Oppose the Helms Federal Office Building

Update: the renaming bill has been stopped for now -- but we are hearings rumblings of more attempts to honor Helms on the way. Please sign our petition today so we can reach 10,000 signatures and stop this ill-advised idea for good. Thank you!

Whereas U.S. Congresswoman Renee Ellmers of North Carolina has introduced a bill to name the historic Century Post Office in Raleigh after the late NC Senator Jesse Helms…

We, the undersigned, urge Congress to reject this idea and to recognize that it is morally wrong to reward intolerance. As a long-time Senator of our North Carolina, Jesse Helms actively opposed civil rights, voting rights, disability rights, women's rights and gay rights. He attacked children receiving food stamps, fought against a federal holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. and routinely engaged in political and editorial rhetoric that was divisive and rightly considered hate speech.

Some may say he was a product of his times, but the truth is that he remained a spokesperson for divisiveness and  intolerance long after the times had changed around him.

To name a building after him would be a slap in the face to all North Carolinians, but particularly those who are African-American, women or gay. We refuse to endorse an act that would insult our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and loved ones. 

Therefore, we urge you to reject the idea that any building should be named after Jesse Helms, either now or in the future.

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8641 Sat Jul 26 04:14:09 EDT 2014 Joseph Gill APO, AE
8640 Tue Jul 15 14:10:11 EDT 2014 James W. Snyder, Jr. Kernersville, NC Senator Helms once called MLKJr. "a man of tasteless immorality." He stayed in office so long by pandering to the basest of prejudices held by the population of this state. It would be disgraceful and More....
8639 Wed Jun 04 11:54:59 EDT 2014 Adolph Hitler
8638 Fri Feb 14 03:40:17 EST 2014 Eric Vail Winston Salem , NC
8637 Thu Feb 13 07:42:54 EST 2014 Terrance Watson Apo, AE Fuck Jesse Helms, I'm from NC and if you Support this or Jesse Helms then you are a waste to the human race.
8636 Thu Feb 13 06:08:08 EST 2014 Cynthia Joel Winston-Salem , NC Please don't name a building after Jesse Helms. We have come too far as a people to start moving backwards. "Be the change you want to see in the world"...Ghandi.
8635 Wed Feb 12 22:22:49 EST 2014 Derrick Jones Winston Salem, NC
8634 Wed Feb 12 17:55:37 EST 2014 Jennifer Springs Winston Salem, NC
8633 Wed Feb 12 09:03:52 EST 2014 Naomi Randolph Greensboro, NC No facility ,paid for with taxpayer dollars should bear this gentlemans name, he was clearly racist and did not represent the best of our state
8632 Mon Oct 28 09:07:02 EDT 2013 Kenneth Presting Cary, NC 202 -->201No facility for general public use should be named after a figure so partisan and divisive as Jesse Helms. Not only will a majority of Raleigh residents be offended, but also most visitors to the city.
8631 Sun Oct 27 20:19:31 EDT 2013 Dorothy Hill Cary, NC
8630 Sun Oct 27 19:08:16 EDT 2013 Hooker Horton Apex, NC
8629 Sun Oct 27 13:59:39 EDT 2013 Samuel Brewer Cary, NC I wish that all racial bigots like Jesse were dead and gone.
8628 Sun Oct 27 10:24:40 EDT 2013 Elizabeth Savarese Cary, NC
8627 Sun Oct 27 08:14:41 EDT 2013 Billie Jo Herr Cary, NC
8626 Sat Oct 26 15:38:53 EDT 2013 Nancy Vandijk Cary, NC
8625 Sun Aug 25 13:21:42 EDT 2013 Mark White Fayetteville, NC Some North Carolinians like to say, "You might not have agreed with Jesse Helms, but at least you knew what he stood for." Of course, you could say the same thing about Hitler or even Satan...
8624 Sat Aug 10 14:22:20 EDT 2013 Cecly Corbett Rancho Cucamonga, CA
8623 Fri Aug 09 11:10:15 EDT 2013 Robert Taylor Waynesville, NC
8622 Wed Aug 07 11:19:40 EDT 2013 Rodney Pierce
8621 Tue Jun 18 11:52:08 EDT 2013 Veronica Morrison-Lewis jamestown, NC
8620 Sun Jun 09 17:12:21 EDT 2013 ryan bennaton thousand oaks, CA
8619 Mon May 27 12:32:17 EDT 2013 Barbara Masquil Warsaw, NC We are inclusive in N.C. and he was not.
8618 Mon May 13 06:47:22 EDT 2013 Letitia Hammerstein Garner, NC
8617 Sun May 12 02:12:00 EDT 2013 Marilyn Abel Mooresville, NC
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