Petition to Mitch McConnell, John Schickel, Jeff Hoover, David Osborne, Jonathan Shell, David Meade, Kevin Bratcher, Kevin Bratcher, Rocky Adkins, Dennis Keene, Wilson Stone
Fully Legalize Marijuana in Kentucky
A recent poll held on a WKYT's Facebook page showed that at least 10,000 Kentuckians believe that marijuana should be legal in the Commonwealth Source: https://www.facebook.com/WKYTTV/photos/a.147898035765.124598.33684860765/10154823530365766/?type=3&comment_id=488544584864553&notif_id=1507919846430280&notif_t=like Although the state has already adjourned on bill SB76 for 2017 (a bill that would legalize it for all above 21 years) Source: https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/SB76/2017 I believe that now is a good time to get our voice heard. With the other states legalizing it and showing good results, I think it's Kentucky's turn. It treats a multitude of medical problems as well such as : C-PTSD/PTSD Muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis Nausea from cancer chemotherapy Poor appetite and weight loss caused by chronic illness, such as HIV, or nerve pain Seizure disorders Crohn's disease Anxiety and Depression (don't forget the jobs and profits you know Kentucky needs it especially Eastern ky) People should have access to such a successful medication. Tell your leaders you want to see it fully legalized in 2018!
Petition to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin
Save Kentucky's Civil War Historic Monuments
We, the undersigned, are petitioning Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin to declare that no historic monuments, specifically those pertaining to the Civil War, located in the Commonwealth of Kentucky be allowed to be removed, relocated or destroyed. The removal of our monuments will not erase history, nor will it end racism, biggotry or hatred; for those things reside in the hearts of man. The madness must stop. Ask yourself this: If we allow the removal of our monuments in the Commonwealth, what is next? Do we allow the offended persons (or groups) to destroy many of our beautiful state parks simply because Civil War battles were fought on those grounds? Do we allow those grounds to be bulldozed? Or do we, as proud citizens, stand up and say "No"? We implore you, Governor Bevin, to protect Kentucky's history, and all of her historic monuments and symbols. Please act on this petition, using the authority granted to you by the laws of the Commonwealth. Save our Civil War monuments and statues by saying "No, the Commonwealth of Kentucky will not succomb to mass hysteria as this will not solve the problem of racism, nor will it serve any meaningful purpose." We ask this of you with the utmost respect, and hope you will act to save these monuments. Thank You.
Petition to Kentucky State Senate, Kentucky State House, Kentucky Governor
KY : Fully Legalize Marijuana
"This plant should be making us money, not costing us money" -Denny Doyle Are we really going to pretend to be that naive, as if we are living in the era when the "War on Drugs" began (which isn't really a war on drugs, but that's a later conversation). At my last count, 29 other states have legalized the plant. Kentucky is losing a ton of revenue by continuing to prosecute and jail Marijuana growers and users. Our tax money should be used for greater things, just imagine the possibilities. When Mr. Doyle said that "McConnell spent $234 MILLION to look for Marijuana plants in Eastern Ky.", I almost fell over. Please, let us as citizens vote on this matter. The following article was written by a council-man within a branch of our county's government. Denny Doyle, we need more of you. http://www.glasgowdailytimes.com/opinion/letter-to-the-editor-marijuana-should-be-legalized/article_dfa33366-5081-11e7-ab8d-0bdfee55139d.html *Also, if you would like information about the "War on Drugs" may I highly suggest watching the Netflix Original, "13th". **PLEASE ONLY SIGN THIS IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF KENTUCKY**
Petition to Matt Bevin
Kentuckians for the preservation of all war monuments, including our Confederate monuments
To Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, We the People of the Commonwealth have all seen our culture being trampled on lately, Kentucky has come into focus by people and or entities that don’t understand our way of life, and think we are behind in the twenty first century. As Kentuckians, we are very proud of our heritage, religion, and our way of life. Many of us have deep roots in our State dating as far back as the Revolutionary War, and we cherish all things that Kentucky has done, and will do in Generations to come. Our history has, and always will, be a part of Kentuckians posterity. As our Founding Fathers said, “for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Kentucky has its own culture, unique only to Kentucky, passed down from Generations of honest and noble men. Kentucky has seen its fair share of change, particularly around the Civil War. The Civil War in Kentucky was a fratricidal conflict that split families, including that of President Abraham Lincoln. Thousands of Kentucky families were broken by the war. U.S. senator John J. Crittenden had one son who was a Union general and another who was a Confederate general. Union colonel Charles Hanson had two brothers fight for the Confederacy, including Brigadier General Roger Hanson, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee. The Reverend Robert J. Breckinridge, a staunch Unionist who helped sway Federal military policy in Kentucky, had two sons fight for the North and two fought for the South. These scenarios were repeated in scores of Kentucky families. Although Lincoln was the Union commander-in-chief, most of his in-laws, the Todd family of Lexington, supported the Confederacy. Lincoln’s brother-in-law, Confederate general Ben Hardin Helm, was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863. Upon learning of Helm’s death, Lincoln reputedly wept and said, “I feel as David of old did when he was told of the death of Absalom.” After Helm’s death his widow, Emilie Todd Helm, visited Abraham and Mary Lincoln in the White House. This created a stir in Washington, and newspapers complained when Lincoln’s rebel sister-in-law visited. Later, when Emilie was seeking the president’s permission to travel into the Confederacy to sell cotton, she reminded Lincoln that Union bullets had made her a widow and her children orphans, so Lincoln bore the responsibility to help her. Mary Lincoln lost several family members during the war, including her half-brother, Samuel, who was killed at the battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, and another half-brother, Alexander, who was killed at the Battle of Baton Rouge. Several more of her siblings were Confederate soldiers or sympathizers. Few families were immune from the divisions of the Civil War. The Civil War not only divided Northern and Southern cultures, in fact it divided families all the way to the White House. Knowing what Abraham Lincoln said himself about his own family, we Kentuckians know what he would say today about our Union and Confederate Monuments. Post-war Kentucky needed healing. Families, communities and entire regions of the state had been ripped apart by the war, and more than simple animosity was prevalent throughout. Yet as the North and South healed their wounds and settled their differences, surely Kentucky would, as well. For in Kentucky, where such division had resulted from North and South’s convergence, there was also great promise, because, as historian Bruce Catton wrote, “where North and South touched one another most intimately” was also where they “came closest to a mutual understanding.” Kentuckians have both Union and Confederate ancestors, and within our own hearts, we have a mutual understanding. Kentucky is finally at peace, and our monuments Union and Confederate are our reminders, that the peace comes from hour hearts. Kentucky is where North and South touched most intimately, Kentucky has become that place for great promise that Bruce Catton Wrote about all those years ago. In nearly every Kentucky community something reminds us of the Civil war, and our Civil War ancestors are themselves still with us in Cemeteries everywhere, quiet places, markers of the human cost of war. In Kentucky the civil war is not passive, or dead. In Kentucky the war is long over, but never forgotten. We Kentuckians stand in solidarity with a mutual understanding, that all monuments including, Union and Confederate, that these Men, Women, and Children have the peace they deserve in death. They are our ancestors, we are their voices, and we are their blood. Our State motto is United we stand, Divided we fall, and we will never forget those ties that bind us all. For those of you who wish to trample on our way of life, culture, religion, Confederate monuments, overalls, straw hats, and our heritage. Don't bother speaking for us, as we are just fine and very capable of speaking for ourselves and our twenty first century way of life. We understand your perversion of it, and simply decline it. Governor Bevin, We the descendants of all wars Kentucky has been a part of, would like to Preserve all Monuments of every War, especially Union, and Confederate. This should never be an issue for the loss of life these Men, Women, and Children gave for the State of Kentucky.
Petition to Kentucky Legislators
Five demands in defense of KY public education
We are experiencing a historic moment of positive change driven by educators in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, and elsewhere. Rather than waste this moment by merely standing guard over the status quo or reacting to incessant depredations, we want to move Kentucky education forward in ways that will benefit all stakeholders. We can no longer allow the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and their lapdogs in Frankfort (who don’t even bother to read the legislation written on their behalf!) to dictate the agenda for our commonwealth. Therefore, we present this list of demands in support of Kentucky education. 1. We demand that our pension and retirement plans be improved, not dismantled. 1a. We want the inviolable contract for past, current, and future teachers to be honored in order to make teaching in Kentucky an attractive option for talented potential teachers inside and outside of the Commonwealth. 1b. Pension and retirement plans should be fully funded for current, retired, and future teachers. This fund should be legally off-limits for raiding to address revenue shortfalls. 1c. Teachers should be able to retire after 25 years of service, regardless of teacher age, or five years of service at age 65. No “Rule of 87.” Older teachers should be incentivized, not penalized, for working past 25 years. 2. We demand that public funds only be spent on public schools. Research shows that overall, charter schools do not improve educational outcomes for students. Too many charter school operators have taken public tax money for profit and left their students struggling. Public funds should go to public schools. 2a. No public education funds should be diverted to for-profit or non-profit charter schools or for vouchers to attend private schools. 2b. No tax credits should be granted for donations or tuition payments to private schools. 3. We demand that legislators prioritize new funding sources over cuts to existing programs. Finding funding for pensions/benefits in our inviolable contract is not the job of teachers. It is the job of legislators. But part of the reason we’re at this historical juncture is that both political parties have raided teachers’ retirement funds to cover state expenses because they were afraid to raise corporate and income taxes. The governor and his allies argue that low taxes will attract new businesses; we argue that those same businesses expect well-educated employees for that reason ought to be willing to finance public education through taxation. The success of Kentucky’s students depends on the state’s ability to hold up its financial commitments to the education system. To that end we demand: 3a. No imposition of new sales taxes. Sales taxes are regressive taxation that disproportionately hurt small businesses, the poor, and the middle class, and should not be raised on non-luxury goods or services. The state should seek out new forms of revenue that don’t come at the expense of the poor and middle class while cutting taxes for the wealthy and corporations. 3b. No imposition of regressive flat taxes. The tax rate should remain 5.8% of federal Adjusted Gross Income for those earning between $8000 and $75000. In addition, rates should increase for the those earning above $75000 with the creation of at least two new tax brackets for the super-wealthy. For example, 6.5% for those earning above $150000, 7% for those whose federal AGI is between $250,000 and $999,999, 8% for those whose federal AGI is above a million dollars. Corporations based in Kentucky should pay taxes to Kentucky based on their earnings, not merely based on their in-state revenue and the rate should be progressive, and not flat, so as not to disproportionately burden small businesses. 3c. Pensions should remain tax-free up to $50,000. This tax exclusion should not be lowered by one cent (much less by $10,000 as the current tax bill proposes). 3d. Find new funding sources by raising taxes, closing tax loopholes, and/or legalizing and taxing the same revenue sources that are already legal in other states (for example, recreational cannabis or casino gambling). 4. We demand that our students’ safety, health, and educational needs be prioritized. We demand that our students be provided a safe and welcoming educational environment. We understand that for some of our students, our schools are the only place they can count on for support, nourishing meals, counseling, and safety. We demand an end to the school-to-prison pipeline. In addition, we demand: 4a. No more state funds devoted to building new juvenile detention centers, public or private. 4b. An end to zero-tolerance policies that disproportionately target underprivileged youth, LGBTQ youth, and youth of color. Eliminate HB 169. 4c. Increased funding for Family Resource and Youth Service Centers and funding for full-time trained therapists, youth service workers, effective restorative justice discipline programs, and crisis intervention specialists instead of armed school resource officers, regardless of Title I status. If we must have armed school resource officers, we want them to receive ongoing nonviolent conflict resolution training. 4d. Increased funding for all school breakfast and lunch programs. 4e. Increased funding for textbooks, classroom supplies, and technology. 4f. Increased funding for teachers’ professional development including maintaining funding for KTIP and increased funding for subsidization of teachers’ continuing education, National Board Certification and tuition reimbursement. 4g. Provide state-funded preschool for all three and four year-old children. 5. We demand an end to the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset. These laws, which both took effect in 1983, basically eliminate Social Security benefits for Kentucky pension recipients and their spouses. Eliminating the WEP and GPO have to be a priority for Kentucky’s senators and representatives in Washington DC. If our legislators stab us in the back again, we want to be able to count on the same Social Security that everyone else in the nation has. 5a. Teachers who have already paid into Social Security in their early careers should be allowed to collect their benefits upon retirement.
Petition to Matt Bevin
Why Are Grandma's Cookies Illegal In Kentucky?
Why are grandmas in Kentucky committing crimes when they sell cookies to neighbors? Because Kentucky's current cottage food law states that: "Kentucky law allows farmers to grow, harvest and process limited food products in their farm kitchens for sale at farmer’s markets, certified roadside stands and from the farm provided they grow the predominate agronomic ingredient." This means that unless grandma is a farmer, she is breaking the law selling her baked goods. My name is Jennifer Lopez and I am a mom raising 4 kids. I’m also a talented cake decorator. I started baking cakes in 2006 for my children’s birthdays. At the time, I lived in Missouri. By 2009, cake decorating had become something I really enjoyed. I found myself starting a business from my home and making cakes for clients. This was and still is completely legal in Missouri, in fact the laws are even better now than in 2009. I was able to start a career that I loved and have been passionate about ever since. I steadily built up a clientele, and worked hard at honing my skill set. I am going on 11 years now of being a cake decorator, or working with cake in some fashion. In 2013, I found myself faced with a huge dilemma. I had found out my husband of 11 years was cheating on me and as soon as I confronted him, he cleaned out our joint bank account leaving me and my children with nothing. I didn’t know what to do, but I did still have 2 checks I hadn’t cashed from selling cakes. I used that money to open myself a bank account. Because the laws in Missouri allow for home bakers to also sell at farmer’s markets, I took a gamble and went to Aldi to purchase cupcake ingredients. My kids and I then took them to the farmer’s market. I ended up selling $90 worth of cupcakes, and even had a customer order a cake because she liked my cupcakes so much. By the beginning of July of that year, God had sent me cake order after cake order. In just a few weeks I had over $1,000 in my bank account. Having this income took a lot of stress off my plate during this extremely stressful time. I was able to buy gas for my vehicle, food for my children, and start thinking about my new future as a single parent. I was faced with divorce, and I had no family or support system in Missouri, as all my family lives in Kentucky. After years of hard work and getting the word out, my cake business had just started to really take off. It was also the only real skill I had after staying home for 8 years to raise my children. I looked up Kentucky’s cottage food laws and found that I could in no way sell cakes like I had been, and that the laws were extremely restrictive. Kentucky is one of 3 of the most restrictive states in America. I was astounded to see that even California had better cottage food laws than Kentucky. I ultimately had to make the decision to move to where my support system was located. After moving to Kentucky, I tried to find a few ways to keep my cake business alive and to keep doing what I loved. I found a business with a vacant kitchen, but it needed thousands of dollars of work to even start, and on top of that they wanted $400 a month just for me to use the facility. This was not something I was able to even consider while being a newly single mother to 3 children. I would also have to start from scratch building up clients in a new town. I finally had to put cake decorating on the back burner and got a job to support my children. My friend of 33 years keeps our cake business alive in Missouri. Every now and then I get to make a cake for some fun reason and keep my skills active. If I could, I would be out promoting myself and working hard every day to make cakes for people in my area, but I am not allowed to do that. I can’t tell you how extremely frustrating it is to be skilled in an area and not even be allowed to start it up for fear of fines and legal drama. Even now, I am still not in any position to where I would be able to go open a storefront. What I do, which is custom cakes, would not keep the doors open without having to make other items or sell lunch, which is not something I’m interested in doing. As a renter, it is also not possible for me to turn my basement into an extra commercial kitchen or place a building in my backyard. There are so many large businesses that once started in homes or garages. A local Cross Fit started out of the owner’s garage. Super City Cross Fit, now River to River Fitness has 3 locations in Paducah, KY and Metropolis, IL. Microsoft and Apple were both started at home in garages. When starting out, it isn’t always smart or economical to open a storefront especially when the risks can be so high and you have a family to feed. If a home-based business fails, you turn your oven off and go back to life, you aren’t out thousand or hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s also a great way to even see if this is an area you would want to keep pursuing or are even good at, without having to invest a lot of money to get started. There are also extremely talented cake designers that started from or are still based out of their homes. Liz Marek is a perfect example of a home-based decorator who made it big in the world of cake. Artisan Cake Company is still based out of her home, and within the last year she was finally able to convert her garage into a kitchen space. Charm City Cakes owner, Duff Goldman better known as Ace of Cakes, started out of his small apartment. He would walk up and down sidewalks outside of bridal shows with a cake in hand to build his business. (Charm City Cakes) “Duff opened his cake business in his Baltimore apartment after leaving a personal chef job. "I called my dad, business guru extraordinaire, and asked, 'Hey, Dad, how do I start a cake business?' And he says, 'Get some business cards, get a website and sell some cakes!' Astounding, basic advice, but I followed it...I baked [cakes] in my rickety joke of a home oven and delivered [them] in my hatchback VW."”- 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Duff (FoodNetwork.com) I ended up quitting my position at a good job when I had a baby 2 years ago. I could no longer afford child care for 4 children, almost $800 a month. Baking custom cakes from home would benefit my family considerably. I could still help my husband out, who works 2 jobs, and would not have to give over half my paycheck to childcare expenses. We would love to buy our first home, but are not yet in a position to do so. Having that extra income, while saving money would also help us do that. My story is not unique. Some people start baking because physical limitations or childcare responsibilities make it difficult to work away from home. Some have been the victims of layoffs, scraping together gigs to get by. Others are retirees, looking to supplement their fixed income and stay active. Regardless of the reason, people across the country have realized that home baking allows them to use their talents to earn extra income. Home baking is the way to get started right away without having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on professional equipment and commercial kitchen space. It also makes sense for customers. Home bakers have the flexibility to make small batches of goods and cater to food allergies and dietary restrictions. People who live far from traditional bakeries can buy locally. Who doesn’t want the option of a home-baked treat on demand? The solution to Kentucky’s restrictive current cottage food law is a piece of cake. I and many bakers just like me, would like to legalize the limited sale of home-baked goods that do not require refrigeration—like cookies, cupcakes, custom cakes, and bread. You can help me and home bakers across the Bluegrass State claim our slice of the American Dream and provide a better life for our families. Please sign this message to our lawmakers asking them to support a home bakers bill and let home-based entrepreneurs get to work serving delicious baked goods to our friends and neighbors. Learn more about our campaign at http://www.kentuckyhomebakers.com
Petition to Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kentucky State House, Kentucky Governor, Kentucky State Senate
Fix the Kentucky State Flag
I feel that the flag of the State of Kentucky is a flag that could definitely use more effort than it already has. I feel that making a flag with a state seal on it makes it look difficult to distinguish from other state flags. Also, this petition could inspire other people in other states to do the same. If this plan works, it will encourage more people to appreciate Kentucky and also, let people take pride in a good flag. I care greatly because I care about symbolism and I feel some States aren’t showing that to their people or people from elsewhere. Vexillologists tend to hate a flag such as Kentucky’s. The Portland Flag Association lists 5 principles : Keep It Simple. The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory…Use Meaningful Symbolism. The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes…Use 2 or 3 Basic Colors. Limit the number of colors on the flag to three which contrast well and come from the standard color set…No Lettering or Seals. Never use writing on any kind or an organization’s seal…Be Distinctive or Be Related. Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections… Because of these principles, I think Kentucky should change their flag. Now who’s with me?
Petition to Attica Scott, Mitch McConnell, Kentucky State House, Hal Rogers, John Yarmuth, Thomas Massie, Andy Barr, Kim King, Brett Guthrie, Tommy Thompson, Myron Dossett, Rick Rand, John Carney, Tommy Turner, Rocky Adkins
Support House Bill 258 to Ban LGBTQ Conversion Therapy in Kentucky
Currently in the Bluegrass State, conversion therapy for minors is legal. Conversion therapists falsely claim be able to change LGBTQ youth into straight and cisgender youth. Prominent professional health associations—including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among numerous others—oppose the use of conversion therapy on youth, calling the practice harmful and ineffective. The State of Kentucky introduced House Bill 258 in a bold step to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy in 2018. If successful, Kentucky would be the 10th state to pass legislation limiting the practice though another 40 states still allow this terrible crisis to continue. These efforts are part of the Trevor Projects 50 Bills 50 States campaign to protect youth from conversion therapy across the United States. Conversion therapy is torture. Not only is it ineffective and dangerous for those who endure it, but it also fuels a narrative that LGBTQ people can and should change who they are. We need legislation in Kentucky to ensure not one more LGBTQ youth experiences the life long pain it causes. We the undersigned call on Kentucky Legislators to: support House Bill 258 to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors increase public awareness that attempting to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity can be intensively damaging All major psychological associations speak to the heart of harms that can happen to LGBTQ youth when attempting to discriminate and change their sexual orientation or gender identity. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Clinicians should be aware that there is no evidence that sexual orientation can be altered through therapy, and that attempts to do so may be harmful. There is no empirical evidence adult homosexuality can be prevented if gender nonconforming children are influenced to be more gender conforming. Indeed, there is no medically valid basis for attempting to prevent homosexuality, which is not an illness. On the contrary, such efforts may encourage family rejection and undermine self-esteem, connectedness and caring, important protective factors against suicidal ideation and attempts. Given that there is no evidence that efforts to alter sexual orientation are effective, beneficial or necessary, and the possibility that they carry the risk of significant harm, such interventions are contraindicate ( http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=38417#Section420 ). American Academy of Pediatrics: “Therapy directed at specifically changing sexual orientation is contraindicated, since it can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation” (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/92/4/631.full.pdf American Medical Association: “Aversion therapy (a behavioral or medical intervention which pairs unwanted behavior, in this case, homosexual behavior, with unpleasant sensations or aversive consequences) is no longer recommended for gay men and lesbians. Through psychotherapy, gay men and lesbians can become comfortable with their sexual orientation and understand the societal response to it" (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=401656 From the National Association of Social Workers: “People seek mental health services for many reasons. Accordingly, it is fair to assert that lesbians and gay men seek therapy for the same reasons that heterosexual people do. However, the increase in media campaigns, often coupled with coercive messages from family and community members, has created an environment in which lesbians and gay men often are pressured to seek reparative or conversion therapies, which cannot and will not change sexual orientation. Aligned with the American Psychological Association’s (1997) position, NCLGB believes that such treatment potentially can lead to severe emotional damage. “ For a comprehensive list of policy and position statements on Conversion Therapy, visit: https://www.hrc.org/resources/policy-and-position-statements-on-conversion-therapy Current Co-Sponsors: Rep. Jim Wayne, Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, Rep. Ruth Palumbo, Rep. Attica Scott, and Rep. Kelly Flood. Endorsements: The Kentucky Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Youth Law Project (KYLP), Kentucky Mental Health Coalition (40 Member Organizations), Kentucky Psychological Association, The Trevor Project, Kentucky Psychological Association, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the ACLU of Kentucky. Please consider sharing and signing this petition in support of HB 258 to put an end to these harmful practices in Kentucky. For more information on the 50 Bills, 50 States Campaign, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/50Bills50States. Together we can make Kentucky a safer place for LGBTQ youth. Don’t forget to call your legislators and ask them to sponsor and vote YES to HB 258! 1-800-372-7181 #50Bills50States #Kentucky #LGBTQ #ProtectLGBTKids #FairnessCampaign #BornPerfect #TrevorProject