Petition to Andy Beshear, Daniel Cameron, Rand Paul, Tom Wine, Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and model citizen. She loved her family and community, working at two hospitals as an essential worker during the pandemic. Nearly four months ago, a division of the Louisville Police Department performed an illegal, unannounced drug raid on her home. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 8 times, killing her. Not only were the police at the WRONG HOUSE, but the man they were looking for had already been arrested earlier that day. 1. Charges must be filed immediately. The officers involved, specifically John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, Joshua Jaynes, and any other law enforcement officer involved in the death and coverup of the death of Breonna Taylor must be fired, charged, and arrested immediately. There have been no charges thus far (it has been nearly 4 months). Their pensions must be revoked. 2. Her family must be paid in damages for wrongful death and the negligence of the LMPD. 3. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear must speak up on behalf of Breonna, and Governor Beshear or Attorney General Daniel Cameron must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Louisville Police Department immediately. An in-house investigation is unacceptable. 4. The "no-knock" warrant that police had used in Breonna's murder completely violates the constitutional rights to reasonable search and seizure. By law, police must be legally obligated to announce themselves before breaking and entering into a home privately owned by American civilians. Legislation to federally ban no-knock warrants must be passed in Congress and signed by the President; what happened to Breonna was a complete violation of her constitutional rights, and threatens the rights of all American citizens. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has voiced similar concerns. A special session must be intervened by Congress to discuss the constitutionality of no-knock warrants immediately. This has carried on for over four months. For weeks, the city treated Breonna like she was a criminal, calling her a “suspect” before finally admitting that she was an innocent, crimeless victim. She had no drugs. She committed no crime. Yet, she is dead, and the perpetrators are facing no charges. She was not only an exemplary citizen, but an essential one. She was a daughter, a friend, an American hero, and most importantly, a person. She deserved to be treated as such. Let’s get justice for Breonna. Say her name. PLEASE help me get the word out, and share this campaign on your social media platforms. Thank you to everyone who is helping in our fight to get justice for Breonna.
Petition to San Luis Obispo District Attorney Dan Dow, San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon, City of San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell, San Luis Obispo City Manager Derek Johnson
Justice for Elias! Drop all Charges Now!
Please sign this petition to demand the dropping of charges for Elias Bautista (they/them/theirs), a young organizer and resident of the Central Coast who was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and taking a person from lawful custody of peace officer (please see our note below regarding the prior naming of this charge as “lynching” under California Law, until 2015). Contribute to the Gofundme to help cover Elias’s legal fees: Justice for Elias (Legal Costs) organized by Richard Fusillo. Contact San Luis Obispo Representatives to get Elias's charges dropped using: https://linktr.ee/supportelias. On July 21, 2020, around 8:35 p.m., following a “No Justice, No Peace” protest organized by a coalition of local Black and Brown protesters who marched through the city of San Luis Obispo and at one point occupied Highway 101, the San Luis Obispo police surrounded and accosted Tianna Arata, a key organizer, as she and fellow demonstrators were packing up her vehicle. Elias, alongside a handful of members of the coalition, attempted to defend Tianna from this targeted arrest acting on their knowledge that even routine police stops, let alone those involving the arrest of prominent protest leaders, often lead to abuse and/or fatal repercussions for Black folks who are being detained. Only two people were violently arrested at the end of that demonstration: Tianna Arata and Elias Bautista. This is a time when solidarity is imperative. Both protestors took to the streets to demand an end to racist police brutality and to insist that communities of color have the right to live without the fear of policing. We must stand, as a community dedicated to racial justice, in defense of both Tianna and Elias. Elias is 23 years old and a local community member of Santa Maria. They have been involved with youth organizing and racial justice work since they were 16 years old, beginning with Future Leaders of America and later the Central Coast Alliance United for Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) Youth Coalition. Elias is a student at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), finishing their degree in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies. Since returning home due to COVID-19, while still pursuing their education, Elias has continued to organize in their hometown. They co-founded Santa Maria Youth Abolitionists, an organization focused on abolishing all systems of violence by creating community networks of care. We must protect our activists fighting for Black Lives and against police abuse and police murder! Demand that District Attorney Dan Dow drop the charges for Elias Bautista and Tianna Arata! Sign the petition now! --- Note regarding “lynching”: A 1933 California law created described “lynching” as removing someone from lawful police custody. In 2015, Governor Brown signed a bill into law to remove the language “lynching” from the law due to the more widely accepted understanding of lynching as the murder of Black Americans via hanging. The rest of the penal code remains the same. Bill Text - SB-629 Crimes: taking person from lawful custody of peace officer. Gov. Brown signs measure striking 'lynching' charge from California law Black woman's 'lynching' charge: an unsettling tactic to punish activism?
Petition to BSOM Administration, Dean Mark Stacy, BSOM Promotion and Review Committees, Brody School of Medicine (BSOM)
Statement of support: Student doctor Jenelle Brison's appeal to restarting entire M1 year.
The institution intends to have student doctor Jenelle Brison retake courses that she has already passed and will display two sets of passing grades on her academic transcript. These events stem from the negligence and discriminatory practices by the former Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Susan Schmidt, who incorrectly applied policy to negatively impact Jenelle’s medical education. Jenelle was denied a make-up exam after being sick on the morning of the exam even though she had a verified letter from a physician. These events lead to her being dismissed from the University! After completing the appeal process, the Dean of BSOM has rescinded the dismissal. Jenelle should not sit through courses that have already been passed and satisfy graduation requirements. This is a call for change on ambiguous Brody School of Medicine policies that allow arbitrary decision making by administration.
Petition to Barbara Lee, Eric J. Holcomb
Petition Congress to pass a Federal Ban on Guns in Hospitals
Jamal Williams, 22, a recent college graduate and football star from Western Michigan UniversityJamal Williams, was shot to death by a retired police officer while seeking help for anxiety. The news reported that he had an "altercation" with a nurse who promptly called for security. Instead of calling for specialists or orderlies who could calm him down and make him feel safe, she called for security, threatened by his 6'5, 300 lb frame. The guards were retired police officers who carried LOADED GUNS in the facility. They tried to overwhelm him, and one guard shot his partner and Jamal Williams dead. How is this conducive or a productive way for a hospital to act? In the midst of speaking about Black Lives, we must speak on Black health, and let's start by making the hospital a safe place for our people to visit for health. Police officers who are poorly trained or believe gunning down big Black men in hospitals have no place in a facility of healing. Therefore I'm asking Congress to implement a FEDERAL BAN on ALL assault rifles and guns from hospitals.
Petition to Edinburg CISD school board, Edinburg Commission, Mayor Richard Molina, Principal Navarro
Rename Robert E. Lee Elementary in Edinburg, TX
Robert E. Lee elementary was built in 1957 at a time when the Civil Rights movement was in full swing. Segregationists throughout our nation, especially in the South, pushed back by commemorating Confederate leaders. Without a doubt, our Robert E. Lee elementary is part of this disgraceful history. Besides being the commander for the Confederate Army, Robert E. Lee was a vicious slave owner. His legacy is only one of hate. He does not deserve to be idolized. Edinburg and the Rio Grande Valley at large can not stand idly by as the commemoration of a white supremacist goes unchecked. We must do what we can to leave this stain as history and stand with minority communities in our city. That is why we are demanding Robert E. Lee elementary be renamed immediately. We must remind the city of the larger conversation happening nationally and the changes we’ve seen to confederate named schools even here in Texas. This is the time for change.
Petition to CCSF Board of Trustees
Protect Public Education! Turn Our CCSF Community Demands into CCSF Board Goals!
Below, we lay out a summary of CCSF community demands, which outline our call for justice and change. The full list of 34 demands, viewable here, are in no way depicted hierarchically. We demand that they are explicitly adapted into the CCSF Board of Trustees' "Board Goals", and that they direct and hold Chancellor Vurdien accountable for addressing these issues using transparent and measurable strategies. The administration must publicly respond by August 27, 2020, at the Board of Trustees Meeting. In summary, the CCSF Board of Trustees MUST: Center BIPOC CCSF Community. Be proactively anti-racist, fulfill Black Student Union’s demands, and revitalize the AFAM Studies Dept and Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Collaborative. Increase student support, and do a Ramaytush Ohlone land acknowledgment. (#1, #7 - 18) Retain the lease for CCSF Fort Mason Center. Pass the Fort Mason Resolution to overturn the closure. Protect access to arts education. (#2) Reject the privatization of the Balboa Reservoir. Pass the Balboa Reservoir Resolution. (#3) Protect the non-credit ESL Department. Restore the: 20% of the non-credit ESL classes that were cut, 60+ faculty positions, and 20% campus coordination. (#4) Protect the Older Adult (OLAD) Department. Restore the 90% of classes that were cut, which included a range of subjects from Art to Physical Education, without restrictive admission requirements or financial barriers. (#6) Keep CCSF Civic Center campus, or a Civic Center presence. Be transparent and inclusive with the original 750 Eddy Street location discussions, especially honoring the PGC Facilities Committee role in college governance. (#5) Enforce budget justice. Pay Black and Brown students living wages, create more lab aide positions, fund PGC student participation, and actively find alternative funding to protect undocumented students and cease cuts. (#18 - 24) Demand a full financial analysis of gains/losses from offering non-credit classes. Calculate the revenues that come from the current funding formula, including the so-called hold harmless, and the costs of running a class. (#22) Ensure an honest administration. All decisions must have supporting documents shared across all platforms, and communications must be widespread. (#25 - 27, 31) Cultivate student power. Give voting power for the student trustee, have training for student representatives, and have vacant city-wide, college-wide council, and committees positions for students promoted across all official CCSF platforms. (#25) Keep the community in the community college. Reject neoliberal schemes to privatize and corporatize public education - support life-long learning. (#34) Public education is under attack. Sign this petition to protect our campuses, our future, our students. Here is our list of demands to the CCSF Board of Trustees and Chancellor Vurdien. The Board of Trustees unanimously shut down CCSF Fort Mason on 5/29 despite Fort Mason being open to renegotiation. We hope to overturn the ruling, and fund our futures. The current lease ends this September. The CCSF Board of Trustees is responsible for the policies and direction of the college. San Francisco needs a Board of Trustees that truly represents CCSF stakeholders’ needs. The actions of the current trustees have altogether led to hundreds of classes cut, part-time faculty losing employment and healthcare, budget mismanagement, lack of racial diversity in the hiring and student support services, along with a campus closure (with another possible campus closure with Civic Center Campus). Thus far, their actions do not reflect genuine intentions for the sincere long term survival and proliferation of our working class communities. We are enclosing a list of demands so the Board of Trustees can be accountable to our CCSF community. It’s time that the CCSF Board of Trustees engage in actual collaboration with us all. Otherwise, the upcoming elections represent an opportunity for a new direction. ***Articles on class cuts, campus closures, protests: linktr.ee/ccsfcuts ***
Petition to Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, State’s Attorney Robert H. Harvey
Call to action: Stand With Us Against Injustice
As many are aware, Calvert County has recently been affected by a devastating hate crime. On August 9, 2020 the following Defendants perpetrated a crime which will last forever in the minds of many. Andrew Edge, Cade Meredith, Kyle Hill, Augustine Aufderheide and Anthony Sellers III made a conscious decision to trespass onto the property of Calvert High School with malicious intent to vandalise a football field, an outdoor classroom and other miscellaneous areas of the school. Defacing school property with vandalism is a criminal charge that should always be taken seriously; however, the heinous lawlessness and show of hatred that was displayed by the Defendants on August 9th is much more serious than destruction of property. The men took time to spray painted several different racial slurs onto the property, which makes their unspeakable actions to be considered a “hate crime”. To clarify, in Maryland, a hate crime is defined as a crime motivated by prejudice on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, or other grounds. Undoubtedly, the actions of the named Defendants qualify as a hate crime in Maryland. There are no words to describe the damage these men have caused to not only the black community, but Calvert County in its entirety. As a community, we are supposed to trust that our local authorities will uphold a standard of justice; however, in this case, they have clearly failed to do so. With that being said, it is now up to us, the people, to hold our local officials accountable to seek justice. We demand that our State’s Attorney, Robert Harvey, review the case as well as the current applied charges and adjust the Defendant’s charges to represent the detrimental damage that the Defendant’s actions have left behind on the community. Currently, the above-named Defendants are charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property of less than $1,000, which is defined as a misdemeanor under Maryland Code. See Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 6-301. Due to the nature of the crime, it is exceedingly clear that the defendants have been grossly undercharged. The Defendant’s made the choice of maliciously trespassing on public property with intent to deface the property with language exhibiting extreme animosity against the Black community. Although the harm that the Defendant’s have done to the community is irreparable, in return, all we are asking for is justice to ensure that the Defendants are faced with charges that are true in representation to the permanent damages created from their crime. Additionally, a case much similar to the Calvert High School crimes was recently litigated in Montgomery County. The Circuit Court of Montgomery County held four perpetrators responsible for hateful graffiti that they left sidewalks and buildings at Glenelg High School. The facts in the case of the events at Glenelg High are oddly and eerily similar in the case to the facts of crimes committed at Calvert High School. The Defendant’s in the Glenelg case defaced the school property with hateful language aimed at their Black school principal. Likewise, the reprehensible events at Calvert High School transpired the day after a picture of the new African American principal surfaced on the internet. While the cases of Glenelg High School and Calvert High School are oddly similar, there is a vast difference in the charges that were applied to the Defendant’s in the different cases. In the case of Glenelg the teenagers were indicted on seven charges, one of which included a hate crime. While six of the charges were dropped during litigation, the charge that the Defendant’s were found guilty of and sentenced for was the hate crime. All of the Defendant’s were sentenced to three years in jail, with various amounts of time suspended. Additionally, all four Defendants were sentenced to three years of supervised probation, 250 hours of community service, drug/alcohol screening, restitution damages and court costs. It’s worth noting that Matthew Lipp, one of the four Defendant’s in this case, appealed his case on the basis of a First Amendment challenge and the Maryland Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the lower court. See Lipp v. State, 246 Md. App. 105, 227 A.3d 818 (2020). In conclusion, the named Defendant’s in the vandalism of Calvert High School should be charged with a hate crime. Undoubtedly, the facts of the case are well supported by Maryland case law and the State is likely to be successful in prosecuting the Defendants with a hate crime charge. The actions of the Defendants are inexcusable and should not be glazed over and swept under the rug by local authorities. Please use your voice and show your discern for these unutterable crimes by signing this petition and using this link https://tinyurl.com/yywzgbw2 to email our State’s Attorney and demand his assistance in our pursuit to justice.