Adam B. Schiff
U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district
Adam B. Schiff
U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district
Justice 4 Amie - Domestic Violence Laws Updated
Due to domestic violence, I recently lost a wonderful friend, Dr. Amie Harwick. She was murdered as a result of poorly written laws that do not protect the victims and properly punish the offenders. I refuse to let her death be in vain. She was a Doctor in the Mental Health Field and advocate in the community. We need to do the same and advocate for Amie. So I am launching JUSTICE 4 AMIE! Amie had a restraining order in place against a violent ex boyfriend she dated over a decade ago. The restraining order had expired before her untimely death. In the last week of January 2020, this ex boyfriend attended an event, at which she was making an appearance, and continued his harassment of her. He began to stalk her thereafter and on late Valentine's night decided to attack her in her own home. This man clearly needed treatment, incarceration and/or punishment for years prior to this attack. She should have never been in this situation like so many other victims. The process to get a restraining order is very difficult, traumatizing and must be repeated when the restraining order expires. With this in mind I believe the laws and statues need to be re-written as follows: 1. No expiration date or a longer protection term and to not be lifted until victim requests it to be cancelled. 2. Mandatory affirmative obligation for long term counseling for the stalker/abuser if a restraining order is violated even a minor offense. If they are deemed a harm to the victim or society, then institutionalization may be ordered. 3. Victims should not have to testify in a courtroom close to their abuser/stalker. There should be an option to live stream in a safe space in a satellite location for the hearing with the judge. It's a traumatic experience that the victim is already dealing with and should not be subjected to it again if they do not feel they can. That is why many abusers get away with their actions: many victims back out of trial due to fear of facing their perpetrator. 4. Just like sex offenders, a National Restraining Order Registry should be made to warn others of offenders that have restraining orders. There can be levels just like Sex Offender Registry. A national database so that you can look up an individual and see if they have multiple restraining orders out on them. It is very difficult to search an individual now to determine if they have had more than one Restraining Order without knowing the Victim etc. 5. Financial Abuse by Abusers is very serious and is another major reason why most victims find it difficult to leave their abuser. Identity Theft since the abuser may have all the personal and financial information of the victim. Their Credit Scores ruined by partners running up charges and not paying their debts to hurt the victim. Coercive Abuse. UPDATE for 5. - SUPPORT SENATE BILL 1141 by Senator Rubio who is currently pushing for Legislation on this matter in California. 6. Free access to Attorneys just like criminals have free access to public defenders. A victim should not have to bear the legal fees that are incurred when seeking protection. 7. The personal addresses of anyone should be blocked from public access and remain private per individuals request. Voter Registration and Business Registration is an easy way to access someone's personal home information which gives Stalkers and Abusers access to the victim's home address. Privacy matters! UPDATE for 7. = https://www.sos.ca.gov/registries/safe-home/ 8. Supporting Current Bills to pass like SACRAMENTO, CA – Sen. Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) has introduced Senate Bill 1141, which will expand legal protections for survivors of domestic violence by criminalizing threats, humiliation, intimidation, and other coercive actions that are used to frighten and control a victim. SB 1141 makes coercive control a crime punishable by imprisonment in jail not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000. The bill defines coercive control as the deprivation or violation of the victim’s personal liberty, which can be established through a course of conduct including force, duress, isolation, or economic abuse. Examples of coercive control include controlling a person’s finances; isolating a person from family and friends; and monitoring a person’s day-to-day activities. “Current domestic violence laws do not reflect how domestic violence is practiced in reality,” Sen. Rubio said. “The new crime of coercive control recognizes that domestic violence encompasses more than just physical abuse. This change protects survivors of domestic violence by making their cases harder to dismiss and easier to prosecute.” “SB 1141 authored by Sen. Rubio recognizes that domestic violence is not limited to physical violence,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, the bill’s sponsor. “This legislation addresses the very real harm of coercive control and strengthens the State’s protections for domestic violence survivors.” England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland have had coercive control laws for several years, encouraging changes in how their societies view individual acts of violence as part of a broader pattern of abuse. The unique harms suffered by domestic violence survivors occurs as much from the deprivation of liberty achieved through a pattern of power and control as it does from discrete physical acts of violence. If anyone has any other ideas, we would love to hear them. People shouldn't have to die to make changes. As she helped countless numbers of other people in life, we need to use Amie’s passing as a catalyst for change. So her family, friends, and loved ones’ pain from her death is not in vain. Enough is Enough. 1 in 4 will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 1 in 3 women will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 3 women a day are killed by domestic violence. #Justice4Amie Lets get a Million Signatures & More
Justice for Joslyn, Jaslene, and Eden.
In the early morning of August 17th, Joslyn, Jaslene, and Eden, were physically assaulted and robbed in Hollywood, California. There are a series of videos that have been posted and suddenly taken down by the very same men that attacked them, where they are seen assaulting, robbing, and humiliating the three women. Joslyn, Jaslene, and Eden are trans women of color. A crowbar, a bottle, and even a bike were amongst some of the objects that were used to threaten and hurt the women. The bottle was broken onto Jaslene’s head in which briefly knocked her unconscious. The girls begged for bystanders to call the police, more so when one of the girls was momentarily unresponsive, but all people did was record them on the ground and laugh at them. In a very divisive world, especially in today's social climate, let us not forget about the trans community, for they have the dimmest voices as they are not amplified enough and are often excluded. Please sign this petition and help me demand justice for JoslynFlawless, Jaslene WhiteRose, and Eden The Doll. On behalf of all of the loved ones of Joslyn, Jaslene, and Eden, we demand this justice. All of the men involved and responsible for these inhumane acts of violence must be arrested, interrogated, and charged for assault, robbery, and attempted murder. Violence against all women should not be tolerated. UPDATE*** After a suspenseful investigation, the outcome of the incident was that the men were released on bail and the charges have been dropped. Joslyn, Jaslene, & Eden spoke with the D.A over the phone where he explained to them that they would have to review the evidence once again to further the investigation. A completely unnecessary and poor excuse to force accountability onto the men who attacked 3 Trans Women in Hollywood.
Tell Congress not to pass the SEA, Act & SECURE, Act which will harm protected marine life
The SEA Act bill and the SECURE Act bill would give oil industries almost unregulated ability to perform Seismic surveying. The practice involves a ship firing blasts of pressurized air to create powerful sound pulses that penetrate beneath the seafloor. Below the water, the explosions sound like bombs going off every 10 to 15 seconds and can be heard as far as 1,500 miles, audio recordings show. The testing threatens a number of species and is part of a thinly veiled oil industry wish list that would upend established protections and fast-track the permitting process for oil exploration off the Atlantic, much of Alaska and even California. Both bills have passed committee and could head to a full vote any day. The bills follow other undoings that have prioritized oil and gas energy over conservation which is vital to the protection of endangered species. The new bills would target the core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which regulates seismic blasts used to locate oil and gas. The noise, scientists say, can disorient and damage the hearing of whales and dolphins so badly that they lose their ability to navigate and reproduce. We cannot allow further offshore oil and gas exploration and development as it harms our coastal economies in the near term and opens the door to even greater risks from offshore oil and gas production down the road. To read the full story, check out http://seavoicenews.com/2018/04/02/oil-seismic-tests-law-harms-marine-life/
Banks had their bail out at the US tax payers expense so now it's the Banking Industries turn to take one for the team. #TEAMAMERICA Sign this petition in support for your local small business who employ many within your community. Employees working for companies with less than 50 employees are excluded from the Covid -19 Stimulus Package totalling 8 Billion dollars. They will not receive 2 weeks sick pay should they need to take off from work. Why? Mom and Pop businesses make up over 50% of the nation's companies. Their workers deserve the same opportunity as their neighbor working for a large corporation. Please show your support for small business. Ex: local restaurants, coffee shops, boutique, beauty salons, all types of shops owners, printing, specialty stores, your dentist, and millions of other service oriented industries and vendors who service closed schools and closed local governments. The affect will hit for countless additional industries, like DHL, Federal Express and UPS employees when the demand for deliveries are no longer there. There are countless more business types affected for unknown reasons that come from our need to social distance in order to help prevent the spread of the virus. Help their landlord say to their small business tenant, " you can push back the next month's rent due". As Americans following the President's and CDC guidelines to stay home, work from home which is impossible in many industries, and not gather in groups to help prevent the spread of Covid -19. over the next few months, these small business, should have been equally considered with the travel industries bail out plans in the Stimulus package being reviewed before Congress to encourage them to cease transportation. For the next three months, millions of small businesses expect to have severe revenue hardships that will detrimentally affect millions of families salaries if smal employers must chose to pay a loan or make payroll. Let us not force them to shut their doors sending employees hiking to the unemployment lines. These small businesses are very fragile during this period and could greatly benefit. It could keep them out from filing bankruptcy when income and revenue are severly limited due to obstacles in their operations. They arent asking for a hand out. They are asking to delay payments due without added interest assessed. They deserve to receive a 3 month reprieve from making loan payments to all types of financial institutions and banks without penalty, without default for non payment or fear of receiving a negative report from credit agencies. Why three months? This is the period that the Global pandemic is expected to consume and move through our nation altering our everyday behavior. While temporary, it is enough to throw every single small business into a dark tunnel never to see the light of day again. These small businesses are owned by the average middle class person. He could be your neighbor. By signing this petition, you are letting our nation's leaders know you support the working man and small business over the billions of dollars in profits taken by the banking industry in interest payments made by small business owners and their employees. The money these financial institutions charge us is often used to lobby congress against our immediate interests. We need to maintain our economic strength of the people by supporting these people. So without your signature, we will be letting big banks win over the working man during the most critical period in our nation's economic history. Sign the Petition and say we are #teamamerica. God bless all of us!!!
Save The Sharks
My goal with this petition is to create awareness about sharks and hopefully create better laws to protect them. More than 100 million sharks are being killed every year for their fins. They have their fins cut off, and are thrown back into the ocean to die slowly. Sharks are needed in the world because they serve a massive part in our ecosystem. They balance out the oceans and remove the weak and the sick. They ensure species diversity. Their disappearance can set off a chain reaction throughout the ocean and even effect the people who are on the shore. Many shark species are being threatened with extinction because they don't have the chance to reproduce quick enough with the amount that are being killed each year. Sharks are “functionally extinct” in one of five of the worlds coral reefs. This finning of sharks will affect the environment, and the food chain massively. Keep our sharks safe and in the water where they belong. Every signature helps and is beneficial to helping these magnificent creatures repopulate and get off of the endangered list. It is estimated that by 2040 sharks will be completely extinct. Lets help reverse this, and change the world one step at a time. Save the sharks.
Stop Coca-Cola, Nestle and PepsiCo from siphoning California's water supply
Given the unprecedented drought that California is facing, the idea that Nestlé, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and other water bottlers are tapping California's scarce water supply to sell, is unconscionable. California's agricultural industry raises over a third of the country's vegetables, and two-thirds of the country's fruits and nuts. California is the most populous state in the Union. California suffers from devastating wildfires every year. Yet none of this concerns Nestlé, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and other water bottlers; who put their needs for profit over the needs of the state of California and its residents. Please join me in demanding that all tapping of California municipal water supplies, natural springs, groundwater supplies and any other naturally occurring water resources by private corporations who resell that water, be outlawed! And demand that those corporations who continue to bottle California water, be required to replace that water in California (from non-California resources), drop for drop, at their own expense in addition to levying steep fines for doing so!
Senate Must Call John Bolton To Testify
John Bolton has first hand information regarding the Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump. Call him to testify before the Senate. We, the American people, deserve a Fair Impeachment Trial. No president, Democrat or Republican, should condition military aid to an ally at war for personal political favors.
Stop our Tax Dollars from Funding Their Cover Up
Since the 2016 elections Nancy Pelosi's House of Representatives and the rest of the Democratic Partie have done absolutely nothing except waste millions of OUR hard earned money which we pay in taxes to help with things such as infrastructure, on destroying our dually elected President Donald J. Trump. The US House of Representative and Senate are elected by us, they work for us and they are not doing their jobs! Their hate for the President and loss of power is greater than their love of this Country. They are using our money to fund their agenda of lies, and deceit in order to cover up their crimes. The left is trying to take away our right to elect who we want to run this country!! Stand we me today to demand that the LEFT stop using our hard earned tax dollars to railroad our President. It is our job, the job of the American people to choose if President Trump stays in power or not, if he really deserves to be impeached then it will be done at the ballad box in the 2020 election. Sign your name below to demand our money be used to fund things such as infrastructure, clean up metropolitan cities like Baltimore, fight homelessness and the so many other important issues that Congress has failed to address in the past three years. We the People need to stand and demand that Congress do what's right!!
End Child Marriage in California
Current marriage age exception laws in CA offer dangerous loopholes to predators who can and do use them to exploit children. My Story: My name is Sara Tasneem, and I am a child marriage survivor who is advocating to end child marriage in California. At just fifteen, I was forced by my father to marry a 28 year old stranger. Sadly, I am not alone, a recent report showed that: "Between 2000 and 2015, at least 207,459 minors were married in the United States", and 86% of child marriages happen to girls marrying adult men. Many Americans are unaware that children across the United States are legally able to marry. State laws govern marriage age laws and 46 out of 50 states allow children under the age of 18 to marry with parental consent, or if there is a pregnancy involved. Join me in fighting to end child marriage in CA today! Child Marriage is legal in 46 out of the 50 states in the US Ending child marriage in the United States is an uphill battle because each state must approve new bills limiting the age of marriage to 18. Many states, including California, are reticent to pass such bills because of age-old patriarchal views of marriage and pregnancy. Recently, Delaware and New Jersey passed the marriage laws to limit the age of marriage to 18 with no exceptions. After the age of 18 individuals are considered adults and they can access the vital services that they might need if they experience abuse, or want to divorce their partners. Child marriage in California: In California there is NO age limit for a minor to marry with parental consent and Judicial review. What is problem with these laws? Minors are easily coerced and forced into marriages especially when raised in an abusive household. Parental consent can mean force and abuse if a minor does not comply with a marriage chosen for them. Once they have been forced into a marriage it is extremely difficult to leave. Child Marriage is considered a HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE internationally and domestically, but there are very few laws which prevent it. Here is a small list of significant roadblocks that minors face in California when trying to leave an abusive forced marriage. Minors who marry are THREE TIMES more likely to experience abuse within their marriages. Shelters will not take minors in without parental consent, and often minors are turned away or sent to youth shelters where there is a lack of bed space. Minors cannot enter into contracts thus, it is difficult to find an attorney that will take on a minor’s divorce. Minors are not allowed to get driver’s licenses until after 16 (with parental consent). Minors are not allowed to work in some states until 15-16 years old (with parental consent). Many minors who marry are often forced to drop out of school limiting their ability to get jobs, or future opportunities. Minors who marry are faced with serious health risks, and often have more children than their adult counterparts. Minors who marry suffer from higher complications in childbirth, and higher rates of mental health issues. Forced child marriage can often be inter-generational and many minors who are forced into marriages suffer from multiple layers of abuse. The solution: END CHILD MARRIAGE FOR GOOD, limit marriage to adults only (18 years+). References: http://apps.frontline.org/child-marriage-by-the-numbers/ Learn more: https://endchildmarriageus.org/ My advocacy work and contact information: https://tasneemsfadvocacy.home.blog/