Petition to Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Charles Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, John McCain, Kamala Harris, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Rob Portman, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell
The Senate and House should Censure the President
The nation needs to hear one united voice of the House of Representatives and The Senate against white nationalists, nazis, the alt-right, and right wing extremists. The President's remarks over the weekend in public and on Twitter have left the nation wounded and confused. He is backtracking and seemingly trying to protect the very people who are murdering on our soil. Stand up for the constitutional right for Americans to protest without fear of murder or injury and stand up against the KKK and white nationalism. Censure the President and let him and the nation know that our country will not tolerate waffling on hate and domestic terrorism. Let President Trump know where you stand and let us know where you stand- against hate and against violence!
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 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 Charlottesville City Council, Charlottesville Historic Resources Committee
Lynching marker to confront Charlottesville's Stonewall Jackson monument
Petition to urge Charlottesville City Council to appropriate funds for a marker to remember the July 12, 1898 lynching of John Henry James, an African American man from Charlottesville, Virginia. Summary: The City of Charlottesville is engaged in a process of "changing the narrative on race" in our community. Lynchings terrorized African Americans across the South, including Charlottesville. We must acknowledge this history, and remember a victim from our community. Confronting painful events which have shaped us will help us to learn from this past, and to understand how this history continues to impact our present. Details: One of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces’ (BRC) less-noted final recommendations to the Charlottesville City Council for “changing the narrative on race” was to install a marker to remember the July 12, 1898 lynching of John Henry James, an African American man from Charlottesville. This BRC recommendation proposed the following: A cast metal marker manufactured by the Equal Justice Initiative (eji.org). EJI is a national organization which endeavors to recognize the 4,000-plus lynchings which occurred in the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries. EJI provides the marker, and funds for winners of a high school historical essay contest. The city would bear the minimal cost of installing it. · The installation of the lynching marker should be publicized and accompanying activities sponsored in order to fulfill the City Council’s charge to “change the narrative on race” in Charlottesville. · The marker should be visibly positioned as a first step in countering the celebration of white supremacy which dominates our public spaces. · The placement of the marker should be included in instructions to bidders in the City Council’s Request for Proposals for landscape re-design projects. Historical context: Accused of raping a white woman, John Henry James was seized by a mob of 150 people from a C&O train transporting him to the Charlottesville jail. He was then hung from a tree at Wood’s Crossing near Ivy Depot and shot 40 times. Lynchings are one of the most extreme examples of the failure of the criminal justice system to afford black/brown people due process and equal justice under law. Additionally, Mr. James’ body was mauled. “Hundreds of people visited the scene…and many of them gathered relics of the occasion,” namely, the pieces of James’ clothing and body parts which were reportedly cut away and taken by onlookers as souvenirs. According to a front-page article of the Daily Progress, “the people of Charlottesville heartily approve[d] the lynching.” But the Richmond Planet (an African American newspaper) lamented that “the lynching of John Henry James will be far more damaging to the community.” Indeed, such violent acts of Jim Crow oppression achieved their intended effect of terrorizing black residents: until 1890, African Americans had comprised an outright majority of the population of Albemarle County, but as black refugees fled north during the Great Migration, the community shrunk to the 9% minority (in the county) and 19% minority (of the city) that it is today. Proposal: At present, the Stonewall Jackson monument is not going to be removed, remaining at Court Square, provided (as both the BRC and the City Council unanimously decreed) that its “history as [a] symbol of white supremacy is revealed and…park transformed in ways that promote freedom and equity in our community.” The Jackson monument should not be allowed to enjoy flattering, unobstructed sight lines. Therefore, we propose that the lynching marker be placed in the park facing the Stonewall Jackson monument, near the Courthouse lawn. The 1898 lynching of John Henry James occurred within the jurisdiction of the Court of Albemarle, against the rule of law guaranteed by the United States Constitution which Jackson fought to overthrow. Placing the lynching marker there would be a fitting counterpoint to the Jackson monument, would “contextualize [it] in place,” and thus “change the narrative on race,” as recommended by the Blue Ribbon Commission. We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, urge City Council to acquire the EJI lynching marker and to begin the process of installing it in Court Square, facing the Jackson Monument, with all due speed.
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.