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Petition to The Community

Keeping All Children in a Safe School Environment. Fighting for our LGBTQ community.

please share this petition.  At the start of this petition we were trying to remove an Amanda Shera from her school board position. Over the past months we haven’t stopped. We have talked to the inspector general, the state board of accounts, the Indiana Department of Education, the state school boards association, the national school boards association, educational advocacy groups, and legal council.  I have asked to be put on the agenda to speak at the next school board meeting. When I get this approval and date, please attend and bring your fellow supporters. We must push back before our children are pushed out.     I am asking for you to sign and share this petition to remove Hamilton Southeastern Schools board member Amanda Shera from her position on the board.  Amanda does not represent the mission statement put forth by our school district.  On several occasions she has violated policy by using her personal social media accounts to express her personal views that have reflected negatively on the district. https://www.isba-ind.org/uploads/1/1/9/2/119210664/code_of_ethics.pdf  Most recently Amanda wrote a tirade on social media attacking and intimidating current board members, candidates, teachers and students. In this day and age we call this bullying. HSE schools currently have a no bullying policy in effect.  Amanda has made it a personal vendetta to remove the rights of the LGBT students in our district. These are the posted comments on her social media page.   Last year she used her position on the board by going to the Indy Star and trying to get a book banned from the district.          (See article attachment) https://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/hamilton-county/2017/08/17/board-member-opposes-fishers-high-school-students-reading-the-kite-runner/573418001/   In the 22 years I have lived in Fishers, I have never seen a board member behave so selfishly.  These actions have tarnished our districts image. 

Jennifer Chavez
1,104 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Ben Stuckart

Approve an LGBTQ+ homeless shelter opening in Spokane

Spokane needs to prioritize housing for LGBTQ+ youth by establishing a shelter specifically for them. An important issue that has continued to surface lately in the Spokane area is a lack of housing for the cities growing the homeless population. Homeless LGBTQ youth who are estimated to make up to as much as 40 percent of the overall homeless-youth population arguably are among the most vulnerable citizens of Spokane, with an increased risk of suicide, sexual assault, physical/mental abuse, and human trafficking. These young people deserve a safe space to live where they will be treated with compassion and respect. Opponents argue that improving access for queer youth to shelters would be expensive and time-consuming, however, it can also be argued, homelessness has its own monetary and social costs associated with it. Improved access to housing would help the entire community by steering LGBTQ youth away from disruptive illegal activities and encourage them to graduate and become contributing members of the community. According to Jonathan Mallahan, Community and Neighborhood Services Division director for the city of Spokane, the city has permanently added $500,000 to annual shelter funding and has instituted an analytical program to identify the homeless that are most in need of shelter to guide housing decisions. It's imperative that the needs of LGBTQ youth be explicitly identified in this study. In sum, the most vulnerable in our homeless population need to be the cities number one priority. Although these accommodations may be costly, and it would take a great deal of lobbying to get the support to put these laws into place, Spokane should care more about the safety of all its civilians over the amount of money and political clout needed to support this cause. For example, some may argue that its unethical to ask taxpayers to forfeit more of their own earnings to fund the building of additional shelters, however, Governor Inslee just put forward an initiative to use tax payer's money to pay for postage on Mail-in ballots in attempt to increase voter turnout in support of a stronger democracy. So, like paying for postage, these shelters would be costly to build but in the long run, they would pay off in an improved society. In a recent study conducted by the University of New Mexico's Institute for Social Research, they showed that it costs less to house chronically homeless people than to leave them on the streets. Overall during the two-to-three-year study period participants that were housed cost about 1 million less than before entering the program a roughly 15% cost savings per person in money saved. This issue is important because a society is measured on how well it treats its most vulnerable. LBGTQ+ youth must be given the support and compassion to rise above their circumstances and become happy and productive members of society.

Sophie B.
2,566 supporters