black and african american rights
Petition to Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Edward J. Markey
Removing Slave Portrait Displayed from US Post Office
Removal of Slave mural hanging in US Post Office in Medford MA. The slave mural is a constant reminder of US racist past. This image should have never been commissioned to be painted in the federal building. Concerned residents have recieved at best cursory, and not one of the publicly elected officials professed any concern over this offensive image. Various rationalizations for not acting were offered, such as "it's historical" or "its a Federal building". So, the slave mural remains in public view - another testiment to the indifference of our elected officials to offer any attempt to correct or address past misery. It is time for us to take stance against mural and all that it represents. Please sign the petition to show your support for the cause.
Petition to Judge David Gooding/Jewish Family Services Jacksonville
Let Nevaeh stay with her African American family
Two year old Nevaeh Alexander has been in foster care and around her family since she was born. She has a grandfather, great grandmother, uncle, aunt, cousins and etc that she knows and loves. A family in the North is trying to take her away from her family. Her cousin, Latrisha McFarland, applied to adopt her after she found out that the other family had put in for the adoption. According to research, kids are hardwired to take cues about the world, and draw a sense of physical and emotional security, from their parents/ and when they’re taken from their caregivers prematurely, their development may stall and potentially suffer irrevocable harm. “These early separations have a profound effect on the overall capacity for people to function and be useful members of society,” van der Kolk says. “Your brain is a predictive system. If people get ripped away from you, you get a brain that will say, ‘People will mess with me. People will hurt me. People will take advantage of me.’ That becomes your basic orientation as you grow up.” Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, director of the Trauma Center in Boston and a childhood trauma expert According to care.com- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), social developments at age 2 include toddler separation anxiety and begin to show signs of separation anxiety -- even if they didn't as babies. There is the possibility the individual will permanently take on the “victim” or “victimizer” role. Long term control issues may be prominent. A serious effect may be the disruption in ego development, with an increased incidence of “borderlinepersonality” problems. Lack of self-awareness may be ongoing. There may be long term subtle language problems. As adults, these individuals may be rigid, inflexible, and not able to deal appropriately with aggressive impulses. The courts have decided that she would be better off with this family (who live far away) because it would be "nice" for her to grow up with her older sibling they adopted some years ago. They are willing to devastate this two year old little girl and her relatives by taking her away from blood family in order for her to call other people uncle, grandfather etc. Why risk all of that to satify this family's need? The needs of the many outweight the needs of the one. Latrisha will file an appeal. Please sign the petition and tell the Jewish Family Services and the Judge that this African American girl should remain with her family. Thank you so kindly - God Bless .
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......."
Petition to The Walt Disney Company, Netflix, Nickelodeon
I want movies/companies to be fined for characters not matching their roles
For years and years black girls/women have grown up not seeing themselves on tv and in movies. Over the past 2 decades or so that’s just changed, only a bit. Black girls are being casted more and are taking on more lead roles, yay. But I’ve noticed a trend that almost every single black girl i see in movies/tv shows nowadays are of a lighter complexion. Disney has had 100+ movies/tv shows with black leads/big roles and only 5 of those roles have been dark-skinned girls/women. Nickelodeon has had 3 lead black girl roles since 2014, none of them are dark-skinned girls. Disney has only had 2 black girls with major roles in their shows since China Anne McClain in 2014. The list goes on. Most movies and tv shows only call for a dark-skinned woman when they need a “loud mouthed”, “sassy”, “rude” woman. This feeds into so many stereotypes and not only puts an institutionalized mentality in little black girls heads but maybe even Caucasian kids who don’t see a lot of black people in their lives. Those Caucasian kids will grow up seeing dark-skinned girls/women in the same way because they only saw 1 version of them on TV. I, Gabriel Armstead, am starting this petition to get movies fined and boycotted in the character they cast doesn’t match the role they are playing. For example, the movie “The Hate You Give” was originally a book. In the book the main Character was a dark-skinned black girl, yet in the movie they casted Amanda Stenberg to play the role, who is clearly of a lighter complexion. I really hope this petition gets bigger because it’s very important to me and all the black women I've grown up with and now to receive the representation they deserve and it not being negative representation, Thank you.
Petition to Sanford D. Bishop Jr., Georgia State Senate, Georgia State House, Georgia Governor
Protect Our Citizens
I designed a bill to pass a new law. The African American community is suffering because of the lives being lost at the hands of the officers that were put in place to protect us. This bill will hold police officers accountable for drawing their weapons on unarmed citizens without probable cause. Statistics show blacks are killed at 6x the rate of whites by the police. Fewer than 1 in 3 black people killed by the police in America in 2014 were suspected of a crime and allegedly armed. Levels of crime in the US cities do not make it any more or less likely for police to kill people. There is no excuse for police violence. There is no accountability. In 2015, more than 100 unarmed people killed by the police were black. Despite black people only being 13 % of the US population. Unarmed black people were killed at 6x the rate of unarmed whites in 2015. 30 % of black victims were unarmed in 2015 compared to 21 % of white victims. 1,147 people were killed by the police in 2017. Black people were 25% of those killed despite being only 13 % of the population. 1,116 people were killed by police in 2018. So far, 406 people have been shot and killed by the police in 2019 and we're only halfway through the year. For years the citizens of the U.S have given you their respect, money, time, freedom, lives and almost our voice which we are still fighting to keep. We ask that you give us something in return. We ask that you give us the right to live without the fear we will be killed by the police officers you place on the streets. The officers you trust to fully protect us.
Petition to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty
File Charges against Officers Timothy Loehmann and Officer Frank Garmback
We, the undersigned, demand that charges be filed against the Cleveland Police Officers responsible for the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was innocently minding his own business in a public picnic shelter at Cudell Recreation Center on November 22, 2014, when a police squad car driven by officer Frank Garmback suddenly descended upon Tamir and Officer Timothy Loehmann fired two shots in 0.792 seconds hitting Tamir Rice in the stomach. Unless police are held accountable for such unwarranted use of deadly force, there is no question but that tragedies like this will continue to happen.
Petition to Timothy McGinty, John Kasich
Justice for Tamir Rice
My cousin Tamir was only 12-years-old when he was shot and killed last year by a Cleveland police officer as he played in a park with a toy gun. Timothy Loehmann, an officer in training, shot and killed Tamir within two seconds of arriving at the park. The police car hadn’t even fully stopped before he began shooting.He shot my little cousin so quickly it would have been impossible for him to tell Tamir to drop the toy airsoft gun, much less for Tamir to respond to them.Tamir’s killing was captured on camera. That should have been all that was needed to charge the officer. But next month marks a full year since his death and the County Prosecutor, Timothy McGinty, has still not even presented this case to a grand jury to determine if charges will be filed against the officers.This is unacceptable. Timothy McGinty needs to be replaced with a special prosecutor, who are used in high-profile cases, to ensure that there isn’t bias.Our family believes that McGinty is clearly biased and in favor of the officers. This week he released two “expert” reviews which sided with the officers even though neither of the review writers had even interviewed the officers.Please join Tamir’s family in calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to this case.