Petition to City of Statesville North Carolina
Let Camping World & Gander Outdoors Fly The American Flag!
The City of Statesville has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to require Gander RV in Statesville, NC to take down their American Flag. They are imposing a $50/day fine retroactive to 10/15/18. Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags. WE WON'T DO IT! Stand with us. This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down!
Petition to Superintendent Laura E. Joss, Regional Director Stan Austin, U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman, Secretary David Bernhardt, Supervisor Kate Sears, Director Larry Goldzband, Deputy Director David Vela, Senator Mike McGuire, Mayor Susan Cleveland-Knowles, President Donald Trump
Save Historic Travis Marina before it's too late!
The undersigned hereby petition the National Park Service (NPS) and its local unit, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) to negotiate and award a 20+ year operating agreement to Travis Air Force Base, Department of the Air Force, so that they can continue the operation of the historic boat shop and marina, currently known as the Travis Marina, at Fort Baker, in Sausalito, California. We feel that Travis AFB is the best tenant for this historic site and is the only tenant that will preserve its unique maritime character and accessibility for all. By way of background, Travis Marina, which began as the Presidio Yacht Club (PYC) in 1959, became the responsibility of Travis Air Force Base (Travis AFB) in 1997 by the request of the PYC, after Fort Baker was decommissioned as an army base. It transitioned from being solely a military yacht club to a much-beloved local venue that is affordable, charmingly humble, and accessible to civilians of all economic backgrounds as well as to military personnel. PYC continues to hold events at the site as well and membership is open to civilians. Travis AFB is the best operator because: 1. They provide access to the waterfront at Fort Baker to ALL people of all economic backgrounds, which is completely in alignment with NPS and GGNRA’s mission to ensure public access to National Parks. 2. Travis Marina is an iconic, historic site much beloved and utilized by veterans, Travis Airmen and women, Bay Area residents, and tourists; it is a low-impact, high-benefit site. The restaurant and the Marina are affordable--this is in stark contrast to most other Bay Area waterfront venues. With Travis AFB as the operator, the maritime heritage and history of Sausalito is preserved--the buildings are maintained but unaltered, and the Marina is operational, affordable, and welcoming. It is completely in alignment with NPS/GGNRA's mission to preserve national parks' historic, scenic, and recreational values and conserve their cultural heritage. 3. 100% of revenue derived from Travis Marina goes to the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Fund which benefits Travis Air Force personnel and their families. It is currently providing forty percent of that fund, which is much needed and appreciated by Travis Airmen and Airwomen who risk their lives on a daily basis and carryout countless humanitarian airlift missions all over the world. Travis Marina is a service-driven operation, and the MWR has tens of thousands of beneficiaries. This legacy of public service would be lost if NPS were to partner with a for-profit company to take over Travis Marina. The value Travis AFB has given to Marin County and the whole Bay Area by operating Travis Marina in a humble, accessible way is priceless, there is nothing else like it in this highly gentrified, money-driven Bay Area. We want to keep Travis Marina a vibrant, accessible, charming and accessible part of historic Sausalito and Marin County. We, the undersigned, ask NPS/GGRNA to negotiate with Travis AFB for a minimum 20-year operating agreement of the boat shop and marina, while continuing to charge a below market rate rent for this service-driven community gem, as it is in the best interest of the public. It’s one of the last bastions of ungentrified maritime heritage on the Bay, and we cannot afford to lose it. www.FriendsofTravisMarina.org
Petition to MSA Security, Glen Kucera, Perella Weinberg Partners, Mike Wynn, Justin Kelley, Erin Eizenstat, MSA K9, Paul D’Antonio, Chip Baird, David Ferguson, John Mckee, Santiago Nunez, Selene Ortega
MSA Security: Please Return K9 Mattie to her Military Family
I have tried to sit down to write this message several times but have failed as my family and I have been overcome with tremendous sorrow. My husband, combat veteran SSG Séamus Fennessy was a K9 handler with MSA Security (Owned by Perella Weinberg Partners “PWP”) for five years. During this time Seamus and his K9 partner Mattie worked exclusively with each other — Mattie never had another handler nor had Seamus had another dog. At the end of 2018 my husband informed MSA that he was going to serve his country on active military duty but would be local and still able to keep up with Mattie’s training. Since MSA had previously allowed handlers to keep their dogs in similar circumstances we had no reason to believe this would be different. Except it was. At the 11th hour only 2 days before my husband went on orders we were abruptly informed that Mattie would need to be returned and someone “would pick her up in the morning”. Mattie was just shy of her 7th birthday and nearing retirement when she was taken in January of 2019. She is now (as of Feb. 2020) almost 8 and still working, far away from home. MSA & PWP have callously torn our family member, our beloved “Mattie Cakes” from her family who loves and adores her. While our daughters and myself could hardly contain our tears, my husband remained strong despite a barrage of phone calls and texts from MSA which included threats of destroying his military career. My husband is a veteran and decorated war hero — and in the words of MSA themselves a “great employee”. Mattie is a goofy, lovable pooch who adores playing with the kids in our backyard and napping on the sofa. Neither deserve this treatment. MSA & PWP have taken Mattie from her loving home and ripped our family apart. This is devastating to everyone involved. Including our sweet Mattie, our lovable goofball who doesn’t understand any of this but is wondering what she did wrong to end up in a kennel torn from her family and everything she knows. It’s this image that haunts me. Mattie is innocent and in true MSA/PWP fashion they are using her as leverage as they routinely do with their dogs. Please sign our petition to urge MSA Security/ Parella Weinberg Partners to return Mattie to the family who loves her. We would also be so deeply thankful if you would consider making a donation to our fundraiser to Bring K9 Mattie Home: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bring-k9-mattie-home If you prefer to donate through PayPal, here's our link: https://www.paypal.me/seamusk9 And please let MSA & PWP know how you feel about this! Direct contact has a positive impact. CONTACT INFO: CEO Glen Kucera (the man who made the decision to take Mattie away), 973-981-1275; email@example.com Chairman Mike O’Neil (the company’s public face), 516-491-9721; firstname.lastname@example.org K9 Director Mike Wynn (the scumbag who deliberately moved Mattie across the country to keep her from her family), 917-923-5508; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org The Perella Weinberg people who own MSA keep themselves relatively insulated; they are billionaires after all. So while we don't have their direct numbers, here are the emails of the fellas who oversee MSA: Chip Baird, email@example.com David Ferguson, firstname.lastname@example.org John McKee, email@example.com Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP) main number, 212-287-3341 (Heads up: PWP falsely claims that Mattie is an MSA internal issue, that they have nothing to do with it. This is false - they are intimately involved with MSA's operations!). MSA Security main number, 212-509-1336 You can also follow our story on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaveK9Mattie/ And on Twitter as SaveK9Mattie (@k9_save): https://twitter.com/k9_save?lang=en Here is our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/k9_mattie/ And if you wish to contact us about anything, we do our best to answer each one of you individually and as promptly as possible through our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you all for your support, and God bless xoxo
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs
Reopen the Veterans Woodshop in Lyons NJ
The woodshop at the VA (Veterans Affairs) Hospital in Lyons NJ has been shutdown since the paid instructor retired last year. The equipment is just sitting there, collecting dust, not the good kind! I, along with several other local Veteran woodworkers, have agreed to volunteer our time and re-open the wood-shop program to assist in the healing of our fellow Veterans. We need to show the Director of the Lyons VA facility the support, need, and POWER that woodworking has. Those with depression, PTSD, substance abuse problems or other issues can use woodworking to change their lives, even if it’s in a small way. I am asking several companies to donate the startup and consumable materials needed to lessen the financial burden on the Director's budget, because after all, shutting down the program was to save money. I have made it my mission to reopen the woodshop on a volunteer basis and give back to my brothers and sisters who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms. I plan on dedicating two to three days a week overseeing the wood-shop and all its related operations. I have an extensive network of fellow Veteran Woodworkers across the north east who have expressed interest in assisting me with manpower and volunteering. I am asking for your commitment to the Veteran Community. Can I bring your support to the Director and show him the desire and need for this program? Thank you! Michael Legregni Veteran Wood Co. www.VeteranWoodCo.com
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, Donald J. Trump
West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs land fraud
Secretary Robert Wilkie, Director Steven Braverman Homeless veterans, inpatient veterans, and Veteran residents of GLA VA respectfully request the immediate termination of Robert W McKenrick for failure to oversee that the veterans experience office was doing outreach and caring for homeless Veterans. We also are requesting a formal investigation into1) Mistreatment of the homeless Veterans along the fence line that resulted in the death of US Army Veteran Jarred Chrisman.2) The collusion-like relationship between Brentwood Community Council and Veterans Affairs.3) The illegal leases on GLA VA Veteran Property that were ruled "void" years ago and still remain on the property. We demand that work on the Purple Line Terminal be stopped until we have been shown the due diligence that led to its approval. We demand to know who approved it, and we demand to see the agreement with Metro. We also support the AMVETS 2019-2020 National resolution to the Master Plan at the GLA VA. Please watch https://vimeo.com/386146436/e14a3984ea
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Members of Congress, Ted Cruz, US House of Representatives, Republican National Committee
The number of Vietnam/Korea Veterans with Bladder Cancer that may be due to Agent Orange
Thousands of Vietnam and Korean war Veterans (including my husband) have Bladder Cancer. So far, Bladder Cancer, despite being listed by the VA as only Non-service related, fails to take into consideration the opinion of the American Cancer Society as a possible service connected cancer. The American Cancer Society bases it's opinion on facts from: The International Agency for Research on Cancer, who states that one chemical in Agent Orange, Dioxin, is a known human carcinogen. The US National Toxicity Program also classifies Dioxin as a Known Human Carcinogen. This designation as merely a possible/suspected service connection fails to address the huge number of cases being suffered by these veterans. Many are currently being treated by the VA. Families of these veterans are being put on the back burner by the VA while these veterans and their families are left with no compensation or survivors benefits for the rainbow of chemicals sprayed on or near where these Veterans were stationed on the ground. It got into the air, water and directly on these veterans. I for one find this lack of concern a Dodge on the part of the VA, which leaves all of us to wonder if it has the current designation in hopes the majority of suffering vets will die off before benefits are paid. I, and other Veterans' families want to see action taken to correct this current designation of non-service related for Bladder Cancer to Service related. These veterans deserve this. Also this should be done in light of the fact that Monsanto was given a mere one-time slap on the wrist for lying to the government about the safety of these chemical that our fighting men were exposed to.
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary, U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Brendan Boyle
Permanently Stop Abusive VA Dog Experiments
UPDATE (September 2018): U.S. Congress and the President enacted a law extending restrictions on VA's dog experiments through 2019. Read more here. --- UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- As U.S. military veterans, family members, and active duty members, we’re sickened that the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) has been using taxpayers’ money to purchase, breed, abuse and kill dogs in wasteful experiments. The VA’s painful and deadly experiments on dogs are a betrayal of these loyal animals who literally save soldiers’ lives on and off the battlefield. These projects also waste resources desperately needed to provide veterans with care and services. According to news reports and the non-profit White Coat Waste Project, some of the V.A.’s current projects involve: giving mixed-breed puppies heart attacks (Richmond V.A.) cutting into beagle puppies’ brains (Milwaukee V.A.) damaging dogs’ spinal cords (Cleveland V.A.) With the support of 75% of taxpayers and a coalition of influential Democratic and Republican lawmakers, in March 2018 Congress enacted legislation that cuts funding for and drastically restricts future dog testing at the VA. Now, please join us in urging the VA Secretary to PERMANENTLY end this waste and abuse. William Barko, US Army Ret.John Blaha, USAF Ret.Stan Benton, USN Ret. and USAF Ret.Bruce Bryant, US Army Ret.Chris Burand, US Army Ret.Gary Cantara, USAF separated, honorable dischargeWilliam Coll, US Army Ret.Michael Donahue, USNWayne Hair, US Army Ret.Ed Hernandez, USMCWill HubbardJennifer Johnson, USN Ret.Dr. Isis Johnson-Brown, US Army Ret.Ken Phillips, US Army Ret.Robert Reed, USAF Ret.Diane Solomon, USN SpouseTyler Spires, US ArmyVirginia Joy Stovall, USN Ret.Lyn StrangstadDanell Tomasella, US Army Ret.Nancy Warner-BrownJennifer Wilsbacher, US Army Ret.Merrie Wilson, USAF Ret.
Petition to U.S. Senate, Dan Brown, Kathy J. Byron, Lee Ware, Mike Cunningham, Timothy Hugo, Bill Eigel, Jason Holsman, Daniel Marshall, III, Jacob W Hummel, Robert B. Bell, Israel D. O'Quinn, Jamilah Nasheed, Bob Onder, Ron Richard, David E. Yancey, John Joseph Rizzo, Caleb Rowden, Margaret B. Ransone, Dave Schatz, Scott Sifton, Wayne Wallingford, Michael J. Webert, Paul Wieland, Tony O. Wilt, Christopher T. Head, Jeion A. Ward, Mark L. Keam, Eileen Filler-Corn, Kaye Kory, Joseph C. Lindsey, Lamont Bagby, David J. Toscano, Steve E. Heretick, Michael P. Mullin, Jeffrey M. Bourne, President of the United States, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, U.S. House of Representatives
Stop Forcing Mail-Order Pharmacy as the Only Option of Coverage
Patients' lives depend on choice. **Since starting the petition, I have realized that there are many issues other than temperatures with forced mail-order pharmacy. Mail-order pharmacy is very loosely regulated. There are life-threatening delays, lack of face-to-face relationships with pharmacists for people with chronic conditions, and rapid closures of our independent pharmacies; although, a recent study showed people prefer independent pharmacy (2018, Gill). *************Our Story************* Our son received a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 2 from a 3-year-old little girl. His life depends on the potency and effectiveness of chemotherapy or immune suppression medications every 12 hours to prevent his body's immune system from fighting off his transplanted liver. In the past mail-order pharmacy delivered his liquid oral medications in nothing but a plastic envelope on a 102-degree day on a hot enclosed non-temperature controlled UPS truck. Shortly after, he went into liver rejection which could have resulted in complete liver failure or death. I speculated that the medication could have been too weak after the delivery of medications in high heat. I vowed to never again risk his life with mail-order pharmacy. Recently, we were mandated or forced to only use mail-order pharmacy in order to receive coverage for his life-saving medications. The package arrived in only a bag on a hot day without an ice pack. I now know that the hot non-temperature controlled enclosed delivery truck and mailboxes can reach temperatures up to 120-170 degrees. His labs elevated again afterward. My son wants to know, "Why would they do that?" I contacted the manufacturer, who performs the testing, who informed me that both of my son's medications should be discarded and considered less potent once stored above 86 degrees as higher temperatures and freezing could both result in lower potency. I contacted the mail-order pharmacy who refused to replace or take back the medication. They said the law & USP Pharmacopoeia allows them to ship up to 104 degrees, although the manufacturer states it is not proven safe at these temperatures. However, I have received communication from USP Pharmacopoeia who writes guidelines for storage, and they also said that the mail order pharmacy should follow the manufacturer's guidelines of 59-86 degrees for storage. Again, the trucks reach up to 170 degrees which is much hotter than 104. I contacted the FDA, who states that the mail order pharmacy should be using the manufacturer's guidelines that have been proven safe. Since the mail-order pharmacies are regulated loosely by the State Board of Pharmacy, not the FDA, there was nothing that the FDA could do. I made over 30 calls to the insurance company begging for them to please let us pick my son's medications up at the local pharmacy at which they are filled. My son's physician wrote an appeal and his transplant team has stated that they have tried to voice their concerns about this issue with their pediatric/child patients and no one is listening! The insurance company still denied the doctor's appeal for us to pick up my son's medications in the safest way. It was not until the Media became evolved that the insurance company budged. I felt helpless and have united with many other pharmacists, physicians, patients, mothers and fathers, and caregivers who feel the same way. Helpless. Mail-order of prescription drugs should be a choice, not the only option of coverage. Mail-order pharmacies may appear to save money, but when my son ended up in the hospital after taking medications that could have been compromised by having lower potency, the cost of the rejection was thousands of dollars. If his liver would have fully failed, the cost of his liver transplant for just 5 days (he was in the hospital for 5 weeks) was over $1,000,000. The lax regulation and oversight may save money on prescription drug plans but may come at an increased cost to the health plan itself. Also, keep in mind the endless waste of medications that automatically are sent regardless of whether or not patients need them. Also, people with chronic, complex conditions, should always have the option of face to face interaction with a pharmacist who knows their complex needs and medical history. The pharmacist and patient relationships are crucial to the successful outcome of the patient's overall health. Taking this away is harmful to patients and be more costly to our already stressed healthcare system. Only allowing mail-order pharmacy for coverage is unethical and irresponsible. I share stories on my social media sites every day of patients who are suffering from a lack of choice. We need your help to make mandatory mail-order an option, not a mandate. YOUR URGENT SUPPORT WILL SAVE LIVES! THANK YOU!! WE APPRECIATE ALL OF THE SUPPORTERS, CAREGIVERS, & PATIENTS. Thank you, Loretta Boesing, Founder of Unite for Safe Medications You may make a tax-deductible contribution to support our advocacy here Email: email@example.com Facebook Page: Issues with Mail Order Pharmacy @justamomwholovesherson Twitter: @BoesingLoretta The greatest way that you can help is by sharing this petition & gathering 2-3 people in your community who are having issues and speak to your legislatures. Reference: Gill, Lisa L. “Consumers Still Prefer Independent Pharmacies, CR's Ratings Show.” Product Reviews and Ratings - Consumer Reports, 7 Dec. 2018, www.consumerreports.org/pharmacies/consumers-still-prefer-independent-pharmacies-consumer-reports-ratings-show/