Petition to Chicago Public Schools, Lori Lightfoot
Do NOT Reopen Chicago Public Schools Until Educators are Vaccinated
We all wish we could re-open Chicago Public Schools, but it is simply not possible right now. Covid-19 cases have nearly doubled for locations that have re-opened. Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/schools-have-no-good-options-for-reopening-during-covid-19/ With vaccines being distributed, it is vital that reopening remain halted for Chicago Public Schools until all educators and students are vaccinated. We cannot put educators, students and parents in danger during this deadly pandemic. If we want hope of this pandemic grasping control in the long run, remote learning must continue. The decision to reopen goes against all scientific evidence. We all feel the pain of the setback this pandemic has caused, but even movie theaters have not let the public in. Students cannot be expected to re-attend in such a strict setting. They are better off in a remote setting where they, their parents and their teachers are safe until this pandemic is controlled, otherwise this issue will be prolonged. Illinois did an excellent job keeping numbers down at the start of the pandemic. There is a new strain going around. Lori Lightfoot, protect families and educators by telling CPS to continue remote learning!
Petition to West Virginia Board of Education, Jim Justice, Clayton Burch
Let West Virginian Counties Decide Their Guidelines For Reopening Schools
On January 13th the West Virginia Board of Education voted to ban county school districts from doing full five days a week virtual learning. This decision overrode many counties' decisions such as Monongalia County which has the state's largest university. This decision poses a great risk to the aging population of West Virginia. Covid cases and deaths are at an all-time high in the state and will likely not get better until vaccines become much more widely distributed. The state should allow counties to assess their situations and act responsibly with their guidelines without overreach from state authorities. This decision poses a great threat to the aging population of the state and autonomy for local county school districts. Please sign the petition to raise awareness and pressure the state board to reverse this disastrous decision.
Petition to Congress
Petition to the US Government to provide COVID relief to college-aged students.
In the year 2020, when the coronavirus changed the lives of Americans drastically, the United States government passed two Coronavirus Stimulus Packages, one in March 2020, and another in December 2020. These bills, while very helpful to those who needed them, neglected to provide relief to an entire demographic of people: college students. Most adult college students in America, primarily those aging in range from 18-25, received $0.00 from the federal government during the global pandemic. These students, in addition to being dedicated scholars, work hard, make money, have financial responsibilities, and experienced the same global pandemic as the rest of the country, but received no relief from the United States like other adults did. This is largely due to the fact that these students are still claimed on their parent’s taxes as dependents, which means that these adults continue to suffer greatly during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. With the new government officials being sworn into office in both the Executive and Legislative branches, new COVID relief is on the way. This petition was created so that with the new roll-out of stimulus payments, college-aged students will be included. Change is possible, and it’s obvious that with the traction that this movement has amassed, people want to see that change happen.
Petition to World Leaders
Release imprisoned journalists worldwide
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists and our partners call on governments to release all journalists from their prisons. On behalf of more than 250 journalists behind bars, we call on authorities to free these political prisoners immediately and unconditionally. For journalists jailed in countries affected by the virus, freedom is now a matter of life and death. Imprisoned journalists have no control over their surroundings, cannot choose to isolate, and are often denied necessary medical care. The World Health Organization states that “People deprived of their liberty, and those living or working in enclosed environments in their close proximity, are likely to be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 disease than the general population.” Global press freedom and human rights organizations are calling on world leaders to immediately release all imprisoned journalists. Add your voice to the call and sign our petition today! Click here for a full list of partner organizations Translations Español En medio de la pandemia provocada por el COVID-19, el Comité para la Protección de los Periodistas (CPJ, por su siglas en inglés) insta a los Gobiernos a liberar de las cárceles a todos los periodistas. En nombre de los más de 250 periodistas en prisión, hacemos un llamamiento a las autoridades a liberar de manera inmediata e incondicional a estos presos políticos. Para los periodistas encarcelados en países afectados por el virus, la libertad ahora es una cuestión de vida o muerte. Los periodistas encarcelados no tienen ningún control sobre su entorno, no pueden optar por el aislamiento voluntario, y a menudo se les niega la atención médica necesaria. La Organización Mundial de la Salud ha declarado: “Las personas privadas de su libertad, y aquéllas que viven o trabajan en ambientes cerrados muy cerca de estas personas, son más vulnerables que el resto de la población a la enfermedad provocada por el COVID-19." Las organizaciones defensoras de los derechos humanos y la libertad de prensa de todo el mundo están instando a los líderes mundiales a liberar inmediatamente a todos los periodistas encarcelados. ¡Sume su voz a este llamamiento y suscriba nuestra petición hoy! Portuguese Em meio à pandemia provocada pelo COVID-19, o Comitê para a Proteção dos Jornalistas (CPJ) insta os governos a libertar todos os jornalistas que estão em seus cárceres. Em nome de mais de 250 jornalistas atrás das grades, pedimos às autoridades que libertem esses presos políticos de forma imediata e incondicional. Para jornalistas presos em países afetados pelo vírus, a liberdade é agora uma questão de vida ou morte. Jornalistas aprisionados não têm controle sobre seu ambiente, não podem escolher isolar-se e geralmente não recebem os cuidados médicos necessários. A Organização Mundial da Saúde declara que “as pessoas privadas de liberdade e as que vivem ou trabalham em ambientes fechados, proximidade a ela, são mais vulneráveis à doença provocada pelo COVID-19 do que a população em geral." As organizações globais de liberdade de imprensa e direitos humanos estão pedindo aos líderes mundiais que libertem imediatamente todos os jornalistas presos. Adicione sua voz ao apelo e assine nossa petição hoje! Turkish Gazetecileri Koruma Komitesi içinde bulunduğumuz COVID-19 salgını durumunda tüm devletleri hapishanelerindeki tüm gazetecileri serbest bırakmaya çağırıyor. Parmaklıklar ardında bulunan 250’nin üzerinde gazeteci adına yetkilileri bu politik mahkumları derhal ve koşulsuz olarak serbest bırakma çağrısı yapıyoruz. Virüsten etkilenen ülkelerin hapishanelerindeki gazeteciler için özgürlük artık bir ölüm kalım meselesi. Hapisteki gazeteciler çevrelerini kontrol edemezler, kendilerini izole etme kararı alamazlar ve sıklıkla gerekli tıbbi tedaviden yoksun bırakılırlar. Dünya Sağlık Örgütü açıklamasında belirtildiği üzere: “Özgürlüklerinden mahrum bırakılan insanlar ve kapalı alanlarda onlara yakın mesafede yaşayan ve çalışanlar COVID-19 hastalığına karşı toplumun genelinden daha korunmasız olabilirler.” Dünya çapında basın özgürlüğü ve insan hakları örgütleri dünya liderlerine hapisteki tüm gazetecileri derhal serbest bırakma çağrısı yapıyor. Sesinizi çağrımıza katın ve dilekçemizi bugün imzalayın! Français En plein pandémie de COVID-19, le Comité pour la protection des journalistes appelle tous les gouvernements à libérer tous les journalistes détenus dans leurs prisons. Au nom de plus de 250 journalistes derrière les barreaux, nous appelons les autorités à libérer ces prisonniers politiques immédiatement et sans condition. Pour les journalistes emprisonnés dans des pays touchés par le virus, la liberté est désormais une question de vie ou de mort. Les journalistes emprisonnés n’ont aucun contrôle sur leur environnement, ne peuvent pas choisir de s’isoler et sont souvent privés des soins médicaux nécessaires. L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé déclare que « Les personnes privées de leur liberté et celles qui vivent ou travaillent en milieu clos à proximité de ces personnes sont plus vulnérables que le reste de la population face à la maladie à virus COVID-19 ». Les organisations mondiales de défense de la liberté de la presse et des droits de l’homme appellent les dirigeants mondiaux à libérer immédiatement tous les journalistes emprisonnés. Joignez-vous à cet appel et signez notre pétition dès aujourd’hui! Russian В разгар пандемии COVID-19 Комитет по защите журналистов призывает все правительства освободить всех журналистов из тюрем. От имени более 250 журналистов за решеткой мы призываем власти немедленно и безоговорочно освободить этих политических заключенных. Для журналистов, заключенных в тюрьмы в странах, затронутых вирусом, свобода стала вопросом жизни и смерти. Заключенные журналисты не имеют возможности контролировать ситуацию вокруг них, не могут изолироваться, и им часто отказывают в необходимой медицинской помощи. Согласно заявлению Всемирной организации здравоохранения «люди, находящиеся в местах лишения свободы – равно как и люди, живущие или работающие в закрытой среде, в непосредственной близости друг к другу, более уязвимы перед COVID-19, чем население в целом». Глобальные организации по свободе прессы и правам человека призывают мировых лидеров немедленно освободить всех заключенных журналистов. Добавьте свой голос и подпишите нашу петицию сегодня! Farsi در میانهی بحران همه گیری کویید-۱۹، کمیتهی حفاظت از روزنامهنگاران از تمام دولتها میخواهد که هرچه سریعتر روزنامهنگاران دربند را آزاد کنند. از طرف بیش از ۲۵۰ روزنامهنگاری که پشت میلههای زندان هستند از مسئولان میخواهیم که این زندانیان سیاسی را سریعا و بی قید و شرط آزاد کنند. برای روزنامهنگارانی که در کشورهای درگیر ویروس کرونا زندانی هستند، آزادی حکم مرگ و زندگی را دارد. روزنامهنگاران دربند اختیار کنترل شرایط خود را ندارند، نمیتوانند تصمیم به ایزوله کردن خود بگیرند و کمکهای پزشکی از ایشان دریغ میشود. سازمان بهداشت جهانی میگوید: «افرادی که آزادی از ایشان سلب شده است و در محیطهای بسته زندگی یا کار میکنند، در برابر بیماری کویید-۱۹ آسیب پذیرتر از سایرین هستند.» سازمانهای جهانی آزادی مطبوعات وحقوق بشر از تمام رهبران جهان میخواهند که همهی روزنامهنگاران دربند را هرچه سریعتر آزاد کنند. همین امروز طومار ما را امضا کنید و صدای خود را به فریاد افراد خواهان آزادی روزنامهنگاران دربند بیفزایید. Arabic في وسط جائحة كوفيد-19، تطالب لجنة حماية الصحفيين جميع الحكومات بالإفراج عن جميع الصحفيين من السجون. ونيابة عن أكثر من 250 صحفياً سجيناً، نطالب السلطات بالإفراج عن هؤلاء السجناء السياسيين فوراً ودون شروط. وبالنسبة للصحفيين السجناء في البلدان المتأثرة بالفيروس، باتت الحرية الآن مسألة حياة أو موت. ولا يملك الصحفيون السجناء أي سيطرة على الأوضاع المحيطة بهم، ولا يمكنهم أن يقرروا عزل أنفسهم، وغالباً ما يُحرمون من الرعاية الطبية الضرورية. وصرحت منظمة الصحة العالمية بأن "الأشخاص المحرومين من حريتهم، وأولئك الذين يعيشون أو يعملون في بيئات مقفلة في محيطهم المباشر، من المرجح أن يكونوا أكثر عرضة للإصابة بمرض كوفيد-19 مقارنة مع عموم الجمهور". وتطالب المنظمات العالمية المعنية بحرية الصحافة وحقوق الإنسان قادة العالم بالإفراج فوراً عن جميع الصحفيين السجناء. ضم صوتك إلى هذه الدعوة ووقع على العريضة اليوم!
Petition to President of the United States
Mask 2 May
I'm in. I will wear a mask. I will commit to wearing a mask until May 1, and support the president's campaign to get Americans to take the easiest personal action one can take. I believe the science, and I know that I have a role in helping to combat this pandemic.To slow the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends almost all healthy kids and adults wear a mask, except for children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. "On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask,” - President-elect Joe Biden Experts say that if 95% of Americans wear masks between now and December, we can save almost 70,000 lives. Joe has called on every American to wear a mask when they are around people outside their household.The top reasons for wearing a mask? When you ask people why they wear their mask or cloth face covering, you get lots of different answers, and with good reason. We are all individuals living in different circumstances. The good news is that any reason is the right reason to wear a mask. Here are the top responses to the question, “Why do you mask?” To keep myself well. People often say things like, “I can’t afford to get sick.” Which is true. No one can afford to get sick with a potentially fatal disease. Even a few weeks of illness creates huge inconveniences and financial distress for many. While we know that masks actually protect people who come into contact with the wearer more than the wearer themselves, wearing a mask sets a good example and encourages others to wear masks too. That means everyone is less likely to get ill. To keep my friends and neighbors safe. That’s right. Your mask protects others from any infection you may be unknowingly carrying. It protects anyone that you come into contact with, including grocery store workers, fellow shoppers, family, and friends. Many note that they wear their masks particularly to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities, including the elderly and those with conditions that put them at higher risk. It is so easy. Wearing a mask, for most people, is as easy a thing as could possibly be accomplished. It is a small thing that makes a big difference. If you’re having difficulty finding a mask, a handkerchief or other improvised face covering is better than nothing. It’s a form of self-expression. For those artistic folks among us, a mask presents a whole new opportunity to introduce fun colors and patterns to their wardrobe. For healthcare workers and first responders. Even if you never come into direct contact with a hospital worker or first responder, your mask shows them you care. You are keeping them safe by limiting the spread of illness in your community. We appreciate it! To get back to business. Right on. The more people wear masks, the fewer cases there will be. And when cases are fewer, we can get back to doing the things that make our lives healthy and productive, like going back to work and back to school. We’ll also have easier access to the services we rely on, which is good for our neighbors’ livelihoods and our economy overall. To get back to fun. Masks lessen cases. The more of us wear masks, the sooner we will be able to do things like visit friends, go to movies, travel where we want, and eat out safely. It’s a way to show your support for good times ahead. Showing yourself in your mask helps normalize it for people who are still uncomfortable with wearing theirs. Before long, when everyone has a mask on, it’s no longer unusual. You may even stop noticing altogether. Until, you see someone without a mask, which will seem out of place.
Petition to Parents of Linn County Students
Reopen Linn County School District
Today Superintendent Yates released a letter to the school district stating that he will continue to do nothing to re-open Linn County schools (read the letter here: http://lebanon.k12.or.us/media/2021/01/Parent-Letter-Draft-1.4.21-Translation-TZ-1.pdf ) Our superintendent continues to hide behind our Governor and teachers union stating it is not safe to return to school. A private Christian school in our area moved mountains earlier this year and fought back. Parents and teachers came together to provide a safe environment for teachers and students. The school has been operating in person classes since the beginning of the school year. It’s time for parents of Linn County School District students to be heard and demand that we do the same. It’s time to end the insanity. If we can shop at Walmart then our kids can go to school! Please sign the petition and demand our schools reopen!
Petition to Gannon University Adminis
End Gannon University's Restrictions on Online Learning/ Remote Delivery
Following the conclusion of the Fall 2020 term at Gannon, a decision was made by our campus leaders to tighten remote delivery rules (the guidelines that decide who is allowed to attend online classes). The new guidelines state that remote delivery will ONLY be available to students who "physically cannot be on campus due to a diagnosed medical condition that creates a greater risk for she/he contracting the virus." and "Students traveling from a place with a travel ban or restriction." The new policy adds that, "Temporary remote delivery will continue to be available to students for the spring 2021 term for the following reason: Students who are in quarantine and/or isolation will be given temporary remote access to their classes." The deadline they released to request remote delivery was Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. The policy adds that, "Our experience from the fall semester shows that our classrooms are safe environments." As Gannon University Students, we believe that right now, at the peak of this terrible pandemic, Gannon students should not need to provide any formal excuse to utilize online learning options from their pod at their home. Reasons for this conclusion include: The current policy does not take into account students with other disabilities, beyond those that make them more susceptible to COVID, that threaten their sense of safety on campus. This includes students with mental health disorders, trauma histories, and other personal issues that may make living in isolation on campus, or attending classroom gatherings difficult. The current policy operates under the assumption that this semester is the same as last semester, and that classrooms will remain a safe space despite the significant influx in cases of COVID across the country, and in Erie County, over break The policy disregards commuter students and healthcare workers. The current policy does not account for any life circumstances beyond very specific physical illnesses. Commuter students who live with family members who are immunocompromised, and students who are healthcare workers are not considered for remote delivery. Ultimately, the policy fails to acknowledge that if students- for any reason- do not feel comfortable gathering in class (a high risk situation according to CDC guidelines) or living in tight quarters with other students on campus, they should have access to remote classes through the infrastructure that already exists on campus (cameras and microphones have already been installed in classrooms). At a time when in-person gatherings are risky, having less students on campus should be a welcomed, not resisted, as it will decrease risk for all members of our Gannon and Erie community. While we recognize that their is a financial strain being placed on all campuses, across the nation right now due to this unexpected pandemic, we stand together today to ask that Gannon places it's values of "inclusiveness and social-responsibility" above all else, and work with students to reimagine remote delivery guidelines to accommodate the circumstances and personal limits of all students.
Petition to Ralph S. Northam, Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate
Negligent at Haysi Regional Jail
My mother Sondrea Sony Lee-sims, was incarcerated due to not having all her fines paid off. She turnt herself in Wednesday, November 27, 2019 THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING!! passed away on Monday, January 4th 2021. She was a inmate at Haysi Regional Jail Facility until they realized her symptoms were much more serious than they thought. They sent her to Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon and had subsequently released her from their custody after realizing her illness was serious. She had been telling the staff, the doctors, nurses, and guards she was not feeling well and just how hard it was for her to breathe. Most of the responses were "your symptoms aren't that serious". My mother and her cellmate had writing letters to seek help from lawyers and anyone who would listen. My mother already suffered from Sarcoidosis and wasn’t receiving the proper testing and medical attention that she deserved, or proper steps to quarantine and prevent the spread of COVID 19 to others. I want my mothers story out there!! These facilities are playing with the lives that hang in their hands and be they treat them horrible.