Petition to Saratoga Springs City Council, Jim Miller, Jani Iwamoto, Sherrilyn Ifill
Justice for Darrien Hunt - Reopen his case
Back in 2014, a young man named Darrien Hunt recently turned 22 years old when he was unjustly murdered for cosplaying an anime character. Hunt was carrying a $30 display sword that was purchased at a local Asian City store in the Saratoga Springs area. For those who don't know Cosplaying is "costume play" dressing up as different characters from tv shows,movies, and even books. He was chased then shot from behind 6 times by officers Cpl. Matthew Schauerhamer and Officer Nicholas Judson outside of a Panda Express parking lot in Saratoga Springs, Utah. State autopsy results reveal Hunt was not attacking. The evidence was caught on the restaurant’s cameras. His mother, Susan Hunt, said she had turned down a $900,000 offer to settle her wrongful death lawsuit against the city. Court records show the settlement proposal also included a gag order, barring her from commenting about the case. The Utah County Attorney's Office, however, ruled the shooting was justified, saying Schauerhamer and Judson felt their lives were threatened by Darrien Hunt. Let’s get his case reopened and get justice for his family!
Petition to Bridgeport Police Department
justice for Lauren Smith-Fields
Yet another Black woman who’s case is going ignored and unsolved. Lauren Smith-Fields was found dead in her apartment after a Bumble date with “an older white man” on December 12th 2021. Her family has said she wasn’t a drug user. Her date was the last to see her alive, yet police say he doesn’t need to be investigated and his identity is unknown. Her family was very unhappy with the way her case was handled and even paid for a second autopsy themselves. No more work on this case has been done after almost a month. Her story is not being shared enough and isn’t getting the attention it desperately needs. Please sign this petition for justice for Lauren Smith-Fields!
Stop the Execution of Richard Moore AGAIN
On January 5th, 2023, the South Carolina Supreme Court will hear lawyers argue the constitutionality of executions by the firing squad and electric chair as modes of execution in South Carolina. This means Richard Moore, a death row inmate who’s sentencing was temporarily halted in April, is in danger of being executed once again. Mr. Moore was convicted and sentenced to death for the alleged murder of a white male store owner by an all white jury (11 White and 1 Latino) during what was reported to be a robbery. Mr. Moore entered a convenience store unarmed with no intent to kill, and did not own the gun that was fired during the altercation. The owner of the store was killed during the incident. During the 2021 legislative session, South Carolina state lawmakers passed a law that would require death row inmates to choose between the electric chair or a firing squad, with electrocution the default if they declined to choose. Moore was forced to make the decision to die by the state’s 110-year-old electric chair or a three-man firing squad, of which he chose firing squad. Moore would be the first person South Carolina has put to death since 2011. But, in September of 2022, Circuit Court Judge Jocelyn Newman, found both the firing squad and electric chair unconstitutional due deeming them cruel and unusual. Judge Newman wrote in her opinion regarding the reinstatement of these execution methods, “In doing so, the General Assembly ignored advances in scientific research and evolving standards of humanity and decency.” People of color have accounted for a disproportionate 43 % of total executions since 1976 and 55 % of those currently awaiting execution. Furthermore, since October 2002, 12 people have been executed where the defendant was white and the murder victim black, compared with 178 black defendants executed for murders with white victims. In a state known for wrongfully convicting the youngest person in American history to death, 14 year old George Stinney, the reinstatement of these methods are barbaric, démodé, and must be abolished. We demand justice for Richard Moore and request that he be granted clemency.
Petition to Rhode Island Governer Gina Raimondo
Reduced Sentencing for Esteban "Steven" Carpio
We the Carpio family are looking for relief to get the current life sentencing of 42 year old Esteban "Steven" Carpio reduced to have a possibility of parole. Steven has been in prison in Rhode Island at The Rhode Island Maximum Security Prison in Cranston, RI since 2005 after having a mental breakdown that resulted in his detainment and the death of Rhode Island Detective James Allen. We believe that the events leading to the incident and trail were rooted in a general neglect and prejudice towards people of color. News articles paint him as a monster cop killer filled with falsehoods about the events leading to the death of Allen as well as events afterwards. With a history of mental health issues in our family Steven had fallen ill in 2005 even leaving his home in Rhode Island to visit us in Boston, Massachusetts distraught and frantic for relief. I remember less than two weeks before the incident, as a child, my brother laying face down on our living room couch with my mother sitting with him trying to soothe his racing thoughts. He was hearing and seeing things that were not there the "devil" and "demons" trying to invade his mind leaving him with no chance for reprieve. Hoping to get help for him my mother brought him to a local hospital where he was checked on. The most that was done for him was him receiving some sleeping medication even after being placed in a locked padded room. Though he was dangerous enough to be restrained the hospital released him back into the world where within the next two weeks he was found after having knocked over a elderly woman and seen by eye witnesses to be pacing back and forth. Being detained and placed into a room not normally used for interrogations, no video or audio recordings being taken, he was being pressured into admitting to things he hadn't done all while under intense emotional and mental duress. Feeling threatened by the officer in front of him a struggle ensued resulting in the death of Allen where Steven then leapt out of a second story window hobbling away with broken bones where he was arrested over an hour later with no resistance. A mentally unstable man then was beaten nearly half to death by officers in the Rhode Island Police Department brought into trial with a broken jaw and a face mask to cover it up. A full police force presence for the trail made it almost impossible for him to receive a fair and just sentencing. News articles are inconsistent and filled with lies about how the events transpired, there is not even any true evidence of the crime because of the shady way that the police handled the incident. Hospitals did not give him the proper treatment he deserved or needed and let a individual who was possibly dangerous to himself and others back into the populous. We truly believe that if he had not been a person of color somewhere along the line with multiple hospital visits he would have been held or placed into a specialized mental health facility. Maybe if he had not been a person of color they would have had him in a room with recording devices where there would be evidence of abuse from officers instead of a "cop killer's" words against a police force. Even if this was not an issue of race there were multiple points along the way were my brother was handled inappropriately and obvious misconduct from the Rhode Island Police. We just want the possibility for our Steven to come out of this a better man and a chance to live his life. Since in prison he has been on anti-psychotics and done everything he could to stay out of trouble. He has never seen his own son outside of a courtroom or prison visitations. As a family we miss him and want to see him cutting hair in a barbershop and making music like he always had been. He is not a malicious or evil person, he was just sick and needed help like so many others with mental health issues, a Schizophrenic ignored and abused by the system because of low social status, race, etc.. We hope with the support of the people we can get notice from the RI Gov. and Steven can at least have a chance of being able to after 15 years embrace his family and see his daughter graduate from college, and his son from high school as a free man.Thank you for your time, and any support you can give. The Google Drive document below is a copy of a letter sent to the Governor's Office in Rhode Island outlining the time of events and what we hope for our Steven, though we never received acknowledgement of the letter being accepted https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AvFwtlB-GWB_-q4pKe4gnfwK7N8Aahde/view?usp=sharing
Petition to Dante Anderson, Braxton Winston, Dimple Ajmera, LaWana Mayfield, James "Smuggie" Mitchell, Jr., Vi Lyles
Support NoDa Street Vendors -- Let Them Work!
NoDa's street vendors play a vital part in creating the vibrant, dynamic atmosphere that draws visitors and residents to Charlotte's self-described arts district. Now these small businesses are under attack. A handful of neighborhood residents and businesses has asked city officials to immediately ban street vendors in NoDa. If successful, this campaign will be a step in the direction of transforming our neighborhood's funky, lively vibe into that of a sterile shopping mall or suburban subdivision. In addition to signing this petition, please consider helping to organize on behalf of our street vendors by emailing your name and contact information to NoDaVendors@gmail.com. Together we can let city officials know we support the artists and entrepreneurs who make up NoDa's street vendors. Let them work!
Petition to President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden
Pardon Timothy McGruder-Who Was Wrongfully Convicted And Is Serving A Life Sentence
Timothy McGruder v. C. Gomez Case Number 20-6265 In 1996, a gang saw a car full of children and parents who were part of a carpool, sitting at an Amoco. The gang knew that the driver was from a rival gang. So they shot up the car. Sadly, while many were injured, a four-year-old was murdered. They thought that the other passengers of the car were members of a rival gang, not children. Still, an innocent life was selfishly taken. The case went unsolved until 2001. Timothy McGruder and two other people were convicted without evidence based on a plea deal. A man named Rico was involved in crimes along with his brother, which involved drug trafficking, and they were facing life in prison. So, in order to get a lesser sentence, Rico pinned the crime on three people, including Timothy. They didn’t have federal jurisdiction in order to convict Timothy. He was originally indicted on a drug conspiracy, the same indictment they gave the three people who framed Timothy. Before the trial began, one of Timothy’s co- defendant’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the case because the statute of limitations had been reached. The prosecutor, Jeff Paulson, lied and said that they had just REFERENCED the drug conspiracy, which is illegal. Timothy's attorney was Keith Ellison, who is the AG of Minnesota now. Keith Ellison didn't show up until 30 minutes into the court hearing. While Mr. Ellison did a good job at proving that Rico was behind the hit that ordered the shootout, he did not do an efficient job at proving Timothy's innocence. First of all, Timothy was already in prison due to drug-related charges when Rico ordered the hit. Secondly, Mr. Ellison violated Timothy's 6th Amendment Rights by not allowing him to speak. Timothy had an alibi, he was at his Aunt's house drunk the night the shootout happened. Mr. Ellison only called one witness, Timothy's cousin, who was paid $20 by Timothy to clean up after him after Timothy threw up all over his Aunt's floor due to him being drunk. But, there were other witnesses. As I said, Mr. Ellison did not call them to the stand. So, again, while he provided enough proof as to who was behind the hit, he hardly spent any time proving that Timothy had NOTHING to do with that tragic shootout. In Jeff Paulson’s closing argument, he said that Timothy’s cousin wasn’t a credible witness because he had prior convictions, which had nothing to do with Timothy’s case and were minor convictions. He also held up pictures of Timothy’s cousin along with Timothy’s brother, who was in a rap group at the time. Jeff Paulson lied and said that they were in a gang. Timothy’s lawyer, Keith Ellison, once again, said nothing. Timothy has been serving over 20 years of a life sentence for a crime he didn't commit, all because of a lawyer who didn't take his case seriously. Now, Mr. Ellison gets to enjoy being Attorney General of Minnesota, while Timothy has missed out on seeing his son and grandkids. This is all too common when it comes to black men and women who have been falsely accused and their lawyers don't take their cases seriously. This petition is for the United States Supreme Court since Timothy is in federal prison and only they can pardon it when he appeals it. (Or President Joe Biden.) Please grant Timothy McGruder clemency. It's been over 20 years for a crime he did not commit. No one deserves this. No one.
Petition to Sarah Adams-Cornell, Peter Scheer, Rachel E. Barnes, Micha Green, William Brangham, HIPHOPDX , Ms. Carolyn Ross, HIP HOP CONGRESS, INC, Theodois Manning, Mayor Holt, JoBeth Hamon, Nikki Nice, Matt Hinkle, Barack Obama, Gov.Stitt , George Young, Bradley Carter, Barbara Peck, James Cooper, Todd Stone, Mark Stonecipher, Whitney Bryen, Paul Monies, Jennifer Palmer, Lionel Ramos, Kenton Ross, Mike Sherman, Ted , Sean Witt, Ainsley Martinez, Yasmeen Saadi, Jazz Wolfe, Maya Wiley, Shin Inouye, LDF
Honor Roll Student Joshua Christon Wrongfully Convicted By Rap Music
Imagine your life being ripped away from you at the age of 18. You are a senior in high school as well as an honor roll student and preparing for graduation. Next you hear the sheriffs deputy pounding on your door, guns pointed at your chest, and then you're being handcuffed. Your lawyer tells you "You will be home and I believe you are innocent." Next you sit in the court room detached from reality trying to understand how can you fight for your rights. Unfortunately, you lack the finances, resources, and the knowledge of a lawyer. Twelve jurors SEE you, but do not HEAR you.The system that your parents told you to believe in is the same system that disregarded the law. They distorted the facts and created an image that was not you. Leaving you to feel as if you were alone fighting against INJUSTICE! This is not a movie or Netflix special. This is a true story of Joshua Christon's life. My name is Joshua Christon and my charge is first degree murder. The nature of my crime took place in Oklahoma County, in the state of Oklahoma. It was four months after I turned 18 years old. I was an honor roll student waiting to graduate high school. I worked as a shift manager at Taco Bell while attending high school my Senior year. Second point the victim’s, brother Albert Oakes, testified on the stand at the preliminary hearing that I did not kill his brother, but named my co-defendant Mr. Winford as the shooter. The preliminary hearing Judge bound me over for trial and the only reason was that the victim's brother saw me at the scene of the crime. Therefore, I shouldn't have been charged with first degree murder, but the District Attorney were upset that I chose not to become a state informant. There was no gun or any weapon found to belong to me, there was no camera that connected me to the crime, no DNA evidence, no fingerprints, or forensic evidence that connected me to the crime The District Attorney introduced misleading evidence regarding rap lyrics that were found in a plastic container in my bedroom. The District Attorney's used the rap lyrics to show my alleged mind-set, intent, and motive which they provided as their evidence to convict me(In- camera hearing TR.Pg. 7-58). However, the District Attorneys chose only certain rap lyrics and not all the genres of music that were found in the plastic container to convict me. The statement that was made to the Judge was the content that was in the plastic container contained only gangster lyrics is a contradiction. The District Attorneys, my lawyer, and the Judge failed to have all the context of all the music in the plastic container reviewed(In-camera hearing TR.Pg. 38. The rap lyric or music that was in the plastic container did not mention the name of the victim. It was music created before the crime that I am accused of occurred. The rap lyrics had nothing to do with the actual crime. The music was used as a smoke screen to create prejudicial discrimination and bias towards my first amendment rights. Which was a direct violation of my constitutional rights, and lead to a conviction. Life Accomplishments After Being Incarcerated · Certified Paralegal/ Legal Assistant -Black Stone Institution · Certified & Ordained Minister - P.M.I Associate Degree -- Calvary Christian College & Seminary · Ordained Senior Pastor By Pastor Manning Sr. for the church called Divine Wisdom Worship Center Church of Lexington · President of Toastmasters of Lexical Toastmasters 2016-2017 and 2020-2021. · Toastmaster’s awards: Competent Communicator, Advance Communicator Bronze, Advance Communicator Silver, Advance Communicator Gold, Component Leadership, Advance Leadership Bronze, Advance Leadership Silver, and High Performance Leadership Award. · “First Evers” while incarcerated: Area K-1 Director for Toastmaster’s International in District 16 2016-2017 To receive a D.T.M. (Distinguished Toastmasters Award) which is the highest award in Toastmasters’ International achieved 2018. I helped c/o sponsored a toastmaster’s club called T.A.S.K. Toastmasters Club 6832817 achieved 2018. · Certification of completion Thinking for a Change · Certification of completion Anger Management Course · Certification of completion Inside-Out (Victim Impact) · Multiple Certification of completion for Celebrate Recovery · Certification of completion T.A.S.K. (Teaching and Saving Kids) · T.I.B. (Teaching and Saving Kids Intervention Board Member) · A.A.C.G African American Culture Group Vice President of Membership Board Member 2019-2020 · C.M.A. Christian Men Association Chair Man- 2016-2017 and 2019-2020 · I have enrolled as a member with the N.A.A.C.P. & S.C.L.C. (Southern Christian Lutheran Conference) SPEAK UP FOR THE VOICELESS, WE NEED YOUR VOICE! If anyone has any other ideas or suggestions please feel free to share it with us, we would love to hear them. PLEASE POST COMMENTS,SHARE THIS PETITION & LET YOUR VOICE BE MADE KNOWN TODAY! (All social or media outlets will be managed by the Christon Family) https://www.facebook.com/thechristonfamily/ Please donate to Joshua's GoFundMe Page. The income is for attorney fees to file a Post Conviction Relief https://www.gofundme.com/joshua-christon-justice-campaign?pc=fm_co_campmgmt_m&rcid=r01-160332131225-0a6daeed338a4888&utm_medium=social&utm_source=messenger&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet No oneshould have to be wrongfully incarcerated and spend years fighting to have their voice made known. There is no reason why every citizens American should not be treated with equality that lack finances and resource to be handed down impartial judgments. Rap Music or music that people listen to or create should not be used against them due to bias agendas to convict in court. If, we fail to stand for our rights like our First Amendment Rights. We are giving up our voice to have any say so in our American democracy. “Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” President John Quincy Adams Ask you signed this petition, please re-forward it to your contact list: family, friends, and associates. Also, the platform will re-forward it to more organizations by your donations if you are able to make the voluntary donations of a minimal of $2.00. Your support by sharing this petition on your social media outlets or word of mouth is greatly appreciated. We are truly grateful for YOUR VOICE and we will stand together as ONE VOICE for the Justice of Joshua Christon which is long overdue! Thank you. Justice 4 Joshua Christon #AVoiceofthevoicless
Hold Police Officer Accountable
My name is Catherine Milledge, on Thursday June 2nd at approx 345pm, my 7 year old daughter and I were driving to see my sister in Florida like I always do but that day for some reason was different. A cop pulled me over, he explained he couldn’t see my license plate because I have a paper one and it was taped to the inside of my window. I explained that’s where I was told to put it, he said well I was told wrong. I asked why am I being pulled over. He said give me your Id. Me being me I just gave it to him. He came back and said you’re coming with me and your daughter is going to foster care so if you can’t make a phone call and have someone come get you in 5 minutes you’re going to jail. I immediately got nervous and scared because I couldn’t figure out why he would say that. I opened my car door and hung my legs and head out the vehicle because because I didn’t want my daughter to hear my convo and from there things went south. He came up to saying get back in vehicle I said I’m right here at my door I’m calling my mother I just don’t want my baby to hear what I was saying. He said I don’t care and grabbed my arm and began pulling me towards his vehicle. I screamed and said wait my leg please my leg I just had surgery he slammed me on ground and put his knees on my shoulders. Nevaeh, my daughter, got out of the car screaming get off my mommy get off my mommy she is hurt, Nevaeh then began punching and kicking and biting the cop. He pushed my daughter. I pulled away from him and said you can do what you want with me just please don’t touch my baby He reached his hands on his hip and one other car pulled up behind the cop, just a normal civilian. The cop pointed to the man and said something, not sure what and the man got back in his car and drove away. Other officers showed up. Long story short they picked me up and put me in vehicle. I cried saying my knee and knee and shoulder. I had two sets of cuffs on me. Nevaeh made attempt to call my mother from her tablet. One of officers called ambulance. Cops took my phone car, wallet, Id and my babies tablet! I got no ticket or anything! Once ambulance got there they explained if she is under arrest the arresting officer needs to escort her to hospital. Officer Scott Rigby who is the one who slammed me and dislocated my shoulder came to me and said I have to turn myself in to Tifton Police when I leave hospital. He then gave me back my wallet, tablet and phone. The men on ambulance said if there are no cops waiting for me at hospital I am not under arrest and it’s up to me to leave or not. My mother was notified and heard most of what happened and came to pick up myself and daughter. We were able to locate my car at a wreck shop nearby and paid to get it back. This has to stop. The police are getting too comfortable with doing this especially showing they don’t care that minors are involved or not. I can’t let this just get away especially because I did nothing whatsoever wrong. Please join me in signing this petition to get this officer off the force!!