public health

27 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board

Ban alcohol advertisements on MBTA property!

On November 20, 2017, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Board voted to allow alcohol advertising on some of its train stations and bus shelters. This decision will benefit the pockets of Big Alcohol and advertising firms while posing harm to youth. Public health researchers have found that the more youth see alcohol ads, the more likely they are to participate in underage drinking. Research demonstrates that underage drinking has led to unplanned, unwanted or unprotected sex, accidental injuries and eventually alcohol dependence. It is important to note that underage drinking cost Massachusetts residents $1.2 billion in 2013, far more than what the MBTA hopes to make from opening its property to alcohol ads. The MBTA has a history of exposing low-income youth to a greater number of alcohol advertisements than their wealthier peers. The MBTA claims that it will limit the placement of alcohol ads to spaces and times that receive less youth traffic. These restrictions will not lessen teen exposure. These ads will likely place an unfair burden on youth who are not engaged in school nor work, and already face an increased risk of negative health outcomes. The harm posed by alcohol advertising is so consequential that in 2012, prevention advocates across Massachusetts were successful in influencing the MBTA to adopt a policy that prohibits alcohol advertising on MBTA property. This ban allowed the state to provide a healthier environment for youth who rely upon public transportation to get to and from school and other activities for five years. In October of 2017, the New York City transportation authority voted to ban alcohol advertising, following in the steps of the MBTA. The MBTA Board may have recently voted to reverse the alcohol ad ban, but we can organize to get it reinstated!  If you care about the environment in which Massachusetts youth live, work and play, please sign this petition. Numerous signatures will demonstrate to the MBTA Board that many people care about this issue AND will strongly advocate to reinstate the ban in 2018.

Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force
217 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Andrew J. Kandrevas (State Representative,Michigan) (State Representative,Michigan), George Darany (State Representative), Mike Callton (State Representative), Vicki Barnett (State Representative , Michigan, District 37, Democrat), Rashida Tlaib (State Senator, Michigan), Rick Snyder, Henry Vaupel, Adam Zemke, debby stabenow

Ban "Gay Conversion Therapy" In Michigan Now

We as a society are still coming up to terms with homosexuality. Though it makes very significant part of our society ( 5 to 11 % of population), we have not given it proper acceptance yet.Even though many evidences suggest its biological and probably innate nature, we still do not know for sure how sex identity and preferences differ in homosexual person compared to heterosexual one.There is consensus among scientific community that most people experience little or no choice about their sexual orientation and homosexuality is not a mental disorder. Often society's treatment of person (due to sexual orientation ) may lead to  severe stress and trauma that can lead to various mental issues including suicides.   What major religions of the world believe about homosexuality is a highly debated topic.Some part of the society (largely different religious groups) can not accept homosexuality and are apprehensive of it as being not pious or think of it as condemned by god. They live in complete denial that such thing can exist naturally and hence when faced with homosexuality they look for ways out of situation with desperation. Its exactly such desperation that lead them to sham practices of so called "Gay Conversion Therapy".  These kind of therapies are completely denied/opposed by scientific community. These therapies are offered by random group of people mostly out side of scientific community. These therapies are not defined or have no standard procedures with years of research and  results behind them. If there are why did not any one come forward to explain how it works, why it would work, patent it, get approved by scientific community and make millions selling it world wide?? The fact is these claims are nothing but chicanery. Many of these so called centers are closed after some or other way their  fraud came out. There therapies are not only ridiculous but potentially dangerous and harmful in nature. Person has to go through inhuman treatment and torture. Most often people subjected to these therapies are adolescences forced by their parents. There are incidents of suicide as a result of going through this unbearable torture. President Obama supported the ban on such therapies and called on all states to do the same. Currently already 6 states have banned such therapies and we need it banned in all states. Recently NJ Governor Chris Christie signed it into law.   Incoming Vice President Mike Spence have supported such therapies in past. No matter what is your view of homosexuality, there are some points to ponder: 1. Is it ethical to subject any one to go through such inhuman treatment with no scientific basis? Remember most people going though this would be adolescences forced by their desperate parents.    2. APA a large professional body opposes the treatment. They are professionals licensed to help people with mental illness and related problems unlike people who ONLY specialize in such therapy. Where do you think conflict of interest is and who is in for money? if there is any validity or morality in these treatmentsthen who stops these APA guys from offering same? answer is simple: they do not think its scientific and its ethically and morally wrong to offer such thing. Remember: There is not a single Scientific / Medical Association that considers homosexuality as issue and supports such therapies.   3. what proof supporters of the therapy offer that it works? If they have any why do not they convert it into patent,standardize it (so that it can be regulated for quality and ethical standards like other medical and psychological treatments) ? who was the inventor? why did not he patent it and make millions? Remember: They do not have any organization or any evidence based proof to support these claims.You could as well promise elixir and it would be equivalent in principle (promising something that does not exist). It is time now to ban such treatments so that no one has to go through that torture and no more lives are lost to chicanery.It is violation of basic human rights. Please sign this to let the decision makers know that you will not let any fraudsters preying on desperation of gullible parents and innocent LGBT youth. This efforts needs to be repeated in each state nation wide. Lets start with our state Michigan.  

Alpesh Mittal
41 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Rep. Manuel T. Sagarbarria

Authorship of Bill for the Establishment of Fully-Equipped Hospital & Fund Appropriation!

Tanjay City as an urban locale is in need of a fully-equipped, modest hospital to cater to the proper medical attention and remedies of its citizens and those in the adjacent areas with services from critical surgeries to therapeutics and laboratory analysis, among others. However, the present Urgent Care clinic lacked the essentials and required facilities, and even on that condition, they rendered medical treatment by the shot in the arm to the people in Pamplona and Amlan. Dismally, there are some instances where patients on emergency cases were brought to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) but succumbed to death due to distance. Whereas, the City of Tanjay is strategically situated that could accommodate patients in the 2nd District like Amlan, Pamplona, Bais and Mabinay, and other areas in the North. That while Dumaguete is crowded with public and private hospitals, like Silliman University Medical Center (SUMC), Holy Child, Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) along with others, almost all areas in the province were deprived of the opportunity and privilege to establish their own. Also, Tanjay City is 30 Kilometers (1-hour travel) from Dumaguete where the nearest fully-equipped hospital is settled, and that Bais City Medical Center is only good for minor issues and in fact, in most cases their patients were transferred to Dumaguete City for appropriate care, aside from complaints from Baisanons on inferior equipment and incompetence of the medical staff (please see comments, below).  Therefore, WE PETITION to the Honorable Representative of the 2nd District of Oriental Negros, Manuel T. Sagarbarria who is also a Committee Member on Appropriations, to author a bill for the Establishment of a Fully-Equipped Hospital in the City of Tanjay and Appropriate Funds for the purpose. ON PRESENTATION TO THE APPROPRIATE AGENCIES, THIS PETITION WILL BECOME A PUBLIC DOCUMENT.        

Eliseo Joselito Monroy
273 supporters