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Petition to Terry McAuliffe, Donald Trump, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Barbara Comstock, Mark R. Herr

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  

Yolanda Bell
1,217 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Murrieta Valley Unified School District

Get Murrieta Unified School District to implement effective wildfire evacuation plans

On Thursday, December 7th, 2017 the Liberty Fire broke out in Murrieta resulting in 4 schools being evacuated: Monte Vista Elementary School, Lisa J. Mails Elementary School, Dorothy McElhinney Middle School and Vista Murrieta High School. During the fire and evacuation, the communication to parents was either extremely poor or non-existent and the evacuation process left way too much opportunity for improvement. All 4 schools reside in areas surrounded by open land where fires can, and do, happen. Knowing the threat of fires to the schools in the area and the probability of them happening at some point, we as parents expect the Murrieta Unified School District to have solid and effective communication and evacuation plans to ensure the safety of our children who we entrust to the schools.  While the schools have effective protocols/plans in the event of a fire on campus, those protocols are ineffective in the event of a wildfire as we witnessed this past Thursday. The following is how each school handled the most recent wildfire evacuations. Monte Vista Elementary School: A recorded message (in English only) was sent to parents notifying them of the evacuation and to come pick up their children. The children were evacuated from their classrooms and lined up on the playground in lines by class. Upon arriving to the school, parents waited in a long line as their students were released 1-by-1. The lack of speed of the process caused increased anxiety for parents who could see the fire growing across the street from the school, many of them racing back to their homes to prepare to evacuate. We as parents of MVUSD children are demanding that the District re-evaluates the protocol for evacuating and releasing elementary school children so that the process is swift to ensure the safety of everyone. We are also demanding that timely communication be sent out to parents in both English and Spanish. Dorothy McElhinney Middle School & Lisa J. Mails Elementary School: Parents received a recorded message (in English only) notifying them that students were being released due to the fire and could be picked up immediately. The schools share the same property and in the event of an emergency such as a fire, both schools are and were evacuated at the same time. With the property that they share, there is ONE way in and ONE way out of the school grounds by car for parents. We as parents of MVUSD children are demanding that the District creates and implements an effective and safe plan to expedite evacuation process and the traffic caused by both schools releasing children at the same time so parents can get in and out faster for the safety of everyone. We are also demanding that timely communication be sent out to parents in both English and Spanish. Vista Murrieta High School: Parent at VMHS received absolutely NO notification from the school that they were being evacuated. Furthermore, students were essentially released via evacuation from the buildings with their classes and told to call their rides home leaving them to stand around outside as the fire grew and progressed towards the school as they scrambled to figure a way to get out of there. As a parent of a student there, I was completely appalled by the non-existent communication notifying me that my student was being evacuated. In addition, releasing 4000 kids to essentially figure out for themselves how to get out of the area is NOT an effective wildfire evacuation plan. Many of the students don't drive yet or don't have their own car. The school is surrounded by dry brush and could have easily become surrounded by flames. The protocol of having parents come into an area being evacuated to pick up their children caused a huge traffic jam. The process brought hundreds of vehicles into an area that was threatened by the fire putting additional lives at risk and clogging the streets for emergency response vehicles. There was zero supervision or concern for the ultimate safety of our children at that school which is completely unacceptable. We as parents of MVUSD children are demanding that the District creates and implements a plan to evacuate all students off of school property and relocate them to somewhere safe where parents can calmly and safely pick up their children. We are also demanding that timely communication be sent out to parents in both English and Spanish.  

Mischa White
394 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Genevieve Damico, Mayor Dennis Tyler, Tamara Havics, State Representative Sue Errington, State Senator Timothy Lanane, City Councilwoman Lynn Peters, City Councilman Doug Marshall

Protect Muncie Families! Demand a Public Meeting on Exide's Permit & Toxic Pollution

Exide Technologies has filed an application with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to renew their General Operating Permit at their plant located at 2601 West Mt. Pleasant Blvd. in Muncie.  Despite calls from hundreds of Muncie residents that IDEM hold a simple public meeting on Exide's permit, IDEM has elected not to allow a public meeting, putting an irresponsible corporation with a long history of violations and fines for excessive emissions of toxic contaminants and bad practices, BEFORE the health and safety of thousands of Muncie residents and families. Since 1989, Exide has released 227,275 pounds of toxic pollutants- including dangerous lead, sulfuric acid and arsenic- into the air and water in Muncie. If approved, this Operating Permit will allow Exide to continue to emit 474.5 tons (949,000 pounds) of toxic pollutants in Muncie PER YEAR, including 4.86 tons (9,720 pounds) of lead. This will negatively impact local homes, businesses, residents' health, our environment and wildlife.  Please join with hundreds of your neighbors and friends in calling for the EPA and IDEM to allow a simple public meeting on Exide's permit! We deserve an opportunity to learn more about Exide's permit, toxic emissions and the impact Exide's operation has had on the health and properties of thousands of Muncie families; especially given that Exide has one of the worst public health and environmental safety records of any company in the U.S. and have been subject to millions of dollars in fines and criminal charges in several communities- including in Muncie! You can also send an email to Genevieve Damico (damico.genevieve@epa.gov) at the EPA to express your concerns and request a public meeting; refer to permit number T035-37825-00028 in your correspondence. For more information, or to get involved, email ProtectMuncie@gmail.com 

Protect Muncie
44 supporters