Petition to Anthem's CEO, Joseph Swedish
Anthem BlueCross BlueShield is Preventing My 12-year-old Son from Having a Better Life
My son, Brody, has a rare form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It’s a terrible disease that leads to an early death. Brody is only 12 years old. He has a fighting chance, especially in light of a new drug (Exondys 51) that the FDA approved late last year for all patients with the rare form of this disease. However, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, one of the largest health insurers, recently announced that they won’t cover this treatment. Rather, Anthem is labeling this life-altering medicine “experimental,” despite its FDA approval. This is unacceptable! Anthem’s creative interpretation of its coverage policy withholds a treatment for Brody and the 1,500 other patients with this rare form of Duchenne affecting their quality of life and ensuring an early death sentence. PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION AND HELP ME SHOW ANTHEM THAT KIDS WITH MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY DESERVE A FIGHTING CHANCE. This drug isn’t a cure, but it’s the first FDA-approved treatment that gives our family hope. It helps slow the progression of the disease by producing dystrophin, a protein that my son needs to use his muscles and that he can’t produce on his own. The fact that Brody is in a wheelchair shouldn’t matter at all – he needs to be able to move his arms, hands and fingers. When did we start telling people in wheelchairs that one’s quality of life – eating, texting, writing, etc. – isn’t important? Should big insurance companies be able to discriminate against kids with disabilities? To Joseph Swedish, CEO of Anthem: You still have time to do the right thing. Maybe your decision was made in haste? Perhaps it was a clerical error or a simple oversight? Did you have an opportunity to speak with any of the Duchenne experts about the value of this drug? Did you even know this decision was made? Regardless, the Duchenne community is deeply concerned. Since my son is unable to walk, we have to be the ones to stand against Anthem for him. The company has time to reverse this decision before it’s too late for kids like Brody. I hope you will join me by signing this petition and sharing with your friends and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter Thank you for standing with me.
Petition to SUPREME, US Congress, Barack Obama, United States Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Senate
Stop ALL Mandatory Vaccination in ALL states.
As we see more and more of our constitutional rights and parental rights being stripped from us... WE THE PEOPLE ask that ALL vaccines be made optional as they had been in the past and that health departments in every state continue or go back to offering vaccine exemptions to those parents who feel the need to not vaccinate their children. WE THE PEOPLE do not believe children are to be possessions of the state. Our children were not given to the state to raise. They were given to us by God. As their parents we have parental rights that we refuse to relinquish. Those rights include and are not limited to deciding WHAT gets injected into our children. We will not sit idly by as our parental rights get stripped away. We will come together as one and fight for our rights to protect our children and to raise our children the way we feel is best. Parents have the right to refuse vaccinations. Parents have the right to make their own informed decision as to whether to vaccinate or not. Parents have the right to be able to send their children to public schools with their exemptions. As you continue to see more and more rights being stripped away from parents you will see a unity that you have never seen before. As parents, vaxxers and non-vaxxers will come together to make sure the government understands that we do not believe our children are government property. We will fight back, for as long as we need to until our parental rights are respected. Since when does the government NOT work for the people? WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND all mandatory vaccination to cease and for exemptions to be brought back to states like California, Mississippi, and West Virginia. Give parents back the choice that was never yours to make with their children to begin with. Respectfully, Laire Lightner
Petition to John Kerry (United States Secretary of State), U.S. Department of State
Grant Gloria a Visa to Get an Education #LetGloriaLearn
In 2014, my family and I made the decision to leave our home in Indiana and move to Uganda for 7 months as volunteers at one of the country’s many orphanages. There are over 2.5 million orphans in Uganda, and we wanted to do what we could to help. That is where we met Gloria. Alone since the age of 7, she had been living in the orphanage for half her life. Her story is tragic, but not uncommon in her home country. Gloria’s mother was brutally murdered by the Lord’s Resistance Army when she was only 3, and her father passed four years later. When my family and I met her, we were immediately struck by her passion for education, and her deep desire to become a midwife and to help other young women in her home country. But as a young orphan girl in Uganda, her options for schooling were scarce and her chance to see that future was uncertain. That was when we made the decision to help ensure that Gloria could get the education she would need in order to achieve her dreams. The pieces all began to fall into place: Gloria was able to secure acceptance at the International School of Indiana, and I applied to sponsor her F1 student visa. My family and I also agreed to cover any additional costs for her stay and studies in the U.S. Gloria was so excited, and we spoke often of her future and how much she could help her community when she returned with a diploma. But then we learned the devastating news that the U.S. government had denied Gloria’s visa. Shockingly, we were told that her visa was denied because, as an orphan, the government claimed she did not have enough ties in Uganda to ensure her return. This young woman who wants so desperately to learn and use her education to make her country a better place is the best example of what humanity should strive for -- she should not be denied her future simply because she is an orphan. My family, the orphanage where Gloria lives in Uganda, and Gloria herself are all dedicated to following the letter of the law, and Gloria is committed to returning to Uganda when she completes her studies. All we want is to ensure that she has the same opportunity for a high quality education as our own children have, and that she can then use it to create a brighter future for herself and her community. Denying Gloria this opportunity, precisely because she is an orphan, is not what we should stand for as a country. Now more than ever, we need to empower and give girls like Gloria the chance at a better future. Unfortunately, the government has already denied our appeal, again citing Gloria’s lack of family ties. The only path forward would be for the State Department to consider a new visa application, and to accept it this time. The decision to help one girl can impact many more. Now more than ever, we need to make great educations accessible for everyone. Please join us in pushing for the State Department to Let Gloria Learn. #LetGloriaLearn
Petition to Sharon Runner (Senator), Steve Knight, Kamala Harris, California Governor, Scott Wilk, Philip Browning, Aldo Marin, Helen Berberian, Michael Antonovich, Michelle Vega, Nick Ippolito, Chief Gary Batton, U.S. Senate
Bring Lexi Home
There is a 6 year old little girl who has been ripped away from the only family that she has ever known. Her name is Lexi. The first year of her life she moved from foster placement to foster placement. Lexi has been with a loving, stable family for nearly five years and is thriving and a happy, healthy little girl. To Lexi this family is her everything - her mommy, daddy and brother and sisters. Unfortunately, since Lexi is 1.5% Choctaw, the state of California and LA County have allowed the Indian Child Welfare Law to devastate this family and abduct Lexi from her Mommy and Daddy on Monday to move her to Utah to live with a non-blood related family who aren't even members of the tribe, providing heartless and false justification. I'm pleading with you to please sign our petition & pass this around to everyone you know. LA County & California need to know that Lexi's rights, stability and permanence matter! Yes, this happened in America, let's make sure Lexi comes homes & it doesn't happen again! Here is a link to the Court of Appeals decision regarding how the ICWA law should consider best interests of a child: http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/archive/B252999.PDF Please sign this petition so we can fight for justice for Lexi, whose only desire is to come HOME to her mommy, daddy, sisters, brother and friends. Here's how you can show love and support to the family: VISIT: www.facebook.com/SaveOurLexi VISIT: www.SaveOurLexi.com to learn the facts & find out how to help
Petition to Father Christ Jesus
We pray by the power of business i enforce Titus 2:14 in all scripture sentences for us.
Anticompel, antirape, antifalse, antiscary, Please read my story how i saved my baby in omission and negligence from the other law enforcments and the U.S. Department of Justice. Please stay with me being against the evil actors/directors, who are creating false crime scenes on the other side.....behind the scenes, creating a scary movie at the same time. This is how my life went since I was little. I speak John 8:32; John 8:36, see the omission and negligence, that's not by my power, nor enforce by my power, that's not my do nor not with sow, Isaiah 1:24 is the truth, by specific subject, category. I speak for Supreme power has law, titus 2:14; no sin, no division, when there was an obstacle, that's division, that's not the other law enforcement's do nor with sow, Isaiah 1:24 is the truth, and that's not by supreme power nor enforce by supreme power, the same for the U.S Department of Justice, when there was an obstacle, that's division, that's not the U.S. Department of Justice's do nor with sow, Isaiah 1:24 is the truth, and that's not by supreme power nor force by supreme power. They can never undo this. For we are with John 8:32; 8:36; the truth against Crime Scene Makers Characteristics, for Titus 2:14; Ephesians 5:21-33; Isaiah 62:1-8; Proverbs 31:2, Hebrews 12:2, 2 Peter 3:13, Romans 6:10, Revelation 19:7-8; 20:9,21:9, 21:11 for no division in antidistrust, antidishonesty, antidistruth for antirape, antisorrow, antidecay to have, to hold, to keep, really, truly, and honestly. Forever and Ever. Amen We are with State and Federal Law Government, 78 Legislature, Titus 2:14. This is evidence that support, protect and free us from falsely accusations...Please join me in my True Story of how omission and negligence effected...https://www.change.org/p/president-barack-obama-amp-elected-officials-please-enforce-to-close-off-shut-down-the-sin-in-places-amp-help-prevent-the-words-in-the-penal-code Please join me in speaking No Division in our family and everything.This is important to me because i have been a raped victim for 9 years and more fighting a 4 year custody case against the adult 18 years old who raped me at the age of 14 years old, he has custody rights to my daughter, all awhile claims i have a mental disorder and threatens to take my daughter away from me within these past 7 years non-stop. He falsely accuses me having a mental disorder in the Family Law Court here in Harris County, and has gained illegal custody rights. He has attacked my rights as a citizen being against my religion in Jesus, therefore was also kept away from my daughter and family, with the help of Harris County Family Law Court.
Petition to Humble ISD Board of Trustees, The Humble ISD Board of Trustees
Dr. Fagen is not the Superintendent for Humble ISD
We the parents, legal guardians, and persons holding the right to make educational decisions for pupils, including foster parents who hold rights to make educational decisions, are requesting the Humble ISD Board of Trustees to reconsider their decision to hire Dr. Elizabeth Fagen as the new superintendent. We firmly believe this is not in the best interest for our children's education and future. Her recent track record as the superintendent in Douglas County does not give us the reassurance that this is the best decision for our children. We have had numerous members, including staff, of Douglas County reach out to the Humble community to voice their concerns over her inadequate leadership for the Douglas County School system. In addition, unbiased journalists have not found her leadership supportive of a nurturing environment for learning. We respectfully ask the Humble Board of Trustees to not hire Dr. Elizabeth Fagen as our new superintendent. Sincerely, Concerned Parents of Humble ISD
Petition to CUSD School Board
Limit iPads to Classrooms - An Option Parents Want from CUSD
The Cupertino Union School District has implemented a 1:1 iPad program in middle schools. Parents who raised concerns about this program in the past were dismissed as outliers and "noises". However, a greater consensus does exist - many parents are worried about the many downsides of this program for the long term physical and mental health of their children. Top concerns: High rate of early addiction to games/social media Distraction in class and at home, falling grades Health Issues: “iPad” neck, carpal tunnel syndrome, eye problems... Constant power struggle over iPad use at home Potential long-term behavioral changes Less outdoor and physical activities, obesity Financial liability due to lost, stolen, broken iPads Parents not offered alternatives: OPT OUT /student laptops/leave device at school, etc. For the short term: We are asking CUSD that- School/district-provided iPads be made available in the classroom for all student iPad needs iPad use is restricted to classroom use only The school district assumes all liability for the device Exercising the above option is decoupled from family financial status (no stigma attached) We are asking CUSD to ensure that in the classroom- iPad usage is ergonomically sound - keyboard, screen position, etc. Usage conforms to the American Association of Pediatrics recommendation for only 1-2 hours per day of screen time for children and teens. iPad specific homework will be modified to allow for a paper option or use of laptop/desktop home device as an alternative. Textbooks will be provided for home use. For the long term we are asking CUSD to provide: Evidence-based policies - show us data 1:1 iPad is effective or that iPads are better for learning than other devices such as student laptops Short and long term health impact surveys, including mental health and behavioral impact of intensive iPad usage Greater involvement of all stakeholders including parents in decision making --------Articles for more information-------- - Students Are 'Hacking' Their School-Issued iPads: Good for Them "The Los Angeles School District alone, where some of this purported “hacking” occurred, has plans to spend $1 billion for an iPad rollout over the next two years that would eventually put a device in every student’s hands. But in light of the security breaches and other concerns about the project’s implementation, the district is rethinking the initiative. It recently announced that students will not be allowed to take their iPads home—one of the key perks of the sort of “24–7 learning” that mobile devices are supposed to support..." http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/10/students-are-hacking-their-school-issued-ipads-good-for-them/280196/ - Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain “Taken together, [studies show] internet addiction is associated with structural and functional changes in brain regions involving emotional processing, executive attention, decision making, and cognitive control.” --research authors summarizing neuro-imaging findings in internet and gaming addiction (Lin & Zhou et al, 2012) https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201402/gray-matters-too-much-screen-time-damages-the-brain - Health Outcomes of Information System Use Lifestyles among Adolescents: Videogame Addiction, Sleep Curtailment and Cardio-Metabolic Deficiencies "Background and ObjectiveObesity is a rising problem among adolescents in modern societies; it results in long-term cardio-metabolic problems. Possible overlooked drivers of obesity and its consequent cardio-metabolic deficits include videogame addiction and the resulting curtailed sleep; both are growing problems among adolescents. The objective of this study is to examine possible associations among these concepts in adolescents, as a means to point to plausible interventions." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4858285/ - 5 Problems with iPads in Education The majority of iPad deployments thus far have been messy and poorly executed. A recent study conducted on the efficacy of iPads in four California school districts found that students who used iPads performed no better than the control group. http://betanews.com/2012/10/24/5-problems-with-ipads-in-education/ - Screens In Schools Are a $60 Billion Hoax "Tech in the classroom not only leads to worse educational outcomes for kids, which I will explain shortly, it can also clinically hurt them. I’ve worked with over a thousand teens in the past 15 years and have observed that students who have been raised on a high-tech diet not only appear to struggle more with attention and focus, but also seem to suffer from an adolescent malaise that appears to be a direct byproduct of their digital immersion. Indeed, over two hundred peer-reviewed studies point to screen time correlating to increased ADHD, screen addiction, increased aggression, depression, anxiety and even psychosis..." http://time.com/4474496/screens-schools-hoax/?xid=fbshare - It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies "There’s a reason that the most tech-cautious parents are tech designers and engineers. Steve Jobs was a notoriously low-tech parent. Silicon Valley tech executives and engineers enroll their kids in no-tech Waldorf Schools. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page went to no-tech Montessori Schools, as did Amazon creator Jeff Bezos and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales..." http://nypost.com/2016/08/27/its-digital-heroin-how-screens-turn-kids-into-psychotic-junkies/
Petition to Michelle King, Liz Resnick, Drew Pauly, Pushkar Ghosh Choudhuri, Scott Cooper, Reuben Ayala, Jackie Baker, Clayton Rosa, Ivelisse Rodriguez Simon, Sue Andres Brown, Dr. Ref Rodriguez
George Washington Carver Middle School Parents and Community Against Charter Co-Location
George Washington Carver Middle School needs your support to stop California Collegiate Charter School from co-locating on our campus for the 2017-2018 school year. At a meeting attended by the district and supervisors the district reps stated the the parent voice did not matter in the co-location process. Now they want to put an elementary charter school at our site. As concerned parents, community, teachers and staff of George Washington Carver Middle School we are opposed to any charter co-location. We realize that current California law (Proposition 39) allows for classrooms and some spaces without a dedicated teacher and student roster to be allocated to charter schools seeking space in district facilities. Unfortunately, this includes, our library, computer labs, restorative justice rooms, art rooms, music rooms, our parent center, our City Year room which is used for tutoring and any room we use to support our student learning which are key components in providing a quality education to the students of our community. This proposed co-location threatens to deprive George Washington Carver Middle School students of these critically important resources. George Washington Carver Middle School has the following programs which will be severely impacted by this co-location: *School wide Restorative Justice Program. *Every teacher teaches an advisory class where social and emotional learning takes place on a daily basis. *We have a Boys to Gentlemen mentoring program. *City Year who tutors our students on a daily basis and offers individualized help. *We would lose our DoJo which houses our JiuJitsu program attended by over 100 students. *We would lose our computer labs, which serves as the single point of access for many of our students to access the internet. *Our custodial, cafeteria and campus aides would be severely impacted by more students on our campus. *We would lose our Parent Center which is a place for our parents to gather to take classes, meet with our Principal and have access to information to help their students. George Washington Carver has parents, teachers, staff and administrators who are dedicated to providing the best education possible to their students. A co-location by California Collegiate Charter School would negatively impact the education of our students. Please do not let this co-location destroy our community resources. Our students deserve better! We are counting on you!!