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Justice for the Jax 5

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Demand Justice for the Jax 5 – Drop all the charges now!

On April 7 2017, longstanding union leaders and community activists in Jacksonville Florida organized a peaceful demonstration calling for peace in Syria. Organizers of the event gave speeches, held signs, spoke to the media, and chanted slogans calling for an end to the U.S. bombing of Syria launched by Donald Trump.

A Trump supporter named Gary Snow was allowed by police to disrupt the peaceful demonstration and incite violence, but was ignored by the demonstrators.  Despite the demonstrators committing no crimes according to dozens of witnesses and extensive video footage, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) beat and arrested 5 prominent union and community activists in Jacksonville.

The #Jax5 who were brutally beat and arrested by the JSO include:

-Connell Crooms, disabled Black man and Teamster union activist
-Willie Wilder, a 74 year old Vietnam Veteran and leader of Vets for Peace
-Christina Kittle, a Queer Black woman and advocate for women & children who face domestic violence
-Tom Beckham, a Trans rights activist and student activist
-Dave Schneider, a Teamster Shop Steward and community leader

In a ridiculous turn of events, the JSO has made false allegations and charged the Jax5 with multiple felonies. These lies are obviously a sign of a desperate JSO that knows they made huge mistakes and committed police brutality on peaceful protesters.

The story has gone viral and has been published in news outlets around the country and around the world.  This petition is a call for 4 demands to be met:

1. Drop all Charges Against the #Jax5
2. Demand the protection of the right to free speech and to peacefully assemble.
3. Full Investigation of JSO Misconduct, brutality & any ties to White Supremacist Groups/Individuals
4. Full Investigation of Surveillance and Spying on union leaders & Community Organizers

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