Petition to Kentucky State Senate, Kentucky State House
Impeach Judge Mary Shaw for approving the Breonna Taylor warrant
In March 2020 Judge Mary Shaw signed a number of no-knock warrants in aid of a narcotics case. She failed to do her due diligence in authorizing such dangerous and aggressive police tactics. She signed five warrants in 12 minutes source. Due to her haste and disregard for public safety 26 yearl old EMT Breonna Taylor was killed by police. Judge Mary Shaw must be impeached by the Kentucky State House of Representatives and the Senate must remove her from office. Judges should be the protectors of rights, lives and private property; not casual destroyers. Because of the way that judicial discipline and elections work in Kentucky and most other states it is extremely unlikely that judge Shaw will be held accountable by any means less serious than impeachment. She does not face reelection unitl 2023 and last time she ran, she was unnopposed source source. Please sign this petition and bring pressure on the government of Kentucky to hold accountable a key figure in Breonna Taylor's tragic untimely death who has so far flown under the radar. Judges are supposed to be a check on police power, not a rubber stamp for risky, aggressive tactics that disregard public safety. Breonna Taylor would have turned 27 this week, she should be on the frontlines bravely fighting a pandemic and building a life for herself, not dead at the hands of people sworn to protect and serve. Help hold Judge Mary Shaw accountable for her terrible and rushed decision that killed an innocent woman. Impeach Judge Mary Shaw!
Petition to Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council
Appointment of a new prosecutor for the Breonna Taylor case.
With the recent release of the transcripts related to the Breonna Taylor case by the Attorney General (Daniel Cameron), it has become evident the AG acted in his own interest and not the interest of the citizens of the commonwealth, namely Breonna and her family. AG Cameron withheld pertinent information from jurors which would have possibly led to criminal charges against the police officers involved in the killing of an innocent young lady. The Kentucky Supreme Court has firmly established that the Attorney General’s primary obligation is to the people and their Commonwealth – not any branch of government. In 2016, the Supreme Court recognized the Attorney General’s common-law obligation to protect public rights and interests by ensuring that our government acts legally and constitutionally, in Beshear v. Bevin, 498 S.W.3d 355. The Court wrote that “It is certainly in ‘the interest of all the people’ that there be no unconstitutional or illegal governmental conduct.” AG Cameron has failed in his obligations and therefore, this petition seeks to have a new prosecutor appointed for the case against the police involved in the killing and cover-up of Breonna Taylor. This petition will be forwarded to the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council. AG Cameron will have to recuse himself from further involvement once this petition is forwarded. Please sign as we continue the fight.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, President of the United States
Ban "No-Knock" Warrants Nationwide
On March 13, 2020, officers were executing a search warrant in Louisville, Kentucky as part of a narcotics investigation. They had been issued a "no-knock" warrant, which allows officers to enter a home without announcing themselves or a reason for their entry. This was the home of Breonna Taylor, a young EMT, where she was fast asleep with her boyfriend. A man involved in drug trafficking had been shipping drugs to this address to avoid detection at his own home and listed his home address as Breonna's despite the fact he did not live there. Startled and thinking that their home was being invaded because they did not know these were officers with a warrant, they armed themselves and confronted the officers. This lead to Breonna being shot three times and killed. She had no criminal record and no involvement in the case. A day earlier, another set of officers received a "no-knock" warrant and invaded the house of 21 year old Duncan Lemp of Silver Spring, Maryland. Again, thinking that these were not officers but dangerous criminal invaders, police say he confronted them. Lemp was shot and killed in his own home, his girlfriend also being injured. However, his girlfriend states that they were sleeping in bed when the shooting began. Despite having no criminal record, officers claim that they were there to confiscate firearms Lemp was not allowed to have for undisclosed reasons. Many other innocent people, like Breonna, were killed in no-knock warrant raids at wrong addresses. A 7-year-old Detroit girl named Aiyana Stanley-Jones was killed in a similar raid in 2019, ironically during the search for the murderer of 17-year-old Je'rean Blake. The city of Detroit ended up settling with the family for millions. 68-year-old Eurie Stamps was also killed in a similar raid where police were looking for two young men who had sold drugs to an uncover officer; they invaded a home after already having arrested the suspect who lived there. Despite many people being charged for shooting officers in these misunderstandings, the officer who killed Stamps was not charged. It's been reported that from 2010 to 2016 alone, at least 81 civilians and 13 law enforcement officers have been killed from "no-knock" warrant raids of this kind with many others being wounded. It's time for change in America. Police not announcing themselves in any form of raid is asking for a fatal misunderstanding on either side. It isn't fair to civilians, police officers, or their families to allow this practice to continue. We also must address negligence and incompetence in raid executions, extended training, and required release of body-cam footage to allow for fair trials that put justice first.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom
Raise Awareness and Change for Ethnic Diversity: Teens for Change
The next generation of world leaders are us teenagers. If we continue to stay silent, nothing will happen. The least we can do is talk about these racial issues and prejudice. Signing petitions, raising awareness through social media, and fundraising are other ways to achieve change. We live in a world where we hide racism and cover it under all other aspects of our society. As diverse as our society is, we still live under the system of racial hierarchy and oppression, and it needs to be brought to attention. We can’t judge someone just based in the color of their skin and you certainly can’t define their worth. But that is what happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other innocent people of color who try to live a normal life of little oppression, but it happens anyway, because of the engrained racial hierarchy. While this country may have been founded in White European men, that does not mean that they are the ones who stay in power. Signing petitions like these gives us the opportunity to defy that reality of America and fight for a more diversified whole. Signing petitions like these gives people like you and me, the next generation of leaders, a greater platform in our ever changing world. And lastly, signing petitions like these allows us to express our dire need for a systematic change. Help everyone and join in on a cause that will define the course of our world’s future.
Petition to Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts Governor, Edward J. Markey, Joseph P. Kennedy III, RachaeRollins
LETS STOP THE INJUSTICE OF OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM BASED ON SKIN COLOR #BLM
Peace and thank you for taking the time to read a summary of Nuri Muhammad’s journey through his words. Let me take you into what it is like to be a Cape Verdean man involved in the criminal justice systems injustices. The legal theory“JOINT VENTURE” was what all 6 co defendant’s along with myself had to agree to the same plea bargain or else the deal will NO longer EXIST. That was what I was told would define my fate in this case.2 out of 7 individuals in the case did not take the deal leading to myself being left with NO choice, but to take my case to trial and ultimately receive the sentence of 1st degree, life without parole. Over the 10,222 days 336 months as I speak these words to be typed many other “JOINT VENTURE” cases have been tried Similar to my case only DIFFERENCE is that they are involving individuals that are not from poverty, black or Latino communities. The DIFFERENCE is they have received sentences that do not compare to the life without parole sentence I have received. INJUSTICE is what has occurred in my case and it is important for us now during 2020 to showcase the need for change in our criminal justice system to not sentence individuals DIFFERENTLY due to ones COLOR of SKIN. Please Sign my petition so that my case can come to LIGHT as an example of SYSTEMATIC RACISM! God willing I will be able to be free of this concrete jungle and continue to do the work that needs to be completed to have our youth and young adults aware of what one unfortunate eventcould easily impact their and others lives. I am a believer of God, a father, a son of a single mother, a product of the inner city streets of Boston, a remorseful incarcerated inmate, I am a changed man with the responsibility to inform others that are stuck in the revolving cycle of the criminal life on the importance of being a law abiding citizen. My name is Nuri Muhammad and I would like you to know that I am no longer the confused or emotionally unstable product of the streets. What I have become is a man of faith, a prisoner that reversed his street mentality. A individual who is no longer looking to fit in, but now is the one leading, mentoring and showing others in the prison how to self improve themselves with a changed mindset. The day that got me here in prison, the day that changed so many lives, I did not know why I existed in this life. Through the process of taking responsibility and the impact of remorse that is daily on my heart of my participation on that life changing day for many I am dedicating my life in honor of that life taking to reverse the thinking of those who are lost and only know the stagnite cycle that has been stuck in our communities of color and poverty for generations. During my time incarcerated I have been able to avoid the challenges of the negative social. atmosphere inside this concrete jungle by focusing on educating myself with being a proud member of The Nation of Islam, self improvement programs, books, being a mentor, participating in the project youth, and being involved in the African American coalition Committee My title in the AACC is Sargent at Arms. With this position I am to ensure that all guests such as State Representatives and U.S. Congress officials that are attending our meetings are secured and feel comfortable. I am entrusted with this position and value those who take their time to address the need for change in our criminal justice system. It takes a leap in faith not fear to not only avoid, but to resist the risky temptations that occur daily in the prison environment. I have maintained and demonstrated my character as a man of change eagerly awaiting for the opportunity to reach out to lives outside of these walls. Progress in myself has been made over these 28 years of me being incarcerated and I am no longer asleep of the loss cycle I was once living in. I am awoken and want others to awake, so that lives do not need to be lost, habits do not need to be formed, and families on both sides do not need to endure the tragedies of the unnecessary cycle that consumes our communities of color. I would like to be the face of change and dedicate the work that I plan on doing in the community to the life that was lost on that day resulting of me being incarcerated. The impact of these actions that resulted the families involved pain throughout these years I do not take lightly I know that I could be involved in the conversations to our youth and young adults so that other families would not need to endure this difficult pain. Thank you for your support and Stay Blessed Nuri Muhammad
Petition to City Colleges of Chicago- Malcolm X- Nursing Department
Honorary (ADN) Nursing Degree for Breonna Taylor
It's Friday night. You work a laborious job. You are working to go to school, to buy a house, and to have a family one day. You're tired. So tired that you can't believe it when you wake up to the sound of gunshots. You don't have time to process it, because 6 shots later, you're dead. On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26- year- old EMT and aspiring nurse, aspiring homeowner, and aspiring mother was shot 6 times after more than 8 shots were fired into her apartment by police officers carrying out a no-knock warrant on her home. While unimportant in the cause of her death, police were searching for drugs and evidence due to her ex-boyfriend (who had prior offenses, was already apprehended in jail, and was a suspected drug dealer) using her home as a mailing address. Breonna shared her address with her "person," her little sister who was away on the night of her murder. Breonna was sleeping with her new boyfriend whom she wanted to try to have a baby with soon. Ju' Niyah detailed all of this in a Washington Post article on August 8, 2020, adding reality and truth to a sensationalized story about a real person who wasn't much different from most of us. Breonna Taylor worked in healthcare, like many of us. She wanted to go to nursing school as we are doing. She thought about all the possibilities of her life and dared to dream about them, just like us. I'm tired. I had a nursing test last week and ever since I took my first nursing prereq, I've worked full-time. Breonna's story has deeply affected me. I cry real tears about it often because I imagine the state of mind she went into bed in and the state of mind she never got to wake up again in. I will finish my nursing goals for her and although she will never get to help another patient with her own hands, maybe she can in an honorary sort of way? Please consider adding your name to this petition if, like me, you think Breonna Taylor deserves an honorary nursing degree when my cohort at City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X graduates in May 2021. Our school can do that as a gift to our class and Breonna more than deserves it.
Petition to Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, Betty McCollum, Joe Biden
Create a US Truth and Reconciliation Commission
America, please listen to me, we need to define the relationship. “We can’t agree on anything anymore. As a country, we just can’t agree. We just fight about everything. We can’t even agree on Black Lives Matter. That’s a controversial statement. Black Lives Matter. Not matters more than you, just matters.” – noted social commentator Michael Che In an environment where a substantial number of our neighbors, fellow residents, and even national leaders and representatives will not and cannot bring themselves to even utter the words #blacklivesmatter, will not even engage in discussion to show the lowest level of empathy, and will not acknowledge that our Black brothers, sisters, and non-binary friends and neighbors have inherent worth, we need to have a talk. I am a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in the Republic of South Africa after the fall of Apartheid. When South Africa was developing their new post-Apartheid Constitution, our South African friends looked to us in the United States for inspiration, let us look to them now. In 1996, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up by the government of South Africa to help the nation heal from the abuses that occurred under apartheid. No section of South African society escaped the effects of these abuses. South Africans knew that there needed to be a national level dialogue and response to the pervasive racism that afflicted the country. It’s a conversation that South Africa had and continues to have, and that we, here in the US, have not. What was done to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others who have been subjected to brutality is a symptom of systemic institutional racism that we as Americans have failed to address. Let their deaths not have been in vain. We can challenge and change the status quo, we already are. The time to act decisively is now. We are at a historical nexus, what we do or fail to do will have ramifications for the generations after us. We the undersigned demand a formal national level inquiry on how to heal our nation from the continuing scourge of systemic institutional racism and support the creation of a United States Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It’s a national dialogue that is long overdue. #USTRC #blacklivesmatter
Petition to Greg Fischer, Erika Shields, Ryan Nichols, Louisville Metro Council
Demand Community Observers be Present During LMPD Police Union Contract Negotiations!
We demand that Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer grant community observers access to the current private negotiations regarding the LMPD police union contract — and that ALL future negotiations regarding police union contracts be conducted with community observers present. The current round of negotiations began on January 21, 2021 — in secret and behind closed doors. Nowhere in the contract or in city ordinance does it state that negotiations must be done in secret. Therefore, we are demanding that community observers be present during this and ALL future negotiations regarding the police union contract. Why is this so important? There are sections within Louisville's police union contract that make it difficult to hold police officers accountable for violent misconduct. This is ratified through sections within the contract that limit oversight and give officers 48 hours after misconduct occurs to access evidence prior to interrogation. These same protections are not awarded to civilians involved in alleged misconduct, thus holding police officers above the law. Further, there are many other clauses in the police union contract that reflect how much power the police union holds over the city. Clauses like 'there shall be no layoffs,' and 'the city of Louisville must pay for any civil settlements against police officers' are also antithetical to building safer communities. Mayor Greg Fischer has the sole responsibility to negotiate with the police union and remove these sections that allow officers to operate with impunity. Allowing community observers to witness negotiations will shed light on the process, and will ultimately make it harder for the Mayor to agree to all of the police union's demands. Police unions are arguably the most powerful unions in the country. They have millions of our own tax dollars invested in lobbying political candidates and legislation. They fiercely defend cops who have extensive records of violent misconduct, including the officers who murdered Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, George Floyd, Laquan McDonald, and countless others. The movement that ignited a global uprising in late May has taught us that we, the people, must actively hold our elected officials accountable for the entrenched violence that they have sanctioned for far too long. It is critical community members are present when matters of policing are discussed — especially in Louisville — where Breonna Taylor, a beloved daughter, partner, sister, niece, friend, essential worker; a beloved Black woman, was killed by the state in her own home. We cannot afford to let matters of life and death be negotiated in secret any longer! For more resources pertaining to the police union contract in Louisville — and how to get involved in fighting police union power — please visit linktr.ee/the490project. You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.