We Demand that the U. S. Senate not confirm Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor
Andrew Puzder is among Trump's more controversial Cabinet picks because he has publicly opposed the overtime rule and various other Department of Labor regulations, and because the fast-food industry, from which Puzder hails, is a top wage-theft enforcement target at the department. Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, which includes Carl’s Jr. and Hardee's. It’s actually very hard to imagine a worse choice for Labor Secretary than Andy Puzder. The Labor Secretary’s job is to look out for American workers. Trump's Labor nominee has opposed increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour and efforts to expand eligibility for overtime pay. It would be kind of funny if it wasn’t so serious. During the election, Trump made a lot of promises to create good jobs. But he’s filling his cabinet with CEOs and right-wing billionaires who have spent their lives undermining working people’s rights to come together in unions, while fighting minimum wage increases, paid sick leave and family leave policies. The evidence clearly demonstrates that protecting the rights of the people who work at Puzder’s company or its franchisees doesn't seem to be his priority. Puzder has run a business model that has produced widespread labor abuses at the companies. According to data compiled by Bloomberg BNA, over the previous seven years, about 60 percent of all Labor Department investigations of Carl's Jr. Restaurants found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. While working people at his fast food chains sometimes were making below minimum wage, Puzder was taking big compensation packages. In 2012, he made 291 times as much as workers at his restaurants. Now, he could be in charge of enforcing our nation’s labor laws—from ensuring workplace safety to investigating wage theft. His companies had the fourth highest incidents of wage theft reported to the government. ‘Wage theft is a rampant, everyday problem in the fast-food industry: Nearly nine out of 10 fast-food workers across the country report having money stolen from their paychecks by their boss,’ Kendall Fells, the Fight for $15 national organizing director, told Bloomberg BNA via e-mail. Bloomberg reported. “Fells referred to a 2014 poll commissioned by the campaign of more than 1,000 fast-food workers nationwide. The survey documented such common worker complaints as being forced to perform tasks before clocking in or after clocking out, having the cost of uniforms deducted from their paychecks, and not receiving breaks during long shifts.” Puzder’s Carl’s Jr. restaurant chain also has a history of sexist television. He thinks it’s appropriate to peddle sex to kids if it sells the product. “We believe in putting hot models in our commercials, because ugly ones don’t sell burgers,” said the CEO in a 2011 press release, according to Fortune. “We target hungry guys, and we get young kids that want to be young hungry guys.” Let’s target Puzder’s nomination instead. Just Say No Puzder at Labor. This petition will be delivered to the full Senate and to the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee of the U.S. Senate
Please Bring Capone Home
A German Shepherd/Lab mix, Capone, has been a family-member of a family in Aurora, CO for the past 10 years. On February 24 2017, Capone jumped the fence in his backyard and was picked up by Aurora Animal Control. City officials are currently refusing to return Capone to his family because he is suspected to be a wolf-hybrid "after it's experts observed the animal's behavior, mannerisms and physical characteristics." If a DNA test finds that Capone is part wolf, he is at risk of being euthanized, re-homed or sent to an animal sanctuary. Please sign this petition urging the City of Aurora to return Capone to his family. Capone is currently being detained at the Aurora Animal Shelter. He is a loving family dog who does not have a history of violence and have never shown aggressive tendencies. In fact, Capone has proven himself to be a loyal and loving dog to the family's children. The owner, Tracy Abbato, feels like her children are being punished by having their dog taken from them. Abbato stated "they sleep with the dog at night and it's hard watching my kids because they are taking it rough." Owning a wolf hybrid is illegal in the City of Aurora but the State of Colorado law states that as long as a dog is at least 1% domesticated, it's legal to own said dog. Capone, who has lived with his family for the past 10 years and has never been show to be wild or vicious should not be condemned to death or a life without his current family when the State of Colorado allows dogs who are at least 1% domesticated to be owned as pets. For more information check out this 9News story or this one on the Huffington Post. This family dog deserves to come home, not caged up, just imagine, he may never get to have that life again. How would you feel?
No on HJ69/SJ18: killing wolf pups in dens, hibernating bears, stealjaw toe traps on bears
Tell your Senator and President Trump to vote NO on H.J. 69/S.J. Res. 18! 225 heartless House Members voted to overturn a federal rule – years in the works, and crafted by professional wildlife managers at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – to stop some of the most appalling practices ever imagined in the contemporary era of wildlife management. Denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares. The stuff of wildlife snuff films. And not just on any land. On our country’s national wildlife refuges. More specifically, on 16 national wildlife refuges covering 76 million acres, all in the state of Alaska. In this case, Alaska has a bloodthirsty Board of Game, whose members enthusiastically implement a draconian policy called “Intensive Management.” That policy dictates that state managers drive down wolf, bear, and coyote numbers to boost caribou and moose numbers for hunters — turning Alaska’s wildlife refuges into what retired Arctic National Wildlife biologist Fran Mauer calls “game farms” — the very thing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted to stop through a rigorous, science-based, and legal federal rulemaking process that was overturned by today’s vote. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shouldn’t run refuges like game farms, as Alaskan officials want to do. Only the U.S. Senate and President Trump can now stop this unwinding of a decision by a professional wildlife management agency. Please contact your U.S. Senators and tell them to steer clear of a disgraceful resolution, and to honor limits in the conduct of wildlife policy in the United States of America. From the Humane Society (http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2017/02/u-s-house-sanctions-killing-hibernating-bears-wolf-pups-dens-federal-refuges-alaska.html
Stand Against Food Waste in Colorado
Forty percent of all the food produced annually in the United States will be wasted. Of that, a quarter is discarded by grocery stores when the food is not immediately sold. In 2008, that quarter amounted to forty-three billion pounds. When an apple’s skin has lost its luster and is no longer as shiny, instead of being thrown out, it could be shipped out to food banks. Ours is a world where people starve, where many metric tons of perfectly good food in developed countries like the United States go straight to the trash. Yet, even with all this abundance, 1 in 8 Americans are facing food insecurity. That number even translates to Colorado where 1 in 8 Coloradans do not know when their next meal will be. We must mandate that food retailers partner with food banks and homeless shelters in order to reduce the amount of edible food being wasted. Instead of disposing of food approaching its sell-by dates or produce that has sat for a couple of days, it must be supplied to food banks or other charitable donation centers. To do this, a law must be introduced in the Colorado legislature. There are already several relevant precedents which we can look upon for guidance. The 1976 Tax Reform Act, among other things, “entitled” corporations to tax deductions, provided that they make a “contribution [...] of appreciated property” to a charity or other foundation. This means that retailers have little to lose financially in donating undesired food, as the government would, perhaps upon filing a claim, grant those tax deductions to the retailers that use this measure to their benefit. That Act has been out in the public sphere, without much mention or recognition, for forty years. Meanwhile, France has already passed a law mandating that supermarkets donate unsold food (food still retaining good quality but which is approaching its best-before date). With this law in place, more meals will be dished out each year to the needy and the poor. If we want to help stop food waste, we need to start the trend ourselves. Colorado is in a position to lead this change. Let us all petition our lawmakers to create a food reclamation act and put the issue on the map for other states looking to do the same thing.
Surrender Bandit to the no kill rescue
The nation has heard about Capone, the "wolf" dog. The same shelter that had unnecessarily kept Capone captive is holding another dog prisoner. On January 4th, 2017 Bandit was confronted by a screaming FedEx man, wearing a black hat and hoodie, when he went out the front door. Bandit ended up biting the FedEx man. Even though this resulted in only a minor bite and a few stitches, the FedEx man insisted that Bandit be destroyed. Bandit was taken from his family, in which his owner, who speaks little english, did not have a translator or an attorney at the time. Ms Piccone of The Piccone Law Firm now represents the family. Ms Piccone attempted to get a canine aggression specialist to do a behavioral evaluation. Aurora Animal Care would not allow Bandit to be taken out of his cage. This interference resulted in an incomplete evaluation. Even so, the city still insists that Bandit is an aggressive animal. Aurora Animal Care has lost creditability due to many recent public cases, and therefore cannot be trusted as the sole evaluator. A rescue in Colorado Springs has offered to take Bandit, and offer any behavior modification that may be warranted. However, Aurora refuses to surrender him to the no kill rescue. Bandit has been at the Aurora Animal Shelter in Aurora, CO for over 2 months now awaiting his execution. It's time to get him out! He has a rescue that is willing to take him. Please Help!
Act Now to Protect the Heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains!
Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s ski country lies the state’s Continental Divide—a haven for outdoor recreation and wildlife. The Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act (H.R. 2554), introduced in the House of Representatives, would safeguard about 58,000 acres of the White River National Forest as wilderness and provide other protections. This region is home to incredible lands and waters that are at risk from the pressures of growth and development, which could threaten the area’s clean water, wildlife, and booming outdoor recreation economy. The legislation would preserve important wildlife habitat and watersheds while enhancing opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as fishing, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and hunting. What’s more, local supporters are advocating for the preservation of Camp Hale, a military training site, as a National Historic Landscape in part of a broader effort to protect the Continental Divide region. Camp Hale operated from 1942 to 1965 to prepare soldiers for winter combat and mountain training. Some of the veterans who served in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II returned there and established many of today’s world-famous Colorado ski resorts. PLEASE URGE SENATOR MICHAEL BENNET AND SENATOR CORY GARDNER TO PROTECT COLORADO’S CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. The legislation would preserve Camp Hale as a National Historic Landscape while creating wilderness areas in the Williams Fork Mountains, Tenmile Range, and Hoosier Ridge and would expand the Holy Cross, Eagles Nest, and Ptarmigan Peak wilderness areas. It would also create a special management area within the Tenmile Range to protect world-class mountain biking, hiking, and wildlife watching. Take action to protect Colorado’s Camp Hale and Continental Divide wild lands today!
Don't deport Gerardo Suarez, father of Afghanistan War Veteran!
_______________________________________________________________ Victory! ALRIGHT EVERYONE! SMALL VICTORY, BUT A VICTORY INDEED! MY father was just released on his Own Recognizance. It's not over, but my father doesn't have to suffer in jail anymore. Now we are awaiting the hearing with the Immigration Judge. CONTINUE TO PRAY STEADFAST. Pray for the softening of the judge's heart. We now have a chance to actually present his case! WOOO! PRAISE GOD! Thank you to all the petition signers, everyone who wrote their Congress, ICE, DHS, Senators, and our Governor. Your support has been paramount, and I'm proud to be an American, standing alongside all of you who helped. THANK YOU! God bless you all! _______________________________________________________________ ORIGINAL MESSAGE: Hello Everyone, As we all know, our country is in drastic need of Immigration Reform. Immigrants are fighting for their lives to be with their families day and night. As an American Soldier, and U.S. Citizen I have witnessed and experienced the hardship of battle, and separation from family whilst serving a tour overseas in Afghanistan. I have just returned home on January 15th 2012, with no injuries and all thanks to God. As of March 24th 2012, just 69 days after my post-deployment transition, my father, who is a Legal Permanent Resident, was taken by ICE Agents in my living room while I was asleep. My father has lived in the USA as a Legal Permanent Resident since 1989. 14 Years ago he was convicted of a Class D felony, and was sentenced to Probation which he was discharged Honorably (and early) because of good conduct. Since his conviction, my father has learned his lesson and completely turned his life around. As a child, my father was distant, because of type of lifestyle he was involved in. Yet, I knew he loved me, and his children, and he always took care of me as best he could. His addiction to drugs (which at the time, I was unaware of) was starting to overpower him, and finally our home was raided. After 1998, when my father was honorably discharged, he took proactive steps to make our life better. We went from poverty, to living in a room in a relative's house, to eventually renting our own place. My dad worked painstakingly hard trying to find good work to support me, pay for college, and raise me. For years, nobody would hire him. He worked odd jobs, here and there, but nothing significant enough to really get our own place to live. Finally, in 2007 he got a big break, and was hired by Veolia Transportation, driving and serving the citizens of Las Vegas on the Citizens Area Transit Bus. He was so proud. His pay was finally good enough to start saving, and he did just that. Often times telling me: "Everything I have here is for you, son." He would sacrifice his whole day doing work that very rarely gets recognition. Day in and Day out he'd wake up at 2am, deal with the abuse of the passengers, and the inability to take breaks despite working 14 hour days. He always lived by "Hard work, is good work." He always talked to me about principles of life, teaching me to "obey and submit to authority." "Strive, work hard, make investments and save money." He was really focused on setting me in the right track. In 2008, I enlisted in the Nevada Army National Guard, and 2 years later I was promoted to Sergeant. When I first heard word of my impending deployment, my dad was broken hearted. The look on his face, when I told him that I was leaving to Afghanistan was filled with shock, worry, disdain, and bitter sadness. My father suffered for a year without me in 2011, often times not even knowing if I would make it home, or if the phone would ring again with my voice on the other end. However, he remained so strong, and really played an instrumental role in my service. He would always encourage me, comfort me with scriptures, provide advice on leading my troops, and giving me the strength to move forward day by day waiting for the longest 365 days until I can reunite with him. My father has been an active member of our church, Calvary Chapel Green Valley, where he would attend regular Military Ministry meetings, often times comforting family members of deployed soldiers. While I was gone, he would spend his weekends attending the church's "Downtown Outreach" where he would feed the homeless, give them bibles, support, prayer, and minister to them. When I finally returned him this past January, my father greeted me with tears of joy. He was so happy, and proud of his son's service. He would often brag about the medals I got, my rank, and about the accomplishments during my deployment to his friends, and the cashiers at the local grocery store. It was a bit embarrassing to say the least, but that's how he showed his love and pride. I guess the picture I am trying to paint is that my father, yes he made a mistake 14 years ago, was drastically changed from that. He is a completely different man! Gone are the days where he'd be cooped up in his room with his "friends". Gone are the days, where we would barely even talk because he was too doped up. In fact, my father is a proud patriot, parent of a soldier, a productive member of society, a servant of the public sector, a tax payer and an amazing, christian father. He has taught me so much, and honestly even now, as I face his incarceration and possible deportation proceedings, all of his training that he has instilled in me is kicking in. Without it, I would have been an unorganized mess. I owe everything to my father, and even as a soldier, my performance in duty, and decorations are a direct result of his input. My father has been instrumental in my morale, my troop's morale and most importantly my re-integration into society after experiencing war. My whole family is full of Servicemen, U.S. Citizens, and law enforcement. To strip him away from me is both shattering to my morale, well-being, and inspiration to strive. This year, when I returned we were already planning to buy a house, and have signed our paperwork. I was planning to fulfill my lifelong dream of taking care of him. He is a 54 year old man, and he's turning 55 this year. He's a frail image of what he used to be in his younger days, and as his son, I've always wanted to care for him. The Arrest: The sad morning transpired as my father responded to knocks on the door by ICE Agents. My father, being as docile as he is opened the door. He was under the impression that they were just "policemen." They began asking him questions about his truck that he owned. Worried, my father opened the door a little more and started asking if everything was alright. One ICE agent already put his foot in the door. Well, noticing that, my father asked them "Who are you?" To which only a badge was shown, but no positive Identification from the agents. Nothing stating that they were ICE or anything like that. Well, a little confused, he said "come in the living room, I will brush my teeth. I just woke up." My dad ran upstairs, brushed his teeth and came back down. They began interviewing him, asking questions about his prior conviction. Moments later, they said "We have to take you in for questioning" and without a warrant of any sort, they started to cuff him. My dad submitted, as he felt it was the right thing to do (and it was). As they took him out of the house, he said "My son just returned from Afghanistan. Please let me say goodbye to him" to which they replied "No." My dad called my name, in hopes I'd awake so he can say goodbye. Sadly, I didn't hear him. The ICE Officer then walked upstairs, rummaged through my dad's belongings to get his Green Card, Wallet and House Keys. I woke up that morning thinking he was kidnapped, when I then received a call from ICE saying they had my father in custody. As a veteran who fought to protect the freedoms, and defend the constitution of this great nation this situation poses questions: Was my fight in vain? Why serve a federal duty, protect freedom, if my family will get immediately separated? I am proud of my service this great country. I know my sacrifice will not be in vain, because of everyone here that makes this place so great! I am urging anyone who sees this petition to please help me. My father is all I have. He is my motivation, my inspiration, my best friend, and most of all: MY HERO! A great man. He's a father of four, a grandfather, an Uncle, and a brother and a friend to many. A 55 year old man, that just wants to love his family, and is loved very much by them. If he is deported to the Philippines, there is no life there for him. He doesn't have the protections of Equal Employment Opportunity in a country where age discrimination is so rampant; Therefore, he wont be able to support himself. All of his brothers, sisters, friends, and most of his children are here. There is nobody there to take care of him. His life is here in America. He has nothing there. It is an old country that he left 24 years ago. My father has already done his time, and he is now a contributing member of society. He pays his taxes, he loves his family, he gives to his church, ministers to members of his community, and lives his life just. He should be allowed to stay, because he has earned that right. I hope my sacrifice has helped earn his right as well. Thank you for your consideration, Sincerely, Sergeant Marc-Johann Suarez B 422nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion
Make Endometriosis A Recognized Disability In the United States
1 in 10 women suffer with Endometriosis which has no cure. Most of these women are in the twenty to forty age group (can be younger or older) and of the women who have this condition up to 40% are infertile. Unfortunately it can take up to 10 years for a woman to be diagnosed with endometriosis. Many struggle to keep jobs or have lost their jobs due to this painful condition. As of right now social security does not recognized endometriosis on the disability list. It is because they consider the pain to be intermittent and can be manged with medication which endo suffers can agree that that is not always the case. Too often women are turned down because of this reason. This petition has been made so that we can get this condition recognized as a disability in the United States. Too often we must suffer because we have no other resort. I hope that we can reach the white house and make this happen. Everyone please sign, this condition is so common that if you are not a sufferer yourself you know someone (mother, sister, aunt, daughter, wife, girlfriend, friend, etc.) that suffers from it. Thank you for your support!
Keep the Cardenas Family Together
Raul and Judy Cardenas have been married for eight years with three children - their daughter, plus two sons from Judy's previous marriage who call Raul "Papi." The Cardenases are like many American families except that Raul was born in Mexico and faces deportation in April -- their family will soon be torn apart *unless you help*. Despite the fact that he is married to a U.S. citizen, and the father of another U.S. citizen, Raul is an undocumented worker and is scheduled to be deported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in April. There is currently no pathway to legal U.S. residency for him.DHS has the discretion to defer Raul's case -- they have deferred similar cases -- but they need to feel political pressure. Please sign the petition to halt the deportation of Jose Raul Cardenas Gonzalez of Denver. Keep the Cardenas family together.
Allow Flags At Fort Logan National Cemetery On Veteran’s Day
On Friday November 10th, a group of 15 ordinary people went out with 3,000 donated flags to place near the Veteran’s headstones to honor them, an annual tradition. The group had called the cemetery to get permission prior to the event and did not receive an answer. The group had put nearly 300 of the 3,000 planned flags out when a cemetery employee approached them with different plans, and it was caught on camera by one of the volunteers. “Graves in national cemeteries are decorated with small grave flags on Memorial Day Weekend only,” said the cemetery employee. Their website lists certain times of the year when adornments may be allowed but doesn't mention anything about Veterans Day. The policy does say no permanent plantings, statues or other breakable objects are allowed on graves. The employee threatened to follow behind the group remove the tributes, and if they continued, cemetery employees would throw them away; later a member of the group did indeed find a bundle of 50 or so flags lying next to the road waiting to be thrown out. Even though the group had plans in place to come and collect the flags back. Now, the group is hoping for a policy change because they believe veteran’s deserve to be honor everyday, especially on Veteran’s Day.