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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
134,772 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
127,838 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 (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          

Duo Duo Project
117,075 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Jerry Brown

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.

Animal Abuse Investigations
94,920 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
85,750 supporters
Petitioning Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Thad Altman, Rick Scott, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas State House, John McCain, Ar...

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 or have no laws on the books.  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 statute 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 practice 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]  

Fara D
79,821 supporters
Petitioning Jerry Brown, California State Senate, California State House

Reduce Sentences for Prisoners Fighting California Fires.

As fires ripped through Northern California burning down over 8,000 homes and other buildings, and killing over 40 people, 1,700 of those fighting fires on the front lines have been California state prisoners. In fact, 30% of California’s forest firefighters, nearly 4,000, are prisoners. While it’s a long standing practice for prisoners to work while incarcerated as a form of rehabilitation, we would be better served by rewarding prisoners who have demonstrated exceptional conduct in prison with a sentence reduction. I was a first time nonviolent drug offender who served 9 years of a 24 year sentence before President Clinton granted me clemency. I can think of no group that deserves a second chance more than those who, serving time for minor crimes, choose to risk their lives to save others by fighting fires.  In February 2016, 22-year-old Shawna Lynn Jones, was killed when she was struck in the head by a falling rock while fighting fires in Malibu. She was serving time for violating probation for a drug offense and was scheduled to be released just two months later. Over the last year, at least two other prisoners have died while performing firefighting duty. One man was crushed by a tree, another accidentally cut a femoral artery with a chainsaw.   Prisoners earn approximately $2 a day, or up to $1 an hour if fighting an active fire, through a program with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. There are 43 conservation camps in California where adult offenders work. These prisoners are screened and anyone with violent tendencies or attitude problems is not allowed into the program. Around 30 to 40 percent work 24-hour shifts, then get 24 hours of rest. At most, prisoners can earn up to two days off for each day they’re in the conservation camps. This program is estimated to save the state $124 million a year, amounting to 3 million hours of labor to fight or prevent fires. We can do better for people who clearly pose no threat to society. Please sign my petition asking California Governor Jerry Brown to exercise his clemency privilege toward prisoners who have risked life and limb to save the homes and lives of countless California citizens, animals, and hundreds of thousand of acres of forestry.   Thank you, Amy PovahCAN-DO Foundation  

Amy Povah, CAN-DO Foundation
66,057 supporters
Victory
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: 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

Marla Tauscher
63,937 supporters
Petitioning 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
55,597 supporters
Petitioning Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, Maxine Waters, David Valadao, Kevin McCarthy, Andy Vidak, Karen Goh, Bakersfield Police Department, Lisa Green

Justice for 19 yr old girl beaten by police and maliciously attacked by K9 police dog.

Tatyana Hargrove is a 19 yr old girl who was beaten by Bakersfield police and maliciously attacked by a K9 police dog while riding her bike home. The reason? Police say they mistook her for an adult male suspect but throughout the encounter, Tatyana was never told why she was being arrested. “After they beat me and threw me in the cop car, that’s when they told me,” she said. Tatyana stopped for a moment while riding her bike when  she saw three police cars and an officer pointing a gun at here. Police asked if she was just a grocery store where earlier that day police received a report of a man with a machete who attempted to stab an employee. They were looking for a 30-year-old black male nearly 6 feet tall with shaved head and goatee and weighing 160lbs. Tatyana is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and only weighs 120 pounds.  When Tatyana said she wasn’t at the grocery store, the police demanded to see her backpack: “I looked behind me and it was a big K-9 dog,” she said. “I then got scared and then I was like ‘Here just take the backpack.’” Tatyana says one officer then grabbed her wrist and neck and punched her in the mouth. “He then threw me onto the ground and then that’s when the K-9 came and started eating at my leg.”  One officer put his knees on her back. Over and over she yelled “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.” It wasn’t long before officers realized they had the wrong person but by then Tatyana had been punched, shoved, and severely bitten by a dog. She was taken to a hospital where she called her father who was told by an officer “it was mistaken identity.”  We’re calling for immediate action to be taken to help find justice for Tatyana:  1. BPD To Put Officers On Administrative Leave Immediately2. The D.A. to File Charges Against The Officers3. City Council To Adopt An Effective Community Police Oversight Committee4. City Council To Approve The Budget For Body Cameras5. FBI & US. Attorney Office To File Charges Against The Officers under Title 18 U.S. Code § 242 - Deprivation of rights under color of law 6. Attorney General To Include This Pattern Of Behavior In Their Investigation7. Falsified Charges To Be Dismissed  Please sign this petition and watch video of Tatyana explaining what happened and also support her GoFundMe page. 

NAACP Bakersfield
51,238 supporters