13 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Tony Martinez, Jessica Tetreau, Cesar de Leon, Joel Munguia, Ben Neece, Ricardo Longoria, Rose Gowen

MOVE Jefferson Davis Monument to Museum

Many cities across the United States of America are removing statues/memorials from public spaces and renaming roads and buildings that honor Confederate leaders. Brownsville has had numerous racist incidents in the past. Our biggest one happened in 1906. Please Google: Brownsville Black Raid. The Brownsville Herald was biased in its reporting. The soldiers involved were later exonerated by President Nixon. We also had a bridge known as "N" bridge and it appeared on local maps with the racist slur. We can only imagine what took place on that bridge. Yes, we are a city full of history and we're proud of it. We can't deny that we were part of the Confederacy. But, what is the purpose of keeping the Jefferson Davis Memorial at Washington Park? It was originally on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Palm Blvd. It marked the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway which never really took off. It was then moved to Washington Park in the 1970s. Hundreds of families enjoy this park, especially during big community events like Sombrero Festival and Cyclobia. What do you think the monument tells families when they are enjoying the park? We have a growing population of African-Americans in this community. This monument does not welcome the descendants of those who were enslaved and oppressed in the past. Our nation fought to unify our country during the Civil War. Sadly, many people did not obtain full rights until the 1960s. We don't need reminders of a bygone era in a space that should be welcoming. We need to stop kissing up to the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy! They claim that it is heritage. Their heritage believes that it was a God-given right to own people. Washington Park currently has three monuments dedicated to: Miguel Hidalgo, Jose Marti, and Jefferson Davis. The first two were liberators. Davis was the opposite. He fought to keep human beings enslaved. He was not a liberator! He also saw mestizos (mixed European and Native American) as inferiors. The majority of Brownsville is mestizo. We don't want it destroyed. We are asking the City of Brownsville and the Brownsville Historical Association to place it in a museum. For many people, this monument represents HATE and feel that it doesn't belong in a public park. Washington Park should be welcoming to ALL people! Please VOTE on relocating it to the Historic Brownsville Museum.

Antonio Castillo
5,701 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Virginia General Assembly, Commonwealth Transportation Board, Governor Ralph Northam

Stop Memorializing a Slave Owner and White Supremacist: Rename Jefferson Davis Highway

Jefferson Davis was hailed as the “champion of a slave society” when he was selected in 1861 to become President of the Confederate States of America. Davis was an unrepentant white supremacist who fervently believed the Southern cause, slavery and segregation were right and just until his last dying breath in 1889. It is therefore outrageous that a major Virginia thoroughfare, Jefferson Davis Highway (aka Route 1) which abuts the Pentagon and other US Capital landmarks continues to bear the name of a morally depraved, non-Virginian who rejected the very idea of a United States.   The back-story of the decision in 1920 to name southern sections of Route 1 after Davis adds to the disturbing legacy of racism in America. At that time, the Daughters of the Confederacy along with US Rep. Earl B. Mayfield of Texas, a close ally of the Ku Klux Klan, began a campaign to attach the name of the Confederate president to Southern roads in a futile attempt to create a transcontinental highway bearing his name. At the height of the Jim Crow era, when lynching of Southern blacks was conducted with regularity and impunity, these advocates of white domination routed a road symbolizing black oppression and enslavement across several predominately black neighborhoods, as if to reinforce the message of racial subjugation. The choice of name is, therefore, an affront to African-Americans and, indeed, all Americans who are repulsed by the evils of slavery, segregation and racism. It's time for the Commonwealth of Virginia, to remove the name of this Confederate leader from all sections of Route 1 in Virginia. Virginia is a state that prides itself on its diversity, technological innovation, leadership in education and progress. The name Jefferson Davis is far from what the state should honor. Let's stop indulging the race haters who named the road after their race hating hero. Let’s change the image of this important roadway from hatred and rename it to memorialize hope and progress. Please sign this petition calling on Governor Terry McAulliffe, the Virginia General Assembly and the Commonwealth Transportation Board to rename  all sections of Jefferson Davis Highway.  

Daniel Zim
4,366 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Sue Dibble, Roger S. Bourassa, Maria Coleman, Ola Hawkins, Norman Sulser, John F. Axselle III, Robert L. Hundley, Jr., Charles Stevens, Michael Gill

Support Change at Lee-Davis High School, Home of the Confederates in Virginia

NOTE: all are welcome to sign the petition, but if you are a Lee-Davis High School alumni, parent of a student in Hanover County Public Schools or Hanover County resident please make a note in your signature. We have a special private petition that includes the names of alumni, students & faculty with graduation dates, e-mail to be added to that private petition. Feel free to sign BOTH! Please DO NOT include hateful or violent language in your signatures. This is a peaceful campaign inspired to uplift the local community and students. This petition contains signatures from a broad coalition including students, alumni, faculty, former faculty, concerned parents of students in Hanover County, residents from across Virginia and others from around the world.  In our preparation, we uncovered troubling facts about the history of Hanover County Public Schools that are now largely erased from public consciousness. We found decades old opposition to these names and mascots led by students as early as the 1960s. Unfortunately, our public schools have long held a negative association with white supremacist groups in our state, including the Ku Klux Klan, who continue to use and glorify Confederate names and symbols at their demonstrations. Other communities and governments across the country have properly confronted the violence associated with these symbols. We agree that now is the time to confront this costly problem ourselves before violence or external forces lead to a more shameful public retraction of these names and mascots. Lee-Davis High School was named and built during a dark era of segregation in our country. In 1959, Lee-Davis High School was built to educate exclusively white students in Hanover County. White students in grades eight through twelve from Battlefield Park and Washington Henry Schools were permitted to vote on the new name and mascot, ultimately the school board finalized the current name and Confederate mascot. This decision was made five years after the US Supreme Court declared separate, but equal segregation to be unconstitutional. Lee-Davis High School would not meet federal integration standards until 1969, ten years after it opened. That decade saw a parallel embrace of Confederate symbols by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups across the country in opposition to the Civil Rights Movement. Their memberships increased under opposition to integration and Confederate symbols were glorified at their public demonstrations. While Lee-Davis remained segregated under a Confederate name and mascot, these same Confederate symbols supporting the legacy of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and the rebel battle flag inspired these violent white supremacist groups in their efforts to keep schools segregated. Later, the construction of Stonewall Jackson Middle School with their Rebel mascot made this negative association more powerful. Across the country, white supremacist groups continue to glorify symbols of the Confederacy. Cities from Baltimore to Charleston to New Orleans have already reckoned with these complicated histories by quickly removing public support for Confederate symbols. We believe that Mechanicsville can also find a way to honor all parts of our history by acknowledging these historical facts and present realities. Right now, images of Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee hang on banners in Lee-Davis High School as symbols of pride. Stonewall Jackson's name is imprinted on sweatshirts and murals next door. Lee-Davis students are taught that a Confederate symbol is a source of pride and the Confederate mascot is met with cheers at football games. We can take it upon ourselves to remove the association with these symbols still used by white supremacists as a source of pride. Today, Hanover County Public Schools are integrated with students from all races and 28 different native languages. This diversity is planned to increase in the future. Our long range plan for 2017-2023 reflects important themes of relevance, equity, relationships and community. Hanover’s mission is to inspire, empower and lead as a student-centered, community-driven school district that assures a quality education for success in a changing world. Hanover agrees that public education must foster equitable opportunities for each child and that students thrive in a safe and secure environment that nurtures the whole child. The long range plan sets forward goals and objectives to 1) provide a community that promotes diversity through awareness, appreciation and understanding, 2) create an environment of mutual trust in which all employees feel supported, empowered, valued and engaged, 3) provide a safe, inclusive environment that engages all students, and 4) evaluate factors that impact the social and emotional safety of students. Continuing to glorify symbols of the Confederacy in school names and mascots directly contradicts these goals, missions and values for the future of Hanover County Public Schools. We are a peaceful coalition that seeks compromise to benefit all parties involved. This necessary process can be long, but we are committed to make it a reality. We seek inspiration from Quioccasin Middle School in our neighboring Henrico County where a peaceful change removed their negative association with Harry Byrd and his tireless support for segregation in Virginia. Members of that community can testify to the positive results following their necessary and economical compromise. We want to work with the school board and Hanover administrators to implement a democratic process to choose a name not associated with or glorified by white supremacist organizations. A neutral name such as Mechanicsville High School or Mechanicsville Middle School are two simple recommendations, but the possibilities are wide. We want to work with the school board and Hanover administrators to propose a reasonable budget to implement these necessary changes, some quickly and others gradually, for the most convenient and economic solution.  

Ryan Leach
2,483 supporters