Petition to Donald Trump
Grant Clemency to Alice Marie Johnson Serving a Life Sentence
My mother, Alice Marie Johnson is a 62-year-old grandmother serving life without parole for a first time nonviolent drug offense. She has been in prison 21 years and will die there unless President Trump grants her clemency. My family’s life changed forever when my she was sentenced to life in federal prison. She was one of thousands of first time, nonviolent offenders who were given long mandatory prison terms. She had lost her job and was given a chance to make money by helping someone sell cocaine. “I couldn’t find a job fast enough to take care of my family. I felt like a failure. I went to a complete panic and out of desperation I made one of the worst decisions of my life to make some quick money. I became involved in a drug conspiracy.” My mother has accepted full responsibility for her actions and used that experience to better her life and the lives of others. Since being incarcerated she has been a model prisoner who mentors women and has become an ordained minister. She has also written, directed, and produced several plays and writings for conferences outside of prison walls, choreographed dance teams, and completed many classes and certifications. Her supporters include Congressman Steve Cohen (D) Tennessee, Congressman Bennie Thompson (D) Mississippi, and Congressman Marc Veasey (D) Ft. Worth, Texas. Recently, her case caught the attention of Kim Kardashian West who has been advocating to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner that President Trump consider her for clemency. My mom's desire upon release is to assist the community with the needs of ex-offenders to help reduce recidivism. Alice is the mother of 4 children and has 4 grandchildren. It serves no purpose or benefit to society to have her locked up for life. Her large and loving immediate and extended family and friends would welcome her return. Please sign this petition and ask President Trump to grant clemency to a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who wants to use her experience to assist others and give back to her community. Learn more about Alice Johnson here.
Petition to Governor Rick Snyder
Ask Gov. Snyder (MI) for Justice for Siwatu-Salama Ra
Last summer in Michigan, Siwatu-Salama Ra got into a verbal dispute with a neighbor. The neighbor escalated it by ramming her car multiple times into Ra’s vehicle, while her mother and two-year old daughter were nearby. Fearing for her life and that of her family, Ra, pulled out a lawfully owned – but unloaded – firearm and brandished it to scare the neighbor away. Ra was concealed-carry permit holder, in an “open carry” state with a “stand your ground” law on the books. Now, Mrs. Ra is serving a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for felonious assault and felony firearm convictions. She’s seven months pregnant, and according to her attorneys, she’s receiving insufficient medical care— including being shackled and restrained to her bed during a vaginal exam — even though her pregnancy is considered high-risk. The case is under appeal, but the judge deciding Ra’s fate, Thomas Hathaway, has already denied a request to postpone Ra’s sentence until she gives birth. This is a nothing short of a miscarriage of justice. In what should be one of the happiest moments of her life, a mother will now tragically be forced to give birth to her child while shackled to a bed while hundreds of miles away from friends and family. And once Ra gives birth, the child will be taken away from her while she completes her sentence. The American criminal justice system needs to do better. Not only is this a ridiculous outcome for Siwatu-Salama Ra, it will likely have a significant impact for her family. Women tend to be primary caregivers of young children. With 80% of women incarcerated being mothers, keeping children close makes perfect sense. There is no stronger bond than a mother’s love for her child. According to the Bureau of Statistics, children are 6-7 times more likely to offend as a teenager or adult if they don't have a relationship or bond with their parent. Removing a newborn child from their mother immediately after birth is cruel and will likely have a negative impact down the line. Research also shows that 2,000 pregnant women are incarcerated each year. Many of whom will be shackled to the bed while giving birth. According the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, shackling pregnant women endangers not only the mothers, but also can have severe detrimental effects on the health of the child. Siwatu-Salama Ra should not be in prison. She should be with her family, preparing for one of them most memorable days of her life. Instead, she will be in a concrete cell, shackled by her wrists and ankles, under the watch of a corrections officer – as she welcomes new life into this world. Please sign our petition asking Governor Snyder to pardon Siwatu-Salama Ra, or at the very least, grant her clemency so that she can return to her family.
Petition to The Federal Bureau of Prisons, Mark S. Inch
#PagesOverProfit: Stop the BOP from Restricting Access to Books in Prisons.
People in prison need books, letters, and emails to learn new skills, stay in contact with family, and prepare themselves for reentering society. It’s one of the most key parts of rehabilitation. That's why it's so concerning that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is considering a policy to severely restrict books at federal prisons. The new policy would ban all books sent to prisons from vendors like Amazon or Barnes & Noble, one of the most popular ways that inmates receive books: "Books from a publisher, bookstore, book club, or friends and family will no longer be accepted through the mail.” Incarcerated people would be required to submit electronic requests to staff, specifying the book title, author, edition, and International Standard Book Number. They are charged the retail price plus a 30% markup in addition to shipping costs. Money should not be a prerequisite to read! These restrictions were already put in place in four federal prisons but thankfully, under pressure from families and inquiries from the Washington Post, federal prison officials rescinded memos from those prisons on May 3 and said the policy is now under review. Lets make sure this policy stays reversed and is not implemented system wide. Please sign this petition to the BOP demanding prisoners have access to books. I grew up with my father in federal prison. I became an author, writing about that experience, and I know how important reading and education is not just for people in prison, but for their families. Reading has the power to uplift and empower men, women, and children impacted by mass incarceration and preventing these families from sending books and cards to their loved ones is not just counterproductive, it’s cruel. Why would the BOP take away the most powerful mechanism that can improve the lives of incarcerated persons? A 2013 RAND Corporation study showed that prison education was associated with an over 40% reduction in recidivism. Being able to receive books and other literature while incarcerated tremendously increases the chances of success upon release. Sign this petition to let the BOP know that we need #PagesoverProfit!
Petition to Donald Trump
Clemency for Craig Cesal - Serving Life Without Parole for Marijuana
Seventeen years ago, my dad, Craig Cesal, was arrested on a marijuana conspiracy case because he owned a trucking repair business. He would repair trucks that had been leased and used to smuggle pot. The trucks would be trashed after the marijuana was stripped from the secret compartments, and although it was obvious these trucks were being used to smuggle pot, my dad didn't think it was his business to report it. He had no criminal history whatsoever, but today, he is serving a life sentence without parole because he didn't take a plea bargain, went to trial, and was therefore held responsible for everything the kingpin and smugglers had done. They cut deals, testified against him and they are all free today. Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in nine states. And politicians like John Boehner are joining marijuana investment firms and plan to make millions of dollars while my dad rots in prison. His only chance at freedom is if President Trump commutes his sentence. My dad was a single, divorced, dad, and would tell my brother and I that if we got straight A's at school, we would go on a special trip, like Washington DC or Disneyland. It always worked. He would also make us wear T-shirts that said “I got straight A's and came to Disneyland.” He would also make us take photos with all the Disney characters. He loved to show everyone the photos of us with Disney characters when we got home. He was the best dad in the world and I don't see how his incarceration is serving any good purpose for our society. If President Trump does not commute my father's sentence, he will likely die in prison, especially since he has diabetes and has had medical complications and requirements that are not being properly met. Please sign my petition so I can be with my father. We want to make up for the time we have missed out on. You will end so much suffering if this petition succeeds in bringing him home. Lauren Cesal
Petition to Jeff Sessions, Deirdre Fike, Chief of Police Charlie Beck, Jonathan Lucas, M.D, Sarah Isgur Flores, Chief of Police Sandra Spagnoli, District Attorney Jackie Lacey, President of the United States
Marilyn Monroe deserves to have her death certificate changed!
I am a private investigator conducting an investigation into the true facts surrounding the death of Marilyn Monroe. My objective is to petition the correction of Marilyn's death certificate and requesting that the Attorney General open a criminal investigation surrounding her death. There was really never an investigation to start with. I have always believed Marilyn Monroe was murdered along with most of the people in this world. If you look at all of the stories, books, testimonies, and even evidence then there is no reason that Marilyn Monroe’s death certificate should not be changed from probable suicide to murder. If not that, then at least accidental death.I feel that there should be a correction on Marilyn's death certificate and I am requesting that the Attorney General open the criminal investigation surrounding her death. There are two people alive who have never asked to give a statement for an investigation but were present when Marilyn Monroe took her last breath, and that is LAPD Sgt. Marvin D. Iannone who was later promoted to Chief of the Beverly Hills Police Department. Marvin Iannone dismissed the other officers from the scene the day Marilyn Monroe was found dead. Iannone was seen by several witnesses talking to Peter Lawford and assisting Lawford while cleaning up the cottage where the actual death took place. Iannone had been known to take care of Bobby Kennedy whenever Bobby came into town. How can we allow a man who pledged to protect and serve get away with actually taking part in a possible murder and/or more? And then there is Pat Newcomb (Wigan) who was supposed to have been Marilyn’s friend. Before the police could seal the house once Marilyn's body was taken away, the police noticed that Pat Newcomb kept looking through drawers and going into Marilyn’s bedroom. The police had to physically remove her. After the funeral, Pat Newcomb flew to the "Kennedy compound” at Hyannisport, Massachusetts. After that, Newcomb left the country and remained away for six months. During this period from August 1962 to February 1963, she visited Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Denmark, and Switzerland. When she returned to this country she was put on the government payroll as an information specialist (motion pictures) for the U.S. Information Agency, 1776 Penn. Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. Don’t you think this is a little interesting? I do! Time is running out since Ms. Pat Newcomb is 87 years old and Mr. Iannone is 83 years old. Please help by making things right. It’s time for Marilyn Monroe to have her death cleared once and for all. And, for those who took part in her death to be criminally responsible for aiding and abetting in the death of Marilyn Monroe. It’s a disgrace that so many people have made millions of dollars out of the death of Marilyn. The one thing that has never changed in over 53 years is the people involved, the time frame of events and the real manner of death.
Petition to Faris Al-Rawi
Legalise cannabis in Trinidad and Tobago
Jail is no place for non-violent offenders who break a law whose very basis was highly immoral and contravenes the Constitutional right to freedom and to enjoyment of one's property, among others. The prisons in Trinidad are already extremely overcrowded and conditions are inhumane. People in Remand Yard have been waiting for years for a trial date. The Dangerous Drugs Act permits possession, use, sale and cultivation of marijuana - all that is required is for the Minister of Health to write the regulations by which licences can be issued. With numerous studies showing that marijuana has therapeutic and medical benefits, and many countries moving towards legalisation or decriminalisation, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago must address the fact that as long as ganja remains illegal, it will always be under the control of criminal gangs because demand continues to grow for marijuana locally, regionally and internationally.
Petition to Wayne La Pierre
Petition to NRA to Endorse and Lobby for the Michael's Law Amendment to 18 U.S.C. 926A
WHEREAS, the National Rifle Association ("NRA") has been attempting to effect "National Reciprocity" for gun permits for nearly a decade; and WHEREAS, the NRA has not, to date, been successful; and WHEREAS, even if such legislation were to successfully pass Congress and be signed into law by the president, we believe there is a good chance the law would be thrown out by the Supreme Court on 10th Amendment grounds, as using Federal power to coerce states that do not want to grant reciprocity into doing so violates "states' rights;" and WHEREAS, the Small Business in Transportation Coalition ("SBTC") has proposed an amendment to an existing Federal firearms-related statute (18 U.S.C. 926A; Interstate Transportation of Firearms) in furtherance of the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause, calling for the statute to be re-entitled: "Interstate Possession, Transportation and Carrying of Firearms;" and WHEREAS, this proposal is referred to as the "Michael's Law Amendment," in honor of an unarmed trucker named Michael Boeglin, who was shot and killed and burned in his truck on June 26, 2014 in Detroit; and WHEREAS, Americans travelling interstate are routinely the victim of gun violence with no means to protect themselves if the states they go to do not grant reciprocity, including, but not limited to, truckers like Randy Tomblin, Jerry Matson and most recently, a trucker shot today, January 27, 2016; and WHEREAS, this proposed law would apply to all Americans and would not require any Federal registration whatsoever, but would merely reaffirm the Second Amendment insofar as traveling from state-to-state is concerned and would preempt the ability of the states to make laws that apply to interstate transportation of-- and travelling with-- firearms; WHEREAS, the text of this proposed law, in its entirety, is as follows: 18 U.S. Code 926A; (Renamed): Interstate possession, transportation and carrying of firearms... (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of any Federal law or any Federal rule, a person who is an American citizen and is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from possessing, carrying, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to carry on his person in a loaded, readily-accessible capacity and transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place in any state to any other place in a different state in accordance with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. (2) FEDERAL PREEMPTION The states are hereby preempted from regulating firearms that are transported into, out of, or through their state by a person who is an American citizen and is not a resident of that state, regardless of whether or not the firearm is carried in a loaded, readily-accessible capacity, pursuant to the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. NOW, LET IT HEREBY BE RESOLVED that we, the people of the United States of America, including, but not limited to, members of the SBTC and NRA, respectfully request the NRA leadership immediately embrace, endorse, and lobby for the passage of the SBTC's proposed MICHAEL'S LAW AMENDMENT in the interest of protecting all Americans' gun rights. (Click Here to join the Michael's Law Amendment group on Facebook).
Petition to Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi
Protect Women and Children from Ride Share Predators!
In recent years there have been hundreds of reports involving women and children being assaulted by their Uber or Lyft driver. While Uber and Lyft have background checks and even an emergency button in the app, I don't think these safeguards are enough. There needs to be a bill called, The Safer Rides Act, to prevent further victimization from happening. Under this bill these companies will have to prioritize safety of there passengers over profits by making changes to the platform. I've thought of a few ideas to make the ride share experience safer below. Let me know if you have any other ideas to add to this. Sign this petition to: Require that your id is scanned before starting a ride to ensure you're 18. Require rides to be video recorded and audited periodically or when a customer feels uncomfortable or sends in a complaint. Require an actual picture of the car that's picking you up. Raise the age limit to download the App from ages 4+ to 18. Require companies to create safe guards in there software (i.e. when user is dropped off at home they are required to enter a password within 5 minutes of there drop off, if they don't the phone will automatically alert local law enforcement. Another option could be if the ride that supposed to take 10 minutes ends up taking 25 minutes, the driver should automatically be called. If the driver doesn't answer alert law enforcement. No longer settle sexual assault crimes using non-disclosure agreements. Victims should never be silenced. Join the movement in protecting women and children from ride share predators. Please sign this petition.