Petition to Kim Ogg, Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton
Justice for a 15 year old sexual assault survivor.
In 2014, I was sexually assaulted by my best friends father of 14 years. The defendent has a criminal record, multiple injuries to children, family, and friends. I immediately went to the police and filed a report. Upon doing so, I had to undergo medical treatment, costing out of pocket for STD preventatives, rape kits, and therapy. After a few months, the DNA results came in. The defendent harassed me, along with his family, showing up to my work place, passing by my house, vandalizing my personal property. I have a stack of police reports from the defendant violating his bond, but it was never revoked. In 2016, the defendent was sentenced three years in prison, where he was then released from jail a month later on a mistrial, resulting he reside back three houses away from my residence. I was refused my right to file a restraining order against him. It's now 2017 and I have not received justice for something that was proved three years ago. So many rape cases go unsolved for years, this is the issue with sexual assault laws. We need to change the punishment for these crimes. My childhood, at 15, was ripped out from under me. So many children endure the same pain. We need to stand up and make a change! Kim Ogg, and Ken Paxton can put this in motion.
Petition to Patti Mercer
Demand Houston SPCA Save Hurricane Harvey Animals
Update: We want to be clear that our call to action regarding the HSPCA has nothing to do with unsubstantiated rumors that have been floating around the internet that the HSPCA is killing animals in Beaumont. Our concern is for the long-term commitment to the animals, and that’s why we’re asking you to read and sign the petition below. ***Please sign the this petition to hold Houston SPCA to these simple life saving guarantees. Help save the pets in Hurricane Harvey! People are risking their lives to rescue Harvey pets, yet some may go to shelters where they may be killed. Yesterday the Best Friends Animal Society team on the ground in Texas arrived in Beaumont. Beaumont is one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Harvey and is struggling to provide basic services – the entire community lost access to clean water. The animals rescued from the area were being housed at a pavilion-type shelter set up at the Ford Center. The reports from our team on the ground late yesterday were that the animals were in dire need of basic medical care, and the heat was taking its toll.The Houston SPCA obtained the memorandum of understanding (MOU) from local officials to serve as the small animal lead at the Ford Center. That’s when the rumors began to swirl.The Houston SPCA has a history of a lack of transparency around consistent reporting regarding the outcomes for the animals entering their care. They have questionable policies regarding pit bull type dogs and have received continued criticism from the animal welfare community around these policies. So it’s understandable that the rescue community and other pet-loving members of the public, aware of the Houston SPCA’s history, would be worried about what was taking place with the pets in Beaumont.We contacted the Houston SPCA and spoke with the organization’s President, Patti Mercer. Knowing the Houston SPCA is already stretched thin from their necessary work in Houston, Best Friends offered to relieve them of the responsibility in Beaumont and take over the MOU to provide care and reunion efforts for the animals rescued in Beaumont. This offer was denied.We then offered assistance and general help for the animals of Beaumont to the Houston SPCA, but this offer for help was also declined. While Ms. Mercer did verbally commit to at least a 30 day hold for the animals of Beaumont to be reunited with their owners, our attempts to determine if there would be an adoption guarantee for these animals regardless of where they might be transferred failed – we were told by Ms. Mercer to wait for a “press release” and she was unwilling to put anything in writing to us. The list of possible receiving agencies for these animals that she cited are not known for their commitment to no-kill policies.We detailed the expectations Best Friends has set for ourselves for animals we rescue from this storm, and asked the Houston SPCA to commit to the same, in writing. Minimum 30-day stray hold so owners can reunite with their pets Proactive pursuit of families and reunion of all pets displaced by Harvey A clear, transparent operation that offers an appropriate standard of care A guarantee for a positive outcome for all animals rescued. In other words, that all the animals in Beaumont are either reunited with their families; adopted into a loving home; or are transferred to an agency who will guarantee a no-kill outcome Sharing of raw data so that the above points can be audited and confirmed by interested parties Ms. Mercer refused to put these simple commitments and procedures in writing, and again she referred us to a yet-to-be-made press release. We advised her that her personal word in writing to us would do more to allay the public’s concerns than a press release, but again Ms. Mercer declined. Without this in writing, Best Friends does not feel comfortable with what is happening in Beaumont, or anywhere else the Houston SPCA is rescuing pets.Whether it is a time of disaster or not, organizations that rescue animals need to be held accountable by the communities they serve. Best Friends is committed to help the animals of Texas, and will not back down.**As is often the case when talking about animal welfare organizations, there is confusion regarding the relationship between the Houston SPCA and other SPCAs, including the national organization, the ASPCA. While these organizations share the SPCA moniker, they are separate organizations with their own 501(c)(3) designation, boards, leadership, policies and so forth. The Houston SPCA is an independent organization and should not be confused with any other animal welfare organization.**
Petition to City of Houston, Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission, Texas State Historical Commission
Make Houston's "Be Someone" Art a Protected Landmark
The "Be Someone" Street art painted on the railway bridge over i45 South outside downtown Houston is a treasure to everyone who lives here and is known nationwide as a symbol of Houston. Over the last year and a half the "Be Someone" art has been defaced and left to other graffiti artists to fix to the best of their abilities. It is still far from being the original Be Someone that was painted in 2012. Many people already view this as a Houston Landmark but it lacks the official approval and protection of the City of Houston.
Petition to Brenda Stardig, ELLEN COHEN, JERRY DAVIS, DWIGHT BOYKINS, DAVE MARTIN, STEVE LE, GREG TRAVIS, KARLA CISNEROS, ROBERT GALLEGOS, MIKE LASTER, LARRY GREEN, MIKE KNOX, David Robinson, Michael Kubosh, AMANDA EDWARDS, Jack Christie, Sylvester Turner
Rescind my city's cruel anti-homeless feeding ban
Helping my city’s homeless could land me in jail with a $2000 dollar fine. So I have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit May 6, 2019 to get rid of this law. The plaintiffs are three individuals who share food with the homeless. November, 2014 a 90-year-old Florida man was arrested and faced 60 days in jail for feeding the homeless. A few months later, a San Antonio woman was hit with a $2000 dollar fine for doing the same. These “feeding bans” have popped up all over the United States. In fact, more than 70 cities around the country have instituted or tried to institute similar ordinances. My name is Randall Kallinen, and I am deeply saddened to say that my beloved city of Houston has followed suit. Now, a good deed could cost you $2000 here, too. This is just the wrong direction to be taking. It’s anti-compassion and anti-humanitarian, and we need to turn it around. Tell Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council that feeding the homeless isn’t a crime. Change the law and allow good samaritans to feed the hungry. As a civil rights lawyer for over 21 years, homeless advocate and the president of Houston’s ACLU chapter for 3 years, I speak from experience when I say that humane acts of kindness should be rewarded, not punished. When Houston passed this ban 4 years ago, organizations from across the religious and political spectrum spoke out because they understood that being a good samaritan isn’t a religious or political issue, but rather a matter of human rights. Now most have been frightened off from giving to the needy. Helping those in need should be considered a fundamental right, particularly now when more and more people are experiencing food insecurity and the government is failing to fix the problem. Houston’s cruel “anti-feeding” ordinance stands in the way of that right, and it is up to you and me to overturn it. Because of our size, as Texas goes, so goes the rest of the country in many political matters. Too many cities have already adopted these anti-humanitarian measures. Getting Houston to rescind this draconian ordinance where you must seek permission as where and when to feed more than 5 less fortunate outside on public property could go a long way toward turning the tide across the nation. Criminalizing charity penalizes our community’s most vulnerable. Can you help to make sure that doesn't happen? Let's put an end to this misguided ordinance and return the spirit of giving and charity to the city of Houston. Join me and tell Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council that every human deserves compassion. Tell them to rescind the “anti-feeding” ordinance.
Petition to University of Houston
Naming the Foodbots after “Robots” characters.
Hello, people of the world. Today I want to propose to you a petition that will change the life of people at the University of Houston. Have you ever seen the hit 2005 animated classic “Robots”? Starring an iconic cast that includes Robin Williams, Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Amanda Bynes, Mel Brooks, Jennifer Coolidge, Drew Carey, and so many more. Truly, I didn’t even know these many famous people were in this movie. This petition is designed to change the resentful feeling we have here at the University of Houston towards these robots and give us joy seeing these bots. They already all have personality traits and we want to identify which ones continually drive into huge puddles and try to die, and ones that are stable and have a will to live and serve us. ‘Tis then that we will name the robots . The smartest of course will be Rodney and the dumbest will be Fender. We will first put numbers on the bot and when we find common traits within these bots we will start putting name tags. These names will be chosen by the members of Coogs of CV3. So please, help us at UH learn to love and laugh at these robots instead of being resentful because that money could have gone towards 1,000 other important things. Thank you for listening to my NOT TED talk because that’s copyrighted. Have a good night.
Petition to Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council of Houston
Bag-Free Bayous Houston
We ask you to pass an ordinance that increases the use of reusable bags and decreases the use of single-use bags, especially plastic ones. Every year, about 300 million pounds of plastic are produced, but only 10 percent is recycled. It is estimated that Americans go through about 100 billion plastic bags a year, or 360 bags per year for every man, woman, and child in the country. Many of these bags end up on the streets and sidewalks or caught in tree branches. Others wind up in bayous. Not only does the litter look bad and hurt wildlife in the bayous, it washes into our bays, the Gulf of Mexico, and beyond. The adoption of reusable bags could save taxpayer dollars related to cleanup costs. Cities all over the world have cut the use of single-use plastic bags including Austin, Brownsville, Laredo, and the small town of Kermit, Texas. The most effective policy is a ban on plastic bags and a small fee on paper bags. Another option is to place a small fee on both plastic and paper bags. In some cities, the fees go to the retailer for their costs and in others they also help pay for cleaning up litter. Let’s make Houston a shining example of environmental responsibility! I encourage you to take a stand for beautiful bayous and streets! About this Petition:I am Lila Mankad, a 4th grader in Ms.Caraways's class at Travis Elementary in Houston. I live near Little White Oak Bayou, and it bothers me that it's full of trash. I've noticed that one of the main problems is plastic bags. As long as I can remember, they have been waving in the trees more abundantly than the Spanish Moss. Sadly, the the problem with plastic bags isn't just that they look trashy. They kill wildlife, block our waterways, and make Houston look like it doesn't care about the Earth.That might be the old Houston,but not the Houston I grew up in, or the Houston of tomorrow. I want to be the kind of person who changes the world instead of complaining. I want to be the kind of person that solves problems instead of creating them. I want Houston to be a city that really believes "it's worth it". For these reasons, I have joined together with my friend Caoilin Krathaus to start this petition to dramatically reduce the use of plastic bags by banning them or placing a fee on their use. And I know we can do it because cities across the world have made similar bans and reduced pollution drastically. Please sign this petition and help Houston be known for moss in it's trees instead of plastic.--------------------------------------------------------------------------  Wassimer, Bettina. “Raising Awareness of Plastic Waste.” New York Times, August 14, 2001. Accessed May 1, 2016.  Gamerman, Ellen. September 26, 2008. Wall Street Journal. Accessed May 1, 2016.  Surfrider Foundation. "Rise Above Plastics Toolkit." Surfrider.og. Accessed May 1, 2016.
Petition to Houston SPCA, Patricia Mercer
Save Houston's Pitbulls
Please sign the this petition to ask Houston SPCA to change their policy regarding the euthanasia of all pit bulls. Houston SPCA claims to be "champions for animal welfare" with a mission to "proudly place all healthy animals into loving homes." However, due to policy enforced by SPCA board of directors and president, Patricia Mercer, all pit bull type dogs are euthanized despite health or behavior conditions. These pit bulls deserve equal opportunity to be adopted into their forever homes. Please help to take a stand and stop the senseless killing of Houston's pit bulls at the SPCA. Contact Patricia Mercer at email@example.com to voice your opinions