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Music lover with a voracious appetite for politics and current events.

We Are Marching!

John Lewis MOW2013Today in Washington, DC we commemorated, celebrated and marched on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. The report is that tens of thousands of people were in attendance .  NAACP, Labor, Gay, Straight, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, young and old alike were in attendance and marching to say, “we shall not be moved”. This is what the right-wing racist is terrified about. This is why they obstruct President Obama and subvert the federal government.  But I say, where there is unity, there is power, and the people are uniting to march and stand against injustice — racial profiling, stand your ground, stop and risk, income inequality and the list goes on. This is why we must march on, organize and fight the injustice of racism, classism and any other “ism” that seeks to divide and conquer Americans.

I was pleased to see so many different ethnic groups and cultures coming together to embrace the ideals of the Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Just like Barack Obama, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King has galvanized all kinds of people from many walks of life. Many speakers brought words of exhortation and challenge today. I encourage each of you to find your passion and put your heart and soul into it. I am increasingly burdened by the vicious attacks on voting rights in America as well as the injustice system that continues to incarcerate so many African-Americans. We are 13% of the population yet 44% of the prison population. I will be using this space to focus on those two key issues.

It is utterly appalling and disingenuous to speak of liberty and freedom yet work to subvert and undermine Democracy when the outcome of an election is not to one’s liking. This is essentially what the Republican Party is doing.  Because the Republican Party is pissed that a black man is President of the United States, they seek to delegitimize him. This modern Republican Party is nothing more than former Dixiecrats who were, in recent history, blatant white supremacist bigots who sought to stop black people from voting and receiving basic civil and even human rights.

Well, the Supreme Court under the corrupt leadership of John Roberts, has found a way to undermine the Voting Rights Act (VRA) by striking down Section 4.  I refuse to salute JR as a Justice. He is a racist and works to revive, establish and underpin Jim Crow law. Since the attack on the VRA by the Supreme Court, several southern states, with great haste, are pushing legislation to make it harder for people to vote and aiming these obstacles squarely at black and brown, young and old specifically. All that they do to hinder will backfire because the people are not deceived by these malicious GOP tactics. We will do what we must to register to vote and to acquire official government identification. All that they are doing will simply piss us off so that we will turn out to vote in not only the general, Presidential elections, but in mid-term elections and in primaries. Declare your Party, register to vote, acquire your government sanctioned ID. Help someone to do the same or help pay for them to get their identification. The haters will not win.

L. Jackson/08.24.2013

CBC Reacts to VRA Decision

BurnVRA

The Congressional Black Caucus Chairperson, Marcia Fudge reacts to the Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act. I share Representative Fudge’s outrage and disgust at this racist decision perpetuated by the so-called high court. When Sarah Palin declared that it was time to “take the country back”, this is exactly what she meant. This decision from the Supreme Court is probably more than these hoods could have ever hoped. I only hope that people born after desegregation in this country see this decision as the wake up call that it is. Do not take for granted that the rights you have today will always be. We must ensure that the rights that we have gained through blood, sweat and tears are not lost, and that we further build upon and solidify those rights. There will always be hateful people who want nothing more than to control and subjugate people of color. Let’s not allow these haters to win. Do what you must to ensure that you have what you need to VOTE these haters out of office so they can never again nominate anything like a John Roberts, Antonin Scalia or Clarence “Thom”as.

The Gutting of the Voting Rights Act

If I were a tennis player, which I am not, and I had to score a match between the United States Supreme Court vs the American people, I would score it “50 No Love”. No, that is not a valid tennis score, but this week’s decision by the Supreme Court to cut out the heart of the Voting Rights Act is also an invalid score for bigotry, and it is utterly contemptible! There ain’t no love in it. Since the election and reelection of Barack Hussein Obama the racist and fascist elements of the United States have villified, demonized, obstructed, resisted, rebelled, practiced sedition, fabricated scandal, threatened impeachment, secession and physical ill will against our black President.

I can hear the conversation now, it probably went something like, “We must never again allow a black president to be elected. We gotta kill the Voting Rights Act! John Roberts is just the man for the job.” That probable conversation was neither videotaped nor recorded, but hope springs eternal that some whistle-blower was in proximity. Unfortunately, the John Roberts Supreme Court has proven to be all that it can be, disgustingly partisan, demonstrating judicial activism, and according to Justice Ginsberg, hubris. From the Citizens United decision to the VRA. The SCOTUS may have won this game for fascist-loving, right-wing Republicans and Tea Party bigots, but they will not win this match. You can read all about this recent SCOTUS travesty at The Grio.

This is the wake up call of our time. I challenge all Americans, but especially marginalized disenfranchised, neglected and poor people like never before to do what you must to vote. Get your documents in order now in preparation for 2014. Unjust laws and impediments are being crafted already, especially in Southern states, making it harder for people to vote. We must not be deterred. Do what you must and vote!

Good Riddance, Paula Deen!

No Racism

Let me say that I am personally glad that The Food Network terminated Paula Deen. There is even rumor that QVC may also be dropping the food maven. It is high time that there were real consequences for business people who choose to demean and discriminate against African-Americans. Black people have endured the humiliation and degradation of racism long enough in these United States. Now, if only it were that easy to get rid of these nasty, bigoted Republicans. Without a doubt, this incident with Deen is another example of the racism that is still alive in this country. It has raised its ugly head in the attack on the Voting Rights Act and is manifesting itself in the debate about Immigration Reform. What’s interesting is Bill Maher’s defense of Deen on his show this week. While we may have the freedom of speech in America, we are not free from the consequences of that speech.

March Againt Monsanto

Today, in 400 cities in 41 countries, over 200,000 people are marching against Monsanto in approximately 330 different marches. Some are calling Monsanto an eco-terrorist. Hundreds of thousands are marching in protest of Monsanto and their monopoly on food and genetically modified organisms (GMO). Sounds creepy doesn’t it? Well, it is. In some cases Monsanto holds exclusive rights over seeds and their genetic makeup. Once again, Congress sides with big business (profits over people) by striking down Senator Bernie Sanders bill that would have required products with GMO to be labeled as such. Be informed; be aware. You are what you eat. Bon appetit!

The GOP is the Real Scandal!

Republican Obstructionism Is The Real Scandal That’s Plaguing Washington

By: RmuseMay. 19th, 2013

They have, though, been very proficient at obstructing the President from their minority position and it is a sure sign they have nothing but contempt for the American people, the government, and particularly President Obama as they have done absolutely nothing for over four years except prevent the government from operating for the people.

 

NAACP Criminal Justice Fact Sheet

Here are some of the facts from the NAACP Criminal Justice Fact Sheet:

  • African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
  • African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
  • Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population
  • According to Unlocking America, if African American and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates of whites, today’s prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50%
  • One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime
  • 1 in 100 African American women are in prison
  • Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests, 44% of youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice).

A recent University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study has found that Wisconsin has the highest black male incarceration rates. This is an epidemic that goes unreported. The prison industrial complex is alive and well in the United States. Stay tuned for more on the American Correctional Association (ACA). Why did incarcerations begin to spike in the 1980’s?

Black lawmakers missing from immigration debate

Black lawmakers missing from immigration debate

The question is being raised by a number of observers and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) watchers: out of 42 Black members of Congress currently serving in the House, why couldn’t one African American serve on the “Gang of 8?”

The 844-page immigration reform bill sent to the House of Representatives was received by select members of the House also known as the “Gang of 8” (four Democrats and four Republicans) for political craftsmanship. So why not any black Representatives in the select “Gang of 8”? In fact, where are black voices as it pertains to immigration reform? If you’re thinking that this isn’t an issue that should concern black Americans, then you’re wrong. Anytime there is a systematic effort to remove or block black or brown peoples, obviously because of fear of their future voting potential, you had better perk up. I am one of those individuals that would challenge the Congressional Black Caucus to step up on the issue of immigration reform.