Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Kamala Harris, Greg Abbott, Charles E. Schumer, Nancy Pelosi
Treat Haitians asylum seekers with dignity
Haitians have gone through crisis after crisis in the past centuries. A lot of these crises were because of countries that control the political narratives in Haiti like the United States, France, Canada and more. We have seen how Syrian refugees, Afghan refugees, Cuban refugees have been treated when they get here, but even though Haitians have suffered so many crises this year alone (from 2 earthquakes, hurricane, assassination of their president and more) we can see how fast this government is able to deport them back to an unstable countries compared to how other asylum seekers are being treated. We are not asking for special treatment for these Haitians. We just want them to be treated like other asylum seekers from countries that are dealing with major human rights crises.
Petition to Greg Abbott, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Ted Cruz, Texas Governor
Ban Travis Scott from performing in Texas
Festivals, concerts & shows are meant to bring people together in a positive environment to celebrate life through music and unity. The actions displayed by Jacques Webster, whose stage name is Travis Scott on November 5, 2021 are unacceptable and should not be tolerated within our great state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have several gatherings ranging from Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, Levitation Music Festival, Kerrville Folkfest, Utopia Festival, & FloatFest and the performers at these events do not entice and encourage fans to quote "raging" and "fuck 'em up." His brand and team are complicit in the deaths of several Texans who gathered for a night of excitement, fun, and unity. As people requested for him to quit playing, to stop the show, they were ignored and dismissed by him and his team, only once did he stop. He has a history of arrest records such as in 2015 after telling his fans to jump the barricades during his Lollapalooza performance and in 2017 for encouraging people to rush the stage at a performance in Arkansas. He has created a culture within his shows that is unacceptable and should not be allowed to perform in Texas. Please sign my petition to remove Jacques Webster, whose stage name is Travis Scott from being allowed to perform in Texas.
Petition to Epik
Tell Epik to stop hosting Texas site to report abortions
Recently, bill SB8 was passed by the Texas Senate to prevent women from seeking abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, and criminalize abortions or aiding women seeking abortions. The website to send anonymous tips about women seeking abortions is currently hosted by web host Epik. I am calling on Epik to remove prolifewhistleblower.com immediately to protect a woman's right to an abortion.
Support Food Trucks in Grand Prairie, TX
Before taking office, most politicians hope to "make a difference" for their constituents. After taking office, many politicians are so tied up in small debates that actual "make a difference" opportunities seem rare. Today, you have a chance to make a big difference in Grand Prairie. The food truck regulations you currently have in place benefit a few landlords. What you do going forward will have ripple effects across all of Grand Prairie and North Texas as many will come to visit. Other cities have welcomed food trucks as dining pioneers, benefitting from an expanded variety and quality of foods. As evidenced by strong citizen support for these trucks, they undeniably generate goodwill and contribute to a city's culinary discussions: when the food's great, people literally follow the trucks from location to location, forming lines to support the new businesses. Some trucks, such as Los Angeles's Kogi BBQ, have received international attention and become tourist draws in their own right, while bringing crowds of new people to help generate additional support for existing businesses. These trucks generate precisely the sort of public excitement and improvement that a city needs, particularly in challenging economic times as we have witnessed during the Covid pandemic. Today, Grand Prairie has two locations that are allowed to set up food trucks anytime without going through a permitting process each time and that is Asia Time Square and the Premium Outlet Mall. Any other food truck would have to apply for a special use permit for a special event on an as-needed basis. Let’s designate a few locations within the City of Grand Prairie so that on weekends in Grand Prairie food trucks can be set up at those predetermined locations such as parks or other areas agreed upon by the city so that this can be a win-win for Grand Prairie. Let's create a committee to see us through this process. Invite community members to be a part of the process. Your prompt action is needed. It is important. The regulation you will pass is not just about protecting the pockets of a handful of your constituents. It is about helping everyone in the community. Your actions will directly affect the ability of a truck such as local residents to receive regional or statewide attention while making direct contributions to our community. It will help to improve the variety of foods available in this area. You will inspire or discourage the next generation of Grand Prairie small business people. Since most of your constituents will not be present at the public or private meetings that are held regarding this item if it were to make it on to your agenda, it is up to you to act in Grand Prairie’s broader interest, and consider the unspoken needs of the many rather than the loudest shouts of the few business owners who are afraid of competing with these trucks. Like other cities that have embraced and seen tangible cultural, culinary, and economic benefits from food trucks, Grand Prairie will grow and prosper as these small business people test new models on their own dime, infusing our streets with long-awaited energy and excitement. We urge you to expedite regulations that enable licensed food trucks to operate with minimal interference from established businesses. In thriving cities, food truck regulations and permit processes are designed to encourage healthy competition. Grand Prairie should follow their example -- immediately. As much as private landlords may want to lay claim to our public spaces, these individuals need to be reminded that they can control their own property, but they cannot preclude access to the surrounding streets and infrastructure our tax dollars paid for and maintain. Existing businesses cannot and should not be able to stop new, law-abiding competitors from offering higher-quality products at different or even nearby locations. Let the market decide the victors and reward them for their quality and innovation Respectfully Yours, The Residents of Grand Prairie
Protect the Children of Lee County Texas
The Uvalde School Shooting was every parent's worst nightmare. As details are unfolding, the one thing all sources can agree on is the Uvalde Law Enforcement was not prepared for this assault. It is a large opinion of the public that the majority of small towns + communities would be equally unprepared. We have to examine if Lee County is one of them. As a mother, I HAVE to be confident that Lee County is prepared for the unthinkable. And I know without a shadow of doubt that I am not alone in asking these questions and having these concerns. I am speaking for every mother, father, grandparent & concerned citizen when I say: We have to be reassured that there are clear plans in place in the event of a school shooting & that it will not take 90 minutes to resolve an active shooter situation. We have to be reassured that our law enforcement has the necessary support, training, & equipment to ensure their safety & effectiveness, as well as the safety of our children. We have to be reassured that our teachers have received proper training & support from the school districts & law enforcement to be better equipped for an active shooter situation. We have to be reassured that our community leaders & schools are doing everything in their power to support the children of Lee County who are unable to advocate for themselves. On June 13th, 2022, I am bringing these concerns to our Commissioner’s Court & our City Council to begin this conversation. The new budget for 2022-2023 does not go into effect until Fall of 2022. Now is the time for us to show the decision makers in our community that we desire for them to evaluate the monetary needs of the county. Your signature shows your support & desire to know that our city & county leaders are doing everything in their power to support our Law Enforcement & Schools. Your signature shows your desire that our leaders, law enforcement, & school districts evaluate all of the policies & procedures we have in place and see if they are enough. If it is found that there is a need for more training, equipment, budget adjustments, funding, or anything else - we will be able to address that as a community. One lone voice cannot make an impact - we have to pull together as parents & concerned citizens. Together we can make real change & fight to keep our children safe.
Remove Pedro "Pete" Arredondo From Police Chief Following Uvalde Shooting
Remove Pedro "Pete" Arredondo From Police Chief Following Uvalde Shooting. "The police chief [Pete Arredondo] who reportedly made the call not to immediately send officers into Robb Elementary School to confront [the] gunman...'Peter Arredondo, the chief of police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, stopped at least 19 officers from breaking into the school as the gunman opened fire for at least an hour. Arredondo believed that the shooter had barricaded himself and that the children were not under an active threat, Steven McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Friday."-source "He should now end his career by resigning as chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department for failing to take action while children placed nearly a dozen 911 calls for help while locked in adjoining classrooms, both their teachers and 19 classmates dead or dying. Each one of those calls required more nerve and courage than the chief supposedly in charge demonstrated. Each involved dire risk undertaken with the faith that the police would immediately respond. “Please send the police now,” a child begged after placing a half dozen previous calls over 44 minutes, the first of them 33 minutes after the killer entered the classroom and more than 30 minutes after the cops pursuing him should have been ordered to enter. By stepping down today as quickly as he should have responded on Tuesday morning, Arredondo could signal to the grieving families that he is holding himself responsible for a police failure that numerous other law enforcement commanders have termed 'disgusting.' [Arredondo] had... not summoned the nerve to act when a group of Border Patrol Agents decided that they had waited long enough for the order to enter. They got a key to the classroom door and did what Arredondo should have commanded in the first minutes. More than an hour elapsed after the killer should have been neutralized."-source Arredondo made the call to change the status of the shooter to a barricaded gunman vs active shooter upon learning the shooter entered the school, preventing officers from entering the school for almost an hour. 3 weeks prior to this incident Pete Arredondo was elected to Uvalde's City Council as the district 3 councilmen. Pedro "Pete" Arredondo decisions and actions show he is unfit for the position of Police Chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District and should be relieved of his position. This raises the question, should Mr.Arredondo serve in any type of management position for the public with his lack of judgement? If Mr.Arredondo is willing to risk the lives of children, what else is he willing to risk? If you'd like to contact the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District to voice your opinion, here is the contact page on their website: https://www.ucisd.net/Page/2561 Photo Illustration by ContentCreativeCompany
Petition to Texas, Greg Abbott
stop abbott from taking trans kids away from homes
there are many trans people, many of which are kids. saying they are being abused and taking them out of their homes for being themselves solves nothing. forcing adolescents to hide who they are will only cause negative, detrimental effects to their mental and physical health. whether a child transitions or not should be up to the parent, not the government. it is disgusting and cruel that texas is forcing people to out their children for being different. people need to be heard. these people are only CHILDREN. at a young age, this will only cause trauma that will worsen with age. these kids need to learn that being trans is okay, and not that being trans means fearing for your life. they should be able to grow up being accepted and happy with who they are, not pushed away. we are all human. a different gender identity that strays from the one we are assigned at birth does not make us an alien. i am asking this as one human, to another. please give people their rights back. they are just children. please.
Petition to Greg Abbott, Joseph R. Biden
Decriminalize marijuana and establish Medicinal Marijuana laws in Texas
Hello, my name is Jacob White. I am a US Army veteran, proud Texan and a supporter and advocate of Medical Marijuana and Veterans benefits and support. I am starting this petition to hopefully ignite a change in how Texans, and the US, view marijuana and the benefits we can get from it; both fiscally through the regulation and taxation of marijuana growth and sales and medically through compassionate and responsible use to treat many mental and physical illnesses and pain. Most of my talking points and articles will be cited from a wonderful resource known as texasmarijuanapolicy.org. I will also be speaking from personal and anecdotal experience, and I welcome you to comment your personal experiences with medical and recreational marijuana in the comments! As a veteran of the US Army currently diagnosed with PTSD and Severe Chronic Pain, I feel like a bipartisan change can be made and health needs for veterans and civilians alike can be helped with your support! Current policies are failing us and I’d like to see my representatives and senators leading with legislation to repeal prohibition. We’d be better off legalizing marijuana, or at least decriminalizing it. We arrest too many people, derailing their lives and wasting valuable law enforcement resources. According to the Unified Crime Report, in 2012 there were over 70,000 arrests for marijuana possession in Texas, more than in any other state. Meanwhile, the state clearance rate for reported rape cases was only 44%, and nearly 70% of robbery cases went unsolved.A criminal penalty accompanying a conviction for possession of a small amount of marijuana can lead to a lifetime of harsh consequences. A conviction can result in denial of student financial aid and government housing benefits, employment, and professional licenses.Although more than 105 million adults have used marijuana, the unequal enforcement means these harsh collateral consequences disproportionately affect minorities.African-Americans are 2.3 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, despite similar rates of usage.In Texas, 97% of all marijuana-related arrests are for possession — not manufacture or distribution.Imposing criminal penalties and jail time on those who possess small amounts of marijuana forces law enforcement to spend valuable time on arresting, processing, and prosecuting nonviolent offenders. This time would be better spent going after violent criminals. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Texans are diagnosed with serious and debilitating conditions — such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), and seizure disorders.Tens of thousands of Texas’ 1.6 million veterans are living with PTSD or intractable pain as a result of their time spent serving their country.The suffering of these patients is devastating or them and their families.For some seriously ill patients, currently available medications are not effective, and many of the treatments currently prescribed cause devastating side effects. A recent study found that overdoses on opiates decreased by 25% in states with medical marijuana laws — while medical marijuana has never caused a fatal overdose.Patients need the freedom to use the treatment that is right for them, and physicians must be free to recommend the best treatment for their patients without government interference.There is extensive research indicting the effectiveness of medical marijuana in treating a range of conditions such as wasting, muscle spasticity, and chronic pain.Legalizing medical marijuana will create growth and job opportunities in Texas in addition to providing relief to thousands of patients.Reducing government interference in the medical field and creating a market for medical marijuana is a state’s prerogative.Texas voters support allowing access to medical marijuana. A 2013 poll conducted by Public Policy Polling found that 58% of Texans support allowing access to medical marijuana.A 2013 national poll by Fox News found that 85% of Americans support medical marijuana.Twenty-three states and Washington, D.C. currently allow patients legal access to medical marijuana. Several other states are currently considering legislation to allow access to medical marijuana.For some patients for whom currently available medications are not effective, medical marijuana may provide relief from suffering and improve quality of life.It’s time for Texans to ensure medical freedom for seriously ill patients to access the best treatment for their care, including medical marijuana.The Texas Nurses Association “believes alternative therapies and complementary modalities may be appropriate interventions to meet patient needs. Such therapies and modalities include the use of marijuana in appropriate medical situations such as helping patients manage chronic pain. Patients should have access to marijuana for such use and practitioners should have the right to counsel patients about the use of marijuana in appropriate medical situations.” Marijuana prohibition has failed. Today, over 106 million Americans admit to having tried marijuana, and over 17.4 million say they have used it in the past month.Marijuana prohibition has been just as ineffective, inefficient, and problematic as alcohol prohibition was in the 1920s and 1930s. Most Americans agree it is time to replace this failed policy with a more sensible approach.A majority of Texans agree it is time to replace marijuana prohibition with a system of reasonable regulation, legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and over.Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol. It is less toxic, less addictive, and less harmful to the body, and it does not contribute to violent and reckless behavior. Adults should not be punished for choosing to use the safer substance.By treating marijuana like alcohol, we can take sales out of the hands of drug cartels in the underground criminal market and put them behind the counters of state-licensed businesses that are creating jobs and paying taxes.Law enforcement officials’ time and resources could be better spent addressing violent and otherwise serious crimes instead of arresting and prosecuting adults for using marijuana. For example, in Houston alone, over 15,000 burglaries with viable leads went uninvestigated in 2013. During that same time period, over 74,000 arrests for possession of marijuana occurred in Texas. Clearly, our tax dollars and our law enforcement priorities need to be redirected. Texas is also poised to be an agricultural powerhouse for medical marijuana growth, as the vast farmland and climate make controlled growth and cultivation wonderful for the states agricultural economy! I will also be further updating these talking points and recommendations as I find more valuable resources for proving to congress how many Texans want and need medical and recreational marijuana! Thank you all for your support! Jacob white