More than 41,000 people have signed petitions to stop Jeff Bezos from returning to Earth after his trip to space next month

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Jeff Bezos is set to launch aboard the New Shepard rocket on July 20.

  • Petitions to stop Jeff Bezos’ Earth re-entry collected more than 41,000 signatures between them.
  • The one with the most signatures is entitled: “Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth.”
  • Bezos will fly into space on July 20 for Blue Origin’s first human flight of New Shepard rocket.
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More than 41,000 people have signed petitions calling to stop Jeff Bezos from returning to Earth after he blasts into space next month.

Bezos, founder of space-exploration firm Blue Origin, said on June 7 that he and his brother Mark Bezos will fly into space aboard the New Shepard rocket on July 20 – the company’s first human flight.

Three days after Bezos’ announcement, two petitions were launched to try and prevent the billionaire’s re-entry to Earth. They have both garnered thousands of followers in just 10 days.

More than 23,000 people have signed one Change.org petition titled: “Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth.”

“Billionaire’s should not exist…on earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter they should stay there,” the petition’s description said.

Some signatories gave a reason for signing the petition, which included comments such as “being let back into Earth is a privilege – not a right,” and “Earth don’t want people like Jeff, Bill [Gates], Elon [Musk] and other such billionaires.”

Another petition, called “Petition To Not Allow Jeff Bezos Re-Entry To Earth,” has accumulated more than 18,000 signatures and is quickly increasing.

Jose Ortiz, who set up the petition, said in the description that Bezos is “an evil overlord hellbent on global domination.”

“The fate of humanity is in your hands,” Ortiz also wrote.

Both petitions are aiming to get 25,000 signatures, making them two of the top signed petitions on Change.org, according to the website.

Bezos will take an 11-minute flight to the edge of space alongside his brother and the winner of the Blue Origin auction for a seat in the New Shepard spacecraft, which sold for $28 million. They’ll be strapped into a dome-shaped capsule, which sits on top of the rocket booster.

Once New Shepard reaches the Kármán line – an imaginary boundary 62 miles (100 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface – the capsule will separate from the booster, reenter the atmosphere, and float back down to Earth with the help of parachutes.

“I want to go on this flight because it’s a thing I wanted to do all my life. It’s an adventure – it’s a big deal for me,” Bezos said in a video posted to Instagram on June 7.

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A petition urging the government to give $2,000 monthly stimulus checks to every American has surpassed 2 million signatures

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Protesters rally demanding economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic in New York City on August 5, 2020.

  • A petition calling for $2,000 monthly stimulus checks has reached more than 2 million signatures.
  • The petition argues the three stimulus checks released over the course of a year have not been sufficient to deal with the financial repercussions brought on by the pandemic.
  • Senate Democrats have been urging both Congress to pass recurring relief checks to stave off financial difficulty.
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More than 2 million people have so far signed a petition calling for monthly stimulus checks in the amount of $2,000 to support Americans as the pandemic continues.

The petition, which was first posted on Change.org last year, was started by Colorado restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin.

“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,” Bonin wrote on the petition. “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.”

In the petition, Bonin urges Congress to issue “immediate checks and recurring payments.”

“Congress needs to make sure that we won’t be financially ruined for doing our part to keep the country healthy,” she wrote.

There have been three rounds of stimulus checks in the last 15 months since the onset of the pandemic.

The last stimulus check was passed under President Joe Biden in the amount of $1,400 to eligible Americans. Congress has been slow to issue stimulus checks because of partisan disagreements between Republicans and Democrats. Each party has had different visions of the amount allocated per check and other relief measures the overall spending package would include.

The Trump administration issued two stimulus checks – the first in the amount of $1,200 and the second in the amount of $600. Nine months passed between both rounds.

Bonin criticized the amount of time it took Congress to come to an agreement.

“Another single check won’t solve our problems – people are just too far behind,” Bonin wrote on the petition. “Like we’ve been saying from the beginning of this pandemic, people need to know when the next check is coming. And the best thing our government can do right now is send emergency money to the people on a monthly basis.”

Bonin’s petition has garnered so much support that Change.org recognized it in its list of top 10 petitions that changed 2020.

Senate Democrats have been urging both Congress and the Biden administration to pass recurring relief checks to help stave off the financial devastation brought on by the coronavirus.

“Supplying Americans with monthly support until they can get back on their feet can save our communities from financial ruin,” Bonin wrote.

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