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Petition to Represenative Matt Shaheen

Say No To HB 1705 - TEXAS Barber and Cosmetology Abolishment :Signature Goal 100K

On 02/12/2019 Texas State Representative Matt Shaheen, District 66,  filed HB 1705, which states to abolish the regulation practices of Barbering and Cosmetology.  If HB 1705 were to pass, all Texas Barber and Cosmetology licenses would no longer be valid or required as of September 1, 2019.  This would be an insult to the licensed professionals that have taken the time to receive Barbering and Cosmetology education that consist of Anatomy and Physiology of Hair, Skin and Nails, Chemistry, Ecology, Trichology, and more. This would also be a disservice to the consumer as abolishment would put both parties at a high risk of communicable diseases, chemical damages, and hair loss due to improper practical application and lack of knowledge in safety and sanitation. It is now time to organize by letting your voice be heard and maintaining awareness of this situation as this has not been the first attempt.  We need all licensed professionals, future student professionals, manufacturing companies, and consumers to understand the importance of opposing HB 1705 by siging this petition, making phone calls, sending emails, and being present to show your disdain for this bill. State Representative Matt Shaheen, Dist #66 District - Ph:469-642-8708                        512-463-0594  Fax:512-463-1021                                                             Email:matt@mattshaheen.com       With kind regards,                    Sharla Wooten

sharla wooten
201,454 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Greg Abbott, Greg Abbott, Texas Board of Pardons and Parole, State of Texas

Rodney Reed is innocent. Exonerate and send him home.

Update: On November 15, 2019, with 5 days before Rodney Reed was scheduled to die, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously blocked his execution, and remanded his case back to the 21st District Court of Bastrop, Texas for a new hearing to examine new evidence, new witnesses, Brady violations, and Rodney's claims of actual innocence, which is a chance for him to clear his name and be exonerated. Our work is just beginning and we must keep pressure on those with the power to continue doing the right thing.   Dear Governor Greg Abbott: 1. Rodney Reed is innocent. 2. The State relied on expert testimony to convict Rodney Reed that has since been recanted BY THE EXPERTS who put forth the testimony. Three renown medical examiners have concluded it is "medically impossible" for Stacey Stites to have been killed at the time the state says she died. This alone exonerates Rodney Reed. Reed was convicted based on forensic expert testimony that has now been recanted by the scientists and agencies that offered the evidence on behalf of the State. In fact, leading forensic pathologists have concluded that it would be "medically and scientifically impossible" for Reed to have murdered Stites. This new forensic evidence (which the State hasn't contradicted) indicates that Stites was murdered at a time that her fiance, local police officer Jimmy Fennell, testified that he was alone with Stites in their apartment. Fennell recently completed a ten-year prison sentence after he plead guilty to felony charges arising out of the kidnapping and sexual assault of a women he encountered while on patrol as a Georgetown, Texas police officer. Rodney Reed is innocent and should be exonerated, not executed. 3. We hate to say it, but, Rodney Reed is the victim of racism and was framed for a crime he didn't commit. 4. ALL OF THE EVIDENCE implicates *somebody else* was the real killer. And that somebody else failed two polygraph exams about his role in the murder, and he has continued to be a violent offender and assaulted others in the same way - kidnapping, sexual assault and choking with a belt. 5. Rodney Reed, and the Reed family, have suffered enough. 6. Sometimes our court system makes mistakes, and this case is a prime example of those injustices of what happens when the system fails. 7. Due to these mistakes, there's been no justice for the victim, Stacey Stites, and the real killer has continued to be a serial violent offender. 8. We need you to hear us, review this case, and find it in your heart to do what's right. 9. You promised Texas wouldn't ever kill an innocent person. You're the only person who can keep this promise by stopping the execution of Rodney Reed. 10. If prosecutors followed the evidence, and the evidence only, Rodney Reed wouldn't even be a suspect in this case, let alone become indicted. There's absolutely no evidence that indicts Rodney Reed. Please exonerate Rodney Reed.

Rodney Reed is Innocent
732,833 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Dr. Dennis Brown, Ted Cruz, Texas Governor, Department of Education, Brian Babin, Dr. Lynda Villanueva

Change the name of "LEE" College

Today in 2020, to celebrate the name Lee as the Lee College Rebels do is nonsensical. Lee as we know, was a slave owner who lead a failed war against the United States. By all definitions today Lee would be considered a domestic terrorist, at best. Lee College in Harris County Texas celebrates the moniker the Lee College Rebels. As a former Marine I find it appalling my local community college celebrates former enemies of the United States.  Statues of Lee are being removed all over the country, 31 confederate monuments have been removed in Texas. The University of Texas in Austin serves as a leading example, they removed confederate memorials and statues from their campus more than 2 years ago. A few filed suit claiming their free speech had been infringed but the case was just dismissed without ever being heard, their claims had no substance. Precedent has been set, we can change the name, we need to change the name. Lee College is a Community College, the moniker, the mascot, is not reflective of the community it serves. Rather it stands as a reminder of oppression and division. In a time we need to unite, let's take the steps to do it and eliminate this partition.  Every student should be able to be proud of their Alma Mater, they should be proud of it's name. Lee College being a public institution funded through federal and local tax dollars, makes this change even more important. The University of Texas removed their statue of Lee, why do we still name our college after him?  Sign to be the change you want to see in the world.    

Keith Bergstrom
16 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to WICHITA FALLS MAYOR, WICHITA FALLS CITY MANAGER, Wichita falls city council, DEANDRA CHENAULT, WICHITA FALLS DISTRICT ATTORNEY, Mac Thornberry, Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN WICHITA FALLS, TX NOW!

Wichita Falls TX is a small town in Texas with a ripe history of injustice against Black people.  There are two justice systems here: one for Black people and one for White people.  In particular, their Black criminal justice system is consistently biased and unfair against people of color! In spite of this small town having  a 12% Black population, there is not one Black prosecutor, there is not one Black judge, to be quite honest, there is not one Black person who is employed inside the courthouse.   What you see in the courthouse is walls aligned with white supremacists and slave owners. In spite of small Black population, the courtrooms are always filled with over 50% Black people as defendants? Racial injustice is in their history and nothing has changed!  Black people are constantly racially profiled, harassed and incarcerated at an alarming rate despite their small population! This must end!!  The most recent instance of blatant injustice occurred a few months ago when there was an anonymous tip submitted that the City Manager of Wichita Falls TX, who is White and has been working with the city for over 20 years with compensation of over $100,000 was growing marijuana, selling marijuana and smoking marijuana out of his home. Because this individual is White, he was only arrested for mere possession with a  bail of only $2500.00. However, Black people are still sitting in jail with a much higher bail for the same offense. Wichita Falls criminal justice system is biased and corrupt against Black people. This must end!!  We would like a townhall meeting with the prosecutor, Mayor and City Council to discuss criminal justice reform! As public servants, who have been elected, the prosecutors office has rarely engaged constituents. This must change!  We want to show the prosecutor that the community is paying attention and we demand a fair and just system for Black people. For all people!!    We have seven demands:  1. End the pointless and racially biased practice of money bail.  2. Stop unwarranted, pointless and unhelpful prosecutions of Black people with low level, non-violent offenses.  3. End the secrecy. Practice transparency and share information about your office with the community. 4. Recruit and hire African American prosecutors to change the all white office culture in the DA's office.  5. Make prosecutors do their jobs! Hold police accountable and prosecute police officers who break the law, violate people rights, tamper with evidence or testimony, take part in corruption or commit violence and harassment against our community. Do not allow dirty cops to testify in court!! 6. Have a fair and unbiased system. Be hard on all violent criminals and thugs no matter what color they are or how much business/money they bring to the city.  7. Use diversion programs for Black people not jail!  We are asking for your signature to present to the City to urged them to schedule a town hall meeting to discuss criminal justice reform, along with our demands for the prosecutor to make the justice system fair for everyone. Thank you!! In solidarity, Wichita Falls Color of Change

WichitaFalls ColorofChange
525 supporters