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Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Angela Rye, NAACP, Maxine Waters, Cory Booker, Majora Carter, Van Jones, Rosa Clemente, James Rucker

Racial Bias and Racial Insenitivity by the Today Show, NBC, Travel Channel and Josh Gates.

February 5, 2018 Josh Gates/Travel Channel along with NBC and the Today Show, revealed a Neferneferuaten Nefertiti likeness reconstructed with Egyptian remains with porcelain white skin. While the physical structure may be true to her likenesses, her skin tone is not. DNA analysis extracted from the remains traces a royal  lineage between 16th – 13th century BCE, who’s wall descriptions depicted themselves as a darker tone with course, wired hair.  I am calling on all people of conscienceness to pressure The Travel Channel and Josh Gates to retract statements and recreate a statue that is more suited towards her likeness with melaninated skin tone. For too long, black people have been subjected to the misrepresentation of historic figures and royalty,  we know for a scientific, geological fact to be people of color.  Neferneferuaten Nefertiti would not have fair, white skin in a Countryin Africa with a temperature index upwards of 120 degrees F.  Enough is enough. This is part of systemic and cultural racism and it misinforms our people, our generation and our children of color. It is an insult to our intelligence and the true nature of our history.  This is a topic of conversation and a topic for change. Please join me in the signing of this petition.  Old ways, won’t open new doors. 

Taeren Quigley
91 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Cupertino City Council members

Say NO to re-zoning the commercial sites in Cupertino

Dear Cupertino City Council members, The existing 2005 General Plan is in effect until the year 2020. With 14,000 jobs to come from Apple Campus 2 and Main Street, we are already providing twice the ABAG projection of 7,000 jobs between 2010 and 2040. We don't need any more office allocation and we don't need Community Benefits program to promote any more development at this point. We would like to request the City Council to uphold the 2005 General Plan at this time. In a few years, properly revise the 2005 General Plan for a 2020-2040 General Plan with proper community input upfront as suggested by "California General Plan Guidelines." The draft GPA, proposed as Community Vision 2040, plans to do a blanket rezoning of many sites in Cupertino without any notification of the surrounding neighborhoods who are affected. Large areas are marked for additional height with no input from the immediately community. This abuses the intent of General Plan Amendment, which is allowed 4 times a year, to make project specific change to the General Plan with community input. There are many ongoing constructions, newly completed or to be completed in the next year: Rosebowl (Nineteen800), Biltmore 2, Main Street, Apple Campus 2. The traffic condition, air quality, noise level and school impact would all be impacted significantly by these projects still in the pipeline. What's the rush to build much much more at this time? We urge the council to NOT rezone any site without project specific plan or sufficient outreach meeting to solicit community input. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ We DO NOT agree with the proposal of rezoning of sites for conformance with General Plan and Housing Element. All the proposed sites are along Stevens Creek Blvd and De Anza Blvd.  Cupertino's main arteries, Stevens Creek Blvd and De Anza Blvd, are already congested with heavy traffic. Parking near the Cupertino City Center has become worse because of the high density housing available in the area, especially along Stevens Creek Blvd between Wolfe and De Anza Blvd. There's no parking available for people coming to the library. Rodrigues Ave has become very crowded after recent lane restructuring. Though there are bike lanes on either sides of Rodrigues Ave, it is really unsafe for kids biking on this road, as cars are parked along on both sides of the road making it very narrow. Please note that this is the route that most of the middle school and high school kids go to and from the library. So, adding more residential units along these main roads will complicate the current Cupertino road scenario.  We still do not know the impact of the projects, like Rose Bowl, Main Street and Apple Spaceship, that are still in progress. It is definitely not going to get any better. So, before we rezone more sites to include housing elements, we need to make sure we understand the full depth of impact on traffic, school, emergency response, parks and recreation, safety of kids, and of course, pollution with too many vehicles standing bumper to bumper for extended time.  Also, the meetings related to adding more residential units or rezoning for more housing, need to have representatives from school, traffic and other important infrastructures. Sometimes, there is no accountability with the survey reports. It's the residents who send kids to school or drive day-in and day-out in these roads who face the brunt of it. Surveys and reports are just estimates and there's always an error margin to it. We hereby urge you to vote NO to rezoning for sites in Cupertino for conformance with General Plan and Housing Element.  

Cupertino Residents Profile
2,150 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Mark Farrell, Jane kim, Hillary Ronen, Jeff Sheehy, Katy Tang, Ahsha Safai, Aaron Peskin, Sandra Fewer, Malia Cohen

Halt the installation of LED streetlights in SF neighborhoods until residents weigh in

In just a few months, that moody SF glow will be gone. Neighborhoods are being  rapidly transformed as the city replaces the old tangerine street lights with harsh, white, ultra-bright LEDs.  San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which has pursued the project without public input, chose to install high intensity, blue-emitting, unshielded LEDs that are both an assault on San Francisco's citizens and a public health concern. The new lights are nothing short of "mass civic vandalism," according to one novelist leading the charge against these new lights. SF residents describe the lights as turning their neighborhoods into "a construction zone," "a used car lot, and "a prison yard." And doctors warn that the lights damage eyes, interfere with circadian rhythms, and impair mental health. In short, San Franciscans HATE these lights. What's the problem? The new ultra-bright LEDs are far brighter and whiter than the orange sodium lights they replace. Certain streets now appear to be bathed in daylight 24/7. White LED's emit blue light, which is known to suppress melatonin, disrupt circadian rhythms, and interfere with sleep patterns.  The PUC ignored the American Medical Association's warnings about high intensity street lights, including their recommendation to properly shield then to reduce glare -- which can be blinding to motorists and pedestrians. The PUC also failed to follow the AMA's guideline to install smart LED lights that dim at off-peak hours.  The streetlights shine light in a much wider radius than their predecessors, casting a cold white glow into homes.  The new lights increase light pollution across the city. The new lights are ugly! They're invasive. They're cold. They're depressing. They ruin the night and they diminish our city. LEDs are not evil - but they have to be done right. LEDs are part of our future. They reduce costs and energy consumption. They don't have to be ugly. LEDs can emit any color profile desired, including warmer orange hues. Unfortunately, the particular fixtures installed by the PUC are not the result of caring human-centric design. They are the result of a bean-counting bureaucracy that failed to consider quality of life for the city's residents. As other cities have shown, there ARE alternatives and we CAN fight back: In Berlin, residents protested a similar streetlight conversion. As a result, local engineers designed warm orange LEDs that mimic the color and tone of the city's traditional gas lamps. In Davis, California, a citywide streetlight replacement was halted after outcry from residents. Davis then gave residents the opportunity to choose the type of LED lamps that should be installed. Residents chose a warmer light, with less brightness, than the city had originally planned, actually saving the city money. Berlin, Davis, and many other cities prove you do not have to sacrifice the energy-savings of LEDs to achieve great outcomes for residents. We want the same opportunity. So what do we demand? An IMMEDIATE STOP to LED street light installations until the public and our representatives can weigh in. For residents to have a voice in the type of lighting that is installed in our own neighborhoods and public streets.  For lawmakers to create a set of requirements for street lighting that reflect the wishes of SF's communities and not just its bureaucracies.  These steps will likely lead to better lighting with the right temperature and brightness for the vast majority of people in our city.  We have to act FAST. Once the lights are installed across San Francisco it will be difficult to reverse course. Send a message to our representatives that we want them to pay attention and DO something to protect our city. Let's stop these terrible lights from taking over. Let's save the night!       Additional links The best essay on the subject: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/opinion/sunday/ruining-that-moody-urban-glow.html?_r=0 SF complaints: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Are-San-Francisco-s-new-LED-streetlights-too-12317593.php Health effects: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/06/22/led-streetlights-could-led-to-sleepless-nights/ https://www.ama-assn.org/ama-adopts-guidance-reduce-harm-high-intensity-street-lights https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side  Citizens push back: http://www.darksky.org/citizens-push-back-on-led-lighting/  

Micah Springut
321 supporters