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 Andrew Cuomo, Tom Wolf, John Carney, Chris Christie, Steve Tambini
Stand up for the rights of farmers and landowners in the Delaware River Basin!
Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens Association is a result of the landowners in the Upper Delaware River basin who have had enough of the DRBC's interference in the livelihood and culture of our communities. We represent the best interests of the landowners in all matters that may impact them negatively and we are driven to push back any attempt by government or others that put other interests before ours, threatening our way of life and heritage!! We support living from the land and using what mother nature has put beneath our feet to sustain our way of life. We want to reach the farmers and loggers and quarrymen, the original stewards of the land. Please sign the petition to help ensure the landowners rights to frack for natural gas are secured for the Delaware River Region! ---> Visit our website www.URDBC.org for more info!
Petition to Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate, Pennsylvania Governor
Strong Mom Strong Baby
Postpartum depression can strike any new mother. Research shows that approximately 15 percent of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression. In Pennsylvania, this means about 21,000 infants and moms are affected each year. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that when a mother suffers from postpartum depression, her baby’s brain and development can be adversely affected. There is increased danger of child abuse and neglect. Plus, the cost of providing medical care increases. #StrongMomStrongBaby is a statewide effort to amend the existing early intervention law (Act 212 of 1990) to add postpartum depression as an at-risk condition allowing infants to undergo assessments, parents to receive assistance in bonding with their babies, and if needed, early intervention services to ensure moms and babies have the best start together. Sign your name to show your support for at risk moms and babies and encourage the amendment of PA Act 212 of 1990.
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 Nanticoke Police Department
GNAHS Senior Dylan White is being wrongfully accused!!
Dylan White is an exceptional Student at Nanticoke. You can ask ANY student there and they'll tell you he's not a threat. Dylan wouldn't hurt a fly if bribed money! One day a security cop at the school passed by Dylan's car and spotted a hatchet. They then searched his car finding an axe and hunting knives. They arrested him for having those TOOLS. This amazing student is now fighting a $100,000 bail and 20 years if convicted. Meaning he won't get out to begin his life until he's almost 40 years old!! They're ruining his life by wrongfully stereotyping this Senior as a school attacker. When he was busy in class and never paid a threat to ANYONE. Please don't do this to him, no one is afraid of him and this punishment is way too harsh. He doesn't deserve this.
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.