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Petition to Parents of Oconomowoc School district

Change the Fun on the Run school lunch option

  Oconomowoc school district residents please help us in altering the "Fun on the Run" Oconomowoc Elementary school lunch option! The ‘Fun on the Run’ Oconomowoc Elementary school lunch option began Wednesday, March 1.  This new program is offered every day of the week as an alternative to hot lunch.  A few of these days include items such as a Pop Tart, animal crackers or a Rice Krispie Treat as their whole grain option. Other foods included are sugar ladened Trix yogurt and juice. One meal contains 50 grams of sugar when the maximum recommended daily dietary intake for a child is 37 grams.  Fruit is offered only a handful of days while a vegetable is not offered at all.   Parents have been advised that children can seek out additional fruit or a vegetable at the school’s salad bar. However, we all know most children will not do this if given these ‘Fun on the Run’ options. Also, there are schools that don’t have a salad bar so a child couldn’t have an additional fruit or vegetable if they wanted to.  Most children will tend to choose the unhealthy, sugary food rather than a healthier one. The ‘Fun on the Run’ menu does just that- it appeals to their sugary appetite. Sodexo, a for profit company, created this option for our children’s school.  Sodexo benefits from the children purchasing this new lunch option.   Their incentive is to create meals that entice and appeal to children, not necessarily meals that are good for them. Not only does this option benefit Sodexo but it benefits all of the major food companies who make these processed foods. What better way to get kids addicted to your food item than to include it in their lunch every week. Kids will get hooked on these items and forever struggle with an addiction to sugar, refined carbohydrates which opens the gateway to obesity. Children need foods which contain whole grains, fiber, protein and vitamins along with fruits and vegetables to feed their growing bodies.  Please join us in fighting Sodexo and ending this unhealthy lunch option. Help us to fight these large companies that target our children, encouraging them to eat these addictive foods which will make them customers for life. March is National Nutrition Month. Let's improve OASD school lunches! Proposed Meals:Protein: 1/4 cup edamame beans, ¼ black beans, turkey/ chicken slices,hard boiled egg, string cheese, yogurt (must contain less than 10 grams of sugar)Fruit: 1 whole piece of fruit (apple, orange, banana, pear, etc.). 1/2 cup of fresh fruit (i.e. cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, mixed fruit, etc.)Vegetables: 1 cup of vegetables (i.e. carrots, broccoli, salad (lettuce, kale, etc.) jicama sticks, celery sticks, peas, cornWhole Grain: serving of a non-processed whole grain (quinoa, barley, brown rice, etc.), a whole grain roll/bread, whole grain crackers, Kashi bar, Larabar, whole wheat bread for a sandwhich.  Lauren Flint, Jamie Hardt, Deana Mustas Binkelman 

Lauren Flint
170 supporters
Decision maker responded 4 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Tell the USDA to stop hiding animal cruelty from American taxpayers

I was absolutely shocked to hear that the United States Department of Agriculture removed public animal welfare inspection reports and annual reports related to the Animal Welfare Act from its website. These reports contain information about thousands of puppy mills, roadside zoos, and animal testing facilities. If you want the federal government to stop hiding animal cruelty, please sign this petition telling the USDA to make these taxpayer-funded documents public once again!I spent the last decade working on animal cruelty cases all over the country. One of my proudest accomplishments was creating Missouri’s Canine Cruelty Prevention Unit through the Attorney General’s office. With the help of state and federal animal welfare inspectors, I shut down more than forty puppy mills, so I know these reports are crucial when it comes to holding animal abusers accountable. Additionally, when the USDA database was public, commercial dog breeders had an incentive to treat their animals well; consumers could choose good actors over animal abusers through a simple search.As of Friday, that is no longer the case. Because of these very recent changes, the public will no longer be able to learn about: Puppy mill inspection reports to assess living conditions--and risk of disease or injury--for commercially bred puppies sold online and in pet stores, Animal Welfare Act violations at roadside zoos and traveling circuses before deciding whether or not to take your children to see the elephants, lions, chimpanzees, and tigers kept there, Reports from larger entertainment companies like SeaWorld about how orcas, polar bears, and other animals are treated, Illegal actions in laboratories doing experiments on monkeys, dogs, and cats, and Behind-the-scenes abuse by horse trainers. Until Friday, February 3rd, any member of the public, including concerned consumers, law enforcement professionals, students and researchers, and nonprofit animal protection organizations, was able to access Animal Welfare Act records on the United States Department of Agriculture’s website. That’s no longer the case for information previously found on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) database. The public’s only alternative is submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to APHIS, which often takes months--if not years--to work through the system.This is not a partisan political issue. We all know animals deserve to be treated well, and we all want to make sure American taxpayers have a transparent government. There is no logical explanation to make it harder for consumers to choose healthy animals or inform the public about persistent animal abuse. The only reason the government would take such an action is because of pressure from those who profit from cruelty to animals. In their minds, what the public doesn’t know can’t hurt them.Let’s show them public concern is more powerful than corporate animal abuse lobbying!Please tell the USDA, your members of Congress, and the White House to restore the USDA database in the interests of consumer protection, animal welfare, and government accountability!

Jessica Blome
169,947 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Bill de Blasio, mitchell.silver@parks.nyc.gov, beenv@hpd.nyc.gov

Keep Your Promise to Preserve Green Valley Community Farm in Brownsville

We support the permanent preservation of Green Valley Community Garden as a NYC Parks Department GreenThumb Garden. Located on Brooklyn block 3857, lots 1, 24, 25, 26 and 27 at 93 New Lots Ave since the days when Rudolph Giuliani was Mayor, Green Valley is a key Brownsville institution that provides fresh produce, science education, open space and recreation to our neighbors. As New Yorkers, we were very pleased that the Mayor’s Office announced that Green Valley would be permanently preserved in December 2015. We are disheartened to learn that only lot 1, a paltry 21.67' x 85.58’, has been transferred to NYC Parks. We urge you to transfer the remaining lots where the bulk of the farm and greenhouse are located and stop attempts to evict the farmers from this preserved NYC Parks garden. Let's not start 2017 by evicting community farms! We need all our strength and places to build together to face the future boldly. --  NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Mayors office, HPD and NYC Parks announced that Green Valley was one of a few dozen gardens permanently preserved in December, 2015: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Dec15_parkpland_dedication_of_gardens.pdf A few months later, the farmers received an unexpected letter from HPD telling them they are "encroaching:" http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Greenvalley_letter_7_18_16.pdf A later letter warns that that as of December 31, 2016, it will be treated as a trespasser on the majority of the property, at which point the City will be able to initiate eviction proceedings: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/GreenValley_Letter_10_28_16.pdf

596 Acres
199 supporters