Change the names of streets and places named for slaveowners in NYC

Change the names of streets and places named for slaveowners in NYC

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Joe Penney started this petition to New York City Council and

Madison Avenue, Washington Square, Van Cortlandt Park, Morris Park, Nostrand Avenue, Beekman Street, Boerum Hill, Stuyvesant Avenue, Delancey Street, Chambers Street, Duane Street, Schermerhorn Street, Bergen Street, Wycoff Avenue. These are a handful of the many street and places in New York City that are named for brutal slaveowners. 

These names are engrained in our lives. They are our workplaces. They are where we live. They are where our friends and loved ones live. Names have a profound psychological impact on us, and their continued existence is a part of the infrastructure that upholds white supremacy in our society. 

We need to rename all streets, places and neighborhoods that are named for slaveowners in New York City. We can rename them for people who have fought for justice in this country, not for people who have fought for white supremacy.

The mayor and the city council have the power to make this happen. Let's make sure they fulfill their service to New Yorkers and stand against slavery and white supremacy.

If you want to see if your street was named for a slaveowner, one place to start is by searching this database for background on the family name: https://nyslavery.commons.gc.cuny.edu/search/

Unfortunately even the institution that compiled that database is connected to slavery: John Jay College is named for a slaveowner.

 

You can find your city council member and write to them here: https://council.nyc.gov/districts/

And you can write to and call the NYC city council speaker Corey Johnson here:

SpeakerJohnson@council.nyc.gov

District Office
224 West 30th St, Suite 1206
New York, NY 10001
212-564-7757 phone
212-564-7347 fax


Legislative Office
NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson
City Hall Office
New York, NY 10007
212-788-7210 phone

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