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Petition to Jose Oliva, Janet Cruz, Kathleen Passidomo, Dane Eagle, Kionne L. McGhee, Val Butler Demings

To impeach Governor Ron DeSantis for neglecting his duty to protect Floridians from COVID

Governor Ron DeSantis has continued to demonstrate that he is willing to put Floridians in harms way. He waited to act in a timely matter to combat COVID, does not follow his current guidelines for reopening. He rushed to reopen Florida by manipulating the numbers and telling medical examiners to stop reporting COVID deaths. If this continues to happen, the amount of economic losses and number of unnecessary deaths will continue to increase. At the time of this petition, DeSantis continues to down play the urgency of how many Floridians are getting infected with COVID. We are breaking Florida's daily COVID case records on a daily basis. He's blaming Hispanic workers for his incompetence instead of taking charge to combat COVID. He's blamed that increased testing is the reason for higher COVID numbers, Florida doctors say otherwise. As we are watching other countries, states, handle their pandemic responses better, this is unacceptable. We need a change of leadership, someone who is willing to listen to science and not try to manipulate it or turn a blind eye to the crisis Florida is in. This should not be a partisan issue. Our health and well-being as well as our economic future is on the line. If DeSantis acted quicker in shutting down the state, listen to doctors, followed his own guidelines for reopening, Florida would be in a better position to allow us to get back to some normalcy sooner than what is happening now.  This petition calls for our Florida leaders to impeach Ron DeSantis for failing his sworn duty to protect Florida and its inhabitants.  

Jamal Mcleod
21,039 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Students & Faculty at Florida Institute of Technology, fit, Florida Tech, Florida Institute of Technology, Students, Teachers, Professors

Ban the use of honorlock at FIT

Due to the spread of COVID-19, Florida Institute of Technology and many other educational institutions around the world have given students the option for virtual courses in addition to face-to-face learning. While this decision greatly benefits the well-being of the population and protects individuals from potential exposure to the virus, it gives students at FIT a difficult choice to make between going on campus or study remotely. Honorlock makes that decision even more difficult. First, online classes are no substitute for traditional learning. With these virtual interactions, Professors and students are now required to alter their methods of learning, making it difficult for those impacted by the virus and/or external factors. During this time, we acknowledge that the administration is dealing with personal anxieties and institutional emergencies regarding COVID-19. We also acknowledge the need to further higher education learning yet the added pressure on students to meet honorlock requirements poses a challenge for many and invades their privacy. Below we outline the reasons why Honorlock should not be an acceptable program for FIT to force upon its students:  1. Honorlock requires students to show 360 degrees of the room in which their exam will take place. This is problematic for students who have sensitive items/material in view. 2. Honorlock takes a picture of both your face and photo ID. It also collects your IP address, email address, and cookie data. This raises a multitude of privacy concerns. With hacking becoming more commonplace as time passes, this information is at risk of being leaked. 4. Honorlock will record the student throughout the entire exam, both their screen and their background. This has raised concerns for those with small children in the household who may come into view without clothes on. In addition, when flagged as cheating due to noise or other individuals coming into view, a live person will watch the students for the remainder of usage.  5. Honorlock is allowed to keep this information for up to a year, and in some cases up to 2 years.  6. You are required to use google chrome, a web browser that has been accused of taking and selling people’s personal information. 7. Honorlock requires a webcam and microphone. This places students with limited access to technology or a quiet testing location at a disadvantage. Additionally, there is a delay in delivering packages depending on its necessity, a category that webcams do not fall under. Without one, students automatically fail their exams. 8. Students must have a reliable internet connection, which again is not a reality for many. 9. Honorlock claims that during the exam, they can detect usage from a student’s devices such as cell phones and Ipads. They will also screen record your device if suspected of cheating. You are required to be in the room alone for the duration of the exam. This does not account for students with difficult living situations.  10. Honorlock requires access to the student's network and can scan all devices connected to the same. This includes anyone working from home in the household, which breaches privacy agreements for most at-home based companies, as well as the privacy of all individuals who have not agreed to being spied on. 11. By forcing Honorlock on its students, it sends the message that FIT does not trust them. Cheating has been a concern since the beginning of school testing. Using programs like Honorlock, and those similar, is simply putting a blanket of distrust over all who attend. With all of these in mind, students are being forced between using this program, risking their health by going on campus, dropping the class, or receiving a zero. Those of us who are in the at-risk category for covid, who are struggling to make ends meet, who do not live on campus, or who have had their lives turned upside down shouldn't feel like we are being put between a rock and a hard place. The current pandemic has been a stressful time for many around the nation. As students at Florida Institute of Technology, we come from diverse backgrounds and during a time like this, we must come together as a community. Recognizing the altered lives of many is extremely important, but even more so, it is necessary for the administration to take steps in alleviating some of the pressure and stress placed on its student body. We do not demand for final exams to be cancelled, but for the extraneous requirements of Honorlock to be removed. President McCay and faculty, we implore you to reconsider the use of Honorlock by our college.  Links to support our claims: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/08/07/1006132/software-algorithms-proctoring-online-tests-ai-ethics/ https://www.dailycal.org/2020/04/05/online-exam-proctoring-no-longer-allowed-for-uc-berkeley-classes/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/seanlawson/2020/04/24/are-schools-forcing-students-to-install-spyware-that-invades-their-privacy-as-a-result-of-the-coronavirus-lockdown/#35cafa0e638d https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/10/us/online-testing-cheating-universities-coronavirus.html

Rachel Schmidt
802 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Miguel Cardona

President Biden: Cancel student loans in the first 100 days.

Trillions could be injected into the economy with no tax money needed, and nothing added to the national debt.   Federal student loans have become a national threat.  Before the Covid-19 virus emerged, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. had student loans, and over 80% of them were either unable to pay on their loans, or were paying but their balances were going up.  The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, and these people were taking out less than a third of what today's students are compelled to borrow for college. The default rate for current borrowers will easily exceed 75%, if not far higher.  This is more than triple the default rate of sub-prime home mortgages, and this was all true before the pandemic. By every reasonable metric, this is now a catastrophically failed lending system. The President and Secretary of Education have all the authority needed issue an executive order cancelling all federally owned student loans- about 85% of all student debt. Nothing would be added to the national debt, and no tax appropriation would be needed.  This is, by far, the least expensive, and most expedient way to inject trillions into the economy.  This is not a partisan problem.  More than half of all student loan borrowers identify as being politically independent, or republican. More than 40% never graduated.  People in "red" states are being hurt significatly worse than in "blue" states. All are trapped by a uniquely predatory lending system from which nearly every consumer protection has been stripped- including statutes of limitations, Truth in Lending laws, and most importantly: bankruptcy rights that the Founders called for ahead of the power to raise an army and even ahead of the power to declare war in the U.S. Constitution.  The predatory, hyper-inflationary lending system that has resulted is what the Founders wished to avoid. Critics claiming that cancelling loans will largely benefit people who don't need it are completely wrong!  100% of all borrowers were determined to be "financially needy" as a condition for federal loans. 80% were never going to be able to repay them before the pandemic.  What's more: the most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system, so would not benefit from federal loan cancellation. Importantly:  the people with the highest loan balances aren't younger people who irresponsibly over-borrowed for college; they are people over 50, who actually outnumber people under 25 with student loans.  They borrowed very moderately decades ago, but today owe more than triple what people under 25 owe because their loans have exploded with interest, penalties, fees, etc.  More than half of people over 75 are in default, and seniors citizens are having their social security seized by the government. Analysts have predicted that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by about $100 billion for the next ten years, but they do not take into account the borrowing capacity (and thus spending) that such a move would free up. This would be another $1 Trillion injected into the economy in the near and medium term.  Some experts even believe that debt cancellation is the only way to avoid a depression! Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine.  The federal government has been profiting wildly on these loans for many years, and decades of White House Budget data show that the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans!  On balance, the taxpayer will have very little- perhaps no- net loss when these loans are cancelled. This is an historic opportunity for President Biden to do what he said he was going to do, cure a recession, and create a better higher education financing system for the country. This is YOUR PETITION.  Word of mouth is the best way we have to make it grow.  Please get a few people you know to sign, and paste the link to it wherever student loan borrowers are likely to see it (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)  Also, contact your local media, and tell them to cover it! Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).  

student loan justice.org
861,520 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

$2000/month to every American #moneyforthepeople #covid19

**UPDATE: As the Biden administration takes office, the country is deeply struggling. We’re out of work and out of cash. It took nine months for Congress to send a second stimulus check, and just moments to spend it. Another single check won’t solve our problems – people are just too far behind. Like we’ve been saying from the beginning of this pandemic, people need to know when the next check is coming. And the best thing our government can do right now is send emergency money to the people on a monthly basis. Sign to join our movement to get recurring checks to the people.  My name is Stephanie, and I am one of millions of Americans who fear for my financial future because of this coronavirus crisis. With businesses and schools closing across the country to control the spread of this virus, many people have already lost their jobs. Others are being forced to stay home. This is catastrophic for working families like mine.  I’m calling on Congress to support families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for kids immediately, and continuing regular checks for the duration of the crisis. Otherwise, laid-off workers, furloughed workers, the self-employed, and workers dealing with reduced hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table. My husband and I own a restaurant in Denver and these past two weeks have been a blur. Our restaurant community is wrestling with seeing everything we all have worked so hard for irrevocably changed. Our hearts were breaking as we watched our staff divide the ingredients in our kitchen to bring to their homes: a dismal token for employees who worked tirelessly every day. Our talented and cherished team, some of whom have been with us since we opened our doors 15 years ago, are now without an income. Like our team, my family has lost all of the income from our restaurant, and business owners and the self-employed can't claim unemployment. This is the story of America right now. For our team and other Americans who can claim unemployment, even the maximum payments will not be enough for most people to continue paying their bills – and avoid slipping into poverty. The facts are, even successful small businesses can’t go months with their doors closed.  But supplying Americans with monthly support until they can get back on their feet can save our communities from financial ruin. We need immediate checks and recurring payments so that we can keep our heads above water.  Congress needs to make sure that we won’t be left financially ruined for doing our part to keep the country healthy.

Stephanie Bonin
2,024,332 supporters