Becca's Right to Try - Release the drug that can save her life

My sister is in the fight of her life, and it is not against her cancer. Becca’s Right to Try exists for one reason: to petition AstraZeneca to release the trial drug AZD1775 that could save her life. Rebecca is 35.. On the morning of her wedding rehearsal dinner, sitting just blocks from the wedding venue, Becca completed her first round of chemotherapy for stage IV high grade serous carcinoma at the age of 31. Since then, she has completed over 40 rounds of chemotherapy, undergone major surgery, and participated in two clinical trials. She also has become a wife, an aunt, and a nurse, passing the licensure exam and completing a second bachelor’s degree after numerous 12-hour training shifts—all while enduring the horrific side effects of chemotherapy. One of the trial drugs Becca was on, AZD1775, targeted her specific cell mutation and resulted in her tumors being rendered completely non-detectable. However, she was removed from the drug trial due to the side effects of the high, pre-set trial doses. It has been 9 months since then. The cancer has spread so quickly in that time that it is now in her intestines and has rendered her unable to eat or drink, causing suffering from severe pain all day, every day. Becca weighs 85 pounds. She has a tube in her chest that supplies nutrients directly to her bloodstream. She has a tube down her nose that pulls bile from her stomach. She had a tube in her side to drain fluid from her abdomen, but it was recently removed because it became infected. After 4 years, after treatment cycles at 3 world-renowned cancer centers, after consultations with teams of oncologists from across the country, after chemo and surgery and clinical trials, Becca knows her best chance at the life she dreams of is access to this drug at the correct dose for her, the drug that originally disappeared her cancer. AND THEY WON'T LET HER HAVE IT. After volunteering to personally develop and run her treatment plan while complying with the “Policy on Early Access to Investigational Medicine,” Becca’s doctor petitioned AstraZeneca for early release of the drug. AstraZeneca responded that the trial was still too early in development to have a program for compassionate use at this time.  AZD1775 has been in development since 2009 and has been studied in over 50 clinical trials.  Thousands of Americans are faced with this situation – there might be a drug out there that can save my life, but it is 10-15 years away from FDA approval. Becca is dying. For her, this is her last chance. There is no method by which the government can force a pharmaceutical company to release the drug that can save her. We have to force them. Help us. Help Becca. Please support us in asking AstraZeneca to release AZD1775 by signing and sharing the petition. Becca knows this drug works. Her doctors know it works. She knows her current chemo regimen will not cure her.   She has to try. She has a right to try.

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Make LeVar Burton the next host of Jeopardy!

Between hosting 21 seasons of the educational Reading Rainbow, playing the brainiac engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: the Next Generation, and filling the roll of Kunta Kinte in the ever important mini-series Roots, LeVar Burton has inspired and shaped the minds of several generations of trivia-loving nerds. This petition is to show Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and producers Mike Richards and Harry Friedman just how much love the public has for Burton, and how much we'd all love to see him as the next host of Jeopardy!

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Free Horace Peterson! Michigan man serves life in prison for murder he didn't commit

While 2020 was tough on America, it was particularly tough on Horace Peterson. For 48 years, Peterson has been wrongly incarcerated after being convicted of felony first-degree murder for a crime he didn’t commit. In 1973, a judge sentenced Peterson to life without parole. He robbed a record store in Flint, Michigan. However, during the robbery, his accomplice shot and killed the clerk without him knowing what was going to happen or with him being in the same room of the shooting. He had no idea what was about to happen and his accomplice has recently admitted that to the family. Seven years later, the Michigan Supreme Court reinterpreted the law, ruling prosecutors needed to prove "malice" for felony murder convictions. But that ruling wasn't retroactive. Peterson's family argues that he has been locked up too long. He is now in his late 60s with a daughter, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He also has six siblings, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, who consider him a missing link to the family. They are fighting for his life. Also, in late 2020, he beat COVID-19 and overcame a stroke in addition to losing both parents, David and Ollie V. Peterson, a month apart. It was heartbreaking and he’s ready to come home. If Peterson is released, he will come home to employment, speaking engagements and can use his story as a cautionary tale to save the lives of young men and women. He has been an inspiration to many while mentoring numerous prisoners over the years. Watch as one of the last wishes from his parents was to see him come home.  Please support us as we are fighting to free Mr. Horace Peterson! #136503 Learn more about Peterson's case here. 

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Justice for Ronald Greene

Mr. Ronald Greene was a resident of Monroe, Louisiana. He was a Black man who worked as a barber and had recently gone into remission after battling cancer for two years. He was on his way to meet his wife in Florida when he died shortly after midnight on May 10, 2019 at age 49.  The family of Mr. Greene was not told the truth about what happened by Louisiana State Police. They were told that their son, husband, and friend died from injuries he sustained in a crash after failing to stop for a traffic violation, when in fact his life ended tragically at the hands of Louisiana State Troopers after what can only be described as a brutal murder. His family was denied the truth for nearly two years. As the body camera footage clearly shows, Ronald Greene surrendered and complied with the officers. His words were not combative. He said he was scared, he apologized, and he complied.  Yet he was stunned, shackled, dragged, punched in the face, choked and ultimately killed by troopers who have yet to be held appropriately accountable for their actions. Even while his body was reported to be limp and unresponsive, he was loaded onto an ambulance gurney with an arm cuffed to the bed rail. It took the Louisiana State Police 474 days to launch an internal investigation and none of the troopers have been fired or charged. We also now know that one of the troopers withheld body camera footage.  Nothing about this is acceptable.  The Urban League of Louisiana, the National Urban League, the Baton Rouge Branch of the NAACP, VOTE, and the ACLU of Louisiana demand that action be taken immediately. It is too late for the actions to be swift - but it is not too late for the officers to be held accountable and for the state of Louisiana to demonstrate that all of its residents are deserving of justice and to be treated with dignity and humanity. Every trooper present the night of Mr. Greene’s murder are culpable. No one has been held accountable for the murder or the systemic failures that allowed for the coverup. We, and those who sign this petition call for: All troopers involved to be immediately terminated. There has been limited discipline against some of the troopers but it is not enough. Every day that any trooper involved in this horrendous incident remains on the job is an injustice to the family and to all residents of Louisiana. All troopers involved must be terminated. All troopers to be arrested on charges that are appropriate for the crimes committed. There have been no charges thus far, after two years since Mr. Greene’s murder. The officers involved, named and unnamed, must be arrested immediately. **Please note that if you make a donation through this petition it will not go to the Urban League of Louisiana or its partners.**

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INNOCENT MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE PLUS 20 YEARS! Help us get Peter Adams home!

INNOCENT MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE PLUS 20 YEARS, STILL IN PRISON AFTER 18 YEARS.     Peter Adams was arrested on November 21, 2001, charged with first-degree murder and gun charges esteeming from the murder of a white man in Baltimore City on December 16, 1998. Three years after the murder took place, Leon Wilkerson, who was from the same neighborhood as Peter, which is where the victim was killed, was arrested for drugs. To secure bail, Wilkerson gave a statement to homicide detectives indicating Peter as the person who killed the victim.    Although Wilkerson wrote a letter to his attorney one month prior to Peter's trial, informing him that he did not really eyewitness Peter do anything, he would still testify, the state still chose to try Peter for the murder. There wasn't any physical evidence linking Peter to the murder. In fact, none of the fingerprints taken from the crime scene matched Peter's, and despite this, along with (3) alibi witnesses testifying that Peter was in the house with them at the time of the murder, Peter was convicted of first-degree murder, gun charges, and sentenced to LIFE plus 20 years.    During the trial, Peter's attorney asked the detective on the stand if anyone else came forward with information regarding this murder, to which the detective testified "NO". However, 8 years after the trial, Peter filed a petition to receive a copy of his homicide file, where he came across several notes taken by the detective who testified that no one else came forward with information. These notes not only contradicted the State's theory at trial, but they also cleared Peter as the person who killed the victim. These notes were never turned over to the defense prior to trial.     Peter has maintained his innocence since day one! He even declined the opportunity to plead guilty and receive 10 years, because he did not want to plead guilty to a crime that he did not commit! He has been robbed of 18 years with his children and family. We are asking for your signature in support of justice as we ask the courts to overturn the conviction of this innocent man Peter Adams and release him from prison. Please like and follow his "Free Peter Adams" page on Facebook and Twitter "@FreePeterAdams" for more details on this case. Thank you for your support!  Sincerely, The Family of Peter Adams #FreePeterAdams FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/FreePeterAdams/ TWITTER: https://www.twitter.com/FreePeterAdams CASE INFORMATION: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6iXIZRNmPKkbFNfSW5EazFyaHc/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6iXIZRNmPKkNjhfTUM3T0lzQVU/view?usp=sharing

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Justice for Daunte Wright

20 year old man Daunte Wright was murdered by Minneapolis-area police.  He was pulled over for having an air freshener obstructing the view of his rear view mirror.  The officers refused to tell him why he got pulled over, so he got back in his car to drive away, and they shot him. The car traveled several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. He died at the scene of the crash. His body was left on the street for hours by the police.  He was a father to a two year old.  Help get Daunte Wright and his family justice. 

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Keep Kids Safe: Pass Button Battery Legislation Now

I remember being on the floor begging God. ‘Please don’t take her. Not my baby.’ This time she was lifeless, she was blue, and she was no longer with us. I can’t begin to describe the feeling of losing a child or the pain we live with every day… As a mom, I cannot tell you the cost to add safer closures to products with button batteries. ​I can, however, confidently speak to the cost of not having these safety measures in place. My daughter, Reese, swallowed a button battery in October 2020; she endured countless surgeries and scopes and was intubated under sedation for 40 days.  Reese lost her fight on December 17, 2020, at just 18 months old. Every day we are reminded of just how much our family lost - through countless tears when we find something of Reese’s when least expected and sleepless nights seeing her face in our dreams. The greatest cost of all, though, is missing the brightest light in our lives and the immense pain that no family should have to endure.  There were 4000 button battery ingestions reported in the U.S. in 2020.  It is estimated that only 11% of all cases are reported, meaning this is happening to 36,000 children annually. This can be prevented. Australia recently passed National standards related to button battery safety in consumer products. The US should have the same  mandatory safe industry standards.  I am asking for your support of a bill to protect all of our children from injury and death related to button cell battery ingestion. Legislation will call for national standards related to consumer products with button batteries, specifically:  ● Button cell battery compartments of all consumer products to be secured, to the greatest extent practicable, in a manner that reduces access to button cell batteries by children that are 3 years of age or younger. ● Warning labels that clearly identify the hazard of ingestion, instructs consumers to keep new and used batteries out of the reach of children and to seek immediate medical attention if a battery is ingested on all consumer products with button batteries and on the batteries themselves.  What happened to Reese can be prevented from happening to others. Help us change the standards to keep all children safe from the dangers of button battery ingestion.

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Tell Gray Television to grant a co-copyright to help me fight YouTube.

My beautiful daughter Alison, a journalist for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, VA was murdered on live television in 2015.  For years now, I have been fighting Google to remove the video of her murder from YouTube.  Google, along with Facebook and Instagram are protected from any liability thanks to a law called Section 230 for which the only exception is for copyright violation.  I appeared on 60 Minutes on January 3rd and described how my life has been affected by Google's ongoing injurious practice.  As I said in my interview, Google's original motto was "Don't be evil".  Now, they are the personification of just that. Equally as immoral is Gray Television, a media conglomerate with major network affiliates across the country.  In late 2015 Gray purchased WDBJ and now owns the copyright to that infamous video.  My legal team at Georgetown University Law has asked Gray repeatedly for co-copyright use that would enable us to sue Google for damages.  A co-copyright agreement would in no way subject Gray to any legal liability.  We cannot legally compelled them, only ask that they do the right thing.  Until 230 is repealed, it's our only recourse to hold Google accountable.   Sadly, Gray repeatedly either refuses or ignores our pleas to grant this request, cynically offering only a worthless usage license--useful only if we wanted to re-broadcast Alison's murder.  As pernicious as Google is, Gray is worse.  I seek your help and ask that you beseech Gray to do the decent thing and provide me the means to bring a modicum of justice to these sociopaths who endanger lives and democracy while monetizing murder videos.   Thanks for your help!   Andy Parker

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Medical health registry for Camp LeJeune water contamination for Marine and Navy Personnel

Nearly 900,000 Marine Corps and Navy Veterans were poisoned while stationed at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina. Thousands of the veterans that served during 1953-1987 are deceased due to the nature of the contamination at Camp Lejeune. The toxins were knowingly dumped in the water that we drank, bathed in and cooked with, without us knowing it was happening.  We the Veterans of the United States Marine Corps and Navy are concerned about delayed access to health-care and disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Health issues are not being addressed by ASTDR and the VA. As of now there are only 15 diseases that are recognized due to the water toxins, and of those only 8 are recognized for healthcare and disability benefits.  We believe that if we had a health registry like, blue water, burn pits, agent orange, and the 2011 earthquake of Japan it would show there are more diseases that are linked to the water contamination. Then maybe ASTDR, the VA and the CDC would further investigate and study our related health issues, so the thousands of Marines and Navy Veterans that are being denied their claims can get approved. The United States Marine Corps and Navy Veterans served their country with honor and dignity and now we are asking for all our representatives to help us get this Medical Health Registry approved                                                                       Respectfully,                                      Mr & Mrs Brian Amburgey &  Mr & Mrs Daniel Bailey                 

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Afghan & Iraqi Translators Saved American Lives. Tell Congress to Recognize them as Heroes

Visit www.nooneleft.org to learn more. Afghan interpreter Janis Shinwari saved 5 U.S. soldier's lives while serving as an interpreter for 8 years. In Iraq and Afghanistan, translators serve alongside the US military and are essential to keeping us safe and helping us do our mission. And they do so at the risk of being targeted by the Taliban, including their families. Janis is not the exception. There are many translators who have saved American lives on the battlefield. Like Fred, who saved 25 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Supporters had to crowdfund the money to fly him and his family to the US before the Taliban killed him. After serving, Steeler's Offensive Tackle and Army Ranger Alejandro Villaneuva worked hard to get his Afghan translator here. After serving alongside our military, many translators received SIV’s or Special Immigrant Visas, so they could relocated to the United States. Unfortunately, they are not considered veterans. We are asking Congress to honor its promise to our wartime allies. We want them to be treated as the heroes they are when they finally come here after years of screening by the State Department, Defense Department, and Department of Homeland Security. We are not asking for VA benefits. This is an innovative idea that comes at no cost to the taxpayer and requires no new regulations.  Best of all, we have bipartisan support!  Yes, people in D.C. can agree on the same thing.   Since at least World War 2, the United States has a very checkered history of honoring our promises to our wartime allies. Yes, big alliances like NATO matter, but it is the friendships and trust at the individual level that is our greatest diplomatic tool. The world knows that we didn't fully take care of the Filipino soldiers that helped us in World War 2, the Koreans during the Korean War, the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, and now the brave men and women from Afghanistan and Iraq who risked everything to stand shoulder to shoulder with us. With your help, we can change this. We need your voice to get this to the Senate floor. It's time the American people demand our representatives to stand shoulder to shoulder with those that saved American lives. 

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