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Petition to Tim Walz, Minnesota State House, Minnesota State Senate, Minnesota Governor, Minnesota

End the Covid-19 Minnesota Shutdown NOW -- and SAVE LIVES!

When Gov. Tim Walz took the unprecedented action on March 13, 2020 of responding to the Covid-19 contagion with a prolonged shutdown order, with only 1 ICU bed in use by a Covid-19 in the entire state at the time, he put in motion profound impacts that will have dangerous repercussions to be felt for generations to come. Using unproven models and the tactics of fear as justification, his actions led to hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans into unemployment within two weeks. This crash of employment and livelihoods will result in tens of thousands of families being evicted from their homes, and a loss of social order which will raise crime rates significantly and lead to deaths in their own right. Furthermore, the risk for even greater consequences from a destroyed economy, including wars, famine, and extreme poverty, will increase dramatically, leading to a far greater crisis than anything currently posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is not a debate of lives vs money -- it is a debate of lives vs lives. According to the CDC, the flu causes upwards of 45 million infections, 800,000 hospitalizations, and 60,000 deaths every year in the US. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/images/about/burden/Influenza-Chart-Infographic-high-res.jpg https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html On the other hand, according to the current mortality statistics for Covid-19, the number of daily cases and deaths are declining, and on its current projection it will barely surpass 100k deaths total in the US in 2020. Hospitals were not overrun, in many cases the field hospitals set up were later closed without even seeing a single patient. Meanwhile in Minnesota, we are tracking far better than the national average. Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/ After 3 weeks of shutdown, it's clear that the hospital system hasn't come close to scratching 10% capacity, with at most 64 ICU beds in use in MN (update: after more than 2 months, the max usage has been 233 or 33% of pre-covid19 capacity) -- Source 1: https://www.startribune.com/coronavirus-covid-19-minnesota-tracker-map-county-data/568712601/ Source 2: https://kstp.com/news/minnesota-prepares-to-create-3300-additional-hospital-beds-for-covid-19-surge-march-31-2020/5689023/ Social distancing measures' initial stated purpose was to "reduce the burden" on the healthcare system, just for a couple weeks, in order for hospitals to prepare for the surge in demand. That demand never came, and in reality, the biggest impact has been to the working hours of emergency staff, as reports show the emergency care system among the most impacted by layoffs due to lack of demand and cases. Source: https://www.insidesources.com/unexpected-consequence-of-covid-19-crisis-empty-emergency-rooms/ Social distancing was to SLOW the spread of the virus ("flatten the curve"), NOT to eliminate its spread entirely, which was always inevitable. By now, most nearly all of us will have already been exposed to the Covid-19 virus in some form, due to the essential contact with each other we still have been exchanging over many incubation cycles. If you think you will not be exposed to the virus, you are mistaken. Any benefit to be gained from social distancing will already have been exhausted due to the number of incubation cycles already passed since the initial case (January). On the positive side, most all who get exposed to the virus but do not ultimately contract Covid-19 will develop immunity -- through this, there is significant chance our "herd immunity" level is already very high. One common misconception is the impact of "essential" vs "non-essential" workers. "Essential" is defined from the perspective of an individual. From a society view, however, the "non-essential" portion of our economy makes up a very essential SIZE -- EVERYTHING in our economy is weaved together like a quilt. If you remove a strand from the quilt, it still remains in tact. But the sum of the "non-essential" pieces of the economy would easily equal at least 40% of all GDP (if not as high as 60%) -- if you pulled all that out completely, what remains will not be able to sustain the entire system, which will lead to the entire "quilt" tearing apart at the seams. From there, a "death spiral" ensues that leads to a loss of all services, essential and non-essential alike, which in turn leads to all the aforementioned calamities -- which most alive today have not lived through or experienced. The measures to contain Covid-19 have been both very strong and authoritarian, to unclear benefit, as in the end these measures do not guarantee anyone's protection from the virus. Benjamin Franklin stated correctly that a society which trades its freedoms away for a modicum of security will receive neither, and unfortunately that is the precipice we are now crossing. Unlike any impact from the virus, the cost of the governor's actions has been swift, with over 10 million Americans newly jobless. Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/02/825383525/6-6-million-file-for-unemployment-another-dismal-record With this prolonged shutdown action, we may buy a few years of life for some individuals right now, but we do so at the expense of robbing the livelihoods of nearly all in the future, and the untold number of lives that will cost as a result. It is clear from history that wars and famine will cause much more death and destruction than any virus, and this is reinforced by the 6 months of Covid-19 data we have globally, comparing all impacts. People need to stop living in fear, and courageously get back to business and way of life, for all our sakes, SOON. With proper hygiene protocol, the symptomatic and vulnerable remaining home, and herd immunity, the impact upon return to normal life will be minimal. The first step for this is for Gov. Walz to end the shutdown NOW. Please sign the petition.  

Jonathan Hanson
1,472 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School Board of Education, Jesse Urquidi, Norma Amezcua, Karen Morrison, Jorge A. Tirado, John Lopez, Jose Rios, Chris Staples

Save our school! Keep Los Coyotes open for 2021-2022!

By closing Los Coyotes Middle School, Students at all Norwalk-La Mirada middle schools as well as the teachers and the staff at Norwalk-La Mirada middle schools as well as the parents and families of Norwalk-La Mirada middle school students are affected. Additionally, the students, families and staff at the elementary schools that feed into the Norwalk-La Mirada middle schools are impacted. First, Los Coyotes students and families are impacted because they have to change schools in the middle of a pandemic. This is especially difficult because we are not even on campus and have to make important decisions without all the information to make the best ones. We chose to go to Los Coyotes Middle School in the 6th grade because we thought it was the best choice for each of us. We cannot even visit the campuses of the schools that we are supposed to choose between and do not know very much of what they offer.  We also think it is important to keep Los Coyotes open for our health and safety. If Los Coyotes Middle School closes, more students will be on the other middle school campuses, making social distancing more difficult. This would affect our ability to stay healthy and safe while we are in the middle of a pandemic with an easily spread disease. We do not want to spread COVID-19 to other students because we do not want to expose any family members to the virus, especially family members that are vulnerable or can be greatly affected by the disease.

Los Coyotes Associated Student Body
656 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Maryland Lawmakers

#Savethechildren Better Sex Offender Laws to Protect our Children

Did you know that currently in the State of Maryland, it is not against the law for a Tier III Registered Sex Offender to be alone with a minor?  It is considered child neglect or endangerment to leave a young child home alone or in a car, but you can tuck a child into bed next to a convicted pedophile and walk away for the night having committed no crime.  In 2017 my family fell apart when I discovered that my husband had abused one of my daughters.  He was later indicted on felony child sex abuse charges, held in jail without bond, and eventually accepted a plea deal for a 10-year suspended sentence and a lifetime registration as a Tier III Registered Sex Offender.  Several months ago, one of my daughters revealed that on her "supervised" visits with Daddy, the family member that was entrusted with providing the supervision was allowing her and her sister to sleep alone with Daddy.  Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement got involved, eventually determining that no actual laws were broken, because it is currently not against the law for a registered sex offender to sleep alone with a child.  Therefore, it is solely up to me to continue fighting as to why I refuse to allow my children to return to that previous visitation situation.  It is hard enough to become a single mother of three daughters without warning, to lose 75% of your household income in one day, to try to carry your children through the most traumatic event of their lives, let alone having the additional burden of exhausting all of your energy and resources in constant battles to protect your children.  The legal fees have already topped $23,000, and who knows how much higher they will get. According to Darkness to Light, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse, about one in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.  There are an estimated 42 million child sexual abuse survivors currently living in the United States, and as much as we would like to think that the predators are far removed from our families, 90% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser. This year, there will be approximately 400,000 babies born in the U.S. that will eventually become victims of child sexual abuse unless we do something to stop it.  The problem is much more wide spread than many of us would like to believe, as the statistics are drastically under reported.  According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, only 12% of child sexual abuse is ever reported to the authorities. The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault reports that 73% of child victims don’t report the abuse for at least one year, with 45% not disclosing for at least five years.  Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults, including assaults on adults, occur to children ages 17 and under. We would like to think that we can identify someone who isn't safe, and protect our children from them, but it's not always that easy.  Sometimes unsafe people look just like safe people.  Sometimes the unsafe people are coaching your kid's soccer team, or at a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese, or sitting next to you in church.  Once someone has been identified as unsafe, there should be laws in place to ensure they cannot have the opportunity to offend again.  Currently the only restriction in the State of Maryland is that a registered sex offender cannot step foot on school property.  But there needs to be more when the conviction involved a child.  Abusers should not be allowed at any event designated for children, regardless of whether or not it's on school property, and they most certainly should not be legally allowed to be alone with children.  Help me keep my children safe.  Help me keep YOUR children safe and create boundaries to minimize the opportunity for someone convicted of abusing a child to gain access to your children.  Child safety is greater than abuser rights. Please sign this petition and share so it can reach more supporters.  If this reaches other states, research the laws where you live, and if they are inadequate, message me and I will help you fight in your state, too.  If you have any feedback on other avenues to pursue these laws, or even suggestions on resources for my personal family situation, please contact me at keepthebabiessafe@gmail.com.  Thank you so much for your support. 

Annie Kenny
42,222 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Dr. Scott Cascone, Ken Alper, Jenn Tunnicliffe, Gary Rothstein, Cheryl Merklinger, Terry Trigg-Scales

Save Our Young Learners - Reopen Our Schools

Dr. Cascone and Board Members, Thank you for the effort you have been putting into reopening West Orange schools safely after over nine long months during which many children have suffered emotionally and fallen behind academically in our district. At this late stage and with so many setbacks, our request is that you stay the course in the face of opposition, and open to the greatest extent possible for all students—with in-person opportunities five days a week for elementary and special education students by the date of January 19, 2021 to allow for quarantine time after the holiday season.  The science overwhelmingly suggests that young children are not driving transmission of COVID-19, and schools can be safe places for staff and students of all ages, even with spread in the greater community. This is particularly true with simple, low-tech precautions—for ex. masking, face shields, limiting close contact, cohorts, and opening windows for ventilation. Many local public and private schools, following CDC and state guidelines, have been running for months without major issue. Notably, the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club are operating smoothly in some of our school buildings. Even when cases do occur, the testing, tracing and quarantining process used in other districts has been proven sufficient in limiting in-school spread.  To ignore all of this evidence is to further children and families’ suffering with no rational justification. Neither the CDC nor the State of New Jersey mandates the additional air filtration projects, but our district has gone truly above and beyond with preparing for this concern as well. We believe the existing guidelines, which we already exceed, are highly effective, as evidenced by the low number of outbreaks traced to thousands of schools across the state. While we sympathize with fears of the unknown, we do not want to be driven by fear when making such important decisions. Many of us can no longer afford to delay this return to school any further and will be forced to make difficult choices for the coming year. We must do our best to make special accommodations for staff and continue to offer a virtual option, but we cannot ignore the many in our community who need in-person education now. Please push forward, follow the science, and prioritize public education and a safe reopening. Thank you. Articles and resources: https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-planning-considerations-return-to-in-person-education-in-schools/ https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-10-14/preschools-and-daycares-dont-appear-to-drive-coronavirus-infections-new-national-study-shows%3f_amp=true?fbclid=IwAR1g70WnMy-gbZ-j9DCeHHKcuG-DrIBQh8jslgc2sT2_ESX-DCG4y46vZhA https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/health/coronavirus-schools-children.html?fbclid=IwAR2vg4C_xBBBLq3COjq7hqdh7fu8rY9QStqNPAHgSm1NdVviYtQYAOGts_o https://www.insider.com/emily-oster-school-infections-low-in-areas-with-rampant-coronavirus-2020-10

Kevin Brady
271 supporters