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Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, United Nations, U.S. Senate, Democratic National Committee, Nancy Pelosi

Hands Up Act

My name is Travis Washington. I received my M. A, degree in Higher Education and Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in May 2019. I have been politically involved, from registering people to vote, to work in the Springfield Capitol (as an Alexander Lane Fellow, January to May 2017). We know how so many people of cultural minorities are in constant fear of leaving their household. This fear in our lives far too often comes from individuals working in public safety who harm people. Every single week we hear about another unarmed innocent vulnerable human being shot by the police. This has increased the trauma and fear that has made people of color scared to leave their homes. We need legislation now that prohibits police officers from shooting unarmed citizens. If there isn’t a weapon found after someone has been shot (therefore, unarmed) by a police officer, then I propose that the officer should receive a mandatory 15-year prison sentence. We have seen over and over police officers get off, even with videotape footage of citizens having been shot by police officers. This is a new form of lynching. I am pleading with you to propose a bill that protects people who have every right to feel threatened by law enforcement. We always say we need more training for those involved in public safety, and there are increasing policies and laws that mandate that police officers have “body cameras” on them. Those measures do not address the whole problem, not when the individual officers who shoot unarmed victims aren’t punished. Senator, we are in a crisis where relationships between people of color and police officers are deteriorating, beyond the critical level. In order to build any sort of positive relationships again, we need laws to keep a balance in the lives of all the public. I might even suggest this as a title for this proposed legislation: the Hands UP ACT. I will be emailing this to the all of your colleagues in the U. S. Senate, members of Congress, State Governors; Democracy Now, the Huffington Post, ThinkProgress; and to other appropriate organizations across the country. Once this petition receives enough attention. My goal to speak before the House of Representatives or United Nations during a committee hearing to bring attention to this policy.  Thank You !!  

Travis Washington
2,743,911 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to President of the United States, Department of Education, Texas State House, Texas Governor, Georgia State House, Alabama State House, Louisiana State House, South Carolina State Senate, North Carolina State House, Tennessee State House, FOX News, CBS, ABC, Global Partnership for Education, California State Senate, Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, New York Times, CNN, Democratic National Committee, NFL, NBA, NBC, FOX Broadcasting Company, Kamala Harris, Washington Post, Washington State Senate, Mississippi State House, Ohio State House, Delaware State House, Michigan State Senate, Iowa State House, Hawaii State Senate, Alaska State Senate, United States Supreme Court, The Advocate,, New Mexico State Senate, National Coalition for Education, BlackRock, BBC, Facebook, Snap Inc., Human Rights Campaign

Suicide numbers increasing worldwide

As a country, we need to determined the root cause of so many individuals taking their lives. Every day, the media is showing other events, but nothing to touch more in suicide preventions. We lost our child and no one is taking responsibility in the school system. If a person is feeling isolated like our child then it is a mental issue. Our country is so chaotic, we need more attention on suicide awareness. It’s steadily increasing. Our son’s life was precious to us but we will never see him grow-up. His life gone too soon.  Petition creation: We have serious problems that no one is willing to fight against events that leads to suicide. We need laws in place to hold people accountable for their actions.  It is time to stop covering up the truth and stop spreading lies to cover the guilty parties (lawyers and/or city leaders). Creating a panel of families who dealt with this issue would be beneficial to educate others because they are the true experts. Are you willing to support and help building a panel to be advocates? Thank you for your support in sharing and signing this petition.

Mrs. L. Chaney
508 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to 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!!      

Philly Justice Project
241,863 supporters