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racial discrimination

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Petition to Susan Morton, Superintendent

Change the school's racist mascot! Respect Native Americans. Winnsboro ISD Texas

Change the mascot Winnsboro ISD. It's racist. Write to Superintendent of Winnsboro ISD        Smorton@winnsboroisd.org          207 E. Pine St., Winnsboro, TX 75494 for change. https://www.winnsboroisd.org/  This petition has been created to advocate for the Superintendent of Winnsboro ISD to change the mascot at all Wisd Schools, located in Winnsboro, TX. We are asking that the school stop the cultural racism and discriminatory educational practices towards Native American Indians There are several reasons why the Indigenous people of this land should not be made into caricatures or mascots but most importantly, “I am not your mascot”. “We are not your mascot” "No people, race, culture, religion or spirituality should not be a mascot". Native Americans are Human Beings that are alive today, whose Ancestors survived genocide and died to protect our traditional way of life. It is said that this mascot and others are to “Honor Us”. There are other ways to honor the Indigenous people of this continent, such as “Honoring our Treaties” or not bulldozing through our sacred sites. Perhaps starting scholarships to help our youth attend college as we have the highest rates of poverty in the nation. But making Native Americans "people" into mascots or caricatures are not honoring us. It is demeaning and does not properly represent who we are. It has been proven by the American Psychological Association that such mascots, actually harm our youth and teach non-native youth that cultural appropriation is socially acceptable. Furthermore, the use of headdresses within this high school is unacceptable and should not be mimicked as it disrespects what we know to be sacred. No one's culture should be for sale, nor should it be available for just anyone to take and decide what is “honorable” or “noble” because someone assumes it is acceptable to appropriate a race of people culture and beliefs. The Indigenous people of this land have suffered, been knocked down to their knees, but we are still here and we DO EXIST. Our way of life, our ceremonies, our traditions, our language, our teachings all are very sacred to us and having such a mascot, like the “Winnsboro Indians”, having “raiders” or their cheerleaders attempting to dress like we do, having students and supporters painting their faces to look like like Indians perpetuates stereotyping and undermines the true education a student may possibly receive but has been clouded by the school’s ill perception of what an Indigenous person is. Many Native American Indian communities and organizations have been fighting against racism in sports and media for over 40 years. The National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media was established in October of 1991. This coalition exists to fight the powerful influence of major media who choose to promulgate messages of oppression. NCRSM, while best known for its front-line demonstrations outside sports stadiums across America, has been responsible for an educational effort which has made the issue of racial stereotyping a household discussion. NCRSM takes a long-term view of the struggle against learned hatred and disrespect. We are in a fight for the very soul of the United States against long ingrained willful and self-serving ignorance. Components of major media which from public and government opinion includes: film video, sports entertainment, and educational institutions, publications, news organization, television, cable satellite, and the internet, retail practices and merchandising, marketing and radio.” This mission statement falls in line with discriminatory educational practices that have and are obviously being taught at “Winnsboro High School” and perhaps other schools in the WISD where there is less than 1percent of Native American Indian children attending these schools.             We as Native people as well as Non-Native people have come together to address this issue because we are concerned and appalled that even in today’s time, some of our schools are still teaching our children racism and desensitizing them from racial stereotypes of Native American’s which leads to racist bullying, discrimination, depression, cultural issues, and low self-esteem issues among our children. Many Native American Indian children exposed to this type of cultural racism will grow to be ashamed of who they are and their cultural identity because of this abuse. Educational institutions and teachers have a professional responsibility to eliminate racism in all aspects of school life; schools and teachers should not ignore multicultural issues in school but rather address them to provide a more positive learning environment for all students. Having the children play dress up in stereotypical cartoon character-like costumes beating a hand drum, carrying a play tomahawk, feather fans or headdresses, painting faces, doing the tomahawk chops, hand over the mouth yelling or putting their hand up in the air and saying “how” are examples of inauthentic representations of American Indian cultures. Many school officials claim they are honoring American Indians and insist that their school's sponsored activities are not offensive. We argue otherwise, and contend that these racist activities are forms of cultural violence in schools. Of course, many school administrators are all too familiar with the current legal and educational battles toward eliminating Indian mascots, logos, nicknames, and antics from school-related events. The US Commission on Civil Rights (CAR), the highest official governmental body of its kind, issued a strong statement in 2001 recommending that schools eliminate Indian images and nicknames as sports symbols.10 Grassroots efforts of thousands of American Indian parents nationwide prompted this decision among CAR members. Moreover, the critical mass of American Indian educational organizations and professionals supported the CAR too. Indian educators showed school officials that negative images, symbols, and behaviors play a crucial role in distorting and warping American Indian children’s' cultural perceptions of themselves as well as non-Indian children’s' negative attitudes toward and simplistic understanding about American Indian Peoples. Most of these proverbial stereotypes are manufactured racist images that prevent millions of school-age students from understanding the past and current authentic human experience of American Indians As for those that have spoken up to say that they are Native American Indian and do not find this to be offensive.We say to you, IF you do not follow the spirituality of your ancestors, IF you do not follow the teachings of your people, IF you do not do the ceremonies of your people, IF you do not have a people and community you are accountable to that do follow and are connected to their spirituality and ancestors and or, if you follow a foreign religion or mindset, then you are NOT sincere to the ancestors, spirituality, and teachings of Native American Indian people. So you can NOT and should NOT speak for the Native American Indian community on whats best for them or what is offensive to them or not, because you will not understand if you do not know the history and or if you are not connected to the way of life and spirituality of Native American Indian communities that ARE telling you that this type cultural racism and discriminatory educational practices are bad for all people, especially children and must be stopped if we are to have a better future for all people to better understand and respect one another. Superintendent, we respectfully request that you remove Winnsboro Schools' mascot. You would not approve of any other race or culture of people being used as a mascot, so please do not do it with our people. "In 2018, no other people of color must confront the harm & ridicule levied by a sports team whose name refers to the color of their skin.” NCAI & 8 leading civil rights & racial justice orgs announce opposition to Washington NFL team name Watch: Speak Out About Native Mascots – a video by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) National Indian Education Association Re 2013-07: Support for Elimination of Race-Based Native Logos, Mascots and Names – click here to read The Dine Medicine Men’s Assocition, Inc. of the Navajo Nation have passed a Resolution urging President Obama and Congress to act to eliminate racist stereotypes related to sports Mascots in professional sports – click here to read

Standing For All
353 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Colorado State University, Joyce McConnell

Hold CSU accountable for ignoring racial related incidents

There have been several racial and race related incidents that have happened on Colorado State Universities campus over the past 3 years. Regardless of the administrations involvement, or lack of, these incidents happened on the CSU campus and were done by CSU students. For the most part, the CSU administration and past president Tony Frank and current president Joyce McConnell have done little but send an email condemning these actions. Nothing further has happened.  Most recently, 4 CSU students were photographed in blackface while imitating characters from Marvel's Black Panther. An email followed stating that these students were not to face any punishment because the act was protected by the first amendment. Many students felt as though there should be some disciplinary action and some expressed their disapproval by  writing "CSU admin condones blackface" in chalk on the campuses main plaza on September 12, 2019. The plaza on campus is defined as "public forum traditionally utilized at Colorado State University, and is open to all individuals for the purpose of exercising free speech and assembly" and always has messages written in chalk gracing the pavement.  Despite this being an area designed for students to exercise their first amendment rights, the "CSU admin condones blackface" messages were washed away by the administration by the next morning, September 13, 2019. The CSU administration washed away students voices' demanding action regarding the racist events that have happened on campus. This is obviously extremely hypocritical, as CSU cited the first amendment in not punishing students in blackface but then removed speech expressed by other students criticizing the lack of action. This petition aims to hold CSU administration more accountable for past and future racial related incidents on campus and suggests a change in those holding leadership positions at the university. The university's slogan is Rams take care, Rams take action. This is us Rams taking action and doing our best to take care of our fellow students and if this petition is removed or changed in any way by CSU, then they have gone against their core principals.  Links to most recent racial incidents can be found below: Blackface Nazi Swastika  Noose hanging in dorm Police called on Native American teens on campus tour Link to the CSU instagram page that has created this petition 

CSU Memes
3,510 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Missouri Governor, Missouri probation and parole board, Josh Hawley

Free Wilfredo Pujols Jr.

THE CASE Wilfredo Pujols Jr. has been incarcerated since November 2007. Instead of being charged with involuntary manslaughter which he was promised by a detective for confessing to police for a hit and run, he was charged and convicted of a trumped up “felony murder” charge. He was sentenced to 15 years in 2009 with the eligibility of parole upon the required minimum completion of 85% of his sentence.  POLICE BRUTALITY  After Pujols Jr. pled guilty more facts in the case that were not presented to Pujols Jr. came to light when the parents of the victim filed a lawsuit against  the Independence Police Department.  ”They’re like roaches, they don’t die.” These words and officers laughing were caught on the dash cam of one of the police cruisers on scene as Chris Cooper laid on the ground bleeding.  According to the lawsuit “officers responding to the scene at Noland and Osage were negligent for declaring Christopher Cooper “dead” before checking for a pulse.” According to the victims mother, the police officer chasing Pujols “...ran over him and dragged him.” “The police didn’t want him to live. They just let him lie there with his life draining out of him and called him vile names and laughed at him.” -Cheryl Cooper Via Facebook  You can watch the video of what really happened by clicking the link below.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxike9uZkno FIRING OF AFRICAN AMERICAN DETECTIVE  Detective James Beale, the officer that extracted the confession from Pujols Jr. was fired by the Independence Police Department for allegedly falsifying police reports!  This evidence was hidden from Pujols Jr.!  Detective Beale was the only officer fired after the death of Christopher Cooper. Beale claims that he was really fired due to “racial discrimination” within the Independence Police Department.  You can read about his lawsuit and the outcome by clicking the link below.  https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.examiner.net/article/20100731/NEWS/307319927%3ftemplate=ampart SETTLEMENT OF LAWSUIT  The parents of Christopher Cooper, 17, settled their lawsuit against the Independence, MO Police Department and Medevac MidAmerica Inc., an emergency response provider, for $275,000.   PAROLE DENIED Pujols Jr.'s eligible parole date was scheduled for August 2020. Earlier this year, Wilfredo Pujols Jr. was denied parole after being a model prisoner for almost 12 years!   Wilfredo Pujols had never been to prison before this conviction and was known by many as a caring and loving human being. He has three daughters and a wife that need him and a huge family that miss him. WE PRAY FOR RECONSIDERATION  Pujols Jr. understands the circumstances of his actions and has shown remorse from the very beginning. From the day he plead guilty to the words expressed by him to the family of the victim and the judge in this case, he has shown that he’s truly sorry for his actions. We ask for cooperation of the Missouri Department of Corrections and the Missouri Probation and Parole Board whom have the power to release Pujols Jr. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS  Upon his release we believe he will be a positive impact on our communities as he plans to become a public speaker and volunteer. He has completed his GED and has participated in many programs while inside of the system, while never failing a drug test.  Pujols Jr. currently holds a position working with members of the Parole Board at his current institution. A position he holds due to his character and his ability to work with others.  Further, his actions have shown that he is a reformed individual and is ready to come back to society.  Wilfredo Pujols Jr. is currently being held at the Western Reception and Diagnostic Correctional Center in St. Joseph, MO.  REQUEST FOR CLEMENCY  Pujols Jr. has sent an application for clemency praying for the Governor of Missouri to review and grant him a pardon in this case.  SOLUTION - GRANT PAROLE We ask for your cooperation in signing this petition that will go before the Governor and the Missouri Department of Corrections, in order for them to know that we are all aware of this case and that we want Pujols Jr. free from prison on his first eligible release date set by the court and or the granting of the pardon sent to the Governor of Missouri.  If you have any questions feel free to email info@teampujols.com  EL CASO Wilfredo Pujols Jr. ha estado encarcelado desde noviembre de 2007. En lugar de ser acusado de homicidio involuntario, que fue prometido por un detective por confesar a la policía por un atropello y fuga, fue acusado y condenado por un falso cargo de "asesinato grave". Fue sentenciado a 15 años en 2009 con la elegibilidad de libertad condicional tras la finalización mínima requerida del 85% de su condena. DEMANDA DE MUERTE INCORRECTA CONTRA LA POLICÍA Despues de que Pujols Jr. se declarara culpable, más hechos en el caso que no le fueron presentados previamente por su abogado salieron a la luz cuando la familia de la víctima demandó a la Ciudad de la Independencia por las acciones tomadas por la policía esa noche. "Son como cucarachas, no mueren". Estas palabras y oficiales riéndose fueron atrapados en la cámara del tablero de uno de los policías en la escena cuando Chris Cooper yacía en el suelo. Según la demanda, "los agentes que respondieron a la escena en Noland y Osage fueron negligentes por declarar a Christopher Cooper" muerto "antes de comprobar el pulso". Puede ver el video de lo que realmente sucedió haciendo clic en el siguiente enlace. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxike9uZkno DESPEDIDA DEL DETECTIVO AFROAMERICANO El detective James Beale, el oficial que extrajo la confesión de Pujols Jr. fue despedido por el Departamento de Policía de Independence por supuestamente falsificar informes policiales! ¡Esta evidencia estaba oculta para Pujols Jr.! El detective Beale fue el único oficial despedido después de la muerte de Christopher Cooper. Beale afirma que fue realmente despedido debido a la "discriminación racial" dentro del Departamento de Policía de Independence. Puede leer sobre su demanda y el resultado haciendo clic en el siguiente enlace. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.examiner.net/article/20100731/NEWS/307319927%3ftemplate=ampart ACUERDO DE DEMANDA Los padres de Christopher Cooper, de 17 años, resolvieron su demanda contra el Departamento de Policía de Independence, MO y Medevac MidAmerica Inc., un proveedor de respuesta de emergencia, por $ 275,000. LIBERTAD CONDICIONAL DENEGADA La fecha de libertad condicional elegible de Pujols Jr. estaba programada para agosto de 2020. A principios de este año, a Wilfredo Pujols Jr. se le negó la libertad condicional después de haber sido prisionero modelo durante casi 12 años.Wilfredo Pujols nunca había estado en prisión antes de esta condena y muchos lo conocían como un ser humano afectuoso y amoroso. Tiene tres hijas y una esposa que lo necesitan y una gran familia que lo extraña. Oramos por la reconsideración Pujols Jr. comprende las circunstancias de sus acciones y ha mostrado remordimiento desde el principio. Desde el día en que se declaró culpable de las palabras expresadas por él a la familia de la víctima y al juez en este caso, ha demostrado que realmente lamenta sus acciones. Solicitamos la cooperación del Departamento de Correcciones de Missouri y la Junta de Libertad Condicional y Libertad Condicional de Missouri, quienes tienen el poder de liberar a Pujols Jr. LAS ACCIONES HABLAN MÁS QUE LAS PALABRAS Tras su liberación, creemos que tendrá un impacto positivo en nuestras comunidades, ya que planea convertirse en un orador público y voluntario. Ha completado su GED y ha participado en muchos programas mientras está dentro del sistema, sin fallar nunca una prueba de drogas. Pujols Jr. actualmente ocupa un puesto trabajando con miembros de la Junta de Libertad Condicional en su institución actual. Un puesto que ocupa debido a su carácter y su capacidad para trabajar con otros. Además, sus acciones han demostrado que es un individuo reformado y que está listo para volver a la sociedad. Wilfredo Pujols Jr. actualmente se encuentra recluido en el Centro Correccional de Diagnóstico y Recepción Occidental en St. Joseph, MO. SOLICITUD DE CLEMENCIA Pujols Jr. ha enviado una solicitud de clemencia para que el gobernador de Missouri revise y le otorgue el perdón en este caso.SOLUCIÓN - CONCESIÓN DE SOLICITUD Le pedimos su cooperación para firmar esta petición que se presentará ante el Gobernador y el Departamento de Correcciones de Missouri, para que sepan que todos estamos al tanto de este caso y que queremos que Pujols Jr. esté libre de prisión en su primer elegible. fecha de liberación establecida por el tribunal y / o la concesión del indulto enviada al Gobernador de Missouri.   Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en enviar un correo electrónico a info@teampujols.com      

Wil Pujols
490 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to CIIS community!

ICC CHANGE- diversity and recognition in the CIIS ICP program

Please sign, if you agree, and are a member of the CIIS community.  We want to engage in conscious dialogue.  Thank you! February 29, 2016 Dear President Subbiondo, and Barbara Morrill, Chair of ICP: We, the undersigned, are concerned members of the CIIS community. We are asking for: 1) Transparency in the CIIS Integral Counseling Centers (ICCs) selection and rejection process for practicum placement for Integral Counseling Psychology (ICP) students 2) Clear and detailed affirmative action policies to address the lack of racial diversity at the ICCs, especially of note is the low number of women of color born in the U.S. accepted to the ICCs 3) Investigation into possible racial discrimination regarding the high percentage of placement of people of color in the mandatory pre-practicum clinical lab course that a small number of students are required to take for practicum placement, and the development of a transparent and helpful process around the assigning of this course, if the course continues, and apologies and refunds for the hurt students who were forced to take the class 4) A list of approved program supervisors that are racial, diverse, Transgendered, Gender non-conformist/queer and of different sexual orientations. We need this information and more for students to aid them in selecting a supervisor for practicum. There is a clear lack of transparency in the CIIS Integral Counseling Centers selection and rejection process for practicum placement. It is a competitive process as there are limited spots available. Being rejected from the ICCs not only can create a huge emotional toll on the student-therapist rejected, negatively impact self-esteem, and send a message that the student is not ready or as competent as her/his/their peers to practice therapy, but also can delay graduation and cost a significant amount of money and time, since practicum placement is not guaranteed. The onus should not be on the rejected student, who is in the vulnerable position, to seek why they were rejected, but should be clearly communicated by the ICC directors. We are seeking attention be placed on the lack of racial diversity at the ICCs because it is a disservice to the community served by the ICCs to have clinics with limited cultural perspectives, and a lack of racial diversity in the clinicians. Some clients in the community want therapists who are people of color, in order to feel comfortable and safe. It is also a detriment to the white students to not be practicing in community with students of color at the ICCs. It prevents the enriching of their perspective, and the lack of diversity decreases cultural competence. There has been shared sentiment from some students of color that they would never apply to the ICCs because they don't feel safe and welcome there. There are few people of the color also available on the list of individual supervisors and students have to dig to find these names. This creates a need for more parity in services and support for students of color at the ICCs and external practicum sites. Finally, we have, either through our own observations or conversations, noticed a trend of a high percentage of people of color being placed in the pre-practium Clincal Lab course, which is mandatory only for some and required for practicum placement. We believe this could be demonstrative of racial prejudice, whether unconscious or not, and needs to be investigated and policies need to be put in place to prevent this trend from continuing. We are not sure if this class is continuing. If it is, we are asking that students who are placed in this pre-practicum lab class receive clear, on-going transparent evaluations and feedback, that are available on myCIIS, around why they are placed in this class, receive continuous support around the reasons they have been assigned to this class, and the option of appealing having to take the class. Students who take this class should be guaranteed placement at the ICCs, and the course fee should be waived. Even if this class is discontinued, hurt students deserve an apology from the school and a refund. Race is not the only issue of diversity concern at the ICCs. We hope that this petition will encourage further examination of the lack of diversity in other ways at the ICCs and contribute helping the ICC selection process be more in the spirit of the CIIS 7 ideals. We have been in conversation with the Dean of Diversity, Denise Boston, and the Dean of Students, Yunni Yip, and want to be in continued conversation. Thank you for your prompt attention to our concerns. In community,ICC CHANGE

naas siddiqui
173 supporters