• DeSantis is Killing Us, Make it Stop.
    Florida is facing a public health emergency, and DeSantis is doing nothing to protect our families. The State Board of Education and the Governor have nevertheless ruled that private school vouchers will be expanded, and districts that violate the mandate will lose state funding. This is how our state's governor plans to enforce his mask mandate ban in schools. The truth is that the governor seems to be merely playing politics. In collaboration with county health professionals, schools and students must determine the optimal procedures for safeguarding students and ensuring they receive the necessary support. The absurdity of DeSantis is on full display with recent news. DeSantis signed an executive order allowing parents to decide whether or not their children should wear masks, many Florida school districts still insist that students wear them. And now, Broward and Alachua school districts were sanctioned by the Florida Board of Education for violating Governor Ron DeSantis' order banning masks in schools. As a result of the decision, districts that mandated the use of masks early in the school year faced their first round of consequences for mandating them. Richard Corcoran, the state Education Commissioner, announced Monday that state funds have been withheld from Alachua and Broward county school districts. The ways in which DeSantis is strapping educators' hands in protecting our teachers and students is unacceptable. Even more troubling is DeSantis' claim that Regeneron is the solution to Covid-19, instead of effective social distancing and mask usage. But this just further highlights DeSantis’ ulterior motives. Among DeSantis' largest benefactors is Citadel, a Chicago-based hedge fund that owns 15.9 million Regeneron shares. Ken Griffin, CEO of Citadel Investment Group, has donated $10.75 million to a political party that supports Ron DeSantis - $5.75 million in 2018 and $5 million in April 2021. Regeneron was promoted at four events by DeSantis in one week. Since announcing the vaccine passport ban in May, he has failed to hold a public event that explicitly promotes vaccines. DeSantis' ulterior motives are clear. It's time to tell DeSantis not to use our children and our communities as political pawns. Florida needs a mask mandate in every county that is experiencing a positivity rate above 5% and/or a hospital bed occupancy rate above 85%. Putting these safeguards in place will help our state move on from this crisis. Sources NBC News, Florida sanctions school districts for mandating that students wear masks. (2021, August 17). https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/florida-sanctions-school-districts-mandating-students-wear-masks-n1277031 NPR, Some Florida School Districts Will Require Masks. The Governor May Cut Their Funding. (2021, August 6). Some Florida School Districts Will Require Masks. The Governor May Cut Their Funding. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/08/06/1025192746/some-florida-school-districts-will-require-masks-the-governor-may-cut-their-fund Salon, Ron Desantis and Regeneron: Fl governor stops vaccine promotion in favor of treatment used by Trump. (2021, August 18). https://www.salon.com/2021/08/18/ron-desantis-and-regeneron-is-a-gop-donor-the-reason-why-floridas-governor-wont-promote-vaccines/ West Palm Beach News, Florida's State Board of Education to consider mask mandate ban enforcement rule. (2021, August 5). https://www.wptv.com/news/education/floridas-state-board-of-education-to-consider-mask-mandate-ban-enforcement-rule
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  • Break Up Amazon!
    Amazon continues to feel the heat in Alabama. Earlier this month the NLRB ruled that Amazon unfairly tampered with the union vote in Bessemer, Alabama.1 Amazon used their massive power to pressure the postal service into putting a mailbox at the workplace in Alabama -- which may have caused workers to feel Amazon could see when and how they voted, potentially influencing the result. This is just further proof that Amazon has too much power, and is abusing it to undermine workers' rights. One way we can help fight back: pressure the federal government to break up Amazon. Sign the petition: Tell the federal government to support workers and break up Amazon! Amazon isn't just a tech giant, it's a global monster with tentacles gripping nearly every part of daily life. And Amazon workers, especially Amazon warehouse workers, continue to feel the squeeze. Amazon warehouse working conditions are notoriously bad. So much so, the National Council of Occupational Safety and Health named Amazon one of the most dangerous employers in the country.2 On top of that, during the historic heatwaves earlier this summer, Amazon warehouses pushed workers to their physical brink, without providing air-conditioning. But the tide is turning. Activists like you and me are speaking out and demanding Amazon be held accountable. In Alabama, that might mean a new worker union election. But we can't stop there. Amazon has proven time and again that they have too much power and influence, and use it to undermine their workers and their right to a safe workplace. So now it's time for action. Together we can raise our voices and pressure Congress to act boldly to break up Amazon's monopoly. Sign the petition: Tell the federal government to break up Amazon! Sources: 1. Vox, “The Amazon union drive isn't over yet,” August 3, 2021. 2. Futurism, “After Deaths, Amazon Lands on List of Most Dangerous Employers,” October 18, 2019.
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  • President Biden must open the door to refugees
    Every year there is a ‘cap’ on the number of refugees the United States will resettle, and that means accepting more refugees from Afghanistan could bar others seeking safety and refuge from other global crises. There’s a simple solution: instead of squeezing people fleeing unprecedented catastrophes — many we helped create — through a defective and insufficient process, the United States could simply increase the number of refugees we welcome. In fact, the United States has a history of opening its doors to people fleeing crisis: the 1980 refugee cap was set at *231,700*. Representatives Barbara Lee and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez organized 66 of their colleagues to pressure the Biden administration to meet this urgent moment by increasing next year’s refugee cap to no less than 200,000. We have just a few weeks to influence the president’s decision, and that means now is the time for us to do everything we can to amplify these champions’ call. President Biden: Raise the refugee cap!
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  • Extend pandemic unemployment past labor day 2021
    Help the people at risk of loosing a basic lifeline during a pandemic. The Delta variant is even more contagious and a lot of people are losing jobs on a daily basis. Others have health problems and can't work during this some even have to stay home with their kids because schools are closing and they can't afford child care.
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  • TCBES: Tell UH Hilo Admins that Students want COVID-19 Vaccines to be mandatory for our coursework!
    As TCBES students, collaboration and field work are critical to our studies and our future success. In order to get the most out of this program, we need to be able to engage fully in our coursework without sacrificing the safety of ourselves, our mentors, and our loved ones.
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  • 6 feet LWSD lunches by adding outdoor or other means
    For LWSD Families, teachers, staff, and community members: If you feel this initiative aligns with your preferences, we strongly encourage you to consider signing this petition to demonstrate your support. Additionally, by signing this petition, you help articulate to school leadership the level of interest for the rain or shine outdoor eating option and the importance of 6-feet spacing for indoor lunches. LWSD Teachers & Staff We fully support our outstanding LWSD teachers and staff and applaud the dedication and work each has done to provide the best possible learning environment for our students. This option serves to keep teachers and staff safe while elevating the unique LWSD student experience. LWSD Leadership Please help us. Indoor, 3 feet or less spaced, unmasked eating is a dangerous proposition. Science tells us this. Our local laws and federal government underscore this (pre-vaccine) by limiting and temporarily closing indoor dining when community spread rates were high. Implementing new and sudden protocols may be inconvenient - and even expensive, but in the final analysis, it is the right thing to do for the health of our students, our schools, and our community. * There are elementary school principals fully on board and supportive of this effort and for that, we are encouraged.
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  • Tell President Biden: Don't defend Trump's immigration policies!
    More than six months after Trump left office, Attorney General Merrick Garland continues to defend some of Trump's worst immigration policies. The Biden administration recently defended a Trump-era policy in court that prioritizes the highest wage earners for a high-skilled worker visa program. And now the DOJ is defending a public health order issued by Trump as a way to expel most migrants without allowing them to seek asylum in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Merrick Garland's Department of Justice has the opportunity right now to turn the page on Trump's hateful anti-immigrant attacks. They must stop defending his policies in court and consistently uphold Joe Biden's stated commitment to protecting and expanding immigrants' rights. Will you add your name? President Biden, stop defending Trump's anti-immigrant agenda!
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  • Divest the federal government from fossil fuels!
    Currently, ExxonMobil is one of the top ten holdings in one of the main pension funds the federal government manages for their workers. But Federal employees have been organizing to get their pensions divested from fossil fuels. Oil companies are not only destroying our climate, they're also increasingly risky investments without a long-term future. As the climate crisis worsens, now is a crucial moment for President Biden to deliver what these workers want -- and what our planet needs. Here's how it would work: Biden could either author an executive order telling the board that controls the federal pension fund to divest from fossil fuels. Or, he could nominate new board members to its board. This second option is possible, since four of the five seats are occupied by people whose terms expired under President Obama, and the fifth is vacant. Federal pension divestment is an important tool in the fight against the climate crisis. It would set a precedent for investors around the world--making it clear that fossil fuels are an unethical and unwise investment.
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  • Stop the Amazon-MGM merger!
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched an investigation into Jeff Bezos and Amazon's $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM studios. The MGM merger would add a catalog of more than 4,000 films and 17,000 episodes to Amazon’s Prime Video service and give it control of future production, increasing its monopoly over content, and allow it to control intellectual property rights that will stretch over other businesses. This comes along with news that Amazon is planning to open department stores across the nation to take over brick and mortar space. We need FTC Chair Lina Khan, an antitrust advocate, to block this merger as a critical first step to reining the mega company in. We've written a letter to Khan with more than 30 other organizations to ask the FTC to do just that, and now we need to add your voice to build momentum. Sign the petition: Tell the federal government to stop Amazon from buying MGM!
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  • Congress: Billions for bullets should go toward helping people instead
    As the humanitarian crisis grows and the U.S. military prepares to leave on August 31 saving as many Afghan lives as possible must be the U.S. government’s top priority. But here’s something you may not know: there are ample funds available to ease suffering on the ground and support Afghans to rebuild their lives — like inside next year’s astronomical Pentagon budget, where more than $3 BILLION is currently earmarked for the now-collapsed Afghan National Security Forces. Congress is deciding where those funds will go as we speak. And the possibility that this money could instead be spent on a few more F-35s or bombs is all too real — and should be immediately, completely rejected. That’s why we need to get loud NOW Add your name to call on Congress to immediately use any money that was previously going to be spent supporting Afghan security forces to help save Afghan lives.
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  • Petition: Stop Apple giving kids access to chat-with-strangers apps
    Personal stories underscore the danger posed to kids by such apps. After confiscating her 14-year-old daughter’s phone, one mom was shocked to find a flood of sexually explicit photos from older men delivered via stranger-chat app Yubo, many pressuring her to reciprocate. Reviews on the App Store detail how many of these apps are filled with people asking for sexually explicit images. At a minimum, Apple must: - Block anyone whose Apple ID shows they are underage from adult-only apps - Require that adult apps institute substantive age verification processes and close loopholes that allow them to ignore evidence that a user is underage. - Enforce Apple’s own guidelines and remove chat roulette apps from the App Store
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  • 30 year anniversary of Malcolm X Re-release
    Please sign this petition to get Spike Lee to do a great Re-release of Malcolm X. Malcolm is one of the greatest people ever, imho. I love this movie, it's my favorite of all time. I want more people especially the youth to learn about Malcolm and his importance to humanity.
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