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Update posted 3 days 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
273 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to ACLU of Northern California, San Francisco Mayors Office, American Library Association, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco Chronicle, East Bay Times, SF LGBT Center, SF Public Library

Tell San Francisco Public Library to Remove Exhibit of Weapons Intended to Kill Feminists

The San Francisco Public Library unveiled an exhibit this week featuring blood stained t-shirts that advocate “punching” feminists, along with several installations of deadly weapons covered in barbed wire and axes designed to kill feminist women. Materials include riot shields inscribed with the slogan “Die Cis Scum”. Free speech, especially controversial speech, is to be rigorously protected -- but displaying speech, symbols and actual weapons used to intimidate and kill women is not protected speech. This homophobic and misogynistic exhibit must not be welcome in our public libraries because it incites violence against women and lesbians.  The exhibit was launched mere days after the mass murder of women in Toronto by “incel” terrorist Alek Minassian and echoes his philosophy; and weeks after a trans identified male was found guilty of punching a feminist, echoing their justifications.This exhibit is funded by SFPL and created by The Degenderettes, led by Scout Tran Caffee, founder of Trans Dykes: the anti-lesbian Antifa.  The group specifically targets lesbians as “oppressors” of males because they exclude them from their dating pools. The males in the group identify as transgender / genderqueer and consider themselves to be "trans dykes" -- an appropriation of lesbian culture and slur reclamation.Speech can and must be curbed if it is likely to incite violence. The Supreme Court considers few exceptions to the 1st Amendment "well-defined and narrowly limited", but includes defamation, incitement and true threats. The exhibit openly and unapologetically advocates violence against feminists, many of whom are lesbian and/or gender abolitionists, and as such should be removed. We call on the San Francisco Public Library to do 3 things: 1) remove the exhibited weapons; 2) stop deleting dissenting comments on their Facebook Page, and 3) include a radical feminist speaker on their upcoming panel discussion on this issue.   

Scout Finch
3,940 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Essex County College Board of Trustees, Rev. Guyton, Jeweline Grimes, Anthony Munroe, Jeff Lee, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., I Cruz, J Maceri, J L Wright, A C Lewis, C Morales, J Zarra


#ReinstateProfessorLisaDurden to her position as adjunct professor at Essex County College IMMEDIATELY! ABOUT THE CASELisa Durden, producer, filmmaker, media commentator and professor, appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson on June 6th. Carlson insulted her repeatedly (“demented, separatist, Nazi”) for defending the Black Lives Matter movement’s right to have Black only safe space event for Memorial Day. Professor Durden succinctly and cogently defended her principled position and exposed Tucker’s white male fragility for what it was -- a childish tantrum. Less than 48 hours later, Professor Lisa Durden was summarily suspended by Essex County College (ECC), where she teaches media and effective speech.  Without union representation at the meeting, ECC administrators told her that she was suspended because of her appearance on Fox News. She was told to leave the building and not return. Instead of defending Professor Durden’s right to free speech and congratulating her on standing up to racism and sexism, the administration at the Predominantly Black Institution chose to effectively fire this accomplished media professional and educator. Professor Lisa Durden is a lifelong Newark, NJ resident who has given her time and expertise generously to the youth of the city. She has provided highly competitive internships in New York media for Essex County College students for a decade. She was recently honored by the City of Newark for her outstanding work in media with women and young people. Professor Durden has braved racist death threats from the alt right movement to speak truth to power on national television. Why is Essex County College firing a beloved professor for exercising her First Amendment right? In Trump’s America are Black Women professors not allowed the right to free speech? We demand that Professor Lisa Durden be reinstated to her position and given her full course load (12 credits per semester teaching Mass Communications and Effective Speech classes) that she was assigned for the full 2017/2018 academic year. We demand equality for adjunct, contingent and junior faculty in pay and treatment. Nationwide, higher education administrations have created an apartheid system, paying themselves grandiose salaries of $200,000+ while junior, contingent and adjunct faculty are paid peanuts. Adjunct faculty are often forced to sleep in their cars and go on food stamps because they cannot survive the poverty wages and insecure, short term, “at will” employment that colleges force on them. Administrators pit adjunct and full time faculty against each other and use their disgusting treatment of adjunct labor to scare full time faculty into submission. This diminishes the quality of education for students, even as their tuition skyrockets. We demand full equality in pay and treatment among adjunct, contract and full-time, tenured faculty!

Educators & Students United to Reinstate Professor Lisa Durden
2,612 supporters