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Petition to Grid Advisory Council

Rename the White Mountains Redline

In New Hampshire’s White Mountains, redlining is known by hikers as a niche term used to describe the project of hiking all the trails in a given region, which one highlights on the map in red once completed. Outside of the hiking world, redlining more commonly refers to nationwide discriminatory housing practices that have directly resulted in poverty, shorter life spans, higher rates of chronic diseases, and reduced access to healthy food among urban communities of color. (For a full explanation, please see our article, "I'm Not Racist, I'm Redlining!". A growing number of Black hikers and White allies are calling for this term to be retired from hiker vocabulary, due to its potential to trigger, and ignore the experiences of, people of color.  Whether you just learned the significance of the term redlining or have been aware of it for a while, knowing that it stands for racist practices and that its continued use in hiking circles diminishes the experiences of hikers of color means that a change is needed. Update: The Grid Council has responded to our article and renamed the redline, stating that they “don’t want any controversy.” We appreciate the quick action. A more impactful, ethical response, however, would be to publicly acknowledge, on the website and online forums, how the historical implications of redlining are extremely troubling, and redlining as a practice is wrong and morally unjust. Avoiding controversy does not equal ethics. If you support the idea of retiring the word redlining from hiking vocabulary, please share our article "I'm not Racist, I'm Redlining!"

Philip Carcia Serena Ryan
171 supporters
Update posted 21 hours ago

Petition to Plano Police Chief Ed Drain

Immediate Termination of the Officers involved in the unjustified arrest of Rodney Reese

Last week high school senior Rodney Reese was walking home from working overtime at his neighborhood Walmart when officers from the Plano Police Department responding to a Welfare check spotted Reese. The officers pulled up next to Reese and repeatedly asked him “If he was okay and where is he going”? Reese, holding a Walmart bag with his work uniform inside, informed them multiple times that he was going home, that he is fine, and doesn’t need a ride. Nonetheless, the officers continued to relentlessly harass Reese as he continued walking home in single digit freezing temperatures. Officers left their vehicle and began following him on foot. They repeatedly told him they were there to help him, but Reese politely declined their help and kept heading towards his house. Reese who was understandably tired and freezing didn’t want to be subjected to further harassment through repetitive questions. When the officers did not receive an answer to when they asked him what’s his name, their demeanor changed in the blink of an eye. The officers continued to follow him for a long distance and repeatedly tried to get him to stop him and provide answers they knew they weren’t legally entitled to. The Female officer can be heard saying, “Sir, you need to talk to us”, even though this officer knew it was well within his legal right not to speak to them. The officer asked him where his home was, and Reese did not answer. Given the horrid weather conditions that night, and Reese only wearing a short sleeve shirt coming off an extra long work shift, it was more than understandable that Reese just wanted to be home and warm.  In the body camera video released on Facebook by the Plano Police Department, Reese can be heard repeatedly telling officers that he's fine and is going home. But for more than two minutes, the officers continued to follow Reese down a dark alley which would cause a child of any race to feel terrified, let alone a black kid. The officers without any probable cause that Reese had committed a crime, blocked Reese from walking any further. The female officer then continued to put her hands on Reese despite him politely asking her to stop. An officer is then seen and heard saying “We’re conducting an investigation.” Reese then stated “I don’t care. I’m going home.” The officer then unjustifiably told Reese “And you are officially detained”. The officers then ganged up on Reese to put him in handcuffs.  The officers wrapped this unjustified harrassment around charging Reese with walking in the middle of the street. Officers charged him with this Class C misdemeanor and arrested him even though they were more than aware the extremely icy sidewalks would force anyone to do the same for their own safety. Reese even explained this to the officer, and she replied “You caused a whole lot of something out of nothing.” This statement alone by this officer made it clear there was no justifiable reason to follow, harass, and interrogate Reese who was simply walking home. Rodney Reese is an exemplary high school kid, an essential worker, without a blemish on his record. It is indisputable that Reese was targeted simply because of his race. It is without question this unwarranted and unjustifiable treatment would not have occurred if an older white lady was in the same position walking to her home. The body camera footage released leaves no doubt this was exactly the case. The officers involved asked Reese several repetitive questions that he willingly answered. However, they continued to attempt to force Reese to stop walking in single digit temperature and subject him to further questioning he wasn’t obligated to answer. The officers were called for a Welfare check, but lied to Reese stating they were conducting an investigation immediately before detaining him and arresting him. Reese was forced to spend the night in jail. The charges were later dropped, but this is not nearly enough justice for a traumatic event of this magnitude. Police Chief Ed Drain even admitted “They should’ve taken him home.” This type of racial profiling is a crisis that has an extensive history in our nation. The actions of these officers is beyond reprehensible, and now Reese will inevitably be forced to suffer the repercussions that will reverberate for the rest of his life. If these officers are not held accountable for their inexcusable actions, and TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY, then this will only make building trust with the African American community even more difficult, if not already impossible, in the most volatile time in our nation’s history. Hard working high schoolers like Rodney Reese need to be praised not harassed, interrogated, and arrested for trying to walk home in subfreezing weather.    

Shereef Kamel
1,467 supporters
Update posted 24 hours ago

Petition to Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, Judge Peter Cahill

Demand a free and fair trial.

GEORGE FLOYD should still be alive today. Demand Justice. Derek Chauvin will stand trial for the murder of George Floyd in March. The 3 other officers on the scene that day will stand trial in August. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.  We demand a free and fair trial. We demand the Minneapolis Police Officers involved in the murder of George Floyd be held responsible.  We are calling on Governor Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, of Minnesota Attorney General and Judge Peter Cahill to ensure a fair trial. George Floyd was a star athlete in high school, and among the first of his siblings to attend college. He became a fixture in the early days of Houston’s hip-hop scene, performing as a rapper known as “Big Floyd.” Like all of us, he had some ups and downs in his life, but in adulthood, Mr. Floyd became committed to his Christian faith, becoming an active church volunteer and a mentor to troubled youth in his community. Thank you for reading this petition. Please sign and share to help get justice for George Floyd and to prevent more cases of police brutality. Support and Follow us on Instagram: @justiceforgeorge and Twitter: @gfmfoundation, and Facebook: The George Floyd Memorial Foundation for case updates. To further contribute to our work, please consider donating to our cause today:  

The George Floyd Memorial Foundation
25,261 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Kamala Harris, State General Assembly, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President Joe Biden, House Health and Government Operations Committee, Vice President Kamala Harris

Reparations for African Americans Now!

250 years of slavery (12 generations) 90 years of Jim Crow (at least 4 generations) 60 years of Separate but (not) Equal 35 years of state-sanctioned housing discrimination known as redlining Since the first enslaved Africans were brought to America over 400 years ago to build the colonies and then a new nation, their descendants have been dehumanized, pillaged, raped, murdered, and subjected to every possible injustice. This legacy is a crime against humanity that continues to this very day. A few historical facts: Slavery fueled America’s economy. In 1860, enslaved descendants of Africans who were stolen from their homeland were valued at over $3 billion. Conservative estimates value the unpaid slave labor at $50 trillion. In 1862, slave owners in Washington, DC, were paid ($300 per slave/roughly $7,600 today) from the public treasury for the loss of their slaves when slavery was abolished. In 1865, America breached Field Order 15 which granted 400,000 acres of land to formerly enslaved Blacks in 40 acre lots. For three decades, Congress has failed to pass H.R.40, which would study and develop reparation proposals. The time for action is NOW. One of the earliest accounts of a formerly enslaved person petitioning for reparations was in 1783 by Belinda Sutton. "[T]he year 2022 marks the first year the United States will have been an independent nation for as long as slavery lasted on its soil. No current-day adult will be alive in the year in which African-Americans as a group will have been free for as long as they have been enslaved. That will not come until the year 2111." Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents A comprehensive program for reparatory justice would include acknowledgement of this crime against humanity, redress to fundamentally change the conditions of structural, racial economic inequality, a rigorous and accurate curriculum integrated into schools telling the story of America’s history, and action to create an AntiRacist America. Thoughtful reparation proposals and discussions include:    Testimony for HB1201, Why we need reparations, What Is Owed, NAARC Preliminary Reparations Program, Resurrecting the Promise of 40 Acres: The Imperative of Reparations for Black Americans, What Reparations Would Look Like, There is No Middle Ground On Reparations, and the Case for Reparations. See also, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson as "Exhibits A&B" to the case for reparations. America has never taken responsibility for or stopped this ongoing Crime Against Humanity. With this petition we are trying to get the attention of the American people, the US Congress, the President, and state legislatures to uphold America’s promise for African Americans to receive reparations. The petition will support H.R. 40, HB1201, AB 3121, and legislation calling for comprehensive systemic reparations for African Americans. Black people deserve better! America deserves better! Please help us start to right this wrong! Stand with and stand up for humanity! Please sign this petition! Reparations for African Americans Now! A few additional articles: Learn about the many forms of white affirmative action throughout American history from Seeing White S2 E13. What America Can Learn from Germany About Confronting Racism Ben & Jerry Answers 5 Questions About Reparations  Reparations Talk at State Capitals

The AntiRacist Table
8,639 supporters