Petition to Tigre Di Forlivo, Maurice Cook, Mandolin Restivo-Walsh, Dorcas Davis, Akua Gy
Tell March for Racial Justice not to March on Yom Kippur. Jews deserve to be included.
A March for Racial Injustice excluding Jews IS racial injustice. The selection of Yom Kippur, the well-known holiest day of the Jewish calendar, can be nothing but intentional. Printed on every calendar throughout the United States, their claim of it being an "oversight" is nothing more than a smokescreen. They say they stand up for equality. Holding the March on a holy day will preclude many would-be participants from joining in. The selection of this date is either specifically to exclude Jews, or they simply don't care about excluding Jews - either way, it is an act that defies the purpose of racial, religious, and ethnic injustice that they claim to be fighting for. Now more than ever we need unity and justice for all. Make your voice heard - protect racial injustice against Jews!
Petition to Eric Sabree, Erica Gerson, Alvin Horhn, Mike Duggan
Stop Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures in Detroit, Michigan
YOU CAN HELP STOP ILLEGAL PROPERTY TAX FORECLOSURES IN DETROIT. From 2011 to 2015, the Wayne County treasurer foreclosed upon about 1 in 4 Detroit properties for nonpayment of property taxes. The Great Depression was the last time in American history that we experienced this record numbers of property tax foreclosures. According to the Michigan Constitution, no property should be assessed at more than 50% of its market value. But, between 2009-2015, the City of Detroit assessed 55% to 85% of its properties in violation of its state constitution. Since property taxes were based on these ridiculous and illegally inflated numbers, it is no surprise that residents weren't able to pay. As a result, over 100,000 working families have lost their homes, and many Detroit neighborhoods have been devastated. African-Americans have been hit hardest of all. THE COALITION TO STOP ILLEGAL PROPERTY TAX FORECLOSURES IS FIGHTING TO WIN THREE DEMANDS: Stop unconstitutional property tax assessments Compensate Detroit residents who have already lost their homes through illegal tax foreclosures Suspend pending property tax foreclosures until we can confirm that targeted taxpayers have not been unconstitutionally assessed. Please Join Us in Our Fight
Petition to Kenyon Community
Diversity at Kenyon
We want to boost inclusivity and representation of students from a wider range of socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic categories. Help us do this by signing this petition. If you have questions, reach out to us at KYDSA@kenyon.edu or come to one of our meetings-- Sundays at 5pm! Currently working on: Implementation of Student Ambassador Program: -Student volunteers-Idea that that students know their hometowns (and local public schools) best, can best speak to Kenyon’s current climate, already travel home regularly, care about Kenyon’s diversity, etc.-Program will be overseen by KYDSA-- in terms of advertising and recruiting people to sign up; also holding responsibility for staying informed, answering questions, etc.-Trained by admissions (at intervals over the course of the school year)Data, techniques on how to talk to the guidance counselorsVisiting high schools over breaks, preferably lower-income and more racially/ethnically diverse schools, public schools that are not visited currently-Some student input on these schools, e.g. which public schools in your hometown that have viable candidates for Kenyon that are getting overlooked-Looking at lower income communities-Cities-Native American reservations Addition of specific breakdowns of census-designated groups to the website: -Currently says: “20 percent are African Americans, Asians, and Latinos/ Hispanic- Americans, Native Americans, and multiethnic students” -Should say: 3% African American, 4% Asian, 5% Hispanic (College Board)-This is misrepresenting the student body-- counterproductive, misleading, etc. -Could lead to lower retention rate -"The Company We Keep": 11 of the 20 peer schools listed on Kenyon's website provide specific categorical breakdowns -Kenyon has the lowest student of color population of any of the 20 Increase funding of programs like KEEP and KAP:-Re-allocation of scholarship money to students with more need (with less representation on campus currently-Distinguished Academic Scholarship, Kenyon Promise Scholarship% of tuition money to diversity scholarships
Petition to State of Georgia, David Ralston, LaDawn Jones, Vincent Fort, Stacey Abrams, Jon Burns, Christian Coomer, Matt Hatchett, Bruce Williamson, Carolyn Hugley, Stacey Evans, Robert Trammell, Pat Gardner, Howard Mosby, Gloria Butler, Emanuel Jones, Gail Davenport, Elena Parent, Earnest Williams, Billy Mitchell, Pam Stephenson, Tonya Anderson, Dar'shun Kendrick, Karen Bennett, Jan Jones, Carolyn Hugley
Change or Remove Stone Mountain Confederate Carving
Today, The Confederate Carving on Stone Mountain has been re-branded with laser shows, animated with colored beams of lights. The Confederate Carving is being glorified and celebrated as if the cause of the Civil War was not over. Our goal is to make the Stone Mountain Confederate Carving more inclusive and to change its designation. Who should be included in the carving on Stone Mountain? Native Americans, African Americans, women, Lincoln, Sherman, Grant. The carving should be removed if it cannot be made more representative of the Civil War history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl9Cw7G_oa0 The men in the Confederate Carving on Stone Mountain were not from Georgia. The capitol of the Confederate States of America was not in Georgia. There were no battles in Georgia led by General Robert E. Lee, nor General Stonewall Jackson. There was no major Civil War battle at Stone Mountain. In addition, there were no soldiers buried at Stone Mountain Park. So why is Stone Mountain Park designated a Confederate Memorial? We do not seek to destroy history, but to make it more inclusive and realistic. The defenders of the status quo, seek to re-brand the legacy of the Confederacy and the Civil War. The reality is that both the Union and Confederate monuments do not truly represent or do justice to our story. The Union won the war, the slaves were freed, and the Confederacy was re-admitted into the Union. President Lincoln in his Gettysburg address reminded us that America was "...conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal". The Confederate States of America sought to spread slavery and had it placed in the Confederate Constitution. Every time we go to war, we change history. In 1915, Samuel Venable the principal owner of Stone Mountain was a member of the Klan and hosted KKK events on his mountain for decades afterwards. Both Venable and the carving sculptor Gutzon Borglum were associated with the KKK. The KKK was a terrorist group who believed in white supremacy and race separation. The Venable Brothers deeded the north face of the mountain to the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1916 to create the carving. The UDC established the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Association (SMCMA) for fundraising and on-site supervision of the project. The Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Association was packed with KKK members. In 1958, the State of Georgia purchased Stone Mountain. However, the Confederate Carving was not completed until 1972. The story of Stone Mountain actually predates both the first white settlers and the Creek Indians before them. At least 12 Archaic Indian sites have been identified in the vicinity of Stone Mountain. Crystal Mountain was the name given it in 1567 when Spanish explorer Juan Pardo visited it, in search of the Moundbuilder civilization discovered by deSoto on an earlier trip. The Moundbuilders were gone, replaced by Creek Indians who called the peak Lone Mountain and used the easily spotted mountain as a meeting place. In the early 19th century, the area was known as Rock Mountain. Woodland Indians built a rock wall, encircling the top of the mountain. By the beginning of the 20th century the wall had disappeared. At the beginning of the Civil War, 22 million people lived in the North and 9 million people (4 million of whom were slaves) lived in the South. About 2.75 million soldiers fought in the Civil War 2 million for the North and 750,000 for the South. Over ninety-five percent of African Americans lived in the South. Approximately 620,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease during the Civil War. By the end of the Civil War, roughly179,000 black men (10% of the Union Army) served as soldiers in the U.S. Army and another 19,000 served in the Navy. Nearly 40,000 black soldiers died over the course of the war—30,000 of infection or disease. Even though a majority of African Americans lived in the South, the racism was so deep that African Americans were not allowed to join the Confederate army or have weapons. They served only in support roles. 28,693 Native Americans served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. 250 documented cases of women serving as soldiers in the Civil War but it is suspected there were many more than that. Some say let it be, why make trouble? just except things as they are. "There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?" -- JFK ----- O Say Can We See By The Dawn's Early Light: What is Wrong with the Confederate Flag and the Carving? https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6rHTsNOsLE_TE5NMHJlb3VPS1U/view?usp=sharing
Petition to Akram Khater, Eric Hamako, Hassan Jaber, John Bouman
Adding "Middle Eastern/Arab" to the list of ethnicities
The "race question" is a common required field in which each individual is to respond according to their self-identification. Although the list of options has become more diversified in the past few decades, it has yet to include major populations in the United States' culture melting pot. This question is required for multiple surveys (including for governmental, educational, and profession-specific questionnaires) and several groups continuously are forced to miss-identify themselves as an effect of the lack of options. In the case that they do not have one's ethnicity, some may select "other", however, this is not always a viable option. Furthermore, this applies to those of Middle Eastern and Arab descent. They are told to classify themselves as "White/Caucasian" for over two decades. Middle Eastern and Arabs are to completely disregard their culture and identity, instead placing them under a generic category. In the case of Hispanics/Latinos, they have finally been granted their own ethnic-specific option within the race/ethnicity question. Latin America is comprised of various nations who have some similar ethnic and racial backgrounds, yet unique in their own way. This similarly occurs in the Middle East! The Arabs and Arab-Americans struggle to identify as "White" and desire their own particular category. In order to progress and promote the diversified nation, the addition of, "Middle Eastern/Arab" should be a valid option for the United State Census and all questionnaires. It is important to be recognized as a major race and ethnicity as there are nearly 1.6 million Arabs in the United States today. **Credit to artist Justen Paul Tolentino
Petition to Everyone
Change the Mascot for East Coweta High School
East Coweta High School is a school in Newnan, Georgia. We are just like any other school nearby, with weekly sports games, dances, and spirit weeks, however, there is one problem with our school. Our mascot. Our school is known as home of the Indians, because Indians are our mascot. Neighboring schools have mascots like the Cougars, but ours is the only one. I, and many of my fellow classmates have serious issues with. Since when is it okay to have an ethnic group as a mascot? Since when is it okay to have a group of people, people that we stole land from years ago, people that we murdered, people that we raped, as a mascot? It’s not okay. This is not right. We should make a change. The mascot. We should change it to anything else but the Indians, because people are not mascots. How is it right to rape, muder, and steal from these people just to make them mascots like it’s nothing years later? People are not mascots. Animals are mascots. Objects are mascots. An ethnic group should not be a mascot. Please sign and share, so that East Coweta High School can no longer be known as “Home of the Indians” but instead home of something that’s not an ethnic group.