Civil and political rights
By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World,
Many would agree, the latest group of civil rights cases at this moment in time seem connected historically to some of the most shameful crimes of the civil rights movement—the murder of four young girls in a Birmingham church bombing, the KKK mob slaying of three civil rights workers in Mississippi during Freedom Summer, the gunning down of Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers in the presence of his small children, and the torture and killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till—all helped galvanize public opinion in support of the civil rights movement by making it unlikely to ignore the ruthlessness and virulence of the southern racist.
Amongst these very atrocities that have graphically exposed the moral destitution of the criminal justice system. The systematic assassination of Ramarley Graham was/has remained broadly unpunished. Many believe the failing is an effect of racism, fear, apathy, and lack of political will. Yes, the normal routine is Tepid investigations and superficial trials take place, and some light prison punishments are given out, but a number of the perpetrators to date have continue to enjoy impunity. Numerous of these killers finished out their days as unrepentant racists. The example of trends mentioned is classic, and consistent of the Ramarley Graham case.
But in two especially brutal and high-profile murder cases in New York Ramarley Graham and that in California Kenneth Harding Jr.—justice has yet to be fully served.
On Feb. 2, 2012- police from a special narcotics unit chased Graham, 18, from White Plains Road and East 228th Street to his home at 749 E. 229th St. in Wakefield because cops investigating a drug deal believed Graham had a gun in his waistband.Graham was leaving a bodega near his home in the Boro’s Wakefield section when Officers pursued Graham into his home and rather than moving with caution and calling for backup Officer Richard Haste fatally shot the teen in the bathroom but only a small bag of marijuana that investigators hypothesized Ramarley had been attempting to flush down the toilet.
The raid on the family’s home was traumatic; Ramarley’s little brother Chinnor, now 7, was in the house, along with his grandmother, Patricia Hartley, who was taken directly to the NYPD’s 47th Precinct Station House and interrogated for seven hours. Officer Haste later indicated he thought Graham was adjusting a gun in his waistband — but no weapons were found on Graham’s body.
Outside of Corner Social on Lenox Avenue and 126th Street, a woman said: “It is sad. They kill you in your own house,” after hearing Franclot Graham speak.
A grand jury later voted to indict NYPD Officer Richard Haste on manslaughter charges in the February 2012 shooting death of unarmed Bronx teen Ramarley Graham, at which point Haste did turn himself in.
Security footage evidence from the February incident shows 18-year-old Ramarley Graham entering his grandmother’s home and police were following him shortly thereafter. Cops said they had witnessed Graham participate in a drug deal and thought he had a gun. They illegally entered the home without a search warrant.
Still In the presence of overwhelming evidence against Hatse which included CCTV (video)- Judge Steven L. Barrett threw out the indictment against Haste, calling the language used by the District Attorney to present the case to the grand jury “misleading.”
With no great pleasure, I am obliged in this case to dismiss the charges,” Judge Barrett told the court, adding that his ruling did not establish that Haste had acted with justification and that the DA had the right to reconvene a grand jury. Said Judge Steven L. BarrettOn August 7,2013, a reconvened grand jury decided not to re-indict Officer
We are surprised and shocked by the Grand Jury’s finding of no criminal liability in the death of Ramarley Graham. We are saddened for the family of the deceased young man and still believe that the court’s dismissal of the original indictment was overly cautious,” One Observer Johnson said,
Meanwhile Officer Hatse was greeted with loud cheers from awaiting fellow cops upon his case dismissal of the charges. For her unarmed son’s killer Constance Malcolm, as the bitter tears run out of in her eyes “That’s how they work,” the heartbroken mom said in a statement shortly after the Wednesday when Officer Richard Haste was sprung in the Feb. 2, 2012 shooting of Ramarley Graham. “You see it every day.” said Malcolm.
Ramarley Graham’s Mother Constance Malcolm also used two later rallies to express her grief and anger, often speaking in raw emotional and racial tones. “Modern day lynching has to stop,” said Malcolm, who along with her husband wore a T-shirt with a picture of her son and the phrase: “Where is my justice?”
The decision set off angry protests as about 100 people marched from Johnson’s offices on E. 161 St. in the Bronx to the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on 125th Street
Unfortunately, Ramarley’s killing is only one of thousands of similar murders on the current forefront, and the case was is an important turning point in the New American Civil Rights struggle.
According to Reverend Gregg L Greer of The Freedom First International, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, “Despite the passing of years—in which evidence grew cold, witnesses have lied, or no longer were capable of reliable testimony—a number of these festering crimes have been resurrected with renewed vigor and prosecuted with impressive results. Regardless, It took 30 years, but the murderer of Medgar Evers was finally brought to justice.” “A full four decades passed before the courts were able to convict all living perpetrators of the Birmingham bombing. We must not stop until Justice is served on Ramarley Graham, and Kenneth Harding and any young life lost due to this senseless violence.” “They need to know our fight, continues and is ongoing, and you will not have “Peace,” until justice is fully served, also Haste is a living lie that must be prosecuted.” says Greer.
APRIL 12, 2014 would be Ramarley’s 21st Birthday
(I AM RAMARLEY GRAHAM)
According the Southern Poverty Law Center, about 22 murder cases have been reopened in the South since 1989, resulting in 25 arrests and 16 convictions. This case can be overturned. Justice can still prevail.
What You Can do!
Whatever we do, we must keep God in the forefront. Let us be Christian in all of our actions. But I want to tell you this evening that it is not enough for us to talk about love, love is one of the pivotal points of the Christian face, faith. There is another side called justice. And justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
What You Can do!
The Ramarley’s Call Foundation is up and running-like most foundations they need you to stay informed (Facebook), they need your help (Volunteer), and they need you to support (Donate).
(More information from Ramarley’s Call Foundation)
#RiseUp4Ramarley – 3 ways you can help
1. Sign & share the petition to tell DOJ to investigate http://bit.ly/OFP4FK
3. Join The April 16th, 12PM at 500 Pearl Street [Federal Courthouse]
Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Gregg L. Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 8, 2014 Civil Rights Leaders and Organizations in Florida and California will unite in effort to “Restore the Balance of Justice” to Communities.
By Gregg L. Greer, One World, Editor
Multiple Civil Rights, Faith based organizations and Social Justice coalitions are coming together in a “Multi National” cooperative on April 8, 2014 to begin the work in Restoring the Balance of Justice,” to communities across the country.
On Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 9:30 am hundreds are expected at both the State Capitol’s of Florida and The California State Capitol as “sister rallies” to “take a stand,” and to question, also combat the senseless and growing community violence and as they are also in opposition of national level laws-that are negatively affecting communities. Their concern is centered but against issues ranging on everything from Immigration Violence to Police Brutality and everything in between.
In both state’s Florida and California coalitions agree and see that the growing need for “Urban Leadership,” has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden and the negative effects are widespread in communities across the country for citizens who have to live in their existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day. The coalitions also believe that they could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps if they had “more” solid leadership to represent and advocate, them, also they urge that the “state of wellness,” may change, both nationally and worldwide.
In Florida on April 8, 2014 at 9:30 a.m On the Anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain has prompted a global effort to combat Florida’s controversial law.
Stand Your Ground.
The theme is “BREAK THE GRIP of Shame,” because in Florida The number of questionable cases is increasing, mostly defense attorneys are using “Stand Your Ground” or sometimes referred as (S.Y.G) in ways state legislators never envisioned. It (S.Y.G) has been invoked in dozens of cases with minor or no injuries. For example, It has also been used by a self-described “vampire” in Pinellas County, a Miami man arrested with a single marijuana cigarette, a Fort Myers homeowner who shot a bear and a West Palm Beach jogger who beat a “Jack Russell” Terrier to death.
People often go free under “Stand Your Ground” in cases that seem to make a mockery of what lawmakers intended. One man killed two unarmed people and walked out of jail. Another shot a man as he lay on the ground. Others went free after shooting their victims in the back. In nearly a third of the cases, the Times analyzed, defendants initiated the fight, shot an unarmed person or pursued their victim — and still went free.
Human Rights Leaders from around the State of Florida have been invited to participate in a multinational protest rally against, Stand Your Ground, and Police brutality starting in Florida with calls to hundreds of students from FAMU, Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College and joined members of the Latino, Arabic, and labor protection communities to answer the call to protest at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee on April 8, 2014 this effort will be joined by similar efforts from around this country.
In a recent interview Reverend Reginald Gundy Florida State President from the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference went on to call Florida possibly the last “Birmingham” of the South,” he continued, saying that it may be time to put “boots on the ground,” which might mean going after the economic system in the state, though he did not specify how that might happen.
The march is also had a strong emphasis on Community Violence against women, and immigrants. Example due to the rising amount of hate crimes against undocumented immigrants in Florida directed against Hispanics, Arab, and Muslims for the fourth consecutive year is particularly noteworthy and worrisome because the number of hate crimes committed against other racial, ethnic, and religious groups has over the same period shown either no increase or a decrease.
According to Gregg L. Greer the Florida Rally lead organizer, “The toxic environment in Florida and abroad, in which hateful rhetoric targets immigrants and women-while the number of hate crimes against Hispanics and others perceived to be immigrants steadily increases, This has caused an of heightened sense of fear in communities around the country.”
“We want to build a layer of protection, around immigrants, because we know that many are a target, and also they do not readily call for “police services because of their immigrant status.” Women are usually targeted due to domestic violence issues,: All must be combated, because they prevent us from being effective in communities across the country.
Starting April 8, 2014 9:30am State Capital at (WALLER PARK) 500 Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-Across from the Supreme Court
Florida must “Break the Grip of Shame.” !!!
For more information on the Break the Grip of Shame Rally! Freedom First International, and the effort to stop “Stand Your Ground” email@example.com or call (855) 612-7771 and leave a message.
For Florida All event information and can be found on https://www.facebook.com/events/712321675457991/
In California on April 8, 2014 at 10:00 am p.s.t Families United March on State Capital Sacramento
The State Capitol in Sacramento, California for the United Families of California at the fifth annual Victims’ Rights March is a call to action for victims and their supporters to come together as they do every year on the steps of the California State Capitol to have their voices heard by their elected officials. This event is not considered a memorial, but rather a rally in which we encourage victims to visit their legislator’s offices and let them know how you feel about public safety issues. The California Coalitions and one of the leading organizers is the Oscar Grant Foundation, and their Executive Director: Cephus ‘Uncle Bobby’ Johnson and will be joined by over 21 families of victims murdered by Police and most of the “Police Brutality” murders are in question and have current investigations. for more information you may visit the following links https://www.facebook.com/events/155737031274252/
California fights the Police Bill of Rights
Over 21 families, are asking to California Attorney General Kamlia D. Harris, 32nd Attorney General of the State of California to repeal the “Policemen’s Bill of Rights” police policy due to the rising excessive “force” citizen murders. They believe that officials are ignoring the fact that in California “Police brutality” there is a persistent problem.. The coalitions are calling this effect “State sponsored violence.”
One of the focal points of their agenda is in opposition-to those who know of the “Thin Blue Line,” think that this standard is “extremely,” questionable and is a code that compels a bad police or bad group of police to obey their own makeshift set of laws binding only to themselves.” “They are becoming like a “Gang,” states, according to one observer. While many Family foundations are leading the charge (too many to list)
One notable case was the case of Oscar Grant III (above, right) who was fatally shot by BART (Metro Train) police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining Grant, who was lying face down and allegedly resisting arrest. Officer Mehserle stood and, according to his attorney, said: “Get back, I am gonna tase him. Then Mehserle drew his gun and shot Grant once in the back. During his court testimony, Mehserle said that Grant then exclaimed, “You shot me! Grant was unarmed; he was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Grant’s Death and the incident are the basis of the 2013 film Fruitvale Station. Fruitvale Station” followed the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan). The Oscar Grant Foundation has continued to work tirelessly for “just” cause the effort includes this rally. Go to view the following links for more information on the march.
For questions and event information email the firstname.lastname@example.org
The Growing need for Urban Leadership In today’s modern age-The growing need for Urban Christian Leadership has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden, in our society and in communities across the world who live in their existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day. If we would just imagine for a second the correlation between poverty and lack of leadership in Urban Communities across the country-Then we could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps we could say if we had “more” of solid leadership to represent us, then our state of wellness might change.
What you can do to support this cause!
What can we as concern citizens, block club leaders and others do to stop violence? One thought is to be informed, find out what is out there, get involved. In FLORIDA and CALIFORNIA, theses organizations are partnering with other leadership/communicate about Violence Prevention in communities as a first step to educate everyone. (example, above)
Dr. King Later in the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” stated, “law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.”
It is time to stop the onslaught. .. That is destroying our children and our communities. It’s time to help each other build communities at which point each of our kids, teens, and adults can seem sheltered and secure from crime,
We all must make the decision to:
•identify and raise consciousness of violence in all its forms;
•challenge the societal norm that violence is a normal part of life;
•help people own both the problem and the solutions, shifting the focus of action from the streets to the home and community;
•influence people to choose specific actions and behaviors that work and are positive, healthy and peaceful;
•encourage individuals to reduce violence; and;
•create a culture of peace, hope and trust by living this way to teach by example
For More information you may email One World editorial at One1worldtoday@gmail.com
Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, and Social Activist. Gregg Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals can reached at email@example.com
By Gregg L Greer, One World, Editor
On this date in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson informed Alabama’s Governor George Wallace that he will utilize federal authority to order the Alabama National Guard to control a prepared civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.
Bullying and bigotry had earlier blocked Selma’s black population–over half the city–from registering and voting.
On Sunday, March 7, 1965, a gathering of 600 demonstrators marched on the capital city of Montgomery to oppose this disenfranchisement and the earlier murder of a black man, Jimmie Lee Jackson, by a state patrolman. In brutal scenes that aired on television, state and local police assaulted the marchers with billy clubs and tear gas. TV spectators far and wide were outraged by the pictures, and a protest march was organized just forty eight hours after “Bloody Sunday” by Martin Luther King, Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). King directed the marchers to turn back around, nevertheless, rather than carry out the march without federal constitutional support.
After an Alabama federal judge ruled on March 18 that a third march could go forward, President Johnson and his advisers worked instantly to find a way to guarantee the protection of King and his demonstrators on their passage from Selma to Montgomery. The most compelling obstacle in their way was Governor Wallace, an outspoken anti-integrationist who was reluctant to use any state funds on guarding the demonstrators. Hours after vowing to Johnson–in phone calls recorded by the White House–that he would order out the Alabama National Guard to preserve order, Wallace went on television and charged that Johnson should send in federal troops instead.
Infuriated, Johnson then ordered Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach to write a press release stating that because Wallace refused to use the 10,000 prepared guardsmen to preserve order in his state, Johnson himself was calling the guard up and giving them all required support. Some days following, 50,000 marcher joined King in an amazing 54 miles, under the observant perceptions of state and federal troops.
Entering safely in Montgomery on March 25, all attended when King delivered his famous “How Long, Not Long” speech from the steps of the Capitol building. The dispute between Johnson and Wallace–and Johnson’s decisive response–was a significant turning point in the civil rights crusade. Within five months, Congress had enacted the Voting Rights Act, which Johnson boastfully endorsed into law on August 6, 1965.
Gregg Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, and Social Activist Gregg Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historically the civil rights movement has not only defined in American History, by showing the world the shining example of Americans fighting for racial and social justice, but it is also notable that the true pioneers of Civil Rights have now, become legends in our time-their names; Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bobby Seale, Huey Newton and the list goes on. When one thinks about the iconic nature of these individuals-one must consider many factors including their deeds, struggles, and accomplishments. Right now America stands at a critical juncture in its race relations, and the civil rights issues of the present and past have/are going largely ignored. So when asked the question, why, is the Civil Rights Movement in danger of becoming obsolete the major standout reasons are;
Lack of Civil Rights Historical Knowledge
There is clear ignorance by most American’s more specifically students of the basic history of the Civil Rights Movement is a growing challenge — in fact, it has worsened, according to a 2011 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report says that states academic standards for public schools are one major cause of the problem. Eight of 12 states were tested based on the current knowledge of Civil Rights. The most earning A, B or C grades for their treatment of Civil Rights History are southern states where there were major protests, boycotts or violence during the movement’s peak years in the 1950s and ’60s. Surprisingly Alabama, Florida and New York students were given mostly A grades.
“Generally speaking, the farther away from the South — and the smaller the African-American community — the less attention paid to the civil rights movement,” the report says. “Across the country, state educational standards virtually ignore our civil rights history,” concludes the report.
While it is a proven fact that in classrooms around the world students are now being taught the history of the movement, but it is only a small backdrop in most history classes. Civil Rights historians believe that class materials and books water the content down to exerts from speeches-Like Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream,” and Malcolm X’s “By any means necessary.”
Growing American multiculturalism
The census showed that as of July 1, 2011, 50.4 percent of the nation’s population age 1 or under was either Hispanic or a race other than White. “That is a surprising percentage. Twenty years from now (chart below) shows what Time magazine calls “The Browning of America,” which means that the racial makeup of American will be mostly people of color. There’s that historical notion as well.
A Growing Separatist Movement
There is a growing premise that race is not the salient characteristic and many question if race should remain a guiding principle of civil rights law today. Example, many Gay and Homosexual organizations now consider their fight for civil liberty the “New Civil Rights.” As time goes on the Civil Rights movement must seek a new life and possibly become a structure that closer resembles “Human Rights.”
Lastly, the separatist potential in our laws and our society, and separatism’s growing threat to our sense of national community. Groups like the Tea party may cause struggle to Civil Rights due to the dangers of separatism in the context of separatist politics, entitlements, education, and speech, exploring the legal and social issues surrounding each of these areas. Civil Rights law can either bring us together or drive us apart and that the choices we make now will determine the character of our national future.
In addition to the separatist nature of other groups, the Civil Rights advocates must place value in teaching and understanding what it means to be an, “Active,” American Citizen. They must learn how to identify injustice at all times (even internally). They must learn about the role of individuals (people) in their complexities, as well as the importance of structure. Also, they must see that all people can come together collectively to confront oppression. They need to know that as long as race is a barrier to access and opportunity, and as long as poverty is common for people of color, the dream has not been realized. GLG