Topic

historical landmarks

33 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to City of San Antonio, Texas General Land Office, Alamo Trust Inc.

Demand a 3rd Party Conduct a Comprehensive In-Depth Archival Study of The Alamo

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) as a Historic Cemetery on May 10, 2019, concessions from THC in at least two letters to the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation expressing that it has “no doubt there were hundreds of individuals buried in and around Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) during the Spanish-colobial era” and numerous evidence presented by the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation to the THC outlining the historical significance of the dead buried on the sacred ground. We are demanding that a 3rd party be appointed, independent of the City of San Antonio, Texas General Land Office and Alamo Trust Inc., to conduct; A Comprehensive in-depth archival report A Comprehensive archaeological Historic cemetery delineation report We demand that Lineal Descendants of the people buried at the Alamo be consulted with and new Human Remains protocols be developed with their input.  We demand that the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation be included on the Alamo Mission Archaeology Advisory Committee. We ask that ALL City of San Antonio residents call your city and state representatives and demand that San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) cemetery be provided with all the protections that other Historical cemetery are provided across Texas.  Since 1994 the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation has fought for the return of ancestral remains around San Antonio and we will not give up our fight to ensure all repatriations are honored and we are able to rebury our ancestral remains if human remains are discovered at the Mission San Antonio de Valero. We hope that the City of San Antonio as land owners move forward to ensure our history is never forgotten. Visit our Go Fund Me page if you will like to offer additional support: http://bit.ly/2Mk9ciF

Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation
348 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Mike Bonin, Venice Neighborhood Council

NO MORE National Chain Stores on Ocean Front Walk in Venice!

The historic one-mile stretch of Ocean Front Walk in Venice CA gets over 10,000,000 visitors every year and it’s one of the few tourist attractions in the world that hasn’t been inundated with national chains, with the exceptions of Its Sugar and the newly franchised Ben & Jerry’s that opened earlier this year. In the few months since Ben & Jerry’s opened serving Peet's coffee, longtime local establishments like Groundworks Coffee, Charly Temmel and more have all felt their effect.  Now, Starbucks will be opening in a few months and there are rumors of other national chain stores opening soon as well such as Skechers, Chipotle, Subway, Nike, Adidas and more.  Adding more of these national franchise stores would not only threaten our other beloved local establishments, but it would also destroy the uniqueness and character of Ocean Front Walk, and furthermore, of Venice CA.  It will undoubtedly be detrimental to the cultural integrity of this world-famous family destination so many have come to love.   In recent years, cities all over the country have passed ordinances and amended existing laws to prohibit and/or limit national chains in their towns, or parts of their towns, and we can do the same.  Even our own City Councilman Mike Bonin had this on his agenda a few years ago, but it fell down the priority list.  Our big-city neighbor to the north, San Francisco, has had such ordinances in place since 2004.  In fact, 32% of all retail and restaurant establishments in the U.S. are national chains (chains with 10 or more stores), but San Francisco only has 12% and they are prohibited entirely in the areas of North Beach, Hayes Valley and parts of Chinatown.  It’s long been rumored there is an ordinance prohibiting national chains on Ocean Front Walk – that obviously is NOT true and now is the time to act to get the City of LA to put these ordinances in place.  In the spirit of protection and prosperity for Venice, California's unique character, vibe and diversity, The Venice Dogz: An Alliance for the Preservation of Venice, propose the following ordinances be adopted for commercial property zones on Ocean Front Walk from North Venice Boulevard to Navy Street including all side-streets between Speedway & Ocean Front Walk:     A)    No retail store or restaurant national chains stores or franchises with seven (7) or more other locations globally will be permitted.  These establishments can be defined as having standardized name, décor, logo, façade, color scheme, trademark, employee uniforms, merchandise, and signage.    B)    Any new ground-level retail store or restaurant shall be cohesive with, and non-disruptive to, the current architecture and character of surrounding business neighbors.    C)    Publicly traded companies whose ownership is dispersed publicly in freely traded shares, traded on a stock exchange or in over the counter markets are prohibited.    D)    Companies that advertise on national television are prohibited.    E)     No retail store or restaurant shall utilize a drive-through service.    F)     Any establishment that has contracts signed before January 1st 2019 (or another date as administered from the City of Los Angeles) is exempt from these ordinances as they will be “Grandfathered” in.  As a supplement to the proposed ordinances, we also propose the following recommendations for new commercial businesses:     G)    The areas of Windward Boulevard from Ocean Front Walk up to, and including, Windward Circle are also regulated.     H)    No church entity, religious organization, or companies encouraging religious beliefs are allowed.    I)       No retail store or restaurant shall exceed the size of 2,500 square feet or be more than 1 story in height.     J)      No new retail store or restaurant shall serve the same predominant item or like principal items within 300 feet of a similar business.    K)    New restaurants that have sit-down seating must have relevant parking, combustible take-away practices and pass environmental and economic impact reviews.    L)     24/7 revolving-door businesses that utilize night-time cleaning crews are not allowed.    M)  Each business must dedicate a certain amount of resources, merchandise, or time to Venice community efforts. In addition to San Francisco CA, the anti-chain store movement has been gaining momentum across the country for years with towns like McCall ID, Port Townsend WA, Cape Cod MA, Ogunquit ME, Arcata CA and Carmel by the Sea CA and more enacting laws and ordinances that restrict such businesses.  More recently, even bigger cities like Brooklyn NYC, Boston MA, Portland OR and Boulder CO have started taking similar steps. Such laws and ordinances are motivated by concerns about preserving the uniqueness of the area, about independent stores being unable to compete economically with large corporations, and about creative communities becoming homogenized and therefore losing their appeal. These ordinances protect architecture, history, culture, immigrants, small business owners, and neighborhood character, which we believe must be recognized and respected. If other towns and cities all over the country are creating ordinances, why can't we do the same here for our world famous Venice Boardwalk?  People come to Venice from all over the world to see, feel and experience things they never have before - not to experience what they can anywhere else.  It's what distinguishes Venice and keeps it diverse, something upon which we Venetians have always prided ourselves. It’s what the residents want and it’s what the tourists want. It must be recognized by the City of LA, the Venice Neighborhood Council, the California Coastal Commission, the Venice Chamber of Commerce, et al, that Ocean Front Walk is NOT the Grove or Universal Studios and that the walkway is a huge part of its charm, its attraction, and ultimately its tourism.  The diversity of Ocean Front Walk is the identity of Venice.  No one wants to see a Margaritaville next to a Fatburger next to a Lucky Brand, but that will happen when it is being taken over by developers and investors who don’t care or have never even been to Venice before, not to mention property owners that have recently approved the Venice BID and get free and unregulated reign over our beloved historic asset. Change is inevitable, and most people can accept that – especially here in Venice, arguably one of the most accepting and open-minded places in the world, but this is a forced change and there’s a big difference between ‘change’ and what’s ‘right and wrong’. We believe most people agree that Ocean Front Walk lined up with rows and rows of national chains one after the next with signs that say Starbucks, Louis Vuitton, and Skechers would simply be wrong.  And opening stores like these won't magically "clean up" Venice as some people claim - just look at the McDonalds and Starbucks at Hollywood & Highland.  It’s the character, diversity, sprit, history, people, and local businesses that separate Venice from every other town and tourist attraction in the world.  That’s what makes Venice special. That’s why we live here and that’s why the community is so passionate. Ocean Front Walk was intended to thrive as a unique place unlike any other, NOT to be an office park or an artificial mall that you can see in every other part of the country and that should be celebrated, advertised, protected, and honored. Please sign the petition below to encourage the City of Los Angeles to prohibit future national chains and franchises on Ocean Front Walk in Venice CA.  Please share it and pass it on to everyone else you know.  Also, please note whether you’re a Venice resident, a former Venice resident, a Los Angeles resident, a frequent visitor or other. Thank you, The Venice Dogz: An Alliance for the Preservation of Venice www.venicedogz.org

Venice Dogz
2,585 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia State Senate, Georgia State House, Tom Graves, GDOT Project manager Cedric Clark

Protect Ringgold's Historic Old Stone Church

The state of Georgia is currently in the process of planning and surveying a road “improvement” project that would significantly and adversely affect the Historic Old Stone Church In Ringgold, Ga. The church, a cornerstone of Ringgold’s history, was built circa 1849 and has played an integral role in not only the personal and communal history of Catoosa County, but also in the history of the state of Georgia and of the nation as a whole. The church served as a headquarters and hospital during the American Civil War and played an integral role in the battle of Ringgold Gap. The building is also famous as being the site where the famous gospel hymn "Leaning On the Everlasting Arms" was first performed. As one of the oldest and longest running churches in Ringgold it has borne witness to countless generations of family and community history. The building no longer holds church services, but since a complete restoration in 1997, it has served as a museum and home for the Catoosa County Historical Society. Weddings, baptisms, funerals and burials, the agony of war and the fruits of peace, through triumphs and tragedy the Old Stone Church has withstood the trials of time, but now this historic community landmark is being threatened by the very state to whom this humble church has contributed so greatly. Currently there are plans being made by the GDOT to construct a round about intersection at the junction of U.S. Hwy. 41 and state Rt. 2. This round about intersection would not only encroach deeply into the church property, it would also create a retaining wall that would effectively block the view of the church from any direction and significantly affect the geographic and historical context of the site. A previous improvement project was conducted by the state with no public meeting regarding the impact on the church property (which the initial project encroached heavily upon.) This initial project failed and furthermore created a dangerous and impractical traffic scenario which has damaged the historic and geographical context of the site as well as having a negative impact on the traffic pattern of the schools and community surrounding the church. Now the state is moving forward with yet another project, with no consultation with the community whom it will so adversely affect. While there are obvious and significant flaws in the states current proposal, members of the community have proposed alternate and sensible solutions with no apparent consideration. Why a roundabout won’t work in this location?The proposal contains a wall being built. At the current elevation of the roadway and the extending of the road to include the necessary space for a roundabout, the wall would be extremely high and almost to the front door of the Old Stone Church. There is simply not enough room for this proposal to work. When I-75 is backed up, this is a major thoroughfare for traffic including 18 wheelers and the proposed solution would only make a bad situation worse. With an aging community of concerned citizens we feel as if we are standing in front of a freight train trying to save this historic treasure from being further removed from significance and lost to "progress." This amazing piece of our countries history does not deserve to be hidden behind a retaining wall, relegated to insignificance by the state. It deserves to be celebrated.What can be done? A new bridge needs to be built on GA 2 that crosses Tiger Creek just East of Rhea Mc Clanahan Dr. to tie into Hwy 41 on the straight away between the current bridge location and the produce stand. This would be a state road and would not follow federal bridge requirements to be elevated. This area has not flooded in the 100 year flood plain and flooding is not a threat. Additionally the GDOT need to take steps to not only mitigate the damage they have done to this historic landmark but also to ensure that it receives the protections it deserves from any future attempts to encroach upon it's historic landscape.

Chris Armstrong
4,495 supporters