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Jun 6, 2020

Selena Gomez, The Lonely Island, Usher, more endorse viral Breonna Taylor Change.org petition


Selena Gomez and The Lonely Island joined Usher, Janelle Monáe, Solange Knowles, Megan Thee Stallion, John Mulaney and many more to endorse law student Loralei HoJay’s viral Change.org petition calling for Justice for Breonna Taylor.

Loralei is lead a virtual protest on June 5, on what would have been Breonna’s 27th birthday.

The protest directed 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: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 Wednesday 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 Taylor’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.

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 Wednesday - 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,” Ansa Edim, Senior Brand Marketing Manager at Change.org, said. “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 ArberyDavid McAteeEmerald Black and Tony McDade
“We unite in solidarity with signers, petition starters, our members and Black colleagues,” Nick Allardice, Acting CEO of Change.org, said. “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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