Petition hits 3m+ signatures, petition starter will lead virtual protest tomorrow (June 5th) on what would have been Breonna’s 27th birthday
Celebrities Usher, Janelle Monáe, Solange Knowles, Megan Thee Stallion, John Mulaney and many more have endorsed law student Loralei HoJay’s viral Change.org petition calling for Justice for Breonna Taylor, which hit over 3 million signatures today. Loralei is leading a virtual protest tomorrow, Friday, June 5th, on what would have been Breonna’s 27th birthday. The protest directs petition signers and supporters to make phone calls, as well as send emails and “tweetstorm” calls for action targeting public officials, including KY Gov. Beshear and Sen. McConnell.
Some of the celebrities and brands who have endorsed the petition include:
- Janelle Monáe
- Megan Thee Stallion
- Anna Paquin
- Dylan O’Brien
- John Mulaney
- Shane Dawson
- Grateful Dead
- Def Jam Recordings
- Bobby Berk
- Sacramento Kings
Loralei started her petition after Louisville police officers fatally shot Breonna Taylor during a late-night investigation in March, using a controversial “no-knock” warrant. Louisville’s Metro Council Public Safety Committee unanimously passed a ‘Breonna’s Law’ proposal yesterday severely limiting and monitoring the use of no-knock warrants. The proposal will go to the full Metro Council for a vote on June 11.
The petition urges Gov. Andy Beshear (D-KY), who has already called Breonna’s case “troubling,” to arrest all of the officers involved in Breonna’s death, payment from LMPD to Breonna’s family for wrongful death and negligence, a statement from Gov. Beshear in support of Breonna, appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the Louisville Police Department, and an end to “no-knock” warrants through federal legislation. Loralei HoJay released a video speaking about her petition.
With all eyes on racial injustice in America, momentum has been rising in other powerful petitions throughout the country. Change.org petitions on racial justice and confronting police violence have seen unprecedented support – not just in the petition for Breonna Taylor, which hit 3 million signatures today – but in several others fighting for justice in cases of police brutality across the country.
“The success of these petitions show that people around the world are ready to stand up and fight against racial injustice,” said Ansa Edim, Senior Brand Marketing Manager at Change.org. “This is not just a moment but a movement and Change.org is proud to host a place to amplify and unite these voices.”
The viral petition calling for justice for Breonna Taylor joins the petitions for George Floyd (which currently has over 15 million signatures, the largest petition in Change.org history), Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, Emerald Black, and Tony McDade.
“We unite in solidarity with signers, petition starters, our members, and Black colleagues,” said Nick Allardice, Acting CEO of Change.org. “We join their call for justice and accountability. The lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and so many more mattered. Black lives matter.”
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