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Petitioning Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, Tom Wolf

Somebody Save Meek Mill

Justice for Meek Mill is Justice for All In regards to the harsh, undeserving sentencing of Robert Rihmeek Williams (Meek Mill), I felt the need to create a petition asking that the Board of Pardons closely review Meek’s application for Pardon and have his unjust prison sentence remedied. We also call on Governor Tom Wolf, who has spoken out in support of rehabilitation and criminal justice reform, to immediately look into this matter. More than just a celebrity or rapper, Meek Mill has been a powerful voice in the community for young people all across the country - and the world. Meek has made positive contributions to many communities and programs, dedicating his time and money to the cultivation of our youth and our neighborhoods; even while overcoming his own adversities. Meek has continued to be dedicated to being a positive force in the world and shown an immaculate work ethic, even while the overly restrictive conditions of his probation made it nearly impossible to tour, which is how he makes a living. The criminal justice system is adamant that individuals  work in order to be productive citizens, but at times made it difficult for Meek to be able to earn his livelihood. Every time Meek needed to travel, he was forced to seek permission, which was often denied unnecessarily. However, he still remained dedicated to making a difference not just in his city of Philadelphia, but worldwide. Meek didn’t just inspire his fans -  but through his music, interviews, community service and energy he showed that individuals can move forward, beyond their past and their circumstances, to have a positive impact on society. Meek has adhered to several rules and regulations as a part of his parole such as: reporting to and passing mandatory drug tests, community service, meeting with his parole officer, and reporting his whereabouts and obtaining permission prior to leaving the city. Moreover, the charges that led to his current violation, were subsequently dropped and the stiff sentence was handed down despite the recommendations of both  his probation officer and the District Attorney. Meek’s efforts to change his image while still remaining true to his artistry and who he is as a man went unnoticed as well. This petition is designed to show the amount of people who believe that Meek’s punishment was harsh and unjust. It is a waste of not only taxpayer resources to incarcerate Meek for 2-4 years but it is also a disservice to the youth and community at large. We humbly ask for the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to grant relief in his sentence and call on Governor Tom Wolf to closely look into this matter and address why Meek, and thousands of other young, black men throughout the state are unnecessarily incarcerated for minor parole and probation violations. Celebrities Reaction To Meek Mill Sentencing Meek Mill’s Lawyer Speaks Out Meek Mill - Young Black America (feat. The-Dream)

Do4Self/Fine Print & #cut50
427,542 supporters
Petitioning Jay Costa, Pennsylvania State Senate, Robert Casey, Tom Wolf, Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania State House, Andrew Dinniman, Patricia Vance, Stan Saylor, Brendan Boyle, Frank Farry, Glenn Thompson, Mike Ke...

Support Safe Harbor Legislation for Sexually Exploited Children

The average age of commercially sexually exploited children is 14. Juvenile victims of sexual exploitation face a life continually threatened by torture, rape, broken bones, fractures, and extreme psychological manipulation to such an extent that most victims develop symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome as a result of having been trafficked. According to the International Labor Organization, 4.5 million illegally trafficked individuals are forcibly sexually exploited, and 21% of those individuals are estimated to be less than 18 years of age. Children who are victimized in the illegal sex trade are still criminalized in the state of Pennsylvania. The state contends that it is legal for juvenile victims of sex trafficking to receive criminal charges for prostitution, public indecency, obstruction of highways and other public passages. According to the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania, Shared Hope’s Protected Innocence Challenge conducted a study of state laws in 2015 that addressed domestic minor sex trafficking. They found that Pennsylvania ranked 35th on the effectiveness of 41 legislative components addressing domestic minor sex trafficking. In regards to Pennsylvania’s attempts to address protective provisions for juvenile victims, it ranked 45th out of 51 states, with the addition of Washington D.C. Senate Bill No. 554, the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund, which proposes to provide special relief for juvenile victims of sexual exploitation in order to restore dignity, provide necessary services, ensure safety, and provide a safe harbor for sexually exploited children. Provisions proposed by the bill include: reimbursement of funds for the costs of removing a tattoo or identifying mark left on the victim by their pimp, safe and stable housing, access to education, employment and life-skills training, comprehensive case management, healthcare and trauma-based therapy, access to personal care items and adequate clothing, treatment for drug and/or alcohol dependency, and other supportive services.  Supporting this petition will make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced severe trauma and chronic emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The sexual exploitation of juveniles is both an international and domestic issue. Supporting Safe Harbor Legislation in the State of Pennsylvania will make provisions for vulnerable children who have been exposed to extremely traumatic and chronic abuse. Additionally, this legislation has the potential to create a societal paradigm shift in which victims of forced prostitution can be rightly understood and cared for as victims, rather than as criminals. I urge you to support this bill and encourage Pennsylvania to join the two thirds of the United States that have taken a stance against the sexual exploitation of minors. I have both volunteered and worked professionally with individuals who have experienced crises related to trauma, domestic violence, and sexual assault. This form of trauma shakes people to the foundation of their being. We will not be able to foster and sustain an exploitation-free society, if we are not empowering people to heal. The ramifications of criminalizing children who have experienced trauma in the form of violence and sexual exploitation are severe in terms of the implications they carry for the future of rape culture and the social acceptability of violence.

Kai Smith
284,920 supporters
Petitioning Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Game Commission

Justice for Possum Tortured with Alcohol and Thrown in Trash

On Monday, social media images emerged of the shocking torture of an innocent possum in Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania. In the horrifying photos posted on Facebook, a group of men grab a possum by the neck, kiss the terrified animal mockingly, then pour beer in its mouth and eyes before callously tossing the helpless creature into a trash can.  As the torture went on, the assailants laughed mercilessly. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating the case. But shockingly, the state's animal cruelty laws apply only to domestic animals -- therefore, the worst charges these animal torturers face are possession of wildlife or disturbance/harassment of wildlife. But not animal cruelty or animal abuse, which come with far stiffer penalties. Sign this petition urging the Pennsylvania Game Commission to prosecute all individuals involved to the fullest extent of the law, and urging PA Governor Tom Wolf to expand existing animal cruelty laws to cover ALL animals, including wildlife. No animal, regardless of species, deserves such torture. 

Lady Freethinker
225,249 supporters
Petitioning Tom Wolf, Lou Barletta, Pennsylvania State House, John Gordner, PA Department of Community and Economic Development, David Millard, Kurt Masser

Save Graffiti Highway

PennDOT wants to cut public access to Graffiti Highway. They claim that the road is much too dangerous, even for foot traffic. This is not the case. Graffiti Highway is a gathering spot for tourists and residents of NEPA. The road itself is no more hazardous than a common PA hiking trail. Graffiti Highway is an outlet of expression for artists of all kinds; it should not be shut down.

Luke Maffei
24,255 supporters
Petitioning Tom Wolf

HELP MEEK

In regards to the harsh, undeserving sentencing of Robert Rihmeek Williams (Meek Mill), I felt the need to create a petition to reevaluate the charges, his impact in the community and the subsequent sentencing. More than just a celebrity or rapper, Meek Mill has been a powerful voice in the community for our youth. He has made positive contributions to many communities and programs, dedicating time and money to the cultivation of our youth and neighborhoods; even through his own adversities. He has continued to be dedicated and shown an immaculate work ethic, even at times when the system tried to prevent him from being able to tour, which is how he makes a living. The judicial system is adamant that defendants work in order to be productive citizens, but at times, made it difficult for him to be able to work. However, he still remained dedicated to making a difference not just in his city of Philadelphia, but worldwide. He has inspired not only his fans, but anyone who has come in contact with him,  to keep moving forward regardless of their past, through his music, interviews, community service and energy. He has adhered to several rules and regulations as a part of his parole such as: reporting to and passing mandatory drug tests, community service, meeting with his parole officer, and reporting his whereabouts and obtaining permission prior to leaving the city. Moreover, the charges that led to his current violation, were subsequently dropped and the stiff sentence was handed down despite recommendations from his probation officer and the district attorney. His efforts to change his image while still remaining true to his artistry and who he is as a man went unnoticed as well. This petition is designed to show the amount of people who believe that the punishment was harsh and that him being imprisoned will be a disservice to the youth and community at large. We humbly ask for your reconsideration of his sentence.

Bannon Glori
24,222 supporters
Petitioning Jim Kenney, Darrell L. Clarke, Mark Squilla, Kenyatta Johnson, Jannie Blackwell, Bobby Henon, Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez, Sheila Hess, Amy Kurland, Shane Creamer, Tom Wolf

Ban Cruel Carriage Rides in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a city rich in history, diversity, culture, art, cuisine and architecture. Being the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States, it attracts visitors from all over the world.  Where else can you see the Liberty Bell, tour Independence Hall, marvel at the Art Museum, delight in Boat House Row, dance with the Mummers, or follow in Rocky's footsteps?  The "City of Brotherly Love" has so much to offer to its residents and tourists, that a carriage ride is a completely outdated and unnecessary activity.           Animals are not ours to abuse for monetary gain.  They exist for their own reasons and feel pain just like we do.  The horses that spend their lives in slavery, pulling people around the dangerous streets of our city, deserve better.  Their living conditions and daily routines are extremely unnatural and horrific.   The following comes from http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/horse-drawn-carriages/.... Forcing horses to pull oversized loads isn’t romantic—it’s cruel. Horses are forced to toil in all weather extremes, dodge traffic, and pound the pavement all day long. These gentle animals suffer from respiratory ailments because they breathe in exhaust fumes, and they develop debilitating leg problems from walking on hard surfaces. In some cases, horses have even dropped dead from heatstroke after working in scorching summer heat and humidity. Horses are extremely sensitive to loud noises and unexpected sounds—and busy city streets have plenty of both. Horses and people have been seriously hurt—with some injuries resulting in fatalities—when horses have become spooked and run amok. There have also been countless incidents in which carriages have been hit by impatient or careless drivers. Accidents have occurred in nearly every city where carriage rides are allowed.      Please end carriage rides in Philadelphia once and for all.  It's unsafe, cruel, outdated, and sets a poor example to our youth.  The horses live a terrible life parked like cars in a garage at night, then most are sent to slaughterhouses once retired.  Let's show other cities what it means to stand up for those in need.  All beings deserve love and compassion!  Please share far and wide! People across the country are uniting to stop carriage rides in their cities. 

Stephanie Curson
22,515 supporters
Petitioning Roger Goodell, NFL, ABC, CNN, FOX News, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Wolf, Mark Dayton, NBC, Facebook, Twitter, Inc

Force a refund for traveling Vikings fans that were forced to leave Philly early.

During Sunday's NFC Championship and a possible once in a lifetime experience most traveling Vikings fans were subjected to unprovoked death threats, thrown objects, physical alercations and extreme levels of intimidation and violence.The Philly police and security did nothing in 99% of the instances to deescalate the violence and assaults that occurred. I have evidence on camera of the police disrespecting our tailgating group on motorcycles.Just myself personally I had bottles thrown at my head that struck our vehicle,witnessed a CHILD get blasted by a beer, and had my hands cut from glass.That doesn't even include what happened in the stands and restroom. The NFL and Eagles organization have a code of conduct and I think they should held accountable to their own standards. SHARE, SHARE, SHARE AND SIGN PLEASE!! THANK YOU,  Cody Jones

Justice for the Minnesota Nice
13,419 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Rick Snyder, Tom Wolf, Wisconsin Governor

We the voters demand vote recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Hillary Clinton is being urged by a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump, New York has learned. The group, which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, believes they’ve found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked. The group is so far not speaking on the record about their findings and is focused on lobbying the Clinton team in private.  

Glenn Strachan
9,982 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Republican National Committee, Pat Toomey, Tom Wolf

Make all protestors accountable for a permit for exact location and officers needed.

Stop allowing protestors to occupy neighborhood streets without proper permits and paying for police to accompany them. In Philadelphia there was a group of people on Facebook telling everyone to come to a police officers house because he killed a man who was fleeing from him with a illegal gun. Meanwhile, the street was filled with police officers who were being called pigs and other foul language was being used via a megaphone. Philadelphia home owners have had our property tax raised numerous times in recent years. Along with many other things being taxed. And we should not have to feel unsafe because these protests going on today continue to get out of hand. There are young children in the community watching and listening to the rediculous things these men were shouting, along with a community of people that did not want this on their street. I know everyone has a right to freedom of speech, but when it comes to these protests, why should we have to fund people from other cities? Why should we have to fund criminals rights but not our officers who serve us? Why should we have to allow our officers that are so limited be taken away from our neighbhoods because someone wants to stand outside screaming profanities through a megaphone. This needs to end somewhere! We can not afford to keep being taxed for nothing! They closed our schools, taxed cigarettes repeatedly, taxed home owners repeatedly, and even soda. It is time to make others pay for the services we are taxed for, when it is not an emergency. 

Karen Pirrone
6,443 supporters
Petitioning Tom Wolf

Charge Pa Drug Dealers with Homicide when their drugs result in loss of life.

As we all know, the disease of addiction is taking lives in record numbers. As of today, overdose is ranked the #1 cause of death in our country.  In Pennsylvania, when there is an overdose death, the coroner, in most cases classifies the cause of death as "accidental". Provided that there is enough evidence left behind at an overdose death, the Investigators will arrest and charge the drug dealer with, "Delivery of a controlled substance resulting in death". The sentence for that crime is minimal. It's hard for me to accept that these death dealers can be charged with carrying these drugs over state lines and receive a much harsher sentence than they will when that drug causes the death of an addicted person. Loss of life trumps everything else, or at least it should. Decades ago the "Delivery of a controlled substance resulting in death" may have been effective but today, it's not. TODAY when someone overdoses on Heroin, it's not Heroin. It's Heroin laced with something. Fentanyl, animal tranquilizers and animal pain meds and anything else these people can get their hands on. TODAY addicts are not dying by their own hand. Not entirely. Now they're dying because what they believed they purchased isn't what they thought they were getting. TODAY, we must make a change! We want to get overdose deaths under control. In order to get these dealers off of our streets and out of our towns, we need to send out a very clear message. Drug Dealers who take advantage of our sick must be held accountable. They are murderers. They are monsters. I'm asking that our lawmakers and elected officials find a way to make the punishment fit the crime. Charge these people with Homicide. Drug Dealers are very different from the addicted. Dealing is a conscious choice one makes but addicts are not in control of their actions. Addicts are in such need of these drugs and the dealers know it. They prey on our sick.  Please sign my petition making our lawmakers aware that we all feel the same. If you're unsure, say it out loud to yourself a few times, "Dealers get more time out of driving their car over a state line than they do for killing our children, our husbands, our wives, our brothers, our sisters, our parents..... " Could you do it?  

Veronica Gower
5,832 supporters