Petition to Stevon Cook, Mark Sanchez, Alison McCollins, Jenny Lam, Gabriela Lopez, Faauuga Moliga, Rachel Norton
Save The Historic Murals at George Washington High School
The artwork on the walls of George Washington High School in San Francisco was done by a WPA artist Victor Arnautoff exposed the hypocrisy of American History and that is not being seen or understood by those trying to remove and paint over the past.“The murals represent social history. They provide an inclusive and truthful history. … Removing them represents censorship as well as a reactionary moment in time,” an unidentified commenter said. “What I do recommend is that the school board establishes a multimedia display ... that indicates the complexity and contradictions of George Washington [and] the extraordinary history of Victor Arnautoff.” Signing this petition shows that you do not want the historic artwork removed at a high cost to the city and wish to preserve the artistic social commentary of Victor Arnautoff. In addition to signing this petition please visit www.ProtectPublicArt.org and find out more about the Coalition to Protect Public Art and their campaign to put a measure on the ballot to prevent these murals from being destroyed.
Petition to TWRA, Tennessee State House, Bill Lee, Jim Cooper
Help Preserve my Local Quarry, (Future State Park)
I was born and raised right here in Davison County, and have seen my, (once) small quite, sweet, town (city), turn into a hustle and bustle, fast-paced, stressed city called Nashville. There has been a lot of change lately, some good, and some bad, But luckily, I know of a place tucked away on the out-skirts of town where there is serenity and peace -- It is my home. And a place I have roamed my entire life! The entire area southwest of town, out by the county lines (Cheatham, Williamson, Dickson). I know a lot of beautiful areas in this great county. However, nothing that compares to the beautiful blue water paring with the surrounding Tennessee landscape at the Quarry! Some of you may be saying what quarry? It is located on McCrory lane, bordered by a little city called Pegram. Not a lot of people know the exact details or have even seen this beautiful spot. Luckily, like I said, I grew up in this area and it's just part of my town aka Home! Either you know about it or you don't. The majority of people in this part of town are like-minded. We all work hard and love the great city of Nashville, but we live out here to get away from all the crowds, traffic, pollution, buildings, and city as a whole. We deeply cherish our landscape! We are so blessed to have the Harpeth River running throughout the community, and parks that preserve this beauty. Unfortunately, WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF LOOSING THE PRETTIEST PLACE IN ALL OF DAVIDSON COUNTY!!! I, as well as my community desperately need your help! Please sign my petition to stop the draining and overall destruction of our community rock quarry. It currently sits on private land so it is going to be an uphill fight and extremely expensive, especially because, obviously investors are involved, and it has been a plan for over 3 years. They thought they could come in here and walk on us, and destroy what we cherish. But I know that I nor my community will back down. The simple fact that this has been planned and quietly put into the paper shows that peoples' ethics are at play. We are a strong and giving community, but we are sick and tired of our sweet home being destroyed left and right! We are not going to let it happen this time! Unfortunately, It feels to me like it did for my Native American ancestors that once walked this very ground! We all know that the Native Americans were left with the short end of the stick. This is part of my home, it is more than money and property -- It is beauty and nature. It is fresh air (literally), It is memories and childhood, and so much more then a physical place. It is simply Home! If the developers go through with destroying the quarry, their plan is to put MORE condos in our community - right on top of the quarry...sounds crazy! They are literally building anywhere and everywhere these days! Wasting so much time and energy destroying our environment - when in the end they are just wanting to leave us with another crappy deal...and it all boils down to money...But remember, it's much more than that to me and my community. Ultimately, this deal would be a negative impact on the community and the people that make it what it is. It would just be more buildings that are over populated filled with more pollution. My end goal is to stop the plan of draining the quarry and filling it in with fresh rocks and dirt and build condominiums on top of the land. WE NEED TO STOP THIS! Please just let it be....it has already been tampered with enough and nature has slowly adapted and recovered. It makes no sense to put all the resources into something that is ultimately a negative. Personally, my goal and my deepest hopes would be to raise enough money to buy it and donate this area to the State of Tennessee so it will forever be preserved as a state park! It would be a great addition to Hidden Lake - The quarry is currently filled with gorgeous clear, blue water and little fish that one can see from 40 plus feet in the air! (can't do that with the Harpeth). If we allow this to be destroyed, not only will they be destroying something that I personally value so deeply, but they will be disrupting and disturbing the ecosystem of land and animals, (like fish) in this area! Many flora and fauna alike have made this area their home. While destroying the quarry, their plan is to dump the water into the Harpeth River and disrupt that ecosystem as well! HELLO ENVIRONMENTALISTS! As mentioned earlier, "Hidden Lake State Park" has ties and a strong history that goes hand-in-hand with the quarry. It would be so easy to make an extension of the park that already exists. If these areas could merge, proper safety precautions could be taken and everyone would have access to enjoy this beautiful, one-of-a-kind property! Please sign this petition!!! Please also check back for info about donating, right now the first focus is getting signatures and making or voice heard!
Petition to Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, Citibank, JHM Group, Norwalk CT Common Council
Save the Garden Cinema Movie Theater in Downtown Norwalk CT
The Garden Cinemas is one of the most unique, hallmark attractions in Downtown Norwalk, CT, as well as a cultural tourism destination that regularly attracts moviegoers from cities as far away as New York City, Westchester, and New Haven, as well as from cities and towns throughout Fairfield County. The fact is that we have one of the last remaining independent movies houses in the entire region, that shows culturally diverse films that you simply can't see anywhere else. People come to see movies here, they dine in our restaurants, they drink in our bars, and yes, they even pay for parking! Our city planners, Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, Citibank, and its “preferred construction contractor” JHM Group, are meanwhile planning to DEMOLISH the theater to create 100+ parking spaces necessary to complete the condominium development project known as Wall Street Place. Wall Street Place is also referred to as "POKO," named for the original developer of the project. Instead of tearing down the blighted, decaying mess that is "POKO," that the Wall Street neighborhood has flourished in spite of, over the past two years, they want to tear down our beloved community theater to create a parking lot! Are we really going to let this happen? The Wall Street Neighborhood Association which represents residents, businesses, and property of owners of Downtown Norwalk, has asserted that this plan in its present form will damage the core of our historic neighborhood, as well as deeply hurt the morale of a neighborhood that for many is defined by its growing community of artists, filmmakers, musicians, and creative businesses. We believe rather than demolishing the Garden Cinemas, the city should be allowing investment into the infrastructure of the Downtown Norwalk Arts District, by allowing the Garden Cinema to be operated as a 501c3 non-profit community theater. (Or at least mandating the developer JHM Group to consider options to include the Garden Cinemas in its final construction plan.) Our vision is for a "New Garden Cinema/Norwalk Film Center," a highly innovative, non-profit, community film center, offering after-school programs, with STEM/STEAM education courses in film production and technology; in addition to screening facilities, meeting rooms, and offices. We want to create Norwalk's own "Tribeca Film Center," right here in the heart of our original and historic downtown. We see massive potential for collaboration with other businesses in Downtown Norwalk's growing film production community, such as Sono Studio and Factory Underground, as well as with other non-profits such as Wall Street Theater and George Washington Carver Foundation for programming and community events. We see potential to work with Norwalk Community College to offer off-campus instructional facilities to its Film Production Department. This "New Garden Cinema/Norwalk Film Center" would show student films produced right here in Norwalk, screen new films for the very first time, host local film festivals such as the Short Cuts Festival (Westport), and be a future home to the Wall Street Film Festival coming in 2020. Of course, it would continue to show the kind of films that Garden Cinemas is known for. We believe that for the JHM Group to go forward with the plan they are trying very hard to push through, the City of Norwalk will be missing out on a MASSIVE opportunity for economic development. So WHY does the City of Norwalk and JHM Group want to tear it down? They say that they don't, but that they need the parking spaces in order to get construction on the Wall Street Place back underway. Yet there is a parking lot right next door that would seem to have plenty of spaces available - why are they not pursuing negotiations to make that parking available? What can you do besides signing this petition? You can write an email directly to Norwalk Common Council to ask them to intercede and delay this action until all options for negotiation are exhausted! Email: CommonCouncil3@gmail.com It's not too late to #SaveTheGardenCinema. Please help by sharing this on Facebook, Twitter, Email, Text, and get the word out to everyone you can. We can do this together!
Petition to North Carolinian Residents
Keep the Dixie Classic Fair Name
“The Dixie Classic Fair “,This name has been since its origination in 1956. Pandering to the feelings of a few outsiders has never been something “We “ as a state have never done. Let’s not start now.When we start giving up the parts of our history that make us who we are we lose our identity. We are North Carolinians , we live here , grow here eat here, we raise our children here. As such we have seen the division racism has created and we have seen our statues crumble by hate filled bigots. We have seen the mass destruction of riots caused by radicals. This is NOT what we stand for , we stand for community and for heritage ,we live in Dixie.Changing the name will bring about a change that WILL snowball once it begins. Our street names, our parks our neighborhoods will be targeted next. Imagine a world with no more Battleground - park, road, monuments, cemetery, forrest. Let’s end this now! Sign here to keep the name our identity and heritage secure. Let’s send a message that we wont allow these people from outside of our community to label us and tell us who we are or what we have to abide by. Vow to keep your money , and not attend the fair if the name is changed. We have a voice , let’s use it !
Petition to Mike Bonin, Ted Lieu, Eric Garcetti, Sheila James kuehl, Marc Israel, City of LA RAP Commissioners, Ben Allen, Morgan Bostic, Department of Recreation and Parks, LAPD-PACIFIC DIVISION
PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM DOGS & RESTORE OAKWOOD PARK AS A FAMILY FRIENDLY RECREATION AREA
Oakwood Park is a culturally rich and diverse park in the Venice Neighborhood. It is the only naturally and open green space left in the Venice/Oakwood Community for our youth to utilize. Historically, Oakwood Park has been the central communal area for all community members to gather and celebrate culturally/community events. The presence of dogs poses a threat of spreading parasites and diseases that damage and deteriorate the grass and trees, as well as the health of our youth. There are already several dog parks in the close proximity area that are accessible for dog owners to take their dogs. Please sign the petition to prohibit dogs at Oakwood Park that are destroying the open green space and preserve our only open green space left in the Oakwood Community for our children/ youth and community members to gather, play, and exercise.
Petition to Durham County Commissioners
SAVE THE CATSBURG COUNTRY STORE FOR DURHAM COUNTY
This petition is to demonstrate the community’s support for facilitating the purchase of land near Sandy Ridge Elementary School (a Durham Public School) to which to move the historic Catsburg Country Store that has graced this area for a hundred years and the necessary 6-12-month time frame to make this happen. (The building must be removed in the near future to make way for development of the land per the owner's wishes.) Once the county agrees to provide a historic and public-use conservation easement on the property and 50% matching funds for land donation (~$75K, perhaps with matching funds from Durham Open Space and Trails and elsewhere), board approval from the nonprofit *Unique Places to Save* will be sought to raise funds to move, renovate and rehabilitate the building into a community gathering place that will include environmental, historical, and animal and gardening education (hopefully to include a cat fostering and adoption program) as well as entertainment, refreshments, and a place to host community events. Your signature on this petition will demonstrate to Durham County Commissioners, staff, and taxpayers the community support for the county’s facilitation of this project in the aforementioned ways. I have left a comment on the petition (below) explaining how this project will benefit Durham Public Schools and other Durham organizations, particularly the students, teachers and staff at Sandy Ridge Elementary School. For more specifics about this community project and the numerous community and government organizations that have already demonstrated their support, please see the project proposal submitted to the developer's realtor and Preservation Durham on Friday, Aug 30, 2019 (you will have to cut and paste the url into your address bar): http://www.melissarooneywriting.com/blog/2019/09/proposal-to-save-the-catsburg-store-in-durham-nc/
Petition to City Commission, County Commission
Save the 500-Year-Old Benton Oak!
Please re-route a road and holding pond around one of the largest and healthiest oak trees in Leon County, "The Benton Oak." The oak is in the back yard of Mr. Morris Benton, Sr., now deceased, a resident of the Boynton-Still neighborhood in South Tallahassee that was demolished to make room for a road and retention pond. Measuring 76" in diameter, this tree is in the top 10% of large oaks in Leon County, and could easily be 500 years old. Our Environmental Land Use Code, section 5:12 "Exceptional Specimen" should be enforced to protect it, as well as five others that are almost as large. Re-route the road to save this and other oaks and what's left of the neighborhood. The land and trees could easily be turned into a small park for residents who wish to use the outdoor space. Do The Right Thing.
Petition to Mayor Martin Walsh, Joshua McFadden, Boston Zoning Board of Appeals, Tim Czerwienski, Reay Pannesi
STOP 125 Warren Street Roxbury, MA
The Tommy's Rock Neighborhood Association (TRNA) stands in opposition to a proposed development at 125 Warren Street on the corner of Warren, Regent, and St. James Streets, next to the Boys and Girls Club. The overdevelopment of Roxbury is destroying the history and integrity of this diverse African-American community. We seek your support in stopping this destructive project. Please sign and leave a comment to go to the mayor and other decision makers. 125 Warren Street (which is directly across from a similarly tall and dense proposed development at 124 Warren Street) towers over existing homes - many historic homes. It also brings excessive density to the neighborhood, with the density at 2.9, 50% over the zoning limit. 125 Warren will create problems with parking, safety, and traffic. No infrastructure improvements are included in the plans for this development. This monolithic project is priced so that less that 16% of Roxbury residents can afford these units. This project does not provide housing for existing residents and will cause gentrification and displacement in Tommy's Rock and Roxbury. 125 Warren Street is part of a pattern of gentrification and overdevelopment in historic Roxbury. There are two related projects right opposite each other on Warren Street that exemplify the overdevelopment and gentrification occurring in our neighborhood: 124 Warren Street, next to the historic Warren House in the Historic Moreland Street neighborhood, and 125 Warren Street in the Tommy's Rock neighborhood. Both of these projects will require zoning variances and approvals. The Tommy's Rock Neighborhood Association asks you to join them in making known your opposition to 125 Warren Street and to the gentrification of Roxbury and the displacement of Roxbury residents.