Petition to Minneapolis City Council
Legalize Goats in Minneapolis!
In 2009 Minneapolis launched a city-led urban agriculture plan "Homegrown Minneapolis". Though we've made great strides as a city towards building a more local and equitable food system, we still have serious work to do. Legalizing goats is the next step we must take! Its not a revolutionary idea, and its not simply a joke. Seattle, Denver, Portland, San Diego, Baltimore and even Saint Paul, are some of the major U.S. cities that already allow residents to legally raise goats in the city limits (with reasonable restrictions of course). Other cities are following suit -- but not Minneapolis. In fact, as far back as April 2011, members of the Minneapolis Zoning and Planning Committee voted 4-2 to remove a provision that would simply study the impacts of hoofed animals as part of the city’s urban agriculture policy plan. In 2013, progressive changes came to a number of the City Council seats, and despite the Council Member who championed that 2011 vote being gone, no additional action was taken for a pathway to legalizing goats in the city. This year, the Minneapolis Park Board started using goat to combat invasive species. Let's make the next step! Let's allow residents to safely raise goats as companions and sources of dairy. On November 7th, 2017 Minneapolis residents have the chance to elect a new pro-goat Council and Mayor. We demand they take us seriously. Make Minneapolis the next major city to legalize goats! Sign our petition to let your voice be "herd"! *Find out who represents you now in City Council here and contact them! There are also lots of new candidates running that you should find out where they stand!
Petition to Supervisor Burgis, Supervisor Andersen, Supervisor Glover, Supervisor Gioia, Supervisor Mitchoff
Contra Costa County Urban Limit Line Threatened! Over 9,000 acres of Open Space At Risk! Stop Urban Sprawl into Tassajara Valley!
A high-density 125 home development (“Tassajara Parks”) is being proposed for the undeveloped portion of Tassajara Valley east of Danville. The development is outside the voter mandated Urban Limit Line (“ULL”) that prohibits urban development outside the line and into the county’s protected agricultural lands and open spaces. If the county supervisors approve this development, it will establish a precedent for other developers to follow, and put at risk over 9,000 acres of voter approved protected lands in the county to further development. Add your name to telling the county’s supervisors to reject this development proposal and respect the will of the county’s voters that the Urban Limit Line means “no development outside of the line”.
Petition to Sean Maloney
Rep. Sean Maloney: Cut CO2 Emissions by 28% and American families a $2,000 check!
Why is it so difficult to take real action on climate change? Because while the majority of Americans would accept the economic costs of stricter environmental regulations to fight climate change, the majority of Republicans believe the economic costs outweigh the benefits. But didn't we send a man to the moon, invent the internet, and create the weekend? We can figure this out. We have smart solutions that can address climate change and deliver economic benefits to American families. We can’t wait to act any longer. A recent Carbon Dividends proposal proposed by eight Republicans of the Climate Leadership Council has taken elements of Democratic and Republican proposals to find a realistic way forward. This approach would: Place a carbon tax on CO2 emissions only, steadily increasing from $40/ton CO2. It is estimated that this would reduce U.S. emissions by 28% by 2025, compared to an emissions reduction of 16% if all Obama Administration policies were left in place. Return all revenues raised directly to American families in the form of a dividends check. The U.S. Treasury Department estimates that an average family of four would receive a dividend of $2,000 in the first year, with 70% of Americans benefiting economically under the program. Other revenue uses could include energy efficiency incentives, transition support for affected economic sectors, and community innovation grants. Protect American competitiveness by providing rebates to companies on items exported to countries without carbon pricing and adding fees to imports from countries without carbon pricing. Analyze current carbon emissions regulations to identify those that are 100% redundant for possible adjustment or elimination if a proposal following these principles was enacted. As concerned constituents of the NY-18th district, we're calling on Rep. Sean Maloney to help create a bi-partisan, common sense path to addressing climate change by signing our public statement of support for this approach. To learn more, please read the Carbon Pricing and Dividends research summary developed by the Ecological Citizen's Project.
Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer (Founder & President Strategic Acquisitions Inc), Tony Hershman (Chief Operating Officer Strategic Acquisitions Inc)
DO NOT ALLOW STRATEGIC ACQUISITIONS INC TO DESTROY THE RON FINLEY PROJECT’S GANGSTA GARDEN
Help #savethegangstagarden and The Ron Finley Project's HQ that ignited a worldwide food justice revolution by signing the petition and generously giving what you can.All Ron Finley wanted was healthy food for himself, his family and neighbors. After picking up a tomato that was labeled “coated with shellac” in his local South Central Los Angeles grocery store, it hit Finley: there was a complete lack of healthy food in his community. This is true for not only Finley’s community, but most underserved populations nationwide. More than 29 million Americans live in food deserts or what Finley has termed “food prisons”.“the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys”In 2010, Finley decided to take his health and the health of his community into his own hands and “Plant Some Shit”, turning a strip of city-owned land in front of his property into a food oasis. After a citation, fine and eventual warrant for Finley’s arrest over the grass that he transformed into an edible landscape for his community, word spread quickly about the “Gangsta Gardener”, sparking a global food justice movement. Luminaries such as René Redzepi, Russell Brand, Alice Waters, Rainn Wilson, Penny Marshall, Aloe Blacc, Carson Daley, Rachel Hunter and Robert Horry reached out to Finley in solidarity of his work, followed by statewide dignitaries, namely Mayors Aja Brown, Kevin Johnson and Councilman Herb Wesson. Soon after, the Gangsta Garden began to be visited and studied by local K-12 classrooms and universities all over the world including renown institutions such as Harvard, the University of Southern California and MIT.“Kids who grow kale, eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.”Over the last few years, the owner of the RFP property has been battling with the bank and has made several attempts to receive a loan modification to no avail. The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it to Strategic Acquisitions Inc. RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain with the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property, otherwise, face eviction. HQ has grown into more than just a garden since 2010, including RFP offices, an educational center and a propagation station for more edible urban landscapes. The loss of this property is a continuation of the injustices perpetrated against the members of the South Central Los Angeles community and persons struggling with food insecurity around the world. Finley took on city lawmakers in 2010 sparking a worldwide food justice revolution. Now the world needs to rally behind him!RFP needs to raise $500,000 to #savethegangstagarden that has become a symbol of healthy change for Los Angeles and cities all over. If you have been touched by RFP or support access to healthy food for ALL communities, please sign the petition, donate on our crowdfunding site, share and comment on how the The Ron Finley Project has inspired you.
Petition to Office of Business Liaison, Elizabeth Warren, Charles Schumer, Edward Markey, Nancy Pelosi, Wilbur Ross
Include Karen Christensen in US Trade Mission to China
I urge you to include Karen Christensen, founder and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, in the US Commerce Department’s trade mission to China. Karen is open minded, future focused, and technology savvy, and has the best interests of the United States at heart. Her knowledge and networks are wide. Her grasp of US business interests comes from a childhood in the Midwest, teen years in the Silicon Valley, education in the public university system of California, and a professional life that spans the globe. Her current ventures in China provide a superb foundation for future initiatives in media, education, and technology, and her work can help other US companies and business leaders across the US. Her recent activities as head of the Train Campaign grounds her in infrastructure issues, and her activities as a business leader in rural Massachusetts have given her a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges for US business in the 21st century. Karen will represent small business owners and women leaders in business. Please ensure that Karen Christensen’s voice and vision are part of the US mission to China in 2017.
Petition to Bellevue City Council
Create a Tree Master Plan for Bellevue
I recommend that the City create a Tree Master Plan which covers the strategy for how Bellevue will meet its goal of at least 40% tree canopy coverage, when will this achieved, what is the on-going process, and how citizen involvement will be used to reach consensus that is right for Bellevue. "Tree canopy in Bellevue has decreased 20 percent since 1986, a loss conservatively estimated to be equivalent to $15 million in lost stormwater services and $68,000 per year in lost air quality removal services.' Tree Canopy, Comp Plan We, the City of Bellevue, have agreed in the Comprehensive Plan to work towards a goal of at least 40% tree canopy coverage. However, it is unclear how and when we will meet this goal. ""EN-12 Work toward a citywide tree canopy target of at least 40% canopy coverage that reflects our “City in a Park” character and maintain an action plan for meeting the target across multiple land use types including right-of-way, public lands, and residential and commercial uses." Policies, Environmental Steward-ship, Comp Plan Improving the health and sustainability of the urban forest is complex. Many policy areas are involved, such as parks, transportation, economic development, and planning and development. Bellevue needs a Tree Master Plan. Without a strategy, the many efforts needed to reach our goal lack the ability to make timely and effective decisions. The neighborhoods need a shared direction and understand the unique role each plays. We should not wait ten years for the neighborhood subarea comprehensive plans to define their unique standards, when together we can agree to a minimal standard for all neighborhoods. The value of trees goes beyond aesthetics. Clean air, clean water, and more walkable streets improve our health. By reducing heat islands, decreasing stormwater flooding, absorbing carbon dioxide, and shading building, trees reduce energy use and environmental impacts. Trees have impacts on economic development and sense of community. Now is the time to create a shared plan.
Petition to St. Paul City Council
Support Sustainable To-Go Packaging in St. Paul
The City of St. Paul currently does not require restaurants and other retail food establishments to utilize sustainable to-go packaging. As a result, a large portion of the waste in our waste stream is made up of non-recyclable items that once briefly contained food items for immediate consumption. These items, mostly plastics, have negative effects on our environment (particularly our waterways) and contribute to environmental degradation of our community and beyond. Minneapolis and St. Louis Park both recently adopted "to-go" food packaging ordinances, and we urge St. Paul to do the same. St. Paul's City Council is meeting on August 2nd to vote on the changes highlighted below (see link for more details). In an effort to support environmental sustainability, we urge the city to approve of the proposed changes to St. Paul Code of Ordinances Chapter 236 and require the use of compostable, reusable, or recyclable food packaging. Proposals: "Amend the current ordinance to apply only to food packaging intended for immediate consumption. Provide 1 year between Council adoption and effective date of ordinance. (See Current Draft.) Require the use of compostable, reusable or recyclable food packaging except in cases where there are no commercially available alternatives. The following factors will be used in determining if there are any commercially available alternatives:Availability, Economic consequences, Competitive effects, Regional context (Items for which there are no commercially available alternatives would be considered an “exemption” to the requirement). Establish list of “exemptions” and process for annual review of “exemptions” at time of ordinance adoption. Tie the initiative to existing programs:o Recyclable or compostable will be defined by City’s residential recycling contacts. (This effort will not entail amending the contract.)o Ramsey County BizRecycling program Conduct business outreach and resource fairs during the proposed 1 year implementation period." Source: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/city-council-consider-ordinance-amendments-related-%E2%80%9C-go%E2%80%9D-food For more information, click here: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/city-council-consider-ordinance-amendments-related-%E2%80%9C-go%E2%80%9D-food Interested in doing more? Attend the Sustainable To-Go Packaging Hearing on Wednesday, August 2nd at 5:30pm at St. Paul City Hall (15 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102).
Petition to Keith Giagnorio
Stop the Installation of Two LED Billboards in Lombard, IL.
The Village is being offered $75,000 to install two new LED billboards at the below locations. There are many reasons why this project shouldn't move forward. Please sign this petition to tell Lombard Trustees that $75K a year (a drop in the bucket for a municipal budget) is not worth the wellbeing of our communities. A 20-year lease means that we can't change our minds for the next twenty years! The location of the billboards is environmentally sensitive. They are installed at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve, which is one of eleven protected places in the world where the Federally-Threatened Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid can be found. This rare orchid can only be pollinated sustainably by nocturnal hawkmoths. These two giant billboards emitting blue-rich light will certainly affect the local population of these moths. (Imagine the moths attracted to your house's night lamp multiplied out to the power of a billboard). Many residents journey to Churchill Woods from miles around to receive eco-psychological renewal and wellbeing that only unmolested nature can provide. These billboards will mar the treescape/skyscape for hikers who are attracted to this area for its natural beauty. The billboards (projecting commercial messaging from corporations like coca cola, mcdonalds, and burger king) will degrade the experience of people enjoying the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail- important amenities for recreation in DuPage County. Blue-rich LED light disrupts the human endocrine system (this is the system which controls our hormones). Many people don't realize that exposure to blue-rich light prevents our bodies from creating the hormone melatonin, which allows us to sleep. Exposure to this kind of light can disrupt sleep patterns and cause chronic illness. It's hard to believe that unnatural light can be a kind of pollution, but many scientific studies actually show that in areas with irresponsible night-time lighting there are increased risks of cancer due to long-term sleeplessness. There has been little study on the effect of LED billboards on road safety. Humans are naturally distracted by bright lights and the flickering motion of LED billboards, at a time when concentration is crucial to protect families driving on the road. These billboards are going to affect our home values as they will eliminate the ability of DuPage residents to see the Milky Way, or any stars, for miles around. The global trend is heading toward dark-sky compliant night time lighting, so these billboards are a step in the wrong direction and will certainly prevent our children from connecting to the ancient heritage of star-viewing that provides an incomparable experience of wonder-making and inspiration. Without seeing the stars, it is hard for humans to understand our place in the cosmos.