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reparations

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Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, Maxine Waters, President of the United States

Reparations for inner city families for trauma filled living due to illegal War on Drugs.

Living in the inner cities of New York I have been affected by the era of crack cocaine. I have seen my friends parents on Drugs and the last resort choices that they had to make in order to take care of their families. Now older we have men mentally traumatized and cannot love or respect women because they're mother was on drugs and stole from them. Before crack touched the inner cities Black and brown families were 85% two parent families and 45% owned businesses, now children in the inner cities are forced to believe that there are no two family households ever and the only way to success is by music or sports. When I found out The CIA admitted to smuggling crack cocaine into the inner cities of America due to a series of articles published in 1996 by Mercury News and written by Gary Webb called "Dark Alliance; the story behind the Crack Cocaine Explosion". I was furious! Crack cocaine in the inner cities has torn up numerous families; mothers were introduced to a drug that caused them to sell any and everything to get, even their children. The "War On Drugs" and the "Three Strikes Law" put a lot of inner city men and women in prison. The black and brown ones receiving more time than their white peers. Breaking up inner city families even more and leaving children to care for themselves and their siblings. Police have been put in these neighborhoods traumatizing the residents by "stop and frisk" and seeing the people they are supposed to serve and protect as criminals.  We the people of the inner cities are traumatized, tortured and left without resources for repair due to this "war".  We are asking for the American Government to have the same compassion for the children left behind after the crack cocaine era that they have for the people of the Opiods epedimic today. Provide mental treatment, funding to help build businesses, funds to schools in those areas that build leaders to run businesses and breed new political leaders. The CIA and US Gov't spent $56 billion dollars a year since 1970 on the "War On Drugs" a budget of $56 billion dollars to each inner city affected by the "War on Drugs" would be a great start for restoration. 

Princess O'Garro
23 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to American Family Insurance Group, United Nations Development Program, Samara Yeshaya, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), President of the United States, Donald Trump, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), FEMA, Hillary Clinton, Council of the European Union, Burger King España, McDonald's, Bank Of America, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Marathon Oil, Klu Klux Klan, FedEx, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Animal Planet, Universal Music Spain, Capital One Financial, American Airlines, American Eagle Outfitters, American Electric Power, American Heart Association, American Red Cross

40 ACRES AND A MULE REPARATIONS FOR MOST HIGH CHILDREN

INTRODUCTION Harriet Tubman became famous as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad during the turbulent 1850s. Born a slave on Maryland’s eastern shore, she endured the harsh existence of a field hand, including brutal beatings. In 1849 she fled slavery, leaving her husband and family behind in order to escape. Despite a bounty on her head, she returned to the South at least 19 times to lead her family and hundreds of other slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Tubman also served as a scout, spy and nurse during the Civil War. In 1849 Tubman fled Maryland, leaving behind her free husband of five years, John Tubman, and her parents, sisters, and brothers. “Mah people mus’ go free,” her constant refrain, suggests a determination uncommon among even the most militant slaves. She returned to the South at least nineteen times to lead her family and hundreds of other slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Utilizing her native intelligence and drawing on her boundless courage, she eluded bounty hunters seeking a reward for her capture, which eventually went as high as forty thousand dollars. She never lost a fugitive or allowed one to turn back. Did You Know? Harriet Tubman's birthname was Araminta Ross. Two things sustained her: the pistol at her side and her faith in God. She would not hesitate to use the pistol in self-defense, but it was also a symbol to instruct slaves, making it clear that “dead Negroes tell no tales.” Timid slaves seemed to find courage in her presence; no one ever betrayed her. She affirmed her faith in God in her statement, “I always tole God, I’m gwine to hole stiddy on to you, an’ you’ve got to see me trou [through].” Tubman collaborated with John Brown in 1858 in planning his raid on Harpers Ferry. The two met in Canada where she told him all she knew of the Underground Railroad in the East. Advising him on the area in which he planned to operate, she promised to deliver aid from fugitives in the region. Brown’s admiration for her was immeasurable, and he wanted her to accompany him on the raid. Tubman planned to be present but was ill at the time and could not participate. Tubman’s resistance to slavery did not end with the outbreak of the Civil War. Her services as nurse, scout, and spy were solicited by the Union government. For more than three years she nursed the sick and wounded in Florida and the Carolinas, tending whites and blacks, soldiers and contrabands. Tubman was a short woman without distinctive features. With a bandanna on her head and several front teeth missing, she moved unnoticed through rebel territory. This made her invaluable as a scout and spy under the command of Col. James Montgomery of the Second Carolina Volunteers. As leader of a corps of local blacks, she made several forays into rebel territory, collecting information. Armed with knowledge of the location of cotton warehouses, ammunition depots, and slaves waiting to be liberated, Colonel Montgomery made several raids in southern coastal areas. Tubman led the way on his celebrated expedition up the Combahee River in June 1863. For all of her work, Tubman was paid only two hundred dollars over a three-year period and had to support herself by selling pies, gingerbread, and root beer. After the war, Tubman returned to Auburn, New York, and continued to help blacks forge new lives in freedom. She cared for her parents and other needy relatives, turning her residence into the Home for Indigent and Aged Negroes. Lack of money continued to be a pressing problem, and she financed the home by selling copies of her biography and giving speeches. Her most memorable appearance was at the organizing meeting of the National Association of Colored Women in 1896 in Washington, D.C. Two generations came together to celebrate the strength of black women and to continue their struggle for a life of dignity and respect. Harriet Tubman, the oldest member present, was the embodiment of their strength and their struggle. Sarah Bradford, Harriet: The Moses of Her People (1886); Earl Conrad, Harriet Tubman (1943); Dorothy Sterling, ed., We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century (1984). This is more than history this is a Biblical moment that our ancestors pave the way for us to have I am being led by the Holy Spirit to start this movement of getting us reparations so that we can heal ourselves from the wounds of our ancestors pain and affliction. I can only imagine to change that this could bring to the people of the Lost tribes I pray that everyone takes heed and understands that this is the time the first will be the last and the last will be the first praise the most high for His blessings Samara Yeshaya

Samara Yeshaya
385 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin

AFRICAN-AMERICANS SHOULD NOT BE TAXED

As a Black person residing in the United States of America, I have faced racism and bigotry throughout my life.  I have learned that as a Black WOMAN in the U.S.A., I have had to work twice as hard as my non-Black counterparts to prove myself equally intelligent and capable, both in the school system and in the workplace. The majority of Blacks who reside in the U.S. are descendants of slaves who were brought to this country against their will during the evil period in American history known as slavery. Although slavery officially ended on December 6, 1865, Blacks have continued to suffer a myriad of hardships.  Stiffer penalties for black offenders, redlining black neighborhoods, purposefully leaving many black, American achievements out of school textbooks, having a European beauty standard thrust upon the American psyche as the only acceptable beauty that exists, and a host of other injustices are just some of the reasons why no one can honestly claim that racism is even close to being over.  Reparations for slavery has been, and continues to be a viable solution to right some of the wrongs that blacks continue to face in this country.  However, this proposed solution continues to be ignored. I propose a new solution.  If the Government does not want to give blacks the reparations that we deserve, then we should not be required to pay federal or state taxes.  This country was largely built on the backs of slaves who did not ask to come here and were, in no way, compensated for their free labor.  Abolishing federal and state taxes for black Americans, and refunding us the money that we have already been forced to pay in taxes thus far, is a step in the right direction towards making up for the horrendous slavery our ancestors endured, and the economic disadvantages that we are still made to suffer.  

Angela Ess
10 supporters