Call on President Biden to decriminalize marijuana!

Racial Justice

Target: President Joe Biden

President Biden is quickly cementing his legacy as one of our nation’s most effective leaders, delivering desperately needed student debt relief, a bipartisan infrastructure bill, and the biggest investment in climate change mitigation in history.

It’s already paying off in the polls — but to make sure it pays off at the ballot box, we need to keep the momentum going! A hugely impactful and easily achievable next step would be to deschedule marijuana and end the flow of American citizens into the meat grinder of the industrial prison complex for minor, non-violent drug crimes.

Tell Biden to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level!

Marijuana has already been decriminalized in 31 states and fully legalized for recreational use in 19. 37 states have legalized medical marijuana, including red states like Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. More than two in three Americans across the country support legalizing marijuana.

Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman announced that he is going to petition Biden to deschedule marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug when they meet next. Will you add your voice to his?

Call on President Biden to decriminalize marijuana!

Demand the officers who shot an unarmed, pregnant Black woman five times be fired!

Racial Justice

Target: Kansas City Police Department

26-year-old Leonna Hale was unarmed and pregnant when she was shot multiple times by officers in Kansas City, Missouri. With her hands up in a Family Dollar store parking lot, a witness said Hale was trying to run away from officers when they shot her.

Pregnant Leonna Hale was not a threat to police. She immediately told officers she could not get on the ground as they asked due to her pregnancy, and was completely upfront with the officer about the handgun in the vehicle where a man had just fled from. After just three steps running away from the officers after they approached her with their guns drawn, they shot Hale five times. Some officers are disputing both Hale’s pregnancy and whether or not she was armed.

Add your name to demand the officers who shot a pregnant Black woman five times be fired!

Community members have referred to it as a “horrific, attempted execution.” While the police narrative is that they were trying to arrest the two in connection with a carjacking, witnesses say that just doesn’t make sense from what they saw. They saw officers shoot a pregnant woman, who had not resisted at all, a shocking 5 times. Then, the officers proceeded to place her in handcuffs instead of seeking out any medical attention it’s a miracle she didn’t bleed to death. 

Officers in Kansas City were perfectly comfortable killing a pregnant Black woman with zero attempts at a non-violent arrest. It’s criminal.

Sign your name to call for the immediate removal of the Kansas City officers who shot Leonna Hale!

Fire the Atlanta cop who killed a man having a mental health crisis!

Racial Justice

Target: Atlanta Police Department

Atlanta PD were called by 22-year-old Nygil Cullins’ parents to assist him with a mental health crisis, but by the end of the night he was shot and killed by police. As Nygil was making his way out of a restaurant they had previously tried to escort him out of, he was tackled by a security officer (after already being tasered.) Alarmed, he shot at the officer and was subsequently shot himself. Atlanta PD killed a young, Black man experiencing mental health issues and still their spokesperson had the gall to assert the “officer did a great job to isolate the subject to the front of the business where no patrons were in harm’s way.” It’s criminal.

Nygil’s mom found a bed for him at a behavioral health center and told 911 dispatchers all police had to do was escort him, she would take care of the rest. Instead, her cries for help were ignored — replaced with more needless trauma.

Add your name to demand the Atlanta cop who killed Nygil Cullins lose his job!

This marks the 50th police involved shooting this year being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation alone. Police officers do not get to be judge, jury, and executioner. It should be one of their top priorities to avoid such violence — no matter the situation. Cops do not get to decide who is worthy of living and who is not.

The police department not only doubled down on their response to the situation but also went as far to praise the officer responsible, their lack of care for human life is more than clear. APD has blood on their hands, someone must be held accountable.

Sign your name to call for the immediate termination of the cop who fatally shot someone who was in crisis!

Demand New York fire the corrections officers who mocked Buffalo massacre victims online!

Racial Justice

Target: New York Police Department

As the nation mourns the lives lost in the senseless white supremacist massacre at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, a few people inexplicably are finding amusement in the tragedy.

Attica correction officer Gregory C. Foster II has been suspended without pay for mocking the victims on social media, sharing a meme of the grocery store with a caption about “cleanup” in multiple aisles. Several of his fellow officers reacted to the meme with the “laugh” emoji.

If these men and women find it amusing to laugh at the slaughter of innocent Black Americans, they should not be allowed to be in any position where they hold a power imbalance and could inflict wanton violence on Black Americans, like prison guards in our carceral state can and do on a regular basis.

Demand New York fire the corrections officers who mocked the Buffalo massacre victims online!

Tell UPenn to fire professor Amy Wax for her appalling white supremacist remarks!

Racial Justice

Target: The University of Pennsylvania

While Republicans are obsessed with chasing imaginary boogeymen in our educational institutions, a recent interview with University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax showed us that the pernicious shadow of white supremacy is the real threat we face.

In a discussion with — of course — Tucker Carlson, Wax said that “non-western” groups harbor “resentment, shame, and envy” against “western people” for their “outsized achievements and contributions.” Wax would go on to demean her South Asian colleagues at UPenn, saying that “their country is a sh*thole” and “they’ve realized that we’ve outgunned and outclassed them in every way.”

Demand Amy Wax face consequences for her disgusting remarks!

It doesn’t take a college degree to see through the obvious euphemism for “white people,” and this contrived narrative of grievance and jealousy against white people is textbook white supremacist rhetoric.

If she is willing to say these kinds of things in public, one shudders to think of what she’s telling her law students. Someone with such a deeply disturbing worldview has no business teaching anyone anything, let alone at a major university!

Tell UPenn to fire professor Amy Wax for her appalling white supremacist remarks!

Demand big tech stop the spread of white nationalist hate online!

Racial Justice

Target: Big tech

The abrupt resurgence of white supremacy and far-right extremism as a mainstream political force across the United States has been one of the most disturbing developments of the past decade. 

The key to their survival is the internet. Through social media platforms and finance apps, these groups raise money, convert new recruits, promote hateful conspiracy theories and coordinate rallies, events, and even terrorist attacks — often with the silent complicity of the host platform. 

“Ban the Nazis!” has been a user demand studiously ignored by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey for years, while Facebook’s own researchers discovered 64% of extremist Facebook Group joins came from their algorithmic recommendation tools.

Sign your name to demand social media companies take action to stop hate from being promoted on their platform!

Thanks to the diligent work of passionate activists fighting for justice and equality at every level, huge strides have been made in unraveling the tangled web of influence, resources, and political capital that sustains the far-right and enables the pernicious spread of their hateful ideas. 

But only so much can be done without intervention from Big Tech. They’ve profited off of coddling white nationalists and their disgusting lies for far too long.

 Call on Big Tech to step up and stop the spread of white nationalist hate online!

Ban militant white supremacists from serving in our police departments and armed forces!

Racial Justice

Target: United States Armed Forces and Police Departments

Leaked documents on Patriot Front, a white supremacist group, revealed that 1 in 5 of their applicants were currently or previously involved with the US military. One applicant even alleged he currently worked for the Department of Homeland Security. The report, reviewed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and alternative media collective Unicorn Riot, divulged the anti-Semitic, homophobic, and racist sentiments of multiple service members who at the same time boasted their armed-forces skillset.

Allowing white supremacists to receive military and police training isn’t just dangerous, it’s state-sanctioned violence. 

Add your name to call for a ban on militant white supremacists in our police departments and armed forces!

Some of the skills applicants to Patriot Front touted included firearm training, marine corps martial arts training, medical training, and navigation skills – these are obviously not resources violent hate groups should have access to. The Pentagon found that domestic extremist groups pose a huge threat to the military by increasingly attempting to recruit service members for their combat skills – and some extremists have even joined to gain experience.

The Pentagon’s report remarked that “Military members are highly prized by these groups as they bring legitimacy to their causes and enhance their ability to carry out attacks.” We must not continue to legitimize their violent intolerance through inaction.

Sign your name to demand militant white supremacists be banned from serving in the police force or armed forces!

Demand the Senate bring the no-knock warrant ban to a vote!

Racial Justice

Target: United States Congress

On February 2nd, Minneapolis police burst into a house without warning and disturbed Amir Locke, who was asleep on the couch. Not knowing what was going on, Locke picked up the gun that he legally owned and was immediately shot to death by the police.

A similar situation unfolded last year in Louisville, KY, when police burst into the wrong house and startled the occupants, leading to the police to blindly open fire and fatally shoot medical worker Breonna Taylor six times. 

After Breonna’s murder, Sen. Rand Paul introduced the “Justice For Breonna Act” to ban no-knock warrants across the country — but the Senate wouldn’t even bring it out of committee.

Tell the Senate to bring the Justice for Breonna Act up for a vote!

No-knock warrants are unnecessarily dangerous for both the police and the subject of their warrants — at least 94 people have died during no-knock warrant raids from 2010 to 2016. 

Time and time again, we’ve seen American police shoot first and ask questions later in even the calmest of settings, especially when Black Americans are involved. It’s long past time we stopped putting them in situations that force instant life-or-death decisions.

Sign your name to tell Congress to vote on the Justice for Breonna Act!

Demand the College Board fire the Republican activist trying to ban Black history!

Racial Justice

Target: The College Board

One of the top executives at the College Board, the private for-profit company that writes the SAT and AP exams, is on a crusade to  “limit what teachers can say regarding race, history, and politics in Indiana classrooms.”

Todd Huston earns $460,00 as a senior vice-president at the College Board — but he’s also the state Speaker for the House in Indiana, where he is using his position to push a bill that would remove “divisive topics” from state classroom curriculums. 

What those topics might be are undefined, but judging by the emphasis on banning history that would make “any individual… feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, responsibility, or any other form of psychological distress on account of the individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation,” it’s not hard to guess which parts of American history he’s talking about. 

Tell the College Board to get rid of their anti-history vice-president!

Right-wingers across the country are working overtime to rewrite history along white supremacist lines, whitewashing and downplaying the long list of unspeakable atrocities and centuries of racist oppression so that they can justify the injustices and disparities that afflict American society today. 

Anyone who would willingly rewrite history to suit their personal ideology should be nowhere near any kind of academic institution — or the levers of power, for that matter. 

Sign your name to demand the firing of Todd Huston from the College Board!

Tell President Biden to condemn the acquittal of Rittenhouse!

Racial Justice

Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted after crossing state lines to murder Black Lives Matter protestors. All evidence points to a biased judge who helped exonerate him, as well as a broken system that’s tilted in the favor of white men. 

President Biden said he stands by the decision of the jury, but the decision of the jury was manipulated by a botched trial (and Biden said himself he did not watch the trial.) Anything other than him condemning the Rittenhouse decision would be directly in conflict with his previous statements equating Rittenhouse to white supremacy.

We need to know where President Biden truly stands when it comes to protecting the lives of protestors.

Add your name to tell President Biden to condemn the acquittal of Rittenhouse!

The not guilty verdict sets a dangerous precedent for protests in the future. It tells conservative white men that it doesn’t take much effort at all to exonerate them from murder charges, especially if they can get into a corrupt courtroom and spin it as self defense.

Protests were already dangerous enough because of violent members of the police and white supremacists’ counter protests. Now, the Rittenhouse decision threatens to make it even more treacherous to fight for progressive change within our communities. 

Sign now to call on Biden to stand by his remarks equating Rittenhouse to white supremacy, even after the decision of the jury!