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POTUS Strikes Again

I have made no effort to hide how much I love our President. So add this to the list of reasons.

I’ve ranted about gun violence in this space repeatedly. After Sandy Hook and no new law, I knew we’d never see it from Congress. But then… [sound of triumphant horn blaring] Obama whips out his executive privilege! Thank GOD!!!!

Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad… And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.

For those thinking of voting for any candidate who promise to repeal this new executive order, SHAME!

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2016 in Family, Politics, Race, Real Talk, violence, Youth

 

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One Person, One Vote?

People…pay attention! There is a Texas case being decided today by the United States Supreme Court that could change the way that legislative districts are formed.

Basically states currently draw lines for their legislative districts based on equality of total population (one person, one vote), not eligible or registered voters. A Texas lawsuit says that this is unconstitutional and the metric used to draw district lines should be eligible voters. In this political climate where voter suppression has re-emerged in recent years, with states employing creative illegal tricks, everyone should be paying attention to the outcome of this case.

How do you know who is an eligible voter? By counting those who are registered? What about 18th birthdays, deaths, children, immigrants?

An interesting perspective.

What would redefining the one person, one vote standard mean for our democratic principles? Would it mean that representatives need not respond to or seek out the opinion of those who are not counted in the drawing of their districts?

If those who can’t vote don’t count, then perhaps some elected officials might also think they don’t need to represent those who are eligible but choose not to vote or maybe those who don’t vote for them? This could be a slippery slope.

I’m asking these questions as a resident of a “U.S. territory” that already gets a raw deal with regard to true representation… let’s pay attention.

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Civil Rights, History, Politics, Race, Youth

 

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It has been a big year for emoji.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then turn off your flip phone! But for the rest of you, who knew that emoticons were going to mature onto such a global stage?!? I surely did not, but then again I’m not immersed in the tech world. However, it is evident that if one does not think globally about technology then that could be the demise of an upcoming product/software/idea.

With Word of the Year under its belt, emoji is taking on other challenges that have cultural significance. Who knew that this popular symbol would be tackling religious, political and social issues?

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Fun, Politics, Race, religion, Youth

 

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Crime and Punishment, Part II

Didn’t mean to leave you hanging!!

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The judge found my daughter not guilty of APO.

I was not permitted to remain in the courtroom until closing arguments. I was also able to hear the judge’s ruling and his reasoning for it.

Crime and punishment was at the core of what the judge said that he was looking to hear.
1. Did the alleged bite that my daughter gave the transit officer occur AFTER and as a result of her being hurt by the officer?
2. Was the force used against her excessive for the “offense.”

He stated that he now knew the answer to both of his questions. He chastised the officer for not being truthful and cooperative in his testimony.

I’ve never heard the phrase escort someone to the ground. I don’t even know what that means. Be truthful, you threw her to the ground then put your knees in her back.

The judge then stated that after obliging the prosecution and giving consideration to granting more weight to the cop’s testimony, he did not appreciate the number of times his answer was “I do not recall.”

You do in fact recall, but wouldn’t answer the questions. You heard this young lady telling you that you were hurting her.

I was only on the stand briefly and kept my cool. I wanted to grab the prosecutor by the neck, but luckily she did not approach. She tried to minimize the photos of bruises on my daughter’s arms, leg and wrists that I took which were entered into evidence. Obviously did not work. FAIL Ms. Prosecutor!

I am so truly happy with the outcome because although truth was on our side, the law was not. Her attorney argued using exceptions to DC law on assaulting a police officer. They include when someone can not breathe, they believe their life is at risk (and I forgot the third). It is now wonder that Mr. King reportedly began his opening with three phrases:

Help. You’re hurting me. I can’t breathe.

I have so much more to say on this issue, but for now I am grateful.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Civil Rights, Family, Girls, Politics, Race, Real Talk, violence, women, Youth

 

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Crime and Punishment

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We have a serious problem in this country because all too frequently they are mismatched.

My daughter and I have received a flagrant introduction to the justice system. The justice system assumes that anyone whom becomes engaged with it is familiar…

Today is my daughter’s trial. Another sentence I never saw myself forming. We are trying to get an APO charge dropped from July when she was roughed up and arrested for unknowingly not paying the complete Metro fare. She was assaulted, arrested, had to spend the night in jail, shackled and arraigned and now is on trial.

The fact that she has to zig zag between exams from here to Philly is infuriating! Her focus should be on school. Was what she has already endured not enough?

Here I sit, in the hall of the court building, waiting to testify. Friends and family are in the courtroom for support since I can not be present, lest her testimony impact my own. So I wait…

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Girls, Motherhood, Politics, Race, Real Talk, women, Youth

 

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I’ll Light Your Ass Up

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That’s what the trooper said to Sandra Bland before he yanked her from her vehicle.

We lit her up in our own way to push for justice.

#SandraBland #SayHerName

 

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They’ve Arrested and Assaulted My Daughter for .75

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I received a good Samaritan call from a young lady, telling me that the police just handcuffed my daughter at a subway station. She said they slammed her on the ground and put their knee in her back. Of course, she is 18 now…

I try to stay calm and find out what she knows- not much. Is she alone? Yes. Is she alright? Yes, just crying. Was is DC or transit police? Don’t know.

I wasn’t far because she was almost home from a girlfriend’s house.

Fast forward.

They pulled her off the bus for not paying the full fare. They left out the part about slamming her on the ground/knee in the back… She wouldn’t give info for a citation, so they had to take her in. But she wouldn’t get in the car.

One cop says she’s being charged for fair evasion, another tells me assaulting an officer. WHOA!!!!!

They walk away to huddle and wait for a supervisor. The supervisor is super NOT helpful and backtracking during our conversation. Oh, she’s in school/college? I didnt know that… Does that make a difference? I’m done talking. Please tell me what needs to happen now…

I walk over and ask my daughter what happened. She says she went in her bag to get .75 and they grabbed her off the bus.

He didn’t have a right to touch me!

I remind her that she is supposed to be careful with police. I tell her that they are going to arrest her; it’s a police matter and I can’t change the fact that she has to go.

Please get in the car. And it would behoove you to be nice once you’re there. It could be the difference between a citation and release or staying overnight.

She got into the vehicle.

After 10 minutes, I approach the huddle to find out the hold up. Let’s get this going. After six police vehicles and eight cops, we can go.
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So here I am. In the waiting area of the Seventh District. Waiting to talk to someone and see what happens.

 

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