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Petitioning Tate Reeves, Mississippi State Senate, Mississippi State House, Mississippi Governor, Mississippi Parole Board, FAMM , ACLU, EmpowerMS

Free Kendall Martin-Serving 60yrs for Marijuana Possession in Mississippi DOC!!!

Kendall Martin was sentenced to 60 years for possession of marijuana without the possibility of parole in Brandon, Mississippi on March 4, 2015. He is a non violent offender and has the lowest classification score possible as an inmate because of his good behavior. He was sentenced to a mandatory minimum under Mississippi's habitual offender laws. Mississippi’s habitual offender laws are some of the harshest in the country, for nonviolent offenses they restrict an inmate from parole eligibility or earned time credits. Kendall's case has already been to the supreme court and is awaiting appeal. To clarify Kendall has never been convicted of anything violent and his sentence equates to a life sentence!!! He should not die in a Mississippi prison for a non violent offense and for marijuana which is now becoming legal in many states including Mississippi!!!! He was given more time than murderers and rapists. He is not a danger to the community and deserves a chance to reenter society. He is loved by so many and has a strong support system. He should be granted mercy. The Governor of Mississippi has made it public that he is not even looking at clemency cases and those have been passed to the Mississippi parole board. The Mississippi Parole Board has verified that Clemency applications are just stacked there until the Governor Tate Reeves orders those looked at. We are asking Kendall be granted Clemency! We are asking that mandatory minimum laws change in Mississippi so that those that are not a danger to the community can reenter society and have a chance to be productive members of society. Let's stand strong together and bring him home to his mom and daughter and those that love him!!! Please sign our petition to Free Kendall Martin!! Join our group on Facebook and please share!!!   

Free Kendall Martin
40,412 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Phil Bryant

Remove the Confederate Symbol from the Mississippi Flag

At least 581 people have been lynched in the state of Mississippi throughout U.S. history, the vast majority of whom were hung because of one thing: they were black. This history is troubling enough, but it’s even more so when you see Mississippi’s junior Senator, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, making a joke this month at a political fundraiser where she laughs about how if one of her donors invited her, “she’d attend a public hanging.” The comment drew sharp responses from voters on the left and the right, noting that Sen. Hyde-Smith’s opponent is an African American. But Sen. Hyde-Smith has yet to apologize. This kind of language would be unacceptable in so many places around the country. But not yet in Mississippi, my home state, where one of the most violent and destructive symbols in all of American history -- the Confederate emblem -- still adorns our state flag. It’s time to say enough is enough. Join me in calling on Mississippi to remove the Confederate symbol from its state flag. Over the last few years we’ve seen so many communities come to terms with the racist and shameful legacy of the Confederacy, and pull their support of this symbol which for so many people represents the violence and hatred that led to hundreds of “public hangings” all around the South. South Carolina’s government stopped displaying the Confederate symbol; cities around Mississippi, including tourism-friendly places like Biloxi, have also stopped flying our state flag because it bears the Confederate emblem. Even a judge in Mississippi over the last month removed the Mississippi State Flag from his courtroom because he felt the Confederate symbol sent the message that not everyone was welcome or equal in his court. The Confederate symbol in our state flag is a dying, hate-filled relic, and it’s time for a change. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s comments are appalling and show a complete lack of understanding at the race-based violence so many people in Mississippi have faced for the last 150 years. But her comments are just a symptom of a larger issue in our state that stems directly from the tolerance, acceptance and celebration of the Confederate symbol in our state flag. A symbol that for so many years has been championed by those who want to hurt, minimize, humiliate, and enslave an entire population of people. I'm proud to call Mississippi my home state, but I know that it not only can do better -- it needs to do better. Now is the moment to show Mississippi and the rest of the country that hateful symbols have no place in our politics. Let’s send a message now to Mississippi lawmakers that the historic emblem that normalizes so much violence toward people has no place in our State Flag. Join me in calling on Mississippi lawmakers to remove the Confederate symbol from our flag.

Aunjanue Ellis
39,165 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

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!

Jenifer Bass
34,401 supporters
Petitioning Mississippi State Senate, Mississippi State House

STOP THE TRANSGENDER 21 ACT!

In a potential first, Mississippi is attempting to prevent anyone from receiving transition-related healthcare if they are under the age of 21. That would restrict trans people from accessing potentially life-altering treatment, potentially longer than they are restricted from voting, consuming alcohol, or marriage. State Senator Angela Burks Hill (R) has proposed what is called the “Transgender 21 Act,” which would “prohibit certain medical procedures from being performed upon a minor” and penalizing anyone that tries to advocate for trans youth to seek healthcare-related to their identity, even if it is non-surgical or non-hormonal. Under the “Transgender 21 Act,” trans youth would not be able to seek gender-affirming care, and medical professionals could be punished for even bringing up their gender identity without the consult and express permission of a trans youth’s parents or guardians. It would also make it legally required for medical professionals to out trans youth if they try to receive treatment related to their gender identity, or face civil punishment. State employees are also barred from trying to protect trans youth’s gender identity. The bill’s purpose is to prevent anything medical that would “address a discordance between an individual’s sex and sense of identity.” The proposal says that people under 21 should not receive gender-affirming care because they “are incapable of comprehending the negative implications and life-altering difficulties” of their decisions. The act, as proposed based on its 200-word title, would provide “a good-faith exception for a minor born with a medically verifiable genetic disorder of sexual development.” If a person under 21 is intersex, has “external biological sex characteristics that are ambiguous and irresolvable,” or a specific chromosomal makeup, they would be allowed to receive medical treatment — presuming they would undergo a medical examination to “medically” verify their identity or a test to determine they do “not have the normal sex chromosome structure.” It would also allow cisgender people to still receive breast enhancements or reductions as minors or teenagers while restricting other gender-specific treatment. But it would “prohibit the state, its agents, and political subdivision” from “infringing” on parents’ rights to decide whether or not to block their children from receiving any treatment related to being transgender, gender non-conforming, or having “gender dysphoria.” Surgeries and hormonal treatment would be banned for people under 21 altogether. The proposal, if passed, would also protect so-called “conversion therapy” or similar “guidance,” and ban or penalize anyone that tries “taking adverse action” against “counsel” that is “consistent with conscience or religious belief… whether or not the counsel… is described as therapy.” The ban on getting gender-affirming hormones or surgery until someone turns 21 would be longer than most other age-based restrictions in the state. Youth in Mississippi can enlist in the military at age 17, get cosmetic surgery and own a gun at age 18, and vote at age 18. Teens as young as 15 can get married with parental consent, and at age 18 can consume alcohol if a parent consents as well. This is not only an infringement on human rights but also determinational to the health and well-being of the LGBTQ youth in Mississippi.  If passed, this will go into effect in July 2021.  Please help bring recognition to this and do what you can to protect the rights of those who fought so hard to get them.    

S. G. Laine
24,912 supporters
Petitioning Mississippi State Senate, Tate Reeves, President of the United States, Mississippi State House

IStandWithKia

There has been a miscarriage of justice in Port Gibson, MS. We know because there are patterns of miscarriage of justice in this city. First, the town’s  population is 1266. This case has been all over the news worldwide, a high profile trial. The citizens were tainted because the “victim” has been  spreading the word through town, going viral online for the past 3 years telling her story. BET, People’s magazine, CNN and other major world news outlets picked up the story. They refused to change T’Kia’s  venue as they have refused so many others. They denied her a lie detector test that she begged for. The town is starting to talk and we realize the D.A. should’ve never been on this case due to a conflict of interest. Here are the words from her brother: My name is Christopher Smith. I am writing on behalf of my sister, T’kia Bevily. She was wrongfully convicted of Capital Murder in Port Gibson, on Jan 29, 2021 in the death of her 14-month old step daughter Jurayah Smith. After the autopsy, there were differing medical reports. Dr. Mark Levaughn performed the initial autopsy. He is the Medical Examiner for the state of MS. He stated that Jurayah suffered a linear parietal skull fracture, along with asphyxiation with an undetermined etiology. He did NOT prove OR provide a time frame in which these injuries occurred. His autopsy report saw absolutely NO swelling in the brain! Unfortunately, Dr. Levaughn was placed on leave by the Attorney General and was unable to testify in court. A second medical expert (Dr. George R. Nichols) who was hired by the state, did an analysis of the original autopsy report. Nichols is a Kentucky Pathologist who found that the skull fracture and associated bleeding were ALL healing. He also stated that Jurayah had 5 scalp contusions that did not injure her brain. He concluded that somehow the 5 scalp contusions, to which he could NOT age, SOMEHOW caused her brain to swell and kill her. Ultimately, Nichols concluded the injuries could be as old as 8 days. Finally, a Minnesota Pediatrician by the name of Dr. Peter Dehnel, found that since the scalp contusions were not significant enough to cause death, Jurayah died from Sudden Unexplained Death in Children (SUDC). He too determined the skull fracture and associated bleeding were healing. Jurayah had no other skull fracture, rib fracture, long bone fractures, retinal hemorrhridges, subdural hematoma, no swelling of the brain or any other injuries associated with child abuse. Jurayah was in the care of Morris and T’Kia Bevily for only a few hours before her death. Not one of the three medical experts placed a timeline on when NOR where baby Jurayah sustained her injuries! Dr. Nichols testified under OATH that it was possible that baby Jurayah had experienced “Lucid Interval” (the time period between the injury and symptoms). FEBRUARY 4, 2021 T’Kia was sentenced to LIFE without parole T’KIA IS A LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE, LOVING MOTHER, DEVOTED WIFE, DEVOUT CHRISTIAN, WHO WAS VILLAINIZED BECAUSE SHE WAS THE STEPMOTHER. PLEASE HELP US BRING HER HOME. All I’m asking for and these other 9,000 signatures we want a FAIR retrial for T’Kia DO NOT DONATE HERE, Donate to her gofundme:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-stand-with-kia?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer    

Betty Mayfield
22,894 supporters
Petitioning Mississippi Governor

Remove the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi’s state flag.

Friend -- The news of the massacre at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston horrified me. But it didn’t surprise me. I come from Mississippi, where the struggle for racial harmony has always been particularly tough, and violent. Just this year, ten people were convicted of assaulting African Americans in Jackson, in racially motivated attacks. They pelted people with bottles. They ran over a man with their truck. This was not 1965. This just happened. But there is so much more to Mississippi than this raw racial wound. Growing up there, I was instilled with a deep sense of hope, faith, and love. I truly believe it’s my strong Mississippi values that have made me a lifelong champion for peace and justice. What happened in South Carolina was an atrocity. But I know positive changes can come from it, and I know that my beautiful home state of Mississippi can lead by taking the Confederate symbol off its state flag. To insist on keeping the Confederate battle symbol on Mississippi’s flag at this point would be a statement of state-sanctioned hatred,and it would be unforgivable. Please join me in calling on Mississippi lawmakers to show the world how great this state can be, and remove it immediately. “For too long we were blind to the pain the Confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens.” These moving words were spoken by President Obama at his eulogy for Senator Clementa Pinkney, one of the nine people murdered in South Carolina, and nowhere are they more apt than in Mississippi. Yes, the flag is a part of our history, but it’s also a reminder of the violence and racial oppression that its bearers were fighting for. Can’t we begin a new chapter in Mississippi history, and in all states in America? Now is the time to join forces and face this issue, which has cast a shadow on our state for too long. Even Republican Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn agrees: Now is the time to leave the Confederate battle flag behind us -- before another innocent person is attacked in its name. I am calling on my fellow Mississippians, and everyone who supports this change across the nation, to sign this petition to help bring about a new day for the great state of Mississippi. Remove the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi’s state flag. Thank you, Duvalier Malone

Duvalier Malone
21,611 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alaska State Senate, Alaska State House, Arkansas State House, Arkansas State Senate, California State Senate, California ...

U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY NOW

The Earth has been around for almost 5 billion years, with us modern humans evolving only about 200,000 years ago. In the 0.004% of our planet's total lifetime that we have been around for, we have managed to rip up around 46% of the trees worldwide in our luscious forests, pollute our majestic oceans and the almost-extinct coral reefs, and drive countless species to extinction. In fact, before the evolution of humans, less than 1 species per million went extinct annually; today, a devastating rate of 100-1,000 species per million are lost every year. We are destroying our planet faster than we can process the changes. These deaths are directly linked to habitat destruction by the hands of humans and climate change. According to the International Panel on Climate Change, "To keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of carbon dioxide would have to be cut by 45% by 2030." Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Climate Institute, states that the climate may become irreparable if we don't reduce carbon dioxide emmisions in the next 18 months. We must act now, if we have any hope of preserving this planet for future generations to come. Our climate is in a crisis. The U.S. federal government, one of the largest and most influential democratic governments in the world, must declare a climate crisis IMMEDIATELY. Chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund, Tanya Steele puts it clearly: "We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it." Sign this petition to stand alongside us, and our planet. We are the ones who must save our Earth. The time is now!     Cover photo by NASA

Our Climate Crisis
9,673 supporters