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Petition to Sister Mary Persico, Marywood University Administration, Marywood Campus Safety

Demand For Marywood To Implement Better Protocol and Communication During Safety Breaches

In order to see a change, we must unite together and speak up to INITIATE change. Use your voice to speak up against the lack of safety, understanding, and concern that Marywood University showed our student body by failing to inform students of a potentially life threatening occurance. On October 4th, there was a gunman on campus and the University neglected to inform students until the "situation had been resolved." Many of us learned of gunman after seeing police on campus armed with rifles and shotguns as well as students frantically running. During this time, no automatic messages or emails were sent alerting students to the gravity or potential deadliness of the situation. Upon detaining the person of interest, students were sent directly back to class. The University assumed that the gunman was acting alone and thus chose not initiate a search of the rest of campus. President Sister Mary Persico stated, "There is currently no protocol in place to handle this type situation." We later learned what actually happened by word of mouth and through the local news rather than our campus administration and security. Marywood defended their negligence by claiming that they couldn't inform the students because "they were responding to a threat with 'immediacy.'" However, within 5 minutes of the suspect being detained, the administration told students to return to class. Thankfully, the local police acted and removed the gunman, but Marywood failed to communicate and put the students' safety as it's number one priority. You never think you will be affected by anything like this, but failure to properly plan and act can determine whether people live or die. (By writing this, I am not disregarding the selflessness, immediacy and protection that the local police exemplified. This petition has the purpose of speaking up with the hope that Marywood will change its policy and communication methods to ensure students feel safe and protected during a similar time.) Yes, we are very lucky that nobody was hurt. This petition is to promote a campus wide change in protocol and communication measures when planning for events that can potentially be far worse than October 4th.     

Jenna Fallone
865 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Larry Hogan, Boyd Rutherford

Gov Hogan, please pardon a man for a nonviolent offense over 22 years ago.

 On April 19, 1995, after working 2 full time jobs 7 days per week in Towson Town Center as a cook, pulling more than 100 hours per week in, Steven Johnson decided to take the day off. The night before, he had hung out with other teens in his neighborhood riding around and going to clubs. This was the typical Baltimore life of partying in the mid 90s. The next morning, on his day off , he was headed to the tire shop. On his way he was pulled over by Baltimore City Police. After purchasing a car that wouldn't pass inspection he made a poor choice of putting another tag from a similar car on his car that he had purchased just 2 months before . When the police officer pulled him over he made a choice not to try and flee. He knew that if he had fled from the officer things could have gotten worse . As he was pulled over the officer cuffed him. Steve knew that he would be out that evening because a stolen tag was a misdeamor charge and a fine at best. When he was cuffed another officer opened the ash tray of the car. There, in plain sight was $460 worth of narcotics. The officer announced happily to the other officer that he had found the drugs. After the officer made the announcement aloud, Steve remembered a phone call from his neighborhood associate the night before. His neighborhood friend asked him to come back out around 1am because he had left something in his car that he didn't want to take in the night club. Steve knew that this was a bad decision to leave out at that hour in the morning in Baltimore because of the high crime rate in those hours of the day. When the narcotics officer arrived on the scene he had told Steve these piercing words. " I know this is not your stash. If It was you would have hid it better. You also had a two block jump on the officer that pulled you over and you didn't throw it out. We checked your story on your two jobs and everything affirms. Tell us, whose stash is this ?" Those words will never go away. Steve had to make decision on following a code on the streets or snitch . When he first appeared before a judge that year he was offered 1 year suspended sentence. As he looked at his attorney he whispered and asked if this would stop him from going into the Marines. His attorney stated that he was being charged with felony drug possession and that the only way out is a trial in the circuit courts. When Steve turned down the 1 year sentence he heard laughter in the court room, as if he was the craziest person in the world about to go to circuit court and fight a drug charge that looked guilty with anyone that could read the charge papers. Then that big day came. He stood before the judge months later in circuit court. There, his attorney advised him to take a plea. The plea consisted of 3 years supervised probation, which was a harsher sentence from the district courts. Again, he turned to his attorney and stated that this wasn't supposed to happen . By this time, he had completed his Maryland G.E.D. course and was now a full time student at Morgan State University studying electrical engineering, attending a tractor trailer school on weekends to earn a Class A Commercial Drivers License, and still working a full time job as a security guard. Even still, the judge had no mercy . Take the three years supervised probation or take the chance of going to trial and getting 7 years or greater . In fear and having a defeated mentality, he took the 3 years supervised probation. He was now a convicted felon.  Fast forward 22 years and Steve is still fighting to clear his name. Maryland law states that anyone convicted of felony drug distribution charges must wait 20 years from the last day of parole or probation to file for a pardon that only the governor can grant . 15 years may be considered if the need is urgent. Steve applied for his pardon in January of 2016 and as of August 2017, he has yet to have received a response.  Today , Steve stands with a strong history of volunteering with several agencies in Baltimore to do things such as feeding the homeless, coaching expectant mothers with drug addictions, coaching men with drug addictions, and recently starting his own movement called #PardonMe. Pardon Me is the initiative to stop those who have entered the criminal system from doing so over and over again . Letting them know that the revolving door to jail doesn't have to persist. He does this by providing interview tips and clothing preparation, advising them on expungement , record shielding, and pardons, all while petitioning Governor Hogan for his own pardon.  Currently, Mr. Johnson is a father of 3 children,  holding physical custody of 2 ( the oldest having gotten married ) , has a 22 year truck driving history ( currently employed with the largest package handling company in the world ), and charges himself by pushing the #PardonMe movement to those who have traveled his path and encourging the younger generation to abstain from bad company .  Today , Steven Johnson needs your help. He has created a petition to Governor Hogan for him to be pardoned of his one-time arrest and charge . Having a clean record would help him stand in the gap for young people even more. Imagine a man that devotes his time to inspiring the younger generation to avoid crime, embrace education, and push to pursue their dreams and visions, telling those of the younger generation that if you give it your very best, you can accomplish and too, be pardoned for your offense just like him by volunteering and becoming a positive force to the streets of Baltimore where violence seems to never end. Your signature is needed to send a message to Governor Hogan that you will stand for the same hope and passion that Steve has carried for over 2 decades. Please, add your signature today and be part of the movement in helping those who desperately need it. Thank you in advance and may your joys and passions be fulfilled as well.

steven johnson
610 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Glenn Thompson

Demand Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson Censure President Trump's Charlottesville Remarks

READ THE RESOLUTION OF CENSURE This petition was created by PA5 Truth and Action, a grassroots voters' group whose purpose is to hold PA5's representative accountable. The current representative for PA5 is Glenn "GT" Thompson. Glenn Thompson has offered only the weakest of written statements regarding the acts of domestic terrorism perpetrated in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017. He has also not said anything in response to President Trump's incendiary remarks following the death of Heather Heyer. Trump has falsely said that "both sides" were to blame for the violence, and attempted to create a moral equivalency between hate groups and those who were protesting against them. Since then, he has made a series of oral and written statements which suggest that Trump is sympathetic to the cause of hate groups. As Rep. Thompson is surely aware, there are numerous hate groups in his congressional district, and Trump's winks and nods to these groups will serve to further embolden them. What happened at the University of Virginia could easily happen at Penn State or another institution in our district next time. By providing cover for the violence of neo-Nazis, Klan members, and white supremacists, Trump is normalizing racism and bigotry. He is encouraging the very worst of us to continue their racist crusade. He is attempting to, wittingly or not, weave the vile ideology of hatred into the fabric of American discourse. For this, Congress must censure the president.  We must as one voice unequivocally announce that there is no room for hatred and bigotry in the United States. By publicly announcing his support for the resolution of censure introduced by Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Rep. Thompson will show that he has our best interests at heart, and will defend the liberties of his constituents. Please only sign this petition if you are a constituent of Rep. Glenn Thompson. You can identify your representative using this tool. Photo attribution:  

PA5 Truth and Action
340 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Ted Cruz

Pro- Love, Anti- Hate Campaign

This petition is a proposal to create a law to criminalize hate groups  such as the KKK who have been getting away with acts of violence toward African Americans for an unimaginable length of time. It's undeniable that the current president was raised by a father who has been involved in KKK activities which is scary knowing that hate has positions of power. The African Americans are fed up with the white power hate groups so much so that they are enraged for lack of justice for victims today as well as throughout American history. We demand that the KKK and other hate groups that carry out acts of violence be criminalized and a law be put into place to protect human rights as established by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.                                       Article 1.All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. As you can see criminalizing  hate groups will grant access to the fundamental human rights which is not currently being practiced.. If we get no results the people have been known to take laws into their own hands starting riots and other ways of making their voices heard.. The International Court of Justice will be our next endeavor.   

Pam Urban
6 supporters