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Racial Justice

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Update posted 19 hours ago

Petition to Colorado State University, Joyce McConnell

Hold CSU accountable for ignoring racial related incidents

There have been several racial and race related incidents that have happened on Colorado State Universities campus over the past 3 years. Regardless of the administrations involvement, or lack of, these incidents happened on the CSU campus and were done by CSU students. For the most part, the CSU administration and past president Tony Frank and current president Joyce McConnell have done little but send an email condemning these actions. Nothing further has happened.  Most recently, 4 CSU students were photographed in blackface while imitating characters from Marvel's Black Panther. An email followed stating that these students were not to face any punishment because the act was protected by the first amendment. Many students felt as though there should be some disciplinary action and some expressed their disapproval by writing "CSU admin condones blackface" in chalk on the campuses main plaza on September 12, 2019. The plaza on campus is defined as "public forum traditionally utilized at Colorado State University, and is open to all individuals for the purpose of exercising free speech and assembly" and always has messages written in chalk gracing the pavement.  Despite this being an area designed for students to exercise their first amendment rights, the "CSU admin condones blackface" messages were washed away by the administration by the next morning, September 13, 2019. The CSU administration washed away students voices' demanding action regarding the racist events that have happened on campus. This is obviously extremely hypocritical, as CSU cited the first amendment in not punishing students in blackface but then removed speech expressed by other students criticizing the lack of action. This petition aims to hold CSU administration more accountable for past and future racial related incidents on campus and suggests a change in those holding leadership positions at the university. The university's slogan is Rams take care, Rams take action. This is us Rams taking action and doing our best to take care of our fellow students and if this petition is removed or changed in any way by CSU, then they have gone against their core principals.  Links to most recent racial incidents can be found below: Blackface Nazi Swastika  Noose hanging in dorm Police called on Native American teens on campus tour Link to the CSU instagram page that has created this petition 

CSU Coalition for Change
4,016 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Lisa Kersavage, Letitia James, Bill Deblasio, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

Preserve 227 Duffield Street/Abolitionist Place as a NYC Landmark

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2019/08/06/activists-fight-for-house-in-brooklyn-they-believe-was-used-for-the-underground-railroad https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2019/07/09/the-movement-to-save-the-downtown-brooklyn-house-of-two-abolitionists/ https://gothamist.com/2019/07/19/duffield_house_brooklyn.php http://brooklyn.news12.com/story/40743233/activists-elected-officials-work-to-save-historical-building 227 Duffield St., located on Abolitionist Place in Downtown Brooklyn, is the last known standing historic site in Brooklyn where abolitionists lived and where people found freedom through the Underground Railroad. Its demolition is imminent. Since the City’s Downtown Brooklyn redevelopment plan demolished all other Duffield Street historic residences, 227 Duffield represents the last known standing property to continue the legacy of African American history and resistance in New York City and should be preserved as a city landmark. Joy Chatel, former inhabitant and owner pictured above, fought for its preservation until her death in 2014. May she rest in power. Photo taken from https://www.gofundme.com/htxtis With a lack of African American historical sites in Brooklyn, we cannot stop at the installation of statues recognizing historical figures. We must also work to preserve the physical movements of our ancestors. 227 Duffield Street was home to two prominent abolitionists, Harriet and Thomas Truesdell, who were friends of and hosted renowned abolitionist, William Lloyd Garrison. Down the road lived Underground Railroad Conductor, William Harned. The property embodies the role Brooklyn played in the abolitionist movement at a time when the Fugitive Slave Act was the law of the land. We refuse to allow such an invaluable piece of our history to be erased. Historical scholar Cheryl Janifer LaRoche said a study commissioned by New York City’s Economic Development Corporation “provides overwhelming evidence” of abolitionist activity on the block. As community leaders and Brooklyn residents, we ask you, Lisa Kersavage, Executive Director of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, to review 227 Duffield St. for landmark status and preserve this location as part of our collective history. Only you possess the power to stay the demolition order. Please join us in honoring the sacred ground our ancestors walked in the fight for freedom, by investing in it as a community preservation project and not as in its permanent eradication.

Aliya Anna Donn
4,033 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Civil Rights Act, Moms of Black Boys/Men

The Civil Rights Violation of a Four Year Old African-American Tatum,Texas Boy

Tatum, TX On Tuesday August 12th, Michael Trimble's grandmother was called into school to meet with the principal and his teacher because there was a question on male dress code they wished to addressed. Once there she was told that his hair was too long that she could either cut it or keep it braided. She asked why her grandson wasn't allowed to wear his natural state hair they then explained that it could possibly be a DISTRACTION!!!  Then she requested to speak to the Superintendent of Schools, at that point he explained the exact same thing. Then asked him about the trans gender students in the same school district,  he proceeded to tell her that they are guarded by the federal law. Basically meaning that a boy student can wear a dress on the first day of school and continue to wear dresses throughout the school year, because that student has started a transition into a female lifestyle. But her four-year-old grandson who is wearing his natural hair is a distraction. Randi, his grandmother then had his hair braided..guess what?? Now that's a problem too. Fast forward to yesterday..she's now being asked to pin his hair up. When will the racial discrimination and injustice towards our sons, brothers, uncles, husbands, and friends stop. Really a four year old boy. We need to be his voice. Please lend your signature to this petition to tell Tatum, Texas we will not be bullied into cutting his hair.  "If we don't stand for something we'll fall for anything"  "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly" ~MLKjr. #pleaseshare #thisneedstostop #profiling #ourblackisbeautiful #ittakesavillage #oursonslivesmatter

Rachel Raye
12,010 supporters