Tuesday, December 8, 2015

158 families

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

$176 million.

That's the amount of money 158 families—and the companies they own or control—have already contributed to Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.1 $176 millionthat's half of the total funds contributed thus far in the 2016 presidential race.2

Who are these people and why are they buying our democracy?

I tackle those big questions and more in three minutes in The Investments of the 158, my latest video with MoveOn. Please watch it and share it now.

The investments of the 158

How much more evidence do we need that our democracy is in crisis?

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Call now: Refugees are NOT terrorists

We can stop Republicans from scapegoating refugees, if Democrats stand together for the principles enshrined on the Statue of Liberty.

Dear MoveOn member,

Anti-refugee attacks have become so fierce in Congress that Republicans are now threatening a government shutdown—seriously—to prevent any more Syrian families fleeing violence in the Middle East from entering America.1

Just days ago, the U.S. House passed a bill to slam the door on Syrian refugees—many of whom are fleeing the same terrorist network that attacked Paris—and passed it with enough votes to override President Obama's threatened veto.2 Our grassroots outcry helped stop the bill in the Senate so far, but the fight is far from over.

So now, according to rumors swirling in Washington today, Republicans' new strategy is to hijack the must-pass spending bill.3 Some of them are planning to hold the federal government hostage unless they get their way on blocking Syrian refugees and on other priorities of the farthest right-wing fringe of their base—maybe even defunding Planned Parenthood just days after the deadly attack in Colorado Springs.4

We can stop Republicans from scapegoating refugees in the U.S. Senate—if Democrats stand together for the principles enshrined on the Statue of Liberty. That's why all Democrats—those who stand with us and those who are undecided—need to hear from us right now so they know where we stand in this fight.

Can you call Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand now? Tell them: "Don't let Republicans use the spending bill to block Syrian families from finding safety in America. It's un-American to turn away people seeking refuge from war and oppression."

Here's where to call:
Senator Charles Schumer
Phone: (202) 224-6542

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Phone: (202) 224-4451

If this desperate Republican gambit sounds familiar, it's because Republicans have pulled from this playbook before. In fact, many right-wing members of their caucus were planning to use the spending bill to further grandstand against Planned Parenthood—and we may see the lies about Planned Parenthood trotted out again in the next week, alongside fear-mongering about refugee families.

We have learned to say no to Republican hostage taking—and we need Democrats to stand strong for core American values—including standing by the message on the Statue of Liberty and defending women's rights.

The anti-refugee backlash sweeping our country is a result of fear and bigotry shamelessly whipped up by politicians like Donald Trump. Trump outrageously claims that "thousands and thousands" of Muslims in Jersey City celebrated the fall of the Twin Towers.5 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson went so far as to compare Syrian refugees fleeing violence to "rabid dogs."6

And the inflammatory rhetoric targeting Planned Parenthood is just as absurd and dangerous. For months, Republicans have spread lies about Planned Parenthood—and last Friday's attack in Colorado Springs was a tragic reminder that violent language has very real consequences.

Democrats must stand together behind our most important American values and not succumb to Republican fearmongering—neither misplaced fear of families fleeing Syria nor fear of giving women power over their health and lives.

Can you pick up the phone right now, call Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand, and urge them to say no to Republican fearmongering?

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben W., Mark, Jadzia, Erica, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Analyst: 50-50 odds of government shutdown over refugees," McClatchy DC, December 1, 2015
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article47259075.html

2. "The moral and strategic case for admitting Syrian refugees," The Washington Post, November 23, 2015
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/11/23/the-debate-over-syrian-refugees/

3. "Congress returns to tackle omnibus," Politico, November 30, 2015
http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-defense/2015/11/congress-returns-to-tackle-omnibus-obama-visits-paris-concert-hall-where-attacks-occurred-nsa-bulk-phone-data-collection-ends-211485

4. "No Shutdown Expected on Planned Parenthood," The New York Times, November 30, 2015
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/01/us/politics/congress-budget-deadline-planned-parenthood.html

5. "Fact-checking Trump's claim that thousands in New Jersey cheered when World Trade Center tumbled," Politifact, November 22, 2015
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/nov/22/donald-trump/fact-checking-trumps-claim-thousands-new-jersey-ch/

6. "Republican Ben Carson compares Syrian refugees to 'rabid dogs'" Reuters, November 20, 2015
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/20/us-usa-election-carson-idUSKCN0T82TJ20151120

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Anti-Muslim hysteria grows

A massive wave of anti-Muslim hysteria is sweeping through Congress, and across America.
Dear MoveOn member,

A massive wave of anti-Muslim hysteria is sweeping through Congress—and, frighteningly, across America.

Here's the most urgent threat: A bill that would effectively end America's program of welcoming refugee families from Syria and Iraq passed the House of Representatives before Thanksgiving with enough votes to override President Obama's threatened veto.1

Now, the Senate is expected to vote on the bill this WEDNESDAY—and if we lose like we did in the House, President Obama could be forced to close the door to ALL families seeking refuge from violence.

We can't let that happen. Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in to help save the Syrian refugee program.

The anti-refugee backlash is a result of fear and bigotry shamelessly whipped up by politicians like Donald Trump, and a chorus of Republican governors who say they will refuse to accept refugees in their states.2

But even some Democrats are being swept up in it. In the House, 47 Democrats joined Republicans and voted to block the refugee resettlement program.3

We've been firing on all cylinders for the past few weeks. And we still need to raise at least $100,000 more to fight this anti-refugee bill in the Senate. With your help, we'll lift up the voices of refugee families, organize protests targeting key senators, and generate thousands of calls to Senate offices.

Will you chip in $3 to help save the Syrian refugee program?

Yes, I'll chip in to help save the Syrian refugee program.

Since the start of the Syrian civil war, more than 4 million refugees have fled the country.

Yet so far, the U.S. has accepted fewer than 2,000 refugees.4 The vast majority of them have been women, children, and the elderly.5 And not one terrorist attack has been committed in America by a refugee.6

Now President Obama is proposing to increase the number of refugees to 10,000, still a tiny fraction of the number needing help.7

This is the very least we can do to respond to one of the greatest humanitarian crises the world has seen in decades. Even France—in the aftermath of the horrific Paris attacks—will honor its commitment to take in 30,000 refugees.8

The world is watching. Will you chip in $3?

Click here to chip in and help save the Syrian refugee program.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben, Robert, Alejandro, Joan, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees," CNN, November 19, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308377&id=135862-10220574-SfbNrQx&t=1

2. "Trump Says He Would Ban Syrian Refugees From Entering US," ABC News, November 17, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308404&id=&id=135862-10220574-SfbNrQx&t=2

"30 Governors Call For Halt To U.S. Resettlement Of Syrian Refugees," National Public Radio, November 17, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308235&id=135862-10220574-SfbNrQx&t=3

3. "Here's A List Of The Democrats Who Voted To Shut The Door On Syrian Refugees," The Huffington Post, November 19, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308378&id=135862-10220574-SfbNrQx&t=4

4. "These charts put the US response to Syrian refugees in context: it's pitifully small," Vox, November 18, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308379&id=135862-10220574-SfbNrQx&t=5

5. "Stretching Facts on Syrian Refugees," FactCheck.org, September 15, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308380&id=135862-10220574-SfbNrQx&t=6

6. "Can Terrorists Really Infiltrate the Syrian Refugee Program?" The Atlantic, November 18, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308381&id=135862-10220574-SfbNrQx&t=7

7. "Obama Increases Number of Syrian Refugees for U.S. Resettlement to 10,000," The New York Times, September 10, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308382&id=135862-10220574-SfbNrQx&t=8

8. "France says it will take 30,000 Syrian refugees, while U.S. Republicans would turn them away," The Washington Post, November 18, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308387&id=135862-10220574-SfbNrQx&t=9

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

FW: Please, don't delete

This political moment is the truest test we've faced during my time at MoveOn.
Hi there—I just wanted to make sure you saw Anna's message from the other day.

Dear MoveOn member,

This is a long email, but I hope you'll take the time to read to the end.

I've been a MoveOn member for over a dozen years, and on staff for eight—three of them as executive director. I've been part of so many MoveOn campaigns, from fighting to stop the Iraq War, to helping elect Obama, to defending diplomacy, and so much more.

This political moment is the truest test we've faced during my time at MoveOn. 

The Paris terror attacks sparked a terrible and counterproductive backlash here in America—one that's threatening the essential values proclaimed on the Statue of Liberty. Republican presidential candidates are proposing to close mosques and impose religious tests on refugees.1 Local officials are publicly discussing internment camps.2 At least 30 governors—including one Democrat—have declared their state borders closed to refugees.3

And I can't help but think: If we can't stop this backlash after a terrorist attack in Europe, what happens if—God forbid—there's another attack on U.S. soil? 

We seem to have forgotten the bitter lessons learned after 9/11. In fact, many Muslims and Arab-Americans say the climate in America today is worse than right after 9/11.4 George W. Bush's remarks about Islam then sound positively enlightened alongside Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio today.

And if we don't decisively turn the tide, I fear we're on a slippery slope to more endless U.S. wars abroad, and unprecedented new infringements on human rights here at home.

We urgently need to do two things:

1) Win a big vote on the fate of refugees in America in the Senate next week. The U.S. House already passed, with a veto-proof majority, a bill that would effectively stop any more Syrian and Iraqi refugee families fleeing violence from resettling in the US.5 The bill now moves to the Senate, where it has a real chance of passing with a veto-proof majority as well. Unless we mobilize, massively, right now, President Obama could be forced to close the door to ALL families seeking refuge from violence. 

To put this in a global context, France—the site of the recent terror attacks— has declared its commitment to continue accepting Syrian refugees.6 And we know that our actions are being watched in the Middle East, where extremists and terrorists such as Daesh (commonly known as ISIS) and Al Qaeda are hoping our divisive, xenophobic, and isolationist actions drive new recruits into their ranks.7

2) Win the cultural and political argument that's playing out right now in newspapers, at dining room tables, on TV, and on Facebook walls. We're collectively asking ourselves: How does America react to terror attacks now—this many years after 9/11? Do we race to criminalize Muslims—refugees and otherwise? Do we play into terrorists' hands by implying that Islam and Western democracy are at odds? Do we launch another era of open-ended and fundamentally unwinnable wars?

Or do we fight terror with decency, with civility, by opening our hearts and homes—and showing people around the world why the Statue of Liberty is still such a beacon of hope? And do we develop even smarter, more globally integrated, proactive, and progressive foreign policy strategies to beat extremism and keep us safe? 

To succeed, we have to win the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans who are fearful and looking for answers.

We've been pushing hard on this—but we don't yet have the money we need to rise to this historical moment over the next six weeks, and beyond.

Will you chip in $3 to support our emergency campaign?

Yes, I'll chip in to counter anti-refugee hysteria and rise to the historical moment.

My father is usually a sober-minded guy—a lawyer in Chicago who chides me when he feels our MoveOn emails get too dramatic. But he pulled me aside yesterday and, with unusual urgency, asked what we're doing to counter the dangerous remarks we're hearing from Donald Trump and others.

Here's what we're doing:

  • Putting direct pressure on senators. Last week, MoveOn members made nearly 10,000 calls to their offices, and we're going to continue that effort when the Senate returns to Washington next week—along with showing up at their offices, pushing them on social media, calling them out by name when they turn their back on families in need, and elevating them when they stand up for American values.

  • Taking this fight to the states. Over 200,000 MoveOn members have signed petitions targeting governors who threatened to close their doors to refugees. We have supported rallies, petition deliveries, and even community dinners that have all demonstrated that Americans still welcome refugees, and rebuked the politicians who choose fear over compassion.

  • Fighting the culture of hate and celebrating the culture of compassion. We're calling out the rhetoric of Donald Trump and the violence of his followers, and calling on leading politicians to do the same. We're opening our homes and our arms to refugee families—and we're elevating their stories and voices so that the American people can hear from these families directly, over the din of the demagogues.

It's necessary work—but we urgently need to do more. We need your help to run ads featuring the faces of real refugee families, to organize protests targeting key senators, and to generate tens of thousands of calls to Senate offices. 

Will you chip in
$3 to enable our emergency response?

Click here to support MoveOn's emergency campaign to respond to the Paris attacks and the backlash against refugees.

We must not cave in to xenophobia, discrimination, and hate. That's not who we are. Immigrants and refugees now within our borders deserve dignity and respect. And we must not turn our backs on millions of refugees—the largest displaced population since World War II—and leave them languishing in camps with unspeakable conditions. We have to speak out and fight for our shared values.

We need to build our strength and compassion for if, God forbid, there's another attack in the United States. Or else the next wave of terror-fueled counter-reaction will erode our liberties, feed terrorist propaganda videos, and take us to war.  

MoveOn is your organization. We've worked together to help end the Iraq war; to support progressive champions; to defend diplomacy; and to build the kind of inclusive, decent society that we need for all of our children.

We must rise to this moment together, because the consequences of our actions today will reverberate for years to come. And we can do it, but only with your help. Will you chip in $3?

Click here to chip in and support MoveOn's emergency campaign to respond to the Paris attacks and the backlash against refugees.

Thanks for all you do. 

–Anna

Sources: 

1. "A Complete Guide To How The GOP Candidates Reacted To Syrian Refugees After The Paris Attacks," ThinkProgress, November 17, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308254&id=135814-10220574-w83zpxx&t=1

2. "Mayor: Japanese internment camps justify rejecting refugees," USA Today, November 19, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308395&id=135814-10220574-w83zpxx&t=2

3. "30 Governors Call For Halt To U.S. Resettlement Of Syrian Refugees," National Public Radio, November 17, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308235&id=135814-10220574-w83zpxx&t=3

4. "Muslim Americans: Current political climate worse than after 9/11," CNN, November 21, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308388&id=135814-10220574-w83zpxx&t=4

5. "House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees," CNN, November 19, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308377&id=135814-10220574-w83zpxx&t=5

6. "France says it will take 30,000 Syrian refugees, while U.S. Republicans would turn them away," The Washington Post, November 18, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308389&id=135814-10220574-w83zpxx&t=6

7. "Why A Backlash Against Refugees Only Helps ISIS," The Huffington Post, November 15, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308390&id=135814-10220574-w83zpxx&t=7

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Friday, November 27, 2015

You're more than just a consumer

Want to give a present that fights the right? That calls out conservative hypocrisy? Then visit MoveOn's Holiday Site and give the gift of democracy!
Dear MoveOn member,

Happy holidays to one and all
and welcome to the shopping season.
If you want to avoid the mall,

Tired of another ugly sweater?
Hoping to avoid disposable junk?
A MoveOn gift is so much better—
and will lift all liberals from their political funk.

Want to give a present that fights the right?
That calls out conservative hypocrisy?

Send your progressive pals a card,
or send one to a conservative friend.

Your dollars help an important cause.
We'll tirelessly fight the biggest fights.
You'll strengthen our nation and help fix its flaws,
stand up for our values, and save people's rights.

If you want to be more than just a consumer,
and think shopping at Walmart Black Friday's a crime,
choose a gift full of hope and humor

Thanks for all you do.

–Tzyh, Justin K., Stephen, Manny, and the rest of the team
 


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Please, don't delete

This political moment is the truest test we've faced during my time at MoveOn.

Dear MoveOn member,

This is a long email, but I hope you'll take the time to read to the end.

I've been a MoveOn member for over a dozen years, and on staff for eight—three of them as executive director. I've been part of so many MoveOn campaigns, from fighting to stop the Iraq War, to helping elect Obama, to defending diplomacy, and so much more.

This political moment is the truest test we've faced during my time at MoveOn. 

The Paris terror attacks sparked a terrible and counterproductive backlash here in America—one that's threatening the essential values proclaimed on the Statue of Liberty. Republican presidential candidates are proposing to close mosques and impose religious tests on refugees.1 Local officials are publicly discussing internment camps.2 At least 30 governors—including one Democrat—have declared their state borders closed to refugees.3

And I can't help but think: If we can't stop this backlash after a terrorist attack in Europe, what happens if—God forbid—there's another attack on U.S. soil? 

We seem to have forgotten the bitter lessons learned after 9/11. In fact, many Muslims and Arab-Americans say the climate in America today is worse than right after 9/11.4 George W. Bush's remarks about Islam then sound positively enlightened alongside Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio today.

And if we don't decisively turn the tide, I fear we're on a slippery slope to more endless U.S. wars abroad, and unprecedented new infringements on human rights here at home.

We urgently need to do two things:

1) Win a big vote on the fate of refugees in America in the Senate next week. The U.S. House already passed, with a veto-proof majority, a bill that would effectively stop any more Syrian and Iraqi refugee families fleeing violence from resettling in the US.5 The bill now moves to the Senate, where it has a real chance of passing with a veto-proof majority as well. Unless we mobilize, massively, right now, President Obama could be forced to close the door to ALL families seeking refuge from violence. 

To put this in a global context, France—the site of the recent terror attacks— has declared its commitment to continue accepting Syrian refugees.6 And we know that our actions are being watched in the Middle East, where extremists and terrorists such as Daesh (commonly known as ISIS) and Al Qaeda are hoping our divisive, xenophobic, and isolationist actions drive new recruits into their ranks.7

2) Win the cultural and political argument that's playing out right now in newspapers, at dining room tables, on TV, and on Facebook walls. We're collectively asking ourselves: How does America react to terror attacks now—this many years after 9/11? Do we race to criminalize Muslims—refugees and otherwise? Do we play into terrorists' hands by implying that Islam and Western democracy are at odds? Do we launch another era of open-ended and fundamentally unwinnable wars?

Or do we fight terror with decency, with civility, by opening our hearts and homes—and showing people around the world why the Statue of Liberty is still such a beacon of hope? And do we develop even smarter, more globally integrated, proactive, and progressive foreign policy strategies to beat extremism and keep us safe? 

To succeed, we have to win the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans who are fearful and looking for answers.

We've been pushing hard on this—but we don't yet have the money we need to rise to this historical moment over the next six weeks, and beyond.

Will you chip in $3 to support our emergency campaign?

Yes, I'll chip in to counter anti-refugee hysteria and rise to the historical moment.

My father is usually a sober-minded guy—a lawyer in Chicago who chides me when he feels our MoveOn emails get too dramatic. But he pulled me aside yesterday and, with unusual urgency, asked what we're doing to counter the dangerous remarks we're hearing from Donald Trump and others.

Here's what we're doing:

  • Putting direct pressure on senators. Last week, MoveOn members made nearly 10,000 calls to their offices, and we're going to continue that effort when the Senate returns to Washington next week—along with showing up at their offices, pushing them on social media, calling them out by name when they turn their back on families in need, and elevating them when they stand up for American values.

  • Taking this fight to the states. Over 200,000 MoveOn members have signed petitions targeting governors who threatened to close their doors to refugees. We have supported rallies, petition deliveries, and even community dinners that have all demonstrated that Americans still welcome refugees, and rebuked the politicians who choose fear over compassion.

  • Fighting the culture of hate and celebrating the culture of compassion. We're calling out the rhetoric of Donald Trump and the violence of his followers, and calling on leading politicians to do the same. We're opening our homes and our arms to refugee families—and we're elevating their stories and voices so that the American people can hear from these families directly, over the din of the demagogues.

It's necessary work—but we urgently need to do more. We need your help to run ads featuring the faces of real refugee families, to organize protests targeting key senators, and to generate tens of thousands of calls to Senate offices. 

Will you chip in
$3 to enable our emergency response?

Click here to support MoveOn's emergency campaign to respond to the Paris attacks and the backlash against refugees.

We must not cave in to xenophobia, discrimination, and hate. That's not who we are. Immigrants and refugees now within our borders deserve dignity and respect. And we must not turn our backs on millions of refugees—the largest displaced population since World War II—and leave them languishing in camps with unspeakable conditions. We have to speak out and fight for our shared values.

We need to build our strength and compassion for if, god forbid, there's another attack in the United States. Or else the next wave of terror-fueled counter-reaction will erode our liberties, feed terrorist propaganda videos, and take us to war.  

MoveOn is your organization. We've worked together to help end the Iraq war; to support progressive champions; to defend diplomacy; and to build the kind of inclusive, decent society that we need for all of our children.

We must rise to this moment together, because the consequences of our actions today will reverberate for years to come. And we can do it, but only with your help. Will you chip in $3?

Click here to chip in and support MoveOn's emergency campaign to respond to the Paris attacks and the backlash against refugees.

Thanks for all you do. 

–Anna

Sources: 

1. "A Complete Guide To How The GOP Candidates Reacted To Syrian Refugees After The Paris Attacks," ThinkProgress, November 17, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308254&id=135680-10220574-6I_sRnx&t=1

2. "Mayor: Japanese internment camps justify rejecting refugees," USA Today, November 19, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308395&id=135680-10220574-6I_sRnx&t=2

3. "30 Governors Call For Halt To U.S. Resettlement Of Syrian Refugees," National Public Radio, November 17, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308235&id=135680-10220574-6I_sRnx&t=3

4. "Muslim Americans: Current political climate worse than after 9/11," CNN, November 21, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308388&id=135680-10220574-6I_sRnx&t=4

5. "House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees," CNN, November 19, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308377&id=135680-10220574-6I_sRnx&t=5

6. "France says it will take 30,000 Syrian refugees, while U.S. Republicans would turn them away," The Washington Post, November 18, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308389&id=135680-10220574-6I_sRnx&t=6

7. "Why A Backlash Against Refugees Only Helps ISIS," The Huffington Post, November 15, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=308390&id=135680-10220574-6I_sRnx&t=7

Want to support our work? MoveOn member contributions have powered our work together for more than 17 years. Hundreds of thousands of people chip in each year—which is why we're able to be fiercely independent, answering to no individual, corporation, politician, or political party. You can become a monthly donor by clicking here, or chip in a one-time gift here.


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#LaquanMcDonald

The City of Chicago has just released, under court order, the dashcam video from the brutal killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.
Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I'm DeAngelo Bester, and I run the Workers Center for Racial Justice in Chicago. The City of Chicago has just released, under court order, the dashcam video from the brutal killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer—and it's as bad as we all expected.

At the same time as they released the video, the county prosecutor announced she'd be pursuing charges against McDonald's killer, Officer Jason Van Dyke. Unfortunately, these are charges that should have been filed a year ago, and that's why we started this petition calling for real structural changes and oversight in the Chicago justice system, which says:

On October 20, 2014, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke brutally gunned down 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, shooting him 16 times. Because, for more than a year, Chicago city officials showed no intention of holding Officer Van Dyke accountable, we demand:
  • The resignation of Superintendent Garry McCarthy for his inability to end the culture of violence towards Black people within the Chicago Police Department.
  • The resignation of State's Attorney Anita Alvarez for her continued protection of violent and corrupt police officers.
  • That Governor Rauner appoint a special prosecutor to investigate this case and all future cases of police killings.
  • That the United Nations launch an immediate investigation of the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State's Attorney's office for violating the human rights of Black people in the city of Chicago and Cook County.

A nearby restaurant caught Laquan's murder on security video—but that video was erased by police.1 Now, with the release of devastating video evidence from police dashboard cameras, it is clear that the police lied and Laquan did not act in an aggressive manner.

More than a year after the killing, even with full evidence, Chicago city officials did nothing but reassign Officer Van Dyke to desk duty. But now that sustained grassroots mobilizations forced the city to release the video, city officials are finally charging Van Dyke as they try to blunt the expected outrage.

The city's action's are late and insufficient—and that's why we're demanding the resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, an appointment of a special prosecutor, and a human rights investigation. Click here if you agree.

Black Chicagoans face extreme levels of anti-Black violence and terrorism at the hands of the police. Earlier this year, a lawsuit was filed against the Chicago Police Department citing instance of police brutality and a secret detention center. And this is the same city where off-duty Officer Dante Servin shot and murdered Rekia Boyd while she was walking with a group of her friends.

That's why, in addition to the resignations and special prosecutor appointment, we're demanding truly independent investigation conducted by the United Nations and the Organization of American States into the violation of the human rights of Black people in Cook County and the city of Chicago.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

–DeAngelo Bester

Source:

1. "Alvarez Addresses Missing Minutes From Security Video in Laquan McDonald Case," NBC Chicago, November 24, 2015
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