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Petitioning Senator John McKinney

Keep Sandy Hook crime scene information private: Urge the CT legislature to pass HB 6424

We are parents and family members who lost children in the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school in December 2012. We're coming together to urge the Connecticut legislature to pass a law that would keep sensitive information, including photos and audio, about this tragic day private and out of the hands of people who'd like to misuse it for political gain. Michael Moore and the hoaxers want to publish this gruesome information. For the sake of the surviving children and families, it's important to keep this information private. Other gruesome scenes have been kept private -- like the scene around Congresswoman Giffords shooting, Vince Foster's suicide, and Dale Earnhardt's automobile accident. This crime has received such international attention, it should be afforded the same treatment. Supported by: Nicole & Ian Hockley (parents of Dylan), Mark & Jackie Barden (parents of Daniel), Jimmy Greene & Nelba Marquez-Greene (parents of Ana), Jeremy Richman & Jennifer Hensel (parents of Avielle), Erica Lafferty (Dawn Hochsprung's daughter), Shannon & Brian Engel (Olivia's parents), Michele & Bob Gay (Josephine's parents), and Tricia & Dean Pinto (Jack's parents)

Nicole & Ian Hockley (parents of Dylan), Mark & Jackie Barden (parents of Daniel), and Jimmy Greene & Nelba Marquez-Greene (parents of Ana)
107,513 supporters
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. 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!

Jenifer Bass
33,512 supporters
Petitioning Minnesota State House, Minnesota State Senate, Connecticut State Senate, Connecticut State House, Illinois State House, Illinois State Senate, Maine State House, Maine State Senate

Abolish the statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault

The historic trial of Bill Cosby for his acts of sexual violence took place this month. While more than 60 women have spoken out against him, Cosby only faced trial for the criminal violence he committed against a single woman. The law that exists preventing many survivors from prosecuting Cosby for the crimes perpetrated against them is a law that still exists in 30 states including Maine, Illinois, Connecticut, and Minnesota. Cosby survivor and artist Lili Bernard shares her story: "In the early 1990s, Bill Cosby mentored me as I prepared for my guest-starring role on The Cosby Show. After he had won my complete trust and adoration, he drugged me and raped me. When I told him that I would report him to the police, he threatened serious consequences to my life. In 1992, during our last contact, he said to me, “As far as I’m concerned, Bernard, you’re dead. Do you hear me? You’re dead, Bernard. You don’t exist.” I interpreted that as a death threat and feared for my life. In the spring of 2015, empowered by dozens of brave women who publicly disclosed the abuse they suffered at the hands of Bill Cosby, I finally shed the fear and filed a police report against him in the state of New Jersey, in which an assault occurred. However, despite the evidence I saved and the witnesses willing to testify on my behalf, Cosby could not be considered for prosecution because the assault occurred a few months outside of the statute of limitations." Statutes of limitations on rape and sexual assaults are a predator’s best friend and a victim’s worst nightmare. An overwhelming amount of sexual violence -- an estimated 63% -- goes unreported and a pervasive rape culture is responsible. As we work to reduce the impact of social silencing mechanisms, we must dually eliminate laws that bar many sexual assault survivors from seeking the justice they deserve. The election to the highest office in our country of Donald J. Trump - a known sexual predator - cast a great shadow over justice for survivors of sexual assault. It is incumbent upon us all, now more than ever, to take real action to show our country’s most vulnerable that we stand with them. In September 2016, California became the 20th state to abolish the timeline for reporting rape and sexual assault. The bill - which does not change the burden of evidence required to press charges - passed the Senate and Assembly unanimously before being signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Senator Connie Leyva, who filed the bill, said that it "shows victims and survivors that California stands behind them, that we see rape as a serious crime, that victims can come forward and that justice now has no time limit.” Senator Leyva was recently recognized by the California Women’s Law Center for her work on the legislation. Elected Representatives - if there is one thing you could do to push back against the rape culture further enabled by the current White House administration, it would be to ensure that justice is served in your state. Abolish the statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault in your state, and ensure that every survivor has a chance at justice in our legal system.  Justice knows no time limit. 

End Rape Statute of Limitations
9,801 supporters
Petitioning United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, Iowa State Senate, Nevada State Senate, California State Senate, Connecticut State Senate, Texas State House

STOP LEGISLATION LIMITING MEDICAL CARE FOR OUR CHILDREN!

Legislation aimed at banning surgery for certain conditions threatens the health and well-being of children and MUST BE STOPPED! These bills dismiss the psychological effects of withholding surgery in medical conditions such as CAH (congenital adrenal hyperplasia) and hypospadias and remove a parent’s right to make medical decisions for their child following informed discussions regarding risks and benefits with medical experts. Denying early surgical access to children born with CAH, hypospadias and other medical disorders has the potential to create negative outcomes, both physically and psychosocially, and does not support the reality that each child and their anatomy are different and should be viewed individually.   Additionally, CAH is a unique, life-threatening, endocrine condition and we believe that it should be looked at as such, not under an umbrella of other, unrelated conditions that result in genital atypia.  Therefore, we oppose any legislation that dismisses the psychological effects of CAH, hypospadias and other disorders that are equally as important as physical health. Your signature today will help protect the rights of patients to access medical treatments that will help them lead healthy and happy lives and will protect the rights of parents to make informed medical decisions for their children.    

CARES Foundation
6,920 supporters
Closed
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:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities

Dominick Evans
6,842 supporters
Petitioning People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), International Animal Rescue, Animal lovers and wildlife rescuers, Animal ACTion Network, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United S...

Please send Buddy to a Sanctuary and make Wolcott Dog Pound Pay for a Trainer and Vet

First Week of December I met a beautiful American Terrier Pitbull, He was a huge cry baby who instantly acted so friendly and went inside my car, like the innocent creature he is trusting strangers.   I wished -I had a way to commit to him and keep him in my life knowing an unfixed dog with no tags and underweight was obviously in need of a real home, Unfortunately I had only 3 options Animal Control, 501C3 or the irresponsible owner I knew I was not going to find and for a good reason.  Everything happens for a reason ;).... Animal Control did not take him advising me very wrong- Treated me like a criminal and cared less about the sentient being with the help of local police of Wolcott CT, 501C3 neither and I was obviously in front of a dumped sentient being betrayed by humans and I was forced to have him in my life, Life is really hard enough as a parent dealing with my child illness, The big Animal Rights Activist and The Rescuer everyone know.   I have spend a lot of money from pocket and personal Time helping any sentient being what have cross my path.... I named this pal Buddy- I  am sure he can be anyone Buddy ;)....After a week of suffering in my small condo in need of that hour of rigorous exercise a day- Buddy was ready to go for a walk in public after his vaccine.  I spent over 100$ on my new friend in days- I was not able to keep him but Like my doctor said even if I wasn’t so lucky to find him, Buddy was lucky he found me.  Either way, I do feel VERY  lucky no matter what -I got to meet the most abused and judged breed.   He was extremely friendly but extremely anxious- active, Needs urgent training to control his strength  but an uncontrollable sugar bad and SUPER SMART-Yes Buddy should not be around children due to his strength- other reasons and as any large dog should be roaming free in a large fenced area for a nice amount of time a day.   Buddy was also weird while inside the car and extremely hyper on the leash, He didn’t like it at all.... Days passed with my frustration after having to lock my own Companion  “ A Cat” on a room and my child in another.   I was confined to him 24/7 and he was confined to a small area.  I took Buddy to the park on a Monday and he was so Excited  no one was there, After around 30 mins or more Buddy was definitely annoyed by the leash and the constant walk in circles practically.   He wanted out of that leash  to play and started biting on- I demanded him to stop very loud while pulling that leash, Who I am? A Stranger for him, on his eyes a predator at the moment.   He didn’t know better and Started jumping high to bite me while I covered my face and got bit on my arms, let balls ran out of my pocket and Buddy started chasing them to play but he did not forget about that lady who yelled at him and constantly will come back to me then kept running in circles to play around.   I was just lucky life need me to help them tho-      I was able to call 911 - My heart was broken but not knowing what Buddy behaviors will be next and the possibility of him running away and getting lost was very sad.   I DO NOT BLAME BUDDY- HE DEFINITELY GO THRU EMOTIONAL CHANGES NOT KNOWING WHATS NEXT AND HIS FUTURE DOES NOT SEEN BRIGHT.   Buddy is  just a victim of humans- looks like he’s being always on the wrong hands... betrayed by the most dangerous Breed HUMANS.   They can’t talk- They can only bark- and when feel a threat, They can only use their teeth to help themselves out of situations.... After my 911 call, The same rude lady in charge of Animal Control, another Lady without any type of uniform on her and like 7 officers showed up and 2 officers left early.... No medical help..Buddy was grabbed by the neck while playing like nothing happened- The sarcastic lady not wearing any type of uniform who took the tags off of Buddy making sarcastic  comments about me paying for Buddy expenses/Vaccine  and They made me wait using stupid conversations taking us no where on the parking area, They ran my license plate, check my registration, check my background looking for warrants, while a young couple with 3 small dogs arrived in their car and after kissing the ladies from AC and saying hi - The couple took a good look of me and kept walking away  to the park...Right After, Police Officers and ACO were abusing of power and demanding me to sign a paper stating they found me trying to dump the dog and he hasn’t bite anyone the last 6 months- Also a ticket for 378$ accusing me of being his owner for an unlicensed- roaming- nuisance- Unvaccinated dog... Of course they knew Buddy’s future and my safety was neglected by them, the week before when refusing to take Buddy and ACO making phone calls of hate to my local town to make sure no other places take him from me either.... That  woman was very disrespectful both times with the help of local police and I was threatened by her  and each of  them if I didn’t sign -they was going to arrest me for Break of Peace, of course they were very violent so definitely I was gonna get hurt by them and acuse of fake 911 Calls too mentioned by them, after being advised by them a week before to find buddy’s owner posting on Facebook, Take him back where I found him, the streets of course- and also acuse of his ownership or committed to Buddy owner to get rid of him...also they let me know how our taxes paying their salary and feeding these sentient beings cost them so much..... Buddy was never my dog , I wish he was.  Also Animal Control is there pay by our taxes to take private surrenders too not to question ppl and abuse of them.... This town had so many issues on the past with local Citizens, I didn’t know and headlines on the news for Animal Cruelty- also a lot of ppl leaving these sentient beings abused,dead on bags, tied to polls etc... NOW WE KNOW WHY... Ill pray to life and this universe that some day a real human can be working around these sentient beings.    I WANT BUDDY TO BE REHOME ON A SANCTUARY AND TRAINED, AFTER ALL OUR TAXES SHOULD BE PAYING FOR BETTER THINGS THAN BEING THREAT ,Mistreated  BY THEM or to kill these innocent beings.  This is why they also get unfairly euthanize- What is the next plan for Buddy?? To give him to the first predator who can’t afford him, no space, untrained and probably with kids around.   UNBELIEVABLE - THIS IS WHAT WE ARE LIVING THESE DAYS, THE FREEDOM OF RACISM AND ABUSE OF POWER.   PS Wolcott Dog Pound Collect Insane Amounts of Money, Private donations of Food etc...Even a generator not long ago and like any Municipal Pound Take Money from our taxes to pay these employees and care for these sentient beings- I noticed Buddy have a string of Bloody skin hanging while use the bathroom and they should pay with our money for his care and trainer before rehome him on a safe place “A Sanctuary”.  

Justice For Buddy Future and a Decent legal Treatment of Any of US
3,507 supporters