By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

Today I'm sharing the blog of a sister/friend out of Ohio - she goes by the name of J Shep.  I'm going to keep my remarks to a minimum because she has so much content and I want to make sure you get through it all - it's comprehensive and expansive, educational, and empowering.
Stay Blessed &


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Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress.~~Frederick Douglass

**Word on the Street:
"There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time."~~Malcolm X


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The NAACP Releases A Full Timeline Of Every Reported Unarmed Black Person That Was Killed
By  Shardae JobsonDec 9, 2014
   While 2014 has been a particularly explosive year for the Black community and judicial system, the reality is, cops have been getting away with murder for far too long. Earlier this month, the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund Twitter page  of tweets that contained only a date, name, and location of every unarmed Black person reportedly killed by a person with authority. Tweets includes men, women, and children.posted a seriesMUST READ: ‘We’re Going Backwards': Amadou Diallo’s Mother Can’t Believe Police Brutality Is Still Taking Black LivesThe list begins in 1999 with the Bronx murder of Guinean nativeYou’ll see some familiar names like and as the list totals at 76 casualties. As many have suggested, we could be in the era of a , and these tweets researched by the NAACP may be all the ammunition we need to push forward. It’s also been revealed, in a recent study, that a majority of White people found this year’s biggest news stories such as the deaths of  and  to have not been  by race. These tweets suggest otherwise and certainly food for thought.  Amadou Diallo. Oscar Grant Sean Bellnew civil rights movementEric GarnerMichael BrownmotivatedVisit the official Legal Defense Fund page here:




Ohio State Medical Students Use "Die-In" To Highlight Racial Disparity Issues<
By Tanisha Mallett
 Wednesday December 10, 2014 5:46 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Students at more than 70 medical schools across the country, including Ohio State, participated in a protest at noon on Wednesday.
It was called "white coat die-ins" and participants say it was in protest to the recent police involved deaths in Ferguson and New York City and to highlight issues of racial disparities.Just after noon Wednesday, roughly 20 medical students quietly walked out of Ohio State's Prior Health Sciences Library, crossed 10th Avenue and joined other medical students nationwide who were staging "die-ins" at the same time.  They held signs that read "white coats for black lives" or "black lives matter" they stayed there, quietly, for roughly 20 minutes.
"It's really bringing awareness to police brutality that we are seeing across the country, but also the racial disparities that we see outside of the justice system also in medicine,” said first-year medical student Jackie MostowThe protestors say they have a responsibility to advocate for the health of those who they say the encounters increased stress because they battle injustice and oppression on a daily basis.“The racial bias and discrimination is not only an issue of our justice system.  It can also be considered a public health crisis,” said second-year medical student Suman GuptaIt was a concern echoed by other medical students, who protested at the University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine.  10TV obtained a picture which showed students at Indiana University's School of Medicine participating in a "die-in."The students who participated say they hope the series of protests will encourage people to talk about racial bias.
"Just raising awareness and the more people know about an issue, and get involved with an issue, the more likely we are going to move towards coming out with some solutions,” said Gupta
The demonstration was student lead and organized by the group "Physicians for a National Health Program."  Organizers say it was planned for Wednesday because it was International Human Rights Day.

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Teach In for High School Students 
At 3:30 pm at 125th and Adam Clayton 
Details: What's the big deal? What's my role? What can I do?

Black Lives Matter -- Holiday Intervention
At 6:00pm at Bryant Park
Blow the Whistle & Speak Out
Time: TBA
Where: Police Stations - specific locations TBA

Millions March For Justice: Sign Making Work Session
At 12:00pm at the IAC 147, W.24th Street 
At 4:00 pm in Times Square (Gather at West 47th Street & Broadway at the Red Steps) 

Our Demands, Visions, & Goals Press Conference/Rally
At 5:30pm at 26 Wall Street, Federal Hall Steps
Outreach Action Planning Assembly for Millions March For Justice
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Millions March For Justice, NYC
At 2:00pm at Washington Square Park 

Faith Community Participation - Special sermons and testimony at all faith services
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Jacksonville, FL. -- home of DA Prosecutor Angela Corey, in charge of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Marissa Alexander cases has truly done it again.
The Sheriff office will not give us back our phones.  They kept us under the jail in the parking lot for almost 4 hours waiting to see what Angela Corey wanted to do with us.
Yesterday they booked us, fingerprinted us, put us in jail cells and then let us go at 4:00 am without our phones.  We still have not got back our phones.
Our hearing is on January 6, 2015, please support us with either pro bono leads, tools and resources for court, media campaign or financial legal defense support.
We may get the backlash from Angela Corey because of our organizing surrounding Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and Marissa Alexander.
Our separate organizations have brought us together to fight against systemic racism in this -- Antebellum South.
We need your help!
Aleta Alston-Toure'
New Jim Crow Movement
We would like to ask any and all lawyer supporters that you have to help us on our court date with her:  January 6, 2015.
Here we are any one wanting in your supports that can help with a media blast please let me know.

Aleta Alston-Toure'
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Southern Movement Assembly
New Jim Crow Movement
When we dare to be powerful to use our strength in the power of our vision then it becomes less important whether we are afraid. - Audre Lorde

Thanks for joining us on the conference call last week to discuss starting a legal support structure in your community. We are committed to demystifying the legal process for activists and people who get arrested at mass protests and we appreciate your willingness to work on this as well.

Legal support can be as simple as being accessible by phone or hotline, logging information on arrests and arrestees' legal status, and finding legal representation for people who get prosecuted.

But, as promised on the call, here is some more info on the nuts and bolts of providing legal support:

Basic primer by the Austin People's Law Collective on what it means to provide legal support: http://vimeo.com/48911058

Info on how to provide legal support at the affinity (small) group level: http://midnightspecial.net/files/legalsupportperson.pdf

Info on forming a larger legal support apparatus and legal office: http://midnightspecial.net/files/Office_Setup_9.01.pdf


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Celebrating the life and the gift of Mayor Marion BarryBY ASKIA MUHAMMAD AND NISA ISLAM MUHAMMAD  | LAST UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 - 5:38:02 PM
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The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks during the funeral service for Marion Barry Dec. 6, in Washington, D.C. Local and national political leaders, prominent clergy and D.C. residents who got their first job as a result of Marion Barry’s programs were among the thousands who gathered at the Washington Convention Center to say goodbye to the man dubbed “Mayor for Life.” 
Photo: Hassan Muhammad
WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - After a joyous, but dignified memorial service attended by thousands of Washingtonians Marion S. Barry, Jr. was quietly and solemnly laid to rest at the Congressional Cemetery by 50 tearful family members and supporters Dec. 6.
marion_barry_12-16-2014.jpgMayor Marion Barry (March 6, 1936 - Nov. 23, 2014). Photo: AP/Wide World Photos

“A man can choose to escape and forget childhood poverty and merely reminisce about his early years in the movement. Instead, Marion joined his childhood poverty and his life-changing years in the civil rights movement to form his world view.”
–Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Mr. Barry was remembered again and again at the memorial as a “hero,” a “freedom fighter,” an “elder statesman,” and a “consummate politician;” who intentionally “used the D.C. government to improve the lives of people;” and whose policies led to the revitalization of Washington’s downtown, who literally created the region’s burgeoning middle class, produced countless new Black millionaires, and without whose intervention the 1995 Million Man March, the largest public gathering in American history and likely the largest gathering of Black men alone in world history, would not have been possible.
“The Million Man March could never have happened in any other city at any other time than in Washington, D.C. at the time of Marion Barry,” the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam said in a stirring tribute to the man he called a “friend” and “companion” in the struggle to uplift Black people.
Mr. Barry was “Not just a local figure,” the Muslim leader continued. “His work was national and international.” Mr. Barry was “a man who loved God and loved the people of God. Some of us who come into this life are called not just to work for their family,” Minister Farrakhan told Mr. Barry’s 34 year-old only child Marion Christopher Barry, “but for a higher calling.”

“And like everyone born on this earth, he made errors, he committed sins,” Minister Farrakhan said, addressing Mr. Barry’s controversial arrest on drug charges after a $40 million federal investigation and sting operation. “In this world, when you do good for the masses, you are not loved by those who suck the blood of the masses.”

Mr. Barry died early Nov. 23, of apparent natural causes, after being released just hours earlier from the hospital. Mr. Barry battled kidney problems stemming from diabetes and high blood pressure and underwent a kidney transplant in February 2009.
marion_barry_1995_12-16-2014.jpgMayor Marion Barry stood strong in support of the Million Man March with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in Washington, D.C., 1995.
He served as a member of the D.C. council for 16 years, most recently since 2005, winning re-election twice. He was referred to by his admirers all over the city and the country as “Mayor Barry”—“Mayor for Life,” a term he took ownership of, even as the title of his memoir published earlier this year—despite not having held that office since 1999.
Mr. Barry was first elected mayor in 1978 after building a political career as an activist-organizer and the first chair of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and as a local activist in Washington. He was re-elected in 1982 and 1986, and again in 1994.

Mr. Barry has joined the pantheon of civil rights leaders who died before him, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, in a eulogy at the end of the four-hour service. “Marion was one of the architects of the New South and the New America,” pointing out that when he came to Washington in the 1960s, segregation was still in force and Blacks were denied the vote all over the South.

In Mr. Barry’s wake, the New South is full of skyscrapers, and professional athletic teams full of Black athletes competing from Georgia, to Tennessee, to Florida, to North Carolina, the Rev. Jackson said. “Marion Barry emancipated Washington,” and the South, he continued.

After a humble beginning in which he chopped cotton on a plantation in his hometown of Itta Bena, Mississippi, then selling newspapers on the streets of Memphis, Mr. Barry left college in 1960 just before he completed his Ph.D. in chemistry to work in the civil rights movement, then rose to become mayor of the capital city of the United States.

For his part, Mr. Barry’s son, thanked his father for teaching him life lessons, including a formative trip to Barry’s native Mississippi when he was 13. He said Barry wasn’t a conventional father, but he always felt the love Mr. Barry had for his constituents. “I didn’t always feel like he had the time to spend with me as a father,” Christopher Barry said. “It was other people that embraced me. I never felt his absence because I always felt his love through others.”
Watch Full Funeral Service on C-Span
Minister Farrakhan came to Washington to support his friend in court every day during his trial on drug charges. Mr. Barry was charged with 14 felonies, but was convicted of only one misdemeanor after his infamous videotaped arrest.
Minister Farrakhan said he was asked by a reporter at the time—who praised him before her question for being a devout Muslim who did not drink or smoke—what he thought of a man who broke his marital vows and used drugs. “I said, ‘Who are you talking about, John Fitzgerald Kennedy?’ That ended the press conference,” the Muslim leader said to a raucous ovation.

“They hide the wickedness of their own leaders. Nobody passes this life without committing sin. When I say nobody, I mean nobody. The popes, the cardinals, the imams, the mullahs. If I did not commit sin, I would not need the mercy of God,” Minister Farrakhan continued. “The Holy Qur’an says, ‘If Allah were to punish man for his sins, none would be left.’ So will the holy ones stand up?” At that time everyone the dais, the choir members and all the dignitaries who were on their feet cheering the Minister’s remarks sat down. “This is not a sad moment. Celebrate the life of a man who made life better.”

Mr. Barry was remembered as a man who was shaped long before he came to Washington, by his organizing work in the South.

“In speaking about Marion as a son of the civil rights movement, I speak not only for myself.  I speak in memory of someone who knew and worked with Marion but have passed on,” said Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, “for others of his movement colleagues, who wanted to be here but could not, and for still others who are here.

“The roll of those who first worked with Marion in the movement is too long to call, but among them are and were John Lewis, Frank Smith, Joyce and Dorie Ladner, Bob Moses, Julian Bond, Ruby Robinson, Courtland Cox, Chuck McDew, Diane Nash, James Foreman, Stokely Carmichael, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Gloria Richardson, Bernard Lafayette, and Rev. Jesse Jackson.”

“You have come a long way, buddy, from picking cotton in Itta Bena, Mississippi to running the nation’s capital,” Mrs. Norton said she often reminded Mr. Barry. “But those cotton picking roots served Marion Barry Jr. well.  He challenged poverty by working himself out of it.  ‘Coming from the cotton fields of Mississippi, I was used to hard work.  It doesn’t bother me,’ he wrote in his autobiography.  But, it was the civil rights movement that equipped Marion to challenge segregation and prepared him to become our mayor.
“A man can choose to escape and forget childhood poverty and merely reminisce about his early years in the movement. Instead, Marion joined his childhood poverty and his life-changing years in the civil rights movement to form his world view,” she said.
That world view, that insistence on using the levers of power to better the lives of ordinary people—the elderly, the young, the formerly incarcerated—made him much beloved by the people of Washington, and was responsible for creating one of the best educated, wealthiest Black middle-class communities in the world.

Countless people in the audience and on the dais, including Rushern Baker, the chief executive of neighboring Prince George’s County, Md., credited Mr. Barry’s Summer Youth Leadership Program—which guaranteed a job for every Washington teenager who wanted one—with providing them their first employment opportunity.

His insistence that D.C. government contracts be given to non-White-owned businesses, and that developers include non-White partners in their projects also created countless millionaires. When he was elected mayor in 1979, Blacks received only 3 percent of D.C. government contracts. After his last term, that portion had increased to 50 percent.

Billionaire real estate developer R. Donahue Peebles—the largest Black real estate developer in the country—said he owes all his success to Mr. Barry, who appointed him to a city real estate board at age 24 and helped him start his business.

“Marion Barry taught me to dream big. Marion Barry gave me the opportunity to make those dreams come true,” Mr. Peebles said. “Marion Barry made Washington, D.C., the Mecca of African-American entrepreneurship. Marion Barry created the Black middle class in Washington, D.C.”

“Marion Barry was an icon. He was the consummate politician. He was an elder statesman. He was a fierce fighter for the dispossessed,” said the Rev. Willie Wilson, Pastor of Union Temple Baptist Church, one of the national co-chairs of the Million Man March, and one of several clergy who ministered to Mr. Barry over the years.

While Mr. Barry made it possible for many Blacks in Washington to become wealthy, he never stole one dime, nor did he even take anything of substance for himself. One speaker recalled that when asked why ordinary citizens were so loyal to him, a man told a reporter: “I know that if there’s just one dollar on the table, Marion Barry will fight to see that we common people will get part of that dollar.”

Mr. Barry lived and was remembered for always adhering to his self-declared creed, to serve “the last, the lost, and the least.”

The life of the man many called the city’s greatest politician was celebrated with a variety of events that included a rally, a 24-hour viewing, children releasing balloons, a processional through the city, a community memorial service and a funeral at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for thousands.
Photo: RoyLewis
Audience at D.C. civic center responds during Barry memorial service.
The younger Mr. Barry introduced the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan who was one of few, according to Christopher Barry, who stood by his father during his darkest days.
Mayor Barry, who died Nov. 23, at the age of 78, served the city in a range of capacities including being mayor for 16 years and serving as a city councilman for another 16 years. He died representing the poorest section of the city, Ward 8 on the Southeast side of the city.
A celebration of his life started Dec. 1, when ex-offenders, known in the city as returning citizens held a rally and march. Sponsored by activist groups Cease Fire Don’t Smoke the Brothers and Sisters and Universal Madness, the march featured all those who served prison time carrying an empty coffin throughout the city chanting “Marion Barry! Mayor for Life!”

Mayor Barry was instrumental in decreasing the discrimination against ex-offenders.
“Mayor Barry helped me tell the truth on my job application for the first time,” said Jason Roberts, who was incarcerated for 10 years and desperately needed to find a job when he returned to the city. “I was always scared they would find out I was a felon. What Barry did lifted a burden. I committed a crime and paid my debt to society. Many couldn’t forget that, Barry could and he gave us another chance.”

Official services for Mr. Barry kicked off December 3, when his body was brought to the Wilson Building by an honor guard where it lay in repose for 24 hours for public viewing. Services started with a short 15 minute ceremony after the family was seated followed by many of those whose lives were changed by Mayor Barry.

Later that day all of the schools in Ward 8 took time to have students remember Mayor Barry who also served on the D.C. school board in his early days. Students released balloons as they said farewell to Mr. Barry.

His body was placed in a hearse Dec. 4 and a processional through the city gave people who lined the streets an opportunity to say their final farewell. When the body arrived in Ward 8, it was transferred to a horse drawn carriage that took it to Temple of Praise Church for another public viewing and community memorial service.

“Marion Barry, mayor for life, did so much for so many. He appointed two ex-offenders to the parole board,” said Tyrone Parker, founder of the Alliance for Concerned Black Men before a standing-room only crowd. “He just did so much for us. We will become the vanguard for our  families and communities. He offered us compassion and redemption as we attempted to reshape our lives.”

Rev. Wilson told the crowd how the mayor for life started the Capital Area Food Bank in 1980, which provided 30 tons of food each year. “He was responsible for over a billion meals,” said Rev. Wilson.
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 Frederick Douglass -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass
”Power concedes nothing without a demand.”
“The general sentiment of mankind is that a man who will not fight for himself, when he has the means of doing so, is not worth being fought for by others, and this sentiment is just. For a man who does not value freedom for himself will never value it for others, or put himself to any inconvenience to gain it for others…”FD
“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”
“This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”- Frederick Douglass, August 3, 1857, in a speech at Canandaigua, New York

               Barack Obama, seated in chair, leaning back, right profile.attribution: White Ho
As protests and demonstrations continue in the aftermath of last week's grand jury decision on the Eric Garner case, President Obama told BET, "A country's conscience sometimes has to be triggered by some inconvenience."
The comment came in response to interviewer Jeff Johnson's question of "how necessary" the protests are that continue around the nation. "As long they're peaceful, I think they're necessary," Obama said. "The old adage, 'Power concedes nothing without a fight,' is true." Even as the interview aired Monday night, more than 1,000 protesters in Berkeley, CA, proceeded to shut down a highway, a train, and parts of the city's public transportation system.
Since the Garner ruling came down, Obama has stepped up his efforts to both raise the profile of issues surrounding police violence toward racial and ethnic minorities and find ways to address it. The exclusive interview with BET is just one more sign that the White House views this moment as more than business as usual. Obama is also coordinating with Attorney General Eric Holder, has made multiple statements on the issue, and met in the Oval Office last week with activists, many of whom feel his response has been too complacent.
The president made his first pronouncement on the matter last Wednesday.
"I'm not interested in talk, I'm interested in action," he said following news of the Garner decision. "I am absolutely committed as president of the United States to making sure that we have a country in which everybody believes in the core principle that we are equal under the law." It was a step up from the more professorial remarks he gave on the Michael Brown decision at the very moment that Ferguson, MO, was beginning to explode on TV screens across the nation.
Despite Obama's recent efforts, a majority of the public is displeased. A Pew poll found that only 40 percent of Americans approve of his handling of race relations over the past week, while 50 percent disapprove. His numbers are higher among blacks, 57 percent of whom support his actions, but that's still a 16 point slip from an August poll that Pew conducted.


 Things you need to know about estate planning and preparing for your minor child and special need child.

You Do Not Have To Be Sick To Die Or Become Incapacitated
1. Should you die and you own a home and you do not have a Living Trust, your heirs may have to sell the property to pay for probate and attorney fees if there are no liquid funds available. What if your child gave up his/her house to move in with you to become your caregiver, he/she will be left without provision if you die without a Living Trust with provision for him/her to be able to live in the home for a specified time before the property can be sold and dividing proceeds from the sell of the property.
2.  Prepare a Living Trust. Do not take the short cut such as putting your child on your deed as joint tenant with right of survivorship. Here is an example: A mother put her son’s name on her deed as joint tenant, the son had an IRS lien from his business taxes for $40,000.00, when the deed was recorded with the son’s name on it, the tax lien was placed on the property. There are many horror stories from putting someone’s name on people’s deeds.
It is important for you to choose the person who you want to make health-care and financial decisions for you should you become unable to do so. If you do not make the choice, in many instances, the very person who you would not want to be in charge of your affairs—becomes the actual one handling your business on your behalf.
If you are single, and you die, leaving behind minor children, their father most times by law would have guardianship over their children. If you have money or property that will pass to them, who would you want to be legal guardian over their inheritance, their father or someone else? Don’t leave it to the state to make decisions about what happens to your children upon your death or if you become incapacitated.
5... Advance Healthcare Directive (Power of attorney for health care) Your doctor has no obligations to discuss the medical conditions of your adult loved one—even your child. So, have your adult children to prepare a HealthCare Directive and Durable Power of Attorney for Financial decision should they become unable to make their own decisions. If a person fail to makes these decisions while in their right mind and it  becomes necessary for someone to act on their behalf, that person will have to go to court to become  a conservator—this could cost up to $4,000,00 or more.
6.  What you will need to have a document notarized. You will need a valid driver’s license, or California state identification or a passport.
7.  Have a beneficiary on your accounts such as: Savings, IRAs, CDs, stocks, insurance, etc... If your beneficiary dies, make a change of beneficiary as soon as possible. (The person who is names as beneficiary on these account do have not have access to your money while you are living—only upon your death. 
8.  A person who suffer Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease are considered incompetent in decision making. A savvy notary will not notarize documents under these circumstances.
Come on family, start taking care of your business, you worked to hard for what you have to let it fall into the hands of the wrong  family member or to have lawyers and others getting a piece of what you have labored for. Call for free consultation or attend our free workshop.
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Shabaka Ture
(Photo by Jamia Shepherd)


Afrikan Network News(tm)

Update On Campus & Community Organizer Shabaka Ture 
On October 31, 2014  Ture was transported to WexnerCenter emergency room. It was found that he had a hemoglobin level of 5 (out of 12) and necessitated two blood transfusions. After a series of tests, including two Cat Scans, it was necessary to perform emergency surgery.

The surgery was successful and Ture spent three days in ICU and then the Trauma Unit until he was released from the hospital on November 8.

Ture is now recovering at a residence in North Columbus, where he is continuing to improve. “The main thing that I am learning how to do is to slow down! But, I’m learning”, says Shabaka.

Shabaka says that this is only  the second time he been hospitalized and had surgery. The first time was when he was in elementary school. “This thing caught me completely off guard”, he said.

He then took time to recognize the people who have come forward to help him. Shabaka said,  “ Without them, I wouldn't be here today. I am very grateful”!

Shabaka is especially in need of financial assistance. If you can help out in this effort, please visit this link http://www.gofundme.com/Shabakature

You can also send your contribution to PO Box 44361 Columbus, Ohio 43204. Please make you check or money order to Blue Nile Enterprises.

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 Jan 2 - FREE EVENT: Celebrate 2015 Drug and Alcohol Free at the Lincoln Theatre
 "J. Shep" <jeg2checkit@gmail.com>
once upon a time, long long ago

Please Spread the word about this FREE EVENT:
The Foundation for African Diaspora in partnership with the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH), the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, The P.E.E.R. Center and many other community collaborators are excited to celebrate a DRUG FREE New Year with YOU!
Featuring author and recording artist Dr. Elaine Richardson!
Please join us on Friday, January 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Lincoln Theatre Ballroom (769 East Long Street)
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Local architect designs Mandela memorial

Brian Sell of Moody Nolan has won a design competition for the Mandela Memorial that will be built in California.
By Steve WartenbergThe Columbus Dispatch  •  Wednesday December 10, 2014 3:12 PM
The goal was to create a memorial that told the story of Nelson Mandela’s life, including his 27 years in a South African prison, and the courage and forgiveness that changed a nation and influenced the world.

“We talked about recreating his prison cell, but didn’t want to be too literal about it,” said Brian Sell, a senior designer with Columbus-based Moody Nolan, the country’s largest African-American-owned architectural firm.

Instead, Sell found his inspiration from Rolihlahla, the Xhosa tribal name given to Mandela at birth by his father. It means pulling the branches of a tree.

“It’s the idea of light filtering through branches and creating a shaded area underneath where people can find shelter and inspiration,” Sell said of his design.

The granite-and-bronze memorial he created was recently named winner of the Nelson Mandela Memorial Design Competition sponsored by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a human-rights nonprofit organization, and NorthStar Memorial Group, an operator of funeral homes and memorial parks.

There were about 200 entries from U.S. artists. Sell will receive a $1,000 prize and his design will be unveiled at the Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, California in late 2015.

“I worked with (Mandela) the last two years of his active life,” said Sello Hatang, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa. “And it didn’t matter who you were, he made you feel comfortable and it was mainly because of his humility.”

Hatang believes Sell’s design will highlight Mandela’s humility and further his legacy.

“It’s not just about the past,” he said of the foundation’s goal for the memorial. “But rather it’s a view of what we need to do to create a better future for all.”

San Mateo was selected as the site for the memorial by the Mandela Foundation because of its proximity to San Francisco and Oakland. 

California Congressman Ron Dellums championed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. Thousands of Bay Area residents rallied for Mandela’s release from prison and he visited Oakland in 1990 as part of his tour of eight U.S. cities.

Winning the competition was important to Curt Moody, one of the founders of Moody Nolan.

“We are a diverse architectural firm,” he said. “And we felt that for what Nelson Mandela represented to the world, who better than us to at least try and show what this memorial should be.”

Creating the memorial allowed Sell to tap into his underused poetic side.

“The competition gave us a chance to flex some muscles we don’t usually use. It’s hard to put a great story into a speculative office building,” he said, adding that he received input and critiques from several Moody Nolan employees. 

The Mandela story was so great that the challenge was narrowing down what Sell wanted his design to say. To help, his design includes space for several Mandela quotes.

“My favorite is: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” he said.

His design begins with three granite foundation pieces, or what Sell calls monoliths. The Mandela quotes will be etched into these granite pillars.

Three bronze pieces that represent tree trunks and branches flow up from the granite and come together to form a pool at the top of the 15-foot memorial that is approximately the size of Mandela’s prison cell. A series of shapes cut into the bronze creates a dancing pattern of shadows below.

Water also flows down from the top of the branches into a pool and then down through a series of holes.

“This is a recreation of the bars of his prison cell,” Sell said of the ribbons of water that will cascade down.

Choosing the winning design was difficult, Hatang said.

Sell’s design was selected because of “his introduction of a sense of nature into it, through the branches and the water,” Hatang said. “It represents how we can use nature to convey a message of tranquility.”

Sell is an Ohio State University graduate. He initially worked for WS Studios and then spent 15 years at NBBJ in Columbus before joining Moody Nolan two years ago. Much of his work at NBBJ has focused on designing corporate offices in China, Russia and Jordan.

“This has been a refreshing change,” he said of Moody Nolan. “We have many of the same resources as NBBJ, but more of our work is local. I can walk my kids through my projects.”

His recent projects include senior housing on the former Poindexter Village site, corporate offices and a heritage center for Honda in Marysville and the Prairie Township Recreation Center.

“I plan to take my (three) sons to see it,” Sell said of the Mandela memorial.

He hopes they and others who visit will “pause and read some of the quotes, walk around under the protective canopy of the branches and maybe start to look at the world a little differently.”



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School Discipline to Girls Differs Between and Within Races
Mikia Hutchings, 12, whose misbehavior at school led to a juvenile criminal case, and her lawyer, Michael J. Tafelski, waiting for a meeting held last month by a Georgia state committee studying school discipline.
 Mikia Hutchings, 12, whose misbehavior at school led to a juvenile criminal case, and her lawyer, Michael J. Tafelski, waiting for a meeting held last month by a Georgia state…

(we already know about black boys)

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Subject: Rev. Sharpton HuffPost Blog: Marching for Congressional Action on Police Brutality 

Marching for Congressional Action on Police Brutality

By Rev. Al Sharpton
On Saturday, Dec. 13, thousands will join the families of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Akai Gurley and Michael Brown as they and National Action Network and other civil-rights organizations gather in Washington, D.C., for a march against police violence. Right now the nation is engaged in a thorough conversation about race, policing and healing. While this dialogue is necessary and long overdue, we need more than just talk; we need legislative action that will shift things both on the books and in the streets. President Obama announced a task force that will report back to him in 90 days with concrete recommendations, and he has also proposed millions in federal matching funds to provide body cameras for some 50,000 police officers. But what happens when he is no longer in the White House? Congress must immediately start hearings to deal with laws that will change the jurisdiction threshold for federal cases and policing. The executive branch has addressed this most pressing issue, and now it's time the legislative branch do the same.
During the '50s and '60s people organized, marched, boycotted and literally put their lives on the line for the sake of progress. But they didn't do it just for President Kennedy to take action; they continued until congressional laws were passed. They pushed their message forward until things like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 became codified into law. Today our battle is against police brutality and excessive force. When local prosecutors fail to conduct a fair grand-jury investigation at the state level, as happened in Ferguson and Staten Island recently, the threshold is so high for the federal government to be able to take over the case. That must change. We cannot continue to allow prosecutors who work with police regularly to then be in charge of cases investigating those same officers and police departments. That is a complete conflict of interest. And in order for federal authorities to step in, we must reform current laws.
I have been involved in the fight against police brutality and misconduct for most of my life. Looking into a mother's or father's eyes as they search for answers, for justice, never gets easier. But it is up to us to demand the changes we need to see implemented. As National Action Network and I were involved from day one in both the Ferguson and Staten Island cases, and as I said in my eulogy for both Michael Brown and Eric Garner, we need federal intervention without delay. The state has already proven that it cannot do the job. We are heartened to see many groups spontaneously take the movement to new levels across the country. This is an idea whose time has come. There will be those who will continue to say that we need to have a discussion. A discussion is necessary, as long as there is follow-through with decisive action. Otherwise, as the saying goes, talk is just cheap.
On our journey toward greater equality and fairness, many will try to ridicule us. They will attempt to divide us and paint us as something we are not. It is up to those of us who would like to live in a country where people are not profiled, harassed, arrested, beaten or killed because of their background or what they look like to keep pushing forward. Our detractors will use the actions of a few bad apples to condemn us all, but we know that our movement is peaceful and our cause just.
Our greatest civil-rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once said:
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Do not be silent. Do not be complacent. Do not continue to live with police misconduct and violence as somehow acceptable. We are not anti-police; we are anti-police-brutality. And today we challenge Congress to follow in the president's footsteps and take legislative action to protect us, the citizens.
Those who came before us sacrificed so that we may have a more just future. Now we must do the same for the generations that will come after us. As most Americans agree that we need some kind of reform, we head to the nation's capital to answer what exactly we must change and how. See you on Saturday.
Click below for more information on joining the march in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13, 2014.

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By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

December is now stacking up to be the month for massive demonstrations - the largest of which will take place this coming Saturday, December 13, in Washington, DC.  

In the growing and glaring wake of police atrocities that appear to be at pandemic levels - and new reports daily are coming in of other egregious acts of depraved indifference when it comes to Black lives - a massive rally is scheduled this week end in the support of the families of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other Black young men who have lost their lives at the hands of policemen, either through gun shot or excessive force using illegal procedures - such as the choke hold, which killed Eric Garner. 

Buses are being sponsored from New York City.  Those interested can contact Reggie Wells or the National Action Network
Reggie Wells: "Athletes, celebrities and general public around the nation are coming together SATURDAY Dec 13th in Washington DC to Join the families of Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Akai Gurley as we march & protest to police brutality on our people. Have Buses leaving from Harlem State Building @ 5AM ROUNDTRIP IS $50 If you like go PLEASE REPOND ASAP!!!! Call 917-297-1487. Let's make a change. Please spread the word!!!!!!"

Athletes, celebrities and general public around the nation are coming together SATURDAY Dec 13th in Washington DC to Join the families of Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Akai Gurley as we march & protest to police brutality on our people. Have Buses leaving from Harlem State Building @ 5AM ROUNDTRIP IS $50 If you like go PLEASE REPOND ASAP!!!! Call 917-297-1487. Let's make a change. Please spread the word!!!!!!
Buses leaving from Harlem State Building @ 5AM ROUNDTRIP IS $50 If you like go PLEASE REPOND ASAP!!!! Call 917-297-1487. Let's make a change. Please spread the word!!!!!!"

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As places around the world seek to improve girls’ education and strengthen their economies, governments, and societies, supporting and listening to local leaders will be critical.This Friday, the Brookings Center for Universal Education will host a discussion on how local leadership can help advance girls’ education across the world—including keynote remarks on community-based solutions by First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.
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This live event is hosted by the Center for Universal Education at Brookings. It is webcast only, and in-person attendance is not open to the public.

‘We’re Going Backwards': Amadou Diallo’s Mother Can’t Believe Police Brutality Is Still Taking Black Lives

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Kadiatou Diallo
Kadiatou Diallo, the mother of Amadou Diallo remains frustrated that police brutality is still taking innocent, unarmed Black lives. In an interview with CNN on Monday, Diallo shared her honest revelations on the lack of progress: “I have met all these victims, comforted those mothers, but however, what is going on here is like many years ago. We’re going backwards, so each time I relive my tragedy.” Her son Amadou was a victim of wanton police force in sixteen years ago when he was front of Soundview apartments, where he lived in the Bronx, four White cops shot him with 41 bullets because they mistook him for a rapist on the run.
MUST READ: Fruitvale Station’ Reveals The Strained Relationship Between Police & Men Of Color [OPINION]
Amadou’s passing caused outrage as the killing cops were shockingly acquitted in 2000. Everything about his death was echoed this year through the similar cases of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and so many others. Saddened that with every grand protest or march, America had seemingly given up after awhile, Diallo is urging for real change. “It seems like we just move on and put everything under the rug and pretend like nothing is happening.” She added, “We can come together not only to protest, not only to march, but for something positive so we don’t have this happen again. We’ve been through this so much.”
Most recently, Diallo was a speaker at an August rally for Garner and she spoke to a devastated crowd: “It is not a Black and White. We are not against the police, the NYPD or the police nationwide. It is about wrong. We have to stop this. Too many tears. Too many victims.”
Since the death of her son, Kadiatou become more actively involved in preventing racial violence. She is the founder of the Amadou Diallo Foundation, speaks on behalf of Guinean Democracy, is a regular guest and lecturer at women’s and African forums and co-wrote the book My Heart Will Cross This Ocean: My Story, My Son, Amadou. In 2004, she was in talks with the City of New York for a settlement of $3 million after she filed a civil suit.



From: "Martin Luther King Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex" 

How do we experience violence in communities of color? Join us for Forceful Perceptions as we explore this issue.

Forceful Perceptions
Join us for the Gallery Opening tomorrow night,
December 11th, from 6 - 8pm!
How do we view acts of violence in the Black community? How do we visualize violence in the black community; everything from vigilante violence to micro-aggressions? The work for this exhibition brings together local and national Black artist who were given this theme to reflect on, and create work. The purpose of this is not to answer the questions surrounding the situations of violence, but to present perspectives of how it affects our nation, and start the conversation of change for the future.



2015 National Defense Authorization Act Gives Apache Land to Foreign Mining Corporation 
Last Real Indians 
Excerpt: "On December 4th, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which included a provision to transfer 2,400 acres of Apache ancestral and ceremonial lands to a foreign mining company." 





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                                          STOP THE CARNAGE

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I hope you enjoyed J Shep's Blog - it was full of great information and references - from time to time I will be featuring other brother and sister bloggers that you may not be familiar with.  We have to begin to cross-pollinate the wonderful body of information that is of relevance to us as Black People.  No one has the lock down on sources and resources - but through sharing we are able to progress faster, coalesce and through so doing conquer the world.

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