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racial discrimination

114 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Kyle Riggs, Bryce Anderson, Bryce Anderson, Ken Richarson, Cheryl A. Scarcelli Ancheta, Donn Gardner, Christine Larsen, Andrea Valderrama, Frieda Christopher

Demand the resignation of Bryce Anderson from the David Douglas School Board

Links to Bryce Anderson's anti-immigrant comment and full audio from the Inclusion Resolution vote at the David Douglas School Board meeting 3.9.2017:Clip of Bryce Anderson's statement with transcript Full Audio Demand Bryce Anderson's immediate resignation and the board's formal denouncement of his comment. His comment likening undocumented immigrants to murderers is clear evidence of discrimination toward immigrant students and is a direct affront to the David Douglas mission statement and the Inclusion Resolution.At the February school board meeting, school board member Andrea Valderrama presented to the board a draft Inclusion resolution. The resolution was similar to that of other school districts and cities, responding to increased fear to ICE, registries and hate crimes in our schools. It stated the existing polices protecting students and added that school funds will not be used to aid ICE and that staff and faculty will be trained in how to respond to federal immigration, how they will support kids whose parents are taken and so on. Really, a no-brainer. The inclusion resolution was met with apathy and significant pushback and some outright hostility from the other board members. Thankfully, knowing that people had attended specifically for this issue, the chair Kyle Riggs opened up the floor for input. A handful of concerned parents, staff and community members offered strong support for the resolution and countered the anti-immigrant comments from board member Donn Gardner. Following that, the board agreed to work with Andrea over the next month to develop a resolution they could all support and the final vote was scheduled for the March school board meeting. The conference room was overflowing at the March 9th school board meeting. It's been estimated that 100 people were in attendance whereas these meetings usually draw 5-10. Approximately, 40 people testified, only 1 not fully in support. Community members, staff, teachers, parents and students talked about why this resolution is so important. Because of the format, the vote did not happen until near the end of this meeting at 11:30 pm - which meant that few people were still around to hear the outcome. It was immediately clear that the vote would not be unanimous and that no amount of editing was going to change the 3 dissenting member's votes (Cheryl Scarcelli Ancheta, Donn Gardner & Bryce Anderson). All three talked about respecting the constitution and that fears of ICE were unfounded - pretty typical of the comments from last meeting.The 3 dissenting Board members used "process" as an excuse throughout the discussion yet were clearly opposed to putting any kind of resolution forward from the beginning, and really threw Andrea Valderrama under the bus that night. Then, at the end of the debate and pretty much out of no where, Bryce Anderson added something unrelated to education, likening undocumented immigrants to murderers. At that, the room when into audible outrage and visible shock. Chairman, Kyle Riggs, then slammed his gavel, shushing and admonishing the audience. No one on the entire board challenged Bryce's bigoted comments. The vote was then taken passing 4 to 3. A bitter, hard fought victory for the community. The following morning a request was made and promptly fulfilled by Superintendent Ken Richardson's office for the audio recording. Since then, I have filed a formal AC-AR discrimination compliant form against Bryce Anderson - directly with the board chair and have begun petitioning the board to ask Anderson for his resignation AND that they formally denounce his comment. It is my opinion that the Board members who made personal statements about undocumented immigrant children and their parents are not working for everyone in our district and are violating local, state, and federal law in protecting all kids. I need help in elevating this story. I need people to know what's going on out here in David Douglas School District. When we cannot count on our school board to support ALL children, they need to go. We cannot make progress with leaders like Bryce Anderson. Leaders who make no effort to hide their racism and anti-immigrant bigotry. Please sign and share and attend the next meeting board meeting April 13th @ 7pm in the David Douglas High School conference room 1500 SE 130th ave Portland, Oregon 97233

Heather Franklin
858 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Benjamin Netanyahu, Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot, Avigdor Lieberman

Release Rivka: Young Ethiopian Immigrant Held in Israeli Prison Without Trial

Rivka Yeshayhu is a 21 year old Ethiopian-Israeli, a dedicated daughter and sister who works hard to support her family. Rivka lost her father at a young age and her mother was in a serious car accident that left her permanently disabled. Being the oldest sibling, Rivka had to grow up quickly to ensure the family’s needs were met. She worked full time to support her mother and siblings and accompanied her mother on all of her appointments. Rivka’s mother is not fluent in Hebrew and is often ignored by the staff at government offices. Rivka accompanies her to ensure that she is taken care of and can continue to collect her disability benefits. In late 2016 Rivka received a draft notice from the IDF (Israeli military) informing her that she was being called upon for mandatory duty and that she was to report to an absorption center. Considering her family situation, coupled with the fact that she is religious, Rivka figured that she would not have to serve. She obtained the necessary paperwork to receive an exemption but found the forms to be extremely complicated and was not able to submit them before the deadline. Shortly after that she received another draft notice and this time she appeared at the absorption center and explained her situation to an IDF official. The official told her that she would have to go to Israel’s Central Rabbinate for a document stating that she is religious and therefore qualities for an exemption. Rivka went through the necessary steps and submitted the paperwork. Nervous after not hearing back for several weeks she mailed in the forms again. Finally she received a notice to appear at the IDF headquarters. She hoped that this time she would finally be receiving her official exemption.  On April 3rd, 2017 Rivka appeared at IDF headquarters with her mother but instead of being given an exemption she was arrested on the spot and sent to military prison for the crime of Draft Evasion. The officials had not received her paperwork.  They apparently considered a bureaucratic mixup on their part to be equivalent to willful draft dodging even though she had appeared at army headquarters of her own volition.  Rivka has no criminal record and she works hard to support her mother and siblings. Now that Rivka is in prison her family has no means of supporting themselves and her mother is worried that she will lose her meager disability benefits with Rivka not there to translate for her. The family is on the verge of being evicted from there apartment and they are struggling to put food on the table. It’s been over a month since Rivka was taken to prison and she has yet to stand trial or even receive a bail hearing. She was forced to spend the Jewish holiday of Passover in prison due to the fact that the court has not yet given her the opportunity to enter a plea. If convicted, Rivka will likely receive several additional months of jail time along with mandatory military service. Such a situation would leave her family destitute with no means to provide for themselves.  Israeli officials refuse to comment on the situation. The Israeli Rabbinate has called for reforms to the exemption process, requesting that the Rabbinate have the ability to directly send letters affirming religious status to the IDF. This would cut out the step of the exemption candidate having to mail in additional paperwork themselves, reducing the amount of forms lost in transit.  Given Israel’s notorious bad postal service, it makes sense. In the meantime Rivka remains in prison, forced to complete hours of military exercise and to stand at attention several times a day while she is screamed at and ridiculed. This otherwise happy and bubbly girl has become a shell of her former self. Rivka’s story has received little to no coverage in the Israeli press. Considering that the country is known for it’s problem with racial discrimination against the Ethiopian community, the lack of coverage comes as no surprise. Ethiopian Israelis are twice as likely to be arrested, often accused of crimes they didn’t commit. Israel has a long history of institutionalized racism against its Ethiopian citizens, a community of over 100,000. Many Ethiopian Israelis are refusing to serve in the IDF as conscientious objectors to protest institutionalized racism and police brutality. Rivka definitely believes that racism played a major factor in her arrest. Other Israeli girls who have been arrested for draft evasion in the past were speedily released with a mere warning. Those cases grabbed more attention and the government felt pressured to grant clemency quickly. Barely anyone is speaking up on Rivka’s behalf. Please sign our petition to pressure Benjamin Netanyahu, IDF officials, and the Israeli government to release Rivka from prison immediately. It is clear that Rivka never intended to evade the draft as she reported to Military Headquarters whenever she was summoned. Her family desperately needs her home. Rivka’s release will also be an important victory for Israel’s Ethiopian community as well, showing them that their struggles are not being ignored.  Your voice matters, let’s speak up and stand up against racial and religious discrimination in Israel and return Rivka to her family who desperately needs her.

Hatzalah L'Achim
1,052 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to North Carolina Governor, Parole Board Members

Stop Wasting Tax Dollars : Release Gerio Carson .

Hi, my name is Clarissa Carson my husband Gerio Carson OPUS #0067783 who participated in crime at the immature age of 19. He was appointed a public defender and plead not guilty and decided to take it to trial. He didn't have a jury of his peers and was found guilty even though the North Carolina State Coroner testified that the bullet from his gun could not have been the cause of death of the victim . There were three other suspects which took plea bargains and have since  been released . Gerio has been incarcerated for 25 years and is  in those 25 years he has become a mature, intelligent, compassionate and spiritual man. He has taken advantage of several educational and rehabilitative programs such as Anger Management, Character Education, Parenting, General Education Development, Human Resource Development, Computer Application, DART, Information System, Textiles & Upholstery, Napoleon Hill Project, Culinary Arts, CRC, Masonry and Horticultural.  He came up for parole in 2014 and was denied based on three reasons: 1.Your release at this time would unduly depreciate the seriousness of the crime or promote disrespect for the law. 2. Your continued correctional programming in the institution will substantially enhance your capacity to lead a law abiding life if released at a later date. 3.There is a substantial risk that you would engage in further criminal conduct. Please take into consideration that he is extremely remorseful, rehabilitated  and of all the accomplishments he has made in the 25 years of his incarceration. Lets stop using our tax dollars for someone who has been rehabilitated. Sincerely , Clarissa Carson 

Clarissa Carson
170 supporters