203 petitions

Started 4 days ago

Petition to Smyrna Chief of Police, David Lee

Decommission Officer Michael Brooks of the City Of Smyrna, GA, Ward 3, USA (Badge# SM1297)

A little about me before we segue into the problem at hand: I joined the army directly out of high school, and I was Honorably Discharged in 2012 following a combat tour in Iraq. Never have I experienced racism until I became a civilian. I had my civil rights violated on May 13, 2017, with Officer Michael Brooks being the lead perpetrator. I was unlawfully arrested (kidnapped) and jailed until I paid a bond (extorted) under the overtly ridiculous premise of "PUMPING GAS TWICE WITH 2 GIRLS IN THE CAR" and subsequently charged with obstruction. I've recently been trying to reach out to some of my army buddies to confide in, because I felt so alone and victimized with no support. I cannot believe this happened to me. I am infuriated that this fiasco of "justice" was enacted and condoned by agents of the State government, the government in which I personally sacrificed my health and welfare to defend. I do not feel safe for myself or other freely roaming citizens of the United States for as long as Officer Michael Brooks is a cop. He even dared to mock my military service while I was in the back of his police car. The insolence of this thug must be punished. Link to video: Civil Rights Violation: 13MAY2017, Smyrna, GA 30080, United StatesHere is coverage of the entire story: Combat Veteran Films Cops Harass & Arrest Him for 'Pumping Gas While Black'

Sherman Jackson
180 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Kyle Riggs, Bryce Anderson, Salam Noor, Ken Richarson, Cheryl A. Scarcelli Ancheta, Donn Gardner, Christine Larsen, Andrea Valderrama, Frieda Christopher

Demand the resignation of Bryce Anderson from the David Douglas School Board

Links to Bryce Anderson's anti-immigrant comment and full audio from the Inclusion Resolution vote at the David Douglas School Board meeting 3.9.2017:Clip of Bryce Anderson's statement with transcript Full Audio Demand Bryce Anderson's immediate resignation and the board's formal denouncement of his comment. His comment likening undocumented immigrants to murderers is clear evidence of discrimination toward immigrant students and is a direct affront to the David Douglas mission statement and the Inclusion Resolution.At the February school board meeting, school board member Andrea Valderrama presented to the board a draft Inclusion resolution. The resolution was similar to that of other school districts and cities, responding to increased fear to ICE, registries and hate crimes in our schools. It stated the existing polices protecting students and added that school funds will not be used to aid ICE and that staff and faculty will be trained in how to respond to federal immigration, how they will support kids whose parents are taken and so on. Really, a no-brainer. The inclusion resolution was met with apathy and significant pushback and some outright hostility from the other board members. Thankfully, knowing that people had attended specifically for this issue, the chair Kyle Riggs opened up the floor for input. A handful of concerned parents, staff and community members offered strong support for the resolution and countered the anti-immigrant comments from board member Donn Gardner. Following that, the board agreed to work with Andrea over the next month to develop a resolution they could all support and the final vote was scheduled for the March school board meeting. The conference room was overflowing at the March 9th school board meeting. It's been estimated that 100 people were in attendance whereas these meetings usually draw 5-10. Approximately, 40 people testified, only 1 not fully in support. Community members, staff, teachers, parents and students talked about why this resolution is so important. Because of the format, the vote did not happen until near the end of this meeting at 11:30 pm - which meant that few people were still around to hear the outcome. It was immediately clear that the vote would not be unanimous and that no amount of editing was going to change the 3 dissenting member's votes (Cheryl Scarcelli Ancheta, Donn Gardner & Bryce Anderson). All three talked about respecting the constitution and that fears of ICE were unfounded - pretty typical of the comments from last meeting.The 3 dissenting Board members used "process" as an excuse throughout the discussion yet were clearly opposed to putting any kind of resolution forward from the beginning, and really threw Andrea Valderrama under the bus that night. Then, at the end of the debate and pretty much out of no where, Bryce Anderson added something unrelated to education, likening undocumented immigrants to murderers. At that, the room when into audible outrage and visible shock. Chairman, Kyle Riggs, then slammed his gavel, shushing and admonishing the audience. No one on the entire board challenged Bryce's bigoted comments. The vote was then taken passing 4 to 3. A bitter, hard fought victory for the community. The following morning a request was made and promptly fulfilled by Superintendent Ken Richardson's office for the audio recording. Since then, I have filed a formal AC-AR discrimination compliant form against Bryce Anderson - directly with the board chair and have begun petitioning the board to ask Anderson for his resignation AND that they formally denounce his comment. It is my opinion that the Board members who made personal statements about undocumented immigrant children and their parents are not working for everyone in our district and are violating local, state, and federal law in protecting all kids. I need help in elevating this story. I need people to know what's going on out here in David Douglas School District. When we cannot count on our school board to support ALL children, they need to go. We cannot make progress with leaders like Bryce Anderson. Leaders who make no effort to hide their racism and anti-immigrant bigotry. Please sign and share and attend the next meeting board meeting April 13th @ 7pm in the David Douglas High School conference room 1500 SE 130th ave Portland, Oregon 97233

Heather Franklin
814 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Nathan Deal

Remove Confederate Memorial Day as a State Observance Day in Georgia! #EndTheConfederacy

The purpose of this petition is to remove April 26 as a Georgia State Holiday and for the passing of a resolution that prevents any further resolutions to be passed to deem April as Confederate History Month & April 26th as Confederate Memorial Day at the Georgia State Capitol. For years, Confederate Memorial Day & Robert E. Lee's birthday were on Georgia's official state holiday calendar. In 2015, the two holidays were removed from the official calendar and replaced with "state holiday." Robert E. Lee's birthday is January 19 (previously observed November 27); Confederate Memorial Day on April 26 (Observed April 27). In 2015, Governor Nathan Deal stated "There will be a state holiday on that day. Those so inclined can observe Confederate Memorial Day and Remember those who died in that conflict." Starting in 1874, Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia was meant to honor the day the confederate forces surrendered to General William T. Sherman ending the Civil War in Georgia on April 26, 1865 (according to the Georgia government website). Over the years, the holiday has disappeared & returned. The purpose of this petition is to remove the two holidays from the state observance list.   Each year, Georgia's governor has to sign a proclamation declaring April Confederate History Month & April 26 Confederate Memorial Day. In 2017, the People had a huge win! Georgia lawmaker tried to revive Confederate Memorial Day in name in 2017, however, the proposal did not gain traction. Additionally, Georgia Reps. Tommy Benton (31st District), Alan Powell (32nd District), Steve Tarvin (2nd District), and Jesse Petrea (166th District) proposed HR644 which would recognize April 2017 as Confederate History Month and April 26, 2017 as Confederate Memorial Day at the capitol.This bill was NOT passed by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2017 session due to constituents and organizations such as the NAACP, condemning this resolution. It is my position that Confederate History Month isn't about remembering & reflecting on lessons learned. On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered in Virginia. Yet 152 years later, many in our region are still fighting the lost war. Some do this by flying confederate flags with slogans like, "The South Will Rise Again!" and "Heritage, Not Hate."  Celebrating Confederate History Month-without even attempting to put it in its proper context of human slavery and racism- is just another example of many refusing to let white supremacy die. Interestingly and hypocritically, many white southerners will advise black people to "get over slavery and segregation," but in the same breath wave a Confederate flag in the name of 'heritage.'   Just as the swastika is a symbol of fear, suppression, and extermination for Jewish people, the Confederacy & associated Confederacy symbols (ie: Confederate Holidays, flags, slogans) are symbols  of fear, oppression, slavery, and extermination for black individuals & "woke" individuals of other races. The German Straggesetzbuch (Criminal Code) 86a outlaws "use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations" outside of the contexts of "art or science, research or teaching." This concerns Nazi symbolism in particular and is part of the denazification efforts following the fall of the Third Reich. The law prohibits the distribution or public use of symbols of unconstitutional groups- in particular, flags, insignia, uniforms, slogans, and forms of greeting. While, I believe we should remove any symbols of the Confederacy, that is being proposed in a different petition. This petition focuses on the removal (de-confederatification)  of all confederacy-related state holidays or (named or unnamed) in Georgia.  Source: "Georgia renames Confederate Memorial Day, Robert E. Lee on holiday calendar." Sunday, August 9, 2015. Emmanuella Grinberg, CNN. Source: "Truth about 'Confederate History Month.'" March 28, 2017. Ashton Pittman.  Source: "2017 State Holidays." 

Melissa Holloway
6 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Greenville County Schools Board of Trustees

Change the name of Wade Hampton High School

Wade Hampton III was a Lieutenant General in the Confederate Army and one of the largest slaveholders in the Southeast before the Civil War, owning around 3,000 slaves. After the war, he became governor of South Carolina with the help of the Redshirts, a paramilitary group that worked to suppress African-American voters in the South. During his campaign, an estimated 150 African-Americans were killed while attempting to vote. As governor, Wade Hampton got to work raising legal funds for the Ku Klux Klan and promoting segregation and racist policies in our great state. He was known to “regret the use” of African-American troops to occupy South Carolina after it rejoined the Union. In Greenville, South Carolina, a school is named after him. Wade Hampton High School has a minority enrollment of 39%, and a student body of around 1,500. In the student handbook, it explains the significance of the school's namesake: scholarship, heritage, involvement, and values. It is the heritage and values that are concerning to minority students at Wade Hampton High, because the essential question is this: whose values? In this case, the values exemplified by Wade Hampton. Racism, bigotry, and a blatant lack of patriotism. These are not values of South Carolinians and should not continue to be enshrined in a place of learning . The Wade Hampton handbook also goes on to describe that at Wade Hampton High, “We take great pride in our history and heritage.” The question again must be posed of whose heritage, and the answer? The heritage of slaveholders and Confederates in South Carolina, not students at the school. Wade Hampton’s heritage is not that of the school population simply because it includes the ownership of human beings. In South Carolina, we love our country. Wade Hampton did not. He fought to destroy it. In South Carolina, we treat everyone with respect. Wade Hampton did not. In South Carolina, we remember our history, but we do not glorify racists and slaveholders. In South Carolina, we remember honorable men. Men who fought to make our cities and states better. There is one Greenvillian that stands high above the rest: a man of honor, or vision, and of courage. That man is Max Heller. Max Heller was a former mayor of Greenville, and he laid the foundation for the beautiful city Greenville is today. He was a man with integrity, and a man who fought back against vicious anti-Semitic attacks. Max Heller created a better Greenville for all residents, and is the very opposite of General Wade Hampton -- Mayor Heller was a man who loved his country, who fought to make Greenville more inclusive, and who strived to better it. Wade Hampton chose to divide it. By signing this petition, you stand with the minority students at Wade Hampton High School and reaffirm the need to leave the school’s racist and unpatriotic name behind us, refusing to honor a man who bought and sold human beings and was a traitor to his country.

Asha Marie
1,937 supporters