Racial Justice

411 petitions

Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Dave W. Cantrill

Remove Judge Randy Stoker from the bench for decision in John Howard rape case.

On October 22, 2015 a mentally disabled, African American high school student was sexually assaulted by his classmates in a nearly all white Dietrich High School in Idaho. John Howard, 18, Tanner Ward, 17, and one other unidentified member of the football team lured the victim into a school locker room, promising him hugs, stripped him, forcefully inserted a clothes hanger into his rectum, then kicked it deeper into his rectum — causing internal injuries. When this case was initially reported, and it was announced that John Howard was being charged with felony rape, the possible penalties were as severe as life in prison. It seemed like some semblance of justice was imminent. The school superintendent interviewed 30 witnesses and confirmed that the teen was sexually assaulted. Prosecutors agreed with their investigation — which also determined that the victim was also called “Kool-Aid,” “chicken eater,” “watermelon,” and even “n----r” by students at the school. In spite of all of this evidence, this week John Howard was given the break of his life. Instead of getting life in prison for what he did, he won’t be going to jail for 10 years or five years or a year or six months or even a day. Instead, he’s getting two years of probation and 300 hours of community service. With good behavior, the judge said his record could be expunged. He’ll also be allowed to do his community service in his new home in Texas where his family peacefully relocated. Judges in Idaho can reject plea deals if the proposed reduced charges and sentencing does not match the crime. It is disturbing that these criminals are walking our streets. Mental health services were not addressed as they should have been mandated. It is not normal to shove a hanger up another person's rectum. This isn't a case of "boys will be boys" yet the sentence depicts that cultural attitude. Please assist us in removing Judge Randy Stoker today by signing our petition. 

RRM Inc.
137,577 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Oklahoma County District Court, District Attorney David Prater

Free Glynn Simmons

Glynn Simmons has been languishing in an Oklahoma prison for 42 years, since being convicted of a robbery/murder in 1974. There is no evidence linking Glynn to the crime. The prosecutor in his case has expressed regrets over how he tried the case, and the victim’s own sister has written multiple letters to Glynn’s parole board begging for his release on the grounds that he is an innocent man.  Several witnesses came forward at Glynn’s trial to testify that Glynn was not on the scene, or even in the state, at the time of the shooting. He was in Louisiana, where he’s from, and didn’t fly into Oklahoma until after the crime had been committed. But Glynn was still convicted, based on the testimony of one witness, a woman who was also shot and injured during the store robbery in question. She had already picked a handful of different suspects in as many as nine prior police line-ups, and the state had admitted that she was most likely confused and a “dead-end” witness. Glynn’s public defender failed him miserably, and made no move to disprove her testimony against him (this lawyer was later disbarred for his incompetence). Another eyewitness to the crime refused to point the finger at Glynn, and Glynn’s attorney did not bother to call her to the stand. Glynn was sentenced to death. Oklahoma's death penalty mechanism was later declared unconstitutional, and all death sentences were converted to Life. Had it not been for this decision, Glynn would be dead today. As it is, he has not been allowed to truly live. He was just 22 years old when he was convicted. He’s now over 60, and is still forced to beg parole board members and attorneys to reexamine the evidence. Despite this, he says he believes in the system and has hope that he will receive mercy before it’s too late. Society's awareness concerning wrongful convictions is evolving. Citizens are starting to realize that police and prosecutors, like all humans, make errors.  What is absolutely stunning is that our state government seems to feel it has no duty to correct its errors --- even errors that cost citizens their freedom and their lives. Fighting for Glynn's freedom can be a first step we take toward true justice for all. Please take a moment to watch the video, which gives you a good sense of the staggering amount of evidence supporting his innocence. Then, please sign this petition calling on the Oklahoma County District Court and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater to grant Glynn Simmons’ application for post-conviction relief. For information on how you can get involved with this campaign, email Gwendolyn Fields at View video statements from former prosecutors and victim's sister expressing concern that Glynn was wrongfully convicted: KFOR News Video

The Advocacy Council
18,117 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Kenneth O. Jackson, Nicholas P. Episcopia

Fire the Garden City Police Officers Responsible for the Beating of Ronald Lanier

We, the concerned and outraged citizens of Long Island and the world, demand that the Garden City police officers responsible for the unjust beating and detention of Ronald Lanier be stripped of their badges immediately! Ronald Lanier, retired Nassau County corrections officer, was handcuffed and beaten by Garden City police in a clear case of racial profiling and unjustified use of force. According to a report from CBS New York: "Ronald Lanier said he was shopping in the Western Beef Supermarket in Mineola on Nov. 30 when he was tackled, handcuffed and beaten by officers with the Garden City Police Department... "I've never been cursed, physically abused, beaten and treated like a slave as I was two days ago,” Lanier said, breaking down as he described how he landed in handcuffs and in a hospital. “For somebody to grab me by the neck in the supermarket, and I’m telling you, ‘I’m one of you,’ and you disrespect it — it was like you’re just another black dude." "They cursed at him, they abused him verbally, they then start to beat him,"his attorney, Fred Brewington, told 1010 WINS. “He was taking blows with his hands cuffed behind him as he laid facedown.” Lanier, who retired after two decades as a Nassau County corrections officer, claims he complied and explained to the officers that he was law enforcement, but they just laughed. The officers, who are white, claimed they were searching for a black shoplifting suspect, who was later apprehended on the roof of the building... Lanier intends to sue the Garden City Police Department, accusing them of violating his civil rights. He wants the officers stripped of their badges." Tell Mayor Nicholas P. Episcopia and Police Commissioner Kenneth O. Jackson that these officers must be held accountable for their inexcusable actions!  

Stephen Figurasmith
299 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Barack Obama, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

List the Ku Klux Klan as an Official Terrorist Organization

Ever since the Emancipation Proclamation was passed, blacks in America have been and still are considered American citizens. So this is more than just a race issue, this is an American issue. Furthermore, the Ku Klux Klan has since opened its doors to people of all races much like the terrorists group known as Isis. So again, I reiterate, this is not just a race issue, this is an American issue. The Ku Klux Klan has a long-standing history of terrorism against the American public. In fact, the FBI website has a 5-page analysis of the Ku Klux Klan and their history of terrorism against American citizens as well as knowledge that the Klan and similar terrorist groups have successfully infiltrated law enforcement and have been doing so for years. Everything from physical acts of violence against individuals to defamation and destruction of public and private property of American citizens. The Ku Klux Klan is the ONLY organization that has a documented history of terrorizing Americans, destroying American's property, burning American churches, burning Americans alive, hanging Americans, and murder of Americans. They are the ONLY organization allowed to march through communities with masks on their face and weapons in their hands spreading and propagating hate towards Americans. They are the oldest organization of their kind here in America and have since inspired numerous other organizations that follow in their footsteps. Sounds like Isis, but no, it's the Ku Klux Klan; a home grown terrorist organization that is actively recruiting misguided individuals as we speak. Since 1921, the Ku Klux Klan has hidden under the guise of "Freedom of Speech" and the "right to publicly assemble". However we do not extend these rights to terrorist groups. Never in a million years would American citizens allow Isis, Al Quida, or The Taliban to publicly assemble and spread their message of hate and terror. It is time for the American people and American politicians  to take a stand and say "enough is enough". This petition is NOT about any one particular event. This petition is about a history of terrorism that has been carried out by the Ku Klux Klan as well as those influenced by the Ku Klux Klan that has infiltrated ALL areas of society, including law enforcement, for far too long.  The problem is that currently the FBI only lists the Ku Klux Klan as an "extremist group" or a "hate group". That simply is NOT good enough America. How can we pursue terrorism across the globe when we have a long-standing terrorist group in our country that has lived under the protection of the Constitution since 1921? The 4th of July just passed, a time when America celebrates its freedom. But how can we celebrate freedom and harbor terrorist at the same time? Terrorist who hide their face in sheets and infiltrate our society on every level? America cannot take pride in that. So something must be done. The Obama administration has long prided itself on "Change" and many things have changed under the watch of this administration. As this presidential term comes to a close and as one of your final acts of service to the American people. We demand that the Ku Klux Klan be labeled and listed as an official terrorist group and that anyone who associates, promotes, or supports the Ku Klux Klan in any way be treated as an act of terrorism against the American people and be subject to prosecution under the law. It is 2016, not 1921. It is time for change and this is long overdue. The names on this petition are the names and voices of America speaking. Put a stop to this terrorist group so they can be weeded out of society and law enforcement and no longer terrorize the American people and spread their message and influence of terror under the protection of the U.S. constitution. The people have spoken. Now we need to know if our President and our congress stand with the people. We await the signatures of every American politician as well as legislation that would allow prosecution under law of any individuals in law enforcement who are affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan and other similar organizations. The Ku Klux Klan have long been a terror to our nation and a stain to our history. It's time we rid ourselves of them and wash that stain away. Stand with us and sign the petition. Sincerely,  the American People

Suave StarChild
65,752 supporters