Arizona State House
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Our fallen hero Andrew Ashcraft: get the family Andrew's benefit package that they were promised
My name is Tom Ashcraft, father of Andrew Ashcraft and fallen Granite Mountain Hot Shot. He was a full time employee working for the City Of Prescott, Az. on June 30th, when the fire overcame him and 18 of his brothers. 19 firefighters were killed in the fire. We are all heartbroken beyond words can say. Just as all the families are doing we too must press on to help secure the future of Andrew's wife Juliann and his four children and help them endure the difficult times ahead. In addition to this tragedy, the city of Prescott has officially denied paying out his benefits claiming he was not full time. This is not accurate at all. He had been working his scheduled 40 hour weeks, he had obtained their goals required of full time status and had been given a raise above that of a seasonal employee. Because of that, his employee file had been forwarded onto the city managers' office with the endorsement of his supervisors. Unfortunately, they too perished in that fire and cannot confirm this. The delay in the process is the primary reason for their not approving his status. Nonetheless, he was verbally assured of his status, he was working his required schedule as a full time employee, being paid as a full time employee therefore is due full time benefits. It is not only our family's belief, but our community, as well as many around this great nation that the City of Prescott, specifically the Mayor and City Council, should immediately approve Andrew Ashcraft's benefits that will provide a secure future for his wife Juliann, Ryder (6), Shiloh (4), Tate (3), and Choice (18 mo). Please stand with us, our family, our community by signing this petition to enforce the prompt processing of his benefits. With your help, together we can make this change. Mayor and City Council, agreeing with the words on his bracelet that Andrew wore until he perished - you too now have the opportunity to "Be Better". Thank you, Tom Ashcraft
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!
Recall Arizona Senator John McCain
Recall Arizona US Senator John McCain. The United States wants #NoMoreWar #NoWarWithRussia Sen McCain is trying to instigate a war with Russia, the US has enough young men and women in war zones now. Instead we need to work with countries like Russia though diplomatic means to advance freedom through out the world. We must consider for the best interests of the Us, that Sen McCain's way of instigating wars must be stopped. He is not listening, and no longer acting rational for the best interests of the US in the world. Press conferences acting as The General of War, when he never was a general. "We The People" want Senator John McCain "RECALLED" no longer to be an instigator of war on the US Senate Floor. Thank you
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
STOP ANIMAL ABUSE IN HAVASUPAI INDIAN RESERVATION
Everyone can do something, anything regarding this burning issue of animal abuse in the Havasupai Indian Reservation. How we will force the tribe to change their neglecting policy of animal rights? By condemning their tourist offers. When money stop coming, they will start taking seriously the claims against them and start dealing with the problems and finally start treating animals as they deserve. Those people who ignore the pain of animals and only focus on the money they get have nothing from the ancient tribes and they do not deserve to be taken as the valuable Native American community,. Their behaviour is shameful and those who participate in this trend do not share the love for the Nature but the love for the profit and greed. Once affected with the public opinion boycott and the failure of tourism based on the animal abuse they are practising, they will work on their new and acceptable model of human treatment of animal friends.
Lala's Law Will Change The Criminal Charges &Punishment For A Deadly Hit And Run
This is a petition for the safety of our children and pedestrians in our community. In Loving Memory Of Rozae "Lala" Gonzales. We lost a beautiful young lady on 7/17/17.. "Rozae Lala Gonzales" was in a crosswalk on 79th ave and osborn at Starlight Park she was on her way home around 9pm when in a crosswalk and was hit by a careless speeding car .The driver of the vehicle Lamar Mays did not stop and check on young Rozae Lala Gonzales. A witness followed Lamar threw the neighborhood while on the phone with 911 operators when the witness then realized that he had stopped at a grocery store parking lot to check damages to his jeep. He couldn't even stop to check on Rozae after he hit her, that is jus so wrong! Lalas law will change the criminal charges and punishment of a deadly hit and run.. Its a disgrace to Rozae Lala Gonzales and her family to hear the charges that Lamar Mays is facing and also the maximum punishment for the deadly crime of a young innocent life he took away from us. Also a slap in the face from the Justice System.. Lalas law will change for the better safety of our children and pedestrians. How you ask? All schools, pubilc&community parks should have speed bumps around the them, flashing lights at crosswalks, brighter streets lights at night, a speed limit of 10-15mph through out the whole school year and off school days, holidays and seasonal breaks. Knowing that our children and community will be a little safer with Lala's Law then we are in the right direction.. For thoes who commit such a careless crime of a deadly hit and run should be facing charges of none less then murder with the punishment max sentence of no less then 15years to life.
Remove the Marriage penalty against couples
People with disabilities may have to do things differently than non disabled people, and may look and act differently, but we are alike in so many ways . We all want to have love and our own families. We want to experience life and how it feels to fall in love . We want to experience how it feels to love someone who loves us in return. Finding love with someone that understands our medical needs can be challenging at times but not impossible. But a lot people with disabilities depend on financial support from the supplemental security for income and getting married makes things more challenging for people with disabilities because they would lose so much by getting married .Like for a couple who are both disabled and both receive help from one of the government programs, they will receive 25% less income (than two individuals living together or separately) if they get married . There is another problem that both disabled and non disabled couples are fighting to change and that is the fact that people are not always allowed to see their loved ones in the hospital for surgery if we are not legally related to the patient . If you get married in order to have those rights, if you are also disabled, you could be giving up necessary financial help. When rules prevent people with disabilities from having normal couple and life relationships, those rules need to be changed. We just want to have the same rights as our other non disabled friends and family. Please take a look at this petition and Please consider signing and sharing this petition . This is a problem that needs to be corrected. We can't do this alone . We need all the support we can get . Thank you
Save Lives: Require Spinal Muscular Atrophy Newborn Screening
August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness Month. Please join our efforts to require SMA newborn screening, and help end the deadly effects of SMA. About SMA: • SMA is the number one genetic killer of babies and children under the age of two.• SMA is a motor neuron disease like ALS.• SMA robs the ability to move, swallow, and eventually breathe. • One in 40 unknowingly carries the gene responsible for SMA.• When two carriers have a baby, there is a 25% chance the baby will have SMA, a 50% chance the baby will be a carrier, and a 25% chance the baby will be unaffected.• One in 10,000 babies is born with SMA. The FDA approved Spinraza as the first treatment for SMA on December 23, 2016. However, newborns continue to go untreated when they would receive the most benefit, as no states are performing SMA newborn screening. Newly diagnosed Type 1 SMA babies treated with Spinraza didn't lose their ability to move, swallow, and breathe, but instead gained strength. Some even crawled and took steps — steps away from the deadly effects of SMA. Newborn babies treated within the first two weeks never lost abilities to SMA, and developed as average babies do. They crawl, eat, stand, and walk. Only newborns with older SMA siblings have been treated this way, as their parents knew to screen for SMA. Every newborn needs to be screened for SMA, so babies born with SMA can develop just as babies without SMA do. For this to happen, SMA needs to be added to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP), states need to require SMA newborn screening, and funding needs to be provided for SMA newborn screening. The Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (Committee) is scheduled to vote to add SMA to the RUSP at its February, 2018 meeting. Once the Committee votes favorably to add SMA to the RUSP, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will add SMA to the RUSP. This is an important step, as many states look to the RUSP when adding new conditions to screen for. This petition will be delivered to both the Committee, and the Secretary of HHS. States also need to require newborn screening, as the RUSP is only a recommendation, it does not mandate states to test for conditions. We will continue to pursue SMA newborn screening in every state, and this petition will help our efforts. Missouri is the only state to enact newborn screening legislation, and will begin screening for SMA in January of 2019. Federal and state funds are also needed to begin and continue SMA newborn screening. This petition will help us as we advocate for funding with the appropriate federal and state congressional members. Act Now: With an FDA-approved treatment, it is urgent we secure SMA newborn screening. Newborn babies treated within the first two weeks will have the best chance at progressing as they would without SMA. Every baby born with SMA should be afforded this life-saving treatment. Please sign our petition urging Committee to vote to add SMA to the RUSP, urging states to require SMA newborn screening, and urging federal and state congressional members to provide funding for SMA newborn screening.
Arrest Retired Sgt. Charles Langley
Daniel Shaver (pictured above), at age 26, was shot and killed by Officer Philip Brailsford on January 18th 2016. He left behind two daughters and a wife that day. Before the body cam footage was released, the details of this case were as follows: Guests reported seeing a man with a gun in the window of a fifth floor room at La Quinta Inn and Suites in Mesa, AZ. Six officers were sent to investigate. Officer Brailsford shot and killed Daniel Shaver under orders from Sgt. Charles Langley What Shaver actually had was a pellet gun he used for his job in pest control. Officer Brailsford has been fired from his position. However, Sgt. Charles Langley has retired and to my knowledge faces no punishment for his participation - his guidance - in the murder of Daniel Shaver. Linked below are several news sources and the newly released body camera footage of the manslaughter, which is not only physically violent but bone-chillingly terrifying the moment one hears the tone of Langley's voice. New York Times Washington Post PDS Video The following excerpt is from The Washington Post: "Langley tells Shaver to keep his legs crossed and push himself up into a kneeling position. As Shaver pushes himself up, his legs come uncrossed, prompting the officer to scream at him. “I’m sorry,” Shaver says, placing his hands near his waist, prompting another round of screaming. “You do that again, we’re shooting you, do you understand?” Langley yells. “Please do not shoot me,” Shaver begs, his hands up straight in the air. At the officer’s command, Shaver then crawls down the hallway, sobbing. At one point, he reaches back — possibly to pull up his shorts — and Brailsford opens fire, striking Shaver five times." It should also be mentioned that the moment Shaver accidentally uncrosses his legs Langley barks that he will be shot. Retired Sgt. Charles Langley, the man in control of the situation, the man who was supposed to handle this protocol with a level head abandoned all of it for a bizarre game of Simon Says in which any mistake would cost Shaver his life. Daniel Shaver, who is possibly drunk, obeying every order to the best of his ability, sobbing and shaking with fear, is murdered. I am tired of it. Brailsford was fired, but where is the punishment for Charles Langley? The man who orchestrated the entire event? The one who screamed at Shaver for uncrossing his legs and completely escalated the situation rather than subduing it? It could very well be Langley's fault that Shaver appeared as such a threat to Brailsford, causing him to shoot. Langley so grotesquely handled the event that it could have completely obscured Brailsford as well. Other sergeants and officers have criticized how improperly Langley decided to speak to Shaver. There is already so much pain in the world concerning the police and gun control, but that is not what I am asking for right now. I am calling for the justice of Daniel Shaver and for Charles Langley to be properly dealt with in the assist of Shaver's murder. He cannot quietly retire and expect to not bear any weight for what he is so obviously responsible for. No one should ever have to lose an innocent father, husband, family member the way Shaver's family did.
End Rodeos in Arizona
Rodeos have been around, for hundreds of years; they have been around for people to abuse animals, for the sole purpose of entertainment. These animals should not be wrestled, to be choked, to be body slammed, to be electrically prodded, or to be ridden on. There is no need to continue a tradition where animals break bones, tear tendons, hurt joints, endure any pain, or are even killed. As well as the animals, people have been killed while particpating in these events, as well as people attending them. Rodeos are acts of animal cruelty, are inhumane, and need to be stopped. Help make Arizona a more compassionate place to live.