Petition to Cathy Ann Hardaway, Louise Brzuchalski, Gregory Madensky, Michele Tierney, Michael Mahon
Change the AHSD Dress Code
Dress code is necessary. Students of the Abington Heights School District certainly realize this; however, while it was adopted to help students, it is hurting them, and not many students are happy or comfortable with this dress code in particular, and want change. To give background knowledge, here are the basic policies: No wording. No advertisements (aside from a Nike swoosh, but "Under Armour" isn't permitted.) Must wear a collared shirt and have it buttoned up. Skirts and dresses must go to the knee, even if there are leggings or any other form of pants underneath. The only permitted outerwear worn during class time are hoodies and sweatshirts. Must cover collarbone. No hats. Anything deemed distracting. There have been many complaints made by both students and parents over the years, but nothing has been changed. I am a student about to go into high school next year, the fastest and most important time of my life, and I would like to worry less about my social life and comfort and more on my education. During my middle school years, all I worried about was my classmates' perspective on me, and I want to be less stressed, and I also want my peers to be less stressed. Education is much more important than consequence for breaking dress code. Kids are being pulled out of class to change their clothing and are embarrassed. I want to change this dress code for the better because: The AHSD dress code has strongly affected both myself and my peers. While the school strongly supports individuality, their dress code says otherwise. The students are barely given a chance to express themselves with their own style, and most people dress the same while in school. No one sticks out. Shy kids, such as I, who cannot express themselves by speaking that often, have no opportunity to show their interests. It is very hard for them to make friends as well, because there isn't a way to start a conversation. If the dress code was removed, students would be able to interact with each other. If a certain t-shirt showed, for example, Doctor Who, two students would be able to interact for a similar liking for a show. If the shy person was approached by a new person, they would immediately feel happier, and they would be able to make friends, and vise versa. Removing the dress code would allow students make friends and greatly benefit a large group of students in the Abington Heights School District. Furthermore, the AHSD dress code policy ignores students who cannot afford to buy new shirts. While they do offer help and programs in order to help students financially, students should not have to undergo this process when they could be wearing clothing that they bought themselves and rightfully own. It is expensive to buy an entirely new wardrobe, as most people don't own a variety of button up shirts and flannels, as that isn't exactly the current style. Students have a life outside of school. It is causing many people to struggle. The policy about the advertisements is supposed to help students not be bullied, but kids are bullied anyways, mostly due to the dress code. If a student cannot afford ten new shirts, they will wear what they can, and may be picked on for being "poor", something I have witnessed before. Students have called me "goth" and have made fun of me and many other of their classmates because they tend to wear similar things around the same color and style. They may also be picked on for not having a fashion taste, when in reality, they do, but the dress code doesn't allow them to express it. Finally, the dress code is sexualizing the bodies of students. Since students must cover the collarbone and wear shorts, skirts, and dresses to their knees, this may leave an influence that they must always do this. Why should students be deemed distracting for showing skin? Why can't they be comfortable in their own skin, which is what we should be teaching students instead. We should not be sexualizing the bodies of children. Students might be wearing their outfit because it looks good to them, not because they want to impress their peers and behave inappropriately. Regardless, it should be none of AHSD's concern whether a student wants to wear skirts that go to their thigh or if they want to wear jeans. That should be solely the student's decision. To conclude, the dress code of the Abington Heights School District has been affecting kids for years, and it's time to put a stop to it's unjustified and unnecessary rules. I speak for a majority of students, and I want them all to enjoy the rest of their educational career instead of being publicly embarrassed, shy, and be the target of bullies. Please support me in my effort to change things for students and the students by signing this petition, thank you.
Petition to Yngvi Jóhann Magnússon, Sigurjón Bogi Ketilsson
Get my family's house back!
So the problem is... We are a family of 12 (10 kids and parents)My family lived in this nice house out in the country of Iceland for maaaaaany maaany years.We loved it there but my mom had "beef" with the neighbors but she was never mean to them. My kids loved it too but now they are sad because they can't go there anymore.Many years passed and the neighbors gained power in the county and took our house and kicked us out. We tried almost everything and this is probably the last thing there is to do. Please help us regain our preoperty back that was taken from us unfairly. :)
Petition to Jerry Brown, California Governor
Reduce my son's unjust sentence
My son Jeremy Stewart has been given 70 years in prison for stealing. He was convicted of burglarizing two homes while the residents were out. There was no confrontation, no threats, and no violence. California has the toughest Three strikes law allowing life sentences for property theft. My son had two prior nonviolent offenses, the judge made the decision to enforce the law to the fullest. I have been fighting for a fairer punishment ever since. Under previous California law, Jeremy would have most likely been sentenced to about 12-15 years in prison. But because of California's 3 Strikes law, Jeremy received a harsher sentence than drug cartel hit men who had confessed to killing more than 20 people. They only got 25-years-to-life. Jeremy's poor decisions were made while he was dealing with a serious drug addiction and depression. He needed treatment and rehabilitation.This doesn't excuse his conduct and he knows he needs to face consequences for his actions. But 70 years to life with no good time credits allowed, means he won't be eligible for parole until he is 96. The cost, 5 million dollars to taxpayers. This is an unjust and inhumane death sentence, all for nonviolent offense. Jeremy is not the only one being punished -- I am raising his two children in his absence. Every day, these innocent young children suffer emotionally missing their father. I struggle financially working to afford day care and their basic needs.This unjust sentence means his children will never be able share the same four walls as their father. He should have an opportunity to earn the right to return home to provide for his two young children, Heatherly and David, currently ages 5 and 6. Today Jeremy is serving his sentence at Centenila State Prison. He tutors other inmates, leads the Christian worship services and the Narcotics Anonymous group. He currently has a 4.0 GPA through Coastline College and will soon be graduating, just 4 more classes to go. He has been a model prisoner. Jeremy made a terrible mistake, but should a nonviolent crime put him behind bars for life? A Petition for Clemency has been sent to Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown to exercise his discretion and reduce Jeremy's sentence. I am asking the Governor to reduce his sentence to 20 years. I humbly and respectfully request your support. Please sign my petition and stand by me and my family as we fight to give Jeremy the chance to come home one day. Thank you. Elizabeth Stewart
Petition to Senitor Kamala Harris
Equal Pay between Genders
Stand up for Women's Rights and show you care by signing this petition for equal pay. Women only make 80% of what men make. This puts many women in poverty and causes low self-esteem. Help today by signing your name.
Petition to The Major League Baseball Association
Create Major League Softball
These are ten of the many reasons to create Major League Softball; Baseball is one of the only sports without a Woman's region. There is no future career after College for the Softball Players who sacrifice a normal childhood for the love of the game. Adaptation to Baseball from Softball will be incredibly hard. You would lose your Facemask, be forced to play with a smaller, lighter, ball; use a larger, grassier field, play by different rules and with a wooden bat, as well as with a smaller glove. Not to mention the stress and dedication it would take on you. The economy would be benefited by Stadium and Broadcasting costs. There would be more jobs in the construction, broadcasting, and athletic departments. We would have more of "America's Favorite Pastime" with two versions of the sport. Softball is the way into a better life for some Players, as Baseball is the way into a better life for some players. There would be more career options for College graduates. There would be more hope for Women whom's God-Given talent is Softball. Lifelong friendships are formed through Softball. Please Note: There has beeen confusion that there is a Major League Softball. There is the NFP, or National Fastpitch Association. Have you ever heard of it? Probably not. I mean, the six teams only have one televised tournament a year. Please sign this Petition and share it with your family and friends today!
Petition to Eric Sabree, Erica Gerson, Alvin Horhn, Mike Duggan
Stop Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures in Detroit, Michigan
YOU CAN HELP STOP ILLEGAL PROPERTY TAX FORECLOSURES IN DETROIT. From 2011 to 2015, the Wayne County treasurer foreclosed upon about 1 in 4 Detroit properties for nonpayment of property taxes. The Great Depression was the last time in American history that we experienced this record numbers of property tax foreclosures. According to the Michigan Constitution, no property should be assessed at more than 50% of its market value. But, between 2009-2015, the City of Detroit assessed 55% to 85% of its properties in violation of its state constitution. Since property taxes were based on these ridiculous and illegally inflated numbers, it is no surprise that residents weren't able to pay. As a result, over 100,000 working families have lost their homes, and many Detroit neighborhoods have been devastated. African-Americans have been hit hardest of all. THE COALITION TO STOP ILLEGAL PROPERTY TAX FORECLOSURES IS FIGHTING TO WIN THREE DEMANDS: Stop unconstitutional property tax assessments Compensate Detroit residents who have already lost their homes through illegal tax foreclosures Suspend pending property tax foreclosures until we can confirm that targeted taxpayers have not been unconstitutionally assessed. Please Join Us in Our Fight