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Black Lives Matter

153 petitions

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Petition to Debra_A_Carr , Debra Davis, Meek Mills, Kim Schrier, Debra A Carr, Donald J. Trump, Loretta Lynch, Kim Kardashian

STOP MODERN DAY SLAVERY

  FREE TYRONE CLARK I have spent almost three decades in prison. The war on drugs is just another way to keep modern day slavery going.  The laws disguised to clean up the streets has locked myself and many of our youth in a system with no way out and no dream of rehabilitation. In 1991 the “law of the land” was in affect. This law stated that if found guilty of a drug charge the jury is required to correlate time with the amount found in a persons possession. In my case drugs were never found. The prosecutor used a scale of 5/100 Kilograms in order to sway the judge and jury to give me a harsher sentence. I was tried and convicted of a drug charge,sentence to 30 years in prison.   In 2005 the law changed  and  this new change could have helped in my case but the appeals court would not accept my appeal . I filed for a pardon. The pardon made it all the way to the presidents desk. He refused to sign it even though the law had changed in my favor. I have now spent more than 20 extra years in prison. My latest appeal was filed 2015 it has been pending for 4 years. I have now spent 29 years in prison. I went to prison when I was 22 years old I am now 51 . During my time in prison I have lost my Mother, my Father,and many other family members. Although I have lost so much, I still have a strong support group of family and friends. I have  3 adult children that I didn’t have the opportunity to help nurture and grow. I’m not proud of the choices or mistakes I’ve made.These choices have kept me locked up more than half of my life.Now I’m asking for your help.Please sign my petition. My hopes are for the opportunity to do some good in this world.    While being locked up I have taken every opportunity available in training and classes to further educate and rehabilitate myself. I am more than ready to get a second chance at life. I have worked hard at becoming the best man that I can be in this situation, and I am a value to society. How many more years of my life should I be expected to give The United States of America toward our MODERN DAY SLAVERY LAWS? This has to change, so I’m committed to fighting for and being a part of this change. Sincerely  Tyrone Clark

gloria ortiz
978 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to UNICOR, FPI, White House, Earl Blumenauer, Ron Wyden, Lew Frederick, Kate Brown, Lamar Alexander, Alabama State House, Andrew M. Cuomo, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Louie Gohmert, Joaquín Castro, Michael Mischin, Johnny Isakson, Sanford D. Bishop Jr., Sean P. Duffy, Bryan Steil, Louisiana State Senate, Bill Cassidy, Mack A. "Bodi" White, Jr., Richard J. Durbin, Bruce Rauner, Tammy Duckworth, Donald J. Trump, United States Supreme Court, United Nations Development Program, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Elizabeth Warren, Marco Rubio, Alcee L. Hastings, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Giovanni Toti, Jeff Merkley, Jay Inslee, Patty Murray, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters, Tim Kaine, Virginia State Senate, Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, Richard Burr, Human Rights Campaign, Asa Hutchinson, Google, Inc, Twitter, Inc, Jackie Walorski, Snap Inc., NFL, NBA, Barnes & Noble, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Gillian Bird, Alejandra Barrales, Chad Barefoot, Department of Education, Clinton Calabrese, Cory A. Booker, United Healthcare, McDonald's, Nancy Ballance, Department of Justice, Bernie Sanders

FREEDOM MATTERS, RELEASE ALL FROM JAIL FOR CANNABIS RELATED CHARGES UNDER 8 OUNCES

We have had many successes recently in progressing cannabis laws - which are to be celebrated. However, we can’t celebrate the progress without acknowledging the travesties that are still happening daily.  There are literally millions of Afro American men and women sitting in jails and prison cells because of the failed war on drugs. While our representatives in Congress focus on banking, interstate commerce, and states’ rights, human beings are being incarcerated and enslaved by corporate prisons for possession of a plant, the majority of which are Afro Americans.  For instance, Corvain Cooper is currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana-related charges.   According to the ACLU, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply possessing marijuana.  Nationwide, the arrest data revealed one consistent trend: significant racial bias. Despite roughly equal usage rates, Black people are 3.73 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana. Over half of those arrests were of black males between 2001 and 2010. Let that number sink in for a minute.  We need to create a plan that releases these people from prisons and jails throughout the United States. It is imperative that every state that passes tax and regulation laws also includes the release of those serving time for non-violent cannabis convictions. We need to focus on getting those incarcerated for non-violent cannabis charges released so they can start their lives again with their loved ones.  Corporate prisons in the US profit an average of $39,000 per incarcerated person per year. In New York, they profit $60,000 per person. It’s unjust and needs to end.  It’s time to start righting the wrongs of cannabis prohibition and the prison industrial complex. Every time a state considers “legalizing” cannabis, the first consideration needs to be for the men and women who have been locked up and removed from society for the same plant they are planning on collecting billions of dollars in taxes on.  Please sign the petition to let your voice be heard - no legalization without every non-violent cannabis prisoner’s release. If you want to continue the support for this effort further please contact the National Cannabis Diversity Awareness Convention by email (NDACPDX@GMAIL.COM)  

Mss Oregon
134 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Douglas A. Silliman, Joey Hood, Rex W. Tillerson, Donald J. Trump, Sylvia Evans

Help free a disabled U.S Veteran wrongfully imprisoned in Kuwait.

My daughter may never see her father again. Jermaine Rogers has served his country both in the military and as a contractor overseas. He now faces a lifetime in a foreign jail over fake drug charges. I need your help to get the Trump administration to bring him home. U.S. civilians serving to protect our country and in support of our military have been targeted by Kuwaiti police in the past. These charges have often turned out to be false, but only after the U.S. government intervened on their behalf. Jermaine needs that intervention today. Please sign my petition asking the Trump administration to demand the release of Jermaine Rogers so he can come back to the U.S. Death by hanging. That is almost what happened to Jermaine when he was falsely accused of dealing drugs. The death sentence was dropped, but a lifetime in jail isn’t much better, especially when you are innocent and thousands of miles away in a foreign land. I know Jermaine is innocent. He believes in serving America and that means representing our country with pride and the best behavior. Even if you do not believe my pleas, we should all agree a man who has served his country should not get life in prison for the non-violent crimes they claim he committed. So many people are standing up and speaking on behalf of Jermaine — people like U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut. As his family, we can’t thank them enough. We now need you. Please sign my petition today. Your signature will help bring our family together again and ensure actual justice is served for an American hero.

Karina Mateo
119,279 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Jason Anderson, Department of Justice

Help my husband Deshawn T. who has been in jail for 7 years for a crime he didn’t commit

My husband Deshawn Thomas has spent 7 years in county jail since he was 17 years old with no conviction for a crime he didn’t commit. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Deshawn was at a park waiting for a ride home due to his mom not being able to pick him up. His friend the (driver) who is also his co defendant arrived to pick him up and take him home. Before they left the other two teenage co defendants arrived to the park in which Deshawn and the driver where asked if they knew someone who sold marijuana. My husband connected him to SOMEONE who knew a dealer, but DID NOT know the direct dealer. (The drug dealer is son of a probation officer) They set up a buy but the plan changed once the co defendant (the shooter) arranged the plan to rob the drug dealer.  Deshawn disagreed and decided to take off with the driver and go back home. He did not want to participate in this new plan.  That’s when everything went wrong. While Deshawn and the driver where on their way back home. The driver received a call from the shooter asking him to turn around to pick them up. When the shooter and the his co defendant got picked up they had said everything went wrong and shot the drug dealer.  Today, 7 years later, Deshawn is still being held without bail for a crime he had no part in. No one should be held for 7 years without a trial, especially not a 17 year old who had no record of violence, and did not commit this crime. Deshawn didn’t want to be part of what happened that night. Our broken justice system has kept him from justice. Our constitution is supposed to give us the right to a speedy trial, not abandon someone in jail who has never been found guilty by a jury or a judge.  We can’t give Deshawn those seven years back. He should have been starting his life with me and his family. It’s time for San Bernardino District Attorney Jason Anderson to drop these charges and let Deshawn come home as the new law SB1437 has been in effect as of January 2019.

Ana Thomas
60,340 supporters