Topic

police shooting

18 petitions

Started 5 months ago

Petition to US Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Clinton Foundation, Michelle Bachelet, MSNBC, CNN, Amy Goodman

Hands Up Act

My name is Travis Washington. I will be graduating with an M. A, degree in Higher Education and Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in May 2019. I have been politically involved, from registering people to vote, to work in the Springfield Capitol (as an Alexander Lane Fellow, January to May 2017). We know how so many people of cultural minorities are in constant fear of leaving their household. This fear in our lives far too often comes from individuals working in public safety who harm people. Every single week we hear about another unarmed innocent vulnerable human being shot by the police. This has caused increased the trauma and fear that has made people of color scared to leave their homes. We need legislation now that prohibits police officers from shooting unarmed citizens. If there isn’t a weapon found after someone has been shot (therefore, unarmed) by a police officer, then I propose that the officer should receive a mandatory 15-year prison sentence. We have seen over and over police officers get off, even with videotape footage of citizens having been shot by police officers. This is a new form of lynching. I am pleading with you to propose a bill that protects people who have every right to feel threatened by law enforcement. We always say we need more training for those involved in public safety, and there are increasing policies and laws that mandate that police officers have “body cameras” on them. Those measures do not address the whole problem, not when the individual officers who shoot unarmed victims aren’t punished. Senator, we are in a crisis where relationships between people of color and police officers are deteriorating, beyond the critical level. In order to build any sort of positive relationships again, we need laws to keep a balance in the lives of all the public. I might even suggest this as a title for this proposed legislation: the Hands UP ACT. I will be emailing this to the all of your colleagues in the U. S. Senate, members of Congress, State Governors; Democracy Now, the Huffington Post, ThinkProgress; and to other appropriate organizations across the country. Once this petition receives enough attention. My goal to speak before the House of Representatives during a committee hearing to bring attention to this policy.  Thank You

Travis Washington
8,514 supporters
Started 8 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
1,858 supporters