Petition to President Donald Trump
Commute Matthew Charles' prison sentence
Matthew Charles was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison 1996 for a nonviolent drug offense. After serving over 20 years, he was released in 2016 when a federal judge reduced his sentence. Unfortunately, prosecutors appealed his sentence reductions and won. Now Matthew must return to prison and serve another ten years. Matthew Charles does not belong in prison for another day, let alone another decade. President Trump should use his clemency power to commute the rest of Charles’ sentence so he can return to his family and community. Since his release Matthew has held a steady job, volunteers every Saturday, has reconnected with his family, and began a serious relationship. He is part of a community in Nashville, TN that strongly opposes this cruel decision to strip away his freedom. During his time in prison, he took college classes and correspondence courses, and even taught a GED program. He organized bible studies, became certified as a law clerk and used training to he helped other incarcerated men understand the judicial system. Throughout 20 years in federal prison he never had a single disciplinary infraction. Even Judge Aleta Trauger, who had to reimpose this sentence, thinks it’s unfair. She called Charles’ case “sad” and commended his “exemplary rehabilitation.” She then explained that “her hands were tied” in reimposing the original sentence, giving him 45 days before he would have to be sent back to federal prison. President Trump has spoken of his support for giving formerly incarcerated people second chances. If there was ever a case that deserves his support, this is it. Trump has used his clemency authority in cases where the defendant received lots of publicity, so signing this petition can truly make a difference. I am hopeful that this petition will gain a record number of signatures and catch President Trump's attention.
Petition to Greg Abbott, Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
Support mercy for Chris Young
Chris Young was sentenced to death in San Antonio, Texas in February 2006. He was convicted of killing 55-year-old Hasmukhbhai Patel during a robbery of Mr. Patel’s mini-mart/dry cleaners in 2004. Chris was 21 years old at the time of the crime. In the 12 years he has spent on death row, he has matured into a thoughtful, peaceful man with a desire to help others, particularly troubled youngsters. In fact, Chris credits death row with saving his life, poignantly observing that “I truly believe if I would not have come to death row when I did, I would be one of two places: in prison or murdered in the streets. … Without coming to death row, I would not be the man I am today. I would not be able to raise my kids or help other kids.” The State of Texas seeks to execute Chris on July 17, 2018. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has the power to recommend clemency. Together, we must send a strong message to the members of the board and to Texas Governor Greg Abbott (who can accept or reject the board's recommendation) that Chris deserves mercy. Please sign this petition and join our campaign to #savechrisyoung today so that we can save more young men like him in the future. For more information about our work to stop executions, visit www.TCADP.org.
Petition to Katherine Xu
Justice for YUE JIANG needs your support.
Yue, a 19 year old Arizona State University student was shot and killed, January 16, 2016, mid-day, while at a stop light in Phoenix. The shooter, Holly Davis, a 32 yr. old, ex-felon with a gun, habitual drug user, derelict, set out that day leaving a note she would “be in the news”. Davis then purposely, rammed Yue's car, and with premeditation, walked up to the driver’s window and shot Yue three times. In an attempt to flee to safety the seriously wounded Ms. Jiang collided with an on-coming car. In total, three adults and three children were hospitalized, but survived. Yue did not. Davis is now scheduled for sentencing by way of plea agreement on June 15, 2018, before the honorable Judge Warren Granville, Superior Court of Arizona, County of Maricopa. Davis committed no less than 14 felonies, which individually carry up to 63 years imprisonment. The prosecutor, Stephanie Low, submits an UNJUST and UNCONSCIOUSABLE plea agreement of just 25 years for Second Degree Murder. In contrast, Judge Granville previously imposed a 14 year sentence on a first time offender, remorseful drunk driver, who inadvertently killed another motorist. Previous cases of much less severity have resulted in multiple convictions for First Degee Murder, which is what the Jiang family requests and insists upon. The Jiang family, friends, Arizona State University fellow students, both the local, and the Chinese community abroad, are in disbelief and outraged. WE ask that you bring this INJUSTICE to the forefront in an effort to insure EQUAL justice for all, regardless of their race, color, creed, or religion. Please consider the family’s plea as they have little hope without your involvement. A simple SIGNATURE can work wonders. Please show your support!!! Greatfuly yours, The Jiang Family
Petition to Jody Wilson-Raybould
Change Canadian Adult Missing Persons Police Protocol
On April 26, 2013, my brother Jonathan “Jon” Michael Riley left a note in his house letting us know that he was going to Toronto for a couple of days, and then he completely vanished into thin air. For nearly 8 months, despite repeated phone calls and visits to the police station, police refused to record a missing persons report. Police also refused to investigate his disappearance ... until early 2018 when police suspected alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur murdered our brother. As we await DNA results in the Bruce McArthur police investigation, we are steeped in anger and grief. When an adult goes missing in Canada, current protocol dictates that police do nothing. Why? Because police in Canada assume that adults have a right to vacate their lives. Police are not required to investigate adult missing persons. When Police don’t investigate missing persons, families are left stranded. Privacy laws protect information that is necessary to track and find a missing person. It is not possible to access medical records, bank records, emails, phone records or even social media account messages. In Canada, police record missing persons through a broken, disconnected and incomplete internal database called CPIC. The RCMP record missing persons in a national database. A misinformed OPP officer told our family that Jon was entered in both databases. About 1.5 years after Jon disappeared, a researcher found out that Jon wasn’t listed in the RCMP database. We were eventually given the excuse from Canadian authorities that missing persons entries are backlogged bc they don’t have a French translation. After we submitted a French translation of our brother’s disappearance, an entry appeared on the RCMP missing persons database and website. Other Canadian families of missing loved ones have asked us how we did it. How did we get Jon listed in the missing person national database? How did we get him on the website? Do you know that only a handful of cases are arbitrarily featured on the national missing persons website? Some families have been trying to get loved ones listed in the databas for over a decade. Our hearts break for these families. Since privacy laws block our access to information, this RCMP database is our lifeline. By law, if anyone shows up in a hospital anywhere in Canada without a next of kin, staff must look in this database of missing persons. If a John Doe shows up in a morgue, they are also required by law to look in this database. If these staff search this database, and the missing person isn’t listed, then how will this system work? The families lose their lifeline. This should matter to EVERY Canadian. How is anyone in Canada safe from a serial killer if police don’t have any data to track where people are going missing? It’s tragic that it has taken another serial killer to expose the shortcomings of the current Canadian adult missing persons police protocol. Help us change the protocol. We propose that police should be required by law to record all reports of missing persons, that all reports should be entered into the RCMP national database, and that all entries should be listed on the RCMP missing persons website. We also propose that every major city in Canada should create an adult missing persons division in their central Police Department. No other families should go through what our family has been through. Please help us create awareness of the current police protocol, and help us create change by signing and sharing this petition.
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 California State Senate, California State House, Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Jean Fuller, Bill Dodd, Cathleen Galgiani, Steve Glazer, Ed Hernandez, Josh Newman, Richard Pan, Scott Wilk
Support AB 2138 - Give Former Offenders a Fair Chance at a Job!
Across the nation, millions of people with arrest and conviction records face overly restrictive barriers to obtaining a job. Poorly written, outdated, and inhumane “tough on crime” policies have lead to an epidemic of mass incarceration and arrests, resulting in more Americans than ever having an arrest or conviction record. When rehabilitated former offenders can't find careers because of unfair business practices and draconian state licensing laws, they are often left with very few options to put food on their tables or a roof over their heads. It is clear that policies that make it easier for people with records to work strengthen our economy, improve public safety, reduce crime and recidivism rates, help employers find good workers, and advance racial and social justice. California has a chance to lead the way by passing "fair chance" licensing reforms that open up occupations with good pay to rehabilitated offenders. In California, several bills (AB 2138, SB 1298, AB 3039, AB 2293) have been introduced to improve access to a range of occupations by requiring fairer consideration of records and removing most blanket bans. Help us get these bills out of committee, through the legislature, and onto the governor's desk this year.
Petition to Andrew Cuomo, New York State House, New York State Senate, Sue Serino, Didi Barrett, Carl Heastie, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Aileen Gunther, Angelo Santabarbara, Latoya Joyner, James Skoufis
Bailey’s Law now! Hold criminals accountable for victimizing the developmentally disabled!
Please Support the Passage of #BaileysLaw We cannot allow criminals to get away with the death of their victims. My 19 year old autistic son, Bailey, committed suicide on 7-31-17, my birthday of all days. After nearly 20 years of complete family devotion and cultivating our lives in support, contemplation and preparation of his each new life phase, new stage, new challenge, and new triumph our lives were completely and irrevocably upended in the span of 8 minutes. Bailey had many friends. He was kind, funny, caring, generous, gentle, down to earth, and creative. He was an artist, a lover of history, and had compassion for all living things. He was a teacher his whole life as much as he was a student of it. Bailey made me stronger, made me determined, made me timely, made me adjustable, made me more understanding...and it was Bailey that made me an advocate for kids with special needs for all these years. Of course, his 3 siblings also helped make me, and him, over the years...we all made each other. Our family has always been very tight. Being a single mom the last 16 years enabled me to make my children my world, and show them we are a team. I’ve tried to give them everything I am and everything I have within me, with intention. But despite everything I’d, we’d, put in over the years my son, their brother, is gone...less then 8 minutes after leaving my side. Bailey resorted to suicide 7 days after being a victim of a financial crime, 4 days after I realized he was victimized, and less than 5 hours of being asked to ID one of the perpetrators. He was preyed upon, betrayed, and taken advantage of by a girl he knew for years and had recently befriended him. This girl connected her male friend to my son under the guise of helping them cash a check. From what I’ve been told by State Police, Bailey was hesitant to help them, unsure of whether or not the request was legitimate, and she assured my son that the request was fine and then promised him, I believe, $200 from the proceeds for his assistance. I suspect Bailey provided them with his bank card and his PIN number. On 7-24-17 the male deposited a $1675.00 fraudulent check at an atm in Highland, NY and then immediately withdrew $200 (the amount fronted with a check hold); this was caught on atm bank video. I realized there was a problem on Thursday the 27th when I noted on our joint account both the deposit and withdrawal as well as the $200 withdrawal ultimately being pulled from my separate account. Bailey was learning banking and I would transfer his disability money to the joint account so he would learn about money management, budgeting, grocery shopping, etc. Bailey was devastated over the loss. We connected with local police on the 27th, who then directed us to the nearest state troopers on the 28th, who in turn directed us to State Troopers in Highland on 7-29-17 where we filed a complaint. Later on that Saturday, my youngest son told me he overheard his brother Bailey on the phone after hearing of the banking problem on Thursday, extremely upset over the financial loss and insisting on the return of funds. On Monday, 7-31-17 the investigator came to our house at 12:30 to see if Bailey could ID the male in the bank video. Bailey claimed he did not know the person and by his reaction I believe he didn’t. At 5:16pm he left our home stating he was going for a walk to draw; this was not unlike him as his executive processing speed is slower than many and he’d use walks or drawing to manage stresses. By 5:30 I heard the emergency response sirens and ran down our street, because I never wanted my kids around the chaos when EMS was in the area, and of course I wanted to count the safety of my chicks. The area they were responding to is a nuisance area that has had more than it’s fair share of fires....but there was no fire truck, only medical response. My son had hung himself in the woods less than a block from our home. The next day I was presented with a note he’d written; he clearly believed he’d done something very wrong in trusting the wrong person. No law enforcement involved in this case believes that Bailey had the faculty to understand what was happening, or the complexities that he was a victim, and neither does any of his family nor his longstanding therapist. There is no doubt in my mind that he merely thought he was helping someone. Both accused, at this point, will only be charged minimally; one with grand larceny 4th and the other with Endangering a disabled person 1st, both class E non violent felonies. Theoretically they could each get probation. They have each since been arrested for other crimes; her on drug charges in October 2017 and him for killing a 16 year old with his car after an argument in Yonkers in December 2017. The male is being held without bail in Westchester and has yet to be charged for our case. The female was arrested and arraigned for this case but was granted release on $2000 cash/$4000 bond. I am sickened over what may be obvious to you at this point, that the charges do not reflect their role in the death of my son. People with disabilities, including autism, are among our most vulnerable community members. It seems so unjust that a charge of endangering specifically relates to affecting the mental well-being of a vulnerable person yet they are not charged with the actual consequences of this criminal action. I’m currently working with our local representatives to start the process of pushing for new legislation in the state to hold perpetrators fully accountable for the consequences of their actions. The law for Endangering in NY currently states: “Under our law, a person is guilty of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree when he or she knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect. The term "knowingly” has its own special meaning in our law. I will now give you the meaning of that term. A person KNOWINGLY acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect when that person is aware that he or she is acting in such manner. Actual harm to the incompetent or physically disabled person need not result.” Currently under our criminal laws culpability for a persons suicide rests on the aspect of “aiding and abetting”, or, in practical terms, specifically aiding, directing or encouraging the suicide. This MUST change. Those that would intentionally cultivate an environment and/or circumstances specifically to use people with disabilities to commit a crime, need to be held accountable for the full range of actual damages they cause, including the death of their victim. We need #BaileysLaw to firmly establish... If a defendant is charged with endangering in the first degree, or another crime related and/or connected to a charge of endangering in the first degree (as in coconspirators/codefendant), whereby the events result in the victim’s suicide within reasonable proximity of the crime, defendants should be criminally charged for the victim’s death. This area of law, as it specifically relates to endangering, also needs to be updated to incorporate the disability standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Social Security Administration in trials. As it stands, the question of a successful trial seems tied to whether or not the victim has an IQ over 40, and can dress and feed oneself. This is an extremely low threshold for a successful trial against a perpetrator charged with endangering and is not in line with current state and federal laws to protect the disabled. There are an enormous number of people with autism, and other disabilities, who have a high IQ and can feed and clothe themselves but cannot fully meet their own needs in a manner that could be characterized as independent living. Bailey’s Law should protect anyone that can be considered a vulnerable person by including the state and federal standards of disability. I urge you to support Bailey’s Law. It will not help my family but it will help many others. PLEASE, sign this petition to help me get it passed! To view or VOTE YES on the #BaileysLaw bill (NY S.8541) you can visit https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s8541 - there is a link at this location for the identical Assembly version as well. To learn more about my beloved Bailey you can visit the guestbook at https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx?n=&pid=186269333&referrer=0&preview=True To follow our journey, visit https://m.facebook.com/DearBaileyLoveMom/ & http://BaileysBridges.org/baileyslaw/ Sincerely, Gae Marie Cannon, Poughkeepsie, NY *6-17-18 Update: Our bill for Bailey’s Law passed in the NY Senate on 6-11-18 with a vote of 44/17. The bill is now in the NY Assembly (A.10874) and I’m pushing to have it passed before the end of the legislative session on 6-20-18. The Ulster County Court has declined to take on the female’s case (the facilitator of this crime), and referred it back to the Town Court. This means that HER CHARGES WILL BE REDUCED from felony to misdemeanor or less- because Town Courts CANNOT process felonies. It is looking more and more like she will get 3 years of probation... To put this into context- a DWI, WITHOUT LOSS OF LIFE, can result in 3 years probation, over $1000 fine and revocation of drivers license... I am disgusted.... these people KNEW they were committing a crime. KNEW they were targeting someone with a disability, and their actions resulted in the DEATH of their victim...... Please, please share our petition... This is just not right.. Targeting our vulnerable loved ones breaks a sacred social contract in our society and we must prevent this from happening to someone else...
Petition to NJ Transit/Coach USA and World Wide Public Transportation
Stop reckless, aggressive, and rude bus drivers from carelessly taking young innocent lives like Deshon Johnson.
Hello, My name is Naomi Johnson, Deshon Johnson's mother, and I am looking to pass a bill honoring my son Deshon Johnson to make a positive change for other victims everywhere. I want the bill to focus on preventing tragic deaths. I know the bill will not be a remedy to bring back loved ones, but I would like it to implement safety awareness and jail time for the bus drivers. I want a memorial at the location where Deshon's life ended or a street adopted and named in Deshon's honor. I am heartbroken every day thinking about how tragic Deshon’s death was. On the morning of July 18th, 2012 there is footage of Deshon Johnson patiently arriving at the seven eleven at 10:30 am and waiting for the bus till the bus arrived at 10:48 am. Deshon was patiently waiting at the bus stop to go to work. Once Deshon notices the bus time arrival he had gotten up to signal the bus to stop. Instead of the bus driver stopping to pick up his passengers he continues to speed through the green light and around the sharp corner. Deshon flagged the bus to stop again, but the bus kept on going speeding around the corner and the bus never stopped to pick him up. So, Deshon ran a few steps down from the bus stop on the corner of Bay Ave and Broad Street. My son banged on the front door while he was at the corner of the handicapped sidewalk. The Community Coach bus driver run over my child twice knocking him down. Romaine was driver driving NJ Transit bus when he dragged Deshon 50 to 100 feet to his death. There needs to be a law that allows overseeing company like Community Coach that is based in Scotland to hold these bus drivers accountable for these countless death. It is hard to get in contact with Coach to make a complaint. Deshon was not the only person that was killed by a bus driver, and no arrest or charges have been brought against the driver to this day. On January 23, 2012, a Coach USA bus driver took 21-year-old Christie Noble-Ross life who is a neighbor that lived on the same floor across the hall from Deshon Johnson. While Christie Nobel was on her way dropping her son off to daycare. The bus came around the corner of Main and South Harrison streets in East Orange killing her on impact. These cases by the Essex County Prosecutor Detective are dismissed and labeled as an accident without further investigation and this needs to stop. When a bus is speeding on residential roads above the speed limit, and turning around the corner at a fast speed it should not be considered an accident. That is negligence and murder. The prosecutors never pull up the drivers' record to see if he had other fatality/fractions. or his cell phone records to see if he was distracted. Needless to say, the driver had a prior accident before killing my son and after killing my son. The driver had to take up defensive driving course before killing my son. The drivers also have to break in entry charges. These prior incidents speak the value of the driver misbehaved personality traits. I live every day with the lawyer showing me a picture of my son's remains over the road and with the detail description about how my son's brain was in the bus wheel by retired judge Lawrence evil inhuman behavior to mentally break me down. He shows no type of humanity about my son get killed, instead, he was trying to blame my son for his death. I live with these images torrent me for the rest of my life. Please help us bring justice for Deshon Johnson and bring an end to the abuse of the NJ Transit and Coach USA bus drivers putting our lives at risk every day just to catch a bus. In November 2012 the Johnson's Family civil lawyer Brad hired a criminal lawyer to be a liaison between the Prosecutor's office and the family to pass on new information. Needless to say, the lawyer failed to do his job, took our money and Deshon's killer walked away a free man and his case were closed in Feb. 2013. The criminal lawyer Saluti was referred to us to work as an extension of the prosecutor's office. Now the bus driver is back to work supporting his family but Deshon is unable to go back to his job to support (me) his disable mother. This legalizes murder needs to stop!!! Please see the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbz-348iXMk