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Petition to CEO Jim Mangia / St John's Well Child & FamilyCenter, Caitlyn Jenner

Stop Dishonoring the LGBTQ Community By Honoring Caitlyn Jenner!!!

The LGBTQ community demands that organizations STOP allowing Caitlyn Jenner to PURCHASE awards, honors, and accolades as an attempt to mask her damaged rapport with the community at large. Caitlyn Jenner has been nothing but harmful to the LGBTQ community by: *Supporting an administration that has aggressively attacked transgender children, service members in the armed forces, and has reversed civil protections for transgender people which were implemented by President Obama. * Justifying the discrimination & violence against trans women by stating that "they should put people at ease and not make them uncomfortable by looking like men in dresses". * Expressing opposition to same-sex marriage on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show". AND ...In addition to slandering her family in her book for less than $4M and #361 on the Amazon list; SHE was at fault for the death of an elderly woman in a car crash and SUED the dead woman's (Kim Howe) estate. Among the many other atrocities and egregious examples of her lack of empathy, 10/13/17 she went on another media rant blaming Ellen DeGeneres for her tarnished reputation and attempting to draw sympathy from mainstream media-- who are unaware of the tyrant Caitlyn Jenner really is. These are NOT attributes worthy of honor or an award. Caitlyn Jenner's values and ideology aren't those that the LGBTQ community; especially trans people, would look for in someone as a "representative". When organizations honor Caitlyn Jenner despite the fact that their mission & vision are the antithesis of what Jenner stands for; it expresses tolerance for Caitlyn's harmful actions, which ultimately breaks their promise to protect and advocate for the vulnerable, at risk populations they serve. St John's Well Child & Family Center is supposed to uphold that promise. They are a health clinic that offers services to the transgender community; which are delivered by a staff of dedicated transgender individuals. We believe the decision to publicly award Caitlyn Jenner on 10/21/17 at the TransNation Film Festival's Eleganza night is a terrible mistake. The decision was made without considerable input from the transgender staff at St. John's who are also community members above all else. We know that Caitlyn has given money to St John's, and we know that the higher-ups want more from her. The transgender staff are already working extremely hard to deliver vital services and now have been put in the very difficult position of having to take backlash from the community for decisions that were above their heads. Transgender people who work in the non-profit sector are typically only one pay check away from being in the same position as the demographic they serve. Being that transgender people in particular face economic hardships that are disproportionate to other members of the LGBTQ community, challenging problematic politics such as those excercised by St. John's and other other organizations puts them at risk. Caitlyn has given small donations ($25,000-$50,000) that are only a fraction of what she makes purely on the annual interest of her reported net worth of $100 million dollars. Her tax breaks mean more to her than the issues that affect the LGBTQ community and our overall wellbeing. Her contributions do not make up for her awful track record and the massive amount of harm she has caused to the transgender & LGBTQ community at large.  The LGBTQ community has given Caitlyn Jenner SEVERAL attempts to right her wrongs, but her cognitive dissonance and stubborn arrogance have prevented her from formally apologizing to us and vowing to do better.  Therefore; we (Trans Liberation Now) ask that St. John's Well Child & Family Center rescind their award/honor on 10/21/17. Failure to meet that demand will result in a demonstration at the Eleganza Gala located at: The Cicada Club- 617 S Olive Street in Downtown Los Angeles at 6:30pm We will NO LONGER be Caitlyn Jenner's PR props or puppets to her propaganda! We will NOT allow her to carry on as if she is the Christopher Columbus of Trans Identity or the Trans Christ and savior.  We will NOT continue to allow her to pimp our narratives out for profit, an use us as social experiments that she can mold into an extension of the Kardashian brand. We will NOT allow her to continue building her divisive caste system pins white trans people against black & brown trans people!  We will NOT allow her to bully her way into safe spaces that are designated for those whom her political & social efforts have harmed! We will NOT allow her to carry-on like the Trans Harvey Weinstein & harrass other trans women and abuse her privilege & status! AND Caitlyn Jenner is a humanitarian fraud and we will  NO LONGER allow her to make false claims that her foundation (The Caitlyn Jenner Foundation) is benefitting ALL trans people when there are ZERO people of color on her staff or board (non-reflective of those she claims to serve) AND-- we will NO LONGER allow her to use her foundation as a self-congratulatory tool to lend credibility to her status as an influential figure within the LGBTQ community. Example: Transnation's film festival's Eleganza Gala is honoring Caitlyn Jenner along with Jazzmun Nichcala Crayton (Activist, Actress, Community Advocate). The organizer & curator for the TransNation film festival is ALSO the president of The Caitlyn Jenner Foundation!! Instead of allowing a hard working, well respected African-American trans woman have her moment, Caitlyn Jenner used it as an opportunity to center herself by having Zackary Drucker her President, honor HER at this event! Help us put a STOP to this! Your signature(s) will tell St. John's Well Child & Family Center & other organizations to: STOP DISHONORING THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY BY HONORING CAITLYN JENNER!! Thank you!!!   

Ashlee Marie Preston
2,296 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to , , , , , , , , Acting Executive Director

Demand Shelter Reform & Transparency at Nevada SPCA. Fight for a proper no kill shelter.

Open Letter to the NSPCA Board and Local Agencies Urging Shelter Reform, Collaboration & Transparency To Whom It May Concern, NSPCA Board President Kathy Jung and Fellow NSPCA Board Members, Clark County Commissioners and Local Government Agencies, & Southern Nevada Residents, RE: NSPCA: NV19811013389, C7609-1981, EIN: 88-0187383 Summary: CCCAWA has good reason to believe that the current management of the NSPCA is failing to carry out the mission of the organization, failing to comply as a true no-kill animal rescue and failing to comply with key NRS requirements as well as Clark County Municipal Codes pertaining to animal welfare. That said, we of CCCAWA are asking for the removal of NSPCA management and shelter redesign with health, wellness and transparency as your guides. We are also asking the general public to show their support for proper shelter reform of the NSPCA in order to restore Southern Nevada’s only ‘no kill’ shelter to the proper sanctuary it was intended to be for homeless animals in our community. We urge local Southern Nevada residents to show your support by signing the petition today. Detailed Information: Over the course of several years and a compilation of hands-on experiences in and around the Nevada Society for the Prevention and Cruelty of Animals (NSPCA) several things have become apparent to this group and we deem worthy of this open letter. First and foremost, thank you for the work your organization strives to achieve and for the mission you have in place: “The Nevada SPCA, a nonprofit organization, operates a no-kill animal sanctuary, promotes humane education, makes referrals for lower-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services and challenges people to be the best possible guardians for the companion animals in their care. We work to achieve our adoption goals by treating each animal as an individual, with a name instead of a number.  We strive to match each rescued animal with people by personality and lifestyle in order to have the best chance to find a forever home. We seek homes for the animals where they will be treated, cherished, and appreciated as members of the family.”1 We realize that unlike the open-intake, government-subsidized shelter(s) in Southern Nevada; the NSPCA is operating under the ‘no-kill model’, which is both widely commended and supported throughout the community. We also recognize that your organization rescues some of the most difficult to adopt, often unwanted and medically in-need animals. As stated on your website: “Besides those awaiting adoption, we have animals in the process of rehabilitation so that they too can be available for adoption in the future, and we exhaust all reasonable measures to help them become adoptable.  At the time of rescue many animals have broken bones and other injuries, disease, emaciated bodies from starvation or neglect, birth defects, tumors and other growths, and more.  Even more are bouncing back from cruelty and abuse, learning to trust people again.”2 As Southern Nevada’s only no-kill shelter, the general public and community donor naturally assumes you operate under the true ‘No-Kill Model.’ The No- Kill resolution states: ”Whereas, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals and other humane organizations were founded to establish standards for humane treatment of animals, to promote their rights, and to protect them from harm;”3 Among other rights, the No Kill Statement of Rights and Guiding Principles4 state that: Taxpayers and community members have a right to full and complete disclosure about how animal shelters operate.  Shelters provide care and treatment for all animals in shelters to the extent necessary, including prompt veterinary care, adequate nutrition, shelter, exercise, and socialization;  Shelters are held accountable for and make information publicly available about all the animals in their care. Having said all of that, the CCCAWA has good reason to believe that the current management of the NSPCA is failing to carry out the mission of the organization, failing to comply as a true no-kill animal rescue and failing to comply with key NRS requirements5 as well as Clark County Municipal Codes6 pertaining to animal welfare. Key areas of concern include: 1. Inadequate staffing: Key staff member(s) have left or been dismissed without replacement both in front and back-of- house. Kennel attendants are often tasked with front-of- house duties and pulled in so many directions that kennel duties and cleanliness suffers. There are no staff members whose job duties include socialization, walks or proper exercise.References: NRS 574.360, NRS 574.4730, MC 10.30.010, MC 10.30.080 2. Unclean living conditions and improperly maintained enclosures: Building and grounds are not well kept, kennel doors are broken, elements are exposed, sewage is backing up, water is leaking from the roof, bugs and pigeons are present and the smell is often overpowering. Water bowls go unwashed and are refilled to the point of algae, fecal matter and urine is not cleared away and properly sanitized each day and left into the next etc, bugs fill treat containers and water dishes including cockroaches and black widows, animals are often covered in fecal matter and urine when brought up for adoption, training or walks with volunteers.References: NRS 574.360, MC 10.30.010, NRS 574.430, MC 10.30.080, NRS574.420, MC10.30.070, NRS547.370, MC 10.30.020 3. Inadequate housing and shelter for the number of animals: There are often times 4-5 small dogs in a kennel and sometimes up to 3 large dogs. Fights often break out and can go on unattended causing both mental and emotional damage to the animals. Cases involving food hoarding and resource guarding which many rescue animals exhibit, can lead to a dog being without food, water, or access to the indoor area of the kennel until it can be noted by a staff member.References: NRS 574.410, MC 10.30.060 4. Inadequate medical care: There seems to be only one member on staff dedicated to medical care and she has questionable training or qualifications in veterinary care. This is gravely inadequate for the number of animals present. Injuries and illness often go unnoticed and unattended unless severe and extremely visible. Outside trainers note injuries unattended-to and volunteers witness reports of illness gone unanswered or improperly addressed. Dogs have been noted with severe ear infections, growths, neurological problems, broken bones, parasites and more; without constant reminders and volunteer pleading treatment does not take place and noted requests for treatment often go unanswered by staff or dismissed as minor. This environment is unfit for older animals or animals with any ongoing medical issues. This group has been privy to several older dogs dying in the shelter with little to no preventative care or end of life care given until it was apparent the animal was already beyond aide. Other times dogs have gone unaltered without notice until attention is drawn to it due to apparent physical symptoms such as going into heat/vaginal bleeding. There is no way one staff member could adequately address all of these issues or even be aware of them.References: NRS 574.440(2), MC 10.30.090(b) 5. Inadequate socialization or interaction program in place for dogs. No program in place to ensure dogs are receiving socialization, working with trainers to improve behavior issues or getting proper mental or physical stimulation. Currently all exercise and enrichment is done through 100% volunteer contributions. When volunteers are out of town or are restricted access, animals suffer and do not leave their kennels for days on end.NSPCA: NV19811013389, C7609-1981, EIN: 88-0187383 6. No transparency regarding dogs unavailable for adoption: Dogs “in the back” or “unavailable for adoption” as the website refers get no socialization what-so- ever. There is no program in place to get them ready for adoption, mark their progress or evaluation as to when they can move to “the front”. Volunteers are denied access and the dogs are not listed on the website.Rows upon rows of kennels exist “in the back” with absolutely no accountability to the public,the donor, or even to the board of directors regarding the animals’ well-being, socialization,progress or health status. Dogs could die and go completely unnoticed as they are essentially hidden and unaccounted for publicly. 7. Unclear guidelines and changing expectations for volunteers; informal hierarchy of leaders and a culture of silencing through bullying. There is no volunteer coordinator on staff. There are no clear rules or guidelines. Times often change, procedures change, rules and expectations change. Volunteers are asked to not speak with trainers or outside entities regarding the shelter or concern for the animals. People are asked to leave and shunned if concern is voiced or ideas offered which are unwelcome or deemed “accusatory”. 8. Consistent medical neglect as well as a culture of silencing and emotional blackmail by staff done through removing access to animals in a retaliatory fashion. It has been observed that key volunteers and financial supporters suggest additional medical examination and/or request an animal be made available for foster or hospice care in order to – keep a closer eye on a medical situation, provide more personalized care, work on a behavioral issue such as kennel stress etc. – and are most often times dismissed and/or denied. Repeated concern for an animals’ well being is frowned upon and is deemed as “negativity”. Any comments made to senior staff that could possibly be construed as negative result in the volunteer being deemed “aggressive” and asked to leave. Often times, expressing concern about an animal will result in the placements of restrictions via a “No Walks; Medical Treatment” sign being placed on the kennel. The “No walk” restriction can/does last for weeks to months at a time with no communication as to what has been observed, if a professional has seen the animal, if the issue has improved or resolved, and/or when the animal will be allowed to leave its kennel for mental and physical stimulation again. Volunteers fear voicing even reasonable concerns for fear of being deemed “aggressive,” being asked to leave, being denied access the animals to ensure their well being, and for fear of retaliatory ‘no walk’ periods as subtle punishments for the whistle blowers themselves. No walk signs are used to defer medical attention, silence concerned volunteers and punish whistle blowers.References: NRS 574.440(2), MC 10.30.090(b) 9. Unclear guidelines, requirements, procedures and/or policy regarding a foster care program. There is no formal foster program in place; it is clear through social media and other marketing that litters of puppies, kittens or those animals deemed “in need” of medical fosters are marketed for foster care while other animals with similarly severe medical concerns remain in the shelter for months at a time before action is taken by senior staff. What qualifies an animal for foster care is unclear and that determination is at the complete discretion of management, which dislikes and hinders input by supporters. Management has very little interaction with the animals and therefore likely no real sense of their daily medical welfare especially given the number of animals present. Management has stated that supposed “healthy animals” are not to be marketed for foster homes at anytime despite it’s proven ability to alleviate behavioral issues due to kennel stress as well as over crowding.References: NRS 574.440, MC 10.30.090 10. Unclear guidelines and procedure regarding social media and promotion of animals; continued silencing and lack of transparency. Volunteers are not provided with a social media policy but are reprimanded by deputized volunteer leaders for promoting animals using wording deemed inappropriate. Descriptions having warranted reprimand include stating length of time an animal has been at the shelter, stating the hours of the shelter, stating medical concerns or other urgencies, using the word “shelter” itself, among others. 11. Unclear guidelines for adoption requirements. Some families are told they are unable to adopt any dog labeled a pitbull or pit mix if they have another one because you can’t have “two fighting breeds” together. Families are often denied due to multiple pets even if they are willing to restrict access or make accommodations. Dogs are deemed inappropriate for children or families often due to initial evaluation and without regard for progress or improved behavior. Other times, dogs are given to individuals who appear transient and whose ability to properly care for the animal is questionable with little to no questions or regard. 12. Unethical lost and stray pet procedures.  Disregard for recommended guidelines of Nevada Administrative Code by accepting animals that have not been held for 72 hours at the government-contracted municipal open-intake shelter.  Lack of acceptable protocols for attempted reunification with an original owner.  History of withholding information from rightful owners after actions have been taken to reclaim their animals, refusal to cooperate; stonewalling and intimidating owners.  Owners have been denied access to their animals due to prohibited public viewing; animals have been adopted out while owners have been attempting to reclaim.  Deceptive tactics such as lying, bullying and hiding dogs ‘in the back’ which have later been uncovered when photos of the animal on-property appeared online or in the media.  Implying, without any specific knowledge or proof, that owners have been “irresponsible.” Given the issues at hand, we feel that the NSPCA is in dire need of shelter reform, which requires:  New leadership  Transparency and accountability  Adhering to a model of acceptable animal care and employee safety  Legislation to require shelters to operate humanely As board members tasked with steering the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission; we feel this plea is best suited for your ears. As you know, one of the most important responsibilities for many boards is to hire and set the compensation of a talented CEO/executive director to run the proper day-to- day management activities of the organization. That said, we of CCCAWA are asking for the removal of NSPCA management and shelter redesign with health, wellness and transparency as your guides. We are also asking the general public to show their support for proper shelter reform of the NSPCA in order to restore Southern Nevada’s only ‘no kill’ shelter to the proper sanctuary it was intended to be for homeless animals in our community. Show your support by signing the petition today. Lastly, if you or someone you know has related information please email and/or contact your local animal control department directly.  Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to your thoughtful consideration and action regarding this important matter of animal welfare. Sincerely, The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare Activities (CCCAWA)Southern Sources: 1&2 Source: 3 Source: 4 Source: 5 Source: 6 Source:  

Coalition of Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare Activities (CCCWA)
1,193 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Hillsborough County Commissioners

Save Our Land & Bakas Equestrian Center - Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County taxpayers are at risk of losing 22 acres of publicly-owned lands including the Bakas Equestrian Center's Horses for Handicapped nonprofit program. We should not sell our public conservation land, we should be acquiring more. We must protect this public property, which connects to thousands of acres of land and trails. We must make sure the cost of relocating the Bakas Equestrian Center and building an additional facility is properly determined and actually worth it.Please sign this petition now so Hillsborough County does NOT sell public lands paid for by taxpayers to private interests and the Bakas Equestrian Center will not need to relocate. Want to help? Here's how:  Sign this petition and share it with friends on social media and by word of mouth.  "Like" our Facebook page now to keep up to date on important events, news, and additional information. Email the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners now to explain you signed this petition and any additional reasons why we should NOT sell our public lands to private interests or risk losing the Bakas Equestrian Center! Join us at the informational session hosted by Hillsborough County Administration at the Keystone Recreation Center on Monday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m. in support of saving our public lands and the Bakas Equestrian Center! Join us and make public comment at the next Hillsborough County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday morning, May 17th. We must save our public lands and the Bakas Equestrian Center! Thank you for your support of our community.Want to learn more? From the Tampa Bay Times:  In exchange for paying for construction, Pepin would get ownership of the tract in northwest Hillsborough County currently used by Bakas. It abuts the 67-acre parcel where he and his family live in a $1.5 million home. How much Pepin would pay toward building new stables, offices and barns would depend on an independent appraisal of the Bakas site. He has agreed to pay the appraised value plus $50,000. The land has a market value of $827,000, according to property appraiser records. "I have always been a major philanthropic citizen and have helped hundreds of causes in this community," Pepin said in an email. "I am working hard to satisfy the most people and get the most out of taxpayers' money." Pepin originally offered to pay $430,000 for a privately owned, 18-acre parcel in Seffner and said he would pay up to $450,000 for the construction of facilities there to replace the Bakas site. But his proposal to relocate the center 31 miles away in Seffner led to an outcry from families whose mentally and physically disabled children ride horses at the center. Although located in far northwest Hillsborough, Bakas also draws families from Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. The Odessa and Dover tracts now proposed are already owned by the county, eliminating the need to buy land for the new centers. Kim Hajaistron, whose disabled son, Michael, is a rider at Bakas, said the new deal is better than moving to Seffner. But she remains skeptical that the money Pepin is offering will cover the cost of facilities to match the covered arena, a 13-stall stable and administrative center at Bakas. "His original proposal was laughable at how cheap he wanted to get us for," she said. "I need to see numbers, and we need to go into this very carefully." Hillsborough County officials will this week begin evaluating the new deal, which will likely go for approval before commissioners within the next two months. They plan to get feedback from Bakas parents and obtain estimates for stable construction, said Forest Turbiville, director of the Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department. Located on S Mobley Road, Northwest Equestrian Park is about 600 acres and has 6 miles of horse trails.Sydney Dover Trails comprises about 800 acres but roughly two-thirds of that is old phosphate pits and mining areas. Roughly 250 acres are suitable for riding, Turbiville said. Both parks are viable sites but the county also has to consider the cost of running two centers, he added. Bakas costs about $580,000 a year to run. "The one thing we don't want to do is reduce service to the existing Bakas facility," Turbiville said.  

Save Our Land & Bakas Equestrian Center
93 supporters