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Life For A Life: Mandatory Life Sentencing for Police Brutality Resulting in Death

Far too many times police brutality has got off with just a slap on the wrist while families are left to grieve the loss of a loved one at their hands.  The justice system’s protection of their own at all cost leaves civilians and especially people of color feeling not protected or served but hunted.  It’s time to put an end to this gross injustice!  This abuse of power has gone on for far too long.  As a law abiding citizen who happens to also be a black man. I personally shouldn’t have to fear that if I accidentally run a red light that I could end up dead and not make it home to my family.  We cannot and will not continue to endure such trauma at the very hands of those who swore to protect and serve.  It has happened so many times that it’s becoming the norm to see an unarmed black man killed by police and no justice being served.  The punishment of losing your job or going on administrative leave for brutally killing someone does not fit the crime.  There needs to be criminal charges brought against any officer that believes they have the power to be judge, jury, and executioner on the spot!  Even if a crime is committed or someone resist arrest that person still deserves to see their day in court. The only way we can change this narrative is by inflicting a heavy and stern punishment such as life imprisonment for those who choose to abuse their authority as Police and brutally take the lives of those in the community their called to protect and serve.  

Chris Hill
1,214,583 supporters
Petitioning Department of Justice

Police Accountability Act of 2020

During these unprecedented times we have seen lots of police brutality, especially most recognizable the one on May 25, 2020 where a Police officer murdered innocent man George Floyd. Throughout history, Police officers and Government officials have killed innocent lives and faced ZERO consequences.  “Of the 7,666 times that police officers killed people in the U.S. between 2013 and 2019... 25 (0.3%) resulted in a conviction  74 (1.0%) resulted in a charge but no conviction 7,567 (98.7%) resulted in NO charges whatsoever” The purpose of the Police Accountability Act of 2020 should be to enhance the accountability of police by: Establishing a transparent and independent committee that handles the investigation of complaints involving police members in a timely manner Reforming the criminal justice in the department of public safety to reduce police brutality and/or excess police force. One of the major concerns with the purposed Police Accountability Act is the fear that this Act may prevent the peace officers from carrying out their jobs, thereby resulting in an increase in crime rates. However, this concern is mostly irrational because the Act aims to hold people accountable ONLY when they violate people’s rights. At present, police immunity laws allow officers to get away from committing wrongdoing, including racial profiling and police brutalities. The victims of police brutality typically have to go through civil settlements, much of which is not efficient because it not only creates the issues of access to justice but also costs taxpayers and municipal insurers billions of dollar. For example, a police misconduct resulting in $1.37 million settlement in Inkster, Michigan directly forced the city to increase the property taxes in 2015. This Act would give the Justice of Department authority to bring charges against a police officer who abuse their power. This in turn would directly force police departments to impose appropriate policies/training to prevent police brutality from even occurring on the first place, thereby creating a more efficient and cost-effective strategies for enhancing the accountability of police. Helped written by: Varda Marva Malik

Sharbel Hanna
1,212,142 supporters
Petitioning Department of Justice, US State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Donald J. Trump, Justin Trudeau, Sonia LeBel, Christopher H. Smith, Ann Wagner, Marco Rubio, Jeanne Shaheen, Josh Hawley...

Shut Down Pornhub and Hold Its Executives Accountable for Aiding Trafficking

(This petition has migrated to where over 2.2 million people have signed from 192 countries.) As featured in the NY Times' "Children of Pornhub" Sign and share the petition today to SHUT DOWN PORNHUB AND HOLD ITS EXECUTIVES ACCOUNTABLE for enabling, distributing, and profiting from the child abuse, rape, sex trafficking, and criminal image-based abuse of countless victims worldwide. You can stay up to date on the progress of the petition by following #Traffickinghub founder Laila Mickelwait on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Media inquiries can be directed to If you have been victimized on Pornhub or any MindGeek owned website and want help, click here. #Traffickinghub is a decentralized global movement of individuals, survivors, organizations, and advocates from across a broad spectrum of political, faith and non-faith, economic, and ideological backgrounds, all uniting together for the single purpose of shutting down Pornhub and holding its executives accountable for enabling, distributing and profiting from rape, child abuse, sex trafficking and criminal image-based sexual abuse. The movement was founded in February, 2020 by anti-trafficking activist Laila Mickelwait. Over 600 organizations, hundreds of survivors, and millions of individuals from 192 countries have joined forces through #Traffickinghub to call for criminal and civil accountability for Pornhub and its parent company MindGeek. In a relatively short amount of time, the #Traffickinghub movement has made enormous progress thanks to the work and participation of all involved. At the beginning of 2020, with 130 million daily visits, Pornhub was the largest and most popular porn website in the world, the 10th most visited website across the Internet (more than Netflix, Amazon, or Yahoo), and the third most influential tech company on society only surpassed by Facebook and Google. They were making hundreds of millions of dollars annually, primarily by selling 4.6 billion ad impressions daily on millions of videos live on the site at any given time. By the end of 2022, thousands of media articles had been written exposing Pornhub’s involvement in monetizing sexual crime, Pornhub had taken down 80% of the entire site, totaling 10 million videos, and MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and PayPal had all cut ties with the site. Grant Thornton, Comcast-Xfinity, Roku, Heinz-Unilever joined the credit card giants in shutting down their business relationships with Pornhub and all major mainstream advertisers pulled their ads. TikTok and YouTube removed Pornhub’s accounts and Meta/Instagram permanently shut down Pornhub’s 13 million follower account. 194 victims sued Pornhub/MindGeek in 8 major individual and class action lawsuits across the United States and Canada. Lawsuit damages could potentially reach billions of dollars. Laila Mickelwait continues to lead the #Traffickinghub movement today and is determined to keep the petition open and to keep fighting for justice until the goals of the movement are accomplished. ### ORIGINAL PETITION TEXT February, 2020 In recent news there have been numerous shocking cases of sex trafficking and child rape films that were hosted on Pornhub. A 15-year-old girl who had been missing for a year was finally found after her mother was tipped off that her daughter was being featured in videos on the site — 58 such videos of her rape and sexual abuse were discovered on Pornhub.  Her trafficker, who was seen in the videos raping the child, was identified using surveillance footage of him at a 7-Eleven where he was spotted with his victim. He is now facing a felony charge. Also in recent news was the case of 22 women who were deceived and coerced by Michael Pratt, owner of GirlsDoPorn, into performing sex acts on film that were subsequently uploaded to Pornhub. These women sued GirlsDoPorn and won a $12.7 million lawsuit against the company. According to a federal indictment, Pratt and his co-conspirators produced filmed child rape and sexual abuse content and trafficked a minor. Pratt reportedly fled the United States for New Zealand and is currently wanted on a federal warrant. But there are other individuals who should also be wanted by law enforcement — CEO Feras Antoon and COO David Tassillo of Mindgeek, the company that owns Pornhub. You see, Pornhub is complicit in the trafficking of these women and minors and probably thousands more like them. Pornhub is generating millions in advertising and membership revenue with 42 billion visits and 6 million videos uploaded per year. Yet it has no system in place to verify reliably the age or consent of those featured in the pornographic content it hosts and profits from. In fact, all that is needed to upload pornography onto Pornhub is an email address. No government-issued ID is required, not even to become “verified” with its trusty blue checkmark that makes everything seem a-OK. I know this, because I tried it. It took me under 10 minutes to create a user account and upload blank test content to the site, which went live instantly. I could have then gone on to become Pornhub-verified, and all I would need to do is send a photo of myself holding a paper with my username. That’s it. It is no surprise that Pornhub admitted to verifying the trafficked 15-year-old girl who was sexually abused in 58 videos on its site. The official Twitter account for Pornhub wrote in response to the breaking story that the 15-year-old girl had been a verified member. After quickly realizing it had just admitted to assisting in her being trafficked, the account deleted the tweets, but the evidence of the admission was cached and still exists. One of the most-searched terms on Pornhub is “teen” pornography, in fact it has been a top search term on the site for years. The search will result in videos that are constantly being added faster than any individual could watch them. Many feature girls who look 13 years old at best — girls with braces, pigtails, flat chests, no makeup, extremely young faces, holding teddy bears and licking lollipops, all while being aggressively penetrated. A quick search for the word “teen” turns up titles such as “Young Girl Tricked,” “Innocent Brace Faced Tiny Teen F---ed,” “Tiny Petite Thai Teen,” “Teen Little Girl First Time,” on and on ad infinitum. Pornhub has no reliable system in place to verify that those in the videos it hosts are not trafficked children being raped on film in order to line the pockets of its executives. What all of this means is that at this very moment, there could be hundreds, if not thousands, of videos of underage sex trafficking victims on Pornhub. We already have evidence, and it is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s time to shut down super-predator site Pornhub and hold the executives behind it accountable.  

Laila Mickelwait and
1,257,905 supporters
Petitioning United States Supreme Court, Human Rights Campaign, Marco Rubio, Florida Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Ron DeSantis, Univision Communications, Federal Bureau of Investigation...

Demand Justice for Darren Rainey

The prior petition for Darren Rainey was closed due to insignificant coverage and attention. Help me resurface this case back up and demand justice for this man who was wrongly killed.  We demand justice for Darren Rainey, a nonviolent offender who was locked in a boiling hot shower for 2 hours by prison guards, leading to his excruciatingly painful death. The prison guards responsible for torturing and killing Darren Rainey must be held accountable. Taken from DailyKos article: His name was Darren Rainey and on June 23, 2012, he was boiled alive. In our country. In our name. And paid for, by us. His last known words were: “I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again.” According to reports, he screamed those words over and over and over again. And then he stopped screaming. After being removed from the shower, staff administered CPR, with one a nurse registering Rainey’s internal temperature at 102 degrees, well above the normal temperature of 98.6. The autopsy report states that 12 hours after his death, Rainey’s body still had a temperature of about 94 degrees. Darren Rainey was a 50 year old, non-violent offender serving a two year sentence for cocaine possession in Florida’s Dade Correctional Institution. He was housed in the psychiatric ward because he was schizophrenic. For reasons unknown, Rainey, a schizophrenic, had smeared feces on himself. When guards told him to clean it up, he refused. He was then hauled off and handcuffed in “the shower”. Scalding water poured over him for up to two hours. While he screamed in agony and for his life, officers reportedly taunted “how do you like your shower?”. When ‘clean up’ was called in, chunks of skin that had separated from his body were part of what remained. According to reporting, “The shower was just one tool the corrections officers used to torment prisoners in the ward, known as the transitional care unit.” Two full years after his death, no-one had been held responsible. According to a June 2014 Miami Herald report: A Herald investigation, first published in May, showed through public records and interviews by witnesses, including a nurse on duty at the time, that Rainey’s death was never properly investigated by the Department of Corrections or Miami-Dade police. Evidence also suggests that the Department of Corrections might have tried to cover up the incident. Update To The Original Diary (Published Last Year)According to the Miami Herald, four years after his death, the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s office has officially ruled what happened to Darren Rainey’s “accidental”. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s autopsy report, completed this week, concluded that Rainey died from complications of schizophrenia, heart disease and “confinement” in the shower back in June 2012, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Rainey, 50, did not suffer any burns anywhere on his body, and investigators could not conclude that the specially rigged shower was “excessively” hot the day he collapsed, the report said. Sources said the autopsy concluded that corrections officers had “no intent” to harm Rainey when they kept him in the shower for up to two hours.  Got that? A shower that was specifically rigged to scald human beings cannot be proven — years after the fact — to have contributed to Darren Rainey being boiled alive.  The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office must now decide whether to charge corrections officers with committing a crime, such as manslaughter, for locking Rainey in the shower and leaving him. A spokesman declined to comment. A federal criminal investigation is also continuing into Rainey’s death.

Jenny Illarramendi
538,471 supporters
Petitioning Joseph R. Biden, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Counter-Terrorism, Kamala D. Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Declare the “Proud Boys” a Terrorist Organization.

The Proud Boys, a radical, dangerous, racist, transphobic group were called to arms by President Trump to “Stand Back and Stand By” during the first Presidential political debate of 2020 on 9/29/2020. This was a call for National Terrorism. Within an hour this group had the slogan printed and were thrilled to be given direction by their leader. This vile group must be declared a Terrorist Organization before more deaths occur. Below is a history of the organization: The Proud Boys was formed in 2016 by VICE Media co-founder, Gavin McInnes. In an op-ed in the far-right outlet Taki’s Magazine—notorious for its regular contributors, which included white supremacist Jared Taylor—McInnes announced the foundation of the group, describing its members as “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologise [sic] for creating the modern world,” and who “long for the days when ‘girls were girls and men were men.’” According to McInnes, the Proud Boys, whose name is taken from a song in the musical Aladdin, are a response and opposition to “politically correct culture.” McInnes’ orders were “We need more violence from the Trump supporters. Choke a bitch. Choke a tranny. Get your fingers around the windpipe. Get a gun." During the last three years, the Proud Boys have established themselves as a dominant force within the alt lite. Easily recognizable, thanks to their black and yellow Fred Perry polo shirts and red Make America Great Again baseball caps, members are regulars at far-right demonstrations and Trump rallies. After several years of forging alliances with members of the Republican political establishment, the Proud Boys have carved out a niche for themselves as both a right-wing fight club and a volunteer security force for the GOP.  Despite their associations with mainstream politicians, Proud Boys’ actions and statements repeatedly land them in the company of white supremacists and right-wing extremists. Jason Kessler, the primary organizer of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, is a former Proud Boy. Several members attended the violent August 12, 2017 demonstration that ended in the death of counter-protestor Heather Heyer. During an October 2018 brawl outside the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan, for which two Proud Boys members were convicted and sentenced to substantial prison terms, and seven others pled guilty, the Proud Boys were joined by the 211 Bootboys, an ultra-nationalist and violent skinhead gang based in New York City. In October 2019, members of the Denver chapter of the Proud Boys marched with members of Patriot Front and former members of the now-defunct neo-Nazi group Traditionalist Worker Party. These relationships show the Proud Boys to be less a pro-western drinking club and more an extreme, right-wing gang. Ideologically, members subscribe to a scattershot array of libertarian and nationalist tropes, referring to themselves as anti-communist and anti-political correctness.  Please sign so we can let our government know we will not stand for such injustice!

Morissette <3
517,588 supporters
Petitioning Fairfax District Office

Justice for Natasha McKenna

Natasha Mckenna, a 37 year-old mother from Alexandria, Virginia living with mental illness, was murdered during a struggle with six police officers on February 3rd, 2015 while naked, handcuffed, and restrained. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression at age 14. The police departments involved were fully aware of her struggles with mental illness. The Virginia medical examiner's office determined that her cardiac arrest was caused by 4 uses of a stun gun. No one was charged for the death of Natasha McKenna. The officer that delivered the lethal tasering, Lt. Lucas Salzman, is still gainfully employed by Fairfax County Police Department (salary of over $120k), interacting with young community members, and even posing for photo ops with female prisoners. Sheriff Kincaid has ironically recently spoken at a League of Women Voters event on destigmatizing mental illness, but has not commented on Natasha McKenna’s death outside of the conclusion of the department’s report. We demand justice for Natasha McKenna and accountability for her murder; we condemn the failure of the Fairfax County Prosecutor's Office to bring criminal charges against Lucas Salzman and the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office. We call for the reopening of this case and a legitimate criminal investigation of the officers involved. We call for their termination. We call for the mayor and city council to address the use of unnecessary force and the violation of Natasha McKenna's Constitutional 8th Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment. We call for the reallocation of FCPD funds into training mental health professionals and social workers to provide public community services, to prevent police force against the mentally ill. We call for the public officials of Virginia that in any way contribute to the standing and funding of its police departments hold officers like those involved in this case accountable. We call for the U.S. Department of Justice to address these grievances and enact comprehensive policy for mental health calls, beyond jurisdiction of shielded and untrained police departments.

315,201 supporters
Petitioning Department of Justice


Watching the chaotic events of January 6th unfold I was speechless, in shock, the moment I’d feared the most was happening before our very eyes. People told me I overreacted on November 8, 2016 and then again January 20, 2017… clearly I wasn’t overreacting. I knew something terrible would happen by empowering this weak minded, weak charactered, weak human to be in the role of President of the United States. Initially I started this petition urging then Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th amendment to bring the circus tent down and fire the clown, instead he let America drown.  On January 12, 2021, Mike Pence made a decision to stand by the man who’s words and actions nearly got him hanged in gallows set up on Capitol Hill at the hands of fanatical terrorists in an armed insurrection with the intent of stopping the peaceful transfer of power, leaving multiple dead and hundreds injured. Pence’s cowardice will only come back to bite him, but for now Trump MUST be held accountable! The aftermath of the damage from the breach is palpable, not just physical damage but also the damage of allowing the man who tried to undo 200+ years of standards and practices that are tried and true to continue his stream of lies, lies about the election, lies about the insurrection and anything else he can use to persuade his base to do his bidding, if this egregious crime is left unchecked, January 6, 2021 will only be the first of many bloody and violent coups to claim power over America when someone doesn’t think the election went their way. Please help in signing this petition, so we can send a message to Merrick Garland and The Justice Department to urge them to take swift and decisive action against Donald J. Trump and his co-conspirators

Andrew MacDuff
333,034 supporters