Is the Urban Farming Institute an Opportunity or Opportunistic???

“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 →

Artist Tribute To Mike Brown

Artist and historian Demont Pinder joined Roland Martin Friday on “NewsOne Now” to unveil his tribute to the slain 18-year-old Ferguson teen, Michael Brown. The painting titled, “I Could've Been… ,” was rendered during the live broadcast of “NewsOne Now” on TV One. Demont and the panel also discussed what role artists play in the movement to impact change. Listen to their entire conversation below.

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Ferguson’s Chemical Munitions Arsenal Unleashed On Protesters [VIDEO]

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Ferguson police have been using a wide range of so-called “less-lethal” weapons to disperse protesters since the police shooting of Michael Brown.

According the TheVerge.com, Combined Systems and Defense Technology are reportedly supplying police with most of their less-lethal riot gear. Here is a look at some of the munitions being used against Ferguson protesters.

For a complete review of the weapons being used on the ground visit The Verge.

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NEW FEAR: What Happens in Ferguson If No Charges?

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?

The fear among some local residents and officials trying to maintain peace in Ferguson is that failure to charge the officer could stoke new anger among a community profoundly mistrustful of the legal system.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told The Associated Press she's pushing for federal and local investigations to be completed around the same time so that all evidence in the case can be made public — a step many consider important should prosecutors decide not to charge the officer. Her office said Friday that the Department of Justice hasn't given a timeline for the federal investigation, which centers on whether a civil rights violation occurred when officer Darren Wilson fatally shot the unarmed Brown Aug. 9.

McCaskill, a former prosecutor in Missouri, said she's hopeful the physical evidence in the case — including blood spatter patterns, clothing and shell casings — will provide “incontrovertible facts” about what ...read more

What To Tell Your Kids About Interacting With Police

St. Louis police officer and president of the Ethical Society of Police, Darren Wilson, spoke with Roland Martin Thursday on “NewsOne Now” about how African American parents should instruct their children to interact with law enforcement. Panelist, Joia Jefferson Nuri, Elroy Sailor and Yesha Callahan, joined in on this sensitive conversation as we look for answers to stop police violence against Black males. Listen to their entire conversation below.

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When Is Deadly Force Justified?

ERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat.

Here is a look at some of the issues involved when officers must decide whether to use force, deadly or otherwise:

Q: How often do police use force, or threaten to use it, against citizens?

A: A study by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 1.4 percent of the nearly 60,000 U.S. residents who had contact with police in 2008 said the officers used or threatened to use force against them. Those numbers are similar to national survey results in 2005 (1.6 percent) and 2002 (1.5 percent).

Males were more likely than females to have force used or threatened, and blacks were more likely than whites and Hispanics to be on the receiving end of force, or its threatened use. Three-quarters of the respondents said they felt the police response was excessive, and nearly one in five said they were injured from the encounter. Close to one-fourth of those surveyed said they cursed, argued with, insulted or threatened police.

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Cop In Wal-Mart Death Involved In Another Fatal Shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — A police officer placed on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart store also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting in which he was not indicted after evidence showed he acted in self-defense, authorities confirmed Thursday.

Authorities have not said which of the two responding officers in the Wal-Mart shooting in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek fired the shot that killed John Crawford III on Aug. 5. Beavercreek city attorney Stephen McHugh confirmed in email Thursday that Officer Sean Williams remained on administrative leave and Sgt. David Darkow was back on the job.

A Greene County grand jury in 2010 did not return an indictment against Williams in the fatal shooting of an intoxicated man authorities said attacked Williams and another officer when they responded to multiple calls about a violent domestic dispute. Prosecutor Stephen Haller said at the time that the grand jury's decision was consistent with evidence that showed Williams was acting in self-defense in the June 2010 shooting of Scott Brogli.

A release issued by Haller in 2010 said Brogli charged at Williams and another officer with an 8-inch kitchen knife and kept moving toward them after they warned him to stop.

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Witness Video In St. Louis Shooting Contradicts Official Statement

WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released cell phone footage Wednesday of the police shooting of Kajieme Powell, the 25-year-old black man killed on Tuesday in St. Louis.

According to St. Louis Public Radio, the police released the video Wednesday evening as part of an effort to be more transparent when it comes to violent incidents involving law enforcement. In addition to the cell phone footage, the department also released security camera footage of the alleged robbery, as well as the two 911 calls made to police.

Police were first called to the scene – less than four miles away from the spot Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was killed – when a local store owner reported the 25-year-old Powell stole drinks and donuts from his shop, according to a recording of the 911 call. Another woman called to report Powell was acting erratically and had a knife in his pocket.

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Gov. Nixon Taking National Guard Out of Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.

Since the guard's arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that had been the center of nightly unrest have begun to subside. The quietest night was overnight Wednesday and Thursday, when police arrested only a handful of people in the protest zone.

“As we continue to see improvement, I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin a systematic process of withdrawing from the City of Ferguson,” the governor said in a statement.

Demonstrations began after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, and authorities have arrested at least 163 people in the protest area. Data provided Thursday by St. Louis County showed that while the majority of those arrested are Missourians, just seven live in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb. The vast majority, 128 people, were cited for failure to disperse. Twenty-one face burglary-related charges.

Meanwhile Thursday, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch reiterated he has no intentions of removing himself from the case, and he urged Nixon to once ...read more