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Racial Justice

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Petition to Tim Scott, James E. Clyburn, Jay (James) Richardson

Help Krista, born with two brain malformations, get child support. Hop Krista's Law

Please help Krista Richardson and other disabled individuals, unable to care for themselves, get child support.   Help us #HopKristasLaw to the floor (congress) for federal mandate. Krista was born with two brain malformations. Cerebellar Atrophy is atrophy of the cerebellum portion of her brain, the command center for balance and motor skills. Microcephally is tiny head and smaller brain. She is intellectually disabled, with accompanying diagnoses- such as processing disorder - as a result of her brain malformations. Krista also has physical limitations, including suffering from motor dyspraxia.  Krista is 23 years old; however, can not care for herself. My former husband, Krista's biological father, abandoned us in 2011 for a different life.  Although I filed for divorce and it is admitted in the courtroom (public records) that her father was paying for prostitutes and left us for this reason, my daughter and  I left the court room with no alimony, NO child support. The lack of alimony after 25 years of marriage was devastating since I am and have always been Krista's caregiver. A court of U.S. law though ordering no/ZERO child support for Krista is, well - I do not have the words. We were invited by the judge to re-petition the court - this after borrowing 18,000 for this 5 year battle - for child support and that he MAY reconsider the issue. How would I re-file when the court (explained below) awarded Krista's father everything??      I couldn't/can not re-file. Krista has struggled, since birth, with developmental delays, low/weak immune system, and non-stop infections. She overcame battles with pneumonia and cellulitis (a deadly infection) that near cost Krista her life. She fought through numerous other illnesses, physical differences - such as a leg-length discrepancy, etc., etc. Her and I fought to pick her posture up (a symptom of the atrophied cerebellum), we fought to gain words, we fought to help her take that first step. Krista has had occupational and physical therapy her entire life. Although, she is still unable to match her motor skill movement with what her mind wants and she still may jump in front of a vehicle instead of away from it, look at her now...Look at Krista perform her dance in front of the large crowd.  https://youtu.be/_ZJnkGKiej8   Krista has come so far, please help her and all of those like her thrive. Krista deserves a solid chance to be as healthy and successful as she can be.    Myself with Bi-Lateral Meniere's and my daughter with multiple disabilities, left the courtroom with no monetary award/compensation, no asset division, no health insurance.  This occurred due to Krista's father's financial status and clout in the county we resided.  My daughter, Krista, is disabled by state, federal and medical guidelines.  Proof of disability was introduced and produced in the courtroom.  These documents included "disability" findings from the federal government.  Krista's father was able to dismiss these documents by simply uttering, "she is not disabled".  His statement was allowed to trump and/or dismiss federal documentation of her disabilities.  Her documents were ignored and thrown out. Krista was NOT allowed to speak or even present herself to the court.   Krista's father (my former husband) has assets totaling over 1.5 million, owns multiple homes (including beach home) AND is president and owner of a very successful oil company (that I helped grow) with multiple locations. Krista should not be without. Without appropriate support from Krista's father, Krista loses out on medical advancement opportunities, therapies, enrichment opportunities and if my disease continues to worsen, we do not know what the future holds.   Although Krista does (post family court) now receive SSI benefits from the government, it is VERY limited.  It is substantially,  well below poverty level assistance. The court system should not have the right to oppress individuals in order to give in to power, money, bias and prejudice.  A disabled individual's livelihood should not depend on the arrogance of one judge. No one should have the right to intentionally oppress any human being, by imposing - via court order - poverty on her/him. Please help Krista and others like her gain the support they need to live.  We are on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karola.richardson/ https://youtu.be/_ZJnkGKiej8 https://www.instagram.com/karola.richardson/  http://www.theitem.com/stories/kto-night-for-children-with-differences,4078  

Karola Richardson
73 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Maroon 5, adam levine

Maroon 5: Drop Out of the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Rihanna has reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform in front of over 100 million people at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. Why? She supports Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has been exiled from the NFL because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem. Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it. Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL. Join me in asking Maroon 5 to drop out of the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. Rihanna is not the first major artist to turn down the Super Bowl halftime show. Jay-Z turned down a request to perform at the 2017 Super Bowl, and even addressed it in his 2018 song “Apesh*t.” The lyrics say, “I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don't need you. Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too," while the music video shows a line of men on one knee. Comedian Amy Schumer has also weighed in, praising Rihanna and encouraging Maroon 5 to follow her lead and step down. Schumer also said that she will refuse to do any commercials that would air during the big game. “Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them," she said. Maroon 5 has made music over the years featuring artists from all genres, including Rihanna, Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar — all of whom have publicly supported Kaepernick in his decision to protest the violent racism sweeping the United States. Maroon 5 must do the same. The band has a chance to stand on the right side of history. If they don’t, they will be remembered for choosing to side with the NFL over its players. The band’s lead singer, Adam Levine, has not shied away from politics in the past. He has been a strong supporter of same sex marriage and LGBT rights. The band even changed the location of a show because the venue supported anti-gay marriage laws. If the band can take a stand for LGBT rights, they should do the same for these players. Colin Kaepernick has sacrificed his NFL career to call out violent racism in America, and players across the country have followed his lead. Rihanna, Jay-Z, Amy Schumer and others have refused to work with the NFL. Maroon 5: Americans look to artists and celebrities as leaders, and you have huge opportunity to use your influence to take a stand. Sign to tell Maroon 5 to drop out of the Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Kaepernick and players who #TakeAKnee.  

Vic Oyedeji
74,059 supporters