Petition to City of Austin, Texas
Approve The Rainbow Crosswalks In Austin, TX
The Rainbow Crosswalks for the 4th & Colorado area were approved by the Austin City Council in 2014, with the caveat that the proposal be sent to the City Of Austin Art & Cultural Board for Artwork Donation Approval. That Art & Cultural Board voted it down, due to, in part, the 'lack of public support', which was initially gathered on their website, prior to the Board Meeting/Vote. They were also swayed by a couple of local businesses that didn't want the rainbow crosswalks near their businesses. It is important to note that the City of Austin is in support of the proposed crosswalks. Support is to be reintroduced to the City and the Arts & Cultural Board for approval. Please take a moment and sign this petition, which will be presented to the City Council as proof of public support for this project. What The Rainbow Crosswalks Will Represent? Above all, the crosswalks will be an indication of Austin's inclusion, unity, and acceptance. It will stand as a beacon and a symbol of diversity to everyone who lives in and visits Austin, as a city that is welcome to and accepting of everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The initial installation is proposed to be provided by the City of Austin. Up keep and repainting will be paid for utilizing private funds and donations gathered by the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation. The Rainbow Crosswalks being installed on Bettie Naylor/4th Street is a celebration of the warehouse districts’ rich history and the legacy of Bettie Naylor. Bettie Naylor was a remarkable woman. She successfully worked and lobbied for Women’s Rights and for the LGBTQ Community. During her life, her accomplishments seem never ending. A few highlights include: Founding Board Member of the Human Rights Campaign Founder of the Texas & National Women’s Political Caucus Groups Co-Founder of OutYouth During her life she helped numerous organizations over the years, such as, AIDS Services of Austin, Project Transitions, Equality Texas, Austin Pride Build, American Youth Works, and NARAL Pro-Choice, just to name a few. The permanent LGBTQ presence on 4th Street goes back to the 1980’s and continues to this day with the opening of several LGBTQ establishments, such as: The Boathouse, Halls, 404, OCH, Boyz Cellar, Area 52, Rain, The Forum, Rainbow Cattle Company, Highland & more.
Petition to Charlie Baker, Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts State Senate, Edward Markey, Joe Kennedy, Michael Capuano, Niki Tsongas, Linda Forry, Richard Neal, Stephen Lynch, Seth Moulton, Katherine Clark, Mark Montigny, Timothy Toomey, Robert DeLeo, William Brownsberger, Stanley Rosenberg, Joan Lovely, Michael Moore, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Brian Dempsey, Kathleen O'Connor Ives, Ellen Story, Karen Spilka
To open and maintain more public ATV/Dirtbike Trails in MA
As of right now I am up to $750 in fines for simply riding an ATV on public town land. The areas in which I and other ATV/Dirtbike enthusiasts use are created by ATVs and Dirtbikes to go in and around areas like landfills and powerlines. These are not beautiful places to hike or walk your dog but they suit us just fine. The problem is our State's strict laws on offroad vehicle use. Basically, if you own an ATV in MA the only place you are able to ride is Pittsfield MA, which is practically in another state form where I live. Because of this I and many others head to their local spots. Some are old quarries, sandpits and powerlines. However these are all illegal and I can attest to that. Like I stated before I am up to $750 in fines for simply wanting to have fun and not bother anyone. The state is not doing its part in providing enough safe space for outdoor recreational use for all of its residents. In my town alone there are over 70 acres of protected land that are permissible to be used by foot, bicycle or horseback. Some of this army land looks like it was used for nuclear experiments (no growth in forest and all sand). Yet still these sandy areas, perfect for riding ATVs and dirt bikes, is still illegal. As riders and residents of Massachusetts we need to propose the State to do something about this. Riding ATV's and dirtbikes should not be considered a crime! There is a need to have more legal places to ride! In order to do this people need to register their machines. If everyone in the state registered their machines the state might be persuaded to take action. Massachusetts should also look to change the rules of legal dirt bike only areas to allow both ATVs and dirtbikes; for example Freetown State Forest and the Wrentham Trails. This would at least give ATV riders some other options without traveling 3 hours. Regardless we need to start a conversation with the State!
Petition to Mayor Dalton, Canton , Canton Village Trustees
Citizens Against a Slaughterhouse in Canton
Dear Mayor Dalton and Canton Village Trustees: As citizens of Canton, we are concerned that the recent proposal to build a slaughterhouse in our village is being moved forward in haste and without adequate investigation into long-term repercussions. Without such investigation, our village cannot make an informed and responsible decision. We are concerned that the village seems willing to accept biased assertions from a company that would benefit from casting the slaughterhouse in the best possible light, without seeking independent evaluations of the proposal from credentialed third parties. Canton deserves better. And as citizens of Canton, we respectfully ask that you, our elected officials, address our unanswered questions about the proposed slaughterhouse: What are the environmental impacts of a slaughterhouse? Even small-scale slaughterhouses can have disastrous effects on our waterways and air quality, polluting our groundwater and exacerbating asthma. We request an environmental impact statement from an impartial third party. Canton deserves to know how a slaughterhouse would affect our environment. What are the economic impacts of a slaughterhouse? The latest numbers provided to us indicate that a slaughterhouse would employ ten people at its opening. But these estimates do not consider jobs or potential jobs that could be lost as other employers look for friendlier homes, or as tourists seek out healthier destinations. We request an economic impact statement from an impartial third party. Canton deserves to know how a slaughterhouse would affect our economy. What will be the labor conditions at the slaughterhouse? Slaughterhouses are notoriously dangerous and difficult places to work. We are concerned that this project will expose the most vulnerable members of our community to physical and psychological harm. Canton deserves job opportunities that protect our community. How will a slaughterhouse affect property values? Taxable property owners in our village are mostly employed by the two Universities (St. Lawrence and SUNY Canton) and by health care providers. There is a consistent flux of people moving in and out of Canton. It is difficult to presume that someone would like to own a home in the vicinity of a slaughterhouse. A quick search on the Internet reveals several studies and arguments that slaughterhouses hurt property values. We are concerned that building a slaughterhouse could drive down property values so drastically that it could affect the village's property-tax collections. We request an economic impact statement from an impartial third party. Our residents deserve to know the impacts of a slaughterhouse on property values. How will a slaughterhouse affect recruitment at our schools? Our village supports two institutions of higher education, and our economy and community are intimately tied to the success of these institutions. We request an independent survey to determine the potential impact a slaughterhouse would have on our schools’ ability to recruit the best and brightest students, many of whom have reservations about spending four years next to a slaughterhouse. Canton deserves to continue its tradition as a community of learners. What is our larger plan for economic growth as a region? Our region has lost several employers recently, and the impulse to welcome any potential employer to the region is understandable. However, a scattershot approach to job creation is not the same as a plan for economic development. We request to see a long-term plan for economic development in the region so that we can make informed decisions about which opportunities support that plan and which would detract from it. Canton deserves to know where we are headed next. What kind of town do we want to be? Canton is a beautiful town with a rich history, robust cultural and intellectual institutions, and a stunning landscape. We have received statewide recognition for our environmental initiatives. We value our heritage as we look toward a future that nourishes our environmental, intellectual, and cultural wellbeing. A slaughterhouse that kills hundreds of animals a week is incompatible with our identity as a community. Canton deserves a long-term plan that supports and enhances our community’s identity. We ask you: Is Canton so desperate that we must accept the first proposal that comes our way, regardless of the consequences? Or are we bold enough to cultivate a long-term vision that will support our environment, our economy, and our values? We invite you to sign our petition and join us for a better future, because Canton deserves better. To learn more, visit cantondeservesbetter.org. Respectfully, Leila Walker Renee McGarry Rajiv Narula Geetika Narula Yasmeen Zaidi Ali Zaidi
Petition to Dr. Stuart Bell, Dr. Kevin Whitaker
To Dr. Stuart Bell, President of the University of Alabama: Rename Morgan Hall to Lee Hall
Currently, the University of Alabama's Department of English is housed in Morgan Hall, named after John Tyler Morgan. Morgan was a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and post-war, a six-term senator from the state of Alabama. He was also a Grand Dragon in the Ku Klux Klan, and used his legislative power to promote racist policies and practices. He advocated sending African-Americans out of the United States and into Hawaii, the Philippines, or Cuba, all the while promoting racial segregation domestically as well. He worked to curtail the voting rights of African-Americans, hoping to repeal the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Upon the death of Harper Lee, who attended the University of Alabama from 1945-1949, the University has an amazing chance to show our support for racial equality, as well as to honor the legacy generally of a woman who promoted kindness and empathy for all. Lee was doubtless the University's greatest contribution to literature, and it would be more than fitting for our English building to bear her name, which reflects so much more accurately the values of the University of Alabama, than that of white supremacist John Tyler Morgan.
Petition to Bishop Dennis Sullivan
Request Diocesan Bishop Sullivan to delay closing St. Michaels Church in Atlantic City, NJ. All public Sunday Masses will now end on September 27, 2015.
St. Michaels Church and Parish is 112 years old and a Historic Landmark and Cultural Center for Italian-Americans and Atlantic City. St. Michaels Church contains beautiful Italian Renaissance sculptures, frescos, paintings and sacred objects that are irreplaceable. $8 Million was spent in 2000-2001 to completely restore St. Michaels Church and the adjacent Dante Hall. Closing St. Michaels Parish which occupies almost a whole city block will eliminate the heart, soul, and character of the Ducktown District of Atlantic City and allow corporate developers of outlet type stores to commercialize the community and “take over” the historic area. Closing St. Mikes will further deteriorate a community in a City that needs the Churches’ spiritual and moral leadership more than ever. St. Michaels is an icon and model of the Mission of the Catholic Church to preserve community, traditional values, and the saving message of Jesus. St. Michaels Parish has hundreds of admirers who are not aware of the Churches closing many of whom are graduates. They deserve the right and the opportunity to Save St. Mikes for the future.
Petition to L.A. City Council, Councilman David Ryu, Planning Dept., S.O. Neighborhood Council
SHERMAN OAKS HOMEOWNERS NEED PROTECTION FROM DEVELOPERS BUILDING McMANSIONS WITHOUT CONCERN FOR THE CHARACTER OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD OR THE WELL-BEING OF ITS RESIDENTS--ENACT AN "ICO" NOW PROTECTING SHERMAN OAKS!
Sherman Oaks homeowners have united to end the mansionization of our neighborhoods NOW! Our neighboring areas of Valley Village and Studio City (and other areas in our District 4) are currently receiving protection via Interim Control Ordinances (ICO’s)-–but Sherman Oaks was left out! Because they are currently prevented from doing so in nearby areas, developers seeking huge profits have targeted our Sherman Oaks neighborhoods for building massively-oversized “spec” homes! These “McMansions” are built without regard for the privacy, welfare or quality of life of adjacent homeowners--and they are rapidly diminishing the character of our lovely neighborhoods! Our neighborhoods are now prey to developer-speculators who, as you read this, are aggressively targeting our streets to maximize their profits!! The City of Los Angeles has enacted Interim Control Ordinances (“ICO’s) protecting many areas from mansionization during the next 2 years while the city reviews zoning laws. An ICO for Sherman Oaks isn’t to prevent homeowners from expanding their homes. It is to provide protection from mansionization for profit. “FAR” means percentage of home size to lot size. For example, Studio City’s ICO provides for a home’s square footage of .33 FAR (meaning a home built to 33% of its lot size). With the addition of several possible “bonuses,” Studio City allows for a maximum of .53 FAR, i.e. a home built to a maximum of 53% of the property’s lot size. Sherman Oaks is currently under a .50 FAR for most lots; HOWEVER, a bonus of an additional 20% of residence size, plus adding the square footage excluded in the FAR calculation, and (if applicable) a 10% “Zoning Administrator adjustment” = a build potential of 70-80% of lot size! Good News! On July 28, David Ryu, our new Councilman, presented a Motion to the L.A. City Council requesting an ICO for Sherman Oaks (and two other areas) which follows the parameters of Studio City's ICO (see above). We support--and thank!--Councilman Ryu for his Motion, which is aligned with the Sherman Oaks Homeowner's Association and the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council. However, prior to approval by the L.A. City Council, Mr. Ryu's motion must complete a Planning Dept. process--so our efforts now focus on facilitating an expedient passage. For every week that goes by, more homes are demolished for McMansions, negatively impacting lives…Time matters! IF YOU ARE A SHERMAN OAKS HOMEOWNER, PLEASE JOIN US IN PROTECTING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS FROM MANSIONIZATION BY SIGNING THIS PETITION NOW! And be sure to forward this link to other Sherman Oaks homeowners! On September 17, the Petition (with signatures and signer comments) was presented to David Ryu. On October 6 at City Hall, the petition package was presented to "PLUM" (Planning, Land Use Management) committee and entered into the meeting's record. It will subsequently be submitted to the Planning Department. Later, when our ICO goes to the City Council, prior to its vote, the Petition package will be presented to the Council. Numbers count, so please help us continue gathering signatures! Joint homeowners should sign separately. It is imperative that the Los Angeles City Council enact a sensible, straightforward ICO protecting Sherman Oaks as quickly as possible! Thank you! Sherman Oaks Homeowners Against Mansionization NoMcMansions@gmail.com
Petition to Curt Upton, Chris Herndon
Denver Community Planning & Development: Say NO to Re-Zoning Historic Park Hill
The Greater Park Hill Zoning Chair notified our family that the new owners of 5315 Montview are applying to re-zone their property. They have plans to divide and develop the garden portion of the property. According to the City Zoning Code, amended in 2010, the property does not qualify as zoned U-SU-H and would need additional variances based on the setback requirements. However, they are filing the application with the Planning Department. If the City decides not to uphold the Zoning Code which was instated 5 years ago, it is absolute that a precedent will be set and many of the 10,000sf+ properties along Montview and in Park Hill will be threatened with subdivision and development. A representative of the Planning Department asked that we share our opinions with our District Representative Chris Herndon (email@example.com). If you or any of your neighbors would like additional information please contact me directly at blairntaylor at gmail.com. We welcome your input and look forward to additional support for this neighborhood initiative.
Petition to New York State House, New York State Senate, Bill de Blasio
Tell State and Local Agencies to Work Together to Expand the Motor Parkway Greenway Eastward
The Motor Parkway ends abruptly at Winchester Blvd, and it is impossible for my kids, neighbors, and seniors to get to the greenway / bike path / running path easily without a car. You can easily get state agencies (OMH, DOT) to work with NYC agencies (Parks, DOT) to allow the Motor Parkway to reach east (as proposed on www.motorparkwayeast.com).