12 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

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. 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?    

Committee on Stone Mountain
1,150 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to United Nations, Department of Justice, Michigan State House, Michigan State Senate, Rick Snyder


My son Musaalih Kerr died March 5, 2016 after being arrested and put in Oakland County Jail without medicatreatment even though he was arrested at a facility for the mentally ill and place there by court appointed guardian law office appointed by the state.  Although he was taken from jail by ambulance, shocked back to life or more accurately a living nightmare, plugged into a ventilator for three months he died in that jail cell on that cold day in December because he never breathed on his own again. The ventilator breathed for him for 90 days. In his last days on earth he was unable to move and his only activity was staring at the clock on the wall as his life slipped away.  The last breathe he took on his own was in jail so the jail needs to provide some answers. It has been over a year and the only call I got from the authorities is a call to ask me why he wasn't in court. He was taken to hospital by the jail. How come they didn't know he died? I am asking you to pass Musaalih's Law so that mentally ill group home residence and those living with their families are taken to a hospital to be stabalized at least before being thrown in a cell. I also request an investigation into the death of Musaalih Kerr. Why did he walk into jail and left in an ambulance as a quadepligic with trauma to his spine? In my opinion jail is not the appropriate place for the mentally ill. Michigan does not have a state hospital so if someone has a family member that is a danger to himself or others there is nothing one can do. No actions are taken until the mentally ill person commits a crime. Lack of resources for the mentally ill is a factor in crime stats and race does play a role in who gets resources. Although I work, pay taxes and owned a home; attempting to get help was a daily struggle.  The last time Musaalih was arrested he already had a long paper trail that verified he was mentally ill. For one the police arrested him at a group home for mentally ill residents; if that wasn't a clue, at the time of his arrest he had a legal guardian appointed by Michigan Probate Court due to mentallyincompetent caused by schizophrenia. Also prior to his last arrest which preceded his death Musaalih lived in Lake Park Nursing home in Wakengen Illinois for four years. In his life he has been charged with resisting arrest for running three feet. The police officers were informed he had a mental illness but they always took him to jail, never to a hospital.  I feel if the arresting officers would have taken him to a hospital at least to be stabalized first he would be alive today. Police Officers are not Social Workers and I am not advocating to burden them with judgement calls on whether a suspect is mentally ill. However, treating those in residence for the mentally ill like they are mentally ill means that there is no guess work for the police in these instances.  The jail staff also were neglectful to watch my son die for months and not take him to a hospital until it was too late. Taking him to hospital too late, staved, dehydrated do not count as compassion in my opinion. In his short life Musaalih probably had close to twenty hospitalizations due to schizophrenia. Although medical experts say that there is no cure for schizophrenia, everytime my son ended up in jail the judge act like a jail sentence would cure the uncureable. So he suffered in a cold cell and died alone. Pass Musaalih's Law so that it will be mandatory for police to take mentally ill group home residents to hospital first to be stabalized before throwing them in jail. Some are having seizures and shouldn't be left to die in that state, a waking nightmare. Jail staff are not adequate to treat the mentally ill and putting this burden on jail staff is not fair to them or mentally ill persons. Musaalih's Law will not bring my son back but hopefully prevent another person from suffering the same fate as him and another family from suffering the heartache of losing their love one in this way.  Musaalih walked into jail but never walked out. By the time he got to the hospital he was quadepligic, unable to move anything except his eyes and mouth. Unable to speak, breathe  or eat.  Cause of death on his death certificate says blunt force trauma to the spine, cause unknown. So this could be murder that is being ignored. I hope to shine light on his case. Thank you   Before he died part of Musaalih's journey was featured on Dan Rather Presents Bus Ticket to Nowhere. The Mental Health Crisis in America. You can watch at link below. Thank you for your support in memory of my late son, Musaalih Kerr. ://  

Peggie Jarvis
186 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX Broadcasting Company, Time Warner, Leslie Moonves, Rebecca Marks, Robert Iger, Jeff Bewkes, Mark Pedowitz

Make Late Night Talk Shows More Diverse

It's 2017, and lack of diversity is still a hot topic in America.  While television is gradually becoming more diverse via sitcoms and drama, big corporate networks still believe the archetypal white male will attract more viewers when it comes to late night talk shows. To diversify, a person of color is usually added as the second man, or the sidekick. Shows such as "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", "The Late Late Show With James Corden," "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," all have this pattern. These hosts are entertaining and we do enjoy their hard work, but the networks they work for haven't changed since late night shows first premiered, and can only find to diversify the second spotlight.  Sure, this is better than an all white cast, but why is it that the sidekick is the only position open for someone of color? What if the sidekick was given a chance to host his own show? If we really want to see a change in our discussion about race, give someone who isn't white a chance to host a late night talk show. Over 2 million viewers tune into these shows each night. Let's prove that a person of color can be just as entertaining to a majority audience as a white male. (  Let's show big networks that someone of a different color can still talk about the same topics as a white male, and get the same viewership with the same viewers. Tell these networks that you want a change. If we want to see equality in America, we need a more diverse popular media. Diversity begins with representation.   

Miko H
9 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Geri Byrne

Stop the Proposed Fence at the Tulelake Municipal Airport, site of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center, California

Modoc County, California, approved a 5-year $3.5 million airport development plan that includes a massive, 3-mile long, barbed-wire topped 8-foot high fence.  Having an airport, even a small and primitive airport, operating in the middle of the Tule Lake concentration camp site, is inappropriate and demeans the memory of more than 24,000 people who were incarcerated in Tule Lake. The proposed fence closes off remembrance of this civil and human rights tragedy, and it will destroy the integrity of this unique historic site. The fence will eliminate opportunities for Japanese Americans and others to visit, reflect and mourn. This exclusion will be a permanent legacy of Modoc County’s and the Federal Aviation Administration's failure to comprehend the traumatic injustice created by the racism, fed by wartime greed and hysteria and failed political leadership that led to the mass incarceration. The Tule Lake site has not yet been comprehensively surveyed to document surface and subsurface historic WWII resources. Consequently, it is a priority to identify structures and artifacts before more damage to the site takes place.  In July 2014, the Tule Lake Committee sought legally-mandated environmental review of the entire airport area, which occupies two-thirds of the former Tule Lake site.  However, instead of conducting careful examination of the entire area WITHIN the fence project, including subsurface review, the County and the FAA have argued their environmental responsibility is confined to surveying only a narrow strip of land where the 3-mile long fence would directly lie.    In the past year, the Tule Lake Committee participated in talks with Modoc County, the FAA, other state and federal agencies and local representatives, hoping to promote understanding of the historic site’s significance, urging it be protected, not destroyed.  Seeking a long-term solution to the problem of preserving an irreplaceable historic site, we raised the issue of moving the Tulelake airport to a less sensitive nearby location. It was clear to all interested parties that a small airport can be moved.  It is not possible to move a historic site. Thank you for signing our petition! We are grateful for your support. PS – Please like or follow our Facebook page (@SaveTuleLake) to receive updates on our campaign. 

Satsuki Ina with Stop the Fence at Tulelake Airport
37,970 supporters