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Petition to Dr. E. Casey Wardinski, the Assistant Secretary of The Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs),, Mr. Ryan D. McCarthy

Petition to Rename Fort Benning in honor of Lieut. Henry Flipper

Fort Benning honors the Confederate politician (not even a military officer), Henry Lewis Benning, who devoted himself to the premise that 'coloreds' were not human and could never be trusted with full citizenship. Benning was one of the Confederate's most forceful advocates of secession to protect States' right to own slaves. Benning warned that the abolition of slavery would one day lead to the horror of "black governors, black legislatures, black juries, black everything." Abolition, he said, would place white womanhood at the mercy of negros, with the same rights as white people. "We will be completely exterminated…and the land will be left in the possession of the blacks, and then it will go back into a wilderness." Every year, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point honors a cadet who succeeds in the face of great hardship. The award is named for Lieut. Henry O. Flipper, the first African American graduate of the Academy, as well as the first black to become an officer in the U.S. Army. Lieut. Flipper represents the strength, values, and diversity of African American military heroes and uniquely, is the only former slave being considered for the honor. As a soldier, Lt. Flipper was a trailblazer who, despite the overwhelming resistance he faced, cleared the path for others who, until then, had been barred from fully serving in the military. He was born a slave in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1856. He was the fifth African-American to enter West Point, and in 1877, became the first to graduate. He endured unremitting racial ostracism from his fellow cadets during his West Point years. He went on to become the first African-American officer to command units of the U.S. Calvary -- the legendary "Buffalo Soldiers," who served in the Western territories. He was tested in battle. As an Army engineer, he designed and constructed "Flipper's Ditch," a system that drained the malarial swamps around Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, and saved many lives. No other Army engineer assigned to this task had been able to accomplish it. Lt. Flipper's work is still in use today -- over 100 years after its construction. In 1975, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated "Flipper's Ditch," a National Historic Landmark. Flipper was dismissed from the Army in 1882 after a court-martial, for conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. His court-martial and dismissal have long been seen as a grave miscarriage of justice. Indeed, some military historians describe Lt. Flipper's treatment as having left an " ugly scar " on the military justice system. Henry Flipper went on to distinguish himself in a variety of governmental and private engineering positions. Flipper became a recognized expert regarding Spanish and Mexican land mining laws. He was frequently consulted as an expert on these subjects, and he became an interpreter of Mexican law and Spanish translator for a Senate subcommittee studying the impact of the Mexican Revolution on American economic interests. He was frequently consulted as an expert on these subjects, including in cases involving him appearing in front of the United States Supreme Court. Flipper spent time in Mexico, at times consulting the Mexican government, and on returning to the United States, he served as an adviser to Senator Albert Fall on Mexican politics. When Senator Fall became Secretary of the Interior in 1921, he brought Flipper with him to Washington, D.C., to serve as his special assistant. From 1893 to 1901, he worked for the U. S. Department of Justice as a special agent for the Court of Private Land Claims. His post-military accomplishments would be considered amazing over-achievements, even for a Caucasian who did not have to contend with the bigotry and racism that Flipper experienced.  Throughout the balance of his life, Henry Flipper maintained that he was innocent of the charges that that warranted his dismissal from the Army (although, he admitted to the deceit). Flipper made numerous attempts to have his conviction reversed and to be reinstated to his commission as an officer. He made frequent trips to Washington DC in that quest. Friends and fellow officers testified in supported his efforts, and congressmen spoke on his behalf, all to no avail. His Congressional supporters in The House of Representatives introduced legislation, in a failed attempt to reinstate his commission. Lieut. Henry O. Flipper eventually retired in 1934, during the Great Depression, after his unsuccessful attempts to find civilian or government employment that valued his unique expertise. Flipper did not possess any savings, so he moved in with Atlanta relatives, where he lived the last years of his life in a mostly solitary existence. Flipper died as a pauper at age 84 with the stain of his Court-Marshal and remaining on his reputation. On May 5, 1940, Flipper was found dead of a heart attack in his bedroom and was buried in a segregated cemetery in an unmarked grave. After Flipper was granted a posthumous honorable discharge, his body was exhumed and reburied in the Old Magnolia Cemetery in Thomasville. Flipper’s body was carried to his new gravesite in a mule-drawn wagon with a riderless horse, attended by a crowd estimated to be around 500, with family members and dignitaries from the U.S. Army, West Point, and the Georgia government who followed an honor guard from Fort Benning and which featured a 21-gun salute. President William Jefferson Clinton pardoned Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper in a White House ceremony attended by Flipper’s descendants and military dignitaries. Flipper was the first American in history to be posthumously pardoned. In pardoning Flipper, the President recognized an error in his treatment and acknowledged his lifetime accomplishments. The event came 59 years after his death and 117 years after the young lieutenant had been dismissed from the United States Army. Lieut. Flipper represents the strength, values, and diversity of African American military heroes and uniquely, is the only former slave being considered for the honor of having Fort Benning renamed for him.      

Cliff Lovette
1,613 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Government of Grenada, United Nations, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

CRY FREEDOM for African Asylum Seeker: Imprisoned for seeking refuge in Grenada.

Grenadians and supporters all over the world are called to sign this petition demanding the Government of Grenada to immediately release this African brother from Grenada's inhumane Prison.  He has not committed any crime in Grenada or his homeland Ghana, Africa.  His only crime was to seek asylum refuge in the country of Grenada. YOUR SIGNATURE will contribute to our petition's target of '5,000 Signatures' by Grenada's Thanksgiving on Thursday 26th November, 2020.   The petition will then be used to further the call for action and presented to Grenada's Prime Minister, the United Nations and the International Red Cross Society; given as representation of our demand for an immediate end to the unjust and persecuting incarceration of this asylum seeker. * SIGN & SHARE - HELP US MAKE THIS CRY FOR FREEDOM * THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE!  By Grenadian American Attorney at Law - Denison Forrester George for Caribbean Media Houses. Asylum Seeker desperately escapes persecution from his home country, comes to Grenada to seek asylum but instead was charged and imprisoned for entering Grenada illegally.  Despite his claim for asylum, one year later he remains incarcerated at Her Majesty’s Prison Richmond Hill, St. George's, Grenada. In August, 2019 the asylum seeker arrived in Grenada by boat and brought to shore by the captain who promptly departed Grenadian waters.  According to investigations, he went to the Red Cross Society Office in St. George’s to seek asylum.  He waited there for three days as the office was closed; he did not try to blend in the unsuspecting citizenry.  On the third day, when opened, he told the Red Cross Society worker he was persecuted in his own country, Ghana, and ran for his life.  He was told the Immigration Department would be notified of his arrival.  As Grenada had not enacted laws to deal with asylum seekers the Red Cross Society worker was mandated to notify the United Nations office in Washington, USA.The Asylum Seeker’s nightmare had begun.  On the immigration officer's arrival, they requested the asylum seeker accompany them to complete the necessary paperwork.  The asylum seeker was taken to Central Police Station where he was charged for entering Grenada illegally.  He was brought before the St. George’s Magistrate's Court the following day.  Although the Asylum Seeker informed the Court that he entered Grenada to seek asylum at the Red Cross Office he was still sentenced for entering Grenada illegally.  As he protested that he entered Grenada to seek asylum he was remanded for eleven (11) days to allow the State to investigate his claim for asylum.  The asylum seeker was charged and imprisoned within 24 hours of notifying the Red Cross Society officer of his intention to seek asylum.  As far as he was aware, Red Cross offices worldwide offer refuge to persons who are persecuted.  No notice was on the internet, in newspapers or otherwise to say the humanitarian ethics of the Red Cross Society had altered.  Neither is information available to say that persons should not seek asylum in Grenada.In October, 2019 he received a telephone call from an Immigration Officer to say the Government would give him an airline ticket to Ghana and cash to flee to another country if someone or some persons threaten his life again.  He could not go back to his country as he felt his life would still be in danger. From November, 2019 to April, 2020 no government official, United Nations or Red Cross Society official contacted the Asylum Seeker in prison.  Between April and June, 2020 an Attorney-at-law informed the United Nations office in Washington of the asylum seeker’s plight and attempted to communicate with government officials to secure his release from prison.  The Government official subsequently stated the State was not aware the Asylum seeker sought refuge so a deportation order was stayed pending an investigation of the matter. In June 2020, the UNHR interviewed the asylum seeker and confirmed he should be protected from forcible return to Ghana and also issued a formal request to the State to release the asylum seeker from prison.  As the State refused to release the asylum seeker the United Nations subsequently issued a follow up request that they release the asylum seeker.  Civil Court action was taken to revoke the deportation but the action was dismissed on the basis that criminal and not civil action should be taken to appeal the deportation order.  Additionally, sponsors elected to provide accommodation and employment to the asylum seeker until the United Nations was able to move the asylum seeker from Grenada.  However, the State refused to release the asylum seeker on the basis that employment should first be afforded to Grenadians. For now, the asylum seeker remains incarcerated at Richmond Hill Prison in excess of four hundred and sixty five (465) days and counting.  The asylum seeker is not treated with dignity and understanding.  He shares a cell with eleven (11) other individuals, in the absence of running water and toilet facilities.  The inmates are forced to urinate and defecate in buckets which stay in the prison cell until the next morning; extremely unhealthy! "The State has treated me as an enemy!" I was just trying to stay alive but now I'm imprisoned indefinitely." Again.....   " THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE! "  By Grenadian American Attorney at Law - Denison Forrester George for Caribbean Media Houses. * SIGN & SHARE - HELP US MAKE THIS CRY FOR FREEDOM *  

Jeanette McEwen
479 supporters
Started 5 days ago

Petition to Lynda Ricciardone

Honor #EricGarnersLegacy: Call to rename and revitalize Tompkinsville community park

"Fixing this park is a fight for justice" - Legacy Garner, 6-year-old daughter of Eric Garner  The people of Staten Island, greater New York and throughout the world propose that Tompskinville Park, next to the site where Eric Garner was murdered, be renamed to honor Eric - a loving father, horticulturist, humanitarian and lover of youth to “Eric’s Legacy Garden”. We call for it to be revitalized into a safe space for children in the community, including Eric Garner’s youngest daughter Legacy, to learn, grow and play. “Eric was a big family man. At holiday events he couldn’t wait to see everyone and eat. He loved helping people, his community. He loved working with the parks department and oh how he loved his mother. He loved to provide for his family. It is unfortunate that Legacy will never get to fully experience his character first hand” - Jewel Miller, Legacy Garner's mother We are petitioning Lynda Ricciardone, Staten Island Parks and Recreation Commissioner to adopt our outlined proposal at the request of community voices that live, work and play within this locale. Big rock with “unapologetic rock of justice” engraved for stability   Children’s playground and basketball court for play Community garden for growth We start this petition on ThanksGiving, in the name of our Indigenous people. We rightfully take our land back. The constant blood shed of Indigenous and Black people here in America by the hands of the “powers that be”  must be accounted for and come to a halt.  “We stand as a collective with the demand to heal the community. Our community healing can start immediately with the renaming and revitalization of the park across from where Eric Garner was murdered. We do not need more policing. We need more community funding and building. Make our community park a safe zone for children to grow. We need Eric's Legacy Garden!” - spiritchild, Maroon Party for Liberation We invite your support by signing and sharing our call online using hashtags #EricsLegacyGarden #EricGarnersLegacy To volunteer for our campaign you can reach out to organizers Queen Blizzy (tyblackyc.tb@gmail.com) and Jewel (MillerJew327@icloud.com)

The Legacy Eric Garner Left Behind & Maroon Party for Liberation
174 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ron DeSantis, Debbie Mayfield

FBI Investigation into the Beating Death of Gregory Lloyd Edwards in Sheriff Custody.

On December 9th 2018, 38 year-old black Army combat medic Gregory Edwards died in Brevard County Sheriff custody. He was an unarmed black man, a father, a husband and a decorated veteran. Suffering from combat-connected PTSD, he had an episode at a local Walmart where he became erratic and was arrested. At the time of his arrest, his wife (9 months pregnant with their second child and a military veteran herself) explained he was having a PTSD episode and needed medical assistance. Instead of getting much needed medical help, he was taken back to the jail and beaten, tased, maced, and left alone, restrained in the 'devil's chair' until unresponsive, and put on life support. He was pronounced dead the next day. The Sheriff refused to release the video of what happened to Gregory Edwards, citing 'security concerns' . Our local investigative newspaper, FL Today sued Wayne Ivey to release the video, stating his 'bad boys' style Facebook videos, like 'Behind The Bars' clearly shows the jail in great detail, including the holding cell in which Gregory suffocated in, covered in pepper spray and his own mucus under a spithood. Florida Today won their case against the Sheriff, and the video was released today, November 13th, 2020. The full 2-hour video can be found here. (Along with several articles breaking down the video). I have to warn you, it is hard to watch. It also raises so many questions: - Why was a combat veteran in a PTSD break left alone in a locked room for 37 minutes? - Why did only one deputy escort him out of holding initially while he was visibly agitated, without handcuffing him, and without assistance? -  Why was Gregory Edwards left alone in the 'devil's restraint chair' over 16 minutes to suffocate in pepper spray and mucus under a spithood? - Why were the taser barbs left in his back? (After being tased 6 times in 90 seconds) - Why was there no medical assistance when he arrived, or while he was restrained in the 'devil's restraint chair', and why didn't anyone perform CPR? (Protocol requires continuous monitoring for blood flow issue/breathing) - Why won't the Sheriff recognize Gregory's PTSD? Not a single statement has he discussed this illness, and this is alarming considering we are a military community full of combat veterans. This video has only raised more questions than it answered. Here is what we do know. Sheriff Wayne Ivey refused to release this video, but the Judge ruled there is a compelling need for public access to know the truth. On the eve of its release, he attacked the free press on his Facebook page and blocked all commenters who disagreed with him. He commended his deputies for how they handled Gregory Edwards, although it is well documented that they broke at minimum 14 of their own protocols, which would have saved Gregory's life. He has been referred to as a caged animal, and his PTSD has never been recognized by the Sheriff, and felt he 'got what he had coming'. So, what will signing this petition do? For starters, we would like the FBI to investigate this case, as current protocols in Brevard County changed under Ivey's rule allow this Sheriff's department to investigate themselves, and our FDLE only conducted a review of his internal assessment (on himself). This combat veteran deserves a complete and thorough third party investigation for civil rights violations, malfeasance, incompetency and a depraved indifference to his health while in their care. We also need to address the family's suffering and all veterans with PTSD who feel less safe today in Brevard County. Please sign, please share and lets get justice for Gregory Edwards, so another resident or veteran suffering PTSD does not have to die in our Brevard County Jail. #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGregoryEdwards 

Jennifer Smith
2,160 supporters