Petition to Jay Costa, Pennsylvania State Senate, Robert Casey, Tom Wolf, Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania State House, Andrew Dinniman, Patricia Vance, Stan Saylor, Brendan Boyle, Frank Farry, Glenn Thompson, Mike Kelly, Tim Murphy, Tom Marino, Mike Doyle, Dan Miller, Robert Freeman, Marguerite Quinn, Matthew Cartwright, Lou Barletta, Scott Perry, Charlie Dent, Bill Shuster, Florindo Fabrizio, Robert Brady
Support Safe Harbor Legislation for Sexually Exploited Children
The average age of commercially sexually exploited children is 14. Juvenile victims of sexual exploitation face a life continually threatened by torture, rape, broken bones, fractures, and extreme psychological manipulation to such an extent that most victims develop symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome as a result of having been trafficked. According to the International Labor Organization, 4.5 million illegally trafficked individuals are forcibly sexually exploited, and 21% of those individuals are estimated to be less than 18 years of age. Children who are victimized in the illegal sex trade are still criminalized in the state of Pennsylvania. The state contends that it is legal for juvenile victims of sex trafficking to receive criminal charges for prostitution, public indecency, obstruction of highways and other public passages. According to the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania, Shared Hope’s Protected Innocence Challenge conducted a study of state laws in 2015 that addressed domestic minor sex trafficking. They found that Pennsylvania ranked 35th on the effectiveness of 41 legislative components addressing domestic minor sex trafficking. In regards to Pennsylvania’s attempts to address protective provisions for juvenile victims, it ranked 45th out of 51 states, with the addition of Washington D.C. Senate Bill No. 554, the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund, which proposes to provide special relief for juvenile victims of sexual exploitation in order to restore dignity, provide necessary services, ensure safety, and provide a safe harbor for sexually exploited children. Provisions proposed by the bill include: reimbursement of funds for the costs of removing a tattoo or identifying mark left on the victim by their pimp, safe and stable housing, access to education, employment and life-skills training, comprehensive case management, healthcare and trauma-based therapy, access to personal care items and adequate clothing, treatment for drug and/or alcohol dependency, and other supportive services. Supporting this petition will make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced severe trauma and chronic emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The sexual exploitation of juveniles is both an international and domestic issue. Supporting Safe Harbor Legislation in the State of Pennsylvania will make provisions for vulnerable children who have been exposed to extremely traumatic and chronic abuse. Additionally, this legislation has the potential to create a societal paradigm shift in which victims of forced prostitution can be rightly understood and cared for as victims, rather than as criminals. I urge you to support this bill and encourage Pennsylvania to join the two thirds of the United States that have taken a stance against the sexual exploitation of minors. I have both volunteered and worked professionally with individuals who have experienced crises related to trauma, domestic violence, and sexual assault. This form of trauma shakes people to the foundation of their being. We will not be able to foster and sustain an exploitation-free society, if we are not empowering people to heal. The ramifications of criminalizing children who have experienced trauma in the form of violence and sexual exploitation are severe in terms of the implications they carry for the future of rape culture and the social acceptability of violence.
Petition to Eastern York Athletic Board
Eastern York Needs An Elementary Youth Wrestling Team. Sign this if you agree!
Central York recently voted a new rule change within their youth wrestling program. They will no longer allow out of district wrestlers to practice on their youth team. This has left about 15 young Eastern York wrestlers without a place to call "their home team" for this next season and beyond. K-6th grade, Youth / Elementary aged kids are effected by this change. Eastern York is one of the only schools in York without a youth wrestling program that also competes in the York County Youth Wrestling League. For years, anyone interested in wrestling has joined another schools youth program. Many of the Eastern Wrestlers that you hear of that do very well in HS started their wrestling careers long before 7th grade, and attended one of these other schools youth programs. With the right coaching and parenting, burnout can easily be overcome in this sport. But it requires a school system to support the effort for all ages. There should be a coaching curriculum derived by the HS coach that can be used on the young wrestlers so that they are groomed and prepared for the HS coaches curriculum. If we had a youth program for Eastern, our HS team will improve over the years to come. We would be the feeder program into the HS. The solution to Central's decision for our Eastern kids is to finally take the jump and start a youth program. PA is the center of the entire USA in regards to wrestling. We need to take the current "youth program" that Eastern offers and take it to the proper level. That is the solution. Right now these kids go through this small afterschool program at Eastern thinking they are prepared to compete in open tournaments. They are not prepared, usually take a tough loss at their first competition, and then want to give up due to frustration and not winning. This leads to burnout and quitting. The York League coaches hand pick matches for every single kid in the league. This gets the child more evenly matched competition to start earning that confidence that comes with the right experience on the mat. If we win and start this team, EY Wrestling will grow to a level that has never been reached in the history of the school. If we lose, our kids will continue to go to other schools youth programs. They will come to Eastern HS very prepared, but will be tossed into a curriculum that equals that of what they went through at 4,5,6 years of age. They are too qualified for the inexperienced group of 7th graders the team usually consists of--mostly first year wrestlers while these kids already have 6-7 years experience on the mat. I have 3 kids that wrestle, all started to practice at 4 years old. My oldest is a state champion from Indiana, my second son was this years York County Champion, and my 3rd wrestler just finished her first year pinning boys along the way while raising money for PIN Cancer. Her donations raised went toward finding a cure for cancer. My kids along with quite a few other Eastern kids actually competed and battled within the Central Team, so much in fact they had to vote to keep out of district wrestlers off the team because so many Eastern kids were taking that "varsity" spot on the competitive Duals Team. Our Eastern kids actually took up a little over HALF of the entire Central Duals Team. Imagine what we could do if we were wrestling for our TRUE home, Eastern York! Also, there's a glimpse into the potential this club could do. When was the last time Eastern closely competed against a team like Central? These are the same boys that would be competing at the HS age together. If we were to wrestle them head to head, using this combined youth team as an example, we already have half of the matches locked up! Our Eastern kids are already beating kids from Central to earn that spot on the Dual team. We have everything we need except for the community that we live in. We need your support. Please help us to develop the foundation our kids need to be able to take competing in a sport that they love to an opportunity for a college scholarship. Please help our Eastern boys to be able to wrestle in the singlet that they should be wearing. One with a golden knight logo. Not a Central or Suburban or Red Lion or Red Land or Hanover or etc.....the list goes on. All the other schools have this. I understand the Eastern HS team is highly respected, along with the coaching staff. The idea of this club is only to help them with their goals. We certainly are not looking to change or replace that team. And we have the resources to be able to do this without taking away from the HS team. We just need the community to show that our school needs this. And we need the support from the HS team and coaches and athletic board. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Taking a kid to states every few years is certainly an accomplishment. But why stop there? Let's set a goal to start bringing 5 kids to PA States every year. Eastern has never had a PA wrestling state champion. This petition could change that forever. Right now, today, we could be on the path to changing that. If you want to see a golden knight standing on the #1 spot with PIAA gold around his neck, then please sign this petition. Thanks, and God Bless. These kids deserve way more than what our community is currently providing for them. Although the team was recently knocked down due to the news from Central, we are in perfect position to hit a blast double and get back into the match. We need a place to call home though and we all want that place to be Eastern. Please help me to show our community leaders that I am not the only one that feels this way. I'm not asking for money, time, help from your family, or even anything to change for our current MS and HS teams. I'm simply asking for a signature to show that you support the idea of a youth team being started and connected to Eastern York Schools. Let's go Wrestlers, and let's go Eastern Golden Knights! I have my own children and the kids of around 10 Eastern families that want to do this and grow our community by doing it. Help these kids out and sign your name to say WE WANT YOUTH WRESTLING! This is a sport that teaches our young men and women to become better men and women, from inside to out. Wrestling makes people become better versions of themselves. Those are the kind of people that I want to raise in our community, because one day they will be the ones running it. Let's get them the right foundation to be prepared to do that for ALL our futures together. Thank you for your support. These kids are not shy from hard work. I can assure you they would wear that Golden Knight with pride on their singlet. Show us your support and sign your name! Thank you for supporting our great group of kids. They have bright futures ahead of them, let's turn the spotlight on them right now and support them all the way to those hefty goals in front of them!
Petition to Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate, Tom Wolf, Randy Vulakovich, Guy Reschenthaler, Wayne Fontana, James Brewster, Jay Costa, Daniel Laughlin, Michele Brooks
Make a Fuss; Save a Bus! Say NO to Port Authority Budget Cuts!
With the recent passage of the Pennsylvania budget for fiscal year 2017-2018, our state legislature has been looking for ways to fund the state budget. One route that is being contemplated is a withdrawal from the state trust fund intended to benefit transit systems. These cuts specific to Public Transit will have a profound effect on Pittsburghers, and to this we say, "No!" Students for Saving Public Transit is a student-led group based in the Community College of Allegheny County focused on mitigating the proposed cuts to Pittsburgh’s Port Authority Transit by way of petition and other forms of grassroots organization. Tens of thousands of people rely on Port Authority everyday to provide transportation for both work and play and these cuts may have devastating consequences for many of our friends and neighbors. Please donate a few minutes of your time to sign our petition and learn just how expansive and far-reaching Port Authority Transit is. Share this information with friends and family so that together we all can "Make a Fuss and Save a Bus! " Did you know… Pittsburgh Port Authority …Accommodates 64,000,000 passengers every year, Accommodates 200,000 passengers daily,and employs over 2600 people People from every income use Pittsburgh Port Authority16% of people making under 15,000$/ year use public transit;25% of people making 15-35,000$/ year use public transit;15% of people making 35-50,000$/ year use public transit;16% of people making 50-75,000$/ year use public transit;11% of people making 75-100,000$/ year use public transit; and12% of people making 100,000$ plus/year use public transit. Port Authority’s federal funding this year is supposed to be almost 242,000,000$. That’s 56-60% of the total budget There is a proposal to cut this funding by 12,000,000$. Port Authority CEO, David Donahoe, says, in order to compensate for these cuts, they may have to…Reduce operating hours,Eliminate some of the 98 bus lines,Stop weekend service,Raise fares, andStop capital improvements What this means for Pittsburghers… If your bus runs from 6:00 AM – 12:00AM, you may not be able to catch your bus before 7:00AM or after 11:00 PM; IF they even keep your bus running. You may not be able to take the bus on weekends at all. There could be hundreds of jobs lost in Port Authority. There could be thousands of other jobs lost, when passengers aren’t able to get to and from work. Read more: Budget proposal would reduce public transportation funding, force service cuts
Petition to Mike Regan, Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate
Allow Sunday Hunting In Pennsylvania.
Currently many states in the United States allow hunting on Sundays, this gives many people more opportunities to get out into the woods an carry on a great nationwide tradition. Pennsylvania currently does not allow hunting on Sundays. This leaves much of the working class, especially those with children and other obligations very little time in the woods. By signing this petition you are asking Pennsylvania Law Makers to consider allowing hunting on Sundays, which will assist greatly in keeping this great Pennsylvania tradition strong and alive for many generations to come.
Petition to PA Representative Matt Gabler, PA Senator Joseph B. Scarnati, DuBois Mayor Gary Gilbert, PA Legislators, PA Governor Tom Wolf
Decriminalization of Marijuana in Clearfield County Pennsylvania
The decriminalization of Marijuana in Pennsylvania is on the horizon as 3 of Pennsylvania's largest cities, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg have already made the step of creating a better commonwealth by decriminalizing the beneficial plant. Under state law, marijuana possession of 30 grams or less is a criminal misdemeanor that carries up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, or both. This petition is asking for the decriminalization of the possession of under 30 grams of marijuana, reducing the penalty to a maximum fine of $100 and no jail time for first-time offenders. As a resident of Clearfield County I have witnessed and heard far too many unnecessary stories of people undergoing financial torment and life altering consequences because they were caught with no more than a handful of this plant in their possession, and a lot of these cases are unfortunately starring a young adult as the victim. It is equally tragic when an elderly member of our society who has worked and contributed to this area their entire life is forced to drop everything and go sit in jail over simply possessing marijuana. I was 16 when I was criminally charged with possession of marijuana with less than 2 grams of the substance on me, excessive fines along with mandatory drug and alcohol evaluation and a 6 month probation period were some of my penalties. Talking to other people near my age group while I was going through this process made me realize that these penalties were mellow in comparison to some of theirs. How anybody could think that subjecting someone to this is fair treatment or helpful to the individual or society in anyway is truly disturbing. We are wasting our tax money and our resources to arrest and imprison our own people for possessing something that our Nation's captiol along with 29 other states have chosen to legalize in some form. Decriminalizing Marijuana in Clearfield County will be another big step towards the push for state wide decriminalization. Please make a more sensible, safe, and progressive society for our State's youth to grow up and learn in. I have specifically asked for the town of DuBois to help get things rolling by supporting this cause as it is the city I grew up in. On our Cities government website the mayor states that the most important goal is to “help improve our great City and neighboring municipalities for future generations so they will be proud to call DuBois their home.” The huge issue with that is that A LOT of the "future generation" in this town are being tormented over marijuana possession, and subsequently, are not proud to call DuBois their home whatsoever. I'm sure it's a safe bet to say many other cities in this county are seeing the same thing. Decriminalizing Marijuana will spare tax payers the average $2,200 cost per marijuana arrest/court case. Decriminalization of Marijuana would also allow our police force to dedicate their time to fixing issues with the drugs in our state that our actually killing people and ruining lives. In 2010 27,065 marijuana arrests were made in Pennsylvania, now our state is experiencing one of the worst heroin/opiate epidemics in the United States of America and we are still focusing on targeting marijuana crimes. As far as the youth is concerned, going through an arrest and then being treated like a drug abusing criminal for the next however many months is far more damaging and psychologically scarring than any amount of marijuana ever could be. It is finally time to stop the nonsense. Please help our leaders make this choice so that we can begin to focus on fixing bigger issues and creating a Pennsylvania for the future to be proud of. Thank you for your time.
Petition to Senator Mario Scavello
Support Funding to Cure Paralysis by Passing the PA SCI Disability Research Bill
For the first time in history, advances in neuroscience are providing potential treatments for paralysis from Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), but the research is significantly underfunded. Researchers around the world are getting closer to developing curative therapies that would restore function to what is otherwise an incurable injury, but in the U.S. alone, the NIH funds only 8-10% of all SCI research applications. This leaves many excellent inquiries unfunded or underfunded. There are currently 11 states that have a funding mechanism for SCI research, which has led to extremely promising breakthroughs in potential SCI curative treatments and several FDA approved clinical trials. Research breakthroughs related to Schwann cell therapies, epidural stimulation, and gene therapy advances has all made significant progress in these states. In addition, there is a strong correlation between state funded programs and increased NIH funds, so an investment in SCI research in PA would likely bring increased NIH funding. The consequences of Paralysis following a Spinal Cord Injury are devastating to individuals, families and communities. It is a physically, psychologically and financially costly injury. Regardless of where you are from and what your connection to spinal cord injuries is, show PA legislators that you support annual funding of research on spinal cord injury treatments. Help to pass the Pennsylvania Spinal Cord Disability Research Bill that would bolster and speed efforts to bring relief to those of us who suffer from these difficult, devastating and life-changing injuries. For more information about this Bill and its progress go to https://www.facebook.com/PA-for-the-Cure-1165921620135478/ or https://paforthecure.wordpress.com/
Petition to Upper Perkiomen School Board
YES!! Build the new Upper Perkiomen Middle School!!
The Upper Perkiomen School District and its 3000 students and 200 teachers need your support more then ever. Recently, elected into office is a new school board of individuals whose sole purpose is to halt the construction of our much needed middle school, sadly beating out our Pro-Education Candidates by a minimal margin of only a couple hundred votes. The new members of the school board do NOT represent our community as a whole and certainly do not represent each of the 3,380 students attending our schools that did not have a voice in the election. There are countless negative impacts to stopping the construction, most imperative is a multi-million dollar deficit to our districts bottom line while the board has no solutions or alternative permanent options to create improved spaces and to reduce overcrowding in each building. One constant has been wonderful caring teachers that do the best they can with the spaces and resources they have been provided. Our students and their teachers deserve to be in environments that will inspire them to learn and motivate them to succeed. Our children are our future and we are their advocates. Please help me send a message to the Upper Perkiomen School Board that we NEED a new Middle School. Sign this petition to tell the board, YES, BUILD the new Upper Perkiomen Middle School.
Petition to Americans
Sign Pat Meehan and Ryan Costello's Retirement Card
Sign the card to join me in congratulating Congressmen Meehan and Costello for their early retirement! Vulnerable Pennsylvania Republican Pat Meehan wrote the GOP tax bill and Ryan Costello voted for it. This bill hurts the middle class, teachers, students, and most people with a pulse. Add your name to sign their retirement card! If you want to see this become a reality, pitch in $5 to the fund that will be rewarded to the winning Democrats in their districts: Against Meehan- https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/swing-PA-07-left Against Costello- https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/swing-PA-06-left