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Petitioning Indiana State Senate

Protect Our Children: Do Not Pass Senate Bill 500

On March 5th, 2013, my beautiful daughter Angel took her own life after being repeatedly bullied by classmates both in person on school grounds and over the internet. The pain of losing a child is indescribable -- she was the light of my life and I still can’t comprehend life without her. The only way I can move forward now is to dedicate myself to making sure that this never happens to another family. I have worked diligently to get anti-bullying legislation passed in my home state of Indiana, and when House Bill 1423 (The Anti-Bullying Bill) was passed in 2013, I was hopeful that we had made a turn for the better. The bill stated that disciplinary actions would be taken against bullies and that any and all bullying related incidences would be investigated and reported. But now a new bill could completely dismantle all of the progress made to stop bullying in Indiana. Senate Bill 500, which is currently in committee and set to be voted on in this legislative session, would remove the school’s ability to address bullying that takes place off school grounds that could impair the victims school environment. This means that cyberbullying, one of the most popular and insidious forms of bullying our kids deal with today -- the form of bullying my daughter Angel experienced -- would no longer be considered a form of bullying by schools. The bill also eliminates all disciplinary actions toward bullies as well as programs for victim support, and would eliminate teacher training on suicide, bullying prevention, and mental health awareness. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 15-34 in Indiana. According to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, administered bi-annually by the Centers for Disease Control, Indiana ranks third worst in the nation in terms of incidences of bullying at school and cyberbullying. The idea that a bill could remove what are obviously desperately needed programs to prevent bullying in our schools is incomprehensible. Schools should be safe places where our children learn and grow into the unique individuals they are meant to be, not the places that convince them their lives are not worth living. 4,400 teens nationwide take their lives every year due to the hateful words and cruel actions of others. Please sign our petition to keep the kids of Indiana safe in school and at home. In her suicide note, Angel asked for us to get her justice, and I will never stop trying to fulfill her final wish. Losing one Angel was too many lost. No child should ever feel victimized by another to a point of suicide. Lets give these kids hope for a future. Please sign today. Thank you and God Bless.

Danielle Green
236,811 supporters
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Petitioning Prosecuting Attorneys Council

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

John W
153,407 supporters
Petitioning Indiana State House, Indiana State Senate, Indiana Governor

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.

John Bettis
67,687 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 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 Alabama State Senate, Alaska State Senate, Arizona State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, California State Senate, Colorado State Senate, Connecticut State Senate, Delaware State Senate, Florida Stat...

Require Amazon to Collect and Remit Sales Tax For All FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) Sales

Please require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for all FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) purchases. Requiring the hundreds of thousands of small businesses to register in every state and collect and remit in all applicable states is not practical -- it is a complex, heavy financial burden on small businesses and it is causing states to lose billions of dollars in tax revenue each year. With E-commerce now playing such a big role in the local economies, and with Amazon being THE major player, it is time for new legislation to be passed so that these matters can be properly addressed, removing any doubt regarding State sales tax liability and nexus -- especially as it relates to Amazon FBA and similar programs. If Amazon FBA was recognized as consignment, from a sales tax perspective, as it should be, then this would solve a lot of the associated issues that we are currently seeing. Laws vary from state-to-state, but most states require that the consignee (the store, or, Amazon in this case) should collect and remit sales tax. Arguments regarding consignment, who the seller really is and who the 'supplier' is: 1. FBA 'Suppliers' (as they should be called, and not FBA 'sellers') do not choose how/where their products are stored/shipped. 2. Commission is paid to Amazon on each unit sold. 3. FBA 'suppliers' must adhere to Amazon policy. Suppliers do not have the right to refuse sale/shipment without consequence and do not collect any money on transactions (all transactions are handled and controlled by Amazon, the store owner, with the supplier having no participation in said transactions). 4. FBA 'suppliers' have no real relationship with the customer as nearly all communication is prohibited as per Amazon (this relationship is owned and controlled by Amazon, the real seller). 5. Amazon provides advertising for products that they sell, including FBA products. Suppliers have no say in that message or how it's presented. 6. Amazon charges a 'monthly, rental fee' (FBA subscription fee) to display FBA products at their property, as well as additional fees for special exposure (e.g. special ad types or brand page vs. window or end-cap at front of store), as well as additional fees for how the product may be presented (e.g. videos on listing vs. in-store display). 7. Product ownership does not transfer to Amazon (the store owner), but sits on Amazon's shelves until a buyer is found...at which point, the buyer should pay the appropriate sales tax (Amazon/the store owner, is responsible for collecting and remitting this, as they handle all transactions with the end-buyer and own the property where all merchandise is stored and sold). 8. et al. Amazon should be charging and then remitting the sales tax to all applicable states -- not the FBA seller. Not only would this eliminate any argument about complexity or what constitutes nexus amid the varying, questionable and ever-changing interpretations that each state has established, but convincing the States to get behind it should be easy if they only had to pursue one entity (Amazon), in lieu of the hundreds of thousands of small businesses that currently operate within the US marketplace. It is estimated that the majority of the FBA sellers that sell on the Amazon-US marketplace are operating on foreign soil, and do not have a legal entity that is locally established inside of the United States. How are the states going to force compliance if a foreign seller, using a foreign bank account, is operating outside of the jurisdiction of local law? This poses serious problems and creates an environment of unfair competition if foreign sellers can offer products 10% cheaper due to not having to collect and remit sales tax. If Amazon were required to collect and remit on all FBA sales, not only would this reduce costs, man hours and complexity etc., but it would be a lot easier to ensure compliance and remittance. States could get the tax dollars that they desperately need, instead of missing out as they do now. If things continue as they are, States will waste tons of money auditing individual sellers and pursuing legal action, all, unnecessarily. Since Amazon has decided to take full custody of its customer base and is essentially acting as consignment, this should put sales tax liability on Amazon's shoulders, not on FBA sellers. Since FBA sellers are currently required to collect and remit for all states where they are deemed to have a substantial nexus, then, in order to do that, they must first register their business in that State, apply for permits etc., and admit to having a substantial nexus. Just having a single box of inventory in one of Amazon's warehouses will be sufficient for establishing nexus for most applicable states. Amazon may move inventory around, however they see fit, and in doing so, will force FBA sellers to have nexus in those states, oftentimes, unknowingly. Once nexus is established for a particular state, it applies to ALL subsequent sales to that State -- so, if a seller wants to sell something on Ebay, and the buyer is located in the nexus state, then that seller would need to collect and remit sales tax, even if that inventory was stored in and shipped from their home. If FBA sellers are required to register in all of the applicable states and admit that they have a substantial nexus, they would then potentially be subject to Corporate/State income taxes for that state, use-tax for all products/services, franchise taxes, non-resident taxes, opportunity taxes and other, associated fees/taxes etc.. If non-local businesses have to admit that they have substantial nexus due to a single box of inventory, and if they have to remit in the same way (or worse) as a local business that is actually operating out of that state, then what other tax implications and responsibilities will they be subjecting themselves to? And wouldn't this put undue burden on FBA sellers? And isn't that illegal? Please require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for all FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) purchases. Thank you.

American Citizen
2,412 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Mike Pence

Protect Indiana Citizens Against Hate Crimes

I’ve always felt lucky to live in Bloomington, Indiana -- a university town, and a melting pot for people from all over the world who are here to learn and teach in this great community. As a high school student, I have friends from many different places, and I feel enriched because of it. But with this diversity comes conflict. Not too long ago, a Muslim woman was enjoying a cup of sweet tea with her 9-year-old daughter at a local restaurant, when a white Indiana University student attacked her. He didn’t know her. He just felt compelled to yell "white power" and grab her, trying to forcibly remove the scarf covering her head. Imagine how she felt. Imagine how her daughter felt watching this. It was an attack fueled by bias -- the definition of a hate crime. It would be charged as such in almost every other state in the union, but Indiana is one of five states that does not have a hate crime law. Some Indiana legislators have been trying for years to enact hate crime legislation, but so far, they’ve failed. On the heels of this senseless attack, let’s call on Indiana lawmakers to come together and pass a hate crime law now. Hate crimes are committed to intimidate people, and communicate to them that they “don’t belong” because of perceived differences. Charging such attacks as hate crimes sends a counter-message -- one of equality, one that says we won't tolerate such actions. In this case, the 19-year-old attacker was charged with public intoxication, intimidation, and battery, which will certainly affect his life. But the fact that he isn’t charged with a hate crime tells the victim, her young daughter, and the community at large that Indiana law isn’t looking out for them. Ignoring the motivation behind racially-charged attacks allows us to turn a blind eye toward hatred. And we can’t afford to ignore hatred anymore. Please join me in calling on Indiana to enact hate crime legislation immediately. Thanks for your support, Maria Sarah Lysandrou

Maria Sarah Lysandrou
2,196 supporters
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Petitioning The Governor of IN

Indiana: Save Great Teachers from Seniority-Based Lay-offs

As many as 160,000 teachers across the country will lose their jobs this year due to massive budget cuts that states, including Indiana, are facing.  What’s even more devastating is that our children will lose thousands of great teachers because of antiquated “last in, first out” LIFO policies, which force out some of our best teachers, regardless of how good they are.Indiana currently requires the use of these types of policies, which essentially base layoff decisions on seniority rather than performance quality.Research shows that when districts conduct seniority-based layoffs, we end up firing some of our most effective teachers. Our kids deserve better.Put simply, teachers who change their students lives in the classroom should never be rewarded with pink slips. Take action today to urge Governor Daniels, the Chairs of our Education Committees and your state Representative and Senator to end the short-sighted LIFO policies that continue to force our schools to lay off some of our kids' great teachers.

StudentsFirst
1,532 supporters
Petitioning United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Return My Illegally Taken Pets.

Return My Illegally Taken Pets. My family, as well as other innocent people, continue to have their loved and well cared for pets illegally taken by a corrupt, unqualified animal control/shelter director. This is happening all over and if it isn't stopped now it will continue, and you may find yourself being threatened with false charges and losing your pets. My story, we had just rented a place one day, moved in the next, that night the owner came and said he changed his mind and to get out, and went for eviction, we were fighting it when we were thrown out that day by two sheriff deputies. We were refused to be able to leave with our pets to take them somewhere else and the animal shelter director showed up. The order to have us removed was sign by a judge who is one of the directors family members. I was in shock from everything happening and couldn’t think straight at all, he started threatening me with false charges and even threatened to have my 16 year old daughter arrested simply because she said she didn’t want her pets taken. I hadn’t even realized the sheriffs deputies had left until he threatened my daughter and I looked towards where they were before and noticed they had left. He could have called them back with any amount of lies to have us falsely arrested. He also claimed he needed my signature in case something happened and needed to get any of them medical attention, he continued to bully, threaten and intimidate me into signing a paper I was in to much shock and not all mentally there to sign. Every time my 21 year old son even approached him he was told to shut up and go away. Not all of our pets are mine, two are my sons, but he was told to shut up and go away. He isolated me from my kids who could think more clearly than I could. I was told I could keep two. We now have those two back but they had to be treated for kennel cough from being in the animal shelter. My son called the mayors office and told them what happened, they refused to return my sons pets even, but we found out the mayor allows him to do this because it generates money for the city through selling the animals they illegally & wrongfully steal. When we picked up the two we were once again threatened with false charges if we try to fight to get the rest back. We have contacted many and are fighting anyways. Our pets are not just pets but family. I was in shock, literally mental shock and could not think straight. I began calling around to other places trying to get help but all the person did was call and let him know I was calling around telling people what I had told them. He flat out told me that I would never ever lay eyes on my pets again. He has changed his story many times as for his excuse why he illegally took them. First he claimed abandonment, but I was refused to be allowed to take my pets and leave, my pets are like my kids, I would never ever abandon them. Many people know I would never harm them or leave them. Then he changed it to claiming I supposedly wasn’t feeding them, however, I’m an annoying picture person and take pictures & videos of my pets daily. I have thousands of photo’s that show my pets were healthy. He then changed it to claiming I was violating hybrid laws. I proved that wrong, my hybrids are inside never out besides to be walked on a leash to use the bathroom or to play in the yard with us out with them. Never alone out without us right next to them. He then tried to claim, because I hadn’t socialized them like I should have, when if I had I would then be breaking the laws. He then changed it to claiming I was an illegal dog breeder because one of our males got into the room where we had our female that was in heat. She had her very first ever litter of puppies. Puppies my daughter grew attached to and our reason for planning to move away and opening a sanctuary so we could keep all the pups. We had the legal amount of animals until the pups came & they were just turning the age of 6 months and why we were moving. He didn’t claim it but in case he tries, my house was cleaned 3 times a day and like with the pets I have many photo’s that shows my house was kept clean. We found out when going to appeal that there was nothing to appeal as he documented it as I just didn’t want them and signed them over. That is a lie! I want my pets returned to my family and have a twitter set up @helpfindourpets and a facebook page to try to find where they are as he said he sent them off before I was even allowed to pick up the two he would return to me. Our pets aren't just pets, we see them as family, fur kids, and they were also emotional therapy for my teenage daughter. As I stated before, there was no warrant, no just cause to take them, only threats of false charges, bullying, intimidation tactics, and the lie about needing my signature in case they needed medical attention. I was also not given the legal time frame to fight for them, he gave me 5 days (which they were taken on a Friday) only when it’s supposed to be 10 days. All pets were taken without warrants or any type of court proceedings; just he does what he wants without regard to laws or civil rights, and the mayor backs and allows him. Not only were they illegally seized, but done just 3 days after an account pretending to be my ex (my kids & I were going through intense domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and our lives being threatened at this very same time and I have thousands of screenshots to prove it) said to see what they had planned for me next, and then posted about using the government against me. This man is very abusive and singles women out when he takes pets and its women he threatens with false charges. This man is illegally removing pets well cared for and loved pets for financial gain for the city. I did not neglect my pets, they were spoiled, and I have a lot of people who know and watched them grow up, even through photos and videos and many who know I would never ever give my pets up. They are kids to me, one’s I’m very worried about so I hope you will help me get them returned to me. They always had plenty of food & were well taken care of. I was not a hoarder, I did not breed animals, and I followed all the laws, I could afford to take care of them, and my house stayed very clean. As a matter of fact I’m OCD, which I can prove with numerous individuals. I was also not a “rescue”, I simply ran a website to help others find their missing pets, and for free. I am not the first person this has happened to. The first known to us was a place called “Adopt A Lab” a report was called in from an employee that was just fired for not keeping up on his job, cleaning, which is what the report was for. They were also boarding other people’s pets when they used illegal tactics to take every animal there including the other people’s pets. This rescue had the backing of their vet as well as the state board of health saying there was no reason to take their animals, but this guy threatened this woman with false charges if she didn’t sign them ALL over. Yes even animals she had no legal right to sign over leaving those people to fight to get them back. Here is a link to an opinion article written about it from our last deputy mayor http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20121209/OPINION03/312090021/ Next made public was in Cowan Indiana, “county area” where there is NO limit to how many animals can be kept. All pets were taken (media were there but were not allowed in), because he was claiming the house was un-livable. People on the newspaper were commenting it sounded fishy because cps wasn’t called in, if it was that bad the animals needed taken. So later cps was called in, it just so happens that this guy has friends who work for cps, they were only called in to help him cover his tracks. I have screenshots of this woman having to deal with cps, nothing has been said about threats of false charges if she fought it, she’s probably afraid she’ll lose her daughter as well if she does. Next made public was a lady in Albany Indiana, once again county where there were no limits. This woman’s house was not unfit, the dogs were healthy but, all but three dogs were taken anyways. Not sure if she was threatened with false charges if she fought it and she is rumored to have taken her pets she was given back and left the state. If a few pets are left to keep, how can there be a real reason to take others? There isn’t! And it was also done from a supposed tip. Then another young woman who was also being evicted was charged after her landlord claimed she moved and left her dead dog, except her dog is still very much alive. There are too many more to keep listing. The director of the Muncie Indiana animal shelter/control, Phil Peckinpaugh, is unqualified for the position he holds. He was given the position of director by our city mayor whom he is a very close friend of. His only degree is in Media Communications and his only animal related work experience was at a rescue that had been in trouble for picking up peoples pets, lying saying they didn’t have them, and then trying to sell them. He has done the exact same thing at the Muncie animal shelter and more to generate the broke city income. Our last mayor before our present said Muncie Indiana was broke, however, when our current took office it went from not broke to no longer broke. The fines this director has been able to generate for the city and the amount collected from selling dogs & cats has been funding the creation of pay to use dog parks around the city and who knows what else. This same corrupt director made the local newspaper for assaulting a local attorney, showing that he is abusive, violent, & has a very short temper. Anyone violent should never be allowed to work with animals and especially should never hold the directors position. He also liked a facebook page to an online store that is selling real fur coats, including Timber Wolf and Fox Fur among others. It's unethical for someone who is supposed to be for protecting animals to be ok with and deal with someone who sells real fur. This man has also been lying about having missing animals & selling them. Which is the equal to pet flipping just being done by a city ran shelter. The judge who over saw all the cases brought by the shelter director was recently removed, & banned for life for violating citizens rights, & over-stepping her authority in cases. Some of the cases that helped get her removed and banned were animal cases brought by the shelter director. Here is the PDF of the findings http://ftpcontent2.worldnow.com/wthr/pdf/benningtonruling.pdf Here is the link to the news article of him and his father assaulting a man and here is the link to a video I made of the article in-case they remove it. http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20140408/NEWS01/304080005/Muncie-politics-Delaware-County-politics-Walker-Roysdon-Report-city-officials-fight-Yorktown-official-charged http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuzFj_MFxRc&feature=youtu.be I discovered an article about a pack of wolf hybrids, you can read it and it’s comments here, http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2015/05/17/muncie-wolf-dogs-killed-jack-russell-hearing-euthanize/27495553/ This article helps show that the director of the animal shelter purposely targeted my family for abusers to illegally seize my hybrids and threaten me with false trumped up charges (by him, as you will see in his comment on this article that he is not law enforcement to do such) if I told anyone or tried to fight for my dogs.  The man in this article keeps his outside, mine were kept inside, and mine were never alone to hurt anyone. I never got a meeting, notta, just threats if I exposed him, or fought for the return of mine. The director also admitted to participating in a hog wrestling event where you could clearly see the poor animal was frightened and squealing for help. He admitted the pig was distressed but “The pigs are definitely in distress,” Phil Peckinpaugh said, although he added, “I never saw one that I thought would be hurt.” which clearly shows his lack of knowledge of animals. How can someone who charges regular people for animal cruelty say or think that an animal that’s being psychologically tormented isn’t being hurt?http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2015/05/04/county-fair-hog-wrestling-delaware-county-petition-controversy-animal-shelter-director/26873493/ His wife also had her own team for the event which shows it’s a family belief that it’s ok to harm animals. That event is another way the city harms animals to generate money & for entertainment. Yet he charges others with cruelty to animals. It’s not ethical for someone who holds a position at an animal shelter, or animal control and to participate in events that are cruel to animals.   It’s being proven more every day that animals feel the same emotions as humans, they love, they feel pain, they mourn, they parent, and are intelligent living beings. When this director illegally takes pets away from loving responsible homes, it’s like violently ripping a child away from their parents & family, they feel the same, frightened, and then guilt, wondering why & not able to understand. Animals suffer from depression; they can get PTSD from being violently ripped away from their home. These same things are also being felt by the family they were taken from because many people consider their pets as extra furry children. This is not only abuse, and animal cruelty but also abuse & cruelty to the pets owners and exploitation of both. Not one of this guys accusations should be believed, every charge ever brought on his accusations against people need to be re-investigated by the US Department Of Justice, The FBI, and the Department of Agriculture especially since the judge he sent cases before has been banned for life for violating citizens rights. I and those who have signed ask that my pets be returned, and that you investigate the shelters activities and all cases from the time he took over, and remove and prosecute the director for illegally & wrongfully taking peoples pets. Remove this violent man from his position before he harms anymore pets or families. Muncie has targeted pet owners the way police in Ferguson targeted it’s citizens to abuse & exploit to generate its city income. As a matter of fact, the city was founded by dog haters who promoted killing dogs. Muncie’s mayor should be removed from his position, the director should be charged, pets need to be returned, and the city should have to provide each family financial compensation. The city is currently being sued for sexual harassment by one of it’s female citizens. You can read the full info here. http://www.ntlpetrescuenw.com/our-missing-pets/  

Tina York
1,436 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Dave Wathen

Tri-Mas CEO, Dave Wathen: Save Our Community, Keep Our Jobs

On Nov. 21, 2012, Tri-Mas informed 450 of it's employees that it would close its Goshen, Indiana plant. Cequent Performance had record sales this year and in 2011 netted more than $30 million dollars. Outsourcing the work to Mexico will damage our families, our communites, and the future of Amercian manufacturing.

Susan Maroko-Greenwald
1,402 supporters
Seniors Deserve Quality Care: Don’t Put Profits Ahead of Indiana Seniors!

Dear friend, Thank you for taking the time to contact me with your opposition to Senate Bill 173 (nursing home moratorium). The bill passed the Senate with a vote of 33 to 14. I voted against Senate Bill 173, which is now being considered by the House of Representatives. The bill is currently in Ways and Means. A bill must pass committee before becoming eligible for full-chamber consideration. To track Senate Bill 173, please visit https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/bills/senate/173/#. Once again, thank you for your correspondence. If you have any questions about this bill or any other measure being considered by the General Assembly, please let me know. The legislative process truly works best when citizens are involved. Sincerely, Senator Lonnie M. Randolph District #2

— Lonnie Randolph, State Senator
4 years ago
Brian A Clark: Drop Charges against Connersville Police Officer and his wife

Thank you for contacting my office regarding the situation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources involving the white-tailed deer in Connersville. Due to pending court litigation, I, as a State Senator cannot affect the outcome of the trial. I do, however, agree with you that punishing well-meaning citizens doesn’t make sense at all, especially in light of jail time and a heavy fine. The trial date was set for March, so DNR has until then to act on the case. As of this past Friday, the department has actually stated the case was being dropped. I would urge you to contact the DNR Commissioner and the Governor on this matter. Their information is below. In light of this, I may suggest a summer study committee for the Indiana General Assembly to look into the issue of rescue permits. The current permitting process is very arduous, and with the deer population rising, such permits may need to be streamlined for well-meaning citizens to rescue injured wildlife. I appreciate your input, and hope you will contact the DNR (317) 232-4200 and the Governor (317) 232-4567. Sincerely, Richard Young State Senator, District 47

— Erin Houchin, State Senator
5 years ago