Governor of Arkansas
Governor of Arkansas
Stop the Plains All American Diamond Pipeline
In light of the recent events dealing with the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, there is another pipeline, here in our own backyard, that poses a large threat to our health, safety, and well-being in the Natural State. The Plains All American Diamond Pipeline, funded by Valero Energy, is a $900 million project that will construct a 20 inch crude bearing oil pipeline through 440 miles of inhabited land in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The pipeline itself will make its way through five different water systems, including the Arkansas River and Mississippi River. We, as human beings, only have access to a limited supply of freshwater sources for our drinking water, and the Plains All American Diamond Pipeline is threatening our way of life. The Plains All American Pipeline L.P. is a natural gas and petroleum distributor located out of Houston, Texas. They have over 18,000+ miles of crude oil pipeline running throughout the United States; with these pipelines comes oil pipeline spills, and Plains All American Pipeline is notorious for making global media for their lack of meeting standards and dumping gallons of oils into beautiful, and sometimes untouched, ecosystems. The company was cited and prosecuted over 10 oil spills from the years of 2004 to 2007 in states including Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kansas. They racked up over $3.25 million in penalties from the spills. In 2010, the EPA ordered the company to revisit their pipelines and restructure, as they have not been meeting safety codes for many years. Obviously, safety and the request for more did not mean much because in both 2011 and 2012, Canadian crude oil companies monitored and owned by the Plains All American Pipeline suffered from large oil pipeline spills that together dumped over 40,000 barrels into rivers and Alberta Boreal forest areas. As many may or may not remember, in 2013, Arkansans suffered a great deal of displacement and strife over an Exxon Mobil oil pipeline spill that left many families without homes for some time, and caused mass evacuation. Backyards, playgrounds, and streets were turned into rivers of flowing oil; not a sight to see for those within the "Natural State". If we allow the Arkansas Public Service Commission, the Arkansas Government, and the Plains All American Diamond Pipeline the chance and opportunity to desecrate and destroy the natural beauty of the Ozark landscape, we will have done Arkansas a great disservice. We, as Arkansas (and Oklahoma) citizens, need to request that Governor Asa Hutchinson review and ponder on the implications of a pipeline that has a shaky track record of safety violations and large oil spills! Tell our Arkansas government officials to say "NO" to crude oil companies that threaten our communities!
Arkansas votes to decrease therapy for special needs children. Let me tell you why not.
So, Arkansas is voting to reduce the amount of therapies for children with special needs? This is absolutely outrageous and disheartening for a so many reasons.When Aidan was first diagnosed with Mosaic Down syndrome at six month of age I was not a nurse - I was a very worried parent who did lots of research attempting to find out what to do to give my child the best chance possible in life. During this research I became upset knowing that he had missed the first part of his life for the opportunity to receive physical, occupational, and speech therapies. Early intervention through these therapies is key in helping kids with special needs in their development.First of all, as parents of a special needs child I feel we have done everything thus far we can to help Aidan reach his maximum potential. Since the age of 18 months we have sent Aidan to an amazing school in Little Rock called Access, that provides him with the help and therapy he needs to assist in development. While you would think that a child diagnosed with Down syndrome would have plenty of opportunity for therapy funding, this is not true. Primary insurance does not pay for therapy services, which means that in addition to a primary insurance we must pay out of pocket for a type of Arkansas Medicaid insurance called TEFRA that does cover therapy services. The combination of both the private special needs school and TEFRA insurance is not an insignificant cost, in fact, I feel terrible for those individuals that have kids with special needs who do not have the luxury to afford a wonderful school like Access. To qualify for therapy services each child must be evaluated biannually to determine (per Medicaid standards) wether or not they "qualify" for these services. Just last year Aidan did not qualify for any physical therapy, even though he continuously scores extremely low on these evaluations. The "qualifications" remain so high, that even if a child is considered on a less than "profoundly delayed" level, therapy services may be reduced or denied. To give you an idea of how instrumental therapy has been for Aidan - I can tell a drastic difference just talking to Aidan in his goals, objectives, and therapy styles from the speech therapist he had a few months ago verses the one he currently has. I could also tell a significant difference in when Aidan received one hour of physical therapy a week verses none.If a child must be profoundly delayed to receive therapy services, how much more can you raise the bar to disqualify children for these necessary services?I cannot imagine why, of all things, Arkansas would choose to cut funding for this incredibly important service, especially when most individuals who are trying to give their children the best chance possible and already have unimaginable struggles ahead of them.
Stop the Execution of Jack Greene!
**UPDATE** On Tuesday, November 7th 2017, Jack Greene was granted a stay of execution – however, his death sentence has not yet been fully commuted. Please continue supporting this petition until Greene is no longer on Arkansas death row. . . . Jack Gordon Greene is a severely mentally ill prisoner scheduled to be executed in Arkansas this Thursday, November 9th. Twenty-eight mental health professionals, the American Bar Association, and faith leaders have sent letters to AR Governor Asa Hutchinson asking him to stop the execution because Greene does not have a rational understanding of the punishment he is facing. Sign this petition calling off the execution of mentally ill prisoner Jack Greene! U.S. Supreme Court precedent holds that prisoners must have a rational understanding of why they are being executed in order for an execution to be constitutional. Jack Greene is delusional, and believes the correctional institution in which he resides is conspiring to cover up the “brain injuries” that have been “inflicted” on him during his time on death row. His Last Will and Testament requests that he be beheaded so that a doctor he once saw on television can evaluate the "brain injuries" caused, in his mind, by the Arkansas Department of Correction. As affirmed by nearly 30 mental health professionals, Jack Greene does not hold a rational understanding of his crime or punishment, and is not fit for execution. In addition to his mental delusions, Greene frequently stuffs his bodily orifices with paper until they bleed and contorts his body into odd shapes to relieve imaginary pain. He puts paper towels under his door to alleviate noise that he says makes his “brain swell.” Greene suffered severe childhood trauma, and his lawyer believes that the 23 hours a day he has spent in solitary confinement for the past 13 years have only exacerbated his condition. Despite this vast swath of evidence, Greene has not even been granted a competency hearing to establish the constitutionality of his execution – which his attorneys are calling a violation of his due process rights. Sign this petition to prevent the state of Arkansas from executing a mentally unfit prisoner this Thursday!
Laws changed for victims of potential narcissistic, sociopathic, and domestic abuse.
Subject: A case for victims of potential narcissistic personality disorders, anti-social personality disorders, sociopaths, psychopaths and domestic abusers I come before you determined to see change when it comes to potential narcissistic personality disorders, anti-social personality disorders, sociopaths, psychopaths and domestic abusers including but not limited to, verbal, physical, emotional, mental and financial. I was married 3 years. I endured psychological, emotional, financial and physical abuse. I have employed and continue to participate in many therapeutic avenues that are needed on this very long road to recovery. I would love to see our Representatives join some of these groups so they can read the horror stories. The problem is once the abuser has been removed or they abandon ship, they continue this course of destruction doing the same thing and nothing can be done legally. I'll never get the money he took. It will be years before I ever trust another man. The abuser plays the victim very well while we get bullied by the others because they are very good at convincing others that we are psychotic, etc. The true victims seek counseling and the abuser won't step into a therapist door unless forced. Counseling will not help them because they believe they haven't done anything wrong. I know for a fact my ex husband/ abuser is still victimizing. His criminal record has 43 plus cases against him since 1992 in Iowa alone. Domestic assaults, theft, habitual offender of driving while barred, drug charges, etc. My abuser has an unpredictable behavior pattern which is consistent with the symptoms of potential sociopaths, multiple personality disorders and anti-social personality disorders and narcissistic personality disorders. I want to see changes in the law for the incarceration/long-term ankle bracelet for constant monitoring due to repeated assaults before they end up killing one their many victims in a fit of rage. I also want to see a registry for offenders. I've been choked, thrown around, ended up in psych ward, and many bruises. I have complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc. I personally worry he might try to find me and I don't know what he'll do. Please Please join support groups on Facebook for narcissistic, sociopath and domestic abuse and listen to the victims. One group has over 20,000 members. Think about what this is doing to the children. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/family-court-frustration-prompts-new-orleans-billboard_us_59b430bce4b0d0c16bb52d16 Malisa Davis & every victim
Inmates with medical conditions dying in our jails has to stop. From simple neglect.
On July 1 2016, we lost our 20 year old daughter. Morgan Angerbauer from neglect of being refused insulin. As being a type one diabetic. She was moved to a small cell. With no blanket. And was not checked on for almost 12 hours. Even as she beat on the door begging for help. As when the nurse finally decided to enter. She was placed in her own vomit. And stuck 9 times with no accurate reading. As Morgan threw up. Glucose was shoved down her throat. Which caused her to aspirate. And still 911 want called. Eventually they were. And was too late. She died on a cold floor in her own vomit with her breast exposed. The nurse was charged, found guilty, and sentenced. Another family shouldn't have to go thru this. Another life shouldn't be lost for NOTHING. Till my last breath. I will fight to make change. So Morgan and others didn't die for NOTHING. Morgan's Law
Veto HB 1228
H.B. 1228 was passed by the Arkansas Senate, and is awaiting the Governor's signature. This bill will allow individuals to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people and other minorities. This effectively legalizes discrimination against a group of people that the legislature is supposed to be representing, regardless of their political party, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Everyone should be treated equally when in a public place or when employed somewhere that serves the public. Governor Hutchinson has the chance to show leadership and affirm that Arkansas is welcoming to everyone. Let him know that discrimination, in any form, will not be tolerated.
Protect Rape Victims and Spouses from New Arkansas Anti-Abortion Act
At the end of the January 2017, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed into law a new act titled "Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act" in Arkansas. This act not only bans a majority of second-trimester abortions, but also puts thousands of lives at danger because it can potentially allow husbands, fathers, and rapists to "veto" a woman's abortion. In this unconstitutional act, as stated by Senior Politics Reporter of the Huffington Post Laura Bassett, it "bans dilation and evacuation procedures, in which the physician removes the fetus from the womb with surgical tools. D&E procedures are the safest and most common way women can end their pregnancies after 14 weeks of gestation, according to the American Medical Association." This is flawed in several ways, many of them pointing in the direction that not only do women realize they are pregnant mostly in their second trimester, but the second trimester is also when birth defects start to appear. It also states in the legislation that if a wife wishes to abort, her husband could simply file a civil lawsuit against the physician, which would stop the doctor from moving on with procedure since it is a court order. If the woman who wishes to abort is a minor instead, then her legal guardians/parents are also free to file their own lawsuits. "The law states that the husband cannot sue the doctor for money in cases of “criminal conduct” against his wife ― namely, spousal rape ― but he could still sue to block her from having the abortion," Bassett reports. State Rep. Andy Mayberry (R), co-sponsor of the bill, claims that they have "tried to account for all the worst case scenarios," but the legislation says otherwise. Women and girls are now at higher risk for dangerous self-abortions, being silenced by their abusers, and even death. Please understand that this is a horrible situation to even imagine being in. To think that a man can finally control what a woman does with her body, especially if it's for the best of her health. Rapists and abusers can now lock women and girls in a stranglehold for the mistakes of those criminals. Sometimes, the women do not have the choice of getting themselves into these situations -- now they want to steal away the only ways of getting out. All it takes is a few seconds to prove that we care about the victims. All it takes is your name for you to be heard. And I guarantee you, if the state doesn't listen, the women of Arkansas will.
The Christopher's Law
Christopher Smith, Jr. : a sweet, intelligent, animal-loving six year old. CJ's 7th birthday is April 24th and for the past week CJ has been counting down to his epic celebration!!! He wanted to go to the zoo with his family and dinner. CJ will not get to celebrate his 7th birthday with his family at the Zoo because he was hit by an SUV coming home from school on April 18, 2016 at 4pm our lives changed dramatically when someone jumped the curb and struck Christopher C.J. Smith JR. C.J. was hit by a Cadillac Escalade going 50 miles an hour through a school zone and knocked 50 feet hitting the ground head first.. His injuries put him in extremely critical condition in the ICU. CJ's spine was severed from his brain. C.J. suffered a damaged liver and his ribs were broken. The driver of the vehicle failed to provide a valid driver's license, insurance, and was driving while intoxicated. The driver was taken to Jail and released on a 100.00 dollar bond. CJ's mother, father, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers, hosts of aunts, uncles and cousins will forever mourn for our CJ!!!! We will love him forever and ever. A sweet and precious life taken too soon. We will celebrate CJ's 7th birthday on April 24th according to CJ's birthday plans. C. J. Mom & Dad made the decision to donate CJ's organs because he had a rare blood type so he will be a miracle to those who need it the most. Thats why we are demanding that the new law be that it would be mandatory 25 years when a uninsured and unlicensed motorist injure or kill someone
To stop the government from trying to take our heritage away from us by taking the Confederate flag away we have a right to our heritage please sign the petition by and begging the government to stop trying to take confederate flag away from us
It is our heritage
Help Pardon Laquanda "Faye" Jacobs
At just 16 years old, Laquanda "Faye" Jacobs was convicted of a crime she did not commit and sentenced to life without parole. Now, over 26 years later, she walked free after receiving a new sentence. Unfortunately, because she is no longer incarcerated, Faye can no longer challenge her conviction in the courts. Only the Governor can fix this injustice by using his executive powers to pardon Faye Jacobs. You can help. A pardon is necessary for Faye to begin her life. Although free, Faye will face significant hurdles as both a child who grew up in prison since she was 15 years old, and most importantly, because of her status as a felon. As a felon, Faye's job and educational opportunities are incredibly restricted, opportunities all the more important for someone like herself, who enters the world with no job history, no residential history, no credit, and no resources. You can change Faye's future and ensure that Faye does not spend one more day burdened by a crime she did not commit. Sign the petition and ask Gov. Hutchinson to grant a pardon. The Crime On the evening of February 9th, 1992, in Little Rock, Arkansas, local police picked up teen-aged Faye outside her home for questioning in the case of an aggravated robbery and shooting that occurred earlier that afternoon. Though witnesses had described the shooter as in her thirties, with scars under her eyes, and wearing black pants and a black coat, 15-year-old Faye was arrested while still wearing the white dress she’d worn to church that morning. In addition, five eyewitnesses to the shooting state that Faye was not the shooter, however, a jury never heard their testimony because her defense attorneys never investigated and never spoke with any witnesses. Instead, Faye was convicted based on the testimony of the State's two witnesses. The first witness was an incentivized witness, who only came forward after being picked up on charges of his own several weeks later. He has since recanted his identification. The State’s second witness was a traumatized teenager who did not identify Faye when presented with her photo on two separate occasions, only providing her name when he heard it from others. Social science now confirms that such procedures increase the risk of eyewitness misidentification—a leading cause of wrongful convictions nationwide, playing a role in more than 75% of convictions overturned through DNA testing. Additionally, Faye received woefully inadequate counsel. The lawyers appointed to defend Faye on her charge of capital murder conducted no investigation and never even asked the State for discovery (the information in the State’s file). As a result of their ineffectiveness, the jury did not hear from five eyewitnesses to the crime, all of whom stated that Faye was not the perpetrator. Without this information, a jury convicted Faye of capital murder and she was sentenced to life without parole. She was just sixteen. The Appeals The Midwest Innocence Project joined Faye’s case in 2014, working to secure her both a new sentence and a new trial. Two years earlier, in 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that kids cannot be sentenced mandatorily to life without parole, and those who had been are entitled to a new sentencing hearing. Because Faye had received such a sentence, she was entitled to a new sentencing hearing where a jury would consider Faye’s background and character, her work in prison, her ability to be rehabilitated, and her role in the crime. Faye's story was featured in The Nation. In addition, MIP and the law firm of Lathrop Gage filed a federal habeas petition seeking to overturn her conviction on May 11, 2018 based upon newly discovered evidence of her innocence. However, before that petition could be heard by a court, Faye was resentenced on July 16, 2018. As a result, she walked out of prison—free, but not exonerated. Because she is no longer incarcerated, Faye can no longer prove her innocence in the courts. Instead, she must seek a pardon from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. You can support her by signing the petition asking Gov. Hutchinson to pardon her conviction.