Petition to Father John Denning and Stonehill College Registrar's Office
Change Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day at Stonehill College
More and more cities and towns have renamed the day previously known as Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day, in order to honor and respect Native Americans. Christopher Columbus was known to be responsible for the murder, harm and expulsion of many Native Americans post his arrival in the Americas. By accepting this day, we as a community are embracing the erasure of Indigenous populations in our country. Prior to the ownership by the Ames family of the land to which Stonehill College resides on, the area was owned by the local population of Wampanoag. As a respectful gesture to the those communities of Indigenous people that once resided here, Stonehill College should make the change in our academic calendar, and elsewhere it applies, to Indigenous People's Day. As a school that pushes to promote diversity and inclusion, Stonehill needs to participate in this movement to end the racial discrimination surrounding Indigenous cultures.
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