Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Allow American Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp
In 1985, my dad, Willie Nelson, helped organize Farm Aid, a benefit concert for America's family farmers. He's always been dedicated to helping farmers and the environment -- something he's passed on to his children. One of the most important issues for us is allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp -- something that's still not completely legal in the United States. It is nuts that I can walk into my local health food store and purchase a variety of healthy hemp foods but it is not legal for most American farmers to grow and sell this amazing crop. It is time to allow American farmers to grow this sustainable and extremely useful plant, bring back economic vitality to our rural communities, and help rebuild our depleted soils. Please join me and the National Hemp Association to help pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act which will: Enable American farmers to freely import seeds from outside the U.S. to grow millions of acres of American hemp without a need for pesticides or herbicides and using 1/3 the water needed for corn. Help America rebuild a multi-faceted industry which would generate tens of thousands of jobs for rural farmers and middle income businesses. Eliminate the confusion between marijuana and hemp and clarify the myriad of beneficial uses of industrial hemp. Clear up the conflicting legal status around the use and sale of products made from hemp extractions. End the restrictions surrounding the transportation of seeds and live plants across state boundaries. Remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. Thank you very much for your support. - Micah Nelson
Petition to Mr Bongile Mhaleni, Ms K Gaborone
Concern youth of Warrenton
Basic needs...Clean water for all!. Youth development not EPWP, Gabbage collection,proper sanitation, housing and community development. We would like to know why is warrenton lacking all that,why people of Magareng are suffering to get basic needs which their entitled to?...what is the municipality and the new administration doing and gonna do to solve and change what the previous admin couldn't do? Services can't be paid for with high youth unemployment while we have our own municipality... we know unemployment is the country's problem ... but what is our municipality doing to help overturn the rate?.. WE ARE CONCERN YOUTH PLEASE DONT HESITATE TO SIGN THE PETITION FOR US AND FOR THE COMING GENERATION.
Petition to Which Wich
Start Another Which Wich In Springfield, MO
As most of your know, Which Wich has left Springfield. There is a superior-sandwich-sized hole in our community, and it's time that we change that. Subway and Jimmy John's made a decent substitute for a while, but that time has passed. The don't have the sharpies, the customizable bubbles, or the shakes. And if you want to go on a picnic the other sandwiches aren't wrapped in foil so they don't stay crisp. It was the perfect accent to Springfield and we need it back. Please, have a heart, and sign this petition.
Petition to Brian Birdwell, Greg Abbott, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Mike Lang
Give Nonviolent Ex-Offenders a Second Chance
My name is Stephanie Smith. I have a BA in Child Development and a Master's in Education I am currently working toward my second Masters degree in Criminal Justice, and hope to earn a PhD in Criminology. I want to help juveniles reform and not end up in the legal system. I want to motivate and inspire others. I’m a community volunteer and advocate for the American Diabetes Association, am a member of Gamma Beta Phi National Honor society at Tarleton State University. I volunteer in my community and at the university whenever I can. I also committed a felony, back in 2004. It was nonviolent, and not drug-related. I pled guilty to forging a check, did 9 months in the worst state jail in Texas, and was released in 2005. But still, ten years later, I can’t shake that felony charge and can’t get a job in the field I want to work in. What about that second chance? I did everything asked of me, and much more, to change for the better. I served my time, never committed another crime, and have taken every opportunity to give back to society. In fact, I want to use my hard-earned education to become an advocate for youth in need, but my felony record has been deemed a “conflict of interest.” We need to send the message to reformed ex-offenders that there is hope for redemption, and their past wrongdoing won’t follow them to the grave. Please join me in calling on Texas lawmakers to seal the criminal records of nonviolent offenders after ten years or at least put into place a NON-DISCLOSER law in effect, so we can have a real second chance. In Texas, ex-offenders regain certain rights five years after release, like voting and possessing a firearm. Yet, we still can’t get quality jobs to put food on our table and help us save for our families’ future. In my experience, even with corporations that claim not to be “anti-offender,” biases creep in once they do a routine background check and see that prior conviction. Unless the record is sealed or we have a non-discloser law, we will continue to be discriminated against in the workplace, and our dreams of a better life will remain on hold. I’m not asking for an across-the-board erasing of records for all ex-offenders. This is only for nonviolent offenders who were convicted of non-drug-related offenses. They cannot have committed any other crime since their release, and they must be able to provide proof of their reform. This is not a free-for-all for former criminals, and it will not make the workplace any less safe. This is merely a good-faith show of support for the American dream. I’m anxious to help reform how our juvenile offenders are treated, and to build better community resources for all children to teach them responsibility, so that they don’t make the same mistakes I did. Please help me help them. Please help me urge Texas lawmakers to seal the criminal records of reformed, nonviolent offenders after ten years, so they can have a chance at a new life. Thank you!!! Stephanie Smith
Petition to Mike Pushkin, the Honorable Delegate John Shott, the Honorable Speaker Tim Armstead, Delegate Mike Pushkin
Put SB 76, 366, HB 2107, 2536, 2657 (the Second Chance for Employment Act) on the agenda
My name is Amber Miller and when I was 20 years old, I made a mistake. I am not asking for a get out of jail free card. I already paid my debt and did my time. I am asking for a second chance at life. Let me explain. It is still hard for me to talk about what I did over a decade ago. I was young, dumb and running with the wrong crowd…and I had gotten involved with drugs. One day, I needed money, and I knew my grandmother did not lock her door. I snuck in with a friend, and took $30 from her house. I was soon caught and even though my grandmother ultimately forgave me, I was convicted of daytime burglary, a felony, and sentenced to prison. I did not know then what a huge impact this mistake would have on the rest of my life. I am a single mother of two handsome boys. They are the light of my life. All I want to do is provide for them and give them a better life. I went back to school and obtained a degree in Medical Administration, but have been unable to find a job in my field. It seems that as soon as an employer finds out you are a convicted felon, company policy prevents me from being hired. . When I disclosed my charges to CAMC and ResCare, both told me they could not hire me. I wanted to become a social worker so I could help others that find themselves making the same mistakes I did, but that requires a license from the state which convicted felons cannot get. House Bill 2604, a bipartisan bill introduced in the West Virginia Legislature would give me that second chance. The bill, sponsored by Del. Mike Pushkin, D- Kanawha, would create a process by which first time, non-violent offenders could petition the courts for a clean record five years after they have completed their parole or probation. Applicants would be judged on an individual basis. No conviction involving a gun, sex offense, stalking, domestic violence, malicious wounding, or any crime against a child would be eligible for this program. The bill would give West Virginians like me the ability to return to being responsible, productive members of society. It would put people to work and keep families together. It would provide an extra incentive for recently released West Virginians to stay clean and out of trouble. And it would allow people like me to provide for my children without government assistance, saving taxpayers’ money. This is where you come in. Del. John Shott, the Chair of the House Committee on the Judiciary, is currently the one who decides if this bill is considered. Speaker of the House, Tim Armstead, could also positively influence this bill’s passage. Let them know you support forgiveness, redemption, and giving West Virginians a second chance at life. Del. Shott's number is 304-340-3252. His email is email@example.com. Speaker Armstead’s number is 304-340-3210. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I have had doors closed in my face for over 10 years. Please help open them.
Petition to Joe Hoppe, Sarah anderson, Greg Davids, Laurie Halvorson, Sheldon Johnson, Eric Pratt, Karin Housley, Paul Gezelka, Gary Dahms, Jenifer Loon, Kurt Daudt, Ron Kresha, Melissa Hortman, Linda Slocum, Chris Swedzinski, Minnesota Governor, Tim O Driscoll, Joyce Peppin, Andrew Schmitt, Dennis Smith, Jon Applebaum, Thomas Bakk, Kelly Fenton, Susan Allen, Regina Barr, Mary Franson, Debra Hilstrom, Bob Loonan, Jim Nash, Dave Pinto, Paul Rosenthal, Daniel Sparks, Bobby Champion, Roger Chamberlain, Jeff Hayden, Mark Koran, Paul Utke
Legalize Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota
Minnesota deserves the right to compete on an even playing field with neighboring states that have already repealed their outdated blue laws. Consumers across Minnesota deserve the right to shop when it's convenient for them - and for many people that's on a Sunday! Repealing this outdated blue law won't force anyone to make a purchase, or any store to be open. It just allows for the possibility. It allows for CHOICE! Antiquated blue laws put Minnesota at a competitive disadvantage with Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and even Canada. Some analysts estimate that legalizing Sunday alcohol sales in Minnesota could generate at least $15million in additional state tax revenue. A poll by Public Policy Polling showed Minnesota voters overwhelming support legalizing Sunday alcohol sales, regardless of party affiliation. Sunday liquor sales are favored by 61 percent of Democrats, and only 22 percent opposed. Republicans are in favor by a 46/38 margin. Independents approve of Sunday sales by a massive 68/23 margin. The bipartisan consensus is measured at more than two-to-one, with 59 percent in favor and 27 percent against. Blue laws are not just a state issue. Minnesota cities also lose revenue from the antiquated laws of a bygone era. In 2011 the Duluth city council passed a resolution to support legislation legalizing Sunday liquor sales. Bring Minnesota out of the dark ages, legalize the sale of liquor, wine, and beer on Sunday.
Petition to Michael G. Ford, Dan Dirks, Councilwoman Mary Sheffield, Brenda Jones, Michael Duggan
Give Us Back Our Street: Restore Bus Service on the Woodward (53) line to Woodward Avenue
DDOT bus service on route 53, Woodward must be restored to its original route through Downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue. This is the direct route from Northern Suburbs to Downtown Detroit, and has always been considered a necessary thoroughfare for Regional Transit. Thousands of Detroiters use the Woodward bus on a daily basis. The constant rerouting of service on Woodward has already created a hardship for bus riders during construction of a project which will provide them no benefit. The route the Woodward bus currently takes bypasses many downtown destinations, including traffic court, banks, and churches creating a particular hardship for seniors and the disabled who now have a walk of 1 to 4 blocks to reach Woodward. We need a bus that takes us where we need to go, that serves the needs of the majority of Detroit transit users. We need the Woodward bus to run down Woodward, through, not just to Downtown.
Petition to Barnes & Noble, Prestige Properties
Do not close the Bay Plaza Barnes and Noble retail location!
This petition was co-created by Ms. Jessica Cruz."The New Bronx" is a growing retail center, with cell phone stores, clothing stores, and chain restaurants sprouting on every corner. We just opened the largest indoor mall in New York City in 40 years.But by the end of the year, "The New Bronx" will be the only borough in New York without a bookstore.In a borough with nearly a dozen institutions of higher education and almost 20 percent of its residents now possessing a bachelor's degree, the lack of accessibility to quality literature, in addition to art and hobby supplies, is truly alarming. Community residents will no longer have a place to purchase novels, instruction books, nor training manuals for important exams such as the SATs. They will no longer be able to meet their favorite authors or celebrities, including Steve Harvey and Joel Osteen. In addition, dozens of Bronxites will now be out of work and forced to find jobs elsewhere.The signers of this petition demand that Prestige Properties arrange a fair leasing deal for the bookstore, and allow it to stay in the area. The Bronx is already the poorest county in the country. We must not let it become the stupidest.