Breonna Taylor: Demand arrest, charges for her killers

This Action Alert is taken with permission from a Facebook post by Ladd Everitt:  “Hey folks, I wanted to re-up this contact info because there are still no charges in the murder of Breonna Taylor!”  he wrote; it is inconceivable that those involved are not yet facing charges

ACTION:

If you want to see the officers who killed Taylor charged, call commonwealth’s attorney Tom Wine in Jefferson County, Kentucky and give him the following message:

Tom, I am absolutely furious you have not filed charges against plainclothes officers Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, Detective Brett Hankison and Detective Myles Cosgrove for the murder of Breonna Taylor during a no-knock raid on March 13.  They shot Breonna 8 times, killing her, despite the fact she had absolutely nothing to do with the criminal investigation in question.

I am watching this case very closely and if you don’t act I am going to make it my personal mission in life to ensure (peacefully) you never see elected or appointed office again. If you don’t have the character to hold out-of-control officers in your county accountable and bring justice for Breonna and her family, we will replace you with someone who does. Count on it.

You’ll hear from me again soon.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine
Jefferson County, KY
Phone: (502) 595-2300
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/louisvilleprosecutor/
Twitter:

General information about the case can be found here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Breonna_Taylor

Lobby Congress, McConnell to make Postal Voting easier during Pandemic

30 June 2020 – Carl Reiner – writer, director, entertainer, social activist, beloved family member and friend passed away today; he is mourned by many in the entertainment world and by many for his wise words on our government.

One of his most recent projects was a video which also features One Pulse for America’s George Takei, Rita Moreno and a host of  stars:  all wanting Congress to release funds to help people vote by post.

We have a serious pandemic on our hands; we have an election looming.  No one who  is isolating for their health should be robbed of their right to vote; no one should be forced to physically go to a polling station and risk their health – their lives in fact – and potentially the lives of others.

It’s the 21st Century:  the least we can do is mobilize a postal vote.  This will take funds – and Congress can do this.

Unfortunately Mitch McConnell seems unwilling to protect the health of Americans with this intelligent, compassionate postal vote roll-out.

More can be learned from Defending Democracy Together  – click here to watch the video. 

 

ACTION:

Watch the video here:  and then contact your Congressional Representatives and Mitch McConnell through one of the channels below and give them the following message, personalized to your liking:

I want every American to be able to vote without risking their lives in these days of the Covid-19 pandemic.

I support Defending Democracy Together and agree with them when they say “Congress must help states prepare for this unprecedented election and give states the resources they need to ensure the election is safe and secure. Americans—especially the most vulnerable among us—should not have to choose between their right to vote and their health.”

I want funds released now to fund postal voting – McConnell must do the right thing and release funds to ensure everyone can vote.

-OR- send this tweet:  @McConnellPress We have a pandemic; you have a responsibility to make sure every eligible American gets to cast their vote: free up funds to roll out more postal voting NOW. No one should lose their vote; no one should risk their life to vote https://www.defendingdemocracytogether.org/voting-options/

Find your congressperson here:  https://www.conginst.org/contact-congress/

Mitch McConnell
Phone:  (270) 781-1673
Email:  (form) https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactform
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/mitchmcconnell/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/McConnellPress

NRA, Trump must answer for their Russian loyalty in light of Taliban Bounty Outrage

Before this week, we knew for certain that Russian operatives:

* interfered in America’s 2016 elections;
* used fake news to spread propaganda to influence voters;
* infiltrated the National Rifle Association which accepted millions of dollars from Russia. 

These facts shocked many Americans – but as of this week things became even more shocking:  The White House knew since March that Russian operatives offered the Taliban bounty for killing American servicemen and women.

Between the White House having this intel and now, Trump has:

* played golf c 9 times,
* hampered the International Criminal Court,
* moved closer to Putin in April over the Covid-19 virus, and even
* tried to get Russia a seat at G7.

If anyone needs a reminder, Trump’s son Eric once bragged that Russian money was used to purchase Trump’s Scottish golf properties (Eric then tried to backtrack), Trump has links to Russian mob figures, and Trump illegally asked for Russia’s help with the 2016 elections to hack Hillary Clinton’s email.

All the while knowing about the disgusting bounty,  and while 100,000 Americans died from coronavirus, Trump enjoyed his golf games.  Every time since March he praised Putin and tried to get Russia at the G7, Trump KNEW that Russia put a bounty on American lives.

This is Treason.

It is morally indefensible, wholly illegal, and Congress should act.

Then we have the NRA.  Russian operatives Alexander Torshin (a Putin direct link), Maria Butina were welcome into the NRA fold, Maria, who did jail time in the end for being an illegal Russian operative, helped set up links and trips for NRA members to Moscow.  The NRA, allegedly an educational non-profit, was awash with Russian money – making it easier to give money to its A-rated congressional candidates.

This is Treason.

Trump got $30,000,000 for his 2016 campaign from the NRA, which got millions from Russia.

This is Treason.

ACTION:

We will make sure as many American voters as we can reach are aware of Trump’s unforgivable links to Putin, and the NRA’s links to both.

We want the NRA stripped of its tax-exempt status.

Please contact Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi  through one of the channels below and give her the following message, personalized to your liking (copy your congresspeople please too):

 

Madam Speaker

The news that Trump continued to further Russian aims these last several months while the White House knew that Russia offered the Taliban a bounty on American lives makes me ill.  This is surely the darkest moment of any presidency.

Trump is linked to Russian underworld figures, he received $30 million for his 2016 campaign from the NRA – which was taking millions from Russia and courting Russian operatives.  You will know a Senate sub-committee branded the NRA a Russian Asset. Trump also asked Russia to illegally hack Hillary Clinton.

It may be late in the day for an impeachment, but action must absolutely be taken, and I look to you and my representatives to step up to the task.

I want everyone to see this message and be aware how treasonous Trump and the NRA are.  Both should be fully investigated, and the NRA clearly is not an educational body – it must lose its tax-exempt status.  No one who cares about American servicemen and women can possibly vote for Trump; no American can support the Russian-tainted NRA after this unforgivable scandal.

Phone:  (415) 556-4862

Email:  (form)   https://pelosi.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/NancyPelosi/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi

 

Find your congressperson here:  https://www.conginst.org/contact-congress/

Once you have made contact, fill out the three fields below and click the orange banner to report taking action!

 

 

 

Stand with Gov. Grisham against armed extremist ‘militia’ groups

“The heavily armed individuals who flaunted themselves at the protest, calling themselves a ‘civil guard,’ were there for one reason: To menace protesters, to present an unsanctioned show of unregulated force,” New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

17 June, 2020 – Albuquerque –

A man was shot on Monday 15 June as demonstrators clashed with  self-styled ‘militia’ groups .

Violence broke out with a contentious statue being the focal point for heavily-armed groups which showed up on a self-appointed mission to protect it.

Steven Ray Baca, 31,  a former city council candidate, was initially charged with the shooting, but now the only charge he faces is one count of unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon.  Baca  did not have a lawful concealed carry permit.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke of her horror and disgust in a tweeted statement, vowing New Mexico would not tolerate any violent militia terrorizing New Mexicans.

According to the Washington Post, “the Monday night episode — which erupted after a crowd tried to tear down a monument to Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate — appeared to reflect a phenomenon that federal and state officials have long warned about: Protests over racial injustice, such as the ones currently roiling American cities, can draw a medley of fringe actors or groups with their own ideological agendas.”

The Anti-Defamation League has tracked dozens of instances of what it calls a “small but vocal array” of right-wing extremists appearing at protests.

We have seen self-styled ‘militias’ rising up around the country, appearing at demonstrations or holding their protests – like the scenes last month in Lansing, Michigan when armed, masked men occupied the capital building, intimidating police and elected officials alike in an illogical protest against Covid-19 containment measures .  

Governor Grisham is no stranger to threats; for ordering lockdown, a man posted death threats against her life:  thankfully the man is being charged – and his earlier attempts to obtain gun permits were turned down.

The 2nd Amendment calls for a ‘well-regulated militia:  these groups are not regulated in their operations at all, and they must not be allowed to undermine the remit of police or to threaten peaceful protest.

We sent messages of support to Michigan’s governor over events in the capital building, we will now send support to Governor Grisham.

ACTION:

Please contact Governor Grisham through one of the channels below and give them the following message, personalized to your liking:

 

Dear Governor

I wanted you to know I stand with your condemnation of the extremists who showed up heavily armed to intimidate protesters in Albuquerque last week.

These self-styled ‘militias’ undermine the authority of legitimate, well-regulated militias such as the national guard.  I agree with your assessment that they were operating in Albuquerque to suppress legal, constitutionally-protected rights.

Thank you for taking a clear stance on this phenomenon; America cannot be over-run by maverick groups that are heavily armed; the shooting that occurred in the city proved that something must be done.

or suggested tweet: 

Thank you for taking a clear stance on the phenomenon of self-appointed, heavily-armed militias; America cannot be over-run by maverick groups that are heavily armed; the shooting that occurred in the city proved that something must be done.

Phone:  (505) 476-2200

Email:  (form) https://www.governor.state.nm.us/contact-the-governor/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/GovMLG/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/GovMLG

 

Once you have made contact, fill out the three fields below and click the orange banner to report taking action!

 

 

 

A letter of support to the press from One Pulse for America

Members of One Pulse for America are sending this open letter to the press in light of recent shocking events.

Introduction

June 2020 – peaceful protests called in the wake of the murder of George Floyd have experienced attempts to hijack them by a number of extremists, racists, and police.  Over 100 members of the press have been attacked by police wholly against Constitutional rights:  journalists have been arrested, beaten, even shot with rubber/plastic bullets – designed not to kill but to inflict serious injury.  Several peaceful protesters have been assaulted by police; several have been shot.  These peoples’ constitutional rights have been unduly taken from them.  The reason we know about these grave assaults on people and on all of our liberties is because of journalists and the media.

It is not so long ago that crowds of anti-lockdown protestors, in many cases heavily-armed men in quasi-military garb held aggressive protests and  stormed a state capital.  They screamed at people trying to perform their jobs; they endangered public safety because they refuse to believe in the Covid-19 virus, and threatened violence if their rights were ‘removed’- which was only ever a temporary measure for the good of public health.  The vast majority of these people were never met with police brutality or arrests.

This is the most crucial turning point in our country’s and our society’s future many of us will ever see.  In order to stay informed, receive facts and avoid propaganda, we 100% need a free, unhampered press – as the Constitution guarantees.

There are those who have distorted the Second Amendment past all reason, morality and logic.  A ‘well-regulated militia’ for some means any disgruntled person can get a deadly, rapid-fire weapon – and kill innocent adults and children.  Yet the same people who will not brook any criticism of their interpretation of the 2nd Amendment do not remotely want to see other amendments upheld when these rights pertain to freedom of the press or indeed the basic human rights of equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

While a nation mourns George Floyd and the many victims who have gone before him, for instance two innocent black people who were shot to death, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor (it is her birthday; she should be blowing out 27 candles as I write), we have a White House hostile to black people, women, ethnic minorities, LGBT people, veterans and asylum seekers.  The horrors this administration has created include caging asylum-seekers and taking their children, hampering LGBT people who had careers in the military, removing womens’ rights, the creation of ICE, and more.  These injustices are brought to our attention by a free press – and that is why, using language of dictators past, Donald Trump calls the press ‘the enemy of the people.’

We need every citizen to vote, however hard those opposed to this try to disenfranchise voters; votes should be informed with access to accurate, full, timely news reporting.

We need everyone to uphold the rights of the press – and by the press we mean those news outlets large and little that are looking to report and record the truth of what is going on so we may make informed choices: not those who bombard us with lies to support tyranny and their owners’ self-interests.

Our Message to the Press:

I am a member of One Pulse for America, a gun-law reform group started by George Takei.  I wanted to let you know that I greatly appreciate the news you bring us and the sacrifices and dangers your news crews increasingly face to bring us accurate reporting.  Only a dictator would call the responsible press ‘enemies of the people’; only a coward with much to hide would try to vilify the press, and I am not buying it. 

I want to see any police officer who impedes the constitutionally-protected rights you have to report brought to justice.  No reporter should be arrested, threatened – let alone assaulted or shot. 

My respect to all who bring us the truth, and my contempt to those who want to stop you, or those who want to deliver propaganda as news.  Thank you.

Yours sincerely

The One Pulse for America Team, 36 members who signed online and the following 81 members

  1. Donna Edgar, Goffstown, NH
  2. Wendy Browne, Princeton, NJ
  3. Heather Day Polson, MT
  4. Robin Carpenter, Riverside CA
  5. Carole Johnston Whatcom County, WA
  6. Shirley Robertson St. Louis, MO
  7. Leslie Pope, Philadelphia, PA
  8. Deborah Byrd, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  9. Mary Robinson, Grand Prairie, TX
  10. Suzanne Kelly, US citizen in England, journalist and One Pulse admin
  11. Elizabeth Rider, Atlanta, GA
  12. Ann Moomau Lanham, Md
  13. Rhonda Garner, Herndon VA
  14. Leah Funk, Phoenix, AZ
  15. Georgia Elliott Roberts rineyville, KY
  16. Shannon Brown Chattanooga, Tennessee
  17. Dawn Berktold Lake City, MN
  18. Barbara Fabre La Mesa, CA
  19. Marge Currier
  20. Denise Fuchs Meeks
  21. Denise Fuchs Meeks Denise Meeks, Tucson, Arizona, journalism and law masters student, University of Arizona
  22. Kimberly Tomajan Los Angeles, CA
  23. Jackie Chacon Taitingfong Gilbert, AZ
  24. Heather Finch Cypress, Texas
  25. Terri Gwinner Hebron,Maine
  26. Tammy Sitar Anchorage, Alaska
  27. Anna Myers Sacramento, California
  28. Elaine Brown Ruidoso, NM
  29. Christine Scott San Antonio, TX
  30. Jyotsna Nair Columbia Missouri
  31. Vickey Peel, Chipley, Florida
  32. Tomi Hagin Gastonia NC
  33. Mac Bellner, North Adams MA
  34. Tim Morris Delray Beach, Florida
  35. DA Wagner – A free press is one of the greatest tools to protect democracy.
  36. Leonora Forslund Albuquerque, New Mexico
  37. Carol Thompson San Mateo, California
  38. Beth Suess, Berkeley, CA
  39. Mary Ellen Erdo McWhirter San Diego, California
  40. Steven W. Bentley Lawton, Oklahoma
  41. Randee Larimer Illinois
  42. Holly Sher Columbia Missouri
  43. Cindy Sikes Sherman Ohio
  44. Becky Askew Chamberlain Taylorsville, UT
  45. Kathy Smith Lewis Mesa Arizona
  46. Fain Self – Always have; always will!! Free press!!!!
  47. Monique Wegener Nemarich Standing with you….
  48. Judy Bloom Nelson Richmond, Virginia.
  49. Juanita Steiner Sample Indianapolis
  50. Lori Balaban Charlottesville, VA
  51. Andi Woodall Klein me too
  52. Amy Boggs Huntington, WV
  53. Jenetta Morrison Montclair Ca
  54. Katie Kelly-O’Donnell Weymouth, MA
  55. Diana Barbera DuPont, WA
  56. Cathy Caron Handy Graham North Carolina
  57. Tyler Barnick Torrance CA
  58. Linda Wall Thank you SO Much for protecting the constitutional rights of ALL Americans. Especially Americans who don’t agree with us or have a different narrative that they are fighting for.
  59. Teresa Massie, Bartlett, Tn
  60. Roisin O’Mara, Providence RI
  61. Becky Balser Tulsa, OK
  62. Elishia McGruder Thank you reporters for your sacrifices.
  63. Tacie Ranson Millville NJ
  64. Lua Martin Wells Lua Wells, Mt Pleasant, SC
  65. Heather Hoppen Campbell Benicia, CA
  66. Clayton Longley Springfield,Missouri
  67. Tina Brown Musselman Federal way, WA
  68. Yvonne Ford Wilder Denver, CO
  69. Amanda Kaahanui Kaneohe, Hawaii
  70. Lua Martin Wells
  71. Gail Turley, Mesa, AZ
  72. Michelle Rea, Pensacola, FL
  73. Sheryl Bower Glenwood Springs, CO
  74. Emma Friedman Glencoe, IL
  75. Cynthia Tuthill Cynthia Tuthill St Helena CA
  76. Eileen Peppard, Honolulu, HI
  77. Olivia Jurado Zamora Whittier, CA
  78. Lisa Giruzzi Albany NY
  79. Sue Parry Sue Parry, Malta, NY
  80. Daniel L Hayward Laramie Wy
  81. Josie Sloan Woodstock,GA

One Pulse is a gun law reform group formed by actor and activist George Takie following the Pulse nightclub massacre.

Show the press you support and value them

June 2020 – peaceful protests called in the wake of the murder of George Floyd have experienced attempts to hijack them by a number of extremists, racists, and police.  Over 100 members of the press have been attacked by police wholly against Constitutional rights:  journalists have been arrested, beaten, even shot with rubber/plastic bullets – designed not to kill but to inflict serious injury.  Several peaceful protesters have been assaulted by police; several have been shot.  These peoples’ constitutional rights have been unduly taken from them.  The reason we know about these grave assaults on people and on all of our liberties is because of journalists and the media.

It is not so long ago that crowds of anti-lockdown protestors, in many cases heavily-armed men in quasi-military garb held aggressive protests and  stormed a state capital.  They screamed at people trying to perform their jobs; they endangered public safety because they refuse to believe in the Covid-19 virus, and threatened violence if their rights were ‘removed’- which was only ever a temporary measure for the good of public health.  The vast majority of these people were never met with police brutality or arrests.

This is the most crucial turning point in our country’s and our society’s future many of us will ever see.  In order to stay informed, receive facts and avoid propaganda, we 100% need a free, unhampered press – as the Constitution guarantees.

There are those who have distorted the Second Amendment past all reason, morality and logic.  A ‘well-regulated militia’ for some means any disgruntled person can get a deadly, rapid-fire weapon – and kill innocent adults and children.  Yet the same people who will not brook any criticism of their interpretation of the 2nd Amendment do not remotely want to see other amendments upheld when these rights pertain to freedom of the press or indeed the basic human rights of equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

While a nation mourns George Floyd and the many victims who have gone before him, for instance two innocent black people who were shot to death, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor (it is her birthday; she should be blowing out 27 candles as I write), we have a White House hostile to black people, women, ethnic minorities, LGBT people, veterans and asylum seekers.  The horrors this administration has created include caging asylum-seekers and taking their children, hampering LGBT people who had careers in the military, removing womens’ rights, the creation of ICE, and more.  These injustices are brought to our attention by a free press – and that is why, using language of dictators past, Donald Trump calls the press ‘the enemy of the people.’

We need every citizen to vote, however hard those opposed to this try to disenfranchise voters; votes should be informed with access to accurate, full, timely news reporting.

We need everyone to uphold the rights of the press – and by the press we mean those news outlets large and little that are looking to report and record the truth of what is going on so we may make informed choices: not those who bombard us with lies to support tyranny and their owners’ self-interests.

ACTION:

You can add your name, town and state to the post this Action Alert appears in, and your name will be added to our One Pulse letter which will be sent to various news outlets.  You can also contact one of the major news networks (I have only chosen a few – please find your own favourites)  and/or your regional news sources through one of the channels below  and give them the following message, personalized to your liking:

I am a member of One Pulse for America, a gun-law reform group started by George Takei.  I wanted to let you know that I greatly appreciate the news you bring us and the sacrifices and dangers your news crews increasingly face to bring us accurate reporting.  Only a dictator would call the responsible press ‘enemies of the people’; only a coward with much to hide would try to villify the press, and I am not buying it. 

I want to see any police officer who impedes the constitutionally-protected rights you have to report brought to justice.  No reporter should be arrested, threatened – let alone assaulted or shot. 

My respect to all who bring us the truth, and my contempt to those who want to stop you, or those who want to deliver propaganda as news.  Thank you.

MSNBC
Email:
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/msnbc/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MSNBC

ABC
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/ABCNews/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ABC

CBS
Facebook:
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CBSNews

Once you have made contact, fill out the three fields below and click the orange banner to report taking action!

 

No Trump, you cannot threaten to shoot people

29 May 2020 – Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, peaceful protests as well as riots have broken out.  Trump subsequently tweeted he wants to shoot looters.  So much for upholding the constitution as his oath binds him to do.

Police knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck, asphyxiating him.  The white officers at the scene gave him no help and did nothing stop their colleague’s fatal, illegal assault.  They lost their jobs – but no arrests were made and no charges brought.  Understandably this has caused outrage and protest.

Peaceful protests turned ugly – with vandalism, arson and allegedly looting.  In some video footage purporting to be from the scene, heavily-disguised white men are seen breaking windows and assembling materials that may have been used in arson.  There does not seem to be any record of police looking for, or arresting them.  It certainly looks at the moment as if they sought to discredit the peaceful protest and further inflame racial tensions:  they need to be found, identified, charged.

Police have today shockingly arrested CNN personnel who were legally, safely covering the scene.  In a video CNN’s crew repeatedly ask the police where they should stand.  Police say nothing to the reporters until for no discernible, legal reason they start arresting the team.  This was wholly illegal and is all embarrassingly for them caught on camera.

Our action concerns the president of the country calling for looters to be shot.

As much as Trump might like the country to become a rights-free dictatorship, we will not allow this to happen.

His hate speech has been proven to have inflamed racial tensions and led to violence since even before he took office.

We are drawing a line.

 

ACTION

Either add your name and home city to the Facebook post about this action alert and your details will be added to the message One Pulse sends to Trump and Governor Walz – or send your own message:

Please contact Donald Trump, cc Governor Walz   through one of the channels below and give them the following message, personalized to your liking:

 

The police in Minneapolis are out of control, witness the death of George Floyd.  We at One Pulse for America demand the arrest, charging and trial of all involved in this killing, and a comprehensive, independent investigation of what certainly looks like institutionalized racism in the force.  We expect to see resignations of those at the top too.

We understand why people are furious; we are too.  We have watched peaceful protests – and have seen proof that these have been hijacked by a tiny number of people who turned them violent:  people who are caught on video, some of whom are white males.  We demand that police find, arrest and charge these suspects. 

We believe that Trump’s tweet ‘when the looting starts the shooting starts’ violates his oath to uphold the constitution and is an attack on all our rights.  The shooting threat is designed to cow those who want to exercise their right to peaceful protest.  If white men can take automatic rifles into state capitals to protest life-saving measures, then those who want to protest peacefully  against injustice must see their rights upheld too.  By tweeting that it is OK to shoot looting suspects Trump is also by implication giving his permission for police to shoot/kill other crime suspects.  Of all the disgraceful things Trump has done or said in office, this is among the worst.

One Pulse for America campaigns on any and all gun-related issues.  As such, we are outraged that a sitting president of our country should take to Twitter to say ‘when the looting starts the shooting starts’.  This is still a democracy, despite the best efforts of Trump to inflame via hate speech, which has resulted in violence. We will not tolerate any threat of ex-judicial execution just as we will not tolerate the ex-judicial execution of George Floyd.  We will not tolerate the continuing epidemic of police executions across the country.  We will not tolerate the arrest of journalists who have a constitutionally-protected right  to report. 

No feeble excuses on any of these issues that have been offered will be entertained.  There is no excuse whatsoever for Mr Floyd’s death, for the president threatening to shoot any citizens whether breaking law or not, or for arresting news crews.

We expect to hear from Governor with  news that arrests are being made on the killing of Mr Floyd, confirmation the journalists have been released without charge, an independent investigation into the entire force is launched, and the police who arrested them to be charged with false arrest.  An apology from Trump is the least he should do, but we expect very little from him.

AND/OR Suggested tweet:
@GovTimWalz @realDonaldTrump Walz I demand arrest of those involved in #GeorgeFloydMurder : death demands action. Trump how dare u threaten to shoot any1 – your threats will not intimidate legal, just protests but they show you violated your oath to uphold constitution. Resign.

President Donald Trump
Phone:  202-456-1111
Email: (form) https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/POTUS/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump

Governor Tim Walz
Phone:  651-201-3400

Email:  HSEM.PPP@state.mn.us

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/GovTimWalz/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/GovTimWalz 

 

Once you have made contact, fill out the three fields below and click the orange banner to report taking action!

 

 

Sleeping while black: demand justice for Breonna Taylor

Grieving parents of Breonna Taylor are suing police.  She was shot in a bungled raid on the wrong address – as police searched for a man they already had in custody.

As AOL News reports “Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT worker in Louisville, Ky., was shot in her bed after midnight on March 13 by three police officers serving a “no-knock warrant,” becoming another statistic in the long list of African-Americans killed at the hands of police. What makes the case unusual is that Taylor was a woman.  And, of course, she was asleep.”

“The incident is still being investigated and Taylor’s family is suing Louisville Metro Police Department Officers Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankinson and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly alleging wrongful death, excessive force and gross negligence. According to the suit, the police fired more than 20 rounds in the apartment. Taylor was hit eight times and pronounced dead at the scene.”

“The officers were looking for a drug suspect who lived 10 miles away and was already in police custody, according to the Courier-Journal. Police said the suspect had used the address where Taylor lived with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, to receive packages in the mail.

“No drugs were found in the apartment, and neither Taylor nor Walker has an arrest record.”

Mr Walker, thinking he was being raided and robbed, opened fire during the no-knock raid.  Police are attempting to use this as a feeble excuse for their ineptitude and shooting.

ACTION:

We will write to Governor Andy Beshear to demand the officers and those who ordered this raid be brought swiftly to trial, are immediately thrown off the force, their past use of firearms is examined, and their backgrounds investigated for any links to far right/racist groups.  We will demand the end of such raids;  Ms Taylor is the latest victim in a’ war on drugs’ that no one is winning.

Please contact Governor Andy Beshear through one of the channels below and give them the following message, personalized to your liking:

 

The reasons for Breonna Taylor’s death include negligence, bungling, gun culture in the police, the ‘war on drugs’ – and quite possibly institutionalized racism:  it’s up to you to ensure these angles are all investigated.  You need to end ‘no-knock’ raids, and armed raids on homes before more innocent people are hurt or killed.

The police involved were apparently looking for drugs – with fatal force:  and looking for a man already in custody.  No-knock raids combined with existing gun laws are a recipe for death.  People are allowed to arm themselves to protect their property – and yet armed police can storm into such property and shoot at will, killing people like Ms Taylor:  this makes no sense at all.  What would have happened if officers checked records and custody records?  She would be alive.  What would happen if police did not swarm into her home in the dead of night, making householders fear for their lives as if they were living in a third world country warzone?  She would still be alive.  What if police waited until a person exited a  house, checked their description to the wanted suspect and then calmly arrested them – only if warranted?  She would still be alive.  Is a drugs arrest worth rights violations and death?  NEVER.

Things as they stand are rancid.  We need an investigation into the background of those involved:  are they competent? Racist?  Linked to racist organisations?  Have they killed before?  We need to get them off the force now – before they kill again.

I expect a reply from you and I expect a swift removal of everyone involved in this deadly raid.

or for Twitter: Governor:  Breonna Taylor’s death cannot go unanswered – remove all involved from the force today, have them investigated thoroughly – and put an end to deadly no-knock raids.  She’s dead – and the suspect was already in custody:  it is an outrage.

 

 

Phone: (502) 564-2611

Email (form):  https://governor.ky.gov/contact/contact-us 

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Ahmaud Arbery – FBI must widen its investigation

Ahmaud Abrey ABC news

UPDATE:  in two days, 489 One Pulse for America members signed this letter, a further 109 One Pulse for America members have contacted the FBI directly, as recorded in our database, and a further 30 people approximately indicated they wished to sign, but did not supply a home town and state.  This makes a total of 628 people.

8 May 2010 – Ahmaud Arbery would have been 26 today, but he was executed by two gun-wielding white men in February.  They claim the unarmed black jogger must have been a burglary suspect – so they killed him.  Virtually nothing was done:  no arrests made, no plans to have any kind of legal action was taken.  The father and son duo, Gregory and Travis McMichael, claimed Mr Arbery somehow started it; this claim soon evaporated when a damning video showed up.  The footage seems to have led to a grand jury being convened.  As many are saying, the grand jury is being convened not because the authorities saw the video, it’s because WE saw the video.

Ahmaud Abrey ABC news
Glynn County police said on 28 April – nearly two months after the shooting – they were ‘gathering evidence’ – this excluded arresting and questioning the men.

It is not hard to imagine what would have happened instead if the jogger was white and the two shooters were black.

The tragic story also destroys some myths used by the pro-gun NRA and other factions.  They would have you believe that ‘good guys with guns’ need weapons to stay safe, and the people who get guns and have permits are all trained, professional, ‘good guys’.  It is likely the men who killed Mr Arbery had the correct registrations and permits (as loose as Georgia’s laws are):  the NRA would have you believe that gun-owners like them are law-abiding people who are very responsible.  These myths never held water and don’t hold any water going forward.   If the men in the truck had mobile phones and no guns, they could have called the police to report siting a possible suspect (how they think they recognized Mr Arbery needs to be examined, as does whether or not they placed any such call or just killed – it looks like they just killed).  It’s likely the police would have arrested Mr Arbery unlike their failure to arrest those who killed him.  Still, he would be alive.

Aside from the glaringly-obvious fact the public is supposed to telephone police if they think they see a possible suspect and not shoot the person dead, the shocking behavior, inaction, and procedural errors on the part of the state demand investigation.  It certainly looks like racism, conspiracy, and ignorance were why no one was arrested at the time.  The McMichaels enjoyed months of freedom, and had a long opportunity to work on their stories, tamper with evidence, while enjoying their lives while Mr Arbery was dead and his family mourned.

ACTION:

We will send the following open letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, copying in various other bodies.  After careful deliberation, looking at the behavior of Georgia’s Governor down to the law enforcement agencies involved here, it is pointless to ask these people to investigate their own serious problems.

Please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation through one of the channels below and give them the following message, personalized to your liking:

 

TO: The Federal Bureau of Investigation

CC:  S Lee Merritt (attorney for Ahmaud Arbery’s family), ACLU, Black Lives Matter, Vic Reynolds – Georgia Bureau of Investigation, The Supreme Court of Georgia, Derrick Johnson – president of the NAACP

Sirs,

Is Georgia institutionally racist?  We believe the evidence speaks for itself and the answer sadly is ‘yes, definitely’.  

The murder of Ahmaud Arbery is one of the most outrageous cases that lead to that conclusion; sadly, it is not unique in Georgia’s history.  We are aware the FBI is investigating this case.  We write to ask the FBI to widen its scope and investigate more broadly how racism operates within the State of Georgia’s law enforcement agencies and governor’s office.  

How can the execution of an unarmed jogger who is black by two white men not even lead to an immediate arrest?  Institutionalized, entrenched racism seems to be the answer to that question, and the entire state needs to be part of an investigation by an independent external body.  We know the FBI prioritizes hate crime, and as we have no confidence in Georgia to investigate its own corruption, we call upon the FBI to act.

We write to demand justice for Ahmaud Arbery, his family, friends and community.   We are disgusted that months elapsed with no arrests, and we are only too aware of the opportunities the suspects have had to synchronize their stories, alter or destroy evidence, and/or influence the outcome of legal action.  We will be watching intently, and we expect to see justice done and expect long custodial sentences for anyone found guilty of executing an unarmed person, especially as race has clearly played a part throughout this situation.  We also feel such an outcome is not likely unless the investigation we ask for is held.

We want to see Georgia implement hate crime legislation; it is one of the few states that do not have any such provisions.  We demand Georgia upholds Federal hate crime legislation.  USA Today quotes Georgia Bureau of Investigations Director Vic Reynolds as saying:  “There’s no hate crime (law) in Georgia.”  I would remind Mr Reynolds, one of the parties on copy of this letter,  and the GBI that there are federal hate crime laws and these should be applied here, eg The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.  No stone, no piece of relevant legislation can be ignored in this case.

S Lee Merritt, attorney for the deceased’s family, said and we agree: “Prosecutors will need a grand jury in order to formally indict these men, but that has nothing to do with actually going out and arresting the men seen on camera murdering a 25-year-old unarmed black man…  The prosecutors actually have the option, if they so choose to, to directly indictment [sic] and skip the entire grand jury process,” he added. “It’s something that happens all the time in our legal system, and this would certainly be an appropriate moment.”  We demand an explanation as to how the grand jury route was chosen, who was involved, and this too should be part of the broader, essential investigation.

 It speaks volumes that shooter Gregory McMichaels is a retired Glynn County police officer and investigator with Brunswick’s district attorney’s office.  We demand a re-examination of every case he was involved in, however long that may take.  If this retired ‘professional’ thinks he is at liberty to execute suspects, then the public needs to know what other wrongs he may have committed, and whether they were racially-motivated. 

We need to find out what hate groups the McMichael may be involved in:  are they Klan members, neo-Nazis, far-right violence advocates?  We demand that no one involved in a hate group be permitted to work in any aspect of law enforcement or indeed the entire public sector.

We write as members of gun law reform group One Pulse for America, and normally we would write to a state governor to appeal for intervention in such a situation.  However, we have seen photos of Governor Kemp posing happily with a white man wearing an anti-Islam t-shirt.  We are aware of black community leaders’ feelings about Mr Kemp re-opening the state during Covid19 situation, and how this is very likely to particularly harm black citizens.  Kemp is tied to voter suppression, and is linked to cancelling 1.4 million voter registrations.  Kemp is also an endorsed supporter of the discredited NRA, linked forever with Russian agents, Russian money and Russian election tampering.  We don’t want to appeal for his help:  we want to appeal for your investigation to examine him too.

Georgia’s gun laws are some of the loosest in the country; it is no wonder its shooting and gun death statistics are so appalling https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/congress/ga .

More lives will be lost, more injustices done and an independent, sweeping, thorough investigation into racism in Georgia’s law enforcement system must be conducted to try to correct this unacceptable status quo.  We demand this investigation be convened as soon as possible.  We also demand full transparency on the murder of Mr Arbery and want everyone culpable in mismanagement of the case investigated too.

To Mr Arbery’s family, friends, community we send our condolences, and One Pulse for America will be happy to take actions to demonstrate our support alongside you.  Please let us know how to help.

We want the FBI to reply to our letter.  We invite those on copy, whether they are  part of the problem or the community organizations we are reaching out to, to send us their thoughts too.  We will be only too happy to take other relevant actions to fight against Georgia’s out-of-control gun culture and racism.

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Call out the NRA over its attack on Canada

The NRA, awash with Russian money and spies, is trying to hide behind the flag and the Constitution, and is whining about Canada’s new gun law. The gun lobbyists who normally tell people such as celebrities to ‘stay in their lane’ have decided to deride Canada’s new lifesaving legislation.

Earlier this year Nova Scotia saw its worst-ever gun massacre which left 22 dead.  This swiftly led to new legislation banning assault-style weapons.  Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the press: “These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada.  Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade assault weapons in this country.”

The NRA is triggered – a phrase their members often use to attack gun control activists who campaign for gun law reform.  Let’s point out their several hypocrisies.  The NRA pushes an exaggerated version of the 2nd Amendment and tries to ridicule and shut down any debate – yet they claim to uphold American values such as freedom of speech.  The NRA wants to be thought of as true blue patriots and yet took funds from Russian operatives close to Putin – operatives who wanted to influence the 2016 election.  NRA supporters (including Trump) regularly point to crimes in other countries and claim if citizens were armed, the crimes wouldn’t have happened – ignoring heavily-armed America’s sky-high gun death toll.  They don’t want anyone outside of America to try and tell them what to do (except the Russians presumably) but the NRA now wants to tell Canada what to do.  The NRA is giving us whiplash with its ever-changing positions and complete lack of consistency.

ACTION:

Ridicule the NRA’s untenable, illogical position on social media – let people see that you disagree with the NRA; this will encourage others to follow.

Please contact Russia’s Asset the NRA through one of the channels below and give them the following message, personalized to your liking:

We’re used to NRA exaggeration and your hyperbole but you’re beyond embarrassing when you criticize Canada’s sensible, democratically-driven ban on military grade, assault-style weapons.

You carp on about your patriotism  – all the while your organization took money from Russia and welcomed Russian operatives such as Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin.  I’m amazed that after a Senate sub-committee found the NRA to be a Russian Asset you have the nerve to keep pretending you are somehow patriotic.  And now the NRA has the gall to criticize Canada in your tweet using the American flag which is really, really embarrassing.  You most definitely do not speak for all Americans, and it’s great to see you are in financial difficulty.

More and more people are seeing through your scandals and ill-logic, and that’s great news to me.  Congratulations to the people of Canada who actually value lives on their sensible gun control legislation; they really don’t care what the NRA thinks – if it thinks at all.

Canada really triggered you, and for an organisation that likes to call its critics ‘snowflakes’ your tweet is sheer hypocrisy.  After that pathetic tweet trying to tell Canada what to do, the NRA can never tell any gun law reform activist to ‘stay in their lane’ again.

-OR- recommended reply to their tweet:

Thank you Canada for showing sense. NRA – a Senate sub-committee deemed you to be a Russian Asset for taking Russian money and aiding Russian operatives who tried to tamper with the 2016 election. No one buys your fake patriotism, and I’m so glad you’re in financial trouble.

NRA

 Phone:  800 672 3888
Email:  https://contact.nra.org 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/NRA/ (NB they block posts, may block comments too)
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/NRA – link to their tweet

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70-80% of the comments are anti NRA, let’s keep that ratio up – it really does matter. https://twitter.com/NRA/status/1256381069928120322