Petition to Tumblr
Remove neo-nazis and white supremacists from Tumblr
Following Discord's recent shutdown of racist alt-right servers, we ask that Tumblr takes neo-nazis and other white supremacy groups more seriously instead of repeatedly ignoring reports on violent language. I've reported several neo-nazi types to staff, including those who have posts like "gas the k-kes" and "kill n-gger apes" alongside nazi imagery and romanticized portraits of Hitler. This is the response I get every time. > Hello, > Thanks for bringing this to our attention; we really appreciate your efforts to make > Tumblr a safer place for everyone. > We do strongly suggest you block this user. You can find out more about how to > do that here: https://www.tumblr.com/docs/en/social#blockactions Tumblr staff - by ignoring the rampant and violent hate problem within their community - are providing a safe place for violent fascists and other racists to feel at home. This specially ironic since Tumblr pretends to stand with Charlottesville victims despite actively hosting neo-nazi groups. It's outrageous that Tumblr staff refuses to ban these hate communities, and even more insulting that they pretend to be at the forefront of social justice. We want our communities to feel safe, and that cannot continue with the large neo-nazi presence. Multiple have already died in the past few months because of this ideology. It's clear that Tumblr will not respond to anything except negative publicity or advertisers leaving their network. So please let them know how the Tumblr community feels by signing and sharing. What we need to happen: 1. Take reports more seriously. Do not just ask the user to block a dangerous user. 2. Explicitly condemn this hate speech in your Terms of Service. Although it already is to an extent, staff does not seem to follow their own rules. 3. Stop giving a safe place for Nazis and white nationalists. This behavior has NO place on Tumblr and you must remove those inciting hatred and violence. 4. Assign moderators to deal with this issue internally. Thank you for your help.
Petition to Ruben Gonzalez, Greg Abbott
Justice for Crystal Mason
Texas resident, Crystal Mason is one of the most recent victims of voter disenfranchisement, a form of voter suppression that affects more than six million Americans. On March 28, 2018, Judge Ruben Gonzalez sentenced Ms. Mason to five years in prison for “voting illegally as a felon on probation,” and more recently turned down Ms. Mason’s bid for a new trial. Ms. Mason has continually stated that she was unaware that her name had been purged from electoral roll and was ineligible to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Ms. Mason and her legal team will be working together to appeal the decision to a higher court. Without a lifting of voices and unified support for Ms. Mason and other people of color who have been targets of voter disenfranchisement, government officials will continue to silence and oppress them. Signing this petition shows that you stand with Crystal Mason, and agree that she should be immediately pardoned by Governor Gregg Abbott. Meet Crystal Mason, the Black Texas Mother Facing 5+ Years in Prison for Voting in the 2016 Election (Video) US voter suppression: why this Texas woman is facing five years' prison (Article)
Petition to Arie Slob
Stop the Dutch government subsidizing blackface on children’s television.
I didn’t realize that children associated blackface with people of color until my, then, nearly 3 year old did it. She pointed at a black man in the bus and shouted “Zwarte Piet, Zwarte Piet!” During her time at kindergarten, my child had learnt to associate black people with a sort of clown . This is racism- and happened because kindergartens, schools and children's television in the Netherlands promote a specific racist caricature as part of their annual national tradition: Sinterklaas. This has got to stop! Zwarte Piets, or Black Petes, are characters in a children’s television show, played by people in blackface wearing Afro wigs. The Black Petes are portrayed as child-like, silly people, who belong a wise, old, white boss. Working for the wise, old, white boss is their only real reason for being, and the wise, old, white boss gives them the guidance they need. That associations are made between these subservient buffoons and regular people, merely based on having a dark skin color and Afro hair, is alarming. This Dutch tradition is even more offensive because the Black Petes wear clothing resembling the uniforms of enslaved 17th century Africans. There are many paintings featuring enslaved Africans of that era, which confirm this. Every year children and adults of color, especially people of African descent, endure ridicule connected to Black Pete. It is a humiliating affront to their dignity. People literally dread the weeks leading up to 5th of December, because the racist caricatures are to be seen everywhere. The daily children’s television series which is central in showcasing the Black Petes, is called: Het Sinterklaasjournaal. The vast majority of elementary schools in the Netherlands air the television series to their pupils. The NTR television company, which makes the blackface series, also generate income by selling lesson material to elementary schools. The Dutch government continue to subsidize this racist, yet popular children’s television series despite various human rights reports recommending the removal of discriminatory elements in Black Petes appearance. The Dutch children’s ombudswoman also recently included the aforementioned advice in her position on the subject. Despite this, blackfacing in schools and in the media, including an annual minstrel show: Het Sinterklaasfeest, is also subsidized by the Dutch government. People should be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of the colour of their skin. Blackfacing in schools and in the media is supported by government subsidy, and is a form of institutionalized racism. Tell the Dutch government to stop subsidizing blackface.
Petition to Dixie School Board of Trustees & Superintendent Yamashiro
Change The Name Of Dixie School District
Dixie School District, located in San Rafael, California, was named after the Confederacy during the Civil War. The district’s name is divisive and hurtful to many people. Changing the district’s name will increase inclusion and create a teaching opportunity.UN Ambassador Nikki Haley took down the Confederate flag when she served as Governor of Georgia. The Citadel, a conservative military college in South Carolina, no longer sanctions “Dixie” as their school fight song. Dolly Parton, who has donated more than 100 million books to children, removed "Dixie" from her business name. We can change too. Learn more at www.changethename.net.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Stopping Racism and Sexism
People around the world are discriminated. People are bullied, killed, and even arrested. They feel excluded and they commit suicide. They should have equal rights as us. We are the United States of America. Even Trump is discriminating against other people. Who can help us?
Petition to Derryl Yeager, Artistic Director, Odyssey Dance Theatre
Ask Odyssey Dance Theatre (Utah) to adapt their rendition of Redux Nut-Cracker
ProblemOdyssey Dance Theatre performer portrayed Asians as head bowing, hands in prayer, tiny stepping stereotypes. ODT dancers dressed in Asian costume in their portrayal of Chinese women.Please note the tiny steps the dancers made in "portraying" Chinese women and remember that, while exaggerated, that way of walking was the result of the practice of "foot binding" which left women with crippling pain, disease and a permanent disability. It was a way of subjugating women into subservience by committing violence against them. Claims of artistic integrity fall flat in the face of ODT's willingness to alter a performance to avoid offending or harming their audience (ODT altered their performance of Thriller in the wake of the murder of a University of Utah student). While we applaud ODT's sensitivity, we also note the hypocrisy in light of the current issue.According to ODT's website, this production of Nutcracker is brought "to life in the present day". Yet, in their interpretation of "present day", they chose to incorporate the cultural insensitivity of the time of the Chinese Exclusion Act and "Yellow Peril".SolutionWe need to demonstrate our unity as a community to state clearly that such portrayals of Asians is intolerable. Please sign this petition to join us in condemning dehumanizing racial stereotypes and ask ODT work with the community to portray Asians in a truthful manner.Personal storyArt can and should be provocative, innovative and seek to push the boundaries of social norms. Odyssey Dance Theatre's portrayal on KSL on November 14, 2018 was none of those things and hopefully does not reflect the views of the ODT Board of Directors. We respect ODT's freedom to present their version as they see fit. We acknowledge and defend their right to maintain it as they wish while retaining our right to, with equal vigor, object to it and to point out the harm that is being done to the Asian & Pacific Islander American community.We are not asking ODT to remove the Tea dance from their performance. We are not saying that the dancers or directors of ODT are racists. They have, however, clearly demonstrated their ignorance of the harm such negative and false stereotypes through their non-apology apology. Regardless of their intent, reinforcing these stereotypes dehumanizes people and reduces them to exaggerated caricatures instead of three-dimensional people. Our shared history is replete of examples of very real harm when we don't see each other as people and single out a group for ridicule and shame. From the Chinese Exclusion Act, the internment of Native Americans and Japanese Americans, human rights have been ignored, dignity sought to be taken and families injured. We hope that through creativity and cooperation, we can find a way to enhance this performance, not censor it.We accept at their word that it was "in an improvisational moment" and not planned. That said, it is telling that the dancers spontaneously and uniformly adopted the stereotype. Bowing heads, hands in prayer, hopping and taking tiny steps are all false exaggerations. Having the right to do something, doesn’t always mean what you’re doing is right. Michael Kwan Max ChangPresident, CRWDA Spike 150 Foundation On behalf of:Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants AssociationCrystal Young-Otterstrom Asian Association of UtahOCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates - Utah ChapterAsian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) - Utah ChapterChinese Association of Science & Technology of UtahUnited Chinese Association of UtahUtah Asian Chamber of CommerceJung Hing Lion Dance Association Philippine American Association of Utah (PAAU)Kulturang Pilipino Ensemble of Utah (KPEU)The Vietnamese Community of UtahRepresentative Karen KwanFloyd MoriTerrence ChenSpike 150 FoundationPlan-B TheatreUTAH PACIFIC ISLANDER CIVIC ENGAGEMENT COALITIONPacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources (PIK2AR)Utah Chinese Folk OrchestraNAACP - Salt Lake BranchUCLR | Utah Coalition of La RazaUtah State House of Representatives Minority Caucus
Petition to City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Art Commission
Replace Phila. City Hall Penn Statue with Anti-Slavery Quaker Benjamin Lay
Benjamin Lay was essential in creating the Abolitionist Movement that ended slavery. By antagonizing and questioning slavery-supporting Quakers like William Penn, he pushed the sect to become one of the earliest and most important voices calling for abolition. As Penn had 12 slaves, paved the way for the extermination of our indigenous peoples, and was little more than a corporate sponsor for the Pennsylvania colony, his statue atop City Hall should be replaced by one of Lay.
Petition to Kellie Stickney, Cherie Harris, Kathy Cummins
Kirkland PD & Chief Harris Must Apologize to Mr. Ragland & Commit to Racial Bias Training
ProblemOn Wednesday November 7th, City of Kirkland Police responded to a call to Menchie's (a frozen yogurt shop) in the Totem Lake area of Kirkland, WA after store employees complained of a "suspicious" man sitting in the yogurt shop. The man in the shop was Byron Ragland, an African-American U.S. Air Force veteran who was simply doing his job—a job he is legally required to do. Mr. Ragland is a court-appointed special advocate and visitation supervisor and he was supervising a mother and her son at Menchie's. The Police officers may have been obligated to show up for the call, but upon realizing that Mr. Ragland was in no way a threat or "suspicious", they should have gone out of their way to make sure Byron felt welcome and they should have acknowledged the mistake by the store employees. According to Mr. Ragland, he was asked by the officers to “move along”. There is no place for racial bias in a police department. The City of Kirkland Police Department and Chief Cherie Harris must act now. *Note: The department has committed to an investigation, but they must be held accountable to acknowledging their mishandling of this situation and to doing everything they can to ensure this never happens again. This event was initially covered by Danny Westneat of the Seattle Times and can be read here. SolutionAs residents of the City of Kirkland and beyond, we demand that the City of Kirkland Police and Police Chief Cherie Harris acknowledge that the situation with Byron Ragland was handled inappropriately by the City of Kirkland Police officers and that they issue a formal apology to Mr. Ragland. We also demand that the Department commit to enforcing mandatory racial bias training for their officers and to and extend policies that mandate that racial bias is not tolerated. In 2017, the City of Kirkland unanimously voted for--and passed--an ordinance proclaiming Kirkland a "Safe, Inclusive, and Welcoming City for Everyone". The ordinance also mandates that Kirkland's City services "provide everyone in Kirkland – residents, workers and visitors alike – with the full range of City services, including police and fire services, without discrimination regardless of race, ethnicity or immigration status." We acknowledge that the City of Kirkland PD has committed to an investigation into this matter, however, an apology and additional training for officers must happen. Personal storyAs a father of three mixed-race daughters, and the husband of an African-American woman, I refuse to sit by and watch racism and bigotry in our Country, State, and in our City of Kirkland. It's not fair to our friends, families, and neighbors of color for them to have to continue to deal with racism and bigotry. We need to learn from mistakes like this and as a society we need to take steps to make it better. Those of us fortunate to not have to feel the effects of racism cannot begin to understand the sheer pain and hurt it makes its victims live with daily.