children's rights

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Update posted 6 hours ago

Petition to Amador County Community Development Agency

Stop Plymouth Cell tower from being built next door to baby

Dear Caring Reader, Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter and to sign our petition. My husband and I moved to Amador County from Rancho Cordova to our dream home during the fall of 2015. I was pregnant at the time with our daughter who is now one. We envisioned raising a family in this quiet rural setting and we were overjoyed when we were able to close on the property. It was a fixer-upper but that only made it more enticing because it meant we could build our American Dream, our way (my husband is a Veteran).  On Saturday July 1, 2017, three days before Independence Day on July 4th, we received a notice from Amador County Community Development Agency Planning Department of a proposed 136’ tall Microwave/Cellular tower to be built on the property immediately adjacent to ours, or better said… A looming tower just feet away from our daughter’s nursery blasting microwave and cellular emissions 24/7 leaving us without the ability to turn it off! When we purchased the property we were aware of a cell phone tower in Sutter Creek and an additional tower nearby on Willow Creek Road. Since we relocated here we have had no issues with cellular service (AT&T, Verizon or Net10) or the internet which is provided by local businesses.  After researching the issue we have found that this tower is part of the FCC’s Connect America Phase II which subsidizes companies to expand their cellular and internet service. However our area is not even eligible for said service. To add insult to injury the tower currently on Willow Creek Road has vacancies and in fact is a more suitable site. This tower is only 3,000 feet away from the proposed site, and actually sits at a higher elevation.  It is also interesting to note that the proposed tower for some reason is exempt from environmental standards (CEQA)!  Ironically, regarding our daughter’s health, our own health and the health of our neighbors and their grazing livestock, upon further research we were absolutely dumbfounded to find that in 1996 the Government passed a law that does not allow counties to deny permits to cell companies based on health concerns.  I cannot understand how in this great country of ours how a person’s health (or an animal’s in the food chain for that matter) is not taken into account especially when that risk concerns a young growing child’s! I personally feel that this tower is an assault on my family’s welfare, property value, peace and security…an assault on our American Dream.  So, if health is off the table for the sake of argument let’s touch upon the fact that property values around these antennas drop by an average of 40 percent as compared to other similar properties without an antenna. Simply put, would you choose to live next to such an eyesore?  We love living here and do not want to move, nor can we afford to. We have put everything, including many hours of blood, sweat and tears into our little piece of America.  We have formed many relationships with our neighbors who also relocated to this area for the rural setting, family values and the amazing views.  Please help us in our fight to protect our dream, for in the larger scheme of things it is your dream too.  We along with our neighbors will be at the public hearing September 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the County Administration Center, 810 Court Street, Jackson, California. Epic wireless will be answering the commissioners questions about co-location at the existing site.  They will be making a decision on whether to approve a use permit at that meeting.  Please feel free to attend.  Thank You, The Somerville’s

Mercedes Somerville
394 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to President of the United States, U.S. Senate, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Greg Abbott, Joe Kennedy

"Make Large Employer Self-Funded Plans cover ABA Therapy for Autism"

Hello, my name is Amy and I am a single mother of twin 6 yr old boys diagnosed with autism.  When one of my sons was 2 years old I began to notice changes in his behavior and mannerisms that caused me concern.  I had had him evaluated and he was diagnosed with autism at age 3.  His twin was diagnosed 6 months later.  Both of my sons have challenging behaviors and desperately need Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and other therapies to treat their autism.  However, my very large, national and multi-billion dollar employer is self-funded and has denied coverage for their services in violation of the ADA (Americans w/Disabilities Act) and ERISA/MHPAEA (Mental Health Parity Act)  As a result, I am pursuing a litigation against my employer hoping to compel it to cover my sons’ ABA therapy.  I have also asked the Court to compel my employer to cover ABA therapy for the rest of the children of my fellow employees and to rule that it is a violation of federal law for my health insurance plan to exclude ABA therapy.  We have won some notable rulings but trial is almost a year away, and me and my children need your help!  Autism is not curable BUT it is so treatable with the right therapy.  ABA is the primary therapy accepted by the medical community to treat autism.  It needs to be provided intensely and as early as possible to give children like mine and my fellow employees a chance for best possible outcomes.  Unfortunately, after 2 years of fighting, my employer continues to stand its ground and deny ABA services to my children and the rest of the children of its employees. When asked by my legal team why I was choosing to take a stand against my huge employer my response was this.  "I am fighting for my son's who don't have a voice, the other families in my company and the autism community across the world.  Litigation is expensive and my children have not gotten the ABA and other therapies that they need while I pursue this fight on behalf of everyone!   They've missed almost 2 precious years and have regressed in so many ways.  Please help me in getting the word out there to have this changed.  We have State Mandates but no Federal Mandates to protect anyone with ERISA/Self-Funded Plans. Help spread the word and God bless!  

Amy Whitley
297 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to António Guterres, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Venezuelan Children Need Your Help | Los Niños en Venezuela Necesitan tu Ayuda

The Venezuelan government has been and continues to be negligent in guaranteeing a life of dignity to minors. Today 26 articles of The International Convention on the Rights of the Child are being flagrantly infringed. The situation is appalling, particularly for the most vulnerable.  Among the most pressing issues are: Hunger and malnutrition - 56% of children younger than 5 are malnourished, and 11.4% are at high risk of death because of it; Collapsed medical system and a deadly medicine shortage - Children with critical conditions go without treatments for weeks, even months. There has been a dramatic increase in child mortality, most victims of preventable or easily treatable diseases; Dramatic increase of abandoned children living in the streets - without a governmental entity looking after them; Systematic violations to the freedom of speech, and the right to protest including murder - approx. 20 adolescents were killed in demonstrations earlier this year; State prohibition for international humanitarian assistance and aid - supplies are blocked or confiscated. Help us urge the United Nations to: Demand the opening of a Humanitarian Aid Channel to help mitigate the severe crisis. Send International Observers to record and verify first hand that the state is implementing actionable measures in accordance to treaties and signed conventions;  Enact sanctions against government officials responsible for weak, ineffective and/or unjust policies. Sign and share this petition. #SaveVenezuelanChildren Thank you, Red Activista x Venezuela, DC-VA-MD (Pro Human Rights Advocacy Group) ------------------- El Gobierno Venezolano es negligente en garantizar una vida digna a los menores de nuestro país. Actualmente se violan por lo menos 26 artículos de La Convención Internacional sobre los Derechos del Niño. La situación es alarmante, especialmente para los más vulnerables. Entre los problemas más graves se encuentran: Hambre y desnutrición - 56% de niños menores de 5 años presentan signos de desnutrición, 11.4% corren riesgo de muerte. Sistema médico colapsado y grave déficit de medicinas - menores con enfermedades críticas esperan semanas y hasta meses por tratamientos. En los últimos años, la taza de mortalidad infantil ha aumentado dramáticamente por enfermedades prevenibles o fáciles de tratar. Proliferación de niños abandonados en las calles - sin una entidad gubernamental que se haga responsable y los cuide; Agresión física y psicológica hacia los que se han presentado en las protestas de los últimos 4 meses - incluso el asesinato de aproximadamente 20 menores de edad; Prohibición de la entrada de ayuda humanitaria internacional por parte del gobierno. Ayúdanos a instar a las Naciones Unidas a: Que exijan la apertura de un Canal Humanitario que responda a las necesidades básicas o de urgencia. Que se permita la visita de Comisiones Internacionales para observar y verificar el cumplimiento de los tratados, pactos y convenciones a las que está adscrita Venezuela, y que se exija el cumplimiento de los mismos. Que se apliquen sanciones a los funcionarios del gobierno que no desarrollen acciones efectivas en la esfera de sus atribuciones, para los cargos que ocupan en relación a esta materia. Porfavor firma y comparte esta petición. Gracias, Red Activista x Venezuela, DC-VA-MD (Agrupación abogada a la defensa de los Derechos Humanos)

Red Activista x Venezuela
1,254 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to State Bar of Texas

Disbar Nona Matthews for Using and Abusing Children for Profit

En el fondo es en Espanol...   Above you will see a picture of Attorney, Ms. Nona Matthews. Our 12 year old son was the victim of her flagrant abuse and egregious decisions four years ago and he continues to be victimized by Ms. Nona Matthews for flagrant abuse of law.  Texas Attorney, Nona Matthews (Bar Code 00787982), represents school districts in the state of Texas regarding issues arising from the mistreatment of disabled students across the state. IMPORTANT: THE MAJORITY OF THIS ACTIVITY HAPPENED UNDER HEAVY SEAL IN THE LOWER FEDERAL COURT. JUDGE JOHN MCBRYDE DID NOT EVEN ALLOW THE FAMILY (CASE PARTICIPANTS) ACCESS TO THEIR OWN COMPLAINT. IT WASN'T UNTIL WE GOT TO 5TH CIRCUIT THAT WE COULD SEE ALL OF NONA MATTHEWS' ILLEGAL ACTIVITY.  She is well known for being extremely unethical in redacting factual information from records to cover the truth. She is doing this under deception of using the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act also known as the acronym FERPA. The Act was created to conceal the child's identifiable information and NOT to be used to conceal the actual facts crucial to the knowledge of events in the judicial system. Redacting and covering those facts in records is unethical and does not allow justice to be served. It is deception. Nona also TAMPERS with evidence and changes government documents, blatantly lies and commits subornation of perjury. In Federal Court, she did much of this under heavy seal that even the family (case participants) were not allowed to access her illegal activity until well after the fact. This is all a fun game to NONA MATTHEWS - what's worse is that she intentionally and deliberately did this as a FACT WITNESS and decision maker to a disabled child harming a child permanently.   A good case is fought by the laws that protect the school districts, not by unethical acts Ms. Nona Matthews takes in hiding the truth ultimately harming disabled children and the judicial process further that is to fairly protect all as our legal system was intended to do.  Presently, we have a case in our legal system that she is doing much of the same to the ultimate harm of our minor young son that has continually been harmed by her tactics including making intentionally CRUEL and FALSE allegations in her briefs. It is deplorable and preventing justice from taking place. Ms. Nona Matthews also redacted facts that we took to the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School District School Board Grievance against the school district's Vice Principal Damon Emery for committing perjury in a Texas Education Agency Hearing also known as TEA. Ms. Nona Matthews redacted facts in order that the school board was not able to see what actually took place. Her acts have prevented justice from being served in the legal court system as well and she continues to do these extremely unethical acts to the detriment of many Disabled children across the state of Texas and to the detriment of justice being served. She has done this in legal filings in the court system as well. This is one of many very unethical acts she has taken in the TEA Hearings and the U.S. Court system including intentionally misrepresenting facts as she biasly protects herself for poor decisions she made. A good attorney fights with good caselaw and the laws set up by our country to protect the rights of all people with a fair, ethical, unbiased court proceeding. Harming children with these unethical acts is inexcusable and deplorable. These unethical acts have harmed Autistic children, children with ADHD and other learning disabilities in the schools across the state of Texas.  Additionally, Ms. Nona Matthews has also intervened with the Texas Education Agency Investigation team by asking certain TEA employees not to investigate complaints brought by parents for the safety of their children. She is doing this to protect her own bad decisions as well as unethically intervening with the Texas Education Agency investigations that are to protect children and teachers both. We ask that the process is allowed to go through without Ms. Nona Matthews unethical interventions.  We ask that Ms. Nona Matthews be fully investigated and disbarred for flagrant abuse of the law.  She has made thousands of dollars winning cases illegally. There are many that can attest to this as you will see in the comment section of this petition. Please sign our petition to help have Ms. Nona Matthews removed from the judicial system to prevent her from further harming Texas DISABLED CHILDREN and the legal system from doing the work it was intended to do to bring fair, ethical justice for all.   PETITIONING FOR CHANGE AND PLAYING FOR CHANGE!  Please sign this petition with ONE click on behalf of our son and all children's disability rights...we NEED Change for these children!!   IF YOU ARE NEW TO THIS PETITION, PLEASE READ THROUGH THE UPDATES.    Arriba veran un foto de la abogada Sra. Nona Matthews.  Nuesto hijo de 12 años fue la victica de su flagrante abuso y de sus decisiones atroces de hace cuatro años y el continua siendo victimizado por la Sra. Nona Matthews por su atroz abuso de la ley.  La abogada de Texas, Nona Matthews (numbero de barra de abogados 00787982). IMPORTANTE;  LA MAYORIA DE ESTA ACTIVIDAD SE LLEVO A CABO BAJO CIERRE INTENSIVO (LOS EXPEDIENTES NO ESTAN DISPONIBLES AL PUBLICO) EN LA CORTE BAJA FEDERAL.  EL JUEZ JOHN MCBRYDE NO LE PERMITIO EL ACCESO A LOS EXPEDIENTES NI SIQUIERA A LA FAMILIA.  ESTO ACERCA DE SU (DE LA FAMILIA) PROPIA QUEJA!  NO FUE SINO HASTA QUE LLEGAMOS AL CIRCUITO QUINTO QUE PUDIEMOS VER TODA LA ACTIVIDAD ILEGAL DE NONA MATTHEWS. Ella es muy bien conocida por su falta extrema de etica al redactar informacion objetiva de expedientes que abarquen la verdad.  Ella esta haciendo esto bajo engaño al usar  el Acta de los Derechos Educacionales y de Privacidad tambien conocida for sus siglas en Ingles FERPA.  El acta fue creada para sellar (mantener inaccesible) la informacion identificable del niño y NO para ser usada para sellar (esconder) los propios hecho cruciales para tener conocimiento de los eventos en el sistema judicial.  Redactando y encubriendo esos hecho en los expedientes carece de etica y no permite que se haga justicia.  Es un engaño. Nona tambien altera (falsifica) la evidencia y cambia documentos del gobierno, descaradamente miente e instiga a cometer perjurio.  En la corte federal hizo mucho de esta bajo sello (con expedientes que no son accesibles) que ahun la family (participantes del caso) no se les dio acceso a su actividad ilegal sino hasta mucho despues de los hechos.  Todo esto es un juego divertido para NONA MATTHEWS - lo peor es que ella intencionalmente y a proposito hizo esto siendo un TESTIGO DE LOS HECHOS y siendo una de las personas que tomarian una decision respecto a un niño con una discapacidad, dañando al niño permanentemente. Un buen caso (a favor de un niño) es combatido por las leyes que protegen a los distritos escolares y no deberian ser combatiodos con hechos sin etica de la Sra. Nona Matthews quien oculta la verdad y a final de cuentas daña a niños discapacitados y al proceso judicial cuyo objetivo es proteger justamente a todos.  Hoy en dia, tenemos un caso en nuestro sistema legal al cual ella le esta haciendo mucho de lo mismo lo cual, a final de cuentas, termina dañando a nuestro hijo menor quien ha sido continuamente lastimado por las tacticas de ella, inclyendo haciendo alegatos FALSOS y CRUELES en sus informes.  Esto es deplorable y esta previniendo que se haga justicia. La Sra. Nona Matthews tambien redaca hecho que llevamos a junta de quejas del distrito escolar Hurst-Euless-Bedfors en contra de el vice presidente de la escuela Damon Emery por cometer perjurio en una audiencia de la Agencia de Educacion de Texas tambiien conocida como TEA por sus siglas en Ingles.  La Sra. Nona Matthews redacto los hechos de tal manera que la junta escolar no pudiera ver lo que realmente estaba pasando.  Sus acciones previnieron que se hiciera justicia en el sistema legal de las cortes y ekka tanbueb continua cometiendo estos hechos extremadamente sin etica que perjudican a muchos niños discapacitados por todo el estado de Texas y que no permiten que se haga justicia.  Ella tambien ha echo esto en presentaciones legales en el sistema de cortes.  Este es uno de los muchos hechos con mucha falta de etica que ella ha llevado a audiencias de la TEA en el sistema de cortes de Estados Unidos incluyendo tergiversar hechos para protegerse a si misma, con prejuicio y parcialidad, de las pobres decisiones que ha echo. Una buena abogada pelea con casos de ley y con las leyes que se establecieron en nuestro pais para protejer los derechos de todas las personas con un procedimiento en corte justo, etico e imparcial.  Dañar a los niños con estos actos sin etica es imperdonable y deplorable.  Estos echos sin etica han lastimato a niños autistas, niños con ADHD (THDA, trastorno de hyperactividad con deficit de atencion) y otras discapacidades de aprendizaje en escuelas por todod el estado de Texas.  Adicionalmente, la Sra. Nona Matthews ha intervenido con empleados del equipo de investigacion de la Agencia de Educacion de Texas al pedirles a ciertos empleados que no investiuen quejas que los padres han interpuesto con respecto a la seguridad de sus hijos. Ella hace esto para proteger sus propias malas decisiones y tambien su intervencion sin etica con las investigaciones de la Agencia de Educacion de Texas. Teles investigaciones son para proteger a los niños y a los maestros. Pedimos que el proceso se le permita continuar sin las intervenciones sin etica de la Sra. Nona Matthews Pedimos que la Sra. Nona Matthews sea completamente investigada y sea expulsada de la abogacia for su flagrante abuso de la ley. Ella ha ganado miles de dolares ganando casos ilegalmente. Hay muchas personas que pueden atestiguar sobre esto como veran en la seccion de comentarios de la peticion. Por favor firmen nuestra peticion para ayudar a que remuevan a la Sra. Nona Matthews del sistema judicial y para detenerla de que continue dañando a NIÑOS DISCAPACITADOS en Texas y parar que siga previniendo que el sistema legal funcione en la forma para la que fue diseñado: que haga un trabajo justo, etico y con justicia para todos. HACIENDO UNA PETICION POR UN CAMBIO Y ORANDO POR UN CAMBIO. Por favor firmes la peticion con un 'click' de parte de nuestro hijo y todod los derechos de niños con dicapacidades...NECESITAMOS un cambio para esto niños. SI ESTA PETICION ES NUEVA PARA TI POR FAVOR PONTE AL DIA LEYENDO TODAS LA ACTUALIZACIONES (UPDATES).                             Esta peticion sera entregada a: La Barra de Abogados de Texas

Kristie Cripps
131 supporters