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.
Tell Ohio Gov. John Kasich to recall 37 state troopers from North Dakota!
On Saturday, October 29, the state of Ohio sent 37 highway patrol officers to North Dakota to assist with security at protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is slated to go under the Missouri River next to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. What does such "security" mean? It means trampling the rights of native Americans who have been subjected to human rights abuses from a militarized police force acting to protect not the people but a pipeline that directly threatens their water supply. Ohio taxpayers do not want 37 of their highway patrol officers to participate in this unconstitutional and unethical violation of Native American people's rights. We demand that Gov. John Kasich bring these state troopers back home now. Background The Ohio troopers headed to North Dakota just two days after police used pepper spray, sound cannons, concussion grenades, rubber bullets, and batons on hundreds of unarmed water protectors while clearing their camp on historically tribal land. Over 140 water protectors were arrested. Those taken into custody have reported that they were strip searched, had numbers written on their arms, and were housed in dog kennels with no bedding or furniture. According to Dallas Goldtooth of Indigenous Environmental Network: National Guard was used to clear the way for pipeline construction within 20 miles of the river where President Obama has asked that work be stopped. Men and women were pulled out of a sweat lodge ceremony at gunpoint. Private security forces had men armed with AR-15 weapons. Similarities to Wounded Knee had the potential to turn a peaceful protest into a major tragedy. The militarized police crackdown on a peaceful gathering of unarmed indigenous people in North Dakota happened on the same day as white men who carried out an armed 41-day seige of a nature preserve in Oregon were acquitted of all charges. Private security planes and helicopters were flying over the camp all day despite declaration of the area as a no-fly zone by the Federal Aviation Administration. Despite claims that water protectors were armed, the only weapons were in the hands of militarized police -- assault rifles, snipers, concussion grenades, batons, sound cannons, tanks, and more. Horseback riders were attacked by police on ATVs, resulting in one horse being hurt so severely that he had to be put down. National Guard humvees were onsite with snipers on top. As a result of the militarized police crackdown, Amnesty International has announced it is sending observers to North Dakota, and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is sending a representative to the site. Video from the scene Police in North Dakota have unconstitutionally arrested journalists documenting the protests, confiscated their footage, and charged them with felony crimes. Despite these efforts, reports and livestreams from the October 27 police crackdown have been seen by millions. Here are a few: Report from Unicorn Riot showing police raiding the indigenous people's camp; several of their reporters have been arrested. Video from Dallas Goldtooth showing a water protector wounded from shrapnel from a concussion grenade, pepper spray into a group of protectors, and the arrest of tribal councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek as she stood in prayer. Livestream from indigenous journalist Atsa E'sha Hoferer showing police raiding the camp. This brutal crackdown occurred just weeks after private security forces went after water protectors with pepper spray and attack dogs. Democracy Now reporter Amy Goodman and her crew were on the scene to record events. Officials charged Goodman with conspiracy and rioting; the judge dismissed all charges. Our demand Ohio police have no business getting involved in an unconstitutional abuse of human rights in order to protect a pipeline that threatens the water supply of a tribal nation in North Dakota. We demand that Gov. John Kasich bring all state troopers sent to North Dakota back to Ohio NOW. Photo credit: NBC News
Newborn screen for SMA in Ohio and other states
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading cause of genetic death in infants. Although it has many types, type 1 children have a life expectancy of under 2 years (type 0 infants live a few weeks). On December 23, 2016 the FDA approved the first treatment for this disease, Spinraza. Data suggests that if the drug is given early in life, it may yield better outcomes for these children. Therefore it is imperative to test/screen every newborn for this devastating disease at birth. Please help us implement this in Ohio and in every state in the United States. Thank you.
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.
URGENT: Help Baby! Stop ODNR from murdering an innocent tame rescued deer named Baby in Vermillion, Ohio.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) continues to dishonor the most compassionate citizens of Ohio and in so doing steps violently upon our God given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The state does NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to make compassion illegal by forcing people to commit negligence. Debbie is a retired nurse who owns a dog rescue in Vermillion, Ohio called St. Francis Animal Sanctuary. She saved the life of a little fawn named Baby who has known nothing but love. The ODNR is threatening to kill this precious tame animal and arrest Debbie. The ODNR needs to be stopped! Baby has a life. DNR has a trail of death. This is senseless wasteful barbaric killing must stop. Please sign this petition to save BABY. FYI. After signing the option to donate to further promote this petition is given.
OUR BODIES-OUR CHOICE! REVERSE THE OHIO "HEARTBEAT BILL"
Ohio just passed what is being called the "strictest-time based abortion law". The "Heartbeat Bill" makes it illegal for a woman to get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Most women don't even know they are pregnant until after this as a fetal heartbeat can be detected at six weeks. Ohio Gov. John Kasich has 10 days to decide whether or not to veto legislation. This bill is a clear violation of womens' rights and Roe vs Wade. This will make women seek unsafe and illegal abortions that put their lives in danger. This bill is a violation of our right to choose. Our daughters, sisters, friends' right to choose. Please sign this petition and take a stand!
Make soap in restrooms accessible to people of all statures
I have a simple problem that with support will hopefully have a simple fix. I am a little person, standing at four feet tall. I have learned to thrive in a world that was not built for me. However, there is one problem that looms over me when I am in public spaces (which is often). I can almost never reach the soap dispensers in public restrooms, both handicap and non-handicap accessible. The ADA requires that a soap dispenser be no more than four feet from the floor but does not specify on what wall the soap dispenser be mounted. Commonly, the dispenser is mounted on the wall parallel to the individual washing their hands. This means that when I go to wash my hands there is a countertop acting as a barrier between me and the soap which is so high up and far away that there is no way I can reach it. If the ADA changed their requirements for the height and placement of the soap dispenser, my little problem could vanish. This is not only my little problem though, my mother, father, and brother are all little people and there are thousands of little people all over the United States that would benefit from this simple change.