How a Bill Becomes a Law
When performing legislative research, it is important to understand the legislative process. The numerous steps that result in a bill becoming a law are described in this 24th edition of “How Our Laws Are Made.”
Prudence Crandall was an American schoolteacher who stirred controversy when she insisted on educating African-American girls at her school in Canterbury, Connecticut.
Prudence Crandell stood trial in 1833 to defend her decision to educate African-American girls but eventually closed the school in 1834 because of the violence and public backlash against it.
I’m Rashad Robinson of the organization ColorOfChange, and I started a petition to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes, which says:
An awareness of and opposition to private prisons is growing. States and companies previously invested are recognizing the uniquely devastating impacts of private prisons and choosing to disassociate completely. But the Gates Foundation—one of the world’s largest private funds, which aims to promote the health and well-being of communities across the world—continues to support an industry responsible for immeasurable human suffering.
For years, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has supported the shameful for-profit prison industry, investing millions of their vast wealth to finance companies that profit from locking Black and Brown youth in some of the most dangerous and inhumane conditions in the country.
ColorOfChange has urged the Gates Foundation to do the right thing and divest, but executives with the power to do so have refused to act. Now, it’s time for the public to get involved.
Please sign the petition to urge the Gates Foundation to live up to their mission and end all support of for-profit prisons.
This petition was created on MoveOn’s online petition site, where anyone can start their own online petitions. ColorofChange didn’t pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the MoveOn.org list.