Petition to The Memphis Police Department, Shelby County
DEMAND EQUALITY FOR RACIAL-MINORITY DOMESTIC ASSAULT VICTIMS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
Sabrina Nguyen was a beloved daughter, sister, and friend to many before being brutally murdered on January 2, 2020 by her ex-boyfriend at the age of only 18-years old. Between the months of April 2019 and December 2019 Sabrina made many pleas for police intervention, filed an Order of Protection and an Intimidation Report, and repeatedly told officers that her life was at risk, yet the Memphis Police Department failed her, as they historically have when dealing with racial-minority women who live in underserved communities experiencing domestic violence. Sabrina took all of the right steps and was promised protection, yet officers continuously showed her a different level of care than they statistically have shown to white women or women with higher socio-economic status who have experienced domestic violence. The choices made by officers here directly led to the death of Sabrina Nguyen. SABRINA’S LAST CALLS FOR HELP The Memphis Police Department was first made aware of the violence Sabrina was experiencing in April of 2019 when Sabrina was assaulted while moving out of her ex-boyfriend’s home. In June, Sabrina was once again assaulted by her ex-boyfriend and officers took him into custody while Sabrina went through the process of having an Order of Protection put in place against him, which she was told would prevent any contact between the two. In August, Sabrina was kidnapped and assaulted by her ex-boyfriend. In September, Sabrina’s ex-boyfriend stalked her home and attempted to break in. In December, 911 calls were made by Sabrina on at least 11 separate occasions. Sabrina filed assault charges on December 10th after being kidnapped and assaulted by her ex-boyfriend which led to his arrest on the same day. He bonded out on December 11th and by December 14th, Sabrina was already receiving more haunting phone calls from him. He was arrested again on December 17th and posted bond on December 18th. On December 19th he kidnapped Sabrina and pulled a knife on her. On December 20th he kidnapped Sabrina again and drove her across multiple states until finally dropping her off at the Memphis Police Department on December 23rd. Sabrina made officers aware on the 23rd that her ex-boyfriend had stolen her vehicle and she called MPD repeatedly in the days after the incident to check on the progress they had made in getting her vehicle back. A warrant was finally, after 6 days, issued for the theft of Sabrina’s vehicle, but officers did not make any documented attempt to make an arrest or get Sabrina’s vehicle back between the time of the warrant being issued and Sabrina’s death. On January 1st, 2020 Sabrina’s brother reported Sabrina as a missing person and provided officers with the address of Sabrina’s ex-boyfriend. On January 2nd, 2020 officers found Sabrina’s dead body lying on a sidewalk near a busy intersection. According to an affidavit, “[t]he Scene Officer recognized [the body to be that of] Sabrina Nguyen from multiple incidents involving her ex-boyfriend.” Sabrina’s ex-boyfriend kidnapped and assaulted her on multiple occasions, made terroristic threats towards her, stole her vehicle, violated bail conditions, and stalked her. He was arrested twice and had 8 formal charges brought against him in the month of December alone. Officers knew where he lived and had arrested him at that location previously. Officers knew that Sabrina desperately needed her vehicle in order to work and to get away from dangerous situations. Despite all of this information, officers chose not to act between December 23rd and January 1st and that choice led to their finding of Sabrina’s dead body on January 2nd. Officers were given countless signs that should have led them to make different choices, choices that would have saved Sabrina, yet due to her gender, race and position in society, they made decisions that led to her death instead. WHY WE MUST DEMAND CHANGE Officers across the nation continuously fail to acknowledge diversity when handling situations of domestic violence. Women as a whole are more vulnerable to experiencing domestic violence and women of color are the most likely demographic to experience domestic violence while simultaneously being the most disproportionately affected by homicides resulting from intimate-partner-violence. It is well known that social position and economic status also play a huge part in resources and services made available to individuals and that stands true in situations of domestic violence as well. Even if officers were offering the exact same level of protection to these racial-minority women in underserved communities as they were to their white, well-off counterparts, they would not be taking into consideration the fact that many of these techniques and services would be ineffective to this population of women because of the unique nature of their experiences with domestic violence. Officers must be held accountable in situations like Sabrina’s wherein they choose to ignore the seriousness of the situation and make decisions that lead to deaths that could easily have been prevented. The actions suggested below are some of the changes which we believe would have saved Sabrina Nguyen if implemented by the Memphis Police Department, and if implemented across the United States, will function to protect many more women like Sabrina in the future. 1. Notification systems must be put in place which automatically notify domestic violence victims when their arrested aggressor becomes eligible to post bond or is released. 2. Police officers must be required to have higher levels of training in preventative and intervening measures which require the consideration of societal factors such as gender, race, and socio-economic status that make violence more likely to occur or more likely to result in death within certain populations. 3. Police departments must be required to create and keep an up-to-date database for domestic-abuse related incidents and information which would allow officers and 911-operators to be automatically made aware of any history or patterns of domestic violence when searching someone’s name in the department’s already-existing system. 4. Demand transparency of police departments by requiring a yearly public report detailing the funds spent and measures taken to prevent further predictable deaths of women of color in underserved communities who experience domestic violence. This report should also provide yearly statistics of domestic violence in that department’s jurisdiction and the deaths resulting from such instances which can be broken down by race, gender, and socio-economic status. 5. Demand that officers have ongoing education and training of the unique realities, difficulties, and needs of racial-minority women in underserved communities experiencing domestic assault. 6. Demand the creation of programs that are catered towards racial-minority women in underserved communities which allows them to report domestic violence to non-police officers and provides them with resources and services that allow them to safely get away from their aggressor even if they are fearful of having police involved. If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please reach out for help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be called 24 hours a day at 1(800) 799-7233 and their website, thehotline.org, provides contact information for local resources in all 50 states.
Petition to Nintendo
Sped Ubobque as the best pokemon
Sped Ubobque, a magnificent magical creature with the power to solve world hunger and can end racism. He may not look like a woman's ideal husband but he is great in bed. He will stay and take care of your kids. He can make magnificent income because he is a lawyer. He is also already solving climate change. He is so epic I believe he should be a magnificent pokemon
Petition to Senator Kevin Cramer, Attorney General Wayne Stenejhem, Burleigh County District Court, Burleigh County State Attorney, Doug Burgum, John Hoeven, Mayor Steve Bakken
Arrest Child Predator Richard Reiger
My son, Tayvion, a 6yr old child, has recently become a victim of sexual assault by a 58yr old man. The man's name is Richard Reiger and he used his very own son to bait my child in as Tayvion & his son was best friends. Over the summer, Tay spent a few nights at Reiger's house where Reiger took the opportunity to sexually assault him. Richard Reiger let it be known to a neighbor that he had been sleeping in the same bed as Tayvion and then he notified me about it and that is when I asked my son about what happened about his experiences at these sleepovers. Tayvion only told me so much but I reported it to the police in late September and he had his forensic interview October 21st. I do not wish to share explicit details but they were not limited to Reiger removing all of his clothing before climbing into the bed and Reiger putting his hands on my son. I later took Tayvion in for a forensic interview in which Tayvion gave more detailed information to the investigators so they know more about the actual assault than myself at this point. Tayvion has changed drastically and is now a depressed little boy that is now having panic attacks multiple times a week and is always angry. We are waiting for an intake counseling appointment to come up but that's not until late January. Here is where I NEED your help. Richard Reiger has NOT been arrested nor has he been charged with the sexual assault of a 6 year old child. Richard Reiger lives behind an elementary school where he has access to children every day. Reiger also knows where the victim lives and is a current gun owner until charged. When I call for answers to the case the only thing they will tell me is that it's under attorney review. It is now approaching 4 months since it had been reported to local authorities. The state of North Dakota has picked up charges on relatives and on myself within a matter of 1-2 months (bogus charges but that's not what's important here) but has yet to protect the children of this state from a dangerous sexual predator. We demand they arrest 58yr old Richard Reiger for the sexual assault of 6 year old Tayvion. We need the help of the people in order to get this petition to the right people. We ask that you please sign as well as share so we can secure an arrest and get justice for Tayvion as well as protecting other children from this disgusting man. Thank you!!!
Petition to Ms. Bell
Snow Day Plsss
On behalf of our advisory, we would like to let you know we are severely upset and disappointed in the decision for tomorrow to be remote and not a snow day. We were told at the beginning of the year that we would have snowdays but this is the second time where we have been remote instead of a snowday. This is very upsetting because snowdays are a fundamental part of going to school in the northeast and not having them is another aspect of life taken away from corona. In conclusion, we wanted to let you know that it’s very upsetting that we don’t have snowdays because they are some of the best days of the year. xoxo the jingle bells
Petition to Thomas McHenry
Stand against the destruction of the Underground Railroad Mural.
Please sign this petition to the President of the Vermont Law School to not destroy the Underground Railroad Mural that is currently hanging in an important space in the building. https://www.vnews.com/Vermont-Law-School-to-paint-over-mural-about-Underground-Railroad-35136293 For over 20 years, the piece has moved and provoked students and visitors. https://www.csmonitor.com/1993/0927/27161.html However, in our current sensitized times, the painting has drawn criticisms for stereotypical portrayals and white privilege. Now the law school is attempting to prevent further controversy by having it covered over or removed. What this means, is the piece will be destroyed. While it is obvious to most people that caving to the prejudices of the moment is a poor way to make great art, nor a behavior we want to encourage in our future lawmakers, that is precisely what this kind of action does. Not only does it encourage a sad moderation in artistic expression, it also insults the intelligence of viewers as unable to perceive metaphor... something we all understand almost instinctually. More importantly than these far-sighted reasons, it is crucial to stop its intended destruction NOW. The Artist himself has filed suit to prevent its destruction, but his legal challenge will need the support of a public outcry. https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2020/12/artist-sues-to-prevent-law-school-from-painting-over-his-underground-railroad-murals-that-black-stud.html From a purely artistic point of view, it is a stunning piece. I cannot understand how anyone could see it as anything less than a masterpiece. I am especially bothered by those who see the African figures as anything less than heroic. Especially Harriet Tubman and the slave on the auction block who stands with the nobility and subtle disappointment of a Boddhisatva. The contrast between the portrayal of the allies and the portrayal of the collaborators is not only genius, but fully supported in artistic history from Degas to Fauvism to Picasso. It is also very clear that these criticisms are a sign of the times more than any considered or reasonable opinion. To suggest that we are unable as human beings to understand the struggles of other human beings simply because of physical difference is the ugly dark side of the empowerment movement. This piece successfully portrays both races in a way that is unflinchingly human. Neither seems to escape an honest portrayal, but it is very clearly critical of the white races. To say that anyone could look at the painting and say that it relieves white people of responsibility for slavery by making them green only makes sense when you don’t look at the painting as a whole. It is very clearly a chromatically consistent painting because of the interplay of the green, the purple and the rich reddish tones. If you painted the white people with any crayon caucasian flesh tones, they would not only look out of place, but they would stop the movement of the composition– thereby drawing even more of the viewers attention. Then maybe there would be an argument for putting them in too flattering a light. “You made them look like barbie or a ‘china girl’” would be the response. Even more poetically, the green color of the collaborators gives them the sickening otherworldliness that African narratives of slavery described in their first contact with Europeans. It lends them an air of death, of representatives of decay, of a culture on the cusp of its greatest defeat. Reading it from left to right, it is also purely American in the way it’s structure reflects Hollywood storytelling. The terrible beginning, the suffering of the second act, the minor victories that encourage the protagonist in the face of insurmountable odds. Even the epic scope of moving between the landmarks of history to the ordinary stories of unsung individuals. Finally, in the most Hollywood ending ever, the visual narrative ends with the hopeful white horse and the escape to freedom. But of course, everyone knows the story doesn’t end there. Everyone knows the white horse is both symbolic of hope, but also draws attention, and could foreshadow the coming war, the destruction of drugs on the African-American community, or even the skittish support of the white allies. The classical building in the distance is both a clichéd image of heavenly rest and reminder of the neoclassical facade of antebellum culture. It towers over the scene almost like a warning of the rise of white nationalism while also commenting on the ivory tower where the viewer now stands. The power of art is the unity of its perspective. How the extreme bias of the individual artist reaches out to the most individualistic parts of ourselves. We don't call art by committee 'art' and there is a reason for that. The value art has over every other assemblage of human ingenuity is its ability to preserve not only the attitudes of a time, but also the personal and intimate passions of artists. A divergence of opinions about a piece of art is the best we can hope for, because it is only in that civil but confrontational space that the law represents, that the true work of eliminating systemic racism can be done.