Petition to Donald Evans, Beatriz Leyva-Cutler
Berkeley Unified School District: Fire Yvette Felarca
On June 26, 2016, Yvette Felarca was caught on video assaulting a man at a white nationalist rally in Sacramento. She punched the man in the stomach repeatedly, before throwing him to the ground. Felarca is a 7th and 8th grade Humanities teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley. Among her responsibilities is teaching the students under her tutelage about the Bill of Rights. Someone who does not believe in free speech should not teach kids about their constitutional rights. Felarca's activity would get a student expelled at best, or jailed at worst. And yet she's meant to be a role model for students. She has repeatedly advocated the use of militant, violent tactics to shut down opponents of her personal political pack, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). They claim that they're "fighting the good fight," trying to stop "fascism" from taking hold in Berkeley. He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. I don't care if they're fascists. As Americans, they have a right to free speech. Assaulting people for their political views is undemocratic, un-American, and unacceptable. In the United States of America, people who disagree argue with each other, or agree to disagree. They do not try to intimidate others into agreeing with them. They do not attack people for disagreeing with them. That's the realm of third-world countries, not the oldest democracy on Earth. By continuing to employ Yvette Felarca, and enable BAMN, the Berkeley Unified School District is subverting democracy. Now, they shelter her, refusing to publicly punish her for actions completely unbecoming of a teacher. I am a Berkeley resident. I went to King. And I am horrified that the BUSD tolerates this behavior. It's common sense. Someone who does not believe in the right to free speech should not teach children about the Bill of Rights. As a supporter of free speech for all, I am petitioning Donald Evans, Superintendent of the Berkeley Unified School District, and Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, President of the Berkeley School Board, to fire Yvette Felarca. To mis-quote Voltaire: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
Petition to Dr. Marc Johnson, President of the University of Nevada, Mary Dugan, General Counsel for the University of Nevada
University of Nevada, Reno fire and expel Peter Cvjetanovic
The University of Nevada, Reno employs a student, Peter Cvjetanovic, who is a self-proclaimed white nationalist. Mr. Cvjetanovic participated in the violent Nazi rally in Charlottesville that led to death and injury of innocent people. The University has a duty to all students to fully investigate Mr. Cvjetanovic's actions in Charlottesville, as well as his participation on the UNR Young Republican's Facebook Page, and any other social media outlets, to properly ascertain if Mr. Cvjetanovic is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
Petition to RODNEY FRELINGHUYSEN NJ DISTRICT 11 REPRESENTATIVE
FASCIST CONGRESSMAN FRELINGHUYSEN MUST RESIGN!
PETITION FOR REMOVAL FROM OFFICE In the matter of Representative FRELINGHUYSEN, 11th Congressional District, New Jersey: Saily Avelenda, an employee at the Lakeland Bank (NJ) led protests against FRELINGHUYSEN about lack of Town Hall meetings, health care and other Trump agenda issues. A handwritten note from FRELINGHUYSEN resulted in her having to resign her job. On March21, 2017, FRELINGHUYSEN wrote a letter to a Mr. Joseph O'Dowd, a board member of the Lakeland Bank. In this letter was an appeal for money. FRELINGHUYSEN also complained about attacks from "organized forces." In a handwritten note at the bottom of his letter FRELINGHUYSEN stated "one of the ringleaders works in your bank". Actions such as FRELINGHUYSEN's can have a chilling effect on American citizens' exercise of their First Amendment right to free speech. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Whereas: The U.S. Constitution, Article VI, clause 3 states: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Therefore: Representative Frelinghausen, by your action to punish an American citizen for the exercise of her Constitutionally granted First Amendment rights, you have violated your oath of office to support the Constitution of the United States. We the undersigned demand your immediate resignation of your office.
Petition to Nampa School District
Earlier today (February 3rd, 2017), Colby sent a picture to a select group of his friends, amounting to 12 people total. The picture in question was of an unrecognizable adult male, wearing jeans, a sweater, and a black beanie, carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle or AR-15 into the Columbia High School cafeteria. Colby had captioned the photo "We boutta die". This picture raised concern among several of the people it was sent to, one who, in turn, informed their teacher. It was inadvertently let slip that Colby was the one who took the photo, and he was promptly called down to the security office. The Nampa School District Facebook page soon released a statement saying that the person carrying the weapon was the CHS Resource Officer, Officer Workman, and that the gun in question was in fact a fake, used only for demonstration purposes. However, as you can see from the picture, it was not immediately apparent that the individual carrying the gun was in any way affiliated with CHS. Additionally, from the distance the photo was taken, there were no visible markings to suggest that the gun was not operational. In response to his actions, the school suspended Colby for 3 days, relieved him from his duties as a student PC technician, threatened to remove him from the school robotics team, and told him there might be additional criminal charges pressed against him. There is an argument to be made that the caption Colby put on the picture was inappropriate, as was his overall handling of the situation. However, I, and many others, do not feel that it warrants anywhere near the punishment Colby has received. In fact, the real issue here is that an adult male wearing nondescript clothing walked into a school openly carrying what appeared to be an operational weapon. If SRO Workman had been wearing his uniform, or if the weapon had been concealed in a case of some sort, this entire ordeal could have been avoided. However, as it stands, neither of those criteria were met, and to an onlooker such as Colby, who as a quality, rule following student, was not familiar with Officer Workman, it seemed as though a random person was entering his school with a gun. For bringing this information to others, Colby was suspended, among many other things. The way Columbia High School and Nampa School District have handled this situation has been unprofessional at best, and should never have happened in the first place. Furthermore, they cited "disruption of education" as grounds for Colby's suspension. There was little outcry over this photo - perhaps some scares within classes, but nothing too widespread. Most people who saw the photo were told it was the SRO. The school did nothing to remedy any supposed panic - the only statement regarding the incident was in the form of a Facebook post. No announcements over intercom, no nothing. They say that Colby disrupted education and scared everyone, but if it wasn't enough for them to come on and say "everything is fine" then it is not enough to press these charges against him.
Petition to U.S. Citizens, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
The ink on Donald Trump’s executive order barring Muslim immigrants from the U.S. is barely dry, but that’s all the more reason to begin calling for his impeachment. If it only took a week for him to issue a blanket ban on immigrants, how much damage he can do to civil liberties and the Constitution over the next few months or year? As the New York Times reported on January 28th, Trump issued an executive order banning all Muslim refugees from Syria, in addition to all immigrants from numerous countries, including Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. The order mandates a 120-day ban for refugees, and a 90-day blanket bank from the countries above. In doing so, he has not only made visible, and without apology, his embrace of the frenzied lawlessness of authoritarianism, he has also put into place an additional series of repressive policies for the creation of what might be called a democracy in exile. Trump’s immigration order is “breathtaking in scope and inflammatory in tone.” Moreover, it lacks logic and speaks to “the president’s callousness and indifference to history, to America’s deepest lessons about its own values.” Given that it was issued on Holocaust Remembrance day points not only to Trump’s moral callousness, if not outright ignorance, but also to the power of chief White House strategist, Steve Bannon, a white-supremacist and anti-Semite, who played a key role in drafting it. And his Attorney General Nominee, Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is a known Ku Kluz Klan sympathizer previously rejected as “too extreme” when nominated for a federal judicial post. It didn’t take long for the courts and activists to spring into action. Thousands of anti-Trump activists spontaneously gathered at major airports to protest detainment of those entering the U.S. 20,000 people flooded Battery Park in downtown Manhattan, New York City, before marching north to Foley Square. Boston, 20,000 protesters jammed into Copley Square to protest President Trump’s actions. Washington, D.C., thousands rallied in Lafayette Square, across from the White House and hundreds at Dulles Airport. Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, 500 people protested. Cleveland, hundreds marched in and around Hopkins International Airport. Someone shared the story of a Cleveland Clinic internal medicine resident doctor, a citizen of Sudan, who had been returning to work after visiting family overseas when she was detained in a room for 10 hours in New York – and then forced to board a plane back to Saudi Arabia. Los Angeles, thousands of protesters converged on the airport. Demonstrators filled the lobby of the international terminal and called for the release of those behind held. People being held were “advised” by federal officials to waive or drop their application for admission and just leave the country “voluntarily” — or else face deportation, which would make it very difficult for them to return to the U.S. Columbus, OH Monday, police pepper-sprayed hundreds after 2,000 people, many students, protested at the Ohio Statehouse. More protests in: Atlanta, Birmingham, Boise, Las Vegas, Honolulu, San Diego, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. Several organizations are now calling for a nationwide General Strike on Presidents' Day - Monday, the 20th of February — including school and work walkouts and stoppages, no buying anything from any commercial business or enterprise, etc., all to show the oligarchy they really CAN’T afford Trump or his draconian policies. And a federal district judge in New York declared that the detainment of immigrants on U.S. soil represented a constitutional violation of equal protection under law. The ban appears to be a blatant violation of the 14th Amendment, which states that “no person” shall be “deprive[d] of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law,” and that the government shall not “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The legal case against the president is growing by the day. The question is how long the public and political officials will wait to hold Trump accountable for his contempt for the Constitution and principles of equality. The assault on the rule of law grows more extreme the longer we wait. The hand of fascism comes down heavier and heavier as the days under the Trump/Pence regime go on. The regime followed up a first week of executive orders to green light the DAPL and Keystone XL pipelines; re-install the global gag order barring health care providers from discussing abortion with patients; announce they are building the wall on the US-Mexico border. They imposed a Muslim travel ban and last night, fired the acting Attorney General who refused to defend this ban because she questioned its legality. In just nine days, the Trump regime has pumped out lie after lie. Trump demonizes all Muslims, devoid of evidence. He promotes the most outrageous lies about the cause and nature of the global refugee crisis. Trump dehumanizes Black people and Mexicans. He insists, against all facts, that the turnout for his inauguration was under-reported. He claimed, and when challenged insisted — without any basis — that “millions” of people voted against him illegally. This is not just a series of lies, this is a war on truth. And in the past few days, top people in the Trump regime and Trump himself have moved to enforce that war on truth. In a statement that unapologetically upheld lying, Trump’s key advisor, Kellyanne Conway, defended Trump’s lie about millions of illegal voters as “alternative facts.” When her quote made it into newscasts, Conway demanded—on Fox News channel—that networks “get rid of” reporters who simply reported what she said. She ranted: “Who is cleaning house? Which one is going to be the first network to get rid of these people, the people who think things were just not true?” And, “I’m too polite to mention their names, but they know who they are, and they are all wondering who will be the first to go. The election was three months ago. None of them have been let go.” This followed Trump saying he was in a “running war” with the media. It followed demands by Trump’s top advisor, Steve Bannon, that the mainstream media should “keep its mouth shut.” And after Conway’s demands, on January 29, Trump himself tweeted that someone “should buy the FAKE NEWS and failing @nytimes and either run it correctly or let it fold with dignity!” These moves by the Trump regime are in line with the Nazi propaganda machine under Hitler. The Nazis used iron-fisted control over the media, including silencing voices of radical resistance, as well as mainstream media that questioned some of Hitler’s lies and actions. The Nazis established an atmosphere of terror to silence critical thinking. All to cover up, or justify, the historic crimes they were committing against humanity. We need ultra radical extremists like these people in office like we need FEMA concentration camps or another Holocaust - but we're probably going to get BOTH (or worse) unless we throw Trump out of office - the sooner the better! Not this time! This is a regime that MUST BE STOPPED!