Colorado State House
Colorado State House
Prevent Oil and Gas Drilling Near The Great Sand Dunes National Park
The Great Sand Dunes of Colorado are some of the most unexpected and glorious natural features in the West. Protected within a 150,000 acre national park, the sand dunes roll and swerve in fantastic changing patterns and are visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Now this incredible park is under attack. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to auction off the mineral rights of thousands of acres of land just outside the park to the oil and gas industry. Please sign our petition to protect this natural wonder from destruction. Oil and gas developments can contaminate our water and air, destroy native plants, and harm or displace wildlife -- all of which are crucial to this fragile ecosystem. In addition, the park’s tourist industry is dependent on a healthy and protected ecosystem. The BLM has argued that the mountain ranges around the park will protect it from pollutants and have dismissed concerns about water contamination by saying the rain water flows to basins outside the park. But this is not a good enough answer. You can’t hide environmental dangers behind a mountain range. No matter how small or insignificant such developments seem, they still exact a price on the environment. Let's stop putting profit before the planet. Sign this petition to demand the Huerfano County Parcels 8080-8090 NOT be approved for auction!
Demand School Safety and Enact REAL Security Measures Nationwide!
The next student who is shot - and there will be one - doesn't have time for legislation." How many children must be killed at school in order for our leaders to provide the resources to protect them? THE INACTION IS UNACCEPTABLE!!! They need to PROTECT OUR SCHOOLS LIKE THEY DO THE COURT HOUSES AND STATE BUILDINGS!!! SECURITY MEASURE PROPOSALS : -Armed officer and/or armed SRO at every school for the ENTIRE school day (no more of this one officer per 5 schools) -Panic button lanyards for teachers directly linked to the police department for faster response -Better security measures at the door (stop buzzing in just anyone) and for Gods sake don't leave doors open and vulnerable don't even let it be an option. -Alarms on doors so they aren't left open... Secure the schools so no one can get in!! Even grocery stores have alarms and locks on all side and back exit doors. -A door system throughout the school (think of a hospital where the nurses have to buzz through) but a system designed to close and lock down immediately in the event of an emergency. Providing another barrier. -Provide More Mental Health Resources for students. God knows we need to heal our children! As parents we are beyond angry that we even have to discuss this. Our schools don't have to be like prisons to protect our children however, there IS room for improvement. WE don't even want to send OUR babies to school anymore (and WE'RE not alone)... but they want to go to school... Because they're innocent and they do not understand. THESE MONSTERS SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO GAIN ENTRY TO ANY OF THE SCHOOLS LET ALONE WITH WEAPONS! PROTECT THESE KIDS NOW AND ARGUE ABOUT YOUR LAWS AND POLITICS ANOTHER DAY!! PARENTS... WHY do we continue to send our kids to school when the districts cannot guarantee their safety? WHY are we not demanding that they MUST? **********There is NO funding for more security measures... **********The school districts just cannot afford it.... This is what they always say BUT WE HAVE BILLIONS ON THE DROP OF A DIME FOR WARS. JUST NOT THE WAR AT HOME THAT'S TAKING OUR CHILDREN'S LIVES AT SCHOOL OF ALL PLACES!! I said it before and I'll say it again no matter what side of the fence you are on you should be demanding the school administrators stand up and implement more security measures, and that THEY ALONG SIDE US demand more funding for that! Let the Senate and house argue for another 30 years. They don't have a solution. Our kids are scared and they're being MURDERED at SCHOOL....it's OUR job to protect them it is NOT our job to wait on the government to do nothing. Demand the funding and action NOW! CALL YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS, AND STATE CAPITOLS, PROTEST AT YOUR ADMINISTRATION BUILDINGS AND CAPITOLS. HELP US GET THEIR ATTENTION AND LET THEM KNOW NOW ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! NOT ONE MORE CHILD! PROTECT OUR KIDS!!! Please follow us on Facebook Safe And Secure Schools - (S.A.S.S) Link below! https://www.facebook.com/groups/885041469558889/?ref=share On JULY 10th, 2022 we will be going to the Colorado State Capitol @ 6pm and placing 200 Roses on the steps to represent the children that have been murdered in school shootings from Columbine High to Robb Elementary. We will be placing white roses to represent teachers and staff members that has lost their lives trying to save their students. Followed by a moment of silence and candle light vigil for the victims. You are welcome to bring flowers of your own as well or you can find the information on our page on how you can contribute. We invite others to join us and do the same at their capitols and/or School Administration buildings in EVERY state across the country. If you would like to donate towards the flowers please do so here! https://gofund.me/6c14b193 We understand that some measures would take a little time and planning however, an armed officer or Sro at every school when the doors open in the fall and closing the campuses can be implemented now! We cannot sit silently while legislators continue their on-going debates. It doesn't matter what side of the isle you are on we invite everyone to join us because better security measures are something we can all agree on now! The debates will continue as they have since 1999 and before, but it is our duty to demand better safety and security for our most precious valuables... our children NOW!
Colorado COVID-19 Housing Relief
As businesses shut down and patrons leave their homes less frequently, gig economy, tip-based, hourly, and 1099 workers' incomes have begun to suffer greatly from the COVID-19 outbreak. This petition is in order to compel governor Jared Polis to pass an executive order that will place a moratorium on all rent, mortgage, utilities, and loan payments as well as evictions and foreclosures in the state of Colorado until the national emergency declared over the Coronavirus has been lifted. In the past week ski areas, venues, and school districts have shut down, leaving many hourly workers without any source of income. The CDC has recommended gatherings of fifty or more be canceled for the forthcoming eight weeks, this will only further impact workers as it will lead to the closures of many restaurants, bars, and other service industry workplaces. Without a moratorium on rent, mortgage, utilities, and loan payments and if evictions and foreclosures were allowed to continue, many people and families will be impacted financially by taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!
I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!
Veto the recently passed 114 bill in Colorado
Two days after Election Day, Colorado passed proposition 114 with less than 1% standing between yes and no. The proposition reintroduced grey wolves to Colorado West of continental divide by 2023. Our elk and Deer herd populations are already suffering from current predators in the state, directly from CPW “CPW’s population objective for mule deer is approximately 560,000 statewide; the latest estimate puts the statewide population at under 450,000. CPW is not suggesting that the removal of predators is the solution to increasing statewide deer numbers to 560,000. These two research projects are designed to evaluate the extent to which predation is limiting deer population size in the two specific study areas”. We as conservationists understand that in a thriving and overbearing elk and deer environment wolves play a key role in the ecosystem. That is simply not the case for Colorado. Not forgetting the huge strain this would put on our wildlife, we need to remember our farm and ranching community as well, one of the largest in the nation calls Western Colorado home. A study done by David Bohnert, beef extension specialist and ruminant nutritionist at Oregon State University “After wolf introduction into Wyoming and Idaho, and expanding wolf population into Washington and Oregon, there was a growing perception and anecdotal reports by beef producers that the damages they were seeing went far beyond actual death losses”. Wolves affect ranchers' profit even if they never kill a calf. The bigger losses of disrupted grazing, lower pregnancy rates and weight loss are harder to measure than dead calves. These are key factors that needed to be remembered in this vote, and it wasn't. This was a measure that had no business being on the ballot. As listed above many of Colorado's neighboring states are home to wolves, which are migration animals, they already are moving in to Colorado on their own. Shawn Martini, spokesperson for Coloradans for Protecting Wildlife, which opposes the initiative, says state biologists have previously declined to introduce wolves. “This is the first time that any species would be introduced via the ballot box, and there's a reason it's never been done before—direct democracy certainly has its limits,” he says. This is clearly not something that should have been voted on. Too many variables take place and the people voting have too little knowledge. The Eastern slope and suburban areas of the state had no business voting on something to only effect the western side of the state. This is a petition that tho barely won, needs to be reevaluated and over turned immediately. The signatures from the people will show support of that movement.
Mandate Warning Labels On Plastics in Colorado
Recycling Plastics is the biggest Greenwashing Scam; chasing arrows recycling symbol on plastics has misguided us long enough and has led our planet into plastic pollution crisis. The issue of waste is pivotal and intertwined with major environmental issues like climate change and pollution. According to National Geographic, 90% plastics produced have NEVER been recycled. Labels warning about the harms of continual usage and disposal of plastics, both to our Health and our Environment, can serve to educate, raise awareness, help people make conscious choices and combat the unbridled usage of plastics. 1) Microplastic Ingestion Warning; using graphic as in above video or text as below: "The number of microplastics ingested is significantly increased by consuming contents from plastic containers. Microplastics can accumulate in the body and may have long term damaging effects on the body." 2) Environmental Hazard / Danger to Land or Marine Creatures Warnings; as in text below & / or icons as in link below / any other appropriate graphic images “This container / bag may end up in oceans or landfills potentially causing harm to animals due to entanglement / suffocation or when mistakenly ingested by animals can cause suffering / death” www.myecovive.com/plastics-envr-animals-hazard-warnings 3) Likely / Average Recycling Rate of Plastics, percentage that may be incinerated and end up in landfills or oceans as shown below or as symbols in the link: < 9% Recycled ~14% incinerated > 75% in Landfills or Oceans www.myecovive.com/plastics-recycling-labelling Though the recycling rate may vary in individual countries, by and large only 9% of plastics ever created have been recycled; 12% to 14% have been incinerated and the rest remains in our lands and in our waterways. In addition to Governments having right rules / policies, Producers taking more responsibility for plastic waste generated by them, to truly address the issue of Plastic Pollution, we need heightened awareness from Consumers. Background / References: www.myecovive.com/plastic-warnings-background-references
Stop the HB21-1160 legislation eliminating no-kill shelters in Colorado.
I wanted to share with everyone that didn't know about HB21-1160, that it has reared its ugly head again this year. This bill effectively eliminates the option of a true no-kill shelter as this bill would deem as neither "Healthy nor Safe". I personally know that MaxFund No-Kill Animal Shelter is one of the places that will be highly impacted by this bill. I am a volunteer and through my volunteer time I fell in love with a dog that was deemed unadoptable. Because MaxFund is so great at working with the animals and making sure they are ready to be in a home before they even open up the possibility of adoption, had I not come along, my special boy would have never lived life outside of MaxFund, or possibly Majestic which is a long-life safe haven for dogs that can’t be deemed safe. More on that to come. My pup was approved walkers only, which meant that I had to get special permission to even interact with him. Not because he was aggressive, or was mean, but because he was scared. It is very apparent that his past contained many different forms of abuse and because of that, he is triggered A LOT. When he is scared, he does just about everything he can (including biting) to get out of the situation. I was approved quickly (because I have past experience with abused animals and can become the alpha quickly) and began working with him. I took him on “field trips” every week to see what triggered him, and to give him extra stimulation. After two months of constant work and home visits, I brought him home. He has adjusted beautifully to normal life and is thriving in a strong and caring environment. Without MaxFund, and the work that they do with not only “non-safe” dogs, but dogs that are sick or injured and they nurse them back to health, I would not have my special pup. He is my constant companion, and my cuddle bug. He just needed someone to give him a chance. Just because animals aren’t ready to be adopted, doesn’t mean that they will live a bad life. Some go to fosters, some will stay at the shelter and some will graduate to a magical place called Majestic. Majestic is a mountain home for wayward dogs who can’t be rehabbed into a regular home. Each one has a large enclosure where they can run and play and live out their life in a stress-free environment. Just because a dog doesn’t get to eventually live in a traditional home doesn’t mean that they are miserable or abandoned or mistreated. Even at MaxFund, the dogs interact with volunteers and staff daily and if possible put in play-groups where they can interact with other appropriate dogs. They are socialized, taught commands and manners, loved, cuddled; and bottom line, they are ALIVE AND SAFE. Please take a moment to sign this petition so that we may present to the legislature a strong and united front that all animals matter; and just because they have experienced trauma, it shouldn’t be a death sentence. There are too many high-kill shelters now, so let the ones who are willing to do the hard work continue to do so. You can also find out more information here: https://www.nokillcolorado.org/sb20164-socially-conscious-sheltering-bill-colorado Here are the email addresses to the representatives/senator that are taking this bill forward:Rep Monica Duran firstname.lastname@example.org Rep Matt Soper email@example.com Senator Ginal firstname.lastname@example.orgContact your legislators in the district where you live: http://leg.colorado.gov/find-my-legislatorAlso contact First Gentleman Reis at email@example.com as he may want to help our cause as well.
Petition: National Public Registry for Domestic Violence Perpetrators and Abusers
This petition was started to break the silence and stigma involved with the topic of DV, we want to bring awareness to this issue because it is only getting worse. We want changes, to the epidemic of Domestic Violence and Abuse happening all over the United States, but especially in Colorado. Our main goal is to have a registry for people charged with three or more domestic violence related crimes, or a crime that is very severe like manslaughter, homicide that has caused death and is involved with domestic violence. In Pueblo, Colorado early into 2020 two young women were victims of Domestic Violence and both victims tragically and needlessly lost their lives due to Domestic Violence, their names were Nicole Stephenson and Grace Jackson. These two beautiful, amazing young women were mothers, they had bright futures, and were both exceptional people who are loved by so many and their tragic deaths have effected many more; they were just two of the victims of Domestic Violence during the time that we started this petition, there have been countless others since we started this petition, both women, and men. This petition is to begin a publicly accessible registry for Domestic Violence abusers, specifically abusers who have multiple offences and convictions of Domestic Violence and Abuse or a severe crime like homicide that was as a result of domestic violence. This registry would give safety, peace of mind and change to survivors and victims, where many other organizations fall short, it could potentially very well save someones life; it would deter the perpetrators and predators of Domestic Violence and Abuse, of whom are both men and women because Domestic Violence is non exclusive to any gender, and prevent future victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse. Ultimately this registry is to try and save lives. Each year in the US between 960,000 to 3,000,000 Domestic Violence incidents are reported, while many more go unreported for many reasons, most include lack of resources, fear, intimidation, or the inability to get away from an abuser. As many are aware the Violence Against Women Act expired on December 21, 2018. It was temporarily reinstated via a short-term spending bill on January 25, 2019, but expired again on February 15, 2019. As we have seen the past two years have been years of many changes; it's been trying, heartbreaking, catastrophic, devastating, and yet at the same time, people from all over the world have come together in solidarity to bring the voices of those silenced into the light and heard loud and clear. We are no different. This is an epidemic, it is on the rise, and it is time to speak out against this issue and bring awareness to it. I have found that it is easier to ask who has not been effected by Domestic Violence and Abuse than to ask who has. If this petition can save even one person from becoming a victim, it is worth it. I ask you to please sign this petition, which will be forwarded to every Colorado lawmaker and legislator, The Colorado Governor, Colorado members of Congress, Colorado members of City Council and Colorado members of legislation at the city and state level, and ultimately all of the U.S Senate and members of Congress. It is time for change and this subject is no different, it needs to be addressed, things need to change and this movement needs your voices and support. Please sign and share this petition to give a voice to those being silenced, those who can no longer speak, those who have and still are being effected, and to those who have survived this. Sincerely, Kate Ferguson and Gabrielle Skubal