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human and civil rights

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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Charlie Baker

Support my son Arnie King by signing his petition to commute the life (without parole) sentence so that he can become eligible for parole release.

This is important because Arnie is requesting a 6th public hearing. Governor Patrick rejected a 6-0 favorable vote in 2008, and Arnie was granted another hearing in October 2010. Two months after the hearing, a police officer was killed by a lifer on parole. The governor then fired 5 parole board members and selected replacements. After that, Arnie received an unfavorable vote in March 2011, and he was denied another hearing request in March 2013. Arnie is responsible for killing a man in 1971, when he was 18 and had been drinking and drugging for several days. He has been clean for over 30 years now, obtained 3 college degrees, successfully completed more than 2 dozen weekend furloughs, participated in and created many support, rehabilitation, and education programs, and he remains very active in community service. Based on his age, the number of years he has served in prison, his level of educational achievement, and his community service while inside prison, Arnie is no longer a risk for danger to society. Over the years he has formed many significant bonds with people who are high achievers, and they support his reentry as a contributing member to society, including offers of employment and the prospects of becoming a taxpayer rather than costing the state $50,000/annually. Here are a few examples of support shown at Arnie's public hearings over the past 7 years: Charles Ogletree (Professor, Harvard Law), I have never seen anyone transform their life the way he has in the more than 40 years of service in prison. Gloria Fox (State Representative), I believe he is a changed man … and we support this commutation. Mel King (Professor Emeritus/MIT), What we need to see in this world is epitomized by Arnie and his change and behavior…    Jill Soffiyah Elijah (Attorney), How many youth counselors have I met regularly, who have been impacted by Mr. King! Reverend William Dickerson (Greater Love Tabernacle), Arnie King is not the average inmate.  He doesn’t play games.  He is sincere. Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond (Bethel AME), I appreciate that he inspires young people to make the right choices and not simply scare them.  We really need the voice and presence of Arnie King. Eva Clark (Executive Director, Judge Banks Community Justice Program), Nothing short of catastrophic illness would prevent me from being here today to support Arnie King. Lyn Levy (Executive Director, SPAN, Inc.), I met Arnie in 1976 and I will be one of the people holding his hand.  Our agency will help him also. Dr. Fran Roznowski (Community Psychologist), I have known Arnie since 1979, and I will be joining many others to have his back. Robin Casarjian (Executive Director, Lion Heart Foundation), For 15 years, he showed up with a sense of purpose and encouraged other prisoners to participate in group activities. Bob David (Side By Side Community Circle), Of the large numbers of disciplinary reports, some may be questionable, while other were earned. Paul Marcus (Executive Director, Community Change Inc.), What Arnie’s life means to me is the power of transformation, and society needs to see this example. Abrigal Forrester (Street Safe Boston), I’m here as a product of Arnie King.  Hope – Lifeline – Redemption.  He engaged the ignorance within me and told me I had value. Peter McGuane (Student, Truck Driver), I was in for involuntary manslaughter, and he got me active with Prison Voices, which I continued upon release.  I’m honored to be here for Arnie. Paule Verdet (Professor Emeritus/BU), It’s a way of life for Arnie.  He is a superb model. Becky Thompson (Professor/Simmons College), Recognizing Mr. King as a man worthy of commutation, no one benefits if the policy exists theoretically but is never granted. Felix Arroyo, Sr. (former Boston City Councillor), The first time I met Mr. King, I was with his brother.  I wondered about him and found a calm person, at peace with himself.  We have a recourse… ‘cause I know it will help our community. Nancy Murray (ACLU), Why is the community present?  We are interested in redemption… He couldn’t bring back the life, but he would do what he could to try to prevent others from going down that path. George Lee (Community Organizer), I heard a lot about him.  He wasn’t about tooting his own horn.  He was present for young folks and the other men. Seth Kirshenbaum (Director, The City School), Having Arnie with us in the community will help save young lives, and we have a job or volunteer opportunity for him. Banjineh Brown (Boston School Teacher), He works with prevention.  The “Arnie” factor is about redemption, and we use him as a case study.  He is an entrepreneur activist. Jason Lydon (Minister), Through Barbed Wire has been quite active at the Community Church of Boston. Aaron Tanaka (Boston Workers Alliance), I hope you will see his deep commitment to change and rehabilitation. Dianne Zimbabwe (Community Artist/Educator), My involvement with Through Barbed Wire allows me to witness the positive impact of Arnie’s community endeavors. Myriam Ortiz (Executive Director, Boston Parents Organizing Network), Arnie King has been an asset to us and students benefit from his example. Daniel King (Brother), I was a 16 year old teenager in 1971.  We have prayed for the family of John Labanara for comfort and peace, and we hope for their forgiveness. Marva King (Sister), It matters that we heal together. Eddie Berkin (Attorney), People are much more friends than supporters.  Because they are friends, they are also supporters. Margaret Burnham (Attorney), Your legal obligation is to review and decide whether this man has made exceptional strides in development. Walt Silva, Ed D  (Professor Emeritus/BU), Arnie is the classic example of prison injustice gone way over the top. He's jumped through every hoop, made every effort to contribute to the community from behind bars more than anyone else that I have known in my 25 years involved in prison higher education, and remains in prison at a cost of what - $60,000 + a year when he could be out contributing and paying taxes with zero threat to anyone?                                                                                                                 I have written to Governor Patrick more than once, concerning parole in general and Arnie specifically. If Arnie King doesn't qualify for commutation, then who does? It sends a sad message back to the prison population. If Arnie doesn't get a consideration, what's the sense of trying? But I'm sure Arnie doesn't feel that way, and will continue to keep contributing from behind bars. Imagine what he could do if he were out. He's paid his dues several times over. Arnie is the 3rd of 9 children through which many grandchildren and great grandchildren are a major part of this family circle. I complete 82 years of living this month, full of tremendous joys and blessings. However, this journey will be incomplete until I’m able to welcome Arnie’s return to the world community. My son has been inside Massachusetts prisons for the 1971 murder of another human being. He was 18, under the influence of alcohol and drugs, in Boston, and responsible for the death of this young man. Our entire family-and-friends network was devastated, as well as that of the Labanara family. After Arnie was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, without parole, I traveled to Massachusetts with his younger brothers and sisters to visit him in the maximum security prison. I told him that “God would not forsake him and neither would our family-and-friends community”. Arnie has grown, matured, and progressed during this lengthy period of imprisonment. He obtained 3 college degrees, created major rehabilitative programs within the prison and offered services to communities beyond the walls. He has been encouraged by many people, while inspiring the success of others. By examining the volumes of documents, transcripts, and opinions, it will become clear - the need to support the eventual release of my son. God Bless and One Love! Please sign the petition and encourage your family members and friends to support this effort. - Mary King

Mary King
575 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Honorable Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. and The Supreme Court of the United States of America

Petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to Amend/Repeal 2nd Amendment of the Constitution

Only 27 words is the Second Amendment... But it is perhaps the most misinterpreted portion of the entire United States Constitution. Few will argue that the Second Amendment is about an archaic arms-bearing issue relevant to the 1790s. But 225 years later, the Second Amendment has been applied to sanction the use of modern-day, war-grade weapons by civilians. As a result, tragedy and chaos has been rained upon the entire present civilization. The question is:  How can we continually deem that the Second Amendment yet applies appropriately to the United States' needs and standards in 2018? It's ludicrous and mind-boggling that we would expect it to. We the People are convinced that when the Constitution was drafted, the Founders could not have possibly imagined the type of modern, military-grade and assault weaponry currently in use -- M16s, AK-47s, AR-15s, Uzis, multiple-round magazines -- compared to the crude weaponry used over two centuries ago. Nor could they have imagined these high-powered weapons would be used by private citizens, who would be able to purchase with increasingly-less regulation such weapons to use on other private citizens, on every thoroughfare, in every venue, of the country it birthed; We are certain that the Founding Fathers could not possibly foresee they would be made scapegoats for outright slaughter centuries later, or that 'you have blood on your hands' would revert back and be attached to them because of the bloodshed of so many innocents; We are certain the Founding Fathers couldn't possibly portend the use of its Second Amendment to SANCTION the slaughter of Kindergartners-to-high-schoolers, college students, teachers and administrators in their classroom by other children... Or a pastor and his parishioners attending Bible Study in Charleston. Citizens enjoying a movie in Arizona. Las Vegasans exulting in an outdoor concert. Worshippers on a Sunday morning in Texas. Patrons dancing in a Florida nightclub... And countless citizens of the United States of America dying violently, unexpectedly, and untimely deaths at the hands of other citizens feeling empowered by the NRA and other such groups, who have distorted the original context of the Second Amendment to endorse mass slaughter; We realize the Second Amendment is outdated in period, language, perception and meaning. And are sure the Founding Fathers anticipated the rapid growth of this great new country and considered that certain Articles of the Constitution, over time, would be necessary to amend to suit the period. They undoubtedly trusted their progeny to possess the wherewithal and good common sense to do so. Finally, the Supreme Court of the United States is the last line of defense against the continuous bloodshed in this country by unscrupulous, desensitized gun zealots. THEREFORE, We respectfully call upon the Supreme Court of the United States of America to amend or rescind the Second Amendment of its Constitution in a manner that would consider, understand, and be consistent with not only the present time or period -- but also the TIMES in which we live...

Deborah Mason
11 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to American Bar Association

Commit 2 Inclusion

We the undersigned members of the legal education community wish to publicly acknowledge our commitment to the rule of law and the principles of the American Bar Association’s Resolution 113. That guiding Resolution urges all providers in the legal profession, including law firms and corporations, to attract and retain the talent of diverse attorneys. We hold diversity and inclusion to be core values of legal education, as greater diversity in law schools with truly inclusive education results in a deeper, richer, and more supportive experience for all students, and for the law school community at large. Moreover, a commitment to diversity and inclusion at the law school level is critical to the success of the legal profession; law schools must ensure that lawyers have the knowledge, skills and perspectives necessary to robustly represent all their clients in our diverse society. We further recognize that the rise of hate groups in our society and in our judicial system is a direct threat to diversity, inclusion, and equality at large. Hate groups are defined by the FBI as those whose primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons of or with a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity which differs from that of the group’s members or the organization. As law students, law professors and administrators, and law school groups working to uphold the rule of law and promote access to justice for all, we believe that hate groups hurt our collective efforts to foster a diverse workplace and more inclusive society. We recognize that the ramifications of hate affect us all.    We commit to working toward a more equitable future led by legal professionals committed to the U.S. Constitution, its Bill of Rights, and its rule of law. Join us today and Commit 2 Inclusion! Learn more at www.lgbtbar.org/commit 

The National LGBT Bar Association
64 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to H&M, Adidas, Gap Inc., Gap, NIKE, agm@sriudyog.com , saurav.kumar@ap.averydennison.com , ozgur.aksoy@hm.com , orine.dsouza@hm.com , gangamma.kc@hm.com , sharmila_nithyanand@gap.com , Marks & Spencer, krleslie@columbia.com , Inditex, mayankka@inditex.com , Ranjeeb.Sarma@marks-and-spencer.com , AWalker@levi.com , lars-ake.bergqvist@hm.com , Daniel_Fibiger@gap.com , felixpp@inditex.com , maritha.lorentzon@hm.com , MBaigorri@LEVI.com

Garment Workers on Hunger Strike in India!

We are workers at Avery Dennison India Pvt. Ltd in, and also members of Garment and Textile workers Union (GATWU) Bangalore, India, and we are now on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane behavior of our management, and also violation of various Indian labour laws!! It's a multimillion dollar operation which produces products for brand giants such as H&M, Adidas, Zara, Levi's, Gap, Marks & Spencer, Nike, and many others. For many years, Avery Dennison has been paying us differing wages for the same amount of work, through subcontracting out some of us but not others. They have used this as an excuse to pay UNDER the already-low minimum wage for the work we do! Several of our colleagues have been forced to work back-to-back short-term contracts for the same amount of work, with no stoppage, just like permanent employees, but with none of the benefits, some for over 10 years. This is completely unacceptable; we have the right to provide for our families just like any other worker. When we see the CEOs and owners of some of these firms making the list of richest billionaires in the world, we know that it is our labor that creates their profits, yet our factory refuses to respect our basic rights or the rule of law. This is why we decided to form a union. With the support of Garment and Textile Workers' Union, we organized to tell our employer that we deserve our basic rights. The employer, instead of respectfully negotiating with us, decided to retaliate. They illegally dismissed 44 of our colleagues for daring to stand up for our rights and to scare us into submission. But we will not be intimidated! We are now on our 5th day of our hunger strike to demand that they: Reinstate ALL terminated workers Make contract workers permanent Provide equal pay for equal work Stop worker discrimination Stop union busting! Join us to demand that Avery Dennison, and the brands that work with them, do the right thing!  Signed,  Avery Dennison Pvt. Ltd. Workers Bangalore, India

International Union League for Brand Responsibility
82,324 supporters