Murals for Black Lives Matter
Petition to Mayor Armondo Pavone, Renton Municipal Arts Commission, Diane Dobson, Ruth Perez, Dr. Damien Pattenaude, Chief E. VanValey
Create a Black Lives Matter Mural in Renton, WA
I am a Pakistani American married to a White Man (Mitch Shepherd who served on the Arts Commission for several years) and raising two mixed children in this city we call home, Renton, Washington. One of the things I love so much about this city is its incredible diversity. It makes me proud to live in a place where so many different people come together. I am writing to appeal to you as a citizen of this town. The time is now to take a very open, public stance on how important the Black community is to our city, state and country. When I saw what was created in Washington DC -- a simple mural on a main thoroughfare of the city -- I immediately knew that this is what we must do. Not just here in Renton, but in every single city in this country. Black lives have been sacrificed, discarded, overlooked, over and over again, globally, and more importantly, here on this soil. The idea of using yellow road paint to create a "Black Lives Matter" on a main road in our city, for all to see, plain as day, for the airplanes flying over to notice, for every single person who comes through to know, that this city STANDS with its Black community-- what an INCREDIBLE and BOLD thing to do. I am writing to invite us as a city to set an example for our state, to align the leadership of this city with the Black community. And not at the exclusion of others, but with the understanding that the Black community has suffered for so very long in so many different ways, that they need this inclusion, acknowledgment and firm statement that we are all with them. That we will navigate this together. I dream of a city whose administration, leadership and public art reflects the incredible diversity of this place. A city that my kids will proudly come back to and contribute to. This Project should be a collaboration between the Mayor's office, Renton City Council, Renton Police Department, Renton School District, and the Renton Municipal Arts Commission-- a collaboration of the institutions that make up our city.
Petition to Mayor Kate Gallego
Painting Black Lives Matter mural on the city street in front of the Phoenix Suns Arena
Greetings Phoenix Residents, Mayor Kate Gallego, recently said, "Phoenix wants to become a better city and our country wants to come together and do more." The city claims to acknowledge the concerns of the Black community, however is hesitant to express their solidarity. Phoenix is one of the fastest growing cities in our country, and yet somehow one of the least progressive cities. Recently, Phoenix was given the opportunity to show their resolve to stand with their Black Community and leave a symbol that recognizes the need for change. However, the city officials failed to act and greeted this opportunity with opposition. Phoenix, enough is enough. When the community organized to have Martin Luther King Jr Day recognized as a state holiday, it was met with opposition. When the community organized to have a street renamed Dr Martin Luther King Jr BLVD, it was met with opposition. Now we are being met with the same opposition and excuses. It’s time to get to work. This petition serves as notice to the Mayor that residents of this city are in support of painting the Black Lives Matter mural in front of the Phoenix Suns Arena. Hesitancy has never succeeded in affecting change. So today, Mayor Kate Gallego, I ask you to not hesitate and take the lead. Grant us permission to paint the mural on the city street so that we can ban together as one community. To residents of our city, I ask that you sign this petition. I ask that you sign it for yourself, for your neighbors, and to make Phoenix a better City.
Petition to Lansdale Borough
Lansdale Black Lives Matter Mural
This petition is to have BLACK LIVES MATTER painted on the Liberty Bell Trail outside the Borough Hall Building along Railroad Street. Join us in spreading awareness and show your support for this grassroots movement looking to keep Lansdale in motion! Systematic change is demanded and there is no place more appropriate than outside the building that has shaped our community's policies for so long. Let us continue to come together and lead by example as a community while this world seeks healing and change. We are working in conjunction with the Lansdale Borough Council to make this project a reality. Together we can get this done right and in a peaceful and appropriate manner. Like our Facebook Page: Lansdale Black Lives Matter Mural for project updates and to get involved in the planning process! We are excited and appreciate your support! Welcome to the team! PETITION FOR LANSDALE BOROUGH RESIDENTS If you are a Lansdale Borough Resident, please click here to sign the PETITION FOR LANSDALE BOROUGH RESIDENTS ONLY. Thank you for your support! ABOUT THIS PROJECT We are organizing in conjunction with the Lansdale Borough to have “BLACK LIVES MATTER” painted on the Liberty Bell Trail outside the Borough building along Railroad Street We are dedicated to bringing Lansdale together by showing our solidarity and support for the systematic change being called for across the country We need to acknowledge together that racism is a systemic problem affecting individuals throughout every community We believe in sending a strong and clear message to, from, and with the Borough that we are all committed to the fight against racism, injustice, and police brutality We need to acknowledge and validate the experiences of our community by acknowledging and addressing these issues head on LOCATION SIGNIFICANCE “The call for systematic change around this country affects us all. For Lansdale Borough residents, that starts at the Borough Hall. That is the building that has shaped law and policy in this borough for all these years. If change is going to happen, that is where this message needs to be directed.”-Anthony Simpson, Project Organizer This mural is a symbolic gesture and message of solidarity to, from, and with the Borough PURPOSE AND GOALS The purpose of this Project is to signify unity, solidarity, inclusivity, and equality and to bring the community together This mural is a statement of inclusivity that reflects the diverse attitudes and experiences of our community This is a tribute to Lansdale’s legacy that will create a lasting message about our community’s dedication to achieving equality and justice It will set a positive example for current and future generations and instill the importance of recognizing, accepting, respecting, and celebrating differences
Petition to Catskill Village Board of Trustees
Paint Black Lives Matter Mural on Main Street in Catskill
Cities across the country including Washington DC, Albany, Sacramento, Charlotte, Dallas and Oakland have created Black Lives Matter murals on their streets in the last few weeks. With the support of local governments, they show their solidarity with the current Uprisings demanding racial justice across the country. An alliance of local Black organizers from Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition (HCHC)*, allies and artists seek to join in reclaiming our streets to declare that Black Lives Matter by creating murals of our own (on Second Street in Hudson and Main Street in Catskill). Mayor Kamal Johnson of Hudson has committed to the Hudson mural. The Catskill Village Board of Trustees is deliberating. While the statement “Black Lives Matter” articulates our values, we are asking not merely for symbolic support, but also demanding tangible changes in the policies and practices that govern our cities and affect Black communities disproportionately. Our demands to our local government are made in response to the trend of increasing police budgets while gutting housing, social welfare, and safety net programs that truly keep our communities safe. This mural is a commitment locally and in concert with Black Lives Matter and Movement for Black Lives’ demands nationwide. WILL YOU JOIN US IN STANDING FOR HUDSON AND CATSKILL'S BLACK RESIDENTS? WILL YOU COMMIT TO SUPPORTING RACIAL JUSTICE LOCALLY? Sign this petition! Donate to Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition (HCHC) (CLICK HERE) to fund the mural in Catskill and to further local housing justice. Email the Catskill Village Board of Trustees to approve the mural: Vincent Seeley: email@example.com Joe Kozloski: firstname.lastname@example.org Natasha Law: email@example.com Pete Grasse: firstname.lastname@example.org Greg Smith: email@example.com *Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition (HCHC) is a Black-led initiative that empowers public housing and low-income residents to fight for housing justice. Founded by leaders from SBK Social Justice Center, HCHC is a coalition of tenant organizers, local activists, and allies sharing resources for advocacy, legal representation, public outreach, education, and organizing. Together, HCHC will develop solidarity, mutual aid, and political power while working towards goals such as rent control, local political representation, self-determination, and municipal investment in public housing, spaces, and services. HCHC will also support the next generation of local leaders by educating and empowering youth tenants. Donations are collected and disbursed to HCHC by its fiscal sponsor, Freehold Art Exchange.
Petition to Bill Lee, Thelma Harper, Harold M. Love, Jr., Metro Nashville Council, Tennessee State House, Tennessee State Senate, Nashville Predators, Tennessee Titans, Mayor of Nashville, Mayor John Cooper, Tennessee State University
Black Lives Matter Mural In Nashville on Charlotte Ave/MLK Blvd at the Capitol
On Charlotte Ave and MLK Blvd, directly in front of the Tennessee State Capitol, there should be the biggest showing of support that Nashville has offered. A Black Lives Matter Mural. I feel Nashville is a city that needs to show more support for Black lives and show the world that racism, racial injustice, and the attempted destruction of Black lives will not be tolerated. Many cities are stepping up to show support and I think Nashville should do the same. I believe Charlotte Ave/MLK Blvd, directly in front of the Tennessee State Capitol, will be the perfect place for OUR Black Lives Matter Mural.
Petition to Mayor Bill Saffo, Wilmington NC City Council
We want a Black Lives Matter Street Mural in Wilmington, NC!
After Washington DC painted a Black Lives Matter street mural on June 5, 2020, Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro painted their murals. Wilmington residents want to show support of their Black neighbors too! Proposals were submitted to the city council on June 11 to create a Black Lives Matter street mural on 3rd Street in Wilmington. We heard from the city and met for the first time on July 13. When we met, it was suggested to alter the proposal to create a large art installation (8 foot signs for each letter of BLACK LIVES MATTER painted by local artists) with increased visibility to the street since the city would not consider our first proposal to paint directly on 3rd street. The new location is Jervay Memorial Park, the neighboring block from the original request in front of the 1898 Memorial. All proposals are available on the link at the bottom. Please sign to let Mayor Saffo and the city council know that there are a lot of us on board for this project! We already have dozens of volunteers and all costs covered with private donations so no tax dollars would be necessary. All we need is permission from the city. Every major city in North Carolina was able to complete their murals already. We hope for permission to have our mural completed as soon as possible. This mural already has the support of the local politicians, several local organizations and hundreds of citizens who emailed us and raised money for the effort. We hope to involve the community with the painting of the mural as well as showcase local diverse artists. For more information, please view the WECT and WWAY news articles, or the more recent Encore Magazine article. http://www.encorepub.com/black-lves-matter-sign/ https://www.wect.com/2020/06/11/proposal-paint-wilmington-street-with-black-lives-matter-sent-city-leaders/ https://www.wwaytv3.com/2020/06/12/residents-submit-proposal-to-paint-black-lives-matter-on-part-of-3rd-street/ We presented to the City Council on July 21, 2020. The vote was delayed until August 4. We hope to have a lot of signatures to show them that Wilmington NC believes Black Lives Matter! To see all documents in support submitted to the city https://wilmington.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=25&clip_id=5527&meta_id=214314
Petition to University Hills & UCI Community
Black Lives Matter Mural in University Hills & UCI
Dear Neighbors, We have started a petition to UCI and ICHA to allow a Black Lives Matter street mural to be painted in University Hills and UCI. Given the excellent turnout at the Uni Hills Black Lives Matter march in June, we hope this demonstration will be seen as another important opportunity for our families and students to come together and show our support for the Black community and our commitment to social change. Our activism for racial justice can’t stop. We feel a street mural will keep the community energized, focused, inspired, and committed to this vital movement. Our goal is to create a mural that is similar but smaller in scale to ones painted in Washington DC, New York, and numerous other US cities. Step 1 is to secure a permit. If you support a BLM street mural in University Hills or somewhere near campus, please sign the petition. Step 2 will be to identify a location once a permit is in place. We are suggesting Anteater at Peltason and/or Anteater at California for greatest visibility for those entering University Hills and UCI, while also allowing for an easy detour during the painting. We’ve begun planning additional details and have the support of the Community Safety Diversity Working Group (CSDWG). We hope to include our Anteater Sports Community, our UCI Campus Organizations, our Arts community, Irvine Campus Housing Authority (ICHA), anyone and everyone, to join us in this endeavor. Our goal is to complete the mural before the November election so we can also promote the 'Vote' message. Given this urgency, we are hoping to for the strong response we know this community is capable of. For information on how to get involved or if you have additional questions, please Anne-Marie Grill at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lilli LaBuen Gillen at email@example.com. In Solidarity, Annie-Marie and Lilli
Petition to St. Joseph City Commission
Black Lives Matter mural in front of St. Joseph High School
We, the students of St. Joseph High School, want a Black Lives Matter mural painted in front of our school (on Stadium Drive) to voice solidarity with our twin city school, Benton Harbor High School and to support the Black community in St. Joe. On August 8th, members of the Benton Harbor community painted a mural in front of Benton Harbor High School. The organizer of that mural, Trenton Bowens, reached out to the St. Joseph City Commission to get it approved for St. Joe as well. But, after some backlash the commission has stalled on voting in favor of the mural. It has been over a month since this idea was proposed and still the commission hasn't come to a decision. The goal of this petition is to show the City Commission that St. Joseph High School students support this mural and to show the Black students at SJHS that the school supports this statement. While alternative options for the mural have been presented, we do not want to settle for options other than a mural that simply states "Black Lives Matter" because we want our mural to mirror the one already painted in our twin city, Benton Harbor. This is an opportunity for St. Joseph High School to show that we recognize that there is institutionalized racism and that we are going to take steps to fight it. It's important to emphasize that this is not a solution to the problem, it's only one step in the right direction. We want St. Joseph High School to be on the right side of history. If you are a SJHS student and want to join the Social Justice Group, please contact Norah Judge through Google Hangouts.