Petition to Andy Beshear, Daniel Cameron, Rand Paul, Tom Wine, Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and model citizen. She loved her family and community, working at two hospitals as an essential worker during the pandemic. Nearly four months ago, a division of the Louisville Police Department performed an illegal, unannounced drug raid on her home. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 8 times, killing her. Not only were the police at the WRONG HOUSE, but the man they were looking for had already been arrested earlier that day. 1. Charges must be filed immediately. The officers involved, specifically John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, Joshua Jaynes, and any other law enforcement officer involved in the death and coverup of the death of Breonna Taylor must be fired, charged, and arrested immediately. There have been no charges thus far (it has been nearly 4 months). Their pensions must be revoked. 2. Her family must be paid in damages for wrongful death and the negligence of the LMPD. 3. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear must speak up on behalf of Breonna, and Governor Beshear or Attorney General Daniel Cameron must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Louisville Police Department immediately. An in-house investigation is unacceptable. 4. The "no-knock" warrant that police had used in Breonna's murder completely violates the constitutional rights to reasonable search and seizure. By law, police must be legally obligated to announce themselves before breaking and entering into a home privately owned by American civilians. Legislation to federally ban no-knock warrants must be passed in Congress and signed by the President; what happened to Breonna was a complete violation of her constitutional rights, and threatens the rights of all American citizens. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has voiced similar concerns. A special session must be intervened by Congress to discuss the constitutionality of no-knock warrants immediately. This has carried on for over four months. For weeks, the city treated Breonna like she was a criminal, calling her a “suspect” before finally admitting that she was an innocent, crimeless victim. She had no drugs. She committed no crime. Yet, she is dead, and the perpetrators are facing no charges. She was not only an exemplary citizen, but an essential one. She was a daughter, a friend, an American hero, and most importantly, a person. She deserved to be treated as such. Let’s get justice for Breonna. Say her name. PLEASE help me get the word out, and share this campaign on your social media platforms. Thank you to everyone who is helping in our fight to get justice for Breonna.
Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Andrew M. Cuomo, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Fire the NYPD Officers Who Murdered Kawaski Trawick.
Kawaski Trawick was murdered by NYPD officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis on April 14, 2019 in his own home while cooking. Kawaski was a charismatic dance aerobics instructor who suffered from mental illness. He and was living at Hill House – which is a supportive living facility – in order to get support and care, but instead of being protected he was criminalized and murdered. Kawaski called the fire department because he feared the food he was cooking was on fire after he got locked out of his apartment. Separately, the building superintendent called 911, falsely stating Trawick was banging on doors, harassing neighbors. When the FDNY arrived, firefighters opened Kawaski’s door and he was able to get back inside without incident. Minutes later, police arrived which ended in Kawaski’s death. The officers escalated the situation every step of the way by opening the door to his home while he was cooking, then yelling commands at him while he was nowhere near them, then tasing him while he posed no threat, and then shooting him. They rendered no aid and let him die on the floor. The Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark has refused to charge the officers and the body cam footage has NOT been released to the public. We are demanding the firing of officers Brendan Thompson, Herbert Davis, and DA Darcel Clark! We are also demanding an independent investigation into Kawaski’s murder which we believe will lead to charges against the officers. Black Lives Matter! NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE! Source: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/no-charges-for-2-cops-who-shot-and-killed-32-year-old-man-in-his-apartment-bronx-da/2567404/
Petition to Marin County Supervisors & Mt. Tam School District
KEEP SIR FRANCIS DRAKE'S NAME ON OUR SCHOOL AND ROAD!
WHO WAS SIR FRANCIS DRAKE AND WHY DID ESCAPED SLAVES SEE HIM AS A HERO AND WANT TO SAIL WITH HIM AND FIGHT FOR HIM? Let's agree, George Floyd was in fact murdered, statues of Confederate Generals never should have gone up in the first place and should be removed. However, many in our country and community are going overboard, don’t understand the complexity and nuance of historical people and events and in some cases are completely mistaken about who a historical figure even was (links below). The effort to remove Sir Francis Drake’s name from Marin County (the high school, the road, etc.) is one such case. If you take the time to understand the whole context of the issue it looks very different. There is no arguing that the slave trade was morally reprehensible. But did you know at the time of Drake (three hundred years before the Civil War) slavery wasn’t even based on race (yes, it's true). There is also proof Drake was NOT a racist. At the time, North Africans often raided England and Ireland to capture white slaves and sell them, the Shogun of Japan sold people to the Portuguese.—it was a crazy free-for-all around the world we can't understand today. Imposing our (incorrect understanding) on historical events is called "Presentism" and it's a mistaken view of history by a modern standard, please look it up. Odd as it may seem, Drake was a hero to escaped slaves and his crew were made up with free men who were given positions of authority, and devoted to Drake by choice. The historic record also shows Drake traded fairly with the Native Americans of the West Coast and he respected them and parted on good terms. Contrary to claims by others, Drake was NOT a colonist either, in fact he died over a decade before the first English colonies were even started at Jamestown (1607). As a young man (in his 20s) Drake did work for his cousin John Hawkins on three slave voyages, he wasn't the organizer of financier (and remember, at the time, the Spanish enslaved the Turks and vice versa, Africans enslaved the Irish, etc., etc.. It's almost impossible for us to realize this wasn't Civil War era race based slavery, it was "anyone" could be sold. But this wasn't even Drakes interest or business, he was a naval officer for the Queen and wanted gold from the Spanish (England and Spain were at war). Drake is a much more complex character than most of us in Marin have taken the time to learn about. Just by reading this, you will know more about Drake than almost anyone you ever meet. From the written record of Drake's voyages: “ As the wounded Drake was getting back into his pinnace after a raid on Nombre de Dios in 1573, a black man called out to him from the shore: ‘Are you Francis Drake? Then I am coming with you!’ This man, an escaped African slave called Diego, became one of Drake’s longest-serving seamen, and stayed with him until he died on the Golden Hind’s round-the-world voyage six years later.” ”in 1586, at the siege of Santo Domingo, Drake sent a different black servant to receive a Spanish officer who carried a flag of truce. When the Spaniard, apparently insulted by this, callously ran the black man through with his sword, Drake was so incensed that he insisted that the Spanish hanged their own officer before any further negotiations took place.” Thank you for taking the time to read this and if interested, consider going further into the links on these issues. If you agree, please sign the petition to keep the explorer Drake’s name in Marin County. He's a much more complex character than a racist Confederate General! From Professor Vicary (University of York England): https://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2012/10/sir-francis-drake-and-african-slaves-by.html?m=1 Extensive documentation below Drake respected and treated native people with dignity, traded successfully and parted on good terms: http://drake.mcn.org/IND.HTM
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 laying on the ground vomiting, he is begging, 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,'" -Mari Newman (the McClain's lawyer) 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 Ripon High School
Justice for BLM at Ripon High
To start their senior year, seniors at Ripon High School can buy a parking spot in front of the school. When Austin Bonilla submitted his idea to draw a Black Lives Matter fist for his parking spot, he was told it would be too political and his idea was denied on sight. However, when he showed up to paint his revised parking spot idea, he was surprised to see that one of his peers was allowed to draw a Blue Lives Matter parking spot without it being an issue. This is a direct act of racism that people in Ripon High experience daily and have gone unsaid for far too long. If Ripon High Booster Club cannot handle a student simply saying Black Lives Matter but are completely fine with Blue Lives Matter not being "too political", enough has been said. They have made their egregious statement and now it is time to fight back. No longer will we remain silent in the face of racism in our community. With your signature, you can raise awareness for this issue by directly showing your support for not only Black Lives, but all the other minority groups who have been silenced. It is time to let the stories of the silenced to be heard and rise up to fight during a time of need. To Ripon High Booster Club, maybe you didn't see the problem from the start, but please know that these actions will not be okay any longer. We can help educate you on the issue and would be more than glad to sit down and have a conversation, but you need to right this wrong. Please be better role models for our community to look up to. Sincerely, Time to Act For further inquiries, please contact us at email@example.com or you can reach us on Instagram at @timetoact209.
Petition to Black America, Susan Wojcicki, FOX News, James Dubose, Friends of Farrakhan, Jonathan Greenbel, CNN, Jake Tapper, FOX Broadcasting Company, Susan Wojcicki, Honest Reporting, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Jonathan S. Tobin
Keep Minister Farrakhan on YouTube!
UPDATE: This petition is now geared towards the campaign to keep the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s 4th of July World Address (and all other videos of him) on YouTube. Please view update in the Petition Updates section below the body of this petition. Original petition is as follows: ——————————————————(Original title: Fox (No) Soul, Air the Minister’s 4th of July Address) The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan never called one of our own a “son of a b***h”, unlike certain sitting President of the United States. In fact, the Minister denounces the use of the term to refer to any woman, regardless of race or ethnicity. President Trump gets aired all day, every day on Fox News network, but Fox Soul - that’s supposed to ”celebrate black culture and highlight the real topics that affect the everyday lives of the African-American community” - wants to sell out and cancel the airing of Minister Farrakhan’s 4th of July Address on their program. Shame on them. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has been championing the cause of Black and oppressed people for over 60 years, and his influence and impact on Black America is inextricably a part of the culture. (Heard of the Million Man March? He was the originator, spearhead and key speaker of that event.) Let James Dubose, head of programming for Fox Soul, know that they need to grow a backbone and air the Ministers’ message like they originally promoted they would on Twitter. They are not doing Black America any favors by being cowardly. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following: ”Greetings, I’m reaching out to Fox Soul tv to petition Mr. James DuBose, head of programming for Fox Soul, to re-commit to airing the Honorable Minister Farrakhan’s upcoming 4th of July Address. Fox Soul tv is doing Black America a major disservice by taking the broadcast off of its program this Saturday. Thank you.“ Call in to their line at 1-866-FOX-SOUL and politely state: “I’m calling in to address Fox Soul tv at large to please re-commit air Minister Farrakhan’s upcoming 4th of July Address. You are doing Black America a disservice by taking the broadcast off your program this Saturday. Thank you.” Leave a message on their website at https://www.foxsoul.tv asking to air the Minister’s 4th of July Address. Go on their Fox Soul Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FOXSOUL/ and leave comments on their posts that they air the Minister’s 4th of July Address. Go to Twitter and tag them (@foxsoultv) in a message to air Minister’s Farrakhan 4th of July Address, with the hashtags #FoxNoSoul and #AirTheMinister. Also post on Facebook and Instagram with these hashtags. Leave comments on Fox Soul YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd4b1gxOxjl3cD6DEBeo6dw Use the following message to email both Jonathan Greenblatt (CEO of ADL) and Jake Tapper (CNN anchor): email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org - SUBJECT: I stand with Farrakhan “To Mr. Greenblatt and Mr. Tapper, This message is to inform you that I disagree with your tactics to cancel Fox Soul’s airing of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s upcoming 4th of July Address, and your slanderous media campaign against the Minister. #IStandWithFarrakhan” Sign and share this petition in support of urging Fox Soul to reconsider their cancellation, using the link www.change.org/FoxNoSoulAirTheMinister Please be advised though, this is not begging. This is to make a statement through a call of action. Minister Farrakhan already has a platform (https://www.noi.org/the-criterion/) and is going to do him regardless. Fox Soul would only be saving their own soul by broadcasting the Minister’s 4th of July Address. #FoxNoSoul #AirTheMinister #IStandWithFarrakhan #MessageToTheWorld #DefendingFarrakhan
Petition to Mayor Reed Gusciora and Trenton City Council
Name Trenton's new crime center
"The George Floyd Police Intelligence Center".
So that those who have the privilege of being of law enforcement officers are always reminded that the misuse of the powers they are granted, can result in tragic events like the death of George Floyd. By naming this building as such, would demonstrate to the people of our community who have been traumatized by the death of George Floyd and too many others, that Black Lives Matter. It would be a tangible action that can be taken, that the City of Trenton and the law enforcement community has heard our call, and are willing to change. This is your chance to add your voice to the chorus calling for justice right here in Trenton. Please sign our petition if you agree that this should be done.