• Class of 2020 - High School Graduations
    I have stood in lines outside 6ft from each person: Stater Bros, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Target, and the never-ending Home Depot and Lowes lines. I watch a guy each time stand at the door marking down the headcount. I walk into the store, passing strange people up and down the aisle. I stand next to people in the aisle, always masked and keeping social distancing in mind. I have the store shopper in my hand and check my list on my cell throughout my visit. Once I am done shopping and listening to the store's warnings and subliminal songs of encouragement, I get in line again to check out, holding a small conversation with the cashier, passing back and forth words of concern and wishes of this coming to an end. After all, is said and done, I am handed my receipt and I am on my way with my groceries. This function is allowed because it is essential. All practices are in place to safeguard everyone... Great Job. What is the difference between the supermarket lines and having our graduates line up the same distance outside? What's the difference between walking up and down the aisles of this supermarket and walking across a football field? What's the difference between being around strangers in these supermarkets and sitting next to your classmates in an open forum following all social distancing rules? What's the difference between being handed a receipt or a diploma? NOTHING BUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING SUED!! Going to the supermarket is a personal decision. A graduation ceremony is a controlled event, handed by the school administration. Insurance and liability protection doesn't apply to supermarkets unless they are at fault. Not letting the graduates walk and receive their diplomas is not only hypocritical, but it's also causing irreparable harm that will be felt for years to come... Bull! Virtual graduation, Bull! not allowed to walk, Bull! it's all for the safety... So riddle me this, if we line up our graduates in a giant food store line and each walks in and the store manger hands them a diploma instead of a shopper, would that be acceptable? THIS NEEDS TO BE CHALLENGED BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE...
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    Created by Maria Villela
  • USD 259 - Jeff Freund To Remain Principal of Mayberry Middle School
    - Teachers deserve to have some consistency with leadership; Mayberry has frequently had new principals - Families and students deserve a leader who embraces the Magnet of Mayberry and its mission. - COVID-19 has taken away normalcy and whatever can be kept familiar should be.
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    Created by Hazel Williams
  • Justice For Kenny Paul
    Kenny was shot and killed due to gun violence on March 25th 2015. His murderer has been free on bond since then. My brother has never received Justice.His trial has been put off for the past 5 years and still today, no Justice. Kenny was taken from his son Kenneth Paul Diets111 (AKA) Trey, his mother Peggy Bates, sisters Melinda Crabtree and April Diets, and from so many others. The states are so set to put drug dealers away, they let a murderer free on the streets. Please take 5 minutes to sign this petition For Justice for my brother Kenny. He was a loving father, son, brother, and so much more. He deserves Justice..
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    Created by Melinda Crabtree
  • Reclassification of Pilates Studios as Boutique Fitness Studios/Microgyms
    As a small, woman-owned business, my boutique Pilates Studio has been classified as a gym or fitness center, and alongside cinemas with a 250+ person capacity, and in turn, my business has been shut down in advance of other non-essential businesses. We have been closed since March 16th, and while we have made every effort to generate revenue through virtual, online classes our monthly revenue has dropped below 5 percent of its regular value. To be clear, unlike gyms and fitness centers, boutique fitness studios and micro gyms have a typical capacity of 1-6 people. Most clients are seen 1-1 (instructor-client) up to 4-1 ratios as normal practice. Clients attend pre-scheduled sessions limited to this capacity. At no point are clients admitted to classes as walk-Ins, a physical appointment must be scheduled 12-24 hours in advance of their session. In addition, this industry is one of the few female-led and powered industries in existence. We estimate 75% of the owners and workers impacted by this crisis are women. I ask that you support the Petition to exclude boutique fitness studios and micro-gyms from the definition of of “Gyms” or “fitness centers,” and create independent directives applicable for the reduced footprint of the unique business models used by boutique fitness studios and micro-gyms. We respectfully request that Governor Whitmer open us along side other non-essential businesses who will reopen June1. As a boutique fitness studio and micro-gym, it can be argued that we are actually are an essential business as we see more than 60% of our clients in a therapeutic/rehabilitative manner, under the guidance of licensed physical therapists. Our industry has, and always will be committed to the health and wellbeing of all others. We want to reopen responsibly and as quickly as possible.As the studio owner, I can attest that my boutique fitness studio/ microgym appreciates the importance of employing several team members and supporting clients to become healthy with the least risk possible to their good health.
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    Created by Allison Nakisher
  • Free An Innocent Man
    Mecus has missed out on the majority of his adult life and many detrimental deaths including our Grandmother, our father, and a list of aunts and uncles. Our mother is very ill and is currently in a nursing home, and it breaks her heart that her son is still incarcerated for a crime which he didn't commit. We need Demecus home. If you can find it in your heart, please help by signing this petition and free an innocent man
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    Created by Natasha Hughes
  • Tell AARP: Stop Sponsoring Dangerous Protests
    The AARP-sponsored American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has teamed up with a coalition of far-right lobbying groups to launch the “Save Our Country” campaign protesting the public health quarantine orders put in place to reduce the health risks of COVID-19. As The Washington Post recently reported, the ALEC-led coalition’s focus is on “pushing for the White House and GOP lawmakers to push back against health professionals who have urged more caution." Among health professionals, the consensus is clear on the risks of rolling back protective measures too early. As a prominent epidemiologist from Columbia University put it, “The math is unfortunately pretty simple. It’s not a matter of whether infections will increase but by how much.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious-disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, has warned that “unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery economically is not going to happen.” Prematurely moving to lift public-safety regulations poses a clear threat to public health.
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  • Allow NJ Hair Salons & Barbershops to reopen
    100% of the Licensed Hair Salons and Barbershops in New Jersey have been abruptly shut down since the onset of the Coronavirus quarantine, even though safety measures could have been considered and implemented to prevent a total shutdown. Governor Murphy has allowed several other businesses, such as home improvement stores, Ice cream shops, liquor stores, coffee shops, etc., to be deemed “essential” and allowed to operate. Governor Murphy is also allowing all NJ beaches and boardwalks to reopen as long as social distancing is practiced. Why can’t hair salons and barbershops be allowed to reopen under the same conditions ? The NJ Board of Cosmetology has stringent requirements that must be followed to ensure the health and safety of every client, many salons have been implementing theses guidelines for years. With the implementation of additional safety measures hair salons and barbershops can safely service clients. I ask that those In agreement petition for all licensed hair salons and barbershops to immediately be one of the first businesses on the list to reopen.
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    Created by Jackie Diaz
  • Demand Justice for Nuclear Frontline Communities in COVID-19 Stimulus
    The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to confront the vast inequities in our society that have made this virus more deadly in some communities than others. Congress has the opportunity to provide aid for people who need it the most, and their relief must help nuclear frontline communities. US nuclear weapons activities have–and continue to–hurt communities through harmful and sometimes deadly radiation exposure and related problems. Because of that exposure and other factors, these communities are now more at risk of COVID-19. Since the beginning of the Manhattan Project in the 1940’s, uranium mining, weapons production, and atmospheric nuclear testing exposed many individuals and communities in the United States to radiation and other toxic chemicals. These exposed populations are disproportionately Indigenous, people of color, veterans, low-income, and/or from rural areas, and often face significant barriers to receiving adequate health care.  Now, the survivors of this radiation exposure are also at greater risk from COVID-19 due to underlying factors including their radiation exposure, air, soil, and water pollution, poverty, poor nutrition, etc. These factors can result in underlying health conditions and weakened immune systems.  Effective COVID-19 response requires that those who need care can receive it. It also means recognizing who is at greatest risk and addressing their needs. As we gear up for another stimulus package, we are calling for Congress to include funding for health care access for these frontline communities.  We call for inclusion in the next stimulus package of provisions of two bipartisan bills that would address this issue: The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments (H.R. 3783 and S. 947), which would expand health care compensation for communities exposed to radiation, and the Covering our FAS (Freely Associated States) Allies Act (H.R. 4821 and S. 2218), which would restore promised Medicaid coverage to Compact of Free Association residents living in the United States.
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    Created by Lilly Adams
  • Get massage therapists back to work
    Massage is therapeutic and improves people's lives. Reduces stress, improves mobility, improves immunity, decreases pain, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure.
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    Created by Kate Jones
  • Support Public Banks for COVID Recovery
    This economic shutdown will have major long-term impacts on employment, government revenues, and our collective ability to recover. Public banks can be an engine for a just and sustainable recovery, bringing money into communities and not corporations.
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  • Equality for NH Nail Salons - Help us Reopen!
    1. We have had numerous calls from clients requesting us to come to their homes. Nail Technicians will eventually start doing nails at home and in client's homes. When this happens, sanitation requirements are not going to be able to be followed properly and exposure will become heightened. 2. Many Nail Technicians have received unemployment and it will give them some income. For most nail technicians, this is not enough as most of their income comes from the commission and the tips that they make. 3. For the self-employed, it is even more of a struggle trying to manage both home and work bills. Having no source of income, lease agreements to pay rent, along with many other expenses that come from being self-employed, this puts many of us under stress that is effecting our mental health. 4. Many nail technicians and nails salons have now been without income since the businesses have closed back in March. A lot of salon owners are facing financial hardship and the longer the salons stay closed, the more possibility of some of us having to close our doors permanently. Please ask Governor Sununu to Consider us as an essential business and allow us to reopen. Thank you for Support & Consideration.
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  • Protect Our Essential Childcare Industry
    We have been asked to reopen at a time when our health department strongly recommends that staff and children with pre-existing medical conditions stay home. This is critical for safety; however it also means that our pre-pandemic staffing crisis is much worse and we need to operate below capacity while many of our children remain home. Our operating costs have skyrocketed, we have little access to supplies, and social distancing is not possible for young children. We have a work environment at very high risk for infection, even with strict regulations and highly trained staff. Our programs are facing an unprecedented staffing crisis and revenue hit and we were already in crisis before the pandemic. There are centers that do not have enough staff to open or can only partially open, and we need funding to bridge this gap. In addition, we need to protect our current staff so that we can reopen to full capacity when the crisis is over. There are a number of ways that we can ensure the solvency of the childcare industry, but there are three systems in dire need of long-term public investment. Those three systems are healthcare, wage supports, and access to childcare financial assistance. As we attempt to re-open, we will be missing a substantial portion of our staff that fall into the "at-risk" categories, meaning we need to support what little workforce we have left. Those teachers that are able and willing to return to work are going to need guaranteed access to healthcare and childcare financial assistance. Historically, teachers that did not qualify for these things would either quit or work part-time as they juggled schedules. In addition, our average wage is just over $12.00 per hour. This is at or below many other lower tier essential jobs and we often have higher education degrees and continued education. Without public investment in wage supports for our teachers and directors, many of our workers may never return. Even with our best efforts, many programs cannot resume operation on June 1 or can only partially open due to lack of staff and/or lack of children. Programs that have teachers and/or directors out will not be able to resume full operation or may not be able to open at all. Without continued financial support, these programs risk permanent closure. In addition to lack of staff, programs will have reserved spaces sitting open with no income for those at-risk children that cannot return, or for those families that have experienced lay-offs. This creates a precarious financial situation for an entire industry. We need continued stabilization grants and continued allowance for subsidy reimbursement for both open and closed programs; otherwise the system is penalizing programs that have staff and children with pre-existing conditions. Without continued financial support, open programs will have operating expenses that are higher than their tuition income, closed programs will cease to exist and not be available to provide care when it is safe for staff to return. Supporting current programs will allow the industry to bounce back from the pandemic much faster than allowing programs to fail and then trying to restart anew. In addition to financial investment, all programs will need assistance with health and safety measures such as procuring PPE, cleaning supplies, and groceries as well as testing and contact tracing. We don't have the buying power of large businesses and have little access to the supplies that we need to operate safely. Our work environment is close contact and high risk for disease transmission. We need PPE for our workforce to try to prevent widespread illness and additional center closures. We will need regular access to free testing for our workforce and our families as we try to monitor and control infection. In addition to the testing, we need clear and enforceable protocols for keeping staff and children safe and that do not leave wiggle room for parents to send in sick or possibly contagious children. Lastly, we would like to mention that there will be a significantly increased need for social/emotional support for children as they return to group care and funding for mental health and case management services will be needed as we help children cope with the effects of a pandemic. We realize that this list is extensive and will require significant financial investment, but it addresses many of the issues that our profession is currently facing and will face in the future. If we can secure permanent funding for wages, subsidy, healthcare, and a path back to re-opening during a health crisis, then we will have helped to create a much more sustainable model of early education that should last us years into the future. Thank You for Your Consideration, The Early Educators of Vermont
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    Created by Heather Martin