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Racial Justice

362 petitions

Update posted 5 hours ago

Petition to Tim Scott, James E. Clyburn, Jay (James) Richardson, Judge George McFaddin, 803-436-2373, Senator Tim Scott

Reverse Judge's order robbing Krista, born disabled, of human rights. #HopKristasLaw

Krista URGENTLY needs your support to live. We demand the state of SC open a full investigation of Judge McFaddin and Vinson's order and immediately reverse the order to restore Krista's right to equality and life. With your support we will win federal mandate. With your support we will bring historical change to our justice and/or family court system. No one should have the right to intentionally oppress any human being, by imposing - via court order - poverty on her/him. This is exactly; however, what two SC judges did.    Cerebellar Atrophy is atrophy of the cerebellum portion of her brain, the command center for balance and motor skills. Microcephaly is tiny head and smaller brain. Krista is intellectually disabled, with accompanying diagnoses/disabilities. Near fifty percent (47.6%) of the homeless population are disabled and unable to work. That is 269,991 individuals that CAN NOT work, living without a home. Living on the streets, using shelters WHEN available. (See link below.)     Crisis In Family Courts     NOW Foundation for women (Link below) There is a national crisis for women and their children in the family law courts of this country. Affirmed by experts and leaders in the women’s movement, the existence of this crisis is verified by women in every state who report injustice in their family law cases, especially battered mothers trying to protect their children from abusive fathers who aggressively litigate against them, using family court to stalk, harass, punish, and impoverish their former partners and children.  Krista's father is an oil mogul for Exxon Mobil, yet he was ordered to pay ZERO child support for Krista. K. Richardson vs. J. Richardson State of South Carolina, County of Clarendon, Pg. 17, Line 6-16: Uh, there was, during the case, evidence presented that Krista is not capable of supporting herself. The evidence, uh, was not clear. I can not, at this point, extend child support for this child. (Judge Jerry Vinson, under direction of Chief Administrative Judge George McFaddin.) Federal, dual-state and medical documentation was presented and produced in the courtroom. Judge Vinson acknowledges that Krista can not care for herself and discusses her federal disability status.  The judges; however,  based their ruling on Krista's father simply uttering: "she's not disabled". I have been asked about Social Security. Social Security is money paid in to the S.S. system  from wage earnings. Krista was born disabled - is too young - and can NOT work; therefore can NOT make a claim for S.S. Krista's father (my former husband of 25 years) has assets totaling over 1.5 million. He owns multiple homes (including beach home) AND is president and owner of a very successful oil company (that I helped grow) with multiple locations.  Krista's father abandoned us. I filed for divorce after  learning that her father got caught up in a secret, expensive life, which included spending 1000's a month of our marital money for prostitutes, hotels, online activities, sex site memberships, phone sex, asian massage parlors, strip clubs, novelties, cosmetics, etc., etc. This happened - he admitted in court and evidence supports - for the last five -six years of our married life. However, not this nor  my husband's wealth (ours prior to hearing) mattered.... Myself (Krista's caregiver and teacher) with Bi-Lateral Meniere's and my daughter with multiple disabilities, left the courtroom with no monetary award/compensation, no asset division, no health insurance. This occurred due to Krista's father's financial status and clout in the county we resided. Less than 5% of disabled children live with a single father . Single mothers care for 24.5% of the disabled children. Judges Vinson and McFaddin not only ordered zero child support for Krista they sent me, a home school mother of a disabled child, out the door with no monetary means to care for her. Because Krista needs non-stop supervision and care and due to my deteriorating health, my ability to earn a substantial income is very limited.  Without appropriate support from Krista's father, Krista loses out on medical advancement opportunities/treatments, therapies, enrichment opportunities - to name a few, and if my disease continues to worsen, we do not know what the future holds. Without child support, what happens to Krista? If something happens to me, what happens to Krista? Homeless? Please sign for federal mandate providing all children born with or becoming disabled during childhood appropriate, instant/immediate, permanent child support. Full investigation of the case and reverse and remand  McFaddin's order violating Krista's civil and human rights - her right to live. Help bring change to a faulty - often purchased - judicial and family court system. Help us #HopKristasLaw (Twitter) HopKristasLaw.com We are on: #IGiveAHop #HopKristasLaw - Twitter https://now.org/now-foundation/crisis-in-family-courts/ https://youtu.be/_ZJnkGKiej8 http://www.theitem.com/stories/kto-night-for-children-with-differences,4078 http://frontsteps.org/u-s-homelessness-facts/ http://www.nbcnews.com/id/13857062/ns/health-childrens_health/t/more-disabled-kids-living-single-women/  

Karola Richardson
589 supporters
Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to NJDEP's Historic Preservation Office

Please help save the former residence of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Camden, NJ.

Two and a half years ago I learned of an incident that involved Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his first documented civil rights struggle and sit in, which happened in Maple Shade, NJ on June 12th of 1950.  Dr. King and his best friend, Walter McCall, were on their way to a church in Merchantville NJ with Pearl Smith and Doris Wilson when they decided to stop for something to eat.  The proprietor told them to leave and they refused.  Dr. King knew that the NJ Constitution included a law against discrimination and verbally challenged the owner, who became irate when the group refused to leave.  The group had decided that they were going to preform a sit in and the owner ran to his apartment and grabbed a gun.  When he came back and pointed it at them they still refused to leave.  At this point the owner took one step outside and fired the pistol into the air, screaming "Ill kill for less". King and his group left and went to the police station and the owner was later arrested.  The case was later thrown out at the grand jury and everyone walked away.  The building where this happened was torn down in 2011, but I thought the event was important enough to be memorialized in some way, so I approached the town's council and proposed the idea.  The council though wanted some more proof that this in fact actually happened, and happened in their town.  About a month later I found the police complaint, signed by Dr. King himself, and now I had the evidence to get the memorial put in. On the complaint was something very odd though, it listed Dr. King's address as 753 Walnut Street in Camden, NJ.  When I looked up the home on Google Earth it was boarded up and had a demolition sign on it.  I then went to the tax office to find out who owned the home and got the owners information.  Several days later I went by her house and knocked on her door with the president of the Camden NAACP, Kelly Francis.  The woman who answered was Lily Hunt, who was 83 at the time I first met her.  The first words out of my mouth were "Did you know Martin Luther King" and she said "Yes, he used to live in my house on Walnut"....I almost hit the floor.  Walter McCall was cousins with the Hunt's, who let him and King stay on and off during the almost 3 years they both attended Crozer Seminary School between 1948-1951.  These were some of his most formative years and I thought the home should be preserved, and about 2 months later, armed with several pieces of evidence, I filed to have the home placed in NJ's registry of historic places.  I was originally told the process would take 2-3 months, but it's now been over 2 years and they have not rendered a decision.  They say that they somehow can't find enough significance attached to the home, nor the event in Maple Shade, to place the home on the registry.  It's mind boggling to me, and to many other, so we need your help.  If you think the home and it's attachment to Dr. King should be placed on the Historic Registry, please sign the petition and share it on your social media accounts so others can sign.    https://www.facebook.com/MLKinNJ/

Patrick Duff
3,502 supporters
Update posted 3 days 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 across the United States of America are removing statues/memorials from public spaces and renaming roads and buildings that honor Confederate leaders. Brownsville has had numerous racist incidents in the past. Our biggest one happened in 1906. Please Google: Brownsville Black Raid. The Brownsville Herald was 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 on 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 Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway which never really took off. It was then moved to Washington Park in the 1970s. 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 were 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 believes that it was a God-given right to own people. 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
5,660 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Maroon 5, adam levine

Maroon 5: Drop Out of the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Click here to tell the artists to #TakeAKnee during their halftime set in solidarity with Kaepernick. Rihanna has reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform in front of over 100 million people at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. Why? She supports Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has been exiled from the NFL because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem. Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it. Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL. Join me in asking Maroon 5 to drop out of the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. Rihanna is not the first major artist to turn down the Super Bowl halftime show. Jay-Z turned down a request to perform at the 2017 Super Bowl, and even addressed it in his 2018 song “Apesh*t.” The lyrics say, “I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don't need you. Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too," while the music video shows a line of men on one knee. Comedian Amy Schumer has also weighed in, praising Rihanna and encouraging Maroon 5 to follow her lead and step down. Schumer also said that she will refuse to do any commercials that would air during the big game. “Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them," she said. Maroon 5 has made music over the years featuring artists from all genres, including Rihanna, Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar — all of whom have publicly supported Kaepernick in his decision to protest the violent racism sweeping the United States. Maroon 5 must do the same. The band has a chance to stand on the right side of history. If they don’t, they will be remembered for choosing to side with the NFL over its players. The band’s lead singer, Adam Levine, has not shied away from politics in the past. He has been a strong supporter of same sex marriage and LGBT rights. The band even changed the location of a show because the venue supported anti-gay marriage laws. If the band can take a stand for LGBT rights, they should do the same for these players. Colin Kaepernick has sacrificed his NFL career to call out violent racism in America, and players across the country have followed his lead. Rihanna, Jay-Z, Amy Schumer and others have refused to work with the NFL. Maroon 5: Americans look to artists and celebrities as leaders, and you have huge opportunity to use your influence to take a stand. Sign to tell Maroon 5 to drop out of the Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Kaepernick and players who #TakeAKnee.  

Vic Oyedeji
105,192 supporters