Petition to Law Offices of Michael H. Said
Help me keep my father from getting deported
This past year has been very hard for my family and I. We have gone through many obstacles that have challenged us and have left us vulnerable. About a week ago, my father was informed that he is at high risk for deportation. With new immigration policies and changes under the Trump administration, he may not be able to renew his work visa. In efforts to prove to the Immigration Court that my father is worthy of staying in this country I have created this petition and I am asking for your help. Here is a little bit of information about my father, Juan Ochoa arrived to the United States from a very poor life in Mexico at the age of seventeen in hopes of creating a better life for his family and for his future. For eighteen years Juan has been a productive member of society. He has worked and contributed to the community in many ways like every other U.S. citizen. Every year he has paid his taxes and he has no sort of criminal record. After a long day of work, Juan always looks forward to spending time with his family and catching up with them at the dinner table. As a U.S. citizen myself, I can assure you that my father is very proud to be a part of this country. At times I feel as if he is more patriotic than I will ever be. This is his country just as much as ours and for years all he has ever wanted is to officially become the U.S. citizen that he has always been. Without my father my family will suffer. Juan has two children with diagnosed and documented disabilities that require medical help and medication. If he were to get deported, his children will not be able to receive not only the proper medical help but also the proper education. Deporting him to Mexico would only leave more people suffering and in poverty. There is no future for our family in Mexico. I am asking you to please take a second of your day and to sign this petition if you agree in hopes of keeping my family together and to prove to the court that my father is worthy. We are not just numbers, we are people too.
Petition to Eric Schneiderman, Rod Rosenstein
Appoint Preet Bharara as Special Prosecutor to investigate election influence by Russia
Update, May 9: We created this petition two months ago, when Preet Bharara was fired. But with the firing of James Comey this afternoon, it's once again clear that we need an investigation run from outside the administration and DC. We strongly encourage New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Preet Bharara to take the lead. ***** Preet Bharara is one of the most accomplished jurists in America, with a history of honest, non-partisan investigations and an ability to take on even the largest of cases. He’s led the charge against corruption in the New York State government, financial fraud on Wall Street, and international gang activity. He is respected by Democrats and Republicans alike and has extensive experience with international investigations, including in Russia. Now that he is no longer the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Bharara is the perfect candidate to take on the task of investigating the role Russia played in the 2016 elections. Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from all future cases that involve Russia, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is responsible for leading any investigation into Russia’s actions. We ask Mr. Rosenstein to name Mr. Bharara as Special Prosecutor in charge of the investigation. Update: Although Mr. Bharara has demonstrated his fierce independence and commitment to nonpartisan investigation time and time again, it’s increasingly clear that the Trump administration doesn’t share that same commitment. So we’re adding an additional option to the petition: We ask New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to hire Mr. Bharara, so they can continue to work together to protect our electoral process by investigating any possible interference. Election integrity is central to our survival as a democracy. This isn’t a Republican or a Democratic issue — this is an American issue. We as a nation demand an honest, non-partisan investigation, and Preet Bharara stands alone in his qualification to lead that inquiry.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Robert Pittenger
Save our State Department’s Education and Cultural Exchange Programs
Education and Cultural Exchange programs funded by the U.S. State Department support our nation’s international diplomacy efforts. They provide young Americans from all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities with the opportunity to serve as cultural ambassadors for our nation in strategically significant areas of the world like the Middle East, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. The Trump administration’s new budget would eliminate nearly all of these programs -- at a time when our country needs the goodwill generated by these exchanges the most. Eliminating these Education and Cultural Exchange programs would be a costly mistake for our country. These programs help build relationships with key civilian partners for sustained peace -- an essential tool needed to fight terrorism. They help us gain the respect of the world, and support our military when the use of force is needed. These initiatives take on even more urgency, with our country’s recent military action against the Syrian government -- the regime at the center of another festering Middle-Eastern conflict crying out for a sustainable peace. Ongoing international cultural exchange is crucial for our country to defend its claim as the world’s “indispensable nation". Eliminating funding for the programs encouraging goodwill and cultural awareness in strategically significant areas will cause us to lose touch with the rest of the world -- leaving us all a bit less safe and free. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that cutting funding for these essential State Department Educational and Cultural Exchange program is a mistake we don’t need to make.
Petition to President Donald Trump
Stop President Trump and U.S. from Withdrawing from COP21 Paris Agreement
In December 2015, more than 190 countries adopted the Paris Agreement, the most ambitious climate change agreement in history. In order for the agreement to take effect and enter into force, at least 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions needed to formally join the Agreement. On Setember 3, 2016, the United States and China deposited with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon their respective instruments to join the Paris Agreement, marking a significant contribution towards the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement. That action by the United States and China to formally join was a significant step towards entry into force this year with countries representing around 40 percent of global emissions having now joined and more than 55 countries having already joined or publicly committed to work towards joining the agreement by the end of 2016. (Whitehouse.org) Shortly thereafter, on October 5 2016, the threshold for entry into force of the Paris Agreement was achieved. The Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016, thirty days after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Depositary. (Unfccc.int) The Agreement represents years of international diplomacy and hope for the millions of people across the planet imminently threatened by the impacts of climate change. It is an unprecedented achievement for the environment and one in which the United States showed extraordinary leadership. Climate change is a matter of international concern. It threatens global security and human rights across the planet. It poses a critical threat to countless natural resources. It is one of the single greatest threats humankind has ever faced. The unity demonstrated by the Paris Agreement, both in its negotiations and its ratification, are an illustration that when joined together, we are a thoughtful, powerful transnational community of citizens that can courageously and collectively work together to tackle critical global problems. The work begun in Paris must not be derailed now. It cannot be. The world cannot afford it. The United States must not withdraw from the Paris Agreement. We are asking Americans and members of the international community to join in sending a strong message to President Donald Trump that any consideration of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is unacceptable. Please sign you name and share this petition today.
Petition to President Donald Trump
Help our Dad end his Hunger Strike before Christmas
President Trump- My name is Serah Culler, and my family needs your help. My father, Anthony Culler, is in the middle of a 50 Day Hunger Strike. He is currently on Day 31 (December 12, 2017). He began the strike on Sunday, November 12, 2017. He has committed to go for the rest of 2017 with only water to sustain him, but you can change that.The purpose of his strike is to get an investigation started into crimes that were committed against my family.My family was destroyed by corruption in Nacogdoches, a small town in East Texas, in 2009/2010. In January 2010, after over a year of public protests and multiple legal battles, we lost our home when corrupt individuals broke the law. The Nacogdoches Sheriffs’ Department illegally invaded our home and stole everything- toys, furniture, family heirlooms, even our pets. They loaded it all into trailers and put it into storage buildings under deputies’ names. They later sold our belongings illegally at a sheriffs' auction , fraudulently claiming it as “abandoned property”. Property is not abandoned if you are forced to leave it and it is then stolen. This would have been a terrible situation for anyone to go through, but it was especially devastating for a young, homeschool family with four daughters ages 5 to 13.We have tried everything we could think of to resolve this. We’ve gone to lawyers. We’ve gone to law enforcement. We’ve gone to public officials. Both my father and mother have even run for office themselves- Dad was the Republican nominee for US Congress in the 6th District of South Carolina in 2014. He is currently running for Congress in the Republican primary in the 1st District of Texas against a corrupt Congressman, Louie Gohmert. My father began this hunger strike with the intention of going until the end of the year or until an investigation is started. But I believe there is another option. If you could give me your word that you would just call the DOJ, the FBI, or the office of the Attorney General about sending someone to look into our claims, I could bring my father to end his strike.My father's life is in danger. He has gone over 4 weeks without eating- people die at this stage in hunger strikes. You can end this- you can save my father's life.I’m not asking for you to give us the outcome we want, or to start the investigation yourself. All I want is an assurance from you that you will just call someone who can help.Please Mr. President. Watching my Dad go day after day without eating, watching him continue to suffer after already losing so much, is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. He is literally wasting away in front of my eyes. Please help us. You can end this.Please keep us in your prayers. May God Bless you and your family.In hope, Serah Culler Please check out our Facebook page for LIVE videos and website.
Petition to Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Nikki Haley
Exempt Wartime Interpreters from President Trump's Executive Order Banning Immigration
As an U.S. Army Captain serving in Afghanistan, I was almost killed by Taliban fighters. My Afghan translator, Janis, saved my life. We made a promise to translators like Janis, who served alongside our troops, to help them immigrate to the United States.President Trump’s ban on all immigration of refugees breaks that promise to the thousands of Afghan and Iraqi wartime allies. The president's Executive Order shuts the door on thousands of foreign interpreters, our wartime allies, who served alongside our military since 2001. Enacting a four-month ban on ALL immigration of refugees and an outright ban on the immigration of Iraqis condemns thousands of our Iraqi wartime allies to languish and fend for themselves against the very enemies we asked them to help us fight.The blanket ban on immigration from Iraq and the four month moratorium on immigration from Afghanistan prevents our allies from reaching safety here in America and leaves countless thousands to be hunted for their service to the United States. If we commit to this, we will permanently harm our national security. Our credibility will be forever neutered if not eroded. Why would any potential ally ever trust America to keep its word again? It pains me to think how many US soldiers will now die in future wars because we couldn't recruit the local support that is often the difference between life and death. Moreover, this ban imposes a lifetime moral injury on our Iraq war veterans. Vietnam Veterans speak often of their half-century injury at having abandoned so many of our Vietnamese allies. Please ask President Trump to keep our promise to America’s veterans and allow for the Special Immigration Visa program to continue uninterrupted. Sincerely, Matt Zeller, Co-FounderNo One Left Behind
Petition to Alder Hey Hospital
Save 19 month old alfie evans life. DON'T TURN OFF HIS MACHINE
Alfie evans is a 19 month old boy on life support. His parents are trying to find him help but to do so, alfie needs released from alder hey hospital. He is in a coma state and they say he needs his machine turned off because he shows no improvement. Visit youtube, twitter, instagram or simply Google his name and watch his videos. Let the evidence make your choice. By signing this petition we are showing the world alfie evans deserves a chance and should not have his machine turned off. Were running out of time. Release alfie evans!
Petition to Charlie Baker
Pass the Safe Communities Act in Massachusetts
This petition is in support of The Safe Communities Act to make Massachusetts a sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants. President-elect Donald Trump has promised throughout his campaign to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants from all over the United States. As of November 13th, 2016, he underlined his resolve to begin carrying out this plan immediately, tearing apart families and communities. As a state that voted against Trump in every single county, we are obligated to disavow the anti-immigrant sentiment and xenophobia that have been core tenets of Trump's presidential campaign. We must act now. The effects of Trump's inhumane proposal have already become clear. Children are terrified that their parents will be deported and the Boston Public School system has called in counselors to help students process their fears. Immigrants, undocumented or otherwise, are the lifeblood of this country. They are our friends, our neighbors, our classmates, our colleagues. They deserve to know that they will not be removed from their homes, separated from their loved ones, or detained indefinitely with no recourse. They deserve to know that we, the residents of Massachusetts, will not tolerate their persecution.Contact info to call your governor and state legislators! Governor Charlie BakerLook up your State Legislator!