Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Chuck Grassley
Pass the CARERS Act and protect medical marijuana patients
My six-year-old daughter Morgan suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that causes frequent and dangerous seizures. We’ve tried everything to help her. She’s taken more than 10 different anti-epilepsy medications but at best, she's gone only four weeks without a seizure. Based on our own research, advice from our doctors, and what we’ve heard from families living in other states, we would like Morgan to try cannabidiol oil -- a form of medical marijuana. For children with similar illnesses in other parts of the country, the results using medical marijuana have been life changing. Medical marijuana comes in many different preparations, and is prescribed accordingly to treat specific conditions. The treatment Morgan needs would not make her "high", and she wouldn't smoke it. It would come in a bottle just like her other medications, but with fewer side effects. The medications that Morgan has tried have devastating side effects. They gave her kidney stones, ulcerative colitis, and compromise her respiratory system. She should be able to try this much safer option. But medical marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. It’s currently a Schedule 1 drug, which means the federal government considers it just as dangerous as heroin and says there is no medicinal value. This means our family would have to move to a different state to get it, or obtain it illegally and risk arrest. I have decided that neither of those choices are good enough for my family. That’s why I’m supporting the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act -- a bipartisan bill that will let states legalize medical marijuana without federal interference. It will also expand research into the health benefits of marijuana and allow Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend marijuana to ailing veterans. The CARERS Act would remove also CBD from scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act, affirming to the world that marijuana does have medical benefits. This bill will change the lives of so many sick and suffering people, like my daughter, around the country. Please sign my petition asking Congress to pass the CARERS Act.
Petition to U.S. Senate, Donald Trump
Pass the Juvenile Justice Reform Act
Until 1974 it was common for boys and girls in the juvenile justice system to be placed in cells with adults, subjecting them to both physical and sexual assaults. And children were put in jail for minor acts like truancy or running away from home. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) changed that by setting federal protections for youth and providing funding to state and local juvenile justice systems to make sure that they help, not hurt, young people. The JJDPA is up for reauthorization as a new bill called the Juvenile Justice Reform Act and it was just passed by the House of Representatives. Please sign this petition to ask your senator to support the bill next. This reauthorization includes significant improvements to the law that will continue to protect young people in juvenile justice systems throughout the country by providing direct funding for research, training, technical assistance, and evaluation. Over 1 million children are involved in the juvenile justice system and many others are at risk of entering it due to difficult circumstances, such as poverty, broken families, and homelessness. This reauthorization will help improve many of the key areas of juvenile justice, such as reducing the placement of youth in adult jails, decreasing racial and ethnic disparities, and promoting alternatives to incarceration. Please sign our petition asking Congress to pass the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.
Petition to Vermont State Senate, Vermont State House
Vermonters Want Comprehensive Marijuana Legalization
Vermonters have a history of being on the moral side of history by opposing unjust law. A leading example is the Habeus Corpus Law of 1850 which was passed by the Vermont Legislature to command state law enforcement agents and judges to assist captured fugitive slaves. In response to Vermont's Habeus Corpus Law, then U.S. President Millard Fillmore threatened Vermont with a military occupation for essentially nullifying the Fugitive Slave Act within Vermont’s borders. Vermont was not intimidated. Marijuana prohibition is another example of an unjust law we Vermonters oppose. While federal code criminalizes the voluntary use, cultivation, and exchange of marijuana by informed and consenting adults, jurisdictions such as Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia, have taken independent measures apart from the U.S. Congress to decriminalize and/or re-legalize the consumption, cultivation, and trade of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes. Vermonters who support marijuana decriminalization and legalization do not necessarily condone drug use. However, we do oppose the dangerous practice of criminalizing consensual and victimless behavior by responsible adults. We the undersigned Voters of the State of Vermont, petition the State of Vermont to uphold it's constitutional duty to promote the general welfare through public health and safety policy, by defining reasonable regulations around personal marijuana use, cultivation, and commerce, such as product safety standards and product labeling requirements to facilitate informed consumer choice. We believe marijuana has not been empirically proven to be a significant danger to public health and safety justifying criminalization. No negative physiological health effects have ever been proven to be caused by consuming tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD) found in marijuana. Since legalizing recreational marijuana in 2012, Colorado violent crime rates have declined, and the growth rates in impaired driving and marijuana use by minors are statistically insignificant. We believe marijuana prohibition is not a reasonable form of regulation, but the abdication of regulatory authority by the State of Vermont, whereby public courts become closed to a minority group of consumers for adjudicating civil and business disputes, arguably in violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and whereby state regulatory authorities cease to protect Vermont consumers by defining product safety standards and product labeling requirements. We recognize the collateral damage caused by marijuana prohibition as a greater danger to public health and safety than personal marijuana use, cultivation and regulated trade. Our conclusion is based on the large number of otherwise law abiding, functional, and peaceable human beings having their private property confiscated under civil asset forfeiture law, and whose prospects for future prosperity are harmed after being labeled criminals for life over a marijuana related arrest and conviction. We require expungement of all nonviolent marijuana related arrest and conviction records. Over 80,000 Vermont residents surveyed by the RAND Corporation admit to regularly using marijuana. This suggests a narrow jury pool for Vermont prosecutors who wish to convict persons for the victimless acts of possessing, growing and voluntarily transacting for marijuana. We affirm every human being has natural authority over their mind and body, whereby the free exercise of informed choice, voluntary consumption, consensual trade, and cultivation of marijuana among responsible adults must be protected by Vermont state statute and municipal ordinance. We believe moral ends require moral means, and we recognize marijuana prohibition as both an ineffective and immoral means of promoting public health and protecting public safety. Our belief is based on overwhelming evidence from legal and policy research groups dating back to landmark finding of the 1972 National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse (aka The Shafer Commission), showing unreasonable collateral harm being done to individuals, families, and society from marijuana prohibition enforcement. We believe police lives matter. Marijuana legalization reduces demands on law enforcement to confront otherwise law abiding individuals over behavior as personal possession, consumption, cultivation, and consensual trade, which enhances officer safety by reducing officer exposure to harmful risk, and reserves crime-fighting resources for allocation towards solving and preventing genuine crimes having genuine victims. We believe responsible adult Vermonters have the moral right, civil right, and legal right to grow marijuana at home for personal use. If the people do not have a right to grow marijuana at home for personal use, no representative of the people in government may commercialize and license-out a nonexistent right of the people for profit. Lawmakers shall not turn the people into a captive market and divorce them from their values and capabilities, by commercially licensing-out the people's right to grow marijuana, while denying the same people the same ability to personally exercise this right for themselves. We believe genuine marijuana legalization restores civil rights. Racial and political minorities are arrested at higher rates for illicit marijuana not because police are inherently biased or racist, but because prohibition laws were designed to disrupt minority communities under the guise of public safety. President Richard Nixon's domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman, admitted on public record about the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) saying, "We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the [Vietnam] war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities." Therefore, We the undersigned Voters of the State of Vermont, pledge to support political candidates who back comprehensive marijuana legalization. We pledge to oppose any political candidate in Vermont’s upcoming state, county, and municipal election cycle(s), who explicitly or implicitly opposes passing a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill. Thank you for signing our petition. Our goal is to get 10,000 voters to sign before Vermont's 2017 legislative session closes. Please share our petition with your friends and family over Facebook, Twitter and email. 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Petition to President of the United States, Donald Trump, Lawrence Kupers
Clemency Support for Christopher Holyfield
I am asking you to join me in supporting Christopher Holyfield, and his efforts to receive Executive Clemency from President Trump. In the year 2000, Christopher Holyfield was charged with conspiracy to possess 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, and possession of 3 grams or less of crack cocaine. In either case, no violence was involved. Subsequently, Christopher was sentenced to a mandatory minimum life sentence, without the possibility of parole. Today, he has been incarcerated for 16 years. Christopher was incarcerated at the age of 32. Today, he is 48 years old. During his time away, he has lost a parent and gained four grandchildren. Due to his incarceration, he has been able to be fully bond with them. In addition, his mother is elderly, and he is not certain how much longer she will live. It is imperative that he comes home. His family needs him desperately. Furthermore, he has five children of his own who he has not been able to see grow up. Of these children, he has a 17-year-old daughter whose mother was in a car accident when she was 3. As a result of the accident, her mother is suffering from brain damage, and has been hospitalized every since. For the past 14 years, his daughter has been void of the proper love and support of a parent. He is the only parent she has that could be a functional, productive parent, but he can’t do it behind bars. Christopher wants more than anything to carry out the rest of his life with his family, so he can be there for them, love them genuinely, and guide them properly. Christopher states, “I am truly sorry for the crimes I have committed, and I pray for forgiveness. I would like to return to my community and be a productive member of society. Since my incarceration, I have matured a lot. My thinking is different now. I value my freedom and life more.” At some moments in our lives, we all make bad decisions, but when we take accountability for our actions we give ourselves room to change for the better. This is exactly what Christopher has done. During his incarceration, Christopher received his General Education Diploma (GED) along with a 200 hour computer course, a 240 hour micro computing course, a 240 hour Business Education course, along with so many other accolades. Christopher is an exemplar of rehabilitation, accountability, progress, and success. On behalf of him, his family, and all who support his efforts at clemency, I ask humbly that you sign and support this petition. Read more details about Christopher Holyfield
Petition to Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, National, Office of the National, Donald Trump
Strike down the Three Strikes Law to end unjust punishments for non-violent drug offenses
Non-violent drug offenses should not carry the same punishment as violent crimes such as aggravated assault, burglary, and murder. Under the current Three Strikes Law, people with two previous felony offenses are sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years having no possibility of parole. This is leaving thousands with broken homes and an endless loop of children growing up without parents. I know because I grew up in one. My entire life has been affected in one way or another by drugs. My father was in and out of our county jail until he overdosed on heroin at 36 years old in 2003. His name was Gumesindo. He never committed a single violent crime. Everyone he knew had nothing negative to say about him. By all accounts, he was a good man who looked for help in the wrong places. No one ever attempted to help him with his addiction, our courts simply punished him over and over again. It is my opinion that the Three Strikes Law played a part in his eventual overdose. I feel this way because he was obviously very sick and received nothing to help him overcome this sickness, except for months in a tiny cell. This law merely caused my dad to be away from my mother, myself, and my brother for longer and longer periods of time. And now, there is no more time to be spent be with him. And I know many people that have unfortunately suffered the same fate as my dad and my family. A lot of us do. I believe the only way to solve this issue is by ending the Three Strikes law and coming up with a replacement. There are many things that the people of this country have done to help those who suffer from addiction. I believe we could do more. First, the Three Strikes Law needs to be struck down or amended to allow for more opportunities for rehabilitation. Some of the money that is being spent on prisons needs to go towards programs that are designed to help this country's non-violent offenders rather than to punish them to the same extent that murderers are punished. I know that, as a society, we must have some sort of justice system to punish those who have done wrong to keep from devolving into anarchy. However, I believe that we should also have a system that we can fall back on when the prisons do not work anymore. Thank you.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Pass the Justice Safety Valve Act
When my brother was sentenced to 55 years for a nonviolent marijuana offense eleven years ago, the judge who sentenced him strongly opposed sending a father of three to prison for so long. But because of mandatory minimum sentencing, he had no choice. Now, a new bill in Congress will give judges the authority to give sentences lower than the mandatory punishment in certain cases where the sentence is excessive. The Justice Safety Valve Act will finally let judges do what they're supposed to: judge! It would allow judges to sentence a person to less prison time than the mandatory minimum law requires whenever the mandatory minimum sentence is unjust or excessive. Federal judges are currently bound to sentence offenders in compliance with mandatory minimum sentences, resulting in unfair sentences and an explosion in the prison population. My brother's judge called the sentence “unjust, cruel, and even irrational.” He's not the only one. There are judges all over the country who oppose mandatory minimum sentencing because these laws prevent them from using their discretion to hand out the appropriate sentence and often force them to destroy families. In a recent interview, Weldon's judge said, “If he had been an aircraft hijacker, he would have gotten 24 years in prison. If he’d been a terrorist, he would have gotten 20 years in prison. If he was a child rapist, he would have gotten 11 years in prison. And now I’m supposed to give him a 55-year sentence? I mean, that’s just not right.” The Justice Safety Valve Act has bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House -- but your lawmakers need to hear from you. We can pass this bill and greatly improve the criminal justice system. Please sign my petition calling on Congress to pass the Justice Safety Valve Act.
Petition to His Excellency, Rodrigo R. Duterte
PREVENT THE EARLY RETIREMENT OF P/DIR GEN. DELA ROSA
We may give the impression that a biased media outlet which is controlled by the opposition has been conditioning the minds of influential people by circulating speculations that PNP Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa will subject himself to early retirement in the likelihood of giving way to the second-in-command, General Ramon Apolinario for a taste of plenary leadership. This is unfair to the Filipinos, especially that the current National Police Chief has been doing fine on his job, particularly on dangerous drugs crusade, the accomplishments for which are beyond imagination. Why now? General Bato has established propinquity with the President which is instrumental to the big hits. An influenced early retirement could result to demoralization in Command as the non-commissioned officers are now becoming chivalrous in fighting criminals including those who are considered "Untouchables!" It is impractical to subject the duties of the Good General to a halt, much as doing so would deprive the citizens of the "Sans Pareil" benefit, given the existing favorable scenario embraced by the Common Tao. The Filipino People Loved Duterte, as they Loved Bato. Mr. President, We Petition to You, to let P/Dir Gen. Dela Rosa finish what he started by exhausting his length of service. Or even extend it when necessary. ON PRESENTATION TO THE APPROPRIATE AGENCIES, THIS PETITION WILL BECOME A PUBLIC DOCUMENT.
Petition to Presidential Pardon Attorney, Barack Obama
Clemency for Gracie Ann Walker
I am writing for my friend, Gracie Walker, asking that she be included as a candidate for Executive Clemency from President Obama. Gracie is 58 years old. She is currently in the 9th year serving a 24-year sentence for a nonviolent drug conspiracy charge. When she was arrested, Gracie was a working single mother and had not been involved with drugs for over three years. She was not in possession of any contraband and no drugs were found in the house where she was arrested. However she has accepted full responsibility for her participation in the case she was convicted of. When she went to prison, Gracie had one year of college. While in jail, she has completed 100 classes and is pursuing a career as a horticulture technician. Gracie has been in a minimum custody camp since 2011, and is known for being dependable and trustworthy. She has a clear disciplinary record and works in the case manager/counselor’s office. Her experience, education and well-developed work ethic make Gracie an excellent candidate for clemency. Gracie’s parents are 82 and 83-years-old. Her father has MSA, a condition that is similar to severe Parkinson’s Disease, and her mother is physically unable to care for him. Gracie has one sister, a disabled veteran who is not able to properly care for her parents. Gracie would like to assume responsibility for the care and well-being of her parents, in effect giving back the love and care that she received from them as a child. Gracie has four grandchildren, ranging in age from three to eleven. These children have never seen their grandmother outside of prison. They have never enjoyed the wonders of a sleepover at Grandma’s house. Gracie has never read them a bed-time story. She has never seen their faces around a Christmas tree or a Thanksgiving table. In prison, Gracie Walker is trusted and reliable Inmate# 35712177. Outside of prison, she would be a trusted and reliable employee as well as a loving and caring friend, mother, sister and daughter. Please help give Gracie the opportunity to give back to society and her family by asking President Obama to grant her Executive Clemency. Learn more about Gracie's case on the CAN-DO Foundation website. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.Sincerely, James M. Davis