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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
4,113 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, United Nations

Prevent a Third World War

Prevent a Third World War   A person can not change the world himself, but several together can change the world.   Trump and Putin are about to start a Third World War by standing on each side of the conflict in Syria. Trump is now threatening to make a return to Syria for the latest chemical attack against the civilian population.   Only twice before has the use of chemical weapons brought to Syria the threat or reality of US strikes -- in Ghouta in 2013, and in Khan Sheikhoun in 2017. Both occasions involved the alleged use of sarin gas, a nerve agent banned under the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention.   Just over a year ago, Trump sent 59 missiles in response to what was alleged to be an attack on chemical weapons against Khan Sheikhoun. It was later found that the gas had not been used for 14 days later.   NEW ATTACK About 500 people may have been affected by a suspected chemical attack last week on Syria's rebel-held town of Douma, according to the World Health Organization och nu hotar President Donald Trump vowing Monday to come to a decision "over the next 24 to 48 hours" on how to make Syria pay a "big price." And on Wednesday he warned Russia it should "get ready" for a missile strike on Syria, vowing to thwart any missile defenses. But a decision on how to respond to the chemical attack in Syria had not yet been made when Trump issued his tweet, people familiar with knowledge of the discussions said. The Daily Telegraph in London reported Wednesday that UK Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria, in preparation for strikes against the Assad regime that could begin as early as Thursday night. A British government official told CNN that, though preparations are underway, the political decision has not yet been made.   This means that if both Russia and Usa do what they promise we are facing a world war. Bombs Usa Syria and Russia then bomb the ship or those who sent this will be seen as a direct attack on Usa and we are beginning a third world war. UPPDATE: A NEW ATTACK 14 APRIL 2018 The United States and European allies launched airstrikes on Friday night against Syrian research, storage and military targets as President Trump sought to punish President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last weekend that killed more than 40 people. Britain and France joined the United States in the strikes in a coordinated operation that was intended to show Western resolve in the face of what the leaders of the three nations called persistent violations of international law. Mr. Trump characterized it as the beginning of a sustained effort to force Mr. Assad to stop using banned weapons, but only ordered a limited, one-night operation that hit three targets.   WE CAN STOP IT. We must try to make our voice heard by saying. Usa and Russia should not wage war but just make sure to find peaceful solutions and the only body that has the power to do it should be the UN. Let the UN find a peaceful solution or we are the people of last genre on this earth. So Trump and Putin. Stop this war game now.   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/11/middleeast/syria-chemical-weapons-npw-analysis-intl/index.html https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/11/middleeast/syria-chemical-attack-500-affected-who-intl/index.html https://nyti.ms/2JG0CXz https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2018/apr/14/syria-donald-trump-announcement-chemical-attack-live                          

Fredrik Alm
24 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to The Vice President of the United States, Samuel Thompson, Donna Simon, Christopher Bateman, Leonard Lance, Phill Murphy governor of New Jersey

Take Action to Reshape the World to Improve Our Lives

1,000,000 is the signature goal.  This petition is global. Our objective is to win the war. For the war on terrorism let the soldiers from that country deal with them instead of wasting money on American soldiers around the world. Also greed like in businesses, government and insurance is part of the problem the economy went out of shape and so many cuts in general. War has also hurt the economy. People aren't all insured for damage on their property and housing issues too as there are many reasons we're signing this petition. Also issues with insurance claims like on public places or homes.    It's not just making the world and country great. There's poverty going on as a reason for signing this petition. The war in the middle east has caused sequestration.    We have goals in our lives to want to accomplish and that's an important reason to sign this petition. We have hopes and dreams in even our future as this is an important thing on this petition.   This petition for us all helping each other out on things. Let's have confidence in signing this petition and be confident on this petition. This petition is in need of confidence. Politicians don't completely have the power to change those things but this petition is to go to all those around the world that do.   Years of war in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein is what it is the most that got us in a mess with both budget and economy crisis and all kinds of cuts in general of as what this feels like. This petition is mostly so much affecting us. The economy was in the worst shape in the great depression in world history and this petition is also on the economic recovery. If it has recovered before after the great depression it should again. This is almost anything to take action for and anyone to send the letters for reshaping the world. I send this to Americans as well as we need to take responsibility for our own actions.This petition is supposed to go to people that can do things about those situations and in control of all that stuff that this petition is about so it's not just to politicians. There is American greed as well as corporate greed in the world and that's part of the problem with the economic downfall. This is mostly on the economy in bad shape. It's not just oil companies greedy that affect us. We know from the bad economy allot of work hours get cut or businesses cut short on employees. Let's even take action to get the unemployment rate to the lowest we can get. It's also that budget cuts are said to be bad for the economy but the economic crisis and financial crisis world wide appears to trigger budget cuts to become common. We have had the global financial crisis as well in those past years. This petition is to take action for reshape from that as well. Part of it was that the economy was discovered to be in bad shape. This petition is also for taking action on recession.   There have been college prices ridiculous as well and having to raise prices of things because of high gas prices as of 2008. That's ridiculous. Colleges might not be greedy but many things are having prices even too high. Part of signing this petition is for helping the poor in the world. Maybe even fares and tolls are ridiculous. As of again this petition goes to all the people in control of that as of the target of this petition being to Americans but could be forwarded to people all over the world. This petition goes to all people around the world in control of the prices of gas and oil as well. This is to all those in control of those prices all over the world. This petition is for tax cuts as well and there are states with ridiculous property taxes.   There are other businesses greedy. There must be other things than greed in businesses or ridiculous prices of things upsetting the economy. There had to be budget cuts and there are hours of workers being cut along with maybe salaries. Even businesses having to cut short on employees. The job issues and issues with joining emergency services are more important than issues with driving schools.  There had to even be budget cuts. Cuts on things were getting common in 2007. There was the global financial crisis in 2007 as this petition is also for taking action on that. There might as well be cuts on businesses doing business in the recession and cuts on educations. We know that businesses lost business to high gas prices, the economic issues and even anything else affecting us with even businesses gone out of business. This is a bit about undoing so much damage that the Bush/Cheney administration had done just. There has been allot of blaming the Bush/Cheney administration for the economy out of shape and high gas prices as George W. Bush was in oil businesses. We want to have this petition to the people in control of things. Part of the problem on the economy crisis is that prices of things are too high and it's not good for business as it could chase away customers. So much greed and stupidity in the world to how the economy is in bad shape. This is the reason is goes to Americans. It's like the people in control of the situations like even car insurance as well. This petition is also to go to any of those in control of the prices of gas. Maybe as long as cars run on gas there could be more support on fuel efficient cars and cars running on the better alternatives than gas. There should even be airplanes, helicopters, boats, truck and buses fuel efficient along with other motor vehicles. Maybe even all those other motor vehicles along with cars have the better energy sources than gas. This is even about getting the prices of gas to the lowest they can get to or anything on the lowest the prices can be. There are waiting lists on things. It's not just to get lessons to drive cars or commercial vehicles but issues with joining emergency services and the unemployment rate is at the highest. This could happen in highly populated areas that driving schools for cars have too many on the waiting lists to get everyone on waiting lists. Not all driving schools in the world have waiting lists but so many private driving schools have long waiting lists. There have been enrollments affected by the bad economy as driving schools can't accept enrollments usually. Most people in the world use common sense as first time driver's license applicants with learner's permits learning to drive use driving schools and driving schools easily get affected by economic issues. It's common sense or many of us use common sense as first time driver's license applicants with learner's permits to have behind the wheel with a driving school for being safer to learn to drive and car insurance reductions. It’s not just the behind the wheel lessons that are on waiting lists of driving schools as we believe. There could be almost anything on waiting lists for driving schools. Also there should be more people to get qualified to train people with special needs to drive and all driving schools in the world should cater special needs and they’ll get more businesses. There is the Americans with Disabilities Act and laws against discrimination. This petition goes to all those who can do something about this. The ADA has been signed by George H. W. Bush in 1990 but amended by George W. Bush in 2008. There are many reasons for longer waiting lists on special needs people on driving lessons.   Let's take action to improve our lives when signing this petition. You others could share this with people you know to get them to sign if they can. You people should comment on petition signatures what you are taking action for or just leave comments on the signatures to this petition. This could fit in more signatures whether or not those petitions reached their signature goals. There are oil companies greedy and selfish and we consider it price gouging and profiteering. Also this is to help in putting things back together in the economic recovery as we are all affected in different ways by the economy out of shape. This petition is even on sharing thoughts and concerns with politicians. This petition isn't all about undoing damage of the Bush/Cheney administration. This petition is mostly about the economy. This could take years for the economy recovery as this petition is mostly on the economy. It's longer then thought on the economy in bad shape. There are other things than ridiculous prices of things to upset economy. We know that there have been banking issues and stock market crashes. Things even go rare in the economic crash. This could even take years of our lives to recover from years of the economy in bad shape. This petition is under politics since there are politicians to send this too. It's not all on politics. It would be helpful to put comments in signatures and what you are taking action for when signing this petition. This petition is being linked with petitions that are what this petition is about so only 1,000 signatures are needed and this petition should still be open after reaching the signature goal for more signatures as it might help. There are people with certain jobs to not share this petition with and you others could share this petition with people you know to get signatures on it. This is also for help putting back together things from the economy crisis that's longer than we thought. This could happen anywhere being affected by the economic downfall. This is on any of the situations affecting us in the past years of when this petition was created. This petition is also from on an economic recovery we could also take action to put things back together from the economic downfall. This petition could take time for success.  It's better to use initials or don't display name for safety when signing the petitions. You could share this with other people you know as long as they could go on this site. Those are people with jobs related to this petition that shouldn't sign it and you people could share this petition with people who could sign it. The jobs where to not sign this petition if you don't have to stay off of petitions sites are gas stations, oil companies (they are targets of this petition), colleges or car insurance. Signing this petition and even much signatures might as well be helping faster or as fast as we can in fixing things like reshaping the economy and putting things back together from the economic downfall.   It's happened before after the great depression so it should happen again and not come true as a prophecy of the 1987 movie the Running Man based on a book starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that Jesse "The Body" Ventura was also in as by 2017 in the story the world economy collapsed.   What else on this petition like examples of ridiculous prices of things are medical insurance and the food with drinks at the movies along with tickets. Gas prices and car insurance prices are a part of what this petition is on. So many things on ridiculous prices like going to college.   There are many things on ridiculous prices to why we're signing this petition. This petition is on other links below.   http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ridiculous-gas-prices-costing-driving-lessons/    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-ridiculous-gas-prices.html   http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/reshape-the-world-to                                                                                                                http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/reshape-the-world-to-improve-our-lives   http://www.petitions24.com/reshape_the_world_to_improve_our_lives    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Whos_in_control_of_what_Americans_The_President_of_the_United_States_Reshape_the_World_to_Improve_Our_Lives/   https://www.dailypetition.com/Reshape-the-World-to-Improve-Our-Lives-t-383   Here’s the group to it all…   http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Reparing    This is for the thing on causes.com.   Reshaping the World Petition   http://www.causes.com/actions/1684148   Pledge to Reshaping the World   http://www.causes.com/actions/1684571 Police training is more important like figuring waiting lists going longer in police training as of education cuts. There's a coffee party facebook group that's budget and economy. As of war as that's part of the problem for a budget and economy crisis and the real part of the problem we should let the soldiers in the countries over seas deal with the terrorists like Al Queida and ISIS. Our soldiers should be in our country rather than all over the world like funding them and their supplies. Our soldiers should only be on our land in the fight against organizations like ISIS. We have economic recovery as our goal.          

Timothy Paich
124 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate

Block Mike Pompeo, Say No to Nuclear War

Together, we can prevent a global catastrophe. Trump has nominated Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. Pompeo is a harsh critic of the Iran nuclear agreement, which currently blocks Iran’s pathways to acquiring nuclear weapons, and has called for military strikes against their nuclear facilities. He has also called for overthrowing the government of North Korea, and for offering absolutely no concessions in diplomatic talks to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons. A vote to confirm Pompeo as Secretary of State is a vote for war — possibly nuclear — but his nomination can be blocked. We need to know which US senators stand against sleepwalking to nuclear war and which do not. As former Ambassador Nick Burns said recently on Morning Joe, "We are heading towards two nuclear crises with Iran and North Korea. It is almost inevitable." However, nothing is inevitable. With John Bolton as National Security Advisor and Pompeo as Secretary of State, President Trump’s nuclear war cabinet would be complete. Together, they would reinforce the president’s preference for military action over diplomacy, even around nuclear weapons. Their studied recklessness would exacerbate risks associated with the president’s unpredictability, lack of planning and his absolute authority to start nuclear war. By blocking Pompeo, we can send a message for sane US foreign policy and against nuclear war – before Pompeo and Bolton are able to set the stage through their belligerence and duplicity. Let your senators know: a vote for Pompeo is a vote for war and moving toward nuclear conflict. Sign this petition and tell your senators to vote 'no' on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be US Secretary of State. Then, share this petition with your friends, family, and coworkers. Together, we can make sure nuclear weapons are never used again. www.ploughshares.org

Ploughshares Fund
4,773 supporters