Georgia State House
Georgia State House
Clemency for Ricky Winkfield
When Ricky Winkfield was 30 something years old, he was convicted of a rape he says he did not commit. I need your help to save his life.His mom paid a lawyer by the name of ms.michelle pollen who took her money and ran off with it and never helped with the case. The District attorney Hugh roach Falsified evidence with the Franklin County sheriff office. They ran dna 3 times and all 3 times it wasn’t a match and they threw red paint on the walls to make it look like real blood and the pictures of the victim they say he raped wasn’t even the victim at all it was another woman. Ricky has lived in prison Since 1998, and is held in confinement everyday. He is allowed one hour of sunlight a day, and three showers a week and eats once a day on the weekends. Every minute we wait to take action, Ricky is suffering. Every second that goes by brings Ricky closer to being unable to come home for a crime he didn’t commit. The Franklin County Sheriff Office took DNA from him Involuntarily and Tried falsifying Evidence They Put fake blood on the sheets and Walls his DNA was never found at The crime scene Ricky winkfield was at home at the time fishing with his nieces and nephews. They wouldn’t allow his nieces and nephews at the trial because they didn’t want to hear the truth coming from kids. How can u convict a innocent man and take his whole life away he has lost the opportunity to watch his nieces and nephews grow up if y’all care please sign this petition and let Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Of Lavonia Georgia know they need to go back and look at evidence.At the time of the crime for which he was convicted, Ricky was a caring young man who would help anybody in need.It is clear that Ricky’s lawyer did not adequately defend him, and that explicit racial bias played a significant role in the process.. For example: Eyewitnesses place Mr. Winkfield at his parents’ home at the time of the Rape, miles away from the crime scene. Newly-discovered evidence shows that at least one Sheriff harbored racial prejudice that influenced his vote to convict and sentence Mr. Winkfield to Life without parole.I learned about Ricky Winkfield’s story through innocence project” As a person of color and a person of faith, I knew that I couldn’t stand by while an innocent man was Serving a Life sentence without parole. I am an Georgia taxpayer and the idea that my money will be used to Keep Ricky in prison for life makes me sick. Every day an innocent man is forced to sit in confinement, awaiting his death From a life sentence Another black man sentenced to Life for a crime he says he didn’t commit. If we can save Rodney, then Ricky has a chance. Please join me and demand justice for Ricky. We demand justice right now and we will not stop until we get some justice!
Justice For William Marcus Wilson
We need your help to make sure William Marcus Wilson is given a fair trial by bringing this to national attention!William Marcus Wilson was out with his girlfriend at night in Sharpsburg, GA, when he was and his girlfriend were called racial slurs by a group of other teens. After Wilson and his girlfriend decided to leave, the teens followed, driving behind him and screaming racial slurs while playing music from the movie "The Purge." When the other group tried to drive them off the road, William fired off a warning shot, striking Haley Hutchinson, one of the people in the truck trying to run William and his girlfriend off the road. Statesboro Police Department later issued a warrant for his arrest with one charge of Felony Murder and one charge Aggravated Assault. Georgia is a Stand Your Ground state and we want to make sure that William Marcus Wilson is given a fair trial, in a case where his life was being threatened, 40 minutes south of Atlanta. None of the other individuals that incited the incident with William have been arrested, nor have they been arrested for following him after he chose to leave and following him while screaming racial slurs!Share Share Share and make sure to call the Mayor of Statesboro, Jonathan McCollar and demand that he free William immediately!
Protect Stone Mountain, and the history it holds.
There is a movement to remove the Confederate Faces from Stone Mountain. With all of the violence that has come about in recent days we must move to nonviolently protect these monuments and prosecute vandals who believe in defacing them. It is important to not be blinded by the politics and remember that HISTORY cannot be racist or a bigot but only can state facts. If we destroy part of the facts is it even history anymore? Do we wanna forget about the men and women who died. Do we wanna forget about the slaves or the Confederacy? I believe once we forget it makes it far easier to repeat our mistakes? Will you stand with me to protect this Monument, not as Republican or Democrat but as an american who is proud of what we have become considering where we have come from. We are asking that you will ensure state law enforcement resources if it becomes necessary to protect this landmark. I grew up with this Monument and would hate to see it destroyed. Thank you!
Support The Passage of Georgia's Hate Crime Bill
We are raising our voices to support the passage of Georgia House Bill 426 HATE CRIME LEGISLATION. Please sign the petition! "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. We stand together to petition the Senate Judiciary Committee to continue the execution without delay or amendment. The State of Georgia is only one of four states in the United States that does not have formal hate crime legislation. It is time for our State Leaders to stand up and declare that Georgia will stand for love and will not tolerate hate. We have made a commitment to each other, our families, our colleagues, our classmates and to our communities to stand together and stand up for love and stand against hate. As we stand together, we stand up for justice and stand against injustice. Regardless of our upbringing, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural background, country of origin or the color of our skin, we have pledged publicly and to one another that we will raise our voices and advocate for those that do not have the platform to advocate for themselves. We have pledged to use our influence and leverage our networks and platforms to ensure that every community across the state of Georgia is a place where all our citizens live in harmony, have equal protection, equal opportunity, and equal justice. Please support by adding your name and powerful voice in unison with PROJECT LIGHT. Let's support our leaders in getting it passed by end of session June 2020.
Insulin price cap in Georgia
Insulin prices for the insured and uninsured are at a record high. People often have to go without or ration their insulin, leading to complications and/or death. A cap on insulin prices in the state of Georgia will help many people who wonder how they will get the one thing that they need to live. It is not fair that big pharmaceutical companies are able to charge as much as they do for the life-sustaining drug. The same drug is available for much less across the border in Mexico. It’s the same exact product that is sold in the states, yet it is substantially cheaper. Not everyone can make a trip across the border when in need of a medication that is needed to live. Being diabetic comes with enough problems, not being able to afford the medication needed to live, should not be one of them. Diabetics that are unable to afford their insulin run the risk of many health problems. Blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, limb loss, depression, and death to name a few. This petition is not asking for free insulin. It is asking for fair pricing for medications that are needed to sustain life. Only we, the people of the United States of America can change things. Only we, are able to make our voices heard, raise awareness, and put a cap on what a diabetic has to spend monthly on a medication that they need to live and be a functional member of society.
Atlanta Spa Shooting of Asian Women is a Hate Crime
We want to make sure that Captain Jay Baker, of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office submits the shooting of 6 Asian women as a hate crime. From NBC News: At a news conference Wednesday, Capt. Jay Baker, a spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, said that Robert Aaron Long, who has been charged with eight counts of murder, "was pretty much fed up and kind of at the end of his rope" and that Tuesday "was a really bad day for him, and this is what he did." The comments were criticized as inappropriate and insensitive to the victims. Baker said Long told investigators that the attacks were not racially motivated. "He apparently has an issue, what he considers a sex addiction, and sees these locations as something that allows him to go to these places, and it's a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate," Baker told reporters. After the remarks, screenshots surfaced from a March 2020 Facebook post by Baker that promoted anti-Asian T-shirts. "Place your order while they last," Baker wrote above the photo of two T-shirts that said, "Covid 19 IMPORTED VIRUS FROM CHY-NA." Baker did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday, and the Facebook page appears to no longer be available.
Save Matthew Baker from Execution for a Crime He Didn’t Commit
Matthew Baker (pictured above) will be executed for someone else’s crime. In 2016, Matthew Hicks, Keith Gibson, Sophia Bullard, and Destiny Olinger were murdered at a party that Baker was attending. He was the only black person present. Jacob Kosky, another attendee at the party, has admitted to the murders and clarified that Baker was not involved in the killings. For more information, read this article. Kosky is not facing execution, despite his guilty plea, for claims of mental illness. But Baker, a black man, is being executed with no hard evidence against him. Where is the justice? Please help save Matthew! Sign this petition, raise awareness, contact your officials and the state of Georgia’s officials. Matthew does not deserve to die!
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!
Legalize medical marijuana, Ancient drug could save saves lives if approved
Medical marijuana is not smoked. It comes as a liquid. It is either inhaled with a vaporizer or placed under the tongue to be absorbed or in the form of a lozenge. The first method enters the blood stream the fastest but the second and third have a longer and stronger effect. Marijuana consists of two main parts, THC the hallucinogenic part of marijuana and the CDBs oils, both are important parts of medical marijuana. The main question is: what help does it provide and to whom?Nearly two decades of research have shown that marijuana can be beneficial in alleviating pain and inflammation, and symptoms associated with an array of illnesses, including: cancer’s, mitigating side effects of Chimo, PTSD, migraines, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, eating disorders, chrones, and leg cramps to name a few. And yes there are others. This drug seems to works better with less side affects then drugs currently on the market. Since it is a natural cure, it is non-patentable. A study led by Dr. Marcus A. Bachhuber, published in August 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that from 1999 to 2010, states across the country had steep increases in opioid overdose deaths. But in states where medical marijuana was legal, mortality linked to opioid use declined steadily in the years after implementation of the marijuana law -- down by almost 25 percent -- compared to states where marijuana was not legally available http://abcnews.go.com/business/story?id=2735017&page=1 The number of people that could approach normalcy by using medical marijuana is quit large. Many illnesses could be address by the use of this natural product. Epilepsy is a debilitating disease found in children. What Medical marijuana does for some children is nothing short of amazing. Let me pass along a factual story from a neurologist. He started using the drug for medical purposes on 10 children that were being treated with mainline drugs for epilepsy. They were still each subject to up to 100 seizures a day. Once they were put on marijuana marijuana therapy the seizures reduced in 6 of the children to ZERO a day, thats right ZERO a day. First hand knowledge. People with Parkinson’s (like me) also find that the use of medical marijuana can change their life. It significantly reduces involuntary movements associated with Parkinsons’, reducing the need to stronger pills. It improves depression, it increases appetite, it aids in sleep and it overall reduces pain and inflammation in joints allowing the person much more freedom of movement. All this from a small amount of medical marijuana taken at bedtime. Remember this is factual account. This does not mean it will help everyone! You MUST contact your Dr. for advice and direction on any medication you take. The following link with Michael J, Fox is worth a million words https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_xpi8-WbJs&t=25s The list is quite long. Governments say is it not been tested. So test it! But in reality is has been tested for years. What we need: The US congress and Senate to approve the legalization the is of medical marijuana. This will pave the way for states to legalize medical marijuana. We have three things we need to do.1.We have got to change the classification of the drug so it can be sent across lines2.This change will allow states to conduct clinical trials on the med which are way overdue3. Change Ga law to allow for growth and production4. Set up controls and taxes to fund this ( it will be a massive influx of tax revenue to the state)Millions of people in the US will be helped or cured by this legalization. Tax it, control it vigorously, allow only certified doctors to prescribe it! It could change YOUR life for the better. Not to mention ease our national debt by trillions.
Addiction & Mental Health Recovery Centers Save Lives! Don’t let Georgia cut the Budget!
Peer lead Recovery Support has an enormous impact in the state of Georgia for those suffering from substance use disorders . Recovery Community organizations all across Georgia bridge the gap between medical institutions, law enforcement, human service agencies and judicial systems. They provide a cost effective solution to hold space for individuals entering or reentering recovery. As a woman in long term recovery ( 14 years) I realize how vital these peer driven services are. Our center serves Women leaving the sex trade, survivors of trafficking and individuals overcoming addiction. 23 years ago when I escaped the sex trade there was no such thing as peer lead organizations or a recovery movement. Where will we be if we turn back the hands of time 20 years...in the midst of a Pandemic?? Our partners that have founded other Recovery Centers are also people in long term, successful recovery with equally powerful stories of redemption. If the proposed state budget cuts pass, the state will pay for it ten fold on the back end of COVID-19 and there will certainly be casualties along the way. Vote “No” to the proposed 4 million dollar shut down of Addiction Recovery Centers and the other vital, life saving services connected to peer lead services in the mental health and substance abuse space.