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James A. Himes

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Congressman Jim Himes represents Connecticut's 4th District in the United States Congress. He lives in Cos Cob.

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Petitioning President of the United States, US department of commerce, Census Bureau, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Dana Rohrabacher, Seth Moulton, Jim McGovern, Jim Cost...

Remove sub-Asian boxes on Census Form 2020! Stop racist anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy!

Dear fellow Americans for justice, brothers and sisters against racism, The glaringly racist legacy of sub-Asian boxes on the Census form was started in 1870, after the Burlingame Treaty of 1868, which eventually led to the infamous, racist, and inhumane Chinese Exclusion Act spanning from 1882 to 1943, which among other terrible abominations, banned U.S. residents of Chinese descent from having children or getting married; their family members in Asia were forbidden from entry to U.S. and reuniting as families. The Census form has no "Asian/Asian American" category. In its place are a group of boxes signifying foreign nationalities in Asia as if Asian Americans were all “perpetual foreigners.” It intrusively identified and collected data on which U.S. residents were of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese...descent. While the Chinese Exclusion Act ended in 1943, did these racist, humiliating, dehumanizing sub-Asian boxes get removed from the Census form? No, they were kept on the Census form by the U.S. government even until today, and if we don't fight back and boycott the Census form with sub-Asian boxes, it will stay on the 2020 Census form and beyond, prolonging a racist American legacy, a shame to all Americans. This legacy treats Americans of Asian descent as perpetual foreigners, and collects intrusive personal ancestral origin data used in many kinds of racial discrimination and persecution. In one example, the U.S. government used information from the Census Bureau to identify native born Americans of Japanese descent and sent them to Internment Camps during the World War II. There were also discriminatory laws against Americans of various Asian descent, such as Filipino. Such horrendous trampling of humanity will happen again unless you and I act now to boycott a 2020 Census form with sub-Asian boxes. We demand these sub-Asian boxes be removed and replaced with one description--"Asian/Asian American." Injustice to one human being is injustice to all human kind. If we don't stop this racist and anti-immigrant legacy, its “logic” and mentality will be repeated in current and future policy-making. Let's keep fighting against racism and improve the human condition step by step. Please join the good fight to make this historically significant change happen for now and forever, by signing this petition and sharing it on social media and by email, word of mouth. Power to the people! Fighting on, Americans against racism and anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy

Swan Lee
56,237 supporters
Petitioning CT STATE ANIMAL CONTROL, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy, Dannel Malloy, Jim Himes, Beth Bye


PLEASE HELP SHUT DOWN PUPPY KISSES OF DANBURY! Parvo puppy has come in contact with several puppies and they REFUSE to test them for parvo!  Bought a puppy this past Tuesday, it passed away sunday morning from PARVO-a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus in dogs. I only had my puppy, Frankie, for not even two full days before having to hospitalize him for PARVO. Woke up in the middle of the night on day 2 of having him to him violently throwing up and diarrhea everywhere. Rushed him to 24 hour VCA animal hospital in Shelton where they diagnosed him with PARVO. They told me how sick he was and gave me 3 choices: admit him there with an estimate MINIMUM of $4,000 (which I don’t have & Puppy Kisses would only refund up to how much I paid for my puppy which wouldn’t even cover 1/4th of the costs), give him fluids and take him home until I can take him to Plumtree Vet in Danbury (which was the vet listed in the warranty that Puppy Kisses would cover his costs while being there) which was $600, or put him down. I paid the $600 for his fluids. He barely got through the night before admitting him to Plumtree in the morning. After admitting him, the vet would not give updates to me at all. I had to go through the unreliable and untrustworthy pet store for his updates. They told me everyday he was doing “good” and making progress. Then all of a sudden this morning, I get a call saying he suddenly got a bacterial infection this morning and passed away. Stephanie was not sympathetic at all. She said they will NOT test their other puppies for PARVO unless they show symptoms. PARVO is highly contagious and my puppy was playing on the floor with SEVERAL other puppies in there the day I brought him home. He also had a roommate. I asked if they were going to call the owners of who brought the roommate and inform them and Christine couldn’t give me an answer. If they cared about their puppies like they say they do, they would pay to have them tested. Stephanie offered to “exchange” my dog or issue a store credit. I told her she needs to contact the owners to figure out some other type of accommodation because I don’t want another one of their sick puppies! Minutes later she called back offering a full refund. I told her I would be there within two hours for my refund, she conveniently wasn’t there when I showed up. So I dealt with Christine, who sold me the dog. She was swearing at me and telling me I don’t have to get “fresh”. Like excuse me my dog just died. I will feel however I want to feel. The worst and most suspicious thing about his passing is that they didn’t even offer me to see him to say goodbye. I think Plumtree is just a business partner to Puppy Kisses. Because supposedly Plumtree goes and inspects these puppies every week. However they’re clearly failing to care for them properly. Because there’s other dogs in there displaying the same symptoms as Frankie and nothing is being done. Puppy Kisses used to be called American Breeders, same location, same phone number. It was shut down due to failure to provide proper care to its animals. The supposed “previous” owner had been arrested several times over the course of several years. I believe the owner is still the same possibly operating under another identity because they refused to give me any information on the owners and also the phone number is the same. If there are new owners, which is definitely possible, I would really appreciate if they would create more action when it comes to taking care of these puppies because there was puppies coughing like Frankie and laying next to similar diarrhea. And apparently parvo has very distinct diarrhea. So they WERE showing symptoms. If the owners are new people, it’s sad that there is once again, sick animals being sold at this location. Plumtree vet worked at this location years ago “checking in” on the dogs weekly before they had been shut down. They still work with the petstore knowing the puppies are being sick and neglected. Which is why I think they are just business partners. Because why would this vet associate themselves with a store that has been shut down for abuse and neglect, even after supposedly changing owners? Something just doesn’t add up. I’m wholeheartedly not trying to bash anyone here. But this situation is clearly suspicious. Something shady is going on. & it’s incredibly unfortunate that my puppy had to die to bring awareness to the location again. I have to get a lawyer for get refunded for my VCA bill which they won’t reimburse me for. There was other puppies in there displaying the same symptoms Frankie had. I would also not recommend Plumtree Vet. They say they visit these puppies weekly however don’t treat them. There’s a Great Dane in there with a heart murmur. They removed Frankies pic from their Facebook and war to act like he never existed. The whole place is just a disaster area. I don’t know how they’re not shut down. But I am pursuing all options to save those other sick puppies in honor of Frankie. I can supply pictures as well. The vet refuses to release the medical records of my dog so I can see his treatment and will not tell me where his body is. They did know give me an option to say goodbye or ask if I want his ashes. This pet store has been shut down before. They also called the cops on me and said I was trespassing today meanwhile I was at work all day and have proof. They are slanderizing me. I’ve contacted PETA, lawyers, news channel 8, news channel 12, the Danbury police dept, state animal control, USDA, filing reports wherever I can. But please help me bring awareness before more puppies die of illness and neglect and save more families from heartache. I got this dog as a therapy pet. Didn’t even have him for one full day before having to admit him. He didn’t even turn three months old before passing. He never saw the sunlight. In my opinion, He didn’t receive the care he needed to survive. Please help me bring justice for Frankie. He needs a voice. Please help.   Disclaimer: All opinions are my own based off of my experiences. Plumtree and Puppy Kisses have not been found guilty of any crimes. The information in this petition is what is happening to me, what I’ve observed, and my opinions. There are supporting reviews about Puppy Kisses from other people you can view on google, yelp, and Facebook. I believe there is also a Facebook group/page dedicated to shutting this pet store down. Also, thank you to everyone suggesting to me who I should contact in regards to the concerns. I have contacted all possible authorities and media outlets. & thank you to everyone who is signing and sharing. It’s unfortunate that this was something that had to be learned the hard way for myself. But I appreciate everyone helping bring awareness to the issues.    UPDATE: 5/23/18 Dr. Baff of Plumtrees just called me. He seemed genuinely sympathetic and caring. He informed me what happened to my little Nugget, he wasn’t eating like Stephanie told me he was. & he passed Saturday from an upper respiratory infection not on Sunday from a bacterial infection like Stephanie told me. He is calling puppy kisses to advocate for me to get his ashes back. I understand he can’t do anything legally and he’s hearing two sides of a story. But I told him how Puppy Kisses was treating me, about them slandering me, and making this process harder than it should. & he is very sorry. I don’t trust anybody but I appreciate his kindness and information �� He was just following the law by giving the updates to the pet store. It’s not his fault they lied to me about Frankie. 

Lindsay Loconte
2,681 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, Maxine Waters, Jeb Hensarling, Luke Messer, Ann Wagner, Dennis Ross, Randy Hultgren, Mick Mulvaney, Stephen Fincher, Steve Stivers, Bill Huizenga, Lynn Westmoreland, ...

Protect Shareholders. Strike the Financial Choice Act 2.0.

Shareholder democracy is being profoundly threatened by Section 844 of the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0. This new legislation, which was heard by the Congressional Financial Services Committee on April 26 and then passed by the House on June 8, contains a provision that would fundamentally impair investors' rights to file shareholder resolutions. It is now scheduled to be voted on in the Senate. The new rule would permit only a tiny fraction of the globe’s wealthiest investors (those who own more than 1% or more of a company’s stock) to file shareholder proposals. For example, raising the ownership requirement to 1% would leave only 11 investors with enough shares ($3 billion) necessary to file shareholder proposals at Wells Fargo. All other shareholders would be blocked from using their shareholder rights to address equity, justice, sustainability, climate, risk, and good governance issues. Sign our petition and make your voice heard. We will be sending signatures, as well as the letter linked below, to the Senate. Let’s work together to defeat this destabilizing legislation that will profoundly affect consumers, investors, and the economy at large.

As You Sow
2,633 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...


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.org   To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B.

1,274 supporters
Petitioning Jim Himes, Tyson chicken, Tom Hayes

Save the Chickens: Healthier Farm Animals = Healthier People!

Tyson Foods Inc. is one of the world's top chicken producers, with products in our grocery stores and being served at many restaurants. However, the chicken they serve is not always as healthy and clean as we are led to believe.  Today, most chickens in America spend their entire lives in windowless poultry houses. They live for six to seven weeks before being violently slaughtered, without ever seeing the sun. By the time chickens are considered "processing" weight, they are collapsing due to their unnatural size. At this point, they can die slowly from the inability to reach a water nozzle, or from a common disease called acites, which occurs when the cardiovascular and respiratory system in a chicken cannot keep up with the bird's growth.  "Poultry houses" are long, barn-like sheds. They are filled with ammonia, which is incredibly detrimental to both chicken and worker health. The inhalation of ammonia can cause tracheal burns and even respiratory failure. This is incredibly harmful to poultry, farmers, and consumers! People everywhere are affected by the uncleanliness of poultry houses. Because they are living in their own feces, the chickens are exceedingly dirty. In the past, agricultural studies have revealed that 87% or chicken carcasses contain E. Coli, a potentially hazardous bacteria. The E. Coli strains found in chickens can wind up on consumer's plates! Many companies, including Tyson, keep their chicken in cramped, disgusting conditions out of convenience. If the poultry houses were modified, and the number of chickens reduced, it would be easy to produce healthier chicken for people to eat.  Sign this petition to let Tyson's CEO, Tom Hayes, know that the inhumane treatment of chickens cannot be tolerated for any longer! Customers deserve better food, and chickens deserve better lives.

Catie H
1,091 supporters
Petitioning Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes, Richard Blumenthal

Animals that are left outside in freezing temps with only a dog house as protection

I witnessed a dog tied up and left outside all day and this evening with temps below zero. The only protection the dog had was a dog house. Upon calling Animal Control and the police department, I was sad to learn nothing could be done because their is a dog house.   A dog house in freezing temps offers little to no protection and animals need to be brought inside when the temperature drops below freezing. Owners need to be responsible and care for their pets if they are going to have the right and privilege to owner them.   Please sign this petition and help us get the laws changed to protect animals from animal cruelty.  No animal should be left out to freeze to death.  PLEASE SIGN!!

marta mckenney
548 supporters
Petitioning Connecticut Department Of Children and Families, Connecticut State Senate, Connecticut State House, Connecticut Governor, Dannel Malloy, Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal, John Larson, Jim Himes, Ro...

Change the Connecticut Department of Children and Families policy on child removal

We are calling for support in the effort in changing the Connecticut Department of Children and Families' policy on removing children from parental care. The current policy regarding custody battles is the child is removed from the care of both parents and placed into government care, even if one of the parents is not at fault in the removal. I am speaking as one of the many afflicted by the unjust action that is taken in accordance to this policy, and with this petition we aim to represent the many others who have been wronged by it.

Raymond Ortiz
532 supporters
Petitioning United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Richard Blumenthal, James A. Himes, Christopher J. "Chris" Murphy, Marilyn V. Moore, Steven Stafstrom, American Veterinary Medical Association, Donal...

Redefine the Fairness to Pet Owners Act so that it is inclusive of misdiagnosed animals

Prescribing the MOST efficient tools to pet owners to help determine medication administration should be part of the Fairness to Pet Owners Act. For example: Diabetic animals require a glucometer to have their blood tested regularly so that their medication can be administered effectively.  Using glucometers is not standard practice. I was instructed to use urine testing and its LIMITATIONS WERE NOT explained to me.  Humans use blood testing in conjunction with urine testing why wouldn't animals?  I was also not given a choice of insulin (human or animal). Animal insulin is most like an animals composition which reduces the risk of complications and this is why FDA APPROVED animal insulin exists. My dog was placed on human insulin and had a complete break down which his VCA doctor did not even attempt to correct.  I was told I could "SLING HIM AROUND" when he couldn't walk.  In addition,  if the American Veterinary Medical Associations ethics called "The Principles" were being utilized my animals quality of life may have been maintained instead of seriously impaired.  My dogs primary physician should have been able to educate me and evaluate my animal; I did not need to see a specialist. Had proper intervention been established early on his quality of life may have been protected.  He was very high functioning until he was given insulin. Once he entered into a crisis we were not treated with respect. In fact I had to ask the Ct. Dept. of Health to assist me in obtaining my animals records. PLEASE INCLUDE ENFORCING THE AVMA ETHICS IN THE FAIRNESS TO PET OWNERS ACT In my animals circumstances because he immediately declined and presented with an allergic reaction having a glucometer on hand would have been ideal in addition to being on the insulin that is designed for his species (not humans) may have prevented the allergic reaction.  Supplementing him with thyroid medication which was prescribed by another doctor significantly helped him.  He was able to walk again for short distances. He had rapidly lost weight, went blind, couldn't walk on his own and suffered further complications.  Without further diagnosis and additional medication being prescribed my animal could have died.  The initial prescribing specialist said I could sling him around and failed to give me a prescription she had noted in her case notes.  The prescribers name at the pharmacy was a doctor I had never even met. I was given 10 pages of other animals records and they wouldn't release his diagnostic records to me. The Connecticut Dept. of Health did not verify that I received them in a timely manner which I did not; years passed and I still didn't get them in form that could be reviewed for clinical assessment.  I ultimately proved my case!  It is also important for medication to be distributed responsibly when diagnosis has not yet been determined.  Treating the symptoms incorrectly may in fact exasperate the underlying cause.  Before sending me to a specialist, my animals primary physician prescribed prednisone which should not be given to a diabetic dog.  He also treated him aggressively with antibiotics for a tic disease that he does not have a titer for. PLEASE REVISE THE FAIRNESS TO PET OWNERS ACT Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200) "Introduced in House (07/23/2015) Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2015 Directs the Federal Trade Commission to require prescribers of animal drugs to verify prescriptions and provide copies of prescriptions to pet owners, pet owner designees, and pharmacies, without the prescriber demanding payment or establishing other conditions. Applies these requirements to medication for a domesticated household animal that consumers are not allowed to purchase without a prescription. Treats a violation of this Act as an unfair or deceptive act or practice under the Federal Trade Commission Act."          Supporting Information All veterinarians are expected to adhere to a progressive code of ethical conduct known as the"Principles" . This is a great concept if it is utilized and enforced.     * Did you know that animals are considered property(similar to a car)and historically there have been few legal ramifications for malpractice.  How does this translate into how owners and animals are treated? **** ALWAYS BE SURE TO (obtain a copy)OF THE REFERRAL FORM FROM THE PRIMARY DOCTOR TO THE SPECIALTY PHYSICIAN TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS ACCURATE before they start examining your animal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BENEFIT MUST OUTWEIGH THE RISK!! In addition to the treatment we endured, I now find it concerning that my personal experience included an entity that predominantly influences the market and claims to be setting a standard of care(they have over 700 small animal veterinary hospitals across the United States and Canada, a nationwide clinical laboratory and diagnostic imaging company).  According to one source, VCA has "1 of the 10 most over paid CEO's".   In fact the CEO is also the chairman and the president of Veterinary Centers of America Antech Inc. . IT IS CONCERNING WHEN A COMPANIES EMPLOYEES FILE AN ONGOING LAW SUITE AGAINST THEM BECAUSE THEY FEEL VIOLATED.  I wonder how this effects their work performance? The AVMA DOES NOT support this bill, they think it is an administrative burden ABOUT INSULIN  Animal based insulin's have been used safely and effectively for over 70 years although some animals and people may have better results with other kinds. Vetsulin is the only FDA approved insulin for animals.          

Jessica Kristoff, Pet Owner
485 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Mike Coffman, Mike Pence, Mike Honda, Mike Hhogan, Mike Lee, Mike Thompson, Mike Crapo, Mike Enzi, Mike Rogers, Mike Rounds, Mike Doyle, Mike Huckabee, Mike Kelly, John Hickenlooper, ...

Civil Law USA needs your help - Update "SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE" statute. SIGN & SHARE

LIKE & SHARE    The current statute for review - The story behind the statute:       In the past, most alimony awards provided for payments to former wives by breadwinning former husbands. As the culture has changed, so that now most marriages include two wage earners, women are viewed as less dependent, and yet the courts have failed to update outdated laws and merely rule based on "suggested formulas" and "statutes" that actually do more harm then good, for both parties and the family as a whole.                  If you are seeking a divorce in Colorado or another "statute" state and you are going for "spousal maintenance" the court webpage provides you and your legal council with calculators to help prove your need in numbers prior to trial.  With our courts taking 9 - 18 months to even go to trial or before a judge you will have plenty of time to secure your "calculated financial revenge".  Both men and women fall victim to these court rulings. (Although more often then not it's men who receive the order to pay)  This suggested statute leaves no recourse when the ex-spouse decides to move forward in cohabitation, or conceals income  from the courts.  Even with proof the courts in Colorado turn a blind eye and default to the "original order".   - Cohabitation is a living arrangement in which an unmarried couple lives together in a long-term relationship that resembles a marriage. Couples cohabit, rather than marry, for a variety of reasons.  Top reason to keep their ex-spouse making payments. -  Great Article that aligns with others having the same opinion, and what they did to create change and equal rights- Here are the stats-        Re-marriage after divorce has declined more then 40% across all states and the rate is even higher in Colorado since this statue has been introduced. Reason for the decline is because this is only one of two ways that the payer can stop "payments".  This proves that is not just a personal problem, this is becoming an epidemic that many people and families face.         The increase in self inflected death, more commonly known as suicide has increased more then 25% among male payers that have high dollar payments and long term payment obligation.   Leaving the "receiver" without any support and many children fatherless.  This has to be stopped.           The children of divorce already suffer the most as they are the innocent parties, often caught in the middle of it all.  Studies show where there are long term payments (beyond 3 years) ordered,  the division amongst one parent and the child actually occurs.  Children are often caught in the middle of a "never ending" divorce/financial war.  Generally,  it is the payer who also suffers this loss. The receiver is known to play the victim and the payer is painted as the bully.   The resentment caused for the long term financial punishment awarded by the courts aids in painting this picture of the payer.  Children tend to err to the side of the protecting the "victim" parent that paints themselves always in need, ultimately  cutting ties with the payer "bully" parent.  This is not putting "families" first.  About Me -     Myself, the author of this petition am a woman. I have suffered through divorce, like many others in this country.  I was a single mom of two for almost four years. During that time, I never asked for "spousal maintenance" and rarely received ordered child support from my ex-husband to support our kids. I personally struggled through every level of heartache one can imagine.  I could not afford and attorney and had to do all my filings, pleading etc on my own. Walking through those first few years I thought somedays I would literally die from a broken heart or stress. Looking back, I would not have changed a thing. It made me stronger, a better mother, and a better wife now to my current husband.  I want to make one thing very clear on my position.  I am not arguing or minimizing that support when needed should be ordered. There are many situations that this does apply and is fair.  Families that choose for one spouse or the other to stay home recognize that it is a job often more challenging than going to work outside the home daily, and that the need to provide updated training or work skills should be awarded.  Or the spouse that is disabled.  I am speaking to a much larger problem in my home state of Colorado and across our country.  Our Personal Story-   My husband was ordered and pays his ex-wife 40% of his income for 12 years, (some get this order for life). In addition, he is also paying 33% of military retirement to for life.   During marriage ex-wife worked full time and was the primary bread winner.  Ex-husband was active duty Army. Both always worked full time, and had only one minor child together.  This spouse while active duty having served 20 years, did less then 2 years deployed. They were married 13 years of his military career, and only one year during the marriage was he deployed.  Ex-wife had an affair, which lead to the separation/ then ultimately divorce. In 2011, the couple separated. Neither party filed for legal separation. The reason for divorce is not accounted for in Colorado, because it is a no-fault state.   During the 4-year separation ex-husband left ex-wife all assets (cars, 401K, furniture, house) ex-husband voluntarily paid bills for the ex-wife and minor child without a court order. Little did he know he was committing financial suicide. He also worked diligently to paid off all joint marital debts totaling close to $80,000.00. While making his own major lifestyle sacrifices, living in a friend’s basement driving a 21-year-old car. During this time, his ex-wife manipulated the child and played the victim, refused to work to her full potential.   Ex-husband filed for divorce in the mid-year of 2014.  This was the year that the court adopted the new "statue/guidelines" for all spousal maintenance as a formula. So, the above facts, including the reason for divorce were all ignored during the hearing and "suggested statute formula" is now in place.     The court systems made it very easy for her to calculate her new. "spousal maintenance" income prior to the hearing. At the time of hearing the ex-wife made sure to be unemployed "but looking” claiming to be in a destitute financial situation, stating she should be able to work and be on her feet within the year”. During the trial and months prior her boyfriend at the time and "now fiancé" was contributing more than $5,000.00 per month into her bank account. That money along with her ex-husbands total debt payoff, his asset relinquishment, and payments made for 4 years of separation were NOT accounted as income but as “gifts” to the ex-wife.  As of today, (almost 3 years later) she does co-habituate in TX. To friends, family and her ex-husband claiming to be "engaged" To the court "single and in need".  She stated to the ex-husband that she would continue to do so until the money runs out, at which time then she will remarry.  Unfortunately, this is the case for many families in Colorado and across the USA.       Fast forward today Oct 16th, 2017. Ex-husband filed modification for spousal maintenance based on the, lack of need for support and co habitation in Feb 2017.  The ex-wife waited more than 6.5 months to comply with supplying documents required by the court, (she has an attorney, and docs were to be completed within 30days) thus allowing her time to paint the picture of "single/ in need" again. Although, nothing she submitted is worth any value of actual bills, etc. The court has failed in holding its own deadline dates / discovery documentation seriously for accurate and fair trials.        In August of 2017, 7 months after filed for modification, (has yet to see a judge or have a trial) he is now been diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer,  and is undergoing treatment. The ex-wife has been relentless through this process filing after filing.   The most recent filing she stated, " from what she has been told, his cancer is not that serious".   He is undergoing chemo weekly and radiation daily.  Has lost over 30 lbs and has not been able to eat even soft foods in over 35days. She is also filing to "rebuttal" any and all documentation of his caner, the severity. Trying to minimize the long term impact this will have on is health and ability to earn "her money".      Per the current statute and court order, the ex-husband has no relief to this continued abuse from what spousal support is causing. Even if he fully recovers he has to suffer 10 more years working a high stress job,  he does not have the same rights and privileges as the ex-wife.  Unable to move on with his life, he is bound by earning potential, not quality of life.   This is so far from that which maintenance was designed to do.  Help the spouse in need, allowing them time to get on their feet. He has now paying ex-spouse (already 8 years,  10 more to go), has been stripped of the rights to focus on his own health, right to privacy without fighting the ex-spouse for relief from monies he is not currently earning, and is unable to pay. While racking up major medical bills now suffers hefty attorney fees along this already difficult journey.  Adding more financial stress and harm to the payer.      The ex-wife has had more than enough time and money to get back on her feet, she is also in good health. In fact, she travels regularly, despite being so destitute.  Their child is now grown, no longer a minor and ex-wife has been engaged and living with her significant other for last 2 years.  The ex-wife has made no effort to support herself or earn more money, because when she does the "payments stop". Thus holding the payer financially hostage.  UNEMPLOYMENT DOES NOT ALLOW THIS TO TAKE PLACE. TO RECEIVE PAYMENT BENEFITS YOU MUST BE ACTIVELY SEARCHING FOR A JOB, DOCUMENT PROOF AND BENEFITS ARE TIME RESTRICTIVE.            I am petitioning the court change the, "suggested statute “surrounding spousal maintenance to align with the intent for which is was designed.  To help families dissolve the marriage and give both parties a chance to recover, and to rise to each parties’ full potential for being self-supporting.  To be held harmless of the marriage obligations to a party they are no longer married too.                                       The current laws "statutes" are limiting and harmful at best.    THE SOLUTION-   - There should be a short-term limit on which a one ex-spouse is obligated to pay the other ex-spouse.  Three-year max payable term, is enough time for any persons to receive skills and training necessary to support one’s self.  This should be based on case by case, not a "one size fits all statute" Taking into consideration documented facts, joint debt, physical health, child support, ability to work, division of marital assets, skills needed to obtain more or current training to aid in full earning potential.  One former spouse should not be a financial slave to the other. Three year term stops the abuse.  - The "lifestyle of the marriage" should be removed and not considered, when ruling. It is divorce, each party should be held responsible and accountable to adjust as necessary to becoming a single person. Working towards self-sufficiency in meeting their own needs, holding the other party harmless for their needs.  No one should be forced to support a former spouse for long term. Dissolution by definition is the act of officially ending a marriage, organization, or agreement. The process of making something end or disappear.    - The "until death or remarriage" clause be removed. The traditional institution of marriage has changed drastically over the last 5 years.  We need to protect ALL parties through divorce and separation.  If the parties in the case are deemed in need of support they should not lose support for cohabitation or remarriage.  This will also aid in the ability of all parties to move forward freely in their own lives.  This will solve the problem within the civil courts being "bogged down" by filings trying to prove cohabitation in order to terminate maintenance. Allowing the court spend its time being more effective in its use of time.  *** The receiver should not be punished for getting remarried because the ruling was based on true need, not a standard formula of "one size fits all". Likewise, the payer should not be punished for long term payments when the receiver is co-habituating, and the courts continue to fail to recognize this as the “new way around", termination of maintenance.  This statue is simply outdated, bias and harmful to all parties.  With a max term of 3 years the court can rule in favor of what support was deigned to do, enable all parties to recover from divorce and become self-sufficient.       Thank you for taking the time to read this, share this and sign this... It takes all of us to make a change.  It's time to stop the injustice, stop allowing people to take advantage of the system. Let's help create laws that support Equal rights for all!      

Niki Davis
453 supporters
Petitioning John Katko, Jim Himes

Support the DREAMers

In the United States right now there are 800,000 young undocumented workers who are not citizens of America or any other country. They were brought to the United States by their parents at a young age with no documentation. They have grown up in American society for the past number of years and “are American in every way, except on paper.” They are known as DREAMrs (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors). In 2010, 70% of the American population was in favor of passing the DREAM act; legislation which officially created a pathway to citizenship for these individuals, however the act did not pass in Congress. President Obama responded by signing an Executive Order creating a temporary program called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The purpose of DACA was “to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation.” This gives undocumented immigrants 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. In September 2017 President Trump announced that he was ending DACA effective 6 months from the date it was announced. If President Trump's decision is not changed these individuals will be deported to a country that they have never known. Many will be separated from their parents. This seems to be especially cruel and in many ways does not reflect American values. These children did nothing wrong and we have a long tradition in America of not holding children accountable for the sins of their parents. An additional reason to sign this petition and support DACA is the positive impact these people have on our country. These are people who serve in the military and are great for the economy. Potentially, giving these eligible workers pathway to citizenship would add a total of $22.7 billion annually to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Please consider signing this petition, not only for the good of these people but also for the good of our country. 

Carly Marinstein
342 supporters