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 Patti Mercer
Demand Houston SPCA Save Hurricane Harvey Animals
Update: We want to be clear that our call to action regarding the HSPCA has nothing to do with unsubstantiated rumors that have been floating around the internet that the HSPCA is killing animals in Beaumont. Our concern is for the long-term commitment to the animals, and that’s why we’re asking you to read and sign the petition below. ***Please sign the this petition to hold Houston SPCA to these simple life saving guarantees. Help save the pets in Hurricane Harvey! People are risking their lives to rescue Harvey pets, yet some may go to shelters where they may be killed. Yesterday the Best Friends Animal Society team on the ground in Texas arrived in Beaumont. Beaumont is one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Harvey and is struggling to provide basic services – the entire community lost access to clean water. The animals rescued from the area were being housed at a pavilion-type shelter set up at the Ford Center. The reports from our team on the ground late yesterday were that the animals were in dire need of basic medical care, and the heat was taking its toll.The Houston SPCA obtained the memorandum of understanding (MOU) from local officials to serve as the small animal lead at the Ford Center. That’s when the rumors began to swirl.The Houston SPCA has a history of a lack of transparency around consistent reporting regarding the outcomes for the animals entering their care. They have questionable policies regarding pit bull type dogs and have received continued criticism from the animal welfare community around these policies. So it’s understandable that the rescue community and other pet-loving members of the public, aware of the Houston SPCA’s history, would be worried about what was taking place with the pets in Beaumont.We contacted the Houston SPCA and spoke with the organization’s President, Patti Mercer. Knowing the Houston SPCA is already stretched thin from their necessary work in Houston, Best Friends offered to relieve them of the responsibility in Beaumont and take over the MOU to provide care and reunion efforts for the animals rescued in Beaumont. This offer was denied.We then offered assistance and general help for the animals of Beaumont to the Houston SPCA, but this offer for help was also declined. While Ms. Mercer did verbally commit to at least a 30 day hold for the animals of Beaumont to be reunited with their owners, our attempts to determine if there would be an adoption guarantee for these animals regardless of where they might be transferred failed – we were told by Ms. Mercer to wait for a “press release” and she was unwilling to put anything in writing to us. The list of possible receiving agencies for these animals that she cited are not known for their commitment to no-kill policies.We detailed the expectations Best Friends has set for ourselves for animals we rescue from this storm, and asked the Houston SPCA to commit to the same, in writing. Minimum 30-day stray hold so owners can reunite with their pets Proactive pursuit of families and reunion of all pets displaced by Harvey A clear, transparent operation that offers an appropriate standard of care A guarantee for a positive outcome for all animals rescued. In other words, that all the animals in Beaumont are either reunited with their families; adopted into a loving home; or are transferred to an agency who will guarantee a no-kill outcome Sharing of raw data so that the above points can be audited and confirmed by interested parties Ms. Mercer refused to put these simple commitments and procedures in writing, and again she referred us to a yet-to-be-made press release. We advised her that her personal word in writing to us would do more to allay the public’s concerns than a press release, but again Ms. Mercer declined. Without this in writing, Best Friends does not feel comfortable with what is happening in Beaumont, or anywhere else the Houston SPCA is rescuing pets.Whether it is a time of disaster or not, organizations that rescue animals need to be held accountable by the communities they serve. Best Friends is committed to help the animals of Texas, and will not back down.**As is often the case when talking about animal welfare organizations, there is confusion regarding the relationship between the Houston SPCA and other SPCAs, including the national organization, the ASPCA. While these organizations share the SPCA moniker, they are separate organizations with their own 501(c)(3) designation, boards, leadership, policies and so forth. The Houston SPCA is an independent organization and should not be confused with any other animal welfare organization.**
Petition to Houston, Houstonians , Greg Abbott, Sylvester Turner
Mattress Mack Day Aug 26
It's time, Houston it's time, that Mattress Mack deserves his own Houston's day/ key to the city. During Hurricane Harvey he turned the key to his locations and opened them up as Shelters. This man is a Houston icon that deserves to be remembered forever. Signing this petition will help us get what he deserves August 26 is to be declared as Mattress Mack Day in Houston.
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 Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston City Council, Houston
Houston's new nickname - The City of Heroes
L.A. calls itself the City of Angels, and while it’s great that they have angels watching over them, down here in H-Town, we like to take care of ourselves. Space City, H-Town, Bayou City, Screwston, Hustle-Town, Clutch City, Crush City, The Magnolia City. Houston has its fair share of nicknames, but after the events that occurred during and following Hurricane Harvey, there’s one missing that encapsulates the heart and soul of the city and its people. As the natural disaster unfolded—one of the worst and most devastating that Houston had ever seen—the world witnessed the best of the best that Houston has to offer, and offer it did, plentifully and selflessly. Our firefighters, police officers, military, medical professionals, city leaders, and most importantly our ordinary citizens got in formation to help each other city-wide and beyond, demonstrating compassion, heroism, and, well, Houstonianism. To honor and remember those that offered help, put smiles on people’s faces, and risked their lives to help those in our community, we think it’s only fitting that the Mayor recognize “The City of Heroes” as Houston’s newest and most fitting nickname. Sign, SHARE, support the nickname and remember the everyday heroes of Houston. #cityofheroes #houstonstrong #texasstrong -Sam & Davy (samanddavy.com)
Petition to Mr. Craig Menear, Mr. Robert Niblock
Communal participation to help residents rebuild their homes in Houston
After the unforeseen circumstances, Hurricane Harvey poured an unprecedented 19 trillion gallons of water onto the shores of Houston. In some cases, 50 inches of rain in many areas that have never been flooded. Over a million people with 42,000 men, women, and children were forced to evacuate as families were displaced (in many cases currently reside) and crammed into emergency shelters. There are an inordinate amount of residents still displaced, without running water, food, shelter or a place to call home. Some residents are still paying mortgages on homes they are unable to live in. Also, transportation has become an issue. Residents are experiencing loss of wages to support their families because cars that once served as transportation were flooded. As a statewide community, it is OUR collective responsibility to help those in need. Donations are pouring in, but some residents have stated via social media that they have yet to feel the impact of all that has been given. After working all of their lives, many Houston residents have not only experienced a total loss but will never regain what was once a familiar place of comfort and stability. Wouldn't it be a great community effort to come together with teams from Home Depot, local contractors/builders and Lowe's to donate their time and resources to help rebuild 8 communities in Houston for "FREE" or a very low percentage that would be amenable to the current conditions? If the donations are not filtered directly to Houston residents, then the donations received by known disaster relief organizations who are currently providing household necessities can join forces with these businesses to help make these communities whole again. Even to provide materials to potentially rebuild ECO friendly environmentally stable homes? Why not right now? This petition is calling on the entire community to come together along with the Community of professionals to combine time, resources, and their expertise toward this effort. We can ALL make a sound contribution to help! The proposal would restore hope, happiness, and a sense normalcy to families throughout Houston. Let's come together to restore human dignity by providing a fresh start for 8 Houston Communities! Please help to support this cause by generating sincere action. Through our commitment we can rebuild 8 in Houston! We are HOUSTON Strong! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for your support!
Petition to Mayor Sylvester Turner, Greg Abbott
Rename SH 99 The JJ Watt Parkway
JJ Watt has been an exemplary humanitarian and Houstonian. He has given to our great city more than we could ever have asked for ! Through his fundraising efforts over 27 million dollars was raised to aide Houstonians suffering loss due to Hurricane Harvey! As a token of our appreciation not only should SH 99 bear his number but also his name!