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Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Award the Cajun Navy the Congressional Gold Medal

The "Cajun Navy" has worked tirelessly over the last few years to help tens of thousands of people who have been pummeled by some of the worst storms in American history. This volunteer group of private boat owners have put their lives on the line to help people in need during natural disasters. They helped rescue survivors in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They worked directly with politicians to rescue victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida. And just this month they traveled to North Carolina to be on the frontlines during Hurricane Florence, rescuing countless people as flood waters and torrential storm conditions hit communities in the Carolinas hard. Last year President Trump called out the work of the "Cajun Navy" during his State of the Union address. Now it's time to go one step further, and honor this volunteer group of heroes with one of the highest civilian honors in the country -- the Congressional Gold Medal. Sign this petition to support honoring the "Cajun Navy" with the Congressional Gold Medal. Previous recipients of this honor include the Native American Code Talkers, the Tuskegee Airmen, Billy Graham, and the Women Airforce Service Pilots, among dozens of other men, women and groups who have made a direct impact on American history. What better way to honor a group that has literally saved thousands of American citizens in times of need than by giving them one of the nation's highest civilian honors? Let's ask Congress to hold up the work the "Cajun Navy" has done during these last few years and continues to do each and every year during natural disasters. Their work can be life-saving, and Congress has a unique moment to thank these folks for volunteering to save their neighbors from floods, hurricanes, tropical storms and more.

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Petition to Joy A. San Buenaventura, Harry Kim, Russell Ruderman, Eileen O'Hara, David Ige, Tulsi Gabbard, Brock Long, Brian Schatz, Mazie K. Hirono, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Lava Evacuees Need Help

The community of Lower Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii has made global news in recent weeks with the unprecedented and massive eruption of Kilauea volcano in both residential and agricultural areas. With little warning people fled their homes grabbing only the bare essentials, others had slightly more time to move animals and cherished possessions. Thousands of people in the community evacuated their homes as the entire area has become dangerous or uninhabitable at times due to toxic gasses, fires, smoke, earthquakes, ash, interrupted utilities and impassable roadways, all making safe or normal living impossible. There is no indication of the eruption slowing down and it's become less certain if homes or areas that endure will ever be inhabitable again. Unlike hurricanes or fires that predictably favor areas of Florida or California each season, the extremely rare event of a lava flow in ones neighborhood is often not covered by insurance. Many have lost everything - homes, businesses, possessions - and are exhausting whatever remaining resources they have to simply stay afloat. Currently over 200 homes or structures have been destroyed thus far, making Puna eligible for individual FEMA aid. While the community is grateful for the support for enhanced emergency services, and the island ohana is helping in countless ways, financial aid for families and individuals is needed now. The Puna community asks government agencies to support displaced and affected Puna residents from the lava flow by issuing FEMA funds to help people recover from this unique, on-going and devastating event. *photo credit Bruce Omori of Extreme Exposure used with permission

Sofia H Wilt
81,686 supporters