north carolina

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Petition to Roy Cooper, Margaret Spellings

Approve free college tuition for North Carolina's residents!

Earlier this year, the state of New York introduced the Excelsior Scholarship, a tuition free program for New York residents. It grants New York's middle class residents free college tuition at any CUNY or SUNY school, making higher education more affordable and easier to access. (Free tuition for New York) But it's only one state out of fifty taking action. It's progress for New York students, but what about the rest of us? The ones who are frantically applying for the FAFSA, applying for every scholarship available, graduates drowning in student debt. It's time consuming, it's stressful, and it's sending graduates off to a rocky start. Having to juggle debt and other finances right off the bat? Yikes.  As a resident of North Carolina and a high school senior, I keep watching New York with jealousy while internally semi-panicking, thinking about the FAFSA and scholarship deadlines. Recently, I asked a teacher and one of my classes if NC should do the same for NC residents- my teacher agreed and I was startled by my class's (very loud) reactions, agreeing as well. Now, it may only be a tiny silver of the North Carolina population who feel this way, but I strongly feel many other NC residents will agree.  I did some digging around, and I found out that interestingly enough, Roy Cooper's (NC Governor) mother was a school teacher. Not only that, he's dedicated a part of his public service to education and our students to ensure a good education for all. Roy Cooper, I can trust that you can acknowledge that education creates more opportunities, creates more jobs, and is something that everyone should have access to. Can you follow in Governor Cuomo's (New York) footsteps? Can you work with Margaret Spellings, president of the UNC system (and former US Secretary of Education), to ensure this right for North Carolina's residents? Why is it that we have to pay to access higher education in order to create a better future for us and future generations to come? We've had free access to public schools but costs to continue on into public university. New York is advancing, it's only soon enough that another state will follow their footsteps. North Carolina should be next to follow. If you agree, please sign this petition for North Carolina's government to approve free tuition for middle class NC residents in all 17 UNC schools. 

Dani Krueger
12 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to North carolina

Declare Independence from Meat

There are nearly 9 million pigs in North Carolina… and 10 million humans. There are a dozen counties in in the state where pigs actually outnumber humans, but most of these animals live their short lives in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). They are rarely if ever seen by the general public.  However, to our neighbors in eastern North Carolina, the reality of factory farming is anything but hidden — the smell, the flies, the foul brown water all seep through the land they call home. This isn't just an animal rights issue, it's a human rights issue, too. It’s social injustice, plain and simple. One could argue that North Carolina is a microcosm of the ills of factory farming; what's bad for the animals is bad for public health and for the environment.  Our neighbors (humans and other animals) deserve freedom from harm. Reducing demand for meat is a small but truly significant and compassionate action we can take to ensure that justice rules.  The good news is that community activists are beginning to motivate their neighbors to take action. Will you join them?  It’s time to meet the neighbors; to see the big picture and act in concert with core values related to compassion, environmental stewardship, and social justice.  Sign this pledge to show that you are among those choosing more compassionate choices and eating plants instead of animals. Do it for yourself, do it for the animals, and do it for our North Carolina neighbors who deserve better!

Farm Sanctuary
1,466 supporters