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Hurricane Irma

21 petitions

Started 2 weeks 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: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/2017IRMA/SOSOADAEL3C Other ways you can support USVI Hurricane Relief: Donate: 21 US Virgin Islands http://21usvihurricanehelp.com/ US Virgin Islands disaster funds: http://onislandtimes.com/st-john-hurricane-irma-disaster-fund/ USVI in the media, post Irma and Maria: People: Victims of Hurricane Irma in the US Virgin Islands: Don't forget us. https://people.com/human-interest/victims-of-hurricane-irma-in-the-u-s-virgin-islands-dont-forget-us/amp/ After Hurricane Irma, Bloomberg heads to devastated US Virgin Islands to raise awareness. https://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/video/after-hurricane-irma-bloomberg-heads-to-devastated-u-s-virgin-islands-to-raise-awareness-1048419395655 NYT - In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria drowned what Irma didn't destroy. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/hurricane-maria-virgin-islands.html Sources: UVI President David Hall's statement on UVI after Irma and Maria. http://www.uvi.edu/administration/about-uvi/hurricane_irma_maria_recovery.aspx SOSOADAE stands with USVI https://howtososoadae.com/standforusvi/ (for the full version of this petition) Washington Post compares PR disaster response to 2010 Haitian earthquake https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/investigations/us-responded-to-haiti-quake-more-forcefully-than-to-puerto-rico-disaster/2017/09/28/74fe9c02-a465-11e7-8cfe-d5b912fabc99_story.html Congressman Raúl Grijalva. https://grijalva.house.gov/3rd-district/ 

SOSO ADAE, L3C
13 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

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.    

Tina Jones
46,883 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to NEW YORK TIMES, President of the United States, Kenneth Mapp, Puerto Rico State Senate, Virgin Islands State Senate, Virgin Islands State House, Stacey Plaskett, Puerto Rico State House, Puerto Rico Governor, Ricardo Rossello Nevares, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Andrew Cuomo, Charles 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!!!!

Thorexec M
13 supporters