Petition to John Kasich
Tell Ohio Gov. John Kasich to recall 37 state troopers from North Dakota!
On Saturday, October 29, the state of Ohio sent 37 highway patrol officers to North Dakota to assist with security at protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is slated to go under the Missouri River next to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. What does such "security" mean? It means trampling the rights of native Americans who have been subjected to human rights abuses from a militarized police force acting to protect not the people but a pipeline that directly threatens their water supply. Ohio taxpayers do not want 37 of their highway patrol officers to participate in this unconstitutional and unethical violation of Native American people's rights. We demand that Gov. John Kasich bring these state troopers back home now. Background The Ohio troopers headed to North Dakota just two days after police used pepper spray, sound cannons, concussion grenades, rubber bullets, and batons on hundreds of unarmed water protectors while clearing their camp on historically tribal land. Over 140 water protectors were arrested. Those taken into custody have reported that they were strip searched, had numbers written on their arms, and were housed in dog kennels with no bedding or furniture. According to Dallas Goldtooth of Indigenous Environmental Network: National Guard was used to clear the way for pipeline construction within 20 miles of the river where President Obama has asked that work be stopped. Men and women were pulled out of a sweat lodge ceremony at gunpoint. Private security forces had men armed with AR-15 weapons. Similarities to Wounded Knee had the potential to turn a peaceful protest into a major tragedy. The militarized police crackdown on a peaceful gathering of unarmed indigenous people in North Dakota happened on the same day as white men who carried out an armed 41-day seige of a nature preserve in Oregon were acquitted of all charges. Private security planes and helicopters were flying over the camp all day despite declaration of the area as a no-fly zone by the Federal Aviation Administration. Despite claims that water protectors were armed, the only weapons were in the hands of militarized police -- assault rifles, snipers, concussion grenades, batons, sound cannons, tanks, and more. Horseback riders were attacked by police on ATVs, resulting in one horse being hurt so severely that he had to be put down. National Guard humvees were onsite with snipers on top. As a result of the militarized police crackdown, Amnesty International has announced it is sending observers to North Dakota, and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is sending a representative to the site. Video from the scene Police in North Dakota have unconstitutionally arrested journalists documenting the protests, confiscated their footage, and charged them with felony crimes. Despite these efforts, reports and livestreams from the October 27 police crackdown have been seen by millions. Here are a few: Report from Unicorn Riot showing police raiding the indigenous people's camp; several of their reporters have been arrested. Video from Dallas Goldtooth showing a water protector wounded from shrapnel from a concussion grenade, pepper spray into a group of protectors, and the arrest of tribal councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek as she stood in prayer. Livestream from indigenous journalist Atsa E'sha Hoferer showing police raiding the camp. This brutal crackdown occurred just weeks after private security forces went after water protectors with pepper spray and attack dogs. Democracy Now reporter Amy Goodman and her crew were on the scene to record events. Officials charged Goodman with conspiracy and rioting; the judge dismissed all charges. Our demand Ohio police have no business getting involved in an unconstitutional abuse of human rights in order to protect a pipeline that threatens the water supply of a tribal nation in North Dakota. We demand that Gov. John Kasich bring all state troopers sent to North Dakota back to Ohio NOW. Photo credit: NBC News
Petition to Jessie Liu, Rizwan Qureshi, Jennifer Kerkhoff, Sarah Flores, Michael Horowitz, Robin Ashton
Drop the Charges Against Trump's First Political Prisoners
On January 20, 2017, tens of thousands of people converged in Washington, D.C. to oppose the inauguration of Donald Trump. A wide variety of demonstrations countered the spectacle of the inauguration, making it clear to the world that many of us reject Trump's cruel and divisive leadership. A day of defeat became a moment of resistance, and set the stage for the travel ban protests that followed. While Trump and his army of trolls have encountered few meaningful obstacles in the halls of power, grassroots resistance has persisted. Unfortunately, with resistance comes repression. After terrorizing protesters with pepper spray and ‘stinger’ grenades, DC police cordoned off an entire city block and mass-arrested more than 230 people. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff (under the authority of U.S. Attorneys Channing Phillips and Jessie Liu) later sought an indictment charging more than 200 people with at least eight felonies each—for rioting, inciting a riot, conspiracy to riot, and property destruction—punishable by up to 75 years in prison. (Read more about the prosecutions here: story.dropj20.org) With these unprecedented, excessive charges, the state is cracking down on dissent - allowing Trump to pursue his agenda challenged only by symbolic hand-wringing. This strategy corresponds with a broader wave of repression, from arrests and grand jury investigations of Indigenous water protectors at #StandingRock, to the demonization of #BlackLivesMatter. Just as our struggles are connected, these arrests represent a threat to all people fighting for true freedom, dignity, and autonomy. Join the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Partnership For Civil Justice Fund, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and other civil liberties advocates in standing with the J20 defendants. Call on the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia to immediately drop all charges. --------------------------- Learn more at dropJ20.org Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and share this petition with your friends and family! (and use #dropj20 !)
Petition to Jeff Sessions, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Justice For Tamir Rice
More than a year after police shot and killed my 12-year-old cousin Tamir Rice as he played in a park with a toy gun, a grand jury declined to charge the officers who opened fire on Tamir in less than 2 seconds of arriving to the scene.My family is saddened and disappointed– but we are not surprised.Since Tamir was killed, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty has been on the side of the police -- manipulating the grand-jury process so that they would vote against indicting the officers. We need the U.S. Department of Justice to step in to conduct a real investigation into the killing of a 12-year-old child.Even though video shows police shooting Tamir immediately, Prosecutor McGinty hired so-called expert witnesses to tell the grand jury their conduct was reasonable and justified. It is unheard of, and highly improper, for a prosecutor to hire "experts" to try to exonerate the targets of a grand-jury investigation. These are the sort of "experts" we would expect the officer's criminal-defense attorney to hire — not the prosecutor.He gave the officers special treatment which would never be given to non-police suspects.The Department of Justice has launched independent investigations into police killings of civilians before. Last year, they launched one in response to the killing of John Crawford, who, like Tamir, had a toy gun in his hand while shopping at a Walmart when police rushed in and shot him to death. A Change.org petition helped make that investigation happen and that’s why I need your signature.Please sign my petition asking the Department of Justice to launch a federal investigation into prosecutor McGinty's handling of the grand jury process; and for the killing of 12 year old Tamir Rice. LaTonya Goldsby
Petition to Attorney General Jefferson Sessions
Jawara McIntosh, Son of Peter Tosh, Beaten to A Coma During 6 Month Cannabis Sentence
USDOJ: Investigate the Brutal Beating of Jawara McIntosh, Son of Peter Tosh On February 21, 2017, Jawara McIntosh, son of legendary reggae artist Peter Tosh, was beaten into a coma, sustaining severe traumatic brain injuries while in the custody of Bergen County Jail in New Jersey while serving a six-month sentence for cannabis-related charges. Peter Tosh was a human rights activist and was an original founding member of The Wailers, alongside Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. Tosh wrote and performed the iconic song, “Legalize It;” which became the soundtrack of the movement toward legalization. Furthermore, Tosh and Bob Marley co-authored the world-renowned freedom fighters anthem, “Get Up, Stand Up.” Prior to this incident Jawara was heavily inspired by his father's legacy. Jawara is a practicing Rastafarian and advocate for the legalization of marijuana. Within the Rastafari faith cannabis is a sacred herb, and across the globe it is known for its medicinal properties and values. Sadly, now at age 37, as a father of four, a musician, a Rastafarian, and the youngest son of Peter Tosh, he is presently unable to speak or use any form of communication; nor is he able to move with intent. On February 21st, Jawara’s mother received a call from Hackensack Medical Center (NJ) informing her that Jawara needed a life saving surgical procedure after being savagely attacked while in the care of Bergen County Jail. Jawara’s mother, Melody Cunningham, and family, including his nine siblings are calling for the United States’ Department of Justice to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances that led to the brutal beating that left him in a coma. The family is asking you to get up and stand up for Jawara’s rights by signing this petition. Niambe McIntosh, Jawara's sister and the administrator of the Estate of Peter Tosh, calls you to action: “These establishments must be held accountable! To allow this to happen to any human being is criminal. This is the first step of a movement to bring Justice for Jawara. Our family is counting on you to stand up and sign this petition." Family attorney Jasmine Rand states: “Some states have begun legalizing cannabis; but far too many people continue to be stripped of their freedom for cannabis related charges resulting in mass incarceration, brutality, and murder, depriving individuals of their constitutional rights.” Please sign this petition and ask the United States Department of Justice to conduct an independent investigation into the deprivation of Jawara’s constitutional rights.
Petition to The Legislature of the State of Florida
Petition for the approval of the bill, “The Pull-Over Protocol.”
This bill will create a portion of the driver’s test that will cover general protocol and procedure for when you get pulled over by law enforcement. Unfortunately, so many people (teenagers especially) are unsure of what to do in these situations and this bill will ensure that all drivers will be educated on it (eg. license and registration, turning on the cab light at night, hands exposed, etc). In effect, it should also help with limiting the terrible misunderstandings that have ended in violence between police officers and drivers.
Petition to Trent Brignac
Drop the Charges Against Dequince Brown
On July 6, 2017 Dejuan Guillory and his girlfriend Dequince Brown were frog hunting in Mamou, Louisiana when they were accosted by Evangeline Parish Officer Holden LaFleur who had a previous complaint history involving police brutality and police misconduct. An altercation resulted which ended with Dejuan Guillory dead while begging for his life and later Dequince Brown arrested and charged with attempted murder of an officer for trying to stop Officer Holden LaFleur from killing Dejuan Guillory. Evangeline Parish was cited by the Department of Justice for their pattern and practice of arresting, charging, prosecuting, and jailing Blacks and poor people for minor offenses resulting in a modern day "Debtor's Prison" and routine history of systemic racism and discrimination. http://www.katc.com/story/34092212/doj-cites-evangeline-sheriff-ville-platte-police-for-illegal-holds Arresting and charging Brown with murder is cruel and unusual punishment. She was preventing Holden from taking an innocent life. It was Holden who escalated the situation and lead to this deadly killing of this father of three Dejuan Guillory. District Attorney Trent Brignac is well aware of the previous citations and history of Officer Holden LaFleur and the resulting funding of the killing and wrongful arrests of Evangeline Parish and Ville Platte citizens. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/has-the-justice-department-found-a-new-town-that-preys-on-its-poor/ We are calling on the Public to urge District Attorney Trent Brignac to drop the charges against Dequince Brown and hold Officer Holden LaFleur for the killing of Dejuan Guillory. Call, fax, email, or write a letter to District Attorney Trent Brignac, 1645 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802-8143 Phone (225) 343-0171; Fax (225) 387-0237; Trent@Idaa.org On November 2, 2017 at 9 AM Dequince Brown will be arraigned on charges of attempted murder of an officer. This is a total miscarriage of justice and a distraction from seeking justice for Dejuan Guillory.
Petition to Rafael Salamanca, Bill de Blasio, Ritchie Torres, James P. O’Neill, Fernando Cabrera
Students Demand Police Training and Accountability Reform
We are a class of students at Careers in Sports High School in NYC working toward creating a better relationship between young people and police officers in the South Bronx. Based on our research, we have come up with a two-part plan to support a safer community. 1. Training Reform: We stand for police training reforms that include more anti-bias, deescalation, and disarmament practices. We demand an NYPD training program that accounts for these practices to be mandatory for on-duty officers to repeat at least once every six months. 2. Accountability Reform: We stand for a Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) with more power to punish officers who abuse their power. We demand a bill that moves CCRB trials away from NYPD tribunals, and into independent courthouses. Please sign our petition if you stand with our goals of more community-friendly policing.
Petition to James Glasgow, Bruce Rauner, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, United States Supreme Court, President of the United States
COMPLETE A FULL INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION
http://dld.bz/dCsmA Will County Illinois Sheriffs Police and or prosecutors hid this video for over 2+ years (conveniently after the "then" statutes of limitations)!!! I was wrongfully arrested, charged, and convicted of aggravated battery to a police officer with "serious bodily injury" (when only I was injured).This video would have easily proved my actual innocence. However, even with this blatant "Brady violation" (-the illegal withholding of evidence which would have benefited the defendant in a favorable manner), prosecutors still threaten to re-prosecute for this same case yet again once the pending appeal for this case gets overturned by the appellate courts. Will County prosecutors continue to ignore these issues and could care less about everything which improperly happened to me before, during, and after this extreme miscarriage of Justice done at their hands in full. One of the head prosecutors assuredly informed me that "re-prosecution" would take place in a very threatening and intimidating manner and tone just before the third and final "Evidentiary Hearing" took place. Furthermore, not only was this video intentionally hidden, it was also tampered with, and destroyed at one point until the video could finally be restored years later and after I had already served the sentence and had my life turned upside down. I lost my job, my house, my car, and very nearly my life. The most tragic part of all is I have lost much of my health due to a direct result of this. I suffer extreme Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ) as well as several other health problems that I never had before all this. Nobody admits any wrongdoing and it was said at court that I was " just extremely lucky" to have had a misdemeanor conviction plea instead of being a convicted Felon at this point. What an overlook!! The system even when confronted red handed STILL intentionally fails to consider the possibility that there was either police misconduct, prosecutorial misconduct, or even both. (To this day "COURT ORDERED" case related video footages which exist remain DEVIOUSLY "not turned in" in addition to everything else)! All I can ask of anyone now, is to PLEASE SIGN this PETITION!!! Let's show the state of IL that they too must follow and adhere to a individuals HUMAN & Constitutional rights. I am petitioning for a FULL and INDEPENDENT Investigation on this matter because this has been "falling on fraudulent and deaf ears for nearly 6 years"!! As U.S. Citizens we must stick together for our rights no matter who it was that abused them; and especially when it is done by the very people who are supposed to be Protecting and Serving us!...LINK to the video is below and at top of this page. Thank you in advance for taking a quick minute to sign this petition for a fair look into this unbelievable situation of Justice gone wrong and failed so far up to this point! http://dld.bz/dCsmA