Petition to John Kasich
Tell Ohio Gov. John Kasich to recall 37 state troopers from North Dakota!
On Saturday, October 29, the state of Ohio sent 37 highway patrol officers to North Dakota to assist with security at protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is slated to go under the Missouri River next to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. What does such "security" mean? It means trampling the rights of native Americans who have been subjected to human rights abuses from a militarized police force acting to protect not the people but a pipeline that directly threatens their water supply. Ohio taxpayers do not want 37 of their highway patrol officers to participate in this unconstitutional and unethical violation of Native American people's rights. We demand that Gov. John Kasich bring these state troopers back home now. Background The Ohio troopers headed to North Dakota just two days after police used pepper spray, sound cannons, concussion grenades, rubber bullets, and batons on hundreds of unarmed water protectors while clearing their camp on historically tribal land. Over 140 water protectors were arrested. Those taken into custody have reported that they were strip searched, had numbers written on their arms, and were housed in dog kennels with no bedding or furniture. According to Dallas Goldtooth of Indigenous Environmental Network: National Guard was used to clear the way for pipeline construction within 20 miles of the river where President Obama has asked that work be stopped. Men and women were pulled out of a sweat lodge ceremony at gunpoint. Private security forces had men armed with AR-15 weapons. Similarities to Wounded Knee had the potential to turn a peaceful protest into a major tragedy. The militarized police crackdown on a peaceful gathering of unarmed indigenous people in North Dakota happened on the same day as white men who carried out an armed 41-day seige of a nature preserve in Oregon were acquitted of all charges. Private security planes and helicopters were flying over the camp all day despite declaration of the area as a no-fly zone by the Federal Aviation Administration. Despite claims that water protectors were armed, the only weapons were in the hands of militarized police -- assault rifles, snipers, concussion grenades, batons, sound cannons, tanks, and more. Horseback riders were attacked by police on ATVs, resulting in one horse being hurt so severely that he had to be put down. National Guard humvees were onsite with snipers on top. As a result of the militarized police crackdown, Amnesty International has announced it is sending observers to North Dakota, and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is sending a representative to the site. Video from the scene Police in North Dakota have unconstitutionally arrested journalists documenting the protests, confiscated their footage, and charged them with felony crimes. Despite these efforts, reports and livestreams from the October 27 police crackdown have been seen by millions. Here are a few: Report from Unicorn Riot showing police raiding the indigenous people's camp; several of their reporters have been arrested. Video from Dallas Goldtooth showing a water protector wounded from shrapnel from a concussion grenade, pepper spray into a group of protectors, and the arrest of tribal councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek as she stood in prayer. Livestream from indigenous journalist Atsa E'sha Hoferer showing police raiding the camp. This brutal crackdown occurred just weeks after private security forces went after water protectors with pepper spray and attack dogs. Democracy Now reporter Amy Goodman and her crew were on the scene to record events. Officials charged Goodman with conspiracy and rioting; the judge dismissed all charges. Our demand Ohio police have no business getting involved in an unconstitutional abuse of human rights in order to protect a pipeline that threatens the water supply of a tribal nation in North Dakota. We demand that Gov. John Kasich bring all state troopers sent to North Dakota back to Ohio NOW. Photo credit: NBC News
Petition to Dr. Heisey
No Racism Starts with No Racist SPF
Hello, Scotch Plains-Fanwood. This petition is not anti-Raider Nation. It is not anti-Raider at all. It is only anti-Racism. Some things at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School need to change. The fact that derogatory logos are still being used, indigenous headdresses are still being culturally appropriated, and Raider Nation doesn't want to change it is concerning. My goal is to keep the raider name, but remove its ties from indigenous people all together. Almost all indigenous people are not raiders, so the logo does not make sense, and it is just a racial stereotype. Please sign to remove racism from our school. Thanks for the support!
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Patty Murray, Jay Inslee
Using Native Americans as Logos and Having our Heritage Mocked by their fans is not okay.
Why do people continue to slap us Native Americans in the face? From racist names like Redskins to racist mascots like Chief Wahoo, we are constantly reminded that we matter least. These "harmless" names and mascots lead to even greater issues. From their fans mocking our traditions and stereotypes to opposing fan bases using their names/logos to insult their team by mocking our heritage. If fans were wearing military rank instead of Native American headdresses, this would be a violation of the Stolen Valor Act. If a man's face were painted black instead of red, he would be labeled a hate-filled racist. However, because it is directed toward Native Americans, it is considered tradition. I guess that is an accurate statement. It is the tradition of this country to mistreat Native Americans. Almost all US citizens think that Natives own reservations....they are only "managers" of the land and most can't even own their own house because it is government property. People think they are getting casino money when only a very very few are. In fact, 10 of the 20 poorest counties in the united states are reservations. Native Americans have the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the United States of America. Don't get me started on the mythical college education they all get. The schools on reservations are vastly underfunded, and a recent study reported that only 52% are now graduating high school. Many reservations put the ghetto to shame, and per capita, Native Americans are the most likely race to be killed by a police officer. Might seem like a cool tradition to you but it is another unnecessary slap in the face. #NativePride
Petition to Judith Enck, Walter Mugdan, Lisa Jackson, Bob Martin, Glen Logan, Andy Hobbs, Samuel Thompson, President of the United States, New Jersey Governor
Save Ringwood State Park! Don’t let Ford Motor Company use it as a toxic landfill!
Save historic Ringwood State Park! Don’t let the government give it away to a notorious polluter! Tell our elected officials and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to require Ford Motor Company to clean up and restore this beloved jewel of the New Jersey State Park system, ensuring it remains as beautiful parkland - and not to a toxic waste landfill threatening the health and safety of the disadvantaged Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe. For background, as part of the cleanup of the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site in Ringwood, New Jersey, the polluter, Ford Motor Company, is trying to take back State parkland so they can use it as a toxic dump for their poisonous sludge and drums of leaking chemicals. Ringwood State Park and the neighboring Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe homeland is dotted with former iron mines that once provided iron used in the construction of the United States Capitol Dome and the George Washington Bridge going into New York City. Yet recent testing shows these abandoned mines are leaking, and that the cancer-causing witches brew of toxic sludge and benzene could potentially impact the water supply for over 1 to 2 million people in this watershed! Unfortunately, Ford has been secretly lobbying behind closed doors with the state and federal governments to allow them to take this historic area so they can continue to use it for toxic waste disposal and long-term containment. The goal of this, of course, is to save this global polluter millions of dollars, with scarcely a concern for its impact on the environment and public health. This land belongs to the public! Don’t let them take our land away! Tell our government to REQUIRE Ford to remediate and restore it completely so we can enjoy a safe and healthy State parkland once again! For more info on this fight, visit: www.RingwoodSuperfundSite.org and www.ToxicLegacy.com
Petition to Michael B. Surbaugh, National Executive Board of BSA, Charles Dahlquist, Randall Stephenson
Boys Scouts of America: Stop the theft of Native America Culture
The Arrow of Light ceremony is an extremely problematic ceremony that steals cultural and religious regalia and sacred ceremony from a marginalized group (Native Americans), that have been decimated by colonialism. This is not the only problematic ceremony or practice in BSA, however this (along with the Order of the Arrow) are most notably theft. Additionally, the leadership within BSA need to be trained on culturally appropriate terminology and come to an understanding of the use of racial slurs such as IN---N. See below links regarding cultural appropriation and how it is harmful to marginalized groups. The Boy Scouts of America teaches specific principles such as honor, responsibility and reverence. Theft from a marginalized culture does not model these principles in the least. This petition will be handed to BSA once it reaches 1,000 signatures or after 4 weeks, whichever comes first. http://lastrealindians.com/boys-scouts-order-of-the-arrow-guilty-of-cultural-appropriation-by-ozheebeegay-ikwe/ http://m.dailykos.com/story/2015/8/8/1409988/-The-Boy-Scouts-of-America-Has-a-Long-Way-to-Go https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/native-news/houska-boy-scout-koshare-dancers-need-to-stop-stealing-from-natives/ https://www.scoutsforequality.org/about/ https://www.thoughtco.com/cultural-appropriation-and-why-iits-wrong-2834561