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Sign this petition. Protect 43,000 kids from sexual abuse
Do you worry about sex offenders teaching your children? Or coaching them? Or working in a daycare? Most people think sex offender registries and convictions protect their kids The problem is that 9 out of 10 sex offenders never get convicted, and never appear on sex abuse registries. Our criminal justice system fails victims, and statutes of limitation (SOL) on the child sex abuse keep most victims from pressing charges shortly after their 18th birthday. Researchers now know it takes victims, on average, 21 years to disclose their abuse. New York’s SOL on child sexual abuse bars most victims from the court on their 23rd birthday, which ensures most sex offenders stay off registries and around kids. The Child Victims Act lengthens New York’s SOL for this crime and gives older victims a chance to press charges in civil court. It’s a way to identify the predators who are lurking around children. Please, sign this petition and protect children from sexual abuse.
Pass New York CAPA and Stop the Killing of Healthy and Treatable Shelter Animals!
A horrifying video was recorded on Thursday, May 9th, 2019, at the New York City pound in Manhattan. The video shows a 'euth tech' attempting to block the view of a rescue volunteer who bravely kept recording as uncaring ACC employees dragged a frightened dog named Maverick to the kill room. Maverick seemed to sense his fate and resisted his killers by lying down, showing no sign of aggression. Maverick's Story & Video Featured in the NY Post: http://nyp.st/2JsswcU From Pet Rescue Report: “ACCORDING TO THE [NYPD] OFFICER WHO DEALT WITH MAVERICK… Officer Teng stated he had no trouble with MAVERICK, and seemed surprised and taken aback to hear that he had been killed by NYC ACC. Officer Teng said the son in MAVERICK’s family brought the dog who was wagging his tail out to the police car and MAVERICK hopped right into the back, and rode calmly with Officer Teng without incident to the Precinct, where he remained calm and friendly until ACC later picked-up MAVERICK. Officer Teng stated that only the father of the family had ever had a problem with MAVERICK, who had bitten the father once before. Officer Teng clearly described a dog who was not unmanageable or vicious in any way, and was not, and did not need to be restrained at any time the Officer was with what he also described as a friendly and calm dog.” Echoing the collective sentiment of people everywhere who were affected by Maverick’s viral video, an animal advocate asked, “How can something like this be allowed to happen?” But the real question is how often does it happen? The truth is if the atrocity had not been recorded by a rescue volunteer who happened to be in the right place at the right time with a camera phone at the ready, Maverick’s story would never have been told, and Maverick would have died in silence among the countless, nameless victims who advocates refer to as ‘Silent Kills,’ those who never appear on any kill list and are given no chance at adoption, rescue, or redemption of any kind. Maverick’s story demonstrates that friendly and rehabilitatable animals are being killed in secret. There are no standards. There is no oversight. No one is ever held accountable. This has to change! We are No Kill Now! • Campaign for New York CAPA, a group of animal advocates from across the country dedicated to introducing and passing legislation to end the killing of healthy and treatable shelter animals in New York State. We believe that temporarily homeless companion animals deserve a safe haven when entering a ‘shelter’ and should be treated with compassion and provided prompt and necessary veterinary care, socialization, and rehabilitative services. These are things that sentient beings deserve and to which they are entitled. And above all, we believe that all animals have the Right to Live. The Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA) is model Shelter Reform legislation that was developed by the No Kill Advocacy Center to protect the lives of vulnerable impounded animals. In addition to establishing minimum standards that would improve the quality of care that animals receive in shelters, CAPA would require that certain conditions be met before an animal can be killed that would prevent the senselessly cruel slaughter of thousands of adoptable dogs and cats each year in regressive pounds across New York State. CAPA would require shelters to have fully functioning adoption programs, including off-site adoptions, use of the internet to promote animals and varied adoption hours to facilitate the public. CAPA would require shelters to be transparent with their statistics. CAPA would prohibit the killing of a dog or cat when there is available kennel space or the animal can be transferred to another facility. CAPA would prohibit the killing of an animal without actively seeking a foster home for that animal. CAPA would prohibit the killing of an animal when a qualified rescue group is willing to save that animal. CAPA would require shelters to notify participating rescue groups of all animals who are scheduled to be killed and would grant registered 501(c)(3) organizations the right to save those animals on demand. CAPA would make it illegal for pounds to discriminate against dogs based on how they look. CAPA would end the policy of rounding-up and killing free-roaming cats who are not social with people and do not belong in shelters... Community cats would be spay-neutered, and if they could not be adopted they would be released to their habitats in lieu of killing. CAPA would end the practice of killing 'owner surrendered' animals within minutes of arrival at the shelter without ever giving them a chance at adoption... No more Silent Killing! CAPA would put an end to animals losing their lives for senseless reasons, such as having easily treatable colds or kennel cough which are usually acquired after entering the shelter. Dogs would no longer be killed for minor behavior or socialization issues, like mouthing their leashes, resource guarding, or not getting along with other dogs. And animals would no longer be killed for being confused and afraid in a terrifying and unknown environment, a common kill pound practice that is particularly cruel and sadistic. CAPA would require shelters to follow the No Kill Equation, the only proven model for open-admission municipal shelters that has led to placement rates for 'Pit Bulls' of 99% in Austin, TX, and Muncie, IN, both of which are model No Kill communities that achieved their phenomenal success after passing the common-sense statutes of CAPA. CAPA is designed to be implemented at no additional cost to taxpayers. In fact, CAPA would save New Yorkers money as it saves lives, as has been demonstrated in the State of Delaware and in every city that has passed CAPA, where higher save rates have translated into an increase in the collection of adoption fees and lower costs associated with killing and body disposal. Any additional costs resulting from animals living longer in shelters have been more than offset by the dramatic increase in adoption revenues and corresponding reductions in killing. In other words, No Kill pays for itself. CAPA also mandates that shelters form partnerships with 501(c)(3) rescue groups which absorb the costs of animal care, transferring expenses from government-run shelters to private charities, thereby alleviating the burden on taxpayers. This has been demonstrated in every community where CAPA has passed, including California, which passed CAPA-like legislation (the ‘Hayden Law’ in 1999) that enabled rescue groups to save threatened animals on demand. Please sign our Petition and stand with us in support of the Companion Animal Protection Act, cost-effective lifesaving legislation that is so long overdue. If we don't stand up and demand humane treatment for shelter animals who have no voice and no legal rights, who will? If not now, when? Join No Kill Now! • Campaign for New York CAPA on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2HdY03dWebsite: http://NewYorkCAPA.weebly.com New York CAPA: http://bit.ly/2CtAxsk Companion Animal Protection Act (Model CAPA): https://goo.gl/HzrsHo No Kill Equation: http://bit.ly/2Iqu2uM Redemption: The No Kill Revolution In America (video): http://bit.ly/32cVCml The Myth of Pet Overpopulation (video): https://youtu.be/z-CwFaUsuTg No Kill 101 (video): https://youtu.be/JCTt5JppNA8 Dollars & Sense: The Economic Benefits of No Kill Animal Control: http://bit.ly/2Z6z0CM For more information on the economic benefits of cost-effective No Kill legislation, which provides value to the community at no additional expense to taxpayers, please click here: http://bit.ly/2qdgJXx
Keep SHSAT as the sole specialized high school admissions criterion
Background: The mayor and several local politicians have advocated for changes to the admissions criteria for eight specialized high schools in New York City. The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) has always been the sole criteria for admission to these elite schools for students of every color. Because of their scores on this test, presently, thousands of underserved minority Asian students have been able to obtain a quality education that they wouldn’t have otherwise. Politicians are proposing to scrap the SHSAT in order to increase diversity in these specialized high schools. The Independent Budget Office estimates at approximately 1450, or nearly half, of Asian students will be displaced. Despite 10,000 signatures on a petition to preserve the SHSAT, new Bills (Assembly Bill A2173) to change the admission requirements away from the SHSAT have once again been proposed. Proponents of abolishing the objective and unbiased SHSAT claim that the SHSAT is an unfair measure of achievement because it favors only those who can afford test preparation, and thus limits the opportunity for a high-quality education for those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. This claim, however, is unsubstantiated because between 34% to 61% of the current student body in these specialized high schools are eligible for free lunch ($35K annual income for a family of four) and more than three-quarters of the student body at Stuyvesant (one of the specialized schools) are either first- or second-generation immigrants where English isn’t their first language. Several politicians argue even the best college in the nation use multiple criteria for admissions. However, the median household income for Harvard undergrads is $168K and for Brown undergrads is $204K. Is that the kind of socioeconomic diversity we are looking for in New York City’s public high schools? Furthermore the SHSAT has been validated by a formal study sponsored by the DOE but kept secret for 5 years. The under representation of Black and Latino students in specialized high schools is unacceptable, however, changing the admission requirements away from the SHSAT does not address the crisis in k-8 education in low income Black and Hispanic communities. Changing the SHSAT will only hurt low-income families as a whole and disadvantage the poorest ethnic group in New York city. Thus, we urge Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie and members of the New York State Assembly Education Committee (chaired by Michael Benedetto) to keep the SHSAT as the sole admission criterion for these politically under-represented who have worked hard for admission into these schools. Taking away education opportunities from one disadvantaged minority group to serve another minority group is not the solution!
Remove the Statute of Limitations on ALL forms of Child Abuse
Statute of limitations should not exsist on any form of Child Abuse. Physical, mental or sexual abuse can all be detrimental. When someone is abused as a child it will affect them for the rest of their lives. With our current laws if the child reaches the age of 18 their abuser can no longer be prosecuted. Research has show that most people do not come forward until 21 years old. This allows the predator to not only escape prosecution but to abuse other innocent children. The abuse a child deals with carries on into their adult lives. Many costing them their sanity, their freedom, becoming homeless and even suicide. Removing the statute of limitations restrictions helps to not only bring justice to innocent victims of all ages but helps to bring closure to so many who have suffered. Please help make a difference for the children past, present and future! Please sign this petition and SHARE! My interview on Channel 12 News helping to pass the Child Victims Act. How the new law is good but needs to be amended or a new bill passed to completely remove the statute of limitations on all forms of Child Abuse. http://longisland.news12.com/story/39863566/state-lawmakers-expected-to-pass-child-victims-act?fbclid=IwAR1dn0F_3VKu_7w9KzGEd8K6pZnj-oUFwSGT-IVRUmcwi6sDsQoVy8LCoAw Please SIGN & SHARE my Petition to Remove the Statute of limitations on ALL forms of child abuse https://www.change.org/p/remove-the-statute-of-limitations-on-all-forms-of-child-abuse
Require Hospitals to Publish Data on Pregnancy Outcomes
Since January, New York has lost at least three Black mothers due to childbirth related deaths: in July, Sha-Asia Washington died during a Cesarean birth at Woodhull Hospital; in April, Amber Rose Isaac died during a Cesarean birth at Montefiore Medical Center; and in March, Cordielle Street died a week after she gave birth due to complications. Their deaths are the direct result of racism that has led to a Black maternal mortality crisis in New York and the United States, as a whole: Black women, nationally, are at least three times more likely to die from pregnancy and birth related complications--in New York, this number is closer to twelve times--and 50% more likely to suffer severe pregnancy and birth complications than white women. In 2016, New York State Law § 2803-J Information for Maternity Patients was passed, mandating that New York hospitals annually publish their data on birth related events and procedures such as number of vaginal or Cesarean births, use of forceps or vacuum, inductions, vaginal births after prior Cesareans, and other vital statistics. In light of the ongoing Black maternal mortality crisis, we insist this law be expanded to include reporting on maternal deaths, before, during and up to six weeks after childbirth; third trimester fetal losses and stillbirths; hemorrhage; and injuries related to childbirth including damage to tissue and organs during Cesarean birth, third and fourth degree tearing; with a racial break down on all data points. In low income, predominantly Black or Hispanic neighborhoods physical proximity to a hospital is often a major deciding factor of where to receive prenatal and labor care. Recent studies show that the hospital at which pregnant people receive care is a primary determinant of Cesarean rates, morbidity and mortality. In absence of published hospital data regarding pregnancy outcomes, pregnant people and particularly Black women in New York State, cannot make informed decisions about where to receive their care or whether their local hospital is a safe place for them to birth their babies. Transparency in racial disparities of pregnancy and birth outcomes is an essential step in ensuring better outcomes for all pregnant New Yorkers. New York’s hospitals have been allowed to operate with impunity after deaths, loss or injury occur for too long. Requiring hospitals to publish maternal, fetal and infant morbidity and mortality data is essential in holding these institutions accountable for preventable injuries and deaths and improving pregnancy outcomes for patients. We implore you to amend New York State Law § 2803-J Information for Maternity Patients to include statistics and racial data on maternal deaths, third trimester fetal losses and stillbirths, and birth related injuries. This information is critical in the fight against New York’s maternal mortality crisis and vast racial disparities in maternal health.
Rename Donald J Tr-mp State Park
Feb 2021 Update: The NYS Assembly's Parks and Tourism committee is voting on this bill finally. If you want to continue helping us push this effort across the finish line, you can email the Assembly Members who sit on the Tourism committee and ask them to support the bill (A466). For your convenience, I am listing their names and email addresses below. A sample note could just say "Thank you for voting yes on A466 to rename/re-designate Donald J Trump State Park this Wednesday. I wholeheartedly support this effort." You can address the emails individually or do a simple bcc and let all the committee members know. Thank you again! Daniel J. O'Donnell, Chair -- OdonnellD@nyassembly.govDidi Barrett -- firstname.lastname@example.orgPat Burke -- email@example.comRobert C. Carroll -- CarrollR@nyassembly.govWilliam Conrad -- firstname.lastname@example.orgPat Fahy -- FahyP@nyassembly.govCharles D. Fall -- email@example.comNathalia Fernandez -- firstname.lastname@example.orgMathylde Frontus -- FrontusM@nyassembly.govBilly Jones -- email@example.comDan Quart -- firstname.lastname@example.orgJonathan Rivera -- email@example.comGina Sillitti -- firstname.lastname@example.orgCarrie Woerner -- email@example.comStefani Zinerman -- firstname.lastname@example.org RACISM HAS NO REFUGE IN NEW YORK In recent months, everyday citizens have united to progress the United States' discourse around racism and oppression. Much progress has already been made toppling longstanding public monuments honoring leaders that have stood for problematic ideals, but we missed a spot. There is a 435-acre public state park in New York State, not far from NYC, that still bears the name Donald J Tr-mp, one of the world's most xenophobic leaders to rise to power in recent history. Several state electeds have proposed bills to redesignate and rename the park (A5320 and S443), but these only gained ground briefly before 2016 and have since gotten buried in the state capital. Now is the time to address this issue. THE ACTION WE NEED In order for these proposals to see the light of day, these bills need support from all New Yorkers. Signatures on this petition will translate to co-sponsors in the senate and assembly, or better yet, an executive order from Governor Cuomo. That's where you come in. Since democrats have a supermajority in the NY state legislature, there is likely to be widespread support if we can get this moving. SERIOUSLY? THERE IS A STATE PARK NAMED AFTER DONALD J TR-MP? WHY??? Yes, there seriously is. In 2006, before he was president, when Tr-mp was just another shady businessman, he donated a swath of undevelopable land spanning Westchester and Putnam counties to the state after an attempt to build a golf course was derailed by environmental and permitting roadblocks. According to a write-up from the Times in December 2015, "Since then, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has made virtually no investment in the 435-acre park, which has no dedicated maintenance staff and, unlike most Trump properties, exudes a feeling of decay and abandonment." A previous change.org petition calling to rename the park collected almost 3k signatures, resulting in the state legislature taking this issue up at the time, but seems to have stalled out. WHERE THIS STANDS We are in the midst of a massive public health crisis assuaged in part by access to quality and dignified open public space. As of August, 2020, over 30,000 New Yorkers have succumbed to death from Covid, and there is no end in sight. To have almost two-thirds of a square mile of public park land evoking the ideals of our bumbling commander in chief, in part responsible for those deaths flies in the face of our values as New Yorkers. Now is the moment, as a multitude of law suits and criminal cases unravel the web of lies and deceit Donald Tr-mp's legacy has been shoddily built upon, to strip this racist man's name from our park land. Following this change, we will encourage our leaders to reinvigorate an effort to provide a world-class state park experience that NY State is capable of delivering. But first, let's take down the sign and rename Donald J. Tr-mp State Park. We are asking our democratic state senate and assembly supermajority to co-sponsor these bills, and get them passed. We could all use this small, but meaningful win at a time when so many are suffering. Sign this petition so we can pass this bill. Do it now. And as Governor Cuomo famously bid Tr-mp farewell when he relocated to Florida in 2019, we'll soon have another occasion to say "Good riddance."