US Senator, Minnesota
US Senator, Minnesota
Justice for 5 year old Hazel
My name is Alicia Adams. I have been fighting to be heard and for justice to happen for my 5 year old daughter. She was illegally removed from my home in 2018 after I alleged her father was molesting her. Along with disclosures to me and others there were medical findings. For the last 676 days there have been 5 closed CPS cases into physical and sexual abuse by her father to her. All cases closed prematurely or even when there was evidence. The Guardian ad Litem admitted on the stand in November 2019 that she didn’t read all of the doctors reports, she didn’t request my daughters school file, she admitted if she would’ve done her job; she would’ve been concerned. She has since retired from being a Guardian ad Litem last July 2019 and left my daughter with no advocacy and representation - with the final order still not written. A facility I was seeing my child in under supervision documented her disclosures. But was caught not reporting her most physically graphic disclosure, and essentially making sure she wasn’t rescued from her situation. My daughters play therapist; chosen by the GAL, was a man. And he threatened my daughter that if it was said that dad was doing anymore bad things a judge would be angry and my child wouldn’t see me again. And yet she continued to disclose. And hasn’t seen me, her mother since May 15th, 2019. When I have the right to see her every week. Again for no reason and without due process this became our parenting situation. The trial happened November 20th, 2019 and another 3 days of trial March 10th, 11th and 12th. The last thing we watched during the trial was my daughters disclosures to a CPS employee on video. I expected to go home with my daughter that day. - the final order isn’t written yet. I’m discouraged by my daughters continued living situation the system is aware of and not taking any action of. With the unethical things that have happened and all the types of misconduct; I’m scared of losing my child forever, to a man who is abusing her. Please take the time to sign this petition. Accountability needs to be had in this case; transparency. My daughter deserves Justice and to be safe at home with me, her mama.
Mandatory sentencing for pedophiles/ child traffickers
This petition is for legislation that demands harsher and longer mandatory sentencing for child traffickers and pedophiles that prohibit reduction of sentences for over crowding, good behavior or parole. Offenders will receive automatic sentences that include incarceration and mandatory therapy. Possessing child pornography, or engaging in pedophilia will result in immediate incarceration and prohibit bail as these individuals should be considered both a flight risk and an imminent threat to society. For possession of child porn there will be a mandatory 10 year sentence for each instance. Possessing 2 files will result in a 20 year mandatory sentence to be carried out to term. 10 instances will result in 100 years. For producing child porn the offender will receive a mandatory 20 years sentence for every instance. Engaging in sexual acts with a child will result in a minumim of 50 years per instance. Any pedophilia acts that engage in kidnapping the child will result in mandatory life sentence. Any sexual acts resulting in the death of a child will be a mandatory life sentence to be served in full. Intentional death of a child will be a mandatory life sentence to be served in full. Profiting from or engaging in the trafficking of children will carry a 20 year minimum sentence per instance. Finally for the protection of the victims. There will be a mandatory restraining order for life against the offender unless the victim (after turning 18 years of age) decides otherwise. The victim will receive some form of therapy and counselling. Persons under the age of 18 cannot be tried in criminal courts for prostitution charges as they are victims of traffickers. Mandatory drug treatment counselling if that victim was drugged as a result of being trafficked. Redact legislation that charges individuals who report child enticement from online forums with entrapment or stalking. Charge offenders with a mandatory 5 year sentence for each instance of trying to entice a child via social media, email or text. Harsher sentencing and more victim advocacy with a no tolerance policy will send a grave message to those who view children as a mere commodity to exploit and subjugate. The effects of trauma will affect a child for the rest of their lives often resulting in drug addiction, unhealthy relationships, low self image and high risk for suicide. Children are our most precious resource and we must all act to ensure a generation that doesn't need to recover from their childhood. View the story that inspired this petition: #justiceforbabyjames #justice4karaskids https://www.facebook.com/Justice4KarasKids/
The time to EXPEL Sen. Josh Hawley - MO from the United States Senate is NOW!
The time to EXPEL Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley from the Senate has come. 1) Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley should be immediately EXPELLED from the U.S. Senate. He has violated his oath, stoked a violent mob of domestic terrorists and attempted to tear down our democracy. Hawley was soliciting campaign funds while our nation's Capitol was under attack and people were dying. He is a despicable, self-serving, deplorable, insurrectionist. 2) As reported in the KC Star, Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley became the first senator to say he’ll object to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory when Congress meets on Jan. 6 to accept the results of the presidential election. Hawley cited unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and accused the state of Pennsylvania of failing to adhere to its election laws by extending the deadline for mail-in ballots, an argument that has repeatedly been rejected by federal courts. He held up the Electoral College Vote Certification process twice with his unfounded conspiracy theories, offering zero evidence to support his claims. 3) Josh Hawley lied when he tweeted that a "candle-light vigil for democracy" at his home in Virginia as "Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door." Video evidence shows that nothing of the sort happened. The dozen or so protestors chanted, sang and prayed outside his home, but exhibited no violence, threats or vandalism of any sort. 4) Sen. Josh Hawley doesn't even live in Missouri. A review of property records shows that the first-term Republican is no longer a Missouri homeowner and that he is registered to vote at his sister’s home in Ozark, MO, while he is in-between homes in the state. He has alternately told the press he is living with his parents in Springfield, MO. Hawley owns a $1.3 million house in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he spends most of his time with his wife, Erin Hawley, and their three children. 5) Two separate MO audits found that in Hawley's short tenure as Missouri’s attorney general there were many paperwork and management problems that may have cost taxpayers unnecessary amounts of money. Taxpayer-paid staff working in former Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office met with his political consultants, perhaps more than a dozen times, in the months before he launched his U.S. Senate campaign in 2017. Several instances of travel related abuses noted that Hawley used a state vehicle and a driver for some trips without documenting the purpose of the trip. One cited example was that a driver told the auditor that on Dec. 16, 2017, he drove Sen. Hawley and his wife, Erin, to Kansas City for a Chiefs football game. 6) Former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth on Thursday, following the domestic terrorist attacks on the U.S. Capitol building, said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Supporting Josh and trying so hard to get him elected to the Senate was the worst mistake I ever made in my life. Yesterday was the physical culmination of the long attempt (by Hawley and others) to foment a lack of public confidence in our democratic system. It is very dangerous to America to continue pushing this idea that government doesn’t work and that voting was fraudulent." Josh Hawley is seditious and self-serving. Hawley has blood on his hands for fomenting rioting at the U.S. Capitol. He is dishonest and is not upholding the oaths and ethics of his elected offices. Sen. Hawley tried to subvert and undermine the Will of the People by overturning the results of the 2020 Presidential Election. Time to EXPEL Josh Hawley. NOW!
Put Intersex and Transgender Education into Sex Ed Curriculum
Transphobia is rampant in our current society. In the BLM movement, transgender black women are the most targeted for hate crimes. Black transgender women have an average lifespan of thirty. According to the Human Rights Campaign, In 2019, at least 27 deaths of transgender people were recorded, with a majority of black transgender women. That number has almost doubled this year alone, with a total number of 43 deaths. Consider this stat with the understanding that transgender people only make up 1% of the population. It is clear we need change on both fronts. As we fight for justice within our judicial system, we must also consider how all of this came to be. Understanding that lack of education can cause fear and hate towards a group of people is the first step to uprooting culturally ingrained hated. Violence and discrimination towards transgender people, or those who were born outside of the realm of the binary genders, is a learned behavior based on ignorance. By teaching to unlearn these behaviors, we can begin to make change. In health class, previously and presently, students learn about the anatomy and science of their genitalia and how to have protected sex. That being said, it is statistically proven that 1.7% of people are intersex. That means at least one person each school year is not getting an education. That is nearly one million high school students as of 2020 who are not getting a proper sex education. Add on those who are transgender, and it becomes 1.53 million in the United States. This does not account for those whose lives were detrimentally affected by a lack of education, and now spend their lives with an internalized hate towards these groups. Educating students on their transgender and intersex peers will be a significant and important step in erasing hatred from our schools. Proposed topics of learning include: The different ways someone can be biologically intersex, how to practice safe sex with varying sexes, the effects of hormones on the human body, the science of gender dysphoria including non-binary transgenders, the difference between social and physical dysphoria, the difference between sexuality and gender, and gender confirming clothing items, procedures, and/or hormones and hormone replacement therapy. It is not the education system’s job to teach why someone might want to change their gender, but it is their job to give children a Sex Education, whatever their gender or sex may be. If we do not begin change in our schools, this problem will continue. Transgender and intersex hate crimes will continue. We need change to begin at the start of these learned behaviors and remove the ignorance on the subject, so that hate towards these groups will subside. It is imperative to add to the Sex Ed and Health curriculum some part that acknowledges both of these groups, because we want to have a progressive curriculum. If you are not apart of this change, then you are allowing this to continue. Please support intersex and transgender rights by giving your students the rights to an education.
Change Minnesota Sexual Assault Laws
Recently, it has come to the attention of many Minnesota residents of the "loop hole" in Minnesota's sexual assault laws: that if a victim of rape/sexual assault voluntarily became intoxicated, they are not a victim of rape/sexual assault in the court of MN law. Whether someone voluntarily becomes intoxicated, it doesn't change that they did not consent to certain actions that occurred to them. There needs to be a change in Minnesota's sexual assault laws. https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/03/25/mn-supreme-court-reverses-rape-conviction-because-woman-wasnt-forced-to-get-drunk
Implement a Federal Paid Family Leave Policy
The United States of America is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not offer paid parental leave. Incredible isn’t it? For a country that prides itself on “family values,” the United States does a remarkably terrible job of supporting mothers and families at an incredibly vulnerable time when they need help the most. In this country, only 12% of women are granted any kind of paid leave by their employers. And horrifyingly, 1 in 4 women are financially forced to go back to work within just 2 weeks of delivery, before their baby can even support his/her head properly. American mothers are routinely forced to leave their babies long before either of them are physically or emotionally ready to be separated. It takes a woman approximately 40 weeks to grow a baby, during which time she experiences extreme fatigue, nausea, headaches, cramping, muscle soreness, heartburn, shortness of breath, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids – just to name a few. And she gets through this all the while working full time, often at a physically demanding and exhausting job. And that does not even touch on the incredible physical act that is childbirth itself. Women need maternity leave to not only care for their babies, but also to recover. To recover from both the physiological and psychological aspects that accompany the postpartum period, which include depression, lactation issues including mastitis, fatigue, and pain. Studies routinely show that parental leave can have a significant positive effect on the health of babies and mothers. In fact, paid parental leave can reduce infant mortality by as much as 10%. It also has been shown to increase the likelihood of infant doctor visits and vaccinations. And it increases the rate and duration of breastfeeding, which has a number of benefits for baby, including decreased rates of infection and SIDS, and lower risk for asthma and obesity later in life. And there are benefits for mothers too. Paid maternity leave leads to lower rates of depression and improvement in overall mental health in the months and years that follow. But this is not just a moral and health-based argument. There are economic benefits to paid leave as well. Researchers have routinely indicated that paid leave benefits women economically because they tend to go back to work and stay with the same employer, which means their wages grow at a faster rate afterward. Paid maternity leave is also associated with better job performance and retention among mothers, increased family incomes, and increased economic growth. These might be some of the reasons that literally every other industrialized country in the world offers working mothers paid maternity leave – some offering more than a full year of paid leave. It’s unfortunate to me that in this country, we look at women having children as a personal decision, which should only be made if one can handle the financial burden. Especially when 40% of all Americans are having a hard time earning enough to pay for rent, food, healthcare, and transportation costs, and 62% of Americans do not fall into the category of middle class. The ability to have a family, like so many things in this country, should not and must not be available only to the wealthy or those who have the means to do so. Rather than an individual or personal decision, other countries view having children as a need to collectively grow the next generation, from which all individuals stand to benefit. I’m one of the lucky ones. While I do not get any paid maternity leave, I do get 6 weeks partially paid short-term disability and have enough savings to get me through another 6 weeks. But really? Should we be in a situation, as the richest country in the world, where this is considered lucky? Should I be in routine conversations with working women who literally do not know how they are going to afford to take even 1-2 months off from work after the birth of their child? And should the United States of America continue to stay in the company of countries like Lesotho, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, and Swaziland, as every other industrialized country in the world does more to support their working mothers and families? The answer has to be no. We must do better. Join us in helping to enact real change for families across this country. Please share this message and sign the petition, which will be sent to current presidential candidates and congressmen.
Poor children deserve a question in the presidential debates
No child living in America today should have to worry about whether they’ll have a place to sleep at night or enough food to eat. But these are daily realities for the 1 in 6 poor children in this country. Children like me. Growing up on the North Side of Minneapolis, I know what it means to struggle. I’ve been homeless, spending school nights sleeping on park benches. I’ve been hungry, not knowing where my next meal would come from. I know what it means to have to work to support your family when you need to be focusing on school. And I know that other kids shouldn’t have to face these struggles. Every child in America should be able to focus on learning, growing, and just being a kid. Did you know it’s been 20 years since there was a question about how to address child poverty in a presidential debate? But a child is born into poverty every minute in this country. Those children will face hunger, homelessness, illness, violence and toxic stress. And those children deserve answers about how the next president of the United States is going to make sure they get a fair shot at a better life. Ignoring this issue on the national debate stage sends a signal that children living in poverty are not a priority. To fix the problem, we need to put a spotlight on it. That’s why I’m calling for a question in the presidential debates about child poverty. I want to know what the next president is going to do to make sure the next generation won’t struggle like I did. Will you join me? Please sign the petition today.
Murder charges for Minneapolis police officers(4) that caused the death of George Floyd
George Floyd was murdered on (Monday) March 25, 2020. Despite his (Floyd) cries for help, officer Derek Chauvin, continued to press down on the back of his neck with his knee, while his fellow officers watched. Bystanders also made it clear that Floyd was asking for help and later became unresponsive. This blatant disregard for human life should not be taken lightly. We call for the arrest and prosecution of not only officer Derek Chauvin but the three other officers who sat around doing nothing while this atrocity took place.