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.
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.
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.
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
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 (www.duoduoproject.org) PS: Please also send Governor Brown a direct email if you can. It's very quick and simple. https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php
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.
Please Sign No Puppy Mill Pets in Stores: AB485
California could become the first state in the world to end the sales of dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores unless procured from a registered shelter or rescue. And you can help make that happen!We created this petition with our partners, Puppy Mill Free US, to contact Governor Brown now, so he is aware of the huge number of supporters for AB-485 well before it reaches his desk.Every signature goes directly to the Governor's office. Governor Brown has done some good things for wildlife recently, BUT he is known for capricious and sometimes contrary positions. We do not know his position on this bill. He has, in a number of issues over his long years, not always been on the side of ending animal suffering. We fully expect him to sign this bill promptly, but we simply do not know which way he will go. Please SIGN, SHARE AND GIVE IF YOU CAN to change.org—no matter how little—to promote this petition to those who most want to sign. Help get our numbers over 100,000 ASAP.HISTORYA similar bill was passed by CA House and Senate 8 years ago, which Governor Schwarzenegger promptly vetoed. The Guvenator has since found a new determination in protecting animals through his friend, director James Cameron, a vegan advocate who is producing a documentary, The Game Changers, in which Arnie is likely to appear as "the documentary will introduce "the world to elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons, and everyday heroes--each on a mission to create a seismic shift in the way we eat and live."We're fairly sure Arnie would sign this bill this time around, but Governor Brown... we just don't know. Help us help him make the decision to change the world.
Outlaw hog vs. dog hunting/fighting in the wild
Goal: To outlaw the cruel and inhumane practice of using dogs to hunt wild boar in Florida, as well as in the 31 others states it's currently legal. Florida (as well as other states) has a wild boar problem. Hogs are numerous, omnivorous and have no natural predators, making them one of the largest nuisance pests in the state. There are many humane options for dealing with the pigs, which do not need to involve brutally killing the pigs or putting domesticated dogs in harm’s way. However, despite the existence of alternatives, Florida and other states have exempted the use of "bait-dogs" in boar hunting. This practice is incredibly dangerous and very inhumane for the dogs and boars involved. Each of the 32 states that allow this practice laws differ, but Florida animal cruelty statutes states: FLORIDA ANIMALS: CRUELTY; SALES; ANIMAL ENTERPRISE PROTECTION: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0800-0899/0828/Sections/0828.122.html 828.122 Fighting or baiting animals; offenses; penalties.—(1) This act may be cited as “The Animal Fighting Act.”(2) As used in this section, the term:(a) “Animal fighting” means fighting between roosters or other birds or between dogs, bears, or other animals.(b) “Baiting” means to attack with violence, to provoke, or to harass an animal with one or more animals for the purpose of training an animal for, or to cause an animal to engage in, fights with or among other animals. In addition, “baiting” means the use of live animals in the training of racing greyhounds.(c) “Person” means every natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation.(3) Any person who knowingly commits any of the following acts commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084:Baiting, breeding, training, transporting, selling, owning, possessing, or using any wild or domestic animal for the purpose of animal fighting or baiting; (9) This section shall not apply to:.....(e) Any person using dogs to hunt wild hogs or to retrieve domestic hogs pursuant to customary hunting or agricultural practices." The exception (e) makes NO logical sense, because dogs are trained to "hunt" by chasing, cornering, attacking and fighting. So, why is it illegal to cause a dog to fight another dog, or a pig in an enclosure, but it is legal to use dogs to chase and viciously attack pigs while being trained and in the wild? Boar hunting with dogs is exactly what it sounds like: dogs trained to track and attack. They are taken out into the country, or wherever wild hogs are plentiful, and set loose to sniff out hogs. Once a hog is found the dogs will chase it down, corner, bay and attack it, usually leaving it badly injured, but normally still alive. Hunters (when they catch up) will kill the pig, usually by "sticking," which is a prolonged death vs. the use of a proper gun. Wild hogs are incredibly difficult to kill and will put up a fight until the end. Many dogs involved are wounded by tusks, bitten, trampled and sometimes killed. This is basically animal fighting, in the wild. Putting dogs in such a dangerous situation is inhumane and should not be legal. PETITION LETTER: Wild boars are a major problem in Florida and in other states. The species has no natural predators, is omnivorous and repopulates very quickly: it is because of these traits that wild boars are a force hard to reckon with. There are many control methods used, some of them very inhumane. Currently it is legal for dogs to be used in wild hog hunting: this is extremely dangerous for the dogs involved and leads to inappropriate practices elsewhere. Dogs involved in hunting are likely to be seriously injured by the hogs. Dogs get trampled, bitten, pierced by tusks and may be infected with diseases that pigs carry. The hogs are frightened, outnumbered and suffer a painful death. I urge you to propose a ban on hunting wild pigs with dogs in order to put a stop to these inappropriate behaviors. Please consider other methods of wild pig population control, such as designating land for hogs to be displaced to, and controlling breeding of the species. Allowing dogs to hunt them is inhumane and unnecessary. Sincerely, [Your Name Here]
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: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/14/4186863/jerry-browns-budget-plan-would.html The bill is already being re-written and the Hayden Law provisions in question have been revised or stricken entirely: http://www.dof.ca.gov/budgeting/trailer_bill_language/corrections_and_general_government/documents/%5b301%5d%20Repeal%20Make%20Permissive%20Specified%20Mandates.pdf
Tell Sister State, South Korea and Jeju Province of South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.
Governor Brown. Tell Sister State, South Korea and Jeju Province of South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. California became sister state of South Korea in 1987 and Jeju Province of South Korea in 2005. Yet South Korea is responsible for the horrendous dog and cat meat trade. An estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered and eaten as “health food” each year in South Korea. There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q Please inform President Moon Jae-In and Governor Hee-Ryong Won that California citizens and their friends insist that they issue an official document mandating that the following existing laws be enforced: Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act, Article 2, Item 1 which governs the raising, slaughter and disposal of livestock and the processing, distribution and inspection of livestock products, does not categorize dogs as livestock that can be processed as food. Therefore this makes the dog meat industry technically illegal. Food Sanitation Act, Article 7, Clause 1, Korean Food Standards Codex specified by the Food and Drug Administration, does not include dogs in the list of raw materials that can be processed and cooked as food, therefore making raising and slaughtering dogs for consumption illegal. Animal Protection Act: ARTICLE 3. BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR PROTECTION OF ANIMALS Each person shall endeavor to observe the following principles in raising, caring for, or protecting an animal: 1. Each person shall ensure that an animal maintains its natural behavior and original physical shape to live an ordinary life; 2. Each person shall ensure that an animal does not suffer from thirst, hunger, or malnutrition; Each person shall ensure that an animal is free to express normal behavior without experiencing discomfort; 4. Each person shall ensure that an animal is free from pain, injury, and disease; 5. Each person shall ensure that an animal is free from fear and distress. ARTICLE 8. PROHIBITION OF ANIMAL ABUSE ① No one shall commit the following acts toward animals: 1. Act of killing by brutal methods, such as hanging 2. Act of Killing in public or in another animal’s presence ③ No one shall commit the following acts toward abandoned or abused animals: 1. Act of capture and sell or kill. 2. Act of trade or purchase knowing that the animals are abandoned or abused. ARTICLE 9. ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION ① Anyone transporting an animal that has been selected by decree from the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries must make an effort to abide by the following: 1. Ensure that the animals are properly fed, watered and drive carefully so that animals are not shocked or harmed from sudden departures or stops. 2. The vehicle used for transportation must be built to prevent any harm during transportation and to minimize any pain due to poor ventilation or sudden changes in temperature, etc. 4. Avoid any possible injuries while moving an animal and minimize any pain or discomfort, such as sudden changes in body temperature or difficulty in breathing. ARTICLE 46. PUNISHMENT ① Anyone who violates Article 8, Clause 1 through 3 shall be punished with up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD). Ministry of Environment's Conservation of Water Quality and Ecosystem Act, Article 15 Clause 1 Item 2 and Article 78 Item 3, the act of discharging excrements, livestock wastewater, animal carcass, waste materials or sludge into public water is punishable by up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD). Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses are only authorized to slaughter animals they are registered to handle. No slaughterhouse is registered to slaughter dogs because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law. 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 Korean media coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained South Korea’s image and severely tarnished California’s sister state relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now. Thank you for taking swift action. PS: Please also send Governor Brown a direct email if you can. It's very quick and simple. https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php http://koreandogs.org/
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!
Stop the taxation of necessary feminine hygiene products (Tampons, pads, menstrual cups)
Did you know that in California, pads and tampons are taxed because they are not deemed “necessities” by state law? Other items like food, are excluded from sales tax, because they are necessary for most people to live comfortably. But people who have periods know that menstrual products are absolutely necessary. That’s why we are asking that California stop taxing tampons and pads. Will you sign our petition and join us? In California, women and people with periods are forced to pay a sales tax for these totally necessary products. This is a problem, because women are more likely than men to live under the poverty line. Especially for households with multiple women/people with periods, those who live under the poverty line, and those with heavier flow for menstrual cycles (and those who have periods multiple times a month), paying an additional tax on top of already mounting costs for tampons, pads, and menstrual cups becomes burdensome. Half of the population should not be financially penalized for something that occurs naturally in the human body. Already, campaigns like this one have pushed Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Minnesota, Maryland and the whole country of Canada to exempt tampons and pads from sales tax. California has a history of stepping up against sexism: in 1995 it was one of the first states to pass a bill that prohibited business establishments from basing the price of services and products on a person’s gender. Now it’s time that our state’s tax laws did the same. Luckily, some of our lawmakers agree with us. Partially inspired by our petition, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia has introduced a bill that would remove this sales tax – and we need to help her build pressure to pass it! Sign our petition and ask Governor Brown to stop the “pink tax” in California and exempt tampons and pads from sales tax.