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.
|Number||Date||Name||Location||Add a personal comment here, ...|
|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 van Dijk||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|
|8616||Sat May 11 22:55:46 EDT 2013||David Nieman, DrPH||Weaverville, NC|
|8615||Sat May 11 20:02:44 EDT 2013||wilber foster||Chapel Hill, NC|
|8614||Sat May 11 19:25:37 EDT 2013||Vivian Brenner||Matthews, NC|
|8613||Sat May 11 17:55:27 EDT 2013||Marsha Johnson||Raleigh, NC|
|8612||Sat May 11 17:31:11 EDT 2013||Joyce Lichtenfels||Arden, NC|
|8611||Sat May 11 17:08:28 EDT 2013||Stephen Melott||Raleigh, NC||We do not need a reminder of a shameful period in our history.|
|8610||Sat May 11 17:07:18 EDT 2013||Frances Melott||Raleigh, NC|
|8609||Sat May 11 16:46:42 EDT 2013||Greg Hils||Rutherfordton, NC||North Carolina goes forward despite Mr. Helms. We are sometimes slowed by the Renee Elmers of the world.|
|8608||Sat May 11 16:45:28 EDT 2013||Roy Sawyer||Powells Point, NC|