Can’t you see that the God of justice is whipping the hell out of America with the storms, with floods, with hell, with hurricanes, with tornadoes; can’t you see that things are happening? The clouds of war are gathering. Trump is the right man in the right place in the White House for White people at the time of the end of their power to rule over us. He’s going to bring it on. – The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
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There are significant questions for the Milwaukee County Jail and its Sherriff’s Department about the death of Terrill Thomas, 38, an inmate found in his cell a year ago. The cause of death was “profound dehydration” after being deprived of water for seven straight days, the medical examiner said. Family and an outraged public agree that someone should be held legally accountable for the death of Mr. Thomas.
An inquest convened by the city’s prosecutor believes someone should be punished too. The jurors came back May 1 with a recommendation that some county jail workers face charges.
The jury has recommended criminal charges against seven Milwaukee County jail staffers. The jury’s recommendation followed a six-day inquest that included testimony from jail staff and evidence from county prosecutors. The jury found probable cause to believe the staffers committed the crime of abuse of a resident of a penal facility in the death of Mr. Thomas.
They recommended charges against two jail supervisors and five correctional officers.
It’s up to prosecutors whether to file charges.
The inquest highlighted errors surrounding Mr. Thomas’ death, including the failure to log that his water had been turned off.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke oversees the jail, but the inquest did not target him.
A guard intentionally turned off the water in an isolation cell because Mr. Thomas had flooded a previous cell, according to officials. A jail supervisor insists she only ordered that water to the toilet in the cell be turned off to prevent any flooding.
The jurors recommended charges against two jail supervisors, Nancy Evans and Kashka Meadors, and five officers: James Ramsey-Guy, JorDon Johnson, Thomas Laine, Dominique Smith and John Weber.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said he had no timeline to decide, and that he could charge more people—or fewer.
The jury returned its recommendation just a few hours after morning testimony that the sheriff’s office continued using water deprivation as a form of punishment even after Mr. Thomas’ death. Prosecutors presented jurors with jail logs documenting two cases in which disobeying inmates had water to their cells turned off—both within a month of Mr. Thomas dying. One of the cases happened a week after Mr. Thomas’ death and in both subsequent instances it wasn’t clear when it was turned back on.
“This isn’t the first time this happened. This is a pattern,” Assistant District Attorney Kurt Bentley said.
Mr. Chisholm said he thought jurors were swayed by evidence that showed jail policies weren’t followed and that Mr. Thomas had been left in poor conditions.
“I think it’s just the clear lack of oversight over this entire process that really troubled them more than anything else,” he said.
Mr. Chisholm said he conducted an inquest because what happened was a “major system failure” and he wanted the public to have some input in his decision.
It’s happening in DC, NYC, Atlanta and Philadelphia. It’s an epidemic that needs to be fixed immediately.
Thankfully, 16-year-old Kennedi High from Baltimore has since been found according to Baltimore City police department. However, this doesn’t change the fact that unless you follow local police department’s Twitter account, watch local news or are related to these missing teens, you know absolutely nothing about it. This is an epidemic that is happening nationwide.
Last week, reports came out that an Atlanta man turned his mansion into a prison, where he kidnapped eight women between the ages of 18 to 22 and made them sex slaves. In Philadelphia, the now 17-year-old girl is suing a motel that knew she was being held against her will to have sex with over a thousand men in a two-year stretch when she was just 14-years-old. And last July, it was reported that 14 young girls were missing in the Bronx, raising concern for local officials that began to fear that a sex trafficking ring was targeting the community’s young women.
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By Yonasda Lonewolf, Founder of Hip Hop 4 Flint
Flint, MI—March, 2017—Several national organizations including Black Lives Matter, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Hip Hop Caucus, and the New McCree Theater have partnered with Hip Hop 4 Flint and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to launch the inaugural Water is Life Expo on March 24 – March 26, 2017 at the New McCree Theatre, 2040 W. Carpenter Rd, Flint, Michigan 48505.
Organized by Yonasda Lonewolf, founder of Hip Hop 4 Flint in local partnership with the Prince of Peace Church of Flint, the Expo will feature educational workshops which will provide a platform for unity and raise awareness of the importance of clean water. Also, a 2-day evening concert featuring dozens of internationally recognized leaders, journalists, youth, and entertainers. This event will be broadcast livestreamed by Powwows.com to the wider world. The broadcast will feature a text to donate campaign where supporters can text LIFE to 91990 to contribute in raising funds to provide whole home water filtration systems to Flint and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
The Expo will feature celebrities and speakers from current President of the National Council of Women of the United States Ms. Saideh Brown, Indian Country Today Media Network Editor-at-Large Gyasi Ross, Indigenous Environmental Network Organizer Dallas Goldtooth, Founder of The Hip Hop Caucus Reverend Yearwood, Pawnee Hip Hop Sensation Quese IMC, “Empire” Actor Tobias Truvillion, Du It All from the Lords of The Underground, Grammy Award winning Malik Yusef, actress and singer Antonique Smith and many more nationally recognized artists, journalists, and speakers.
For more information including venue location, schedule of events, list of performers and speakers and to get a FREE ticket please visit: www.princeofpeacembc.com
Prince of Peace MBC.
1417 Stevenson St.
Flint, MI 48504
Black people: Let’s form our own political machine. Let’s call it the Justice Or Else Party. To hell with the Democrats, to hell with the Republicans! They haven’t given you anything but hell. Let’s get together and give ourselves a piece of the heaven that God intends for us.
via New York Times
In the two and a half years since Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., the explosive case has been parsed in intricate detail. Witnesses offered varying descriptions of the fatal encounter. Investigators examined bloodstain evidence on the street where Mr. Brown died. And the police released a security video from a nearby store that showed Mr. Brown pushing a worker and taking cigarillos minutes before the shooting.
But a second, previously unreported video from that same convenience store included in a new documentary is raising new questions about what happened in the hours before the shooting on Aug. 9, 2014.
The footage shows Mr. Brown entering the store, Ferguson Market and Liquor, shortly after 1 a.m. on the day he died. He approaches the counter, hands over an item that appears to be a small bag and takes a shopping sack filled with cigarillos. Mr. Brown is shown walking toward the door with the sack, then turning around and handing the cigarillos back across the counter before exiting.
“They destroyed Michael’s character with the tape, and they didn’t show us what actually happened,” said Mr. Pollock, who spent more than two years in Ferguson conducting research for his documentary, and who questions the decision to not charge Officer Wilson. “So this shows their intention to make him look bad. And shows suppression of evidence.”
(Source: Wall Street Journal) Macy’s Inc. said it will slash more than 10,000 jobs and detailed plans to close dozens of stores after another holiday season of weak sales, providing more evidence that department stores have lost their once-central place in American retailing.
Like its rival, Kohl’s Corp., which also warned Wednesday of lackluster holiday results, Macy’s hasn’t been able to solve consumers’ shift to online shopping. Macy’s will close stores from San Diego to Bangor, Maine, and use the savings to boost its efforts to capture more e-commerce spending.
“While many of these stores under perform, they all generate cash,” said Karen Hoguet, Macy’s chief financial officer, in an interview. Ms. Hoguet said the closures would enable Macy’s to focus on its best-performing locations.
On the plantation, Christmas and other holidays were used to control the slaves and kill the spirit of insurrection.
(Source: FinalCall.com) Holiday decorations are up, Christmas songs ring out in stores across the country, and “cha-ching” sounds emanate from cash registers, but don’t be fooled, because many fed up with injustice, police violence and racism are rejecting spending, commercial overkill and debt this holiday season.
Echoing a call by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, many Black activists and others agreed it’s time to boycott as Season 2 of “Up With Jesus! Down With Santa!” moved forward. The goal is to curb shopping until Jan. 2, 2017.
By strategically engaging in economic withdrawal, Blacks can begin putting power behind their demands and build a new and better reality, Minister Farrakhan stated in the run up to Justice or Else!, the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. in October 2015.
“The widespread death, rising racism, mob attacks and police brutality on Blacks coupled with economic deprivation and stark poverty, requires that something must be immediately done to address and correct the condition. The failure of the U.S. government to give justice to its former slaves requires that we present ourselves in unity to make the demand for Justice or Else!” Minister Farrakhan stated.
“Let us start by not spending money we either don’t have or cannot afford during the Christmas season. Why should we make the merchants rich by their wicked manipulation and exploitation of the emotions of children, parents, families and those we love, with their pagan practices that have nothing to do with the celebration and observance of the righteous servant of God, Jesus?”
Take the day, the entire season, to give thanks to God for the gift of Jesus, share that great gift of God and what he taught, Minister Farrakhan instructed.
Advocates and organizers had been waging online and on the ground battles for justice with petitions and protests, and those have been effective, but the impact has grown with a focus on Main St. and merchants.
Minister Farrakhan, for example, called on Blacks to pool their $1 trillion purchasing power to build institutions and create jobs for their people.
Justice or Else! demands an immediate end to police brutality and mob attacks and justice for the Native American Indians, the Mexican and Latinos, for women, the poor, the incarcerated, and veterans, and, it means land, said the Minister.
“I personally believe that 2017 will be the best year for Black people, maybe ever, because to me the most exciting part is we have the ability now to communicate with each other without asking for White people’s permission,” said Dr. Boyce Watkins, a Black author, economist, political analyst and entrepreneur.
“I don’t think Donald Trump is going to be as friendly in certain elements of political justice as the Obama administration was,” he explained. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of Black people who are motivated by fear, and there’s almost nothing they’re afraid of more right now than Donald Trump and the Trump administration. So now they realize all they’ve ever had was people like Minister Louis Farrakhan and others, who can provide a type of leadership that’s far more authentic to what Black people are trying to do.”
Economically, Blacks are gaining by leaps and bounds every year, due to the development of technology and awareness, he said. They’re moving closer to a world in which Blacks will spend hundreds of billions more money in their own communities, support each other, and connect emotionally, psychologically, politically and intellectually, Dr. Watkins predicted. [READ MORE]