• Cancel Student Debt for Nurses
    We urge President Joe Biden to cancel all federal student loan debt for all nurses and nursing students. In doing so, he can help solve the nursing shortage as more people will be inspired to go into nursing as a profession.
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    Created by Sharman Hankins Picture
  • Sign the petition: End the forever wars!
    "We can never allow this to happen again." That’s what Rep. Barbara Lee said of the 20-year long war in Afghanistan when it finally ended last month.1 Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against the Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) in the fall of 2001, rightly concerned that it would enable endless war. That authorization, and the one passed in 2002 allowing George W. Bush to launch an invasion of Iraq, are still on the books. It’s time for that to change. Congress must end the forever wars by repealing both the Authorization for Military Use of Force (AUMF) from 2001 and 2002. Sign the petition: Tell Congress to repeal both the authorizations to use military force from 2001 and 2002! Every President since 2001 have used these authorizations to justify waging neverending war in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and far beyond. At least 300,000 civilians died as a result of these wars, a staggering death toll.2 Congress took a giant leap forward in ending forever wars and saving civilian lives when the House repealed the 2002 legislation that enabled George W. Bush to invade Iraq.3 But there’s still a long way to go. That same repeal vote needs to pass in the Senate -- and there’s still another military authorization, passed in 2001 to allow Bush to invade Afghanistan, that needs to be repealed too. The Biden administration is changing course away from 20 years of war and suffering, and that’s good! But to fully end our forever wars, and prevent a future president from using 20-year old votes to justify new military action, we need Congress to repeal both of these authorizations. Sign the petition: Tell Congress to repeal both the 2001 and 2002 Congressional authorizations for military force! Sources: 1. Vanity Fair, ““We Can Never Allow This To Happen Again”: Rep. Barbara Lee On Afghanistan’s Spectacular Fall And The Futility Of “Forever Wars”,” August 18, 2021. 2. Independent, “Forgotten victims of 9/11: The 363,000 civilians killed during the War on Terror,” September 10, 2021. 3. NPR, “In Historic, Bipartisan Move, House Votes To Repeal 2002 Iraq War Powers Resolution,” June 17, 2021.
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    Created by Demand Progress
  • Outsourced Substitute Teachers are School Employees!
    51 of 204 School Districts in Oregon have outsourced their substitute teachers to staffing agencies. This also includes classified staff like bus drivers, janitors, instructional assistants and kitchen staff. When these substitutes work the required number of hours in the school they are NOT eligible for retirement benefits because the staffing agency is NOT considered the employer. The staffing agency does not provide the jobs and does not manage the work of these teachers and support staff. All the staffing agency does is perform a payroll function. Thousands of school staff licensed and non-licensed have lost retirement credits because of outsourcing. The staff agency fee paid by school districts more than pays for the retirement benefits. Also school districts have not accounted for the fact that most substitute teachers do not work enough hours to qualify for retirement benefits, yet they still pay the anywhere from 24-26% staffing fee on the base wage of the outsourced substitute teacher. In some cases the School District pre-pay the staffing agencies fee based on previous use of substitute teachers. This money paid is also leaving the State, as these staffing agencies are not local to Oregon. ORS 342.610 is the fundamental pay statute for all substitute teachers state-wide. Those substitute teachers working in Districts without outsourcing are eligible for retirement benefits. This has gone on too long. See also HB3130 during the regular 2021 Legislative Session. HB3130 v2.0 is in the works. Help Teachers, Help Outsourced Substitute Teachers, Help Outsourced Support Staff.
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    Created by Debbie Fery
  • Covid Safety Measures in our Schools
    As a parent of children in the Wylie ISD, we are deeply concerned for our children's health and safety. It is scientifically proven that when people are wearing masks correctly, it will help stop spread of Covid. Our kids deserve to have a healthy and safe education in our community. Please help us keep our Wylie ISD students, staff and families healthy this school year.
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    Created by Annie McElhenny
  • Be pastoral, not partisan
    As Catholics, we know that religious leaders cannot separate us from the love of God, and we will not let them abuse their power to score political points with the right wing.
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    Created by Glenn Northern
  • Free Stone Mountain from its Confederate Traitors and Help Tell the Real Story
    The confederacy's post war wing, The Grand Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) - and their endless acts of terrorism and oppression across GA and most other southern states - were re-constituted, based, expanded, and exported from Stone Mountain. While the state government today owns the mountain, memorial and surrounding land, it is the KKK who are historically credited as the driving force behind the site selection and construction for the memorial. In 2021, Stone Mountain continues its projection of the oppressive and menacing threat of the Confederate States of America, and its terrorist offspring the KKK, and ensures that both of these scars on history continue to live today. Stone Mountain and and its giant Confederate memorial - carved into the mountain's north face - are considered to be the most sacred site for white supremacists across the nation, regardless of which sect of hatred and oppression they subscribe to. Not only was the mountain and the association that runs its park owned and operated by the Klan until GA condemned the land in 1960, it is considered the place where the KKK was reborn in 1915 and then again in the early 1960s in regard to the rise of Dr King and the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, the memorial itself was championed by the uncompromisingly segregationist Governor Marvin Griffin and served as his direct response to the Supreme Court's 1954 ruling in Brown vs the Board of Education and the 1958 founding of the Civil Rights Movement. The haunting memorial's construction began in earnest in 1964, just as racial tensions rose in the south due to calls for equal rights. It was completed in 1972, 4 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and shortly after the federal government awarded minorities many of the rights, including the right to vote, that the local ruling class of the Jim Crow south systematically denied them. Today it stands as a towering symbol of this Old Dixie repression, honoring and normalizing the brutally oppressive and soul crushing institution of slavery. Stone Mountain itself stands 1686 feet above sea water and summits 825 feet above the next highest point for hundreds of miles. At this height, the KKK's frequent giant cross burnings at its summit could be seen for miles, delivering the cold chill of terrorist oppression from the bright light of the Klansmen's flame. The carved memorial, the largest memorial to white supremacy standing anywhere in the world, is brutally carved 42 feet into the mountain's north face beginning 400 feet above its base, towering 90 feet tall and 190 feet long. Envisioned, constructed, and routinely engaged as the KKK's watchful eye of oppression, it continues to serve this task today providing daily reminders for GA's minority communities that Old Dixie, and its values, live to this day through its shrine on Stone Mountain. The time is now to be honest, as a nation, about where we are and where we have been. Its time to turn the page from Old Dixie and the defeated armies that surrendered to the Union so long ago. Its time to call the Confederacy what they were, traders and losers who ripped the country apart in an effort to preserve and expand the oppression and race based divisions of the Confederacy from sea to shining sea. We are calling upon the federal government to finally lead GA away from the anchor of its past and to the promise of tomorrow.
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    Created by Timothy Johnson
  • Protect Our Children and Reduce the Spread of COVID 19 in SC
    Disinformation and complaints of inconvenience should not drive our state's policies for public safety, especially when it's our children we're protecting. I truly believe our collective voices can cause change for the better.
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    Created by Lisa L
  • Stop corporate exploitation of family farmers
    My name is Rudy Howell, and I am a poultry farmer in North Carolina. My wife and I raised chickens for a major poultry company for over 25 years—that is, until they terminated me for telling the truth about how this industry hurts workers, animals, and the environment. Years of being a top producer and never having had a single disciplinary action against me, and still they sent me packing for speaking up about the consequences of corporate influence in the food industry. Utterly discouraged by inaction from my company and regulators, I brought in videographers to discuss public health concerns, animal welfare, and unfair business practices I and my fellow farmers endured at the hands of poultry industry. It was shortly after the scenes from the video of my chicken house were published that I was given my walking papers. Well, I am not about to stay quiet. Currently, only a handful of corporations control our food from farm to fork. Over the past 50 years, fewer and fewer multinational agribusiness corporations have come to control more and more of our food system, shutting out local and family farmers in the process. With unchecked power, companies have standardized exploitative practices that are harmful to farmers, to rural communities, to the animals themselves and to our environment. But it doesn’t have to be this way! I’m not the only farmer they did this to, and there are countless others too afraid to talk for fear the poultry companies will do them the same. This system pits farmer against farmer, with the lowest performing paying the bonus of the top performer. The system operates to keep farmers from talking with each other and sharing information. Their dark-money ties and big-shot lobbyists have done a hell of a job keeping farmers like me quiet and consumers like you blissfully unaware. That’s why I was so pleased to see things finally starting to change earlier this summer in the antitrust Executive Order Promoting Competition in the American Economy that President Biden signed, but the USDA and Congress must ensure that family farmers are part of the solution by updating the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) to address the treatment of livestock and poultry farmers by meatpackers, swine contractors, and poultry companies. These reforms are long overdue, and it is critical that we move as expeditiously as possible to complete this rulemaking process. Concentration of corporate power has contributed to a host of problems such as racial inequity, climate change, rural degradation, animal cruelty, and worker/farmer exploitation. Recently, the administration took an important first step in showing its commitment to increasing competition across the agriculture sector and rectifying the situation. The Department of Agriculture announced that it was going to improve the Packers and Stockyards Act to protect farmers of color from discrimination, assure that farmers can associate freely and that whistleblowers are protected from retaliation, and improve court access for farmers who wish to bring lawsuits against industry bad actors—but it must have congressional support to enact truly meaningful change. When companies have this much power, they can cut corners and bend the rules in their favor, even at the expense of farmers, rural communities, workers, our environment, and consumers. In this David-and-Goliath dynamic, good people could lose everything if they speak out against unsafe practices, corruption, and injustice. For the safety and sustainability of our food system, we must break the culture of fear and retaliation in industrial agriculture. Farmers need a #FairShake. Sign my petition if you agree!
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    Created by Rudy Howell and Food Integrity Campaign
  • Removal of Spalding county superintendent Keith Simmons
    Because we can not and should not tolerate nor pay for this type of ineffectiveness in our local politicians and leaders. also, our Children and community should not be subjected to politicians and leaders who knowingly and willfully endanger them and us.
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    Created by Christopher Allen
  • PETITION TO WASHINGTON COUNTY QUORUM COURT
    PLEASE READ AND SIGN OUR PETITION FOR THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN DOLLARS. These funds will not be available again. Our elected representatives should pause and listen to their community, to people who are "boots on the ground every day." The decisions made now by our Quorum Court will have an impact on Washington County for generations to come. We have to get this right.
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    Created by Arkansas Justice Reform Coalition
  • Increase Wages
    Scott County has been losing much needed employees due to higher pay rates in other counties. There is a shortage every where and Scott County needs to show their respect and appreciation to/for their dedicated employees by providing fair, just and competitive wages.
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    Created by Dawn Bailey
  • Remove MyPillow products from Walmart’s shelves
    Walmart is a great place to find a wide array of low-cost essentials among other things. However, recently it has caught my attention that Walmart stores are still selling MyPillow brand pillows. I like Walmart for the quality products I get for a specific price point. With the CEO of MyPillow supporting the capitol insurrection and the lies about election fraud, I’m disheartened by Walmart’s refusal to cease the sales of these products. I worry that allowing CEOs to lie publicly and spark unnecessary discourse about our democratic elections. Hopefully with enough signatures, we can let Walmart know that we’d like to continue shopping at their stores, but not while they sell products who’s profits go towards overturning a democratic election.
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    Created by James Holmes