Petition to United States Congress
Don’t take away funding to teach school kids about the Holocaust
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, hate crimes have spiked across our country since last November. Now, more than ever, our public school students need access to programming that encourages tolerance and understanding for all people. When students take a field trip to Holocaust museums and Holocaust resource centers to meet Holocaust survivors, a powerful connection is made and never forgotten. There is no better way to fight anti-Semitism and racism than to learn the lessons of the past -- and see first-hand -- where racism and religious intolerance ultimately leads. This kind of public school programming is now under attack. Through House Bill 610, Congress and the Trump Administration wants to allow the Department of Education to turn essential federal funds into so-called “block grants” that can be used for whatever a particular state wants to do. If we are serious about educating our young people, the future citizens of our nation, about tolerance and acceptance of all Americans -- we need to prioritize and protect funding for programs like these. Our children and country need these educational experiences more than ever -- Jews and other minorities are under threat in our country -- with attacks, vandalism, or phoned bomb threats reported almost on a daily basis. If you believe tolerance and understanding is stronger than hate, sign and share this petition today. Tell Congress and Secretary DeVos to protect the Holocaust education funding that our public school students is needed now, more than ever.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Please ban the confederate flag in the United States of America
As a resident of the United States of America, and in unity with the rights afforded by the Constitution, I ask lawmakers to ban the confederate flag, in all forms, from public display. The single exception to the ban would be for publicly funded museums of American History. I make this request in an effort to improve life opportunities for all children living in the United States. The wide ranging effects of racism on the health and wellbeing of children are well documented in the research literature and include depression, anxiety, and low self esteem. In the past year, prominent display of the confederate flag by white nationalist groups has been documented at many events in the United States. Though the First Amendment protects free speech, the direct effects of racism on children in the United States are not to be understated. As prominent symbol affiliated with multiple white nationalist groups and gangs, the confederate flag sends a threatening message to both children and adults. At this time of great pain for our country, I ask lawmakers to come together to ban the confederate flag to begin healing the wounds of racism in the United States. ------------- Supporting evidence Priest N, Paradies Y, Trenerry B, Truong M, Karlsen S, Kelly Y. A systematic review of studies examining the relationship between reported racism and health and wellbeing for children and young people. Social Science & Medicine. 2013 Oct 31; 95: 115-27. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23312306American Public Health Association. Research and Intervention on Racism as a Fundamental Cause of Ethnic Disparities in Health. APHA Policy #20017 https://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/2014/07/25/10/29/research-and-intervention-on-racism-as-a-fundamental-cause-of-ethnic-disparities-in-health 100 Days in Trump's America: White nationalists and their agenda infiltrate the mainstream https://www.splcenter.org/20170427/100-days-trumps-america Infinite DramaQuest 2.0: American Renaissance Edition https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/07/27/infinite-dramaquest-20-american-renaissance-edition Information on the ideology of all known hate groups can be found on the Southern Poverty Law Center website. https://www.splcenter.org/ For more information on the convergence of white nationalist extremist groups, the radical right, and their efforts in the United States in 2016-2017, see: Hate Watch - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch Intelligence Report - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/intelligence-report Hate Map - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map Additional information on groups supporting white supremacist ideology and answers to frequently asked questions here: https://goo.gl/pFm9Zx (last updated August 8, 2017 @ 7:30PM)
Petition to Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg
Ban Paul Nehlen From Facebook for Promoting Racism and Anti-Semitism
Wisconsin congressional candidate Paul Nehlen has repeatedly posted material to his Facebook page that is racist and anti-Semitic. Nehlen's posts undeniably violate Facebook's guidelines, and contribute to the "Fake News" epidemic in our country. Tell Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to ban Nehlen, to stop him from spreading blasphemous material via the Facebook social network. Twitter has already banned him for promoting racist propaganda, and Facebook should follow suit.
Petition to FOX News, CNN, ESPN
Remove Laura Ingraham from the news for her racist and stereotypical comments
Recently Laura Ingraham made a statement on live t.v putting her input over what NBA star Lebron James tried to addres. He spoke about how he feels about todays current situation regarding the social injustices that still go on in this country and the questionable comments and decisions that are made all too frequently by our current President Donal Trump. While other people of all colors in this country; Both everyday citizens or celebrities have expressed their distaste for the way that social injustices highlight the news more often than not, and the leadership role that President Trump currently plays; not once has she made a comment on air the way she has recently. She targeted a black athlete at her soonest opportunity and said it with such passion that you could hear the hate in her voice as the bigotry surfaces She continues with claims that because he pursued his career right after high school that he is uneducated. So because someone pursues their career, they are not informed or aware of the current situation that surrounds them? Also she claims it was not a racist remark; but if this were another pro athlete who were not of color would she have come out and said any of this? Doubtful; as again there have been other athletes and other celebrities that have come out and spoken but now this is an issue that she felt she must address? She also said: "Must THEY run their mouths like that?" Again she was not addressing all athletes she was addressing the 2 Black Athletes who decide to use their platform as a voice for change. This type of commentary is what spreads hate across the country and makes things the way that they are today. This is what we have to endure? Is this what our kids must grow up seeing on their news station; that someone with a platform, if you're of color that you can not use your platform to try and better this country? This world?... It's a shame that people of color are still targeted even to this day. People of color are what helped shaped the world as we see today. We should be able to speak up on the social injustices without having someone like Laura Ingraham using her national spotlight, on the biggest news station on television to tell us to "shut up and dribble" and undermine the intelligence of people of color because she does not agree with our viewpoints. Please sign the petition and let's start making a difference in our communities. That includes the tv stations that should be informing us about real news rather than having to hear the bigoted comments of a racist woman over the air.
Petition to Andrew Warren
Drop All Charges Against Robert E Washington
View the video of this unjust arrest here. Warning: it may be triggering! Robert Washington, 33, was walking home from a convenience store to eat a sandwich one hot July evening. This should have been without incident. However, a Tampa Police Officer staked him out--and then followed him. She pursued him and demanded his time and attention, to which he, within his rights, said No! Robert just wanted to go home and eat his sandwich in peace. However, the police officer could not take no for an answer. She continued to harass Robert--but Robert stood his ground and would not let her take up any more of his time. That's when she told him she needed to speak with him because "he was wearing a hoodie" and "looked like somebody". As he attempted to enter his own home, he was attacked by several police officers, who brutally took him down and arrested him. His charges?Resisting Arrest and Battery on a Law Enforcement OfficerHow do you get arrested for resisting arrest but have not committed any other crime? Why did the officer pursue him? According to documents provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tampa Police Department disparately arrests black civilians over white civilians. Tampa Police have a long history of using racial bias to make decisions when it comes to citing and arresting civilians. For example, the DOJ investigation in the biased biking while black report. Tampa's population is 26% black and 64% white. Despite this, in 2016, just one year before Robert's arrest, black people accounted for 54% of all arrest. This is a severe over representation! [Per FDLE's Uniform Crime Arrest Report in 2016: Tampa Police Department]. The same trend is apparent in the years 2013-2015 as well. For this reason, we stand with Robert and believe that he was racially profiled by the police and his rights were violated! State Attorney Andrew Warren: On the campaign trail, you claimed to be a champion of justice--to change the paradigm. Yet, your office is prosecuting this man for the crime of being black in America right under your nose. We are asking for your office to drop all charges against Robert Washington and hold racially profiling police officers responsible for their biases! -The Restorative Justice Coalition- View the video of this injustice right here (separated into four parts).
Petition to Gus Bilirakis, Kathy Castor, Alcee Hastings, Frederica Wilson, Rick Scott, Darryl Rouson, Sean Shaw
Help End Housing Development Racism
A 32 square mile area of Hillsborough County Florida has designed a “Community Plan” aimed at keeping middle class, minorities, workforce and low income families out. This plan was orchestrated over 15 years ago to attempt to keep life rural for locals, but it has failed and changed into a racist dictatorship, fully endorsed and defended by local officials. Gone are the pristine orange groves and cow pastures that used to dominate this area. It’s no longer rural, yet the local Keystone Civic Association, under the leadership of one Tom Aderhold, says you can’t build there unless you own 5 acres or more! This man and his entire board of directors (who live in what they call Keystone) don’t even live on 5 acres themselves. The Keystone/Odessa Community Plan dictates no public water lines or public sewer lines to run in this area to discourage density. What has resulted is a racist enclave as property values rise and the only availability is to multimillionaires to build mansions. Every development for anything less than 1 house per 5 acres is fought by the Keystone Civic Association’s leadership and then whatever the Keystone Civic Association wants is endorsed by local county officials. The Executive Director of Hillsborough County’s Planning Commission, Melissa Zornitta, works closely with the Keystone Civic Association’s handful of outspoken leadership to ensure all proactive, positive changes coming before the County are flatly denied. Ms. Zornitta served on the Planning Commission with Tom Aderhold’s wife, Barbara Dowling Aderhold for many years before becoming Executive Director. This husband and wife team are fixtures at the County Center, constantly putting pressure to deny anyone in the Keystone/Odessa area the right to the privileges everyone else in Hillsborough County may enjoy. They also take great pride in their “Sovereign Defense” of this area to EXCLUDE minorities!• The roads in Keystone/Odessa are a main thoroughfare for neighboring county residents commuting to work in Tampa, yet these roads are single lane, substandard, in dire need of resurfacing, country roads. They are clogged everyday with bumper to bumper traffic from ignorant planning and there is no way to improve this safely within the “Community Plan”. Any suggestions at improving roads or building sidewalks are met with ire and adversity by the Keystone Civic Association’s leadership. • There is no fire hydrant in Keystone/Odessa…hence no fire station either! If a fire occurs, there is only one pump truck in the closest community of Lutz, Florida and they are not able to pump water from any lakes as it clogs the pumps. So, we get to watch our homes burn to the ground due to no fire hydrants. • No public water or sewer is allowed in Keystone/Odessa. Even though these public utilities border the boundaries of this community and can easily accommodate hookups, the Keystone Civic Association and Hillsborough County refuse to allow residents to hook into these lines because “it will set a dangerous precedent for higher density”. • Keystone/Odessa is an environmentally sensitive area filled with beautiful lakes, creeks and wetlands. With the current number of septic systems (most of which are very old), public water and sewer is an inevitability to maintain clean lakes, creeks, wetlands and drinking water.• There is no diversity on the board of the Keystone Civic Association. This community of racist white supremacists openly refer to one of the community’s sacred lakes as “Nigger Lake”. Only because one of the founding fathers of Keystone was a prominent African American (Charles Walker) who owned a large portion of that lake.• The Keystone Civic Association has morphed into a hostile dictatorship run by the same man and his wife for 13 years, Tom Aderhold, President and Barbara Dowling Aderhold, Secretary. Its membership is top secret, but estimated at around 200 with roughly 10% active members. They have built a substantial “legal defense fund” with various local fundraisers cloaked under the ruse of a way for them to help members of the community. That has never occurred. Former board members have left the association extremely disgruntled and dismayed by the situation the Keystone Civic Association has created in their hometown. Membership has dwindled as well. All that is left are the few who are handpicked by the Aderholds to agree with whatever they want and not fight for the betterment of the community. There is zero transparency within this nonprofit organization and no accounting for public funds and grants bestowed upon them since the reign of the Aderholds began. Any member who dares to ask a question is bullied into submission and or threatened with legal action. Racist, ageist, homophobic and slurs of against the mentally challenged are the norm at general membership meetings and veiled within printed newsletters in various forms. These newsletters are written, edited, published and distributed by the Aderholds. Recent attempts at changing the Community Plan to better Keystone/Odessa were halted by the publishing of complete lies and propaganda in Keystone Civic Association’s newsletter.
Petition to Public
Discrimination: Judge or be Judged.
Discrimination happens almost every day and we can not change the fact that we ourselves experienced being discriminated or we discriminated other people. Do you really know the effects of judging others by their skin color, race, clothing attire, economic status, gender, etc? Discriminating other people can cause a lot of mental health problems. The person you discriminated can be facing a lot of problems right now which can cause depression or even worst, death. We want you to cooperate with us and sign this petition to help lessen or might as well stop the spreading of discrimination in today’s generation, Also to bring up awareness in connection with the issue. The concept of having a peaceful and free society, where you will not think of what other people might say about you, where you can move freely and just be yourself. We want that concept to happen as soon as possible!! Sign this petition now and start the “change”. We really appreciate your cooperation. Thank you! :)
Petition to Netflix, Reed Hastings
Make Netflix remove Chris Rock's racist new special
Chris Rock on his new Netflix special: "I want to live in a world where an equal amount of white kids are shot every month...I want to see white mothers on TV crying." After what just happened in Florida and what goes on everyday I'm shocked that Netflix is ok with this.This truly is a prime example of HATE; prime example of RACISM; prime example of what is NOT a good example for young people. This needs to be banned from EVERYTHING especially Netflix.