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for Justice in Washington DC this Friday, November 16, 2007
Friday the March for Justice will take place!!!
you believe in obtaining fair and equal justice for all and is
deeply disturbed by the injustice against many (which has been
surfacing lately), then you must be in attendance this Friday -
Nov. 16th to march at the U.S. Department of Justice, 950
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, from 12:00 Noon - 2 pm.
(9th and Pennsylvania Avenues)
The protest is being held due to the Justice
Department's failure to prosecute a series of recent hate crimes
across the country and have failed to intervene in these
cases. "We must be united, and with unity there is
strength!! Therefore we must be "united, strong and
awesome". Come out and march with the organizers:
Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, National Action
Network, Realizing the Dream, Attorney Warren Ballantine, Steve
Harvey, Michael Baisden, and many others as they stand strong
with the many who are completely disgusted with the unfair
read the interesting article below to learn more details
regarding the March for Justice taking place this Friday, which
is written by Hazel Trice Edney
|Justice March on Washington
by Hazel Trice Edney
Originally posted 11/10/2007
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The march against infamous talk
star Don Imus in New York, the march for the Jena Six in
Louisiana, the march to support torture victim Megan
Williams in West Virginia, marches against injustices in
communities around the nation and yet another national
march on the U. S. Department of Justice is Nov. 16.
Particularly over the past year, the number of justice
related marches appears to have doubled, perhaps even
tripled in response to civil rights cases.
With yet another march planned in Washington, D.C.,
organizers blame inactivity for America’s escalating
race problem and says it’s time to catch up.
“I think the problem has been that we’ve not had
enough activity,” says the Rev. Al Sharpton, among the
foremost march leaders in the nation. “The pressure
has to be put to bear where there is results…The only
way that we can get some relief - whether it’s West
Virginia with Megan Williams, whether it’s Florida
with Martin Lee Anderson, or whether it’s Jena or
these hangman’s nooses everywhere - is to force the
federal government to do what it's done since the days
of Dwight Eisenhower, and that is to intervene.”
Referring to Eisenhower, Sharpton was talking about the
1957 case in which nine Black students received National
Guard protection against violence when they went to
integrate all White Central High School in Little Rock,
Ark. Then President Eisenhower federalized state
National Guard troops. In like manner, the U. S.
Department of Justice can also intervene when civil
rights and criminal justice laws are being ignored by
That is the purpose and march of Friday's march and
rally from noon until 2 p.m. at the Justice Department,
says Sharpton in a statement.
“The rally is a cornerstone of the Fall Campaign for
Justice which originated as a result of the alarming
number of hate crimes and instances of injustice
occurring across the country from a noose hanging at
Columbia University and swastikas appearing on
synagogues in New York, to the Jena 6 in Louisiana. The
unprecedented number of incidents of bigotry cannot be
allowed to continue and it is time for the federal
government to step in and intervene,” the statement
The march is being organized by Sharpton’s National
Action Network, Martin Luther King III and his Realizing
the Dream, Charles Steele and the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference as well as radio hosts Steve
Harvey, Warren Ballantine, Michael Baisden, and members
of the Nation of Islam.
Sharpton says this is an extension of the Sept. 20 march
for the Jena Six teens who were charged with assault on
a White classmate related to a “White Tree” and
hangman’s nooses. Yet, the focus is new, he says.
“We have not marched on the Justice Department. We
have not put the pressure on them. This will be the
first time we will put the pressure on them. And we did
it strategically after having the Judiciary hearing
where Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers put on
the record their lack of involvement,” Sharpton says.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, perhaps America’s number one
march leader, once described marching as among the most
proven methods of protest. It not only pressures those
responsible for correcting injustices, but inspires and
reinvigorates protestors to continue fighting, he said
in an NNPA interview.
He pointed to the 1963 March on Washington, which led to
President Johnson’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights
Act less than a year later and the “Bloody Sunday”
march of 1965 that led to Johnson’s signing of the
Voting Rights Act of 1965.
There have also been successes in recent years due to
protests, says Sharpton. He points to the federal
investigation into the 2001 police torture of Abner
Louima in New York and the firing of talk show Host Don
Imus earlier this spring for racist remarks about the
Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
“It’s not just the activity. It has to have a
strategy of knowing where to hit,” says Sharpton.
“The people who can solve these problems of
hangman’s nooses and of hate attacks is the Justice
Department…You’ve got to force the Justice
Department to prosecute and incarcerate some people
because that will stop this over night.”
Steele, president of the SCLC, agrees with Sharpton that
after the 1968 death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
protests and marches subsided and became more sporadic
“We left the streets and went to the suites. That’s
a part of our problem,” Steele says. “We became
And so, it’s another learning experience to know that
we should never leave the streets. We should always be
within the streets in terms of our survival, conveying
the message of justice and equality concerning all of
The protesting - in some form - must be more consistent
than ever, Steele says: “Every day, every day, we must
fight for our freedom. Dr. King says it will be either
non-violence or non-existence. That’s why we must
march on a continuous basis.”
This past weekend
we lost a very beautiful soul Dr. Donda West
West a beautiful soul indeed, and mother of Hip Hop Superstar
Kanye West died due to surgical complications. From what I
have seen of her and heard via her interviews, it seems this
woman was undoubtedly strong, intelligent, articulate and very
educated. The bond I saw between her and her son was exceptionally
strong, she was always at his side at almost every event and was
there with him for every step he made in his career. She
was a major impact in his life and career, and it seemed she
didn't tolerate any foolishness as she helped him follow his
was clearly a mother full of love, pride, and was Kanye's
best friend, his advisor, his protector, his manager and
even a teacher. Earlier
this year, she authored the book "Raising Kanye: Life
Lessons From the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar,"
closely at her career and life, she was truly the essence of an
eloquent and successful Black Woman.
Kanye loves his mother beyond words, and every moment he found to
show how much he loved her, he did. One interview I read
some years ago he stated: "This is my mother, I love
her. She is my best friend in the whole world. My
mother let me work on music, she helped me out, she used to drive
me to the studio. She was really my first manager.
She's still my general manager". He even dedicated a
song to her some years ago on his "Late Registration"
album called "Hey Mama," - a tribute to Dr. West.
It was clear he simply adored her!!!
know for Kanye loosing his mom is traumatic and devastating, and
words cannot express the pain and sorry he is feeling currently,
especially loosing her so suddenly, without even being able to say
good bye. I am sad for him, and our prayers go out to him
and his family. I pray that Kanye is given strength,
understanding and peace through this difficult time, and he must
cherish the wonderful memories he holds dear for his
statement was posted on the Kanye West Foundation's Web site late
on Monday that reads: "Kanye West, his family and friends
would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and
kind words that have come in from across the country since the
death of his mother, Dr. Donda West"
lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dr.
West's name to the Kanye West Foundation/Loop Dreams Teacher
a brief look at Dr. Donda West life and career below, written by
Jeanne Marie Kerns! May Ms. West soul
rest in peace!
|Dr. Donda West - Who is Dr. Donda West - by
Jeanne Marie Kerns
Dr. Donda West who was the mother of super musician
Kayne West and the Chairwoman of the Kanye West Foundation
died Saturday, November 10th. According to officials at
the Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center
West died from ""complications of
West who was a young 58 year-old woman stood by her son
through good times and bad times as a mother should, was
not only a pillar of strength to her son, but a pillar of
strength to many young students and young men and women
who have gotten to know Donda West through the Kanye West
Foundation which opened it's doors on February 10, 2005.
West who had worked in higher education for 31 years began
her career in the early 70's at the Morris Brown College
University located in Atlanta, Georgia. She then decided
to change locations and took a position in 1980 at the
Chicago State University where she became a professor as
well as the chairperson of the Department of English and
Speech. At the time of Dr. Donda West's death, she was the
Chief Executive Officer of West Brands, LLC. the
parent company of her son's business enterprises, and as
chairwoman of the Kanye West Foundation, an educational
nonprofit that works to decrease dropout rates and improve
literacy. Kanye West told the Associated Press in August
that he and his mother worked together to devise the
foundation's first program, Loop Dreams, which helps
public school students get involved in music.
West accomplishment's did not stop there however. Numerous
awards have been given to West which include, Outstanding
Educator of the Year, Who's Who Among Black American's,
Foreign Experts to the People's Republic of China as well
as the Fulbright Scholar Award.
In May of 2007, Dr.Donda West wrote and amazing book
titled "Rising Kanye: Life Lessions from the Mother
of a Hip Hop Superstar". The book was a powerful
piece that showed the love between a mother and her son.
The book also reveals how hard it was raising a son as a
single mother in an African American community. The book
which became a popular seller, landed West on the Oprah
Winfrey Show as well as The Ellen DeGeneres Show where she
could tell the world how proud she was of her "mama's
Kanye West released his debut album "The College
Dropout" in 2004, his second in 2005 and his third
album "Graduation in 2007. Kanye's first two album's
were given many awards which included six Grammy's. As
most Kanye West fans know, the teddy bear is West's mascot
which is seen on anything referring to West and his music.
At the time of his mother's death, Mr. West was currently
on tour in Europe.
To learn more about the Kanye West Foundation please visit
their website located at
We need your help with
finding the killer and solving the cold case of a very nice
gentleman, who was a loving father, loving son and loving
brother. His life was selfishly taken some years ago
in Washington DC. His sister Cassendra
is devastated about loosing
her brother and want to bring closure to this case. There
is a $25,000 reward being offered currently.
Learn more about this via a MYSPACE site Cassandra has created
regarding Wayne's murder www.myspace.com/waynelwalker.
Taking place again
this weekend is the "Enough is Enough
Campaign"- The Campaign for Corporate
Responsibility in Entertainment. Their
rallies/protests continues taking place in
Washington DC and New York. If you have had enough
with the negative images that are being shown on BET,
then let you voice be heard by joining this campaign.
is Enough” Campaign is against corporate sponsorship
of visual images and lyrical messages that degrade women
glorify violence and negatively portray blacks and
Latino men as pimps, gangsters and thugs are now taking
place in both Washington DC and New York.
York Protest: is against Viacom, on of the leading media
outlets for production and distribution. The
protest take place outside the Manhattan residence of
Philippe P. Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom, Inc. at
East 65th Street between Lexington and Park
Avenues, this Saturday, November 10th, at 12:00 noon
Supporters can take the F Train to the 63rd Street
Station or the 4 Train to the 68th Street Hunter College
Washington DC: the rally continues outside the
Washington DC residence of Debra L. Lee, President and
CEO of Black Entertainment Television Networks from 1:00
to 3:00 pm this Saturday, November 10th. Metro
riders take the Red Line to Woodley Park. Be
sure to review the rally DO'S AND DON'TS from
the website: www.EnoughIsEnoughCampaign.com
or send an email to: EnoughIsEnoughCampaign@hotmail.com.
Sekou Flex's "Whining Season Part II featuring Soca's Brand
New Sensation "Problem Child"
Plan on attending Part II of "Whining Season"
this Saturday November 17th with a live performance by "Problem Child" - Soca music's new
sensation. If you attended the Kick Off of Whining Season
a few weeks ago, then you know Part II is sure to be fun!!!
To all of you
our on-line family, thanks for reading, sharing your thoughts
and comments with us, and for always supporting
As you may know without you there would be no us.
So thanks very much for your support. Enjoy this weekend
and the upcoming week!