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Justice For George Floyd

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Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, United Nations, U.S. Senate, Democratic National Committee, Nancy Pelosi

Hands Up Act

My name is Travis Washington. I received my M. A, degree in Higher Education and Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in May 2019. I have been politically involved, from registering people to vote, to work in the Springfield Capitol (as an Alexander Lane Fellow, January to May 2017). We know how so many people of cultural minorities are in constant fear of leaving their household. This fear in our lives far too often comes from individuals working in public safety who harm people. Every single week we hear about another unarmed innocent vulnerable human being shot by the police. This has increased the trauma and fear that has made people of color scared to leave their homes. We need legislation now that prohibits police officers from shooting unarmed citizens. If there isn’t a weapon found after someone has been shot (therefore, unarmed) by a police officer, then I propose that the officer should receive a mandatory 15-year prison sentence. We have seen over and over police officers get off, even with videotape footage of citizens having been shot by police officers. This is a new form of lynching. I am pleading with you to propose a bill that protects people who have every right to feel threatened by law enforcement. We always say we need more training for those involved in public safety, and there are increasing policies and laws that mandate that police officers have “body cameras” on them. Those measures do not address the whole problem, not when the individual officers who shoot unarmed victims aren’t punished. Senator, we are in a crisis where relationships between people of color and police officers are deteriorating, beyond the critical level. In order to build any sort of positive relationships again, we need laws to keep a balance in the lives of all the public. I might even suggest this as a title for this proposed legislation: the Hands UP ACT. I will be emailing this to the all of your colleagues in the U. S. Senate, members of Congress, State Governors; Democracy Now, the Huffington Post, ThinkProgress; and to other appropriate organizations across the country. Once this petition receives enough attention. My goal to speak before the House of Representatives or United Nations during a committee hearing to bring attention to this policy.  Thank You !!  

Travis Washington
2,730,751 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts Governor, Edward J. Markey, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Rachel Rollins

LETS STOP THE INJUSTICE OF OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM BASED ON SKIN COLOR #BLM

Peace and thank you for taking the time to read a summary of Nuri Muhammad’s journey through his words. Let me take you into what it is like to be a Cape Verdean man involved in the criminal justice systems injustices. The legal theory“JOINT VENTURE”  was what all 6 co defendant’s along with myself had to agree to the same plea bargain or else the deal will NO longer EXIST. That was what I was told would define my fate in this case.2 out of 7 individuals in the case did not take the deal leading to myself being left with NO choice, but to take my case to trial and ultimately receive the sentence of 1st degree, life without parole. Over the 10,222 days 336 months as I speak these words to be typed many other “JOINT VENTURE” cases have been tried Similar to my case only DIFFERENCE is that they are involving individuals that are not from poverty, black or Latino communities. The DIFFERENCE is they have received sentences that do not compare to the life without parole sentence I have received. INJUSTICE is what has occurred in my case and it is important for us now during 2020 to showcase the need for change in our criminal justice system to not sentence individuals DIFFERENTLY due to ones COLOR of SKIN. Please Sign my petition so that my case can come to LIGHT as an example of SYSTEMATIC RACISM! God willing I will be able to be free of this concrete jungle and continue to do the work that needs to be completed to have our youth and young adults aware of what one unfortunate eventcould easily impact their and others lives. I am a believer of God, a father, a son of a single mother, a product of the inner city streets of Boston, a remorseful incarcerated inmate, I am a changed man with the responsibility to inform others that are stuck in the revolving cycle of the criminal life on the importance of being a law abiding citizen. My name is Nuri Muhammad and I would like you to know that I am no longer the confused or emotionally unstable product of the streets. What I have become is a man of faith, a prisoner that reversed his street mentality. A individual who is no longer looking to fit in, but now is the one leading, mentoring and showing others in the prison how to self improve themselves with a changed mindset. The day that got me here in prison,  the day that changed so many lives, I did not know why I existed in this life.   Through the process of taking responsibility and the impact of remorse that is daily on my heart of my participation on that life changing day for many I am dedicating my life in honor of that life taking to reverse the thinking of those who are lost and only know the stagnite cycle that has been stuck in our communities of color and poverty for generations.      During my time incarcerated I have been able to avoid the challenges of the negative social. atmosphere inside this concrete jungle by focusing on educating myself with being a proud member of The Nation of Islam, self improvement programs, books, being a mentor, participating in the project youth, and being involved in the African American coalition Committee My title in the AACC is Sargent at Arms. With this position I am to ensure that all guests such as State Representatives and U.S. Congress officials that are attending our meetings are secured and feel comfortable. I am entrusted with this position and value those who take their time to address the need for change in our criminal justice system.          It takes a leap in faith not fear to not only avoid, but to resist the risky temptations that occur daily in the prison environment. I have maintained and demonstrated my character as a man of change eagerly awaiting for the opportunity to reach out to lives outside of these walls.           Progress in myself has been made over these 28 years of me being incarcerated and I am no longer asleep of the loss cycle I was once living in. I am awoken and want others to awake, so that lives do not need to be lost, habits do not need to be formed, and families on both sides do not need to endure the tragedies of the unnecessary cycle that consumes our communities of color. I would like to be the  face of change and dedicate the work that I plan on doing in the community to the life that was lost on that day resulting of me being incarcerated. The impact of these actions that resulted the families involved pain throughout these years I do not take lightly I know that I could be involved in the conversations to our youth and young adults so that other families would not need to endure this difficult pain. Thank you for your support and Stay Blessed  Nuri Muhammad 

Nuri Muhammad
1,248 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

Petition to Jacob Frey, Mike Freeman

Justice for George Floyd

On May 25th, 2020, 46 year old George Floyd was murdered under the hands and watch of four Minneapolis police officers. He was accused of signing a bad check at a grocery store and had the cops called on him. When cops arrived they proceeded to to treat him in an abrupt manner despite his compliance (there is full video proof). The officers handcuffed Floyd and put him down on his stomach while one of the officers proceeded to dig his knee in Floyd's neck.  Floyd yelled for him to stop and loudly stated HE COULD NOT BREATHE. The officers ignored his words and the one officer's knee was still hardly pressed upon Floyd's neck for a long period of time. Floyd was eventually hospitalized and was pronounced dead hours after the altercation.  Too many times we hear about how black lives are taken away in the hands of our own criminal justice system. Much like Eric Garner, Floyd was an innocent man who's life was cut short because of the institutionalized racism rooted in our criminal justice system. We need CHANGE. We need JUSTICE. Although we cannot get George Floyd's life back, we can work together to hold the officers involved in his murder accountable for their actions.  As of right now, the four officers involved have been fired from their positions, but have not been arrested. Only two officers involved have been publicly identified as, Derek Chauvin (#1087) and Tou Thau (#7162). We need to work together to demand that all four officers be charged for the murder of George Floyd. We need to demand for Mike Freeman (DA) to file charges ASAP. 

Cindy Reyes
1,859,522 supporters