Topic

Confederacy

12 petitions

Update posted 3 days 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 cross the United States of America are removing statues/memorials from public spaces and are also renaming roads and buildings that honored Confederate leaders. Brownsville has had numerous racist incidents in the past. Our biggest one happened in 1906. Feel free to Google "Brownsville Black Raid". The newspaper was very 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 in 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 Jeff Davis Memorial Highway which never really took off. It was then moved to Washington Park (not sure when). 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've been 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 thought that it was a God-given right to own people. This is not right. 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
5,301 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Shirley Weber, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Autumn Burke, Holly Mitchell, Steven Bradford

GET CALIFORNIA NAKED FOR CALIFORNIA LOVE: BILL FOR A NEW SEAL

Say her name: Queen Calafía-The Real Black Amazon in the Great Seal of California, yet isn't depicted at all and has been dethrowned from her rightful place as California's ruler. Mission: Get Queen Calafía's California naked to strip and loose the historical inaccuracies to gain and show the truth for acceptance of their Black Queen Calafía's California love. Show this by fixing inaccuracies, promoting and adding the name to current or future plans. ATTENTION DID YOU KNOW THE STATE SEAL OF CALIFORNIA WAS DESIGNED BY A  UNION TURNED CONFEDERATE VIRGINIA SOLDIER WHO MURDERED CHIEF TUSKEGEE’S SEMINOLE INDIANS & BLACKS IN THE SEMINOLE INDIAN WAR AND MEXICANS IN THE MEXICAN AMERICAN WAR? DID YOU KNOW WONDER WOMAN® IS REALLY THE BLACK QUEEN CALAFÍA AND ROMAN MINERVA IS REALLY SUPPOSED TO BE THE EGYPTIAN GODDESS NÊITH IN THE GREAT SEAL OF CALIFORNIA; BOTH SHOULD BE ANCIENT BLACK WOMEN IMAGES? DID YOU KNOW CALIFORNIA REALLY MEANS A GOLDEN ISLAND OF STRONG, BEAUTIFUL, COURAGEOUS, & HARD-WORKING BLACK WOMEN RULED BY QUEEN CALAFÍA  ON AN ISLAND OF GOLD FROM AN ANTICIENT SPANISH NOVEL?  BACKGROUND 155 YEAR OLD QUESTION REMAINS UNANSWERED: "Observe, O reader, that, although very black, and very large, she is very beautiful.  Why has not Powers carved the statue of California out of the blackest Egyptian marbles?” Rev. Edward Everette Hale, (see  www.caliisme.com). Hernan Cortes believed in this mystical island of black Amazon women and transferred the name from the romance novel to real land. ISSUES -LIFT THE VEIL OF IGNORANCE ON THE CONFEDERATE CA SEAL The hidden “C” in California: the seal is a Confederate symbol drawn by a Virginia Confederate soldier who obviously wanted to mask the real “C” in California- its Chocolate ladies! The Great Seal of The State of California shows a Roman goddess Minerva when it should have been its black Queen Calafía's namesake of the all black woman Amazon island called California originating from the Spanish romance novel. The Senate of California is deliberately carrying forward this historical inaccuracy.  California has been such a progressive beautiful example of removing divisiveness (see www.caliisme.com/news ) and now needs to be fixed to right a wrong.  We need legislative action in a directive bill to change the seal to a new representative seal. LEGAL ISSUES Enough is enough! When credit is due, credit should be given. When something is red, don’t call it blue.  Period. The Confederacy lost the Civil War and we are now the United States of America.  Thus, the Confederacy should not be writing America’s history.   Separate claims under separate sources of law that could potentially arise under the Constitutions of America (14th Amendment) and California.  The seal is stiched into police uniforms and engraved in judicial courtrooms.   STOLEN LEGACY  Symbols are representative agendas of what is actually happening now.  Hidden symbols are powerful hidden agendas (i.e. the swastika, the Confederate symbols) that masquerade and hide hate, perpetuate lies, targeting, profiling, discriminating and destroying families (i.e. see disproportionate poverty, federal imprisonment rates, cycles of centuries of repetitive sentiments ̶ Slavery to Chief Tuskegee’s Seminole Indians Wars to Trail of Tears to the Jim Crow era to the Black Wall Street to the Civil Rights movement to the Tuskegee Experiment to the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis to Black Lives Matter to recent Charlottesville, Virginia tragedy).   Black history has already been stolen via white oppressors from Slavery.  California is now our oldest, most ancient treasure and currently is a slap in the face to see the current seal knowing the truth. “The chief witness in Reconstruction, the emancipated slave himself, has been almost barred from court. His written Reconstruction record has been largely DESTROYED AND NEARLY ALWAYS NEGLECTED.”— W.E.B. Du Bois from the book Black Reconstruction ACT We may not can do everything, but we can do something (Rev. Hale's revised quote- see www.caliisme.com ).  If this information was educational, please sign our petition, or call black California assemblymember Dr. Weber's office at: (619) 531-7913 or email her assistant at: Lee.Hernandez@asm.ca.gov to request items 1-6 below,  spread the word via the website and educate your children or  buy a T-shirt that has a new representative seal to show and take pride in your real heritage in the meantime and step into your heritage fashionably.   READ  See  www.caliisme.com/act for 1- why the etymology, origin, and definition of the name “California” is a golden nugget of truth and 2- legal isses in detail

California Is Me
6 supporters
Update posted 2 months 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 LDHSChange@gmail.com 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. I am an alumnus of Lee-Davis High School named after Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis leaders in the Confederate States of America. The website homepage says 'Lee-Davis High School | Home of the Confederates | Tradition & Pride | The Lee-Davis Way.' (Link: http://bit.ly/2waulUS Banners with the image of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis hang in the hallways and gymnasiums with the phrase Tradition & Pride. The mascot is the Confederate soldier and has been symbolized in various ways including a Confederate soldier costume and a student in Confederate uniform who would ride a horse across the football field. During my time there cheerleaders would chant 'Go, Confederates!' at football games and spell out the mascot's name. In 1959, the new Lee-Davis High School was completed and drew students in grades eight through twelve from Battlefield Park School and Washington-Henry School who were permitted to vote on the new name. Hanover County Public Schools confirms online that schools were not integrated until 1969, 10 years after the high school opened. Therefore, the name was chosen only by students at two segregated high schools in the county (Link: http://bit.ly/2xbSbw0 We acknowledge that Hanover County Public Schools have changed already and seek to embrace this change by changing the school name and mascot to a symbol not associated with white supremacist activities. The schools are now integrated with students from all races and 28 different native languages (Link: http://bit.ly/2uZMoZK This diversity is planned to increase in the future. Hanover County Public Schools released a long range plan for 2017-2023 with important themes of relevance, equity, relationships and community (Link: http://bit.ly/2ieh4of Hanover County aims to inspire, empower and lead as a student-centered, community-driven school district that assures a quality education for success in a changing world. They admit 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 social, cultural, emotional and educational equity to maximize student potential, 2) provide a community that promotes diversity through awareness, appreciation and understanding, 3) provide diverse learning experiences that address students' interests and goals, 4) create learning environments that promote student voice and choice, 5) embrace innovation in all aspects of education by developing new ideas, exploring opportunities and implementing strategies, 6) encourage risk taking, 7) create an environment of mutual trust in which all employees feel supported, empowered, valued and engaged, 8) promote a culture that inspires and recognizes excellence, 9) provide a safe, inclusive environment that engages all students, 10) evaluate factors that impact the social and emotional safety. Moving forward with a Confederate mascot at Lee-Davis High School named after two Confederate leaders directly contradicts these long-term goals and the mission of the Hanover County Public School system. The name and mascot all contradict Lee-Davis High School's own mission to prepare students for success in future academic, social and business endeavors in a global society by providing an atmosphere that supports the cooperation of administrators, teachers, students, and parents (Link: http://bit.ly/2waulUS There have been multiple unsuccessful efforts to change the name and mascot dating back to the 1970s. While attending the school I was embarrassed and ashamed to have the name and mascot, but the recent use of Confederate symbols by white supremacist groups and the KKK led me to start this petition. In August, a collective of various white supremacist groups used Confederate symbols and imagery at a protest that resulted in the death of an innocent Virginian in Charlottesville, Virginia. A public school should not have a name or mascot that is glorified by violent white supremacists. Our aim with the petition is to address the use of the Confederate symbols and imagery by white nationalist and KKK groups to promote white supremacy. We aim to address this negative association with the name of Lee-Davis High School and their Confederate mascot and hopefully seek peaceful compromise and change of both the schools name and mascot. Already efforts have been made to remove the word Confederates from sports uniforms, athletic wear and cheers. We support these efforts and seek further change. Hanover County Public Schools also says that they are open to comments about the name and we seek to work with them and members of the community to do this in a peaceful and low cost way. We seek to emulate the peaceful transition of Harry F. Byrd Middle School to Quioccasin Middle School in Henrico County in 2016. Personal Message: To friends and family who are offended by the idea of this change, I want to be clear -- I do not wish to suppress the use Confederate flags and symbols in the privacy of your own home or at events where everyone has free choice to attend and honor the memory of those who died fighting for the Confederacy. However, this is a PUBLIC SCHOOL where students (including me) have been required to attend and look at these symbols every single day when they DO NOT support the legacy of the Confederate States of America. I know if I was uncomfortable with the legacy of this name/mascot that other students probably still are too. I hope you see the difference between this thoughtful compromise and suppression of culture/heritage/free speech. Better to deal with this costly problem now voluntarily than to face a embarrassing and shameful retraction of the name and mascot in the future.

Ryan Leach
1,117 supporters