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Racial Justice

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Petition to Alcee L. Hastings, Florida Governor, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Ron DeSantis, Bobby Powell

Harsh Sentence for Missed Jury Duty: Punish Judge Kastrenakes of Fort Lauderdale Florida!

UPDATE 10/11/2019: There is now a call to investigate Judge Kastrenakes! Several updates have been posted on here following the issue and while Judge Kastrenakes has finally dropped the rest of the charges forced onto Deandre Somerville thanks to public outlash and a few other factors, Kastrenakes still remains indignant about what he’s done, however, now that senator Bobby Powell is on the scene and is seeking the retribution we are all wanting, things look to be quickly turning around! Whether Kastrenakes realizes the gravity of what he’s done or not, justice will be served! Let’s all support senator Bobby Powell in his efforts and continue to sign, share and work on the matter with him! (thank you everyone who has participated in this change! As we grow we give power back to the people and in time justice looks like it will be served but only with the continued push for support! We the people will not stand idly by!) Video showing Bobby Powel calling for an investigation!: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QEEvZtl6A_E Official Palm Beach Post article!: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20191009/state-senator-asks-for-investigation-into-judge-kastrenakes-after-juror-jailed-for-10-days PREVIOUS CALL FOR SUPPORT 10/04/2019: The overkill punishment that this judge placed on a young man by the name of Deandre Somerville is cruel and unusual, it’s disgusting that this was allowed because of a small mistake of sleeping through his alarm! To throw someone in jail, give them a criminal record, force them to do community service, and give him a YEAR LONG PROBATION SENTENCE for simply missing Jury Duty is a gross injustice to enforce on any human being! I could understand a fine at MOST but nothing this outrageous, this man clearly abused his power as a judge and deserves punishment for his actions equal to that of what he sentenced Mr. Somerville for, or he should just be relieved of his position altogether! At the very least this sentence should be dropped and Deandre Somerville’s record scrubbed, they should also retract the fine for the fact that they made him spend 10 days in jail and are forcing him to do community service. This sentence needs to be rectified, we the people will not stand for unfair treatment especially from a system that was supposed to protect and serve the people but instead harasses, often unjustly persecutes the innocent, and seems to protect or limit the punishments given to the guilty! You are not above the law simply because you hold a position of authority! Below is an in depth article on the matter explaining what I mentioned here and more.  Another thing to note is that he is a biased man in other instances as well, he is not someone who should be in power and it seems the idea of his position being called into question has been a topic in the past, as seen in the second article below! I urge everyone to file a complaint against him and anyone who contributed and supported this behavior! There is an official way to file a complaint and if people not only petition but also formally file, we may see an actual change of some sort! ( How to file link: https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.wikihow.com/Complain-About-a-Judge%3famp=1 ) Contact info of DeSantis, the man who has the most power to fix this!: Office of Governor Ron DeSantisState of FloridaThe Capitol400 S. Monroe St.Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001 (850) 717-9337 Links below to read up on the issue: https://www.google.com/amp/s/nypost.com/2019/10/04/21-year-old-oversleeps-jury-duty-goes-to-jail-for-10-days/amp/ https://www.palmbeachpost.com/article/20100227/NEWS/812032395?template=ampart

Lena N.
17,073 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bill de Blasio, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, NYC Council Member Diana Ayala, John DeSio, NYC Council Member Rafael Salamanca

Stop Mayor De Blasio’s Plan to Build a New Jail in the South Bronx

We, the residents of the South Bronx, call on all people of conscience to stand with us in strong opposition to the mayor’s proposal to build a new jail in the Mott Haven neighborhood at a site vital to implementing the community-driven Diego Beekman Neighborhood Development Plan.  On February 14, 2018, Mayor De Blasio revealed a plan to speed up the closing of Rikers Island by transferring those incarcerated into existing (retrofitted) facilities in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, bypassing Staten Island altogether, and building a new jail in a South Bronx community still reeling from decades of disinvestment, destabilization and the resulting fallout, and where two other jails already exist.  The proposed site at 320 Concord Avenue – steps from three schools, homeowners, and the 38-building Diego Beekman housing complex – has already been earmarked for years by the community as the central piece of its Neighborhood Development Plan for affordable housing, community centers and living wage jobs. Building on 22 years of community organizing, the Neighborhood Plan was developed in consultation with residents, organizations, agencies and elected officials, none of whom were consulted about the mayor’s new jail proposal. The area already has one of the highest and most unequal concentrations of homeless shelters, methadone clinics, power plants and waste transfer stations in the city. With some of the highest rates of poverty and unemployment nationwide, the Mott Haven community is in crisis, and any tax dollar investments must be in (long-ignored) social, educational and economic opportunities for the community – not a jail. We applaud the city’s plan to close Rikers Island, but the answer is not to expand the criminal justice footprint – not in the South Bronx, not anywhere – when over the last 25 years, the city’s jail population has fallen from a high of 21,674 in 1991 to under 9,000 earlier this year through a combination of falling crime rates and criminal justice reforms. Our opposition to a new jail is in no way a rejection of the people caught up in the system. We desire fairer, swifter, and more humane forms of justice for incarcerated families. We challenge the city to further reduce the number of people in jail through a combination of bail reform, decriminalization of minor offenses, and more restorative ways to deal with crime that would make the construction of a new facility unnecessary. With more than 2.3 million people imprisoned across the US, mass incarceration is the greatest moral and racial injustice of our time.  We need bold investments in people, not prisons. Now therefore, please join us in our fight, stand in solidarity with us and demand that our Mott Haven community receives the revitalization plan it designed, developed and deserves. For more information about this campaign, send us an email at southbronxcoalition@gmail.com.  ***** Diego Beekman Neighborhood Plan Open Letter to Mayor de Blasio and NYC Council Speaker Johnson in Opposition to A New South Bronx Jail from the Diego Beekman Mutual Housing Association, HDFC (Jose de Diego Beekman Houses), the Nehemiah Homeowners, and the Concord Avenue/Jackson Avenue Homeowners South Bronx Unite Statement – No New Prisons: Not in the South Bronx, Not Anywhere  Local Residents Lash Out at Meeting on Proposed Bronx Jail (NY1 - March 8, 2018) Bill Locks Himself In with Bronx Jail Site (Daily News - March 30, 2018) 

South Bronx Coalition
6,662 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Maroon 5, adam levine

Maroon 5: Drop Out of the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Click here to tell the artists to #TakeAKnee during their halftime set in solidarity with Kaepernick. Rihanna has reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform in front of over 100 million people at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. Why? She supports Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has been exiled from the NFL because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem. Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it. Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL. Join me in asking Maroon 5 to drop out of the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. Rihanna is not the first major artist to turn down the Super Bowl halftime show. Jay-Z turned down a request to perform at the 2017 Super Bowl, and even addressed it in his 2018 song “Apesh*t.” The lyrics say, “I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don't need you. Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too," while the music video shows a line of men on one knee. Comedian Amy Schumer has also weighed in, praising Rihanna and encouraging Maroon 5 to follow her lead and step down. Schumer also said that she will refuse to do any commercials that would air during the big game. “Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them," she said. Maroon 5 has made music over the years featuring artists from all genres, including Rihanna, Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar — all of whom have publicly supported Kaepernick in his decision to protest the violent racism sweeping the United States. Maroon 5 must do the same. The band has a chance to stand on the right side of history. If they don’t, they will be remembered for choosing to side with the NFL over its players. The band’s lead singer, Adam Levine, has not shied away from politics in the past. He has been a strong supporter of same sex marriage and LGBT rights. The band even changed the location of a show because the venue supported anti-gay marriage laws. If the band can take a stand for LGBT rights, they should do the same for these players. Colin Kaepernick has sacrificed his NFL career to call out violent racism in America, and players across the country have followed his lead. Rihanna, Jay-Z, Amy Schumer and others have refused to work with the NFL. Maroon 5: Americans look to artists and celebrities as leaders, and you have huge opportunity to use your influence to take a stand. Sign to tell Maroon 5 to drop out of the Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Kaepernick and players who #TakeAKnee.  

Vic Oyedeji
117,594 supporters