Topic

Racial Justice

323 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Students, Faculty, and Alumni

Remove Ed Meek’s Name From the Ole Miss School of Journalism and New Media

On September 19, 2018, the namesake of the University of Mississippi Meek School of Journalism took to Facebook to address concerns with the condition of the Oxford, Ole Miss, and the Square. Ed Meek, without permission, published photographs of two African American women in nightclub attire in order to illustrate his personal issues with decreasing enrollment rates, tax revenues, and real estate values in Oxford and at Ole Miss. This post cast an “unjustified racial overtone that is highly offensive,” as stated by the Chancellor Dr. Jeff Vitter. Meek’s actions do not reflect the views of the Meek School of Journalism, the University of Mississippi, or the City of Oxford. The Creed at the University of Mississippi states that, as a voluntary member of the community: ”I believe in respect for the dignity of each person. I believe in fairness and civility. I believe in personal and professional integrity. I believe in academic honesty. I believe in academic freedom. I believe in good stewardship of our resources. I pledge to uphold these values and encourage others to follow my example.” The actions of Ed Meek have not only violated basic ethics of the journalism, but have also contributed to the notion that racism is alive and well at the University of Mississippi, despite the University’s consistent efforts to reconcile its shameful past. This petition moves to remove Meek’s name from the Department of Journalism program and the Department of Journalism building at the University of Mississippi in hopes of correcting the unjustified racial comments about African American population at the Univeristy of Mississippi and in Oxford to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all students. 

Raven Francomano
2,818 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bill de Blasio, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, NYC Council Member Diana Ayala, John DeSio, NYC Council Member Rafael Salamanca

Stop Mayor De Blasio’s Plan to Build a New Jail in the South Bronx

We, the residents of the South Bronx, call on all people of conscience to stand with us in strong opposition to the mayor’s proposal to build a new jail in the Mott Haven neighborhood at a site vital to implementing the community-driven Diego Beekman Neighborhood Development Plan.  On February 14, 2018, Mayor De Blasio revealed a plan to speed up the closing of Rikers Island by transferring those incarcerated into existing (retrofitted) facilities in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, bypassing Staten Island altogether, and building a new jail in a South Bronx community still reeling from decades of disinvestment, destabilization and the resulting fallout, and where two other jails already exist.  The proposed site at 320 Concord Avenue – steps from three schools, homeowners, and the 38-building Diego Beekman housing complex – has already been earmarked for years by the community as the central piece of its Neighborhood Development Plan for affordable housing, community centers and living wage jobs. Building on 22 years of community organizing, the Neighborhood Plan was developed in consultation with residents, organizations, agencies and elected officials, none of whom were consulted about the mayor’s new jail proposal. The area already has one of the highest and most unequal concentrations of homeless shelters, methadone clinics, power plants and waste transfer stations in the city. With some of the highest rates of poverty and unemployment nationwide, the Mott Haven community is in crisis, and any tax dollar investments must be in (long-ignored) social, educational and economic opportunities for the community – not a jail. We applaud the city’s plan to close Rikers Island, but the answer is not to expand the criminal justice footprint – not in the South Bronx, not anywhere – when over the last 25 years, the city’s jail population has fallen from a high of 21,674 in 1991 to under 9,000 earlier this year through a combination of falling crime rates and criminal justice reforms. Our opposition to a new jail is in no way a rejection of the people caught up in the system. We desire fairer, swifter, and more humane forms of justice for incarcerated families. We challenge the city to further reduce the number of people in jail through a combination of bail reform, decriminalization of minor offenses, and more restorative ways to deal with crime that would make the construction of a new facility unnecessary. With more than 2.3 million people imprisoned across the US, mass incarceration is the greatest moral and racial injustice of our time.  We need bold investments in people, not prisons. Now therefore, please join us in our fight, stand in solidarity with us and demand that our Mott Haven community receives the revitalization plan it designed, developed and deserves. For more information about this campaign, send us an email at southbronxcoalition@gmail.com.  ***** Diego Beekman Neighborhood Plan Open Letter to Mayor de Blasio and NYC Council Speaker Johnson in Opposition to A New South Bronx Jail from the Diego Beekman Mutual Housing Association, HDFC (Jose de Diego Beekman Houses), the Nehemiah Homeowners, and the Concord Avenue/Jackson Avenue Homeowners South Bronx Unite Statement – No New Prisons: Not in the South Bronx, Not Anywhere  Local Residents Lash Out at Meeting on Proposed Bronx Jail (NY1 - March 8, 2018) Bill Locks Himself In with Bronx Jail Site (Daily News - March 30, 2018) 

South Bronx Coalition
2,338 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to IDFPR , ACGME , Department of Education

End Racism in Higher Education: #EqualRight2Learn

I am a medical doctor that grew up in inner city Chicago. My 17 yr journey to become a physician came to an abrupt end when I found racial threats in my performance evaluations while at Northwestern.  I reported my concerns to the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education as well as to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). To date, neither agency has investigated this matter.  When I reported my concerns to my state licensing board, they placed an "administrative hold" on my license – which cost me a position at a residency program and is currently preventing me from continuing my medical education. Please help to put an end to this injustice by signing this petition. We are asking that (1) my state medical board, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, release their administrative hold on my license and (2) that the Dept of Education and the ACGME conduct a fair and transparent investigation into this matter so that I can continue my medical education. Most Americans want to learn and work peacefully without ever having to worry about whether their race, gender, culture, or creed will be prioritized over their performance. All people should have a right to a fair learning and work environment. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DihfAp-UYAIkGgU.jpg  “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” - MLK Dr. Rushing BEFORE reporting Discrimination: Exhibit A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8Tqv3vssKI Exhibit B: https://youtu.be/lyZs1hwgkMs  So What Can I do...  The Most Powerful Phrase in American History is "We the People". To help bring justice for all students in this great country we are asking YOU (the people) to: 1. Sign the petition and then share the petition (https://chn.ge/2Nxavbt) 2. DONATE to support this cause at https://www.equalright2dream.org/donate 3. Write to the following StakeHolders and Power Brokers: I. Northwestern Family Medicine Residency  Galter Pavilion – 18t 675 N. St. Clair St. Chicago, IL  60611   II. Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation 100 W. Randolph St., Ste. 9-300 Chicago, IL  60601   III. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Office of the Ombudsperson 401 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60611   IV. U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Citigroup Center 500 W. Madison Street, Ste 1475 Chicago, IL 60661   Write them the following: "We believe that all students in this great country should have a learning and work environment free of discrimination. Dr. Rushing’s medical education was cut short when he found and reported racial threats in his performance evaluations. We are requesting the following (1) We would like a transparent third party investigation into Dr. Rushing's concern for Discrimination. (2) We would like for Dr. Rushing to receive his medical license. (3) We would like for Dr. Rushing to be re-instated into an accredited residency training program.   4. Follow Us On the Following Platforms:Donate to support this cause at www.EqualRight2Dream.orgEmail us at EqualRight2Dream@gmail.comTweet your support to EqualRight2Dream @DreamEqualLike us on Facebook at @EqualRight2Dream    Remember that When You, the Person, speak out then We The People are Better Off      

Marcus Rushing
10,413 supporters
Started 5 days ago

Petition to Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Grant Commutation for Adrian Uribe!

SUMMARYAdrian Uribe is a 42-year-old transgender man of color who has been imprisoned for almost 20 years. At the age of 23, he was sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole. Adrian agreed to this sentence as part of a plea deal made while he was heavily medicated in county jail. Throughout his time in the California prison system, Adrian has faced discrimination and harassment for being transgender. Join us in asking Governor Jerry Brown to commute Adrian Uribe’s sentence from Life Without Parole to a parole-eligible sentence. BACKGROUNDIt is well documented that transgender people in the U.S., especially trans people of color, face widespread injustices in the legal system including patterns of police profiling and harassment, attacks on credibility, and disproportionate imprisonment. While incarcerated, trans people often endure social isolation, medical neglect and mistreatment, and transphobic discrimination, harassment, and violence. Adrian’s experience with the criminal legal system has been no exception. As a trans man serving his time at the California Institution for Women, Adrian has faced multiple forms of harm and discrimination.  He has been denied access to clothing and products that are consistent with his gender identity and has been denied gender-confirming chest surgery in violation of state policy. He has experienced overt transphobic discrimination by prison authorities, including the regular use of demeaning insults. He has been subjected to discriminatory confinement in the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) with stays lasting for months. Adrian lives with the threat of being confined to the SHU if he expresses frustration about his mistreatment. As a child and teenager, Adrian faced bias and harassment from authorities, peers at school, social workers, and family members because of his gender expression. Rejection from foster families pushed him into homelessness. Adrian believes that these experiences contributed to his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. He has worked hard to heal from the traumas of his youth. Over the twenty years he has been incarcerated, Adrian has participated in many programs focused on health and healing, and he has devoted himself to therapy and addiction treatment. He has also been driven by a desire to advocate for others, particularly youth who face similar forms of discrimination. Governor Brown, we urge you to commute Adrian Uribe’s sentence. Justice is not served when people from marginalized groups are pipelined through a system that targets them, denies them due process, and subjects them to harm and violence. We urge you to stop the cycle of harm and violence that Adrian has faced and continues to face today in prison.

Transgender Advocacy Group
249 supporters