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 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 Jerry Falwell Jr., Michele Bachmann, Mark Burns, James Dobson, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Tim Clinton, Ronnie Floyd, Jentezen Franklin, Jack Graham, Harry Jackson, Robert Jeffress, David Jeremiah, Richard Land, Johnnie Moore, Tom Mullins, Ralph Reed, Jay Strack, Tony Suarez, James Robison, Paula White, Tom Winters, Sealy Yates, Robert Morris
Evangelical Board: Denounce Trump & White Supremacy and Step Down From The Advisory Board
It's become clear that Trump not only condones but emboldens and empowers white supremacy and Nazism to take unprecedented action in America, moves that actively silence, terrorize and harm people of color and Jews, not to mention the LGBT community and women. In essence, these values go against everything America stands for, yet the man currently running America has allowed them to flourish. Christians know "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). This weekend in Charlottesville showed that this verse does not simply address a spiritual death but physical death as well. Now is the time, more than ever before, for Christians to take a stand against the sins of white supremacy. Now is the time for Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board to listen to the calling of their faith and take steps to publicly denounce Trump, white supremacy, and Nazism. These faith leaders must step down from Trump's board. Anything less than that simply will not do. There is no excuse anymore. #QuitTheCouncil Contact info for board members compiled by Guthrie Graves-Fitz (Twitter: @GuthrieGF) - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cyEmEFg3O8LQdTkG_CIboZb5LOdIThJZbtQIFEjDTNM/edit?usp=sharing
Petition to Wicomico County Council
Remove the marker for Confederate General John H. Winder from Salisbury, MD.
On the grounds of the Old Wicomico County Courthouse in Salisbury, MD is a historical marker commemorating John Henry Winder, a general in the army of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Born in Somerset county in 1800, he eventually came to command all of the military prison camps of the Confederacy - including the notorious Andersonville prison camp where 13,000 of approximately 45,000 Union prisoners-of-war perished due to malnutrition, exposure, and disease. On the face of it, this marker is simply just another example of the place of honor given to those who have fought for the cause of White Supremacy. And while certainly not on the scale of the many statues to more famous figures of the Confederacy scattered across the nation, this particular monument hits much closer to home, and not simply for the reason that John Winder was born nearby. Not a stone's throw from this marker is the Old Wicomico County Courthouse, which was built in 1878 on the site of the former Byrd Tavern. According to local historian Linda Duyer, this tavern was also a community center where slaves were kept waiting to be sold off. The same slaves whose perpetual bondage was fought for by soldiers of the Confederacy. A marker honoring a confederate general, a person who supported the cause of slavery, sits within easy view of where black Americans were once treated like cattle waiting to be bought. If this juxtaposition were not damning enough, equally as close to the marker is the site of the brutal lynching of a young black man names Matthew Williams. In December of 1931, he was accused of killing his employer. Having been abducted from his hospital room by a mob of hundreds of white Salisbury residents, he was dragged through the streets and eventually hanged from a tree just outside the courthouse. Again, this happened mere steps from where this current marker now stands. This marker... proudly honoring the history of a local general who fought in an army - and for a cause - that declared black people were inferior and deserving of subjugation. The status and removal of monuments honoring the Confederacy has begun to reach a fever pitch in the national conversation. Many declare that it is past time that these monuments to White Supremacist ideology were banished to the exhibit halls of museums. Others fight for their remaining a part of the landscape, because they feel it is vital history to acknowledge. But there is no marker for the slaves bought and sold at Byrd Tavern. There is no marker for Matthew Williams. Whose history are we choosing to remember? Whose history are we choosing to forget? Now is the time to add our own voices to the conversation, and our own actions to history. We, the signers of this petition, being declared residents of Wicomico County, demand that the Wicomico County Council remove the sign commemorating General John Henry Winder from the grounds of the old Wicomico County Courthouse.
Petition to Governor Phil Scott, T.J. Donovan
Help to designate neo-nazi and white supremacy groups as terrorist organizations.
A request to the State of Vermont designating neo-Nazi and white supremacy groups as terrorist organizations. An elected state representative in Vermont was forced out of office because she was targeted by white supremacy groups. The state and police failed to protect her and the Nazis won their battle. Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia that has unleashed hate groups and the killing of innocent people and creating the necessity to label these groups accurately. After the events in Portland that left two good Samaritans dead and one wounded due to a hate crime, it is time to see these neo-Nazi organizations and white supremacy groups for what they are and that is terrorist organizations. When a housewife and mother is stabbed in their own kitchen in Jerusalem or dozens of people are blown up by a bomb at a concert in Manchester or good people are stabbed when standing up to abuse on a max train, they are all acts of terrorism. The person carrying out these crimes against innocent people belongs to a larger centralized group that controls their thinking and often times their actions. In Portland, Jeremy Joseph Christian, after stabbing three people in the throat and killing two of them said: "I stabbed the two (expletives) in the neck and I'm happy now", as he sat in the back of the police car.Jeremy Christian will be honored by his organization just as other terrorist organizations honor their perpetrators of their terror. We must see these organizations for what they are and to send a clear message that although THEY BELIEVE their time has come and they will rise up, we cannot allow that to happen. Their angry language and separationist views serve only to inflame the negatives in our society and we choose the positive. We will not be fearful to travel or to be out in the streets or to help others in distress. We do not take our freedoms for granted and will not allow terrorists to obstruct those freedoms. The undersigned believe that these hate groups should be labeled terrorist organizations by the City of Newnan, Georgia and hopefully in future by the federal government. It is our hope that these groups will lose their ability to parade around, to meet and spread their hate to one another, to train their youth in ways of killing other human beings. This is a threat to our freedom and love of country and is worse than anything outside this country and we the undersigned want to see cities, states and the federal government supporting the classification of these groups as terrorists.
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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, New Jersey Governor, Cory A. Booker
Discrimination and favoritism Investigation of Woodland Park, NJ employees and Officials.
This City is pretty much owned and operated by handful of families who are connected by blood and favortism. Starting from the Mayor, Police Force, Fire Department, School System, City Hall, Court, and Public Service. They target all who speak freely and harass them with any means necessary including and limited to Police, Coding, Harassing, and hacking Children's Phones. They violate Civil Liberties and seek to entrap law abiding citizens.
Petition to President of the United States, United States Congress, Department of Justice
All hate group actions should be a federal crime
If we’re so serious about national security, why aren’t we creating laws and punishments for groups which promote hatred? Groups like the KKK, neo Nazis, right wing Nationalist groups etc. promote hatred and the use of violence to achieve their goals. In short they are terrorists. If you agree that such groups should be accountable to federal laws which and are a threat to our national security then please sign this petition to make every and all hate groups and extremists and an act of terror illegal and punishable by federal law.