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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.

Juno Johnson
190,332 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
123,647 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
118,184 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
88,729 supporters
Petitioning Ohio State Senate, Ohio

End Mandatory Bindovers of Juveniles to Adult Court

My son, at 17 years old, was tried and convicted as an adult earlier this year and is currently serving a sentence of 38 years to life for complicity to murder. He didn't murder anyone,  he didn't plan for anyone to be murdered or harmed, he wasn't even there when the crime was committed. He was found complicit because he had at one point illegally possessed the gun and had given it to the shooter, without any knowledge that a murder would take place. In fact, the jury found him not guilty of conspiracy and the shooter acknowledged on the stand that my son did not tell him to shoot anyone.  I, after my son, am the first to admit that he isn't perfect.  He's made mistakes. However, my son is not a violent person and doesn't deserve the charges nor the sentence he was given.  Our criminal justice system needs to change. While researching this issue, I have learned that over 80% of our kids that are mandatorily bound over to adult court are black, which is a huge racial disparity. While my son isn't of color, he was on an IEP and struggled to understand throughout the entire legal process. We couldn't afford to hire private counsel. My son wasn't a star athlete (or any athlete), he doesn't come from a prominent family or have connections...things that shouldn't matter but unfortunately do. Current Ohio law allows for mandatory bindover of youth as young as 14 years old to face adult prosecution who have been alleged to  have committed certain offenses, despite the numerous research studies that have proven that the adolescent brain doesn't fully develop until the mid-twenties, with some studies even suggesting later. In fact, former Supreme Court Justice Kennedy stated that "children are constitutionally different from adults in their level of culpability." Justice Kagan has recognized that adolescence is a time of "immaturity, impetuosity, and failure to appreciate risks and consequences." Ohio law recognizes that youth don't have the ability to make adult decisions, such as buying cigarettes and alcohol, voting, serving on juries or getting married without parental consent. Yet, current Ohio law allows children as young as 14 to be tried and convicted as adults, despite the fact that research shows youth face a disadvantage in criminal proceedings because they are less capable than adults to assist counsel with their defense or in understanding their legal rights. On December 22, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that "the mandatory transfer of juveniles to adult court violates juveniles' right to due process as guaranteed by Article 1, Section 16 of the Ohio Constitution." The Court further went on to find that juvenile courts are in the best position to make the determination of whether a youth should remain in juvenile court or be transferred to adult court. Unfortunately, this decision was vacated following a motion for reconsideration filed by the State of Ohio. I firmly believe that the Ohio Supreme Court made the right decision in 2016, and urge you to sign this petition in support of Senate Bill 99, which aims to end mandatory bindovers. This bill would give the power back to juvenile courts, who are specifically trained to both recognize and address the unique needs of minors, to determine after careful, individual evaluation whether or not to relinquish jurisdiction. While the injustice done to my son is my biggest motivator, I also am now fighting for all the other young people who have been robbed of their youth. I can't fight alone. I need your help to make our legislators take notice and end mandatory bindovers. Please join the fight by signing and sharing, for all of our children. 

Heather Mullins
53,187 supporters
Petitioning john ba

The Aniya Law: Emergency removal of minors in imminent danger.

The Aniya Law We the undersigned demand for child protection laws to include emergency removal of minors in imminent danger. The tragic case of Aniya Day-Garrett brings to light the need for a statewide change in Ohio’s Department of Children and Family Services process and procedures concerning the handling of the reported abuse of minors. Statewide legal provisions are urgently needed to allow specific-designated representatives to take emergency action to save abused children that are injured or in imminent danger. THE LAW MUST BE CHANGED SO THAT NO CHILD WILL BE HANDED OVER TO AN ABUSER YET AGAIN.  We are demanding our Government officials to consider the “Aniya Law,” to assure the safety of all children. Under the Aniya Law, we’re asking that the following protocols be implemented: If a minor is thought to be injured and/or in immediate danger of physical harm or death, it should be considered an emergency. Law enforcement, designated school officials, and care givers should be legally allowed to request a 24-72-hour hospital admittance to allow time for a medical examination, treatment, interviews, and a determination by the Department of Children and Family Services on if the child should be removed from their home.  An emergency visit to a home when an urgent call is received, accompanied by a thorough interview and physical evaluation of the subject minor with a thorough investigation of the home.   In the case that the subject minor is not made present, impart citations on all adults in the home with a 24-hour window to take minor to the nearest hospital for a full evaluation.  Emergency removal of a child from a resident, displaying signs of abuse until further investigation.  Stricter penalties for Department of Children and Family Services representatives who do not follow laws and statutes, or perceived to be acting in favor of the offending parent, guardian, or caregiver.Mental evaluations completed on foster parents periodically  Mandate on the number of case workers based on population  A required child abuse registry Without the Aniya Law, children will continue to suffer from abuse and death in silence.  Aniya’s Story On March 11, 2018, four-year-old Aniya Garrett was tragically taken from her family. Paramedics found her unresponsive with scald marks on her feet and legs, a bruised left eye and a cut on her face. Aniya died of a stroke triggered by blunt force trauma delivered to the emaciated and scarred girl's head while in the care of Sierra Day, and her boyfriend, Deonte Lewis. During the last year, Aniya’s biological father, Mickhal Garrett pursued full custody through the courts, but was continuously met with delays due to legal procedures and the actions of Sierra Day, which included her absence at mandatory court dates and the avoidance of the child appearing in public. Reports of abuse were reported by relatives, Aniya’s daycare, Aniya’s father and Aniya called 911 to report abuse. In each case, Sierra Day was given custody of the child. Children and Family Services investigated three reports alleging abuse against Aniya in 2017, but the agency did not find cause to remove her from the home. We’re calling the Governor, State Legislatures, and the Federal Government to act and institute uniform national child protection laws applicable across the nation.  

Mickhal Garrett
38,930 supporters