black and african american rights
Petition to Dr. Stuart Bell, Dr. Kevin Whitaker
To Dr. Stuart Bell, President of the University of Alabama: Rename Morgan Hall to Lee Hall
Currently, the University of Alabama's Department of English is housed in Morgan Hall, named after John Tyler Morgan. Morgan was a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and post-war, a six-term senator from the state of Alabama. He was also a Grand Dragon in the Ku Klux Klan, and used his legislative power to promote racist policies and practices. He advocated sending African-Americans out of the United States and into Hawaii, the Philippines, or Cuba, all the while promoting racial segregation domestically as well. He worked to curtail the voting rights of African-Americans, hoping to repeal the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Upon the death of Harper Lee, who attended the University of Alabama from 1945-1949, the University has an amazing chance to show our support for racial equality, as well as to honor the legacy generally of a woman who promoted kindness and empathy for all. Lee was doubtless the University's greatest contribution to literature, and it would be more than fitting for our English building to bear her name, which reflects so much more accurately the values of the University of Alabama, than that of white supremacist John Tyler Morgan.
Petition to Andrew Prazuch
No New Youth Jail
King County plans to build a new youth jail costing $210 million. In response, community members, grassroots organizations, students, attorneys and activists have worked to stop the construction of a new youth jail and to bring an end to state violence against youth of color through the No New Youth Jail Campaign. Even Seattle’s City Council has passed a resolution against youth incarceration in response to the jail building and the protest movement opposing it. Why do so many people in King County oppose the building of the new youth jail? The juvenile punishment system in King County is severely racially targeted. According to a March 2012 report by the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System, black youth are twice as likely as white youth to be arrested. Black and native youth are more than twice as likely as white youth to be referred to court and youth of color are less likely to be referred to diversion programs. Black youth make up only 6% of the Washington youth population but 21% of youth sentenced to Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration facilities. Towards the end of 2015, the King County Bar Association (KCBA), a voluntary professional association, made a controversial move in favor of the new youth jail. KCBA sent a message to all its members asking that they send an email to the Seattle City Council in support of the new youth jail. Additionally, KCBA trivialized the opposition to the jail project, writing, "as champions of an excellent justice system, the attorneys and judges of King County know that it's time to implement the will of the whole community, not just a small group of protesters." In response to KCBA’s actions in support of the new jail, Miguel Willis, a law student at SU Law and Chair of the school’s Black Law Student Association chapter, resigned as the SU KCBA representative. Janet Rodrigues, another law student at SU Law inspired by Miguel Willis and other community organizers opposing the new youth jail, renounced her KCBA Minority Scholarship. Janet renounced a scholarship that seeks rectify the consequences of racial marginalization, yet Janet refuses to be tokenized as a minority law student scholar while KCBA supports a jail building project that targets and harms communities of color in King County. Rather than supporting her principled leadership, SU Law has informed Janet she has to come up with the $3000 deficit. Sign this petition to support this campaign and send the letter below to the KCBA.
Petition to Matthew Prince, Robert Briscoe (CEO of Internet Brands (VBulletin))
Remove Chimpmania.com permanently
We demand that you PERMANENTLY remove the website “Chimpmania.com”. This website spews hatred and promotes violence against people of color and the disabled. Not only has this replusive website targeted my daughter and photo shopped highly offensive pictures regarding her race and disability, but has systematically targeted children and the disabled. These hate mongers hide behind what they think is the 1st amendment, but call it what it really is - CYBERBULLYING! “It is racism at its worst and it targets innocent families and shares their information." "The threads promote racism in the most extreme form.” These cyber trolls also attack anyone who supports the victims of this website. Please show that you support equality and not racism! Remove it now!
Petition to Robert E. Lee High School, NEISD Board Trustees
Rename San Antonio's "Robert E. Lee" High School
Everyday when I walk into my high school in San Antonio, Texas, I'm entering an establishment named after a Confederate general who not only fought to preserve the enslavement of human beings but fought against the United States -- Robert E. Lee. In the wake of the Charleston shooting that took the lives of nine African Americans who were simply going to church, I can tell you that as a young black student, it's not easy or right to have learn in a place that honors a man like Robert E. Lee. We often forget that the Confederacy was doing an act of treason, an act of betrayal. It's not patriotic to celebrate a man who fought against his country and had he won, the owning, selling, raping, and lynching of black people would have prevailed. Such a thing should not be honored. We've rightfully started a conversation about honoring the people and symbols that drove Dylan Roof to commit such an atrocity. And even my high school has long removed the confederate flag from flying, though a mosaic confederate symbol is still paved into campus grounds. School names have been changed before. In fact, in 2013 a Change.org petition helped change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School, named after a KKK leader and Confederate general, in Jacksonville, Florida. The Stonewall Jackson Davis middle school, was once named after Jefferson Davis but changed because many believed it condoned slavery. We could easily do the same with Robert E. Lee High School, only changing the first name of the school to honor someone like George W. Lee, a civil rights activist, or even someone like Cesar Chavez who was a Hispanic civil rights activist. Although we can not erase our past, we must not celebrate parts of our past that were most treacherous, and continuing to let the Robert E. Lee name live on is doing just that. This school is far overdue for a name change. Please sign and help try to make a change to this name.
Petition to Michael O'Malley
#Justice4Tamir, The fight for Justice continues
Petition to Pursue Justice for Tamir Rice To: Michael O’Malley, Law Director, City of Parma We, the undersigned residents, and registered voters of Cuyahoga County, ask that, upon taking office as Cuyahoga County Prosecutor in January, 2017, you immediately act to pursue justice in the unresolved case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by two Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann, and Frank Garmback; while playing by himself in the picnic shelter outside Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22, 2014. Specifically, we ask that upon you taking the oath of office; that you release in full, the transcripts of the proceedings of the prior Grand Jury convened by your predecessor, Timothy McGinty. Second, we ask that upon taking office that, based on the finding by Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine that probable cause exists to charge officer Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback with serious crimes, including murder, that you convene a new Grand Jury to indict these officers and force them to defend their actions in open court. Unless police are held accountable for such unwarranted use of deadly force, and the violation of police policy and procedures; there is no question but that tragedies like this will continue to happen.
Petition to American Family Insurance Group, United Nations Development Program, Samara Yeshaya, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), President of the United States, Donald Trump, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), FEMA, Hillary Clinton, Council of the European Union, Burger King España, McDonald's, Bank Of America, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Marathon Oil, Klu Klux Klan, FedEx, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Animal Planet, Universal Music Spain, Capital One Financial, American Airlines, American Eagle Outfitters, American Electric Power, American Heart Association, American Red Cross
40 ACRES AND A MULE REPARATIONS FOR MOST HIGH CHILDREN
INTRODUCTION Harriet Tubman became famous as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad during the turbulent 1850s. Born a slave on Maryland’s eastern shore, she endured the harsh existence of a field hand, including brutal beatings. In 1849 she fled slavery, leaving her husband and family behind in order to escape. Despite a bounty on her head, she returned to the South at least 19 times to lead her family and hundreds of other slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Tubman also served as a scout, spy and nurse during the Civil War. In 1849 Tubman fled Maryland, leaving behind her free husband of five years, John Tubman, and her parents, sisters, and brothers. “Mah people mus’ go free,” her constant refrain, suggests a determination uncommon among even the most militant slaves. She returned to the South at least nineteen times to lead her family and hundreds of other slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Utilizing her native intelligence and drawing on her boundless courage, she eluded bounty hunters seeking a reward for her capture, which eventually went as high as forty thousand dollars. She never lost a fugitive or allowed one to turn back. Did You Know? Harriet Tubman's birthname was Araminta Ross. Two things sustained her: the pistol at her side and her faith in God. She would not hesitate to use the pistol in self-defense, but it was also a symbol to instruct slaves, making it clear that “dead Negroes tell no tales.” Timid slaves seemed to find courage in her presence; no one ever betrayed her. She affirmed her faith in God in her statement, “I always tole God, I’m gwine to hole stiddy on to you, an’ you’ve got to see me trou [through].” Tubman collaborated with John Brown in 1858 in planning his raid on Harpers Ferry. The two met in Canada where she told him all she knew of the Underground Railroad in the East. Advising him on the area in which he planned to operate, she promised to deliver aid from fugitives in the region. Brown’s admiration for her was immeasurable, and he wanted her to accompany him on the raid. Tubman planned to be present but was ill at the time and could not participate. Tubman’s resistance to slavery did not end with the outbreak of the Civil War. Her services as nurse, scout, and spy were solicited by the Union government. For more than three years she nursed the sick and wounded in Florida and the Carolinas, tending whites and blacks, soldiers and contrabands. Tubman was a short woman without distinctive features. With a bandanna on her head and several front teeth missing, she moved unnoticed through rebel territory. This made her invaluable as a scout and spy under the command of Col. James Montgomery of the Second Carolina Volunteers. As leader of a corps of local blacks, she made several forays into rebel territory, collecting information. Armed with knowledge of the location of cotton warehouses, ammunition depots, and slaves waiting to be liberated, Colonel Montgomery made several raids in southern coastal areas. Tubman led the way on his celebrated expedition up the Combahee River in June 1863. For all of her work, Tubman was paid only two hundred dollars over a three-year period and had to support herself by selling pies, gingerbread, and root beer. After the war, Tubman returned to Auburn, New York, and continued to help blacks forge new lives in freedom. She cared for her parents and other needy relatives, turning her residence into the Home for Indigent and Aged Negroes. Lack of money continued to be a pressing problem, and she financed the home by selling copies of her biography and giving speeches. Her most memorable appearance was at the organizing meeting of the National Association of Colored Women in 1896 in Washington, D.C. Two generations came together to celebrate the strength of black women and to continue their struggle for a life of dignity and respect. Harriet Tubman, the oldest member present, was the embodiment of their strength and their struggle. Sarah Bradford, Harriet: The Moses of Her People (1886); Earl Conrad, Harriet Tubman (1943); Dorothy Sterling, ed., We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century (1984). This is more than history this is a Biblical moment that our ancestors pave the way for us to have I am being led by the Holy Spirit to start this movement of getting us reparations so that we can heal ourselves from the wounds of our ancestors pain and affliction. I can only imagine to change that this could bring to the people of the Lost tribes I pray that everyone takes heed and understands that this is the time the first will be the last and the last will be the first praise the most high for His blessings Samara Yeshaya
Petition to Todd Spitzer (Orange County Supervisor 3rd District), California Governor, Tony Rackauckas, Loretta Sanchez, Loretta Lynch, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, DIane Feinstein, Alex Padilla
Exonerate Kenneth Clair: DNA Evidence Points to Someone Else.
On November 15, 1984, 5-year-old Jerrod Hessling witnessed the beating, rape, and stabbing death of his babysitter. When asked to describe the killer, he said, without hesitation, that it was a white male. Another child present during the murder saw a white man’s tattooed arm reach inside the house to open a sliding glass door. Yet somehow, the lawyers in the case determined that Kenneth Clair, a dark-skinned African-American homeless man who had been squatting next door, was the killer. When Jerrod saw him on the witness stand and insisted they had the wrong man, the prosecution chalked it up to youth and trauma and pursued the death penalty for Kenneth Clair. To this day, 31 years later, Mr. Clair sits on San Quentin’s death row, awaiting his execution date. [UPDATE: I was recently made aware that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals secretly overturned Mr. Clair’s death sentence and changed it to life in prison without parole. This is mixed news -- his life is spared, but he no longer has the right to an attorney under habeas corpus laws, and he has not been granted a retrial. That means the exonerating DNA evidence will NOT be seen in court. We now have to focus our energy on asking Governor Jerry Brown and California State Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the case and exonerate Kenneth Clair for this crime he did not commit. It is Mr. Clair’s only remaining chance for justice. ] But that’s not the biggest bombshell in this case -- in 2008, forensic testing revealed that DNA found on the murder victim did not match Clair’s. DNA taken from a glove found at the scene also did not match. It matches another individual, but the Orange County District Attorney insists that “confidentiality is required” concerning this evidence, and for 7 years now, the identity of the person whose DNA does match the swab has remained a secret. In the interest of justice, we must call on the Orange County DA and California state lawmakers to demand that the DNA evidence be turned over to Kenneth Clair’s defense. Since his conviction, Clair has struggled with ineffective counsel. He wanted his lawyers to work at investigating the crime, rather than simply trying to free him from death row, but they never did. His plea for substitute counsel even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, and he did eventually receive a switch of counsel. Finally, he is being represented by people who are dedicated to his exoneration. But their hands are tied without this crucial DNA evidence, and more of Clair’s precious life is wasting away in prison as they fight to obtain it. Please sign my petition if you feel that the disclosure of the identity of a possible “person of interest” is something that the prosecution should not be allowed to withhold.
Petition to John King
Tell the Board of Education: African Americans must correct and write their own history
History There is more to U.S. African American history than slavery and the Civil Rights Crusade! In fact there are many “so-called” American Negro, African American and American Blacks who played a major role as heroes in the construction and development of the United States of America from its inception till now. It is imperative to our nation’s cultural, spiritual and physical integrity and to our children’s future to do more than acknowledge these heroes, but we the “so-called” American Negro, African American and American Blacks must write them in the American History curriculum, because it is part of our cultural bloodstream and the secret of who we are. He who controls history George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” And for a little more than a century ago, the American Negro was forbidden to speak of their pre-enslavement history, because it was the policy of the American enslaver to strip the captives of all that bound them as a historical society and their humanity. This brand of enslavement is defined by sociologist Antonio Gramski, as Cultural Hegemony; the concept that a diverse culture can be ruled or dominated by one group or class by removing their everyday practices and shared beliefs. “The American Negro holocaust” depleted almost all knowledge of our pre-enslavement history, propelling the Negro and their offspring into a people without a cultural base from which to reconstruct a positive identity once physically freed. Thus the ability to return to normal function even under legal freedoms was made highly improbable, as these seemingly minor extractions guaranteed inherited failure. He who controls the past controls the future Just like Dr. Carter Goodwin Woodson, professor and founder of the “Association for the study of Negro Life and History,” we must extend our efforts to write our “so-called” American Negro, African American and American Black heroes imported within the American education curriculum. Once given the ability to access documented achievements developed by the American Negro that contributed to America’s greatness, our children will became inspired to determine a higher personal value, purpose and expectation to their lives. Sign! This petition will be presented to policy makers, government officials and all others who hold the power to correct this existing oversight. All Americans will benefit from this proposed alteration. That is why everyone is encouraged to sign this petition and join the outcry for this important change.  Simon Schama “A History of Brtian” Anderson, Perry. "The Antinomies of Antonio Gramsci”. New Left Review 100 (1976): 5-78.