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Petitioning Pennsylvania Board of Pardons

Somebody Save Meek Mill

Justice for Meek Mill is Justice for All In regards to the harsh, undeserving sentencing of Robert Rihmeek Williams (Meek Mill), I felt the need to create a petition asking that the Board of Pardons closely review Meek’s application for Pardon and have his unjust prison sentence remedied. We also call on Governor Tom Wolf, who has spoken out in support of rehabilitation and criminal justice reform, to immediately look into this matter. More than just a celebrity or rapper, Meek Mill has been a powerful voice in the community for young people all across the country - and the world. Meek has made positive contributions to many communities and programs, dedicating his time and money to the cultivation of our youth and our neighborhoods; even while overcoming his own adversities. Meek has continued to be dedicated to being a positive force in the world and shown an immaculate work ethic, even while the overly restrictive conditions of his probation made it nearly impossible to tour, which is how he makes a living. The criminal justice system is adamant that individuals  work in order to be productive citizens, but at times made it difficult for Meek to be able to earn his livelihood. Every time Meek needed to travel, he was forced to seek permission, which was often denied unnecessarily. However, he still remained dedicated to making a difference not just in his city of Philadelphia, but worldwide. Meek didn’t just inspire his fans -  but through his music, interviews, community service and energy he showed that individuals can move forward, beyond their past and their circumstances, to have a positive impact on society. Meek has adhered to several rules and regulations as a part of his parole such as: reporting to and passing mandatory drug tests, community service, meeting with his parole officer, and reporting his whereabouts and obtaining permission prior to leaving the city. Moreover, the charges that led to his current violation, were subsequently dropped and the stiff sentence was handed down despite the recommendations of both  his probation officer and the District Attorney. Meek’s efforts to change his image while still remaining true to his artistry and who he is as a man went unnoticed as well. This petition is designed to show the amount of people who believe that Meek’s punishment was harsh and unjust. It is a waste of not only taxpayer resources to incarcerate Meek for 2-4 years but it is also a disservice to the youth and community at large. We humbly ask for the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to grant relief in his sentence and call on Governor Tom Wolf to closely look into this matter and address why Meek, and thousands of other young, black men throughout the state are unnecessarily incarcerated for minor parole and probation violations. Celebrities Reaction To Meek Mill Sentencing Meek Mill’s Lawyer Speaks Out Meek Mill - Young Black America (feat. The-Dream)

Do4Self/Fine Print & #cut50
427,771 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.

Juno Johnson
190,418 supporters
Petitioning Tom Wolf, Josh Shapiro, Judge Shelley Robins-New

End Probation for Wallace "Wallo267" Peeples

At age 17, Wallace "Wallo 267" Peeples was sentenced to a 20 year prison sentence for armed robbery, which he served at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. While he has turned his life around, not just for him, but to save the lives of others, he is still on probation until October 29, 2048! Wallo is 41 and will be 68 years old when his probation ends.  Wallo is a national phenom, using his platform to empower others. He regularly feeds the homeless, financially supports families in need and mentors young men so they do not make bad choices that will land them in prison. He is the ultimate role model for youth and a community resource, but he is living his life, everyday, with the fear that at any time he can be sent back to prison because he is still on probation. Despite having served his sentence and proving to society that he is full rehabilitated and an exemplary citizen. He is still on probation for 27 more years. For 27 more years his life is limited. His case shows how the criminal justice system is gravely flawed. Mel Wells, President of One Day At A Time (ODAAT), is a thought leader and advocate on issues such as gun violence, the opioid epidemic, economic disenfranchisement and criminal justice reform. Mel has become a voice for those who have become marginalized by their circumstances and is standing with Wallo on this important issue.  Mel stated, "By ending Wallo's probation early, we have a chance to move the needle forward in Criminal Justice Reform. The Governor, Attorney General and District Attorney have the power to write a positive ending to this chapter of Wallo's life and in the lives of thousands of men and women that have served their time and are doing their best to live the rest of their lives doing right. They should not have to do that in constant fear of going back to prison."  Sign this petition to end Wallo's probation AND then continue to support ODAAT in continuing the fight to reform the criminal justice system.   Wallo's Story As an adolescent, Wallace "Wallo 267" Peeples had spent time in and out of the juvenile system. He was eventually sentenced to a 20 year prison sentence for armed robbery, which he served at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. However, during his 20 year sentence, he became an avid reader in jail. In less than two years after serving his 20 year prison sentence, Wallo quickly rose as a leader in his community crafting powerful viral content inspiring people across the world to step into their greatness and discover their purpose. Currently, Wallo's social media platforms accumulate over 10 million+ impressions weekly and his followers have become evangelists, sharing his high-energy videos of inspiration, humor, and hard-earned lessons delivered with his signature unflinching honesty and humor. He has been able to leverage his social media brand to get into partnerships with the NFL Network, Global Citizen, Foot Locker, Puma, and Philly Union. This petition was created by Mel Wells and One Day At A Time. Learn more about ODAAT at www.odaatphilly.org 

Mel Wells
197,092 supporters
Petitioning Tom Wolf, Jeannie Hovland, Kamala harris , Patrick leahy, Chuck schumer , Mitch McConnell, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Joseph Biden

Demand thorough searches of residential school lands for Native children remains

The first ever residential school in American was established in Pennsylvania in 1789-1918 and in Canada, from 1831-1996. These schools were established by European missionaries with the sole purpose to assimilate Native American children. Children from ages as young as 3 years old-18years old attended these schools. These establishments and the people who ran them, abused the children who attended these schools. Often times, the children were stolen from their tribes and forced to attend. The sole purpose of these schools were to abuse and brainwash kids out of their culture and previous way of life. Not only were these children abused and brainwashed, many were murdered, died of starvation, committed suicide, etc. and when these children were murdered/died, the missionaries buried the bodies on the land. But heres the thing, the bodies were hidden in the land. The children didn't receive graves, their parents were not informed, and more often than not, the bodies were just thrown together as if they were trash and not human beings…. In recent events, 500 bodies (and rising everyday) of native Canadian children remains were found within the lands, of once fully operating residential schools.  tens of thousands of children went to these schools. Its more than likely that there are more bodies to be discovered. And since it is a known fact that America had at least 2x the amount of residential schools than Canada, and are also known for the genocide of first nations people, we demand that ALL previous residential school lands (standing and not standing) are searched.  These were children. Some as young as 3 years old. They deserved to be treated with respect, but hey were treated as less than human, and when their lives were cut short, they were discarded like trash. And the people who were in charge of these school knew exactly what they were doing when they tried to cover up the deaths. Hopefully in the Long run, we will see justice be brought to the organizations responsible. And that these poor children will receive justice and respect, they deserve. 

Chloe Cervi
103,026 supporters
Petitioning Shawn White, Hon. Merrick Garland, Hon. Josh Shapiro, Colonel Robert Evanchick, Tom Wolf

Justice for Peter Spencer

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We are calling on the Venango County District Attorney, the U.S. Attorney General, the PA State Attorney General, the Governor of Pennsylvania, and the PA State Police Commissioner for a swift and transparent investigation into the murder of Peter Bernardo Spencer and demanding that justice be brought to his killers immediately.  On December 11, 2021, Peter Spencer accepted an invitation to go hunting with a former colleague. He never returned home. Just a few hours after being dropped off by his fiance, he was found dead with multiple bullet wounds in the torso, buttocks, and head/neck. Peter, a 29-year-old father-to-be, was the only non-white person at this gathering. And despite overwhelming evidence of homicide and a possible hate crime, no one involved in the incident has been arrested or charged with his murder. (More information can be found here).  As organizations and leaders in hunting and outdoor recreation, we hold a firm belief that the outdoors are for everyone. Yet, we are faced with the reality that many Black, Indigenous and other people of color do not feel safe in the outdoors because of incidents like this, where remoteness and isolation could lead to physical violence because of the color of their skin. This is an issue - based on real life experiences and evidence such as this incident - that we are battling everyday.  Hunting (and other outdoor activities) should bring us together as families, friends and communities. The future of these past-times depends on those with the authority and responsibility to bring about equitable justice, and in doing so, end our nation’s legacy of white supremacy. Most importantly, the Spencer family deserves justice, and people of color deserve to live in a world where they feel safe accessing the outdoors.  To the aforementioned powers that be: Please take action quickly to set a precedent so that all future hunters, outdoor recreationists, and people of color know that justice is on their side, and that the outdoors are truly for everyone. Signed in Solidarity, Hunters of Color Board and Staff Hannah Altimas, President, Canadian Outdoor Professionals Association Sharenda Birts, Director of Community Affairs, wildHERness DeAnna Bublitz, DEER Camp MT Parker McMullen Bushman, COO, Inclusive Journeys Chad Brown, Founder/President, Soul River Inc. & Love is King Marcia Brownlee, Program Manager, Artemis Sportswomen Jenny Bruso, Founder, Unlikely Hikers Madeline Damon, DEER Camp MT Demiesha Dennis, Founder, Brown Girl Outdoor World Louis Geltman, Policy Director, Outdoor Alliance Queta González, Director, Center for Diversity & the Environment Jayne Henson, Board Co-Chair, Queers and Camo Gerry Seavo James, Coalition Lead, Together Outdoors SJ Keller, Board Co-Chair, Queers and Camo Aaron Kindle, Director of Sporting Advocacy, NWF Outdoors Courtney Lancot, Owner, Unpopular Black Brittany Leavitt, CEO, Brown Girls Climb Christine Mahler, Executive Director, Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition Paul McCarney, Hunt to Eat Podcast Modesta McGrath-Martinez, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Latinos Outdoors Colorado Gabaccia Moreno, National Monuments Fellow, Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project Chelsea Murphy, Founder, SCN.LLC (She Colors Nature) Corina Newsome, Biologist Mahting Putelis, CEO, Hunt to Eat Jess Rice, President, wildHERness Marcus Shoffner, Founder, Outdoor Inclusion Coalition Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd, Co-Founder, Queer Nature So Sinopoulos-Lloyd, Co-Founder, Queer Nature Ashley Smith, Chief Legal Officer, Minority Outdoor Alliance Durrell Smith, President/CEO, Minority Outdoor Alliance Eric Thompson, President and CEO, Hardwired Outdoors LLC Danielle Williams, Founder, Diversify Outdoors & Melanin Basecamp

Hunters of Color
59,116 supporters
Petitioning Tom Wolf, John Joyce, Judith F. Ward, Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate

Help Missing Domestic Violence Victims and Investigate Greenfield Township Police

Fawn Marie Mountain went missing on or around November 25, 2012. She was just 25 at the time of her disappearance. She lived with her domestic partner at the time of her disappearance who has a long history of  violence and abuse against her partners, a fact which the Greenfield Township Police were very well aware of because of repeated calls to the home. They lived in Claysburg, PA at the time of Fawn's disappearance which falls under Greenfield Township Police's jurisdiction. When Fawn's mom, Dorothy, became aware she was missing and was unable to reach her she contacted Greenfield Township Police Department to do a welfare check, at which point they were told by Fawn's domestic partner that Fawn no longer lived at the home they shared. Despite repeated calls to Greenfield Township Police from Dorothy stating Fawn did not leave and had not been in contact, they did nothing to help locate or verify Fawn's wellbeing. Police departments need to take any person being reported by family as missing that are known to be in a domestic violence situation more seriously and actually CONFIRM the wellbeing and location of said victim. We have lost years in our search for Fawn and justice, because this police department ignored the pleas for help from Fawn's mom and they did the absolute bare minimum to find her. Witness statements were taken at the time from neighbors and friends; those statements were lost. We are crying out for changes to how local police handle missing persons cases when the victim is known to be in a domestic violence situation. We are calling for an investigation into how Greenfield Township Police handled Fawn's case and why they didn't do their job, so this never happens to another victim or their family again.

Bridgette Gill
41,019 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Tom Wolf

HELP MEEK

In regards to the harsh, undeserving sentencing of Robert Rihmeek Williams (Meek Mill), I felt the need to create a petition to reevaluate the charges, his impact in the community and the subsequent sentencing. More than just a celebrity or rapper, Meek Mill has been a powerful voice in the community for our youth. He has made positive contributions to many communities and programs, dedicating time and money to the cultivation of our youth and neighborhoods; even through his own adversities. He has continued to be dedicated and shown an immaculate work ethic, even at times when the system tried to prevent him from being able to tour, which is how he makes a living. The judicial system is adamant that defendants work in order to be productive citizens, but at times, made it difficult for him to be able to work. However, he still remained dedicated to making a difference not just in his city of Philadelphia, but worldwide. He has inspired not only his fans, but anyone who has come in contact with him,  to keep moving forward regardless of their past, through his music, interviews, community service and energy. He has adhered to several rules and regulations as a part of his parole such as: reporting to and passing mandatory drug tests, community service, meeting with his parole officer, and reporting his whereabouts and obtaining permission prior to leaving the city. Moreover, the charges that led to his current violation, were subsequently dropped and the stiff sentence was handed down despite recommendations from his probation officer and the district attorney. His efforts to change his image while still remaining true to his artistry and who he is as a man went unnoticed as well. This petition is designed to show the amount of people who believe that the punishment was harsh and that him being imprisoned will be a disservice to the youth and community at large. We humbly ask for your reconsideration of his sentence.

Bannon Glori
24,234 supporters
Petitioning Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, Tom Wolf

Support the Commutation of Life sentence for Bobbie Brown in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, Bobbie is seeking the commutation of his life sentence and your support toward him receiving a second chance.  At the time of the crime, Bobbie was seated in his vehicle, facing his passenger when a man approached from behind and began to rapidly strike him through an open window. Bobbie reached for his weapon in an effort to reduce the unforeseen yet active threat; he lost consciousness due to the rush of strikes to his face, to later regain consciousness and see a man laying on the ground. In a daze, Bobbie drove to safety, made contact with and later turned himself in to authorities, volunteering all evidence in support of a fair and thorough investigation. The evidence included record of threatening voice messages from his assailant detailing his manhunt and nonstop search for Bobbie coupled with multiple first-hand witness testimonies of a series of attempts made by Bobbie such as engaging community leaders in efforts to amicably de-escalate tensions over the years. In 2007, Bobbie was sentenced to first degree murder and life imprisonment. Since his conviction, there has been an increased awareness toward socioeconomic disadvantages within Black and Brown communities and unjust sentencing alongside a shift in orientation to what actually constitutes self-defense. For 15 years, Bobbie has upheld that his actions were of protection and solely the result of a reasonable expectation of immediate danger while taking accountability for the loss of life. Through the appellate process, the courts have shown favor and acknowledged: The trial lawyer’s admission of inadequate defense  The absence of an area within the trial proceedings encompassed to determine an understanding of the full impact and consequences of a plea An error in jury instruction used to orient jurors to the trial and assist the jury in hearing the case for proper evaluation In addition to the numerous already received letters from community members attesting to Bobbie’s good character, high regard for responsibility and his rehabilitation, we ask for your signature in this petition; enlisting your support for the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to grant the commutation of Bobbie’s life sentence to a sentence of life on parole and opportunity for a successful reintegration into society.

Marquia B
20,302 supporters