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Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town. Her estranged husband ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911. We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location or from any MLTS/PBX system be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance. We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why?  WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Sadly though, 2 year 11 months later we have heard nothing from the Wyndham Corporation, however, the Marriott International Corporation has mandated to all franchise hotels under the Marriott brand to update their systems to be direct dial 911. Can you you guess what hotel we will be using from now on will be? That's right , MARRIOTT! Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature enough and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. When that child dialed 911 she should have heard, "911, what is your emergency?" Instead she heard static. We understand the cost implications (which in most cases is very minimal or free) and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefiting from the collection of these funds. We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. We also ask that such law(s) prohibit excessive charges for doing this update, in most cases it is simply a series of buttons from a keyboard that will solve the problem. Please help make this "Kari's Law".

Hank Hunt
610,265 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Caroline Dinenage

Create a law to protect models from getting dangerously skinny

I’m a 23 year old model, a clothes size 8 to 10. The girl in the picture is me. When I walked into one of the UK’s biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one -- I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone, 2 inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me "down to the bone".When I look in the mirror I see someone that is healthy and comfortable in their skin. That’s because I had the guts to carve out my own path and refuse to let people pressure me into losing more and more weight. But with London Fashion Week the reminders are everywhere that we need a law to protect young girls, and boys, who are put under pressure to be dangerously thin.Modelling can be a very lonely place, especially for girls working internationally who are away from the usual support network of friends and family. When models travel overseas they are often put into shared accommodation with other models, and being surrounded by girls who are all striving to stay thin can perpetuate bad eating habits and encourage eating disorders. I’ve been on shoots for up to 10 hours where no food is provided -- the underlying message is always that you shouldn’t eat. The agencies managing and recruiting models have a responsibility to the wellbeing of girls on the catwalk at fashion week, and in the industry as a whole.Earlier this year France became the latest country to vote to criminalise the use of models who are dangerously thin. Those breaking the law face fines and up to six months in jail. And there is growing momentum for change in the UK -- Caroline Nokes MP is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and is campaigning for the Government to look at the possibility of legislating to ensure models are of a healthy weight.  The time is now for us all to come together.Please sign my petition to create a law to protect vulnerable young girls and boys in the industry.*Note: the fur in the image is fake fur! 

Rosie Nelson
137,152 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States, U.S. Senate, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Kirsten Gillibrand, Charlie Baker, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nations, Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts State Senate, Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee, Human Rights Campaign, United States Department of Health and Human Services

USA needs mandatory paid parental leave

U.S. is dead last among developed countries when it comes to paid maternity/parental leave! For a country that boasts of being “#1”, America is actually at the bottom: Swaziland, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and the United States of America (ILO, 2014).  So, WE, THE PEOPLE, call on YOU, our elected officials, to propose, sign and pass common sense legislation on Mandatory Paid Maternity/Parental Leave NOW! It is your main responsibility to act today to protect the future of this country: its children. This is common sense for pretty much any other country on this earth. I mean... we all agree that it is an infant’s fundamental right to have his mother, be fed, changed and receive proper basic care & early education. So... why is birth in America almost as expensive as brain surgery? Why is infant daycare in America a for profit business (nowadays, more expensive than college)? Why is the American mother coerced to return to work rather than encouraged to take the time to lactate and bond with her infant? Simple: in America, maternity is seen as a “disability” and a “handicap”. Not only is that downright insulting for the women, but it also demeans the value of a child. A child is not a handicap! Maternity is a natural process, not a disease. Mother rights are #HUMAN RIGHTS! Infant rights are HUMAN RIGHTS. It is a nation’s job to nurture and protect its own children. Because it does take a village. In fact, it takes a whole country! Raising and investing in a nation’s future can’t and shouldn’t fall ONLY on the shoulders of the mother! Making sure taxes go towards enabling and supporting LIFE (not just wars) is NOT a choice. It’s a MUST. Unpaid maternity is not a "minor issue"- as some claim. Let’s call it what it is: infanticide (= “the crime of killing a child within a year of birth”). Because unpaid maternity leave has severe repercussions: on breastfeeding habits, on an infant’s and a mother’s (physical and psychical) health, on a women’s choice to have a child/or not. So, yes, it directly affects the future of the whole country. It can be seen as a death sentence not just for my kid, but for a whole generation down the road. In an aging America, the American woman’s decision to forgo motherhood has deadly social and economic consequences. Yet, more and more American women are choosing NOT to have children for a very simple reason: they can’t afford them. U.S. does absolutely NOTHING to promote birth rates or reinforce the family; quite the opposite. Time to replace those “pro-birth” signs with pro-life and actually mean it! As in, truly support an infant’s right to life and to have his mother /father there to care for the child in the first year of his/her life. This is not about choice; it’s about survival as a City/State/Nation. Saying that it is illegal to sell a puppy before 8-12 weeks (check equivalent in human months/years), yet forcing a mother to leave her weeks old infant to return to work defies all logic and common sense! Legally reinforcing the mother’s right to have the proper time to recover after a, many times, very tough and expensive medical event (birth), is the humane thing to do. A 2015 report from WHO (the World Health Organization) pointed out that the U.S. has a higher maternal mortality rate than Iran, Libya and Turkey: 19 out of 100,000.00 women are dying from pregnancy and childbirth complications in U.S. today (more than any other time in recent history!) Prenatal care, postpartum care and a decent mandatory paid maternity & family leave are a no-brainer for ALL high-income, civilized countries. All, but America. Canada gets it! And it ensures all moms have at least 12 MONTHS paid with their newborn and decent daycare, regardless of their income level. UK gets it! – 52 weeks paid maternity leave. In fact, most European countries offer 6 months to 2 years paid maternity leave. Some U.S. cities have passed legislation mandating up to six weeks of paid parental leave for full time workers. SIX WEEKS! I often hear: “well, it’s a start...”; “we’re lucky to even have that”. “Lucky”? A “start”? NO. Hypocritical is what that is. It is plain and simple a crime against both the mother and the child. As any responsible mother knows, an infant depends on his mom completely in the first 6 months – 1 year; it needs to be breast/fed, and cared for, and loved. Motherhood is not a privilege; and it’s not just a personal “choice”. It’s a God given right. It’s hard work. It’s selflessness incorporated. Research has linked paid maternity leave to better health for mothers and babies-lower rates of postpartum depression and infant mortality and higher rates of breastfeeding and childhood immunizations. (Rita Rubin, #Forbes Contributor). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which analyzed national survey data, found that: 1. Women who had fewer than 12 weeks of maternity leave and fewer than eight weeks of paid leave were more likely to have more symptoms of depression. 2. Employed women who received 12 weeks or more of paid maternity leave were more likely than women who did not get any paid leave to start breastfeeding their baby and continue to breastfeed for at least six months (as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics). The 1993 Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides 12 weeks of UNPAID leave – if you worked at least a year (and a minimum of 1,250 hours) for a company with at least 50 employees or a public agency or public or private elementary or secondary school. According to the Department of Labor, only 12% of U.S. workers in the private sector can get paid family leave through their employer. More than 40% of U.S. workers don't meet all of FMLA's requirements, and even if they do, many can't afford to take unpaid leave. I’M ONE OF THEM. If a single mother, like me is supposed to take unpaid leave: how is she supposed to pay for mortgage? How is she supposed to pay for formula/food? How is she supposed to pay for utilities? Etc. Personally, I've been shamed more than once, as a single mom by choice, for making the conscious choice to have a child “I can't afford”. Yet, the percentage of aging single women is on the rise in America and the costs of childbearing are hard on a two income family; let alone one.  Affordability is a matter of circumstance, not choice. What one might be able to afford today, they could very well not be able to afford tomorrow. For example, one could lose their job = change in affordability. Besides, I could "afford" to pay for public schools and teachers for other people's kids from my taxes year after year, but... turns out my kid's early education and care while I'm at work is not considered a “basic necessity”. I make 40k/year before taxes, working full time. Infant care is around 2-3K/month, which is about what I make after taxes. I'm NOT "income eligible" for any government sponsored programs. Medical costs for birth, even with a good insurance and without health complications, are outrageous... A mother like me is left with NO choice. Economically speaking, the only "right" decision is to not have a child since it having one is plain and simple unaffordable. But my baby’s life does NOT have a value set randomly by a so called free market, gamed by the lucky and the rich. I'm a responsible person, who has built her piece of American dream from nothing. But... I am close to reaching my breaking point. All because I want to become a mom (a single mom), in a society that is still not ready to respect or support #motherhood. The truth is, what I can't "afford" is to be in two places at the same time: at work full time and at home taking care of my baby full time. And that is not a choice I made. That choice was made by a hypocritical thinking which ignores that America is already dealing with an aging population. But, unlike many of the childless by choice ladies my age, I chose to fight instead of giving up. I chose to give my boy a chance to life, despite finding myself against impossible odds. So, I need YOU. I need you to take a stand with me. I need you encouraging me, lifting me up and fighting by my side. Not only for myself, but for millions of infants who will become our future generations, your future workers, the ones who will sustain our benefits system. PLEASE SIGN this petition and pledge to do ALL that is in your power to bring America at the TOP - as a country who truly respects human rights: Women and Infants included. Mandatory PAID Maternity/Parental leave is a necessity and it needs to be addressed with utmost priority. OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT! Thank you, Denisa.

Denisa Dobrin
159 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to National University Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway)

Micheline's Three Conditions

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, a botanist for 34 years at NUI Galway, last month won a case against the University who were found to have discriminated against her because of her gender when they failed to promote her to Senior Lecturer. However, five other eligible women lecturers at NUI Galway were also denied promotion in 2009 and have a similarly strong case. Dr Sheehy Skeffington is donating her €70,000 damages to these women to help them pay legal fees to fight the University for their right to be promoted. The fight for women's rights is as important as ever. Women are overwhelmingly under-represented in senior academic roles at third-level institutions in Ireland. Of the Irish institutions examined, NUI Galway has the lowest percentage of women holding senior academic posts with only 21% at Senior Lecturer and above.  In addition, Dr Sheehy Skeffington, granddaughter of famous suffragette Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, has been asked by the University to join a task force designed to review gender equality practices. This is part of the aim to win an Athena SWAN award. She will agree to join the task force ONLY if the University meets three conditions, which she also feels are essential for the award. See e.g.  Please sign this petition and demand that NUI Galway meet Micheline's three conditions. When signing the petition, please indicate if you are NUI Galway staff, student, past staff or past student in the Commentary box.  These are Dr Sheehy Skeffington's three conditions:   1.   That NUI Galway promotes the five other women who, along with Dr. Sheehy Skeffington, were interviewed but not promoted in 2009 when only one woman was promoted out of 15 applying but 16 men were promoted out of 32 applying. The women want their promotion back-dated to 2009 but are willing to forgo any damages because it is the recognition of their worth which means most to them.  2.   That NUI Galway admits that the subsequent round of promotions in 2014, for which there have been at least 20 appeals, was also flawed. That NUI Galway immediately puts this right in a way which at least ensures gender balance among the successful candidates.  The only fair way to do this is to promote all the shortlisted candidates, all of whom were deemed eligible, as half of them were female.   3.   That the aim of any attempt by NUI Galway to address the issue of gender imbalance in senior posts be to have an equal number of women as men in such posts and that NUI Galway starts to achieve this aim by promoting the same percentage of women from each level as the percentage of women at that level. According to recent government statistics, in NUI Galway, there are 53% women lecturers (lowest level), but only 30% senior lecturers and 14% professors. For non-academic posts, it is a similar pattern.        

Rose Foley
4,141 supporters