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racism

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Petition to Andrew Warren

Drop All Charges Against Robert E Washington

View the video of this unjust arrest here. Warning: it may be triggering! Robert Washington, 33, was walking home from a convenience store to eat a sandwich one hot July evening. This should have been without incident. However, a Tampa Police Officer staked him out--and then followed him.  She pursued him and demanded his time and attention, to which he, within his rights, said No! Robert just wanted to go home and eat his sandwich in peace. However, the police officer could not take no for an answer. She continued to harass Robert--but Robert stood his ground and would not let her take up any more of his time. That's when she told him she needed to speak with him because "he was wearing a hoodie" and "looked like somebody".  As he attempted to enter his own home, he was attacked by several police officers, who brutally took him down and arrested him.  His charges?Resisting Arrest and Battery on a Law Enforcement OfficerHow do you get arrested for resisting arrest but have not committed any other crime? Why did the officer pursue him? According to documents provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tampa Police Department disparately arrests black civilians over white civilians. Tampa Police have a long history of using racial bias to make decisions when it comes to citing and arresting civilians. For example, the DOJ investigation in the biased biking while black report. Tampa's population is 26% black and 64% white. Despite this, in 2016, just one year before Robert's arrest, black people accounted for 54% of all arrest. This is a severe over representation! [Per FDLE's Uniform Crime Arrest Report in 2016: Tampa Police Department]. The same trend is apparent in the years 2013-2015 as well. For this reason, we stand with Robert and believe that he was racially profiled by the police and his rights were violated! State Attorney Andrew Warren: On the campaign trail, you claimed to be a champion of justice--to change the paradigm. Yet, your office is prosecuting this man for the crime of being black in America right under your nose. We are asking for your office to drop all charges against Robert Washington and hold racially profiling police officers responsible for their biases! -The Restorative Justice Coalition- View the video of this injustice right here (separated into four parts).  

Restorative Justice Coalition
520 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Gus Bilirakis, Kathy Castor, Alcee Hastings, Frederica Wilson, Rick Scott, Darryl Rouson, Sean Shaw

Help End Housing Development Racism

A 32 square mile area of Hillsborough County Florida has designed a “Community Plan” aimed at keeping middle class, minorities, workforce and low income families out. This plan was orchestrated over 15 years ago to attempt to keep life rural for locals, but it has failed and changed into a racist dictatorship, fully endorsed and defended by local officials. Gone are the pristine orange groves and cow pastures that used to dominate this area. It’s no longer rural, yet the local Keystone Civic Association, under the leadership of one Tom Aderhold, says you can’t build there unless you own 5 acres or more! This man and his entire board of directors (who live in what they call Keystone) don’t even live on 5 acres themselves. The Keystone/Odessa Community Plan dictates no public water lines or public sewer lines to run in this area to discourage density. What has resulted is a racist enclave as property values rise and the only availability is to multimillionaires to build mansions. Every development for anything less than 1 house per 5 acres is fought by the Keystone Civic Association’s leadership and then whatever the Keystone Civic Association wants is endorsed by local county officials. The Executive Director of Hillsborough County’s Planning Commission, Melissa Zornitta, works closely with the Keystone Civic Association’s handful of outspoken leadership to ensure all proactive, positive changes coming before the County are flatly denied. Ms. Zornitta served on the Planning Commission with Tom Aderhold’s wife, Barbara Dowling Aderhold for many years before becoming Executive Director. This husband and wife team are fixtures at the County Center, constantly putting pressure to deny anyone in the Keystone/Odessa area the right to the privileges everyone else in Hillsborough County may enjoy. They also take great pride in their “Sovereign Defense” of this area to EXCLUDE minorities!• The roads in Keystone/Odessa are a main thoroughfare for neighboring county residents commuting to work in Tampa, yet these roads are single lane, substandard, in dire need of resurfacing, country roads. They are clogged everyday with bumper to bumper traffic from ignorant planning and there is no way to improve this safely within the “Community Plan”. Any suggestions at improving roads or building sidewalks are met with ire and adversity by the Keystone Civic Association’s leadership. • There is no fire hydrant in Keystone/Odessa…hence no fire station either! If a fire occurs, there is only one pump truck in the closest community of Lutz, Florida and they are not able to pump water from any lakes as it clogs the pumps. So, we get to watch our homes burn to the ground due to no fire hydrants. • No public water or sewer is allowed in Keystone/Odessa. Even though these public utilities border the boundaries of this community and can easily accommodate hookups, the Keystone Civic Association and Hillsborough County refuse to allow residents to hook into these lines because “it will set a dangerous precedent for higher density”. • Keystone/Odessa is an environmentally sensitive area filled with beautiful lakes, creeks and wetlands. With the current number of septic systems (most of which are very old), public water and sewer is an inevitability to maintain clean lakes, creeks, wetlands and drinking water.• There is no diversity on the board of the Keystone Civic Association. This community of racist white supremacists openly refer to one of the community’s sacred lakes as “Nigger Lake”. Only because one of the founding fathers of Keystone was a prominent African American (Charles Walker) who owned a large portion of that lake.• The Keystone Civic Association has morphed into a hostile dictatorship run by the same man and his wife for 13 years, Tom Aderhold, President and Barbara Dowling Aderhold, Secretary. Its membership is top secret, but estimated at around 200 with roughly 10% active members. They have built a substantial “legal defense fund” with various local fundraisers cloaked under the ruse of a way for them to help members of the community. That has never occurred. Former board members have left the association extremely disgruntled and dismayed by the situation the Keystone Civic Association has created in their hometown. Membership has dwindled as well. All that is left are the few who are handpicked by the Aderholds to agree with whatever they want and not fight for the betterment of the community. There is zero transparency within this nonprofit organization and no accounting for public funds and grants bestowed upon them since the reign of the Aderholds began. Any member who dares to ask a question is bullied into submission and or threatened with legal action. Racist, ageist, homophobic and slurs of against the mentally challenged are the norm at general membership meetings and veiled within printed newsletters in various forms. These newsletters are written, edited, published and distributed by the Aderholds. Recent attempts at changing the Community Plan to better Keystone/Odessa were halted by the publishing of complete lies and propaganda in Keystone Civic Association’s newsletter.  

Michelle Williams
991 supporters