Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump
Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress and their families
Several years ago, my dad got the news that he had cancer. Sadly, he passed away. My dad had a job at the time, but his employer did not cover him, and without coverage, he avoided going to the doctor until it was too late. As Congress and President Trump try to pass a new healthcare law, I'm reminded of my father and whether he would have made it if he had early access to cost-effective health care. Affordable health care is in decline as premiums and health costs increase at exponential rates. Some politicians cannot relate to the cost burden experienced by families across the nation because they’ve historically received health benefits that most Americans have not. Like millions of people who are panicking about possible changes to their health insurance, I’m concerned the people elected to represent us won’t have to live with the consequences or expenses that the rest of us may have to face soon. I want lawmakers to commit to treating themselves just like those who will be impacted by ACA repeal or replacement. A lot of Members of Congress promote choice as an American value, which is all the more reason for them to have to continue to choose their own health coverage from the free marketplace. If private health care is good for the American citizen, it should also be good for the people that defend it. If Congress is willing to drastically cut healthcare subsidies for most people, are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?
Petition to Home Depot
Home Depot: Stop selling dangerous chemicals
A weekend home improvement project shouldn’t result in a dangerous exposure to chemicals. You can walk into any Home Depot and buy paint strippers containing two highly toxic chemicals—methylene chloride (also known as DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). Short-term exposure to DCM can be deadly. According to OSHA, paint strippers containing DCM have been linked to more than 50 deaths nationwide since the 1980’s — usually during tasks like refinishing bathtubs in poorly ventilated spaces. Long-term exposure to DCM has been linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer. A chemical this dangerous shouldn’t be available in home improvement stores. Some companies market NMP as a safer alternative to DCM. But the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has warned that NMP exposure puts women of childbearing age and pregnant women at risk of harm to their fetuses. NMP has been linked to miscarriage, fetal death, decreased birth weight, and other fetal developmental effects. The EPA recently proposed major restrictions on these chemicals in paint strippers under a new chemical safety law. But that process could take years and there’s just no good reason for retailers like Home Depot to continue selling products containing these chemicals — especially when safer alternatives are readily available. Retailers like The Home Depot have a track-record of proactive leadership in restricting the sale of other toxic chemicals, such as phthalates in flooring materials. The Home Depot has an excellent opportunity to build on that track record by also phasing out the sale of paint strippers containing DCM and NMP. Please sign and share this petition to encourage retailers like The Home Depot to protect our families from these dangerous chemicals. Help us tell The Home Depot to stop selling DCM and NMP-filled paint thinners today.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President Donald Trump
Legalize Lyme Disease
Lyme disease has reached epidemic proportions. It is the fastest growing infectious bacterial disease in America. Generally contracted through a tick bite, new evidence shows it is also contractable via mosquito, spider, or fly bite , from mother to child in the womb , or potentially through unprotected sex . The CDC admits that it does not know how many people have Lyme disease. Estimates vary between 300,000 and 1.5 Million new cases diagnosed per year . These figures do not include tens of thousands of undiagnosed or misdiagnosed cases. 25% of all Lyme cases are children. When Lyme disease is not treated early it can be debilitating, even fatal. The spiral-shaped bacteria (Borrelia) bore their way through every tissue, organ, or bone, causing damage wherever they go. The bacteria knowingly avoid treatment areas in the body and by changing their shape, mimic non-threatening cells. They create intelligent biofilms to protect themselves from antibiotics and their host's natural immune response. Studies now show that 1 in 5 cases may go on to become chronic due to Borrelia "persisters" . Unfortunately, the CDC-approved test available for early detection fails approximately 50% of the time . And due to abysmal funding for research, effective treatments are experimental and often long-lasting. The CDC's illegal preferential treatment of out-of-date and inaccurate Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) Lyme Treatment Guidelines  supports a government narrative that chronic Lyme does not exist. Thusly, insurance companies are not required to cover treatment costs and patients are left to pay for long-lasting treatment out of pocket. Lyme Literate Medical Doctors (LLMDs) who practice life-saving medicine for Lyme patients are forced to operate outside of the insurance industry, for risk of being shut down. Such little information and training is available to physicians across the country, leaving patients to suffer from Lyme for years before they even receive a diagnosis . By then, many have been misdiagnosed with any of the over 300 other diseases that Lyme mimics . They have lost their jobs and are on disability. Some (including children and teens) are heavily affected by the neuropsychological effects of the disease and succumb to suicide . Others have died simply due to ignorance of doctors . This cannot continue. The CDC and IDSA have failed to control Lyme disease. As sufferers, care-takers, friends, family, and co-workers of those who are suffering, we urgently request from the President and all members of Congress: 1. Legislation Expanding The Definition Of Lyme Disease To Cover Chronic Lyme And Co-infections 2. Legislation Protecting Doctors Who Treat Chronic Lyme And Co-infections From Insurance Industry-driven Investigation And Shut-down 3. Heavily Increased Funding For Research Into Chronic Lyme Disease And Co-infections 4. Greatly Improved Testing With High Accuracy Rates (As Seen With Ebola And Other Infectious Diseases) 5. Education Of Doctors And The Public Regarding Symptoms And All Treatment Options -- This petition was originally featured on the We The People petition site. Thank you for signing and sharing with friends, coworkers, spiritual leaders, family members, loved ones, and strangers. It is time to Legalize Lyme disease, including chronic stage and co-infections! -- Sign to add your voice to establish proper legislation and funding of this global epidemic. Important resources: ILADS.org lymedisease.org lymestats.org lymediseasechallenge.org -- Sources:  New England Journal of Medicine: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199006143222415Journal of Molecular Medicine: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01711648Journal of Clinical Microbiology: http://jcm.asm.org/content/26/8/1482.full.pdfPubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4075471Folia Parasitologica: http://folia.paru.cas.cz/pdfs/fol/1998/01/11.pdf  Annals of Internal Medicine: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=699780 PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7648832  Journal of Investigative Medicine: http://www.lymedisease.org/lyme-sexual-transmission-2/Conclusions Raphael B. Stricker, MD On Sexual transmission of Lyme disease: https://twitter.com/NorVect/status/604992062421921792  Dr. Richard Horowitz discusses new case estimates with Congressional Candidate Zephyr Teachout: https://youtu.be/rTIeyKuo8JY  Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lyme-disease-may-linger-for-1-in-5-because-of-persisters/  Journal of Infectious Diseases, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene/College of American Pathologists Proficiency Testing Program: http://www.lymedisease.org/lymepolicywonk-two-tiered-lab-testing-for-lyme-disease-no-better-than-a-coin-toss-time-for-change-2/  Advocates Call on CDC to Remove Expired Lyme Guidelines from all Publications https://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=202124  Study of over 6,000 Lyme patients: http://www.lymedisease.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/lymedisease.org-patient-survey-20151.pdf  Can Lyme Disease Be Chronic? Dr. Richard Horowitz: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/05/06/lyme-disease-debate-can-condition-be-chronic/  Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/emerging-diseases/200903/infection-can-change-your-personality-theres-plenty-proof?collection=126213  "Doctors Pushed ALS Diagnosis, Ignored Lyme", Valley Breeze: http://www.valleybreeze.com/2014-12-17/cumberland-lincoln-area/geraghtys-doctors-pushed-als-diagnosis-ignored-lyme#.Vub33JMrJE5
Petition to Food and Drug Administration, ALSA, Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics, Janet Woodcock, M.D., Peter Marks
ALS patient access to Brainstorm's treatment NurOwn
My name is Bobby Forster and I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Most people with ALS live 2-5 years after their first signs of disease and our treatment options are limited.Recently, I was a participant in the US trial of a new treatment called NurOwn. After two weeks of treatment I went from barely able to stand for more than ten seconds, to being able to walk with a walker, to being able to walk unassisted. I also saw significant improvements in my forced vital capacity (FVC) and speech. Other participants yielded great results as well.My improvements continued for a month, then my progression plateaued for a month before I began progressing again. This therapy is one that will require multiple treatments every couple months. Unfortunately, the company that makes NurOwn, Brainstorm, is hesitant to pursue accelerated approval of this treatment with the FDA and has opted to conduct a Phase III trial which could delay approval for another 5 years. Without accelerated approval thousands of ALS patients could die over the next several years waiting for the traditional process for approval to be completed. Another challenge Brainstorm faces is raising enough money to conduct an expensive Phase III trial. If the money is not raised then Brainstorm and NurOwn could be dead in the water and the treatment will never make it patients. This treatment has now been in multiple trials both in the US and Israel. It has been shown to be effective and has no significant side effects. It is time for all ALS patients to gain access to this ground breaking treatment. Please sign this petition and ask Brainstorm to pursue accelerated approval of NurOwn with the FDA. I am sick and tired of seeing my friends die while there exists a safe and effective treatment.
Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, John Barrasso, Tom Carper, James Inhofe, Shelley Capito, John Boozman, Roger Wicker, Deb Fischer, Jerry Moran, Mike Rounds, Joni Ernst, Dan Sullivan, Richard Shelby, Bernie Sanders, Ben Cardin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Edward Markey, Tammy Duckworth
Tell Congress to Maintain EPA & NOAA Funding
Protect Our Oceans. Protect Our Health. Protect Our EPA & NOAA. The White House recently proposed debilitating budget and workforce cuts for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) starting this October when the 2018 fiscal year begins. Every department seems to be affected; from environmental justice programs and science education, to research and monitoring. In the new administration’s plan, many critical ocean grants, programs, and services will be completely eliminated unless our representatives and legislators vote against the cuts in Congress. This comes at a critical time when America’s coastal infrastructure is failing in the face of intensifying storms and rising seas associated with climate change. We should be doubling down on efforts to prepare and defend our coastlines. We should be empowering scientists, researchers, and youth in America to become stewards for our ocean and environment. We should be investing our hard-earned tax dollars into the next generation of ocean innovation. Instead, the proposals drastically reduce fundamental resources to prepare and respond to environmental emergencies. The White House’s plan includes slashing the EPA budget by 31 percent — to the tune of $2.6 billion — and reducing staff by more than 3,200 people The EPA is already operating on a lean budget – federal funding has been decreased by over $2 billion since 2010. Nearly three-quarters of the EPA’s annual budget goes toward funding grants for states, tribes, and contractors. These grants aid crucial environmental cleanup, monitoring, and preparedness efforts. Commonly known for its weather forecasting services, NOAA also leads the nation on climate monitoring, fisheries, and ocean services. NOAA’s annual budget is $5.6 billion, a small fraction of the overall federal budget. The administration proposed a stiff 17% cut to NOAA’s overall budget. And, a 22% reduction in funding for NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, which creates and operates weather satellites. This program also houses the National Centers for Environmental Information – an essential environmental science research center and repository of climate data. Additionally, climate protection programs would suffer a nearly 70% cut, which would thwart efforts to prepare for sea level rise, adapt to hotter urban areas, and buffer our communities for increased storm intensity and flooding. This is particularly important as previous worst case scenario projections for sea level rise in Southern California – 5.5 feet by 2100 – are now being revised to predict even more extreme impacts as ice sheets at our planet’s poles are melting faster than expected. Beach tourism and the coast recreation economy are valued at close to $90 billion, so EPA’s investment of $10 million annually in beach water quality monitoring makes fiscal and public health sense to ensure that beachgoers are healthy and safe. However, the Beach Grant Program would suffer complete elimination. This vital program supports weekly water quality sampling at beaches across the country, and, helps to sustain thriving marine life and public awareness of pollution for the 90 million people visiting our nation’s beaches annually. Environmental education through the EPA would be cut by over 90% - a disservice to preparing and educating our youth, who are the future stewards of our nation. And, communities who are already the most under-served would be disproportionately impacted by the planned 78% cuts to environmental justice programs. Funding would be completely zeroed out for several smaller programs, including coastal management, estuary reserves, and Sea Grant – a well-leveraged scientific research partnership with universities throughout the nation. Removing the Sea Grant program would cut funding for important fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, and public health research at 33 universities across the country – this is hands-on and applied research that informs management and protection of our economically and environmentally beneficial coastal and ocean resources. The new administration’s proposals would cripple our efforts to safeguard marine habitats, threatened animals, and coastal resilience – placing entire communities and ecosystems at a further disadvantage. The White House has said it is committed to promoting clean water and clean air, but these proposed actions demonstrate otherwise. It seems virtually impossible to maintain basic environmental and public health protections, given such deep cuts and job losses. Please help Heal the Bay and many other trusted environmental groups nationwide in our effort to keep the EPA and NOAA from being disabled. Tell your Congressional Representatives and Legislators that funding for the EPA and NOAA is important to you, your family, your business, and community.
Petition to RegenRevo
Launch a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of regenerative medicine and our society.
We're channeling something that’s bigger than a cause. To Whom it May Concern, Hundreds of millions of people, young and old, are affected by skin conditions ranging from burns, cancers and diseases to victims of genital mutilation and all those impacted on both sides of war. While skin is the largest organ in the body, it’s also the easiest to regenerate. Public awareness and education about the current realities and future possibilities are minimal and the opportunity for those affected to become directly involved in accelerating these solutions within our lifetime is non-existent. The Regeneration Revolution (RegenRevo) was founded in 2008 and officially formed in late 2012. We're on a mission to change the current state of affairs by directly channeling the voices and economic power of millions into removing every obstacle, be it political or scientific, found to be standing in the way of this pursuit of happiness. One of our core founding missions “The Skin Project”, is exclusively dedicated to clearly understanding and sharing the current state and hurdles in the way of regenerative skin therapies as well as funding targeted research and initiatives that hold the most potential to be made available within our lifetime. Our skin is literally begging us to unlock its full potential and the science holds tremendous potential for our society. Regenerating skin using your very own cells may seem far fetched but many people are still unaware that as of a decade ago, second-degree burns could be completely healed over a weekend. Dozens of teenagers have been successfully implanted with lab-grown bladders that are still functioning perfectly today. The issue of organ rejection or dying on a waiting list will soon be a ‘thing of the past’. We’re growing fast and to accelerate us to our first major milestone we’re launching a crowdfunding initiative on LaunchGood.Com to move into our 5,000 sq. ft. world headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. Our 501(C)(3) application is already pending and it’s time to begin recruiting our infantry. All we need from you is to share this petition after signing it and to continue educating yourself about regenerative medicine and those that will benefit from its promise. Your future support for our fundraising campaign can also allow us to complete renovations for our world headquarters and if we reach our stretch goals, web development and operating capital too. Your support will be detrimental to ensuring the longevity and success of The Regeneration Revolution. We sincerely look forward to serving you. Sincerely, Ahmed Almashhadani Founder Dr. Mohammed Almashhadani President Jay E. Hilario Executive Director ∞ The Regeneration Revolution ∞ Sign this petition now to join our revolution and stay updated. P.S. Your public petition comments are invaluable to us, keep it coming! Stay informed, like, share and support our mission. Facebook • Twitter • Google+ We highly recommend watching the following: Regenerating Our Bodies TED Talk Growing/Engineering Organs TED Talk How To Build a Beating Heart National Geographic
Petition to Rocky Chavez, Marie Waldron
Stop Dangerous Caregivers From Hiding Prior Criminal Abuse
Why am starting this petition? I'm a California mother whose non-verbal adult child with autism was abused by a dangerous and deceptive nurse. This man now has his criminal record hidden from background checks. (I'll tell you how that's possible as you read further...) This nurse was caught on our home video surveillance repeatedly jamming his thumb into my son's eyes--a crime so sickening and bizarre-- it shocks the senses. He was also caught bending my son's arm over the bed board, shoving my son on the bed, yanking my son by the hair and slamming him to floor. My autistic son, who has the mind of a 3 year old, could not fight back. As a mother, the images of my vulnerable autistic son being abused by this sadistic caregiver haunts me, but it's also made me determined to do everything in my power to ensure legislative changes are made to better protect vulnerable people like my son. A jury convicted this sadistic nurse of 3 felonies under California Penal Code 368. Once off probation this nightmare of a man asked to have his criminal record "expunged" or "sealed." One would think this impossible, given the crime, right? Wrong. Not in California. Because of a little known law in California, this convicted felon was granted his request to hide his abusive criminal record from employers, and now, he can go work as a regular caregiver. If you watch video I've provided, you can hear the District Attorney plead to the Judge that this abusive man can now go work as a caregiver. That means, as per his expunged criminal record, he doesn't have to tell an employer he was convicted of abusing a vulnerable adult. Or that he lost his nursing license. Or that he was previously convicted of animal abuse. HE WAS ABLE TO DO THIS AS PER California Penal Code 1203.4, which is the little known law that allows criminals to get their criminal records expunged. There are some crimes that can't be expunged. INCREDIBLY, the California criminal code California Penal Code 368, the one for abusing elderly and disabled people, is NOT listed on the list of crimes that can't be expunged. Yes, incredibly, punching, kicking, eye poking and otherwise beating up on elderly and adults with special needs under California Penal Code 368 wasn't considered to be among the list of crimes serious enough that can't be "expunged" under Ca Penal Code 1203.4. Unfortunately, whatever hopes the authors of Ca Penal Code 1203.4 had, they failed to address the potential consequences of allowing convicted criminals who abuse our most vulnerable citizens, to hide their past crimes. This is a dangerous oversight, especially given the massive population of vulnerable adults in California, needing and receiving care and services. As such, thousands of defenseless disabled adults and elderly people remain at risk from dangerous caregivers slipping back into our system, after they get their criminal records of abusing vulnerable adults, expunged. A justice system that allows caregivers convicted of abusing disabled persons to hide their criminal past, is an exigent, imminent and chronic threat to public safety. People that physically harm vulnerable adults are dangerous people. People that prey on 80 year old women or 22 year olds with the mentality of a 2 year old, are predators. Always looking for another opportunity. To hide. To fly under the radar. And we're giving it to them, right here in California. An open door to go abuse defenseless people again and again. This type of criminal abuse should never be hidden from employers doing background checks, so that employers can weed out dangerous caregivers who apply to work with children, disabled and elderly. According to an April 21, 2011 report prepared for the California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcome, "A significant number of caregivers who get in trouble have prior criminal records...In more than a quarter of the cases found, criminal caregivers had committed earlier crimes, underscoring the value of background checks...In 13 of 17 cases in which the offender had a prior record, the old crimes mirrored the new charges...these caregivers had been caught victimizing the vulnerable, and went on to do it again." Failure to include Ca Penal Code 368 among crimes serious enough to be ineligible for expungement under Ca Penal Code 1203.4, directly conflicts with California Welfare and Institutions Code, 4502, which states persons with developmental disabilities shall have a right "to be free from harm, including unnecessary physical restraint, or isolation, excessive medication, abuse, or neglect". Failing to include Ca Penal Code 368 among crimes ineligible to be "expunged" under Ca Penal Code 1203.4, also defeats the purpose of AB 1612 and SB 856, which were passed to prevent people who were convicted under Ca Penal Code 368, from working as IHSS workers in California. Because CA Penal Code 368 isn't listed as a crime that can't be expunged, California's In Home Support Service program (IHSS) can't protect the public from criminals convicted under PC 368, if they have their records "expunged." See what IHSS says, "..you MAY be eligible to be enrolled as an IHSS provider if one of the following conditions apply/occur...You have obtained a certificate of rehabilitation or your conviction has been expunged from your record pursuant to PC Section 1203.4." This is BAD news for California's IHSS system, serving disabled and elderly clients. A major liability. How can California "protect" vulnerable adults from harm, if we don't include convictions under Ca Penal Code 368 among LISTED crimes that CAN'T be "expunged" under CA Penal Code 1203.4? How can California allow abusive caregivers to work in a state funded social service program serving disabled and elderly? It's simply illogical and dangerous. Imagine you need an in-home support respite care worker for your non-verbal teen or adult child with severe autism. Or disabled relative. And that person sent is a person who previously sucker punched, kicked and broke the ribs of an elderly person. But had their record sealed, so nobody knew. Imagine you seek a private caregiver for your elderly mother. And, thanks to an "expunged" record of felony abuse, the caregiver doesn't have to tell you they were previously convicted of felony assault (broke her nose) on an 18 year girl with severe autism and the mentality of a 2 year old. Imagine a residential group home for autistic adults, licensed by CA Department of Social Services, hires a new caregiver who was convicted of felony neglect 10 years ago, after she left an 82 year old man in the bathtub overnight, because she fell asleep after she got drunk on her shift. But she had her record expunged, so nobody knows she's high risk. Dangerous caregivers who get criminal records expunged should be of interest to key California stakeholders involved in providing services to the elderly and disabled. The massive system serving seniors and adults with special needs is a massive, loosely monitored arena. Perfect place for predators who target elderly and special needs adults to hide and cause more harm. Key California stakeholders are vulnerable to lawsuits and negative publicity resulting from felons who get felony abuse of elderly and disabled "expunged" and slip back into California's massive system serving disabled. More importantly, is the HEALTH and SAFETY RISK to vulnerable adults. Under Ca. Law, a vulnerable adult includes autistic adults who can't speak. Adults with Down Syndrome. Adults with Cerebral Palsy. Adults in HOSPICE CARE. Elderly with Alzheimer's. Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Adults who suffered strokes or paralysis and can't talk. Adults who are medically fragile and can't fight back. These adults (18 and up) are the MOST VULNERABLE adults among us. We have a DUTY, as a society, to amend California Penal Code 1203.4, to prevent people who were convicted of abusing our most vulnerable adults to hide their criminal record. How can California prevent people who have been convicted of abusing elderly and disabled, charged under CA. Penal Code 368, from having their past history of abused expunged? California Lawmakers must ADD felony convictions under California Penal Code 368 to the list of crimes that are INELIGIBLE to be expunged under CA. Penal Code 1203.4 The need to amend CA. Penal Code 1203.4, is an urgent matter of public safety. Please see: https://www.trustworthycare.com/home-care-in-san-diego-county-more-california-background-check-issues/ Most crimes against people with disabilities go UNREPORTED. Victims with disabilities frequently rely on others to identify and report suspected abuse or neglect. Incidents of abuse and neglect are often handled as EMPLOYMENT MATTERS rather than CRIMES and not referred to law enforcement. PRO-ACTIVE law enforcement is best done when laws protect public from people who have already been convicted of felony abuse from re-entering the workforce and HIDING their criminal abusive past. Not currently happening in California! California law allows people who have committed violent acts against elderly and disabled to get their records "expunged" (sealed) and go right back and apply for more caregiver jobs to work with the same population they were convicted of abusing. In summary, CA. Penal Code 368 needs to be ADDED to list of crimes ineligible for expungement under Ca. Penal Code 1203.4. CA PENAL CODE 368: Crimes Against Elders, Dependent Adults, and Persons with Disabilities [368 - 368.5] (a) The Legislature finds and declares that crimes against elders and dependent adults are deserving of SPECIAL CONSIDERATION and PROTECTION, not unlike the special protections provided for MINOR children, because elders and dependent adults may be confused, on various medications, mentally or physically impaired, or incompetent, and therefore LESS ABLE to protect themselves, to understand or report criminal conduct, or to testify in court proceedings on their own behalf. (NOTICE it says special protection, not UNLIKE the special protections provided for minor children. Child abuse is a crime of moral turpitude (People vs Brooks, 1992). Thus, abuse of an adult who has the same protections as a minor, is also a crime of moral turpitude. Criminals don't have the right to hide crimes of moral turpitude. These crimes scream antisocial behavior that harm others. The government's interest in protecting our most vulnerable citizens outweighs an individuals civil liberty to erase their criminal past. Statistics show these criminals who abuse elderly and disabled, go on to abuse again, if given another chance. In short, their idea of a second chance is to get a second opportunity to go work with vulnerable people again.) (b) (1) Any person who knows or reasonably should know that a person is an elder or dependent adult and who, under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any elder or dependent adult to SUFFER, or inflicts thereon UNJUSTIFIABLE physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any elder or dependent adult, WILLFULLY CAUSES or permits the person or health of the elder or dependent adult to be INJURED, or willfully causes or permits the elder or dependent adult to be placed in a situation in which his or her person or health is endangered, is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by a fine not to exceed six thousand dollars ($6,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years. Does this sound like the type of criminal act that should be eligible to be expunged? A person who willfully inflicts pain and suffering onto a defenseless person? No. No. No. People convicted of felony charges of abusing elderly and people with disabilities should be required to divulge this felony charge to prospective employers to prevent them from working with vulnerable, defenseless people again. Civil rights include ensuring people's physical safety and protection from harm, especially when they can't fight back. By allowing criminals to hide their felony convictions of abusing elderly and disabled, we leave our elderly and disabled citizens in California in a pasture as open prey for abusers. By signing this petition, you are speaking up for those who can't speak for themselves. Protecting the most vulnerable among us. Please sign and share the petition. Thank you!
Petition to Netflix
#13ReasonsWhy: Tell Netflix to Stop Risking Lives
"Thirteen Reasons Why" is a novel written by Jay Asher. Common Sense Media describes it as a "disturbing suicide novel” which “examines bullying and indifference." The book was published October 18, 2007. Four years later, it topped the New York Times best-seller list. Recently, it became the latest Netflix top hit in less than a month, making suicide a viral sensation. The last time suicide struck my family was five months ago. I lost four loved ones to suicide within a short time, starting with the loss of my sister. She died February 26, 2015. She left behind a daughter who turned eleven this month. I keep her in mind as I write this. I know a thing or two about suicide contagion. When I was a teenager in high school, a fellow student took his life. My classmates and I were left wondering why. I compared the pain in his life to mine and wondered why I was still alive. Like one in five high school students, I had a diagnosable mental health disorder and struggled with suicidal ideation. While his suicide is not what caused me to want to kill myself, it clouded my mind so much that I couldn’t think of a good reason not to take my own life. So, I attempted. Netflix has given teenagers around the world thirteen reasons to kill themselves and neglected to consider that not all of us have voices in our lives that remind us why we should fight to stay alive. Years later, after my sister died, I found myself asking the same question: "Why?" I blamed myself. When 13 Reasons Why hit the limelight, even though I knew better than to expose myself to the graphic and intense depiction of suicide, even though I knew it would trigger my grief, I forced myself to watch. I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. I’ll be honest, it didn’t take long for me to turn it off. All I could see and all I could hear was my sister. As tears filled my eyes, I thought of her daughter and wondered if my voice on social media was going to impact her life. I wondered if she was watching. She’s so advanced for her age, this seems like a show she might watch. If not, it is only a matter of time. If she started to think about her mom, if she started down the same grief-stricken path I did, would she have the strength to turn it off? Would it get her thinking about suicide? Not in the healthy and productive way that makes some teenagers reach out to their parents and say, “Hey, I just watched a really upsetting show. Can we talk about it?” Rather, in a way that would make her wonder, like I did in high school, if there is any point to living at all. I don’t know what I would do, what her family would do, if she killed herself. I’m coming to you to ask you to speak out and stand up for every person who cannot turn the show off. I’m asking you to stand up and defend every teenager who doesn’t have a supportive adult in their life paying attention to the shows they watch. Corporations such as Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) and The Mighty have stepped up to offer tips and support for parents and teens who watch 13 Reasons Why. They’ve acted to speak out against airing suicide through celebrity-tinted camera lenses. They’ve raised awareness amid the hype. But it isn’t enough. While educated professionals and national Media Reporting Guidelines are screaming the dangers, teenagers around the world are tuning in to watch. When their browser lands on netflix.com, they are greeted with the show’s artistic cover surrounded by Finding Dory and seven other animated family films; the deadly risks hidden by red carpet and profit. When children cannot protect themselves, it is our job, as adults, to protect them! I come to you as a bereaved suicide loss survivor, a suicide attempt survivor, an aunt, but mostly, as a mom. We know the risks of recklessly throwing suicide around on social media. Let us rise to show how the power of social media can help minimize the risks of suicide attempt and loss. With awareness comes great responsibility. Tell Netflix to turn the show OFF.