Petition to President of the United States
President Obama: Make the DEA tell the truth about marijuana
Many people don’t know that it is illegal for federal agencies to disseminate incorrect information. But when it comes to medical cannabis, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been doing this for years -- and politicians use this misinformation to justify opposition to medical cannabis laws. Federal and state lawmakers utilize DEA information on cannabis to make decisions regarding their stance on medical cannabis legislation. That’s why we constantly see politicians using the DEA’s claims about the gateway theory, long-term brain damage, and psychosis to deny support for medical cannabis. This has real impact on the patients and families around the country who use medical cannabis to treat their illness. People like Christine, who suffers from an inoperable brain tumor and needs medical cannabis to help control her constant pain, nausea, and a host of other symptoms. While advocating in her home state of Utah, legislators often bring up this misinformation as a way to keep legislation from moving forward. Last week, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a petition with the Department of Justice demanding that the DEA immediately update misinformation about cannabis. The DEA has actually admitted that the theories that cannabis use leads to harder drugs (gateway theory), long-term brain damage, psychosis, and other alleged harms, are not based in scientific fact, and yet they keep distributing this false information. Yet we have found 25 instances of these false claims on their website. Forcing the DEA to correct this misinformation would give medical cannabis patients and the families the ability to say, unequivocally, “That is not based in scientific fact, and the DEA has admitted that as well,” effectively removing these falsehoods from the conversation. Please sign and share this petition asking the President to instruct the DEA to correct the information immediately.
Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer, Tony Hershman
DO NOT ALLOW STRATEGIC ACQUISITIONS INC TO DESTROY THE RON FINLEY PROJECT’S GANGSTA GARDEN
Help #savethegangstagarden and The Ron Finley Project's HQ that ignited a worldwide food justice revolution by signing the petition and generously giving what you can.All Ron Finley wanted was healthy food for himself, his family and neighbors. After picking up a tomato that was labeled “coated with shellac” in his local South Central Los Angeles grocery store, it hit Finley: there was a complete lack of healthy food in his community. This is true for not only Finley’s community, but most underserved populations nationwide. More than 29 million Americans live in food deserts or what Finley has termed “food prisons”.“the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys”In 2010, Finley decided to take his health and the health of his community into his own hands and “Plant Some Shit”, turning a strip of city-owned land in front of his property into a food oasis. After a citation, fine and eventual warrant for Finley’s arrest over the grass that he transformed into an edible landscape for his community, word spread quickly about the “Gangsta Gardener”, sparking a global food justice movement. Luminaries such as René Redzepi, Russell Brand, Alice Waters, Rainn Wilson, Penny Marshall, Aloe Blacc, Carson Daley, Rachel Hunter and Robert Horry reached out to Finley in solidarity of his work, followed by statewide dignitaries, namely Mayors Aja Brown, Kevin Johnson and Councilman Herb Wesson. Soon after, the Gangsta Garden began to be visited and studied by local K-12 classrooms and universities all over the world including renown institutions such as Harvard, the University of Southern California and MIT.“Kids who grow kale, eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.”Over the last few years, the owner of the RFP property has been battling with the bank and has made several attempts to receive a loan modification to no avail. The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it to Strategic Acquisitions Inc. RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain with the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property, otherwise, face eviction. HQ has grown into more than just a garden since 2010, including RFP offices, an educational center and a propagation station for more edible urban landscapes. The loss of this property is a continuation of the injustices perpetrated against the members of the South Central Los Angeles community and persons struggling with food insecurity around the world. Finley took on city lawmakers in 2010 sparking a worldwide food justice revolution. Now the world needs to rally behind him!RFP needs to raise $500,000 to #savethegangstagarden that has become a symbol of healthy change for Los Angeles and cities all over. If you have been touched by RFP or support access to healthy food for ALL communities, please sign the petition, donate on our crowdfunding site, share and comment on how the The Ron Finley Project has inspired you.
Petition to U.S. Senate
U.S. Senate and House of Representatives: Support the Health Coach Resolution
We are building support on Capitol Hill for Health Coaches. Please Take Action! We have a health care crisis. Would you be surprised to learn that: more than 1/3 (34.9%) of U.S. adults are obese; over 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes; 40% of Americans are sleep deprived; 20-40% of deaths in the U.S. could be prevented; and all of the above could be prevented? In the U.S. alone, $4 trillion will be spent on health care just this year. Sadly, only 2% goes towards prevention. Considering the facts above, something needs to be done. Someone needs to help. There is a force, a guide, an educator, a new kind of wellness professional who is a catalyst for change – the Health Coach. Health Coaches work with their clients to make sizable shifts from unhealthy habits to sustainable habits for long-lasting health. The current health care system is not sustainable and Health Coaches will work alongside other practitioners to rectify our current healthcare crisis. But they can’t do it alone. They need your help. Here’s more information about how you can help: We want every member of Congress to sign the Health and Wellness Coach Resolution and show their support. We need you to take action. While traditional healthcare continues to address disease largely brought on by poor life-style choices with new drugs and costly interventions, there is a growing movement embracing a holistic approach with food and lifestyle changes as the new prescription of choice. Join the movement. Tell Congress to support the Health and Wellness Coach Resolution! Sign the petition here to have the letter below sent directly to your members of Congress to show your support!
Petition to Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Christopher Sununu, Carol Shea-Porter, Ann Kuster, Kelly Ayotte
Give NH sick time!
The state of New Hampshire currently has no laws dictating the separation of "earned time" from "sick time". Earned time is given by employers to cover the events of illness, vacation, emergencies, and holidays. The United States is already the only advanced global economy that does not require employers to offer paid vacation time. Vacations have been scientifically proven to reduce stress, provide cardiac benefits, improve productivity, and reduce stress. To provide lump "earned time" that includes sick time forces employees to choose between coming in while ill in order to preserve time away from the office or taking time away from the office that they cannot afford while ill. This exposes co-workers to illnesses, reduces office productivity, and potentially puts off receiving prompt treatment. Earned time and sick time should be separate. Please follow Massachusetts' lead and pass a law mandating sick time!
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, World Health Organization, United Nations, Global Leaders, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama
Declare March 6th "World Lymphedema Day™"
The First Annual World Lymphedema Day™ — March 6, 2016 The time has come to mount a worldwide campaign against a Lymphedemic®. Lymphedema (also spelled "lymphoedema") and lymphatic disease advocates from around the world are joining together to establish the first annual World Lymphedema Day. March 6th was chosen by advocates in India, Europe and elsewhere to coincide with the current recognition of this day in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Lymphatic Education & Research Network fights lymphedema and lymphatic disease through education, research and advocacy and is proud to be the international sponsor of World Lymphedema Day. Why We Need World Lymphedema DayGreat attention is paid to the battle against cancer. Yet, most people haven’t heard of lymphedema, which cancer frequently leaves in its wake. We hear little of the children born with lymphatic malformations or those who inherit lymphedema. There is silence on the issue of wounded war veterans, civilian casualties and others who suffer from lymphedema due to physical trauma or as a result of surgery. Too many who suffer feel alone. Too many medical professionals remain uneducated about this disease or underplay the devastating impact it has on a person’s quality of life. Too many go without the necessary therapeutic care. And this tragedy is compounded when government and private health insurers deny patients coverage for even the universally accepted treatments that this disease demands. The World Health Organization estimates that over 150 million people worldwide have secondary lymphedema, while the National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that the incidence of primary lymphedema could be as high as 1 in 300 live births. Of the 1.4 billion people in 73 countries threatened by lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, 120 million are currently infected and 40 million of these patients are disfigured and incapacitated by the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that the incidence of secondary lymphedema among cancer survivors is between 20-40%. Lymphedema is estimated to affect up to 10 million people in the United States alone according to Stanford University. This represents more Americans than those suffering from AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS—combined. Finally, the continuum of diseases impacted by the lymphatic system includes heart disease, AIDS, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer metastasis. Yet, lymphatic diseases routinely go undiagnosed and untreated, and research is grossly underfunded. A Call to ActionThe message from lymphedema and lymphatic disease advocates is clear. “Lymphedema and lymphatic diseases are ready to take their place as international priorities.” The days of being invisible are over. Together, we announce World Lymphedema Day to be celebrated on March 6th. Join this movement by signing the online petition. Let’s show that every country around the globe supports this cause. LE&RN and its international members are inviting patients, their family and friends, advocates, politicians and treatment practitioners from every country to make their voices heard by signing the petition to recognize World Lymphedema Day. Together, we can change the world. William RepicciExecutive DirectorLymphatic Education & Research Network About LE&RN Founded in 1998, the Lymphatic Education & Research Network is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization whose mission is to fight lymphatic disease and lymphedema through education, research and advocacy. LE&RN provides valuable education resources for the millions of people who suffer from lymphedema and lymphatic disease. LE&RN fosters and supports research that can deepen the medical community's understanding of the lymphatic system. For more information about lymphatic disease or the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, please visit www.LymphaticNetwork.org or call (516) 625-9675.
Petition to Dr. Andrea Friall, Mark O'Bryant
Leave Dr. Webster Alone
TMH’s claim that Dr. Webster may or may not be under review is what I call smothering the truth. Dr. Webster is absolutely under review. You have to ask yourself, why would Dr. Webster accuse TMH of unfair treatment unless something happened and why did he have to go before a Peer Review. I hope TMH doesn’t think people in the community are foolish enough to believe that. Dr. Avon Doll, chair of TMH Medical Executive Committee, said when doctors come to work at the hospital they agree to abide by the bylaws established by the physicians before they are granted the “privileges of practicing at TMH.” This is true, the question is, why doesn’t TMH abide by the bylaws they have doctors to sign? Their bylaws say a doctor over 60 years of age may choose not to participate in the On Call Roster. For 30 years Dr. Webster was willing, in fact requested and complained for not having the “privilege” of participating on the On Call Roster. He was denied the opportunity. Now, at 68 years of age they want to force him to be on call to see the patients the current On Call doctors no longer want to see. A question for TMH is, why now, after 36 years of being denied the privilege of On Call status do they want to force Dr. Webster to participate? Another question is why is TMH not abiding by their bylaws? Why are they giving superficial reasons for not doing so? TMH Board of Directors Chair Dr. Alma Littles said the wellbeing of patients is the hospital's main mission. The number of complaints are taken “very seriously.” I agree, every hospital’s main mission is the wellbeing of patients. That is not the issue here. She glazed over the issue to try to deflect what is really going on. I read one article that said he was refusing to see patients. If that were true, it would be an unforgivable offense, in fact unlawful. However, that is not the case here. It is the issue of being denied the privileges for all these years. Then at the age of 68, after the reimbursement to see patients on Medicaid has been tremendously reduced, TMH wants to force him to be on call for those patients. The question is Why? For 30 years he was denied the privilege of being on call, then 18 months ago it became an issue that he is not consulting patients in the emergency room. TMH should explain how can Dr. Webster respond to emergency room consults when he have been denied the privilege to be on call? Sticking to the issue of on call is important because the doctors that were afforded the on call privilege reaped the benefit of additional earnings from the patient’s insurance. Dr. Webster doesn’t turn patients away that are under insured, in fact he see a great deal of poor patients that go to him in his private practice. Dr. Littles also stated in the article “Two, we are fair. Three, we follow the process in place and four, we are intently vigilant in promoting and providing quality and safe care to the patients we serve.” Let’s talk about fairness since this is one aspect of the issue my community finds difficult to believe. The Hearing Officer was hired by TMH to preside over the Peer Review. I have no idea how much they paid her, but whenever I pay someone to handle a matter for me, the outcome has always been in my favor. If TMH wanted to have a completely impartial Peer Review it would make more sense to have the Courts appoint an Arbitrator from the list they used to settle matters as a third party. Yes, the Arbitrator would still have to be paid, but the selection of that individual would have been done by the court, not TMH. As important, it would be fair if they followed their own bylaws instead of trying to infuse an interpretation that is not there. As previously stated, all hospitals should be intently vigilant in promoting and providing quality and safe care to the patients they serve. That is exactly why the On Call Roster should be open to all doctors. No one specialty group should have a monopoly on seeing patients. TMH has done a grave injustice to patients by giving a monopoly to one set of doctors to provide service to the community in an emergency situation. Just to clear up one more point, the issue is not that Dr. Webster is not paid the same as the other doctors. The reimburse rate is determined by the insurance carrier of the patient. Doctors are not, as far as I can determine, paid by TMH to be on call. The issues are clear. 1). For 30 years Dr. Webster has been denied the privilege of participating in the On Call Roster that afforded the other doctors additional income above their private practice and now at the age of 68 TMH wants to force him to be on call. 2). In Dr. Webster’s case, TMH is not abiding by their own bylaws that do not require a doctor over the age of 60 to participate in the On Call status. 3). TMH aiding the doctors that has been given the privilege and a monopoly with the On Call Status with their TRUMPed up charges against Dr. Webster? My last questions to TMH. 1). Why is there a pending lawsuit against you for discrimination by another employee if you are so fair? 2). Why is Dr. Webster being treated differently from other doctors? 3). Is this in an attempt to destroy him and his practice and for what reason? 4). Why has TMH, within the last few months added blacks to top administrative positions. Don't be fooled by this, it's a ploy that says look at us, it's black doctors doing this to Dr. Webster, not the CEO. Yes however, they are following the bidding of TMH. One more thing for clarification, Dr. Andrea Fraill stated during TMH’s press conference that TMH’s Medical Executive Committee (MEC) cannot revoke the medical license of a physician. This is true, however, the untrue allegations that the MEC report to the Board of Medicine within the Department of Health can cause a doctor’s license to be revoked. Therefore, Dr. Fraill tried to paint a picture to cloud the issue. The Urban Institute released their study of the number of people that would be impacted if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The number of uninsured people would rise from 28.9 million to 58.7 million in 2019, an increase of 29.8 million people (103 percent). ...Eighty-two percent of the people becoming uninsured would be in working families, 38 percent would be ages 18 to 34, and 56 percent would be non-Hispanic whites. Eighty percent of adults becoming uninsured would not have college degrees. Let's look at those stats again, shall we? 29.8 million people would lose their healthcare coverage.82% of those who would lose their healthcare coverage are in working families.56% of those who would lose their healthcare coverage are non-Hispanic whites.80% of those who would lose their healthcare coverage don't have college degrees. Could this be the reason TMH and Dr. Webster's peers are trying to force him to consult emergency room patients after refusing him that privilege for over 30 years when the reimbursement rates from patient's insurance coverage was at its highest? We want TMH to simply leave Dr. Webster alone. Let him continue serving our community in peace and abide by their own Bylaws. End this measure and all measures of discrimination against doctors of color, especially Dr. Webster. Please share with friends, neighbors and family. Call Mark O'Bryant, CEO at 850-431-1155 or email him at Mark.O'Bryant@TMH.org, email Dr. Andrea Fraill, Vice President/Chief Medical Officer at Andrea.Friall@TMH.org or call her at 850-431-5121 to let them know you support Dr. Webster.
Petition to Charlie Baker, Karyn E. Polito, Maura Healey, William Francis Galvin
Save The Books
The Importance of the Reach Out and Read Program Dear Governor Baker and Massachusetts elected officials, Recently, many of us in the health care field have become aware of the budget cuts coming soon to our great state of Massachusetts. While these decisions must not be easy to make to balance our annual budget, we ask that you keep our states Reach Out and Read Program. Reading is an important part of a child’s development, Reach Out and Read encourages children to fall in love with reading at a young age. We must teach our children that reading is a reward and not a punishment. A child that falls in love with reading now will reap those rewards later on in life, and in turn will our community and school system. Here at East Cambridge Health Center we have a great selection of books for our little ones; it is always great to see them looking through our shelf until they find one that sparks their interest. Their smile shows how much they enjoy receiving one of our books. We understand that tough times may be ahead budget wise, but we believe that some things are too precious to be lost, and that is a child’s imagination! Sincerely, Yan de Carvalho Luz
Petition to Andrew Cuomo, GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO
JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL A. CULLUM " MICHAEL'S LAW"
Michael A. Cullum, my sons father was arrested on August 25th, 2016, and right after the arrest, he had to be immediately taken to Northwell Hospital at Glen Cove, Glen Cove, NY, 11542, because he was having trouble breathing. While being seen there, he was treated, and then taken into custody, but not before letting the officers who were with him know, that he most definitely, would have to be seen in no less than two days from the time of his arrest. Michael passed away 10 days later, September 5th, 2016 at the Nassau County Medical Center due to lack of the medical treatment he so desperately needed. Michael had many serious health issues. He was on many different medications to treat these issues when home . I know that you may not be able to receive every type of medical treatment that is needed, but as for our beloved Michael, he suffered tremendously while incarcerated, as a result of not receiving the adequate medical attention and treatment, that should have been provided to him, in an humane, adequate, timely, and professional way, as it should have been. Michael would still be with us today. Our hearts are broken, especially knowing his health issues and how he suffered. This pain has lead me to start this petition on Michael's behalf, so that his passing will not have been in vain. It is also my hope that it will give hope and help to others and their families, so that they will never have to experience the heartache that we are and will always feel. The facts as of now are that Michael is the 6th person to die this year in the custody and care of Nassau County Correctional Facility in East Meadow, and the 12th person since 20011. This is beyond tragic, due to inadequate medical care, carried out professionally, appropriately, properly, and adequately. Proper medical care should be made available to all, no matter their status, incarcerated or not. This is a tragedy that could have and should have never happened. I pray we can have a discussion and come up with rational, logical, and adequate solutions to put an end to this severe problem in the jails. I need all the support going forward and all the signatures i can get to move forward, so that the changes that so desperately need to be made in the Nassau County Correctional Facility and all other Correctional Facilities, where this is a major problem, can be addressed, and more importantly resolved. We need new policy and procedures in the Correctional Facilities, as well as the appropriate laws, rules and regulations that meet the standards that will provide the appropriate, proper, and much needed medical attention and treatment of those incarcerated. They as human beings deserve and should be treated as such. Anyone and everyone, has the right to be treated in an humane way incarcerated or not. ALL LIVES MATTER!!!. This is a very serious matter and it must be addressed, brought to the forefront, and discussed, in order to bring about these changes. Take a stand with me. UNITED WE STAND! DIVIDED WE FALL! LET US STAND TOGETHER AND BRING ABOUT THE CHANGE THAT IS SO DESPERATELY NEEDED. THANK YOU. SINCERELY, MS. ADA M. HARVEY