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pennsylvania

26 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Pennsylvania State House, Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Frank Burns

To Get My Older Babies Home

I don't even know where to begin, I am not good with words and I cannot convince another soul any more than my own for the world that we live in today. I will start by telling you back in April of 2007 my firstborn son, Anton was taken from me. Taken by false accusations by CYS. Then in 2010 my firstborn daughter, by the name of Isis but we call her Izzy was taken. In short I had begged CYS for help so many times because I was being abused and I knew it. I begged them for help for my babies and I. They took a blind eye to it all and ended up taking my babies from me indefinitely yet I had everything they could have possibly ever needed. I had employment to further, a Soldier in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. I am currently still enlisted as I create this petition. I still have employment, a vehicle, a place to live, I can get clothing and whatever else they need still. Hell is quite an appropriate word for what I have faced all these years of relentless fighting for my babies, the sleepless nights, all to face another hell that my ex husband put me through and between the two entities I suffer mental anguish and a severe agony in my heart. This is where I am awful with words because there is so much to remember, so much to say but the end result is always this: I have only ever deserved to have my babies as they have deserved to have me as their mother. All I've wanted and needed was to have my babies. Not a day goes by that I don't think about them or bawl my eyes out just praying and hoping that they are okay, that they are being taken care of and just that I might one day see them again. They now have younger siblings that I have with my current husband. I tell them all the time about them and it's not fair to any of the children for them to be apart. Please help me bring my babies home where they belong! 

lisa lehman
997 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Tom Wolf

Better Funding for Performing Arts Programs in PA Schools #Don'tDreamItBeIt

My name is Olivia Rose, and I am a student of Danville Area High School in Pennsylvania. Ever since I was 8, I have loved the realm that is theatre. I have been graciously a part of 9 musicals with local theatres since then, including 4 with the Danville Area High School Preforming Arts Ensemble. What I have noticed about the shows that my fellow classmates have worked months on to perfect for the community is that frankly, we are a little under appreciated. For Danville especially, we as of now do not have the resources available to present a show big enough to get everyone in the community excited for. As you may know, you need more than just space, talent, and cast size to pull off any musical. You need money too. Renting scripts, getting rights for a show (and the more well known the show, the prettier the penny will be to do it), and purchasing resources for set all make up the financial end of it. I could get into more expenses, but you get the point- musicals are not cheap or easy!  To say our school's drama club is well funded would be a lie. While other schools have done "Grease", "Hairspray", or even "The Addams Family Musical", we have been stuck with little money, thus only being able to do more obscure shows. As you can assume, the community doesn't exactly get really excited for these musicals. People want to see the classics, or at least a show they've vaguely heard of. Fellow Danville students only come to see our shows for the incentives of extra credit promised by teachers. Sets, costumes, and everything else also come into play. This creates a never ending cycle, unexciting musicals are done with no funds, and no one comes to watch, giving us little profit. I can only imagine this issue is worse in other Pennsylvania schools, (especially urban schools that aren't well funded to begin with) who may have had to get rid of their theatre programs.  Aspiring actors and actresses of this generation need a foundation to perfect their talents. Auditioning for the school play should be encouraged highly, the drama program should be funded as equally as the athletic department, and each school should have some sort of music or theatre class. Theatre can definitely change lives. Additional funds to the performing arts in schools can help influence and inspire youth. This will also encourage the community to gain an experience in the arts and culture when they come to see the shows produced by said schools helped with this extra money.  This epidemic is growing in Pennsylvania, and for kids like me who want to pursue performing arts as a career, this is a catastrophe. Very few take us seriously for our career pursuit as it is, and neither will our school peers or communities if this issue goes unnoticed. Pennsylvania hasn't delivered a famous talented actor since Will Smith, and with the lack of encouragement in our schools it isn't hard to see why. Whether this problem is solved by leveling out school funds to be more equal or proportionate, or state funding, the arts need to be embraced and funded, not laughed at and left destitute. 

Olivia Crumb
203 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

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/

PA for the Cure
1,918 supporters