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Brian A Clark: Drop Charges against Connersville Police Officer and his wife
Jeff and Jennifer Counceller thought were doing the right thing when they saved the life of an injured baby deer they found near their home in Indiana. But because they didn't have a permit, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is prosecuting them and they could face up to 60 days in prison. The DNR should drop these charges now. When they found the fawn on a neighbor’s porch in 2010, she was badly injured with puncture wounds that were infected and had maggots in them. Jennifer, a registered nurse and wound caretaker for the couple’s dogs and horses took the deer home and named it Dani and began nursing the deer back to health. When they called the DNR they were told to return the deer to the wild and let nature take it’s course. That would have been a death sentence for the deer. Instead, they tried to find Dani a home at animal rescue operations, petting zoos and deer farms, but no one would take her. The Counceller's decided to keep caring for the deer until it was strong enough to make it on it’s own in the wild. This past summer the DNR started an investigation into the situation and a DNR official recommended they get a permit to rehabilitate Dani. The DNR then denied the permit application and then said the deer would have to killed. Just before DNR officials arrived at the Counceller's house to kill Dani she escaped through a gate that was left open. Now, the DNR has assigned a special prosecutor to the case and they're charging both Jeff and Jennifer with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer. Jeff is a police officer and Jennifer is a nurse - these are good people who were just trying to the right thing by saving an injured animal. They don't deserve to go to jail and the DNR should drop all charges against them. We're asking that you sign the petition and also join the fight on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/connersvillecharges
Protect Drivers from the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide: Pass Savannah's Law
In 2015, My wife and I lost our daughter, Savannah. She was with her boyfriend, heading to the mall like a typical teenager when Savannah suddenly passed out. Her boyfriend tried to go to the hospital, but he too passed out. Only one of them ever woke up. Savannah had been overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning. In our grief, we struggled to understand how this could happen. We discovered that a simple emissions test would have detected the issue and prevented her death. It was a fact that was hard to come to terms with, and now we want to make sure such a tragic, preventable loss doesn’t happen to anyone else’s loved one. We are proposing Savannah’s Law to require all cars on the road to get a proper emissions test. Our first goal is to get the law passed in our home state of Indiana, where Savannah passed away. Emissions tests are needed to detect deterioration and rust, especially as a car gets older. The older the car, the higher the risk of there being an emissions issue that could lead to tragedy. This is what happened to Savannah. There were no warning signs. Without an emissions test, there was no way to know the car had become a ticking time bomb. Savannah’s Law would require all cars 10 years old or less, to get a biannual emissions test. Vehicles older than 10 years would have annual tests. Currently, only two counties in all of Indiana require any kind of emissions testing. These patchwork emissions testing requirements are an issue across the country, and it is costing lives. Please help us protect people from vehicles with deadly carbon monoxide leaks. Not only will we save lives, but we will improve air quality. Sign our petition asking the Indiana legislature and governor to pass Savannah’s Law.
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!
Allow Hoosiers access to CBD Oil from Industrial Hemp
CBD Oil from Industrial Hemp is NOT a gateway to Medical Marijuana, and is in no way shape or form derived from Marijuana. This is a supplement that should be readily available for our Hoosiers as it is in other states. Our Hoosiers are responding with overwhelming positive results from using CBD Oil, and since this has no THC and is not psychoactive, it should be readily available to us. We also need to support the economic impact that our small businesses will bring to our state by being able to move forward with this industry. With continuous opinions coming from members of government in Indiana, we as citizens are now required to unite and let our legislators know what we want. Earlier in the year we heard Indiana State Police memo that stated "Commercial products manufactured from industrial hemp are lawful to possess and sell in Indiana. A short list of these products may include, but are not limited to, hemp rope, hemp hand lotions, CBD oil, hemp shoes and other clothing articles manufactured from industrial hemp. Keep this information in mind in the event you encounter such products in the course of your duties, and remember these products are lawful to purchase and possess." Then yesterday we hear the opinion of the Attorney General stating he believes that CBD is unlawful to sell or possess. While this is just an opinion and interpretation of the law, this brings up more than ever the fact that we need the voice of our citizens on this topic. This all comes from confusing verbiage within Indiana Code and this is what we need to clean up.
Make CBD oil legal in Indiana.
Many of the people of Indiana use CBD oil to treat many different conditions and ailments. It does not produce a high effect like marijuana. It helps with pain which is a God send in the midst of this opioid crisis. Please sign this petition. It is our county, our state. You have no idea how losing the access to this oil will impact my family and others. It would be devastating. Please act now.
Release Ronald Lee Sanford
Ronald L Sanford has been imprisoned for nearly 3 decades for a crime he committed at the age of 13. He was sentenced at 15 to 170 years in prison, so he is eligible for parole at age 100. The heinous crime, a double homicide, was committed by Ronald and an older boy when their plan to earn money for the fair by cutting grass was interrupted. The boys ended up with $5 after robbing and murdering two elderly women. The older boy was arrested first, immediately bacame a witness for the prosecutors, blamed Ronald (2 years younger), and was out of prison in 2 years. I was made aware of his case and situation by the Trevor McDonald documentary on Indiana State Prisons Death Row. This is a heinous sentencing, a 15 year old sentenced to die in prison is an incredible infringement of his human rights. If you are interested in Ronald Sanford, watch the YouTube videos and see for yourself, this man has had his life taken away for the crimes and wrong doings of a child, stop this miscarriage of justice!
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
Stop taking chronically ill patients pain medications away!
ProblemThe problem is the government has decided, and basically are forcing doctors hands when it comes to pain medications. There are some patients that do have a legit chronic disease/illness that needs to be treated. For example the patients of the Chronic Pancreatitis community, which has no cure, we will never get better, we will only get worse, our life span for some will be cut shorter due to the pancreas giving out. Add in many of us have other GI issues along with Chronic Pancreatitis which causes severe daily pain, malnutrition, and can lead to Pancreatic Cancer. SolutionChronically ill patients no matter the diagnoses are being cut off cold turkey from pain medications that actually gave them a quality of life. The government has these doctors so scared to write prescriptions that many patients are being let go, and left to suffer. There's going to be a bigger problem on the horizon if this continues. Some patients have already turned to street drugs, thus leading to crime, and unnecessary jail time for someone who just thought that was their only option. Another issue is, the suicide rate has went up since patients have had their pain meds severely cut back, or cut off completely. Personal storyI'm just a patient that has Chronic Pancreatitis, Crohn's, gastroparesis, Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction, Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia, Degenerative Disc Disease, arthritis in my spine, MS, and discs smashing together on nerves, and the pain never goes away. I'm not even 40 yet and I'm on disability. This is not the life I chose, but the one I live!
Minimum and mandatory sentences for animal cruelty
Decent and caring citizens of the United States (and beyond) are exponentially tired of seeing animals killed or abused, and then the abuser receiving little to no jail time. Animal abusers are five times more likely to hurt humans, and they are being left in society to do more damage. Almost always you find them also abusing a child or some other innocent person. Keeping them off the streets should be a priority. The sentences given to animal abusers are weak and ineffective as deterrents, and certainly not carrying out fair and proper justice. We demand mandatory jail and longer sentences. When an animal crime is committed, the entire community, state, and nation is in uproar- then, later find the person served very little time. Police and courts can only punish to the fullest extent of the law if their are laws that back them and back citizen outrage. We are fully tired of this weak and repetitive process. From dragging sharks behind a boat in Florida, leaving dogs outside to freeze in the cold etc. to each case state to state- we want action. We also want proactive warnings given to all potential abusers. Let it be known that the United States does not tolerate animal abuse! As an example, a person who drops a puppy off a building is NOT mentally stable and should not be allowed to roam free. Therefore, sentences should be 10 to 30 years mandarory in jail or mental facility for these crimes. No exceptions.
End Marijuana Prohibition
For far to long, we as Americans have been forced to take pills we don't need. For over 20 years, I've used Cannabis to help me with my chronic migraines from a cyst on my brain. Me and my wife now have 3 foster kids we took in, and now I'm being forced to take radon drops because I said I used weed along with failing my first drug test. But I could drink as much alcohol as I want. Does that make since? We shouldn't be penalized for a plant that grows naturally. The Government has lied about this plant for far to long! All anyone would have to do is eat or smoke it to see its NOT dangerous. It's time WE THE PEOPLE have our voice heard! The majority of Indiana (along with the U.S.) want this to happen. You work for us! Make this happen.