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Petitioning Todd Spitzer (Orange County Supervisor 3rd District)

Exonerate Kenneth Clair: DNA Evidence Points to Someone Else.

On November 15, 1984, 5-year-old Jerrod Hessling witnessed the beating, rape, and stabbing death of his babysitter. When asked to describe the killer, he said, without hesitation, that it was a white male. Another child present during the murder saw a white man’s tattooed arm reach inside the house to open a sliding glass door. Yet somehow, the lawyers in the case determined that Kenneth Clair, a dark-skinned African-American homeless man who had been squatting next door, was the killer. When Jerrod saw him on the witness stand and insisted they had the wrong man, the prosecution chalked it up to youth and trauma and pursued the death penalty for Kenneth Clair. To this day, 31 years later, Mr. Clair sits on San Quentin’s death row, awaiting his execution date. [UPDATE: I was recently made aware that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals secretly overturned Mr. Clair’s death sentence and changed it to life in prison without parole. This is mixed news -- his life is spared, but he no longer has the right to an attorney under habeas corpus laws, and he has not been granted a retrial. That means the exonerating DNA evidence will NOT be seen in court. We now have to focus our energy on asking Governor Jerry Brown and California State Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the case and exonerate Kenneth Clair for this crime he did not commit. It is Mr. Clair’s only remaining chance for justice. ] But that’s not the biggest bombshell in this case -- in 2008, forensic testing revealed that DNA found on the murder victim did not match Clair’s. DNA taken from a glove found at the scene also did not match. It matches another individual, but the Orange County District Attorney insists that “confidentiality is required” concerning this evidence, and for 7 years now, the identity of the person whose DNA does match the swab has remained a secret. In the interest of justice, we must call on the Orange County DA and California state lawmakers to demand that the DNA evidence be turned over to Kenneth Clair’s defense. Since his conviction, Clair has struggled with ineffective counsel. He wanted his lawyers to work at investigating the crime, rather than simply trying to free him from death row, but they never did. His plea for substitute counsel even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, and he did eventually receive a switch of counsel. Finally, he is being represented by people who are dedicated to his exoneration. But their hands are tied without this crucial DNA evidence, and more of Clair’s precious life is wasting away in prison as they fight to obtain it. Please sign my petition if you feel that the disclosure of the identity of a possible “person of interest” is something that the prosecution should not be allowed to withhold.

C. J. Ford
161,162 supporters
Petitioning Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, DIane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Mark DeSaulnier, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Maxine Waters

Ditch the trips to Mar-A-Lago and save the U.S. Chemical Board

From the West Texas Fertilizer Plant explosion, to the blow-out at the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig -- the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has been there to investigate and make the recommendations that help keep industrial operations safe for workers and the communities that surround these industrial plants. But the Trump administration has targeted the agency for elimination. This is why both research scientists AND private industry, even those who have been investigated by the CSB, are uniting in opposition to this dangerous, short-sighted attempt to gut a critical agency whose very mission is to uncover the causes of industrial accidents and make recommendations to prevent them from happening again. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is an agency with a significant impact, despite its relatively small budget -- roughly the cost of three Presidential trips to Mar-A-Lago. Eliminating CSB will only put workers and the general public at unnecessary risk. Their work must be preserved -- no matter what. If you care about clean, safe air and water, and believe that we should keep plant and refinery workers safe, sign and share this petition. The next chemical disaster could be right around the corner -- don’t let Congress take away our ability to help prevent it.

eric berg
39,014 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth Warren, DIane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer

Keep Bannon out of the White House

Mr. Bannon has been selected to be chief advisor to Trump in. White House. 1) He is ultra right wing 2) He is part of alt right 3) he is former editor of ultra right wing, rascist magazine, Breitbart 3) If he becomes part of Trump White House Staff he will have access to Trump's Top Top Secret briefings. Even if he is not part of briefing, Trump has a big mouth and will tell him these major secrets.  He cannot be trusted with these because of connection to Assange and Russian Government.  I barely trust Trump with our secrets I don't trust Bannon. 4) Ask yourself why Trump is enamored with this man who is a white racist and is connected with billionaire Sheldon Adeleson.  Adeleson owns several Las Vegas Casinos and is editor of major Las Vegas paper.  It is Adeleson who funded Trump campaign.

Margaret Scully
3,511 supporters
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Petitioning Sacramento County Animal Care, Darrell Steinberg, Jerry Brown, California State Senate, California State House, DIane Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Tom McClintock, Ami Bera, People for the Ethical Trea...

HELP BRING HER HOME! THIS JUST IS NOT RIGHT! PLEASE HELP!

WILL BE PRINTING OUT AND DELIVERING THIS PETITION, OUR SIGNATURES AND COMMENTS IN PERSON TO THE SACRAMENTO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NEXT WEEK! Below is Rosemary's story: she is now home where she belongs and I can not tell you how happy we all are to have our baby Rosemary back! Now our mission is to ensure that this NEVER happens to anyone else EVER AGAIN! The Shelter and the county of Sacramento must change legislation and policy to prevent this from happening to more people! Over these past few days I have received hundreds of stories from other people involving shelters in the sacramento area and surrounding counties and these stories have broken my hart, shocked me, and strengthened my resolve to make this right and to put a stop to this kind of tragedy! Sign now to demand change to legislation and policy a few suggestions I have would be to: 1.) at least a 6 day hold on lost pets not just 72 hours! 2.) ensure that there is a period of time allowed for owners to claim their companion after the adoption date. 3.) ensure that if the lost pet is still at the shelter the right full owners rights are recognized. 4.) And demand that officer Libby at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter issue a public apology!  My little 3.5 pound Minature pincher chihuahua mix Rosemary got out of my house while I was at work when our bigger family dog pushed open the door. I looked for her day in and day out and could not find her until the 6th. Day when someone on Facebook showed me she was at the Sacramento County Bradshaw Animal Shelter. Now keep in mind that animal shelter is nearly 40 miles away from my home and I NEVER thought that she could or would be there. When I called the woman that runs the shelter told me that she had been adopted out and all she could do is give the adopters my contact information and let them decide what to do. What she didn't tell me is that my baby was still phisically at the shelter! So the next day I went in as soon as their doors opened to get my baby Rosemary and both employees that were helping me were stopped in their tracts by the woman that ran the shelter. She then approached me very angrily and hostile and the first thing she said to me wasn't hello or anything like that it "I told you, they would call you if they wanted! Why are you here? You can't be here IT isn't yours and I don't Care how you raised it." All while my poor baby could see me through the glass door and was jumping up and down onto the glass to try and get to me, it truly was hart breaking :(  PLEASE HELP AND SIGN THIS PETITION TO DEMAND THAT SITUATIONS LIKE THIS NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN AND TO DEMAND THAT ROSEMARY BE ALLOWED TO COME BACK TO HER RIGHTFUL HOME WHERE SHE IS LOVED AND MISSED BEYOND BELIEF! PLEASE SIGN, SHARE AND DONATE!  

Alec Nygard
2,656 supporters
Petitioning Sherrod Brown, Robert Casey, Charles Schumer, Bill Cassidy, Mike Crapo, Pat Toomey, Rob Portman, DIane Feinstein, Al Franken, U.S. Senate, Kamala Harris

Pass the Eastman Disability Reform Act of 2017

Social Security’s disability program's been broken for decades. Everyone knows somebody who’s endured this tragedy. I wrote a bipartisan Senate bill to fix the problem called the Eastman Disability Reform Act of 2017—the most substantial disability reform in the history of Social Security. This Act restores the publics trust in the agency and Congress. Between 800,000 and 1.2 million people file disability appeals yearly—over half of them later win, taking up to 3 years. During this time, many of these honest Americans declare bankruptcy and lose their homes through no fault of their own.  The rejection of all disability claims is mandated by the agency at a level of 85% (or more) of all applications. This objective is cryptically disguised as the National Agree Rate. We need to improve the access and availability of medical records used for determinations by ensuring they're in a usable file format all applicants can securely access.  Agency contracted physicians examining claimants will finally see relief from extreme patient caseloads. This will allow for vastly better patient evaluations and less appeals. Please help the hundreds of thousands of honest Americans each year who can't work and have paid into disability their entire career. We must end the "disability impossibility" so future generations don't assume it's an acceptable part of being disabled. It shouldn’t be easier to get asylum or citizenship in a foreign country than disability is in America. Click here to download a summary and full text of the bill. Click here to ask your Senator to support this historic legislation.

Darren Eastman
1,218 supporters
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Petitioning Senator Anthony Cannella, DIane Feinstein, Jeff Denham, Jerry McNerney, Barbara Boxer, David Valadao, Anna Eshoo, Eric Swalwell, Sam Farr, Darrell Issa, Ling-Ling Chang, Michael Millican, Mac McCut...

Stop Bill S1894; Killing Sport Fish from California Delta; Striped Bass, Black Bass,etc

Bill S1894: 202 & 203 NonNative and Endangered Species, calls for trapping/catching and killing of so called NonNative fish from the California delta and river systems. The removal of these game fish is being used as a scapegoat for over drafting of fresh water from the delta in which studies have proven is the reason for decline in the Salmon population. Fish and Game biologist have studied this and found that the Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass have nothing to do with the declining numbers of Salmon and Delta Smelt. It is totally the fault of record low water flows through the delta due to diversion of nearly half the fresh water entering the delta by both the California Aqua duct and Delta Mendota canal systems. S1894 will only re-route away from the the delta more of the fresh water that this estruary needs to clean itself and keep this ecosystem and all its fisheries healthy! If you look at other river systems on the Pacific coast; Columbia and Klamath, that support a Salmon population all of them are having record numbers of adult Salmon returning to spawn. These same river systems have huge populations of Small Mouth, Large Mouth and Striped bass. These large numbers of bass and Salmon co-existing would lend to the thought that the decline of Salmon and smelt on the California delta is due to fresh water deprevation of the delta wetlands and not depradation by the so called NonNative/predators and slandered bass populations.

Save the Delta!
709 supporters
Petitioning Adam Schiff, Kamala Harris, DIane Feinstein

Legalize stand alone hyperthermia and force insurance to cover natural cancer treatment.

May of 2015 my 52 year old wife was diagnosed with stage 2 or 3 bladder cancer, with the only option given . . . bladder removal followed by chemo and/or radiation. Her chance of survival over a 10 year period -- 50%! Instead we went to Germany where they gave her Hyperthermia (focused heat), Ozone therapy, and intravenous vitamins, mineral and amino acids.  Her cancer was completely gone after 30 days of natural, non-toxic treatment! Why in the world is that not available here in the states? I would have to go on a quest to find out.  I picked up a camera and sound equipment and ventured off to make the documentary film, CANCER CAN BE KILLED.  What I found was that there are some natural clinics here in the states that are having very good results . . . way better than chemo, radiation and radical surgery.  But even they are hampered by the FDA’s ban on treatments like stand alone hyperthermia and numerous natural intravenous substances.  To combat the natural clinics and cancer patient’s dilemma, insurance will not cover natural treatments, so patients have to pay out of pocket.   To be clear, for all 15 success stories presented in the film, natural treatment allowed them to beat their cancer where traditional treatment had sorely failed them.   If Congress were to vote on a bill legalizing stand alone hyperthermia (right now it is only allowed in conjunction with chemo and radiation on head and neck tumors?!?) and force insurance to cover natural treatment, we could break the hold Big Pharma has on cancer recovery.  Don’t be fooled . . . Big Pharma wants to ban natural practices because they would all but render chemo, radiation and radical surgery obsolete, and there would go the $100 Billion in yearly profits.  It’s time for Congress to serve the people, not big corporations, that put profits above the health of it’s citizens.  The real sham in health care around the world is that natural products and methods are not tested for efficacy.  Instead medical bodies like the FDA and AMA set up a multi million dollar clinical trial process that ensure that only patentable products like drugs are tested.  In the case of cancer, drugs and radiation are horrible substitutes for the what the patient really needs, which are natural immune boosting treatments to strengthen the body. So here’s what needs to happen.  Congress needs to draft a bill . . . call it the Sane Cancer Treatment Act of 2017 ;) ,  Hyperthermia is one of the treatments that has actually passed all clinical trials, so legalizing it as a stand alone procedure should be a no brainer.  JUST THIS ONE ISSUE WILL RENDER CHEMO AND RADIATION ALL BUT USELESS EXCEPT IN THE RAREST OF CASES!  Next Congress needs to pass a law stating that patients have the right to seek the health care they choose, not the one being forced upon us by Big Pharma.  We have finally evolved to the point where we can see through the lie that the FDA is trying to protect us with safe healthcare, when we know they are only interested in a healthcare that protects corporate profits.   In the case of cancer patients, it means we are torturing children, needlessly cutting off women’s breasts, and turning stage 2 cancer patients into stage 4 with toxic treatments that temporarily seem to work, but only invite the cancer to return stronger 2-5 years later. If Congress votes on this bill, we all win, not just cancer patients . . . heart patients, diabetes patients, so many diseases that come from a body’s imbalance can be healed naturally.  As Dr. Colleen Huber said in Cancer Can Be Killed, "natural treatments offer the body what it has a congenital need for," as opposed to pharmaceuticals which come with horrible side effects.  I hope you sign this petition today.

Jeff Witzeman
649 supporters
Petitioning Steve Bergquist, Brian Blake, Vincent Buys, Bruce Chandler, Mike Chapman, Nicole Macri, Jacquelin Maycumber, Marcus Riccelli, June Robinson, Jay Rodne, Joe Schmick, Vandana Slatter, Monica Stonier,...

PKU FORMULA COVERAGE FROM MEDICARE WITHOUT AGE LIMITATION.

MEDICARE CURRENTLY HAS A LAW THAT CAPS FORMULA COVERAGE FOR ADULT PKU PEOPLE AT AGE 20. THE AGE CAP NEEDS TO BE REMOVED AND MEDICARE NEEDS TO COVER FORMULA FOR PKU ADULTS, AS IT IS MEDICALLY NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF EACH PKU ADULT. PKU DOES NOT IMPROVE OVER TIME AND THERE IS NO CURE FOR IT. HOWEVER, PKU FORMULA CONTAINS THE OTHER NECESSARY AMINO ACIDS TO PROVIDE PROTEIN FOR PKU BODIES WITHOUT THE AMINO ACID PHENYLALANINE THAT THE LIVER OF PKU PEOPLE HAVE NO ENZYME TO DIGEST PROPERLY. WITHOUT FORMULA TREATMENT THE PKU BODY BUILDS DANGEROUS LEVELS OF PHENYLALANINE IN THE BLOOD AND CREATES WHITE MATTER (A PUSS-LIKE SUBSTANCE) IN THE BRAIN BLOCKING OFF SYNAPSE AND DAMAGING NERVE ENDINGS THROUGHOUT THE BODY.  IT WAS ONCE THOUGHT THAT PKU PEOPLE MAY GO OFF DIET AND DISCONTINUE TREATMENT WITH FORMULA WHEN THE PKU PERSON BECOMES AN ADULT. IT HAS SINCE BEEN DISCOVERED THAT CONTINUING FORMULA AND DIETARY TREATMENT OF PKU IMPROVES DAILY HEALTH AND MENTAL COGNITION. IT ALSO KEEPS AT BAY SYMPTOMS OF SEVERE DEPRESSION,ANXIETY, TREMORS,COGNITIVE DELAY, AND BODY PAIN, TO NAME A FEW.  WITHOUT COVERAGE FOR PKU FORMULA THE COST OUT OF POCKET IS WELL OVER $2000.00 FOR A ONE MONTH SUPPLY, THEREBY MAKING LIVING EXPENSES UNREACHABLE FOR MANY, IF NOT MOST, PKU ADULTS.    

Nickelle Frederick
562 supporters
Petitioning DIane Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Barack Obama, Donald Trump

Stop discrimination towards Pitbulls

These dogs have a great history and are some of the most loving dogs that you will ever see in your life - The bravest dog of World War one This is one story above that has been forgotton about and Pitbulls are serving today as: Therapy Dogs Service Dogs Law Enforcement Dogs Military Dogs To Many others to list However, these great dogs are still not allowed to go to certain places, because of the stereotype of these dogs, WE MUST STOP INGNORING THE PROBLEM. Click here for Pitbulls that are heros Please sign to give a voice to these great dogs.

Wayne Fullmer
522 supporters
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Petitioning Donald Trump, President of the United States, Mike Pence, Orrin Hatch, Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, John Thune, John Barrasso, Roy Blunt, Richard Shelby, Luther Strange, Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sulliv...

Legalize marijuana federally

Legalize marijuana federally. Help the citizens of the USA to have an alternative medicine and those who use marijuana for recreational use have the pursuit of happiness. Although some states have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use federal law prohibits banks from lending money and small businesses are not allowed grants for this type of business. In addition to this federal law is interfering with states rights.

Daylene Stone
420 supporters