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Daniel M. Donovan Jr.

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Congressman Daniel "Dan" M. Donovan, Jr. represents Staten Island and parts of South Brooklyn in the 11th Congressional District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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Petitioning President of the United States, US department of commerce, Census Bureau, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Dana Rohrabacher, Seth Moulton, Jim McGovern, Jim Cost...

Remove sub-Asian boxes on Census Form 2020! Stop racist anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy!

Dear fellow Americans for justice, brothers and sisters against racism, The glaringly racist legacy of sub-Asian boxes on the Census form was started in 1870, after the Burlingame Treaty of 1868, which eventually led to the infamous, racist, and inhumane Chinese Exclusion Act spanning from 1882 to 1943, which among other terrible abominations, banned U.S. residents of Chinese descent from having children or getting married; their family members in Asia were forbidden from entry to U.S. and reuniting as families. The Census form has no "Asian/Asian American" category. In its place are a group of boxes signifying foreign nationalities in Asia as if Asian Americans were all “perpetual foreigners.” It intrusively identified and collected data on which U.S. residents were of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese...descent. While the Chinese Exclusion Act ended in 1943, did these racist, humiliating, dehumanizing sub-Asian boxes get removed from the Census form? No, they were kept on the Census form by the U.S. government even until today, and if we don't fight back and boycott the Census form with sub-Asian boxes, it will stay on the 2020 Census form and beyond, prolonging a racist American legacy, a shame to all Americans. This legacy treats Americans of Asian descent as perpetual foreigners, and collects intrusive personal ancestral origin data used in many kinds of racial discrimination and persecution. In one example, the U.S. government used information from the Census Bureau to identify native born Americans of Japanese descent and sent them to Internment Camps during the World War II. There were also discriminatory laws against Americans of various Asian descent, such as Filipino. Such horrendous trampling of humanity will happen again unless you and I act now to boycott a 2020 Census form with sub-Asian boxes. We demand these sub-Asian boxes be removed and replaced with one description--"Asian/Asian American." Injustice to one human being is injustice to all human kind. If we don't stop this racist and anti-immigrant legacy, its “logic” and mentality will be repeated in current and future policy-making. Let's keep fighting against racism and improve the human condition step by step. Please join the good fight to make this historically significant change happen for now and forever, by signing this petition and sharing it on social media and by email, word of mouth. Power to the people! Fighting on, Americans against racism and anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy

Swan Lee
56,269 supporters
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Petitioning Charles Schumer, Andrew Cuomo, John Katko, Kirsten Gillibrand, Daniel Donovan

Justice for Seth Collier - The Seth Collier Law - Leaving the scene of a fatal accident

Instead of calling for help after hitting a teenager with a car, an investigator left the badly injured, unconscious pedestrian on a Syracuse street, according to records. Peter J. Rauch, a former investigator for the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office, has been accused of striking Seth Collier with a county-owned car early Tuesday on the city's North Side. Family members said Collier, 18, was on life support but sadly they have reported Seth has died from his injuries. Collier finished his shift at Burger King and started walking to a friend's house early Tuesday morning, the teen's sister told Syracuse.com. The teenager was walking on the road in the 1400 block of North Salina Street when he was struck, the Syracuse Police Department said in a felony complaint filed in city court Wednesday. Rauch, 37, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Impala south on North Salina Street around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when he hit Collier, police in the court papers. The force of the crash left Collier with a life-threatening head injury and a puncture wound on his right leg, according to the complaint. Rauch did not stop to help the teenager, police said in the complaint. Instead of calling 911, he drove away from the scene -- leaving Collier unconscious and critically injured in the city street, police said. Rauch was not alone when he struck the teenager, police said in the felony complaint. An unnamed witness was riding in the front passenger seat of the car when the crash happened, police said. A witness, Tay Morgan, was outside nearby Lookers gentleman's club when she heard the crash, she told Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard. She said she ran to Bear Street near North Salina Street and found the injured teenager on the ground. Police say Rauch left the scene of the crash and parked the car he was driving in the parking lot of the Pastime Athletic Club on Pastime Drive. The Court documents say Rauch then fled on foot. A witness who was riding in the front seat of the car identified Rauch as the suspect, according to the court document. The document says the car Rauch was driving is registered to the District Attorney's Office "and said vehicle is assigned solely to the defendant." Rauch's identification card and cell phone were allegedly found in the abandoned vehicle A Syracuse firefighter has also been suspended without pay during the investigation. The City of Syracuse issued a brief statement Wednesday announcing firefighter Edward Ackerman had been suspended. The city said the suspension is "effective March 21, 2017 pending an investigation into a hit-and-run accident on North Salina Street." The suspension implicates Ackerman as one of the people believed by police to have known about the crash but failed to report it, a source tells CNYCentral.com Ackerman has been on the job as a Syracuse firefighter for 13 years and has been assigned to the city's busiest unit, Rescue One. He's also a trained EMT. Ackerman is also the President of the Pastime Athletic Club; court documents say the car that allegedly hit 18-year-old Seth Collier was found in the club's parking lot early Tuesday morning. Syracuse, NY -- Fired Onondaga County District Attorney's Office Investigator Peter Rauch is accused of hitting a pedestrian with his county-owned sedan, then leaving the 18-year-old dying in the street. So why isn't that a homicide? Rauch, 37, of Syracuse, is facing a felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal crash without reporting. It's punishable by up to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison, special prosecutor Gregory Oakes said this morning. Rauch is accused of running away after the 2010 Chevrolet Impala struck 18-year-old Seth Collier, who was on his way home from work early Tuesday. Rauch's charge doesn't include the words "homicide" or "manslaughter," but he faces a similar sentence if convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Consider that a driver accused of killing someone while driving drunk is typically charged with vehicular manslaughter. The basic vehicular manslaughter charge carries the same maximum punishment -- 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison -- as the leaving a fatal scene charge does. That's because it's not the name -- but the class of felony -- that matters. And second-degree vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal crash without reporting are both Class D felonies. Under law, the minimum punishment for those crimes is no jail or prison. And the maximum is 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison. What would it take for a first-degree vehicular manslaughter charge? Such a charge would raise the possible punishment up to 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison. For that, the driver would need to be proven drunk and have a bad driving record, have a very high blood-alcohol content, kill more than one person, drive without a valid license or have some other aggravating factor. And the harshest fatal crash charge, aggravated vehicular homicide, is reserved for those with aggravating factors on top of DWI and reckless driving. That carries a maximum sentence of 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison. Prosecutors have said that this case is not a DWI case, pending further investigation. So that rules out vehicular manslaughter and aggravated vehicular homicide all together. But couldn't he be charged with driving drunk if witnesses say he was drinking? First of all, we don't know what witnesses have told police. But yes, technically one could be charged based on others' testimony. But it would be very hard to prove without a blood test that shows some level of intoxication (could be below the 0.08 blood-alcohol content threshold for drunken driving). Anyway, even if all of that happened, it would probably lead to a second-degree vehicular manslaughter charge, which doesn't carry any more punishment than the leaving the scene charge does already. But say that Rauch had been accused of driving drunk (he wasn't) and leaving the scene. His maximum punishment likely still wouldn't be any worse because the entire incident -- from crashing while drunk to leaving the scene -- could be considered a single crime. So charging the two together in same crash wouldn't necessarily add to the maximum possible punishment. (Of course, such a scenario might lead to a harsher punishment as part of any plea deal or judge's sentence, but the maximum punishment itself likely remains the same.) What about criminally negligent homicide? That's when someone acts with such negligence that it deviates from the "standard of care" that a reasonable person would observe. There are no known factors to consider here other than the fact the vehicle struck the victim. We don't know if the driver was acting negligently beforehand. But criminally negligent homicide is a Class E felony, which carries only a possible 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. That would be less possible punishment than Rauch is already facing. As for the other homicide charges -- murder and regular manslaughter -- the vast majority don't apply because Rauch is not accused of intending to harm or kill the victim. The only one that might apply would be second-degree manslaughter -- acting recklessly and causing a death. But second-degree manslaughter -- a Class C felony -- is not typically considered a vehicular crime. Recent cases that included a second-degree manslaughter charge include: The death of Gabriella Collins after her father, Glenn, a ventilation expert, improperly hooked up a power generator at their house and went to Turning Stone with a date.A child who started a fire in his family's house, killing two of his siblings. (He later pleaded guilty in Family Court to a lesser charge.)In at least one case, a Cicero driver was charged with second-degree manslaughter after a hit-and-run crash. But in that case, driver Vincent Carello admitted to drug and alcohol use and blood tests showed that he was drunk and high. He is serving 7 to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty. The next step for Rauch's case will be a grand jury. Whatever charges the grand jury decides will then form the basis for Rauch's case in felony court. No date has been set for Rauch's next appearance as he awaits the grand jury's decision. Want to read the homicide laws yourself? Try this site. copy and paste: http://ypdcrime.com/vt/article22.htm#t600 Rauch's current charge is listed under the vehicle and traffic law. Article provided by (Syracuse.com writer : Douglas Dowty) Let's make sure Peter J. Rauch is prosecuted to fullest extent of the law and let's change the laws currently on the books for this offense. Let's fight for this young man and his family. Let us speak for the young man whom can not speak for himself.  #justiceforseth   Thank you for your support

Aaron Bellows
5,830 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Jeff sessions, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Clay Higgins, Joe Manchin, Marco Rubio, Trey Gowdy, Kevin McCarthy, Republi...

Please help prevent this silent attack on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.

Sirs, You may or may not be aware of the impending proposed ruling that is set to be deliberated on after January 25 by the BATFE that is being incorrectly disguised as a ruling on bump fire stocks.  The ruling aims to address any modification to a firearm that increases the rate of fire based on its recoil or operating system. Because the Las Vegas shooting is so fresh in our minds, people naturally assume that this is only to affect bump fire stocks. Whether one is for or against regulating bump fire stocks, this assumption that that is the only thing affected here is absolutely and provably incorrect.  In order to increase the “rate of fire”, there has to be an established “standard” rate of fire. There is currently no such thing as a standard rate of fire for any standard semi automatic firearm or any firearm that can hold more than one round. That is a very subjective thing and no one has yet to even remotely suggest what that definition for rate would be.  And who is to fairly decide what that rate is? I happen to be friends with a professional championship shooter by the name of Max Michel who can fire a semi automatic pistol at roughly 180 rounds per minute.  So does he set the standard rate of fire? Or do we let a 95-year-old elderly person set it where he is firing at a rate of 10 to 20 rounds per minute?   And does the person setting that rate of fire take into account magazine changes? In other words, if the person setting that standard rate of fire is doing so in the state of New York where they can only equip their semi automatic pistols with seven rounds in the magazine, their rate of fire per minute would be much less than mine in the free state of Louisiana because they have to perform magazine changes during that one minute drill and I don’t.  Therefore, due to those magazine changes their demonstrated standard rate of fire would be fewer rounds per minute.  As you can see, the ambiguity of any such ruling is quite frightening to law abiding citizens like me and every other gun owner that I know. All it takes is an overreaching administration in the White House to take ambiguous wording and use it to their anti-gun advantage. I think we have seen examples of this in the very recent past.  Essentially, this type of ruling is an attack on any semi automatic firearm that exists today that is perfectly legal to purchase and owned by millions of people across America. Are you prepared to stand behind a ruling that would make felonies out of millions of your constituents?  We can’t vote for you if we are in jail, but we would vote you out before we go in! The BATFE is currently asking the public’s opinion on these bump fire devices and the public is overwhelmingly obliging if you were not aware. (Click HERE to visit the site.) I would recommend you contact their main office and ask about this.  The disappointing thing to proud Americans and avid voters like myself is that our elected officials - meaning YOU -  are not taking it upon yourself to do your own job and provide legislation that affects Americans and the Constitution. Since when is it the BATFE’s job to institute legislation that affects the Constitution? Isn’t that your job? Are you avoiding your own job and passing that responsibility off to a federal agency that does not possess the power nor authority to make laws? What can millions of voting Americans take from that? As you have seen in the past, Americans take their 2nd Amendment rights much more seriously than petty items such as which bathroom men and women might choose to use.  As an American with the same rights as you, I ask that you please take up the fight to protect our Constitution and tell the BATFE that while they can collect all the public comments they like on bump stocks, they are to only provide those comments and recommendations to Congress and the President to legislate any action that is to take place going forward. That is why we Americans elected you. I do not give you permission to jettison that responsibility off to unelected, unaccountable federal employees.  As a proud American I am hopeful that you accept this responsibility and stand up for honest, law-abiding citizens who - in most cases - only wish to protect themselves and their families.  Respectfully, 2nd Amendment supporter / Voter / Proud American

Legally Armed America
3,807 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Daniel Donovan, Andrew Lanza, Diane Savino, Matthew Titone, Michael Cusick, Nicole Malliotakis, Andrew Cuomo

Help us Bring Wael Kassem Back to His Family

Our broken immigration and national security policies are destroying, yet another, thriving family, with American children. Please sign this petition and say you do not condone the new immigration agenda and racial profiling of people of color. Wasting taxpayer dollars on deporting persons with no criminal record, that work-hard, pay taxes and raise star students, makes no sense and has to stop. It is against our country’s interests and more importantly it is inhumane and runs against the sanctity of family. Wael Kassem, a model member of his community, father to three academically exceptional daughters and husband of a community leader and loving wife, faces unjust imminent deportation by ICE (Immigrations Customs Enforcement). He has never committed a crime, works legally, and pays taxes. He will leave behind 3 young children and a wife. The family will lose their sole breadwinner. In 2002, Wael complied with the notorious, racist and debunked NSEERS program (National Security Entry-Exit Registration). The flawed Bush-era anti-terrorism program that targeted largely Muslims, on pretextual national security grounds, without particularized suspicion, devastated countless innocent hard-working families and continues to devastate the Kassems. The government program generated not a single terrorist lead. Finally, NSEERS’s regulatory framework was dismantled under the Obama administration and is largely deemed a total failure. Despite the NSEERS program shut-down, it is what flagged Wael, blackballing him for final deportation today. By complying again with government order, Wael appeared, for a routine supervisory visit with ICE last Thursday. Today, he is set to be deported at any moment. Facing the unimaginable, the Kassem children and his wife, are devastated. Their lives have been turned completely upside-down because of Wael’s situation. The family and their community are simply inconsolable. As if that were not bad enough, the US government is returning him to Egypt, where his basic human rights will be denied.. There, he is very likely going to face persecution and severe political strife, in violation of our and international law, given the torture and detention his own father faced for years. NSEERS and our broken immigration system have failed this nation and this exceptional family. We cannot allow this to happen on our watch. Please sign this petition to put an end to these illegitimate immigration crackdowns and an end to unjust targeting of hardworking immigrants. #DadCantGoBack  

Hana Kassem
2,353 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Congressman Dan Donovan (R-NY 11th District)

Maltreatment of Animals in Science

Animals have long been exploited in American laboratories for testing. Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in labs just in the United States alone. The lack of proper laws and/or regulations against animal testing has prompted this act of disregard to continue. While the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is set in place to protect animals, it excuses laboratories that use mice, rats, birds, reptiles, and amphibians from minimal protections under the AWA. Even animals that are protected by the AWA are tortured and abused. This act is pathetically upheld and needs to be changed immediately. The argument to continue animal testing in laboratories is non-existent. Animal cruelty is inhumane as well as ineffective. Diseases such as HIV, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, and many types of cancers are artificially induced in animals to mimic the symptoms normally found in humans. 95% of drugs fail in humans despite their promising results in animal testing. Vioxx, a drug used to treat arthritis, was safe when tested on monkeys and five other animal species but caused around 140,000 deaths worldwide. A recent study has shown that out of 93 dangerous side effects, only 19% are predicted by animal testing. Because of the inaccuracy in animal testing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves only 25 new medications annually. The drugs that are approved are not always effective primarily due to the differences between humans and animals. Mice, which are the main animals tested, only share 50% of the same DNA as humans and animals do not get many of the diseases humans do. Europe, the world’s largest cosmetic market, has already banned the use of animals for testing. They have also banned the sale and import of cosmetic products that have used animal testing and as a result nothing has changed. Europe’s cosmetic industry is still thriving and continuing to boom. There is no excuse for the horrid treatment of animals in laboratories and it is our job as civil human beings to rectify this issue and save these animals.  

Klaudia Tabor
1,918 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Bob Corker, Robert Menendez, James Risch, Ben Cardin, Marco Rubio, Jeanne Shaheen, Christopher Coons, Ron Johnson, Jeff...

Tell the US Government Not to Normalize Relations with Sudan

 SILENCE IS DEADLY!!! Add your voice to ours to ask Congress to call for strong US policy towards Sudan  An opportunity to end the collaboration and silence; to stop the torture of women, the rape of children, the murder of men; a genocide that feeds on our silence and continues after 14 years. Here’s your chance to help toward its just end it by signing this petition.  Read to understand why this is important: Although the Sudanese Government has been committing genocide and providing support to terrorist groups in the Middle East, North Africa and around the world, the United States has lifted sanctions with a plan underway to normalize relations with this murderous regime. We are launching this petition to urge the US to maintain Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and to develop a strong US policy which will hold Sudan accountable for perpetrating genocide and supporting terrorist groups and threatening the security of the United States. Stand with us to demand that the United States not normalize relations with a regime that slaughters its own people and threatens the national security of the United States. In 2009, President Bashir of Sudan was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the western Sudan region known as Darfur.  Darfur- the longest genocide in history: The Government of Sudan began its genocidal campaign in Darfur in 2002, using Arab Janjaweed militias and the Sudan Armed Forces to target the indigenous African people, mostly from Fur, Massalete and Zagawa tribes. Launching a scorched earth policy by burning villages, killing, pillaging, destroying food and water sources and raping women. The situation which has been characterized by the UN representatives in Sudan at that moment as “the worst humanitarian crises in the world.” The United States under President George W. Bush and the US Congress officially declared the situation a genocide in 2004. Consequently, the United Nations created an international commission of inquiry. The commission investigated and found that the Government of Sudan had committed genocidal activities and documented about 150 Sudanese officials to be responsible for the crimes committed in Darfur.  In 2005, member states of the United Nations Security Council unanimously referred the case of Darfur to the ICC. The ICC’s investigation resulted in the determination that genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity had been committed by the Government of Sudan and its allied militias. The ICC issued arrest warrants against President Bashir and other Sudanese officials for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. In spite of these warrants, President Bashir remains free and continues to perpetrate his genocidal policy against the people of Darfur. He has added a raging war in the Nuba mountains and Blue Nile states. To this day, he commits extreme human rights abuses across Sudan with total impunity!!! The US Government imposed economic sanctions which limited the Sudanese Government's financial capacity to support further killings. in an attempt to hold Sudan accountable for crimes committed in Darfur. Sanctions included clear benchmarks that the Government of Sudan ceases killing its own people, create significant progress toward peace, and ensure accountability for perpetrators before US sanctions could be lifted. In 2006 the UN reported that over 300,000 civilians had been killed, mostly women and children. Now, more than 14 years later, over 4 million people have been affected and over 3 million have been forced out of their homes to live in deplorable conditions in internally displaced and external refugee camps, unable to return to their homeland for fear of attack. Millions of those who survive are subjected to constant attacks and rapes by government soldiers, who utilize rape as a weapon of war and a method of terror. Countless women and girls have been victimized, and the perpetrators have not faced any consequences.  Current Situation: It has recently come to our attention that the United State is preparing to remove Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. This is a dangerous move that will lead to the normalization of US relations with Sudan, a regime with a human rights record including genocide and collaboration with notorious terrorist leaders such as Osama Bin Laden and the leaders of ISIS. President al-Bashir is a military dictator who came to power by coup in 1989 and declared his affiliation with international extremist organizations around the world. He has used force to reorient Sudanese society to adopt Islamic fundamentalist ideology. By the mid-1990s Sudan had invited the most notorious terrorist groups from around the world, including Osama bin Laden, and had declared its support for these groups. As a result, the US designated Sudan as a State Sponsor of Terrorism and imposed economic sanctions against it. Sudan has continued to provide support to Hamas and other fundamentalist groups, including Malian jihadists, Boko Haram, and ISIS. Sudan has ceased support for or collaboration with such groups. Sudan has presented itself to the west as a partner in counter-terrorism, but only cooperating at the bare minimum while continuing to liaise and provide support for terrorist leaders in the region. Lifting Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism will allow Sudan full access to international trade and investment, including the purchase of modern American armaments, and can only serve to further the cause of the al-Bashir regime in spreading death and violence across Sudan. Despite outrage and opposition from the anti-atrocity community and several members of Congress, the Trump administration lifted sanctions in October of 2017, awarding a regime that continues to commit genocide and to pose a threat to US national security. The lifting of sanctions has already emboldened the Government of Sudan and is enabling genocide. As of today, millions of genocide victims are still in camps, facing a great deal of suffering and oppression. We are asking the US Government to maintain Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and also to reimpose the sanctions lifted in late 2017. Such action will limit the Sudanese Government's access to international trade and investments, consequently limiting its ability to purchase more weapons to kill innocent civilians. We are further demanding a strong US policy on Sudan that will hold the perpetrators of genocide accountable and will limit al-Bashir’s ability to support terrorist groups that threaten the Sudanese and American peoples, and indeed the stability of the entire world. This is why we ask for your help by adding your voice and reaching out to others to add their voices as well so that we can make our voices louder to ensure that the Trump administration does the right thing. Normalizing relations with Sudan means normalizing genocide. We must demand that the United States, adhering to American values as the leading government in the world, must meet its legal and moral obligation toward Sudan.  

Niemat Ahmadi
1,750 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Daniel Donovan

Name a New Staten Island Ferry Boat after Firefighter Stephen G. Siller

Currently, there is a debate going on of what to name one of the Brand New Staten Island Ferry Boats. The New Ollis Class Ferry Boats (named after former Army Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis) still have two names up in the air for debate of what they should be named. The Proposal I have is to have one of the New Ferry Boat's after Stephen G. Siller, a New York City Firefighter who was killed during the September 11th Attacks. The Following Is an Except From the Stephen Siller Foundation about Stephen Siller's Story. "Firefighter Stephen Gerard Siller was the youngest of seven children born to Mae and George Siller. At the age of eight, Stephen lost his father, and a year and a half later he also lost his mother, which left him an orphan to be raised by his older siblings. For a while Stephen went through a period of struggle, but thanks to the love of his siblings, and the values instilled in him by his parents, he grew up to be an extraordinary individual and dedicated firefighter. More than most, he knew that time was precious and accomplished much in his 34 years.   On September 11, 2001, Stephen, who was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1, had just finished his shift, and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers over his scanner. Upon hearing the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later, and returned to Squad 1 to get his gear.   Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others.   Stephen had everything to live for; a great wife, five wonderful children, a devoted extended family, and friends. Stephen’s parents were lay Franciscans and he grew up under the guiding philosophy of St. Francis of Assisi, whose encouraging and inspirational phrase “while we have time, let us do good” were words that Stephen lived by. Stephen’s life and heroic death serve as a reminder to us all to live life to the fullest and to spend our time here on earth doing good – this is his legacy." - Stephen Siller FoundationIt is undeniable that Stephen G. Siller should have his name on one of the new Ollis Class Ferry Boats. The legacy he and the other first responders of the September 11th attacks has left an indelible mark on our society in New York City and what a great way would it be than to honor an individual who left his mark on this city and the Borough of Staten Island by having his name on one of the new Ollis Class Ferry Boats.    

Mark Lacari
1,424 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Roy Beck, Jim Robb, Lamar Alexander, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Michael Bennett, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, Cory Booker, John Boozman, Sherrod Brown, Richard Burr, Maria Cantwell, SHELLEY MO...

#SAVEH2B: GET THE FACTS & STOP THE LIES!

Stop The Lies and Get The Facts!   The H-2B Program Creates American Jobs • The H-2B program is essential for small and seasonal businesses that are committed to hiring a legal workforce but areunable to fill seasonal jobs with American workers despite extensive recruitment efforts. Seasonal industries that use theH-2B program include seafood processing, horse training, hospitality and amusement parks, forestry, landscaping,circuses, carnivals, food concessionaires, swimming pool maintenance, construction and stone quarries. • The H-2B program is important to workers. For H-2B workers, the program provides well-paying seasonal jobs that allowthem to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries. This program is also importantfor American workers whose year round positions are reliant upon seasonal laborers during peak seasons.• Every H-2B worker is estimated to create and sustain 4.64 American jobs.   The H-2B Visa nonimmigrant program allows employers to hire foreign workers to come to the United States and perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis. H-2B workers are not considered immigrants. In order to qualify for an H-2B Visa, an employer must prove that there are not sufficient U.S. Workers who are capable of performing temporary services or labor.     MYTH: H-2B WORKERS TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICANS.FACT: American workers are guaranteed first chance at every job later filled by an H-2B temporary laborer. By law, every open position must be properly advertised in the community and requires employers to hire any able and willing American workers to fill open positions. The fact is that H-2B temporary workers actually support American jobs and the U.S. economy. The H-2B program provides an opportunity for seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity, thereby retaining their full-time American workers and contributing more to their local economies. Additionally, temporary foreign seasonal workers help support many upstream and downstream jobs. According to the American Enterprise Institute study on Immigration and American Jobs, every H-2B worker creates or sustains 4.64 American jobs on average. MYTH: EMPLOYERS DON’T EVEN TRY TO HIRE AMERICAN WORKERS TO FILL THESE TEMPORARY HARD LABOR JOBS.FACT: Employers work extremely hard to hire American workers because 1) it is dramatically cheaper to do so, and 2) the law requires that employers demonstrate that every effort has been made to hire Americans before they can start the process of trying to hire a temporary foreign laborer. Again, the fact is that the vast majority of American workers are not interested in temporary seasonal manual labor jobs. Geography is a big obstacle for many employers; for example, many resort communities don’t have a sufficient local labor pool. And, in many cases, these types of seasonal jobs may not be appropriate for high school students due to the hours or labor laws that prohibit the use of heavy machinery by minors. MYTH: PAYING HIGHER WAGES WILL ENTICE AMERICAN WORKERS AND SOLVE THE SEASONAL TEMPORARY LABOR SHORTAGE.FACT: Hourly pay for these types of jobs have gone up significantly over the last few years because employers who use the H-2B program are required to pay their H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premiumwage dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. These temporary manual labor jobs often pay considerably more than the minimum wage, but American workers still won’t take the positions. Sadly, in many cases, employers who obey the law and use the H-2B program are often competing against businesses that choose to illegally hire undocumented immigrants and pay those workers considerably less. If wages were raised even higher, seasonal employers who use the program would not be able to sustain their businesses or their American workers. MYTH: THE H-2B PROGRAM REPRESSES WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS BY PROVIDING A CHEAPER LABOR SOURCE.FACT: Hiring H-2B workers is a much move expensive and risky option. In addition to the fact employers are required to pay H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premium wage that is often well above the federal minimum wage, complying with the H-2B program is extremely costly, complicated and wrought with uncertainty due to an overly restrictive cap and a constantly changing regulatory environment. Employers turn to the H-2B program as a last resort, after extensive efforts to recruit American workers. MYTH: H-2B WORKERS OVERSTAY THEIR VISAS AND EXACERBATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA.FACT: According the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visa overstay in the H-2B program are rare. Workers who do overstay their visas are barred from using the program ever again. The fact is that the vast majority of H-2B workers and their employers are meticulous about compliance. Not following the strict program rules means the end of a well-paying seasonal jobs that allows these workers to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries – a risk these workers are not willing to take since they generally return to the same employer year after year. Additionally, when approving H-2B visas, the U.S. Consulate confirms workers’ ties to their home countries. Further, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires employers to promptly report any H-2B workers who do not report for work or who complete their work earlier in the season than anticipated. MYTH: THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION IS UNNECESSARY.FACT: The H-2B program’s annual 66,000 cap (33,000 for each half of the fiscal year) is not adequate to meet the demands of a growing economy. The cap for the first half of the fiscal 2016 was reached on March 15. The second-half cap was reached on May 12, leaving many seasonal employers shut out of the program with no access to legal seasonal laborers. Without the returning worker exemption passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by the President of December 18, 2015, many companies would have had to close their businesses, lay off American workers or turn away customers.This provision is essential to the survival of small and seasonal businesses across the country and should be made permanent. An H-2B returning worker exemption is a narrow solution to a seasonal workforce shortage that focuses on workers who are valuable to their seasonal employers and who have never violate the terms of their past visas or other U.S. laws. These workers do not pose a security risk and they are not taking away jobs from Americans. The H-2B returning worker exemption in the omnibus appropriations bills simply provides that if an H-2B worker has been counted against the cap in one of the three prior years, that worker can return to work in the H-2B program in the current year without being counted against this year's cap. For more information please visit: https://www.SaveH2b.orghttps://www.facebook.com/SaveH2B/https://twitter.com/SaveH_2B https://youtu.be/UTYVEirlu3o   To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B.

SAVE H-2B
1,273 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Lee Zeldin, Pete King, Thomas Suozzi, Kathleen Rice, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Nydia Velazquez, Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, Jerry Nadler, Dan...

Equality for Dads

My daughter was born in February of this year. My wife has a full time job, which makes me a stay-at-home dad. I love seeing my daughter grow every day, bringing her for walks to the park and touring around the city... This is all great fun, until she needs a new diaper. Trying to find somewhere to change her is a nightmare. Even in as modern of a city as New York, it still seems nearly impossible to find places for men to change their kids. It’s so bothersome having to change my daughter on a disgusting public restroom floor because the only changing table is in the women's room, if that. We’re living in an era where equality is of the utmost importance, but somehow we haven’t advanced enough to accommodate fathers in public by doing something as simple as installing a changing station in a restroom. I’m sure I’m just one in several that feel this way, and am likely more fortunate than some families living in smaller cities and suburbs, but I think this proves that no matter how ‘advanced’ some areas may seem, we still aren’t giving fathers or their babies the equality they deserve. I would like to challenge congress to pass a bill that requires all public restrooms to accommodate both mothers and fathers caring for their children.

Tom Barrett
583 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Donovan, Julia Brownley

Prevent The Importation and/or Distribution of Child Sex Dolls

Did you know that there are “sex dolls” being imported into the U.S., and the manufacturer can make them resemble girls as young as 5 years old, and design them to look like a specific child? Voice recordings can also be added to “create the illusion of obtaining sexual gratification with a specific, real-life child known to the customer.” BBC Reporter moved to tears seeing child sex doll Nobody wants to think about evil – particularly evil that targets the most vulnerable among us. However, pedophilia exists to such an extent that there are companies that manufacture and sell “child sex dolls.” The argument is that these dolls will “prevent” a pedophile from acting on their urges, however, Rep. Daniel Donovan, Jr. (R-NY11) states: “You don’t give an alcoholic a bottle of liquor to stop their addiction, so why would you provide a pedophile with a tool that would further normalize harmful actions?” Donovan asked. “Once a child sex abuser tires of practicing on a doll, it’s a small step to move on to an innocent child. This isn’t just speculation. Psychologists and researchers believe that these dolls reinforce, normalize, and encourage pedophilic behavior, potentially putting more children at risk to harm. “ Child Sex Robots Are Coming to America. Can We Stop Them Before It’s Too Late? There is now a bill in the House of Representatives that was introduced in December 2017 by Rep. Daniel Donovan, Jr. (R-NY11). It’s labelled H.R. 4655 in the House.  It seeks to ban the importation and/or distribution of child sex dolls. Contact your Representative NOW and voice your support of the passage of H.R. 4655: CREEPER Act of 2017 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr4655/summary

Kristin Irwin
370 supporters
Ban Child Sex Dolls

It’s a uniquely vile person who preys on children to fulfill horrific pedophilic urges. During my 20 years as a prosecutor, I put away animals who played out their disgusting fantasies on innocent children. Now, as a legislator in Congress, I've introduced a bill to ban the newest outlet for pedophiles: child sex dolls. These lifelike, anatomically accurate recreations of young children include “accessories” such as false eyelashes, wigs, warming devices, and cleaning tools. Emerging psychology on the topic says these obscene dolls encourage abuse of real children. Peter Fagan from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine recently told The Atlantic that child sex dolls likely have a “reinforcing effect” on pedophiles, and “in many instances cause [the urge] to be acted upon with greater urgency.” It’s because of these ethical, moral, and legal concerns that organizations like the Stop Abuse Campaign and the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) support my legislation, called the CREEPER Act (short for the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act). In an extensive analysis of ethical issues surrounding robots, FRR concluded that “allowing people to live out their darkest fantasies with sex robots could have a pernicious effect on society and societal norms and create more danger for the vulnerable.” For the sake of our country’s children, we absolutely cannot allow child sex dolls in our communities. U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (NY-11)

1 year ago
Ban Child Sex Dolls

Children are some of the most vulnerable and innocent among us and deserve to know that they will be protected. It’s hard to believe that there are people that prey on the innocence and pure nature of children, but it happens every day. Statistics show that 1 out of every 5 children in the U.S. is a victim of child sexual abuse. Between new technology and an increasingly connected globe, pedophiles are finding new ways to target and groom children for abuse, connect to each other, and discover loopholes in laws to evade enforcement. That is why it’s so important for our laws to evolve to constantly meet these new threats to prevent crimes, while also ensuring that that predators are brought to justice. Today, we are seeing the scary new proliferation of child sex dolls. These dolls are lifelike silicone renderings of children and are used by pedophiles to live out their fantasies. They include “accessories” such as false eyelashes, wigs, warming devices, and lingerie. Not only are they disturbing, they are dangerous Psychologists believe that these dolls could reinforce pedophilic behavior and encourage urges, potentially putting more children at risk to harm. Recent seizures of these dolls in the UK, Canada, and other global market places have highlighted the need for legislation to address this disturbing activity. The dolls, which are imported from China and Hong Kong, are purposely labeled as mannequins or models to avoid detection in the mail. That is why I will be introducing legislation to ban the importation, sale, and distribution of child sex dolls in the United States. This proactive bill will help protect children and ensure that these types of dolls don’t reach the U.S. The introduction of child sex dolls into the global marketplace is an extremely disturbing new phenomenon and one that needs to be met with robust legislation and enforcement. As a legislator, but more importantly as a father, I will continue working to do everything possible to stop crimes against children. U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (NY-11)

1 year ago
Permanently Stop Abusive VA Dog Experiments

I am so grateful to see the widespread public support for efforts by Congress and White Coat Waste Project to stop cruel and unnecessary testing on dogs by the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) and other federal agencies. As you might imagine, I’ve been hearing from a lot of constituents who are upset about this. Personally, I was also disturbed to learn that the V.A.—which is supposed to be taking care of veterans and wounded warriors— is using our tax dollars to cause heart attacks in puppies. I’m proud to announce that last week I helped introduce the bipartisan PUPPERS Act (HR 3197), which stands for Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species. The bill would stop the V.A. from spending taxpayers’ money to perform painful and deadly experiments on dogs. I am working closely with my colleagues in both parties to end this abuse. In addition to the PUPPERS Act, I’m working on other bipartisan legislation that aims to replace outdated and expensive government animal tests with high-tech alternatives and ensure the effectiveness of government programs aimed at minimizing animal tests. Because this is an issue I care about deeply and have worked on my entire career in public service, I am thrilled that animal protection issues are able to unite Republicans and Democrats when little else can. Thank you so much for your advocacy. We’ve heard you loud and clear on Capitol Hill and are working hard to ensure your tax dollars aren’t paying for animal cruelty. Sincerely, Congressman Dan Donovan (R-NY)

1 year ago
Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.

I am so grateful to see the widespread public support for efforts by Congress and White Coat Waste Project to stop cruel and unnecessary testing on dogs by the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) and other federal agencies. As you might imagine, I’ve been hearing from a lot of constituents who are upset about this. Personally, I was also disturbed to learn that the V.A.—which is supposed to be taking care of veterans and wounded warriors— is using our tax dollars to cause heart attacks in puppies. I’m proud to announce that last week I helped introduce the bipartisan PUPPERS Act (HR 3197), which stands for Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species. The bill would stop the V.A. from spending taxpayers’ money to perform painful and deadly experiments on dogs. I am working closely with my colleagues in both parties to end this abuse. In addition to the PUPPERS Act, I’m working on other bipartisan legislation that aims to replace outdated and expensive government animal tests with high-tech alternatives and ensure the effectiveness of government programs aimed at minimizing animal tests. Because this is an issue I care about deeply and have worked on my entire career in public service, I am thrilled that animal protection issues are able to unite Republicans and Democrats when little else can. Thank you so much for your advocacy. We’ve heard you loud and clear on Capitol Hill and are working hard to ensure your tax dollars aren’t paying for animal cruelty. Sincerely, Congressman Dan Donovan (R-NY)

1 year ago