Petition to President Joe Biden
Joe Biden Needs To Free NBA YoungBoy
21-year-old multi-platinum selling recording artist Kentrell Gaulden, better known by his stage name YoungBoy Never Broke Again, was arrested along with 16 others during a video shoot on September 28, 2020, and released the next day. Nearly 6 months later on March 22, 2021, he was once again targeted and arrested on a federal warrant related to the first arrest. His March 22nd arrest was handled under the codename “Operation Never Free Again” which was a play on his stage name and brand, “Never Broke Again”. The arrest which was supposed to be a simple warrant arrest was carried out in a way that made it seem he was a suspect to a subject more crucial to his image. This caused the "Life Support" rapper, who was in fear of his life, to flee. Also in the act of his second arrest, for which he is currently being held in St. Martinville, Louisana at St. Martin Parish Jail with no bond, he was not read his Miranda Rights. The rapper’s third official studio album with Atlantic Records titled “Sincerely, Kentrell”, will be released this Friday on the 24th and he won't be out to see its success and tremendous rise. Although his next court cases are scheduled to be on the dates of 10/18 and 10/19, there’s a slight chance that he would be able to be released and celebrate his birthday on the 20th with family and friends. It is with great belief that Mr. Gaulden would see this as a great opportunity to ameliorate himself as a person and an artist. We have watched him grow over the years and he has much more time to better himself. Being granted a release by the president himself would be life-changing and historical. Not only would the rapper be able to be with his family and friends, but he would be able to provide music for his fans and live his life. The 21-year-old 79 RIAA certifications holder isn’t a menace to society but is instead a kind-hearted soul who was mistreated and targeted by the F.B.I and Louisiana Police Department. #FreeYB #YBBetter #PresidentJoeBiden
Petition to District Attorney Larry Krasner, District Attorney Larry Krasner
Urge DA Krasner to Exonerate India Spellman
India Spellman is an innocent young woman who has spent over a decade in prison for crimes she did not commit. She was just 17 years old and a standout on her high school basketball team when she was framed for a robbery and homicide in Philadelphia. She had never previously been in trouble with the law. We can prove that India Spellman is legally and factually innocent of the crimes in question. She is the victim of police misconduct, coercion, and the fabricated testimony of a 14 year old child. Since taking office, District Attorney Larry Krasner has not exonerated a single women. India Spellman deserves to be the first. Here's why: India has consistently maintained her innocence. Her alibi--that she was home at the time of the crimes--is substantiated by witnesses and phone records. Additionally, India does not come close to matching eyewitness descriptions of the perpetrator. Eyewitnesses describe the perpetrator as "dark skinned," "thick," "heavy," "chunky," "180 lbs," "size 18," and between the ages of 25 - 30. India was a skinny teenager. The officer who took her into custody described her as "thin." She was then and remains now light skinned. India was denied access to her parents and attorney while in police custody. She was subject to physical and psychological abuse during her interrogation by homicide detectives. One of the detectives who interrogated her has since been arrested for perjury and obstruction of justice. Enough is enough! Join us in urging the Philadelphia District Attorney's to exonerate India Spellman!!
Petition to Shawn White, Hon. Merrick Garland, Hon. Josh Shapiro, Colonel Robert Evanchick, Tom Wolf
Justice for Peter Spencer
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We are calling on the Venango County District Attorney, the U.S. Attorney General, the PA State Attorney General, the Governor of Pennsylvania, and the PA State Police Commissioner for a swift and transparent investigation into the murder of Peter Bernardo Spencer and demanding that justice be brought to his killers immediately. On December 11, 2021, Peter Spencer accepted an invitation to go hunting with a former colleague. He never returned home. Just a few hours after being dropped off by his fiance, he was found dead with multiple bullet wounds in the torso, buttocks, and head/neck. Peter, a 29-year-old father-to-be, was the only non-white person at this gathering. And despite overwhelming evidence of homicide and a possible hate crime, no one involved in the incident has been arrested or charged with his murder. (More information can be found here). As organizations and leaders in hunting and outdoor recreation, we hold a firm belief that the outdoors are for everyone. Yet, we are faced with the reality that many Black, Indigenous and other people of color do not feel safe in the outdoors because of incidents like this, where remoteness and isolation could lead to physical violence because of the color of their skin. This is an issue - based on real life experiences and evidence such as this incident - that we are battling everyday. Hunting (and other outdoor activities) should bring us together as families, friends and communities. The future of these past-times depends on those with the authority and responsibility to bring about equitable justice, and in doing so, end our nation’s legacy of white supremacy. Most importantly, the Spencer family deserves justice, and people of color deserve to live in a world where they feel safe accessing the outdoors. To the aforementioned powers that be: Please take action quickly to set a precedent so that all future hunters, outdoor recreationists, and people of color know that justice is on their side, and that the outdoors are truly for everyone. Signed in Solidarity, Hunters of Color Board and Staff Hannah Altimas, President, Canadian Outdoor Professionals Association Sharenda Birts, Director of Community Affairs, wildHERness DeAnna Bublitz, DEER Camp MT Parker McMullen Bushman, COO, Inclusive Journeys Chad Brown, Founder/President, Soul River Inc. & Love is King Marcia Brownlee, Program Manager, Artemis Sportswomen Jenny Bruso, Founder, Unlikely Hikers Madeline Damon, DEER Camp MT Demiesha Dennis, Founder, Brown Girl Outdoor World Louis Geltman, Policy Director, Outdoor Alliance Queta González, Director, Center for Diversity & the Environment Jayne Henson, Board Co-Chair, Queers and Camo Gerry Seavo James, Coalition Lead, Together Outdoors SJ Keller, Board Co-Chair, Queers and Camo Aaron Kindle, Director of Sporting Advocacy, NWF Outdoors Courtney Lancot, Owner, Unpopular Black Brittany Leavitt, CEO, Brown Girls Climb Christine Mahler, Executive Director, Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition Paul McCarney, Hunt to Eat Podcast Modesta McGrath-Martinez, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Latinos Outdoors Colorado Gabaccia Moreno, National Monuments Fellow, Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project Chelsea Murphy, Founder, SCN.LLC (She Colors Nature) Corina Newsome, Biologist Mahting Putelis, CEO, Hunt to Eat Jess Rice, President, wildHERness Marcus Shoffner, Founder, Outdoor Inclusion Coalition Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd, Co-Founder, Queer Nature So Sinopoulos-Lloyd, Co-Founder, Queer Nature Ashley Smith, Chief Legal Officer, Minority Outdoor Alliance Durrell Smith, President/CEO, Minority Outdoor Alliance Eric Thompson, President and CEO, Hardwired Outdoors LLC Danielle Williams, Founder, Diversify Outdoors & Melanin Basecamp
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 Ketti Davis
Rename James K. Polk Elementary
I request your help with changing the name of James K. Polk Elementary School in Central Unified School District. James K. Polk was a slave owner and he was against abolition. He also embraced the term manifest destiny. Manifest destiny means god says that European American settlers are better than people of color, and European American settlers are more deserving of the land. Polk used the idea of manifest destiny to gain support for his war with Mexico. The main reason he provoked a war with Mexico was to acquire the western territory. He committed genocide against Native Americans and killed many Mexicans for the westward movement that my school is celebrating. Also, representation matters. The majority of Central Unified students are children of color. It is important that schools be named after people of color who made significant contributions to this community so that we can see ourselves in a positive light. We can achieve great things when we believe they are possible. Diversity and representation elevate the community too. A community operates better when there is representation, equality, and difference in opinion. Please sign my petition to change the name of my school. Racist slave owners do not deserve to have a school named after them, especially in a diverse community where there are plenty of others who made significant contributions.
Petition to Sacramento City Unified School District, Phil Serna, Chair, Bina Lefkovitz, Trustee Area 2 (covers East Sacramento)
Change public school name to Daniel Blue and remove Kit Carson
Right a wrong. Please sign this petition to honor Mr. Daniel Blue. Daniel Blue History* Daniel Blue was a prominent resident of Sacramento, California. He had been enslaved in Kentucky and arrived in Sacramento in 1849 a free man. *Please see Daniel Blue's very important and long-overlooked contributions to Sacramento in the hyperlink above. His direct descendant Les Robinson is co-petitioner, born and raised in Sacramento. Why Kit Carson's name and legacy must be removed from Kit Carson International Academy, Sacramento California. New Perspectives of the West, PBS "Most of his military actions, however, were directed against the Navajo Indians, many of whom had refused to be confined upon a distant reservation set up by the government. Beginning in 1863 Carson waged a brutal economic war against the Navajo, marching through the heart of their territory to destroy their crops, orchards and livestock. When Utes, Pueblos, Hopis, and Zunis, who for centuries had been prey to Navajo raiders, took advantage of their traditional enemy's weakness by following the Americans onto the warpath, the Navajo were unable to defend themselves. In 1864 most surrendered to Carson, who forced nearly 8,000 Navajo men, women and children to take what came to be called the "Long Walk" of 300 miles from Arizona to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, where they remained in disease-ridden confinement until 1868."
Petition to Austin City Council
Support East Austin Cultural District, Build the Kenny Dorham Music Hub/Arts Center
In 2007, Austin City Council designated a portion of Central East Austin the African American Cultural Heritage District (AACHD), to honor and preserve the rich cultural legacy of the once thriving African American community that founded this area. You may not know this, as the district does not exist on any city map. Rather than being preserved and promoted, Black culture has continued to be erased from this area since the district’s inception. Unchecked gentrification continues to ravage the district. Without immediate action, the presence of East Austin’s African American community and evidence of its cultural legacy will disappear. Comparison with other districts in the city demonstrates that the AACHD has not been treated equitably. No strategy has been developed to help the AACHD achieve its stated goals, and the very presence of the district is barely acknowledged. The more recently created Red River Cultural District, in contrast, has received direct support in the form of streetscape improvements, wayfinding, and placemaking infrastructure, and the city manager is exploring funding for the preservation of historic buildings in the area. We think this a wonderful idea, and support the preservation and promotion of historic and creative spaces. We simply ask for equal treatment and consideration. This is about equity. This Resolution asks that the Austin City Council honor their 2007 commitment and do the following: Put the AACH District on the map.Invest in appropriate signage, street art, historic neighborhood identifiers, and waymaking for the District. Develop the AACH District.Engage the Economic Development Department, Cultural Arts Division, and AACHD. Build a broad consortium of community-based organizations and cultural preservation professionals to build a strategy to move the District forward. Fund the AACH District.Establish a funding mechanism to meet the unmet needs of the District. Utilize appropriate funds from the Cultural Trust.Protect the AACH District. Empower the Urban Renewal Board and other city departments to strengthen incentives and restrictions that support historic and cultural preservation within the District. Employ the AACH District.Engage and employ local consulting groups with knowledge and lived experience in the District to craft a strategic long-term plan.Build the AACH District. Develop the plan to implement and build the Kenny Dorham Center Music Hub & Multi Arts Facility in the core of the historic Black Music district of Central East Austin. Build a sustainable, generational anchor institution that honors the birthplace of Austin's jazz and Blues music tradition.Unless the city acts now, and acts seriously, visible evidence of the founding African American community in East Austin will be erased because there have not been significant controls on gentrification and displacement. Passing this Resolution will show that the city of Austin fully acknowledges and supports the African American Cultural Heritage District, its history, its impact, and its potential.
Stop Tucker Carlson before more innocent lives are lost.
Carlson fuels the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory, with numerous mentions of the idea, after thousands of Haitians tried to enter the U.S. through Texas in September 2021. Days before the Buffalo shooting the accused shooter reportedly posted a manifesto that referenced the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory. Nightly, Tucker Carlson stokes hate and fear against Black Americans and immigrants as he complains of falling birthrates among the native-born, distorts big-city crime, and whines about allegedly weak immigration policies designed to forcibly change American society. Mr. Carlson creates division, fuels racism and incites hate crimes as he divides our country with hate speech, bigotry and paranoid ideology supported by white supremacists. Derek Black, the son of the founder of Stormfront, which was the oldest white supremacy site on the internet, reported to several sources that his father, former KKK grand wizard and member of the American Nazi Party, watched Tucker Carlson episodes twice so that he could study how to make white nationalist talking points. The majority of Americans love their neighbors, and want a welcoming and united country that reflects the values our great country was founded upon. It is time for Tucker Carlson to, in his words, “shut up and obey.” It is not enough to tone down this manipulative and hateful speech, we demand Fox News put an end to this anti-American rhetoric, distortions of truth, manipulation of facts and incitement of rage and violence.