Petition to Board of Trustees
We Support the Vineland Public Library
We, the citizens of Vineland, do not want to give up control of our local library. LS&S, a private, for-profit company is currently attempting to privatize the Vineland Public Library. They would take over management of our library payroll, employees, volunteers & book selection. Most day-to-day expenses will still be the responsibility of the city (janitorial, landscaping, groundskeeping, security, maintenance, utilities, technology equipment, etc.). Current library employees will be "offered the opportunity" to apply for employment with LS&S. In many of their contracts: they favor minimum wage and have been known to supplement staff shortages with volunteers and those performing court-ordered community service. The heart of our library is our staff. The amazing programs & services that they provide to our community are vital. Sign this petition and tell the Board of Trustees: "I OPPOSE the privatization of the Vineland Public Library. We must stop any efforts to outsource or privatize our local library."
Petition to Richard K. Hanse, Patrick Kennedy, Linda Wilkinson, Michael R. Veeder and Thomas J. Burke
Save Coxsackie Ambulance
Currently the Town of Coxsackie is considering plans to dissolve the Ambulance Service in favor of a non-profit agency providing this critical service. The plan as outlined in a proposal would entail closing both the Town of Coxsackie Ambulance Service and the Greenville Rescue Squad, and having another agency - most likely Greene County EMS Inc. - take over the provision of emergency medical coverage for Coxsackie, Greenville and the Town of New Baltimore. The plan as outlined is a complete overhaul of emergency medical services in these three towns, a step which has not been taken before anywhere else in New York state. Dedicated employees are being given no assurances of continued employment with whatever agency comes next, health benefits will be gutted, and retirement accounts long established will be left behind. All of this upheaval is being billed as the means by which to save $7000. Yes - seven THOUSAND dollars between the three towns. This paltry sum, in exchange for the complete destruction of two EMS agencies with no guarantee of future savings. Perhaps the most disconcerting aspect of this is that it is happening with very little public knowledge. The Town has not discussed this proposal with the very people who will be most impacted - you, the taxpaying resident of Coxsackie. We urge you to sign this petition in order to demonstrate to your town officials that keeping local emergency services local is of importance to you and that you will hold them to account for the decisions they make in the coming months.
Petition to Bill Nelson, U.S. Senate, Charles Schumer, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Lisa Murkowski
Save Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach
There’s a multi-billion dollar land grab moving through Congress.The Senate is working on S. 1073, the Escambia County Land Conveyance Act. The purpose of the bill is “To authorize Escambia County, Florida, to convey certain property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument and that was conveyed to Escambia County subject to restrictions on use and reconveyance.” Republican Representative Matt Gaetz has passed legislation in the U.S. House to sell off Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach to private developers. The land is currently protected by a 1946 Congressional Land Conveyance that guarantees all leases on the beach belong to and must benefit the public. Gaetz' bill would take away these public land rights. Senator Marco Rubio has introduced the bill in the Senate, where it is currently in the Energy & Natural Resources Committee. The Public gains nothing and will lose Billions of dollars in valuable assets.The take-away here is that, with the demise of thousands of leases on Santa Rosa Island, the biggest winners are the tax coffers of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, and real estate developers. The losers are the residents of northwest Florida and the island itself. Barrier islands form to protect coastal areas. They are critical to healthy environments. Intact islands are important protection from rising waters, tides, and storm damage, so artificially breaching a barrier island is rarely good ecological practice. This is not a partisan issue. This would set a horrific precedent by reversing DEEDS and ownership to Publicly held lands This is a public vs. private, citizen vs. developer, greed vs. public good issue. If this could happen to Santa Rosa Island, which is entirely within the boundary of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and owned by the citizens of Escambia County, it could happen anywhere. The Escambia County Commissioners, working with Rep. Matt Gaetz and Sen. Marco Rubio, are trying to amend the original 1946 federal law that gave Santa Rosa Island to the citizens of Escambia County with two requirements: it must be used “in the public’s interest” and it could never be sold, conveyed, or disposed of, except back to the federal government. They seek to convey ownership of PUBLIC lands worth billions of dollars currently under lease to PRIVATE individual and business leaseholders. They also seek to convey public lands currently leased by Santa Rosa County and remove ALL conservation and preservation protections from that land. This would allow development of currently protected public conservation lands. This conveyance also allows Santa Rosa County the opportunity to pursue cutting an ecologically devastating new Navarre Pass.• We ask that the Escambia County Commissioners and Escambia County Supervisor of Elections include a binding referendum on the county-wide 2018 ballot.• This referendum will place the decision of maintaining or changing the PUBLIC lands status quo on Santa Rosa Island in the hands of the owners, the people of Escambia County.• The voters must have the opportunity to vote YES in support or NO in opposition on the binding referendum.
Petition to Mayor Megan Barry
Don't Privatize Historic Fort Negley; Keep Our Public Park Public!
Dear Mayor Barry, Historic Fort Negley and its surroundings are Hallowed Ground, where loyal Americans, including African Americans, worked, fought and died to preserve our Nation during the Civil War. It was the centerpiece of the defense of Nashville against those who wished to perpetuate slavery and as such represents a unique piece, not only of Nashville History, but our Nation's history as a whole. Nashville Historian Stanley F. Horn described the Battle of Nashville as "the Decisive Battle of the Civil War" and Fort Negley and its surroundings played a key role in that battle. The city has long recognized the importance of Fort Negley and its Hallowed Grounds; it was preserved from destruction in the early twentieth century and in recent years the city has made great strides in restoring the fort and its terrain after years of neglect.The 2007 supplement to the 1996 Fort Negley Master Plan specifically called for re-integrating Greer Stadium and associated property into the Fort Negley Park after the Sounds’ lease expired. But that is not what is happening. Instead of preserving and restoring this historic site, it is proposed to hand public property over to a private developer to build commercial housing and retail all over the park and permanently destroy this unique and historic site. The whole process behind this sudden change of plans for Fort Negley is unethical, unwise and perhaps even illegal. To date, no other public park in Nashville has been handed over to private for-profit developers for commercial exploitation. This privatization of public property constitutes an extremely bad precedent, one that will open other public spaces in Nashville of lesser significance to similar exploitation and commercialization by those whose interests are solely pecuniary and not in the public interest. All previous administrations have sought to expand Nashville's green space and public parks, and this wise policy is one reason for Nashville's current popularity as a destination and as a place to live and work in. Public property should remain public and we the undersigned strongly suggest you reconsider this adverse change to city policy before it is too late.
Petition to UK Parliament
STOP STUDENT ESTATE AGENCIES making their OWN rules for lets
Had to pay a months rent and a half up front? Lived in non-humane conditions with your Estate Agent/Landlord being complete non-responsive? Been denied your deposit returned to you based on non-existent damage? Paid for damage to be repaired that never got repaired for the next tenants? It's not fair that Students are taken for a complete ride by Estate Agents that specialise in Student Lets. There are no laws in place to protect us, so we need to speak out to protect ourselves.
Petition to Stagecoach bus company for angus, Wisharts travel arbroath, Abroath college
Angus towns to bring back the 'college bus' in the morning.
I've made this petition on behalf of myself and many other students who are attending college this year in Arbroath. The reason for it is that there is no longer any stagecoach busses that run in the morning, however in previous years there was always a bus running anytime between 8.00am and 8.20am from Brechin at least. Im not sure if this is the same for everywhere in Angus but in Brechin we now only have the option of getting the bus at 7.30AM, which in itself is a pain because it gets us all there far too early, but also it seems that the travel cards that we are given so that we don't have to spend heaps of money on bus fares to and from the college do not work on the wisharts travel busses as I just found out the hard way. Which means I have missed my classes today and im sure this has been a problem for many other students this year. With so many people relying on public transport it's a real shame that the Angus council or stagecoach themselves have taken this away from all of us and made it a lot harder for everyone by doing so. So please sign this petition to help bring back the college bus and failing that, to at least make the other busses accessible using our travel cards. Thank you to anyone who signs this, I will keep people informed of any progress.
Petition to Southampton Solent University
To have the Southampton Solent studios accessible for students over the weekend
As a Southampton Solent University student I feel that the amount of work I have to do should be achievable through having available time to work in the studio. Therefore I have started this petition due to finding that models, make-up artists, stylists etc. may not have time to attend shoots I have planned during the weekdays, which causes a difficulty to conduct my work. An easy solution for this would be to gain access to the studio during the weekends as I can work fluidly with a team of professionals whilst maintaining a timetable that corresponds with everyone. This could be then presented to the University to show interest to keep the studios open over the weekends.
Petition to Simon Birmingham, Malcolm Turnbull
Higher loan rates for creative media students at SAE Audio Institute
I think it is unfair that students studying creative media and audio at SAE institutions in Australia are only entitled to a 10,000 dollar loan when all the diploma's are $18,000+. This forces them to pay the other $8,000+ upfront or pay a hefty $211 a month for three years (SAE student loan scheme). A lot of these students, including me are straight out of high school and are receiving government benefits for being full time students, and these benefits are very little that the students must use to pay for rent, food, utility bills and other living responsibilities. Therefore, students can't afford these monthly payments whilst they are studying which puts them through financial stress. Especially, if they are living away from home, independently and their parents can not support them. So please, I am asking you on behalf of the creative media students at SAE Australia wide to allow them the maximum 15,000 dollar vet student loan. Doing this will allow students to concentrate on their studies and relieve financial stress because their monthly payments will be substantially lower. We aren't asking you to bring back the VET Fee Help scheme. We are just asking you to to help us study financial stress free again Thank you