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Jim Costa

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U.S. Representative for California's 16th congressional district


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Petitioning Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier...

Speak up for California Salmon! No to Senate & House Bills 2533 & 2898

We are asking you to take a moment to help us address a critical issue, Water! The current water bills (link to bill 2533 here and bill 2898 here) introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao in the Senate and House will be up for consideration in Congress before the end of the year. These bills weaken protections for salmon in order to pump more water from the Delta in Northern California for use primarily for big ag in the San Joaquin Valley. Water is a public resource, and therefore should include all constituents. These bills dramatically weaken or completely eliminate consideration of water for the environment, specifically for wild California salmon, which need cold water released at certain times of the year to spawn, rear and migrate to the ocean. They would also promote new taxpayer subsidized and salmon killing dams.   We understand that ag needs water. So do salmon! Sacrificing the environment, salmon and the multi-billion dollar fishing industry to move more water is a dangerous and biased approach. We need a long-term solution for the drought which reflects the needs of all constituents, human as well as wildlife. We know how do to this. More conservation groundwater clean up and management, water recycling and capturing urban stormwater can provide plenty of additional water for cities and agriculture. And restoring habitat and ensuring adequate flows can help restore salmon and the environment.   We are asking for your help, because to risk the health and future viability of wild salmon runs in California due to poor legislation is inexcusable. Speak up for Salmon! 

Farmers, Fishers & Friends of Salmon
11,780 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senate, Delaware State House, Delaware State Senate, John Carney, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Massachusetts State House, Michael Capuano, Jim McGovern, Niki Tsongas...

Adverse effect of GOP tax bill on Graduate students in the US

Graduate students in the US are already living at the survival line. They are working hard to push forward the frontiers of science in all directions and trying to make a better tomorrow than today. Their disposable income is barely reaches 20k per year ( stipend for being TA or RA) and this money goes all to their consumption needs with almost nothing left to save. The new GOP tax bill is going to make the tuition waiver taxable which is estimated to cost each graduate student about $2000 a year and this will push most of the graduate students even lower the survival level. As a result, they should cut down their daily expenses to get along with the new budget and this means they will buy and consume less necessary stuff. On the other side, local businesses will suffer as well because students will spend less money in local restaurants, bars, games and etc. In all, this bill is going to put more financial pressure on graduate students and also hurt local businesses across the US. Please sign and share this petition to support all graduate students in the US and also opposing this unfair tax bill.

Kaveh Dlv
8,441 supporters
Petitioning Diane Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Jim Patterson, Jim Costa, Devin Nunes, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, T. Montgomery Mason, Rob Wittman, Scott Taylor, Terry McAuliffe, Jerry Brown...

Responsibilities Required From Social Media Regarding Military Romance Scamming

THE CAUSE: Military Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired  or are deceased. The scammers are aware how highly Americans think and feel for their military and they use this to pull at the heart strings of vulnerable men and women. Working with a retired Colonel from the United States Army whose pictures, name and child have been used in the scammers story, I have come to realize just what an epidemic this is. Unfortunately, many of the victims are afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed to come forward. Many just want to forget about the scam and move on with their lives. That is why I bring this petition to you. Due to the overwhelming numbers of fraudulent accounts throughout social media and the unidentified number of victims, we need to be the voice.  Social Media has a great amount of power, and with power comes an abundance of responsibility. THE BATTLE:  Because of the majority of military romance scammers residing in other countries, the United States has very little jurisdiction over these criminals, therefore we must work from where and what we know, and that is through the United States and our legislative system. We are looking to encourage social media sites to provide more public service announcements by way of television, movie theater ads, magazines, radio, etc. and provide additional man power to their fraudulent account tracking system as well as upgrading their security system to recognize these duplicated accounts that are recreated literally moments to hours after being deleted. Facial recognition does not solve all problems, especially when these scammers are using generic pictures (flowers, hearts etc.) on their profiles and cyber security is unable to recognize this discrepancy. PERSONAL NOTE: I am a very proud daughter to a mother who served in our Navy, and brother and father who served in our Army. I also have multiple cousins, aunts and uncles who have served and the thought of our military being abused and disrespected is appalling! My mothers friend fell victim to a scammer using the pictures of the Colonel I am currently working with, thus being the reason I have become so involved. I, like many others, had no idea what an epidimic this has become and what little is being done. Social Media needs to take on more responsibility for this breeding ground than they already have, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of our security, and Military whose job is to protect us. What security is social media providing them? Obviously, not the right kind. Scammers are the cancer to the social media world and it's time our companies and legislature took a stand and initiative to help prevent such illness within our military community and every day victims. 

Kathy Waters
1,891 supporters
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Petitioning Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)

Save Voice of America Radio to Tibet

National Public Radio (NPR) reported that “The [Buddhist] monks [in Tibet] listen secretly to Voice of America’s Tibetan service news every night, despite feeling almost physical pain at the bleak news.” Ignoring the suffering of the Tibetan people under the Chinese communist rule and desperate self-immolations of Tibetan monks to shock the conscience of the world, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a U.S. Federal agency which operates the Voice of America (VOA), wants to end VOA radio broadcasts to Tibet. Don't let the Broadcasting Board of Governors deny uncensored Voice of America news and hope to the Tibetan people while BBG executives divert U.S. taxpayers' money to create new high-level bureaucratic positions, pay themselves bonuses and sign a $50 million multi-year contract with the Gallup Organization. As U.S. taxpayers, you fund and support the Voice of America. Demand that your money be used to bring uncensored American news to the suffering people of Tibet, China and other countries without free media rather than being spent on the salaries of government officials at the Broadcasting Board of Governors.   The folowing letter will be sent to Members of Congress:   Open Letter to Members of House Appropriations Committee Dear Members of Congress: This letter is to request your strong support to restore the funding in the FY2013 Budget for Voice of America (VOA) radio and television broadcasting to China and Tibet. We adamantly object to the proposal by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which manages the Voice of America, and their plans to eliminate the VOA Tibetan Radio Service, the entire VOA Cantonese Service, as well as eliminating more than 200 positions and reducing information coverage in Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Cuba, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Russian Federation, Turkey and Vietnam. The Voice of America English and Spanish services are also threatened with severe cuts in broadcast operations and staff. The Caucasus region, including Chechnya, and Central Asia are likewise targeted by the BBG’s plan for unprecedented program cuts and reductions. This egregious effort to disappropriate funding from VOA will effectively undermine the purpose of several Congressional mandates, including Public Law 94-340. The Voice of America has a mandate to inform the people in China who speak Cantonese by providing them with news broadcasts that promote freedom and democracy.  There are more than 70 million people in China who speak Cantonese, including in the critical economic hubs of Hong Kong as well as Quangdong province and this effort to deny VOA broadcasts to them in Cantonese will isolate them from uncensored information. This campaign against the Voice of America – during PRC Vice President Xi Jinping’s week-long visit to the United States – is nothing less than another attempt to concede that, little by little, the Broadcasting Board of Governors will dismantle America’s commitment to broadcast news on behalf of the United States not only to China but to other strategic areas of the world. The VOA Tibetan Service was created by an Act of Congress, Public Law 101-246, sponsored by Rep. Dante B. Fascell and signed into law on February 16, 1990, “to provide Voice of America Tibetan language programming to the people of Tibet.” Less than one year ago, the Voice of America was celebrating the importance of Tibetan radio broadcasts, marking the 20th anniversary of the first VOA Tibetan radio program. This campaign against Voice of America also comes during the detention of hundreds of Tibetans into Laogai (re-education through labor camps) upon their return from India after attending teaching sessions overseen by the Dalai Lama.  It comes while Tibetan Buddhist Monks are sacrificing themselves as human torches to shock the conscience of the world as the only way to dispel darkness and ignorance. It comes during the PRC’s ongoing crackdown on Roman Catholics, Evangelical Christians, Uyghur Muslims, Falun Gong practitioners, and all prisoners of conscience in China.  It comes one week after the PRC sentenced Zhu Yufu to seven years in prison for writing a poem. This effort to reduce Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and TV Marti and broadcasting to the Middle East also comes during a time when the Broadcasting Board of Governors has entered into a $50 million dollar multi-year contract with the Gallup Organization. It is doubtful that Gallup or any company can successfully conduct a reliable audience research about Voice of America and other US Government-funded broadcasts into countries like China, Russia, Iran and Cuba.  People are too afraid to even admit that they know what these broadcasts are, much less tell a stranger that they are consumers of these news and information programs, which their governments tell them are dangerous and designed to destroy their nations. What these broadcasts in fact provide is uncensored news and hope. And yet the Broadcasting Board of Governors, known for its lack of transparency and the poorest record of management among all federal agencies, again plans to divert valuable resources away from programs serving information needs of the most oppressed into unproductive operations and bureaucratic positions, while also eliminating jobs of journalists who specialize in human rights reporting. We urge you to require that the FY 2013 Budget funding for the Voice of America’s Cantonese Service and the Tibetan Radio Service be restored, and to undo the proposed cuts in other news and information services so that Voice of America can continue to fulfill its mandate to provide an accurate, balanced and comprehensive view of significant American thought and institutions and to clearly present the policies of the United States to the people of China, Tibet and other news-restricted nations. Respectfully, Harry Wu, Laogai Research FoundationAnn Noonan, Committee for U.S. International BroadcastingTed Lipien, Committee for U.S. International BroadcastingJing Zhang, Women’s Rights in ChinaRobert Reilly, Senior Fellow for Strategic Communication at the American Foreign Policy CouncilTimothy Shamble, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1812Marie Ciliberti, retired Voice of America writer, producer and broadcaster for programs directed to the former Soviet UnionManny Papir, International Human Rights CampaignerRobert A. Senser, Human Rights for WorkersJustin Yu, The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New YorkAnn Lau, Visual Artists GuildGanden Thurman, Tibet House U.S.Gary Marco, Alexandria, VAJeremy Taylor, Free Burma AllianceReggie Littlejohn, Women’s Rights Without FrontiersNew York State Senator Reverend Ruben DiazKarl Altau, Managing Director, Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC)John Lenczowski, The Institute of World Politics

Ted Lipien
894 supporters
Petitioning California State Senate, California State House, Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Cook, Melissa Melendez, Maxine Waters, Darrell Issa, Lucille Roybal...

Stop Chemtrails Above SoCal Orange County

Chemical trails have taken over SoCal Orange County's skies. We no longer see clear blue skies or real clouds... When you look up you can see a haze of smog and other pollutants. This needs to stop! Heavy metal ingestion and aerosol pollution has been linked to Alzheimer's, cancer, respiratory problems, adrenal disorders, fetal deformities in pregnant women, allergies and many more illnesses and diseases. This HAS GOT TO STOP!!!! As law abiding tax paying citizens and as humans, it is our natural born right to have access to clean air and water. This is not only polluting our air but it's heavily contaminating our waterways! Please sign this petition to stop the daily poisoning of men, women, and children of Orange County!

Darya Einollahi
692 supporters
Petitioning Roy Beck, Jim Robb, Lamar Alexander, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Michael Bennett, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, Cory Booker, John Boozman, Sherrod Brown, Richard Burr, Maria Cantwell, SHELLEY MO...

#SAVEH2B: GET THE FACTS & STOP THE LIES!

Stop The Lies and Get The Facts!   The H-2B Program Creates American Jobs • The H-2B program is essential for small and seasonal businesses that are committed to hiring a legal workforce but areunable to fill seasonal jobs with American workers despite extensive recruitment efforts. Seasonal industries that use theH-2B program include seafood processing, horse training, hospitality and amusement parks, forestry, landscaping,circuses, carnivals, food concessionaires, swimming pool maintenance, construction and stone quarries. • The H-2B program is important to workers. For H-2B workers, the program provides well-paying seasonal jobs that allowthem to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries. This program is also importantfor American workers whose year round positions are reliant upon seasonal laborers during peak seasons.• Every H-2B worker is estimated to create and sustain 4.64 American jobs.   The H-2B Visa nonimmigrant program allows employers to hire foreign workers to come to the United States and perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis. H-2B workers are not considered immigrants. In order to qualify for an H-2B Visa, an employer must prove that there are not sufficient U.S. Workers who are capable of performing temporary services or labor.     MYTH: H-2B WORKERS TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICANS.FACT: American workers are guaranteed first chance at every job later filled by an H-2B temporary laborer. By law, every open position must be properly advertised in the community and requires employers to hire any able and willing American workers to fill open positions. The fact is that H-2B temporary workers actually support American jobs and the U.S. economy. The H-2B program provides an opportunity for seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity, thereby retaining their full-time American workers and contributing more to their local economies. Additionally, temporary foreign seasonal workers help support many upstream and downstream jobs. According to the American Enterprise Institute study on Immigration and American Jobs, every H-2B worker creates or sustains 4.64 American jobs on average. MYTH: EMPLOYERS DON’T EVEN TRY TO HIRE AMERICAN WORKERS TO FILL THESE TEMPORARY HARD LABOR JOBS.FACT: Employers work extremely hard to hire American workers because 1) it is dramatically cheaper to do so, and 2) the law requires that employers demonstrate that every effort has been made to hire Americans before they can start the process of trying to hire a temporary foreign laborer. Again, the fact is that the vast majority of American workers are not interested in temporary seasonal manual labor jobs. Geography is a big obstacle for many employers; for example, many resort communities don’t have a sufficient local labor pool. And, in many cases, these types of seasonal jobs may not be appropriate for high school students due to the hours or labor laws that prohibit the use of heavy machinery by minors. MYTH: PAYING HIGHER WAGES WILL ENTICE AMERICAN WORKERS AND SOLVE THE SEASONAL TEMPORARY LABOR SHORTAGE.FACT: Hourly pay for these types of jobs have gone up significantly over the last few years because employers who use the H-2B program are required to pay their H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premiumwage dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. These temporary manual labor jobs often pay considerably more than the minimum wage, but American workers still won’t take the positions. Sadly, in many cases, employers who obey the law and use the H-2B program are often competing against businesses that choose to illegally hire undocumented immigrants and pay those workers considerably less. If wages were raised even higher, seasonal employers who use the program would not be able to sustain their businesses or their American workers. MYTH: THE H-2B PROGRAM REPRESSES WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS BY PROVIDING A CHEAPER LABOR SOURCE.FACT: Hiring H-2B workers is a much move expensive and risky option. In addition to the fact employers are required to pay H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premium wage that is often well above the federal minimum wage, complying with the H-2B program is extremely costly, complicated and wrought with uncertainty due to an overly restrictive cap and a constantly changing regulatory environment. Employers turn to the H-2B program as a last resort, after extensive efforts to recruit American workers. MYTH: H-2B WORKERS OVERSTAY THEIR VISAS AND EXACERBATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA.FACT: According the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visa overstay in the H-2B program are rare. Workers who do overstay their visas are barred from using the program ever again. The fact is that the vast majority of H-2B workers and their employers are meticulous about compliance. Not following the strict program rules means the end of a well-paying seasonal jobs that allows these workers to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries – a risk these workers are not willing to take since they generally return to the same employer year after year. Additionally, when approving H-2B visas, the U.S. Consulate confirms workers’ ties to their home countries. Further, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires employers to promptly report any H-2B workers who do not report for work or who complete their work earlier in the season than anticipated. MYTH: THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION IS UNNECESSARY.FACT: The H-2B program’s annual 66,000 cap (33,000 for each half of the fiscal year) is not adequate to meet the demands of a growing economy. The cap for the first half of the fiscal 2016 was reached on March 15. The second-half cap was reached on May 12, leaving many seasonal employers shut out of the program with no access to legal seasonal laborers. Without the returning worker exemption passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by the President of December 18, 2015, many companies would have had to close their businesses, lay off American workers or turn away customers.This provision is essential to the survival of small and seasonal businesses across the country and should be made permanent. An H-2B returning worker exemption is a narrow solution to a seasonal workforce shortage that focuses on workers who are valuable to their seasonal employers and who have never violate the terms of their past visas or other U.S. laws. These workers do not pose a security risk and they are not taking away jobs from Americans. The H-2B returning worker exemption in the omnibus appropriations bills simply provides that if an H-2B worker has been counted against the cap in one of the three prior years, that worker can return to work in the H-2B program in the current year without being counted against this year's cap. For more information please visit: https://www.SaveH2b.orghttps://www.facebook.com/SaveH2B/https://twitter.com/SaveH_2B https://youtu.be/UTYVEirlu3o   To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B.

SAVE H-2B
580 supporters
Petitioning Mike Thompson, Bill Dodd, California State House, U.S. House of Representatives, California State Senate, U.S. Senate, United States Supreme Court, President of the United States, Jerry Brown, Barb...

PARENTS SHOULD NOT BE DENIED THEIR PARENTAL RIGHTS

What needs to happen and it needs to happen now, is to force CPS to follow the law properly. This may not be a remedy for all the families that have already been harmed, but it does provide a remedy to all families in the future from being victims of the unlawful policy and procedure practices of CPS. CPS is guilty and should be held accountable for denying parents due process, denying parents of their parental rights, denying parents and their children of their constitutional rights, denying children of having the right to familial relations, withholding the information as to how to properly defend themselves in a court of law, discrimination, and premeditated conspiracy to commit a crime. They should be ordered by the court to immediately cease their current use of their unlawful policies and procedures in their departments and to follow the legal policies and procedures that do not infringe on the rights of others and give parents a legal recourse of action in order to defend themselves in a court of law. I've been researching the judicial process and the policies governing the process in order to find what the proper recourse parents have when they have been falsely accused and their children taken by CPS since 2005 and I have finally found the answers I have been looking for. The answers should have been known by multiple departments of the judicial system as well as CPS. One would think that if this information should have been known then it would be a fairly easy thing to find out right? Wrong! It's taken me many years to uncover the information I was looking for that my Public Defender and CPS should have known and informed me of. Parents would have known this information if CPS had included with the petition served to the parents the proper forms for the parent to file a response to the petition with the courts. Oh, but that's right, parents don't get to meet their public defenders till the day of court and here recently the policy is to hand the parents a copy of the petition as they walk into the courtroom instead of mailing it 24 hours prior to the court hearing which is required by law! It's part of the policy to include a response form for the other party to respond to any petition filed with the courts in order for them to be able to defend themselves against false accusations. This is part of the policies and procedures that CPS is ignoring. Now why wouldn't CPS want a parent to be able to file a response with the court to try and defend themselves? Seeing how it is only in the 1st court hearing where the Prima Facie evidence can be disputed, the parent never being informed of the fact that they can file a response to the petition, nor being given the proper documents required to file a Responsive Declaration along with receiving the petition, and not being serviced properly in order to file 9 days before the court hearing, makes it unfair to the parents of the children that CPS is abducting. The balance of justice is not equal, it's one sided. What is even more heart wrenching is the fact that many parents end up having their parental rights terminated because CPS has 18 months to screw with the parents. How many parents get their children back before the 18 month deadline to complete their case plan? CPS accomplishes their task of terminating a parents rights by putting on the pressure and making parents jump through unnecessary hoops all the while knowing the psychological consequences of how a parent may react to such pressure. These parents would still have their children if CPS hadn't stepped into their lives involving themselves and causing them extra add stress and pressure that normally wouldn't be there in the 1st place. The favorite targeted groups of people are: 1) Parents who have had a history of addiction and/or drug related issues. CPS knows that this group seeks chemical solutions to their emotional distress and just because an addict is clean and sober doesn't mean that they can't fall. CPS knows this and plays on that fact. 2) Parents with emotional and behavioral disorder issues. CPS discriminates against this group. Knowing that this group has disability issues, they often don't help a parent find reasonable solutions in being able to parent. Example would be if a parent is dyslexic and can't read. I've seen them use that as a negative against the parent in a report to the court as to why they need to terminate parental rights. A simple solution would be to set up a tutor for the child with the school or a family member who would be willing to read with the child on a daily basis. Problem solved and the parent/child bond doesn't have to be broken.  Foster parents receive a booklet that explains to them: If they have a child in their care that was physically abused, this is the list of possible behaviors to look out for and here is a list of different ways one might try to respond to each behavior on that list. If they have a child in their care that was sexually abused, this is the list of possible behaviors to look out for and here is a list of different ways one might try to respond to each behavior on that list. If they have a child in their care that was abandoned and neglected, this is the list of possible behaviors to look out for and here is a list of different ways one might try to respond to each behavior on that list. One could conclude that if CPS knows and understands the psychological behaviors of how people may or may not respond to different situations, then CPS knows exactly what they are doing and/or causing to happen when they are overloading someone's plate with unnecessary tasks. They are also painfully aware of the devastating effects of separating a family and yet do it anyway.   If this is true, then CPS is guilty of denying parents due process, denying parents of their parental rights, denying parents and their children of their constitutional rights, denying children of having the right to familial relations, withholding the information as to how to properly defend themselves in a court of law, discrimination, and premeditated conspiracy to commit a crime. As for the consequences CPS should have placed upon them? I'm at a loss because there is no dollar amount that can be set for the amount of emotional damages that have been caused due to their actions, those have to be mended with time. The blame lays on Child Protective Services who initially abducted the children from their parents and illegally made the family participate in completion of a case plan in their system out of greed in order to acquire federal dollars, the Public Defender's that didn't properly inform their clients of their legal options, including the option to ask for a continuance to allow them the proper time to invoke their legal right to file a response to the petition in their own defense, and anyone else who knew the proper policies and procedures of petitioning the courts who were asked by a parent as to what their legal recourse was in defending themselves against the lies in the CPS caseworkers report to the court. There are many unanswered questions as to how to we reconcile all the damages caused to all the parties involved. What about the parents whose children have been wrongfully adopted out, how do we fix things for those parents? What about the children that are settled with their new families, do we cause them even more emotional damages by forcing them to live with their biological parents? What about the damages to the adoptive parents who are now attached and emotionally invested with their child/children that they adopted? I don't know how to answer or solve those questions. It's not the fault of biological parents nor is it the fault of the adoptive parents nor is it the fault of the children. Perhaps maybe the 2 families could come together and co-parent the child/children for the benefit of the child. What is known is that each of these groups were harmed by CPS and others in these acts of greed that were allowed to go on for far too long. CPS should be ordered to cease petitioning the courts and parents with their current unlawful procedures that they are currently using in their departments because it is discriminating and is premeditated conspiracy. It also denies parents their right to due process, denies them of their parental rights, denies parents and their children of their constitutional rights, denies children of having the right to familial relations, and denies them the right to be informed of how to properly defend themselves in a court of law. What needs to happen and it needs to happen now, is to force CPS to follow the law properly. This may not be a remedy for all the families that have already been harmed, but it does provide a remedy to all families in the future from being victims of the unlawful policy and procedure practices of CPS. If you are a brother, sister, aunt, uncle, parent, step sister, step brother, mother in-law, father in-law, brother in-law, sister in-law, cousin, grandparents, great grandparents, etc... your life and connection with a child could be affected due to the current unlawful policy and procedure practices of CPS.  PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!!!

Marlene McCabe
451 supporters
Petitioning David Valadao, Ami Bera, Doris Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Jerry McNerney, Devin Nunes, Jim Costa

NEED Railroad SAFETY; Automated Gates for and at ALL Railroad Crossings

In order for Federal and State Laws to coincide we need to petition our state(s), and city council (to use Federal R.R. monies adequately and update our railroad systems) and petition ALL public and non-public roads should have ALL three (3) requirements; Automated Cross Bucks, Automated Flashing Red Lights AND Reflective Stop Signs to notify motorist in a TIMELY manner that a train track is up ahead. Do you know the Hidden Dangers of UN-Guarded Railroad Crossings (no cross bucks or flashing warning red lights)? Did you know a study in 2006 shows over 97,000 un-guarded railroads across the U.S.? .....How will you or your loved one know a train is approaching? Because of all of the No's below Fresno County lost four (4) precious young lives! Our babies. This could be your baby, your loved one or even you! If No: advance motorist warnings (reflective yellow signs-none) no reflective lights no reflective paint is not in plain sight to a driver (especially on an unfamiliar road) no flashing warning red lights no automated cross bucks Would you like to protect your children, your spouse, your loved one or even yourself? If yes, I need your help. Please sign, support, and share this petition.    Brief Synopsis of the Fresno Community Loss: My Family (me & my sister), and two (2) other Family Friends lost either their ONLY child, their ONLY son or daughter, and in total the community lost four (4) young adult lives. Not to wreckless or distracted driving! But, because of the lack & negligence of motorist warning signals, no county or city lights, no automated gates, and no reflective lights or paint!!!  

Sandy Gonzalez
313 supporters
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Petitioning Jerry Brown, Barack Obama, California State Senate, California State House, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Norma Torres, Nancy Pelosi, Paul Cook, Melissa Melendez, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, ...

California's Secession from the Union!

In light of the current election results, we need to make a drastic move and demonstrate that California is not in favor of the racist, misogynistic, and archaic principles displayed by the current GOP candidate. We need to PROGRESS, not REGRESS and America will NOT be great under the misguided leadership of a president with no commitment to his own so-called values. As we have seen throughout his campaign he has repeatedly lied to our faces by claiming the truth of his comments were false. He is not apt or qualified enough to preside over our country and California should not have to endure four years of unsound leadership. A Democracy is representative of what people want, however, with the Electoral College in this country the results are not always a representation of what people want. With the power vested in us as citizens, we should exercise our rights and show our displeasure by seceding from the Union. In the spring of 2019, California will hold a referendum to seek its exit from the Union. We seek secession not only due to the election results but for a myriad of other reasons. Including, but not limited to the following: Peace and security, elections and government, trade and regulation, debt and taxes, natural resources, immigration, education, the environment, health and medicine.  This is the best decision for our state and our people, being a part of the union is holding us back from the greatness we can achieve on our own.  Please spread the word.  Inform yourselves!  https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yescalifornia/pages/1/attachments/original/1475330254/Yes_California_Calexit_Book.pdf?1475330254 #CALEXIT  

CALEXIT
226 supporters
Petitioning President Donald J. Trump, Jim Costa, John McCain

Recalls for Reconciliation on Laos

              Lao United for Democracy and Independence in Laos PETITION TO SUMMON THE NORTH VIETNAM GOVERNMENT TO FACE THE INTERNATIONAL COURT FOR CRIME AGAINST THE LAOTIAN PEOPLE ONLINE PETITION WWW.CHANGE.ORG Search for RECALLS FOR RECONCILIATION ON LAOS P.O Box 4855 Fresno, CA 93744 Email: Laounited1@gmail.com We're Laotian people who live in the United States and other countries around the world. We wish to petition the world to hear our concerns regarding the Human Rights violations ongoing in our country, Laos. The people of Laos lived under the rule Royal Lao government before 1795. Since 1940, under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh, Laos was overthrown by Communist Vietnam. Communist Vietnam rounded up and captured all of the leaders of the Royal Lao Government, who were taken to North Vietnam and became prisoners. Most of them were tortured and killed in what can be considered a genocide, including the King of Laos, Savang Vatthana, and his family, except for a few who managed to escape. The world was aware of these events, especially the United States of America, which fought against North Vietnam to protect Laos, Cambodia, and South Vietnam to free the Southeast Asia countries. In 1962, under the Geneva Accord, Laos was declared to be a neutral country, and there was a call for North Vietnam to pull out all its soldiers from Laos immediately. The Peace Agreement was drafted and signed in 1973 with 14 different countries including the United States Witnesses, but the mandate for Communist Vietnam to pull out its military assets from Laos did not occur. Communist Vietnam ignored the United Nations' mandate and openly defied these agreements on Laos as a neutral country having no outside interference in governing their people. It has been over 40 years since the signing of the Peace Accords. Since then, the Communist Vietnam government and Lao Communist regime have taken over Laos and raped the country's national resources and whatever they could take from Laos's land. They controlled the Laotian people and deprived them of their basic human rights. The regime could take one's property without recourse. Nothing is being done about the atrocities being committed against the Laotian people who are suffering under oppressive Communist Vietnam Government rule. The United States of America and other countries have been pouring monetary aid to Laos for healthcare, hospitalization, education, care for orphan children, and more in the last 30 years. Nothing is being done to mitigate the suffering of the Laotian people while the evident corruption is ongoing in our country affecting all Laotian citizens. The aid pouring in from other countries are not given to the people of Laos but are amassed for the use of the governing body. We, the citizens of Laos living in the United States of America and other countries in the world, at this moment, protest and demand that the United Nations, under the international rule of law, open a case against the Communist Vietnam government ruling Laos. We are requesting the United States of America and all those countries involved in the signing of the Peace Agreements in 1973 and the 1962 Geneva Accord that declared Laos to be a neutral country to come together and right the wrong being perpetrated against the Laotian people in Laos. This petition is not without proof, and we will present them in the court of law. We are seeking a "pro bono" representation to present our cause against the Communist Vietnam government. A contact person and number are provided herewith. Dr. Farley Sayaseng, Ph.D. in Business Administration. Please support our desire to restore the human rights of the Laotian citizens.            

Farley Sayaseng
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