To: Members of Congress

Take Them Down! No Confederate Statues in the US Capitol

Take Them Down! No Confederate Statues in the US Capitol

Take down all Confederate statues from the US Capitol Statuary Hall.

Why is this important?

Update: Trump has spent his morning tweeting praise to Confederate memorials as being beautiful. Let's be clear, Trump is speaking of white supremacy when he praises the "culture" of men who committed treason against the United States in order to continue a society based upon enslaving Black men, women, and children.

Trump is desperately tweeting because he sees the writing on the wall: these symbols of hate are coming down across the country. Senator Cory Booker just announced that he is introducing a resolution to meet our demands: removing all Confederate statues from the US Capitol.

Join us in pushing back against Trump's open advocacy for white supremacy and support Senator Booker's resolution to remove these Confederate statues from the United States Capitol Hill Statuary Hall. Sign my petition today. Below you will find my original message:

Following the acts of white supremacist terrorism in Charlottesville, congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle made statements condemning the violence. Paul Ryan wrote, "The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry," and Ted Cruz wrote in a statement "...white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate."

These words ring hollow when Confederate leaders are enshrined with honor in the statuary hall at the US Capitol. Men who committed treason against the United States to keep Black people enslaved should not be in the most hallowed halls of government. Join us and tell members of Congress to remove the Confederates from the Capitol.

Thousands of white supremacists gather across the country and commit violent acts of terror and intimidation in the name of these Confederate symbols. These people have been emboldened by Trump who continues to promote racism and signal his approval to white supremacists. While Trump has inflamed these white supremacists, the statues honoring Confederates in the halls of the United States Congress are proof that white nationalism has long needed to be confronted in America.

Together we can help kick the Confederates out of the Capitol and send a strong message to white nationalists and Trump. After the terrorism of Charlottesville, we can no longer silently allow the Confederacy and its cause to keep Black Americans enslaved to be honored in the halls of Congress.

U.S. Capitol, East Capitol Street Northeast, Washington, DC, United States

Reasons for signing

  • Move them to a museum where they can be placed in context with other elements of history (literature, speeches, paintings, film, etc.) and used to educate the public.
  • The so-called president asked if we should take down statues of Washington, because "he was a slave-owner, too". To THAT MORON, I reply... Washington didn't leave his sworn position in the US government to lead the government of a cabal that initiated an armed revolt against the government and declare itself a new nation. He's lucky he wasn't executed for treason. The current resident of the Executive Mansion shouldn't view Davis' luck in that respect as a binding precedent.
  • time for America to come clean.

Updates

2017-08-21 16:55:34 -0700

20,000 signatures reached

2017-08-21 14:09:30 -0700

10,000 signatures reached

2017-08-18 11:10:07 -0700

5,000 signatures reached

2017-08-16 09:47:38 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2017-08-15 15:24:56 -0700

500 signatures reached

2017-08-15 13:22:07 -0700

100 signatures reached

2017-08-15 13:15:07 -0700

50 signatures reached

2017-08-15 13:12:38 -0700

25 signatures reached

2017-08-15 13:11:28 -0700

10 signatures reached