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Jerry Brown

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Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr. is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party who has served as the 39th Governor of California since 2011, having previously served as California's 34th Governor from 1975 to 1983.

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Petitioning California Governor

Release Jeanette Branham

Jeanette Branham was brutally abused by her second husband during their marriage. She was punched, kicked, slapped, raped, beaten, thrown into the walls and shoved down stairs, often suffering severe injuries including broken bones. She was unable to escape a man who put her life in constant danger. One day in 1987, her husband began beating her and threatening to kill her. He knocked her to the ground. The only way to get away from him alive was to fight back. Jeanette rolled under the bed and grabbed the gun that was kept there for household protection. At that moment, it was her life or his, and she chose hers. She took aim and shot him, with the purpose of wounding him enough that she could escape. While he was allowed to live out the rest of his days in peace, Jeanette was tried for attempted murder. 30 years ago,  battered women were not allowed to present evidence of the abuse they suffered when they were on trial. Her attorney and the Judge convinced her to plead guilty, telling her she would be released in 7 years. That was 25 years ago, and, at 76, she still sits in jail. The Parole Board has rightfully recognized that  Jeanette is suitable for parole, so now it is up to Governor Brown to determine whether or not she will be released. Please help me call on Governor Brown to uphold my friend Jeannette’s parole ruling and let her enjoy her remaining years free and in peace. I met Jeanette in prison while I was serving a sentence of 32 years to life for a crime I didn't commit. I have continued to support Jeanette after my exoneration and release because she is a decent, caring woman who paid her debt to society a long time ago. She deserves her freedom, and I am asking you to help us make that happen. Please sign my petition  asking Gov. Jerry Brown to uphold Jeannette’s parole ruling and set her free. Thank you for your support.

gloria killian
134,863 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Bill Walker, Asa Hutchinson, Jerry Brown, Nathan Deal, Rick Scott, David Ige, Butch Otter, Bruce Rauner, Mike Pence, Terry Branstad, Sam Brownback, Matt ...

Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

This is the year 2016. Isn’t it time women had equal rights in America? Will you join me by signing a petition compelling your lawmakers to vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment? “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The Equal Rights Amendment, first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that affirms that all citizens deserve equal rights under the law regardless of sex or gender. Seems self-evident, right? Do you think that women’s equal rights are guaranteed by our constitution? Sadly, they are not. The ERA never passed, leaving women’s rights up for interpretation. This imbalance has been demonstrated time and time again in the highest courts in the land, where women often lose even when clear bias is shown. Women’s rights are seemingly at the mercy of whoever is in office or on a judicial bench at any given time. Here is what one of our most influential Supreme Court justices said on the matter of sex discrimination: "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't."
—Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia While we in America may think that women are doing fine, the rest of the world does not. The United Nations has deemed the United States to be a country that does not adequately protect women’s human rights. The Equal Rights Amendment may seem unnecessary to some, but the truth is American women do not have explicit rights under The Constitution. There are dozens of areas where a lack of equal rights negatively affects women and the families they support. Here are just a few: • America is the only nation in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate.
 • 10,000 abused women are turned away from shelters daily, a total of 3.65 million denied requests per year. When looking specifically at the gender pay gap: There is a direct correlation between underpaying mothers and child hunger. It is estimated that half of the 33 million women and children living in poverty in the United States would not be if women were paid their full dollar. Is it any wonder that 1 in 5 children in America go hungry? Seventy-five percent of all African American children are being raised by full time working single mothers who are paid .60 cents on the dollar. Latinas earn .55 cents on the dollar, and white women make .78 cents compared to their white male counterparts. Our transgender sisters are faring even worse. They are four times as likely to have a household income under $10,000 and twice as likely to be unemployed. Over the course of her working life, an American woman will lose between $400,000 and two million dollars due to wage discrimination. The Equal Rights Amendment would provide an express constitutional basis to challenge sex-based discrimination. It would also ensure that laws and government actions that treat women differently are reviewed by the courts with the strictest of standards. With the upcoming 2016 election we need to intensify the conversation around women's issues and compel our lawmakers to protect the basic civil and human rights of American women by passing the ERA. It is time that we finally make this happen for ourselves, our daughters, and for the future of our nation. If even Supreme Court justices don’t believe the Constitution protects women from discrimination, let’s pass an amendment that will. Please join me along with Kamala Lopez, the director of the upcoming documentary “Equal Means Equal,” the ERA Coalition, and Noreen Farrell of Equal Rights Advocates, to sign this petition for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment #EqualMeansEqual —Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette with Equal Rights Advocates
126,592 supporters
Petitioning Governor Brown

Stop the Brutal Dog and Cat Meat Trade in Guangdong (Canton), China.

Governor Brown. Tell Sister State, Canton Province, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. California and China’s Guangdong Province are now official sister states. Yet the province is responsible for much of China’s horrendous dog and cat meat trade. It accounts for 40% of the dog meat trade and 70% of the cat meat trade in China.  That's about 4 million dogs and 2 million cats - many of them stolen pets! There are established laws in Guangdong against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.   Undercover investigators have gathered much first-hand evidence that dogs and cats are being stolen, transported long distances and brutally butchered in filthy slaughterhouses. Since many of the animals are captured through poisoning the meat is known to be toxic and is a public health hazard. Please inform Governor Zhu Xiaodan that California citizens and their friends insist that he issues an official document mandating that the following existing laws be enforced:  -- Local police and the Animal Husbandry Bureau must follow the official document issued by the Chinese Agricultural Department on April 22, 2013 that prohibits any trucks without the required certificates to transport live or dead dogs and cats into or out of Guandong Province. -- Restaurants that are serving dog and cat meat should be made to stop and pay fines for violations of Chinese food safety laws. (Chinese FDA law penal code 85 and Criminal Law Code 143). Uninspected meat cannot be sold to consumers under Chinese FDA law, Code 28.  -- The Trade and Industry Bureau must enforce commercial licensing laws and close illegal slaughterhouses and markets. We believe these demands are in line with the goal of sister states to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. International and Chinese media coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in Guangdong has stained China’s image and severely tarnished California’s sister state relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now. Thank you for taking swift action. From the Duo Duo  Project ( PS: Please also send Governor Brown a direct email if you can. It's very quick and simple.          

Duo Duo Project
110,706 supporters
Petitioning Jerry Brown, U.S. Congress

Congress: require veterinarians to give drug side effect information when prescribing anim

My dog was recently diagnosed with a health condition that required medication for treatment. His veterinarian prescribed an antibiotic, a steroid, and a drug to suppress his immune system. I received no written information about any of the medications. The vet told me my dog would experience increased thirst and urination. But I received no other information about potential medical side-effects. My dog had been taking his medications for two days when he suddenly leaped from the couch and attacked my 3-year-old son who was walking nearby. My son’s injuries required a trip to the emergency room and plastic surgery. He was emotionally traumatized by the attack. A friend later asked if my dog’s sudden aggression could be linked to any of the medication that I’d given him recently. That’s when the lightbulb went off in my head. I remembered that one of the drugs was a steroid -- Prednisone. I did some research and discovered that “sudden aggression” was a common side-effect. I was stunned. Had I been informed about this dangerous behavioral side-effect of the medication, I would have asked the veterinarian for an alternative. I also could’ve taken steps to keep the kids away from the dog while he was on the medication. What I didn’t know caused me to put my own family at risk. I believe that every pet owner should be fully informed of any potential side-effects or interactions of a medication on their pet. Please sign my petition and tell Congress to mandate FULL WRITTEN INFORMATION about pet medication to pet owners today.

Brandi Ryals
85,539 supporters
Petitioning California Governor

Do not repeal any provisions of the Hayden Law

The Hayden Law was passed in California in 1998 and provides the nation's most comprehensive laws to protect shelter animals. Governor Jerry Brown is considering a repeal of a number of provisions of the Hayden Law citing budget concerns. With the Hayden Law, California was at the forefront of animal shelter regulation and many states have been following that lead ever since. Some of the provisions that are subject to repeal would mean permanently reducing the required holding period for animals to 72 hours prior to euthanasia, eliminating the requirement to provide veterinary treatment for shelter animals, and eliminating the requirement to keep records for animals impounded by shelter personnel, which would only make it more difficult to locate lost animals or those available for adoption. The situation for shelter animals is bad enough now. Why ensure that it remains that way in the future as well? There is no justification, budgetary or otherwise, for making these changes permanent. The provisions in question have already been suspended since July 2009, and are currently not imposing additional costs on the state. California's homeless animals deserve better. Repeal of any of the provisions of the Hayden Law would be a giant step backward for the animals of California when other states are continuing forward with animal protection laws. Further information is available here: The bill is already being re-written and the Hayden Law provisions in question have been revised or stricken entirely:

Marla Tauscher
63,998 supporters
Petitioning Jerry Brown, California Governor

Reduce my son's unjust sentence

My son Jeremy Stewart has been given 70 years in prison for stealing. He was convicted of burglarizing two homes while the residents were out. There was no confrontation, no threats, and no violence. California has the toughest Three strikes law allowing life sentences for property theft. My son had two prior nonviolent offenses, the judge made the decision to enforce the law to the fullest. I have been fighting for a fairer punishment ever since. Under previous California law, Jeremy would have most likely been sentenced to about 12-15 years in prison. But because of California's 3 Strikes law, Jeremy received a harsher sentence than drug cartel hit men who had confessed to killing more than 20 people. They only got 25-years-to-life. Jeremy's poor decisions were made while he was dealing with a serious drug addiction and depression. He needed treatment and rehabilitation.This doesn't excuse his conduct and he knows he needs to face consequences for his actions. But 70 years to life with no good time credits allowed, means he won't be eligible for parole until he is 96. The cost, 5 million dollars to taxpayers. This is an unjust and  inhumane death sentence, all for nonviolent offense. Jeremy is not the only one being punished -- I am raising his two children in his absence. Every day, these innocent young children suffer emotionally missing their father. I struggle financially working to afford day care and their basic needs.This unjust sentence means his children will never be able share the same four walls as their father. He should have an opportunity to earn the right to return home to provide for his two young children, Heatherly and David, currently ages 5 and 6. Today Jeremy is serving his sentence at Centenila State Prison. He tutors other inmates, leads the Christian worship services and the Narcotics Anonymous group. He currently has a 4.0 GPA through Coastline College and will soon be graduating, just 4 more classes to go. He has been a model prisoner. Jeremy made a terrible mistake, but should a nonviolent crime put him behind bars for life?  A Petition for Clemency has been sent to Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown to exercise his discretion and reduce Jeremy's sentence. I am asking the Governor to reduce his sentence to 20 years. I humbly and respectfully request your support. Please sign my petition and stand by me and my family as we fight to give Jeremy the chance to come home one day. Thank you. Elizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth stewart
55,577 supporters
Petitioning Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Department of Water and Power, California Department of Health, California Division of Drinking Water

Emergency: Stop California from becoming the next Flint!

California's contaminated drinking water can no longer be ignored! Many regions are using ammonia in lieu of proper cleaning and filtration and/or are changing the chemical compounds used for treatment (the same chemicals used in Flint, Michigan) and residents throughout the state are getting physically sick! Los Angeles is just the latest example of area residents, including young children and pets, getting sick from the water supply.  "The City of Los Angeles (much like Flint, Michigan) switched its water source. Most of the City of Los Angeles water was from Sierra Nevada snow melt... from the Owens Valley. Now most of the water is from the Sacramento Delta... the change in water quality brought about drastic changes in treatment... changes that have begun to take its toll on the pipes throughout the city. Loaded with organics, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals... Rather then treat Los Angeles drinking water properly... removing the organics, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals... LADWP leaves most of them in the drinking water and masks the chemical reactions by adding ammonia to the drinking water." - Erin Brockovich, May 2016   The people of California call on Governor Jerry Brown, California Division of Drinking Water, Department of Water and Power and California Department of Health for our drinking water supply to be properly cleaned with the tax dollars we pay! Please do the right thing and clean up the drinking water supply for the people of this great state! We rely on YOU to protect us- please don't fail us!   (Photo Source: LA Sun Times) 

Ashley Chengerian
43,002 supporters
Petitioning California State House

Stop Breed Specific Legislation in California! (BSL)

Every year 1.2 million shelter dogs are euthanized, many of which because they were not adopted in a short enough amount of time. Of these 1.2 million dogs, 40% are American Pit Bull Terriers, more commonly known as Pit Bulls. Pit bulls were bred and raised as dogs to lure bears to fight for entertainment. After this kind of fighting was ruled inhumane in the early to mid 1800s, people began to pit dogs against dogs. Pit Bulls were great fighters because of their high pain tolerance. Dog fighting declined in popularity in the 1960s when it was made illegal in the US. However, a recent raise in a type of dog fighting called “street fighting” has led pit bulls to associated with violence and gangs. Because of street fighting, many Pit Bulls have been trained to be aggressive towards other dogs and people. This new generation of aggressive dogs have created a negative stereotype of Pit Bulls as aggressive and uncontrollable, which has led to the creation of Breed Specific Legislation or BSLs. These BSLs are laws directed toward specific breeds of dogs regarding public health and safety. Their power ranges from giving landlords the right to force their tenants at any time to give up their dog or refuse to allow them at all. In every state landlords have the right to refuse and discriminate against specific dog breeds. Because of these laws, many owners have been forced to give up their dogs, which led to a rise in the number of Pit Bulls in shelters. When these Pit Bulls are not adopted, they are killed. Increasing the number of Pit Bulls that are adopted and changing the BSLs would dramatically decrease the number of dogs euthanized every year. In California most of these laws force everyone living in the area where the laws are enforced to spay and neuter their dogs with few exceptions (in La Verne and Gonzalez, regulations are much stricter) . Why do we want to get rid of these laws? Isn't spaying and neutering a good thing? We believe in the spaying and neutering of animals, but the problem comes with target of these laws. These laws are targeted primarily at only Pit Bull type dogs. With these laws only targeted at Pit Bulls, they lead the public to believe there is something different and more dangerous about thus type of dog. However, the public has been misinformed. Pit Bulls are no more dangerous than any other type of dog. Yes, Pit Bulls are often involved in more attacks than other type of dog. But, this is, in fact, a people's problem. People have been training these dogs to fight, just due to their high pain tolerance, as mentioned earlier. Surprising to most people, the Pit Bull Terrier came in second for having the highest temperament (lowest aggression) right after labs in a study done by the ASPCA. There are also myths about the physical capabilities of the dog. One myth is about the "locking jaw mechanism" of the Pit Bull. However Dr. Howard Evans, Dr. Sandy DeLahunta and Dr. Katherine Houpt, all profound veterinarians in the Untied States, all agree that, "there is no anatomical structure that could be a locking mechanism in any dog." Still think Pit Bulls are dangerous? Dr. Brady Barr did a study of the bite pressure of many different animals. Included in his study were German Shepards, Rottweilers and the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT). The APBT came in last with the least amount of bite pressure compared to the other two dogs. Clearly, Pit Bulls aren't as dangerous as much of current society perceives them to be. With this false stereotype, Pit Bulls are less likely to get adopted from shelters and that is the reason why they make up such a huge percentage of the shelter dogs euthanized per year. In 2013, a petition like ours was signed by 30,000 people to end BSLs. The petition was presented to President Obama and he agreed that BSLs are a bad idea. However, nothing was done at a federal level to repeal all BSLs. We want to make a difference and get rid of these unjust laws that lead to the unnecessary euthanasia of millions of dogs. There are 17 cities and counties in the State of California with BSLs. So please, sign this petition to stop targeting Pit Bulls in California and repeal all California BSL laws! Thank you for signing our petition! Alexis Arlen Gianna Denman Athenian Class of 2018

The Pit Bull's Project
42,649 supporters
Petitioning Jerry Brown

Rodent poisons are decimating populations of mountain lions and bobcats

Poison bait boxes used in public spaces like restaurants, shopping centers, and schools are killing things other than rodents. The use of rodent poison moves up the food chain, spreads throughout the ecosystem, and decimates urban carnivore populations in open space areas locally, across the state of California, and even nationally. It impacts our families as well, approximately 10,000 children a year are accidentally exposed to mouse and rat baits. A rodent dying from rodenticide poisoning is easy prey and is quickly consumed by mountain lions, raptors, and other urban carnivores. The most common type of poison used is anticoagulant rodenticide, which causes uncontrollable internal bleeding and the animal suffers a slow and agonizing death. The weakened immune system produces extreme emaciation, dehydration, and mange that can take weeks to kill the animal.  There is no poison that does not present a risk to wildlife, pets, and humans.  At present, studies point to anticoagulant rodent poisons as being the most damaging to wildlife. Studies also show that rodenticides are a leading cause of death among carnivores. The statistics are alarming: The complete loss of bobcats from many open space areas in Conejo Valley, California are due to increased vulnerability to the deadly disease mange, caused by exposure to rodenticides; Of 104 mountain lions tested in California from 2005 to 2011, 79% contained rodenticides; 74% of 68 foxes sampled near Bakersfield, California were exposed to anticoagulant poisons. The subspecies tested is listed as Federal Endangered and California Threatened, primarily due to profound habitat loss and degradation throughout its range. The animals in the food chain consuming the poisoned rodents include – Golden Eagles, Great-horned Owls, Barn Owls, Hawks, Kestrels, Turkey Vultures, Black bears, Pigs, Fishers, Foxes, Badgers, Snakes, Skunks, Raccoons, Bobcats, Coyotes, Mountain Lions, among others. Protecting urban carnivores ensures a balanced ecosystem and keeps our open space areas in a healthier state due to top down forcing - limiting grazing and thus, preventing soil erosion and landslides.  There are simple and effective alternatives for rodent control without using rodenticides, such as stricter sanitary policies, keeping areas clean, implementing rodent exclusion and rodent proofing, and simply keeping trash bins tightly closed.  So simple, but it works. Local bans on the use of anticoagulant rodenticides already exist, such as in the County of Los Angeles. Many businesses, property owners, and cities have restricted the use, sales, and purchase of all rodenticides. With your support, we can make the prohibition of anticoagulant rodenticides a legislative priority and urge the state Legislature to ban anticoagulant rodenticides statewide.It would help protect rapidly diminishing wildlife populations. By signing the petition, you will let Governor Brown know that the time to ban anticoagulant rodenticides is now. Photo courtesy of Poison Free Malibu.

Grace Lee
38,948 supporters
Petitioning California Fish and Game Commission

Support Ban on Bobcat Trapping in California

We have a unique opportunity to ban bobcat trapping in California but time is of the essence ~ We need YOUR help to make this happen!  Background: In 2013 California Governor Jerry Brown passed the Bobcat Protection Act which requires the California Fish and Game Commission to amend its regulations to prohibit trapping bobcats "within, and adjacent to, the boundaries of a national or state park, monument or preserve, national wildlife refuge, and any other public or private conservation area identified by the commission for protection.” The original bill would have banned bobcat trapping statewide but because of pressure from the trapping lobby, the bill was weakened. Thankfully, Fish and Game Commissioner Richard Rogers requested that a complete ban on bobcat trapping be considered and vetted through the administrative rules process.  You have the opportunity to weigh in on this important issue NOW! The Commission is currently accepting public comment and will make a final vote on the issue on August 5th, 2015 at their meeting in Fortuna, CA.   Please sign this petition and urge the Commission to support Option 2, which would ban bobcat trapping statewide. After signing, please share this petition widely with friends, family and colleagues.  For more information about this issue, see our action alert, read this article in SFGate and watch our video coverage of the three CA Fish & Game Commission meetings in which testimony regarding the issue was heard: Van Nuys, CA on December 3rd, in Santa Rosa, CA on April 9th, and in Mammoth Lakes, CA on June 11th. Sign up for Project Coyote’s E-Team to stay apprised of this and other related issues. Together we can ban bobcat trapping in California!  Thank you!

Project Coyote
29,385 supporters