Petition to City of Berkeley, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, Berkeley City Council, Senator Nancy Skinner
Justice for Kayla Moore
In 2013, Kayla Moore, a black trans woman living with schizophrenia, was murdered by the Berkeley Police Department. The police were responding to a 911 call from Kayla’s roommate calling for help because Kayla was experiencing a mental health crisis. The officers immediately placed Kayla under arrest, wrestled her to the ground face down, and 6 officers restrained her using their full weight until she stopped breathing. Police had found a warrant for someone with the same birth name as her. But despite police dispatch stating that it was for a man 20 years older than Kayla Moore, police still grabbed her and restrained her. In 2014, Kayla’s father, Arthur Moore, filed a wrongful death suit against the city, which alleges that the responding officers violated Moore’s rights & failed to adequately accommodate her after she was placed in police custody. It was dismissed in 2018, when U.S. District Judge, Charles Breyer, ruled that Moore’s father, Arthur Moore, did not provide enough evidence to show that his daughter was discriminated against related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The judge had previously dismissed the excessive force & discrimination claims alleged by Moore’s family back in 2016. The family had alleged in their lawsuit that officers did not administer CPR because she was transgender, & that officers made discriminatory comments about her, calling her “it.” Now, the family is pressing to have their case heard in front of a jury after the initial suit was dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge in 2018. “The goal of the appeal is to allow a jury to fully examine the evidence related to the multiple claims in the family’s original lawsuit,” said Charlotte Halloran-Couch, an organizer with Justice 4 Kayla Moore. “We believe all of the family’s original claims deserve to be heard before a jury.” The family’s claims include allegations of excessive force by BPD, unlawfully arresting Moore based on a warrant that was for another individual of the same legal name, & police discrimination against Moore for being transgender, according to Halloran-Couch. Please sign this petition to support Kayla Moore’s family in appealing the wrongful death suit. Please sign to fight for the case to be reopened & properly examined & for her family to be heard. Please sign for Justice for Kayla Moore
Petition to City of Elizabeth
Replace the statue of Christopher Colombus with a statue of Marsha P. Johnson
The appropriateness of celebrating Christopher Columbus is something that has become more popular discourse in recent years. Although it is widely taught that Columbus “discovered” the Americas, he could not have “discovered” land that was already occupied by indigenous groups. Many believe celebrating Columbus is glorifying European colonialism. Columbus is not a figure to be celebrated, as he enslaved and killed the Taíno. Him and his men also sexually abused Taíno women and girls, some as young as 9 years old. He was even arrested in his own time for crimes he committed against Spanish colonists, which included flogging and executions without trial. For these reasons, the statue of Christopher Columbus in Elizabeth should be removed and replaced with a monument to someone who is deserving of being celebrated, Marsha P. Johnson. Marsha P. Johnson was a black activist and trans woman who was born and raised right here in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She was a central figure in the 1969 Stonewall uprisings which was an important event for gay liberation, and led to the first gay pride marches in the U.S. Marsha was revered and was an inspiration to many in the LGBT+ community. She was a part of the Gay Liberation Front and staged a sit-in protest at NYU when the administration cancelled a dance sponsored by gay organizations. She also co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with her close friend Sylvia Rivera. They established a shelter for homeless, gay and trans kids called the STAR house, where they provided shelter, food, clothing and emotional support. She was referred to as “Saint Marsha” because of the things she did for New York’s LGBT+ community. We should commemorate Marsha P. Johnson for the incredible things she did in her lifetime and for the inspiration she is to members of the LGBT+ community worldwide, especially black trans women. Thank you to Carter Muelle and Daniel Cano for helping with this.
Petition to Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia District Attorney Office, Office Of LGBT Affairs, Office of Violence Prevention
JUSTICE FOR DOMINIQUE FELLS
“On Tuesday, a dismembered body was pulled from the river. Trauma to the face and head, legs severed mid-thigh.” Authorities spent the next couple days trying to positively ID the victim.” June 9th, another black trans woman named Dominique ‘Rem’mie’ Fells was murdered and thrown in a river. The violence against black trans women needs to stop. We cannot allow for the murder of this young woman to go unpunished. Violence against trans women and ESPECIALLY black trans women is at an all time high. It is literally a pandemic. Dominique did not deserve to lose her life. She did not deserve to spend her last moments in terror. She deserved to live her whole life in HAPPINESS AND SAFETY. Her family did not deserve to lose her so suddenly and so horrible. Please help get this young woman and her family the justice she deserves. Find her murderer, deny them bond, and charge the POS with 1ST DEGREE MURDER. Lock them away for life. Dominique deserved to live.
Petition to Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate, Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State House, New York State Senate, Ohio State Senate, John Kasich, Ohio State House, Tom Wolf, Minnesota State House, Minnesota State Senate, Mark Dayton
Ban Gay Conversion Therapy
Twelve states have moved to ban "ex-gay therapy" for young people -- dangerous "therapy" that tries to change someone's sexual orientation. "Ex-gay therapy" has been linked to suicide, depression, isolation and anxiety, and has been condemned by nearly every medical and psychological body as dangerous, destructive and something no child should be forced to undergo. And yet in 38 states -- including states like New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Ohio -- "ex-gay therapy" remains a practice that's largely legal under the law. But there is national momentum as more and more states move to ban "ex-gay therapy" and protect minors from attempts to "cure" them of their sexual orientation. Hawaii just became the 12th state to ban "ex-gay therapy," and New Hampshire and Delaware are close to following suit. They join states like California, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Oregon. That's nearly 25% of the country! But it's not enough. LGBT kids are still facing dangerous "ex-gay therapy" attempts in more than 30 states around the country. All these states have seen bills introduced to ban "ex-gay therapy". New York -- which touts itself as one of the most LGBT-friendly states in the country -- has seen legislation pass the State Assembly three times; Pennsylvania has had a bill introduced several times; Ohio now has a bill as well that legislators are pushing; and activists in Minnesota have been pushing for a ban on "ex-gay therapy" programs for years. Let's build on this national organizing momentum, and work to get these states added to the list of states stepping up to protect LGBT youth, and banning harmful "ex-gay therapy" that tries to "cure" LGBT people and change their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Petition to Corey Johnson, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Corey Johnson, City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Meenakshi Srinivasan
Protect Poet Walt Whitman's New York City Home
Walt Whitman, America's most famous poet, lived at 99 Ryerson Street in Brooklyn, New York when his world famous book Leaves of Grass was first published in 1855. While Whitman lived in over 30 places in what is today New York City during this lifetime, the house at 99 Ryerson Street is the ONLY ONE still standing. Accordingly, 99 Ryerson Street is of great cultural and historical significance. It tells not only the story of a key moment in American poetry and literature, but also the story of a towering figure in global culture. We are seeking official city landmark designation from New York City to protect the building from demolition, especially because development is encroaching on the neighborhood. While the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission initially rejected our request, the Commission is currently reviewing additional information and research that we provided on the significance of the site and Walt Whitman's association with the site. We need your help convincing the Commission to landmark this critically important building. The house at 99 Ryerson Street is one of only two buildings directly associated with Walt Whitman that are still standing in New York City. It would be an unforgivable tragedy to lose this crucially important building to history. Join us in protecting this important cultural resource for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. Quotes from supporters: "To protect a house like this one, it seems to me, is a form of cultural stewardship.For this house to disappear would be something like an extinction: such a place cannot be got back, not ever, once it is lost." - George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo and winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize “During my time as Poet Laureate of the United States, my travels in our country and abroad gave me a renewed sense of Walt Whitman’s ongoing, central importance. Poets writing in other languages, on every continent have looked to Whitman’s work for an epitome of what is most liberating in the culture of the United States. Please let me add my voice to those hoping that you will recognize his house in Brooklyn as a true landmark.” - Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate "I feel a particular relationship to Whitman and, maybe more to the point, a strong sense of just how much impact not only his work but his physical presence had on the New York City of his day. I do hope you’ll revisit the question of the house on Ryerson as a historic landmark." - Michael Cunningham, award winning author “2019 marks the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth. We hope to celebrate Whitman’s groundbreaking contributions to literature by landmarking the site most associated with his seminal work by the time that key milestone arrives. I hope the Commission understands this is not about the architectural merit of 99 Ryerson Street but rather its incredibly significant cultural value.” - Professor Karen Karbiener, founder of the Walt Whitman Initiative “The city needs more landmarks like this one to help narrate the histories of LGBT Americans – and it needs to consider cultural landmarks seriously rather than aesthetic landmarks alone.” - Jay Shockley, co-founder of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project “If Whitman’s Leaves of Grass gave birth to American poetry, then Brooklyn is thebirthplace of our art, and 99 Ryerson Street is the last remaining cradle. The Commission needs to reconsider its initial rejection.” - Jason Koo, executive director and founder of Brooklyn Poets
Petition to Betsy DeVos, Department of Education, Jay Inslee, Patty Murray, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald J. Trump
End LGBT violence in schools
Too many youth in school are getting ridiculed and hurt at school for their gender identity or their sexuality. Maybe even both. Many teenagers that are a part of the LGBTQ+ community commit suicide because of bullying or being harmed at school. School is a place where kids are supposed to feel safe and want to go there to learn and for most youth in the community, it’s the opposite. 59.5% of kids feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation. 42.1% or transgender and gender nonconforming students have been prevented from using their preferred name or pronoun. 70.1% of LGBTQ+ students have experienced verbal harassment (e.g. calling names, threatening) at school based on their sexual orientation. (https://elizabethwarren.com/plans/lgbtq-equalityNo one should have to go through being hurt and bullied for being who they are on a daily basis. I know this from experience. Being told that I’m nothing because of the people I love. Being told that no one will ever accept me or want me because of who I am. That sticks around. We need to inform school districts and teachers of what’s happening that they can’t see. We need to rise up and be the voices for people who are too scared to speak up for themselves. We need to stop LGBTQ+ youth discrimination, bullying, and harassment in schools, before it’s too late.
Petition to Leslie Castellanos, Susan Seamen, Kim Bergel, Natalie Arroyo, Austin Allison, Heidi Messner, Eureka City Clerk
Let's Install An Inclusive LGBT Pride Crosswalk In Old Town Eureka, Ca ❤️
Dear Eureka City Council and Mayor Susan Seaman, Following in the steps of San Francisco, Washington DC, West Hollywood, Long Beach, Key West, Philadelphia, and our Canadian Siblings in Toronto and Vancouver, we the Residents of Humboldt would like to ask of you, the installation of an Inclusive LGBTQ Crosswalk, in Old Town Eureka. Our intent is not to intrude, or in any way flaunt our Sexualities and/or Gender Expression; rather, we would like to encourage the City of Eureka to create a physical reminder that Eureka is not, and will not, be defined by Bigotry. Humboldt County is well known for having a laid-back facade, but the vitriol spewed by President Donald J. Trump in recent Years, has encouraged and empowered acts of Bigotry across the Country, as well as Locally; and we ask the City of Eureka to please help us convey the message that Bigotry (which nearly ALL LGBTQ Residents have experienced, here) will not be tolerated, encouraged, or welcome here. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Petition to Citizens of Athens-Clarke County
Permanent Rainbow Crosswalk in Athens, Georgia
Rainbow crosswalks started appearing in cities across the country after the Pulse nightclub shooting and continued during pride festivals. Many cities have opted to keep the colorful crosswalks as a way to show they stand with the LGBTQIA+ community, something so important in today's political climate in which communities like ours are consistently under attack. Athens-Clarke County remains a beacon of hope for many surrounding areas when it comes to this. Our Pride festival this year had record turnout, the presence of LGBTQ organizations and partners in the business and professional community speaks volumes, it's time for a permanent symbol in our city's streets to let people know: All are welcome here. Love is valued here. Hate has no place here. Sign today!