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REINSTATE MARYLIN ZUNIGA, ORANGE, NEW JERSEY 3rd GRADE TEACHER IMMEDIATELYA recent biased news frenzy led by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has targeted Marilyn Zuniga, a third-grade teacher in Forest Street Elementary School in Orange, NJ. As a result, she has been suspended for supporting her students’ wishes to send get-well letters to the imprisoned and gravely ill Mumia Abu-Jamal, one of the most celebrated, black public intellectuals of our time. For a fuller explanation of this case see the letter from national educators posted online. The press has failed to explain that Ms. Zuniga made student participation voluntary, that she in no way forced student compliance, and that the letter-writing was an extra project they were allowed to complete only after finishing regular assignments. Prior to this incident her mentor and principal had commended her for being a model teacher. In this time of growing public exposure of systemic police violence against African Americans and Latinos, we must challenge any attempt by the FOP to determine what is taught in classrooms across our nation. Nearly all scholars of African American history see Abu-Jamal as belonging to the American literary canon that includes figures and writers like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Angela Davis, Ella Baker and Ida B. Wells. Teaching Abu-Jamal as part of this canon is consistent with the School District guidelines that encourage teachers to prepare content on “how the actions of Dr. MLK Jr., and other civil rights leaders served as catalysts for social change and inspired social activism in subsequent generations.” (6.1.4.A.9 and 10). Abu-Jamal’s work as a journalist and his intrepid prison writings amply meet such recommendations for course content. The children’s letters to Abu-Jamal are reminiscent of the hundreds of South African children who wrote letters to the imprisoned Nelson Mandela twenty to thirty years ago. Mandela was identified as a terrorist by the U.S. at that time. It took courage for teachers and students to write letters then, and it takes courage for teachers and students to write Abu-Jamal today. By signing this petition you can stand with Marylin Zuniga, and in the long line of those who have stood up in solidarity with the unjustly imprisoned.
Require free air time in exchange for licensing from all tv and radio mediaCongress people spend a great deal of their time raising funds to pay for their next election campaign. Most of them hate this because it takes up so much time and keeps them from doing their real job. By requiring all broadcast media to provide equal air time to all viable candidates in return for their operations license renewal, it will help to reduce each candidate's campaign expenses, and will lower their temptation to trade their votes for money from well-heeled sources, thus leading to corruption.
STOP SELLING LIVE FISH AT WALMARTI HAVE DOCUMENTED PROOF OF THE WASTING OF FISHES LIVES. FOOTAGE OF DEAD FISH IN THE TANKS ALONG WITH THE BARELY LIVING ONES. THERE ARE TOO MANY FISH IN THE TANKS. THERE ARE NOT PLACES TO HIDE IN THE TANKS. FISH ARE SOCIAL ANIMALS AND THEY NEED PLACES TO HIDE, SWIM, AND PLAY. THEY ARE TREATED LIKE COMMODITIES AND NOT SENTIENT BEINGS. YES, EVEN FISH PLAY!!!
Ban Fracking in Maryland NowGovernor Cuomo of New York just declared a ban on fracking based on a recently released scientific study demonstrating "significant public health risks" associated with fracking, including water contamination and air pollution. Former Governor O'Malley of Maryland ordered a study of the potential impact of fracking on Maryland, which estimated that drilling and extraction could support as many as 3,400 jobs and generate millions in tax revenues--but that those benefits are likely to last only a few years, and that energy development could hurt tourism and outdoor recreation, two other industries on which Maryland relies. Although O'Malley concluded that fracking could be done safely if very strict regulations are placed on companies for protecting the environment, experience has shown that in practice, regulations are often violated at the expense of the environment. It's not worth the short-term financial gain to put Maryland at risk for long-term disastrous environmental consequences. It is time for Governor Larry Hogan to take action and ban fracking in Maryland now.
Google Doodle for Otto WarburgCancer is the second leading cause of death if all cardiovascular illnesses are considered as number one. More research is needed to find cure for cancer and this petition will generate support for more cancer research. Nobel prizes are important. History may have overlooked Otto but together this petition will help shine the light of inspiration.
Stop corporate funding for elections and have all elections publically fundedWe need to stop corporations like AT&T, the Koch brothers, Monsanto, Cargill, ConAgra, Chevron, Exxonmobile, BP, Gannett News, Rupert Murdoch, Time-Warner, Comcast etc. from unfairly dumping huge amounts of money into Republican and Tea Party Republican campaigns to overwhelm candidates like Progressive Candidates who do not have the campaign funds to compete. Publically funded campaigns would make it an even playing field for candidates to not be "bought" by large conservative corporations to push their secret agendas.