315 petitions

Started 6 days ago

Petition to NYC MTA, MTA Paratransit Division

Urge the NYC MTA to add a Pregnancy and Family Representative to their Accessibility Board

People interact with one another in public spaces in New York City more than anywhere else in the United States. The majority of New Yorkers are using public transportation daily and ridership is breaking records, and the majority of people living in New York City are also women. And many of them are pregnant or parents. In fact, there is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes. Pregnant women experience significant physical changes during pregnancy. These symptoms, even without more serious complications that many women experience, can make public transportation unsafe while standing, especially since the average commute for New Yorkers is just over 40 minutes. That is why maternal and fetal health is a safety issue that needs to be addressed by the MTA. As we’ve seen in the news, even when women are noticeably pregnant, they don’t always get the accommodations they need for a safe ride. The first step toward systemic change is securing a Pregnancy and Family Representative on the MTA’s Accessibility Board. The MTA currently has 15 Accessibility Board members, representing elderly or disabled/differently-abled riders, or both. It is imperative that more be done on a systemic level to protect the health and safety of pregnant women and families in public spaces through increased awareness and accommodations. Our main mode of transportation -- the subway system -- needs to be safe and accessible. UP-STAND is advocating for these changes so that accessibility does not depend on individuals. But we need your help. Join us by signing this petition and calling on the MTA to add a Pregnancy and Family Representative now. Christine Serdjenian YearwoodCEO & Founder, UP-STAND

352 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

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.

Erica Muskopf
99,712 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Remove Rocky Crabb, California Governor, California State Senate, California State House, Jerry Brown, Tony Cardenas


REMOVE COMMISSIONER ROCKY CRABB! (*DONATE through our website, not here please.)   Pomona Courthouse of Los Angeles County, CA Dear CA Judicial Commission, Mayor, Governor, Attorney General, Senator & Members of Congress: We, the undersigned individuals, agree that Commissioner Rocky Crabb of the Pomona East District Courthouse should be removed as a Family Law Commissioner. We feel Commissioner Rocky Crabb has brought more damage to the lives of parents and children, then justice. We sign this petition because we care about the lives of children, the importance of family, and the significant roles of each parent. A child deserves to have both parents in their life, not just one. It has been proven with multiple cases, Commissioner Crabb has intentionally ignored acts of proven child abuse, domestic violence, parental alienation, criminal history, and mental disorders, causing our children emotional torment. We sign this petition to protect not only our children's future, but that of their health and safety. We sign this petition to protect our constitutional rights to have a fair and just trial regardless of sex, race, and income. We feel Commissioner Rocky Crabb is unjust and his actions have permanently and negatively impacted several families.  If you or someone you know has been a victim of Commissioner Crabb, feel free to contact us at:    ​"I am in the Family Law field and every time that we filed a new case in the Pomona courthouse we prayed that it would not be assigned to "Department D" Rocky Crabb!! It is my opinion that he is biased and loves to be jury, judge and executioner. He doesn't care about the facts and 99% of the time awards custody to the wrong parent." ​-J.A., Pomona, CA    A Father's Cry: My ex-girlfriend has been clinically diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder & Intermittent Explosive Disorder. She has been admitted to the Loma Linda Psychiatric clinic several times since she was 12 years old for being suicidal, cutting her wrists, attacking female coworkers with knives, and suffers from an eating disorder. Recently, she admitted in court to NOT taking her medication or going to therapy. Since in her mother's custody, our 3 year old little girl has suffered black eyes, multiple bruises, fat lips, lesions, horrific genital blisters, and most recently, a urinary tract infection. (Her other daughter at the same age suffered 3 UTIs.) There are over 20 referrals on my ex for child abuse/neglect. Also, 15 police reports at different police stations for domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, & battery of another female coworker. I have provided photos, witnesses, police reports, letters admitting to perjury, and even an audio recording where my ex is cutting her wrists in front of both girls & describes the infliction. Her ex-husband's divorce declaration not only confirms each allegation, but he also attached a photo he took of her arm being slit. Not only was she pregnant with our child while she was still married, but Crabb presided over her divorce the same time as our case, unbeknownst to me. Charges were also filed on our court-appointed child monitor for not reporting the child abuse she witnessed herself of our daughter. As for myself, no criminal record of any kind, no mental history, completely paid up on child support, never missed a visit with our daughter, employed at a bank, have taught children for over 17 years, including preschool education, yet, I have not been allowed to see our daughter in over 10 months. Our daughter, whom is my mother's only grandchild, has not been allowed to see her family in 2 years. Commissioner Crabb is completely biased & clearly ignores child abuse.  A Mother's Cry:  Eight years ago when my daughter was only 3 years old, Crabb granted her drug addict dad weekend visitations exposing my daughter to danger. It was years of hell for her and myself. I fought as much as I could until Crabb threatened me, told me I was a liar and said if I went back again to court he would take my Daugther and grant him full custody. He always sided with her dad. Nothing I said was true to him. I had a restraining order on her dad, before our court hearing he was arrested for violating the order. I had a video as proof but it didn't matter. He dropped all charges. Giving him more power to stalk me for years and harass me. My daughter suffered for years. Coming back home from weekend visits sick, throwing up, fevers, etc. from her not eating well. Now she is 11 and refuses to see her dad after everything he's put her through all these years. Innocent children that are too young to speak out for themselves are being exposed to so much danger over Crabb and his poor choices over race or preference. I felt because I was Hispanic and a woman he sided with him.   "I have tried family law cases from Northern CA to the Mexican border, from the ocean to desert state lines. I have never encountered such a horrible bench officer. This self-centered, swaggering dictator, with delusions of godhood must go."​-M.W., Orange County, CA    This isn't about Father's Rights or Mother's Rights, but about Parent's Rights. Every parent deserves a fair trial, every child deserves both parents. Now ask yourself, "What if this was MY child?" Please help us save our children. Separating a child from their family, especially those that love them dearly, IS Child Abuse. Help us STOP the abuse. Remove Commissioner Rocky Crabb!  

Good Parents
732 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

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.  As concerned parents, community, teachers and staff of George Washington Carver Middle School we are opposed to 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!!  

Carver Middle School Community Against Co-Location
113 supporters