• John Lewis Memorial Statue at BLM Plaza Washington DC
    Congressman John Robert Lewis was an American Hero and one of our Forefather's of Civil Rights. From his early activism as one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, his speech at the March on Washington, his march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama on Bloody Sunday March 7, 1966, to his 33 years in Congress Congressman Lewis spent his life's work for diversity, inclusion, and equality for all. Congressman Lewis is a recipient of Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Presidential Medal of Freedom along with countless other accolades. Even as John Lewis was dying he continued to put others ahead of himself. Prior to his passing Congressman John Lewis had the forethought to have his letter published in the NY Times on the day of his funeral where he addressed the younger generations, “Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.” In his letter to the NY Times on seeing Black Lives Matter Plaza Congressman Lewis wrote "I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on." https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewis-civil-rights-america.html This is the time that we recognize this true American hero and not five, ten, or fifty years from now. Let us be more like Congressman John Lewis and be on the right side of this history.
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    The Axios Interview, by Jonathan Swan, definitively underlined the devastating truth of US President's mental deterioration."Trump presents as a man in decline, unable to absorb basic facts about the deadly pandemic ravaging the nation, being spoon-fed information in simplistic kindergarten-level charts." (Daily Edge) President Trump's attack on the USPS, and its ability to ensure due democratic processes through the safe delivery of ballots, is unconstitutional and an attack on Civil Rights. Trump's action is a direct attempt to dismantle the foundation of American democracy, and therefore, in itself, enough reason to force the resignation of Trump before democracy is completely lost. Further, the unleashing of extreme militarized violence against U.S. citizens is a terrifying authoritarian act disregarding First Amendment Rights of all citizens to protest.
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    Created by Mary O'Connor
  • Tell the MCPS Board of Ed: Don’t Fail Our Students!
    Over the last ten months, Montgomery County Educators have been in negotiations with MCPS to make improvements to student learning conditions. Meanwhile, the bargaining team that represents the Montgomery County Board of Education has refused to commit to legally binding agreements that address the obstacles to equity and access, and that create transparency in how resources are used at the school level. Specifically, educators are asking MCPS for: 1. The ability to ensure Black, Brown, and economically disadvantaged students are not disproportionately taught by novice teachers. 2. Administration to work with educators to end the school-to-prison pipeline. 3. The time to consider and prepare for the diverse needs of each student. 4. Transparency in the decisions being made related to building repairs, instructional material distribution, and staffing allocations at schools. MCPS continues to state they do not have enough resources to meet various student needs, yet they are planning to spend public money to involve a paid mediator, rather than reach common-sense agreements with educators that don’t cost money. Are the positions of the MCPS bargaining team representative of what the Board of Education members want for every student in the system? If not, we the undersigned, call on the Montgomery County Board of Education to direct their bargaining team to meet and negotiate with educators and come to an agreement that best benefits students and the Montgomery County community.
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  • Small Business Rent and Lease Renegotiation - COVID-19
    In the last 5 months and counting, non-essential small businesses have not been able to open or generate any revenue, while rents and other expenses are still owed. County specific moratoriums only delay the payment of rents and evictions and do not protect small businesses from landlords collecting rents due from the mandatory closure. To obtain a commercial lease, small business owners personally guarantee the lease. Not only is the small business itself at risk of closing, business owners will face bankruptcy if landlords expect all rents during closure to be paid and expect rents to continue to be the same amount while the economic landscape has drastically changed. Commercial leases are generally very lengthy and primarily tip in the favor of the landlord, leaving the tenants little to no rights for rent relief or renegotiations. To-date, most non-essential small businesses that are allowed to reopen are operating at 10-30% of regular capacity, while some businesses are not able to use outdoor space to reopen, and others are not able to reopen at all. While earning zero to reduced revenues, overhead costs have also increased significantly for businesses with the new mandates to provide PPE, additional cleaning and sanitation, hazard pay, and other COVID-19 related expenses. It is nearly impossible for small businesses to survive the impacts of COVID-19. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. Without financial relief or a law in place to provide protection against commercial leases, more businesses will close and owners will declare financial bankruptcy. It is vital that Governor Newsom issue an executive order to provide small businesses relief and protection, and the ability to weather through the long term impacts of COVID-19 on our economy.
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  • Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service: Remove Louis DeJoy
    I am a tax paying American Citizen. Louis DeJoy is taking actions that are disrupting the mission of the United States Postal Service, which is to deliver US mail to the citizens of the US in a timely fashion. DeJoy has no experience or expertise that pertains to the USPS. In the last 3 weeks mail delivery has begun to take longer than it had prior to Mr. DeJoy being appointed to the position of US Postmaster General. Mail that would normally take 2-3 days to receive is now taking 4-6 days. This is in direct correlation to actions taken by Mr. DeJoy that deprioritize the timely delivery of our mail. With a federal election less than 3 months away in the midst of a global pandemic it is imperative that the timely delivery of United States mail be made a priority. Mr. DeJoy is a barrier to this necessity.
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    Created by Patrick Chaffeur
  • Banner of Reconciliation
    The “bill,” to be known as “Banner of Reconciliation,” will signify the visible manifestation of all forms of government's willingness to recognize the history, contemporary lives, and future hopes of persons of African descent. This bill will signify the beginning of the United States' effort to remember and rectify its misconduct and blatant disregard for human life as it has affected people of African Descent.
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  • Fight for life safety of Californians with disabilities and seniors, retain Exec Dir Alice Stebbins
    With frequent large wildfires, many caused by utilities, with huge mandatory evacuations of hundreds of thousands every year, with planned power shut-offs that deprive people with disabilities and seniors of necessary medical and safety equipment, the CPUC and utilities have created or allowed life-threatening conditions in small towns and rural areas all over California. Mitigation programs like SGIP are inadequate and dangerous. Our communities have been able to work with Executive Director Alice Stebbins to make thee programs work better and to demand better services from the utilities. Please tell the Governor and the CPUC to allow this vital work to continue and conclude successfully. Thank you for your action.   HolLynn D’Lil Richard Skaff Walter Park [List of signatories attached]
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  • Permanent Student Loan Administrative Forbearance
    Temporary administrative forbearance expires on September 30. The pandemic is making it impossible for some and much harder for others to resume payments. We are in a recession. We have lost our jobs. We have had reduced hours. We have increased childcare costs. We are not working to take care of school aged children. We are unable to find jobs. We are drowning in debt. Cancelling federally owned debt would benefit the U.S. economy, reduce the massive wealth divide, and give hope to millions of Americans struggling in today’s economy. The CARES Act placed federal student loans in a temporary administrative forbearance but what is needed is a permanent solution. Our crushing debt require cancellation entirely.
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    Created by Monica McKay
  • Eliminate Racial Stereotypes on ALL Stages
    The use of blackface elicits the painful racism and historical entertainment in which performers darkened their skin to play characters that perpetuated African American racist stereotypes in the United States. While the practice is progressively infrequent in North America with several instances in which politicians and celebrities in the United States and Canada apologized for wearing blackface or dark makeup long after it was generally seen as derogatory and insulting, it still persists in parts of Europe and Russia. In the case of Yellowface on stage, it was intended to be a mocking of the people in the far east by basically guessing the dances in 1892. With the world being much more connected and multicultural in many countries where diversity and inclusiveness is a crucial priority, it is ignorant to keep these racial stereotypical biases in ballet. It is time to embrace the changing world and not resolute in keeping outdated traditions- to be a citizen of the world rather than a country. Traditions are not unassailable.
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  • Make Internet A Public Utility
    Right now your internet provider is based on what company has laid internet lines that go to your residence. AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and all of the rest of those internet companies have a gentleman's agreement to not invade each other's space so that they don't have to give customer service because they know that you can't shop internet providers. All the government has to do is declare internet a public utility and make it so that internet companies have to share the lines that run internet to your house, and you would have the ability to pit one internet provider against another, and they would actually have to do their jobs to a satisfactory level in order to retain you as a client. This would improve internet speeds and the cost of Internet. We live in a capitalist society, and these companies should be competing with the best speed, the best customer service, and the best prices in order to retain you as a customer. As it stands, they can charge you what they want, and they can jerk you around for hours, days, weeks and weeks on end without providing a resolution because they know you have no options. This must end.
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    Created by Kathryn Petrizzi
  • EXPOSED: Secretive group teaching politicians how to rig elections
    ALEC is ramping up its plans to hijack our democracy like never before. It’s time to expose and demand action from every corporation that’s funding these cynical efforts. ALEC has formed a new secret working group focused on “redistricting, ballot measures, and election law.” This task force holds lectures by architects of some of the most notorious gerrymanders and voter suppression schemes of the last decade -- with one main goal: teaching corporate-friendly GOP politicians how to abuse our systems to stay in power. How to rig the census and the redistricting process to keep Republican seats safe. How to stonewall fixes for the broken Electoral College. ALEC and its member corporations know just how unpopular and unethical these efforts are -- which is why there is no mention of the working group on its website. This task force comes on the heels of ALEC’s infamous redistricting workshop, held at its annual meeting last year. Conservative lawmakers, thinkers, donors, and activists were invited -- and were told by panelists to treat redistricting as “political adult blood sport,” trash evidence of wrongdoing before it can be discovered through litigation, and buy off individual Black and Latinx legislators to guarantee them reelection in exchange for overall whiter and more conservative maps. Make no mistake: THAT is what companies like UPS, Pfizer, Anheuser-Busch are endorsing with their financial support for ALEC. And they’re hoping that we don’t notice -- they don’t want to be publicly associated with ALEC’s extreme agenda. But if they hear from thousands of outraged Americans, they may cancel their ALEC membership -- just like we convinced companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to do. Add your name now to become a part of the nationwide outcry.
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  • Demand USCIS Cancel Their New Policy to Charge Asylum Applicants $50
    This move by the USCIS under Donald Trump is the latest attempt to target and restrict people who are fleeing their home countries. The vary nature of asylum is humanitarian, that is, seeking and being granted asylum in the world’s most powerful country should be done with ease. One asylum officer, interviewed by Buzzfeed News, has said anonymously, “ The larger problem is that humanitarian applications by their nature should be free. The idea of charging people who are fleeing — and not helping if they don't pay up — is disgusting.” Additionally, it is noted by USCIS that the implementation of this charge is going to be used to cover their own costs, and are necessary. However, USCIS has also upped charges for those seeking to apply for citizenship- a change from $640 to $1,170. The organization is very obviously stable financially, and this attempt to endanger millions of people must be stopped.
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    Created by Andrew Martinez