Petition to Bryan Hughes
Stop Texas representatives from removing minority history from the K-12 curriculum
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other people of color) histories are under attack in Texas. On July 9th, Bryan Hughes, a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, introduced bill 87(1) SB 3 for committee consideration in the state legislature. The bill effectively seeks to erase marginalized histories from "the social studies curriculum for each grade level from kindergarten through grade 12." On July 16, the bill was passed in the Senate. Just take a look at one of the parts of the bill that removes from the curriculum "the history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which it is morally wrong." Among the other provisions is the removal of "the history of Native Americans" and elimination of "historical documents related to the civic accomplishments of marginalized populations," including those related to "the Chicano movement," "women's suffrage and equal rights," and "the American labor movement" from the curriculum. If Governor Greg Abbott signed SB 3 into law, "Martin Luther King Jr.'s... 'I Have a Dream speech," "the Emancipation Proclamation," "the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth," Amendments to the United States Constitution," and "The United States Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education," would all be eviscerated from classrooms. Names like Frederick Douglass, Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Héctor P. García would disappear from curricula. What would remain would be a condensed, whitened version of the history of Texas and the United States that ignores BIPOC struggles and triumphs. How can students be equipped to reckon with the racial realities of today without knowledge of our racist past? As a first-generation Asian-American, I am deeply concerned by Hughes' crusade against diverse narratives within Texan and American history. Racism is an infection. By ignoring it, we only allow it to clench its fist more tightly around our society and systems. Only by having frank conversations and uplifting BIPOC narratives from the very beginning, starting with our K-12 classrooms, can we spark meaningful change. Join me in showing Hughes and the Texas House of Representatives that legislation stifling marginalized stories and voices in our classrooms is regressive and unacceptable. Act now against SB 3 by sharing this petition and taking a stand. Want to take more direct, personal action? Go to the Action Center: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XFY8EnI7Q9QkbEqOunyNQICzNg0a8xnbZywJ5Dez5i8/edit?usp=sharing Full text of the bill: https://capitol.texas.gov/Search/DocViewer.aspx?ID=871SB000031B&QueryText=%22social+studies%22&DocType=B
Petition to J.B. Pritzker
Support Executive Clemency For Damien Braboy
I have filed a petition of clemency asking the Governor of Illinois to commute my sentence. I was charged and ultimately convicted of first degree murder and home invasion for the shooting of Leon Brewer on May 12, 2002. I was convicted under the theory of accountability. The state basis for their case was that I was accountable for the murder due to me assisting my co defendants Larry Williams and Hannanich with the robbery and home invasion of Francisco Camacho. I did not have a gun nor am I the one that shot the victim, the actual shooter was Larry Williams, who was never even tried for his part in the crime. I am seeking to have my sentence commuted for a few main reasons. - I was barely 18 at the time of the offense and innocent of the murder charge. -I was diagnosed with ADHD and an intellectual disability- mental retardation, with an IQ of 67. The Illinois General Assembly passed public act 100-1182, which established parole review for a person under the age of 21 at the the time of the commissioned offense enumerated in 730 ILCS 5/5-4-5-110. Under this new provision persons under the age of 21 at the commission of the crime of first degree murder are eligible for parole review after serving 20 years of their sentence.
Petition to President of the United States, The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, US Department of the Treasury, The Federal Reserve, Jared Bernstein, Heather Boushey, Berrnie sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Lina Khan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Gina Raimondo, American Bankers Association
Stop racially biased lending practices
According to Pew Research, denial rates of Black and Latino mortgage applicants in 2015 were 27.4% and 19.2% respectively compared to 10.9% for White applicants. Per the Federal Reserve, denial rates on small business loan applications by Black and Hispanic applicants were 38% and 25% respectively compared to 17% for Whites. Denial rates for Black applicants have historically been twice that of White applicants. Bank credit policies disproportionately impact Black and Hispanic communities. They rely on debt-to-income and loan-to-value ratios that are implicitly biased against communities of color who generally have lower median incomes, wealth, and property values relative to comparable White communities. There’s no economic reason to utilize these hard credit ratios. Delinquency rates on home mortgages over the last 30 years average about 2.5% and default rates are even lower. Average default rates for small business loans are higher at around 20%, but do to the importance of small business in the American economy as a job creator, banks should be made to satisfy demand and charge market rates to account for the inherent risk. Denying individuals and small business access to capital is anti-competitive and only serves the interest of big business which is predominantly owned and controlled by the top 1%. With these policies, banks are effectively turning away good business while knee capping local economies in communities of color. I'm from Camden, NJ. It's predominantly Black (41%) and Latino (51%). The median wealth of Black and Latino families in the US is around $17,200 (according to the Brookings Institute). Median income per capita in Camden from 2015-2019 was $15,000. Labor force participation was 54% (a more accurate measure of unemployment), and 37% of Camden's residents lived at or below the poverty line. Among Americans that earn $192,000 a year or less, 85-99% of their wealth is attributed to the value of the home they own (per First American Bank). Home ownership is the most common way Americans build generational wealth. In Camden, only 39% of all homes are owner-occupied. The median value of a home in Camden is currently around $78,100. The ability to secure home loans would significantly boost the median household wealth of all residents that are currently renting and should lower their housing costs, assuming their mortgage payments are lower than their current monthly rental payment. Given the current interest rate environment and rental inflation, this is a highly likely scenario. Lower housing costs would increase city resident's disposable income, which could then be saved or spent in the local and US economies. I would like to give back to my community by starting and operating cooperative businesses. I believe this is the best way to increase the median income of the City of Camden’s residents. I also believe increasing the median income of the City’s residents is the most effective way to improve the quality of life of the City’s residents. My proposed venture should create good jobs while helping the community gain a passive equity interest in each business; another key component of generational wealth and financial stability. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cornell University. I have a Master of Science in Finance from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. I have over 20 years of experience working for multinational hospitality and banking firms. I also have a 789 TransUnion score. Despite my credentials and credit score, I’m unable to secure a small business loan because my net worth and income have been deemed inadequate by banks. I’m Black. Neither of my parents finished college. I’m two generations removed from share cropping ancestors, and three generations removed from enslaved ancestors. This is relevant because most startups in the US are initially funded by a combination of personal wealth and loans from family and friends. That path just isn’t an option for me and given the fact that the median wealth gap between Black and White families in the US is 12 cents per $1 of White wealth (per the Federal Reserve), I’m probably not alone. I’m one of the most well-equipped residents of my city to help rebuild our city and economy, but I can’t secure the funding I need to do this. I feel like I’m letting my community down; especially the young people in my community who haven’t necessarily been welcomed with open arms by established local businesses; including local businesses that received substantial tax breaks from local government for the sole purpose of providing jobs to city residents. My community is suffering from unemployment and poverty and has done so for a long time. We need a way to pick ourselves up, and the ability to start our own businesses is the most viable solution to our problems.
Petition to Asa Hutchinson, Federal Bureau of Investigation, NBC, ABC, FOX Broadcasting Company, Department of Justice, Kamala Harris, President of the United States, General Merrick B. Garland
JUSTICE FOR MARQUIS ‘Mack’ MARTIN! IMMEDIATE RECUSAL OF MARK GOBER SHERIFF, MONTICELLO, AR
IT IS TIME TO MAKE A CHANGE!! 333 NO ONE IN MONTICELLO IS SAFE UNTIL MARK GOBER AND HIS FAMILY ARE BEHIND BARS!!! MARK GOBER NEEDS TO STEP DOWN IMMEDIATELY AND ALLOW AN OUTSIDE AGENCY TO STEP IN AND INVESTIGATE THE MURDER OF MARQUIS “MACK” MARTIN!! On February 9 of 2020, Marquis Martin went missing. 27 days later his body was discovered battered, beaten, mutilated, and subsequently shot in the back of his head directly behind the sheriffs property in an area that was searched twice prior!! It is widely believed in this town that the acting Sheriff, Mark Gober’s sons, Raine, Noah, their friends Ben Lovelless, Joe Ratliff Jr, and other accomplices unknown at this time, are responsible for the murder of Marquis Martin. There are more than enough individuals who know what truly happened and more than sufficient evidence to connect and lend aid to the truth!! THAT MARK GOBER COVERED UP THE MURDER OF MARQUIS MARTIN!!! There has been extreme neglect when it comes to the investigation. Even when presented with evidence (a Snapchat sent out by Noah Gober with the Marquis’s Body in it the day after he went missing) the Sheriff, Mark Gober, Noah’s Father refused to investigate. Stating this is “his town”. There has been mishandling of evidence, evidence tampering, obstruction of investigations committed by the Sheriffs Department at the direction of Mark Gober himself. We want Mark Gober to step down as Sheriff and step aside while an outside agency investigates this horrific murder and miscarriage of justice. THIS IS CORRUPTION ON THE HIGHEST LEVEL!! please take just a brief moment of your time to sign this petition to remove Mark Gober as Sheriff and get justice for Marquis Martin!! Together we can make this change!! Marquis’ Mother and this community need Justice and we will stop at NOTHING to get Mack the justice he deserves. JUSTICE FOR MARQUIS MARTIN!!! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!!!
Petition to President of the United States
PLS DONATE TO STOP LAURYN FROM PUTTING DOWN BROWN WOMEN!!!
Lauryn gets too comfortable bringing mexican women down! Sign this petition to force her to stop � Together we can build out community and love one another without the kkk (myrikal and lauryn) trying to bring down woc �
Petition to North Carolina State House, North Carolina Governor, North Carolina Senate, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Hold UNCW Accountable for Racial Justice
UNC Wilmington’s response in light of the recent events of police brutality have been a far cry from sufficient. UNCW has yet to make a public statement that denounces white supremacy and expresses what the university will do to remedy that within the institution. This statement should not only live on your website, but on your social media channels - it also should have come much sooner than it did. The June 2nd statement shared by Chancellor Sartarelli lacked vital information about an adequate plan, suggested actions for members of the UNCW community, and "how to do better" in becoming an actively anti-racist institituion. Essentially, the statement failed to acknowledge UNCW’s deficiencies in racial justice and diversity. For example, there is only one person of color in your cabinet and that is Kent Guion, the Chief Diversity Officer of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. The work of dismantling white supremacy within our institution cannot fall on the shoulders of the sole POC on your team. Chancellor Sartarelli’s statement failed to address the responsibility of the institution in the fight against racism. The UNCW community deserves a direct action approach on how to become an anti-racist university, with details on how the University plans to revise the current curriculum, resources, and allocation of our endowment. By signing this petition, you will join our coalition of students and alumni to make this commitment a reality. This is YOUR chance to make institutional impact. The petition we are asking you to sign today does not accomplish all that needs to be done but it does provide the necessary guidance to return us to the starting line. We are petitioning that UNC Wilmington’s Office of the Chancellor execute the following or similar initiatives (these initiatives are borrowed and inspired from Vanderbilt University's current petition): Foundational: 1. Provide a statement that acknowledges UNCW's shortcomings in promoting racial justice and an action plan to implement the below short and long term solutions 2. Create an independent Oversight Committee (students, faculty, and alumni) to enact the short and long term solutions 3. Establish a fund for alumni/student donations to contribute to these short and long term solutions and match at least 100% of contributions Short Term: 4. Provide immediate online mental health resources for Black faculty, students, and staff geared towards processing race-based trauma 5. Require diversity and unconscious bias training for all administration, faculty, staff, and students, leveraging resources from The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender 6. Create mandatory courses for first-year students on UNCW’s history with racism, slavery and and lack of social activism. These courses should reflect on history as it actually happened, and not in a way that looks approvingly on racist slave owners or Jim Crow legislators. For example, learning about the Wilmington Massacre of 1898 and the crimes committed by white supremacists 7. Encourage staff, alumni, and students to donate to and participate in social justice organizations, especially within communications that reference alumni activists 8. Create extra support in the Career Center for black students and stronger partnerships with professional development organizations, such as Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO) 9. Include a question regarding the racial climate of classrooms in professors’ end of semester evaluations 10. Increase transparency on demographic data reporting (i.e. first year retention rates, transfer rates, and graduation rates segmented by race) 11. Create an annual Open Forum that facilitates dialogue between students, faculty, and the Board of Trustees 12. Increase the wages of our dining and housekeeping staff and ensure appropriate and safe working conditions during the next contract negotiations. Long Term 13. Commit to allocating a greater portion of budget to newly created fund 14. Commit to equal treatment and promotion of inclusivity across all forms of Greek Life through efforts including but not limited to: equitable financial resources, equal scrutiny in disciplinary proceedings, creation of a Universal Test Bank, support for POC in Panhellenic/IFC, mandatory routine inclusivity trainings to Panhellenic/IFC chapters etc. 15. Create reconciliation councils for race-based incidents using a restorative justice model that goes beyond the reporting structure of the Bias Incident Reporting Form while strengthening accountability procedures for incidents involving faculty and staff 16. Provide stipends to low-income or international students for food access to residential college kitchens during breaks and state of emergencies 17. Enact new policies that commit to recruiting, hiring, and promoting faculty of color 18. Commit to donating to and strengthening our relationships with local black advocacy groups in North Carolina As UNCW alumni and students, we pledge to withhold subsequent donations to the school until this formal commitment is made in the form of an official statement from the Office of the Chancellor and the establishment of an oversight committee for these initiatives. We encourage all those who sign to leave a comment with their school and graduation year to demonstrate broad based support.