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61. Stop the TSA from sexually assaulting people

I do not agree with the TSA. I do want to be safe but i think touching private areas should be off-limits. Most people are taught when they are children that if someone touches you in bad places to tell an adult immediately. But with the TSA no one will listen.

Please, join me in stopping the TSA

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62. Ask President Obama to Intervene in Haiti Now!

The human rights of Haitians are being violated by the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Haiti. Peacekeepers are raping and murdering Haitian citizens, and denying them access to the political processes of their own country.

The United States and President Obama should intervene in Haiti now to restore order and to make certain that Haitians are entitled to their full human rights as dictated by the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

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63. Petition to Stop Financial Discrimination

Today thousands of banks, lending houses and other financial organizations have access to your credit report. Of course this is reasonable. Credit reports should be used to establish or extend credit. They should NOT be used to disallow someone a job, a rented or leased apartment, or any other social or medical benefits.

Credit reports should NOT be made accessible to any and all who would use the report to discriminate against our civil rights. Such discrimination should be against the law.

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64. John Lewis debate Fenn Little. Georgia's 5th Congressional District Candidates

Members of Georgia's 5th Congressional District have a choice of candidates this year, for the first time in several decades. John Lewis, the incumbent of 24 years is opposed by Republican Candidate Fenn Little.

While Fenn Little may be an underdog with little name recognition, this does not appear to be an indicator in the support he is receiving from the constituents of this diverse district. John Lewis has refused to reply to the claims that he is a puppet of Washington Politics who is disconnected to his constituent base and their needs and priorities. He has also refused to debate Fenn Little.

If you would like to see these candidates answer the questions for the constituents themselves, PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION.

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65. Issue passports to the family of Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, Chairman of UKPNP

Despite of the fact that it's the basic right of every citizen to get passport of their nationality however Pakistani secrete agencies are interfering for the issuance of new passports to the family members of United Kashmir People's National Party's chairman Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmir.

Although, the civilian and elected Home Minister Rehman Malik has ordered to the Pakistani High Commission in Switzerland to issue passports, but the agencies are forcing High Commission not to issue the passports.

Since the passports and fee is deposited seven months ago, still this family is waiting for their passports, which is a basic and fundamental right of every citizen of Kashmir.

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66. Ban Airport Full Body Scanners for Children Under 18 As a Primary Screening Measure

My 12 year old daughter was put through an airport full body scanner without parental or adult consent. This is what has triggered my activism on this issue. There is conclusive evidence from studies done by professors at the University of California that the waves emitted from the full body scanners are concentrated solely in the skin and underlying tissue around the head and neck.

They have said that these scanners should not be used on children as they pose a risk for the development of skin cancer. In addition, these pictures are nude positive images of children not the blurred negatives that you see on the internet. The TSA has finally admitted to storing and transmitting these images. These images can be easily downloaded onto a small USB drive and downloaded onto any computer anywhere presenting the great potential for these images of children to be abused or turned into child pornography.

In 2013 these airport full body scanners will no longer be optional but will become mandatory for every person flying, including children and pregnant women. It is important that we assert our civil rights and oppose the allowance of strip searches on innocent civilians.

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67. Ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton To Demand Gay Rights in Africa as Prerequisite For U.S.A.I.D.S.

The U.S. Government provides assistance to 47 countries in Africa and spends billions upon billions to support the overall goal of transformational diplomacy "to help build sustained and well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people".

If you go to page 8 on the Department of State and U.S.A.I.D.S. High Priority Performance you will find that "Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights" is one of their top goals. I believe that Gay Rights are Human Rights. How can we spend all that money in countries that don't recognize that simple truth?

A great percent of these children we are trying to feed, educate and protect will grow in an environment that compares them to dogs and pigs. And how about the men and women that are sentenced to jail time and hard labor for consenting sexual relations with someone of the same sex?

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68. Repeal "Click it or Ticket" in Florida

Beginning, Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Florida law requires drivers and their passengers to wear their seatbelts or risk getting a ticket.

Under the new seatbelt law, a Florida law enforcement officer will have a legal right to pull over any automobile and ticket those not wearing their seatbelts. No other type of violation will be necessary for officers to make a traffic stop.

The most recent fine amount in Leon County Florida is $123.00 and varies across the state.

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69. Rights of Tenure for Boat and Houseboat Dwellers

Legislation for, the protection of boat and houseboat or floating home dwellers and their rights of tenure are urgently needed in the UK.

Over 150.000 people in Great Britain alone, live and reside full time on board their boats, houseboats or floating homes.

And yet there are no legislation in the UK to protect the rights of tenure for floating communities and their dwellers.

Travellers and Gypsies have their rights, so should boat dwellers too!

This Campaign is for the Legislation of the;

* Rights of Tenure / Housing Rights for boat or houseboat dwellers.

* Protection, security and safety for boat, houseboat and floating home dwellers and their communities.

Vogue La Galere! / Push The Boat!

Campaign Movement for the rights of tenure for boat and houseboat dwellers. Please Help and sign and spread the word. Follow twitter @domportucallis

*Thank you!*

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70. Remove the word Pornography from Australian Customs Incoming Passenger Card

The Australian Sex Party is demanding the new question that has appeared on Incoming Passenger Cards at the Customs point of entry into Australia be removed. The new question asks if they are carrying any ‘pornography’.

Sex Party President, Fiona Patten, said that this development now gave Government officials an unfettered right to examine someone’s laptop or mobile phone as they re-entered the country. A senior Customs official, Richard Janeczko, has been quoted as saying that materials “stored on electronic media devices such as laptops, thumb drives and iPhones” are on their target list.

“If you and your partner have filmed or photographed yourselves making love in an exotic destination or even taking a bath, you will have to answer ‘Yes’ to the question or you will be breaking the law”, she said. Travellers must now also declare perfectly legal materials such as Category 1 and 2 Restricted magazines, X18+ films and quite probably a large section of R18+ films which have explicit sex in them. Ms Patten said the change marked the beginning of a new era of official investigation into people’s private lives – being investigated or searched on the basis that you might have legal material in your possession.

She said that by answering YES to the new Question One on the declarations, people would then be asked whether they are declaring a weapon, illicit drugs or pornography. When they answered ‘pornography’ their materials would then be examined by one and possibly a number of Customs Officers. If people were at all embarrassed by the question, often surrounded by family and friends, they could be taken into a private room and even have their person searched.
“Is it fair that Customs officers rummage through someone’s luggage and pull out a legal men’s magazine or a lesbian journal in front of their children or their mother-in-law”, she said?

Customs’ official reasoning behind the changes states that ‘No consultation was undertaken under section 17 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 before this instrument was made as it is of a minor or machinery nature and does not substantially alter existing arrangements.’

“The term ‘pornography’ is not referred to at all in the federal Classification Act which Customs rely on to classify their material .

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71. Request to G20 for regulating the financial markets

Credit ratings are normally assigned by private Agencies on demand of the issuers. However, when the issuers and investors are very Big (for instance States) the rating Agencies play a role too big for their capacity to remain impartial. The values of such ratings has been widely questioned after the 2008 financial crisis.

Let’s read a few rows in Wikipedia : if an Agency cuts the rating of bonds issued by a State indebted on long term, this gives rise on short term to an increase of the interest applied to the bonds, that is an increase of the State financial burden. The issuer might be compelled to sell off his real estates or goods to reduce declassifying .

This is just what we saw in the last days of April 2010. After an exhausting negotiation, the Euro Countries went (April 26) on approval, together with the IMF, of a credit to Greece amounting to 45 billion Euro per year (110 billions over 3 years) at acceptable interest, in connection with an adequate commitment of the Greek government.

The day after, Standard & Poor’s declassified the Greek bonds to BB+ (Junk bonds), so these were sold in the Stock Exchanges at an interest rate not less than 10%. The greek government protested with the Agency, but it was too late.

Some days after, a new declassifying operation was repeated on bonds of Spain and Portugal. Successively Moody's recalled that also Italy and United Kingdom show public debts and annual deficits too high respect the EU standards.

After the losses suffered by the Greek bonds, some economists observed that the credit needed by Greece to avoid default will amount to about 70 billion Euro per year. This means that Greece will give back not only the 45 billions, but also other 25 billions to some creditors which speculated, thanks to a suspect rating, on a financial operation between two parties. In other words, the system of free market “regulated” by private rating agencies presents an extra cost which compels the indebted countries to return much more than the original debt.

The question arising from these facts is the same that troubled the governments during the 2008 financial crisis: Why some private Agencies have the power to trigger the financial default of the bank’s system and even of the States ?

This power is unacceptable because only the States have the democratic power to take decisions about politics and macro-economics. A solution has been immediately foreseen by EU governments through the institution of an European rating Agency. A collateral action to avoid conflict of interest between private operators, has been made by the US Senate which on May 14 established that in the emission of derivative products the choice of the rating agency pertains to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). However much work needs to be done in regulating the global financial market.

Let’s remember that two years ago many industrialised countries discovered that a great financial bubble (a US Court is just inquiring about its origin) triggered the default of banks, followed by a general economic recession centered in the G20 area.

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72. Protect Our Youth & Stop Unconstitutional Truancy in the Schools and Courts

The York City District Schools has been practicing a form of extortion by using the State to exhort money in the form of fines, from the African and Latino poor population in the community by using the threat of incarceration (which further exhorts resources from the community). The rules regarding truancy are so narrow that it almost guarantees a parent a fine or imprisonment and a child to be labeled ‘truant.’

York City District Schools are using this unconstitutional truancy policy as a means to criminalize the parents and using extortion against parents and children, rather than educating, our children. This criminalization of our parents and children encompasses the growing use of arrests, disciplinary alternative schools, and secured detention to marginalize our most at-risk youth and deny them access to education which is very punitive in nature. Truancy court hearings are in violation of the 5th and 14 Amendment of due process.

The York City District Schools, Children and Youth Services and the Magisterial District Courts are implementing an unfair, unjust, policy that is not being implemented correctly and that has been very vague from the very beginning. In addition to this unconstitutional truancy policy inflicted on the Africans and the Latino community, the communities are forced with parents issued summons and warrants incongruously and disciplinary alternative schools for students. Parents are required to dissipate hours proving that their children were in school or that doctors excuses were provided to the school and prove that the absences were inappropriately recorded. These are not isolated incidents; numerous parents have reported analogous experiences. These "mistakes" are unwarrantable.

This unconstitutional truancy policy is similar to zero-tolerance and it has been imposed on the poor African and Latino communities and it is punitive to parents and students without regard to individual circumstances. Even the American Bar Association has condemned zero-tolerance policies as inherently unjust: “zero tolerance has become a one-size-fits-all solution to all the problems that schools confront. It has redefined parents as negligent and irresponsible and students as criminals; with unfortunate consequences.

Unfortunately, most current [zero-tolerance] policies eliminate the common sense that comes with discretion and, at great cost to communities and to children and families, do little to improve school attendance.”

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73. Release the Full Sanders Shooting Independent Investigation

CITY OF AUSTIN -- WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO HIDE?

"Tell us whether or not this officer used excessive force; thus far we have not gotten a direct answer on that issue." -- Nelson Linder, NAACP-Austin

"Though the KeyPoint report itself urges transparency and accountability when the police use deadly force, the City ironically wants to keep KeyPoint's conclusions secret." -- Fox 7 Austin

Photo of shooting victim.

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74. Protect Our Youth & Stop Unconstitutional Truancy Courts

Truancy Courts Violate the Law, Threaten Parents and Children

Last fall, a 14-year-old student receiving special educational services at the local High School took the courageous step of integrating into mainstream classes. The student struggled with the assigned work, and his mother, spent countless hours in meetings with school officials working to revise the student's education plan to provide him with the support and services he needed.

According to the latest findings of the National American Civil Liberties Union in Washington DC, it is a fact that all across America there are hundreds of thousands of unconstitutional and extremely troubling practices taking place in our country's truancy courts.

Ostensibly created to support struggling students and help them stay in school, the truancy courts have instead been used to punish students who may have difficulty paying attention in class or doing their schoolwork because of special educational needs, are unable to attend school because of medical or emotional difficulties, or who have family caretaking obligations that cause them to arrive at school late.

Also troubling is the fact that the truancy courts operate under a shroud of secrecy. Truancy court hearings are conducted without any stenographic or audio recording of the proceedings, and frequently there are no formal written court orders or directives, creating the untenable situation of a parent or child's word against that of a judge. The files of the students who appear in truancy court are kept under lock and key, inaccessible even to attorneys retained to represent these youths.

This petition seeks to have it become mandatory to provide YOUTH and FAMILIES the right to appointed counsel and proper court recording.

Look at the disturbing and horrendous facts that are taking place every day in our justice system.

*Youth involved in truancy court are generally ill equipped to understand the nature of the proceedings and the charges against them. A child’s interest in receiving an appropriate education, including special education, or in being protected from discrimination at school, coupled with a child’s inability to present complex legal or factual matters to the court, may
mean that a fair result cannot be reached without appointment of counsel.
*Under federal due process, the right to counsel generally attaches only where physical liberty is at stake. In truancy cases, where youth are called on to represent themselves against the power of the state, and in some cases against their parents as well, there are factors that must require a different result. The U.S.
Supreme Court has acknowledged that whenever a person is required to resolve questions of right and obligation in a court of law – as are youth in truancy court – the court must ensure the person’s right to due process in those proceedings.

An increase to the problem arises when school districts who initiate truancy filings are not following proper policies and procedures and are employing Attendance Officers who are not abiding by the law.
In this petition we are seeking an Order to Disqualify School Representatives for Unauthorized Practice of Law.

Here are some examples of why this petition is crucial in protecting our youth and their families who are often times, wrongfully subjected to truancy filings by their school districts.
* The school representative filed an insufficient petition without regard to its pre-filing obligations and refuses to dismiss, stay or amend the petition;
*The school representative’s failure to comply with notice requirements resulted in an improper default order or issuance of a bench warrant;
*The school representative pursues contempt sanctions in spite of evidence that violations of your client’s rights under state or federal laws, such as the right to special education, bilingual education, or protection from anti-discrimination, are causing your client’s absences; or
*Other complicated legal or factual issues arise.

This petition is designed to get the attention and action by National Leaders and the President to resolve this ongoing problem.

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75. Support a Second Bill of Rights

A petition to the Congress of the United States and to the State Legislatures, by the Will of the People, to call for proper conventions of the legislative bodies of the respective member states of our great union, for the purpose of amending the articles herein to the Constitution of the United States.

Preamble

When a People, compelled by their conscience, their patriotic duty, and their ethical, and moral obligation to each other and to succeeding generations, deem it necessary to make demands of their government to alter, adopt, or abolish laws, or to effect changes in policy, Decency and Courtesy as well as a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they give just and due address to the reasons and concerns which so compel them to make such petition. Therefore, do we give, as evidence of our concerns, the reasons for this demand.

It stands to reason that throughout the course of human history, the seeds of noble ideas and philosophies have taken root in the hearts and minds of men and women, who, in the times in which they lived, did not have the benefit of experiences possessed by succeeding generations to provide greater wisdom and understanding of the values of such ideas and philosophies. Furthermore, it becomes apparent in the due course of time and events that those ideas which are held as noble and all encompassing are sometimes disregarded or dismissed all together when they ought not to be. Such has been the case with certain rights which were intended or in some cases even guaranteed throughout our nation's history.

As evidence to this undeniable fact we need only look into our nation's history concerning slavery, segregation, and our treatment of Native Americans. These are but a few examples of how our Inalienable Rights are all too often denied us. Further evidence of vulgar immoralities still persist even in our times, such as the cases of waterboarding, and other such cruel acts of torture of prisoners of war in United States custody, our disregard for the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness, concerning same sex marriages, despite our professed principles on separation of state and religion, and the tendancies possessed by some of our elected officials to act in contradiction with the Constitution of the United States, and our laws and in so doing to completely undermine the principles of our nation, the principles of international law, and our standing in the eyes of the powers of the Earth.

For these and many other reasons, it is with love for the nation and solemn duty to those most noble principles of our inalienable human rights and our responsibilities toward each other and to ourselves, upon which the foundations of our great nation were laid, that ;

We the People of the United States of America do request and require Congress to propose this second Bill of Rights, in proper conventions of the legislative assemblies of the United States, for the purpose amending the articles herein to the Constitution of the United States of America. And furthermore, it is required and recommended that the Congress establish some type of department or institution which is held accountable to both the President of the United States and to Congress, which shall see to the protection of these inalienable rights, or to charge some already existing department or institution which is already so accountable, with the same responsibilities. And that proper powers and authorities necessary to the enforcement of those duties be vested in said department.

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76. Jason Kenney must resign

The "Honourable" Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration removed all references to Same-sex marriage, and gay equality, from the new guide for New Canadians. This was done against the repeated explicit advice of his officials.

The bigotry has been exposed by dozens of newspapers and news programs in Canada -- here are two of them:

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/774193--jason-kenney-excludes-gay-rights-from-guide

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/immigration-minister-pulled-gay-rights-from-citizenship-guide-documents-show/article1486935/

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77. Gender Identity Equality At UCF

In accordance with UCF’s Non-Discrimination Policy which vows to “promote equal opportunity policies and practices” for all its students and faculty, we ask that UCF fulfill its promise to protect ALL from discrimination by incorporating gender identity into the doctrine.

To ensure a safe educational environment for all employees and students, free from harassment, UCF must include gender identity in its listing with other targeted minorities such as “race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, parental status, veteran’s status, and sexual orientation”.

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78. Human Life Amendment

(This is a sample bill drafted for Indiana.)

A Bill Rough Draft regarding AN ACT concerning Indiana Human Life Amendment:

FOR the purpose of proposing an amendment to the Indiana Bill of Rights to establish that the right not to be deprived of life is vested in all human beings, irrespective of age, health, function, physical dependency, or method of reproduction, from their conception or the beginning of their biological development; making technical changes; and submitting this amendment to the members of each of the two houses for their adoption or rejection.

BY proposing an amendment to the Indiana Constitution Bill of Rights, Article 1, Section 1

SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF Indiana, (A majority of the members elected to each of the two houses concurring), That it be proposed that the Indiana Constitution read as follows:

Bill of Rights

Article 1, Section 1

WE DECLARE, That all people [BORN AND PREBORN] are created equal; that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; [THAT THE RIGHT NOT TO BE DEPRIVED OF LIFE IS VESTED IN ALL HUMAN BEINGS, IRRESPECTIVE OF AGE, HEALTH, FUNCTION, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DEPENDENCY, OR METHOD OF REPRODUCTION, FROM THE BEGINNING OF THEIR BIOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT;]

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79. Add Disability History to Curriculum

In the United States, there are 49.7 million Americans with disabilities. As of 2000, this represents 19.3 percent of the 257.2 million civilians age 5 and older, who are not living in prisons or other institutions. 6.5 million children and youths receive special education and related services to meet their individual needs.

More and more children with disabilities are receiving education at the home school in their neighborhoods. Many of these children receive services in a segregated environment and they are often the targets of bullying.

We believe, teaching the history of the disability rights movement and about the positive impact people with disabilities have had on technology and society, in schools as part of our history curriculum and standards of learning, is necessary. Teaching the history of other diverse groups, in our school systems, has been proven to have a positive impact on the group and society, as a whole. It has taught inclusion, communication, respect and compassion.

We know, teaching our children's generation about disability history will have the same impact. Our children will learn to have respect, inclusion, communication and, compassion toward their peers with disabilities. The impact this will have on society will be far reaching.

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80. Please Promote and Support Advocacy for Cynthia Johnson!

I, Cynthia Johnson, am pleading with you all to support me in my continuous quest for advocacy and support. I have been refused constantly after explaining what happened to me. Once anyone hears that the police are involved, I get refused. Please support me!

I am still presently fighting what seems like the battle of my life. It is a battle with the criminal justice system over my being abused by a police officer, who has been lying under oath and is being supported by the local government due to his status as a police officer. I have spent thousands of dollars in legal fees and etc., have lost jobs and been refused jobs, have lost everything except my life and at one point I thought I was going to lose that also. The tangible items mean nothing to me even though I worked most of my life to obtain and maintain them. It's the intangible things that are most valuable to me. It's the things that most people take for granted such as breathing, sleeping peacefully, living without fear, and being happy. I've tried rebuilding and have been continuously struggling to clear my name and to remain out of jail. A jail sentence that could happen because I refuse to plead to probable cause. The police officer is demanding this so that I will not sue him and the city of Newark is attempting to make the same thing happen as well.

GoPetition Friends and Family, I now have seizures from a head injury that occurred while in custody. Evidence has surfaced supporting my claim that the officer arrested me to keep me from contacting Internal Affairs. They then refused to contact EMS to get medical assistance for me after I passed out in their precinct. I LAID ON THAT FLOOR FOR OVER AN HOUR! I was not having seizures before the head injury.

I am trying to make sure that all evidence is allowed to be admitted as evidence into court. My innocence will be proven with the admittance of police phone records from 9/8/08, and police videotape recordings from 9/1/08, 9/2/08, and 9/8/08 from the 4th precinct in Newark, NJ.

I am pleading with you for your assistance to help support and promote advocacy for me. In addition, to help with any donations that you can to help me continue my fight for justice!

Please visit my website: http://recoveringandrebuilding.blogspot.com/

You may contact me at nikole7@verizon.net

Professor Cynthia Johnson, MS/MFT

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81. United against the EU Directive on Equal Treatment

EU Directive on Equal Treatment
The Harassment Provision

For more information please watch this video http://www.ccfon.org/mediacentre.php?avid=266&avap=1
or go to
www.ccfon.org

Please contact your MP, MEP & the UK Equality Minister
The latter is The Rt. Hon Harriet Harman, QC,
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
email : harmanh@parliament.uk

Details to locate your MP & MEP are on www.ccfon.org

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82. Clear Criminal Record of all "Non-pros" Sentencing

Under the current guidelines a person charged with a crime and the court decides not to prosecute, the person will receive a "NONPROS" verdict. Although not a conviction, the charge will remain on their criminal record forever. This should not be the case.

If the court chooses not to prosecute or trial the case, the charges should be dismissed and have the ability to be expunged. As of now, the "NONPROS" verdict can not be expunged. I would like this law be revised and updated.

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83. STOP False and Contrived Information Against Abu-Jamal

I saw a petition on this Web Site that was against naming a New York Street after presumed cop killer Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal. He's been in jail wrongly convicted for too many years. He should have a street named after him for being slandered with Lies for So Long.

Several years ago I unexpectedly came across my 1st read of Mumia Abu-Jamal, on a Web Site. I didn't judge whether this was True or False. The second time I read about him was on my cell phone on a Blog and it mentioned a Mr. M. Shiffman. Now I have found a Blog about Mr. Michael Schiffman, who is an author in Germany and he wrote a book about Mr. Abu-Jamal and the contrived "evidence" that was made up about him. I just found Mr. Bennett's Blog talking to the author:
http://www.abu-jamal-news.com/article?name=German+Book+Reveals+New+Evidence

If you Really are concerned about Justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal you'll see that the cops harassed and threatened witnesses, so that they would lie under oath! It was a staged trial and Not a Real Deserved trial:
http://orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/asian/mumia.html

Mr. Abu-Jamal did get a street named after him after all. At the very least Why is he still in jail after a Witness as late as last Oct./08, came forward and admitted that she was harassed, so that she would be forced to lie at his trial! So he didn't kill that cop. Someone at the crime scene, over heard a cop saying the name of the person who really killed the cop. The cops also re-arranged the crime scene too!

I find it unconscionable that Mr. Abu-Jamal is still locked up! A Lot of people internationally know he's innocent because of the facts. I hope he is released.

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84. Petition to Pass HB444 Relating to Civil Unions

HB 444 HD1 is a bill to enact civil unions in Hawaii extending rights and benefits to same sex couples.

HB 444, Hawaii's Civil Union Bill, does not "take away" the rights of the majority, but extends them to a minority whose relationships and children deserve the same assurances, rights, protections, and opportunities our state is committed to giving all of its citizens.

Time is running out and your support is critical now. There's still time for you to make a difference for the families we value in our hearts, our homes, and our communities.

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85. Preserve Religious Liberty - Amend the Lanham Act

I am requesting your intervention in a legal matter that has far-reaching implications for the future of our nation’s liberty. The Creation Seventh Day Adventist movement was recently ruled against in Federal Court for "Trademark Infringement" in the name of their Church.

Currently, Federal intellectual property law under the Lanham act allows for religious organizations to apply for and receive a trademark for their church name in various classes. Class 42 may be registered in the field of “Conducting religious observances and missionary services” as evidenced by Trademark No. 1177185 of the name “Seventh-day Adventist.”

The First Amendment implications of this are enormous. The result is that the Federal Government is presently regulating religious observances and missionary services and even handing down civil judgments against those who hold them in a registered name. This is, in the truest sense, religious persecution - the Federal Government can and will rule against you for the name of your religion if you are decided by the Court to not be within it's graces. The alternative is to "give up the name" - which is identical to the demands of past ages of persecution, i.e. "Confess that you are not a [Christian/Muslim/Pagan/etc]."

In order to do this the United States Patent and Trademark Office must decide what organization is entitled to Federal protection; in this case they must decide who is the true “Seventh-day Adventist” church. In other words, they must establish one organization above all others as the one and true Church of a given type. This is in direct violation of the "Establishment" clause of the First Amendment.

Traditionally there have been two sides to the argument of what constitutes the Church – one side argues that it is organizational succession, while the other argues that it is doctrinal succession. In the situation that has arisen, the government has been placed in the undesirable and unconstitutional position of having to decide for one side of this debate and decidedly against the other. Therefore, though one may hold to the original doctrines of Seventh-day Adventism, and though the organization may no longer holds to those doctrines, it has nonetheless been established by the State as the true and only Seventh-day Adventist church.

Because the faith of some remains unchanged that they are Seventh-day Adventists in belief and practice, they cannot in good conscience deny that name and what it stands for. This has placed before them a choice that our Forefathers never envisioned for an American on his own soil; the choice between obeying our nation’s laws and obeying the dictates of our consciences.

Nor is this the first time that this matter has arisen. In Hawaii a pastor named John Marik was held in contempt of court for maintaining that he and his congregation were Seventh-day Adventists outside of the organizational umbrella. He was sentenced to fines and jail time before finally signing a settlement agreement. Similar cases have been brought around the country, such as against Raphael Perez and the Eternal Gospel Church in Florida. While few take notice of this violation of liberty today, what will happen tomorrow?

In short, if religious observances can be enforced under civil power in the name of “Seventh-day Adventist” today, what is to stop them from being regulated under the name of “Christianity,” “Islam,” or “Judaism” tomorrow? The door is opened through this "backdoor" of calling religion a business - and thus subject to State regulation - for just such a future. For some, it is already here.

The misuse of trademark law as a means for the regulation of religious observances and missionary services is a gross abuse of the fair and well-intentioned laws of our nation, and a violation of Constitutional rights. We seek for Congress to propose an amendment to the Lanham act, preventing it from being used in such a manner as to violate the “establishment” clause of the First Amendment. This is imperative not only for the freedom of the Creation Seventh Day Adventist movement, but the liberty of future generations as well.

"If the principle is once established that religion or religious observances shall be interwoven with our legislative acts, we must pursue it to its ultimatum." - U.S. Senate Report on Sunday Mails, 1829

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86. Ask President Obama to Help Musicians and Artists

The Johnny Adams Blues Organization is committed to:

* Assisting Rhythm & Blues artists in need;

* Honoring pioneering Rhythm & Blues artists;

* Educating the next generation of Rhythm & Blues fans;

* Building appreciation of Rhythm & Blues music through performances and concerts.

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87. Stop The Ammunition Accountability Act

The Ammunition Accountability Act (Alabama senate bill 541, Arizona house bill 2833, California senate bill 997, Connecticut Senate bill 603, Hawaii house bill 2392, senate bill 2020, 2076, house resolution 82-07, concurrent resolution 104-06, Illinois house bill 4258, 4259, 4269, 4349, senate bill 1095, Indiana house bill 1260, Kentucky house bill 715, Maryland house bill 517, Mississippi senate bill 2286, Missouri senate bill 1200, New Jersey assembly bill 2490, New York assembly bill 10259, 6920, 7300, senate bill 1177, 3731, Pennsylvania house bill, Rhode Island senate bill 2742, South Carolina senate bill 1259, Tennessee house bill 3245, senate bill 3395, Washington house bill 3359) is an act concerning ammunition coding. The purpose is to code and track all ammunition sold in the U.S. If passed into law, the act states that any person who manufactures handgun or assault weapon ammunition shall register with the commissioner of public safety and maintain records for a period of seven years concerning all sales, deliveries, and all other transfers of coded ammunition. In addition, any person selling coded ammunition at retail shall register with the commissioner of public safety, record the date of each sale, the name of the purchaser, the purchaser's motor vehicle operator's license number or other government issued ID card, the date of birth of the purchaser, and the unique identification code of the ammunition sold. The retailer must then maintain these records in a database for a minimum period of three years.

This system is flawed, an invasion of our privacy and unconstitutional.

1. It is an invasion of privacy to keep track of what type of rounds and how many rounds of ammunition a permitted, law abiding citizen purchases. This information should not be public knowledge unless the individual making the purchase is a criminal. This can be verified by the purchaser showing a valid state pistol permit.

2. The probability of a person obtaining someone else’s ammunition without the owner’s knowledge is far greater than obtaining control over another person’s firearm.

3. Serial numbers on ammunition can be bootlegged by criminals who know they can send an investigation in the wrong direction just by etching a fake serial number in the projectile. This can in turn incarcerate an innocent individual for a crime they did not commit.

4. This Act is an infringement on our right to bear arms. The Second Amendment clearly states “a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. This amendment was put into place to keep power with the people of the state, not the government. The government taking control over our ammunition is an indirect infringement of this right.

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88. Allow taxpayers to vote directly to reduce useless and outdated laws

We have many useless laws in effect at Federal and State levels. Every time our governments meet they pass new laws taking our rights away. The people should have to vote to put laws into effect, and how to spend our tax money, not the corrupt politicians.

Spend some of our wasted tax money setting up Polls over the internet for the people to vote on the bills and laws and let our government serve us again.

We the people want to vote before our money gets spent and our rights get taken away! This would reduce political corruptness.

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89. Support Early Voting in Pennsylvania!

There are currently 31 other states that have an early voting option for its citizens, and it has worked well to provide more equitable access to the election process. It is time for Pennsylvania to empower its citizens, too.

Early voting makes it easier to vote, and this means more people exercise their right. Research by Curtis Gans, Director of the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, shows that in the 11 states that had early voting in both 2002 and 2004, turnout increased by an aggregate average of 7.2 percentage points.

This measure will also simplify election administration for all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties by allowing more time to process ballots, lifting strain on voting systems that occurs on Election Day, eliminating serpentine election day lines, and reducing the number of poll workers needed while allowing more time for the poll workers who remain to become familiar with new or updated voting systems.

While the law currently provides protections for citizens to be excused from their work to vote on election day, for too many hard-working Pennsylvanians that is not realistic. Limited transportation, some occupations, family obligations, emergencies, or physical conditions can prevent voters from standing for an hour or more in line at their polling place on election days.

All citizens must have the opportunity to cast their ballot protected by our government.

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90. Free Rose Kabuye

Rose Kabuye one of our heroes & warrior was arrested & detained at Frankfurt airport after a French judge had issued a European arrest warrant on the 9th-11-08.
We suspect that this arrest is connected to allegations of shooting down a presidential plane in 1994.

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