Petition Tag - diversity

1. Ask UCSD to fight against Systemic Racism

UCSD has for too long remained inactive while institutional racism affects its university and student body, mostly notably its minorities. Prominent examples are the administration's response in a time of crisis. Some of these examples are the racist chalked messages last year, their efforts to hide the Compton Cookout and lack of action during the recent Muslim Bans.

Our students need a thorough understanding of systematic racism, classism, sexism, and xenophobia. If we ignore systematic issues that target specific marginalized groups, we perpetuate the same broken system.

These listed factors go on to create cycles of poverty, racism, and segregation that are still affecting our society. Therefore, in order to work towards educational equity, it is essential for our schools not only to publicize systematic racism and discrimination, but to consistently work towards breaking these cycles.

We believe the administration’s effort towards equity, diversity, and Inclusion are minimal, and quite often reactionary. The few efforts include the implementation of the DEI requirement and the opening of the Black Resource Center. Both of with came about as a response to the Compton Cookout in 2010. Although the DEI requirement covers beneficial classes that inform students about issues of race, gender and class, they are simply not enough. The UC San Diego administration needs to constantly reflect on its progress. UC San Diego needs to adjust its policies and create new programs to work towards breaking the cycle of systematic racism.

2. Yes - a Marae in Greystanes, NSW

For over six years, Maori and the Indigenous Aboriginal community representatives within the Cumberland Council electorate have been negotiating with the Council to utilize the Hyland Road Reserve for a Marae, cultural centre.

In accordance with the NSW Local Government Act 1993, Cumberland Council have been provided with the prerequisite documentation and all legislative requirements have been met.

The Maori and Indigenous Aboriginal community representatives have been outstanding members of the Cumberland community.  Their events have been well attended and they work closely with local government agencies, nonprofits and schools in the area. I know that Cumberland Council wants to support local communities and we are calling on the Council to consider the benefits for the wider community and supporting the cultural inclusion that the marae will enable.

Maori and New Zealand have a 200+ year history with South Western Sydney and we continue to live and integrate into the Australian culture. It is however extremely important for our youth and families alike to have a place to connect with and maintain Maori cultural practices. All demographics and ethnicities in Cumberland will have access to the Marae as per our operational plan.

Recently, 2016 census data released this month indicated that in NSW, 42% of the population are born outside of Australia. Hence, projects like the Marae which support cultural and social inclusion are essential to the building of healthy communities.

3. Call for Mandatory Race Relations Program & Sensitivity Assessment for Police Officers Nationwide

Our country's history demonstrates that blacks are perceived as a threat, are more likely to be perceived as suspicious, and treated disparately by the law.

1. African Americans and Hispanics are 30% more likely to be approached/pulled over than whites,
2. African Americans and Hispanics are then three times more likely to be searched,
3. Last year African Americans were shot at by police twice as much as whites,
4. African American defendants are 75% more likely to be charged with offenses that carry sentence minimums compared to whites with comparable crimes,
5. African Americans serve sentences that are 10% longer than whites with comparable offenses.

Those with black/brown skin are historically and too often perceived as threatening, which results in the disproportionate arrest, injury and death of African American and Hispanic people across the nation.

1. President Obama's remarks 7. 2016: http://time.com/4397563/watch-president-obama-alton-sterling-philando-castile-police-shootings/

2. Police killed 136 blacks in 2016: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-people-killed-by-police-america_us_577da633e4b0c590f7e7fb17

3. Police killed over 100 unarmed blacks in 2015: http://mappingpoliceviolence.org/unarmed/

4. Cop admits he would have shot Philando Castile 5 times: http://www.copblock.org/162699/philando-castille-five-times/

4. Mandate Low-Income School Outreach by University of Michigan Students

For many young students who attend schools in low-income neighborhoods around Detroit, the idea of attending college is more of a myth than a goal, a fancy thought rather than a valid path for the future. Before these children can strive for a college degree, they must first believe that it is possible.

Student outreach programs at the University of Michigan that target these disadvantaged schools help resolve this problem, but participation in these efforts is dismal compared to what the student body is capable of.

The implementation of a new graduation requirement, mandating that students participate in at least one outreach trip to a school in a low-income area, would impose minimal costs on the University and its students but would have a tremendous positive impact on the goals and hopes of these underserved children.

Help make these dreams a reality! 27,407 college students making a small effort can go a long way!

5. Create a Grand Forks City body for Diversity & Inclusion!

A Commission on Diversity & Inclusion has been proposed for the City of Grand Forks. The logistics continue to be negotiated and discussed, and all Grand Forks residents are invited to be part of that process, but it begins with letting City Council Members know this proposal has your support!

Diversity includes not just race, but country of origin, religion, education, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation/identity, and more. This is a proposal for ALL of us.

Supporting Diversity & Inclusion means CELEBRATING all of the ways in which each of us is unique. In doing this, we strengthen our shared humanity.

Supporting Diversity & Inclusion means a direct line of communication with city leadership. It is an OPPORTUNITY to advocate for, educate, and strengthen our community!

Please sign to show your support!

6. WA-ZO-BIA - One Peaceful, Harmonious and Prosperous Nigeria

For many years, since the late sixties running through the fields of poverty and strife as like a little child running through high corn fields with no way to see ahead / future, the fields are too high as the fields of poverty and strife.

Nigerian youths and generations have been pawns in the hands of divide and rule Nigerian Lords who stop at nothing to achieve selfish aims while committing treasonable felonies such as sabotage, religious incitements, malicious propaganda and militancy in all forms, inclusive of religious fanaticism, sectional secession threats and resources control agitations. Thereby, wasting valuable human lives, time and resources with the same repetitive cycle at the behest of the Lords of Nigeria.

Yes, there may be genuine grievances here and there just as there are many root causes for these problems. We only just voted in a new Government from an opposition party against a sadly inept ruling party of 16 of our new democracy.

Let us behave responsibly and patriotic and while we wait in patience and support of the new Government we must learn how to seek constructive solutions and redress to our collective issues. Violence is not the way! One Nigeria! No to Boko Haram! No to Biafra!

7. Reform Middle School Placement in Brooklyn’s District 15!

Community School District 15’s (D15) current system of competitive sorting of children for middle school placement is developmentally inappropriate, inequitable, and results in two tiers of D15 middle schools: one that siphons off a disproportionate number of white, high-scoring and higher income students, and another that serves primarily lower performing and lower income children of color.

The current process of middle school placement in D15 can be a high-stakes proposition for 5th graders and their families, potentially limiting opportunities for children as early as age ten.

We know there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Our goal is to find a more equitable and developmentally appropriate process for middle school placement in D15.

8. Change the name of Stonewall Jackson Middle School

Stonewall Jackson Middle School in our state capital of Charleston WV remains a school named after the most successful general of the Confederacy. Ironically and sadly, it happens to educate the highest number of African American middle school students in the State of WV.

This is a new preface to start a new conversation:

As I rode past the toppled pin oak on Washington Street in 2011, I thought, "It couldn't take it anymore." It came crashing down and took with it the sign that stood in its shadow for as long as it lived. "Stonewall Jackson."

The tree said to the state of West Virginia what I was cautioned not to. It's time to move on. It's time to be sensitive. It's time to be politically correct. It's time to pass the torch to a new and more perfect ideology - a new and more perfect Union, that was saved by the war in which Stonewall Jackson fought as a confederate general.

He fought and lost. The country, still torn by segregation and Jim Crow, named an all white public school after the gentleman who is boasted to have wanted his personal slaves to learn to read and write - as though it erased the sad truth that he fought for the wrong cause.

Even though it was wrapped up in "the right for state governance," he fought so that other slave owners could make that same decision, or not, for African-American human beings. I'm sure their feelings were hurt by the state of their lives. I wonder what his name meant to them?

The school sits on what was the hilly bastion of white supremacy in Charleston, amidst the plantations and Big Houses of Glenwood and Littlepaige that overlooked the flats which housed the poor whites, some freed blacks, and many of the slave quarters of those working in the salt mines and as constructors of the new Capitol. It was integrated in the 1950s with armed National Guardsmen escorting an entourage of brave African-American teens, just like in Topeka.

My aunt heard them hurling the slurs with the eggs and rocks as she walked up that hill from the bus stop. It hurt their feelings, but didn't break their spirits. A school named after Stonewall Jackson, Confederate general. I wonder what his name meant to them?

The neighborhood changed, those in the hills of Edgewood sent their children to Charleston Catholic and GW, as the West Side took an economic hit. The diversion of friendly, yet passionate, rivalry with Charleston High kept spirits high and his name became disassociated with what he'd done to earn his fame, and more with how many football championships they won. West Virginia was not the target of the same scrutiny as many, more southern public schools.

Federal and state regulators were designing legislation that made public institutions respond to the sensitivities of all of their constituents, regardless of the local culture. Most state governments willingly changed the names of public institutions, and especially schools, which did not reflect cultural sensitivity. Most notably was the acceptance that slavery was wrong and that no public institution would glorify those that owned slaves or fought for others to own them. And although many eminent men and women have diverse resumes, some went so far as to strip presidents like George Washington and, even, Thomas Jefferson of the honor because they'd been slave owners despite their other accomplishments. Most Confederate names and the flag were removed from publicly owned buildings because they stood for an ideal that hurt most citizens' feelings.

Stonewall Jackson Middle School educates more African-American students than any other middle school in Charleston, if not Kanawha County, if not the region, if not the state. That they should lend their talents in the name of a Confederate general is astounding to me. It hurts my feelings. It's akin to Jewish children going to a school named after a notorious Nazi.

Where would those children be if the Nazis had won? Where would the African-American children on the West Side be if the Confederacy had won? Because he probably was a great man fighting for the wrong side, I think General Jackson would probably admit that if he could do it over, he would fight for a different legacy.

My feelings are hurt that those whose tax dollars pay for the school, should not question it, much less, all those paid to be at the forefront of cultural sensitivity like educators, and journalists, and counselors, and clergy, and elected officials.

I think that great pin oak had hurt feelings, too. It may have even gotten angry, the way it came crashing down on his name.

I thought that big sign might not be replaced in this new millennium. Maybe the old stone landmark and cornerstone etching would be enough to signify a historic, but not refreshed, significance for those nostalgic about their native son. But to my disappointment, within a month a new, improved Stonewall Jackson marquee was erected--At once beckoning and taunting another generation of African Americans who just want to learn and live without having to remember what Charleston WV once wanted for them.

9. Bringing Chingay back to the People!

Singapore's Chingay Parade first started in 1973, as a result of the ban on firecrackers in Singapore. For the subsequent 3 decades, we had a street parade that many Singaporeans looked forward to every Lunar New Year.

However, over the past few years, the event had become an exclusive ticketed event at the F1 Pit - a place where most people would not find themselves headed for if they were not going to the Singapore Flyer (Most performing groups are just walking by the non-ticketed sectors even, not performing). Many people don't even know that Chingay still exist, though most still fondly reminisce squeezing through the crowd just to get a glimpse of the parade.

Presently, even though we have Chingay@Heartlands, only a handful of floats are selected where few, if not none of the performance presented in the actual parade is brought to the people at the Heartlands.

In short, the Chingay Parade has lost its significance to many Singaporeans. It is now an exclusive for the selected few who have the means to buy the tickets/obtain complimentary tickets.

10. Support Canadian National Child Care

We are calling on you to work together to honor the promise of a national child care program to all Canadian families and children. Canada’s children and families deserve the right to a National Child Care System. November 2009 marked the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Canada still scores LAST amongst industrialized nations in our provision of early childhood education and care and family support policies.

The place to start is by protecting the early learning and child care agreements between the Government of Canada and the provinces. While income support for families is a valid policy goal, a taxable family allowance and a tax credit for employers will not create early learning and child care services that are high quality, available and affordable.

Families need income supports and publicly funded child care services. By supporting families with affordable, high-quality options for early childhood learning and care will benefit child development and the social and economic well-being of communities. The variations of policy across Canadian provinces has only allowed Canadians to create a disjointed system and framework, which results in inequalities for our children and families across the nation. We call on all governments to protect and enhance progress on creating a framework to support a National Child Care System.

Children in Canada and their families need high-quality, accessible, inclusive and PUBLICLY FUNDED early education and care for their children. Canada has made many attempts at implementing a national publicly funded system, but have failed each time. We hope that this will be our last attempt because we WILL succeed in convincing our government to take responsibility for Canadian children, and to give our families a real choice in the care and education of their children.

It is time for Canadians to demand a system that values children and families, and makes early childhood education and care a fundamental part of our country. We need to ask our government to commit to building the child care system that Canadians want.

Please add your name to this petition and forward to everyone who you know. The children are our future.

We will be holding a rally in Toronto on March 8th, 2011, and encourage our neighboring cities, provinces and territories to follow our lead.

For more information, or to get involved, please email us at nationalchildcarenow@gmail.com

11. Sign Online Petition to Restore SCAN TV Funding in City of Seattle Budget and as the Public Access Manager

SCAN TV (Seattle Community Access Network Television) offer Seattle and King County residents and organizations affordable production resources and access to various kinds of distribution technologies to become the Producers and the Content Providers of SCAN TV, allowing SCAN TV to showcase diverse expressions of thought, art and entertainment. SCAN airs on Comcast channel 77 and Broadstripe 23 in Seattle.

FUNDING: Public access channels come from Section 611 of the Communications Act. They are dedicated channel space on cable systems specifically for “use by the general public.” The cable channels pay for public access through franchise fees paid by subscribers; since 2006, those franchise fees are paid by Comcast to the City of Seattle, Department of Information Technology, and are held in the Cable Television Franchise Subfund. The Department of Information Technology contracts with SCAN as the “designated public access manager for the City of Seattle.” In 2010, SCAN received $650,000 from the City for this purpose.

Anyone can sign! Our first preference is for Seattle residents, then King County residents.

12. Provide more Educate Together Schools to meet the growing demand for this model of education

Educate Together is a recognised patron body and the fastest growing provider of primary school education in Ireland today. It operates schools based on the delivery of equality of access and esteem to children irrespective of their social, cultural or religious backgrounds.

Set up in the 1970s by volunteers and educationalists, it now operates 58 schools throughout the country and has applied to open 45 primary and its first secondary schools in the next few years. It is an independent educational charity that is supported by small government grants and extensive private fundraising. See www.educatetogether.ie for further information.

13. Open letter on the Equal Opportunities Commission Bill

Dear friends,

We are writing to draw your attention to the Equal Opportunities Commission, Bill to be introduced by the Government, shortly. An important recommendation of the Sachar Committee Report (Report on Social, Economic and Educational Status of the Muslim Community of India), 2006 was the setting up of an Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) in India. The Ministry of Minority Affairs set up a committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Menon to examine and determine the structure of an Equal Opportunity Commission. The Committee submitted its report in 2008, which proposed a draft Equal Opportunity Commission Bill (EOC Bill). The Government also set up an expert committee headed by Dr. Kundu to recommend an appropriate diversity index in living, education and work spaces.

We have drafted an open letter to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, highlighting some of the key concerns with the draft bill and demanding a wider public debate before it is introduced in Parliament. Once, endorsed, we will mail copies of the letter to the Ministry of Minority Affairs and the Prime Minister. We also hope to publish the text of the Open letter in atleast two national newspapers.

Do forward it to other organisations and individuals who would wish to sign the petition.

In Solidarity,

Centre for Study of Social Exclusion,
National Law School of India, Bangalore

14. GlosREC to work on Race Discrimination and Immigration/Nationality Law

Currently there are proposals to change GlosREC (Race Equality Council for Gloucestershire) into Human Rights and Equality organisation covering all diversity strands (race, gender and disability).

This year (2008) GlosREC received no funding to do casework. Instead the funding was given to the Gloucester Law Centre to do discrimination law casework to cover race, gender and disability.

We disagree with this and are asking for your support in our claim for funding to continue to do casework, which we have been doing since 1980.

Further information about glosREC is available at www.glosrec.org.uk or by phoning GlosREC on 01452 301290 or by emailing on info@glosrec.org.uk.

15. Demand New Schools Be Built on Town Lines

Many towns in the United States are strongly segregated by race and economic background, especially in Michigan, Arizona, New York, and more.

Many times two towns next to each other are very diverse in ethnicity, race, and economic background. Our American youth are not being prepared for the globalized world that is already at their fingertips.

16. Protest Survivor's Racist Stereotypes

This is a petition to urge CBS to apologize for the use of degrading stereotypes on the Thursday September 29, 2005 episode of "Survivor Guatemala".

PETITION TO CBS and Mark Burnett, producer of the reality show "Survivor Guatemala"

As citizens against racism in any form, we are deeply offended by the degrading misrepresentations of Indigenous culture that were broadcast on the CBS primetime show, "Survivor Guatemala". The producers of the show demonstrated a shocking lack of intelligence and sensitivity in airing a program that demeaned and stereotyped a race and culture with a long history of cultural and political struggle in South America, the Mayan Indians.

We are forming this petition to put CBS and its sponsors on notice as to how much business they can loose through repeated racial insensitivity, not just from Indigenous Americans, but from all American consumers who possess a social conscience.

Cause for Petition

1.) CBS has an extremely poor track record in terms of presenting Indigenous cultures respectfully and accurately. In 2004, they broadcast a performance by Outkast which mocked Native Americans by presenting non-Natives in day glow green fringed outfits behaving in an offensive and stereotypical manner. While this performance precipitated cries of outrage from Native Americans around the country, CBS has yet to correct its attitude toward Native Americans. CBS has again demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice sanctity for profit and an unacceptable tolerance for racist stereotypes in its programming choices.

2.) On Thursday, September 29, 2005 "Survivor Guatemala" presented a derogatory depiction of ancient Mayan warriors. The producers intentionally provided the contestants with fake feathers, war paint and Mayan style headbands and encouraged them to engage in the mockery of traditional Mayan customs. The Survivor contestants' callous treatment of Mayan cultural and spiritual imagery, and by extension all Indigenous cultural and spiritual imagery, was insensitive, ignorant and offensive. The producers provided the contestants with materials which were clearly intended to impose a North American Plains Indian stereotype on a distinct South American culture and to imply that all Indigenous cultures are inter-changeable. Neither the contestants nor the viewing public, were educated as to the richness and complexity of Mayan culture. The producers of "Survivor Guatemala" failed to honestly research the true spiritual and cultural significance of the objects used to objectify Mayan people and culture. This spectacle amounted to nothing more than a 21st Century Minstrel show.

3.) The producers of the show have been exploiting the Mayan aesthetic throughout the season. They have been actively encouraging the contestants to adopt the harmful stereotype of Mayan Indians as superstitious savages and promoting the racist and culturally uninformed perceptions of anthropologists and missionaries over the interpretations of contemporary Indigenous scholars. The traditions, history and culture of Indigenous Guatemalans have been used throughout the season as a mere gimmick for a trivial entertainment show and exploited for their entertainment value.

4.) There are currently NO redeeming Native American characters on the CBS network nor has there ever been a Native American contestant on "Survivor". Throughout CBS's programming, Native Americans are almost never depicted as contemporary citizens with something valuable to contribute to society.

5.) CBS continues to offer programming where stereotypes dominate in portrayals of Native Americans and to cater to the racist expectations of an uninformed public. They violate their own stated goals regarding diversity in trivializing and distorting Mayan culture for American consumption.

6.) The producers of Survivor have been irresponsible in failing to present the realities of everyday life of contemporary Mayan Indians living in Guatemala. They offered the legitimate political and cultural leaders of this community, no control over their own ethnic identity.

The Harm of Broadcasting Racist Stereotypes.

CBS is a major network with the obligation to use the public airwaves responsibly. Survivor, clearly the most blatantly racist show on network television, has ignored its obligation to respect and reflect the diversity of the public it serves. Instead, the producers have chosen to project negative stereotypes into millions of American homes. The distortion of Indigenous values to conform to the formula for a reality show, the use of campy immunity idols and other imagery and the deliberate objectification of a politically powerless cultural minority is damaging to everyone who views it.

It reinforces existing misconceptions and racial stereotypes in the non-Native population and it imposes additional barriers for Native youth in developing positive identities and in acquiring the self esteem necessary for full participation in American society.

When the producers of Survivor encourage non-Native contestants to appropriate Mayan culture for the sole purpose of winning $1 million dollars, they have every incentive to reproduce derogatory stereotypes for the audience's entertainment and no incentive to put any effort into respectfully learning about and appreciating the diversity and complexity of Indigenous cultures.

This teaches the viewing audience that it is acceptable to rely on stereotypical images and that no effort to discover the richness and inherent value of Indigenous cultures is necessary.

It further reinforces the idea that Native Americans need not be treated as full human beings and that it is acceptable to use them as fodder for play-acting. CBS has hypocritically ignored its stated commitment to promoting diversity and commoditized Mayan heritage in order to sell blockbuster movies, running shoes and automobiles. This corporate racial insensitivity is unacceptable.

Our Demands

We call on CBS and the producers of Survivor Guatemala to take immediate steps to mitigate the harm they have done by airing this episode on national television. We urge CBS to abandon its hypocrisy and follow its own diversity statement.

As broadcasters, CBS should aim to ensure that the national viewing audience is reflected accurately and respectfully in ALL its programming.

1.) The producers of Survivor and anyone responsible for providing the contestants with feathers and war paint should make a thoughtful and genuine apology on the program as soon as possible.

2.) CBS should end all non-Native portrayals of Native American culture. All information about Native culture should be presented only after the producers have sought out the consent, advice and permission from authentic Native American cultural and political leaders.

3.) Any information about Indigenous culture should be presented fairly and accurately in its proper cultural context. More Indigenous voices should be included in CBS's programming. A sincere effort should be made to include contemporary Native playwrights, film-makers, poets and rap artists in special programming designed to inform the audience about the realities of contemporary Indigenous American life as well as the historical foundations of existing racist stereotypes. Native people should be allowed an opportunity to express their own culture in their own voices.

4.) CBS should also make a sincere effort to include positive Native American role models in its programming, to broadcast Native produced programs and to include Native American actors as contestants in reality shows and as actors in its programs.

The Survivor Guatemala challenge was as appropriate as having a "Sambo" challenge for Survivor Africa. The Play-acting of stereotypes of Native American people is inexcusable in primetime American television.

We the undersigned will no longer tolerate cultural symbols used in such an insensitive and garish manner. We believe that the exploitation of cultural beliefs and symbols for entertainment must not go unchallenged.

If the producers of Survivor Guatemala do not make amends for their mockery of Indigenous culture, we will boycott the sponsors of the show. We also call on CBS to take definite steps to stop all its programming that depicts any racial group in a derogatory light.

We demand that CBS adopt and implement plans to air programs which emphasize cultural sensitivity and awareness and to refrain from ever again using racial stereotypes as a source of entertainment.

The undersigned

17. Expanding Women's (Diversity/Gender) Studies at Caldwell College

This petition was created by a group of students who desire to see a change in the curriculum here at Caldwell. Ideally, the changes we would like to see involve modifying the core to include a required Gender/Diversity Studies class which would enable and challenge students to bring more diverse ideas, thoughts, suggestions, information, etc. to their other classes.

This class would hopefully take the approach of the Sc/WS316 [Scholars program/Women's Studies] class in that it would examine key issues in the lives of women, men, people of diverse backgrounds, etc.; promote an in-depth examination of the "flow" of information; explore different methods of analyzing and disseminating that information in a useful, productive, innovative manner.

This process begins with giving the Women's Studies program the full-fledged status of department.

18. Support GSA at Richland Center High School

Please support me in forming a Gay/Straight Aliance at Richland Center High School. Understanding Diversity is an important key to living everyday life. I feel that RCHS is in need of this type of support program! If you agree, please do your part to help by signing this petition.

19. Implement a Diversity Requirement at UCLA Now!

As a UCLA student, I recognize the 17-year struggle by students on campus for the implementation of a Diversity Requirement at UCLA, which is the only UC lacking such a requirement. I support the implementation of a Diversity Requirement at UCLA, which would expose all students to the experiences of traditionally marginalized communities in the U.S. and around the world. I also affirm that diversity is an essential part of my education. Understanding the role of racism, sexism, homophobia, elitism, religious persecution, and other forms of oppression is of utmost relevance and importance if I am to learn, work and thrive in an increasingly multicultural society and world. I urge the Academic Senate to approve of the Diversity Requirement by the end of this academic school year 2003-2004.

20. Support the Bubel/Aiken Foundation

The Bubel/Aiken Foundation provides opportunities for individuals with autism and other physical and mental disabilities to participate in programs that are typically only available to those without disabilities. Through grants, youth programs, such as after-school and camping services, will be able to adequately train staff to work with individuals with special needs.

The Foundation also strives create awareness about the diversity of individuals with disabilities and the possibilities inclusion can bring. Through collaborations with the disability, education, entertainment, and media communities the Foundation will recognize those whose commitment to breaking the stereotypes attendant to the developmentally disabled has broken barriers and extended the boundaries of the human experience for all.

Donations for Bubel/Aiken Foundation can be sent to:
Bubel/Aiken Foundation
PO Box 90307
Raleigh, NC 27675

21. Provide Black Entertainment Television (BET) to residents of Columbia and Greene County

The people of Columbia and Greene county would like Mid Hudson cablevision to provide it customers with the Black Entertainment Televsion Channel. We believe that this network expresses the diversity needed in our area and is reflective of the growing population who this channel will cater to.

22. Petition to Support Affirmative Aciton

A group of law students at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) have come together to submit a brief in support of the Respondents in the Supreme Court case Grutter vs. Bollinger. This is the case that will decide the fate of affirmative action policies in America.

As students who have endured the negative effects of limited diversity in an educational setting, we feel the need to make our voices heard!

In the brief, we are stressing the direct personal harm that all students face due to limits of Proprotion 209 (the California State Law prohibting the use of race in admission policies).

To show your support, please sign this petition and make your voice heard at the Supreme Court level!

23. Demand a Diversity Requirement at UCLA

The struggle for a Diversity Requirement at UCLA is over 16 years long. Every UC campus except UCLA has some form of a Diversity Requirement. A Diversity Requirement would help to address racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism - especially in a growingly diverse and global world.