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Update posted 3 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 Bellingham is hurting. Like many other cities nationwide we have high unemployment, low wages, and a host of economic, social and environmental problems. This inexpensive solution would help us address all of them, and maintain net-neutrality by creating a public, net-neutral option. In fact over 450 other cities have already implemented solutions like this, but our leaders are reluctant to even give our citizens access to the resources they've already paid for, much less prepare our city for the future.  As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several net-neutral 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. This petition asks for the city to give the public access to the broadband resources we've already paid for, expand our critical publicly owned broadband infrastructure, establish a Dig Once Policy for Bellingham and Whatcom County, allow multiple providers into multi-unit dwellings, and provide high quality internet access to all residents that truly address our Digital Divide issues. 

Jon Humphrey
1,664 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, Andrew M. Cuomo

Pass the Black History Bill

Sign this petition to demand that the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly pass the Black History Education Bill right away. This bill will help bring about the empowerment of our children and our communities. It will provide the opportunity for the children to realize the greatness of their history and to teach them that their existence did not start and will not stop with slavery.  Community Advocate ANTHONY BECKFORD is taking lead on this, because he strongly believes in the greatness of Black Culture and he believes that our children need to identify with that. History books teach our children the lie, that their history starts from bondage, which then conditions them to accept the continious oppression and bondage. We will put a full stop to that. We must teach them where they came from, for them to know who they are, so that they can plan for their future.  "The Black History Education Bill is bigger than petty politics. The bill would include the indigenous history of Afro Americans, Afro Caribbeans, Afro Latinos and the African Diaspora as a whole. This taps into the true history of many other ethnicities." The purpose of the bill, is to create a mandatory year round curriculum of Black History. The purpose of this bill is to highlight and acknowledge the inventions by Black inventors, anti- slavery movements, Black heroes and leaders and so much more.  Duties and responsibilities of the commission. The commission shall be tasked with developing and recommending curriculum that incorporates the contributions and achievements made by African Americans as part of New York's education curriculum, including but not limited to the women's abolitionist movement, the Harlem Renaissance, the Buffalo anti-slavery movement, and the suffrage movement for African American Long Islanders and much more.

Anthony Beckford
86 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to University of La Verne Faculty

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity

As students, we will no longer remain idle as the academic deans, faculty senate, and faculty assembly are not held accountable for the mental strain they impose on students based on their identities. Diversity and inclusivity cannot continue to be ghettoized and must extend beyond the Center for Multicultural Services and the Office of Diversity and Inclusivity. Diversity and inclusivity initiatives must be a part of each classroom. We demand that faculty, staff, and administration work together to ensure that these initiatives are enacted. We demand a change in the faculty handbook that addresses training for diversity, inclusion, neurodiversity, mental health, gender, disabilities, sexuality, and socioeconomic status to name a few, as appropriately directed by the Chief Diversity and Inclusivity Officer. We demand that these diversity competencies are enforced and a part of all hiring and evaluative processes and any merit pay increases, including teaching, research, and service. We demand a change in the Eurocentric/Patriarchal curriculum to match the diverse backgrounds of students on campus. This includes a cultural audit of all curriculum with an emphasis on GE (general education). We demand that cultural competency be a part of the tenure evaluation process. We demand a Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program to recruit and retain more faculty of color. All students deserve a quality education free of discrimination from educators and administration alike. Students on campus endure prejudice and discrimination from the very people who are hired to support them. Students are promised an environment that values diversity and inclusivity, and fosters their personal and professional growth. Yet, the university has continuously failed to uphold these promises, while raising tuition annually. Discrimination and prejudice are systemic at La Verne. The lack of awareness and microaggressions students face on campus create a toxic academic and social environment.  As students, we have a voice. Please sign the petition below to show your support. Listed below are videos of students verbalizing these demands. Sincerely, Students With a Voice          

Decolonize La Verne
66 supporters