Health and Safety
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Act to put patients before politics!
In early March, Republican Congressional leaders introduced their blueprint for health system reform known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). As currently drafted, this legislation would result in millions of Americans losing health care coverage. In fact, 14 million could lose coverage in 2018, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Not only will millions lose coverage under the proposed AHCA, but replacing income-based premium subsidies with age-based tax credits makes coverage more expensive for poor and sick Americans. This change puts health care coverage out of reach for many Americans. As Congress works through this legislation, it’s crucial that changes be made to ensure those currently covered are protected. Americans, including low and moderate income individuals, must be able to secure affordable and meaningful coverage! And, Medicaid (as well as other critical safety net programs) must be protected and appropriately funded. The current AHCA would result in the most vulnerable population losing their coverage, and this is simply unacceptable. Make your voice heard – contact your lawmakers today and urge them to make these critical changes!
Petition to Arne Sorensen, Nell Williams, Marriott
ALL Marriott hotels should use solely cruelty free toiletries in their rooms
Ending animal cruelty is one of the most important and easily achievable goals in our modern world. There is a surplus of animal cruelty free toiletry brands that work just as well (if not better) than those that test on animals. With such an abundance of options there is no reason to continue with the exploitation of sentient beings! The overall goal would be to have all hotel chains use animal cruelty free toiletry brands but we have to start small to end big! Marriott is the biggest hotel brand and they own roughly >5,000 properties! Some of these properties have already made this amazing switch such as Courtyard Marriott, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suitesand Renaissance Hotels, now we just have to get them all! Imagine the impact we can make, the lives we can save, and the torture we can end with such a simple switch!!
Petition to SUPREME, US Congress, Barack Obama, United States Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Senate
Stop ALL Mandatory Vaccination in ALL states.
As we see more and more of our constitutional rights and parental rights being stripped from us... WE THE PEOPLE ask that ALL vaccines be made optional as they had been in the past and that health departments in every state continue or go back to offering vaccine exemptions to those parents who feel the need to not vaccinate their children. WE THE PEOPLE do not believe children are to be possessions of the state. Our children were not given to the state to raise. They were given to us by God. As their parents we have parental rights that we refuse to relinquish. Those rights include and are not limited to deciding WHAT gets injected into our children. We will not sit idly by as our parental rights get stripped away. We will come together as one and fight for our rights to protect our children and to raise our children the way we feel is best. Parents have the right to refuse vaccinations. Parents have the right to make their own informed decision as to whether to vaccinate or not. Parents have the right to be able to send their children to public schools with their exemptions. As you continue to see more and more rights being stripped away from parents you will see a unity that you have never seen before. As parents, vaxxers and non-vaxxers will come together to make sure the government understands that we do not believe our children are government property. We will fight back, for as long as we need to until our parental rights are respected. Since when does the government NOT work for the people? WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND all mandatory vaccination to cease and for exemptions to be brought back to states like California, Mississippi, and West Virginia. Give parents back the choice that was never yours to make with their children to begin with. Respectfully, Laire Lightner
Petition to John Burlow, Jenni Glenn Gingery, Sean Tipton, Mary Green, Dr. Anuja Dokras, Dr. Barbara Levy, U.S. Senate
Recognize #PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as a significant health concern demanding national attention and government support.
Up to 20% or 2 in 10 women and girls worldwide have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a complex hormonal disorder for which there is no cure. While the name may be deceiving, PCOS is not a gynecological issues it is an endocrine disorder affeting many systems in the body. If left untreated PCOS can be a precursor to many life threatening conditions including type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney problems. This means PCOS contributes to some of the leading causes of death and disability in women today. For many diagnosed with PCOS, Awareness and education have played a key role in helping them learn to live and deal with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and ultimately live a healthier life. That is why PCOS Awareness has to happen now to ensure women and girls do not have to go through another day, month or year of silent suffering and to ensure they are educated on how to live a healthier life with this syndrome. What PCOS is, and what it does to women who have it, is complicated to explain as symptoms and severity of the syndrome can vary from person to person. Some of the classic symptoms are drastic weight gain, hair loss, depression, fatigue, thyroid problems, high cholesterol, panic attacks, headaches, dizzy spells, poor memory or muddled mind, sleeping disorders, constant thirst, extreme cravings, insulin resistance, cystic acne, cystic ovaries, menstrual cycles without ovulation, irregular cycles, severe mood swings, high testosterone levels, infertility problems, excess facial and body hair, not to mention a seven times greater risk than an average woman for four major health concerns affecting women in the United States today including heart disease, diabetes, endometrial cancer and stroke. Because PCOS can cause so many physical and emotional complications, it is important for early detection, treatment and support. Chrisy Wise of Georgia agrees, "I started showing signs at a very young age and went undiagnosed for many years. As a young girl, it was very hard when doctor after doctor kept telling me nothing was wrong. Now, I know all the symptoms together equal pcos." This petition is not only raising awareness and gaining support, it is giving women, their families and supporters of PCOS awareness a voice, a strong voice that will hopefully inspire and invoke change for better health, treatment and support of this syndrome.
Petition to California State House, California State Senate, California Governor, Ben Allen, Steven Bradford, Al Muratsuchi
PREVENT Mass Casualties in the South Bay - Please Forward
ALERT: This affects residents in Torrance, Redondo Beach, Gardena, Carson, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Wilmington, L.A., Lomita, Rolling Hills, San Pedro, Palos Verdes Estates, West Rancho Dominguez, and Long Beach, California. Torrance Refining Company (formerly ExxonMobil ) in Torrance and Valero in Wilmington are the only two refineries in CA that use toxic and volatile forms of hydrofluoric acid (HF) which can have deadly cloud-forming behavior. All other CA refineries use a much safer alternative — sulfuric acid. PBF and Valero must stop using HF and switch to a safer alternative. This can be mandated by an AQMD rule or state law. A refinery shutdown is not required. According to an EPA "worst case" scenario previously prepared by ExxonMobil prior to the refinery sale, the release of 50,000 lbs of their "Modified" HF (MHF) could result in a ground-hugging HF cloud drifting with the breeze 3.2 miles into surrounding areas at concentrations high enough to cause serious and irreversible injuries with short term exposure (and possibly fatalities). If released in an explosion, fire, earthquake, or terrorist attack, MHF could cause mass casualties in surrounding communities. Alarmed? It gets worse. * The Torrance refinery doesn't have 50,000 lbs. They have 250,000 lbs of MHF. Furthermore, ExxonMobil's estimated 3.2 mi. toxic distance is too low because they gave too much “credit” to MHF’s supposed ability to reduce HF cloud size. The actual risk zone is 15 miles. Thanks to an analysis by the local citizens group Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA), the EPA is now investigating ExxonMobil's scenario, and the SCAQMD is considering the adoption of a rule to ban it. * During the February 18, 2015 explosion at the Torrance refinery, a flying 80,000 lb. piece of equipment hit just 3 ft. from a tank containing 50,000 lb. of MHF. Federal safety officials said the surrounding communities "dodged a bullet." * On Sept 6, 2015, a leak of MHF from the Torrance refinery occurred. No sirens sounded, and the Torrance Fire department was notified only later by email. * A key volunteer, Dr. S. Hayati with the grassroots Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA), recently uncovered the fact that in 1998, Mobil officials, Torrance Fire Department Chief R. Scott Adams, and possibly other city officials secretly approved the reduction of a key safety chemical that was supposed to make deadly HF safer in case of an accidental release. Thanks to the hard work of Dr. Hayati, the Chemical Safety Board has stated its intent to investigate MHF. The South Bay should not accept the status of “sacrifice zone” for the benefit of PBF in Torrance and Valero in Wilmington. How much are more than a half-million Californians worth? As a critical and time-sensitive public safety issue, we call on California lawmakers to immediately introduce legislation to BAN and REPLACE the use of MHF and HF at California refineries! California Governor Jerry BrownPhone: (916) 445-2841Fax: (916) 558-3160email: https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/index.php California State Senator Ben Allen Capitol Office (916) 651-4026District Office (310) 318-6994email http://sd26.senate.ca.gov/contact/message California State Senator Steven Bradford Capitol Office (916) 651-4035District Office (310) 514-8573email http://sd35.senate.ca.gov/contact California State Assembly Al MuratsuchiCapitol office (916) 319-2066District Office (310) 375-0691email: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD66 Join your concerned fellow citizens: https://www.facebook.com/Torrance-Refinery-Action-Alliance-100724630259310/ https://www.facebook.com/southbayflare/
Petition to Richard Burr, President of the United States, Donald Trump, Thom Tillis
Approve my Social Security Disability
I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT JOURNEY IN MY LIFE. YOUR SUPPORT, PRAYERS, ADVICE, AND FRIENDSHIPS HAVE PUSHED ME THROUGH THIS PAST Year. (I changed my main photo because some said it was too brutal to look at) MY STORY: Raleigh News and Observer article Three years ago, I was in a car wreck that left me with a traumatic brain injury. I now suffer from seizures: I simply black out, with no warning, several times a week. Because of this, I can never drive again; I can’t work. I can’t even shower alone, and I’m running out of hope. Before my injury, I was an electrician by trade. I always worked and supported my three children. I tried going back to work after the wreck, but my seizures forced me to stop. My multiple attempts to get on disability have been denied even though my medical history is well documented by hospitals, neurologists, doctors, and psychiatrists. I have given the Social Security office all the medical and financial records they have asked for. I have had a couple doctor's notes since 2014 that said I could not work because of my condition. The health coverage I have from the county is not enough. It doesn’t pay for rehab or the weeks I’ve spent in the hospital due to further brain injury caused by falls during seizures. I have lost everything I worked for all of my life. I feel so helpless. We’re looking at homelessness as a very real possibility, and all because the Social Security contract I entered into when I started paying in at 16 years old, has failed me. Please, I am not looking for handouts. Simply for the money I have paid into the system in my time of great need. Please call on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to grant me disability insurance, so that I may have a fighting chance to get better. I know I am not alone in this. I’ve talked to so many people going through similar hardships. My condition is getting progressively worse. I want so badly to live to raise my children to adulthood, to be a good role model for them, and teach them that it is possible to overcome any obstacle in this country. I can only do that with some help. Please help me call on the SSA to grant me disability insurance. I have earned it, and I would not take it if I didn’t really need it. Thank you for your time, God Bless, Christopher E Layne My life as I know it (click here) Every signature under here is probably going through the same hell or loves someone going through the same thing, fighting for their lives. Something has to change fast. One wrong fall and I will not be here any longer to see my chosen grow. Please help me by signing this petition. It truly could mean life or death. A message from my daughter
Petition to Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor
"STATE OF EMERGENCY" (DRUG EPIDEMIC / NORTHEN NEW MEXICO) HELP SAVE OUR CULTURE
With national statistics, data , and high numbers of deaths,illnesses attributed too drugs and as well our failing public schools, as direct links to the "Drug Epidemic", in Northern New Mexico, we have been placed at the top of national graphs and state counties as one of the worst places for drug overdose, suicide and illness in the country. Thus, we the undersigned concerned tax paying citizens are "Demanding a "State of Emergency" be declared in the county of Rio Arriba, in the state of New Mexico. For several decades we have been in a heavily oppressed, repressed and dire situation in regard too loosing large numbers of souls too include : Teens, young and old adults as well as elderly citizens too the drug infestation, both legal ( narcotic/opiate, ect... ) and illegal ( heroin/meth/pink/cocaine, ect..) drugs. As the Federal Government and DEA cracks down on prescription drug dispensing, the adverse effects have increased the use of heroin use and thus, increasing higher incidences of Hepatitis-c, AIDS, Crime, and Criminal Activity in all facets our livelihood. The age groups of addiction has scattered in both directions, currently it has trickled down too adolescence and gone up in some cases too great-grandparent ages. Its is no longer a "FAD" or a "TREND" in many circles it is becoming a "RITE of PASSAGE" and a way of life in others. WE are demanding that; 1) Assessment, treatment, triage, substance abuse teams be dispatched throughout the county communities. ; 2) That a temporary centrally located "medical" detox-facility and housing area be established too address our addicted citizens needs, with hopes that a permanent facility be established in the near future.
Petition to Mayor of Martinsburg WV George Karos, City Councilmen Gregg Wachtel, Donald Anderson,, BC County Councilman Doug Copenhaven, Jim Whitacre, James Barnhart, Elaine Mauck, Dan Dulyea
Berkeley County, WV and Martinsburg, WV We Need A Drug Treatment Center in our Community!
We are in a heroin epidemic here in our community. We need a treatment facility in Martinsburg, WV and Berkeley County. Berkeley County has reached the highest level of Drug Overdose daily in the State of West Virginia. We also have the highest Drug Overdose deaths in West Virginia. Those opposed say "Not in my neighborhood. It's too close to churches. It's too close to the schools. My property values will drop." We've heard the excuses Not in your neighborhood? Look around you. It's in everyone's neighborhood. Too Close to churches? Inside the city limits, where do you think this activity is going on. Right in many of the church parking lots. When the churches here are putting up signs in their parking lots relating to this type of activity. It's around the churches already. Too close to Schools? Are you kidding me? It's already happening already inside of the schools as well as around the schools here. Your property values will go down? Show us your statistics that say that. The city of Martinsburg Council and Berkeley County Council you need to complete the studies needed. Both council chambers need to work together in a joint effort on this matter and work together. Lack of effort was the biggest objection from the council members who voted against it. Mayor of Martinsburg, City Council members, Berkeley County Council Members- Wake up and look around you. In case you haven't realized this, the entire county of Berkeley (WV) and the City of Martinsburg (WV) is being consumed because of this heroin epidemic. We have lost way too many already to this epidemic already and will continue to lose many more because we need a treatment facility right here in Martinsburg, WV or in Berkeley County. Many of the heroin addicted have children. Many, many children in this community have already lost their parents to this heroin epidemic already. Those children of the addicted are the future of our community. Too many people here have already lost someone they love to this heroin epidemic. One thing that does not deny the need for this treatment center is the numbers as listed: The growing number of heroin and opiate addiction overdoses per day. The number of deaths related to heroin and opiate abuse. The number of crimes here associated with heroin and opiate addictionThe growing numbers of those addicted to heroin and opiates. Those who may try heroin for the first time... today!The number of children of those addicted to heroin and opiatesThe growing number of babies being born into this epidemic by mother abusing and addicted to heroin and opiates None of these numbers lie. Not only do the numbers prove the need for this treatment center this is also rapidly growing into a public health concern due to the diseases associated with IV drug use. Needles are being disposed of everywhere. Parents are finding needles and used condoms in our parks, on the streets, in parking lots, and in their backyards. Everyone is impacted in some way directly or indirectly by this heroin epidemic in our town whether or not you realize it. If someone is having a heart attack and goes to the hospital- they will get treatment first and then a bed. When someone overdoses on heroin they are lucky if the treatment gets to them in time. If so, they are taken to the hospital, they are treated and released. Why? Because there are no beds available in the places they need to go for help. Why is that you may wonder? Because heroin has taken over most of the communities in West Virginia. There are no beds available. We need a facility here in Martinsburg/Berkeley County so that our own local people will get the help and treatment needed for their addiction. We are tired of hearing the excuses. We need to see the reality of this treatment center Yesterday was too late. We need it today! Mayor of Martinsburg, WV and City Council Members, Berkeley County Council President and County Council Members We need all of the pillars of treating this disease right here in our community. The most important pillar missing is an inpatient treatment facility for those who are suffering from the disease of addiction. To those signing, thank you for your support. Please continue sharing this petition with those you know and thank you for being a voice of Hope and of Healing for those suffering from this disease.