Health and Safety
Petition to Dianne Witte
Save my dad from ICE's virus-ridden detention centers
Our father, Dr. Sirous Asgari, is being unjustly detained by ICE in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and we need your help to free him so he can return to his life and job as a professor in Iran. Your signature today can help us deliver this message to ICE officials. Our dad earned his PhD in Material Science and Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1997. He now teaches at Sharif University of Technology in Iran. He and our mother received tourist visas to visit us in 2017. But our father’s tourist visa was not properly stamped by U.S. customs, making him lose his status and becoming undocumented. The minute my parents stepped off the plane, my father was arrested by the FBI on charges that were ultimately dismissed. After more than two years of legal battles, he was exonerated in federal court in Ohio on Nov 15th, 2019 but was immediately taken into custody by ICE. Since then, our dad has been held at four different ICE facilities. In just the last month, in the midst of a global pandemic, he has been forced on nine different flights among numerous other detained people. Now we have learned he was exposed to someone who was very likely infected with COVID-19. Because of that, he was transferred to a different ICE facility in Louisiana. He has been living in a room with between 29 and 44 detainees under horrible conditions. He sleeps on a rusted metal bed, in a humid room that makes the bed sheets constantly wet. They have only one shower and two toilets and no access to clean clothes. There is no sunlight or a view outside, and all the windows are covered. There are no ‘social distancing’ or sanitation measures to protect them from COVID-19. In the middle of a pandemic, when officials are worried about prisons and detention facilities becoming petri dishes for COVID-19, my father is trapped in custody – when all he wants to do is return to Iran and join my family, so we can resume our lives. We are worried that our father won’t survive this unjust detention because of his history of lung infection and pneumonia. So far, all requests by my father's attorney to release him have been rejected. Our father’s life is in danger. That’s why we are turning to the public. We need your help to get our voices heard by the officials at ICE. Please sign our petition asking ICE to release our father Dr. Asgari – and our entire family – from this nightmare. Please help set him free.
Petition to Megan Brennan, USPS
Hazard pay for all USPS EMPLOYEES!!
As we get deeper and deeper into this Coronavirus epidemic postal employees are being forced to work and do overtime upwards of 12 hours a day. As of this present time there have been Upwards of more than 40 confirmed cases of coronavirus with-in the United States Postal Service. From dealing with the day-to-day struggles of rain, sleet snow, hail or no AC in postal vehicles limited heating in postal vehicles no innovations in carriers delivery methods no innovations in protection clothing or any other areas of the post office. Megan Brennan USPS CEO hasn’t sent any supplies such as had sanitizer or mask for employees protection, she made a very vague statement which basically read her employees should follow CDC guidelines. Blood, sweat, and tears postal employees carrier this company on their backs day in and day out at the expense of time with our families, wear and tear on our bodies, mental and emotional abuse from USPS management. We are demanding hazard pay for working during Coronavirus considering we are essential during this epidemic we should at be paid for it. The union is no help to employees during this at all they should be fighting for this hazard pay or threatening for another shutdown. We have to get louder post office!! Hopefully this is an outlet to make change happen.
Petition to Attorneys, Court Reporters, Stenographers
Administering Oaths Remotely by Court Reporters and Stenographers
Help the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association eliminate the in-person requirement to swear in a witness in a legal proceeding of record. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, PCRA leadership successfully worked with state legislators to suspend the requirement for physical presence of notaries who are court reporters/stenographers participating in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings in Pennsylvania. However, the suspension of this requirement is temporary, and will only last for the duration of the declared disaster emergency. PCRA believes that the in-person requirement should be permanently eliminated, as has already been done in several other states. Show your support for our position that legal proceedings should be able to be held with the use of available technology! Background: Court reporters are notaries public authorized to administer oaths or affirmations, among other notarial acts. Current Pennsylvania law requires notarial acts, even those performed with respect to electronic records, be done in the physical presence of the notary. Therefore, in Pennsylvania, those participating in legal proceedings of record have been unable to utilize cutting-edge technologies -- videoconference, web depositions, Zoom meetings, phone depositions – when conducting business. During the current COVID-19 virus state of emergency, the Governor approved the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association’s request to suspend the physical presence of notaries who are court reporters or stenographers participating in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings and allow legal proceedings to proceed with the court reporter appearing remotely. This suspension of the requirement of the physical presence of the court reporter IS TEMPORARY. Many other states have already eliminated this physical presence requirement for administering oaths. The Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association has been working tirelessly to accomplish the same in Pennsylvania. Please assist us in garnering support for our position that legal proceedings should be able to be held with the use of available technology, by eliminating the requirement in the Pennsylvania Notary Law for the Pennsylvania court reporter to be in the presence of the witness to administer the oath.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Andrew M. Cuomo, Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York State House, New York State Senate, Carolyn Maloney, New York Times, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nydia M. Velázquez, Eliot Engel, Hakeem Jeffries, Pete King, New York City Council, Corey Johnson, Dr. Ben Carson
Hazard Pay for Nurses, Doctors and Healthcare Professionals
Healthcare professionals across the country, from nurses, doctors, EMTs, public health officials to other staff critical to hospital operations are on the frontline against COVID-19. We support soldiers for putting themselves in danger, and should now do the same for those fighting this battle. Please support our nurses and sign this petition to tell lawmakers that our troops need the following: 1) Protective gear and operations planning to mitigate exposure 2) Hazard pay 3) Mobilize a reserve of students and retired healthcare professionals *** If you are able, please consider donating to your local food bank, homeless shelter and/or local caregiver organizations. *** #hazardpayfornurses #COVIDfrontline #COVID19 #healthcare #hospitals #crushCOVID #flattenthecurve
Petition to Johnson & Johnson
Demand Johnson & Johnson add an ovarian cancer warning label to talcum powder products
The Issue More than 40 years ago, scientists identified a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Despite these findings, Johnson & Johnson continues to deny a harrowing fact: the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Specifically advertised for women to apply to their genital region and onto their babies, the company’s family-friendly ads aim to obliterate any accusation that their product is unsafe. In fact, one of their better-known slogans describes the products as “the kindest powder in the world.” The truth, however, is not so kind. Currently, Johnson & Johnson faces more than 11,700 claims that its baby powder causes cancer. Following media reports of internal documents indicating company knowledge of the dangers of their powder, thousands of plaintiffs now accuse J&J of hiding the cancer risk to protect their business. The Data In 1971, The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Commonwealth published research that found talcum particles “deeply embedded” in 10 of 13 ovarian tumors. In 1982, the link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer was statistically proven and published as fact in the medical journal, Cancer. Since then, multiple studies have identified a connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The research has emerged from organizations and publications like Obstetrics & Gynecology, The National Toxicology Program, Jersey Journal, American Journal of Epidemiology and Health Canada. Since 1994, the Cancer Prevention Coalition has requested consumer labels warning users about the link between talc and cancer. No warning labels were granted. As recently as this year, Reproductive Sciences published findings of the link between genital use of talcum powder and increased ovarian cancer risk at a molecular level. One of the major issues with the research is whether or not the association is "statistically significant" enough. Johnson & Johnson can try to poke holes in the data, but we believe the facts speak for themselves. Why We Need Your Help According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. An estimated 14,000 of them will die from it. Researchers estimate that talcum powder could be the cause of about 10 percent of ovarian cancer cases in the United States. This issue may also potentially impact childrens' health as asbestos has been found in talc-based cosmetics sold at Claire's and Justice as recently as 2017. Unfortunately, gaining federal regulation on talcum powder is no simple task. Since talcum products are classified as cosmetics, they technically aren’t subject to FDA review. The FDA allows the manufacturer to test their products before introducing them to market, making it the manufacturer’s responsibility to properly warn consumers and label products as safe for use. Despite this obstacle, juries have awarded plaintiffs significant settlements in recent years. In July 2018, a group of women was awarded $4.7 billion after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a consequence of the asbestos in Johnson & Johnson's baby powder and other talc products. These legislative victories have generated attention surrounding the risks of talc products, but resolution of the issue will require widespread effort to yield increased transparency from Johnson & Johnson. We fight for adequate warning labels so that consumers may be aware of the health risks they’re exposed to when using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products. Let the consumer decide. *Editor’s note: Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder product has also been linked to a rare and aggressive cancer called mesothelioma, caused by asbestos contamination. Make Your Voice Heard Take a stand for all the victims and their loved ones who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer caused by the use of talcum powder. Please join us in demanding that Johnson & Johnson add warning labels to their talcum powder products.
Petition to Dräger , Ventilator manufacturers
Remove barriers to fixing ventilators
We are confronting a hard reality: U.S. hospitals do not have enough ventilators to meet the spike in respiratory failure that the novel coronavirus is projected to create. As ventilators are pressed into round-the-clock use, repair and maintenance issues will increase. While some ventilator manufacturers provide the service information that biomedical technicians need, other manufacturers make it hard to access manuals, read error logs or run diagnostic tests. We need to remove those barriers now. Add your name: Manufacturers must release the service information hospitals need to fix and maintain our vitally important ventilators. Hospitals in the United States don’t possess enough ventilators to meet the demand that COVID-19 is expected to create -- a reality that could have dire consequences for patients who will need these devices to breathe. As global demand for ventilators spikes, as manufacturers face heavy backlogs, and as factories are compelled to stop selling internationally, it will be nearly impossible to get enough ventilators into U.S. hospitals in time to meet the onslaught of critical cases. We’ll need to press older models into service that hospitals keep in store for emergency purposes. There are nearly 100,000 older ventilators around the United States -- but some will need repairs and maintenance, and that will require access to service information. Join us in calling on manufacturers to release the vital service information hospitals need to service and maintain all viable ventilators in the United States. Medical device manufacturers and trade associations actively lobby against Right to Repair reforms, which would mandate access to repair information and service software. While some manufacturers provide access to what technicians need, others do not provide full access to service information for their ventilators. On one independent online repository for ventilator service information, the message "Download prohibited by Dräger. Support is not desired" appears next to the deactivated links to service manuals, instructions and technical documentation for Dräger ventilators. Qualified repair technicians need access to manuals and other critical information to keep hospitals’ emergency ventilators up and running. Manufacturers claim that repairs done by independent technicians are not as safe or reliable as those done by the manufacturers’ technicians. The data says otherwise. An extensive 2018 study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration investigating repair and maintenance issues found that independent technicians, hospital technicians and manufacturers all “provide high quality, safe and effective servicing of medical devices.” Qualified hospital and independent technicians must have access to the proper information during this public health crisis. Tell ventilator manufacturers to free up service information, including repair manuals. Thank you, U.S. PIRG 1. Sarah Kliff, Adam Satariano, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Nicholas Kulish, “There Aren’t Enough Ventilators to Cope With the Coronavirus,” New York Times, March 18, 2020. 2. Jason Koebler, “Hospitals Need to Repair Ventilators. Manufacturers Are Making That Impossible,” Vice, March 18, 2020. 3. Sarah Kliff, Adam Satariano, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Nicholas Kulish, “There Aren’t Enough Ventilators to Cope With the Coronavirus,” New York Times, March 18, 2020. 4. Sarah Kliff, Adam Satariano, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Nicholas Kulish, “There Aren’t Enough Ventilators to Cope With the Coronavirus,” New York Times, March 18, 2020. 5. “United States Resource Availability for COVID-19,” Society of Critical Care Medicine, revised March 19, 2020. 6. “United States Resource Availability for COVID-19,” Society of Critical Care Medicine, revised March 19, 2020. 7. Jonathan Cohn, “How To Get More Ventilators And What To Do If We Can’t,” Huffpost, March 17, 2020. 8. “State Affairs -- 2018,” Advanced Medical Technology Association, accessed March 20, 2020. 9. Jason Koebler, “Hospitals Need to Repair Ventilators. Manufacturers Are Making That Impossible,” Vice, March 18, 2020. 10. “Ventilators Service Manuals,” Frank’s Hospital Workshop, accessed March 20, 2020. 11. Jason Koebler, “Hospitals Need to Repair Ventilators. Manufacturers Are Making That Impossible,” Vice, March 18, 2020. 12. “FDA Report on the Quality, Safety, and Effectiveness of Servicing of Medical Devices,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, May 2018.
Petition to Wisconsin Supreme Court, Patience D. Roggensack, Daniel Kelly, Rebecca Bradley, Annette Ziegler, Thomas Tiffany, Scott L. Fitzgerald, Robin Vos
❤ ACT NOW: State of Wisconsin Mask Mandate
We the people of the State of Wisconsin are requesting to have Masks Mandated to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our state. We the people of the State of Wisconsin are requesting that our Governor who WE elected be given the power to make decisions regarding our health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wisconsin Supreme Court failed the citizens of Wisconsin. The state of Wisconsin COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly. There is 'nothing' being initiated to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our state. We the people the citizens of Wisconsin believe: The right to live has no political agenda. It is a supreme right and should be treated as such and bar any political affiliations. We the people the citizens of Wisconsin believe: At this critical time in our lives we believe that it’s very important that all people gather together in support of their most basic constitutional right: the right to live. We want to Unite Wisconsin Citizens and not divide. We want to protect human lives. We want a SAFER WISCONSIN!
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Jeff Flake, John McCain, Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard, Raúl Grijalva, Beto O'Rourke, Mike Coffman, Earl Blumenauer, Walter B. Jones, Lindsey Graham, Dave Joyce, Carlos Curbelo, Ryan Costello, John Rutherford, Ruben Gallego, Tom O'Halleran, Kyrsten Sinema, Andy Biggs, Paul A. Gosar
Fight For Those Who Fought For You
A Call to Reason As Veterans of the United States Armed Forces we call on the Veterans Health Administration (V.H.A.) to fully recognize cannabis as a viable treatment option, which is a far less toxic alternative to commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals. Leaders are increasingly aware of the devastation to former military members (and their families) caused by inappropriate prescription of opiates, SSRIs, Benzodiazepines, and other pharmaceuticals. In 2011 the V.H.A. established internal policy officially outlining their position on cannabis, allowing physicians in “legal” states to discuss its use with their patients, at their own discretion. Multiple attempts have been made to resolve the inability of veterans to incorporate cannabis into their official treatment plans. Each and every one of these attempts have been sabotaged. The V.H.A. needs to take action on this issue. Federal leadership in the Executive and Legislative branches of our government need to understand the enormity of this pharmaceutical impact and available remedy. The fact is, veterans are self-medicating with cannabis. Most turn to cannabis after pharmaceutical options, some of which include warnings of suicidal ideation, fail. This situation is untenable. Because the V.H.A. is a federal program, operating in all fifty states, veterans are federal patients and require equal medical treatment/access to cannabis, regardless of state laws. Accordingly, an expansion of existing V.H.A. policy which would meet our needs is in order. The status quo is medically unethical. We request and require: Unobstructed ability to engage in open and honest dialogue with our V.H.A. Primary Care Teams about our use of cannabis, where we can then develop proper treatment plans, documenting our experiences. The ability to participate in research programs conducted by V.H.A., which would further assist us in our understanding of medical cannabis, and how to best introduce it into our treatment regimen. The ability to receive recommendations for cannabis from our V.H.A. Doctors, should that be the agreed upon treatment plan. Prescriptions from the V.H.A. filled at local dispensaries, or where dispensaries are not located/permitted, getting those scripts filled at the V.H.A. Pharmacy. A cannabis farm at every major V.H.A. healthcare facility designed to teach veterans about their medication, how to grow it, and to supply the hospital Pharmacy. This discussion, this reform, is long overdue. Join us.