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Petition Round Up – Week of 11/13

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Written by Anna Geoffroy

Take preventive measures to decrease the amount of victims who drown in submerged vehicles.

“More accident victims drown in submerged vehicles in Florida than in any other state in the nation. Last month, this statistic grew to include my best friend Chloe Nicole Arenas. On June 28th, Chloe was traveling on State road 408 when she lost control of her vehicle and proceeded off the Alafaya Trail ramp exit into a retention pond, where she died. There are no barriers in front of this retention pond. In fact, there are no guardrails, barriers, or traffic control devices along many bodies of water in Florida. I want to change that.

“Please sign this petition in support of Chloe’s Law. Share with your friends and family. Florida can set the standard for other states in need of similar prevention.”

Tell Congress to protect family farmers from big business bullying

“I am a contract farmer who’s been growing birds for Perdue for about 20 years. I have gained a lot of knowledge about how the industrial poultry industry functions, but farmers like me don’t have the ability to safely speak up about what we know. These giant companies sell you a dream that someday you will prosper, but that’s not how it works. I contacted the Food Integrity Campaign because I was sick of what was happening to farmers like me and I wanted people to know the truth. Please sign my petition telling Congress not to block the necessary measures to protect farmers like myself from retaliation for speaking up when we see problems in our industry.”

Help the women and girls from my home town who have been kidnapped by ISIS

“My name is Feryal. I live in Lincoln, Nebraska, but I grew up in a small town in Iraq called Sinjar. Last August, ISIS kidnapped thousands of women and girls from my hometown. For a year, ISIS has tortured and raped them. Many are teenagers just like me.

“Please urge President Obama to help save 3,200 women and children from my community — some as young as 11 — who were captured by ISIS, and have been raped and tortured for the past year.

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“They can be saved. In fact, 1,800 have escaped or been rescued — but there are still 3,200 Yazidi women and children being held by ISIS. The Yazidi and the local government in Iraq want to rescue them too, but they don’t have the resources they need to get them out. If the United States can step up and provide much-needed support to these groups, they can start to save these women and children. But the more time that goes by, the longer they have to live through this nightmare.”

Stop Taking Money From Our Troops

“Few things bring the country together during the year like football. Football is deeply woven into our nation’s fabric and culture.

“Whether united by team or divided by rivalry, the least we can do as sports fans and patriotic Americans on Sundays is pay special tribute to those who serve and have sacrificed on our nation’s behalf.

“We were extremely disappointed to learn that the NFL holds these ceremonies recognizing members of the military not out of mere patriotism, but as yet another mechanism to rake in money. In fact, the NFL and its billionaire team-owners have charged The National Guard more than $7 million in taxpayer dollars the past three seasons!

“Please sign this petition that calls on the league to donate all past fees collected for these tributes to charities that support our troops and commit to not charging taxpayers a dime going forward.”

End Juvenile Solitary Confinement

“Juvenile solitary confinement is the Human Rights issue of today. Across America we spend $8 billion per year incarcerating our youth.

“Solitary confinement is cruel. It can result in profound neurological and psychological damage to young people. In 2012, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry called for an end to the practice. Even President Obama has spoken out about it.

“Yet every day, we’re putting thousands of kids, some as young as 11 years old, into solitary. Something needs to be done.

“President Obama can take action to ban solitary confinement of juveniles. And Congress has can pass legislation like the Mercy Act or Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, both are bipartisan bills that would limit the use of solitary confinement for minors.”

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