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Petition to Chris Lytle Executive Director of the Port of Oakland and the Board of the Port of Oakland

Rename Oakland Airport After Trailblazing Asian American Woman Pilot

Did you know that not a single major airport in the United States is named for a woman?  Fortunately, the East Bay produced a trailblazing female pilot who would be a great namesake for the Oakland International Airport! Her name is Maggie Gee. Maggie Gee (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M3Y6OBs5jc) was a member of a pioneering group of women in WWII who aided in the war effort by enlisting in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).  She was also one of only two Chinese-American women to serve as a WASP.  These women pilots worked stateside ferrying planes, towing targets for gunnery training, and serving as instruments instructors for male pilots.  Over 25,000 women applied to the WASP but only 1,074 were accepted and made it through the rigorous training program.  Thirty-eight of these pilots died in service to their country. As a child, Maggie Gee’s family would spend Sundays watching planes take off from the Oakland Airport. This is what first inspired her to fly. At the start of WWII, Maggie passed a drafting test and left her first year of college to work at the Mare Island Naval Shipyards in Vallejo, California.  There, she worked as a draftsman for the engineers who were working on classified projects on US Naval ships needing repair. Once Maggie saved up enough money, she traveled to Nevada and paid $800 for six months of flight training and fifty hours of flying time.   After she soloed and flew the required hours, Maggie applied for the WASP flying training program at Avenger Field, Texas and was accepted into class 44-W-9. After graduation from WASP training, Maggie was sent to Las Vegas Army Air Field, where she served as a tow target pilot for flexible gunnery training for male cadets until the WASP were deactivated on December 20, 1944.  Maggie spent the remainder of her life serving her country and her community. She finished putting herself through school at UC Berkeley and spent the bulk of her career working as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 2010, Maggie and her fellow WASP received the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their significant service. The individuals we, as a society, choose to memorialize publicly create a statement about whose contributions are worthy of recognition. Representation matters. Currently women, and especially women of color, are woefully underrepresented among icons, memorials, and airports. It’s time to change that! We can make it happen. The Oakland Airport is the City’s front door. The City has always prided itself on its unique and rich cultural heritage. Oakland’s history is one of activism and the fight for social justice by marginalized communities. Like so many of the East Bay’s native sons and daughters, Maggie Gee was a groundbreaker. She was one of the first American women trained to fly military aircraft.  She answered her country’s call at a time of dire need.  She dedicated her life to her country and her community. The Maggie Gee Oakland International Airport would provide the perfect welcome for visitors to the Bay Area. We, the family and friends of Maggie Gee, are initiating this petition to demonstrate public support for renaming the Oakland Airport after this extraordinary woman. Please sign this petition to show your support for Maggie Gee and all monument-worthy women! In the words of Maggie Gee, “Women can do anything, everything! I’m proud to be a woman!”

Tiffany Miller @tiffbmiller
6,750 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

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

Grant Military Burial Honors to Women WWII Pilots

During World War II, a brave group of women joined the war effort by enlisting in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).  These 1,074 women pilots -- including my grandmother, Elaine Danforth Harmon -- worked stateside ferrying planes, towing targets for gunnery training, and serving as instruments instructors for male pilots. Thirty-eight of these pilots died in service to their country. After decades of lobbying, the WASP finally earned veteran status in 1977 under public law 95-202.  And in 2009, President Obama signed a bill awarding the WASP the Congressional Gold Medal. But Arlington National Cemetery and other military cemeteries are managed by the Department of the Army -- and the Army says that, despite their service, these brave women don’t qualify for military burial honors. The WASP answered their country’s call at a time of dire need. The service and hard work of my grandmother and other WASP should afford them the right to be buried alongside other veterans. I and my sisters Erin and Whitney started this petition to secure inurnment of the ashes of our grandmother, Elaine Danforth Harmon, at Arlington National Cemetery.  She was incredibly proud of her service as a WASP, and she loved her country. It was her wish to be inurned at Arlington alongside her sister WASP and other veterans who proudly served this country. Sign our petition, and urge the Secretary of the Army to recognize the WASP as eligible for inurnment in the Arlington columbarium. Arlington National Cemetery states, "Service to country is the common thread that binds all who are remembered and honored at Arlington." Our grandmother, and the other WASP, certainly embodied that ideal. Please sign this petition to show your support for Elaine Harmon and for all of the WASP and the other groups included under law 95-202, who deserve burial honors in Arlington Cemetery.

Tiffany Miller @tiffbmiller
177,895 supporters
Started 7 days ago

Petition to Sajid Javid

Afford women and children the same protection from terrorism at home as in public

Every year in England and Wales, over 100 women are killed by partners or ex-partners as a result of domestic abuse. Yet, it has taken traditional terrorists 10 years to kill this many people in public. True terrorism occurs not in our streets, but in our homes. Domestic abuse is an intentional crime, carried out because of a rigid belief in, and policing of, gender stereotypes – it occurs because of a masculine-fundamentalist ideology. Masculine-fundamentalist ideology is 10x more lethal than religious-fundamentalist ideology in the UK. But the biggest risk from masculine-fundamentalists is to women and children and therefore it continues to be ignored as a threat. The Government has the responsibility to protect women and children in private – a responsibility it has ignored while it continues to pursue an agenda to protect only those in public. On 12 April 2019, new laws introduced in the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 came into force. This demonstrates that the Government will challenge civil liberties to keep the public safe. But the millions of women and children suffering domestic abuse in the UK lose their civil liberties every day; they become hostages in their own homes. Most murdered men are killed in public. Yet, most murdered women and children are killed at home by lethal domestic abusers. However, despite the Government’s recent update to terrorism laws, there are no equivalent laws to keep women and children safe in their own homes. Our society does not have the necessary legal systems in place to protect women and children from the biggest external threat to their lives. These men often hide under the radar of the law until they decide to commit murder. In fact, in one third of all domestic homicides – where domestic homicides account for 25% of all murders in the UK – there was no history of violence before the murders. In cases where the abuser has never been previously violent, there is very little available to protect women and children, and restraining orders and legal documents will do nothing to stop a man intent on killing. These women and children can only hope that they will not become one of these statistics. Despite the common rationalisations provided in the media, these men who murder their families do not snap, and their actions are not the result of poor mental health. Their actions are the result of an ideology of male domination over women and children. These men often do not abuse neighbours, colleagues or anyone outside of the house. In fact, they have enough control to abuse only their families and to seem like ‘good men’ to outsiders. It may seem that domestic murders ‘come out of nowhere’ but it is very common that these men plan the murders of their families well in advance. ************************************************************Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped away -          Paul Brodeur************************************************************ On the 19 July, 2016, our father shot and murdered our 50-year-old mother, Claire, and our 19-year-old sister, Charlotte, before killing himself. After the murders we discovered that, for months before killing our mother and sister, our father had been researching on the internet for reports of men who killed their families. He had also spent weeks writing his murder note on his computer, tweaking his justifications, before he was convinced his ideology was sufficiently refined to kill his family. Men, like our father, abuse and murder their families because they believe they are entitled to control them. When their families do not obey their control, these men will hunt them down and kill them – yet another example of the controlled nature of the killings. These murders do not occur in the ‘heat-of-the-moment’. In fact, up to three quarters of murdered women are killed after they’ve left their partner. These men do not kill their partners and children because of emotion; they kill in a hyper-rational ideological state. It is their beliefs which are responsible. Traditional terrorists kill the public in the name of a religious or political ideology, and domestic abusers kill their partners and families in private because of their gender ideology. They are two sides of the same coin. The key difference is that, in the UK, these domestic abusers are a far more lethal threat to women and children than traditional terrorists. In fact, masculine-fundamentalists cause much more disruption to the UK economy and our ways of life than traditional terrorism (the yearly cost of domestic abuse is calculated at £66bn by the Home Office’s own estimates compared to £3.2bn for traditional terrorism). * How many of us significantly alter our day-to-day lives because of the fear that we may be caught up in traditional terrorist attacks? Now, think about how many women avoid walking alone in the dark, clutch their keys between their knuckles when walking through a car park alone, or fear their partner’s return from work? The magnitude of fear and murders attributed to masculine-fundamentalist terrorism needs to be recognised as the single greatest threat to peace and freedom in our society. We call on the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to extend the protections against terrorism, which are currently afforded to the public, to women and children in private. The solution is to extend the legal structures surrounding terrorism to include domestic abusers. These mechanisms will allow the surveillance of domestic abusers’ intentions and the pre-emptive measures of restraint and punishment which are currently applied to traditional terrorists. Domestic abuse satisfies the legal definition of terrorism within the UK (as below), therefore the Government has an obligation to incorporate the necessary protections discussed. The United Kingdom's Terrorism Act 2000 defined terrorism as follows: In this Act "terrorism" means the use or threat of action where:(a) the action falls within subsection (2),Domestic abuse satisfies each element of subsection 2(b) the use or threat is designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public or a section of the public andAs discussed, male violence in women’s personal lives creates much more disruption and fear than the fear generated by traditional terrorism in public(c) the use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.Domestic abuse is an intentional and ideologically-driven crime, based on gender stereotypes and the demand that women and children are subservient to men, at all costs Action falls within this subsection if it:(a) involves serious violence against a person,Domestic abuse costs the NHS £2.3bn each year, with nearly 500,000 victims per year presenting injuries caused by violence(b) involves serious damage to property,Total repairs and maintenance expenditure attributed to domestic abuse, for social housing alone, in England and Wales is estimated at £383 million a year, equivalent to the total destruction of 1,300 houses per year(c) endangers a person's life, other than that of the person committing the action,Domestic homicide is the leading cause of murder for women in the UK(d) creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public orDomestic homicides accounts for 25% of all homicides in the UK(e) is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system.Domestic abuse interferes with every aspect of a victim’s life       

Luke and Ryan Hart
1,020 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Governor Christopher T. Sununu, Councilor Theodore L. Gatsas, Councilor Debora B. Pignatelli, Michael Cryans, Andru Volinski, RE Prescott

FREE WRONGLY CONVICTED PAMELA SMART

Pamela Smart's trial and conviction are one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American Jurisprudence.   The actual killers, teenagers, who had criminal records and well known to the police, admitted their guilt.  All received reduced sentences by blaming everything on Pamela Smart who wasn't even there.  She was 50 miles away at the time of the cold-blooded beating and murder of her husband, Gregg Smart. The trial was presided over by a judge who hoped that Clint Eastwood would play him in the movie.  Wanting to hold onto this highly publicized case which was the highlight of his career, the judge permitted live cameras in the courtroom to televise the proceedings gavel-to-gavel.   He denied Pamela her most basic rights--refusing to change the venue to a less hostile community, delay the trial until passions cooled, restrain the media who were out of control, or sequester the jury.  He permitted the murderers to be housed together, giving them ample time and opportunity to coordinate their stories and even watch each other testify in live time on televisions in the jail.    It was not the blind eye of justice that governed Pamela Smart's trial.  Rather, it was the blind eye of INJUSTICE that prevailed--overlooking the many flaws, inconsistencies and irregularities that went on routinely, day after day. For 28 years, Pamela Smart has staunchly and consistently denied any role, directly or indirectly, in Gregg's murder.  She was convicted by the perjured testimony of self-confessed killers who are now walking around free while she serves a draconian sentence of Life Without the Possibility of Parole.  This is the sentence that should have been theirs, not hers.  Pamela's release date is 99/99/9999.   While in prison she has suffered greatly--sexually assaulted by a guard and brutally beaten by fellow inmates.  Yet she continues to contribute daily in work that enhances the quality of life and education for women who are incarcerated with her at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York.   We, the supporters of Pamela Smart, implore you to look at the evidence and join us in helping to secure her freedom.  Regardless of what you feel about her guilt or innocence, Pamela Smart has served more than half her life in prison.  It is time for her sentence to be commuted to time served and allow her to go home to her family. For accurate information please go to http://pamelasmart.com Please sign and share this petition.  

MaryEllen Digiacomo
5,168 supporters