Alabama State Senate
Alabama State Senate
Justice for Lakeith Smith and A’Donte Washington!
Lakeith Smith, now 20, was charged with the murder of his friend, A’Donte Washington when he was only 15— a crime he did not commit. A'donte died at the hands of a policeman, after the police fired 4 rounds into him - and he currently walks free. Smith, Washington, and a few other boys were participating in two break-ins of Millbrook homes in 2015. When authorities were called, there was a alleged shoot-out between Washington and the unnamed officer. Lakeith, the one charged, was found described as “scared” and “hidden.” Ultimately, A’Donte Washington was shot and killed by the officer. Despite Lakeith not having any participation in the shoot-out, under Alabama's accomplice liability law that states, Smith and the other three men participating in the break-ins were found liable for the death of Washington. He was tried as an adult and was sentenced to 65 years in prison (which only recently got reduced to 55). The unnamed police officer who fired four shots into Washington walked free and remains anonymous. Smith did not participate in the act that ended A’Donte Washington’s life. Both men need their justice!
Remove Selma’s KKK Memorialization: Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge
Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Movement marched through Selma and over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The marches across the bridge led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and today the bridge is a symbol of nonviolent victory for change! Unfortunately, the bridge is STILL named after a man who served as Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan, was a Confederate General, and was later elected as a United States Senator. The bridge was the site of “Bloody Sunday”. On March 7, 1965, hundreds of nonviolent protesters attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for their right to vote. But as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were met by Alabama state troopers and deputized civilians who were armed with billy clubs, tear gas, and cattle prods and attacked the marchers and drove them back to Brown Chapel Church. How could a landmark that holds so much significance for the civil rights movement be named after a man who not only supported slavery, but held one of the highest positions within the Ku Klux Klan? It's time for the state of Alabama, the city of Selma, and the National Park Service to remove a KKK leader's name from the historic bridge. Selma and the Voting Rights Movement altered the course of history forever, and Selma has done too much for this country to remain unchanged. Selma is currently 80% African American, with a black mayor and majority African American local city officials. The name Edmund Pettus is far from what the city of Selma should honor. Let’s change the image of the bridge from hatred and rename it to memorialize hope and progress. Please sign our petition calling on Selma and Alabama leaders and the National Park Service to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Shut down McKamey Manor
mckamey manor. Advertised as “an extreme haunt” when in fact it is NOT a haunted house. It’s a torture chamber under disguise. Reportedly, they do screenings to find the weakest, most easily manipulated people to do the 'haunt.' It’s reported that if russ doesnt think you're easily manipulated, you arent allowed to go. he uses loopholes to get out of being arrested. Previously no safe word was allowed, he changed that but there’s been reports that the torture continues even when people repeat their safeword for several minutes. One man was tortured so badly he passed out multiple times, workers only stopped because they thought they had killed him. His 40 page waiver uses the word “libel” instead of “liable” constantly, pretty much making it void. But in reality signing waivers literally means nothing (many reddit posts about it with actual lawyers saying you are legally allowed to revoke yourself at any time -- but russ doesnt allow that as seen in his “waiver”) it is seriously just torture porn. mckamey manor is a shame to all haunted houses, & needs to be shut down. people don't pay money to get in, which is technically the loophole - that they're "doing it for fun" (& its not fun after about 10 minutes of getting duct tape wrapped around your head, forced to eat things, be waterboarded & forced underwater.) There’s been reports of sexual assault at the manor. There’s reports that he hires workers with violent histories & sex offenders. There’s reports that he uses needles to inject people with drugs, forces them to ingest pills/questionable items to force hallucinations also. russ repeatedly says “it’s all smoke & mirrors”, then why are people leaving with fractured bones, mental trauma, & covered in bruises accompanied by facial swelling? heres a good reddit post about it https://www.reddit.com/r/horror/comments/82f50v/recently_watch_haunters_the_art_of_the_scare_and/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share its literally just a kidnapping & torture house. Some people have had to seek professional psychiatric help & medical care for extensive injuries. I propose that all locations where this is happening be shut down immediately.
Youth Against the Alabama Human Life Protection Act
AHLPA, better known as the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, was recently signed into law by our Governor Kay Ivey. On Twitter, she proclaimed that "...this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God." These are the drastic changes being made in our state regarding abortion due to AHLPA: 1. “This bill would make abortion and attempted abortion felony offenses except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother.” There are NO EXEMPTIONS FOR RAPE OR INCEST. 2.“Section 6. (a) An abortion performed in violation of this act is a Class A felony.” A Class A felony in Alabama can see those found guilty in jail for NO LESS THAN TEN, AND UP TO NINETY-NINE.*. 3. “(b) An attempted abortion performed in violation of this act is a Class C felony.” A Class C felony in Alabama can see those found guilty in jail for NO LESS THAN TWO, AND UP TO TWENTY YEARS.* *According to https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/criminal-defense/felony-offense/alabama-felony-class.htm 4. “Section 8. The construction of existing statutes and regulations that regulate or recognize abortion in Alabama that are in conflict with or antagonistic to this act shall be repealed as null and void and shall recognize the prohibition of abortion as provided in this act. If this act is challenged and enjoined pending a final judicial decision, the existing statutes and regulations that regulate or recognize abortion shall remain in effect during that time.” You can read the full bill for yourself here: https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/alabama-abortion-ban-passes-read-the-bill.html The passage of this act by the Alabama government is a gross infringement on the rights of millions of women. In the Roe v. Wade Case of 1973, the Supreme Court “found [abortions] to be implicit in the liberty guarantee of the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (“…nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”). In the case of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992), the Supreme Court “established that restrictions on abortion are unconstitutional if they place an ‘undue burden’ on a woman seeking an abortion before the fetus is viable.” You can learn more about these cases here: https://www.britannica.com/event/Roe-v-Wadehttps://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/abortion/roe-v-wadehttps://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/505/833 Women are being stripped of the rights to dictate what happens with their own bodies. Safe abortions for ALL women in the U.S. is a constitutional right that must be upheld, and this law is a direct attack on that idea, and women themselves. There is no reason why, in a nation that is founded on the ideas of freedom, that women cannot choose WHAT to do with their bodies and WHEN. Kate Ivey is abusing her power and attacking American ideals by passing this legislation. Our government stands to protect and uphold the values of the Constitution, which includes women’s rights to safe abortion and control over their reproductive systems. As a young woman nearing adulthood, I will not tolerate this violation upon women's rights as citizens of this country. I call on all of my fellow youth to take a stand against AHLPA. Being able to have access to safe abortions and related procedures is a necessity for many women, and here in the U.S., there is no reason for our sex to be barred from making such an intimate decision. We are a developed nation that prides itself on our rights and freedoms. Access to safe abortion should not be jeopardized in this day and age. It is a fact that women will still seek out abortions even after the passing of this bill. Women will be forced to spend more unnecessary time, energy, and hardships seeking out safe procedures that SHOULD BE AVAILABLE HERE. It is also a fact that nations without legalized, safe, abortion options have similar abortion rates as nations that have legal/safe options, but more of these women end up suffering with long term injuries/dying due to unsafe alternatives. Including religion into this narrative is unnecessary and irrelevant and only draws away from the fact that we are being attacked and stripped of our rights. Women are free thinking American citizens who have a right to our reproductive systems, and will CHOOSE what goes on with our bodies. This petition is serves as a way for our voices to be heard by our government. We may be too young to vote now, but before you know it, we WILL be heading to the polls (and perhaps running for office ourselves). We want Alabama to know that we will not stand for this blatant abuse of power that targets women and their ability to choose what happens to their OWN, INDEPENDENT bodies. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://www.guttmacher.org/united-states/abortion - Guttmacher Institutehttps://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/ - Planned Parenthoodhttps://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alabama-governor-signs-controversial-abortion-ban-bill-law-n1006211 - News on the passge of AHLPA by NBC Newshttp://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/abortion/upload/Summary-of-Roe-v-Wade-and-Other-Key-Abortion-Cases.pdf - Summary of Supreme Court rulings on abortion https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/us/abortion-laws-states.html - New York TImes article on current U.S. abortion bans
Enact The Dana Fletcher Bill, making body cam footage PUBLIC RECORD
There is an ever growing need for COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY from public officials. There are countless cases where the rights of citizens have been violated without ACCOUNTABILITY. Exercising your rights should not result in being harassed, abused or murdered. Because of a lack of COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY by public officials, many questions go unanswered about Dana Fletcher's case and MANY others. Public officials generally answer to the public but all too often we are given shifting stories, partial and misleading information and arrogant apathy to our expectations as citizens regarding our rights. If this problem continues to be ignored by not enacting proper legislation that regulates body camera recordings and makes them public record, community trust and confidence in our public officials will continue to rapidly diminish and be tremendously difficult to regain. Making body camera recordings public record would allow the community the COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY it deserves and provide unbiased, third party witness to an incident, whereby ACCOUNTABILITY can be properly held. Enacting The Dana Fletcher Bill in Alabama will make COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY a standard for all citizens of the state. *******CALL TO ACTION: PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION IN SUPPORT OF ENACTING THE DANA FLETCHER BILL WITHIN THE STATE OF ALABAMA. A few highlights from The Dana Fletcher Bill: The Dana Fletcher Bill states that body camera recordings are public record and that footage can be released to the public with consent of the subject of the video or their representative. The Dana Fletcher Bill also states that a subject, next of kin of a subject, parent of a minor or legal rep. of a deceased subject of the body cam recordings have a right, upon written request, to inspect/view the footage and the law enforcement agency has 30 days to provide access for viewing it. The Dana Fletcher Bill states that should any law enforcement officer, employee, or agent fail to adhere to the recording or retention requirements contained within the bill, intentionally interfere with a body camera’s ability to accurately capture video footage, or otherwise manipulate, mutilate, conceal, remove or edit the video footage captured by a body camera during or after its operation, with intent to impair its use, verity or availability, they commit the crime of tampering with physical evidence as defined in Section 13A-129, which is a Class A misdemeanor. Link to review the complete draft of The Dana Fletcher Bill: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dW0Sm_4gl--x8srVPlD5q--zWkz0kpiDQanW0HSP9IE/edit?usp=sharing More information on Dana Fletcher's case: https://www.facebook.com/DanaSFletcher
Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!
I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!
Tina's Law: Domestic Violence Offender Registry
On the morning of November 24th 2017, Tina Stewart was brutally murdered by her boyfriend. Tina's boyfriend beat her to death; beating her to the point that he broke both of his own hands. On the day of court the judge stated, "This individual has a history with violence and why wasn't this known?". It was at the moment, Don Estes, Tina's Uncle, made a promise to his niece, he would do everything in his power to change the law so there wouldn't be a next time that a judge, girlfriend, boyfriend, or anyone have the need to ask why they weren't aware of someone's violent history. It's time to make a difference. It's time to take a stand. And, it's time to change the law! We have a registry for sex offenders and we even have a registry for animal cruelty across the country. Why do we not have one for individuals that are abusing men, women, and children? Tina's Law would require any person with a history of domestic violence, violent offenders, and individuals with Protection Orders Against them to be registered; similar to sex offenders. We need to hold these individuals accountable for their actions. Making this change in the law across all states would prevent someone that's been charged (as mentioned above) from moving to another state and starting over, as if they've never been convicted of a crime. This would be a national registry so hiding or moving to another state is not going to keep anyone from knowing their history with violence. If you're convicted of domestic violence, you will go on the registry. If Tina had known about her boyfriend's violent history, she would have never gone out with him. This law will save lives! We need your help by taking a stand with us to change the law. We're not only asking you to sign the petition, we're asking you to also share the petition and help us with making a change.
Leave school calendar decisions at the local level in Alabama.
There is currently a movement in the Alabama Legislature to propose a bill that would mandate a standardized calendar for all public schools. The proposed plan would require all public schools in the state to run from Labor Day to Memorial Day. This change has been proposed to increase tourism revenue in the state. This idea takes all autonomy away from local school systems and makes it much more difficult for school systems to do what they feel is best for their students, staff, and stakeholders. It will drive students into private and charter schools due to the burdens on time these proposed calendars would place on families. Please join with us to send the Legislature a clear message that this type of plan is not needed or wanted in Alabama and that it will fix none of the problems we face in our schools today! Sign our petition and help us keep control of school calendars local, where that control belongs!