Petition to President of the United States, Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Bill Nelson, Dick Durbin, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren, Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, Cory Booker, Patty Murray, Al Franken, John Cornyn, Tim Kaine, Sherrod Brown, Robert Menendez, Lindsey Graham, Amy Klobuchar, Richard Blumenthal, Robert Casey, Richard Burr, Claire McCaskill, Lamar Alexander, Ron Wyden, Mark Warner, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Barack Obama, Donald Trump
Allow Transgender People Into the U.S. Military
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be accepted or allowed into the U.S. Military because their cost is a "burden." This is extremely disgraceful and an insult to all those who have already given their lives for this country. This is not equality, and this is not "supporting the LGBT community," as he said he does. This is utterly transphobic. Many people who served are going to be left jobless, and many others will no longer be able to fulfill their dreams. This is not okay, and this should not be legal. Trans people are still people.
Petition to Diane Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Jim Patterson, Jim Costa, Devin Nunes, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, T. Montgomery Mason, Rob Wittman, Scott Taylor, Terry McAuliffe, Jerry Brown, Michael Mullin, Brenda Pogge, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Nancy Pelosi, United States Supreme Court, Barack Obama, Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate, Steve Westfall, Bob Goodlatte, California State Senate, California State House, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Paul Cook, Darrell Issa, Melissa Melendez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Adam Schiff, John Garamendi, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Scott Peters, Ken Calvert, Sam Farr, Xavier Becerra, Anna Eshoo, Jared Huffman, Jerry McNerney, Zoe Lofgren, Mark Takano, Dave Brat, Evan Jenkins, Roy Cooper, Morgan Griffith, Allen Evans, Bobby Scott, L. Louise Lucas, Shelley Capito, Gerry Connolly, Facebook Hard Questions
Responsibilities Required From Social Media Regarding Military Romance Scamming
THE CAUSE: Military Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired or are deceased. The scammers are aware how highly Americans think and feel for their military and they use this to pull at the heart strings of vulnerable men and women. Working with a retired Colonel from the United States Army whose pictures, name and child have been used in the scammers story, I have come to realize just what an epidemic this is. Unfortunately, many of the victims are afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed to come forward. Many just want to forget about the scam and move on with their lives. That is why I bring this petition to you. Due to the overwhelming numbers of fraudulent accounts throughout social media and the unidentified number of victims, we need to be the voice. Social Media has a great amount of power, and with power comes an abundance of responsibility. THE BATTLE: Because of the majority of military romance scammers residing in other countries, the United States has very little jurisdiction over these criminals, therefore we must work from where and what we know, and that is through the United States and our legislative system. We are looking to encourage social media sites to provide more public service announcements by way of television, movie theater ads, magazines, radio, etc. and provide additional man power to their fraudulent account tracking system as well as upgrading their security system to recognize these duplicated accounts that are recreated literally moments to hours after being deleted. Facial recognition does not solve all problems, especially when these scammers are using generic pictures (flowers, hearts etc.) on their profiles and cyber security is unable to recognize this discrepancy. PERSONAL NOTE: I am a very proud daughter to a mother who served in our Navy, and brother and father who served in our Army. I also have multiple cousins, aunts and uncles who have served and the thought of our military being abused and disrespected is appalling! My mothers friend fell victim to a scammer using the pictures of the Colonel I am currently working with, thus being the reason I have become so involved. I, like many others, had no idea what an epidimic this has become and what little is being done. Social Media needs to take on more responsibility for this breeding ground than they already have, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of our security, and Military whose job is to protect us. What security is social media providing them? Obviously, not the right kind. Scammers are the cancer to the social media world and it's time our companies and legislature took a stand and initiative to help prevent such illness within our military community and every day victims.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
Afghan and Iraqi Translators Saved American Lives. Make them "Honorary Veterans."
While serving in the US Army in 2008, my Afghan interpreter Janis Shinwari saved my life. During an intense firefight, Janis killed two Taliban fighters that had snuck up behind me. Without Janis, they would have killed me. In Iraq and Afghanistan, translators serve alongside the US military and are essential to keeping us safe and helping us do our mission. And they do so at the risk of being targeted by the Taliban, including their families. For serving alo Janis is not the exception. There are many translators who have saved American lives on the battlefield. Like Fred, who saved 25 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard.Supporters had to crowdfund the money to fly him and his family to the US before the Taliban killed him. After serving, Steeler's Offensive Tackle and Army Ranger Alejandro Villaneuva worked hard to get his Afghan translator here. After serving alongside our military, many translators received SIV’s or Special Immigrant Visas, so they could relocated to the United States. Unfortunately, they are not considered veterans. We are asking Congress to honor its promise to our wartime allies. We want them to be treated as the heroes they are when they finally come here after years of screening by the State Department, Defense Department, and Department of Homeland Security. All we are asking is for Congress to name them "Honorary Veterans" so that they can check the veteran's preference box on job applications and 56,000 veteran focused charities to include them in their missions. Many are standing by. We are not asking for VA benefits. This is an innovative idea that comes at no cost to the taxpayer and requires no new regulations. Best of all, we have bipartisan support! Yes, people in D.C. can agree on the same thing. This is a simple wording issue. These charities can't help Special Immigrant Visa recipients because technically they are "non-veterans." Ask me if I think my translator is a veteran. Ask the guys from the Pennsylvania National Guard who spent their own money to fly their translator here if he is a veteran. Ask Alejandro. Since at least World War 2, the United States has a very checkered history of honoring our promises to our wartime allies. Yes, big alliances like NATO matter, but it is the friendships and trust at the individual level that is our greatest diplomatic tool. The world knows that we didn't fully take care of the Filipino soldiers that helped us in World War 2, the Koreans during the Korean War, the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, and now the brave men and women from Afghanistan and Iraq who risked everything to stand shoulder to shoulder with us. With your help, we can change this. We need your voice to get this to the Senate floor. It's time the American people demand our representatives to stand shoulder to shoulder with those that saved American lives. I have a family today because of my translator.
Petition to Charles Schumer, Ron Aiello, Bill Posey
HERO CONTRACT DOGS NEED YOU! SOME ARE ABANDONED OR EUTHANIZED LEFT IN WAR ZONES
Over 200 Contractor Military dogs in 2014 were left on foreign soil to be Euthanized, some are left Wounded or Abandoned laying HELPLESSLY in kennels in the middle of a war! This is still happening and laws need to be changed. War Dogs save 150 soldiers lives annually! Do we not owe the contracted war Dogs the same treatment? The bond forged on the battlefield is the strongest we can imagine. According to Paws for Purple Hearts when handler and dog are reunited it is the best medicine to heal the wounds of the war and those suffering from PTSD. These BRAVE dogs should be able to retire on U.S Soil!!! Right now it is in the hands of non -profit groups to raise funds to help as many dogs that they can reach. The cost is $4500.00 per dog..Let's give them hope and get them added to the NDAA Bill.
Petition to Jeff Flake, John McCain, Donald Trump
Fight For Those Who Fought For You
As federal patients, Veterans are being prescribed extremely addictive pharmaceuticals linked to widespread death across the country. Despite this fact, these pills remain at a lower classification within the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) than cannabis. Cannabis has helped many people suffering from debilitating conditions such as PTSD, cancer, chronic pain, addiction withdrawal and has statistically lowered the suicide rate in states where it is “legal.” Veterans Health Administration (VA) primary care teams should be educated on how to best implement cannabis into a veterans treatment plan. When a patient is a legal medical cannabis card holder as well as a veteran, they should be afforded the freedom to use cannabis within the VA system as a recognized medical alternative to psychiatric drugs without any discrimination or unjust actions against them. Do you agree: Should veterans be able to treat themselves with medical marijuana? If you do, please join us in the fight to provide veterans safe access and compassionate care within the Veterans Health Administration.
Petition to U.S. Senate
Change names of confederate military bases, NOW!
There are eight U.S. Army bases, all located in Southern states, named after Confederate generals: Fort Bragg (N.C.), Fort Benning (Ga.), Fort Gordon (Ga.), Fort Polk (La.), Fort Hood (Texas), Fort A.P. Hill (Va.), Fort Lee (Va.), and Fort Rucker (Ala.). In addition, several National Guard facilities, such as Fort Pickett (Va.) and Camp Beauregard (La.), bear the names of Confederate generals. It seems odd that the U.S. Army ever considered naming its bases after men who, by definition, conducted war against the United States. It seems even odder that a military force in which racial minorities comprise one-quarter to one-third of the force would be asked to serve on bases named after men who fought to maintain slavery. Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker says the war’s dead numbered about 750,000. That is American deaths! This was to uphold White Supremacy, period. These men were all guilty of treason and should have been imprisoned for life, much less able to have flourishing careers in military, politics, and the judicial branches of government.
Petition to Georgia Governor, Jackie Johnson, Assistant District Attorney, Chris Carr
Help us demand prosecution of the murderers of slain Army Veteran Taylor Justin Williams
As a mother, we plan out our child’s lives from the moment they’re born. Never did I imagine my son’s life would be so short-lived or ended so violently. Taylor was in the medical field saving lives, not taking them. He accomplished so much during his short time on this earth. In my heart, I feel strongly he had a lot more to accomplish. I miss him every minute of every day. This is a nightmare no mother would wish upon any other. To all involved in the murder of my son Taylor Justin Williams, I have this to say: You can’t imagine how devastating it is for any parent to receive a knock at the door to be told by police that their child is dead. To make this horrible situation even more overwhelming, I live 1800 miles away, therefore not allowing me to see for myself that Taylor really, truly was dead. My initial thought was maybe they made a mistake in the identification? When it partially sank in, I dropped to my knees crying hysterically for my baby. Please God no, not my boy. I begged and pleaded for God to give him back. Screaming throughout the house, “he’s mine and I want him back!” As family members start to fill the house and get the journey to Georgia in motion, I still wanted to keep the tiniest bit of hope that it wasn’t really my Taylor. My mind was in shock, I was vibrating unable to eat, drink or sleep. I just wanted to get to Georgia as fast as I could. When I finally was able to see my lifeless boy, who was always full of energy, I once again dropped to my knees. I heard a loud, guttural sound and was later told that it came from me. It’s true, my son is dead, gone forever never to hug me or tell me “love you” again. I beg God to take me too, please! We aren’t supposed to bury our children. I will NEVER FORGET, as no loving mother would. You took a part of my heart and soul the moment that knife plunged into my son’s body repeatedly causing fatal stab wounds. Nobody from your group tried to stop you nor did you try and control yourself from stabbing my unarmed son numerous times. Then when my son’s friend tried to pull his lifeless body away from you, you continued to stab his unarmed friend numerous times as the others looked on. As my son lay there lifeless and gurgling (as described by one of the four) I have to wonder did anyone feel remorse, sadness, empathy? I think about what was described to me, and it pains me every minute of every day. Was my son scared? What was he thinking? Did he say any last words? Was he sad to be torn from his life? I’m terribly sad because he died so brutally with no love around him, alone with nobody to care and hold him as he gurgled on his own blood. I’m dying inside as I write this. It’s shocking to realize how people are so desensitized to death and destruction. Their behavior and the legal system’s delay in taking action is very disturbing. Residents in the area should be fearful, this type of behavior demonstrates anger with no control and this could very easily happen again in my opinion. Taylor wasn’t the only one murdered that fateful night. I too was murdered, not physically but emotionally. I will admit I wanted you to murder me too so I could be with my son. You took an integral part of me. You changed my journey in life to one I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Let me remind you, very strongly, that I will never forget and I will fight for justice until it is served. This is now my full-time job. I love you my son, Taylor Justin Williams.#JusticeForTaylorWilliams - Nichole Williams, Grieving Mother
Petition to Ed Royce
Request the House vote immediately on HR 669: restrict Presidential nuclear first strikes
HR 669 would place restrictions on the President of the United States in her or his usage of the United States' nuclear arsenal in a first strike, non-retaliatory action, placing approval of such a decision to the vote of congress as outlined. With the growing political turmoil and heightening fears of military engagements, both domestic and abroad, American citizens deserve assurance that the elected legislative branch representing the united States and districts of American voters have authority that is resilient to possible erratic, unreliable, or insecure actions as a result of medical, psychological, or other unforeseen circumstance that would render the decision by the President of the United States to be not of sound mind, while leaving in place the capability for a quick and decisive response free from government bureaucracy in the event of a foreign nuclear attack. Support of this petition will show the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee the demand American citizens have in safeguarding a secure and prosperous future free from impulsive and uninformed catastrophic decisions.