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Veterans

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Petition to Charlie Baker, marty meehan, Robert Manning

Fund the William Joiner Institute, Keep Your Promise to Veterans

Since 1982 the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences has served veterans, refugees, and their families whose lives have been scarred by war. Its groundbreaking programs of research, teaching, advocacy, international educational and cultural exchange, and art programming have received recognition locally, nationally, and internationally. The Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Lannan Foundation, Boston Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, International Research Exchange (IREX), Mass Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities have all supported their programs. Now, however, suddenly, the Institute faces the prospect of extinction, a casualty of the budget crisis at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where systemic problems have led to severe cutbacks that threaten the urban mission of the university. Early in its history the Institute received funding from the Commonwealth through a discreet line item in the state budget. Later, the Institute’s budget was folded into the university’s budget with an agreement that it would absorb cuts and increases in the same proportions as the campus’s budget overall. Over time that agreement was slowly eroded. This past week, the university presented the Institute with a budget that would reduce staff levels from the 2017 level of 5.5 positions to 1.5 beginning July 1st, 2018. No position would be full-time. The director position would be funded at 80% time, an administrative assistant at 45% time, and a project coordinator at 30% time. Over the next years, the university will continue to withdraw state supported funding from the Joiner to practically zero. We believe these cuts to the Joiner Institute to be extreme, disproportionate, and inequitable, a betrayal of the university and the Commonwealth’s commitment to veterans and their families and a truly backward step in a community’s much needed efforts to generate useful research, scholarship, teaching and programming addressing the continuing impacts of war and violence. We ask: - At a time when an estimated 22 veterans commit suicide each day, - At a time when veterans of wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan become ill and die each day from exposures to toxins, - At a time when the gap in the experiences and understanding between military and civilians is growing wider and wider, - At a time when the United States is involved in conflicts around the world and operates bases on most every continent, with annual budgets amounting to billions to operate them, often receiving little oversight, - At a time when the structure of our largest system of health care delivery and the source of services for millions of veterans around the country is being threatened by underfunding and moves toward privatization, - At time when each day nuclear war seems less and less impossible, Why are we eliminating support for a unique Institute founded by veterans that seeks to examine the social and health consequences of war and ways to address these issues and bring veterans, refugees, and citizens together in dialogue? For thirty-five years the Joiner Institute as an integral part of UMass Boston has been saving lives, educating citizens, serving veterans, and mentoring them into leadership positions. We believe that veterans are more than the dollars their GI Bills bring to university coffers, seeing them not as consumers, but as contributors and creators. In the most immediate future, these funding cuts will impact our annual Writers' Workshop (now in its 31st year), our "Humanizing How We Teach about War and Violent Conflict" High School Teachers Workshop, our Music Therapy programs for veterans, our research into the health effects of the Iraq War, our collaborative and creative exchanges with the countries of Iraq and Vietnam, as well as numerous other programs such as our Speaker Series, translation projects, veterans outreach support programs, which address the long term impacts of war and the possibilities of healing, reconciliation, and the transformation of trauma and conflict through creative arts. We ask that you sign our petition to demand restoration of full funding for the Joiner Institute to continue its ongoing mission to address the social and health consequences of war through research, education, advocacy, and outreach support. Our Joiner friends, supporters, and members have always been our greatest asset as an organization and we owe our existence and ongoing programs to the tireless work and support of so many from our community. Whether you attended a Writers' Workshop, a lecture, were part of our veterans’ support programs, fought for recognition of the devastation of Agent Orange on veterans’ lives, or have contributed a financial donation, we owe our legacy and public work to you. We ask again for your support to keep the legacy of the Joiner Institute alive and thriving. In an era of continued violence, wars that seem never ending, in times of dramatic increases in refugees fleeing from war torn countries, the work of the Joiner Institute is as vital as ever and even more needed. Please sign your name, leave a comment, share this campaign, call your local senator, representative, or the president of the UMass System to share your support for the continued work of the Joiner Institute and for its future. We are grateful for your support and advocacy. We will be planning more actions in the coming days and weeks so stay tuned.   Sincerely, The Staff of the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences Thomas T. Kane, PhD, DirectorKevin Bowen, Former Director and FounderPaul Atwood, Founding Co-Director 1982-85, Interim Director, 2011-14Nguyen Ba Chung, Research FellowMitch Manning, Program CoordinatorPatrick McCormack, Business Manager umb.edu/joinerinstitute

Joiner Institute
4,115 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Phil Roe, Gus Bilirakis, Mike Coffman, Brad Wenstrup, Mike Bost, Bruce Poliquin, Neal Dunn, Jodey Arrington, John Rutherford, Clay Higgins, Jack Bergman, Jim Banks, Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon, Tim Walz, Mark Takano, Julia Brownley, Ann Kuster, Beto O'Rourke, Kathleen Rice, J. Luis Correa, Kilili Sablan, Elizabeth Esty, Scott Peters, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Jerry Moran, John Boozman, Dean Heller, Bill Cassidy, Mike Rounds, Thom Tillis, Dan Sullivan, Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders, Jon Tester, Johnny Isakson, Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, Joe Manchin

Help Veterans & Dogs - Urge Congress to Adopt National Veteran Service Dog Standards

Here's one problem we can solve. Right now there is a lot of confusion over service, therapy, and emotional support dogs. Current service dog laws are being abused because there isn't a national standard.  As a result, the validity of service dogs has been questioned. Veterans and their service dogs are being denied entry to public places, such as restaurants and airports. Many veterans report that their service dog allowed them to return to a normal life. Doesn't normal life include living without fear of confrontation? A variety of "service dog" bills have been presented in the House and Senate. We need one national standard.  American Humane, National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) and a group of academic, business and government experts have created the first national standard for service dogs, but we need your help. Sign and share this petition today and let the House and Senate Committees for Veterans' Affairs know you support one common sense national standard for service dogs.  Supporting this petition will ensure veterans and their service dogs have the opportunity to become credentialed. Let's help veterans and their service dogs live a life without fear of confrontation.    #dogs4vets

National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations
20,779 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Commissioner Al Higgenbotham (Commissioner Al Higgenbotham, Hillsborough Co., FL), Commissioner Sandy Murman, Commissioner Victor Crist, Commissioner Ken Hagan, Commissioner Stacy White, Commissioner Pat Kemp

Protect the Confederate War Memorial in Tampa

In 1911, Hillsborough Co., FL acknowledged the memory of her fallen sons by dedicating the "Memoria in Aeterna" at the 1891 Courthouse.  The monument cost $3,000, most raised from citizens of the County by the Tampa Chapter 113, United Daughters of the Confederacy, including a $500 contribution from the City of Tampa. The dedication speech acknowledged "the heroism and courage of those who wore the gray". In 1952, a new courthouse was erected, and the County re-located the memorial to its current position there. There have been efforts to 'erase' the Memorial from Tampa's civil landscape before, but they were strongly rejected by the citizenry.  In 1996, the Memorial was restored, and in 1999 when vandals damaged the statue, Hillsborough County repaired it. Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller is a recognized #heritagehater.  He used the tragic Charleston Church murders and faux tears to break the 'agreement' that Commissioner Jan Platt bartered regarding the County Seal, that erected a historical 3rd National CSA flag from an innocuous display in the County's center. He had the flags taken down and now he is demanding the 1911 War Memorial MUST GO! In opinion polls across Florida, the overwhelming number of voters oppose removal of these historical veterans memorials - but Les Miller doesn't care...he says the War Memorial is "divisive" and must go. In an "ISIS" - like purge, New Orleans has ripped down its most prominent War Memorials, and they are falling like dominoes...Orlando, Gainesville and how here.  "The opponents say they are 'symbols of 'White Supremacy'".  We say they are no more or no less "white supremacist symbols" than is the United States herself.  Memorials to Confederate Veterans are just low hanging fruit in the current War on America. Let's stand strong and tell the Commission:  "Keep Your Their Hands off the Confederate War Memorial".  Veterans Monuments, even relating to unpopular wars, should be RESPECTED and PROTECTED. If the Commission can't decide - LET THE PEOPLE ACT - put it to a referendum! -------------- SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a 501 c(4) public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History.  It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and “Erase-ism” levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolina’s historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected. The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of a hate campaign led by Anti-American extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Florida’s society.  Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in Heritage battles throughout Florida including the “We’ll Remember in November Campaign” that resulted in #heritagehater candidates to loose elections in Florida.   More info:  www.sshfl.org  

Save Southern Heritage - FL
662 supporters