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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

International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement
106,015 supporters
Update posted 22 minutes ago

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. 

Troy Barksdale
2,002 supporters
Started 27 minutes ago

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.

Michael Kupershteyn
24 supporters
Update posted 30 minutes ago

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! 

Charles Clark
1,688 supporters