Thursday, September 13, 2007
Judicial System must address Unequal Justice!!
The Unequal Justice that exists in Louisiana must be addressed by all parties in Louisiana authority.
The individuals running for election each, must give their stance on the judicial process. Elections are October 20, 2007. The people deserve a better nation and state to live in.
B. The commission and the Louisiana Commission on
17 Human Rights shall annually study data collected pursuant to this
18 Chapter, relating to hate crimes, as defined by R.S. 14:107.2,
19 occurring within the state. The results of the study shall be
20 published in the annual report to the governor and the members of
21 the legislature as required by R.S. 15:1204.2(B)(8).
22 Section 2. R.S. 14:107.2 is hereby enacted to read as follows:
23 §107.2. Hate crimes
24 R.S. 14:107.2 is all proposed new law.
25 A. It shall be unlawful for any person to select the victim of the
26 following offenses against person and property because of actual or
27 perceived race, age, gender, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual
orientation, national origin, or ancestry of that person . ....
Now that we understand, that the leaders of this society, don't give a tinkers about, those who are left out of the society. The governments judicial system does not allow for freedom of the masses, in fact it is designed to further enslave the masses.
Keeping America in the Dark
.Sharpton response to [Germany's] Prince Frederic von Anhalt Click the Title of this post and listen to von Anhalt's statement! Week of May 15, 2008 in America the great democracy gone awry, as the president panders to the shiekhs for relief!!
Legislation to beef up investigations into unsolved murders from the civil rights era looked like it would breeze through Congress. The House passed it 422-2 this summer. Its Senate sponsors included some of the most senior Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., right, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill with Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., in Washington in this Arpil 6, 2006 file photo. Coburn is blocking legislation to beef up investigations into unsolved murders from the civil rights era
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., right, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill with Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., in Washington in this Arpil 6, 2006 file photo. Coburn is blocking legislation to beef up investigations into unsolved murders from the civil rights era
But the bill has stalled since the House vote in June. Its supporters acknowledge that prospects are slim this year with just days left on the legislative calendar. The breakdown offers a case study in how even the most popular legislation can get caught up in Washington gridlock.
"The bill should have passed a long time ago," said Rita Bender, widow of Michael Schwerner, who was killed in Mississippi in 1964 along with fellow civil rights organizers Andrew Goodman and James Chaney. "Every indication is that if it were brought to the floor and voted on there would be enough votes to pass it."
The bill is named after Emmett Till, a black teenager who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a white woman. His killers were never convicted.[continued below-after the interrupt]
April 6 Interrupt-jl
The Last Wish of Martin Luther King
By TAYLOR BRANCH
Published: April 6, 2008
FORTY years ago on March 31, at the National Cathedral, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what would be his last Sunday sermon, on his way back to Memphis. That same night in 1968, President Johnson shocked the world by announcing that he would not seek re-election.
I was a senior in college. My mother was visiting four nights later when all conversation suddenly hushed in a busy restaurant. A waiter whispered that Dr. King had been shot.
Civil rights, Vietnam, Dr. King, Memphis — these are historic landmarks. Even so, this year is a watershed. Because Dr. King lived only 39 years, from now on, he will be gone longer than he lived among us. Two generations have come of age since Memphis.
This does not mean that our understanding is accurate or complete. A certain amount of gloss and mythology is inevitable for great figures, whether they be George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, Honest Abe splitting a rail or Dr. King preaching a dream of equal citizenship in 1963. Far beyond that, however, we have encased Dr. King and his era in pervasive myth, false to our heritage and dangerous to our future. We have distorted our entire political culture to avoid the lessons of Martin Luther King’s era.
He warned us himself. When he came to the pulpit that Sunday 40 years ago, Dr. King adapted one of his standard sermons, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution.” From the allegory of Rip Van Winkle, he told of a man who fell asleep before 1776 and awoke 20 years later in a world filled with strange customs and clothes, a whole new vocabulary, and a mystifying preoccupation with the commoner George Washington rather than King George III.
Dr. King pleaded for his audience not to sleep through the world’s continuing cries for freedom. When the ancient Hebrews achieved miraculous liberation from Egypt, many yearned to go back. Pharaoh’s familiar lash seemed better than the covenant delivered by Moses, and so the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness. It took 40 years to recover their bearings. Dr. King has been gone 40 years now, but we still sleep under Pharaoh. It is time to wake up.
Dr. King had been in Memphis marching in support of sanitation workers. Two of them, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, had been crushed in a mechanical malfunction; city rules forbade black employees to seek shelter from rain anywhere but in the back of their compressor trucks, with the garbage. But looting had broken out from Dr. King’s march, for the first time.
When he showed up in Washington that Sunday morning, he was scarcely the toast of the United States. Headlines in Memphis called him, “Chicken à la King,” with accusations that he had run from his own fight. The St. Louis Globe-Democrat called Dr. King “one of the most menacing men in America today,” and published a wild-eyed minstrel cartoon of him aiming a huge pistol from a cloud of gun smoke, with the caption, “I’m Not Firing It — I’m Only Pulling the Trigger.”
So Dr. King stood in the pulpit a marked man, scorned and rebuked, beset with inner conflicts. Yet as always, he lifted hope from the bottom of his soul. He urged the congregation to be alive and awake to great revolutions in progress. “I say to you that our goal is freedom,” he cried, “and I believe we’re going to get there because —however much she strays from it — the goal of America is freedom!”
We face daunting precedent in history. Our nation has slept for decades under the spell of myths grounded in race. I grew up being taught that the Civil War was about federalism, not slavery. My textbooks even used a religious term, the “redeemers,” to describe politicians who restored white supremacy with Ku Klux Klan terrorism late in the 19th century. Modern Hollywood was founded on the emotional power of that myth as portrayed in “The Birth of a Nation.” Progressive forces advocated racial hierarchy with a bogus science of eugenics.
More than once, the dominant culture has turned history upside down to make itself feel comfortable. And when a civil rights movement rose from the fringe of maids and sharecroppers, making it no longer respectable to defend racial segregation, wounded voices adapted again to curse government as the agent of general calamity. We have painted Dr. King’s era as a time of aimless, unbridled license, with hippies running amok.
The watchword of political discourse has degenerated from “movement” to “spin.” In Dr. King’s era, the word “movement” grew from a personal inspiration into leaps of faith, then from shared discovery and sacrifice into upward struggle, spawning kindred movements until great hosts from Selma to the Berlin Wall literally could feel the movement of history.
Now we have “spin” instead, suggesting that there is no real direction at stake from political debate, nor any consequence except for the players in a game. Such language embraces cynicism by reducing politics to entertainment.
Democratic balance has slept for 40 years, and we face a world like Rip Van Winkle run backward. We wake up blinking at Tiger Woods, Condoleezza Rice and Barack Obama, while our government demands arbitrary rule by secrecy, conquest and dungeons. King George III seems reborn.
Please resist any partisan connotation. Our problem is far too big for that. Indeed, I think the most pressing challenge for admirers of Dr. King is to recognize our own complicity in the stifling myths about civil rights history. Battered, long-suffering allies of Dr. King discarded him as a tired moderate long before the reactionary campaign to make the word “liberal” a kiss of death for candidates across the country. Similarly, forces called radical and militant turned against liberal governments for taking so long to respond to racial injustice, then for the Vietnam War. Only a convergence of the political left and right could cause such lasting erosion for the promise of free government itself.
Many of Dr. King’s closest comrades rejected his commitment to nonviolence. The civil rights movement created waves of history so long as it remained nonviolent, then stopped. Arguably, the most powerful tool for democratic reform was the first to become passé. It vanished among intellectuals, on campuses and in the streets. To this day, almost no one asks why.
We must reclaim the full range of blessings from his movement. For Dr. King, race was in most things, but defined nothing alone. His appeal was rooted in the larger context of nonviolence. His stated purpose was always to redeem the soul of America. He put one foot in the Constitution and the other in scripture. “We will win our freedom,” he said many times, “because the heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.” To see Dr. King and his colleagues as anything less than modern founders of democracy — even as racial healers and reconcilers — is to diminish them under the spell of myth.
Dr. King said the movement would liberate not only segregated black people but also the white South. Surely this is true. You never heard of the Sun Belt when the South was segregated. The movement spread prosperity in a region previously unfit even for professional sports teams. My mayor in Atlanta during the civil rights era, Ivan Allen Jr., said that as soon as the civil rights bill was signed in 1964, we built a baseball stadium on land we didn’t own, with money we didn’t have, for a team we hadn’t found, and quickly lured the Milwaukee Braves. Miami organized a football team called the Dolphins.
The movement also de-stigmatized white Southern politics, creating two-party competition. It opened doors for the disabled, and began to lift fear from homosexuals before the modern notion of “gay” was in use. Not for 2,000 years of rabbinic Judaism had there been much thought of female rabbis, but the first ordination took place soon after the movement shed its fresh light on the meaning of equal souls. Now we think nothing of female rabbis and cantors and, yes, female Episcopal priests and bishops, with their colleagues of every background. Parents now take for granted opportunities their children inherit from the Montgomery bus boycott.
It is both right and politic for all people, including millions who are benign or indifferent toward the civil rights movement, or churlish and resentful, to see that they, too, and their heirs, stand with us on the shoulders of Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer.
Dr. King showed most profoundly that in an interdependent world, lasting power grows against the grain of violence, not with it. Both the cold war and South African apartheid ended to the strains of “We Shall Overcome,” defying all preparations for Armageddon. The civil rights movement remains a model for new democracy, sadly neglected in its own birthplace. In Iraq today, we are stuck on the Vietnam model instead. There is no more salient or neglected field of study than the relationship between power and violence.
We recoil from nonviolence at our peril. Dr. King rightly saw it at the heart of democracy. Our nation is a great cathedral of votes — votes not only for Congress and for president, but also votes on Supreme Court decisions and on countless juries. Votes govern the boards of great corporations and tiny charities alike. Visibly and invisibly, everything runs on votes. And every vote is nothing but a piece of nonviolence.
SO what should we do, now that 40 years have passed? How do we restore our political culture from spin to movement, from muddle to purpose? We must take leaps, ask questions, study nonviolence, reclaim our history.
What Dr. King prescribed in his last Sunday sermon begins with the story of Lazarus and Dives, from the 16th chapter of Luke. Told entirely from the mouth of Jesus, it is a story starring Abraham the patriarch of Judaism, set in the afterlife. There’s nothing else like it in the Bible.
Dr. King loved this parable as the text for a fabled 1949 sermon by Vernon Johns, his predecessor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery. Lazarus was a lame beggar who once pleaded unnoticed outside the sumptuous gates of a rich man called Dives. They both died, and Dives looked from torment to see Lazarus the beggar secure in the bosom of Abraham. The remainder of the parable is an argument between Abraham and Dives, calling back and forth from heaven to hell.
Dives first asked Abraham to “send Lazarus” with water to cool his burning lips. But Abraham said there was a “great chasm” fixed between them, which could never be crossed. In his sermon, Dr. Johns drew a connection between the chasm and segregation.
But according to Dr. Johns, Dives wasn’t in hell because he was rich. He wasn’t anywhere near as rich as Abraham, one of the wealthiest men in antiquity, who was there in heaven. Nor was Dives in hell because he had failed to send alms to Lazarus. He was there because he never recognized Lazarus as a fellow human being. Even faced with everlasting verdict, he spoke only with Abraham and looked past the beggar, treating him still as a servant in the third person — “send Lazarus.”
Dr. King’s sermons drew more layers of meaning from this parable. He said we must accept the suffering rich man as no ordinary, nasty sinner. When refused water for himself, he worried immediately about his five brothers. Dives asked Abraham again to send Lazarus, this time as a messenger to warn the brothers about their sin. Tell them to be nice to beggars outside the wall. Do something, please, so they don’t wind up here like me.
Dr. King said Dives was a liberal. Despite his own fate, he wanted to help others. Abraham rebuffed this request, too, telling Dives that his brothers already had ample warning in Torah law and the books of the Hebrew prophets. Still Dives persisted, saying no, Abraham, you don’t understand — if the brothers saw someone actually rise from the dead and warn them, then they would understand.
Jesus quotes Abraham saying no. If the brothers do not accept the core teaching of the Torah and the prophets, they won’t believe even a messenger risen from the dead. Dr. King said this parable from Jesus burns up differences between Judaism and Christianity. The lesson beneath any theology is that we must act toward all creation in the spirit of equal souls and equal votes. The alternative is hell, which Dr. King sometimes defined as the pain we inflict on ourselves by refusing God’s grace.
Dr. King then went back to Memphis to stand with the downtrodden workers, with the families of Echol Cole and Robert Walker. You may have seen the placards from the sanitation strike, which read “I Am a Man,” meaning not a piece of garbage to be crushed and ignored. For Dr. King, to answer was a patriotic and prophetic calling. He challenges everyone to find a Lazarus somewhere, from our teeming prisons to the bleeding earth. That quest in common becomes the spark of social movements, and is therefore the engine of hope.
END INTERUPT - [Dr. King's death was an assassination! Conspired by the government and the ruling class of that era. Malcom X-Identified the Southern White Co-conspirators in the speech the labelled the "Ballot or the Bullet" - jl]-The legislation is held up to continue the cover-up.
The legislation would authorize $10 million annually over 10 years for the Justice Department to rejuvenate its prosecutions of pre-1970 civil rights murders. It calls for another $3.5 million annually for Justice to provide grants and other help to local law enforcement agencies.
The man most responsible for obstructing the measure is Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican. Coburn says he supports the cause but feels the FBI can pursue the cases with existing resources.
A spending hawk, Coburn has put a hold on the legislation and dozens of other bills that would increase the federal budget without offsetting costs elsewhere.
"It's absolutely outrageous that one senator and one senator only appears to be blocking us from passing this piece of legislation," said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Of course, Coburn alone can't stop the bill. He can only hold it up by forcing time-consuming debate and registering his opposition.
If the measure is so important, he asks, why not bring it to the floor?
So far, Senate leaders have declined to do that. The process could eat up several days and require a series of votes on procedural motions. It also could open the measure to amendments that could weaken the bill.
Senate Democrats say Coburn is blocking about 90 bills, and working around him on all of them would take months — leaving little room for other work.
Coburn's spokesman, John Hart, acknowledged that Coburn would try to amend the Emmett Till bill by cutting its cost. But if his efforts failed, Hart said, Coburn would simply vote against the bill and let it go.
Hart said no one — including the bill's Senate sponsor, Chris Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat who is running for president — has personally approached Coburn about a compromise for floor debate.
"It doesn't make sense for the majority leader to blame a freshman Republican for scheduling problems," Hart said. "(Coburn's) intent is not to tie up the Senate for days on this."
Democrats dismissed the suggestion that they haven't made the bill a priority. Dodd's office insisted that he tried to bring it up three times, only to be thwarted by Coburn.
Dodd's spokeswoman, Justine Sessions, said the bill is "critically important" to the senator and he will "hit the ground running" to pass it early next year if it doesn't pass before Congress adjourns this month.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Noose Displays must Go!!
Feb 12, 4:53 PM EST
Bush calls noose displays 'deeply offensive
By DEB RIECHMANN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Tuesday that recent displays of nooses are disturbing and indicate that some Americans may be losing sight of the suffering that blacks have endured across the nation.
"The era of rampant lynching is a shameful chapter in American history," Bush said at a black history month event at the White House, which began with serious comments about prejudice and ended with music performed by The Temptations.
"The noose is not a symbol of prairie justice, but of gross injustice," the president said. "Displaying one is not a harmless prank. Lynching is not a word to be mentioned in jest."
As a civil society, Americans should agree that noose displays and lynching jokes are "deeply offensive," Bush said.
"They are wrong," the president said, referring to such displays and jokes. "And they have no place in America today."
For decades, the noose was a symbolic part of a campaign of violence, fear and intimidation against blacks, the president said. Sometimes, he added, it was orchestrated by the law enforcement officers charged with protecting them. Bush also said the noose was a tool for intimidation and killing that conveyed a sense of powerlessness to millions of blacks throughout the country.
"Fathers were dragged from their homes in the dark of night before the eyes of their terrified children," he said. "Summary executions were held by torchlight in front of hateful crowds. In many cases, law enforcement officers responsible for protecting the victims were complicit in their deaths."
The Justice Department says it is actively investigating a number of noose incidents at schools, work places and neighborhoods around the country.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who was at the White House, said he was pleased that Bush addressed the issue.
Sharpton helped organize a massive rally in September in Jena, La., to protest what marchers believed to be the unfair treatment of six black students charged with beating a white student at Jena High School. The beating came months after three other white students were suspended, but not criminally charged, for hanging nooses in a tree at the school.
"I am encouraged that the president addressed the issue that caused me to bring 30,000 marchers to Jena, Louisiana, in September and 50,000 marchers in front of the U.S. Department of Justice on November 16th," Sharpton said. He said he hoped the president has discussed specific legislation to address the rising tide of hate crimes and increasing displays of nooses.
The FBI reported in November that hate-crime incidents in the United States rose in 2006 by nearly 8 percent. Police across the nation reported 7,722 criminal incidents in 2006 targeting victims or property as a result of bias against a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin or physical or mental disability. That was up 7.8 percent from the 7,163 incidents reported in 2005.
At the event, Bush honored Rep. John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat who was a leader of the civil rights movement and organized freedom rides, sit-ins and voter registration drives; and William Coleman, the first black American to be a clerk on the U.S. Supreme Court and who served as President Ford's transportation secretary. Coleman thus was the first black to hold a Cabinet post in a Republican administration.
Bush also recognized Ernest Green, one of the nine black students in Little Rock, Ark., who were escorted into the city's all-white Central High School following the historic Brown vs. Board of Education of the mid 1950s, and Otis Williams, a leader of the "The Temptations."
After the president's remarks, his podium was replaced with five microphones and the members of the group, sporting gray suits trimmed in black, got the packed East Room clapping in time to their music. By the end of the eighth tune, "My Girl," the group had the audience standing and singing along.
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Thursday, January 3, 2008
Make Up Your Mind:Where will you be January 21, 2008
"We have found no security or justice:we must speak to Hagar's children!"
January 6, 2008 1400 hours
Barker Parents denounce Barrett! Jena will become Ground Zero for HATE!!!
1524 hours January 6 2008
Jan 5, 6:59 PM EST
Another telephone conference scheduled Monday
JENA, La. (AP) -- There is no settlement between Jena and a white separatist group that wants to march through town on Martin Luther King Day, but another conference is scheduled Monday, attorneys say.
Richard Barrett, an attorney for the Nationalist Movement, Walter E. Dorroh Jr., who represents the town, and U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell conferred by telephone on Friday.
"The settlement talks did not work out. And there is a settlement conference on Monday that covers several issues," Dorroh said Saturday evening.
He did not comment on Barrett's statement that town attorneys asked to have the case postponed from 1:30 p.m. Tuesday the following Tuesday - six days before the Monday holiday.
"We don't want a continuance, but as a courtesy when one side asks for a continuance, the judge will usually give it to them and the other side goes along with it," Barrett said Friday.
The Nationalists plan a "Jena Justice Day" rally in response to the thousands who rallied Sept. 20, supporting six black teens who have become known as the "Jena Six," who were initially charged with attempted murder of a white student who was attacked at Jena High. All charges have since been reduced to aggravated second-degree battery or second-degree battery.
The Nationalists want rulings that the town cannot impose a $10,000 bond, ask them not to bring firearms, change the parade route by one block, or require a "hold-harmless" clause exempting the town from liability.
The Nationalists say those rules governing public demonstrations are invalid and unconstitutionally over-broad.
© 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
Jena event may occur as planned
Louisiana Gannett News
A favorable ruling by a federal judge could mean the Nationalist Movement can hold its "Jena Justice Day" rally and march without the town of Jena's proposed revisions, attorneys say.
The Nationalist Movement, a group that describes itself as "pro-majority" but is widely reported to be a white supremacy organization, will be in Alexandria's federal court on Tuesday along with representatives from the town of Jena for a hearing regarding a temporary restraining order.
The Nationalists allege the town's ordinance requiring a $10,000 bond along with the parade route change and ban on firearms are unconstitutional.
"I don't believe in having a price tag for constitutional rights," said Gregory Aymond, the local attorney for the group based out of Learned, Miss.
Aymond, who has admitted past membership in the Ku Klux Klan, said he doesn't share the Nationalists' racial views but does support their rights of freedom of assembly, speech and expression and their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.
Richard Barrett, an attorney and member of the Nationalist Movement, said Aymond's past had nothing to do with his selection as the group's attorney. Barrett said he called more than a dozen attorneys seeking local counsel but that all were unwilling to "become involved in the controversy."
A few of the attorneys recommended Aymond, he said, saying he was an "eclectic" person.
The proposed rally
"Jena Justice Day" is planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, partly to protest celebration of the civil rights leader's birthday, Barrett said, and also in response to the thousands who rallied in Jena on Sept. 20 in support of the "Jena Six."
The town's ordinance requiring proof of a $10,000 bond for possible damage is the main problem for Aymond, said Barrett.
The two attorneys said they tried to get a bond from several bonding agents but were refused.
"Whether or not we agree with the Nationalist Movement's statements or not, we do agree with their right to express (those views) and say them publicly," Aymond said.
'Willful and reckless conduct'
"I'm surprised that the town and the mayor have not dropped their objections (to the event) because the law is so clear, and the expense for the town and the mayor are potentially considerable," Aymond said.
In the past, the group has sought only court costs and attorney's fees, but in this case the Nationalists may seek additional relief in the form of punitive damages, Barrett said.
"When you are dealing with settled law, law in effect for over 15 years, that could be considered willful and reckless conduct by the town and the mayor," Barrett said, speaking of the town sticking to its ordinance.
Barrett has been down this road before and won, he said. He fought similar cases against Morris County, N.J., and York, Pa., and York currently is paying the organization about $100,000, Barrett said.
If the judge rules in Barrett's favor, the event will go on as planned, he said.
And if the ruling goes another way or is delayed with an appeal, the rally at the courthouse will go on without question, as the only issues in question are the bond required for the parade, the parade route itself and banning firearms, Barrett said.
Walter Dorroh, attorney for Jena Mayor Murphy McMillin and the town, declined to say much about the case pending the hearing.
"We're going to comply with the law," he said.
Jena will become Ground Zero for HATE!!!
Sharpton Leads Protest in Shooting Case
Barker Parents denounce Barrett!
The Real Nationalist Deal: Government sponsored terrorism!!-Barrett wants approval from the courts to bring firearms!!
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Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Louisiana Statewide Civil Rights Conference & Forum:NE La. Symposium planned
Louisiana Statewide Civil Rights Conference & Forum
Bishop J L George
special assisting liaison
The Louisiana Statewide Civil Rights Conference & Forum met in October of 2007 at Bethel AME Church in Alexandria, Louisiana. This is a report of its findings as to the status of the civil rights apparatus in the state of Louisiana.
1.) - There is not a continuity of involvement from all areas of organized
Solute: Advocacy Training.
2.) - The legal community is very slow in accepting certain prima fasci cases
involving the government of the state, where breeches of the law are
Solute: Self-supported Civil Law Suits filed by the victims of family
of person so victimized.
3.) - The appearances are such that, it may be that the judiciary, the prose-
cution & the defense are basicly colluded in the mass imprisonment of
all parties, across racial lines, and gender; but specifically so amongst
black males & black male youth categorically! A genocide is in place.
Solute: Civil Suits against known party(s). State Legislative hearings.
4.) - The federal government, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the State
Police of Louisiana, the Louisiana Supreme Court et al; have abandoned
the poor to fend for themselves in a untra-conservative, neocon eviron-
ment of fascist, nazi-ist white supremacist controlled society. Case
in point the McZeal-noose incident in Ruston, Louisiana; where the
government flipped the accusation against the victim-McZeal, in which
the FBI accused McZeal of planting the Noose in his locker himself. The
FBI agents in charge were out of Monroe. Mr. McZeal, along with his
mother & others turned himself in, in late November to be charged with
theft over 500 dollars: in which such, he was given at the early Novem-
ber interrogation the opportunity to confess, that he planted the noose
in his work locker himself.
Solute: Congressional Investigations
*WHO THEN NOW WOULD WANT TO TALK WITH FBI ABOUT ANY CONCERN OF A PERSON ABOUT HATE CRIMES, IF; YOU ARE A BLACK MALE!!
5.)- The Louisiana State Penal System is a serious problem that must be
addressed immediately. Inmates are being beaten, left to die in the
case of Lawrence Cole of Calcasieu parish;- in the case of Greg
"Lil Greg" Wilkins in North-central Louisiana was, now sick from
food poisoning that led to seizures. Lawrence Cole died of seizures,
in an aneursym, that killed him! The incident occurred January 27th 2007,
in Calcasieu Parish Prison.
*Michael Jarvis Cobb remains in Angola State Penitentiary.
Solute: State Legislative Hearings in to the Penal System.
6.)- Lekeithen Shondell Harris of Glenmora represents the quintessential
problem with the so-called criminal justice system. In 2004 an attorney
"entered into an alledged stipulation with the prosecution in this case,
and the alledged stipulation apparently had the affect of waiving some
his rights, as provided for in the code of criminal procedure and/or the
criminal code itself, . . ..."
This deceitful act is in play all over the state of Louisiana. The
Louisiana Supreme Court, evidently is aware of it. The Office of
Disciplinary Counsel is the entity to curtail such actions.
This defect was in the Mychal Bell Case, in the 28th Judicial District
is possibly ongoing in the Michael Newton Jr., case of Coushatta and was
apparently practiced in the Michael Jarvis Cobb case of Pointe
Coupee's 18th Judicial District.
Solute:- Legislative Hearings pursued by the Louisiana Legislative
Black Caucus, Katrina Jackson - Executive Director; State
Legislator Juan LaFonta - Chairman
*A bill sponsored by a legislator in the Governor-elects upcoming
Special Session on Ethics.
7.)- Statewide will pursue a new cabinet level position enacted in to law, to
specificly handle Judicial Oversight from the Executive Branch. In parti-
cular, Ville Platte, Louisiana has received the purview of the US
Attorney. News accounts relate that, DoJ's CRS, will become involved.
1LaJustice is in Ville Platte, with the Laurence Wilson sentencing on
8 (eight) rapes for 35 years. A Pastor's son was shot in the face,
murdered; as the assailant pleaded down to 25 years. The Pastor's
sons murder is black on black. The 8 rape case in black on white and
*The disparity is such that no one can deny the absolute. The Jena
situation continues with the arrest of juvenile Justin Purvis, the
boy who originally asked the question of sitting under the tree.
A 9 (nine) year old boy was brow beat, to the point of mentioning
Justin Purvis' name. There is a connect to the Jena Six
*This is the* December 30th final Draft of the findings of the Louisiana Statewide Civil Rights Conference & Forum - Bishop J L George Founder -&- Khalid al-Sharif special assisting liaison for global affairs & Deputy Adjutant of One Louisiana Justice.
Queriza Lewis Convicted as Habitual Offender in Crack Case in the infamously unjust Louisiana Courts! In addition, threats have been made against his life in the notorious Angola State Penitentiary. Mr. Lewis's Mother & family are extremely aware of the disparities in the judicial process, as is the family of Michael Cobb of New Roads & the family of Michael Newton, Jr., of Coushatta. The Spears family of Bunkie, Louisiana are also aware of the desparities of the so-called, "Justice System". All of these individuals & families are held captive by a corrupt process.
CRACK VS. POWDER COCAINE ANALYZED:Disparity central
By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press Writer
Tue Dec 25, 2:33 AM ET
BOSTON - During some of the bloodiest years of the drug wars of the 1980s, crack was seen as far more dangerous than powdered cocaine, and that perception was written into the sentencing laws. But now that notion is under attack like never before.
Criminologists, doctors and other experts say the differences between the two forms of the drug were largely exaggerated and do not justify the way the law comes down 100 times harder on crack.
A push to shrink the disparity in punishments got a boost last month when reduced federal sentencing guidelines went into effect for crack offenses. Then, earlier this month, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which sets guidelines for federal cases, voted to make the reductions retroactive, allowing some 19,500 inmates, mostly black, to seek reductions in their crack sentences.
Many think the changes are long overdue.
Crack, because it is smoked and gets into the bloodstream faster than snorted cocaine, produces a more intense high and is generally considered more addictive than powdered cocaine.
But experts say that difference does not warrant the 100-to-1 disparity that was written into a 1986 law that set a mandatory minimum prison term of five years for trafficking in 5 grams of crack, or less than the amount in two packets of sugar. It would take 100 times as much cocaine to get the same sentence.
"There's no scientific justification to support the current laws," said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Many defense lawyers and civil rights advocates say the lopsided perception of crack versus cocaine is rooted in racism. Four out of every five crack defendants are black, while most powdered-cocaine defendants are white.
While powdered cocaine became the drug of choice for middle- and upper-income Americans in the 1970s, crack emerged in the early 1980s as a much cheaper version of the same drug.
In the mid-1980s, powdered cocaine was typically sold by the half-gram or gram for $50 to $100, while crack was sold as small rocks that cost as little as $5 to $10. Crack became popular in poor, largely minority urban areas, and it developed an image as a drug used mostly by violent, inner-city youths.
"You had politicians manipulating fear, and instead of being seen as a more direct mode of ingestion of a very old drug, it became a demonic new substance," said Craig Reinarman, a sociology and legal-studies professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz who edited the 1997 book "Crack in America: Demon Drugs and Social Justice" about the rise of crack in the 1980s.
When crack first became popular, there was an increase in murders and other crimes associated with the drug. But the bloodshed was not necessarily the result of something inherent in crack.
Instead, most of that violence was typical for what happens when any illegal drug is introduced and drug dealers with guns compete for new markets, said Dr. Alfred Blumstein, a professor of urban systems and operations research at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Although there was already a great deal of concern about crack by 1986, the death of basketball star Len Bias in June of that year is seen as the pivotal event that spurred Congress to enact the much tougher sentences for crack offenses.
Bias was a star at the University of Maryland and had just been drafted by the Boston Celtics when he died. Initial news reports incorrectly said Bias died after using crack. It wasn't until months later that one of Bias' teammates testified that he had actually snorted cocaine the night be died.
By that time, the harsh penalties for crack crimes had already been passed by Congress, with a push from House Speaker Tip O'Neill of Massachusetts, whose Celtic-fan constituents were up in arms about Bias' death.
"Len Bias' death symbolized just how terrible this drug was," said Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, a criminal justice research and advocacy group based in Washington. "Here you had this promising young man on the verge of a very great basketball career and his life is taken away by the evils of crack cocaine."
The crack scare was also fueled by medical professionals who worried that pregnant women who used the drug would give birth to a generation of babies with severe neurological damage. But the "crack babies" theory has been largely debunked.
Dr. Harolyn Belcher, an associate professor of pediatrics at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, said there is no evidence that crack is biologically more harmful than powdered cocaine to the fetus or developing child.
"If I had a well-to-do family whose wife was at home snorting coke versus someone who is a mother who is out on the street using crack, the babies would look very similar," Belcher said.
Belcher said children who were exposed to crack or powdered cocaine in the uterus may be at slightly higher risks for language delays and attention deficits, but she said recent studies have shown that alcohol is far more devastating to the fetus.
John Steer, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, said the commission first said in 1995 that the disparate punishments for crack and powdered cocaine defendants were not justified.
"The bottom-line conclusion is that for punishment purposes, they should be treated much more similarly than they are now. That's based upon the fact that in the real world, they are not as different overall as was initially thought," Steer said.
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Iberia matter should be settled in court
June 27, 2008
The Rev. Raymond Brown, president of the New Orleans chapter of the National Action Network, again is injecting himself into a matter in Iberia Parish best left to the courts. Brown, who has been identified as a leading member of the New Black Panther Party, is speaking out in support of Rickey Paul, who was charged with accessory after the fact in the murder of New Iberia businessman Sydney Long Jr.
Brown has invited the Rev. Al Sharpton to make an appearance in New Iberia later this summer in support of Paul.
We have been disturbed by Brown's rhetoric in a previous case. In 2006, he condemned the use of C-S gas to disperse a crowd of black people after the New Iberia sugar cane festival. This is the statement he issued at that time:
"If he (Iberia Parish Sheriff Sid Hebert) fails to correct the wrong that he did and we hear of any more black people, or white people, being gassed, the Black Panther Party is coming here. I challenge these deputies. If you want a real confrontation, call the Black Panther Party. We know how to use weapons of warfare. You can call that inciting a riot all you want, but I know the definition of self-defense."
We do call that inciting a riot - an irresponsible effort to steer citizens away from the concept of America as a nation of laws and position it as a nation of men - of armed men.
The controversy over charges against Paul is even more inflammatory. If Sharpton accepts Brown's invitation, he will focus the national spotlight on New Iberia, and - if only by implication - will damage the community by painting it as racist.
Brown contends that Paul had nothing to do with the murder of Long. He was, according to Brown, simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Police believe Paul helped Easton Francisco and Akeem Evans flee the area after they allegedly shot and killed Long in his Center Street store. The accuracy of the police claims must be judged by a jury of Paul's peers.
Brown contends that Long's daughter, Melissa Long, has made race an issue. "Because the deceased man was white, they have to turn this thing into a race issue. ... She's using race and saying I'm only out to create racial division in New Iberia, and that's not the truth."
Long says she has never made race an issue and does not plan to do so.
We are making no judgment in the case, nor should Brown. Hopefully, Sharpton will not inject himself into the matter, but will allow the legal system to work. We are content that an informed jury will issue a just verdict.
Toon: Brown not with NAN
BY STEPHEN HEMELT
THE DAILY IBERIAN
Published/Last Modified on Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:15 PM CDT
National Action Network National Field Director the Rev. DeVes Toon said Wednesday the Rev. Raymond Brown is not affiliated with the National Action Network, and the Rev. Al Sharpton has no current plans to be in New Iberia this summer.
Brown has maintained in multiple Acadiana publications this week that he is affiliated with the National Action Network and that Sharpton would pass through New Iberia July 22 in response to charges filed against Rickey Paul, 20, of New Iberia.
Brown has been a vocal supporter of Paul, who is charged with accessory to first-degree murder in relation to the May 9 shooting death of New Iberia pawn and gun shop owner Sidney Long Jr. Brown was in New Iberia Monday when Paul’s arraignment was delayed because Paul did not have a lawyer present. Brown told The Daily Iberian Wednesday morning he was president of the National Action Network’s Louisiana chapter. However, Toon said later in the day that the National Action Network’s chapter leaders are clearly marked on the network’s Web site, www.nationalactionnetwork.net, which lists Louisiana as not having a chapter.
When asked about the irregularity later Wednesday, Brown said he was the New Orleans president and that Louisiana did not have a chapter. He said he was in the middle of an internal fight with Toon and that is why the national field director was discrediting him.
Brown went on to say the executive director of the National Action Network could confirm his standing with the civil rights organization. Brown could only say the man’s name was “Charlie” and he did not know a last name.
When contacted Wednesday afternoon, a woman who answered the phone at the National Action Network in Harlem, New York said Toon, as national field director, was the organization’s top voice for area chapter leaders.
Toon reiterated to The Dally Iberian in a second interview Wednesday that Brown was not affiliated with the organization, which is why his name is not located anywhere on its Web site. Toon dismissed Brown’s notion he was discrediting him because of a personal conflict.
“I am the national field director,” Toon said. “Did you see Raymond Brown mentioned on our Web site? No. That is the reason why you didn’t see it there.”
Wednesday’s revelations serve to discredit Brown, who has been in New Iberia several times this year, making speeches centered on Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office brutality and the poor treatment of Paul.
Paul was arrested early last month, along with 17-year-old Akeem Evans and 21-year-old Eaton Francisco, both of New Iberia. Evans and Francisco are charged with first-degree murder.
Evans faces additional charges of simple escape, simple criminal damage to property and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling after he briefly escaped custody for a few hours following his initial arrest. Evans and Francisco remain in custody without bond. Paul was released when he posted $10,000 bond.
Civil-rights advocate may visit New Iberia
Sharpton asked to lend support to driver linked to killing
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The Rev. Al Sharpton could make an appearance in New Iberia later this summer to lend support to one of three suspects charged in connection with the May murder of a popular pawn shop owner.
The Rev. Raymond Brown, president of the New Orleans chapter of the National Action Network, is already speaking out in support of 20-year-old Rickey Paul, who was charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
Police have accused Paul of helping Easton Francisco and Akeem Evans flee the area after the two allegedly shot and killed Sidney Long Jr. in his Center Street store. He was released last month on a $10,000 bond, outraging Long's family.
Brown was in New Iberia on Monday to support Paul during his first court appearance. According to published reports, Paul did not have an attorney with him and the hearing was postponed until July 22.
Brown said he believes Paul was simply caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"Mr. Paul didn't do anything wrong at all. I don't really think he knew about the crime until the police asked him about it," he said. "He had nothing to do with it."
Brown said that Long's daughter, Melissa Long, has made race an issue in the case, but said he is simply standing up for a young man's rights.
"Because the deceased man was white, they have to turn this thing into a race issue. They're saying that if it was a white guy who had killed a black man, I wouldn't be here," Brown said. "That's not the truth. She's using race and saying I'm only out to create racial division in New Iberia, and that's not the truth."
But Long said she has never made race an issue in the case and does not plan to do so.
"This is not about race. I have never made a racial statement in regard to who murdered my father," Long said. "I'll stick to my original statement that the shooter and the driver had every opportunity to get jobs, earn a living and pay for what they wanted. Instead, they chose murder. There's nothing racist about this."
Brown said Sharpton is scheduled to attend the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in New Orleans in late July, and he is working on having Sharpton visit New Iberia around that time.
"We're working on it," Brown said. "As his chapter president, I would ask him to visit New Iberia. There's nothing finalized, but I don't think he would have a problem with it. We'll have to see."
Despite the matter, New Iberia Mayor Hilda Curry said she isn't worried about racial tensions brewing in the community. Many people of all races have spoken to her about the crime rate in the community in recent months, and several black community members have arranged for public prayer services beginning Thursday.
"These are going to be nondenominational services, just to try to bring the community together as a whole to pray for safety in our community," Curry said. "It's a community that's concerned. It's not black or white."
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