Black Lives Matter
Petition to Andy Beshear, Daniel Cameron, Rand Paul, Tom Wine, Donald J. Trump
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and model citizen. She loved her family and community, working at two hospitals as an essential worker during the pandemic. Nearly four months ago, a division of the Louisville Police Department performed an illegal, unannounced drug raid on her home. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 8 times, killing her. Not only were the police at the WRONG HOUSE, but the man they were looking for had already been arrested earlier that day. 1. Charges must be filed immediately. The officers involved, specifically John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, and any other law enforcement officer involved in the death and coverup of the death of Breonna Taylor must be fired, charged, and arrested immediately. There have been no charges thus far (it has been nearly 4 months). Their pensions must be revoked. 2. Her family must be paid in damages for wrongful death and the negligence of the LMPD. 3. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear must speak up on behalf of Breonna, and Governor Beshear or Attorney General Daniel Cameron must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Louisville Police Department immediately. An in-house investigation is unacceptable. 4. The "no-knock" warrant that police had used in Breonna's murder completely violates the constitutional rights to reasonable search and seizure. By law, police must be legally obligated to announce themselves before breaking and entering into a home privately owned by American civilians. Legislation to federally ban no-knock warrants must be passed in Congress and signed by the President; what happened to Breonna was a complete violation of her constitutional rights, and threatens the rights of all American citizens. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has voiced similar concerns. A special session must be intervened by Congress to discuss the constitutionality of no-knock warrants immediately. This has carried on for over three months. For weeks, the city treated Breonna like she was a criminal, calling her a “suspect” before finally admitting that she was an innocent, crimeless victim. She had no drugs. She committed no crime. Yet, she is dead, and the perpetrators are facing no charges. She was not only an exemplary citizen, but an essential one. She was a daughter, a friend, an American hero, and most importantly, a person. She deserved to be treated as such. Let’s get justice for Breonna. Say her name. PLEASE help me get the word out, and share this campaign on your social media platforms. Thank you to everyone who is helping in our fight to get justice for Breonna.
Petition to East high alumni, Iowa State House, Iowa State Senate, Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds, Joni Ernst, Des Moines City Council, Des Moines public school board, black lives matter, Iowa Black Caucus, NAACP
Rename the new theater at Des Moines East High after 40 Year Teacher, Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines
Representative Ruth Ann Gaines was an educator of Drama and Theater Arts for 40 years at East High School, was named Iowa Teacher of the Year and now serves as the Representative of North and East Des Moines in the Iowa House of Representatives. Ms. Gaines has been a stalwart in social and racial justice since the 1960's and is a pillar of the community. With the renovation of the dilapidated theater at Des Moines East High School, it is only appropriate that we name the new facility after Representative Ruth Ann Gaines. Ruth Ann has touched tens of thousands of lives through her classes at East High and Des Moines Area Community College. She has also shown fearless resolve during the winds of change as a member of the Iowa Black Caucus in the House of Representatives. Her fearless spirit has inspired generations, even in the face of endless struggle. The current theater at East High School is nameless. As an alumnus and previous student, I propose that the new complex be emblazoned with the name, "Ruth Ann Gaines Theater of Performing Arts" as a tribute to a true warrior for the students of Des Moines East High and the human rights of all Iowan's. When Ms. Gaines traveled to Washington DC as "Teacher of the Year", she put East High on the national stage. It's only fitting that East High now puts Ms. Gaines' name on the school theaters stage! PLEASE NAME EAST HIGH SCHOOL'S THEATER AFTER RUTH ANN GAINES.
Petition to Boston Art Commission, Martin J. Walsh, Charlie Baker, Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts State Senate, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts Governor, Charles D. Baker, Ed Markey, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, African American Civil War Museum, Massachusetts Historical Society
Preserve the Emancipation Statue in Boston
Boston should preserve the Emancipation Statue as a reminder to the public of one of the most important acts of our nation’s history, the act of emancipation. The Boston Art Commission, consisting of five members appointed by the mayor, recently voted unanimously to remove the Emancipation Memorial from Park Square in Boston. Mayor Marty Walsh had said he was for the removal of the statue. The issue was raised by Tory Bullock, who started a petition to have the statue removed citing racism and a whitewashing of history. This monument is a replica of one funded by former slaves and abolitionists, and it celebrates and memorializes emancipation—the liberation of the slaves—one of the most important moments in the history of this country. The statue shows President Abraham Lincoln delivering his orders to free the slaves in Confederate states with the Emancipation Proclamation. The slave is shown straining his own muscles to break the chains around his wrists that held him down. Abolitionist and former slave, Frederick Douglass, speaks of the design by Charlestown, MA native, Thomas Ball, in the appendix (pg. 19) of his keynote address at the dedication for the original statue in DC in 1876: “the emancipated slave [is] an agent in his own deliverance. … A far greater degree of dignity and vigor, as well as of historical accuracy, is thus imparted.” The former slave is not kneeling with both knees on the ground, Lincoln is not helping him up, his head his not bowed in subjugation. The freedman is rising to his new freedom. The original statue in Washington, DC’s Lincoln Park was funded entirely by former slaves and abolitionists. Charlotte Scott, a former slave woman, was so upset by the assassination of Lincoln, she gave five dollars—a large sum of money for her—to initiate an effort to build him a memorial. In the appendix (pg. 18) of his keynote address, Douglass speaks of Ms. Scott. He describes Lincoln as “honored” and “loved,” so Ms. Scott was “distressed” when she “went … to her mistress—that had been, for she was then free—and said to her: ‘The colored people have lost their best friend on earth! Mr. Lincoln was our best friend, and I will give five dollars of my wages towards erecting a monument to his memory.’” Douglass says “the foundation of this beautiful and appropriate memorial which we now see before us” is the “grain of mustard seed, contributed by Charlotte Scott in gratitude to her deliverer.” Black soldiers from the US Colored Troops in Natchez, MS contributed some of their pay as well. The statue was commissioned by the Western Sanitary Commission, an agency led by abolitionists. The replica in Boston was donated by a local politician, Moses Kimball, a city councilor who also added to the New England Museum and founded the Lowell and Boston Museums. The Emancipation Memorial symbolizes our nation’s achievements, not the country’s shortcomings. Lincoln fought a war to keep the Union together, and he fought to correct America’s greatest sin. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation to free Confederate slaves, and that led to the Thirteenth Amendment that abolished slavery. The Emancipation Memorial, the Freedmen’s Memorial, is a memorial to Ms. Scott, Archer Alexander, whom the freedman represents, and every single slave that was liberated. To remove the statute would be a disgrace to the men and women—slave, free, freed—who fought for freedom in the American Civil War. The city of Boston should let the memorial stand.
Petition to Captain Ronald Shaffer, Xavier Becerra, Steven B. Hofbauer, Lt Brandon Dean
Robert Fuller was found dead June 10, 2020, hanging from a tree outside City Hall Palmdale
“According to Lt. Brandon Dean of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau, Robert Fuller body was found around 4 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, with a rope around his neck, hanging from a tree. Dean said all indicators point to a suicide but that investigators are waiting for full autopsy results and information from the man’s next of kin regarding past issues with mental illness. Our hearts break for the grieving family, friends and loved ones and we urge that their privacy please be respected.“ It is evident that Robert did not commit suicide. He was found hung from a tree right outside city hall. This is a clear case of intimidation by White Supremacists to show their distain for Black Lives Matter movement, the protests to demand change for racial equality and police brutality reform. We demand a thorough and transparent investigation by Palmdale PD, providing ALL video surveillance from city hall & the surrounding buildings/area, the night Robert Fuller was lynched. This was not a case of suicide but murder; to find the persons responsible for his lynching and justice for Robert Fuller and his family. #JusticeForRobertFuller BLACK LIVES MATTER!
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.
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 Emailemail@example.com Andy Kalin - Lieutenant that oversaw the case. Office-770-205-4588 Cell-404-538-1130 Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org *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.
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
Petition to Gavin Newsom
Justice for Michael "Blue" Thomas
On June 12th, 2020, a Los Angeles deputy police officer fatally shot Michael "Blue" Thomas, an unarmed Black man, in his own home. Four other officers were already holding Thomas down when this officer fatally shot him. It is unclear whether they had a warrant to enter Thomas' house in the first place. Additionally, Lancaster Police are not currently required to wear body cameras. Sign this petition to get this petition heard by CA governor Newsom, who must obtain justice for Michael "Blue" Thomas by investigating fully and prosecuting the officer responsible to the fullest extent of the law.