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george floyd

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Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Santa Cruz City Council

Paint the Base of The U​.​C. Santa Cruz Campus with the Words: "Black Lives Matter"

Dear Santa Cruz City Council,  Due to the recent noose that was found by me, hanging at least 10 feet off the ground, on July 5th at 6:15 pm at the base of the U.C. Santa Cruz campus, this petition calls on you to take action. I call on you, the Santa Cruz City Council, to approve the painting of the words: “Black Lives Matter” at the intersection from where this noose was hung: where Empire Grade meets Bay Street and where High Street meets Glenn Coolidge Drive. These three very important words will cover the entirety of the intersection, in bright and thick yellow paint.  The answer to the reason why this painting is necessary can be easily stated. The community that you serve is outraged that 4 individuals had the nerve to throw a noose hanging from one of the street signs of this intersection on the night of July 2nd. This is absolutely an atrocious action. Historically, the history of white supremacy in this country has, from it’s very beginning, sought out to silence and traumatize the voice of people of color, through means of police brutality, hangings, Jim Crow, the prison industrial complex and more. Most traumatically, blacks are the only group who can say that they have suffered, or even continued to suffer, through all of the before mentioned trauma’s. Therefore, to support this cause is to support black lives, and to remind Santa Cruz and the world as a whole, that white supremacy has NO place in our communities. Thank you for your legal approval on this most necessary action. 

Enrique Garcia
473 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, Betty McCollum, Joe Biden

Create a US Truth and Reconciliation Commission

America, please listen to me, we need to define the relationship. “We can’t agree on anything anymore.  As a country, we just can’t agree.  We just fight about everything. We can’t even agree on Black Lives Matter.  That’s a controversial statement.  Black Lives Matter.  Not matters more than you, just matters.” – noted social commentator Michael Che In an environment where a substantial number of our neighbors, fellow residents, and even national leaders and representatives will not and cannot bring themselves to even utter the words #blacklivesmatter, will not even engage in discussion to show the lowest level of empathy, and will not acknowledge that our Black brothers, sisters, and non-binary friends and neighbors have inherent worth, we need to have a talk.  I am a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in the Republic of South Africa after the fall of Apartheid.  When South Africa was developing their new post-Apartheid Constitution, our South African friends looked to us in the United States for inspiration, let us look to them now.  In 1996, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up by the government of South Africa to help the nation heal from the abuses that occurred under apartheid.  No section of South African society escaped the effects of these abuses.  South Africans knew that there needed to be a national level dialogue and response to the pervasive racism that afflicted the country.  It’s a conversation that South Africa had and continues to have, and that we, here in the US, have not. What was done to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others who have been subjected to brutality is a symptom of systemic institutional racism that we as Americans have failed to address.  Let their deaths not have been in vain. We can challenge and change the status quo, we already are.  The time to act decisively is now.  We are at a historical nexus, what we do or fail to do will have ramifications for the generations after us. We the undersigned demand a formal national level inquiry on how to heal our nation from the continuing scourge of systemic institutional racism and support the creation of a United States Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It’s a national dialogue that is long overdue. #USTRC #blacklivesmatter

Manuel B. Zuniga, Jr.
2,235 supporters
This petition won 1 month ago

Petition to Amy Klobuchar, Tim Walz

Residents of George Floyd Residential area needs emergency care act funds +Health equality

Please help us we need 1000 signatures to petition  GOV Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health. The Health and Safety of the residents of the George Floyd area have been forgotten and overlooked in the wake of the pandemic and protest for justice. We need your help. With the help of the local businesses and volunteers we have successfully opened a mobile covid testing site and cases on on the rise. Health equality is needed quickly, covid testing should be paid for by the government weather you have a social security number or an address or Not. This is not a racial issue the is a right and wrong issue. This is not right! People of color are 4 times as likely to die of COVID-19 than whites not because of the virus but because of the lack of health care that is given once diagnosed. Since the death of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020, the residential area surrounding 38th and Chicago has been classified by the Mayor Frey as emergency health crisis area. Hennepin County has excluded our residents from utilizing emergency care act funds because of the dealth of George Floyd. This excludes the RESIDENTS from crucial emergency city services.  We need emergency volunteers and first responders to help us check on the elderly and disabled we lack the resources to take care of the vulnerability of children and young aldults. With good intentions for safety reasons, cement blocks have been placed by the city of Minneapolis around our subdivision and have cause safety and health issues and have divided the community and caused essential health services from getting to the residents. COVID-19 cases continue to rise and the residents are also facing housing discrimination practices on a daily basis. City services such as emergency ambulance and city and state crime investigators have been delayed or non-existent. This has devastated the RESIDENTS of the REAL George Floyd area. Injuries, illnesses and fatalities have emerged.  In the wake of the pandemic, the residents need emergency assistance and funding to manage the health and safety of this autonomous zone. There are dozens of organizations that claim to represent the George Floyd Memorial Community that are collecting donations and meeting daily with the city council members, but they often make decisions that hurt the residents without realizing it. The problem we’re facing is the actual residents who are being affected do not receive the donations The city council has approved a budget for $100,000 to be allocated in 2021 to another city organization or artists and healers in the surrounding area but that does not help our immediate health and safety disparities within the boundaries. The city council is allowing these organizations to receive money that claim to represent the George Floyd RESIDENTS without actually helping the RESIDENTS within the autonomous zone directly. Please sign this petition to help the RESIDENTS OF GEORGE FLOYD MEMORIAL AUTONOMOUS ZONE get the emergency assistance and funding we need to rebuild our community. For the RESIDENTS, by the RESIDENTS of the George Floyd Memorial Autonomous Zone. 

Heads Up Health USA
656 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Margaret Abe-Koga, Max Bosel

Improve transparency and accountability in the Mountain View Police Force

Every step taken by every individual police force improves the standing of peace officers as a whole. Please take the following steps to show that we can hold ourselves to the same level of accountability that we demand of the police officers and departments all across the country: 1. Place prominently on the MVPD website the use of force rules governing action by MVPD officers, including choke holds and requirements for de-escalation2. In the use of force rules, state clearly which situations *will* result in disciplinary action 3. Place prominently in the MVPD website a method for members of the Mountain View community to notify MVPD of situations where an officer might have used excessive force 4. Provide public statistics to confirm that MVPD is not engaging in racial profiling 5. Support creation of a citizens oversight board that will review claims of excessive force by police officers 6. Publicly affirm that should a police officer be accused of misconduct and the case prosecuted by the DA, MVPD will not retaliate against the DA in conduct of that or any other prosecutions7. Publicly renounce the use of military style gear for crowd control and intimidation and reduce the use of weapons in everyday police work8. Work to ensure that police contracts do not require expunging from police records of reports of excessive force By taking these few steps, MVPD has the opportunity to lead the nation out of this logjam of mistrust and confrontation. By clarifying and publishing what you probably already believe, you can demonstrate that you hold your department accountable and that you trust the community you work with. In our community, this is all rather symbolic. But it is from such symbols that our nation can start the work of truly healing. Thank you.

Anand Hattiangadi
1,009 supporters