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Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Pass the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act.

I was sentenced 78 months to serve at a federal prison for a white-collar crime. I left home a healthy single mother of two sons, not ever experiencing any serious illnesses. I was a registered nurse who had achieved 3 secondary degrees. I was homeowner and a successful business entrepreneur. I was also six weeks pregnant. Anytime I was transported, I was chained at my ankles with another chain around my waist that bound my hands in front of my belly.   While shackled, forced to step up into a van, I fell. A couple days later I begin spotting with streaks of blood, which I reported immediately to the medical staff. They instantly informed me they had “no” means of caring for me and would need approval from the US Marshals to take me to the ER. The turnaround time for approval ended up being 4 weeks. At that point, it was no longer an “emergency,” so I was turned away from the ER — I then required a second approval for an obstetrician, which took 4 more weeks. A total of four requests were made, each taking 4 weeks, while I was placed in solitary confinement for “medical observation." I ended up miscarrying at approximately 20 weeks without any formal or proper prenatal care. While I was miscarrying, I lay wet in a pool of blood, curled up from excruciating pain, in complete darkness, locked in a cell until an officer made rounds. I suffered the entire miscarriage shackled to the bed. When asked, the officers told the nurse and myself that the linen which contained my unborn child had been thrown in the trash. I had no privacy. Male officers were at my bedside 24hrs observing my nakedness and any treatment given to me. I received no counseling, nor had any opportunity to grieve my miscarriage. I was relocated to another facility where again, I was placed in solitary confinement for a month. Solitary is being locked in a 6’ by 9’ room with a bed, toilet, sink, and no window for 23 hours a day. For women in prison, stories like mine are a lot more common than you would think. Women are the largest growing prison population. Our federal, state, county, and private prisons are not equipped to give women the medical care they need, especially when pregnant. We need to ban the shackling and solitary confinement of pregnant women in prison throughout the United States. These prisons do not implement best practices of standardized care or data collection which allows no liability for the treatment of incarcerated women, promotes harm to children, and destroys families. I have testified before the US Commission on Civil Rights, providing statements of women who are being dehumanized and abused incarcerated in federal, state, county, and private prisons. We are  fighting for safety and justice of incarcerated women. We request that Congress and all states throughout the US establish policies that prohibit shackling and solitary confinement, implement best practices of standardized care, provide data collection for accountability of safety, and promote strong relationships with their children. Please sign my petition asking Congress and US State Legislators to pass the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act throughout the United States. Thank you,Pamela Winn

Pamela Winn
195,274 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Pete Buttigieg, United States Department of Transportation

Women are 73% more likely to get injured in a car crash - Demand Equality for Women

Women are 73% more likely to be injured and 17% more likely to die in a car crash than men. The U.S. allows companies to crash-test cars with dummies based on a 1970s average male, and the government’s 5-star safety rating doesn’t require testing for women in the driver’s seat position. More equal testing standards and new crash test technology could save thousands of lives and prevent needless injuries. What can you do? Sign the petition below addressed to the U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, urging him to update car crash testing standards and technology — and account for women and other vulnerable groups — now! Our Petition: Dear Secretary Buttigieg, Government standards for vehicle crash testing are outdated and unequal. This deadly gender bias in vehicle safety is unacceptable. It is time to stop studying this issue and fix it now. Females are not just smaller versions of males. Due to differences in physiology and driver positioning, women’s and men’s bodies behave differently in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – the agency that creates and oversees FMVSS and NCAP ratings – has been in possession of data for years that show women are 17%-18.5% more likely to die in a vehicle crash than men. But our government does not equitably account for these differences, either in design regulations (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, or FMVSS) or voluntary 5-star safety ratings (the New Car Assessment Program, known as NCAP). As a result of this government-supported bias in the design, women die and are more at risk of serious injury in a crash than men. That means up to 1,342 women are needlessly dying every year. But while crash test dummy manufacturers have created technologies that could make vehicles safer for women and other under-represented groups, neither the FMVSS nor NCAP has been updated to reflect advancements that would bring equality to vehicle design. NHTSA’s current NCAP 5-star rating voluntary crash test regime does not require testing female dummies in the driver’s seat. Instead, a dummy derived from the measurements of a 1970s average-sized male is used. Women are significantly more prone to whiplash in a crash.  Relative to males of the same age, females in deadly crashes were 9.4% more likely to die as a result of neck injury.  And differences are exacerbated when women become pregnant – for instance, standard seatbelts do not fit more than sixty percent of third-trimester pregnant women. People from all over the world, men and women alike, are coming together to ask the US Government to pay attention to this issue. We are asking for the following legislative and regulatory changes: NHTSA should immediately update NCAP.  By using outdated and male-centric crash-test dummies and by limiting the scope of testing of NCAP, NHTSA allows – according to its own research – hundreds of women to be killed every year.  NHTSA has the regulatory authority to update NCAP today and could do so with the stroke of a pen. NCAP should: Immediately transition to the latest generation of crash test dummy technology for both male and female occupants. Require all tests to use the most up-to-date male and female technology in the driver and passenger seat tests to ensure equitable testing to help close the safety gap for women and other vulnerable groups. Congress should create a structure that commits NHTSA to review the crash test landscape regularly with the intent of implementing the latest crash test technologies so that we never fall behind again.  Women and other vulnerable populations have waited long enough. It is time to stop studying this issue to death. Let 2022 be the year we turn words into action, update vehicle crash test standards and ratings, and save those who should have been treated equally all along.

John Bolton
1,796 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to

Pass The Menstrual Product Equity Bill

As a female high school student, I experience first hand the educational consequences of having a menstrual cycle. My period causes me to miss school, leave class for extended periods of time, and not pay attention during class. This can be attributed to students not having access to menstrual products in school. If I forget to bring menstrual products, I either leave school for the day or spend a significant amount of time searching for tampons and pads.  This is an issue many menstruators at my school struggle with. So, I tried to convince my school board to provide students with free menstrual products but they refused. I personally acquired a grant to fund the effort. And, every week, I or a member of my Women’s Advocacy Club restocks the bathrooms. However, when the grant runs out, so does our product supply. Right now, crucial legislation being considered in Minnesota this legislative session (Senate File 3052 and House File 2750, The Minnesota Menstrual Equity Bill) would provide free menstrual product access for students in grades 4 through 12. Public and charter schools would receive funding from the state to pursue this initiative. The effort will cost two dollars per student, which totals up to two million dollars–a miniscule amount compared to the state’s nine billion dollar surplus. To close the educational barrier for menstruators, the Minnesota Legislature must pass this bill.     

Trinity Hanif
1,409 supporters