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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
185,441 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S National Park Services, Director of the U​.​S. National Park Service

Protect Endangered Sea Turtles

The U.S. Virgin Islands National Park, in the Caribbean, gets many tourists from the mainland United States. It has beautiful bays and many sea turtles graze in the seagrass. People come with boats and moor them in the bays. But, unfortunately, people are harassing sea turtles at some of these bays. This means they pet, chase and ride turtles. This is against the law because sea turtles are endangered and protected and because being harassed harms them in many ways. This harm includes disrupting their eating, resting, and most importantly, nesting behaviors. These beaches are sea turtle nesting sites and very important to the conservation of these endangered animals. Many people still harass the turtles, possibly because there isn’t enough publicity about the law. The signs that are in existence are only on the beaches, and pretty small. I am petitioning for two things: larger signs on the beaches and signs on buoys near the mooring sites. The reason for signs on buoys is that many people are coming from the boats moored in the bay, and don’t see the signs on the beach. When I have enough signatures on this petition, I intend to submit this to U.S. National Park Service and its director. Image citation: green sea turtle..(Chelonia mydas), Red sea, Marsa Alam, Abu Dabab, Egypt. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 9 Jul 2018. Accessed 1 May 2021.

Lyra Silvertongue
96,328 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S National Park Services, Jared Huffman, Dianne Feinstein, United States Department of the Interior, Raúl Grijalva

Protect and Restore Wildlife at Point Reyes National Seashore

We are writing to express our concerns about the General Management Plan Amendment under consideration for Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), two national parks in Marin County, California. Designated an International Biosphere Preserve by the United Nations, the Point Reyes National Seashore and adjacent GGNRA serve as vital refuges for more than a hundred federally listed threatened or endangered species. Under pressure from the pro-industry Administration, politically connected ranchers, and the impacts of climate change, these unique and biologically important public lands may be lost to present and future generations they were meant to serve. Climate change, the accelerating loss of species, diminishing fresh water supplies, polluted marine environments, and decreasing demand for beef and dairy products deserve careful consideration before recommitting some 28,000 acres of national parkland to private, extractive use. We object to any conversion of Point Reyes National Seashore lands to row crops, which would degrade wildlife habitat and water quality in the park and prevent public access. We also oppose the expansion of commercial livestock farming to introduce sheep, goats, pigs, turkeys or chickens, which would create conflicts with predators and pressure to kill bobcats, coyotes and foxes.We strongly support the management of Point Reyes National Seashore to protect its outstanding natural values and to provide for public recreation, benefit, and inspiration. The public has submitted more than 7,600 comments to the Park Service’s proposed plan for ranching at the Seashore and GGNRA.  More than 90 percent of these public comments oppose ranching and killing native wildlife—rare Tule elk—to make cattle ranching profitable. Point Reyes National Seashore should prioritize restoration of the park’s elk herds to historic numbers. There is immense public value to the native tule elk at Point Reyes, the only tule elk herds within the National Park system. Elk are an ecologically important part of the landscape of Point Reyes and their recovery is a success story for restoring native ecosystems, consistent with the mission of the National Park Service.The National Park Service is charged with managing Point Reyes National Seashore in a manner which provides maximum protection, restoration, and preservation of the natural environment. To date, the National Park Service has demonstrated an inability to hold leaseholders accountable for chronic lease violations, and they have been unable to provide adequate scientific data to confidently show that park resources will not be harmed by their preferred plan for the Seashore. The Park Service’s amendment to the General Management Plan should prioritize protecting the native wildlife and natural values of Point Reyes National Seashore.Thank you for preserving our national parks and wildlife. 

the Resource Renewal Institute
36,872 supporters