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Petition to The Michigan Parole Board

Reverse the Decision to Grant Convicted Murderer Matthew Makowski Early Release on Parole

Scroll past the summary to see a full explanation of what happened, along with links to Attorney General Bill Schuette's statement of opposition to Makowski's release, and WXYZ's coverage of the Puma family speaking out. SUMMARY:  Matthew Makowski (MDOC# 198702) was a manager at Vic and Tanny Gym and Health Club in Dearborn. Pietro (Pete) Puma, II, a trusted "best friend" of Makowski's, also worked at Vic and Tanny. Makowski often played basketball with Puma and his brothers and attended Puma family dinners.  While at work, Makowski instructed Pete to go to the store with $750 cash to buy money orders for the health club. Soon as Pete left, Makowski instructed two men (Johnnie Flemming and Theodore Wright) to leave out the back door and rob Pete. Makowski had gotten these two men to agree to take part in the scheme if they shared the money equally. Makowski had informed the men that their target was Pete Puma and told them what store Pete was going to with $750 cash. Pete was robbed and stabbed. After surgery was unsuccessful, he passed away. Makowski, who manipulated his "friend" into trusting him and abused his authority as a manager, is responsible for the death of Pete Puma. Makowski went to the hospital while Pete was in surgery in attempts to console the family and promising to find out who did it. After spending time with Pete's concerned family at the hospital, he went to retrieve his money from Johnnie Flemming, one of the men who stabbed Pete. Even worse, as Pete's family was saying their last goodbye to Pete at his funeral, Makowski gave a speech saying he wouldn't rest until he found out who did this and brought them to justice. While he successful deceived and manipulated an entire funeral home into believing him, an accomplice in the crime turned himself in and Makowski was soon arrested. Convicted of first degree felony murder, Makowski was sentenced to life in prison without parole. His last psychology exam by a doctor reports narcissism and manipulation. Further, the doctor reported that she thought Makowski was egocentric and shows little remorse for what he did. However, the Michigan Parole Board believes that Makowski has suddenly changed and believe's his claims that he never consoled the family at the hospital or spoke at the funeral. The Parole Board did not even give the victim's family an opportunity to voice their concern. Further, the Parole Board did not confirm Makowski's erroneous claims with those who saw Pete Puma after he was stabbed, or anyone who was at the hospital or funeral. They trust a sociopath who elaborately planned this crime, over the countless people who saw what really happened. Makowski claims he has "found God" and changed, but the document trail shows he was actually partaking in both Lutheran and Catholic programs in an attempt to gain the maximum amount of "certificates of completion." If someone has found God, how are they actively participating in conflicting religions at the same time? In addition to the Parole Board not having a doctor perform a mental health evaluation on Makowski, they have ignored the calls to reverse their decision from both Democrat and Republican elected officials, including Attorney General Bill Schuette, Michigan's Chief Law Enforcement Executive. The MDOC plans on granting early release to Makowski on October 2nd. Please sign this petition for the Michigan Parole Board and Circuit Court Judge to reverse the decision to grant convicted murderer Matthew Makowski early release on parole. Check it Out: Schuette to Parole Board: Do Not Release Murderer Puma Family Speaks Out on WXYZ Share Your Opinion With the Parole Board Full Story: In 1988 Matthew Makowski was convicted for the murder of Pietro Puma, II (Pete). Matt Makowski was a trusted "best friend" and co-worker of Pete Puma. Using his role as a manger and friend, he directed Pietro to go to the store with $750 in cash to buy money orders for the health club. Meanwhile, Makowski had convinced two other men to rob Pete and informed them soon as Pete left the health club. As he watched Pete go out one door, he directed the two men to leave out the back door. En route to the store, Pete was robbed and stabbed by them. He ran away in distress, crying for help, and ended up collapsing in the Kroger parking lot. After people in the parking lot saw Pete, an ambulance was called. He was taken to the hospital and was taken to surgery.   After finding out what hospital Pete was at, Makowski went to the hospital and talked with the family. He told Pete's family that he was extremely concerned about condition of Pete since he was such a good friend. Makowski, in the hospital waiting room while Pete was in emergency surgery, assured Pete's parents that he would find out who did this. Meanwhile, he not only knew what happened - he planned it. Even while Makowski's "friend"  was dying in bed and he was with the concerned family, friends, and witnesses, he deceived all of them. After leaving the hospital, Makowski went to retrieve his money from Johnnie Flemming, one of the men who stabbed Pete. Pete's surgery was unsuccessful and he passed away on April 15, 1988. Matthew Makowski attended Pete's funeral where he gave a speech to Pete's family and friends stating he would do everything he could to find the killer and bring them to justice. He manipulated and lied directly to the faces of Pete's closest family and friends as they said their final goodbye. Soon after, the accomplices of the crime turned themselves in, and implicated Makowski. He was arrested merely hours after attending the funeral. The case went to a jury trial where twelve citizens found him guilty of 1st Degree Felony Murder. Makowski was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The sentencing judge, the Honorable Edward Thomas, specifically stated "Mr. Makowski is one of the most manipulative, deceitful, dishonest, untruthful people I have ever seen." Further, Judge Thomas said "I'm going to recommend to the governor that he never be pardoned, that his sentence never be commuted, that during the period of time that he is in the Department of Corrections, he is segregated from other individuals that may be capable of manipulation."  Makowski still has the many dangerous, sociopathic traits that resulted in the death of Pete Puma. The Parole Board has completely ignored the victims and has not fulfilled their legal duty to prove Makowski is not a threat to society - which he is. After the board's claims that Makowski suddenly was rehabilitated, they did not have a doctor perform a psychiatric test to ensure this. The Parole Board believes Makowski's lies about the incident, including Makowski's claim that he didn't try to console the family at the hospital and that he didn't give a speech at the funeral. The Parole Board believes this, although there was an entire funeral home full of individuals who saw what really occurred - and have told what happened.  Defying the objection of the Michigan Attorney General and the Senator and Representative of the victim, the Parole Board intends to release Makowski on October 2nd. On behalf of Pete Puma, his family and friends, and most importantly - the safety of society, please sign this petition for the Michigan Parole Board and Judge to reverse the decision to grant Matthew Makowski early release on parole. 

The Puma Family
1,077 supporters
Started 17 hours ago

Petition to Deutsche Welle (DW), Feminist Organizations

Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assaults by Prominent Egyptian-British TV Presenter

Throughout the past week, credible allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct were made against an Egyptian Television presenter, who worked for German TV Channel Deutsche Welle (DW). The latter confirmed in a statement that the allegations are credible and the accused presenter no longer works for DW. The below signatories declare their full support and solidarity with the survivors of violence who made the accusations, and while we acknowledge that DW has already taken measures to ensure accountability, we encourage them to take further steps to guarantee the survivors’ safety and well-being. In a context where women remain discriminated against, and where power dynamics are clearly in favor of men, especially when they possess privileges such as fame and wide professional acclaim, it is an extremely difficult process for survivors to come forward with crimes of violence they were subjected to. It is the right of survivors to choose whichever tools they wish to claim their rights and combat the violations they endure, since they are the ones to pay the hefty price of speaking up against violence, as there is still a stigma associated with it, even in the most developed countries and contexts. At many instances, survivors of violence choose to use social media and other online platforms to talk and write about incidents of violence, as it is often one of the few tools they possess to express themselves and galvanize support around their cases, especially as legal and official channels often make it complicated for survivors to prove crimes of violence. There is a long history of state and society’s compliance with crimes of violence against women, which makes the survivors’ right to speak one of the few ways to guarantee their narratives and stories are being told and heard. It is also the survivors’ right to ensure their privacy and anonymity if they wish, given the consequences they have to bear, such as defamation, bullying, and even more violence. Accordingly, we reiterate our support to the survivors whether they choose to use legal/ institutional means or other informal tools such as online platforms. We also demand from DW to continue to uphold its social responsibility in supporting and protecting survivors who came forward. Moreover, we believe it is the responsibility of feminist organizations around the world, and particularly in Germany, to show solidarity with survivors and provide them with the needed assistance if they decide to use the legal paths. The battle against sexual violence can only be won through hearing women’s accounts, as well as protecting them and responding to their needs, and punishing perpetrators not survivors.

Feminist Groups
45 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Filipino People

Remove President Rodrigo Duterte From Office And Suspend The Constitution

We Are Asking People To Start A Revolution To Remove President Rodrigo Roa Duterte From Office And Suspend The Constitution To Prevent Another Dictatorship In The Country. With The Extrajudicial Killing Of Innocent Civilians, The Possible Declaration Of A Nationwide Martial Law And Federalism. We Are Urging Everyone To Start A Uprising To Remove President Rodrigo Roa Duterte From Office And Suspend The 1987 Freedom Constitution To Prevent Another Dictatorship In The Country. As The President Of The Republic Of The Philippines, He Cannot Rule 106,170,711 Filipinos On 7,107 Islands Effectively Without The Support Of Your 498,250 Soldiers Who Could Implement His Own Orders, The Threat To National Security Of A Breakdown Of Law And Order Amidst Threats From Terrorists, Criminals, Communist Rebels, And Foreign Countries, And Harm To Your National And Economic Interests That Would Be Brought About By The Destruction Of Institutions It Took Your Taxpayers And Public Servants Decades To Build. If Despite Sound Advice, President Duterte Still Chooses To Declare A Nationwide Martial Law And A Federal System In The Country, We Ask Your Soldiers In The Armed Forces To Suspend The 1987 Freedom Constitution And Immediately Support Of A 'Nonpartisan Government' In The Country, There Must Be Almost No Gap Between These Events Above To Prevent The Breakdown Of Law And Order, A Civil War, The Repeat Of Violent Dictatorship And Plunder, Or The Invasion Of Your Country By Foreign Elements That Would Exploit Such A Leviathan Economic, Social And Political Crisis. Please Sign This Petition To Remove President Rodrigo Duterte From Office And Suspend The Constitution Once And For All.

People's Union Against Dictatorship And Tyranny
1,420 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State House, New York State Senate, Sue Serino, Didi Barrett, Carl Heastie, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Aileen Gunther, Angelo Santabarbara, Latoya Joyner, James Skoufis

Bailey’s Law now! Hold criminals accountable for victimizing the developmentally disabled!

 Please Support the Passage of #BaileysLaw We cannot allow criminals to get away with the death of their victims. My 19 year old autistic son, Bailey, committed suicide on 7-31-17, my birthday of all days. After nearly 20 years of complete family devotion and cultivating our lives in support, contemplation and preparation of his each new life phase, new stage, new challenge, and new triumph our lives were completely and irrevocably upended in the span of 8 minutes. Bailey had many friends. He was kind, funny, caring, generous, gentle, down to earth, and creative. He was an artist, a lover of history, and had compassion for all living things. He was a teacher his whole life as much as he was a student of it. Bailey made me stronger, made me determined, made me timely, made me adjustable, made me more understanding...and it was Bailey that made me an advocate for kids with special needs for all these years. Of course, his 3 siblings also helped make me, and him, over the years...we all made each other. Our family has always been very tight. Being a single mom the last 16 years enabled me to make my children my world, and show them we are a team. I’ve tried to give them everything I am and everything I have within me, with intention. But despite everything I’d, we’d, put in over the years my son, their brother, is gone...less then 8 minutes after leaving my side. Bailey resorted to suicide 7 days after being a victim of a financial crime, 4 days after I realized he was victimized, and less than 5 hours of being asked to ID one of the perpetrators. He was preyed upon, betrayed, and taken advantage of by a girl he knew for years and had recently befriended him. This girl connected her male friend to my son under the guise of helping them cash a check. From what I’ve been told by State Police, Bailey was hesitant to help them, unsure of whether or not the request was legitimate, and she assured my son that the request was fine and then promised him, I believe, $200 from the proceeds for his assistance. I suspect Bailey provided them with his bank card and his PIN number. On 7-24-17 the male deposited a $1675.00 fraudulent check at an atm in Highland, NY and then immediately withdrew $200 (the amount fronted with a check hold); this was caught on atm bank video. I realized there was a problem on Thursday the 27th when I noted on our joint account both the deposit and withdrawal as well as the $200 withdrawal ultimately being pulled from my separate account. Bailey was learning banking and I would transfer his disability money to the joint account so he would learn about money management, budgeting, grocery shopping, etc. Bailey was devastated over the loss. We connected with local police on the 27th, who then directed us to the nearest state troopers on the 28th, who in turn directed us to State Troopers in Highland on 7-29-17 where we filed a complaint. Later on that Saturday, my youngest son told me he overheard his brother Bailey on the phone after hearing of the banking problem on Thursday, extremely upset over the financial loss and insisting on the return of funds. On Monday, 7-31-17 the investigator came to our house at 12:30 to see if Bailey could ID the male in the bank video. Bailey claimed he did not know the person and by his reaction I believe he didn’t. At 5:16pm he left our home stating he was going for a walk to draw; this was not unlike him as his executive processing speed is slower than many and he’d use walks or drawing to manage stresses. By 5:30 I heard the emergency response sirens and ran down our street, because I never wanted my kids around the chaos when EMS was in the area, and of course I wanted to count the safety of my chicks. The area they were responding to is a nuisance area that has had more than it’s fair share of fires....but there was no fire truck, only medical response. My son had hung himself in the woods less than a block from our home. The next day I was presented with a note he’d written; he clearly believed he’d done something very wrong in trusting the wrong person. No law enforcement involved in this case believes that Bailey had the faculty to understand what was happening, or the complexities that he was a victim, and neither does any of his family nor his longstanding therapist. There is no doubt in my mind that he merely thought he was helping someone. Both accused, at this point, will only be charged minimally; one with grand larceny 4th and the other with Endangering a disabled person 1st, both class E non violent felonies. Theoretically they could each get probation. They have each since been arrested for other crimes; her on drug charges in October 2017 and him for killing a 16 year old with his car after an argument in Yonkers in December 2017. The male is being held without bail in Westchester and has yet to be charged for our case. The female was arrested and arraigned for this case but was granted release on $2000 cash/$4000 bond. I am sickened over what may be obvious to you at this point, that the charges do not reflect their role in the death of my son. People with disabilities, including autism, are among our most vulnerable community members. It seems so unjust that a charge of endangering specifically relates to affecting the mental well-being of a vulnerable person yet they are not charged with the actual consequences of this criminal action. I’m currently working with our local representatives to start the process of pushing for new legislation in the state to hold perpetrators fully accountable for the consequences of their actions. The law for Endangering in NY currently states: “Under our law, a person is guilty of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree when he or she knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect. The term "knowingly” has its own special meaning in our law. I will now give you the meaning of that term. A person KNOWINGLY acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect when that person is aware that he or she is acting in such manner. Actual harm to the incompetent or physically disabled person need not result.” Currently under our criminal laws culpability for a persons suicide rests on the aspect of “aiding and abetting”, or, in practical terms, specifically aiding, directing or encouraging the suicide. This MUST change. Those that would intentionally cultivate an environment and/or circumstances specifically to use people with disabilities to commit a crime, need to be held accountable for the full range of actual damages they cause, including the death of their victim. We need #BaileysLaw to firmly establish... If a defendant is charged with endangering in the first degree, or another crime related and/or connected to a charge of endangering in the first degree (as in coconspirators/codefendant), whereby the events result in the victim’s suicide within reasonable proximity of the crime, defendants should be criminally charged for the victim’s death. This area of law, as it specifically relates to endangering, also needs to be updated to incorporate the disability standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Social Security Administration in trials. As it stands, the question of a successful trial seems tied to whether or not the victim has an IQ over 40, and can dress and feed oneself. This is an extremely low threshold for a successful trial against a perpetrator charged with endangering and is not in line with current state and federal laws to protect the disabled. There are an enormous number of people with autism, and other disabilities, who have a high IQ and can feed and clothe themselves but cannot fully meet their own needs in a manner that could be characterized as independent living. Bailey’s Law should protect anyone that can be considered a vulnerable person by including the state and federal standards of disability.   I urge you to support Bailey’s Law. It will not help my family but it will help many others. PLEASE, sign this petition to help me get it passed!  To view or VOTE YES on the #BaileysLaw bill (NY S.8541) you can visit https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s8541  - there is a link at this location for the identical Assembly version as well. To learn more about my beloved Bailey you can visit the guestbook at https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx?n=&pid=186269333&referrer=0&preview=True To follow our journey, visit https://m.facebook.com/DearBaileyLoveMom/ & http://BaileysBridges.org/baileyslaw/ Sincerely, Gae Marie Cannon, Poughkeepsie, NY *6-17-18 Update: Our bill for Bailey’s Law passed in the NY Senate on 6-11-18 with a vote of 44/17. The bill is now in the NY Assembly (A.10874) and I’m pushing to have it passed before the end of the legislative session on 6-20-18.  The Ulster County Court has declined to take on the female’s case (the facilitator of this crime), and referred it back to the Town Court. This means that HER CHARGES WILL BE REDUCED from felony to misdemeanor or less- because Town Courts CANNOT process felonies. It is looking more and more like she will get 3 years of probation... To put this into context- a DWI, WITHOUT LOSS OF LIFE, can result in 3 years probation, over $1000 fine and revocation of drivers license...  I am disgusted.... these people KNEW they were committing a crime. KNEW they were targeting someone with a disability, and their actions resulted in the DEATH of their victim......  Please, please share our petition... This is just not right..  Targeting our vulnerable loved ones breaks a sacred social contract in our society and we must prevent this from happening to someone else...  8-15-18 Update: Our bill for Bailey’s Law is currently stuck in the Codes Committee of the Assembly but I am pushing forward with public support signatures as well as organizational and legislator support. Our bill now has 4 Assembly sponsors: Didi Barrett, Christine Pellegrino, Angelo Santabarbara, and David McDonough. This is immensely helpful but until this bill passes in the Assembly and is signed by Andrew Cuomo, we cannot stop pushing for more bill support.  Our next court hearing for the female’s case is on August 28th. It’s expected she will be offered a plea bargain of a reduced charge (felony Endangering in the 1st to misdemeanor Endangering) with a sentence of 3 years probation. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE FOR AN INTENTIONAL CRIME THAT RESULTED IN DEATH.  The male has not yet been brought up to our county for arraignment; he is still pending trial for Murder 2 in Westchester County in an unrelated case.  9-21-18 Update: Our last court appearance for Teator did not go as expected, thankfully. But know I have no idea what’s going to happen. Our next court date is Tuesday, 9-25-18. See update for more details.  What you can do to help:1. SHARE the petition and Bailey’s story, in person and online2. Go to our website and print free flyers for local venues and local bulletin boards in your town, and deliver them to all the neighbors on your street 3. Call agencies that support the disabled and/or elderly and ask them to join our coalition of support. You can give them the website address as a contact. 4. Stay informed. The blood and guts of this journey is on our Facebook page Dear Bailey. Thank you so much for your support, your caring messages (yes, I read them all), and I hope you’ll stay with me through this process of fixing the law. With gratitude, Gae Marie 

A Mourning Mom *
13,608 supporters