historic preservation

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Petition to Dr. Chris Lowder, David Harrison, Carolyn Carpenter, Barry Shoemaker, Cindy Fertenbaugh, Vince Powell, Robert Walter, Bill Dusch, Brian Hiatt, Peter Franzese, Samuel Leder, W. Brian King, Ella Mae Small, Alfred M. Brown, Jr., Jennifer Parsley, John Sweat, Jr., J. Scott Padgett, Blake Kiger, Diane R. Honeycutt, Elizabeth “Liz” Poole, Lynn Shue, Stephen (Steve) Morris, David Burpeau, Richard Hudson


CITIZENS AGAINST CLOSING CONCORD’S NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS   On December 11, 2017, the Cabarrus County Board of Education will vote on whether to close the doors of Beverly Hills Elementary School forever, and send its students to Royal Oaks Elementary in Kannapolis.  The proposal to close Beverly Hills Elementary foreshadows a disturbing trend toward sacrificing traditional neighborhood schools for overbuilt and overbudget “mega-schools.”   The Beverly Hills community is heartsick at the thought that we might lose our beloved elementary school.  The effect a closure would have on the children, their parents, and the neighborhood is appalling.  We — the Beverly Hills community — feel it is our responsibility to sound the alarm and warn our Concord neighbors who cherish R. Brown McAllister Elementary School and Coltrane Webb Elementary School: if our neighborhood school falls, yours WILL be next.     The FAQ section of the school board’s website contains this question: “Is the county trend toward bigger elementary schools and away from neighborhood schools?”  The school board’s answer: “To be good stewards of tax payer dollars and for the purposes of growth, the current plan size of an elementary school is around 940 students.”  In other words, “YES” – under the guise of financial responsibility, neighborhood schools are on the way out.  However, it is not financial responsibility that is the driving force behind closing neighborhood schools, but a general lack of imagination in planning, and a failure to recognize that a school is so much more than a building. Please sign this petition to let the Cabarrus County Board of Education and the Cabarrus County Commissioners know that Concord values its neighborhood schools, and our citizens will never accept any plan that locks the doors to our small neighborhood schools.    

3,983 supporters
Update posted 24 hours ago

Petition to Lenny Curry, Anna Lopez Brosche

Protect Southern History in Jacksonville

Mayor Curry and President Broche - Please don't kowtow to the Anti-American, Anti-Veteran hate groups that want to erase our history.  Please say 'enough is enough' and do what Hillsborough County is doing - pass a protection ordinance protecting memorials TO ALL VETERANS OF ALL WARS in Jacksonville. Background:The Extreme Left including the "Occupy", the Uhuru Movement, the New Black Panther Party, and other borderline domestic terrorist organizations like Anti-Fa and Black Lives Matter have been successful using civil disobedience, bullying and lies in New Orleans and Gainesville, FL to coerce government officials to eradicate historical veterans memorials them from history.   The beautiful memorial to Gen. Robert E. Lee is in a scrap pile in New Orleans after being shockingly removed in the wee hours despite the public's wishes.  The same thing is has happened Orlando and Gainesville. Their next targets are WWI memorials in New Orleans and in Walton County, FL. They now have turned their attention to Jacksonville and have declared war on Robert E. Lee High School, Jefferson Davis Middle School, Kirby Smith Middle School and J.E.B. Stewart Middle School, as well  the Ladies Memorial in Confederate Park, Confederate Park and all other monuments including Hemming Plaza.  Their stated goal is to obliterate Jacksonville's history from 1860-1950. Using #fakeracism to divide us along color lines - they trump up 'white guilt' and exploit well-meaning black Southerners as pawns in their war on American History. Their attacks are divisive and hurtful to many, especially for these who's family members the observances commemorate.  They are also hurtful to family and friends of those who attended or worked at the targeted schools.   And because these are attacks on American Veterans, most veterans find the attacks offensive as well.  They realize that blaming a veteran for an unpopular war is a slippery slope and that all wars are offensive to someone. But these hate groups are INTOLERANT of ANY views but theirs everything they label offensive has GOT TO GO! If you don't agree with them...sign this petition and also join the fight by joining Save Southern Heritage  - FL at   We were victorious in protecting Tampa's historical Confederate Veterans memorial and, with your help, we will win in Jacksonville! -Together we can -Save Southern Heritage - FL ____________________________ About us: SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a 501 c (4) public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History. It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and “Erase-ism” levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolina’s historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected. SSH FL does not condone racism and as such we do not support any group or person that does. We respect the rights and privileges of all as bestowed on them by their creator and expect those in our association to respect and treat others as they themselves would wish to be treated. The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of a hate campaign led by Anti-American extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Florida’s society. Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in Heritage battles throughout Florida including the “We’ll Remember in November Campaign” that resulted in #heritagehater candidates loosing elections in Florida and saving the Confederate Veteran War Memorial in downtown Tampa.  More info:    

Save Southern Heritage - FL
8,596 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Kate Gallego (Councilwoman, City of Phoenix), Thelda Williams (Councilwoman, City of Phoenix), Sal DiCiccio (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Jim Waring (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Michael Nowakowski (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Debra Stark (Councilwoman, City of Phoenix), Laura Pastor (Vice MayorCouncilwoman), Daniel Valenzuela (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Doug Ducey, Kimberly Yee, Greg Stanton, 668 North LLC, Lela Alston, Ken Clark, Katie Hobbs

Save the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center

Please find the latest update at In June 2017, a local Scottsdale based True North Companies’ subsidiary purchased 97 Units of this commercial condominium units, and started its plan to remove all features connected with Chinese culture and history from the exterior of the buildings to create standard "modern" office buildings despite disagreement from another condominium owner. This would destroy an important piece of Arizona's history. We urge you to preserve our Chinese cultural heritage, Phoenix's only Chinatown. The Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center, also known as the COFCO center, was built by COFCO with help from community volunteers and donations from local Chinese immigrants with support from the City of Phoenix government. The Center was created according to the public art requirement by the City 20 years ago.  Special materials and supplies were brought from China, and skilled workers from China spent years making this one of the most beautiful Chinese Cultural Centers in North America. The names of donors are engraved in the Wall of Honor, and it has become a Phoenix landmark, and part of Arizona's history. For the last two decades, the Center has played an important role in the Valley of the Sun. Chinese New Year performances and celebrations have educated both tourists and locals about Chinese culture, and the garden and its artifacts are an important example of Chinese workmanship and cultural significance. While the new owner has recognized the historical importance of the Center, and has offered the garden artifacts, we want to save the entire Chinese Cultural Center. It would be impossible to fully disassemble and restore the center's heritage at another location. Conservation of culture and history encourages building strong relationships with the local community to address its needs; preserving the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center will benefit business and long-term development of the area, and maintain an important piece of Arizona's history. Please sign this petition to share your support for preventing the destruction of the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center.

Jennifer Yang
17,215 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Bryon L. Grigsby, Betsy Miller

Save America's Oldest Bookstore!

Moravian College recently bought the independent Moravian Book Shop with plans to turn it into a Barnes & Noble college bookstore, which will end the 273-year-old business. Please stand with us in telling them "NO!" The Moravian Book Shop has anchored Bethlehem’s historic downtown for generations and has built itself into the premier location for books, gifts and Christmas decorations in downtown Bethlehem. Despite what some people have said in the news, after a few up and down years, the Moravian Book Shop is in a good position in terms of its core business.  In the last year we have streamlined our operations and modernized the store’s back-end systems. We had almost $2 million in sales last year and we are on pace for an even better 2018. In fact, any financial difficulty stems from the Moravian Church’s Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) and the Moravian Book Shop’s Board of Directors decision, over the protest of lower management and employees, to take out bad loans to open a location in Allentown in 2015. The Allentown store lost money for two years and when it closed last year the bad loans became due. Despite the Bethlehem location’s strengthening position we were not able to absorb the entire cost of the bad loans and so the PEC decided to negotiate in secret to sell the store. As it currently stands, the Moravian Book Shop will be taken over by Barnes & Noble (the national bookstore chain) and Sodexo (a multinational food services company) to provide a college bookstore for Moravian College. All of our staff will be laid off, though we were told we could interview for jobs at the new store, and the mission of the Moravian Book Shop will be lost forever. Moravian College is a great school, indeed, my brother and many of my close friends are alumni. And, the Moravian College students deserve a place to buy their textbooks, but that need does not have to erase 273 years of Bethlehem’s history. I think there are other avenues worth exploring, but if the sale from the Moravian Church to Moravian college is inevitable, the college has a choice as to who will operate the bookstore, including giving the current management a chance to show what we are capable of. I ask you to please tell the college that local small businesses are important for the health of our historic downtown and the entire city. We need you to sign the petition and contact Moravian College (information below) to tell we do not want huge national and multinational corporations controlling our downtown! Bryon L. Grigsby President, Moravian College 610-861-1364  

Leo Atkinson
83,560 supporters