Petition to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Mike DeWine, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hamilton county ohio job and family services, hamilton county prosecutor office cincinnati ohio, Ohio State House, Ohio State Senate, Ohio Governor, John Cranley
Hold Michelle Gregg Responsible For Negligence And Endangering Children
A negligent mother ( Michelle Gregg ) failed to preform the most simple and basic parental responsibility and protect her child. instead she did not give proper supervision as a result her child fell in to a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati zoo resulting in the Innocent living creature being euthanized. We the people hereby call for justice for Harambe ,the 17-year-old, endangered lowland gorilla, that was euthanized by Cincinnati Zoo officials after Michelle Gregg failed to act responsibly and properly supervise her child and for the child in which she neglected . Michelle Gregg's negligence involving careless reckless behavior that pleased a child in a life threatening situation and ended a the life of an indecent creature. CAN NOT AND WILL NOT BE FORGIVEN!!!!! SECTION ONE We The People demand that Michelle Gregg be held accounting and charged to the fullest extent of the law. For her actions that incited the events that led to the wrongful killing of a endanger animal that is protected by the endanger species act of 1973, And We the people demand she face charges for gross negligence, child endangerment and the unlawful killing of an endangered animal. SECTION TWO We The People. Demand that the Ohio Senate And House of Representatives, enact legislation that holds patrons fully responsible for their actions and for any and all injures or damages that results from their unreasonable actions when visiting pleases such as zoos, aquariums, amusement parks etc.. SECTION THREE We The People. Demand that The U.S Department of Agriculture increase zoo enclosure and safety standards. Require all zoos to have proper barrios and security features to prevent future events such as this from occurring again. We The People Demand justice for this beautiful creature and for the child. We demand that Michelle Gregg be brought to justice for the crimes she has committed: gross negligence , endangering a child, and the unnecessary killing of an endangered animal. Michelle Gregg's negligence involving careless reckless behavior that pleased a child in a life threatening situation and ended a the life of a beautiful endangered animal. this a vary serious issue as the loss of life was unnecessary and preventable if she would have done her job as a parent, but because she has failed to do so it only leaves one to be greatly concerned with the well being of the child. Ohio Law: 2919.22 Endangering children. Federal Law: The Endangered Species Act Of 1973
Petition to SUPREME, US Congress, Barack Obama, United States Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Senate
Stop ALL Mandatory Vaccination in ALL states.
As we see more and more of our constitutional rights and parental rights being stripped from us... WE THE PEOPLE ask that ALL vaccines be made optional as they had been in the past and that health departments in every state continue or go back to offering vaccine exemptions to those parents who feel the need to not vaccinate their children. WE THE PEOPLE do not believe children are to be possessions of the state. Our children were not given to the state to raise. They were given to us by God. As their parents we have parental rights that we refuse to relinquish. Those rights include and are not limited to deciding WHAT gets injected into our children. We will not sit idly by as our parental rights get stripped away. We will come together as one and fight for our rights to protect our children and to raise our children the way we feel is best. Parents have the right to refuse vaccinations. Parents have the right to make their own informed decision as to whether to vaccinate or not. Parents have the right to be able to send their children to public schools with their exemptions. As you continue to see more and more rights being stripped away from parents you will see a unity that you have never seen before. As parents, vaxxers and non-vaxxers will come together to make sure the government understands that we do not believe our children are government property. We will fight back, for as long as we need to until our parental rights are respected. Since when does the government NOT work for the people? WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND all mandatory vaccination to cease and for exemptions to be brought back to states like California, Mississippi, and West Virginia. Give parents back the choice that was never yours to make with their children to begin with. Respectfully, Laire Lightner
Petition to Texas State House, Texas State Senate
Change Texas law to make school health more transparent
More Texans are getting whooping cough and other vaccine-preventable diseases. More parents are choosing to send their children to public school without vaccinations for personal - not medical - reasons. Parents in Texas have a right to know whether or not schools are healthy environments. Currently, school districts collect data about vaccine exemptions from individual school campuses, but only report school district level data to the public. All parents - parents of medically fragile children, parents of newborns and infants, and parents of older children with no medical issues - have a right to know which school campuses are safest for their children. Please sign this petition to show your support for changing Texas law to make school health more transparent and to help parents protect their children.Supported by: TEPSA
Petition to Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senate, New York State House, John Flanagan, Carl Marcellino, Terrence Murphy, Thomas O'Mara, Simcha Felder, Ruben Diaz, Neil Breslin, James Tedisco, Jeffrey Klein, Linda Rosenthal, Brad Hoylman
43,000 New York kids will be sexually abused in 2017. Help Governor Cuomo protect them.
More than 43,000 children will be harmed by sexual abuse this year in New York State; and that will happen next year too unless we help Governor Cuomo get the Child Victims Act passed. Please add your name now.Here’s the story of just one sex abuser, how the law protected him and put hundreds of other children at risk.Louise VanWie, one of New York’s most dangerous sex offenders, is about to be released back into the community whose innocent children he preyed on. In 1997 when VanWie was charged with sexually abusing four children, police said he admitted to abusing hundreds of others. Authorities were inundated with phone calls from other victims. But, New York’s strict, five-year statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases stopped the police from charging VanWie with additional crimes. If they had charged him with hundreds of additional crimes his release would not be an issue today.VanWie is only an exception because he was prosecuted. Nine out of ten sex offenders remain free on our streets, and even when they are reported there is nothing, absolutely nothing that the police can do about it.Here are the facts: Currently 1 in 5 (22%) children are sexually abused (Source CDC)  It takes survivors an average of 21 years before they can disclose their abuse  Only 1 in 10 (10%) of people who sexually abuse children will see a day behind bars  Because they are protected by NY State laws called statutes of limitations. What makes this worse, despite the VanWie case and countless other examples, state lawmakers have refused to change the statute of limitations, one of the shortest in the nation. New York bars child victims from proceeding with criminal charges or civil litigation once they turn 23.Help Governor Cuomo protect our children. Add your name to this petition now.Click this link for more information including how to protect your children from monsters like VanWie. Click this link to protect children in Pennsylvania too.Citations: Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) StudyVincent J Felitti MD, FACPA, , Robert F Anda MD, MSB, Dale Nordenberg MDC, David F Williamson MS, PhDB, Alison M Spitz MS, MPHB, Valerie Edwards BAB, Mary P Koss PhDD, James S Marks MD, MPHB Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse Among Male Survivors” by Scott D. Easton, December of 2013 Clinical Social Work Journal Robert Baker of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, Massachusetts Office of Public Safety. 2008.
Petition to Jay Inslee, Washington State House, Ross Hunter, Dave Hayes, Donald Trump
RESTRICT FELONS FROM CHILDCARE EMPLOYMENT OR GIVE PARENTS FULL BACKGROUND CHECK RESULTS!
This paragraph was added on September 2nd, 2016 in order to clarify the intent of this petition. Everything below this paragraph remains unchanged: Background check results on any childcare provider's criminal record OR parents considering childcare should receive COMPLETE background check results of any childcare workers, just like any other employer can, so every parent is able to make a fully informed decision regarding the life of their child(ren), Additionally, NO CHILDCARE PROVIDERS should be allowed to use any name or nicknames aside from their legal name without full disclosure to the parents of the person's full legal name and a prominently placed notification if a person IS using a nickname or alias. That information should also be included in any "welcome folders given to parents so that there are two ways a parent would be able to easily access. Here's why: My beautiful two and a half year old little boy, David Roberts, died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington on January 20, 2013. David held on to life for two days after suffering from catastrophic abusive head trauma that was inflicted while he was in the care of his two state and military licensed childcare providers (a husband and wife). We had unknowingly placed David in the hands of a person who had been convicted of felony residential burglary and other crimes, and who also had a DOCUMENTED anger management and alcohol problem, and David DIED from the injuries he suffered at that childcare during the time that the person in question was working. The state and military told me and my husband that the providers had cleared the background checks, when in fact the state and military KNEW that particular provider had a criminal record which included felony residential burglary, at least one malicious mischief charge, and a DOCUMENTED anger management and alcohol problem...and still chose to license him even though he wouldn't even be allowed to chaperone at any of the schools his children attend. The state and military also knew and allowed this same person to not disclose his legal name. DESPITE KNOWING THESE FACTS, THE STATE AND MILITARY willingly withheld that information, with fatal consequences: my son lost his life. My husband and and I had NO IDEA that he had a felony criminal record and was not using his legal name and would NEVER have put David in their care if we knew that information. The state MUST CHANGE the "Director's List" (WAC 170.06.0120) and PREVENT FELONS from having access to the child(ren) of other people and parents considering childcare should receive ALL background check results of any childcare workers just like any employer can. The state also must prevent ANYONE from using any name or nicknames aside from their legal name while working in childcare, and a law or laws should be enacted and be named "David's Law", On January 18, 2013 my two and a half year old, autistic, son David, became a victim of catastrophic abusive head trauma at the hands of his daycare providers. He died two days later from the injuries. He was attending a Navy Child Development Home in Oak Harbor, WA. We were told that the providers had cleared their background checks. My husband and I both expected "cleared their background checks" to mean that there was nothing on their criminal record, not that there could be any number of 35 crimes, including felonies, on their record, and that the information about those convictions is not required to be given to the parents. We didn't find out until months later that the husband who ran the daycare with his wife was a convicted felon. He had been convicted of residential burglary while he was extremely intoxicated and had at least one malicious mischief charge and a documented anger management problem. We were told both providers had undergone background checks and had cleared them. The two providers sold everything within five months and in the middle of the CPS and homicide investigation they fled to Maine, where the woman has even attempted to provide childcare still. Here are two links from KOMO4 Seattle which cover what happened to my son as well as the loophole itself: http://www.komonews.com/news/problemsolvers/Day-Care-Felons-281805991.html http://www.komonews.com/news/problemsolvers/Family-wants-changes-to-state-law-after-son-died-from-injury-at-daycare-284046971.html Apparently, in the State of Washington, you can have any of the 35 crimes and felonies under the Washington Director's List of Allowable Offenses on your record and not only can you have unsupervised access to children, but your criminal record is not disclosed to the parents seeking care for their child. Instead, the parents are told the providers have passed/cleared background checks. Convicted felons shouldn't even be allowed to have unsupervised access to other peoples' children in the first place, let alone run a daycare. Parents have the RIGHT to know everything about a potential provider so that they can make their own fully informed decision on whether or not they trust a provider in spite of their criminal record. The list of allowable offenses is here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=170-06-0120 Had we been told about the provider's criminal record we would have never left our children in their care and he would still be alive today. These laws need to change. There needs to be a law, called "David's Law" that prevents anyone with a felony record from having unsupervised access to other peoples' children in daycare settings, and discloses the results of background checks of the daycare providers to the parents, so that those parents can have the entire story about the providers they are considering letting supervise their children. On page 2 of this document you'll see the statement: "The reality is that parents cannot conduct effective background checks on child care providers on their own. Even the most motivated, well-financed parent search would still be limited to commercial databases, which the Department of Justice has said are incomplete." http://www.naccrra.org/sites/default/files/default_site_pages/2012/background_checks_white_paper_final_july_6.pdf The Government KNOWS that parents cannot conduct adequate background checks, but they don't disclose the results of the full background checks that THEY have access to. That forces parents to rely on the state and government to assure them and protect their children to the highest extent possible. Withholding information about felony (and other) convictions is immoral and reprehensible. Parents have a primal NEED to protect their children, and yet we are limited in the information that we can obtain, information that interferes with the ability of parents to make the BEST, potentially life altering, decision that they can for their families with incomplete facts. That is NOT right. There are some parents in the world who don't mind if a child care center or child care home provider has a criminal record. There are many more who would absolutely prefer that no criminals be allowed access to their children. Parents have the right to know all the information about the person or people who may be taking care of their child(ren). There is absolutely no reason that a provider's criminal background should be kept secret from parents of any child(ren) that may end up in the care of the provider(s).
Petition to Iowa State House, Iowa State Senate, Iowa Governor
Increase Availability of Child Care for Children with Mild Illnesses
I would like propose a change to child care assistance that would help not only low-income families in Iowa, but would improve the health of all adults and children in schools and day cares across the state. Flu season will soon be here again. The health department tells us we should stay home when sick to help prevent the spread of influenza, but for many parents, they cannot take time off from work to care for their children. They risk not being able to pay their bills if they miss even one day of work, or worse yet losing their jobs entirely. These parents are forced to mask their child's symptoms with medications and send them to school and daycare. This results in the rampant spread of illnesses that could have been prevented. Ideally, these children could have gone to a “Get Well Center” instead of school and daycare, but there are only five get well centers in Iowa. Get well centers are specialized child care centers that provide care for mildly ill children. They require separate rooms for different categories of illness, specially trained staff, higher staffing ratios, a nurse on-site, and physician oversight. These requirements make get well centers very expensive to operate. Parents that could afford to pay for these services typically have jobs that provide paid sick leave, so they don't need the services. The parents that need a get well center the most are the parents that rely on child care assistance. Child care assistance, however, pays the same below-market rate that it pays for standard child care. Because of the high cost of providing get well care and the low reimbursement from child care assistance, there is a severe lack of Get Well Centers in Iowa. I am a nurse and I have a daycare center for children with special needs, called Tipton Adaptive Daycare. I am in an excellent position to open a get well center attached to my child care center, but I can't do this if no one can pay for the services. What I am proposing is that Child Care Assistance reimburse at the "special needs" rate on days that a child needs care in a "get well center". Since a get well center is required to have a nurse assess each child when they arrive, documentation would be available to prove the child met the criteria for exclusion from school and daycare. A sick child should receive a temporary classification as special needs due to the higher level of care required for their illness. Child care assistance already allows parents to list a back-up provider, so children could be pre-approved for back up care at the get well center when they apply for child care assistance. Having access to Get Well Centers would provide better job security for low income families while significantly reducing the spread of illnesses in schools and daycares. I have spoken to many people about this idea, and have received overwhelming support. I believe that the Department of Education, the Department of Public Health, physician and healthcare groups, the teacher unions, and the state and national child care associations, and family social service agencies would all support this proposal. The additional cost would be offset by the improved job security for the parents, which decreases dependency on public aid, and decreased lost work time for the parents of the other children that would avoid exposure to an ill classmate that should not be in school. Please sign my petition to show your support and encourage Iowa legislators to introduce a bill for the 2016 legislative session that would address this need. Thank you.
Petition to CUSD School Board
Limit iPads to Classrooms - An Option Parents Want from CUSD
The Cupertino Union School District has implemented a 1:1 iPad program in middle schools. Parents who raised concerns about this program in the past were dismissed as outliers and "noises". However, a greater consensus does exist - many parents are worried about the many downsides of this program for the long term physical and mental health of their children. Top concerns: High rate of early addiction to games/social media Distraction in class and at home, falling grades Health Issues: “iPad” neck, carpal tunnel syndrome, eye problems... Constant power struggle over iPad use at home Potential long-term behavioral changes Less outdoor and physical activities, obesity Financial liability due to lost, stolen, broken iPads Parents not offered alternatives: OPT OUT /student laptops/leave device at school, etc. For the short term: We are asking CUSD that- School/district-provided iPads be made available in the classroom for all student iPad needs iPad use is restricted to classroom use only The school district assumes all liability for the device Exercising the above option is decoupled from family financial status (no stigma attached) We are asking CUSD to ensure that in the classroom- iPad usage is ergonomically sound - keyboard, screen position, etc. Usage conforms to the American Association of Pediatrics recommendation for only 1-2 hours per day of screen time for children and teens. iPad specific homework will be modified to allow for a paper option or use of laptop/desktop home device as an alternative. Textbooks will be provided for home use. For the long term we are asking CUSD to provide: Evidence-based policies - show us data 1:1 iPad is effective or that iPads are better for learning than other devices such as student laptops Short and long term health impact surveys, including mental health and behavioral impact of intensive iPad usage Greater involvement of all stakeholders including parents in decision making --------Articles for more information-------- - Students Are 'Hacking' Their School-Issued iPads: Good for Them "The Los Angeles School District alone, where some of this purported “hacking” occurred, has plans to spend $1 billion for an iPad rollout over the next two years that would eventually put a device in every student’s hands. But in light of the security breaches and other concerns about the project’s implementation, the district is rethinking the initiative. It recently announced that students will not be allowed to take their iPads home—one of the key perks of the sort of “24–7 learning” that mobile devices are supposed to support..." http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/10/students-are-hacking-their-school-issued-ipads-good-for-them/280196/ - Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain “Taken together, [studies show] internet addiction is associated with structural and functional changes in brain regions involving emotional processing, executive attention, decision making, and cognitive control.” --research authors summarizing neuro-imaging findings in internet and gaming addiction (Lin & Zhou et al, 2012) https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201402/gray-matters-too-much-screen-time-damages-the-brain - Health Outcomes of Information System Use Lifestyles among Adolescents: Videogame Addiction, Sleep Curtailment and Cardio-Metabolic Deficiencies "Background and ObjectiveObesity is a rising problem among adolescents in modern societies; it results in long-term cardio-metabolic problems. Possible overlooked drivers of obesity and its consequent cardio-metabolic deficits include videogame addiction and the resulting curtailed sleep; both are growing problems among adolescents. The objective of this study is to examine possible associations among these concepts in adolescents, as a means to point to plausible interventions." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4858285/ - 5 Problems with iPads in Education The majority of iPad deployments thus far have been messy and poorly executed. A recent study conducted on the efficacy of iPads in four California school districts found that students who used iPads performed no better than the control group. http://betanews.com/2012/10/24/5-problems-with-ipads-in-education/ - Screens In Schools Are a $60 Billion Hoax "Tech in the classroom not only leads to worse educational outcomes for kids, which I will explain shortly, it can also clinically hurt them. I’ve worked with over a thousand teens in the past 15 years and have observed that students who have been raised on a high-tech diet not only appear to struggle more with attention and focus, but also seem to suffer from an adolescent malaise that appears to be a direct byproduct of their digital immersion. Indeed, over two hundred peer-reviewed studies point to screen time correlating to increased ADHD, screen addiction, increased aggression, depression, anxiety and even psychosis..." http://time.com/4474496/screens-schools-hoax/?xid=fbshare - It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies "There’s a reason that the most tech-cautious parents are tech designers and engineers. Steve Jobs was a notoriously low-tech parent. Silicon Valley tech executives and engineers enroll their kids in no-tech Waldorf Schools. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page went to no-tech Montessori Schools, as did Amazon creator Jeff Bezos and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales..." http://nypost.com/2016/08/27/its-digital-heroin-how-screens-turn-kids-into-psychotic-junkies/
Petition to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump
Commit to act for paid family leave for all in your first 100 days
Under ordinary circumstances, two mothers as different as we are would never have met. One of us is from Oklahoma and is a registered Republican. The other is an unmarried liberal who lives in Brooklyn. But tragedy has a way of bringing people together. Last year, we both lost our babies, infant sons who died at daycare, after we’d left them in childcare to return to work. Neither of us wanted to leave our babies when we did, at mere weeks old, not yet. But neither of us had the luxury of choice. Our respective employers would not grant us any more time for parental leave, and we couldn’t afford to quit our jobs. So, reluctantly, on an April morning in Oklahoma, baby Shepard was left at daycare. A childcare worker swaddled him for a nap, placed him in a car seat, and didn’t check on him. He slipped down and suffocated, still too little to lift up his own head. Just as reluctantly, in July, baby Karl was dropped off for his first day at daycare near his mother’s Manhattan office. When she came back to feed him at noon, Karl’s lips were blue and a childcare worker was performing CPR. A medical examiner could not determine why this healthy baby died. 1 in 4 American moms have no choice but to return to work just two weeks after the birth of a child. 87 percent of parents have no access to paid leave through their employers. No parent should have to choose between leaving their baby too soon and making ends meet. Given that 73% of Republicans, 87% of independents and 96% of Democrats agree it is important for Congress and the president to consider a family leave insurance system, we are jointly calling on the candidates for president, Republican and Democrat, to publicly commit that, if elected, they will take action for national paid family leave policy in their first 100 days in office. Most babies don’t die in day care, of course. But, as it turns out, our instinct that Karl and Shepard would be safer if we could have stayed with them a little longer was not wrong. An important study released last week found that for each additional month that a woman has paid parental leave, infant mortality goes down 13 percent. America has the highest infant mortality rate of any industrialized nation in the world. Paid leave, in countries that have implemented it, has dramatically lowered infant death rates. But beyond this, parental leave is good for our children. When Norway began offering paid parental leave, there were dramatic long-range effects: children had lower high school dropout rates, higher rates of college attendance, and higher incomes at age 30. American babies whose mothers don’t have maternity leave are less likely to be taken to the doctor, and less likely to be breastfed. Toddlers of parents without access to paid leave have more behavioral problems, and score lower on cognitive tests. Every American baby would be safer, healthier, and have a better start in life if given time with their mother or father during the first months of life. If our political leaders claim to be pro-family, they need to put families first by supporting paid family leave. In the richest country in the world, we should not have sobbing mothers leaving their premature babies in the NICU because they have to return to their jobs. We do not need to tear babies from their mothers’ arms before they can even hold up their own necks. Parental leave is a necessity, not a perk. Join us, a mom from Oklahoma and a mom from Brooklyn, in calling upon the presidential candidates of both parties to publicly commit that, if elected, they will take action for paid family leave policy in their first 100 days in office. Through our great loss, we are now united to fight for change. We charge our leaders, both Republican and Democrat, to enact laws that protect the right of every American baby to have the loving care of a parent during the fragile first months of their life.