Petition to Timothy Sands & Bernice Hausman
Reject white supremacy at Virginia Tech
As former graduate students in the English Department at Virginia Tech, we were disturbed and horrified to hear that Mark Neuhoff, a current English MA student & English composition teacher, is an avowed white supremacist. We were even more disturbed to see how the department, and the university as a whole, have handled the complaints lodged against Mark. As graduates of VT’s English Department and former graduate teaching assistants, we’re deeply disappointed by the lack of leadership, accountability, and compassion we’ve seen in the university’s response to white supremacy on campus. University administrators have the privilege and responsibility of creating an inclusive campus for all students. That means acknowledging the fear that students and colleagues of color feel when they’re faced with a white supremacist on campus. It means taking real action to mitigate that fear. It means being willing to step up and speak out against white supremacy. We stand with students who are protesting Mark Neuhoff’s continued employment with the English Department. It’s long past time to take real action. We want to see Bernice Hausman, Timothy Sands, and other university administrators respond to these concerns with the gravity they warrant and remove Mark Neuhoff from his teaching position. Silence is tacit approval. At a moment in history when racist ideology is an ever-growing threat to people of color in our country, you are in the unique and privileged position of having the power to take REAL action to protect students of color. Protecting these students is not only your privilege, but your responsibility. We want to see increased transparency about actions the university is taking to protect Jewish students and students of color, and we want to the university offer a clear, unequivocal rejection of Mark Neuhoff’s views. We also want to see you do the right thing and reject white supremacy on Virginia Tech’s campus by taking action to remove Mark Neuhoff from his teaching position. To read more about Mark Neuhoff and the university's response, please see our post on Medium here.
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 Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
Congress must censure President Trump for his racist comments about Africa and Haiti.
The world is watching our President disparage non-European peoples. From his first campaign announcement that Mexicans are rapists, to his claim that thousands of Jersey City Muslims danced in celebration of 9/11 to his recent claim that Africa and Haiti are "shithole" nations, this President is establishing a global reputation as a white supremacist. The United States Congress must respond in order to send a message to the world that it is not our nation that is racist. It is, instead, the temporary occupant of the White House. Our fundamental belief in the equality of all men and women, regardless of race, creed or color, must be reaffirmed. To that end, we call on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to initiate a Congressional censure of President Donald J. Trump for his racist statements.
Petition to Charles E. Schumer, Charles E. Schumer, Senator Charles Schumer
Demand Senator Schumer Take ACTION Following Charlottesville
Five days after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia: * Not one arrest has been made for Saturday's assault of Deandre Harris, though two of the white supremacist assailants were positively identified several days ago. * Other than putting out statements condemning the white supremacist violence and Trump's vile comments, no ACTION has been taken by Democratic leadership. Please stand with me to demand today that Senator Charles Schumer 1) ORGANIZE and LEAD an urgent, **sustained** national effort to oust Trump's three known white supremacist advisors: Bannon, Miller, and Gorka; and 2) Demand that the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Charlottesville Chief of Police oversee the immediate arrest and criminal charging of Mr. Harris' assailants. These are actions that Senator Schumer and Congresswoman Pelosi could have — and should have — already led. We the people most not allow our representatives to remain passive as Nazis consolidate power in the White House and violent, known white supremacists remain free. UPDATE: I spoke with the senator's office again at about 4:45 last night to tell them I would forward the petition to his office today. Within 30 minutes, likely by coincidence, Schumer had tweeted: "I will not let Pres Trump/Steve Bannon off the hook for refusing to unequivocally denounce white supremacy/neo-Nazism/other forms of bigotry" My answer? "@SenSchumer What does that MEAN in ACTION? What are you calling on us to DO with you to make those words meaningful? Words are not enough." Please keep this petition moving, my friends. Sign and share to send the message that along with tens of millions of Americans, you demand leadership and focused action, not just platitudes. EIGHT people have been arrested for pulling down the Confederate statue in NC. Not ONE PERSON has been arrested for the assault of Deandre Harris. The videographer who captured the assault on video has not been asked by VA police to share his footage. The life of this black man is of less importance than a white supremacist fantasy fetish. That doesn't reflect the values of the country I want to live in. Help me pressure our leaders to directly and urgently acknowledge and speak out about this injustice.
Petition to Brown County Inn
Remove Suspected White Supremacist Vendors from Leadership of Our Farmers Market
It has come to our community’s attention that there is a vendor at the Brown County Farmers Market, located at the Brown County Inn on Sundays, who may be a member of Identity Evropa, a White Supremacist group. This vendor is also suspected of recruiting for the organization, and is in a leadership position with the farmers market. This suspicion is based on videos and chat transcripts under the name of “Volkmom”. Until the truth can be determined about these suspicions, we ask that this vendor be removed from their farmers market leadership position. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”― Edmund Burke
Petition to Chicago Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot
Reject the Chicago police union's white supremacist ties
Last month, the same lawless white nationalist and white supremacist groups that stoked violence in Charlottesville attended rallies organized by Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). Chicago's police union has found common cause with racist groups including the Proud Boys, American Identity Movement, and the American Guard. They are all stoking anger and division by using District Attorney Kim Foxx's handling of the Jussie Smollett case. For the Fraternal Order of Police, it's an opportunity to attack one of their most strident critics and weaken her agenda of criminal justice reform. For the white supremacist groups, the FOP's rallies and over-the-top rhetoric provided the perfect backdrop for them to win new recruits over to their twisted, hateful ideology. The FOP protest offered sanctuary to extremist organizations, allowing members to emerge from the shadows of the Internet and establish the legitimacy and public visibility required to grow their ranks of domestic terrorists. By welcoming white nationalist leaders into their assembled fold, the police union signaled its tacit approval of their dangerous agenda of hatred and violence. But despite widespread reporting on extremist groups' participation in the recent police union rally, FOP head Kevin Graham has refused to publicly denounce the organizations and the viewpoints they espouse. So long as the FOP refuses to denounce the white nationalist groups they gave aid and comfort to, the City of Chicago must not deal with them like a legitimate organization. The FOP is attempting to negotiate a new contract with the city of Chicago. Please join us in calling on Lori Lightfoot, Chicago's newly elected mayor, to not negotiate any new contract with the Fraternal Order of Police until they have publicly denounced the Proud Boys and the other "alt-white" groups benefiting from the FOP's anti-reform stance. And any new contract must include key reforms that make police officers more accountable to the public when they abuse their power.
Petition to Virginia General Assembly, Commonwealth Transportation Board, Governor Ralph Northam
Stop Memorializing a Slave Owner and White Supremacist: Rename Jefferson Davis Highway
Jefferson Davis was hailed as the “champion of a slave society” when he was selected in 1861 to become President of the Confederate States of America. Davis was an unrepentant white supremacist who fervently believed the Southern cause, slavery and segregation were right and just until his last dying breath in 1889. It is therefore outrageous that a major Virginia thoroughfare, Jefferson Davis Highway (aka Route 1) which abuts the Pentagon and other US Capital landmarks continues to bear the name of a morally depraved, non-Virginian who rejected the very idea of a United States. The back-story of the decision in 1920 to name southern sections of Route 1 after Davis adds to the disturbing legacy of racism in America. At that time, the Daughters of the Confederacy along with US Rep. Earl B. Mayfield of Texas, a close ally of the Ku Klux Klan, began a campaign to attach the name of the Confederate president to Southern roads in a futile attempt to create a transcontinental highway bearing his name. At the height of the Jim Crow era, when lynching of Southern blacks was conducted with regularity and impunity, these advocates of white domination routed a road symbolizing black oppression and enslavement across several predominately black neighborhoods, as if to reinforce the message of racial subjugation. The choice of name is, therefore, an affront to African-Americans and, indeed, all Americans who are repulsed by the evils of slavery, segregation and racism. It's time for the Commonwealth of Virginia, to remove the name of this Confederate leader from all sections of Route 1 in Virginia. Virginia is a state that prides itself on its diversity, technological innovation, leadership in education and progress. The name Jefferson Davis is far from what the state should honor. Let's stop indulging the race haters who named the road after their race hating hero. Let’s change the image of this important roadway from hatred and rename it to memorialize hope and progress. Please sign this petition calling on Governor Terry McAulliffe, the Virginia General Assembly and the Commonwealth Transportation Board to rename all sections of Jefferson Davis Highway.
Petition to Ben Rattray, Mark Dimas, Change.org team
Pull Falsely Supported Petitions from Change.org
In the wake of multiple manipulative petitions created on this site that are supported with evidence that is false, I believe that it is time to take action, and raise awareness about such petitions, so that they will not proliferate on this site. Petitions such as these sway the peoples' ideals by using false information to obtain what they want. What they may want has the possibility to harm and hurt others' reputation. A prime example of this is the petition "Remove White Supremacist Content from YouTube" by user "maria ruz". In her petition, maria uses a topic which many people may agree with at first glance. However, it happens to be a scheme to harm the reputation of a YouTuber named Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, more commonly known as PewDiePie. Felix is a swedish youtuber, and at the time of writing, the top YouTuber in the world. In the past couple of years, Felix has been part of controversial topics, and has made a few errors on camera regarding sensitive topics. While most can agree that Felix's mistakes should not be condoned, other people tend to characterize Felix by those mere mistakes. Many of his errors have been manipulated by others to seem like they are much worse, and are often brought back up to make it seem as if Felix continues to make these same mistakes. Maria's petition does this. For example: - Maria states that Felix has "hired people to say the n-slur". While he has said it himself, there is no evidence of him paying others to say this. Another misconception is that he uses this slur on a regular basis, while in reality, it was a slip up that occurred twice. -She also states that Felix has promoted anti-semetic content/cartoons within his videos. This is an exaggerated explanation of two events. One was showing a video from "The Wall Street Journal" regarding his mistakes, and their video had footage of Hitler. He also promoted a channel's review of an anime, and their channel so happened to have a few "risque" or derogatory jokes in their deep past. Felix was unaware of such humor and immediately proceeded to take their channel out of his video description after learning of such jokes. -She claims that he was being racist by putting captions from people over the wrong people, who happened to be african american. This is a popular format of meme, and is satrical humor regarding not knowing who is in the picture- not making fun of races. A popular iteration of this meme is using a random, satirical quote, and putting it on a picture of Gandhi, or stating that he quoted it. Again, this is not humor towards race, it is merely a humorous mismatching of person and quote. -She claims that he "uses the nazi heil" in one of his videos. There is no evidence of such thing. Kjellberg himself even joked that if he "raised his arm" the media would use such as evidence to slander him. Maria's petition is a prime example of such. -She claims that Kjellberg paid an actor dressed as Jesus Christ to hold up a sign saying "Hitler Did Absolutely Nothing Wrong". This is an event regarding a completely different person.There are many other points that are either manipulated or completely false to harm Kjellberg's reputation, and many petitions have been made like this. A solution to this is to remove petitions like this from the website. If we win, people will be able to trust petitions with their supporting evidence, and will not have to read through to test the petition's argument. If we lose, petitions like this will continue to spread throughout the site, and innocent people will be harmed as a result.Please sign this petition. Something else you can do to show your support is to subscribe to Mr. Kjellberg , and if you live in India, unsubscribe from T-Series. This aids in another battle regarding the state of YouTube itself, and subscribing to Felix shows that creators should be prioritized in YouTube's system.Thank you.