Justice For All

1,366 supporters

Justice for All is a racial justice organization, which identifies and dismantles institutionalized racism while facilitating healing in our communities. To ensure justice for ALL through community organizing, research, education, community policing, legislative reform, and judicial monitoring. We address systemic issues such as racially biased policing and inequities in the criminal justice system. Vision: 1) A nation where a restorative dialogue enables us to become empowered and moves us beyond a legacy of racism and oppression, causing a change in the hearts and minds of current and future generations. 2) A nation where our judicial system and peace officers are accountable to our citizenry and committed to protecting and serving with cross cultural understanding and trust.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning Dick Sears, Maxine Grad, Mitzi Johnson, Tim Ashe, Vermont Governor, Richard Gauthier, Thomas Donovan, Thomas Anderson

PROTECT VERMONT COMMUNITIES FROM PROFILING, BIASED POLICING & UNFAIR IMMIGRATION PRACTICES

WE DEMAND A FAIR AND IMPARTIAL POLICING POLICY THAT: 1)  Prohibits information sharing with federal immigration authorities when not required by federal law;2)  Protects victims and witnesses of crimes, regardless of immigration status;3)  Ensures that Vermonters living and working close to the northern border not be subject to profiling;4)  Limits deportation agents’ access to individuals in the custody of Vermont law enforcement; and5)  Contains clear directives within the FIPP regarding Training, Compliance, Accountability, and Supervision. The current FIPP was written with strong input from the the Human Rights Commission, human rights and racial justice organizations. In September, 2017 the policy was reviewed by the Vermont Attorney General’s office and determined to be compliant with immigration law and adopted by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council.  Act 54 states that the Criminal Justice Training Council, “in consultation with stakeholders… shall update its model fair and impartial policing policy to provide one cohesive model policy for law enforcement agencies…” The version of the policy that the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council is NOW proposing severely compromises the tenets of transparency and accountability.  It also departs from previously agreed language limiting local law enforcement’s role in immigration enforcement. The policy is an important tool in the fight for racial justice in our state, but only if it includes measures for real accountability and real protections for people who are most likely to be targeted by law enforcement. It’s time to take action for racial justice in Vermont. Our state’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy (FIPP) is under attack.  This is an important document that creates safeguards from biased policing and ensures that all of us receive equal treatment under the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, national origin, religion, gender or any other aspect of who we are or how we’re perceived by law enforcement.

Justice For All
1,225 supporters
Petitioning Maxine Grad

Implement Oversight of all law enforcement agencies in the state of Vermont.

We call for the immediate civilian oversight of all law enforcement in the state of Vermont. In September 2015, two Burlington police officers shot James Hemingway, after turning off their body cameras.  The Chittenden County Attorney cleared them of any wrongdoing.  A no knock warrant resulting in a civilian death in December, 2015 and yet another in March of 2016.  All of these incidents are routinely investigated “internally” and by the States Attorney’s offices, with whom they work on a regular basis. In Rutland, one officer resigned and the second retired after allegations of racial profiling, discrimination, assault and other misconduct.   Dozens of other cases involving law enforcement misconduct and excessive use of force have been investigated across the state over the last number of years and with very little exception a high degree of impunity.  From the killings of Robert Wooodward and Joseph Fortunati to the abuses of Brian Slutz and Anton Pike, law enforcement has not been held accountable. Additionally, law enforcement have no de-escalation, appropriate use of force or anti-bias training as components of their mandatory annual in-services training requirements.   Law enforcement officers literally have to be convicted of a felony to be decertified in Vermont.    Appallingly, police are one profession in the state of Vermont that are not overseen by the Office of Professional Regulation, the agency that oversees over 40 professions.  Even The Police Chief Magazine is on record in support of such oversight. We deserve reasonable transparency in matters where peace officers use force against civilians.  Without it, it is only natural that the public will begin to question police integrity and as a result, their legitimacy.  There is nothing more important for law enforcement than transparency and legitimacy, if they hope to effectively uphold their sworn obligation to protect, serve and provide public safety for all. Please sign this petition for Vermont public safety. Justice For All  

Justice For All
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