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October 2015

Rochelle Ballantyne!!

Bravo Young Lady! We acknowledge you!!!  

Rolling off the Bridge Award: Republican Presidential Candidate Chris “Against Black Lives Matter” Christie

Today’s rolling off the bridge award recipient for excellence in ignorance goes to non other than Republican presidential candidate, Chris Christie. Mr. Christie is currently Governor for the state of New Jersey and earlier this week, he made a few remarks regarding the “Black Lives Matter” movement that earned him a spot among many other […]

Justice for Corey Jones

The killing of a musician by a police officer has ignited familiar tensions in Florida, with family members questioning the officer’s actions as police contend the dead man had a handgun at the scene.

As with many other police-involved shootings that have sparked a national discussion about race and law enforcement tactics in the last year and a half, the details surrounding the killing of 31-year-old Corey Jones are murky.
Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times

Below is a letter my group Together We Stand is sending in hopes of getting answers. If you would like your name to be added to the letter please leave me a comment below. Thank you!

Mayor Jablin, Vice Mayor Levy and Police Cheif Stepp,

I am writing on behalf of Together We Stand, a group of citizens from across the United States dedicated to seeking civil rights and equality for all. 
We are writing to ask that a full independent investigation into the death of Corey Jones be conducted immediately. We believe it is not sufficient that the case be reviewed by the policing agency that is involved in this matter.
We are sure you are aware that the tensions between communities of color, particularly the African American Community, and police has risen to a palpable level. In order to begin to diffuse this situation, complete transparency on the part of the police is essential. We trust that you will do your part.
We certainly hope to see that you take this matter seriously and will take the proper steps to ensure a full and unbiased assessment and investigation occurs. We look forward to hearing from you.

Together We Stand,

Sevgi Fernandez 
Organizer of Together We Stand

Diverse World Coaching

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. ~Albert Einstein

A Blueprint for the Possible

This week in North Philly Notes, Bill V. Mullen, author of Un-American, writes about the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois.  Un-American was inspired by calls for social justice. In 2012, after the shooting death of Travyon Martin by George Zimmerman, a group of Chicago youth created the group “We Charge Genocide” to document police shootings of African-Americans in […]

The FBI’s Record Of Police Killings Does Not Include Tamir Rice Or Eric Garner

An ineffective system has left Tamir Rice and Eric Garner — two high-profile police brutality victims of the previous year — off the federal government’s official record of homicides by officers. In fact, out of 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States, 17,776 refused to provide such data

Confronting My Prejudices About People Like Me

This article discusses what many will not, personal bias. The author even goes one step further in examining her biases against her own people. It gives a clear and frightening look into how people of color can internalize the racism and oppression they’ve experienced and turn it on themselves and/or their peers. The messages portrayed in the media, school curriculum, and society as a whole are so negative and demeaning and pervasive that we as people of color often apply them to ourselves without even being aware.

I harbor prejudices about people like me: Black and living in the inner city. However, I wasn’t fully aware of it until one night I hobbled on to the number one subway train on Manhattan’s Upper West Side using my cane.

“I Feared For My Life:” Teen Tackled By D.C. Police Speaks Out, May File Civil Rights Lawsuit

The Washington D.C. college student who was chased, tackled, and injured by police gave the ironic explanation commonly used by officers in fatal shootings — the same valid declaration uttered by many in communities of color when encountering those sworn to protect them — he feared for his life.

The 2016 Democratic Party Debate’s Award Winning Racist Tweet

While there were plenty of racist tweets made during the Democratic Party Debate on Tuesday night, we’re going to have to point to former Arizona Republican Party chairman Randy Pullen as the winner…  At least from elected Republicans.  The voters themselves took the racism to another level and maybe we’ll cover that later. After the candidates […]

The silence over the Thabo Sefolosha trial is deafening … and mystifying

Our law enforcement system needs Law Enforcement!

THE GUARDIAN An NBA player whose leg was unjustifiably broken in a struggle with NYPD officers could barely crack the headlines in 2015. But it was far more important than the usual sports trivia On Friday, Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha was found not guiltyof disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and misdemeanor obstruction of a […]

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