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Friday, September 25, 2015

Remove a racist slur from Stehekin


Hi,

Stehekin, in the North Cascades, is a place close to our hearts, one that our founders fought to protect for all to enjoy.  Let's remove a racist slur from its maps and trail signs and make it a more welcoming place for all.

I signed a petition to Sen. Patty Murray (WA-1), Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA-2), and President Barack Obama which says:

"In 2008, Washington State officially changed the name of Coon Lake in the North Cascades mountain range to Howard Lake, to honor the African-American miner, Wilson Howard, who staked claims there 125 years ago.


But the National Park Service and the federal government have refused to agree to the state's name change, insisting on maintaining a name that is universally recognized as pejorative.


We urge Sens. Murray and Cantwell, the White House and the U.S. Department of the Interior to right this wrong - stop maintaining a racist name and align the federal government with Washington State's decision to honor Wilson Howard."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/coon-lake-tell-obama?source=s.icn.em.mt&r_by=1628667

Thanks!
NCCC board

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