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Petition to David C. Thompson, Scott Sutterfield, Brian Acuna, Gilbert Rodriguez

Petition to Free Manuel Duran

Manuel Duran is a Memphis Latino journalist from El Salvador. For over 10 years, Manuel has been reporting news (in Spanish) to the Latinx Community of Memphis on topics like crime, immigration, and city government. On April 3rd, Manuel was doing his job, broadcasting live from a demonstration held by several community organizations protesting the for-profit prison industry, when he was arrested by Memphis Police.  Manuel was wearing his press identification clearly visible. He was with a group of  journalists, all of whom were obeying police orders, but Manuel was the only one arrested. The charges against him were later dropped, and a judge dismissed the case, but instead of freeing Manuel, the police turned him over to the Department of Homeland Security and he is currently being detained in Jena, Louisiana. There has been a lot of media coverage and a huge outpouring of support because Manuel has been the voice of his community and his absence takes a huge toll on the safety and morale of his followers. Manuel was recently granted a stay of departure which means that his deportation is on hold until his hearing. In the meantime, the immigration authorities are considering Manuel's Release while he awaits the judge's decision about his case (which could be months away). Since Manuel has lead a stable life, and is not a threat to anyone, we are petitioning to ask immigration officials for his release to be expedited so that he can be with his family, and continue serving his community as a Journalist while he awaits the next milestone in his case. We would appreciate your support. 

Compaign to Free Manuel Duran
1,460 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to ISD-709 , Bill Gronseth

Duluth school district: Bring back Huck Finn, and TKAM now.

Recently, two books which have been a staple of education were pulled from the curriculum in our schools, left to languish, unread in a dark corner of our library. To say that this is a tragedy is somewhat of an understatement, and what makes this even worse is the outcry from staff and students alike being callously ignored. This brings me to my humble request: place these books which are oh so important back into our classrooms, where we all know they belong. We're not asking for any public apology, any dramatic rescinding of the rules you've set in place, but rather we ask you to simply give the future generations of students at our high schools the education they deserve. Because attempting to erase our history, no matter how uncomfortable, does nothing but condemn us to repeat it. These two books are not only of massive cultural importance, but the lessons they speak are lessons that need to be taught, but a teacher's voice sometimes cannot convey them; therefore stories from the time these issues were more prevalent are needed. These books not only speak of the horrors of racism, but also less prevalent issues, such as the prejudice in our courts, the public's willingness to seemingly ignore the importance of the presumption of innocence in all cases, including sexual assault, along with a slew of others. Always remember: It's a sin to kill a mockingbird, for while you may not care for it's song, so many more may need to hear it. Thank you for your time, Nathan Warner, Senior, EHS

The Concerned students of ISD-709
317 supporters