Signing These Petitions Can Help Reopen the Cases of Slain Black People

Shannon Barbour
Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Marie Claire

The worldwide protests calling for justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Brianna Hill, and Tony McDade and reaffirming that Black lives matter have already made a lasting impact on society. Already, the protests, social media posts, petitions, and countless donations have lead to the arrest of all four officers involved in Floyd’s murder, an FBI investigation into Taylor’s case, plans to defund the Minneapolis police, and a plan to pass Breonna’s Law, which would limit no-knock warrants. But the fight for justice doesn’t stop here, and many on social media are calling to reopen the cases of Black people who were senselessly killed and deserve justice.

If you want to continue fighting for Black lives and the many we’ve lost already, sign these petitions, which call to reopen Tamir Rice’s, Sandra Bland’s, and Trayvon Martin’s cases, among others:

  • Darrius Stewart was killed in 2015, and although his mother continues to try to file a case, the filings are repeatedly dismissed. His mother filed another suit in February, and this petition calls on Donald Trump, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Senator Lamar Alexander, and the Tennessee House and Senate to recognize the case.

  • Kenneka Jenkins was found dead in a freezer in Crowne Plaza Hotel in 2017. According to this petition, the surveillance footage from the hotel appeared to be manipulated and a rape test was not performed. Signing this could help reopen the case and determine what happened to the young woman.

  • Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2012. Zimmerman remains free, auctioned the gun he used to kill Martin for $100,000, and had the nerve to sue Martin’s family for defamation. Sign this petition to reopen his case.

Most of these petitions are *this close* to reaching their signature goals, so take five minutes and make your voice heard.

Here are guides for how to demand justice right now, how to find mental health resources if you’re a Black woman, how to talk to your relatives about Black Lives Matter, how to spot a fake protest story, and how to protest safely.


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