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STOP LEGISLATION SF 481
SF 481 seeks localize federal immigration authority by forcing local law enforcementto do the job of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE); it also targets public entities such as municipalities or counties who have taken a hard stance on immigration by speaking out in favor of protecting those communities; finally it threatens to cut funding from public entities that express support for immigrant communities. · This legislation would destroy years of work towards positive relationships with law enforcement. Trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement is essential to community policing in Iowa. SF 481 deters people from these communities from reporting crimes out of fear of law enforcement. · This legislation is a direct threat to public safety. By forcing local law enforcement agencies to act as federal immigration agents, we’re taking away resources from stopping high-level or violent crimes. · This legislation promotes racial profiling. This legislation encourages law enforcement officers and other public entities to profile Iowans based on their appearance or spoken languages, question these individuals regarding their immigration status, and report them to ICE. This is illegal and violates their basic human rights. · It’s a solution looking for a problem. Our immigration system is in disarray. This legislation will not fix the deeply-embedded problems that need to be addressed. SF 481 simply passes the buck to local agencies. What can you do? You can sign the petition to stop SF 481 and you can email the governor and chief advisor asking them not to sign the bill into law. Once signed, the bill will be effective July 1, 2018. SF 481 busca localizar a la autoridad federal de inmigración al obligar a las autoridades locales a hacer el trabajo de Inmigration Customs Enforcement (ICE); también se dirige a entidades públicas como municipios o condados que han adoptado una postura dura respecto de la inmigración al hablar en favor de la protección de esas comunidades; finalmente, amenaza con recortar los fondos de las entidades públicas que expresan apoyo a las comunidades de inmigrantes. · Esta legislación destruiría años de trabajo hacia relaciones positivas con la aplicación de la ley. La confianza entre las comunidades de inmigrantes y la aplicación de la ley es esencial para la vigilancia comunitaria en Iowa. SF 481 disuade a las personas de estas comunidades de denunciar crímenes por temor a la aplicación de la ley. · Esta legislación es una amenaza directa a la seguridad pública. Al obligar a las agencias policiales locales a actuar como agentes federales de inmigración, estamos eliminando recursos para detener crímenes de alto nivel o violentos. · Esta legislación promueve la discriminación racial. Esta legislación alienta a los funcionarios encargados de hacer cumplir la ley y otras entidades públicas a presentar un perfil de los habitantes de Iowa en función de su apariencia o los idiomas que hablan, cuestionar a estas personas sobre su estado migratorio y denunciarlo a ICE. Esto es ilegal y viola sus derechos humanos básicos. · Es una solución que busca un problema. Nuestro sistema de inmigración está en desorden. Esta legislación no solucionará los problemas profundamente arraigados que deben abordarse. SF 481 simplemente pasa el dinero a las agencias locales. ¿Qué puedes hacer? Puede firmar la petición para detener el SF 481 y puede enviar un correo electrónico al gobernador y al asesor principal pidiéndoles que no firmen el proyecto de ley. Una vez que se firme, la factura entrará en vigencia el 1 de julio de 2018.
Iowan representatives to vote YES on gun control
In the light of America's School shooting epidemic, high school students like us are extremely shocked and angry. We want to keep our schools friendly, safe, and welcoming, but with all of these school shootings happening, our sense of safety has been compromised, and fear has clouded our curiosity and will to learn. There have been a shocking 18 school shootings in the U.S. this YEAR. There have been 143 school shootings in America since Sandy Hook in 2012. Something has got to change. This is not just a "gun problem", this is a national security problem, one that concerns the youngest demographic and their education rights.This an issue that children and teenagers are going through. There needs to be action. We cannot stand this immense threat to our education. Reform needs to happen, we cannot keep losing young lives to the point where we become desensitized to it, and it becomes "normal." This is our future, and if the government will not fix it, we must. We need to get past our politics and beliefs and find a way to protect our future generation. We can be the change. Join us in supporting common-sense gun control so that we can save lives!
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 the domestic violence budget cut
Our current state legislators are working to drastically reduce/eliminate life-saving funds from programs and services supporting survivors of gender-based violence: domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Typically, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program alone will serve approximately 2,000 women, children, and men in the span of a year. With the proposed budget cut of 45% ($3 million), programs would completely decimate and there would be immediate, harmful consequences for survivors. We believe after someone experiences such a dehumanizing act, they deserve any and all support our society can offer them. We are going to hold our legislators accountable to uphold victims' rights.
Dog chained for 3 YEARS in backyard begins another winter outside!! RESCUE BELLA NOW!!!
This helpless dog has been chained in the backyard of a property in the town of New Providence, Iowa, for the last three years. Doesn’t matter if it’s summer and the weather is scorching hot or it’s winter and it’s blistering cold. BELLA spends every day in the same manner; all chained up, in solitary confinement. In spite of numerous protests, nothing has changed. Last year, concerned residents built a doghouse for BELLA but they had the door slammed in their faces. Now, after another set of massive complaints, the Sheriff finally turned up at their doorstep to check on the dog. She's tied up outside. There are people who don’t think this is acceptable. It’s a situation open up for debate’ Sheriff Dave McDaniel stated. McDaniel admitted that the dog had food and water but claimed that the type of shelter was ‘questionable’. The Sheriff finally pursued the owners to accept a dog house built by members of the community. BELLA’s condition is still dire. Spending her days on a heavy chain, not being able to move and her only companions are a patch of dirt, rain, sun, snow and the bitter cold!! Dogs are NOT solitary, this is NOT what having a pet is about. BELLA needs love NOT isolation!!! To me, pets are family and should definitely stay inside. All in all, BELLA needs to be rescued from the property. She has suffered in frozen silence far too long; now we have to be her voice!! She deserves a better home and owners who understand what having a pet really means. The blistering cold of Iowa is just days away. Do NOT remain indifferent and help rescue BELLA!! The HEART Hardin Eldora Animal Rescue Team has already announced they are prepared to bring BELLA in anytime. PLEASE SHARE VIRALLY FOR BELLA, thank you.
Save Lives: Require Spinal Muscular Atrophy Newborn Screening
August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness Month. Please join our efforts to require SMA newborn screening, and help end the deadly effects of SMA. About SMA: • SMA is the number one 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 have SMA, a 50% chance the baby will be a carrier, and a 25% chance the baby will be unaffected.• One in 10,000 babies is born with SMA. The FDA approved Spinraza as the first treatment for SMA on December 23, 2016. However, newborns continue to go untreated when they would receive the most benefit, as no states are performing SMA newborn screening. Newly diagnosed Type 1 SMA babies treated with Spinraza 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. Newborn babies treated within the first two weeks never lost abilities to SMA, and developed as average babies do. They crawl, eat, stand, and walk. Only newborns with older SMA siblings have been treated this way, as their parents knew to screen for SMA. Every newborn needs to be screened for SMA, so babies born with SMA can develop just as babies without SMA do. For this to happen, SMA needs to be added to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP), states need to require SMA newborn screening, and funding needs to be provided for SMA newborn screening. The Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (Committee) is scheduled to vote to add SMA to the RUSP at its February, 2018 meeting. Once the Committee votes favorably to add SMA to the RUSP, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will add SMA to the RUSP. This is an important step, as many states look to the RUSP when adding new conditions to screen for. This petition will be delivered to both the Committee, and the Secretary of HHS. States also need to require newborn screening, as the RUSP is only a recommendation, it does not mandate states to test for conditions. We will continue to pursue SMA newborn screening in every state, and this petition will help our efforts. Missouri is the only state to enact newborn screening legislation, and will begin screening for SMA in January of 2019. Federal and state funds are also needed to begin and continue SMA newborn screening. This petition will help us as we advocate for funding with the appropriate federal and state congressional members. Act Now: With an FDA-approved treatment, it is urgent we secure SMA newborn screening. Newborn babies treated within the first two weeks will have the best chance at progressing as they would without SMA. Every baby born with SMA should be afforded this life-saving treatment. Please sign our petition urging Committee to vote to add SMA to the RUSP, urging states to require SMA newborn screening, and urging federal and state congressional members to provide funding for SMA newborn screening.
Get rid of the waitlist for the Children's Mental Health Waiver
1,615 Iowa Children and their families are waiting for services they need to be safe and well. How will you answer them? 1,615 Iowa children currently need immediate access to the Children's Mental Health Waiver. The waiver provides a comprehensive support system that allows children to remain in their home as opposed to more costly institutions that are often far away from their communities. Without this waiver, most families cannot afford the many needed evidence-based therapies that are not covered by insurance, they cannot afford needed respite, or locate basic services such as childcare that will work with children with severe mental illness. Consider what two years means in the development of a child. Waiting not only makes the child's prognosis suffer, the mental health and physical safety of the family members is often in jeopardy, parents lose time at work and often employment trying to manage crises on their own. Eliminating the waitlist is not only the right and decent thing to do, it is the medically preferable thing to do AND the financially prudent thing to do. The CMH waiver cannot exceed $1967 / month while institutional placement costs the state $5000 / month. Further, timely treatment and support services reduce the chance of the children ending up in the very expensive justice system and help them live up to their full potential as contributing members of society. Please do the right thing: make the CMH waiver immediately avaible to children in need. Please follow our advocacy efforts on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Parents-Creating-Change-in-Iowa/420388454757950 Or join our Parents Creating Change in Iowa group on Facebook or F.I.N.D: https://www.facebook.com/groups/parentsmakechange/ http://findfamilies.org/groups
Banning Coty Ritchey from registering all dogs for showing, breeding or sale reasons.
Coty Ritchey as you all know is a neglectful, abusive, narcissistic, person. Who falsified papers, AIs and who knows what else. She needs to never be able to own another animal again. In her own words she has admitted to not gettting vet care for her dog injured by her being so irresponsible, She has stolen dogs and then threatened and manipulated people into several lies and cover ups for her. Her own puppies have been severly neglected and have never seen a vet because she believes she is trained and talented enough to provide all their care on her own. So when she had a massive brawl between her two females that both whelped litters, one dog died and one had half of her tail bit off. This dog has yet to see a vet for her tail and its been at least 6+ weeks. She has also admitted to beating the life out of her dog after he got off leash and ran from her. This woman has had years of dog mentors and training and she still continuously neglects, beats, steals, and sells very unhealthy animals. Shes had multiple opportunities to changer her ways and get help and she chooses not too. She needs stopped!!! More info is on the site below. You can reach me at email@example.com with any question! http://iowasfinestbullies.weebly.com/
Ban Certain Assault Rifles in the US
Now, when gun violence is running rampant in our country, when 96 innocent Americans are fatally shot every day, when countless citizens are forced to live their lives in fear - we know that it is not the time to stay silent, it is the time to act. During the original ban beginning in 1994, school shooting victims were reduced by 54.4%, and the number of overall mass shootings decreased sharply. When the ban expired, however, the number of mass shootings in the US nearly tripled. With an improved version of this ban, it is only obvious that even more lives will be saved. These weapons cause immense tissue destruction, when compared to other guns, and easily pulverize multiple large organs on impact with only a single bullet. In fact, Ernest Moore, an award-winning trauma surgeon and avid hunter for over 40 years stated that these rifles were, "designed to deliver fatal wounds to multiple individuals within a short time period. While some argue that such a ban would infringe on Constitutional rights, this is not true. With the power of jurisdiction, federal courts have ruled four times that bans on assault weapons were constitutional. In fact, no federal appeals court has ever ruled that assault weapons were protected by the second amendment. This clearly depicts how a ban on assault weapons would not infringe on anyone's rights. Now, we as a country must make a choice. We can choose a safer future for our children, a future where we have the right to feel secure in our schools and communities, and a future where dozens of innocents are not slaughtered daily. Or, we can choose to do nothing. We can choose to sit back and watch our children shot down, and mass shootings become only more pervasive. But I have faith in our country's people. I believe that we, the citizens of the United States, will make the right choice, the choice for survival. I believe that we will stand together and against all odds, prevail. With this in mind, I strongly urge you to stand with us, to stand on the right side of history and to support this petition to prohibit assault rifles in our country. Sincerely, a student concerned about our nation's future