all lives matter

5 petitions

Started 3 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
78 supporters
Started 10 months 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
372 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to Mariano Guzman, Renny Fong, Carmen Fariña, Bill de Blasio, Bonnie Laboy, Department of Education, Office Of Civil Rights, Laura Brantley, Lois Herrera

Address Bullying, Race & Discrimination at P.S. 130

Hello Everyone I’ve been coping with on ongoing issue at my son’s school P.S. 130. Since November my son, Nicholas has faced numerous accounts of bullying, discrimination and racism and preferential treatment against him. This is not the first time a Non- Asian child has faced discrimination however the school and its community likes to 'sweep it under the rug'. My son was pushed, kicked, pinched, poked with foreign objects by the same 3 Asian students (different occasions) and the principal Renny Fong and Assistant Principal Jennifer Pearsall claim Nicholas has not been bullied at all. Mrs. Pearsall and Mr. Fong and I have met many times regarding these issues and they have not taken me seriously and have tried to make my son into a perpetrator. My child has been called racial slurs; 'nigger' numerous times and I have yet to see any of those kids suspended or removed permanently from the class. Or even the bare minimum which is a letter home to the parents urging them to address these matters with their children and it shouldn't be tolerated at school. I've addressed my concerns about the school environment for Non- Asian students as this school year not a single lesson was taught on black history or any other race but there's a huge celebration for Chinese New Year in the school and classrooms. There's many children who aren't even zoned at the school who live as far as New Jersey but use fake addresses out here to get more Asian students in. The school is also notorious for making ACS cases on Non- Asian students but when an Asian student complains that they were beaten with an object, people like Mrs. Pearsall turn a blind eye to it and it goes unreported. We need Mr. Fong to make changes in how our Non- Asian students are treated. When you put one race above another that already sets the bar for the other students to be mistreated. This school fails to be inclusive of ALL races and CULTURES! I want Mr. Fong and Mrs. Pearsall to stop turning a blind eye to the matter and do what's necessary so this doesn't happen to more children like my child. **** In the link below you can see for yourself Nicholas telling me what's going on at school

Wade Griffith
121 supporters