Topic

all lives matter

6 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Amberalert.gov , Federal Bureau of Investigation, ABC

Raise the minimum age limit for the Amber Alert

When it comes down to safety, children are the first ones that come to mind. Keeping our children safe and out of harms way should be our number one priority. The words that follow this introduction belong to my cousin Shantara Hurry who lost her daughter May 31, 2017 to Robert Howard of Brewton, Alabama. May 31st was the day that our families lives changed. My daughter, Naomi Jones, age 12 was kidnapped and murdered by a sex offender not registered in the state of Florida. He just so happened to live in the next apartment building with his girlfriend and child. Once I received the call from my second oldest child that he hadn’t seen Naomi, shortly after she went missing, I rushed home from work to find Naomi. It was very unusual that she wasn’t home. I knew my daughter wasn't a run away; I knew something was wrong. My goal is to make the Naomi Alert for all children over the age of 11, which the best way to get information out to the general public. Through cellphones, I know it will do way more justice for pre-teens and teenagers because not every child is a run away. The BOL alert only notifies police officers; we need everyone in our community to be on the look out for our missing children. WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR DONATIONS! Please help my cousin, our family and other families in our situation, to find a better way to communicate state and nationwide of our missing youth. Losing a child is the worse feeling anyone can imagine, I would hate for another child's life to be lost at the hands of killers, molesters and child traffickers. 

Kelveon Clanton
1,757 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to Jerry Brown, California State Senate, California State House, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Xavier Becerra

Ensure equality and transparency in law enforcement prosecutions

The goal of California Constitutional Amendment Initiative 17-022 is to ensure equality and transparency in law enforcement prosecutions.  We've all been inundated with stories of police-involved deaths over the past few years. Many of these cases have been played out on social media and the news through video clips of the incidents as they happened, some in real-time. This has sparked a massive movement to change policing practices and policies in this country. A movement that has been stymied by consistent pushback centered founded on a central belief - "This country doesn't have a policing problem. It's just a few bad apples." However, the prevalence of this belief has not translated into specific policies designed to address those 'bad apples.'  California Initiative 17-022 is an attempt to change that.  While the majority of the policing reform efforts have been focused directly on police conduct (body cameras, training, citizen oversight boards, etc.), there is a secondary violence that must also be addressed - the inability to obtain justice in cases where the State considers an officer's conduct to be that of a 'bad apple'. The bar for prosecution of law enforcement officers for unjustified use of force, even in the most obvious-looking cases, is seen to be too high for prosecutors to bring a charge. And when a charge is brought, the essentially unchecked leeway given to officers who claim self-defense creates an almost insurmountable barrier to conviction. It is our belief that the bar for successfully prosecuting law enforcement officers has been artificially raised due to a common misconception that the US Supreme Court created a special legal class for law enforcement officers in criminal prosecutions of use of force cases. We believe that the holding from Graham v. Connor, a civil rights case, has seeped into the popular and legal consciousness as a general standard for all instances of law enforcement use of force. Currently, there is an assumption that the Supreme Court ruled that an officer's use of force in self-defense or the defense of others is held to a different standard than that of an ordinary citizen in both civil and criminal cases. This simply is not true. Therefore, California Initiative 17-022 attempts to do the following: Clarify that the current state of the law regarding prevailing on a claim of self defense in a criminal prosecution does not make a distinction between law enforcement officers and the citizenry Ensure that any future changes to criminal self defense laws that attempt to differentiate between the citizenry and law enforcement officers do not lower the standard of reasonableness for law enforcement officers below that of the citizenry Require trials involving prosecutions of law enforcement officers for delineated crimes to be heard by a jury Our petition has been cleared for circulation by the Secretary of State (petition 1818).  We are asking that you take up the cause through formal channels.

American Policing Project
176 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Congress, THE PRESIDENT, The People, Governers, Senators, representaives

We need national Bathroom Laws!

We demand that Congress draft a National Bathroom Law that allows Transgender people to use the public facilities that corresponds to their gender identity.   Many states including South Dakota and North Carolina are implementing legislation that discriminates against Transgender students. Some laws mandate students use facilities, that correspond to their assigned gender instead of the gender they best identify with. Why is this harmful?   Preliminary Findings from a 2015 U.S  Transgender survey, reported that 59% of Transgendee students avoided bathrooms public bathrooms at work, school and other places to prevent confrontation. It also found that 31% avoided eating and drinking so they did not have to use the restroom, and 24% had people tell them they are using the wrong bathroom! In addition, Data from a National Transgender Discrimination surveys, shows suggest a correlation between denied access and suicide attempts. They found that a large percentage of respondents who were rejected access to college campus facilities also reported attempts to commit suicide. Kristie Seelman, an assistant in the School of Social Work and Policy at (Georgia State University ), believes “anxiety and stress about finding bathrooms creates a lot of distress in the day to day lives of transgender students”.  Although there are many contributing factors to someone wanting to end their lives, its is unfortunate that such an elementary issue has a huge negative impact on1.4 million lives.Can you imagine the agony and frustration this can cause someone? How can we  encourage freedom of expression and limit it at the same time? The first, and arguably most important amendment, gives us the right to express ourselves through symbolic speech. It is symbolic that a woman trapped in a man’s body goes to the ladies room so she feels comfortable and visa versa. Therefore according to the constitution states are violating thousands of citizens first amendment right. We can not prohibit people from exercising their right they because we feel uncomfortable with how they choose to do so. We have to put our personal biases and irrational fears aside.  This is why we urge the national government to take this issue seriously. We urge Congress to let Transgender people exercise their first amendment right.  Please sign and share this petition together we can make a change in the legislative process our government currently follows, we can show them that we have strong voices and opinions that demand to be heard!      

Leanne Allen
379 supporters