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Petition to Jim Kenney, Mark Squilla, Kenyatta Johnson, Jannie Blackwell, Curtis Jones, Jr., Darrell Clarke, Bobby Henon, Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez, Cindy Bass, Cherelle Parker, Brian J. O’Neill, Michael DiBerardinis

Forensic Audit of ACCT Philly plus Financial Accountability

We demand a complete forensic audit of ACCT of Philladelphia (ACCT Philly) the past three years. We believe that funds have been mismanaged in various ways by Vincent Medley. This includes taking actions such as overpaying employees he has hired and other unnecessary expenses that would be better spent toward the care of animals in their control. The last 990 form released by ACCT is for the fiscal year ending 6/30/2015. They have not released the one submitted last year which was the first full year Mr. Medley was in control of ACCT’s finances. Nor does this form release the salaries of the executive staff as it should (and is done with other city officials). Furthermore, ACCT has not published any figures on a regular basis on what money it has received from donations, adoption fees, licenses or surrender fees. We would also like an accounting of what has been done with the enormous PETCO grant given in 2014 for the building of an adoption center. This center was supposed to begin in 2016. ACCT has been very silent on these funds. We would like a complete accounting of these funds and how any interest generated from them have been used. We would also like to know what happened to the money for the dog kennels that the staff said would be replaced after the air conditioning was fixed. According to the last 990 released, only $793,896 of a $4,673,362 was being used toward animal care supplies. We demand to know the breakdown how the majority of the money is being used. We would also know the future plans of ACCT’s funding by seeing the budget they have for 2018 as well as the budget for 2017 and how well they planned. Part of this would include ACCT publishing ALL minutes of the board meetings for the past year and allowing the public to attend all portions of the board meetings. We have noticed that they appear to be canceling the public "board meetings." Although since only a couple board members were in attendance, they weren't board meetings at all. Instead of the transparancy they are promoting as a "core value" they seem to be covering things up.  To summarize we are asking for: A forensic audit of the past three years.  An accounting the PETCO adoption center grant and any other large grants given recently. A breakdown of how the money is being spent including the salaries of key staff members (as done for city employees). Publishing of funds brought into ACCT through fees and donations. Copies of past and future budgets. Public allowed at all board meeting and publishing the minutes of all 2017 board meetings.  And based on this petition's updates, we also want:         7.  An explanation on why Vector Control hasn't been moved out of the building        8. An investigation into pay equality at ACCT and possible discrimination.

Philadelphians for Transparency
2,287 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Larry Krasner, Patricia Cummings

Review Francisco's Life Without Parole Sentence!

Francisco Mojica is currently sentenced to die in prison, while his brother, the gunman who committed the murder, walks free.  In 1991, Francisco's brother, Tomas Vasquez Jr., was standing in a North Philly apartment building when he was startled by gunfire coming at him through a closed door. He was holding a loaded gun and, in a panic, he fired back at the man shooting at him, Efrain Gonzales. Ultimately, Vasquez took Gonzalez's life.  Francisco was also in the apartment building. After hearing gunfire, he rushed out to find his brother injured. Francisco drove his brother to a hospital, assisted by a police officer who he flagged down.   Francisco and his brother were tried separately. Even though Vasquez was the gunman, he was convicted of third-degree murder (homicide without intent to kill) 12 to 24 years in prison while Francisco was convicted of second-degree murder (reckless endangerment) and given the mandatory sentence for that conviction: life with no chance of parole.  When Vasquez discovered this injustice, he was outraged and confused.  “How did they give you life? Who did you kill? I am the killer,” Vasquez told his brother. He also wrote a letter to his brother’s judge: “If you feel you did justice with a life sentence, give him my sentence and let me have his.” Today, Vasquez, the gunman, is a gaunt 63-year-old man living on Social Security disability in Juniata, while his brother remains incarcerated.  Throughout his incarceration, Francisco has spent his time volunteering and giving back.  Francisco has helped start two programs for fellow inmates -- a faith-based reentry program and a program known as "Fathers and Children Together" that connects incarcerated fathers to their children. His own sons are addicted to heroin just as he was; since his wife doesn’t drive, there was no one to take them to see him when they were younger. He also volunteers at the prison Hospice program, spending his nights sitting up with dying inmates. He knows that he may need these services himself one day.  When I last saw Francisco, he had another enthusiastic plan to give back, but this time to people outside of prison. As a proud Puerto Rican, he would like to start a mentoring program for Puerto Rican children living in Philadelphia who evacuated the island after Hurricane Maria. He reflected on how difficult it was for him to adjust when he moved to the Mainland from Puerto Rico as a child, and he believes that this rough adjustment is partially responsible for his position today. He knew little English and struggled to keep up in the public school classes taught in English. He didn't graduate and began to get involved with drugs. Francisco was addicted to heroin at the time of his arrest. He wants to make sure that Puerto Rican evacuee children do not fall victim to the same issues.  Francisco has also organized tirelessly with elected officials and fellow lifers to introduce legislation to reform the Pennsylvania statutes that sentence men and women in similar situations to him to "death by incarceration". State Senator Daylin Leach has introduced legislation to amend the statute, but it has died in committee in multiple sessions.  Newly elected, progressive District Attorney Larry Krasner and the newly appointed Director of the Conviction Review Unit, Patricia Cummings, have the opportunity to correct this injustice.  The Conviction Review Unit, housed within the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, investigates and reviews the cases of convicted felons. Historically, this Unit has only reviewed claims of factual innocence. The new team, however, has indicated their interest in expanding the Unit's role in reviewing unfair sentences. The discrepancy between Francisco's sentence and his brother's sentence are a prime opportunity for the Conviction Review Unit to expand and strengthen the role of the Unit to position Philadelphia as a leader in progress and justice.  We ask that Krasner and Cummings seriously consider reviewing Francisco's case. District Attorney Krasner ran and won on a progressive platform, and we ask that he stay true to those campaign principles and promises.  The details of this story were heavily paraphrased/summarized from the Philadelphia Inquirer article by Samantha Melamad, found here: Last year, I had the opportunity to get to know Francisco personally through a college program.   

Madison Gray
32 supporters