civil rights violations

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Petition to The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Owners of Monticello

I would like to get a memorial for the slaves at Monticello at their gravesite

The “African American Graveyard” at Monticello sits in the confines of a rotting wooden fence located next to the parking lot surrounded by trees, and poorly landscaped land. The only plaque that points the location out as a graveyard is plastic and sits on one side of the area only visible to those directly in front of it. It almost suggests that visitors have no need to do anything but move right past it, or even step over the low fence to shortcut their way onto the paved path leading to a picnic area. The clear lack of attention to this site is insulting and shameful as compared to the grave site for Jefferson and his recognized family, which memorialized him with a large gravestone and metal plaques titling the area as “The Monticello Graveyard.” The Jefferson graveyard is protected by a large decorative gate and fence, visually signifying a place that must be held in high esteem and is exclusive to those that will respect and properly honor the area. The Jefferson grave site provides obvious contrast from the “African American Graveyard,” which has no proper or cultural emblems symbolic of a memorial or site that would be considered sacred and significant. Until the grave site is properly memorialized those who were enslaved can never be free. They are solidified as Jefferson's property and legacy, as opposed to individuals with their own noteworthy lives.

Eliana Velez
392 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to O.L.A.R.B. Board Members, Steven Frazier, Oakland Raiders, Oakland Raiders Steering Committee

Approve our right to Vote

We the Members of The Original Los Angeles Raiders Booster Club request the Board Members to approve the following: 1) All O.L.A.R.B. Current Members to be able to nominate and Vote on All Board Positions and Bylaws. 2) Have the Right to attend and participate in Board Meetings. 3) Receive Quarterly Financial Reports on how our dues and club proceeds are being spent. We feel this is our basic civil rights as Americans. All other Recognized Oakland Raider Booster Clubs have similar laws in place that give their members these rights. We are the only club that currently does not allow any of these.  Our most current Bylaws state the President and Vice President positions are "to be appointed" but does not state by who. This creates a situation where we cannot vote or elect any new Presidents or Vice Presidents. They also state 4 members including member of the year are to be invited and participate and vote in board meetings. This bylaw  is not currently be followed. Finally Our Bylaws state that our Board's Secretary is our designated Election Officer and in the event of a Board Position vacancy they are to nominate 2 candidates and we the members can nominate any other member including ourselves. This bylaw is not currently being followed. We have not been notified in the past on vacant Board Positions and therefore have not had the opportunity to nominate anyone including ourselves for Board Positions. As a lifetime member of O.L.AR.B I feel it is time to correct these issues immediately for the good of all and is what's best for the club as a whole. We are the greatest fans representing the greatest Team on Earth. The Oakland Raiders. Please join me in helping gain these basic civil rights for my O.L.A.R.B. brothers and sisters so we can move the club forward in a positive unified direction.

Frederick Francia
44 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mary Courtney, Greg Abbott

KIPP illegally charged families hundreds of dollars in annual school fees!

KIPP Update! I used to be a strong KIPP supporter but I am not anymore. KIPP has charged me hundreds of dollars in annual optional fees that they said were required in violation of TEA law. KIPP is not complying with federal law regarding Special Needs children and the education my children have received at KIPP is worse than the schools that they came from. TEA just ruled last week that KIPP must return all fees that were taken illegally from parents over the years. If you know any parents who have been at any KIPP school in the Houston area, please have them contact me, Mary Courtney at 318-779-3420 or Here is my story. My family moved to Houston from Shreveport, Louisiana, in 2013 for better education for my children. My oldest son, goes to KIPP Liberation College Preparatory and my youngest son was going to KIPP PEACE Elementary School. I’ve been one of KIPP Houston's biggest advocates, even as I had to borrow money from relatives to keep up with payments to the charter school. I went to Austin during School Choice Week with Families Empowered, talking to lawmakers about why they should better fund charter schools with the intent of the house and senate representatives incorporating more oversite at the charter and private school level. I volunteered at the Kipp Liberation College Preparatory Campus, during the 2015-2016 school year. It was at that time that I discovered the TEA Public Hearing Video 12.7.16 from KIPP Houston and that I realized the fees that I was paying were supposed to be optional. This was something that wasn’t presented to me in this manner. - KIPP Liberation College Prep and KIPP PEACE Elementary -intentionally tied student fee to a payment plan at the time of registration. After finding out this information I reached out to several community leaders and other KIPP Houston parents who are now furious because they believe we were duped by the charter nonprofit system into paying for what we believe should be a free public education. - Mary CourtneyNEW UPDATES RE: • According to the Houston Chronicle June 29, 2017 Article by Shelby Webb: KIPP charges unallowable school fees, state agency finds. Some of its mostly low-income and minority families paid hundreds of dollars per student each year for things such as reading materials, student supplies, Kipp Through College, Library, accident insurance, extra technology and Kipp parent associations. This has happen at atleast seven location at underserve schools. • On July 19th at 4:53 p.m. I received confirmation from DeEtta at the Texas Education Agency Division of Communications. “Via email” DeEtta stated the TEA appointed Monitor (which is Molly Cordeau, ED.D. she can be reach at 832-330-9385) will spearhead reimbursement to the parents. KIPP is tasked with identifying and reimbursing the unallowable fees. Please let me know if you need anything else. DeEtta -- DeEtta Culbertson Texas Education Agency Division of Communications 512.463.9839 (desk) ISSUES: -KIPP (Eric Kot) stated in the June 29, 2017 Houston Chronicle article that, "no refunds were on the table at the executive level."-Since then Channel 2 has reached out to me confirming Eric Kot statement and will be doing an investigative story. One day during, the week of August 1st- August 4th Channel 2 is also willing to come out and interview with all parents that are wanting their money back and to hear any concern that the community leaders may have to say on this issue. Please comment below, share, do a video, etc. To bring awareness in this movement.For more information please contact Mary Courtney at or 318-779-3420.

Ilive Dean
13 supporters