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Petitioning U.S National Park Services

Remove Selma’s KKK Memorialization: Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge

Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Movement marched through Selma and over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The marches across the bridge led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and today the bridge is a symbol of nonviolent victory for change! Unfortunately, the bridge is STILL named after a man who served as Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan, was a Confederate General, and was later elected as a United States Senator. The bridge was the site of “Bloody Sunday”. On March 7, 1965, hundreds of nonviolent protesters attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for their right to vote. But as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were met by Alabama state troopers and deputized civilians who were armed with billy clubs, tear gas, and cattle prods and attacked the marchers and drove them back to Brown Chapel Church. How could a landmark that holds so much significance for the civil rights movement be named after a man who not only supported slavery, but held one of the highest positions within the Ku Klux Klan? It's time for the state of Alabama, the city of Selma, and the National Park Service to remove a KKK leader's name from the historic bridge.  Selma and the Voting Rights Movement altered the course of history forever, and Selma has done too much for this country to remain unchanged. Selma is currently 80% African American, with a black mayor and majority African American local city officials. The name Edmund Pettus is far from what the city of Selma should honor. Let’s change the image of the bridge from hatred and rename it to memorialize hope and progress. Please sign our petition calling on Selma and Alabama leaders and the National Park Service to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Students UNITE
191,001 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!

I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!

Jenifer Bass
33,378 supporters
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Petitioning Guy, Jr., N. Gunter

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources : Stop the euthanization of orphaned wildlife in Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division) issued a letter on August 29, 2013, to all Alabama Wildlife Rescue Centers and licensed Alabama wildlife rehabilitators. The letter states that due to a policy change, they will not be allowed to rehabilitate any fur bearing animals including orphaned/injured baby bats, skunks, opossums, foxes, coyotes, feral pigs and raccoons.  Furthermore they are to be turned over to specified locations for euthanization. The original concern was for what is believed to be an overpopulation of raccoons in the state  and the threat from rabies and other diseases which raccoons "can" carry as can ANY mammal. The small number of these animals that are orphaned each year, rehabilitated and returned into the wild is not significant enough to be causing an overpopulation.   Statistics gathered by the Alabama Department of Health for 2013 shows the number of documented cases of raccoon rabies is eleven.  THERE HAVE BEEN NO DOCUMENTED CASES OF HUMAN INFECTION SINCE 1994. Statistics gathered by ADOH from 1950-2012 show an average of 29 cases of raccoon rabies per year while the same time span shows dogs to be the highest with an average of 47 cases per year. Clearly dogs have been more of a threat then raccoons. These numbers are for the whole state of Alabama.  RABIES IS NOT AIRBORNE. We do not need to be killing perfectly healthy animals who are zero risk to anyone. Any mammal can get rabies if they are bitten by an infected animal. There are documented cases of cows and horses having rabies. Raccoons are not born with rabies, they can only get rabies by being bitten by an infected animal. So what this amounts to is a war on orphaned/injured baby bats, skunks, opossums, foxes, coyotes, feral pigs and raccoons. There is no way to test for rabies without killing the animal and necropsy of the brain. Millions are tested every year and only a tiny percentage are ever positive. As far as the concern for "public safety":  People will always be finding orphaned wildlife and will need a place to turn them in for rehabilitation.  With this new policy, do they really think people will turn babies in to be killed? NO, this will only drive rescuing and rehabilitation underground and make it much more difficult for the public to find someone to help therefore causing the animals to be raised by well intentioned people who have no idea what they are doing.  By doing this they will be putting many more people and domestic animals in potential contact with the diseases they are so worried about. Please urge Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to rescind this policy. People HAVE always and WILL always try to help the helpless, especially little animals. How do you explain to children that all Fish & Game will do with a wild baby is kill it? What kind of message does that send?  Please do not tie the hands of the trained proffessional rehabilitators and wildlife centers.  They are the buffer zone between our wild life and the general public. There is absolutely no cost to the state of Alabama nor to the taxpayers to allow the continued rehabilitation of these orphaned babies. All rehabilitators and wildlife centers are funded through donations and out of the personal pockets of the rehabilitators...a true labor of love. By what authority can any government agency, established to protect our resources, go against the very wellbeing that has been entrusted to them to protect.  

Dianna Bickett
7,887 supporters
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Petitioning President of the United States

Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!

When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities

Dominick Evans
6,863 supporters
Petitioning Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Jeff Sessions, Nathan Deal, Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, Robert Bentley, Richard Shelby, Daryl Bailey

Justice For My Husband Bernard Simpson

Hello everyone. Most of you all know somewhat of what my family and I are going through. These last few weeks have been so devastating but I have to remain strong for my husband and continue to fight for him. For those that may not know who I am, my name is Karla Simpson. My husband, Bernard Simpson was arrested December 30, 2016 on a warrant from Alabama stating that he was a fugitive from justice. My husband was then informed that he was released from prison “too early” back in May of 2011 due to a clerical error. He spent time at the local jail here in Georgia until Alabama Department of Corrections came to pick him up on January 8th where he is currently now an inmate at Kilby Prison in Montgomery, Alabama. My husband and I have known each other since middle school. We’ve been married now for 5 years and he is also a new father of a 9 month old daughter. As previously mentioned, Bernard was released from prison here in Georgia in May of 2011 and was placed on parole. He recently completed his parole in November of 2016. Since being released, my husband has completely turned his life around and has become a successful and productive citizen. He has maintained work since being released and has also started his own business in transportation and has made quite an impression on the transportation industry here in Georgia. As his wife and as a new mother, I am completely devastated. My husband and I have started this new life and it has completely changed due to this unacceptable error. My husband had no idea nor was he ever informed that he was wanted in the almost 5 ½ years he’s been out. I want to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers but I am now asking for your support in signing this petition in hopes that the Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole, the state's governor Robert J. Bently and the District Attorney Daryl D. Bailey take the state’s error and my husband’s contributions to society into consideration and release him. My husband made some mistakes very early in his life and has paid his debts to society.  Financially and emotionally, this situation has hit us very hard. My husband doesn’t deserve to have his years of hard work and family stripped from him because of this error. I am asking that you please take a moment and sign this petition for my husband and me. We would greatly appreciate your support. Thank you

Karla Simpson
6,194 supporters
Petitioning Alabama State House

Alabama Animal Cruelty and Neglect Law Revision

The state of Alabama has a serious problem with abused, neglected, and stray animals. This petition is an attempt to get the Alabama lawmakers to revise the current laws regarding animal abuse, neglect, and breeding the way Pennsylvania has recently done with the passing of Pennsylvania House Bill 1238. My wife and I work with an animal rescue group located in Walker County Alabama and the number of animals that we have had come through our rescue this year alone is staggering, but what's even more staggering is the number of animals we are unable to help because we are constantly at full capacity. On average my wife and I have between 10-15 rescued dogs and cats at our home waiting to be adopted out to loving families and the happy life that they deserve. Please help us by signing this petition. I don't know if it will do any good, but it's worth a shot. THANK YOU!!!

Nicholas Powell
5,133 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The AL State House

Support strengthening animal cruelty statutes statewide

Animals in Alabama need our support! In Alabama, animal cruelty is classified as a Class B misdemeanor. We need Reps. Faust and McMillan to bring HB 698 back before the House so that we can increase penalties and establish the felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty - a designation that Alabama's statutes currently lack. HB 698 would make "acts that are done knowingly or with criminal negligence to the prohibition" a Class A misdemeanor, and would designate the crime of felony Aggravated Animal Cruelty, defined as an "act of cruelty or neglect" that "was heinous, atrocious, cruel, or involved infliction of torture to the animal." FOX10 News' Special Report: Cruel Crimes has more information:http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/special_reports/special-report-cruel-crimes   Please join us in pushing for Baldwin County Representatives Faust and McMillan to reintroduce this much needed bill during the next legislative session. Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Sign today!

FOX10 News
4,414 supporters
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Petitioning The State of Alabama Governor's Office

Alabama Expungement 2014

Presently, without an Alabama expungement law, if a person is charged and acquitted of the crime, their record still shows the charge in a public manner. Information regarding an arrest can cause issues for that person forever, even when innocent. It can haunt the individual every time they fill out a job application background check with Alabama's "Right To Work" laws, a mortgage application or applying for a sensitive position that requires a security clearance. Seemingly an Alabama expungement law has been introduced each year for the past three years or more, only not to make it out of committee or vetoed by the Governor.  An expungement bill would fill an important gap in Alabama’s broken criminal justice system and allow people who were arrested and not convicted, for whatever reason, to clear their records.  Please Sign and Contact Your Local Rep. http://www.legislature.state.al.us/index.html Twitter : @alabamacitizens   Blog : http://alabamaexpungement.blogspot.com  

Alabama Expungement Group
3,186 supporters
Petitioning Pennsylvania State House, Alabama State House, Pennsylvania State Senate, Maryland State House, Oklahoma State House, South Carolina State Senate, California State House, Utah State House, Pennsylv...

Tell the state's to stop supporting Pigeon shoots

The pigeon shoot takes place all across the US, even though the acts are illegal. Most the pigeons are starved and deprived of water before being thrown into the air and shot down. The act is cowardly and inhumane. Then, afterwards, most of them are left to die in awful ways, varying from being abandoned and burned alive, all of which is illegal. The act is cruel and no animal deserves to suffer like that, at least in my opinion. I hope we can at least make a difference and save these animals lives. Note- Pigeons are actually not as gross as people make them out to be. https://youtu.be/HcEobsdckoc https://youtu.be/Zbhr0nOlBLI https://youtu.be/7WAMdgktAaQ  http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/03/sociopaths_leave_pigeons_dead.html?__vfz=rtw_top_pages%3D1335600012222  https://www.animallaw.info/statute/al-cruelty-alabama-consolidated-cruelty-statutes#s11_14 http://thetandd.com/news/local/groups-target-pigeon-shoot-file-complaint-alleging-drones-shot-down/article_6e298813-0189-52e4-945a-8f0eff0a2d1f.html http://www.phillyvoice.com/pennsylvania-clings-to-pigeon-shoots-that-have-nearly-vanished-nationwide/

Cailey Kay
3,051 supporters
Petitioning Governor Kay Ivey

Governor Ivey: Expand Alabama Medicaid Now

Expanding Medicaid in Alabama is essential to the health of our citizens and the economic viability of our state. Since passage of the ACA, Alabamians have paid $6 Billion in federal taxes for expanded health care access in the United States. Not in Alabama though. For seven years, our elected leaders have put their political ideologies ahead of the health of our families.  Alabama already ranks at or near the bottom for infant mortality, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, just to name a few. Every poor health measure experienced by Alabamians would improve from greater access to insurance and care. Reclaiming the federal tax dollars we are paying will cover up to 300,000 Alabamians, more than half of whom work full-time in low wage jobs. Eighty percent of Alabama’s hospitals are operating in the red. Rural hospitals and clinics are closing in Alabama at an alarming rate, including J. Paul Jones Hospital in Camden, the hometown of Governor Kay Ivey. Expanding Medicaid would bring desperately needed revenues for hospitals that serve the poorest, most rural counties. For the long term security of Alabama's health care system and our workforce, Medicaid expansion is the answer.For more information about the benefits, go to alabamasbest.org. 

Stacie Propst
2,729 supporters