• Don't let Bakersfield cops get away with killing an abuelito! Justicia Para Francisco Serna
    According to a 2015 report by Mapping Police Violence, the Bakersfield Police Department was found to have killed more people per million residents than any other large police department in the United States. Between the start of 2013 and the end of 2015, 29 people had been killed by law enforcement officers in kern county . Mapping Police Violence identified two of those people as black. Thirteen of those killed by police were identified by the group as Hispanic, ten were white, one was Asian, and three were racially unidentified. In December of 2016, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris opened separate civil pattern or practice investigations into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and the Bakersfield Police Department . “Excessive use of force and police misconduct erode and undermine the public’s trust in our law enforcement agencies,” Attorney General Harris said. “These investigations will objectively, impartially, and thoroughly examine whether the Kern County Sheriff’s Office or the Bakersfield Police Department engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force or other civil rights violations." We seek justice for Francisco Serna. We demand a criminal justice system that ceases to criminalize communities of color and no longer permits the violence committed against our bodies to be seen as lawful . This abuelito's life mattered and we must not allow his death to be in vain.
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  • Stop the deportation of Jose Valle Rodriguez
    Jose Valle Rodriguez is an Ypsilanti resident, loving husband and father. He has been detained at the Battle Creek Immigration Facility for almost a month after being arrested by ICE officials. Jose has been in the U.S. since he was 17 years old, 12 years ago Jose was a passenger in a car during a traffic stop, and because he was undocumented was taken into detention and was told he would have a court date with immigration. Weeks and months passed but he court papers never arrived because they were sent to the wrong address. Now years later, ICE wants to deport him to El Salvador, one of the world's most dangerous countries. If deported Jose's life could be in danger. Jose's own father-in-law was murdered by a gang and now they are threatening Jose and his family back in El Salvador. Please help stop Jose's deportation and reunite him with his wife and two year old son.
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  • Freedom4Dajon - Youth Charged as Adult - Awaiting Trial 4 Years
    Youth should not be charged as adults. Youth being charged as adults is one of the most important justice issues in California. The fate of the young people who have a shot at going back to juvenile court because of Prop 57 is of th utmost importance. #DreamBeyondBars #Freedom4Dajon Please sign this petition and show District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and the Judge that the community supports Dajon and does NOT want to see him treated as an adult.
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  • Ban Expansion of the Northwest Detention Center!
    The recent hunger strikes by people detained at the NWDC have brought renewed attention to the deplorable conditions at the GEO-owned facility. The detention center affects not only more than 1,505 people who can be held any given day, but also their children, families, and neighbors who form the backbone of our communities. You can read the full letter at: https://www.scribd.com/document/352037160/NWDCR-Tacoma-Letter-2017
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  • PHX PD Release Police Report
    On March 23 2017, Francisco Valdez, a 24 year old Mexicano/Venezolano was murdered by PHX Police Department after his mother made a call that he was in emotional distress. She thought police would provide help to her son and make sure he didn't hurt himself. Shortly after arriving, police officers shot Francisco, who was unarmed, in the back four times in his mother’s living room. Instead of providing help, the police ended his life and devastated his family and his entire community. Three months after the incident, the Phoenix Police Department and the Office of Public Records refuses to release the police report. Frascisco’s mother, Lorenza Valdez has submitted a records request with no results. Puente Movement and Center for Neighborhood Leadership have submitted their own requests and Public Records has refused to release it. Both organizations have made multiple attempts at getting the exact language in city policy or law that points to the PHX PD’s right to withhold a police report for three months and no response has been given. At a Phoenix City Council meeting on May 10, Councilmember Nowakowski made a request for the report and has also been denied access. What are Phoenix PD and the City of Phoenix hiding? TODAY we need the entire community to stand up to this City and Department’s lack of accountability and transparency. Sign this petition and share it widely. Demand Phoenix PD Chief Jeri Williams and Mayor Greg Stanton to release the police report immediately!
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  • Tell pinche Spotify that Justin Beiber is most definitely NOT Latino!
    We can not tolerate the commodification of our culture. Recording a song in Spanish does not make you a Latino and referring to Justin Bieber as a Latin King is just plain ignorant. Even worse, Gabe Bergado recently wrote an article for Teen Vogue calling Spotify out for making a Pulse playlist with almost no Latinx artists. To Spotify's credit, they eventually responded to the backlash by adding Latinx artists to the list. We hope they take this petition into consideration, pull the Justin Beiber add, and think twice before their next ad.
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  • TAKE DOWN THE CONFEDERATE STATUE IN SAN ANTONIO
    Since 1899, that statue has been a hateful symbol of the brutality of slavery; it memorializes white supremacy and human bondage. Even today, racists and klansmen continue to worship it . . . Yet we know it only represents those people who continue to support the racist agenda of white supremacists. We cannot continue to display hateful symbols in public . . . . TAKE THE STATUE DOWN!
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  • Chicago Should Protect ALL Immigrants from Deportation
    Chicago's Welcoming City Ordinance, which limits collaboration between the Chicago Police Department and ICE, does not protect all immigrants. Specifically, the ordinance leaves without protection many immigrants who have been criminalized or targeted by the Chicago Police Department, a department whose use of "deadly force" was described as "unreasonable" by the U.S. Department of Justice. The "carve-outs" mean that the Chicago Police Department is directed to work with immigration enforcement to deport anyone who has an open warrant, anyone who has been charged with a felony - even if they have not been convicted, anyone who has been convicted of a felony -- regardless of how long ago it was, and anyone who Chicago police department officers placed in the gang database -- which is completely up to each individual officer's criteria and without any checks and balances, or anyone who has an open warrant. Trump's policies of making all immigrants priorities, starting with people whose names he can find in lists like the gang database, make the expansion of these protections that much more urgent. A real Sanctuary city for immigrants would not leave those most targeted and vulnerable without protection from the Trump administration. The carve outs are arbitrary, do not increase public safety, disrespect due process and are extremely harmful to our community. +++++++++++++++ The expansion of the Welcoming City Ordinance is part the campaign to Expand Sanctuary, and is one of several pieces of policy that local organizations are advocating for at the City, including the elimination of the gang database, decriminalization policies, and measures to increase police accountability. Find out more about the campaign here: http://bit.ly/2qE9BOb #ExpandSanctuary
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  • Stop Francisco's Deportation!
    Mr. Rodriguez has lived in the U.S. since 2006. He has lived in the greater Boston area for 10 years, specifically in Chelsea for the last 6 years. He is the father of two American citizen children, 10-year-old Mellanie and a 5-year-old Jessica, and a baby on the way. For the past five years, he has been a janitor at MIT. In addition, he runs his own carpet cleaning company. He is a member of his children’s school parent committee, of the community organization Chelsea Collaborative, of the Church Tabernaculo biblico seguidores de Jesus, and a union member of 32BJ SEIU (Service Employees International Union) at MIT. Mr. Rodriguez has no criminal record, pays his taxes, and contributes to his community, church, children’s school and workplace. When Mr. Rodriguez arrived to the country, he applied for asylum in 2007. He was denied asylum in December of 2009, and his appeal was denied in July of 2011. He was later granted prosecutorial discretion and has received a Stay of Removal every year since that time. However this past month, when Francisco applied for a Stay, it was denied. If ICE grants Mr. Rodriguez a Stay of Removal, he can continue to work, take care of his family, and contribute to our community. In addition, next year Mr. Rodriguez’s mother, who is a legal permanent resident, will become a citizen. Soon afterwards, a pathway to residency will open for Francisco when his mother files a petition on his behalf. We ask that you grant Mr. Rodriguez a Stay of Removal so that he can take care of his family, particularly his U.S. citizen young children and elderly legal permanent resident mother, while he waits for his pathway to residency and citizenship to open. For as long as Francisco remains in the United States, I am certain he will continue to be an exceptional member of our community. ////////////////////////////////////////////////// Por favor conceda al Sr. Francisco Rodríguez Guardado Moción de Suspensión de la Deportación. Sr. Rodríguez es padre de dos niñas ciudadanas de los Estados Unidos. Él y su esposa está esperando un bebé que viene en camino. Francisco y su familia son miembros queridos por la comunidad de Chelsea. El Sr. Rodríguez ha vivido en los Estados Unidos desde el 2006. Francisco vivió en la área de Boston durante 10 años, y durante los últimos 6 años han vivido en Chelsea. Él es padre de dos niñas ciudadanas estadounidenses, Mellanie de 10 años y Jessica de 5 años, y un bebé en camino. Durante los últimos cinco años ha sido trabajador de limpieza en la Universidad MIT. Además, dirige su propia empresa de limpieza de alfombras. Es miembro del comité de padres escolares de sus hijas, de la organización comunitaria la Colaborativa de Chelsea, de la Iglesia Tabernáculo Bíblico Seguidores de Jesús, y miembro del sindicato 32BJ SEIU (Unión Internacional de Empleados de Servicio) en el MIT. Sr. Rodríguez no tiene antecedentes penales, paga sus impuestos y contribuye a su comunidad, iglesia, escuela para niños y lugar de trabajo. Cuando Sr. Rodríguez llegó al país, solicitó asilo en 2007. Se le negó el asilo en Diciembre de 2009 y su apelación fue denegada en Julio de 2011. Más tarde se le otorgó la discreción de la fiscalía y ha recibido una suspensión de su expulsión cada año desde ese tiempo. Sin embargo, este mes pasado, cuando Francisco solicitó una suspensión, fue negada. Si ICE concede al Sr. Rodríguez una suspensión de la expulsión, puede continuar trabajando, cuidando a su familia y contribuyendo a nuestra comunidad. Además, el próximo año la madre del señor Rodríguez, que es un residente permanente legal, se convertirá en ciudadana. Poco después, se abrirá un camino a la residencia para Francisco cuando su madre presenta una petición en su nombre. Le pedimos que conceda al Sr. Rodríguez una suspensión para que pueda cuidar a su familia, particularmente a sus hijas ciudadanas de Estados Unidos y a su madre residente permanente, mientras espera que se abra su camino a la residencia y la ciudadanía. Mientras Francisco permanezca en los Estados Unidos, estoy seguro que seguirá siendo un miembro excepcional de nuestra comunidad.
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  • Protect Cynthia from Deportation
    For years Cynthia has reported to DHS as instructed including on May 11, 2017, where she was told to report to BI Incorporated, a private contractor for DHS, for possible removal Honduras. Due to community support and pressure the removal has been delayed while ICE reviews the stay of deportation presented by her lawyer. Unfortunately, in an act reminiscent of a police state, she has been forced to wear an ankle bracelet so the government can monitor her whereabouts at all times. We call on the community to stand against family separation because it is cruel and unusual punishment. Stop her deportation! Keep Families together! No human being is illegal!
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  • New Haven Needs an All-Civilian Review Board & Sanctuary City Ordinance
    We demand safety, dignity and respect for our people in our homes, in our schools, and on our streets. We are all at risk until we are all protected. There is no sanctuary without real police accountability. Therefore, we demand that the City of New Haven adopt and implement the Malik Jones All-Civilian Review Board and the Sanctuary City Ordinance.
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  • Allow Javier To Leave Sanctuary & Be With His Family; Approve his U-Visa
    Javier deserves to be with his family and not be in they don't deserve to be in this state of limbo that they have been in for years. Javier is a good father who's main goal has always been to be with his family and take care of his children. USCIS has already considered Javier eligible for a U-visa but have not moved the case forward, citing his reentries for reason why. Every time Javier has crossed the border it has been to be reunited with his family, with his children. His family has struggled with severe psychological and financial hardship. His oldest daughter, Adamaris, is suffering from the trauma of having her father detained first by ICE and now of not having her father home with her while he is in sanctuary. His son, Javier Jr., has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and now refuses to leave his father's side for fear of losing him again, therefore living with him in the church. We must ensure that our families are kept together, not torn apart. The approval of his U-Visa is the only way for him to truly be free and to be able to be with his family without the fear of being deported. Please send a message to USCIS by signing this petition to show support for Javier’s pending case.
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