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Addressing Racist History

628 petitions

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Petition to Brian Kemp, Richard Woods, Mike Long, Dr. David "Butch" Mosely, Helen Odom Rice, Lisa Kinnemore, Kenneth Mason, Scott Sweeney, Mike Royal, Jason Downey, Martha Zoller, Dr. Stanley W. DeJarnett, Scott Johnson, Matt W. Donaldson, Leonte Benton, Phenna Rene Petty, Tracey Nance Pendley

Tell Georgia's State Board of Education to stop censoring American history in our schools!

Georgia's Board of Education passed a resolution on Thursday, June 3, 2021 essentially seeking to eliminate discussion & teaching in Georgia’s schools of racism and racial challenges we people of color have faced and continue to face in America. This resolution makes shockingly inaccurate claims including statements which seek to rewrite our history, e.g., "with respect to their relationship to American values, slavery and racism are anything other than deviations from, betrayals of, or failures to live up to, the authentic founding principles of the United States, which include liberty and equality."  Teaching civics, social studies, and history with a social justice lens, incorporating DEI and CRT pedagogy & practices, and acknowledging the past and present racial traumas in American society, especially given our state's role, are necessary to build awareness, understand and address major societal & systemic challenges faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, and heal intergenerational trauma. Just as recent voter suppression legislation was passed in Georgia to placate unfounded claims of fraud, we believe this is another attempt to further suppress our voices, our stories, and our truth. We must teach our children America's true and complete history! We call on Georgia's State Board of Education leaders to immediately reverse this resolution as well as work with Georgia’s BIPOC families, community leaders, and DEI, antiracism, & CRT pedagogy experts, educators, & practitioners to define a plan for how best to proactively, inclusively, and truthfully include these components into Georgia's schools. — Please note that the original State BOE resolution file appears to have been removed from their site. The link in this petition has been updated to a saved, unedited version of the resolution for your review (linked again here). If your organization would like to sign on in support of this message, please email hello@civicga.org.

CivicGeorgia
7,073 supporters
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Petition to Mayor Donna Dodgen, Guadalupe County Commissioners, Councilor Ernest Leal, Councilor Jeannette Crabb, Councilor Chris Aviles, Councilor Chris Rangel, Councilor Jeremy Roy, Councilor Fonda Mathis, Councilor Penny Wallace, Councilor Mark Herbold, Greg Abbott

Remove the Monument To Confederate Racist John Ireland in Downtown Seguin

We must remove the monument to Confederate Colonel John Ireland, from downtown Seguin. Ireland held offices such as Mayor of Seguin and Governor of Texas. He is a stain on the soul of our great city and state. A firm believer in slavery, Ireland campaigned for greater efforts to reclaim slaves who had run away to freedom in Mexico. He was an ardent secessionist and served as a delegate of Seguin to the 1861 Secession Convention. He enlisted in the Confederate States Army as a private and eventually worked his way through the ranks to that of lieutenant colonel. Throughout the Civil War, Ireland was stationed within the Texas borders, patrolling along the Rio Grande border and along the Gulf Coast, where he was stationed at the civil war's end in 1865. Following the war, Ireland participated in the Reconstruction Convention of 1866 and was soon elected judge of the Seguin District. He was removed from his position the following year for his roles in the Confederacy by Republicans that seized power. Nearly 100 years later, racists, looking to promote the myth of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy and send a message in response to the Civil Rights Act, erected monuments to the CSA across the country, including the Ireland monument in Seguin. We cannot allow history to be rewritten by confederate apologists. Ireland was a racist and a traitor. He has absolutely no right to be honored in the way he is downtown in Seguin, TX. 

Joseph Scott Ranft
1,031 supporters