Petition to Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, DIane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Mark DeSaulnier, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Maxine Waters
Ditch the trips to Mar-A-Lago and save the U.S. Chemical Board
From the West Texas Fertilizer Plant explosion, to the blow-out at the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig -- the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has been there to investigate and make the recommendations that help keep industrial operations safe for workers and the communities that surround these industrial plants. But the Trump administration has targeted the agency for elimination. This is why both research scientists AND private industry, even those who have been investigated by the CSB, are uniting in opposition to this dangerous, short-sighted attempt to gut a critical agency whose very mission is to uncover the causes of industrial accidents and make recommendations to prevent them from happening again. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is an agency with a significant impact, despite its relatively small budget -- roughly the cost of three Presidential trips to Mar-A-Lago. Eliminating CSB will only put workers and the general public at unnecessary risk. Their work must be preserved -- no matter what. If you care about clean, safe air and water, and believe that we should keep plant and refinery workers safe, sign and share this petition. The next chemical disaster could be right around the corner -- don’t let Congress take away our ability to help prevent it.
Petition to Please sign the petition if you live in Middletown Township or surrounding communities, Middletown Township Council
Delay the Middletown Township PA Vote on Mariner East II by at least 30 days
To Respected Members of the Middletown Township (Delaware County, PA) Council, We the undersigned members of the Middletown Township and surrounding communities petition in request to delay a decision on the proposed ordinance to grant Sunoco a 50 foot easement to build and maintain a high pressure gas pipeline through our community. The proposed Mariner East II Pipeline is not like the type of gas pipelines that bring heating fuel to our homes. This pipeline would carry propane, butane, and other highly combustible liquid gas and gas by products under 1440 PSI (that's 1440 pounds of pressure per square inch). Sunoco does NOT have a good safety record. They have been cited numerous times and paid millions of dollars in damages. Earlier this year a similar pipeline exploded in Westmoreland County PA. The damage was extensive. Our community has not had enough time to learn about this proposed project and voice our concerns. As this pipeline is slated to run through the Glenwood Elementary School Tract, as well as Linvil Tract (Linvilla Orchards), and other areas that are commonly used by children and families in our community, we seek additional time to research and understand the risks and benefits of this project in our community. Preliminary considerations might be: how close is this pipeline to the elementary school? Is the school within a potential blast zone? Is there an emergency plan in place in case of a leak or breach? How would a pipeline leak or rupture impact first responders in our community? Can we ensure the safety of our children, families, community members, and first responders? We might also consider, even without incident, how the existence of this pipeline might impact homeowner's insurance costs, the ability to obtain certain types of mortgages, and how additional insurance costs might impact tax payer funded infrastructure, as has been the case in other nearby communities. We the members of the Middletown and surrounding communities seek transparency in the process, and an opportunity to have our concerns and voices heard. Therefore, we present this petition to stay the vote a minimum of 30 days so that our community and elected officials can give this proposed project the consideration that it warrants. Thank you.
Petition to Sellersburg Town Council, Sellersburg Municipal Works, Indiana Department of Transportation
Make Lakesides Estates and Butler Road Safe-- Make Necessary Repairs
Lakeside Estates has a well-known, reported and documented safety issue that is not being resolved. Highway 31 near the entrance of the Lakeside Estates subdivision heavily floods. The flooding is severe and vehicles cannot safely pass to enter or exit the subdivision. The only other possible passage is Butler Road, which connects to Highway 31. However Butler Road is a small, gravel road. It has so many gigantic potholes, it is extremely unsafe. It is now a frequent occurrence that residents cannot safely leave their homes. Residents risk damage to their vehicles and selves. Plans, including traveling to work, are frequently derailed by the flooding. This is not only an inconvenience for the many residents who call Lakeside Estates and the surrounding areas home, it is potentially disastrous. In the event of an emergency, residents cannot quickly leave and emergency vehicles would likely have difficulty entering the area. This is an extremely unsafe situation. We deserve and demand a safe solution. We elected our representatives to listen to our concerns and attempt to resolve them. We pay our taxes and expect safe roads in return. This is a reasonable request. To resolve this issue, please do at least one of these things: Repair the potholes and pave Butler Road Repair the section of Highway 31 to prevent flooding Build a new access road Either one of these reasonable solutions would resolve this dangerous issue. Please ensure this is resolved. Thank you for your prompt attention to this gravely serious matter.
Petition to UNH Campus Planning Committee
Addition of a sidewalk to MUB Circle (the road that leads to Holloway Commons)
Currently, any student that is heading to the MUB or Holloway Commons coming from the Area One dorms, Hamel Rec Center, the Paul Business School and many other academic buildings has to walk up MUB Circle, a road that often has many cars and students, but no sidewalk. The addition of a sidewalk to this road would allow a safer walking path for students as well as a safer road for drivers. A sidewalk would also allow a more accessible path for handicapped students.
Petition to Broward County School Board
Remove Broward County Web Filter Block in Schools
The school has recently blocked many websites that are imperative to the learning process, such as Google.com and wikihow.com. They also blocked all known VPNs, which are very important to students who want to protect themselves. The fact that they blocked YouTube, stops me from watching macroeconomics ACDC, which is very important to the learning environment. I also cant watch any crash course videos which are the main reason I passed most of my AP exams. When I come to school with my personal computer, I expect to do whatever I want with my free time on my personal computer. I dont need the school breathing down my neck on what I do on my computer. This Web Filter needs to be removed or at least allow the websites that we want/need. Thank you for your support.
Petition to Jim Sullivan, Jeff Potter, Warren Slocum (Board of Supervisors, San Mateo County), Gretchen Kelly (Airport Manager), Michael Wentworth (Administrative Services & Airports, San Mateo County)
Surf Air, Inc.: Stop, or reroute, Surf Air flights that are using KSQL (San Carlos) Airport
There has been a substantial increase in noticeable noise from low flying aircraft that are now traversing over Redwood City, Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and other nearby neighborhoods. The increased noise is mostly the result of new flights from a startup company called Surf Air that has initiated commercial operations into and out of San Carlos Airport (KSQL). After receiving funding of $65 million, Surf Air has been expanding services and will have up to 21 scheduled arrivals into KSQL. This is a substantial increase in service from the original 7 flights when Surf Air first began flying into KSQL. That means the current approach corridor, as approved by the FAA, will see a significant increase in noisy flights over neighborhoods in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton and Redwood City. This also means a substantial increase in departure noise for Redwood Shores, Redwood City, Atherton and Menlo Park. Many of the affected neighborhoods are located near the Middlefield Road corridor. In addition, these aircraft fly over or near Encinal Elementary, Walter Hays Elementary and Menlo Atherton High School. If you find the noise objectionable, OR if you are concerned about the negative impact on your property’s value, OR if you are concerned about potential accidents due to aircraft flying over our homes and schools, then please indicate your objection to Surf Air's flight path into San Carlos airport by signing this petition. Thank you for your participation and please reach out to your neighbors to get them involved.
Petition to Stephen Lynch, Elizabeth Warren, Edward Markey, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts State Senate, Charlie Baker
It's Time to Address the Smoking Epidemic
There is an epidemic affecting every community and, indirectly, every person in this country. That epidemic is known as tobacco. Some statistics about this epidemic directly from the website of the World Health Organization are below: Tobacco kills up to half of its users. Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Nearly 80% of the world's more than 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries. (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/) If there was a disease that killed up to half of the infected, the government would be in a panic attempting to stop it. In fact, smallpox, which was declared exterminated in the United States in 1949, only had a death rate of about 3 out of 10 infected. (https://www.cdc.gov/smallpox/about/index.html) Let's look at some other statistics from the CDC: "From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids." (https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/overdose.html) Why am I bringing up opioids? Because, it is one of the major issues in the United States political climate and almost everyone that it has to be swiftly and effectively dealt with. What about tobacco? "Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day." (https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/). I don't think that those statistics need to be explained. In five years, smoking can kill more people who haven't smoked than opioids have killed between 1999 and 2015. I do not intend on trivializing the opioid epidemic, I am simply using it as a reference point. Something needs to be done about this, and it needs to be done now. However, I am not suggesting we simply make use of these products illegal. That will not fix the problem and may even cause greater problems. Rather, I suggest that the government immediately bans all forms of tobacco products that are not pure in tobacco content. From there, the government can distribute nicotine patches and other aid for tobacco users and then finally ban tobacco. I would like to dedicate this petition to those who have suffered, directly or indirectly, from the tobacco epidemic, whether an addict, family member, or a friend.
Petition to Terry McAuliffe, Donald Trump, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Barbara Comstock, Judge Stephen C. Shannon
Prevent Hospitals from Seeking Guardianship As Means 2 Override Patient Rights
Anastasia on Facebook I used to think all the talk about "murder boards" in hospitals was a fallacy. However based on recent family events sadly they are true. Currently there is not a law that prevents hospitals from seeking guardianship as a means to override a patients rights to dispute discharge or treatment decisions. While there are specific instances where taking guardianship of a patient is not only advisable but is absolutely necessary when life is threatened, such as in the case of minors who need a life saving treatment but the parents refuse to allow it due to personal values or religious beliefs; however even those instances should be few and far between. Instances like those that have happened to our family the last few weeks, where a parent, family member who holds a legally executed power of attorney and stands 'in loco parentis' for an incapacitated family member can have their powers summarily and arbitrarily suspended or terminated because they disagree with a hospitals decision not to treat a condition because a doctor perceives the patient has no quality of life because they suffer from a brain injury and feels the person "would not want to live that way" should never happen! Quality of life is something that cannot possibly be known or measured with the limited and superficial contact that occurs in a hospital setting and is something best left to the patient and those closest to them. To have strangers come in and forcibly tear you from your loved ones, to abduct your person, because that is exactly what this is - an abduction - is terrifying for a person with a brain injury and other such patients. It is terrifying for an incapacitated person who has relied heavily on and whose life, happiness and well-being has depended on a family member that it is so inextricably intertwined it is impossible to separate one existence from the other without creating great psychological and emotional harm and trauma. I can say this because I have had to watch my sister whimper and cry out in fear since guardianship of her was awarded to Inova Fairfax Hospital appointed guardians. I have had to watch the expression of fear on her face while being told lawyers would now be her guardians and that I no longer had control over where she lived, who would be caring for her, what medications she could or could not be given, or treatments she would or would receive. I did not and could not tell her these same two lawyers also had the authority to place her in clinical trials, and had the authority to dispose of her remains how they saw fit. When Inova Fairfax Hospital appointed guardians removed her from the hospital without notifying a single family member I had to watch the expression on sadness and bewilderment at seemingly having been abandoned when I walked in six hours later because it took our Virgnia State Delegate making calls to locate her because Inova had ordered their nursing staff to not give me any health information, just as they chosen to ignore my power of attorney before we went to court. I have had to watch her being over medicated and suffering while her guardians were missing in action because they signed papers to have her sent to a substandard nursing facility and then went out of town for several days. I have had to physically clamp off my sisters feeding tube to prevent her from being given three sedating medications directly after giving her morphine because a nurse said she could not give my sister her regular medications when she would normally get them because their “protocol” only allowed them to give her medication at 9:00am, 1:00pm, and 5:00pm. Which means she was receiving a massive dose of 600mg of Neurontin, 2mg of Klonopin, and 10mg of Ambien on top of morphine in an 8 hour period! Now maybe it’s just me, but you do not administer those medications, at those doses to a 5’2” 108lb female unless you are trying to put her into a coma or kill her. Stand with our family if you believe this is egregious and sign our petition to not only stop Inova Fairfax Hospital from killing or intentionally putting our sister in danger and to STEP ASIDE and let Anastasia's family care for her as they always have done; but to have legislation put in place to prevent this from every happening to anyone else's child or loved one every again!! Here is is a link to the meeting with Kelly Armstrong, PhD and the Inova Fairfax Casemanagement team. https://youtu.be/VxMFP-o-p6U