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Petitioning Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate, Georgia Governor, Michael Williams

Protect Stone Mountain, and the history it holds.

There is a movement to remove the Confederate Faces from Stone Mountain. With all of the violence that has come about in recent days we must move to nonviolently protect these monuments and prosecute vandals who believe in defacing them. It is important to not be blinded by the politics and remember that HISTORY cannot be racist or a bigot but only can state facts. If we destroy part of the facts is it even history anymore? Do we wanna forget about the men and women who died. Do we wanna forget about the slaves or the Confederacy? I believe once we forget it makes it far easier to repeat our mistakes? Will you stand with me to protect this Monument, not as Republican or Democrat but as an american who is proud of what we have become considering where we have come from. We are asking that you will ensure state law enforcement resources if it becomes necessary to protect this landmark. I grew up with this Monument and would hate to see it destroyed. Thank you!

Dylan Geerts
82,285 supporters
Petitioning Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Thad Altman, Rick Scott, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas State House, John McCain, Ar...

Outlaw hog vs. dog hunting/fighting in the wild

Goal: To outlaw the cruel and inhumane practice of using dogs to hunt wild boar in Florida, as well as in the 31 others states it's currently legal or have no laws on the books.  Florida (as well as other states) has a wild boar problem. Hogs are numerous, omnivorous and have no natural predators, making them one of the largest nuisance pests in the state. There are many humane options for dealing with the pigs, which do not need to involve brutally killing the pigs or putting domesticated dogs in harm’s way. However, despite the existence of alternatives, Florida and other states have exempted the use of  "bait-dogs" in boar hunting. This practice is incredibly dangerous and very inhumane for the dogs and boars involved. Each of the 32 states that allow this practice laws differ, but Florida animal cruelty statute states:  FLORIDA ANIMALS: CRUELTY; SALES; ANIMAL ENTERPRISE PROTECTION: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0800-0899/0828/Sections/0828.122.html 828.122 Fighting or baiting animals; offenses; penalties.—(1) This act may be cited as “The Animal Fighting Act.”(2) As used in this section, the term:(a) “Animal fighting” means fighting between roosters or other birds or between dogs, bears, or other animals.(b) “Baiting” means to attack with violence, to provoke, or to harass an animal with one or more animals for the purpose of training an animal for, or to cause an animal to engage in, fights with or among other animals. In addition, “baiting” means the use of live animals in the training of racing greyhounds.(c) “Person” means every natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation.(3) Any person who knowingly commits any of the following acts commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084:Baiting, breeding, training, transporting, selling, owning, possessing, or using any wild or domestic animal for the purpose of animal fighting or baiting; (9) This section shall not apply to:.....(e) Any person using dogs to hunt wild hogs or to retrieve domestic hogs pursuant to customary hunting or agricultural practices." The exception (e) makes NO logical sense, because dogs are trained to "hunt" by chasing, cornering, attacking and fighting. So, why is it illegal to cause a dog to fight another dog, or a pig in an enclosure, but it is legal to use dogs to chase and viciously attack pigs while being trained and in the wild? Boar hunting with dogs is exactly what it sounds like: dogs trained to track and attack. They are taken out into the country, or wherever wild hogs are plentiful, and set loose to sniff out hogs. Once a hog is found the dogs will chase it down, corner, bay and attack it, usually leaving it badly injured, but normally still alive. Hunters (when they catch up) will kill the pig, usually by "sticking," which is a prolonged death vs. the use of a proper gun. Wild hogs are incredibly difficult to kill and will put up a fight until the end. Many dogs involved are wounded by tusks, bitten, trampled and sometimes killed. This is basically animal fighting, in the wild. Putting dogs in such a dangerous situation is inhumane and should not be legal. Visit http://sugarshope.org/ to learn more.  PETITION LETTER: Wild boars are a major problem in Florida and in other states. The species has no natural predators, is omnivorous and repopulates very quickly: it is because of these traits that wild boars are a force hard to reckon with. There are many control methods used, some of them very inhumane. Currently it is legal for dogs to be used in wild hog hunting. This practice is extremely dangerous for the dogs involved and leads to inappropriate practices elsewhere. Dogs involved in hunting are likely to be seriously injured by the hogs. Dogs get trampled, bitten, pierced by tusks and may be infected with diseases that pigs carry. The hogs are frightened, outnumbered and suffer a painful death.  I urge you to propose a ban on hunting wild pigs with dogs in order to put a stop to these inappropriate behaviors. Please consider other methods of wild pig population control, such as designating land for hogs to be displaced to, and controlling breeding of the species. Allowing dogs to hunt them is inhumane and unnecessary. Visit http://sugarshope.org/ to learn more.  Sincerely, [Your Name Here]  

Fara D
80,541 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. 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 Nathan Deal, Georgia State Senate, Georgia State House, Mandi Ballinger, Casey Cagle

Georgians Against Campus Carry

Nathan Deal has signed House Bill 280, which allows anyone 21 or older with a weapons license to carry a gun anywhere on a public college or university campus, except inside dormitories, fraternities and sorority houses, daycare facilities, and at athletic events.  HB 280 Was Signed. Now What? The Georgia Board of Regents controls the implementation of Georgia university policy, so it is now up to them to decide on the policy that universities will enact in response to the passing of this bill. HB 280 has many flaws and its implementation is so flawed that it is frowned upon by those on both sides of the issue. It is imperative that we contact the Board of Regents with our concerns and to voice our opinion that we believe that this law is too flawed to implement while also preserving the safety needs of our college campuses and surrounding communities. Calls to action: Write the board of regents, their correspondence addresses can be found here: http://www.usg.edu/regents/members Attend the May 16, 2017 Board of Regents meeting in the Atlanta Office:        Room 8003        270 Washington Street, SW        Atlanta, GA 30334 Note: The meeting is open to the public, but no comments/concerns will be taken during the meeting. Call the Board of Regents at 404-962-3049 and voice your concerns as a student, parent, faculty member, staff, community member, Georgian, etc. for the implementation of HB 280. Write letters/emails to Georgia university administrators; presidents, provosts, and deans of students. (cc the Board of regents members).  Please Join me in Opposition to HB 280  Special Thanks to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Evan Gillon, and Ayo Aladesanmi 

Paul Oshinski
8,311 supporters
Petitioning Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate

Stand with Survivors & Stop Georgia House Bill 51

When I was a sophomore in college, I was sexually assaulted by a student. While this was the most traumatic experience of my entire life, I was able to graduate college thanks to counseling and the academic accommodations I needed to stay in school. Because of my school and the accommodations I was afforded, I’m now attending Georgia State University College of Law where I continue to fight for survivors’ rights. But I’m afraid that student survivors in Georgia today won’t be able to thrive and graduate if the Georgia legislature passes House Bill 51. H.B. 51 would make Georgia universities less safe for students who have been raped. By stripping universities of their role in responding to sexual misconduct -- including disciplining offenders -- student victims like myself will lose access to the support we need to remain in school and to heal from our assaults. This law would mandate that professors and administration report assaults to law enforcement without the victims’ consent, leaving many students afraid to seek support. Other students will be forced to spend months and years attending classes with the people who raped them. Still others, who fear police involvement or deportation, will be discouraged from reporting at all. Reporting rates will undoubtedly plummet, and campuses like mine will no longer be safe. Additionally, members of minority communities, notably LGBTQ+ and women of color, are assaulted at the highest rates. These groups are even more reticent to report to the police and will be further denied access to education. Sign this petition to protect student survivors of sexual assault from Georgia H.B. 51. Not only is House Bill 51 dangerous, it’s also illegal. It violates long-standing protections of civil rights for women and other survivors of gender-based violence. These protections mandate schools to respond to acts of sexual misconduct, regardless of whether law enforcement is involved. If passed, H.B. 51 would fly in the face of decades of national precedent – and rape survivors will pay the price. Stand with Georgia students like myself in demanding that our legislators oppose H.B. 51. In solidarity, Grace You can stay up to date on our local efforts here: https://www.facebook.com/studentsagainstHB51

People Against House Bill 51
7,777 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:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities

Dominick Evans
6,482 supporters
Petitioning Brian Strickland, Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate, Nathan Deal, Johnny Isakson, Gerald Greene, Dale Rutledge, Emanuel Jones, John Yates, Rick Jasperse

Its called Respect for the Deceased.

As a mother that has lost a child in horrific car accident on 8.20.2016 I am now on a mission to STOP news cast from broadcasting the vehicle of the deceased. There is NO respect for people's privacy anymore . I did NOT want to see photos of my child's burning vehicle broadcast-ed. This is very personal space. This is where my child took her last breath, this is where her life was taken. That was my daughter in that vehicle. These photos will and are where the deceased loved ones search for answers. So I am now a MOTHER on a mission ..Please sign and help spread the petition you never know when you might be in my shoes.

Kimberly Lee
6,124 supporters
Petitioning Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate, Nathan Deal, Johnny Isakson

Animal Cruelty Registry

I think having a registry for animal cruelty is great idea, for many reasons, this registry, will help animal shelters(TLC, Humane Society, etc) would benefit from it. Not only does it alert shelters, but it will also make animals safer. I have seen several dogs, cats, and chickens being tossed out, due to their families not wanting them, or leave them out somewhere to die.  We need to stop this, we need to have this registry, so animals who need a home, goes to a safe enviroment!

Kristen MacKenzie
3,068 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Nathan Deal, U.S Immigration Court, Georgia State Senate

Be able to to cancel my mom's removal and stay in the U.S.

Hi, my name is Jenifer Montemayor-Bernal, I am currently 21 years old. I am a full-time junior in college working on my Biology Major, and I am also a part-time worker. I started this petition to keep my family united. As an American Citizen I have seen how much families have been separated. I have prayed that this would never happen in my family. sadly I don't know what Gods plan might be, but I have faith everything happens for a reason. My mom currently has to leave the country by January 8. She has order of deportation. She has been here for 20 years. My parents pays all there taxes and do everything that every American should do. My father will be a U.S resident in a couple months. Even though, we will be able to have my father here , we still need our mom in our lives. I have  2 brothers, age 10 and another brother that is 8 years old. I also have a little sister age 13.  My little brother age 10 has ADHD/ADD he cries whenever my mom isn't around, he also takes special needs classes in school to be able to grow mentally and have a normal life at his age and adapt to society. I don't want this to cause my brother emotional harm.They are too young to be going through this. I can't imagine how that could feel in such a young age. My mom is a good mother, she keeps care of all of us, prays for me and my siblings whenever we are sick. She is constantly helping and staying up all night and pray for people who are in need of a prayer. She has such strong faith that God will remove mountains. My parents came here for a better life, for all of us. There is so much violence in Mexico, that I just don't want my family to go through it. And especially be apart from my mom. I need her here for my graduation, to be able to be here for my sisters graduation. To support us... We have spent so much money in lawyers and be able to do something for my mom for months so we can stay together. I know so many families go through this but as a whole we can move mountains, we can remove anything that can come our way. The laws need to be change, I understand the laws need to be enforced but my mother is no criminal.  I want it to be seen by USCIS,(ICE), Senate, and even the President of the United States. I feel so devastated that I can't do much for my mom. and so helpless on how many families have been separated and hurt. I need as many signatures as I can so it can help us for it to be seen. please and thank you for your support.   If you want to help with any funds so we can find a great lawyer for my mom then click the link. It doesn't matter the amount , anything counts !.       Español ---> hola, mi nombre es Jenifer Montemayor-Bernal. Tengo 21 anos. Por el momento estoy llendo a la escuela para biologia major, tambien trabajo un poco. Yo empeze esta peticion para que mi familia esten unida. Como una cuidadana de los Estados Unidos yo e visto muchas families destrosadas por las leyes de orita. Yo siempre orado que nunca lo pase esto a mi familia, pero afortunadamente no se los planes de Dios. Immigracion le dijieron a mi mama que tiene hasta Enero 8 para ir se de el paise. Mi mama tiene orden de deportacion. Ella estado en los Estados Unidos por 20 anos. Mi padres pagan su taxes y hasen todo lo que un Ciudadano de los Estados Unidos debe hacer. Mi padre va obtener su residencia en unos meses. Aunque vamos a tener a mi padre aqui , Tambian necisitamos a mi mama a nuestro lado. tengo 2 Hermanos chicos edad de 10 anos y otro de 8 anos, tambien tango una hermana de 13 anos. Mi Hermano tiene 10 anos y tiene ADHD/ADD. El Llora cuando mi mama no esta cerca de el. Tambien Toma clases de especiasales en la escuela para que el puede crecer mentalmente. No quero que mis Hermanos sufren por lo que esta pasando. Mi Mama , es una buena Madre, siempre ora por nosotros cuando estabamos enfermos. Tambien se quedaba despierta en las madrugada Orando por otra gente que necesitaban horaciones. Ella tiene mucha fe que Dios va a mover montanas y que va hacer un milagro en su vida. Mis padres venieron a los Estados Unidos para que nosotros tengamos una mejor vida. No quiero que separen a mi mama de nosotros, Ella es nuestra roca. Es una Guerrera. Gastamos mucho dinero en abojados para que degen a mi mama quedarse mas Tiempo. Yo se que muchas familias pasan por esta tormenta, pero juntos puedemos lograr todo. mi mama no es un criminal. Las leyes necesita cambiar, Yo quiero que lo miren USCIS, ICE, El Senador, y tambien hasta el Presidente de Los Estados Unidos. Yo me siento fatal que no puedo hacer mucho por mi mama, pero con la ayuda de ustedes puedemos a firmar para que el gobierno lo pueda haber.si quieren donar para ayudarnos pagar por un abojado bueno puede planar el link -------->  https://www.gofundme.com/help-my-mom-stay-here-in-the-us  

jenifer Montemayor
2,937 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Nathan Deal, U.S Immigration Court, Georgia State Senate

Be able to to cancel my mom's removal and stay in the U.S.

Hi, my name is Jenifer Montemayor-Bernal, I am currently 21 years old. I am a full-time junior in college working on my Biology Major, and I am also a part-time worker. I started this petition to keep my family united. As an American Citizen I have seen how much families have been separated. I have prayed that this would never happen in my family. sadly I don't know what Gods plan might be, but I have faith everything happens for a reason. My mom currently has to leave the country by January 8. She has order of deportation. She has been here for 20 years. My parents pays all there taxes and do everything that every American should do. My father will be a U.S resident in a couple months. Even though, we will be able to have my father here , we still need our mom in our lives. I have  2 brothers, age 10 and another brother that is 8 years old. I also have a little sister age 13.  My little brother age 10 has ADHD/ADD he cries whenever my mom isn't around, he also takes special needs classes in school to be able to grow mentally and have a normal life at his age and adapt to society. I don't want this to cause my brother emotional harm.They are too young to be going through this. I can't imagine how that could feel in such a young age. My mom is a good mother, she keeps care of all of us, prays for me and my siblings whenever we are sick. She is constantly helping and staying up all night and pray for people who are in need of a prayer. She has such strong faith that God will remove mountains. My parents came here for a better life, for all of us. There is so much violence in Mexico, that I just don't want my family to go through it. And especially be apart from my mom. I need her here for my graduation, to be able to be here for my sisters graduation. To support us... We have spent so much money in lawyers and be able to do something for my mom for months so we can stay together. I know so many families go through this but as a whole we can move mountains, we can remove anything that can come our way. The laws need to be change, I understand the laws need to be enforced but my mother is no criminal.  I want it to be seen by USCIS,(ICE), Senate, and even the President of the United States. I feel so devastated that I can't do much for my mom. and so helpless on how many families have been separated and hurt. I need as many signatures as I can so it can help us for it to be seen. please and thank you for your support.   If you want to help with any funds so we can find a great lawyer for my mom then click the link. It doesn't matter the amount , anything counts !.       Español ---> hola, mi nombre es Jenifer Montemayor-Bernal. Tengo 21 anos. Por el momento estoy llendo a la escuela para biologia major, tambien trabajo un poco. Yo empeze esta peticion para que mi familia esten unida. Como una cuidadana de los Estados Unidos yo e visto muchas families destrosadas por las leyes de orita. Yo siempre orado que nunca lo pase esto a mi familia, pero afortunadamente no se los planes de Dios. Immigracion le dijieron a mi mama que tiene hasta Enero 8 para ir se de el paise. Mi mama tiene orden de deportacion. Ella estado en los Estados Unidos por 20 anos. Mi padres pagan su taxes y hasen todo lo que un Ciudadano de los Estados Unidos debe hacer. Mi padre va obtener su residencia en unos meses. Aunque vamos a tener a mi padre aqui , Tambian necisitamos a mi mama a nuestro lado. tengo 2 Hermanos chicos edad de 10 anos y otro de 8 anos, tambien tango una hermana de 13 anos. Mi Hermano tiene 10 anos y tiene ADHD/ADD. El Llora cuando mi mama no esta cerca de el. Tambien Toma clases de especiasales en la escuela para que el puede crecer mentalmente. No quero que mis Hermanos sufren por lo que esta pasando. Mi Mama , es una buena Madre, siempre ora por nosotros cuando estabamos enfermos. Tambien se quedaba despierta en las madrugada Orando por otra gente que necesitaban horaciones. Ella tiene mucha fe que Dios va a mover montanas y que va hacer un milagro en su vida. Mis padres venieron a los Estados Unidos para que nosotros tengamos una mejor vida. No quiero que separen a mi mama de nosotros, Ella es nuestra roca. Es una Guerrera. Gastamos mucho dinero en abojados para que degen a mi mama quedarse mas Tiempo. Yo se que muchas familias pasan por esta tormenta, pero juntos puedemos lograr todo. mi mama no es un criminal. Las leyes necesita cambiar, Yo quiero que lo miren USCIS, ICE, El Senador, y tambien hasta el Presidente de Los Estados Unidos. Yo me siento fatal que no puedo hacer mucho por mi mama, pero con la ayuda de ustedes puedemos a firmar para que el gobierno lo pueda haber.si quieren donar para ayudarnos pagar por un abojado bueno puede planar el link -------->  https://www.gofundme.com/help-my-mom-stay-here-in-the-us  

jenifer Montemayor
2,937 supporters