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Coronavirus Aid

315 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

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

$2000/month to every American #moneyforthepeople #covid19

**UPDATE: As we near the end of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. And so do the economic consequences. My small business is suffering and my family is afraid – and I know I’m not alone. With newly elected officials taking office at all levels of government, we have a new opportunity to push for more relief checks. The pandemic is at the top of the agenda. Sign to send a message that people need multiple checks to get through this crisis. 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
1,983,115 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Donald J. Trump, Donald trump

Donald Trump, Joe Biden: Cancel Student Loans by Executive Order!

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 70%, 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.  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 precondition for receiving the loans. 80% were never going to be able to repay their loans before the pandemic.  What's more: the most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system. 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 small amounts, but saw their loan balances skyrocket over decades of abuse at the hands of this unconsitutionally predatory lending system. People over 50 owe more than triple what people under 25 owe.  More than half of people over 75 are in default, and seniors citizens are having their social security taken from them. 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 the President- whether this one or the next- to 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
857,567 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis

Save the Florida Charter Boat Industry

If you or someone you know is a charter boat operator or somehow involved in the saltwater recreational fishing business in the State of Florida, I strongly encourage you and them to help get the governor’s attention. Using this letter as a template, copy and paste, replace my name and business with your own and send to Governor Ron Desantis at GovernorRon.Desantis@eog.myflorida.com  We all have something in common. Fishing is our livelihood. Our best chance to be heard is with a collective voice. Please act now.  You also can help by signing this petition and sharing it with everyone. If you have other ideas, put them into play, sooner rather than later, please.   My name is Captain Kit Carson Mobley. I am the owner/operator of DirtyBoat Charters in Islamorada in The Florida Keys. My industry, already reeling from the impact of Hurricane Irma, is in danger of collapsing. The Coronavirus pandemic requires that my clients must focus on staying healthy and alive, not fishing but staying at home for their safety and the safety of others. Tens of thousands of others in my industry are in the same predicament. We need the state’s help to keep the fleet afloat. You have demonstrated exceptional leadership helping the citizens of the great State of Florida deal with a pandemic crisis never before seen by anyone alive today. Now the charter fleet needs your help. We realize ours is but one of many businesses throughout the state in need. Consider, though, saltwater recreational fishing generated $7.9 Billion for the state’s economy in 2014, according to the most recent data from NOAA Fisheries, and supports 114,898 jobs. We ask that the state identify urgently needed relief funding. Our businesses may well not survive without it, drastically reducing an important driver of tourism dollars critical to Florida’s economic engine in the post-COVID 19 recovery. We respectfully request immediate action to sustain the state’s charter fleets through this economic crisis. The recreational saltwater fishing industry must recover to do its part in future economic stimulus. We recognize and fully appreciate the many choices you have had to make, and those you will need to make to get our state back on track. We implore you to make this one of them. Tourism in The Florida Keys alone generates annual economic value of $27 Billion and $70 Million in annual tax revenue. With 60% of all visitors to The Florida Keys engaging in fishing activities, surely investing in the charter fishing business’s survival will benefit the future of our region and the state. We salute your leadership and service to Florida. Thank you for bearing the burden on behalf of the state’s residents to get us all through this crisis. Please advise us on any necessary actions on our part. We look forward to your response.

DirtyBoat Charters
4,844 supporters