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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 reunite with their families

I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy Veteran, who served for 10 years mostly 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. sailors and military contractors previously stationed overseas. In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. Many Amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. sailors 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 reunite 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 reunited 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 reunite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2016 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 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 reunite with her dad. You can find them in the Amerasian group pages on Facebook. Search angel services are available to both sides.There is a PBS documentary called "Left by the Ship" (2010), the video above, documenting everyday life and their personal struggles as a Filipino Amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggle to connect to their American military fathers, to bridge the gap between the past and the present. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2016 now!

Jenifer Bass
32,997 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
6,355 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...

#ProgressiveDisruption by the States

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
4,921 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Hawaii State Legislature, Police Department, Prosecutor, Governor

Pass Safe Harbor & End Demand for Prostitution Laws in Hawaii

Currently, Hawaii has no protocol to legally detain juveniles rescued from prostitution without criminalizing them. The Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (PASS) is urging the Hawaii State Legislature to pass legislation to help child trafficking victims to proper rehabilitative and healing services rather than to incarceration. PASS is also urging the legislature to pass an End Demand Bill (SB192/HB1066 and SB194) which seek to increase penalties for patrons of prostitution/sex-trafficking, commonly referred to as “johns.” The existing grade of offense for johns is a petty misdemeanor, equivalent to the fine of remaining in a public park after hours. The penalty for the offense of fueling prostitution/sex-trafficking, by providing the demand, has not been updated in Hawaii since the law was created in the early 70s. Please help Hawaii pass these bills because injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Help us stop the growth of child-trafficking in America. FACTS: Hawaii’s incarceration rate of juvenile girls exceed the national average. Of these offenses, about 35% are runaways. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of intrafamilial sexual abuse (or incest) and also has one of the highest attempted teen suicide rates in the nation. There are approximately 300 children reported missing in Hawaii per month. There are no law enforcement stats for child sex-trafficking because of the lack of a state sex-trafficking law. Earlier this year, Shared Hope International rated Hawaii second worst in the nation in protecting child victims of sex trafficking by law. // // // //

Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery
4,473 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Hawaii Governor

Give Shylo Akuna the maximum amount of time for animal cruelty

On April 27th, Shylo Akuna, 19 of ele'ele, repeatedly attacked a pregnant monk seal. He needs to be made an example of, and Id like to encourage that you give him the maximum amount of jail time possible.

Antonio Perez
4,149 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Washington Post, Cynthia Thielen, Brian Schatz, Brian Schoenjahn, Brian Pettyjohn, Brian Clem, Brian Kavanagh, Brian Dahle, Brian Hill, Michelle Obama, Michelle DuBois, Michelle Schimel, Michelle M...

Impeach Hawaii's Governor David Ige, Dec. 2015

BE SURE TO SIGN PETITION 1 AND 2 https://www.change.org/p/hawaii-legislature-impeach-hawaii-s-governor-david-ige IMPEACH HAWAII GOVERNOR DAVID IGE- A betrayal of Hawaii's Trust! AMERICA- USA- HAWAII- SOVEREIGN KINGDOM HAWAII- SHARE- SHARE- PLEASE SHARE!! Follow on Twitter: @impeachige  www.twitter.com/impeachige Like on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/impeachige #IMPEACHIGE #IMPEACHGOVERNORIGE #IMPEACHAWAIIGOVERNORIGE #NOIGEINHAWAII #BYEBYEGOVERNORIGE #IGEGOHOME #GOBACKTOJAPANIGE Hawaii at a critical time of decisions, we can't afford to waste our time with incompetent politicians. He Abused his Power by sending DLNR to arrest Native Hawaiians whom they exercise their Freedom of Speech, whom practice their own cultural beliefs. GOVERNOR IS A BETRAYAL OF OUR TRUST. He fails at helping our Homeless Veterans, and Citizens. He is a foreigner, NOT of this lands, NOT of our country. Send him, his family, and friends back home to Tokyo, JAPAN! The most recent impeachment of a state governor occurred on January 14, 2009, when the Illinois House of Representatives voted 117-1 to impeach Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges; he was subsequently removed from office and barred from holding future office by the Illinois Senate on January 29. It is time Hawaii, to IMPEACH Hawaii State Governor IGE. Sign the Petition and Share! Mahalo Hawaii. We going to set things straight for the people of Hawaii and for the USA. This is disheartening to see our own Hawaiian - Americans suffer in silence. Let's speak out now. And Petition to IMPEACH the Governer of Hawaii.

Hawaii Coalition for Justice
3,179 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The President of the United States

2011 Signatures to Pass Hawaii Anti Human-Trafficking Laws in 2011

With your help, we can pass much-needed state laws in Hawaii defining human-trafficking as a felony offense while recognizing victims. Hawaii is now 1 of 4 states lacking any local anti human-trafficking state laws. According to the Honolulu StarAdvertiser, federal agents report that Hawaii is also one of the handful of states with the worst child-trafficking problem. Whether the victim be a child or an adult, international or U.S. citizen, sex-trafficking should never be tolerated by ignoring the state's opportunity to address the crime on the local level. Sign this petition. United we can stop human-trafficking in Hawaii. Please pass HB141 SD1 (Labor-Trafficking) and HB240 SD1 (Promoting Prostitution). Please do not gut them in Conference!

Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery, Incorporated
2,692 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Hawaii Governor

Ban Donald Trump from entering the State of Hawaii

Hawaii, one of the most diverse and cultured states in the union, is home to thousands of immigrants and people of various faiths. Our demographic statistics speak for itself, as we continue to be the melting pot of culture and diversity. We have absolutely no room for hateful rhetoric no matter who it is from.  We the people, are requesting that the Hawaii State Legislature and its Governor to pass legislation for Mr. Donald John Trump, a man known for his hateful rhetoric, to be barred from entering the State of Hawaii.  WHEREAS, Hawaii is a very diverse and cultural state; and WHEREAS, Hawaii's population of diverse races, women, religions, disabled persons, prisoners of war; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has continued claims that Mexicans are drug dealers, criminals, and rapists; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has called for a ban on all Muslims entering the country; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has mocked the disabled; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has made offensive remarks on women; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has made offensive remarks on prisoners of war; and WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has made derogatory remarks on the Asian community at large; and  WHEREAS, Mr. Trump has refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan; now, therefore BE IT RESOLVED by the people of the State of Hawaii that we request the Hawaii State Legislature and Governor to ban Donald John Trump from entering the State of Hawaii; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this petition be distributed to members of the Hawaii State Legislature and Governor.

A T
2,654 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Alabama State House, Alaska State House, Arizona State House, Arkansas State House, California State House, Colorado State House, Hawaii State House, Idaho State House, Illinois State House, Indian...

Save Lives: Require Spinal Muscular Atrophy Newborn Screening!

This petition is part of the Kick Away SMA Challenge created by Hunter's Hope to help end the deadly effects of SMA. We are proud The FAST Movement partnered with us for the Kick Away SMA Challenge, including the petition for newborn screening for SMA. Please join us in our efforts to require SMA newborn screening. SMA is the number one genetic killer of babies and children under the age of two. SMA robs the ability to move, swallow, and eventually breathe. However, the SMA community knows this will soon change. The SMA community watched in amazement as Type 1 SMA babies treated with Nusinersen didn't lose their ability to move, swallow, and breathe, but instead gained strength. Some even crawled and took steps — steps away from the deadly effects of SMA. Although there is no cure for SMA, each day a treatment comes closer to FDA approval. American companies Biogen, Inc. and Ionis Pharmaceuticals recently announced plans to file for FDA approval of Nusinersen. Biogen will also offer a global expanded access program (EAP) for SMA Type 1 patients who meet the EAP criteria.  About SMA: •  SMA is the leading genetic killer of babies and children under the age of two.•  SMA is a motor neuron disease like ALS.•  SMA robs the ability to move, swallow, and eventually breathe. •  One in 40 unknowingly carries the gene responsible for SMA.•  When two carriers have a baby, there is a 25% chance the baby will be unaffected, a 50% chance the baby will be a carrier, and a 25% chance the baby will have SMA.•  One in 10,000 babies is born with SMA.  Hunter's Story: Doctors diagnosed our son, Hunter Davis, with SMA Type 1 when he was just eight weeks old. They told us Hunter would lose the ability to move, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe. Doctors told us there was no cure, no treatment, and no hope. They said he would likely survive between three and five months. We were devastated beyond belief.  The doctors were wrong. Hunter received his first life-saving treatment outside the US when he was sixteen weeks old. We travel to Mexico with Hunter every six weeks for his treatments. He is now five years old and has received forty-four treatments. The hardest part has been watching other babies and children with SMA continue to deteriorate or, worse, lose their battles with SMA. We wish newborn screening had been in place when Hunter was born. He would have benefited more from receiving his life-saving treatments sooner. Heidi's Story: Doctors diagnosed Heidi Hall with Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy when she was three months old. Heidi could only move a little bit at her elbows at that time. Her body was as hypotonic as a little ragdoll’s, and she was unable to support her head whatsoever. Doctors told her family she would lose all ability to move, then the abilities to swallow and breathe, and ultimately suffocate on her own secretions or die of pneumonia. This was expected to happen within one year of her diagnosis. None of that happened. Heidi was accepted into a clinical trial for a possible treatment for SMA, a disease that has been viewed as hopeless, particularly the severe Type 1. It is not hopeless. The drug Nusinersen has reversed the course of Heidi’s disease. Rather than deteriorating, she has slowly gained strength and abilities. She is able to breathe on her own, swallow, and sit with support. She is now even able to propel herself in a small, manual wheelchair. Heidi began to receive the trial drug at five months and would have benefited even more from a diagnosis at birth that would have resulted in earlier intervention. Ella's Story:  Ella Hunt was born beautiful and seemingly healthy. This changed at 4 months, when doctors diagnosed her with the fatal disease SMA Type 1. Doctors told Ella's parents she would soon die and sent them home, where they began the process of planning her funeral. Ella's parents quickly shifted gears and turned to the SMA community to help save her. Thanks to that help, Ella just turned five, and although SMA has weakened her body, her fighting spirit remains strong. Unlike Hunter and Heidi, Ella hasn't received treatments for her SMA. She lost the ability to move and swallow. However, with daily therapies and diet protocol at the helm, she and her family wait for the hope of treatments and ultimately a cure. Ella's family wishes more than anything that newborn screening and the Nusinersen treatment had been in place when she was born. SMA Trials Nearing FDA Approval: Although there is currently no FDA-approved treatment or cure for SMA, two clinical trials come closer to FDA approval each day.  These treatments are Ionis's Nusinersen and AveXis's AVXS-101. They have the potential to make SMA a manageable disease. To be most effective, it is imperative treatments are administered as soon after birth as possible. Act Now: We believe the FDA will soon approve Nusinersen. The time to act is now. We can help end the deadly effects of SMA. Newborn screening must be in place when SMA treatments receive FDA approval. Every baby born with SMA should be afforded life-saving treatment. Please sign our petition asking states to enact legislation requiring SMA screening for newborns. Support our efforts by following us on Facebook: Kick Away SMA & Hunter's Hope.  

Khrystal K. Davis
1,556 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Hawaii State Senate, Federated States of Micronesia State House, Hawaii State House

Ban the sale of ivory within Hawaii

African and Asian elephants need your help and they need it now! Elephant numbers have dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be extinct by the end of the next decade. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts, leaving only 400,000 remaining."As of 2016, there are still more African elephants being killed for ivory than are being born. . . elephant populations continue to decline.” In Hawaii 80% of the ivory sold is of illegal origin. A lot of it is freshly carved. There’s no question that this trade has been going on there for many years. Most ivory hacked from the faces of elephants by poachers ends up in China, where master carvers are standing by. The demand there is so high that ivory sells at roughly $1,000 per pound, allowing everyone who touches it along a trade route flowing from Africa to America to Asia to get a profit share, including groups that commit terrorist acts, intelligence officials have said. In order to save African and Asian elephants we need to stop this ongoing slaughter, reduce the demand for ivory and stop the sale of ivory that kills thousands of elephants. You can make a change by signing this petition, spreading awareness about this critical problem and help ban the sale of ivory.  I went to Laos last summer and spent some time living on an elephant sanctuary. Spending so much time with elephants, I found that they are emotional, beautiful, kind and loving. They have a soul. They are no different from us. It’s not just a species facing extinction, it’s massive individual suffering. Please sign this petition and get everyone you know to sign it too!  

Tess Cimino
1,162 supporters
Funding for Classrooms for James Campbell High School

Aloha all: I am deeply concerned about improving the conditions of our Ewa Beach schools and that is a major reason why I ran for office just a few month ago, because not enough was being done. I'm proud to announce that as your newly elected State Representative I've been able to accomplish more for Ewa's schools in just 8 months than my predecessor did in 10 years. Just today I was pleased to learn that James Campbell High School will receive eight portables with built in air conditioning amounting to 15 classrooms for their campus to address heat and capacity issues. I am pleased that these fully air-conditioned portable classrooms will be coming to Campbell High School towards the end of this year. I have heard constant concerns regarding overcrowding and classroom temperatures of over 100 degrees and this is becoming a serious health risk for students and teachers. This is a big step, but if we don’t do even more soon, we will continue to put the health of students and teachers at risk. Since taking office this year, over the past eight months, Rep. LoPresti, a member of the House Education Committee, worked tirelessly to secure $8 million total in funds for air conditioning in Ewa Schools including Ilima Intermediate School, Ewa Beach Elementary School and Ewa Elementary School. He petitioned Governor Ige to release, and he has released, $2.3 million in funds for air conditioning upgrades for James Campbell High School. LoPresti also pushed for $4 million for James Campbell High School to address the capacity crisis there, to design more classroom space, and this money was included in the last budget. And these 15 new classrooms being announced today killed two birds with one stone. The portable classroom structures were originally used during the emergency lava evacuation for Keonepoko Elementary School. When it became clear these portables would not be needed, I requested (May 6, 2015) that they be sent to James Campbell High School. I am pleased at the quick turnaround from my request in May to getting a commitment for these 15 air conditioned classrooms just 3 months after. With two kids of my own and my wife who is a teacher, there are few elected officials more committed to the health, safety and well-being of our kids and our schools than Rep. LoPresti and you are encouraged to contact our office to share your ideas and concerns at 586-6080 or RepLoPresti@Capitol.Hawaii.Gov . Mahalo for getting involved in government by signing on to this petition and making your voice heard. Yours in Service, Representative Matthew S. LoPresti, Ph.D.

— Matthew LoPresti, State Representative
2 years ago