Vanessa Guillen UPDATE: Protest planned, petition created to honor her with U.S. flags at half-staff
HOUSTON A protest will be held to demand accountability and justice for Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen in College Station. A Change.org petition is also making viral rounds on Friday, calling for President Donald Trump to have all flags at half-staff in honor of Fort Hood soldier and Houston native Vanessa Guillen, missing since April. The petition, created by James Vaughan Thursday evening, has a goal of 5,000 signatures. The tragic and untimely death of SPC Vanessa Guillen saddens the local community and the nation, the petitions description reads, Lets ask President Trump to order the U.S. Flag to half-staff to honor an American soldier who should not have had her life ended so abruptly.Guillen was promoted to Specialist on Thursday to honor her service with the U.S. Army.
Thousands sign online petition demanding H-E-B reinstate its mask policy
As Texas starts to experience the second peak in COVID-19 infections, H-E-B shoppers are calling on the company to do its part in limiting the spread of the virus by mandating its mask policy again. A petition created by David Spener on Change.org explains that the Texas-based supermarket dropped the requirement for shoppers to wear a mask because Gov. Greg Abbott has not granted local governments the power to legally require people in public places to wear masks, according to H-E-B representatives. Speners argument is that H-E-B, a private company, has the right to require its customers to wear masks in their stores. The petition demanding H-E-B reinstate its mask policy for the benefit of its partners, shoppers, and the wider public in Texas, has garnered nearly 40,000 signatures as of Wednesday.
Texas State Teacher Association to governor: Close schools for the remainder of the school year
HOUSTON – Texas State Teachers Association has one clear message to Gov. Greg Abbott: keep all schools closed for the remainder of the school year. The association started a petition, noting school closures would keep students, educators, and communities safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. The association also recommended the government keep school districts funded to avoid layoffs and assist in paying hourly workers, such as education support professionals. Do the right thing to keep kids, educators, and communities safe,” Texas State Teachers Association wrote in the petition.