Petition to Alex Pulaski, Jim Green, Charles R. Martinez, Jr., Colt Gill, Tricia Mooney, Laura Jacobsma, Jake Bacon, Jerad Farley, Christie Petersen, Fox 12 News, Kellee Azar, Linda Fukasawa, Darrin Drill
Oregon Battle of Books: No 'George', No Peace
The children's book "George" by Alex Gino tells the story of a transgender girl and her struggle to get those around her to listen and understand her need to live in her own truth. It is beloved by many children and their families."George" is now the target of a campaign to BAN THE BOOK from the "Oregon Battle of the Books" program for 3rd-5th grade students. Oregon school districts and individual schools considering a ban include Hermiston, Tigard/Tualatin, and Bend-LaPine. Book banning is not an "American" or "Family" value...and the banning of books about gender diverse children who are already stigmatized and marginalized by society is something we as a parents, caregivers and allies of children refuse to tolerate. We, the undersigned, call on the Oregon School Boards Association and every school district in the State of Oregon to reject any ban on "George" and other books that provide visibility and support for gender diverse children, adolescents and teens.
Petition to Tim Knopp, Greg Walden, Kate Brown, Donald Trump, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley
PLEASE Help the fight to get Christopher and Hunter back to their parents!
Imagine having your newborn baby taken away from you because of a falsely reported phone call to Child Protective Services and what that would feel like. And now imagine that they will not give your child back to you, despite years of jumping through hoops to prove that you are a worthy parent, with no evidence to the contrary. As a mother of two children, I can’t imagine a more terrifying world to live in...and yet, I’ve seen it happen to someone else. I’m here to share that story with you. Before going into the story, it seems fair to briefly tell you about who I am. Besides being a mother of two wonderful grown children, I am a doctoral student with an M.S. NDR (negotiation and dispute resolution), a B.S. in social science/psychology and an associate degree in criminal justice. I have over 20 years of volunteering in non-profit organizations and currently, I work as a Professional Mediator and Life Coach (www.aktionnow.com) I only share this because it helps to know that my education level and field of study qualify me to make these assessments and hopefully brings credibility to the story. I have been volunteering my time with a family as their life coach/mentor. I met them in May 2016 when I was volunteering at the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Protective Services (CPS) in Bend, Oregon. My position was to monitor parent visitations for families that had their children in the State of Oregon’s custody. I met Amy and Eric when I was the case worker required to observe them during home visits with their nearly 3-year-old son, Christopher, every Friday. Each visit was for three hours, which provided a lot of interaction for me to observe and document. I quickly discovered that this family had no problem at all taking care of their son. They showed loving attention, were attentive to his needs, and at this point had been fighting faithfully in court for almost three years to prove to CPS that they were capable and loving parents. For those of you doing the math, yes, Christopher was removed from them when he was only days old. In my professional opinion, after multiple sessions observing Amy and Eric interact with their son for hours on end, I found no reason they should have had their child taken from them and placed in the State’s care. Any reasonably trained and educated CPS worker should have arrived at the same conclusion, as I documented in the session notes of every visit. The couple demonstrated competent parenting skills with Christopher, had no history of abuse or neglect, and expressed a deep desire to have Christopher returned to them to raise him along with the mother’s twin boys. I would also add that it was apparent from their body language and how they treated each other that the couple was in love, and while that is not a requirement to be a parent, it’s a big bonus for a child. So why was a newborn baby taken away from his mother and father? As the caseworker assigned to the family, I learned their story… Seven days after losing her own mother, Amy Fabbrini (the mother in this story) gave birth to Christopher at home. She was unaware that she was pregnant. Amy suffers from kidney issues (which she says is a genetic thing passed down from her family), causing intense pain at times. She had associated the symptoms of pregnancy with the disorder. After helping with a surprise delivery of his new baby boy, Eric (the father), immediately called 911 and had mother and baby brought to the hospital. Both were in shock of this and were understandably probably affected by this traumatic event. Amy had been living with her parents and her two twin boys after a divorce with the father of the twins. After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s and the surprise addition of a new child, Amy told her father of this event; to hear him tell her that she may not bring the infant back to his home. She was forced to make the decision to move with her twin boys in with her newborn child’s father, Eric. What happens next is what I believe to be a traumatic panic, her grieving father, dealing with the recent death of his wife and now losing the companionship of Amy and the twin boys, called CPS and falsely reported neglect, after he had already known about a falsely reported call from Eric's roommate (after an argument that they had). It sounds confusing but this is the mess the couple was in days after the infant had arrived, without having a chance to settle in as a new family, get adjusted to the idea of a new baby, or get the house ready for such an event, they were dealing with negativity - rather than excitement of a precious little baby boy. Sadly, CPS took infant Christopher, and he has been in foster care ever since. At the time that they took the infant, they also took Amy's twin boys and gave them to her ex-husband who had not really been involved with the boys much. Amy lost all three of her boys within a week after her loss of her mother to Alzheimer's. She was not given grievance counseling or condolences to this day from CPS. Additionally, the parents have complied with all of CPS’s requests from the beginning. There was no abuse. There was no neglect. There was no alcohol or drug use. CPS has simply claimed that they are “retarded” (yes, that was actually the term used by a CPS worker) and that they do not have the intelligence to raise a child. When I questioned this supervisor assigned to the case, he replied with derogatory remarks about the father and mother. I asked why the couple had not been given their child back. His reply shocked me. He said, “Eric is retarded, fat and lazy - he doesn't even brush his teeth. There is no way that I am allowing them to have Christopher.” The way that this supervisor spoke about the parents was anything but professional. It was then that I realized that this couple had been up against a powerful agency that seemed to have little or no accountability. After I had spent almost three months observing this family and reporting weekly on my observations, we learned that none of the reports I had submitted to CPS were given to the court or the attorneys representing each parent. Eric continually asked his attorney to get copies of the reports that I had submitted. After no reports were produced by CPS, Eric’s attorney asked me if I would be willing to testify in court regarding my observations of the visits. I agreed. While on vacation in California, I testified telephonically in court on behalf of Eric and Amy to report my observations that were in the reports which could not be obtained from CPS by either attorney. I reported the interactions that I observed between Eric, Amy and their son, Christopher. I told the judge that I did not understand why CPS had not returned this now almost 3-year-old child back to his parents. Just a few days after I testified in court, I was notified from CPS that they “no longer needed my volunteer help” because they “had recently hired someone for the position.” I was asked to come in and return my key to the building along with all equipment that CPS had given me to use while I was in an observational role. When I got back from my vacation, I met with the supervisor and turned everything in. During that meeting, I asked for clarification as to why I was being released [just days after my testimony] from a “volunteer position,” and why I was being treated so differently by him that afternoon. He only replied with “we have a new hire for your position,” and then said, “I will need to walk you to the door; you now have no clearance to walk freely.” As I walked to the door (which was approximately a football field away in distance), he walked behind me. The feeling from him was cold as if I did something criminal. His demeanor was completely opposite of how he used to conduct himself in my presence. Prior to the testimony, I gave in court, the supervisors would tell me how thankful they were to have me and my expertise. I decided to continue to work with the family as a life coach and mentor, volunteering my time to help them get their son back. Their case with Christopher is currently back in the county courts, after going to the appellate courts and the supreme courts of Oregon. CPS has moved toward adoption, permanently removing the child from them and terminating their rights as parents. Eric has a normal high school diploma and tested in the middle of his class. Amy also has a normal high school diploma. The two of them have newer vehicles, a three-bedroom, two-bath house and live in Redmond, Oregon. Recently, Amy gave birth to another healthy boy, named Hunter. Even though this new baby is viewed as a “new case,” CPS came into the hospital and took Hunter from his parents. They did not do any investigation to see if this child was at risk. They simply took him. When the worker arrived, he was not even prepared to take the newborn infant. He had to ask the hospital for diapers, wipes, blankets, an outfit, formula and did not once ask the nurses about the care of the infant with the parents. I had spent hours with the family in the hospital, and they kept hourly records of their child (e.g., when he nursed, when he wet the diaper when he had a bowel movement, etc.). They were very caring, attentive, happy, and in love with their new baby boy. The night before CPS came to take the child, they informed me that they were coming to take the infant. I offered my home to CPS for the child, and that I would provide 24/7 observation with the family in my home, and that I would work from home to give this mother a chance to bond while CPS did their “investigation.” They refused. The next morning, I emailed the case worker peer-reviewed journal articles explaining the neuroscience regarding the trauma that occurs to an infant when it is taken from his mother, and how the first several weeks are a very crucial time for nutrition (from breast milk), bonding and attachment development. He emailed me back with, “Can I call you?” However, he never called. He came that day at 2:00 pm and took the infant. In court the next Tuesday we pleaded to have the child returned to me as a caregiver so that Amy could nurse and bond with the infant. The judge agreed to have CPS perform a background on me and encouraged the infant to return to the mother with 24/7 monitoring until CPS was done with their investigation. To this day, they still have not performed a background check on me. I have sent probably 20 emails. We are now asking for an expedited court date and want to expose this case. It is criminal and inhumane what CPS is doing. If you have any ideas; (i.e. contacts for news stories, lawyers, or other organizations that you feel you can connect me to; I would be most appreciative. Please send all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org See updates on news coverage and up to date info and news investigations https://www.facebook.com/ReturnChrisandHunter/ Thank you so much for your support!!!
Petition to City of Newnan, Newnan Police Department, Keith Brady
NEWNAN: Do not host the National Socialist Movement's rally
Newnan, Georgia has agreed to allow the National Socialist movement to meet and rally in Greenville Park on April 21st. The National Socialist Movement is a neo-nazi organization. By allowing their rally in Newnan, the city is showing complacency in the bigotry and hate crimes committed by white supremacists. Newnan should be a welcoming place for all races of people. We live in a society already plagued by social injustices, terrorism, and hatred. Why allow that in our city? Why accept that sort of behavior? Together we have to make sure Newnan is a safe and accepting place. Hosting a white nationalist group is toxic for everyone involved. We cannot be the city that allows hatred and discrimination, especially when roughly 47% of the population is nonwhite. Allowing the NSM into Newnan shows that people of color are not welcome. By not allowing the NSM and other extremist groups to organize, the city shows that that sort of thought process will not be tolerated and does not represent our community as a whole. Having the rally will only make Newnan seem unwelcoming and hateful with the implied support of neo-nazism. The NSM will be the representation of our town on April 21st. We cannot stand idly by while a hate group holds a demonstration. This rally affects all of us as the events in a city are typically tied to the people who live there. We are not neo-nazis, nor will we allow neo-nazis to gather here. In addition to signing this petition, I urge you to gather friends and family in support of a counter-protest in any way possible to stand against white supremacy and support Downtown Newnan businesses as small stores close in relation to the protest occurring.
Petition to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hold Hearings on the LGBT Data Inclusion Act
Under the Obama Administration, questions about sexual orientation and gender identity were planning to be added to federal surveys to help provide a clear picture of the United States population, which must include LGBT people. Soon after the Trump administration assumed power, inclusion of LGBT people within federal surveys have systematically been erased or denied, even though a number of federal agencies have requested this data. The current lack of population-based data on the LGBT community inhibits the creation of sound public policy as well as the delivery of effective programs and services to all who live in this country. Expanding and improving data collection and analysis about LGBT people is essential to better understanding the issues affecting our communities and to improve the health and well being of all of our families. That is why in July, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., reintroduced the LGBT Data Inclusion Act in the House and Senate that would require federal surveys with demographic information, including the census, to collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity. Under the LGBT Data Inclusion Act, this data would be kept confidential, and survey participants would voluntarily self-disclose information on sexual orientation and gender identity. These proposed bills are currently in house and senate committees but have not yet had committee hearings. We encourage you to add your name and demand these committees hold hearings on the LGBT Data Inclusion Act. Sincerely, LGBT Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Petition to Fowlerville School Board Of Education
Better Non-Discrimination rules and LGBT Bullying in Fowlerville Community Schools
The students in Fowlerville Schools are being discriminated against in the school. The schools are Non-Discriminatory, but an instance in the Fowlerville Junior High School caused a student to get suspended/expelled for walking around with a Rainbow Flag on her back. The student is an LGBT supporter and is bisexual and/or Lesbian. The Fowlerville Junior High School Assistant Principal, Mr. James Fitzgerald, Has Discriminated upon a student Named Bree. the student was walking around the school wearing the LGBT "Pride" Rainbow Flag and was told that it is a distraction and a violation of the school handbook. as she went into the Administration Office of the junior high, the student had told Fitzgerald that he is a "discriminating homophobic". if the school system is Non-Discriminatory, then why let an Assistant Principal Suspend/Expel a student just for walking around with a flag on their back? it is NOT ok! as an Anonymous Person writing this petition, I think this is Discrimination against the students. there are a lot of LGBT students in Fowlerville Schools and discriminating against them for being themselves is just wrong! there needs to me a change with both teachers and assistant principals/principals so there is less discrimination against the students, and there are more supportive adults in the school. I think there should also be LGBT counselors for those who are LGBT students, and the normal Counselors for students who are NOT LGBT. this would make better sense so the students that are not LGBT can still get help without being yelled at, and so the LGBT students can get the help they need mentally and physically as well. the level of discrimination in this school is not acceptable. the school is discriminating students when they say in their handbook they are a NON-DISCRIMINATORY SCHOOL. put yourself in a student's eyes. think about the level of discrimination against you if you were LGBT. how would you feel if you were suspended for being yourself? mad? exactly. the discrimination used by the assistant principal is unacceptable, and against the school handbook. this needs to be solved, and will be solved! in the photo above, it is a photo of the states that protect students against Anti-LGBT students. there are only 16 oth of the 50 states that protect the rights of LGBT students. the remaining 44 states do not have a law regarding this. there must be a rule implemented in the school to protect the LGBT students in Fowlerville Community Schools, and other schools alike!
Petition to Hermitage High School, Henrico County School Board
Let me walk at graduation!
Hi, My name is Corrine Watts. I'm 18 years old and I grew up in Richmond, VA.I will graduate from Hermitage High School this June and I want to walk with my class. They are stopping me from doing so. See, I have mental illnesses that make it impossible for me to attend school daily such as PTSD, Anxiety and Depression. Therefore, I am put on homebound schooling. At the beginning of the year, they sold me a cap and gown and told me I could graduate. I was put on homebound schooling shortly after. They told me I could still walk until about two months ago.They cite the beginning heading of the homebound paperwork for my school district as the reason I cannot walk. They said the only way I could, would be to come back EVERY. DAY. for a month. They know I cannot do that. They thought I'd surrendered, but this is a once in a lifetime celebration I do not want to miss out on. My family didn't think I would see this day. They want this for me as well. The beginning of the paperwork states the following: "Homebound Instruction shall be made available to students who are confined at home or in a heath care facility for periods that would prevent normal school attendance (8VAC20-131-180). The term “confined at home or in a health care facility” means the student is unable to participate in the normal day-to-day activities typically expected during school attendance;and, absences from home are infrequent, for periods of relatively short duration, or to receive health care treatment. Students receiving fulltime homebound instruction may not work orparticipate in extra-curricular activities, non-academic activities (such as field trips), or community activities."I have spoken to several student mental health representatives and they tell me that graduating is a RIGHT I have!I want to fight for this right! I should not have to be forced to come back to a place I physically cannot be in because of my mental health. All I want to do is walk with my class. Last year, a friend of mine got to walk with the class of 2017 after completing a GED through them as well. That does not seem fair to me. Please sign and share, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity I don't want to miss out on because I am mentally ill!
Petition to Amazon.com
Amazon Smile: Bar Openly Anti-Semitic Organizations From Receiving Charity
Amazon Smile is a program started by Amazon to support charity organizations by granting them 0.5% of the cost of purchases made by users. The program is monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to prevent hate groups from receiving donations. Amazon has stated that, to prevent bias, it does not intend to interfere with its monitoring process, but will continue to ban the organizations classified by the SPLC as "hate groups". However, it has become increasingly clear that the SPLC is unable to properly carry out its duties. Organizations such as the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Islamic Center of Jersey City (ICJC), and several branches of the Nation of Islam (NI) have all made quite known their attitudes against the Jewish people. As the consumers of Amazon, we demand that these organizations, as well as organizations which have made similar statements, be barred from participation in the program. In 2009, a United States federal court ruling by Judge Jorge Solis found that there is "ample evidence to establish the association" between ISNA and Hamas, which is classified as a terrorist organization. On December 14, 2017, the imam of the ICJC, Sheikh Aymen Elkasaby, referred to the Jewish people as "apes and pigs" from his pulpit, requesting the help of Allah in "killing them down to the very last one". The NI is recognized as anti-Semitic by both the ADL and the SPLC, the very group responsible for monitoring the groups on Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile was created to promote charitable organizations, and by supporting organizations which have been proven to support terrorism or have vocally promoted the hatred of the Jewish people, we believe it is undermining this goal. Amazon's spokesperson, asked for comment on the SPLC's bias, refused to confirm that the SPLC was not handling their duties in an unbiased way. Therefore, in an effort to promote the true charitable motives behind Amazon Smile, call for the following changes: 1. The Islamic Center of Jersey City, Islamic Society of North America, and all affiliates of the Nation of Islam, to be barred from receiving any money from the Amazon Smile program; 2. Amazon to immediately begin barring organizations from participation with Amazon Smile based on the SPLC's list of recognized anti-Semitic organizations as well as their list of "hate groups". 3. Amazon to conduct a review into the bias of the SPLC to ensure that it is exercising powers relating to Amazon Smile in a responsible manner, a review whose results should be made public Please sign this petition to help us expose the aforementioned organizations which are very obviously promoting hatred towards groups of people on the basis of ethnicity and/or religion, and prevent them from receiving charitable donations from Amazon Smile.
Petition to Makeup Companies, Almay , L'Oreal, Tarte, YSL , kkw , Colourpop
Fix Lack of Shade Ranges in Makeup Industry
It's time for the makeup industry to rethink it's lack of shade ranges and the issue that plagues it: colorism. For people of color, finding makeup that matches their color of skin is harder than it should be. Some makeup brands trick customers into thinking that there are more choices for people of color, while it is just an advertising trick. An example of this is Tarte Cosmetics, a company that made it seem that there was going to diversity in their foundation line, but there only turned out to be 3 darker shades out of 15. Going into stores and discovering that there are only 3 options puts people of color in a place where they can believe that they really are the minority and that the makeup world is just another place where they need to accept much less than they deserve. According to Cayela Cuevas, a student at University of Florida, "by excluding these shades, they are creating social and financial biases against darker complexions." She also states that "some high-end brands defend their decision to exclude deeper shades because they think there “isn’t a market” in deeper-complexion items." Makeup is a way for people to express their artistic sides and/or to feel good about themselves and companies are limiting people of color in this field. We believe this is unjust. Sign this petition to demand that beauty companies increase their shade ranges and include all people of color.