historical landmarks

14 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Leslie May, Jan Vislosky, Jim Molimock, Carol Regan, Mike Pallotta. Tom Bennett, Charles Martin, Robert Lougher,

Chickens in Historic Fallsington- Taken to COURT after 30 years of Brooding

 November 29, 2017, My husband and I received a court summons in the mail for a civil complaint from the code enforcement officer Jim Molimock in falls township, Pennsylvania.  They are taking us to court for our chickens ( violation- the raising, boarding and/or husbandry of rural animals zoning ordinance section 209-19. E (1). Falls Township has changed these zoning laws in the last few years from one acre to now no raising rural animals at all. Last time I check these zoning laws 3 years ago and we were A- Ok. When we transfer the home from my mother in law to my husband 3 years ago I even ask Dina Berry if we were still ok with the chickens, she responded “yes”. Jim Molimock even inspected the property for occupancy permits, saw the chickens, and said nothing of it.  Now our one acer property backs up to several acres of preserved open space. Our home is over 300 years old, listed on the national registry of historic places and has had chickens that I know of for 30+ years. There are state and federal laws in place for non-conforming pre-existing conditions, (Ex post facto laws) and most of my adjacent neighbors have written letters on my behalf. Now with all that being the case, we will succeed in this fight to live the lifestyle that we are living. There are several other’s in Historic Fallsington and falls twp, that are raising chickens, however we are the only family  being taken to court due to an anonymous complaint that was filled in September. All the complaint said was -“ free ranging chickens at above address” that’s it, that’s all it said. Not  the case at our home, We have two hen houses with small runs encolsed in a large fenced in roaming area. Currently we have 2 hens that have become pets, 15 chicks that hatched mid October and 3 hens that we have resently adopted from another local family due to the uproar from the township. I have been told several times by Jim (zoning officer) to fill out a complaint for the other homesteaders, which I refuse to do, leaving me as their only target.  My family and I depend on our chickens, they supplement a large portion of our food. To take them would be taking food out of my children’s mouth. I encouraged anyone that feels the need to let falls township know that they are wrong, in so many ways, please join me at magisterial district court - 9187 New Falls Road Fallsington pa 19054 on December 28th @ 1:30 pm.  The more people there to dispute this, the better off we all are. If you can’t be there that day, please wright a letter explaining your position. Email it to  A million thanks to those that can help:) Below is a link to falls township, codes, we fall under historic district. To whom it may concern,My name is Leslie May, I live in beautiful historic Fallsington, and I am an urban Homesteader. I raise chickens and try to grow as much of my own fruit and vegetables as possible. My home is in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States. For centuries, the land around me has been used for agriculture and animal husbandry. To take that way from this unique place would be like ripping pages out of a history book. My husband has had the privilege of growing up in the house we currently live in and throughout his childhood, his family as well as several of their neighbors, bred chickens in their backyards. There were never any issues except for the occasional rooster that crowed a little too much. If and when that occurred, the rooster would be culed and the problem was resolved. My husband and I now have two little girls, and we are desperately trying to raise them right. Their chores are not like your typical suburban kids chores; my girls help me brood my hens, and the knowledge that they are retaining from this experience is absolutely priceless. My girls are learning responsibility, compassion and most importantly, they are learning how to raise their own food, which is becoming a lost art in our present time. The majority of my surrounding neighbors fully support my endeavors to homestead. They enjoy the fresh eggs that are given to them and are also thankful for the bug control that the chickens provide. Unfortunately, my way of life is at risk and help is needed. I am hopeful that Falls Township can recognize the devastation that would be caused by an unjust ruling against me. Thank you for taking the time to read this! Sincerely,Leslie May P.S. I also wanted to mention, renovating a historic home on your own does not take a few weeks. It take years of hard work, determination, and a whole lot of love. Our goal at this property is to bring it back to it’s original 17th century charm . After several years of working away, we can actually see a light at the end of the tunnel here at May Manor. Taking away animal husbandry from historic Fallsington is erasing a part of history that our for fathers worked so hard to preserve. We are at a crossroads of change yet again, and like our for fathers we will fight to keep this village as its ment to be. We feel a true sense of pride being able to save this peice of American history. Below you can find a link to Falls Township VS Chickens “Event”. I know it’s the week of Christmas but your support and attendance would be greatly appreciated!

Leslie May
1,125 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Geri Byrne

Stop the Proposed Fence at the Tulelake Municipal Airport, site of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center, California

Modoc County, California, approved a 5-year $3.5 million airport development plan that includes a massive, 3-mile long, barbed-wire topped 8-foot high fence.  Having an airport, even a small and primitive airport, operating in the middle of the Tule Lake concentration camp site, is inappropriate and demeans the memory of more than 24,000 people who were incarcerated in Tule Lake. The proposed fence closes off remembrance of this civil and human rights tragedy, and it will destroy the integrity of this unique historic site. The fence will eliminate opportunities for Japanese Americans and others to visit, reflect and mourn. This exclusion will be a permanent legacy of Modoc County’s and the Federal Aviation Administration's failure to comprehend the traumatic injustice created by the racism, fed by wartime greed and hysteria and failed political leadership that led to the mass incarceration. The Tule Lake site has not yet been comprehensively surveyed to document surface and subsurface historic WWII resources. Consequently, it is a priority to identify structures and artifacts before more damage to the site takes place.  In July 2014, the Tule Lake Committee sought legally-mandated environmental review of the entire airport area, which occupies two-thirds of the former Tule Lake site.  However, instead of conducting careful examination of the entire area WITHIN the fence project, including subsurface review, the County and the FAA have argued their environmental responsibility is confined to surveying only a narrow strip of land where the 3-mile long fence would directly lie.    In the past year, the Tule Lake Committee participated in talks with Modoc County, the FAA, other state and federal agencies and local representatives, hoping to promote understanding of the historic site’s significance, urging it be protected, not destroyed.  Seeking a long-term solution to the problem of preserving an irreplaceable historic site, we raised the issue of moving the Tulelake airport to a less sensitive nearby location. It was clear to all interested parties that a small airport can be moved.  It is not possible to move a historic site. Thank you for signing our petition! We are grateful for your support. PS – Please like or follow our Facebook page (@SaveTuleLake) to receive updates on our campaign. 

Satsuki Ina with Stop the Fence at Tulelake Airport
37,970 supporters