Petition to Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Chris Christie
Call on President-Elect Trump to Condemn Hate Crimes Done in His Name
On November 9th, 2016 Shaun King began documenting the hate crimes and hate speech that are direct results of the 2016 election decision. These assaults are dangerous, divisive, violent, illegal and un-American. You can read about them here (trigger warning to survivors): https://twitter.com/ShaunKing As our new President-elect, we are calling on Donald J Trump to personally and publicly condemn all physical and verbal assaults committed in his name or as a reaction to his victory.
Petition to Department of Justice
Charge Accused White Supremacist Killer of Iranian American Student with a Hate Crime
On September 7, 2015, Shayan Mazroei, a 22-year-old student was stabbed by Craig Tanber – an admitted white-supremacist, outside of a local bar he frequented in Laguna Niguel, CA. Shayan later died of his wounds at the hospital. Tanber and his longtime girlfriend and Orange County employee, Elizabeth Thornburg, began hurling racial slurs and epithets at Shayan as he and a friend dined at the pub. The pair called Shayan “terrorist,” “Arab,” and “f--cking Iranian” before Tanber fatally stabbed him in the chest, leaving him bleeding on the floor as he took off in a car driven by Thornburg. Surveillance video from the bar also shows Thornburg spitting on Shayan at least three times. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has not only failed to charge Shayan’s murder as a hate crime, but has also not charged Elizabeth Thornburg with any crime at all, despite her involvement in the events that led up to the fatal stabbing, as well as her driving Mr. Tanber away from the crime scene. As the anti-Iranian sentiment and hate crimes against Iranians-Americans and other people from majority Muslim countries have seen a staggering rise by hate groups across the country, it is more important now than ever to prosecute hate crimes as hate crimes under the law. When a local or state authority fails to properly charge and prosecute, it is the duty and responsibility of the federal government to intervene, investigate, and charge hate crimes as appropriate. Failure to do so would effectively concede that the 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crime Prevention Act was nothing more than a symbolic law that will seldom be utilized – that hate crimes against certain communities are tolerable or acceptable in the United States. A successful hate crime prosecution requires two main elements: a known suspect and a motivation by animus or bias towards a protected class of people. Here, we have a known white supremacist suspect, and multiple witness accounts which establish this fatal stabbing was motivated by Shayan Mazroei’s Iranian heritage. It is our position that Mr. Tanber and Ms. Thornburg violated 8 U.S.C. § 249 by committing an offense motivated by the actual or perceived national origin of Shayan Mazroei after noticing a prominently placed Iranian-inspired tattoo on Shayan’s forearm with Farsi script spelling “esgh” which translated to “love.” Mr. Tanber, with the encouragement and active participation of Ms. Thornburg, hurled racial slurs at Shayan and willfully stabbed Shayan to death using a knife which traveled in interstate or foreign commerce. Mr. Tanber was then driven away by Ms. Thornburg in a motor vehicle on a public roadway, which qualify as an instrumentality and channel of interstate commerce under the statute. Given the failure of the State authorities to charge a hate crime in this case, it is the position of the undersigned that a prosecution of Mr. Tanber and Ms. Thornburg by the United States under 8 U.S.C. § 249 is in the public interest and necessary to secure substantial justice. Perpetrators of federal hate crimes must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, and Shayan Mazroei is no exception to this rule. Craig Tanber and Elizabeth Thornburg took something from the Mazroei family that night; they took their only son, a bright and caring young man who touched the lives of everyone he met and had the brightest future this country has to offer ahead of him. But even more, Tanber and Thornburg took something from the community that night as well: a sense of peace and safety. Hate crimes must never be normalized in a civil society. We ask that the Department of Justice open a federal hate crime investigation into the fatal stabbing of Shayan Mazroei, and bring federal charges as appropriate.
Petition to NAACP, Khyla D. Craine
Bring Charges Against Carolyn Donham For Her Part In The Death Of Emmett Till!!!
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/us/emmett-till-lynching-carolyn-bryant-donham.html PLEASE HELP BRING CHARGES AGAINST CAROLYN BRYANT DONHAM!
Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
No Nazis in our House
The White House belongs to the people of the United States. There is no place for white supremacists and nazi ideology in our house. We, the People, demand the firing of Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller. We refuse to fund these ideologues with our tax dollars. We demand their security clearances be immediately revoked, and disallow them access to the President and the White House. We demand clear, vocal, bipartisan support from Congress on this issue and we expect a timely resolution.
Petition to U.S. District Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez, Florida State District Attorney Bernie McCabe
Do Not Let This Hate Crime Killer Go Free: Arrest Michael Drejka Now!
Markeis McGlockton was shot to death by a known white supremacist Michael Drejka at a convenience store over a parking spot on Thursday, July 19, 2018 in Clearwater, Florida. (Drejka had a history of altercations with customers at this same convenience store including the use of racial slurs and violent threats.) Drejka had confronted McGlockton's girlfriend Britany Jacobs over the parking spot while McGlockton and his and Britany's son were inside the store. McGlockton upon seeing Drejka threatening his girlfriend defended his family from Drejka's threats by pushing Drejka away from his family. After falling on the ground and McGlockton backing away, Drejka shot him to death. The Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri found no evidence of wrongdoing and said the killing was justified due to "Stand Your Ground" despite evidence to the contrary. McGlockton was no longer a threat. Michael Drejka had provoked the incident. McGlockton was defending his family from a man who had a history of encounters such as this. Let's send a clear message that hate is not welcome here and get justice for Markeis McGlockton. Charge Michael Drejka with menacing as a hate crime, harassment, aggravated harassment, and the murder of Markeis McGlockton.
Petition to West Ohio Conference
Allies who support Reverend David Meredith and in protest of hate acts against him
In late April, a thief—or thieves—broke into the office of Reverend David Meredith, pastor of Clifton United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tellingly, they did not steal a laptop sitting in the open nor did they steal valuable pieces of antique silver belonging to the church. Instead, they stole two pieces of paper. The stolen documents included the pastor’s diploma from Saint Paul School of Theology, and his ordination certificate. The thieves wanted to tell the pastor, his congregation, the United Methodist Church, and the rest of the world that a gay pastor, married to his beloved partner of 30 years, is not welcome. By extension, neither are LGBTQ persons welcome. This was not just vandalism or theft. This was a message of hate. If we say nothing, do nothing, then we are complicit in the pain of the vulnerable. We know that we must do everything in our power, regardless of the price, to call out hate and lift up love. Therefore, we write these words in unity, though our backgrounds, faiths, and communities are diverse: · We emphatically decry the targeted hate act against Reverend Meredith and the Clifton United Methodist Church.· We cry out for justice, hoping that the thieves and those who have publicly denounced Reverend Meredith, will experience a change in heart and come forward in love. · We honor with loving affirmation that all humans are created equal.· We applaud the righteous strength of Reverend Meredith to pioneer the transformation of grace that our world so desperately needs.· We rejoice in the loving and legal marriage of David and Jim. As allies of Reverend David Meredith, members and friends of Clifton United Methodist, and believers in the beauty of truly inclusive community, we sign our names below as a testimony that love is always stronger than hate.
Petition to President of India
St. Stephen's College Alumni Condemn Chapel Vandalism
We, the alumni of St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi are writing to condemn the act of vandalism discovered on the college chapel on Friday May 4, 2018, where the chapel door was defaced with the words “Mandir Yahin Banega,” and the cross graffitied with “I’m Going to Hell.” We demand a police case be registered, appropriate investigation conducted, and the perpetrators be swiftly booked. The hate crime was clearly an attempt to disrupt college functioning and polarize the population of Delhi University just weeks ahead of university exams. We ask that the college and university administrations act speedily and surely in quelling any attempts at communalizing the campus. Further, we recognize this as part of a larger national pattern of the last four years to destabilize higher education, and attack undergraduate and graduate institutions across the country. We refuse to stand by as democratic principles, enshrined in our constitution, are systematically dismantled. St. Stephen’s College has an exemplary record of producing leaders, innovators and change makers in every field in India and abroad. We, the alumni, are grateful to our alma mater for promoting the values of critical thinking and responsible citizenship in all of us, and take these values to our various roles across the globe. We reject the agenda of hate that such an attack on the college chapel represents. We will not let it divide us on ideological grounds. We also commit ourselves to being vigilant against future provocations, and holding those who make them accountable. Sincerely, Alumni of St. Stephen’s College
Petition to Department of Education
Recognize Jews as a minority on college campuses and put an end to hate crimes
Hate crimes against Jewish people on school campuses have risen 106% so far this year alone and have shown consistent growth over the last decade. Students have been beaten, threatened, Nazi propaganda graphiti painted on the walls and prevented from hosting peaceful events. Jewish people only make up 2% of the US population but people forget what a small minority they are because of popular conspiracy theories, Hollywood portrayals and a few bad apples in the media. For comparison, black people make up 12% of the population. Much of the anger stems from anti-Israel sentiments which should be regarded as an entirely separate issue. The safety of your Jewish dorm mate should not be contingent on whether you support Israel. The truth is that Jews are the minority of minorities and have been abused repeatedly throughout history often times serving as the canary in the coal mines prior to a much greater genocide. Let's all stand together to put an end to these hate crimes and recognize Jewish people in the same coalitions that we use to protect other minorities. This petition serves as notice to the education world that Jewish people deserve the same rights as everyone else. We are an organization that is seeking to end inequality through partnering with many excellent programs to provide jobs and other resources needed by those who have suffered at the hands of injustice. You can help us tackle this difficult social issue by signing this petition and showing that there is momentum behind this ideal. We will use this momentum to work with out partner institutions to create a safer environment on campuses for everyone.