Petition to Members , Dr. Karen Salmon
Please Hold a Kirwan Commission Listening Session in Kent County
We feel that the schedule for the current Kirwan Commission listening sessions does not adequately cover all districts that will be most impacted by the decisions of the Commission. According to a Baltimore Sun article from December 8, 2016 the revised formula for calculating MOE could "...require Talbot, Kent and Worcester counties to bear 100 percent of K-12 education costs." The parents and residents of Kent County request that you consider holding an additional listening session in Kent County prior to your presentation to Gov. Hogan in December. Kent County is considered one of the wealthiest counties in Maryland yet over 60% of our school population qualifies for FARM. Our County Commissioners are predicting flat revenue for the next few years and our school district has not only consolidated down to a single Middle School but our 5 Elementary Schools have been consolidated down to only 3. We have declining enrollments and few funding resources at our disposal besides local and state funding. We believe if the Commission follows through on its recommendation to strip Kent County of all state education funding, the results would be catastrophic. We hope that you will consider our request and plan an additional session in Kent County. Thank you.
Petition to Mayor Lynn Spruill, Mississippi Board of Supervisors, Starkville Board of Alderman, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, Phil Bryant, Mississippi Board of Mayors
Raise the minimum wage in Mississippi to $11 an hour and to end the at will employment law
This change will impact myself and family because Mississippi for over decades has been the most poverty stricken state to the point where there are no adequate jobs and in particular in my area which is Starkville there only fast food jobs and other odd jobs that I am embarrassed to see people have to work even though they have potential to do better but the opportunities or not available because of the lack and types of jobs available in the local market. The economical growth in Mississippi is very slow and in my opinion is not up to par with the rest of the United States. I want to be able to be proud to be from Mississippi and not just because of the historical and natural scenery, but because of the ability to provide stable jobs for every family to survive in this state and world. I also would like to see the state of Mississippi ban the "at will" employment law. This law is detrimental to the citizens of the state because it gives employers the right to terminate or not hire a person for any given reason other than religion, race, creed, color or disability. I believe in a person being treated respectful and should not be discriminated against based off of personal choices due to envy, looks, affiliations and etc. Another issue to support more funding for this great state. Mississippi legislatures have in the past, rejected legitimate funding for healthcare bills, public school funding (education), along with funding for renovations for the pavement, roading, and agricultural systems. I am also looking for citizens to support more funding to bring diverse jobs to the State as well as particular counties who need it the most. I DO NOT want Mississippi anymore to be known for racism, prejudice, and poverty but for great hospitality, peaceful environment, economic growth, sports, recreational activities for college students, adults, and kids, safe family oriented upbringing, and moral values. Mississippi can be so much more advanced if the citizens would come together and cease the century long stigma that was placed on this great state and put our differences aside so that we can bring more attraction, tourist, and financial growth for the sake of our prestigious colleges and universities around Mississippi and most importantly families
Petition to President of the United States, Elizabeth Warren
Pediatric Cancer Needs More Funding!
Elizabeth Cantor's son Derek was born with a rare muscle cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. His pediatrician and oncologists recommended hospice because conventional chemotherapy wouldn't work. He didn't qualify for trials due to his size and age. The tumors spread extremely fast and ate away at his jawbone, which caused his baby teeth to fall out. The tumors invaded his airway and he suffered so much from the head to toe that simply holding him caused excruciating pain. Derek passed away in his sleep on April 23, 2017 at the tender age of 5 months. I beseech you on Elizabeth’s behalf to please use your voice and resources to help make her baby’s suffering and death meaningful. Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among all children in the United States, yet only 4% of federal government cancer research funding goes to pediatric cancer research. Despite cancer being the number one cause of death for children by disease, fewer than 10 drugs have been developed for children with cancer buts hundreds have been developed for adults. This needs to change!
Petition to Pitzer College Student Senate, Associated Students of Pomona College, Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College, Scripps Associated Students, Associated Students of Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College
Support Claremont Student Journalism
The Student Life, the oldest student newspaper in Southern California, is severely underfunded. Roughly 100 students, from reporters and photographers to layout designers and web developers, devote a combined 1000+ hours every week to inform our community and provide an important check on our school administrations. Most work for free. A small subset receive a stipend equivalent to $2.00/hr. Our annual operating budget from student governments, even when combined with advertising revenue and those days of donated labor, barely keeps us afloat as a publication. Our barebones printing costs alone put our annual budget at about $20,000. Last year, we received $11,200. We receive no other outside funding, and were only able to continue printing this year because of a generous anonymous donor. If we don’t receive a sufficient allocation this year, we won’t be able to continue printing or producing visual reporting. Sign below and share to tell our representatives that this is unacceptable.