Victory Circle for New Orleans

746 supporters

    Started 4 petitions

    Petitioning New Orleans Mayor & City Council

    Expand New Orleans Duncan Plaza to Honor Civil Rights Activists

    New Orleans has many Civil Rights Activists and Community Leaders worthy of honoring. The appropriate place is Duncan Plaza in front of City Hall. Examples: Avery Alexander's who organized a  boycott stance as a "lunch-counter sit-in" of 1963 in the basement of New Orleans City Hall. Along with several other activists, Alexander and his peer's goal was to not leave the segregated cafeteria until they had been served a meal or arrested. For five hours Alexander and his peers sat refusing to leave. It wasn't until Police arrived that Alexander and his cohorts were removed. Alexander specifically was televised being dragged by his heels up the basement's steps with his head banging on the staircase.  Other suggestions: Leah Chase, Governor PBS Pinchback, Lt. Governor C.C. Antoine, Oretha Castle Haley, Ruby Bridges, Benjamin Montgomery, and Homer Plessey.  On September 17, 1960, Castle and three of her fellow student-protesters were arrested for sitting in at the counter of McCrory's, a Canal Street five-and-dime store in New Orleans.[4] These protests were based on how stores in Central City "wouldn't hire black sales clerks or cashiers, in spite of the fact that the majority of customers in the shopping district were black".[5] Oretha Castle, Cecil Carter, Sydney Goldfinch and Rudy Lombard were charged with criminal mischief, "which makes it a crime to refuse to leave a place of business after being ordered to do so by the person in charge of the premises".[4] There were no laws particularly allowing racial segregation in businesses in the town, however public announcements explaining a zero tolerance on sit-in demonstrations by the Mayor and Superintendent of the police had been made.[4] Those charged were sentenced to a $350 fine and 60 days in prison, or if the fine could not be paid 120 days in prison.  

    Victory Circle for New Orleans
    34 supporters
    Petitioning City Council, Mayor

    New Orleans Victory Circle for Veterans

    The Circle is located less than 500 feet from the World War II Museum.  It is time to moderinize the circle to "honor all veterans of all wars."  It is time to use the circle to educate the public on Gold Star Families, Purple Heart Recipients, Soldiers Missing in Action, and Prisoner of War soldiers.  This modernization should be done quickly as every week, we lose more veterans of WWII.  This week one of the few remaining Navajo Code Talkers left us. There is a statue for the Code Talkers on Victory Circle. We want to dedicate this project while they are still with us.  We are timing the release of this petition with Memorial Day and the 75th Anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944).  We propose naming the circle as Victory Circle.  Besides statues of all soldiers in multiple races and including women in service, it would list the history of all wars the United States have been involved with.   For more information The flower pots would be replaced with statues promoting equality by adding statues to the Navajo Code Talkers (7 remain) and the Tuskegee Airmen (estimate 10 remain).  Over 1,000 other proposals have been submitted, therefore we ask your help in bringing attention this idea to honor Louisiana's 300,000 veterans and all veterans who visit New Orleans.  The Council & Mayor have not announced how they will determine the winning proposal.        WWL-TV Report May 2019 The Victory Circle Proposal has been explained on Jeff Crouere WLAE-TV   Our proposal is over 50 pages, as it lists all activities for veterans the circle could feature and the history of American Cemeteries and Memorials overseas.  A short video was produced using drone footage. Victory Circle Drone      

    Victory Circle for New Orleans
    571 supporters