U.S National Park Services
The National Park Service manages national parks and American national monuments
U.S National Park Services
The National Park Service manages national parks and American national monuments
Remove Selma’s KKK Memorialization: Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge
Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Movement marched through Selma and over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The marches across the bridge led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and today the bridge is a symbol of nonviolent victory for change! Unfortunately, the bridge is STILL named after a man who served as Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan, was a Confederate General, and was later elected as a United States Senator. The bridge was the site of “Bloody Sunday”. On March 7, 1965, hundreds of nonviolent protesters attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for their right to vote. But as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were met by Alabama state troopers and deputized civilians who were armed with billy clubs, tear gas, and cattle prods and attacked the marchers and drove them back to Brown Chapel Church. How could a landmark that holds so much significance for the civil rights movement be named after a man who not only supported slavery, but held one of the highest positions within the Ku Klux Klan? It's time for the state of Alabama, the city of Selma, and the National Park Service to remove a KKK leader's name from the historic bridge. Selma and the Voting Rights Movement altered the course of history forever, and Selma has done too much for this country to remain unchanged. Selma is currently 80% African American, with a black mayor and majority African American local city officials. The name Edmund Pettus is far from what the city of Selma should honor. Let’s change the image of the bridge from hatred and rename it to memorialize hope and progress. Please sign our petition calling on Selma and Alabama leaders and the National Park Service to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
White Supremacists are Not Welcome in the District of Columbia
Dear Acting Director Smith, Speaker Ryan, Delegate Norton, and Mayor Bowser, On August 12, 2017, Heather Heyer was murdered during a rally and counter-protest in Charlottesville, Virginia that sought to preserve Confederate culture, glorify slavery, and display abhorrent White Supremacist ideals. Some of the organizers of that rally are now planning an event in Washington, D.C. on August 11, 2018, under the thinly-veiled guise of a "white civil rights" protest. Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, their associates and assorted partner organizations are not welcome within the boundaries of the District of Columbia. They will receive no assistance funded by taxpayers from the Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, nor the municipal government with jurisdiction over the areas where they seek to promote their hate-speech. We, the undersigned, urge you to deny permits for this rally and leverage your respective oversight powers to send a clear signal that the citizens of the District of Columbia refuse to offer a venue for intolerance, racism, and anti-American values in our city. Hate is not welcome here.Sincerely, Concerned Citizens of the District of Columbia
Stop the Privatization of US National Park Campgrounds!
The U.S. Department of the Interior is considering selling the campgrounds in National Parks in an effort to “modernize” the parks and bring in more money. Their plans will ruin the pristine beauty of some of the most magnificent places in the world with food trucks and other theme park-esque attractions. Privatization can also be harmful to the wildlife in the parks in the form of noise pollution and food scraps that will attract animals to roadsides and parking lots which increases their chances of being struck by careless drivers. Food scraps can also introduce new bacteria to wildlife making them unable to digest their normal diet. In addition to privatization endangering wildlife, it will drive up the parks’ entrance fees which will inhibit working-class Americans from enjoying all that the parks have to offer. We need to tell the Department of the Interior that we care about our national parks and that we won’t see them ruined. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said it best "There is nothing so American as our national parks... The fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us." These are our parks, do not allow them to be ruined by corporate greed!
Shut down Fair Oaks Farms
Fair Oaks Farms is one of the largest dairies and producers of dairy goods in the United States. Fair Oaks Farm in Indiana as of recently has been investigated by Animal Recovery Mission, an animal rights activist group. The horrific, video evidence shows baby calves being burned, beaten, stabbed, and mother cows crying out loud for their young ones. The video also shows employees growing and using illegal drugs on the farm itself. By signing this petition you will help the fight in preventing this kind of cruelty from going on any longer to these poor animals.
Designate Prince Rogers Nelson's Paisley Park As A National Historic Landmark
To National Historic Landmark Program & The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson Pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, part 65, we the undersigned, fans of Prince Rogers Nelson, do hereby nominate the building structure which was the residence and studio of Prince Rogers Nelson, known as ‘Paisley Park’, located at 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen,Minnesota, 55317, to be designated as a National Historic Landmark for the purpose of preserving this landmark for the future and so that it not be destroyed or not available to future generations This site sufficiently meets the criteria as set forth by the aforementioned regulation as follows:Paisley Park is a building and structure which possesses exceptional value in illustrating the heritage of the United States in artistic culture and possesses a high degree of integrity of location and setting. It is associated with the life of Prince Rogers Nelson, deceased, who is a significant person in the history of United States, a United States citizen who was an internationally acclaimed musical artist, singer,writer,poet,composer,film director, and academy award winner. The association being that Paisley Park, so named by Prince Rogers Nelson,was not only where he lived, but also included a studio where he created the music and where a stage where he performed as well. The events associated with Prince Rogers Nelson are outstandingly represented. As Paisley Park is associated with the life,music, of Prince Rogers Nelson, it meets the criteria for being named National Historic Landmark, with all of the benefits and protections therein. The areas of significance are ‘Art’ and ‘The Performing Arts’. It is a building and structure which possesses cultural value. Paisley Park possesses significant value as that is not only where Prince Rogers Nelson created music, but also where he lived and performed. It also possesses significant value to his legions of fans not only in the United States, but worldwide as well. Prince Rogers Nelson’s significance is unquestionable in the history of music art and performing arts.. He had mastered numerous instruments, and received numerous awards for his achievements in music. We the fans of Prince Roger Nelson wish the structure, building, and objects therein, to be preserved for future generations, and for those fans to visit and for others to visit. It is a location that is loved by his fans and recognized as the place which is associated with Prince,his life,and his music. We, the fans of Prince wish that the building and structure be protected from demolition and/or any other sort of destruction. We, the fans of Prince wish that ‘Paisley Park’ be preserved as a tribute to the outstanding legacy to Prince and be designated as a museum and a National Historic Landmark.
Don't Ban Sports & Recreation on the National Mall
There are few things more American or uniquely DC than playing a recreational sport in the shadow of the Washington Monument or the National Capitol Building. Unfortunately, the National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a ban on all sporting and recreational activity along the National Mall from 3rd to 17th Streets. The ban includes eliminating currently permitted softball fields around the Washington Monument grounds and the first-come, first-served policy on the plots from 3rd-14th Streets. The proposed policy is an extreme position and massive change from long standing practice. Among the NPS-cited concerns, their primary reason offered thus far for the total ban is the perceived impact sports and recreation might have on the recently installed grass turf. Context:The total ban is antithetical to the purpose of the Mall. Through the inception of the National Mall dating back to the L'Enfant plan of 1791 and the redesign by the McMillan Commission of 1901, a main intention of the Mall is to serve area citizens and the city by providing open recreation space. The National Mall represents the vast majority of open grass space in the city and is often cited as a contributing factor to the city’s frequent ranking as a best place to live or fittest communities. The NPS over the past 2 years has already successfully managed preservation of the newly installed turf along the Mall by resting sections when necessary and working with local stakeholders. At its peak recreational sports typically use portions of the Mall merely 4 workdays a week during a 3-4-hour early evening time frame and light use of some weekends. This small time frame represents, at most, a moderate use of the Mall but has an over-sized impact on creating a foundation of well being for the city. Even those who do not regularly participate in the games, tourist and local residents alike, will often stop to watch the activity and reflect positively on the games and at times, join in themselves. The NPS ban would dampen the vibrancy of the City by directly restricting access of tens of thousands of area residents and touching a much larger number of people through its negative impact on health and wellness and the local economy. Exacerbated by an existing shortage of available play space throughout the city, the NPS ban would further stress the existing limited resources of the city and restrict groups like Congressional Softball, Senate Softball, House Softball, Flag Football, Soccer, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Bocce, Kickball and others that have become a DC institution and part of the fabric of the city. While maintenance of the turf is certainly a worthy priority we do not believe it should be put above the recreational, health and economic needs and interests of area citizens. This uniquely Washington DC, and indeed American, Institution must preserved. Our Position:Access to 3rd to 17th streets should remain open for sports and recreation as it is vital to the vibrancy and health of the city. We seek a dialogue with the National Park Service and other stakeholders to solve this impasse of access to the open space between 3rd-17th Streets. We are ready to collaborate with the NPS to establish best practices that balance the need for recreation and the integrity of the Mall turf. Please help us maintain access and recreation on the National Mall by signing this petition and spreading the word. You can get more information and learn about ways you can help at www.YesMallBall.com - A Coalition of stakeholders, concerned citizens and players on the National MallSUPPORTERS: Congressional Softball, DC Chamber of Commerce, United Fray, Social Sports Foundation
PROTECT WILDLIFE AND HUMANS - HELP PREVENT WILDFIRES BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Wildfires are a leading cause in deforestation, the removal of trees and forests all over the world, and what makes it worse is that 90% of wildfires are caused by humans. It’s no secret that humans are a danger to the environment when it comes to our lifestyle, including pollution, deforestation, and the trash we leave behind. But, we leave behind matches, lit campfires, cigarettes, and other things that can cause wildfires that have the power to change things. This impacts the wildlife that lose their homes, food, and maybe their lives. This can be changed if we tighten regulations on letting in things that can cause fires that make incredible damage. Frantic evacuations of humans to get away from wildfires often leave the animals to fend for themselves. One major wildfire that has happened recently was the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River gorge in Washington and Oregon. It was reported September 2nd, 2017 at 4 PM in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area near the town of Cascade Locks, Oregon. It grew to 3,000 acres overnight. On the morning of September 5th, the fire grew to over 20,000 acres. At its biggest, it grew to 48,861 acres. This wildfire destroyed hundreds of houses, properties, and would force to evacuate hundreds of people. Tons of wildlife were found trapped between debris from trees and buildings. About 150 hikers were stranded when the fire broke out. They were found by the Gorge. One of the people who stepped up to rescue them was an Air Force Reserve medic. He described what happened and who the hikers were. “‘There was a lady who was pre-diabetic, one who had asthma, a few who weren’t really in very good shape. And some kids. That was my biggest concern, was the kids. One little 2-year-old said to her dad, ‘Daddy, I’m cold.’ And man, that just tears at your heart.’” The cause: a 15 year-old playing with fireworks in the middle of a fire ban. He was sentenced to 5 years of probation and 1,920 hours of community service. His mistake caused about $12 million in damage. Another major wildfire that has happened recently was the Black Forest Fire in Colorado. This started June 11, 2013 in Black Forest, Colorado in El Paso County near Colorado Springs. The blaze killed two people, a couple whose bodies were found by their car in the garage, belonging already packed. It burned 509 houses that were hidden in the forest, tucked away in the trees. It burned 14,280 acres of property and forest. This resulted in $420 million in damages and losses. The investigators have eliminated the possibility of natural causes, so that only leaves that it was human-caused. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office released a police report that states: “The only clearly established fact was that no natural causes existed and thus the fire was human caused”. They further explain this saying: “A potential cause associated with the metal particles cannot be ruled out, or positively identified. A potential cause associated with an intentional ignition is not supported by the evidence or circumstances, but cannot be completely ruled out. The origin of the fire is in an area that is not readily accessible from a roadway, allowing an easy escape, as is typical in intentionally set Wildland fires. There was no evidence of an other miscellaneous cause such as blasting, fireworks, welding, target shooting, etc”. They have not concluded on a final answer about what started this catastrophic conflagration, but they have finalized that it was human-caused. Finally, another recent wildfire was the Rim Fire. It began to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest in California and the Yosemite National Park in the steep mountains. The fire started August 17, 2013 and burned 257,000 acres. This catastrophic fire burned for nine weeks before firefighters were able to get it under control. The man responsible was 32-year old Keith Matthew Emerald. He was on a hunting trip when he started an illegal hunting fire. Investigators searched his car and belonging, expecting to find evidence in his phone or computer. During which, they asked Emerald in multiple interviews about how he started it. All of his responses were different. He said it was started by illegal pot growers, inadvertently started a rock slide, in which they made sparks and lit into a fire, and starting a fire and threw trash in it as it grew into a blaze and became uncontrolled. The police and investigators have ruled out everything other than intentional fire-starting. The Rim Fire became the biggest fire to burn the Sierra Nevada. It burned 11 residencies, and caused 10 injuries. Sign this petition to show your support for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to tighten regulations to prevent human caused wildfires and save the wildlife that use the forests as their home. This can make an impact on how to prevent further problems with forests, and potentially save the planet. Sites: http://katu.com/news/local/air-force-reserve-medic-among-those-who-helped-150-hikers-trapped-by-eagle-creek-fire https://www.kgw.com/article/news/crime/teen-who-started-eagle-creek-fire-gets-probation-community-service/283-509497002 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/ http://gazette.com/article/1502578?forgotpassword=1 http://wildfiretoday.com/tag/black-forest-fire/ http://www.sierranevada.ca.gov/our-region/rim-fire/the-rim-fire http://wildfiretoday.com/tag/rim-fire/
Allow E-bikes and Equal Access for the Aging and Disabled in OUR National Parks!
The Disabled and the Aging have found a way to enjoy the National Parks safely. Please don't take this away! E-bikes are an environmentally sound way for people who are disabled or have aching joints, cardiac issues, etc. to enjoy the great beauty of this nation independently. Some national parks like Acadia National Park have put up signs denying access to this beauty that others who are physically uncompromised and can ride regular bikes enjoy. Acadia National Park makes the disabled and the aging go through a process if they want to use an e-bike. Is this fair when those who are physically able to ride a regular bike can just enter the Park freely? Most of the people who purchase/rent e-bikes are over 50, and/or have limited mobility, ride them often more slowly and carefully than some on regular bicycles, and just want to enjoy the same access provided to the non-disabled and younger members of society. E-bikes are quiet and energy efficient. They allow people to get exercise by pedaling and providing a little assistance if they need it. Our nation's national parks belong to ALL its citizens, not just the healthy, not just the mobile, not just the community by which they are located. The disabled and the aging citizens should not be discriminated against and have to jump through hoops that others don't just to enjoy their rights of free access to public places like OUR national parks. Please add your name to this petition, share this petition and, if you have time, kindly share your story/reason for supporting e-bikes and equal access for ALL to our nation's bike trails and parks.
Protect the NPS C&O Canal and Potomac River from a Fracked Gas Pipeline.
We need your help to stop this project! Sign our petition by November 18! We call on the National Park Service (NPS) to deny TransCanada a right of way permit across the historic C&O Canal! TransCanada has requested Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authority to begin construction on other sections of the pipeline not under the jurisdiction of NPS. Potomac Riverkeeper Network and other water advocates are concerned because horizontal drilling for a gas pipeline has never been used to cross the Potomac. There is great uncertainty regarding the effect of this drilling technique on the region’s Karst geology that has significant influence on the hydrology of our drinking water sources. The public needs NPS to protect our historic treasures such as the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. Please sign our petition to urge the National Park Service not to issue a Right of Way permit for the Potomac Pipeline Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project. Remember, if approved, this pipeline would be the energy source for the controversial Rockwool USA insulation manufacturing plant. Stopping the Potomac Pipeline will prevent: Risk of pollution to the PotomacRisk of impact to the C&O Canal from a blow outRisk to destruction of historical propertyRisk of pollution to thousands of private wellsRisk of destruction to personal propertyRisk of continuous threat of a natural gas explosion On November 19, 2018, we will be presenting this petition at a press conference in Hagerstown, MD. Let’s have thousands of signatures, so sign this and encourage your friends and fellow clean water advocates to do so, too!
Save Peddocks Island
Hi everyone. My cousin and I started a page called “Save Peddocks Island” on Facebook. For those of you who don’t know, Peddocks island is one of the Boston Harbor Islands. It is an island rich in history and biodiversity. It has recently come to our attention that an organization by the name of Boston Harbor Now has formed a plan to develop on the island. They have already begun tearing down historical structures. In partnership with the National Park Service and Massachusetts Department of Recreation and Conservation, Boston Harbor Now plans or proposes to build hotels, restaurants, etc. on Peddocks. We vehemently disagree with this proposal. Development WILL detract from the history of the island and have a huge environmental impact. The city of Boston and surrounding areas are already overdeveloped. We NEED this green spaces to be preserved as they are extremely important to the environment, and serve as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. So please, if you have an attachment to Peddocks or even if you just care about the environment and conservation, SIGN this petition. SHARE it with friends and family. It is time to start putting the environment FIRST over profit. Check out our Facebook page “Save Peddocks Island” for more information as it is our main platform. Thank you!