Month: August 2015

Southern Lives Matter_Alabama Rally turns out to be a “DUD” with no attendees!

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The a group of 30 Angry Pro Confederate Flag Supporters/Protestors sparked a controversial debate when the crowd showed up for a rally this past Friday August 28, 2015 at the Alabama Capitol State House in favor of the flag and carrying ‘Southern Lives Matter’ posters to mock the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. . Many were singing “Dixie,” some were taking selfies.  The rally was organized primarily to bring attention to legislators and all regarding the widespread support and approval for keeping the current confederate state flags in light of recent demonstrations calling for removal. 
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Another aim was for attendees to have an opportunity to address the Southern Folks message of Southern Nationalism and secession, as well as several other topics. Initially the rally was well received by the majority of over 300 demonstrators via Facebook and many of them expressed interest in exploring the merits of “Southern Nationalism,” but only 30 attended on the day of the rally. A few young black bystanders decided on an attempt to explain to the delusional men in Confederate uniforms that the war had ended, only to have the protesters tell them “Go back to where you came from.” Then stating to the onlookers  “If you don’t accept history behind flag, find a new country.”
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Standing at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps, where 50 years ago Martin Luther King Jr. led a march for civil rights, Tim Steadman said it wasn’t right to remove the flags.  “Right now, this past week with everything that is going on, I feel very much like the Jews must have felt in the beginning of the Nazi Germany takeover,” he said. “I mean I do feel that way, like there is a concerted effort to wipe people like me out, to wipe out my heritage and to erase the truths of history.”  A statement from the groups facebook page says;
We are spreading the news across America about this tragic and illegal action of hate toward our Southern family. Like our page to get up to date news and announcements about this fight for freedom. Have a news story we should tell? Message us! Tell America and be heard!

The two groups briefly discussed heritage and racism while Confederate flag supporters proudly waved their flags, before ending the conversation. No arrest were made by Capitol Police, the rally ended two hours short of it’s original goal-due to low turnout.

For more information on the Conferderate/Southern Lives Group see:

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One World Honors-Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson-A True Hero!

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Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson (born August 18, 1911) is an American woman who was a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama and a key figure in the 1965 march that became known as Bloody Sunday. In 1984, she became founding vice-president of the Schiller Institute. She was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal in 1990.

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In 1964 and 1965 Boynton worked with Martin Luther King, James Bevel, and others of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to plan demonstrations for civil and voting rights. While Selma had a population that was 50 percent black, only 300 of the town’s African-American residents were registered as voters in 1965, after thousands had been arrested in protests.By March 1966, after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, some 11,000 were registered to vote.

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To protest continuing segregation and disenfranchisement of blacks, in early 1965 Amelia Boynton helped organize a march to the state capital of Montgomery, initiated by James Bevel, which took place on March 7, 1965. Led by John Lewis, Hosea Williams and Bob Mants, and including Rosa Parks and others among the marchers the event became known as Bloody Sunday when county and state police stopped the march and beat demonstrators after they left the Edmund Pettus Bridge and crossed into the county. Boynton was beaten unconscious; a photograph of her lying on Edmund Pettus Bridge went around the world.[8] Another short march led by Martin Luther King took place two days later; they turned back. With federal protection and thousands of marchers joining them, a third march reached Montgomery on March 24, entering with 25,000 people.

**More information on Amelia**

http://www.birminghamtimes.com/2015/08/statement-from-the-family-of-dr-amelia-boynton-robinson/

http://www.biography.com/news/black-history-unsung-heroes-amelia-boynton

**Editors Note**

It appears that at 104 years old Dr. Boynton was still appearing at conferences and engagements but unfortunately -few weeks ago, Dr. Amelia Boynton Robinson was hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke.  Presently, she is in stable, but critical condition. I was scheduled to appear with her at the Community Advocates In Action, Inc 4th Annual Youth History Civil Rights and Voter Education Conference for youth organized by Community Advocates in Action. Inc. Instead her Advocate Leon Frazier will appear. Please keep Amelia in your prayers. For more information on the conference contact communityadvocatesinaction@yahoo.com. One World Honors-Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson-A True Hero!

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For Immediate Release: [Mother of Tamir Rice to visit Chicago for Press Conference and Peace Walk]

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Gregg L Greer, President Freedom First Int. USA

Justice for Tamir Rice “Lead Advocate”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[8-19-2015]

 [Mother of Tamir Rice to visit Chicago for Press Conference and Peace Walk]

[“Fight for Life” Initiative for Tamir Rice Justice Foundation]

    

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Chicago, IL,  Friday On 8-21-2015, The Mother of Tamir Rice (12-year-old shot/killed in Cleveland Ohio by Cleveland, Police), Samaria Rice and the Justice for Tamir “Lead Advisers” will conduct a Press Conference at Chicago City Hall (Details below),which will include a meeting with multiple civil rights activists in addition to the local mothers of children who have suffered from community violence. A significant part of the Tamir Rice Justice Foundation’s effort will be devoted to responding to growing violence toward children (youth) which is a primary reason for the visit.

What

Samaria Rice’s visit comes during a wave of local, national, and international protests as residents, activists and community leaders have taken to the streets to draw attention to what they say is a pattern of police abuse, mainly against African-Americans. According to Tio Hardiman Nation Team advisor, “We would hope that the community can come together and find every possible way to address the serious community violence, that we are now facing,” we have  to change our condition it has to happen, now not later.” 

Why

“The recent deaths by police shootings and community violence … have brought to the surface some hugely important concerns about race, disparity in treatment, about use of force and, ultimately, about trust,”  we must begin to connect the dots between Cleveland, Chicago, Texas, New York and other states, “our most urgent call must be for reform. The deaths of our youth must stop. Samaria Rice and the Tamir Rice Justice foundation wants to ensure that they do their part.”  According to Gregg L. Greer Lead Advisor, Freedom First International, S.C.L.C.

Who

Other Local activist that are is part of the Justice for Tamir Rice-National Advocacy Team include Tio Hardiman, Violence Interrupters, Camiella D. WIlliams, and Attorney Billy Joe Mills, Firm Equity, also supporting will be Chicago Activist Mark A Clements.

Amnesty International (members)
Stop Mass Incarceration Network
The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Violence Interrupters
Freedom First International
McCormick Chamber of Commerce (CEDA)
Advocates for the Wrongly Convicted
and more

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The Press Conference will start at 10:00am on Friday August 21, 2015 at City Hall 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago Illinois 60602 on the second Floor.

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Cleveland City Council pass a questionable possibly “unconstitutional” protesting ordinance.

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CLEVELAND, OH— Freedom First International, The ACLU (Ohio), and a growing list of civil rights organizations are questioning  a recent Cleveland City Council’s action repealing and replacing the ordinance regulating demonstrations without any public hearings. The hastily passed legislation updating the City of Cleveland’s permitting process violates protesters’ rights of free speech and assembly. In other communities courts have required conditional use ordinances to set forth “definite specifications in standards” in order to constitute a valid conditional regulation.

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The new ordinance applies to parades and protests on city streets, parks, malls and other public spaces. According to the local ACLU “There are several “First Amendment” red flags in the revised ordinance.”  

  • The failure to provide the number of people that would constitute a parade could result in absurd and potentially unconstitutional outcomes. For example, two people who choose to march through a park could be considered a parade and be required to obtain a permit.

  • A city official might subjectively deny a parade permit application if it was determined that the parade or demonstration is “dangerous,” requires a high number of police officers, or otherwise places a burden on city resources.

  • The ordinance could prohibit the spontaneous gathering of individuals to meet and peaceably demonstrate in parks or other public places.

It also is troubling that the city council failed to allow the community to comment  and engage on the proposed legislation, which would have afforded the opportunity for any issues to be discussed and ironed out.”

The real tests of its constitutionality are awaiting challenge, both in the legislation and in the process city hall establishes. In the event the ordinance condition is found to be arbitrary, the normal procedure would be for the  local court to remand the ordinance back to the governing body for further consideration as to whether any modifications to the ordinance are necessary in order to permit the legislative body to take its action.

Obviously, this has an enormous potential to create significant delay. It also provides an issue for an objecting party to raise to both delay and potentially challenge a conditional use ordinance through subsequent legislative review with hope a arbitration will end this unnecessary policy.

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Breaking News-Ferguson Missouri Shoot Out by Non Protestors=One Teen shot!

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Ferguson Missouri Shoot Out at Protest Rally

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During the gunfire, at least 2 unmarked cars took shots. We will release more details when available. (Al JEEZRA)

Ferguson, Missouri (8-10-15) 4:43am –Two groups exchanged gunfire- that’s when two people have been struck by gunfire in the midst of a late-night confrontation between riot police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, according to the police.

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The incident came after a day of peaceful events commemorating the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white officer one year ago.

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Gunshots erupted as police were seeking to disperse a crowd of demonstrators who began blocking traffic and smashing windows along a street that was a flashpoint of last year’s unrest following the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to the police statement. The condition of the two people shot was not immediately known, police said. 

The AFP news agency reported that at least one demonstrator was injured as several shots were fired during clashes in the city late Sunday.

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Gunshots erupted as police were seeking to disperse a crowd of demonstrators who began blocking traffic and smashing windows along a street that was a flashpoint of last year’s unrest following the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The condition of the two people shot, including one teen, was not immediately known, police said. (More Detail as information is available)  (Al JEEZRA)

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{update at CNN 5:29am}

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/10/us/ferguson-protests/index.html

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Press Release: Civil Rights Group and Families of Police Brutality Victims Urge GOP Debate to Address Discriminatory Policing

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August 6, 2015

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2015 (Reissue)

Contact: Michele Setteducato, 732-614-3818, michele@fitzgibbonmedia.com
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Samaria Rice, Mother of Tamir Rice, issued the following statement:
“I agree with ColorofChange’s efforts and support any effort that assists with bringing an end to police violence. We believe that many people nationwide stand with us in our call for justice for Tamir Rice. Our city’s ongoing refusal to take responsibility and indict the officers can only continue to spark moral outrage in the local Cleveland community and communities across our country. We must do all we can to prevent the pattern and practice of unreasonable and unnecessary use of force and the repeated violations our civil rights.”
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John Crawford Sr., father of John Crawford issued the following statement:“We are continuing to relentlessly pursue justice and reform of the criminal justice system, in efforts to vindicate the victims and hold accountable the wrongdoers of egregious acts of violence. We support ColorOfChange’s billboards campaign and call on elected leaders to do everything in their power to stop the crisis of discriminatory policing.”

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Rashad Robinson issued the following statement:

“The families of Tamir Rice, John Crawford and Tanisha Anderson have faced unconscionable tragedy. No person should have to experience the pain of losing a loved one to discriminatory police violence, let alone having to fight for justice. It’s unacceptable that the Department of Justice and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tom McGinty haven’t indicted these officers and we urge them to do so immediately.
The billboards around the convention center honor Tamir, Tanisha and John, while holding candidates accountable for prioritizing systemic reforms to policing and mass incarceration. It’s likely that no candidate will raise the fact that police kill Black Americans at nearly the same rate as Jim Crow era lynchings and more than 175 Black people have been killed by police this year alone. But we cannot afford to allow this political apathy and dangerous silence to continue. It’s time to hold their feet to the fire.”

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With more than one million members nationwide, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.

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My memories of the 70’s

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Altogether, the 70’s for me seemed to be a simpler time was a fantastic kinder, gentler time that brought us to a place-where culture stood in-between society.
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These were the days of the robot and the foxy dance, pet rocks, mood rings, water beds, and wild color. There were fads, changing times, and a few troublesome events. One of my favorite songs was Papillon (Aka Hot Butterfly)” by Chaka Khan. The fact that I was not old, and but as a five year old in 1979 -I was still aware of the world, and the fact that I had older siblings contributed greatly to my 70’s awareness.
 
 
With that said, what exactly did happen in the 70’s? Women’s liberation, more awareness toward nuclear activity, environmentalism, Disco Funk. P Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)” is a funk song by Parliament was the  hit of 1975 and I could remember- if you were cool you would be down with George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic.
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My father Leroy brought a 1975 Buick and to us it was top notch! My father and I always knew when the old tube went out in our Zenith we had to run to the grocery store to get tubes for the TV. While I did want to editorialize my whole story-but also I wanted to share some other pictures of the era that brings back memories. (below)tvs
 
People’s awareness and anger over the race was minimal at this time and I could appreciate the rare times that I did not have to be exposed to anything that was seriously racial.  In any case- I hope these pictures give you some pleasure.
 
If you had a Green Machine you were one cool kid!
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This Telephone was all the rage-The “Red” Commissioner Gordon Model was hot!
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I learned the “peoples eye” from Lee Majors aka Steve Rodgers!
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Okay get the Alcohol out for your Village People -YMCA-78″ would skip, seriously!
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Sorry Chips-Y’all were always a little corny! -Okay a whole lot of corny. lol!
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The macaroni soggy! the pea’s all mushed and the chicken taste like ______?
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If you played Pong on this Atari you were set!
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Serious “Booty” Busters! Right!
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I stole all the love songs off the Radio Station WBMX with this one!
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I saved the best for last! Playah, Playah-Right! “Young” Michael Jackson eat your heart out!
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