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Petitioning Pennsylvania State House

Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

Twelve states have moved to ban "ex-gay therapy" for young people -- dangerous "therapy" that tries to change someone's sexual orientation. "Ex-gay therapy" has been linked to suicide, depression, isolation and anxiety, and has been condemned by nearly every medical and psychological body as dangerous, destructive and something no child should be forced to undergo. And yet in 38 states -- including states like New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Ohio -- "ex-gay therapy" remains a practice that's largely legal under the law. But there is national momentum as more and more states move to ban "ex-gay therapy" and protect minors from attempts to "cure" them of their sexual orientation. Hawaii just became the 12th state to ban "ex-gay therapy," and New Hampshire and Delaware are close to following suit. They join states like California, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Oregon. That's nearly 25% of the country! But it's not enough. LGBT kids are still facing dangerous "ex-gay therapy" attempts in more than 30 states around the country.  All these states have seen bills introduced to ban "ex-gay therapy". New York -- which touts itself as one of the most LGBT-friendly states in the country -- has seen legislation pass the State Assembly three times; Pennsylvania has had a bill introduced several times; Ohio now has a bill as well that legislators are pushing; and activists in Minnesota have been pushing for a ban on "ex-gay therapy" programs for years. Let's build on this national organizing momentum, and work to get these states added to the list of states stepping up to protect LGBT youth, and banning harmful "ex-gay therapy" that tries to "cure" LGBT people and change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Max Johnson
185,438 supporters
Petitioning Ohio State House

PREVENT DOMESTIC HOMICIDE! Make Non-Fatal Strangulation a Felony in Ohio.

On January 31, 2014 Monica Weber Jeter was strangled by her husband until she was "dizzy and unable to call for help".  The attack occurred while she was sleeping and their five young children were in the home. One of the children disrupted the attack and called 911. Monica’s husband pled "no contest" and was found guilty on a MISDEMEANOR domestic violence charge. He was sentenced to 11 DAYS of a possible 180 days IN JAIL and six months of probation. The protection order was lifted a month after the attack. Nine months later, on October 8, 2014, Monica's husband assaulted her again.  This time viciously beating and stabbing her while she slept in their North College Hill Ohio home.  Two of the children witnessed the attack—their twelve year old daughter called 911. Monica endured multiple stab wounds, massive blood loss, painful surgeries, and major organ failure. She spent thirty-two days in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Hospital in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit.  She fought so hard to survive for her family but her injuries were just too severe.  She died on November 9, 2014.  She was thirty-six years old. Monica’s large heartbroken family is completely dedicated and focused on raising awareness and making real change in her honor.  Our first goal is to get legislation passed in Ohio that specifically makes non-fatal strangulation a felony.  The statistics regarding domestic violence and strangulation are staggering.  Almost half of all domestic violence murder victims have suffered at least one incident of attempted strangulation prior to a fatal or near fatal violent incident.  Strangulation is lethal force and is one of the best predictors of escalating violence and future homicide in domestic violence cases. Strangulation is a red flag for future domestic homicide!  If Monica's husband had been convicted of a FELONY for the January strangulation attempt, he could have been in prison on October 8, 2014 and Monica might be alive today. Felony strangulation laws not only secure tougher punishment for domestic abusers; but also promote awareness of a crime that often precedes murder. Ohio needs to join the 30 plus states that have already made this life threatening crime a felony! Please support MONICA’S LAW by signing and sharing our petition.  Help us prevent domestic homicide in Monica's memory.        To learn more about Monica’s story and support our efforts to make a difference please check out Monica’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/prayersformonicaweberjeter #MonicaStrong

Family & Friends of Monica Weber Jeter
123,485 supporters
Petitioning Ohio State Senate, Ohio State House, Ohio Governor

"Outlaw Elephant Ivory, Rhino Horn, and Trophy Hunting Products in Ohio"

A Call to Action Outlawing Ivory, Rhino Horn, and Trophy Hunting Products in Ohio The purpose of this petition is to enact legislation banning the import, in-state, and Internet sale and distribution of raw and worked Ivory, Rhino Horn, and Trophy Hunting products in the state of Ohio. In 2014, President Barack Obama issued an executive order banning the import and export of ivory, yet the United States remains the largest consumer after China, as the order fails to include; the import, in-state, Internet, and diplomatic loopholes. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 2014)  Trafficking of illegal ivory is a transnational organized crime run by terrorists and radicalists whom threaten our national security, our wildlife, and our people. (IFAW, 2013)  With 96 Elephants killed daily for their tusks, and 1200 Rhino killed annually in South Africa alone, (Howard, 2014) it is predicted that these keystone species will be extinct within a few short years.  To understand the brutality of the killing, one must be aware of the methods – AK47’s, poisoned watermelons, cyanide dumped in watering holes thereby killing entire ecosystems in the process, hacking off tusks or horns while the animal is still alive, paralysis darts so the species cannot move yet is fully cognizant of machetes slicing into its skulls, and poisoned darts leading to weeks and weeks of extreme suffering before a long, unspeakable death. (McAvey, 2015) US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) says: "Stopping the ivory trade is not only a matter of conservation, but one of national security and international stability." (2014)  There is no legislation banning these products in Ohio, and that is what Ivory Free Ohio is committed to change.  We encourage Governor Mike DeWine and our elected constituents to enact legislation banning all sales of these products. Wild animals cannot protect themselves or their habitats, but we can and we must!  Respectfully, Ivory Free Ohio - IFOH Ivory Free Ohio is a Grassroots Organization Committed to Ending the Trade of All Ivory, Rhino Horn, and Trophy Hunting Products in the State of Ohio. Join Us Online! Facebook: Ivory Free Ohio - IFOH Twitter: @IvoryFreeOhio   Web: IvoryFreeOhio.org Reference Howard, B.C. (2015, January 22). South Africa Sees Record Year for Rhino Poaching. Nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150122-rhino-poaching-south-africa-conservation-science/ McAvey, A. (2015). Ivory Free Vermont. Ivoryfreevermont.org. Retrieved from http://www.ivoryfreevermont.org/ Portman, R. (2014, February 8). Elephants Slaughtered for Trinkets and Terrorism. CNN.com. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/08/opinion/portman-elephants/ Photo Credit: WWF

Ivory Free Ohio
118,164 supporters
Petitioning Ohio State Senate, Ohio State House, John Kasich, Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman, Jim Jordan, Marcy Kaptur, Marcia Fudge, Tim Ryan, Joyce Beatty, Steve Chabot, Michael Turner, Brad Wenstrup, Steve Stiv...

Keep CBD Legal in Ohio

Clean Remedies CBD has organized an effort to save Ohio hemp CBD sales. We are fighting to keep hemp derived CBD products legal to sell, purchase and possess in the state of Ohio outside of the state's medical marijuana program. Helping thousands of business selling or carrying hemp based CBD products across the state of Ohio keep their doors open, lights on and food on their table. By Signing this petition you will help:  Keep Hemp based CBD products legal in Ohio  Support locally owned CBD businesses in Ohio  Support the freedom of choice in Ohio commerce Why this is so important:  Hundreds, if not thousands of businesses and jobs are at stake  Your favorite CBD products could go away  The state of Ohio is in violation of the 2014 Farm Bill Background: The Ohio CBD Movement coalition was formed by Clean Remedies CBD, to bring CBD companies, users and advocates together to urge the state of Ohio to redefine the hemp CBD laws and make it assessable to all. The state does not have a defined distinction between CBD derived from industrial hemp and CBD derived from marijuana.  In August the Ohio Board of Pharmacy released a statement claiming that the sale and possession of CBD products, regardless if they are derived from hemp or marijuana or considered illegal as "defined" by the States medical marijuana program. However said program does not have a distinction between hemp derived CBD or marijuana derived CBD.   Fore more information go to:  ohiocbdmovement.org cleanremedies.com

Ohio CBD Movement
88,233 supporters
Petitioning Ohio State Senate, Ohio Governor, United States Supreme Court, Ohio State House, Andrew, Mike DeWine, Department of Justice, court

Justice for Demetrius

Demetrias Vinson Was 18 years old When he was sentenced To 99 years in prison without Parole. Demetrias is in Jail for life for Robbery charges. Demetrias had an Unsettling childhood. His mother passed away when he was 12 years old in a car accident, she was pregnant with his twin siblings. A few short years later  his brother committed suicide. .He was diagnosed with Biopolar Disorder not Long after this. He also suffers from PTSD. Demetrias was deeply effected by his mothers passing, and was already on a path to self destruction. A lost, hurt, and angry child he was dragged in to a lifestyle a child/teenager has no business being involved in. In October 2014 Demetrius and his Co defendant committed a robbery at a mini mart and a mobile phone store.  Demetrius and his co defendant were both armed with 9mm pistols. They stole money from the registers and attempted to damage CCTV.  When later arrested Demetrias was told if he accepted the states plea deal he would serve 20 years in prison with the chance at parole. When this plea bargain was offered to him Demetrias was not accompanied by Legal counsel, and he shouldn’t have been allowed to make any decisions without it; he was also under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time. What he didn’t know was this plea put him at a home invasion and 2 other robberies, that occurred in and around the same parts of town in the 2 weeks in which the Store Robberies took place. When he accepted the states plea deal, He was never given the right to a proper trial, meaning he wasn’t prosecuted in front of a jury, just the defence and himself. Had he been given the chance to a fair and proper trial, eye witnesses put him at a different side of town during the time frame when the home invasion took place.  There are a lot of gaps in Demetrias’s case that haven’t been accounted for. Demetrias was charged with 21 counts, with Gun specifications on all of his charges.  Demetrias’s Co defendant was sentenced to 50 years for the same crime, and recently got his sentenced reduced to 29 years. For the same involvement. Demetrius shouldn’t Receive life for a crime that didn’t involve murder. Demetrius was broken young man who deserved a chance to rehabilitate himself. We are going to prove to society that he is not a threat like the state has said he is. We hope with everybody’s support that we can appeal his sentencing for a 3rd time, and get his sentence commuted from life in prison to 29 years with chance at parole.  He knows that what he has done is totally unacceptable, and is deeply ashamed of himself and his actions. He wants to better himself and have a chance to become the person he should have been. He has completed his GED And he is eager to find something else to study so he can work hard to repay society for the crimes he committed as a teenager. Rehabilitation is key in order to show that re integration to society is possible. Demetrias shows clear signs that he is rehabilitating himself.  He has completed over 30 courses in prison including those involving mental health, anger management, and drug and alcohol recovery. He has held a job for the last 2 years as a janitor, And He hasn’t been in trouble in prison for the last 2 years.  He has a 14 year old sister he wishes to get out for and support in the future.   Demetrias has Sought friendship within myself. He has shown to be a funny, kind, and caring young man, who always has a smile no matter the circumstances. With the right guidance, and support he will be able to turn his life around. Demetrias is housed in a maximum security prison in Ohio. He has suffered violence and police brutality whilst he has been inside. Please spare thought for Demetrius. Everybody should be allowed a chance to change. Please help us on our journey. Please help us get him a second chance, and some hope. Thank you for your time. 

Lauren Drake
34,522 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
34,402 supporters
Petitioning OHIO BOARD OF EDUCATION, Ohio State Senate, Ohio State House, Ohio Governor

Introducing more Black History/White Privilege into Ohio Curriculum

With current events such as the murder of George Floyd & nationwide protests. It has become increasingly clear how many Americans are not educated on Black History Specifically figures who have paved the way. As well as the privilege they hold.  The goal of this petition is to urge our representatives to introduce more black history to the base curriculum in Ohio schools. After all it is American history, and should be taught year round not just in February. It is well known that in most American schools the only people mentioned when it comes to historical black figures are Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and, Harriet Tubman. This is simply to narrow of a view to study the ways Black Americans have contributed to society as well as the black experience. This shouldn’t stop with past historical figures. Current events/figures pertaining to Black Americans should be talked about as well.  When discussing the struggles and achievements of Black Americans it is also very, very important to have discussions about the privilege non black and white people hold in society. This has been evident due to the lack of knowledge of what white privilege is and how people use it to oppress Black Americans throughout history and so on. As well as how they could use it to further the equality of Black Americans.  This is an important issue that has been ignored for far too long. The disregard for the contributions, achievements and overall history of Black people in the United States has led to generations of uneducated people and it is time to educate our kids for a better future.

Erik Widemann
33,808 supporters