Add a Nurse to President-Elect Biden's COVID Task Force

The COVID Task Force announced by President-Elect Joe Biden is staffed by physicians and scientists, but does not include any nurses. Nurses are the largest group of health care employees in the U.S. and work the frontlines of COVID care in hospitals, residential facilities, and the community. Input from nurses is crucial to insure that the recommendations regarding COVID apply to all health care workers. Additionally, nurses are "the most trusted profession" and can work in communities in a public health capacity, even with Americans who at this time do not consider COVID a serious health threat. Nurses can be contact tracers, triage patients in their homes, and educate patients and their families about the best way to prevent the spread of COVID. This Task Force needs a nurse who understands the challenges of frontline care, because American patients deserve the best plan possible for getting COVID under control.

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Include a Nurse on President-elect Biden's COVID-19 Advisory Board

Recently the Biden-Harris transition announced the creation of a COVID-19 Advisory Board ( https://buildbackbetter.com/press-releases/biden-harris-transition-announces-covid-19-advisory-board/ ). This Board is an impressive and highly qualified group of health care experts that will effectively shape the direction of the federal response to the pandemic. However, this Board does not include a nurse. There is a call for nurses to improve the health of communities and the nation through service on boards                                              ( www.nursesonboardscoalition.org ). It is imperative nurses have a seat at this table.  This Advisory Board would benefit from the unique perspective from nurses who work with COVID-19 patients and pandemic issues on front lines, in the community, and in many other capacities.  This petition started by A. Weaver, RN Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, © Fake Landsmeer. Courtesy of Amplifier. LC-DIG-ppss-01130.

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Count every vote in Pennsylvania

I’m Eva Resnick-Day and I’m a lifelong Pittsburgh resident, a community organizer, and this week I’ve spent my volunteer time coordinating dozens of volunteers, making thousands of calls, and coordinating rides across the county to make sure every eligible voter can have their vote count in this election.  The voters we reached were voters who never received their mail in ballot and weren’t sure quite where to go to have their vote counted. Voters who didn't even know they were on a mail in ballot list, and were told to vote provisional ballots at their polls. Voters with disabilities, immunocompromised, elderly or sick that either didn’t receive their mail in ballot or whose ballot wasn't received by mail, and needed coordinated assistance to have their ballots counted. Voters turned out anyways. Voters waited in line to vote provisional ballots. Voters drove across the city, and even across the state to take their vote. Despite these hurdles, we’re seeing record turnout. Every single one of these votes must count.   Republicans are currently working persistently through the courts to invalidate tens of thousands of votes of hardworking Pennsylvania voters who simply missed their ‘secrecy envelope’ or a signature and showed up in person to correct it.  All of these voters deserve to have their voice and vote heard.   When election officials take the time to count and verify every ballot, that’s a sign that our democracy is working. No matter what we look like, how much money we make, who we love, or how we worship, every one of us should feel confident that our votes count and our voices are heard.   We might not have answers on election night this year. This is going to be a long process and people will be impatient.  We might hear victory speeches. But at the end of the day the only number that counts is the one certified by the state, and owe it to voters to make sure every single ballot is counted.  Sign this petition if you believe the people should decide the election, not the courts, and the best way to know the will of the people is to count every ballot. I see how hard our community works to get out the vote and make sure everyone is represented. Don’t let their votes be thrown away!

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Shut down the abusive Provo Canyon School

Provo Canyon School in Utah has a horrific legacy of abuse and mistreatment toward the youth they claim to be supporting. It’s time to shut the school down to ensure the safety of the children at this school now and prevent future generations of survivors.  After years of suffering silently, Paris Hilton opens up in her YouTube documentary This is Paris about the institutional child abuse she suffered as a teenager at Provo Canyon School (PCS), a notorious residential treatment center in Utah that still operates today. The abuse she suffered which includes but is not limited to a forceful escort in the middle of the night to the facility, solitary confinement, mandatory prescribed medication, and verbal abuse led to a lifetime of nightmares, PTSD, trust issues and more.  Provo took away her childhood along with thousands of other survivors, as early as 9 years old. While this movement is so personal to Paris, it is much bigger than her experience so we urge you to help us make sure no more children suffer at the hands of this systemically abusive institution and the countless others whose doors are open today.  Hundreds of teen treatment programs that operate under the guise of therapeutic boarding schools, behavior modification centers, wilderness programs and more operate today in the United States with no real oversight to protect the children’s human rights and safety. Despite policy and advocacy efforts over the past decade, reform has not happened and these facilities continue to profit off youth that deserve adequate and effective support services.  In 2007, The Government Accountability Office found thousands of allegations of abuse as well as significant evidence of ineffective management and neglect which played a significant role in the deaths at these facilities. And in 2015, it was reported that 82% of these residential facilities were still actively using traumatizing tactics such as seclusion and restraints. In addition, violence and abuse are gravely underreported and there is a severe lack of national data which makes it difficult for families to make informed admission decisions as they get manipulated by the school’s deceptive marketing tactics. And don’t be fooled - although Provo changed ownership in 2000 and refuses to take responsibility or comment on operations and patient experience prior to that time, police records and patient testimonies prove that these actions and experiences still persist today. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that there have been 341 investigations into Provo by the Utah Department of Licensing in the last 5 years and only 27 of those investigations were substantiated. And yet, PCS nor their owner, Universal Health Services, have been held accountable. This facility stands both as a keystone and major influence in this corrupt industry, and it's closure would not only be highly symbolic but help to shift attitudes about child treatment programs as a whole. Holding the industry accountable for the very existence of a program like PCS would help to create a chain reaction of similar accountability across the country. The documentary is shining a bright light on the efforts of advocacy organizations that have been working to reform this industry for decades. We are working with these organizations on a comprehensive strategic plan and putting together a task force of leaders in the advocacy, political, psychology, and legal fields. While we don’t have all the answers yet, Paris has dedicated herself to working with the other survivors for as long as it takes to raise mass critical awareness, encourage others to share their stories, federally reform these schools to prevent future abuses and require all such facilities to provide qualified, professional, evidence-based treatment for youth.  This is just the beginning. So join us, and stand against institutionalized abuse alongside the survivors. With your support, we will address this national crisis as a community and work to enact measurable change to ensure no child experiences physical, mental, and sexual abuse at the hands of these facilities. To survivors and supporters, let’s prove that our community is stronger than these “treatment” centers. Share your stories, letting each other know #ISeeYouSurvivor as we together aim at #BreakingCodeSilence by uniting with Paris to shut down Provo Canyon School and prevent future generations of survivors. __________ Paris wants to hear from you. If you were a survivor, family member, or employee at one of these facilities please fill out this form with your experience and any pertinent information you may have.    Feel free to email ThisIsParis@parishiltonentertainment.com with any questions or feedback as well. 

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Medical Boards to Reassess Mental Health Questions To Help Healthcare Heroes

Currently healthcare support workers have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession, yet over 40% of physicians are reluctant to seek care due to concern that it could affect their medical license. Healthcare heroes have been fighting COVID-19 for months, and while fighting for our lives, they have gone through their own quiet battle and now they need our help to fight for theirs. According to a recent study among Chinese physicians from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 72% felt distressed after the COVID-19 outbreak and 50% felt depressed, and recent studies consistently show that over 50% of U.S. healthcare workers’ mental health has declined due to COVID-19.  The problem? State licensing boards across the country continue to ask overly intrusive questions regarding the psychiatric history of physician applicants which serves to not only perpetuate the stigmatization of mental illness among the profession, but to discourage physician applicants from seeking critical mental health services. These questions often are not narrowly tailored to reasonably assess the physician applicant’s fitness to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety and may on this basis run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We support the policy positions that the American Psychological Association (APA) and Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) have publicly taken. Simple adjustments in language and order of questioning will further support workers that have risked their lives and mental wellbeing to keep us safe. With this petition, we’re asking states to reassess and narrowly tailor their mental health questions, focusing on conditions that may currently affect their ability to practice medicine, to be aligned with the APA and FSMB recommendations. "While member boards strongly feel that questions addressing the mental health of physician applicants must be included on medical licensing applications, we recommend appropriate phrasing of such questions, including focusing only on current impairment, which may be more meaningful in the context of a physician’s ability to provide safe care to patients in the immediate future," says the Federation of State Medical Boards. “These questions may be better obtained through means less likely to discourage treatment-seeking among physician applicants.” Please help our healthcare heroes by signing this petition. We are hopeful that, with your advocacy, we can push state medical boards to reassess questioning around mental health to allow those on the front lines get the help they need.

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Justice for Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and model citizen. She loved her family and community, working at two hospitals as an essential worker during the pandemic. Over six months ago, a division of the Louisville Police Department performed an illegal, unannounced drug raid on her home, executing a discriminatory, botched no-knock warrant. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 6 times, killing her, according to her lawyer, boyfriend, neighbors, and relatives.  Also named on the warrant was Jamarcus Glover, who had already been arrested earlier that day. Officer Joshua Jaynes lied to obtain a no-knock warrant on Breonna’s residence, citing that the US Postmaster had claimed that Breonna was receiving illegal packages at her home — the US Postmaster later testified that he had never verified these claims.  Police were dressed in plainclothes when they knocked Breonna’s door down in the middle of the night; Kenneth Walker, her boyfriend, fired a single shot, believing that someone had broken in. In response, the officers fired multiple rounds, killing Breonna.  No one has been held accountable for the systemic failure that caused Breonna’s death. 1. Charges must be filed immediately. The officers involved, specifically John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, Joshua Jaynes, and any other law enforcement officer involved in the death and coverup of the death of Breonna Taylor must be fired, charged, and arrested immediately. There have been no charges thus far (it has been over 7 months). Their pensions must be revoked.  2. Her family must be paid in damages for wrongful death and the negligence of the LMPD.  3. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear must speak up on behalf of Breonna, and Governor Beshear or Attorney General Daniel Cameron must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Louisville Police Department immediately. An in-house investigation is unacceptable.  4. The "no-knock" warrant that police had used in Breonna's murder completely violates the constitutional rights to reasonable search and seizure. By law, police must be legally obligated to announce themselves before breaking and entering into a home privately owned by American civilians. Legislation to federally ban no-knock warrants must be passed in Congress and signed by the President; what happened to Breonna was a complete violation of her constitutional rights, and threatens the rights of all American citizens. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has voiced similar concerns. A special session must be intervened by Congress to discuss the constitutionality of no-knock warrants immediately.  5. WE DEMAND A NEW PROSECUTOR AND A NEW GRAND JURY HEARING. Recent testimonies released by the brave jurors involved in the grand jury hearing have revealed, quite clearly, the conflict of interest involved in allowing Daniel Cameron to serve as the prosecutor on this case. His partisan interests and position within the GOP have clearly influenced his ability to fulfill his responsibilities as an Attorney General and officer of the law. His conduct in the case, and his complete disregard for the injustice and tragedy that occurred to Breonna Taylor, is completely unacceptable.  This has carried on for over seven months. For weeks, the city treated Breonna like she was a criminal, calling her a “suspect” before finally admitting that she was an innocent, crimeless victim. She had no drugs. She committed no crime.  Yet, she is dead, and the perpetrators are facing no charges.  She was not only an exemplary citizen, but an essential one. She was a daughter, a friend, an American hero, and most importantly, a person. She deserved to be treated as such.  In what world is it fair, just, or legal, to kill a crimeless victim in their own home, and call it an accident? You cannot kill an innocent woman and chalk it up to a clerical error. At the very least, we must hold the system that killed Breonna Taylor accountable.  Let’s get justice for Breonna. Say her name.  PLEASE help me get the word out, and share this campaign on your social media platforms. Thank you to everyone who is helping in our fight to get justice for Breonna.

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Delay Filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Seat on the Supreme Court Until 2021

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion of justice and women's rights. She was an icon to all people who care about social justice, equality, and human rights. It would be a grossly disrespectful for Republicans to rush to fill her seat ahead of the November election.  The U.S. Senate must not rush to fill her seat.  Out of respect for her legacy and to honor the will of the American people by allowing the November election to take place first, we urge the U.S. Senate to postpone any effort to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court until 2021. 

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Justice for Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and model citizen. She loved her family and community, working at two hospitals as an essential worker during the pandemic. Over six months ago, a division of the Louisville Police Department performed an illegal, unannounced drug raid on her home, executing a discriminatory, botched no-knock warrant. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 6 times, killing her, according to her lawyer, boyfriend, neighbors, and relatives.  Also named on the warrant was Jamarcus Glover, who had already been arrested earlier that day. Officer Joshua Jaynes lied to obtain a no-knock warrant on Breonna’s residence, citing that the US Postmaster had claimed that Breonna was receiving illegal packages at her home — the US Postmaster later testified that he had never verified these claims.  Police were dressed in plainclothes when they knocked Breonna’s door down in the middle of the night; Kenneth Walker, her boyfriend, fired a single shot, believing that someone had broken in. In response, the officers fired multiple rounds, killing Breonna.  No one has been held accountable for the systemic failure that caused Breonna’s death. 1. Charges must be filed immediately. The officers involved, specifically John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, Joshua Jaynes, and any other law enforcement officer involved in the death and coverup of the death of Breonna Taylor must be fired, charged, and arrested immediately. There have been no charges thus far (it has been over 7 months). Their pensions must be revoked.  2. Her family must be paid in damages for wrongful death and the negligence of the LMPD.  3. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear must speak up on behalf of Breonna, and Governor Beshear or Attorney General Daniel Cameron must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Louisville Police Department immediately. An in-house investigation is unacceptable.  4. The "no-knock" warrant that police had used in Breonna's murder completely violates the constitutional rights to reasonable search and seizure. By law, police must be legally obligated to announce themselves before breaking and entering into a home privately owned by American civilians. Legislation to federally ban no-knock warrants must be passed in Congress and signed by the President; what happened to Breonna was a complete violation of her constitutional rights, and threatens the rights of all American citizens. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has voiced similar concerns. A special session must be intervened by Congress to discuss the constitutionality of no-knock warrants immediately.  5. WE DEMAND A NEW PROSECUTOR AND A NEW GRAND JURY HEARING. Recent testimonies released by the brave jurors involved in the grand jury hearing have revealed, quite clearly, the conflict of interest involved in allowing Daniel Cameron to serve as the prosecutor on this case. His partisan interests and position within the GOP have clearly influenced his ability to fulfill his responsibilities as an Attorney General and officer of the law. His conduct in the case, and his complete disregard for the injustice and tragedy that occurred to Breonna Taylor, is completely unacceptable.  This has carried on for over seven months. For weeks, the city treated Breonna like she was a criminal, calling her a “suspect” before finally admitting that she was an innocent, crimeless victim. She had no drugs. She committed no crime.  Yet, she is dead, and the perpetrators are facing no charges.  She was not only an exemplary citizen, but an essential one. She was a daughter, a friend, an American hero, and most importantly, a person. She deserved to be treated as such.  In what world is it fair, just, or legal, to kill a crimeless victim in their own home, and call it an accident? You cannot kill an innocent woman and chalk it up to a clerical error. At the very least, we must hold the system that killed Breonna Taylor accountable.  Let’s get justice for Breonna. Say her name.  PLEASE help me get the word out, and share this campaign on your social media platforms. Thank you to everyone who is helping in our fight to get justice for Breonna.

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Charge the cops who shot Jacob Blake

DONATE DIRECTLY TO THE FAMILY:https://www.gofundme.com/f/justiceforjacobblakeJacob Blake, 29, was shot by Kenosha, Wisconsin police officers in the back 7 times on August 23, 2020. Officers were on the scene due to a fight, which Jacob Blake was trying to break up. He was unarmed and his kids were right there and saw everything. Fortunately, Jacob was not killed but he is in serious condition. The cops who shot him need to be charged with at least attempted murder. Jacob Blake needs our help fighting for justice. Please sign this petition and share with friends and family to help him and his family. All love to you guys.

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Save the USPS

The United States Postal Service employs over 500,000 people and is the #1 employer of veterans. Donald Trump has rejected a bill that would save it from running out of money in September. Update:Two bills sitting on Mitch McConnell's desk that could significantly help the USPS are:H.R.6800 - The Heroes Act includes 25 billion allocated to the USPSH.R. 2382 - This bill repeals the requirement that the U.S. Postal Service annually prepay future retirement health benefits. A new bill is being introduced as well: H.R.8015 -This bill prohibits the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) from making changes to operations or levels of service from those that were in effect on January 1, 2020.Contact your representatives to voice your support and show those that wish to dismantle and privatize the USPS that we are against letting one of our prize institutions fail.   

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