Allow Transgender People Into the U.S. Military
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be accepted or allowed into the U.S. Military because their cost is a "burden." This is extremely disgraceful and an insult to all those who have already given their lives for this country. This is not equality, and this is not "supporting the LGBT community," as he said he does. This is utterly transphobic. Many people who served are going to be left jobless, and many others will no longer be able to fulfill their dreams. This is not okay, and this should not be legal. Trans people are still people.
Bring Howard the War Hero Home
Howard the Hero once fought and served his country on foreign soil to ensure us Americans have freedom....now he lives out his life on American soil on the end of a chain or in a tiny kennel muzzled. But he does not have to, his handler is desperate to get him back and has searched for years. What joy he must of felt when he tracked his beloved Howard down...and what horror when he saw the truth. Here is the handler's story. Please share this petition and let's bring this American hero home: I just wanted to post an overview of this sad story thus far... My name is Alexander Reimer, I'm an Army Veteran, who is looking for some assistance. While in the service I deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 with a companion, name Howard. Howard is a Pit bull, and the 1st Pit bull to be a certified military working dog. Howard and I actually had a couple articles done on us while overseas, and you can find a lot of information on us from various other sources. I am now a veteran dealing with PTSD among many other things, and am considered 80% disabled through the VA. I got out of the service in 2013 and handed Howard off to be loved and used by another handler. I was Howard's 1st handler having him since he was 9 months old. He was actually a rescue dog to begin with, and was rescued out of the Howard County Pound out of Indiana, hence his name "Howard". Howard and I have been through so much together and I owe that dog my life. I wear his patch on hat and back pack as much as I can in honor of my brother. So now for the story and assistance I could use... After I handed Howard off back in 2013, he immediately went back on deployment to Afghanistan with the other handler. To only come back from that and be tossed to someone else. This is where I lost track of where he was. Now present day, I finally found Howard under the ownership of a local Taylortown Police Officer by the name of Deon Fuller and his girlfriend/wife Katrinda Pettiford. So I reached out to Katrinda via Facebook, she accepted a friend request and I quickly was aware that she knew exactly who I was, and Howard’s and my past together. She had stolen picture from my Facebook and or the photographer who had followed me around while we were severing overseas. So I reached out to her via Facebook message and enlighten her on our story and asked if there was any way I could see Howard… I never heard back after multiple messages which was very sad. Well after further investigation on Katrinda’s Facebook page I found the pictures you have seen on this page of how Howard was being tied up to trees with nothing around him. Not how a war dog/veteran should be living out his life!! Something had to be done! Well I actually had a friend who was down in the area go knock on the door to be let in and find Howard in a kennel, while Katrinda was home. The home is in bad shape, and Howard was locked up in this kennel with no blanket, food, water or anything. He also had kennel rash, missing hair on his elbows in poor shape and obviously neglected. My friend had snapped some photos that you have seen of his tattoo number and him locked in the kennel with nothing. Since finding out all of this, Deon has been contacted and offered money to put Howard back with me in a home where he will be loved and spoiled and well taken care of. Deon responded to our offer and pretty much has told me and many others such as Mission K9 Rescue and Operation Releash (non-profit organizations), tough luck and he is providing another type of service now (Therapy Dog), which by the pictures you can see that Howard is not providing this man any type of service and instead is being neglected and not living out a life as a war hero or any dog for that fact should. Again all of these sad pictures of Howard on this page were either taken by Katrinda, Deon, or her kids, and were found and or taken while I was searching for my battle buddy, my brother who I owe my life to. Howard should be taken out of this family’s home and put with his rightful owner, who will love, cherish, and treat him how any veteran should be treated, or any dog for that fact. Howard was adopted to this family incorrectly, and I should have been notified once Howard was up for retirement as I was his first handler. And since this family is mistreating him and he is not a service dog for Law enforcement Howard should be rightfully mine and should have been in the first place.(According to H.R.5314/Robby’s Law passed in 2000, Military Working Dogs Adoption process, the unwritten code of a working dog handler, and many other sources) The veteran community, Mission K9 Rescue, and Operation Releash and many others have been helpful spreading the word of this very sad situation and are asking for more help. We have created this Facebook page for Howard return home from this disgusting situation and are looking for any support that can lend us some assistance! It would be much appreciated!! Feel free to reach out to me, Mission K9 Rescue or Operation Releash! Thanks For The Support!Veteran Alexander Reimer
We Demand that the U. S. Senate not confirm Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor
Andrew Puzder is among Trump's more controversial Cabinet picks because he has publicly opposed the overtime rule and various other Department of Labor regulations, and because the fast-food industry, from which Puzder hails, is a top wage-theft enforcement target at the department. Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, which includes Carl’s Jr. and Hardee's. It’s actually very hard to imagine a worse choice for Labor Secretary than Andy Puzder. The Labor Secretary’s job is to look out for American workers. Trump's Labor nominee has opposed increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour and efforts to expand eligibility for overtime pay. It would be kind of funny if it wasn’t so serious. During the election, Trump made a lot of promises to create good jobs. But he’s filling his cabinet with CEOs and right-wing billionaires who have spent their lives undermining working people’s rights to come together in unions, while fighting minimum wage increases, paid sick leave and family leave policies. The evidence clearly demonstrates that protecting the rights of the people who work at Puzder’s company or its franchisees doesn't seem to be his priority. Puzder has run a business model that has produced widespread labor abuses at the companies. According to data compiled by Bloomberg BNA, over the previous seven years, about 60 percent of all Labor Department investigations of Carl's Jr. Restaurants found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. While working people at his fast food chains sometimes were making below minimum wage, Puzder was taking big compensation packages. In 2012, he made 291 times as much as workers at his restaurants. Now, he could be in charge of enforcing our nation’s labor laws—from ensuring workplace safety to investigating wage theft. His companies had the fourth highest incidents of wage theft reported to the government. ‘Wage theft is a rampant, everyday problem in the fast-food industry: Nearly nine out of 10 fast-food workers across the country report having money stolen from their paychecks by their boss,’ Kendall Fells, the Fight for $15 national organizing director, told Bloomberg BNA via e-mail. Bloomberg reported. “Fells referred to a 2014 poll commissioned by the campaign of more than 1,000 fast-food workers nationwide. The survey documented such common worker complaints as being forced to perform tasks before clocking in or after clocking out, having the cost of uniforms deducted from their paychecks, and not receiving breaks during long shifts.” Puzder’s Carl’s Jr. restaurant chain also has a history of sexist television. He thinks it’s appropriate to peddle sex to kids if it sells the product. “We believe in putting hot models in our commercials, because ugly ones don’t sell burgers,” said the CEO in a 2011 press release, according to Fortune. “We target hungry guys, and we get young kids that want to be young hungry guys.” Let’s target Puzder’s nomination instead. Just Say No Puzder at Labor. This petition will be delivered to the full Senate and to the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee of the U.S. Senate
Designate the Nolichucky as a National Wild and Scenic River
The Nolichucky River is one of the last major free-flowing rivers in the Southeast. From its origins high on the slopes of North Carolina's tallest peaks, the 'Noli' carves its way through one of the deepest river gorges in the Eastern US before joining the French Broad River in Tennessee. A 7.2 mile section of the Nolichucky Gorge between Poplar, NC and Unaka Springs, TN was recommended by the US Forest Service for protection under the Wild and Scenic River Act in 1994. Unfortunately, a bill has never been introduced to congress to finalize a Wild and Scenic River designation. The Noli is known for it's outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreation, geologic, and ecological values. It is home to several endangered or threatened species of animals and plants such as the Appalachian Elk-Toe Mussel and Virginia Spirea. The river is a major destination for whitewater enthusiasts who venture into the gorge to challenge themselves in the class II-IV rapids. It's also popular among anglers, hunters, and hikers. Thousands of visitors pass through the Noli Gorge every year with whitewater rafting companies and fishing guide services. This tourism generates great economic benefits for the local economies. The Nolichucky Gorge stretches through parts of Mitchell and Yancey Counties in North Carolina, as well as Unicoi County in Tennessee.There is a rich human history in the area, yet the gorge remains largely untouched by development with the exception of a CSX rail line that parallels the river. In the last year, traffic on the line has dramatically decreased and will likely continue to do so in the future. While there have been problems with water quality in the Nolichucky in the past, it is improving as upstream communities become more aware of the effects of pollution and sedimentation on downstream resources. Designation of the Nolichucky as a Wild and Scenic River will invigorate the local economies through increased tourism while giving permanent protection to this unique resource and ensuring it's enjoyment for future generations. Realizing the dream of a Wild and Scenic Nolichucky River will take widespread community engagement and support from our elected officials. As the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act approaches in 2018, there is no better time than for building a movement around the Nolichucky Gorge. Let's get a bill passed through Congress. Please support the permanent protection of the Nolichucky River Gorge as a National Wild and Scenic River. https://www.facebook.com/nolichuckyriver/
No on HJ69/SJ18: killing wolf pups in dens, hibernating bears, stealjaw toe traps on bears
Tell your Senator and President Trump to vote NO on H.J. 69/S.J. Res. 18! 225 heartless House Members voted to overturn a federal rule – years in the works, and crafted by professional wildlife managers at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – to stop some of the most appalling practices ever imagined in the contemporary era of wildlife management. Denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares. The stuff of wildlife snuff films. And not just on any land. On our country’s national wildlife refuges. More specifically, on 16 national wildlife refuges covering 76 million acres, all in the state of Alaska. In this case, Alaska has a bloodthirsty Board of Game, whose members enthusiastically implement a draconian policy called “Intensive Management.” That policy dictates that state managers drive down wolf, bear, and coyote numbers to boost caribou and moose numbers for hunters — turning Alaska’s wildlife refuges into what retired Arctic National Wildlife biologist Fran Mauer calls “game farms” — the very thing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted to stop through a rigorous, science-based, and legal federal rulemaking process that was overturned by today’s vote. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shouldn’t run refuges like game farms, as Alaskan officials want to do. Only the U.S. Senate and President Trump can now stop this unwinding of a decision by a professional wildlife management agency. Please contact your U.S. Senators and tell them to steer clear of a disgraceful resolution, and to honor limits in the conduct of wildlife policy in the United States of America. From the Humane Society (http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2017/02/u-s-house-sanctions-killing-hibernating-bears-wolf-pups-dens-federal-refuges-alaska.html
TSA: DO NOT allow knives on airplanes!
I am a flight attendant and this news outrages me: the Transportation Security Administration just announced rollbacks of security rules -- allowing pocket knives to be carried on US planes, starting April 25. This policy would affect the safety and well-being of FLIGHT CREWS and PASSENGERS. This decision must be reversed to protect EVERYONE. Unions representing flight attendants and pilots and passenger rights groups are speaking out against this. A flight attendants union with Southwest Airlines called the new policy "dangerous" and "shortsighted," saying it was designed to make "the lives of TSA staff easier, but not make flights safer."Veda Shook, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, told the Wall Street Journal: "This is a step back in time by allowing weapons on-board aircraft." In addition to being a potential weapon for terrorists, she said, "if someone gets inebriated on board, then these knives can be wielded as a weapon."Gregg Overman, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Assn., the union that represents pilots from American Airlines, told the Los Angeles Times that the announcement caught him by surprise. "It represents a significant step backward in security."And check out this comment that was just posted on my petition by K Leeder:“this is so sickening and unacceptable. One of my dear friends, had her throat slit with a knife on flight 93!! How dare you put all us flight attendants back into danger by allowing knives back on the airplanes??? This is despicable that you would do this..it will make our airplanes less safe, and we want to have you reconsider this and throw it out. NO KNIVES and or any other weapons needed!!! PLEASE!”Knives do NOT belong on planes! Tell the TSA: Protect your fellow Americans, do the right thing and get rid of this policy!
Domestic Violence Victims shouldn’t have to wait a year and day to divorce their abuser
In the State of North Carolina the law for a married couple to get a divorce is a separation of a year and one day. There are no exceptions to this rule. This can be understandable for a cooling off period. However, there should be some exceptions to this rule. One in particular that would be in the instance of Domestic Violence. The victim has to remain married to their abuser for the year and one day before they can file for divorce. There should be an exception to the rule. There are so many things that are unable to be changed for the victim without the divorce decree. In a lot of instances, they feel unprotected. If there is proof and an order is in place, a victim should be able to file for divorce from their abuser within 60-90 days instead of the normal year and a day. I myself have experienced my abuser able to get a job at my same place of employment, loss of insurance without a divorce decree, and unable to have seperation of items through courts leaving me in a financial drain and him in a financial gain. There is so much more as well but this was just the tip of the iceberg. I can’t change my name and he has used his status to illegally gain access to medical records. Victims need to be protected more. When I tried to remove my abuser from my health insurance, they told me that Domestic Violence orders and separations do not count as a change in status to remove him. I was forced to carry his health insurance until I couldn’t afford to pay the premiums and the insurance company dropped me. A person who has Lupus, RA, and other health issues.
We, the Constituents of Senator Tillis and Senator Burr, demand a Town Hall Meeting.
We are a large number of constituents from multiple locations in North Carolina. Many of us at different times in different locations have asked politely that the senators hold town hall meetings to listen to our concerns and answer our questions. We have been told that no town hall meeting is forth coming. The response has been everything from "No, the senator will not have a town hall forum" to "that type of format doesn't really work for the senator". Often these responses have been blunt, accusatory, and frankly rude.There are countless senators who have had and continue to have town hall meetings with their constituents. We demand that Burr and Tillis provide the same opportunity that other senator afford individuals. We demand full representation. Please share your story about why you want Burr and Tillis to have a public town hall meeting.
Justice for Jesse Help us get Randolph County Officials invite the SBI to investigate the death of my son, Jesse Maness
My son, Jesse Maness, age 24, went missing on October 13th. He was last seen in a parking lot of a restaurant, Compadres of Siler City at 2:30am. They found Jesse on October 19th face down in a creek off Hwy 22/42 in Bennett, Randolph County. It appeared that he ran off the bridge (no guardrail) and landed on the creek bank. The police propose that he crawled out the window onto the dry land, and then pulled himself into the water. His body was found 30 ft. away from the car, upstream, in about 18 in. of stagnant water. This creek is very shallow and does not flow. The water is black with sediment. There were no apparent injuries to his body that would determine cause of death. He did have a severely fractured hip. When we identified Jesse's body, he looked like he was just sleeping. No marks on his body that would be cause of death, no bloating, decomposition, or discoloration. His hands looked wrinkled as if they had been in water a long time. The coroner said that he didn't think that Jesse had been dead long (1-3 days at most) and did not look like he had been in the water long (less than 24 hours). Jesse was found with no pants, shoes, and just one sock on. The shirt he was wearing when he left was a light cream color. They found him wearing a dark slate blue thermal underwear shirt like what he usually slept in. The creek and bridge where he was found had been searched earlier in the week. His car and body were not there. I have signed and recorded statements of the people who checked the bridge and actually walked under it and saw no evidence of Jesse or his car. I also talked to the medical examiner in Chapel Hill who did the autopsy. Although she had not officially released the report, she told me that Jesse’s cause of death was drowning and that he had been dead anywhere from 24 hours-3 days. She also said that he had not been in the water more than 24 hours. There was clear water in his lungs and 300 ml of dark fluid in his stomach. She did not test for diatoms because she said she was not told that there was any question about his death. Her understanding was that Jesse was found in his car, overturned in a creek. She was not told that he had been missing for several days. I feel that several pertinent details about the scene of his death were not relayed to the ME's office. A detective with the RCSO assured us that he would escort Jesse's body to Chapel Hill and inform them of the suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. I have contacted the chief medical examiner and she agrees that there needs to be a review of the autopsy results. Although they ruled Jesse’s death as a drowning, there were several indicators that contradict that theory. I also contacted several experts in forensics and indicators of drowning. In examining pictures of Jesse and the scene of the accident, they reported that there were no signs of lividity, blood pooling, or decomposition that would indicate that Jesse had been in the water over 24 hours. They also pointed out characteristics of Jesse’s rigor mortis and body that might indicate that Jesse did not die in the water. Other details of the scene of the accident were not consistent with a drowning. The tilt of his head was noted as an indicator that Jesse died on land and was later put in the creek. The degree of wrinkling on his hands and feet were not indicative of a person who had been in the water more than 12 hours. In fact, he said that the "washer woman" wrinkling effect on Jesse's hands were normal for just a few hours in the water. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department has closed the case and ruled it as a "simple traffic fatality." However, we feel that there are too many unanswered questions and suspicions of foul play. I contacted Randolph County Sheriff’s Department in order to ask them for a copy of the report. I talked to a Capt. Derrick Hill. He told me, “Get over it, that it was a simple traffic accident.” He also made other hurtful and insensitive comments about Jesse’s death. I called Sheriff Maynard Reid in order to report this unacceptable behavior. He was extremely rude and told me that since I was not a citizen of Randolph County, he did not owe me anything. He then hung up on me. My husband, who is a former Chatham County Deputy Sheriff, called Capt. Hill the next morning. He denied speaking to me in that manner, but said that he could not release the report. He did send the missing person’s report, which was not what we had asked for. We have given the Randolph Co. detectives a list of names of people who checked the bridge and creek where they found Jesse. Each of these people reported that there was no car in the creek earlier in the week. We have also given the detectives a list of names of people who could possibly have more information about what happened to Jesse. These people have not been questioned. We do not understand why this police department is being so uncooperative. My ex-husband is a convicted felon and tried to kill Jesse twice before by shooting at him. He has family working at the Randolph Sheriff’s Dept. I can’t imagine why else we would be treated with such disrespect and lack of compassion. An acquaintance of my ex-husband came to my house twice in the past two months, stating that he was a witness to my ex-husband killing Jesse. He stated that after Jesse was killed, he was put in a freezer. They later removed Jesse from the freezer and placed him in his car, pushing it off the bridge. This bridge is less than a 1/4 of a mile from my ex-husband's house. Recordings of the witness's statement have been provided to both Chatham and Randolph County detectives. Also mentioned in the audio recording were statements about certain buildings in Chatham County that were burned down my ex-husband. The second time my ex-husband's acquaintance came to my house, he told me that he wanted to clear his conscience and make an official statement to the police. We called Det. Jeffrey Goins and asked him to come to my house. We waited for several hours. During this time, I did not allow him to drink any of the alcohol, which he had brought with him. When Det. Goins arrived, he explained his rights and asked permission to record his statement. I was asked to leave them during this session. Det. Goins stated that the statement was basically the same as earlier statements recorded. I talked to Randolph County District Attorney, Garland Yates on Friday, November 1st. I had been trying to reach him for several months. He told me that he had heard about my son's case, and quite frankly he didn't see enough evidence to warrant any further investigation. He felt that as far as he was concerned, Jesse drowned as a result of a car accident. When I tried to tell him about some of the suspicious details of his death which did not clearly indicate that he wrecked and drowned on the night he went missing, he told me that he didn't see anything suspicious. He even suggested that perhaps Jesse committed suicide, and I didn't want to accept that. He finally told me that he would look into it and get back to me, but not to expect to hear anything from him for a few weeks. I have contacted NCSBI agents who are aware of the circumstances of Jesse's case but are waiting to be invited by either RCSO or the DA to investigate Jesse's death. I also have an officer of the U.S. Marshall's Office who has reviewed the wreck report completed the NCSHP officer. He found several inconsistencies in the report and the narratives, along with missing pertinent information. We will be requesting a review of the wreck report. I have contacted the NC Medical Examiner's Office and requested a review of the autopsy. Because they were not told the circumstances of Jesse's death and background information, several tissue samples and tests were excluded from the autopsy procedure. Justice for Jesse Our family asks that you please look into the actions of the Randolph Co. Sheriff’s Dept. and investigate why they issued a "hush order" the night we found Jesse. They wouldn't even let me touch Jesse, telling me that he was part of a crime scene. I waited a month before I finally called them and was told that they closed the case, ruling in as a "simple car accident" which resulted in drowning. The accident report or autopsy reports were not even completed at this time. We also ask that you contact the appropriate officials who can call in the SBI to investigate Jesse's death, as we do not trust our local authorities to handle it properly or with integrity. We do not feel that we can find closure as long as there are so many unanswered questions. We need someone to please help us get the Randolph County DA or RC Sheriff Maynard Reid, ask the SBI to investigate my son’s death. If they are convinced that Jesse died as a result of a "simple car accident" then why will they not turn the investigation over to another agency?
End Dog Tethering in North Carolina!
A growing number of North Carolina residents support the introduction of new legislation regarding tethered dogs. The current law is outdated and dogs should not be expected to live outside, on a chain 24/7, especially in a state that has felony animal cruelty laws. Dogs are social animals. Unfortunately, dogs who are tethered are oftentimes severely under-socialized. When you combine this with their instinct to protect their territory, no matter how small or large, it can lead to a very dangerous situation not just for the tethered dog, but also any other people or animals around. By nature, dogs prefer to run away instead of bite or attack, but if you restrict their movement by chain or rope, they may feel that biting is the only way to protect themselves. We must remember that dogs do not ask to be tied up outdoors, but are held completely responsible for their owner’s poor choices and lack of responsibility. A group of local North Carolina citizens is respectfully and diligently demanding change in our local laws regarding tethering of animals in our state. Tethering is inhumane and dangerous to not only the animals chained, but also the other animals and people of our state. We are a beautiful state who strives to keep our people happy and safe. It is time that we give our animals the same treatment! Please join us in helping North Carolina become a state to look up to, by signing this petition to end animal tethering in our state!