monument alteration

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Petition to the Baltimore Ravens, Larry Hogan, Maryland Stadium Authority, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Tell the Ravens that the Ray Lewis statue should not be moved!

Word is that the Baltimore Ravens are considering re-locating the statue of Ray Lewis that currently stands outside of Gate A of M&T Bank Stadium. The story below says that "Many Ravens fans have complained that the statues of John Unitas and Lewis side-by-side clutter up the entrance to Gate A and word is Ravens management agrees. The statue will now be positioned above the tunnel where the Ravens are introduced. Billowing smoke and a few chords of “Hot in Here” [sic] will precede player introductions as part of an effort to make said introductions a bit more electric." Moving this statue to a location inside the stadium will prevent many from being able to visit and touch the statue except when the stadium gates are open for an event. This will prevent many Ravens fans from be able to visit Ray to mark special events in their lives that happen to occur on non-game days. Countless couples will be denied the opportunity to have engagement or wedding party pictures taken with Ray unless they can make special arrangement with M&T Bank Stadium. Many newborn Ravens fans who happen to be born between March and July will not be able to include a photo of them with Ray in their birth announcement pictures. Ravens fans will not be able to visit with Ray for a few moments of quiet introspection before a big job interview or marriage proposal. Please help convince the Ravens management NOT to move the statue from its current location. If we can get enough support for this petition and public support from Governor Hogan and Mayor Rawlings-Blake, maybe we can convince the Ravens to keep ray where he belongs: standing outside Gate A as an inspiration to Ravens fans and a warning to Ravens foes. The idea of adding billowing smoke and a few chords of "Hot in Herre" to the statue, however, is a very good one that will add to the Ray Lewis statue experience for everyone.  

Keep Ray Out Front
77 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Linda Cooper, Rose Harvey, Andrew Cuomo, Michael Grace, Sam Oliverio

Rename the Donald J. Trump State Park to the Pete Seeger State Park

Regardless of political party affiliation, the Donald J. Trump State Parks in Yorktown and Putnam Valley, NY, have been riddled with controversy long before they became parks and long before Trump chose to run for President of the United States. From the day they were dedicated, the Donald J. Trump Park(s) have drawn sharp criticism from not only the citizens of New York State, but from the people living in the towns where the parks are located. In those two towns, the name Donald J. Trump is not celebrated. The communities fought the billionaire developer long and hard to prevent not one, but two, elite golf courses within miles of one another. The golf courses would have burdened private water wells and each had the potential to damage New York City's drinking water because they sat in the New York City Water Basin area. Donald J. Trump and his team of attorneys were aggressive, ruthless and rude in his campaign to turn those large blocks of land into golf courses. When it became obvious he was losing, he and his team vowed to hurt those who spoke out against the project and who successfully blocked its development plan. He did as he promised and took the property off the tax rolls of both towns by way of turning the land over to the state as parkland. The result was that both towns suffered a loss of tax revenue. That was fine with the local folks because the people of the state could use this land freely, or so they thought. Donald J. Trump is not well liked in this area. Even his "gift" was orchestrated to maximize his tax breaks. Many even question the value he placed on the property when taking that break, yet the State of New York honored him by naming the parks after him. Naming a park after a living person, especially one of wealth and power reminds one of how dictators name parks after themselves. Our NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services has a naming policy that should be adopted by all state and local governments. It reads: 6. Parks, features and facilities must not be named after living people (except for facility names currently already recognized by the local community). They may only be named after a deceased person to commemorate a person who contributed significantly to the park or locality in which the facility is situated, such as an explorer, scientist or conservationist, or an Aboriginal person known from the park’s locality. Prior ownership of the land is not in itself grounds for the application of the owner's name to a park or facility. Recently, we lost Pete Seeger an American folk singer, activist born in Patterson NY and who had a dedication to this region. He was heavily involved in protecting the Hudson River and our green space by bringing the human community together to protect, respect and enjoy our environment. We cannot think of a better person more deserving of having a state park named after him than Pete Seeger. Please join with us, not only by supporting BILL NO S06298 (the same as) A08645, but also by renaming these two parks the Pete Seeger State Park.   Thank You The People for the Pete Seeger State ParkRelevant Links:

People for the Pete Seeger State Park
11,946 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to California Governor, California State Senate, California State House

NAME IT THE EMPEROR NORTON BRIDGE* (*Existing Names to Remain in Place)

NOTEThis petition about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge does not call for a wholesale re-naming of this bridge system for Emperor Norton. Rather, it highlights a naming solution that simply would add a name like "Emperor Norton Bridge" for the system, which Emperor Norton decreed in 1872. In this scenario, the existing names and signage for the system and its constituent parts ("spans," tunnel, pedestrian/bike path, etc.) would remain in place. The "Emperor Norton" name could be memorialized with a single prominent overhead sign on either end of the bridge and perhaps other such signs at a handful of key bridge approaches around the Bay Area. This solution is consistent with the State of California's precedent and current practice of giving multiple names to certain state-owned bridges. : :    : :    : : August 2013Updated September 2013 to reflect actions by the California State LegislatureThe San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge should be named to honor its original 19th-century visionary. The San Francisco pioneer, Joshua Abraham Norton (c.1818–1880) — the self-styled "Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico" — was considered eccentric, and so he was. Some considered him certifiable. But Emperor Norton also was a visionary. He was: an adversary of political corruption and corporate fraud; a persistent voice for the fair treatment of racial and ethnic minorities; a champion of religious unity who saw the folly of sectarianism; an advocate for fair labor practices; an exponent of technological innovations that advanced the public welfare; a supporter of women's suffrage; a defender of the people's right to fair taxes and basic services, including well-maintained streets and streetcars; and a general ambassador of his adopted city, who embodied and heralded the values of tolerance and the common good that came to be identified with San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay Area. In January 1872, Emperor Norton issued a proclamation that declared, in part: "Whereas, we observe that certain newspapers are agitating the project of bridging the Bay; and whereas, we are desirous of connecting the cities of San Francisco and Oakland by such means; now, therefore, we, Norton I, Dei gratia Emperor, do hereby...order that the bridge be built from Oakland Point to Telegraph Hill, via Goat Island [now Yerba Buena Island]." In a second proclamation, in March 1872, the Emperor specified that the bridge should be a suspension bridge [emphasis added]: "The following is decreed and ordered to be carried into execution as soon as convenient: That a suspension bridge be built from Oakland Point to Goat Island [now Yerba Buena Island], and then to Telegraph Hill; provided such bridge can be built without injury to the navigable waters of the Bay of San Francisco." He repeated this decree with a third proclamation, in September 1872 "ordering the citizens of San Francisco and Oakland to appropriate funds for the survey of a suspension bridge from Oakland Point via Goat Island; also for a tunnel...." [See the Resources section below for a link to view all three proclamations, as they originally appeared in The Pacific Appeal newspaper. In adding, for consideration, the possibility of a cross-Bay tunnel — something he originally had called for in a separate proclamation in June 1872 — Emperor Norton anticipated by more than a century the 1974 opening of the Transbay Tube, which carries four of the five lines of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system under the Bay.] : :    : :    : : In essence, the Emperor's vision for a cross-Bay bridge came to pass in 1936, with the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, known as "the Bay Bridge." In fact, the "bridge" is a bridge system composed of two bridges. The monumental Western crossing, or "span," connecting San Francisco to Yerba Buena Island, is a suspension bridge, as the Emperor specified. The original Eastern crossing, connecting the island to Oakland, was built as a more conventional (at the time of its construction) cantilever-and-truss bridge. The new Eastern crossing that opened in early September 2013 is a different kind of suspension bridge than the Western crossing. But, in its way, the new crossing brings to full flower Emperor Norton's original vision of 1872, and makes it an especially appropriate time to finally name the entire Bay Bridge for him.BUT, WAIT, DIDN'T HALF THE BAY BRIDGE RECENTLY GET NAMED FOR WILLIE BROWN?!!Well, yes and no. Certainly, it's true that, on 12 September 2013 — following an earlier 68-0-10 vote by the California State Assembly — the California State Senate, on a 26-7-6 vote, passed a nonbinding resolution (Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 65,  or ACR 65) to name the Western crossing of the Bay Bridge the "Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge," for former California Assembly Speaker and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. But the state continues to recognize "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" as the name of the entire bridge system. Indeed, the 2015 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California — the most recent edition of the authoritative listing produced regularly by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) (see Resources, below) — has separate and independent listings for both the "Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge" (p.143) and the "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" (p.164) The former is listed with a citation for ACR 65; the latter is listed as "Not Officially Named." In other words: For naming purposes, the State of California places these two things — (1) the constituent "spans" of the Bay Bridge and (2) the bridge as a whole — on two separate planes. Which means that the naming of the Western crossing of the Bay Bridge for Willie Brown and the naming of the entire Bay Bridge system for Emperor Norton is not an either-or proposition — it can be both-and. Put another way... In effect, the Willie Brown name now functions as one "subtitle" of the larger landmark.  But the main title of the landmark — "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" — remains. Addressing this main title is the opportunity and the imperative highlighted in this petition to name the Bay Bridge for Emperor Norton. ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT A WHOLESALE RE-NAMING OF THE BAY BRIDGE FOR EMPEROR NORTON? Not necessarily. Today, the state of California has a dozen or so bridges that have multiple "main titles." Following this precedent, it should be possible to simply *add* an official "Emperor Norton" name — say, "Emperor Norton Bridge" — to stand *alongside* the "Bay Bridge" name. The "Emperor Norton" name could be memorialized with a single prominent overhead highway sign on either end of the bridge and perhaps other such signs at a handful of key bridge approaches around the Bay Area. In this scenario, the existing names for the bridge and its constituent parts, together with all existing highway signs for these names, would be left in place.  WHAT THE EMPEROR'S VISION HAS DONE FOR THE BAY AREA It's been widely recognized, since the opening of the Bay Bridge system in 1936, that the entire system — both Western and Eastern crossings, connected in the middle by Yerba Buena Tunnel — is a remarkable feat of architecture and engineering. But it's not solely Emperor Norton's 1872 calls for the technological achievement of a Bay-spanning bridge connecting San Francisco with Oakland that warrants the Bay Bridge system's bearing his name. What must be kept firmly in mind is that, in calling for a cross-Bay bridge, Emperor Norton also was planting the seed of inspiration that would enable those after him to water and reap the deeper possibility of what such a bridge could do — namely, to nurture the two-way commerce of goods, ideas and influence between people on both sides of the Bay. From this perspective, the Emperor can be seen as an early, if unwitting, visionary of the whole idea of a local "regional economy." Indeed, whatever the Emperor's specific intentions in calling for a cross-Bay bridge 140-plus years ago, it seems undeniable that a major result of the Bay Bridge system has been to facilitate and nurture such an economy, to the benefit of people on both sides — and that, without a bridge system connecting San Francisco and Oakland, we would not mean the same thing by "Bay Area" as we do today. Although, to be sure, Emperor Norton is identified as a San Francisco figure, the Emperor's prescient proclamations calling for a cross-Bay bridge have blossomed, in the hearts and minds of succeeding generations of Bay Area visionaries, into a profound recognition that Oakland needs San Francisco — and that San Francisco needs Oakland.: :    : :    : :The 145-year-old vision for a bay-spanning suspension bridge that unites the people of San Francisco, Oakland and the East Bay via Yerba Buena Island — a vision that has shaped the lives of generations of the area's residents and visitors, and that has been advanced further than ever before with the opening of the new Eastern crossing as a suspension structure... This vision is specific to Emperor Norton. In recognition of this — and whatever name(s) might be given to the constituent sections of the bridge, i.e., the West Bay Crossing, the East Bay Crossing and Yerba Buena Tunnel...  This petition calls on the State of California to authorize and recognize a second name for the bridge system as a whole — the larger entity known as the "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge." Name it the Emperor Norton Bridge. JOHN LUMEASan :    : :    : :This petition is the impetus for a nonprofit launched in September 2013: THE EMPEROR'S BRIDGE CAMPAIGN Web site — http://www.EmperorsBridge.orgFacebook — — @EmperorsBridge: :    : :    : :Resources Media coverage of this petitionWALL STREET JOURNAL — — — & & SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN — & FRANCISCO CHRONICLE — & — ANGELES TIMES — SQUID — JOSE MERCURY NEWS (and others) — & DAY SACRAMENTO (local CBS morning show) — ZAWINSKI (Mozilla and Netscape co-founder) — & THE RAW STORY — LOCAL — Emperor Norton's 1872 "Bridge" Proclamations (as originally published)6 January 1872 — March 1872 — September 1872 — Articles on Emperor Norton Short Documentary Film on Emperor Norton Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California (2015) Policy on Measures Naming Highways or Structures | California State Senate Transportation & Housing Committee Text of Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 65("Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge") Analysis of ACR 65 by the State of California's nonpartisan Office of Legislative Counsel

John Lumea
5,439 supporters