The fifth little girl who was severely injured in the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing Deserves Restitution...NOW!
  • Petitioning Birmingham, Alabama City Council

This petition will be delivered to:

Cheryl A Kidd, Council Administrator
Birmingham, Alabama City Council
Mayor of Birmingham, AL
Mayor William Bell
Alabama Governor
President of the United States
Alabama State Senate
Alabama State House

The fifth little girl who was severely injured in the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing Deserves Restitution...NOW!

    1. Rev Toni DiPina
    2. Petition by

      Rev Toni DiPina

      Worcester, United States

Because Love Wins:  Sarah Collins Rudolph deserves compensation from the city of Birmingham and the state of Alabama for the rabid climate of hatred and violence its leaders fostered and advocated throughout the civil rights era. Sarah Collins Rudolph is the fifth little girl who was injured in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four little girls readying for Sunday school. Her sister was killed in the bombing. She lost an eye, suffered severe cuts throughout her body, and has endured years of surgery and medical problems as a result of the bombing --sometimes without health insurance- - and has lived in poverty for the past 50 years. She has been ignored and given no recognition of the many losses she has had to endure as a result of this horrendous hate crime. It is shameful that she has been cast aside.

Many historians mark this national tragedy as the tipping point in the Civil Rights Movement; the moment in which the country understood the extent of segregationist violence. This was an act of homegrown governmental sanctioned terrorism. 

Other victims of terrorist acts have access to reparations, endowments, and/ or victim funds to help them recover and yet Sarah Collins Rudolph has had to struggle alone and forgotten for 50 years. It is time to act! Will you please sign this petition to present to the Birmingham city council to provide her with restitution, and pay her past, present and future medical bills.  We are petitioning the White House and the Justice Department to provide reparation and/ or restorative funds to Sarah and her family.

Please send this viral by sharing on facebook, twitter, email, etc.  Thank you.

http://www.npr.org/2013/01/25/170279226/long-forgotten-16th-street-baptist-church-bombing-survivor-speaks-out

 

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. One Person can make a difference...Let's Retire Sarah Collins Rudolph

      Rev Toni DiPina
      Petition Organizer

      On 9/15/13 the world remembered the four little innocent girls, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Denise McNair, and Carole Robertson who were murdered in the bathroom of the 16th Street Baptist Church 50 years earlier by the KKK in the racially charged city of Birmingham, Alabama. Prayers were prayed, songs were sung, sermons were preached, and bells were tolled. The next day on 9/16/13 62 year old Sarah dragged herself out of bed to clean homes so she could pay the outstanding medical bills that still plague her from the bombing. Let's do what the city and state won't do for Sarah. Let's retire her: http://igg.me/p/529917/x/4773910

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Documentary Project

      Rev Toni DiPina
      Petition Organizer

      Hello friends. I am raising money to go to Birmingham and put together a documentary with award wining film artist Jason Bachand to get Mrs. Collins story out to the world. I need your help. Will you please go to the website below to make a donation to help fund this project. Its time that her story is seen and heard. I will be donating any of my portion of proceeds from the documentary directly to Mrs. Collins. Thank you for your help. Our plan is to fly down to Birmingham this fall. I will keep you all apprised of the project every step of the way. Rev Toni DiPina

      http://sarahcollinsrudolphdocumentary.mydagsite.com/

    5. Documentary Project

      Rev Toni DiPina
      Petition Organizer

      Hello friends. I am raising money to go to Birmingham and put together a documentary with award wining film artist Jason Bachand to get Mrs. Collins story out to the world. I need your help. Will you please go to the website below to make a donation to help fund this project. Its time that her story is seen and heard. I will be donating any of my portion of proceeds from the documentary directly to Mrs. Collins. Thank you for your help. Our plan is to fly down to Birmingham this fall. I will keep you all apprised of the project every step of the way. Rev Toni DiPina
      https://www.depositagift.com/dashboard/SarahCollinsRudolphDocumentary

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Please keep sharing this story for Mrs. Rudolph.

      Rev Toni DiPina
      Petition Organizer

      Please share this story and petition to your friends and family. Her heart breaking story is an absolute national tragedy. We have to show her we care. There may not be a legal responsibility to help her but there certainly is a moral responsibility to do so. Peace.
      http://www.baylor.edu/alumni/magazine/0202/news.php?action=story&story=7597

    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Zaneta Salaam PHOENIX, AZ
      • 8 days ago

      She did't deserve this, she was a child.

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    • Rev. Fayrene Koroma SILVER SPRING, MD
      • 21 days ago

      As the late Dr. M.L.King, Jr. stated, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

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    • Denise Giusti-Bradford SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 2 months ago

      It is called being accountable and holding the society to its obligation to its citizens and Birmingham failed to protect.

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    • Betsy Caruso DORCHESTER, MA
      • 2 months ago

      Because restorative justice is important. If the community can raise money to repair a window, we must certainly support Ms. Rudolph - even at this disgracefully late date.

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    • Rosa Lockett THOMASVILLE, AL
      • 2 months ago

      I live in the deep south of Alabama

      And her debt should have been forgiven, years ago.She have been through enough.

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