Scotty Reid is just a regular guy and a member of the New Abolitionist Movement in the United States.
Abolish Private Prisons and Jails in the USA
We the people of the USA are calling for the President and Congress to support the “Justice Is Not For Sale Act”. It is unacceptable both morally and fiscally, to allow the private prison industry to trample true freedom and liberty in the name of profit. You are either for or against treating people like human cattle (chattel) to trade on Wall Street like a commodity. There is no middle ground. We the people are petitioning elected leaders to reverse this ugly trend by abolishing the private prison industry, which is the driving force behind mass incarceration that has come to look a lot like legalized slavery and involuntary servitude. With the majority of prisoners incarcerated over non-violent drug crimes, it seems the intent over the past three decades has been to turn people into criminals. The political and social commentator Ayn Rand once said, The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. It is well documented that the corporations involved in the private prison industry have been successful in getting the federal and state governments to create criminals and imprison them using harsh sentencing legislation while creating conditions for repeat customers as the industry refers to their human commodities. A number of states like Louisiana which by itself has the world's largest prison population, more than any other state and sadly more than the nation of China, have contracts with private prison corporations like the CCA to keep prisons full and that if they do not keep the prisons filled to near capacity, tax payers are still billed for empty beds. The “Justice Is Not For Sale Act” will eliminate such contracts by eliminating the private prisons that created them and end the scamming of U.S tax payers. We the people who have signed this petition demand an end to this morally reprehensible practice of profiting off the bodies of human beings who for the most part, would have never been in prison if not for the private prison lobby and politicians that created criminals for profit. We have faith that Congress will do the right thing and pass this legislation so that the President can do the right thing and sign it into law. Future generations will look back at this time period and recognize the huge step forward that was taken in the name of restoring the promise of liberty and justice for all. Thank you in advance for abolishing the private prison industry. We The People
Restore Staff To Unit Tracking Right Wing White Terrorist in Homeland Security
In light of the recent, horrific and preventable terrorist attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston, South Carolina, it has come to our attention that the President of the United States and the US Congress, despite warnings, moved to reduce the staff of the unit tasked with tracking white right wing extremist and potential terrorists down to only one person. This move to eviscerate the unit at Homeland Security happened early in the President's administration during his first term. Besides the loss of innocent lives in this brazen and callous attack on a church, the most tragic thing is that this attack might have been prevented if Homeland Security had been allowed to do its job and assured the manpower needed to track these individuals and organizations. Dylan Storm Roof was very active online, he maintained a website and published a manifesto prior to launching his attack. Being that he was active online, it is reasonable to believe if fully funded and staffed, the unit looking for and tracking people like Dylan Storm Roof may have been able to alert the proper authorities and prevent the taking of nine innocent lives. Besides the attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015, black churches were attacked in Memphis, Tennessee and in Richmond, Virginia, areas know for white right wing extremism. The following Wednesday night the very next week, a Black church was intentionally set on fire causing major damage in Charlotte, NC. North Carolina was once known for the largest number of card carrying potential terrorists with membership in the KKK and where Dylan Storm was caught.The FBI's response to these terrorist attacks is unacceptable. Immediately following the attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church FBI Director James Comey who took over in 2013, declared Roof's terrorist act to not be terrorism despite the killers words and manifesto about why he targeted Black people. We have no confidence in Mr. Comey's ability to go after right wing terrorist like the FBI has gone after Muslims.We demand that the domestic terrorism analysis unit of Homeland Security have its staff fully restored and we demand the resignation of FBI Director James Comey. President Obama once said he is the president of "all Americans" but he has failed terribly in protecting all Americans. It is time to correct this fatal mistake.