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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
184,120 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
34,458 supporters
Petitioning Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, Arizona State House, Arizona State Senate, Paul A. Gosar, Raúl Grijalva, David Schweikert, Ruben Gallego, Andy Biggs, Martha McSally, Kyrsten Sinema, Marin Quezada, To...

Justice for Muhammad Muhaymin by convicting the officers involved in his death.

Three years ago, Phoenix had its own "I can't breathe" case. But its outcome has so far been very different than that of George Floyd's. In 2017, Muhammad Abdul Muhaymin Jr. tried to take his dog with him to the bathroom at a city community center in west Phoenix. The police were called, discovered he had a warrant for his arrest, and decided to detain him. At least four officers got on top of him and held him down. Some put their knees on his neck and head.  "I can't breathe," Muhaymin is heard saying several times in police body camera footage. When officers eventually got off him, Muhaymin had no pulse, according to comments from officers in the video, and lay in a pool of his own vomit. He was 43, unarmed and black.  The Maricopa County Examiner's Office ruled Muhaymin's death a homicide, according to that office's database. Muhaymin is one of 35 people who died while in police custody in Maricopa County since 2017, according to the county prosecutor's office.  That number does not include fatal police shootings. For the past week, thousands of people, spurred by Floyd's death, have demonstrated in downtown Phoenix, demanding transparency, accountability and justice for the people who have been killed by police officers. In recent days, people have pointed to Muhaymin's case as an example that what happened to Floyd also has happened in Phoenix. The four officers involved in Floyd's death have all been fired and criminally charged. None of the 10 officers connected to Muhaymin's death was charged. They still work for the Phoenix Police Department. The purpose of this petition is to bring Justice to Mr. Muhaymin and charge the officers involved.

Anonymous Anonymous
10,660 supporters
Petitioning Ron DeSantis, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott, California Governor, Texas State House, Doug Ducey, Tim Kaine, Georgia Governor, Ralph S. Northam, Andrew M. Cuomo, C...

Drowning Is An Epidemic: Declare Drowning Prevention As An Essential Service.

Drowning remains the #1 cause of accidental death among children under age 5 in 18 States. The drowning statistics this year are rising at an alarming rate in many States!! These are unprecedented times and the number of pediatric drownings are rising at an alarming rate. While families are home-bound 24/7 consumed with coronavirus media, homeschooling children, working from home, etc., it's easier than ever for a curious toddler to momentarily escape adult supervision and find himself in troubled waters.  For an example, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families,  this year 14 children lost their lives due to drowning in Florida.  Six (6) of those drownings occurred in the single month of March. More than 76% of the drowning victims were age 3 and under.  Texas has also seen a rise in fatal drownings this year. According to the Judah Brown Project, Texas had ten (10) fatal drownings this year already. In 2019, 87 children lost their lives to drowning.  Since the Stay at Home Order has been issued many drowning prevention specialists have not been able to continue their mission to promote awareness and education, specifically in providing one-on-one, self-rescue swimming instruction to infants and toddlers.  All self-rescue swim lessons are conducted one-on-one and there is never more than one instructor and one child in the water at a time. Thousands of families have not been able to enroll their children in these survival swim programs since the issued Stay at Home Order.  This leaves them more vulnerable and less equipped to handle an aquatic accident in the event there was a momentary lapse in adult supervision.   In an ongoing effort to end the drowning epidemic facing our great country, please consider one-on-one, self-rescue swimming instruction or drowning prevention services an essential business and allow the hundreds of specialized, instructors to continue to provide these life-saving skills while promoting drowning prevention awareness and community education.           

Water Smart Tots, Inc.
7,263 supporters
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:

Dominick Evans
6,819 supporters
Petitioning Arizona Governor, Arizona State House, Arizona State Senate, Doug Ducey, Jeff Flake, Kyrsten Sinema

Make Law Enforcement Officers Accountable

OUR STORY... On December 28, 2019 our lives were forever changed by an unthinkable tragedy.A 28 year old beautiful mother, daughter, sister and niece gone too soon -Jorden was arrested Saturday, December 21st by Safford Police Department, Safford, AZ. While incarcerated Jorden reported to her jailers that she had been raped by a Safford police officer. She was taken to Sierra Vista for a rape test (which has since returned positive - awaiting DNA results). Upon her return to the Graham County Detention Center in Safford, AZ,  she was strip searched by a female deputy that sodomized her with an unknown object. She was refused immediate medical treatment for the sodomy. For the next several days she pleaded with her mom, Deborah Sanchez, to get her out of there. She was afraid. She knew something bad was going to happen. Deborah was trying but couldn’t make it happen fast enough. On Thursday, December 26th Deborah arrived for her scheduled visit with Jorden and was met by 3 deputies informing her that Jorden was not there and they could not disclose her whereabouts. As the day progressed no phone call ever came from Jorden. Around 10 PM that evening, Deborah received a call that her daughter had been involved in an incident and was being flown to Banner University in Tucson. She arrived at the hospital to find her sweet baby girl broken, mangled and brain dead. The story we have gotten is that she had been transported to Sierra Vista for a second medical evaluation and had been referred to Mount Graham Regional Medical Center in Safford, AZ for further examination. According to statements given by the Graham County Sherrif, just two blocks from the destination, on a 35 MPH stretch of road, Jorden allegedly slipped her hand cuffs, belly chain and shackles and jumped from the moving transport vehicle. Jorden never would regain consciousness. She succumbed to her injuries on 12/28/2019 after Deborah had to make the excruciating decision to remove Jorden's ventilator - we were given no hope for any recovery from the injuries she had sustained. OUR MISSION... As a result of this nightmare we are living, we have had an unbelievable amount of people reach out to us that have suffered similar tragedies such as police brutality, and suspicious inmate deaths. Current laws protect law enforcement officials from civil litigation for death or injury caused "in the line of duty". A victim or victim's family cannot pursue the personal assets of law enforcement officials. While we understand that there would be little to gain by seeking financial compensation from such individuals rather than from the municipalities with which they are employed, we feel like corruption and violence against inmates would be reduced significantly if the individuals financial livelihood were at risk. If an officer or guard is following procedure and acting lawfully in the line of duty they wouldn't run the risk of jeopardizing their personal finances. Those law enforcement officials that hide behind their shield, so to speak, would have one more possible repercussion to consider before they cross that line. We want this layer of protection lifted! We want law enforcement officials to be liable criminally and civilly for the crimes they commit "in the line of duty".We want to reduce the chance of this happening to someone else's loved one. Please show your support by signing and sharing this petition for change.

4,245 supporters