Refuse to cut 400,000 retirees pensions
Imagine working 30 years for the same company. Every morning, you wake at the crack of dawn, put on your uniform and do backbreaking work so you can get food on your family's table. All the while, you dream about retirement, when you will have the freedom and funds to enjoy the rest of your life with the person you love. Many of us do just this, every day. If we are lucky, we work for a company that provides us with a pension that will allow us to take that post-retirement trip around the world, build that new house, or simply enjoy our old age. That is what my husband and I thought we had. We thought UPS was looking out for its loyal employees, making sure that the hard work we put in would come back to us in later years. But we were wrong. UPS recently reconfigured its pension plan, taking only their current employees and leaving retirees to the mercy of Central States, a multiemployer pension fund that was on the verge of collapse. Now retirees like my husband have received notice that he could lose 50% of our pension as part of their attempt to save themselves. How can they do this? My husband worked day in and day out for UPS, and they have left him and other loyal retirees to fend for themselves. The U.S. Department of Treasury has appointed Kenneth Feinberg to review these proposed pension cuts. We are asking Mr. Feinberg and the Treasury reject theses cuts. Please don’t allow Central States Pension Fund to fix its financial mistakes on the backs of these 400,000 pensioners, who worked so hard to achieve their retirement. And this issue isn’t limited to Central States Pension’s retirees -- if the Treasury approves this cutback plan, other struggling multiemployer funds could be encouraged to do the same thing. According to the government, about 10 percent of participants in such funds — more than 1 million workers and retirees — are in plans projected to run out of money soon. My husband is now disabled, and I am his fulltime caregiver. Neither of us is able to work to make up for the cuts that will be hitting us in July. Just like that, the $2500 a month that enabled us to cover our obligations will be $1250, leaving us on or near the poverty line and forcing us to rely on the government for our most basic needs. No one should have to face this, especially not employees of a company that earned more than $3 billion last year. Employees like my husband kept up their end of the bargain, now let's make pension funds keep theirs. Please stand up for hardworking Americans. Please ask Kenneth Feinberg and the Treasury not to approve these cuts.
Allow Open Carry of Firearms at the Quicken Loans Arena during the RNC Convention in July.
RECOGNIZE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO OPEN CARRY FIREARMS AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION AT THE QUICKEN LOANS ARENA IN JULY 2016 SUMMARY: In July of 2016, the GOP will host its convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Though Ohio is an open carry state, which allows for the open carry of guns, the hosting venue—the Quicken Loans Arena—strictly forbids the carry of firearms on their premises. According to the policy on their website, "firearms and other weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden on the premises of Quicken Loans Arena." This is a direct affront to the Second Amendment and puts all attendees at risk. As the National Rifle Association has made clear, "gun-free zones" such as the Quicken Loans Arena are "the worst and most dangerous of all lies." The NRA, our leading defender of gun rights, has also correctly pointed out that "gun free zones... tell every insane killer in America... (the) safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk." (March 4, 2016 and Dec. 21, 2012) Cleveland, Ohio is consistently ranked as one of the top ten most dangerous cities in America. By forcing attendees to leave their firearms at home, the RNC and Quicken Loans Arena are putting tens of thousands of people at risk both inside and outside of the convention site. This doesn't even begin to factor in the possibility of an ISIS terrorist attack on the arena during the convention. Without the right to protect themselves, those at the Quicken Loans Arena will be sitting ducks, utterly helpless against evil-doers, criminals or others who wish to threaten the American way of life. All three remaining Republican candidates have spoken out on the issue and are unified in their opposition to Barack HUSSEIN Obama's "gun-free zones." Donald Trump said "I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools—you have—and on military bases on my first day. It gets signed my first day...you know what a gun-free zone is to a sicko? That's bait." (Jan. 8. 2016) Ted Cruz has accurately pointed out "shooting after shooting after shooting happens in so called gun-free zones." He continued, "look, if you're a lunatic ain't nothing better then having a bunch of targets you know that are going to be unarmed." (Dec. 4, 2015) And Ohio Governor John Kasich has been a leader in this movement to eliminate deadly "gun-free zones" starting with his brave decision to fight the Democrats and end "gun-free zones" at National Guard facilities in Ohio. (Dec. 18, 2015) We are all too familiar with the mass carnage that can occur when citizens are denied their basic God-given rights to carry handguns or assault weapons in public. EVERY AMERICAN HAS THE RIGHT TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THEIR FAMILY. With this irresponsible and hypocritical act of selecting a "gun-free zone" for the convention, the RNC has placed its members, delegates, candidates and all US citizens in grave danger. We must take a stand. We cannot allow the national nominating convention of the party of Lincoln and Reagan to be hijacked by weakness and political correctness. The policies of the Quicken Loans Arena do not supersede the rights given to us by our Creator in the U.S. Constitution. THEREFORE, WE ARE CALLING TODAY FOR THE FOLLOWING FIVE POINTS OF ACTION: 1. From the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland: A suspension of their policy preventing the open carry of firearms on the premises of the arena from July 18-21, 2016 to coincide with the Republican National Convention. 2. From the National Rifle Association: An immediate condemnation of the egregious affront to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution constituted by the "gun-free zone" loophole to the state law. 3. From Ohio Governor John Kasich: A concerted effort to use his executive authority to override the "gun-free zone" loophole being exploited by the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. 4. From Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee: An explanation of how a venue so unfriendly to Second Amendment rights was chosen for the Republican Convention. Further, we demand a contingency plan to relocate the convention to another location should the Quicken Loans Arena refuse to honor the constitutional rights of the RNC guests to open carry firearms during the convention. 5. From all Republican candidates for President: You have been brave in raising awareness about the immense dangers posed by "gun-free zones." In order to ensure the safety of your supporters, delegates and all attendees at the convention in July, you must call upon the RNC to rectify this affront to our Second Amendment freedoms and insist upon a suspension of the Quicken Loans Arena's unconstitutional "gun-free zone" loophole. Every American is endowed with a God-given Constitutional right to carry a gun wherever and whenever they please.
Get a law passed in the State of TX that prohibits chaining (tethering) of dogs.
A law should be passed to prohibit chaining (tethering) of dogs 24/7/365/all of their lives, because it is cruel, inhumane, and it is abuse. Limiting chaining does not work, because it is not monitored. If a person is not standing with the dog, the dog should not be chained...period. Chained dogs are kept out of sight & out of mind in the back yard, & are most of the time deprived of adequate food, water, & vet care in addition to having their emotional & social needs completely ignored. Chaining a dog for any length of time is one of the cruelest punishments imaginable for social animals that need & deserve companionship, exercise, & mental stimulation. Since 1979 chaining has been recognized as a contributing factor in dog attacks Federal & National Agencies have found. Nearly 3 times more likely to attack than dogs not chained. Chained dogs are totally vulnerable to other animals & cruel people. Many have been stolen, set on fire, shot, stabbed, tortured, or poisoned by cruel passersby or neighbors who were annoyed by their barking. Chaining dogs is not only a animal welfare issue, but a public safety hazard as well. Chained dogs make housing values decrease & make the neighborhood a less desirable area to live in. Chained dogs bark more often than a non-chained dog. Chained dogs are not neutered, therefore adding to more dog abuse. Chained dogs cause other yards to be infested with fleas & ticks, because they are not sprayed as they should be nor do they get the baths they need. 16 Cities in Texas already has a ban on chaining dogs, and this law should be passed in the entire State of Texas immediately. City councilmen state they do not have the funds to hire more animal control or police if this law were to pass, and assume more dogs will be surrendered to Animal Services. Statistics from the Texas Humane Society Legislature show that after 3 months of this law being passed, dog surrenders decrease. Fines paid to the city from dog owners that still refuse to obey this law gives the city more funds to deal with the abused dog issue. There is the other argument that some people do not have fences or the money to build a fence. I say, put the dog in the house or do not get a dog. There are many ways to help people get a fence for their dogs, and every city can figure out the best way to accomplish this goal in helping the poor. Then, there are dog owners that already have fences, but still chain their dogs up 24/7. Some dogs are hard to keep inside of a fence & there are dog pulley's for those types of dogs. Dogs should not have to live on chains 24/7, because their owners do not want the responsibility of having a dog. Chained up & neglected is not the way we should treat our dogs. We are family to dogs and they should be treated as such. If someone wants a dog to chain up all it's life, they should not get a dog and they should be fined or jailed if they do. Can you imagine being chained up all day long...all night...day after day....week after week...month after month...year after year...until you die? A dog has no life being chained up all the time, so it would be better off dead than to go through the torture of living its entire life on a chain which is another word for solitary confinement. A chained dog cannot run, jump, play, exercise, chase squirrels, chase a ball, run across the yard after a rabbit, or anything a dog was created for. Instead, they live silently on their chain barking, begging, pleading, & crying for their owners to acknowledge they are alive and need their love and help. Please sign this petition....pass it on....share it to everyone you know and lets get this law passed in Texas to show our pets we care. We are despicable people for allowing this abuse to go on as long as it has, and it is time for us to do something about it and end this abuse. It is a shame that it takes a petition in order to get our city council, senators, & representatives of Texas to acknowledge chaining as abuse, to have the compassion to do something about it, and the courage to make it a law.
Remove Chris Suprun from the North Texas Electoral College.
Chris Suprun has stated on Twitter that he refuses to cast his electoral ballot in a manor as those in his precinct have requested, we also ask that he be removed as a GOP member and/or delegate.
Help free a hero who helped fight terrorism
Mohammad Idris has been an invaluable ally in the war on terror. He repeatedly risked his life to collect intelligence that was directly responsible for saving American lives. With his help, the US located Taliban commanders participating in attacks on US forces in Afghanistan, stopped suicide bombers in Pakistan and Afghanistan, located meeting places for leaders of terrorist networks, and assisted in infiltrating the highest levels of the Taliban shadow government in Afghanistan. My name is Danny Dalton, and I had the honor of working with Mohammad Idris. In 2009, the FBI asked Mohammad Idris, a Pakistani citizen, and myself to help infiltrate terrorist organizations in Southwest Asia. A year later, he was falsely accused by Pakistan of spying on their government. The US government and the organizations Idris assisted have refused to intercede and help free this hero. I’m calling on the United States to pressure the Pakistani government to release a man who has saved so many lives. I have worked for the United States Government for over 25 years, in the military, as a DEA Agent, advisor to the Department of Defense, and a contracted source for the FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency. I know from experience the risks Mohammad Idris took to help the US government stop terrorists. It’s time for them to return the favor. Mohammad Idris worked for the FBI, DEA, and the State Department. They trusted him to get the job done, and in return, he trusted that they had his back. What message does this send to those thinking about joining the fight against terrorism? We turned our back on him because he was targeted by a government known to work with some of the very same terrorist networks he fought. Mohammad Idris has been illegally incarcerated in Pakistan for nearly 5 years without legal representation, or the ability to even see his wife and children. We are asking the United States Government to do the right thing, and help free a hero that risked his life to protect this country. Please sign this petition and share with all your friends.
Recreational & Medicinal Marijuana Legalization In Texas
We are in a new day and age where marijuana has been proven to cure and prevent cancer, seizures, parkinson's disease, glaucoma and more. We need to come together and make the legalization of marijuana available to our great fellow Texans who are in need of this plant. So please join me and other great Texans make it happen. Cause remember we the people can make anything happen if we come together and make our voices heard.
Rename West Road in Houston, Harris County Texas after Deputy Darren Goforth.
Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth was murdered on 8/28/2015 by a cowardly individual. Let's honor and remember our fallen hero by renaming West Road in Houston Texas and the Surrounding Harris County after Deputy Darren Goforth. Sign this petition to let your voice be heard. This country needs all the law enforcement officers and they need to know we indeed do care. Will You Be The Change?? An African American male shot a uniformed sheriff's deputy "execution-style" while he fueled his patrol car in the Houston area, killing him instantly, authorities said. Deputy Darren H. Goforth, 47, was returning to his car after pumping gas Friday night. The gunman walked up from behind him and opened fire for no apparent reason, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said. When Goforth fell to the ground, the gunman stood over him and shot him some more, authorities said. He died at the scene. "He was literally gunned down in what appears to be an unprovoked, execution-style killing," Hickman said. "I have been in law enforcement for 45 years, I have never seen anything this cold-blooded." If you would like to contact us for support, Information, or to volunteer your time please email us at: email@example.com Updates are shared via our website: http://www.goforthrd.com PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE!!! #GoforthRd #RememberDeputyGoforth
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
Issue Allied Afghan Interpreter An Immigrant Visa
In 2011, I was deployed to Afghanistan in the U.S. Air Force Security Forces. My job was to help protect the perimeter of our base. We encountered many dangerous situations, and, at each turn, I was profoundly grateful to our dedicated Afghan interpreter, Jamie, for seeing us through. Now Jamie needs our help. For five years, he has been trying to get his immigrant visa so he can come to the U.S. and start a well-deserved new life. I trusted Jamie with my life. He has served our country with the utmost loyalty for eight years, and it is time to take him out of harm’s way and honor him with a visa. Jamie is not his real name. I have changed it to protect him from retaliation for having worked with us during the war. During my time over there, Jamie was one of us. He spent more time with us than he did his own family. He was one of the few locals who had a 24-hour base pass and could stay overnight. He was even given a cell phone, a huge act of trust on my superiors’ part since someone less reliable could use a phone to coordinate an attack. But Jamie was entirely trustworthy. He helped us understand the culture and the situation; he made us safer and better able to complete our mission in an effective and respectful manner. Jamie’s record with our military is flawless. He has many recommendations from the units he worked with, and even received a letter of recommendation from a base commander. I see no reason that we should not honor him with the visa he deserves for his faithful dedication to the USA. Please sign my petition calling on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant Jamie his immigrant visa. He is in danger in Afghanistan due to his diligent work with us. We cannot let this honorable man remain in harm’s way. https://www.gofundme.com/savejamie2016 Thank you, in advance, for your attention to this matter. For reference, his Visa application numbers: KBL2012527007 and KBL2011745005
Counseling for minors awaiting trial in Texas
When my 17-year-old son was awaiting trial in the Dallas County Jail, I saw first hand the psychological repercussions of solitary confinement and the daily 23 hours of lockdown. While this penitentiary has a reputation for being a difficult place for teens awaiting trial, I was struck by the lack of support these kids were offered. While my son waited 9 months for his trial, he was in limbo. Because he was 17 years old he was tried as an adult, he therefore could not be placed in a juvenile facility or with adult inmates. It was a very challenging time for my whole family, and we did everything we could to help my son stay safe and sane. But, I knew he needed more. When I inquired about emotional support options, I was informed there weren’t any counseling professionals from the state or even a chaplain for the teenagers to talk to. They are still kids and given their current circumstances, many are very troubled! Why are we locking up vulnerable youth without any emotional support? Teenage hormones are raging, and fights are not uncommon. These kids are still awaiting trial, many may not even be found guilty. By reducing access to professional help, the state is hindering their ability to recover. Please join me in asking Texas lawmakers to provide adequate funding for professional counseling services to teenagers awaiting trial. We must ensure these kids have the mental and emotional strength for the long journey ahead.