Black Lives Matter
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States
Sanction Ethiopia for using rape as a weapon of war
The Ethiopian Government is using rape as a weapon of genocide. For the last 5 months, women in Tigray (the northernmost state of Ethiopia) have been subjected to obscene sexual violence by Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers operating at the word of the un-elected Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and local militia men from the Amhara region who are supporting the genocide. Everyday, Tigrayan women are coming forward with stories of gang rape, though many stay silent out of fear of retribution, with one woman stating that 23 soldiers took turns raping her for 10 days. Prime Minister Abiy, defenseless to these claims of horrendous sexual violence, has attempted to maneuver his way around them by classifying rape as the norm during what he calls a “law and order operation”. He even attempted to pull focus from the harrowing tales of these brave women, stating that “yes, the women were raped, but at least they were raped by men - our army was attacked by bayonet!! No one talks about that'' when referring to humanitarian crimes in Tigray. On top of starvation, internal displacement, and the kidnapping of their children, women in Tigray are facing the daily use of rape as a weapon of war in their communities. This includes Eritrean soldiers intentionally infecting Tigrayan women and girls with HIV, the deliberate attempt to “cleanse” the Tigrayan bloodline by local Amhara militias supportive of the genocide, as well as men being forced to rape their family members under the threat of violence and death. A doctor working with women seeking treatment stated that "I am a gynecologist, I have never seen or read about this kind of rape. Rape can happen, yes, (but I have) not seen this, I have never heard about this rape... are these soldiers human beings? How can a human being do such a thing?". We are calling on the United States government, which has substantial leverage over Abiy’s government, to sanction Ethiopia, which will in turn stop the Ethiopian government's genocidal campaign against the women, as well as all citizens, of Tigray. Please sign this petition and use your voice to stand against genocide. Use your voice to stand up for women's right to live peacefully.
Ralph Yarl needs justice
His name is Ralph Yarl. He's a brilliant, talented, kind, outgoing 16 year old boy from a wonderful family who was shot twice by a white man when Ralph rang the doorbell to pick up his young siblings. - Police said that Ralph was picking up his siblings at a house on N.E. 115th Terrace, but mistakenly went to a house on N.E. 115th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. And the white homeowner shot Ralph once through the glass front door. Then shot him again in the head to make sure he was dead. By a complete miracle, Ralph has SURVIVED and is recovering. THIS IS NOT A MAN STANDING HIS GROUND. This is NOT a stand your ground case. A young Black boy HAS THE RIGHT to accidentally go to 115th Street instead of 115th Terrace WITHOUT BEING SHOT. Period. If this was a black man shooting and white 16 year old boy who ACCIDENTALLY went to the wrong house he would immediately be charged and sent to prison! Get a grip people and get justice for Ralph Yarl! (Content copied from Shaun King's Instagram post from April 16, 2023.)
Petition to Department of Justice, Illinois State Senate, Illinois State House, JB Pritzker, Tammy Duckworth, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Justice for Jelani Day
On August 24th Jelani Day went missing and his car was found with no license plates or keys several days after he was reported missing. Ten days later, Jelani’s body was found face down in the Illinois River 60 miles from his campus in a town where less than 1 percent of the population is Black. Jelani was an avid swimmer who’d competed on his school’s swim team who had no known connections in this town. Jelani's car, wallet, clothing, phone AND body were found in five DIFFERENT locations. The police departments in Bloomington, Peru, and La Salle aren't producing any answers to what happened to Jelani Day. The police states that Jelani's death is "suspicious" and "unusual." but have not thoroughly investigated the entire case. Jelani's murderers are still free, walking the streets among us and we’re losing confidence in local authorities as they never made Jelani ‘s disappearance a priority. Jelani loved the Lord. He ran track at Alabama A&M, was enrolled at Illinois State to get his master’s degree in speech pathology and is a member of the fraternity Omega Psi Phi. Sign this petition to bring justice for Jelani. Demand that the FBI intervenes to find what happened to Jelani Day.
Petition to Keith Ellison Minnesota Attorney General, DA Mike Freeman Minnesota Governor, Tim Walz Minnesota Governor
Justice for Daunte Wright
20 year old man Daunte Wright was murdered by Minneapolis-area police. He was pulled over for having an air freshener obstructing the view of his rear view mirror. The officers refused to tell him why he got pulled over, so he got back in his car to drive away, and they shot him. The car traveled several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. He died at the scene of the crash. His body was left on the street for hours by the police. He was a father to a two year old. Help get Daunte Wright and his family justice.
Petition to US Department of Justice, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, United Nations, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), Joseph R. Biden, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime
"Innocence Denied: David Allen's Quest for Justice"
Introduction:On January 23, 2001, David Allen found himself convicted and sentenced to a life behind bars for a crime he did not commit. Tragically, even before the jury's verdict, the justice system had already branded him as the "Monster" and "Powerful Godfather of the Most Notorious Blood Gang in the State of New Jersey." It's a harrowing tale of a man who placed his trust in the fairness of the trial process, only to be let down by a corrupt system that seems to prioritize its duty to protect African American communities over the pursuit of true justice. David Allen's story is not an isolated incident but rather a stark example of the struggles faced by African American communities throughout the United States. Instead of being the safeguard of their rights and freedoms, the justice system often appears to be working against them, perpetuating a cycle of persecution and coercion. Our Petition's Mission:Our petition is a call to action, seeking to end this grievous injustice and ensure that every innocent individual, like David Allen, is afforded a fair trial. We earnestly request your support to help us achieve this crucial objective. We invite you to read the heartfelt words of our fellow community member and stand alongside us in our relentless fight for justice. Together, we can make a difference and strive for a legal system that truly upholds the principles of fairness, equality, and justice for all. Join us today in our pursuit of a brighter, more just future.
Petition to Sarah Adams-Cornell, Peter Scheer, Rachel E. Barnes, Micha Green, William Brangham, HIPHOPDX , Ms. Carolyn Ross, HIP HOP CONGRESS, INC, Theodois Manning, Mayor Holt, JoBeth Hamon, Nikki Nice, Matt Hinkle, Barack Obama, Gov.Stitt , George Young, Bradley Carter, Barbara Peck, James Cooper, Todd Stone, Mark Stonecipher, Whitney Bryen, Paul Monies, Jennifer Palmer, Lionel Ramos, Kenton Ross, Mike Sherman, Ted , Sean Witt, Ainsley Martinez, Yasmeen Saadi, Jazz Wolfe, Maya Wiley, Shin Inouye, LDF
Honor Roll Student Joshua Christon Wrongfully Convicted By Rap Music
Imagine your life being ripped away from you at the age of 18. You are a senior in high school as well as an honor roll student and preparing for graduation. Next you hear the sheriffs deputy pounding on your door, guns pointed at your chest, and then you're being handcuffed. Your lawyer tells you "You will be home and I believe you are innocent." Next you sit in the court room detached from reality trying to understand how can you fight for your rights. Unfortunately, you lack the finances, resources, and the knowledge of a lawyer. Twelve jurors SEE you, but do not HEAR you.The system that your parents told you to believe in is the same system that disregarded the law. They distorted the facts and created an image that was not you. Leaving you to feel as if you were alone fighting against INJUSTICE! This is not a movie or Netflix special. This is a true story of Joshua Christon's life. My name is Joshua Christon and my charge is first degree murder. The nature of my crime took place in Oklahoma County, in the state of Oklahoma. It was four months after I turned 18 years old. I was an honor roll student waiting to graduate high school. I worked as a shift manager at Taco Bell while attending high school my Senior year. Second point the victim’s, brother Albert Oakes, testified on the stand at the preliminary hearing that I did not kill his brother, but named my co-defendant Mr. Winford as the shooter. The preliminary hearing Judge bound me over for trial and the only reason was that the victim's brother saw me at the scene of the crime. Therefore, I shouldn't have been charged with first degree murder, but the District Attorney were upset that I chose not to become a state informant. There was no gun or any weapon found to belong to me, there was no camera that connected me to the crime, no DNA evidence, no fingerprints, or forensic evidence that connected me to the crime The District Attorney introduced misleading evidence regarding rap lyrics that were found in a plastic container in my bedroom. The District Attorney's used the rap lyrics to show my alleged mind-set, intent, and motive which they provided as their evidence to convict me(In- camera hearing TR.Pg. 7-58). However, the District Attorneys chose only certain rap lyrics and not all the genres of music that were found in the plastic container to convict me. The statement that was made to the Judge was the content that was in the plastic container contained only gangster lyrics is a contradiction. The District Attorneys, my lawyer, and the Judge failed to have all the context of all the music in the plastic container reviewed(In-camera hearing TR.Pg. 38. The rap lyric or music that was in the plastic container did not mention the name of the victim. It was music created before the crime that I am accused of occurred. The rap lyrics had nothing to do with the actual crime. The music was used as a smoke screen to create prejudicial discrimination and bias towards my first amendment rights. Which was a direct violation of my constitutional rights, and lead to a conviction. Life Accomplishments After Being Incarcerated · Certified Paralegal/ Legal Assistant -Black Stone Institution · Certified & Ordained Minister - P.M.I Associate Degree -- Calvary Christian College & Seminary · Ordained Senior Pastor By Pastor Manning Sr. for the church called Divine Wisdom Worship Center Church of Lexington · President of Toastmasters of Lexical Toastmasters 2016-2017 and 2020-2021. · Toastmaster’s awards: Competent Communicator, Advance Communicator Bronze, Advance Communicator Silver, Advance Communicator Gold, Component Leadership, Advance Leadership Bronze, Advance Leadership Silver, and High Performance Leadership Award. · “First Evers” while incarcerated: Area K-1 Director for Toastmaster’s International in District 16 2016-2017 To receive a D.T.M. (Distinguished Toastmasters Award) which is the highest award in Toastmasters’ International achieved 2018. I helped c/o sponsored a toastmaster’s club called T.A.S.K. Toastmasters Club 6832817 achieved 2018. · Certification of completion Thinking for a Change · Certification of completion Anger Management Course · Certification of completion Inside-Out (Victim Impact) · Multiple Certification of completion for Celebrate Recovery · Certification of completion T.A.S.K. (Teaching and Saving Kids) · T.I.B. (Teaching and Saving Kids Intervention Board Member) · A.A.C.G African American Culture Group Vice President of Membership Board Member 2019-2020 · C.M.A. Christian Men Association Chair Man- 2016-2017 and 2019-2020 · I have enrolled as a member with the N.A.A.C.P. & S.C.L.C. (Southern Christian Lutheran Conference) SPEAK UP FOR THE VOICELESS, WE NEED YOUR VOICE! If anyone has any other ideas or suggestions please feel free to share it with us, we would love to hear them. PLEASE POST COMMENTS,SHARE THIS PETITION & LET YOUR VOICE BE MADE KNOWN TODAY! (All social or media outlets will be managed by the Christon Family) https://www.facebook.com/thechristonfamily/ Please donate to Joshua's GoFundMe Page. The income is for attorney fees to file a Post Conviction Relief https://www.gofundme.com/joshua-christon-justice-campaign?pc=fm_co_campmgmt_m&rcid=r01-160332131225-0a6daeed338a4888&utm_medium=social&utm_source=messenger&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet No oneshould have to be wrongfully incarcerated and spend years fighting to have their voice made known. There is no reason why every citizens American should not be treated with equality that lack finances and resource to be handed down impartial judgments. Rap Music or music that people listen to or create should not be used against them due to bias agendas to convict in court. If, we fail to stand for our rights like our First Amendment Rights. We are giving up our voice to have any say so in our American democracy. “Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” President John Quincy Adams Ask you signed this petition, please re-forward it to your contact list: family, friends, and associates. Also, the platform will re-forward it to more organizations by your donations if you are able to make the voluntary donations of a minimal of $2.00. Your support by sharing this petition on your social media outlets or word of mouth is greatly appreciated. We are truly grateful for YOUR VOICE and we will stand together as ONE VOICE for the Justice of Joshua Christon which is long overdue! Thank you. Justice 4 Joshua Christon #AVoiceofthevoicless
Petition to Chancellor Mark Mone
Justice for Déjah Welsh!
In 2013, Déjah Welsh was a sophomore at UWM. Like many students, she was facing mental health struggles. One afternoon during a mental health crisis, she returned to her friend’s dorm without checking into the front desk properly. Multiple UWM police officers, several without badges, were called on her and attacked her even though it was clear she was in crisis. They nearly suffocated her to death. When she said she couldn’t breathe and didn’t want to end up like Derek Williams, a Milwaukee man who suffocated to death in the back of a MPD squad car in 2011, they finally stopped and put her in a mental health facility. Even though this was extremely traumatic, Welsh wanted to continue at UWM. When she tried to enroll for classes, UWM gave her the run around, essentially barring her from returning as a student. Today, Welsh is trying to re-enroll at another school, but UWM has not released her transcripts. To this day, UWM has not in any form acknowledged what happened, and now they are keeping Welsh out of education altogether. Unfortunately, this is not a unique experience for Black students at UWM. In public, UWM claims that they value all students, and that they are doing all they can to protect diversity on campus. Behind closed doors, they choke Black students and then kick them off campus. That’s not right! We stand with Déjah Welsh! We demand: UWM administration and UWM PD publicly apologize to Déjah UWM release her transcripts to her UWM forgive her student loans from her year at UWM UWM provide a scholarship or grant to help her return to school
Petition to Ned Lamont, Benjamin Florsheim, Michael L. Rell, Wethersfield Connecticut Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Connecticut Historical Society, Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut State Senate, Connecticut State House, Joe Courtney, Rosa L. DeLauro, James A. Himes, John B. Larson, Christopher Murphy, Jahana Hayes, Bob Godfrey, Craig A. Miner, Martin M. Looney, Daniel J. Fox, Anthony J. D'Amelio, Tim Ackert, Christie M. Carpino, Brandon L. McGee, Jr., Joan V. Hartley, Toni E. Walker, Catherine A. Osten, Mae Flexer, Bob Duff, Michelle L. Cook, Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Mary M. Mushinsky, Matthew Ritter, David Arconti, Jr., Gary A. Winfield, Kamala Harris, Denis R. Caron
Recognition of life and service for Prince Mortimer; a slave and Revolutionary war veteran
In 1730, a 6 year old child was captured in Guinea, taken from his parents and brought to New England by ship amongst excrement and filth, causing him to acquire a chronic bacterial disease called Yaws. He would suffer through the pain of walnut-sized sores and disfigurement for the rest of his life. He was assigned the name Prince. In the late 1750's, Prince was purchased by Phillip Mortimer, a wealthy Irishman starting a rope making business. Prince became a skilled Spinner. In 1780, the Revolutionary War not going well, Congress put out a plea for men. Phillip Mortimer sent Prince, now age 56. Prince said he was servant to officers including George Washington. Many slaves were promised freedom on return, but Prince remained enslaved by Phillip Mortimer on his return. In 1794, Phillip Mortimer died; his will granting Prince (now 70) his freedom. But his son-in-law George Starr contested the will and won. After 64 years in bondage and two reneged promises of freedom, Prince remained enslaved, now servant to George Starr. In 1811, at age 87, Prince was sentenced to life in prison, accused of placing arsenic in George Starr's morning chocolate. He would spend the first 16 years at Connecticut's Newgate prison (considered the worst in America). In 1827, at age 103, he was transported 20 miles to the Wethersfield prison, where he would die 7 years later at age 110. He was buried in the prison cemetery. Wethersfield prison is now the location of Wethersfield's Cove Park; all that remains is a small plaque in far right field of a softball diamond denoting the location of the prison's cemetery, where Prince lies today. A mile away is Wethersfield cemetery; revolutionary war vets still honored. In Middletown, George Starr has an impressive, clean headstone, also still honored. As I expected, little documentation of Prince Mortimer's life and Revolutionary War service exists. All that exists are the writings of Richard Phelps in his 1844 book, "Newgate of Connecticut: Its Origin and Early History", and Denis Caron's 2006 book, "A Century in Captivity", where Mr. Caron attempts to expand upon Prince Mortimer's life. According to "Defenders of Liberty", a book by Lt. Col. Michael Lee Lanning, most black noncombatants of the Revolutionary war received neither wages nor freedom for their support of the Revolution. Owners took their pay as well as returning them to slavery upon completion; little recognized or rewarded for their service. Thus, all that exists is Prince Mortimer's life as described by himself in Richard Phelps 1844 book, along with an attempt to expand upon it by Denis Caron in 2006. Because political paths towards celebrating service require historical documentation from a government that allowed Prince Mortimer to be taken from his parents, infected with Yaws on a slave ship, enslaved for 81 years, promised then rescinded freedom, then incarcerated for 23 years, he has never received any acknowledgement nor recognition that his life mattered. I am petitioning for this to finally end. I am petitioning for us as a nation to recognize our own lack of morality in Prince Mortimer's enslavement and the lack of equity in not documenting the service of non-combatant slaves of the American Revolution; thus I'm petitioning that we accept and honor the service account of a slave, Prince Mortimer.