Pass legislation to designate a National First Responders Day
First Responders (Police, Firefighters, EMTs, and Paramedics) put their lives on the line everyday for people they don’t even know. They are more than good neighbors - they are our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and friends. While everyone else is running away, they’re running towards the danger. It is time to honor them with a special day of their own: National First Responders Day. It’s long overdue and something all Americans can agree upon. So join the movement, sign the petition, spread the word on your social media and help as we petition Congress to make this day a reality. To ensure this worthy cause gets the attention it deserves, we are committed to do what we can to get the issue in front of as many people as possible so that members of Congress hear our collective voice. While we are proud to be creating awareness, this movement is so much bigger than any person or brand. So whether you are a Hooters customer or never even considered coming to Hooters…please support our local heroes and sign the petition.
Secure basic civil rights for sexual assault survivors
On September 10, 2011 I was raped by a student at my own school. Two and a half years later, I was raped again by a stranger in the bathroom of a bar in Boston. Both assaults were traumatic. What was most horrifying, however, was how my status as a victim marginalized me from my community and denied me the right to heal. Moreover, my assailant was left virtually unscathed. A year and a half after my first assault, I filed a civil case against my first assailant through my school’s administrative board. Over the course of six months, I endured hours of fact-finding sessions during which an investigator asked about what I was wearing that night, and what it felt like when my assailant raped me. Sitting under this microscope, I felt shame rather than support, incredulity rather than belief. I was not allowed to tell anyone about the case, and I was not allowed to directly address the administrative board. I functioned as a peripheral actor in a case that was ultimately about my body and my right to safety. In late November 2014, the administrative board ruled on my case. All 40 members of the board unanimously decided that my assailant had indeed violated Harvard’s sexual assault policy. Yet, my assailant wasn’t expelled. His record wasn’t expunged. He still has a full transcript for 4 years of college classes. He was even allowed to speak at Harvard’s graduation. He moved to New York, where I live, and took a job at a prestigious investment bank, even though he didn’t officially graduate. Harvard’s ruling did not keep me or my other classmates safe from my assailant. Neither did it keep me safe when I was raped again a mere three months after the ruling came. After I was raped a second time, I did not report it. I knew it wouldn’t help. If my own school wouldn’t protect me, why would the state’s broken criminal justice system? My story is not uncommon. It is commonplace. In fact, my experience demonstrates one of the few positive outcomes that a survivor can experience. It is unconscionable that a survivor could be denied rights in one state that would have been protected if they had been assaulted in a different state. A handful of states don’t even notify the survivor when they permanently dispose of a rape kit. Instead, different states provide different rights. Even worse, no states provide survivors with all of the common-sense rights they deserve. This is a crisis for 25 million survivors across America, and I’ve come together with citizens, advocates, and legislators to do something about it. We’re fighting for a comprehensive Bill of Rights for all survivors. By denying survivors basic rights, we diminish the value of their lives, and all others as well. This erodes at the values of respect and trust that hold our community together. Only once those values are protected will I begin to feel truly apart of that community again. Only then will I recover. Join me by signing this petition and calling on your Senators and Representatives to pass this important legislation now. We’re ready to make history. Are you?
To open and maintain more public ATV/Dirtbike Trails in MA
As of right now I am up to $750 in fines for simply riding an ATV on public town land. The areas in which I and other ATV/Dirtbike enthusiasts use are created by ATVs and Dirtbikes to go in and around areas like landfills and powerlines. These are not beautiful places to hike or walk your dog but they suit us just fine. The problem is our State's strict laws on offroad vehicle use. Basically, if you own an ATV in MA the only place you are able to ride is Pittsfield MA, which is practically in another state form where I live. Because of this I and many others head to their local spots. Some are old quarries, sandpits and powerlines. However these are all illegal and I can attest to that. Like I stated before I am up to $750 in fines for simply wanting to have fun and not bother anyone. The state is not doing its part in providing enough safe space for outdoor recreational use for all of its residents. In my town alone there are over 70 acres of protected land that are permissible to be used by foot, bicycle or horseback. Some of this army land looks like it was used for nuclear experiments (no growth in forest and all sand). Yet still these sandy areas, perfect for riding ATVs and dirt bikes, is still illegal. As riders and residents of Massachusetts we need to propose the State to do something about this. Riding ATV's and dirtbikes should not be considered a crime! There is a need to have more legal places to ride! In order to do this people need to register their machines. If everyone in the state registered their machines the state might be persuaded to take action. Massachusetts should also look to change the rules of legal dirt bike only areas to allow both ATVs and dirtbikes; for example Freetown State Forest and the Wrentham Trails. This would at least give ATV riders some other options without traveling 3 hours. Regardless we need to start a conversation with the State!
All Superdelegates - Vote Bernie
We, the undersigned constituents, write to you today to discuss how crucial your vote is to the future of our great country. I write to you today not only as a proud lifelong Democrat, but as someone who is deeply concerned about the upcoming election this November. Along with your colleagues, you are in an extremely powerful and special position for shaping our country's path forward. You have the power to help solidify the strongest candidate for our party to stop Donald Trump from damaging our country beyond repair. The party failed to prevent the loses of the '72 McGovern and '80 Carter elections. We can't make that same mistake in 2016, this time against an even more harmful and destructive Trump. That's the whole reason why you have your super delegate vote: to help prevent the party from choosing a poor General Election candidate that cannot guarantee a Democratic election. We have to do everything we can to make sure our Democratic candidate has the best odds to beat Trump. Senator Sanders has brought many people into the process (more than Obama did in 2008)(1), but many of those same people won't support Secretary Clinton. In fact, a petition that supported the 'Bernie or Bust' notion, with over 100,000 signatures, was delivered to the White House recently. If we are to acknowledge the scientifically proven exit-voice theory, research suggests that it’s very likely more than 2.4 million people share the same sentiments (2) .In addition, hundreds of thousands of constituents feel disenfranchised due to abundant and documented voter restriction and election fraud (mass voter roll call purging, massive decrease in polling location, unused provisional ballots, misguided voting instructions, altering of ballots, broken voting machines, and a consistent trend of exit polling not matching election outcomes) (3)(4)(5)(6). Never mind the notion that hundreds of super delegates pledged their support for Clinton even before this election season, or the fact that documents were leaked proving that the DNC had already chosen Clinton as the nominee back in May 2015, on the same day that Sen. Sanders announced his candidacy (7). We also run the risk of Secretary Clinton's potential legal issues costing us precious votes at the worst time possible. That is made clear by her own testimony regarding her misuse of her private email server; her statements to the public completely contradicted the FBI's testimony. It is also important to note that there is another petition that was delivered to the White House that voices the "Never Hillary" pledge., which was signed by over 200,000 people. There is also resounding concern over the issue of 'big money' in politics, including the issue of super PACs and the Hillary Victory Fund (8). The general consensus of average citizens is that she cannot be trusted. The National polls are clear. The swing state polls are clear (9). The favor-ability ratings are clear. The momentum, energy, youth and Independent enthusiasm are all clear. Our best hope in defeating Trump is clear: Senator Sanders (10)(11). You have a unique opportunity to go down in history as one of the special few individuals who made the right judgment call and helped us elect the stronger candidate for the Democrats to retain the White House. You also have the opportunity to disregard all logic, polls, and the anti-establishment pulse of the country and stay with a riskier candidate and further the notion of a #DemExit. For the sake of the Democratic Party, for the sake of your place in history, and for the sake of unifying the entire country and not having to say "President Trump"... please vote for Senator Sanders in the convention this July. Thank you for your time and consideration. References: (1) http://www.vox.com/2016/6/2/11818320/bernie-sanders-barack-obama-2008 (2) https://johnlaurits.com/2016/07/10/mathematical-proof-that-you-are-not-alone/ (3)http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/only-voter-suppression-can-stop-bernie-sanders_b_9780128 (4) https://electionfraud2016.wordpress.com/ (5) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649941911932852/permalink/1655874224672954/ (6) http://usuncut.com/news/arizona-polling-disaster/ (7) https://guccifer2.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/dnc/ (8) http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/01/how-hillary-clinton-bought-the-loyalty-of-33-state-democratic-parties/ - who resourced the FEC (9) http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-dead-heat-hillary-clinton-swing-state/story?id=40542377 (10) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/hillary-clinton-now-loses_b_10102664.html (11) http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/2016-general-election-trump-vs-sanders
Massachusetts Dyslexia Screening Legislation 2017
SD.26, HD.166, SD.1498 and HD.3451
Massachusetts Dyslexia legislation (newly filed in 2017) is a first step to help improve reading by considering the most reliable predictor of 3rd-grade reading failure, dyslexia, and screening for 1. Phonemic Awareness, 2. Rapid Automatized Naming and 3. Letter-Sound Knowledge Dyslexia is neurobiological and makes learning to read more difficult. The science and research exists to help these students early, teachers need to and want to know the science. Let's not let the legislative session end without helping the students with dyslexia. Please include the Massachusetts city or town you live in when leaving your message.
DNC Delegates & Super Delegates: Only Bernie can defeat Trump
(First, we MUST have a roll call vote, all the Democrats who cast their votes for a candidate and in turn voted in delegates to cast that vote at the DNC MUST be heard and recorded. This is democratic.) Bernie Sanders is simply the best candidate to beat Donald Trump; Delegates and Super Delegates please cast your votes accordingly. An average of the entire summary of all polling data compiled over the course of the election confirms this: Sanders leads Trump nationally +10.4 Hillary is slightly above at +3.2 Do Democrats REALLY want to Win the White House? The Democratic Party claims that Winning the White House is their top priority, along with defeating Trump. It's time to look at the facts and look at who is the best candidate to achieve these goals; goals taken straight from the DNC. DEMOCRATS ARE FOCUSED ON WINNING ELECTIONS, PERIOD. Case in point #1: When Bernie addressed the House of Representatives to explain that "it's not about winning, it's about transforming America," he was booed by Democratic members of Congress who believe they have no power to transform America unless they win elections. Bernie Booed by House Democrats DEMOCRATS SAY WE MUST DEFEAT TRUMP Case in point #2. Democrats also believe our main goal is to defeat Trump, i.e. win elections. Their messaging is solely, WE MUST DEFEAT TRUMP. Those two points have the Democratic Party freaking out after, to their surprise, Hillary's polling went DOWN after Bernie endorsed her. Democrats Freaked Out About Polls Emails sent from DCCC after Bernie's endorsement Three desperate emails were sent out in one day following Bernie's endorsement only to find Hillary's polling against Trump showed her LOSING ground, especially in three key swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania showing them being completely terrified over the lack of "unity" as Sanders supporters fail to fall in line behind Hillary claiming: "After Bernie’s call for unity yesterday, we just figured Democrats would...well...unify. But instead, everything is falling apart. FIRST: We heard barely a peep from grassroots Democrats. THEN: A Quinnipiac poll showed Trump and Clinton tied in OH, FL, and PA.* NOW: We’re questioning whether the Democratic Party can unify at all." __________________________________________________ Polling prior to Bernie's endorsement, June 21st vs. after, July 13th: *(note that the states are not all 'tied' as the DCCC claims): FL: Clinton 47 - Trump 39 -----> Clinton 39 - Trump 42 OH: Clinton 40 - Trump 40 ------> Clinton 41 - Trump 41 PA: Clinton 42 - Trump 41 ------> Clinton 41 - Trump 43 June 21st vs. July 13th, as well as virtually EVERY POLL conducted between Sanders and Trump, Bernie wins nationally every time (as stated in beginning): FL: Sanders 45 - Trump 39 ------> Clinton 47 - Trump 39 OH:Sanders 48 - Trump 38 ------> Clinton 40 - Trump 40 PA: Sanders 47 - Trump 40 ------> Clinton 42 - Trump 41 __________________________________________________ 13 million votes for Bernie Sanders were cast from demographics who are largely composed of people who simply refuse to vote for Hillary OR Trump. And some of them rather vote for Trump INSTEAD of Hillary! This is a stark reality that the Democratic Party must come to grips with if they not only want to put a Democrat in the White House in January, but elect Democrats in Primaries across our nation in November. Are you willing to lose the White House (as well as Congress) and suffer a loss that allows the potential for a President Trump? Dr. Cornel West is now endorsing Jill Stein over Hillary Clinton Most Bernie supporters are Dr. Cornel West supporters. He makes a compelling argument to his supporters on why Hillary, nor Trump, is a viable choice. How many of those 13 million will follow West? How many will vote Trump? How many will write in Bernie or simply stay home? Are Democrats willing to risk losing over this? So, do Democrats REALLY want to Win the White House? Then maybe it's time for DNC Delegates and Super Delegates to rethink who their nominee will be in order to achieve that victory. Bernie Sanders is simply the best candidate to beat Donald Trump; Delegates and Super Delegates please cast your votes accordingly.
Urgent! Support the "Right To Try Act (H.R. 3012) of 2015" Hope for the Terminally ill
I am writing this letter in utter despair, because my family needs your help. My brother, my hero, the man I've always looked up to was diagnosed with ALS. You the Congress, the decision makers, have the chance to pass the "Right To Try Act". And everyone fighting a terminal illness right now needs this. I remember being a little kid, I remember always trying to hang out with my brother, he is 10 years older than me, so I was never allowed. But I thought I was cool having an older brother that could take me places. I am the youngest of 4, there are 3 sisters and 1 brother. We have always been a close family. Always. I feel like I was just at the shore this summer carrying on with him at the beach, and today he can barely walk. ALS, has been around, over 80 years and still NO CURE. The ice bucket challenge in my opinion brought much needed awareness to the disease. I was told in Oct 2015, about my brother and that he has ALS. I don't think it really hit me, as I really didn't understand the magnitude of what he was about to go thru. Maybe in a way I didn't want to believe it? I didn't want him nor his family to have to go thru this. But its real. Its not going away. I don't think I myself was prepared for him, to have to fight for his life. Its heart wrenching to watch, even more so, he has a family, a loving wife, 6 children. He is a family man, he would give you the shirt off his back because that is the man he is. Always has been. Life certainly hasn't been easy for our family, in December 2013 we lost my sisters 10 year old son, our nephew, it never gets easier, the heartache never goes away. Time does Not heal. There are 12 nieces and nephews between my sisters and brother. He and his wife have 6 children. His wife is amazing. Not only does she make sure my brother is taken care of, she also takes care of 6 kids, and her mother who currently has brain cancer. So if anyone, anyone wants to complain about life, they certainly deserve to. But guess what? they don't. They don't complain, they look for answers, they look for hope. They look for ways to change the lives of other people. That is the ultimate meaning of strength and courage, they are. So I write this letter to You, in hope that you listen clearly to my message. My brother, deserves the "Right To Try" He derves to possibly change his quality of life for the better. He deserves so much more from life besides ALS. He deserves to try a medicine, that may give him hope. His family deserves that right. He deserves to walk his daughters down the aisle. He deserves everything every other human on this earth does. So grant him that right to try what ever he wants to. He was given a terminal diagnosis. Terminal. There is no cure for ALS. And you the government, have the ability to change that. You have the opportunity to pass the "Right To Try Act", to make it possible for him to maybe change his life. Maybe not. But shouldn't that be a human right ? Would you want his 6 children wondering why their dad wasn't given a chance at life? give him the "Right to Try" then just maybe, he can watch all his kids grow up. He can sit with his wife in a rocking chair on the porch when they are older. Why would you not want to give him that right? I beg you to support this Act, "Right To Try Act" (H.R. 3012) of 2015. I beg you. No one ever , ever deserves a terminal illness, they don't, but you as our law makers have an opportunity right NOW to make their life a little bit brighter. A little bit more hopeful. Let's try to change the world to make it a better place instead of holding people back from having hope. That is all they have. HOPE. Please help my family, please allow my brother Frank Mongiello, the "Right To Try". #CureALS Warmest Regards, Frank's Lil' Sister, Lisa Mongiello Kupsey
Changing The Legal Status of "Pets" From Personal Property To "Companion Animals"
I have never been a huge fan of petitions but I feel like this 1 needs to really take a stand and fight for what we believe in. I fully stand behind Bill H.2290 presented by 4th Bristol District Representative Steven S. Howitt. This petition will go to every political figure in the state of Massachusetts. From the Governor on down!!! Let our voices be heard!!! Everything on this bill is what animals lovers need!!! From holding animal abusers responsible to protecting the animal rescue organizations. Running a local rescue like I do, a Do Not Adopt List would also be so crucial to making sure these animals are going towards the best forever home possible. Mr. Howitt of Seekonk (by request), a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2290) of Elizabeth Cabraldipippo relative to the penalties for a guardian abusing a domesticated companion animal. The Judiciary. The effort to establish a legally meaningful distinction between pets and living room sofas has recently gained momentum. Draft legislation was just introduced in Massachusetts to change the legal status of dogs and cats from property to companion animals. Presenter:Steven S. Howitt (By Request) Status:Referred to Joint Committee on the Judiciary Bill H.2290For the purposes of this bill a “companion animal” shall be considered a dog, cat or any domesticated animal. Domesticated animal for purposes of this bill shall include birds, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, or any animal sharing a home with a caregiver. Caregivers of “companion animals” shall be considered “guardians”. Guardians of “companion animals” have a duty to protect the health and safety of the animal. A companion animal may not be left outside during extreme weather including extreme heat, cold, wind, rain, or hail or any weather condition which poses an adverse risk to the health and safety of the “companion animal”. Guardians and/or any person who abuses a “companion animal” shall have the animal seized by animal control and shall be punished by: First offense - imprisonment in the house of correction for a period of 6 months, but not longer than 2 ½ years and a $2,500 fine, “companion animal” abusers may not be permitted to obtain another animal. Second offense – imprisonment in the house of correction for a period of 1 year but not longer than 2 ½ years and a $5,000 fine and shall be put on a “do not adopt to” list. This list will be published publicly. the list will be provided to all shelters, rescues, animal controls offices and pet stores. Third offense – imprisonment in the house of correction for a period of 2 ½ years and a $10,000 fine and shall be put on a “do not adopt to” list. This list will be published publicly. the list will be provided to all shelters, rescues, animal controls offices and pet stores.
Remove Judge Thomas Estes, Make Rapist David Becker a Registered Sex Offender w/ Jail Time
David Becker, 18, has been charged with two counts of rape and one charge of indecent assault and battery which came from his attack of two women on April 2nd. Hon. Thomas H. Estes, First Justice of Palmer District Court, sentenced Becker to 2 years probation on August 15th and he is not required to register as a sex offender because he believes Becker should enjoy "a college experience." Becker's attorney Thomas Rooke maintains, "We all made mistakes when we were 17, 18, 19 years old, and we should be branded for life with a felony offense and branded a sex offender." This "mistake" included sexually assaulting two unconscious women at a house party and then texting "sorry" the next day to one of the victims. Our justice system is obligated to hold criminals accountable, and when they don't it is our jobs as citizens to hold our justice system accountable. By removing Judge Thomas H. Estes, we are making a progressive step to end rape culture. Sexual assault should not be part of a college experience, it should not go unnoticed, and two years probation and a text sorry is not justice.
Hazing has caused murders every year since 1973 and rapes since 1995
I am a survivor of Hazing and Bullying and I have made it my life's mission to end these archaic and juvenile rituals. Hazing is illegal already but anti-hazing laws are rarely enforced and schools are currently not required to document and/or report these crimes. This bill will require all Public and Secondary Schools in Massachusetts to document and report these crimes. There are many benefits to passing this and the most important benefit is that it will protect your children where they are extremely vulnerable. Once this legislation is passed the school's focus will go from trying to cover up or delegitimize the situation to placing the focus on the victim and the victims needs. It will help deter events like this from happening because schools will do more to educate and promote positive behavior in all school environments. This bill will also help in the event that someone is bullied or hazed. Once we start receiving the data from the schools we can use these analytics to determine what is working and where we need to improve to keep our children safe at all times while in school and after school activities. Below is the language for our Bill: An Act relative to hazing in schools SECTION 1. Subsection (a) of section 37O of chapter 71 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “cyber-bullying”, in line 19, the following words: - and hazing as defined in section 17 of chapter 269. SECTION 2. Section 18 of chapter 269 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph: -Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, hazing incidents that involve students enrolled in a public elementary or secondary school district shall be reported according to the procedures and requirements prescribed in section 37O of chapter 71. SECTION 3. Notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, the annual interscholastic athletic head injury safety program required under section 222 of chapter 111 shall also include educational materials and training on hazing as defined in section 17 of chapter 269. Please sign this Petition to show your support for this bill. Our only agenda is to help protect all children, no questions asked!