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Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

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. 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. 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 2017 creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. 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 struggle to connect to their American military fathers. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017 now!

Jenifer Bass
33,204 supporters
Petitioning Colorado State House, Colorado State Senate

End The Denver/Aurora Pit Bull Ban

Colorado State House and Senate I urge you to end breed specific legislation. Please allow this topic on the general election ballot in 2017! In May 2005, Denver re-instituted a city ordinance banning pit bull ownership within the city limits. The Ordinance covers American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and any animal displaying “the majority of physical traits of anyone or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds.” We have recently seen a similar attempt to ban Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, any mix with these breeds, and any dog that presents characteristics of one of these breeds. Those who already live in Montreal and own pit bulls would have to get a special $150 permit in order to keep their dog. Their dog must be muzzled and kept on a short leash when outside of the owner’s home.  With this ban all animal shelters in Montreal would be unable to adopt out a pit bull breed leaving healthy, adoptable, behaviorally sound dogs to be euthanized. On October 5th, 2016 Judge Louis Gouin of the Quebec Superior Court rendered his decision in the lawsuit opposing the Montreal SPCA and the City of Montreal concerning the new animal control by-law. He ordered the suspension of the sections of the by-law targeting certain breeds, namely those prohibiting the adoption of “pit bull type dogs” and requiring these dogs to be muzzled.  Judge Gouin ruled that the contested provisions of the by-law raise seriour legal questions which the Court will need to consider in greater depth, but in the meantime, the urgency of the situation is such that a stay is required. The Judge namely invoked the elasticity of the definition of the term “pit bull type dogs”, which, by including mixes of the targeted breeds as well as dogs who physically resemble these, is so vague and imprecise that neither the Montreal SPCA, nor dog owners are able to determine exactly which dogs are covered. The Court also raised the possibility that the City of Montreal had exceeded its powers by providing for the seizure and euthanasia of “pit bull type dogs”, without consideration of whether the targeted animals are, in fact, actually dangerous. Montreal’s fight is far from being over, but who is fighting for the pit bulls here in the US? It has been eleven years since the ban was re-instituted in Denver. That is ELEVEN years of euthanizing family pets and forcing people to relocate. With the huge influx of people moving to the Denver, CO area NOW is the time to end this ban. Let’s stand together in 2016 to get this done. This is step one. Please sign and share this petition to get it on the ballot. Also, please take step two and VOTE! Pit bulls and similar breeds are family pets. No dog is born violent and dangerous. Remember it is a dog that bites, not a breed.  END BSL!

Carly Frank
16,299 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States

Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!

When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:

Dominick Evans
6,482 supporters
Petitioning Apple

Take the iPads Off The Tortoises

Dear Aspen Art Museum, Cai Guo-Qiang, The Turtle Conservancy and City of Aspen We, the undersigned, request you end this animal exploitation and abuse. The Tortoises that you have in your new display in the new Aspen Art Museum have had iPads attached to their shells and must endure the weight of 2 iPads on their back as they walk around showing slides of old Aspen in the name of art. Since when is animal abuse art?  We must all rise and stop this now!! There is no excuse for this! So I ask you, do 2 or more wrongs make a right? That they were rescued from a bad situation somehow makes it ok for them to carry these 2 iPads because they are now well fed, have medical care and a view? Or that they have better care/food than they would in wild. This is anthropomorphizing at its finest! Tortoises & Turtles have out lived even the dinosaurs without our help! Clearly they do just fine on their own when left to their own lives. A tortoises' needs are quite simple but their sensitivity to pain and suffering is equal to that of any other living being. And as a living, breathing being deserve to be treated humanely. And does the fact that a female tortoise can endure the weight of a mate for a few hours once a year somehow justify and prepare them for the unbalancing effect of 2 iPads attached to their backs for several months? Least we forget that then the female tortoise has a choice about what male she lets mount her. She is not strapped down and forced to endure the event. The point is that they were not given a choice! And even if they were, do any of us speak Tortoise enough to understand what they might choose? As a species, are we really so arrogant as to assume what another species might choose if given the chance? While we are concerned for Turtles and Tortoises and with the upcoming Ninja Turtles movie, and appreciate people seeing how big these animals can get, we do believe there is a bigger concern here. We think children and irresponsible adults will see this as permission to attach things to all animals. Children mimic what they see adults doing. So it is not a stretch to think that children will see this and start attaching things to animals they encounter. Unfortunately, they will not be as careful as you claim to be, and will use screws, toxic glue and god only knows what else, causing inexorable damage. Anytime a public display like this, movies, etc shows that it's ok to do various things to animals, children and other non-well adjusted adults will think it's ok/funny, etc and follow suit. At the very least, there needs to be someone there talking to people and kids about this and telling them "Do Not Try This At Home".  Perhaps even hand outs and displays about how many species of turtles and tortoises are endangerd and bring light to the work you all are doing. This may help offset the potential for danger to other animals, though we fear they will anyway. Furthermore, there is absolutely no scientific outcome from this study, like there is when other devices are attached to wild animals. No overall good for the Tortoise as a species or humankind or any other greater good.  I am greatly concerned that this installation is setting a very bad example on how to treat turtles/tortoises and animals in general. For reference, the carapace (The carapace is the dorsal (back) convex part of the shell structure of a turtle, consisting primarily of the animal's ribcage, dermal armor and scutes) is sensitive to the slightest impact. If the carapace or plastron be very gently tapped, the nearest leg is alone withdrawn, a heavier tap causing a withdrawal of its whole body. We have here, therefore, a structure which is a true sensitive surface, and like the soft skin of a frog or of a man, it is brought into relation- ship with the central nervous system. Like the soft skin of other animals it may be mapped out into areas, from which the nerve-fibres passing to the spinal cord are all especially connected with outgoing motor nerves, so that the definite reflex movements of limbs as already described may come about.(1) If you care to take the time to read the petitions, there have been many veterinarians and artists who have spoken out about this exhibit. (2) Please stop this unnecessary exploitation of animals now and do the right thing by getting these iPad off the Tortoises' backs and make sure they are given to a sanctuary where they will never be abused like this again and put pressure on the artist to vow he will never do anything like this to any other animal ever again! Thank you.   (1)

Lisbeth Oden
6,464 supporters
Petitioning California State Senate, California State House, Washington State Senate, Washington State House, Nevada State House, Nevada State Senate, Oregon State Senate, Oregon State House, Hawaii State Sena...

Call for Blue States to Move On

What happened to make this country the focus of judgment, laughter, and fear from the rest of the world? The industrialized world outside of the United States enjoys a better quality of life and general happiness that most of us can only imagine. First class education, comprehensive health care, clean food/water/air and an overall better relationship with their fellow citizens. And as a country, we have higher mortality rates at younger ages, poorer health, and an impoverished population who can't learn new skills without going deeper into debt. As much as we like to blame Donald Trump for our national problems; these problems were here before him, and they will still be here if Trump is removed from office tomorrow. We have a political system that centralizes power to a consolidated political center in Washington, DC and an economic center in New York City. Our Electoral System will isolate the power to determine the direction of our political system to a very small, easily manipulated portion of the electorate in strategic location. Worst of all, we have a large portion of the population who will empower a mentally unstable man to the highest office in the world; just so they can say “We Won”. This group is constantly complaining about a simple world with plentiful jobs in their communities that are extinct or never really existed. And now, they have the nerve to complain about losing the federal government programs they benefitted from and voted against. It's time we said “ENOUGH” and have Progressive States and Communities band together and share resources and ideas to provide a better quality of life for its people, that the Trump Administration wants to take away. And furthermore, we need to ensure that we only support States and Communities who will change their policies for its people. We can no longer provide assistance to Red States, just so they can abuse and neglect their citizens for business interests.    For the future of this nation, we need to explore every legal method possible to protect the people from an extremely dangerous President Trump.    A Values Based Alliance of the States (VBAS) is one way of resisting this new reality of government, and the dangerous changes that we all know are inevitable. I understand that the constitution will not allow us to directly stop this monstrosity, but it will allows us to devalue it. A VBAS of certain states with similar values and policy preferences can and will use its population centers and economic influence to co-op, share resources, and implement policies with other co-opted states, while not having to depend on or engage the federal government.  Examples:  There are certain states with a majority of people that believe single payer healthcare system (CA, MA, VT, NY, WA, OR, IL, HI.). If those states passed laws to provide single payer health care for it’s people, a Single Payer Healthcare VBAS organization of those states can share resources to improve efficiencies, expand medical training/education amongst the co-opted states, negotiate pharmaceutical/treatment, amend needed tax policies and petition the US Government. This would also force neighboring states to decide if they want to change their internal policies to provide single payer, so they can join the Health Care VBAS. A resident of Indiana might ask his state to join the VBAS, because he could literally see his next door neigbor in Illinois fully covered, and using a Doctor that just came back from his training at a medical school in California. Although the VBAS states can not legally sign the Paris accords, they can change their internal policies to abide by its recommendations. There could be an environmental protection VBAS, where the states involved agree to abide by the Paris accords, improve safety protocols within its states, take climate change seriously, and provide economic preference to states and nations that do the same. CA, OR, NY, MA, VT, WA HI, and NV could agree to be a preferred customer of states or nations that voluntarily reduces its carbon emissions and address climate change, instead of LA or TX, which most likely will not. Other issues could include minimum wage, education, trade agreements, gun control and virtually every policy not adjudicated solely to the federal government. As more VBASes are organized and more states agree to join them, Donald Trump and the ignorance of future presidents become less and less relevant. Please sign this petition and pass it on to as many people as possible. 

Blake Green
5,411 supporters
Petitioning Colorado State Governer John Hickenlooper, Colorado State Senate

To allow Pit Bulls the same homing rights as other dogs in the area.

Pit bulls are naturally a docile breed. Canine breeders created the pit bull to actually look mean without having to deal with messy aggression when it came to protection. They were also bred for "Canine Nanny" positions for royalty and other elite families, meaning that it is their very blood to be a family oriented dog and protector. We as a society have placed a restriction on the wrong recipient and it is my wish to reverse this action and to re-assess who really needs the restrictions. I believe that certain legal restrictions should be put in place and that certain requirements be met by prospective pit bull owners to restrict the ability to have a pit bull by just anyone on an individual bases in an attempt to eliminate all the dog fighting and canine negligence which leads to an aggressive nature instead of putting a restriction on an animal that cannot speak for itself and have its voice heard. Ask yourself this, if you were raised to know nothing but violence and negligence, would an aggressive nature be instilled into your mind? This very nature that is widely spread as a "breed specific" issue can and does happen to every breed and every species, humans included. We need to stop judging based on the outside package and start helping based on the inner beauty that every breed of dog and every human is capable of. If we as humans dream of a world that is free of persecution and free of prolific judgment, this is were it begins! It starts by breaking down the walls that we put in place to restrict an animal that cannot speak for itself. If we don't help them, then why do we deserve to be helped? At the end of the day, nothing can point to bad rational thought from an animal incapable of such rational thought, meaning that the problem has not, is not and never will be evident of an aggressive animal. The root of this problem lies in the level of love and care given by dog owners, or the lack thereof. Restrict people from having them by means of background checks and rigid requirements, don't restrict the animal. 

Dax Black
4,332 supporters
Petitioning Alabama State Senate, Alaska State Senate, Arizona State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, California State Senate, Colorado State Senate, Connecticut State Senate, Delaware State Senate, Florida Stat...

Require Amazon to Collect and Remit Sales Tax For All FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) Sales

Please require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for all FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) purchases. Requiring the hundreds of thousands of small businesses to register in every state and collect and remit in all applicable states is not practical -- it is a complex, heavy financial burden on small businesses and it is causing states to lose billions of dollars in tax revenue each year. With E-commerce now playing such a big role in the local economies, and with Amazon being THE major player, it is time for new legislation to be passed so that these matters can be properly addressed, removing any doubt regarding State sales tax liability and nexus -- especially as it relates to Amazon FBA and similar programs. If Amazon FBA was recognized as consignment, from a sales tax perspective, as it should be, then this would solve a lot of the associated issues that we are currently seeing. Laws vary from state-to-state, but most states require that the consignee (the store, or, Amazon in this case) should collect and remit sales tax. Arguments regarding consignment, who the seller really is and who the 'supplier' is: 1. FBA 'Suppliers' (as they should be called, and not FBA 'sellers') do not choose how/where their products are stored/shipped. 2. Commission is paid to Amazon on each unit sold. 3. FBA 'suppliers' must adhere to Amazon policy. Suppliers do not have the right to refuse sale/shipment without consequence and do not collect any money on transactions (all transactions are handled and controlled by Amazon, the store owner, with the supplier having no participation in said transactions). 4. FBA 'suppliers' have no real relationship with the customer as nearly all communication is prohibited as per Amazon (this relationship is owned and controlled by Amazon, the real seller). 5. Amazon provides advertising for products that they sell, including FBA products. Suppliers have no say in that message or how it's presented. 6. Amazon charges a 'monthly, rental fee' (FBA subscription fee) to display FBA products at their property, as well as additional fees for special exposure (e.g. special ad types or brand page vs. window or end-cap at front of store), as well as additional fees for how the product may be presented (e.g. videos on listing vs. in-store display). 7. Product ownership does not transfer to Amazon (the store owner), but sits on Amazon's shelves until a buyer is which point, the buyer should pay the appropriate sales tax (Amazon/the store owner, is responsible for collecting and remitting this, as they handle all transactions with the end-buyer and own the property where all merchandise is stored and sold). 8. et al. Amazon should be charging and then remitting the sales tax to all applicable states -- not the FBA seller. Not only would this eliminate any argument about complexity or what constitutes nexus amid the varying, questionable and ever-changing interpretations that each state has established, but convincing the States to get behind it should be easy if they only had to pursue one entity (Amazon), in lieu of the hundreds of thousands of small businesses that currently operate within the US marketplace. It is estimated that the majority of the FBA sellers that sell on the Amazon-US marketplace are operating on foreign soil, and do not have a legal entity that is locally established inside of the United States. How are the states going to force compliance if a foreign seller, using a foreign bank account, is operating outside of the jurisdiction of local law? This poses serious problems and creates an environment of unfair competition if foreign sellers can offer products 10% cheaper due to not having to collect and remit sales tax. If Amazon were required to collect and remit on all FBA sales, not only would this reduce costs, man hours and complexity etc., but it would be a lot easier to ensure compliance and remittance. States could get the tax dollars that they desperately need, instead of missing out as they do now. If things continue as they are, States will waste tons of money auditing individual sellers and pursuing legal action, all, unnecessarily. Since Amazon has decided to take full custody of its customer base and is essentially acting as consignment, this should put sales tax liability on Amazon's shoulders, not on FBA sellers. Since FBA sellers are currently required to collect and remit for all states where they are deemed to have a substantial nexus, then, in order to do that, they must first register their business in that State, apply for permits etc., and admit to having a substantial nexus. Just having a single box of inventory in one of Amazon's warehouses will be sufficient for establishing nexus for most applicable states. Amazon may move inventory around, however they see fit, and in doing so, will force FBA sellers to have nexus in those states, oftentimes, unknowingly. Once nexus is established for a particular state, it applies to ALL subsequent sales to that State -- so, if a seller wants to sell something on Ebay, and the buyer is located in the nexus state, then that seller would need to collect and remit sales tax, even if that inventory was stored in and shipped from their home. If FBA sellers are required to register in all of the applicable states and admit that they have a substantial nexus, they would then potentially be subject to Corporate/State income taxes for that state, use-tax for all products/services, franchise taxes, non-resident taxes, opportunity taxes and other, associated fees/taxes etc.. If non-local businesses have to admit that they have substantial nexus due to a single box of inventory, and if they have to remit in the same way (or worse) as a local business that is actually operating out of that state, then what other tax implications and responsibilities will they be subjecting themselves to? And wouldn't this put undue burden on FBA sellers? And isn't that illegal? Please require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for all FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) purchases. Thank you.

American Citizen
2,417 supporters
Petitioning Colorado Governor, Colorado State Senate, John Hickenlooper, Colorado State House, Donald Trump, Barack Obama

Enact a Law that Requires Schools to call 911 and to report all crimes to police.

Our 11 year old son Kyler was bullied to tears everyday at Carmel Middle School. He was bullied about not having brand new shoes, was called white trash regularly and told he should live in a dumpster. Kyler has a type of tendon deformation that caused him to walk on his tippy toes, so his shoes would break regularly and look very worn out quickly. We were working with his Doctors to correct this, so Kyler was placed into 2 full walking casts. We spoke with the school administrators numerous times about the bullying, but received little or no assistance. Kyler decided to try to combat the bullying with kindness by starting Kylers Kicks. Kyler started collecting shoes for any child who needed them, to prevent them from being bullied in school as well. While Kyler was in his walking casts, he was stabbed twice in passing in the hallway of Carmel Middle School on Oct. 7th, 2016. Kyler could not even defend himself against the stabbing with his casts on both of his legs. Carmel Middle School NEVER called an ambulance or even reported this to the police. My husband and I drove Kyler to Penrose ER ourselves. The Doctors at Penrose called CSPD and filed the Colorado Springs Police Report from the hospital. Kyler was then emergency transported to Childrens Hospital Colorado in Aurora for emergency trauma surgery for a punctured and collapsed lung due to the stab wound in his chest. The Emergency Doctors called Carmel Middle School. The Doctors could not get any information from Carmel Middle School about the stabbing to help them during the emergency surgery. Apparently, there is NO Law that requires schools to report a stabbing or call an ambulance while your child is on their campus. Kyler, at 11 years old almost lost his life while attending school during this incident. The little boy that stabbed Kyler in the chest was not arrested until almost a month later on Oct. 31st. He was arrested with a mandatory 5 day jail hold, due to the extreme life threatening injuries to Kyler. Unfortunately, our juvenile system is too full, so he was released from custody  before the state mandatory 5 day hold after simply 1 day in custody. He was released on Nov.1st. The little boy is still attending Carmel Middle School as normal, enjoying his eduction and playing with friends. He will be offered only 1 year of probation with the less then a day jail time which he has already served.  His next courtdate is Feb. 7th, 2017 for stabbing our son twice in the hallway of school. The adults that neglected to call an ambulance or the police to help Kyler are still in charge of our children at Carmel Middle School. Our family's life will never be the same. Kyler will never attend school again. Kyler does not even feel safe leaving our home and now suffers from extreme PTSD and terrible chest pains. Please help us get justice for Kyler and for every other child attending Carmel Middle School. It is not acceptable that we as parents can and will be charged to the fullest extent of the law for neglecting to report a crime against our child to our police departments or for neglecting to call an ambulance for emergency medical care, but the adults that we are forced to entrust our children with at school everyday have no requirement to supply emergency medical or legal help to a child while attending school. We need a new law to protect every child's right to correct and swift emergency medical care and police support while they are attending our public schools. 

Sherise Nipper
2,103 supporters
Petitioning Muriel Bowser (D. C. - Mayor), Dannel Malloy, Asa Hutchinson, John Hickenlooper, Rick Scott, Nathan Deal, David Ige, Bruce Rauner, Eric Holcomb, Kim Reynolds, Sam Brownback, John Bel Edwards, Paul ...

Stop The Statute of Limitations (SOL) on Sex Crimes - Sexual Assault, Pedophilia, Rape

Lesley Barton’s WWII hero father once said to her, “You should never take advantage of someone that is weak or vulnerable just because you can." Little did he know how much his simple words would one day mean to his beloved daughter as the 1st survivor of 10 (4 in SOL 6 outside of it) known victims to report a 15 yr active and violent serial rapist who continuously got off with slaps on the wrist. The time is NOW to Stop The Statute of Limitations on Sex Crimes for children and adults. Please click the link below to learn more about her and her sisters’ fight against sadistic and emboldened rapist Marc Winner and to really understand the gravity of predators like him who are able to use the statute of limitations against their victims to their advantage.’s story... Over 16 years, she’d hoped and prayed this day would actually never come, because although she knew he couldn’t stop-it was her greatest wish that he would, so no one else would be violently raped by him again. Painfully, that was not the case with 4 in the Statute of Limitations and 10 known total in a 15 year period. The continuous promises made to her when they wanted her to be okay with the plea deal, were not kept. Woman after woman reported him only to be disbelieved and disregarded, because of archaic belief systems even within the justice system and Chicagoland Cook County City and Suburbs being on different computer systems. How senseless is that? This has not been an easy road for her and her sisters. It’s actually been harder than any victim survivor could ever be able to explain. Our msister and brother survivors understand why sexual assault is the most under reported crime, because coming forward in order to protect others from a monster has no upsides due to the revictimization of stigma, harassment, a pretty inept and broken system, and those who want to make rape of all things about politics or shaming and blaming the survivor rather than stopping the perp. It’s been a long 16+ years for Lesley Barton who was the first to report Marc Winner for criminal sexual assault. Even after she came to terms with the unthinkable by finding some joy again she was really thrown for a loop that invasion day almost two years ago now when she found out he was back or actually never left. For he remained active and her reporting him, going to all their trial dates, and his slap on the wrist plea deal didn’t keep him from continuing his proclivity to do irreparable and permanent harm. Lesley no lomger feels any of the unfounded shame or blame any longer. She could really careless what the ignorant callous bullies towards survivors of rape think or say either. She does however feel an immense responsibility to her sisters who survived him, all sister and brother survivors, and the community at large to see this through to the end-to finish this-and to help convict him anyway they lawfully can so he never hurts another living soul again. Many confusingly mock and attack survivor activists who put it all on the line to stop criminals by using the term social justice warrior as a negative connotation on the internet and elsewhere. However, what they don’t seem to understand is that this is NOT a political issue and a violent despicable crime such as rape can never be referred to as “social.” It’s a matter of stopping a violent criminal from seriously hurting others in a way that the survivors receive a life sentence. Rape is actually a CRIMINAL JUSTICE issue-always has been, always will be. As a Criminal Justice issue, one way to end the emboldening of predators like Marc Winner, Brock Turner, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis CK, USA Gymnasts Dr. Larry Nassar, Thad Alton, and Denny Hastert (to name only a small few) is to Stop the Statute of Limitations Clock. Predators know very well that they have a time clock they can easily run out during the often decades of time it takes a victim to come forward and be a survivor. The time is NOW to #StopTheStatute of Limitations on Sex Crimes in every state for children and adults, once and for all. There are no statutes in different states on Forgery, types of Fraud, Murder, Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Arson, types of DUI accidents, and even in a few on Rape, but a few isn’t good enough-Rape is a life sentence, so should be the time period it takes to report it (which remember does not mean the lack of burden of proof) in order to help deter. The system needs to give survivors the time they need to come to terms with the heinous violation to their body and spirit in order to get closure and justice-How can’t everyone have some common sense, reasonably understand, and get behind that? #metoo#Ibelieveyou#stopthestatute

Lesley Barton
1,564 supporters
Petitioning Michael Botticelli

Team For Treatment: Addiction Recovery Assistance

My son has the disease of addiction… He has used heroin for the better part of 8 years. Almost 2 years ago, as a direct result of the need to finance his addiction, he was arrested, served time and was sentenced for theft. The sentence included, but was not limited to, in-patient rehabilitation, mental health therapy and probation. (For more on our story… Please read the below updates). Currently, Colorado has little to no public resources for those suffering from addiction, yet seeking recovery. There is no one organization that can provide ALL personalized treatment options, created with the following considerations: The individual’s needs (inpatient/out-patient rehabilitation/ support groups); The individual’s living needs (sober living options); The individual’s court order (some include rehabilitation/sober living/support groups); The insurance type (there are very few options for rehabilitation that accept addicts with Medicaid or those in need of a sliding scale payment plan). With this said, I petition the United States lawmakers, to support the Team for Treatment: Addiction Recovery and Reform (TFT). Our team will meet with addicts seeking recovery and assist in designing a  unique "life" plan for sobriety.  TFT will assist, those that qualify, with:  Admittance assistance (and possible scholarships) into drug/alcohol rehabilitation programs (in patient and outpatient); Information on drug and alcohol support groups; Information on Medically Assisted Treatment; Career guidance/employment leads and Sober/transitional living options. In summary, TFT will work tirelessly building partnerships with drug/alcohol treatment facilities, sober living homes, career counselors and drug/alcohol support group organizations in order to provide a seamless road to recovery. TFT is petitioning the State of Colorado for a small percentage of the marijuana sales tax in order to assist in the overhead of this mission.  TFT will, in addition, be confirming corporate donors and will host fundraising events each year.  The above dollars will provide the necessary funding for rehabilitation scholarships, monthly overhead and necessary marketing and advertising campaigns. Many states have voted to legalize marijuana and Colorado could become the trendsetter, showing a positive use of marijuana tax dollars by designating a small percentage of the marijuana sales tax to TFT and recovery assistance to those who are suffering.   Colorado has the ability to create the most successful recovery program in the United States. On behalf of my son and all others needing assistance in creating a "LIFE" after addiction: Hear this plea… Fund this mission!

Gaye Murdoch Maddalena
1,434 supporters
Allow Young Children in Colorado to Have Ducks and Chickens

Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the State Board of Health's adoption of rules that prevents child care facilities from keeping ducks and chickens as pets on premises. ​Unfortunately, this rule is based on a recommendation by the Center for Disease Control. Apparently ducks and chickens may carry diseases that are harmful to young children. The good news is that child care centers are permitted to keep cats, dogs, hamsters, bunnies, etc.​.​ I certainly support the opportunity of children to learn the many lessons afforded by pet ownership, I also understand the need to keep little ones, and especially the very young, safe from any kind of disease. As a physician, I am particularly aware of how quickly infectious diseases can spread among little children who are know for touching and holding everything in sight. For this reason, I think the lessons that children can learn from animals are available without adopting chickens and ducks and the potential risk they may pose. Thank you for your engagement in public policy. Sincerely, Senator Aguilar

— Irene Aguilar, State Senator
2 years ago