Hurricane Irma

25 petitions

Started 1 month ago

Petition to city of cape coral

Relocate Cape Coral's Hurricane Debris Dumping Sites Now and in the Future

Hi, Cape Coral! I'm writing to voice my concerns about the public dump sites for the City of Cape Coral's tree debris left over from Hurricane Irma located on (1) Skyline Boulevard and (2) Andalusia Boulevard. In its excess and long-term occupancy, the sites may cause negative effects on our community's health including inhaling fungus/mold from the massive piles of dead leaves that have been rained on and Organic Dust Toxic Syndrome (ODTS) from the loads of mulching being done daily reaching more than 20 feet high. Have you noticed the dust your houses or cars have been collecting? You're breathing that in. Not to mention the risk of fires with an upcoming dry season. I should also add that the city has allowed another three huge piles of junk to accumulate consisting of mattresses, couches, hot tubs, fencing materials, sinks, etc. - all of which did not result from the hurricane except for the fencing materials. So why are they continuing to dump this trash? These items are also prone to collecting mold over a period of time and are fire hazards.  I live within a football field's length of one of the sites with a one-year-old at home, and I worry for the health of her lungs being born prematurely. I'm afraid symptoms from this mess will be masked by flu season or allergies. I understand we're very fortunate this is the least of our worries following Irma, and I thank God every day, but I don't think the city properly planned and researched the extent these sites can pose on our community and it's families. Sites like these should be operated in more isolated areas away from families, businesses, schools, libraries, churches, wildlife, etc. I am petitioning for this site to be closed immediately and relocated while considering an alternative safer site to use in the future for circumstances like this. I understand the city intended for the sites to be "convenient" for its crews working at and traveling to, but what about the health of Cape Coral's residents? Please sign the petition to put our health first! Thank you.  CALL CAPE CORAL'S CITIZEN ACTION CENTER TO LET YOUR CONCERNS BE HEARD! 239-574-0401 (dial 3 to get to the CAC)

Marie H.
50 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to David Hall

US Virgin Islands, you are not forgotten - We support The UVI Rise Relief Fund

"No University has faced what UVI has encountered in the last two weeks. We could not have imagined that our two beautiful campuses would be severely harmed by two catastrophic events that attempted to take away the dreams of our students. Yet it is in the face of unimaginable destructions and challenges that we must imagine a future that embraces and exceeds our dreams. UVI will not only rise again, but it will be more creative, profound, resilient and prosperous than it was before, or than we ever imagined." - UVI President David Hall (1). After hurricanes Irma and Maria, the University of Virgin Islands is trying to raise close to $1,000,000 to rebuild their campuses and reimagine possibilities for their students, staff, and beyond. Sign, share, and donate to help SOSOADAE raise the profile of this issue (2). The truth is, we have two crises in the US Caribbean post hurricanes Irma and Maria. The USVI is a close neighbour to Puerto Rico. Their student athletes share an intercollegiate league. So why haven't we heard about the suffering of USVI Americans in our outrage over US Caribbean hurricane relief? Instead of raising the plight of US Virgin Islanders with Puerto Rico, the media has given us what can only be understood as anti-Black micro-aggressive comparisons to the US disaster response in Haiti (3) after the 2010 quake and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The sad irony is that along with these comparisons, neither Puerto Rican relief activists, national progressive leadership, nor the media in general have raised the plight of the US Virgin Islands in their hurricane relief narratives, despite knowing that the USVI is in a situation as dire, if not worse, than that of PR. At a recent press event for Puerto Rico Hurricane relief, I had the opportunity to speak with Rep. Raúl Grijalva  - longtime AZ congressional district three representative and respected member and co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (4) - to raise the question of why post-Maria hurricane relief in the US Caribbean is a discussion of Puerto Rico alone and not Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. He suggested that the matter rests with Black local and national leadership in raising the profile of the USVI issue. If this is true, is unfortunate given that Black leadership often raises the profile of so many underrepresented populations, regardless of race, while raising their own -  But if this is true, and Black leadership, in helping others, will not acknowledge and raise the plight of the US Virgin Islands, we at SOSOADAE desire to disrupt this quiet process. The UVI Rise Relief Fund In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the University of Virgin Islands sustained significant damage, and their classes are suspended indefinitely, but this isn't how they intend to end this story. The institution is presently trying to raise almost $1,000,000 to feed, clothe, and house students and staff in recovery and rebuild their campuses so that classes can resume. As I am writing this, the UVI has raised around $16,500. We believe that given the voice raised for Puerto Rico, UVI Rise Relief could twice exceed its goal.  Help SOSOADAE raise the profile of this issue - And let’s end the silence and let US Virgin Islanders know that they are not forgotten as Americans. Here's how you can help: Text 2017Irma14 to 71777 and make a 100% tax deductible donation to the UVI Rise Relief Fund, or Make an online donation. Sign and Share! If the donation links do not work, please copy and paste this link to your browser: Other ways you can support USVI Hurricane Relief: Donate: 21 US Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands disaster funds: USVI in the media, post Irma and Maria: People: Victims of Hurricane Irma in the US Virgin Islands: Don't forget us. After Hurricane Irma, Bloomberg heads to devastated US Virgin Islands to raise awareness. NYT - In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria drowned what Irma didn't destroy. Sources: UVI President David Hall's statement on UVI after Irma and Maria. SOSOADAE stands with USVI (for the full version of this petition) Washington Post compares PR disaster response to 2010 Haitian earthquake Congressman Raúl Grijalva. 

17 supporters