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Petitioning Georgia State Senate, Brian Kemp, Georgia State House, Lt Govenor Duncan

Support The Passage of Georgia's Hate Crime Bill

We are raising our voices to support the passage of Georgia House Bill 426 HATE CRIME LEGISLATION.  Please sign the petition! "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."  -- Martin Luther King, Jr. We stand together to petition the Senate Judiciary Committee to continue the execution without delay or amendment. The State of Georgia is only one of four states in the United States that does not have formal hate crime legislation. It is time for our State Leaders to stand up and declare that Georgia will stand for love and will not tolerate hate. We have made a commitment to each other, our families, our colleagues, our classmates and to our communities to stand together and stand up for love and stand against hate. As we stand together, we stand up for justice and stand against injustice. Regardless of our upbringing, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural background, country of origin or the color of our skin, we have pledged publicly and to one another that we will raise our voices and advocate for those that do not have the platform to advocate for themselves. We have pledged to use our influence and leverage our networks and platforms to ensure that every community across the state of Georgia is a place where all our citizens live in harmony, have equal protection, equal opportunity, and equal justice. Please support by adding your name and powerful voice in unison with PROJECT LIGHT.  Let's support our leaders in getting it passed by end of session June 2020.

conn jackson
84,377 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
34,402 supporters
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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Georgia State Senate, Georgia State House

Legalize medical marijuana, Ancient drug could save saves lives if approved

Medical marijuana is not smoked. It comes as a liquid. It is either inhaled with a vaporizer or placed under the tongue to be absorbed or in the form of a lozenge. The first method enters the blood stream the fastest but the second and third have a longer and stronger effect. Marijuana consists of two main parts, THC the hallucinogenic part of marijuana and the CDBs oils, both are important parts of medical marijuana. The main question is: what help does it provide and to whom?Nearly two decades of research have shown that marijuana can be beneficial in alleviating pain and inflammation, and symptoms associated with an array of illnesses, including: cancer’s, mitigating side effects of Chimo, PTSD, migraines, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, eating disorders, chrones, and leg cramps to name a few. And yes there are others. This drug seems to works better with less side affects then drugs currently on the market. Since it is a natural cure, it is non-patentable. A study led by Dr. Marcus A. Bachhuber, published in August 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that from 1999 to 2010, states across the country had steep increases in opioid overdose deaths. But in states where medical marijuana was legal, mortality linked to opioid use declined steadily in the years after implementation of the marijuana law -- down by almost 25 percent -- compared to states where marijuana was not legally available  http://abcnews.go.com/business/story?id=2735017&page=1 The number of people that could approach normalcy by using medical marijuana is quit large. Many illnesses could be address by the use of this natural product. Epilepsy is a debilitating disease found in children. What Medical marijuana does for some children is nothing short of amazing. Let me pass along a factual story from a neurologist. He started using the drug for medical purposes on 10 children that were being treated with mainline drugs for epilepsy. They were still each subject to up to 100 seizures a day. Once they were put on marijuana marijuana therapy the seizures reduced in 6 of the children to ZERO a day, thats right ZERO a day. First hand knowledge. People with Parkinson’s (like me) also find that the use of medical marijuana can change their life. It significantly reduces involuntary movements associated with Parkinsons’, reducing the need to stronger pills. It improves depression, it increases appetite, it aids in sleep and it overall reduces pain and inflammation in joints allowing the person much more freedom of movement. All this from a small amount of medical marijuana taken at bedtime. Remember this is factual account. This does not mean it will help everyone! You MUST contact your Dr. for advice and direction on any medication you take. The following link with Michael J, Fox is worth a million words    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_xpi8-WbJs&t=25s The list is quite long. Governments say is it not been tested. So test it! But in reality is has been tested for years.  What we need: The US congress and Senate to approve the legalization the is of medical marijuana. This will pave the way for states to legalize medical marijuana.  We have three things we need to do.1.We have got to change the classification of the drug so it can be sent across lines2.This change will allow states to conduct clinical trials on the med which are way overdue3. Change Ga law to allow for growth and production4. Set up controls and taxes to fund this ( it will be a massive influx of tax revenue to the state)Millions of people in the US will be helped or cured by this legalization.  Tax it, control it vigorously, allow only certified doctors to prescribe it! It could change YOUR life for the better. Not to mention ease our national debt by trillions.

Mike Priven
23,499 supporters
Petitioning Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate

Addiction & Mental Health Recovery Centers Save Lives! Don’t let Georgia cut the Budget!

Peer lead Recovery Support has an enormous impact in the state of Georgia for those suffering from substance use disorders .  Recovery Community organizations all across Georgia bridge the gap between medical institutions, law enforcement, human service agencies and judicial systems. They provide a cost effective solution to hold space for individuals entering or reentering recovery. As a woman in long term recovery ( 14 years) I realize how vital these peer driven services are. Our center serves Women leaving the sex trade, survivors of trafficking and individuals overcoming addiction. 23 years ago when I escaped the sex trade there was no such thing as peer lead organizations or a recovery movement. Where will we be if we turn back the hands of time 20 years...in the midst of a Pandemic?? Our partners that have founded other Recovery Centers are also people in long term, successful recovery with equally powerful stories of redemption. If the proposed state budget cuts pass, the state will pay for it ten fold on the back end of COVID-19 and there will certainly be casualties along the way. Vote “No” to the proposed 4 million dollar shut down of Addiction Recovery Centers and the other vital, life saving services connected to peer lead services in the mental health and substance abuse space.

DIVAS Who Win Freedom Center
23,249 supporters