Petition to Ali (Squarespace Legal), Squarespace -- Report Abuse, Squarespace Customer Support
Squarespace: Stop Hosting White Supremacists
Squarespace, a popular web hosting service for businesses and creative professionals, is hosting white supremacist/neo-nazi groups: Identity Evropa, Radix Journal, and Richard Spencer's National Policy Institute. These groups helped to organize the deadly nazi rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11th-12th. Squarespace has been informed of this repeatedly by email, but has refused to take the websites down. Hate websites violate Squarespace's Acceptable Use Policy (section 6.2), forbidding users to “advocate bigotry or hatred against any person or group based on their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual preference, age or disability.” Identity Evropa is a white supremacist/neo-nazi “fraternity” for people of “European, non-Semitic heritage.” Identity Evropa’s founder, Nathan Damigo was a keynote speaker at the deadly Charlottesville rally. He has committed violent hate crimes against people of color and was videotaped at another protest punching a woman in the face. Identity Evropa’s website distributes propaganda on “white identity” and “race, evolution, and behavior,” promoting the notion that white people are superior and people of color are less intelligent and more violent. The National Policy Institute is led by Richard Spencer, another organizer of the Charlottesville rallies, and a documented neo-nazi. NPI's website distributes “research” on “understanding Jewish influence” and supposed “racial differences in intelligence, personality, and behavior.” Spencer describes immigration as a “proxy war” and argues that white America must “conquer or die.” Radix Journal is a collection of white supremacist essays curated by Richard Spencer. Some speculate about “Eugenic” policies “to flush disloyalty from our gene pool.” Others complain of a “Jewish assault on Europeans” and the failure “to expel the freed slaves from the United States.” Squarespace’s continued hosting of these sites constitutes an in-kind contribution to neo-nazis, white supremacists, and the violence they promote -- in Charlottesville and elsewhere. WE MUST NOT STAND FOR THIS. Until Squarespace enforces its own Acceptable Use policy by REMOVING HATE SITES people of conscience must #BOYCOTTSQUARESPACE. Podcasts and other businesses with a social conscience should not accept Squarespace's ad buys. REJECT WHITE SUPREMACY. REJECT NAZISM. #BOYCOTTSQUARESPACE
Petition to Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilman Brandon Coan
Take down the John B. Castleman monument in Louisville
One of the most prominent statues in the city of Louisville, the John B. Castleman statue is located in the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood of the Highlands. However, Castleman is not someone our city should continue to honor with a statue. He was a Confederate major who led guerrillas in the attempted burning of supply boats and was arrested, convicted of spying, and sentenced to death. His execution was stayed by Abraham Lincoln and then he was exiled, and then Andrew Johnson pardoned him. It was at that time that he returned to Kentucky. The statue was erected in 1913 due to efforts from Castleman himself and his friends, though he did not deserve the credit for the purported reason for the statue (see: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/05/26/give-andrew-cowan-statue-thank-him-parks-eric-burnette/323825001/). What he does deserve credit for is the segregation of parks in response to seeing black people playing tennis at Cherokee Park. Louisville is a growing and diverse city which aims to be compassionate, and a Confederate solider who used guerrilla tactics who also contributed to the segregation of our parks is not the type of person we should honor with a statue. Many people do not know the history behind this statue, and surely would not want it to represent our city or neighborhood upon learning the truth. We urge you to please remove this statue promptly. Thank you for your consideration.
Petition to Kasim Reed
Rename Atlanta's Confederate Avenue
When I was a kid growing up in Ormewood Park, we used Confederate Avenue almost every day. It was how we got to Grant Park and the Zoo, it was part of our route to Braves games, and it was where I waited for the school bus. We used it so much I never thought much about the name. It was normalized. We can't normalize hate any more. Symbols are meaningful, and allowing Confederate flags, statues, and street names serves only to perpetuate the fallacy that the hate they represent deserves equal time and attention from our society. In response to the increasingly vocal population of white supremacists in this country, Atlanta must stand up and declare that neo-Confederates, Nazis, white nationalists, and their allies are not welcome here, and neither are their symbols. It's absurd for there to be a street in our city named after racist secessionists. It's time to change it. The signers of this petition call on the civic leadership of Atlanta to rename Confederate Avenue, as a part of a larger effort to remove symbols of hate from our city.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives
Racially Motivated Killings Still Murder 50 years Later! Renew Emmett Till Act NOW!
Dear Members of the House of Representatives: There are suspects still alive who are responsible for the racially motivated killings of many African American individuals and their supporters during the 1960s, in particular. We, the petitioners, seek your immediate action to vote in support of the bill already passed in the Senate: the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016. A group of civil rights organizations* are supporting the efforts of families who lost loved ones due to these hateful acts and who still seek justice. Despite their efforts, perpetrators continue their own lives undisturbed by the imposition of legal consequences. Families already listed on the FBI Unsolved Civil Rights Murders list, for example, the children of Wharlest Jackson, Corporal Roman Ducksworth, Frank Morris, Johnnie Mae Chappell and many more join on behalf of families not on the FBI list of unsolved civil rights murders (for example, Lee Roy Holloway, James and Marvin Walker, John Sterling and Lonnie Merrit of Atlanta, Georgia) urge you to continue and improve the work of the original Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007 which will sunset in 2017). This petition includes others who join with us to urge you to vote in support of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016 before it is too late. There is much unfinished justice work to be done. The Reauthorization Act strengthens the resource availability for joint efforts between the Department of Justice, the FBI and local law enforcement. Those never held accountable for ordering the murders of hundreds of individuals may now, finally, face responsibility for their crimes. The Reauthorization Act also strengthens the original law by applying to racially motivated killings occurring after 1969. No one has ever undertaken a complete accounting of how many people died or simply disappeared as a result of the racist domestic terrorism of the previous and ongoing civil rights eras. The Emmett Till Act is an effort to seize this moment in history, to hold accountable those remaining killers, and to reveal the actual truth about the impact of the state supported institutions of racial violence and the failure of the legal system to promptly address these grievous inequities. We, the petitioners, seek your immediate action to vote in support of the bill already passed in the Senate: the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016. *The Coalition for the Emmett Till Reauthorization Act: The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law; Cold Case Justice Initiative at Syracuse University College of Law; Emmett Till Justice Campaign; Emmett Till Legacy Foundation; Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University; Leadership Council on Civil Rights; Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation; NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense Fund; National Urban League; and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Petition to Patrick McIntyre
Remove Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue in Memphis
In the late 1860s Nathan Bedford Forrest began an association with the newly formed Ku Klux Klan, a secret society that terrorized blacks and opposed Reconstruction efforts. Forrest is believed to have served as the Klan’s first grand wizard upon its formation in 1866, though he would later deny any association with the group when called before the Joint Congressional Committee in 1871. Forrest’s financial situation later became desperate following the failure of his railroad business in 1874. Forced to sell off many of his assets, he spent his later years overseeing a prison labor camp near Memphis. I am originally from Memphis and appalled a statue of this man remains in the center of a park in my hometown. It needs to be removed NOW!
Petition to City Manager Ed Augustus
Tell the Citizen Advisory Council to Consider Diversity Goals in Selection Process
Worcester is a Gateway city with an increasingly diverse population and a historical legacy of being welcoming to immigrants. Because of this history: People of color make up 38% of our population Worcester Public Schools are home to students who speak 85 languages Despite this, our city has struggled with addressing institutional racism and years of policies and practices that have led to disparate outcomes across key quality of life indicators that include health, education and economics and under representation in city government. The city’s Charter was changed in 1986 to establish a Citizen’s Advisory Council (CAC). The purpose of the CAC is to publicize and recruit candidates for vacancies on the city’s volunteer boards, and to advise the City Manager of candidates for those positions. The Charter specifically addresses inclusion and diversity goals in filling those vacancies. Unfortunately, the process for selection of candidates onto these boards and commissions does not prioritize goals for racial diversity, equity and inclusion. This opens the city up to the potential threat of selecting candidates, including local professionals, whose actions are in direct contradiction to the goals of equity and inclusion to fill these positions. City Manager Ed Augustus has demonstrated a commitment to improving citizen access to city services by establishing a city diversity and inclusion office and hiring a strong candidate to fill it. He has made public statements in support of inclusion and diversity, and has made attempts to engage the community in discussions of racial inequity in the city. We’re calling on Mr. Augustus to follow up on those steps and commitments by ensuring that all citizens who serve on city boards and commissions recognize and are committed to the city’s stated goals for racial diversity, equity and inclusion. Instructions given to the Citizen’s Advisory Council in interviewing applicants should include directives to address those goals with candidates. Furthermore, to support the city’s goals of being a safe and welcoming city and to prevent future blind spots that could cause potential harm to our community, it is recommended that the City’s Diversity Director report directly to the City Manager to help our city government prioritize those goals. *Photo credit: MassLandlords & Paul Nguyen
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
Reform the U.S. Constitution
Have another constitution convention similar to 1787. Revise or dispose of the current U.S. constitution using Ideals we believe in today. Let everyone vote on the Bill of Rights and even the wording of the document. We need to restructure this Historic piece of paperwork. There are too many groups that were not considered when constructing the original. Now we see different views from today's people on race, religion, and other social issues. The Constitution needs to created by the people, for the people. Through this revision we can also tackle other political issues such as the 2nd amendment and even our current election processes and terms. Our four fathers point of view are so different from where our country is today.
Petition to James G. Bennett, Mark Hartley, Gordon Crews, Jimmy Anderson, James Croft, CJ Thompson, Florida Governor
Remove the painting in the Baker County Courthouse depicting the Ku Klux Klan and other divisive imagery
A mural in the Baker County, Florida Courthouse shows horse-backed, hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan as a part of the "Baker County historical perspective.” It stands larger than life as the first thing you see in the county's halls of justice. It even has its own “sign in” book, which includes supportive statements for the KKK. We want it removed. There are depictions of blacks as naked and aboriginal with spears (imagery that never existed in Baker County), as well as demeaning stereotyped images of the Native American. Most notoriously, there is the scene of the three hooded Klansmen on horseback. Even the artist’s own description of the scene shows his denial of the true horror inflicted by the KKK: "Lawlessness among ex-slaves and troublesome whites was the rule of the day. No relief was given by the carpetbag and scalawag government or by the Union troops. The result was the emergence of secret societies claiming to bring law and order to the county. One of these groups was the Ku Klux Klan, an organization that sometimes took vigilante justice to extremes but was sometimes the only control the county knew over those outside the law. The Klan faded from view at the end of Reconstruction. It had minor come-backs in the 1920’s and mid 1950’s. Since then it has become the subject of legend rather than a cause of fear.” Legend? No. Horror? Yes. This mural is not a historic relic -- it was only painted in 2001. It only stands to fuel an "us" versus "them" story of whites versus non-whites in Baker County. A story locals say still exists. It's time to remove it. Baker County has a history of violence against blacks. On October 5, 1920, four black men were jailed as possible witnesses or suspects in the death of a prominent young white farmer named John Harvey. Instead of lawfulness and justice, the Klan and what was described as 50 white men overtook the jail and seized the men from their cells, dragging their bodies across the county, then shooting and lynching them. And then there is the story of J.E. Fraser, a reported Grand Wizard from Baker County, who threatened that if a "fellow sells his house to a n-----," they will spread the word and that "boy better just get out of the state." The “Baxter Rebellion” is also heavily featured. According to the artist himself, it started in blacks boarded a train headed back home to Baker County. The whites "fingered their long bladed knives hoping for an opportunity to use them” resenting the blacks traveling by train. A black traveler was eventually taunted and a white man, "slashed his throat, almost decapitating him.” Then, "The violence mounted, becoming an orgy of blood as by-stander blacks and some members of the Macon team were indiscrimately (sic) slashed.” The violence didn’t stop on the train and the county erupted in violence with those who helped blacks on one side and those who didn't on the other. Even the Deputy was killed by the white mob while trying to restore the rule of law, and “there was not an unbroken bone in his body when it was dragged from beneath the building.” When it came time for the trial of the men responsible, the (pro-white) Altman-Dowling-Harvey clans, "surround(ed) the courthouse on the day of the trial. All were armed." No jury would convict out of fear. This mural helps keep that mentality alive, which is entirely inappropriate in a courthouse. It is a hallmark of the past that contains many emotionally damaging, harmful and insulting images. Here are a few other parts of the mural: A young black child amongst Union soldiers next to injured Confederate whites, depicting the “us” versus “them"; The Confederate Battle Flag waves opposite the American flag as soldiers fight; A prominent woodpecker next to the KKK which was notoriously adopted by white supremacist groups; The Camellia flower, which is the official flower of the Klan; The Story of the Baxter Rebellion, which entails the gory slaughter of black men on a train, resulting lawlessness and an inability to get a conviction of the murderers because of intimidation by whites including armed family members standing on the courthouse lawn during trial; Many burned and burning houses; A man making alcohol from a still; and more either illegal or separatist images. This one-sided, insensitive history and lawlessness should not be condoned or memorialized in the very halls of justice which are supposed to hold all men equally accountable. The great people of Baker County are not honored by this mural. They are not lawless. And even their own judges and citizens have asked for this painting to be removed in the past. It is time.