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Petition to President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Reparations for African Americans

Reparation  for African-Americans Act, As described (H. R. 40), Edited by Leon McCoy IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESMr. Conyers (for himself, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Ms. Norton, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Ellison, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Clay, Mr. Gutiérrez, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Jackson Lee, and Ms. Lee) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary A BILL To address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and; to issue a national apology and; to make repair through monetary payments, land grants, criminal justice reform, and provision of equal representation for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the "Reparation for African-Americans Act”. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. (a) Findings.—The Congress finds that— (1) approximately 4,000,000 Africans and their descendants were enslaved in the United States and colonies that became the United States from 1619 to 1865; (2) the institution of slavery was constitutionally and statutorily sanctioned by the Government of the United States from 1789 through 1865; (3) the slavery that flourished in the United States constituted an immoral and inhumane deprivation of Africans’ life, liberty, African citizenship rights, and cultural heritage, and denied them the fruits of their own labor; (4) a preponderance of scholarly, legal, community evidentiary documentation and popular culture markers constitute the basis for inquiry into the on-going effects of the institution of slavery and its legacy of persistent systemic structures of discrimination on living African-Americans and society in the United States; and (5) following the abolition of slavery the United States Government, at the Federal, State, and local level, continued to perpetuate, condone and often profit from practices that continued to brutalize and disadvantage African-Americans, including share cropping, convict leasing, Jim Crow, redlining, unequal education, and disproportionate treatment at the hands of the criminal justice system; and (6) as a result of the historic and continued discrimination, African-Americans continue to suffer debilitating economic, educational, and health hardships including but not limited to; having nearly 1,000,000 Black people incarcerated; an unemployment rate more than twice the current White unemployment rate; and an average of less than 1⁄16 of the wealth of White families, a disparity which has worsened, not improved over time. (b) Purpose.—The purpose of this Act is to provide Reparation for African-Americans as a result of— (1) the institution of slavery, including both the Trans-Atlantic and the domestic “trade” which existed from 1565 in colonial Florida and from 1619 through 1865 within the other colonies that became the United States, and which included the Federal and State governments which constitutionally and statutorily supported the institution of slavery; (2) the de jure and de facto discrimination against freed slaves and their descendants from the end of the Civil War to the present, including economic, political, educational, and social discrimination; (3) the lingering negative effects of the institution of slavery and the discrimination described in paragraphs (1) and (2) on living African-Americans and on society in the United States; (4) the manner in which textual and digital instructional resources and technologies are being used to deny the inhumanity of slavery and the crime against humanity of people of African descent in the United States; (5) the role of Northern complicity in the Southern based institution of slavery; (6) the direct benefits to societal institutions, public and private, including higher education, corporations, religious and associational; (7) and thus, recommend appropriate ways to educate the American public of the Commission’s findings; (8) and thus, recommend appropriate remedies in consideration of the Commission’s findings on the matters described in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), and (6); and (9) submit to the Congress the results of such examination, together with such recommendations. SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT AND DUTIES. (a) Establishment.—There is established the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the “Commission”). (b) Duties.—The Commission shall perform the following duties: (1) Identify, compile and synthesize the relevant corpus of evidentiary documentation of the institution of slavery which existed within the United States and the colonies that became the United States from 1619 through 1865. The Commission’s documentation and examination shall include but not be limited to the facts related to— (A) the capture and procurement of Africans; (B) the transport of Africans to the United States and the colonies that became the United States for the purpose of enslavement, including their treatment during transport; (C) the sale and acquisition of Africans as chattel property in interstate and intrastate commerce; (D) the treatment of African slaves in the colonies and the United States, including the deprivation of their freedom, exploitation of their labor, and destruction of their culture, language, religion, and families; and (E) the extensive denial of humanity, sexual abuse and the chatellization of persons. (2) The role which the Federal and State governments of the United States supported the institution of slavery in constitutional and statutory provisions, including the extent to which such governments prevented, opposed, or restricted efforts of formerly enslaved Africans and their descendents to repatriate to their homeland.  (3) The Federal and State laws that discriminated against formerly enslaved Africans and their descendents who were deemed United States citizens from 1868 to the present. (4) The other forms of discrimination in the public and private sectors against freed African slaves and their descendents who were deemed United States citizens from 1868 to the present, including redlining, educational funding discrepancies, and predatory financial practices. (5) The lingering negative effects of the institution of slavery and the matters described in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), and (6) on living African-Americans and on society in the United States. (6) Recommend appropriate ways to educate the American public of the Commission’s findings. (7) Recommend appropriate remedies in consideration of the Commission’s findings on the matters described in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), and (6). In making such recommendations, the Commission shall address among other issues, the following questions: (A) How such recommendations comport with international standards of remedy for wrongs and injuries caused by the State, that include full reparations and special measures, as understood by various relevant international protocols, laws, and findings. (B) How the Government of the United States will offer a formal apology on behalf of the people of the United States for the perpetration of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity on African slaves and their descendants. (C) How Federal laws and policies that continue to disproportionately and negatively affect African-Americans as a group, and those that purpetuate the lingering effects, materially and psycho-social, can be eliminated. (D) How the injuries resulting from matters described in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), and (6) on living African-Americans and on society in the United States.    

Leon McCoy
330 supporters
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Petition to Brian Kemp, Christopher Carr, Ron Freeman, Judge Jeffrey Bagley, Penny Penn

Reopen the case involving the death of Tamla Horsford

****UPDATE******* People have been asking on how to contact the sheriff's office, these numbers and emails are public information,. I will add more as I am given that info Ron Freeman- Forsyth County Sheriff Office-770-781-3077 Cell-404-264-4986 Cell-404-226-9972   Andy Kalin - Lieutenant that oversaw the case. Office-770-205-4588 Cell-404-538-1130   *Edited to Add* Forsyth County, Georgia. Not to be confused with Forsyth County, North Carolina.  Learn more about the case here Justice For Tamla Horsford  Learn more about Forsyth County Forsyth Exposed Forsyth Sheriff-(770) 781-2222  Forsyth Sheriff's Office Ronnie H Freeman is the current sheriff in Forsyth County. His office was in charge of the death investigation of Tamla Horsford.  There are several issues with his investigation. First, the lead supervising investigator, Andy Kalin, was friends with one of the persons of interest, Jose Barrera. Andy Kalin, a personal friend of the sheriff, was hired after Ron was elected sheriff. Andy had no prior police experience but was hired in at a high position, bypassing the Forsyth County new hire protocol. Which includes a polygraph, background testing, etc. Ron Freeman's 2016 Campaign Manager, Anna Debolis is friends with most of the person's of interest. Not to mention that Jose Barrera has been a long time employee that works directly with the Forsyth County sheriff's office.   The first step in getting Justice for Tamla Horsford is getting Ron Freeman out of office as sheriff, he is corrupt and unethical and is obstructing Horsford's friends and family of justice.  The hope is if Ron gets fired, sent to jail or whatever, there is a higher chance Tamla Horsford's Case gets re-investigated Sheriff Ron Freeman has a history of protecting his own personal interest instead of the community and safety. Of community safety and interest when it comes to justice. He resigned from the city of Brookhaven in 2014 after being caught trying to alter the personnel file of an officer who was fired for posting racially insensitive photos online. Sheriff Ron Freeman had this same officer help his campaign, and he subsequently works at the coroner's office now.  Jeanne Meyers, Nichole Lawson, Stacy Smith, Jose Barrera, and Tom Smith, need to be re-investigated and questioned about what happened on the night of Nov 4th. Someone knows something, and between Dunkin Donut gift cards,(Jeanne attempted to bribe detectives with gift cards during the investigation) and privilege, someone has gotten away with murder! Ron has multiple dealings with persons of interest and allowed them to meddle with the investigation, bully, and harass the victim's friends and family. Their numerous inconsistent stories do not add up. There was evidence that was overlooked or thrown away. Please sign this petition to show support to the St-Jour, Horsford Family.

Forsyth Exposed
657,235 supporters
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Petition to Chad Luppinacci, Steve Stern, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, James Gaughran

Replace Columbus statue with a Memorial to Jupiter Hammon, the first published black poet

In 1971, Clemente Spampinato sculpted a statue of Christopher Columbus; an Italian who sailed across the Atlantic for the Spanish empire. Columbus was sailing for India and instead landed on the Caribbean shores of the Taíno people. In subsequent voyages Columbus explored South and Central America, seeking riches for the Spanish Empire.We know that through disease, conquest, rape and murder the Spanish Empire took hold of the New World. The devastation to the Native people created the need for slave labor resulting in the Atlantic triangular trade.The Columbus statue stands over 25a looking down into the heart of Huntington to honor Italian American residents.Over the years we have been misinformed about Columbus and his legacy. This statue is controversial, it’s message is questionable.The calls for justice in our nation seem to go unheard if our local town government justifies the presence of a modern day immoral figure with arguments of ethnic celebration.We wish to look up to statues and see the humanity of those figures.The Town of Huntington ought to instead celebrate the the life and legacy of Jupiter Hammon, Americas first published African American Poet.Hammon was born and raised in Lloyd Harbor, a lifelong slave for the Lloyd family. He educated himself, and was a staunch abolitionist. Hammon's writing helped instill an awareness of the experience of a slave into the minds of Americans.As a way to express his feelings toward slavery, he created layers of symbols and metaphors in his writings. In 1786, Hammon delivered a speech known as "Address to Negroes of the State of New York." His speech was published and reprinted by many abolitionists of the day.One group who reprinted his work was “The Pennsylvania Abolitionists Society”. This organization fought to end the immoral institution of slavery.Hammon has published 6 poems and 3 essays.His 4 famous published poems are-An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ, with Penitential Cries -A Poem For Children With Thoughts On Death-An Address To Miss Phillis Wheatley-A Dialogue, Entitled, The Kind Master And The Dutiful ServantHammon is more central to the identity of Huntington than Columbus. His legacy is one we ought to honor and commemorate in our town. He is buried in an unmarked grave somewhere on the Lloyd estate. Let us add to, if not replace, Huntington’s history.How ought we educate our youth when they question the immorality of historical figures? Ought we to ignore it, or do we learn from the past and change?It's time for Huntington to show appreciation to all their residents, especially the Black community. Jupiter Hammon is Black history, American history and Huntington History

John Ferraiolo
832 supporters