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Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members reunite with their families

I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy Veteran, who served for 10 years mostly 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. sailors and military contractors previously stationed overseas. In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. Many Amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. sailors 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 reunite 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 reunited 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 reunite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2016 creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. 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 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 reunite with her dad. You can find them in the Amerasian group pages on Facebook. Search angel services are available to both sides.There is a PBS documentary called "Left by the Ship" (2010), the video above, documenting everyday life and their personal struggles as a Filipino Amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggle to connect to their American military fathers, to bridge the gap between the past and the present. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2016 now!

Jenifer Bass
32,999 supporters
Petitioning Jay Inslee, Washington State House, Ross Hunter, Dave Hayes, Donald Trump

RESTRICT FELONS FROM CHILDCARE EMPLOYMENT OR GIVE PARENTS FULL BACKGROUND CHECK RESULTS!

This paragraph was added on September 2nd, 2016 in order to clarify the intent of this petition.  Everything below this paragraph remains unchanged:  Background check results on any childcare provider's criminal record OR parents considering childcare should receive COMPLETE background check results of any childcare workers, just like any other employer can, so every parent is able to make a fully informed decision regarding the life of their child(ren),  Additionally, NO CHILDCARE PROVIDERS should be allowed to use any name or nicknames aside from their legal name without full disclosure to the parents of the person's full legal name and a prominently placed notification if a person IS using a nickname or alias.   That information should also be included in any "welcome folders given to parents so that there are two ways a parent would be able to easily access. Here's why:  My beautiful two and a half year old little boy, David Roberts, died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington on January 20, 2013.  David held on to life for two days after suffering from catastrophic abusive head trauma that was inflicted while he was in the care of his two state and military licensed childcare providers (a husband and wife).  We had unknowingly placed David in the hands of a person who had been convicted of felony residential burglary and other crimes, and who also had a DOCUMENTED anger management and alcohol problem, and David DIED from the injuries he suffered at that childcare during the time that the person in question was working.  The state and military told me and my husband that the providers had cleared the background checks, when in fact the state and military KNEW that particular provider had a criminal record which included felony residential burglary, at least one malicious mischief charge, and a DOCUMENTED anger management and alcohol problem...and still chose to license him even though he wouldn't even be allowed to chaperone at any of the schools his children attend.  The state and military also knew and allowed this same person to not disclose his legal name.  DESPITE KNOWING THESE FACTS, THE STATE AND MILITARY willingly withheld that information, with fatal consequences: my son lost his life.  My husband and and I had NO IDEA that he had a felony criminal record and was not using his legal name and would NEVER have put David in their care if we knew that information.  The state MUST CHANGE the "Director's List" (WAC 170.06.0120) and PREVENT FELONS from having access to the child(ren) of other people and parents considering childcare should receive ALL background check results of any childcare workers just like any employer can.  The state also must prevent ANYONE from using any name or nicknames aside from their legal name while working in childcare, and a law or laws should be enacted and be named "David's Law",  On January 18, 2013 my two and a half year old, autistic, son David, became a victim of catastrophic abusive head trauma at the hands of his daycare providers.  He died two days later from the injuries.  He was attending a Navy Child Development Home in Oak Harbor, WA.  We were told that the providers had cleared their background checks.  My husband and I both expected "cleared their background checks" to mean that there was nothing on their criminal record, not that there could be any number of 35 crimes, including felonies, on their record, and that the information about those convictions is not required to be given to the parents.   We didn't find out until months later that the husband who ran the daycare with his wife was a convicted felon.  He had been convicted of residential burglary while he was extremely intoxicated and had at least one malicious mischief charge and a documented anger management problem.  We were told both providers had undergone background checks and had cleared them. The two providers sold everything within five months and in the middle of the CPS and homicide investigation they fled to Maine, where the woman has even attempted to provide childcare still. Here are two links from KOMO4 Seattle which cover what happened to my son as well as the loophole itself: http://www.komonews.com/news/problemsolvers/Day-Care-Felons-281805991.html http://www.komonews.com/news/problemsolvers/Family-wants-changes-to-state-law-after-son-died-from-injury-at-daycare-284046971.html Apparently, in the State of Washington, you can have any of the 35 crimes and felonies under the Washington Director's List of Allowable Offenses on your record and not only can you have unsupervised access to children, but your criminal record is not disclosed to the parents seeking care for their child.  Instead, the parents are told the providers have passed/cleared background checks.  Convicted felons shouldn't even be allowed to have unsupervised access to other peoples' children in the first place, let alone run a daycare.  Parents have the RIGHT to know everything about a potential provider so that they can make their own fully informed decision on whether or not they trust a provider in spite of their criminal record.   The list of allowable offenses is here:   http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=170-06-0120 Had we been told about the provider's criminal record we would have never left our children in their care and he would still be alive today.  These laws need to change.  There needs to be a law, called "David's Law" that prevents anyone with a felony record from having unsupervised access to other peoples' children in daycare settings, and discloses the results of background checks of the daycare providers to the parents, so that those parents can have the entire story about the providers they are considering letting supervise their children.   On page 2 of this document you'll see the statement: "The reality is that parents cannot conduct effective background checks on child care providers on their own. Even the most motivated, well-financed parent search would still be limited to commercial databases, which the Department of Justice has said are incomplete." http://www.naccrra.org/sites/default/files/default_site_pages/2012/background_checks_white_paper_final_july_6.pdf The Government KNOWS that parents cannot conduct adequate background checks, but they don't disclose the results of the full background checks that THEY have access to.  That forces parents to rely on the state and government to assure them and protect their children to the highest extent possible.  Withholding information about felony (and other) convictions is immoral and reprehensible.  Parents have a primal NEED to protect their children, and yet we are limited in the information that we can obtain, information that interferes with the ability of parents to make the BEST, potentially life altering, decision that they can for their families with incomplete facts.  That is NOT right.   There are some parents in the world who don't mind if a child care center or child care home provider has a criminal record.  There are many more who would absolutely prefer that no criminals be allowed access to their children.  Parents have the right to know all the information about the person or people who may be taking care of their child(ren).  There is absolutely no reason that a provider's criminal background should be kept secret from parents of any child(ren) that may end up in the care of the provider(s).  

Shayna Roberts
13,017 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Washington State House

Act Now For Washington Students

Washington State Legislators - I am calling on you today to keep local, public charter schools open. This important decision rests in your hands. Across the state parents, teachers, students and families just like me are coming together across the state to stand up for the more than 1,100 kids that currently attend these public schools. As you know, the Washington State Supreme Court recently released a devastating ruling that steamrolled the will of voters by forcing voter-approved public charter schools to close.  Now we are looking to you to be a hero and keep these schools open. Their fate rests in your hands. I’m calling on you to act now and provide the resources to keep WA public charter schools open. Washington’s public charter schools are helping to close the education equity gap. Nearly two-thirds of students in public charter schools are from low-income families and almost 70% are students of color.  Allowing public charter schools to close down will disproportionately affect families who turned to charters because their child’s needs were not being met. Please don’t let a flawed decision shut the door on our children's bright futures. Act now and ensure that our public charter schools remain open and innovative.  

Act Now For WA Students
10,414 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Jim Powers

Justice for Diamond

The innocent animals in our community deserve to be treated like more than a piece of property. They are; living, breathing beings, that have feelings and feel pain. Diamond, the 3 year old pitbull, who was an emotional service dog for an eight year old boy, in Thurston County Washington State did not deserve to be brutally raped and then hung from a tree to take the last breath of her life!!! The horrible man that did this to her made bail today and is back out on the streets in the community, his arraignment is set for 4/26 to see if he'll even go to trial *UPDATE* Trial has been set for July 25th, 2016 @ 8:30am, Thurston County Courthouse. We MUST do something NOW and not wait until it is too late and he does this again. We need to ensure that justice is served for Diamond and her family. This, sadly will not change the outcome, it's not going to bring Diamond back :*( but if we can ensure that something like this will NEVER happen again we will have done our part! And once this trial is over we can't be done we can't be quiet, until we make sure that BOTH our laws and the punishment for the crimes committed against these laws are stricter!! Please come and join this fight with me,  I can't do it alone, but together we can take a stand and make a change!! Let's do it for Diamond and all the other innocent animals that have had to endure pain and suffering at the hand of a human being.  Let's ride the legislation until laws are passed, with stricter punishments for crimes committed towards the innocent, voiceless animals in this world. Let's help get #justicefordiamond by letting yourself be HEARD - CARE, SIGN & SHARE <3

Kelsey Hawn
7,827 supporters
Petitioning Washington State Legislators

Save Blanchard State Forest from Clearcutting

Blanchard State Park is a staple of outdoor recreation in Bellingham, WA (Whatcom County), known for it's hiking of Oyster Dome, horse back riding and mountain biking trails. The park is also the only place in Washington state where the Cascade Mountains meet the Salish Sea and is key for habitat connectivity. Locals and tourists from all over the world come to see the spectacular views from Osyter Dome and would also be severely missing out if all the trees around were reduced to stumps. Department of Natural Resources is currently lacking the funds of $7.7 million that it needs in order to protect a 1,600 acre plot of land within the Blanchard State Park which contains Osyter Dome, two backyard ponds, several trails and back country campsites. With the deadline approaching, the DNR is needing that $7.7 million in order to complete the Blanchard Forest Strategy agreement. DNR needs the funds in order to purchase replacement lands or else they will have to log in that special area. We (locals and visitors from around the world) need Washington State Legislation  to provide the $7.7 million funding in the 2016 Supplemental Capital Budget Bill in order to preserve such a special part of nature.

Ashley Kenerson
7,613 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States

Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!

When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities

Dominick Evans
6,357 supporters
Petitioning California State Senate, California State House, Washington State Senate, Washington State House, Nevada State House, Nevada State Senate, Oregon State Senate, Oregon State House, Hawaii State Sena...

#ProgressiveDisruption by the States

What happened to make this country the focus of judgment, laughter, and fear from the rest of the world? The industrialized world outside of the United States enjoys a better quality of life and general happiness that most of us can only imagine. First class education, comprehensive health care, clean food/water/air and an overall better relationship with their fellow citizens. And as a country, we have higher mortality rates at younger ages, poorer health, and an impoverished population who can't learn new skills without going deeper into debt. As much as we like to blame Donald Trump for our national problems; these problems were here before him, and they will still be here if Trump is removed from office tomorrow. We have a political system that centralizes power to a consolidated political center in Washington, DC and an economic center in New York City. Our Electoral System will isolate the power to determine the direction of our political system to a very small, easily manipulated portion of the electorate in strategic location. Worst of all, we have a large portion of the population who will empower a mentally unstable man to the highest office in the world; just so they can say “We Won”. This group is constantly complaining about a simple world with plentiful jobs in their communities that are extinct or never really existed. And now, they have the nerve to complain about losing the federal government programs they benefitted from and voted against. It's time we said “ENOUGH” and have Progressive States and Communities band together and share resources and ideas to provide a better quality of life for its people, that the Trump Administration wants to take away. And furthermore, we need to ensure that we only support States and Communities who will change their policies for its people. We can no longer provide assistance to Red States, just so they can abuse and neglect their citizens for business interests.    For the future of this nation, we need to explore every legal method possible to protect the people from an extremely dangerous President Trump.    A Values Based Alliance of the States (VBAS) is one way of resisting this new reality of government, and the dangerous changes that we all know are inevitable. I understand that the constitution will not allow us to directly stop this monstrosity, but it will allows us to devalue it. A VBAS of certain states with similar values and policy preferences can and will use its population centers and economic influence to co-op, share resources, and implement policies with other co-opted states, while not having to depend on or engage the federal government.  Examples:  There are certain states with a majority of people that believe single payer healthcare system (CA, MA, VT, NY, WA, OR, IL, HI.). If those states passed laws to provide single payer health care for it’s people, a Single Payer Healthcare VBAS organization of those states can share resources to improve efficiencies, expand medical training/education amongst the co-opted states, negotiate pharmaceutical/treatment, amend needed tax policies and petition the US Government. This would also force neighboring states to decide if they want to change their internal policies to provide single payer, so they can join the Health Care VBAS. A resident of Indiana might ask his state to join the VBAS, because he could literally see his next door neigbor in Illinois fully covered, and using a Doctor that just came back from his training at a medical school in California. Although the VBAS states can not legally sign the Paris accords, they can change their internal policies to abide by its recommendations. There could be an environmental protection VBAS, where the states involved agree to abide by the Paris accords, improve safety protocols within its states, take climate change seriously, and provide economic preference to states and nations that do the same. CA, OR, NY, MA, VT, WA HI, and NV could agree to be a preferred customer of states or nations that voluntarily reduces its carbon emissions and address climate change, instead of LA or TX, which most likely will not. Other issues could include minimum wage, education, trade agreements, gun control and virtually every policy not adjudicated solely to the federal government. As more VBASes are organized and more states agree to join them, Donald Trump and the ignorance of future presidents become less and less relevant. Please sign this petition and pass it on to as many people as possible. 

Blake Green
4,939 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Washington Post, Cynthia Thielen, Brian Schatz, Brian Schoenjahn, Brian Pettyjohn, Brian Clem, Brian Kavanagh, Brian Dahle, Brian Hill, Michelle Obama, Michelle DuBois, Michelle Schimel, Michelle M...

Impeach Hawaii's Governor David Ige, Dec. 2015

BE SURE TO SIGN PETITION 1 AND 2 https://www.change.org/p/hawaii-legislature-impeach-hawaii-s-governor-david-ige IMPEACH HAWAII GOVERNOR DAVID IGE- A betrayal of Hawaii's Trust! AMERICA- USA- HAWAII- SOVEREIGN KINGDOM HAWAII- SHARE- SHARE- PLEASE SHARE!! Follow on Twitter: @impeachige  www.twitter.com/impeachige Like on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/impeachige #IMPEACHIGE #IMPEACHGOVERNORIGE #IMPEACHAWAIIGOVERNORIGE #NOIGEINHAWAII #BYEBYEGOVERNORIGE #IGEGOHOME #GOBACKTOJAPANIGE Hawaii at a critical time of decisions, we can't afford to waste our time with incompetent politicians. He Abused his Power by sending DLNR to arrest Native Hawaiians whom they exercise their Freedom of Speech, whom practice their own cultural beliefs. GOVERNOR IS A BETRAYAL OF OUR TRUST. He fails at helping our Homeless Veterans, and Citizens. He is a foreigner, NOT of this lands, NOT of our country. Send him, his family, and friends back home to Tokyo, JAPAN! The most recent impeachment of a state governor occurred on January 14, 2009, when the Illinois House of Representatives voted 117-1 to impeach Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges; he was subsequently removed from office and barred from holding future office by the Illinois Senate on January 29. It is time Hawaii, to IMPEACH Hawaii State Governor IGE. Sign the Petition and Share! Mahalo Hawaii. We going to set things straight for the people of Hawaii and for the USA. This is disheartening to see our own Hawaiian - Americans suffer in silence. Let's speak out now. And Petition to IMPEACH the Governer of Hawaii.

Hawaii Coalition for Justice
3,179 supporters
Closed
Petitioning President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, California State House, California State Senate, California Governor, Nevada State House, Nevada State Senate, Idaho Stat...

Trophy Hunting is Senseless and should be Illegal

It is understandable that some people must hunt animals for food.  But, the senseless slaughter of animals for trophies, should be illegal in this country.  Is it any wonder why people dislike Americans all around the world when it is predominantly us that pay for trophy hunts through organizations such as the Safari Club?  These hunts even include endangered species from all around the world.  They also sponsor hunts to kill our own animals such as the Alaskan bears and the dwindling California wild cats. We are asking for common sense legislation that would make it illegal for any American to hunt ANY endangered species here or around the world.  Americans seeking to adorn their walls with a majestic animal such as an elephant or lion should be prosecuted (read about Cecil the Lion killed in a cowardly way and left to die slowly in pain with an arrow in his side).  An American dentist was the last being he saw as he died slowly from his wounds. A minimum of 30 days in jail and a $100,000 fine would be a good start.  These fees should be spent on education about the destruction caused by these cowardly hunters in terms of the costs of the animals lost, the perpetuation of hatred of our people from abroad and even the ridiculous amount of money spent by these people to kill defenseless animals in the wild "legally". We are asking that all nature lovers and other fair-minded Americans stand up to these senseless activities which are based on arrogance, ignorance and a lack of compassion.  It's time we speak out for those that cannot do so for themselves and ask our federal and state legislatures to condemn these people and pass common sense laws to protect animals here and abroad from these savage activities. As Americans, we are better than this.  We share this world with many species that deserve our protection.  Let us be an example of compassion and conservation rather than destruction around the world and here at home.        

The Endangered Species Anti-Hunting Coalition
1,924 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Alabama State House, Alaska State House, Arizona State House, Arkansas State House, California State House, Colorado State House, Hawaii State House, Idaho State House, Illinois State House, Indian...

Save Lives: Require Spinal Muscular Atrophy Newborn Screening!

This petition is part of the Kick Away SMA Challenge created by Hunter's Hope to help end the deadly effects of SMA. We are proud The FAST Movement partnered with us for the Kick Away SMA Challenge, including the petition for newborn screening for SMA. Please join us in our efforts to require SMA newborn screening. SMA is the number one genetic killer of babies and children under the age of two. SMA robs the ability to move, swallow, and eventually breathe. However, the SMA community knows this will soon change. The SMA community watched in amazement as Type 1 SMA babies treated with Nusinersen didn't lose their ability to move, swallow, and breathe, but instead gained strength. Some even crawled and took steps — steps away from the deadly effects of SMA. Although there is no cure for SMA, each day a treatment comes closer to FDA approval. American companies Biogen, Inc. and Ionis Pharmaceuticals recently announced plans to file for FDA approval of Nusinersen. Biogen will also offer a global expanded access program (EAP) for SMA Type 1 patients who meet the EAP criteria.  About SMA: •  SMA is the leading genetic killer of babies and children under the age of two.•  SMA is a motor neuron disease like ALS.•  SMA robs the ability to move, swallow, and eventually breathe. •  One in 40 unknowingly carries the gene responsible for SMA.•  When two carriers have a baby, there is a 25% chance the baby will be unaffected, a 50% chance the baby will be a carrier, and a 25% chance the baby will have SMA.•  One in 10,000 babies is born with SMA.  Hunter's Story: Doctors diagnosed our son, Hunter Davis, with SMA Type 1 when he was just eight weeks old. They told us Hunter would lose the ability to move, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe. Doctors told us there was no cure, no treatment, and no hope. They said he would likely survive between three and five months. We were devastated beyond belief.  The doctors were wrong. Hunter received his first life-saving treatment outside the US when he was sixteen weeks old. We travel to Mexico with Hunter every six weeks for his treatments. He is now five years old and has received forty-four treatments. The hardest part has been watching other babies and children with SMA continue to deteriorate or, worse, lose their battles with SMA. We wish newborn screening had been in place when Hunter was born. He would have benefited more from receiving his life-saving treatments sooner. Heidi's Story: Doctors diagnosed Heidi Hall with Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy when she was three months old. Heidi could only move a little bit at her elbows at that time. Her body was as hypotonic as a little ragdoll’s, and she was unable to support her head whatsoever. Doctors told her family she would lose all ability to move, then the abilities to swallow and breathe, and ultimately suffocate on her own secretions or die of pneumonia. This was expected to happen within one year of her diagnosis. None of that happened. Heidi was accepted into a clinical trial for a possible treatment for SMA, a disease that has been viewed as hopeless, particularly the severe Type 1. It is not hopeless. The drug Nusinersen has reversed the course of Heidi’s disease. Rather than deteriorating, she has slowly gained strength and abilities. She is able to breathe on her own, swallow, and sit with support. She is now even able to propel herself in a small, manual wheelchair. Heidi began to receive the trial drug at five months and would have benefited even more from a diagnosis at birth that would have resulted in earlier intervention. Ella's Story:  Ella Hunt was born beautiful and seemingly healthy. This changed at 4 months, when doctors diagnosed her with the fatal disease SMA Type 1. Doctors told Ella's parents she would soon die and sent them home, where they began the process of planning her funeral. Ella's parents quickly shifted gears and turned to the SMA community to help save her. Thanks to that help, Ella just turned five, and although SMA has weakened her body, her fighting spirit remains strong. Unlike Hunter and Heidi, Ella hasn't received treatments for her SMA. She lost the ability to move and swallow. However, with daily therapies and diet protocol at the helm, she and her family wait for the hope of treatments and ultimately a cure. Ella's family wishes more than anything that newborn screening and the Nusinersen treatment had been in place when she was born. SMA Trials Nearing FDA Approval: Although there is currently no FDA-approved treatment or cure for SMA, two clinical trials come closer to FDA approval each day.  These treatments are Ionis's Nusinersen and AveXis's AVXS-101. They have the potential to make SMA a manageable disease. To be most effective, it is imperative treatments are administered as soon after birth as possible. Act Now: We believe the FDA will soon approve Nusinersen. The time to act is now. We can help end the deadly effects of SMA. Newborn screening must be in place when SMA treatments receive FDA approval. Every baby born with SMA should be afforded life-saving treatment. Please sign our petition asking states to enact legislation requiring SMA screening for newborns. Support our efforts by following us on Facebook: Kick Away SMA & Hunter's Hope.  

Khrystal K. Davis
1,556 supporters
Fully Fund Education as the WA State Supreme Court Mandates

Thank you for signing this petition to Washington state lawmakers to encourage us to fully fund basic education in our state. As you know, in 2012, the Supreme Court informed the Legislature of something that parents, educators, and school board members have known for years - the state is not adequately meeting our constitutional responsibility to amply fund basic education, the paramount duty of state government. Since that time, Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate have worked to end tax exemptions to make a down payment on fully funding basic education. Proposals to end tax exemptions were all rejected by the Republican leadership in the state senate. I'm proud to have worked, both as an individual lawmaker and as a member of the House Finance Committee, to support tax reform proposals that would have invested more dollars in K-12 education. I am hopeful that during the 2015 legislative session, the state senate will be more receptive to these proposals than they have been lately. I also prime-sponsored House Bill 2803, which would impose a tax on carbon pollution in our state and dedicate the proceeds to funding basic education. If enacted, this legislation would secure most of the revenue necessary to meeting the needs identified in the McCleary decision, and it would help us make progress on another urgent issue facing Washington state - the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to slow the dangerous effects of climate change. This legislation did not pass into law but I remain hopeful that the solution we select for funding education can also help us advance the critical need to reduce emissions and protect our air and water. There is one way to fully fund K-12 education that I cannot support - cutting other important programs that are not constitutionally protected as K-12 education is, such as higher education and the social safety net. These efforts would need to be eviscerated if the Legislature were to fully fund education without raising revenue. That is why I am committed to funding education via thoughtful tax reform. Thanks again for your interest in and support of basic education in our state. Joe Fitzgibbon State Representative 34th District

— Joe Fitzgibbon, State Representative
3 years ago