Petition to Mike Freeman
Justice for Elisa Gomez
My sister Elisa was found dead in her home on October 11, 2016. Even though her husband, roommate, and her roommate's children were in the home the morning of her death, her death was addressed as a suicide. My family has met with the homicide investigators about the case and even though they do not think there is sufficient evidence to refer the case to the county attorney's office, we believe that her case deserves more attention. If additional investigation is needed, we are hoping that the county attorney and deputy attorney will request that the Minneapolis Police Department investigate further. We hope that further investigation will prompt the gathering of more evidence, as well as testimony, necessary to address this case as a homicide. We have learned that not only does the suspected individual have prior convictions for domestic abuse, of which he has served prison time for, but that this individual has also had several DWIs also. This individual is a danger to the public. Other victims who did not initially report their altercations with this man to police initially are now willing to come forward. There was a 911 call placed to the Minneapolis Police Department shortly before my sister Elisa was found dead in her home. We were told Police went to the door and when no one answered, they left without any follow up. My sister's autopsy indicates that her death was due to a "ligature hanging" and the Manner of Death is "undetermined". Her case deserves more attention. We would like to meet with a member of the County Attorney's office to discuss this matter further. Even though the case is still considered to be active, the police have no further evidence to pursue a homicide investigation and are no longer investigating the case. We know that she did not take her own life and when the facts of the case are fully heard and understood, there will be no doubt that Elisa's case deserves a more thorough investigation. It is our hope that this petition will prompt further investigation that is sorely needed by the Minneapolis Police Department.
Petition to Brent Cossette, Colonel John Henderson
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
We are a group of young people from the Oceti Sakowin area calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). We believe that the DAPL has great potential to leak into the Missouri River and cause harm to the great people of this nation whose water and livelihood depends on the river. We're willing to go to great lengths to make sure that our voices are heard in opposition to the pipeline – we'll even run hundreds of miles. Sign to stand with us and demand a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Together with People Over Pipelines, we lead a relay race over 500 miles to deliver the signatures from this petition to the Army Corps of Engineers. Young people from across the Oceti Sakowin lands and non-Native youth ran over 8 days through South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa, from reservation to reservation, through smalls towns and bigger cities along the Missouri River. People in the communities welcomed the runners and took care of us along the way down – many young and old faces. A lot of lives who will be effected if this pipeline were to be approved. The Dakota Access Pipeline is projected to extend 1,134 miles and connect the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. It is set to be built in May 2016, with construction beginning in the Bakken, and is supposed to be running later this year. The DAPL is designed to transport 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day along this route, and it will cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation. We're worried that it could leak and pollute our river, poison our people. By running the relay, not only were we bringing awareness to the people, we were also bringing back unity and hope! At one point, we had 50 young people from Santee, Nebraska who ran and helped us cover 30 miles in a day! The power of prayers carried us at times we couldn't run anymore, but something made us all get out there and keep running. We all understood that the sacrifice was much bigger than ourselves. We wanted people to hear us so we had to show them and bring the Dakota Access Pipeline issue to light to protect Unci Maka (Mother Earth). We had 10 runners who completed the entire "Run For Your Life" relay run and about 160 runners ranging from 5 to 66 years old over the whole week. We saw thousands of faces who would be impacted by the construction of this pipeline. The fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline can only be successful if we have your voice. Please sign your name to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the Dakota Access Pipeline Project is damaging to all life along the Missouri River. Let them know that we do not need oil to live, but we do need water, and water is a human right and not a privilege.
Petition to City of Emeryville
Help Adeline Collective establish an equity permit in Emeryville
Adeline Collective is a team of drug war survivors, minority owners, and community activists. Better Health Group has been advocating for many causes beyond cannabis rights, including gun buy backs, AIDS prevention and testing, the NAACP Branch #1081, and countless other community groups. Michael Johnson is a minority businessman who has worked with Wild Farms, WoW where he works with students teaching agricultural skills and is working on a cooking program to teach the students life skills beyond agricultural work. Michael has lived in Emeryville, and has seen the effects of the drug war first hand on childhood friends and family members. The effects of the drug war are known to be devastating on the targeted communities, but Adeline Collective is adamant about prioritizing the hiring of those people who have been most impacted by the war on drugs.
Petition to Honda Motor Company, Toyota Motor Company, Nissan Motor Company, Jim_Lentz@toyota.com , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
Stop the Whale slaughter by Japan
Since 1982 there has been an international ban on Whale slaughter. But Japan continues to violate this ban by killing hundreds of whales every year, under the guise of research. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Japan’s previous Antarctic "scientific research" program to be illegal. So, this petition is intended to stop the illegal whale slaughter by putting financial pressure on 3 of the largest corporations in Japan (Honda, Toyota and Nissan), to try to convince their government to stop these atrocities. The world is against the slaughter of whales, so let us convince Japan that it will be financially very costly to them if they continue violating international law and the will of the people around the world. Please commit to boycotting all Honda, Toyota and Nissan products, by signing this petition, to stop the whale slaughter. Check the latest news from the Sydney Morning Herald: Latest slaughter * This petition is sponsored by Florida Voices for Animals and The Silverback Peace Group.
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 As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several 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.
Petition to North carolina
Declare Independence from Meat
There are nearly 9 million pigs in North Carolina… and 10 million humans. There are a dozen counties in in the state where pigs actually outnumber humans, but most of these animals live their short lives in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). They are rarely if ever seen by the general public. However, to our neighbors in eastern North Carolina, the reality of factory farming is anything but hidden — the smell, the flies, the foul brown water all seep through the land they call home. This isn't just an animal rights issue, it's a human rights issue, too. It’s social injustice, plain and simple. One could argue that North Carolina is a microcosm of the ills of factory farming; what's bad for the animals is bad for public health and for the environment. Our neighbors (humans and other animals) deserve freedom from harm. Reducing demand for meat is a small but truly significant and compassionate action we can take to ensure that justice rules. The good news is that community activists are beginning to motivate their neighbors to take action. Will you join them? It’s time to meet the neighbors; to see the big picture and act in concert with core values related to compassion, environmental stewardship, and social justice. Sign this pledge to show that you are among those choosing more compassionate choices and eating plants instead of animals. Do it for yourself, do it for the animals, and do it for our North Carolina neighbors who deserve better!
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
Petition to Chris Sununu
URGENT! New Hampshire Needs a LGBTQ & Allies Resource Hub (One Stop Shop for Our Needs)
Out of the Box Hub Will you sign a petition in support of a new LGBTQ sanctuary? New Hampshire is very beautiful, but it is also one of the states that lacks a LGBTQ Resource Hub (or Center). Out of the BOX Hub http://outoftheboxhub.com/ Whether you’re looking for services and support, searching for LGBT-friendly businesses, are a professional seeking opportunities or training, or looking to take part in fun social activities with the LGBTQ community and its allies, the Hub will exist for ALL of us. It will be a vast array of resources that complement our core service areas—Recovery, Wellness, Family and Youth—so that you can seek additional support and connection when and where you need it. In addition to the above, The Hub (or Center) will provide vital programs and services to support our evolving LGBT community such as drug rehabilitation, counseling, HIV/Aids support services, a medical center, library, theater, support groups, event planning, and more. In order to make our vision a reality, Out of the BOX Hub needs financial, emotional, and physical support. If you identify as LGBTQ or are an ally, please SIGN THIS PETITION and show other NH residents that you believe the Hub can provide a safe place where people of the LGBTQ community can get together with allies and have their needs met with respect and decency. Your generosity will help contribute to this cause. WILL YOU SIGN? Out of the BOX HubJazmynne Young, Executive Director188 N. Main Street Ste 1 #4Concord, NH 03301Office 347-687-4295Cell 562-826-2900https://www.facebook.com/groups/LGBTQNewHampshire/ "BECOME THE CHANGE, YOU WANT TO SEE"