Petition to Ernie Chambers, Adam Morfeld, Patty Pansing Brooks
Support the Morfeld, Chambers, and Pansing Brooks Amendments to LB46, Nebraska
Recognizing that 1,825 children are abused and neglected each day, that there are at least four child maltreatment fatalities each day, and that there are at least 9.2 victims per 1,000 children (American SPCC, 2017), we believe that child abuse awareness and prevention is a serious issue which deserves attention and support in Nebraska. Recognizing that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men are victims of rape and sexual assault in their lives, that 60% of reported rapes involve victims under the age of 18, that youths aged 12-17 are two to three times more likely to be victims than adults, that 82% of victims are assaulted or raped by someone they know, and that a rape is reported in the US about once every 5 minutes (Rape Treatment Center, 2017), we further believe that rape culture awareness and prevention is a serious issue which deserves attention and support in Nebraska. Thus, we, the undersigned, support the proposed amendments to LB46 by Senators Chambers, Pansing Brooks, and Morfeld. We, the undersigned, urge the Nebraska Legislature to stand up for victims of rape, sexual assault, child abuse, and neglect by supporting honest and accurate license plate options in Nebraska that contribute to the Nebraska Child Abuse Prevention Fund. References: American SPCC. (2017). Child abuse statistics: Statistics and facts about child abuse in the US (webpage). Retrieved from http://americanspcc.org/child-abuse-statistics/ Rape Treatment Center. (2017). Facts and quotes: Statistics (webpage). Retrieved from http://www.911rape.org/facts-quotes/statistics Referenced Bill and Amendments: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=31032 Petition Written by Board of Suit Up Nebraska http://www.suitupnebraska.org/
Petition to Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Texas Governor
Pass a Rebuttal Presumption of 50/50 bill in Texas
-----Texas Residents Only---- We, the parents and constituents of Texas, insist that our state government officials help align the Texas Family code with what modern research says is in the best interest of the child. We expect our representatives to support legislation which allows most children to have equal access parents who are fit, willing and able. As the best interest of the child is always paramount, we likewise insist that the safeguards and protections for children that are currently in place be respected and utilized to keep children safe from unfit parents. While at the same time, we insist that children be allowed the benefits of equal access to both parents, when such protections are unnecessary. We ask you to review the current data and studies that show equal shared parenting is in the child's best interest. We ask you to request any data from the opposition that shows the current system has the same benefits as equal shared parenting. It is our stance that no data exists to support the oppositions stance. We ask you to consider the following facts: 1. Child custody and child support are two separate statues in the Texas Family Code. A noncustodial parent asking for equal shared parenting would have no financial gain. 2. Studies have shown that equal shared parenting lowers the conflict between parents. It removes the winner / loser concepts that are set forth in our current family code. 3. Studies and experts have supported equal shared parenting and the benefits it has on the healthy development of children. Studies have also confirmed that single parent homes have had a negative impact on our society. 4. The US Supreme Court has recognized the fundamental right of parents is to the "care, and management of their children." 5. Opponents of equal shared parenting repeatedly state that one size parenting plans do not fit all cases. We ask then, that you remove the assumption that the current Standard Possession order should be applied to all cases where parents cannot agree on a more expansive parenting plan that gives the children quality and constant contact with both parents. Please put Texas children first.
Petition to Biogen Idec, Michel Vounatsos, Biogen
Without Spinraza, Zahra will die
By signing this petition, you are literally saving Zahra’s life. Zahra, a 6 years old girl, has been diagnosed with a rare disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy ("SMA"), which is a terminal, degenerative disease, that takes away a child’s ability to walk, stand, sit, eat, breathe, and even swallow. SMA is the most common genetic cause of infant death. HOWEVER, a new medication, SPINRAZA™ (nusinersen), not only can stop the disease, it will restore the previous degeneration. Unfortunately, Spinraza is VERY expensive, costing $750,000 USD! Without SPINRAZA™ (nusinersen), Zahra will die. All you have to do in order to help Zahra is to simply sign this petition requesting Biogen, the company which makes SPINRAZA™, to ease Zahra's access to this medication by either reducing the price or any other way possible to save her life. Please follow Zahra on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaveZahraD #SaveZahra Zahra's family is working hard to save their little one, but without this drug nothing will save Zahra. To learn more about Zahra and her story please click on the link below: http://savezahrad.ir/ Dear Biogen company, please gift Zahra the compassionate use of SPINRAZA™ (nusinersen) or at lower prices before it is too late. Please support Zahra's family so that this little girl can start her treatment as soon as possible. No kid in this world deserves to be left to gradually or eventually die. Please help saving Zahra's life.
Petition to Bill Partyka
Tell Gerber: Get the Arsenic Out of Babies’ Cereal!
Arsenic is a toxin proven to cause cancer. It can also permanently harm a child’s ability to learn. One of the biggest sources of children’s Arsenic exposure is infant rice cereal. This is why Healthy Babies Bright Futures started a petition to tell Gerber, a leading producer of infant foods, to reduce the arsenic in our children’s rice cereal. Infant rice cereal is one of babies’ first foods, and naturally occurring arsenic in rice can be harmful for a growing baby’s brain. In fact, studies have found arsenic in every container of rice cereal that has been tested and it is the #1 source of arsenic for babies. Gerber has already demonstrated that they can be a leader in this effort to make rice cereal safer. Just last year, the company took its infant brown rice cereal off the market (brown rice has the highest arsenic levels). Now, we’re calling on Gerber to cut down the level of arsenic to 25 ppb – a level comparable to amounts our tests found in its multi-grain infant cereal. We believe parents should be able to feed their baby a spoonful of cereal without worrying about whether it could be a risk. It’s time for Gerber to take action. If you agree that Gerber should help parents protect their child’s ability to learn and thrive, please sign and share this petition. Tell Gerber it’s time to cut the arsenic in our babies’ cereal!
Petition to Nickelodeon, Viacom, Robert M. Bakish, Layla Lewis, Mark Cheng, Netflix
Bring old kids TV shows back for the children of today
Summary: With the lack of attention that older cartoons face, most of them get pushed into the vaults of the past where they're forgotten forever. One prime example is Nickelodeon and its programs under the Nick Jr banner. Modern children deserve a chance to learn from and be entertained by kid shows of the past.Personal story: As a child, I grew up with children's television shows like Blue's Clues, Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans, Lazytown, and so many others. There are other people who, like myself, grew up with these shows and others. And there are people, like myself, who enjoy watching shows for a younger demographic because of either the memories they had, or to share their childhood memories with their children or younger relatives. Not to mention that the mentioned shows and all the rest of them still have lessons to be taught, lessons that children can hold on to for life.The issue: For years, children's television was made to both educate and entertain the young people of the family. But as time goes on and the techniques used to create these kinds of shows improves, the memories of the past fades with time. But some of these memories of watching your favorite TV shows from the old days last for a lifetime, and these memories should be preserved. For example, many people have fond memories of watching the show Lazytown, but the four season long show, which taught the importance of being active and eating healthy among other topics, never saw a DVD release in the United States. Another example, the show Little Bill was pretty much forgotten about when it ended its run on television. The show also taught important life lessons to children, such as Family Dynamics and Friendship Skills. How could the general public forget about the values of these shows and many others? And to add to the case, the fact that The Rugrats Movie was on Netflix, a film owned by Nickelodeon and Viacom, when Viacom has no current contract with Netflix to stream their content to viewers, and to top it off, Viacom has a current contract with Hulu and Amazon to air their content on their respective platforms, and the Rugrats movie was on Netflix during the current contract. If Netflix can get away with that, then why can't they simply agree with negotiable terms with Viacom to air their shows and movies? And to rub salt into the wound, metaphorically speaking, Hulu and/or Amazon charge subscribers $1.99 just to watch ONE EPISODE of ANY Nick Jr shows at a time! If that's not highway robbery, I don't know what is!Take action! I believe that these memories, as well as the memories of shows for kids that recently got their run ended or cancelled, should be preserved for various reasons. One of which is the lessons they teach. For example, their were several airing of a commercial featuring a child who was too lazy to get up and do things on his own, including walking his dog and getting a grape soda himself, or even turn off a light by walking to the switch and turning it off. This issue could easily be solved by re-airings of Lazytown, plus, if these shows are not brought back for the children of today, then children may just not be able to learn the lessons they teach and may, though theoretically, lose the key to unlocking all the magic. Let both Viacom and Nickelodeon know that you care, and want to see your old favorite children's television programs become available on platforms that you have and/or can afford.
Petition to Paul D. Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Representative Tom Cole
Help me protect my child from the man who tried to kill me
A judge tells a woman she is going to have to co parent with the man who tried to kill her. Experts say “this child was sexually abused.” The court awards the abuser custody. A judge acknowledges that a father abused a child, but says that the mother's attempt to save the child is worse, so the abusive father is given custody. It sounds impossible, but it happens every day. Every year, 58,000 good, protective parents find themselves either coparenting or losing custody to a dangerous parent. 58,000 children every year sentenced to unimaginable suffering. Federal Resolution H. Con 72 will help fix this, by recommending states adopt a “health and safety” standard, which leaves no room for tolerating abuse, and that courts have a minimal understanding of domestic violence and child abuse. Stand up for 58,000 children today and sign this petition because one child is too many.
Petition to Pope Francis
Remove Cardinal Wuerl Now
In recent days it has been revealed that as Bishop of Pittsburgh, Cardinal Wuerl was aware of the abuse of minors that occurred in the Diocese, yet he remained silent and offered monetary incentives to clergy to lie about what they knew. As Bishop of Pittsburgh, Cardinal Wuerl did not act with moral courage to remove predator priests from public ministry. Decades later, his failure to lead has scandalized the Church. Given the result of a two-year grand jury investigation into widespread sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, and the revelation of Cardinal Wuerl's systematic cover-up, we ask Pope Francis to remove him as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington. In this #MeToo era, it is unconscionable that a Cardinal who played a role in the conspiracy of silence and cover-up of clergy abuse of minors should remain in leadership. The Catholic Church in America is facing its own #MeToo moment. It is time to restore justice to the wounded and regain the trust of the faithful by removing all tainted clergy from positions of leadership in the Church.
Petition to Department of Justice, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson, Flint City Council
FLINT, MI: Justice for Tatiana Brown and Ashyrinta Clemons
Early on the morning of August 26th, 2017, two 13-year-olds, Tatiana Brown and Ashyrinta Clemons were struck and killed by a maroon colored vehicle heading north on Saginaw St in Flint, MI. The driver fled the scene but later, after police recovered his car, turned himself in. The driver was later released because the City of Flint Police Department was unable to perform a proper investigation in a timely matter “due to understaffing.” The City of Flint, MI, a city of 100,000 residents has just ONE officer that handles traffic accidents (ONE!!) and average response times for priority-one 911 calls (shootings, stabbings, domestic violence) sits at an average of over 58 minutes as of July 2017. Flint Chief of Police Timothy Johnson explained, “we're gonna have to expand the Traffic Bureau, we're gonna have to do some hiring and they're gonna have to give us more police officers," he said. "I don't know where they're gonna get the money from. I don't know what budget they're gonna have to take it from, but we need more Flint Police Officers to be able to service the citizens like we do." To date, the man suspected of running down these two children still walks free. The Flint Police say that it could be 6 MONTHS or more before they're even able to complete an investigation. This is unacceptable. No family should have to suffer from this kind of negligence. The City of Flint, a city that stole the National spotlight over it's water crisis, has not only failed to deliver its residents safe clean drinking water, but has failed to deliver even the most basic level of policing. Please join in demanding expeditious justice for the families of Tatiana Brown and Ashyrinta Clemons and in calling upon Flint City Council to answer for this injustice.