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Petitioning Louisiana State House

Stop the law that requires killing the victims of dogfighting

Dogs seized in connection with dog fighting, even puppies, are required by Louisiana law to be euthanized. Your signature could end this law and save the lives of dogs who can be rehomed. On December 23rd 2014, while many families were preparing for the holidays, authorities seized 24 dogs from a suspected dogfighter in Baton Rouge.  All of the dogs, including puppies, were euthanized according to Louisiana state law. The law automatically assumes any dogs seized in connection with dogfighting are dangerous and a threat to public safety. Nothing can be further from the truth. In the infamous dogfighting case involving NFL player Michael Vick, many of those dogs were successfully treated, trained, and rehomed. This is how Louisiana should treat dogs seized in connection with dogfighting. These animals are victims who have experienced unimaginable trauma. They deserve a second chance, not to be sentenced to death. A law that would automatically euthanize a puppy is wrong. Tell Louisiana lawmakers to change this inhumane law. Around the country when dogs are seized in cases of neglect and abuse, they are treated as individuals. The dogs have to pass behavior evaluations, and in many cases go on to live as family pets, work as therapy dogs, and win national recognition performing canine sports. This is approach all dogs deserve no matter where or the circumstances they are found.    Another complication presented by the current law is that the dogs are destroyed long before cases go to trial. In the notorious Boudreaux dogfighting case, 57 dogs were euthanized.  A judge later dismissed all charges, citing the premature killing of the "evidence" as one of his reasons. The Boudreaux's subsequently were awarded damages for the loss of their dogs. It is time to stop punishing the victims of dogfighting. Let us stand together to change Louisiana’s law to evaluate dogs individually when seized in connection to dogfighting.  Please sign and share our petition.

Sula Foundation
121,731 supporters
Petitioning President Trump

Ban Toxic Chinese Drywall, Provide Medical Monitoring, Injunctive Equitable Relief, Public Awareness

After Hurricane Katrina, our Family moved from Louisiana to Florida. We bought a new house and were thrilled to be getting a fresh start. However, our happiness was short-lived. Soon, the entire family’s health, and our house’s appliances, air conditioning unit, and wiring all began failing. It was a bizarre nightmare. What we learned later was that our walls were literally made from poison. After talking to neighbors who were experiencing the same issues, we brought in a forensic toxic specialist. Our drywall had been shipped in from China and was made with toxins that should never have been allowed in a building product. But by then, it was too late. Our builder had gone out of business, our insurance had a pollution exclusion, and our mortgage company said we were responsible. I filed a complaint with the insurance commissioner and after investigating they dismissed my complaint stating in fine print there was a pollution exclusion, I knew they weren't referencing these gasses emitting from Chinese Drywall. I need your help to make sure no family has to endure what we are facing. Join me in demanding that all Chinese drywall be banned from  the United States until it has been guaranteed to be safe and toxin-free. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Chinese drywall flooded the US market. According to shipping information Knauf Tianjin sent at least 38.7 million pounds of Chinese Drywall, Knauf Wuhu sent 28.6 million pounds. Based on U.S. customs and census information these figures indicate 78% from these two China plants in 2006. Those numbers have continued to increase affecting more innocent homeowners. It was used in countless homes, and thousands of families are currently involved in lawsuits over it. They have experienced the same horrible health effects as us, such as eye and upper respiratory infections, chronic nose bleeds, vomiting blood,scalp sores, migraines and chronic fatigue, and have also seen it destroy everything they worked hard to build. The problem is so bad that Congress passed a bill to learn more about the dangers of Chinese drywall used in homes like mine. We ended up having to walk away from our home, losing over $100,000 in equity. After we did, it was bulldozed to the ground. When we moved into a new place, we learned that it, too, had Chinese drywall. This toxic product is everywhere. There is reports of eleven infants at Fort Bragg that have mysteriously died  and the homes contained Chinese Drywall. This design defect by China allowed high levels of sulfide gasses: carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, dimethyl sulfide and other chemicals to emit through off-gassing into our homes. If it can corrode wiring turn our metals, silverware, jewelry black,  what is the long term health effects we face? We have photos of congress entering our homes wearing masks, however their saying theirs no danger when you leave. They refuse to study the health effects that families have suffered and continue to suffer daily. My family has never received justice. We still suffer from ill health, our credit has been destroyed, and we have to scrape every penny just to get by day-to-day. We are no longer home owners, we rent. Recently, I learned I have thyroid cancer, and I know in my heart that it is from the Chinese drywall. A home is supposed to protect you, not kill you. It is time to ban Chinese drywall until we have answers and guarantees that it is safe.

Crystal K
89,731 supporters
Petitioning John Bel Edwards, Louisiana, Cedric Richmond, Louisiana State Senate, Bill Cassidy, Louisiana State House

Replace Confederate statues in New Orleans with statues of Louisiana hero Britney Spears

Before becoming one of the world's most important and influential pop legends, Britney Spears was living life in a small southern town by the name of Kentwood, Louisiana. Not only has Britney proven her talent, but she's proven her strength of character by not only overcoming highly publicized mental breakdown, but by continuously working towards improving herself. She's an inspiration to millions.  While her contributions are too many to list here, below are a few examples of her charitable efforts to give back to her beloved home state: - In 2006, "The Britney Spears Foundation" raised $585,000 for charity, and donated a large portion of it to Hurricane Katrina relief programmes. - Teamed up with Red Cross in 2016 to raise money for Louisiana flood victims. Along with Ellen DeGeneres, donated $250,000 to this relief. - Currently donating some of her Vegas ticket show sales to Louisiana schools for flood recovery. The money donated will be contributed to a state fund, which will help teachers purchase supplies and materials. She's already earned her star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and now it's time for her home state to honor her with the tribute that she deserves. Do the right thing: Replace the Confederate statues with an actual louisiana hero and influencial human being, Britney Spears �  

Kassie Thibodeaux
60,408 supporters
Petitioning John Bel Edwards, Louisiana State House, Louisiana State Senate, Louisiana Governor, Kenny Matassa

Governor John Bel Edwards: Prohibit Dog Chaining in ALL LOUISIANA PARISHES

Petition to inform Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards of the cruelties of dog chaining/ tethering. Please sign and share! Help us make stronger laws and enforce those existing in Louisiana! Thanks!  From the cold season to extreme heat, and back around again, many LA dogs are tethered on a chain for their entire life of hell, until they die.  Please help. Please SIGN >>> For Protection and Justice of ALL DOGS IN LOUISIANA WHO ARE SUFFERING ON CHAINS >>> Ask Governor John Bel Edwards: Prohibit chaining of dogs in ALL LOUISIANA PARISHES  and observe/ enforce New Orleans dog tethering law. Thank you! Dog seen in photo: A poor dog was chained up for an extended period during a violent storm in Gonzales Louisiana. A neighbor reported him as abused. Owners are trying to be located as of march 11 2016. Update: Owners have been reached. Dog is back with family members. There will be an ongoing investigation by The Humane Society of Louisiana.   Animallaw.info is another good source of updates and information. The following communities have banned or regulated chaining in their animal protection ordinances. Communities that Prohibit ChainingFayetteville, ArkansasCobb County, GeorgiaNew Richmond, OhioMaumelle, ArkansasHouston County, GeorgiaLawton, OklahomaTucson, ArizonaGwinett County, GeorgiaAustin, TexasCollier County, Florida*Statham, GeorgiaBig Spring, TexasEscambia County Florida*Macon/Bibb County, Georgia*Electra, TexasMiami, FloridaNew Orleans, LouisianaFt. Worth, TexasOkaloosa, FloridaColumbia, MissouriGeorgetown, TexasSeminole Florida*Carthage, MissouriIrving, TexasBlakely, GeorgiaDurham County, North CarolinaKyle, TexasChatham County, GeorgiaNew Hanover, North CarolinaLive Oak, Texas Ronoke Rapids, North CarolinaKanawha County, West Virginia   * May be chained if attended by owner (owner is outside with the dog), which is practically a total banCommunities that Limit Chaining by TimeNorth Little Rock, ArkansasWichita, KansasAlbuquerque, New MexicoFort Smith, ArkansasJefferson County, KentuckyLaurinburg, North CarolinaLos Angeles, CaliforniaLouisville, KentuckyScotland County, North CarolinaKern County, CaliforniaBaker, LouisianaNorth Royalton, OhioSan Bernardino, CaliforniaDenham County, LouisianaChagrin Falls, OhioDenver, ColoradoEast Longmeadow, MassachusettsMiddletown, OhioDania, FloridaCarroll County, MarylandBartlesville, OklahomaFt. Lauderdale, FloridaFrederick County, MarylandMultnomah County, OregonHollywood, FloridaBattle Creek, MichiganHazleton, PennsylvaniaOakland Park, FloridaRed Lake Falls, MinnesotaOak Ridge, TennesseeWest Palm Beach, FloridaSt. Paul, MinnesotaMontgomery County, TennesseeWilton Manors, FloridaCreve Coeur, MissouriGrand Prairie, TexasOrange County, FloridaO'Fallon, MissouriDanville, VirginiaPembroke Park, FloridaLaurinburg, North CarolinaNorthampton County, VirginiaTarpon Springs, FloridaOrange County, North CarolinaNorfolk, VirginiaDeKalb County, GeorgiaCamden, New JerseySmithfield, VirginiaBloomington, IndianaLower Township, New JerseyStaunton VirginiaIndianapolis, IndianaOcean City, New JerseyRichmond, VirginiaMarion, IndianaSea Isle City, New JerseyVirginia Beach, VirginiaDodge City, KansasWildwood, New JerseyMoundsville, West VirginiaLawrence, KansasWildwood Crest, New JerseyCharleston, West VirginiaLeavenworth, KansasCanandaigua, New YorkLinn, WisconsinOverland Park, KansasNew York City, New YorkRacine, WisconsinTopeka, KansasHuntington West Virginia     Communities that Permit Tethering if Other Conditions are Met (including trolleys)Fairhope, AlabamaDeKalb County, GeorgiaLincoln, NebraskaLittle Rock, ArkansasAurora, IllinoisDennis Township, New JerseyNorth Little Rock, ArkansasNoblesville, IndianaBernalillo County, New MexicoHemet, CaliforniaTerre Haute, IndianaCatawba County, North CarolinaFreemont, CaliforniaBowling Green, KentuckyGreenville,  North CarolinaSan Bernardino, CaliforniaBaton Rouge, LouisianaSurry, North CarolinaSan Diego, CaliforniaOuachita, LouisianaAllen, TexasSan Francisco, CaliforniaSt. Charles Parish, LouisianaLubbock, TexasSan Jose, CaliforniaMontgomery County, MarylandRichland Hills, TexasLarimer County, ColoradoKansas City, MissouriWashington D.C.Alachua County, FloridaRaytown, Missouri  http://www.unchainyourdog.org/Laws.htm http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/current-legislation-tethering-dogs-prohibited-communities/

Evlin Lake
29,543 supporters
Petitioning Louisiana State House, Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Help Save Louisiana Black Bears! - Stop Senate Bill 86.

We, the undersigned, strongly oppose Senate Bill 86 (SB 86), which would establish a bear hunting season in Louisiana beginning in 2023. Senator Stewart Cathey is the bill's sponsor, and it is supported by Senator Jay Luneau, who co-authored the bill, and Representative Neil Riser, a known trophy hunter who once killed a polar bear. The bill is currently pending approval by the Senate Natural Resources Committee. This is an industry-driven bill that puts politics and profits before all else. It benefits wealthy landowners, foresters, farmers, and other resource-based industries who, instead of using non-lethal methods that promote coexistence with bears, would rather charge bear/trophy hunters a fee to kill bears on their private property.  Senator Cathey said, "It's clear to me the population can support a hunting season with responsible management." Yet, he is not a biologist and there is no scientific data to support his claim.  Around 80,000 black bears once roamed more than 24 million acres of Louisiana and parts of Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi until bear hunting and rapid deforestation pushed the bears to the brink of extinction. By the 1950s, there were only an estimated 80-120 bears and only 4 million acres of bear habitat left. In 1992 Louisiana black bears were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In 2016 Louisiana's bears were removed from the endangered species list. Soon after, local conservation organizations Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, the environmental legal group PEER, and others filed a lawsuit to relist the bears under the ESA. They said that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) fell short of adhering to the recovery guidelines they established in the 1990s by failing to protect critical corridors needed to connect three isolated subpopulations of bears. These critical wildlife corridors are required to create genetic diversity. The loss of genetic diversity and the likelihood of inbreeding can result in reduced survival, longevity, and productivity of the species.  Those in favor of opening up a bear hunting season are pushing a false narrative that bears are overpopulating and threaten human safety. The truth is black bears are predominantly vegetarian and prefer plant-based foods over meat. They are generally a shy, elusive species. It is also important to note that science and data have proven that hunting does not reduce bear-human conflicts, and bears regulate their own populations through a biological process known as delayed implantation. Delayed implantation is nature's way of keeping bear populations in check. When bears have an abundant food supply, more bears will be born. When food is scarce, female bears will not reproduce every two years but every 3 to 4 years. An increase in the number of bears sightings in residential areas is likely due to bear attractants such as unsecured trash, bird feeders, and bait stations used to attract deer, but this does not indicate a population increase. We as humans need to address and acknowledge that our actions impact bear behavior and, more often than not, we are the cause of conflicts/encounters. Managing our habits, understanding how they influence bears, and adjusting our activities will solve bear-human conflicts, not hunting. Learn how to make your own bear-resistant trashcan. Learn to coexist with bears. Calls to action!Contact Louisiana Lawmakers and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF) and tell them you oppose SB 86 and the hunting of bears in Louisiana. We understand there are many people to email, and we want to make it as easy as possible. Scroll down to the bottom of this petition to copy all of the email addresses for quick emailing. Please be respectful in your messaging. Contact Louisiana SenatorsStewart Cathey Jr.Phone: (318)582-5524 Email: sen33@legis.la.gov Jay W. LuneauPhone: (318)484-2288 Email: luneauj@legis.la.govMark AbrahamPhone: (337)475-3016 Email: abrahamm@legis.la.gov Bret R.L. AllainPhone: (337)828-9107 Email: allainb@legis.la.gov Regina BarrowPhone: (225)359-9400 Email: barrowr@legis.la.gov Louie BernardPhone: (318)357-3116 Email: sen31@legis.la.gov Gerald BoudreauxPhone: (337)267-7520 Email: boudreauxg@legis.la.gov Joseph BouiePhone: (504)286-1033 Email: bouiej@legis.la.gov Gary CarterPhone: (504) 361-6600 Email: carterg@legis.la.gov Heather CloudPhone: (337)461-2595 Email: sen28@legis.la.gov Patrick ConnickPhone: (504)371-0240 Email: connickp@legis.la.gov Page Patrick CortezPhone: (337)993-7430 Email: cortezp@legis.la.gov Michael Fesi "Big Mike"Phone: (985)858-2979 Email: sen20@legis.la.gov Cleo FieldsPhone: (225)342-9514 Email: cfields@legis.la.gov Franklin J. FoilPhone: (225)342-6777 Email: foilf@legis.la.gov Jimmy HarrisPhone: (504)286-1960 Email: harrisj@legis.la.gov Henry CameronPhone: (504)838-5433 Email: henryc@legis.la.gov Bob Hensgens Phone: (337)740-6425 Email: sen26@legis.la.gov Sharon HewittPhone: (985)646-6490 Slidell Email: hewitts@legis.la.gov Katrina R. JacksonPhone: (318)343-2877 Email: jacksonk@legis.la.gov Eddie J. LambertPhone: (225)673-5048 Email: lamberte@legis.la.gov Patrick McMathPhone: (985)900-6278 Email: sen11@legis.la.gov Barry MilliganPhone: (318)862-3100 Email: sen38@legis.la.gov Fred H. Mills Jr.Phone: (337)845-4240 Parks Email: millsf@legis.la.gov Robert MillsPhone: (318)371-5200 Email: sen36@legis.la.gov Beth MizellPhone: (985)839-3936 Email: mizellb@legis.la.gov Jay C. Morris "Jay"Phone: (318)362-4270 Email: morrisjc@legis.la.gov Barrow PeacockPhone: (318)741-7180 Email: peacockb@legis.la.gov Karen Carter PetersonPhone: (504)568-8346 Email: petersonk@legis.la.gov Rogers J. PopePhone: (225)667-3588Email: poper@legis.la.gov Edward Price Jr.Phone: (225)644-6738Email: pricee@legis.la.gov Mike ReesePhone: (337)238-6435Email: sen30@legis.la.gov Gary L. Smith Jr.Phone: (985)764-9122Email: smithgl@legis.la.gov Jeremy StinePhone: (337)491-2016Email: sen27@legis.la.gov Kirk TalbotPhone: (504)736-7299Email: talbotk@legis.la.gov Gregory TarverPhone: (318)227-1499Email: tarverg@legis.la.gov Rick WardPhone: (225)246-8838Email: wardr@legis.la.gov Mack White "Bodi"Phone: (225)272-1324Email: whitem@legis.la.gov Glen WomackPhone: (318)744-0005Email: sen32@legis.la.gov Contact the Louisiana House of Representatives (House Natural Resources And Environment).Chairman, Jean-Paul CoussanPhone: (337) 262-2400Email: coussanjp@legis.la.gov Vice-Chair, Ryan BourriaquePhone: (337) 893-5035Email: hse047@legis.la.gov Rhonda Gaye ButlerPhone: (337) 363-3900Email: hse038@legis.la.gov Dewith R. CarrierPhone: (318) 335-0206Email: hse032@legis.la.gov Mack CormierPhone: (504) 356-3013Email: hse105@legis.la.gov Adrian FisherPhone: (318) 556-7001Email: hse016@legis.la.gov Brett F. GeymannPhone: (337)855-8133Email: hse035@legis.la.gov Timothy P. KernerPhone: (504) 689-7725Email: hse084@legis.la.gov Mandie LandryPhone: (504) 895-2526Email: hse091@legis.la.gov Buddy Mincey Jr.Phone: (225) 667-6088Email: hse071@legis.la.gov Joseph A. OrgeronPhone: (985) 693-9000Email: hse054@legis.la.gov Neil RiserPhone: (318) 649-0977Email: risern@legis.la.gov Troy D. RomeroPhone: (337) 824-0376Email: hse037@legis.la.gov Rodney SchamerhornPhone: (318) 565-4959Email: hse024@legis.la.gov William "Bill" Wheat Jr.Phone: (985) 386-7844Email: hse073@legis.la.gov Tanner MageePhone: (985) 858-2970Email: mageet@legis.la.gov Clay SchexnayderPhone: (225) 473-6016Email: schexnayderc@legis.la.gov Contact the LDWF CommissionersChair: Mr. William J. “Joe” McPhersonPhone: 318.445.0350Email: jmcpherson@maisondelafayette.com Vice-Chair: Mr. Alfred R. "Al" SunseriPhone: 504.523.2651Email: asunseri@cox.net Mr. Andrew BlanchardPhone: 985.594.5869Email: andrew@pearlbrandseafood.com Mr. William D. “Bill’’ HoganPhone: 318.255.3733Email: bill@bankruston.com Mr. Kevin SagreraPhone: 337.303.4585Email: kevinsag1@bellsouth.net Mr. Brandon DeCuirPhone: 225.346.8716Email: decuirbj@gmail.com Mr. Harlie E. “Gene” ReynoldsPhone: 318.422.3097Email: hegenereynolds@gmail.com Contact Louisiana Senators sen33@legis.la.gov, luneauj@legis.la.gov, abrahamm@legis.la.gov, allainb@legis.la.gov, barrowr@legis.la.gov, sen31@legis.la.gov, boudreauxg@legis.la.gov, bouiej@legis.la.gov, carterg@legis.la.gov, sen28@legis.la.gov, connickp@legis.la.gov, cortezp@legis.la.gov, sen20@legis.la.gov, cfields@legis.la.gov, foilf@legis.la.gov, harrisj@legis.la.gov, henryc@legis.la.gov, sen26@legis.la.gov, hewitts@legis.la.gov, jacksonk@legis.la.gov, lamberte@legis.la.gov, sen11@legis.la.gov, sen38@legis.la.gov, millsf@legis.la.gov, sen36@legis.la.gov, mizellb@legis.la.gov, morrisjc@legis.la.gov, peacockb@legis.la.gov, petersonk@legis.la.gov, poper@legis.la.gov, pricee@legis.la.gov, sen30@legis.la.gov, smithgl@legis.la.gov, sen27@legis.la.gov, talbotk@legis.la.gov, tarverg@legis.la.gov, wardr@legis.la.gov, whitem@legis.la.gov, sen32@legis.la.gov Contact Louisiana Representativescoussanjp@legis.la.gov, hse047@legis.la.gov, hse038@legis.la.gov, hse032@legis.la.gov, hse105@legis.la.gov, hse016@legis.la.gov, hse035@legis.la.gov, hse084@legis.la.gov, hse091@legis.la.gov, hse071@legis.la.gov, hse054@legis.la.gov, risern@legis.la.gov, hse037@legis.la.gov, hse024@legis.la.gov, hse073@legis.la.gov, mageet@legis.la.gov, schexnayderc@legis.la.govContact the LDWF Commissionersjmcpherson@maisondelafayette.com, asunseri@cox.net, andrew@pearlbrandseafood.com, bill@bankruston.com, kevinsag1@bellsouth.net, decuirbj@gmail.com, hegenereynolds@gmail.com   https://www.oneprotest.org/

OneProtest - An Advocacy Organization
35,214 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

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!

Terra Jackson
34,699 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The LA State Senate

Save Early Steps, LA's Early Intervention Program

5/30/12 Update This is the super succinct version of what is going on currently: The Senate agreed to use the "Rainy Day Fund" which the House had originally said it would not use. This money would address the cuts in the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Education budgets.  The Senate Finance Committee approved the budget with the DHH (and Early Steps) budget, contingent on use of these funds and a few other sources of funding to fill in the revenue gaps. The House must approve the exact same budget, and both houses must approve the exact same bill. They must wrap this whole kit-and-kaboodle up and send it to the governor for his signature before the legislative session ends Monday. Please continue writing letters and calling legislators until they have passed everything and we are 100% in the clear! ***************************** Early Steps provides free therapy to 9,000 children each year ages birth to three years old who have developmental delays and disabilities. Early Steps has therapists in urban and rural areas across the state, and the program services every single parish in Louisiana. Do you know a child with Down syndrome or cerebral palsy? Do you know a baby that was born premature or underweight? Do you know a child with a speech delay or a physical delay? These are the children in Early Steps. This program provides physical therapist, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers, and speech therapists who work with children in their home or daycare. We serve children in foster care, children born as young as 24 weeks old, children who are low-income and high risk. In the two years I have worked as a Family Service Coordinator for Early Steps, I have seen over 200 children. I have held a mother's hand as she watched her child with cerebral palsy walk for the first time. I have seen a completely deaf child under a year old use sign language to request food. I have seen children with severe autism, children missing limbs, and children who probably will not make it to their third birthday. This program works miracles every day. We give parents the tools and knowledge to help their children learn and grow. We give hope to families who feel lost and alone. We give children a chance. The Finance Committees of the House and Senate are working on the 2012-2013 budget right NOW. Early Steps is on the list of programs to be cut due to budget cuts. PLEASE HELP US SAVE THIS PROGRAM. The thousands of children who benefit from therapy, along with their parents and families, need your help.

Caroline Cottingham
22,625 supporters