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Brian Sandoval

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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Bill Walker, Asa Hutchinson, Jerry Brown, Nathan Deal, Rick Scott, David Ige, Butch Otter, Bruce Rauner, Mike Pence, Terry Branstad, Sam Brownback, Matt ...

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

Patricia Arquette with Equal Rights Advocates
127,150 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, Justin Amash, Dave Brat, Jim Bridenstine, Michael Burgess, Jason Chaffetz, Curt Clawson, Ron DeSantis, Jeff Duncan, Scott Garrett, Chris Gibson, Louie Gohmert, Paul G...

Impeach Judge Gloria M. Navarro

We the People of the United States petition the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Judge Gloria M. Navarro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada for committing treason and collaborating in the insurrection against the Constitutional authority of the federal government pursuant to Article I Section 8 Clause 15, Article 3 Section 3 and Article 2 Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, 18 U.S.C § 2831 and 18 U.S. § Code 2383. Whereas Judge Navarro, at the direction of the FBI, BLM, and other federal agencies, is unlawfully detaining (Amendment VIII of the Bill of Rights & 18 U.S.C. § 3142), and has been for over nine months, prominent activists within the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom political movement for exercising their First Amendment protected rights—protesting against federal government overreach [the fact it had sold 9,000 acres of public land bordering Bundy Ranch and other people who own grazing rights to the division to a Communist Chinese energy firm represented by Rory Reid (Harry Reid's son), EMM, for $4.5 million, $34.1 million less than its value, and began rounding up the the Bundy’s cattle and holding them in inhumane conditions … at least 60 purportedly suffering death or missing]—and, in order to suppress C4CF 's education of the People, they have been charged by the FBI for violating 18 U.S.C. § 371 - Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States; 18 U.S.C. § 372 - Conspiracy to Impede and Injure a Federal Officer; 18 U.S.C. § lll(a)(l) and (b) - Assault on a Federal Officer; 18 U.S.C. § 115(a)(l)(B) - Threatening a Federal Law Enforcement Officer; 18 U.S. C. § 924(c) - Use and Carry of a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence; 18 U.S.C. § 1503 - Obstruction of the Due Administration of Justice; 18 U.S.C. § 1951 - Interference with Interstate Commerce by Extortion; 18 U.S.C. § 1952 - Interstate Travel in Aid of Extortion; 18 U.S.C. § 2 - Aiding and Abetting. Among the political prisoners are Cliven, Ammon, Ryan and Mel Bundy, Peter Santilli (a journalist), Ryan Payne, Blaine Cooper, Eric Parker and Jerry DeLumus—all of whom provide C4CF with necessary influence. Whereas the discovery comprises substantial evidence proving the innocence of the defendants but is being concealed from the public at the order of Judge Navarro (in violation of Amendment VI of the Bill of Rights and Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure). These prisoners have also been subjected to mistreatment by the FBI, U.S. Marshall Service and employees of the correctional facilities. Whereas Judge Navarro is consciously proceeding with falsified charges filed by the FBI against C4CF and refusing to grant motions to dismiss after learning that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie and many other local, state and federal officials ordered the BLM to return the cattle to the Bundy’s and withdraw from the land, and being presented with relevant laws [Article I Section 8 Clause 17 & Article IV Section 3 Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, Rule 501 of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Nevada Revised Statute 568.225] were presented to her by the defense. Whereas, after being ordered by Sheriff Gillespie to stand down, Special Agent Dan P. Love of the BLM continued to impede on the rights and jurisdiction of the People of Clark County and all People of Nevada unabated; Committing acts of aggression that should be considered attempts to seriously injure or even kill peaceful protesters, including tazing several individuals and using blunt force (some already challenged by physical disabilities)—an apparent result of its militarization. Sheriff Gillespie stated that "anyone who had been in policing would question their tactics." Whereas Judge Navarro is participating in a cover up of the suppression by the FBI (by way of COINTELPRO tactics) of the right to the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, peaceful assembly, and petition the Government for a redress of grievances. One of the main functions of government is to enforce contracts, and in this case not only is the government failing to enforce a contract but it is also the contractor, and have abridged their obligations in addition to preventing the contractee(s) [Cliven Bundy—We the People] from discharging our duties enumerated in Article I Section 8 Clause 15 & 16 of the U.S. Constitution & 10 U.S.C § 311 and pursuant to Rule 501 of the Federal Rules of Evidence. Whereas Judge Navarro has proven herself unfit to be an impartial Federal Judge; Consistent to the extreme bias expressed by her assistance given to the federal government and its usurpation of power and by covering up the inhumane treatment of political activists who are being unlawfully detained for exercising their rights protected by the First Amendment to enforce the rule of law—to establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, guarantee a Republican Form of Government, and secure the right to life, liberty and property, as ordained by the Creator in the U.S. Constitution.

Matthew Deatherage
7,708 supporters
Petitioning USCIS Public Engagements

Don't deport Gerardo Suarez, father of Afghanistan War Veteran!

 _______________________________________________________________ Victory! ALRIGHT EVERYONE! SMALL VICTORY, BUT A VICTORY INDEED! MY father was just released on his Own Recognizance. It's not over, but my father doesn't have to suffer in jail anymore. Now we are awaiting the hearing with the Immigration Judge. CONTINUE TO PRAY STEADFAST. Pray for the softening of the judge's heart. We now have a chance to actually present his case! WOOO! PRAISE GOD! Thank you to all the petition signers, everyone who wrote their Congress, ICE, DHS, Senators, and our Governor. Your support has been paramount, and I'm proud to be an American, standing alongside all of you who helped. THANK YOU! God bless you all!   _______________________________________________________________ ORIGINAL MESSAGE: Hello Everyone, As we all know, our country is in drastic need of Immigration Reform. Immigrants are fighting for their lives to be with their families day and night. As an American Soldier, and U.S. Citizen I have witnessed and experienced the hardship of battle, and separation from family whilst serving a tour overseas in Afghanistan. I have just returned home on January 15th 2012, with no injuries and all thanks to God. As of March 24th 2012, just 69 days after my post-deployment transition, my father, who is a Legal Permanent Resident, was taken by ICE Agents in my living room while I was asleep.  My father has lived in the USA as a Legal Permanent Resident since 1989.  14 Years ago he was convicted of a Class D felony, and was sentenced to Probation which he was discharged Honorably (and early) because of good conduct. Since his conviction, my father has learned his lesson and completely turned his life around. As a child, my father was distant, because of type of lifestyle he was involved in. Yet, I knew he loved me, and his children, and he always took care of me as best he could. His addiction to drugs (which at the time, I was unaware of) was starting to overpower him, and finally our home was raided. After 1998, when my father was honorably discharged, he took proactive steps to make our life better. We went from poverty, to living in a room in a relative's house, to eventually renting our own place. My dad worked painstakingly hard trying to find good work to support me, pay for college, and raise me. For years, nobody would hire him. He worked odd jobs, here and there, but nothing significant enough to really get our own place to live. Finally, in 2007 he got a big break, and was hired by Veolia Transportation, driving and serving the citizens of Las Vegas on the Citizens Area Transit Bus. He was so proud. His pay was finally good enough to start saving, and he did just that. Often times telling me: "Everything I have here is for you, son." He would sacrifice his whole day doing work that very rarely gets recognition. Day in and Day out he'd wake up at 2am, deal with the abuse of the passengers, and the inability to take breaks despite working 14 hour days. He always lived by "Hard work, is good work." He always talked to me about principles of life, teaching me to "obey and submit to authority." "Strive, work hard, make investments and save money." He was really focused on setting me in the right track. In 2008, I enlisted in the Nevada Army National Guard, and 2 years later I was promoted to Sergeant. When I first heard word of my impending deployment, my dad was broken hearted. The look on his face, when I told him that I was leaving to Afghanistan was filled with shock, worry, disdain, and bitter sadness. My father suffered for a year without me in 2011, often times not even knowing if I would make it home, or if the phone would ring again with my voice on the other end. However, he remained so strong, and really played an instrumental role in my service. He would always encourage me, comfort me with scriptures, provide advice on leading my troops, and giving me the strength to move forward day by day waiting for the longest 365 days until I can reunite with him. My father has been an active member of our church, Calvary Chapel Green Valley, where he would attend regular Military Ministry meetings, often times comforting family members of deployed soldiers. While I was gone, he would spend his weekends attending the church's "Downtown Outreach" where he would feed the homeless, give them bibles, support, prayer, and minister to them. When I finally returned him this past January, my father greeted me with tears of joy. He was so happy, and proud of his son's service. He would often brag about the medals I got, my rank, and about the accomplishments during my deployment to his friends, and the cashiers at the local grocery store. It was a bit embarrassing to say the least, but that's how he showed his love and pride. I guess the picture I am trying to paint is that my father, yes he made a mistake 14 years ago, was drastically changed from that.  He is a completely different man! Gone are the days where he'd be cooped up in his room with his "friends". Gone are the days, where we would barely even talk because he was too doped up. In fact, my father is a proud patriot, parent of a soldier, a productive member of society, a servant of the public sector, a tax payer and an amazing, christian father. He has taught me so much, and honestly even now, as I face his incarceration and possible deportation proceedings, all of his training that he has instilled in me is kicking in. Without it, I would have been an unorganized mess. I owe everything to my father, and even as a soldier, my performance in duty, and decorations are a direct result of his input. My father has been instrumental in my morale, my troop's morale and most importantly my re-integration into society after experiencing war. My whole family is full of Servicemen, U.S. Citizens, and law enforcement. To strip him away from me is both shattering to my morale, well-being, and inspiration to strive. This year, when I returned we were already planning to buy a house, and have signed our paperwork. I was planning to fulfill my lifelong dream of taking care of him. He is a 54 year old man, and he's turning 55 this year. He's a frail image of what he used to be in his younger days, and as his son, I've always wanted to care for him.   The Arrest: The sad morning transpired as my father responded to knocks on the door by ICE Agents.  My father, being as docile as he is opened the door.  He was under the impression that they were just "policemen."  They began asking him questions about his truck that he owned.  Worried, my father opened the door a little more and started asking if everything was alright.  One ICE agent already put his foot in the door.  Well, noticing that, my father asked them "Who are you?" To which only a badge was shown, but no positive Identification from the agents.  Nothing stating that they were ICE or anything like that.  Well, a little confused, he said "come in the living room, I will brush my teeth.  I just woke up."  My dad ran upstairs, brushed his teeth and came back down.  They began interviewing him, asking questions about his prior conviction.  Moments later, they said "We have to take you in for questioning" and without a warrant of any sort, they started to cuff him.  My dad submitted, as he felt it was the right thing to do (and it was).  As they took him out of the house, he said "My son just returned from Afghanistan.  Please let me say goodbye to him" to which they replied "No."   My dad called my name, in hopes I'd awake so he can say goodbye.  Sadly, I didn't hear him.  The ICE Officer then walked upstairs, rummaged through my dad's belongings to get his Green Card, Wallet and House Keys.  I woke up that morning thinking he was kidnapped, when I then received a call from ICE saying they had my father in custody.   As a veteran who fought to protect the freedoms, and defend the constitution of this great nation this situation poses questions: Was my fight in vain? Why serve a federal duty, protect freedom, if my family will get immediately separated? I am proud of my service this great country.  I know my sacrifice will not be in vain, because of everyone here that makes this place so great!   I am urging anyone who sees this petition to please help me. My father is all I have. He is my motivation, my inspiration, my best friend, and most of all: MY HERO!  A great man.  He's a father of four, a grandfather, an Uncle, and a brother and a friend to many.  A 55 year old man, that just wants to love his family, and is loved very much by them. If he is deported to the Philippines, there is no life there for him.  He doesn't have the protections of Equal Employment Opportunity in a country where age discrimination is so rampant; Therefore, he wont be able to support himself.  All of his brothers, sisters, friends, and most of his children are here.  There is nobody there to take care of him.   His life is here in America.  He has nothing there.  It is an old country that he left 24 years ago. My father has already done his time, and he is now a contributing member of society.  He pays his taxes, he loves his family, he gives to his church, ministers to members of his community, and lives his life just.  He should be allowed to stay, because he has earned that right.  I hope my sacrifice has helped earn his right as well.   Thank you for your consideration,  Sincerely,  Sergeant Marc-Johann Suarez  B 422nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion  

Marc Suarez
4,001 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Don Burnette, clark county animal control, Brian Sandoval, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Andy A. Hafen

Allocate more resources for dog rescue/protection in Las Vegas NV

Las Vegas NV and surrounding cities have seen a spike in abused dogs and insufficient: animal control staff, wildlife control, dog rescue personnel and operations. Here are reports from the past two weeks: (see photo above - not our dog) Henderson animal control personnel leaves dog to die in car: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/dog-dies-after-being-left-inside-henderson-animal-control-vehicle Coyote jumps wall and kills dog: http://news3lv.com/news/local/coyote-jumps-backyard-wall-in-henderson-captures-and-kills-dog Coyote pack kills over 12 dogs in Henderson neighborhood: http://www.ktnv.com/news/coyotes-terrorize-valley-neighborhood-near-tropicana-boulder-highway In addition there are countless unanswered reports called in every day for abandoned dogs, stolen dogs, and dogs being used as 'bait' for underground (illegal) pit bull fighting rings. The answer when the public appeals for help is "We (police/animal control/county officials) don't have the resources to help enough." Well it's time to find a creative way to get more resources to help this pandemic. We are appealing to Clark County/Nevada/Las Vegas officials to address the concerns of tens of thousands of pet owners and lovers to please allocate the budget, resources, and public communications to help keep our dogs (with or without owners) safe and happy as possible. Thank you Natalie and Jordan Malik

Jordan Malik
2,227 supporters
Petitioning Brian Sandoval

Governor Sandoval: commute marijuana sentences in Nevada.

On November 8th, over half a million Nevadans voted to legalize marijuana use for recreational purposes. As 2017 moves forward we ask that the governor uses the power of his office to release any and all Nevadans who are in state prison for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. No person should continue to serve a sentence for actions that are no longer considered criminal. A prison sentence does not just affect the person serving the time. The War on Drugs has had a detrimental effect on families and communities since its start. Every person in prison has a family that is affected by their family member’s incarceration in many different ways. As Nevada moves into a future that embraces a legal, regulated market for marijuana use for adults, we should not allow these incarcerated members of society to be forgotten. We ask that Governor Brian Sandoval utilize the power of pardon, granted to him by Article-5, Section-13 of the Nevada state constitution, to commute the sentences of all individuals currently incarcerated for the crime of possessing up to one ounce of marijuana. Join us in calling on our state to make things right. Sign and share our petition. 

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Nevada
2,130 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Jay Inslee, C.L. Otter, Jerry Brown, Kate Brown, Brian Sandoval, Steve Bullock, Matt Mead, Gary Herbert, Douglas Ducey, Susana Martinez

Mandatory 72 Hour Incarceration for Domestic Violence

On 2/17/2016, Marcos Perea held a gun to his estranged girlfriend's head and said, "It is your time to die.  Do you think my ex wife's death was really an accident?"  At that point, Jessica Ortega had had enough.   She submitted a petition for a restraining order against Perea in Pierce County Superior Court. She wrote that she was leaving him and that he recently had threatened her by placing a gun to her head. Ortega, along with other law enforcement contacted the department of  Probation and Parole, citing Perea was dangerous and they needed to seize his gun immediately.  The person they spoke to said, "We will take care of it on Monday." On 2/20/2016, Perea walked up to Ortega during a change in shift at her place of employment and emptied his pistol into Ortega, tragically ending her life.  She left behind two young children; a 3 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. Had some sort of law been in place that required mandatory incarceration for 72 hours following a domestic violence change this tragedy could have been prevented. We are asking that lawmakers in the western states, if not in ALL STATES, enact what we are calling Jessica's Law, wherein any individual who is charged with a domestic violence charge or who has had a restraining order filed against them for use of a gun be subjected to an immediate and mandatory incarceration for at least 72 hours to prevent any further loss of life, any further domestic violence and further ANYTHING. Think about this:  The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. That's nearly double the amount of casualties lost during war.  How many lives could have been prevented by a law like Jessica's Law?  Did you know that even men are victims?  The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by their partners and 1 in 7 men have been severely abused by their partners. Please, please, please sign this petition and get our lawmakers in action.  We need every person who reads this to understand our fight and what this law could mean to the families of domestic violence victims.  We can prevent these incidents. WE have the power to make a change! In loving memory of Jessica Ortega.   Please read the article on this incident below.  Also, references for statistics are cited below. http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/crime/article61481707.html  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/23/domestic-violence-statistics_n_5959776.html http://www.ncadv.org/files/Male%20Victims%20of%20Intimate%20Partner%20Violence.pdf  

Brian Aragon
1,933 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The Governor of NV

Governor: Keep Nevada's free-roaming horses on the land

This is a picture of Ava, our three-year-old friend who loves horses and wants to continue to grow up with wild horses. We all do, but the State of Nevada and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) frequently takes free-roaming horses off the land. UPDATE: We have reason to celebrate, as both the BLM and the State of Nevada have recently announced changes to the way they sell horses to keep them out of slaughterhousesand we are very glad about that! However, we also think the horses should be left on the land to continue their valuable role in the Nevada ecosystem instead of spending time in short- or long-term holding facilities at the taxpayer’s expense. Through years of experience and observation of wild herds, renowned wild horse ecologist, biologist and author, Craig Downer, believes wild horses should live on wildlife reserves and be allowed to get to a population that is determined by nature. Craig, along with other concerned people and wild horse organizations, want wild horses and burros preserved and protected and have the expertise to help accomplish this goal.

YEA! - Youths' Equine Alliance
1,625 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Dean Heller

Protect the sage-grouse and our Nevada way of life!

The greater sage-grouse, an iconic bird known for its fascinating mating dance, lives its entire life in the wide open spaces of the American West, including Nevada. However, greater sage-grouse populations are dwindling, and as a result the United States Fish & Wildlife Service is on course to make a final decision by Fall of 2015 whether to list the species as endangered. In the coming months, we have a momentous opportunity to develop a made-in-Nevada plan to protect the greater sage-grouse and its habitat while also preserving the Nevada way of life and our economy. Three complementary efforts are underway to help deal with this challenge—one by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), one by Governor Brian Sandoval and the State of Nevada, and one by Senators Dean Heller and Harry Reid. Together, these state and national efforts can conserve sage-grouse habitat while ensuring continued economic prosperity for Nevada. Without action by all parties, the bird will remain in danger; and living and working in rural Nevada, whether you’re grazing cattle, mining, or enjoying the outdoors may forever be altered. Sign this petition urging Senators Heller and Reid and Governor Sandoval to continue working on a visionary and bipartisan plan to save greater sage-grouse habitat and protect our western way of life. 

Keep Nevada Wild
1,440 supporters
Closed
Petitioning John Kasich, Rob Portman, Mike Pence, Robert Bentley, Bill Walker, Doug Ducey, Greg Abbott, Bill Haslam, Jerry Brown, Rick Snyder, Paul LePage, Andrew Cuomo, Maggie Hassan, Nathan Deal, Rick Scott,...

Let's Change Grandparent Rights for the Better!

We need this petition to help change the laws for Grandparents and Grandchildren who are being alienated from each other by the parents. It is proven that grandchildren need and thrive with the love, support, wisdom, experience, and knowledge that the grandparents possess and the parents have not yet acquired. This alienation is a form of abuse to the children and has grown to epidemic proportions in our Nation and around the world and it needs to stop. Some states in the United States do not recognize Grandparents Rights at all. Some states recognize and put them in place but then do not enforce them and hold the parents accountable when they breach the order so it is basically useless. Some states only recognize the rights under certain conditions or stipulations. Why should their be any conditions at all unless the grandparents are unfit or abusive or drug or alcohol addicted? They are the backbone of the family and they are missing out on watching their grandchildren growing up because of the parents selfishness or because they have gotten with a controlling boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, or husband. And the children are missing out on one of the greatest loves of their life called grandparents. Some of these grandparents like myself have helped raise the grandchild for years and provided for them and then one day they are taken away and the contact is limited or taken away completely. Both grandparents and grandchildren are grieving and heartbroken over the loss. This abuse needs to stop and the parents need to be held accountable. Families are being destroyed and the heritage of these children are being lost and these lives will never be the same again. The pain is almost unbearable some days. We the grandparents and the grandchildren are at the mercy of the Juvenile Justice Center and the parents and what they say goes. What does this teach the children about family and how to treat your parents? And do the parents think these children won't grow up to resent them for what they are doing. The older ones especially. They are destroying the family and their relationship with their own children. Please sign the petition to help stop this abusive epidemic.

Joy Phelps
995 supporters
Petitioning Department of Justice, US Attorney, Adam Laxalt, Brian Sandoval, Dina Titus, Nevada State Senate, Dean Heller, Mark Amodei, Joe Heck, Aaron Ford, Catherine Cortez Masto, Maggie Carlton, Shelly Shel...

My family is a victim of judicial corruption please help me fight to get my children back

I am a single mother of three children. I do not have a criminal record, I do not do drugs and I do not have a DUI.  I have worked with a reputable company for over 12 years without incident.  I graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and I have a Master's Degree in Criminalistics from Cal State LA.  I have been divorced for over 11 years and have had primary custody of my two older children, ages 14 and 10 for over 11 years. I share joint custody with my three year old son's father.   I have two different Judges for each custody case; one Judge has jurisdiction of my two older children and the other Judge has jurisdiction of my three year old and currently presides on the Standing Committee of Judicial Ethics.  Both of my cases are sealed.  Both Judges have been presented with the same evidence and both Judges have had vastly different orders and interpretations of the law.   In one case I represented myself against an attorney who is friends with the Judge's wife, in the other case attorney's were not involved.  One Judge chose to willfully alter the facts on a confidential CPS document that requires a court order to review to gain his desired results and chose to ignore the undisputed facts of the case, the other Judge read each report in its entirety and interpreted the facts based on the law.  One Judge has essentially terminated my fundamental parental rights of my two older children of which have a voice, the other Judge has deemed that a three year old who does not have a voice is safe in my care and custody.  One Judge has continued this case for almost two years, the other Judge immediately closed my case pursuant to Rooney vs. Rooney and stated that there has been no substantial change of circumstance.  One Judge has forced me to pay four evaluators at my own expense, the other Judge does not use evaluators.  One Judge accepts electoral campaign contributions, the other Judge does not.  One Judge writes minute orders to change custody and fails to have hearings violating due process rights, the other Judge schedules hearings for each motion and grants due process rights.  The disparity between these two Judges stemming from the same incident, the same evidence and the same reports questions the uniformity, impartiality and fairness within the Judiciary.  The Public as a whole deserves consistency within our courts and is entitled to confidence in the judiciary to abide by the governing constitutional and state laws.   Children should not be held as collateral to pad Judges, evaluators and attorneys' pockets.  The psychological, physical and emotional damage that our family courts are imposing on our innocent children needs to stop. Prior to my litigious custody battle, all three of my children were thriving in life.  My oldest son wanted to become a Veterinarian and go to Stanford, he was in the magnet program for high school and getting A's and B's.  He is now receiving D's and F's. He is also no longer playing soccer, even though he was the only freshman to start on the varsity high school team.   My 10 year old daughter is wetting the bed, has gained 15 lbs., complains of migraine headaches and has lost her best friend.  She is also no longer playing soccer and is not involved in extracurricular activities.  She has not made the honor roll since her father has retained custody and she is receiving C's.  I have been blocked from all of the children's school programs and websites so that I can no longer monitor their progress. The courts have denied all therapy with the children and their father has refused to take the children to any doctor's appointments. The children have been threatened by the evaluators that if they don't abide by court orders that they will be forced to go to Child Haven and be raped.  They have also been told they cannot speak of what is going on in their lives because they are being watched.  My three year old son is being forced to be raised without his siblings.  My children are terrified and confused and do not know what to believe or who to trust.  Although my children cannot speak of the "legalized child abuse" that is being inflicted upon them, their silent cries are visibly seen and are being ignored. At a time in their lives when their development and relationships will shape them as adults, the vicious and relentless court system grasps tightly and is suffocating their future selves. As of today I have not had contact with my two older children in over 8 months.  My custodial rights have been terminated by two custody evaluators, an attorney, the children's father and the Judge.  Due to the collusion between my two exes and their false allegations, on October 4 I was ordered to wear a SCRAM bracelet for 90 days ($1305), submit to a full substance abuse evaluation ($1500), pay a custody evaluator ($4000), my child support ceased and desisted ($1100) and I lost visitation and contact with my children.  My families lives changed in a matter of minutes while my ex-husband proudly displayed a smile on his face regarding his success in "beating" me.  Both custody evaluators have recommended that my fundamental parental rights be terminated for failure to pay their fees and the Judge repeatedly orders that I must pay his "list" of evaluators prior to having any contact or visitation with my children.  Please know that ALL of the evaluations and tests that I have been subjected to have ALL returned in my favor and found no fault, addictions or incidences to report; legally, there is no factual basis to withhold my children from me. My ex-husband currently owes $8100 in child support arrears and the Judge refuses to hear my contempt of court actions because he rejected and logged my custody decree out of his department. He continues to state that he will deal with the arrears at another time.  The Judge, the attorney and the evaluators continue to ignore the validity of the case and the laws regarding the issues presented before them and rather than focusing on the best interest of the children or even the children at all, the courts continue to afford the opposing counsel and evaluators the plight of a frivolous custody action at the children's expense. The nightmare appears to have no end in sight.  I have filed two writs of mandamus in hope that the Judge ceases his unconstitutional and unlawful orders (Supreme court case #71823 and #72668).  The Supreme Court recently denied my writ for failure to meet the burden of proof. I have filed complaints with the judicial committee, the state bar, the attorney general, the governor, the legislature, the senate, the health and human services, the boards of the state of Nevada for licensed marriage and family therapist and alcohol and drug counselors and ALL of my complaints have been ignored. I currently do not have a hearing to get my children back due to the violation of my 14th amendment due process rights and I have been forced by the Supreme Court to face my corrupt, impartial, unethical and unconstitutional Judge. I will never have a fair trial and me and my children are continuing to suffer at his and the evaluators hands.  Financially I have lost all of my savings and cannot afford an attorney and if this continues I will lose my home and car. Family Court needs to change. I understand that my case is like most other cases, however, I have two different judges who have contradicting rulings based on the same evidence.  One Judge alters the facts and the other does not.  Custody evaluators, attorneys and judges need to be held accountable for their actions. Fees and rates should be determined based on financial ability to pay and parental rights should not be terminated pending payments. Judges should be responsible for rulings and not allow evaluators absolute power. Immunity should not exist when laws are violated. Custody evaluators should not be allowed to walk away and accept payments without providing reports and they should be responsible for providing an in depth evaluation with substantiated findings and evidence to support their recommendations. Licenses need to be enforced and updated and the public should be aware of the unethical and unconstitutional antics of these evaluators, attorneys and judges. The children of our future and the public depend on a just, fair and impartial judiciary. 

Monique Epperson
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