Wednesday, 03 September 2014 20:00
When my granddaughter, Ifetayo Sangode Oliatan, came to me a few weeks ago and asked what I knew about organizing marches and rallies, I didn't think much about it. Later, when she came and asked about different leaders in the Pasadena community and whether I knew how to reach them, I figured that something serious was up. My constant advice was, you are a senior in college and you need to concentrate on getting through school.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 21:53
A look at the local daily newspapers reveals the troubles in foreign places like China, Kenya, Iraq, Ukraine, Russia, and Israel. However, the stories reported about Blacks in America are of the death of Mike Brown, an unarmed young Black man in Ferguson, Missouri at the hands of a trigger happy Policeman and another dead Black man, Eric Garner, in New York, killed by an illegal choke hold by police.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 08:20
Ferguson, Missouri is home to Charles Blow, writer for the New York Times, quoting James Baldwin who said, "The most dangerous thing in the world is a Black Man with nothing to lose." Officers with gas masks and automatic army weapons prepared to fight the Black citizens seem to be operating from that perspective. The citizens, operating from built up anger, come to a head with the manner in which the officials of the city of Ferguson, Missouri are treating the police officer who shot Michael Brown six times killing him in the middle of the street, in the middle of the day.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:17
This week was the passing of another birthday for me. Ten years ago my brother passed away at 63. This week, I attended a funeral/home-going celebration of the life of a friend, Brenda Marsh Mitchell. My birthday was a day to prepare a project for my youngest son and his family. I have been blessed with three sons and seven grandchildren. Thank you God, thank you God! I am proud that I have been blessed enough to have something to be a blessing to my sons and their families.
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 07:21
A coroner in New York ruled that the death of Eric Garner was murder when they used the chokehold on him for allegedly selling cigarettes. I watched the news as Garner told the police that he was not doing anything wrong, and later after the NYPD grabbed him by the neck, he told them, over and over, that he couldn't breathe. I once heard someone say, "If anyone tells you something believe them." Eric Garner, was a father, a husband, and an American citizen. The New York Police Department officers either didn't believe him or they believed that he shouldn't breath. He died at their hands.
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