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Petition to Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Hillary Clinton, Doug LaMalfa, Connie Leyva, Donald Wagner, Donald Trump, President Donald Trump, Department of Veterans Affairs, Zoe Lofgren, Human Rights Campaign, Department of Education, Michelle Obama, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Maxine Waters, Xavier Becerra, Young Kim, Tom Young, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Kamala Harris, Melissa Melendez, Melania Trump, Karen Pence, Rex W. Tillerson, Mike Pence, Ben Kalasho, Jeff Sessions, Maria Foscarinis, Megan Hustings, Amy Anderson, Phil Ting, Miguel Santiago, Hilda Solis, Jan Arbuckle, Oscar Villegas, Stephany Aguilar, Phil Ansell, Robert Huff, Ed Royce, Dana Rohrabacher, Raul Ruiz, Darrell Issa, Barbara Lee, Adam Schiff, New York Times, ABC, Democratic National Committee, Facebook, FOX News, FOX Broadcasting Company, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Google, Inc, Twitter, Inc, Microsoft, Mark Zuckerberg, NBC, Republican National Committee, Department of Homeland Security, Bill Quirk, John Garamendi, Eric Swalwell, Jackie Speier, Mike Honda, Scott Peters, Anna Eshoo, Jerry McNerney, Jim Costa, Mark Takano, Jared Huffman, Ken Calvert, Mike Thompson, Alan Lowenthal, Lois Capps, Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Kevin de Leon, United States Department of Labor, Luis Alejo, Live Nation, Linda Sanchez, LinkedIn, Ted Lieu, Carol Liu, Ling Ling Chang, Tony Cardenas, Kristin Olsen, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Cheryl Brown, Adrin Nazarian,, Amazon, Tom McClintock, USA Today, Norma Torres, Tumblr, Karen Bass, Capcom, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Jeff Brown, Joe Buscaino, Cindy Cavanaugh, Curtis Hunt, Kathy Miller, Jacky Morales-Ferrand, Elizabeth Pianca, Stacie Spector, Gail Holland

Unhomeless the Homeless in California

Declare Homelessness State of Emergency in California L.A. County Homeless On any given night, there are over 148,000 homeless people in California - 23% of the entire nation’s homeless population.  Los Angeles County has the second largest population of homeless people of any region in the United States, according to a government report released Wednesday. In Los Angeles, 600,000 people are considered "severely rent burdened," which means they spend half their income on rent. More than 8,000 people became homeless here for the first time last year, according to the 2017 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report. "We are reaching levels of inequality that we have not seen since the Gilded Age," said Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenants Union. The union helps organize tenant boycotts against things like rent increases and gentrification. Los Angeles County's total — 55,188 — was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, 95 percent of people experiencing homelessness in New York City were sheltered, the report found, while only 25 percent of those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles were sheltered in 2017. The HUD report findings were similar to the results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 57,794 — an increase of 23 percent over the previous count. The HUD report found that on one night in January, nearly one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles. According to the report, overall homelessness increased nationwide this year for the first time in seven years, by slightly under 1 percent compared to 2016. On a given night across the country, 553,742 people were homeless, with nearly two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one- third living on the streets, according to the report L.A.'s big increase in homelessness had a significant impact on the national numbers. Between 2016 and 2017, individual homelessness increased by 9 percent (15,540 people) in the nation's major cities. Los Angeles accounted for 60 percent of this increase. According to the report, Los Angeles County ranked: - second nationally in the percent of unsheltered homeless, at 84.3 percent; - first in the number of individuals who are homeless, at 47,082; - first in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth at 5,163; and first in the number of homeless veterans (4,476) and percentage of unsheltered veterans (76.1 percent). California had 134,278 homeless people, and while the Golden State has the nation's largest population, the rate of 34 homeless residents per 10,000 people was twice the national average, according to the report. Of those, 68 percent were living on the streets, by far the worst percentage. The report said half the nation's homeless live in California, New York, Florida, Texas or Washington. Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors.  Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least  134,278 men, women and children -- 10,000 to 12,000 in Downtown, including more than 8,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes. There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities.  In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure. It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is.  The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action. That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis. Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way.  Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice. No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home.  Then Share this petition with your friends on social media to spread the word even further. Thank you for your support.

Lori Jean Siebers
3,600 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to California Board of Parole Hearings

Parole Block for the murderer of Lorraine Ortega

Lorraine Ortega was a loving mother, daughter, sister, tia & friend. She was the life of the party, she was the party. She had this big beautiful smile that warmed your heart. Her hugs made you feel whole. Lorraine was the friend everyone could count on. When her cousin was in a awful car accident, she was right by his side & somehow she managed to help set up a car wash fundraiser for him to help. Lorraine had a big heart. She loved her family so much. Lorraine’s son was shy of turning 3 before his mother was murdered.  On February 6, 1993, Jose Gomez entered the apartment of Lorraine with his common law wife, Cynthia. Jose tied Lorraine up with a phone cord and began to beat her, he then put her in a chokehold. When his actions had not killed her, Jose put her in the bathroom and stabbed both sides of her neck including the jugular vein letting her bleed to death in the tub. Waiting until she died, Jose & Cynthia carried her into the living room placing her badly beaten body on the love seat. He then tried to destroy evidence by placing aerosol cans into the microwave, puncturing a gas line in an attempt to blow up the apartment, & starting a fire on the stove but was unsuccessful. Jose continued to live his life for almost two years before he was arrested. During that time Jose & Cynthia would harass Lorraines family by calling in the middle of the night, at all hours, laughing at Lorraines sisters & mother in public, tormenting the family.   Jose Gomez was convicted of second degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. He will have served only 23 years when he is considered for parole. 

Vanessa Ortega
4,458 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Blue Shield of California Board of Directors

Act like a real nonprofit or give the public back its $10 billion

Nonprofit healthcare organizations that receive big tax benefits are supposed to serve the best interests of the public.  That’s not what’s happening at Blue Shield of California. Up until March of this year, I was Director of Public Policy. But with Blue Shield disregarding its nonprofit duties and senior management refusing to change course, I resigned my position. I now need your help to send a message to Blue Shield that it’s time to either get serious about doing public good or give back to the public the $10 billion in nonprofit funds that they hold.  Blue Shield is not supposed to be like other health insurance companies. Officially, Blue Shield is a nonprofit social welfare organization. And because it promised to serve the public interest, it was granted a tax exemption. But Blue Shield executives run it like a for-profit company: billions in profits, multi-million dollar pay for executives, the same high rates as for-profit insurers--all the while depriving the public of the social welfare benefits taxpayers have paid it to provide. That’s wrong! One solution would be for Blue Shield to relinquish to the public its nonprofit funds so that they could be used to improve community access to healthcare. And there’s precedent for this. In the 1990s, two California nonprofit health insurers that turned away from serving a public interest mission were forced to transfer billions of dollars to public benefit foundations.  The other solution would be for Blue Shield to act like a real nonprofit. Since Blue Shield is sitting on about $10 billion in nonprofit assets, it should be providing about $500 million a year in community benefits--an annual return of 5%, which is standard for nonprofit public benefit foundations. So join with me, and demand that Blue Shield do its duty as a nonprofit or give back to the public the $10 billion in community benefit assets that it holds.

Michael Johnson
14,489 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Jerry Brown

Clemency for River Kessler

River Kessler is a Native American, Christian, horse trainer, and loving wife who became a disabled medically infirm elder while in prison for a crime committed more than fifteen years ago. A jury convicted River of possession of a firearm and sentenced her to 26-years-to-life. This disproportionate sentence is striking given that the prosecutor initially offered River a 4-year plea deal. Since River’s arrest, the legislature passed policy reforms to release similarly situated people. After these reforms, CDCR program and correctional staff approach River and ask, “why are you (still) here?” River spent the last 15 years engaging in a remarkable recovery and transformation process. She processed and healed a series of abandonments and traumas that began in early childhood. River came to terms with growing up in poverty. She realized the effect of not knowing who her father was. She learned how her crimes related to being exposed to substances and sexual violence at a young age.  River deepened her peer counseling skills to pay it forward. She rehabilitated without any major disciplinary infractions or any violence. River demonstrates a sincere commitment to living without drugs or alcohol, turning away from negative influences, leading spiritual and recovery groups, performing community service, and mentoring others. Through healing and spirituality, River accepts responsibility for her destructive behavior and the harm she caused. She learned how to love herself, and how to recognize and respond differently to her triggers. CDCR staff commend River for distinguishing herself through her conduct and dedication to self-improvement. Her husband will provide financial support, housing, and recovery support. River has community support, as reflected by multiple support letters and the signatures on this petition. River deserves to be set at liberty on account of her exemplary conduct, her unusually disproportional sentence of twenty-six years to life, and her healthcare needs as a disabled, medically infirm elder.

River Kessler
5 supporters