still are the largely unnoticed collateral consequences of conviction, which often affect formerly incarcerated people for the rest of their lives. Currently, over 65 million people in the United States have some type of criminal record. The systems of federal, state, and local laws used to revoke certain civil rights and impose other barriers for people with a criminal history are known as the collateral consequences of conviction, and can create insurmountable barriers to employment or a return to full civic life, which many argue increases recidivism.  A 2013 report commissioned by the Justice Department cataloged a staggering 44,000 collateral consequences nationwide. One particularly troubling example concerns the effects of a drug conviction on financial aid eligibility. Since 1998, amendments to the Higher Education Act have blocked individuals with drug convictions from receiving federal student aid, including grants, loans, and work study, for periods ranging from one year to indefinitely. More than 200,000 applicants have been denied since these changes took effect, and studies have shown that these laws do not deter young people from committing drug felonies. This year, Senators Bob Casey [D-PA] and Orrin Hatch [R-UT] introduced Senate bill S. 2557, the SUCCESS Act, which intends to restore eligibility for federal financial aid to these students and calls for a revision of the FAFSA form to remove questions about applicants’ convictions for drug offenses. If implemented, the SUCCESS Act would increase access to higher education for students with drug convictions, leading to better outcomes for those individuals and society.  There are several things that I know to be true based on my experiences and those of individuals I have met: People absolutely can—and do—change their lives; to accomplish this, motivation and resiliency are not enough—people require both formal and informal supports during such an undertaking; the barriers to reintegration are higher for minorities, individuals with limited education, and those of low socioeconomic status; and, if the successful reintegration of former offenders into the community remains the ultimate goal of society, then legislators and the public must do a better job of facilitating that reintegration. If you, too, believe in equal access to higher education for all people who are striving to be productive members of society, please sign this petition and contact your legislators to urge their support of the SUCCESS Act.

Katie Kos
25,167 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Grand Chief Ruth Massie (Council of Yukon First Nations), Grand Chief Marvin Yellowbird (Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations), Deputy Grand Chief Richard Kappo (Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Bill John Baker, Chief , Michael E. Roberts, Morley Googoo, Regina Toulouse, Kevin Hart, Kayla Frank, Rhonda Head, Roger Augustine, Bobby Cameron, Mary R Culbertson J.D., Ghislain Picard, Shane Gottfriedson, Melanie Debassige, Isadore Day, Mike Smith, Bill Erasmus, Craig Makinaw, Ann Gladue-Buffalo, Sonny ‘Barrett’ Lenoir, Darrell Paul, Donal K. MacKenzie, John G. Paul, Rhonda Wiley,, Mr. Don Julien, Mr. Joe B. Marshall, Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come, Grand Chief Anastasia Qupee, Chief Isadore Day, Tania Cameron, Grand Council Chief Pat Madahbee, Grand Chief Gord Peters, Grand Chief Warren White, Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, Grand Chief David Harper, Grand Chief Terrance Nelson, Interim Chief Kimberly Jonathan, Josephine Williams, Ms. Anne Many Heads, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Grand Chief Ed John, National Chief Bill Erasmus, Darrell Paul,, ABC, Andrew Cuomo, Bank Of America, Greg Abbott, John McCain, Alberto Garzón, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Albert Rivera, Robert Bentley, Bob Corker, Laura Boldrini, Richard Blumenthal, Jeb Bush, Barbara Mikulski, Richard Burr, Sherrod Brown, Cory Booker, Bruce Rauner, Bill Shorten, Bill Nelson, FOX Broadcasting Company, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), Barbara Boxer, Boris Johnson MP, Jerry Brown, BBC, The Walt Disney Company, Hillary Clinton, United States Supreme Court, California State Senate, Council of the European Union, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, California State House, CBS, Ted Cruz, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Cartoon Network, Chris Christie, Dianne Feinstein, Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Bill de Blasio, Department of Justice, United Nations Development Program, Department of Education, Donald Trump, David Cameron MP

IMMEDIATE Debt Burden Relief for All First Nations! We say YES!!

Purpose and Objectives: 1. To urge the parties in regards to giving notice to the Prime Minister of All First Nations, Government of All First Nations,  banking institutions and banks listed as intended and in order that the parties will immediately make an *** MOU and Joint Agreement with M1, Swissindo World Trust International Orbit, to accept the solution to end financial corruption, wars and the enslavement of humanity, for a Debt Free World with a gold backed currency. 2.  To provide accountability to handle and deal with related issues on the release of the debt burden of ALL people of All First Nations based on Debt Burden Liberation Certificate (DBLC) intended for the people of the world, addressed in the notification of such certificate is true and legal as Decreed on June 24th, 2016, by the Supreme Court Justice of Indonesia, the High Court of the Highest Country in the world, as the Parent country of the 25 Parent countries. 3.  Every party related to such subject shall prepare a payment system of Human Obligation Program, M1 Master Bond Voucher as the people's life insurance, and prepare public notification to the people of Canada and world population as per the 1945 UN Constitutions. 4.  Ensure that every citizen has the right and obligation to communicate and obtain information to develop their personality and social environment, as well as the right to seek, obtain, own, keep, manage and deliver information with all channels available and has the right to hold their freedom. 5.  Every citizen has the National and Provincial right and can decide on the National policy of social justice for all people. We Accept and say YES! 6.  The Government and Provincial Officials shall support and express the aspirations of ALL its people. 7.  The Government is obliged to provide protection and ensure the Rights of Citizens and the right of every citizen is protected by the Constitutions, to manifest a peaceful and prosperous country, whose people are ensured to be prosperous, Unlimited Publication is the right of the People of All First Nations, and the World’s 7 Billion People for a Better Future. This is Our Joint Responsibility! Base: Rights and Responsibility of Citizenship. Base of Verdict:  New World Agreement / New Contract Statement / New Era for Indonesia as the World Lighthouse / Release of Unlimited New Quota Supreme Court & M1 Joint Decree Letter For additional information visit Swissindo Social Media Signed- World Citizens

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