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Read about Faulty Forensics and the Ultimate Injustice :) Reunited by Exoneration Youth and Innocence Why I Give: A Donor Profile News from the innocence movement around the United States A Partnership for Forensic Reform A new group launched this month by the Innocence Project and partners across the country will seek to raise awareness and support for the creation of federal forensic standards to help prevent wrongful convictions. The Campaign for National Forensic Science Standards is a coalition of local leaders united in advocating for federal forensic reform. Visit the Just Science Coalition website for more. http://www.just-science.org/ An Inactive Innocence Commission An editorial in the Connecticut Law Tribune this month called on the Connecticut Advisory Commission on Wrongful Convictions to meet its obligations under state law to review the causes of injustice in the state and recommend reforms. Read more. Three Men Cleared in Dallas Richard Miles served 14 years behind bars in Texas before evidence of his innocence led to his release October 13. Miles, who was represented by Centurion Ministries, was freed after a judge ruled that prosecutors had failed to alert defense after learning of an alternate suspect. Read more. Two other men, Claude Simmons Jr. and Christopher Scott, were freed Friday in Dallas after spending 12 years in prison for a murder evidence now shows they didn’t commit. Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins said their exoneration should persuade prosecutors and police departments around the country to reinvestigate cases of possible wrongful conviction. Read more. Journalism Program in Standoff with Prosecutors An investigative journalism class at Northwestern University in Illinois is in a standoff with prosecutors after the state requested student records such as grades, notes and emails. Students have uncovered new evidence that a man imprisoned for 31 years is actually innocent. In a case filing, prosecutors requested student records. The university is refusing to hand over the requested materials. Read more. A New Trial After a Quarter-Century A New York judge has granted a new trial in the case of Dewey Bozella, who has been in prison for more than 25 years for a murder he says he didn’t commit. "It was like a miracle had happened," Bozella said of learning of the new trial. The Innocence Project represented Bozella until it became clear that evidence for DNA testing no longer existed; in 2008, the Innocence Project brought the case to the law firm of WilmerHale, which has represented Bozella pro bono. Read more Use our easy online form to forward this message to friends, family and colleagues. Connect with other Innocence Project supporters on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube. We welcome your feedback. Please contact us at the address below. Cases for review must be submitted via postal mail. The Innocence Project Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva Unversity 100 Fifth Ave., 3rd Floor New York, NY 10011 firstname.lastname@example.org Faulty Forensics and the Ultimate Injustice Cameron Todd Willingham’s case is capturing national attention, more than three years after the Innocence Project compiled strong evidence that faulty forensic evidence led to his wrongful execution. Willingham's conviction hinged largely on forensic analysts’ determination that a fire in Willingham’s home was arson – a determination that has been soundly rejected by nine leading scientists in several independent reviews. The Innocence Project took the case to Texas’ Forensic Science Commission, whose investigation was derailed earlier this month when Gov. Rick Perry replaced several members of the commission less than 48 hours before they were to meet about the case. On November 10, the Texas State Senate will hold a hearing to ask Gov. Perry’s new pick to chair the Forensic Science Commission about the panel’s ongoing work. The Innocence Project is focused on making sure that the objective, independent, thoughtful investigation of this case continues. Last week, a group of more than 400 Texans -- including 15 people exonerated through DNA -- sent a letter to Bradley, urging him to ensure that the commission's work continues. "Undue delay -- much less a complete change of course - seems destined to sweep this investigation, Texans' faith in forensic evidence and our criminal justice system, maybe even jurors' willingness to convict, away with it," the letter reads, in part. The Innocence Project’s formal allegation that sparked the Forensic Science Commission investigation points out that an unknown number of other arson convictions in Texas may have involved the same kind of faulty forensic analysis that led to Willingham’s conviction. In the meantime, a year-long investigation by The New Yorker undermined all of the other evidence that was used to convict Willingham. The case is now the strongest on record of an innocent person having been executed since the reinstatement of capital punishment. The case has been covered this month by countless media outlets and commentators. Visit our Willingham Resource Center to access reports from the Houston Chronicle, New York Times, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the New Yorker and many more. Tweet This Article - Post to Facebook Reunited By Exoneration Jewel Mitchell always knew her fiancé, Dean Cage, was innocent. She didn’t know, however, when he’d be coming home. Cage was convicted of a sexual assault in Chicago in 1996, a crime Mitchell knew he didn’t commit because he was sleeping next to her when the crime happened. The two had become engaged just months before Cage was arrested. They had no way of knowing at the time that they wouldn’t be together for the next 14 years. Last year, DNA testing obtained by the Innocence Project finally proved Cage’s innocence, and he was freed. Mitchell had waited for him for 14 years, and now the couple is reunited. A two-part story this week on CNN.com chronicles these difficult years for Cage, in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and for Mitchell -- waiting for a man serving a 40-year sentence. Exonerees who spend years -- or decades -- behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit often walk out with a limited support network. People have passed away during the long years; others have simply lost hope or moved on with their lives. But the stories of the 245 DNA exonerees include other inspiring tales like that of Cage and Mitchell. Ronald Gene Taylor's case is one of those stories. He was exonerated last year in Texas after serving 12 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit. After his release, he moved to Atlanta and married his longtime girlfriend, Jeanette Brown, who had waited for him while he was in prison. Learn more about issues people face after they are exonerated. Tweet This Article - Post to Facebook Youth and Innocence Young people are particularly vulnerable to injustice. One-third of the 245 people exonerated through DNA testing were arrested before their 22nd birthday. Many of these defendants falsely confessed under intense pressure from police. Others were convicted based on eyewitness misidentifications or faulty forensic evidence. This month, Northwestern University launched a new project -- the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth -- http://www.cwcy.org/Default.aspx devoted to representing prisoners seeking to overturn wrongful convictions and addressing policy reforms to protect youth against injustice. The Innocence Project’s “947 Years” campaign also addresses the issue of youth and wrongful conviction. Visit our interactive website http://www.innocenceproject.org/fix/947/index.php to view videos and interactive casefiles on more than a dozen people who spent the prime of their lives in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Above, clockwise from top right: Exonerees Chris Ochoa, Kevin Green, Marvin Anderson, Dwayne Dail, Ryan Matthews, Vincent Moto. Tweet This Article - Post to Facebook Why I Give: Debra GerouxAnalyst, National GridOswego, New York I've always been interested in true crime stories and shows, and I'm fascinated by the psychology of crime. When I was younger, I would watch or read these stories and take for granted that the person apprehended and convicted was guilty of the crime. As I got older, I realized that this isn't always the case. Once my eyes were opened to this issue, I saw that our system is rife with injustice. I realized that mistakes are made and that prosecutors can sometimes be overzealous in pursuing a conviction. I started to follow the work of the Innocence Project and I've now seen too many cases of innocent people behind bars, fighting for their lives. Wrongful incarceration has to be the most horrible human rights violation in our country today. The media doesn't always present both sides of the story, and it's more comfortable for people to believe that everyone convicted of a crime actually committed it. Who wants a wrongful conviction on their conscience? It's human nature to believe that the justice system works. That's one reason I think it's vital to support the Innocence Project and raise awareness of wrongful convictions. A few years ago, I chose a few charities that I really care about and decided to focus my donations on them. I try to support people with no other resources available to them, and Innocence Project clients certainly fit this description. I make a monthly donation so the group knows it can rely on my consistent support, and I do my best to send articles and thoughts on the issue regularly to friends and family. Please join me in making a monthly contribution - either small or large - to support the work of the Innocence Project. The innocent need us to give them a voice and this is the best thing you can do to help improve the American criminal justice system. http://www.innocenceproject.org/
Moorhead, MN, United States
Petition to Council of the European Union
Refuse single-use plastics, with a view to ultimately have all single-use plastics banned!
Single-use plastics are plastics that are used only once and then are thrown away. Plastic waste polluting our oceans and waterways is one of the biggest problems facing our generation. By 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Newpark is taking action by becoming the first Plastic-Free School in Ireland. We want to embed this social and cultural change in our community and with our efforts make our environment better.
Newpark Comprehensive School, Dublin
Petition to Jeremy Hunt
Reduce the age at which bowel cancer screening is offered.
My Story My name is Lisa Wells, I’m 32 years old and I have terminal liver and bowel cancer. #LisasArmyUK is fundraising for my two beautiful girls Ava-Lily, 5 and Saffia, 13 weeks and Dorothy House. I married my childhood sweetheart Dan whom is my world, and we have been together since we were both 14. Our first daughter Ava-Lily was born in October 2012 and after a long road of many angel babies we welcomed our second daughter Saffia in October 2017. Shortly after giving birth, I was given the devastating news that I had stage 4 bowel and liver cancer and I had 2-12 months to live. All the aches and pains I had experienced during pregnancy I had put down to the pressures on the body that every woman experiences during that time, but in fact they were cancer warning signs. My biggest battle is not the chemo or the cancer I face, but that I wish to leave my girls a lasting legacy in my absence and help others in a similar position. I won’t get to see my girls reach the milestones every mother should – helping to pick out their wedding dresses, celebrate their successes or keys to their first home. So instead I want to raise an army of friends, family and supporters to help carry them through those experiences and to know their mum did all of this in their name. My legacy will not be filled with sadness, but joy, laughter and love. WHO’S WITH ME? As part of her legacy, Lisa wishes to campaign to lower the age of free bowel cancer screening to 25. Bowel cancer is a common type of cancer in both men and women. About 1 in 20 people will get it during their lifetime. Screening can help detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when it's easier to treat. It can also be used to help check for and remove small growths in the bowel called polyps, which can turn into cancer over time. Bowel cancer can affect you at any age....despite this, NHS bowel cancer screening is only offered to people aged 55 or over, as this is when you're more likely to get bowel cancer. Why should a family be without their young mother....wife....sister....daughter, just because they are 'too young' for free screening. Please sign this petition so we can request that Jeremy Hunt MP can bring this before Parliament and discuss it with his fellow MPs, with a view to changing that legislation.
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Doug Ford, Francois Legault, John Horgan, Jason Kenney, Brian Pallister, Scott Moe, Stephen McNeil, Blaine Higgs, Dwight Ball, Dennis King, Caroline Cochrane, Sandy Silver, Joe Savi...
Mandatory universal masking to help stop the spread of COVID-19 #masks4all
At the time of this update COVID-19 has killed over 5,300 Canadians, resulted in record unemployment and devastated the our economy. Businesses have closed and we have distanced ourselves from our friends and families. It is in all our interest to stop the spread of disease. Models of COVID-19 transmission show that if a sufficient proportion of people wear effective masks that the infection will burn out. Countries which have enacted mask laws or have a culture where mask use is the norm, have generally outperformed their counterparts in suppressing transmission, and scientific studies have shown that masks act as a barrier to transmission. In order to help stop spread of COVID-19 in Canada the general public should be expected to wear masks in public indoor, or enclosed spaces, and outdoors when social distancing can't be maintained. As time is of the essence to achieve this change of behaviour we need government to act to ensure Canadians are mandated to wear masks outside of their homes. When there is sufficient supply the government should provide Canadians with medical masks, until then cloth masks should be used by the public. Government agencies should also work to determine which cloth mask designs are most effective in the interim and provide guidance to the public their use Below I've attached a few references and links: This site nicely summarizes why you should wear a mask in further detail: https://masks4all.co If you are more interested in a scientific articles here is a good review: https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202004.0203/v1 as is this one: https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1435 Wearing a mask significantly significantly reduced detectable virus in respiratory droplets: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0843-2 Modelling of mask usage in influenza shows that widespread adoption is important to control disease: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/risa.13181A group of scientists and economists from Yale state the following “We estimate that the benefits of each additional cloth mask worn by the public are conservatively in the $3,000-$6,000 range due to their impact in slowing the spread of the virus. The benefits of each medical mask for healthcare personnel may be hundreds of times larger, and there is an ethical imperative to safeguard frontline healthcare workers. We must both encourage universal mask adoption and deal with the urgent policy priority that front-line healthcare workers face shortages of personal protective equipment, such as N95 respirators and surgical masks.” A few addition references regarding mask use: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3591312/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5153448/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29140516/ If you don't have access to a mask right now You can make your own. Here’s the CDC guide followed by additional resources. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html https://www.consumer.org.hk/ws_en/news/2020/covid-19-diymasks If you prefer to watch a video rather than read here's Jeremy Howard on masks4all: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BoDwXwZXsDI #masks4al #Masks4allCanadians #universalmasking
Petition to Mr. George B. McGill
Imprison Police Operator Donna Reneau
… - and also against Donna Reneau whose negligence and condescending behavior ultimately contributed…
Decatur, GA, United States
Petition to The Dutch Government
Zwarte Piet: End The Blackface minstrel show in the Netherlands!
… feeling disrespected, targeted and ultimately unequal. As Mouhad Reghif of the Brussels Panthers states…
London, United Kingdom
Petition to Australian Racing Board, Leon Bignell, Joy Burch, Bernard Saundry, Troy Grant, Jeremy Rockliff, Bill Byrne, Peter Styles, Shaun Kelly, Martin Pakula, Peter Stubbs, Peter V'landys, Andrew O'Toole, ...
Australian Racing Industry: racehorses aren't pet food -- create a levy to fund a horse welfare plan.
*Warning: the video above contains graphic footage The racing industry refers to these horses as "wastage". Each year, about 15,000 racehorses are shot and killed -- most of them bought by meat buyers and turned into pet food. This is what the footage we took during Melbourne Cup week exposed: beautiful racehorses were being hoarded into cages not much bigger than the size of their own bodies -- and shot in the head. Some lay twitching and struggling until a final shot by the handler killed them. Thousands of horses are slaughtered each year like this -- simply because they've lost their 'profitability.' Our spring carnival is internationally renowned. The nation stops on Melbourne Cup day to watch these majestic animals perform. But it's just unconscionable that this industry tries to portray itself as loving animals. And Racing Victoria knows it -- they've even suggested in the past they might introduce an owners levy to fund a new horse welfare plan. It's time the racing industry honours the responsibility they have to look after every animal for its entire life, not just while they're profiting off its talents. Please watch the video. Share it with your friends. And sign our petition urging the racing industry to immediately commit to a levy to fund a horse welfare plan. Tell Racing Victoria to commit to addressing this issue this racing season: https://www.facebook.com/racingvictoria?filter=2 https://twitter.com/racinginsider (03) 9258 4258
Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses
Petition to Mayor's Office, City of Toronto, John Tory, Bonnie Crombie, Justin Trudeau, City hall, Crown Attorney's Office
Justice for Jamal Francique, wrongfully killed by law enforcement
…Jamal was shot by an Enforcement Officer back in January 2020, ultimately leaving him fighting for…
Petition to Michael Freeman, Erica MacDonald, Jacob Frey, Tim Walz, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Facebook, Keith Ellison
New Laws Regarding Cases of Police Brutality
/Almost all of us know of the tragedy of the horrendous murder of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis Minnesota. They have decided to charge the murderer with 3rd degree murder which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years. This is not justice. It is time that we make an example of what happens when someone takes a position of power and abuses that power. Just because this guy was an officer when he committed the murder should not grant him any kind of leniency. If anything it should be more of a reason to seek justice. To prove that no person in this country is above the law. "Floyd, 46, died Monday in the city he moved to for a better life, his last moments caught on video. While being arrested, Floyd was held down by a Minneapolis police officer's knee. The video shows Floyd pleading that he is in pain and can't breathe. Then, his eyes shut and the pleas stop. He was pronounced dead shortly after.That officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested on Friday and faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman." -Excerpt from article by Alisha Ebrahimji of CNN on 5/29/2020 (full article here: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/27/us/george-floyd-trnd/index.html A man is dead over a $20 bill. All because a monster decided he wanted to become a police officer. This man is a murderer. There is evidence that he knew George Floyd from working with him as well. 3rd Degree Murder is NOT ENOUGH. Treat him like the sadistic man he is. George Floyd deserves justice! His family deserves justice!! The people responsible for his murder need to be charged to the fullest extent of the law and the charges need to stick. There is no excuse or justification for the death of George Floyd. Sign this petition and lets help the District Attorney, the judges, the white house, and anyone else who will listen understand that GEORGE FLOYD DID NOT DESERVE TO DIE. Let's also show them that the monster who RUTHLESSLY MURDERED George Floyd deserves to be punished more than a maximum sentence of 40 years. That does not make up for even a fraction of the pain that he has caused. He doesn't deserve anything less than life in prison without parole. (Since Minnesota as a state abolished the death penalty in the early 1900's) It is time for people to realize you cannot go into Law Enforcement on a power trip. You cannot take lives just because you think you can. You cannot get away with being a murderer with a badge. It is time that we start locking these people who give law enforcement a bad name away. It is time for us to start fighting back and getting the bad apples out of the bunch! It is time that we teach a lesson to the real "Thugs", the power hungry, murderous, psychopaths that get a badge and start killing our sons, fathers, husbands, and brothers! Let me lay this out for you 3rd degree murder is recognized by 3 states in the United States. In Minnesota this charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. This degree of murder is typically for when a death occurred, but it was unintentional. All the requirements of 2nd degree murder were met. This could have been a solid choice of a charge for the sake of the weight of premeditation being considered for 1st degree. With that being said there have been people charged and convicted on 1st degree charges without a full blown "plan" to murder the person. We cannot be convinced this was an accident. When a grown man is begging for his mother, urinated on himself, is bleeding, and loses consciousness there is no doubt that harm is occurring to a degree that could and did result in death. There is no justification. There is no way to say the officer "didn't mean to" As a police officer there is a duty to protect the individuals in your custody. There is no officer training that involves kneeling on someones neck. George was handcuffed and was on the ground flat on his stomach. There was no justification. I cannot stress that enough. 3rd degree is gross injustice for the murder of George Floyd Enter the second wind of this petition. We need to continue enforcing that these charges need to stick and the officers need to be convicted. The second part of the letter to the officials regarding this petition involves new laws regarding the handling of cases of brutality and murder under the color of law. There needs to be an example made, laws need to change, and the world needs to see that no longer will we allow people to get off just because of a technicality or their position of authority. People in positions of authority should not be allowed to abuse that power. They are here to protect and serve and there is no reason that they should be above the law. They should be prosecuted in the same way and they should face charges without there being a debate on it. There should be harsher punishment for someone who has a legal obligation to protect individuals and fails to do so and even goes so far as being the cause of harm and the cause of death in these situations. A murderer is a murderer and it does not matter what position they hold they should not be allowed to get by with just abusing and killing people. Keep sharing and sign this petition to help bring about change that is needed so badly.
North Wilkesboro, NC, United States
Petition to Starbucks, McDonald's, Theresa May MP, Amber Rudd MP, Ed Miliband, Claire Perry MP, Margot James MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP, Sadiq Khan, Subway, Michael Gove, Greg Clark MP
Ban plastic cutlery and straws in fast-food chains to protect our oceans and marine life.
… marine life, ultimately killing them and contributing to the depletion of already struggling…
Watford, ENG, United Kingdom
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