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Petition to Mercy High School, Diocese of Norwich, Archdiocese of Hartford, Pope Francis

Publicly Apologize & Let Girls Take Girls To Prom

Mercy High School is an all-girls Catholic high school in Middletown, Connecticut. Like almost all high schools, the end of their school year is punctuated by the senior prom - which is supposed to be a joyous occassion. Unfortunately (and oppressively) for the students of Mercy, they are forbidden from taking another young women as their date, regardless of sexual orientation, and that needs to change.  Although it is apparently legal for the administration of Mercy to enforce this archaic and highly discriminatory rule, in 2017 it’s beyond shameful for an educational institution to be so aggressively discriminatory. Mercy High School’s own mission statement says that the school, “inspires students to respect the dignity of others and to provide leadership and service that foster community, understanding and compassion in local and global environments. Mercy is committed to providing a challenging educational experience in a safe and nurturing environment.” Nothing about Mercy’s prom policy comes anywhere close to understanding, compassion, or providing a safe and nurturing environment. In fact, the school’s anti-LGBTQ+ attitude and behavior perpetuates discrimination even though, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Negative attitudes toward lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people put these youth at increased risk for experiences with violence, compared with other students. Violence can include behaviors such as bullying, teasing, harassment, physical assault, and suicide-related behaviors.” This at a time when, in the 21st century, people are being attacked and murdered because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and the Vice President of the United States advocates for the torture of so-called conversion therapy. To address this injustice a senior at Mercy took the brave step of starting a petition asking the school’s administration to allow girls to take girls to prom. In less than two days the petition was signed by close to 2,000 people. But rather than address the petition in anything resembling an appropriate manner, the student was apparently intimidated by the administration into abandoning the petition altogther. In an official update on this website the student states, “I'm sad to say that I will be discontinuing this fight due to administration strongly advising me to give up.” Since she can’t take this any further without likely facing severe repercussions it is up to us to continue the fight. Even Francis, the Roman Catholic Pope, has stated, “We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration, while 'every sign of unjust discrimination' is to be carefully avoided...” It’s time for Mercy High School to set a standard based on love and acceptance and the first step is to issue a public apology to the student that took a stand for justice. That needs to be followed by an immediate reversal of their horrible policy of discrimination. The administration of Mercy has a choice: embrace their students and all other members of our society, regardless of their identity, with love and compassion, or continue with the status quo and assume a reputation for ignorance, fear, and hate. With hope, this petition will encourage them to make the right decision.      

Colin Bennett
1,760 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Dean Kamphaus

Save Addictions Education and Prevention at the University of Oregon!

WHAT: The Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP) at the University of Oregon is currently in danger of being eliminated.WHY: SAPP has been an asset to University of Oregon students since the 1990s. ( Its coursework not only is vital in that it includes research-based and hands-on coursework on addictions, SAPP’s instructors have decades of education and expertise in behavioral health, and community partners all across the state have benefited from the experience of SAPP alumni. Additionally, SAPP provides a good deal of much-needed revenue to the College of Education.During a time in which many vulnerable populations are under threat, and addictions education and programming are increasing all over the country, this is not the time to eliminate or divert this essential community-conscious program. SAPP has been mischaracterized in a recent University review, which was hastily compiled without input from SAPP faculty. Additionally, cuts are happening across the University to instructors who are not “tenure-track” in a short-sighted measure to boost the UO’s reputation as a research university.WHAT YOU CAN DO: We need to act now. We need to let the University know how valuable SAPP is, and that cutting it would be unethical and discriminatory. If you or someone you know has benefited from SAPP courses, please sign this petition. If you are a community partner and have benefited from the work of students who have attained their state certifications through SAPP, please sign this petition.If you believe that practical, research-based addictions coursework is important to university students’ education, please sign this petition!

SAPP Supporters
131 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Kelli Linville, April Barker, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, Whatcom County Council, Bellingham City Council, Michael Lilliquist, Pinky Vargas, Terry Bornemann, Roxanne Murphy

Bellingham Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Network

Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Internet As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several local Internet Service Providers eager to deploy high speed broadband, like they have in Mount Vernon, yet this is held back by rules and regulations that have not kept pace with technology. Fiber would: Create an opportunity for a public access component to make ultra high speed internet broadly accessible in public spaces, provide higher quality low-income connections to those in need, and guarantee a level of internet access to all. Give Bellingham a strong standing among Washington cities, and create valuable infrastructure that we could continue to build on in the long-term. Create jobs: Fiber would draw companies to the city, provide jobs for construction and maintenance, create new internet service providers and other innovative businesses that are made possible by ultra-fast broadband. Reduce Our Impact on the Environment: Fiber would reduce the need for travel to take place for meetings. It is also very durable and usually requires less maintenance than old infrastructure wiring, like copper wiring.   Increase property values: Wiring for fiber-optics has been shown to increase property value approximately 1% Provide a network our government could leverage to deliver data from current and future ‘smart grid’ sensors including those used for parking management, resource monitoring, air quality, muni and other needs. Over the long term smarter management could save the city money and increase our tax base without increasing taxes by reducing unemployment and creating good jobs.

Jon Humphrey
419 supporters