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racism

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Started 1 week ago

Petition to HBO, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

Stop the show 'Confederate'

Slavery in the modern era. The south has risen again, and flourished on the backs of blacks in America for over 400 years...or that’s the story Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would like to share with the world. “Confederate”, which has just been greenlighted by HBO, is the tale they are wanting to spin in which the southern states never lost in 1865, when slavery was abolished. Rather, they successfully seceded, and have created a modern legal institution of slavery (whether this will include the current modern institution of slavery called for profit prisons is another story), that leads to a third American Civil War. We are sure the show will have strong characters and images of black men and women slaves fighting for their freedom, while trying to live the best life they can in their circumstances. It will have iconic freedom fighters and abolitionists speaking the truth of the moral depravity of slavery, and the scar it places on the soul of a country that has always held the ideal of being better. It’ll be filled with gripping moments of white allies helping as they did then, with a riveting scene at some point where someone declares how “All men are created equal.” And yet, none of that matters when ANYONE with common sense will make sure this show does not see the light of day, especially in these trying tumultuous times. In the modern America of Trump, where phrases such as “BUILD THAT WALL!” have turned into coded speak for racists, bigots, and domestic terrorists to be open with their hate, this can not be allowed. In fact, for Benioff and Weiss to truly believe now, if ever, is the time to release this show is tone deaf at best, and purposefully, MALICIOUSLY, done at worse. This is not a story anyone with common decency needed nor asked for. Almost daily, we have stories of black men and women dying by the police force that for decades blacks in America have known as the fist of law and government against them. Our churches are burned down, whether we are in them or not, to show even in our most peaceful moments we can never feel too at ease because of the simple color of our skin. Even those we would consider most privileged are taught the hard lesson that in America, you can destroy your body for our entertainment, but if you protest non-violently, they will put you out to pasture just like any other animal they own who is more trouble than they’re worth. For two heavily privileged white men to feel this is the passion project they want millions to a see, a world than can imagine how even in modern times our lives can be treated worse, this error in judgement MUST be addressed. We the people, have a voice and are asking that HBO, David Benioff, and D.B. Weiss realize the error in this decision to greenlight “Confederate”. To end any pre-production or planning, and let the confederacy stay dead as it has been for 152 years. To not create a show that will likely reach millions, and serve a possible blueprint for those in this country who would see a show such as “Confederate” as a manifesto to latch on to. “Game of Thrones” involves magic, dragons, and things that could not possibly exist in the real world, and it is known that in the years it has been on TV, it has changed the world. So please, realize the power of the stories you create, the strength your imagination has to change this world, and let your passion lead you to another path; one that does not add to the pain, mental and emotional anguish, and intense sorrow Black Americans have had to cope with long before there ever was a desire to “Make America great again.”

The Negro Justice League
69 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Kyle Riggs, Bryce Anderson, Bryce Anderson, 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
858 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Erin Sanford, John Kasich, Robert Montgomery, Mike DeWine, Donald Trump, Ohio Supreme Court

Send home autistic 24 y/o who is suffering abuse & neglect by corrupt guardian/government

July 11, 2017 I have not heard from nor seen my autistic son Marquis who is suffering and being continually abused, neglected and exploited by:- Atty. Erin L. Sanford (Mashburn Law Office) Groveport, Ohio- State of Ohio government and their Attorney General's Office and their Department of Developmental Disabilities- Franklin County, OH government and their Probate Court and their Board of Developmental Disabilities in Columbus, OH- Consumer Support Services, Inc., Newark, Ohio                                         - Others who are aligned with this evil, corrupt and wicked system.  Marquis has not been heard from nor seen and is being hidden and isolated from the only person who truly loves, cares and advocates for him, his mother. The last time Sanford allow my son to visit with me was on March 15, 2015 and the last time i was able to "view" him was on July 8, 2015. Because of the horrific treatment of my son by Sanford, the government and the abusive, unfit staffing agency, Marquis could be critically ill, incapacitated or even dead. Nevertheless, he has been lost inside of an sick, evil system who doesnt even respect or maintain his basic human rights. He has been stripped of his civil and constitutional rights as well. My son is just another "disabled" individual being used for federal funds while he continues to suffer and be abused and neglected terribly. Since i have not heard from him or about him, he is missing TO ME and not from his own actions but from Sanford and the government's corrupt, unconstitutional and evil actions towards a young african-american man with autism and his loving, supportive and whistle-blowing mother who has EXPOSED the ongoing suffering, abuse, neglect and exploitation of Marquis on 3 facebook pages. These pages shows alot of evidence of Marquis' suffering, abuse and neglect for federal funds! Sanford and the others do not want Marquis' mom to know of and see all the continuing abuse and neglect that Marquis continues to be subjected to so they have blocked her legally and physically.  However, they have not destroyed the love Marquis has for his mother and his mother's undying love for him.   Marquis is being exploited by many for federal funds. An corrupt and lying "flaw"yer named  Erin Sanford was appointed as his "limited guardian" by an inadequate and corrupt Probate Court of Franklin County, OH.   His mother was remove as his guardian for speaking out and not being silent about the mistreatment of her son by others.  His mother was not remove for abusing and neglecting Marquis and his mother has practice professional nursing as an RN for over 30 years and is not on any abuse and neglect registries.   Sanford (who has had other complaints of lying and misconduct, 3 that i know of) receives Marquis' monthly SSI check, while she forces him to live in an unsafe, very tiny and very noisy dwelling.  She and others have allow Marquis to be subjected to constant abuse and neglect by staff and other residents while they indirectly abuse, neglect and exploit him themselves.  Marquis has not done anything to anybody and is a very likable and intelligent young man. He loves to watch and play sports and used to play both basketball and bowling in Special Olympics.  He has many hobbies which is not allow to do.  His existence consists of missing his mother, his home, having to endure an itchy skin condition and counseling which was initiated by the U.S. Department of Education when Marquis' mother file a complaint against the Columbus City School district for placing Marquis in a seclusion closet. Marquis has no family rights and has consistently been denied birthday and holiday time with his mother and other family members.   He has not develop any vocational skills because of the incompetence and neglect of those making decisions for him and his life.  Marquis is force to take maximum dosages of THORAZINE and LITHIUM daily even though he is not psychotic or violent.  Thorazine is hardly ever prescribed even for those who suffer from true mental illness.   Marquis is not mentally ill.   Like others on the autism spectrum, Marquis can be overloaded when he is not in the proper environment or around others who do not know of and respect his disability.  He has told his mother many times and has describe the unsafe and noisy living conditions that Sanford and the staff have subjected him to. He has been assaulted and abused by many unfit and abusive staff.  Marquis also takes Cogentin because of the dangerous side effects these meds give him.  Marquis has suffered tremendously since being kidnapped and place in a system that has not recognize and provide his basic needs.  Those needs along with his civil and constitutional rights have been not only ignored but trampled on by an corrupt system full of corrupt and evil people who use and abuse people like Marquis for federal monies.    Marquis has told his mother (on many, many audiotapes) about the noise and violence he is forced to live in and around.  Marquis also has described staff and sometimes other residents verbally and physically abusing him and assaulting him both in the state facility and in the unsafe and unfit community housing he is currently “housed” in. He has described incidences of neglect too.  He has been terrorized and traumatized by the environments he has been forced to live in and around.  He has had to deal with all kinds of different staff who are unfit and abusive to him and has no respect nor knowledge of his disability.  All of Marquis admissions are on audiotape and there are many.  His mother also (on audiotape) has heard Marquis being verbally and physically abused.  When Marquis was illegally committed to a state of ohio owned and operated icf/mr facility, Marquis' mother seen staff attacked and punched Marquis in the chest.  This horrific incidence was captured on audiotape and is on YouTube and facebook. Marquis has a right as a human being and an citizen of the United States to have the same civil, constitutional and human rights as any other individual and he has a right to a loving relationship with his mother.   He has been denied any contact (which includes holidays and birthdays) with his mother which is a violation of his rights.  The last time Marquis and his mother was allow to visit was on MARCH 15, 2015.  The last time Marquis was allow to call his mother was on May 13, 2017.   He has expressed to his mother on numerous audiotapes his suffering at the hands of others and his love for his mother and wanting to be with his mom.  That in itself is a form of emotional abuse and neglect.   Marquis has deteroriated physically, he has gain alot of weight due to the high dosages of Lithium and Thorazine he is forced to take daily and he has developed a skin condition that he has never had in the past.  He is forced to endure light treatments twice a week for this very itchy skin condition that is on many areas of his body.   Because Marquis is high functioning and verbal and has told his mother of his maltreatment,  Sanford and others in the system do not want Marquis having contact with his mother.   They do not want his mother to see the ongoing signs of abuse and neglect and they dont want Marquis telling his mother what is happening to him.    Currently, the housing Marquis is placed in is in a unsafe neighborhood.  The neighborhood is so unsafe, a locked gate has been placed around it, however the main gate is gaping open because it is broken.  Last week two small children were shot outside in a drive-by shooting down the street from where Marquis is at.  This "dwelling" is currently owned by the state of ohio.  Sanford, Probate Court and the others who have Marquis held hostage for federal monies have stripped my son of his right to a quality of life and are trying to protect themselves from Marquis' mother constant exposure of what is happening to her son and the corruption and incompetence and greed behind it. Whenever Marquis is allow to talk to his mother,  he always expresses to his mother his desire and need to come back home and how he misses and loves his mother and his hobbies.  Marquis has been denied basic human rights, civil rights and constitutional rights.  Marquis' mother has 3 facebook pages which shows evidence of Marquis' suffering, abuse, neglect, exploitation and inhumane treatment at the hands of Atty. Erin Sanford, Governor John Kasich, Atty. General Mike Dewine, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Consumer Support Services, Inc., Judge Robert Montgomery & Probate Court of Franklin County, Oh and others who are aligned with them.    For Marquis' well-being and his right to a quality of life, SEND MARQUIS BACK HOME TO LIVE WITH HIS MOTHER!

Myra Tanksley
69 supporters