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Petitioning James Lamerson, Councilmember of Prescott

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

Tom Ashcraft
184,507 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
33,482 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
6,850 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Change.org, Arizona State House, Doug Ducey, Department of Justice

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.

Stacy Ramon
3,415 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States, Tennessee State Senate, Tennessee State House, Donald Trump, Orrin G. Hatch, Alabama St...

Remove the marriage penalty against disabled couples

The federal government has some financial programs for disabled individuals. The program which helps people with disabilities that are unable to work because of their disability is called Supplemental Security Income. This program causes difficulty because it has restrictions concerning married people.  You must be 65 years old or disabled, to be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income. This pays a set amount each month for the disabled person to offset their living expenses. You could also be eligible for Tenncare or other states medical programs for low income families with disabled individuals.   Tenncare and other state medical programs help cover medical care and medical supplies that you may not have coverage by another medical insurance . If you are disabled and have life threatening health problems you know how vital it is for us to have medical insurance.  A lot of us with disabilities are unable to work a full time job. or we can't depend on being able to work all of the time . We rely on our Supplemental Security Income checks for financial support and Tenncare or other state medical programs to take the place of a regular job.  If we get married we lose some of the Social Security benefits.  If we marry another disabled person and both receive Supplemental Security Income, the benefits are still cut. Some couples also lose their medical help, such as from Tenncare . Any income resources you have will likely count against the allowed income benefits you have as a married couple .  Single individuals are allowed to have up to 2,000 in income resources, but married couples are allowed to have only up to 3,000 in combined income resources before Social Security reduces their benefits. This is really very limited as many people with medical needs have more expensive life needs. Some of their expenses are not covered by medical insurance, such as special shoes, adaptive clothing, ramps and adapted vehicles. They may need mechanical devices to be allowed to go in and out of their homes or get in and out of bed. They may need to hire someone to help them with their daily care.  It makes sense to share these expenses as a couple, but you have much less money to do it, and your aid might be cut off entirely.  Besides the income resources, Social Security will ask who all you live with and if you help pay for anything with the income you receive and how much someone helps pay for other things in the household .  With the marriage restrictions, Social Security benefits are more favorable for single people. This is why many couples with disabilities decide to live together as two single individuals rather than face a possible cut in necessary financial benefit aid. We need to do something to stop this unreasonable law from affecting any more disabled partner couples. Please look over this petition and please consider signing or sharing this with everyone you know . Thank you!    

Lara Pfeiler
2,449 supporters