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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
183,894 supporters
Petitioning Arizona State House

Pass a Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights in Arizona

  In Arizona, sexual assault survivors are not guaranteed to receive their civil rights.  They are left to navigate a system with a patchwork of policies largely on their own.  As reports of sexual violence have only increased in AZ and around the world during COVID, survivors in AZ need civil rights protections now more than ever. Currently, there are two bills that have been introduced to the Arizona House of Representatives, HB2600 and HB2849, to ensure these rights in our state. Even though this bill has bipartisan support in the House and Senate, it must be heard in committee in order to be voted on and passed. Right now, the bill does not have a hearing date and the head of the Judiciary Committee, who can assign it a hearing, is hospitalized. The rules for this deadline must be suspended and this bill must be given a hearing. This is imperative as survivors deserve to have these rights ensured.  Arizona has the opportunity to pass a Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights that will guarantee comprehensive, common sense civil rights for survivors. Rise’s Five Key Civil Rights: 1. The right to not have your rape kit destroyed before either 20 years or the statute of limitations has passed (whichever is longer).2. The right to be notified of your civil rights related to a sexual assault.3. The right to not be charged for your own rape kit examination.4. The right to access your own medical record related to a rape kit examination.5. The right to a copy of your own police report. Over forty states have backlogs for untested kits. Some states do not cover the full medical expenses of a kit, leaving survivors to pay their own way towards justice. Most states destroy rape kits before the statute of limitations for the crime has passed. The lack of these rights has inspired us to act. This is a crisis for 25 million survivors across America, and it's time for our legislators to do something about it. Sign this petition, then learn more at our website -- and reach out to AZ legislators. 

Ashley Farrell
71,241 supporters
Petitioning Doug Ducey, Arizona Governor, Arizona State House, District Attorney of Arizona

Justice For Muhammad Muhaymin Jr.

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 death of Muhaymin is the subject of a $10 million lawsuit his sister filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona. The lawsuit is against the 10 officers, a city parks and recreation employee and Phoenix. The Phoenix Police needs to be restructured  by better training officers and doing better background checks on officers while giving Muhammad and his family the justice he deserves by putting the murderers who killed him in jail. From AZ Central Article (https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2020/06/05/phoenix-police-death-case-2017-muhammad-muhaymin-jr-resembles-george-floyd-death/3145190001/ Representatives to Contact (Call/Leave messages) -Kyrsten Sinema (602) 598-7327 -Kate Gallego (602)-262-7111 -Doug Ducey 1-602-542-4331 / engage@az.gov. -Phoenix Police Department (602) 262-6151) (Non-emergency number)   

Muslim​.​co Team
41,307 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
34,406 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
18,506 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.
7,352 supporters