Petition to Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Randy Weber, Ed Thompson
Cancel the STAAR test! Use those funds to rebuild TX schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey
Please cancel the STAAR test this school year. Let's take all the money we spend on the test and use it to rebuild the MANY schools in Texas that were damaged from Harvey! Let's cancel the STAAR test so that when our children return to the classroom, we can teach and care for them and not have to feel guilty for using instructional time to comfort a child who just lost everything. Let's focus on our future and not scores. Let's take care of our children and think with our hearts. Fellow teachers and parents, please consider signing this petition and share as much as you can. We chose this profession to make a difference in the life of a child and there are so many out there in need of our love!
Petition to Congress, The White House, Donald Trump
First Responder Status for the Line Industry
I do not know one Lineman that expects praise, recognition or thanks. However, these brave, hardworking men and women risk their lives everyday to bring comfort and security to people's homes. That is on an easy day! On a storm it gets even worse through sleep deprivation, lack of food and water and horrible weather. I am starting this petition to have those in the Line Industry to be legally recognized as First Responders. Since Hurricane Harvey and Irma hit the United States I have seen post after post on social media sites complaining. Complaining we all have come to get used to, it's expected, but for Linemen and their crews to be turned away from places (restaurants, City Hall's, etc) and not be offered any sort of refreshment because they're not first responders is appalling! They deserve so much better than the treatment they are being given and their families deserve to be able to know that yes, their spouse or significant other is okay and safe. These men rush straight into the storm while others are running away. If that isn't what a brave, courageous first responder looks like, than I truly do not know what does. **Senate Resolution 95, does not "officially" name Linemen as First Responders but does designate a day of recognition, National Lineman's Appreciation Day (April 18th) 113th CONGRESS1st Session S. RES. 95 Recognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESApril 10, 2013Mr. Isakson (for himself and Mr. Bennet) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to RESOLUTIONRecognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day. Whereas the profession of linemen is steeped in personal, family, and professional tradition; Whereas linemen are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety heroes; Whereas linemen work with thousands of volts of electricity high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep electricity flowing; Whereas linemen must often work under dangerous conditions far from their families to construct and maintain the energy infrastructure of the United States; Whereas linemen put their lives on the line every day with little recognition from the community regarding the danger of their work; and Whereas April 18, 2013, would be an appropriate date to designate as National Lineman Appreciation Day: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate— (1) recognizes the efforts of linemen in keeping the power on and protecting public safety; and (2) supports the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
Petition to Department of Homeland Security, Secretary of Defense James Mattis
Repeal Jones Act an antiquated law in Puerto Rico
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 - also known as the Jones Act. Is currently affecting any aide as well as the economy of the island of Puerto Rico. This act was created almost a hundred years ago during WWI and it states that for any delivery to take place through port it must be carried out exclusively by vessels built, owned and operated by American citizens. Ships must first come to the mainland US and then shipped to the non-continuos part of the US. The island is currently in the verge of facing a humanitarian crisis after being affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Basic needs such as food, water are scarce as well as gasoline and relief supplies are not being delivered. The Jones Act only delays any relief efforts greatly. Although President Trump has stated "Puerto Rico has been oblilerated" all efforts are stalled and a request to have the Jones Act waived have been denied. Although the government recently waived those rules in Texas after Hurricane Harvey and Florida after Hurricane Irma. Repealing the Jones Act will assist in the rebuilding of Puerto Rico as well as assisting the 3.4 million citizens affected, the ability of free trade would greatly reduce the cost of living in the island. Cost of living at this time is 13% higher than 325 other urban areas in the US, yet per capita income in Puerto Rico is only $18,000 yearly, close to half of the current income in Mississippi the poorest of all 50 states. Puerto Rico is currently facing 17 billion dollar in debt and in great part this is blamed on the effects of the Jones Act. Consumers must pay punitive tariffs, taxes and fees when any foreign vessel enters the island or faced with rerouting fees when transfers must take place through the mainland. Senator John McCain refers to the Jones Act as "an antiquated law that has far too long hindered free trade, making the US industry less competitive and raised prices for American consumers". Please assist us in reaching out Defense Secretary James Mattis 703-571-3343 and requesting to appeal or in the least modify the Jones Act to assist in being able to rebuild. Your assistance in the sharing and signing of this petition is greatly appreciated.
Petition to Jim Hernandez, Keith Barr, Mike Torres, Abby Jensen
Holiday Inn: Let pets inside during Hurricane Harvey recovery & ALL future disaster relief
As the mom of a cat, I could never imagine being separated from my furbaby during a hurricane. That's why I was shocked to learn that Holiday Inn refuses to allow pets to stay in their rooms with their families while Houston is completely under water. Due to Hurricane Harvey, the Parker family evacuated from their New Territory, TX home with their three rescued dogs: Arrow (shepherd lab mix), Wiggum (chocolate lab hound mix), and Buttercup (yellow lab). After a treacherous trip to the Holiday Inn Express in Katy TX, the family was informed by hotel management that the three dogs would not be allowed to stay in the hotel room with their human family members. With no other options accessible, the dogs were forced to stay in the family's Prius outside in the Holiday Inn's parking lot during the terrifying hurricane. The Parker family took turns staying with the dogs in the car at all times, even overnight. Gillian Parker explained: “It’s pouring rain. You’re soaked to the bone just getting there, and walking them is even worse. The rain felt like needles in your face. And you end up shivering in the car. It’s just…I’m just chagrined, irritated, cold, wet, tired, and exhausted. It’s ridiculous and outrageous. This is an 800-year flood. Three exits down the highway, the national guard is pulling people out of their houses. And our dogs can’t come in to safety?” Finally, after three days, the Parker family and their three dogs were able to find temporary indoor housing for ALL of them. This is unacceptable. Pets are family, and Holiday Inn should be doing all they can to protect ALL guests -- two legged and four legged -- during this extremely difficult time. We want to see Holiday Inn change their policy to require ALL of their hotels to accept pets during Hurricane Harvey recovery and during ALL future emergency disaster relief situations. Sign the petition to tell Holiday Inn to have a heart and allow pets in their hotels!
Petition to Greg Abbott, Mike Morath
Place a moratorium on 2017-18 STAAR testing for all ISDs affected by Hurricane Harvey
On August 25th, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas. This unprecedented storm was labeled the worst disaster in Texas history by FEMA director Brock Long, and the recovery is expected to take many years. It will be several weeks, if not months, before many people return to their homes and begin the process of repairing their homes, filing insurance claims, and sending their children back to school. The physical, mental, and economic hardships born by students in the devastated areas will undoubtedly take a heavy toll on their education throughout the year. As such, state-mandated standardized testing would be an invalid measure of these children's growth and a waste of precious resources in this time of need. It is with this in mind that we call upon Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Commissioner of Education Morath to place a moratorium on all STAAR testing in ISDs affected by Hurricane Harvey for the 2017-18 school year.
Petition to Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Ted Poe, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Al Green, Gene Green, John Culberson, Kevin Brady, Michael McCaul, Sheila Jackson Lee, Pete Olson, Brian Babin
Change Addicks and Barker Reservoir Design
We, the undersigned, petition Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn along with congressional representatives of the State of Texas to co-sponsor a bill that 1) bans the US Army Corps of Engineers from operating the Addicks or Barker Reservoir above the elevation of government-owned land and 2) compensates homeowners inside the Addicks and Barker reservoirs for whom they flooded when they retained water past the elevation of the government-owned land during Hurricane Harvey and 3) protects homeowners downstream when water is released. This deliberate act of retaining water on private land in August, 2017 (which was publicly confirmed by the ACOE and Harris County Flood Control in front of Congressman Poe on 9/21/2017) caused devastating physical damage and is a clear case of Inverse Condemnation - a violation of the homeowners' 5th amendment constitutional rights: "...nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." Rather than hire private attorneys and have them receive the majority of the compensation owed to the homeowners, this petition aims to see that homeowners receive the full compensation due them. It is directed toward the attorneys hired to represent these homeowners in Congress when they elected them and paid them with tax money. The US Army Corps of Engineers has stated it will take an act of Congress to change the design of the reservoirs. The government operates these reservoirs beyond the point of the land that they own. They built the reservoirs and then sold much of the land inside of it to private developers who built and sold homes to private citizens. As a local realtor, I know that the material fact that these homes were INSIDE the reservoir was not disclosed to home buyers. In fact, homeowners were regularly and publicly misled by government officials to believe that their homes are BEHIND the reservoir rather than in it (even during the flood event). This is our petition: With all due respect, we ask Texas representatives of the US Congress to represent their constituents, acting sooner than later, so that families can recover the compensation due them, rebuild, and know that their private property will no longer be a part of the reservoir design. We request 1) compensation for damages due to inverse condemnation AND 2) that the maximum pool level of the reserviors not exceed the elevation of government-owned land. 3) We also request that the design include changes to protect downstream private property with responsible releases of the water.
Petition to Greg Abbott
Protect Houston's air during natural disasters
During Hurricane Harvey, petrochemical plants were forced to shut down and restart, emitting 5.98 million pounds of toxic gases and pollutants -- the same amount as total air pollutant emissions during all of 2016. That’s an entire year’s worth of emissions in a single event. The petrochemical companies emitted dangerous pollutants (carcinogens such as benzene and 1,3-butadiene as well as hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, smog-forming nitrogen oxides, and other volatile organics) into the air without any economic repercussions. This issue was preventable. Under the law, petrochemical plants are required to regulate emissions using proper environmental standards, but many rules were temporarily suspended on August 28, 2017 by Governor Abbott during Hurricane Harvey.We ask that Governor Greg Abbott enforce existing laws that keep Houston residents safe. We propose that in the future, Texas does not use natural disasters as an excuse to loosen environmental regulations. To learn more about toxic petrochemical emissions during Harvey, click here. To listen to our podcast, click here.
Petition to Sylvester Turner, City of Houston, Houston Astros
Present Mattress Mack Key to The City of Houston or rename a street in his honor.
Jim McIngvale, aka Mattress Mack, is an honest, caring, and hard-working man of God. He served Houston humbly and earnestly throughout Harvey. In the aftermath, he donated and gave away thousands of dollars worth of furniture to those in need. Now, just days after spending thousands of dollars on Game 6 tickets and flights for some 75+ lucky Houstonians and 1st responders, after gambling on an ASTROS World Series win, this legend will refund millions of dollars worth of furniture to hundreds of Harvey victims and Gallery Furniture customers! So much respect for Jim Mcingvale! I hope I can one day use my work to bless my city like Mattress Mack has. In the meantime, I think it would be fitting to do one of three things... Let's present this man with the Key to The City of Houston or rename a street or boulevard in his honor or let's get the Astros to gift this loving man an honorary world series championship ring! There are real stories and testimonies of his kindness found in the comments section below. Please sign, share, and share again! May God bless you greatly Mattress Mack! -JR Alvarenga