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Cleveland responds to Farrakhan's clarion call for 'Justice Or Else!'

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor- | Last updated: Sep 8, 2015 - 9:59:24 AM

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CLEVELAND ( - When the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan visited this city, it was a stop in a place that has experienced perhaps two of the most well-known incidents of the blatant disregard for Black lives in recent memory.
 “Tamir Rice has to be answered for! Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell have to be answered for,” Min. Farrakhan told nearly 2,000 people packed into Second Ebenezer Baptist Church Sept. 3. His visit was part of a national tour to promote Justice Or Else! a major gathering on the National Mall scheduled for October 10th. The Minister is the convener of Justice Or Else!—which includes a demand for an immediate end to police misconduct and killings, an end to fratricidal violence and an immediate end to racial and social injustice.
 The Minister was referring to the November 22, 2014, killing of young Tamir Rice, 12, who was playing in a park near the Cudell Recreation Center with a toy gun.  According to reports, a caller reported seeing someone described as “probably a juvenile” 
brandishing a gun that was “probably fake” to 911. The dispatcher reportedly did not relay that information to responding officers, one of whom was Timothy Loehmann.

The 26-year-old rookie shot Tamir less than two seconds after the patrol car pulled into the park. Outrage grew once video emerged of the incident. Tamir died the next day. The coroner listed the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the torso with injuries to major vessels, his pelvis and his intestines. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner ruled the boy’s death a homicide.

In the other horrifying notable case, on November 29, 2012, two Black unarmed suspects, Timothy Ray Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, were killed by police officers who unloaded 137 bullets into the couple’s car after a high speed chase which ended near Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland.

Twenty-three bullets struck Ms. Williams in the head, neck, body and arm and 24 bullets hit the head, neck and extremities of Mr. Russell. Thirteen different officers fired shots at the car.

Officer Michael Brelo stood on the hood of the car driven by Mr. Russell and fired shots into the windshield. There were so many deadly shots, a judge ruled it was impossible to say Off. Brelo’s shots took the lives of the victims and therefore acquitted Off. Brelo of charges of involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks Sept. 3.

In three days in the city, the Minister met with spiritual leaders and political officials from the Cleveland metropolitan area as well as with family members of those who have lost their lives while in police custody or due to police officers administering lethal force.
“This is a great city, but it’s a wicked city,” said Min. Farrakhan “Nothing is truly great if its greatness is in roads and buildings and great edifices and highways … that is not how God measures the greatness of a city or the greatness of a nation,” he added.

A nation is measured by how it treats its poor and most vulnerable, and too many people are homeless, living in poverty and without basic needs. A true man of God is obligated to deliver that message, even if it is not liked by the ruling powers, said the Minister.
“America stands judged! Too many homeless people living under bridges in the richest country on earth,” Min. Farrakhan continued. “A true man of God is not afraid to deliver the message of God even if it costs him his life. This is a day when all false men and women will be sat down.”

“Justice is a principle of fair dealing, justice is the law that distinguishes between right and wrong, justice is the act of weighing fact against action,” he said.

As he has stressed repeatedly in warnings to audiences nationwide, the Minister reiterated the right to self-defense to preserve the life that God has ordained.

“No man has the right to take your life and then deny you due process for the redress of your grievance,” said Min. Farrakhan. “I watched that judge with Malissa Williams and Mr. Russell. Shot at a vehicle 137 times—that’s a hell of a lot of shooting.”

To be a member of a police force, one must demonstrate shooting proficiency, some boasting to be expert marksmen, the Minister noted. Hunters know where to shoot an animal to cause the least amount of damage, while still killing it, preserving the body so it can be used or eaten later, he continued.

Min. Farrakhan led those gathered at the Tamir Rice memorial in prayer.
“This man is a hunter, but he is a liar and a murderer and the whole system backs him up,” said Min. Farrakhan. “This is a system that has to be taken down in order for the people, Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, and White to experience what God wants every human being to experience. This system can’t bring it. It’s just not constructed that way.”
Those who claim to follow God must hate the world of Satan, he said. Those who gave Black people religion taught them to love everyone—including their enemies—even though Whites never practiced that type of religion.

“Imagine a White man telling us not to hate and we’ve been under his hatred ever since we’ve been here,” said Min. Farrakhan. “We’ve been under it so tough that we now hate ourselves.”

Satan’s influence is in houses of worship, which is why those claiming to be Christians and Muslims and Jews are limited in their effect and there is so much chaos, confusion, and disorder going on within houses of worship.

“Satan always likes to come in the straight path of God to deceive as many in God’s path as he can to make you unworthy of the promise that God has made to you,” said the Minister. “Satan is devouring human beings.”

There is a battle between those who benefit from the continuance of Satan’s world, and those who represent the new world governed by God’s natural laws.
“When Christ comes, he must upset the order of Satan and reset it in the natural order,” said Min. Farrakhan.
The car driven by Timothy Russell is shown April 10, in Cleveland. Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo, 31, was tried and acquitted on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the November 2012 deaths of Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, after a high-speed chase. The defense attorneys, prosecuting attorney and the judge visited the warehouse where the car and two police cruisers involved in the chase were stored. Photo: AP/Wide World photos

The Minister said following the “Justice Or Else!” gathering on Oct. 10, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., representatives of the movement will “fan out all over the country” in preparation for Black Friday without Black people. It is part of a holiday spending boycott and economic withdrawal intended to show Black displeasure with injustice and to punish an unjust system and unjust society.
“On Black Friday, they shouldn’t see a Black face,” said the Minister. “Instead of them spying on you while you are shopping, make them look for you because you are not shopping!”

There must be a recalibration of traditional celebrations that take place for Christmas in Black communities, he said.

Bishop Eugene Ward of Greater Love Baptist Church said the Minister’s appearance in Cleveland was an answer to a prayer.  A friend who is a member of the Nation of Islam in West Palm Beach, Fla., told him a little over a month ago during a telephone conversation that Min. Farrakhan was going around the country speaking. After hanging up the phone, he immediately went into prayer and asked, “How can I get Minister Farrakhan here?” Two days later, he received a call from Rudolph Muhammad, a member of the Nation of Islam in Cleveland, who said a place was needed to host Minister Farrakhan who wanted to speak in the city. Tears came out his eyes.

“It is about us as a people becoming tighter and pooling our resources as well as our efforts together to make sure that something gets done in this country. It is Justice or Else!” Bishop Ward told The Final Call. “I’m thankful the Minister was here.  It was an answer to a prayer, and I’m thankful to God for pulling all this together.”

Jonetha Jackson works at Cleveland State University and is pursuing her master’s degree. She called Min. Farrakhan “wonderful” and fully supports the movement.

“He speaks the truth, he doesn’t sugarcoat anything and just tells the plain truth. I’ve always said that we need to take our money out of the oppressor’s hands because we enable them to oppress us when we fund them,” said Ms. Jackson. “I got my fist up and I’m fighting back! Justice or Else!”

Philip Yenyo, executive director, American Indian Movement, Ohio
Philip Yenyo, executive director of the American Indian Movement for the state of Ohio, expressed solidarity with Min. Farrakhan’s call for justice. “I really like the ideas that Minister Farrakhan has about economic sanctions,” said Mr. Yenyo. “Our wealth lies in land, and that land is being taken from us.”

“This movement that he is fostering—especially with the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March—is going to be something really big,” predicted Mr. Yenyo. “This is something that is going to electrify this country, and start unifying us.”

Student Minister Michael Muhammad, who leads Muhammad Mosque No. 18 in Cleveland, said the prayers of the people were answered with Min. Farrakhan’s arrival and guidance-filled messages delivered during the time he was in the city.

“Cleveland responded extraordinarily well, thanks be to God. The people of the city of Cleveland called for the Minister to come and they responded in overwhelming numbers when they knew he was coming,” said Mr. Muhammad. “I know the enemy is thoroughly upset, but that’s good, because they have to know that it is God’s time now and God has come for his people in Cleveland.”

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'We are not asking for justice, we are demanding justice'

By Richard B. Muhammad and Janiah Muhammad -Final Call Staffers- | Last updated: Aug 4, 2015 - 3:50:25 PM

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Miami turns out for a powerful, inspiring evening with Minister Louis Farrakhan

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks to a packed audience inside Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Miami, FL. Photo: Hassan Muhammad

MIAMI - When the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan stepped before some 1,500 people packed into the historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church the crowd exploded with applause.
Photos: Andrea Muhammad
What most in the crowd did not know what the 82-year-old leader had been infused with boundless energy during this trip South to promote the “Justice Or Else!” gathering planned for this fall in the Nation’s Capital. Over several days he met with leaders, youth, activists, artists and preachers and professionals in private sessions and group sessions, never tiring, never wavering, never-not-smiling.

That same energy pervaded the church where extra chairs were added to a full upstairs sanctuary. Downstairs listeners endured a sweltering heat to hear sound piped in via speaker as event organizers were forced to find a place for people who had come out and refused to leave somewhere in the building.

Then outside others gathered around loud speakers placed outside, sitting on street curbs, on cars in a park across the streets and seemingly anywhere close enough to hear a clarion call for justice.

Women in line outside of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Miami Photo: Andrea Muhammad
The message was well worth the heat, the lines wrapped around the corner and a bright sunny day that turned into a humid night. “How can we charge others with the crime of killing us without due process and lying about it when we are killing each other? And we won’t march on ourselves, nor will we even rise up to condemn ourselves for what we are doing to ourselves. And in the gangs when we kill we don’t talk, so nobody is arrested and charged with murder and brought to what is called justice,” said Min. Farrakhan getting quickly into the subject of justice and his demand for justice planned for Oct. 10 in Washington, D.C., as part of the Justice Or Else gathering on the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

The gathering will be no frolic, no picnic, no folly, but a serious demand for justice placed before a government rife with injustice and a crisis in police killings of Blacks, Native Americans and others inside America. Such a demand called for an assessment of conditions and confronting White oppression on one side and Black fratricidal violence on the other.

Photo: Richard B. Muhammad, Photo: Andrea Muhammad
“And the police when they kill us, they put the lie out first and then back the lie up with the institutions of government of White Supremacy. And so even though we march and even though we fight against this injustice it continues unabated. So we have decided on the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March we want to go to Washington.

“We want to go back to Washington to demand of our government what we rightly deserve and what we have paid for with our sweat and our blood,” the Minister declared. “But this time we are not asking for justice, we are demanding justice and as Frederick Douglass says, ‘power concedes nothing without a demand.’ And I added to that, power concedes nothing without a demand that is backed by power.”

“So what is the power that should back our righteous demand for justice? It is the unequaled power of our unity as a people. We have never ‘gone united.’ We stay as little tribes and factions, gathering only for the moment and then scattering after the moment. But when you and I can go as a people, not Muslim and Christian and Baptists, and Methodists, and Crips and Bloods, and native tribes, but go as the original inhabitants of our planet to demand justice and some of this earth we can call our own,” he said.

Photo Hassan Muhammad
Between men and women there is a demand from nature that must be satisfied to bring unity and harmony, the Minister said. The man must give first as the maintainer, the protector, the provider for the woman in his life and the woman will respond to an unspoken demand out of the beauty of her nature, he said. But, the Minister noted, Satan has turned things upside down with women working, factories closed, and Blacks left in the lurch, unable to create jobs and unwilling to support Black entrepreneurs. And Blacks bereft of the knowledge of self beg others to do what Blacks must do for themselves, he continued. Those who provide goods and services take money out of an
underdeveloped and disrespected community without substantial reinvestment.

Such social engineering leaves Uncle Sam ready to recruit fearless Black youth in the armed forces, and the U.S. government helped foment the crack cocaine epidemic by placing drugs and weapons in the ‘hood to promote fratricide and Black discord, he said. The wise of this nation, and leaders like J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime FBI director, know it is time for the rise of Black people and are determined to avert the destruction and fall of White supremacy, the Minister noted.

But like a serpent, Whites are deceptive, trying to keep control of the once-slaves who are destined to go free by monitoring their activities, their leaders, their actions and even their social media posts to cull information, he said.

It was standing room only for a Thursday night message from Min Farrakhan in Miami.
“They would like to charge us with radicalizing our people by telling the truth, but every time they kill a Black man or beat up a Black woman or unjustly stop us for traffic violation and then kill us, we are being radicalized. They are the ones who are radicalizing us. All we are doing is telling the truth of what they are doing,” Minister Farrakhan thundered as the crowd roared back and started to applaud loudly.

But, he said the slaughter of Blacks must cease because “we make it so difficult for us to go to Washington with the strength which is necessary to confront the evil of our government in depriving Blacks and Browns, native people and some of their own poor White people.”

Photos: Richard B. Muhammad
Later in his message, the Minister called for 10,000 fearless men willing to make the ultimate sacrifice rather than live under tyranny. There comes a time in the life of every people who yearn for freedom where death is sweeter than to continue life under oppression, he said.

Blacks must protect their lives if the federal government refuses to intervene when Black lives are unjustly and the principle of a life of a life is laid out in scripture, the Minister explained. “Death is sweeter than to continue to live and bury our children while White folks give the killers hamburgers. Death is sweeter than watching us slaughter each other to the joy of a 400-year-old enemy. Death is sweeter. The Qur’an teaches persecution is worse than slaughter then it says, retaliation is prescribed in matters of the slain. Retaliation is a prescription from God to calm the breasts of those whose children have been slain. If the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us, stalk them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling,” said Min. Farrakhan. The crowd rose to its feet and gave another standing ovation.

The Minister again called for a boycott of Xmas holiday spending as a response to oppression and the disrespect of Black life. He cited the last public speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968 in Memphis, where the civil rights leader spoke of inflicting economic pain on those who have oppressed Black people. Dr. King was more than a dreamer, he was a freedom fighter who awoke to the American nightmare, the Minister said. The way to inflict economic pain is by withdrawing money from the forces of oppression and using our combined economic might create a reality for ourselves, said Min. Farrakhan. He urged the audience to reject pagan celebrations in the name of Jesus and to spend time with loved ones, not exchanging gifts, but heartfelt discussions about the reality of the man Jesus and his life’s work, the Minister said.

Photos: Andrea Muhammad
Men, women and children of different backgrounds filled Mt. Zion. Although doors were supposed to open at 6 p.m., the church was already halfway full by then. The line extended down the sidewalk and around the building as men and women entered through separate entrances, but sat side by side in the historic house of worship. By 6:30 p.m., the church sanctuary was full and people had to begin filling a steamy overflow room.

Though all came to hear Minister Farrakhan, everyone had different reasons or paths that ended July 30 for the Thursday evening message.

Since there was a social media campaign to promote Minister Farrakhan’s visit to Miami, many found out via Facebook and Twitter. “I saw a post from my friend on Facebook that Minister Farrakhan was going to be here, and I was like ‘Oh my God,’ ” said 37-year-old Kirsten Porter, who is from Minneapolis. “I’m hoping to get motivation, inspiration, and spiritual upliftment.”

Some had a direct connection to the Nation of Islam.
Donna Addy, who is originally from Detroit, but now lives in Boynton Beach, Fla., grew up in the Nation of Islam. However, she didn’t continue to attend mosque meetings throughout her life. Over the past few months, she’s been making the hour long drive from Boynton Beach to Miami to attend the Sunday meetings at Muhammad Mosque No. 29.

Photo: Andrea Muhammad
“I’m here to see the Minister and to hear the truth,” she said, her daughter Joy at her side. “If I had stuck with the Nation of Islam, imagine how much better I would be. So now, I’m exposing it to my daughter so she can get it early.”

Asha Starks, a 22-year-old attending Barry University in Miami, felt since she was part of the student movement, she should hear different viewpoints. Her grandfather aided Minister Louis Farrakhan during the Million Man March in 1995, which helped to shape her stance on social rights today.

 “We need organization. There’s a lot of messed up stuff, and if we just stand by, nothing can change,” Ms. Starks said.
One of Minister Farrakhan’s main messages during his Justice Or Else tour across the country has been unity. Many say unity is needed in the community.
Patricia Atkinson, a 44-year-old woman born in New York with Jamaican roots, considers herself to be newly conscious. “Unity,” she said. “It’s time. So much is going on. When we have knowledge of self, we can unify. We need to support our own businesses so we can get respect from others.”
Minister Farrakhan has not only been pushing for unity among Blacks, but unity among Native Americans, Hispanics and others who have suffered injustice.

Wayne “Smoke” Snellgrove, a native of Saskatewan, Canada, was a guest of Minister Farrakhan during a leadership meeting for indigenous people and Latinos days before his speech at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Mr. Snellgrove works for Indian Voices newspaper, which promotes education and public awareness about Native Americans and their issues. He loved what the Minister had to say and wanted more, so he found himself at the church.

“I want to hear more of the truth,” Mr. Snellgrove said. “Any chance I can get to be with and grow with my brothers and sisters, and share my spirituality.”

“I hope to gain motivation to keep fighting for the cause because it gets tiresome,” she said. “You just need to be in the company of other like minds,” said Vanessa Gonzalez, a 31-year-old Latina.
Both Mr. Snellgrove and Ms. Gonzalez say it is time to unite.

“I think 10.10.15 is a great way to be with my brothers and sisters,” Mr. Snellgrove said.
“It’s amazing that it’s been 20 years since the last march,” Ms. Gonzalez said. “I’m grateful I get to participate. It’s sad that we’re still fighting, but at least we have a voice. We need to unify. We can’t call for justice and only have it for one people, only have it for Blacks and Hispanics. I mean, Asians experience injustice, too. We need to unite to win together.”

Once Minister Farrakhan mounted the podium after a deafening round of applause, many got what they came for. Minister Farrakhan not only touched on unity in the community, but he also spoke about unity between the nature of man and the nature of woman.

“He (God) put in the nature of woman a demand,” Minister Farrakhan said. “First, the demand is on the man. The man is supposed to be the maintainer and the provider of the women in his life.”
For a portion of his lecture, Minister Farrakhan focused on the woman and how she should be treated.
“A woman is more than an object of pleasure,” he said. “She is the second self of God and she is a god herself.”

Minister Farrakhan provided all listeners with an empowering and motivating message, letting them know that they have the power within themselves to do great things.

“The Bible calls man not a glory of God, but the glory of God,” he said. “In your best state, you reflect him perfectly. When you look in the mirror, you don’t see that. But that’s not God’s fault. You are a caricature of what God intended you to be.”

The Minister also enlightened many on what being a believer in Jesus Christ really means and dealt with the need for justice.

“The more we are denied,” Minister Farrakhan said, “the longer we are denied, the stronger the answer to that cry.”

Minister Farrakhan urged the audience to study the last few years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life before he was assassinated. “They didn’t assassinate him because he had a dream. He was assassinated because he woke up,” he said. “Justice is what Dr. King, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and Harriet Tubman wanted.”

In his last public speech, Dr. King talked on the need for land, the need to spread economic pain to those who practice injustice and supporting Black banks and institutions, the Minister observed.
Listeners shot to their feet many times to applaud the Minister’s unique message. After closing out in prayer, several guests left the church talking about what they had heard. Others crowded around the church on the sidewalk and across the street, buying DVDs and books of the Nation of Islam and asking when they could attend the mosque in Miami.

Minister Farrakhan gave listeners many things to think about when it came to improving their lives and the state of their communities. After hearing Minister Farrakhan’s lecture, Britney Stephens left with a better idea of who he is and what he’s about.

“What stuck out to me was that he was talking about how a lot of people say they’re with the Lord, but they’re not in Christ,” she said. “That’s something people have to think about.”

Twenty-seven-year-old Shameka Thomas felt the Minister’s lecture was powerful and intense.
“It’s what we need to wake up, especially about Black men and women and taking back our land,” she said. “His talk about Jesus and how he was a revolutionary and how we’re all one and in Christ and that there is no distinction stood out to me. Christ was about love but also about war.”

After hearing his message, many people was excited to be in Washington, D.C. on 10-10-15.
Arleen White, an activist originally from Jamaica who lost her 14-year-old son to gun violence, felt Justice Or Else is long overdue.

“We really need to unite,” she said. “It’s time. We’ve been victimized for too long and we need to fight for the hour and for our children. Now it’s time for us to really stand up because if we don’t stand for anything, we’ll die for anything.”

For Michael Lowe, it was just nice to see Minister Farrakhan in person.
“I got more of what I’m used to getting from him,” Mr. Lowe said. “Him bringing the truth like he does. I hope to follow him in his footsteps.”

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    Broken promises, bias, brutality and bail

    By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent- | Last updated: Jul 28, 2015 - 1:16:22 PM

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    Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, wipes her eye as she is flanked by her attorneys Anthony D. Gray, left, and Benjamin L. Crump, right, during a news conference April 23, in Clayton, Mo. The parents of Michael Brown filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson over the fatal shooting of their son by a White police officer, a confrontation that sparked a protest movement across the United States. Photo: AP Wide World Photo/Jeff Roberson

    Black attorneys battle inside a criminally unjust court system
    LOS ANGELES ( - The National Bar Association’s 90th annual convention’s message of fighting police brutality mirrored the fight Black Americans face every day.
    The convention, with its theme “A Legacy of Service. A Promise of Justice,” centered on police brutality and highlighted problems and solutions to why Blacks continuously suffer injustice.
    Attorney Nicole C. Lee,
    Co-Founder of the
    Black Movement-Law Project

    Members of the nation’s largest and oldest organization of Black lawyers met at the downtown Westin Bonaventure Hotel July 19-23.
    “A number one issue this year was police brutality, and although I did not think that it would be the centerpiece of my administration, that’s exactly what it was,” said Pamela Meanes, outgoing president of the National Bar Association. 
    During her president’s reception, a video showcased the year-long efforts of the organization’s Police Misconduct Task Force and Criminal Law Section.
    During her tenure, members worked to back a movement against police brutality by hosting forums and discussions, proposing federal laws, educating Blacks about their rights when encountering law enforcement, and demanding Justice Department intervention in excessive force cases.  The organization’s fight against police brutality will continue, she said.
    Federal legislation
    Attorney Barbara R. Arnwine,
    Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for
    Civil Rights Under Law
    The National Bar Association is advocating for four federal laws tied to police reform:  One mandates officers wear federally funded body video cameras on duty; a second establishes federal standards for use of force training and tactics; a third requires police departments to conduct annual training in de-escalations, and a fourth would require police departments to enact a policy requiring officers observing other cops using excessive force step in.

    Justice or Else!
    The suspicious July 13 jail house death of Sandra Bland in Prairie View, Texas occurred one week before the Black lawyers gathered. Her death underscored one of many reasons why police brutality was prominently featured during their annual meeting, noted Attorney Benjamin Crump, whose firm, Parks and Crump, represents the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Jr., Chavis Carter, Victor White, and families in other high profile cases involving police shootings or suspicious Black injuries or deaths.
    “It’s unfortunate that we see these tragedies happening almost weekly now. It says a lot to the police culture as it relates to their interaction with people of color, in many instances as we see from video, unarmed people of color,” Attorney Crump said.
    Even before he was sworn in as its 73rd president on July 23, Attorney Crump had endorsed “Justice or Else,” the 20th anniversary gathering of the Million Man March. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan issued the clarion call for the gathering on October 10, 2015 to answer a critical cry for justice.
    Attorney Nana Gyamfi,
    Professor, Human Rights Activist and Host of
    Inner Light Radio’s Conversations on the Way
    Atty. Crump said he recently had the honor and privilege of meeting with Minister Farrakhan about the challenges facing the Black community and preventing what appears to be the sanctioned killing of unarmed people of color.

    He applauded Minister Farrakhan for speaking out against injustice, saying if Blacks don’t speak up, stand and fight, nobody’s going to do it.
    “All our civil rights leaders have to speak to the issue. We have to make the narrative very clear, straightforward that we are fighting for the lives of our children, and that’s why I endorse the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March-Justice or Else, because we like all Americans only want equal justice for our loved ones and our family and our children, too,” Attorney Crump stated.
    Denying Blacks justice
    According to Counter Current News, Ms. Bland’s arrest by Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia was illegal based on a Supreme Court decision.  The trooper violated the court’s ruling in Rodriguez v. United States that police cannot extend the length of a routine traffic stop unless there is a clear safety concern or additional crime committed in the course of the stop, the agency reported.
    Police have long represented the front line in a criminal justice system where cops, prosecutors and judges have consistently acted to deny Blacks justice, advocates said.
    Blacks are over-policed and criminalized, said Attorney Nicole Lee, co-founder of the Black Movement-Law Project, which developed last August in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Darren Wilson, then a Ferguson, Mo., police officer. 
    Her expertise is documenting human rights atrocities like genocide or internal displacement in countries like Haiti, Columbia and the Sudan, she said. When she was called to help in Ferguson she initially declined, thinking she wasn’t needed.
    But finally she did go. “I saw situations happening in this country that would actually put many of those countries to shame. They just would not allow it. You would not lob tear gas in Columbia for example while babies are in the middle of the street,” Attorney Lee said.
    “You would not harass people and come to their homes and pull out their mom’s from bed just to harass them, not an offense charge, but just to show that you are powerful,” she said.
    Black attorneys have a role to play in the movement, particularly by using their expertise to create legal infrastructure to help with the mass defense of hundreds of people, she told her peers. 
    According to Attorney Lee, there were 253 arrests in Baltimore after people rose in protests after the fatal injuries apparently suffered by Freddie Gray, a Black man, in police custody. “One hundred-twenty of them were thrown out on habeas immediately because we had the infrastructure to actually process the writs for 120 people,” she informed. Another 50 were released so the system could avoid the wave of attorneys they thought just showed up from nowhere, but the lawyers were organized and strategic, Atty. Lee said.
    Lawyers for protestors across America have also been dealing with police attempting to hide their clients in black sites, secret police interrogation compounds, she added.
    Lawyers on the front lines
    Attorney Lee helps to train attorneys to provide jail support for large numbers of protestors arrested in mass demonstrations, but she said more attorneys need to join youth already on the front lines, such as St. Louis activists Rika Tyler, a member of the Hands Up United activist group and T-Dubb-o, also a rapper.
    The young people spoke to the Black lawyers about problems activists face on the ground in cities where Blacks are killed.
    “We get followed still by police, harassed and targeted at protests while being active,” T-Dubb-o said. “We’re here to get answers just like you all. We don’t know what freedom is gonna look like, because we haven’t had it. We just know we’re fighting for it, and we’re going to continue fighting for it. We just need you all to fight with us,” he said.
    “To make it as plain as possible, they’re killing us, in more ways than one,” the activist added.
    Ms. Tyler took time to highlight the largely ignored plight of young Black women like Kimberlee King, who died in September 2014.
    “Over the weekend they said she killed herself for traffic warrants but what they didn’t tell you is when they did the autopsy report, she had semen in her body and so she had probably been raped and killed in jail,” Ms. Tyler charged.
    “The police target us because it’s a little bit easier to get a hold of us, but everyday life is like you get followed by the police and if you’re not getting followed by the police, you run up on something and wound up getting hurt or targeted by the police,” Ms. Tyler said.
    Another reason Blacks can’t get justice is they’re policed by cops who don’t live in their neighborhoods and who could care less about them, Ms. Tyler noted.
    Both activists said they were honored for the opportunity to speak to  Black lawyers that they feel need to wake up.
    “I mean they’ve been doing work but they need to push it a little bit more. You are still a Black person before you are a Black lawyer, so if you think your life matters and you think our lives matter, you need to be doing work and use the access and tools, education that you do have as a Black lawyer to push forward,” Ms. Tyler told The Final Call.
    Crimes of poverty
    Police have a lot of power to jam up people’s lives, Attorney Lee pointed out, in the short and long term. In Baltimore, one-third of the cases brought to trial are dismissed by the time they make it to trial or get before a judge, she noted. 
    What attorneys have seen in Ferguson and are seeing in Baltimore is people are picked up on ridiculous charges, held for two weeks, then released, the attorney said. By then, they’ve lost their jobs, or homes which they might have rented on a monthly or weekly basis, she said.
    “I’ve met women in homeless shelters who’ve explained to me, ‘yeah it was a completely ridiculous charge, but I’m here because if I actually pay money on rent, then I can’t pay these crazy court fines even though it’s been dismissed,’ ” Attorney Lee stated.
    According to the Vera Institute of Justice, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit center for justice policy and practice, some 12 million people are admitted to jail annually and Black men are disproportionately held because of their inability to pay. 
    Their incarceration starts a vicious cycle of unemployment, debt, and the inability to post bail, the center indicated.
    Krystal Muhammad, national chairman of the New Black Panther Party, also works for a bail bond company. She said in a phone interview her company in Harris County, Texas, receives 400 names of arrestees per day.
    The majority are Blacks and Hispanics arrested for things like marijuana possession or DUI, which are pretty much crimes of poverty, she argued.  Many are taken in for resisting arrest, but they don’t have arresting charges, Ms. Muhammad observed.
    “If a person is even given a misdemeanor, they have to look at really $2,000-5,000 just to get legal representation, and most people don’t have that, so they’re forced to either sit in jail or take a plea,” she said.
    Power to the people
    Activists in Houston have been fighting to establish an independent review board with powers to subpoena and prosecute police, according to Ms. Muhammad.
    Civil rights attorney Barbara Arnwine argued during the Black attorneys’ Civil Rights Forum, the absence of an independent police review commission in the vast majority of America’s 13,000 police departments adds to the injustice against Blacks.
    “Without the ability to subpoena people and to also render some kind of justice that is followed, they have very little power. Now where they do have that kind of power, amazing results, amazing compliance, amazing statistics on reduction of police brutality, police violence, etc., so it is a very important tool,” she said.
    Human rights attorney Nana Gyamfi noted in Cleveland, days after a group of residents filed affidavits, based on a 1960s, law asking Cuyahoga County Judge Ronald Ardine to issue an arrest warrant for the two officers involved in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the judge refused.
    He felt Officer Timothy Loehmann should be charged for murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty and Frank Garmback with negligent homicide and dereliction of duty, but left it up to the district attorney, and of course the DA’s office hasn’t decided to indict, Attorney Gyamfi said. 
    She urged taking such processes outside of the court system and established political systems range and forming community tribunals.
    “When cops look up and see billboards with their name and badge number, etc., with the verdict of the community about their actions, I think that we’ll start to see people either leave the force or changes being made that respond to that,” she said.
    “It’s really gonna have to be because we give them no wiggle-room choice, and they’re actually begging us to stop whatever we’re doing and asking us what it is that we want,” Attorney Gyamfi said.

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