Health and Safety
Petition to Major Eric Adams, Governor Kathy Houch, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Attorney General New York
Prevent more fires from happening. NYS residents need better livable conditions.
Lower income people are suffering from cold winter times. Landlords are not providing humane living conditions, such as proper heating. These people are led to use deadly heating sources, ignoring the fatalities that could happen. The law should be more strict toward landlords who are in violation for not providing heating. There should be more human preservation and development inspectors to make sure that throughout the cold season there is heat and hot water available. Also, we need inspectors to follow up on 311 complaints faster, or if it’s the case that HPD should hired more inspectors. Recently, the fire that happened in the Bronx has been one of the most outrageous. Sadly, as of now there has been confirmed 17 deaths, including 8 children. A space heater was the cause of the fire as per investigators, but as many of us see it, the landlord has responsibility for this sad event. In my personal experience, I can relate to this issue, since my mother works as a home attendant, and where she works there’s no heating. She told me that the elderly who she takes care of like to use the stove as a heating source, ignoring how dangerous it could be for them. Us as residents of New York deserve good heating conditions during these cold days, for our elderly, disabled, children and families. We should come together to make a change.
Petition to Nebraska School Activity Association
NSAA update their heat guidelines
Heat illness during practice or competition is a leading cause of death and disability among U.S. high school athletes. From 1995-2020, 51 high school football players in the United States died from heat stroke during football-related activity, according to the University of North Carolina’s National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research. There were three deaths attributed to heat stroke in 2020. These numbers are too high. According to the Nebraska School Activity Association (NSAA) Heat Activity Guidelines; the heat index has to be a stunning 125 degrees to suspend practice. Furthermore, at least 27% of high school football fields have turf. Synthetic turf is 40-70 degrees hotter than surrounding air temperatures on warm sunny days. On clear warm days, synthetic turf fields get superheated to temperatures from 120-180 degrees. Playing on synthetic turf can melt shoes, blister hands and feet, and induce dehydration and heatstroke. On August 10th 2021 Drake Geiger was practicing football at Collin Stadium for South High School in Omaha, Nebraska when he collapsed and later died of heatstroke. The temperature was 91 degrees and humidity of 53% making the heat index 105 degrees. Factoring in the temperature of the turf; the temperature was a broiling 145-175 degrees in the stadium. We are calling on the NSAA to update their Heat Activity Guidelines. 125 degrees is unacceptable. The temperature of the turf needs to be factored into the guidelines. Cool down stations and accessible water close by need to be mandatory. Why are our children practicing at the hottest part of the day in the hottest part of the year in Nebraska? How many more deaths need to take place before action is taken? In Drake's name and all the innocent children lost before him, we are demanding action from the NSAA.
Petition to Kevin Margarucci, Jim Smith
Make neck laceration protectors mandatory for USA Hockey players 18 and younger in 2019
“Hockey is for life” – USA Hockey Presently, there is no safety certification or safety standard for neck laceration protectors, otherwise known as “neck guards”, in the U.S. Sharp skate blades and the proximity of the airways, arteries, veins and nerves in the neck region make neck lacerations a potentially catastrophic injury. In 2011, USA Hockey commissioned the Mayo Clinic of Sports Medicine to test current neck laceration protectors on the market in order to establish standards for such safety wear. Once such standards were realized, the notion was for USA Hockey to mandate the wearing of neck laceration protectors for hockey players 18 years and younger. The Mayo Clinic results of the testing were published in the Journal of Sports Medicine in 2014. The results revealed one neck laceration protector on the market passed the high density cut test, 100% of the time. The same neck laceration protector also offered protection of vulnerable anatomic regions of the neck. Yet, no standards for neck laceration protectors resulted from the testing. "We have studied neck laceration protectors in detail and believe that they may be helpful. Unfortunately, many of the currently available designs do not cover the vulnerable anatomic areas. Another study show that some devices shrink after washing with more exposure of the neck region. In addition, laboratory testing shows that most do not prevent cut-through from a sharpened skate blade. • All brands failed the 600 N test @ 45˚ angle, except 2 of 2 Skate Armor & 1 of 3 Reebok 11K " (Clin J Sport Med 2014;0:1-6) Again, as listed above in an excerpt from the 2014 Mayo Clinic study, one brand did pass the cut test, it is also the same brand that "covers the vulnerable anatomic areas" of the neck. Yet, as of January 3, 2019, neck laceration protectors continue to not be a required piece of safety equipment for USA Hockey players. Something to note: Mouth guards are required safety wear by USA Hockey. The wearing of mouth guards has been shown to possibly reduce the risk of concussion and teeth loss. Well-made and properly fitted neck laceration protectors have been shown to reduce the loss of life. Please join us in petitioning USA Hockey set standards for neck laceration protectors and require all USA Hockey players, 18 years and younger, wear proper neck laceration protection when on the ice during USA Hockey sanctioned events beginning in the 2019 hockey season. Thank you. *The person who created this petition, Therese Weiss, is the owner of Skate Armor.
Petition to Oxford High School
Rename the OHS Library and Performing Arts Center in memorial of Madisyn and Hana
On Tuesday 11/30/21 at around 1pm, a shooter took the lives of 3 innocent students at Oxford High School. The Oxford community and entire nation is shocked and horrified by this tragedy. In recognition of the petition to rename Wildcat Stadium to Tate Myre stadium (https://www.change.org/p/oxford-high-school) the lives of Hana and Madisyn shall be memorialized as well. The Oxford High School Library shall be named the "Hana St. Juliana Library" and the Oxford High School Performing Arts Center shall be renamed the "Madisyn Baldwin Performing Arts Center".
Petition to TxDot, Texas Department of Transportation, State of Texas, Texas Department of Public Safety, City of Little Elm, City of Denton, City of Crossroads
Highway 380- Safety Changes
ProblemHighway 380 is deadly. Due to the lack of street lights, police monitoring, turn lanes and frontage roads people are dying. Within a week alone on a small stretch of 380, two young adults lost their lives and in another accident the residents and businesses along with 380 corridor lost their electricity for hours. The lack of a police presence along the highway along with sparse stoplights promotes unsafe driving and street racing. The more than 2,000 residents of Savannah do not have access to a street light to pull onto Highway 380. They are required to pull into oncoming traffic where the speed limit is 60-70 miles per hour and wait in the "suicide lane" to merge into the traffic. The children who live in Union Park and the surrounding areas are required to cross 4 lanes of traffic with only a cross-light on Highway 380 to attend Braswell High School or Navo Middle School.To visit the businesses along the Highway 380 corridor, specifically on the Denton County side, you are required to pull onto the small shoulder to pull into the businesses which is unsafe for all motorists. The hundreds of residents of the Mansions on 380 do not have access to a street light to pull in or out of their residences. The thousands of residents of Artestia do not have access to a street light to pull in or out of their neighborhood safely onto 380. The lack of retaining walls along 380 causes cars to drift over into oncoming traffic, people use these median lanes to drive unsafely and cut through traffic and multiple head-on collisions in the "suicide lane".These issues are not only causing multiple accidents including fatality accidents along Highway 380 but it is affecting the residents mental well being, values of their homes, the inability to sell their residences and area businesses profits are suffering. SolutionWe are requesting the following:1) More local city/community police and Texas State Highway Patrol presence along Highway 380.2) Retaining walls put up along areas of 380 that stop traffic from drifting into oncoming traffic. 3) Traffic studies done along area of Savannah, area apartment complexes and Artesia to implement traffic lights in these areas. 4) Repaint street lines to make lanes and dividers more clear to drivers. 5) Build frontage roads along 380 especially in residential areas and around local business so that people can pull in and out safely.
Petition to Dave Cortese, Lujan Grisham, California State Senate, Charles E. Schumer, Steny H. Hoyer, Kevin Thomas, Gavin Newsom
Time to ban the use of real firearms on set and demand better crew working conditions!
On October 21st, 2021 we lost an unbelievably talented cinematographer on the film set of RUST, due to a real gun being discharged with live ammunition in it. I am in shock and numb to my core. The bullet also wounded Director Joel Souza. Halyna graduated from the AFI Conservatory in 2015 with a MFA in Cinematography. I graduated in 2010 with a MFA in Directing. Like everyone in the "AFI Family", we all knew one another. AFI is a very small community of filmmakers, trying their hardest to get their "big break" in the film industry after graduating from the program. This up and coming Cinematographer was named as an ASC “Rising Star Cinematographer” in 2019, and was finally breaking into the Hollywood film industry after hustling and shooting amazing content for half a decade. She shot three feature films prior to Rust, but this would have been the movie that would have put her on the Hollywood map as a talented, female cinematographer working with an A-list celebrity. We need to make sure that this avoidable tragedy never happens again. There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century. Real guns are no longer needed on film production sets. This isn't the early 90's, when Brandon Lee was killed in the same manner. Change needs to happen before additional talented lives are lost. Please sign this petition and demand for your local state politicians to propose legislation that will ban the use of real guns and live ammunition on film and television sets. While we're at it, it's time to address the horrendous working conditions of those who work in the film industry (both studio and independent). The days of working 14-16 hour days are over. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND WE DEMAND CHANGE! Follow us @HalynasLaw (Twitter)
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congressman Greg Walden, Secretary Alex Azar, Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Frank Pallone, Senator Charles Grassley, Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Patty Murray, Senator Bernie Sanders, Sen. Richard Blumenthal
STOP artificial shortages and skyrocketing prices of lifesaving medications
Physicians Against Drug Shortages (PADS) Dear Friends, Colleagues, Patients & Fellow Citizens: As medical practitioners and concerned citizens, we're deeply anguished that millions of patients are suffering needlessly, and in many cases dying, because of unprecedented shortages of generic prescription drugs. Most are sterile injectables administered in hospitals, outpatient facilities, and clinics. They include chemotherapy agents for ovarian, colon, and breast cancer, leukemia and Hodgkin's disease; anesthetics and pain medications; antibiotics; IV nutrients for malnourished infants, and many other drugs that have been saving lives for decades. Patients are being forced to use substitutes that are less effective or more expensive, or both. This is an inexcusable and entirely preventable public health emergency. These chronic artificial shortages are simply unacceptable in our market economy. They were caused by the anticompetitive contracting practices, kickbacks, self-dealing, and other abuses of giant hospital group purchasing organizations (GPOs), which control the purchasing of more than $300 billion annually in drugs, devices and supplies for some 5,000 hospitals and thousands of non-acute care facilities. It is a "pay-to-play" scheme in which these cartels award exclusive contracts to favored suppliers in return for exorbitant administrative, marketing, and other "fees" (a/k/a kickbacks), rebates and "pre-bates." As a result of these dubious practices, there are now only one or two suppliers for many of these drugs, and in some instances, none at all. The GPOs have virtually destroyed this once-robust American industry by undermining the time-tested laws of supply and demand that govern virtually every other industry, from autos to zucchini. Indeed, they have stifled competition in the entire hospital supplies marketplace, inflating annual healthcare costs by an estimated $100 billion or more. Additionally, three huge pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), whose combined 2016 revenue exceeded $300 billion, use the same kinds of corrupt, anticompetitive practices to inflate the prices of drugs sold directly to individuals. These abuses have caused acute shortages of epinephrine (EpiPens) and naloxone injectors. What's more, no one seems to know where all the billions are going, because there is virtually no disclosure, transparency, regulation, or government oversight. That is no accident. To replenish our drug supplies, market competition must be restored to the broken generic injectable drug, hospital purchasing, and pharmacy benefit manager industries. To accomplish that, Congress must repeal the misguided 1987 Medicare anti-kickback safe harbor provision, which gave rise to this crisis by exempting GPOs (and later, PBMs) from criminal prosecution for taking kickbacks and rebates from suppliers. Congress created this debacle, and now Congress must stop it. For a primer on this issue, read our Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal of 5/8/18, "Where Does the Law Against Kickbacks Not Apply? Your Hospital": http://nebula.wsimg.com/8bced0055211374d7a2ae5c21a10a218?AccessKeyId=62BC662C928C06F7384C&disposition=0&alloworigin=1 For more information on how GPOs and PBMs hurt patients and healthcare workers and inflate healthcare costs, visit our website: www.physiciansagainstdrugshortages.com. Physicians Against Drug Shortages (PADS) is a grassroots coalition of physicians, attorneys, pharmacists, a journalist and other concerned individuals. We're all working on this project pro bono and covering expenses out of our own pockets. We organized PADS, and started this petition, for one reason and one reason only: doctors are no longer able to get the drugs they need to properly treat their patients. If you share our outrage over this travesty, please sign our petition and DEMAND that President Trump and Congress repeal the anti-kickback safe harbor IMMEDIATELY. Thank you for your attention. Phillip L. Zweig M.B.A Executive Director/Co-founder Physicians Against Drug Shortages (PADS) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to FAA and Congress
Ban Nonessential Helicopters Over NYC & Regulate NY/NJ Metropolitan Airspace
I, the undersigned, for the numerous reasons listed below, urge the FAA to ban non-essential helicopters from NYC’s airspace and adjacent waterways and I petition the United States Congress to pass H.R. 1643 - “The Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2021”, formerly H.R.4880 – “The Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019”. 1) Non-essential Helicopters Pose Needless Dangers Over Densely Populated Cities, such as NYC: Since 1980, there have been at least 30 helicopter crashes in and around NYC, resulting in numerous fatalities and serious injuries, as well as property damage. In 2019, a commuter helicopter crashed into midtown’s Equitable Building resulting in the death of the pilot, a rooftop fire, and a neighborhood evacuation. Also, in 2019, a Blade helicopter crashed into the Hudson River. In 2017, all 5 passengers died when a Liberty Tour sightseeing flight crashed into the East River. Unbelievably, even with such a history of crashes, tourism, photography, commuter and charter helicopters continue to fly dangerously low over our buildings, parks, schools, waterways and roadways seven days a week. Non-essential helicopters should not be flying over densely populated cities, and “The Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019” introduced by NY Congress-members Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Nydia Velasquez, would prohibit such risky flights. This legislation is long-overdue and must be passed by Congress, as the FAA has negligently allowed helicopter traffic to run amok over NYC, NJ, local waterways, and much of the NY metropolitan area without appropriate restrictive and protective regulations. Non-essential helicopters also pose an unnecessary terrorism risk, as heliport security is generally lax to non-existent; NYC has already been the target of several terrorist attacks, including the 9/11 hijacked airline flights into the World Trade Center. We need to protect our citizens from both accidental helicopter crashes and potential helicopter terrorism. 2) Non-Essential Helicopters Create Needless and Harmful Environmental and Noise Pollution: Passing this legislation would have a positive impact on literally millions of residents and visitors in the greater NY Metropolitan Area who suffer needlessly from toxic noise and air pollution year after year. The incessant loud noise and rumbling vibrations from helicopter flights over buildings, homes, parks, schools and open spaces create a continuous stressful environment. Numerous studies show the deleterious effect of noise on learning, and excessive helicopter noise can lead to slower brain development in children and eventual brain damage if not curtailed early. Yet, alarmingly, many schools are near the flightpaths of these non-essential helicopters. Additionally, beloved urban parks, such as NYC’s iconic Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Governor’s Island, and others are part of the sightseeing plans of tourism and photography helicopters that emanate from New Jersey airports; for example, loud helicopters hover over the reservoir jogging path, Shakespeare in the Park, and the NY Philharmonics Great Lawn concerts in Central Park. Helicopters detract from what should be quiet and peaceful experiences for residents and tourists in our urban nature oases. Similarly, incessant tourist and commuter helicopters buzzing over our surrounding rivers and harbors reduce the ability of residents and visitors alike to enjoy these areas for recreation and sightseeing. After spending over $1 billion on beautiful waterfront parks (in NYC’s five boroughs and along the Hudson River on both the NJ and NY sides), park goers now have to suffer with noisy flights as often as every two minutes. Additionally, these fossil fuel guzzling helicopter flights add at least 6,000 tons of toxic carbon pollution annually, poisoning the air we breathe and contributing to climate change. 3) Conclusion: For-profit helicopter companies treat our skies and neighborhoods as their private domain with no regard for the millions of people who are negatively affected on a daily basis. Helicopter traffic reduces real estate values, puts people at risk of life and property loss, and negatively impacts outdoor businesses, festivals and public events. These non-essential helicopters are a highly polluting form of transportation and entertainment and they needlessly create stress-inducing noise pollution throughout NY and NJ neighborhoods. Helicopter “joyrides” have dangerously been allowed to proliferate our skies irrespective of the detriment they cause to the many. For all these stated reasons, Congress must ban non-essential helicopter flights over densely populated urban areas, and the FAA must finally agree to properly regulate the overcrowded and unsafe airspace in the greater NY/NJ Metropolitan area. It is time to take back our skies, environment, and peace of mind! Sources: www.stopthechopnynj.org