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Petitioning Jeff Sessions, John Conyers, Rick Snyder, William Schuett, Gary Peters, Debbie Stabenow, Jack Bergman, Bill Huizenga, Justin Amash, John Moolenaar, Daniel Kildee, Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, Mike Bish...

Remove Judge Gregory S. Ross from the bench

I've included James V. Young and Judge Donald A. Teeple for their culpability in this outrageous crime. Prosecutor James V. Young was the prosecutor on the original case and knew full well the docket that was being handed over to Judge Ross; Mr. Young also only asked for a charge of attempted rape, knowing the victim was pregnant due to being raped by Mirasolo. Judge Donald A. Teeple sentenced Mirasolo for this rape, but when Mirasolo was back in his court for a second rape of a 14 year old girl whom he threatened to kill and was armed with brass knuckles, instead of giving him the maximum sentence of 25 years, only sentenced him to 5, for which he only served 4.  Impeach Judge Gregory S. Ross and restore the rights to rape victims.  Christopher Mirasolo, 27, was convicted of raping a 12 year old girl and two other girls, 13 and 15 in 2008. Mirasolo was sentenced to one year in the county jail but only served six and a half months before early release to care for his sick mother. In March 2010 Mirasolo committed a sex assault on a victim between the ages of 13 and 15 years old. He served four years for this offense.  The 12 year old girl he raped in 2008 got pregnant due to being raped and Mirasolo is now seeking joint custody. THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE! The judge not only is granting custody, but he disclosed the victim's address and forced Mirasolo's name to be on the birth certificate of her now eight year old son WITHOUT HER CONSENT.  This judge needs to be removed from the bench and this victim needs to have herself and her young son protected from this monster. HE IS A PEDOPHILE and a CONVICTED RAPIST! This all began because the victim had applied for government assistance and the prosecutor forced a paternity test. Judge Ross did NOT have to compel custody without the rape victim's consent. Under the Child Custody Act, he could have compelled Mirasolo to pay support without giving custody. This young girl chose to protect the life of her unborn child and now Judge Ross, Judge Donald A. Teeple and prosecutor James V. Young are trying to destroy it.  No victim should have to suffer this atrocity. There should be federal laws in place to protect the rights of victims.   

Marilyn McDermott
140,623 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, Justin Amash, Dave Brat, Jim Bridenstine, Michael Burgess, Jason Chaffetz, Curt Clawson, Ron DeSantis, Jeff Duncan, Scott Garrett, Chris Gibson, Louie Gohmert, Paul G...

Impeach Judge Gloria M. Navarro

We the People of the United States petition the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Judge Gloria M. Navarro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada for committing treason and collaborating in the insurrection against the Constitutional authority of the federal government pursuant to Article I Section 8 Clause 15, Article 3 Section 3 and Article 2 Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, 18 U.S.C. § 2831 and 18 U.S. § Code 2383. Whereas Judge Navarro, at the direction of the FBI, BLM, and other federal agencies, is unlawfully detaining (Amendment VIII of the Bill of Rights & 18 U.S.C. § 3142), and has been for over nine months, prominent activists within the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom political movement for exercising their First Amendment protected rights—protesting against federal government overreach [the fact it had sold 9,000 acres of public land bordering Bundy Ranch and other people who own grazing rights to the division to a Communist Chinese energy firm represented by Rory Reid (Harry Reid's son), EMM, for $4.5 million, $34.1 million less than its value, and began rounding up the Bundy’s cattle and holding them in inhumane conditions … at least 60 purportedly suffering death or missing]—and, in order to suppress C4CF 's education of the People, they have been charged by the FBI for violating 18 U.S.C. § 371 - Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States; 18 U.S.C. § 372 - Conspiracy to Impede and Injure a Federal Officer; 18 U.S.C. § lll(a)(l) and (b) - Assault on a Federal Officer; 18 U.S.C. § 115(a)(l)(B) - Threatening a Federal Law Enforcement Officer; 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) - Use and Carry of a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence; 18 U.S.C. § 1503 - Obstruction of the Due Administration of Justice; 18 U.S.C. § 1951 - Interference with Interstate Commerce by Extortion; 18 U.S.C. § 1952 - Interstate Travel in Aid of Extortion; 18 U.S.C. § 2 - Aiding and Abetting. Among the political prisoners are Cliven, Ammon, Ryan and Mel Bundy, Peter Santilli (a journalist), Ryan Payne, Blaine Cooper, Eric Parker and Jerry DeLumus—all of whom provide C4CF with necessary influence. Whereas the discovery comprises substantial evidence proving the innocence of the defendants but is being concealed from the public at the order of Judge Navarro (in violation of Amendment VI of the Bill of Rights and Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure). These prisoners have also been subjected to mistreatment by the FBI, U.S. Marshall Service and employees of the correctional facilities. Whereas Judge Navarro is consciously proceeding with falsified charges filed by the FBI against C4CF and refusing to grant motions to dismiss after learning that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie and many other local, state and federal officials ordered the BLM to return the cattle to the Bundy’s and withdraw from the land, and being presented with relevant laws [Article I Section 8 Clause 17 & Article IV Section 3 Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, Rule 501 of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Nevada Revised Statute 568.225] were presented to her by the defense. Whereas, after being ordered by Sheriff Gillespie to stand down, Special Agent Dan P. Love of the BLM continued to impede on the rights and jurisdiction of the People of Clark County and all People of Nevada unabated; Committing acts of aggression that should be considered attempts to seriously injure or even kill peaceful protesters, including tazing several individuals and using blunt force (some already challenged by physical disabilities)—an apparent result of its militarization. Sheriff Gillespie stated that "anyone who had been in policing would question their tactics." Whereas Judge Navarro is participating in a cover up of the suppression by the FBI (by way of COINTELPRO tactics) of the right to the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, peaceful assembly, and petition the Government for a redress of grievances. One of the main functions of government is to enforce contracts, and in this case not only is the government failing to enforce a contract but it is also the contractor, and have abridged their obligations in addition to preventing the contractee(s) [Cliven Bundy—We the People] from discharging our duties enumerated in Article I Section 8 Clause 15 & 16 of the U.S. Constitution & 10 U.S.C. § 311 and pursuant to Rule 501 of the Federal Rules of Evidence. Whereas Judge Navarro has proven herself unfit to be an impartial Federal Judge; Consistent to the extreme bias expressed by her assistance given to the federal government and its usurpation of power and by covering up the inhumane treatment of political activists who are being unlawfully detained for exercising their rights protected by the First Amendment to enforce the rule of law—to establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, guarantee a Republican Form of Government, and secure the right to life, liberty and property, as ordained by the Creator in the U.S. Constitution.

Matthew Deatherage
10,475 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

Impeach Judge Anna J. Brown

We the People of the United States petition the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Judge Anna J. Brown of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon for committing treason and for her participation in the insurrection against the Constitutional authority of the federal government pursuant to Article I Section 8 Clause 15, Article 3 Section 3 and Article 2 Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, 18 U.S. § Code 2831 and 18 U.S. § Code 2383. Whereas Judge Brown, at the direction of the FBI and other federal agencies, is unlawfully detaining, and has been for over eight months, prominent activists within the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom political movement for exercising their First Amendment protected rights. Among the political prisoners are Ammon and Ryan Bundy, who both provide C4CF with necessary influence. These prisoners have also been subjected to mistreatment by the FBI, U.S. Marshal Service and employees of the correctional facilities. Whereas Judge Brown denied the Motion for mistrial after two of the government's witnesses introduced prejudicial information.  Whereas Judge Brown is consciously proceeding with falsified charges filed by the FBI against C4CF and refusing to grant motions to dismiss after relevant laws (60 stat 1065 & Article I Section 8 Clause 17)  were presented to her by the defense. Whereas Judge Brown is participating in a cover up of the suppression by the FBI (by way of COINTELPRO tactics) of the right to the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, peaceful assembly, and petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Whereas Judge Brown has been/is conspiring with the prosecution and FBI by prohibiting the defense to admit relevant evidence and to sufficiently question the witnesses, and by sustaining objections never raised by the prosecution but rather herself. Whereas Judge Brown has proven herself unfit to be a impartial Federal Judge; Consistent to the extreme bias expressed by her assistance given to the federal government and its usurpation of power and by covering up the inhumane treatment of political activists who are being unlawfully detained.

Matthew Deatherage
3,648 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Tom McClintock, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, Mimi Walters, Dana Rohrabacher, Robert Aderholt, Rick Allen, Justin Amash, Brian Babin, Lou Barletta, Andy Barr, Joe Barton, Dan Benishek, Diane Black, ...

Pass H.R. 2737: Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015

On June 11, 2015, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Mazie Hirono introduced HR 2737 & S 1555 respectively as the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015.  The pending legislation, “directs the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to make appropriate arrangements for the award of a single Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino Veterans in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.”  Other groups have been formally recognized by the United States with the Congressional Gold Medal for World War II service; they include the Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines, Navajo Code Talkers, Women Air Service Pilots, Japanese American Nisei Soldiers and Puerto Rican Soldiers.  Filipino World War II Veterans are equally deserving of this honor.  In order to pass HR 2737, the bill requires sponsorship from 290 congressional representatives, S 1555 needs 67 senators.  Today, HR 2737 has 312 cosponsors, S 1555 has 71. I would like to ask your assistance in reaching out to your congressional representative to get their support as a sponsor for the pending legislation.  Time is not on our side; the number of remaining Filipino Veterans is fast decreasing.  We need to pass these bills before the 114th Congress come to a close at the end of the year.

Veterans Equity Center
3,442 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, President of the United States, U.S. Senate, United States Supreme Court, Rand Paul, Justin Amash, Lisa Murkowski, Don Young, Alaska Governor, alaska

Repeal H.J. Res. 69 will hand jurisdiction over the hunting of bears, wolves, and coyotes

Recently approved H.J. Res. 69 jurisdiction over the hunting of bears, wolves, and coyotes on Alaska’s 20 million acres of federally-protected national preserves back to the state, which, since 1994, has had “predator control” laws on the books aimed at maximizing wild game populations for recreational hunting has been approved.

Joshua Avoil
2,264 supporters
Petitioning Trump Administration, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Debbie Stabenow, Gary Peters, Justin Amash, Fred Upton, John Conyers, David Trott, Tim Walberg, Bil...

Reinstate the ban on importing elephant trophies

In the wake of the Zimbabwe coup, the Trump administration has elected to lift the Obama era ban of importing elephant trophies into the United States.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife notice stated that permitting elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back as trophies will raise money for conservation programs.  The new policy applies to the remains of African elephants killed between January 2016 and December 2018. To kill animals for mere sport is cruel, deviant and immoral. As stewards of the earth, human-kind has the responsibility and obligation to protect and nurture all that is in it...Most especially, threatened animals, such as elephants, and environments & habitats, like the coral reefs.   To kill an animal to save future generations makes no sense.  Thus, I am petitioning the Trump administration to immediately reinstate the ban on importation of elephant body parts. Further, I’m petitioning Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Gary Peters and the full Michigan delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, to introduce legislation banning the importation of body parts of all threatened and endangered animals. Lastly, I humbly request that as a good steward, you will support this petition by signing and sounding the alarm to your family, friends and neighbors. The information below has been taken from the Thursday edition of the PBS Newshour. The world’s largest land mammal, the African elephant has been classified as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act since 1979. Illicit demand for elephant ivory has led to devastating losses from illegal poaching as the natural habitat available for the animals to roam has also dwindled by more than half. As a result, the number of African elephants has shrunk from about 5 million a century ago to about 400,000 remaining. And that number continues to decline each year. According to the United Nations, as many as 100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012. For forest elephants, the population declined by an estimated 62 percent between 2002 and 2011.        

Miriam Page
946 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Jefferson Sessions, Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Rand Paul, Jerry Brown, Richard Burr, Robert Aderholt, President of the United States, Mark Pocan,...

Demand Reform of Welfare Systems in the United States

By signing this document, you are sending the below message to members of Congress, and members in the White House including the President, Vice President, and more to make crucial and much needed change to our current welfare system: We the People of the United States of America formally request the Welfare System, including but not limited to TANF, EBT, Medicare, WIC, food stamps, unemployment, housing assistance, cash aide, and all other types of Welfare assistance provided by the federal government using tax payer funding to be immediately reformed to better serve Americans in a fair way. This petition and it's signers expresses our great dismay for the current unfair, unjust, and unconstitutional welfare system that has caused an unruly increase in income, federal, and state taxes on specifically working Americans. We the People of the United States feel the current Welfare System is unjust to the average American, unfairly benefiting people who do not work. The current welfare system is too expensive for average Americans, and welfare receivers are often living better, more lavishly, and more comfortably than working Americans across the nation. Apart of our citizen reform request, changes we want to see to the current Welfare System include, but are not limited to: Maximum yearly terms - A person should only be allowed to be on welfare for a certain, maximum length of time. An example of a maximum yearly term could be 6 months to a year, suffice time for a person to find a job and begin their career. Less government funding - The government is spending too much of tax payer money on Welfare, something over half the country disagrees with. We demand this term to be met to cut tax payer spending on Welfare, and in turn lower taxes on Americans. Abolish certain Welfare systems - We encourage members of Congress to analyze all current Welfare systems, and abolish certain systems that do more harm than good, and cost tax payers too much in funding. Redistribute Welfare Spending to more appropriate sources - After cutting spending of tax dollars on Welfare, we demand the remaining tax funding to be redistributed and allocated to more appropriate sources, such as the underfunded education system, the military, or other needy institutions that have been largely ignored and/or unfairly unrepresented despite the wishes of tax payers. All people who hereby sign this petition agree to the following statements and terms listed above, and demand change to be made. If not, petitioners and signers will rally against those who refused to make a change in this corrupt, unjust, and unconstitutional Welfare System, and vote those members out of Congress come election time. We the People of the United States of America believe in change through legislation, and this unconstitutional Welfare System is one that must be reformed and changed immediately. By signing this document, I hereby acknowledge all statements and terms above, and demand the above changes, reforms, and terms to be met. It's time to make a change! Signed, The American People  

Conservatives 4 Change of America
783 supporters
Petitioning Roy Beck, Jim Robb, Lamar Alexander, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Michael Bennett, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, Cory Booker, John Boozman, Sherrod Brown, Richard Burr, Maria Cantwell, SHELLEY MO...

#SAVEH2B: GET THE FACTS & STOP THE LIES!

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

SAVE H-2B
580 supporters
Petitioning Orvisguide@gmail.com, DexterJ@Michigan.gov, NelsonC@Michigan.gov, ScottVansingle@house.mi.gov, DavidLaGrand@house.mi.gov, TerrySabo@house.mi.gov, CurtVanderwall@house.mi.gov, Larryinman@house.mi.go...

Please Help Support Michigan's Fishing Tourism & Local Economies!

West Michigan is a fisherman's paradise, and with that being said it brings in a tremendous amount of tourism to our area, in ways some don't even realize. Not only does it increase license sales for our state, anglers also bring money in to local businesses of all kinds while they are here enjoying our pristine waters. We have started this petition in hopes of getting local support in slightly altering an ordinance that took effect in July 2016. We would like to propose a season (October 1- the last Saturday in April) instead of a complete ban, as they have done with treble hooks on the Big Manistee river above M-55. We believe that a compromise can be reached that will help extend our tourism season into the winter months. Since Fisheries Order 200.16A took effect last summer, there has been a notable decrease in the number of tourists and anglers coming to Michigan for fishing trips and charters, especially during the cold weather months.  From November 2016 through March 2017, our local fishing based revenue was down a whopping 43 % due to anglers not coming to our area rivers and spending money in the local restaurants, sport shops, hotels, gas stations, etc.  Tourism dollars are extremely important in these rural areas without much industry. If Fisheries Order 200.16A is not amended, we anticipate this trend will persist for the winter of 2017-18 and beyond. Decreased numbers of anglers greatly impact not only the livelihood of individual shop owners, charter captains, guides and their families, but the local economy as a whole.  Small towns such as Newaygo, Manistee, Wellston and Hesperia rely heavily on fishing tourism.  When you look at it from an economic standpoint, the bottom line is fewer anglers coming to our area means less income for business owners and employees at hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, shops, gas stations and other local attractions. In addition, less anglers and tourists coming to Michigan also will result in decreased revenue for the State of Michigan from the sale of fishing licenses.   Getting anglers to come to our area and fish is increasingly challenging during the winter months due to the cold temperatures and unpredictability of weather conditions in Michigan. This new law seems only to compound the problem.  A major part of our focus is customer satisfaction and retention, as these are important components for successful business and tourism.  As part of our customer service efforts, we request feedback from anglers and clients regarding their fishing experience.  We get information from clients through follow-up phone calls and emails, as well as through our online feedback form. We have had several clients, including many repeat clients who have expressed disappointment in their trips since throwing salmon eggs was banned. Chumming allows clients, many who have limited fishing experience including children, the thrill and excitement of being able to catch steelhead and trout even when conditions aren't enjoyable. Catching fish keeps them interested, and in turn reinforces and increases the likelihood that they will return to Michigan not only for future fishing trips but also for other recreational activities throughout the year. Most of our local tourism are the result of “word of mouth” and if people are not able to catch fish, it is unlikely they will return or encourage friends or family to book trips. Many clients travel hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles from different states to experience our incredible steelhead and trout fishing but, are less likely to make the long trek to Michigan if they are not satisfied with their experience.We care about fishing tourism in West Michigan and we don't want to see anglers leave our great state and spend their discretionary income somewhere else!  Please help keep angling tourism in Michigan where it belongs!   Thank you for your support!

Lisa Lightfoot
549 supporters
Petitioning Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, Georgia Department of Veterans Service, Justin Amash, Holly Hughes, Dan Kildee, Department of Veterans Affairs

Mandate Counseling for Veterans and their Families

There should be a REQUIRED POST-WAR PROGRAM FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. Five years ago today my son's father took his last breath after being severely beaten. Easter week 2012, I was helping his mother write his obituary, picking out suits for my 7 year old son... one so he could greet family members at his Daddy's visitation and another so he could proudly carry his Daddy's casket to his gravesite. Zachary James Gamble was found beaten and unconscious March 25, 2012 in the parking lot of an apartment complex in an Atlanta suburb. The four men serving prison time said he'd been talking about his time served in the Iraq War at a party and some found his stories offensive. This was his cry for help and that's how some in the community "rallied" around someone who fought for their freedom. While Zach served his 2nd tour of duty in Iraq, during one of which he stayed longer so others could return to their families sooner, I gave birth to our son not knowing if his Daddy would survive battle and return home to us. The hardship and stress of war added to the breakdown of our marriage when he returned. We had a limited support system, not because family and friends didn't want to help but because they didn't know how to help. I didn't know how to help a veteran who'd experienced the atrocities of war and Zach didn't know how to help a new Mom still anxious at the thought of losing her baby's father at war. These veterans and families need professional help, community support... or simply direction! Where do we go? Who helps us? A speech from your superior officer as you head home isn't going to help! A google search of how to help your veteran spouse doesn't help! There should be a REQUIRED POST-WAR PROGRAM FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES including counseling.

Marlee Ginter
407 supporters