Petition to Bettie J. Parker, Billy Caudle, Jeannie Young, Chris Ruffieux, Gabriel Adkins, Michael Brooks, Kem K. Spence, Johnnie B. Walton, Darius J. Horton, Montré Freeman, Lloyd Griffin III, Charles Jordan,...
HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES SHOULD NOT UTILIZE THEIR RESOURCES TO AID POLICE EFFORTS TO PACIFY AND SILENCE PROTESTORS!
This is an amended petition that originally had the demand for the immediate removal of law enforcement personnel from the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Dorms.
On April 30th, 2021, ECSU released a statement announcing the removal of said personnel citing "that hotel rooms and other accommodations in the area have become available as members of the media and other visitors leave the city." The statement also explained their original decision to house bused-in officers with the intent of supporting local police's response to protests on behalf of Andrew Brown Jr. "We operated under our mutual aid agreement at the request of the City of Elizabeth City consistent with our responsibility as a state agency."
While we are thrilled at this swift and appropriate decision to remove the police officers from the the campus residencies, the released statement does not indicate this as a permanent decision or solution. Protests and other direct actions are still occurring in Elizabeth City and as the community awaits for the Pasquotank County Sheriff's office to release the body cam footage of Andrew Brown Jr.'s Killing, we want to ensure that a decision like this doesn't happen again in the future.
Concerned Alumni and current students of Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City Residents, and other concerned parties are requesting an emergency joint city council and county commissioners meeting to address the execution of the city and county's mutual aid agreement and practices.
We request unanimous resolution to the demands listed below:
*These demands are solely related to the ongoing protests surrounding the tragic death of Andrew Brown Jr.
The City of Elizabeth City and/or Pasquotank County will not request to use the grounds, facilities, or likeness of Elizabeth City State University to house law enforcement or other public safety related entities (North Carolina Department of Public Safety) Exemptions to this demand would include fire and emergency medical services (EMS), their equipment, and their personnel.
No over-patrolling of the Elizabeth City State University campus grounds and facilities
The meeting minutes be made accessible to the public and un-redacted
And the allowance of members of the press to cover this meeting live
You can see the original petition below:
On April 28th 2021, Elizabeth City State University released a statement informing the public about their decision to house police officers from other jurisdictions who are supporting local police.
The Elizabeth City community is rightfully responding in protest to the egregious killing of Andrew Brown Jr. and the lack of accountability and transparency that soon followed. It's extremely insensitive to support law enforcement in their plight to silence and diminish the community's efforts and calls for justice. We have seen police in riot gear tear gas, beat, brutalize, and arrest peaceful protestors in cities around the country. Busing in additional members of law enforcement not only increases tension at the protests, but it also puts Elizabeth City community members at risk for the same unlawful treatment to which protestors in other cities have been subjected. It is inappropriate for an HBCU to use its resources to aid in the police's efforts to pacify a righteously angry and grieving community. It furthermore sends a message that the university is supporting the same public agencies that are a direct threat and danger to the Black students that attend this school. What happened to Andrew Brown Jr., Dautnte Wright, George Floyd, and Ma'Khia Bryant could easily happen to any of the students that call ECSU home.
We are demanding the immediate removal of all law enforcement personnel from the residence halls on the campus of Elizabeth City State University. We are also directly calling on The UNC Board of Governors, UNC-System President Peter Hans & Chief of Staff Norma Houston, Elizabeth City Mayor Bettie J. Parker, and ECSU Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon to take the necessary steps to meet this demand.
Members The UNC Board of Governors:
Randy Ramsey, ChairpersonWendy Floyd Murphy, Vice ChairpersonPearl Burris-FloydC. Philip ByersCarolyn CowardJames L. Holmes, Jr.Terry HutchensAnna Spangler NelsonArt PopeTemple SloanMichael WillifordKellie Hunt BlueJimmy D. ClarkN. Leo DaughtryThomas C. GoolsbyReginald Ronald HolleyMark HoltonJ. Alex MitchellDavid PowersJoel FordJohn A. FraleySonja NicholsKirk BradleyLee Roberts
To acknowledge and give the driver the right thing that they needed. Also, this aims to encourage everyone to use public transportation instead of purchasing lot and different cars. This will help our environment to be less polluted, and also the air we breathe in. This can also help a lot of people who works as public transportation drivers like jeepneys, bus, and taxi. Using or riding public transportation can lessen the traffic. a single jeepney can accommodate at least 16 people per ride, while the car can only load 4 to 6 people, depending on the car.Read more
Jana Marie SevillaPasay City, Philippines
Created December 15, 2021
Petition to McDonald's, Burger King, Panda Express, IHOP, In-N-Out, Olive Garden
Nobody in America should go hungry. We have freedom like no other country and all the financial resources to make this happen. Too many homeless people are starving on these streets for no reason. A lot of the homeless people on these streets are vets who served our country but didn’t receive the proper help to get back on their feet when they got back. Food chains in America throw enough food away per year that could to end world hunger. Not just in America but across the globe. We should be making use of all the resources we have and putting them to good use for others needs. As we can see waste and pollution is the cause for a lot of environmental issues going on. Our water doesn’t taste the same. Animals in the sea are slowly dung one by one and air quality is rapidly getting worse. I believe that if we can make a very small sacrifice with extra food that we don’t use and goes to waste anyway and put it towards the less fortunate people that could benefit from it we could and will see a lot of major changes in society and also in our nation that we desperately need, we should take the first small step into our future beginning with Arizona and working our way across the globe. In conclusion the more we do for others that can’t do for themselves the more God will do for us when we have nobody else. Thank you! God Bless! Read more
Khari HollowayUnited States
Created January 21, 2020
Petition to Department of Environment and Natural Resources https://www.denr.gov.ph/
Plastic is very useful because it can be coloured, melted, shaped, squashed, rolled into sheets or made into fibres plastics. Plastic also are hygienic and it is not poison to our bodies. Plastic is used made ropes that are very strong and fishing lines, glues and paints. Plastics is versatile, hygenic, lightweight, flexible and highly durable. It accounts for the largest usage of plastics world wide and is used in numerous packaging applications including containers, bottles, drums, trays, boxes, cups and vending packaging, baby products and protection packaging. Durable: because plastic packaging is so durable, plastic packaging can be very thin. This means it uses fewer resources and takes up less space for transport which means fewer trucks, trains or planes are needed to transport it. Versatile: plastics can be transformed in many different ways. (https://www.google.com.ph/search?biw=1024&bih=662&ei=sByPW7DpCZDAoAST-oyQAg&q=effects+of+plastic&oq=effects+of+plastic&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i67k1l5j0j0i67k1j0l3.174475.176038.0.176509.7.7.0.0.0.0.148.672.0j5.5.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..2.5.667...0i7i30k1.0.tQYPDP-VmhE according to conserve energy future Plastic affects human health. Toxic chemicals leach out of plastic and are found in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments.Jan 19, 2017 As the world’s population continues to grow, so does the amount of garbage that people produce. On-the-go lifestyles require easily disposable products, such as soda cans or bottles of water, but the accumulation of these products has led to increasing amounts of plastic pollution around the world. As plastic is composed of major toxic pollutants, it has the potential to cause great harm to the environment in the form of air, water and land pollution. Put simply, plastic pollution is when plastic has gathered in an area and has begun to negatively impact the natural environment and create problems for plants, wildlife and even human population. Often this includes killing plant life and posing dangers to local animals. Plastic is an incredibly useful material, but it is also made from toxic compounds known to cause illness, and because it is meant for durability, it is not biodegradable. LETS SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT BY REPLACING PLASTICS CAN GIVE SAFETY LIFE!!!Read more
It appears that either local leaders and/or local police in Falmouth Maine have put restrictions on public parking on the side of the road where there is a perfectly safe shoulder to park on. The line of sight seems to be in question when the cars are lined up and the police and residents of the area are concerned for safety. The Barn at Smith Farm in Falmouth has been targeted by one of the local organizations whether it be the police or town council or both to restrict parking which severely impacts when events are hosted at this space. As a member of the public that has dined at this reputable establishment there is rarely overflow parking on the shoulder of Route 100 unless there is an event taking place. Generally this would never be during the week when there is higher traffic as even when bands play on some evenings it does not start until after rush hour has ended. When hosting weddings and events, imaginably you will see cars lined up for celebrations. Comparably so you will see this all over the state whenever there is a celebration or event going on anywhere. It is apparent with the temporary signage posted that this could have been resolved by restricting one side of the street from parking to allow safe shoulder parking during events. If we allow this restriction out front of this establishment then we are allowing it outside of all our small businesses. Government can not put limitations on the public when not necessary, especially when it is detrimental to our small business growth and development. Some businesses don’t have parking at all so for the overflow it seems that 80ish approximately evenings a year that this could be overlooked on at least one side of the road.
If safety in fact is the sole concern then perhaps limiting the parking to only the residential side or the establishment side and implementing signage to slow the traffic and no parking posted to corners allowing patrons line of sight to turn out and/or the 4 residences over there enough space to see further down the road for exiting their properties and/or maybe mirrors across the way that can help view both directions for those residents.
Please sign in support of allowing parking on at least one side of route 100. There has to be a better solution than the temporary one. Allow the owner of the business the time to figure out a collaborated solution that is not jeopardizing her immediate business and let her continue out this season and in her off season she can work on a better solution with the town. This doesn’t just effect her and her business but it effects her employees who work really hard to make a living and provide the public with excellent service! They are counting on this income and they are counting on your help!
Bonnie KentPortland, ME, United States
Created July 22, 2022
Petition to NIKE, H&M, Gap Inc., Walmart, Abercrombie and Fitch, Forever 21, Puma, Asics , Victoria's Secret, The Hershey Company, Nestle
Toronto's shelter system is full and people are routinely turned away. The overflow, volunteer-run Out of the Cold program is similarly full. Last winter, the two 24-hour warming centres were overcrowded, sleeping people inches away from each other on mats on the floor. A serious Strep A outbreak has resulted in a loss of over 100 shelter beds. Hundreds of people are abandoned, forced to sleep outside in parks, ravines, under bridges and on sidewalks.
In the past, the Mayor of Toronto requested the Minister of National Defence for use of Fort York and Moss Park armouries for emergency shelter four separate times. Each time the Mayor asked, the federal government said yes and hundreds of people were able to access safe shelter.
Opening the armouries will prevent deaths.Read more
Caltrans is currently looking into the utilization of Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, Ca as a sanctioned homeless encampment. This proposal would only move the homeless population, currently residing on Caltrans property, on to, not only, the current/former Gilroy Garlic Festival home but on to one of the prime locations for public recreation and watershed habitat. Caltrans is only looking to push an issue, they are experiencing on THEIR property, on to the city of Gilroy.
While we all agree the homeless issue needs to be addressed, this proposal skips over the effects this could have on both community economics and watershed quality. Can we see a future where Caltrans and Gilroy can work together to address the homeless issue? Sure, but this is not the solution.
Please join us by signing this petition and stopping the proposal by CALTRANS to the City of Gilroy for the sanctioned Homeless Encampment utilization of Christmas Hill Park and the adjoining DeBell Preserve in GilroyRead more
Marching band, as a community all over the world, have been greatly affected by Covid-19 during these times. The marching band programs in the William S. Hart Union High School District are hard-working, dedicated, and talented groups and the inability to have a competitve season have affected us greatly. The programs in the district rehearse many hours to produce a well-composed and unique show every year, taking time and commitment from students, staff, and parents.
All schools in the Hart district spend MANY hours practicing hard. From waking up every day at 6 in the morning to rehearse in the morning, to ending at 9PM during nightly rehearsals, we are very diligent and committed to our programs. Most of the time, marching band and color guard are ignored and neglected, and to see that we are not included as a sport WHILE receiving physical education credits, is very disheartening and disappointing. The instrumental music programs in the district are very competitive. While our fall competitive seasons have been canceled, our upcoming winter/spring seasons include music festivals as well as color guard and percussion competitions. Due to the fact that we lost our summer training programs and band camps, it is crucial that we are able to start preparing for these events soon.
Reasons why Marching band programs in the Hart district should return in person:
- It is easier to learn in person rather than through a computer screen
- Band is an outlet for many individuals struggling with problems at home; in person rehearsals will provide that outlet for them
- We can’t grow as a team without working together as a team
- In person practices ensure the stability of our skills, so we don’t lose them
- For equity and representation
- Marching band and Color Guard are sports that do not require contact
To ensure the safety of our students and staff, the programs in the district will:
- stay MORE than six feet apart at all times
- ensure each member has their own personal equipment that is not shared with others
- Sanitization of all equipment will be required
- Additional equipment to promote safety (such as instrument covers for brass and woodwind players, gloves, and other safety equipment) will be purchased
- We are able to rehearse in large outside areas
- All of our staff has been trained in COVID safety protocols and will adhere to these protocols
Justin LeeUnited States
Created September 28, 2020
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