Petition to United States Supreme Court, Montgomery Superior Court, Alabama Governor, Alabama Superior Court, Alabama State Senate
Justice for Lakeith Smith and A’Donte Washington!
Lakeith Smith, now 20, was charged with the murder of his friend, A’Donte Washington when he was only 15— a crime he did not commit. A'donte died at the hands of a policeman, after the police fired 4 rounds into him - and he currently walks free. Smith, Washington, and a few other boys were participating in two break-ins of Millbrook homes in 2015. When authorities were called, there was a alleged shoot-out between Washington and the unnamed officer. Lakeith, the one charged, was found described as “scared” and “hidden.” Ultimately, A’Donte Washington was shot and killed by the officer. Despite Lakeith not having any participation in the shoot-out, under Alabama's accomplice liability law that states, Smith and the other three men participating in the break-ins were found liable for the death of Washington. He was tried as an adult and was sentenced to 65 years in prison (which only recently got reduced to 55). The unnamed police officer who fired four shots into Washington walked free and remains anonymous. Smith did not participate in the act that ended A’Donte Washington’s life. Both men need their justice!
Petition to Peter Salovey
Defund and Dismantle YPD
As our nation continues to grieve the losses of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Tony McDade, we are chillingly reminded of how their lives were taken by the same ghoulish carceral state that has time and again haunted Black individuals in New Haven and on Yale’s campus. In the past five years alone, the Yale Police Department (YPD) has had numerous high profile racial incidents with no change to policy (for more information, click here). Despite being a private police force, the YPD has one of the highest police budgets in the state, and, according to the Connecticut General Statutes, YPD has “all the powers conferred upon municipal police officers for the City of New Haven.” Yale University already has Yale Security patrolling campus, offering escorts and safe rides to students, and overseeing the blue phones and card reader systems. Very bluntly, why does the YPD exist? The organization has the same goals as Yale Security, the same power as the New Haven Police Department, but, most importantly, none of their accountability or oversight. In a May 21st letter, President Peter Salovey told the Yale community, “I know that many members of our community feel fear in their daily lives because of the injustices they have experienced and witnessed, and I thought of how fear so reliably leads to anxiety, depression, health deterioration, and anger, and also to aggression and even violence.” Peter, if you understand the psychology of our trauma, why do you perpetuate it? Some of us cannot simply, “do what we can to replace fear with hope” when we fear the constant presence of armed police officers that enter our homes, patrol our community and incite violence against our innocent. Because of this catalogue of reasons, the Black Students for Disarmament at Yale affirm our mission to hold Yale accountable for taking part in the overmilitirized ecosystem of hatred and violence that abbreviated the lives of those whose names we will never forget. We unequivocally demand that Yale University: Dismantle the YPD. Permanently halt funding directed toward any police force, and instead, use that money to support New Haven organizations that actually keep the community safe. Go to defundYPD.com for Action 2 to hold the administration accountable!
Petition to Beverly Powell, Texas State House, Greg Abbott, Betsy Price, Jamie Masters, Arlington NAACP, Fort Worth NAACP, Senator Beverly Powell, Ken Paxton, Lindsey Stewart, Jalah Lawrence, Tricia Kimble
Stand Up for Brianna and Journi Baucum
Friends, Brianna Baucum, a rising award-winning senior at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)'s Social Work, is also a loving black mother that dedicates her life to helping children who needs our help. Over the past year, Brianna and her daughter (Journi) have unnecessarily endured and are currently surviving a web of trauma. Recent reports from UTA's Student Newspaper and a recent Channel 27 News documentary state: A fellow student filed multiple outlandish false reports against her since 2019 including falsely telling Heather Snow (Dean of Students at UTA) that Journi was “dead in a 400-degree oven” at Baucum’s residence. Male UTA police officers drug Brianna out of her shower (without clothing) and placed her in the squad car for questioning in response to one of the nearly 20 calls that this student allegedly made to police in the DFW area. Brianna fears for her safety and states “Even now if I go outside, there will be police outside of the home. Wherever I go on campus, police are always following me, stopping me for whatever reason.” A mistrial granted March 2021 due to Brianna bit receiving a fair trial. Her attorney Rhonda Hunter fought hard to show the injustices that her client Brianna Baucum faced while in foster care and while fighting to get her daughter out of foster care. Tonya Stafford and Rhonda Hunter uncovered that Brianna was sexually abused while in foster care, this exposed in court. Brianna Baucum had several children while in foster care that Child protective services tried to cover up. Bare in mind this information found by Ms. Hunter and Ms. Stafford through diligent research, private investigators, and several sources that confirmed that this case is a cover up for the severe abuse and trauma Brianna endured over 20 years ago. Unfortunately, UTA and other outlets continue to ignore Tonya Stafford's reiterated calls for help and support, and the false allegations made by the fellow student-Cynthia Barboza- Led UTA to place Brianna on academic probation. CPS also removed Journi from home and placed her in foster care where Journi became the victim of sexual and physical abuse. Shockingly, the case is STILL ongoing, and Journi is STILL in foster care. Women are among the most neglected groups in America, and the cases of #breonnataylor and Brianna Bacuum shows us that Black women are the rule, rather than the exception. Please join Brianna's family, friends, and attorneys Scott Palmer in calling on the community to fight for justice for this family. #BringJourniHome. Partner with us to#BringJourniHome by doing the following: View, provide comments on and share the interview w/ Brianna in the Shorthorn (UTA's student newspaper), and Channel 27 News with your personal and social media network, and also the Dallas Observer Story On Brianna Baucum. Contact James B. Milliken (Chancellor of the University of Texas) via phone (512.499.4201) email (email@example.com), or twitter (@jbmilliken) about this matter Reach out Beverly Powell (State Senator) via phone (817.820.0007), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or through twitter @beverlypowelltx Keep updated through our Twitter account @JourniJustice4 instagram account @justiceforjourniandbrianna and the new facebook page FACEBOOK GROUP, also like the public facebook page sponsored by advocates across the country for immediate/ daily updates FACEBOOK LIKE PAGE. Sign this petition, and make your support known Email email@example.com and let us know how you would like to help. Please let us know if you need any other information and reference this CAUSE NO: 360-679135-20 when asked for more information about this case. In Solidarity, #JournisWarriors #FreeJourniandBri #BreonnaTaylor #bringjournihome #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter #blackmothersmatter #blackchildrenmatter
Petition to Keith Ellison Minnesota Attorney General, DA Mike Freeman Minnesota Governor, Tim Walz Minnesota Governor
Justice for Daunte Wright
20 year old man Daunte Wright was murdered by Minneapolis-area police. He was pulled over for having an air freshener obstructing the view of his rear view mirror. The officers refused to tell him why he got pulled over, so he got back in his car to drive away, and they shot him. The car traveled several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. He died at the scene of the crash. His body was left on the street for hours by the police. He was a father to a two year old. Help get Daunte Wright and his family justice.
Petition to Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe, Antioch City Council, Antioch Chief of Police
Justice for Angelo Quinto
We are community members, leaders, and organizations who care deeply for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and we are grieving and outraged about the murder of Angelo Quinto by Antioch police. On December 23, 2020, Angelo, a 30-year-old Filipino American veteran and Antioch resident, needed support during a mental health crisis. His family called 911. When Antioch police arrived, police grabbed him from his mother’s embrace and Angelo pleaded for his life, literally telling the officers, “Please don’t kill me.” They continued to handcuff him and KNEELED ON HIS NECK FOR OVER FIVE MINUTES until he lost consciousness and his mouth and face were covered in his own blood. They brought him to the hospital and within three days, Angelo passed away. What happened to Angelo Quinto was a grave injustice and far from an isolated event. At least 25% of fatal encounters with law enforcement involve a person with mental illnesses. Mental health crises require a mental health emergency response. Angelo Quinto should have been provided the professional help from the appropriate city agency to manage his crisis. Instead, the Quinto family lost their loved one at the hands of Antioch City police officers. This incident has far-reaching consequences for public safety and dire implications for mental health emergencies in Antioch, in California, and across the nation. We demand the following: 1. End Knee-to-Neck Restraint/Carotid Hold used on George Floyd & Angelo Quinto 2. Hold Officers Accountable for Excessive Use of Force 3. Require Antioch Police Department to Wear Body Cameras and Use Dash Cameras 4. Invest in Mental Health Response Teams 5. Cut the police budget by an amount commensurate with the work they will no longer perform For more details, the following community letter outlines the demands in detail: tinyurl.com/justice4angeloquinto
Petition to Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, Judge Peter Cahill
Demand a free and fair trial.
GEORGE FLOYD should still be alive today. Demand Justice. Derek Chauvin will stand trial for the murder of George Floyd in March. The 3 other officers on the scene that day will stand trial in August. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted. We demand a free and fair trial. We demand the Minneapolis Police Officers involved in the murder of George Floyd be held responsible. We are calling on Governor Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, of Minnesota Attorney General and Judge Peter Cahill to ensure a fair trial. George Floyd was a star athlete in high school, and among the first of his siblings to attend college. He became a fixture in the early days of Houston’s hip-hop scene, performing as a rapper known as “Big Floyd.” Like all of us, he had some ups and downs in his life, but in adulthood, Mr. Floyd became committed to his Christian faith, becoming an active church volunteer and a mentor to troubled youth in his community. Thank you for reading this petition. Please sign and share to help get justice for George Floyd and to prevent more cases of police brutality. Support and Follow us on Instagram: @justiceforgeorge and Twitter: @gfmfoundation, and Facebook: The George Floyd Memorial Foundation for case updates. To further contribute to our work, please consider donating to our cause today: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=36TS8PTNA82KG
Petition to Mike Coffman, Phil Weiser
Justice for Elijah McClain
August 24th, 2019, 23-year-old Elijah McClain was walking home after buying some tea at a local convenience store. According to Elijah's family, Elijah, who was anemic, preferred to wear a ski mask to keep his face warm while he was walking. The Aurora Police Department received a call of a "suspicious man". This call resulted in Elijah's death. After the McClain family requested the bodycam footage from the officers on scene it was reported that in the footage, He is saying, "I can't breathe." One of the officers says, "Don't move again. If you move again, I'm calling in a dog to bite you." When the paramedics arrived they administered a dose of Ketamine to the already unconscious Elijah to "sedate" him. He was pronounced dead August 27th, 2019, at only 23 years old of a heart attack. Denver 7 News stated, "...they couldn’t determine whether McClain's death was an accident, was due to natural causes, or is a homicide related to the police department's use of a carotid hold". The officers on the scene were placed on temporary leave, however, they are back in the field with no charges. Sign this petition to bring justice for Elijah. Demand that these officers are held accountable.
Petition to ACLU
Charge Westerville police officer #480 and his wife
Douglas and Cathleen Staysniak have abused various children under their care. They should not be allowed to care for kids due to their past history of accusations made against them. The Ohio Attorney General has completed two investigations into Douglas and Cathleen Staysniak. They did not decide to hold these two accountable. Cops are rarely prosecuted. The victim has spent 7 years building a paper trail in order to help a younger child in their care escape the abuse. Genoa Township police officer Molly Blevins, a friend of the family’s, was called to investigate physical abuse claims in 2015. She spoke with the victim very briefly before speaking with Douglas and Cathleen for a few hours. She accepted bribes from Cathleen. After, she called the victim to come speak at the kitchen table. She threatened the middle school aged victim with arresting her if she didn’t repeat what she said so she could manipulate a report. The victim tried to refuse through tears but was forced to repeat over and over that she was not a victim. Blevins made her repeat it until she said it without crying. Blevins later asked the victim in a recorded interview in around 2016 if Douglas had sexually assaulted her. The victim wanted to say she had but due to Blevins terrorizing her said no because she didn’t want hurt worse. Douglas and Cathleen continued their violence. The victim escaped the family at 18. She has been speaking up about the abuse since 2019 Douglas is an alcoholic and Cathleen has struggled with pill addiction. Due to constant threats of harming and killing from Douglas, the victim needed to be somewhere safe before reporting. She is still actively working to help the other young girl in their care escape the abuse.