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Racial Justice

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Petition to Cristina Mooney

Rule Against Racial Discrimination in New Mexico

In July 2017 Daniel and Cristina Mooney purchased 63 acres in a rural and remote subdivision in Fence Lake, New Mexico in search of a quiet and nature-centered atmosphere. We are both from California and have been searching for a beautiful quiet area like this since we left our home state in 2013. We came here with the goal of opening up a community garden, during the time we were here we held a retreat and opened a rural campground. Soon after we moved onto our remote land we were targeted by a group of 10-15 people who lived within and around the subdivision who were unhappy that we were here. We are younger than most of the landowners, we are a mixed brown/black couple, we purchased more land than most of the owners here and we have dreadlocs.  We started meeting more landowners around us because one of the members of this group was walking onto private property with a hand on her gun, yelling, screaming and cursing when people didn't believe her about the "dangerous gun-totting Rastas". Then in January 2018, we were visited by Cibola County Sheriff's Department as a result of people from this group filing over 100 Crimestoppers reports with lies like "They are growing hundreds of marijuana plants, making and selling meth, starting a cult and trafficking marijuana from Colorado." By March 2018 we were both arrested on false charges and spent a week in jail. When we got out of jail and made it to our mailbox we saw that the real estate company, Santa Rita Land and Cattle Co. LLC, was giving us less than 10 days to pay $4,500 in past due payments from the previous 5 months we had lived on the property. We let them know that Quest Title Company in Grants, NM told us for months that our payment transfers were clearing and our account was current. We also found out that Santa Rita had received several emails from members of this group stating that they want to find a way to make rules to keep people like us out of the subdivision, they stated they would do anything they could to take our land from us and kick us out of the subdivision. Emails from a member of this group to Santa Rita also stated that the group was "watching them with binoculars". We came up with the $4,500 as a result of our friends and extended family in Catron and Cibola County.  The harassment continued. People from this group and Santa Rita have driven down private roads after dark, driven into our driveways, stolen memory cards and batteries from our game cameras as well as game cameras and gone out of their way to harass and try to intimidate our friends. Associates of Santa Rita have gone to Daniel's job and made complaints about his work when there were not valid complaints to be made and the attempt to harass him at his workplace was witnessed by management. In June 2018 a Cease and Desist Order was filed against Santa Rita and their associates for the harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and conspiracy to take away our land like they're currently doing. In June 2018, we also made payments to a past due amount of $1,900 and spoke with an employee of Quest Title Company who told us "The account will not go into a delinquent status as long as you are making payments."  July was rough for us. We were both working at the same restaurant and barely making enough money to pay for the gas. An online job Cristina was working, suddenly stopped without warning. And since the Sheriff of Cibola County posted pictures of our weapons and medication next to our business logos in March, we hadn't made any sales to bring in any income. We kept working with the faith that the money would come when we needed it and then BAM! Cristina was offered a job. The employer failed to properly conduct a background check and on day 3 of this new job, which was going to cover all the past due and future payments on the property, Cristina was fired when the employer learned of the pending accusations that resulted from the false arrests in March. Then the online job came back into play and we were able to catch up on payments once our checks got here around August 3rd. August 6th we got our checks, deposited them and sent an email to Quest Title Company authorizing a $600 payment to the remaining balance of $700. In the same email, we let Quest Title know that we would be caught up to all of our payments, past and currently due, come August 18th. On August 7th we received an email from Santa Rita's lawyer stating that they are terminating our contract because we didn't meet the July deadline for the past due amount, regardless of what Quest Title Company told us in June. Our names had already been removed from the land and when we called Quest to confirm the past due amount, they told us that the contract had been terminated and we no longer had any rights to the property and in order to stay we would need to start a whole new contract with the seller.  Monsoon season hit. We were told by our lawyer and everyone else that there was nothing we could do but there was no way we could move our things off the property in this deep clay mud, we would get stuck in a second. So we contacted the lawyers and they gave us until September 24th to be off of the property. There is no way to express the deep deep sorrow and upset we're all experiencing over this. We've grown deeply connected to the land and our ancestors through the land which is the entire reason we came to this area in the first place. Now we're being kicked off of the property when there are other landowners, who look like everyone else in the subdivision, that are 3 months past due on their land payments and are upset that our family is the only family going through this. Unfortunately, we entered into a very poorly written contract that states we aren't awarded any equity or investments in the property should we default on the payments. Luckily, we were taught to dig. And the pain Cristina was feeling over growing to love the land so much and having it ripped away from people hating other people who are different, she found our rights. We learned that, by law, we have 20 days to respond to a Complaint entered against us. We met that guideline, but Santa Rita was pushing for us to be off the property by the 24th. Likely because they knew that we had this 20 days to file a response and request for a hearing with the court on our own behalf, regardless if our lawyer was willing to represent us. Santa Rita was trying to force us to sign a second document agreeing to allow the Sheriffs to remove us from the property on the 24th, even though that is 3 days short of the 20-day deadline to file a response with the court. Which also means that we have a right to a trial, which we exercised. And we have a right to have a judge review our supporting documents, which we have.  However, what about the 4-5 months they tried to collect in March? Which they gave us less than 10 days to pay. What about the other white landowners who are 3 months past due on their land payments? Why are WE being harassed over being less than a month of payments? Because Santa Rita Land and Cattle Company have sided with the ringleader of this hateful group of people in the Subdivision we live. This woman flips us the middle finger when passing us in the road and has been caught on video yelling at the car while flipping off our car, and this is also the person Santa Rita says they've "been friends with for many years. We can't see her making up anything like this."  It's a lot of hate and negativity to take in, and we thank you for reading this far into our story. We realized that all the injustice that's been done to our family cannot be solved in a day, or a week or a year. Today we ask that you sign this petition to ask Judge Rael of Cibola County District Court to rule in our favor. Our family has responded to the Complaint for Ejectment filed against us by Santa Rita Land and Cattle Company and asked that the Court override the civil contract and award us the investments we've made into the property: well, electric, and driveways. Santa Rita was initially willing to discuss a settlement and asked for an itemization of what we were asking for, however, when they read our response indicating that we would provide the itemization if Santa Rita agreed, in writing, to honor the amount and not attempt to negotiate, they chose to file more motions with District Court for "speedy removal from the properties", "denying petitioner possession of the property, the need to hire an attorney, expenses in monitoring the property, and the inability to use the property, in quiet enjoyment, as seen fit." This is all unnecessary. We've endured over a year of hatred, slander, libel, racial discrimination, stalking, aggravated stalking and false imprisonment. We made more than half of the past due payments. All we are asking for is the money invested in the property for things we can not take with us, the well, the electrical and the driveways. We're asking you to please take a small stance against real estate discrimination, racial discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and religious discrimination. All of which are in violation of the Fair Housing Act. 

Cristina Mooney
204 supporters
This petition won 3 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
2,858 supporters
Update posted 3 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
10,420 supporters
Update posted 1 week 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
2,348 supporters