black and african american rights

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Petition to John Cornyn, Michael Burgess, Royce West, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Greg Abbott, Steve Chabot, Steve Knight, AT&T, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, The Walt Disney Company, CVS Pharmacy, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Boeing

Black owned Company not allowed Access to Government and Regulatory Fairness Hearing.

Black lives do not matter to Texas Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Michael C. Burgess.  1.5 years Texas Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Michael C Burgess refusal to represent black constituents regarding this matter.  SBA cover-up hiring GP&M to alter and delete our records in SAM database to blacklist our company and stop congressional investigation. 3.5 years the black owners of Enterprise ESP Service Provider, LLC following all the procedures and policies to participate in federal government subcontracting pursuant to the Individual Subcontracting Plan filing required  by prime contractors on every contract let by the federal government.  All prime contractors must attempt to show Good Faith Effort to include minorities by race denied contract participation due to discrimination, exclusion and racial bias are provided the opportunity to participate as subcontractors in all contracts based on their merits to meet requirement of the contract, details on twitter @celesp22. Based on our merits we have provided subcontracting work on the NMCI Contract for the military in 16 states, providing over 1,600 Ethernet installations Fiber Optic and copper, site surveys, drafting updates and network support. Enterprise ESP Service Provider, LLC an authorized reseller for AT&T, Dell, HP and HPE and others.  Our SBA 8(a) application filed early 2014 was not processed.   Please sign to demand that the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Congress provide equal rights to qualified black companies,  receive representation by Texas Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Michael C. Burgess, to have the right to process our 2014, SBA 8(a) application, Access the Government and Regulatory Fairness Hearing, participate in federal contracts for products and services provided by AT&T, Dell, HP and HPE, purchased by the federal government every day, not from us. The federal government does not purchase a single product or service from black owned AT&T resellers, AT&T outsource its contracts to the top 100 government IT Companies excluding black owners with the statement “Not on boarding at this time”, placing black companies on the EEO Diversity database.  Diversity has nothing to do with subcontracting this is breach of agreement and failure to show "Good Faith effort” requirements for prime contractor compliance.  We want contracts not seeking employment. SBA hired GP&M to alter and delete information in our account with SAM database to delete our existence, GP&M changed spelling of our company name, contacts, address, Google listing, Altered information with U.S. Postal Service, Texas business registration, The Hartford Ins. and Blackburn Ins. Coverage.  Blocked our hosting account with eHost taking down our website, blocked processing our SBA 8(a) application, SBA OIG blocked investigation by changing the name of our company on the complaint and Ombudsman blocked an investigation by changing the case number of our complaint.  Working with SBA and GP&M AT&T, Dell, HP and HPE submit false eSRS to the federal government stating they cannot find qualified black companies for subcontracting and SBA use this eSRS to submit false SSDD to instruct contract managers to exclude blacks from subcontracting on federal government contracts.  The Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS), Source Selection Decision Document (SSDD) and Source Selection Team (SST) are protected from Freedom of Information request. Why is there a loophole in the federal government subcontracting program allowing the contract Source Selection Team (SST) operate in secret their names and qualifications to sit on the committee hidden, with the power to decide which companies by race can participate in federal government subcontracting?  Who are these people and what organizations are they members of?  There will always be a Candy Land holding back the progress of blacks. Texas State Sen. Royce West, staff Richard Dominquez and AT&T Marcus Montemayor blocked our purchase order received from Texas Parks and Wildlife for mobile phone service, support, Internet, VoIP, network support, and blocked our contract talks with Disney World, and CVS Health talks to provide AT&T services for new CVS Target Pharmacy. AT&T threaten to use lawyer to stop subcontracting and blacklisting Enterprise ESP Service Provider, LLC. AT&T, using Texas DIR award contracts to reseller Genesis Networks with four (4) Texas HUB certifications, not listed on SAM database exclude black IT, TX reseller Enterprise ESP Service Provider, LLC from receiving federal government subcontracting opportunities. SBA Pay-to-Play 8(a) program allows companies like ActioNet remain on 8(a) for 13 years other companies for over 17 years.  Maximum limit on SBA 8(a) is 9 years.  ActioNet paperwork not processed, SBA managers added ActioNet on the 8(a) program in 21 days, average is 100 days.  ActioNet contract awards total over a billion annually.  ActioNet will not subcontract with black companies, Asians control over 90% of government SBA 8(a) IT and Telecom contracting there documents not registered in database sending dark money to political contacts U.S., India etc... SBA used to cover-up. In violation of federal government procurement, NAICS Codes, and not approved on SAM, four (4) India job placement company's each with over 400,000 IT employees paid slave wages contracted to AT&T, Dell, HP, HPE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon, JC Penny, etc... cover-up by SBA using fraudulent eSRS, SSDD, H1-B visa documents. Asian companies do not subcontract with qualified black IT, Telecom company's. Politicians create state EEO Diversity programs to cover-up the top 100 prime contractors including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, and General Dynamics, are resellers for AT&T, Dell, HP, HPE etc… selling the same products we offer from these companies.  Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics, AT&T, Dell, HP, HPE refuse to allow our company to provide these products under the Individual Subcontracting Plan blocking black companies using their in-house EEO Diversity Program to cover-up keeping billions in subcontracting dollars annually from blacks. 2016, SBA blocked order from President Obama to investigate this matter sent fraudulent certified letter with false signature of a person not employed by SBA regarding our SBA 8(a) application. SBA & CMS changed name of contract from ESD II to SPARC to stop Lockheed Martin subcontract agreement with Enterprise ESP Service Provider, LLC.  Lockheed Martin changed the managers on the contract.  The new managers stating they have no record of an agreement concealing the fact they are using the new name of the new contract name change not listing our company as subcontractor, this is breach of contract and violation of federal government procurement laws. HP conspired with GP&M using the altered spelling of our company name to block Enterprise ESP Service Provider, LLC from participating in TX HUB subcontracting opportunities subsidized by federal government. HP conspired with attorneys from ACLU and NAACP LDF to cover-up their actions. SBA used to Cover-up, politicians creating state minority EEO diversity programs like Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) designed in defiance of federal government subcontracting Individual Subcontracting Plan, States are preventing the federal government from including qualified black IT and Telecom resellers.  The Texas HUB program allows white female owner of Austin Ribbon and Computer control minority IT purchasing with the help from HP, Dell, and HPE the owner worked on Texas State procurement procedures and policies.  We will protect our rights to participate in government procurement opportunities based on our merits not a handout.  Our reseller agreements with AT&T, Dell, HP and HPE supports our position in this matter there actions results in breach of contract and failure to show Good Faith Effort, this is a violation of federal government Individual Subcontracting Plan.  We hope you will agree and help us by demanding SBA, the House Small Business Committee, Texas Senator John Cornyn and Texas Representative Michael C Burgess enforce our rights for participation and representation by law.                          

Clarence Lindsey
64 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to President Trump

WE DEMAND Reparations for Black America

Reparations for slavery is a proposal that some type of compensation should be provided to the descendants of enslaved people in the United States, in consideration of the coerced and uncompensated labor their ancestors performed over centuries. This compensation has been proposed in a variety of forms, from individual monetary payments to land-based compensation related to independence. In 1865, after the Confederate States of America were defeated in the American Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman issued Special Field Orders, No. 15 to both "assure the harmony of action in the area of operations" and to solve problems caused by the masses of freed slaves, a temporary plan granting each freed family forty acres of tillable land in the sea islands and around Charleston, South Carolina for the exclusive use of black people who had been enslaved. The army also had a number of unneeded mules which were given to settlers. Around 40,000 freed slaves were settled on 400,000 acres (1,600 km²) in Georgia and South Carolina. However, President Andrew Johnson reversed the order after Lincoln was assassinated, and the land was returned to its previous owners. In 1867, Thaddeus Stevens sponsored a bill for the redistribution of land to African Americans, but it was not passed. Reconstruction came to an end in 1877 without the issue of reparations having been addressed. Thereafter, a deliberate movement of segregation and oppression arose in southern states. Jim Crow laws passed in some southeastern states to reinforce the existing inequality that slavery had produced. In addition white extremist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan engaged in a massive campaign of terrorism throughout the Southeast in order to keep African Americans in their prescribed social place. For decades this assumed inequality and injustice was ruled on in court decisions and debated in public discourse. Reparation for slavery in what is now the United States is a complicated issue. Any proposal for reparations must take into account the role of the newly formed United States government in the importation and enslavement of Africans, as well as that of the older and established European countries that created the colonies in which slavery was legal. Also relevant are their efforts to stop the trade in slaves. It must also consider if and how much modern Americans have benefited from the importation and enslavement of Africans since the end of the slave trade in 1865. Profit from slavery was not limited to the South: New England merchants profited from the slave trade. In a 2007 column in The New York Times, historian Eric Foner writes: [In] the Colonial era, Southern planters regularly purchased imported slaves, and merchants in New York and New England profited handsomely from the trade. The American Revolution threw the slave trade and slavery itself into crisis. In the run-up to war, Congress banned the importation of slaves as part of a broader nonimportation policy. During the War of Independence, tens of thousands of slaves escaped to British lines. Many accompanied the British out of the country when peace arrived. Inspired by the ideals of the Revolution, most of the newly independent American states banned the slave trade. But importation resumed to South Carolina and Georgia, which had been occupied by the British during the war and lost the largest number of slaves. The slave trade was a major source of disagreement at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. South Carolina’s delegates were determined to protect slavery, and they had a powerful impact on the final document. They originated the three-fifths clause (giving the South extra representation in Congress by counting part of its slave population) and threatened disunion if the slave trade were banned, as other states demanded. The result was a compromise barring Congress from prohibiting the importation of slaves until 1808. Some Anti-Federalists, as opponents of ratification were called, cited the slave trade clause as a reason why the Constitution should be rejected, claiming it brought shame upon the new nation.... As slavery expanded into the Deep South, a flourishing internal slave trade replaced importation from Africa. Between 1808 and 1860, the economies of older states like Virginia came increasingly to rely on the sale of slaves to the cotton fields of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. But demand far outstripped supply, and the price of slaves rose inexorably, placing ownership outside the reach of poorer Southerners. COST ESTIMATE Various estimates have been given if such payments were to be made. Harper's Magazine has created an estimate that the total of reparations due is over 100 trillion dollars, based on 222,505,049 hours of forced labor between 1619 and 1865, with a compounded interest of 6%. Should all or part of this amount be paid to the descendants of slaves in the United States, the current U.S. government would only pay a fraction of that cost, over 40 trillion dollars, since it has been in existence only since 1789. APOLOGIES RENDERED BUT NO COMPENSATION  On July 30, 2008, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution apologizing for American slavery and subsequent discriminatory laws. Some states have also apologized for slavery, including Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Duke University public policy professor William "Sandy" Darity said such apologies are a first step, but compensation is also necessary. PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS Private institutions and corporations were also involved in slavery. On March 8, 2000, Reuters News Service reported that Deadria Farmer-Paellmann, a law school graduate, initiated a one-woman campaign making a historic demand for restitution and apologies from modern companies that played a direct role in enslaving Africans. Aetna Inc. was her first target because of their practice of writing life insurance policies on the lives of enslaved Africans with slave owners as the beneficiaries. In response to Farmer-Paellmann's demand, Aetna Inc. issued a public apology, and the "corporate restitution movement" was born.[not specific enough to verify] By 2002, nine lawsuits were filed around the country coordinated by Farmer-Paellmann and the Restitution Study Group—a New York non-profit. The litigation included 20 plaintiffs demanding restitution from 20 companies from the banking, insurance, textile, railroad, and tobacco industries. The cases were consolidated under 28 U.S.C. § 1407 to multidistrict litigation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The district court dismissed the lawsuits with prejudice, and the claimants appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. On December 13, 2006, that Court, in an opinion written by Judge Richard Posner, modified the district court's judgment to be a dismissal without prejudice, affirmed the majority of the district court's judgment, and reversed the portion of the district court's judgment dismissing the plaintiffs' consumer protection claims, remanding the case for further proceedings consistent with its opinion . Thus, the plaintiffs may bring the lawsuit again, but must clear considerable procedural and substantive hurdles first: If one or more of the defendants violated a state law by transporting slaves in 1850, and the plaintiffs can establish standing to sue, prove the violation despite its antiquity, establish that the law was intended to provide a remedy (either directly or by providing the basis for a common law action for conspiracy, conversion, or restitution) to lawfully enslaved persons or their descendants, identify their ancestors, quantify damages incurred, and persuade the court to toll the statute of limitations, there would be no further obstacle to the grant of relief. In October 2000, California passed a Slavery Era Disclosure Law requiring insurance companies doing business there to report on their role in slavery. The disclosure legislation, introduced by Senator Tom Hayden, is the prototype for similar laws passed in 12 states around the United States. The NAACP has called for more of such legislation at local and corporate levels. It quotes Dennis C. Hayes, CEO of the NAACP, as saying, "Absolutely, we will be pursuing reparations from companies that have historical ties to slavery and engaging all parties to come to the table." Brown University, whose namesake family was involved in the slave trade, has also established a committee to explore the issue of reparations. In February 2007, Brown University announced a set of responses to its Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. While in 1995 the Southern Baptist Convention apologized for the "sins" of racism, including slavery. In December 2005, a boycott was called by a coalition of reparations groups under the sponsorship of the Restitution Study Group. The boycott targets the student loan products of banks deemed complicit in slavery—particularly those identified in the Farmer-Paellmann litigation. As part of the boycott students are asked to choose from other banks to finance their student loans." In 2005, JP Morgan Chase and Wachovia both apologized for their connections to slavery. ACCUMULATED WEALTH In 2008 the American Humanist Association published an article which argued that if emancipated slaves had been allowed to possess and retain the profits of their labor, their descendants might now control a much larger share of American social and monetary wealth. Not only did the freedmen and -women not receive a share of these profits, but they were stripped of the small amounts of compensation paid to some of them during Reconstruction. The wealth of the United States was greatly enhanced by the exploitation of African American slave labor. According to this view, reparations would be valuable primarily as a way of correcting modern economic imbalances. PRECEDENTS Under the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, the U.S. government apologized for Japanese American internment during World War II and provided reparations of $20,000 to each survivor, to compensate for loss of property and liberty during that period. For many years, Native American tribes have received compensation for lands ceded to the United States by them in various treaties. In 2012, according to CNN, the federal government under President Obama settled with thousands of Native Americans as part of a $3.4 billion agreement over a class-action lawsuit claiming government mismanagement of tribal lands and accounts. Further, 40,000 Black farmers who claimed years of racial discrimination from the U.S. Department of Agriculture received $1.2 billion in 2013, as Black Enterprise reported. And in 2015, the Obama administration earmarked $12 million in assistance for European Holocaust survivors living in poverty in the U.S. Other countries have also opted to pay reparations for past sins. Britain compensated 46,000 slave owners when slavery was abolished in that country, and Haiti was forced to pay reparations to France as the price of independence from the European colonial power. Germany also has paid $89 billion in reparations for Nazi crimes against mostly Jewish victims, according to The New York Times. Several historians, such as João C. Curto, have made important contributions to the global understanding of the African side of the Atlantic slave trade. By arguing that African merchants determined the assemblage of trade goods accepted in exchange for slaves, many historians argue for African agency and ultimately a shared responsibility for the slave trade. Only Black people were brought to these shores in chains and only Black people continue to suffer from the protracted, inter-generational deprivation brought about by the badge of slavery. America cannot eradicate racism until it is willing to confront its legacy of enslavement and repair the damage done to people of African descent. As Germany considers paying for its genocide of 75,000 in Namibia and the CARICOM nations push for reparations from Britain and other European nations to compensate for the lingering effects of the Atlantic slave trade, this stance from America’s first Black president could have a profound impact on the worldwide movement for reparations. Black people still suffer immensely in the U.S. as institutional racism continues unabated and the wealth gap separating Blacks and whites further expands. THE MELANATED INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT PROPOSAL We need to do like the American Indians have done and  (1.) declare ourselves a nation...New Nubia,  (2.) demand land equal to $1.5 million dollars per slave,  (3.) tax-free land status, and  (4.) sue every corporation and international country that was directly or indirectly involved in the North American slave trade of African people. With the monies raised, we build new self-sustaining Black society that build wealth through job creation and profit-sharing with each business that's allowed into the community zone. This sets up group economics and by default, Black Independence.

Albert Wells
520 supporters
This petition won 5 months ago

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 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.

Kayla Wilson
12,242 supporters