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Petitioning Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Carlos Curbelo, Ron DeSantis, Mario Diaz-Balart, Neal Dunn, Matt Gaetz, Brian Mast, Bill Posey, Thomas Rooney, Francis Rooney, Dennis Ross, John Rutherford, Daniel Web...

URGE FLORIDA CONGRESSMEN TO VOTE FOR NET NEUTRALITY

  This petition is aimed at the multiple representatives, and one senator in the state of Florida, who voted to open the door for ISPs to sell customer data in a recent election. Consumer awareness is on the rise, especially as the vote for Net Neutrality draws near (within the next month.) As many know, the state of Florida holds one of the strongest voices in congress, and the votes of the representatives in our 27 districts are not taken lightly. 15 of our 27 Representatives voted in favor of an act similar to the repeal of Net Neutrality, which arguably infringed upon the personal rights of consumers. We can predict, both from their voting patterns, and the hearty compensation they receive from the telecom industry, that the Representatives this petition hopes to appeal to will vote in favor of the repeal of Net Neutrality as instated by Chairman Pai. If Net Neutrality were to be repealed, "ISPs would have the power to block websites, slow them down, give some sites an advantage over others, split the Internet into "fast lanes" for companies that pay and "slow lanes" for the rest, (and could) force (you) to buy special "tiers" to access the sites and services (you) choose." (Cred) For a full disclosure of what exactly your congressmen are voting for, read the entire repeal here. This being said, I urge you, as citizens of Florida to both write to the representatives of your district, and to write to Sen. Marco Rubio, and make sure they're taking the ethical stance on Net Neutrality. Thank you for your time, and support. 

Rachel Chumley
65,768 supporters
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Petitioning U.S. Senate, Brian Mast, Department of Homeland Security, President of the United States

Cancel Deportation Order Against Pedro Richard Cruz-Ruiz father of two

On December 9th, 2017 my husband's lawyer's office called to deliver the bad news that the lawyer can longer cancel his deportation order that he has been cancelling every year in order to obtain an Employment Authorization Card. My husband and I have been together since September 27th, 2008 we met at No Name Pub in Big Pine Key, Florida. I already had a daughter of age 16 months at that time from a previous very abusive relationship. We fell in love immediately and have been inseparable ever since. We got married in January of 2010 never thinking he would become a legal resident. Pedro also known as Richard was brought here by his father in the year of 2000 illegally to pursue a better life for himself and attend school. He was a minor but yet that fact does not matter all people see is he entered illegally.  When his father was struggling to make enough money for his family Richard decided to quit school and started to work two jobs. He had worked at No Name Pub for over 13 years and also with Winn Dixie for a few years off and on. After we married about 4 years later we decided to just try talking to lawyers and see what we could do. Richard had obtained a license years ago but the paper he signed was agreeing that he would leave after the year was over, Richard was not aware it stated this and signed it because he did not want to drive illegally to and from work. So now we were faced with cancelling that deportation order in order to obtain his employment card which also granted him a social security number as well as a temporary driver's license. Richard and I have been doing this every single year as well as myself requesting he be able to stay forever but that process could take years the lawyer said. After my husband got his social security and license cards he right away knew he wanted to adopt the daughter he had been taking care of for so many years (8 years to be exact) whose father never paid more than $600 in her whole life. So right away we did what needed to be done in order for her to share our last name and it worked! Kylee is now Richard's daughter in all ways. In 2016 we said since Richard is legal now lets try for a baby of our own after waiting 9 years to make sure he would be able to stay in the US. To our surprise it took and Rosabella was born on July 21st, 2017. Our children are our pride and joy and we will do anything to keep our family together. In September of this year we lost all of our belongings to Hurricane Irma and were forced to leave the Florida Keys and reside with my brother until we found our home which we are about to move into December 15th, 2017 but now we do not know what our future holds. I Brianna Cruz cannot work due to no childcare and nursing my newborn baby. My first daughter Kylee can not handle anymore hurt in her life after losing everything this year and uprooting her life. Life without her father in the USA would cause extreme emotional distress. Mentally my daughter is unstable because of the storm and her father in fear of deportation. And myself I deal with PTSD. I also combat chronic depression after my sister was brutally murdered when I was 14 years old also pregnant at that time. My mental state can not handle life without my husband. My husband has also paid his taxes worked two jobs to support us and owns two cars so we can get around to all of my doctor appointments. He would give his friends and family the shirt off his back if they needed it because he is that nice of a person  he does not deserve this and needs to stay to take care of his family. He has no criminal record and would be a model citizen if ever granted the title. He is the sole economic provider for his family. Richard deserves the chance to present his case before Immigration Court with a council he speaks English and has no criminal history. He volunteers every week at my brother's church to help out in children's ministry. He has many friends and co workers writing letters to state his devotion to work, family and, friends. We need our story to be heard and for Richard to obtain a pardon and hearing to present his case ASAP to become legal indefinitely. Please sign this if not for us for our babies! Thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless, Brianna Cruz-Ruiz

Brianna Cruz
15,953 supporters
Petitioning Imran Khan, Dr Arif Alvi, Chief Justice Supreme court of Pakistan, Mr Murad Ali Shah, Chairman Pakistan Peoples party Mr Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, President of the United States, United Nations, IG S...

Injustice with Hindus and Christians in Pakistan

On Wednesday 20th March 2019,  two teenage Hindu sisters were abducted by unknown men as the local Hindu community celebrated the festival of Holi. 14 year old Reena Kumari & 16 year old Raveena Kumari were abducted from the town of Daharki in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh. Daherki Distt. The local Hindu population of the district took to the streets and blocked the local highway protesting the abduction. The girls family claimed that the that sisters had been abducted by people from the Kohbar and Malik tribes on the eve of Holi. Police refused to help Hindu persons protesting the abduction. Family approached the police to lodge a first information report (FIR) but all in vain. The incident took a strange turn after a video uploaded on social media appeared to show the girls converting to Islam. Their expressions clearly speaks how much they are afraid and oppressed by those religous fanatics. The sisters appear to be visibly distressed in the video and rights activists have claimed that this is another case of forced conversion and abduction, which are becoming increasingly common in the southern region of Sindh. It was not free will and the girls were in fact kidnapped and forcibly converted. It's so devasting to write about forced conversions of minor Hindu daughters of Pakistan. I often think how one can be so cruel and oppressive against people belong to other Religons OR school of thought. This is what happening with Religious minorities, this is how Pakistanis surprise minorities on their religious festives. It's my appeal to everyone who is against oppression and injustice, raise voices for these daughters of Pakistan and Save Humanity. Stop Forced Conversion

Ravi Kumar
7,105 supporters
Petitioning Chris Christie

Minimum and mandatory sentences for animal cruelty

Decent and caring citizens of the United States (and beyond) are exponentially tired of seeing animals killed or abused,  and then the abuser receiving little to no jail time. Animal abusers are five times more likely to hurt humans, and they are being left in society to do more damage. Almost always you find them also abusing a child or some other innocent person. Keeping them off the streets should be a priority.  The sentences given to animal abusers are weak and ineffective as deterrents, and certainly not carrying out fair and proper justice. We demand mandatory jail and longer sentences.  When an animal crime is committed, the entire community, state, and nation is in uproar- then, later find the person served very little time. Police and courts can only punish to the fullest extent of the law if their are laws that back them and back citizen outrage. We are fully tired of this weak and repetitive process.  From dragging sharks behind a boat in Florida, leaving dogs outside to freeze in the cold etc. to each case state to state- we want action.  We also want proactive warnings given to all potential abusers. Let it be known that the United States does not tolerate animal abuse!  As an example, a person who drops a puppy off a building is NOT mentally stable and should not be allowed to roam free. Therefore, sentences should be 10 to 30 years mandarory in jail or mental facility for these crimes. No exceptions.   

Jennifer Lachmund Lachmund
4,298 supporters
Petitioning Andrew M. Cuomo, John J. Faso, Lee M. Zeldin, Chris Collins, John Katko, Elise M. Stefanik, Marco Rubio, Brian J. Mast, Carlos Curbelo, Bill Posey, Jeb Bush, Dan Crenshaw, Facebook

Freedom for Andre Lewis!

Andre Lewis was accused of Murder almost 2 years ago after he shot a Man that viciously attacked him while he was holding his baby daughter without warning. Andre has been through 2 Trials where both were hung juries with acquittal in his favor and his third trial was set for April 8th But Andre was forced into a plea deal. If a District attorney can keep trying a case until they get a Guilty verdict or keep trying a case until the defendant has no more money to fight the case and is forced to take some outrageous plea bargin, then how can any Man or Woman have a fair chance in a system that is set up for failure? Andre is a Military Vet. Worked for New York state for 17 years. Had a valid NYS pistol permit at the time and did multiple things in the community. Here in the United States white men especially police officers shoot people without even being scratched. They shoot in fear for their life. This Father was in fear of his life and child's life too. He was attacked while holding his daughter but yet was not deemed self defense by the Da's office. We are asking that you sign this Petition and let's end this and give Andre Lewis his freedom back. The Da got his chance, not once but twice . How is that fair? Where is the Justice Andre Lewis deserves. It's time this ends.

Betzaida Castro
3,848 supporters
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Petitioning Department of Homeland Security, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Brian Mast, Rick Scott

Urgent: Stop the deportation of Victor R Chavez[A#072-654-887], father of (1) U.S. Child.

Víctor R. Chávez Godoy [ A# 072-654-887], is the father and breadwinner of a U.S. citizen child, Jimmy R. Chavez, and the husband of Matias Muy Carillo -- who need him to stay in the United States. Víctor R Chávez Godoy, could be deported back to Guatemala as early as next week. Victor’s parents were killed during the Guatemala civil war, leaving him an orphan. He came to the United State more than 20 years ago to seek asylum. Since then, he has not returned to Guatemala. He has made the USA his home, starting a mechanics and tires business with his wife. If Mr. Chavez is deported back to Guatemala this would be absolutely devastating for his family, his customers and his many friends in The town of Jupiter. Jimmy Chavez Muy, their son, is an honor roll student in the Palm Beach County Public School District. On March 6, 2017; Mr. Chavez along with son Jimmy, accompanied his wife for an immigration hearing in Miramar, Fl. At the hearing Mrs. Chavez was cleared, but after leaving the hearing ICE officials stop to question thefamily. Mr. Chavez then was detained by ICE for not having acceptable identification. Mr. Chavez has never been arrested. Jimmy was present the day when his dad was ripped out of hishand. With the situation escalating so quick, he was not able to give his dad one last hug and kiss. He finds it so hard to believe that this happening to him. When it comes time to eat Jimmy and his mom sit at dinner table, enough for a family of (3), thinking about the moments they spent together as a family. Victor and his family attend church every Sunday and are veryactive in the community. Victor helped to creat a soccer program in his neighborhood where kids come together to receive soccer training. Victor helps to fund this program, providing free training for the kids. Therefore,Victor R. Chavez deserves a chance to present his immigration case before Immigration Court with a defense counsel. Please sign the petition to respectfully request that the deportation of Mr. Víctor R Chávez Godoy be stopped, according to the guidelines for prosecutorial discretion. Victor should be released so that he may tend to his U.S. citizen Child.   *Important*  Please take a few minutes to call: 1)   Vladimir Diaz, DHS/ICE Public Affairs Officer: (954)-236-4909.  2)   Rep. Brian Mast, FL # (202-225-3026) 3)   Senator Bill Nelson, FL  # (202-224-5274) Say, "I am a community member of Víctor R Chávez Godoy, and I am calling to ask that Víctor R Chávez Godoy (#A 072-654-887), deportation be stopped and that he be granted discretion. Thank you."  

Kuisman Mazariegos
3,761 supporters
Petitioning Rep. Ken Calvert, U.S. House of Representatives, Donald J. Trump, Don Young, Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris O. Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry ...

House of Representatives: Save Vital Industries by Cleaning Up Orbital Debris

For over half a century, our world’s living standards have drastically improved because of satellites; they provide us with many great benefits including our smartphones’ telecommunications systems, GPS in airplanes, live international news, and real-time stock updates. Through all these benefits, satellites contribute billions of dollars to our global economy. However, we are at risk of losing all these benefits if we do not act soon because of orbital debris: out-of-control pieces of debris orbiting the Earth that can easily destroy satellites. We will be unable to use our smart phones, be forced to rely on paper maps, and be forced to live without the weather prediction systems we have today. For these reasons, we need to clean up orbital debris. Sign, promote, and share this petition to demand the US government to start subsidizing satellite manufacturers who demonstrate plans to build orbital debris-removing satellites. Even tiny pieces of orbital debris are devastating to satellites because they travel at speeds of 17,500mi/h. In fact, in 2011, we have lost about $600 million due to damages from orbital debris collisions. Our losses will certainly increase if we do not act on this problem because every time a satellite is destroyed via orbital debris, the destroyed satellite’s remains become even more orbital debris, which can then cause the destruction of even more satellites. Thomas Junghyun Yoo and Juwon Albert Moon are starting this petition because orbital debris has the potential to make our Earth’s orbit unsuitable for satellite and rocket launches- thus having the potential to cause billions of dollars of damage to our global economy. If we fail to act on this problem, the loss of our GPS systems will lead to disruptions in many industries such as banking, power grids, and transportation. Likewise, both manned and unmanned space exploration will become a thing of the past, as our Earth’s orbit will become unsuitable for rocket launches. Currently, there is only one satellite (RemoveDEBRIS) that has been developed that is capable of removing orbital debris. For this reason, we need to incentivize satellite manufacturers to develop and deploy more satellites like RemoveDEBRIS to give our planet a chance against orbital debris. The best way to do this would be via a reasonable government subsidy or tax cut for satellite manufacturers who have real plans to develop and then create satellites that will clean up orbital debris. If we can get satellite manufacturers to build more of these junk-removing satellites, we may have a chance to clean up our Earth’s orbit and ensure that our modern way of life will not become a thing of the past. While the US government is addressing the issue by tracking pieces of orbital debris to minimize the amount of damage they cause, the tracking technology is not sophisticated enough to prevent satellites from being damaged. Today’s tracking systems can only track pieces of orbital debris that are 5cm or larger. However, pieces of orbital debris that are 1cm or larger have the potential to seriously damage a satellite. For this reason, the only real solution to this problem is to actively clean up our Earth’s orbit, which can only be done through the deployment of space-junk removing satellites. It is also important to note that the US has been one of the largest contributors to orbital debris within the last half-century. This is because orbital debris is created every time a rocket is launched, and the US has had a very long history of launching rockets into space. Furthermore, the US is the nation with the most to lose from orbital debris- out of the 1,957 operational satellites in orbit, 849 of them belong to the US. As such, because our nation has been a leader in space exploration and has the most to lose from orbital debris, it is time for our nation to retake the mantle of leadership and lead the rest of the world in cleaning up orbital debris. The House of Representative should introduce a bill that subsidizes or gives a tax cut to satellite manufacturers that have demonstrated genuine plans to deploy orbital debris-removing satellites within the next 5 years.

Thomas Junghyun Yoo
2,553 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Marco Rubio, Brian Mast, Department of Homeland Security, Bill Nelson

Urgent: Stop the deportation of Anibal Mazariegos, single father of 4 US citizen kids.

We may only have 24 hours to stop the deportation of Anibal Mazariegos, [ A# 070-569-023]. Anibal is the single father and breadwinner of 4 US citizen children -- some with pressing medical conditions -- who need him to stay in the United States. Anibal Mazariegos could be deported back to Guatemala as soon as early next week. He came to the United States more than 25 years ago, when he was only 17 years old, escaping from war in Guatemala. Since then, he has not returned to Guatemala. He has made the USA his home and is now a single father of 4 US citizen children and the grandfather of a 1 year old boy.  Mr. Mazariegos is the biological father of four (4) U.S. citizen children: Jacqueline, Jordy, Janet, and Julieta.  His youngest daughter, Julieta, has a heart condition that requires doctor’s supervision.  In addition, Mr. Mazariegos also acts as an adoptive father to another U.S. citizen child, Henry Gonzales. If Mr. Mazariegos is deported back to Guatemala this would be absolutely devastating for his family. Anibal applied for asylum years ago, when he first arrived to United States, but was late by a few minutes to his immigration hearing. When he arrived a few minutes after the time, they had already issued a deportation order in his absence! Anibal was granted a work permit but it was to expire next year ‘18.  He followed ICE request to show up in court for a yearly checkup. At the checkup, last week, he was asked to surrender his passport. The next morning Anibal’s boss, the owner of a small landscaping business called home wondering if he was going to show up to work. Anibal’s son informed his fathers boss about the news and because Anibal was the only driver, the owner had to shut down his business for the day.  Anibal is a person of good moral character who deserves a chance to present his immigration case before Immigration Court with a council. He attends church every Sunday and volunteers his time to clean up his community. He is the sole economic provider for his family.  Sign the petition to respectfully request that Mr. Anibal Mazariego's deportation be stopped, according to the guidelines for prosecutorial discretion. Anibal should be released so that he may tend to his U.S. citizen children while he and his attorney seek avenues of immigration relief. Then, please take a few minutes to Call. *Important* Please call Vladimir Diaz, DHS/ICE Public Affairs Officer: (954)-236-4909. Say, "I am a community member of Anibal Mazaerigos,and I am calling to ask that Anibal Mazariego's (#A 070-569-023) deportation be stopped and that he be granted discretion. Thank you." Brian Mast (Anibal’s Congressman), # (202-225-3026) Bill Nelson FL Senator # (202-224-5274) Say: "I am calling to ask that Anibal Mazariego's deportation be stopped and that he be granted discretion. His A number is 070-569-023. Thank you."

Kuisman Mazariegos
2,176 supporters
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Petitioning Rick Scott, Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio, Matt Gaetz, Neal Dunn, John Rutherford, Stephanie Murphy, Val Demings, Kathy Castor, Lois Frankel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Frederica Wil...

Prevent Sex Offender Child Custody

My infant daughter's father was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman when he forced himself inside of her while she was asleep. He then fled the country to Mexico in an attempt to evade prosecution. The laws in the state of Florida say he could have unsupervised time with my daughter following release from his incarceration. He has never even met the child, having been incarcerated to await trial when before she was even born. Rapists can have unsupervised contact with children in the state of Florida. Let us propose that a new law be put into effect in the state of Florida that would prevent a Convicted Registered Sexual Offender from having custody of a minor child, regardless of relation, with the exception of those individuals protected by the "Romeo and Juliet Law". Florida needs a "Sex Offender Child Custody Act". Let us also propose that a convicted sex offender may only have facility monitored supervised visitation of children under 18 and may not be granted any unsupervised visitation under any other circumstances. Megan's Law provides the public with certain information on the whereabouts of sex offenders so that members of our local communities may protect themselves and their children. Registered Convicted Sexual Offenders are not permitted by law to be in any public area where children reside and yet here, in the state of Florida they are permitted legal UNSUPERVISED time sharing of minors. A judge granting time-sharing of a child to a sex offender is placing a child to possibly reside with a sex offender, which conflicts with the protections of Megan's Law. This is a risk of danger to children. Child custody is supposed to be about the best interest of the child. The main focus of child custody is: Where will this child live in a safe and healthy environment that will promote the opportunity to thrive emotionally and physically? Placing a child with a registered sex offender unsupervised is an unnecessary risk to any child, regardless of relation.  These are many cases in the State of Florida. We must enact this law and start protecting children. We must not wait until after children have been harmed.  Please help my baby and all the families in this situation by getting involved. We are asking that you utilize your position in government and help us prevent a Convicted Registered Sexual Offender from having unsupervised time-sharing of a child, regardless of paternity, maternity, or other relation. Below is info to help you better understand why NO child should live with a sex offender. 1) About 30% of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are FAMILY MEMBERS. (See https://www.nsopw.gov/en-US/Education/FactsStatistics?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 2) Analysis estimates that 14% of sexual offenders commit another sexual offense after five years, 24% after fifteen years  According to a 2003 National Institute of Justice report, 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well (page 5).       In the vast majority of cases where there is credible evidence that a child has been penetrated, only between 5 and 15% of those children will have genital injuries consistent with sexual abuse (page 2). (So it's difficult to prove it and save them from further abuse in the event that it is a parent) Information above cited from: https://victimsofcrime.org/media/reporting-on-child-sexual-abuse/child-sexual-abuse-statistics Case Study: In a very influential study by Abel and his colleagues, several hundred sex offenders were granted federal assurances of confidentiality so that they could disclose to the researchers their full sex offense histories without the possibility of that information being reported to law enforcement. On average, these offenders admitted to having many more victims and offenses than were known to the authorities. Another study by Freeman–Longo and Blanchard yielded strikingly similar results, with significantly greater numbers of undetected deviant sexual acts than what were indicated in the official records for these offenders. Something else that was very noteworthy in this particular study was that some rapists of adult women reported that they had also committed sex offenses against children, and some child sexual abusers reported that they had also perpetrated rapes against adult women. This is referred to as “crossover.” In other words, beyond what we learn about the actual numbers of undetected offenses and victims, we might also learn that there are additional types of deviant or criminal sexual behavior and the types of victims may be different than what is documented in official records. Some individuals have demonstrated problems with sexual deviance across categories of offending behaviors, such as engaging in rape of an adult women and the molestation of young children. (Information obtained from the CENTER FOR SEX OFFENDER MANAGEMENT, A Project of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Abel et al., 1987, Freeman-Longo & Blanchard, 1998) Statistics: In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse. Of these, 75% were girls. Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7. 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker. 34.2% of attackers were family members. Intrafamily perpetrators constitute 1/3 -1/2 of all perpetrators against girls and about 1/5 of all perpetrators against boys and is more likely to go on over a longer period of time and is shown to have more serious consequences. A study in three states found 96% of reported rape survivors under age 12 knew the attacker. 4% of the offenders were strangers, 20% were fathers, 16% were relatives and 50% were acquaintances or friends. (U.S. Department of Justice. 2004 National Crime Victimization Survey. 2004., 1998 Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls. 1998., U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. 1995 Child Maltreatment Survey. 1995., U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2000 Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement. 2000. The National Center for Victims of Crimes)  

Courtney Morgan
1,926 supporters