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Petitioning U.S National Park Services

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.

Students UNITE
189,646 supporters
Petitioning Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, U.S National Park Services, Mike Pence, U.S. Governors

Stop the removal of historical Confederate Monuments.

These monuments are a reminder of what our country had to go through to become whole again. Many of these monuments are not only in dedication to the men who served in the Confederacy but they also served in the US army pre-civil war. It is important to save these monuments for future generations to see these monuments and learn about them and the men who gave everything for a several causes. These were brave men, good men and religious men. I beg the President, Vice President and the US Supreme Court to stop the purge of our American History in our cities and towns across the south.  I urge President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the U.S. Supreme Court to sign a bill into law protecting these monuments, all military monuments from removal. Please save our history. 

Matthew Evans
39,321 supporters
Petitioning U.S National Park Services

Designate Prince Rogers Nelson's Paisley Park As A National Historic Landmark

To National Historic Landmark Program    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.  

rayeEllen Stiles
14,418 supporters
Petitioning U.S National Park Services

Re-Open the Lincoln Memorial to the Women's March on Washington

This November, The Women's March on Washington applied for a permit to gather on Saturday, January 21, 2017 the Lincoln Memorial.  This permit has been wrongfully denied. According to The Guardian, The National Parks Service (NPS) on behalf of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, "has filed a “massive omnibus blocking permit” for many of Washington DC’s most famous political locations for days and weeks before and after the inauguration on 20 January", basically labeling the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial a construction zone. The National Mall, which encompasses the Lincoln Memorial is public land and has historically been a place of over one hundred marches, gatherings, and protests.  It is where we the public of the United States of America have been able to peaceably assemble and speak out together to help create positive social change. This is an unprecedented closure of our public land and goes against our 1st amendment rights, including our collective rights to free speech and to peaceably assemble on public lands.   We demand that the NPS, on behalf of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, honor the spirit and the law of the Bill of Rights, issue a permit to the Women's March on Washington to convene at the Lincoln Memorial on January 21, 2017 and re-open the National Mall before and after the inauguration so that we can legally and peaceably assemble there.

India Viola
6,718 supporters
Petitioning National Wildlife Federation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S National Park Services

Saving the white wolves...government allowing white wolves to be targeted..help save them.

Over the past several years thousands and thousands of wolves have been slaughtered.. Some for sport others are being what is said to be justifiably killed to save other wildlife. However, What makes one animal's life more important than the other. They are all beautiful creatures and deserve the same chance to run free without fear of being killed. Help save our wildlife/wolves as within time what is said to be a pak of many will be slim to none of the killing does not stop.. We vote for rehoming instead of killing them..who is with us?

Jessica Navarro
3,568 supporters
Petitioning U.S National Park Services

Save Kevin the Deer of Assateague Island

It was the summer of 2012 when I first saw him. I was used to the wild horses and the Assateague wildlife because I had been exposed to them since I was 4 years old. But, when I saw Kevin the deer he was much more than the average Sika deer. I'm not the only one that feels as if he is more of a family pet than a wild animal, many families know his name and have an attachment to him and look forward to seeing him every year. If you were to meet him you would feel the same way. Hunting him down during the Assateague hunting season is wrong! He is exposed to people all summer and is an easy target to any hunter. He brings a lot of happiness to many families over the summer and is more than a dinner. He is family, not food. Please sign and save the coolest deer alive.

Emily Andrews
2,883 supporters
Closed
Petitioning United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S National Park Services

STOP YELLOWSTONE FROM SLAUGHTERING THE WILD BUFFALOS BEFORE THEY ARE EXTINCT!

For the first time in over a hundred years the wild bison has finally come back to United states from Canada, their numbers are at less than 5000! They want to kill thousands to get that number down to 3000! Their slaughtering these majestic animals and hanging them from tractor equipment! They've already murdered over 150 and will continue to murder them because their scared of a disease their claiming will infect life stock but its not right let nature take its natural course , if they were ment to die they will die with dignity and the respect these animals deserve not down the scope of some trigger happy park ranger who gets off on playing wild west! Let the buffalos live by the land that was theirs! Let them live and die as the great spirit intended these beautiful animals to.

Sierra Moreno
2,753 supporters
Petitioning Chris Croy, Regional Director, Molly Diggins, Director of North Carolina Chapter of Sierra Club, Tom Cormons, Executive Director, John T. Coley IV - Vice Chairman, Gordon S. Myers, David Cobb - Div...

Boycott Elk Killers, Ross and Sons Dairy Farms

Elk are native to the Southern Appalachians and the eastern seaboard. They have seen a tremendous comeback in states like Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, bringing in tourist dollars, hunting and outfitting dollars, and benefiting the ecosystems they exist in by browsing down young forest, fertilizing meadows and opening up grassy areas that other wildlife like deer, turkey, grouse and bear depend on. Unfortunately, while the public at large has hailed the return of the majestic elk to the hills of the smoky mountains, a handful of bad actors has taken it upon themselves to poach, poison and shoot these animals.  One of the worst culprits is the Ralph Ross and Sons Dairy Farm of Waynesville, NC. Just this year 2 young bull elk were found dead on the farm. The owners did not report the incident, the elk were found by a wildlife officer doing his rounds. When the officer returned the next day to investigate further, the facility had attempted to cover up the killing by burying the 2 elk on the property. This was after the NC WIldlife Resources Commission installed an electric fence on the farm to keep the elk out, at taxpayer expense. The fence cost $19,000 and was funded from state hunting license sales. Ross farms did not shell out a penny, and has likely been reimbursed for any damage the animals ever inflicted on crops. Again, at taxpayer expense. Between 1995 and 2014 Ross and Sons Dairy farm has received $222,787 in state dairy subsidies, and are among the top 3 farms receiving such subsidies in Haywood County. https://farm.ewg.org/top_recips.php?fips=37087&progcode=dairy. During the same period they received a total of $336,330 in Federal USDA subsidies. https://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=A11708336&summlevel=detail Yet despite the significant public dole this facility is on, they continue to shoot the public's elk at every opportunity. The Wildlife Resource Commisions members were infuriated, and described the shootings as a "spite killing". Not only this, on January 29 of last year, no less than 7 elk were shot on or near Ross Farms. Ralph Ross called the NC WRC to report shooting 3 elk that were eating his crop, but WRC officers found 4 more shot to death on the property and in the woods nearby.  This brings the total number of elk shot by Ross Farms to 9, that we know of (who knows how many others they've buried in the woods), and suggests that the farm is not only killing elk that trespass, but also *proactively murdering and possibly poisoning elk that venture anywhere near the farm*.  http://www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/18451-no-elk-allowed-two-mile-fence-keeps-elk-off-dairy-farm-following-winter-shooting-of-seven-animals There is absolutely no evidence that Ross Farms has even attempted to take any non-lethal measures to keep elk away, such as taste and odor based repellents, salt shot, trained dogs, strengthening existing fencing, etc.  Small farms like Ross Dairy are entitled to numerous subsidies and tax write offs in this country. It is likely that none of the non-lethal methods mentioned above would cost Ross Farms a penny. Furthermore, it is unlikely that any of the small amount of crop damage done by elk thus far has cost the farm any money, either.  I'm sure we all support small farm operations; I do too. I want Ross Farms to do well and stay in business. But I cannot in good conscience patronize a farm operation engaged in an ignorant war with wildlife, and a precarious population of elk at that. When Ross Farms cleans up it's act I will be comfortable purchasing from them again. We're asking that you all boycott Ross and Sons Dairy Farm, and that the officials and administrators linked in this petition impose legal and monetary sanction on businesses that dip their hands into the public coffers while pursuing anti-conservation practices. They're stealing from the people of North Carolina and hurting the cause of wildlife conservation. Those of you who live in North Carolina can contact your House Representative http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ and Senators  https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ and ask that Ross and Sons Dairy Farm and anti-wildlife businesses like them be punished. Everyone else please contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife https://www.fws.gov/duspit/contactus.htm the National Park Service https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/contactus.htm and the Department of Interior  https://www.doi.gov/contact-us and say the same. Everyone can also contact the Waynesville, Haywood County and North Carolina Chambers of Commerce and tell them that no ethical business would purchase from Ross Farms! http://www.waynesvilleohio.com/ https://haywoodchamber.com/contact https://ncchamber.net/about-us/staff/      

Mass Strike
2,143 supporters
Petitioning Nancy Pelosi, California State Senate, Jerry Brown, U.S National Park Services

Revoke the permit for "Patriot Prayer" Rally at Crissy Field SF Aug 26th

Revoke the permit granted for "patriot prayer" alt-right gathering at Crissy Field in SF on August 26th 2017. This country has enough problems to deal with, we don't need to condone hatespeech and riots, and we certainly need to stand together against racism and for free speech. However, this event will provoke violence and has already prompted an opposing rally. Much like the situation in Charlottesville. There are major concerns and no guarantees that these protests can be kept apart. Revoke the permits for these rallies and avoid the clash and violence. Keep people safe, we owe it to eachother.

braden mackay
2,092 supporters
Closed
Petitioning U.S National Park Services

NPS: Reintroduce Wolves back into Isle Royale ASAP. Genetically rescue the remaining 2.

The call of the wild in northern Michigan's Isle Royale National Park may be losing one of its voices: that of the gray wolf.  In 2009, scientists documented about 24 wolves living on this remote, forested island in Lake Superior. But as of April 2016, that population has dwindled to two—the lowest total ever recorded, according to the Wolves & Moose of Isle Royale Project, which calls itself the longest continuous study of a predator-prey system in the world. The reason for the decline is likely inbreeding. Because there's so little genetic diversity among the remaining wolves, all the animals have skeletal deformities, and their weakened state could be interfering with reproduction: Only three pups were born in 2013, only 1 survived. Scientists say inbreeding has become more of an issue because the ice bridge that often connected mainland Ontario, Canada, and Isle Royale in the winter no longer predictably forms, due to steadily rising temperatures in the region. So wolves from Canada are rarely able to cross the bridge and bring new genes to the existing pack. (Prior unusually cold winters did produce an ice bridge, and one wolf that left the island was shot by a hunter on the mainland.) The changed landscape presents scientists with a dilemma. Should we intervene to save Isle Royale's wolves, or let nature take its course? I say we give Mother Nature a helping hand. On April 9, the U.S. National Park Service made its stance clear: The agency will not take any immediate action to bring wolves to the island. Prior to these latest findings, there had been scientific debate about whether it would be better to allow the last two island wolves to die before restocking — ridding the island of genetic defaults — or to restock immediately to keep some of the original bloodlines intact. The population crash on Isle Royale is the result of inbreeding and the two remaining wolves are definitely family — they are half-siblings and also a father-daughter pair. The 2 wolves on Isle Royale will be 6 and 8 years old this spring, while the life expectancy of wolves on the island has been about 4 years of age. There were 24 wolves on the island as recently as 2009. They need our help. Let's be their voice. Your signature counts!  

Gloria Straube
2,034 supporters