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    Your Vote can Help the Missing and Unidentified

    Hello,

    Most of you have heard of our Campaign for the Missing, a state by state effort to pass legislation which would positively impact how missing and unidentified deceased person cases are handled. (http://www.projectjason.org/legislation.html)

    We’ve been successful mentoring volunteers with the passage of legislation in 6 states, with several more active. These efforts will continue on.

    I recently learned of an effort called Ideas for Change in America. This is a is a citizen-driven project that aims to identify and create momentum around the best ideas for how the 111th Congress can turn the broad call for "change" across the country into specific policies. The project is nonpartisan, and is not connected to the Obama Administration.

    In this effort, the top 10 rated ideas will be presented to the Obama Administration on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009 as the "Top 10 Ideas for America." The sponsor organization, Change.org, will then launch a national campaign behind each idea and mobilize the collective energy of a selected and related nonprofit, the millions of members of Change.org, MySpace, and partner organizations to ensure that each winning idea gets the full consideration of the Obama Administration and Members of Congress.

    The "Top 10 Ideas for America" will be determined through two rounds of voting. In the first round, ideas will compete against other ideas in the same issue category. The first round will end on December 31, 2008, and the top 3 rated ideas from each category will make it into the second round. The second round of voting will begin on Monday, January 5, and each qualifying idea will compete against the qualifying ideas from all other categories. Second round voting will end on Thursday, January 15.

    I have submitted “Establish National Protocol in Missing and Unidentified Person Cases” for consideration. It is now on the website and votes can be placed. It is listed in the Criminal Justice category.
    http://www.change.org/ideas/view/est...d_person_cases

    As you can see by the posted information and link to the protocol, this is the 2008 revision of the Campaign for the Missing legislation. While we have never pursued federal passage, this seemed like a good opportunity to make an attempt, or at least bring attention to our plight if nothing more.

    Education is important, with so many not having awareness of the situation as it exists, and what those of us who live with this experience daily. If we do not try, nothing will be accomplished, that is a certainty.

    What I ask of you is your vote. It’s as easy as clicking on the link above, and then on the Vote button to your left. (Registration is required, but it is simple and fast.) There is also a widget you can copy and place on your website, blog, Facebook, or MySpace page. It will, however, take more than your vote. It will take you forwarding the link to your friends and family, and asking them to vote. It will take many of you adding the widget to your page.

    My son, and thousands upon thousands of other sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, etc, might be an unidentified body lying in a morgue waiting to be buried or cremated without DNA analysis done. When that happens, and it may already have, my family may never have the answers we desire. We need to put a halt to this tragedy on top of tragedy and take whatever steps are necessary to ensure everything that can be done in these cases is done. (There is much more to it than DNA, but that is one of many key elements.)

    Please vote, and forward this notification via email to everyone in your address book.

    Collectively, we are the voice for the missing, speaking for those who are not among us but who are forever in our hearts.

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    www.projectjason.org
    Help us find the missing: Become an AAN Member
    http://www.projectjason.org/awareness.html

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    It's very sad, but we've fallen to 7th now, with 3 Legalize Marijuana ideas in front of ours, which makes no sense. (Why 3!!??)

    This will require the efforts of more than a few, and to help out, we now have some very easy to follow instructions for those who might have tried to vote, but had problems.

    Click here to read the instructions:
    http://www.projectjason.org/forums/i...8.msg27890#new

    Thank you!

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    www.projectjason.org
    Help us find the missing: Become an AAN Member
    http://www.projectjason.org/awareness.html

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    UCFAlumni2002 is offline Jennifer Kesse- Missing over 8 years- www.findjenniferkesse.com
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    I was able to vote and believe strongly in this. Helping to get the Jennifer Kesse and Tiffany Sessions Missing Persons Act passed in the state of Florida in the 2008 Legislative Session was beyond rewarding.
    Help Find Missing Jennifer Kesse
    www.findjenniferkesse.com
    REWARD
    CRIMELINE: 1-800-423-TIPS(8477)

    Check out the Facebook Page and Twitter Page for Jenn

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    Thank you so much!

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    It is hard to know what to say. We have failed at this initiative.

    It was a good opportunity for us to make the silenced voices heard; the voices of our missing loved ones. I appreciate greatly all of you who took this to heart, pitched in, and worked hard to be heard. Your encouraging comments, efforts, and determination will not be forgotten.

    Failure is no stranger to many of us. What is important to remember is that success is often born of failure. Thomas Edison had hundreds of unsuccessful attempts to invent the light bulb, but he kept trying, and each time, he came closer to the right combination of elements. As we all know, he was successful.

    Project Jason was born because we failed to pass a state law after two years, so we started the organization which bears our missing son's name. We went back to the state a third time, and we passed our law!

    Working together, we will pass needed laws to aid in the search for those whom we love and won't forget. Every day is a new opportunity to succeed. Perhaps some of you might work on passing this on a state level through our Campaign for the Missing. There will also be efforts done at federal level.

    I can give you a one word reason why we will succeed: LOVE

    We love those who are not with us, but will be forever in our hearts. Our love gives us the strength to go on, even in the face of numerous obstacles. That love is a committed love, and just as love never dies, neither will these efforts to do what we must. We will perservere.

    2009 is a new year in which to take action and make a difference. Each day brings us one day closer to the answers we seek, and one day closer to putting solutions in place for the future. We'll make it happen.

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski

    Campaign for the Missing:
    http://www.projectjason.org/legislation.html



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