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Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

March for Our Lives: An Act to Protect & Save Your Children

In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now. Created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country, we will no longer risk our lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. We support the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms, as set forth in the United States Constitution. But with that right comes responsibility. We call on all the adults in Congress elected to represent us, to pass legislation that will protect and save children from gun violence. Our elected officials MUST ACT by: 1. Passing a law to ban the sale of assault weapons like the ones used in Las Vegas, Orlando, Sutherland Springs, Aurora, Sandy Hook and, most recently, to kill 17 innocent people and injure more than a dozen others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Of the 10 deadliest shootings over the last decade, seven involved the use of assault weapons. No civilian should be able to access these weapons of war, which should be restricted for use by our military and law enforcement only. These guns have no other purpose than to fire as many bullets as possible and indiscriminately kill anything they are pointed at with terrifying speed. 2. Prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines such as the ones the shooter at our school—and so many other recent mass shootings used. States that ban high-capacity magazines have half as many shootings involving three or more victims as states that allow them. Limiting the number of bullets a gun can discharge at one time will at least force any shooter to stop and reload, giving children a chance to escape. 3. Closing the loophole in our background check law that allows dangerous people who shouldn’t be allowed to purchase firearms to slip through the cracks and buy guns online or at gun shows. 97 percent of Americans support closing the current loopholes in our background check system. When Connecticut passed a law requiring background checks on all handgun sales, they saw a 40 percent reduction in gun homicides. 22 percent of gun sales in this country take place without a background check. That’s millions of guns that could be falling into dangerous hands. A background check should be required on every gun sale, no exceptions. The children of this country can no longer go to school in fear that each day could be their last. Please sign our petition and demand a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. 

March for Our Lives
151,260 supporters
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Petition to American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors, Elise Davis-McFarland, PhD, CCC-SLP, Shari B. Robertson, CCC-SLP, Gail J. Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP, Charles E. Bishop, AuD, PhD, CCC-A, Katheryn L. Boada, CCC-SLP, Arlene Carney, CCC-A, Mel Cohen, CCC-SLP, Robert C. Fifer, PhD, AuD, CCC-A, Perry F. Flynn, MEd, CCC-SLP, Melanie W. Hudson, MA, CCC-SLP, Marie Ireland, CCC-SLP, Barbara Jacobson, PhD, CCC-SLP, Janet Koehnke, PhD, CCC-A, Nadine Martin, PhD, CCC‐SLP, Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE, Sonja Pruitt-Lord, PhD, CCC-SLP, Lynn Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP

ASHA: Oppose Guns in Schools and Support Gun Reform Now

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, as educators and students use their voices to protect our schools, many school speech language pathologists and audiologists stand by and join these efforts. Many SLPs and audiologists (some of us parents of children who attend school) are concerned and disheartened by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's recent post on gun control and arming teachers in schools. In a recent Facebook post, ASHA alluded to concern for gun violence in schools, but stopped short of opposing arming teachers in schools or support for gun reform. While there are SLPs and audiologists along the entire political spectrum, this is ultimately a safety issue: Guns have no place in our schools. Since Columbine, there have been 25 fatal school shootings in the United States, with a total of 122 people killed, including children as young as six years old.  ASHA’s mission statement reads: Empowering speech language pathologists and advocating for members and those they serve. ASHA’s post falls short at a time when there is anguish and fear on the part of school SLPs and the children we serve, who are subjected to multiple lockdown drills per year. These drills can be very scary and confusing for children, especially children with disabilities, yet it has become a necessity, because of access to assault weapons in the United States. Gun control means safer schools. So what is ASHA truly advocating for? We cannot think of a single issue that takes precedence over people's lives, including speech language pathologists, audiologists, educators and staff, and the children we show up for everyday. Gun violence impacts speech language pathologists, not in theory, but in reality. Sharonda Singleton was a speech language pathologist who was murdered in the Charleston church massacre on June, 17, 2015. Kortney Spencer, a school SLP, was injured at the beginning of the school year when she was shot in the leg at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on the concertgoers. There is no reason to believe they would have been any safer at school.  ASHA, please join other professional organizations who have spoken out in support of gun control and opposition to arming teachers, including National Education Association, National PTA, and National Association of School Psychologists, among others. ASHA’s statement needs to be unequivocally about protecting all of our members from disastrous policies and inaction that allow shootings like this to happen again and again. We need to hear that you oppose arming teachers and that you support gun control. ASHA code of ethics asks us to honor the responsibility to hold paramount the welfare of those we serve. We are doing our part to do so, ASHA. Now it’s your turn to do yours.  

SLPs for Safe Schools
2,540 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, L. Francis Cissna

USCIS: Keep “A Nation of Immigrants” in Your Mission Statement

In a letter to employees on February 22nd, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Lee Francis Cissna announced the agency would be changing their mission statement and removing the words “a nation of immigrants.” It now reads: "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values." This stands as a significant deviation from the agency’s previous mission statement which includes "USCIS secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants." Omitting this phrase from the USCIS mission statement undermines and rejects one of the bedrock principles the United States was founded on. It not only goes against our values as a nation, but demonstrates the current administration’s contempt for immigrants and refugees and a repudiation of our history. As the son of a Peruvian immigrant mother, USCIS Director Lee Francis Cissna should understand the importance of the words “a nation of immigrants.” We cannot separate immigrants from Americans, as the two are inherently linked. The mission statement will not change the fact that the United States was built on the backs of immigrants, those who came seeking a better life and those who were forcefully brought here. However, we will not allow the Trump Administration to continue to divide Americans from immigrants and frame it as a security issue when it’s a human rights issue. For our Define American Chapter President, the removal of these words from the USCIS mission statement feels like a rejection of his family who emigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic.   Add your name to those who want to keep our most fundamental principle intact while honoring our diverse history by demanding that USCIS reinstate the phrase “a nation of immigrants” in its mission statement. Signed,Define American at Rutgers University-Camden

Define American
47,074 supporters