Petition to The Governor of Oklahoma & Pardon and Parole Board
Julius Jones is innocent. Don't let him be executed by the state of Oklahoma.
When Julius Jones was 19-years-old, he was convicted of a murder he says he did not commit. I need your help to save his life. Julius has lived on death row for almost 20 years, and is held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. He is allowed one hour of sunlight a day, and three showers a week. Every minute we wait to take action, Julius is suffering. Every second that goes by brings Julius closer to being executed for a crime he didn’t commit. At the time of the crime for which he was convicted, Julius was a 19-year-old student athlete with a promising future, attending the University of Oklahoma on an academic scholarship. It is clear that Julius’ lawyer did not adequately defend him, and that explicit racial bias played a significant role in the process.. For example: Eyewitnesses place Mr. Jones at his parents’ home at the time of the murder, miles away from the crime scene. Mr. Jones’ co-defendant admitted to being involved in the crime and is now free after testifying against Julius. He was heard bragging that he “set Julius up.” Mr. Jones’ co-defendant matches the only eyewitness description of the shooter based on the length of his hair. Newly-discovered evidence shows that at least one juror harbored racial prejudice that influenced his vote to convict and sentence Mr. Jones to death. One juror reported telling the judge about another juror who said the trial was a waste of time and “they should just take the n***** out and shoot him behind the jail.” I learned about Julius’ story through Viola Davis’ docuseries “The Last Defense.” As a person of color and a person of faith, I knew that I couldn’t stand by while an innocent man was killed. I am an Oklahoma taxpayer and the idea that my money will be used to kill Julius makes me sick. Every day an innocent man is forced to sit in solitary confinement, awaiting his death. Recently, a grassroots movement successfully pressured Texas to stay the execution of Rodney Reed, another black man sentenced to death for a crime he says he didn’t commit. If we can save Rodney, then Julius has a chance. Please join me and demand justice for Julius.
Petition to American Government
Justice for George Floyd ! No hate group, but a fighting movement !
We believe that every American with a conscience will be indignant about the recent tragedy. Minneapolis tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the cruel killing of George Freud by a white police officer. We have long known that the situation of African Americans has become increasingly dangerous. We were taught to pay attention to etiquette when we talked to white people since we were young, but we have seen time and time again that black men who were raised with their hands surrendered to the defenseless were shot by police. We saw the police continue to play the role of a killer. The suffering we have suffered is disproportionate. More and more black parents have come to a judgmental conclusion: doing the right thing may not be correct. We must fight those who stand with us, otherwise the young black people must endure rubber bullets or tear gas. The government has abandoned us. We will die in vain. The perpetrator lacks punishment, and we must respond to it. Here, we make five major demands to ensure that the federal government must meet. Demand immediate arrest of the remaining 3 officers involved in George Floyd’s murder. Demand appointment of an independent special prosecutor to lead the federal government’s full and impartial investigation of the murder of George Floyd. Demand to dismiss all charges with marchers. Demand reinstitution by the Department of Justice of consent decrees on police departments and municipal governments across this country that have demonstrated patterns of racism towards and mistreatment of people of color. Demand sweeping police reform–federal legislation mandating a zero-tolerance approach in penalizing and/or prosecuting police officers who kill unarmed, non-violent, and non-resisting individuals in an arrest.
Petition to Prefeitura do Rio de Janeiro, Governer Wilson Witzel
Justice For Joāo Pedro
14-year-old Joāo Pedro was killed by the Rio de Janeiro police. In 2019 alone, Rio police killed 1,814 people; an all time record. The victims mostly being young black males. Joāo was shot at his home and his body was taken by the Rio de Janeiro police. His family waited 17 hours until receiving news of his whereabouts. They finally found his dead body at a medical examiner’s office. The family counted 72 bullet marks on the walls of the house. Cops say Joāo died in a shootout started by criminals. Neighbors say that is a lie. The escalation in police killings comes after Governor Wilson Witzel promised to, “dig graves,” and shoot criminals, “in their little heads,” to stop crime. Under Witzel, the Rio police carry out frequent sniper attacks from helicopters, always in poor neighborhoods. As a homework assignment, one child from a local school wrote: “I don’t like helicopters. When they come, people die.” The pandemic has not slowed the police but only made matters worse. Please spread the word and get justice for Joāo Pedro along with every unlawful murder these policemen have committed. Sourced from: The Brazilian Report https://youtu.be/qQgpHnP51TI
Petition to United Nations
Petition on Crime of Genocide against African People in the United States
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL PETITION. Lea la petición en español We, the undersigned, charge that the United States government has historically committed the crime of genocide against African people inside its borders, and continues to do so today, often with the complicity of many U.S. citizens. It is in the interest of all freedom-loving peoples worldwide to unite with African people, colonized within the borders of the United States, in our struggle for our basic human rights of freedom from state-imposed violence and oppression and for self-determination and liberation with economic and political control over our lives and communities. We will show that despite the heroic struggle of African people for our civil and constitutional rights during the 1960s, African people exist today under conditions in which the U.S. state powers not only fail to protect our health and well-being as expected under full citizenship, but continually inflict state or state-supported violence and terror on us. Although millions of African people perished on the slave ships on the journey from Africa to the Americas, and though millions of African people were slaughtered by European and American colonizers throughout Africa, and though hundreds of millions of Indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere were murdered by Europeans, it is notable that the word genocide did not exist in the English lexicon until its coinage in 1944 in response to the Nazi government’s mass murder of European Jewry. This petition recognizes that the term genocide is applicable to Africans in the US for the conditions they face historically and today. This petition is based on these conventions of International Law: 1. The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide;2. The United Nations Charter; 3. The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights; 4. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; 5. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; 6. The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Evidence: In this petition we present a synopsis of documented evidence proving the crime of genocide by the United States government against African people. The examples presented apply to every aspect of the definition of genocide and fit the punishable acts of genocide as defined by the U.N. Convention. The U.S. government is responsible for mass murders, mass and discriminatory imprisonment, and oppressive conditions in nearly every aspect of life, including state-sanctioned violence and murders, education, family life, reproduction, employment, healthcare and freedom of political assembly for African people in the U.S. See the full petition for the full documentation of evidence: CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL PETITION. Lea la petición en español Demands: 1. Recognition by the international community and progressive and friendly states and peoples that European and United States powers committed genocide against African people during the times of colonial occupation, kidnapping, enslavement and exploitation, and that genocide against African people continues today inside of the United States. 2. Support for an International Tribunal to make judgment on the crimes of genocide against African people and solidarity with African self-determination. 3. Reparations to African people estimated at $14 trillion to African people inside the US alone, according to studies conducted at the University of Connecticut. 4. The right to self-determination and the liberation and unification of Africa and African people on the continent of Africa and those who have been forcibly dispersed around the world. 5. Black Community Control of Police inside the U.S. and the end to end to U.S. colonial military occupation of the black community. 6. The creation of an International monitoring body covering the daily police violence against African people in the U.S. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL PETITION. Lea la petición en español
Petition to Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts State Senate
Police Accountability for committing murder
In the wake of the George Floyd murder, many Americans want to help change our police culture and create accountability for those who swear to serve and protect us. Peaceful protests are a great way to display empathy and show the force that is behind We the people. Those looking for a next step and a more tangible way to help the cause should consider signing this petition. Ex-police officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with Third Degree Murder after killing George Floyd. These charges are an unacceptable punishment due to the severity of his crime. A Third-Degree Murder charge is a slap on the wrist compared to what he deserves. Derek Chauvin abused his power and knelt on a human being's neck for eight and a half minutes, while on lookers pleaded for him to stop and while George himself repeatedly said he could not breathe: begging for the former officer to not kill him. Chauvin willingly ignored these pleas and demonstrated a complete lack of humanity while taking advantage of the authority given to him. For all of these reasons he should have been charged with First Degree Murder. However, there does not yet exist a clause in the definition of First Degree Murder that takes into consideration the abuse of power Chauvin demonstrated. This is something that must change immediately. Prosecutors should not be afraid of "over charging" officers who have a clear intent to kill even if that intent was not clearly premeditated. To make it easier to prosecute officers who murder from their position, I am suggesting that officers who kill unarmed, non-resistant, and or begging for their lives, civilians be charged with first degree murder. I am not asking to change the definition of this charge but rather adding in a subsection for authority figures to be charged and judged at a higher standard and with sharper penalties. My hope is that this change will cause officers to consider their actions more instead of mindlessly doing as they please. Please sign this petition if you want to see police officers get charged with what they deserve for the crimes they commit.
Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Council, New York Police Department
Give enforcement powers to the Civilian Complaint Review Board of NYC
One of the best ways to ensure people perform their jobs effectively is through accountability. This is true for bankers, grocery store workers, and all professions. This is especially true for jobs where lives and safety are on the line. Police officers must be held accountable for poor job performance, with minor incidents leading to training and major lapses resulting in termination and legal action. Currently, NYC has a Civilian Complaint Review Board established, where ordinary citizens, me and you, can submit complaints about the NYPD for review. This is an independent organization composed of 13 members; 5 appointed by the city council, 5 by the mayor, and 3 by the police commissioner. The organization reviews the complaints received, and if merit is substantiated, prosecutes the cases against NYPD officers. These trials are open to the public and held at 1 Police Plaza. While this is a good process, and allows for independent review of police over-reach, abuse, and poor performance, it does not always result in discipline. Why? Because the CCRB has no jurisdiction to impose discipline on officers found guilty. Only the police commissioner has the ability to take action based on these trials. Having an independent review function to investigate unnecessary force or abuse of authority is necessary to ensure accountability, but the organization's power and ability to make change is kneecapped when they have no disciplinary power. You cannot tell someone that they committed a crime, and let them choose their punishment. The CCRB's role must be expanded to allow recommendation of discipline for officers found guilty of complaints lodged by the public.
Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo, DA Cyrus Vance Jr, NYS Atty General Letitia James
Press criminal charges against Amy Cooper for the false 911 call.
On May 25, 2020, Amy Cooper staged a false attack against bird watcher and journalist, Christian Cooper in the form of a fake 911 call to the New York City Police Department in NYC's Central Park. Mr. Cooper, who wisely videoed the encounter, calmly asked Ms. Cooper to leash her dog, as per the rules of the "bramble" area in Central Park. Ms. Cooper, in addition to viciously manhandling her dog, theatrically staged, after declaring she would "call 911 and tell them an African American man is threatening me!", an imminent attack on her person by Mr. Cooper. Why have no arrests been made? Is a false report to 911 no longer a crime? Or is it simply another glaring example of "white privilege" rearing its ugly head? During these grim days when municipal resources are already stretched dangerously thin, how can such maniacally inconsiderate, criminally dangerous behavior not be punished to the fullest extent of the law? We demand justice! We demand our elected officials, namely The Honorable Governor Andrew Cuomo, The Honorable Mayor Bill De Blasio, DA Cyrus Vance Jr, and Attorney General Letitia James perform the duties of their respective offices and prosecute Ms. Cooper's criminal and potentially deadly behavior. Only a powerful response from our elected government can deter such outrageous acts in the future. Stand for justice NOW. Sign this petition and pass it on!