social justice

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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
524 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to NorthSide Regeneration and St. Louis City

Remediate Toxic Debris From the Clemens Mansion Fire

At 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12, residents of the St. Louis Place neighborhood emerged from their homes to see an inferno raging: the Clemens Mansion was burning, and the flames were almost 100 feet high. Fiery debris—some fragments were 7 inches long—rained down, falling on homes and threatening to burn down the surrounding neighborhood. Even though firefighters soaked the roofs of nearby houses, two homes on Helen Street caught fire.  The next morning, cars, yards, and homes were coated in gray ash. There were large black fragments lying everywhere. Tests by EOTS Mitigation LLC., paid for by neighborhood residents, confirmed the presence of asbestos. Callers to the City Health Department were told there was nothing the city could do, and there was no response from Paul McKee, the developer who owns the Clemens Mansion, other than a comment to the press that there was no asbestos in the building. The contaminated debris has been found as far away as Hebert Street in Old North St. Louis. Children have been picking it up and playing with it. One neighbor was spotted using a leaf blower to blow it out of his yard. Aside from Third Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley and Fifth Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge, city government has been silent. There has been zero guidance to residents about how to safely dispose of the debris. Contrast this with the Praxair fire of 2005 in Lafayette Square. Praxair knew there was asbestos in the fire debris, and two days after the accident dispatched a Haz-Mat crew in full protective gear and breathing masks to clean up residents' properties.  We feel that there is a terrible contrast between the response in 2005 to a similar crisis in a wealthy white neighborhood, versus this response to a less affluent, majority African-American neighborhood. Legally, it is Northside Regeneration's responsibility to clean up the debris. It is the City Health Department's responsibility to prevent risks to public health in dangerous situations such as this. We demand answers, guidance, and most importantly, cleanup of this dangerous debris which threatens the well-being and long-term health of the residents of St. Louis Place, JeffVanderLou, and Old North St. Louis.   

Northside Neighbors United
474 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Andrea Willer, George Blumenthal, Sarah Latham

Reinstate UCSC Head Coaches Emily Scheese and Jamey Harris

On June 28, 2017 UC Santa Cruz Coaches Emily Scheese (women's soccer) and Jamey Harris (women/men's cross country and track/field) were unceremoniously fired by Andrea Willer, the head of OPERS. They were informed their employment contracts would not be renewed, and that in just 2 days they would lose their jobs, their pay, and their health insurance.  Neither was given any explanation for this life-changing decision, other than the administration had decided to "go in a different direction."  (At the bottom of this page, you can find links to articles in the Santa Cruz Sentinel that more fully describe the situation.) These firings are shocking and wrong-headed because both Jamey Harris and Emily Scheese were exemplary coaches along every dimension. They were recognized for coaching excellence by their peers across the country; both were three-time recipients of the "Coach of the Year" award from the NCAA Division III Association of Independents.   Jamey and Emily both brought their teams to great athletic success and markedly improved the competitive standing of their teams.   Both demanded academic excellence from their athletes, and led all of their teams to earn multiple Division III "All Academic Team" awards. Both Emily and Jamey were beloved by those they coached for helping them achieve new levels of athletic and personal growth, and for their efforts to make UCSC athletics more inclusive, diverse, and accessible by more students. Emily and Jamey both managed to provide great competitive experiences to their athletes on shoestring budgets.  None of their teams received enough UCSC funds to participate in all their scheduled competitions. So, to make up the shortfall, Emily and Jamey were also master fundraisers who took responsibility for raising all the money that their programs required. They were also creative geniuses in reducing costs to stay within budget. Neither Jamey nor Emily ever received any indication that the administration was not happy with their performance. All their past performance reviews were positive, and no one from the administration ever gave them any indication that they were unhappy with the direction where Emily and Jamey were taking their teams. Their teams are now without coaches, but the Cross Country and Soccer seasons begin in just 5 weeks. These athletes deserve better. In fact they deserve the best: Jamey and Emily. Firing them was a grave mistake by the UCSC administration, but it is not too late to reverse action and reinstate Jamey Harris and Emily Scheese to their Head Coach positions. To convince the administration, we must act quickly and be very persistent and vocal. Please join us. Sign this petition to ask UCSC administrators to immediately reinstate Emily Scheese as Head Coach for Women's soccer and Jamey Harris as Head Coach for Men's and Women's Cross Country and Men's and Women's Track & Field.  In signing the petition, PLEASE LEAVE A PERSONAL COMMENT. Describe how Emily or Jamey made a difference in your life.  Vouch for their expertise in their sport and their coaching skills. And if Emily or Jamey were part of why you chose UCSC, please say so in your comment. ************************ For more information, please refer to these articles in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.  Swift firings: UC Santa Cruz restructures its athletic program Coaches lodge complaints against UC Santa Cruz for Athletic department layoffs Letter: Staffing 'restructure' a huge blow to UCSC Letter: Students need more than just academics at UCSC Letter: UCSC firing of coaches a deceitful act 

Athena Del Rosario
1,264 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Martha Jane Trudo

Mandate that my grandpa's killer serve the maximum sentence and don't lower the bail.

Although there were eyewitnesses of the murder, my Grandpa's killer, Santiago Vasquez plead not guilty and his attorney James Stapler requested the bond be lowered. Honorable Judge Martha Jane Trudo, please do not allow a bond reduction and please require Santiago Vasquez to serve the maximum sentence in prison! Over a decade ago, my Grandma Valree and my Grandpa, Vietnam War Army Veteran, John Wesley Seth Jr. moved to a nice neighborhood in Killeen, Texas. Some things that attracted my grandparents to this location were the manicured lawns, friendly faces and the fact that it was a quiet area where they could live among residents their own age. My Grandpa John loved working on home improvement projects and you could always catch him outside taking care of the yard and scratching each project off of his to-do list. Little did they know, shortly after moving in, their next door neighbor would start harassing them and eventually be the cause of one of their deaths.  For years after moving in to their beloved home, they endured the derogatory statements of their next door neighbor, Santiago Vasquez. Vasquez's hatred toward them was so deep that he even installed a camera to spy on them. He aimed it at my grandparents' backyard so that any time Grandma would go out to enjoy some fresh air or Grandpa would work on the yard, he would know. He would then proceed to hurl racist and sexist insults at my grandparents over a loud intercom system. My grandparents never caused any problems with their neighbor and always did the right thing by calling the police for help instead of taking matters into their own hands. They took the high road and Vasquez had no reason to do what he did.  On May 30, 2017, in the street in front of my grandparents' yard, the unthinkable happened when Santiago Vasquez, 84, struck my Grandpa John, 80, over the head with a cane twice and knocked him down. As my Grandpa struggled to stand back up, Vasquez killed him by shooting him three times in the chest and abdomen. There is a bulging folder at the Killeen Police Department that contains the stack of reports with all of the times my grandparents called 911 on their neighbor, fearful of what he might do next. That folder is filled with complaints and cries for help. In that folder also lies their hope that something would be done to either subdue the torment or make Vasquez leave the otherwise peaceful neighborhood. Nothing can be done now to turn back the time and prevent this heinous crime from happening, but Judge Martha Trudo, you may be able to stop Santiago Vasquez from committing a crime like this again.  The thing is, Grandpa John still had his to-do list hanging up in his office and a cold-blooded killer robbed him of completing any more of life's tasks. Yes, my Grandpa John Seth is gone now and no petition can ever bring him back. But, justice can still be won for his family. Everyone impacted is struggling right now, he was an extraordinary father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a wise friend to a multitude of people. Above all, he had honored his vow to take care of his wife through sickness as he was the primary caregiver for my Grandma Valree who has been recently diagnosed with dementia. She now wakes up in the middle of the night crying because she misses her honey and is scared that the man who killed him can come back at any time and move right back into that house next door.  I am asking that the killer of my Grandpa be brought to justice. Please do not allow this murderer the possibility of regaining his freedom by lowering the bond currently set at $1,000,000. Judge Trudo, please let justice win and require Santiago Vasquez to serve the maximum sentence in prison. Remove the possibility for Vasquez to ruin any more lives by hurting more people and destroying more families.

Sierra Douglas
255 supporters