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Petition to Texas State House, Senfronia Thompson

3G offenders serving GOODTIME in Prison considered for early release.. HB2120

This letter is regarding a bill that was introduced in the 85th Legislature, on February 20, 2017, as HB2120. On March 23, 2017, it was left pending in the committee, at 25% progression. The committee being the “House Corrections Committee”. The legislature is now in recess which means that the bill will need to be reintroduced in order to be heard again. It’s pretty much dead in the Corrections Committee. This bill is regarding offenders classified as 3G, who are made to suffer to serve the mandatory requirements of half off their sentences regardless if they accrue *GOODTIME. Goodtime, is a calculation of time off an inmate's sentence for being on their best behavior and not receiving any major cases. It means they cannot have had any major cases. There are husbands, wives, and children with no expectations for early release who were incarcerated for mild mistakes, paying hard core consequences. It leaves offenders with nothing to work towards or look forward to. But, some have learned their life lessons and should be rewarded for their good behavior. Imagine the person you love most gets into a brawl then is mistakenly placed for an aggravated case for up to 30 years. That means your dear darling son WILL HAVE to serve a MANDATORY sentence of at least half (15 years) of his sentence before he is even considered for parole. That’s a mighty long time for just a brawl at the mall. 3G Offenders should have the same consideration as non-3G offenders when it comes to being considered for parole release. This will give those offenders who have worked steady jobs, enrolled in educational classes, graduated from the GRAD Program, found God and have been actively involved in the Faith-based programs and trying to help other offenders turn their life around too, and the opportunity to come up for parole after serving 1/4th of their sentence.. These acts of rehabilitation should not be discarded as if they don’t matter! Those that have changed behavior, lives matter because they actually want a better life for themselves when they parole. They want to be better role models for their children and grandchildren, and better spouses upon their release to come home. They work very hard to be better people coming out of prison than who they were going into prison and they deserve the opportunity to have their accrued goodtime considered as a means for early release just like non-3G offenders. It encourages good conduct, a changed lifestyle and hopes for the future. Getting this law passed does not guarantee the release for an offender. That needs to be made clear to those who think all 3G offenders will be released all at one time, regardless of what they’ve done. That is NOT how this law was written! ALL 3G offenders will still have to be reviewed by the parole board before they are considered for release. The parole board will decide who they believe to have changed behavior because not everyone deserves an early release. This law DOES NOT include capital murder or sexual assault offenses. NOTE: This bill was not written to release inmates. It's written to simply allowing them to accrue GOODTIME.Reading this, you may have and/or had, a loved one incarcerated for a 3G offense. If so, Then you understand the importance for them to be considered for their GOODTIME. If you haven’t, then you don’t know what it feels like to miss them at this great expense and you're lucky to have the opportunity to greet, hug, and kiss your loved one every day, as we do not, which is the reasoning for this petition. Whether you are in agreeance with this letter or not, please sign the petition attached to this letter with your comments concerning why or why not.If you agree and support this petition, please help me get the message out by sharing this to your social media sites like FB, because sharing will get the many supporters we need to get this bill passed! Thanks for your support!*HB2120- A bill relating to good conduct time earned by certain inmates and the consideration of release on parole for those inmates.*GOODTIME-Time deducted from an inmate's sentence for good behavior while in prison.

Tarra Love-Richmond
127 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mayor Rawlings and The Dallas City Council, The Dallas City Council

Stop Water Fluoridation in Dallas, Texas

     The fluoridation program has massively failed to achieve one of its key objectives, i.e., to lower dental decay rates while limiting the occurrence of dental fluorosis.  According to the latest national survey by the Centers for Disease Control, 41% of American adolescents now have some form of fluorosis (a discoloring of tooth enamel caused by too much fluoride)— an increase of over 400% from the rates found 60 years ago. In the 1940s and 1950s Doctors prescribed Fluoride as a thyroid suppressant. Hypothyroidism now is at near epidemic levels in America. Fluoride – is an enzyme poison which accumulates in the body. Since the body can only eliminate 50% of its total fluoride intake, this build-up can cause harm to the thyroid by blocking the use of iodine. Dogs have been found to suffer a high incidence of hypothyroidism also. The relationship between fluoride contamination and thyroid disease in dogs deserves further attention, particularly since it was fluoride’s production of goiter in dogs that first prompted the idea that fluoride could be an anti-thyroid agent. (Maumene 1854). Here is a link to an article about why these two doctors changed their minds about flouoride http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/sonoma-county-news-article-3141.html.     Dallas Raw Water has .5ppm fluoride. Dallas does NOT need to spend $1,000,000.00 yearly to increase fluoride levels. The Dallas City Council voted to Fluoridate the Dallas raw water in 1965, when the medical profession believed fluoride needed to be ingested to prevent tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 1999, 2001) has now acknowledged that the mechanism of fluoride’s benefits are mainly topical, not systemic. There is no need whatsoever, therefore, to swallow fluoride to protect teeth. Since the purported benefit of fluoride is topical, and the risks are systemic, it makes more sense to deliver the fluoride directly to the tooth in the form of toothpaste. Since swallowing fluoride is unnecessary, and potentially dangerous, there is no justification for forcing people to ingest fluoride through their water supply.      Hong Kong's fluorosis rates went went from 1% in the 60's to 59% in 1980's so they lowered their recommended level of Fluoride to .5ppm for their 7 million people. “Water fluoridation goes against leading principles of pharmacotherapy.” .According to Dr. Arvid Carlsson, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Physiology and one of the scientists who helped keep fluoridation out of Sweden.  Health Minister German and her director general, Arnon Afek, MD, MHA, a pathologist, suggested that in modern times, patient, parental, and in-school education is a better way to improve oral health than water fluoridation. Fluoridation was completely banned in Israel August 26, 2014.      Minorities are not being warned about their vulnerabilities to fluoride. The CDC is not warning black and Mexican-American children that they have higher rates of dental fluorosis than Caucasian children. This extra vulnerability may extend to other toxic effects of fluoride.      The chemicals used to fluoridate the Dallas water are not pharmaceutical grade. Instead, Hydro Fluorosilicic Acid is added to raise the Fluoride level, this  comes from the wet scrubbing systems of the phosphate fertilizer industry. This is classified as a hazardous wastes and is contaminated with various impurities.      Fluoridation is unethical. Informed consent is standard practice for all medication, and one of the key reasons why most of Western Europe has ruled against fluoridation. Once fluoride is put in the water it is impossible to control the dose each individual receives because people drink different amounts of water. Being able to control the dose a patient receives is critical. Some people (e.g., manual laborers, athletes, diabetics, and people with kidney disease) drink substantially more water than others. No one can deny that high natural levels of fluoride damage health. Millions of people in India and China have had their health compromised by fluoride. The real question is whether there is an adequate margin of safety between the doses shown to cause harm in published studies and the total dose people receive consuming uncontrolled amounts of fluoridated water and non-water sources of fluoride. This margin of safety has to take into account the wide range of individual sensitivity expected in a large population (a safety factor of 10 is usually applied to the lowest level causing harm). Another safety factor is also needed to take into account the wide range of doses to which people are exposed. There is clearly no margin of safety for dental fluorosis (CDC, 2010) and based on the following studies nowhere near an adequate margin of safety for lowered IQ.      While fluoridation may not be the greatest environmental health threat, it is one of the easiest to end. It is as easy as turning off a spigot in the public water works. But to turn off that spigot takes political will and to get that we need you to help persuade nine to vote to Stop Fluoridation. Please sign this petition and send an email even if you are not in Dallas. http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/MCC_Mail_Form.htm The Precautionary Rule simply states; when in doubt , leave it out!

regina imburgia
1,927 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Railroad Commission of Texas, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, County Judge Veronica Escobar

Stop the Holly Energy Pipeline

Standing Rock started an indigenous-led movement to stop harmful oil pipelines, and has inspired communities around the world to stand up to harmful projects that will rob entire communities of their drinking water, clean air, and land. In El Paso County, Texas, Hispanic and Meshica indigenous families like mine are being threatened with another spill prone oil project, the Holly Energy Pipeline. Please sign my petition asking the Texas Railroad Commission and El Paso County Commissioners to stop this project before it hurts our communities. Ome Tlaloc and Tlazolin Xochiquetzal live in Montana Vista , a low-income, mostly Hispanic and Mexican Indian community where the pipeline will pass. “We were never warned or asked if there was any concern from us that a petroleum pipeline would be crossing our lands,” Ome told me. “We were never invited to a town hall meeting or consented to allow our property values to be essentially reduced.” Montana Vista residents rely on a well water system, meaning when the Holly Energy Pipeline leaks, it will go straight into their drinking water. “We refuse to expose our family to the hazards these pipelines will certainly create. Our generations’ life, liberty, and their pursuit of happiness is now a broken dream,” said Tlazolin, who is an indigenous Meshica elder. Help protect Ome and Tlazolin’s access to clean drinking water. Add your name to help stop this pipeline. Recently and most devastatingly, the Comanche Trail Pipeline in El Paso County has been built and completed despite strong push back from the community and water protectors. Energy Transfer Partners was able to sneak in with their pipeline almost unseen and ran over the beautiful historically, agriculturally, and culturally rich town of San Elizario, TX where the majority of residents are also children and elderly of Hispanic and indigenous Mexican Indian descent. In some areas of San Elizario the dangerously risky 42-inch natural pipeline was laid no more than 20 yards from the homes of families with children, or only 3 to 4 feet underneath the ground where farmers will still plow the land. Energy Transfer Partners was able do all of this without any regulation or oversight into the threats these families now face being only 20 yards from a huge natural gas pipeline that has a high risk of explosions, spills, and leaks. Now another company, Holly Energy Partners, is going to do the same thing in another area of El Paso County. Don't let Holly Energy Partners further endanger the lives of more families and children like Energy Transfer Partners did in San Elizario, TX. Sign this petition to demand that the Texas Railroad Commission and El Paso County Commissioners fully protect the people's environment and the future of our clean water, air, land.

Crystal Arrieta
43,739 supporters