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1. Keep SD Nuclear Waste Free

DOE is using their 'consent based siting' process on Haakon County to conduct a feasibility borehole to determine if nuclear waste can be stored 5k (3.1 miles) below the surface. 'Consent based siting' is used for repositories and disposal sites. We do not want to open that door. DOE does not require consent from local governments for a research project and, yet, DOE requires RESPEC to solicit approval from the governor, our state representatives, our county commissioners, and our local town boards all without going to the people first!!! This project depends on the Haakon County Commissioners approval. We appreciate your support! Sign the petition and email your commissioners you do not support this project at Haakon.public.comment@gmail.com.

2. Keeping Candy Halko as Store Manager at #8204 Cortana

We are starting this petition because of the changes in this club since Candy Halko has been here. The company's morale has been a total change since she has arrived. This Club has been under so many managers with no care or concern for the employees as well as the customers. Employees are now threatening to walk out if she is replaced. We have seen a total turn around since she has been here, and we feel if another manager comes in again, we will be put back in the same position we were in before Candy came. Sales have been up as well as morale because she cares! We need a leader that cares!

3. Revoke B.B.C license fee.

The B.B.C is a bias organization that has been allowed to go its own way for far too long. Their promotion of organizations that defame and denigrate the United Kingdom is disgusting.. This has to be stopped and if they loose the license fee, they may think again, and people power will have won. Join this petition and go a long way to clean up this country, quite apart from saving money !

4. Help Save Elke's Account

We all know that Elke Seyfried and Beate Seyfried are related. Elke Seyfried has been a Face Book member since 2009 and Beate (her sister) just joined Face Book a few weeks ago. Face Book is Trying to shut down Elke Seyfried's because someone reported her. Elke Seyfried is a very good person that would help anyone and not harm anyone. Please help me in trying to keep Elke Seyfried's account Alive. Thanks for all of your help.

5. Sign Petition to support Yakima as a "Welcoming City for All People"

OneAmerica and community volunteers will continue to support a "Welcoming City" resolution for the people of Yakima. Over 2,000 signatures will accompany this online effort until further announcement. Stand with us and please show your support and help protect our immigrants, refugees and any other undocumented people of Yakima. Thank You.

6. Monarchy status for Catholics

The "Bill of rights" states that a catholic can not become king of England. I do not think this is fair on the members of the catholic faith so would like an amendment to the said "Bill of rights" to allow a Catholic to sit on the throne of England

7. Mr. Steve Bannon Must Resign From President Trump's Administration

I think Ian Tuttle's article in National Review Steve Bannon Is Not a Nazi—But Let’s Be Honest about What He Represents...said it best:

QUOTE: "The problem is not whether Bannon himself subscribes to a noxious strain of political nuttery; it’s that his de facto endorsement of it enables it to spread and to claim legitimacy." UNQUOTE

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442189/steve-bannon-trump-administration-alt-right-breitbart-chief-strategist

8. ALICEA "SHAZAM" JR. TO PLAY AS SHAZAM IN 2019 DC MOVIE!!!!!

ALICEA "SHAZAM" JR. IS A WONDERFUL GUY. NOT ONLY IS HE A PROTECTOR OF HIS COMMUNITY BUT HE IS AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL. HE IS A COMPETITIVE BODY BUILDER AS WELL AS A FULL TIME POLICE OFFICER IN NEW JERSEY WHERE HE LIVES WITH IS WIFE AND KIDS. WHEN HE'S NOT WORKING OR IN THE GYM HE ENJOYS GOING TO COMIC BOOK CONVENTIONS AS HE IS A BIG KID AT HEART. YOU CAN FIND HIM DRESSING UP AS HIS FAVORITE CHARACTER "SHAZAM!," WHICH IS A SUPER HERO FROM DC COMICS UNIVERSE. HIS DREAM IS TO BE AN ACTOR AND TO PLAY THE ROLE OF SHAZAM IN THE MOVIE COMING 2019.

SUPERHERO MOVIES THAT BRING BACK OUR CHILDHOOD ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO US. WE ALL WANT TO SEE THE BEST PERSON WHO NOT ONLY LOOKS LIKE THE CHARACTER, BUT ALSO CAN CONNECT WITH THE AUDIENCE. ALICEA HAS THE LOOKS, CHARACTERISTICS, CHARISMA, AMBITION, WHOLEHEARTEDNESS AND WHAT IT TAKES TO DELIVER US THE SHAZAM WE ALL KNOW AND DESERVE!!!!

9. New Improved Casey's General Store

We, the Citizens of Louisburg, KS. petition Casey's General Store to build and relocate the Casey's General Store located at 501 W. Amity Louisburg, KS. 66053.

There is insufficient parking for the amount of residents who patron this location. It is unsafe not only for patrons but for your vendors and Staff. There is very little room to maneuver a vehicle let alone a fuel truck of which often has to be parked on the main street (Highway 68). The Manager has risked her own safety to help vendors get in and out of the parking lot.

We are asking for a new location. All the small towns around us are being upgraded and we feel we deserve the same priority. This will add value to our small town, safety, and secure jobs.

We demand that the your Management Team and Board of Directors once again take a serious look at your store in Louisburg, KS.

10. U.S. College Athletes Should Be Paid

As a viewer this needs to be made a law because some players are opting out of the end of their college season to get ready for pros. If they got paid in college then they would be more eager to play.

If I was a college athlete I would want to be paid so that I can help my family. A lot of athletes are playing solely to make money. This way if they have a career ending injury before they are done with college, then they can still make some money.

This way students can get a full education, and money.

11. PETITION FOR HOT TOPIC IN NEW ZEALAND!

Hot Topic, one of the most diverse stores to exist yet it's not here.

To get great merchandise like Hot Topic here in New Zealand is very rare and constantly shipping products from US to NZ is very difficult and expensive. Heck, once you screw up your international order you’re basically screwed, you just can’t take it back to the store and get a refund/exchange; hindrances as such could be easily avoided if there were to be at least one store here.

American store Hot Topic, which is home to low priced, authentic, easy to access alternative merchandise would be greatly appreciated here even if there were to be only... One store. I mean, there are plenty of Hot Topic stores in America and Canada so why not open at least one here in New Zealand? And “if” it goes well… OPEN A FEW MORE. I'm sure a mass variety of the people here, not just the youth! would strongly agree!

12. Free Domain Names Offer for UF Students

The petition at the bottom of this page is intended only for the signatures of University of Florida (UF) students who are interested in creating a UF Civics Club. Once this new UF club is established, it will be encouraged to gradually expand and also become the home base for a Florida Civics Club and National Civics Club. And if I'm as pleased with their progress as I think I'll be, the UF Civics Club's members will subsequently be given offers for other free domain names such as CitizenCosponsors.Org, IssueOfTheYear.Org, MidtermPlatforms.Org, NationalDebate.Org, and NationalReferendums.Org that aren't for sale at any price—just like the ones in this initial offer.

Acquiring free domain names might not seem important to some of you at first, but bear in mind that speculators (who sometimes reap $millions by reselling them) have been buying them up ever since the first one was registered in 1985. Being willing to pay such a huge sum for a domain name might seem ridiculous to anyone who has never created a website. For those who have, however, it's pretty much common knowledge that the more accurately a domain name reflects a website's subject matter or name, the more that it could help to increase that site's first-time and/or repeat visitors all by itself. And due to the fact that the total number of registered domain names has risen to over 330 million, the value of a domain name that can enable a website to stand out amidst this growing clutter has grown as well. For instance, the price for the "Com" version of the first one I bought 14 years ago (Amendment28.Org) has risen to $10,000.

I have focused on acquiring civic engagement types of domain names that could potentially be used to help us rise above the intense partisanship and political gridlock that has developed in our country, and effectively work together towards the achievement of social and governmental goals we hold in common. My intention has been to hold on to each one of these impactful domain names until I could find an organization or individual I believed could be relied upon to make good use of it. And I never planned to make a profit, but to donate them or charge only what it costs me to purchase and maintain their ownership—which has been about $100 apiece. (Ownership of domain names is not permanent. Each one must be officially registered, which is paid for in yearly increments. And if a registration isn't renewed in time, one's ownership of that domain name is terminated.)

Unfortunately, after more than a decade of seriously examining and gradually eliminating every existing organization I thought might be capable of putting one or more of my domain names to good use, I came up empty. That's when I starting thinking that it will take the creation of an entirely new type of nationwide organization that is capable of handling all of them. And that's what I'm giving you the opportunity to do.

The rest of this background section will be devoted to explaining what has driven me to attach such importance to the creation of a nationwide system of civics clubs; why I've chosen to trust such relatively young and inexperienced individuals as college students with turning that vision into reality; and some specific projects I recommend the members of those clubs undertake over the next few years.

THE PROBLEM



Although Mr. Dreyfuss did an outstanding job of describing the problem and its seriousness, this video didn't explain what he meant by such statements as "what you have to do is get it back;" and that we need to "relearn the tools of reason, logic, clarity, dissent, civility, and debate;" However, the following statement and video from the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools covers that quite well:

"In recent years, civic learning has been increasingly pushed aside. Until the 1960s, three courses in civics and government were common in American high schools, and two of them ('civics' and 'problems of democracy') explored the role of citizens and encouraged students to discuss current issues. Today those courses are very rare. What remains is a course on 'American government' that usually spends little time on how people can – and why they should – participate as citizens."



And judging by this excerpt from Florida's current "Requirements for a standard high school diploma," the state we reside in has been one of the worst offenders: "Three credits in social studies.—A student must earn one credit in United States History; one credit in World History; one-half credit in economics, which must include financial literacy; and one-half credit in United States Government." This doesn't make much sense in light of the fact that, of the 24 credits required for graduation, eight are electives!

And regarding those in our country who move on to higher education, guess what? "The vast majority of our colleges have made a course on the broad themes of U.S. history or government optional." For those of you who are inclined to assume that merely being exposed to a collegiate environment for 2-4 years ought to make up for such widespread deficiencies in our civics education, the major findings of a Civic Literacy Report from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute will be a real eye-opener:

  • A College Degree Fails to Promote Active Civic Engagement Beyond Voting
  • Greater Civic Knowledge Trumps a College Degree as the Leading Factor in Encouraging Active Civic Engagement
  • Civic Self-Education Increases Active Civic Engagement; Video Games Detract
[It's the above-mentioned civic self-education that I'm counting on to gradually transform members of this new system of civics clubs into model citizens. And one of the main reasons I chose college students to create these clubs, is because they tend to have a deep appreciation for the value of education.]

That so many people in positions of power have been ignoring this problem for the past half century is difficult to understand, particularly in light of the point of view our country's Department of State has been disseminating to the rest of the world through this and other means. (Note: With the exception of the following quotation's title, the highlighting in bold is not in the original.)

"Democracy and Education

"Education is a vital component of any society, but especially of a democracy. As Thomas Jefferson wrote: 'If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never shall be.'

"In contrast to authoritarian societies that seek to inculcate an attitude of passive acceptance, the object of democratic education is to produce citizens who are independent, questioning, and analytical in their outlook, yet deeply familiar with the precepts and practices of democracy. Vanderbilt professor Chester E. Finn, Jr., said in his address to educators in Nicaragua: 'People may be born with an appetite for personal freedom, but they are not born with knowledge about the social and political arrangements that make freedom possible over time for themselves and their children....Such things must be acquired. They must be learned.'

"From this perspective, it is not enough to say that the task of education in a democracy is simply to avoid the indoctrination of authoritarian regimes and provide instruction that is neutral concerning political values. That is impossible: All education transmits values, intended or not. Students can indeed be taught the principles of democracy in a spirit of open inquiry that is itself an important democratic value. At the same time, students are encouraged to challenge conventional thinking with reasoned arguments and careful research. There may be vigorous debate, but democracy's textbooks should not simply ignore events or facts that are unpleasant or controversial.

"'Education plays a singular role in free societies,' Finn states. 'While the education systems of other regimes are tools of those regimes, in a democracy the regime is the servant of the people, people whose capacity to create, sustain, and improve that regime depends in large measure on the quality and effectiveness of the educational arrangements through which they pass. In a democracy, it can fairly be said, education enables freedom itself to flourish over time.'"

THE SOLUTION

A number of organizations have been addressing this serious deficiency in our country's civics education system for quite a few years now, and the activities of 3 of them are outlined below:

1. In 2001, The Joe Foss Institute was created. It has a wide variety of programs, most of which are covered in this video:



The goal of The Civics Education Initiative mentioned in the video, which has probably been the most highly publicized and effective of any organization's efforts thus far, is to require "high school students, as a condition for graduation, to pass a test on 100 basic facts of U.S. history and civics, from the United States Citizenship Civics Test." However, although it has already been successful in 14 states, its website openly acknowledges that it is only "a first step to ensure all students are taught basic civics about how our government works, and who we are as a nation…things every student must learn to be ready for active, engaged citizenship."

2. In 2004, the previously mentioned Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools was created. Aside from the video and other efforts at publicity, its website's "Action Center" page includes a petition to "the President of the United States, the United States Congress, the United States Secretary of Education, the Governors of each State, each State Schools Chief, all State Legislators, all State Boards of Education, each local Superintendent and School Board to take action now to strengthen and improve civic learning (civics, history, economics, geography, service learning linked to the classroom) policies, standards, assessments and funding."

3. In 2006, the same year in which his previously shown video was filmed, Mr Dreyfuss created The Dreyfuss Civics Initiative. Its purpose is to "revive the teaching of civics in American public education to empower future generations with the critical-thinking skills they need to fulfill the vast potential of American citizenship." Among other things, it has established a Civics Discussion Club "to get the general public to think critically and discuss how we can improve our country."

Unfortunately, as noble as these and many other efforts have been, they just don't seem to be enough to get the job done by themselves. Here's just one example of the difficulties they've had: In spite of how informative and inspirational the 3 previously shown videos might seem, the number of "views" they've received over the total of 16 years they've been online is under 75,000. And that's at YouTube, where a single video submitted this year has already been viewed 135 million times ! So helping these and other organizations to spread awareness of this issue will be one of the most important initial goals for your civics clubs.

Of course, the purpose of creating a nationwide system of civics clubs is much broader and more long term than merely restoring formal civics education to its accustomed place in K-12 curriculums. Whereas a solid formal education in civics (especially in our high schools) could symbolically be seen as the root structure of our country's "tree of liberty;" the goal of this nationwide system of civics clubs will be to serve as the trunk of that tree in the years ahead. Carrying this symbolism one step further, whatever national, state, or local activities these clubs will engage in (alone, or in conjunction with other social and political organizations) can be looked upon as the branches. And with every success of these civics clubs, however small, one or more fresh leaves will burst forth on the tree of liberty.

Why College Students Should Create & Operate Them
I have a number of reasons for making this decision, and they are all based on the same premise: The membership of civics clubs organized on college and university campuses will tend to be composed primarily of individuals who are more idealistic, less set in their ways, and more capable of improving their civic skills through experiential learning than would be the case if any other large nationwide group of voting age individuals & locations were chosen. And why is this so? Because most of you are still under the age of 25. The following video gives a scientific explanation for why I believe your ages are such a key factor:



In an interview with PBS's Frontline, the researcher in the above video (Dr. Giedd) provided a great deal more information on this subject. Some excerpts are provided below.

"One of the most exciting discoveries from recent neuroscience research is how incredibly plastic the human brain is. For a long time, we used to think that the brain, because it's already 95 percent of adult size by age six, things were largely set in place early in life. ... [There was the] saying. "Give me your child, and by the age of five, I can make him a priest or a thief or a scholar.

"[There was] this notion that things were largely set at fairly early ages. And now we realize that isn't true; that even throughout childhood and even the teen years, there's enormous capacity for change. We think that this capacity for change is very empowering for teens . . .

"So if a teen is doing music or sports or academics, those are the cells and connections that will be hard-wired. If they're lying on the couch or playing video games or MTV, those are the cells and connections that are going [to] survive."

Although words like adolescent, teen, and young were often used in the video and interview when discussing this critical period for the development of your brains, don't forget that research shows it normally lasts until our mid-twenties:

  • University of Rochester - "The rational part of a teen's brain isn't fully developed and won't be until he or she is 25 years old or so."
  • Mental Health Daily - "All behaviors and experiences you endure until the age of 25 have potential to impact your developing brain."
  • MIT - "As a number of researchers have put it, 'the rental car companies have it right.' The brain isn't fully mature at 16, when we are allowed to drive, or at 18, when we are allowed to vote, or at 21, when we are allowed to drink, but closer to 25, when we are allowed to rent a car."
So now that you know why I've chosen college students to create this new nationwide system of civics clubs, it's time to move on to a brief discussion of how I envision these clubs operating, as well as a look at two of the projects I hope you'll undertake with the 2 domain names that don't have the words "civics club" in them. Bear in mind, however, that these are only suggestions. Once you acquire the domain names in this or any subsequent offers, the only restrictions you have on using them are those that are in the terms of the offers you agree to. And one of the most important reasons I picked UF is because I'm retired and live nearby, which means I'll be available just about anytime you think my advice might be helpful.

Domain Names in Initial Offer
CIVICS CLUBS
This includes the UF Civics Club, Florida Civics Club, and National Civics Club domain names, The differences between them (and the clubs they will be used for) are mostly just ones of size and scope, so there's no need to address them separately at this time.

One of the first things you'll find out if you research civics clubs is that a lot of them have chosen to use "civic," rather that "civics." I chose to include the "s" for one big reason: To reduce the confusion created by this and other webpages dealing with Honda Civic clubs, one of many problems that those who starting forming civics and civic clubs a century ago didn't have to deal with in their far less technologically-advanced times.

And if you dig a bit deeper in your research, you'll find that another group of college students was engaged in creating their own nationwide system of civic clubs (without the "s") way back in 1906. You'll also see that The Intercollegiate League of Civic Clubs they formed was considered to be so important that delegates from the 14 participating universities were invited to an "informal talk" with President Theodore Roosevelt at the White House. (I wasn't able to find anything out about why it failed to catch on, but I don't think it's overly important because our modern world is so radically different from theirs.)

From what has previously been discussed in this background section, you have a pretty good idea of the overall purpose of these civics clubs. As to how they should actually operate, you have a lot of active civic and civics clubs out there that you can study, and whose elected or appointed officers and advisers you can consult with. In particular, I'd like to draw your attention to the Madison Civics Club. It is significant for several reasons, starting with the fact that it has managed to stay in operation for over a century (other than a brief closure during WWII). Another interesting characteristic is that it has operated (albeit at different times) as both an active and crusading organization of many accomplishments, and as one focused more on the common dictionary definition of civics as being merely the study of our rights and responsibilities as citizens.

I recommend that you don't limit yourselves to examining organizations that identify themselves as civic(s) clubs, however. For instance, there's a great deal that can be learned from well-established "public interest" organizations such as Common Cause, Public Citizen, and the 96-year-old League of Women Voters (LWV). And there's also a great deal that can be learned from well-established "service" organizations such as the Lions, Rotary, and Kiwanis clubs—all 3 of which predate the founding of the LWV.

And the most important procedural policy I hope you'll establish for your civics clubs, at every level, is that important decision-making should be made in as democratic a fashion as is reasonably possible. After all, just about any definition you can find of "civics" involves studying the rights and duties of citizens. And there's no better way for students and citizens in a democracy to accomplish that than through experiential learning. Here as well, there are a lot of organizations whose procedures you can study and learn from. On the local level, I would put Portsmouth Listens right at the top of the list. Since 1999, it has been utilizing a form of deliberative democracy in which: "The key has been a commitment to empanel citizens in small groups of 8-12 people, charge them with the responsibility of deliberating like a jury or policy board, and honoring their resulting conclusions."



And on the national level, I believe that America Speaks has provided the best procedures to study and learn from:



Unfortunately, it "closed its doors" 2 years ago after 19 years of operation. However, there are a number of other national level organizations that are still in operation, and whose activities are well worth studying. And although they might not have engaged in as large scale activities as America Speaks, there are at least two of them that possess a feature which might prove to be of even more value: Local representatives.

1. The National Issues Forums has been around since the 1980s, and it has a number of "network partners" here in Florida (including 2 at UF).

2. The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) has been in existence since 2002, and has one representative at UF.

And there is also at least one organization that is worth taking a look at on the international level. Stanford University's Center for Deliberative Democracy has been "devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling" around the world for over 10 years now.

No matter how you choose to operate internally, however, I urge you to do as was recommended earlier in this background section regarding outside activities: Look upon your system of civics clubs as being the trunk of our country's "tree of liberty," with formal high school civics education being the tree's roots. And whenever there are social or political problems that a majority of your members want to address, always try to "branch out" by contacting and offering assistance to well-established organizations with expertise in those areas.

I believe that your members and your fellow citizens will be better served by working together with (rather than competing against) other reputable organizations. A lot of them have been doing wonderful things on our behalf for many years, after all, but have recently fallen on hard times. This is primarily because they (like so many other well-established businesses and nonprofit organizations) have had a great deal of difficulty adapting to the monumental changes in communications technology, especially social media and the powerful handheld devices that are rapidly become ubiquitous.

Before bringing this section on civics clubs to a close, I'd like to caution you against moving too far, too fast. In a free society such as ours, there is a natural tendency for the most enthusiastic and capable individuals to rise to the top of organizations. When that happens in the business world, it spells success. When it comes to citizen-based organizations, however, just the opposite often happens. And that's primarily due to their leadership being too gung-ho and wrapped up in their work, thereby losing touch with the limitations imposed on most of their fellow citizens by their day-to-day lives.

I've seen it happen time and time again: A civic engagement organization is formed by one or more highly-accomplished, dynamic individuals. With each success, the level of their membership, donations, and expenses (paid staff, rental space, etc.) tends to increase. This encourages them to increase the frequency and scope of their activities, which tends to increase the level of their membership, donations, and expenses even further. On and on this cycle goes, until they eventually reach a point at which they are stretching the time and resources of their supporters to the breaking point.

Then, rather than scaling back the frequency and scope of their activities, they double down by increasing the frequency and urgency of their appeals for support—alienating and gradually driving away more and more of their supporters. And this goes on until their organization becomes a mere shell of its former self, looking very much like a dinosaur facing extinction to anyone (especially young adults) looking for an organization to support (and possibly join) in that organization's area of expertise.

And with those last words of advice, I leave the creation and operation of this system of civics clubs in your capable hands—with the understanding that I'll be available to add my two cents' worth whenever it's asked for.

AMENDMENT 28
I recommend that this domain name be used to create an Amendment 28 website that is dedicated to deciding what our country's next constitutional amendment should be, and then coordinating whatever activities will be necessary to get it passed into law. This might seem like an overly optimistic goal to set for such a new organization, but I look at it this way: If you can succeed at this, which is generally acknowledged to be the most difficult political objective of them all, then your nationwide system of civics clubs will have firmly established itself as one of the premier civic engagement organizations in our country.

And besides, I'm not recommending that you try to accomplish this overnight, or that you drop everything else to focus on it. By all means, take your time and strive to accomplish it in a series of steps such as the following:
  • On January 1 or some other date early n 2017, publicly ask for suggestions from all the important sources you can think of (including members of Congress). And as they come in, compile them and list all the important individuals and entities that endorse each one.
  • After you've allowed sufficient time for everyone to weigh in (perhaps 9 months), set up panels of members within your civics clubs to analyze them and make their recommendations for a "Top 10" list.
  • Once that is accomplished (perhaps after 6 months), take all their recommendations into consideration for the compilation of an official "Top 10" list. And on a propitious date in 2018 (perhaps July 4th), announce the activation of 10 separate petitions directed to the National Civics Club. Each one of the petitions will be devoted to one of the Top 10 recommendations for our country's next constitutional amendment, with the understanding that the 3 which gather the most signatures (or "votes") will comprise the final 3 choices.
  • After a predesignated time period (I suggest at least another 6 months), close all 10 petitions. Then start all over again with another round of voting, which will determine the final winner. This time, however, I recommend that only members of the National Civics Club will be entitled to vote. This is not only justified because they are the ones who will have the primary responsibility for doing what it takes to get the next amendment passed, but because it will be a good promotional tool for getting more people to join your civics clubs.
  • Once again, after a predesignated period (another 6 months?), close the polls and announce the winner on as propitious a date as possible (perhaps July 4th again?). And then the ground game begins, with the first step being to initiate a petition to Congress requesting its passage. You will be well into 2019 by this time, but not so far that you won't have plenty of time to get it passed before the next congressional election in November, 2020. And even if you fail in that first attempt, it would make a great issue to publicize for that election—placing all those who didn't support its passage in danger of not being reelected.
So, as you can see, what I'm recommending is a 3-4 year plan just to complete Phase 1 for Amendment 28: Getting it passed by two-thirds of both houses of Congress. That ought to give you more than enough time to get it accomplished. But even if it fails to pass for some reason, all the knowledge and experience you acquire in the process will virtually guarantee that your second attempt will turn out differently. And just in case you think that I've been making the task of amending our country's Constitution appear much more difficult than it actually is, take a look at the following video:



WHITE HOUSE PETITIONS
At President Obama's direction, a White House petitions website was created in September, 2011. And although it has certainly had its critics since then, one of its truly positive aspects is that an official response has always been guaranteed for every petition that accrues a clearly established minimum number of signatures. (Of course, submitted petitions must first meet the White House's criteria for acceptance.)

In spite of that minimum being raised from its initial level of 5,000 to 100,000 in January, 2013, over 300 responses like these recent ones have been issued since the petition site was activated 5 years ago. And as to whether any of them have ever accomplished anything beyond eliciting an online response, the Obama White House recently provided "a look at some of the petitions that jumpstarted conversations between citizens and their government on important national issues and drove real government action."

Just because it has proven itself worthwhile, however, doesn't guarantee that one of President Obama's successors won't pull the plug on it. And there's reason for concern about President-Elect Trump's intentions: As of this petition's submission on 12-3-16, the only means that he has provided for interacting with him (or his transition team) at his GreatAgain.Gov website was this "Hear more from the transition team" e-mail page.

That's why I recommend that, once you have used this domain name to establish a website entitled "White House Petitions," the first petition you create and promote should be similar to the example highlighted in bold below. (And by the way, your website needn't be equipped to prepare and process petitions on its own—not now, not ever. All you need to do is display duplicates of the petitions you are encouraging your fellow citizens to sign, and then provide links to the originals at the White House's We the People petition site. And until President-Elect Trump is sworn into office on January 20th, you can use nongovernmental petition sites such as this one to prepare and process any petitions directed to him.)

To: President-Elect Trump

One of the things that we have liked most about President Obama is the emphasis he has always placed on providing ways for his fellow citizens to communicate with him and his administration. Even before he was sworn into office the first time in January, 2009, his transition team had already conducted several "Open for Questions" sessions that over 100,000 people participated in. And since then, he has provided us with many other opportunities to make our voices heard.

What has probably been the most effective and popular of them all is the "We the People" e-petitions system that has been in operation since September, 2011. As an indication of how effective it has been, the Obama White House recently provided "a look at some of the petitions that jumpstarted conversations between citizens and their government on important national issues and drove real government action." And as to how popular it is, the Chief Digital Officer of the White House stated last April that it had acquired over 23 million total users. And at the end of that same blog entry, he pretty well summed up our feelings about this innovative e-petitions system that President Obama established 5 years ago:

"Our true hope for We the People is that it will become an essential tool of civic participation — one that outlives this Administration and is carried on by the next and the next (and the next)."

We therefore ask that you make a commitment to continue operating this White House e-petitions system, and to archive all of the responses issued by the Obama Administration.

Respectfully,

(End of Prospective Petition to President-Elect Trump)

13. Demand Original Birth Certificates are Unsealed

We are asking Donald Trump when he takes office to unseal original birth certificates and give them back to all adoptees aged eighteen and older.

Adoptees are treated as second class citizens by not having their original birth certificates in most states. Since an original birth certificate is a Federal piece of paper it can be unsealed at the federal level.

Original birth certificates are not sealed because of birthparent privacy (a sugarcoated way to make the adoptee a dirty secret and not a human being) and in fact birthparent privacy does not exist contrary to the myth told by the adoption industry.

An original birth certificate is not sealed until the adoption is finalized, so if a baby is given away for adoption and ends up growing up in foster care he keeps his original birth certificate making privacy null and void. If it were about privacy they'd be sealed at birth.

14. Life's not so Good with LG Electronics

I bought a bluetooth headset and it broke in less than a year. LG will not repair it under it's warranty. I have battled for over 2 months with their company about getting my device repaired. I paid $170.00 for a defective device and I feel scammed.

This is not the first bad encounter I have had with this company's product. Hundreds or even thousands of consumers across the United States have been burned by this company. The customer service is horrible. The supervisors say there is no higher chain in command for customers to speak to. There are no records of information for their corporate headquarters.

Something must be done about this company and their management services. There are hundreds of complaints online and I am not the only one who has had probles with this company. They refuse to answer any questons over the customer service line. I beleive as a consumer that a company should stand by it's product and it's warranty. If i am purchasing this product in the USA , why am I dealing with a customer service representitive supervisor from the Phillipines? It makes no sense.

http://www.corporateofficeheadquarters.com/2012/01/lg-corporate-office-headquarters.html?showComment=1479227491651#c5991372591737226296

http://www.customerservicescoreboard.com/LG

15. Tell Donald Trump we don't want to shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency, “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement or stop funding clean energy research

We need to tell Donald Trump we don't want him to shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency, “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement and stop funding clean energy research.

If these things happen, it will be a disaster for the environment world wide.

The solution? Continue funding clean energy research. Don't shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency. Don't “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement.

16. Demand Hillary Clinton be disqualified immediately from qualifying for the Presidency

Demand Hillary Clinton be disqualified immediately from Presidency of United states due to violation of title 18 Code 2071 and that she have her Top Secret/Classified Clearance Terminated immediately and permanently.

Hillary Rodham Clinton has committed : Perjury, Obstruction of Justice and Careless Mishandling of Top Secret and Classified E-mails and Information. Hillary Rodham Clinton by her own admission under oath stated that she obstructed Justice, which automatically disqualifies her for holding public office under title 18 Code 2071, she was released from her job for destroying evidence in Watergate scandal as well as destroying evidence requested from her once subpoenaed from FBI to turn it over.

She stated under oath (proving that she is mentally incompetent and incapable of maintaining Classified Clearance Protocol) she stated that she could not recalling Top Secret/Classified briefing Protocol and Procedures. She did sign a Classified Protocol Disclosure. This is a threat to the National Security of the United States of America. After 25 years of Governmental experience she is incapable of distinguishing between a Classified and Non-Classified email or document. An aid of Hillary Clinton's also left and entire folder of Classified information in a Hotel Room in China. America cannot afford to lose Secret Agent Lives, military lives or civilian lives or have America be destroyed over Hillary Rodham Clinton's carelessness and the carelessness of her staff.

17. Hurricane Matthew Relief Bahamas

Hurricane Matthew is currently a strong tropical cyclone that impacted Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, and the United States. It was the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix in 2007. The fourteenth tropical cyclone, thirteenth storm, fifth hurricane and second major hurricane of the annual hurricane season, Matthew formed from a vigorous tropical wave that moved off the African coast on September 22, progressing on a westward track until it developed into a tropical storm while it was situated just to the east of the Leeward Islands on September 28. A day later, it became a hurricane while west of the Leeward Islands, and rapidly strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane for a brief period.

Between October 4-6. 016. The storm ravaged the islands of our Nation leaving a wake of devastation!

(taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Matthew)

18. Consulate services in Suffolk County to facilitate the Haitian community

Haitian Americans United for Change, H.A.U.C. Inc., has been in existence since 2008, serving the Haitian and Haitian American community in Suffolk County.

We are a credited organization that work with state and local elected officials to improve the quality of life for our residents. Immigration has been a top priority for our organization.

We have partnered with various organizations to address the needs of immigrants.

19. Save Tecumseh Annex 2016-2017

Tecumseh Annex is a vibrant K-3 elementary school in Vancouver. Along with a group of other schools, it is facing potential closure due to a budget shortfall caused by the chronic under-funding of BC schools. In fact, several annexes seem to be targeted in this school closure proposal.

Tecumseh Annex is an example of a primary school that puts the needs of its' students, and their families, first. This school provides excellent education support for all of its' students, regardless of their learning needs. The small size of the school creates a nurturing environment for primary students, who are all known by name. As students age out of the school quickly, they are given a chance to lead from a young age, building confidence and citizenship.

The school acts as a meeting point for diverse cultural groups and allows families to make essential connections. Annexes, and Tecumseh Annex in particular, are essential components of our neighborhoods, and ideal places for our smallest students to belong.

The Tecumseh Annex school community is passionate about keeping our doors open. Please sign this petition to support this cause.

20. Change Ashmeade Park to SW Bricktown Park

Several residents of the SW Bricktown neighborhood have done research regarding the name Ashmeade and the history behind the park.

Having found no history behind the name, the residents would like Ashmeade changed to SW Bricktown.

21. Petition for an All Abilities Bicycle & Go Kart Track

Everyone loves to ride a bike, especially in the great outdoors and in a pictures spot; like close to Perth’s beautiful Swan River.

If though you have a disability and require a specialized, awkward to carry, and difficult to transport bicycle, then cycling isn’t as easy and accessible as it should be. Finding ideal bike tracks to ride in Perth isn’t easy either.

22. MAFIA 3: CZ dabing: support cz players

CZ Dabing was in Mafia I and Mafia II , and we want cz dabing in Mafia III too.
Please do it. Please Support CZ/SK Players.

23. Roads for Kenya's Olympic Gold Medalists

Kenyan athletes, through individual sacrifice and strife, unite us in our moments of political and tribal divisions. They have brought us honour, glory and made Kenya shine in the family of the world's nations. We have not always given them the honour they deserve & at times treated them less than they deserve, so as a token of our appreciation why not name some of our roads and streets after them?

We can start with our multiple Olympic Gold medalists! Please support this petition to the Government of Kenya to honour our GOLD MEDALISTS.
Kipchoge Keino
David Rudisha
Vivian Cheruyoit
Just to mention three.

24. Support Lidl in Hythe

Lidl have exchanged contracts to purchase the St John's Street car park and PC Building Supplies yard in Hythe, subject to grant of planning permission. We are delighted to be in a position to commence consultation with the local community on Lidl’s proposed development of a new neighbourhood discount foodstore.

The proposed Lidl site is just under 1.7 acres and lies at the eastern edge of Hythe town centre and is currently a public car park and builders merchants yard. The current occupier of the builders merchants, PC Building Supplies, will be applying to relocate to new premises on Hardley Industrial Estate to allow continued expansion of their successful local business. PC Builders intend on selling the remaining part of their land to Churchill Retirement Living for 36 retirement apartments. The Lidl, Churchill and PC Builders proposals are dependent on each other, meaning that all three planning applications need to be granted permission for any of the developments to proceed.

Lidl’s proposal is for the construction of a bespoke two storey building to accommodate a 2,202m² Lidl foodstore with a net sales area of 1,377m². The proposed development will benefit from 105 parking spaces situated to the front and side of the store including 6 disabled spaces and 3 parent and child spaces. Free parking will be offered to customers for a period of 90 minutes.

The St John’s Street car park was identified in the Local Plan adopted in 2014 as a Town Centre Opportunity Site (HYD4), being suitable for additional retail development to ensure the continued viability and vitality of the town centre.

A typical Lidl sells 95% own-brand products with a limited range of circa 1,800 lines. This is a small fraction of the 30,000+ product lines sold by the major multiple supermarkets. Lidl stores do not have an in-store butcher, delicatessen, fishmonger, pharmacy or cafe. We do not sell tobacco, stationery, hot food, permanent ranges of clothing, video games, greetings cards, nor a large number of newspapers and magazines. Lidl do not have concessions such as film processing, dry cleaning, shoe repair nor Post Office services. This allows Lidl foodstores to complement the product range of smaller independent retailers and promote mutually beneficial linked trips.

We will shortly be publishing a full set of development plans on our development website (www.hythe.lidl.co.uk) as part of our comprehensive public consultation exercise.

25. Charity Day #Edhi

#Edhi is a name of love for every one...... If you are non-Muslim dont be afraid Edhi loves you......... Edhi is a name of Justice name of kind name of hope name of Law name of humanity name of charity name of help......Edhi is Kind and justice with every one....When u become ill and your family didn't get any help then your family know who help you #Edhi - Then your family call Edhi Ambulance.... In Pakistan when ever some thing happened Edhi took plasce as a first person..... I dont have any words for such a great person.
May ALLAH Rest In Peace
You can check more about Edhi

https://goo.gl/TLsaLV

26. Keep Surbiton Crescent Open

Kingston Council plan to close off Surbiton Crescent to cars in order to make space for cyclists.

This will make it difficult for parents to get their children to school and divert hundreds of cars down roads like Uxbridge Road where young children live and play.

Please sign this petition and ask Kingston Council to reconsider the closure.

We only need 500 signatures to get the council to review the closure.

Thank you for your support.

27. Internet Purge for one Week

Social media and or media in general have gotten out of hand.

We need to purge the Internet out of our lives for at least a week. I think people need to go back to the days when we actually talked to each other.

We have become so disconnected with no human interaction it's no wonder we can't live in harmony with each other. We plug in and check out and never unplug!

We are addicted and the government is our enabler! Shut it down! I need to purge the Internet for at least a week! I want to step out and get to know my neighbor, my community, my city, my people with whom I need to be in good harmony with.

Shut it down! Purge it out!

28. Change State of Origin Referees

From 2011 up to 2016, there have been three distinctive referees for the state of origin games. Shayne Hayne, Ben Cummins and Gerard Sutton. All three referees have throughout their careers shown a favourable demeanour towards the Queensland Team, giving off the impression that they are in fact maroon sympathisers.

Queensland Rugby League chairman Peter Betros himself admitted that they had been given some favourable calls from the referees during the game.

In the last two years in Origin, the Maroons have won five of the six penalty counts.
Captain Cameron Smith is a master manipulator of the referees, has on several occasions been filmed asking for a penalty every single tackle.

In order for QLD to win a game, they use cheap tricks to favour their odds (such as contesting Semi Radradra playing for NSW).

The referees blatantly ignore Qld actions that should be penalised.

Inglis punched a NSW player in the face when he was tackled, which was ignored completely by referees and players combined. The referees awarded QLD 4 penalties in a row for what can only be seen as soft penalties.

I call for the NRL to change referees in the hope that we can have fair games, where both sides are penalised for their actions.

As Gerard Sutton and Ben Cummins are seen as being biased, this increases the chance of the games being rigged from the start just by the referee choices.

29. Les odeurs des égouts d'Huntingdon, Québec / Sewage odours from Huntingdon, Québec

Depuis mai 2015, la ville de Huntingdon, Québec éprouve des difficultés avec son usine de traitement des eaux usées. Les résidents de la municipalité de Godmanchester, Hinchinbrooke, ainsi que de la ville d'Huntingdon sont affectés par ces odeurs dégoûtantes et répulsives.

As of May 2015, the town of Huntingdon, Québec has been experiencing difficulties with their sewage treatment facility. The residents of the municipalities of Godmanchester, Hinchinbrooke, as well as the town of Huntingdon, have been affected by this disgusting and repulsive smell.

30. Call for a transparent, non anonymous digital voting system

We the people are entitled to a transparent paper trail of those elected into power.
The days of paper sheets signed anonymously, to be counted by the few behind closed doors should cease.

There should be no shame in our right to vote.

Any attempt to attack our right to vote freely should punishable with the utmost discipline.