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Petition to Alex Padilla, President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden First Lady, Vice President Kamala Harris, United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Brad Sherman, Congressman Adam Schiff, United States Senator Alex Padilla

103 y/o Marsha Hunt Has Over 7 Decades of Activism; Deserves Presidential Medal of Freedom

A Quick Overview 103-year-old actor-activist Marsha Hunt survived the Hollywood Blacklist to become one of Hollywood's first activists.  Miss Hunt's activism began in the early 1940s and extended into the 21st Century -- SEVEN decades of activism!  Meet Marsha Hunt and learn more here: "Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity" Film Trailer. Marsha Hunt's Complete Resume of Social Activism: Please note that this also includes a partial list of awards presented to Miss Hunt throughout the years: Marsha Hunt Resume of Social Activism. Why Marsha Hunt Should Receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom With the passing of Olivia de Havilland and her dear friend Norman Lloyd, Marsha Hunt is the oldest living star from the Golden Age of Hollywood.  As an actor, she made many World War II-themed films while at MGM that brought much comfort to those on the homefront.  While Marsha is still among us, we'd love to see her receive this high honor for her work as an actor, songwriter, and "actorvist". The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the president of the United States to recognize someone who has made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." The Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal are the highest civilian awards of the United States.  (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.)  Marsha Hunt is a living legend and national treasure highly deserving of both awards. As far back as 1955, Marsha Hunt worked tirelessly alongside her mentor Eleanor Roosevelt to support the work that the United Nations Association was accomplishing in the United States including combating hunger and homelessness. Marsha Hunt is the only member of the Committee for the First Amendment alive today who can talk about the trip to Washington D.C. that she and others took in October 1947 to support the “Hollywood 19”.   Here are some additional highlights of Marsha Hunt's tireless work and dedication to causes that she felt needed attention:  During World War II, not only did Miss Hunt work at the Hollywood Canteen almost every Saturday night of the war for almost four years, but she also went on a four-week USO tour of the Arctic in 1943. Marsha Hunt was one of the first in Hollywood to host a telethon.  In 1952, Marsha co-hosted the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon, along with Ralph Edwards and Jack Webb.  They were on the air for 36 hours in Oakland California.  It became a broadcast record at the time. Marsha Hunt was one of the first in Hollywood to support the work of the United Nations Association and its specialized agencies.  In 1959, she produced a television documentary on World Refugee Year and got 14 of her Hollywood friends to join her on the broadcast (this was a young Paul Newman's first act of activism). In 1957, Marsha co-founded a teen drama workshop (with California State University Northridge professor William Schlossberg), in a tent on the young campus of Cal State Northridge. The program, "Teenage Drama Workshop" (TADW), grew over the years and is now in its 64th year of operation. As Honorary Mayor of Sherman Oaks, (1983 - 2000), Marsha Hunt was one of the first to recognize the growing homelessness problem in the San Fernando Valley of California.  She organized walkathons and blanket drives to help those in need.  Her crowning accomplishment as mayor helped to open one of, if not the first, homeless shelters in the Valley.  The Valley Shelter opened in 1986 in an old motel.  Thirty-five years later, the old motel has been torn down and a brand new facility stands on the site serving those in need.  Los Angeles Family Housing has successfully run this shelter and many others in greater Los Angeles since 1988. In 2007, at the age of 95, Miss Hunt wrote an LGBTQ anthem entitled "Here's To All Who Love" supporting "loving love", "hating hate" and marriage equality. The song has been sung at many weddings in the last 14 years. Marsha Hunt’s life story has peaks and valleys that span the course of the 20th century.  In 1935, 17-year-old aspiring actress Marsha Hunt was discovered in Hollywood.  She signed with Paramount Pictures and went on to a flourishing career at MGM. Miss Hunt made 54 films in 17 years before a series of unfortunate events led to her being unfairly blacklisted. Miss Hunt is the last person alive from the famous 1943 MGM Stock Company photo.  After the Hollywood Blacklist, Marsha overcame adversity and championed humanitarian causes, forging a career as one of Hollywood’s first celebrity activists. The documentary “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” is Miss Hunt’s “final act” of activism. The underlying theme of the film is that Marsha rose above adversity, and we can too.  The American way is to rise above adversity -- to find a way, or forge a new path forward.   Marsha Hunt's words and deeds serve as an inspirational primer and call to action for activists of all ages. Please support our collective efforts for Marsha to receive the well-deserved honor of receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in her lifetime.  Please sign and share this petition widely and encourage everyone to do the same.  Thank you! ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ‘30s star Marsha Hunt recalls supporting American troops, combating Hollywood blacklisting: ‘It was needed’: Turner Classic Movies celebrating Hollywood star Marsha Hunt: Tinseltown Talks column: A TCM tribute to 103-year-old Marsha Hunt: Classic Hollywood: Actress Marsha Hunt survived the blacklist without apologizing for her activism:   #MarshaHunt #SocialJustice #Activism #OvercomingAdversity #HungerRelief  #Homelessness #MarriageEquality #Actor #Activist #Advocate #Songwriter #HollywoodGoldenAge #USO #PresidentialMedalOfFreedom             

Roger C. Memos
2,552 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Northeastern University WeCare Office, Northeastern University Health and Counseling Services, Northeastern University Disability Resource Center, Office for University Equity and Compliance

Reform Northeastern Policies to Accommodate Students in Crisis

My name is Jackie Williams, and this is my story. The Northeastern University WeCare office is described as "a support system that aids students when significant issues arise that impede their success."  As a new student, I felt incredibly lucky to attend a university that would support me through any hardships that I may endure. However, each of my visits to WeCare for help left me feeling inadequate. When I suffered a concussion and was told by my drc specialist that the disability resource center would not provide me additional accommodations because I already have accommodations for ADHD, I sought help at WeCare. The WeCare staff asked me personal, invasive questions about my experience. I opened up to them about my circumstances and how my struggles with mental and physical health were affecting me academically, requesting an advocate to speak to my professors who were declining to provide my accommodations requested in medical documentation. I was encouraged to try convincing my professors by revealing what happened and told that WeCare couldn't advocate for me yet because I hadn't tried hard enough, and that maybe there is a reason that these bad things kept happening to me. Over and over, I was sent back and forth between WeCare, UHCS and the DRC. Eventually WeCare finally contacted my professors who were declining to provide my accommodations, and I soon found that no matter the severity of the situation or extent of documentation, the WeCare office, the DRC, and UHCS have none of the authority or intercommunication they would need to help students who are suffering academically due to extenuating and unpredictable circumstances. I was appalled, especially considering how students have been impacted by the global pandemic. Even the DRC supported my professors' choices not to accommodate me, and they too told me a medical leave was my only option because it is completely up to professors whether they choose to follow professionally recommended accommodations for students in crisis. None of them could enforce the accommodations I needed despite extensive documentation.  Not once was I offered a resource that could have helped, supported, or encouraged me; I was, however, encouraged to take a medical leave of absence, leaving me with a destroyed trust for several professors, the systems set to support students, and even myself. Despite the lack of support I received at WeCare and the DRC, I do believe the majority of the staff in these departments are well-meaning. In reflecting on my experiences, I realized why WeCare staff implied that what happened to me was my fault and shamed me for my struggles; My professors were the only ones who had the authority to implement my medically advised accommodations, and WeCare did not have the resources they needed to help me. Northeastern's policies, and the understaffing and underfunding of WeCare, UHCS, and the DRC has tied the hands of these departments with a lack of authority and collaboration between their departments. These issues have resulted in long term damage to students struggling with extenuating circumstances and their academic careers, and will continue to do so until reforms are made.  I know that I am not the only one who has experienced this problem with Northeastern. I hope this petition can provide a voice to all of the students who have, and I highly encourage those students to share their stories too. I am so grateful to everyone for reading, signing, and sharing my petition. I truly hope this can shed light on these injustices to northeastern students. To students who have had a similar experience to me, please share what you can in the section "why am I signing". You do not stand alone. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we are stronger.  

Jacqueline Williams
229 supporters