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native american

38 petitions

Started 1 week ago

Petition to Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken, Mark Dayton, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Minnesota State Senate, Rick Nolan, Minnesota State House, Keith Ellison

Make Conjugal Visits Allowed In Minnesota

"A conjugal visit is a scheduled period in which an inmate of a prison is permitted to spend several hours or a day in private with a visitor, usually their legal spouse. While the parties may engage in sexual intercourse, the generally recognized basis for permitting such visits in modern times is to preserve family bonds, and increase the chances of success for a prisoner's eventual return to life outside prison. Additionally, they serve as an incentive to motivate inmates to comply with various day-to-day rules and regulations of the facility, and to avoid any infringement which might disqualify them for conjugal visits."  I'm starting this petition because, family is the most important thing when serving a sentence for a crime. Without the everyday or as often as possible communication by letters, phone calls, and visitation. The inmates would be and are more aggressive and violent against each other and staff when they are not allowed to have those types of communication. I believe that if a state prisons allow conjugal visits for inmates it would only be logical to allow conjugal visits in federal prisons. Federal inmates have to serve around 85% of their entire prison sentence, where as state prisons usually serve 50-65% and are allowed conjugal visits, gain time off their sentence for good behavior to get early release. Since this is not the case with federal inmates why not allow conjugal visits along with private visits for inmates with children. You would be amazed at what a simple meal with their family can do to the way they behave and the way they are when released. I honestly think that every inmate's case is different and conjugal visits should be considered accordingly. Besides from everything I've said here, I'm also asking you to sign this petition for me and my childhood sweetheart. We've been best friends since we were 13, we are now 24 and have been together for 6 years. I love this man to the moon and back. I'm writing this because I want to have a child with him and he still has close to 10 years before he is released. By then we will be 34 years old and having a child at that age is very risky and sometimes not possible, neither one of us have children and we are both young Native Americans who's culture and traditions and people are dying at a rapid pace and we would like to do our part in keeping our culture and people alive. So please sign this. It is very important to the both of us as well as many others. Thank you for your time and consideration. 

Nona Bear
53 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Dallas Independent School District, American Indian Heritage Day in Texas

20th Anniversary - No Native American Mascots at H. Grady Spruce High School!

20 years ago in August of 1997, through the concerted efforts of leaders within the Dallas Independent School District, all American Indian mascots were eliminated from schools within DISD's jurisdiction. It has come to the attention of the Dallas American Indian community that a petition has recently been created to encourage support to reverse that decision and bring back the "Apaches" mascot to H.Grady Spruce High School, which now operates as the "Timberwolves." Research has shown that the continued use of American Indian mascots, symbols, images, and personalities has a negative effect on not only American Indians students but all students by: - Undermining the educational experiences of members of all communities-especially those who have had little or no contact with Indigenous peoples. The symbols, images and mascots teach non-Indian children that it's acceptable to participate in culturally abusive behavior and perpetuate inaccurate misconceptions about American Indian culture.- Establishes an unwelcome and often times hostile learning environment for American Indians students that affirms negative images/stereotypes that are promoted in mainstream society. (http://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/indian-mascots.aspx Unfortunately, the symbol that some choose to hang on to as a means of reminiscence is highly problematic to all students and the thought of reversing a decision that has been in effect for 20 years shows the blatant lack of respect to American Indian culture and the first inhabitants of this soil. Stand with us and make your voices heard! We will not tolerate the attempt to overrule the decision that 20 years ago set an incredible example for school districts across the nation!

American Indian Heritage Day in Texas
45 supporters