Topic

Racial Justice

209 petitions

Update posted 10 hours ago

Petition to Tony Martinez, Jessica Tetreau, Cesar de Leon, Joel Munguia, Ben Neece, Ricardo Longoria, Rose Gowen

MOVE Jefferson Davis Monument to Museum

Many cities cross the United States of America are removing statues/memorials from public spaces and are also renaming roads and buildings that honored Confederate leaders. Brownsville has had numerous racist incidents in the past. Our biggest one happened in 1906. Feel free to Google "Brownsville Black Raid". The newspaper was very biased in its reporting. The soldiers involved were later exonerated by President Nixon. We also had a bridge known as "N" bridge and it appeared in local maps with the racist slur. We can only imagine what took place on that bridge. Yes, we are a city full of history and we're proud of it. We can't deny that we were part of the Confederacy. But, what is the purpose of keeping the Jefferson Davis Memorial at Washington Park? It was originally on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Palm Blvd. It marked the Jeff Davis Memorial Highway which never really took off. It was then moved to Washington Park (not sure when). Hundreds of families enjoy this park, especially during big community events like Sombrero Festival and Cyclobia. What do you think the monument tells families when they are enjoying the park? We have a growing population of African-Americans in this community. This monument does not welcome the descendants of those who've been enslaved and oppressed in the past. Our nation fought to unify our country during the Civil War. Sadly, many people did not obtain full rights until the 1960s. We don't need reminders of a bygone era in a space that should be welcoming. We need to stop kissing up to the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy! They claim that it is heritage. Their heritage thought that it was a God-given right to own people. This is not right. Washington Park currently has three monuments dedicated to: Miguel Hidalgo, Jose Marti, and Jefferson Davis. The first two were liberators. Davis was the opposite. He fought to keep human beings enslaved. He was not a liberator! He also saw mestizos (mixed European and Native American) as inferiors. The majority of Brownsville is mestizo. We don't want it destroyed. We are asking the City of Brownsville and the Brownsville Historical Association to place it in a museum. For many people, this monument represents HATE and feel that it doesn't belong in a public park. Washington Park should be welcoming to ALL people! Please VOTE on relocating it to the Historic Brownsville Museum.

Antonio Castillo
5,561 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Tell Congress to stop blocking school integration #STRIKE301and302

#STRIKE301and302 from the FY 2018 appropriations legislation, prohibiting federal funding from being used for transportation and other purposes to further public school racial integration.   Last year, the Government Accountability Office found increasing racial and socioeconomic isolation in our nation’s schools, with the number of intensely segregated schools more than doubling since 2001. At best, the legislative language in Sections 301 and 302 does nothing to combat this trend.  At worst, it exacerbates the harmful effects of racial segregation on our students and our increasingly divided communities. As the findings in the landmark civil rights Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education unambiguously found, a racially segregated education is, by its very nature, an unequal education.   The research on the benefits of diversity are clear. Students attending socio-economically and racially diverse schools show: Improved critical thinking and problem solving skills Increased levels of civic engagement Increased workplace readiness and interpersonal skills for a global economy Are more likely to enter a science, technology, engineering mathematics (STEM) field Additional benefits of school diversity include reduced segregation in neighborhoods, colleges, and workplaces, higher levels of social cohesion, and reduced racial prejudice.  Recent events in our country underscore the importance of supporting diversity in schools so that residents can ultimately live, work, and play in an inclusive environment.  As stated by Justice Anthony Kennedy in his concurring opinion in Parents Involved In Community Schools v. Seattle School Dist. No. 1: “This Nation has a moral and ethical obligation to fulfill its historic commitment to creating an integrated society that ensures equal opportunity for all of its children.” Striking the outdated and harmful language from the appropriations bill is a small but important step in reaching this goal.     Such prohibitions are vestiges of an era during which opposition to court-ordered public school racial integration raged.  It is alarming that such legislative language would still be present in 2017, in an era when racial re-segregation of our public schools has surged, where a majority of members of the Supreme Court have declared school diversity to be a “compelling government interest,” and where so many districts are working voluntarily to promote racial and economic integration for the benefit of their children and communities.   Join us #CELEBRATESCHOOLDIVERSITY and sign the petition to ask your representatives to #STRIKE301and302 Thank you, The National Coalition on School Diversity (www.school-diversity.org)  Relevant language:  Section 301: “No funds appropriated in this Act may be used for the transportation of students or teachers (or for the purchase of equipment for such transportation) in order to overcome racial imbalance in any school or school system, or for the transportation of students or teachers (or for the purchase of equipment for such transportation) in order to carry out a plan of racial desegregation of any school or school system.”   Section 302: “None of the funds contained in this Act shall be used to require, directly or indirectly, the transportation of any student to a school other than the school which is nearest the student's home, except for a student requiring special education, to the school offering such special education, in order to comply with title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For the purpose of this section an indirect requirement of transportation of students includes the transportation of students to carry out a plan involving the reorganization of the grade structure of schools, the pairing of schools, or the clustering of schools, or any combination of grade restructuring, pairing, or clustering. The prohibition described in this section does not include the establishment of magnet schools.”  Additional Background Information: The outdated "anti-bussing" provisions of H.R. 3354 limit the range of potential school improvement strategies available to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Section 1111(d) of ESSA gives SEAs and LEAs the authority to utilize Title I funds to implement locally determined and State determined interventions in schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement or targeted support and improvement.  However, H.R.3354 Sections 301 and 302 prevent SEAs and LEAs from pursuing a range of potentially effective school improvement strategies.  For example, New York State’s ESSA plan outlines State-approved interventions for schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement.  Interventions listed include the use of Title I School Improvement Funds under Section 1111 to support district level efforts to increase diversity and reduce socio-economic and racial/ethnic isolation and bias in schools.  Thus, H.R.3354 Sections 301 and 302 appear to be in direct conflict with the will of Congress in passing ESSA, as they clearly undermine ESSA’s focus on local control and flexibility.  Additionally, H.R.3354 Sections 301 and 302 limit the range of school improvement techniques that can be implemented and evaluated under ESSA’s Education Innovation and Research grant program.  There is a strong evidence base that integrated schools provide better educational opportunities and outcomes for students, but we can continue to learn about specific techniques for integrating schools and educating integrated student bodies.  By barring the use of federal funds to transport students for the purposes of racial integration, H.R.3354 Sections 301 and 302 undercut innovators’ ability to explore new and potentially significant school improvement techniques.  About the National Coalition on School Diversity The National Coalition on School Diversity is a growing network of civil rights organizations, university-based research centers, and state and local coalitions working to expand support for government policies that promote school diversity and reduce racial isolation.  We also support the work of state and local school diversity practitioners.  

National Coalition on School Diversity
1,052 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Eric Garcetti, Gilbert Cedillo, Paul Krekorian, Bob Blumenfield, David E. Ryu, Paul Koretz, Nury Martinez, Monica Rodriguez, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Curren D. Price, Jr., Herb J. Wesson, JR., Mike Bonin, Mitchell Englander, Mitch O'Farrell, Jose Huizar, Joe Buscaino

Remove Columbus Statue in Los Angeles

We the undersigned support the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue located at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. We believe it is high time that the City of Los Angeles is more inclusive of the original inhabitants of Los Angeles the Tongva, who were nearly annihilated through genocide, and the growing Chicano -"Latino" community whom have a history deep in our city and ancestral connections to the indigenous people of California. What this statue represents to our community as well as many other colonial monuments is violence, racism, marginalization, and the continued denial of the genocide of indigenous people.  A past we still struggle with because we are reminded of it daily with the honoring of Christopher Columbus in Grand Park. Columbus killed millions of indigenous people through slavery and policies of systematic extermination. Under his rule his men hanged indigenous people in mass, roasted them at the stake, hacked children to be used as dog food.  Columbus was a slaver of indigenous people and facilitated the sexual exploitation of indigenous women and girls as young as nine; He profited from the pain of our ancestors and this is being commemorated in Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. Columbus is the architect of a genocide that is comparable to Hitler’s “Final Solution”. Let us also not forget that Columbus is the father of the transatlantic slave trade! A crime against humanity that started human trafficking across the Atlantic. The violent and forced transportation of millions of people from Africa to the Western Hemisphere that lasted over three centuries. October 12, 1492 marks the beginning of our Holocaust with the arrival of Christopher Columbus. 100 million Indigenous people were massacred on this continent. A holocaust were 95% of our ancestors were exterminated.  It is the largest and most atrocious genocide ever committed in the history of humanity. As descendants of the 5% that survived this genocide known as Mexicans, “Central Americans”, “South Americans”, “Native Americans” and those in solidarity with them are asking the city of Los Angeles to stop honoring the man who started this genocide, that we as indigenous people are still under, known as Christopher Columbus.  The statue of Columbus represents his legacy of mass murdering, raping, pillaging, torturing, and the enslaving Indigenous men, women, children, and babies of the western hemisphere.   We believe that the Los Angeles City Council going on the historic decision to recognize Indigenous people on Indigenous People's Day has the understanding and would be open to finally removing these monuments that commemorated the genocide of indigenous people and replace them with monuments to our Indigenous ancestors or Chicano ancestors. There are about 600 monuments of Christopher Columbus erected all over the world and it is time to show the world that Los Angeles will do the morally right thing and will no longer honor genocide by replacing the statue of Columbus with the statue of an Indigenous or Chicano hero of California.  We propose the following heroes who resisted the injustices of their time: Toypurina Kintpuash "Captain Jack" Tiburcio Vásquez Joaquín Murrieta This petition will be delivered to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council. Drafted by Nican Tlaca Women Warriors & Partido Nacional de La Raza Unida

Crush Columbus Coalition
431 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Florida State Senate, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Florida Governor, Florida State House, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Rick Scott, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Patrick Murphy, Ron DeSantis, Alcee Hastings, Lois Frankel, Gayle Harrell, Julio Gonzalez, Kionne McGhee, Barrington Russell, Williams, Barack Obama, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, United States Supreme Court, United Nations, United Nations Development Program

Defund Child Welfare, Dependency, and Family courts destruction of Families!

I want to inform you about the all too common violations occurring in Broward County and the South Florida area. The judicial system in conjunction with Broward County's System of Care choose to victimize its families through coercion, intentional civil and constitutional rights violations under “color of the law”, and by unnecessarily interfering in the right to parent.  Many parents are being harassed by Child Protective Services on a daily basis, even being arrested. There has been a rise in the number of warrantless removals of children from parents for not conforming to the falsification of non-evidentiary allegations. Why are so many families falling prey to Child Protective Services kid jacking and the Department of Children & Families as well as the Family Court System?  These entities financially benefit from incentivized adoptions, child support, and foster placements in the form of federal dollars via Title IV-D and Title IV-E funding.  The rate of misappropriation of funds due to these agencies maneuvering is mind blowing!  Facilities are facing overcrowding of living quarters due to excessive removals of children and agencies are unable to sufficiently provide services to children because caseloads are busting at the seams. Children in foster placements are more likely to face abuse for the first time. The agencies conspire to try to cover up reported abuse that occurs within the foster care system. Parents are being forced by the Department of Children and Families/ChildNet to abridge their freedom of Speech, freedom to exercise religious beliefs and practices, and infringe upon parental rights when fully intact. There has been repeated and documented falsification of documents and excessive abuse of discretion, abuse of power and authority, continuous violations of due process rights and civil rights, perjury, harboring and allowing abusers and government employees to break the laws and make up their own rules. There is no system of checks and balances to assure that these agencies are conforming and adhering to Chapter 39 of the Florida Statutes and lack adherence to Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.    Court appointed lawyers are in on the “racket” and do not even attempt to adequately defend these parent victims leaving them all but defenseless!  When the parents do attempt to clear their names, and seek help by reporting violations they are retaliated against and further impositions and restrictions are placed on them and their children (e.g. decreased visits, increased supervision, court ordered “evaluations”, classes, and mandatory therapy, negative case write ups, etc.).  These agencies egregious and tyrannical behavior needs to be persecuted under the RICO Act.   We need your assistance to bring justice for the residents of Broward County before any further damage is done. In the last two years alone there have been many documented and preventable deaths of children within the system's care. Please hear our plea for help to protect our children's best interest and well-being and to choose family preservation as the best option. The residents, citizens, and taxpayers of Broward County deserve equality and justice in this nation and demand change to fix this broken and unjust systems. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Your actions, decisions, and efforts will be deeply appreciated and will pay it forward in our shared community!  Sincerest Regards

Advocacy Activists
110 supporters