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Petition to Jerry Brown, California Governor

Reduce my son's unjust sentence

My son Jeremy Stewart has been given 70 years in prison for stealing. He was convicted of burglarizing two homes while the residents were out. There was no confrontation, no threats, and no violence. California has the toughest Three strikes law allowing life sentences for property theft. My son had two prior nonviolent offenses, the judge made the decision to enforce the law to the fullest. I have been fighting for a fairer punishment ever since. Under previous California law, Jeremy would have most likely been sentenced to about 12-15 years in prison. But because of California's 3 Strikes law, Jeremy received a harsher sentence than drug cartel hit men who had confessed to killing more than 20 people. They only got 25-years-to-life. Jeremy's poor decisions were made while he was dealing with a serious drug addiction and depression. He needed treatment and rehabilitation.This doesn't excuse his conduct and he knows he needs to face consequences for his actions. But 70 years to life with no good time credits allowed, means he won't be eligible for parole until he is 96. The cost, 5 million dollars to taxpayers. This is an unjust and  inhumane death sentence, all for nonviolent offense. Jeremy is not the only one being punished -- I am raising his two children in his absence. Every day, these innocent young children suffer emotionally missing their father. I struggle financially working to afford day care and their basic needs.This unjust sentence means his children will never be able share the same four walls as their father. He should have an opportunity to earn the right to return home to provide for his two young children, Heatherly and David, currently ages 5 and 6. Today Jeremy is serving his sentence at Centenila State Prison. He tutors other inmates, leads the Christian worship services and the Narcotics Anonymous group. He currently has a 4.0 GPA through Coastline College and will soon be graduating, just 4 more classes to go. He has been a model prisoner. Jeremy made a terrible mistake, but should a nonviolent crime put him behind bars for life?  A Petition for Clemency has been sent to Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown to exercise his discretion and reduce Jeremy's sentence. I am asking the Governor to reduce his sentence to 20 years. I humbly and respectfully request your support. Please sign my petition and stand by me and my family as we fight to give Jeremy the chance to come home one day. Thank you. Elizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth stewart
55,596 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

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Engage the Magnolia Community Regarding Emerson Street Bridge Traffic Revision

Magnolia has 3 entrance/ exit points for this neighborhood, and until recently, had a total of 6 functional lanes entering and 5 lanes exiting the Magnolia peninsula.    With very little public announcement, SDOT implemented a traffic revision on the Emerson Bridge extending east to the intersection of Commodore Way, eliminating a full lane of entrance into the neighborhood! The goal of this project was to connect bike pathways into Magnolia, but failed to consider that this is one of 3 entrance/ exit points for the entirely of Magnolia and is an essential daily pathway for tens of thousands of Magnolia Residents.  The city did outreach to the residences on the arterial feeding this route, but they also failed to extend their outreach beyond their standard adjacent roads, again lacking consideration how this is not a standard intersection in the city of Seattle.  SDOT states that they are moving forward with this project, despite requests of local residents to meet and to re-consider the project.   In light of the exceptional traffic back-ups caused by this revision, and the fact that Magnolia's other entrance points - the Magnolia Bridge which has been deemed limited for long-term use, especially if there is an earthquake, and Dravus street which is experiencing exceptional up-zoning,  densification and congestion at the intersection at 15th Ave. W- residents of Magnolia and all visitors to this neighborhood need our city to duly consider how to allow appropriate traffic flow into and out of this neighborhood.   There is no other community in Seattle with such limited road access. Magnolia also has many residents under the age of 18 and over the age of 60, which precludes a large majority of our community from being bike commuters.  We do have a substantial biclycle-commenting population and we wish for this project to work for all residents of our community.  We wish for the City of Seattle and SDOT to engage our community and to develop adequate and proactive plans for traffic routes as the financial security of the 20,000 residents of Magnolia depend on relaible and efficient roads in and out of our community.   Many Magnolia residents have excellent and creative solutions for bridging the needs of the biking and driving residents of this community. If proper community engagement had occurred, we could have had this project roll-out with much greater success. We are hoping to re-evaluate this project with our city leaders and SDOT to find a more tenable solution.

Magnolia Solutions Coalition
1,396 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C, John Affleck-Graves, Erin Hoffman Harding

Urge University of Notre Dame to keep on-campus student family housing

“The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church.” -Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia While University of Notre Dame has a proud history of strong Catholic identity and mission, its current plan to demolish on-campus student family housing is diametrically opposed to its core values. The university's mission statement declares that “The emphasis on community in Catholicism explains why Notre Dame historically has fostered familial bonds in its institutional life.” Notre Dame has indeed fostered familial bonds for married graduate students through the communally focused “Vetville,” and its replacement, University Village, for as long as married students have been allowed to enroll. Familial bonds are a daily reality in The Village and close by Cripe Street Apartments (housing for married students without children), which together consist of 89 families, 61 of which are international (69%). These families are welcomed to Notre Dame from all over the world with a safe, affordable place to live on-campus. Neighbors share childcare and build the meaningful and necessary friendships to navigate the complexities and challenges of student family life. The Notre Dame Housing Office has been slow to reveal any concrete plan for families since its initial announcement of the permanent closure of on-campus married housing three years ago. In a 2014 letter to University Village residents, Erin Hoffman Harding, VP of Student Affairs, wrote, “In the summer of 2018, married and parenting students will be welcomed to live in designated sections of Fischer Graduate Residences,” and those with a lease for 2014-2015 would receive “grandfathered lease rates.” Now, in fall of 2017, this will apply to only a small percentage of families.  The remaining residents will be offered rates approximately double that of their current rent, with no family friendly amenities, making this a nonviable option for student families.  Only through direct inquiries have residents discovered that the alternative idea for families is to “cluster” in several different off-campus neighborhoods, with the University providing resources for activities (First Friday dinners, cooking classes, etc) to create a community atmosphere divorced from geographic place. The alleged attempt to create activities is admirable, but falls far short of the “familial bond” type traditions The Village maintains through its physical layout and geography. Situated on the northeast corner of campus, at Douglas Road and S.R. 933, University Village is comprised of 6 apartment buildings situated around a fenced recreational space. Residents have easy access to campus life via a walking path, and to a safe, affordable, campus community with neighbors right across the enclosed playground. These core components - proximity, layout, safety, and affordability - are essential for the welfare of families, but are most decisive for the thriving of international families.  Join us in our appeal to the 71 year tradition of Notre Dame supporting student family life with affordable, communal focused, on-campus housing, in alignment with its Catholic values. Join us in our demand that a meaningful equivalent to this housing model be implemented before current housing is closed. #SaveUniversityVillage #WhatWouldHesburghSay #AmorisLaetitia

Save University Village
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