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José E. Serrano

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Congressman representing the South Bronx, New York.

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Help Wakaliwood Get a Visa!

Supa Fans!  Wakaliwood needs you! As many of you know, we are just a small village in Wakaliga, Uganda making action movies. Yet our films and spirit have become loved around da world. Some have called us The Best Emergent Cinema on the Planet, and named our film Who Killed Captain Alex, The Most Important African Film of the 21st Century.Fans and journalists have traveled from all over the world to meet us, sharing our story in CNN, Wall Street Journal, Vice, Playboy, Paris Match, Zeit, and BBC, among many others.Our new action film, Bad Black, has won awards all over the world including the United States, where we won both the Audience Award and Best Action Director at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX.  And now, incredibly, the theatrical premiere of Bad Black will be held at the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in NYC on May 13, 2019, followed by a US Tour to promote the DVD/Blu-ray and digital release, thanks to our friends at Alamo Drafthouse and AGFA, the American Genre Film Archive. Filmmaker Nabwana IGG has been rejected 3 times for a US VisaWe understand the approval process is difficult, and that this situation is unusual. It is IGG's dream (and perhaps the dream of some of you) to present his films in person and exchange experiences and ideas with audiences around the world. The premiere of Bad Black at MoMA and the supporting US Tour is the perfect place to start. IGG has never been to a movie theater - what better 1st film than his own?Perhaps this petition can help. And it doesn't matter where you live. If you are in Estonia, Peru, Spain, Canada, or South Korea, sign the petition. Tell your Embassy that Wakaliwood is loved. And let us know where to visit next!If Wakaliwood proves anything, it's that anything is possibleWebale nnyo mukwano gwange ne Supa Action!Signed Bruce U, Ebola Hunter, Steven Senegal, Van Dammage, Jackie Chad, Choppa Li (brother to Jet Li), and everyone here in Wakaliga, Uganda

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Petitioning New York State Senate, Senator Alessandra Biaggi, Mark Gjonaj, Andrew M. Cuomo, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, Nydia M. Velázquez, José E. Serrano

Take Our Neighborhood’s Back! Real help Not more Methadone clinics,Grp Homes & Shelters.

Over the last few years there has been an alarming rise in crime across the board, in a seemingly strategic effort by congress to keep them undocumented  throughout NYC/Bronx. The most rapidly affected areas facing a continuous decline in our quality of life and overall heath and safety are, Pelham bay, Morris Park, Throggs Neck, Country Club, Pelham Parkway, Indian Village, Pelham Gardens, Shuylerville, City Island, Locust Point, and Silver Beach.  What were all once desired, safe, family oriented neighborhoods; primarily made up of hard working upper middle class and middle class folks, is now becoming the forefront of everything wrong with society.  These communities have always upheld a sense of pride and concern for its neighborhood and the people living in it.  We are rapidly being forced to move out of our lifelong homes, our investments, and our best memories due to the unsafe environment caused by unbenounced pop up homeless shelters, group homes, and especially the massive influx of methadone clinics.  These not only pose a risk to our health, but it is especially concerning for our children and their safety and well being.   The Waters Place Methadone Clinic, Westchester Square, other neighboring clinics, along with Daytop, provide severe addicts with the highly addictive drugs Buprenorphine, Suboxone and Methadone that are classified as Controlled substances and are also *HIGHLY ADDICTIVE.  These lethal drugs can cause respiratory distress and death when taken in high doses or when combined with other substances, especially when mixed with alcohol.  These drugs are Synthetic versions of heroin, and are extremely valuable when sold on the street.  Once an addict has received their drugs at one of the many clinics, they are then free to roam the streets of our neighborhoods, back yards, and most concerning our schoolyards, with no supervision or concern for other human life. Let’s not forget, there’s no profit in a cure.  I have attached a massive 2017 lawsuit against “PURDUE PHARMA L.P., CEPHALON, INC., TEVA PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES  LTD., TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USA, INC., ENDO INTERNATIONAL PLC, JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC., INSYS THERAPEUTICS, INC., MALLINCKRODT PLC,  MALLINCKRODT  PHARMACEUTICALS,  AMERISOURCEBERGEN CORPORATION, CARDINAL HEALTH, INC. and McKESSON CORPORATION,.” For reason such as “VIOLATION OF THE RACKETEER INFLUENCED AND CORRUPT ORGANIZATION ACT, VIOLATION OF PROTECTION ACT, PUBLIC UNJUST ENRICHMENT, and many other exposing truths you *must read immediately.  Family First Intervention published an article on June 7 2018, in their treatment plan About the Dangers Of Methadone And Suboxone Clinics stating:  “There are many reasons why people are skeptical of methadone and Suboxone clinics. The first is that both methadone and Suboxone are themselves addictive, though Suboxone to a lesser degree.” This means there has to be a plan for getting off methadone or getting off Suboxone.  The second concern is how quickly some clinics decide to put a patient on a long-term opioid maintenance plan. These clinics do not thoroughly assess a patient. It is important to determine how severe their issue is, look at general physical characteristics that could have an impact, and then take the time to think through what treatment plan would be best. Some clinics immediately turn to long-term opioid maintenance therapy plans. Especially careless clinics will put patients on dangerously high dosages. In this way unethical clinics assure patients will be dependent on them for a long time. This unfathomable and careless action is not only attracting drug dealers to hang out in our neighborhoods; as they wait for the perfect clientele to come stumbling out of the methadone clinics, they’re targeting the very people your said to be “helping”.  These addicts don’t stand a chance for sobriety with conditions such as this.  This activity has also opened the door for Sex Trafficking; especially at the dilapidated motel right by the entrance of the Hutchinson River Parkway that is now being used as a homeless shelter!  This mass influx of addicts stumbling around high and distorted, is putting our children’s and families lives in immediate danger.  This has been known for decades, even an article published in 1995 “THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF DRUG ABUSE” & A study originally prepared by UNDCP as a position paper for the World Summit for Social Development (Copenhagen, 6-12 March 1995) stated that “According to a WHO report, HIV was a major health risk as well as the less well "recognized, but statistically and medically more significant in terms of its overall societal impact, is the relationship between substance abuse and hepatitis, tuberculosis, cardiovascular diseases, cirrhosis and neuropsychiatric disorders;disinhibition and sexually transmitted diseases; unwanted pregnancy and complications in pregnancy including fetal distress; and violence and suicide" (15, p. 1). We are subjected to Dirty needles, extremely poor hygiene, and deadly disease.  This lack of concern for all  life poses immediate and direct threats for diseases and deadly pathogens to be spread.  To make matters worse the concentration of sex offenders at Bronx state outpatient clinic is sickening.  Who’s rights are we protecting!? Will you feel bad for the repeat offender when a child has been raped or hurt? “They have rights too”, well clearly ours have been taken away.  We are subject to A continuous harassment  by homeless/drug seeking/not well Panhandlers begging for money infront of every store, scaring it’s residents/patrons, and  forcibly subjecting our children and youth to the darkest behavior and activity that exists.  Moreover, it is no secret that with this population, there is enevitably a rise in theft and crime.  It is hard to even  recognize some areas anymore.   An article that supports this published by the NCADD states that: “drugs and crime are directly and highly correlated and serious drug use can amplify and perpetuate preexisting criminal activity”. And that’s there are essentially three types of crimes related to drugs: 1.) Use-Related crime: These are crimes that result from or involve individuals who ingest drugs, and who commit crimes as a result of the effect the drug has on their thought processes and behavior. 2.) Economic-Related crime: These are crimes where an individual commits a crime in order to fund a drug habit. These include theft and prostitution. 3.) System-Related crime: These are crimes that result from the structure of the drug system. They include production, manufacture, transportation, and sale of drugs, as well as violence related to the production or sale of drugs, such as a turf war.  “Those with a drug use dependency are more likely to be arrested for acquisitive crimes such as burglary or shop theft, or for robbery and handling stolen goods -- crimes often related to “feeding the habit.” For example, in 2004, 17% of state prisoners and 18% of federal inmates said they committed their current offense to obtain money for drugs. There are also close links between drug use and women, men and children who are involved in, or exploited by, the sex trade, many of whom are caught up in the criminal justice system. However, there is evidence that drug use is both a pre-determining factor in such sexual exploitation and a means of coping with it.” This is unacceptable! The Government has victimized the criminals, and criminalized the victims.. while being extorted in taxes. Most importantly, *all of these facilities, housing and people are placed directly across the street from our grade schools, day cares, high schools, and College campuses . Specifically PS 721x [as previously mentioned, A special needs school on waters place feet away from Bronx’s state clinic], Children’s Learning Corner *Daycare [around the corner from Bronx state clinic, on Marconi street and Waters], Lehman High School, Mercy College’s Bronx campus, St. Theresa’s school [pre-k - 5th or 8th grade]  as well as many other neighboring schools in a dangerously close radius.  These facilities welcome ALL * sex offenders, and convicted criminals, “former”drug dealers, and everything in between. There are zero regulations regarding a person’s criminal or mental history.  How can this be!? when were we going to be made aware or have a say? Do we not deserve the right to know of these serious threats to our families? After all we are funding them and now forced to live with the ever growing problem’s that they are. Under the drug a chocolate free zone laws, specifically The McKinney’s Penal Law, Article 220.44, it states there should be drug free zones at least 1,000 feet away from schools and  daycares.   They do not include jails, clinics, or group homes for addicts.  Bronx State/Montifiore is in direct proximity with a special needs School; a few yards directly across the street, even more alarming is there is also the daycare on the road behind the facility.  There must be a safer revision of this, and should include zoning for high schools; which are the most influential population as well as College Campuses. The sentencing Project put out an article about safe drug free school zones, concluding with:  “Drug-free zone laws were initially promoted as an attempt to keep dangerous drug activity away from children. In practice, drug-free zone laws have created a number of serious issues within the criminal justice system, by frequently imposing and subjecting urban poor and minority populations to higher concentration areas. Spurred by more than a decade of research, a number of states are taking measures to reform their drug-free zone laws”. These states should serve as a model for other jurisdictions as the movement for fairer, more effective drug laws continues to build momentum in the United States.” In a published research article by Health.Ny.Gov in their **Bronx CNA Report on November 2014, SPECIFICALLY STATES PELHAM BAY AND THROGS NECK AS HAVING ISSUES WITH SAFETY AND QUALITY OF LIFE DUE TO ALL THE ISSUES I RAISE:  “The Pelham-Throgs Neck area and the South Bronx, in particular, appear to be disproportionately impacted by psychological distress with approximately 8%-9% of residents reporting it. (See Appendix B, Table 31.)” further going on to hit key points such as: “The geographic distribution of behavioral health resources (see Appendix A, Map 88) appears to match the widespread distribution of behavioral health-related service utilization in the Bronx;26 however, questions as to the adequacy of these resources in terms of capacity were raised in focus groups and key informant interviews. In addition, there were concerns about concentration of particular services, such as methadone programs in particular neighborhoods, resulting in perceived declines in safety and quality of life for community members.”  DeBlasio cannot even provide us with a straight answer when asked what his actual plan is when it comes to the homeless and addicts, but there is most certainly almost Three Billion Dollars of our money going toward it.  The New York Post stated in an article on March 6 2018 titled “Everyone is Trying to Solve The Mystery to Of DiBlasio’s Homeless Policy” reportedly saying that even solid lefties are dumbfounded when it comes to the “$2.8 billion in new shelter funding without presenting “a clearly articulated strategy.” Furthermore ending the article stating “It leaves you wondering if City Hall’s strategy is to grow the ranks of the homeless.” Which seems like the only reason things are as bad as they are.  Most recently the unaccounted for $850+ Billion Dollars!! Moreover and *approved and passed legislation for the mayors wife; who is the very same person to misplace they $850+Bil, recieved another granted $22 Million!? [ this very deceiving legislation hides the very link I posted by the CDC in relation to deaths & Methadone, and strongly urges and lies to those reading it about it’s remarkable safety and success.  I have piles of Empirical Evidence, mostly by the actual Goverment &  peer reviewed medical journal articles proving the exact opposite ] $22M just on drug facilities and unhelpful help.  We need to come together, stand up and fight. It is disturbing that the government wants us to think that by actually giving addicts and criminals clean needles, a “safe place” to do illegal drugs, and continue opening up more facilities is somehow going to stop drug use? Or make it better? It is mind boggling that these nonsensical plans are put in motion by the people who are supposed to be making our community more safe.  What we need is a plan that makes sense, and backed by Science.  If jail isn’t what they need than create a specific facility that help drug addiction, that has a secured and monitored system in place, that urgently helps get addicts clean and become a functioning member of society before letting them out on the street.  They need to be long term, in patient care, include mental health care, and MUST be easily accessible or free of charge.  We certainly have the money in taxes to achieve this goal.  Yes we *provide* addicts with information, but that’s not useful unless it is accessible, and methadone is just adding another addiction for these individuals.   A medical journal article published by the American Pain Society in an extensive study on methadone specifically, concluding that: “ Methadone has become widely prescribed for treatment of chronic pain as well as a treatment for opioid dependence. Trends that indicate marked increases in the absolute number of methadone-associated deaths and overdoses as well as reports linking methadone with electrocardiographic abnormalities and cardiac arrhythmias have raised important concerns regarding the safety of methadone, yet many critical research gaps related to harms. Research is urgently needed to better characterize the risks associated with methadone, particularly in comparison with other opioids, as well as on the usefulness of methods for predicting and reducing those risks.” What we are doing right now is becoming the enablers, and this problem will, and is getting much much worse.  We need to clean up our streets and help our people, not give them the instruments to self destruct even further. As a study found by the Urban Institute Justice Policy Center found that treatment in residential settings that were court ordered outperformed all other practices saying :  “Drug courts that used more intensive initial treatment modalities—residential treatment specifically—outperformed drug courts that relied on less intensive options, particularly among highly-addicted, “high-need” participants. Drug courts that assessed for trauma and used cognitive behavioral therapy for criminal thinking were particularly effective with less addicted participants. (Such participants may more often require treatment for trauma, criminal thinking, or other needs besides substance abuse.)” We need more funding for up to date extensive research in this area, and really look at the big picture and long term goals as a society.   Withdrawal can yes be life threatening whenever not done properly, but under evaluating and over prescribing methadone as well as similar drugs does nothing but get them addicted to yet another drug.   Much addiction is people places and things, help re-locate and OUT of the system, with a well thought out and sustainable solution.  They should not remain psoners in this hell hole of a life,  only given one option the government decides  gives them.  What will benefit everyone best? What is actually proven to continuously work?  What are the actual risks?  What are they long term effects of certain care?  Are these clinics regulated and do they do thorough enough assessments? And what are those assessments? Or do they over prescribe and under address the real issues? You get the idea.  New and beneficial methods/systems for treatment and long term care must be put into place immediately.   We have billions of our tax dollars spilling into this problem alone, and our Government wants to spend it on MORE facilities and housing?! Where are the public listings and notifications on these government funded facilities/group homes/shelters?  Even when searching a known facility, there is no public information about it?  With a little research I discovered it’s because our government buys land/property, then sell to “private developers” to build these places, and they are then secretly put under the developers name and not listed as a government site! The developer is then **tax exempt and ** funded by the Government (US THE TAX PAYERS!) But **NOT LISTED AS GOVERNMENT OR PUBLIC SEARCHABLE SITE! Don’t you think we have a right to know who is living nex to our families?! Total disrespect and disregard for our safety and well being, it’s despicable! It appears as though the government places its addicts on *Methadone to make a *profit off of their problem, and take the buisness from the illegal drug dealers in their own turf war against cartels.  Tell me how these methods are any different? Taking a heroin addict “off heroin” and puting them on long term methadone and suboxone “treatment” which IS IN FACT **SYNTHETIC HEROIN!  This is simply put a *Turf War by our government, they want to take the sales from the un-taxed heroin, and onto taxed heroin; aka methadone.  This has even gone as far as giving free needles and safe places to do drugs; in a twisted marketing scheme.  These people are not helping anyone, they are hurting them and using them.   As the New York Post reported back in May of 2017, “DiBlasio isn’t quite the success story it seems” and there needs to be a forensic investigation into all of the mayors claims.” Where are the rights of your tax paying LAW ABIDING CITIZENS? And where are “We The People’s”  *BILLIONS IN TAX DOLLARS GOING?! We demand action and answers YESTERDAY!  We must put this carelessness to an end immediately! Sign this petition if you want to be able to sleep peacfully, knowing your family is once again safe from criminals, sex offender, felons, addicts, drug dealers, and sex trafficking.  Further, so we can help our police do their jobs again, and keep our children and streets safe and clean.  Let us finally Provide real help to those in need, and stop applying only bandaids.  We need action now before it’s too late and more people get hurt. Please save our homes, our neighborhoods, our families and our addicts and CLEAN UP OUR NEIGHBORHOODS ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!  Here’s ‘cherry on top’ article in regards to the closing of Rikers, and proposal for more jails in our neighborhood.  We need to fight like hell more than ever! _______Works Cited______

Ami Massa
1,352 supporters
Petitioning New York Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Andrew Cuomo, David I Weprin, Kirsten Gillibrand, James Clayborne, Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, Jose Serrano, Ellen Jaffee, Carmen E ...

Enact Zoey's Law - Create a law to prevent Parental Alienation

Zoenika Humphreys is not the first child to commit suicide as a result of the inadequate investigation of parental alienation claims, but she must be the last. We need a Zoey’s Law to honor the memory of children who were failed by the system and to prevent the same thing from happening to another child because it will unless we act now.  Zoenika Humphreys, a 15-year-old girl from Swansea, Illinois committed suicide on August 25, 2013. She never received the help she needed, regardless of letters written to the courts on her behalf. One out of five children is going through parental alienation; this is a form of abuse. Parental alienation (or Hostile Aggressive Parenting) is a group of behaviors that are damaging to children's mental and emotional well-being and can interfere with a relationship of a child and either parent. These behaviors most often accompany high conflict marriages, separation or divorce. These behaviors whether verbal or non-verbal, cause a child to be mentally manipulated or bullied into believing a loving parent is the cause of all their problems, and the enemy, to be feared, hated, disrespected and avoided. Parental alienation and hostile, aggressive parenting deprive children of their right to be loved by and showing love for both of their parents. The destructive actions by an alienating parent or other third person (like another family member, or even a well-meaning mental health care worker) can become abusive to the child - as the alienating behaviors are disturbing, confusing and often frightening, to the child, and can rob the child of their sense of security and safety leading to maladaptive emotional or psychiatric reactions. There were over five reports of abuse and letters written to family court judges but yet she was allowed to remain with her grandmother, and none of the reports were adequately investigated. To create a statutory presumption of joint custody for all minor children whose parents are no longer together, so that both parents can continue to share in the responsibilities and duties of the children's upbringing.  When a noncustodial parent has been granted visitation rights and those rights are denied or otherwise interfered with by the custodial parent or guardian, the noncustodial parent may file with the court clerk a motion to enforcement of visitation rights. The motion shall be filed on a form provided by the court clerk. Upon submitting the motion, the court shall immediately schedule a court date, should be no more than 14 days after the motion been filed. If the court finds that visitation rights of the noncustodial parent have been unreasonably denied or otherwise interfered with by the custodial parent, the court shall enter an order providing for one or more of the following: 1. A specific visitation schedule; 2. Compensating visitation time for the visitation denied or otherwise interfered with, which time shall be of the same type (e.g. holiday, weekday, weekend, summer) as the visitation denied or otherwise interfered with, and shall be at the convenience of the noncustodial parent; 3. Posting of a bond, either cash or with sufficient sureties, conditioned upon compliance with the order granting visitation rights 4. Assessment of reasonable attorney fees, mediation costs, and court costs to enforce visitation rights against the custodial parent; 5. Attendance of one or both parents at counseling or educational sessions which focus on the impact of visitation disputes on children; 6.  Supervised visitation; or 7. Any other remedy the court considers appropriate, which may include an order which modifies a prior order granting child custody.  

Tamika Mapp
526 supporters
Save Net Neutrality

Thank you for joining this petition and standing with me and millions of Americans in strong support of Net Neutrality. A free, fair, and open internet is essential to our way of life and economy, and we must continue the fight to protect it. As a member of Congress representing the South Bronx, a community predominantly made up of Latinos and African Americans, overturning Net Neutrality will disproportionately hurt underserved people of color who continue to face systemic barriers in most aspects of life. An open internet allows these communities equal access to cultural programming, online services that meet their unique needs, education and training benefits, employment opportunities, and the ability to connect with loved ones near and far. These working families rely on equal access to the internet in order to be successful in business, school, and life. We must never allow corporations the power to determine what online services and content Bronxites and Americans all across the country are able to access of their own free will, or choose who can gain access because of their ability to pay. I’m proud to be working with an organization called Full Color Future — a group of innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and advocates of color who believe the Internet provides unprecedented opportunity to build businesses, share stories, and spark movements for justice. If you agree with their mission, add your name to their petition to save neutrality as well: In Congress, I have been a staunch defender of the 2015 rules reclassifying broadband services under Title II of the Communications Act. I have joined many of my House Democratic colleagues on numerous letters and bills defending Net Neutrality. Over the summer, I introduced an amendment in the Appropriations Committee to prevent Chairman Pai and the FCC from using federal funds to undermine, weaken, or overturn these rules. After Republicans on the Committee rejected my amendment, I tried to bring the same amendment to the House floor, only to have House Republicans prevent my amendment from coming up for a vote. While these attempts were not successful, I believe this fight is too important to give up. The FCC’s vote to overturn the 2015 rules on Net Neutrality, and effectively hand over control of online content to Internet Service Providers and big corporations, was a huge step back for equality and fairness. However, the fight is not over. My colleagues in Congress and I will continue fighting to keep the internet open for you and all Americans. I hope you will remain in the fight with me. Rep. Jose Serrano

2 years ago