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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 Poorly written, outdated, and inhumane “tough on crime” policies have lead to an epidemic of mass incarceration and arrests, resulting in more Americans than ever having an arrest or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.

Unite the People
185 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Kelli Linville, April Barker, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, Whatcom County Council, Bellingham City Council, Michael Lilliquist, Pinky Vargas, Terry Bornemann, Roxanne Murphy

Bellingham Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Network

Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Internet Bellingham is hurting. Like many other cities nationwide we have high unemployment, low wages, and a host of economic, social and environmental problems. This inexpensive solution would help us address all of them, and maintain net-neutrality by creating a public, net-neutral option. In fact over 450 other cities have already implemented solutions like this, but our leaders are reluctant to even give our citizens access to the resources they've already paid for, much less prepare our city for the future.  As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several net-neutral local Internet Service Providers eager to deploy high speed broadband, like they have in Mount Vernon, yet this is held back by rules and regulations that have not kept pace with technology. Fiber would: Create an opportunity for a public access component to make ultra high speed internet broadly accessible in public spaces, provide higher quality low-income connections to those in need, and guarantee a level of internet access to all. Give Bellingham a strong standing among Washington cities, and create valuable infrastructure that we could continue to build on in the long-term. Create jobs: Fiber would draw companies to the city, provide jobs for construction and maintenance, create new internet service providers and other innovative businesses that are made possible by ultra-fast broadband. Reduce Our Impact on the Environment: Fiber would reduce the need for travel to take place for meetings. It is also very durable and usually requires less maintenance than old infrastructure wiring, like copper wiring.   Increase property values: Wiring for fiber-optics has been shown to increase property value approximately 1% Provide a network our government could leverage to deliver data from current and future ‘smart grid’ sensors including those used for parking management, resource monitoring, air quality, muni and other needs. Over the long term smarter management could save the city money and increase our tax base without increasing taxes by reducing unemployment and creating good jobs. This petition asks for the city to give the public access to the broadband resources we've already paid for, expand our critical publicly owned broadband infrastructure, establish a Dig Once Policy for Bellingham and Whatcom County, allow multiple providers into multi-unit dwellings, and provide high quality internet access to all residents that truly address our Digital Divide issues. 

Jon Humphrey
1,534 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Deborah Kafoury, Sharon Meieran, Loretta Smith, Jessica Vega Pederson, Lori Stegman

In solitary confinement for over a year, a family Shepherd is denied his last days at home

                                      STOP THE CRUELTY:   A Senior German Shepherd, in failing health, held in solitary   confinement for over 530 days by Multnomah County Animal   Control, Troutdale Oregon, has been prohibited from spending   his last days at home.  The pictures of Chucky with his family are from happier times.   Chucky, an old German Shepherd, has been held in solitary confinement since his impoundment on February 28, 2016 by Multnomah County Animal Services, Oregon. For over 530 days he has been denied critical socialization and exercise, allowed only rare restricted family visits by appointment for a maximum 15 minutes. Animal Control sees visitations as disruptive and justifies limited visitations, often allowed only through the kennel door, as “upsetting” to the animal. On July 5, 2017 of his long confinement, a medical report noted troubling significant health concerns: a suspicious mass that could be neoplasia, infection or another serious problem. In response MCAS has withheld diagnostic medical procedures critically needed to determine what is wrong.  Despite the gravity of his condition, Animal Control won’t release him to go home to his family as his mental and physical health decline. How did Chucky arrive at this crossroads?    Chucky and his companion Shepherd named Katrina were picked up after escaping a county approved kennel required after previous at-large episodes. Despite its approval by the county,  the kennel proved to be inadequate.  Both dogs escaped.  Chucky was charged with killing a small poodle while at large.  Although Chucky is a very personal and loving  dog with Katrina, his companion Shepherd, his family and others, he can be dog aggressive.   Multnomah County’s rejection of humane solutions is inexcusable, part of an attitude of forced compulsion, a requirement for “submission and “obedience” at all costs. Without sacrificing public safety and at no expense to taxpayers, funding for a secure kennel would have sufficed allowing Chucky to go home to his family instead of suffer. Instead the county’s refusal has now cost taxpayers nearly $8,000.  Animal Control’s intransigent position is symptomatic of government sponsored animal cruelty. And while the cost continues to escalate daily, a secure kennel remains as a practical and humane solution. Chucky comes from an impoverished Hispanic family. Although they are poor, they did their best to respect Multnomah County Animal Control’s ordinances. They should not be punished for their poverty In allowing the family to regain custody of the dog they love, MCAS would affirm its “Equity and Empowerment Lens” mandated by the county itself. But it still refuses. Once MCAS rejected all humane options, Chucky’s conviction was appealed by the family with the help of a pro bono attorney. The case remains pending before the Oregon Court of Appeals.  The appeal is viewed as an affront to the county’s authority.  The County’s attorney, MCAS advisor David Blankfeld, and MCAS director Jackie Rose have labeled the appeal frivolous and unnecessary and continue to pressure the family to give up. The appeals are all that have kept Chucky alive. But without the appeal, Chucky would certainly have been killed.  The County has taken a stand neither providing Chucky necessary diagnostic procedures nor allowing him to return to his family for needed medical treatment. Multnomah County Animal Control’s predatory behavior towards vulnerable persons is long standing. MCAS targets the most vulnerable and underserved populations in Multnomah County.   Few can afford to defend themselves and their animals against a system intended to thwart due process, justice and fair play. The poor, minorities, and in particular the homeless are fair game in a system that is rigged against them.. While Chucky’s appeal remains pending he is being held under conditions that no prison system would tolerate for even the most hardened criminals.  The County’s own notes make those conditions clear, the same observations repeated over and over and over again make his deterioration clear: “Chucky’s kennel was filthy this morning, He is spreading feces and urine all over his inside and outside areas. This includes walls, bedding, and chain link…”  Multnomah County is sending a clear message---  do not exercise your rights. Disagree and punishment will be swift. If one does appeal, animals  will be kept confined month after month  with no relief for their misery and loneliness as the County declines all effective alternatives. Chucky is not alone. Dogs like Chucky live out their lives isolated, alone, in miserable circumstances, housed in “security kennels”. The offenses are almost always correctable, almost always related to poverty. The animals suffer, become ill and injured from the effects of confinement. By refusing the diagnostic tests needed for treatment and not allowing Chucky to go home for treatment or, most likely, a few weeks of comfort, it plans to run the clock out on his life.   If we cannot prevail, Chucky will languish until his death. Ask the Multnomah County Commission to release Chucky back to his family home for the remaining days of his life. Protest the continuing abusive enforcement animal policies practiced in Multnomah County.   Without your voice, change will not happen. Nothing will change.  Gail O’Connell-Babcock, PhD   Citizens for Humane Animal Legislation/Watchdog Sherwood OR 97140 

Gail O'Connell
6,079 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to CD Newton

Justice for Emerging Cleveland Strangler Unknown Survivor

The Lure to Death "Women raped and beaten up inside an empty house." - The Plain Dealer, June 19, 2006. Sadly the case was "suspended" just 4-months later. Tragically, eight months after that, Anthony Sowell, aka Cleveland Strangler began his now infamous 11-Women of Imperial Avenue killing spree from 2007-2009. "Ms. Crutcher provided a sketch of her assailant, which ran in the June 30, Plain Dealer. In hindsight, it looks much like Sowell."- Nobody's Women: Crimes and Victims of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Serial Killer- Steve Miller Justice vs. Obstruction The truth is Vernice Crutcher, handed to CPD Sex Crimes Unit and the press via a forensic sketch, the then-nameless emerging Cleveland Strangler, in June 2006. Fact is, September 7, 2005, nine-months earlier, Mr. Sowell became a registered sex-offender. If Ms. Crutcher was shown his photograph, leading to his arrest, the 11-Women of Imperial Avenue tragedy might have never occurred. Now conflict of interest, bias, indifference, and politics, obstruct her justice and closure.  The Emerging Cleveland Strangler Cold Case Breakthrough! Ms. Crutcher's gray watch and ring were discovered in a coroner's photograph of the 11-Women of Imperial Avenue victims array of jewelry. (Mr. Prosecutor, no one-size-justice-fits-all. The law:  "due process and equal protection under the law." Crutcher v Sowell NOW!) The Call to Action Proponents of victim's rights, advocates for survivors of sexual assaults, supporters of civil rights and everyone, are asked to please sign this petition.  Full Disclosure Vernice Crutcher is my ex-lover. I am an investigative author relentlessly pursuing justice and closure for her. I seek to "change" the narrative as to how this horrific attempted-murder attack happened to her.  Mission  Expose civic and law enforcement failures that served as the catalyst that enabled the Cleveland Strangler. Failure to comply with "Megan's Law," requiring state and local authorities to issue a "community notification," when a registered sex offender moves into a neighborhood. Also, a non-thorough investigation of her case resulted in the now infamous 11-Women of Imperial Avenue.   Updates and a FREE Ebook on this true crime memoir and legal thriller can be downloaded at -My Sister's Keeper: The Cleveland Serial Killer Untold Story. Thank YOU! YOU could have spent your precious time elsewhere. THANK YOU in advance for reading and signing this petition! God bless!

CD Newton
50 supporters