Petition to SP KOTHARI, David Schmittlein
Prof. SP Kothari- Withdraw from Participating in World Hindu Congress 2018
We, the undersigned, appeal to Prof. Sriprakash Kothari to withdraw from his role as Chair of the World Hindu Congress 2018 (WHC). Prof. Kothari is the Gordon Y Billard Professor of Accounting and Finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-Sloan School of Management, and his participation in the WHC is not commensurate with the core values of MIT or with broader humanitarian values of inclusion, diversity and respect for life. The World Hindu Congress is being organized in Chicago, September 7-9, 2018. The stated purpose of WHC 2018 is: “...a global platform for Hindus to connect, share ideas, inspire one another, and impact the common good”. The real objective of World Hindu Congress, however, is to legitimize and embolden the hate groups affiliated with India’s fearsome Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, to raise funds and to network internationally to further push their agenda of hate and violence. Officially, the World Hindu Congress is being organized by the World Hindu Foundation (based in Gurgaon, India). But going through the names of WHC’s Organizing Committee, it becomes amply clear that the real organization behind the event is Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America or "VHPA" (World Hindu Council of America), along with the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh or HSS, the official U.S. arm of the RSS. "VHPA" is the American arm of the nefarious Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), an RSS affiliate organization whose role in various incidents of communal violence in India is very well documented. VHP is also officially classified as a “militant religious organization” by the U.S. administration. The parent organization of the VHP, the RSS, and its followers have been known to be ardent admirers of Nazis and especially of Hitler. The second chief of RSS, late M.S. Golwalkar wrote in his seminal book ‘We or Our Nationhood Defined’ - "...German race pride has now become the topic of the day. To keep up the purity of the race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic Races - the Jews ... a good lesson for us in Hindustan for us to learn and profit by.". The VHP and its sister organization, Bajrang Dal have a long track record of intimidation of minorities, incitement of hatred and violence, and are linked to many acts of terror in India which have been documented by the Indian and international media, as well as Indian and international human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, etc. The political party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the political arm of the RSS. Since the BJP came to power in India in 2014, there have been 100+ mob lynchings of minorities, including members of Dalit and indigenous communities by these extremist organizations under the guise of “cow protection”. In most of these instances, the perpetrators are roaming free while the victims, if they survive the lynchings, are being harassed with trumped-up cases for consuming or transporting beef. Commitment to diversity and inclusion are fundamental values of MIT and it’s disheartening to see an MIT faculty member not only associating with a divisive hate group but offering, inter alia, his leadership and MIT’s name recognition to an event meant to promote exact opposite of MIT’s values. We want to see a secular India and the world where every religion and community is treated with equal respect and we see Prof. Kothari's participation in WHC as a direct challenge to values of diversity and inclusion. We appeal to Prof. Kothari and to all potential participants to withdraw from the World Hindu Congress 2018. Only by withdrawing from the event can Prof. Kothari send a clear and unequivocal message that the message of Hinduism and that of RSS's hate-filled propaganda are not the same, and that hate and bigotry cannot hide behind a façade of respectability. Signed Indian American Muslim Council India Civil Watch Organization for Minorities of India Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus Sakhi for South Asian Women
Petition to President of the United States, United States Congress, Department of Justice
All hate group actions should be a federal crime
If we’re so serious about national security, why aren’t we creating laws and punishments for groups which promote hatred? Groups like the KKK, neo Nazis, right wing Nationalist groups etc. promote hatred and the use of violence to achieve their goals. In short they are terrorists. If you agree that such groups should be accountable to federal laws which and are a threat to our national security then please sign this petition to make every and all hate groups and extremists and an act of terror illegal and punishable by federal law.
Petition to American Bar Association
Commit 2 Inclusion
We the undersigned members of the legal education community wish to publicly acknowledge our commitment to the rule of law and the principles of the American Bar Association’s Resolution 113. That guiding Resolution urges all providers in the legal profession, including law firms and corporations, to attract and retain the talent of diverse attorneys. We hold diversity and inclusion to be core values of legal education, as greater diversity in law schools with truly inclusive education results in a deeper, richer, and more supportive experience for all students, and for the law school community at large. Moreover, a commitment to diversity and inclusion at the law school level is critical to the success of the legal profession; law schools must ensure that lawyers have the knowledge, skills and perspectives necessary to robustly represent all their clients in our diverse society. We further recognize that the rise of hate groups in our society and in our judicial system is a direct threat to diversity, inclusion, and equality at large. Hate groups are defined by the FBI as those whose primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons of or with a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity which differs from that of the group’s members or the organization. As law students, law professors and administrators, and law school groups working to uphold the rule of law and promote access to justice for all, we believe that hate groups hurt our collective efforts to foster a diverse workplace and more inclusive society. We recognize that the ramifications of hate affect us all. We commit to working toward a more equitable future led by legal professionals committed to the U.S. Constitution, its Bill of Rights, and its rule of law. Join us today and Commit 2 Inclusion! Learn more at www.lgbtbar.org/commit
Petition to Jeff Sessions
Dismantle and Outlaw the KKK
Let's dismantle and outlaw the KKK in America, for good! The KKK is the most violent domestic terrorist group in America. Since it's secondary conception in 1921 this group has been responsible for over 4,000 murders of American men, women and children. This is not to mention murders that weren't counted and murders by unofficial KKK sympathizers. Over the past 15 years there has been a rapid growth in the number of participants, supporters and sympathizers of the terrorist group. It is time that we finally dismantle and outlaw this group that brought so much violence and pain to this country. We want the KKK to be dismantled and outlawed. Association with this group should be prohibited by law, anyone bearing associations with this group should be watched as terrorist by law enforcement and anyone committing crimes associated with this group should be prosecuted AS TERRORIST to the fullest extent of the law. It is time to take action against this organization! No more fear, no more violence and no more death. It's time to dismantle and outlaw the KKK, for good!