100 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Pride St. Louis

Allow our police to march

Pride St. Louis has decided uniformed police have no place in this year's Pride parade. While they welcome officers to put themselves in harm's way to keep the celebration and festivities safe for all, LGBTQ+ police have been told that for the first time in 40 years, their uniforms are not welcomed. The spirit of Pride is inclusivity. To exclude those who are fighting to break down barriers and improve police-community relationships at a time when we need it most, especially in places like St. Louis, is wrong. Pride STL must act now to reverse this decision before it overshadows the powerful remembrance of Stonewall and the long overdue celebration of the transgender community. I served proudly in the U.S. Army as an MP (military police). I know what it means to put on a uniform and have to work twice as hard as everyone else to prove your worth just because of who you love. I know what it means to work from the inside to help your colleagues understand what it means to live as an LGBTQ+ person. And I know that being true to myself while wearing that uniform built bridges and paved the way in helping people become allies in our fight for equality. I know the decision was made with good intentions, but it doesn't make it right. There is no doubt there is still work to be done, especially in how transgender and LGBTQ+ people of color are treated. But the answer is not pushing away the very people who are helping to do that. Let us embrace those in uniform doing the hard work from the inside of police departments across Missouri and the country. If the future we hope to see is one where police and LGBTQ+ work side by side to stop hate, shouldn't that be what we see marching in our parade? Please sign this petition calling for Pride STL to reverse their decision on not allowing uniformed police to march. 

Jason Barnaby
12,008 supporters
This petition won 7 months ago

Petition to Yvonne Spicer, Stephen Trask

Clean Up Downtown Framingham & Make It Safe For All

Day in and day out, the homeless and vagrants loiter on the streets of downtown Framingham.  Their presence can be seen for the most part just south of the railroad crossing at Concord, Waverly, and Hollis streets.  These groups, actively shoot up on the streets, drink alcoholic beverages in the open, and regularly, there are overdoses.  In fact in 2017, there were 277 calls to police in regards to this "hot spot" of activity.  Of these calls, the majority regard, inebriation, disturbance, and assaults.    In 2016-2018, the street light fixtures were upgraded, benches and gardens added, and a move to develop downtown Framingham with luxury apartments had begun.  In the meantime, the town became a city, tax rates rose, and the assessors went out in force and increased the tax value of all homes in Framingham, even those in and near downtown.  And in the end, these benches went to our roving vagrants.  They sleep on the stone benches, and fill the gardens with garbage. We the taxpayers of the City of Framingham demand a transparent and accountable mayor and police department, we need a plan in place, a rollout date, and a means to measure results.When you sign this petition, please tell us something that you witnessed, how it made you feel, and if you were alone or with family.  Tell the mayor you demand action!
685 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mayor Edward B. Murray, Lisa Herbold, Bruce Harrell, Kshama Sawant, Rob Johnson, Debora Juarez, Mike O'Brien, Sally Bagshaw, Tim Burgess, Lorena Gonzalez

Cure Violence in Our Community (Seattle, WA)

(Photo shows my then-four-year-old daughter next to a bullet hole in the front window of our South Seattle home. Taken in 2016.) ****************************************************************** A little over a year ago, our south Seattle home was rained with bullets. Two of those bullets entered the room where my daughter and I had been eating dinner; one through the door jamb and the other through the window. Our neighbors' house was also hit with gunfire. Luckily, none of us were hurt. (This shooting was gang-related and had nothing to do with us personally.) Less than a year later, a middle aged mom was gunned down in the street two blocks from us, in front of her house and family, on her way home from work at 8 o'clock in the evening.I wish I could say these were isolated incidents, but stories like these are all too commonplace in our community. Far too many people's lives have been hurt by the epidemic of violence in our neighborhoods.  This madness must end. The police are doing their best, but they can only intervene after acts of violence have already taken place. We need stop it before it happens - and we can. Cure Violence in Our Community (Seattle, WA) We, the undersigned residents of Seattle, respectfully ask that the City of Seattle include a provision in its budget for a health and community-based violence intervention program based on the Cure Violence model as soon as possible. Seattle’s South Precinct has 40% of the shots fired incidents in Seattle (1) and more than twice as many as any other individual precinct. While the Seattle Police have increased patrols and designated a special unit to respond to shooting incidents, the fact is that police can improve their response time to shooting incidents, but no matter how hard they try, they lack the tools to prevent these events from happening in the first place. In contrast, the Cure Violence model does just that, and has been shown to decrease shooting incidents up to 70% (2). Furthermore, this type of program can be implemented for as little as $500,000 annually (contrasted with over $5,000,000.00 spent on Seattle's SYVPI program in 2015). When you consider that Seattle has had an annual average of 363 shots fired incidents and 67 shootings involving death or injury over the last two years (1) (with the majority of those concentrated in a few neighborhoods including Rainier Beach, Brighton and South Park) this seems a small price to pay, and well worth it for the peace of mind of our residents and business owners. Cure Violence was developed by Dr. Gary Slutkin, MD, (Professor of Epidemiology, University of Illinois) and treats violence as a contagious disease. It addresses inner city gang violence by recruiting ex-gang members to go out into their communities and "interrupt" conflicts as they are brewing, taking the involved parties aside and simply talking to them. Programs have been implemented in Chicago, Baltimore, New Orleans, Buffalo, Kansas City and many other American cities, and Cure Violence 's successful approach to mitigating street warfare is the subject of the Frontline documentary, "The Interrupters". The Cure Violence model utilizes trusted intervention workers who are hired for their credibility with and access to those most likely to commit violence. To maintain open lines of communication with a population that is often hesitant to trust police, it is important that intervention staff operate and are seen as separate from police, although there are many ways in which the model works in partnership with the police as part of an overall approach to stopping violence. Please make our safety and our children’s safety a priority by including a Cure Violence-based violence intervention program in our city budget. <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> 1. Crime Statistics taken from Seattle Police Department Records: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> 2. Cure Violence case studies data: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> Please sign this petition to Mayor Edward Murray and Seattle City Council, asking them to include a provision in our city budget for a new, evidence-based solution to inner city violence. Thank you, Charlotte Thistle Seattle, WA, 98118  

Seattle Rainier Beach Neighborhood
273 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison Common Council, Chief of Police Michael Koval

Support Madison Police Department - Stop the Public Attacks

We support police chief, Mike Koval and the professional men and women of the Madison Police Department.  Our chief is caring, respectful, smart, transparent, consistently striking the perfect balance between respecting our civil liberties and keeping us safe.  His force is a national model. These officers do the gritty work most of us don’t have the stomach for.  Despite the current climate of disdain for law enforcement, they willingly work with Madison’s various communities, serving as social workers as well as law enforcement officers. Instead of being grateful to Chief Koval and MPD for their service, the bulk of the common council, mayor, and other critics have found it necessary to publicly disparage this elite force. Their actions are causing divisions within the city, adding to mistrust of the police, encouraging unacceptable behavior and thus endangering the safety of its citizens. In light of this, we call for the following: ·         For the Madison Common Council and Mayor Paul Soglin to refute baseless charges of racism leveled against our police department. These statements only encourage future offenders. ·         For the city to rescind the $400,000 study of police policies and procedures. ·         For Alderman Samba Baldeh to apologize for his baseless statement about Chief Koval during a June common council meeting. ·         For the City of Madison to invest in combating crime and a growing gang problem. ·         For community leaders to demand individual accountability and personal responsibility from citizens, regardless of age, gender, or race. ·         Instead of publicly attacking our police, to strive to work closer with them. We live during a time of growing hatred for law enforcement officers, perpetuated by media, and accepted by those unwilling to think critically. The men and women of the Madison Police Department work tirelessly to protect us from the worst society has to offer – and for that we should be celebrating them, not disparaging them.

Paula Fitzsimmons
2,097 supporters