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Petitioning Iowa State Senate, Iowa Governor

The Sabrina Ray Movement

I want there to be more in depth look into how DHS handles reports of Child Abuse in Iowa. I also want it to be where DHS does not call ahead to let people that are being suspected of Child Abuse know they are coming over make it to where they come over unannounced. I want it that way so DHS has a better chance of catching Child Abuse. Sabrina Ray was a beautiful 16 year old girl that was killed by her adoptive parents on May 12, 2017. She was a child of God and she should not have been killed. DHS had been out to her house frequently from 2013- 2017. I have heard they were being investigated when Young Sabrina was killed.  Sabrina Ray was one of five children who  resided in the home with her parents but she was beat and refused food the most. The day she died she only weighed 60 lbs. my 12 year old daughter weighs 100 lbs. she was very malnourished and something needs to change our children need protected. There were two other girls that were abused but not as much as Sabrina. Sabrina was forced to go without food for days, she would have to eat out of the garbage to get food. There are reports that she would be beat if she didn't do her chores. She would sneak food to try to get something to eat.  When all this was happening there was a daycare being run there and my two children attended it. My 9 year old daughter has told me something's they have done. It is hard very hard to hear. I included the news story so you can read up on it.  Please let's help our children make DHS take more time to look into child abuse our children need this. They are our future. No child deserves what Sabrina went thru or the other two girls.  https://www.google.com/amp/amp.kcci.com/article/exclusive-former-foster-child-describes-horrific-abuse-inside-perry-home-where-teen-died/9663716

The Sabrina Ray Movement
16,699 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
Victory
Petitioning The IA State Senate

Don't Put Animal Cruelty Whistleblowers in Jail

This year, Iowa legislators are considering a bill which would impose a penalty of up to ten years in jail for documenting cruelty to livestock without permission. What this means is an end to undercover investigations by animal welfare organizations, as well as by whistleblowers within factory farms and slaughterhouses. It would mean no more investigations like the one done by Mercy for Animals at Hy-Line International in Spencer, Iowa. That 2009 investigation blew the cover off Hy-Line, revealing that male chicks were being thrown into a grinder and killed within 24 hours of being born. Organizations like the Iowa Federation of Humane Societies, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, and the American Civil Liberties Union are lining up to lobby Iowa legistors to vote no on this bill. Join them and tell Iowa's House and Senate to vote no on HF 589. Photo credit: Samdogs

Martin Matheny
3,390 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
2,406 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Iowa Governor

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

Parents Creating Change in Iowa
1,797 supporters
Petitioning Muriel Bowser (D. C. - Mayor), Dannel Malloy, Asa Hutchinson, John Hickenlooper, Rick Scott, Nathan Deal, David Ige, Bruce Rauner, Eric Holcomb, Kim Reynolds, Sam Brownback, John Bel Edwards, Paul ...

Stop The Statute of Limitations (SOL) on Sex Crimes - Sexual Assault, Pedophilia, Rape

Lesley Barton’s WWII hero father once said to her, “You should never take advantage of someone that is weak or vulnerable just because you can." Little did he know how much his simple words would one day mean to his beloved daughter as the 1st survivor of 10 (4 in SOL 6 outside of it) known victims to report a 15 yr active and violent serial rapist who continuously got off with slaps on the wrist. The time is NOW to Stop The Statute of Limitations on Sex Crimes for children and adults. Please click the link below to learn more about her and her sisters’ fight against sadistic and emboldened rapist Marc Winner and to really understand the gravity of predators like him who are able to use the statute of limitations against their victims to their advantage. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2016/Marc-Winner/__________________________________________Lesley’s story... Over 16 years, she’d hoped and prayed this day would actually never come, because although she knew he couldn’t stop-it was her greatest wish that he would, so no one else would be violently raped by him again. Painfully, that was not the case with 4 in the Statute of Limitations and 10 known total in a 15 year period. The continuous promises made to her when they wanted her to be okay with the plea deal, were not kept. Woman after woman reported him only to be disbelieved and disregarded, because of archaic belief systems even within the justice system and Chicagoland Cook County City and Suburbs being on different computer systems. How senseless is that? This has not been an easy road for her and her sisters. It’s actually been harder than any victim survivor could ever be able to explain. Our msister and brother survivors understand why sexual assault is the most under reported crime, because coming forward in order to protect others from a monster has no upsides due to the revictimization of stigma, harassment, a pretty inept and broken system, and those who want to make rape of all things about politics or shaming and blaming the survivor rather than stopping the perp. It’s been a long 16+ years for Lesley Barton who was the first to report Marc Winner for criminal sexual assault. Even after she came to terms with the unthinkable by finding some joy again she was really thrown for a loop that invasion day almost two years ago now when she found out he was back or actually never left. For he remained active and her reporting him, going to all their trial dates, and his slap on the wrist plea deal didn’t keep him from continuing his proclivity to do irreparable and permanent harm. Lesley no lomger feels any of the unfounded shame or blame any longer. She could really careless what the ignorant callous bullies towards survivors of rape think or say either. She does however feel an immense responsibility to her sisters who survived him, all sister and brother survivors, and the community at large to see this through to the end-to finish this-and to help convict him anyway they lawfully can so he never hurts another living soul again. Many confusingly mock and attack survivor activists who put it all on the line to stop criminals by using the term social justice warrior as a negative connotation on the internet and elsewhere. However, what they don’t seem to understand is that this is NOT a political issue and a violent despicable crime such as rape can never be referred to as “social.” It’s a matter of stopping a violent criminal from seriously hurting others in a way that the survivors receive a life sentence. Rape is actually a CRIMINAL JUSTICE issue-always has been, always will be. As a Criminal Justice issue, one way to end the emboldening of predators like Marc Winner, Brock Turner, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis CK, USA Gymnasts Dr. Larry Nassar, Thad Alton, and Denny Hastert (to name only a small few) is to Stop the Statute of Limitations Clock. Predators know very well that they have a time clock they can easily run out during the often decades of time it takes a victim to come forward and be a survivor. The time is NOW to #StopTheStatute of Limitations on Sex Crimes in every state for children and adults, once and for all. There are no statutes in different states on Forgery, types of Fraud, Murder, Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Arson, types of DUI accidents, and even in a few on Rape, but a few isn’t good enough-Rape is a life sentence, so should be the time period it takes to report it (which remember does not mean the lack of burden of proof) in order to help deter. The system needs to give survivors the time they need to come to terms with the heinous violation to their body and spirit in order to get closure and justice-How can’t everyone have some common sense, reasonably understand, and get behind that? #metoo#Ibelieveyou#stopthestatute

Lesley Barton
1,513 supporters
Petitioning US House of Representatives and Senete , U.S. House of Representatives, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, John McCain, Iowa State Senate, Marco Rubio, Harry Reid, Rand Paul, Ken Ro...

Make declawing ILLEGAL in USA to cats!

 Declawing a cat, is NOT simply removing the nail. It is a surgery which removes the whole phalanx (up to the joint), including bones, ligaments, and tendons! To remove the claw, the bone, nerve, joint capsule, collateral ligaments, and the extensor and flexor tendons must all be amputated. In human anatomy,  it would be comparable to cutting off a persons finger at the last joint of each finger!  Even after the amputation is done, that doesn't mean the pain is over. Complications of this amputation can be excruciating pain, damage to the radial nerve, hemorrhage, bone chips that prevent healing, painful regrowth of deformed claw inside of the paw which is not visible to us, back and joint pain as shoulder, leg and back muscles weaken due to cats naturally walking on their toes and having the tips cut off. Many declawed cats also often have behavioral issues after amputation.   This uncalled for amputation needs to be illegal, and considered as animal cruelty. We need to reach out to the House of Representatives and the Senate and get a law in place now!   So what will happen if we don't make a law against declawing? We have thousands of cats that are in extreme pain, and have behavioral issues due to not understanding they can't defend themselves as a cat does. More cats will end up in the shelters and be killed every day, due to an unnecessary cruel procedure.  There are many other options other than declawing your cat. Just a few options are nail caps, adversion methods and trimming the nails. There are nail caps, that are placed over the claws and safely protect the cats, and the owners couches. Nail caps grow out will the growth of the cats claws, and new can be reapplied. Many retailers sell adversion products to help cats avoid scratching furniture, whether it be spray, tape or tin foil. Trimming cat claws depends on each individual cat whether they allow it or not. If you trim the claws, snip only the white part of the claw. The pink part of a cat's nail, is called the quick, where the nerves and blood vessels are. Do NOT cut this sensitive area. The more you trim the nail, the less it grows. Also always have cat scratchers available for cats.    Please sign and share! 

Crystal Van Daalen
1,098 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Iowa State House, Iowa State Senate

Equip teachers with the knowledge to handle situations of mental illness in students

Myself and my peers working on the position statement are residents of the Iowa-Quad Cities area, which has suffered a high number of teen suicides due to mental health issues in the past two years. In the aftermath of these events, students in our affected community have felt that the school's educators have not adequately discussed mental health or demonstrated an understanding of the issues at hand. We would like to propose a new bill initiating mandatory mental health training for high school educators in Iowa seeking teaching licensure in order to combat the current issues due to misunderstanding or ignorance. Our proposal would institute a mandatory mental wellness training course as a part of teachers' renewal of their licenses. We have found cost efficient options for this plan and it would in no way cause liability for teachers if an incident were to occur with a student affected by mental illness. This training would merely give teachers the resources and information able to notice signs of mental illness. We would appreciate your support on this issue.  -Iowa Youth Congress

Josh Bowman
834 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Burlin Matthews, T , cleanwater@iowaagriculture.gov , Clay County Board of Supervisors, Steve King, Megan Jones, Chuck Grassley, Iowa DNR- Clay Co Paul Petitti, Iowa State House, Iowa State Senate,...

Stop IA Select (Factory Farm) Hog Confinements in ClayCo. & Join Master Matrix Moratorium

We – the undersigned residents of Clay County & other communities in support – strongly oppose the application & approved DNR Permit 2017.33 for location Section 14 Lincoln Township (T95N, R37W), [[EDIT Permit withdrawn 9/25/2017 woohoo we WON this one!]] by factory farm giant Iowa Select Farms, under the name Bluejay Farms I, LLC for this particular project, to build a confinement housing 5,000 head of hogs, 2500 each building.  The proposed site is [[WAS- there is ALWAYS more sneakin in]] 1¼ mile west of Hwy 71, on 420th St.; & is 2,810ft to 3 miles from dozens of neighbors & the Rossie & Greenville communities. This will pollute our air, water, and soil, threaten our health, lower the value of our homes and farmsteads, & hurt nearby businesses, some who spoke publicly, including regular farmers & unique types sensitive to effects from hog confinements.  We call on Al & Chris Swanson, local land owners (Chris stated land sale not finalized at 8/29 Clay Co Board of Supervisors hearing) to withdraw/ cancel their land offer/ negotiations/ purchase agreement/ sale to Iowa Select [[EDIT 9/27/2017- DNR permit withdrawn BUT they have ALOT of land]] ; --AND/ OR-- for Iowa Select to withdraw this application due to community & peer opposition [[THEY DID!]],  –OR– for the Clay County Board of Supervisors to recommend denial & review of this application to the DNR & have permit revoked [[Vote was set for 9/26/2017 but Iowa Select withdrew!]]. –AND--  for Clay County officials to further prevent Iowa Select, AND similar CAFO's under any pseudonym, alias or LLC, to ever build any (more {edit} found out others already! 8.29.2017/ Spencer Daily Reporter article, opposition to the project. Must stop them- no more!) confinements in Clay County, Iowa. Help us keep this large factory farm from taking over our county (edit- 2-4 already here!) beginning with preventing this proposed location, Rossie Finishing Facility & also requesting banning/ no permits/building allowed in Clay Co. #ClayCoSaysNoIowaSelect #ClayCoNoMoreFactoryFarms  PETITION UPDATE 9/26/2017! 1 VICTORY for ClayCo! Read what ACTUALLY happened! Also-Oct 10! 11AM BoardOfSup's mtg- PLZ ATTEND! Clay Co Against Iowa Select (Factory Farm)SEP 27, 2017 — We are happy to announce Iowa Select/ Bluejay Farms WILL NOT BE PROCEEDING with the Rossie Finishing Facility in Lincoln Twnshp!!! Very great news!! TOGETHER we STOPPED this ONE BUT it's NOT OVER. Please join us Tues, Oct 10- 11am! Clay Co Admin Bldg, Spencer! We DO NEED PEOPLE to attend to ask that Clay County be the 18th county to sign onto a request to the legislature for a moratorium on new factory farms/CAFOs until adequate regulations are developed to protect Iowa's families or until Iowa's 750 impaired water bodies are reduced to 100 or less. Families near proposed now withdrawn Rossie Finishing Facility may have dodged a bullet, but the rest of rural Clay county is still in the cross-hairs for getting 5,000-8,000 hogs 1/4 mile from their own home or small town.  Below is ICCI's press release, whom we have been working with. The birds were known by Iowa Select prior to 8/29 mtg so we don't think that was the decider. Maybe 800+ signatures (THANKS!) & MUCH RESISTANCE & COMMUNITY AWARENESS  did though!!  From ICCI- Iowa Select withdraws two factory farm applications ahead of environmental hearings Iowa CCI members, residents in Clay and Wayne counties celebrate and demand moratorium on new factoriesDes Moines, Iowa – On Monday, Iowa CCI members and everyday Iowans celebrated as Iowa Select — the largest hog corporation in Iowa and 8th largest nationally — withdrew permit applications for two massive hog factories in Wayne and Clay counties. Both applications, which were overwhelmingly opposed by local residents and county supervisors, were likely to be appealed at the October meeting of the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). Locally organized oppositionResidents of Wayne County organized opposition, including a meeting with DNR director Chuck Gipp where over 100 neighbors demanded DNR deny the site, wrote letters to the editor, and successfully convinced their county supervisors to fail the Master Matrix and recommend denial to the DNR. The DNR overturned the Wayne County Supervisors’ decision. Wayne County appealed DNR’s approval of the factory farm, and a public hearing before the EPC was scheduled in October. “We’re celebrating this big victory, but we know that Iowa Select will try to reapply. We are relentless, and we’ll be ready. We don’t want any factory farms and we will fight any that Iowa Select proposes to build,” said Pam Woollis, CCI member and resident of Wayne County. In Clay County, local residents also organized, gathered petition signatures, and convinced their supervisors to recommend denial of the site, which again was overturned by the DNR. Clay County’s Board of Supervisors was set to vote on appealing DNR’s approval of the factory farm at its meeting today. “We are overjoyed at Iowa Select’s decision to not build their large hog factory beside our family. However, more importantly, the health of other farm familes and small towns is endangered by Iowa’s lack of regulations to protect the public health and our air and water,” said Sarah Lewis, who fought the 5,000-head factory farm near Spencer, Iowa. “We encourage our Supervisors to make Clay County the 18th Iowa county to call for a moratorium or changes to the Master Matrix until adequate regulations are implemented to protect our environment and familes.” Iowa Select avoids scrutiny“In its written notice to the Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Select cited several reasons for withdrawing, but we believe it’s because they are feeling public pressure and know that these appeals would further illustrate the failings of the Master Matrix,” said Erica Blair, community organizer with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI). According to DNR’s construction review activity database, Iowa Select has seven pending facilities across the state in Grundy, Hancock, Hardin, Humboldt, Buena Vista, and Greene counties. CCI has received calls from residents of several of these counties asking how they can fight the incoming factory farms. Iowa Select has a long violation history, including at least 150 manure or ammonia releases polluting air and water, according to DNR’s facility spill database. “Iowa Select creates new LLCs, allowing the company to avoid scrutiny of past violations, making it difficult to know the true number of spills and violations,” said Patti Naylor, a CCI member and family farmer who lives in Greene County, where supervisors just approved a 7,490-head Iowa Select factory farm. “They’ve become experts at using the Master Matrix to their own advantage.” This news comes as many scandals are coming to the surface for DNR. CCI members point to the EPC and DNR’s dismissal of the Master Matrix petition, former DNR employee Gene Tinker’s claim that he was fired for educating counties about the Master Matrix, and DNR’s discovery of over 5,000 additional factory farms in Iowa. “It’s clear that we need a moratorium from this polluting industry. Our DNR, legislature, and Governor need to work for all of Iowans,” added Naylor. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is a statewide, grassroots people’s action group that uses community organizing to win public policy that puts communities before corporations and people before profits, politics and polluters. CCI has been fighting to put people first for over 40 years. Follow us on Twitter at @iowacci.

Clay County IA Residents, Friends & Neighbors Community Action Society
816 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Iowa State House, Iowa State Senate, Iowa Governor

Mason's Law - Parent Equality in Iowa

On July 22, 2016 the city of Grimes & surrounding communities were rocked with the news of a two year old boy found dead with his unresponsive mother taken to the hospital. No one could fathom that Mason's mother had anything to do with it. It was learned through Dillon Wyckoff (Mason's father) that he had been trying to get Mason's mother help since they separated in the Fall of 2015. There was even a 911 call published where Dillon was pleading for help on the steps of the Dallas County Courthouse. He was trying to get a mental health commitment of Stephanie. She had threatened to drive herself & Mason off the Saylorville bridge. For over a year Dillon & his family tried desperately get Stephanie & Mason help. Because of outdated Iowa laws, his attempts were hit with brick walls. According the laws, because Dillon & Stephanie were not married at the time of Mason's birth, custody automatically went to the mother instead of determining who was more suitable. On July 22, 2016 Stephanie carried out a very well-calculated, well-planned, and well-thought out murder-suicide. It was to hurt Dillon & she succeeded. We need to put our children first in Iowa. We need to make sure that child custody is granted to the most suitable parent, not the default. We need to make sure that parents are co-parenting not using their children as pawns or possessions. We, the people of Iowa, need to make sure what happened to Mason doesn't happen to any other child. We need to give the police more authority to handle situations instead of making them "wait until something happens". We need to hold DHS accountable when they are called out, do nothing, and something does happen. We need to hold the courts and social workers accountable for follow through with patients that have a mental illnesses. We need to make sure that the people who are involved know the whole story not just one side. We need to make sure that we put our children first! We welcome and appreciate all signatures on this petition. If you are an Iowa resident please sign your name and address so we can find what district you live in and your Iowa Congressperson can identify you as their constituent. This will make a greater impact on our Legislators when we present the petition to them. Thank you and please sign this petition by Iowa Children and Family Coalition. Iowa Parents and Family Rights PetitionWe, the citizens of the state of Iowa, petition the Iowa State Legislators to uphold and defend our unalienable parental rights. In your oath of office it states: “I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Iowa, and that I will faithfully and impartially, to the best of my ability, discharge a ll the duties of the office”...Iowa Family Court Judges, Iowa DHS/CPS and its state employed case workers are removing Iowa children from their parents, with no proven grounds, at an alarming rate. The Family Courts and DHS are not following the laws, procedures and provisions carefully laid out in the Declaration of Independence, Iowa State Code and the 9th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. Due to these wrongful acts our Iowa children are being used as pawns. Children are torn from their parents arms, forced into foster care and/or abusive situations such as parental alienation. This is causing the fracturing of our Iowa families. It is placing a financial burden on the State of Iowa with large sums of money going for foster care/adoption payouts and clogs the Iowa Family Courts with parents fighting for their unalienable Godgiven parental rights.It is for State Legislators and candidates for that office to argue that the State has no power to interfere with parents' God­given authority over the rearing of their children, and to act accordingly. Both the Declaration of Independence and the Iowa Constitution similarly state: We hold these truths to be self­ evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. And The Constitution of the United States Amendment IX states: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. Amendment X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.We demand that the Iowa Legislators protect Iowa Parents and Family Rights by passing legislation to ensure the following, and we the registered voters of Iowa, will vote in future elections accordingly: Enforce Family Guardianship Proper CINA (Child in Need of Assistance) Make Parental Alienation a Punishable Crime Parents have Choice of Appointed Attorney Fines for Denial of Visitation No Immunity for Case Workers or Judges Training for case workers, attorneys and Judges Grandparents Rights (in terminated parental rights & incapacitation) Equal Parenting  

Jessica Ivins
675 supporters
De Soto, Iowa Outrageous Water Rates And Water Quality

Concerned Citizens of De Soto, I first want to thank you for reaching out to me and my office on this very important issue. I want to take this opportunity to update you on the immediate actions I have taken. I was able to meet this morning with the Public Works Director as well as the city's engineer. I believe and am hopeful the city will hold a special public forum. This would be an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns, as well as for the city to present what has happened in the past and what can be done to improve water quality moving forward. I would encourage all to attend this meeting if/when it occurs. Furthermore, I am reaching out to the Department of Natural Resources and other state agencies to ensure that the city is meeting all regulatory requirements. I will keep you updated as I receive additional information. Again, thank you for voicing your concerns! Sincerely, Sen. Jake Chapman

— Jake Chapman, State Senator
1 year ago