Black People : A Day of Outrage in Detroit

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  1. Ankhur

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    FinalCall.com News

    National News
    Hundreds march against police killing of 7-year-old in Detroit, abuses nationwide
    By Diane Bukowski
    Updated Jul 13, 2010 - 4:06:15 PM



    DETROIT (FinalCall.com) - A mother and child from New York City led a march of hundreds from Detroit and across the nation down Woodward Avenue June 26 to condemn the police killing of seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones on May 16.

    They carried dozens of signs displaying Aiyana's photo, which declared in bright red, “Redeem Aiyana's Dream,” and “We Say No to No-Knock Raids.” They chanted, “Don't kill our kids, don't shoot our kids!” and “The system is wrong, we've got to be strong, Aiyana Jones, she has a name, her family is not to blame!”

    Jewel Allison, the founder of the International Aiyana Alliance, said, “People all over New York City, and from London, Africa, Germany and Peru have contacted me in outrage over this child's death.”

    She and her daughter Honesti, 11, held hands during the march.

    “New York is Detroit and Detroit is New York. Out of the love I have for my daughter, I say, oh no, you cannot shoot our children in the head and get away with it,” Ms. Allison declared. “I began grieving myself when I heard of Aiyana's killing, this totally upset our household. For the last four weeks, we have organized non-stop to bring our message to the world on the streets of this city where Aiyana was killed.”

    Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley allegedly shot Aiyana to death during a military-style assault on her home in a poverty-stricken East Side neighborhood May 16. He fired as other officers lobbed an incendiary stun grenade through a front window of the Jones family's home, according to the family's attorney Geoffrey Fieger. Aiyana and her grandmother Vertilla Jones were sleeping on a couch directly below that window.

    “The First 48,” an Arts and Entertainment (A&E) reality show which features Officer Weekley on its website as a regular star, was filming the episode.

    The International Aiyana Alliance has also called for a fall march on the U.S. Department of Justice to demand a stop to no-knock raids in the near future.

    “At the heart of the Washington march will be a demand for the Justice Department to pull money and grants from local police departments that are using them to carry out no-knock raids,” Ms. Allison said. “These raids are only carried out in poor neighborhoods of color, which don't have the means to fight back, not in rich White suburbs.”

    Regarding the notion that a general atmosphere of violence in Detroit led to Aiyana's death, Ms. Allison said, “We are powerless as relates to any type of real violence. The whole system needs to be renovated. The recession has caused mass unemployment, which linked with internalized self-hatred results in violent crime within our communities. Black people are only 12 percent of the population nationally, and Black women and children make up the majority of that. What you have left is maybe five percent of the population being Black males, and they want us to believe they are all strapped and violent and a threat to the country. That is ridiculous.”

    Makeisha Harris, a young Detroit mother who is head of Healing Detroit, led a grassroots march of hundreds throughout the city in May to bring community members together in the wake of Aiyana's death. Ms. Harris participated in the I.A.A. march, as did Joyce Johnson, a leader of the City Airport Renaissance Association (CARA), which is calling attention to the unsolved murders of 12 women in that East Side neighborhood.

    Also present were members of Call ‘em Out, the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality (DCAPB),
    http://www.detroitcoalition.org/

    and other local organizations. Many protesters who came from other parts of the country had just attended the U.S. Social Forum, held June 22-26 at Cobo Hall. That event brought out thousands of activists.

    Myla Johnson of Gary, Ind., who leads the Central District Organizing Project there, brought her six children to the USSF and the march.

    “How come this officer has not been charged?” she asked. “He's not God, to take a life like he did. It's becoming so common, and the police just get a pass. We have our share of police-instigated violence in Gary. I am so happy that we were able to come out to support Aiyana. Everyone in Gary has heard about her case and we are devastated by it.”


    http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_7130.shtml
     
  2. chuck

    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Where have Kemey and Hyper K disappeared to?

    Holla holla, fellas...

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    It's time to take action and stop the unjustice law that's killing people .
     
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    hey listen.. that outrage will be forgotten in a matter of weeks.. this has been
    going on for hundreds of years.. to no avail.. the sad part is that through very
    effective education and entertainment systems we have lost touch with whats
    really going on.. so we are outraged when we come face to face with the real
    face of brutality.. "cops are supposed to help us," we say to ourselves.. but
    history.. real history tells a completely different story.. the cops on TV are
    dedicated to doing good and helping the weak.. just like superman.. but reality
    is a whole other thing.. the moment we take some time and really define what
    we mean by "we".. and then.. enmasse.. unplug ourselves from the systems of
    deception and historical revision.. and take control of our own education and
    training.. that moment.. will be the begining of the begining of the end of this
    kind of outrage.. and it will be the begining of real substantive responses.

    There's a holocaust movie called the Pianist starring adrian brody.. this movie is
    based on a true story.. in his time in one of the German death camps, as the
    jews would be marching from one place to another, the German commander
    randonmly stop them and pick several men from the group.. have them lay down
    on the ground.. and then one by one.. shoot them in the head.. each man
    would lay there hoping praying that he would be spared.. it occurred to me then
    that the reason for these random killings was to inspire fear in all the ones that
    survived.. it was a mechanism of control.. like an invisible electric fence.. and
    these killing of our people have the same effect.. they are a warning to all those
    that value life.. they say, WE ARE IN CONTROL, WE CAN KILL YOU WHENEVER
    WE WANT.. YOUR LIVES BELONG TO ME... the protesting and occasional jail
    sentencing are not for our benefit.. they are for the benefit of their own children..
    they too afterall must be convinced that their is such a thing as justice.. and that
    their people are honest and good.. the lie is told to everyone.. and perpetuated
    by everyone.. good, bad or indifferent.. of all the players in this game, we are
    the ones that should be able to see the truth.. the brutalized.. and the descendants
    of the brutalized should have no questions.. no illusions.. what is, is evident..
    what's not evident is how to face it.. or what to do about it.. to run.. to die..
    to ignore.. to wait.. etc.. .​





    ..

    We live in ourselves; we grow from what went before. What comes
    after us depends on what we do in preserving that which we share,
    and which has been handed over in our keeping. - Ralph Ellison
     
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    So --in spite of the cooperation of the neighbors --with those who are allegedly supposed to protect and serve them too--instead-- because of an alleged publicity stunt--gone horrible wrong--a young innocent bystander gets shot-- by one of those very officers etc.?

    Insult and injury-- like that--doggone sure won't be forgotten--anytime soon!

    Anger and outrage at justice not (yet) being served grows by leaps and bounds via the residents of my adopted city as well...

    Yes...

    All I can hope and pray is that cooler heads eventually prevail...

    But...

    If others can't or won't listen to reason?

    ONE guess!

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    I hear you chuck.. but if the memory doesn't inspire or influence action,
    what good is it? It's just another piece of information competing with the
    latest top ten hit for mindshare.. the cop will get off.. and even if he doesn't,
    the function of the police department will remain the same.. same disposition..
    African life will still not be respected.. and all the people will do is cry, pop
    their gums and then go on with life like it never happened.. they'll still tell their
    kids the same stories.. send them to the same schools.. support the same
    politicians.. harbor the same dreams and aspirations.. live in the same
    places.. etc.. no one will make the connections between what is happening
    and what has been happening.. they'll continue to regard these incidents as
    anomalies.. they'll still have the same heroes.. watch the same shows.. do
    the same things.. and thus.. nothing will change.. ever. Action changes things..
    not time.. and not just any action.. appropriate action.. effective action..
    responsible action... it's time to put away the dreams, take a long hard look
    at the reality, adjust our disposition and take up new positions.. it's time to
    accept the world as it is.. and deal with in a real way.. and that doesn't mean
    getting guns and shooting folks.. it means putting away our illusions.. it means
    exchanging them for reality.. then aligning our new reality with our actions..
    with our aspirations.. with our stories.. with our songs.. with our education..
    with our customs.. with our attitudes.. with all the facets of culture.. with the
    way we love.. the way we hate.. with what we prepare for.. with what we ignore..
     
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    My Lord.

    This is so sad, so tragic. My heart goes out to that family.

    And I wonder just what, if anything, became of the "suspect" they were allegedly looking for.








    This reminds me of the Katherine Johnston police killing in ATL.
     
  9. chuck

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    Chuck:

    The latest city payouts for after wrongful death lawsuits involving trigger happy cops?

    33 million dollars...

    I. e., there's also a city paid court ordered monitor of the police force, though for all the good he's done, (and it's kinda sorta the fed's way of covering their own rear ends)!

    Do keep this in mind as well...

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    In all due candor and honesty:

    I don't feel that anybody posting from elsewhere intended to lecture us here...

    I do think you'd be highly annoyed and angered if we here did likewise...

    Simply put:

    Yes....

    Your concern/empathy/sympathy is both appreciated quite welcomed...

    But...

    Do honor and respect our right to do and say what is in our best interests...

    Thank you...

    :fyi:
     
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