Petition to Rick Scott
Hurricane Irma: Fired During Mandatory Evacuation
Hurricane Irma: the strongest hurricane ever observed in the Atlantic shocked many throughout Florida. Weeks of warnings projected a devastating Category 4 or 5 hurricane leaving many Floridians to fear for their lives. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) urged residents to prepare and evacuate from this "deadly" storm. He pleaded with employers to "be compassionate with your employees as they prepare for this storm and evacuate." Sadly, many employers ignored Gov. Rick Scott's plea. Hundreds of employees throughout Florida were forced to make the gut-wrenching choice between saving their job OR saving their life. In the midst of a life-threatening natural event, no one should have to make this devastating choice. In one report, a manager at a popular chain restaurant threatened to punish employees who missed shifts by evacuating "too early" for Hurricane Irma. In another, an employee at a popular hotel chain was threatened of losing her job if she chose to evacuate from her home located in a mandatory evacuation zone. An estimated 6.3 million Floridians were ordered to evacuate Florida before Hurricane Irma made landfall. If not provided adequate time or the opportunity, an evacuation plan will fail, putting millions of lives at risk. In the state of Florida, there is no law protecting employees from getting fired if they miss work because they chose to evacuate, even if doing so was mandatory. Even the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which mandates that people have safe working conditions, does not have specific rules about working during adverse weather like a hurricane. I am calling on Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) to implement a law protecting employees from losing their jobs in the midst of a life-threatening natural disaster like a hurricane. Florida will be struck by hurricanes again and perhaps more powerful as a Category 5. Allow Floridians the chance to prepare and evacuate to prevent the loss of life for future catastrophic events. Please empathize as it may become your family member or friend that will have to face this difficult choice. Please sign this petition and share, it's time for Florida to protect its employees!
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump
Give Linemen and women first responder status
Alright guys. My name is Brandon and I live in central Florida. We just endured hurricane Irma and experienced mass power outages....Every time we have a natural disaster in this great country involving mass power outages, our linemen and women drop everything and literally risk life and limb to restore regularity and comfort to our lives. They drop everything and leave their families for weeks at a time...working 16 hour shifts to restore our grids. These men and women deserve every bit of the title and recognition as first responders for what they do for our communities and our country as a whole. please help push this with a simple signature....at 50,000 signatures this will be sent directly to the White House. We can't do it without these brave men and women...and we can't do this without you!!! please share
Petition to NEW YORK TIMES, Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, Kenneth Mapp, Puerto Rico State Senate, Virgin Islands State Senate, Virgin Islands State House, Stacey E. Plaskett, Puerto Rico State House, Puerto Rico Governor, Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, Bryan Steil, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Andrew M. Cuomo, Charles E. Schumer, Wall Street Journal, John McCain
Repeal The Jones Act to help rebuild and help US Territories stabilize
The Jones Act— the Merchant Marine Act of 1920—has had TERRIBLE financial impacts on trade to US Territories and many other port cities and islands within the United States and its territories. The Jones Act requires that all ships traveling between U.S. ports be made, owned, and crewed by Americans. So a ship from another country, or whose owners are from another country, cannot travel from port to port within the United States delivering or picking up goods. Fortunately the Department of Homeland Security has recognized this problem and has waived the Jones Act for fuel shipping for the time being. But given the tremendous amount of devastation US Territories in the Caribbean face, the costs that are going to be involved in recovering, and the already poor financial state of the island, there has never been a better time to dump the Jones Act entirely. The Jones Act exists to boost the American shipping industry. It has long contributed to the dramatic costs of shipping to Puerto Rico. A New York Fed report from 2012 shows that it costs twice as much to ship something from a port in the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico as it does to ship to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic nearby. There are only a handful of Jones Act–compliant options, and that lack of competition allows U.S. shippers to charge much higher prices. People who think the government should intervene to stop price-gouging during a disaster should know the Jones Act practically facilitates it and makes recovery all the more expensive. During the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the government...refused to issue Jones Act waivers so foreign vessels could aid in the cleanup and containment. Despite several offers for foreign assistance during an ongoing ecological disaster, the government cited the Jones Act to justify turning them away. Many suspect that the Obama administration was reluctant to go against the pro-Jones Act labor unions (tr. every labor union) he needed to cement his re-election. It's not a leap to say that such cronyism may have delayed the eventual resolution of the spill. In response to US Territories in the Caribbean's current crisis, its rules should be waived for all shipping to US Territories in the Caribbean for the foreseeable future, not just for shipping fuel. "You're looking at a clear and avoidable economic burden being placed on the US Territories in the Caribbean" . REPEAL AND ALLOW THE REBUILDING OF US TERRITORIES NOW!!! PLEASE SIGN AND TRANSMIT TO OTHERS!!!!
Petition to SXMStrong
Help Us Help St. Maarten
It's hard being away from home watching your country being torn apart and it hurts that there's nothing we can do but watch. Now that the storm is almost over, seeing the damage, those of us abroad want to come home and help repair our homes and communities in anyway that we can. Whether it's rebuilding, cleaning up the streets or helping at shelters. We are willing to help in any form of relief. We are asking for governments worldwide, officials and businesses to help donate in any form that they can to send relief to the island, remove those that are in need of immediate care and for some to send help! Even if it means bringing some of us home temporarily, our country needs as much as help as we can get!
Petition to Brevard County Commission, Bryan Lober
Repair and open up the Sykes Creek Bridge PLEASE - NOW!
Sykes Creek Bridge, located on Sea Ray Drive, has been out of commission since Hurricane Irma 2017. There is no date in sight as to when the bridge will be fixed. It is a deterrent to all customers of Island Dockside Restaurant, Harbortown Marina Canaveral, and other businesses on Sea Ray Drive. Every week, visitors are trapped on the wrong side of the bridge due to wrong GPS directions, which creates massive confusion, frustration, and lost business. This loss of business is detrimental to family-owned establishments like Harbortown Marina and Island Dockside Restaurant. In addition to limited access to serve our customers, We believe Sea Ray Drive is a necessary evacuation route in the event of an emergency. As the owners of Harbortown Marina, we know our vendors, boat owners and employees are all forced to only one exit. Traffic headed in a Northern direction is forced to enter/exit Highway 528, which does not have traffic lights and is crowded from the huge cruise boats in the Port Canaveral area. This area continues to rapidly grow and the bridge needs to be open to keep up with the traffic demands. There are cruise parking lots being prepped on N Courtney Parkway, Smith Rd. and adjacent to the Barge Canal totaling 15+ acres. This increase in traffic will overload 528 exits and entrance ramps with traffic. Sea Ray Drive would allow more relief if the Sykes Creek Bridge was open. Please hear our plea and get this bridge fixed before something worse happens! -Jan & Michael Chnupa (Owners of Harbortown Marina)with support from Island Dockside at Harbortown and our local vendors VIDEO: Brevard County bridge still waiting for permanent repairs after Hurricane Irma
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, 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 Legislature of the Virgin Islands
Support quality and affordable mental health programs on St. John
St. John medical practitioners see many patients who suffer from mental illness or have a family member or loved one suffering from mental illness. Medical practitioners on St. John frequently struggle with the lack of options and treatment programs available to refer patients to receive proper and needed care. In the Virgin Island territory, mental health care is a critical missing component of holistic care plans for reaching optimal health. St. John, in particular, is lacking affordable and accessible mental health care options. St. Johnians with mental illness are often forced to forgo the care they need due to the unavailability of programs to serve this community need, which poses a detrimental risk to the wellbeing of both the patients and the community as a whole. Often, intervention and care only occur when the mentally ill hurt themselves or others. This intervention is then usually in the form of incarceration, which is not an appropriate or effective method of treatment. The territory needs inpatient, outpatient, and community outreach programs in order to reach the wide array of patients needing mental health treatment. Please help the Virgin Islands, and particularly St. John, create quality and affordable mental health programs!
Petition to Senator Anitere Flores, Anitere Flores
Protect our Annual Rentals after Hurricane Irma
Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, introduced Bill 1400 last week that would strip local governments of the right to regulate short-term vacation rentals such as Airbnb and give all such power to the state. Stuebe’s bill states property owners have “constitutionally protected” rights to use their residential properties as vacation rentals. This is wrong. Our local communities have the right to create laws that protect and ensure the quality of life of our neighborhoods. We do this everyday by having laws that prevent home owners from opening bars, restaurants or running businesses from their homes. Our laws are written locally to protect our needs. Politicians in Tallahassee do not know or understand the importance of these laws for our way of life and they should not have the ability to supersede them. The Lower Keys of Monroe County have laws that prevent short term vacation rentals under 30 days. This law helps cohesion in our small neighborhoods by creating a community who knows and is engaged in preserving our unique Keys lifestyle. Normally by restricting rentals to monthly or yearly leases, this has helped maintain enough housing stock to create affordable housing. With the recent devastation by Hurricane Irma, we have lost a significant amount of affordable rentals. If the remaining rentals become available on a daily basis, we will see a drastic change over night. Weekends will be filled with significantly more traffic as neighborhoods will be over run with visitors. Right now our Sheriffs Office, Hospitals and tourist industries are filled with vacant positions because housing is unaffordable. This will only get worse if this law is allowed to pass. Please contact Senator Flores and ask her to vote No on Bill 1400, the Florida Vacation Rental Act. Also please share and inform your neighbors so we can preserve our local laws and our way of life.