Petition to California State Senate, California State House, Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Jean Fuller, Bill Dodd, Cathleen Galgiani, Steve Glazer, Ed Hernandez, Josh Newman, Richard Pan, Scott Wilk
Support AB 2138 - Give Former Offenders a Fair Chance at a Job!
Across the nation, millions of people with arrest and conviction records face overly restrictive barriers to obtaining a job. Poorly written, outdated, and inhumane “tough on crime” policies have lead to an epidemic of mass incarceration and arrests, resulting in more Americans than ever having an arrest or conviction record. When rehabilitated former offenders can't find careers because of unfair business practices and draconian state licensing laws, they are often left with very few options to put food on their tables or a roof over their heads. It is clear that policies that make it easier for people with records to work strengthen our economy, improve public safety, reduce crime and recidivism rates, help employers find good workers, and advance racial and social justice. California has a chance to lead the way by passing "fair chance" licensing reforms that open up occupations with good pay to rehabilitated offenders. In California, several bills (AB 2138, SB 1298, AB 3039, AB 2293) have been introduced to improve access to a range of occupations by requiring fairer consideration of records and removing most blanket bans. Help us get these bills out of committee, through the legislature, and onto the governor's desk this year.
Petition to The people of Illinois
Raise awareness for addicts who are hospitalized
In our small city of Galesburg, Illinois, drug addicts who are hospitalized in one of the two hospitals we have are treated as a burden. Many can contest that there are more important health issues and other patients to tend to first in the ER, but when addicts ask for help, they turn to either being hospitalized, incarcerated or they relapse. There is no proper information and guidance for addicts who end up hospitalized in this city, people who have drugs in their system are mistreated by ER staff, doctors don't feel the need to treat them as actual patients. The understanding of what addiction is and how to reach sobriety is not given to addicts who end up hospitalized. They are given quick, non-professional assessments from Bridgeway, a poorly funded option for sobriety and rehabilitation. Bridgeway needs more funding, and addicts who end up in hospitalized can benefit more from transfer to mental health facilities such as Chicago Behavioral Health, and The Pavillon in Champagne IL. How can we as a community solve an epidemic when we release addicts right back into the streets they came from. If you believe in a better Galesburg, sign this petition to raise awareness for those who are do not ask for help, who do not know where to ask for help. Fund Bridgeway, gain awareness and save lives.
Petition to Tennessee Board of Parole
John Michael Smith Homecoming
John Michael Smith at the age of 18 was in the wrong place, in a bad state extremely high on a combination of drugs, at the wrong time with the wrong person. At a drug dealer's house wandering around the yard, he heard a yell "run" and did followed by 3 gun shots. He went back to see his "friend" covered in blood struggling with the dealer. He cried out "help me Michael". The dealer would have died from the first 3 shots fired. Unfortunately in his mind defending his friend, he fired a shot. He had no defense with a public defender who had a brief paragraph for an opening statement. Also he was the only witness called. The attorney was chairing his second murder case with an 18 year old with no record in a complex case with no time or resources. He deserves another opportunity. We are filing an application for commutation to shorten his sentence.
Petition to Doug Burgum, North Dakota State Senate, North Dakota State House
Allow Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers in North Dakota
Did you know that North Dakota is the only state in the United States that does not have Wildlife Rehabilitation centers? I recently stumbled upon this information when researching how to start my own Wildlife Rehabilitation center here in North Dakota. I will just touch briefly on what Wildlife Rehabilitaters can do for our state. Animal Rehabilitation centers help keep people educated on what to do when finding a “orphaned” or injured animal. They can tell if the animal is to be left alone or brought in to a facility. Without rehabilitation centers, who do they call? ND Game and Fish who in return tell them to leave the animal to suffer or fend for itself and then most likely that person will end up taking the animal in illegally on their own to try to help it survive, because really? Who could leave an injured or orphaned baby to fend for itself? They then have no experience on what they are doing which in return most of the time will have a devastating result in which the wildlife animal does not survive. In the end, if an animal is released in to the wild, their chances of survival after rehabilitation are much greater compared to orphaned babies or injured wildlife that are left alone in the wild. At least this way they have a fighting chance to survive, when they are injured or orphaned and left alone they don’t stand a chance. Animals that are not able to be successfully rehabilitated and released in to the wild are then used for education purposes in which they can live a very fulfilled and happy life, if quality of life is not there they will then be euthanized. Not all animals that are injured or orphaned will be found by humans, there is so much land in North Dakota untouched by humans so the fact of this affecting the food chain is not accurate. Only the animals that happen to come in contact or cross paths with a human will be the ones lucky enough to have the chance to be rehabilitated. Sadly, at this time, my dream of being able to help our orphaned and injured wildlife here in the state of North Dakota can not come true. Thats why I need your help. Please sign this petition, this is something that is so important to me and I strongly believe that wildlife rehabilitation centers make a difference and that we need this kind of education in our State, a State that has so much wildlife that we need to protect.