Petition to Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Pete DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Kate Brown
Support Albany Research Center
IMPORTANT: This petition should not be signed on government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment. Do not use your government email address or government phone in contacting your Member of Congress. Research is an integral part of our economy; scientific knowledge has played a critical role in making the United State a leader in innovation. We are writing to encourage you to protect critical funding for the Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), specifically that of the Albany, Oregon site. This is formerly the Albany Research Center - the center for metals which started in 1943 under the Bureau of Mines. The history of the laboratory can be found here on page 127. Current projects, but limited to, include improvements of heart stents and body armor, refractories and materials studies, geological and geospatial analysis. With the senate considering policies that could have long lasting impacts to this nation’s scientific innovation, we ask that you take account the local impact to Oregon. President Trump’s FY18 budget proposes: “As part of the Department’s effort to operate more efficiently, this Request includes a phased approach to consolidation of NETL’s Albany research operations into NETL’s Eastern sites and commissioning of a Mission Alignment study beginning in Q3 FY 2017 that includes: (1) Evaluation of alternatives for locating NETL’s Alloy Metallurgy Capabilities; (2) Study of Environmental Impacts Responsibility & Remediation at the Albany site; and (3) Analysis of Alternatives for Configuration of NETL’s Eastern Sites.” In addition, at the DOE budget hearing on Tuesday, June 20th, Secretary Perry stated: "As part of the Department’s effort to operate more efficiently, the Budget proposes the initial stages of footprint consolidation for the National Energy Technology Laboratory. In a phased approach, we propose to consolidate NETL’s Albany, Oregon site into the NETL’s Eastern sites and initiate a Mission Alignment study in FY 2017 to evaluate alternatives for the consolidation of NETL’s eastern sites." Furthermore, the Subcommittee Markup - FY 2018 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill meets June 28th to discuss energy appropriations. It is critical that we have our voices heard in this time. The NETL-Albany site has 37 federal and 81 contract employees as well as 25 interns who would lose their jobs. Research shows that, for every dollar invested in national service, there are returns of ~$4 in community-wide benefits. NETL Albany has a total economic impact [in Oregon] of $30M in 2016 and as much of $72M in 2009 for research and development performed by government scientists and through grants, contracts, agreements with university, small business, and other members of the community. NETL develops young leaders, provides valuable skills and experience to enter the workforce by providing research opportunities - specifically students from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. Here at NETL-Albany, we believe in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) education outreach within our communities in Albany, Lebanon, and Corvallis, Oregon. We - the signed - ask for you, our local Congressmen and representatives - to support sustained funding in your Fiscal Year 2018 priorities and ensure NETL Albany stays open. Thank you for your support, American Federation of Government Employees Local 1104
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Representative Greg Walden
No Trumpcare! No Way! No How!
It's not news to any of us that the Republicans are trying to take away our health care. The Albany Region Indivisible Group is committed to standing up, speaking up and acting to thwart their efforts. Please join us in protesting their attempts by signing this petition . Did you know that currently only about 5 percent of Oregonians are lacking health insurance? And that if the Republicans' American Health Care Act is passed the number will rise to at least 15 percent? Millions will lose their healthcare if they are able to pass this controversial and draconian "Repeal and Replacement" of the Affordable Care Act. Who of our friends and neighbors, here in Oregon, will suffer most? Our most vulnerable. Our youngest and most elderly. Families who live in small towns and the hospitals that care for them. Women who rely on reproductive health providers that will no longer have funding. Sixty five thousand disabled people who currently receive long-term care through Medicaid. Our Veterans. So many losses. Oregon Representative Greg Walden, one of the bill's authors and biggest supporters, touts its "entitlement reform." Entitlement reform that will strip our most vulnerable of their care. How can Greg Walden be celebrating this? This legislation could result in 465,000 fewer Oregonians having health insurance and create a 2.6 billion dollar negative impact on the state's already stressed budget. Almost half a million people without insurance? Surely our nation is more compassionate than this. This bill, as well, is an unprecedented money grab for our nation's wealthiest citizens; money taken from the poor and middle-class. 275 billion dollars in tax breaks will be given to the top 4 percent wealthiest of our citizens. So the poor get poorer and sicker. The rich get richer. This is simply unacceptable! Join millions of other Americans to say "No Trumpcare! No Way! No How!" You have an opportunity to make a difference. Right here. Right now. Sign here. Register your outrage at this deplorable bill. Thank you for helping us speak out! Albany Region Indivisible Group Albany, Oregon
Petition to Donald Trump
Award The Presidential Medal of Freedom to the Heroes of Portland.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award of the United States. It recognizes those people who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." On Friday, May 26, 2017, Ricky John Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher stood up against the rising tide of hate and intolerance in this country when they intervened to prevent Jeremy Joseph Christian from assaulting two young Muslim women on a light-rail train in Portland, Oregon. Best and Meche were stabbed to death and Fletcher was seriously injured. President Trump can make a powerful statement that we will not accept a future where men like Jeremy Joseph Christian feel empowered to attack Americans simply because of their religion or the color of their skin, and that Ricky John Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher represent the best of us for selflessly defending the right of their fellow Americans to live in peace and enjoy what FDR called the freedom from fear. For these reasons, we call on President Trump to award the heroes of Portland the highest civilian award of the United States, The Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Petition to firstname.lastname@example.org , Sen.ElizabethSteinerHayward@state.or.us, email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Blocked View of the Fremont Bridge
The proposed Fremont Apartment development will obstruct the view of the Fremont Bridge from Fields Park—an iconic view of a bridge that was purposefully built with aesthetics in mind. This impacts ALL Portlanders, not just those of us in the Pearl. The public greenway along the river behind the proposed building may meet minimum standards established by Portland Parks & Recreation, but it pinches down to 12.5 feet at its narrowest. Compare that to the 18 foot walkway behind WFP. The footprint of the building exceeds the standard 200’ x 200’ block size by more than 30’. That results in a building that is too massive and too tall for the lot size. Additionally, the building does not conform to the setback requirement from the river which limits the height of buildings along the river. The proposed building will be built on the south lot line of the property which will likely result in other development to the south including Centennial Mills to build on the south lot lines as well thus constricting any existing view spaces and walkways such as the north side of WFP. Here is a link to the proposed building. http://www.nextportland.com/category/1650-nw-naito/
Petition to Amanda Yano, Kate Brown, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Oregon State Senate, Oregon State House, Shannon Casad, Lacy Edmunson, Liani J. Reeves, Fariborz Pakseresht, Marilyn Jones
Bring Kaylynn Home!
The State of Oregon Department of Human Services is giving out OMMP registry cards for medical marijuana and then taking children for the same reason!! A parent's use of Medical Marijuana is NOT child neglect. Kaylynn Nelson belongs with her family! #BRINGKAYLYNNHOME
Petition to University of Oregon
LET'S GET THIS RACIST MURAL IN A FEDERALLY- FUNDED UNIVERSITY LIBRARY REMOVED! #TEARITDOWN
MURAL BOASTING THE PRESERVATION OF WHITE SUPREMACY IN PUBLIC LIBRARY OF A FEDERALLY-FUNDED UNIVERSITY As a college student, it is common for me or anyone else at any point in time to need to end up in the library. Being a student at the large, federally funded public university, the University of Oregon, it can be a place that people spend a significant amount of their college career at. The library is supposed to be a place of learning without fear or distraction. Upon entering the Knight Library, the largest and most trafficked library on our campus, in order to go upstairs (which we all obviously have to do at some point), the West stairwell features a mural that is riddled with racist and white supremacist undertones. The mural reads as follows: THE MISSION OF A UNIVERSITY The University process is a social process that does not stop short of transforming men. To achieve such profound results it must utilize the principle of all for each and each for all directed to the highest ends of life. Its organization must evoke the most intimate interplay of thought & purpose. It must amount to a life process fully socialized. From now on it must be a climb if our nation is to hold its position among the nations of the Earth. It means conservation and betterment not merely of our national resources but also of our racial heritage and of opportunity to the lowliest. This must be our passion and the universities must be its prophets. Frederick George Young B.A. LL. D. 1858-1929 Professor of Social Science and Dean of Sociology 1895-1928 I have bolded the portions that I, as well as a number of my concerned peers, found to be extremely offensive and degrading to students of color, denigrating our very existence on this campus. Upon reading this mural, I immediately felt unwelcome and disconnected from a sense of fellowship and safety in the space meant for learning. The argument that these professors lived in a “different time” or any other sort of euphemistic jaw-flapping is just given to excuse the existence of overtly racist statements and symbols. This mural has no place in 2017 on the campus of a public university. It is not as though the campus library is an anthropological museum, documenting the racial grievances of a past generation, serving as a reminder to not repeat history. This is a library in a public university, whose contents and purpose serve to facilitate the pursuit of education and encourage acceptance for everyone who seeks knowledge to be able to gain it without fear of reproach. The placard stands at nearly three times my height and is impossible to avoid when going up the stairs. It serves as a constant reminder to myself and other students of color that we are not welcome here. We are not meant to be a part of this university. We are “the lowliest”, being thrown a bone in order to humor the university and bolster its ability to boast of its percentages of racial minorities. This façade of inclusion and diversity is shameful and hard to justify in the 21st century. The mural was created in 1937 by the former University of Oregon art professor, Nowland B. Zane featuring the words of Frederick George Young, the dean of the School of Sociology at University of Oregon from 1919 until his death in 1929. Not much else is written about about these two individuals in terms of their personal opinions on race and preservation of whiteness on the campus, but Oregon being a historically white state, it can easily be deduced what is meant by conservation of "racial heritage". Oregon proclaimed themselves a "whites only" state, banning the "N*gro and Mulatto" beginning in 1859, and the statute was not technically removed from the books until 1922. Also, the 15th Amendment was not ratified in Oregon until 1959. Not to mention, racial discrimination in public accommodations was completely legal until 1953. This is not the only time way in which the University of Oregon has participated in tacitly racist behavior. There used to be several academic and residence halls named after individuals either who were involved with the KKK or were Klansmen themselves. The University begun a half-hearted attempt to change these names in response to some pushback. However, in the year 2017, there still remains a hall named after a Confederate officer Benjamin Hawthorne, as well as another mural in the same library that depicts overtly racist social darwinism. These subtle forms of racism may exist undetected by the untrained eye, but for those already deeply impacted by the current resurgence of racially-charged aggression, these symbols and ideations are insulting and detrimental to their learning environment. It’s not as though there aren’t any other perfectly good and historically significant artwork that could replace it. Hell, even a toddler’s crayon drawing of a cat would be better than what is there now. So f*ck it. Let’s let University of Oregon know it’s time that we #TearItDown
Petition to Timothy Fox, John Sewell, Jim Patterson, Billy J. Williams
Criminal Charges for the Eagle Creek Fire Starters
The Eagle Creek Fire in The Columbia Gorge in Oregon was set ablaze by a group of teenagers throwing fireworks into the Eagle Creek Canyon. Oregon State Police questioned a group of 15 year old suspects on Saturday, September 3 2017 but no charges were made. Please sign this petition to force the Oregon State Police to take this serious and charge the minors for their criminal actions! We request these minors be charged as adults. Over 33,000 acres have been burned with 5% containment.