Petition to L.A.Councimember Marqueece Harris-Dawson
Nipsey Hussle Square
This is a call for LA Councilman Harris-Dawson to name the intersection of Crenshaw and Slauson. Nipsey Hussle Square In honor of a community icon.Please call or email Councilman Harris-Dawson to let him know you support this effort.I started this petition because...I knew Nipsey Hussle personally. He wasn't just a rapper. He was a gentrification fighter, entrepreneur philanthropist and community icon,
Petition to Department of Education, Virginia Department of Education
Fight segregation in Virginia schools!
There are more public schools isolated by race and income in Virginia and across the United States than there were over a decade ago. Neighborhoods are still segregated due to institutional racism and the socioeconomic gap between races, which means that the schools would naturally be segregated. Racially and economically isolated schools inevitably have fewer resources and less-experienced teachers than schools with a more balanced demographic, and yet the current trend points to our nation’s schools becoming more, not less segregated. The solution? Implement controlled-choice enrollment strategies for Virginia public schools. Controlled-choice promotes school choice and diversity standards. The model allows parents to select the public school in their division that they would like their child to attend (open enrollment), then balance choices with diversity factors such as socioeconomic status or race. This helps break up concentrations of poverty, and it addresses Virginia’s legacy of residential and school segregation. The goal is to simultaneously promote choice and diversity. This strategy could be particularly effective at increasing diversity in public schools in the Greater Richmond area, if it is done regionally with the city and suburbs partnering together! I mentor three brilliant young girls through Higher Achievement, a program in D.C. and Richmond dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for middle-schoolers. The statistics tell us what racial and economic segregation in our schools leads to in our communities. But I’ve seen firsthand what it does to these kids’ self-esteem. I’ve heard the things it makes them think. Research has shown that school integration has significant benefits to children of color and has no negative consequences on white schoolchildren, so who would we be hurting by implementing this program? More than 60 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that separate is inherently unequal. Yet somehow, we are growing even more separate and even more unequal. Virginia’s Department of Education needs to support and diversify Virginia’s public schools so that every student, just like my three scholars, can have an equal opportunity for success.
Petition to Eric Garcetti, Power106 , Real92.3 , NBA, puma, Lapd cheif michel moore, Gary vaynerchuk
STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME FOR NIPSEY HUSSLE
I want to give, peace, love and closure to the family, friends and fans of Nipsey hussle. He said " ya'll better ride for me" and thats what I'm doing, for him, the community he was rebuilding and for his family. I truly believe, having a star on the Hollywood walk of fame, in honor of his legacy, will give a great tribute to his legacy. With the help of the community, the influencers and organizations they can give the city, the state and the rest of the world something that they can come and visit. It will effectively get through to our youth that this man left behind, enough accomplishments that impacted my family and myself. My family and I are really doing our best to cope with such a great loss, we lost a father a friend and a visionary we needed. Our city is in pain, it is going through something very devastating and it's going to take alot to to uplift the people. with the killings and murders in the streets, los Angeles is already dealing with alot, but now his death has brought a peace treaty and unity with the gangs. in Hope's that we can all continue carrying on what he left behind, his legacy and all the great things he has accomplished. This addition to what the people have already accomplished, will give great tribute to his marathon he was running.
Petition to Gavin Newsom
Liyah Birru, a Black immigrant from Ethiopia, was prosecuted and incarcerated for defending herself against her abusive husband who had subjected her to beatings, sexual assault, verbal abuse, threats, and racial slurs. After serving her sentence, she now faces the added punishment of deportation. Liyah’s story is all too familiar. Black women, particularly immigrants, are incarcerated and deported at over twice the rate of white women. Upwards of 90% of incarcerated women are survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. Liyah doesn’t have to be deported and further punished for surviving abuse. Governor Newsom can stand with survivors, grant a pardon and stop Liyah’s deportation! Liyah’s Story Liyah met her husband in Ethiopia where he was stationed with the military. After two years in a long distance relationship, Liyah moved to rural Northern California as a green card holder to join her husband. Life became a nightmare for Liyah soon after she moved in with her husband. Liyah’s husband, a white man, began referring to her as a slave and using racial slurs towards her. The abuse soon escalated - he began destroying her possessions, clothes and became physically abusive. He’d often apologize and promise to change but would soon become violent again. Isolated in rural California, without a car, and with no friends or family for hundreds of miles, Liyah felt trapped. As the abuse rapidly escalated, she began to fear for her life. Her husband owned a handgun that he kept loaded and would often hold during arguments. Liyah began secretly unloading the handgun when he was not home. When he became violent, Liyah threatened to call the police. Her husband was unphased, promising that police would believe him, a white man, not her, a Black woman, and that he’d have her arrested and deported. Liyah wanted to leave and go to a domestic violence shelter but had no way to get there. Her husband refused to let her leave. The abuse continued to escalate until one day when he slammed her head into a wall, pulled her hair, and hit her in the ribs. Her husband was twice her size. Terrified, Liyah went into the bedroom, unloaded his handgun, and took it. She hoped the sight of her with the gun would cause him to become less aggressive but he continued. Scared that she had no way out, Liyah fired the unloaded gun hoping it would scare him. Unknown to her, one bullet had been left in the chamber of the gun and hit her husband. Liyah called 911. Her husband successfully underwent surgery to remove the bullet. When police arrived, they found Liyah bruised and bleeding. Still, they did not investigate the violence against her and charged her with assault and domestic violence. Facing aggressive prosecution by the district attorney's office, Liyah accepted a plea deal with the promise of a lighter sentence. California law requires judges to consider if someone is a survivor of intimate partner violence. Liyah’s husband testified that he had never been abusive despite the bruises and cuts on Liyah when police arrived and numerous notes apologizing for past abuse. The judge refused to believe Liyah, found that she was not a survivor, and gave her a six-year sentence which would also carry the double punishment of deportation after she completed her sentence. As California Attorney General, Kamala Harris opposed Liyah’s appeal arguing that the record was unclear as to whether she was really a survivor. Liyah’s appeal was dismissed. After serving her six-year sentence, Liyah was arrested by ICE as she left prison. She was taken to the Yuba County Jail which rents space to ICE to be held pending deportation. Liyah’s story is not the exception: Multiple studies indicate that between 71% and 95% of incarcerated women have experienced physical violence from an intimate partner. In 2017, there were 219,000 women in US prisons and jails, most of them poor and of color. In 2014, according to the Sentencing Project, black non-Hispanic females had an imprisonment rate over twice that of white non-Hispanic females. Black immigrants face deportation for criminal convictions at a rate 3x higher than other immigrants. Liyah has suffered enough abuse: first from her violent husband, then from the courts, then from prison, and now, immigration detention. Governor Gavin Newsom can help stop the further abuse of deportation by granting her a pardon.
Petition to Gretchen Whitmer, Governor Whitmer
Forgive the state debt so that our staff/students may finally teach/learn in peace.
For years, public school students in Benton Harbor, Michigan have endured constant turmoil under Betsy Devos influenced policies. Michigan's failed education policies have driven high turnover, unfair testing practices, and cuts to essential programs. Marginalized communities have suffered the most. Ironically, the majority of the students here are descendants of slaves who never received promised reparations, yet their daily journey is darkened by a cloud of debt from which they never profited. Under extreme debt, students and staff in cash strapped districts have functioned under the threat of shutdown nearly every year for nearly a decade. Imagine the stress of going to school not knowing if your school will even make it from one year to the next? Imagine your children's classes closing midyear and receiving incompletes though no fault of their own? Field trips cancelled, beloved teachers layed off, and the consistent trauma of staff trying to manage a district on a shoestring budget? It is time to give the children a fresh start and a fair chance. You can help. Since schools also serve as voting polls, closing targeted schools is a creul form of voter suppression that sacrifices school children as political casualties of war. Although strategists have fought to push through takeover strategies that mimic corporate level political sabotage, our children and schools may not be able to survive much longer unless the debt against them is completely forgiven. Our babies need this fresh start. Once the debt is forgiven, under our new state level administration that values public education and equity, our district will be able to bring back important student centered programs designed to help students thrive. Incoming dollars will go directly to educating students. To ensure fiscal responsibilty moving forward, we also encourage the state to require the district to use an online financial accounting dashboard that will enable the public to track financial progress dollar for dollar. I am a product of Benton Harbor public schools, a parent and a former teacher. My son graduated from Benton Harbor High School last year and I have another child entering next year. With the exception of the high school which hangs in the balance, I inconsolably watched every school I attended in this community forced to shut down at the most inhumane moments of the school calendar. I love my community and I believe that my children deserve a fair chance at education in our neighborhood schools. Please help us by signing the petition to call for a way overdue new beginning. Click here to view further details regarding issues relating to the previous administration's decisions and mandates. Click here to view video of students advocating for a fresh start for better schools.
Petition to T-Mobile Media Relations
Don't Mute DC's Go-Go Music and Culture
The record store and cell phone carrier at the corner of Georgia and Florida Avenue NW (U Street) has been playing D.C's indigenous Go-Go Music since the late 1990s. Neighbors in newly constructed condos across the street pressured the city and then T-mobile, to force the owners to stop playing the music. Tell T-mobile, the city, and residents who don't understand the cultural significance and history of go-go music in Washington, D.C. that this is unacceptable. Bring back the music! I started this petition because...Ronald Moten is a longtime peace activist, go-go promoter and a DC Native. Dr. Natalie Hopkinson is the author of "Go-Go Live" a book published in 2012 by Duke University Press that chronicles the history of Black Washington DC through its music. Go-go is the soul and heartbeat of Washington, and we refuse to be silent as gentrifiers malign, assault and attempt to erase this culture. #DontMuteDC
Petition to Ari B. Levy, Chris Birkinshaw
Aloha Poke Co, Remove "Aloha" and "Poke" From Your Name
Aloha Poke Co is a Midwest based restaurant that has aggressively threatened Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) families with legal action for the use of the word “Aloha” in their business or social media. Not only are they capitalizing on an Indigenous traditional dish that they have no rights to, but they also have the gall to try and bar our own people from using a word in our language that has deep cultural meaning and symbolism. A language that up until 1987 was illegal in schools in Hawaii. Aloha Poke Co.'s lawyers have sent cease-and-desist letters to small businesses demanding they "stop all use of Aloha and Aloha Poke in association with selling your food, products and services" as well as demanding the "removal of Aloha and Aloha Poke from any company name, domain name, Facebook page or other social media site." Aloha Poke Co. has yet to confirm how many of these cease-and-desist actions were undertaken by their lawyers. But two small businesses, including a native Hawaiian-owned restaurant, have been forced to rebrand their entire businesses due to this legal threat so far. The root base of aloha are the words ALO and HA. Alo means presence, or as some kupuna have described it, recognition. HA means the breath of life. Therefore when we as Kanaka Maoli say “Aloha” we are recognizing being in the presence of another person's breath of life. To threaten suit to Kanaka Maoli families who are simply trying to practice their generations old culture and feed the community? So that you can profit off of a culture and a people that are not yours to sell? That is what we call HEWA. We as Kanaka Maoli also stand in solidarity with the Algonquin peoples who are the First Peoples of Chicago and were driven from the land by settlers. This is still pertinent because not only do the Algonquin people still live and struggle today, we know from the struggles of working class Chicago peoples that Aloha Poke Co is a part of a progressive wave of gentrification, commodification, and cultural appropriation that is criminalizing and driving out poor and people of color from the urban core. We understand because half of our own people cannot afford to live in Hawaii due to the cost of living. We as Kanaka Maoli and all those who ally with us seek not only to be free from oppression, but to be free from the use of our culture in the oppression of others. As we struggle to cease the exploitation of our people, lands, culture and foods, so also do we refuse to have our language and culture participate in the gentrification of the homes of our allies abroad. We call upon Aloha Poke Company, LLC to “cease and desist” from the use of the words “Aloha”, “Aloha Poke” and “Poke" from all current and future businesses. We believe the words "Aloha" and "Poke" belong to the whole Hawaiian culture – not to a U.S. company in Chicago. We understand that this will come at some cost to you, but we think that cost to a multi-million dollar company is comparable to the cost that you have asked these small families to suffer when you have demanded they remove theirs. Mahalo nui loa, (not copywrited, still not yours to have) The Kanaka Maoli peoples and ALL OUR relatives.
Petition to Gavin Newsom, Tony Thurmond, Dixie School Board of Trustees
Tell Governor Newsom, #DixieMustGo
Marin County's Dixie School District bears a name that honors the Confederacy. We must say NO to symbols of the Confederacy and White Supremacy in Public Places! Please sign this petition to tell Governor Newsom to endorse our demand for the removal of the Dixie name! #DixieMustGo