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Petitioning New York City Police Department, New York City Council, Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State House, New York State Senate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Justice for Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. 1st black female in appeals court. Reopen her case!

Judge Sheila-Abdus Salaam was the first black female judge in appeals court in the United States ever, who was found floating in a river in Manhattan around April 2017. She was the first African-American woman appointed to the court of appeals, the highest position you could have. This was huge, and she’s now dead. Surely this shouldn’t sit right with anybody. Not only was her death publicised as a suicide despite countless evidence to the contrary including signs of struggle on her neck, but this case has stayed quiet for 3 entire years as of now with no sort of proper investigation? The fact I only came across Judge Sheila-Abdus Salaam’s case yesterday should speak for itself. Black people deserve so much better their lives are important and matter and their voices can change the world we live in for the better! With particular reference to the fact this happened in New York, the fact she was married to a Muslim husband and therefore had a Muslim surname is important contextually when understanding the case and why this happened to her. New York is one of the cities with the highest anti-terrorism surveillance systems put in place, and where Judge Abdus-Salaam had a Muslim surname, this immediately would unfortunately make her a target for hate crimes and racist violence. We can’t just let her be another name in the long list of victims. Each black life matters just as much as the other, and despite her being a particularly extraordinary person, every black life matters regardless of their accomplishments. People need to understand this so we can start to head towards a brighter future for all people of all races. I’m sick and tired of seeing more and more cases where there has been clear systemic racism at play in which black women and men alike have been victims of the institutional hate towards black people simply for the colour of their skin. It has been clear for a long time now that white people and other non-black people of colour have felt intimidated and angered by the power black people could potentially have in our large institutions and companies where they can make revolutionary changes for a better world. She simply wanted to thrive in a foundation that created a fairer and more just New York for people of all backgrounds, for there to be no bias in trials based off religion and race etc. We can’t let this go. It’s been 3 years and her and her family haven’t received the closure they deserve and are rightfully owed. Please sign this petition so we can hopefully get the New York Police Department to reopen her case !!! Thank you 

Hyma Alnaeb
218,160 supporters
Petitioning Andrew M. Cuomo, Donald J. Trump, New York State Senate, New York State House, New

Impeach Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill DeBlasio is destroying New York City. We cannot have him continue as mayor for the next two years. The people of NY want change, and now is the time to act before it becomes any worse. This is not about being conservative, left, etc. This is about “radical” politics that are harming the city and being neglectful of New Yorkers. Below are some of the issues with Mayor Deblasio: 1) Bill does not care what New Yorkers think, want, or need. “The issue is people don’t like him, and he doesn’t care,” said Rebecca Katz, a former longtime de Blasio adviser and founder of consulting firm New Deal Strategies. 2) The mayor plans to run for President in 2020. He has been absent and neglectful of NY, especially in times of need. (Ex: summer blackout of 2019) How can Bill abandon NY anymore than he already has to go on a campaign tour, especially when he has no chance of winning?!  3) The mayor has made more horrendous choices than past infamous Mayors like Lindsay and Dinkins.  4) The mayor avoided acknowledgment of the  Puerto Rican Day Parade and veterans’ D-Day ceremonies. He also “forgot” to attend a 9/11 memorial event for victims.  5) The mayor is anti-police. However, he has no issue with gathering a squad of officers to guard him as he works out at a gym in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Yeah, that’s what he’s doing instead of being a mayor. Summer 2019 has proved that people feel protected when they want to assault and mistreat the NYPD. He has allowed criminals to gain ridiculous protection. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-de-blasio-rudy-giuliani-hooligans-nypd-water-20190723-2ehxmsay2ngsnjxudth5gedrui-story.html%3foutputType=amp 6) Crime is low? HA! It might appear that way because police cannot do their job. He ended Stop and Frisk. Officers do not receive any support when it comes to arrests and investigations. Their lives are in danger even more so now that they do not have the city’s support. He has passed laws for so-called minor offenses to be ignored. (Like urinating in the street). Critics charge that the shift will undermine the “broken windows” theory of policing that began in the city in the 1990s. Ignoring these so-called minor crimes have and will continue to lead to bigger offenses. 7) DOE. The mayor does not support schools and teachers. Instead he has appointed a chancellor who is a racist and failed superintendent of Texas schools. Together, they are implementing one of the worse discipline codes to protect unruly students. Like crime, it’s a way to limit consequences so they can say, “Hey, look at how bad behavior has decreased in schools!” Educators are limited in what they can do with poor behavior. His appointment of Chancellor Carranza is to support his diversity narrative so he can say “Look what I’ve done! Vote for me in 2020!” 8) The MTA continues to increase their rates, but the the conditions of trains and stations are unsanitary, unsafe, and unstable. 9) The mayor is a socialist. Mr. de Blasio announced a plan to spend $100 million to ensure that undocumented immigrants and others who cannot qualify for insurance can receive medical treatment. Interesting. Tell the hardworking US citizen mother who struggles to provide for her child that one! Tell the increase of homeless people that you will support “illegal immigrants” over their needs this one. Is that why he refuses to work with the federal government when it comes to immigration issues? Again, he only supports people who will fit his broken diversity narrative.  10) Increase in parking meter rates. The new system consists of six tiers of hourly parking prices, ranging from $1.25 in some neighborhood shopping districts to $7.50  11) Park Slope residences and workers are experiencing an extreme difficulty parking, and this issue will continue to spread across the city. He is eliminating parking spots for bikers and car shares.  12) Increase in property taxes. For decades, tax laws have prevented assessments from rising more than 6% a year, even though property values in certain areas—such as de Blasio's home neighborhood of Park Slope—have increased far more. Advocates argue this has forced a disproportionate burden on rental buildings, commercial properties and houses in outer-ring neighborhoods which are more likely to belong to minority homeowners. He believes that we cannot reduce taxes because that will take away from the city’s services. What?! Everything has become run down, and New Yorkers are fleeing from neighborhoods they have grown up in for years because they cannot afford it. Instead many illegals are buying single or two family homes, and allowing anywhere from 3 to 5 families to reside to support their taxes and mortgages. Obviously, most Americans refuse to live this way. Rent is at an all time high because landlords have ridiculous taxes to pay. 13) The mayor’s wife, Chirlane McCray, “lost” over $1.8 billion taxpayers money. Some say it was “wasted” on organizations or laws that never proved to be anything other than their name slapped on it. These are just SOME of the issues with the mayor. Sign this petition to say Impeach Mayor de Blasio! We want our New York back to being safer, supported, and loved!

NYPD New York
185,582 supporters
Petitioning Pennsylvania State House

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.

Max Johnson
177,853 supporters
Petitioning New York State House

Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz Child Victim Protection Act

En Español aquí The death of 15-year-old Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz—specifically the brutal way the Bronx teen lost any chance at his survival—has since enthralled the nation’s heart.  This innocent boy—someone who could have been your son, your grandson, your brother, your cousin, or nephew—was slaughtered on an unbearable display for all to watch. What can be seen from video surveillance is this:  The savage acts of five gang members, dragging Junior outside of his neighborhood bodega and stabbing him multiple times with a machete and knives.  What can be felt from the video is this:  Pure helplessness.  Junior continued his struggle for survival after his attackers fled the scene.  He yelled to neighbors and onlookers to “dial 911.”  Perhaps an unfortunate sign of the times, no one used their phones to call for help, but instead, recorded the scene to post on various social media platforms.  Realizing he would not receive the assistance he so desperately needed, Junior struggled through his final moments alone.  His strength allowed him to run nearly three blocks towards St. Barnabas hospital where, sadly, he arrived too late and took his last breath on the sidewalk outside of the emergency room doors. When tragedies occur, people often wonder what could have gone differently.  Grieving family members and friends struggle with the idea that their loved one would still be alive if the events were altered, even slightly. This is not the case here.  Junior’s life could not have been saved.  Junior’s live should have been saved.  Junior would still be alive if the people around him undertook a minimum degree of civic duty to protect the life of a dying child. Unfortunately, there is no legal “duty to act” in situations like these.  Under New York law, the passersby who spectated, recorded, and posted Junior’s death have not committed any crime.  By virtue of legislation, we can create a meaningful way to honor Junior’s legacy so that children like him are never abandoned by their communities again. By sharing responsibility for public safety, the citizens of New York need to collectively call upon state lawmakers to enact legislation that would create a legal “duty to act” upon any person, who reasonably believes that a child(ren), under the age of 16, is exposed to, or has suffered, grave physical harm.  These witnesses shall be required to immediately report the incident to authorities or assist the victim, under reasonable and safe circumstances.  This proposed legislation, the “Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz Child Victim Protection Act,” will impose criminal and civil sanctions against any person, who fails to notify authorities, in situations like the ones highlighted above.  Similar laws creating a “duty to act” have been enacted in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. Junior fought for his life.  For several long minutes he sought help from members of his community—some who have known him for his entire life—to which not one person acted.  They failed Junior.  We all failed Junior.  Let us make sure we don’t fail him again. Junior’s life shall not be lost in vain.  We need 100,000 signatures to initiate a change.  

Crystal C
174,507 supporters
Petitioning New York State House, New York State Senate, US Senate

Please Support the "ERIC GARNER LAW"

Hello my name is Emerald Snipes Garner, the youngest daughter of Eric Garner. My father was killed by former NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo because of the use of an illegal chokehold that caused my dad to have a fatal asthma attack.  My father yelled “I can’t breathe!” 11 times while he was being choked to death by Officer Pantaleo, and despite his pleas, Officer Pantaleo continued to use this illegal maneuver.  No police officer should be allowed to use a chokehold that can easily kill unarmed civilians. That’s why my family and I are asking for your support to help pass the Eric Garner Law, legislation that would place a federal ban on police using this dangerous chokehold that killed my father.  My family and I stood by for 5 years waiting for a decision from the Department of Justice after my father died as to whether the police officer who killed my father should face charges. They asked us to let them “Investigate” the murder of my father. And they FAILED us in every way. But I know that power rests with people. I started a petition this past summer demanding that the police officer who killed my dad be fired, and just 30 days after my petition was published it had over 144,000 signatures, and my viral video was viewed over 10,000 times across all social media and news outlets. Because of your support, we can now say that Daniel Pantaleo, the man who choked my father to death, is now a former NYPD officer. HE IS FIRED! I truly believe that our efforts were not ignored, and our rally cries were heard by the world. And I hope we can do the same to drive support of the Eric Garner Law.  The hope is that the Eric Garner Law will make officers understand they cannot just kill us and walk free. It would mean that any officer who uses a chokehold on an unarmed civilian would be prosecuted across the country.  My sister Erica Snipes Garner died before she could see justice for our father, and I refuse to leave this Earth until I see justice for my dad and all others who were murdered at the hands of the murdering Police Officers who took an oath to protect and serve the communities. That’s why me and my family are so committed to seeing this law pass, and why I need your support as this law makes its way through the Senate with the support of Senator Gillibrand. While Officer Pantaleo is no longer patrolling the streets, real structural change will only happen if police departments around the country are required to ban the type of dangerous chokeholds that took my father’s life. We need justice now. We demand justice right now! Please sign this petition to support the Federal Eric Garner Law in the U.S. Senate.  ***************************** For updates on this campaign, you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: emerald_snipes (EMMIE). Please donate to our GoFundMe to support the "WeCantBreathe" movement: Click Here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fighting-for-justice-for-eric-garner

Emerald Snipes Garner
129,490 supporters
Petitioning Buffalo Police Department, Letitia James (NY Attorney General), Mayor Bill de Blasio, NPAP , Campaign Zero, Safer NY ACT, Communities United For Police Reform, Byron Brown (NY Major), Andrew M. Cuo...

Justice for Martin Gugino (Charges for Assault against officers)

** Scroll Down for updates on this case and for Mr. Gugino gofundme page ** Peace Activist Mr. Gugino, 75, stops in front of officers at George Floyd Protest to talk. Officers push Gugino backwards, landing on his head with blood immediately leaking from his right ear. An officer leans down to examine him, but another officer then pulls the first officer away. Several other officers are seen walking by the man, motionless on the ground, without checking on him. One man was even arrested trying to help Gugino laying on the ground. Mr. Gugino is currently in stable condition.  Initially NY Police Department’s initial claim was that he “tripped and fell,” but after several videos went viral of the incident, they changed their statement.  Officers are responding to protests against police violence with more police violence. THIS NEEDS TO STOP.  Two officers involved ( Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32,) are both charged with assault in the second degree and are pleading not guilty. We want these officers to face the consequences of their actions. It is their job to keep composure during situations like these. They did NOT do their job to protect and serve, therefore they should not be able to continue working.  WE WANT JUSTICE FOR MR. GUGINO AND JUSTICE FOR ALL POLICE BRUTALITY ACTS!

Jay Mag
58,925 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Council, New York State House, Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State Senate, Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten E. Gillibrand

COVID-19 Relief for NYC Art Galleries, Artists, and Art Workers

IMPORTANT: After you sign the petition you will be asked to make a donation to help promote the petition.  Please note that donations received through this page do not go directly to the galleries and individuals in need.  All money raised through this petition, and change.org on behalf of this petition, will be used by change.org to promote the petition on change.org. Commercial art galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and not-for-profit exhibition spaces across the city of New York have been hit hard by the recent slow down in the global economy as a result of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak. Nearly all have had to cancel or indefinitely postpone exhibitions, opening receptions, performances, and other events at their physical, brick and mortar exhibition spaces. These businesses are effectively closed, unable to meet with clients or access their inventory, significantly limiting the hours in which they are regularly open to the public, and postponing or canceling their planned participation in upcoming local, regional, and international art fairs. The cancellation of these events is resulting in loss of revenue at all levels of the industry now, and will continue to do so in the immediate future, over the course of the rest of the year, and until the pandemic has stabilized.  Most art galleries are small businesses with dependent employees, networks of artists, as well as freelance and contract employees who rely on revenue generated from art gallery sales. The continued loss of revenue due to the unfolding pandemic will make it increasingly difficult for these businesses to support their full-time, part-time, and contract employees as well as their artists. Without the financial support of the local, state, and federal government, these businesses will not be able to pay their employees, support the artists that they represent, pay their bills, and pay their rents and/or mortgages on the spaces in which they operate. If no action is taken, these businesses will not survive and many artists and art workers will be left without a system of support. Like many independently owned local businesses, art galleries are an irreplaceable part of the cultural landscape of New York City.  Through their exhibitions and events, these spaces provide a free public service for many communities throughout the city. As common places for culture, they contribute to New York’s reputation as an exciting destination for tourists to visit, and help make the city a competitive option for businesses of every sector in search of new locations to compete. On March 8, 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced two relief initiatives for small businesses in New York City that are experiencing a reduction in revenue because of COVID-19. These initiatives, called the NYC Employee Retention Grant Program and NYC Small Business Continuity Fund have very specific eligibility requirements that restrict many small businesses, and as a result, the networks of laborers they support, from qualifying for assistance. To be eligible for the NYC Employee Retention Grant Program. Businesses, including non-profits, must: Be located within the five boroughs of New York City Demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused at least a 25% decrease in revenue Employ 1-4 employees in total across all locations Have been in operation for at least 6 months Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgements To be eligible for the NYC Small Business Continuity Fund businesses must: Be located within the five boroughs of New York City Demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused at least a 25% decrease in revenue Employ 99 employees or fewer in total across all locations Demonstrate ability to repay the loan Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgements Art galleries, like other organizations that make up the culture industry, and many small businesses more generally, rely on networks of specialized laborers who understand the specific needs of their commercial dealings. Most of the time, these laborers are freelancers who provide their services to businesses throughout the community. They are web designers, graphic designers, preparators, art-handlers, carpenters, photographers, plumbers, electricians, writers, consultants, just to name a few. Additionally,  art galleries, like many small businesses, do not generate income through a predictable stream of sales for goods the way other retail stores, bars, and restaurants do. They generate their incomes through commercial invoices, which makes their revenue irregular and dependent on a fluctuating stream of payments. These business structure complexities highlight the need for Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to take further action to provide financial relief for ALL small businesses throughout New York City. The NYC Employee Retention Grant Program and NYC Small Business Continuity Fund leave too many small businesses ineligible for assistance. We, the undersigned, are seeking: The immediate development of an additional grant relief initiative from the city for small businesses with business structures similar to art galleries. This initiative must be designed to provide financial relief for small business owners without employees as well as small businesses, like art galleries, who support full-time employees, part-time employees, contracted freelancers, and artists. The immediate development of an additional grant relief initiative from the city for sole-proprietors and small businesses that may not be incorporated and have incomes that flow through an individual or couple’s personal income.  An exemption for small businesses like art galleries, whose losses may not be visible right away, to qualify for the zero interest loans offered by NYC for businesses with fewer than 100 employees, without having to prove 25% sales decreases.  An exemption for small businesses like art galleries, whose losses may not be visible right away, to qualify for the Employee Retention Grants offered by NYC for businesses with 1–4 employees, without having to prove 25% sales decreases. Emergency Medicare for all, to ensure that the public’s health, safety, and welfare in the face of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the highest priority of our government. Rent forgiveness for commercial tenants—small businesses or sole proprietors—until the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting economic depression have ended.  This could be offset by a property tax credit for landlords which would offset their loss in rent. A freeze on mortgage payments for small business owners who conduct business from within their own property until the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting economic depression have ended. Utility bill (i.e. the cost of electricity, water, and gas) forgiveness until the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting economic depression have ended. Insurance bill forgiveness for business related insurance policies until the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting economic depression have ended. IMPORTANT: After you sign the petition you will be asked to make a donation to help promote the petition.  Please note that donations received through this page do not go directly to the galleries and individuals in need.  All money raised through this petition, and change.org on behalf of this petition, will be used by change.org to promote the petition on change.org.

New Art Dealers Alliance
41,113 supporters
NYS Legislature: Please Vote "Aye" for Buoy's Law

Dear Friend: Thank you very much for signing the change.org petition to let me know of your support for Assembly bill A.4664, (Englebright), also known as Buoy’s Law, which would require veterinarians to notify owners of potential risks and side effects of medication prior to prescribing or otherwise providing medication for an animal. As a co-sponsor of this bill, I agree with you on this issue. A person responsible for his or her own health or that of a child is entitled to make health care decisions based on informed consent. A person responsible for the care of an animal should have the same protection. This bill is one step in that direction. I appreciate your consideration in writing to me. Very truly yours, Richard N. Gottfried Assembly Member

3 years ago
Sign this petition. Protect 43,000 kids from sexual abuse

Dear Friend: Thank you very much for signing a change.org petition to let me know of your support for the Child Victims Act, which would eliminate the statute of limitations in criminal and civil actions and revive civil actions for certain sex offenses. I have supported earlier versions of this proposal in the Assembly. Sexual crimes against children are particularly traumatic both physically and emotionally. The victims face a variety of pressures, and it is unreasonable for us to expect them to come forward within an ordinary timeframe. For this reason, under New York law, the statute of limitations in these criminal cases does not begin to run until the crime is reported to law enforcement or the victim turns 18, whichever comes first. A complete elimination of a time limitation would raise serious concerns about difficulties of proof. I assure you that I will seriously consider your views as I form my own position on this issue. I appreciate your consideration in writing to me. Very truly yours, Richard N. Gottfried Assembly Member

4 years ago
Pass the New York Safe Staffing Law!

http://assembly.state.ny.us/gottfried Thank you for writing to let me know of your support for Assembly bill A.6571, which would create the “Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act.” As the prime co sponsor of the “Safe Staffing” bill, I agree with you on this important issue. Adequate nurse staffing reduces avoidable patient injuries and deaths and burnout and staff turnover among nurses. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association determined that the odds of patient death increased by seven percent for each additional patient the nurse must care for at a time. This legislation would improve patient care and help overburdened nurses. It is good to know I have your support. I appreciate your consideration in writing to me. Very truly yours, Richard N. Gottfried Chair Assembly Committee on Health

5 years ago
Support Beach Access and the Southampton Town Trustees

Dear Constituent: Thank you for signing Southampton Association for Beach Access’s petition entitled, “Support Beach Access and the Southampton Town Trustees”. As many of you know, I have consistently supported our local Trustees and believe it is incredibly important to maintain public beach access and use. As such, Senator LaValle and I have been working very closely with the Trustees on New York State Legislation which would clarify their right to protect the public's easement upon our ocean beaches. Once again, thank you for taking the time to voice your thoughts. It is only through active citizen participation that I, as an elected official, am best able to serve the needs of my constituency. Please do not hesitate to contact me should I be of any further assistance to you on this on this matter. Sincerely, Fred W. Thiele, Jr. Member of Assembly FWT/LT

5 years ago
It's Time to Fund The NYS Women's Suffrage Commemoration!

I am writing to provide an update regarding bill A1019. You will be pleased to know that the Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission bill was signed and chaptered into law on November 20th, 2015 in chapter 471. Thank you for your support on this bill, I was pleased to have voted on a bill that celebrates the achievements of women in the state of New York. As a member of the Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus, it is our first priority to ensure that the Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission is properly funded so that they can organize exhibitions and events celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage. Be assured that through these budget negotiations that I will continue to advocate on the Commission’s behalf. Please do not hesitate to contact me again on matters of mutual concern. Sincerely, Jo Anne Simon Member of Assembly JAS/tad P.S. for more information about legislative activities and community issues, I invite you to visit my website at https://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Jo-Anne-Simon

5 years ago