Manic Mondays


Yo, my braddah Goldi Gold is one of the most honest and selfish person I know next to my moms. Always helping me out on multiple levels. I appreciate him to the UTMOSTLY! For those who may not know, he is definitely a word smith. He will say some things that are profound. I mean quotes that can make you change the way you go about life. It’s the way he sees things, hence… “The Golden Rule”! Here is Rule number 82: “Everybody’s Suppose To Win Through What You Do!” Meaning, your artistic expression or life(expression) is a contribution to the world we live in. It should benefit your unique self as well as others. Good rule to add to ones intent! Now I must say, I wrote this down earlier today because it was a FANGSTA idea the braddah spoke when we was building. I put it together because he isn’t thinking about it. He’s just living his truth. I decided to share it. It speaks volumes in my perspective but think about it… if most people applied this idea, what would our communities look like? FANGSTA!!!

Just a little something I found this morning while searching the net. This was an article posted last year on this blog called “Stuff White People Do…”! This is a DOPE blog. Putting me up on some ish! FANGGGGGGGGGG! PEEP!!

“Stuff White People Do… “

forget the Black origins of Memorial Day!

Today is “Memorial Day,” the day on which (some) people in the United States remember and honor their war dead. What few white Americans realize is a bit of whitewashed history — the first such celebration was initiated and carried out by black people.

Thousands of freed slaves gathered to honor fallen soldiers for the first time at the end of the U.S. Civil War, in 1865. Several American towns have since claimed to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, but they each trace their claims back to a later date, 1866.

Historian David Blight tells the story:

After a long siege, a prolonged bombardment for months from all around the harbor, and numerous fires, the beautiful port city of Charleston, South Carolina, where the war had begun in April, 1861, lay in ruin by the spring of 1865. The city was largely abandoned by white residents by late February. Among the first troops to enter and march up Meeting Street singing liberation songs was the Twenty First U. S. Colored Infantry; their commander accepted the formal surrender of the city.

Thousands of black Charlestonians, most former slaves, remained in the city and conducted a series of commemorations to declare their sense of the meaning of the war. The largest of these events, and unknown until some extraordinary luck in my recent research, took place on May 1, 1865. During the final year of the war, the Confederates had converted the planters’ horse track, the Washington Race Course and Jockey Club, into an outdoor prison. Union soldiers were kept in horrible conditions in the interior of the track; at least 257 died of exposure and disease and were hastily buried in a mass grave behind the grandstand. Some twenty-eight black workmen went to the site, re-buried the Union dead properly, and built a high fence around the cemetery. They whitewashed the fence and built an archway over an entrance on which they inscribed the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

Then, black Charlestonians in cooperation with white missionaries and teachers, staged an unforgettable [sic] parade of 10,000 people on the slaveholders’ race course. The symbolic power of the low-country planter aristocracy’s horse track (where they had displayed their wealth, leisure, and influence) was not lost on the freedpeople. A New York Tribunecorrespondent witnessed the event, describing “a procession of friends and mourners as South Carolina and the United States never saw before.”

At 9 am on May 1, the procession stepped off led by three thousand black schoolchildren carrying arm loads of roses and singing “John Brown’s Body.” The children were followed by several hundred black women with baskets of flowers, wreaths and crosses. Then came black men marching in cadence, followed by contingents of Union infantry and other black and white citizens. As many as possible gathered in the cemetery enclosure; a childrens’ choir sang “We’ll Rally around the Flag,” the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and several spirituals before several black ministers read from scripture. . . .

– You can read the rest of the article HERE

– As well as the original Article by David Blight HERE

Just a little traveling music to carry us on into our Monday morning rush. Keep Building people! FANGSTA!!!!!

– Groove Theory “Keep Tryin” –

” You’ve been missin’
Out on all the chances you’ve been given
Is it something within
Holding you back instead of livin’

Your day is coming though it seems far
Things will be clear when you love who you are
Nothin’ can stop you as long as you listen to your heart

Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher
Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher

You have sorrows
Everywhere you turn they seem to follow
If you let go
Happiness will come to you tomorrow

Your day is coming though it seems far
Things will be clear when you love who you are
Nothin’ can stop you as long as you listen to your heart

Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher
Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher

You can make if you try, you can make it

Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher
Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher

Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher
Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher

Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher
Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher “

This is also a wild story. Law officials are really trying to intimidate people from speaking up. It’s time we learn the laws. FANGGGGGG!

75-Year Prison Sentence for Taping the Police? The Absurd Laws That Criminalize Audio and Video Recording in America

– By Lauren Kelley on www.alternet.org

The growing accessibility of recording devices is prompting officials to dig up dusty old eavesdropping laws that are being used to intimidate the nation’s citizens.

January 28,2011/Last January, Michael Allison, a 41-year-old mechanic from Bridgeport, Illinois, went to court to protest what he saw as unfair treatment from local police officers. Allison is an auto enthusiast who likes to tinker with cars, several of which he keeps on his mother’s property in the neighboring town of Robinson. Because both towns have “eyesore,” or abandoned property, rules that require inoperable cars to be either registered or kept in a garage (which neither house had, and which Allison could not afford to build), Allison’s cars were repeatedly impounded by local officials.

Allison sued the city of Bridgeport in 2007, arguing that the eyesore law violated his civil rights and that the city was merely trying to bilk revenues from impound fees. This apparently enraged the local police, who, Allison alleges, began harassing him at home and threatening arrest when Allison refused to get rid of his cars.

Shortly before his January 2010 court date, Allison requested a court reporter for the hearing, making it clear to the county clerk that if one was not present he would record the proceedings himself.

With the request for a court reporter denied, Allison made good on his promise to bring his own audio recorder with him to the courthouse. Here’s what happened next, as reported by Radley Bilko in the latest issue of Reason magazine:

Just after he walked through the courthouse door the next day, Allison says Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Kimbara Harrell asked him whether he had a tape recorder in his pocket. He said yes. Harrell then asked him if it was turned on. Allison said it was. Harrell then informed the defendant that he was in violation of the Illinois wiretapping law, which makes it a Class 1 felony to record someone without his consent. “You violated my right to privacy,” the judge said.

Allison responded that he had no idea it was illegal to record public officials during the course of their work, that there was no sign or notice barring tape recorders in the courtroom, and that he brought one only because his request for a court reporter had been denied. No matter: After Harrell found him guilty of violating the car ordinance, Allison, who had no prior criminal record, was hit with five counts of wiretapping, each punishable by four to 15 years in prison. Harrell threw him in jail, setting bail at $35,000.

Allison responded that he had no idea it was illegal to record public officials during the course of their work, that there was no sign or notice barring tape recorders in the courtroom, and that he brought one only because his request for a court reporter had been denied. No matter: After Harrell found him guilty of violating the car ordinance, Allison, who had no prior criminal record, was hit with five counts of wiretapping, each punishable by four to 15 years in prison. Harrell threw him in jail, setting bail at $35,000.

– To Read The Rest Of this Article click HERE

– Courtesy of newsone.com –

HOUSTON- Video has been released of Houston Police brutally beating a Houston teenager who surrendered after being chased by authorities. In the video, police kick and punch then 15-year-old Chad Holley, who does not fight back, multiple times. Holley laid motionless on the ground while a group of cops descended upon him. Holley was a burglary suspect who was later convicted in July 2010.

The teenager has now filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging HPD officers beat him during his March 23 arrest.

Four Houston officers were indicted on official oppression charges and fired after a surveillance videotape surfaced reportedly showing them officers beating and kicking Holley while he was sprawled handcuffed on the ground. He was 15 at the time.

 

 

This is wild! Peep!

Black Mother Jailed For Sending Kids To White School District

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

– Courtesy of newsone.com

Is her punishment for giving her child a better life justice?

Ohio – An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelly Williams-Bolar was sentenced by Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Tuesday and will begin serving her sentence immediately.

The jury deliberated for seven hours and the courtroom was packed as the sentence was handed down. She was convicted on two counts of tampering with court records after registering her two girls as living with Williams Bolar’s father when they actually lived with her. The family lived in the housing projects in Akron, Ohio, and the father’s address was in nearby Copley Township.

Additionally, Williams-Bolar’s father, Edward L. Williams, was charged with a fourth-degree felony of grand theft, in which he and his daughter are charged with defrauding the school system for two years of educational services for their girls. The court determined that sending their children to the wrong school was worth $30,500 in tuition.

When I read about this case, a few thoughts went through my mind. First, it’s clear that the court is trying to make Kelly Williams-Bolar into an example. Even the judge in the case, Patricia Cosgrove, said that her sentence was appropriate ”so that others who think they might defraud the school system perhaps will think twice.”

Secondly, it’s interesting how courts find it convenient to make someone into an example when they happen to be poor and black. I’d love to see how they prosecute wealthy white women who commit the same offense. Oh, I forgot: Most wealthy white women don’t have to send their kids to the schools located near the projects.

Third, I’m not sure why the court is treating this law-abiding mom like a thug who ran into a building with a shotgun and robbed the district of $30,000. Instead, they could simply subtract the amount it costs for her kids to go to the second school from the amount that would be spent for them to attend the first one. I’m sure the difference would still be substantial, since American educational apartheid dictates that schools in poorer neighborhoods are of significantly less quality than other schools. The racial divisions within American schools are nothing less than a blatant and consistent human rights violation and should certainly be treated as such.

This Documentary needs to be bought! Peep ” www.houseofnumbers.com “.

” In House of Numbers: Anatomy of an Epidemic, an AIDS film like no other, the HIV/AIDS story is being rewritten. This is the first film to present the uncensored POVs of virtually all the major players; in their own settings, in their own words. It rocks the foundation upon which all conventional wisdom regarding HIV/AIDS is based. House of Numbers could well be the opening volley in a battle to bring sanity and clarity to an epidemic gone awry. “

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