Petition to Superintendent Tom Torlakson
Tell CA Education Leaders to Publicly Report Important Race & Gender Data
We urge the California Department of Education to publicly report achievement, opportunity, and access data by both race and gender combined and to more accurately report data on Asian students by detailed subgroup. Continuing to not release this data publicly hides important information about disparities within groups of students and reinforces misperceptions of Asian Americans as a monolithic group. This data is crucial to better identifying what’s working for students, and what’s not, and to give educators and advocates the information they need to close opportunity and achievement gaps. Help us urge the state to do this by signing this petition.
Petition to Governor Larry Hogan
Creating Diversity Days for Public Schools in Maryland
What is this? In Maryland, thousands of kids from many different religious, gender, and racial diversity groups are facing discrimination. Muslims, LGBTQ+, African-Americans, and dozens of others are bullied, and aren't getting the respect and understanding they deserve. I believe that this needs to stop. I am hoping to write a petition to the Governor of the Maryland, to say that all public middle and high schools must designate a day out of the school year to celebrate the diversity of it's students, with education, speeches, activities, and thoughtful reflection. Why is this a problem? With rising racial and social tensions, American society is becoming ever divided. Many kids at school are facing discrimination, for the race, sexual orientation, their religion. These articles are proof of the problem that Maryland has to face. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/during-a-school-year-of-terrorist-attacks-muslim-students-report-bullying/2016/06/14/1b066a44-3220-11e6-8758-d58e76e11b12_story.html?utm_term=.ec6d7100f614 http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-halloween-costumes-20171030-story.html I go to a school in Maryland, and have witnessed this discrimination firsthand. I think that the most effective way to stop this is to petition the Maryland governor to have a day strictly dedicated to the diversity and complexity of public schools. I think that this would cause a monumental change to our society. Who's with me!
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