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Petition to Commissioner Al Higgenbotham (Commissioner Al Higgenbotham, Hillsborough Co., FL), Commissioner Sandy Murman, Commissioner Victor Crist, Commissioner Ken Hagan, Commissioner Stacy White, Commissioner Pat Kemp

Protect the Confederate War Memorial in Tampa

In 1911, Hillsborough Co., FL acknowledged the memory of her fallen sons by dedicating the "Memoria in Aeterna" at the 1891 Courthouse.  The monument cost $3,000, most raised from citizens of the County by the Tampa Chapter 113, United Daughters of the Confederacy, including a $500 contribution from the City of Tampa. The dedication speech acknowledged "the heroism and courage of those who wore the gray". In 1952, a new courthouse was erected, and the County re-located the memorial to its current position there. There have been efforts to 'erase' the Memorial from Tampa's civil landscape before, but they were strongly rejected by the citizenry.  In 1996, the Memorial was restored, and in 1999 when vandals damaged the statue, Hillsborough County repaired it. Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller is a recognized #heritagehater.  He used the tragic Charleston Church murders and faux tears to break the 'agreement' that Commissioner Jan Platt bartered regarding the County Seal, that erected a historical 3rd National CSA flag from an innocuous display in the County's center. He had the flags taken down and now he is demanding the 1911 War Memorial MUST GO! In opinion polls across Florida, the overwhelming number of voters oppose removal of these historical veterans memorials - but Les Miller doesn't care...he says the War Memorial is "divisive" and must go. In an "ISIS" - like purge, New Orleans has ripped down its most prominent War Memorials, and they are falling like dominoes...Orlando, Gainesville and how here.  "The opponents say they are 'symbols of 'White Supremacy'".  We say they are no more or no less "white supremacist symbols" than is the United States herself.  Memorials to Confederate Veterans are just low hanging fruit in the current War on America. Let's stand strong and tell the Commission:  "Keep Your Their Hands off the Confederate War Memorial".  Veterans Monuments, even relating to unpopular wars, should be RESPECTED and PROTECTED. If the Commission can't decide - LET THE PEOPLE ACT - put it to a referendum! -------------- SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a 501 c(4) public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History.  It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and “Erase-ism” levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolina’s historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected. The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of a hate campaign led by Anti-American extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Florida’s society.  Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in Heritage battles throughout Florida including the “We’ll Remember in November Campaign” that resulted in #heritagehater candidates to loose elections in Florida.   More info:  www.sshfl.org  

Save Southern Heritage - FL
585 supporters
This petition won 6 days ago

Petition to VA Secretary David Shulkin

Stop Trump's crazy new ethics rule

Please stop Donald Trump from allowing bribery of VA employees by for-profit colleges.  Please write a letter or fill out the comment box at https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=VA-2017-VACO-0001-0227 by October 16. Donald Trump is trying to waive a federal ethics law at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  He wants to "allow all VA employees" to receive "wages, salaries, gifts, dividends, profits, and ownership" from for-profit colleges.  This is bad because for-profit colleges target veterans with aggressive and deceptive college salesmen because the GI Bill is lucrative and because the schools, through an accounting gimmick called "the 90/10 loophole," use the GI Bill to get around a cap the schools otherwise face on federal funds. Congress uncovered massive fraud by for-profit colleges targeting the GI Bill and enacted a "zero tolerance" ban on all gifts and financial entanglements between for-profit colleges and VA.   Now Trump wants to "waive" the law. You can read more about it at:  New York Times: "Veterans Agency Seeks to Scrap Ethics Law on For-Profit Colleges" (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/business/veterans-affairs-ethics.html and Reveal News: Trump Administration Seeks to Legalize Payoffs to VA Officials by For-Profit Colleges (https://www.revealnews.org/blog/trump-administration-seeks-to-legalize-payoffs-to-va-officials-by-for-profit-schools/ And if you think this sounds unconstitutional (for Trump to waive a federal Act of Congress), you're not alone! Recommended Action:   Please add your voice to the public comments at  https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=VA-2017-VACO-0001-0227 by October 16.  Here's a suggested comment you could use: "Please do not waive the federal ethics law at VA.  VA employees should not be permitted to receive gifts, money, and ownership interests in colleges that seek the GI Bill.  VA should always put veterans first!  VA should not expose VA employees to potential bribery and conflicts of interest."

Veterans Education Success
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