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Petition to U.S. Senate, Washington State Senate, Canadian Senate, New York State Senate, California State Senate, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Supreme Court, United Nations

Make cheating in prize tournaments illegal and with real consequence

         In the US, there is no real consequence for cheating in prize tournaments. As a result, cheating in competition to get an unfair advantage has become common. When asking people why they cheat, the most common response is “everyone else was doing it”. As of now, the risk for cheating does not exceed the reward. In professional sports, for example, players and organizations caught cheating are usually fined. Most of the fines are small and easily paid off without hurting the athlete or organization. In this petition, I am hoping to make cheating punishable by law. If the risk exceeds the reward, the amount of cheating will naturally decline and hopefully cease entirely.              Why should you care? Cheating is destroying our society and the world at a devastatingly fast pace. It is getting worse each day, and I see no signs of improvement. We live on this earth in union. Each positive or negative action we make has an effect on the world around us. Cheating displays a lack of care which, over time, causes people to develop bad habits. For example, many people think it is okay to use their phone while driving. This does not only put their own life at risk, but also the lives of those driving around them.           Online gaming especially suffers from cheating. When caught cheating, the only repercussions are temporary or indefinite bans from the game. There are plenty of people who don’t get caught as well. Although you may deem video games useless, it has many positive effects. Video games can help you become faster, smarter, and improve your coordination and your mind mentality. However, cheaters steal these benefits away from honest people. Players who are cheated against become unmotivated to continue playing. Cheating is a huge problem in gaming tournaments. The gaming industry is growing. Prize money for the larger games such as Dota 2 and Counter-Strike exceed $1million. With so much money on the line, one would expect there to be effort to ensure fair play. Sadly, there isn’t much. In Counter-Strike Global Offensive, only a handful of cheaters have been caught for cheating. The only punishments these players received were lifetime bans from competing in CSGO. If that’s the severity of the punishment, what’s to stop someone from cheating and winning money. No tournament organizers take action to truly stop cheating.               Most competitive players agree that there is cheating occurring at all levels of play. Some of these cheats cost over $10,000 to ensure the users won’t get caught. Cheating in games has a negative impact on not only the competitors, but on the spectators as well. Many fans watch in awe and admiration as their favorite players display actions that are not ever possible without cheating. Therefore, younger kids that witness these “amazing plays” try to replicate them. If these kids are not cheating themselves, they will never be able to. Thus, over the course of time, the honest individuals accept that they are not good enough and become demoralized. They believe that they will not ever have a chance to become great. No matter how hard they aspire to become great, the end result is inevitable.       The cheaters online are often getting away with no consequences. They are also hurting honest players. The people within gaming corporations that are in place of power have enough money and resources to attempt to stop cheating on their own. However, they do not care to do so because their main priority is to gain money regardless of how it may affect people. In perspective, I believe it is illegal to allow cheaters to win large amounts of money by cheating. The people that have the money and resources are not taking the necessary actions in order to combat against these frauds and cheaters. Unfortunately, I have witnessed this for nearly 20 years now. This in reality affects our poor world, which is already in turmoil. There are multiple websites offering cheats for every competitive game in existence. For example, if the NBA had rocket packs for only half the players in the league, players and fans would be enraged. A fact is that there are more competitive gamers than competitive basketball players. I am currently in search of a real law to be passed as it is needed. Please from the bottom of my heart, for others that are without words of their own, and people that may come across this, please help support this cause for a better future.

Jerom Ip
188 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Yoweri Museveni Kaguta

Urge Ugandan President Museveni to pass the acid attack bill now.

After having lived for seven years with an abusive husband, I decided it was time to leave. I didn’t think I would survive another year if I stayed, so in 2011, I walked out the door and broke the crippling silence and isolation the abuse had made me feel. I felt empowered and free and finally looked forward to my future. But because I left my marriage, my husband considered me “disobedient” and, therefore, worthy of punishment. One day, he called me to pick up my children at his house and suddenly acid was thrown at my face and body. The next thing I knew, my face felt as if it were on fire. My skin was  literally melting away. He thought he would break my spirit, but he only made me stronger. Since my attack, I have been fighting to put an end to this horrific practice in my country of Uganda, and I need your help to do it. Please support our petition by asking H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Toxic Chemicals Bill into law. That is my story, but there are many more, each one as harrowing as the last. Acid violence occurs around the globe and isn’t specific to race or religion. My country, Uganda, has some of the highest rates of acid violence. In fact, since 1985, there have been nearly 400 reported cases of acid attacks here, and in just one hospital alone, they have reported 8 attacks and two deaths this year.  And those are just the ones that were reported. The real statistics are likely much higher. My name is Hanifa Nakiryowa, I founded the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence (CERESAV). I founded CERESAV because of my personal experiences, and because of the stories I was told by fellow victims. CERESAV’s ultimate goal is to address the issue of acid attacks and gender violence on a global level, but today we have a chance to make a difference in Uganda by helping to pass legislation that would classify products like acid as controlled substances. Cutting off easy access to acid has proven to  drastically reduce the rate of attacks in other countries.   Research indicates that the most effective ways to reduce acid violence are through regulation of the sale of acid, tougher jail sentences for perpetrators, and raising awareness of the devastating impact that acid attacks have on individuals and their families. Step by step, CERESAV hopes to make all of these things a reality, but we can’t do it alone.   With collective efforts, we can end this devastating act and save the next potential victim. I know we can make a difference. When strong women and fellow victims of female-directed violence, like Jaha who fought to end female genital mutilation, or Malala who is a champion for girls’ education started Change.org petitions, great things happened. Please join me by supporting this campaign. Every single contributions goes a long way in transforming many lives and increasing the awareness of the problem. Please join me in asking H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Toxic Chemicals Bill into law.

Hanifa Nakiryowa
282,092 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Kim Foxx

Investigate the wrongful conviction and life sentence of Matthew Sopron. Update the findings of the Conviction Integrity Unit.

Matt Sopron could prove his innocence with a new trial.  In 1998, he was convicted of two murders based on the Illinois accountability law.  He received a life sentence for a crime he had no involvement with, while two others who admitted their involvement at the scene of the murders will be paroled in 2020. 5 boys were charged the day after the crime.  9 months later, Matt and another were charged, based on the lie of one who admitted his guilt.  This guy was given a deal of 25 years instead of the life sentence he deserved. The other 2 "witnesses" recanted telling horror stories of how they were coerced and threatened into lying by the States Attorney Scott Cassidy.  In April 2012, Sopron's lawyer received a letter from Celeste Stack of the Cook County's newly formed Conviction Integrity Unit whose purpose was to look into cases where there could be doubt. She said they would be looking into Matt's conviction.  Since then, there have been no updates.  We would like Kim Fox, the new Cook Co. SA to look into this case and give the family updates.  No person should be given a life sentence when there is no evidence and only one remaining "witness" who had so much to gain by lying. Matt has served 18 years already in a maximum security prison for a crime he did not commit.  Help Matt end this nightmare. For all the facts of this case, read the timeline on Freemattsopron.com.  The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Lawyer Magazine and NBC Chicago have all covered this case.  The links are on the website.

PATRICIA SOPRON
3,095 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to United Nations, Department of Justice, Michigan State House, Michigan State Senate, Rick Snyder

INTRODUCE BILL: MUSAALIH'S LAW TAKE MENTALLY ILL GROUP HOME RESIDENTS HOSPITAL BEFORE JAIL

My son Musaalih Kerr died March 5, 2016 after being arrested and put in Oakland County Jail without medicatreatment even though he was arrested at a facility for the mentally ill and place there by court appointed guardian law office appointed by the state.  Although he was taken from jail by ambulance, shocked back to life or more accurately a living nightmare, plugged into a ventilator for three months he died in that jail cell on that cold day in December because he never breathed on his own again. The ventilator breathed for him for 90 days. In his last days on earth he was unable to move and his only activity was staring at the clock on the wall as his life slipped away.  The last breathe he took on his own was in jail so the jail needs to provide some answers. It has been over a year and the only call I got from the authorities is a call to ask me why he wasn't in court. He was taken to hospital by the jail. How come they didn't know he died? I am asking you to pass Musaalih's Law so that mentally ill group home residence and those living with their families are taken to a hospital to be stabalized at least before being thrown in a cell. I also request an investigation into the death of Musaalih Kerr. Why did he walk into jail and left in an ambulance as a quadepligic with trauma to his spine? In my opinion jail is not the appropriate place for the mentally ill. Michigan does not have a state hospital so if someone has a family member that is a danger to himself or others there is nothing one can do. No actions are taken until the mentally ill person commits a crime. Lack of resources for the mentally ill is a factor in crime stats and race does play a role in who gets resources. Although I work, pay taxes and owned a home; attempting to get help was a daily struggle.  The last time Musaalih was arrested he already had a long paper trail that verified he was mentally ill. For one the police arrested him at a group home for mentally ill residents; if that wasn't a clue, at the time of his arrest he had a legal guardian appointed by Michigan Probate Court due to mentallyincompetent caused by schizophrenia. Also prior to his last arrest which preceded his death Musaalih lived in Lake Park Nursing home in Wakengen Illinois for four years. In his life he has been charged with resisting arrest for running three feet. The police officers were informed he had a mental illness but they always took him to jail, never to a hospital.  I feel if the arresting officers would have taken him to a hospital at least to be stabalized first he would be alive today. Police Officers are not Social Workers and I am not advocating to burden them with judgement calls on whether a suspect is mentally ill. However, treating those in residence for the mentally ill like they are mentally ill means that there is no guess work for the police in these instances.  The jail staff also were neglectful to watch my son die for months and not take him to a hospital until it was too late. Taking him to hospital too late, staved, dehydrated do not count as compassion in my opinion. In his short life Musaalih probably had close to twenty hospitalizations due to schizophrenia. Although medical experts say that there is no cure for schizophrenia, everytime my son ended up in jail the judge act like a jail sentence would cure the uncureable. So he suffered in a cold cell and died alone. Pass Musaalih's Law so that it will be mandatory for police to take mentally ill group home residents to hospital first to be stabalized before throwing them in jail. Some are having seizures and shouldn't be left to die in that state, a waking nightmare. Jail staff are not adequate to treat the mentally ill and putting this burden on jail staff is not fair to them or mentally ill persons. Musaalih's Law will not bring my son back but hopefully prevent another person from suffering the same fate as him and another family from suffering the heartache of losing their love one in this way.  Musaalih walked into jail but never walked out. By the time he got to the hospital he was quadepligic, unable to move anything except his eyes and mouth. Unable to speak, breathe  or eat.  Cause of death on his death certificate says blunt force trauma to the spine, cause unknown. So this could be murder that is being ignored. I hope to shine light on his case. Thank you   Before he died part of Musaalih's journey was featured on Dan Rather Presents Bus Ticket to Nowhere. The Mental Health Crisis in America. You can watch at link below. Thank you for your support in memory of my late son, Musaalih Kerr. ://www.directv.com/tv/Dan-Rather-Presents-One-Way-Ticket-to-Nowhere-America-s-Mental-Healthcare-Crisis-K3RKTUVOYzRkSGxXcTZQb1VjZDlLUT09 https://www.facebook.com/Musaalihs-Law-293202414345555/  

Peggie Jarvis
182 supporters