Justice For George Floyd

226 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

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
2,736,219 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts Governor, Edward J. Markey, Joseph P. Kennedy III, RachaeRollins


Peace and thank you for taking the time to read a summary of Nuri Muhammad’s journey through his words. Let me take you into what it is like to be a Cape Verdean man involved in the criminal justice systems injustices. The legal theory“JOINT VENTURE”  was what all 6 co defendant’s along with myself had to agree to the same plea bargain or else the deal will NO longer EXIST. That was what I was told would define my fate in this case.2 out of 7 individuals in the case did not take the deal leading to myself being left with NO choice, but to take my case to trial and ultimately receive the sentence of 1st degree, life without parole. Over the 10,222 days 336 months as I speak these words to be typed many other “JOINT VENTURE” cases have been tried Similar to my case only DIFFERENCE is that they are involving individuals that are not from poverty, black or Latino communities. The DIFFERENCE is they have received sentences that do not compare to the life without parole sentence I have received. INJUSTICE is what has occurred in my case and it is important for us now during 2020 to showcase the need for change in our criminal justice system to not sentence individuals DIFFERENTLY due to ones COLOR of SKIN. Please Sign my petition so that my case can come to LIGHT as an example of SYSTEMATIC RACISM! God willing I will be able to be free of this concrete jungle and continue to do the work that needs to be completed to have our youth and young adults aware of what one unfortunate eventcould easily impact their and others lives. I am a believer of God, a father, a son of a single mother, a product of the inner city streets of Boston, a remorseful incarcerated inmate, I am a changed man with the responsibility to inform others that are stuck in the revolving cycle of the criminal life on the importance of being a law abiding citizen. My name is Nuri Muhammad and I would like you to know that I am no longer the confused or emotionally unstable product of the streets. What I have become is a man of faith, a prisoner that reversed his street mentality. A individual who is no longer looking to fit in, but now is the one leading, mentoring and showing others in the prison how to self improve themselves with a changed mindset. The day that got me here in prison,  the day that changed so many lives, I did not know why I existed in this life.   Through the process of taking responsibility and the impact of remorse that is daily on my heart of my participation on that life changing day for many I am dedicating my life in honor of that life taking to reverse the thinking of those who are lost and only know the stagnite cycle that has been stuck in our communities of color and poverty for generations.      During my time incarcerated I have been able to avoid the challenges of the negative social. atmosphere inside this concrete jungle by focusing on educating myself with being a proud member of The Nation of Islam, self improvement programs, books, being a mentor, participating in the project youth, and being involved in the African American coalition Committee My title in the AACC is Sargent at Arms. With this position I am to ensure that all guests such as State Representatives and U.S. Congress officials that are attending our meetings are secured and feel comfortable. I am entrusted with this position and value those who take their time to address the need for change in our criminal justice system.          It takes a leap in faith not fear to not only avoid, but to resist the risky temptations that occur daily in the prison environment. I have maintained and demonstrated my character as a man of change eagerly awaiting for the opportunity to reach out to lives outside of these walls.           Progress in myself has been made over these 28 years of me being incarcerated and I am no longer asleep of the loss cycle I was once living in. I am awoken and want others to awake, so that lives do not need to be lost, habits do not need to be formed, and families on both sides do not need to endure the tragedies of the unnecessary cycle that consumes our communities of color. I would like to be the  face of change and dedicate the work that I plan on doing in the community to the life that was lost on that day resulting of me being incarcerated. The impact of these actions that resulted the families involved pain throughout these years I do not take lightly I know that I could be involved in the conversations to our youth and young adults so that other families would not need to endure this difficult pain. Thank you for your support and Stay Blessed  Nuri Muhammad 

Nuri Muhammad
2,578 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Governor Ralph Northam

Justice for Black defendants wrongfully and excessively sentenced in Richmond, Virginia

Say the name Uhuru Rowe. Uhruru Rowe - a comrade, brother and friend. Uhuru has spent over two decades imprisoned and has a future that is shaped by carceral politics – Uhuru is a political prisoner, who was sentenced to 93 years in 1995 for a conviction where recommended sentencing was 13 years. We have made calls to our cities to defund the police and to defund the carceral state towards a horizon of abolition. Uhuru’s life and ongoing struggle for justice is a material circumstance created by justice systems that do not work for black men, and therefore do not work for any of us.In the words of Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore “Abolition requires that we change one thing, which is everything. Abolition is not absence it is presence. What the world will become already exists in fragments and pieces, experiments and possibilities. So those who feel in their gut deep anxiety that abolition means knock it all down, scorch the earth and start something new – let that go. Abolition is building the future from the present in all of the ways we can.”A world without loved ones in bondage is possible in our lifetimes. We are living in an unprecedented time in American history. Due to the ongoing racial justice protests in response to the killings of unarmed Black citizens at the hands of police, more Americans have been awakened to the existence of racism in the criminal justice system than at any other time in American history. Long before the current wave of racial justice protests began, Governor Northam acknowledged the disparity in sentencing between Black and white defendants.In response to recent protests surrounding the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis on May 25, he ordered the removal of confederate statues on the historic Monument Avenue in Richmond and convened a special session of the General Assembly to address police and criminal justice reform. In the aftermath of the nationally publicized "blackface" scandal when he and many of his colleagues and community activists were calling on him to resign, he took the necessary step of creating a Commission to Review and Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Laws to identify those laws that have had a disparate impact on Black Virginians. While we applaud the Governor for taking these steps, more is needed. On March 8, 1998, the Richmond Times-Dispatch published a study of court records for June 30, 1994, through September 30, 1997, which found that the average Black defendant convicted of a felony in the South Richmond Manchester Courthouse was sentenced by former Richmond Circuit Court Judge James B. Wilkinson to a term that was 38 percent longer than what the average Black defendant received in the North Richmond John Marshall Court .The study also found that the average white defendant convicted of a felony in the Manchester Courthouse was sentenced by Judge Wilkinson to a term that was 13 percent shorter than what the average white defendant received in the John Marshall Court. Canon 3B(5) says that "A judge shall perform duties without bias or prejudice. A judge shall not, in the performance of judicial duties, by words or conduct manifest bias or prejudice, including but not limited to bias or prejudice based upon race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or social economic status ..." If Black lives truly matter to Governor Northam, then steps should be taken to address the disparate impact of systematic racism on all people of color, including those currently in prisons, jails and detention centers as a result of racial bias by judges, prosecutors, and police. Racial justice and equality under the law can only be achieved when racism, bigotry and other forms of discrimination no longer determines the outcome for Black citizens entangled in criminal justice system. Therefore, during this critical juncture in Amercan history, we urge Governor Northam to assemble a commission invested with the power and authority to: ~ conduct a comprehensive review of all active and nonactive sentences handed down upon Black defendants by Judge Wilkinson; ~ determine if said sentences were tainted or influenced, in whole or in part, by Judge Wilkinson's racial bias or prejudice. This determination shall be made by examining how much said sentence exceeds the sentencing guidelines recommended by the VCSC; Judge Wilkinson's stated reason(s), if any, for departing outside the recommended sentencing guidelines; or any other speech, gesture or conduct by Judge Wilkinson during trial or sentencing that can reasonably be perceived or construed as racial bias or prejudice; ~ make recommendations to the Governor for the grant of a conditional pardon or a commutation of any active or inactive sentences in cases where it has been determined that said sentences were tainted or influenced, in whole or in part, by Judge Wilkinson's racial bias; and ~ recommend to the Governor and members of the General Assembly the adoption or passage of any policy, procedure or legislation that will allow a defendant who is currently serving an active sentence in the Virginia Department of Corrections, and whose sentence has been determined to have been tainted or influenced, in whole or in part, by Judge Wilkinson's racial bias or prejudice, to motion or petition the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond for a reduction or modification of their sentence. Sources: "2 Analysis Find Similar Conclusions: No Factors Other Than Race Found To Account For Sentencing Disparity," Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 8, 1998 "A Hard-Liner on Crime: Defense Lawyers Pass Judgment on Wilkinson," Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 8, 1998 "Sentencing Probe May Be Asked: Black Lawyers' Group Plans To Discuss Request April 18," Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 22, 1998 "Governor Northam acknowledges sentencing disparity between black and white defendants,"  

Tamar June
374 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to President Joe Biden

Establish a US Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation

On May 25, 2020 Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.  Each of us witnessed the abomination on video.  Watched and attempted to process what we saw with our own eyes and what was undeniable.  Mr. Floyd's death sparked protests against systemic racism that began in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, subsequently spread to cities across the United States, and ultimately across the world.  We all know that what we are witnessing is wrong, and we cannot stand by silent, complicit to injustice.  We are honor bound to act as rational, caring individuals. All of us watched the growing list of people, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and countless others who have been subjected to brutality.  What we are witnessing in real time is a symptom of systemic institutional racism that we as Americans have failed to address, and we are at a nexus in history.  Where do we wish to go, and who do we want to be?  What side of history, do we want to be on? 2020 has been brutal, for all of us.  We lost civil rights luminaries Congressman John Lewis, who exhorted us to get into "good trouble, necessary trouble."  We lost C.T. Vivian, Bruce Boynton, Lucille Bridges, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, and Airickca Gordon-Taylor.  Their dreams, our dreams, will never die.  We will continue the struggle! There is hope, and we can be part of the solution, part of envisioning and actively creating the just world that we wish to live in together.  A world where all of us are acknowledged for our worth, a world that says we matter and have value, and have equitable access to the benefits of all our world has to offer.  We need to bring our country together to have a national dialogue that will result in coherent public policy to address the effects of systemic racism, and we need to do it now! We support Representative Barbara Lee's H.Con.Res.100 Urging the establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation introduced in the House of Representatives on June 4, 2020 and urge our Representatives in the House to cosponsor the legislation (to send an email to urge your Congressperson to cosponsor legislation click here). We support Senator Cory Booker's S.Con.Res.50 A concurrent resolution urging the establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation introduced in the Senate on December 3, 2020 and urge our Senators to cosponsor the legislation (to send an email to urge your Senator to cosponsor legislation, click here). We, the undersigned, urge President Joe Biden to issue an Executive Order within the first 100 days of the Biden/Harris administration to establish a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation. Furthermore, we advocate for national leadership to provide concrete actions in public policy to address systemic racism in our political, legal, environmental, economic, health, and social institutions. We are doing this together, because we care about each other and understand that your struggle, is my struggle, is our struggle, and together, it can be done. #USTRHT

Manuel B. Zuniga, Jr.
488 supporters