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Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Todd Spitzer (Orange County Supervisor 3rd District), California Governor, Tony Rackauckas, Loretta Sanchez, Loretta Lynch, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, DIane Feinstein, Alex Padilla

Exonerate Kenneth Clair: DNA Evidence Points to Someone Else.

On November 15, 1984, 5-year-old Jerrod Hessling witnessed the beating, rape, and stabbing death of his babysitter. When asked to describe the killer, he said, without hesitation, that it was a white male. Another child present during the murder saw a white man’s tattooed arm reach inside the house to open a sliding glass door. Yet somehow, the lawyers in the case determined that Kenneth Clair, a dark-skinned African-American homeless man who had been squatting next door, was the killer. When Jerrod saw him on the witness stand and insisted they had the wrong man, the prosecution chalked it up to youth and trauma and pursued the death penalty for Kenneth Clair. To this day, 31 years later, Mr. Clair sits on San Quentin’s death row, awaiting his execution date. [UPDATE: I was recently made aware that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals secretly overturned Mr. Clair’s death sentence and changed it to life in prison without parole. This is mixed news -- his life is spared, but he no longer has the right to an attorney under habeas corpus laws, and he has not been granted a retrial. That means the exonerating DNA evidence will NOT be seen in court. We now have to focus our energy on asking Governor Jerry Brown and California State Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the case and exonerate Kenneth Clair for this crime he did not commit. It is Mr. Clair’s only remaining chance for justice. ] But that’s not the biggest bombshell in this case -- in 2008, forensic testing revealed that DNA found on the murder victim did not match Clair’s. DNA taken from a glove found at the scene also did not match. It matches another individual, but the Orange County District Attorney insists that “confidentiality is required” concerning this evidence, and for 7 years now, the identity of the person whose DNA does match the swab has remained a secret. In the interest of justice, we must call on the Orange County DA and California state lawmakers to demand that the DNA evidence be turned over to Kenneth Clair’s defense. Since his conviction, Clair has struggled with ineffective counsel. He wanted his lawyers to work at investigating the crime, rather than simply trying to free him from death row, but they never did. His plea for substitute counsel even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, and he did eventually receive a switch of counsel. Finally, he is being represented by people who are dedicated to his exoneration. But their hands are tied without this crucial DNA evidence, and more of Clair’s precious life is wasting away in prison as they fight to obtain it. Please sign my petition: Obviously the Orange County District Attorneys office, with their current district attorney Tony Rackauckas will continue withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense. The only alternative is to both Mr. Rackauckas out of office. So our goal now is to fight this battle both by rallies and at the voting box. If you cannot vote, we still need your donations and also your time if you can volunteer. OUR MAIN MESSAGE IS THAT THE DNA IS NOT KENNETH CLAIR'S. WE DO NOT CARE IF THE DA'S OFFICE CONTINUES TO WITHHOLD THE RESULTS ANY MORE........  NOW OUR MISSION IS TO EXONERATE KENNETH CLAIR. "IF THE DNA SAYS NO .........YOU HAVE TO EXONERATE AND LET KENNETH CLAIR GO......."  

C. J. Ford
163,491 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Gavin Newsom

A petition to free Ruchell Cinque Magee, a political prisoner incarcerated since 1970.

We plead for the release of Ruchell Cinque Magee who was sentenced and incarcerated in 1970 and is still serving an unjust sentence at the ripe old age of 80. Please read this short article to read revolutionary Magee's story:  Kiilu Nyasha, the author of the article linked above sharply points out that "so-called law enforcement in this country lets police and prison guards murder with impunity, while our Black brothers and sisters wind up serving life without the possibility of parole even though they never got that sentence."  There comes a time when the punishment exceeds the crime! Therefore, we the people are requesting the release of Ruchell Cinque Magee. The time has come, the time is now to grant this human being the privelage of his freedom to live his life as he sees fit. Let Justice play her part and let Ruchell Maghee out of prison. Set the captive free, he has overstayed his visit. Let the miracle of his release manifest to us all and by no means continue to deny him being paroled. There is a duty that the courts need to adhere to and that duty consists of justice, in this case, his immediate release.Stop the injustice. Write to the governor or call and make change happen:  916-445-2841 1303 10th st Suite 1173 Sacramento, Ca 95814

Marcie Alvarez
227 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Democratic National Committee, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren

Count us in and hear us out! Respect Black votes and Black voices.

  For decades, the Democratic Party has taken our votes for granted without taking our voices seriously. As a result, many members of the black community have considered skipping the 2020 election altogether. This is not good. We need everyone to vote in this critical election. I believe many undecided members of the black community will vote if they have an opportunity to be heard. I also believe persuading a large number of undecided individuals will be beneficial to the DNC, not only by garnering more votes but by drastically swinging the election in their favor. I am asking the remaining Democratic candidates to allow me to host a panel where the black community can address our concerns ahead of the 2020 election. The DNC has provided separate platforms for other minority groups to be heard and they should do the same for us. We are no longer satisfied with simply participating in the voting process. We want our concerns to be heard, addressed and included in the 2020 campaign. I vote in every election at every level. However, I cannot dismiss the voices of my community - the black community, when they say they are tired of being ignored. Many believe their votes do not count because their voices are not heard. For decades we have witnessed other minority groups receive everything they've asked of these candidates, while we are told to sit back and wait until next time. When is next time? I believe the time is now.  If you are a member of the black community, or an ally of the black community and you value our votes, please sign my petition to the DNC and and help me make this panel a reality. It seems they value our volume, but not our voices. It's time for a change.  Thank you.  

Ashley K
223 supporters