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 Senator Charles Schumer
Demand Senator Schumer Take ACTION Following Charlottesville
Five days after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia: * Not one arrest has been made for Saturday's assault of Deandre Harris, though two of the white supremacist assailants were positively identified several days ago. * Other than putting out statements condemning the white supremacist violence and Trump's vile comments, no ACTION has been taken by Democratic leadership. Please stand with me to demand today that Senator Charles Schumer 1) ORGANIZE and LEAD an urgent, **sustained** national effort to oust Trump's three known white supremacist advisors: Bannon, Miller, and Gorka; and 2) Demand that the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Charlottesville Chief of Police oversee the immediate arrest and criminal charging of Mr. Harris' assailants. These are actions that Senator Schumer and Congresswoman Pelosi could have — and should have — already led. We the people most not allow our representatives to remain passive as Nazis consolidate power in the White House and violent, known white supremacists remain free. UPDATE: I spoke with the senator's office again at about 4:45 last night to tell them I would forward the petition to his office today. Within 30 minutes, likely by coincidence, Schumer had tweeted: "I will not let Pres Trump/Steve Bannon off the hook for refusing to unequivocally denounce white supremacy/neo-Nazism/other forms of bigotry" My answer? "@SenSchumer What does that MEAN in ACTION? What are you calling on us to DO with you to make those words meaningful? Words are not enough." Please keep this petition moving, my friends. Sign and share to send the message that along with tens of millions of Americans, you demand leadership and focused action, not just platitudes. EIGHT people have been arrested for pulling down the Confederate statue in NC. Not ONE PERSON has been arrested for the assault of Deandre Harris. The videographer who captured the assault on video has not been asked by VA police to share his footage. The life of this black man is of less importance than a white supremacist fantasy fetish. That doesn't reflect the values of the country I want to live in. Help me pressure our leaders to directly and urgently acknowledge and speak out about this injustice.
Petition to Mark Warner, Tim Kaine
Replace Robert E. Lee's statue in the U.S. Capitol
In 1909 the US government asked every state to send two statues of people that represented their state. Please note that in 1909 the president was Woodrow Wilson and Jim Crow laws were still in effect. The Commonwealth of Virginia chose two people, George Washington, the father of our country, and Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate armies during the Civil War. The halls of Congress are the heart of Democracy in our country, they represent our values and our principles, and in 2017 we still have a statue of a Confederate general there, representing Virginia? I would like to ask the senators of Virginia, Senator Warner and Senator Kaine to recall the statue of Robert E. Lee and replace it.
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 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.
Petition to Charlottesville City Council
Stop displacement and expand affordable housing for extremely low-income people
Dear Members of City Council: Charlottesville faces a state of emergency due to displacement and lack of affordable housing. The needs are dire, and gentrification continues to rage through our neighborhoods. As city government focuses on projects such as updating the Comprehensive Plan, proposing a Form Based Code, conducting a zoning audit and redeveloping the Strategic Investment Area, we write to urge you to shift focus to preventing displacement and expanding housing for extremely low-income people. We applaud your efforts to establish a Rental Assistance Program, but the crisis is greater than what this program can bear. Therefore, we urge you to do the following: 1. Immediately act on emergency measures to promote housing stability and affordability. The city should do all it can to promote development of affordable housing for extremely low-income people (e.g., incentives to developers). Progressive zoning reforms, real estate tax deferment for low-income homeowners, rent control, voluntary rent increase guidelines and similar programs also deserve the city’s support, even if those changes require permission from the General Assembly. We are not the only city facing these problems, and we can learn from others’ successes. The City should also promptly conduct a study to examine displacement and at-risk areas before embarking on further redevelopment or in-fill plans, and create and implement a Racial Equity Policy that requires an impact assessment for development projects costing over $500,000. 2. The voices of all Charlottesville residents should drive city policy outcomes. The City should increase outreach to more of our lowest income neighbors and ensure responsive policies reflecting residents’ needs and priorities. The current Comprehensive Plan states the city’s affordable housing goal is 15%. However, in a city growing and changing as rapidly as ours, that is far too low. We urge you to engage in one-to-one and neighborhood meetings to gain input from people with incomes under 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI), so that the community engagement includes all of the voices in the city, especially those who are most vulnerable to continued loss of affordable housing. Median monthly rent in Charlottesville is now about $1,625; the median home sale price is over $313,500. These values are completely unaffordable for most of the core workforce of our com-munity. In the Strategic Investment Area, home for several subsidized and public housing sites, city data show the effects of gentrification: the African American population dropped over 12% be-tween 2000-2012. Without immediate action, City Council will be implicitly supporting displace-ment, destroying Charlottesville’s racial diversity and heaping additional injustice on the same communities who, due to urban renewal, suffered economic and social devastation in the past.