Petition to Rep. Ken Calvert, Army Corps Of Engineers (Army Corps Of Engineers Senior Public Affairs Specialist)
Save The Largest Patriotic Mural In America
At nearly 100,000 sq feet, the Prado Dam Bicentennial Mural can be seen by some 300,000 cars that pass by it daily along the 91 freeway in Corona California. The mural is actually six times the size of Mt. Rushmore! How the mural got there is as impressive as It's message, in 1976 it was designed and painted by Corona High School students to be part of the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration, which became the most massive volunteer movement in peacetime history. Over the years the Mural has been damaged, but even though groups like the Boy Scouts have volunteered to repair the 40 year old Icon, the Army Corps of Engineers has turned down all requests solely on the premise of lead paint in the mural. It's on that claim alone, the Corps has now resolved to strip off the mural in the next few months. With the Corps failure to put a vintage restoration plan in place, the Mural could be lost forever or even replaced by a different design. The 10,000 Inspirational comments left here by petitioners along with the resolutions that were passed in support by the five cities that surround the mural, leave no doubt that the public wants the mural preserved as a living part of our communities life, development and to benefit that of present and future generations. This is why, original Mural Artist and creator Ron Kammeyer has teamedup with the Mural Conservancy of L.A. to stop the destruction. Since 2012, the Mural Conservancy has been restoring the famed 1984 Olympic Freeway Murals in downtown Los Angeles. Those Murals were covered in heavy graffiti, but are now almost fully restored. The group believes that compared to other projects, the Bicentennial Mural is child's play . Both Kammeyer and the Mural Conservancy are being represented by Eric Bjorgum of Karish & Bjorgum PC in Pasadena, California. Please sign the petition below to show your support for the restoration of the current Bicentennial mural.
Petition to Kenosha Common Council, Kenosha Public Works Department, Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian
Replace the Lakefront Statue of Christopher Columbus with Kenosha's Al Molinaro
The statue of Christopher Columbus, near the heart of our annual fireworks display, and on the corner of one of our most prominent areas, does little to represent the culture, history, or soul of Kenosha. Wisconsin has little to do with the colonial period and might as well display a French fur trader if going back this far from Wisconsin's own history. The controversy over what this figure represents also serves to undermine the positive image we try to maintain in this city, and is far from the best candidate to represent the historic Italian population of Kenosha.Instead, we'd like to propose the consideration of Al Molinaro as a replacement. Beloved by a nation, and as proud a Kenosha Italian as any other, who best to represent the city of Kenosha then one of our own local legends? I think this move would bring many more smiles to the lakefront area, locals and visitors alike.
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 christanie g rauh
Tell Chicopee Mass to make a bunny statue waving forever
Bunny has been a life long resident of Chicopee Massachusetts, He is an icon in the city and his wave makes many people smile. The city should have a statue made and place it close to the Deady memorial bridge so he can live on forever in Chicopee
Petition to Ike Leggett, Casey Anderson, Mike Riley, Tom Hucker, Marc Elrich, Roger Berliner, Nancy Floreen, Sidney Katz, George Leventhal, Craig Rice, Nancy Navarro, Hans Riemer
Make it Green! Transform the Silver Spring Library land into a Public Park
This petition supports transforming the historic Silver Spring Library and its land for public and open green space. We request the County transfer the property to the Montgomery County Department of Parks. The Department of Parks, with community input, will determine the best uses and activities. The library site is 2.3 acres including the facility and the two adjacent parking lots on Ellsworth Drive. Why should it be a Park? Because downtown Silver Spring lacks walkable outdoor places for people of all ages to enjoy nature in and around downtown. Using this County property, the Parks Department can add open space for all ages to the heavily used dog park & playground for young children on Ellsworth Drive. Alternatives being considered by the County could result in a large residential development on the property with no natural green space, impacting the existing Park and the historic library that is already integrated into the landscape. Why is it critical now? Because the County is considering these alternatives now, and a decision could be made in the next few weeks. Citizens must speak up, to help protect the environment. We support this once in a lifetime opportunity to expand a Park for the growing number of people living in and adjacent to downtown Silver Spring. We need more healthy outdoor places for people to play, relax, and refresh. We need open spaces with trees, grass, and gardens to reduce the excessive heat of the buildings and streets of Silver Spring. Parks help reduce carbon emissions, clean the air, and improve public health. Downtown Silver Spring (the Central Business District, or CBD) has only one park larger than ¼ acre, the Jesup Blair Local Park on the DC line in South Silver Spring. On the downtown perimeter, there are only three small parks of less than 2½ acres each, all acquired in the 1960s and 1970s before the explosive population growth of downtown. The 2010 Census shows that downtown Silver Spring (the CBD) has 8,500 residential units and a population of over 13,000. From 2010 to 2015, over 2,000 additional residential units have been built in downtown Silver Spring and 7,000 are current planned to be built, likely doubling the population. More buildings don’t make for healthful places, but parks and nature do. Transforming the paved parking lots (on Ellsworth Drive behind the library) into a sun-filled natural healthful park place is needed more than ever. It will complement the adjacent dog park and playground for children under age 12, and provide an outdoor place for all ages. We support the transfer of the land, and all facilities on the site, to be owned and managed by the Montgomery County Department of Parks. We support a land use balance of natural parks compared to roads and buildings. We support these approved Montgomery County plans and recommendations for additional outdoor spaces and ask that they be UPHELD for the library property by the County Council, the Department of Parks, and Council Executive Leggett: "[The library site] is located in one of the highest density areas of the entire County, and it has the lowest level of park service per population in the County.” Department of Parks letter dated 1/29/2015, requesting that the library property be transferred to the Department of Parks. “Consider converting local government facility sites, once they are declared surplus by the County, to parks…As government facilities consolidate or relocate (e.g., Silver Spring Library, Silver Spring Government Center), each site should be evaluated for possible inclusion in the park inventory.” Page 86 of the 2000 North & West Silver Spring Master Plan* “…[the] greatest needs for additional park and recreation services to be in areas nearest urban centers…in and around the Silver Spring Central Business District.” 2012 PROS Plan (Parks, Recreation and Open Space) “[the library property is] a valuable public resource offering the only opportunity to expand Ellsworth Park. The site is located in one of the highest density areas with the lowest level of park service per population in the County. Situated at the edge of the Central Business District, it could serve the residents of a high density area while acting as a buffer to the adjacent single family area.” Letter from Montgomery County Planning Board to Montgomery County Department of General Services, February 13, 2015 * Master Plans are official land use planning documents for each small area of Montgomery County. They are created and approved by the County Council, and have extensive community, county government and professional planner input. The approved plan guides all future land use decisions in that area.
Petition to Evanston City Council, Evanston Mayor Stephen H. Hagerty
Stop the Tower in Evanston
Evanston is facing a turning point: does the city want to lure in massive developments that will alter the fabric and face of the city forever? Or do citizens want to support their local communities and investment in citizens' lives and well being? "The Tower," a glassy 37-story building, has been proposed by a private developer, Farpoint. It would be the tallest building (395 feet) in Evanston thus far, would contain 152 rental apartments, 153 hotel rooms, 258 parking stalls, a restaurant space, and a (possible) new home for the Northlight Theatre, (although to move into the building, the theatre would need to raise its own funds or rent from the developer). Developers said they would offer only 15 affordable units in the new building. This is the block, the 1700 block of Sherman Avenue, that is in the heart of downtown Evanston. Not only would the streetscape be altered dramatically (blocking sun, changing wind patterns) but, given the destruction of the existing alley and buildings, it would close local business (Bookends and Beginnings, Alley Gallery, Saville Flowers, and others). Traffic within the already congested downtown area would also be impacted by this development. The development requires a two-thirds vote by the City Council to be approved. Let's start to build a movement from the ground up to stop these private developers from seizing the land, sun, and sky in Evanston. The city residents want good businesses, want the city to thrive and the arts to flourish, and want Evanston to be a good place for everyone. This is not an either-or situation, as supporters of developments such as these often propose: Either we approve it and move into a bright future or we fail to approve it and doom ourselves to failure as a city. Evanston is home to many people of different backgrounds and classes. We need to support more resources for all -not try only to attract wealthy visitors and residents. We need to take the long term view and we need to start by stopping the tower.
Petition to Imperial Potentate Jerry G. Gantt
Shriners: Don't dishonor Confederate Veterans by banning their flag!!
On 10th day of August, 2015 Jerry G. Gantt, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International issued Special Order #4 prohibiting any Shriner (in an official capacity) to display a Confederate flag in public or in private, AND prohibits any Shriner (in official capacity) to participate in ANY event where a Confederate flag is displayed. This Special Order is a slap in the face to the 70,000,000 descendants of Confederate Veterans (also now considered by Federal law to be US Veterans) whose forbearers loved, served and were protected by the Southern Cross. Tell the Imperial Potentate to rescind his order! Although the good works of the Shirners are appreciated, Potentate Gantt's action is disrespecting your family and that you are offended.
Petition to Aaron Bean, Dennis Baxley, Elizabeth Porter, Daniel Raulerson, Herschel Vinyard, Albert Gregory, Rick Scott, Lewis Scruggs
Stop the "Special" Monument at Olustee
In 1912 a Monument commemorating the Battle and Forces of BOTH sides was erected by a Monument Commission established by State of Florida. Current ‘balanced’ text on the current Federal/Confederate/Battle Monument erected in 1912 by the Commission established by Florida Law: “The Battle of Olustee was Fought on this Ground February 20th 1864 Between 5,000 Confederate Troops Commanded by General Joseph E. Finegan and 6,000 Federal Troops under General Truman Seymour. The Federals were defeated with a loss of 2,000 men. The Confederate loss was less than 1,000.” Now, on the 150th anniversary, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War feels a special monument is justified, claiming that there is no monument to Federal forces on the site. Visitors to the site know that a large monument only to Federal Forces was dedicated in 1962 - the Centennial of the Battle by the same group, making this a disingenuous claim. The land the monument sits on was procured by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and eventually donated to the State of Florida for this re-unification monument. Some modest additions have been made over the years, but the balanced text is the prominent feature. There are many reasons to object to this Special monument: 1. disruption of hallowed ground, 2. if one 'special' monument is allowed, how many more 'special' monuments must then in fairness be approved, possibly creating a checkerboard of monuments on the site, and many more. Appeals have been made to the Park Service but they seem to be dead set, so its is time for the citizens voice to be heard. Please sign this petition, and then share it with you likeminded friends and family.