Reopen the Economy
Petition to CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Presidents, Timothy White
Open CSU System Campuses for Fall 2020
We are asking the CSU system to open their campuses to allow for in person instruction and housing for Fall 2020. We ask the CSU Board of Trustees and CSU Chancellor Timothy White, along with each individual CSU president to reconsider their decision of having only online learning. Almost all universities across the United States are opening to some extent in Fall 2020 whether it be through hybrid classes or opening completely in person. On Wednesday, May 20th the UC system president, Janet Napolitano, announced they are planning to open in the fall using the hybrid system with small classes and labs meeting in person while large lectures will be online. This is not the case for the CSU system as they declared nearly all learning will be conducted remotely. If the UC system can find a way to protect the students and staff while still delivering high-quality education in person, the CSU system should be able to find a way as well. Some CSU schools, such as CSU Monterey Bay, are proposing that many lab and studio classes be completely cancelled for Fall 2020 and moved to Spring 2021. This is extremely problematic for many students, including STEM and CART majors, as they need to take these classes in Fall 2020 in order to stay on track and graduate in four years. These types of classes do not transfer well to online learning and need to be taught through in-person instruction in order to gain the necessary skills and experience. Students deserve a high-quality education that cannot be effectively transferred to online learning. Online learning is nowhere near the same quality of education as it is in person. It is difficult to learn material independently without the face-to-face interaction with professors, students and other colleagues to enrich the learning experience. The relationships and bonds created in a classroom with peers and professors cannot be replicated or replaced in an online learning environment. The impact of the CSU system being completely online for Fall 2020 will dramatically affect not only the students themselves, but all stakeholders, including the surrounding communities around each university. The CSU’s mission statement specifically states that each CSU school will help serve their communities as educational, public service, cultural, and artistic centers in ways appropriate to individual campus locations and emphases. This cannot be done when students are not on campus to help fully enrich their communities. The health and safety of students and faculty members is always a priority and can be accomplished with students returning to campus if careful planning and consideration is done by the administration of each CSU. COVID-19 testing and tracking will be necessary for the reopening of the campuses. Many universities in California and across the United States are allowing students to return to campus while implementing the above. The CSU system has not made any attempt whatsoever to even consider this option. The CSU’s mission statement clearly says that in order to accomplish its mission over time and under changing conditions, the California State University system will work in partnership with other California educational institutions to maximize educational opportunities for students. This situation provides the perfect opportunity for the CSU system to work with other California educational institutions, including private universities and the UC system, to come up with a way to open the campuses to students allowing them to maximize their education. Replicating what these other institutions are doing will allow the CSU system to fulfill their mission statement. If you believe that the CSU schools should open their campuses for Fall 2020, we ask that you sign this petition.
Petition to Mayor Muriel Bowser, Anwar S. Saleem, Chair DC Board of Barber & Cosmetology
Reopen Salon and Barber shop in Washington DC
One client at a time . Using all of dc board of cosmetology sanitation disinfectant rules that each professional hairstylist has been licensed and has continuing education with DC Board of Cosmetology concerning health guidelines in our industry. Using gloves ,& masks . Less than 10 people at a time in salon. Appointment only . Disinfect after every client. Etc. Allow a licensed beauty professional to perform a beauty service/ privately with one client in the salon / per stylist at a time before June 8th!. All necessary precautions and sanitation protocols approved by the District of Columbia and the local Board of Health will be followed. Our industry needs to be recognized and deemed as an essential business so we can better serve our community. Servicing one client at a time (while wearing a mask & gloves) poses little to no risk of spreading the virus, as compared to 20 or more people in a grocery store or 10 plus people at restaurants picking up food. There are elderly who cannot lift their arms to wash their own hair . I believe our industry is essential to help care for our clients both physically and mentally. Also, to aid the nurses, doctors, and emergency response people that need their hairstylist to keep them ready to do their jobs with hair out of their face and a little relaxing time to be able to face the jobs they do everyday saving lives and helping the sick. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy. Please allow them to open back up and provide their services to our communities.
Petition to Governor Newsom, Sonia Y. Angell, MD, MPH, Dr. Christopher Fornitano, Randy Sawyer, Jake Hanson, Brandon Nunes, Wilma Wooten, Dr. Mark Ghaly
Open Pools for Regulated Lap Swimming in California
The pools in California should open for lap swimming by the beginning of June. Organized swimming is an integral part of our state, and swimming in general provides physical and mental health benefits that are critical for many of our members, especially during the summer. School is out shortly for most counties, and there will be many children who need outlets for safe exercise and participation in a sport that keeps them busy, grounded, and engaged with like-minded athletes and supervised by coaches. There are also many people, including those with disabilities, for whom swimming is their only safe form of exercise. It has been well established by the CDC that “there is no evidence that Covid-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs.” Further, the effect of the chlorine does not stop at the water surface. Swimmers inhale above the water and exhale below, and any breathing that a swimmer does is through the nose or mouth, which have been effectively washed with chlorine. The majority of swim teams and pools have already planned for the safety of swimmers and coaches by following the CDC, OSHA, and USA Swimming guidelines, including the closure of locker rooms and mandatory social distancing. There is no shared equipment. Coaches are available on-site to monitor for compliance. The risk of transmission is improbable and less so than on a golf course, skate park, or tennis court. Pools on high school or university properties should be open even if schools are closed for classes. There is an enormous difference between many students in classrooms in close proximity and fewer kids or adults exercising in an outdoor environment with safety measures in place and supervision. This petition does not apply to public pools used by families for picnics and water play. It does not apply to teams that cannot accommodate appropriate distance and safety modifications for various reasons. It is limited to pools devoted exclusively toward regulated swimming until the health crisis abates.
Petition to PA Governor Tom Wolf
Allow Pennsylvania Restaurants/Bars To Open For Outdoor Seating
Today, May 22nd, 2020, Governor Wolf announced that by June 5th, all counties in the state of Pennsylvania will move into the Yellow Phase of the state economy re-opening process. This comes after 10-weeks after much of our economy, particularly small businesses, were forced to close. Grants and Loans were made available, but not everyone was fortunate enough to receive those funds. As a result, family businesses have been forced to close their doors--forever! The food industry, which goes all the way from the farm to the factory and to the table, and even more stops in between, makes up 10% of the global economy. In the United States alone, the restaurant industry by itself is responsible for 10% of the working population (That's only documented workers). In 2019 the restaurant industry sales in the US alone were nearly $900 billion. Of the 12 million employees that keep this industry rolling, more than half of them rely on tips for more than 50% of their salary. 60% of the nations lost jobs since April 1st were a result of the restaurant industry restrictions and closings. Governor Wolf has said that in the Yellow Phase, in-person retail (not restaurant) is allowed and he also said that gatherings of up to 25 people are okay. Then why not let restaurants seat guests outside? He is allowing the actions necessary to perform "outdoor restaurant service", but not permitting the restaurants to utilize these actions. Our industry needs a boost. Takeout has much of us operating at barely 50% of our regular sales and our service staff whose salary relies on tips are being left to fend for themselves with little-to-no options. By allowing outdoor seating in the Yellow Phase, while of course following CDC guidelines, it would be helping family businesses and the industry as a whole to work their way back and start producing sales that account for 10% of our economy. More importantly, it would allow for our service staff to start earning tips again. It would allow them to get off of what little unemployment they've been offered and would allow them to start earning a fair wage so they can support their families. The global food industry needs restaurants to start to open in a greater capacity than what is being allowed. A majority of the country has allowed for some dine-in services to begin again, and most have at least given clearnace for outdoor seating with proper table spacing and head-count limits. Our neighbors to the north and south, along the east coast, have put plans into action to get the restaurant industry back up and going. As one of the top food destinations in the world, we need to be given that same opportunity in Pennsylvania. It makes very little sense to permit in-person retail and gatherings of up to 25, but not let restaurants utilize their outdoor seating. I understand that it will be hard to police, but it will be much easier to police outdoor seating than it will be to police restaurants once in the Green Phase and they can seat 50% of indoor capacity. Allow us to to do our part in getting this economy going again and give us the opportunity to support our families. We are not asking for much. We're just asking for clearance to do what you've already said is okay. It's common sense. It's whats right.
Petition to Gavin Newsom
SAVE Live Events in San Diego
Petition to SAFELY RE-OPEN LIVE EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO, CA, by supporting the San Diego Event Coalition's Guidelines! 200,000 San Diegans that used to make a living by working live events are suffering. Meanwhile, unorganized, rogue and unsafe events continue to pop-up daily. It’s time for our leaders to adopt live event guidelines for their safe reopening. By signing this petition today, you are sending a message to our elected officials that San Diego's event industry should begin safe reopening phases for outdoor community events and within the safety guidelines established by the San Diego Event Coalition's Proposed Guidelines. Whether you are a bride-to-be, concert goer, art enthusiast, race participant, event organizer or vendor, millions of Californians are being negatively impacted by a lack of guidelines for this important sector of our economy. For every favorite memory someone has of an event, there are hundreds of event workers it took to make that experience happen. No one sees them, and that was the point. But we will no longer be unseen. We will stay loud and fight until a plan is in place to save the live events industry. Sign this petition and help us re-open this sector safely...it is time. About the San Diego Events Coalition Tourism in the second largest segment of San Diego’s economy and employs over 194,000 people, promoting San Diego as a preferred event destination. Together, members of the San Diego Event Coalition have produced over 10,000 events with an average of 20 years of commitment to creating experiences that bring our community together in safe and iconically San Diego ways. Our Coalition of event professionals has extensive experience in coordinating with multiple municipalities as well as adhering to strict regulations from, and not limited to; the Public Health Department, local Vice, local Fire Department, Municipal Storm Water, San Diego Police and local Sheriff Departments, the State Alcohol Beverage Control Office, the regional transit agencies, etc. Standing together in the devastation of the event industry, our group of detail-driven Event Producers has joined forces to create comprehensive safety & sanitation instructions for event organizers in the current climate of COVID-19. These guidelines will create a path to a safe reopening plan for community events that benefit our business associations, local non-profits and all San Diegans. These community events are outdoor events by nature and scientific evidence has shown the COVID-19 risk of spread to be significantly reduced in outside environments. Establishing guidelines for community event producers will enable local nonprofits and businesses to provide safe public venues for community events. Due to Covid-19, the event industry has experienced close to 100% in cancellations or rescheduling to future years. This impact is compared to the data retrieved from 2019. An example is 53,810 daily licenses issued by the ABC. The Port of San Diego issues 1,680 permits with an attendance of 2,933,484. Community Events in San Diego generate employment as well as revenue for local businesses. We contribute to local municipal governments through paying permit fees, security costs, and the renting of city or county owned space. For more information about the San Diego Event Coalition or the proposed Guidelines for Safely Reopening Events in San Diego County, please visit: https://www.sandiegoeventcoalition.com/ Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/sdeventcoalition #saveliveevents#savecaliforniaevents#wishiwasthere
Petition to Gov. Ron DeSantis
End the State of Emergency in Florida!
Under the auspices of a State of Emergency, local Florida Mayors and County Governments have blatantly violated the Constitutional rights of Florida citizens for the last five months. Business owners are being arrested for operating their business, people are being fined for not wearing a mask, private homes are being raided by "code enforcers" for peacably assembling and county governments are holding closed door meetings w no public comment. This can be put to an end if Governor DeSantis DOES NOT RENEW the state of emergency on September 7! Sign this petition and let Gov DeSantis know you do NOT want this phony state of emergency to continue!
Petition to State of New Jersey
Help Open Our Local Restaurants
Since March of 2020 COVID-19 has presented a danger to the citizens of our state unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetime. Everyone has felt the effects of this catastrophic public health crisis. Over this time we learned about how to identify and treat the illness, how to keep our public and private spaces safer, and how to take personal safeguards to keep our selves and others healthy. While the crisis continues, both nationally and here in New Jersey, there are some measures that can be taken to mitigate the damage done to our local economy without sacrificing the health and safety of our residents. Every individual has highly personal choices to make when it comes to their own safety and the safety of those around them. Other states, like New York and Pennsylvania, which are similarly situated to New Jersey reopened specific establishments, like indoor dining on a regional basis. It is for this reason that we are petitioning to lift the ban on indoor dining to restaurants, at 25-50% capacity, by no later than October 16, 2020, based on regional levels of COVID-19 transmission. Hunterdon County is a great example, with a low number of reported cases and a population that is taking every precaution to keep it that way. We make this request with the understanding that safety measures will be outlined from the state to food service establishments and all protocols will be followed in order to maintain the safety of patrons. Most of our local restaurants are mere months away from closing if we do not permit them to open doors once the consistent warm weather ends. In our region, thousands of New Jersey residents will lose their jobs, our citizens will lose crucial cornerstones to their community, and our Main Streets and Shopping Districts will be littered with vacant store fronts. We ask that you sign this petition to save our restaurants.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Ron DeSantis, Steve Sisolak, Gavin Newsom, Andrew M. Cuomo, James E. Clyburn, Steve Scalise, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Phil Murphy
ALLOW POOL HALLS TO OPEN NATIONWIDE IMMEDIATELY!
Most pool halls have been closed since March with no end in sight. This has gone far enough! It's time our governments allow ALL NATIONWIDE POOL HALLS TO OPEN IMMEDIATELY!! The pool halls being closed effects people of ALL ages, races, genders, income levels, nationalities, political beliefs and more. This petition is labeled a Health issue, because anyone who is a pool player, or knows someone that is, recognizes that pool players NEED to play pool multiple times weekly for their mental health and physical well being. We go to pool halls to exercise our brain and get our minds off of life's everyday challenges and worries. A pool game is typically played between 2 players on a table that has 6 feet or more between the next table. When the players are done, the pool hall staff has adequate time to clean the table for the next customers. It is extremely easy to social distance and stay safe in a pool hall. On top of the need for pool players to play pool regularly there is the business aspect. Pool Hall owners typically do not make much profits, but in a way they are prophets. Most are in the business to have a place that provides happiness to others and that satisfaction supersedes their decision to open a more profitable business. The decision to force them closed is causing irreparable harm. We are petitioning local, state and federal governments to allow ALL NATIONWIDE POOL HALLS TO OPEN IMMEDIATELY!