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Petition to Mike Morath, Gene Aluna, Andres Ramos, Denise Fritter

Save SASIC; Remove Dr. Nelson

Parents and community members, SASIC District, under its current superintendent, Dr. Tonja D. Nelson, has been putting its student body in danger. Currently, the San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity District has had numerous complaints brought forth from its own teachers, faculty/staff, students, and parents. These complaints range from:  Employee Harassment (intimidation tactics from the district level, teachers’ certifications have been threatened, hostile work environment, employees feeling targeted and bullied) TEA infractions (transcripts being altered, falsifying teacher of record, falsifying attendance documents, schools operating under false pretenses) Labor infractions (breech of employee contracts, salary and wages withheld, overtime hours not being honored, time-clock being altered, employees being docked pay unlawfully, lunch and break times not being given) No Human Resources presence (audio recorded evidence of Human Resources lying to employees, aligned with Superintendent, and not working for employees) Nepotism within the district office (school currently employs Superintendent family members and friends in positions of power) Improper conduct between staff and students Serious Food Health Code Violations (district is currently serving students spoiled and expired food, photo evidence is available). This is just the tip of the iceberg.  Our current Superintendent, Dr. Tonja D. Nelson, recently had her previous school shut down by the T.E.A. This school, The Academy of Careers and Technologies, lost its charter due to a failure to meet financial accountability standards and academic standards. This school has illegally re-opened as “Monticello High School.”  Teachers, faculty, and staff have brought these concerns to their superiors, human resources department, and, most importantly to the district office and the School Board, only to be met with resistance in trying to bring these matters to light. Every protocol has been exhausted in trying to get these issues resolved in house but currently our Human Resources department, which operates under the Superintendent, is unable or unwilling to assist us. Many other teachers, faculty, and staff have been compelled to step forward but have not done so due to the fear of retaliation. They have been forced to keep quiet if they want to keep food on their tables and provide for their families. This petition is giving a voice to those who are unable to speak up.  Despite evidence that reports were made of these heinous issues and Dr. Nelson did nothing to remedy them, she is now attempting to point the finger elsewhere and claim herself unaware. These excuses show a lack of leadership, an uncaring attitude towards the students she is meant to protect, and a great incompetence in her role.  It is because of this that a new superintendent is needed to restore SASIC to the haven it once was for San Antonio students. The removal of Dr. Nelson as superintendent is the first step in ensuring that our students receive the best education and protection that SASIC District can provide and that they deserve.  We are now looking to you, our parents and members of the community, to do what’s right and relieve Dr. Nelson of her duties as superintendent so that the SASIC District may get back to educating our children and serving the community. Please join us today in signing our petition and let the SASIC District school board know that you support one another in our fight to improve our school and the unfortunate vote of no confidence in our current superintendent, Dr. Tonja D. Nelson.   Thank You, Save SASIC  

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, John Barrasso, James Inhofe, Shelley Capito, John Boozman, Roger Wicker, Deb Fischer, Jeff Sessions, Jerry Moran, Mike Rounds, Joni Ernst, Dan Sullivan, Tom Carper, Ben Cardin, Bernie Sanders, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Edward Markey, L. Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein

Demand A Strong EPA For Our Bays

Let’s not trash the EPA. Reject Scott Pruitt as its new chief. Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works recently boycotted the vote for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  This comes as widespread, bipartisan concerns are being raised about Pruitt's record of challenging the core mission of the agency he’s been asked to lead. Many question Pruitt’s future commitment to protect public health, enforce the law, and hold corporations accountable to maintain healthy water, air, and land in their business practices. Pruitt has sued the EPA on behalf of regulated industries more than a dozen times in an attempt to weaken regulations such as the federal Clean Water Act. These regulations form the bedrock of our work at Heal the Bay and our sister organizations across the nation. They are hard-fought gains that were direct responses to past disasters. We cannot go back. A silenced, weakened EPA is a threat to our Bays. The U.S. Senate will vote on the appointment of Pruitt as EPA chief in the coming hours amid growing concerns about a broad directive from the new administration to censor EPA research, indefinitely. As a trusted ocean and watershed advocate, Heal the Bay is guided by the best science, not emotion. Over the last 30 years, we have seen first-hand how the EPA and its partner organizations can improve public health for Angelenos through environmental policies and regulations. A weakened EPA means turning back the clock on our critical programs in Greater Los Angeles that monitor beach water quality, prevent unsafe consumption of locally caught fish, protect our dwindling wetlands, and keep our streams and watersheds healthy to buffer communities from climate change. Scott Pruitt won’t do it. Our vital work is far from over. Sea level rise poses a real and immediate threat to many U.S. cities that are unprepared to adapt to the impacts of climate change. We need strong EPA leadership and funding now more than ever. These issues affect us all.  Sign this petition urging the U.S. Senate to reject Pruitt’s nomination for EPA chief. Tell our elected officials to maintain strong EPA funding for programs that affect our Bays nationwide. Call your local senators directly in the next 24 hours to make sure your voice is heard.  

Heal the Bay
56,494 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Greg O'toole, Alex Best, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Sussan Ley MP, Professor Andrew Wilson

Make Soliris (Eculizumab) Available for Dialysis Patients with aHUS in Australia.

Those on dialysis with aHUS in Australia are in desperate need of your help and you can make a difference by signing this petition! Atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome (aHUS) is an ultra-rare life-threatening blood disease that can damage major organs like the kidneys, heart, brain, and can even cause death.  Soliris (eculizumab) is the only approved drug that can save the lives of those with aHUS.  It is saving lives in the US, Spain, France, England, Germany, Russia, Argentina, Italy, and other countries.  On 12/1/2014 the Australian government made the decision to fund Soliris for a small number of aHUS patients who met “defined clinical criteria”.   This was great news for those who were new patients with active aHUS.  But those who had already lost their kidneys due to their aHUS,  and were on dialysis in need of a kidney transplant, have been denied funding.  Without access to Soliris, a transplanted kidney would suffer the same aHUS attack as their native kidneys.  A meeting was held in March 2016 by the PBAC to discuss funding Soliris for those patients needing a kidney transplant but the PBAC decided against it leaving these patients a life tied to the dialysis machine. Please sign this petition telling Sussan Ley MP, Minister of Health in Australia, and Professor Andrew Wilson, Chair of the PBAC, that they should immediately provide Soliris to those patients in Australia with aHUS who are on dialysis and in need of a kidney transplant.  These dialysis patients just want their lives back and you can help them.

Jeff Schmidt
45,223 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

Prevent suffering and death from colon cancer by increasing access to on-time information

Call to action with the Policy for On Time Information (POTI - pronounced “potty”) The Colon Cancer Prevention Project recommends a radical change in both thinking and action to address the longstanding, self-imposed embargo on evidence based, time sensitive information regarding colorectal cancer to those under the age of 50. This is what we know now and what we should disclose to the public now. We know there is an alarming increase in colon and especially rectal cancers in the under age 50 group. Soon 20% of all rectal cancers will occur under the age of 50. We know that to better tailor screening age, the accurate family history needs to be identified long before the age of 50 (preferably before but certainly by age 40) in order to deliver screenings to those most at risk due to genetic or familial factors. We know that due to a timely lack of awareness and understanding, most sporadic (non-genetic) cases of colon and rectal cancer occurring under the age of 50 have a significant delay in notification of the provider and then an additional delay in appropriate timely diagnosis once in the system.  Patients and physicians are generally not aware of the dramatic increases. Many occurrences of colorectal cancer in people under the age of 50 are misdiagnosed.  We know that just over half of asymptomatic, normal risk individuals are screened anytime during their fifth decade because they know too little about the entire issue until they are or just after 50. This means that only half of those individuals are screened in their fifties – the other half wait.  We know that there are disease modifying behaviors that, if implemented, can reduce the risk of ever developing colorectal cancer, which also promote general good health BUT only when implemented early enough to count. Smoking cessation, dietary changes like avoiding red or processed meats, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight are but a few powerful, evidence-based risk reduction recommendations. Given these facts, we recommend the following, immediate policy development and implementation into the existing resources for the American Cancer Society (ACS) and National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), supported by a vigorous marketing program targeted at primary care providers, providers of screening services, and patients to expand our target message in the following way. "By age 40, but preferably earlier, both patients and providers should engage in the initial discussion regarding individualized CRC prevention and early detection.  The intervention should include four parts: a review of pertinent family history regarding colorectal cancer or other relevant cancers, inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis), or polyps which might necessitate screening for colorectal cancer earlier than age 50; a review of the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer, emphasizing the extreme  importance of prompt evaluation to reduce the instance of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis; a review of the importance of on-time screening for normal risk individuals at age 50 and discussion of the menu of screening options available; and emphasis on promoting evidence-based lifestyle modifications to reduce the risk of colon cancer, including weight loss, smoking cessation, increased exercise and dietary changes." Current efforts focus primarily on screening individuals at the presently recognized recommended screening age of 50. We believe this narrow focus to be short-sighted. In order to reach and screen more of those asymptomatic, normal risk individuals in the fifth decade, we need to begin the conversation earlier, say in the forties. For those individuals who are at risk, either due to family history, risk behaviors, or other potential cause, we need to begin the conversation MUCH earlier. The evidence is clear – colorectal cancer is on the rise in individuals under 50 and we are doing them an immense disservice by not fighting to change the standards. We need to talk about colorectal cancer well before the age of 50. We need to talk to emphasize the importance of knowing a complete family history as well as understanding personal risk factors. By amending the guidelines for screening and shifting the focus to include a broader scope, we believe that we can prevent unnecessary death and suffering from colorectal cancer. Join us and our movement to create change on a national level with our proposal for the Policy for On Time Information (POTI - pronounced “potty”). Together, we can do this. We can save lives. Please sign our petition and be a part of this important change.

Colon Cancer Prevention Project
158 supporters