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Racial Justice

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Petition to New York State House, New York State Senate

Rename of Donald J. Trump Park to Sojourner Truth Park

Names have meaning and the names given to public property have significance in how we choose to reflect the character and values of who we are as a nation and people.  This is a proposition to change the name of Donald J. Trump Park to Sojourner Truth Park.  The 465 acre parcel of land is located on the eastern bounds of the Taconic State Parkway spanning Westchester and Putnam Counties.  There have been three previous attempts to rename the 465 acre parcel currently bearing the name Donald J. Trump Park.  Public record will show that Trump and his associated development company paid $2 million for this property. After being unable to develop the property, the land was donated to the State of New York which he and his firm used as a tax write-off.  This was not a charitable gift derived out of generosity but an equitable exchange of real property for a financial incentive. Several previous proposed names have all been admirable choices but perhaps have not met the benchmark through which most public lands have been rededicated in our State, to honor individuals rather than perhaps individuals who have donated land. The naming of a park should be that of a historic New Yorker who has made an outstanding contribution to the history and development of our state and one who evokes the values of patriotism, inclusiveness and equity under the law.  There are few individuals who embodied the spirit and diversity of New York like Sojourner Truth. It seems only fitting that a park stripped of the name of a man who incited insurrection should be replaced with that of a woman who fought against and helped defeat insurrectionists.  Sojourner Truth was born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree near Kingston, NY in 1797.  She was sold at least twice during her early life and was not freed until mandated under State Law in 1827.  Truth successfully sued for the return and freedom of her son from the State of Alabama in 1828.  As a free person she became active both within her church as well as the abolition and suffrage movements.  She gained national notoriety for her speech “Ain’t I a Woman” and would actively participate in the causes of emancipation, enfranchisement and equal protection under the law.  Her ardent activism to help her neighbors and fellow Americans was tirelessly carried out all the while supporting and raising a family on her own.  Truth passed away at Battle Creek, Michigan in 1883.  Shortly after her death Frederick Douglass said she was “Venerable for age, distinguished for insight into human nature, remarkable for independence and courageous self-assertion, devoted to the welfare of her race, she has been for the last forty years an object of respect and admiration to social reformers everywhere."

The People for Sojourner Truth
224,491 supporters
Update posted 2 hours ago

Petition to Brian Kemp, GEORGIA STATE BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES

Free Ashley Diamond

Ashley Diamond is a Black, transgender woman and prisoners' rights activist, and her situation is urgent as she is facing repeated sexual assault and denial of healthcare, which has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ashley made national headlines in 2016 for her landmark victory against the Georgia Department of Corrections. The case changed prison medical policy in Georgia, which was later adopted as precedent by the U.S. Department of Justice. Ashley has since been re-imprisoned because of a technical parole violation and is currently incarcerated at Coastal State Prison in Garden City, Georgia. Despite governmental promises for change, she has again been placed in a men’s facility.  Ashley continues to fight but needs your assistance. Ashley’s demands are: to be treated fairly, to be moved to a women’s prison, and to be free. Sign this petition to demand that Ashley be immediately transferred to a women’s facility with access to the healthcare she vitally needs. Since Ashley is eligible for parole in early March 2021, we are also asking that she be granted parole immediately given the violence she has been experiencing while imprisoned. The petition signatures will be sent to both Governor Kemp as well as the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles.  To read more about Ashley’s story, visit this website.  We are also asking for monthly donations for Ashley so she can receive the sustained support she needs. Funds will go towards commissary as well as her efforts to find safe housing upon release. Donate to Ashley’s GoFundMe or preferably, please sign up for a monthly contribution through Patreon. 

Free Ashley
761 supporters
Update posted 12 hours ago

Petition to Myanmar citizens

People petition for Japan's Sanctions to Myanmar Military

လက်ရှိ အမိမြန်မာနိုင်ငံတွင် ဖြစ်ပျက်လျက်ရှိသောအဖြစ်အပျက်များနှင့်စပ်လျဉ်း၍ မြန်မာပြည်သူတစ်ဦးအနေ ဖြင့် များစွာကြေကွဲဝမ်းနည်းမိပါသည်။ မြန်မာ့စစ်တပ်နှင့် ရဲများ၏ အပြစ်မဲ့၊ လက်နက်မဲ့ပြည်သူများအပေါ် လူသားမဆန်သော အကြမ်းဖက် ဖိနှိပ်နှိမ်နှင်းမှုများအတွက် နိုင်ငံတကာမှ မြန်မာပြည်သူများဘက်က ရပ်တည်၍ ၄င်းတို့၏ လုပ်ရပ်များအတွက် ဖိအားပေးစေလိုပါသည်။ လက်ရှိအချိန်အထိ မြန်မာ့စစ်တပ်ကို ထောက်ပံ့ကူညီပေး လျက်ရှိသော နိုင်ငံ ၁၃ နိုင်ငံအနက် ဂျပန်နိုင်ငံကလည်း စစ်ဘက်ဆိုင်ရာပုဂ္ဂိုလ်များကို ပညာသင်ထောက်ပံ့ပေး မှုများ၊ ဗီဇာထုတ်ပေးနေမှုများ ရှိနေပါသည်။ ၎င်းကဲ့သို့ အကူအညီအထောက်အပံ့များသည် အဆိပ်ပင်ရေလောင်း နေသကဲ့သို့ဖြစ်ပါသဖြင့် အဆိုပါစစ်ဘက်ဆိုင်ရာပုဂ္ဂိုလ်များ၊ စစ်တပ်အကြီးအကဲများ၏သားသမီးများကို ပညာ သင်ထောက်ပံ့ကြေးများရပ်ဆိုင်း၍ ဗီဇာပိတ်ဆို့မှုများဖြင့် အရေးယူပေးနိုင်ပါရန် ကျွန်ုပ်တို့၏ သဘောဆန္ဒအရ လက်မှတ်ရေးထိုး တောင်းဆိုအပ်ပါသည်။ We, Myanmar citizens, feel very sorry for the current situation in Myanmar. We would like the international societies to stand together with the people of Myanmar and to put pressure on the Myanmar Military regarding the Military and police’s inhuman and brutal violence on unarmed and innocent Myanmar citizens. We acknowledge that Japan is one of 13 countries providing scholarship assistance and visas to the Myanmar Military personnel and related people. Such assistance to the Military means the support to their violence as well. Therefore, we hereby sign to request the Government of Japan for taking action to those military personnel and military related persons who are studying in Japan by suspending their scholarships and stopping issuing visas.

Spring Revolution
204 supporters
Started 13 hours ago

Petition to Roy Cooper, Dan Bishop, Brandon Lofton, NC Senator Jeff Jackson, Alma Adams, Terry M. Brown, Jr., DeAndrea Salvador

Repeal Senate Bill 704 § 90-21​.​133 (Second)

In North Carolina, it is called Senate Bill 704 § 90-21.133 other states have their own version of the bill -- this bill was passed on March 10, 2020 ( almost year ago) in the pandemic legislation which gives legal immunity to health care facilities and providers during the pandemic! The increase of deaths across the world, our government thought it would be "best" and LAZY to pass an immunity bill.  Due to this legislation, most North Carolina malpractice/ wrongful death attorneys are not accepting cases related to wrongful death during this time--- even COVID is not the cause of death.  The first petition had roughly 500 signatures. The first petition focused on the urgent need of retaining an attorney who will take my case. Although, this is no longer the case, justice is still being threaten for million across the world. The second petition will help bring urgent attention to cases being dismissed by judges using the immunity law as an excuse. Basically, the courts will not even read the lawsuit.   Our families health and lives are on the line! My mother lost her life to the mistreatment of licensed professional in our healthcare system. From failure to treat a UTI (urinary tract infection) which led to septic shock. One simple "pee test". This is bigger than COVID-19.Our nursing homes and healthcare facilities and staffs are free to mistreat, injure, and kill their residents and patients. Unfortunately, our state government has said, "there is nothing we can do about it".   Join forces with over 500 signatures and sign today! For North Carolina Residents: Help us by signing this petition which will reach millions around the world. Please reach out to North Carolina state representatives or senator to urge him or her to end the immunity. You can call legislative building at (919)-733-4111 to find the number of your specific legislator. Please encourage your family, friends, and congregations to do the same.    Website to help find state representatives:  Copy and Paste: https://www.ncleg.gov/FindYourLegislators   From my family to yours,  Stay Well!                              

Meeka Clark
25 supporters