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1. Reopen the Arches

The Arches Youth and Community Project previously ran a local youth club from two Arches on the Evelyn Estate. We first secured use of the building way back in 2002 and have been using it ever since.

In March 2008 Lewisham Council asked for the keys to be returned and a few months later another group was allowed to used the building.

We have written to Council representatives on numerous occasions and even though it is clear that we have been wrongly evicted, our complaint is yet to be upheld.

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2. Help Support Our Freedom Of Choice

The Declaration of Independence states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

However, on January 2, 2010, after being signed into law by Governor Bev Perdue on May 19, 2009, North Carolina Session Law 2009-27 went into effect, banning smoking statewide in all bars and restaurants in North Carolina, as well as in government buildings and vehicles.

According to the bill, it is the intent of the General Assembly to protect the health of individuals in public places and places of employment and riding in State government vehicles from the risks related to secondhand smoke.

While NC SESSION LAW 2009-27 HOUSE BILL 2 is intended to protect smokers and non-smokers from the effects of secondhand smoke, this bill infringes on the personal rights and freedom of choice for business owners and their customers.

Although violation of this bill does not hold a criminal charge, the $200 per day fine for business owners that do not comply (in order to appeal to their loyal smoking clientele) will drastically hurt business profits in an already suffering economy. Customers in violation will also face a hefty fine of up to $50, which is a steep cover charge. Many smokers that are not ready to be “forced” to quit will opt to find forms of entertainment in an alternate environment, rather than supporting a discriminating non-smoking atmosphere and being made to feel like an outcast. It is very apparent that a number of the small businesses that work to make America what it is, are going to have a tough battle to even keep their doors open.

While it is completely understandable that non-smokers should have the right to gather in public locations and not be involuntarily exposed to secondhand smoke, it should also be understandable that smokers should be allowed the same right to assemble in locations clearly marked as smoker-friendly establishments.

It is critical that these decisions are allowed to be made by the business owners and customers that support them, rather than the government. It is the owner’s responsibility to serve their customers to the best of their ability. The income that they generate (or do not generate) directly affects their livelihood as well as state revenue via taxes needed to support government affairs.

Taken from Section 1 of the 14th Amendment: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States”

NC SESSION LAW 2009-27 HOUSE BILL 2 clearly conflicts with the above reference, by not allowing business owners to cater to the clientele of their choice.

Rights of choice are often not missed until they are gone, and rights that are not frequently used may not be missed at all by those that are not using them. However, a right of choice is one of the greatest attributes of this country. The right to choose to bear arms, the right to choose to speak freely, the right to choose to assemble, and so forth, may not be used by all of us, but a loss of any of these rights would be detrimental to all of us.

The 18th Amendment abolished our right to manufacture, sale, or transport intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes. We stood up for our rights then, and repealed it with the 21st Amendment. Thanks to our alliance, we now have the right to responsibly enjoy a beverage of our choice.

The elimination of the right for a business owner to operate under their own business model, and cater to the customers of their choice is being taken away with NC SESSION LAW 2009-27 HOUSE BILL 2. This is an unconstitutional act, and I ask your help in saving this right, even if it is one that you do not use.

Detailed information regarding NC SESSION LAW 2009-27 HOUSE BILL 2 can be found at:

http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2009/Bills/House/PDF/H2v10.pdf

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3. Remove All Non Rock or Blues Members of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, since its opening, has constantly inducted artists that don't belong. Cher, Donna Summer, Run DMC, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few. Doesn't matter whether they're great or not. They're not Rock. That's why this needs to be fixed. Put them in the Pop, Rap, or Disco Hall of Fame, if there is one.

Blues gave birth to Rock, so Blues belongs. So, any member of The Rock Hall that is not an influential musician of the Rock or Blues genres, they will be removed. And, from now on, the people pick the inductees. And, they must be influential musicians of Rock or Blues genre. NO EXCEPTIONS!

It's called The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Let's keep it that way!

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4. Ban Non-Compete Agreements in Massachusetts

We the people and workers of Massachusetts believe we should have the right to work for whom and where we want and should not be limited by our employers.

Some employers are restricting employees in which employers they can work for by requiring employees to sign Non-Compete Agreements and/or clauses therefor Violating our Right to to be employed in most experianced line of work.

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5. Stop Animal Testing Forever

This is for all animals!

PEOPLE!! we need to help animals across the world! I think this is unfair! If they can test things on animals why not test them on different things such as:

Dead Human Skin

Dead Human Organs

or Just us!

Thankx a Lot!!

~Sammy

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