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Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Gavin Newsom, Julia Brownley, Jared Blumenfeld, Rick Perry

No more kids with cancer: clean up the Santa Susana Field Lab

When my daughter Grace Ellen was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, at age four, I thought that our family had the worst, most devastating luck. But after spending months in the hospital with her, we learned that she was one of over 50 children who may have been poisoned by one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in America. Sign to demand that California's EPA and the Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) enforce the AOC cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Lab and prevent any more children from getting cancer. Grace Ellen’s form of cancer was incredibly aggressive. At age four she was put on several clinical trials, had ten times the normal amount of chemotherapy, and spent two years fighting her cancer. A year and a half later her cancer came back and she underwent a bone marrow transplant. She was unable to walk or eat or drink, and had to fight for her life in the hospital isolation floor. Her childhood was stolen from her, and it haunts me to know her cancer might have been avoidable. She, like the other 50 children, grew up within 20 miles the Santa Susana Field Lab, land which was developed in the 1940s to conduct nuclear research. In 1959 an uncontained partial meltdown of a sodium reactor caused such a devastating radiation leak that many consider it to be the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history – and it was completely covered up for years. Our community has up to 60% higher cancer rates, 20% higher invasive breast cancer rates, we have the reports to prove it. It is the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s job to clean up this mess. They know our children are sick and dying, but they aren’t taking any meaningful action against those who own the land – Boeing, NASA and the DOE. The Woolsey Fire, which began on Santa Susana Field Lab, may have exposed millions of people in Southern California to the chemical and radioactive waste from the site, via ash and smoke. It proved once again that we will not be safe until the site is 100% cleaned up. I will protect my children even if I have to tear down mountains with my bare hands – and I am one of many parents fighting for our kids. To win this, we need DTSC and CalEPA, with the support of California's elected officials, to enforce the AOC cleanup once and for all. Will you join us? 

Melissa Bumstead
721,715 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Maryland Lawmakers

#Savethechildren Better Sex Offender Laws to Protect our Children

Did you know that currently in the State of Maryland, it is not against the law for a Tier III Registered Sex Offender to be alone with a minor?  It is considered child neglect or endangerment to leave a young child home alone or in a car, but you can tuck a child into bed next to a convicted pedophile and walk away for the night having committed no crime.  In 2017 my family fell apart when I discovered that my husband had abused one of my daughters.  He was later indicted on felony child sex abuse charges, held in jail without bond, and eventually accepted a plea deal for a 10-year suspended sentence and a lifetime registration as a Tier III Registered Sex Offender.  Several months ago, one of my daughters revealed that on her "supervised" visits with Daddy, the family member that was entrusted with providing the supervision was allowing her and her sister to sleep alone with Daddy.  Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement got involved, eventually determining that no actual laws were broken, because it is currently not against the law for a registered sex offender to sleep alone with a child.  Therefore, it is solely up to me to continue fighting as to why I refuse to allow my children to return to that previous visitation situation.  It is hard enough to become a single mother of three daughters without warning, to lose 75% of your household income in one day, to try to carry your children through the most traumatic event of their lives, let alone having the additional burden of exhausting all of your energy and resources in constant battles to protect your children.  The legal fees have already topped $23,000, and who knows how much higher they will get. According to Darkness to Light, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse, about one in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.  There are an estimated 42 million child sexual abuse survivors currently living in the United States, and as much as we would like to think that the predators are far removed from our families, 90% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser. This year, there will be approximately 400,000 babies born in the U.S. that will eventually become victims of child sexual abuse unless we do something to stop it.  The problem is much more wide spread than many of us would like to believe, as the statistics are drastically under reported.  According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, only 12% of child sexual abuse is ever reported to the authorities. The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault reports that 73% of child victims don’t report the abuse for at least one year, with 45% not disclosing for at least five years.  Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults, including assaults on adults, occur to children ages 17 and under. We would like to think that we can identify someone who isn't safe, and protect our children from them, but it's not always that easy.  Sometimes unsafe people look just like safe people.  Sometimes the unsafe people are coaching your kid's soccer team, or at a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese, or sitting next to you in church.  Once someone has been identified as unsafe, there should be laws in place to ensure they cannot have the opportunity to offend again.  Currently the only restriction in the State of Maryland is that a registered sex offender cannot step foot on school property.  But there needs to be more when the conviction involved a child.  Abusers should not be allowed at any event designated for children, regardless of whether or not it's on school property, and they most certainly should not be legally allowed to be alone with children.  Help me keep my children safe.  Help me keep YOUR children safe and create boundaries to minimize the opportunity for someone convicted of abusing a child to gain access to your children.  Child safety is greater than abuser rights. Please sign this petition and share so it can reach more supporters.  If this reaches other states, research the laws where you live, and if they are inadequate, message me and I will help you fight in your state, too.  If you have any feedback on other avenues to pursue these laws, or even suggestions on resources for my personal family situation, please contact me at keepthebabiessafe@gmail.com.  Thank you so much for your support. 

Annie Kenny
43,039 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Tim Walz, Minnesota State House, Minnesota State Senate, Minnesota Governor, Minnesota

End the Covid-19 Minnesota Shutdown NOW -- and SAVE LIVES!

When Gov. Tim Walz took the unprecedented action on March 13, 2020 of responding to the Covid-19 contagion with a prolonged shutdown order, with only 1 ICU bed in use by a Covid-19 in the entire state at the time, he put in motion profound impacts that will have dangerous repercussions to be felt for generations to come. Using unproven models and the tactics of fear as justification, his actions led to hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans into unemployment within two weeks. This crash of employment and livelihoods will result in tens of thousands of families being evicted from their homes, and a loss of social order which will raise crime rates significantly and lead to deaths in their own right. Furthermore, the risk for even greater consequences from a destroyed economy, including wars, famine, and extreme poverty, will increase dramatically, leading to a far greater crisis than anything currently posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is not a debate of lives vs money -- it is a debate of lives vs lives. According to the CDC, the flu causes upwards of 45 million infections, 800,000 hospitalizations, and 60,000 deaths every year in the US. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/images/about/burden/Influenza-Chart-Infographic-high-res.jpg https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html On the other hand, according to the current mortality statistics for Covid-19, the number of daily cases and deaths are declining, and on its current projection it will barely surpass 100k deaths total in the US in 2020. Hospitals were not overrun, in many cases the field hospitals set up were later closed without even seeing a single patient. Meanwhile in Minnesota, we are tracking far better than the national average. Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/ After 3 weeks of shutdown, it's clear that the hospital system hasn't come close to scratching 10% capacity, with at most 64 ICU beds in use in MN (update: after more than 2 months, the max usage has been 233 or 33% of pre-covid19 capacity) -- Source 1: https://www.startribune.com/coronavirus-covid-19-minnesota-tracker-map-county-data/568712601/ Source 2: https://kstp.com/news/minnesota-prepares-to-create-3300-additional-hospital-beds-for-covid-19-surge-march-31-2020/5689023/ Social distancing measures' initial stated purpose was to "reduce the burden" on the healthcare system, just for a couple weeks, in order for hospitals to prepare for the surge in demand. That demand never came, and in reality, the biggest impact has been to the working hours of emergency staff, as reports show the emergency care system among the most impacted by layoffs due to lack of demand and cases. Source: https://www.insidesources.com/unexpected-consequence-of-covid-19-crisis-empty-emergency-rooms/ Social distancing was to SLOW the spread of the virus ("flatten the curve"), NOT to eliminate its spread entirely, which was always inevitable. By now, most nearly all of us will have already been exposed to the Covid-19 virus in some form, due to the essential contact with each other we still have been exchanging over many incubation cycles. If you think you will not be exposed to the virus, you are mistaken. Any benefit to be gained from social distancing will already have been exhausted due to the number of incubation cycles already passed since the initial case (January). On the positive side, most all who get exposed to the virus but do not ultimately contract Covid-19 will develop immunity -- through this, there is significant chance our "herd immunity" level is already very high. One common misconception is the impact of "essential" vs "non-essential" workers. "Essential" is defined from the perspective of an individual. From a society view, however, the "non-essential" portion of our economy makes up a very essential SIZE -- EVERYTHING in our economy is weaved together like a quilt. If you remove a strand from the quilt, it still remains in tact. But the sum of the "non-essential" pieces of the economy would easily equal at least 40% of all GDP (if not as high as 60%) -- if you pulled all that out completely, what remains will not be able to sustain the entire system, which will lead to the entire "quilt" tearing apart at the seams. From there, a "death spiral" ensues that leads to a loss of all services, essential and non-essential alike, which in turn leads to all the aforementioned calamities -- which most alive today have not lived through or experienced. The measures to contain Covid-19 have been both very strong and authoritarian, to unclear benefit, as in the end these measures do not guarantee anyone's protection from the virus. Benjamin Franklin stated correctly that a society which trades its freedoms away for a modicum of security will receive neither, and unfortunately that is the precipice we are now crossing. Unlike any impact from the virus, the cost of the governor's actions has been swift, with over 10 million Americans newly jobless. Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/02/825383525/6-6-million-file-for-unemployment-another-dismal-record With this prolonged shutdown action, we may buy a few years of life for some individuals right now, but we do so at the expense of robbing the livelihoods of nearly all in the future, and the untold number of lives that will cost as a result. It is clear from history that wars and famine will cause much more death and destruction than any virus, and this is reinforced by the 6 months of Covid-19 data we have globally, comparing all impacts. People need to stop living in fear, and courageously get back to business and way of life, for all our sakes, SOON. With proper hygiene protocol, the symptomatic and vulnerable remaining home, and herd immunity, the impact upon return to normal life will be minimal. The first step for this is for Gov. Walz to end the shutdown NOW. Please sign the petition.  

Jonathan Hanson
1,483 supporters