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Outrage Over: Innocent People Being Killed by Cops orTwo Cops Shot in Brooklyn…

I find it humbling that some protesters in NYC left flowers for the two cops that were killed by a gunmen with a history of violence and mental illness. Upset over the injustice of the murders of men such as Eric Garner and Micheal Brown, he set out to take police life; and he did. Do I agree? No, of course not. But he was seriously mentally ill, and I am positive watching Black male after Black male be murdered by police was not helping him any. So I can understand to a degree. However, now things are going to escalate. Black lives will be in even more danger as police across America have now been put on alert due to the killings.

I don’t support killing another unless it is self defense. However, I can’t say I have the same good heart as so many protesters have by giving the flowers and showing their condolences. I don’t want anyone to die and anytime anyone loses a member of the family it is hard… However, I somehow cannot feel sympathy like I do for victims of police violence. Newspapers never mentioned anything positive about Tamir Rice; and I’d be willing to bet Fox News isn’t talking about Darren Wilson or the lying witnesses in Michael Brown’s case.

I have not read anywhere (so I assume TV is the same … as always ) that mentions the grief of the families that just lost a child to killer cop(s). However, when you read the papers all one will see is talk of how horribly painful it is for the cop’s wife, and of course, the children…

That is what upset me the most. The children. Kids have been killed by cops before, but because Tamir Rice made the news I will use him as an example and ask, why is no one outraged that a mother has lost her baby? Why are people not outraged when the cops kill or severely beat an innocent, unarmed person? How can so many people in society see even  just one or two of these cases and then turn away, saying that the police “must have had a reason”, as if they are saints from heaven above?!

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has made it clear that he wants all police brutality protestors to stop mourning and to stop their freedom to express their pain, disgust and outrage over the killing of innocents by police until the dead cops funerals are finished. This is a slap to the face and I hope not one soul listens. #NYPDLIVESMATTER but no more than #BLACKLIVESMATTER or #HUMANLIVESMATTER –

During his public speech to give condolences to the families of the slain cops he said the following, which only fuels the fire and passion in me to fight for what is just and right. He said: Continue reading Outrage Over: Innocent People Being Killed by Cops orTwo Cops Shot in Brooklyn…

Black Business Owner Framed by Undercover Cop- It’s VITAL we Remember Black Wall Street and Make Sure This Stops, NOW.

In New York an undercover cop informant walked into a Black owned business and planted cocaine inside (crack, to be more specific). He then proceeded to photograph it, and in the end the innocent business owner was arrested. What the brilliant police informant didn’t know, thankfully, was the entire falsification and crime this informant committed had been captured by the security camera.

 Andrews’s lawyer can be heard narrating the shocking surveillance video.

“He comes in, places the crack on the counter. Crack, which under federal sentencing guidelines, would get him 4 years in jail. Under New York State law would get him 2 to 7 years in jail,” attorney Kevin Luibrand says in the video.

I don’t care if he had a smoke shop; and it makes no difference how the people may use the LEGAL items in his store- if a store sells rope and someone uses it to commit suicide, is that store owner responsible for the death? NO.

It enrages me the video mentions he had a “smoke shop” where you can buy smoking “devices” and things of the like. That’s not relevant. Not to mention, crack cocaine and marijuana are two MASSIVELY different things.

Let’s go back in time for a moment now… Note the similarities?

[ First…For those who would rather watch than read, below is a brilliant and tragic documentary… It is one everyone needs to see, I believe. If you’d like a shorter version, there is one at the end of this article.]

In 1921 there was a community known as Black Wall Street located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before I go on about that let me touch the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, on how horrifically hard life was for Blacks in America in the 1900s.

On the one hand, it’s great as slavery was now illegal by text (as it still is,,,by text); lynchings and horrific public killings went on as a normal and acceptable occurrence, and no one was exempt. Not women, not men…not even children. After slavery was made “illegal” one must realize it did not vanish overnight. It still hasn’t vanished today with our prison system but that’s another blog.

After slavery was put on the books as illegal, slavery did not vanish. The now former slaves either were not made aware of their new “freedom” or convinced to stay there- for they had no where else to go. The government didn’t give any aid or help in how to start a life of ones own, getting a job in a white world where you don’t know which white person is kind and which had the desire to lynch you would have paralyzed me with fear -as I am sure it did far too many. So many people continued to slave away because fear is strong and sometimes it is easier to do what you know than to break out into a new life. Especially if you’re afraid of those who used to be called your “master”.

Hell, if it wasn’t until the Supreme Court decision in 1967 that, in America a Black person and a white person could join hand in marriage legally, and yet still be harassed and attacked; imagine what it would have been like in the 1920s? If a white person even accused a Black man of looking at a white woman, he could/would likely be killed.

Black Wall Street goes back further than 1920, I encourage you all to either read about it or watch the video below; for though it is a tragic, tragic truth that we can see starting to happen again in America; it also has a wonderfully positive aspect to it. Their pride, hard work, sense of community and self empowerment is inspiring. We need that now.

But, for the purpose of this blog I will stay in the 1920s…

During a time of great struggle in America over something as pointless as color and race, there was a place called Black Wall Street. Located in Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Black Wall Street was one of the most wealthiest and prominent Black communities in early 20th Century America. With a prosperous and healthy population of approximately 10,000 people in the Greenwood area of Tulsa, it was home not only to well off families, but also being the home to several multimillionaire businessmen, black businessmen.

Black Wall Street was called many derogatory names by whites. During what we now call the The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, bombs, death and mass destruction caused the collapse of this thriving area. The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 successfully demolished this thriving business community. It can easily be called one of the most devastating racial riots in history.

There are government records that make it clear they do not want the Black community to flourish. Look into the FBI files back during Hoover’s days. As I always say- we need to wake up, look at history and realize it could and is happening again but in a more subtle way.

The amazing Nelson Mandela said he didn’t fear those who were honest about their racism and hate; but rather those who kept it hidden for they are the most dangerous.

We need to remember that… Mandela is a soul whose judgment I know I feel is easy to trust. We must be smart and unify -everyone- against the real problem. If you don’t see the signs of something horrific coming (well, even more horrible than now) you truly should rethink your views…

Don’t let Black Wall Street happen again….. If you would like to get involved, activists have posted the following information on who to call and talk to about this matter- flood their phones. Let them know we will not tolerate this! We can’t.

A great point was made that, had he not had cameras, he would STILL be in JAIL…

Shorter Version of Black Wall Street –

84 Yr Old Man Viciously Beaten for Jaywalking and Not Speaking English in NYC…

This story is all over the news, as it should be, however I can’t stress enough that this is sadly not the first 84-year-old man to be beaten by the police over nothing. However, I’ll keep this post focused, for once.

On the Upper East Side in NYC Kang Wong, 84, jaywalked across an intersection. Who does he think he is!? (Sarcasm.) According to witness reports, the man apparently struggled to understand -or perhaps didn’t understand at all- the cops demands to stop. I’d like to take this opportunity to say, Mr. Wong apparently does not speak English. Which is all well and good but not when the cops are involved; they don’t care if you are mentally ill, mentally disabled, blind, deaf (scroll through my posts)… to them, you are fair game.

NYC is my home, I’ve jaywalked, who hasn’t? We live Continue reading 84 Yr Old Man Viciously Beaten for Jaywalking and Not Speaking English in NYC…

Attention #Newark , NJ & #NYC ! Let’s End the Violence – Events

If you are in the Newark, NJ or NYC area, please check this out- If not, please spread the word. Though NYC is my home, I lived in Newark for a few years and the killing is, I believe, even more horrific there. A teacher spoke in an article today about how many of his students had been murdered… No one cares… It’s time to start caring. Please share this! newark and nyc

Let’s Ensure Bloomberg Hears From Us, NYC, re: Community Safety Act

With the below, let’s make sure Bloomberg hears from ALL of us, the people of New York City. Those of us who don’t have protection, money and the, “power” he does. –

Council Members Call for Bloomberg to Listen to New Yorkers on NYPD Bills

Letter requests same “opportunity for public comment” that mayor usually holds before deciding to sign or veto legislation
July 18, 2013
Alex Moore (CM Lander), amoore@council.nyc.gov, 718-499-1090; Stefan Ringel (CM Williams), sringel@council.nyc.gov, 917-608-8784
NEW YORK, NY

Today, Council Members Jumaane D. Williams, Brad Lander, Robert Jackson, Fernando Cabrera, Rosie Mendez, and Melissa Mark-Viverito called on Mayor Bloomberg to hold a hearing for public comment on the recently passed Community Safety Act. The Council Members highlighted the importance of a public hearing, particularly in light of recent nationwide discussions and protests focused on the need to ban profiling.

It has been common practice under the Bloomberg administration to hold such hearings, so that New Yorkers can speak directly to the mayor about their support or opposition to legislation.

“Too often in debates like these, policymakers from some of the city’s wealthier and safer neighborhoods decide what is best for low-income communities and communities of color without actually listening to the members of those communities.
We hope you will allow New Yorkers to give you their thoughts directly, for or against the legislation, before you decide whether to sign or veto it.”

The Community Safety Act passed the City Council in June by a supermajority, following extensive hearings before the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Oversight and Investigations Committees. The bill was improved by input from elected officials, law enforcement, and other members of the public.

Passage of the legislation marks the culmination of years of advocacy and community organizing by New York’s civil rights movement, including 2012 march, in which tens of thousands of New Yorkers marched against the NYPD’s stop, question, and frisk policy.

The letter follows in full:

and this post, was originally found HERE.

Access to Plan B, Birth Control & Real Sex Ed is Vital

Ahhh New York City, can’t even begin to say how proud I am of my home city right now. So inspired to see this. =) and Ahhh Bloomberg, how I can’t stand you.

Many have turned to the morning after pill known as Plan B when the undesired and unexpected happens; there is no shame in that; in regards to teenagers especially. With lack of proper and clear communication with teens regarding sexuality, both from parent(s) and in schools, to me it’s very obvious why we have so many pregnant children/teenagers…Why we have so many Brenda’s.

(Video below. Rap today may mostly be nonsense…but Tupac has a message, this one based on a true story of a young teenage mother and her baby… It’s a video all people; parents, teens, pro-abortion, pro-choice and anti’s alike should watch and think about… I am not suggesting this is the case always, by any means, but I am saying this is a reality. A hard one, maybe not one that is exactly like the sad truth the song and video show; but the dynamics of the life and the reasons and fears and choices are very often in a very, very similar category. (My Opinion.)

“…she’s 12 years old, and she’s having a baby…”

It makes me so happy to see it is (and has been for awhile) accessible to young women in high schools across New York City and a few other cities. NYC, I am so proud to say, has been offering a service to students for access to Plan B for even longer. Sure, there are some issues, but they could easily be smoothed out if people were willing to work together and put their “embarrassment” over a natural act aside.

Being real, not many teens feel comfortable talking to their parents about sex, either that or their parent(s) are not interested. Another sad reality is Continue reading Access to Plan B, Birth Control & Real Sex Ed is Vital

NYC Teacher, Felix Cross, Killed by Careless Officer

Prime example of what I'm talking about.
Prime example of what I’m talking about.

When cops commit a crime, what happens to them? What happens when they shoot unarmed men, women and teens; or if they bully anyone but especially a teen to suicide? What happens when they are driving drunk and have a wreck, killing someone’s wife or husband? What happens when a cop is texting or chatting away on the phone, hits someone and kills them?

Continue reading NYC Teacher, Felix Cross, Killed by Careless Officer

Mothers Cry For Justice- NYC! Mark Ya Calendar- May 10, 2013

If you are able please come out and let them know we, the people, are fed up with police killings and police attacking, beating, framing, targeting, harassing ETC our communities and that we want at least some hope for a fair trial against the cops killing adults, teenagers, CHILDREN.

“If we want change we have to fight for it. Ain’t nobody gonna give it to us, we just gonna have to take it.” — Tupac Shakur…. The man who changed and saved my life… Lives on forever in our hearts and through his music and words…..

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Homeless Man Sets Self on Fire in NYC Subway; When is Society Going to Develop a Heart?? There is A CRISIS Happening RIGHT NOW-

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The above man set himself on fire at the Bleeker street subway in NYC on Friday…  That alone breaks my heart. Was he trying to harm himself? Obviously, if you are in NYC you know it hasn’t been and is not warm by any means. Everyone should have access to shelter, their own home, no one should have to suffer in this cold. Yet I know they do, and they will continue to do so…especially with the current state of the world and governments. *sigh* So… Continue reading Homeless Man Sets Self on Fire in NYC Subway; When is Society Going to Develop a Heart?? There is A CRISIS Happening RIGHT NOW-