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1. Keep VA Jobs in Downtown St. Louis

Recent news of General Service Administration (GSA) plans to relocate 800 well-paying jobs from Downtown St. Louis to an office park in suburban Overland, MO has come as a great disappointment to the leaders, residents and businesses of the City of St. Louis.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in revitalizing our once stagnant downtown; from investments in public transit to subsidies to developers of formerly vacant historic properties. Despite a loss of hundreds of thousands of people and jobs over the last 50 years and continued struggles with vacancy and crime, the City of St. Louis has never been more committed to its own rebirth. Civic and community leaders are hard at work at every level, from block captains to CEO, hashing out plans to make a more prosperous, livable, and sustainable city and region for generations to come.

To that end, we must not overlook the importance of a thriving central city and the role the State and Federal governments play in making this a reality.

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2. Vote "yes" to Toronto Catholic Ban on Gay Straight Alliances

WHEREAS: The provincial government is breaking the law by violating s. 93 of the Constitution, which enshrines the denominational rights of the Catholic schools.

AND WHEREAS: Decisions from the Privy Council all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada have affirmed the responsibility of Catholic officials to provide Catholic teachings in Catholic schools.

AND WHEREAS: Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs promote a positive view of homosexual activity, which undermines Catholic teaching on chastity and marriage.

AND WHEREAS: The Church’s solution to bullying is being ignored and Church teaching is being undermined by these clubs. Cardinal Thomas Collins put it this way: “So the key issue is not just the [GSA] name itself, but the content connected with the name” (“Observations on a recent change in government policy re: proposed anti-bullying legislation,” May 28, 2012 [press release]).

AND WHEREAS: Trustees must protect Catholic school principals from being forced to betray their Catholic values.

AND WHEREAS: Defining the terms of reference of the anti-bullying clubs in the Toronto Catholic District School Board is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees and is currently being left to front line administrators. This is compromising these administrators’ conscience rights.

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3. Say "NO" to Bill 13

WE ASK MPPS TO VOTE NO TO BILL 13 BECAUSE:


1. Bullying is addressed only on a selective basis:

- Bill 13 privileges one group of students (LGBT) above others.

- An anti-bullying bill should treat all students equally.

- Bill 13 does not give enough local control to school boards over bullying policies.

- Bullying will be best solved by mediation between the bully and the victims, with their families, at the school level.
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2. Mandates sexual curriculum beginning in Kindergarten:

- It mandates a radical equity curriculum beginning in Kindergarten, in order to create more social approval for LGBT sexual activity. This curriculum will be in conflict with the values of various faith families

- People of faith do not receive any protections in this bill for their freedom to speak traditional views on sexual morality.
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3. Imposes provincial Code of Ethics on religious organizations, independent schools and churches

- religious organizations, schools and churches renting public school property, will have to yield their doctrine to a yet-to-be-defined provincial code of conduct This would be a direct violation of the right to religious expression granted under the federal Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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THEREFORE: We ask the government to retract or amend Bill 13 to focus only on anti-bullying and not social engineering.


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4. Vote "No" to Bill 13

WE ASK MPPS TO VOTE NO TO BILL 13 BECAUSE:

- Bill 13 privileges one group of students (LGBT) over others.

- An anti-bullying bill should treat all students equally.

- We do not believe that equity education should be part of an anti-bullying bill.

- We don't believe equity education has been proven to affect bullying rates.

- We don't support gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in Catholic schools. The imposition of GSAs on Catholic schools IS bullying

- Bill 13 does not give enough local control to school boards over bullying policies.

- It is unnecessary. Bullying problems will be best solved by mediation between the bully and the the victims, with their families, at the school level. We don't need a new law for that.

BILL 13 IS FLAWED BECAUSE:

It privileges one special interest group, LGBT students, above others.

It mandates a radical equity curriculum that a majority of parents do not support in order to create more social approval for LGBT sexual activity. No evidence has been produced that this type of education has any effect on bullying rates.

People of faith do not receive any protections in this bill for their freedom to speak traditional views on sexual morality.

It forces Catholic schools to accept gay-straight alliances that the Catholic bishops have said are inappropriate for Catholic schools.

For all these reasons, the proposed law opens up the provincial government to years of costly lawsuits that will be PAID OUT OF THE TAXPAYERS' POCKET.

An anti-bullying bill should allow schools more freedom to tailor bullying policies to the concerns of the local community, as Bill 14 does.

A successful bullying policy will focus on mediation between the bully and the bullied, along with their families, at the school level.

THEREFORE: We ask the government to retract or amend Bill 13 to focus only on anti-bullying and not social engineering.

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5. Support the Ardrey Kell GSA

This year Ardrey Kell has fought hard to start their own chapter of a Gay-Straight Alliance in their school. After much hard work, they have had the success of forming a reliable club in which gay, straight, bisexual, and transgendered youth all collaborate in an effort to provide a stable, safe, and productive environment for LGBT youth and their straight allies.

In their short lifespan the AK GSA has contributed in many ways to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district including, but not limited to:

-Joining together existing, nearby GSA's in our school district and networking them, something that has never been done before.

-Creating many successful inter-GSA social events that have brought awareness to many LGBT issues, such as: anti-bullying, harassment, trans-issues, gay-issues, teen suicides, LGBT rights, and the growth and importance of an educated youth.

- A committed team of students who find the opportunity to interact with similar, like-minded youth in a positive, and productive manner.

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6. Stop the usage of "that's so gay" at LSE

As a former student at Lincoln Southeast High School, I know of, and am ashamed of how many times I heard the phrase "that's so gay" to describe a student's dislike of an assignment a teacher was handing out. It is very derogatory towards the LGBT students when a phrase like that is used.

Sirdeaner Walker survives her son Carl Walker-Hoover, who died by suicide after enduring constant bullying at school.
44.1 percent of LGBT students reported being physically harassed at school.
60.8 percent of LGBT students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation.

Check out www.thinkb4youspeak.com for more information.

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7. Save Graduate Student Association at Florida International University

The last week of February 2010, the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Cabinet at Florida International University approved a bill that calls to dissolve and/or restructure of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), as well as the athletics liaison program, Panther Rage. Graduate Students were not informed neither by SGA or GSA representatives about any of these changes.

Instead of the current GSA structure, it is proposed to have 4 senators and 2 other members working under them, as well as a CSO Representative, who will be organizing ALL the events, conference funding, etc. According to SGA association, this structure when the officers are not accountable to a particular person, will make GSA more efficient and will force Graduate Senators to get involved in GSA, which did not happen often previously.

The SGA proposed to increase number of Graduate Senators (2 instead of 4). As well, the proposal contained a suggestion to increase of conference and research funding from 45,000$ to 100,000$. Though, it did not offer any comprehensive plan of distribution of these funds, nor any guidelines, as GSA has.

While this bill, supported by Campus Life administration, was supposed to be voted on by the Student Senate on March 1st, SGA members under the pressure of the Graduate Students who learned about the situation, decided that they needed more time to discuss this change before a vote can be taken.

For a university that prides itself on its' research accomplishments, it seems rather contradictory to dissolve the organization that represents and supports the graduate students. They are the ones who produce that research, improve the reputation of the school, and travel throughout the world to gain and share this knowledge. As President Rosenberg has stressed the importance of FIU's reputation as a student-centered public research university, it is vital that graduate students are provided with a sense of community and camaraderie. It is through the GSA that graduate and professional students share similar interests, provide leadership and support for one another, and maintain the reputation of excellence that FIU constantly strives for. GSA supports graduate students by providing funding for research, conferences, and other travel expenditures that arise during the career of a graduate or professional student.

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8. Form A Gay-Straight Alliance at Robert E. Lee High School

Robert E. Lee High School is a public school located in Montgomery, Alabama. They have been given a bad reputation over the past few years but the school itself is wonderful and has many great people. Though, they do not have a Gay-Straight Alliance [GSA].

This petition is encouraging a GSA in the school to help those who must hide who they are, and those who have no one to turn to.

A GSA would create a safe and welcoming environment for students to go and be accepted openly regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It would also give students the chance to participate in LGBT community events such as the Day of Silence, National Coming Out Day, and No Name Calling Week.

The group itself doesn't even have to be named "Gay-Straight Alliance," due to the misconceptiont that this is only a dating service for LGBT teens.
Many other names are avaliable, such as "Project Rainbow," "Pride Alliance," "Common Ground," "Coexist", "Spectrum," or even the "Straight-Gay Alliance." It is possible to come up with other creative names, but these are simply suggestions.

As a sophmore attending Lee High School, and an LGBT teen myself, I personally feel there is no where to turn within the school for advice or solace. I feel alone and constantly question if maybe there are others like me? The idea for a GSA came to me because there might jsut be other students who seek help, or agree [even if they are straight] that LGBT people are equal and there should be no violence towards them. I am a member of the Lee P.A.W.S. Club which is all about animals, so I do have experience with clubs.

My ultimate goals for the GSA would be to promote acceptance throughout the school, prevent violence against other LGBT students, promote and encourage participation in fun and active events, notice those straight people who do accept LGBT people for who they are,and to give a safe place to LGBT students where they can come together for help, advice, and community activities.

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