Petition to Arlington County Board
Take a Stand to Rename Jefferson Davis and Lee Highways in Arlington, Va.
When the author of this petition (an Arlington resident for 10 years) first visited Washington, D.C., as a 12-year-old, he was struck by the fact that two of the first exits one encounters when leaving the U.S. capital city are for Jefferson Davis Highway and Lee Highway in Arlington, Virginia. These roads are named for people who fought the United States in the name of slavery and white supremacy. Recent events, including Dylann Roof's racist massacre of 9 peaceful African American churchgoers and the Unite the Right rally culminating in Heather Heyer's death at the hands of a white supremacist, have shined the light on the shameful history of monuments--including highways--to Confederate leaders. Many of these, including Jefferson Davis Highway and Lee Highway, are relics of a time of segregation and were meant to honor, not simply remember, these leaders. Their legacy and what they stood for are clear. After a history of intentional decisions creating a county still segregated by race and class, Arlington in recent decades has rightfully gained a reputation as a progressive county. The County Board has named two Arlingtonians to a committee studying changing the name of Jefferson Davis Highway. This is not enough. Although Virginia's adoption of the Dillon Rule prohibits the County from unilaterally changing the names of these roads, the County can and should take a stand. The Arlington County Board should affirm that people of all colors are welcome in this county and take a needed, small step to atone for the County's past. We, the undersigned, urge the Arlington County Board to pass a resolution demanding the Virginia General Assembly to change the names of both Jefferson Davis and Lee Highways. Future residents of Arlington County, and visitors to the National Capital Region, should not see the names of white supremacists and traitors like Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee honored in the landscape of a proudly progressive county.
Petition to The Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Terrorism Charges for Vehicle Attack in Charlottesville
America needs to take a stand against all forms of domestic terrorism. The ISIS-inspired use of vehicles as weapons in Charlottesville is clearly an act of terrorism and needs to be prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law. As citizens of the United States, we're demanding that the Department of Justice bring terrorism charges against the driver of the vehicle and all accomplices who assisted in the crime. Furthermore, any organization or group that was involved must be charged with providing material support to terrorism. We stand united with the victims of this attack and ask the attorney general, the FBI and the Department of Justice to act swiftly and decisively on this matter.
Petition to Mitch McConnell, Gary Peters, Paul Ryan
Stop kneejerk removal of Confederate statues!
I am sick of people trying to get rid of Confederate statues and monuments as a kneejerk reaction to a tragedy. This removes the blame from where it should be: the criminal who did this horrible act. These statues and monuments represent history. Furthermore, many Confederates were Against slavery, such as General Lee. Congress do the right thing and ban removal of Confederate statues and monuments, or withhold federal funding to states that do.
Petition to Robert Buckhorn, Rick Scott, Buddy Dyer, Marco Rubio, MIKE SUAREZ, Pat Frank
Remove the Confederate Flag Flying Over I-75 in Tampa, FL
Driving down I-75, everyday we are faced with a symbol of hatred, a flag that was the symbol of the Ku Klux Klan and has always represented terrorism towards African Americans and other People of Color historically until present day. The flag is boasted as the World's Largest Confederate Flag, a memorial created by the Sons Of the Confederate, and stands high above I-75 where it is impossible to not face daily. The constant argument that occurs when fighting for the removal of a Confederate flag and statue is the "preservation of history". What are we trying to preserve? A history of terrorism and treason to this country and the citizens of this country? The confederacy seceded and fought against the union for the purpose of keeping human beings under enslavement. Robert E. Lee, who is attempted to be seen as the benevolent Slavery opposing leader, was the general of the Confederacy, owning slaves and believing that Slavery was necessary for African Americans for the " instruction of the race". He then opposed Voting rights to Freed people during Reconstruction instead fighting to keep voting to ex-confederates. This man is not worthy of being seen as a leader, as long as any other leaders of the Confederacy. That flag should not fly high and displayed as if it represents anything else but treason and terrorism. This past weekend, that flag was flown and carried proudly next to Nazi Flags by participants of a hateful group of individuals who marched about the "cleansing of the ethnic race" and chanted Nazi ideals. A gathering that was violent and ended in the loss of a young woman's life and inhury of many peaceful protesters. That flag is nothing more than a symbol of division, hate and terrorism in the history of this country, in the past and the present. It needs to be removed from sight on I-75 as a form of solidarity and unity in understanding the pain and anger it causes residents of this city, especially those who are the targeted in the hateful movement it represents. In the case we are met with complete opposition for complete removal due to private property laws, we will continue petitioning for the revocation of the County permit to have the flag fly that high or of that size. It SHOULD NOT be visible at all from I-75. Lilia Orengo, Creator of this Petition.
Petition to Joe Platania
Demand Joe Platania Drop the Charges Against Corey Long and Donald Blakney
Eight months have passed since August 12th, the day that white supremacists invaded a community and terrorized everyone in their wake. Although many have already forgotten about Charlottesville and it's impact on those who experienced it, marginalized residents have not stopped facing continual trauma from the horrific events that took place. In particular, three black community members in Charlottesville who stood up against Nazis continue to be targeted by the cops and courts for their involvement in showing up against white supremacy. Charlottesville police charged Corey Long, Donald Blakney and Deandre Harris with various outrageous misdemeanors and felonies. The police and courts wanted to paint a narrative that these defenders were threats to public safety. But we weren't buying that. We showed up with signs, chants and bodies on the day of Deandre's trial and made it known to the public that we won't stand idly by while community protectors are forced to relive their trauma and endure the senselessness of the trial process. The courts ultimately found Deandre rightfully not guilty. But in this town, it never ends. Now, two more of our community defenders await trial. But we don't want to rely on the court system to get justice for Donald and Corey- we want the charges dropped now. Joe Platania, the Commonwealth's Attorney, has the ability to drop the charges and not persue the case. So why won't he? Sign this petition to let Joe Platania know Corey Long did NOTHING wrong. Donald Blakney is a community hero. Urge Joe Platania to drop these senseless charges now. Every show of support for these community defenders counts. There will be no peace without justice. Fighting white supremacy is not a crime.And justice for Corey and Donald comes when Joe Platania agrees to drop the charges. #CoreyLongDidNothingWrong #DropEmCville
Petition to City of Charlottesville
Tell Jason Kessler to leave Charlottesville and never come back
Jason Kessler is the organizer of the largest white power rally in more than a decade, which took place in Charlottesville Virginia on August 12 2017 and resulted in the deaths of three people. Since then, he has done everything except for take responsibility for the horror he brought to our city while continuing to insist that he is, in fact, the true victim of that day. Recognizing that there is no legal recourse that would allow this petition to be enforced, it is presented as a symbol. Hate, intolerance, and white supremacy are not welcome here. Jason Kessler, it's time for you to leave the city of Charlottesville and never, ever return.
Petition to Mayor Ken Moore, City Of Franklin, Board of Aldermen
Remove the Confederate Monument in Franklin, Tennessee
We hereby request that the monument to Confederate soldiers that stands in Franklin, TN be removed by the city in a show of respect for the African American residents of our community and a sign of the social progress that has been made in the past 150 years. We believe that this monument no longer represents the ideals and values that we uphold as a community. Remembrance is important, but a monument celebrating those who would hold others in bondage is inappropriate. Franklin, TN has many things to offer as a community and is a tourist destination for people from all over the world. We find this statue, and its placement at the center of our town, to be an embarrassment. Surely there is a more appropriate person or group of people we could honor than those that would choose to fight a war so that slavery of human beings could continue to be a societal norm. Perhaps a monument to Ben Franklin, for whom our town is named, would be a fitting replacement. Let us show the world that racism and hate have no place in our beautiful town. We have made considerable progress since the Civil War but there is still work to be done and this would be a strong symbol of the desire for racial reconciliation. Removing this statue would show the world that we hold dearly the American values of freedom and justice for all.
Petition to United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the Confederacy
Daughters of the Confederacy.... Remove the Confederate Statue from Tuskegee, Alabama
We the undersigned call on the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) (hqudc.org) to voluntarily remove their confederate statue from the square of Tuskegee, Alabama. This confederate statue does not represent our community, which is 96% African American. Furthermore, we feel that a more appropriate place for it would be in a museum. Due to the violence in Charlottesville, coupled with the removal of several of these monuments from around the country, we the undersigned request that the UDC follow suit and immediately remove the one from our historical city.