Civil Rights and Equality

188 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, Mark Poloncarz, Brian Higgins, Chris Jacobs, Chuck Schumer, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York State Senate, New York State House, New York State Board of Regents

Open New York Schools Now

We can no longer sit idly by while New York continues to deny the basic human right of education to its youngest citizens.  There are a number of reasons why we must stand up against the closure of our schools. First and foremost, the science clearly shows that schools are not a major source of transmission. This is supported by studies, articles, doctors, pediatricians, the Director of the CDC and many more. Second, the mental, physical, and educational damage on our children is severe and long-lasting. Studies show that the policy of school closures are killing our children. Last, but certainly not least, depriving children of in-person school is discriminatory. We must not devalue the lives of the young and the poor. School closures are illogical, harmful, and immoral. It is time to stand up and defend our children. Governor Cuomo cannot be allowed to take away the rights of children to be educated, particularly when it can be done safely without meaningfully increasing the rate of transmission.  We ask our leaders to work together, open schools immediately, and return children to the safest place they could be right now. Fellow New Yorkers, please join us in defending our children and signing this petition.  

Tarja Parssinen
391 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to NC Senator Jeff Jackson, North Carolina State House, NBC, ABC, United States Supreme Court, Michelle Obama, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Donald J. Trump, Alma Adams, Richard Burr, Human Rights Campaign, Department of Justice

Stop hit and run drivers who kill Innocent people from receiving bond in North Carolina.

My daughter was involved in an hit and run accident On February 17, 2020 that caused her to lose her life at the scene. A witness was able to identify the suspects and they were arrested several hours later. Mr. Himes and Ms. Kerr were able to post bond 10 hours later and given no conditions on their bond. As of February 18, 2020, the suspects have been out on bond with only a 30 day suspension on Mr. Himes drivers license. Man charged with involuntary manslaughter, DWI after teen killed in northwest Charlotte crash Accident report shows that Mr. Himes was traveling approximately 76 mph in a 35 mph zone while Ms. Wilson was traveling approximately 16 mph making a left hand turn. Mr. Himes and Ms. Kerr were indicted on charges of manslaughter several days later after posting bail of just 10,000 dollars. Currently, they are free in the community to cause harm to more individuals with their reckless behavior. The mother of Maniche Wilson, the 17 year old that was killed in the accident is devoted to change the law in North Carolina concerning drunk drivers who cause fatalities and to deny bond in front of a magistrate judge to keep the offenders in jail. 

LaChelle Walker
245,678 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Greg Abbott, D.F. "Rick" Miller, Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Marc Veasey, Pete Olson, Al Green

Rational Phone Privileges for Ad-Seg & G5 in TDCJ

While being housed in administrative segregation many psychological harms can come about amongst an individual. These psychological harms include social anxiety, depression, paranoia, and aggression—well among other symptoms. Many psychologists who have conducted research on both disciplinary and administrative segregation have come to statistical conclusions that—once an individual has been deprived of customary interaction(s), these segregated persons have reportedly suffered from many psychological issues. These mental health complexities include social anxiety and psychological distress (i.e.: panic, insomnia, paranoia, aggression, and depression). (Reiter et al., 2020) This expresses a huge concern for individuals in ad-seg to be in a desperate need for some sort of human interaction and/dialogue to safeguard the overall psychological health. It has also been statistically proven that an individual undergoing prolonged stay in solitary confinement may experience recidivism, severe mental illnesses or death post-incarceration. Increasing and granting individuals in ad-seg with consistent human interaction (especially during a critical pandemic) is imperative to decrease the issues listed above. It is already a psychological strain to deprive these individuals of contact visits with their families--granting them with rational phone privileges like the general population, will create a much less stressful environment at these facilities, even for staff. It is apparent that TDCJ is low on staff, however, it is not humane nor right to consistently give general population 15-30 minute phone calls while administrative segregation has little to no family contact. There should be a rational alternative and/or procedure to allow these individuals to contact their families to improve their psychological health throughout their ad-seg stay & sentence; as well as post-incarceration.    Please sign this petition in pursuit of TDCJ granting AD-SEG individuals consistent and rational phone privileges.Thank you and we are one huge voice for out loved ones! Let's make a difference!

Terralyn Franklin
311 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Tim Walz, Minnesota State House, Minnesota State Senate, Minnesota Governor, Minnesota

End the Covid-19 Minnesota Shutdown NOW -- and SAVE LIVES!

When Gov. Tim Walz took the unprecedented action on March 13, 2020 of responding to the Covid-19 contagion with a prolonged shutdown order, with only 1 ICU bed in use by a Covid-19 in the entire state at the time, he put in motion profound impacts that will have dangerous repercussions to be felt for generations to come. Using unproven models and the tactics of fear as justification, his actions led to hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans into unemployment within two weeks. This crash of employment and livelihoods will result in tens of thousands of families being evicted from their homes, and a loss of social order which will raise crime rates significantly and lead to deaths in their own right. Furthermore, the risk for even greater consequences from a destroyed economy, including wars, famine, and extreme poverty, will increase dramatically, leading to a far greater crisis than anything currently posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is not a debate of lives vs money -- it is a debate of lives vs lives. According to the CDC, the flu causes upwards of 45 million infections, 800,000 hospitalizations, and 60,000 deaths every year in the US. Source: On the other hand, according to the current mortality statistics for Covid-19, the number of daily cases and deaths are declining, and on its current projection it will barely surpass 100k deaths total in the US in 2020. Hospitals were not overrun, in many cases the field hospitals set up were later closed without even seeing a single patient. Meanwhile in Minnesota, we are tracking far better than the national average. Source: After 3 weeks of shutdown, it's clear that the hospital system hasn't come close to scratching 10% capacity, with at most 64 ICU beds in use in MN (update: after more than 2 months, the max usage has been 233 or 33% of pre-covid19 capacity) -- Source 1: Source 2: Social distancing measures' initial stated purpose was to "reduce the burden" on the healthcare system, just for a couple weeks, in order for hospitals to prepare for the surge in demand. That demand never came, and in reality, the biggest impact has been to the working hours of emergency staff, as reports show the emergency care system among the most impacted by layoffs due to lack of demand and cases. Source: Social distancing was to SLOW the spread of the virus ("flatten the curve"), NOT to eliminate its spread entirely, which was always inevitable. By now, most nearly all of us will have already been exposed to the Covid-19 virus in some form, due to the essential contact with each other we still have been exchanging over many incubation cycles. If you think you will not be exposed to the virus, you are mistaken. Any benefit to be gained from social distancing will already have been exhausted due to the number of incubation cycles already passed since the initial case (January). On the positive side, most all who get exposed to the virus but do not ultimately contract Covid-19 will develop immunity -- through this, there is significant chance our "herd immunity" level is already very high. One common misconception is the impact of "essential" vs "non-essential" workers. "Essential" is defined from the perspective of an individual. From a society view, however, the "non-essential" portion of our economy makes up a very essential SIZE -- EVERYTHING in our economy is weaved together like a quilt. If you remove a strand from the quilt, it still remains in tact. But the sum of the "non-essential" pieces of the economy would easily equal at least 40% of all GDP (if not as high as 60%) -- if you pulled all that out completely, what remains will not be able to sustain the entire system, which will lead to the entire "quilt" tearing apart at the seams. From there, a "death spiral" ensues that leads to a loss of all services, essential and non-essential alike, which in turn leads to all the aforementioned calamities -- which most alive today have not lived through or experienced. The measures to contain Covid-19 have been both very strong and authoritarian, to unclear benefit, as in the end these measures do not guarantee anyone's protection from the virus. Benjamin Franklin stated correctly that a society which trades its freedoms away for a modicum of security will receive neither, and unfortunately that is the precipice we are now crossing. Unlike any impact from the virus, the cost of the governor's actions has been swift, with over 10 million Americans newly jobless. Source: With this prolonged shutdown action, we may buy a few years of life for some individuals right now, but we do so at the expense of robbing the livelihoods of nearly all in the future, and the untold number of lives that will cost as a result. It is clear from history that wars and famine will cause much more death and destruction than any virus, and this is reinforced by the 6 months of Covid-19 data we have globally, comparing all impacts. People need to stop living in fear, and courageously get back to business and way of life, for all our sakes, SOON. With proper hygiene protocol, the symptomatic and vulnerable remaining home, and herd immunity, the impact upon return to normal life will be minimal. The first step for this is for Gov. Walz to end the shutdown NOW. Please sign the petition.  

Jonathan Hanson
1,408 supporters