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Petitioning Terrry Dwelle M.D., M.P.H.T.M. State Health Officer

Protect Theodore Roosevelt National Park From Oil Refinery Complex

The National Park Service, National Parks Conservation Association and Coalition to Protect America's National Parks oppose what is perceived as a direct threat to Theodore Roosevelt National Park's Class 1 Air Quality Standards, water quality and image.The Meridian Energy Group has convinced North Dakota's elected officials to rezone more than 725 acres of farmland, located off the eastern border of TRNP's southern unit, to industrial use in order to house their proposed petroleum refinery, a pipeline to this refinery and a BNSF loading terminal.Pictured above is a view of the proposed refinery site from within TRNP southern border, upon Buck Hill. A view many visitors of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota's top tourist site and favorite destination of Teddy himself, enjoy. The only thing keeping smoke stacks from billowing within this view is a final approval from the North Dakota Department of Health. An approval Meridian is confidet in recieving within "120-150 days."The NPS, the CPANP and NPCA not only appose the construction because it would threaten TRNP's Class 1 Air Quality Standard, which is protected under the Clean Air Act. They also fear the refinery, along with the industrialization of the area, will destroy the atmosphere the park offers. Truck traffic will also increase, most certainly adding to traffic accidents and other dangerous situations. In turn, they say it will likely effect the image, feel and visitation of the park in a negative way.Please join these organizations and many others in standing up to Meridian Energy. Stop this refinery in its tracks before it's too late! 

Zachary Kreps
47,498 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!

I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!

Jenifer Bass
33,511 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States

Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!

When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:

Dominick Evans
6,842 supporters
Petitioning North Dakota State House, North Dakota State Senate, North Dakota Governor

In memory of Denise Marie Anderson, who was murdered at the hands of her abuser.

Hello, Our friend, Denise Marie Anderson, was murdered on August 1st, 2019.  She, like, many others have fallen victim to loopholes in the law.  I am asking that you sign this petition, share this petition, write your state representatives and national representatives, wherever you may be.  We are trying to prevent this from happening to anyone else, not only in North Dakota, but nationwide.  Signing this petition and sharing it is a good start.   For North Dakota Residents: What I am asking for help in, is redefining the relationships under The North Dakota Century Code Chapter 14.07-1.01.  Please pay attention to number 4, the wording needs to be changed.  North Dakota Century Code on Domestic Violence.  14-07.1-01. Definitions.1. "Department" means the state department of health.2. "Domestic violence" includes physical harm, bodily injury, sexual activity compelled byphysical force, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury,sexual activity compelled by physical force, or assault, not committed in self-defense,on the complaining family or household members.3. "Domestic violence sexual assault organization" means a private, nonprofitorganization whose primary purpose is to provide emergency housing,twenty-four-hour crisis lines, advocacy, supportive peer counseling, communityeducation, and referral services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.4. "Family or household member" means a spouse, family member, former spouse,parent, child, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are in a datingrelationship, persons who are presently residing together or who have resided togetherin the past, persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they are orhave been married or have lived together at any time, and, for the purpose of theissuance of a domestic violence protection order, any other person with a sufficientrelationship to the abusing person as determined by the court under section14-07.1-02.5. "Health officer" means the state health officer of the department.6. "Law enforcement officer" means a public servant authorized by law or by agovernment agency to enforce the law and to conduct or engage in investigations ofviolations of law.7. "Predominant aggressor" means an individual who is the most significant, notnecessarily the first, aggressor.8. "Willfully" means willfully as defined in section 12.1-02-02. It was completely and totally unacceptable for the Fargo Police Department to say her complaints filed for domestic violence didn't fit under the North Dakota Century Code sections for definition of a family member or household member. I have already contacted my representatives in District 21 and research is being done.  On average a person is assaulted by an intimate partner every 20 minutes, that is unacceptable and definitions of relationships need to be clearly defined not only on a state, but federal level. It doesn't matter what the relationship is, domestic violence is domestic violence.  I would like to introduce legislation on a state and federal level in her memory to change the definition of what a "relationship" is, make it crystal clear, so in the event when it happens to someone else, the guidelines are there in black and white. There is no gray area. I am asking that you sign this petition, share this petition to anyone and everyone you know, by doing so, when we define what is a relationship under the North Dakota Century Code, and by changing it,  we bring that definition to the federal forefront and we not only honor her memory, we also save a life. This will be delivered to the Governor, and the State House and Senate.  Eventually, it will be delivered to the White House, the House of Representatives and United States Senate.  Thank you, Jodi Beauchene

Jodi and Roger Beauchene
4,728 supporters
Petitioning North Dakota State House

Allow Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers in North Dakota

Did you know that North Dakota is the only state in the United States that does not have Wildlife Rehabilitation centers? I recently stumbled upon this information when researching how to start my own Wildlife Rehabilitation center here in North Dakota. I will just touch briefly on what Wildlife Rehabilitaters can do for our state. Animal Rehabilitation centers help keep people educated on what to do when finding a “orphaned” or injured animal. They can tell if the animal is to be left alone or brought in to a facility. Without rehabilitation centers, who do they call? ND Game and Fish who in return tell them to leave the animal to suffer or fend for itself and then most likely that person will end up taking the animal in illegally on their own to try to help it survive, because really? Who could leave an injured or orphaned baby to fend for itself? They then have no experience on what they are doing which in return most of the time will have a devastating result in which the wildlife animal does not survive.  In the end, if an animal is released in to the wild, their chances of survival after rehabilitation are much greater compared to orphaned babies or injured wildlife that are left alone in the wild. At least this way they have a fighting chance to survive, when they are injured or orphaned and left alone they don’t stand a chance. Animals that are not able to be successfully rehabilitated and released in to the wild are then used for education purposes in which they can live a very fulfilled and happy life, if quality of life is not there they will then be euthanized. Not all animals that are injured or orphaned will be found by humans, there is so much land in North Dakota untouched by humans so the fact of this affecting the food chain is not accurate. Only the animals that happen to come in contact or cross paths with a human will be the ones lucky enough to have the chance to be rehabilitated. Sadly, at this time, my dream of being able to help our orphaned and injured wildlife here in the state of North Dakota can not come true. Thats why I need your help. Please sign this petition, this is something that is so important to me and I strongly believe that wildlife rehabilitation centers make a difference and that we need this kind of education in our State, a State that has so much wildlife that we need to protect. 

Kia Kasowski
2,800 supporters