A great deal of furor has been raised in regards to the police murder of eighteen year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was an Afrikan/Black youth who was confronted by a racist white cop named Darren Wilson who the proceeded to shoot and kill this young man after firing at least eleven “rounds” of which approximately six found their target. Four to the torso and two head shots due to nothing more than racial hatred and the fact that Brown had Black skin. Michael Brown’s lifeless body laid in the street under hot sun for over four hours before it was moved as an apparent message being sent that the life of an Afrikan/Black male meant nothing to them. The response was a resounding outcry of outrage by the Afrikan/Black community in Ferguson as they took to the streets demanding “justice for Michael Brown!!” It was no surprise when the usual “suspects” arrived on the scene seeking a photo-op. A prime example would be Rev. Al “Snitchton AKA Sharpton of the FBI (full blown informant) looking for the cameras. Demonstrations were held and the justice department has intervened. Now let’s take this to Boston, Massachusetts, wherein the Boston Police Department has a long history of “police use of deadly force” against Afrikan/Black men. For many years in the past, the Black Community Information Center Inc. has taken the lead in condemning and protesting violent police action. Due to these actions through the years, the police in this city have... Continue reading →
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service is having preliminary discussions about setting up security screening checkpoints near public areas around the White House, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press Sunday.
The official said the measures have been discussed by the agency previously. But the talks have taken on added urgency following an incident Friday in which a man carrying a knife jumped over a gate around the White House and made it to a building entrance.
The official insisted on anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations by name.
The Secret Service tightened security outside the White House after the embarrassing breach, in which Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, climbed the fence, ran across the lawn and entered the building before agents stopped him.
The first family was away from the White House at the time....read more
A slain Georgia mother is being called a hero after saving the life of her 6-month-old daughter after being shot in the head by her husband.
My Fox 8 reports:
According to WSB, 33-year-old Jessica Arrendale was out with her husband, 30-year-old Antoine Davis, on Saturday night when the former Marine reportedly became “belligerently drunk and abusive.”
Arrendale's mother said that this was not the first time.
Police say later that night, Davis chased Arrendale up the stairs of their three-story town home. She tried to defend herself with a baseball bat but she was overpowered by the former serviceman. He struck her several times with the bat.
Arrendale reportedly locked herself and her baby daughter inside an upstairs bathroom.
Police say Davis, armed with a rifle, burst through the door and shot Arrendale in the head.
Police later responded but unable to contact anyone inside the townhouse, they were reluctant to rush the house, concerned their actions might spark violence.
When they finally went inside the home, police found Arrendale shot to death in the bathroom. Her body was partially covering the baby who had been inside the toilet for approximately 13 hours.
Investigators are not quite sure how, but the mother was able to twist her body ...read more
The Black Community Information Center Inc. Continues Mobilization of Afrikan/Black Men With Formation Of “Brothers For Peace” Due to the high level of violence in the Greater Roxbury (Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan) community of Boston, MA, the Black Community Information Center Inc., in the spirit of the “Million Man March, called for the mobilization of Afrikan/Black men to hit the streets to stem the violence. After a few “think tank” strategy sessions involving some key men, a call was made with the formation of Pyramid Zone meetings, wherein “Brothers” could do work in the respective areas they resided in. Preliminary Pyramid Zone meetings have been held (Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan locations) to give participants a sense of what the plan was. The effort has been named “Brothers For Peace” and is a general call for the “MEN” in our community to get involved. As explained in the past, this is nothing more then getting back to the “neighbor to neighbor” spirit in our neighborhoods. The next phase of the campaign is a recruitment drive to get “Brothers” out and involved in the neighborhood they reside in. The ”drive” will begin with a series of Pyramid Zone meetings during the weekdays of September 10, through 12, 2014 . The meetings strategy wise will be similar in nature structure the plan is such a fashion that the actions will be in a coordinated fashion within the entire community. It is important that the “Brothers” who come out, attend meetings in the respective areas they live. However, if there is a scheduling... Continue reading →
“Green” is the theme of the day as all across the country and like many other cities, Boston has been caught up in this “tidle-wave” and growth industry described as city farming. Recently there was an unveiling of a new farm to be located in the Garrison-Trotter neighborhood of Roxbury, MA. According to reports, many were present for the “ground breaking,” including neighborhood residents, elected officials, etc. It appears the plot will be owned by City Growers and managed by the Urban Farming Institute. City Fresh CEO and City Growers co-founder, Glynn Lloyd delivered comments that reflected the basic premise that fresh fruits and vegetables were purchased by local businesses 3000 miles away at a costly rate. Seemingly the idea being promoted by Lloyd was that locally grown and controlled products would be much more cost effective. This mind set seemingly promotes the idea of a model wherein plots of land would be developed for urban farming and the Urban Farming Institute as manager would hire and train potential farmers who would eventually enter the world of being independent entrepreneurs. This is a very good concept if put into action as individuals would have a skill set that would allow them to be self-employed and provide for themselves and their family. Apparently there was a great deal of back slapping and hand shaking at the “ground breaking” about the new farm spot and rightfully so. However, some key information has been excluded from the conversation. First of all, there was... Continue reading →
June 21, 2014 was the 40th anniversary of the Morgan vs Hennigan ruling that was a legal case here in Boston in the 1970′s. It was at that time that Judge W. Arthur Garrity made a finding that institutional acts of racism were pervasive in the Boston Public Schools. Therefore he implemented the “forced busing” mandate. There was a court order to bus primarily Afrikan/Black children/students into hostile white areas like South Boston, Charlestown, Hyde Park, East Boston, etc. Boston had already been established as a racist city, but the Klu Klux Klan line mentality pot that had been boiling for many years was brought to overflow status by the busing plan. This was a time of extreme and severe violence as whitesyoung and old laid in wait for the buses filled with young Afrikan/Black children who were in elementary through high school and proceeded to bombard them with racist, poisoned language and throwing bricks and bottles with the intent to do physical harm in any way they could. In fact, an Afrikan/Black man named Ted Landsmark was speared with the U.S. flag in downtown Boston and a 15 year old Afrikan/Black Charlestown High School student was shot and crippled for the remainder of his life. Who can forget the South Boston Marshals, a racist group who organized the violence with now deceased former Boston City Councilor Jim Kelly who led the organization. There was Boston School Committee member Louise Day Hicks and then State Representative Ray Flynn among the ranks of the violent demonstrators. ... Continue reading →
27th Annual “Malcolm X Memorial and Awards Breakfast A Great Success!! On Saturday, May 17, 2014, the Black Community Information Center Inc. (B.C.I.C.) sponsored the 27th Annual “Malcolm X Memorial and Awards Breakfast at the Roxbury Community College Student Center Dining Complex in Roxbury Massachusetts. It was an excellent event that was very well attended by members of the community from all sectors of our daily spectrum who enjoyed the informal “family reunion,” renewed old acquaintances along with a great program and good food. The theme of the “Malcolm X Breakfast” was “Afrikan People Strong”. Our featured guest speaker, Minister Akbar Muhammad the international representative for Minister Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam present an inspirational message. His message revolved around the theme of the day and put special emphasis on our history as an Afrikan people. He went on to discuss the need for our people (Afrikan/Black) to come together in the name of unity (Umoja) and the critical importance of our linking up with our Brothers and Sisters on the Continent of Afrika. The awardee segment was very special in that the recipients were quite deserving of the “Malcolm X Achievers Award for Community Service.” The awardees were William Murrell, recipient of the award representing to an “Elder” of our community; “I Too Am Harvard representing the “Youth” of our community; Allan’s Formal Wear representing a “Business” in our community; Ericka Florence representing “Women” of our community and “Tim Pitts” representing Men of our community; Roxbury Center for... Continue reading →
It appears that the Reverends Al Sharpton and Eugene Rivers have a lot in common as they both have made headlines locally and nationally, respectively. Unfortunately those headlines have been of a very negative nature for both. Rev. Sharpton has been exposed as a former FBI informant/snitch, while it seems to appear that Rev. Rivers has been involved in some sort of an extortion scheme. Lets start with Rev. Sharpton and his dilemma. The news blog “Smoking Gun” recently disclosed in one of their articles that in the 1980′s, Sharpton was an FBI informant/snitch and spied on the Italian mafia. I was surprised at this revelation as although aware of his being a “snitch” in the Black Liberation Struggle trying to help entrap and capture “Sister” Assata Shakur as an example, had no clue about his mafia involvement. apparently Sharpton tried to negotiate a drug deal with what he believed to be a South American drug king pin who was actually an undercover FBI agent. Rev. Sharpton, in a state of panic, had no other choice but to be “flipped (snitch)’ or face the possibility of some lengthy prison time. Sharpton then proceeded to wear a “wire” to gather information to be used against members of the mafia. Now on to Rev. Eugene “riverboat gambler” Rivers. He has been wheeling and dealing in the City Of Boston for the last few decades. His name has often popped up in questionable situations and in most instances they revolved around financial transactions that were beneficial to his personal bank account. ... Continue reading →
The Boston Community Kwanzaa Committee is now approaching its 38th anniversary in preparation to the upcoming2014—2015 Kwanzaa celebration. We have seen the celebration grow tremendously through the years in the City of Boston as hundreds of people of Afrikan descent come out to celebrate our culture and heritage along with the multitudes who celebrate in their homes. Kwanzaa revolves around the nation building concept of the Nguzo Saba (seven principles). The celebration is a beautiful experience, but the most important component that needs more focus and energy is the amount of work needed to be done throughout the year starting from January 2nd through December 25th. At every Kwanzaa Celebration there is a declaration that “we must build a nation within a nation by living the true spirit of Kwanzaa 365 days of the year.” Embracing this declaration, the Boston Community Kwanzaa Committee has taken on the challenge by establishing what has been named the “Harambee Food Source!“ It is a well-known fact that hard times are upon us and many of our people are struggle to put fresh vegetables and other food on the table for their families. In that regard, the Boston Community Kwanzaa Committee, which is composed of approximately twenty organizations from our community have established a valuable collaboration with Fair Foods Inc. In that collaboration, Fair Foods Inc. provides fresh fruit and vegetables, while the Boston Community Kwanzaa Committee as the sponsoring group is responsible for the food distribution site and supplying the man/woman power for distribution... Continue reading →
Picture from New York Times March 16, 2014 Recently the annual Boston Saint Patricks Day celebration was held. You had the traditional “breakfast” and parade with an undercurrent of discord. One such element of tension revolved around whether the gay community should be allowed to participate in the parade. That was a controversy in which many had no interest in. However, what was somewhat interesting was the little “tiff” about who should host/moderate the “breakfast” that was held. Traditionally both events have been run by and held in the historically Irish stronghold of South Boston. The host presiding over the event has been a white male and state senator who presided over that district. An example would be former State Senator William Bulger, Whitey Bulger’s brother, who ran the show for many years. Ironically there was a void last year when former State Senator Jack Hart stepped down and then district city councilor William Linehan filled in. Now fast forward to 2014. An Afrikan/Black woman, then State Representative Linda Dorcena-Forry ran for the state senate seat and won. Of course the question was raised as to who would now host the “breakfast?” While discussion revolved around what white male should take on the role, Dorcena-Forry declared that her ascendancy meant she should have the right to host. William Linehan wanted to return, but Ms. Dorcena-Forry prevailed. Now was this a victory for the Afrikan/Black community? Absolutely NOT! There has been a lot of talk about the “new Boston.” The... Continue reading →