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Petition to Judge Paul Pape, Mel Hamner, Clara Beckett, Mark Meuth, Donna Snowden

Remove the Confederate Monuments from Bastrop County Property

Let’s demand the removal of the Confederate Monuments standing on the grounds of the Bastrop County Courthouse, in Bastrop Texas. The monuments are engraved with two crossed confederate flags on one side and the words of a Confederate war song “Lest we Forget” on the other.  They were established by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1910 to honor Confederate soldiers from Bastrop County who fought in the war against civil rights.  These monuments were set on the lawn to memorialize the history of the confederacy.  As it was stated, to cherish the heritage of southern blood and southern chivalry.  The United Daughters of the Confederate supported white supremacy, the Ku Klux Klan, and the altering of textbooks to change the narrative around slavery.   Confederate monuments were built and given places of honor in public spaces.  These symbols of white supremacy have always been memorials to the cause of slavery and the denial of humanity to Black people. Now they are being weaponized to rally white supremacists. We have the power to diffuse these modern-day lynch mobs by removing these statues altogether, instead of giving white supremacists a rally point. The intent of this petition is to request that Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape and the commissioners of the court:  Mel Hamner, Clara Beckett, Mark Meuth, and Donna Snowden, immediately remove all Confederate monuments from all County properties in Bastrop County; including but not limited to, the two confederate monuments currently located on the Bastrop County Courthouse grounds. These monuments are a representation of the pain, affliction and oppression inflicted upon Black Americans.  We are at a time in history where we should be promoting equity for all, and denouncing all forms of racism that poison our communities.   Removing all Confederate monuments would be one step among many in sending the message that we are no longer honoring white supremacy at a societal level.  Join with me today and pledge to support the removal of all Confederate monuments and symbols from the greater Bastrop County communities.   HELP US TAKE THEM DOWN!

Cheryl Lee
9,372 supporters
Update posted 3 hours ago

Petition to Governor DeWine

2 Punches 20 Years

2 Punches 20 Years  Wrongfully Convicted for Protecting His Twin Sister April 30th, 2009 Walter Triplett Jr was celebrating a loved one's birthday at Cleveland's Barley House when a fight broke out. Walter's group attempted to leave. They were followed into the street by a mob of patrons. Michael Corrado, and another man, who later fled the scene, threw a punch at Triplett's sister. Triplett defended his sister with two punches striking Corrado. Corrado hit his head on the pavement and later died. Triplett was charged with Felonious Assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Update 2021: Stand Your Ground  Tonya deserved to be protected!! But instead she carries the guilt of her brother being incarcerated every day and has already been robbed of a decade of life without him. Walter had every right to stand his ground. Their family has been torn apart by the events of that night and we are hoping that with the passing of this law they will finally receive justice.  There are three major problems with the handling of Triplett's Case The Jury Triplett had an all white Jury at both of his trials. Jury members were bullied to tears when they opposed conviction. Key witnesses where excluded. The jury would not acknowledge Walter's right or need to defend himself and his family. The Barley House The Barley House is racist. Cleveland police work with the staff to discriminate against patrons of color. The Barley house tampered with tape footage from the night of the incident. No one was held accountable for the attack on Triplett and his family and the surveillance footage from April 30th was never recovered. All of the attackers where connected to the Barley House and supported by racist Cleveland Police.  The Barley House needs to be protested and shut down immediately. The Judge Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold is petty, reckless, and immoral. She sued her local paper for 50 Million after she was caught using a fake email to comment on social media stories about her open cases. Saffold was later removed from the biggest murder case in Cleveland's history because of unethical behavior. Judge Shirely Strickland Saffold has a waiting list of 100 cases in her courtroom. She has no concern for jail overcrowding amid  Covid - 19 or any regard to citizen's need for speedy trial. She is on record telling a 19 year old women in her courtroom to sell her body for money. “Men are easy,” Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold told Nemeth, according to a transcript of a court hearing. “You can go sit in the bus stop, put on a short skirt, cross your legs and pick up 25. Ten of them will give you their money.” Saffold didn’t stop there. “If you don’t pick up the first 10,” the judge said, “then all you got to do is open your legs a little bit and cross them at the bottom, and then they’ll stop.” Saffold had a domestic violence dispute with her daughter. Punches were thrown but her daughter got off. No Charges.  When Triplett appealed his case Saffold sentenced him to another 2 years in prison out of spite. Saffold has been sitting since 1995 and needs to resign or be removed. 2020 has further exposed America's hateful disregard for black men from the street, to the courtroom, and behind bars.  Please stand for what is right. The pardon is waiting on the Governor's desk right now.  Sign and Share the Petition. Follow our progress on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Donate if you would like Thank you for taking your time to support! Facebook Twitter Instagram Donate

Jasmin Bigbee
2,879 supporters
Started 6 hours ago

Petition to Gavin Newsom

Racial Justice for AAPIs: Appoint an Asian American for CA Attorney General #API4AG

Governor Newsom is considering appointing a new attorney general in a couple of weeks. Several Asian American Pacific Islanders are qualified to serve.  We applaud Governor Newsom’s recent appointments of the first Latino U.S. Senator and first African American Secretary of State. His next appointment should rightfully be an AAPI. Please sign and share this petition to urge Gov. Newsom to appoint an AAPI as California's next attorney general.                             The State of AAPI Leadership  Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have long been passed over for top roles no matter how qualified we are. Pacific Islanders are also severely underrepresented in elected and appointed positions in California and nationally. While President-elect Biden’s appointed Cabinet may be historic in diversity, it is incomplete. We are deeply disappointed that this will be the FIRST time in 20 years where qualified AAPIs are excluded from Cabinet secretary positions regardless of party affiliation.  This sets a dangerous precedent that diversity does not include AAPIs. True diversity and inclusion start at the very top and require government leaders that reflect the population they serve.  Read here and here for our Congressional leaders’ responses.                             *******Take action now*******  We call on Governor Newsom to make history by breaking the glass ceilings for AAPIs - an important step toward addressing a historic underrepresentation of AAPIs in leadership roles in this state.  We know that while AAPIs were dominating the legal profession, they are the least represented of all ethnic groups in top legal leadership roles. Click here to view the breakdown. In a year where diversity, equity, and inclusion are focal, we must tackle this racial inequality. We strongly urge Governor Newsom to appoint an AAPI leader as the next California Attorney General.  Signed, League of California Cities Asian Pacific Islander Caucus - Sheng Thao, President; Council Member of OaklandAAPI Victory Fund - Shekar Narasimham, Co-Founder & Board Chair AAPI Dem Club of San Diego - Executive BoardAsian Americans Advancing Justice – LA - Victoria ‘Nikki’ Dominguez, Policy DirectorAsian Pacific Policy & Planning Council - Manjusha P. Kulkarni, Executive DirectorAsian Pacific Islander School Board Members AssociationAsian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) - Christine Chen, Executive DirectorAsian Americans Rising - Katie Nguyen Kalvoda, FounderAsian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County - Serena Chen, PresidentAsian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association - C.C. Yin, FounderAsian Pacific Islander Trustee and Administrator Caucus (APITA) Community College League of California - Deborah J. IkedaBay Area Asian American General Counsel Network - Thomas Chow, Co-ChairCalifornia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Cal-APABA)California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander CaucusCalifornia Young Democrats API Caucus - Faith Lee, Chair & Jocelyn Yow, Vice ChairCAPA21 - Dale Minami, PresidentCenter for Asian American Media (CAAM) - Stephen Gong, Executive DirectorCenter for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) - Nancy Yap, Executive DirectorAsian Pacific Islander Trustee and Administrator Caucus (APITA) Community College League of California - Deborah J. IkedaCouncil of Korean Americans - Abraham Kim, Executive DirectorEmpowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) - Tavae Samuelu, Executive DirectorFilipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC) - Jennifer L. Sta.Ana, President-ElectHmong Innovating Politics (HIP) - Nancy Xiong, Co-DirectorJoint CA API Legislative Caucus Institute - Maeley Tom, Founding PresidentMonte Jade West Science & Technology Association - David Jeng, Secretary General, Chairman EmeritusOCA-East Bay Chapter - Asian Pacific American Advocates - Jessica Li, PresidentOCA-Sacramento Chapter - Asian Pacific American Advocates - Jinky Dolar, PresidentOCA-San Francisco Chapter - Asian Pacific American Advocates - Dennis Yee, Co-PresidentOCA-San Mateo Chapter, - Asian Pacific American Advocates - Jennifer Kaminsky, PresidentPacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) - Kerry Doi, Founder & CEOSilicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club - Andrae Wara-Macapinlac, VP of Political AffairsSoutheast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) - Sally Ching, California Policy ManagerWintec Industries, Inc - David Jeng, Board Member, EVP & GM

League of CA Cities API Caucus
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