Petition to Nancy Shaver, Todd Neville, Leanna Freeman, Nancy Sikes-Kline, Roxanne Horvath, Governor Rick Scott
Please don't erase our history in St Augustine
We the people of St Augustine, signing this petition, are in disagreement with Rev. Ron Rawls statement "....to redefine this city and make an expeditious, but correct decision to no longer revere the shameful cause of these symbols by removing them from public spaces". We the residents of St Augustine are concerned that removing such memorials will start a trend that will follow with the removal of other historical markers located in our city. Where does it end? Who else will be offended by memorials, historical markers, religious statues, or statues of previous founders of our city. At our city gates north of town, stands a statue of Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Menendez and his men slaughtered over a hundred Frenchmen in the name of religion. Will his statue be removed because it offends some? Memorials are defined as follows: "something, especially a structure, established to remind people of a person or event: "a monument built as a memorial to those who fell in the Civil War". Memorials are not shameful symbols of our past. Many of the residents in St Augustine have deep roots to families of the original settlers. Our city is very rich in history. People travel from all over the World to visit our city because of our rich history. Removing a "memorial" with the names of fallen soldiers would show a direct disregard for the families of those loved ones whose lives were lost when they were called upon to serve. This memorial was placed in our Plaza in May of 1872, and was to honor the men who lost their lives while serving in the Civil War. As quoted in The History of The Confederate Monument, St Augustine FL: Pg 8 What is remarkable about the monument is that it memorializes no General of the Confederacy or any battle of the war, nor does it acknowledge any great military maneuver. What it does is to memorialize those men from Saint Augustine who died fighting for their beliefs. History teaches us how to learn from the mistakes of others. Please revise or amend variances within our city to prevent further removal of historical memorials, markers, monument or religious statues that are currently in place.
Petition to City of Houston, Sylvester Turner
Remove Houston's 'Spirit of the Confederacy' Monument
Recent events in Charlottesville, Viriginia have shaken America. Fascism and white nationalism are now not only mobilized forces in America but have ambiguous sympathy from the President of the United States. They have used monuments to the Confederacy as rallying points to sow disunity and spread terror. We petition the City of Houston to remove the 'Spirit of the Confederacy' monument in Sam Houston Park. The Confederacy represents not only treason against the United States but a system of institutionalized terrorism against non-white people and a militant defense of one of the most brutal forms of chattel slavery to ever exist in human history. We do not seek to erase this past from our history; what we seek is to erase attempts to romanticize, praise, and glorify this past. All students should be taught the history of the confederacy and the crimes against humanity for which it stood. We should all be reminded of our past so that we can see the present in its full context. For that reason, in its place we propose that a monument be erected to: a) Victims of Slavery, b) Abraham Lincoln, or c) Fallen Soldiers of the Union in the Civil War