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diversity and inclusion

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Petition to Congress, President of the United States

Change the motto of the United States

The official motto of the United States of America is In God we Trust. This motto represents our country very poorly. How can we, as citizens of the US, call ourselves a melting pot and have a motto such as this? In God We Trust is blatantly exclusive. It also could imply that we don’t need to solve our problems, and rather rely on God.  I am asking Congress to propose legislation that changes the US national motto from In God We Trust to E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One). E Pluribus Unum was the motto of the United States for 174 years, until it was changed in 1956 to In God We Trust. The reason for the change was that The Star-Spangled Banner contains words similar to In God We Trust. The wording of the Star-Spangled Banner was prioritized over the Constitution, the foundation of our country!  Changing the motto will inspire us to separate religion from what should be purely governmental rituals such as the inauguration ceremony, where presidents are traditionally sworn in on the Bible and religious prayers are said.  Your signature matters! By signing this petition, you will help raise awareness of the fact that our country needs a motto that motivates and unites us. It does not need a motto that promotes religion by law.  Whether are an American or not, I hope you will agree that America needs a different motto and sign this petition. Support us on our journey to leave In God We Trust to the history books.  Help this process along by sharing this petition or writing a letter to your representative (find them here - https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative)

E Pluribus Unum
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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Dr. Lewis Ferebee, Dr. Drewana Bey

Time for a New Name for D​.​C.'s Woodrow Wilson High School

We, the undersigned, call on D.C. Public Schools to change the name of Woodrow Wilson High School to one that better reflects the school’s values of diversity, inclusion, and equality of aspirations for students of all colors and backgrounds.  President Woodrow Wilson, the nation’s 28th President, is remembered as a progressive, internationalist statesman and one of the nation’s great presidents.  Yet Wilson was also a committed segregationist who -- unlike many of his predecessors or successors -- put his racism into action through public policy, in ways that were particularly harmful to the District of Columbia and its residents. Until Wilson took office in 1913, employment by the federal government was an engine of growth for the Black middle class in the District of Columbia.  Wilson’s Administration presided over implementation of Jim Crow policies and white supremacy at the heart of the nation: overseeing demotion and firings of Black workers, isolating them in “Negro corners,” forcing them to use “colored” toilets, and erecting “Whites Only” signs in federal buildings.  Under the systematic purge approved by Wilson, virtually all Black federal workers were removed from management responsibilities, moved to menial jobs or simply dismissed.  As a group of Wilson teachers wrote in a 2015 petition, “we do a disservice to all students by remaining uncritical and silent on the legacy of Woodrow Wilson.” We are committed to finding a better namesake for the school who embodies the values our students, families, faculty, alumni and city as a whole aspire to uphold every day, and we call on D.C. Public Schools to join us in this effort. Want to know more about Woodrow Wilson’s policies, the destruction of Reno City, and Woodrow Wilson High School? For more information, visit us at renamewilsonhs.org and follow us on Twitter @history_dc.  

DC History & Justice Collective
22,777 supporters