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Maxine Waters

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U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district


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Petitioning President of the United States

Ban Child Sex Dolls

Right now, teachers, coaches, babysitters, and neighbors, in every town in America, can purchase lifelike, anatomically correct dolls designed to simulate sex with a child. And it’s perfectly legal. These sick dolls are being imported into the United States and other countries. British police have seized more than 100 already in the UK, and authorities have found that the people buying them usually have child pornography too. Sign this petition to ban the sale and distribution of child sex dolls! These child sex dolls can normalize a pedophile’s behaviors, emboldening them to harm children, as is often the case with those who view child pornography. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. One child is too many. Our elected officials need to protect children. That’s why Congressman Dan Donovan from New York is introducing legislation that will ban the distribution and sale of dolls that encourage child abuse. Show your support for this legislation by signing this petition, and help protect America’s children!

Stop Abuse Campaign
174,467 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Bernie Sanders, Alan Lowenthal, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, Kevin McCarthy, Darren Soto, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Rick Larsen, Derek K...

Tell Congress not to pass the SEA, Act & SECURE, Act which will harm protected marine life

The SEA Act bill and the SECURE Act bill would give oil industries almost unregulated ability to perform Seismic surveying. The practice involves a ship firing blasts of pressurized air to create powerful sound pulses that penetrate beneath the seafloor. Below the water, the explosions sound like bombs going off every 10 to 15 seconds and can be heard as far as 1,500 miles, audio recordings show. The testing threatens a number of species and is part of a thinly veiled oil industry wish list that would upend established protections and fast-track the permitting process for oil exploration off the Atlantic, much of Alaska and even California. Both bills have passed committee and could head to a full vote any day. The bills follow other undoings that have prioritized oil and gas energy over conservation which is vital to the protection of endangered species. The new bills would target the core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which regulates seismic blasts used to locate oil and gas. The noise, scientists say, can disorient and damage the hearing of whales and dolphins so badly that they lose their ability to navigate and reproduce. We cannot allow further offshore oil and gas exploration and development as it harms our coastal economies in the near term and opens the door to even greater risks from offshore oil and gas production down the road. To read the full story, check out http://seavoicenews.com/2018/04/02/oil-seismic-tests-law-harms-marine-life/

Sea Voice News
156,279 supporters
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Petitioning Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, Maxine Waters, David Valadao, Kevin McCarthy, Andy Vidak, Karen Goh, Bakersfield Police Department, Lisa Green

Justice for 19 yr old girl beaten by police and maliciously attacked by K9 police dog.

Tatyana Hargrove is a 19 yr old girl who was beaten by Bakersfield police and maliciously attacked by a K9 police dog while riding her bike home. The reason? Police say they mistook her for an adult male suspect but throughout the encounter, Tatyana was never told why she was being arrested. “After they beat me and threw me in the cop car, that’s when they told me,” she said. Tatyana stopped for a moment while riding her bike when  she saw three police cars and an officer pointing a gun at here. Police asked if she was just a grocery store where earlier that day police received a report of a man with a machete who attempted to stab an employee. They were looking for a 30-year-old black male nearly 6 feet tall with shaved head and goatee and weighing 160lbs. Tatyana is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and only weighs 120 pounds.  When Tatyana said she wasn’t at the grocery store, the police demanded to see her backpack: “I looked behind me and it was a big K-9 dog,” she said. “I then got scared and then I was like ‘Here just take the backpack.’” Tatyana says one officer then grabbed her wrist and neck and punched her in the mouth. “He then threw me onto the ground and then that’s when the K-9 came and started eating at my leg.”  One officer put his knees on her back. Over and over she yelled “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.” It wasn’t long before officers realized they had the wrong person but by then Tatyana had been punched, shoved, and severely bitten by a dog. She was taken to a hospital where she called her father who was told by an officer “it was mistaken identity.”  We’re calling for immediate action to be taken to help find justice for Tatyana:  1. BPD To Put Officers On Administrative Leave Immediately2. The D.A. to File Charges Against The Officers3. City Council To Adopt An Effective Community Police Oversight Committee4. City Council To Approve The Budget For Body Cameras5. FBI & US. Attorney Office To File Charges Against The Officers under Title 18 U.S. Code § 242 - Deprivation of rights under color of law 6. Attorney General To Include This Pattern Of Behavior In Their Investigation7. Falsified Charges To Be Dismissed  Please sign this petition and watch video of Tatyana explaining what happened and also support her GoFundMe page. 

NAACP Bakersfield
54,646 supporters
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Petitioning U.S. Senate, Chris Smith, Maxine Waters, U.S. House of Representatives, Donald Trump

Prevent Autism Wandering Related Tragedies - Support Kevin & Avonte's Law of 2017

Every special child deserves safety. Much to our dismay, after months of waiting and anticipation, Kevin and Avonte’s Law was not signed into law before the Senate’s last session of 2016. The bill is crucial for special needs families whose loved ones are prone to wandering. Each year the number of tragic, preventable wandering deaths rises - our community deserves safety!This bill, which is now back to square one in terms of the legislative process, aims to protect individuals with special needs from the dangers of wandering by allocating funds to train first responders and to provide parents with GPS tracking devices.How will Kevin and Avonte’s Law keep our children safe?This legislation is an extension of an existing law which protects Alzheimer patients prone to wandering. Kevin and Avonte’s Law will ensure schools and law enforcement agencies get the necessary funding needed to train first responders to deal with wandering incidents.The law will also make funding available for GPS tracking solutions, which many families must pay for out of pocket, to ensure wandering incidents don’t end in tragedy.Why didn’t the bill pass the first time?Addressing privacy concerns, the bill underwent last minute changes. The new version of the bill allows the use of tracking devices for purposes other than locating people that have wandered, such as tracking people to prevent them from harming others. Also, it became clear that funds allocated under this law would deplete funding for existing community programs instead of allocating a new budget. The bill in its new wording has passed the Senate in December 2017!  What can we do?   Share your support for Kevin and Avonte’s Law! Contact your representatives and urge them to support this necessary law to protect our citizens with special needs. Sign and share this petition, help spread the word, together our voices will be heard.

AngelSense - Protecting Children
14,065 supporters
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Petitioning Austin Scott, Maxine Waters, John Lewis, Sanford Bishop, Patty Bentley

High school students robbed!

 We are a small town with a big heart. Our heart was stolen from us yesterday due to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) officials incorrectly calling a touchdown an incomplete pass. Furthermore, to add insult to injury the referee lets the Call stand without any discussion or consultation with his crew of officials chosen to officiate a State Championship Game. A game of such a lasting magnitude just can’t be allowed to be decided by such a gross level of incompetence. Our community is a tight-knit community that has been previously devastated by loss of industries and economic recession and we are trying hard to rebuild it. Our county consists of a myriad of professions from migrant workers to doctors, but what unites us the most is Friday Night Football!  Our children work hard and we are tired of our children being overlooked because we don't reside in a larger metropolis and can't afford some of the luxuries other students have readily available.  We are asking that the Executive Committee of the Georgia High School Association overturn the officiants ruling on the play and allow that instant replay be admissible in High school championship games. We are not asking for an apology but a change in policy. Finally, we are asking for more oversight and accountability with GHSA and create a body under the Governor's office which will be impartial and not biased toward one competitor over another. 

Dimetria Whittaker
12,951 supporters
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Petitioning Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier...

Speak up for California Salmon! No to Senate & House Bills 2533 & 2898

We are asking you to take a moment to help us address a critical issue, Water! The current water bills (link to bill 2533 here and bill 2898 here) introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao in the Senate and House will be up for consideration in Congress before the end of the year. These bills weaken protections for salmon in order to pump more water from the Delta in Northern California for use primarily for big ag in the San Joaquin Valley. Water is a public resource, and therefore should include all constituents. These bills dramatically weaken or completely eliminate consideration of water for the environment, specifically for wild California salmon, which need cold water released at certain times of the year to spawn, rear and migrate to the ocean. They would also promote new taxpayer subsidized and salmon killing dams.   We understand that ag needs water. So do salmon! Sacrificing the environment, salmon and the multi-billion dollar fishing industry to move more water is a dangerous and biased approach. We need a long-term solution for the drought which reflects the needs of all constituents, human as well as wildlife. We know how do to this. More conservation groundwater clean up and management, water recycling and capturing urban stormwater can provide plenty of additional water for cities and agriculture. And restoring habitat and ensuring adequate flows can help restore salmon and the environment.   We are asking for your help, because to risk the health and future viability of wild salmon runs in California due to poor legislation is inexcusable. Speak up for Salmon! 

Farmers, Fishers & Friends of Salmon
11,753 supporters
Petitioning President Donald Trump, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United Healthcare, Total Health Care, Jerry Brown, Califo...

Protect Mothers Rights During ChildBirth! #MothersVoice

You can donate for my surgery here https://www.gofundme.com/p8vcag I'm very grateful that you took the time to listen to my story.  I am not doing this for myself alone, but for all women who have suffered at the hands of negligence. I understand that we all have our own hardships and injustices. I also understand that doctors and their teams make mistakes, therefore it's not about the medical staff but about the system. The system that's in place does not provide rights for women in childbirth. It does not allow even a chance for the medical staff to resolve their mistakes with the patient.  The system in place only allows recovery of $250,000, thousand dollars which means that it is economically impossible for any mother to hold a hospital and staff accountable for gross negligence. During these past 18 months, I've connected with many hundreds of mothers who went through the same horrible experience.  They too are embarrassed, to share intimate details, like I did. I've consulted over 150 attorneys who declined to take my case. Behind me are a multitude of  mothers who were similarly damaged.  I am fully aware of how difficult it is to bring change to systems in the United States. However, if you spend your 30 seconds by signing the petition, you'll provide an opportunity for women to have the ability to hold hospitals and doctors accountable for gross negligence.By signing this petition, you are requesting that the recovery ceiling of malpractice law be lifted for gross negligence on a mother giving birth.By singing this petition you will protect us, mothers, who don't have rights under this system.If you are a citizen of California of voting age, please sign this petition If you are a citizen of another State, please sign this petition and also  start a petition in your home state if there are malpractice ceilings where you live.Together we can make this change! Every year in the United States, 65,000 women with pregnancy or childbirth nearly die. This is by far worst record in the developed countries. Approximately 28,000 babies are born with birth injuries each year. In spite of it all, hospitals refuse to carry responsibility and women in childbirth remain unprotected. We would like to change that on a national level. Every Voice Counts! My name is Kristina and I would like to share with you how my life turned into a nightmare due to negligence at Mercy San Juanhospital in Sacramento, CA.  Perhaps my story will help many to get justice with similar experience. On September 30th 2016, at 3:33am, I gave birth to our wonderful son Moses. But memories of my labor still bring many tears. My pregnancy was very normal and the anticipated labor was supposed to be the same. It was my first long waited pregnancy and I did everything possible for my baby to be healthy. When I was around 36 weeks pregnant, around 1:00am I arrived to the hospital with contractions. I knew that I was in full labor because my contractions were 2-3 min apart. I requested epidural right away, they prepared me but the wait for the anesthesiologist took 2 hours. Obviously, it was too late. At 3:15, I was fully dilated with all of the medical personnel ready to assist me with pushing and welcoming my baby. On the fourth contraction, when the head of the baby was visible, someone ran into the room to get my doctors assistance for another patient. ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE ran out of the room leaving me with contractions and urge to push. I was abandoned by medical staff as I was pushing my crowning baby out. Their negligent act endangered my baby and me. My husband was in shock, ran out after them begging them to come back. I was in so much pain and terrified that my baby would fall on the floor, and no one would be there to catch him. As a result, the repercussions of their act ended detrimental. My husband returned without help. In the meantime, my strong urge to push was only getting stronger which led to the beginning of my tearing. When the medical team returned, without any examination of the changes, they took my legs and started pushing on my stomach, making me tear to the 4th degree. They extend through the anal sphincter and into the mucous membrane that lines the rectum.  In a few seconds my baby flew out of me and the doctor caught him in the air. My baby was very small, only 5,6lbs, which makes it impossible to injure the mother with a weight this small if proper help was administered during labor. Immediately, they told me that surgery under anesthesia will be performed and any future children would be c section only. After I was discharged, the stitches started to fall apart. The wound became dangerously infected. I did not trust Mercy, so I went to Sutter Roseville. When they examined me, they were shocked about my story and to see how my recoverywas failing. After a few checkups with my obgyn who is affiliated with Mercy, I was promised that everything will heal and that I just need time and patience. A year and a half passed, the suffering and pain continue. On January 2018, after many tests I was informed that I need full reconstructive surgery. I am in constant pain because I have severe nerve damage. Pain episodes return me to the emergency room for intensive pain management. I’m constantly on pain killers. Because of the negligence of Mercy San Juan, I became disabled. Because of my immobility, the impact on my husband and family cannot be understated. I’m terrified of my bathroom trips, every sneeze or cough bring me fear. Any of these things could lead to rupture and emergency intervention. We tried talking with the hospital, I begged them to operate me, but they don’t want to be accountable for their negligence. However, they recognized that medical personnel left me alone. The only answer I get from them “We will not be talking to you without an attorney”. I asked to investigate my case, and they assured me they would, but it never happened. They consulted their own obgyn who expressed their own opinion, obviously to protect themselves. No investigation was performed. Many attorneys that I spoke to refused to take my case. Their response was “we can only protect a child, it’s almost impossible to protect mother” I only have one option now, and it’s to ask for your help. With your help justice can be served, and I will finally be able to have reconstructive surgery. My life can get to normal, and I can enjoy motherhood fully, without fear and pain. Only with your help, we can protect mother’s rights during childbirth.

Kristina Kalmykov-Oselska
10,035 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump

Responsibilities Required From Social Media Regarding Romance Scamming and Identity Theft

THE CAUSE:  Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers primarily use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired  or are deceased. Other prime targets for the scamming are Celebrities, and other high profile names. The scammers are aware how highly Americans think and feel for their military and they use this to pull at the heart strings of vulnerable men and women. Working with a retired Colonel from the United States Army whose pictures, name and child have been used in the scammers story, I have come to realize just what an epidemic this is. Unfortunately, many of the victims are afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed to come forward. Many just want to forget about the scam and move on with their lives. That is why I bring this petition to you. Due to the overwhelming numbers of fraudulent accounts throughout social media and the unidentified number of victims, we need to be the voice.  Social Media has a great amount of power, and with power comes an abundance of responsibility. THE BATTLE:  Because of the majority of military romance scammers residing in other countries, the United States has very little jurisdiction over these criminals, therefore we must work from where and what we know, and that is through the United States and our legislative system. We are looking to encourage social media sites to provide more public service announcements by way of television, movie theater ads, magazines, radio, etc. and provide additional man power to their fraudulent account tracking system as well as upgrading their security system to recognize these duplicated accounts that are recreated literally moments to hours after being deleted. Facial recognition does not solve all problems, especially when these scammers are using generic pictures (flowers, hearts etc.) on their profiles and cyber security is unable to recognize this discrepancy. OUR PROPOSAL: We are working hard to find a Champion to take on our proposal to amend the 230 Communications Decency Act of 1996 with the focus on identity theft. When this law was put into place 20 years ago there was little to no thought of the extreme type of crimes that could and or would be posted onto the social media platforms. This law gives social media a "get out of jail free" card, in other words, they are not held responsible for anything posted to their site by their own consumers. These sites are used as breeding grounds, and the social media companies are fully aware. We are not people who promote regulation, however it is very obvious, in previous news stories and with our own investigation, that self regulation is not the answer to consumer safety and security. We are proposing routine technology upgrades, additional staff to match growing population and ongoing up to date education. Items that are not successfully being done under self regulation. PERSONAL NOTE: I am a very proud daughter to a mother who served in our Navy, and brother and father who served in our Army. I also have multiple cousins, aunts and uncles who have served and the thought of our military being abused and disrespected is appalling! My mothers friend fell victim to a scammer using the pictures of the Colonel I am currently working with, thus being the reason I have become so involved. I, like many others, had no idea what an epidimic this has become and what little is being done. Social Media needs to take on more responsibility for this breeding ground than they already have, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of our security, and Military whose job is to protect us. What security is social media providing them? Obviously, not the right kind. Scammers are the cancer to the social media world and it's time our companies and legislature took a stand and initiative to help prevent such illness within our military community and every day victims. 

Kathy Waters
6,321 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Dianne Feinstein, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Hillary Clinton, Doug LaMalfa, Connie M. Leyv...

Unhomeless the Homeless in California

Declare Homelessness State of Emergency in California L.A. County Homeless On any given night, there are over 148,000 homeless people in California - 23% of the entire nation’s homeless population.  Los Angeles County has the second largest population of homeless people of any region in the United States, according to a government report released Wednesday. In Los Angeles, 600,000 people are considered "severely rent burdened," which means they spend half their income on rent. More than 8,000 people became homeless here for the first time last year, according to the 2017 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report. "We are reaching levels of inequality that we have not seen since the Gilded Age," said Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenants Union. The union helps organize tenant boycotts against things like rent increases and gentrification. Los Angeles County's total — 55,188 — was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, 95 percent of people experiencing homelessness in New York City were sheltered, the report found, while only 25 percent of those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles were sheltered in 2017. The HUD report findings were similar to the results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 57,794 — an increase of 23 percent over the previous count. The HUD report found that on one night in January, nearly one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles. According to the report, overall homelessness increased nationwide this year for the first time in seven years, by slightly under 1 percent compared to 2016. On a given night across the country, 553,742 people were homeless, with nearly two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one- third living on the streets, according to the report L.A.'s big increase in homelessness had a significant impact on the national numbers. Between 2016 and 2017, individual homelessness increased by 9 percent (15,540 people) in the nation's major cities. Los Angeles accounted for 60 percent of this increase. According to the report, Los Angeles County ranked: - second nationally in the percent of unsheltered homeless, at 84.3 percent; - first in the number of individuals who are homeless, at 47,082; - first in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth at 5,163; and first in the number of homeless veterans (4,476) and percentage of unsheltered veterans (76.1 percent). California had 134,278 homeless people, and while the Golden State has the nation's largest population, the rate of 34 homeless residents per 10,000 people was twice the national average, according to the report. Of those, 68 percent were living on the streets, by far the worst percentage. The report said half the nation's homeless live in California, New York, Florida, Texas or Washington. Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors.  Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least  134,278 men, women and children -- 10,000 to 12,000 in Downtown, including more than 8,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes.More than 53,000 homeless people, or 40 percent of the state’s total, live in Los Angeles County. That number is up from about 36,000 just six years ago. There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities.  In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure. It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is.  The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action. That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis. Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way.  Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice. No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home.  Then Share this petition with your friends on social media to spread the word even further. Thank you for your support.

Lori Jean Siebers
4,378 supporters
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Petitioning Department of Veterans Affairs, President of the United States, Joni Ernst, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Barbara Boxer, Elizabeth Warren, Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, Marco Rubio, Dian...

Expand the post-9/11 caregiver program to all U.S. veterans

 Many of our military veterans have health issues stemming from their service to our country in foreign wars. These issues often require ongoing caregiver assistance. Veterans who served after 9/11 have received the most generous benefits, which has left our other veterans scrounging to cover needed care. Senator Patty Murray’s latest attempt to bridge this disparity, the Military and Veteran Caregiver Improvement Act, has been stuck in Senate committee since 2015. This act is important because so many of the caregiver programs are geared toward post- 9/11 military veterans. Meanwhile, the veterans of our wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and others have been forced to rely on their family and friends for needed care. Many spouses are faced with the tough choice to put their loved ones into a nursing home so they can get a job to help support their family. Others, like my own mother, stay at home to care for their veteran and are forced to scrape and scrounge every single penny to make ends meet. Veterans from all eras have sacrificed to serve and protect our nation. They have seen and experienced things that few of us could even imagine. And many of them have been exposed to weapon materials that are extremely toxic and dangerous -- leaving them with ailments that plague them for the rest of their lives. We have to do more to care for these heroes. If you believe that our veterans are valuable and deserve the resources necessary to ensure a decent quality of life. If you agree, please sign and share this petition to tell Congress to pass the Military and Veteran Caregiver Improvement Act, or a bill similar in wording.

alex wehrspann
3,635 supporters