Free Tyra Patterson
Tyra Patterson has been incarcerated for 21 years for crimes she did not commit. I was one of the jurors who voted to convict her of a robbery that ended in the shooting death of Michelle Lai in 1994. But new evidence surfaced that shows me the verdict was wrong. Tyra is innocent and Ohio Governor Kasich should take action to release her from prison immediately.I had serious doubts about Tyra's guilt at the time I voted to convict her. I could tell she wasn't really a part of the group that committed the crimes -- she had just found herself at the wrong place at the wrong time. But we didn't have the proof to back up my instinct.It turned out the evidence existed -- it just wasn't presented at trial. For example, as a juror I did not know that Tyra called 911 after the shooting to get help or that one of the victims had testified at an earlier trial that a co-defendant -- not Tyra -- had committed the robbery that Tyra had confessed to. Knowing that now makes me believe that the “confession” Tyra made was false.Her lawyers never told us about the concept of false confessions. I wish they had.I have lost many nights of sleep over Tyra’s case. I started this petition two years ago and with public pressure, the persistence of Tyra, and the work of her legal team, there are now Republican lawmakers, the former Ohio Attorney General, and former correctional officers who worked with Tyra, all advocating for her release.If I had known about the evidence that supports Tyra’s innocence at trial, I never would have voted to convict her. All four of Tyra's co-defendants, a witness and Tyra herself passed polygraphs supporting Tyra's innocence claim. She has now spent 21 years, almost half her life, behind bars. She initially received a longer sentence than even the shooter herself.The Ohio Parole Board heard Tyra's case, where all of the evidence and all the great things Tyra's done to transform herself were presented. I was there. The majority of board members made it clear that they resented the public support Tyra was receiving, particularly from elected officials. They would not even let her speak, even though she had a right to do so.In a split vote, the Parole Board unjustly recommended that Tyra not be released.But, the final decision is still made by Governor Kasich. I believe that if enough people sign this petition, Governor Kasich will see that the public supports Tyra’s release and will do the right thing and allow her to come home.Please sign this petition and help begin to right this wrong.
Gov. John Kasich: Pardon Kelley Williams-Bolar -- she shouldn't go to jail for protecting her kids
"An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelley Williams-Bolar was sentenced by Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Tuesday and will begin serving her sentence immediately. The jury deliberated for seven hours and the courtroom was packed as the sentence was handed down. She was convicted on two counts of tampering with court records after registering her two girls as living with Williams Bolar's father when they actually lived with her. The family lived in the housing projects in Akron, Ohio, and the father’s address was in nearby Copley Township. Additionally, Williams-Bolar’s father, Edward L. Williams, was charged with a fourth-degree felony of grand theft, in which he and his daughter are charged with defrauding the school system for two years of educational services for their girls. The court determined that sending their children to the wrong school was worth $30,500 in tuition. - Dr. Boyce Watkins As punishment for doing everything in her power to keep her children safe, Ms. Williams-Bolar, a single mother with no previous criminal record, has been made a felon by Ohio judge Patricia Cosgrove. In addition to jail time, a large fine and probation, Ms. Williams-Bolar's felony conviction has also robbed her of her future. "'Because of the felony conviction, you will not be allowed to get your teaching degree under Ohio law as it stands today. The court's taking into consideration that is also a punishment that you will have to serve.'' - Judge Patricia Cosgrove Although Ms. Williams-Bolar had nearly completed her education to become a teacher, under Ohio law felons are not permitted to teach. She has been robbed of the opportunity to elevate her life and the lives of her family through her own hard work. She has been handed what equates to a life sentence for attempting to protect her children. In a time of overwhelming economic disadvantage for so many US citizens, are loving single mothers like Williams-Bolar truly the enemy our court system should be making examples of in this way? Ms. Williams-Bolar's attorneys are currently preparing for an appeal. Please sign this petition to let Gov. Kasich know that you do not feel that Kelley Williams-Bolar's punishment appropriately fits her crime, and that you both support and demand a full pardon.
Ban Gay Conversion Therapy
Twelve states have moved to ban "ex-gay therapy" for young people -- dangerous "therapy" that tries to change someone's sexual orientation. "Ex-gay therapy" has been linked to suicide, depression, isolation and anxiety, and has been condemned by nearly every medical and psychological body as dangerous, destructive and something no child should be forced to undergo. And yet in 38 states -- including states like New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Ohio -- "ex-gay therapy" remains a practice that's largely legal under the law. But there is national momentum as more and more states move to ban "ex-gay therapy" and protect minors from attempts to "cure" them of their sexual orientation. Hawaii just became the 12th state to ban "ex-gay therapy," and New Hampshire and Delaware are close to following suit. They join states like California, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Oregon. That's nearly 25% of the country! But it's not enough. LGBT kids are still facing dangerous "ex-gay therapy" attempts in more than 30 states around the country. All these states have seen bills introduced to ban "ex-gay therapy". New York -- which touts itself as one of the most LGBT-friendly states in the country -- has seen legislation pass the State Assembly three times; Pennsylvania has had a bill introduced several times; Ohio now has a bill as well that legislators are pushing; and activists in Minnesota have been pushing for a ban on "ex-gay therapy" programs for years. Let's build on this national organizing momentum, and work to get these states added to the list of states stepping up to protect LGBT youth, and banning harmful "ex-gay therapy" that tries to "cure" LGBT people and change their sexual orientation or gender identity.
DEMAND A NATIONWIDE HEROIN STATE OF EMERGENCY NOW!
********************************************************* THIS IS A PETITION TO DEMAND A NATIONWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY TO ADDRESS THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC ********************************************************* WE THE PEOPLE OF THESE UNITED STATES DEMAND A STATE OF EMERGENCY TO ADDRESS THE HEROIN PANDEMIC THAT HAS KILLED THOUSANDS THIS YEAR! HOW MANY MORE MUST DIE? Every STATE GOVERNOR, PLEASE...Declare a state of emergency! Mr, President, please, we implore you to declare an immediate state of emergency for the ENTIRE country to address the HEROIN PANDEMIC ! Thousands are overdosing and people are dying. We cannot afford to wait another minute! Please help us! This petition was initiated and created solely by Camelia Carter on 8/7/16 9/13/16 This petition began as a desperate plea to Ohio's Governor Kasich & President Obama to declare a state of emergency for the State of Ohio and is still such. The verbiage has been edited today to reflect this. We have also made edit today to ask each State's Governor to follow suit and declare a state of emergency to address the heroin epidemic in their state! THIS IS A PETITION TO DEMAND A NATIONWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY TO ADDRESS THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC This clarification posted 10/30/2016
VETO OHIO HB 493 - Keep access to choice available for ALL women!
Ohio is about to instate the "Strictest Abortion Law in the Nation".Governor John Kasich can and absolutely should veto this law. "Prior to the House vote, Emmalee Kalmbach, spokeswoman for Gov. John Kasich, declined to comment on the bill. However, Kasich said on several occasions in the past two years he opposed the Heartbeat Bill, primarily because of constitutional concerns. The governor could line-item veto the abortion language..." Take a moment, sign this petition and call Governor Kasich: (614) 466-3555. This bill imposes an undue burden on women, it greatly limits the free and open access to abortions guaranteed by the Roe v. Wade decision and it is yet another erosion of women's rights in this country. It simply CANNOT STAND!>>Update: also, ask him to veto SB127, the 20-week abortion ban.<< From the Columbus Dispatch: The election of Donald Trump emboldened majority Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly to pass the strictest abortion law in the nation Tuesday. In a surprise move in the final days of the lame-duck session, the Senate and House adopted the Heartbeat Bill — long sought by some abortion opponents — to outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, generally about six weeks into pregnancy. Previous attempts to pass the bill failed over concerns that it would be ruled unconstitutional in the federal courts, as have similar laws in two other states. ____ Officials of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio were stunned. The group issued a statement saying, "The unconstitutional six-week abortion ban, known as the 'Heartbeat Bill,' would block access to safe and legal abortion before most women even know they’re pregnant. The amendment has no exceptions in the bill for rape, incest, or to protect the health of the woman and would criminalize doctors who perform abortion procedures, regardless of the reason." ____ The bill would make it a fifth-degree felony, punishable by up to one year in prison, for a physician to perform an abortion without checking for a fetal heartbeat or performing the procedure after it can be detected. The doctor also could face a civil lawsuit from the mother and disciplinary action.The bill would make it a fifth-degree felony, punishable by up to one year in prison, for a physician to perform an abortion without checking for a fetal heartbeat or performing the procedure after it can be detected. The doctor also could face a civil lawsuit from the mother and disciplinary action.
Extend Supports to Foster Youth Through Age 21
To give Ohio's foster children a fair chance at leading successful adult lives.
Use Drug Dealer Dollars For Rehab And Narcan
The Drug Dealers are killing thousands, it's time They foot the bill For Narcan and Rehab. The heroin Epidemic has exploded in the United States. We have lost more people to overdose this year than the entire Vietnam War. Most heroin addicts started with prescription pills prescribed by a doctor. This effects normal everyday people. Heroin withdrawal is comparable to the worst flu you have ever had multiplied by 10 lasting 5-7 days This makes it incredibly difficult to detox from heroin on your own. Which is a big reason affordable rehabs are needed. Unfortunately most rehabs cost 30000 dollars plus and require great insurance. Most people who need to go to rehab can not afford it. We need affordable treatment options. This can be achieved by using money and assets such as cars houses etc from Drug Dealers. They have caused this epidemic it is time They pay for it. We propose that 50% of all money and property confiscated from drug dealers be used to fund affordable rehabs. We understand that typically this money is used for drug task forces, drug dogs or for under cover police cars. However time has proven that we cannot arrest our way out of this problem. We can no longer expect to throw money at law enforcement and expect a different solution. We need new and innovative solutions such as the one we are proposing. If you want to save money dealing with the drug Epidemic the best way is to treat the drug users. This would reduce expenditures on narcan, incarceration, medical bills from complications such as hepatitis c or hiv, and community damage due to burglary or theft
Save the wolves from Donald J Trump
We need to save the wolves from Donald Trump. Wolves have a huge positive impact on our ecosystem. They keep elk, deer and other animal populations at a balance. They don't kill to little and not to much just enough to keep the balance. We need to keep the protection that Barack Obama put on them.
Metal Detectors in Ohio Schools
In order to provide safety for our children I feel this is becoming a necessity. Children are entering schools with guns and killing innocent people. We as concerned parents are scared to send our children to school, having metal detectors installed would ensure the safety of our children. This is becoming a problem in our schools nationwide. I feel this would help our society tremendously and help our children and their parents to feel they are safe while at school. If we can come together as a community and get the proper donations and have fundraisers to fund these metal detectors as they have fundraisers for everything else why shouldn't our children's safety be a first priority!?
Repeal ORC 2919.21 So That Adult Children Are Not Bankrupted For Elderly Parent Care
Ohio is one of 30 states that will go after adult children for payment of care costs for aging parents on Medicare/Medicaid. In contrast to other states, Ohio treats this as a criminal matter with the first offense a misdemeanor, the second, a felony. Most adult children faced with these lawsuits are attempting to build their own retirement, fund college education for their own children and may have other debts restricting their means of payment. They are part of the “sandwich” generation: still responsible for their own children, while having to take on care of elderly parents. A payment schedule found online puts a family of 4 with a $22k annual income (below poverty rate) responsible for more than $300/mo in payments. Any income above this is responsible for the entire bill. If the child lives in Ohio, they can be sued if the parent(s) live in another state. Conversely, if the parent lives in Ohio, those children living out of state can also be sued. This is due to one line in Ohio Revised Code 2919.21. It requires care for elderly impoverished, which has translated to payment for devastating medical costs of those elderly and impoverished. The cases that had been dismissed are only those of parental abuse or abandonment as a minor. What is not fair is that parents that did not contribute to college, weddings, grandchildren, left no inheritances or otherwise...they are getting those bills paid by the adult children that never received that support as adults. The court arguments only address treatment as minors. These bills are being paid by those who have been estranged adding insult to injury. Parents can be bad people as adults and to force payment for the alcoholic, addict, emotionally, verbally, physically or financially abusive parent is just not moral. In the case of the petitioner’s best friend, the mother lived in Ohio, was poor, qualified for Medicaid; however, due to never getting a final divorce 20 years ago, due to lack of funds, the father was brought in. Once it was determined no money could be obtained from the spouse, the nursing home went after the daughter, who resides in Kentucky, to the tune of $60k. While many states won’t impoverish children with the burden of their parents’ medical care bills, Ohio and Pennsylvania are two of the more nastier states that will criminally prosecute and use liens and garnishments. Siblings can also sue each other under this statute. Children may have had zero input or knowledge of financial transactions for medical care, but can still be legally required to pay those bills under this Ohio law. This is unfair and an undue burden on children who are not the Power of Attorney holders, as it’s well known that not everyone is forthcoming to all siblings with that information. This is especially true in families that have tensions and dysfunction without the additional layer of potential financial responsibility. To make matters worse, this law is fairly obscure, but thanks to healthcare costs, it’s being used and abused much more to the surprise and chagrin of adult children nationwide. Repeal 2919.21 so that adult children can invest in the future instead of paying for the past.