Petition to Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, U.S National Park Services, Mike Pence, U.S. Governors
Stop the removal of historical Confederate Monuments.
These monuments are a reminder of what our country had to go through to become whole again. Many of these monuments are not only in dedication to the men who served in the Confederacy but they also served in the US army pre-civil war. It is important to save these monuments for future generations to see these monuments and learn about them and the men who gave everything for a several causes. These were brave men, good men and religious men. I beg the President, Vice President and the US Supreme Court to stop the purge of our American History in our cities and towns across the south. I urge President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the U.S. Supreme Court to sign a bill into law protecting these monuments, all military monuments from removal. Please save our history.
Petition to Bill Haslam, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker
Keep Confederate Monuments in Tennessee
Tearing down monuments of the Civil War disrespects the blood shed by Tennesseans for the cause of state's rights. We realize that the Civil War was not fought over slavery, but history is already being rewritten to falsify that. We must remember, blacks as well as whites fought on the Confederate side. Once we start destroying monuments, there will be no end to it. . . Please don't fall weak to the pressure being applied by liberal problem-makers and those that seek to destroy our nation!
Petition to Karl T. Pernell
Remove Symbol's of White Supremacy in Franklin County, North Carolina.
While growing up in rural North Carolina, I can remember shopping in town on Saturday mornings as a child. The KKK (Ku Klux Klan) would march from the Confederate Statue on N. Main St., through downtown Louisburg, this was in the 70's. Now today, knowing that the Statues and Monuments around the Country represents White Supremacy, American Terrorist, that upholds the Confederacy. All of the Atrocities(Evils) alone is indeed more than any reason why they need to be taken down. Honoring bigot's of The Confederacy, that was fighting to keep Blacks in Bondage (Slavery), this is another reason why people all over the Country have started taken a stand. Many Black Americans have lost their lives, due to this type of mind set called "Hate," which was/is a big burden to bare in the past and present day. Now, if we turn on the TV, we can see other types of reminders all day long, so why do we need to drive down the street from our homes to be reminded? If a community ever plan on fully bridging the gap, it can never fully happen, while some people are still holding on to an old way of thinking. Personally, I thought America had grown past this type of mindset, holding on to Monuments and Statues that represent "Hate," shows otherwise, The Truth. True understanding has to began some where, it's clearly time out for those relics of the past. If we are to ever move forward, "Take the Confederate Statues and Monuments Down" and let the past be the past. No one can change history, but Statues can be Removed. If people would like to learn about the Confederacy, that's what the Library's for, there are books written about this subject located there. Remember, when this Statue was installed, Blacks from the community didn't have a voice, nor could they fight back against such foolishness, but today we are the voices for our ancestors. This Statue stood for Hate and White Supremacy then and it stands for Hate and White Supremacy Today. In my opinion, not much has changed in Franklin County, from the day of installment to the present day. It's time to Remove this Statue in Louisburg, North Carolina. Located on N. Main St.!
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.
Petition to Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, Mary Margaret Whipple
Virginia is for Lovers, not new Confederate statues
Virginia is moving ahead to build a new statue to honor a woman most have known as the "Angel of the Confederacy". While the purpose of the commission is to honor Virginia women's achievements, a new statue for a revered Confederate is no longer tolerable. Sally Louisa Tompkins was positioned for this honor due to her groundbreaking hospital that treated Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Even VA Governor Northam has said recently that Sally is not being honored because she was a Confederate soldier - however, it is no longer possible to ignore her connection to a cause celebrated for its desire for slavery to continue. Three chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy are named after Captain Sally and she was buried with full military honors in 1916. Her name is synonymous with the Confederacy and with the white supremacists who will cheer mightily if her likeness is erected on state grounds. Charlottesville was the point of no return for this country. We can no longer ignore the hatefulness and white supremacist connections of these monuments. All across the country, cities are tearing down these memorials of the days of Jim Crow - not standing up new ones. Virginia doesn't need a new statue of a Confederate soldier no matter what the rationale. Join us and let the Virginia Women's Monument Commission know that they need to replace Sally Louisa Tompkins with a non Confederate woman of achievement - there are many. Sincerely, Barb Hale member of Grassroots Alexandria
Petition to Peter Onoszko, Jane M. Tabb, Patsy Noland, Josh Compton, Caleb Wayne Hudson
Relocate a Confederate Soldier plaque from our Jefferson County Courthouse.
As a citizen of Jefferson County West Virginia, it is troubling to see a plaque honoring Confederate soldiers posted on our county courthouse building! This petition is simply asking that the plaque, described in this recent Washington Post article, be removed from public's passive display and peacefully relocated to a museum or other appropriate place where such history belongs. Jefferson County is rich in history from Harpers Ferry National Park, to our county seat of Charles Town, named after George Washington's brother, to Shepherdstown, home of Shepherd University. While the Washington Post article points out several citizen observations (no equivalent Union solider plaque, Courthouse was destroyed by Confederate soldiers), it was the response from the Commission that too was troubling. The Commission denied the peaceful request, cited a "radical minority", and then scrapped a citizen committee to further study the issue.
Petition to City Commission of Lakeland
Relocate the Confederate Monument in Lakeland's Munn Park
We, the Undersigned would like our voices heard as proponents of the removal or relocation of Lakeland's Confederate statue in Munn Park. Whereas We, the Undersigned, wish to honor and respect every fallen soldier who died in honorable service to our country; Whereas We believe Munn Park is not an appropriate location for a military memorial, lacking the solemn atmosphere for genuine reverence, respect, or reflection; Whereas no specific battle or military incidents occurred in Munn Park or downtown Lakeland; Furthermore, We the Undersigned wish to promote downtown Lakeland as a vibrant community center; Whereas We believe a re-envisioning of the monument area in Munn Park will elevate and aid the promotion of downtown Lakeland as a commercial, retail, and recreational destination; Furthermore, We the Undersigned wish to protect all citizens and visitors to downtown Lakeland; Whereas Confederate monuments across the United States have become public safety liabilities, putting families, residents, and visitors in the path of conflict; Therefore We, the Undersigned, propose that the Confederate monument in Munn Park be removed or relocated to an appropriate location to be determined; Where it will not be inappropriately used as a jungle gym or picnic table; Where there is appropriate space and atmosphere for quiet reflection; Where it will provide the greatest opportunity for downtown Lakeland to thrive.
Petition to University of Oregon
LET'S GET THIS RACIST MURAL IN A FEDERALLY- FUNDED UNIVERSITY LIBRARY REMOVED! #TEARITDOWN
MURAL BOASTING THE PRESERVATION OF WHITE SUPREMACY IN PUBLIC LIBRARY OF A FEDERALLY-FUNDED UNIVERSITY As a college student, it is common for me or anyone else at any point in time to need to end up in the library. Being a student at the large, federally funded public university, the University of Oregon, it can be a place that people spend a significant amount of their college career at. The library is supposed to be a place of learning without fear or distraction. Upon entering the Knight Library, the largest and most trafficked library on our campus, in order to go upstairs (which we all obviously have to do at some point), the West stairwell features a mural that is riddled with racist and white supremacist undertones. The mural reads as follows: THE MISSION OF A UNIVERSITY The University process is a social process that does not stop short of transforming men. To achieve such profound results it must utilize the principle of all for each and each for all directed to the highest ends of life. Its organization must evoke the most intimate interplay of thought & purpose. It must amount to a life process fully socialized. From now on it must be a climb if our nation is to hold its position among the nations of the Earth. It means conservation and betterment not merely of our national resources but also of our racial heritage and of opportunity to the lowliest. This must be our passion and the universities must be its prophets. Frederick George Young B.A. LL. D. 1858-1929 Professor of Social Science and Dean of Sociology 1895-1928 I have bolded the portions that I, as well as a number of my concerned peers, found to be extremely offensive and degrading to students of color, denigrating our very existence on this campus. Upon reading this mural, I immediately felt unwelcome and disconnected from a sense of fellowship and safety in the space meant for learning. The argument that these professors lived in a “different time” or any other sort of euphemistic jaw-flapping is just given to excuse the existence of overtly racist statements and symbols. This mural has no place in 2017 on the campus of a public university. It is not as though the campus library is an anthropological museum, documenting the racial grievances of a past generation, serving as a reminder to not repeat history. This is a library in a public university, whose contents and purpose serve to facilitate the pursuit of education and encourage acceptance for everyone who seeks knowledge to be able to gain it without fear of reproach. The placard stands at nearly three times my height and is impossible to avoid when going up the stairs. It serves as a constant reminder to myself and other students of color that we are not welcome here. We are not meant to be a part of this university. We are “the lowliest”, being thrown a bone in order to humor the university and bolster its ability to boast of its percentages of racial minorities. This façade of inclusion and diversity is shameful and hard to justify in the 21st century. The mural was created in 1937 by the former University of Oregon art professor, Nowland B. Zane featuring the words of Frederick George Young, the dean of the School of Sociology at University of Oregon from 1919 until his death in 1929. Not much else is written about about these two individuals in terms of their personal opinions on race and preservation of whiteness on the campus, but Oregon being a historically white state, it can easily be deduced what is meant by conservation of "racial heritage". Oregon proclaimed themselves a "whites only" state, banning the "N*gro and Mulatto" beginning in 1859, and the statute was not technically removed from the books until 1922. Also, the 15th Amendment was not ratified in Oregon until 1959. Not to mention, racial discrimination in public accommodations was completely legal until 1953. This is not the only time way in which the University of Oregon has participated in tacitly racist behavior. There used to be several academic and residence halls named after individuals either who were involved with the KKK or were Klansmen themselves. The University begun a half-hearted attempt to change these names in response to some pushback. However, in the year 2017, there still remains a hall named after a Confederate officer Benjamin Hawthorne, as well as another mural in the same library that depicts overtly racist social darwinism. These subtle forms of racism may exist undetected by the untrained eye, but for those already deeply impacted by the current resurgence of racially-charged aggression, these symbols and ideations are insulting and detrimental to their learning environment. It’s not as though there aren’t any other perfectly good and historically significant artwork that could replace it. Hell, even a toddler’s crayon drawing of a cat would be better than what is there now. So f*ck it. Let’s let University of Oregon know it’s time that we #TearItDown