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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
120,468 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
60,372 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!

Jenifer Bass
34,401 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
29,406 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
22,645 supporters
Petitioning UNICOR, FPI, White House, Earl Blumenauer, Ron Wyden, Lew Frederick, Kate Brown, Lamar Alexander, Alabama State House, Andrew M. Cuomo, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Louie Gohmert, Joaquín Castro, Michael...

FREEDOM MATTERS, RELEASE ALL FROM JAIL FOR CANNABIS RELATED CHARGES UNDER 8 OUNCES

We have had many successes recently in progressing cannabis laws - which are to be celebrated. However, we can’t celebrate the progress without acknowledging the travesties that are still happening daily.  There are literally millions of Afro American men and women sitting in jails and prison cells because of the failed war on drugs. While our representatives in Congress focus on banking, interstate commerce, and states’ rights, human beings are being incarcerated and enslaved by corporate prisons for possession of a plant, the majority of which are Afro Americans.  For instance, Corvain Cooper is currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana-related charges.   According to the ACLU, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply possessing marijuana.  Nationwide, the arrest data revealed one consistent trend: significant racial bias. Despite roughly equal usage rates, Black people are 3.73 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana. Over half of those arrests were of black males between 2001 and 2010. Let that number sink in for a minute.  We need to create a plan that releases these people from prisons and jails throughout the United States. It is imperative that every state that passes tax and regulation laws also includes the release of those serving time for non-violent cannabis convictions. We need to focus on getting those incarcerated for non-violent cannabis charges released so they can start their lives again with their loved ones.  Corporate prisons in the US profit an average of $39,000 per incarcerated person per year. In New York, they profit $60,000 per person. It’s unjust and needs to end.  It’s time to start righting the wrongs of cannabis prohibition and the prison industrial complex. Every time a state considers “legalizing” cannabis, the first consideration needs to be for the men and women who have been locked up and removed from society for the same plant they are planning on collecting billions of dollars in taxes on.  Please sign the petition to let your voice be heard - no legalization without every non-violent cannabis prisoner’s release. If you want to continue the support for this effort further please contact the National Cannabis Diversity Awareness Convention by email (NDACPDX@GMAIL.COM)  

Mss Oregon
19,399 supporters