Petition to U.S. House of Representatives
Racially Motivated Killings Still Murder 50 years Later! Renew Emmett Till Act NOW!
Dear Members of the House of Representatives: There are suspects still alive who are responsible for the racially motivated killings of many African American individuals and their supporters during the 1960s, in particular. We, the petitioners, seek your immediate action to vote in support of the bill already passed in the Senate: the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016. A group of civil rights organizations* are supporting the efforts of families who lost loved ones due to these hateful acts and who still seek justice. Despite their efforts, perpetrators continue their own lives undisturbed by the imposition of legal consequences. Families already listed on the FBI Unsolved Civil Rights Murders list, for example, the children of Wharlest Jackson, Corporal Roman Ducksworth, Frank Morris, Johnnie Mae Chappell and many more join on behalf of families not on the FBI list of unsolved civil rights murders (for example, Lee Roy Holloway, James and Marvin Walker, John Sterling and Lonnie Merrit of Atlanta, Georgia) urge you to continue and improve the work of the original Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007 which will sunset in 2017). This petition includes others who join with us to urge you to vote in support of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016 before it is too late. There is much unfinished justice work to be done. The Reauthorization Act strengthens the resource availability for joint efforts between the Department of Justice, the FBI and local law enforcement. Those never held accountable for ordering the murders of hundreds of individuals may now, finally, face responsibility for their crimes. The Reauthorization Act also strengthens the original law by applying to racially motivated killings occurring after 1969. No one has ever undertaken a complete accounting of how many people died or simply disappeared as a result of the racist domestic terrorism of the previous and ongoing civil rights eras. The Emmett Till Act is an effort to seize this moment in history, to hold accountable those remaining killers, and to reveal the actual truth about the impact of the state supported institutions of racial violence and the failure of the legal system to promptly address these grievous inequities. We, the petitioners, seek your immediate action to vote in support of the bill already passed in the Senate: the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016. *The Coalition for the Emmett Till Reauthorization Act: The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law; Cold Case Justice Initiative at Syracuse University College of Law; Emmett Till Justice Campaign; Emmett Till Legacy Foundation; Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University; Leadership Council on Civil Rights; Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation; NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense Fund; National Urban League; and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Petition to Lee C. Bollinger, Jerome Davis, President
Establish an Obama Policy Institute
Signers of this petition are interested in establishing a nonpartisan Policy Institute and Social Service Fellowship Program at Columbia University. The proposed institute would serve as an incubator for policy development & social service advocacy to continue & commemorate the legacy of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama - Columbia University Class '83. What's the Mission?The proposed goal of the Institute is to: 1) place itself at the forefront of research and the development of public policy as it corresponds with the President's directive. 2) oversee a professional development fellowship program to develop a cadre of social service professionals. Why Columbia?Columbia's reputation of creating innovative research institutions and diverse policy programs has attracted and engaged the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding and service to society. The University is a beacon in New York City and a national titan when it comes to producing some of our country's most devoted public servants and civil rights defenders. Many are aware of Alumni President Barack Obama and U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton; however, few are cognizant of fellow public service alumni such as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg ( Law'59), and former Attorney General Eric Holder (CC'73 Law'76). With access to many of the nation's industry leaders and policy wonks, what better location than Columbia University? .... and all while having New York City as its backdrop! Who can sponsor initiative?This petition requests University President, Lee C. Bollinger (Law '71), in conjunction with all vested parties, champion the effort on behalf of the petition signers. President Bollinger is one of the country’s foremost First Amendment scholars, in addition to having led the historic Supreme Court case of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, which defined the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. Within the last decade and a half, President Bollinger aggressively established a network of eight Columbia Global Centers on four continents; led a sustainable (LEEDs) designated university expansion; and forged a $30mm faculty diversity program. Under his tutelage, the University could provide futile ground for developing a world-class institution and distinguished pool of young leaders.
Petition to Dr. Stuart Bell, Dr. Kevin Whitaker
To Dr. Stuart Bell, President of the University of Alabama: Rename Morgan Hall to Lee Hall
Currently, the University of Alabama's Department of English is housed in Morgan Hall, named after John Tyler Morgan. Morgan was a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and post-war, a six-term senator from the state of Alabama. He was also a Grand Dragon in the Ku Klux Klan, and used his legislative power to promote racist policies and practices. He advocated sending African-Americans out of the United States and into Hawaii, the Philippines, or Cuba, all the while promoting racial segregation domestically as well. He worked to curtail the voting rights of African-Americans, hoping to repeal the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Upon the death of Harper Lee, who attended the University of Alabama from 1945-1949, the University has an amazing chance to show our support for racial equality, as well as to honor the legacy generally of a woman who promoted kindness and empathy for all. Lee was doubtless the University's greatest contribution to literature, and it would be more than fitting for our English building to bear her name, which reflects so much more accurately the values of the University of Alabama, than that of white supremacist John Tyler Morgan.
Petition to Andrew Prazuch
No New Youth Jail
King County plans to build a new youth jail costing $210 million. In response, community members, grassroots organizations, students, attorneys and activists have worked to stop the construction of a new youth jail and to bring an end to state violence against youth of color through the No New Youth Jail Campaign. Even Seattle’s City Council has passed a resolution against youth incarceration in response to the jail building and the protest movement opposing it. Why do so many people in King County oppose the building of the new youth jail? The juvenile punishment system in King County is severely racially targeted. According to a March 2012 report by the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System, black youth are twice as likely as white youth to be arrested. Black and native youth are more than twice as likely as white youth to be referred to court and youth of color are less likely to be referred to diversion programs. Black youth make up only 6% of the Washington youth population but 21% of youth sentenced to Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration facilities. Towards the end of 2015, the King County Bar Association (KCBA), a voluntary professional association, made a controversial move in favor of the new youth jail. KCBA sent a message to all its members asking that they send an email to the Seattle City Council in support of the new youth jail. Additionally, KCBA trivialized the opposition to the jail project, writing, "as champions of an excellent justice system, the attorneys and judges of King County know that it's time to implement the will of the whole community, not just a small group of protesters." In response to KCBA’s actions in support of the new jail, Miguel Willis, a law student at SU Law and Chair of the school’s Black Law Student Association chapter, resigned as the SU KCBA representative. Janet Rodrigues, another law student at SU Law inspired by Miguel Willis and other community organizers opposing the new youth jail, renounced her KCBA Minority Scholarship. Janet renounced a scholarship that seeks rectify the consequences of racial marginalization, yet Janet refuses to be tokenized as a minority law student scholar while KCBA supports a jail building project that targets and harms communities of color in King County. Rather than supporting her principled leadership, SU Law has informed Janet she has to come up with the $3000 deficit. Sign this petition to support this campaign and send the letter below to the KCBA.
Petition to Michael O'Malley
#Justice4Tamir, The fight for Justice continues
Petition to Pursue Justice for Tamir Rice To: Michael O’Malley, Law Director, City of Parma We, the undersigned residents, and registered voters of Cuyahoga County, ask that, upon taking office as Cuyahoga County Prosecutor in January, 2017, you immediately act to pursue justice in the unresolved case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by two Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann, and Frank Garmback; while playing by himself in the picnic shelter outside Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22, 2014. Specifically, we ask that upon you taking the oath of office; that you release in full, the transcripts of the proceedings of the prior Grand Jury convened by your predecessor, Timothy McGinty. Second, we ask that upon taking office that, based on the finding by Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine that probable cause exists to charge officer Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback with serious crimes, including murder, that you convene a new Grand Jury to indict these officers and force them to defend their actions in open court. Unless police are held accountable for such unwarranted use of deadly force, and the violation of police policy and procedures; there is no question but that tragedies like this will continue to happen.
Petition to Florida Senate District 40 Residents
Annette Taddeo for Florida Senate District 40
Annette Taddeo Florida Senate District 40 has gone through a tumultuous past week with the sexist and racist remarks now, former Senator Frank Artiles said on Monday, April 17, 2017, toward the honorable Florida State Senator Audrey Gibson, an African American. Now that former Senator Frank Artiles has resigned, it’s time to move this diverse community past this scandal and heal the community and move to a new future with dignity and pride. We deserve a Senator that we can be proud of and will represent and respect all of us. Annette Taddeo has stood for civility her entire life. Let’s urge Annette Taddeo to run Florida State Senate District 40. Annette Taddeo was the former Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor
Petition to Rick Scott, Richard Corcoran, Ross Spano
Exonerate the Groveland Four
In 1949, a 17-year-old white woman named Norma Padgett, falsely accused four young black men in Groveland, Florida of raping her. All four men are now dead, their lives destroyed by these false allegations, but their families hope clear their names posthumously. Within days of the accusation, one of the young men, Ernest Thomas, was hunted down and killed by a white mob. I reached out to one of the daughters of these men to see how I could help and I learned that neither of these four boys were in the vicinity of the crime and they didn’t even know each other. And in 2012, an FBI document surfaced which included an interview with the doctor who examined Padgett and found he could not confirm a rape had ever occurred. I learned about “The Groveland Four,” Ernest Thomas, Charles Greenlee, Samuel Shepherd, and Walter Irvin, in my American history class this year. As a Florida native, I couldn’t believe how shocking the story was. In a book about the case, I read that neighbors who saw Padgett after the alleged attack said she was neither disheveled nor panicked and didn’t believe she was raped, but refused to testify for the defense. “Wouldn’t do to be called nigger lover,” one said. The remaining three men were convicted and two of them, Shepherd and Irvin, were shot by a sheriff in 1951, who claimed they tried to escape. Shepherd was killed in the shooting and Irvin seriously injured. The 1950’s were a time of intense racial violence and prejudice, “Brown vs. the Board of Education” required the desegregation of schools and tens of thousands of protesters marched to enforce their right to integration. The backlash against black people was intensified, especially in the South. The Groveland case was swept under the rug by all those involved and the state of Florida; many residents of Florida are not even aware that this happened. The families of these men lost their sons, brothers, and fathers and we can’t bring them back, but we can give them some peace of mind by having these men exonerated for a crime they clearly did not commit. Please help right this wrong by calling on Florida Governor Rick Scott to exonerate the Groveland Four.
Petition to YouTube , Youtube, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai
REMOVE ALL TOMMY SOTOMAYOR VIDEOS FROM YOUTUBE NOW!!
The misogynistic and racist vitriol spewed daily by the terrorist, Thomas Jerome Harris aka Tommy Sotomayor, in his YouTube videos and on his various YouTube channels, has created incalculable amounts of emotional, psychological and physical harm against black women and girls. He is an irresponsible malicious, perpetrator of misogynistic and racist hatred and spreads negative and degrading messages, imagery, views and stereotypes about black women on a daily, regular and consistent basis. He has raked in a large sum of cash as a result and Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc. should be ashamed of itself, as a respectable corporate entity, to profit from the pain that he continues to cause others. We therefore want decisive action to be taken and for all of his channels to be removed from YouTube.We, the undersigned, hold Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc. as well as YouTube and its advertisers, responsible for providing a platform for this terrorist and his insanity, to be spread around the world, which serves to purposely denigrate and demean black women and girls and black people in general. These corporate entities are, in fact, creating emotional and psychological harm against black women and girls by allowing his cesspool of violent and reprehensible diatribes to continue, unchecked, on their internet channels. His video content has escalated out of control and has now lead to threats of physical violence by him on the street toward black women. It is primarily because you, as a corporate body, have allowed him to say whatever he wants to say, no matter how hate filled and violent, on your platform. If this insanity is allowed to continue, someone eventually will be harmed or killed. Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc. will have their hand in this as they are the ones who have allowed his disgusting verbiage to continue for so long.We therefore demand that ALL of his videos be removed from your video platforms, immediately. We as concerned citizens, understand how important freedom of speech is in a free society. However, we also understand the consistent dehumanization, spread by this psychopath, results in creating and sustaining violence against black women and girls and serves to justify that a sustained level of violence be perpetrated against them as a terrorist threat. We would like to believe that this is not the intention of this platform's use. We look to the executives of Google Inc. and YouTube to become aware of the negative climate they themselves continue to create, by providing a vehicle for years, for Tommy Sotomayor, to spread his sexist, racist, hate filled, violent, psychotic, misogynistic, angry, anti-black woman rants and we hold you responsible. We therefore demand that you take immediate action and remove all of his videos forthwith.