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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.  

ACUF Center for Criminal Justice Reform
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Petition to Bank of Montreal, Branch Bank and Trust, Capital One Financial, Citizens Financial Group, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley Bank, MUFG Bank, Northern Trust, People's United Bank, Stifel Bank & Trust, TD Bank, u.s. bank, Wells Fargo, Zions First National, Regions Bank, Bank Of America, Synovus Bank, Deutsche Bank, Fifth Third Bank

Banks, stop financing assault weapons manufacturers!

If you’re a customer of Chase, Wells Fargo, or any of more than a dozen other banks, your deposits could be helping finance the production of assault weapons – the weapons used in Parkland and many other mass shootings. This report from Think Progress shares the details. Sixteen banks are financing Remington Outdoor, Smith & Wesson, Sturm Ruger, Sig Sauer, and Vista Outdoor, the makers of the assault weapons used in Parkland, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, at a church in Texas, and in countless other tragedies. It’s time to tell these banks that it’s no longer socially acceptable to be financing these merchants of death. Banks love to tell us how they are community-minded, but helping fuel gun violence is the opposite of community-minded! Please sign this petition to tell banks to stop financing assault weapons manufacturers. And in addition to signing and sharing this petition, please look at our Google document which lists all of the banks and contact information for them, and consider also reaching out to them directly to show your displeasure. Bank of America has announced that it will stop financing assault weapons manufactuers. These other banks need to follow their lead.

Boycott NRA Partners
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