You have the power to bring change to your community and rename a city street for John the Baptist. Sign our your local petition to bring John the Baptist Boulevard to communities all across the country. If there is not already a petition for your community, start one today!
Build awareness across the country and bring a John the Baptist Boulevard to every state.
Across the country we recognize important, famous and influential individuals who have shaped our society. We have renamed streets and highways to recognize their contributions to our communities and country. There are streets named for Mark Hamill, Rihanna, Bob Hope, Beyonce, Betty White and Hugh Hefner. Why do we limit this recognition to secular figures and celebrities?
It is time for John the Baptist to join the ranks of Martin Luther King Jr, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln by having prominent streets renamed in his honor. Join us in petitioning our representatives and civic leaders and requesting streets be renamed for John the Baptist.
Bring John the Baptist Boulevard to Your City
Choose a Street
Identify a street in your area to rename. Try to choose a street with a generic name that is not already named in someone’s honor. You may also be able to find a street that the community is already looking to rename. We recommend streets near or leading to a body of water.
Start a Local Petition
Create a petition identifying the street you want to rename and your reason why. Reach out to friends and neighbors and ask them to sign your petition. Keep in mind, most cities require a certain percentage of residents or property owners to sign a petition to rename a street. We recommend sharing your petition on Nextdoor.com if it is available in your area.
Contact Local Leaders
Contact your Mayor, Town Council or other local governing body. Try to obtain community support and bring a signed petition to these local leaders. Even if you are not sure you have enough local signatures, be sure to reach out to your local community leaders. They may be able to assist you with your efforts.
Join the movement and take action. To help you get started, we’ve prepared a variety of Community Resources. These materials are designed to be a starting place for a movement in your city. Downloadable letters and sample petitions can be customized and tailored as needed to address your community.
Get the work out on Facebook and other social media sites. Encourage friends, family and neighbors to share your petition. DOWNLOAD SAMPLE POSTS
Depending on where you live, contacting local leadership may be all you need to do to rename a street. Even if you need a petition for support, it is best to be in contact with your local leadership to get them on board with your plan. DOWNLOAD SAMPLE LETTER
If your Homeowners Association is on board with the proposed name change, they may be able to help you obtain signatures from other residents. DOWNLOAD SAMPLE LETTER
Reach out to your Congressman or Congresswoman. Tell them why you want to rename a street in honor of John the Baptist. Ask them to support your cause. FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
While renaming a street is a local matter,it never hurts to have your State Senator champion your cause. Reach out to their office, inform them of you plans and ask for their support. FIND YOUR SENATOR
Centuries ago, we understood the value of faith to our society and citizens. Religious freedom was a promise made by our founding fathers. It is time to demand a return to this value.
Honor a Martyr
John the Baptist publicly criticized the moral failings of a King. He spoke truth to power. Despite the danger, he maintained his values and stood as an honorable man no matter the cost.
Remember the Message
John the Baptist called for people to recognize their wrongdoing and express remorse for their failings. This message speaks to us as a nation even today and is a reminder of the work ahead of us.
John the Baptist is a significant individual to Christians of all denominations. His message was for all to hear, regardless of wealth or status. John the Baptist spoke of better things to come. He called for all mankind to reflect on their wrongdoings and shortcomings and strive to do better and be better.
A Martyr for Speaking Truth
Even in his final days, John the Baptist stood by his moral principles and spoke truth to power. He died a martyr for his cause at the hands of a corrupt leader. John the Baptist gave his life for what he knew in his heart to be true and moral, no matter what the cost.
A History to be Proud Of
Right now, communities across the country are struggling with the morality of our nation’s history and the way that manifests in our culture today. John the Baptist is a symbolic figure for washing away sins and repenting. He also calls us, even today, to do better in our daily lives.
Many cities are already revisiting the names of schools, streets and other prominent sites that feature names associated with racism and oppression. We believe John the Baptist Boulevard should be considered as an option during these renaming discussions. STAND WITH US