Petition to Mayor Armondo Pavone, Renton Municipal Arts Commission, Diane Dobson, Ruth Perez, Dr. Damien Pattenaude, Chief E. VanValey
Create a Black Lives Matter Mural in Renton, WA
I am a Pakistani American married to a White Man (Mitch Shepherd who served on the Arts Commission for several years) and raising two mixed children in this city we call home, Renton, Washington. One of the things I love so much about this city is its incredible diversity. It makes me proud to live in a place where so many different people come together. I am writing to appeal to you as a citizen of this town. The time is now to take a very open, public stance on how important the Black community is to our city, state and country. When I saw what was created in Washington DC -- a simple mural on a main thoroughfare of the city -- I immediately knew that this is what we must do. Not just here in Renton, but in every single city in this country. Black lives have been sacrificed, discarded, overlooked, over and over again, globally, and more importantly, here on this soil. The idea of using yellow road paint to create a "Black Lives Matter" on a main road in our city, for all to see, plain as day, for the airplanes flying over to notice, for every single person who comes through to know, that this city STANDS with its Black community-- what an INCREDIBLE and BOLD thing to do. I am writing to invite us as a city to set an example for our state, to align the leadership of this city with the Black community. And not at the exclusion of others, but with the understanding that the Black community has suffered for so very long in so many different ways, that they need this inclusion, acknowledgment and firm statement that we are all with them. That we will navigate this together. I dream of a city whose administration, leadership and public art reflects the incredible diversity of this place. A city that my kids will proudly come back to and contribute to. This Project should be a collaboration between the Mayor's office, Renton City Council, Renton Police Department, Renton School District, and the Renton Municipal Arts Commission-- a collaboration of the institutions that make up our city.
Petition to Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Hartford Court of Common Council
Paint "Black Lives Matter" on Main Street in Downtown Hartford
In solidarity with the people of Hartford, the Black Lives Matter movement, and cities across the country (including NYC and Washington DC) we propose that the City of Hartford similarly paint BLACK LIVES MATTER on Main Street, from the former G. Fox building to the Old State House. This spans a section that is heavily traversed by members of all of Hartford's communities. Further examples of locations acceptable for painting would be Capitol Ave from The Bushnell to the State Capitol building, Asylum from Trumbull to Ann Uccello Street, and possibly Farmington Ave in the West End, or Prospect leading to the Governor's Mansion, reflecting the work of the District of Columbia. Black Lives Matter can't be said by enough voices, and it can't be painted on enough streets. Community fundraising is possible if the City is unwilling or unable to afford the costs incurred. Hartford is home to a vibrant arts community. From UofH to the Artspace building to Heartbeat Ensemble, Hartford has been an incubator of great artists for decades, and these voices could and should be heard in the design of this community art project. Closing a section of the street for painting can be done at night, and even if done during daylight hours, would have less negative impact on traffic during these socially distanced times. If there is a time to do it, that time is now. I would like to point out that this is, at the time of creating this petition, already a very popular proposition, and is not mine originally. This is a community swell of voices, and I can only lend mine in support.
Petition to Bill Lee, Thelma Harper, Harold M. Love, Jr., Metro Nashville Council, Tennessee State House, Tennessee State Senate, Nashville Predators, Tennessee Titans, Mayor of Nashville, Mayor John Cooper, Tennessee State University
Black Lives Matter Mural In Nashville on Charlotte Ave/MLK Blvd at the Capitol
On Charlotte Ave and MLK Blvd, directly in front of the Tennessee State Capitol, there should be the biggest showing of support that Nashville has offered. A Black Lives Matter Mural. I feel Nashville is a city that needs to show more support for Black lives and show the world that racism, racial injustice, and the attempted destruction of Black lives will not be tolerated. Many cities are stepping up to show support and I think Nashville should do the same. I believe Charlotte Ave/MLK Blvd, directly in front of the Tennessee State Capitol, will be the perfect place for OUR Black Lives Matter Mural.
Petition to Mayor Bill Saffo, Wilmington NC City Council
We want a Black Lives Matter Street Mural in Wilmington, NC!
After Washington DC painted a Black Lives Matter street mural on June 5, 2020, Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro painted their murals. Wilmington residents want to show support of their Black neighbors too! Proposals were submitted to the city council on June 11 to create a Black Lives Matter street mural on 3rd Street in Wilmington. We heard from the city and met for the first time on July 13. When we met, it was suggested to alter the proposal to create a large art installation (8 foot signs for each letter of BLACK LIVES MATTER painted by local artists) with increased visibility to the street since the city would not consider our first proposal to paint directly on 3rd street. The new location is Jervay Memorial Park, the neighboring block from the original request in front of the 1898 Memorial. All proposals are available on the link at the bottom. Please sign to let Mayor Saffo and the city council know that there are a lot of us on board for this project! We already have dozens of volunteers and all costs covered with private donations so no tax dollars would be necessary. All we need is permission from the city. Every major city in North Carolina was able to complete their murals already. We hope for permission to have our mural completed as soon as possible. This mural already has the support of the local politicians, several local organizations and hundreds of citizens who emailed us and raised money for the effort. We hope to involve the community with the painting of the mural as well as showcase local diverse artists. For more information, please view the WECT and WWAY news articles, or the more recent Encore Magazine article. http://www.encorepub.com/black-lves-matter-sign/ https://www.wect.com/2020/06/11/proposal-paint-wilmington-street-with-black-lives-matter-sent-city-leaders/ https://www.wwaytv3.com/2020/06/12/residents-submit-proposal-to-paint-black-lives-matter-on-part-of-3rd-street/ We presented to the City Council on July 21, 2020. The vote was delayed until August 4. We hope to have a lot of signatures to show them that Wilmington NC believes Black Lives Matter! To see all documents in support submitted to the city https://wilmington.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=25&clip_id=5527&meta_id=214314
Petition to Mayor Michael S. Purzycki, Wilmington City Council
Petition to Paint a Black Lives Matter Street Mural in Wilmington, DE
My name is Nya Nesmith, I am a Black rising senior that attends the Charter School of Wilmington. Some community members and I had an idea to potentially paint a Black Lives Matter mural on the street similar to the ones that are happening in cities all over the US and originally started in DC. We as a community had two places in mind; the Riverfront area (considering that is where the largest protest just occurred) or potentially Market Street. I think this would be a great way to make those in the black community feel welcomed and it would show to those that visit our city, that Wilmington is a city that welcomes all and supports the black community. Sign the petition if you want a mural to happen!
Petition to City of Tulsa, Mayor G.T. Bynum
PERMANENT BLACK LIVES MATTER MURAL - GREENWOOD AVENUE/BLACK WALL STREET - TULSA, OKLAHOMA
Requesting that the City of Tulsa, Mayor G.T. Bynum, allow the temporary BLACK LIVES MATTER mural painted on Greenwood/The Black Wall Street during the Juneteenth Celebration, June 20, 2020, to be made into a permanent BLACK LIVES MATTER mural. The mural on Greenwood Avenue/The Black Wall Street will serve as a constant reminder of the need for continuous change and honor the lives of those that were lost and forever changed due to the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot (also referred to as the Tulsa Race Massacre). The Tulsa Race Massacre took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of white residents attacked black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It has been called "the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.” The Greenwood District/The Black Wall Street has never recovered, however, the mural will serve as a constant reminder of what was and what can be, promote growth, be uplifting and retain the history (in the remaining portion of the District) while continuing to instill pride in the area.