Governor of Arkansas
Governor of Arkansas
Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
This is the year 2016. Isn’t it time women had equal rights in America? Will you join me by signing a petition compelling your lawmakers to vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment? “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The Equal Rights Amendment, first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that affirms that all citizens deserve equal rights under the law regardless of sex or gender. Seems self-evident, right? Do you think that women’s equal rights are guaranteed by our constitution? Sadly, they are not. The ERA never passed, leaving women’s rights up for interpretation. This imbalance has been demonstrated time and time again in the highest courts in the land, where women often lose even when clear bias is shown. Women’s rights are seemingly at the mercy of whoever is in office or on a judicial bench at any given time. Here is what one of our most influential Supreme Court justices said on the matter of sex discrimination: "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't." —Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia While we in America may think that women are doing fine, the rest of the world does not. The United Nations has deemed the United States to be a country that does not adequately protect women’s human rights. The Equal Rights Amendment may seem unnecessary to some, but the truth is American women do not have explicit rights under The Constitution. There are dozens of areas where a lack of equal rights negatively affects women and the families they support. Here are just a few: • America is the only nation in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate. • 10,000 abused women are turned away from shelters daily, a total of 3.65 million denied requests per year. When looking specifically at the gender pay gap: There is a direct correlation between underpaying mothers and child hunger. It is estimated that half of the 33 million women and children living in poverty in the United States would not be if women were paid their full dollar. Is it any wonder that 1 in 5 children in America go hungry? Seventy-five percent of all African American children are being raised by full time working single mothers who are paid .60 cents on the dollar. Latinas earn .55 cents on the dollar, and white women make .78 cents compared to their white male counterparts. Our transgender sisters are faring even worse. They are four times as likely to have a household income under $10,000 and twice as likely to be unemployed. Over the course of her working life, an American woman will lose between $400,000 and two million dollars due to wage discrimination. The Equal Rights Amendment would provide an express constitutional basis to challenge sex-based discrimination. It would also ensure that laws and government actions that treat women differently are reviewed by the courts with the strictest of standards. With the upcoming 2016 election we need to intensify the conversation around women's issues and compel our lawmakers to protect the basic civil and human rights of American women by passing the ERA. It is time that we finally make this happen for ourselves, our daughters, and for the future of our nation. If even Supreme Court justices don’t believe the Constitution protects women from discrimination, let’s pass an amendment that will. Please join me along with Kamala Lopez, the director of the upcoming documentary “Equal Means Equal,” the ERA Coalition, and Noreen Farrell of Equal Rights Advocates, to sign this petition for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment #EqualMeansEqual —Patricia Arquette
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!
Stop The Statute of Limitations (SOL) on Sex Crimes - Sexual Assault, Pedophilia, Rape
Lesley Barton’s WWII hero father once said to her, “You should never take advantage of someone that is weak or vulnerable just because you can." Little did he know how much his simple words would one day mean to his beloved daughter as the 1st survivor of 10 (4 in SOL 6 outside of it) known victims to report a 15 yr active and violent serial rapist who continuously got off with slaps on the wrist. The time is NOW to Stop The Statute of Limitations on Sex Crimes for children and adults. Please click the link below to learn more about her and her sisters’ fight against sadistic and emboldened rapist Marc Winner and to really understand the gravity of predators like him who are able to use the statute of limitations against their victims to their advantage. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2016/Marc-Winner/__________________________________________Lesley’s story... Over 16 years, she’d hoped and prayed this day would actually never come, because although she knew he couldn’t stop-it was her greatest wish that he would, so no one else would be violently raped by him again. Painfully, that was not the case with 4 in the Statute of Limitations and 10 known total in a 15 year period. The continuous promises made to her when they wanted her to be okay with the plea deal, were not kept. Woman after woman reported him only to be disbelieved and disregarded, because of archaic belief systems even within the justice system and Chicagoland Cook County City and Suburbs being on different computer systems. How senseless is that? This has not been an easy road for her and her sisters. It’s actually been harder than any victim survivor could ever be able to explain. Our msister and brother survivors understand why sexual assault is the most under reported crime, because coming forward in order to protect others from a monster has no upsides due to the revictimization of stigma, harassment, a pretty inept and broken system, and those who want to make rape of all things about politics or shaming and blaming the survivor rather than stopping the perp. It’s been a long 16+ years for Lesley Barton who was the first to report Marc Winner for criminal sexual assault. Even after she came to terms with the unthinkable by finding some joy again she was really thrown for a loop that invasion day almost two years ago now when she found out he was back or actually never left. For he remained active and her reporting him, going to all their trial dates, and his slap on the wrist plea deal didn’t keep him from continuing his proclivity to do irreparable and permanent harm. Lesley no lomger feels any of the unfounded shame or blame any longer. She could really careless what the ignorant callous bullies towards survivors of rape think or say either. She does however feel an immense responsibility to her sisters who survived him, all sister and brother survivors, and the community at large to see this through to the end-to finish this-and to help convict him anyway they lawfully can so he never hurts another living soul again. Many confusingly mock and attack survivor activists who put it all on the line to stop criminals by using the term social justice warrior as a negative connotation on the internet and elsewhere. However, what they don’t seem to understand is that this is NOT a political issue and a violent despicable crime such as rape can never be referred to as “social.” It’s a matter of stopping a violent criminal from seriously hurting others in a way that the survivors receive a life sentence. Rape is actually a CRIMINAL JUSTICE issue-always has been, always will be. As a Criminal Justice issue, one way to end the emboldening of predators like Marc Winner, Brock Turner, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis CK, USA Gymnasts Dr. Larry Nassar, Thad Alton, and Denny Hastert (to name only a small few) is to Stop the Statute of Limitations Clock. Predators know very well that they have a time clock they can easily run out during the often decades of time it takes a victim to come forward and be a survivor. The time is NOW to #StopTheStatute of Limitations on Sex Crimes in every state for children and adults, once and for all. There are no statutes in different states on Forgery, types of Fraud, Murder, Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Arson, types of DUI accidents, and even in a few on Rape, but a few isn’t good enough-Rape is a life sentence, so should be the time period it takes to report it (which remember does not mean the lack of burden of proof) in order to help deter. The system needs to give survivors the time they need to come to terms with the heinous violation to their body and spirit in order to get closure and justice-How can’t everyone have some common sense, reasonably understand, and get behind that? #metoo#Ibelieveyou#stopthestatute
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
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
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.
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