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civil liberties

17 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Barack Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Exonerate our Mother, Ethel Rosenberg

Our parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were executed on June 19, 1953 during the anti-communist hysteria of the Cold War Era. They had been convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage, in what was called “the crime of the century.” We were six and 10 years old when they were killed. Our mother was not a spy, and her execution was wrongful. Her conviction was based on perjured testimony and prosecutorial and judicial misconduct. The charges against our mother and the threat of the death penalty were meant to intimidate her and our father into cooperating. The U.S. government wanted Julius to falsely confess to passing “the secret of the atomic bomb” to the Soviet Union, and name others involved. Their trial took place during a time of widespread panic about communism. The sentencing judge went so far as to blame our parents for the Korean War. In denying clemency, President Eisenhower accused them of causing future nuclear wars. These outrageous statements and our parents’ execution helped fuel a dangerous climate of fear and intolerance in our country which permitted political opportunists like Senator Joseph McCarthy to poison our society. Today, we face a similar climate of hatred which targets immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQI individuals and others. A formal acknowledgement of the wrong done to our mother and our family will help prevent similar injustices in the future. A healthy democracy requires that the government acknowledge and correct its transgressions. The government cannot return our mother to her loving family. But it can admit this miscarriage of justice. Please, join us in calling on Attorney General Lynch and President Obama to formally exonerate Ethel Rosenberg before they leave office. More than 60 years after her unjust conviction and execution, now is the time to clear her good name.

Robert and Michael Meeropol, Rosenberg Fund for Children
25,957 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Barack Obama

BLACKRIGHTSMATTER

What happens when a bill, HB 2793 is introduced with Plagiarized and Infringed information from my Unpublished Work on 5/12/1999 which is well documented and protected in 1998? Then when I sent a handwritten Cease and Desist on 6/10/2010 The Texas Citizens Participation Act was passed. I am asking that President Obama help me Protect my First Amendment Rights and Envoke my rights under the Eleventh Amendment of the Constitution of the United States to request that the State of Texas, Texas Sure, and all 36 States that implemented it's policies CEASE AND DESIST and order them to file a .Petition For Temporary Restraining Order And Injunction To Enjoin Interference With Property Rights. Since I am not allowed in court. This is a sad day in Black History!! Lets turn it into a great Legacy. This is all being placed in The Circle Of Insur Gard Transparently Clear. I had your back and helped you make Change, I'm asking you as a Black man to help me to bring change. This is a Back Room Good Ole Boys deal that needs to be addressed and resolved.  #BLACKRIGHTSMATTER. 511. Liability of States, instrumentalities of States, and State officials for infringement of copyright10(a) In General. — Any State, any instrumentality of a State, and any officer or employee of a State or instrumentality of a State acting in his or her official capacity, shall not be immune, under the Eleventh Amendment of the Constitution of the United States or under any other doctrine of sovereign immunity, from suit in Federal Court by any person, including any governmental or nongovernmental entity, for a violation of any of the exclusive rights of a copyright owner provided by sections 106 through 122, for importing copies of phonorecords in violation of section 602, or for any other violation under this title.(b) Remedies. — In a suit described in subsection (a) for a violation described in that subsection, remedies (including remedies both at law and in equity) are available for the violation to the same extent as such remedies are available for such a violation in a suit against any public or private entity other than a State, instrumentality of a State, or officer or employee of a State acting in his or her official capacity. Such remedies include impounding and disposition of infringing articles under section 503, actual damages and profits and statutory damages under section 504, costs and attorney's fees under section 505, and the remedies provided in section 510. Legislative Session: 76(R) Council Document: 76R 8833 WP-F Add to Bill List Last Action: 05/12/1999 H Failed to pass to engrossmentCaption Version: House Committee ReportCaption Text: Relating to motor vehicle insurance verification and creating the motor vehicle insurance verification program; providing administrative and criminal penalties.The Texas Citizens Participation Act is a legally cognizable First Amendment Right Violation. It was created to cover up the Infringement of a Plagiarized Unpublished Work submitted on 1-8-99 to Ex Governor George W. Bush and Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry without my knowledge or consent, And without Due Diligence!!It is an Intentional, Malicious, Malevolent, Gross Negligent, Abuse of Power for Unjust Enrichment and Intentional Tort in response to 6-16-10 Cease and Desist letter to Victor Vandergriff and Texas Sure. It violates my Human Rights, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. It also goes against The Golden Rule."Take not from others to such an extent and in such a manner that you would be resentful if they took from you." (McDonald, Non-Infringing Uses) 9 Bull. Copyright Society 466 1962.It ignores the fact that my Unpublished Work is protected, I am the author and Ex Governor George W. Bush and Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry by publishing and creating HB 2793 without my authorization Infringes on my right to decide if my Unpublished Work be made Public.The Supreme Court has held that the fact that a work is Unpublished weighs heavily against a finding of Fair Use. (Harpers & Row V Nation Enterprises, 471) US. 539 (1985)Unpublished Works can never be a Fair Use. (Salinger V Random House, Inc., 811 F2D (1987)The statute applies to lawsuits or “legal actions” (which includes claims and counterclaims that implicate First Amendment rights) filed on or after June 17, 2011.511. Liability of States, instrumentalities of States, and State officials for infringement of copyright10(a) In General. — Any State, any instrumentality of a State, and any officer or employee of a State or instrumentality of a State acting in his or her official capacity, shall not be immune, under the Eleventh Amendment of the Constitution of the United States or under any other doctrine of sovereign immunity, from suit in Federal Court by any person, including any governmental or nongovernmental entity, for a violation of any of the exclusive rights of a copyright owner provided by sections 106 through 122, for importing copies of phonorecords in violation of section 602, or for any other violation under this title.(b) Remedies. — In a suit described in subsection (a) for a violation described in that subsection, remedies (including remedies both at law and in equity) are available for the violation to the same extent as such remedies are available for such a violation in a suit against any public or private entity other than a State, instrumentality of a State, or officer or employee of a State acting in his or her official capacity. Such remedies include impounding and disposition of infringing articles under section 503, actual damages and profits and statutory damages under section 504, costs and attorney's fees under section 505, and the remedies provided in section 510.The statute provides for mandatory fee shifting when a party wins an Anti-SLAPP motion so that the person or entity wrongfully filing a lawsuit must pay the defense costs.The Texas Constitution article 1, Section 17 States that no persons property be taken, damaged, or destroyed for or applied to Public Use without Adequate Compensation being made.The burden of proof is initially on the party who files the Anti-SLAPP motion to establish (by a preponderance of the evidence) that the lawsuit was filed in response to the exercise of his First Amendment rights. Then the burden shifts to the plaintiff to establish (by clear and specific evidence) a prima facie case for each essential element of the claim.Prima Facie. [Latin, On the first appearance.] A fact presumed to be true unless it is disproved.       

Gregory Tillman
103 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Steve Bullock

Release U.S. Political Prisoner Ron Glick!

    Governor Steve Bullock:     Do not allow your legacy to stand as supporting imprisoning American citizens in your own state for their political ideas, regardless what label you mask their detention under.     In 2003, Ron Glick uncovered sexual and physical assaults against minors by the Kalispell Police Department in Montana through his work running a youth recreations program he had operated for seven years. When he urged the youth to speak out against the abuse, he was targeted with harassment and intimidation by both City and Flathead County officials. When he brought suit for these threats, he had his step-daughters abducted and his freedom stripped from him under a falsely manufactured sexual assault charge.  In spite of volumes of records proving that his conviction was acquired through felonious activity to cover up the official misconduct of city and county officials, Ron Glick has remained a political prisoner in his own country since 2004.       The State of Montana is complicit in covering this all up, since corruption is largely a standard in Montana government.  Three different attorney generals have presided over defending the actions of the state, with the first - Mike McGrath - being elevated to head justice of the Montana Supreme Court, effecting a control over that court that continues to deprive Ron of his constitutional right of due process.  A second, Steve Bullock, is presently governor of the state, and has kept Ron's application for clemency in limbo for the better part of a year now.     Ron has been very outspoken about his status as a prisoner of conscience, maintaining a blog (http://monspiracy.wordpress.com) and even published a book (U.S. Political Prisoner Since 2004) chronicling the path by which he became a prisoner of conscience.  His assets have been stolen, the courts actively obstruct his claims to them, and he is detained under the most draconian conditions the state can manage - under conditions no other detainee is held under.  All because - after twelve years - Ron has refused to confess to a crime he did not commit and thereby exonerate the real criminals operating under pretense of government.     And since May, 2016, the very people named in that book are pushing to return Ron to prison for another fifteen years - specifically for content published within that very book!     In October, 2015, Montana's legislature granted the power of clemency to its governor.  Governor Steve Bullock has had a pending petition for Ron Glick's clemency on his desk since January, 2016 - yet he refuses to act on it, even in the face of county officials seeking to return him to prison to silence his voice.  Governor Bullock needs to use his executive power to free this man held for no other reason than speaking out against the real criminals operating without consequence from behind the shelter of their elite government positions.     Please do the right thing: free Ron Glick (#FreeRon).     After twelve years, hasn't he suffered enough for his political beliefs?

Ron Glick
28 supporters