South Dakota State Senate
South Dakota State Senate
Serenity Alert- A National missing children’s alert for children who aren’t Amber Alerts
There are specific guidelines for children to be considered for an Amber Alert. So what about kids who do not qualify? Children who are not believed to have been abducted but are now missing. What if your child went missing and could not be found but also did not fall into the guidelines to be considered an amber alert? As a parent I believe a national alert should be issued anyway. Such as a Silver Alert, which goes out when a senior citizen is missing. Anything can happen and it is a disservice to our children to not have a plan in place to protect them. Please sign the Petition for the SERENITY ALERT, to give parents and loved ones a little more peace of mind knowing that the whole nation knows about their missing child.
Demand #JUSTICEFORMOLU: Killed from Kindness
Molu Zarpeleh was an infectiously bright child who immigrated to the United States at age 4 with his mother and sister in hope for a new start under the American dream. He was an extremely compassionate and protective individual who cared for everyone and anyone around him. Instead of being reunited with his father for the fourth of july, he was drowned by older kids in Brookings, South Dakota on July 2nd, 2020. Kids lured him in,deceived his trust, and subsequently killed him for nothing other than his existence. The older kids told their parents what they did and were dismissed. The 10-year-old was reported missing around 10 p.m. Thursday as said by Brookings Fire Department Chief Darrell Hartmann. Molu's bicycle and sandals were found near a pond along 12th Street South around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, he said. After Molu was finally found, the parents then confessed that their kids had killed him. Brookings PD is trying to cover this horrific and gruesome act as an accident, "Detectives say a child told them Molu was pushed into the water, but authorities say the child later told them they made up the story", when it was indeed premeditated. His body was recovered from a privately-owned retention pond along 12th Street South around 8:40 a.m. Friday after authorities searched the pond. His family and the community is morning for his early departure. Lisa Plummer, Molu's ESL teacher at Medary Elementary, said "He poured himself into anyone else that needed him or wanted his friendship". His mother Philimenia says, "I don't even know what to do right now. I can't live without my son. I can't do it without my son. He was my everything. I can't live without my son. My heart is hurting." If you have any information that would bring justice to Molu, please call the Brookings Police Department non-emergency line at 692-2113. If you don't, sign this petition and make his smile a legacy.
Justice for Molu Zarpeleh (Brookings, South Dakota)
Justice for Molu Zarpeleh, 10 year old boy found dead in a privately owned retention pond in Brookings, South Dakota on July 2, 2020. Molu was bullied and threatened with death by kids who then pushed him into the pond. The kids informed their parents what they had done and it was dismissed. Police began the search at around 10pm, the kids and parents hid the truth. Police initiated the search the next day at 7am and found the his body then. Molu's bike and sandals were found by the pond. Brookings Police Department is protecting the kids and parents, while another suspect was allowed to leave town after being released from Juvenile Hall on the 4th of July. Accurate information such as, kids pushing Molu into the pond exists via surveillance video, to not establish Molu's death as an accident and instead expose TRANSPARENCY. Demand Brookings Police department to treat this delicate case with extreme importance and accurately. Murder was done in Brookings, WE DEMAND JUSTICE! Some sources have now decided to pursue the case from BPD angle and support is extremely limited. Please sign the petition! The Zarpeleh Family (parents & younger sisters) would really appreciate all honest help, they are scared and cannot process the cruelty. The GoFundMe below is to assist the family with financial burdens and to obtain justice, created by CeCe, Molu's aunt. Please share with family, friends and acquaintances all help is appreciated. Thank you!! GoFundMe: https://gf.me/u/yfvvqa
Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!
I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!
U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY NOW
The Earth has been around for almost 5 billion years, with us modern humans evolving only about 200,000 years ago. In the 0.004% of our planet's total lifetime that we have been around for, we have managed to rip up around 46% of the trees worldwide in our luscious forests, pollute our majestic oceans and the almost-extinct coral reefs, and drive countless species to extinction. In fact, before the evolution of humans, less than 1 species per million went extinct annually; today, a devastating rate of 100-1,000 species per million are lost every year. We are destroying our planet faster than we can process the changes. These deaths are directly linked to habitat destruction by the hands of humans and climate change. According to the International Panel on Climate Change, "To keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of carbon dioxide would have to be cut by 45% by 2030." Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Climate Institute, states that the climate may become irreparable if we don't reduce carbon dioxide emmisions in the next 18 months. We must act now, if we have any hope of preserving this planet for future generations to come. Our climate is in a crisis. The U.S. federal government, one of the largest and most influential democratic governments in the world, must declare a climate crisis IMMEDIATELY. Chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund, Tanya Steele puts it clearly: "We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it." Sign this petition to stand alongside us, and our planet. We are the ones who must save our Earth. The time is now! Cover photo by NASA
MAKE SEXUAL CONTACT BETWEEN POLICE AND THEIR DETAINEE ILLEGAL
In 31 states, there is no law that explicitly defined any sexual contact between a detainee and officer as non-consensual. This means #police have explicit permission to have intercourse with people in custody. Our governor here in #NewYork @nygovcuomo changed this law last year, and I hope other states follow his lead to pass a bill that is “common-sense reform,” closing an “egregious loophole.” Laws exist classifying any sex as non-consensual if one participant is on-duty in a position of power (such as a corrections officer or social worker). But in many states, the laws do not include “police officers” or “detainees.” #LOOPHOLE Out of 158 law enforcement officers charged since with “sexual assault, sexual battery, or unlawful sexual contact with a detainee,” at least 26 have been acquitted or had charges dropped based on the CONSENT defense. The two detectives who raped Anna Chambers in Brooklyn two years ago after detaining her for no reason, received NO jail time. When reforming the police system, we have to address this issue too. Here’s a list of the states that allow “consensual” sex between an officer and detainee. MINNESOTA PENNSYLVANIAVIRGINIAVERMONTMARYLANDDCCOLORADOMONTANAIDAHOTEXASNEVADALOUISIANARHODE ISLANDALABAMAARKANSASNEW MEXICOWYOMINGILLINOISMICHIGANSOUTH CAROLINASOUTH DAKOTANEBRASKAKENTUCKYMISSISSIPPIWEST VIRGINIAMAINEDELAWARETENNESSEE NEW HAMPSHIREWISCONSIN MISSOURI If you live in any of these states, please petition your local governor to pass legislation to make this ILLEGAL.
Justice for Kylen
On July 28, 2016, two-year-old Kylen Shangreaux was brutally killed allegedly by his biological mother, Katrina, over a potty training accident in Evergreen, SD. Kylen suffered bite marks, bruises, and a torn scrotum and had been dead for hours before anyone sought help from a doctor. Kylen and his family were members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Kylen's case was managed by Lakota Oyate Wakanyeja Owicakiyapi (LOWO) and overseen by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court. Weeks prior to Kylen's death, Kylen was removed from his stable placement with his paternal aunt and family, and placed in the care of his biological mother despite objections regarding Katrina's ability to safely parent Kylen. We believe Kylen was unnecessarily torn from a safe and loving home due to oversight from the LOWO agency and the OST Tribal Court and are asking for reform to the child welfare practices to ensure that the interests of Lakota children are always protected. We want to enact Kylen's Law to safeguard children so another precious young life is never again taken needlessly.