Governor of Indiana
Governor of Indiana
Stop the removal of historical Confederate Monuments.
These monuments are a reminder of what our country had to go through to become whole again. Many of these monuments are not only in dedication to the men who served in the Confederacy but they also served in the US army pre-civil war. It is important to save these monuments for future generations to see these monuments and learn about them and the men who gave everything for a several causes. These were brave men, good men and religious men. I beg the President, Vice President and the US Supreme Court to stop the purge of our American History in our cities and towns across the south. I urge President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the U.S. Supreme Court to sign a bill into law protecting these monuments, all military monuments from removal. Please save our history.
Exempt Wartime Interpreters from President Trump's Executive Order Banning Immigration
As an U.S. Army Captain serving in Afghanistan, I was almost killed by Taliban fighters. My Afghan translator, Janis, saved my life. We made a promise to translators like Janis, who served alongside our troops, to help them immigrate to the United States.President Trump’s ban on all immigration of refugees breaks that promise to the thousands of Afghan and Iraqi wartime allies. The president's Executive Order shuts the door on thousands of foreign interpreters, our wartime allies, who served alongside our military since 2001. Enacting a four-month ban on ALL immigration of refugees and an outright ban on the immigration of Iraqis condemns thousands of our Iraqi wartime allies to languish and fend for themselves against the very enemies we asked them to help us fight.The blanket ban on immigration from Iraq and the four month moratorium on immigration from Afghanistan prevents our allies from reaching safety here in America and leaves countless thousands to be hunted for their service to the United States. If we commit to this, we will permanently harm our national security. Our credibility will be forever neutered if not eroded. Why would any potential ally ever trust America to keep its word again? It pains me to think how many US soldiers will now die in future wars because we couldn't recruit the local support that is often the difference between life and death. Moreover, this ban imposes a lifetime moral injury on our Iraq war veterans. Vietnam Veterans speak often of their half-century injury at having abandoned so many of our Vietnamese allies. Please ask President Trump to keep our promise to America’s veterans and allow for the Special Immigration Visa program to continue uninterrupted. Sincerely, Matt Zeller, Co-FounderNo One Left Behind
Legalize medical marijuana nationwide
In the US, there are many diseases and disorders and disabilities such as cancer, ADHD, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy that people are living with. While there are many remedies and treatments out there for these conditions, there is one NATURAL remedy that has amazing, astonishing benefits. That remedy is Medical Marijuana, also known as Medical Cannabis. The oils in the cannabis have been found to improve the quality of life and even cure conditions such as the ones listed. Unfortunately, while weed use is decriminalized for non medical use in most states, it is not allowed for medical use in multiple states for both non psychoactive and psychoactive use. Medical marijuana is NOT like those medicines pharmaceuticals and doctors give you at the pharmacy. Medical cannabis is natural, safe, beneficial, and it doesn't harm animals in the process of producing it (when grown naturally of course). When taken safely and correctly (not smoked), medical cannabis can work wonders. Pediatric DIPG patient Katherine King (now deceased) was able to live happily and almost completely pain free for an additional 12 months thanks to medical marijuana. Cannabis oil helps epilepsy patients have reduced seizure episodes. Pharmaceuticals aren't in favor of medical cannabis because that means they don't get paid from distributing other medications. They want money. They don't want cures. What needs to happen to fix this legal problem is a Supreme Court ruling, similar to the one that happened almost 2 years ago for Same sex marriage, that legalizes psychoactive and non psychoactive medical cannabis in all 50 states, allowing those who could benefit from it (and need it) to be able to take it in any state without legal trouble, no matter what. The oils of this plant saves lives. It can be a cure or improvement of life for the individuals who take it. Please sign this petition and have your family members do the same, so we can improve the lives of many who are ill or disabled. It can even be a cure for them! This could be the cure for cancer. This could be the cure for ADHD, this could be the cure for epilepsy, and the many other conditions that this natural plant is able to treat. This could finally take out cancer, the beast that takes more than 1500 lives every day, almost 558,644 lives yearly! Please sign this petition. Sign for your loved ones battling a medical condition, sign for your friends, sign for everyone who has a medical condition such as cancer or epilepsy. This natural medicine could cure them! If you begin to suffer from one of these conditions one day, you will have a natural, safe option! Please sign! Remember to tell everyone else you know to sign too!
Ban the hog wrestling events at Indiana county fairs.
Please read the entire petition before signing!!!!! This is NOT a petition for the humane treatment of animals, this IS an abuse type petition. Animal cruelty as you would see when dealing with dogs, and abuse as you would with such as domestic violence, child abuse, ect. It is not to push the vegan agenda, or the animal rights movement. Pigs are covered by the animal cruelty law so it needs to be enforced. We the signed ask the State of Indiana, Governor Mike Pence, to ban the hog wrestling events at the county fairs in Indiana, and require them to choose another event that doesn't promote cruelty to animals and other violence. Positive non violent interaction with kids and animals would be a good replacement. Animals teach kids unconditional love, compassion, empathy, ect, they are a positive influence on kids & adults. Animals also love human interaction when it's not violent. Using pigs as entertainment for humans is inhumane & cruelty to animals! The pigs have no choice of whether they want to “wrestle humans” or not, they cannot give consent. As a matter of fact, a pig cannot physically wrestle a human, it’s physically impossible. Some fairs have already eliminated hog wrestling from their events due to the abuse & cruelty they experience. During a “Hog Wrestling Event”, pigs are put into a mud pit where teams of 4 or more adults or children chase them, grab them, and at times fall on them, with the goal to throw the pig into a tire within a certain amount of time. The photo above showing a pig squealing in fear provides an example of the cruelty endured by the animals. Besides the clearly visible stress and fear the pig’s experience, many can also become physically injured as well. Physical injuries such as: physical torsional stress on the pig’s joints, broken bones, heart failure due to extreme fear & stress, aspirating water or inhaling mud when tackled, especially as they are wrestled to the ground causing the pig to not be able to breathe. Pigs are very sensitive to pain according to professors of Purdue University, as well as intelligent beings. There are countless photos and videos online of pigs assaulted by teams of humans that show pigs being hoisted by their front legs, their bodies forced into abnormal positions. Some photos show children grabbing & pulling their ears just to get them onto the tire. One video shows a pig with her head forced into the mud, when she finally struggles back up she spews out the muddy slop. If a dog or cat were treated in this manner, charges of cruelty would result. Hog Wrestling is not wrestling! The Definition of Wrestling is as follows: "a sport or contest in which two unarmed individuals struggle hand to hand with each attempting to subdue or unbalance the other." Hog Wrestling does not meet the definition of wrestling. Hog Wrestling is where a small targeted animal is overwhelmed by groups of much larger stronger individuals and children. The animal is grabbed, shoved into the mud, dragged and thrown onto a tire. The pig is physically incapable of being able to “wrestle” a human. Hog Wrestling is in conflict with 4-H standards & guidelines "Animal welfare is a growing concern in this country today and warrants some attention during county fairs and any other 4-H livestock event. Therefore, it is imperative that we show all general audiences at these livestock events that we as keepers of animals do know the right way to raise and care for livestock. While we are at the fair showing livestock we are under the watchful eye of the general public. This gives us a great opportunity to show all kinds of people the method in which we care for our livestock”. The following is a list of guidelines which should be helpful in preventing any misconceptions that the public or any special interest groups may have about the way we raise livestock. The proper care of animals in a public setting should receive primary attention. Two of those Guidelines are: 1) Handle animals in a very humane way. 2) Avoid stressing the animal. However, they don’t seem to be very concerned by the events even though they clearly violate their guidelines. Hog Wrestling is a health concern, and should actually have the attention of the health department, yet it’s allowed. During these events, like dogs when frightened, the pigs will urinate & defecate in the mud where humans fall into or roll around, even getting the mud pit concoction inside their mouths, nose, or eyes. Those who participate are only allowed in designated areas to clean up after and nowhere else until they have fully cleaned up and changed clothing. These rules show they are fully aware of the health concern that comes with the event. There are cases of injuries, and infections to human participants, which shows a bigger need for concern since children participate in the events. Indiana has Animal Cruelty laws; Indiana state law prohibits the following: Cruelty, abandonment, and neglect of animals. Acts of torture and physical abuse of an animal are a crime in Indiana. IC 35-46-3-12. (c) A person who knowingly or intentionally tortures or mutilates a vertebrate animal commits torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, a Level 6 felony. (d) As used in this subsection, "domestic animal" means an animal that is not wild. The term is limited to: (1) cattle, calves, horses, mules, swine, sheep, goats, dogs, cats, poultry, ostriches, rhea, and emus; and (2) an animal of the bovine, equine, ovine, caprine, porcine, canine, feline, camelid, cervidae, or bison species. Since this event is promoted to kids as a “fun event” even though it’s animal cruelty here is information about kids charged with the crime of animal cruelty (f) When a court imposes a sentence or enters a dispositional decree under this section, the court: (1) shall consider requiring: (A) a person convicted of an offense under this section; or (B) a child adjudicated a delinquent child for committing an act that would be a crime under this section if committed by an adult; to receive psychological, behavioral, or other counseling as a part of the sentence or dispositional decree; and (2) may order an individual described in subdivision (1) to receive psychological, behavioral, or other counseling as a part of the sentence or dispositional decree Yesterday, Walmart, one of the world’s biggest companies – and the nation’s biggest food seller by a long shot – announced it has adopted the “five freedoms” principles for farm animals, effectively renouncing the use of extreme confinement and other abusive practices in animal agriculture, and signaling an extraordinary change in agriculture in America. Walmart is calling on its suppliers to, among other actions, work toward ensuring that animals: 1) are raised in ways that allow them to engage in natural behaviors, including having sufficient space and socialization with other members of their species, 2) be provided more comfortable living conditions, 3) are free from painful mutilations 4) be spared mental discomfort or distress, and 5) be given ready access to water and feed. These changes, so grounded in common sense, would nonetheless herald major improvements over how much of agribusiness currently treats animals. Walmart is able to recognize the fact animals do have emotions and can be psychologically harmed and not just physically. Whether a domesticated animal, or farm animal, an animal is an animal that feels fear, love, ect and no animal should have to be terrorized by barbaric humans for their entertainment. This event is abusive & cruelty to animals and promotes violence. It's a proven fact that violent criminals first start out harming animals when young, and move onto humans. Promoting hog wrestling to children is teaching them that abuse is ok, even for their entertainment. Children exposed to cruel events such as this are more likely to grow up and further harm more animals and people. The state should instead be setting a positive example for its youth, and teaching them that harming animals, especially for entertainment, is wrong and inhumane. Adults who participate in cruelty to animals such as this are also more likely to abuse their children as well. In a state with a high crime rate, which includes child abuse and domestic violence, these events should be banned not promoted. The way a state treats all of its animals and children shows the character of said city. The Delaware County Fair has cancelled their fairs hog wrestling event for 2015, however, other counties such as Harrison County, Grant County, Monroe County, Whitley County, & Noble County still intend to have their event. Instead of thinking about the harm from the event they choose to continue harming & exploiting the hogs for financial gain. As a matter of fact, Kyle Bailey, the President of the Noble County Fair is also the paid supplier of the hogs used for the event. Not only does the fair financially gain from the event but Mr Bailey personally gains financially from causing psychological terror to the hogs used. With the findings that show animals feel the same emotions as humans no animal should be terrorized for financial gain or as entertainment for anyone. We ask that you ban the cruel event in the entire state of Indiana. There are many non-violent forms of entertainment for humans that do not involve animal cruelty, that could be held instead, and that would have a positive impact on the families that attend. Neurologist Gregory Berns is using MRIs to find out if dogs experience emotions in the same way humans do. Here are two links to information videos on his research and findings https://youtu.be/qtP0sGWF_d8 https://youtu.be/0CrzpL20_8c This petition has nothing to do with Farming, Farmers, Agriculture, Fairs in general, or 4H!!!!!! This petition is not an attack on farming, agriculture, and has nothing to do with any organization; it’s addressing the animal cruelty to the animals, and the violence that it promotes ONLY! There are many things that were once seen as ok such as child abuse, & domestic violence that are no longer acceptable in the world today, and cruelty to animals is one as well. I, nor this petition have any association with Joel Kerr, the Indiana Animal Rights Alliance, or any org!!!
Call on President-Elect Trump to Condemn Hate Crimes Done in His Name
On November 9th, 2016 Shaun King began documenting the hate crimes and hate speech that are direct results of the 2016 election decision. These assaults are dangerous, divisive, violent, illegal and un-American. You can read about them here (trigger warning to survivors): https://twitter.com/ShaunKing As our new President-elect, we are calling on Donald J Trump to personally and publicly condemn all physical and verbal assaults committed in his name or as a reaction to his victory.
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.
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
Revise ISTEP and IREAD tests. These tests are over-rigorous and place undue stress on Indiana students and educators.
Third grade students are expected to test for over ten hours, up from around three hours last year. Teachers are forced to "teach the test" for months ahead of time, a misuse of their time. Schools that don't perform well have funding and programs cut, these schools are in the most need. Accountability is one thing, but this is unreasonable.
Join Utah Leaders in Opposing Rep. Noel's Quest to Become BLM Director
Utah State Representative Mike Noel is lobbying to become the next Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He and a group of like-minded politicians are campaigning to position Noel as a legitimate candidate for this post. The Salt Lake Tribune and this OpEd by Better Utah’s Madison Hayes outline how Mike Noel’s confirmation as BLM Director would spell disaster for our public lands. Among the many reasons Mike Noel would be bad for the BLM and our public lands are these: Mike Noel is a staunch opponent of the Federal Government; Mike Noel believes that law enforcement on Federal public lands should be taken away from Federal officials and turned over to local sheriffs; Mike Noel ardently supported Phil Lyman, the former county commissioner who led an illegal and damaging protest ride through Recapture Canyon; Mike Noel is a proponent of Utah’s $14 million wasteful lawsuit to “take back” Federal lands; Mike Noel continually demeans and vilifies opponents of his positions; Mike Noel’s leadership would have a catastrophic impact on the outdoor recreation industry, an important part of Utah’s economy; Mike Noel fails to compromise and allows his personal opinions on matters to override all others; Mike Noel’s history of manipulation and conflicts of interest would likely follow him in a higher position of power. Based on Noel’s beliefs, history, and temperament, we urge the Trump Administration to reject Rep. Mike Noel’s quest to become the next Director of the BLM. Join the Alliance for a Better Utah, our fellow citizens, business, advocacy and community leaders from around Utah in telling the Trump Administration to oppose Mike Noel’s pursuit to become the next Director of the Bureau of Land Management. See our letter to the Trump Administration here. The letter is signed and endorsed by, among others, Jan & Bryson Garbett (Garbett Homes), Peter Metcalf (CEO Emeritus, Black Diamond), Nazz Kurth (President, Petzl America), John Sears (President, Gregory Mountain Products), Kevin Boyl (President, KUHL), Pat Shea (Former Director, BLM), Sierra Club, Utah Chapter, Southern Utah Wilderness Association, the Alliance for a Better Utah, Save Our Canyons, Wild Utah Project, Wild Earth Guardians, and Western Values Project.
STOP! Animal Abuse
Animal Abuse - Every day in the United States animals are beaten, neglected, or forced to struggle for survival. They are left in unsanitary conditions with no food or water, they have little to no hope as they live out their days without the compassion they deserve. Some are found and rescued, and are given the chance to experience how great life and humans can be; others aren't so lucky. To grow as a nation, we must fight for these abused animals' rights and severely punish heartless owners. It is up to us to speak for these creatures who lack a voice, for who will if we don't? One of the first steps in protecting animals and creating effective cruelty laws is knowing what animal cruelty actually is. There are two categories: passive cruelty and active cruelty. The first involves acts of omission, meaning the abuse happens as a result of neglect or lack of action. Passive cruelty might seem less serious, but that is not the case; it can lead to terrible pain and suffering, and ultimately death. Examples include starvation, dehydration, inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions, and the failure to get medical care. Passive cruelty is sometimes due to the owner's ignorance, so many animal control officers will first try to educate neglectful owners on how to properly care for animals before giving them a citation or placing them under arrest. Active cruelty, on the other hand, is more well known and disturbing. Sometimes referred to as non-accidental injury, this type of abuse involves purposefully inflicting harm on an animal in order to feel more powerful or gain control. Active cruelty against animals should be taken very seriously since it can be a sign that a person has serious psychological issues and may commit more acts of violence – possibly against humans. It is hard to tell just what drives people to harm innocent animals. “According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse,” says Pet-abuse.com. It is vital to report people who hurt animals. Most animal abusers find some sort of fulfillment or power in torturing a victim they know can't fight back, which is why crimes like rape and child molestation are committed. While not all animal abusers become serial killers or rapists, it is important to take every case seriously. For example, Carroll Edward Cole was a West Coast serial killer who may have murdered as many as 35 women in the 1970s and 80s and was executed in 1985. Based on Cole's testimony, his first violent act was strangling a puppy. The Columbine school shooting is another example of animal abuse as a precursor to human violence. Before killing 12 classmates and then turning the guns on themselves, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had bragged to friends about mutilating animals. If these acts had been reported to authorities and taken seriously, these two young men might have been put in a proper facility and helped, possibly avoiding the horrific massacre. Given these examples, it's hard to imagine why all states don't take animal cruelty seriously. Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota have no felony provisions for cruelty to animals. According to the Humane Society, a good felony anti-cruelty law should protect all animals, apply to first-time offenders, carry large fines and lengthy prison time, have no exemptions, require convicted abusers to get counseling at their own expense and prohibit abusers from owning or living among animals. Along with these laws, we need officials who will strongly enforce them. Police, psychologists, and even the FBI recognize the link between animal cruelty and violence against people. To better protect communities, all states should institute strong penalties and work to increase public awareness of these crimes. It's not only up to the legal system to ensure that communities across the country are aware and educated about animal cruelty. There are plenty of things everyday citizens can do. The simplest action is for people to take care of their own pets and learn the facts so they can educate others on proper animal care. Another easy way to help is by donating to or volunteering at a local animal shelter. Contrary to popular belief, volunteering doesn't require a lot of time; simply going in a few hours a week helps tremendously. Finally, by writing letters you can remind your local lawmakers that animal abuse is a real problem that needs to be addressed. Taking a few minutes to support this worthy cause not only helps animals, it allows you to feel proud about standing up for something so important to society. It is our job to be the voice for creatures who cannot speak up for themselves. As a nation, we need to make it our priority to come together and ensure the safety of our beloved pets. As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”