Kentucky State House
Kentucky State House
Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!
I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!
Ban FGM from happening in Kentucky
I am writing to encourage Kentucky state legislators to pass a law banning Female Genital Mutilation/cutting/circumcision (FGM/C) in the state of Kentucky, as well as provide the resources needed to educate communities on this practice and assist victims that service providers may encounter. FGM/C is often seen in the United States as a problem that doesn't happen here. This practice occurs all over the world and is happening right here on American soil. Statistics state that over 500,000 girls and women are at risk of FGM in the United States, and this is just an estimate. Due to the silence that surrounds FGM the number of victims could be much greater because it is something many victims are told not to discuss. FGM is a human rights violation, it is a practice that leaves victims with lifelong consequences and causes multiple physical complications. Initially a victim can suffer from shock, infection, blood loss and sometimes death. Most survivors suffer from frequent urinary tract infections, difficulty in childbirth, infertility, chronic pain, painful menstruation, painful intercourse and genital sores, many physical complications that a survivor must suffer with in silence. Women and girls are not just impacted in a physical way, many suffer from the emotional impact that this trauma can cause. Since FGM is regularly done in a non-sterile environment without any form of pain control, it is often one of the most traumatic events they will ever experience in their lives. Women and girls are left dealing with anxiety, depression, frequent nightmares and flashbacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. All these complications are worsened by the fact that communities are unaware of what FGM/C is and are not educated on how to help someone that has endured FGM/C, which forces survivors to suffer in silence. Right now, a federal law that bans the practice of FGM in the United States is in jeopardy. The first federal trial regarding the crime of FGM/C took place in Detroit and was dismissed by the presiding district court judge. In his ruling, the judge stated that FGM is a crime that should be handled at the state level. For girls at risk of this practice, this decision has put them in great jeopardy. Those who believe in the practice of FGM/C are empowered to think that if the federal law is not upheld, then the practice must not be wrong. Also like Kentucky, there are many states that have no laws regarding FGM/C. Kentucky is at risk of being a destination state where perpetrators can transport a girl to for FGM since there is no law in place that criminalizes the practice. I want no girl in the United States to undergo FGM/C or ever have to live with the consequences of this practice. Every state need to have a law. Please join me in the fight to pass a law in Kentucky that criminalizes FGM.
KY : Fully Legalize Marijuana
"This plant should be making us money, not costing us money" -Denny Doyle Are we really going to pretend to be that naive, as if we are living in the era when the "War on Drugs" began (which isn't really a war on drugs, but that's a later conversation). At my last count, 29 other states have legalized the plant. Kentucky is losing a ton of revenue by continuing to prosecute and jail Marijuana growers and users. Our tax money should be used for greater things, just imagine the possibilities. When Mr. Doyle said that "McConnell spent $234 MILLION to look for Marijuana plants in Eastern Ky.", I almost fell over. Please, let us as citizens vote on this matter. The following article was written by a council-man within a branch of our county's government. Denny Doyle, we need more of you. http://www.glasgowdailytimes.com/opinion/letter-to-the-editor-marijuana-should-be-legalized/article_dfa33366-5081-11e7-ab8d-0bdfee55139d.html *Also, if you would like information about the "War on Drugs" may I highly suggest watching the Netflix Original, "13th". **PLEASE ONLY SIGN THIS IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF KENTUCKY**
Put an end to KY allowing grass to be blown into roadways, statewide! Save a life!
In the state of Kentucky homeowners need to be held responsible statewide, every city and in every county, for blowing/throwing their grass into roadways causing hazardous road conditions for motorcycles. This effects all motorcyclist! Motorcyclist that have survived this say its equivalent to hitting black ice!! They lose complete control! This petition could help save lives and raise awareness to the dangers of grass in roadways!! This can simply be solved by not blowing grass into the roadways and holding the ones who do accountable! A bill needs to be passed to cover the entire state of KY! There's a KRS that states no debris ect but NO mention of GRASS. This needs to be revised or a new bill all together! I started this petition because...A close friend of ours Robert "Aaron" Lee aka Drip was killed Saturday April 6, 2019 in Marshall County, KY. He was participating in a poker run for autism awareness when he traveled down Hwy. 348 with his friends when he ran across freshly mowed grass out all over the road, he lost control of his motorcycle and passed away a short time later. A few swipes across the road with a mower or blower could've saved his life. Aaron is a Father, Son, Brother, Grandson, Nephew, Friend (to so many) and so much more. He leaves behind a beautiful little girl who's going to miss her Daddy terribly all due to negligence that could've been prevented by not blowing grass into the roadways while mowing!!!! Please sign this petition in Memory of Robert "Aaron" Lee aka Drip and in honor of all avid bikers across KY! Let's raise awareness and save lives!!!!
To stop the proposed ban on tattooing scar tissue
The Kentucky State Health Department is trying to ban tattooing over scars. And give examples of mastectomy cover ups, c- section, cutting, injury, breast cancer scars, cover up tattoos, multi session tattoos, and any other scars. The hearing is to be held on the 28th of May 2019.
Logan's Law will protect helpless victims and their familes, and give them proper justice.
#loganslaw would protect innocent helpless victims, giving them and their families a voice, giving killers of these people proper punishment making the time fit the crime, and never giving killers hope for parole. They should always be found guilty if they are caught in the act and confess. Helpless victims can be elderly, disabled, women, children, anyone that is helpless in defending themselves from death. On 12/7/15, Ronald Exantus broke into our home around 3:30 am while I was working. He attacked my 7 year old daughter, slicing her back with a knife, beat and stabbed my 6 year old son to death 20 times, tried to gut my 11 year old daughter, who was fighting him off, then attacked my husband who had just had shoulder surgery. In that order. Within 90 seconds police arrived, and Exantus was secured by police. That is when my husband found my son, not knowing he was hurt, he rolled him over and then held him as he took his final breath. Exantus admitted to everything immediately after. He understood his rights and requested an attorney at the jail. March 19, 2018, a jury in Lexington KY found him not guilty of murder and burglary by reason of insanity, but guilty of the assaults on my daughters and husband. We feel this is an injust verdict, it is inconsistent and we have been failed by our system. They are essentially telling us that no-one murdered Logan. We want justice. We want justice for Logan, our family, and our entire community EVERY life matters and is worth so much more than anything else. To be told no one killed your son, when the man was caught with your sons blood on his hands at the scene of the murder, confessed to police officers that he committed the murder and why, and his defense team admitted to the jury that he did in fact kill your son, is heart breaking and just flat out wrong. There should never be a not guilty of murder verdict when these events above transpired. Guilty but mentally ill was an option. We are confused as to how a jury can say the murderer is not guilty if the defense team themselves admit in their opening statements to the jury that their defendant DID kill Logan Tipton. We want Logan's Law to help any and all helpless victims. And their families. If a defendant is given rights, the victims families deserve rights as well. We want justice for the innocent life of sleeping 6 year old Logan Tipton, and any other helpless victim deserves proper justice as well. Inconsistent verdicts like the one that told everyone No one killed Logan, should never be allowed in any courtroom in our country.
Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!
When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities
Reenact the Flag Protection Act - American Flag Protection Act 2018
American Flag Protection Act 2018(a) Definition Of Flag Of The United States.—In this section, the term ‘flag of the United States’ means any flag of the United States, or any part thereof, made of any substance, in any size, in a form that is commonly displayed as a flag and that would be taken to be a flag by the reasonable observer. “(b) Actions Promoting Violence.—Any person who destroys or damages a flag of the United States with the primary purpose and intent to incite or produce imminent violence or a breach of the peace, and under circumstances in which the person knows that it is reasonably likely to produce imminent violence or a breach of the peace, shall be fined not more than $100,000, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both. “(c) Flag Burning.—Any person who shall intentionally threaten or intimidate any person or group of persons by burning, or causing to be burned, a flag of the United States, and / or under circumstances in which the person knows that it is reasonably likely to produce imminent violence or a breach of the peace, shall be fined not more than $100,000, imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both. “(d) Damaging A Flag Belonging To The United States.—Any person who steals or knowingly converts to his or her use, or to the use of another, a flag of the United States belonging to the United States, and who intentionally destroys or damages that flag, shall be fined not more than $250,000, imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both. “(e) Damaging A Flag Of Another On Federal Land.—Any person who, within any lands reserved for the use of the United States, or under the exclusive or concurrent jurisdiction of the United States, steals or knowingly converts to his or her use, or to the use of another, a flag of the United States belonging to another person, and who intentionally destroys or damages that flag, shall be fined not more than $250,000, imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both. Excluding individuals that are attempting to rescue or protect the flag of the United States from damage, misuse and/or desecration. “(f) Construction.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to indicate an intent on the part of Congress to deprive any State, territory, or possession of the United States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico of jurisdiction over any offense over which it would have jurisdiction in the absence of this section.”. This act excludes clothing, with the exception of which portrays or indicates burning of and/or desecration of the flag of the United States of America, with the exception of artistic interpretation that does not have the intent of or perceivable intent of being a desecration of the flag of the United States of America. (g) Technical And Conforming Amendment.—The chapter analysis for chapter 33 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to section 700 and inserting the following: If any provision of this Act, or the application of such a provision to any person or circumstance, is held to be unconstitutional, the remainder of the Act, and the application of this Act to any other person or circumstance, shall not be affected by such holding.That any desecration of the flag is not protected by the freedom of speech as stated in the following landmark cases and bill, as the burning or desecration of the flag would indicate either a plot to over throw the government, intended harm on certain members of the government, be considered obscene, be considered fighting words, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value and / or tends to lead to or incite a breach of the peace and could likely provoke a violent reaction : Dennis v. United States that the First Amendment doesn’t protect the speech of people plotting to overthrow the government.Bethel School District v. Fraser upheld the right of a school to suspend a student for making an obscene speech. Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 1988, supported a school’s right to censor student newspapers. However, many states are now passing laws to grant broader First Amendment protections to student speech. Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire (1942), the Supreme Court held that speech is unprotected if it constitutes "fighting words". Fighting words, as defined by the Court, is speech that "tend[s] to incite an immediate breach of the peace" by provoking a fight, so long as it is a "personally abusive [word] which, when addressed to the ordinary citizen, is, as a matter of common knowledge, inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction" Miller v. California, came up with a three-part definition of obscene material. *A work is legally considered obscene if an average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the material appeals to prurient (appealing to sexual desire) interest.*the work depicts or describes, in an offensive way, sexual conduct or excretory functions, specifically defined by applicable state law.*taken as a whole, the material lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. House Bill 347 authorized Secret Service agents to arrest anyone protesting in the president’s or vice president’s proximity. They also have this authority at National Special Security Events. These events have included state occasions, of course, but also basketball championships, the Academy Awards, Olympic events, and the Super Bowl. A conviction can result in up to 10 years in a federal prison (another place where your freedom of speech is limited).