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 San Jacinto River Authority, Dan Huberty, mayor slyvester, Sylvester Turner, merle aaron, Ted Poe, Dave Martin, Governor Greg Abbott
Pre-Drain Lake Conroe & dredge San Jac River to help in flood control for Greater Houston
The Greater Houston areas have repeatedly seen flooding in their area due to Lake Conroe and the San Jacinto River rising and spilling over their banks. Hurricane Harvey was projected to hit the Houston area days in advance of impact. We propose that Lake Conroe in the future pre-release water to help protect the homes/businesses on Lake Conroe, San Jacinto River and Lake Houston. Had water been pre-released from Lake Conroe in the days prior to Harvey making landfall, devastating flooding along this region the week of August 28th could have been prevented or reduced greatly. Futhermore, we propose that the San Jacinto River be dredged. This river needs to be properly dredged to remove sandbars, trash and debris from previous floods. Some areas of the river, sandbars have been created that you can walk across the river. We are asking for you to take action to be pro-active in protecting life and property for thousands of residents in the Greater Houston Region.
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
Petition to alejandro, Riçardo, Alejandro García Padilla, Ricardo Rossello Nevares
Let's move power grids underneath the ground!
There are a lot of problems in the world but the main problem in my eyes are hurricanes and the loss of power when a hurricane does hit an area. In many places in the United States and American territories, the power lines/grids are above the ground. This can cause no power for months. Right now, Puerto Rico already has 54 days without electricity/power and it still continues on. You should be on board because do you really want people to not have necessary needs? Do you really want people to go hungry, to starve? This is why you should sign this petition to stop this from happening! This will help society in such a big impact! P.S. I reached out to the governors of Puerto Rico because I feel like this is happening so much there and it needs to stop for better reasons! Sign this petition to help save people all around the world, one small step can make a difference in the world!
Petition to Texas State Senate, Texas State House, Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Repeal Texas H.B. 89
House Bill 89 was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on May 2nd, 2017 and became effective on September 1st, 2017. This law prohibits state pension funds from being invested into any company that boycotts the nation of Israel, and it prohibits state and local governments from contracting with companies that boycott Israel. Additionally, the company must provide a written verification that they will not boycott Israel. Recently, contractors in Dickinson, TX applying for disaster relief funds after Hurricane Harvey were instructed to provide a sworn statement saying that they would not boycott Israel. We believe that HB 89 violates the U.S. Constitution for the following reasons: 1) The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech and expression. As applied to the states through the 14th Amendment, the state of Texas cannot discriminate against an individual or entity based on his/her/their belief on the state of Israel. Additionally, the State of Texas cannot demand that one pledge loyalty to a foreign nation. 2) In NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co. (1982), the United States Supreme Court ruled that states can not prohibit peaceful advocacy of a politically-motivated boycott. 3) Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution prohibits any state from entering into a treaty, alliance, confederation, agreement, or compact with another state or foreign power. The State of Texas' demand for loyalty toward a foreign nation is an implied agreement between the State of Texas and the foreign nation of Israel. The gross negligence of Texas legislators to acknowledge constitutional concerns regarding HB 89 is detestable. We believe that action is necessary when those who represent us fail to respect the established law. One of the most profound consequences of this unconstitutional law is undoubtedly the denial of disaster relief funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey based on that person's beliefs. Based on careful review of laws and judicial precedents, We the People have determined Texas House Bill 89 to be unconstitutional. As is appropriate with any unconstitutional legislation, We the People request through this petition that House Bill 89 be repealed.