Earlier today when I saw the news story about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who called Black Lives Matter “inherently racist” and “anti-American” — and even incorrectly claiming that black children have “a 99% chance” of killing each other.I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry, or even laugh to the point of crying.
Appearing on CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday, Giuliani had little to say about the deadly police shootings that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and nationwide protests — including the one in Dallas that was ambushed by a cop killer.
Instead, he said it is up to the “blacks” to show respect to police officers.
“If you want to deal with this on the black side, you’ve got to teach your children to be respectful to the police, and you’ve got to teach your children that the real danger to them is not the police,” Giuliani said.
Well I say, The former New York City mayor doesn’t know the first thing about the intersection of race and crime. As a mayor he built his career on scaring white New Yorkers with fears of black criminals, to the point where he can’t help himself. While at the same time. No one denies that black urban communities have experienced violence and more crime than their white counterparts in smaller or more upsale communities.
But Rudy, you are the last person whom we need to discuss the Chicago violence amongst the black community, because as I recall it was on your watch that Abner Louima, a Haitian was assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized with a broken-off broom handle by officers of the New York City Police Department after being arrested outside a Brooklyn nightclub in 1997. You did absolutely nothing!
What about the well known Rudy Giuliani’s claim to modern greatness, during his time in office. When recalling September 11, 2001. In the wake of 9/11, Giuliani simultaneously rallied and eulogized the city through the most shocking calamity but simultaneously Giuliani exaggerated and whitewashed his own role in this event, as he would come to do about almost every aspect of his administration.
Oh Please let’s discuss, how Giuliani’s perceived success goes to the very heart of political mythmaking or even a Living lie-that we call Rudy Giuliani your behavior was considered to have made New York an “ungovernable” city. By the start of the last decade of the twentieth century, the number of murders in New York had surpassed 2,000 a year. Public drinking and drug use, fare beating in the subways, panhandling, graffiti homelessness, perennially filthy streets, rampant pornography and prostitution in the city’s Times Square center. NYC was a dirty city-Thanks, Rudy!
Lastly, we understand Giuliani’s pride for his own self with regards to your crime credentials as a former prosecutor. Why did the rebellious daughter of former law-and-order Mayor Rudolph Giuliani get busted for allegedly stealing makeup from an upscale beauty and skin care shop near her Upper East Side home in August of 2010 sources said she allegedly stole five items, worth about $100.
Finally, Let’s count Giuliani’s failed Presidential Run-in 2008 or when the media reported that while Mayor of New York, Giuliani had billed to obscure city agencies several tens of thousands of dollars of mayoral security expenses incurred while visiting Judith Nathan, with whom he was having an extramarital affair.
Hey Rudy, I can keep going in on you-but I like to end on a positive note, Let’s just say you are struggling to remain relevant and your timely rants get you immediate publicity. Do yourself a favor! Shut It Up!
PEACE and LOVE,
NY Police Union is wrong! but turning their backs on New York Mayor is a definite case of “Chickens coming home to Roost.”
When De Blasio’s remarks were being shown on large TV monitors outside the Christ Tabernacle Church. Police union officials accused the mayor of fostering a climate of mistrust that contributed to the killings of Officer Ramos and his partner. Vice President Joe Biden spoke and expressed condolences directly to Ramos’ two sons.
New York Police Commissioner Bratton said Ramos and his partner were assassinated because of who they were. “They were killed for their color,” the commissioner said. “They were blue.”
The question that many may ask is; based on the overall, climate of confusion, are police really the victims? While it is true that these officers died tragically in a sequence of events that was totally uncalled for, and as many know their killer was a mentally disturbed individual, with a reported history of psychological episodes. If we are to ask ourselves the question is, Are Police really the victims? Lets look closer at some facts:
- The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices had long raised serious concerns over racial profiling, illegal stops and privacy rights. The Department’s own report on its stop-and-frisk activity confirm what many people in communities of color across the city have long known: The police are/have been stopping hundreds of thousands of law-abiding New Yorkers every year, and the vast majority are black and Latino.
- An analysis by the NYCLU revealed that innocent New Yorkers have been subjected to police stops and street interrogations more than 4 million times since 2002, and that black and Latino communities continue to be the overwhelming target of these tactics.
- It was wrong for police unions and their support groups to say that Eric Garner was overweight at 350-400 pounds and battling asthma, many posters on the sites TheeRant and PoliceOne.com said the Staten Island father and husband brought his death last Thursday upon himself. They said his health contributed to his cardiac arrest, and that their interpretation of an eyewitness video of Garner’s altercation with police last Thursday was that he resisted arrest.
- It is wrong for Police to protest at a funeral, period! Take your protest elsewhere!
- As far as the Chickens coming to Roost for New York, Mayor de Blasio, who campaigned on a promise to “end the era of stop-and-frisk policing,” moved slowly to do that. He (de Blasio) announced a deal to drop the city’s appeal of a court ruling that found the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk violated the constitutional rights of minorities. Mostly it seems that, the questionable “Stop and Frisk,” police policy is still on the forefront of their agenda, and has not stopped.
In addition-adding to the confusion by fighting against the Mayor, who is the head of their community is a total misuse of their time. More importantly the fact of the matter it shows that our Police who are trained sworn public servants may not care about the hurt families, divided communities and the large number of citizens who have withdrawn their support and they have expressed disappointment with the perceived mishandling the Police Brutality situation. This erosion of the public trust between Police and the community, will need to be resolved.
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Letter to Attorney Generals-Legal Complex-in New York, California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Missouri. The Fight is now!
Letter to Attorney Generals-and the Legal Complex-in New York, California, Texas, Florida, Illinois. The Fight is now!
By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
This letter has been sent out as a “Call to Action,” for all anyone wants to read but it is directed at the Attorney Generals, and Legal Aid VP’s, because many agree that social injustices exist but have argued that the battle against social injustice should be fought solely in the courts, not in the streets. In this point I along with my supporters have maintained the belief that all communities and states were interrelated, and the fight is now! In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
Friends, my letter to your desk, has a twofold purpose, A time such as this challenges us all to find our humanity and demonstrate in concrete terms that the power of community can overcome the power of hostility.
I want to convey this letter not just as an expression of solidarity but a plea for unity following multiple unjustifiable and unfortunate events around the county. While this list is long, I still want to list a few of the growing examples, that I have monitored both close and afar-they include The Death of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed teenager killed by police in the Bronx-Currently the family is calling for the federal government to push the case forward. Jr., Kenneth Harding Jr. who was murdered by San Francisco police at the age of 19 for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare while the family (mother) still awaits information for an investigation of the police. What about-Eric Garner, Staten Island, New York, a 43-year-old asthmatic father of six, was confronted by New York City police officers for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. When he resisted being cuffed, an officer appeared to put him in a chokehold—a tactic banned by the department since 1993. A video of the arrest, first obtained by the New York Daily News, shows Garner gasping, “I can’t breathe!” while officers relentlessly smother him: From New York City and LA to Ohio and Ferguson, MO, we are experiencing a flurry of young men who all died under disputed circumstances with Police Arrest.
All the incidents and hundreds more have opened our eyes to the ever-growing fragility of inter-relations across the country and reminds us, yet again, of the urgent need for citizens of all walks of life to commit ourselves more proactively to live in mutual trust and respect.
What has been subject to attack is not only of importance to our communities but also the moral foundation of respect for difference and diversity, which encourages and ensures the equality for people of all walks of life.
Please recognize the damage that such acts are inflicting on our communities on the sentiments of many across the country who want to let you know that they feel, “alone,” with a sense of fear and loss. Contention is widespread, we must acknowledge the very act of targeting as being hugely detrimental to peaceful relations between communities, and we condemn the motives behind it. We hope and pray for justice and peace to prevail at this time.
Today calls us to be both a sensitive and perceptive in recognition of the global failure connected with nature of violence, and a form a newly reaffirmation of our commitment to grow in our understanding neighboring, collaboration, and cooperation to offer to protection the flourishing of all life.
- You must open the lines of communication with civic leaders who will carry a unified message back to communities.
- Seek cases where evidence is disputed and review higher standard. Citizen Review Boards will work with you
- Training Leadership both Internally and externally on prevention, protection.
- Seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, when municipalities are failing, and public outcry is high!
- To ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
In a spirit of such understanding we wish and hope that each incident, despite the traumatic and tragic dimensions, may be transformed into an opportunity to offer the world a glimpse of the best of your morality as you discern the way forward. To this end we offer you our support and solidarity. I hope to have a conversation with you in the near future this letter defends the strategy of organized resistance to racism, I must argue that people do have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws.
I leave you with a word of caution, “If the community can’t find justice, Then I can assure you they will find Justice.” My hope is that I can dialog with you before, that time comes.
With best regards,
Gregg L Greer, President
Freedom First International
Southern Christian Leadership Conference Member
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The Lessons of Ferguson and Beyond-Several Ways to Combat Violence, Prevent, and maintain a community that fosters Accountability not Punishment!
By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
In Ferguson, Missouri the town that was rocked with protests over police On Saturday, August 9, 2014, when an unarmed 18-year-old male, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer many in the community around the country where not surprised to hear of multiple stories of police abuse that had taken place. While the Justice Department has launched a broad investigation into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Mike Brown, many African-American residents still feel that the situation is hopeless and are still very frustrated. In order to effect change we (residents) must strive to repair the harm caused by crime to individual victims and communities, the focus must be two-sided, that means prevention of Police Brutality as well as prevention of a culture that chronic criminal offenders are punished on all sides is much needed.
In an a recent interview with CBS “Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change,” Govan shared his vision for Ferguson, saying he thinks one way to improve things is for the town to hire more African-American police officers. But Govan told CBS’ Jane Pauley there’s a reason you don’t see many minorities on the police force.
Look, let me tell you why: From the beginning we’ve felt abused by these people. Why would you go up to serve among the abusers? It doesn’t make any sense,” Govan said.
While, many would dismiss the point of view of an 11 year old, Marquis Govan does make an effective augment. To fight police abuse effectively, communities must have realistic expectations. You must not expect too much of any one remedy because no single remedy will cure the problem. A “mix” of reforms is required. And even after citizen action has won reforms, your community must keep the pressure on through monitoring and oversight to ensure that the reforms are actually implemented.
Nonetheless, even one person, or a small group of persistent people, can make a big difference. Sometimes outmoded and abusive police practices prevail largely because no one has ever questioned them.
CONTROL-Starts with You!
Most people (residents) don’t get it! -The community is the nexus of community justice; therefore, each individual community must began to understand that community is the preferred source of problem solving and citizens work to prevent victimization, provide conflict resolution and maintain peace. The community, including individual victims and offenders, must become the ultimate partner of the justice system for every residents safety and well-being. Here are some basic suggestions;
(The goals listed are suggestions that will ultimately provide a safe environment for all if your community or it’s officials are in any way in opposition to any goal that will promote betterment. Fight for it! Period!)
CONTROLLING THE POLICE — COMMUNITY GOALS
Control of Police Shootings
Oversight of Police Policy
Equal Employment Opportunity for Police Force. and City Offices
Certification and Licensing of Police Officers
Accreditation of Your Police Department
ORGANIZING STRATEGIES— For Communities
Use Open Records Laws
Educate the Public
Use the Political Process to Win Reforms (bad Judges, and Prosecutors must go!)
Lobby For State Legislation
Restorative and Community Justice Forums
Everyone makes mistakes-but “Restorative Justice,” is an approach to justice that doesn’t focus on the needs of the victims and the offenders, it also involves the community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. The emphasis is on meeting the needs of and strengthening the community-Not Punishment which is the basis of the Criminal Justice System!
Community justice is a strategic method of crime reduction and prevention, which builds or enhances partnerships within communities. Community justice policies confront crime and delinquency through proactive, problem-solving practices aimed at prevention, control, reduction and reparation of the harm crime has caused.
Positive effects of a comprehensive community justice strategy:
Includes both adult and juvenile offenders;
Focuses on creating safer communities rather than on doing things to or for offenders;
Pursues the goal of public safety within a scope of preventing victimization;
Places a high priority on the rights and needs of victims and the community;
Seeks harmonious working relations among all justice components and practices, citizens, community and social service organizations, educational systems, and faith communities;
Focuses on problems causing as well as caused by crime; and
Promotes correctional programming that is based on sound research and measurable for effectiveness.
Why we need Restorative/Community Justice
Restorative justice is a practice centered on the idea that justice can be about healing instead of simply “punishment.” It emphasizes repairing harms rather than punishing crimes, giving victims and offenders the opportunity to engage in dialogue around the harm itself, assessing the impact on the victim and outlining the steps necessary to ensure offender accountability and meet the victim’s needs.
Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, “to repair the harm they’ve done—by apologizing, returning stolen money, or community service”. Restorative justice involves both victim and offender and focuses on their personal needs. In addition, it provides help for the offender in order to avoid future offences. It is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community.
Recognize and Resolve the problem!
These efforts help to create and maintain a vital, healthy, safe and just community where crime and delinquency cannot flourish is key. Crime is confronted by addressing social disorder, criminal activities and behavior, and by holding offenders accountable for the harm they cause to victims and the community. Working to prevent crime and its harmful effects; doing justice by addressing problems rather than merely complaining, processing cases; and promoting community protection through proactive, problem-solving work practices plus interventions go along way into changing criminal behavior behavior. In short, no one deserves to lose their life for something that could have been avoided, and some cases-stories of justice may be push the limits above and beyond right and wrong. Then you must fight for your rights!