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confederate flag

22 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Tupelo City Council

Stop the Tupelo City Council from Requiring the State Flag Always Be Flown.

We are proud of Tupelo and acknowledge our City Council's effective governance. But on this one issue regarding the flag, we believe the Council is egregiously wrong and is leading Tupelo in the wrong direction. In response to the mayor using an executive order to remove the state flag from the Tupelo Police Department, an all-white majority in a 4-3 vote approved an ordinance that requires the state flag to be flown on all remaining municipal properties. This ordinance means that neither the current mayor nor any other future mayor could remove the state flag for any reason. WHEREAS, all Christian religious bodies in the state, including the Southern Baptist Convention, Catholic Diocese, MS Episcopal Diocese, United Methodist Church, and Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, have condemned either the public display of the Confederate emblem or called for the state flag to be changed; WHEREAS, the state flag’s origins are explicitly racist, and 41.3% of Tupelo’s people are non-white; WHEREAS, Tupelo has a tradition of forward, progressive thinking reflected in its history, such as its successful integration of public schools, and its institutions such as the CDF, Main Street Businesses, and the Daily Journal; WHEREAS, tourism is a substantial part of the Tupelo economy and the state flag sends the message we are not the "Hospitality State" that welcomes all;  WHEREAS, the Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Manufacturer's Association, and many other economic development organizations have publicly recognized the financial harm caused by the state flag and have called for the flag to be changed; WHEREAS, Mississippi suffers an out-migration of millennials who routinely cite the lack of forward-thinking as one of their main reasons for leaving; WHEREAS, it is highly unusual and suspect to bind the future authority of the office of the mayor and creates unnecessary friction in what has been a harmonious partnership between the Tupelo city council and mayor's office; and WHEREAS, continuing to fly the state flag harms our city in many ways and benefits it in none; NOW, THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED, that the citizens of Tupelo urge their City Council to do the right thing, rescind this ordinance, and move forward in the spirit that has made our community #TupeloStrong.   

Indivisible N.E.M.S.
635 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Salisbury City Council

Save the Fame Statue in Salisbury.

With this recent political wave to remove all things that offend someone I hope you will stand with the many who want the Fame Confederate Statue in Salisbury NC to remain. This statue represents the men who died fighting for a war that the state lawmakers voted to fight. The state lawmakers voted to succeed from Union not the men who fought the war. These brave men died fighting not because they wanted to protect slavery but because their state voted to succeed. Less than 3 percent of them men who fought even owned slaves themselves.  Keeping this statue honors our Veterans. If this comes down, who is next? Congress states Confederate Soldiers are legal veterans.  By Public Law 85-425, May 23, 1958 (H.R. 358) 72 Statute 133 states – “(3) (e) for the purpose of this section, and section 433, the term ‘veteran’ includes a person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, and the term ‘active, military or naval service’ includes active service in such forces.” As a result of this law the last surviving Confederate Veteran received a U.S. Military pension until his death in 1959, and from that day until present, descendants of Confederate veterans have been able to receive military monuments to place on graves from the Veteran’s Administration for their ancestors. A Confederate Veteran should therefore be treated with the same honor and dignity of any other American veteran. I asked the City Council to keep the Fame Statue to honor these men and to help us learn from our history. Whether you feel this war was  good or bad, it is to be embraced, not deleted from our minds and history classes.  When history is forgotten, removed, or ignored it is bound to repeat itself.  This is what a small minority of people want, to brainwash everyone leaving them with no true facts.  This nation learned from its victories as well as its failures, and tearing down monuments and taking away everything that has made us great is a disservice to us all.

Chadwick Kluttz
5,809 supporters