Petition to Department of Justice
Improve living conditions at the federal prison facility in Beaumont Texas
This petition is regarding the treatment and current living conditions of inmates at the United States Penitentiary at Beaumont Texas . The BOP IS covering up the inhumane conditions at which our loved ones are currently being housed in due to Hurricane Harvey. They insist that the conditions are acceptable. However, there is proof that the conditions are substandard & inhumane. The BOP was previously named in a class action lawsuit for the same thing in 2008 during hurricane Rita. These men are not only human beings but they are also our loved ones and they deserve to be treated as so. Please help by signing this petition.
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 Mayor Bill de Blasio, Luis V. Gutierrez, Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, Nydia M. Velázquez, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Bill de Blasio, Jenniffer González-Colón, FEMA, Robert Menendez
Satellite phones for Puerto Rico Emergency response now!
The people of Puerto Rico are in serious danger since hurricane María impacted the island. Communications systems are down and people have no ability to communicate their needs posing a deadly hazard as they are unable to reach out for life saving help. Those who have family in the island are also suffering the deep emotional impact of lack of communication not knowing the conditions of their loved ones or if they are even alive. While the communications system is restored and aid is provided, we demand that satellite phones -which do not depend on the damaged local systems- be provided. Satellite phones can immediately work as a basic tool for the survival of Puerto Ricans. We recognize that there are many priorities including the restoring of power in hospitals, the distribution of food and water and other basic needs but without communication systems in place all other efforts fall short as people are unable to communicate and strategize their responses to the need. Satellite cell phones should be send to Puerto Rico by the US government entities in charge of rescue and aid missions immediately. We the people of Puerto Rico and their families and allies in the United States demand that satellite phones be provided and distributed immediately as one of the first steps in life saving response ! WE ASK THE CONGRESS AND THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE-FEMA-TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTOIN. TO MAKE THIS REAL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE....EVERY MINUTE THAT PASSES WITHOUT ACCESS TO COMMUNICATION IN PERTO RICO IS A POTENTIAL LOSS OF LIFE. PLEASE SEND SATELLITE PHONES TO THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO NOW!!!
Petition to Members of the 115th United States Congress
Grant Immediate Emergency Aid to Puerto Rico & Eliminate Cost-Sharing for FEMA Aid
We the people of the Puerto Rican diaspora and other tax-paying citizens of the United States demand that members of Congress provide for the following measures: 1- Provide for a minimum 15 billion dollar package to Puerto Rico, akin to what was granted for Texas and Florida to support state infrastructure and citizens in rebuilding after the catastrophic impact of Harvey and Irma. Senators Nelson and Rubio, Congressman Soto (FL) agree and have also called for the "same level of determination in responding to Hurricane Maria’s impact as the federal government did to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.” 2-Eliminate cost-sharing for FEMA aid. The cost-sharing requirement will make it impossible for the economically bankrupt island to access all of the FEMA resources that will address the damages from Hurricane Maria. 3 - Absolve the debt. Any focus on repaying debt in the face of the immediate rebuilding needs will impede necessary growth and attention to humanitarian needs. In the aftermath of Maria, Puerto Rico's road to recovery has moved from long to never-ending unless debtors and insurers are compelled to absorb losses. 4-An immediate waiver of the Jones Act which requires all shipping between U.S. ports be done by American-built and American -crewed vessels. The Jones Act is logistically limiting the arrival of life saving medicines, food, and water during this crisis.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Ted Poe, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Al Green, Gene Green, John Culberson, Kevin Brady, Michael T. McCaul, Sheila Jackson Lee, Pete Olson, Brian Babin
Change Addicks and Barker Reservoir Design
We, the undersigned, petition Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn along with congressional representatives of the State of Texas to co-sponsor a bill that 1) bans the US Army Corps of Engineers from operating the Addicks or Barker Reservoir above the elevation of government-owned land and 2) compensates homeowners inside the Addicks and Barker reservoirs for whom they flooded when they retained water past the elevation of the government-owned land during Hurricane Harvey and 3) protects homeowners downstream when water is released. This deliberate act of retaining water on private land in August, 2017 (which was publicly confirmed by the ACOE and Harris County Flood Control in front of Congressman Poe on 9/21/2017) caused devastating physical damage and is a clear case of Inverse Condemnation - a violation of the homeowners' 5th amendment constitutional rights: "...nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." Rather than hire private attorneys and have them receive the majority of the compensation owed to the homeowners, this petition aims to see that homeowners receive the full compensation due them. It is directed toward the attorneys hired to represent these homeowners in Congress when they elected them and paid them with tax money. The US Army Corps of Engineers has stated it will take an act of Congress to change the design of the reservoirs. The government operates these reservoirs beyond the point of the land that they own. They built the reservoirs and then sold much of the land inside of it to private developers who built and sold homes to private citizens. As a local realtor, I know that the material fact that these homes were INSIDE the reservoir was not disclosed to home buyers. In fact, homeowners were regularly and publicly misled by government officials to believe that their homes are BEHIND the reservoir rather than in it (even during the flood event). This is our petition: With all due respect, we ask Texas representatives of the US Congress to represent their constituents, acting sooner than later, so that families can recover the compensation due them, rebuild, and know that their private property will no longer be a part of the reservoir design. We request 1) compensation for damages due to inverse condemnation AND 2) that the maximum pool level of the reserviors not exceed the elevation of government-owned land. 3) We also request that the design include changes to protect downstream private property with responsible releases of the water.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, USCIS, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Asylum for the Victims of Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama and the Abacos
The pictures and photos of Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos are finally circulating after the complete and utter devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. In unprecedented fashion, the islands were pummeled with wind gusts of up to 220 mph for 48 hours as the Category 5 storm stalled out directly on top of the small island nation. While the death toll is unknown at this time, it is clear that most if not all infrastructure, homes, and businesses have been completely wiped out for the remaining survivors. Some experts say that it may take decades for the islands to be rebuilt. Others do not believe the islands will ever be truly rebuilt, due to the monumental amount of investment needed and current risk of developing the islands considering the current climate crisis and conditions. For those that survived, it appears that they will have no place to live or go for at least the significant future, if ever again. For many across the United States, especially in the State of Florida, the Bahamas have always been an outlet to escape the stresses and concerns of our day to day lives. However, it is now our turn to help them relieve their unimaginable stresses and heartbreaks. This is why I am proposing that the U.S. government approve a temporary asylum process to all victims of Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos. If our country can provide asylum to individuals across the world and thousands of miles away, we assuredly can do it for our neighbors that are a mere 70 miles away, who speak our language, understand our way of life, and who are suffering from far greater tragedies. Currently in the State of Florida, there are hundreds if not thousands of abandoned shopping plazas and facilities that are sitting empty. I submit that these unused facilities could be revitalized and turned into temporary housing for our neighbors who have now lost everything. Not only would we be helping victims of arguably the worst catastrophe in modern history, but this investment in revitalizing these dilapidated buildings would also benefit the owners of these properties and invigorate neighboring communities. The Bahamian spirit is captivating and joyful. Lets make sure it stays that way. Please consider signing this petition in hopes that our government will understand that the United States wants to help shelter the Bahamian people until their homes can be restored. "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
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 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