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Petitioning Todd Spitzer (Orange County Supervisor 3rd District)

Exonerate Kenneth Clair: DNA Evidence Points to Someone Else.

On November 15, 1984, 5-year-old Jerrod Hessling witnessed the beating, rape, and stabbing death of his babysitter. When asked to describe the killer, he said, without hesitation, that it was a white male. Another child present during the murder saw a white man’s tattooed arm reach inside the house to open a sliding glass door. Yet somehow, the lawyers in the case determined that Kenneth Clair, a dark-skinned African-American homeless man who had been squatting next door, was the killer. When Jerrod saw him on the witness stand and insisted they had the wrong man, the prosecution chalked it up to youth and trauma and pursued the death penalty for Kenneth Clair. To this day, 31 years later, Mr. Clair sits on San Quentin’s death row, awaiting his execution date. [UPDATE: I was recently made aware that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals secretly overturned Mr. Clair’s death sentence and changed it to life in prison without parole. This is mixed news -- his life is spared, but he no longer has the right to an attorney under habeas corpus laws, and he has not been granted a retrial. That means the exonerating DNA evidence will NOT be seen in court. We now have to focus our energy on asking Governor Jerry Brown and California State Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the case and exonerate Kenneth Clair for this crime he did not commit. It is Mr. Clair’s only remaining chance for justice. ] But that’s not the biggest bombshell in this case -- in 2008, forensic testing revealed that DNA found on the murder victim did not match Clair’s. DNA taken from a glove found at the scene also did not match. It matches another individual, but the Orange County District Attorney insists that “confidentiality is required” concerning this evidence, and for 7 years now, the identity of the person whose DNA does match the swab has remained a secret. In the interest of justice, we must call on the Orange County DA and California state lawmakers to demand that the DNA evidence be turned over to Kenneth Clair’s defense. Since his conviction, Clair has struggled with ineffective counsel. He wanted his lawyers to work at investigating the crime, rather than simply trying to free him from death row, but they never did. His plea for substitute counsel even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, and he did eventually receive a switch of counsel. Finally, he is being represented by people who are dedicated to his exoneration. But their hands are tied without this crucial DNA evidence, and more of Clair’s precious life is wasting away in prison as they fight to obtain it. Please sign my petition: Obviously the Orange County District Attorneys office, with their current district attorney Tony Rackauckas will continue withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense. The only alternative is to both Mr. Rackauckas out of office. So our goal now is to fight this battle both by rallies and at the voting box. If you cannot vote, we still need your donations and also your time if you can volunteer. OUR MAIN MESSAGE IS THAT THE DNA IS NOT KENNETH CLAIR'S. WE DO NOT CARE IF THE DA'S OFFICE CONTINUES TO WITHHOLD THE RESULTS ANY MORE........  NOW OUR MISSION IS TO EXONERATE KENNETH CLAIR. "IF THE DNA SAYS NO .........YOU HAVE TO EXONERATE AND LET KENNETH CLAIR GO......."  

C. J. Ford
163,506 supporters
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Petitioning Richard S. Moskowitz

Release Daniel Larsen, Ruled Innocent

In 2010, after spending more than 10 years in prison, a federal court found my fiance Daniel Larsen innocent. His 1999 conviction for possession of a concealed weapon was overturned and he was ordered released.  But Attorney General Kamala Harris appealed this ruling and today Daniel is still in prison - stuck in legal limbo - two years after being declared innocent.  In 1999, Daniel was convicted of possession of a concealed weapon (a knife) and sentenced to 28-years-to-life under California's Three Strikes Law. Two police officers claimed they had saw him throw a knife under a car in a bar parking lot, something he didn't do.  There were nine witnesses to prove his innocence - including a Chief of Police from North Carolina, who happened to be within five feet of Daniel at the time the officers claimed to have seen him toss the knife. But because of ineffective legal representation, these witnesses would not be part of his defense.  In July 2008, the California Innocence Project filed a habeas petition in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California. One year later, the court held an evidentiary hearing in which three witnesses testified as to Daniel's innocence. Among the witnesses were the Chief of Police and his wife. After a hearing on the matter, the federal court found not only that Daniel was innocent but also that his trial attorney's representation was constitutionally deficient in failing to call these witnesses at the time of his trial. On June 14, 2010, the District Court judge reversed his conviction and ordered him released. But he remains in prison pending the Attorney General's appeal. Daniel and I  have plans to make a life together - he's already spent 13 years in prison for a crime he was found innocent of. Please join me in asking Attorney General Kamala Harris to drop her office's appeal to Daniel Larsen's release. 

christina combs
131,972 supporters
Petitioning Sharon Runner (Senator)

Bring Lexi Home

There is a 6 year old little girl who has been ripped away from the only family that she has ever known. Her name is Lexi. The first year of her life she moved from foster placement to foster placement. Lexi has been with a loving, stable family for nearly five years and is thriving and a happy, healthy little girl. To Lexi this family is her everything - her mommy, daddy and brother and sisters. Unfortunately, since Lexi is 1.5% Choctaw, the state of California and LA County have allowed the Indian Child Welfare Law to devastate this family and abduct Lexi from her Mommy and Daddy on Monday to move her to Utah to live with a non-blood related family who aren't even members of the tribe, providing heartless and false justification. I'm pleading with you to please sign our petition & pass this around to everyone you know. LA County & California need to know that Lexi's rights, stability and permanence matter! Yes, this happened in America, let's make sure Lexi comes homes & it doesn't happen again! Here is a link to the Court of Appeals decision regarding how the ICWA law should consider best interests of a child:  http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/archive/B252999.PDF Please sign this petition so we can fight for justice for Lexi, whose only desire is to come HOME to her mommy, daddy, sisters, brother and friends. Here's how you can show love and support to the family: VISIT: www.facebook.com/SaveOurLexi VISIT: www.SaveOurLexi.com to learn the facts & find out how to help    

Rusty & Summer Page
132,162 supporters
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Petitioning U.S. Senate, John Barrasso, James Inhofe, Shelley Capito, John Boozman, Roger Wicker, Deb Fischer, Jeff Sessions, Jerry Moran, Mike Rounds, Joni Ernst, Dan Sullivan, Tom Carper, Ben Cardin, Bernie ...

Demand A Strong EPA For Our Bays

Let’s not trash the EPA. Reject Scott Pruitt as its new chief. Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works recently boycotted the vote for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  This comes as widespread, bipartisan concerns are being raised about Pruitt's record of challenging the core mission of the agency he’s been asked to lead. Many question Pruitt’s future commitment to protect public health, enforce the law, and hold corporations accountable to maintain healthy water, air, and land in their business practices. Pruitt has sued the EPA on behalf of regulated industries more than a dozen times in an attempt to weaken regulations such as the federal Clean Water Act. These regulations form the bedrock of our work at Heal the Bay and our sister organizations across the nation. They are hard-fought gains that were direct responses to past disasters. We cannot go back. A silenced, weakened EPA is a threat to our Bays. The U.S. Senate will vote on the appointment of Pruitt as EPA chief in the coming hours amid growing concerns about a broad directive from the new administration to censor EPA research, indefinitely. As a trusted ocean and watershed advocate, Heal the Bay is guided by the best science, not emotion. Over the last 30 years, we have seen first-hand how the EPA and its partner organizations can improve public health for Angelenos through environmental policies and regulations. A weakened EPA means turning back the clock on our critical programs in Greater Los Angeles that monitor beach water quality, prevent unsafe consumption of locally caught fish, protect our dwindling wetlands, and keep our streams and watersheds healthy to buffer communities from climate change. Scott Pruitt won’t do it. Our vital work is far from over. Sea level rise poses a real and immediate threat to many U.S. cities that are unprepared to adapt to the impacts of climate change. We need strong EPA leadership and funding now more than ever. These issues affect us all.  Sign this petition urging the U.S. Senate to reject Pruitt’s nomination for EPA chief. Tell our elected officials to maintain strong EPA funding for programs that affect our Bays nationwide. Call your local senators directly in the next 24 hours to make sure your voice is heard.  

Heal the Bay
94,189 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth Warren

Poor children deserve a question in the presidential debates

No child living in America today should have to worry about whether they’ll have a place to sleep at night or enough food to eat. But these are daily realities for the 1 in 6 poor children in this country. Children like me. Growing up on the North Side of Minneapolis, I know what it means to struggle. I’ve been homeless, spending school nights sleeping on park benches. I’ve been hungry, not knowing where my next meal would come from. I know what it means to have to work to support your family when you need to be focusing on school. And I know that other kids shouldn’t have to face these struggles. Every child in America should be able to focus on learning, growing, and just being a kid. Did you know it’s been 20 years since there was a question about how to address child poverty in a presidential debate? But a child is born into poverty every minute in this country. Those children will face hunger, homelessness, illness, violence and toxic stress. And those children deserve answers about how the next president of the United States is going to make sure they get a fair shot at a better life. Ignoring this issue on the national debate stage sends a signal that children living in poverty are not a priority. To fix the problem, we need to put a spotlight on it. That’s why I’m calling for a question in the presidential debates about child poverty. I want to know what the next president is going to do to make sure the next generation won’t struggle like I did. Will you join me? Please sign the petition today. 

Israel Glenn with the Children’s Defense Fund
78,500 supporters
Petitioning Riverside County Sheriff's Department, Riverside District Attorney's Office, Xavier Becerra, Kamala Harris, michael hestrin

Can't Stop, Won't Stop:Justice for A'Lexas Patino, woman stabbed to death in her apartment

The murder of A’Lexas Patino has sparked outrage throughout Riverside County, California. A’Lexas was a 22 year old woman who was bright, kind, and deeply loved by everybody who knew her. She has been described as someone who always had a smile on her face, and always treated everybody with respect and kindness. A’Lexas worked at Starbucks in San Jacinto for several years, and she had recently been offered a position at the San Jacinto Unified School District. Additionally, she had recently graduated from Mt. San Jacinto Community College with two associates degrees, and she intended to pursue a bachelor’s degree. A’Lexas was accepted to Arizona State University, and she planned on becoming a registered nurse. She had a bright future ahead of her; unfortunately, she was in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship, and her life ended violently.  On November 20th, 2017, A’Lexas was found dead in her apartment that she shared with her boyfriend; she had been stabbed in the stomach. Her body was discovered by her boyfriend who allegedly found her that way. The investigation into her murder has been ongoing since then. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has failed A’Lexas and every other woman who has been a victim of domestic violence. They have not exhausted their efforts in investigating her death, and this is ultimately why we have chosen to seek out the assistance of the Riverside District Attorney’s Office. As a community, we are deeply disturbed and unsettled by the fact the perpetrator has not yet been criminally charged. It has been almost one year since the date of her death, and the police have yet to make an arrest. On the night of her murder, A’Lexas Patino decided she no longer wanted to be with her boyfriend. The next day, she was found dead. This is not a coincidence, and this was certainly not an accident. A’Lexas was killed, and this investigation must be presented to the Riverside District Attorney’s Office.   Violence against women is an egregious problem, not just here, but everywhere. As a community, we are determined to ensure that A’Lexas and other victims of domestic violence get the justice they so rightfully deserve. Please sign this petition to urge the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to submit A’Lexas Patino’s case to the Riverside County District Attorney’s office for further review. We have the opportunity to give A’Lexas and her family justice. Sign this petition so we can send a clear message: we will not stand for violence against women, and we will not let A’Lexas Patino’s murder be forgotten.

Justice for A'Lexas Patino
34,969 supporters
Petitioning National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McN...

Hold accountable the Board of Pharmacy of California for negligence of the CPJE exam

As a recently graduated Pharmacist who is seeking licensure in the state of California, I'm writing today to bring your attention the the California State Board of Pharmacy’s handling of a recent alleged exam compromise of California Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (CPJE). The CPJE is a California-specific exam required for pharmacist licensure that is intended to ensure candidates are knowledgeable about CA pharmacy law and clinical pharmacy. This is in addition to the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), a national, standardized exam recognized by 40+ state boards of pharmacy as the standard of clinical knowledge required to safely practice pharmacy. While most states require some form of a jurisprudence exam testing legal knowledge, the CPJE is unique in that it tests extensively on clinical knowledge covered in the NAPLEX, and is often cited as one of the hardest pharmacist licensure exams. Since approximately July 9th of this year, the CA Board of Pharmacy has withheld CPJE scores. Initially, the board claimed new test scoring methodology, however, on September 27th, the board first acknowledged there was concern the security of the exam had been compromised, and would be withholding scores for an unknown amount of time while investigating. Since then, there has been little further communication from the board. On October 11th, the Board released an emailed statement saying “all pending CPJE results have been invalidated.” On the basis of their mandate to protect consumers, the actions of the board in this matter are understandable. However, the costs to applicants have been incalculable, ranging from lost job offers, lost income, time away from work, and re-locations to neighboring states to find new jobs in order to stay financially above water. The more than three months it has taken the board to come to this disappointing conclusion is frankly unacceptable. Even if a decision is made to retake the CPJE exam in November, graduates may not receive results until February 2020 as it can take up to 90 days to receive exam results. After passing, we would need to wait 1 - 2 weeks for the Board of Pharmacy to cash our checks, and another 3 - 4 weeks for us to receive our license. Thus, the earliest anybody from the Class of 2019 would receive their license would be mid-March 2020.     Without a pharmacist license, graduates with job offers and those applying for jobs are at high risk of unemployment. The pharmacy field is saturated and it is extremely difficult to secure a job even with relocation; without a license, unemployed pharmacy graduates cannot even apply for a pharmacist job. After spending their college years earning top marks to become competitive pharmacy school applicants and completing their doctorate level education, many people are eager to start the next phases of their life such as getting married and having children; however, these are both heavy financial investments that require a steady income. With this in mind, we’re asking that the board take the recommendation of the California Pharmacists Association, and release the CPJE scores they’ve decided to cancel. This course of action will allow applicants to continue with their professional lives, and allow the board to continue to investigate the actions of those who may have attempted to compromise the security of the exam, and enact sanctions on those responsible, instead of the thousands of applicants whose lives have been overturned by the board. The Board of Pharmacy should immediately re-examine the video and audio for all candidates that tested from early July to mid-September to provide concrete evidence of cheating and substantiate their academic dishonesty charges. If candidates completed their exams ethically and passed, they should should be cleared immediately to apply for their pharmacist license. Only candidates who failed or are found with objective evidence of cheating should retake the CPJE exam as ordained by the Board of Pharmacy.  Furthermore, we’re asking for your support in pushing the board to modernize the process. In most states, the time from application to a license being granted is 30-60 days, whereas the process in CA this year has taken more than 6 months, with no end in sight now. Some states have moved away from requiring a jurisprudence exam entirely, instead relying on applicants to attest to knowledge of the local laws, or to take a short class to update them on legal requirements in the state. Those that still require a jurisprudence exam use a modern, electronic testing system that would prevent this type of exam security compromise, and allow for faster release of results. The Board of Pharmacy should expedite release of results (maximum waiting time of 21 days instead of the usual 90 day waiting period) to prevent further licensure delays. Candidates are being punished for the Board of Pharmacy’s lack of due diligence in resolving academic dishonesty charges in an efficient and timely manner. Having more then a 1,000 pharmacy candidates retake their exams would take an additional 2 months, and this does not even include reviewing each individuals’ video and audio for academic misconduct; it would be less time-consuming to review existing video and audio files for candidates and validate these test results. The Board of Pharmacy should also provide an estimated time frame for clearing candidates and weekly updates on their website to maintain transparency throughout this process. If the Board suspects academic dishonesty has occurred, they should cancel all exams the next day and start investigations immediately; furthermore, the Board of Pharmacy must allow candidates to register for the CPJE exam one week after halting exams to avoid further delays. Lastly, the Board of Pharmacy must outline further safeguards to prevent similar incidents from occurring. Thank you for your time in reading this petition. We hope you choose to sign, and support the livelihoods and careers of the thousands of qualified pharmacists, pharmacy residents, and new pharmacy graduates who want nothing more than to take care of our patients.

Ivalin Yordanov
7,413 supporters
Petitioning Robert Casey, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Patrick Toomey, Brian Fitzpatrick, President ...

Approve Hyperbaric Oxygen for All Off-Label Conditions.

Hi! My name is Christian Huber, and I have mild cerebral palsy. I am 19 years old, and I have written a petition! Would you please take the time to read, sign, and share it if you support it? It would help me, and so many others with brain injuries! :) __________________________________________________________________ My Story (written two years ago when I was 17): “I have officially diagnosed your son with mild cerebral palsy,” said the doctor.  At that very moment, my life changed, and so did my parents’ lives.  Because I shared my mother’s womb with my identical twin who died, I was born two months prematurely on October 8, 1999.  As a result, my lungs weren’t fully developed, and I didn’t take one necessary breath when I was supposed to, and my brain suffered because of that loss of oxygen. My parents were unaware at that moment of how important that one breath of oxygen would be to my developing brain, and they would have no idea how it would affect me in the future.  Although mild, my cerebral palsy is a life-altering developmental disability[1] that has affected me since the day I was born. Fast forward 18 years from the day I was born, and my brain still hasn’t changed.  I still need assistance with skills that are considered to be easy to other people, such as finding something in the house, getting a knot out of my shoe, or doing any other life skill or activity that you could think of.  I currently take occupational therapy (OT) to work on those skills, and activities such as cooking corn muffins and making orzo salad.  One of my occupational therapists actually showed me how to wash my mom’s car, since that counts as a life skill, too!  He even said to me one time: “Everything’s OT,” meaning that every life skill I do, whether it’s washing a car or making a meal, is considered a part of occupational therapy. In addition to taking occupational therapy, I also currently take physical therapy so that I can loosen and strengthen my spastic leg muscles, improve my balance and coordination, run around the neighborhood, play basketball, and jump rope.  Even though these therapies are fun, sometimes I think that they aren't really helping, since I still wake up each morning with tight muscles and a brain that doesn't always work the way it should. Now that I am getting older, however, I am entering the transition phase from high school to college and the workplace.  As a result, in two years I will no longer be in school with occupational and physical therapy.  Although my parents love me very much, I can feel tension and the sense of urgency between my parents and I.  My dad sometimes mentions my age when I can’t do something by saying: “You’re 17 years old, you should know how to do this by now!”  I feel as if he sometimes doesn’t know how to take a deep breath, and calmly explain to me how to do something in a step by step way.  My mom is also getting nervous about my lack of life skills, despite my academic abilities.  She said to me just recently, “We are going to work on life skills all summer.”  I would love to work on life skills all summer, but I need to heal my brain so that I can learn and grasp life skills quickly and easily.  Before I can pursue a neurological healing journey, however, I need the FDA to approve a treatment that has been proven to work: hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and I need all of you to sign my petition. References:[1] Surabian SR. Developmental disabilities: epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and autism. Journal of the California Dental Association. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11484298 Published June 29, 2001. Accessed March 15, 2017. _________________________________________________________________ Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Studies on Numerous Conditions (great resource from a HBOT clinic): https://oxfordrecoverycenter.com/conditions/  The scientific evidence exists for this treatment.  Let's make it "on-label" for all conditions. ________________________________________________________________ External Resources: Conditions for HBOT (long list that I found!): https://oxfordhbot.com/treatment-indications/ Collet Study Fraud from the Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: http://www.therapiehyperbare.com/en/index_en.html Georgia Medicaid Court Decision (in which father David Freels and his brain-injured son got reimbursed for HBOT treatment): http://davidfreels.com/pdfs/files/GeorgiaMedicaidDecision.pdf Direct Testimony of Pierre Marois, M.D during Georgia Medicaid Court Decision: http://www.therapiehyperbare.com/images/hyperbare/2006-06_georgia_medicaid_dr_marois.PDF David Freels (father of son with brain injury who was reimbursed by Medicaid for HBOT): http://davidfreels.com/ Medicaid for Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBOT) Yahoo Group: https://beta.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/medicaidforhbot/info?referrer=StemCells Mums National Parent-to-Parent Network (HBOT advocacy group): http://www.mums-network.org/index.htm Chamber of Hope providing free HBOT in Florida to families: http://cpfamilynetwork.org/resource-tag/free-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy/ AND http://cpfamilynetwork.org/resources/chamber-of-hope-charity-providing-free-hyperbaric-center-for-children-inc-florida/ Nano-devices that cross blood-brain barrier open door to treatment of cerebral palsy, other neurologic disorders (scientific study): https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120423104015.htm (Oxygen could be placed inside these dendrimers to cross blood brain barrier as an alternative to hyperbaric oxygen and ozone therapy) Information on Inaccurate/Fraudulent Collet Study: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14SDuRJx4suw1i5gryLjysZr2xsJyACL7/view?usp=sharing Petition Update List: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z4EVf4m6wiKd9L-liB6wIYe2BH39stjF/view?usp=sharing ________________________________________________________________ Work Cited: Picture from above: http://www.hbot.com/blog/infinitee/hbot-treatment-chronic-traumatic-brain-injury 

Christian Huber
5,261 supporters