Petition to Secretary Alex Azar, Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Governor Greg Abbott
Call for Emergency Medical Care for Children Seeking Asylum in the US
Dear Secretary Azar, Acting Secretary McAleenan, and Governor Abbott: No child, and especially no child on American soil, should ever be put in a position in which they are scared, hungry, sick, cold, feel unsafe, or experience life-altering trauma. Yet many of us across the political spectrum have watched with increasing horror as conditions continue to deteriorate at our border for children of all ages seeking refuge and asylum in the United States. In the words of former First Lady Laura Bush: “Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war.” There is a public health emergency unfolding at our own border, impacting hundreds of children, and our nation’s leaders must respond swiftly and effectively. Congress has passed a humanitarian aid bill, but it will take time to organize and implement the funds to make a difference in the lives of these children. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security must work together in the short-term to resolve the immediate crisis. We call on Secretary Azar to deploy the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and on Governor Abbott to deploy the Texas Medical Reserve Corps of volunteers to provide immediate medical care and services to the children in federal custody, in response to this public health and humanitarian crisis. While the legislation provides funding for health services, this will take months to process and procure. Reports indicate that the basic healthcare needs of these children are not being met, including adequate treatment for influenza, which can be life-threatening for vulnerable children, and lice infestations. The Commissioned Corps and volunteer Medical Reserve Corps can provide this care and facilitate appropriate transfers of extremely sick children to local hospitals to avoid future loss of life, pending further support from Congress. We call on Secretary Azar and Acting Secretary McAleenan to coordinate agency efforts to ensure: Humane and safe living conditions for those detained while seeking asylum in the United States. This must include: medical care and basic hygiene, licensed and trained caregivers who have completed appropriate background checks, access to legal and translation services, and resources to ensure that children can be timely reunited with a parent, legal guardian, or adult relative, or transferred to a licensed facility for unaccompanied minors within three to five days, consistent with the Flores Settlement. Humane treatment must include, but not be limited to: access to clean water for drinking and washing; soap; toothbrushes and toothpaste; beds with mattresses, pillows, and blankets; toilets; menstrual pads and tampons; breastfeeding/nursing pads; clothing; diapers and wipes; and bottles with formula. Rapid development of an inter-agency system to expedite reunification of children and their parents or other potential sponsors. Family reunification is in the best interest of the child and will reduce the need for further federal spending to shelter and care for them. As our political leaders work towards a sustainable immigration solution, we must not lose sight of who we are as Americans. No child in crisis should have to wait to have their basic health and safety needs met.
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Allow Gay men to be able to donate blood
There is an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed. As you can see, this petition is about allowing gay men the ability to donate blood at blood drives. So often, we see that there are shortages on supplies of blood, yet we are being extremely picky about who we receive the donations from. Understanding the risks of blood transfusions alone should be something that we educate the public, and yes, there are more risks involved with blood transfusions from gay males because of the different diseases that could be present.But those risks are from anyone. I feel that if we are willing to have our blood tested and cleared by a physician beforehand, however, then what is the reason we cannot donate? Being a realtor I have the luxury of being Able to dedicate a lot of my time to helping my community with H Habitat for humanity Relay for life Grand stride Pride Local food drives I am urging you to reconsider this thought and help me in spreading the word to get this changed. I, a gay man, have been in an exclusive relationship with my partner and have made very sure that there are no risks to donating my blood. I want to be able to help my community and anyone else that needs it and this is something I am very passionate about doing. Stand with me to change the system and allow for more donations with this movement. Taking politics off the table. I just want to be able to help. I wish there was some way other than what's in place for responsible adults that choose to love another human being give blood.
Petition to Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor
"STATE OF EMERGENCY" (DRUG EPIDEMIC / NORTHERN NEW MEXICO) HELP SAVE OUR CULTURE
With national statistics, data , and high numbers of deaths,illnesses attributed too drugs and as well our failing public schools, as direct links to the "Drug Epidemic", in Northern New Mexico, we have been placed at the top of national graphs and state counties as one of the worst places for drug overdose, suicide and illness in the country. Thus, we the undersigned concerned tax paying citizens are "Demanding a "State of Emergency" be declared in the county of Rio Arriba, in the state of New Mexico. For several decades we have been in a heavily oppressed, repressed and dire situation in regard too loosing large numbers of souls too include : Teens, young and old adults as well as elderly citizens too the drug infestation, both legal ( narcotic/opiate, ect... ) and illegal ( heroin/meth/pink/cocaine, ect..) drugs. As the Federal Government and DEA cracks down on prescription drug dispensing, the adverse effects have increased the use of heroin and thus, increasing higher incidences of Hepatitis-c, AIDS, Crime, and Criminal Activity in all facets our livelihood. The age groups of addiction has scattered in both directions, currently it has trickled down too adolescence and gone up in some cases too great-grandparent ages. Its is no longer a "FAD" or a "TREND" in many circles it is becoming a "RITE of PASSAGE" and a way of life in others. WE are demanding that; 1) Assessment, treatment, triage, substance abuse teams be dispatched throughout the county communities. ; 2) That a temporary centrally located "medical" detox-facility and housing area be established too address our addicted citizens needs, with hopes that a permanent facility be established in the near future.