Fund the testing of backlogged rape kits
Eleven-year-old Madison Wertz of Williamsport, Pa., learned about the national backlog of rape kits from a YouTube crime show that she and her dad, Michael, watched in early 2016. Madison was appalled to learn so many victims’ kits have sat untested for years, and she leaped into action. She began collecting signatures on a petition to help pay for Pennsylvania's backlog of untested kits. After about 6 months and 750 signatures, she was nominated for the Williamsport Sun-Gazette's 2016 Person of the Year. Now, with the help and support of my office as Pennsylvania Auditor General, Madison is collecting signatures nationwide to encourage each state to pass legislation that fully funds the testing of its untested rape kits; to upload all usable DNA evidence into CODIS, the federal database that matches DNA to identify serial offenders; and to prevent such a backlog from ever forming again. As auditor general, I produced a special report in September 2016 that evaluated the state of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania and offered 10 recommendations for improvement and action. Please join Madison and me as we fight to help all victims of sexual assault find justice, regardless of what state they live in. Your signature can spur action that helps victims find peace and leads to serial offenders being put where they belong: behind bars, where they can't hurt anyone else.
Stop the removal of historical Confederate Monuments.
These monuments are a reminder of what our country had to go through to become whole again. Many of these monuments are not only in dedication to the men who served in the Confederacy but they also served in the US army pre-civil war. It is important to save these monuments for future generations to see these monuments and learn about them and the men who gave everything for a several causes. These were brave men, good men and religious men. I beg the President, Vice President and the US Supreme Court to stop the purge of our American History in our cities and towns across the south. I urge President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the U.S. Supreme Court to sign a bill into law protecting these monuments, all military monuments from removal. Please save our history.
State Governors: Join Alliance of many US states to work with Paris Climate Accord.
Trump broke the US' commitment to the 190+ nations in the Paris Climate Accord to work to prevent global warming ... so Washington, California, New York formed a Climate Alliance to meet the climate goals laid out in the agreement. Many other states have now joined them. Why don't you? Ask all states' governors to join The Climate Alliance. Yours is not yet a Climate Alliance state? Persuade its lawmakers to make it one. Contact all state governors by signing this petition. Contact your state's federal level lawmakers here state level lawmakers here governor here Trump seems ill-informed and juvenile but posting comments about him achieves little. The actions above address the climate issue directly. Circumvent Trump's action. Please sign this and repost it on social networks. Thank you. Extra! The EU has decided to bypass the Trump Administration with regard to this... Click here for The Guardian's report.
Justice for all crimes of animal cruelty no exceptions to anyone
I have always aspired to be better but throughout my life I would watch other people in the community abuse their animals or neglect the animals in many ways and I have done nothing about it till now. I have seen posts and pictures of dogs and cats who are looking for homes ready to be put down by shelters. I have seen dogs ears cut off or left in cars for days out in the heat with the windows up or emaciated/ starving on the streets and left homeless or chained up. It’s wrong and should not be tolerated. Many people have been let off easy when charged with neglect and I feel more needs to be done. There needs to be justice. These animals cannot speak for themselves so we need to speak for them. All of them. Not one breed not one animal should be left out. Not even animals in zoos. There’s too much neglect and little is being done about it. So the question is why haven’t we done anything to make this situation better and why hasn’t there been any actions taken to fix this problem. Let’s strive to make this country better because America deserves be great again.
HELP PROTECT THE WOLF AND OTHER BEINGS FROM EXTERMINATION! JOIN THE FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES!
A new threat to thousands of wolves in the Great Lakes and Wyoming is Congress' latest salvo against the Endangered Species Act. Since January congressional Republicans have introduced 34 legislative assaults against endangered species and their most powerful protection: the Endangered Species Act. Bad bills like the one targeting Great Lakes and Wyoming wolves undermine the Act, putting threatened and endangered wildlife back in the crosshairs. We expect more of these dangerous, senseless riders in the days and weeks ahead. This and every other attack from Trump and Congress allowing endangered wolves to be hunted and killed must be stopped. Please join us in pushing back against this bill and the torrent of wildlife decimation. The science-based approach of the Endangered Species Act has brought wolves in the Great Lakes region back from the brink of extinction. Stripping protection from wolves now is exactly the wrong thing to do. Nine out of 10 Americans support the Act and want it strengthened or unchanged. Yet Congress keeps pushing to destroy this bedrock American law. While Washington and the media are distracted, we aren't. Congress is getting ready to hurt wildlife not just by weakening the Endangered Species Act, but with other malicious tricks like taking funding away from species like monarch butterflies, wolverines, walruses and the golden-winged warbler. This means even though these vulnerable species may be designated for protection, they could be wiped out. Nothing less than extinction is what's at stake in the coming days. Two dozen lawsuits against Trump's anti-wildlife administration have been filed. Just last week a new wolf pack was identified in Northern California -- but we won't be hearing good news like that in the future if Congress rips away at the bedrock law that keeps wild wolves and so many other vulnerable creatures alive. PLEASE take action now.
Reform the Mining Law of 1872
This 200 year old act is unchanged ever since it was made. It allows people to buy rights to one acre of land for $5, and mine it for metals like copper, silver, and gold. There are no royalties or charges for environmental destruction and it's been that way since the gold rush. The mining process involves Mountain top removal, which is a method of mining. This process destroys many ecosystems and causes a decrease in biodiversity. Biodiversity is the range of different species in an ecosystem, and is essential to avoid extinction. Other than that, there is a lot of soil erosion in this process which ends up in topsoil depletion. Topsoil contains all the things a plant needs for growth, and it takes thousands of years to form again. Once the metal is mined, there is cyanide used for the separation of the metal from the rock. The cyanide then, leaches or runs down into the river or groundwater, which pollutes the water and causes potential health risks for all living things (shown in the picture above). I am hoping that with charges for environmental damage and increasing the price of land, it will remind companies that they are responsible for the damage they cause. I will work with my community and possibly senators to make a change. I need your support and help for this. I will also be updating with more information as I make progress. ________________________________________________________ image url: https://www.earthmagazine.org/article/all-glitters-acid-mine-drainage-toxic-legacy-gold-mining-south-africa
Introduce more national and state parks in the US
There are many animal and plant species around the globe. Everywhere from the North Pole to the South Pole. Although it may look like there are many animals and plants, there are not. The millions of diverse species are not all doing well in their environment. Many species are endangered and threatened, their numbers decreasing year after year. Some species are receiving help in order to increase their numbers, but there are so many species that are getting no help, and their numbers are decreasing faster than ever. We depend on animals and plants for food, medicines, oxygen, warmth, and even items like paper and clothes. If living organisms go extinct at the rate that they are now, the human population could be in big trouble. State and National Parks are solutions to this problem. Instead of helping a specific organism, the parks protect the land and everything in it, protecting other species from illegal trading as well. This will help many endangered species increase in number and will help the environment balance. So please promote state and national parks, they help the species that need it.
Replace the Electoral College with a National Popular Vote
It is fundamental to democracy: the candidate with the most votes wins. Yet twice since 2000, the candidate with the most votes for President has lost. The good news is that we can make 2016 the last election in which the popular vote loser wins the presidency – and we can do it without amending the Constitution. We can replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote through the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Under the Compact, states agree to cast their electoral votes for the national popular vote winner - instead of the winner of their state. Once states with a total of 270 electoral votes approve, the Compact becomes effective. Through the National Popular Vote Compact, the United States can elect a President by popular vote as early as 2020. This is not a pipe dream – states with a combined 165 electoral votes have already enacted it. But in order for the Compact to take effect, and a truly national election to take place, additional states with a combined 105 electoral votes must sign on. If you live in one of the 40 states that have not yet joined, tell your state legislators and governor that you support the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
Additional Sales Tax for Animal Shelter
There are many, many animals being neglected and becoming strays, hungry, and ill. Many big Cities with strong economies have funding for this purpose, but small cities who lack funding will not be able to do so. I believe if the authority could place a ballot measure State-wide to add just 0.25% - 0.50% additional sales tax to create a no-kill shelter for stray animals, this will enable us to take care of the strays, and even create jobs for people who need it, or who love working with animals. The funds could also be used to provide vouchers to spay and neuter animals, and to take care of the shelter animals.
Help Get Edgar Home
My name is Amanda Monterroso I am a United States citizen born and raised in New Jersey, my husband's name is Edgar Monterroso and he came to the United States over 14 years ago. We have been married for 4 years and have three children. When he came to the United States his main goal was to reunite with his mother who is now a citizen of the United States and like so many other immigrants help his father who stayed in Guatemala. Edgar had been working at the same company for 10 years, working hard as a welder never getting into any trouble with the law in any way. We met at work in 2012 and were literally together everyday since until our whole life's were flipped upside down in 2016. After we got married we decided to start the immigration process so Edgar could get the documents he needed to get better work and provide even more for our family, I was working but his income was our main income. After along time of collecting the right papers, coming up with the fees needed along the way for the petitions and everything was approved he was scheduled his visa interview in Guatemala at the US Embassy. He left January 29th, 2016 and we didn't realize the hell our family was about to go through. We were unaware that during this time at the Embassy there was a particular officer who was wrongfully denying visas to Guatemalans. Unfortunately my husband got this officer for his interview and our life's have been spinning downhill ever since. Like the other 20+ Guatemalans, that our lawyer knows about my husband fell victim to this mans accusations and had his visa refused. We just couldn't believe it, everything had got approved prior to his interview all our petitions to even get to that point had been approved. My husband, our families, our children were just completely shocked when my husband called crying saying he was refused his visa, especially after telling us how he was treated by this officer. At the end of the interview this officer through my husbands passport at his face and said, "this is your punishment," and walked away. As a US citizen I was just disgusted knowing people who are supposed to be representing our country at an Embassy are treating people like this. I wanted to just stay in bed and cry everyday but I new if I didn't keep fighting my husband would never get to come home to the USA to our family. So that's what I did, i immediately starting fighting calling anyone I could to try to get help. After months and months of our lawyer fighting with several other lawyers around the United States and writing a very lengthy appeal to the Department of State regarding the treatment of these Guatemalans, finally the Embassy stepped up and started re-interviewing people. Edgar got his reinterview in June by this time my husbands been stuck there 4 months. It took 4 months for the Embassy to start correcting the officers mistakes and look into everyone's case again. During my husbands new interview this time with two very nice woman, they ended up clearing him of the accusations the previous officer had made because they were not true. They sent my husband out of the Embassy and said we will contact you soon. It took 8 more weeks stuck in Guatemala away from his family for them to finally reach out after continuous emails to them. By this time about 5 of the other wrongfully denied Guatemalans have been approved and issued their visas because they were also re-interviewed and found to be NOT GUILTY of the same exact charges that were placed against my husband. YES this officer DENIED VISAS to multiple people all for the SAME reason with no evidence of the accusations at all. How this wasn't caught by the embassy sooner I have no idea but it would have saved a lot of families the pain we are all going through now. So my husband gets this new interview. We are thinking yes, this is it finally after 6 months he will be home because there was never any other issues brought up during the multiple other interviews. I was thinking finally the financial struggles I have been facing here in the US will be over, I wont have to rely on different state assistance programs to survive each month, because with my husbands income I don't need state programs. Only to find out at this August interview, they werent sending him home they were again interigating him accusing him of something else. Now that my husband was cleared of the original accusations, they are bringing a set of lies. It's like they don't want to believe that he is truly a good person, they are on a digging expedition and they won't find anything. This time its because of my husbands tattoos he is being accused of gang involvement. Edgar is 35 years old, he has a clean criminal record both in the United States and Guatemala from his 18 years being raised there but now they are accusing him of gang activity because of a few ugly tattoos he got when he was young and dumb like so many other people around the world. Now its been 10 months of Edgar stuck in Guatemala, his case has been in administrative processing since August 22nd. I write the embassy almost weekly begging and pleading for them to send Edgar home. But when they do write back all they say over and over again the case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing they cannot rush the processing. I do understand that a little but at this point they need to understand how it feels to hear your spouse crying on the other side of the phone he just wants to come home. I don't think they understand how it feels to listen to your children cry when is daddy coming home. After 10 months, 3 interviews and over 70 days in administrative processing I think it's time to realize what I have been saying all along, EDGAR IS A GOOD MAN. I won't give up until my husband is home where he belongs. All the holidays, birthdays, special moments Edgar has missed over the last 10 months with our children he wont get them moments back. I have been barely surviving month to month with bills because of his lost income for the last 10 months. Out of the 20 other Guatemalans on this original petition half of them have been sent home. I am begging if you are reading this petition to please sign it. Pleas help get this situation noticed and help try to get my husband and my childrens dad home. The world is in such an weird spot right now. So many people are divided on immigration issues. But one thing everyone says is go back and come back to the Unted States the right way. Well that is what my husband tried to do, so he can return home the right way because he considers the United States his home. Please help get our problem out there and get my husband home. He is truly a good man, he wouldn't hurt anybody and would give you the last penny from his pocket. We just want our family together again.