Health and Safety
Petition to Athens City Schools, Athens City School Board, Superintendent Gibbs
Ask for the Resignation or Removal of Dr. Paul Grippa from Athens City School Board
I call on the Board of Education of the Athens City School District, the superintendent and all other concerned individuals to dismiss Dr. Paul Grippa or ask for his Resignation from the Athens City School District Board due to the known mishandling of a case of student on student sexual violence, of which I was the victim. Following a year of sexual harassment, I was assaulted by a fellow student in 2010. Dr. Grippa did not report my case to authorities, destroyed case notes and told me I had to apologize to my perpetrator. I express concern that Dr. Grippa’s actions signify a violation Athens City Schools Policy as I was unable to learn effectively every day of my secondary schooling career due to the nature of the case. The hostile environment it created when it was not correctly addressed thus violated my Title IX rights and right to learn (20 U.S.C. 1981, 20 U.S.C. 6319). In my case: · When I gave names of potential witnesses, my principal refused to investigate. · I was told by Dr. Grippa that some of the locations where I had been harassed and assaulted were not within the school’s jurisdiction, which was false. · Upon reporting my sexual assault to Dr. Grippa, the police department was not involved or even contacted. · Dr. Grippa told me that my perpetrator needed an apology, that I was the one to blame. My perpetrator did not face any repercussions. · Dr. Grippa told me that the administrators had previously heard rumors of such behaviors and did not investigate. · I continued to have classes with my perpetrator and experienced bullying and continued harassment throughout high school. · As far as I understood, there was no institutional memory of what had happened in my case. · Current Superintendent Gibbs told me that Dr. Grippa had destroyed my case notes. The board acknowledges the grave impact of harassment (2260), which in this case led to my diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The sexual violence I experienced is defined under the prohibited behaviors of Athens City Schools including bullying and other prohibited behaviors (5517, 8400), as well as unlawful harassment which is also prohibited (1662) and violated ASCD’s mission to provide a safe environment free from such behaviors (8400). I am concerned about Dr. Grippa’s ability to show sound judgment and uphold the ethical principles and responsibilities he must use as a board member. He may have previously violated his responsibilities to undertake a formal investigation, to report my case to the proper authorities (8462) or the superintendent (613) as was dictated to him by board policy as Principal of Athens Middle School. In relation to my case, Dr. Grippa may have violated O.S.R. 2151.421 which dictates Ohio state mandated reporting law under which he was and remains responsible as a school authority. As I know that the board both acknowledges student rights of citizenship (5780), and its responsibility to the public (0118), I too am exercising my rights to take such action. I call upon the board to respect the oath of office that each member must take (0142.1), ask for the respect of the policies that detail the ethical actions, legal compliance and exemplary behavior that each member must show as laid out by the board (0142, 1200, 2110). I ask for your support in the removal of board member Dr. Paul Grippa (0146). I am also asking for the creation of a student climate advisory board, (or another such body by which students can address their concerns about hostile climates created by sexual harassment or violence) and a review of policies and sexual violence prevention mechanisms. You can see more about my reasoning for creating the petition here: https://medium.com/@emmalynbrown/at-13-my-school-mishandled-my-sexual-assault-case-heres-how-i-m-fighting-back-acfb2740e0b
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, United States Department of Transportation, ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, FOX News, Mike Pence, Pennsylvania State House, Florida State House, New Jersey State House
Safe Air in the Air, Quest for Airlines to Ban NUTS.
In August 2017 I almost lost my life. I have severe food allergies, many of which can lead to a life threatening anaphylactic reaction. On the flight home from our family vacation the airlines served roasted mixed nuts without any announcement. The stewardess stated she was not serving "peanuts" when I told her I was allergic to all nuts. Despite calling the airlines in advance to make them aware of my severe nut allergy. The representative had reassured us that our flights would not be serving any nuts as they no longer do this. She was sadly mistaken. My lips became pallor, my voice started to become raspy and I began to have a difficult time breathing. I took what Benadryl I had and two Epi-pens. The airlines has no protocol for anaphylactic reactions. My husband had to ask if they had oxygen. Another stewardess applied ice to the back of my neck while wearing latex gloves. I'm allergic to latex potentially making my reaction even worse. My husband was asked to make the decision to divert the plane. He did fearing a secondary reaction. I shook violently from the Epinephrine and unable to talk I could not correct the medics when they said I consumed peanuts. Not once did I touch or eat the nuts. In route to the hospital my Glasgow coma scale went down to a 3, the lowest score and completely unresponsive. My husband covered our kids eyes as they wheeled my lifeless body into the hospital as they continued to ventilate my lungs. I was admitted for observation with elevated vitals. My family was stranded with nothing or anywhere to stay. All the shaking aggravated my previous medical condition, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. To no avail physical and occupational therapy and botox injections did not help this time. On December 21st at Johns Hopkins I had a first rib resection, scalene and pectoral minor release. I struggle to this day to hold my son or daily normal activiies. My daughter and I struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and are going to therapy. So many people do not understand the severity of food allergies. It's something no one chooses to have or want. There is a huge misconception that a nut allergy is only to peanuts when it can be all nuts. Some reactions can be so deadly that they do not have to be consumed. I'm lucky to be alive today and I believe it's because its to have Safe Air in the Air, Quest for Airlines to ban NUTS. Protocols need to be in place and change needs to happen on what can be served on airplanes. Can we all be safe while flying in the air. Can airlines not serve other snacks besides nuts. Why does it have to be the snack of choice? We protect our children in schools can we not do the same for those who are flying 30,000 feet in the air. Please sign my petition and help make the vital changes to the airline industry and help educate those who do not know how detrimental it can be by sharing my story https://www.facebook.com/1411750451/posts/10217183835973944/ Please help me save another life.
Petition to Florida Governor, Marco Rubio, Florida State Senate, Bill Nelson, Bo Rivard, Robert Spottswood, Gary Nicklaus, Joshua Kellam, Sonya Rood, Michael Sole, Gary Lester, Florida Department of Environmental protection
Stop The State-Sanctioned Poisoning Of Our Lakes And Rivers!
Our recent investigation has uncovered a shocking correlation and overlooked contributor to Florida’s devastating Red Tide epidemic. The FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission), a government-run agency, is spraying poison into all of our rivers, canals, and lakes, including Lake Okeechobee to kill an invasive aquatic plant called hydrilla. Hundreds of permitted contractors all over the state are still to this day spraying poison into our aquifer, Monday thru Friday, 40 hours a week for the last 40 years. The active ingredient of the poison being sprayed is called Glyphosate! Glyphosate is an herbicide that kills plants; the dead plant matter provides nutrients to blue-green algae, which in turn feeds the red algae blooms. The targeted plant hydrilla is an invasive species, but there are mechanical means to remove this aquatic plant that do not harm the environment in any way. Monsanto, a company that uses glyphosate as an active ingredient in their products recently lost a court case that resulted in a settlement reaching nearly 300 million dollars. Monsanto lost because glyphosate is a known carcinogen. This carcinogen is polluting our waters and decimating our ocean life. It is time to hold our government accountable for spraying poison into our waters that has resulted in an abundance of nutrients in our water that in turn fuels the growth of algae. Help protect the water, wildlife, and people of Florida! Sign and share our petition and demand that our government stops polluting our waters with glyphosate and other chemicals.
Petition to Craig Menear, Marvin Ellison, Walter Craig Jelinek
Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Costco: Remove Roundup From Your Shelves!
Dear Craig Menear, Chairman and CEO of Home Depot; Marvin Ellison, President and CEO Lowe’s; and Walter Craig Jelinek, CEO Costco: As the leaders of the most successful retail outlets in the US and around the world, we, your customers, request that you protect us and our communities by removing Roundup products from your shelves. The California EPA Prop 65 Carcinogen List mandated that all products in California containing the chemical glyphosate, a key ingredient in Roundup, must carry a WARNING label, identifying them as cancer and reproductive harm-causing products, by Saturday, July 7, 2018. Monsanto sued and has temporarily stopped this 30-year practice of labeling. Yet, the judge in that case agreed to keep glyphosate on the Prop 65 List, acknowledging that glyphosate is a carcinogen, but not requiring a warning label. Thus, glyphosate, carries no warning label today. Unacceptable! We think everyone deserves to know! These products should not be sold to the public! We call on Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Costco today to protect us, your customers, and stop selling Roundup (and all glyphosate herbicides) now, due to its carcinogenic effects and lack of labeling. Dewayne "Lee" Johnson, a 46-year-old grounds keeper for the Benicia, CA Unified School District, and father of three young boys, is currently in court in San Francisco putting Monsanto on trial for causing his Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer because the glyphosate products he used at work carried no cancer warning label. By the end of the year, over 10,000 people are also expected to sue Monsanto for the same kinds of exposures that Lee Johnson experienced using glyphosate-based products. There are many safe, non-toxic alternatives on the market today. There is no need to sell a known carcinogen. The customer care representatives that we have spoken with at your stores have taken our calls very seriously. We hope you do, too. Will you remove Roundup from your shelves? Thank you! From, Moms Across America and USA Consumers Contacts: Craig Menear, Chairman and CEO of Home Depot 800-466-3337 press 7, 5 (customer care) Email firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @HomeDepot Marvin Ellison, President and CEO of Lowe’s 704-758-1000 (press 3) Email email@example.com Twitter: @Lowes Walter Craig Jelinek, CEO, Costco Tel: 800-774-2678 (and Press 6) or 425-313-8163 (425) 313-8100 Twitter: @CostcoTweets Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Quaker Oat Company
Stop Quaker Oat Company from poisoning us!
Monsanto's weed killer, Roundup, which contains glyphosate has been detected in Quaker Oat products - including popular kid's oatmeals. Quaker claims that the levels of glyphosate in their products are "safe" and can be consumed. Any amount of potential carcinogen should be unacceptable in our foods. Quaker should be socially responsible and provide us with foods without any level of dangerous ingredients.
Petition to Dade Phelan, Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Dade Phelan, John Cornyn
Stricter oversight, accountability and penalties for nursing homes in Texas.
Texas ranks last in the nation for nursing home care according to a May 14, 2015 article in the Houston Chronicle. "Fifty-one percent of the state's 1,193 nursing homes that receive Medicare or Medicaid earned only one or two stars out of a five-star rating system, compliled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services." This is an abomination for any state in the U.S., much less for Texas where we supposedly do things bigger and better! Our "Texas Pride" should shine as the brightest light in the long term care industry, not the dimmest. Our most vulnerable and weakest citizens of our great state deserve much better. "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats it's weakest members." ~Mahatma Gandhi
Petition to Francis Collins, Alex Azar
Increase Funding For ME/CFS So We Can Find a Cure
I am only 31, and yet, simple tasks like taking a bath completely exhaust me. This is because I am one of millions of people worldwide who suffer from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), a complex, multisystemic disease that causes disabling symptoms like chronic pain, cognitive impairment, exertional intolerance, severe weakness and crippling fatigue. Many days I am too weak to do anything but walk to the bathroom and back to my bed. Before I became sick, I was able to attend LSU, study abroad, enjoy SEC football and earn a degree in Journalism. Now, just a trip to the grocery store can land me in bed for days. I've lost my independence and take 25 pills a day just to manage the pain and symptoms of the illness. I have lost my life as I knew it. Health Agencies have dismissed this disease for decades and failed to take the health of millions of sick people seriously. There are no FDA approved treatments or cures for the disease on the horizon, which is the direct result of a major lack in funding for biomedical research. In the 2016 federal budget, the NIH allocated $6 million toward studying ME/CFS. More than double that amount was spent on male-pattern baldness. Meanwhile we are suffering, some of us bed bound, with little hope and our futures up in the air. We can do better. Please stand with me and the millions suffering with this life-sucking disease in demanding that Francis Collins keep his promise and that the NIH drastically increase their allocated funding for ME/CFS research. The burden of this disease is huge, on families and the economy. It costs our country billions every year in lost productivity because more than half of us are too sick to work. Families savings are drained as most insurance fails to cover the high cost of longterm management. There are so many others like me; once living productive lives with families and promising careers. Now we're stuck with an orphaned disease and our pre-sick lives are just a memory. Some patients are so severely ill, they are confined to dark rooms, unable to tolerate sound, talking, or light. They cannot walk and some are unable to eat. They aren't "living" they are just hanging on. And it doesn't have to be this way. I started this petition because people suffering from ME/CFS just want our lives back, and that will only happen with an effective treatment and eventual cure. With your signature, we can hold the NIH and congress accountable for taking our disease seriously and honoring our request to increase the NIH research budget to $100 million for ME/CFS funding. We can also restore hope to millions world-wide that they may live again, including me and my dog Monty. Thank you. #WeCanDoBetter Let's do it now. Read about my weird sick life at 25pillsaday.com Visit millionsmissing.org for more information about upcoming protests.
Petition to Xavier Becerra, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, William P. Brough, Evan Low, Jim Wood, Federal Trade Commission, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Stop abusive Hotel Practices
Ever had a Bad Hotel Experience? Planning a family trip can be pretty stressful and the last thing you need is a bad motel / hotel experience. However, its becoming more and more common that you don’t get what you pay for when it comes to booking online. Whether its a change in price, a completely different room, a much lower quality than you expected, or advertising items that are not working or not there at all. TruTV features a short video on how illegal business practices are even spreading to new businesses like Air BnB and are leaving consumers to self enforce the laws. Adam Ruins Everything - Why Your Airbnb May Be ILLEGAL Amazon has been flooded with fake reviews and manipulated product ranking YouTube has also been called out for being flooded with fake views Youtube spokeswoman admits, "There is room for improvement" when it comes to warning users about fraud and abuse. This is not to mention the fake millionaires selling the secret on YouTube and defrauding many consumers out of there money through deceptive marketing tactics. For example, Sam Ovens (currently running many ads on YouTube for his Consulting.com business) presents himself as a millionaire who will teach you the secret, for a very high cost of course. His LinkedIn Profile states that he moved to New York and made $20 Million. The profile also states he started his NY Business in 2013, however a quick search on the NY Corporation and Business Entity Database reveals the company Consulting.com was started in March of 2017. Indeed, archive.org confirms his website was in the development phase in March of 2017. He is one of many on YouTube who extremely misrepresent themselves in order to gain consumer confidence and eventually, their cash! And what is being done about it? When congress demands recommendations, the FTC is too slow in acting to adequately defend consumers. So here we are. What are your Rights as a Consumer? There is a large gap between consumer rights violations and consumer rights awareness. Our proposals seek to close this gap. Proposed Changes; Require online businesses to display the Better Business Bureau rating of their organization or the organization they are marketing. Release a smartphone application similar to the Better Business Bureau’s smartphone application in order to simplify access to consumer rights information AND provide ez file for complaints Our goals with each of these proposed changes; Show consumers a rating that has not been manipulated by travel agencies, property owners, paid reviewers, affiliates, etc. Level the playing field by making consumer rights information and complaint systems easily accessible according to modern standards. i.e smartphone applications We Are Contributing to an Ongoing Effort The Federal Trade Commission have been directed by Congress to produce a report regarding recommended enforcement for online hotel booking markets engaging in deceptive marketing. I want to use this opportunity to bring attention to the larger problem at hand and make recommendations that are in the best interests of the consumer. Click Here to Read the FTC's full report Although their report has already been provided to congress, I want to show support for what the citizens feel should be the response. Our hope is that the report will be updated to reflect the proposals supported by the people. Our dedication is to work with our government, by showing mass support for citizen approved proposals that accurately reflect our needs. Additionally, we want to show our government that we desire a solution that is up to date with todays on-demand culture. According to statista.com, “In 2018, 52 percent of all website traffic worldwide was generated through mobile phones.” It only makes sense that our government provides information about consumer rights in a manner that is consistent with how citizens receive information today, which is through our mobile devices. We are Louder Together We live in a world where anything can be publicized and its because of social influence, power is being given back to the people. Let us use our voice together as one and fight to defend our families from illegal business practices. ====== The Story Behind the Petition Our family was planning a reunion and we decided to book a room with Oceana Inn Santa Cruz through booking.com. At the time of reservation, booking.com had Oceana Inn listed with a 7/10 rating. Upon entering the room, we immediately noticed it was not the room advertised on booking.com. I immediately asked for the correct room or a refund. Both were denied. After my experience with the motel, I went to yelp.com and google.com to see Oceana Inn Santa Cruz reviews which ranked the motel at 2/5 stars, which equates to 4/10 stars. There is a significant distinction between the quality you would expect at a 7/10 motel compared to a 4/10 motel. After reading several Yelp reviews for this motel, it became clear that this business has continued to operate for some time now despite several public complaints regarding illegal business practices. What’s the problem here? Consumers are not trained to handle complaints using the proper channels within our government. Instead we are systematically trained to rely on the private sector to handle our complaints and so we turn to online review platforms such as Yelp and Google as a way of getting some resolution to our problem by leaving negative reviews that reflect an honest experience. But who is responsible for monitoring all the bad reviews and doing something about it when there is clearly a pattern of illegal business practices such as false advertising, bait and switch, predatory lending, and so on? Government needs to catch up with how people have decided to speak out! People have been preconditioned to speak out on platforms that do not have the consumer’s interest at its core. That is why I propose the following; Require online businesses to display the Better Business Bureau rating of their organization or the organization they are marketing. Release a smartphone application similar to the Better Business Bureau’s smartphone application in order to simplify access to consumer rights information AND provide ez file for complaints Our goals with each of these proposed changes; Show consumers a rating that has not been manipulated by travel agencies, property owners, paid reviewers, affiliates, etc. Level the playing field by making consumer rights information and complaint systems easily accessible according to modern standards. i.e smartphone applications Our dedication is to work with our government, by showing mass support for citizen approved proposals that accurately reflect our needs. Additionally, we want to show our government that we desire a solution that is up to date with todays on-demand culture.