police shooting

16 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Mayor E. Ben Zahn, III

Petition To Stop City Of Kenner Nike Ban

Thomas United Methodist Church has been an anchor in the Kenner community for 135 years. We have seen firsthand, a young Black man wrongfully and brutally killed at the hands of Kenner police right in front of our faith community just last year.  We are deeply saddened to learn of your efforts to use government to boycott Nike for supporting Colin Kaepernick for raising awareness around police brutality, racial inequality and social injustice. Your position negates the hurt and pain experienced from the life that has been lost at the hands of police officers right here in our community. Let us remember that our commandment is to love God and love people.  Our love for God should challenge us to love people who do not look like us, who do not share our experiences and who may have different beliefs.  We have seen that love extended to over 11 million people who embark on the City of Kenner every year through the Louis Armstrong International Airport.  As ambassadors to the world, it is our responsibility to also be an example of compassion, empathy and to seek understanding from the unheard and disenfranchised. We stand with Nike, Colin Kaepernick and any organization who strives to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly” with God’s people and reject your plans to force personal beliefs on public institutions that exist to serve all of its citizens regardless of their race, economic status or their political beliefs.  We implore you to reverse your policy to ban Nike from the Department of Recreation and all public entities. Show the world that the City of Kenner believes in love, not hate. Thomas United Methodist Church invites the Greater Kenner Community to show we are stronger together. Our unity will demand that elected officials not use public office as a tool to divide its citizens. Support the petition to reverse the Nike ban and keep Kenner united!

Thomas United Methodist Church
1,843 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to The University of Chicago

Hold UCPD Accountable and Invest in Mental Health Resources

See full list of demands here: Dear President Robert J. Zimmer,In your letter on April 4, 2018 to the University of Chicago community, you write of the “paramount importance” of maintaining “community safety, security and well-being.” But, Tuesday night, when a student of color was shot during a mental health crisis, the University of Chicago community was reminded that the UCPD is not here to “serve and protect” the community—the UCPD exists to protect University assets, prestige, and property. UCPD has a long history of deploying excessive force to terrorize both students and community members. In 2010, the UCPD assaulted and arrested a Black student in the main library for “being too loud.” Then, in 2013, the UCPD brutalized a student and three community activists campaigning for a trauma center on the South Side. Last Saturday on March 31, a UCPD officer exited his  vehicle and pulled out his gun on a young, Black, autistic man who had been accused of stealing a few cookies. Outside of these publicized incidents, the UCPD regularly stops, frisks, and questions Black and Brown students and residents who are routinely targeted and racially profiled. As one of the largest private police forces in the United States, the UCPD has primary jurisdiction over an area that extends from 37th Street on the north to 64th Street on the south and Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Michigan—around six square miles. Patrolling 65,000 residents, the majority of whom are unconnected to the university, UCPD has full policing powers—meaning they can search, ticket, arrest, and detain—with virtually no accountability. It is evident that the University’s idea of “community safety” is a narrow one. Claiming a commitment to the diversity and inclusion for all, the University neglects to actualize this commitment, time and time again placing marginalized communities at risk through displacement, harassment, and racial profiling. Since 2012, the University has stonewalled and blocked the efforts of community activists and students to pressure the UCPD to take action. We, as members of the University of Chicago community, refuse to be complicit in a vision of “community safety” that is entrenched in generating harm to so many on the South Side. If the University does not take significant action to end its racist policing practices, we, the undersigned organizations, will commit to stopping student and alumni donations until the University administration adopts our demands. Additionally, we commit to informing prospective students, alumni, and donors of the violent policies and practices of the University. We, as the University of Chicago community, will not be complicit in Tuesday night’s shooting by funding this institution and its policing nor by accepting anything less than the defunding of the UCPD. 

UChicago United
2,385 supporters