Petition to Jeff Sessions, Tammy Dickinson
Release Information on New Suspects in Firefighter Tragedy
The federal government has identified two new suspects in the 1988 explosion that killed six Kansas City firefighters. So why has the DOJ refused to name the new suspects and take action? In 2011, during an investigation requested by the US Attorney’s Office, investigators reported newly discovered evidence which implicated two new suspects in the explosion. The names of the newly identified suspects have never been made public, and no action has been taken to prosecute them. The loss of the six firefighters was a tragedy that changed the lives of their families. If the government has identified additional suspects in the case, then both the firefighters’ families and the public at large have an interest in re-opening this case. We are asking Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States, to release a non-redacted copy of the July 8, 2011, U.S. DOJ Criminal Division Investigation of the Kansas City Firefighters Case. Please join us in asking that this evidence be released to the public. Kansas City deserves to know the truth!
Petition to Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç
Sign: Justice for Dog with Ears Cut Off for Selfies
In a now-viral image circulating throughout Turkish social media, two young men pose proudly next to a cowering dog with bloody stumps for ears, each man holding what appears to be a dog ear in his hand. According to Turkish news, the pair are suspected to be involved in dogfighting, and were reportedly punishing one of their losing dogs. The Turkish justice system has now let the men off with a fine of just over what is equivalent to $1,000 U.S. dollars. And no jail time. This lax punishment is not acceptable for inflicting such reprehensible harm on an animal. These men's shockingly light sentence is not even close to proportional to the pain and suffering they senselessly inflicted on an innocent animal — let alone the multiple dogs presumably forced to tear each other to shreds in fights staged for human entertainment. Animals are not toys. They are not property. They have thoughts and feelings, as backed up by research demonstrating that dogs are just as sentient as a human child. What’s more, cruelty to animals is irrefutably linked to cruelty to human beings. This incident of grossly inhumane treatment highlights the urgent need for the Turkish government to revisit their animal cruelty laws. Please sign this petition now to call on Turkey's Ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kılıç, to advocate for stronger punishment for animal abuse. Dogs like this deserve justice, and animal torture must be treated like the serious crime that it truly is.
Petition to Pope Francis (VATICAN), Archdiocese of Baltimore, Larry Hogan, C.T. Wilson
Transparency from Archdiocese of Baltimore
The Archdiocese of Baltimore holds documents regarding sexual abuse claims against A. Joseph Maskell. The release of these documents will restore public trust in the Archdiocese, and confirm the Archdiocese statements regarding their handling of the sexual abuse claims. This petition requests that the Archdiocese of Baltimore release their files regarding A. Joseph Maskell, who is now deceased, in an effort to throughly investigate all avenues that may have led to the murder of Cathy Cesnik in 1969.
Petition to NEW YORK TIMES, CNN, Associated Press, CBS, NBC, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, ABC, MSNBC, Washington Post, LA Times
Stop Calling Immigrant Prisons "Detention Centers"
My name is Sylvester Owino, and I was in “immigrant detention” for 9 years. My name is Carlos Hidalgo, and for a year and half I was incarcerated in “immigrant detention centers.” That is what the media, government, and for-profit prison companies who run these facilities call them, but in reality, these are immigrant prisons. People in immigrant prisons are not serving a sentence, but simply awaiting the outcome of our request to stay in the US. Those of us who have lived behind the locked gates and barbed wire know that the term “detention center” does not accurately describe the conditions and truth of what happens on the inside. We, who have survived these brutal places, are requesting that media organizations - The Associated Press, The New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post, and other influential media outlets, call these facilities what they are: immigrant prisons. Until we are honest about the fact that these are prisons, the inhumane conditions inside will continue to be covered up by the term “detention center,” and the corporations running the facilities will continue to make millions off of the suffering of the people inside. If these are harmless “detention centers” … Why do they look like prisons, why are they run like prisons, and why are they owned by prison companies? We were incarcerated in facilities run by the two largest for-profit prison companies in the country. Carlos was in GEO Group’s Adelanto immigrant prison, and Sylvester in CCA’s Otay immigrant prison in San Diego, among other facilities. We both experienced countless human rights abuses. We worked for the for-profit prisons for $1 a day, cleaning and cooking. Carlos was put in solitary confinement for 6 days for organizing a hunger strike to protest inhumane treatment. Sylvester filed complaints on behalf of friends who were beaten by guards. In Adelanto immigrant prison, 3 people have died in the last 7 months, and 6 people have attempted suicide since December 2016. Dozens of us have gone on hunger strikes to try and change things. In order to end the abuse, we must first call them prisons and then close them. Starting with Adelanto. Sylvester & Carlos Supported by: o Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective, IEIYC o Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, ICIJ o Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement, CIVIC
Petition to President Donald Trump
Help our Dad end his Hunger Strike before Christmas
President Trump- My name is Serah Culler, and my family needs your help. My father, Anthony Culler, is in the middle of a 50 Day Hunger Strike. He is currently on Day 31 (December 12, 2017). He began the strike on Sunday, November 12, 2017. He has committed to go for the rest of 2017 with only water to sustain him, but you can change that.The purpose of his strike is to get an investigation started into crimes that were committed against my family.My family was destroyed by corruption in Nacogdoches, a small town in East Texas, in 2009/2010. In January 2010, after over a year of public protests and multiple legal battles, we lost our home when corrupt individuals broke the law. The Nacogdoches Sheriffs’ Department illegally invaded our home and stole everything- toys, furniture, family heirlooms, even our pets. They loaded it all into trailers and put it into storage buildings under deputies’ names. They later sold our belongings illegally at a sheriffs' auction , fraudulently claiming it as “abandoned property”. Property is not abandoned if you are forced to leave it and it is then stolen. This would have been a terrible situation for anyone to go through, but it was especially devastating for a young, homeschool family with four daughters ages 5 to 13.We have tried everything we could think of to resolve this. We’ve gone to lawyers. We’ve gone to law enforcement. We’ve gone to public officials. Both my father and mother have even run for office themselves- Dad was the Republican nominee for US Congress in the 6th District of South Carolina in 2014. He is currently running for Congress in the Republican primary in the 1st District of Texas against a corrupt Congressman, Louie Gohmert. My father began this hunger strike with the intention of going until the end of the year or until an investigation is started. But I believe there is another option. If you could give me your word that you would just call the DOJ, the FBI, or the office of the Attorney General about sending someone to look into our claims, I could bring my father to end his strike.My father's life is in danger. He has gone over 4 weeks without eating- people die at this stage in hunger strikes. You can end this- you can save my father's life.I’m not asking for you to give us the outcome we want, or to start the investigation yourself. All I want is an assurance from you that you will just call someone who can help.Please Mr. President. Watching my Dad go day after day without eating, watching him continue to suffer after already losing so much, is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. He is literally wasting away in front of my eyes. Please help us. You can end this.Please keep us in your prayers. May God Bless you and your family.In hope, Serah Culler Please check out our Facebook page for LIVE videos and website.
Petition to Department of Justice, Mayor Bill Falkner, Prosecutor Dwight Scroggins
Department of Justice Investigation into St Joseph Missouri Police Department..
Calvin Robinson Jr. Calvin Passed away in the early hours of Christmas morning 2015. All his belongings were missing. Additionally his debit card was used for a month following his death. After asking for an investigation into this matter, the family was told the a dead person could not be a victim and they were not going to investigate any further. Still waiting on a response from the Mayor of St Joseph Missouri. Spoke with the Prosecutor and was told that nobody investigates the police. Spoke with the investigator and was told that the family would have to spend some money to find out what happened. The family was not notified by the police of the death of their loved one. Instead a "friend" of the victim notified the family. The same friend who was later determined to have called the police and tell them that the victim had stolen her car. To make matters worse the officer who reconstructed the scene made the following video, seeming to taunt the family. Zachary Craft This officer was eventually fired after the department faced criticism for having him on duty. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdQb7rTrEPA http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/st-joseph-officer-appears-in-racially-charged-video/article_ba30c352-481f-553e-a2a8-fe9492150559.html Jason Fanning Jason was murdered by a St Joseph Missouri Police officer 2/20/17. A officer approached Jason without any lights or sirens and shot him to death in a vehicle parked in a driveway. The following comment was taken from a article: "Questioned about Bever’s failure to turn on his emergency lights, which would have activated the dash camera, Capt. Jeff Wilson, a spokesman for the St. Joseph Police Department, said this issue was an internal matter for the department and he had no comment on current police policy." http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/no-charges-in-officer-involved-shooting/article_7309770f-30ee-555f-b812-339deb0cbbf0.html http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/police-release-dashcam-footage-of-officer-involved-shooting/article_baf45dc8-60c5-5797-9fb7-9768af7c57a0.html I have also included a link for the petition requesting this officer be arrested for murder. https://www.change.org/p/we-want-justice-justiceforjay From detective to felon: The Scott Coates Saga "Mr. Coates said the polygraph examination ended with the FBI polygraphist telling him he was lying and beginning interrogation. The interrogation was the first time he was directly asked about the case, he said." Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former longtime detective with the St. Joseph, Missouri Police Department pleaded guilty in federal court today to withholding information about a prohibited person who illegally possessed a firearm used in a gang-related shooting. https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/kansascity/news/press-releases/former-st.-joseph-police-detective-pleads-guilty-to-withholding-information-about-illegal-firearm http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/from-detective-to-felon-the-scott-coates-saga/article_3aa18648-d0d1-56b4-95a0-3c6440b43f22.html Angela Horn “It’s a joke,” Horn said. “That’s why it’s called the criminal justice system, because that’s who it serves. Their salary comes out of my pocket. I just think that it should be for people that need protection—and not for people that are out to frickin’ take everything you have.” https://steemit.com/police/@clayrains/saint-joseph-residents-give-police-an-f-in-fighting-crime-and-an-a-in-harassment
Petition to Trent Brignac
Drop the Charges Against Dequince Brown
On July 6, 2017 Dejuan Guillory and his girlfriend Dequince Brown were frog hunting in Mamou, Louisiana when they were accosted by Evangeline Parish Officer Holden LaFleur who had a previous complaint history involving police brutality and police misconduct. An altercation resulted which ended with Dejuan Guillory dead while begging for his life and later Dequince Brown arrested and charged with attempted murder of an officer for trying to stop Officer Holden LaFleur from killing Dejuan Guillory. Evangeline Parish was cited by the Department of Justice for their pattern and practice of arresting, charging, prosecuting, and jailing Blacks and poor people for minor offenses resulting in a modern day "Debtor's Prison" and routine history of systemic racism and discrimination. http://www.katc.com/story/34092212/doj-cites-evangeline-sheriff-ville-platte-police-for-illegal-holds Arresting and charging Brown with murder is cruel and unusual punishment. She was preventing Holden from taking an innocent life. It was Holden who escalated the situation and lead to this deadly killing of this father of three Dejuan Guillory. District Attorney Trent Brignac is well aware of the previous citations and history of Officer Holden LaFleur and the resulting funding of the killing and wrongful arrests of Evangeline Parish and Ville Platte citizens. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/has-the-justice-department-found-a-new-town-that-preys-on-its-poor/ We are calling on the Public to urge District Attorney Trent Brignac to drop the charges against Dequince Brown and hold Officer Holden LaFleur for the killing of Dejuan Guillory. Call, fax, email, or write a letter to District Attorney Trent Brignac, 1645 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802-8143 Phone (225) 343-0171; Fax (225) 387-0237; Trent@Idaa.org On November 2, 2017 at 9 AM Dequince Brown will be arraigned on charges of attempted murder of an officer. This is a total miscarriage of justice and a distraction from seeking justice for Dejuan Guillory.
Petition to Jerry Brown, Riverside County District Attorney
Justice for Jesse Meraz
To California Governor Jerry Brown and the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Jesse Meraz is just a six-character inmate number. But to me he is a faithful, hard-working, loving husband and father. You see, Jesse was thrown back into prison even after serving his sentence and our family is in a tail spin. Jesse made some bad decisions when he was a kid and before he even went to his first middle school dance, like too many men of color he was just another statistic in the criminal justice system. Jesse and I make no excuses for his bad behavior. He was hanging out with the wrong crowd, skipping school, and doing drugs. It wasn’t long before he was arrested for possession of a firearm. By his mid-20s he had been accused of four felonies and was serving his sentences. Under California’s draconian three-strikes law, he was looking at a life sentence for the non-violent crimes he committed. But in 2014, a Court of Appeals, reversed two of the charges and Jesse was resentenced to what we all believed was the maximum sentence under the law. Since he had already served seven years, Jesse was released with probation. Jesse was 36-years-old when he left prison and he worked hard to make the most of his second chance. He got a job, a good union job as an ironworker with Local 433. That’s no small feat for someone with a criminal record. He remained drug-and-drink-free. He obeyed all laws, had zero run-ins with law enforcement, and fulfilled all the requirements of his probation. He had even began getting his tattoos removed with the help of Homeboy Industry in Los Angeles. As a family, we both worked hard to provide for our four kids. We are home owners and during the housing crunch when we fell behind on our payments, Jesse worked every day to get us caught up. We did not have to rely of government services for anything. We attended church regularly, made sure our kids did well in school, and we paid our taxes. We were productive members of our community and Jesse had finally put all the mistakes of the past behind him. Then suddenly in all came to an abrupt halt. The Riverside District Attorney (Indio office) filed a petition to reverse the appeal that got him out in 2014. At his court hearing, Jesse had more than 20 people show up to speak on his behalf and we also had character letters from several community members including the former Indio Chief of Police but the judge did not allow us to present anything. The District Attorney argued that Jesse should not benefit from the new laws and would have to be resentenced under the old three-strikes law. He was sentenced to 25-years-to-life. Jesse was placed back into custody on January 30, 2017. I have worked for Riverside County for almost a decade now. I believe in a rehabilitation system that punishes those who commit crimes and then allows that person to do their time and move on. Additionally, as a taxpayer, I do not want to have to pay for another inmate when he has already served his time and has a proven record of living as a productive member of society who is not reliant on the government dime. Please sign my petition to ask the court to reverse the latest sentence and release my husband. Our family wants to go on living our lives quietly and without fear of having to pay for my husband’s mistakes from his past. Sincerely,Guadalupe Meraz