Good News: Charges Against Tremaine McMillian Have Been Dropped!

I was so excited to get this in my email today:

Tremain McMillian - photo courtesy of Change.org

Tremain McMillian – photo courtesy of Change.org

Tremaine McMillian’s mother Maurissa watched as her 14-year-old son was forced to the ground in public by the police as he played with his puppy on the beach. He was choked in a headlock because the police said his body posture was “threatening” — and then charged with a felony.

Maurissa started a petition on Change.org to get the charges dropped against her son. After 186,539 people signed, including you, her petition won! Tremaine won’t be charged with any crimes.

Video of Tremaine being attacked on the beach quickly spread online, but after the initial media attention and outrage faded, Maurissa was afraid that her son would be convicted. That’s why it was so important that you and thousands of others signed her petition: she was able to show the Florida State Attorney that people still cared about what happened to Tremaine.

People like Tremaine’s mom are starting petitions on Change.org every day and winning. What do you want to change? Click here to start your own petition now in just three easy steps.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

The Change.org team

I posted this petition on my blog from Change.org after hearing about this case in the news. For everyone that signed it, Thank You! We can make a difference, we did make a difference. Let’s keep doing it! 😀

Oklahoma Schools Need Adequate Tornado Shelters, Says Petition

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Rachel Maddow reported recently on her cable news show that the town of Moore has an unacceptably low number of tornado shelters for it residents. Even public elementary schools were without adequate places for children to go for safety during the powerful tornadoes that ripped through the town last month. A petition has begun recently on Change.org to address the problem.

The petition, entitled “Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma State Legislature: Enact Legislation to Ensure OK Schools have Adequate Tornado Shelters” says:

“As many as 24 little children at an elementary school in Moore may have lost their lives because there has never been the money to build secure storm shelters for them. All schools should be able to accommodate all students and faculty, if not below ground, then in some area of the building constructed specifically to withstand 200 mph winds.”

If you’d like to sign this petition, go to Change.org. 

Key Bank Won’t Forgive Student Loan of Deceased Air Force Vet

Photo courtesy of TheStreet.com

Photo courtesy of TheStreet.com

 

From Change.org:

“Other major private student lenders and KeyBank competitors have implemented policies forgiving the student loan debt of dead beneficiaries- Wells Fargo, Sallie Mae, Discover, and Citi Financial among them. In addition, loans guaranteed by the federal government are automatically discharged on proof of death.”

Mother of student:

“Collection calls are the most callous kind of reminder that you’ve lost a loved one, and I got them every day.”

Visit Change.org to read more about this mother’s painful story and sign her petition to have Key Bank and American Education Services (AES) forgive her son’s loan. Banks are rich enough- it is disgusting that they aren’t willing to just leave this single mother and her family alone so that they might grieve in peace.