Silence

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -Martin Luther King Jr.

In the US, we have many living dead and their silence deafening in the midst of cries for justice.  Fortunately, not everyone is silent.

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Food For Thought: Are Police Officers Sexually Molesting Young Black Males?

Eric Garner's Funeral

 

NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo and a few fellow NYPD  looked and played with the genitals of  black youths and men. This attraction and lust may explain Eric Garner’s frustration at being harassed and sexually assaulted by NYPD.  I do not think I would share such experiences with anyone.

The number of inmates found dead and naked is another indication. Are inmates not allowed clothing in prison?

Why  did  NYPD  officers fondle two young men’s genitals?   Could Officer Panteleo have fondled Eric Garner’s genitals during the  excessive number of  arrests?  Thirty-one arrests indicated police harassment and a failed system.

 

What do you think? Is the NYPD recruiting sexual molesters and white supremacists?

Eric Garner wife

 


 

 1.  NYPD Officer Who Allegedly Choked Eric Garner Has Already Cost City $30,000 For Unlawful Strip Search

http://benswann.com/nypd-officer-who-allegedly-choked-eric-garner-has-already-cost-city-30000-for-unlawful-strip-search/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=nl

Witness with video:  Ramsey Orta

Officer Pantaleo  strangled Eric Garner.

 

2.  NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton orders all 35,000 cops to be retrained in using force after chokehold was used on Eric Garner

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/eric-garner-autopsy-inconclusive-authorities-article-1.1876096

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Law Enforcement Entrapment: Stings and Arrests Targeting Minorities, Muslims, Mentally Ill and OUR Children

 Daniel Pantaleo, the 8-year veteran NYPD cop accused of killing Eric Garner with a chokehold on Thursday, was stripped of his gun and badge by his ...
Daniel Pantaleo, the 8-year veteran NYPD cop accused of killing Eric Garner with a chokehold on Thursday, was stripped of his gun and badge by his …

NYPD Officer Who Allegedly Choked Eric Garner Has Already Cost City $30,000 For Unlawful Strip Search

 

New York- NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was caught on video putting 43-year-old Eric Garner in an apparent chokehold resulting in death last Thursday over suspicion of selling loose cigarettes, has already been named as defendant in two civil suits that alleged improper police conduct including lying and false arrest. Continue reading “Law Enforcement Entrapment: Stings and Arrests Targeting Minorities, Muslims, Mentally Ill and OUR Children”

Luck And Support Equal Opportunity

Luck And Support Equal Opportunity

Once upon a time, optimism was a lifestyle.   Those were the young days from then  came reality called maturity.  Optimism now dying embers, still recognized luck as crucial to successful outcomes including life, work, family, children and everything else.

Once upon a time, I believed luck was opportunity meeting preparedness.

Luck = Opportunity + Preparedness

Today I still do and add support. Why support? Support is a presumed constant—it is hardwired in our brains. To apply the equation universally, Support is pivotal to Luck. The constant of support is defined by humane details.

 

What is the support? Support is one’s supporting environment with each environment and person having varying degrees of influence. Support includes both external and internal ( physiologic ) environments.  Both environments determine one’s identity, attitudes and  outcomes in life.

Internal environments include genetic code, body physiology and the soul.

By contrast, external environment is everything else.

Environments with Ecosystems based on cultural perceptions of  access, equity and justice form the basis of healthy and productive environments. Many companies and government routinely state the above as missions or obligations yet have no appropriate metric to quantitatively and qualitatively measure or track:  access, equity and justice. A database can accomplish such tasks with ease

Equity, Access and Justice  are crucial in the fields of  law enforcement,  justice and policy.    Individual rights are violated daily without knowledge  and atrocities are ignored daily without thought–whether it is because the world is smaller and information faster does not matter.  Whether society is prepared or not, the data is coming in as people share, do we ignore the suffering of our own citizens? And do we continue to tolerate corruption and fraud as costs of doing business.

Breast cancer survivors shared stories increased awareness  within communities  and gained nationwide support.  Today breast cancer is no longer a stigma of deformity or death.

I wish to launch a kickstarter campaign to create a relational database that combines data with context.     This is for the United States Citizens Justice Database.

Please read and contribute as you can by stating your ability, potential contribution and expectations.    You are also welcome to take the idea and make it your own.

Once again, thank you  for your support and luck.

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Contact email:   Angelagrant@failuretolisten.com

Hashtags:  #USCitizensDatabase #database4justice #justicedatabaseusa

Twitter:  @astronglady

Kickstarter preview link:    U.S. Citizen Database  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1797536788/1409293128?token=2e3648fe

Post:  United States Citizens Justice Database  https://failuretolisten.com/2014/07/01/united-states-affluenza-and-genocide-online-database/Luck and support

 

Frederick Douglass: The Father of Human Rights

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass 4th of July Speech by Danny Glover

Frederick Douglass Quotes:

“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?
I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.

There is not a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.”-― Frederick Douglass

“The more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers. I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers, who had left their homes, and gone to Africa, and stolen us from our homes, and in a strange land reduced us to slavery. I loathed them as being the meanest as well as the most wicked of men. As I read and contemplated the subject, behold! that very discontentment which Master Hugh had predicted would follow my learning to read had already come, to torment and sting my soul to unutterable anguish. As I writhed under it, I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing. It had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy. it opened my eyes to the horrible pit, but to no ladder upon which to get out. in moments of agony, I envied my fellow-slaves for their stupidity. I have often wished myself a beast. I preferred the condition of the meanest reptile to my own. Any thing, no matter what, to get rid of thinking! It was this everlasting thinking of my condition that tormented me. There was no getting rid of it. It was pressed upon me by every object within sight or hearing, animate or inanimate. The silver trump of freedom had roused my soul to eternal wakefulness. Freedom now appeared, to disappear no more forever. It was heard in every sound and seen in every thing. It was ever present to torment me with a sense of my wretched condition. I saw nothing without seeing it, I heard nothing without hearing it, and felt nothing without feeling it. It looked from every star, it smiled in every calm, breathed in every wind, and moved in every storm.”― Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

“I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of the land. Indeed, I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity. I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels. Never was there a clearer case of ‘stealing the livery of the court of heaven to serve the devil in.’ I am filled with unutterable loathing when I contemplate the religious pomp and show, together with the horrible inconsistencies, which every where surround me. We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries, and cradle-plunderers for church members. The man who wields the blood-clotted cowskin during the week fills the pulpit on Sunday, and claims to be a minister of the meek and lowly Jesus. . . . The slave auctioneer’s bell and the church-going bell chime in with each other, and the bitter cries of the heart-broken slave are drowned in the religious shouts of his pious master. Revivals of religion and revivals in the slave-trade go hand in hand together. The slave prison and the church stand near each other. The clanking of fetters and the rattling of chains in the prison, and the pious psalm and solemn prayer in the church, may be heard at the same time. The dealers in the bodies and souls of men erect their stand in the presence of the pulpit, and they mutually help each other. The dealer gives his blood-stained gold to support the pulpit, and the pulpit, in return, covers his infernal business with the garb of Christianity. Here we have religion and robbery the allies of each other—devils dressed in angels’ robes, and hell presenting the semblance of paradise.”― Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass #quotes #POC

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”
― Frederick Douglass

“The marriage institution cannot exist among slaves, and one sixth of the population of democratic America is denied it’s privileges by the law of the land. What is to be thought of a nation boasting of its liberty, boasting of it’s humanity, boasting of its Christianity, boasting of its love of justice and purity, and yet having within its own borders three millions of persons denied by law the right of marriage?”
― Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom

There is not a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.”― Frederick Douglass

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” ― Frederick Douglass

““Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” ― Frederick Douglass

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate 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; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.”
― Frederick Douglass

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” ― Frederick Douglass

“People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.” ― Frederick Douglass

“I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.” ― Frederick Douglass

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.” ― Frederick Douglass

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. ― Frederick Douglass

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” ― Frederick Douglass

“No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”― Frederick Douglass

“America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.” ― Frederick Douglass

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/18943.Frederick_Douglass

Frederick Douglass quotes

W E B DuBois: The Color-line Problem

“The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.  It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness — an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.”

“The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife—this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging, he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. …He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American.”

“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.”

“The American Negro Academy believes that upon those of the race who have had the advantage of higher education and culture, rests the responsibility of taking concerted steps for the employment of these agencies to uplift the race to higher planes of thought and action. Two great obstacles to this consummation are apparent: (a) The lack of unity, want of harmony, absence of a self-sacrificing spirit, and no well-defined line of policy seeking definite aims; and (b) The persistent, relentless, at times covert opposition employed to thwart the Negro at every step of his upward struggles to establish the justness of his claim to the highest physical, intellectual and moral possibilities.”

“Ignorance is a cure for nothing.”

“Most men today cannot conceive of a freedom that does not involve somebody’s slavery.”

“To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.”

“Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men.”

 

“Either America will destroy ignorance, or ignorance will destroy the United States.”
-W.E.B. DuBois #quote #BlackHistoryMonth

Who was W.E.B. Dubois?

W.E.B. Dubois is most famous for  founding the Niagara Movement in 1905 and co-founding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. He was one of the most important leaders of African-American protest in the United States. In the ealy 1900’s he became the leading black oponent of racial discrimination. He opposed the African-American educator Booker T. Washington, who believed that black people could advance faster through hard work than by demands for equal rights. DuBois believed that black people should speak out constantly against discrimination. His most famous books are “The Souls of Black Folk (1903) and “The Autobiography of W.E.B. Dubois” (1968). I hope that this has been a help to you.
Source: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081007173135AAUYn96

Du Bois’s most lasting contribution is his writing. As poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, sociologist, historian, and journalist, he wrote 21 books, edited 15 more, and published over 100 essays and articles.

Source: http://www.naacp.org/pages/naacp-history-w.e.b.-dubois

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