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Petition to Joanne Berger-Sweeney

Bring Back Debbie Cook!

On May 15, 2018, a Trinity College Human Resources rep walked up to Debbie Cook in Mather Hall and informed her that she was being let go, immediately. I can only imagine how Debbie felt as she was escorted to her office to get her things and then walked out of the very institution to which she gave more than 30 years. For more than 30 years, Debbie has given everything she’s had. In an environment where a sense of community is sometimes challenging to find, Debbie has been there for many of us. Whether she smiled and said, “Hello sugar,” made a simple quip to cheer you up, or asked about your day, Debbie surely warmed our spirits. Undoubtedly, when we think about the events and people that make us proud to be part of trincoll, Debbie is one of the first people that comes to mind for many. These past few years, Debbie has been battling cancer. Even through this personal battle, she has been there for Trinity. The pain of her many ailments has never been enough to put her in a bad mood. Rather, more than anything, she worries about the possibility of not being at work the next day. The Trinity family and her husband have been and remain her priorities. In an age where a person's humanity is disposable in the name of the bottom line and treating those around us with basic decency is an option, we ask Trinity to stick by its core values. We, the undersigned, request that President Berger-Sweeney and the Board of Trustees reinstate Debbie and continue her health insurance benefits. At a time when she needs the most support, Trinity should be there for her, at least, as much as she has been there for her community.  

Alain Lopez
726 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Travis Tranel, Sheila Harsdorf, Paul Ryan, Sean Duffy, Donald Trump, Scott Walker, Adam Jarchow, Patty Schachtner, Keith Ripp, Romaine Quinn, Lena Taylor, Robert Kulp, Tammy Baldwin

Help America’s Dairy Farmers bring milk prices to the 21st Century

America's farmers are the life line for all of us. Without farmers raising their crops and livestock, we wouldn't have food on the table or in our bellies. What's more disturbing is the lack of funding to help the farmers be able to make a living wage without going into debt and losing their farms to bigger conglomerate farms. You know something is seriously wrong with the farming industry when your creameries are sending out letters with suicide prevention resources with the farmer's milk checks. Milk prices today are at the same price they were back in 1978 and this hasn't given farmers a fighting chance. Three years ago my parents at ages 61 and 57 had to make a decision that would change their lives forever. They chose to grow the family farm into 120 cows from 70 cows because they couldn't afford to retire and they were still financially supporting my dad's parents who are 92 and 86 years old and still live on the family farm. Building a new barn was the best thing in the world because it meant the herd they had in the old barn doubled their milk production just by moving them into a modern barn that promoted cow health. At the time of them considering & going through the building process the price of milk was at $22 per hundred weight. Since building 3 years ago there has been a steady drop in the price of milk. As of their last milk check posted this week the price is $14.20 per hundred weight, well below affordable price to make ends meet. As of 3 weeks ago my parents were denied funding to purchase seed corn or other supplies for this growing season which is setting them up to be foreclosed upon as early as this fall. Everyone says they can't thank the farmer enough but when we see the price of $14.20 per hundred weight how can we feel thanked by Americans when the farmer cannot even afford to put 'food on the table' for our precious cows who give us the milk we sell. Milk processing plants have even gone as far as sending letters out in the milk check trying to help farmers deal with depression and anxiety because they know the farmer can't afford to pay their bills on the milk check they are receiving. Over the course of the last 10 years you, as 'The Government', have bailed out  the banking industry due to failing housing market prices and predatory lending, the auto market due to failing prices in the automobile market, and several other markets. If the government and people of the United States of America say they 'cannot do it without the farmer' then why is the price of a gallon of milk higher than ever in the store but yet 'in the gutter'  for the farmer? Why is the housing, banking, auto, and other industries doing very well and the economy appears to be very strong but yet the farmer that creates your meals not able to put food on their own table due to low milk prices? What we are asking of you is this. What can the government do to augment the price of milk in the very near future (i.e. in the next 30 days as emergency relief) to help our dairy farmers  of our great nation make it this growing season? We are looking to achieve $20 per hundred weight and create legislation to keep it no less than $20 so all farmers can continue doing what they love, farming!  Please take this into serious consideration. The next 60 days with the price of milk will determine whether my parents will be able to keep the 120 year old family farm and share it with their grandchildren or will they be required to liquidate the farm and be left with nothing for not only their future, but Dad's parents’ future. Please consider this an EMERGENCY and look to create an emergency fund to help 'bail dairy farmers out' of this horrible situation.

Jason Fouks
39,075 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Charlie Baker, Massachusetts State Senate, Massachusetts State House

Disability for Firefighters with Parkinson's Disease due to toxins on the job. (MA H.1455)

  A fire can expose firefighters to millions of chemicals and toxins. We have become aware of the massive risks these toxins pose for first responders, who breathe them in, ingest them, and absorb them through the skin while putting their lives on the line. Most states have adopted “cancer presumptive laws,” meaning that if a firefighter gets cancer on the job, they are automatically awarded accidental disability to see them through their illness. But the increased rate of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), a degenerative brain disorder, in firefighters has mostly been ignored. I am a firefighter who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I am not alone -- while the rate of PD in the general population is 3 out of 1000, it is 30 out of 1000 for firefighters. I am young to be experiencing this disease, but that’s often how it works for emergency responders, and there is mounting evidence that our exposure to burning chemicals is the culprit. I have 12 years left until I reach retirement, and, unfortunately, I am not sure I'll be able to keep working that long. My state of Massachusetts has great presumptive laws for firefighters, not only for cancer, but for heart and lung disease as well. It is now time for our legislators to include Parkinson’s Disease among these illnesses. We cannot ignore the connection between toxic chemical exposure and PD anymore. While PD usually develops slowly among the general population, symptoms often hit firefighters fast, seemingly out of nowhere. Research now suggests that toxin-induced PD has a more rapid onset than genetic PD, another indicator that we are, indeed, contracting this illness on the job. For those of us struggling with Parkinson’s, walking, talking, grasping and even blinking become increasingly difficult tasks to accomplish. Needless to say, continuing to work as firefighters while battling this disease is most often not possible. Indiana recently became the first state to include Parkinson’s in its presumptive law. This has provided unimaginable relief to many firefighters, who were running out of sick time, and facing unemployment and massive medical bills due to their debilitating disease. We now must band together and demand that more states recognize the link between firefighting and PD, and include PD among the illnesses covered by their presumptive laws. Please sign this petition to include Parkinson's in Massachusetts’ presumptive law, which would allow firefighters with Parkinson's to retire on full accidental disability.

Greg Heath
54,055 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Overbrook Park Civic Association

Allow 2 Young Black Entrepreneurs to continue operating their business

Hello, my name is Robert Green, and my business partner is Jordan Johnson. We are co-owners of Hairitage Barbershop LLC and Platters LLC, located at 7402 Drexel Rd. Philadelphia, PA. I have been a resident in the Overbrook Park community for nearly 20 years. Jordan and I established our barbershop in May of 2014, and It has been very successful ever since. We have operated for 4 years without major incident, and we are the youngest black business owners in the neighborhood. We recently expanded our brand, and purchased a food truck that we named Platters. The goal of our food business is to occupy the area outside of our barbershop, with hopes to service our barbershop customers, neighboring businesses and all members of the community. Our mission is to establish a family oriented business that displays great customer service, provides great food, creates job opportunities, and serves as a inspiration for young adults, both male and female. We plan to achieve this by sponsoring local events, sports teams and back to school initiatives. We spent countless hours, time, and money to enhance the appearance of the truck, and the appearance of our staff so that we represented the image of our community correctly. We also spent countless time and money on obtaining our business licensing and permits, in order to legally operate and serve at our intended location. We were granted approval to operate by the City of Philadelphia’s Licensing and Inspection agency on April 25, 2018. And after being open for only 6 days, the Licensing and Inspection agency came out to our truck to inform us that a legislation was recently passed that prohibited vending at that location, signed on May 2, 2018, and that it would be our last day of operation. Our business was completely crippled. We then sought support from our community leaders, and received a great deal of support from State Representative Morgan Cephas, 19th District police captain John Stanford, District Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Town Watch President Darryl Day, and Haverford Avenue Business Association President William Nasir. They all were very understanding of our situation, eager to address our concerns, and were all in agreement that new legislation should be passed pending final approval from Overbook Park Civic Association. The obstacle that we now face is that some of the individuals in the community expressed concerns that our truck will bring negative traffic to the community and spoke out against us re-establishing our business. Most of their concerns were greatly appreciated and legitimate, in which we too shared some of the same concerns. We addressed most of those concerns by providing solutions, and means of safety options to deter loitering and potential crime. We are installing cameras at our businesses to instill safety and security for us, as well as our neighbors. We stand for so much more than a barbershop and food truck. The last thing we want as business owners, parents and role models, is to promote negativity, or create something that would bring harm to our community or families. Our mission is to gain the approval of the Overbrook Park Civic Association to support the modification of the legislation, and show them that we have a great deal of support from the community to do so. Please sign our petition, so that a modification to the law be passed, so we can continue to operate and be a positive inspiration to the youth. Thank you

Robert Green
13,777 supporters