Minnesota State Senate
Minnesota State Senate
The Minneapolis Police Officers to be charged for murder after killing innocent black man
Monday May 25. 2020 Minneapolis PD murdered an African American man who was unarmed and not dangerous. This whole incident makes me sick. The power that comes with the PD is old news. It's 2020 and we still have racist police officers murdering innocent civilians. This is bull sh*t. I don't care if the officer were to be red, blue, yellow, black, or purple. The man murdered another human being for no reason. He was getting some sick satisfaction of crushing this man's neck. He sat there crushing his neck cutting off his air passages. The man started bleeding from his nose before going unconscious. The Police Department remained completely unphased by it. One officer checked his pulse after the man went unconscious. At this point the man was gone. He was murdered for what reason? This was no medical condition. And even If the man had any medical condition whatsoever he would still be alive today had this officer not spent over 15 minutes crushing his throat. The man was NOT fighting back at this point. Everything was under control. Yet the officer continued using excessive force. I ask the you [we] the people stand up to the Minneapolis Police Department. Both officers are to be charged with murder and to be sentenced to the highest possible amount of time in Federal prison. Enough is enough!!! No more white privileges. No more police privileges. This is beyond old!!!! "My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. … (I need) water or something. Please. Please. I can't breathe, officer. … I cannot breathe. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/video-shows-minneapolis-cop-with-knee-on-neck-of-motionless-moaning-man-he-later-died/
Ban Gay Conversion Therapy
Twelve states have moved to ban "ex-gay therapy" for young people -- dangerous "therapy" that tries to change someone's sexual orientation. "Ex-gay therapy" has been linked to suicide, depression, isolation and anxiety, and has been condemned by nearly every medical and psychological body as dangerous, destructive and something no child should be forced to undergo. And yet in 38 states -- including states like New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Ohio -- "ex-gay therapy" remains a practice that's largely legal under the law. But there is national momentum as more and more states move to ban "ex-gay therapy" and protect minors from attempts to "cure" them of their sexual orientation. Hawaii just became the 12th state to ban "ex-gay therapy," and New Hampshire and Delaware are close to following suit. They join states like California, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Oregon. That's nearly 25% of the country! But it's not enough. LGBT kids are still facing dangerous "ex-gay therapy" attempts in more than 30 states around the country. All these states have seen bills introduced to ban "ex-gay therapy". New York -- which touts itself as one of the most LGBT-friendly states in the country -- has seen legislation pass the State Assembly three times; Pennsylvania has had a bill introduced several times; Ohio now has a bill as well that legislators are pushing; and activists in Minnesota have been pushing for a ban on "ex-gay therapy" programs for years. Let's build on this national organizing momentum, and work to get these states added to the list of states stepping up to protect LGBT youth, and banning harmful "ex-gay therapy" that tries to "cure" LGBT people and change their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Murder charges for Minneapolis police officers(4) that caused the death of George Floyd
George Floyd was murdered on (Monday) March 25, 2020. Despite his (Floyd) cries for help, officer Derek Chauvin, continued to press down on the back of his neck with his knee, while his fellow officers watched. Bystanders also made it clear that Floyd was asking for help and later became unresponsive. This blatant disregard for human life should not be taken lightly. We call for the arrest and prosecution of not only officer Derek Chauvin but the three other officers who sat around doing nothing while this atrocity took place.
We Are People, demand drastic action to stop police killing.
It's becoming overbearing for Black and Brown people to walk down any street in America without being killed. There is no accountability when a life is taken at the hands of a peace officer. Just recently, the world has witnessed a police officer put his knee in the back of the neck of a handcuffed person. This act cost this man his life; these acts are all too familiar with little to no justice being served. It's time that standards be restored! We, the people, are calling on you to act, be the voice. We are asking for all racially motivated killings to be handled by an outside unit, we are calling for a special counsel for all police-involved killings. Police killings where the murder was malicious that involved officer charged as a federal hate crime. There needs to be an overhaul to police training manuals, officers who receive complaints of excessive force be monitor. There needs to be a mandate that all body cams are running at all times and penalties for them being off. Blacks live continued to be taken like it's haunting season. Black and Brown people's contribution to America can't be disputed, nor shall the suffering of ancestors be in vain. We are asking for supporting to ensure the safety of all Americans; especially the endangers ones.
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!
RAISE DEREK’S CHAUVIN’S CHARGE FROM 2nd DEGREE TO 1st DEGREE MURDER.
George Floyd was brutally murdered whilst begging for his life by ex-officer and murderer Derek Chauvin on camera on May 25, 2020. The video became viral on Facebook and reminded countless of us that racism is unfortunately still alive and well. Even though Floyd was handcuffed and 100% compliant with these 4 officers, Derek Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s carotid artery for more than 8 minutes until he could no longer take a breath, murdering him. Throughout this heinous act, Floyd stayed complicit on the ground, simply begging for his mother and told the officers he could not breathe MORE than 14 times. Derek Chauvin (the one who directly murdered Floyd), Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng must be INDICTED FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER and receive the max sentence of life in prison for taking Floyd’s innocent life away. While Derek has been arrested, he received charges of 3rd degree murder, which got raised to 2nd degree murder. Due to his brutality, we believe he should be charged for FIRST DEGREE MURDER.
Make Larpenteur Avenue Philando Castile Memorial Ave.
Please sign the petition to name Larpentuer ave Philando Castile’s Memorial Ave ! On July 6th 2016 Philando Castile was killed by a police officer, followed 2 miles from highway 280 to larpentuer & fry ave then being fatally shot five times after being stopped for a broken tail light. After the death of Philando many community members poured out their love and support by creating a memorial space on larpentuer for Philando and we feel it would be helpful to our healing by dedicating the street he died on in the state he loved by renaming the intersection Philando Castile’s Memorial Ave. Philando was a humanitarian who loved his community, he worked for the Saint Paul school district for over 11 years , he served lunch to over 500 students who he loved and adored .
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 fo