• Twin Lakes: Stop Using the "Indians" Mascot
    Bryan Brayboy, who is the President’s Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, says this: “The social science research and literature on this is pretty overwhelming that the use of these caricatures is bad for everyone. Particularly, it’s bad for children. . . For non-native kids, it largely inures them toward racism toward native people. It ends up giving them the sense that native folks and peoples are a thing of the past or are to be caricatured, so they are less likely to have empathy with native peoples, and they come to see us as these relics of the past and stereotypes rather than vibrant, viable, productive human beings.” The American Psychological Association (APA) agrees with Professor Brayboy and has been calling on schools and teams to stop using American “Indian” mascots, symbols, images, and personalities since 2005. The APA says that not only do these symbols, images, and mascots perpetuate inaccuracies about Native American culture, but they teach young minds that it is acceptable to participate in culturally abusive behaviors and discrimination. Twin Lakes has attempted to ensure its representation of indigenous peoples is “respectful”—for instance, discouraging cartoonish depictions of the “Indian” mascot. But turning people into a stereotype causes serious harm even if the stereotype is intended to be or perceived as positive by the local community. One study found that mascots subconsciously reinforce stereotypes, even when exposure to the mascot is only incidental, and that people who live in cities with teams with Native American mascots were more likely to think of Native Americans as warlike. These names and images demean and dehumanize Native American people. When a community reduces rich, varied cultures to a logo on a t-shirt or a wall, the community is saying that those living, breathing people are “other than” and relics and insignificant to the current society. Indigenous people are not artifacts of the past; nor are they peoples who only exist in other places. The United States recognizes 567 tribes today. In 2010, the U.S. Census found that 49,738 American Indian and Alaska Natives live in Indiana. The past is still important to acknowledge, though, because we live in Indiana, the “Land of the Indians,” and there are zero reservations here. When French traders arrived in the area that we now know as White County and Monticello, they encountered the Miami. Later, the Potawatomi people migrated into modern-day Indiana and were soon joined by other tribes as they were pushed out of ancestral homelands in the eastern United States, including the Delaware and Shawnee (who settled Prophetstown). By 1850, however, the Native American populations in Indiana were largely reduced, but not because they had “disappeared.” They were pushed west yet again in forced migrations like the “Potawatomi Trail of Death.” Our ancestors took control of this land by killing and abusing native peoples and forcing them from their homes. It is hollow for us to claim that we are honoring native peoples by plastering stylized images of indigenous bodies and cultural symbols on buildings which stand on land stolen from those same peoples. Some will claim these symbols represent our history, but even if such images could be a genuine way to honor native peoples, the images Twin Lakes uses are offensive in terms of historical inaccuracy. The feathered war bonnet so prominently featured both within and outside our school buildings and on logos has zero ties with the indigenous people who lived in our area. Similarly, tipis, like the one that so long graced our football field, come from the Plains Tribes of the northwestern U.S, not here, and totem poles, like the one featured prominently in the high school gym, originated from traditions in the Pacific Northwest. Around the country, and indeed the world, people are finally recognizing that “Indian” mascots are unacceptable. Stereotyping and appropriating the symbols of people who have been marginalized is wrong. We call on Twin Lakes now to join in this growing tide. Whatever the reasons for the “Indian” mascot, it is time to make a change. This is not about school spirit. It’s about acknowledging that indigenous peoples are not suitable mascots. The children—Native Americans and non-natives alike—deserve better.
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  • Impeach Trump in Senate and House Now
    If we value the ability to live and speak freely, this is imperative to every single person living in the United States, as well as those we affect abroad.
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  • We need Millions of signatures to let Mitch McConnell know - Vote on the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800)
    The Heroes Act includes: • Funds to pay critical workers (first responders, health workers, teachers) • Heroes Fund for Essential Workers • Funding for Covid-19 testing, tracing, and treatment • Second direct payment stimulus ($1200 individual and up to $6000 per household) • Employee Retention Tax Credit to help businesses keep employees on the payroll with benefits • OSHA program based on CDC expertise infection control and protections for employees who report infractions • Support for Small Businesses and Nonprofits in underserved communities ties with emergency grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program • Preserves Health coverage with Cobra subsidies and special enrollment period in the ACA for the uninsured • Extends $600 federal unemployment benefits through January 2021 • Housing assistance for struggling families (mortgage, rent, utility, housing expenses) • 15% increase to maximum SNAP benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs • Safeguards our democracy with resources for safe elections, accurate Census, preservation of the Postal Service. Tell Mitch McConnell that The Heroes Act (HR 6800) needs to be brought to the floor of the Senate and passed now to protect our Heroes and the American people. Do the right thing.
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  • Mayor Lucas, Governor Kelly, Johnson and Wyandotte County Commissioners: Require masks at weddings
    Many studies have proven that face masks help stop the spread of Covid-19, and the CDC is calling for universal mask wearing. Masks have been mandated in public places already, but one area that hasn't been addressed in Kansas and Missouri is events such as weddings. These type of events have the potential to be super spreaders, especially now that gathering limits have been lifted. Outbreaks in many areas have already been traced back to social events like weddings. People in attendance are not always able to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, such as when they are watching the ceremony, mingling and dancing. We, as contracted vendors are also required to be there, but we are not being protected while doing our jobs. Several other cities, counties and states across the United States [such as Jackson, TN, Platte and Clay Counties in Missouri, Springfield, MO and the states of Oregon, Louisiana, and Texas] have put mask mandates in place for weddings and similar events so that people can continue to hold their events, and make sure that everyone in attendance is protected. Tell Mayor Lucas, Governor Kelly and the County Commissioners to amend their respective mask mandates to include weddings and other social events.
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  • Demands to Transform Prince George's County Police Department
    Enough is enough. From the exposure of the racial discrimination lawsuit in our countywide police department to black and brown people being used as BOTH punching bags and target practice by those that are sworn to protect us. PGCHANGEMAKERS and its' allies say NO MORE to police brutality in Prince George's County! WARNING - These videos are triggering. Viewer discretion is advised. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCwcmizBy8M/ https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2707963206105717 https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=pg+police+beat+downs&docid=607990734244021592&mid=50FC9D5356C4EF95491F50FC9D5356C4EF95491F&view=detail&FORM=VIRE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMk4L9iaE7o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrOnhcBpEFE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBsQfk-iEew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o75_fjwtkfE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xf6oLSPB10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UqziDwXJSU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0doXRLkv8E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo6m8AP5odA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF-UatpD44k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08OR_Dr1l8s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOa1rFM9T-0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKzigsYQn58 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRi_smnYaCY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L3FyfbZVaM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKFfybKIaGw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfEhPjyBPDg
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  • Shut down Trump’s secret police raids in Portland NOW!
    These are scenes out of a police state, not a democracy: heavily armed, unidentified federal agents are grabbing American citizens off the streets of a major American city, bundling them into vans and detaining them without charge. Local officials in Oregon are pushing back: the mayor of Portland has demanded these secretive federal troops leave the city, and the ACLU has filed suit. But this outrageous attack on civilians and peaceful protesters needs a loud, no-holds-barred national response NOW. If we don’t shut this down, Portland could be a trial run for Trump-backed paramilitary police squads deployed in cities nationwide. This is not a drill - it’s time to ring the alarm! Sign on to call on Congress to do everything within their power to shut down this authoritarian threat: from holding immediate hearings, to supporting Senator Ron Wyden’s amendment to the defense bill to stop the Trump administration from sending its paramilitary squads on to America's streets.
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  • Abolish Social Greek Life At USC
    After an influx of revealing stories submitted by students who have been abused and traumatized by Greek organizations and their members at USC, it has come to the attention of USC's student body that these organizations are doing much more harm than good to our community. A recent study has grounded these perspectives in data, and those involved and uninvolved in Greek life at USC have shown us that empty promises and reforms are no longer tolerable. College is an introduction to adult life for many students, and Greek life acts as a precedent for how students should behave socially after they finish their time at USC. The normalization of sexual assault, white supremacist ideals, and gender or sexuality-based discrimination have no place in our students' first steps towards adult independence. The world around us is progressing rapidly, but by choosing not to stand with the abolishment of IFC and Panhellenic Greek organizations, USC will be left behind in social evolution.
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  • Amend the Bexley City Charter with anti-racist policies to end institutionalized racism
    The City of Bexley must recognize that institutional racism and discrimination, in all forms, exists, and has a painful, historic legacy in this country, the effects of which continue to place the health and well-being of minority citizens in crisis. The City of Bexley must pledge to work together with community groups, organizations, and individuals to confront systemic, institutional, and individual acts of racism and discrimination in order to promote equity, justice, and healing. The City of Bexley must reject, discourage, and condemn any and all racism, discrimination, and hate-based conduct in order to build and uphold a welcoming culture based on equity, dignity, respect, and inclusion of all people regardless of race, color, religion/non-religion, familial status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, language, age, disability, or genetic information.
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  • Create a statue or bust of John Lewis and C.T. Vivian in Nashville TN
    John Lewis and C.T. Vivian should be the men that we create statues for. They spent their lives and careers to better the landscape for Black Americans and all Americans. This is who we should applaud. We can replace the KKK bust or other confederate statues.
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  • City Servants Must Wear Masks
    To mitigate the spread and devastating effects of the COVID19 virus within our Community. ALL City employees are charged with protecting the safety and well being of ALL Wausau residents. They should be wearing masks.
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  • Senator McConnell, Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act
    Senator Mitch McConnell is among the many members of Congress who have made statements on the passing of their colleague and civil rights giant John Lewis who nearly died in the fight for the Voting Rights Act. McConnell tweeted, "I will never forget joining hands with John as Congress sang We Shall Overcome at a 2008 ceremony honoring his friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It could not have been more humbling to consider what he had suffered and sacrificed so those words could be sung in that place." Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL-7) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act that would restore key provisions of the act that were struck down by the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder in 2013. You can read a brief summary here: https://www.hrc.org/resources/voting-rights-advancement-act The best way that he and his colleagues can honor the memory of their colleague is to pass H.R. 4.
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  • Pearl River EPA: Bring Broadband to 100% of US
    In the information age, all Mississippians need fiber-to-the home broadband and our EPA is the only one who can do it for 100% of us. On July 18th 2020, FIFTEEN Mississippi electric co-ops submitted applications for over $73,000,000 in grant funds. However, our EPA was not one of them.
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    Created by Jason Hillman