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Petitioning Anderson Cooper

Call on CNN to keep its word and drop “illegal immigrant”

Less than 48 hours after promising to reissue its editorial guidelines prohibiting the use of the terms “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien,” CNN debate moderator Jake Tapper used the term in reference to undocumented immigrants in the September 16th Republican debate. In addition, the network has refused to confirm its promise to drop the inaccurate language. According to the Huffington Post, CNN has used the term “illegal immigrant” or “illegal alien” a total of 1,634 times, out of 1,995 times in the past year. CNN pledged to finally drop this language if our original petition was taken down - with the network’s refusal to publicly affirm this promise and its use on the network’s high-profile debate tonight, we are re-opening our campaign. We call on CNN to publicly confirm that it will no longer use the terms “illegal immigrant” or “illegal alien” in reference to undocumented immigrants. The content of our speech leads to actions - the rising racist and xenophobic debate around immigrants has been followed by attacks on immigrants in recent weeks, and the term “illegal” is also factually flawed. Being in the U.S. without proper documents is a civil offense, not a criminal one. Many other leading media outlets, including the Associated Press and ABC, have already adjusted their editorial guidelines to prohibit the use of “illegal” when referring to undocumented immigrants. As an influential media outlet, we call on CNN to do the same.  Tell CNN: Keeping your word matters as much as #WordsMatter.

Define American
5,849 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, CNN, Donald Trump, Bill Cassidy, U.S. Senate, Clay Higgins, U.S. House of Representatives, Cedric L. Richmond, Anderson Cooper, Department of Homeland Security

Reunite A Couple Separated By Broken Immigration System

I. The Story Our nation's oppressive immigration system currently separates my lover, and I. Ivan came to the U.S. legally as a child with his family and grew up here in Louisiana. Our relationship dates back to when we were in high school. In 2012, Ivan, 17 at the time, departed back to Mexico to go to college for engineering. After a few years, he tried to return to the U.S. legally on many occasions; however, he was denied a visa every time. After exhausting his legal options, Ivan decided to cross the border. Consequently, he was caught, deported, and barred for only five years (with an option for a waiver). So he and I decided to make the best of the situation. After talking to lawyers to move forward, we learned the deportation secretly triggered another, far worse penalty called, The Permanent Bar. The bar states that he cannot legally return for ten years with no option for a waiver because he is being punished for unlawful presence he accrued as a minor growing up here in the states. His childhood upbringing in the U.S. was out of his control, and it is asinine for him to be banished ten years for it after committing one misdemeanor offense (setting foot on some dirt). The law does state no period in which an alien is under 18 years of age shall be taken into account for unlawful presence; however, the U.S does it anyway to apply this particular bar. The lawyers have stated not even marriage (the best option) would ensure an immediate return with The Permanent Bar involved. It is unjust, unorthodox, and inhumane.  II. What We Hope to Gain: One thing we hope to gain from this petition is sensible, humane immigration reform from Congress to eliminate and rethink these draconian immigration bars.  Americans should not have to be forced into exile or have to endure separation from their parents, children, spouses, and friends for so many years to decades. Such a punishment would be fitting for a violent offender or drug trafficker, but not for immigrants of good moral character. Congress should provide a reasonable solution to deported immigrants for humanitarian purposes so that millions of Americans are not grieving over the absence of their loved ones for a decade.  III. The Stakes We are just 22 years old. If nothing is done to help, we will be at least 32 years old by the time he can legally return. I love Ivan unconditionally. He has many friends and family here in Louisiana that miss him. He deserves to be a U.S. citizen, and we deserve to be together in the nation we both know as our home where we can live happily, build a future, get married, and carry out our long-term goals together. Life is too short and untimely to be torn apart from loved ones.That is why I urge our elected officials to fix the draconian one size fits all immigration laws, so he and others can return to be with loved ones. Signing and sharing this petition would be greatly appreciated as it may eventually change our lives.  #LetIvanComeHome #LoveAlwaysWins

Shaun Nunez
5,841 supporters
Petitioning CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, Anderson Cooper, CBS, FOX News


He is a model student-athlete at Christopher Columbus High with an unweighted (non-curved) 4.09 GPA and letters of interest from over 15 colleges including Yale.  He is representative of what any parent wants for their kids, and now his whole life is being destroyed. Luther Johnson, V, (“LJV”) has been banned from ALL sports by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FSHAA) for his entire upcoming Senior Year over two approximately 20-second on-the-field non-malicious plays during two very active Lacrosse games where two seasoned Lacrosse coaches (including a college coach) reviewed the video and one stated “no more than a 1-2 minute penalty” should have been called not only on LJV, but “#99” in that game who committed a non-malicious hard hit prior to LJV, and the other stated that LJV’s hit was “no worse than the three before it;” that LJV was “just physically stronger than the other player and made an aggressive slide hitting the player with his shoulder.”  LJV has never been disciplined academically or in any sport prior to this year. He was recently elected President of his school’s Christian fellowship. His Principal, Asst. Principal, and Athletic Director previously testified in his behalf before the FHSAA to overturn this sanction and his Athletic Director is a prior member of that FHSAA committee.  But despite the statements of the well-seasoned Lacrosse coaches, LJV’s stellar academic and athletic history, the School’s testimony, his parent’s testimony, and even LJV himself showing remorse and humbly asking to be reinstated, the FHSAA upheld this one-year ban which equates to a lifetime ban from all sports because this is LJV’s last year!    The FHSAA reasoned they gave him a second chance by reducing the prior sanction of 6 weeks to 5 weeks after he was penalized in an earlier Lacrosse game this year where he was the only African-American on the field (and his team) and was repeatedly called the “N” word by other players from the opposing team.  That was his first ever offense and the FHSAA suspended him for 6 weeks.    The Final hearing before the FHSAA's Board of Directors is this Monday, June 10, 2019 at 1:00 P.M.  After that, it takes Court action to resolve this problem and time is running out. Let the FHSAA know that you will not tolerate the very institution designed to promote student-athlete excellence over-punishing this high-school kid for a mistake on the field during an active physical-contact game of a physical-contact sport where he had no malice and showed remorse to the committee. He can’t even practice with his high-school teammates.  We’re not a nation who throws the good kids out with the bathwater. Their one-year ban for his remaining scholastic life will damage his whole life! Here are the 5 things  YOU can do to make YOUR Voice heard in the Fight to Save LJV!   1.       Share this story and compel Others to join the fight.   2.       Sign this #HelpUsFightForLJV petition 3.      COME to the Final Hearing on Monday 06/10/19 at 1 PM at Christopher Columbus High School.  It starts exactly at 1 PM and is only 20 minutes long before the FHSAA renders its on-the-spot decision so arrive between 12 Noon - 12:15 to gain access to the school.  Mr. Johnson (LJV's father will be standing out front.) 4.  If you can't come to the meeting, CALL the FHSAA (352-372-9551 x 240, Craig Damon) on Monday before 10 AM and demand this sanction be overturned! 5.  Donate to help cover LJV's legal fees on his parent's Go Fund Me page by clicking this link:

Rawsi Williams Law Group
5,574 supporters
Petitioning Andy Beshear, Matt Bevin, Kentucky State Senate, Kentucky State House, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, John A. Yarmuth, Ernie Harris, Rep. Ken Fleming, Rep. David Osborne, Rep. Jerry Miller, Rep. Jason...

STOP HOA ABUSE - SUPPORT HOA REFORM A homeowner association (abbreviated HOA) is a private self governed association often formed by a real estate developer for the purpose of marketing, managing, and selling homes in a residential subdivision. Today Homeowner Associations represent a $90 billion a year “UNREGULATED” industry.   If you’re thinking of purchasing a home in a community with a Homeowners Association there’s a lot to consider before you do.  I’m not saying all HOAs are bad, but buying a home in an HOA community is much more than amenities, manicured lawns, and annual dues.   Homeowners Associations are legal entities that are usually (almost always)  incorporated.  By incorporating these communities, the developers are able to create “LEGAL - PRIVATE  GOVERNMENTS that DICTATE LIFESTYLES  by writing deed restrictions.  It’s also where a handful of fellow home owners (with no experience required) serve as the Association Board Of Directors and get to act as Accuser, Prosecutor, Judge and Jury.  The governing documents of a Homeowner Associations are the Declarations of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs), By Laws, and Articles of Incorporation.  All of the documents are LEGALLY binding for both - the individual members - and the Homeowners Association. Unfortunately for the homeowner, the contract is usually (almost always) written by and FOR developers, making it - IN FAVOR OF THE HOA.  In addition, governing documents are NOT subject to state or federal review, and provide very little (if any) protection for property owners.  These contracts do not allow for any of the usual negotiations you would have prior to signing a contract - you either take it or leave it.  And you should know the Association rules may change from year to year - depending on which neighbors happen to be serving on the Association Board.    By purchasing a home in an HOA community you are assumed to have agreed to the contract whether or not the seller made full disclosure of its contents and implications.  Further, because of these negative implications, sellers of HOA property will try to withhold as much information as they can possibly get away with.  The fact is - that just the act of filing deed restrictions at city hall - LEGALLY CONSTITUTES - FULL - PUBLIC - DISCLOSURE. And, it’s important to note that state laws governing HOAs are heavily skewed in favor of real estate industry stakeholders, land developers and home builders, bulk investors, HOA management firms, and HOA attorneys.  All work diligently to influence the legislature to severely limit the private property rights of homeowners.   As mentioned above, the CC&Rs will grant a handful of your neighbors, referred to collectively as the Board of Directors, powers beyond those of local, state, and federal governments.  It will also shield them from any personal liability, and thus eliminate any incentive to exercise that power in a reasonable and rational manner.  And best of all, no experience is required for any seat on the board. In Kentucky, governance within a Homeowners Association is organized under weak or nonexistent corporate laws.  All too often, HOA Board members abuse their positions, some of their violations consist of discrimination through selective enforcement, abuse of the legal system, and erosion of property and privacy rights. More disturbingly, some board members commit IMMORAL, INDECENT and CRIMINAL ACTS, acts that have absolutely nothing to do with enforcing or upholding the CC&R, all while hiding behind the corporate veil of the HOA.   To make matters worse, in Kentucky, Homeowner Associations are classified as a "private entity" versus a "public entity".  This classification means that no matter how many HOA complaints the Kentucky Attorney General receives pertaining to HOA abuse, the OAG considers an HOA complaint a "civil matter" and refuse to protect the homeowner.  This loophole leaves the homeowner with the decision to either be victimized by their HOA or spend thousands of dollars out of pocket to legally defend themselves.   Further, the attorneys get paid - whether he or she wins or loses a case - so it’s not uncommon for an attorney to take on a patently frivolous or clearly unwinnable case in order to rack up substantial fees.   For the attorneys, it's all about making money, for corrupt board members it's about bullying and placing a financial burden on the homeowner, a tactic the HOA uses to cause harm to the homeowner. The articles / publications, videos, broadcasts and analysis posted in this petition help explain the truth about this industry. The article, "HOA Gravy Train" (at the top of the page) explains it in very simple terms, how it all started and how it became a cash cow. Below, are just a few of the reforms we need in Kentucky:   Attorney General oversight of homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations.  Expand the Attorney General’s powers to bring action against an HOA or board member for alleged misappropriation of funds, fraud or criminal acts against the Association or members.  Powers to permit the court to order restitution, removal of a board member or other remedies, including payment of the AG’s office costs. Administrative oversight of real estate licensing boards and agencies.  New laws mandating better buyer disclosure standards. Require background checks on those who run HOAs.  Currently, there’s little vetting of those serving on HOA boards or the property managers who run the day-to-day operations.  A board President or Treasurer, for example, could have a felony record, might be in arrears on his or her own financial matters or might even have a history of judgments or bankruptcy.   Enacting better laws requiring open records and open board meetings.   Enact a grievance procedure where homeowner disputes can be resolved amicably without resorting to costly litigation. Over one thousand supporters have signed this petition and many have included their own personal HOA experiences.  We’re getting closer to reaching our goal of 1500 signatures, so please keep sharing this petition and keep writing and calling your state representatives.   Your signature of support is very much appreciated! Donna Cooper Old Taylor Place Goshen Kentucky TELL YOUR HOA STORY:    

Donna Cooper
1,013 supporters
Petitioning Univision Communications, CNN, Ellen DeGeneres, Roy Cooper, Henry McMaster, Washington Post, New York Times, NAACP, Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, Eastern Carolina Homelessness Organization, St...

Fire McDonald managers on 2200 N Kings Highway Myrtle Beach, SC

The injustice done to a homeless man at this McDonald’s location in Myrtle Beach. The video is trending on social media and throughout the news. The police was called on a homeless man whom the management claims was asking for money outside their establishment (parking lot). Yossi Gallo, the person who recorded the incident inside the McDonalds, was the person who brought the homeless man (Mr. James Davis) from outside and paid for a meal for himself and for Mr. Davis. Gallo in the video stated that he brought Mr. Davis from across the street. Gallo and Mr. Davis were asked to leave the premises and were banned from that McDonald’s location.  Gallo asked to have his money refunded, but the officer said that she was not a “civil court” and that he would need to contact McDonald’s corporate office. The officer stated that there had been complaints about Mr. Davis asking for money. We of course would like to see the calls of complaints that were made.  But anyway, there are thousands of homeless people in America. Instead of publicly humiliating Mr. Davis and not let him enjoy a warm meal which he probably hadn’t had in who knows how long, they should’ve done what Yossi Gallo did, help a brother in the time of need. I’m glad Yossi stood up for this man and we cannot let this injustice go by. We all have hearts and we know what’s right and what’s wrong. We definitely know that this McDonald’s location was wrong for what they did. That the management and the Myrtle Beach police officer did a cruel, horrible thing to someone who couldn’t defend himself. Thanks Yossi for standing up! We need the management to be fired and on top of that, the management as well as the Myrtle Beach police officer needs to publicly apologize to Mr. James Davis. #JusticeforJamesDavis

Eddie Rivera
952 supporters