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 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 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 Franklin Township - Warren County, Traci Stivers, Beth Callahan, Ronald Ruppert, Brian Morris
Remove Confederate Monument of Robert E. Lee from the city of Franklin, OH
To the city and Township of Franklin, OH, In the wake of violent racism recently in Charlottesville, VA, and continuous racial violence, it is clear that Confederate monuments should not have any space for them to be celebrated. Ohio is a northern state known for fighting against the Confederacy during the civil war, yet it currently honors Robert E. Lee in a public space on the corner of Dixie Highway and Hamilton-Middletown Rd. Many residents in this state and country do not feel safe due to racial violence, and these monuments cause additional and unnecessary pain. This monument was put in place to celebrate a man that was known for commanding the Confederate army, and supported the continuation of slavery. Lee himself was a slave owner, and we have a responsibility to confront that fact and the evil that he fought to maintain. The mayor and city of Franklin, Ohio has an opportunity to do the right thing and remove this monument as a small step towards racial healing. We cannot come together as a country until we decide to stop celebrating these symbols of slavery and hate. History should never be forgotten, and these figures should instead be remembered in our history books and museums. They should instead serve as somber reminders of our past, not in the celebratory manner that this one currently does. Let us come together and demand this monument be removed.
Petition to Mayor Keith Brady, Police Chief Douglas L. Meadows
Help to designate neo-nazi and white supremacy groups as terrorist organizations.
A request to the city of Newnan, Georgia designating neo-Nazi and white supremacy groups as terrorist organizations. 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 City of Newnan, Newnan Police Department, Keith Brady
NEWNAN: Do not host the National Socialist Movement's rally
Newnan, Georgia has agreed to allow the National Socialist movement to meet and rally in Greenville Park on April 21st. The National Socialist Movement is a neo-nazi organization. By allowing their rally in Newnan, the city is showing complacency in the bigotry and hate crimes committed by white supremacists. Newnan should be a welcoming place for all races of people. We live in a society already plagued by social injustices, terrorism, and hatred. Why allow that in our city? Why accept that sort of behavior? Together we have to make sure Newnan is a safe and accepting place. Hosting a white nationalist group is toxic for everyone involved. We cannot be the city that allows hatred and discrimination, especially when roughly 47% of the population is nonwhite. Allowing the NSM into Newnan shows that people of color are not welcome. By not allowing the NSM and other extremist groups to organize, the city shows that that sort of thought process will not be tolerated and does not represent our community as a whole. Having the rally will only make Newnan seem unwelcoming and hateful with the implied support of neo-nazism. The NSM will be the representation of our town on April 21st. We cannot stand idly by while a hate group holds a demonstration. This rally affects all of us as the events in a city are typically tied to the people who live there. We are not neo-nazis, nor will we allow neo-nazis to gather here. In addition to signing this petition, I urge you to gather friends and family in support of a counter-protest in any way possible to stand against white supremacy and support Downtown Newnan businesses as small stores close in relation to the protest occurring.
Petition to Donald Trump
Reinstate Life After Hate's federal grant to counter white supremacist extremism in the US
"The Trump administration announced on Friday, June 23, 2017, the elimination of a federal grant that Life After Hate had won in January to counteract hate crimes, white supremacist extremism, and neo-Nazi/white nationalist online recruitment. Life After Hate anticipated the $400,000 award as a recipient of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant Program through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In January 2017, after the Trump administration entered the White House, new DHS Secretary John Kelly initiated a re-review of its grant programs, and on June 23, Life After Hate received notification of its removal from the approved list of funded organizations, without mentioning the specific criteria as to why their grant was rescinded. Life After Hate provides direct service to individuals who want to leave behind their lives of racism and violent extremism. The organization trains and supports former hate group members as mentors and educators who de-radicalize and disengage potential violent extremists. In recent months, the organization has experienced a remarkable increase in phone calls and emails concerning the intensification and spread of hate speech and hate crimes stemming from the alt-right movement in the United States." - Life After Hate Website, https://www.lifeafterhate.org/donate2 This petition aims to urge the Trump Administration to reinstate this grant to Life After Hate so they can have the resources to continue their work in combating violent white supremacist extremism. Reinstating this grant will send a message that white supremacy is indeed terrorism, and is a serious problem in the United States that needs to be addressed.
Petition to PayPal
PayPal: Stop Facilitating Hate Group Fundraising
NAZIs are attempting to establish a white supremacist, pagan community and compound in rural Meigs County, Tennessee and PayPal is facilitating their fundraising. Community members recently exposed that prominent white supremacists/NAZIs connected to the National Socialist Movement (NSM) have purchased 44 acres near Decatur, TN and named the project Wotan's Nation in reference to Norse God Wotan/Odin. They follow a white supremacist version of paganism, rooted in NAZI mythology, and call themselves "folkish heathens." Their public facing website disguises the project as a religious, cultural, and charitable project, but their history and ideology indicates more sinister intentions. Floyd Eric Meadows, one of the primary movers of the project, has a long history with NSM and other white supremacist groups which includes providing paramilitary training to those groups and the group's closed facebook group has indicated that they plan to, at minimum, provide hand to hand combat training. The closed facebook group had many references to white supremacist and NAZI ideology and imagery. Read more here: https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/02/13/pagan-based-white-supremacy-sect-buys-property-tennessee