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Protect New Jersey kids from dangerous anti-gay conversion therapy

My name is Jacob Rudolph, and the video above is me coming out to my school as openly LGBT. I chose to come out in such a public way because LGBT youth need to know they are not alone. Now, I am asking for your help to encourage New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie, to support a bill that would protect kids who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender from a dangerous practice. Currently, the New Jersey state legislature is considering a bill that would protect minors from the harmful, discredited practice of gay conversion therapy, which subjects teens to psychologically damaging “treatment” by so-called psychology counselors who falsely claim they can “fix” the sexual orientation of children who identify as being LGBT. Unfortunately, Governor Chris Christie has not yet said he will support this crucial legislation. Gov. Christie must be made to understand how critical such legislation is to protecting the thousands of teens like me from the dangers of gay conversion therapy. Major psychological, psychiatric, and counseling associations have found this ineffective and scientifically unsound practice to be harmful for young people. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association has concluded that a great risk of depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior result from anti-gay conversion therapy. According to the CDC and the Trevor Project, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. And, that number doubles to 8 times more likely if LGB youth come from families that reject the child's sexual orientation. Together, we can raise Gov. Christie’s awareness of these issues and obtain his support for the legislation that would ban gay conversion therapy. Together we can urge the governor to protect LGBT teens by endorsing the bill. By enacting the proposed statute, New Jersey has an opportunity not just to protect kids from the emotional damage of dangerous anti-gay conversion therapy, but to save lives as well. I'm incredibly lucky to have parents who love me just the way I am, which is why it hurts me to know that, every single day, kids across the state are forced to lie or feel shame about who they really are, for fear of being rejected by their families and friends or forced to be subjected to harmful “therapy” intended to fix what is not broken. Please sign my petition today urging Governor Chris Christie to protect New Jersey’s LGBT kids and to support state senate bill S2278. Thank you,Jacob RudolphSenior, Parsippany High School

Jacob Rudolph
141,868 supporters
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Petitioning Chris Christie

Grant me a pardon, a mistake shouldn't ruin my future.

NRA NEWS INTERVIEW HERE I was an armored guard, with plans to be a police officer until I got a felony conviction for having my legally owned service weapon in my glove box. Now my dreams of being a cop and providing for my family have been dashed. The only way I can get my life back on track is if Governor Christie grants me a pardon. Please help me tell the governor that an honest mistake shouldn’t ruin my entire future. My name is Steffon Josey-Davis. I am a 24-year-old from New Jersey. As an armored car driver, I am legally permitted to own a weapon.  On September 20th, 2013,  I was getting ready for work in the morning, I was in the garage trying to disarm my firearm when my 6-year-old sister walked in and surprised me. I have always tried to keep my firearm away from my younger siblings as to not spark their curiosity, so I quickly shoved it into my glove compartment before picking her up and taking her back inside the house. Later that day, having been distracted by a chain of events, I got in my car, with my gun still in my glove compartment.  I was pulled over shortly after for a routine traffic stop. Immediately I realized my mistake; in NJ a loaded weapon must be carried in a locked trunk. I alerted the officers that I had a weapon in the car. They confiscated and told me I would be able to pick it up later that week, and I thought that was the end of it. When I arrived at the police department, I was informed that I had been charged with weapons possession,  a second-degree felony. Instantly my life changed. I was facing a ten year prison sentence for trying to keep a firearm away from a child. I was horrified by the thought of spending ten years in prison, away from my family, my girlfriend and the dreams that I hoped to one day achieve, so on my lawyer’s recommendation I took a plea of one year probation. But I am still a convicted felon. Now I can't vote, am disqualified from most jobs, and my future has been derailed. I am a law abiding citizen, with hopes of one day becoming a law enforcement officer myself. Yet, because of my felony conviction I may never be able to become the person I had wanted to be. I am asking you, from the bottom of my heart, to please support me and ask Governor Christie to grant me a pardon so that I can continue to follow my dreams.   Full Story Here Please Donate to help Steffon Overturn his wrongful conviction by HIRING Evan Nappen NJ FireArm Attorney. Anything helps! Click HERE To Donate  To learn more about my story please click here and here.

Steffon Josey
92,187 supporters
Petitioning US State Department, Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, The Student and Exchange Visitor Program, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Na...

Losing U​.​S. University Admissions as a Result of Long Administrative Processing

-------------------------- DISCLAIMERTHE PURPOSE OF THIS PETITION IS TO SOLELY REPRESENT THE DIFFICULT SITUATION OF IRANIAN STUDENTS AND RESEARCHERS WHO ARE WAITING FOR THEIR U.S. VISAS TO ATTEND THEIR UNIVERSITIES INSIDE THE UNITED STATES (CAUSED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC). NO POLITICAL OR OTHER PURPOSES ARE BEING FOLLOWED. ANY MISUNDERSTANDING OR MISCONCEPTION OF THIS PETITION BY NEWS MEDIA OR OTHER ENTITIES AND INDIVIDUALS IS ON THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY. THE ADDRESSEES OF THIS PETITION ARE U.S. OFFICIALS AND RELEVANT DEPARTMENTS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF VISAS.-------------------------- For Iranian students and researchers, facing difficult situations during the visa process is not a new story. During the last two years, the COVID-19 Pandemic and cancellation of routine visa services made it even harder. Administrative Processing (AP) before the issuance of visas is a routine procedure for most Iranian nationals. However, there has never been a specific time frame for the conclusion of such processing and it can take as short as 40 days or as long as a couple of years. This year, like previous years, most of the applicants who attended visa interviews in the United States embassies in the United Arab Emirates, Armenia, Pakistan, and Turkey were subjected to AP. What is concerning is that until now, a large number of applicants are still waiting for the result of their AP. Many of us are currently waiting for over 90 days. It is also worth mentioning that as a result of the global Pandemic causing limited consular activities, most Iranian applicants for the F and J categories have already deferred their admissions at least two or three times. For these students and researchers, not hearing anything from the embassies means that they will lose their admissions, funding, and everything they have worked for tirelessly. Long AP results in: Iranian students losing university admission and funding; Not admitting Iranian students by the United States faculty members in the future, simply on the basis of visa problems; Waste of student time and tedious application process; Choosing other countries like Canada, Australia, and the European countries by elite Iranian students whose first choice for higher education was previously the prestigious institutions of the United States. For these reasons, we respectfully urge all relevant departments and services, specifically the United States Department of State, the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to kindly take our concern into consideration and assist us with this matter and alleviate this burden for all Iranian students and researchers. We understand and respect the importance of taking into consideration the national interests of the United States in issuing visas and by no means do we ask for any intervention in this process. Our only request is to expedite this process so that we would be able to attend our classes on time. We humbly ask you to support us and hear our concerns. Respectfully submitted.  

Iranian Students
13,933 supporters
Petitioning Phil Murphy, Chris Christie

Change law of animals being left outside 24/7

We need to change how it is legal for people to leave Dogs or any pet outside 24/7.   In extreme heat or bitter cold temperatures, I have witnessed first-hand animals being left outside  24/7, as a watchdog or security guard in people’s yards.  In particular, l drive through Camden to work and see this on a daily basis. I’ve contacted animal control several times now, and they have told me time and time again that a wooden box simply with some straw or hay  is “adequate shelter” according to the law. The box doesn’t even have to be water-proof or have a door; a wide open space is “adequate,” so the dog is still being subjected to cold bitter air, snow, rain, etc.  The same way it is illegal for people to leave their dog in a hot car in the summertime (rightfully so), it should also be illegal for an animal to be left out in the cold all day and night with nothing but a wooden box for shelter.  Animals, especially dogs are the most loyal to a human and they trust everything we train them to do. The animals don’t know any better that it is wrong to leave them out in the cold and they trust in us to protect them. When careless owners choose to chain their animal outside and not care if they are freezing all night and fight to keep their body temperature up, they still trust us to protect them. They have no voice and we need to speak up for them and protect them the right way.  Please help change this law of leaving animals outside and sign this petition.

Jennifer Santore
13,636 supporters
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Petitioning Chris Christie, Catherine McCabe, Scott Pruitt, New Jersey Governor, President of the United States, New Jersey State Senate, New Jersey State House, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Rob...

Stop DuPont Chemical from Poisoning New Jersey Families

From 1902 to 1994, the DuPont Chemical company dumped chemicals into New Jersey’s Pompton Lakes. While the company abandoned the explosives site years ago, it has yet to clean up the mess it left behind. The closed work site is still owned by DuPont.For decades, families like mine have been suffering from the toxic pollution left in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey by DuPont Chemical. Hundreds of families suffer from poisonous gases in the soil that migrate up into our basements. The air we breathe inside our homes is filled with cancer-causing TCE, and the full extent of all this pollution in our community is still not fully understood.DuPont Chemical, the company responsible for this pollution, has had years to clean up their mess--but they have failed. It's time the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) declare Pompton Lakes a Superfund site and take over the clean-up once and for all. Two years ago, the New Jersey Department of Human Health and Senior Services released a shocking report with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. It found a "significantly elevated" cancer rate in the region potentially linked to contamination from the Pompton Lakes DuPont explosives site. DuPont Chemical has proposed a five-year cleanup plan--but that plan will not make our community safe. DuPont's plan does not address the high levels of mercury, lead, and other toxic chemicals that they left in our creeks and lakes.It’s clear that DuPont doesn’t care about the Pompton Lakes community, so it’s up to the USEPA to take a stand and protect our health. The USEPA must list this site on the federal Superfund National Priorities list. Cleanup cannot be left in the hands of DuPont Chemical.

Lisa Riggiola
13,145 supporters
Petitioning Chris Christie

New Jersey Office of The Attorney General/Division of Criminal Justice: Justice for Baby Nikolas Chavez III - My Nikolas' case is stil a cold case therefore it is still opened!!

* * * There is no statute of limitations for murder * * * THE FOLLOWING ARE VERY IMPORTANT FACTS IN MY SON NIKOLAS' CASE:   I am Nick Chavez II the father of Nikolas Chavez III who was brutally beaten to death at the age of 3. My son was broken in half backwards and all belly innards were ruptured. During both trials the jurors were not sequestered! Was my son's homicide not deemed worthy of a jury to be sequestered?There was left out rock solid taped evidence and witnesses of this monster's sociopathic character were not called to take the stand. My constitutional rights were severely abused. There was one very blatant count of racism! "What are you anyway?" in reference to what race me and my family belong was asked by the state prosecutor of the first trial. That question has/had no relevance to my son's homicide which occurred Wednesday November 30th 2005. That question was also asked in a behind the doors meeting with only my mother, sister and myself. Previous to that most offensive question we were also asked if we had any recording devices. The same state prosecutor who asked us "What are you anyway?" stated quite clearly and out of the blue "I'm a women's advocate!". When we asked "Where's the child's advocate?" there was no response. Both my family and I were treated as second rate citizens at best. None of our more than valid input was used or even considered. Both the state and the defenses forensic experts agreed my son's death was a homicide or as the defenses expert pronounced it verbatim "A homocide". This merely scratches the surface of this most unjust case. It's a slap in the face of what America calls justice. This is more than a qualified reason for my son's case to be reopened. Mind you, my son's case is still a cold case, yet I see no detectives racing out to find the person/monster who really murdered my son. The reason why is the monster who did this got a slap on the wrist for child endangerment! He was released as of November 2012 without any prior warning from the state of New Jersey. We actually have the momentum needed to get this case reopened and get both the baby killing beast caged again and killer by her lies "mommy" in prison for what she let happen to her son. She's merely Nikolas' "mother" biologically mind you. Let's finish this!! * * * There is no statute of limitations for murder * * * THIS IS FAR FROM OVER, THIS I PROMISE YOU SON!! - A childless father making right the severely wronged,                                                                         Nick Chavez II (Dad) http://blogs.findlaw.com/blotter/2014/05/is-there-a-statute-of-limitations-on-murder.html

NICK CHAVEZ II
13,084 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Chris Christie

Public School Water Inspection

Hello, we are seventh grade students from Florence M. Gaudineer Middle School in Springfield New Jersey. We have created a policy to help the issue of unsafe drinking water in New Jersey. Please support our policy by signing our petition to help protect everyone in the state of New Jersey from dangerous chemicals in their water. Our policy is (YPSWI) The Yearly Public School Water Inspection. This policy insures that all public schools will have clean water, and a water test would be conducted annually. Some disadvantages are that it would cost a lot of money, and this policy is only regulated for public schools and tax-supported charter schools in the state in New Jersey. The advantages are that it would protect students from harmful chemicals at schools, no matter what the town’s financial stance is. The level of government responsible for carrying out this law is State government.  State government is responsible because it is supporting all of the tax-funded schools in New Jersey. We would ask Senator Kean to represent New Jersey and propose this policy in the state Senate. If that law gets passed through the General Assembly and gets to Governor Christie and he signs it into law, it would then be up to Kimberly Harrington; Commissioner of Education; and Bob Martin; Commissioner of Natural resources; to enforce this policy in the state. As said in the New Jersey Constitution, “All political power is inherent in the people.  Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people, and they have the right at all times to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.” Everyone should be entitled to the benefit of clean drinking water and it is up to our government to protect this natural resource. Clean drinking water is something that the public needs. Thank you for signing our petition to help the children drink clean water at school.

FMG Project Citizen
7,195 supporters
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Petitioning Citizens Who Love Animals, James Holzapfel, Chris Christie, Cory Booker, Diane Allen, Bruce Garganio

Shut down the Puppy Barn in Mt. Holly, NJ

Recently someone bought a puppy from The Puppy Barn in Mt. Holly, NJ. The Puppy Barn is selling puppies with the Parvovirus and not telling the owners, until it is to late.  We need to get The Puppy Barn shut down for good.  They are very neglectful and have no regard towards an animals life. They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Here's a true story:: It is with a heavy heart that I said hello and goodbye to this puppy yesterday. I made the grave error of purchasing a dog from The Puppy Barn in Mount Holly, New Jersey. I took her home after being told she was a complete cuddle bug. In reality, this dog was dying and incredibly lethargic. She had a deadly virus called Parvo that is extremely contagious to other dogs. The Puppy Barn knowingly sold her to me deathly ill. I noticed something was very wrong very fast. She was incredibly weak and lethargic and did nothing but sleep. She kept attempting to vomit but had nothing inside of her because she was so dehydrated and wasn't eating due to her illness. The Puppy Barn assured me her dry heaving and attempting to vomit was "hiccups." She came with a "clean bill of health" and had supposedly seen a vet the day prior to her coming home. There is NO way she became that sick that fast. Shortly after, my new puppy began getting uncontrollably sick and had stool that consisted of blood and worms. When rushed to the vet, I was told she might not make it through the night. Not only have I been sick with worry and regret and fear with her, but I have to worry about my other dog for weeks to come. All of the puppies seemed lethargic and sick and I was stupid and oblivious because I was too excited to bring this baby home. PLEASE spread the word that these puppies are incredibly ill and if you're thinking about getting a puppy- learn from my mistake. Be patient and adopt don't shop. Please share with anyone and everyone considering getting a puppy from this disgusting place. They don't deserve your money and you don't deserve the heartache of potentially losing a furry friend.

Sandra Tkacs
6,204 supporters