It is a well know fact the residents of the City Of Flint, Michigan are living a daily life of trauma due to a contaminated source of water with high lead content. This city of predominantly Afrikan/Black people with a population of approximately 102,000 are victims of criminal negligence due to the administration of Michigan Governor Snyder. Flint had been put into receivership in an alleged “cost saving measure”. The deadly switch of water sources was made from the Detroit River to the well known to be contaminated Flint River. Talk about a deliberate crime against humanity. The end result has been genocidal in nature and resulting in potential health hazards for the men, women and children of the city. We are looking at possible brain damage, paralysis and already it has been reported that nine people have died from the deadly disease known as Legionnaires Disease. The future is bleak and a national call has been made to assist the residents during this disaster. The Black Community Information Center Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts had responded by calling for a “collaborative effort” to come together to collect as much donated cases of water as possible to be sent to Flint. The response has been excellent with many organizations and too many individuals to mention, stepping up to make the much needed donations. Examples would be Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers Inc. (MAMLEO), Osiris Group, Muhammad’s Mosque, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Union Of Minority Neighborhoods, One United Bank, Greater Love Tabernacle... Continue reading →
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit schools reopened Wednesday after teachers who had called out sick for two days received assurances from the financially struggling district that they would continue to be paid.
But while the teachers are returning to work, their union is sparring with lawmakers over a $500 million plan to restructure the district.
House lawmakers met late Wednesday night to work on the plan, which is supposed to deal with the district's debt and assuage teachers' fears that they won't be paid if the district runs out of money. Majority Republicans were trying to muster enough votes to pass it without Democrats' support. House Minority Leader Tim Greimel said Democrats' opposition to the measure is “unanimous.”
The teachers union blasted the legislation that would also forbid existing labor agreements from transferring to the new district and restrict collective bargaining over work schedules and school calendars.
Terrence Martin, executive vice president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, said teachers are “truly outraged” by the proposal. He said the measures heading to the full House “feel like and look like anti-teacher bills” and differ radically from legislation approved in March by the Senate that he described as “workable.”
“(It's) very discouraging to our membership,” Martin said. “We'll continue to fight.”
The union said it would encourage members to go back to school Wednesday based on discussions with the district's state-appointed transitional manager, Steven Rhodes. He said in a statement that teachers “are legally entitled to be paid in full” for their work.
The sick-out idled 45,000 children and presented yet another crisis with racial overtones for a governor and Legislature already engrossed in the water emergency in Flint, a majority-black city like Detroit, where many residents have complained about being treated like second-class citizens.
“Teachers, you're going to get paid,” Republican House Appropriations Committee Chairman Al Pscholka said before ...read more
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use.
He also promised that the aging pipes that contaminated the water with lead will be replaced, but cautioned that the project will take time. Obama said he wanted to use the crisis to make long-term improvements to the city, where more than 40 percent of residents live in poverty.
“It's not going to happen overnight, but we have to get started,” Obama told hundreds of people gathered in a high school gymnasium. Obama spoke after he was briefed on the federal response to the water contamination and had met privately with nine residents.
Obama said he understood why people are scared and angry and feel let down. He said what happened in Flint was a manmade disaster that didn't have to happen. But he said it did happen and everyone must now work together to fix it.
“I've got your back,” Obama said. “I will not rest and I'm going to make sure that the leaders at every level of government don't rest until every drop of water that flows to your homes is safe to drink and safe to cook with and safe to bathe in.”
He called providing safe drinking water a basic responsibility of government.
After coughing several times during his remarks, Obama asked for and drank from a glass of water. He also drank city water after getting a lengthy briefing on the crisis, which forced residents to spend months drinking, cooking and bathing with bottled water.
Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint in mid-January and ordered federal aid to supplement the state and local response. By ...read more
A Spelman student desperate for justice took to social media to share a shocking account of her alleged rape.
The string of tweets comes amid allegations that Spelman and Morehouse have mishandled cases of sexual assault in the past.
We previously reported the tensions between historically brother and sister schools Morehouse and Spelman came to a head, when a detailed report by Buzzfeed's Anita Badejo went viral.
The piece “Our Hands Are Tied Because Of This Damn Brother-Sisterhood Thing,” explored how victims of sexual assault are often marginalized and blamed for their incidents on both campuses.
Because the report went viral, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, President of Spelman, issued this statement:
“The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights notified Spelman of a Title IX complaint regarding a past incident. That complaint was followed by the circulation on social media of an article in Buzzfeed that brought to our attention other past incidents,” said Campbell in her letter. “The women who filed those complaints exhibited courage and fearlessness. At the same time, the circumstances that occasioned those complaints are unacceptable.”
With the actions of the university being under intense examination, you would think the school would be doing everything in their power to sensitively deal with victims of rape. But according to one anonymous student, they aren't doing enough.
A Twitter user who claims to be a Spelman student, wrote a string of tweets describing her alleged assault:
Its sad that I have to create a page to express myself rather than tweeting from my real account because AUC students blame & bash victims.
— Raped At Spelman (@RapedAtSpelman) May 2, 2016
This is my freshmen year at Spelman and my last year because I decided to leave after what happened to me.
— Raped At Spelman (@RapedAtSpelman) May 2, ...read more
You might not be surprised to hear that the son of one of the most famous boxers to ever live has opened up a gym. It's a path you could expect from a guy whose father is world heavyweight champion George Foreman. But when you talk to George Foreman III about his Boston fitness club venture EveryBodyFights — and his life growing up with a boxing legend — you realize that perhaps the biggest legacy his dad gave him is entrepreneurial prowess. ...read more
ATLANTA (AP) — Alleged members of the Gangster Disciples, including high-ranking leaders and an Atlanta-area police officer who prosecutors say claimed to be a hit man for the gang, have been charged with racketeering in a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday.
The indictment filed in federal court in Atlanta last week names 32 people accused of participating in coordinated criminal activity, including drug trafficking, robbery, carjacking, extortion, wire fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud and bank fraud. Authorities plan a 1 p.m. news conference to discuss the charges.
Federal authorities in Memphis, Tennessee, have also announced a news conference “regarding the indictment of multiple alleged members of the Gangster Disciples,” said Louis Goggans, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office there.
The Gangster Disciples is a violent gang that began in Chicago in the 1970s when the Black Disciples and the Supreme Gangsters merged, the Atlanta indictment says. It's a highly structured and hierarchical organization divided into geographic groups.
Charged in the indictment is Vancito Gumbs, who prosecutors say was a member of the Gangster Disciples while also serving as a police officer in DeKalb County, just outside Atlanta. Gumbs said in August that he killed people as a hit man for the gang, the indictment says.
He traveled with another gang member last fall to “take care of GD business” and called another gang member in October to warn him to stay away from a sports bar that police were raiding and that the other gang member frequented.
DeKalb County police spokesman Major Stephen Fore declined to comment on Gumbs' indictment until a 1 p.m. news conference....read more
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A black University of Iowa freshman told police that he was severely beaten by three white men who called him racial slurs, investigators said Wednesday.
The Iowa City Police Department said that it was investigating the assault of Marcus Owens as a hate crime. Owens, 19, walked in to the department Monday night to report the assault, which he said happened late Saturday in downtown Iowa City.
Owens told police that he was walking in an alley near several bars and restaurants when he was approached by a man and struck multiple times. Two others joined the attack, striking him several more times and calling him racial slurs, he told police. Owens described his assailants as three white men who were of average height and approximately 19 to 22 years old.
Owens, who is from Naperville, Illinois, was later treated for his injuries at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
The attack was first reported Tuesday night by WLS-TV in Chicago, which said Owens suffered damage to his eye socket, had his front teeth knocked out and injuries to his lip that required stitches. The station said he was released from the hospital Monday evening.
Students immediately took to social media to express safety concerns and question why they learned about the alleged hate crime from the station, not the university. Using the #explainIowa hashtag on Twitter, they demanded more information about the incident and how it was handled.
The school said that it had also learned of the assault from the news media, saying it was “deeply disturbed” by the report and concerned for Owens. The campus police department issued a crime alert notifying students of the incident on Wednesday morning.
Owens' mother, Rosalind, told The Associated Press that the family was meeting Wednesday with the university's dean of students.
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Grants will fund community organizations that are working to promote community psychological wellness and well-being, strengthen employment and job skills development opportunities for community residents and address health inequities issues with a racial equity lens. ...read more
In order to combat the racial and ethnic disparities in chronic disease seen among African American and Latino men in the Roxbury community, Whittier's Men's Health Program (MHP) connects men with a consistent source of primary care and other needed services. Through a holistic array of services, Whittier is able to provide men with physical and mental health services, social services and educational forums to help increase their overall health and well being. ...read more
According to WPDE, Ray Anthony Lewis III — son of former NFL player Ray Lewis who retired from the Baltimore Ravens in 2013 — was charged with criminal sexual conduct by Conway police on April 29. The 20-year-old former Coastal Carolina University corner back of Apopka, Fla., was alleged to have sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman say police reports.
The incident occurred Jan. 23 at a Technology Boulevard apartment while the woman was physically or mentally incapacitated from the use of drugs and/or alcohol say police.
The case was presented to the 15th Circuit Solicito's Office for review after compiling victim statements, medical reports from the hospital, lab results and witness statements; later police were instructed to obtain a warrant for Lewis III's arrest warrant, according to Fox/Baltimore.
Lewis III's attorneys, Tommy Brittain and Ed Garland, released the following statement after their client's arrest:
“Ray Lewis III is innocent of all charges and we expect him to be fully vindicated by the end of this matter.”
CCU spokeswoman Martha Hunn says Lewis III has been suspended from the university's football team pending an administrative investigation. She released a full statement on the matter stating the following:
“Once CCU became aware of an incident, the University immediately began facilitating the administrative investigation, which includes requests to Conway Police Department for the police report and other information pertaining to this case. The University obtained the arrest warrant today.”
The Conway Police Department's Lt. Selena Small said no further information on the case is available at this time and case investigation continues.
Prior to transferring to CCU, Lewis III signed with Miami out of Lake Mary Prep in 2013, but never found his place within the program. While originally recruited as a tailback, he was later moved to defensive back. At Miami, Lewis III never too a snap due and was ...read more
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama wasn't offended by comedian Larry Wilmore's use of a racial slur at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Association dinner.
Wilmore concluded his remarks noting progress on race and how much it meant to him that a black man was president. He concluded: “Yo Barry, you did it, my n—-. You did it.”
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he talked with Obama, and Obama appreciated the spirit of racial progress Wilmore was trying to convey.
Earnest said the White House didn't see Wilmore's speech beforehand. Earnest also said he's confident Wilmore used the word by design and was seeking to be provocative.
But Earnest said any fair reading makes clear that Wilmore's sentiments of racial progress “came from a genuine place.”...read more