Petition to United States Supreme Court, Montgomery Superior Court, Alabama Governor, Alabama Superior Court, Alabama State Senate
Justice for Lakeith Smith and A’Donte Washington!
Lakeith Smith, now 20, was charged with the murder of his friend, A’Donte Washington when he was only 15— a crime he did not commit. A'donte died at the hands of a policeman, after the police fired 4 rounds into him - and he currently walks free. Smith, Washington, and a few other boys were participating in two break-ins of Millbrook homes in 2015. When authorities were called, there was a alleged shoot-out between Washington and the unnamed officer. Lakeith, the one charged, was found described as “scared” and “hidden.” Ultimately, A’Donte Washington was shot and killed by the officer. Despite Lakeith not having any participation in the shoot-out, under Alabama's accomplice liability law that states, Smith and the other three men participating in the break-ins were found liable for the death of Washington. He was tried as an adult and was sentenced to 65 years in prison (which only recently got reduced to 55). The unnamed police officer who fired four shots into Washington walked free and remains anonymous. Smith did not participate in the act that ended A’Donte Washington’s life. Both men need their justice!
Petition to West Hollywood City Council, Mayor Lauren Meister, Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne, Councilmember John M. Erickson, Councilmember Lindsey P. Horvath, Councilmember John D'Amico
A Thriving Wage For All Workers In West Hollywood
The minimum wage is not enough to afford rent or a life anywhere in the US. Housing is particularly out of reach for minimum wage workers in West Hollywood, though it's what most jobs here pay. Women, Black People, Indigenous People, People Of Color, LGBTQIA+ People, Immigrants, Disabled People, Working Class Families, Seniors and Students disproportionately make lower wages. Because of unfair wages: 1 in 4 children will go to bed hungry tonight. Hundreds of families are falling into homelessness for the first time each day just in LA County. Many minimum wage workers live in their cars or on the street. Over half of those that stay housed pay over 50% of their income to rent. The city of West Hollywood is currently drafting a new minimum/living wage ordinance, and the first presented draft would continue the extreme exploitation of workers. The City Council has two upcoming meetings where they will hear and give direction on drafts of the ordinance (Oct 18, Nov 1). They can update this ordinance to ensure every worker in West Hollywood get's paid fairly. Getting this done in West Hollywood is good for every worker in the country because of the city's influence. First to recognize domestic partnerships, first to legal abortions, even first to ban declawing cats - WeHo is known as "The Creative City" that initiates the next big progressive policies for the country to follow. We often think of public safety in terms catching and punishing criminals. But poverty is actually the key factor that leads to violent crime. Truly safe communities will only come when people are no longer in desperation and aren't driven to commit crimes in the first place. A big part of this is simply paying a thriving wage. Higher wages is good for business. It costs employers significantly more to onboard and retrain over and over than to retain a happy healthy employee that grows with the company. Employees are also more productive because of higher morale, and have more to spend and stimulate the economy. A Thriving Wage Is Good For Everyone.
Petition to Harris County Public Health Department
Dr. Hasan Gokal To Be Reinstated At Harris County, Houston Texas.
Ten doses of the Covid-19 vaccine would expire within hours, so Dr. Hasan Gokal gave it to people with medical conditions, including his wife. He was fired from the county’s health district for allegedly taking doses of the vaccine off-site. Late last month, criminal court judge Franklin Bynum in Harris county Texas, dismissed the case for lack of probable cause. He dismissed the charges as groundless. After which Harris County’s district attorney, Kim Ogg, vowed to present the matter to a grand jury. And prosecutors are portraying the doctor as a cold opportunist. The officials are maintaining the stance that Doctor Hasan Gokal, had violated protocol and should have returned the remaining doses to the office or thrown them away. Right now, Doctor Hasan Gokal is spending his time volunteering at a nonprofit health clinic for the uninsured, haunted all the while by the realization that no matter what, it will still be out there: the story about a Pakistani doctor in Houston who stole all those vaccines. We are asking for signatures that will result in Doctor Hasan Gokal being reinstated as the Harris County Public Health Department's Medical Director of the Covid Response Team.
Petition to Dr. Barron Davis, Mr. Mark Sims, Vanessa Rhoden, Dr. Terrance Alridge, Denise Fowler, Bryan Ashley, Tara Joyner, Angela Mosley, Kim Richardson, Lisa Wilkes, Malinda Salter
RICHLAND 2'S DRESS CODE HAS RACIAL AND SEXIST UNDERTONES, LETS CHANGE THAT!
Overall Problems: The Dress Code Objectifies and sexualizes students (mainly girls)-Ex: Your collarbones and or shoulders can't be exposed, No leggings or tights, No athletic shorts, No ripped jeans above the knee) Students have been embarrassed in their classrooms from being publicly shamed for dress code. Administration (policy JICA) are the only ones who get a say if the outfit breaks the dress code or not (can make dress coding biased) The discrimination against culturally significant attire - Generally, Black people wear durags and headscarves The dress code also cuts into school time- Ex: Going home to change, or In/Out of school suspension, etc How to fix it: Durags and Headscarves should be allowed (Because it's not hindering ones learning) No penalty for collarbones, leggings (as long as there not see through) and shoulders being out (Because we all generally have collarbones, legs and shoulders and those do not hinder learning unless you sexualize that.) If you agree please sign this petition so we can take this to the district, remmeber we have the right for our voices to be heard!
Petition to Alex Padilla, President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden First Lady, Vice President Kamala Harris, United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Brad Sherman, Congressman Adam Schiff, United States Senator Alex Padilla
103 y/o Marsha Hunt Has Over 7 Decades of Activism; Deserves Presidential Medal of Freedom
A Quick Overview 103-year-old actor-activist Marsha Hunt survived the Hollywood Blacklist to become one of Hollywood's first activists. Miss Hunt's activism began in the early 1940s and extended into the 21st Century -- SEVEN decades of activism! Meet Marsha Hunt and learn more here: "Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity" Film Trailer. Marsha Hunt's Complete Resume of Social Activism: Please note that this also includes a partial list of awards presented to Miss Hunt throughout the years: Marsha Hunt Resume of Social Activism. Why Marsha Hunt Should Receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom With the passing of Olivia de Havilland and her dear friend Norman Lloyd, Marsha Hunt is the oldest living star from the Golden Age of Hollywood. As an actor, she made many World War II-themed films while at MGM that brought much comfort to those on the homefront. While Marsha is still among us, we'd love to see her receive this high honor for her work as an actor, songwriter, and "actorvist". The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the president of the United States to recognize someone who has made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." The Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal are the highest civilian awards of the United States. (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.) Marsha Hunt is a living legend and national treasure highly deserving of both awards. As far back as 1955, Marsha Hunt worked tirelessly alongside her mentor Eleanor Roosevelt to support the work that the United Nations Association was accomplishing in the United States including combating hunger and homelessness. Marsha Hunt is the only member of the Committee for the First Amendment alive today who can talk about the trip to Washington D.C. that she and others took in October 1947 to support the “Hollywood 19”. Here are some additional highlights of Marsha Hunt's tireless work and dedication to causes that she felt needed attention: During World War II, not only did Miss Hunt work at the Hollywood Canteen almost every Saturday night of the war for almost four years, but she also went on a four-week USO tour of the Arctic in 1943. Marsha Hunt was one of the first in Hollywood to host a telethon. In 1952, Marsha co-hosted the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon, along with Ralph Edwards and Jack Webb. They were on the air for 36 hours in Oakland California. It became a broadcast record at the time. Marsha Hunt was one of the first in Hollywood to support the work of the United Nations Association and its specialized agencies. In 1959, she produced a television documentary on World Refugee Year and got 14 of her Hollywood friends to join her on the broadcast (this was a young Paul Newman's first act of activism). In 1957, Marsha co-founded a teen drama workshop (with California State University Northridge professor William Schlossberg), in a tent on the young campus of Cal State Northridge. The program, "Teenage Drama Workshop" (TADW), grew over the years and is now in its 64th year of operation. As Honorary Mayor of Sherman Oaks, (1983 - 2000), Marsha Hunt was one of the first to recognize the growing homelessness problem in the San Fernando Valley of California. She organized walkathons and blanket drives to help those in need. Her crowning accomplishment as mayor helped to open one of, if not the first, homeless shelters in the Valley. The Valley Shelter opened in 1986 in an old motel. Thirty-five years later, the old motel has been torn down and a brand new facility stands on the site serving those in need. Los Angeles Family Housing has successfully run this shelter and many others in greater Los Angeles since 1988. In 2007, at the age of 95, Miss Hunt wrote an LGBTQ anthem entitled "Here's To All Who Love" supporting "loving love", "hating hate" and marriage equality. The song has been sung at many weddings in the last 14 years. Marsha Hunt’s life story has peaks and valleys that span the course of the 20th century. In 1935, 17-year-old aspiring actress Marsha Hunt was discovered in Hollywood. She signed with Paramount Pictures and went on to a flourishing career at MGM. Miss Hunt made 54 films in 17 years before a series of unfortunate events led to her being unfairly blacklisted. Miss Hunt is the last person alive from the famous 1943 MGM Stock Company photo. After the Hollywood Blacklist, Marsha overcame adversity and championed humanitarian causes, forging a career as one of Hollywood’s first celebrity activists. The documentary “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” is Miss Hunt’s “final act” of activism. The underlying theme of the film is that Marsha rose above adversity, and we can too. The American way is to rise above adversity -- to find a way, or forge a new path forward. Marsha Hunt's words and deeds serve as an inspirational primer and call to action for activists of all ages. Please support our collective efforts for Marsha to receive the well-deserved honor of receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in her lifetime. Please sign and share this petition widely and encourage everyone to do the same. Thank you! ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ‘30s star Marsha Hunt recalls supporting American troops, combating Hollywood blacklisting: ‘It was needed’: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/marsha-hunt-american-troops-hollywood-blacklisting Turner Classic Movies celebrating Hollywood star Marsha Hunt: https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-movies-hollywood-28344366f321ade5ed1ca4fa0687c4b5 Tinseltown Talks column: A TCM tribute to 103-year-old Marsha Hunt: https://www.statesman.com/story/entertainment/movies/2020/11/30/tinseltown-talks-column-tcm-tribute-to-103-year-old-marsha-hunt/115072540/ Classic Hollywood: Actress Marsha Hunt survived the blacklist without apologizing for her activism: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/classichollywood/la-ca-mn-classic-hollywood-marsha-hunt-20150913-story.html #MarshaHunt #SocialJustice #Activism #OvercomingAdversity #HungerRelief #Homelessness #MarriageEquality #Actor #Activist #Advocate #Songwriter #HollywoodGoldenAge #USO #PresidentialMedalOfFreedom
Petition to Unione Europea, European Broadcasting Union, U.S. House of Representatives, Angela Merkel (CDU)
Ban Abu Rumaisa from all social networks for hate speech towards Albanian national flag
Imam Abu Ramisa made a public national offense towards the Albanian state as well the Albanian flag by calling it kaffirs. Albania is a population with religious harmony and we demand to keep it that way and Abu Ramisa to be banned from all social platforms as well as an Imam. We demand him to be expelled as an imam and to be condemned for hate speech according to EU laws.
Petition to Northeastern University WeCare Office, Northeastern University Health and Counseling Services, Northeastern University Disability Resource Center, Office for University Equity and Compliance
Reform Northeastern Policies to Accommodate Students in Crisis
My name is Jackie Williams, and this is my story. The Northeastern University WeCare office is described as "a support system that aids students when significant issues arise that impede their success." As a new student, I felt incredibly lucky to attend a university that would support me through any hardships that I may endure. However, each of my visits to WeCare for help left me feeling inadequate. When I suffered a concussion and was told by my drc specialist that the disability resource center would not provide me additional accommodations because I already have accommodations for ADHD, I sought help at WeCare. The WeCare staff asked me personal, invasive questions about my experience. I opened up to them about my circumstances and how my struggles with mental and physical health were affecting me academically, requesting an advocate to speak to my professors who were declining to provide my accommodations requested in medical documentation. I was encouraged to try convincing my professors by revealing what happened and told that WeCare couldn't advocate for me yet because I hadn't tried hard enough, and that maybe there is a reason that these bad things kept happening to me. Over and over, I was sent back and forth between WeCare, UHCS and the DRC. Eventually WeCare finally contacted my professors who were declining to provide my accommodations, and I soon found that no matter the severity of the situation or extent of documentation, the WeCare office, the DRC, and UHCS have none of the authority or intercommunication they would need to help students who are suffering academically due to extenuating and unpredictable circumstances. I was appalled, especially considering how students have been impacted by the global pandemic. Even the DRC supported my professors' choices not to accommodate me, and they too told me a medical leave was my only option because it is completely up to professors whether they choose to follow professionally recommended accommodations for students in crisis. None of them could enforce the accommodations I needed despite extensive documentation. Not once was I offered a resource that could have helped, supported, or encouraged me; I was, however, encouraged to take a medical leave of absence, leaving me with a destroyed trust for several professors, the systems set to support students, and even myself. Despite the lack of support I received at WeCare and the DRC, I do believe the majority of the staff in these departments are well-meaning. In reflecting on my experiences, I realized why WeCare staff implied that what happened to me was my fault and shamed me for my struggles; My professors were the only ones who had the authority to implement my medically advised accommodations, and WeCare did not have the resources they needed to help me. Northeastern's policies, and the understaffing and underfunding of WeCare, UHCS, and the DRC has tied the hands of these departments with a lack of authority and collaboration between their departments. These issues have resulted in long term damage to students struggling with extenuating circumstances and their academic careers, and will continue to do so until reforms are made. I know that I am not the only one who has experienced this problem with Northeastern. I hope this petition can provide a voice to all of the students who have, and I highly encourage those students to share their stories too. I am so grateful to everyone for reading, signing, and sharing my petition. I truly hope this can shed light on these injustices to northeastern students. To students who have had a similar experience to me, please share what you can in the section "why am I signing". You do not stand alone. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we are stronger.
Petition to Fort Lauderdale City Commission and Broward County Commission
Adopt Indigenous People's Day in place of Columbus Day
The FORT of Fort Lauderdale was a real military fort, that was built to forcibly remove the Native American population. There were 3 Seminole Wars that were waged by the US federal government from this area. In the perspective of the local tribes, this wasn't broken up as three separate events, but as one long military advancement over 150 years! As a step of contrition and toward social justice, we urge the current Fort Lauderdale City Commission and Broward County Commission to adopt Indigenous People's Day in place of Columbus Day.