Petition to Roy Cooper, North Carolina State House, North Carolina State Senate
Police Videos Should Be Public Records
North Carolina just set a dangerous precedent that other states could follow. Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill into law that regulates the release of recordings from police body cameras and dash cams. Instead of being public record, the new law means that people -- even if they’ve been recorded themselves -- are only able to see the footage if law enforcement officials agree or you jump through many legal loops. The law will hurt transparency and make it harder to hold officials accountable when a citizen's rights are violated. I live in North Carolina and want all communities to have a great relationship with law enforcement. We should all respect that protecting and serving the public can be dangerous and stressful. But we should also be able to trust that police will be held accountable when they abuse their power or show dangerous negligence. Reviewing footage from dash and body cams is a way to make sure that when things go wrong, the truth can be told and justice served for both the police and the public. We shouldn’t make getting access to the truth harder. Police videos have been critical in revealing the truth in countless shooting deaths, many who were unarmed minority males. What will happen when such an event happens again in North Carolina? With this law, it will put the police story front and center. We must overturn this law. Other states are looking at what happens in North Carolina. If North Carolinians show they are willing to tolerate a law that makes it harder for justice to be served, they could pass similar laws. We can’t let that happen. Footage from police cameras are often the only voice that can speak for a victim -- a voice North Carolina has just silenced. Please tell the North Carolina Legislature and Governor they overstepped and must repeal this law. Our citizens deserve better. Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article88985782.html#storylink=cpy
Petition to Judge Jack Robison, Governor Greg Abbott, President Donald Trump
Dismiss the Charges Against My Son Justin Carter - Being Prosecuted For A Facebook Comment
My son, Justin Carter, was arrested on February 14, 2013 (yes, Valentine’s Day) because of a sarcastic comment he posted on Facebook about a computer game which was then taken out of context by a complete stranger! Please sign my petition to help release my son, Justin. My son was in jail for months because we couldn't afford to pay the half million dollar bail money. It took a month before he was even questioned and he spent his 19th birthday behind bars. To this day, Justin has not had a trial. No weapons were found during a search of his apartment, and so we’re really confused and heartbroken that our family is being violated like this. While confined in jail, Justin was assaulted a number of times. He was locked in solitary confinement for months. Justin’s a good kid. He wouldn’t hurt anyone, let alone a child. What I understand happened is that he was in an argument on the League of Legends website, which continued on a Facebook page, and someone on Facebook called him crazy and messed up in the head. So he responded in a sarcastic tone by saying something along the lines of 'Oh ya, I'm real messed up in the head alright, I'ma gonna shoot me up a school full of kids and eat their still beating hearts'. Now anyone that knows me or my kids knows that we write in perfect English, so the bad spelling is not a mistake, it was an attempt to convey, in writing, an uneducated accent as part of the joke. His response may have been in bad taste, but it was written in a non-threatening way that didn’t translate well online. None of his friends or family would even question his intention as anything other than a poor choice of words. Things got out of control, but my son is not a felon and terrorist as he’s currently being charged!The authorities’ over-reaction is ruining Justin’s life. And it’s setting a dangerous example trying to punish kids who often say strange things that I believe are protected under freedom of speech. The justice system’s abuse of Justin is wasting time and money that could otherwise be spent to help people who honestly need it! Thanks to an anonymous donor, Justin is now out on bail bond. I'm happy to have him out right now, but my son is still facing a felony terrorism charge and years in prison if found guilty. I have said all along that his Facebook joke was made in poor taste and understand why it raised some concern, but Justin has no prior record and he was clearly not actually threatening anyone. It has been almost 5 years since Justin's arrest and now all of his appeals for dismissal have been denied. The next step is for the prosecution to set a court date. In the meantime, Justin has been out living his life. He has a good job and a nice apartment and he has been on bond this whole time. He has not committed any crimes, so clearly he is not the crazy terrorist that the police and district attorney tried to label him as. Please sign and share to continue supporting Justin's campaign. We need to make sure he's not labeled as a felony terrorist simply for making a Facebook comment. I hope you will sign this petition. I’d like Justin's case to be dismissed. And I would like a more reasonable law to be put in place so this doesn’t happen to anyone else again. Thank you.
Petition to TUSD, Dr. Gregory A. Franklin, School
Help defend the right of free speech in school
Hi my name is Jesse Goodwin and on June 13, 2017, a few staff members at Hewes Middle School silenced my speech. I simply gave my opinion on a controversial topic only to be silenced. This isn't the only time this has happened; many students on campuses across the nation are silenced for their “offensive” views. Silencing speech because of one's beliefs is unconstitutional and goes against the first amendment. In my case I took a mandatory class on the genders and sexualities. I did not agree with their claim that there are more than two genders. After their false claims, they stated that we needed to respect all genders and agree with what they were teaching and would silence anyone who proposed an opposing argument. After class, I wrote “there are only two genders” on a paper (which biologically speaking, is true) and stuck it on my shirt. A teacher asked me to take it off, so I kindly consented, although I felt reluctant to do so. They told me that the first amendment did not apply in this present situation, which is false. The constitutional rights that I am entitled to was not meant to be present in some scenarios, it is meant to be present in all scenarios. After I took the paper off of my shirt, she had me called up to the assistant principal's office where I was told I was in violation of a California State “anti-discrimination/harassment” law. This didn't make sense because in order for my note to have been an act of harassment, I would have had to use “aggressive pressure or intimidation” as the definition of harassment states, and I did not do that. They said I cannot participate in end of the year celebrations and next time I do something like this I will be suspended. In other words I was getting punished for using my first amendment right. They also said school is not the place to express your opinions especially political ones. But the truth is everywhere should be a place we're you are allowed to express your opinion. The first amendment right to free speech applies everywhere and again applied in all situations. Schools nationwide are in violation of students first amendment. My case is just one of the many cases and we need to protect our right to free speech.
Petition to Dan Bishop (North Carolina State Senator), North Carolina State Senate
Stop NC Senator Dan Bishop from legislating away free political speech in NC
We protest Republican State Senator Dan Bishop's call to introduce a bill in the NC State Legislature that would "make it a crime to threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against a present or former North Carolina official in the course of, or on account of, the performance of his or her duties." He proposed this after protestors followed former NC Governor McCrory at the Women's March in Washington D.C. chanting "Shame, shame, shame" for his support of the notorious anti-LGBTQ law known as House Bill 2. Are we really at the point in the crumbling of our Democracy in which the right to free speech exercised by protestors is criminalized, while the right to bear any sort of automatic gun is legal? Is the word "shame" more feared by a Republican ex-Governor than a bullet? The citizens in Washington D.C. last week protesting former Governor Pat McCrory were exercising their constitutionally-protected right to freedom of expression. To criminalize such expression by characterizing it as "retaliation" or "intimidation" is not only unconstitutional, it also has the ugly appearance of a bold effort of the NC GOP to subvert our democratic political process and strip the people of their ability to hold elected officials to account. Dan Bishop's duties as NC Senator are to "support the Constitution and laws of the United States and the Constitution of the State of North Carolina". In accordance with the oath he has taken, and the Constitutions he has sworn to uphold, we petition Senator Dan Bishop to desist from introducing any legislation that would criminalize free speech in the State of North Carolina.
Petition to Essex County College Board of Trustees, Calvin Souder, Jeweline Grimes, Anthony Munroe, Jeff Lee, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
REINSTATE PROFESSOR LISA DURDEN! EQUALITY FOR ADJUNCTS!
#ReinstateProfessorLisaDurden to her position as adjunct professor at Essex County College IMMEDIATELY! ABOUT THE CASELisa Durden, producer, filmmaker, media commentator and professor, appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson on June 6th. Carlson insulted her repeatedly (“demented, separatist, Nazi”) for defending the Black Lives Matter movement’s right to have Black only safe space event for Memorial Day. Professor Durden succinctly and cogently defended her principled position and exposed Tucker’s white male fragility for what it was -- a childish tantrum. Less than 48 hours later, Professor Lisa Durden was summarily suspended by Essex County College (ECC), where she teaches media and effective speech. Without union representation at the meeting, ECC administrators told her that she was suspended because of her appearance on Fox News. She was told to leave the building and not return. Instead of defending Professor Durden’s right to free speech and congratulating her on standing up to racism and sexism, the administration at the Predominantly Black Institution chose to effectively fire this accomplished media professional and educator. Professor Lisa Durden is a lifelong Newark, NJ resident who has given her time and expertise generously to the youth of the city. She has provided highly competitive internships in New York media for Essex County College students for a decade. She was recently honored by the City of Newark for her outstanding work in media with women and young people. Professor Durden has braved racist death threats from the alt right movement to speak truth to power on national television. Why is Essex County College firing a beloved professor for exercising her First Amendment right? In Trump’s America are Black Women professors not allowed the right to free speech? We demand that Professor Lisa Durden be reinstated to her position and given her full course load (12 credits per semester teaching Mass Communications and Effective Speech classes) that she was assigned for the full 2017/2018 academic year. We demand equality for adjunct, contingent and junior faculty in pay and treatment. Nationwide, higher education administrations have created an apartheid system, paying themselves grandiose salaries of $200,000+ while junior, contingent and adjunct faculty are paid peanuts. Adjunct faculty are often forced to sleep in their cars and go on food stamps because they cannot survive the poverty wages and insecure, short term, “at will” employment that colleges force on them. Administrators pit adjunct and full time faculty against each other and use their disgusting treatment of adjunct labor to scare full time faculty into submission. This diminishes the quality of education for students, even as their tuition skyrockets. We demand full equality in pay and treatment among adjunct, contract and full-time, tenured faculty!
Petition to Tom Ricketts
Chi Cubs - Ditch the Buona-heads! We want beef & a side of respect for peaceful protest!
The Chicago Cubs are a world class baseball team. Buona beef provides the Cubs official beef sandwiches while their corporate leadership is accused of battery against peaceful protesters. Chicago is a city which believes in peaceful protest. We have many world class food vendors who will serve a delicious beef sandwich - hold the hose-water please!
Petition to NFL Team Owners
Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick and Social Justice
NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a brave, principled stand by refusing to stand for the national anthem before games last year as a means of protesting and bringing attention to the social injustice of police brutality and unnecessary, unjustified killings of mostly African Americans at the hands of police. Many NFL teams, either due to the owners' personal feelings on Kaepernick's actions or their fear of fan backlash, have now blacklisted him and refuse to sign him. At least one team owner has publicly said he decided not to sign Kaepernick after his team received a large amount of angry phone calls and emails from people saying they would boycott the team if they signed him. Sports fans who believe that players should be able to use their first amendment rights to protest what they -- as well as tens of millions of their fellow Americans -- believe to be injustice, without reprisal from team owners, need to make sure that the teams hear from us that we support Kaepernick and very much want to see him signed now so he can play this season. So if you consider yourself to be one of these fans, please sign this petition and then share it with as many like-minded sports fans as you know. I will send this petition to all 32 NFL teams. And if you are willing to do so, please also personally contact your city's/state's NFL team (or if your city/state doesn't have a team, then whichever team you follow) and let them know you would greatly support them signing Kaepernick. Thank you.
Petition to David Baszucki, Roblox Corporation
Roblox, Cencorship for dummies
Roblox is a great community, and I want it to stay that way. Recently, in the past months, due to pressuring and so-called 'bullying' by online players, ROBLOX updated it's censorship policy. Before I get into that, I should clarify that ROBLOX has two 'privacy/safe modes'. Younger than 13, and 13 plus. ROBLOX said that 13+ could say anything, as long as it wasn't an extreme curse. (da**, h***, etc. allowed, but f***, wh*** and racial/gender slurs not allowed) But, of course, ROBLOX censored other stuff anyways. You could say, "that idiot over there is annoying", and it would censor it. Now, it what should happen is that it only censors it for the 13- crew, and not the 13+ crew. But, instead, its censored for both. This is what I don't want happening. Help us fix ROBLOX's censorship policy.