Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, Donald Trump, Chris Christie, Charles D. Baker
Mr. President SIGN THE DECLARATION declaring the opioid crisis is a NATIONAL EMERGENCY
Mr. President, recently you announced that the opioid crisis is a national emergency. You also stated that "we're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis", none of which can begin until you sign the declaration. Time is of the essence here!! 142 people are dying every day!! Since you announced this national emergency two weeks ago 1,988 people have died here in America. I don't have to tell you more people have died in this epidemic than in the Vietnam war. Or more people are dying now more than from guns or car accidents. Or every 3 weeks people are dying equivalent to 9/11. I don't have to tell you this. You already know. What I can tell you is I am one of those parents who've lost a child in this epidemic and sadly have many friends who have lost a child as well. We can no longer fight for our child, but we can fight for others so that they may get the opportunity to recovery in which our child did not have. So I beg you Mr. President, choose!! Sign this national emergency declaration under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act. Or both!! But please choose and sign that declaration. We need you Mr. President to save our children, now.
Petition to District Attorneys Ashley Welch and Greg Newman, Jackson Co. Sheriff Chip Hall, Sheriff David Mahoney
Investigate My Son's Suspicious Death
In 2012 my son Hank Few disappeared under suspicious circumstances. From the beginning, we received no help or interest from the local authorities, who even called off the search for him. As a result I had to search the woods myself. I found his body, in a condition that clearly indicated foul play, in the woods in Transylvania County. Since then, we have been through a nightmare of disinformation and disinterest from local and state authorities. His death was pronounced an accidental overdose, despite conflicting results from the medical examiner. My family has contacted the Attorney General, the State Bureau of Investigation, the Governor and the DA and gotten nothing but silence, form letters and insults in return. The past five years have been a journey of discovery about the brokenness of our judicial system in North Carolina. According to the Charlotte Observer, our medical examiner system is one of the worst in the country, relying on phoned-in reports from untrained physicians, and with many breaks in the chain of evidence. This was certainly true in Hank's case, and because of my continuing to press for answers, many people in the area have come to me with similar stories of relatives or friends who died suspicious deaths but were pronounced suicides or accidents. The mountainous area surrounding the resort towns of Brevard, Sapphire and Cashiers is a playground for the ultrarich, and local governments have a vested interest in making sure crime statistics remain low. The truth on the ground is quite different. In my work with the local soup kitchen I see families priced out of their ancestral homes by high land values, joblessness, poor educational resources, and rampant drug addiction, particularly to meth. Young people like my son who run afoul of the law -- and he did have his problems, but he was very young and there was still hope for him -- are a very low priority for law enforcement. I have learned that we are not alone in seeking legal redress for a relative who was almost certainly murdered. A look at local crime statistics poses some interesting questions: while this part of NC has seen a boom in population, murder rates have fallen by as much as 20% (for the 20 - 25 age cohort, Hank's age group). Meanwhile the NC rate of "unintentional overdose" death has skyrocketed by 106%. It is easy for law enforcement to pass off the death of a young person without wealthy family connections as "just another druggie:" it's less work for them and keeps their community's crime profile pristine for the real estate trade. As a result of a civil lawsuit I came into possession of a 911 recording of someone reporting to Transylvania Sheriff Gale Mackey that his child had witnessed the killing of Hank Few. This piece of evidence, coupled with confessions made to me personally by members of the perpetrators' families, place the commission of the crime in Jackson County. However, no one in the Sheriff's department or DA's office, in Transylvania or Jackson will talk to me, answer an email, or return a phone call. This is the challenge of this petition: Meet with me, review the case materials I have amassed over the past five years. To call this case closed is a grave miscarriage of justice. I will continue to fight to be heard, if only because I do not want my grandchildren to think a parent left them via suicide or carelessness. If, as a result, other families will come forward and seek justice, that will be a wider social benefit. Poor Appalachian people mistrust the law, and for good reason, I now realize. This would be a step toward showing that law enforcement is not just for the folks in the gated golf course communities.
Petition to IUPUI Policy Advisory Council
Stop the misuse of prescription stimulants as study aids.
The use of prescribed stimulants without medical reason to do so creates an imbalance in the ability of the student body and gives those students an unfair advantage compared to those who do not use cognitive enhancing medications, and an even greater advantage over those who rely on such stimulants to be able to function at a level similar to their classmates. If an athlete takes steroids, it is considered cheating. Why is it not cheating if a student uses a drug to score better on a test or a paper?
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States, Human Rights Campaign, HHS , The Department for Health and Social Care, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Chris Christie
Change HIPAA rules dealing with addiction.
As someone with a very close cousin who has battled addiction for 10 years now, it is obvious to me that the HIPAA Privacy Rule needs immediate change. The HIPAA Rule must change so that it allows patients’ families to be notified immediately of any medical issues/updates regarding the patient. I understand that it protects the patient’s rights, however, in a situation where someone, like my own cousin, is rushed to the hospital due to a drug overdose, these privacy rights should be thrown out the window. Families have the right to know what is going on with their loved one. My cousin has fortunately survived two overdoses, yet still refuses help and continues to use drugs like heroin. A person who uses drugs on a regular basis is clearly not in the right state of mind, and should not be granted the ability to sign themselves out of rehab, especially without any family members being notified of their whereabouts. There comes a certain point where a person’s well-being should be put before their privacy rights. Drug addicts can not make rational decisions and therefore it should not be their sole responsibility to make decisions regarding their health. Recently, my cousin was administered Narcan to save her life after she overdosed. She ordered the hospital to send her parents home and because of the HIPAA Rule, they had no choice but to leave. Because of my cousin’s right to “legal privacy,” she has the ability to sign herself out of the hospital without her parents being notified. This leaves her parents in the dark as to whether she is alive and safe, or has overdosed alone somewhere. One time, my cousin signed herself out of rehab and her parents were not even told that she had left the facility. Days later, her mother arrived at the rehab facility to visit and support her. It was not long until she realized that her daughter was missing. In 2017 alone, over 70,000 people died of drug overdoses. A number of them were able to escape from their families and go under the radar with the help of the HIPAA Rule. If we could help just a fraction of the victims of drug abuse, we could make an enormous change in society by saving many lives and creating worry free parents. The HIPAA Privacy Rule continues to allow people like my cousin to sneak away and obtain their next high, possibly their last. Please sign and make a difference.
Petition to Mayor Sam liccardo, Councilmember Chappie Jones, Councilmember Johnny Khamis, Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco, Councilmember Sylvia Arenas, Councilmember Tam Nguyen, Councilmember Lan Diep, Councilmember Donald Rocha, Councilmember Dev Davis, Councilmember Raul Peralez, Councilmember Sergio Jimenez
Protect our Kids, Parks, and Environment - Equip Our SJ Park Rangers
Our trained San José Park Rangers have been ordered to suspend law enforcement in and around Coyote Creek, including our parks like the Tully Ballfields. This has placed our Community in serious danger, is forcing our children to stay inside, and is destroying our environment. We are asking our Community to come together and support a cause that will have an immediate and positive impact on our quality of life in San José. With your support, our children and families will be more able to enjoy our City parks without fear of assault or hurting themselves on syringes, condoms, biological hazards, or weapons. Work crews will be able to cleanup and perform maintenance in our creeks, which will help prevent flooding. Our natural ecosystem will have the opportunity to restore itself. All of this is possible while we save tax dollars. Please sign this petition to demand our City Council provide our Park Rangers with the standard tools of law enforcement, including the ability to carry firearms, transport prisoners, and allow our Rangers to perform law enforcement duties in our riparian corridors (creeks) and parks while being subjected to the same accountability procedures as our Police Officers. San José Peace Officer Park Rangers are highly trained and thoroughly vetted law enforcement officers who undergo thorough background checks, polygraphs, psychological exams, medical exams, fingerprinting, and more. Rangers complete a 700+ hour National Park Service Academy, the same academy used by armed National Park Service Rangers. The hours of this academy EXCEEDS Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) minimum standards. Over 100 hours are spent training on firearms alone. Rangers also complete the CA specific laws of arrest course, PC 832, as well as the 40 hour Critical Incident Training and Principled Policing, a POST certified course on procedural justice and implicit bias. Public Safety By equipping our SJ Park Rangers, we will increase the number of trained and experienced Law Enforcement personnel allowed to respond to criminal activity by almost 20 officers overnight. SJPD will be able to focus on their normal routine and not have to be called off a priority call to help with a routine park call. Currently, San José City Policy directs Rangers to call SJPD when they witness a crime, even though they are trained Law Enforcement and more than capable of performing their duties through the training received as described above. Our Creeks are non-patrolled highways for narcotics and other illegal distribution, including prostitution and illegal weapons. Having this area patrolled with armed law enforcement will make our City a much safer place for us all. Environmental Protection and Flood Prevention Our Park Rangers have recovered numerous firearms from criminals in Coyote Creek resulting in their management ordering them to cease law enforcement duties. The Criminal element has taken over certain areas of the creek which threatens city, county, and water district work crews from performing routine maintenance along the creek, such as trash pickup and the removal of overgrowth, both of which inhibit the waters ability to flow. This was one of the factors responsible for the Coyote Creek President’s Day Flooding. Had the area been maintained properly, water will have flowed normally which may have prevented the flooding occurring, or at least mitigated the level of devastation. Saves Tax payer Dollars Currently, the City has decided that two SJPD Officers need to accompany each team of Rangers in order for law enforcement to occur in the creeks and our parks. This means that two SJPD Officers are paid overtime or double time to backup our Rangers. Four law enforcement personnel are therefore required to do the job of two law enforcement personnel, at a cost of three or four SJPD salaries. The funding for this comes out of the budget for our parks and other neighborhood services, meaning their maintenance will suffer. Equipping our Rangers eliminates the need for this excessive overtime spending, and allows SJPD to focus on their normal day to day duties while our parks are enforced by our Rangers.