Petition to New York State House, New York State Senate
Rename of Donald J. Trump Park to Sojourner Truth Park
Names have meaning and the names given to public property have significance in how we choose to reflect the character and values of who we are as a nation and people. This is a proposition to change the name of Donald J. Trump Park to Sojourner Truth Park. The 465 acre parcel of land is located on the eastern bounds of the Taconic State Parkway spanning Westchester and Putnam Counties. There have been three previous attempts to rename the 465 acre parcel currently bearing the name Donald J. Trump Park. Public record will show that Trump and his associated development company paid $2 million for this property. After being unable to develop the property, the land was donated to the State of New York which he and his firm used as a tax write-off. This was not a charitable gift derived out of generosity but an equitable exchange of real property for a financial incentive. Several previous proposed names have all been admirable choices but perhaps have not met the benchmark through which most public lands have been rededicated in our State, to honor individuals rather than perhaps individuals who have donated land. The naming of a park should be that of a historic New Yorker who has made an outstanding contribution to the history and development of our state and one who evokes the values of patriotism, inclusiveness and equity under the law. There are few individuals who embodied the spirit and diversity of New York like Sojourner Truth. It seems only fitting that a park stripped of the name of a man who incited insurrection should be replaced with that of a woman who fought against and helped defeat insurrectionists. Sojourner Truth was born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree near Kingston, NY in 1797. She was sold at least twice during her early life and was not freed until mandated under State Law in 1827. Truth successfully sued for the return and freedom of her son from the State of Alabama in 1828. As a free person she became active both within her church as well as the abolition and suffrage movements. She gained national notoriety for her speech “Ain’t I a Woman” and would actively participate in the causes of emancipation, enfranchisement and equal protection under the law. Her ardent activism to help her neighbors and fellow Americans was tirelessly carried out all the while supporting and raising a family on her own. Truth passed away at Battle Creek, Michigan in 1883. Shortly after her death Frederick Douglass said she was “Venerable for age, distinguished for insight into human nature, remarkable for independence and courageous self-assertion, devoted to the welfare of her race, she has been for the last forty years an object of respect and admiration to social reformers everywhere."
Petition to Joe Biden
Ban red crayons because they are racist
Red crayons have been in kindergarten and schools since a very long time. But everyone overlooks the harsh truth and history of red crayons. Red crayons are very racist to red men! They make fun of them and make all the red people feel bad. Even as a fellow red man I am HIGHLY offended by red crayons. They make me feel so horrible about my skin color. So if you want to finally make a change against racism, then sign this petition. And if you are a principal or a teacher, remove red crayons from your classrooms. You are teaching your children how to be RACIST! Let's stand up and finally say something about racism!
Petition to Ancestry.com
Ancestry DNA to recognize Palestine
I was curious to do a DNA test for fun from Ancestry.com’s “Ancestry DNA”. Though I knew to a certain degree that I am 50% Palestinian on my father’s side and and 50% Greater Syrian on my mother’s side. Who knows what ones DNA may entail, especially coming from a region such as Palestine. After much money spent and time wasted, the results came back as follows: Middle Eastern 100 % (Includes: Egypt, ISRAEL,Jordan,Kuwait,Lebanon,Oman,Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE and Yemen) Concentration on: Syrian-Lebanese (on Ancestry DNA’s Map feature it encompassed Syria, Lebanon, (historical) Palestine and Jordan)* My conclusion is that DNA results should never be politicized. Being half Palestinian to me is a point of fact and something that needs not only to be recognized but celebrated. I hope a change will come soon. c.13 million Palestinians including myself walk this earth and I had hoped at least genetics would give us a voice. *-not defined on the website
Petition to Killeen Police Department
JUSTICE FOR PATRICK WARREN SR.
WE THE PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF BEING KILLED BY THE ONES WHO SHOULD BE SERVING AND PROTECTING US. WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND JUSTICE. " I TOLD YOU, DON'T USE A GUN" "HANDS UP MENTAL HEALTH DOES NOT MEAN DEATH" PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS IS TO RAISE MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS AS WELL Doorbell video shows the moments leading up to when a Black man was shot and killed by a Killeen police officer on Sunday, January 10th.The video shows 52-year-old Patrick Warren Sr. come out of his house and approach the officer while waving his hands.National civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who's working with the family, said they called police to ask for a mental health professional when they noticed changes in Warren's behavior. Merritt said the family was told a mental health deputy was not available, so a police officer was sent. The video then cuts to another shot that shows Warren get back up and continue toward the officer. Someone from the house can be heard telling Warren to sit down, and asking the officer not to shoot him then three gunshots are fired out of view of the camera.According to Merritt, the officer shot Warren once, then pointed the gun at Warren's wife, telling her to get back. Merritt said the officer then fired his weapon at Warren again. The family of Patrick Warren Sr. demands the immediate firing and arrest of the officer responsible for his death along with the Body camera footage. Bobbie Warren, Warren Sr.'s wife, issued a statement Thursday, which calls for Contreras' arrest."Our family is still finding our bearings following the murder of our beloved Patrick Warren, Sr. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from the community. Patrick was a loving husband, father and devoted man of God. As we deal with the pain of this sudden loss we are asking the community to join us in honoring his name and demanding justice. Patrick spent his entire life serving others. He worked at a local plant in Belton, TX before it was shut down due to the pandemic. He immediately launched a landscaping business to continue to provide for our family. We expect Officer Reynaldo Contreras to be arrested immediately. There is more than enough probable cause for the Killeen Police Department, Texas Rangers or the Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza to issue a warrant for Contreras' immediate arrest and detainment - as would be expected for any other citizen under the circumstances." PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Petition to Asheville City Council, Mayor Esther Manheimer, Vice Mayor Sheneika Smith, Asheville
Return Asheland Ave Parcel to Asheville's Community Reparations Commission
On February 23, 2021, the Asheville City Council will vote on a proposal to sell an acre of city-owned land on Asheland Avenue to Haywood Street Congregation for $1. Its current value is $1.45 million. Help us send a message to City Council asking them to halt the sale and return this land to the moratorium and Reparations Resolution! HistoryOn July 14, Council members unanimously passed a Resolution supporting community reparations for Black Asheville. On October 27, 2020, City Council voted 6-1 to suspend the sale of city property acquired through Urban Renewal until a "just and equitable way of dealing with them can be found by the future Reparations Commission." However, the Asheland Ave. parcel was exempted from that rule and was fast-tracked through approvals with no public bid or community input. Why? Pastor Brian Combs states "he had been directed by city staff not to publicly discuss the project until it came before the HCD committee;" Since then, Combs has tacitly reached out to a limited number of neighbors who cannot safely meet or organize during the pandemic. Many residents and prominent voices of color oppose the development. Urban Renewal razed Black homes and businesses, eliminating generational wealth and economic viability and forced many former home owners to live in low-income rental properties concentrated in Southside. In 1973, local Black activists fought to amend the redevelopment plan for more 1) parks and 2) home ownership and a deed restriction was placed on the Asheland Ave parcel prohibiting development and designating it for use as a "Buffer-Park." By ignoring the history and current calls for racial justice, City Council is continuing down the path of paternalism in deciding what is best for this piece of land and the community it was taken from. We are asking that City Council halt the gifting of the land to HSC and return the land to Asheville's Community Reparations Commission, and finally put Black Southside voices first in envisioning and acting on what that land could be. WHAT YOU STAND TO LOSE The Asheland Ave parcel is only 1.09 acres of a larger 18.5 acres of city-owned land throughout Southside. Using this sale as a precedent, that means that places like Murray Park, the Blanton circle, and other green space in Southside could be developed. Take action now to stop the over-development of Asheville! TAKE ACTION! Sign this petition and share it with others! Email Asheville City Council asking them halt the sale and return this land to Asheville's Community Reparations Commission as was decided for other Urban Renewal-acquired land on Oct 27, 2020. Attend the virtual Tuesday, February 23, 2021 City Council meeting and call in to oppose the gifting of Asheland Ave. land or ask them to postpone the vote until community members can safely meet to talk about the development. Black seniors are in one of the most COVID-19 vulnerable demographic groups and we want a hearing that protects the community in a forum that allows for everyone who wants to participate to do so in a safe manner.
Petition to City Schools of Decatur, The Citizens of Decatur
CSD Must Not Reinstate Dr. Cheryl Nahmias as DHS IB Coordinator
Goal: Dr. Nahmias is not reinstated to her position as IB Coordinator at Decatur High School. Nahmias’s reinstatement to her former position as IB Coordinator of Decatur High School will be harmful to students of color and their parents. We fear Nahmias will be reinstated as a result of Dr. Dude’s potential departure due to the ramifications of this and other lawsuits. We call upon DHS to organize conversations between administration, faculty, and the student body as a means to mend broken relationships and distrust. We call upon City Schools of Decatur to, once again, revise the Code of Conduct to list a clear consequences for Level 5 violations. --- In light of the complaint brought forth by Dr. Cheryl Nahmias in which she listed “racial discrimination” as the basis of her “demotion”, she has broken the trust of the student body (both present and former). In response to Claim 35 of the complaint: Dr. Nahmias’s decision to weaponize her relationship as an ally to students of color for professional gain makes her presence as an administrator and an educator harmful to the academic operations of said students. Her disregard for the value of said relationships beyond her ethos in the lawsuit inherently reduces her past support for inclusivity to a form of performative activism. Consequently, her complaint unfortunately creates an environment where students of color are unable to trust the proclaimed “allyship” from the faculty. Considering that the DHS community engaged in multiple conversations and educational opportunities to discuss the impacts of racism in the school system, it is antithetical to the proclaimed mission of CSD for there to be continued support for a former administrator who claimed that the consequences of her son’s racist threats are in any way, shape or form, defendable and deserving of a lighter consequence. Even more so, the claim that these consequences were given out by the Central Office as a form of prejudice held against her race demonstrates how the rhetoric of the complaint was intrinsically meant to gaslight her black colleagues and trivialize the reality of racism within CSD and broader communities. The complaint cites that Nahmias and her son expected to be “educated” and accepted back into the school, specifically by black colleagues. However, it is essential to recognize the irony in that statement. Dr. Nahmias, in writing and action, promoted the article “That Word is Power: A Black DHS Student’s Response to White Classmates Saying the N-word” by DHS student and co-writer, Genesis Reddicks, on the DHS Facebook page. The piece specifically details the significance and history of the “N-word” and places a focus on situations such as this one, in which white aggressors demean their Black counterparts as a tactic to elude just consequences. In Nahmias’s response to Reddicks on May 1, 2020, she expressed understanding of the Op-Ed, saying Reddicks’s “courage and intellect will help many people in our community to grow and be better.” Therefore, Nahmias’s repeated assertions of racial education and activism (including, but not limited to her support of civil rights projects and organizations) contradict her false claims faulting CSD for not educating her on such issues. It is clear that Dr. Nahmias’s positions on racial discrimination are an indication of her privilege to abruptly shift her values for whichever ideology offers greater convenience. Black students have expressed feeling “used” by Dr. Nahmias as a tactic to gain an advantage in a legal battle. Consequently, students are distrustful of how she may use her position if she is reinstated at DHS. By filing this lawsuit, Dr. Nahmias demonstrates extreme racial ignorance and insensitivity. As if her family has not done enough harm to the CSD community, she is now attempting to further use her privilege to insult people of color. It is unacceptable to have someone this ignorant and insensitive at CSD. It is important to remember that the IB Coordinator position is tied to the International Baccalaureate organization. Understanding her true intentions with this complaint, Nahmias representing a system of international open-mindedness would not reflect well on CSD. The student body demands that Dr. Cheryl Nahmias does not return to her former position of IB Coordinator as a means of maintaining a safe academic atmosphere. Additionally, we urge DHS administration to organize conversations between students and administration to reconcile the provocation of pre-existing distrust of Decatur’s institutions of education. We call on CSD to, once again, revise their policies around racial misconduct, in which there is a clear punishment listed for Level 5 violations of the CSD Code of Conduct, so that they may protect the victims of such behaviors. CSD must recognize the extent to which this act of racial aggression hurts every member of Decatur’s Black community, regardless of their position within or outside of CSD. Such an act furthers racial divisions between the white and racial minority communities of Decatur and it is the duty of our school system to combat the social barriers placed upon us by institutional racism.
Petition to Williamson County Commission
Remove Confederate Branding from Williamson County Seal
Public displays of the Confederate battle flag have long been controversial, and the Williamson County (TN) seal has featured this flag in the top left corner since 1968, coincidentally the same year as the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, and shortly after the integration of the schools in Williamson County. The recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, along with the subsequent vigils, rallies, and marches in Williamson County, all 50 states, and dozens of countries, have forced many of us to have difficult conversations about racism. As residents and leaders in Williamson County process and respond to racial injustice in our community, now is the time for our county to do something to show a commitment to diversity, unity, equity, and justice. Businesses, churches, and community organizations redesign their logos to show a renewed vision, mission, or purpose. Williamson County should take the opportunity right now to replace this seal with an new design.