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Black Lives Matter

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Petition to Michigan Attorney General, Dana nessel, Gretchen Whitmer

FREE WRONGFULLY CONVICTED THELONIOUS SHAWN SEARCY!!!!

  http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/hitman-says-he-pulled-trigger-in-2004-murder-not-the-man-convicted https://youtu.be/aQZrwajFlno   PLEASE READ THE ABOVE LINKS AND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT A LOCAL DETROIT MAN THELONIOUS SEARCY. HIS HIGH PROFILE CASE OCCURRED 15 YEARS AGO, AND JUST LAST YEAR HIS CASE WAS BROUGHT BEFORE WAYNE COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE TIMOTHY MICHAEL KENNY FOR AN EVIDENTIARY HEARING, DURING WHICH HITMAN VINCENT SMOTHERS (PICTURED) CONFESSED (LISTEN TO SMOTHERS CONFESSION, LINK ABOVE) TO MULTIPLE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ABOUT HIS INVOLVEMENT IN THE THE THELONIOUS SEARCY CASE, SMOTHERS CONFESSED TO COMMITTING THE MURDER OF WHICH THELONIOUS SEARCY WAS CONVICTED OF. AT THIS HEARING SEARCY AND HIS DEFENSE ATTORNEY MICHAEL R DESZI ALSO PROVED THAT CHIEF DEPUTY PROSECUTOR PATRICK MUSCAT DELIBERATELY LIED TO SEARCY’S JURORS ABOUT BALLISTIC’S FOUND IN THE DECEASED BODY. WE ARE REQUESTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THE MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND MICHIGAN GOVERNOR WHITMER WOULD LAUNCH AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CORRUPT TACTICS UTILIZED IN THIS CASE BY THE SAID PROSECUTOR IN THIS CASE. CHIEF JUDGE TIMOTHY MICHAEL KENNY IS AWARE OF THE DELIBERATE LIE TOLD TO THE JURORS, YET HE HAS CHOSEN TO IGNORE THE BALLISTIC INFORMATION AND THE CONFESSION OF HITMAN VINCENT SMOTHERS. WE ASK THE PEOPLE OF MICHIGAN AND ALL THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY TO SIGN THIS PETITION FOR A FEDERAL AND STATE PROBE INTO THIS CASE. THANK YOU!!!

THELONIOUS SEARCY
19,329 supporters
Update posted 13 hours ago

Petition to Pitt County District Attorney Faris Dixon

Drop The Charges, Stop The Attack On Our Community!

Dedan Waciuri was raised in the struggle by his mother, Greenville organizer, Willie Carol Roberts. Her involvement in the Black Workers for Justice and the Coalition Against Racism has inspired and motivated Dedan throughout his nine years of community organizing. He has cultivated a valuable network of organizers including BWFJ, CAR, and the Black Alliance for Peace. These organizations fight for affordable housing, a civilian police review board, and an end to police brutality. This has culminated in the founding of Mapinduzi this summer. On May 31, 2020, the people of Greenville gathered to protest the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and police brutality in America. Dedan attended the event with a megaphone, a list of demands, and the support of the community.  At this rally, Dedan spoke to a crowd of 300 people about the overwhelming police presence in majority Black and brown communities here in Greenville. Police responded to Dedan and to the people’s right to free speech with the violent use of tear gas against protestors in an attempt to silence them.  Following the rally, Dedan was targeted because of his dedicated organizing efforts for police accountability and Black Liberation and was arrested on bogus, trumped-up charges including “inciting a riot” and “damage to government property”. These charges are being used to silence Black dissent in Eastern North Carolina and make an example of those who speak out against oppressive systems. Greenville police and other state agencies have continuously made targets out of activists who speak up for Black lives. This is the city’s response to a community organizer and a political attack on the people’s democratic right to free speech. This is an attempt to suppress the voices of the people.  We ask you to stand in full solidarity with Dedan Waciuri and with all other political prisoners of state repression.  DROP THE CHARGES! TOUCH ONE! TOUCH ALL!

Mapinduzi
3,867 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Chad Luppinacci, Steve Stern, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, James Gaughran

Replace Columbus statue with a Memorial to Jupiter Hammon, the first published black poet

In 1971, Clemente Spampinato sculpted a statue of Christopher Columbus; an Italian who sailed across the Atlantic for the Spanish empire. Columbus was sailing for India and instead landed on the Caribbean shores of the Taíno people. In subsequent voyages Columbus explored South and Central America, seeking riches for the Spanish Empire.We know that through disease, conquest, rape and murder the Spanish Empire took hold of the New World. The devastation to the Native people created the need for slave labor resulting in the Atlantic triangular trade.The Columbus statue stands over 25a looking down into the heart of Huntington to honor Italian American residents.Over the years we have been misinformed about Columbus and his legacy. This statue is controversial, it’s message is questionable.The calls for justice in our nation seem to go unheard if our local town government justifies the presence of a modern day immoral figure with arguments of ethnic celebration.We wish to look up to statues and see the humanity of those figures.The Town of Huntington ought to instead celebrate the the life and legacy of Jupiter Hammon, Americas first published African American Poet.Hammon was born and raised in Lloyd Harbor, a lifelong slave for the Lloyd family. He educated himself, and was a staunch abolitionist. Hammon's writing helped instill an awareness of the experience of a slave into the minds of Americans.As a way to express his feelings toward slavery, he created layers of symbols and metaphors in his writings. In 1786, Hammon delivered a speech known as "Address to Negroes of the State of New York." His speech was published and reprinted by many abolitionists of the day.One group who reprinted his work was “The Pennsylvania Abolitionists Society”. This organization fought to end the immoral institution of slavery.Hammon has published 6 poems and 3 essays.His 4 famous published poems are-An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ, with Penitential Cries -A Poem For Children With Thoughts On Death-An Address To Miss Phillis Wheatley-A Dialogue, Entitled, The Kind Master And The Dutiful ServantHammon is more central to the identity of Huntington than Columbus. His legacy is one we ought to honor and commemorate in our town. He is buried in an unmarked grave somewhere on the Lloyd estate. Let us add to, if not replace, Huntington’s history.How ought we educate our youth when they question the immorality of historical figures? Ought we to ignore it, or do we learn from the past and change?It's time for Huntington to show appreciation to all their residents, especially the Black community. Jupiter Hammon is Black history, American history and Huntington History

John Ferraiolo
1,973 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

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

LETS STOP THE INJUSTICE OF OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM BASED ON SKIN COLOR #BLM

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
2,583 supporters