8 Petitions You Can Sign to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement
Online petitions are popping up left and right in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. While a signature can only do so much, it’s one of the quickest ways to have your voice heard, since it usually requires a simple name and email address. The method has proven to be successful in the past—there were several petitions to have the Minneapolis officers involved in the death of George Floyd charged, which is exactly what happened. While the petitions alone didn’t force the arrests, the public outcry certainly made a difference.
We compiled a list of eight petitions that support the Black Lives Matter movement and demand justice for the murders of innocent Black men and women. While there are many petitions out there that you can sign, these picks can serve as a starting point as you begin your own deeper research.
1. Hands Up ActThe Hands Up Act is a proposed piece of legislation that suggests officers receive a mandatory 15-year prison sentence for the killing of unarmed men and women.
The NAACP launched the petition in honor of George Floyd with the sole purpose of eliminating senseless hate crimes.
Join the Black Lives Matter movement, which aims to defund law enforcement and redirect funds to invest in Black communities.
4. National Action Against Police Brutality
Another petition directed towards law enforcement reform—but this time, it specifically encourages officials to hold the police accountable.
5. Stand with BreonnaThis one’s dedicated to Breonna Taylor, who was murdered when police wrongfully entered her Kentucky apartment. You can sign the online petition or text “ENOUGH” to 55156.
6. Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
In honor of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed while jogging—unarmed—in Georgia.
7. Justice for Belly Mujinga
Belly Mujinga (a railway worker from London) died from COVID-19 after she was denied proper protection as an essential worker.
8. Justice for Tony McDade
The petition seeks justice for Tony McDade, a transgender man who was killed by police in Tallahassee.