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Annise Parker

  • Mayor of Houston

Mayor Parker is Houston’s 61st mayor and one of only two women to hold the City’s highest elected office. Mayor Parker is responsible for all aspects of the general management of the City and for enforcement of all laws and ordinances.


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Petitioning Charles E. Schumer, Peter T. King, Nicole Malliotakis, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Animal ACTion Network, Eric Garcetti, Eric Johnson, Corey Johnson, Edwin Lee, Annise Parker, Li...

Grant retired military and police K-9's the same exemptions as service animals

The Retired Police Canine Foundation is supporting this petition and this is the goal: Give retired law enforcement, Military and off-duty k9s the same exemptions as service animals – let them live anywhere with their owners and accompany their owners on public transportation.   In most places an off-duty police or military k9 is considered a pet when not on duty but a service animal can accompany their civilian owner in public and on public transportation. An off-duty police or military k9 can be denied housing but a civilian service animal can not. These rules are doing a disservice to these American heroes and their handlers. Police and military k9s are highly trained and certified by state, local and in some cases national organizations. Police and military k9s off duty or retired are a deterrent to crime and terrorism. K9s are one of the most effective crime fighting tools. They are in most cases trained to search for lost children and the elderly. They faithfully serve our country and community. Having an off duty or retired k9 living in your building or riding on a train or airplane with you offers you and your community an extra layer of protection and safety.  Military personal are returning from serving our country suffering from PTSD and are unable to adopt there k9s because they cannot find housing that will accept the type of dog that they have. Police officers are experiencing the same resistance.These heroes  and their retired and off duty k9s protect your community and our nation from all kinds of threats.  Military working dogs fearlessly serve our nation saving thousands of lives each year. These animals deserve to remain with their handlers and need to be exempt from outdated housing rules and public transportation ordinances. These heroes deserve the same exemptions as civilian service animals when they are with their respective handler.  www.policek9help.com    

Frank Rpk9f
3,152 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth Warren, Change.org Support Admin, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Barack Obama, Jeff Merkley, Dianne Feinstein, Coca-Cola, International Olympic Committee, North Ca...

‘DAMO’S LAW©’ PETITION: IMMINENT RISK OF SUICIDE AND/OR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION!

‘DAMO’S LAW©’ PETITION: SAVING THE LIVES OF LOVED ONES WHO ARE AT IMMINENT RISK OF SUICIDE AND/OR PERCEIVED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION WITHIN THE HEALTH SYSTEM!Please sign ‘Damo’s Law©’ petition to introduce a new mental health law named ‘Damo’s Law©’ that will immediately support our loved ones at ‘risk of suicide.’ ‘Damo’s Law©’ will be initiated when a person with a mental health issue, their family members, carers or advocates are not satisfied with decisions made by the responding mental health staff, and they still believe that the person’s life is in imminent danger. By evoking ‘Damo’s Law©,’ an unbiased clinical assessment escalation process will begin, and the person at risk, and/or their family members, advocates and carers will be seen within 24 hours of a complaint being lodged. ‘Damo’s Law©’ has been created by Tessa Sarich, in response to the tragic death of Damian Sarich who lived with paranoid schizophrenia, and died by suicide on December 5th, 2016. Prior to Damian’s death in Maryborough Qld, he had attempted suicide approximately 30 times in 5 years, and reported numerous times to his family, that he was feeling less and less heard, and cared for within the mental health system. Toward the end of his life, he stated that “he didn’t think that they worried about him anymore.” Damian’s family members tried desperately to get him the help that he needed to save his life. Unfortunately, the family felt that their desperate pleas for help fell on deaf ears, and Damian is no longer with us. We are now asking for The Department of Health to make a commitment to introduce an escalation process that enables a person with a mental health condition, their family, carer or advocate to bring in a non-biased third party to provide a clinical review within a 24 hour period after the complaint, to revaluate the seriousness of the situation and minimise the possibility of another person dying by suicide. We are requesting that ‘Damo’s Laws©’ be evoked when the following situation is unfolding: 1. A person with an escalating mental/medical health condition, their family member/s, carer’s or an advocate is not satisfied with the decision of the attending community mental health emergency team, or the decisions of the general practitioners, and mental health doctors and nurses.2. A person with an escalating mental health condition, their family member/s, carer’s, an advocate is fearing that the person is at risk of dying by suicide if they are not admitted to hospital for their own safety, and/or are stating that they may hurt another person. We envision that once the ‘Damo’s Law©’ rule is enacted, a full clinical review of the person living with a mental health condition, and the treatment they are receiving be undertaken within 24 hours. WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN DAMO'S LAW© IS PASSED. D. Directly assess the situation. A. Acknowledge and Analyse the situation. M. Make them feel heard. O. Offer support. S. Seek appropriate treatment plan.       ie. Admitted if need.            Counceller.            Support groups.            Give them care package.     (Contents of care package below) L. Liasson with the treatment plan. A. Arrange support for family and carersto help with thier loved ones in need. W. Wellness of the patient follow ups.               CARE PACKAGES Suicide Hotline Numbers.(for wall and pocket size for wallets.) How to prevent anxiety/panic attack. (With ways to help when having an attack.)(For wall and pocket size for wallets.) Emergency wall cards.(What to have close by to help.) Panic/Anxiety Dairy.(To record there attacks to help pointout triggers of attacks and combat them.) Stress ball.(Combat stress.) Scented object for sensory.(Scents can calm the nervous system.) Positive Selfcare Cards.(To help positive thinking.) Here is Damo’s story....My name is Damian Sarich (Damo). I was born on May 14th, 1984. I died sadly died by SUICIDE. I HUNG myself December 5th 2016. My mum found me. I was 32 years old. I was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia, and I suffered for 5 yearswith the demons inside my head...I thought people were going to kill me on a daily basis...I even thought my own family was going to kill sometimes... I just wanted it to stop... I wanted to kill myself before they tortured me. MENTAL HEALTH  SYSTEM LET ME DIE.Community Mental Health had seen me regularly. I had about 30 attempts at suicide with my mental state of mind. I was in and out of the wards. It was needles, pills, more needles, and more pills.I don’t think they worried about me anymore. At the time of my death I had been off my medication for a while as I was trying to stabilise. I had gone away for 2 months, but I was not doing so well. I was not with reality.Things happened and I was no longer with reality at all. I had 2 visits with the Community Mental Health workersin the couple of weeks I stayed with my sister. I told the workers I was going to kill myself.I told my sister I was going to kill myself. I was not with reality, to the point I thought I had not seen my sister in 10 years. It had only be 8 weeks. Community Mental Health walked away and left me there twice. My mum returned from hospital so I went to be with my mum. My mum rang and tried to get me admitted in the last 5 days I was here on earth, but Community Mental Health was still not listening. I think my family members would know me a lot better than them, but they weren’t listened to. Community Mental Health only came to give me more pills or needles. You didn’t actually care that I was lost, broken, torn, confused, scared, or alone. My mind shredded into millions of fears all coming at me at once and I couldn’t stop them. The thoughts were telling me how they’re going to torture me and how they will kill me. I didn’t want to be here anymore. Make them stop! Why won’t you make them stop Mental Health? Why won’t you help me? Why do you think it’s just in my head? Why is it not real? It’s as real to me as my coffin was to you.Now do you see how real it was? Now do you see I couldn’t stop it? I needed to be kept safe.I needed to leave before they hurt me. I told you I was going to 'KILL MYSELF' and you let me. You knew I wasn’t OK but you walked away anyway because I’m not your son, brother, dad, daughter, or sisterso you didn’t care if I DIED. One less case for you to worry about. Well guess what? I DID DIE.I HUNG myself where my mum was left to find me lifeless. You could have prevented this from happening if you had just listened to my family! You didn’t listen to me because of my mentalstate of mind. Even in those last 5 days, if you had listened to my family, I could possibly stillbe ALIVE as I would have been kept safe where I couldn’t hurt myself. Why didn’t you listen? Will you listen now that I’m gone? Please help save our loved ones.... Please sign our ‘Damo's Law©’ (Suicide Prevention) petition Hi, my name is Tessa Sarich. I am Damian’s sister. Please sign our petition to help bring in a new law that helps prevent the loss of our loved ones. Please get behind my family and me, and help us to create ‘Damo’s Law©,’ to protect our family members who are at risk of suicide, so that Damian’s death is not in vain. Your support would be greatly appreciated!Thank you so much for your support. Tessa Sarich and family. Damo's Law© Petition:http://chng.it/LSVdw9XhccDamo's Law© Website:www.damoslaw.net Damo's Law© Blog: https://damoslawsp.blogspot.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tessa-sarich-752b03102 Damo's Law© Petition Twitter: https://twitter.com/Damos_Law Damo's Law© Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/damoslaw/ Damo's Law© Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/174631489837751/ Damo's Law© Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/damoslawSP/ Damo's Law© Suicide Video:https://www.facebook.com/tessa.sarich.7/videos/395239177535429/UzpfSTEwMDAxMTQ4MDQ5MzU5MjozOTUyNDE1NDc1MzUxOTI/#dreamsaremadeoften#DreamsAreMadeOften#damoslaw#damoslawsempi#howsyoursempi#Damo'sLaw@DamosLaw#fightforlife#FightForLife#SuicidePrevention #SuicideAwareness#MentalHealthAwareness#ItsOkNotToBeOk#humanrightsviolation https://www.facebook.com/tessa.sarich.7/videos/395239177535429/     @alysetobler www.sempi.net #sempi #howsyoursempi #2019yearofsempiconversation #meetmeatthesempitable #ruok #areyouok #sempisocialcommunicationmodel https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sempi+social+communication+model   www.sempi.net https://www.sempi.net/ #SEMPI Model @AlyseTobler    Know what to do if someone is NOT OK, and you want to help right now!'SEMPI Social Communication Model©!' The SEMPI SCM teaches THE NEXT STEP to the 'ARE YOU OK?' question, if this question feels too hard to sit with, feels confusing, or just doesn't feel right for the person saying 'NO.' • The SEMPI SCM teaches community members, deeper level empathetic conversation skills, (in under 20 minutes), to instigate when someone is NOT OK and needs to talk straightaway. • The SEMPI SCM is written to teach community empowerment, reduce stigma and loneliness, and to save lives. • This SEMPI SCM has a ‘pay it forward' philosophy, so that is can get out into the community faster. • The SEMPI SCM works by having two people sit together, (a Listener, and a Sharer). The 'Sharer' asks the 'Listener' to run through the SEMPI SCM with them, and together they can speak about exactly what is happening in the 'Sharers' life, for them right now, then they can swap roles, and pay it forward!• The SEMPI SCM teaches 'Social and Emotional Learning' activities (SEL). • The SEMPI SCM promotes a broader 'needs' and personal insight vocabulary. • The SEMPI SCM strengthens the skills of communication, so that all parties feel heard, validated, and understood, while teaching practical listening skills, which are crucial to allowing community members to feel truly heard. Learning these skills may lead to a more equal social class power balance, while CROSSING RACE, CREED, AGE, COLOUR AND RELIGION.• The 'SSCM' gives an immediate snapshot into a persons mental and physical health, right at that moment, so that a concise, and accurate plan can be devised if needed, by the 'Listener' and the 'Sharer', and then shared with a health care professional, when necessary. • The 'SEMPI SCM,' is designed to stop the loneliness, silence, stigma, and isolation, that exists within our communities AND CAN BE USED intergenerationally!• The SEMPI SCM is helping to create a world where people do not simply survive, but engage in a way that works to achieve invigorating internal and interpersonal satisfaction. • The SEMPI SCM is currently being used within community to allow all members, no matter their story, to learn to have an empowered voice, while gaining insight into their own story. • PLEASE NOTE, THE SEMPI SCM IS NOT a counselling model.• The SEMPI SCM community model version is FREE FOR EVERYONE!• Please go to www.sempi.net for more information to help others, @AlyseTobler Need Help in Australia?• Suicide Awareness 1-800-273-8255• The Exodus Foundation (02) 8752 4600• The Wayside Chapel (02) 9581 9100• Lifeline Counselling 13 11 14• Family drug support 1300 368 186• Alcohol and drug information (ADIS) 1800 422 599• AIDS HIV Information service 1800 063 060• Hepatitis C Information and support 1800 803 990• Nar Anon (02) 9418 8728• Narcotics Anonymous 1300 652 820• Cannibas Information and help line 1800 304 050• NSW Users and Aids Association 1800 653 203• Parent Line 13 20 55• Ted Noffs foundation 1800 151 045• Housing NSW Head office (02) 8753 8000• Domestic violence 24 hour line 1800 737 732• Mental Health Hotline 1800011511• Women's and girls’ emergency centre- 9360 5388• Emergency Youth accommodation: (02) 9267 5918• Hope hostel Parramatta (men only) : 9683 1630s• Kendal house Parramatta( men only) : 9891 5234• Lifeline 13 11 14• Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia [PANDA] 1300 726 306 • Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36• One Door Mental Health - 1800 843 539 https://www.onedoor.org.au• DoCS Helpline - 132 111• Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Helpline - 1800 200 526• Healthdirect Australia - 1800 022 222• Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800• Lifeline - 131 114• NSW Rape Crisis Centre - 02 9819 7357 24/7 Counselling 1800 424 017• Surgery Access Line - 1800 053 456• Victims Support Line - 1800 633 063• Youth line - 02 9633 3666• Alcohol and Drug Information Service Sydney 02 9361 8000 or 1800 422 599.• NSW Poisons Information Centre 131 126.• Public Health Units• Methadone Advice and Conciliation Service (MACS) 1800 642 428• Matthew Talbot Hostel (02) 9358 8102• Crisis Accommodation for Women LINK 2 HOME: 1800 152 152 • St Jude's: Bankstown(men only) : 9796 8416• A woman's place Phone: (02) 9358 6222 • City Woman's hostel Phone: (02) 9360 4881• Lou’s Place for women. Potts Point (02) 9358 4553 • CANA Community info@cana.org.au #mentalhealth #reducementalhealthstigma #anxiety #depression #thoughts #freeresource #bpd #ocd #payitforward #sharethelove #suicideprevention #actsofkindness #spreadpositivity #randomactsofkindness #dogood #bekind #helpinghand #justwait #itgetsbetter#changetheworld #charity #socialcampaign #freestuff #giveaways #beinspired #community #aussie #psychotherapist #turndreamsintoreality #sempisocialcommunicationmodel #endhomelessness #empathy #endloneliness #love #care #children #adults #freetheworld #altruism #sharing #mentalhealthawareness #happy#helpothers #changetheworld #lonelinessnomore #hope #heardme #listen #endstigmaofmentalillness#selfcare #emotionalintelligence #journeytohappiness #psychologyonthestreets#friendship #community #caregiver #burnout #depression #nojudgement #speakup #mentalillness #schizophrenia #mentalhealthunits #hospital #savealife #disability #advocates #gamechangers Your sincerely Tessa Alyse Damo xx  

Teresa Sarich
441 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, David Cameron MP, Department of Education, Microsoft, Facebook, Bakersfield City Council, Puyallup City Council, Olympia City Council, U.S. Senate, California State Senate, Elizabe...

D. A.V.E. Develop Aware Voice Educate

MISSING: DAVID ANTHONY BOYKIN I'm a mother. I am a mom. I am a mom who loves her son, DAVID ANTHONY BOYKIN. I love him. I miss him. I am worried about him. I know that I am not alone. Thousands, if not millions of people, are in my same circumstance. MY SON IS MISSING.I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I WANT TO HELP HIM AND I WANT TO HELP OTHERS. My son, DAVID ANTHONY BOYKIN, is now 35 year old. We adopted him just before his 3rd birthday. He said 12 words. He clearly was delayed. He was frustrated. He had trouble communicating, and was so frustrated that he would bang is had against the wall. He had so much to say, but not the tools to express himself. We tried to help our sweet boy. We had people come to our house to teach David. When it was time for school David was placed in special education. We were hopeful that he would get the education he so desperately needed.David's progress was slow. David learned to talk, to communicate, to read and to write. The school system knew how to help and protect David. Or so we thought... The school district did make individual plans for David, but he was mainstreamed when he could have benefited from more special education. He fell behind, became frustrated and his self-image and confidence suffered. He began to act out in the classroom. The truth is he didn't know what else to do. When he went to high school things went from bad to worse. David was bullied. I begged for help. Help never came. His frustration mounted. His bad behavior escalated. He also was begging for help. Again, the help never came. No one ever told us about guardianship as David approached 18 years of age and we didn't know about it. David started stealing cars. As you can guess, he was not the most sophisticated thief. He stole our car keys in order to take the cars. He was arrested and I begged the judge for help. I thought that certainly his disabilities would be taken into consideration and he could be placed in a program and given help. But I was wrong. The judge sentenced him to prison time. This was a disaster and another time that the system failed my David. We hoped that David would be protected in prison. But again the system failed David. While in prison terrible things happened, things that David still has trouble talking about today. When Dave got out of prison I again tried to get help for him. But David was scarred by prison. He did not want to work within the Department of Disabilities system because they did not help him in prison. David was let down. He had fallen through the cracks of the system. He didn't trust the system. Can you blame him? We got David mental health services but I fear that David's experience is something that no one could ever get over. David does not like to talk about the time he was in prison he is embarrassed. Then the medical issues started, serious, life threatening medical issues. At first, even the medical community ignored David. He complained about not feeling well. His father took him to emergency, but he was released and sent home. Another trip to the room revealed that he had ulcerative colitis and was told to go to his primary care doctor. The primary care doctor sent him straight back to the hospital. David had emergency surgery. He lost most of his colon. He had a iliostomy and a J. pouch alykosis spondylitis. Like anyone else would, he because depressed. Why did so many bad things happen? What else could possibly happen? Well, more did happen.The truth is that all David ever wanted was to fit in, have a job, have friends and be healthy.but David is developmentally delayed and David is trusting. He believes what people say, even bad people. So I believe that some people took advantage of David and convinced him to go to Bakersfield, CA and he is now doing drugs. PLEASE HELP MY SON, DAVID ANTHONY BOYKIN. AND HELP OTHERS. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE LIKE DAVID AND THEY ALL NEED YOUR HELP

Mary Diane Boykin
170 supporters
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Petitioning Joel osteen, lakewood church, Annise Parker

Joel Osteen Should Resign

I believe Joel Osteen should resign as senior pastor of Lakewood Church, or Lakewood Church should move out of Houston. Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey devastated the city of Houston.  While Mr. Osteen and his family were safe in his 10.5 million dollar home (pictured above), citizens were on the flooded streets of downtown Houston fighting for their lives without anywhere to go.   Meanwhile Mr. Osteen's megachurch remained with closed and empty.  Lakewood Church is an arena, the former Compaq Center, that seats nearly 17,000 people. A Spokesman for the Church Tweeted Sunday that the church is inaccessible due to severe flooding. And posted pictures of inside the arena that showed no flooding. They lied about their Church flooding, that was one of the first renovations when he acquired the Compaq Center because it flooded in 2001. A Spokesman for the Church told callers they would have to swim to get here yet Pictures posted on social media of their parking lot showed no flooding.  A Spokesman for Lakewood Church is quoted as saying "it makes no sense to open church doors while the city and the county are already treating thousands of flood victims at nearby George R Brown Convention Center". Two of Mr. Osteen' s staffers had to be rescued as well.  If he didn't care about his own staff he didn't care about the city of Houston.  His doors are now open. He has taken in 'hundreds' of refugees.  His weekly attendance is over 50 thousand.  His church has 17,000 seats. He has only taken in hundreds.  I think that it's too little to late.   Joel Osteen does not care about you.  Joel Osteen cares about the himself, his family and his 10 million dollar home. So Stand with me and sign this petition to get corrupt and carnal religious leaders out of the great City of Houston.  

Edward Staires
103 supporters