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Zoe Lofgren

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Member of Congress Proudly Representing CA's 19th Congressional District in Silicon Valley's cities of San Jose, Morgan Hill & Gilroy.


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Petitioning Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, DIane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Mark DeSaulnier, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Maxine Waters

Ditch the trips to Mar-A-Lago and save the U.S. Chemical Board

From the West Texas Fertilizer Plant explosion, to the blow-out at the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig -- the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has been there to investigate and make the recommendations that help keep industrial operations safe for workers and the communities that surround these industrial plants. But the Trump administration has targeted the agency for elimination. This is why both research scientists AND private industry, even those who have been investigated by the CSB, are uniting in opposition to this dangerous, short-sighted attempt to gut a critical agency whose very mission is to uncover the causes of industrial accidents and make recommendations to prevent them from happening again. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is an agency with a significant impact, despite its relatively small budget -- roughly the cost of three Presidential trips to Mar-A-Lago. Eliminating CSB will only put workers and the general public at unnecessary risk. Their work must be preserved -- no matter what. If you care about clean, safe air and water, and believe that we should keep plant and refinery workers safe, sign and share this petition. The next chemical disaster could be right around the corner -- don’t let Congress take away our ability to help prevent it.

eric berg
39,139 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Sarah Saldana (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Stop the unfair deportation of a minor

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seems to be at war with Central American kids seeking refuge from the murderous gangs and daily violence in their home countries. Thousands of juveniles are being forced to face the broken U.S. immigration system, many without any legal representation, which often results in deportation back to the unimaginable horrors they bravely fled. Darwin Mejia is one of the minors facing this nightmare, unless ICE does the right thing. Darwin Mejia’s story is heartbreaking. Before he was even born in El Salvador, Darwin’s dad abandoned his mother. A few years later, his mother also left him. His saving grace was his Uncle Jose, who sent him money and supported him from the U.S. In 1984, Jose fled the civil war in El Salvador for the United States, and eventually became a U.S. citizen. Afraid for his life because of the brutal, escalating gang violence that reigns in El Salvador today, Darwin decided to follow in his uncle’s footsteps. But Darwin didn’t receive the welcome his uncle did. Instead, he was detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. When his uncle learned of Darwin’s detention, he filed for and was granted guardianship by the state of New York. This enabled Darwin to apply for a green card under Special Immigration Juvenile Status, which is available to minors like Darwin who have been neglected or abandoned. ICE has the discretion to release Darwin to his uncle and allow the green card application process to run its course. Instead, they say they plan on deporting Darwin back to El Salvador to wait out the approval process there. ICE would rather return Darwin to the violence of El Salvador than allow him to stay and be cared for by the only family he has. This is wrong and it must be stopped. While Darwin awaits his fate, he has reported being held in a small confinement cell with other people, with no place to sleep but the floor, no blankets, and frigid temperatures. At night, he says the lights are left on so people struggle to sleep. Even worse, his uncle learned from Darwin that he was recently driven to the airport to be deported, but was then returned to the detention facility because the consulate hadn’t issued travel papers. Darwin is being treated like a criminal for his bravery. He deserves a chance at a future without fear and violence -- It’s a universal hope we have for all our children. ICE has the ability to make that happen. Please support this petition asking ICE to release Darwin to be with his family while his green card application is being processed.   Please share on social media using #FreeDarwin. 

Amy Maldonado
18,896 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senate, Delaware State House, Delaware State Senate, John Carney, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Massachusetts State House, Michael Capuano, Jim McGovern, Niki Tsongas...

Adverse effect of GOP tax bill on Graduate students in the US

Graduate students in the US are already living at the survival line. They are working hard to push forward the frontiers of science in all directions and trying to make a better tomorrow than today. Their disposable income is barely reaches 20k per year ( stipend for being TA or RA) and this money goes all to their consumption needs with almost nothing left to save. The new GOP tax bill is going to make the tuition waiver taxable which is estimated to cost each graduate student about $2000 a year and this will push most of the graduate students even lower the survival level. As a result, they should cut down their daily expenses to get along with the new budget and this means they will buy and consume less necessary stuff. On the other side, local businesses will suffer as well because students will spend less money in local restaurants, bars, games and etc. In all, this bill is going to put more financial pressure on graduate students and also hurt local businesses across the US. Please sign and share this petition to support all graduate students in the US and also opposing this unfair tax bill.

Kaveh Dlv
18,029 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The Consulate of the United States of America in Vietnam

URGENT PLEA for Trinh Phan

On July 2, 2017, my aunt Trinh Phan, a non-smoker, was suddenly diagnosed with Metastatic Stage 4 Lung Cancer and Acute Respiratory Disorder Syndrome (ARDS). At the tender age of 33, Trinh is lovingly married to Young Nguyen. They both have an 8-year-old son named David Nguyen. My aunt is currently hospitalized for her terminal illness, intubated, and in critical condition at the intensive care unit (ICU). She has been given less than a few months to live.   One of her final wishes is to be reunited with her mother, Nguyen Thi Hoa, currently residing in Vietnam. The Consulate General of the United States of America in Vietnam has rejected our family's plea for Trinh's mother's temporary visa. The application was denied due to concerns that her mother would not return back to Vietnam and would be a burden to the United States. They claimed that Trinh's mother was unable to convince the consulate that her only desire to enter the United States was to visit her dying daughter. In actuality, this is truly the ONLY reason why her mother urgently needs a temporary visa to visit the United States. We are rallying together community members for support of a plea for Trinh Phan's mother's temporary travel visa. We have reached out to our local representatives and will be sending your support to U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (California's 19th Congressional District) seeking her assistance of a reconsideration by The Consulate General of the United States of America in Vietnam.  UPDATE (August 21, 2017): Access our plea letter to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren's office at this link. Access Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren's letter to the President of the United States at this link. Please sign in support to reunite Trinh and her mother during these difficult times. Your signature is a symbol of our community binding together out of love and compassion. We thank you for your prayers. With sincere gratitude, The Nguyen-Phan Family

Katherine Mỹ-Duyên Lê
17,206 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, US department of commerce, Census Bureau, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Dana Rohrabacher, Seth Moulton, Jim McGovern, Jim Cost...

Remove sub-Asian boxes on Census Form 2020! Stop racist anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy!

Dear fellow Americans for justice, brothers and sisters against racism, The glaringly racist legacy of sub-Asian boxes on the Census form was started in 1870, after the Burlingame Treaty of 1868, which eventually led to the infamous, racist, and inhumane Chinese Exclusion Act spanning from 1882 to 1943, which among other terrible abominations, banned U.S. residents of Chinese descent from having children or getting married; their family members in Asia were forbidden from entry to U.S. and reuniting as families. The Census form has no "Asian/Asian American" category. In its place are a group of boxes signifying foreign nationalities in Asia as if Asian Americans were all “perpetual foreigners.” It intrusively identified and collected data on which U.S. residents were of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese...descent. While the Chinese Exclusion Act ended in 1943, did these racist, humiliating, dehumanizing sub-Asian boxes get removed from the Census form? No, they were kept on the Census form by the U.S. government even until today, and if we don't fight back and boycott the Census form with sub-Asian boxes, it will stay on the 2020 Census form and beyond, prolonging a racist American legacy, a shame to all Americans. This legacy treats Americans of Asian descent as perpetual foreigners, and collects intrusive personal ancestral origin data used in many kinds of racial discrimination and persecution. In one example, the U.S. government used information from the Census Bureau to identify native born Americans of Japanese descent and sent them to Internment Camps during the World War II. There were also discriminatory laws against Americans of various Asian descent, such as Filipino. Such horrendous trampling of humanity will happen again unless you and I act now to boycott a 2020 Census form with sub-Asian boxes. We demand these sub-Asian boxes be removed and replaced with one description--"Asian/Asian American." Injustice to one human being is injustice to all human kind. If we don't stop this racist and anti-immigrant legacy, its “logic” and mentality will be repeated in current and future policy-making. Let's keep fighting against racism and improve the human condition step by step. Please join the good fight to make this historically significant change happen for now and forever, by signing this petition and sharing it on social media and by email, word of mouth. Power to the people! Fighting on, Americans against racism and anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy

Swan Lee
16,126 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Bob Goodlatte, Jim Sensenbrenner, Lamar Smith, Steve Chabot, Darrell Issa, Steve King, Jim Jordan, Ted Poe, Louie Gohmert, Tom Marino, Trey Gowdy, Raul L...

Safety of Public and Law Enforcement Threatened by Budget Cuts and Privatization

This week the Bureau of Prisons has started to eliminate roughly 14% (or 6,000) law enforcement positions throughout the Agency. This is catastrophic for the safety and security of our institutions and the community. The proposed cuts are coming at a time of severe understaffing in most of our federal prisons, because the BOP has left thousands of authorized correctional workers’ positions vacant all year. In 2005 the BOP instituted an initiative known as “Mission Critical” in which staffing at the BOP institutions was reduced to the minimal amount necessary to safely operate each facility. Since then we have continued to operate under this “bare bones” approach, which was less staff than what we really needed – the administration did not take into account leave usage, injuries, military service, emergency situations etc. when calculating these numbers. Since then, they have relied upon initiatives such as augmentation at various times (The term augmentation refers to the practice of using teachers, secretaries, nurses, etc. to cover the vacant correctional officer positions as opposed to hiring the law enforcement officers needed). They only left enough personnel in the prisons to cover essential operations, so whenever something happens outside of that, like inmate medical trips or staff using sick leave when they are ill or injured, the Agency is then forced to pay overtime to law enforcement officers to cover it. Their miscalculation in staffing led to massive amounts of overtime due to the sheer amount of disturbances and medical care in the institution, coupled with the injuries and stress borne by the staff. This leaves fewer staff able to respond to emergencies in the prison, and fewer to prevent violence and assaults. It also results in one law enforcement correctional worker supervising hundreds of dangerous felons - terrorists, gangs, and murderers – with no backup. This administration is setting the agency up for failure. As violence and recidivism rises, and our staff struggle to meet ACA accreditation requirements, the line staff will be blamed for these failures, and the administration will point to this as an excuse to contract out our law enforcement role to the private prison industry. The highly trained staff that work for this agency (30% of which are military veterans) have already proven that we provide the essential, inherently governmental function in a much more responsible and cost-effective manner than the private industry. The historical data and evidence backs this up without question. If we allow the administration to sabotage our operations with the dangerous staffing changes and policies, I’m confident that they will use the results against us, and I’m sure the shareholders in the private prison industry will profit from it. The number of staff assaults and inmate assaults continue to rise in the Bureau of Prisons, and it appears the agency is turning a blind eye to the safety of the community that we are sworn to protect from the nation's most violent offenders These poorly implemented tactics have led to the increased escape attempts and assaults within the BOP, for both inmates and our law enforcement personnel. Agency leaders have stated that assaults and escapes are the chances we take in this line of work. Its disheartening to know that they are willing to take chances with the safety of the community as well as the safety of the law enforcement that work behind the fences. We are asking that our elected officials properly fund our prisons, stop the reductions of safe staffing, and support our law enforcement officers. A vote for BOP cutbacks is a vote for unsafe prisons, unsafe communities and a vote against law enforcement.  Call 202-224-3121 or 844-669-5146 and tell our law makers not to cut back on safety  

Ray Coleman
14,196 supporters
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Petitioning Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier...

Speak up for California Salmon! No to Senate & House Bills 2533 & 2898

We are asking you to take a moment to help us address a critical issue, Water! The current water bills (link to bill 2533 here and bill 2898 here) introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao in the Senate and House will be up for consideration in Congress before the end of the year. These bills weaken protections for salmon in order to pump more water from the Delta in Northern California for use primarily for big ag in the San Joaquin Valley. Water is a public resource, and therefore should include all constituents. These bills dramatically weaken or completely eliminate consideration of water for the environment, specifically for wild California salmon, which need cold water released at certain times of the year to spawn, rear and migrate to the ocean. They would also promote new taxpayer subsidized and salmon killing dams.   We understand that ag needs water. So do salmon! Sacrificing the environment, salmon and the multi-billion dollar fishing industry to move more water is a dangerous and biased approach. We need a long-term solution for the drought which reflects the needs of all constituents, human as well as wildlife. We know how do to this. More conservation groundwater clean up and management, water recycling and capturing urban stormwater can provide plenty of additional water for cities and agriculture. And restoring habitat and ensuring adequate flows can help restore salmon and the environment.   We are asking for your help, because to risk the health and future viability of wild salmon runs in California due to poor legislation is inexcusable. Speak up for Salmon! 

Farmers, Fishers & Friends of Salmon
11,762 supporters
Petitioning President Donald Trump, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United Healthcare, Total Health Care, Jerry Brown, Califo...

Protect Mothers Rights During ChildBirth! #MothersVoice

You can donate for my surgery here https://www.gofundme.com/p8vcag I'm very grateful that you took the time to listen to my story.  I am not doing this for myself alone, but for all women who have suffered at the hands of negligence. I understand that we all have our own hardships and injustices. I also understand that doctors and their teams make mistakes, therefore it's not about the medical staff but about the system. The system that's in place does not provide rights for women in childbirth. It does not allow even a chance for the medical staff to resolve their mistakes with the patient.  The system in place only allows recovery of $250,000, thousand dollars which means that it is economically impossible for any mother to hold a hospital and staff accountable for gross negligence. During these past 18 months, I've connected with many hundreds of mothers who went through the same horrible experience.  They too are embarrassed, to share intimate details, like I did. I've consulted over 150 attorneys who declined to take my case. Behind me are a multitude of  mothers who were similarly damaged.  I am fully aware of how difficult it is to bring change to systems in the United States. However, if you spend your 30 seconds by signing the petition, you'll provide an opportunity for women to have the ability to hold hospitals and doctors accountable for gross negligence.By signing this petition, you are requesting that the recovery ceiling of malpractice law be lifted for gross negligence on a mother giving birth.By singing this petition you will protect us, mothers, who don't have rights under this system.If you are a citizen of California of voting age, please sign this petition If you are a citizen of another State, please sign this petition and also  start a petition in your home state if there are malpractice ceilings where you live.Together we can make this change! Every year in the United States, 65,000 women with pregnancy or childbirth nearly die. This is by far worst record in the developed countries. Approximately 28,000 babies are born with birth injuries each year. In spite of it all, hospitals refuse to carry responsibility and women in childbirth remain unprotected. We would like to change that on a national level. Every Voice Counts! My name is Kristina and I would like to share with you how my life turned into a nightmare due to negligence at Mercy San Juanhospital in Sacramento, CA.  Perhaps my story will help many to get justice with similar experience. On September 30th 2016, at 3:33am, I gave birth to our wonderful son Moses. But memories of my labor still bring many tears. My pregnancy was very normal and the anticipated labor was supposed to be the same. It was my first long waited pregnancy and I did everything possible for my baby to be healthy. When I was around 36 weeks pregnant, around 1:00am I arrived to the hospital with contractions. I knew that I was in full labor because my contractions were 2-3 min apart. I requested epidural right away, they prepared me but the wait for the anesthesiologist took 2 hours. Obviously, it was too late. At 3:15, I was fully dilated with all of the medical personnel ready to assist me with pushing and welcoming my baby. On the fourth contraction, when the head of the baby was visible, someone ran into the room to get my doctors assistance for another patient. ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE ran out of the room leaving me with contractions and urge to push. I was abandoned by medical staff as I was pushing my crowning baby out. Their negligent act endangered my baby and me. My husband was in shock, ran out after them begging them to come back. I was in so much pain and terrified that my baby would fall on the floor, and no one would be there to catch him. As a result, the repercussions of their act ended detrimental. My husband returned without help. In the meantime, my strong urge to push was only getting stronger which led to the beginning of my tearing. When the medical team returned, without any examination of the changes, they took my legs and started pushing on my stomach, making me tear to the 4th degree. They extend through the anal sphincter and into the mucous membrane that lines the rectum.  In a few seconds my baby flew out of me and the doctor caught him in the air. My baby was very small, only 5,6lbs, which makes it impossible to injure the mother with a weight this small if proper help was administered during labor. Immediately, they told me that surgery under anesthesia will be performed and any future children would be c section only. After I was discharged, the stitches started to fall apart. The wound became dangerously infected. I did not trust Mercy, so I went to Sutter Roseville. When they examined me, they were shocked about my story and to see how my recoverywas failing. After a few checkups with my obgyn who is affiliated with Mercy, I was promised that everything will heal and that I just need time and patience. A year and a half passed, the suffering and pain continue. On January 2018, after many tests I was informed that I need full reconstructive surgery. I am in constant pain because I have severe nerve damage. Pain episodes return me to the emergency room for intensive pain management. I’m constantly on pain killers. Because of the negligence of Mercy San Juan, I became disabled. Because of my immobility, the impact on my husband and family cannot be understated. I’m terrified of my bathroom trips, every sneeze or cough bring me fear. Any of these things could lead to rupture and emergency intervention. We tried talking with the hospital, I begged them to operate me, but they don’t want to be accountable for their negligence. However, they recognized that medical personnel left me alone. The only answer I get from them “We will not be talking to you without an attorney”. I asked to investigate my case, and they assured me they would, but it never happened. They consulted their own obgyn who expressed their own opinion, obviously to protect themselves. No investigation was performed. Many attorneys that I spoke to refused to take my case. Their response was “we can only protect a child, it’s almost impossible to protect mother” I only have one option now, and it’s to ask for your help. With your help justice can be served, and I will finally be able to have reconstructive surgery. My life can get to normal, and I can enjoy motherhood fully, without fear and pain. Only with your help, we can protect mother’s rights during childbirth.

Kristina Kalmykov-Oselska
9,596 supporters
Petitioning DIane Feinstein, Peter Aguilar, Nanette Barragan, Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Ami Bera, Julia Brownley, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Anna Eshoo, John Garamendi, Jimmy Gomez, Kamala Harris, Jared H...

Gabriel's Law

Bill Summary This bill will require the creation and installment of a new student reporting system that will be accessed by all agencies that deal with children, create an educational seminar on child abuse incorporated into their early education curriculum and up through high school, add additional changes to the way Child Protective Services operates, and restrict records for deceased children from being redacted Background We have heard many stories of child abuse and neglect as a nationwide, systemic problem, citing case overloads as part of a bigger issue. According to the 26th Child Maltreatment Report created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1575 child fatalities reported in 2011; 1619 child fatalities reported in 2012; 1551 child fatalities reported in 2013; 1583 child fatalities reported in 2014; and 1585 child fatalities reported in 2015, nationwide.  In 2015, nationwide, 78.61% of those children were all school age or otherwise, < 2 years old. On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez, DOB February 20, 2005, received emergency response services due to full arrest as a result of approximately 8 months of child abuse and neglect at the hands of Pearl Sinthia Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre.  Over the course of 8 months, over 50 reports were phoned into social workers to report abuse that went undocumented and unfounded, along with phone calls made to sheriff’s deputies, in regards to Gabriel.  In particular, Gabriel’s teacher, Jennifer Garcia, made numerous phone calls to the social worker on his case, citing his injuries.  Gabriel succumbed to his injuries on May 24, 2013, in what we know now as one of the worst cases of child abuse known to the United States of America.  On November 15, 2017, Isauro Aguirre was found guilty of 1st-degree murder with special circumstances of torture.  A trial for Gabriel’s mother, Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, and the four social workers involved with Gabriel’s case are still pending.  When looking into other child abuse fatalities, it was found that the Department of Child and Family Services began redacting all of their records to prevent the community from researching cases. Transparency is vital to instill confidence in the agencies entrusted to protect children. According to “The economic burden of child maltreatment in the Unites States and implications for prevention” (Child Abuse and Neglect. The International Journal. Fang, Brown, Florence, Mercy 2012), cited by the Center of Disease Control, “The estimated average lifetime cost per victim of nonfatal child maltreatment is $210,012 in 2010 dollars, including $32,648 in childhood health care costs; $10,530 in adult medical costs; $144,360 in productivity losses; $7,728 in child welfare costs; $6,747 in criminal justice costs; and $7,999 in special education costs. The estimated average lifetime cost per death is $1,272,900, including $14,100 in medical costs and $1,258,800 in productivity losses. The total lifetime economic burden resulting from new cases of fatal and nonfatal child maltreatment in the United States in 2008 is approximately $124 billion. In sensitivity analysis, the total burden is estimated to be as large as $585 billion. Findings concluded that the cost of living children who suffered maltreatment, in 2008, estimated a lifetime amount of approximately $210,012, while those whose maltreatment resulted in fatality cost an estimated lifetime amount of approximately $1.3 million.  Problem There is a systematic failure in communication with regards to the safety and welfare of at-risk children who depend on adults to protect them.  Had there been a system in place to allow for all agencies to effectively communicate with one another, and track all reports and documents, in regards to any reported child abuse, that may have helped save Gabriel’s life.  Children depend on adults for protection and safeguarding.  We are in an era of technology where we have need to improve, exponentially, our ability and duties to safeguard children.  Records for child abuse fatalities should be unsealed and social workers who have repeat fatalities need to be investigated and retrained. Solution         I.            A nationwide system needs to be installed, in all schools, child welfare agencies, law enforcement agencies, doctor’s offices, and district attorney’s office, that help mandated reporters create electronic SCAR (Suspected Child Abuse Report), allow the agencies to track reports and status of child abuse. a.      The system shall have an alert for law enforcement and social worker of any extended absence that doesn’t have any parent contact/medical documentation over a 2-day period/as reported by the attending school.  b.      The system shall have an alert for law enforcement and assigned social workers and their supervisors of any non-enrollment of children within a 2-day period.  c.       The system shall have an alert for CPS supervisors for a daily review of any child that has repeated reports. d.      In conjunction with each agency, especially if a school alert comes in, an immediate action plan is put in place to ensure the safety of the child. e.      Doctor’s may flag any injury as possible child abuse which will create an electronic SCAR. f.        District Attorney’s office will have the ability to create customizable reports and alerts based on criteria needed to help with cases and decisions made in regards to court cases and as needed.       II.            A child abuse curriculum needs to be created and implemented starting at early education and moving up through high school.  This curriculum needs to be implemented into the foster system and the juvenile hall system as well.  The curriculum should include a discussion on all forms of abuse, from sexual harassment/sexual assault to all types of child abuse that can occur within the home.     III.            Specific changes need to be made within the Child Protective Services to ensure adequate and complete recording. a.      Assign nurses to social workers for house visits and documentation of any abuse to any child. b.      Social workers assigned to Child Protective Services need to be able to handle the caseloads and demonstrate effective investigative and communicative skills. The requirement is 40 hours of in-service training to advance from CSW II to CSW III. c.       If a worker cannot perform their tasks effectively, there needs to be immediate consequences or corrective discipline to ensure the safety of children in their care. d.      Supervisor technique training needs to be provided to all current and future supervisors, to help ensure supervisory skills.  Additionally, they need to also have all the knowledge of working as a Child Protective Services social worker prior to being a supervisor for that department.  e.      Computer systems must be well maintained and updated on a 5-year basis, to the most current technology, to keep up with efficiency. f.        Any fatalities under a social worker must be thoroughly investigated and the worker must be removed from the Child Protective Services department until uptraining is completed and they can prove themselves capable of the position. g.      Mandatory recorded interviews with social worker, nurse, and interviewee.     IV.            Law Enforcement needs to be accountable and understand that child abuse claims are not only important but need to be documented. a.      Any type of child abuse needs to be reported, via the new system, which will generate a SCAR b.      Any call to a scene should include an address lookup to see if there are children residing at the residence and if there are any child abuse reports made, to make sure they have a well-rounded understanding of what they are walking into. c.       The alert for suspected child abuse reports should be reviewed by Special Victims Unit, or a specific unit, to ensure that follow up.       V.            Educational institutes should have the ability to have access to the system and file reports based on extended absences, tardiness or signs of abuse. a.      Teachers should be able to file a SCAR from their desk in their classroom b.      An alert from school should immediately trigger with Law Enforcement and Child Protective Services.     VI.            Doctor’s office will be able to flag and note a child’s record in ways that will flag agencies depending on the situation. a.      Extended absences will be flagged to go directly to school’s attendance office and immediately alert school of extended absence. b.      The doctor can flag any abnormalities that appear to be child abuse that will create a SCAR to alert Child Protective Services of injuries and suspicions.   VII.            All documents pertaining to a deceased child shall be made available, via an amendment to privacy laws, with all redaction markings removed. VIII.            Increase Statute of Limitations for felony child abuse should be increased from 3 years to 6 years. In Many cases, children are not aware that they are victims to begin with. Often, it is not a single event, but consecutive instances over a span of time which requires that the statute be extended to the point where the victim first files a report of abuse.     IX.            Failure to Report Child Abuse should be changed from a straight misdemeanor to a “wobbler” with a 3 or 6-year statute of limitations. Negligence to report abuse is not an acceptable excuse to prevent a child from obtaining criminal action. Purposefully declining or avoiding to file a report of abuse should be met with the more severe penalty.       X.            Children who are in a coma or dying in manners consistent with murder or suspected foul play must undergo autopsy once deceased.     XI.            Mandatory Child Abuse Education classes for all new welfare applicants.   XII.            Adults living in a household, and witnesses to abuse of any minors within that household, who fail to report or try to prevent abuse to minors shall be charged as follows: a.      Non-fatal injury to child - Accomplice to Child Abuse – min. 1-year b.      Child Abuse resulting in fatal injury – Accomplice to Child Abuse resulting in Fatality – min 10 year. 

Gabriel's Justice
8,510 supporters
Petitioning Lindsey Graham, Dick Durbin, Luis Gutierrez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Carlos Curbelo, Judy Chu, Mike Coffman, Jeff Denham, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Zoe Lofgren, Lisa Murkowski, Dianne Feinstein, Jeff Fla...

Support the DREAM ACT of 2017 to Protect Our Dreamers!

SIGNING AND SHARING THIS PETITION ARE THE MOST PRACTICAL ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECT DREAMERS TODAY. Add your signature to this petition and urge your representatives and senators to bring the Dream Act of 2017 to the floor in both houses of Congress RIGHT NOW. Until then, our Dreamers are in jeopardy -- now more than ever. Make no mistake – phasing out DACA has already begun. We don’t have six months to wait. The Dream Act is resurrected! It has a long history in Congress, but no version of it has ever become law. Let's all come together as one, as #TEAMDREAMER, to save our DREAMERS by signing this petition in support of the DREAM ACT of 2017. The Dream Act of 2017 is already a bi-partisan effort.  We need Congress to bring a clean Dream Act bill to the floor that grants PERMANENT LEGAL STATUS to Dreamers - without walls, e-verify or any other stipulations that will negatively affect other immigrants. Opponents of DACA are rationalizing President Trump's decision as a means to an end, toward holding Dreamers hostage in pursuit of their political, legislative or campaign agendas. We cannot allow the dream to end for 800,000 DACA-documented Americans when a practical solution is already in place and ready for a vote. Read more about The Dream Act at UnitedWeStay.org and UnitedWeDream.org.

UnitedWeStay.org
6,578 supporters
URGENT PLEA for Trinh Phan

Dear Friends, Thank you for joining this petition. Your participation is very helpful in drawing attention to Mrs. Phan and her need to be reunited with her mother given her dire medical condition. I have been trying to help Mrs. Phan’s mother get into the United States to see her daughter. In addition to contacting the US Embassy in Vietnam and contacting the State Department, I want you to know that I have also reached out to President Trump to request his assistance. I have urged the President to consider the Nguyen-Phan family’s request with the utmost urgency and compassion. You can read my letter to the President here: http://bit.ly/2vVn1ew Thank you again for adding your voice and demonstrating your support for Mrs. Phan. Sincerely, Zoe Lofgren Member of Congress

10 months ago
Save Net Neutrality

Thank you for joining this important petition. I agree that the FCC’s planned rollback of net neutrality regulations would alter the internet significantly. That’s why, during the previous rulemaking, I sent a letter to then FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlining a path forward for strong net neutrality rules. You can read my full letter here: http://bit.ly/2uSUpjJ As you may already know, the public comment period for FCC’s net neutrality repeal proposal is open until August 17. I would encourage you to submit your comments for the record here: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108 You may also be interested to know that I joined a number of my House Democratic colleagues in signing a letter to Chairman Pai, urging him to retain current rules that classify broadband providers as telecommunications services under Title II of the Communications Act. Our existing net neutrality protections ensure that all users have access to an open and free internet. You have my commitment to continue to fight against any attempts by Republicans to dismantle these crucial regulations. Thank you, Representative Zoe Lofgren

11 months ago
We want to see Trump's tax returns.

Thank you for joining this petition calling for President Trump to release his tax returns, and to Nancy for bringing so much attention to this problem. I agree with you. Examining his tax returns would let us know whether President Trump’s businesses constitute financial conflicts of interest that compromise his ability to act in the public’s interest. On March 27, 2017, I introduced a Privileged Resolution to require Congress to review President Trump’s tax returns to determine whether the President has violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. Unfortunately, Republicans voted to block this resolution from passage. I am a cosponsor of Rep. Pascrell’s resolution of inquiry (H.Res. 186), which would direct the Department of Treasury to provide the House of Representatives with the President’s tax returns from 2006 to 2015. Once again, however, the Republican members of the House Committee on Ways and Means voted to prevent this resolution from reaching the House floor for a vote. Thanks to everyone who signed this petition. Keep up the public pressure on President Trump to release his tax returns! Share this petition with your friends and contact your Representatives! It is time we got to the bottom of the President’s financial entanglements. Representative Zoe Lofgren

1 year ago
Urge Congress to Support Common Sense Rape Survivor Rights

Thanks for joining this petition to support the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act. Sexual assault is serious. We need to help prevent these attacks and must also provide better care for sexual assault survivors who deserve a fair, just system that safeguards their rights and assists them in the judicial process. Last May, Amanda Nguyen contacted me. I learned I was the first Member of the House to actually meet with her and other advocates from RISE. I was touched and inspired by their stories. As the senior woman serving on the House Judiciary Committee, I felt a special responsibility to take action after our meeting. Their voices and advocacy are the reason I was so proud to introduce a bipartisan Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act in June this year. This important legislation will provide survivors of sexual assault with a number of commonsense protections, including access to evidence collection kits and the preservation of collected evidence. The bill, H.R. 5578, also establishes a working group to develop best practices for care and treatment of sexual assault survivors. In record time H.R. 5578 passed by a unanimous voice vote out of the House Judiciary Committee. It now awaits a vote on the House floor. Amanda and other survivors are strong, tough advocates. They have triumphed over those who assaulted them by playing a key role in changing the law for assault survivors. Their work is infinitely more important than us legislators who simply responded to their compelling proposals. We’ve made progress, but the job is not yet done. Your continued support for bringing H.R. 5578 for a vote on the House floor is still needed.

2 years ago