Petition to Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç
Sign: Justice for Dog with Ears Cut Off for Selfies
In a now-viral image circulating throughout Turkish social media, two young men pose proudly next to a cowering dog with bloody stumps for ears, each man holding what appears to be a dog ear in his hand. According to Turkish news, the pair are suspected to be involved in dogfighting, and were reportedly punishing one of their losing dogs. The Turkish justice system has now let the men off with a fine of just over what is equivalent to $1,000 U.S. dollars. And no jail time. This lax punishment is not acceptable for inflicting such reprehensible harm on an animal. These men's shockingly light sentence is not even close to proportional to the pain and suffering they senselessly inflicted on an innocent animal — let alone the multiple dogs presumably forced to tear each other to shreds in fights staged for human entertainment. Animals are not toys. They are not property. They have thoughts and feelings, as backed up by research demonstrating that dogs are just as sentient as a human child. What’s more, cruelty to animals is irrefutably linked to cruelty to human beings. This incident of grossly inhumane treatment highlights the urgent need for the Turkish government to revisit their animal cruelty laws. Please sign this petition now to call on Turkey's Ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kılıç, to advocate for stronger punishment for animal abuse. Dogs like this deserve justice, and animal torture must be treated like the serious crime that it truly is.
Petition to Missouri House of Representatives
Urgent! Stop the Coup Against Gov. Eric Greitens
We the People do solemnly find and publish as follows: That Eric Greitens is the duly elected Governor of the State of Missouri. That the impeachment and trial process is anti-democratic and serves to deprive the People of their chosen governor. That to protect the right of the People to have meaningful electoral rights any impeachment and trial process must provide for the following: (1) that there is maximum due process; (2) that all hearings be open to the public and transmitted across all forms of media; (3) that the identity of no witness be concealed; and (4) that the evidence to vote in favor of impeachment and conviction must be no less than clear and convincing. That alleged pre-election conduct must substantially weigh against impeachment and conviction. The electoral system allows for the press and opposition candidates to vet each candidate and voters are free to act upon that information; it is much like our adversarial legal system. That in the case of Gov. Greitens, the allegations of misuse of The Mission Continues (hereinafter “TMC”) donor list were publically known during the campaign. That he had an extramarital affair was widely known. That the contents of the audio recording made by P.S. of K.S. alleging invasion of privacy were known to the Democratic gubernatorial nominee Chris Koster’s campaign and the Democratic Party, who believed the allegations were unworthy of admission into the campaign. That the House of Representatives by and through the Special Investigative Committee on Oversight (hereinafter “Committee”) has attempted for all intent to convict Gov. Greitens by means of an a bill of attainder. That the Committee did purposefully act to deprive Gov. Greitens of a fair criminal trial by releasing multiple one-sided and incomplete reports that failed to meaningfully cross-examine witnesses. That the Committee had no legitimate basis for issuing said reports on April 11, April 24, and April 30 because the House had no intent to act upon those reports until after May 18, 2018. That St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner did intentionally avoid use of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to investigate allegations against Gov. Greitens. That Ms. Gardner chose an out-of-state investigative service whose CEO and lead investigator, a former FBI agent, William Tisaby, a former resident of St. Louis, who the FBI previously found to have committed perjury. That Ms. Gardner knowingly: (1) violated the Rules of Professional Conduct; (2) failed to comply with discovery obligations; (3) deliberately concealed and altered evidence; (4) held secret meetings with K.S.; (5) caused false statements of law to be made to the Grand Jury; and (6) suborned perjury. That from the time the audio recording was released K.S. has been influenced by Rep. Stacey Newman and members of the Democrat leadership in the House of Representatives. That Attorney Albert S. Watkins received $120,000 from unknown sources for the benefit of P.S. a key witness in the case. Ms. Gardner did conceal that payment from Gov. Greitens. That there is no objective evidence Gov. Greitens committed the offenses of invasion of privacy or that he assaulted or coerced K.S. That the only evidence is K.S.’s testimony which must be regarded as highly suspect because of Ms. Gardner’s record of suborning perjury and concealing evidence in the case. That Ms. Gardner engaged in the extraordinary conduct of meeting alone with a victim/witness and failed to prepare a proper record of those meetings. That K.S.’s testimony adds many additional claims and contradicts other claims made and not made on the audio recording including, but not limited to, allegations of grabbing and emptying her purse, frisking her, a waiting change of clothes, coerced oral sex, and sound of phone shutter click. That K.S. admits she knew when Gov. Greitens invited her into the basement he was being “sexual.” That K.S. in her alternative narrative admits that she was “intrigued” about the “sexy workout” she was expecting. That Gov. Greitens did not steal (computer tampering allegation) TMC donor list. TMC was not deprived of any property or benefit. That the TMC donor list for donors $1,000 and more is largely public as it is posted at missioncontinues.org. That no confidentiality agreement was entered into between TMC and Gov. Greitens because the proposed agreement was never fully executed. That Gov. Greitens did not file a false document with the Missouri Ethics Commission (hereinafter “MEC”). That Gov. Greitens and the MEC agreed that the donor list was received on a date uncertain in early 2015. March 1, 2015 was the date listed based on the stipulations. That the Committee has been operating without authority since April 11, 2018 when it released its report. Wherefore, We the People demand the Missouri Legislature do as follows: That Gov. Greitens not be impeached. That Gov. Greitens not be censured or otherwise reprimanded.
Petition to Andrew Cuomo, New York State House, New York State Senate, Sue Serino, Didi Barrett, Carl Heastie, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Aileen Gunther, Angelo Santabarbara, Latoya Joyner, James Skoufis
Bailey’s Law now! Hold criminals accountable for victimizing the developmentally disabled!
Please Support the Passage of #BaileysLaw We cannot allow criminals to get away with the death of their victims. My 19 year old autistic son, Bailey, committed suicide on 7-31-17, my birthday of all days. After nearly 20 years of complete family devotion and cultivating our lives in support, contemplation and preparation of his each new life phase, new stage, new challenge, and new triumph our lives were completely and irrevocably upended in the span of 8 minutes. Bailey had many friends. He was kind, funny, caring, generous, gentle, down to earth, and creative. He was an artist, a lover of history, and had compassion for all living things. He was a teacher his whole life as much as he was a student of it. Bailey made me stronger, made me determined, made me timely, made me adjustable, made me more understanding...and it was Bailey that made me an advocate for kids with special needs for all these years. Of course, his 3 siblings also helped make me, and him, over the years...we all made each other. Our family has always been very tight. Being a single mom the last 16 years enabled me to make my children my world, and show them we are a team. I’ve tried to give them everything I am and everything I have within me, with intention. But despite everything I’d, we’d, put in over the years my son, their brother, is gone...less then 8 minutes after leaving my side. Bailey resorted to suicide 7 days after being a victim of a financial crime, 4 days after I realized he was victimized, and less than 5 hours of being asked to ID one of the perpetrators. He was preyed upon, betrayed, and taken advantage of by a girl he knew for years and had recently befriended him. This girl connected her male friend to my son under the guise of helping them cash a check. From what I’ve been told by State Police, Bailey was hesitant to help them, unsure of whether or not the request was legitimate, and she assured my son that the request was fine and then promised him, I believe, $200 from the proceeds for his assistance. I suspect Bailey provided them with his bank card and his PIN number. On 7-24-17 the male deposited a $1675.00 fraudulent check at an atm in Highland, NY and then immediately withdrew $200 (the amount fronted with a check hold); this was caught on atm bank video. I realized there was a problem on Thursday the 27th when I noted on our joint account both the deposit and withdrawal as well as the $200 withdrawal ultimately being pulled from my separate account. Bailey was learning banking and I would transfer his disability money to the joint account so he would learn about money management, budgeting, grocery shopping, etc. Bailey was devastated over the loss. We connected with local police on the 27th, who then directed us to the nearest state troopers on the 28th, who in turn directed us to State Troopers in Highland on 7-29-17 where we filed a complaint. Later on that Saturday, my youngest son told me he overheard his brother Bailey on the phone after hearing of the banking problem on Thursday, extremely upset over the financial loss and insisting on the return of funds. On Monday, 7-31-17 the investigator came to our house at 12:30 to see if Bailey could ID the male in the bank video. Bailey claimed he did not know the person and by his reaction I believe he didn’t. At 5:16pm he left our home stating he was going for a walk to draw; this was not unlike him as his executive processing speed is slower than many and he’d use walks or drawing to manage stresses. By 5:30 I heard the emergency response sirens and ran down our street, because I never wanted my kids around the chaos when EMS was in the area, and of course I wanted to count the safety of my chicks. The area they were responding to is a nuisance area that has had more than it’s fair share of fires....but there was no fire truck, only medical response. My son had hung himself in the woods less than a block from our home. The next day I was presented with a note he’d written; he clearly believed he’d done something very wrong in trusting the wrong person. No law enforcement involved in this case believes that Bailey had the faculty to understand what was happening, or the complexities that he was a victim, and neither does any of his family nor his longstanding therapist. There is no doubt in my mind that he merely thought he was helping someone. Both accused, at this point, will only be charged minimally; one with grand larceny 4th and the other with Endangering a disabled person 1st, both class E non violent felonies. Theoretically they could each get probation. They have each since been arrested for other crimes; her on drug charges in October 2017 and him for killing a 16 year old with his car after an argument in Yonkers in December 2017. The male is being held without bail in Westchester and has yet to be charged for our case. The female was arrested and arraigned for this case but was granted release on $2000 cash/$4000 bond. I am sickened over what may be obvious to you at this point, that the charges do not reflect their role in the death of my son. People with disabilities, including autism, are among our most vulnerable community members. It seems so unjust that a charge of endangering specifically relates to affecting the mental well-being of a vulnerable person yet they are not charged with the actual consequences of this criminal action. I’m currently working with our local representatives to start the process of pushing for new legislation in the state to hold perpetrators fully accountable for the consequences of their actions. The law for Endangering in NY currently states: “Under our law, a person is guilty of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree when he or she knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect. The term "knowingly” has its own special meaning in our law. I will now give you the meaning of that term. A person KNOWINGLY acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect when that person is aware that he or she is acting in such manner. Actual harm to the incompetent or physically disabled person need not result.” Currently under our criminal laws culpability for a persons suicide rests on the aspect of “aiding and abetting”, or, in practical terms, specifically aiding, directing or encouraging the suicide. This MUST change. Those that would intentionally cultivate an environment and/or circumstances specifically to use people with disabilities to commit a crime, need to be held accountable for the full range of actual damages they cause, including the death of their victim. We need #BaileysLaw to firmly establish... If a defendant is charged with endangering in the first degree, or another crime related and/or connected to a charge of endangering in the first degree (as in coconspirators/codefendant), whereby the events result in the victim’s suicide within reasonable proximity of the crime, defendants should be criminally charged for the victim’s death. This area of law, as it specifically relates to endangering, also needs to be updated to incorporate the disability standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Social Security Administration in trials. As it stands, the question of a successful trial seems tied to whether or not the victim has an IQ over 40, and can dress and feed oneself. This is an extremely low threshold for a successful trial against a perpetrator charged with endangering and is not in line with current state and federal laws to protect the disabled. There are an enormous number of people with autism, and other disabilities, who have a high IQ and can feed and clothe themselves but cannot fully meet their own needs in a manner that could be characterized as independent living. Bailey’s Law should protect anyone that can be considered a vulnerable person by including the state and federal standards of disability. I urge you to support Bailey’s Law. It will not help my family but it will help many others. PLEASE, sign this petition to help me get it passed! To view or VOTE YES on the #BaileysLaw bill (NY S.8541) you can visit https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s8541 To learn more about my beloved Bailey you can visit the guestbook at https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx?n=&pid=186269333&referrer=0&preview=True To follow our journey, visit https://m.facebook.com/DearBaileyLoveMom/ Sincerely, Gae Marie Cannon, Poughkeepsie, NY
Petition to Pope Francis (VATICAN), Archdiocese of Baltimore, Larry Hogan, C.T. Wilson
Transparency from Archdiocese of Baltimore
The Archdiocese of Baltimore holds documents regarding sexual abuse claims against A. Joseph Maskell. The release of these documents will restore public trust in the Archdiocese, and confirm the Archdiocese statements regarding their handling of the sexual abuse claims. This petition requests that the Archdiocese of Baltimore release their files regarding A. Joseph Maskell, who is now deceased, in an effort to throughly investigate all avenues that may have led to the murder of Cathy Cesnik in 1969.
Petition to Alura Rose, Gavernor Charlie Baker
Pardon Request For Logan Delisle
My son's story lies below. Justice has not served him and now we are asking you to sign this petition that will be sent to the Governor Charlie Baker to ask him to pardon Logan. With Logan's previous record and the fact that now a few jurors are trying to help, we fill hopeful. Please sign if you will. Logan Delisle was convicted on September 3rd 2017 of unforceble sexual assault (because saliva was found somewhere between her waist and thigh) on a 15-year-old girl who originally said it was with force until video tapes from local businesses proved otherwise. This girl changed her story three times and when the defense caught her in lies, she plead that she couldn't remember. Logan was a senior in school and 18 at the time this occurred. He was looking forward to going in the military the following June. The girl dated other 18 year olds and told Logan that she was 17. She told the world she was 17 via facebook. Through her police interview and testimony in court, she laughed through almost the entire thing, smiling at him when she pointed to him. It was not a nervous laugh but a laugh that something was funny... To add to this case the jury was made up of nine women and only three men, there was no one even within a decade of his age group. Logan wanted to be a police officer, he wanted to help rape victims. He was a volunteer fireman, he did ride-alongs with the sheriff and local police department. He was a quiet and very good child and teen. Vermont has adapted a Romeo and Juliet law that addresses high school kids who go to school together and many states have adopted the same. Logan did not do this and should not have to go through his entire life as a register sex offender. This is a petition to speak on his behalf that is a good, caring person and should be set free. Logan even has a Juror who visits him on a regular visit and is trying to help him to get out. This case is unusual and we need to find a way to get him released. Again Thank you for your support. Please check our cause out on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/128617384531875/?ref=br_rs and read the article here: http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/two-years-for-pittsfield-man-in-sexual-assault-of-girl-15,519836 I do need to note, that it is important to protect Rape Victims but “regret is not rape” the need for attention is not rape, the excuse to get out of trouble because you are late to school and missed your math test is not a reason for rape.
Petition to Tracie Davis, Audrey Gibson, Marco Rubio, Florida State Senate, Florida Governor, Florida State House, Susan Davis, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Mike Quigley
Help families of murdered children pass Curtis’s Law
I will never forget the day those policeman came to my door to tell my that my son Curtis was dead. Your world is immediately flipped upside down and the pain grips you like nothing else you can imagine. After the initial shock wears off, you want answers. As a parent, you need basic answers. Answers to questions like: Who is investigating my child’s case, and where are their belongings? As if the pain of losing my child wasn’t enough, I had to take on the additional stress and frustration of attempting to pry these very basic details out of the law enforcement agency investigating my son’s death. In Florida, law enforcement agencies are not required to release any information about on-going murder investigations to anyone. My son’s investigation has been on-going for almost 20 years now. I had to get a lawyer to simply find out who was working on my son’s case! I would later learn that my experience was not unique. Other parents were struggling through the same process. Those who can’t afford legal counsel often give up. This is why I am working with other parents of murdered children to create a law in Florida that would require law enforcement agencies to send a letter to the parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin within 30 days of notifying them of their child’s death. The letter would include information about: Onsite police and paramedics, assigned investigators, coroner’s name, where child’s property and belongings are stored, and any available photos This would NOT be required if the child’s parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin is a suspect or person-of-interest in the child’s murder investigation. When a family faces the unthinkable, all they want is some type of closure. They shouldn’t have to spend weeks or months, or even retain legal counsel to get the basic information about their child’s case that can help our families begin to heal. Please sign this petition today and help families like mine pass Curtis’s Law today.
Petition to New York City Council
#Good4NYC - Tell City Council To Help Good Call Expand To All Five Boroughs!
Every day, 125 New Yorkers are sent to jail to await their trial, without being convicted of any crime. They are held in jail for an average of 50 days. Every year, over 250,000 New Yorkers are arrested. These arrests are concentrated in low income communities and communities of color, and despite the fact that the vast majority are low level offenses, the impact can be devastating for individuals, families, and communities. Good Call's free 24/7 hotline (1-833-3-GOODCALL) helps individuals and families get in touch with a free lawyer right away in case of an arrest. Legal support at this critical moment helps create fairer outcomes and limits the undeserved damages that an arrest can cause. Good Call is currently available in the Bronx, but this is a resource needed by all New Yorkers. Join the fight for fairness. Sign this petition to show that you support Good Call for all of NYC. No matter where you are, your voice matters. Thank you. Supporting Organizations: The Bronx Defenders The Legal Aid Society New York County Defender Services Brooklyn Defender Services Harlem Neighborhood Defender Services Save Our Streets Bronx Community Connections for Youth Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. Picture the Homeless Next STEPS Butler Next STEPS Patterson Justice Committee Brooklyn Community Bail Fund The Bronx Freedom Fund Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice Dollar Bail Brigade BronxConnect Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP CUNY Bronx Community College Revivn Frances Lear Foundation
Petition to Jerry Brown, Riverside County District Attorney
Justice for Jesse Meraz
To California Governor Jerry Brown and the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Jesse Meraz is just a six-character inmate number. But to me he is a faithful, hard-working, loving husband and father. You see, Jesse was thrown back into prison even after serving his sentence and our family is in a tail spin. Jesse made some bad decisions when he was a kid and before he even went to his first middle school dance, like too many men of color he was just another statistic in the criminal justice system. Jesse and I make no excuses for his bad behavior. He was hanging out with the wrong crowd, skipping school, and doing drugs. It wasn’t long before he was arrested for possession of a firearm. By his mid-20s he had been accused of four felonies and was serving his sentences. Under California’s draconian three-strikes law, he was looking at a life sentence for the non-violent crimes he committed. But in 2014, a Court of Appeals, reversed two of the charges and Jesse was resentenced to what we all believed was the maximum sentence under the law. Since he had already served seven years, Jesse was released with probation. Jesse was 36-years-old when he left prison and he worked hard to make the most of his second chance. He got a job, a good union job as an ironworker with Local 433. That’s no small feat for someone with a criminal record. He remained drug-and-drink-free. He obeyed all laws, had zero run-ins with law enforcement, and fulfilled all the requirements of his probation. He had even began getting his tattoos removed with the help of Homeboy Industry in Los Angeles. As a family, we both worked hard to provide for our four kids. We are home owners and during the housing crunch when we fell behind on our payments, Jesse worked every day to get us caught up. We did not have to rely of government services for anything. We attended church regularly, made sure our kids did well in school, and we paid our taxes. We were productive members of our community and Jesse had finally put all the mistakes of the past behind him. Then suddenly in all came to an abrupt halt. The Riverside District Attorney (Indio office) filed a petition to reverse the appeal that got him out in 2014. At his court hearing, Jesse had more than 20 people show up to speak on his behalf and we also had character letters from several community members including the former Indio Chief of Police but the judge did not allow us to present anything. The District Attorney argued that Jesse should not benefit from the new laws and would have to be resentenced under the old three-strikes law. He was sentenced to 25-years-to-life. Jesse was placed back into custody on January 30, 2017. I have worked for Riverside County for almost a decade now. I believe in a rehabilitation system that punishes those who commit crimes and then allows that person to do their time and move on. Additionally, as a taxpayer, I do not want to have to pay for another inmate when he has already served his time and has a proven record of living as a productive member of society who is not reliant on the government dime. Please sign my petition to ask the court to reverse the latest sentence and release my husband. Our family wants to go on living our lives quietly and without fear of having to pay for my husband’s mistakes from his past. Sincerely,Guadalupe Meraz