Vigil on Tuesday, 9.1.15, 7 pm

WHERE: Near Parklawn and Lakeview
WHEN: Tuesday, 9.1.15, 7 pm
RE: Candlelight Vigil forLeonard Goins IV
A thug riding around on a bike, carrying a gun, decides to rob a young man. He shoots him. This young man dies. Leonard Goins IV had four children between the ages of 6 months and seven years – two boys and two girls. He loved them. Took care of them. Mr. Goins was really a good man, a family man. Now, four more children in our community have lost their father to the senseless violence raging through our communities.
The family has established a Go Fund account on Facebook and will create a memorial fund at a bank, which will be announced at the vigil. We will also accept donations at the vigil for the family to try to help with the costs of a funeral.
We now have another family devastated by the loss of a son, grandson, nephew – a father. A bullet was fired into the midst of some of our family members and the ripples of despair, loss and anger are spreading outward changing everything.
Join us as we gather with family and friends to remember a young man who took care of his children, went to school for computer engineering and architecture, and loved playing basketball, football and a little baseball.

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If you have any questions, please call Judy Martin at 990.0679(c) or Art McKoy at 253.4070(c).

Day to Day

WHERE: 21937 Miles Road, North Randall, Ohio
WHEN: Monday, 8.31.115, 5 pm
RE: Rally –Safety 0f Residents from Racist Public Officials –
Mixed Messages – Overt Racial References
Firefighters and other city employees are outraged about racial slurs made by another city employee who called Blacks the “N” word and “Shine.” These comments were heard, documented and complained about by other co-workers who were appalled at these comments. However, the fire chief ignored their complaints and only gave this individual a light reprimand which concerns those involved because this person is also a CMHA police officer who has had similar complaints made against him while working as a police officer.
However, another firefighter who is Black was forced to resign after an illegal hearing and no due process simply because he made comments on social media.
The protestors are saying this is a clear case of a double standard being applied between Black and white employees. Come and hear the case from the firefighters who work to save lives.

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If you have any questions, please call Judy Martin at 990.0679(c) or Art McKoy at 253.4070(c).

Day to Day

WHERE: Corner of East 123 & Saywell, Cleveland, Ohio
WHEN: Wednesday, 8.26.15, 6 pm
RE:   Candlelight Vigil for Gregory D. Norman (19)
Black on Black murder does matter even though lately the coverage that the media gives these crimes and grieving families appears to say that Black lives, Black murders, don’t matter. It seems that the media has turned its back on the victims and their families as they are grieving. Many families ask where is the media, and we can only shake our heads and say we sent the word out. Families need media coverage to help catch the killers and to protect themselves.
In the past week when we were at the vigils of two separate cases where young Black women were senselessly murdered, there was no coverage. Today, the family of Gregory Norman (19) has called for a candlelight vigil after the murder of their son. His mother, Erica, would like to address the media.
Please join her, his family, friends and neighbors as we continue to get the word out to stop the violence. Stop the senseless murders. Black lives matters. All lives matter. Black murders matter, too.

Day to Day Activities

WHERE: 10306 West Chester, Cleveland, Ohio
WHEN: Monday, 8.24.15, 7 pm
RE: Candlelight Vigil for Brionna Boddy (20)
Brionna, Brionna – why did you have to die? Brionna, Brionna – why did some fool kill you senselessly?
You were just an innocent bystander curious about a sports bus. Before you could even check the bus out, the shots were fired. You were killed and two other people injured.
Brionna, in your name, we cry out to stop the violence and protect our women and children. Brionna, we cry out that your senseless death will be the catalyst that will anger our community enough to get serious, real serious, about stopping the killing fields on our streets. Too many of our family are dying and we are outraged, but the outrage, frustration and devastation have truly taken us over the top.
We are urging everyone to join the Stop the Violence Movement by participating and joining us. Come out of your homes and into the streets for the Stop the Violence Movement.
All lives matter. Black lives matter. Brown lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.
Come and join us as we meet with family and friends of Brionna Boddy to remember her life that was cut short by ignorance and cowardice.

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If you have any questions, please call Judy Martin at 990.0679(c) or Art McKoy at 253.4070(c).

 

8.23.15, 3 pm. A Mother Scorned /Justice for My Son Tamir Rice. Tamir E. Rice was born June 25, 2002, in Cleveland, Ohio. For a mother that day means so much; you finally get to meet that child you carried in your belly for nine months. All the morning sickness, doctor’s appointments, ultrasounds, being picked and probed just to make sure that your child is healthy when they enter into this world–caring for a child that has yet to enter your world.
Samaria Rice cared for her unborn Tamir. She did everything right to make sure she had a full term healthy baby boy. It took nine months for her to carry this life in her body. It took less than two seconds for a Cleveland Community Police officer to take the life of a son from his mother–less than two seconds to change the life of an entire family and community. A beloved son for 12 years stolen in a blink of an eye.
The very same amount of time it takes to grow and nurture a life in a mother’s womb–we are still waiting to birth justice for a child whose life was taken by a police officer–a steward of service and safety.
How long should a mother wait for justice?
August 23, 2015 will mark the nine month anniversary of the death of Tamir Rice. Nine long months a mother in our community has been grieving the loss of her son–grieving the absence of accountability by our community’s stewards of justice.
Numerous times she has called on our community to stand with her family. Calling for two community police officers to be arrested and charged with the wreckless homicide of her son.
We know justice is possible in Cleveland, our city. Take in what has happened in Cincinnati with the officer who shot and killed @[null:@[null:@[null:@[null:#SamDebose]]]].
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty has not been a good steward of law and justice in our city. We want movement and answers now.
Join us August 23, 2015 at Cudell Recreation Center at 3:00 pm; As we remember Tamir Rice nine months after his death. We call on the Community of Cleveland, the mothers of children in Cleveland and our beloved youth in our city to remember a little boy named Tamir Rice, whose death has sparked a movement for end of police brutality and the beginning of community accountability here in Cleveland.
We do this because Tamir Rice’s Life Matters. Please bring your children– it is for them we fight.
@[1479520955697701:https://www.facebook.com/events/1479520955697701

8.17.15, 6 pm. Voting Rights Act. There will be a press conference today dealing with the response from the white house dealing with the voting rights act. We need to conform it’s language so the current sitting president doesn’t have to sign off every 25 years for African Americans be given the right to vote.
Black on Black Crime President Alfred E.Porter Jr. & Donna Walker Brown first drafted this letter and the official reply will be given at 5:45 PM on Monday at 1801 East Ninth Street outside the Fed Ex/Kinkos office, with special guest Charles Bibbs. This event was announced on Art McKoy’s College of Common Sense radio show as he was one of the first signers!
BLACK ON BLACK CRIME, INC.
SURVIVORS/VICTIMS OF TRAGEDY
BLACK MAN’S ARMY
VIA EMAIL NOTICE TO PRESS
TO: Producers/Editors/Reporters
WHERE: 719 East 95 Street, Cleveland, Ohio
WHEN: Friday, 8.14.15, 6 pm
RE: Candlelight Vigil for Rhondalyn Wynn
Friends and family will gather to remember Rhondalyn Wynn who was allegedly viciously stabbed to death by her friend after an argument. Again, we there is a victim who will be buried, a perpetrator who will be sent to prison and another child who has lost a parent.
Join us as we gather with friends and family today to remember Ms. Wynn.

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If you have any questions, please call Judy Martin at 990.0679(c) or Art McKoy at 253.4070(c).

Rescheduled Molly the Trolley Twilight Bus Tours Through East Cleveland

BLACK ON BLACK CRIME, INC.
SURVIVORS/VICTIMS OF TRAGEDY
BLACK MAN’S ARMY
VIA EMAIL NOTICE TO PRESS
TO: Producers/Editors/Reporters
WHERE: Meet in the parking lot at East 118 & Euclid outside J&L Farmer’s Market
WHEN: Wednesday, 8.12.15, 5:30 pm
RE: The Molly the Trolley Twilight Tour of East Cleveland
The first Molly the Trolley Twilight Bus Tour of East Cleveland is FOR THE MEDIA ONLY. The first Twilight Tour will be on Wednesday, 8.12.15, at 5:30 pm. Limited seating. The bus will pick up passengers in front of the J&L Farmer’s Market at East 118 and Euclid Avenue. The media can ride for free.
EC’s Molly the Trolley Twilight Bus Tour will offer a vivid ride through EC’s twilight zone sponsored by BBCI and BMA. Buckle up your seat belt. Welcome to the twilight zone. The tour will include:
1. I can’t believe my eyes 10 stories of destruction.
2. Navigating the streets of craters and sink holes that look like they have been through a bombing raid.
3. Nightmare on Noble Road (toxic dump in my backyard). Here, have some toxic barbeque.
4. Enter the twilight zone war ravaged Page and Wymore Streets. The bombs have dropped. The destruction and decay remains.
5. They left me and my home in the war zone.
Hear this remarkable tale of human survival and much, much more. This bus tour will be better than an expensive trip to the moon or abroad.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see EC’s final story.
Call 216.804.7462 for more information to reserve your seat on the bus tour.
ALSO, on Monday, 8.17.15, at 5:30 pm, there will be another Molly the Trolley Twilight Tour of East Cleveland for the GENERAL PUBLIC. Catch the bus in the parking lot of J&L Farmer’s Market at East 118 & Euclid Avenue. Donation $10. Tour the toxic dumps being created in EC and the many areas that look like a bomb came down. Dodge the moon sized craters in the road.
Call 216.804.7462 for more information to reserve your seat on the bus tour.

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If you have any questions, please call Judy Martin at 990.0679(c) or Art McKoy at 253.4070(c).

Anniversary Candlight Vigil for Michael Davis

BLACK ON BLACK CRIME, INC.
SURVIVORS/VICTIMS OF TRAGEDY
BLACK MAN’S ARMY
VIA EMAIL NOTICE TO PRESS
TO: Producers/Editors/Reporters
WHERE: 5344 Fairtree Road, Bedford, Ohio
WHEN: Sunday, 8.9.15, 9:30 pm
RE: Anniversary Candlelight Vigil for Michael Davis
Michael Davis was killed in his front yard a year ago on July 25, 2014 by his neighbor, his so-called friend. Justice was not served in this matter. What in the world is going on? That is the question being asked by the family and friends of Michael Davis to the court and all media sources.
A neighborhood feud becomes a murder case and the judge hearing the case completely exonerated the murderer. He also slapped the family in the face by calling Michael Davis, the victim, a bully. Mr. Davis used to spar with Mike Tyson.
Not only does the family feel that Judge Friedman made the wrong decision in his ruling of not guilty and self defense, but also slandered the victim in a way that hurt the family very much. Not only is the family crying cover-up, calling the ruling a miscarriage of justice, and saying the judge is very insensitive, but they feel that there were facts that were not allowed into evidence.
They are not going to take this decision quietly. Come hear what the family says about two neighbors feuding over leaves being blown into yards. This feud should never have turned into a murder where the victim was shot three times, including one in the side and one in the back.

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If you have any questions, please call Judy Martin at 990.0679(c) or Art McKoy at 253.4070(c).

 

African-American History/Timeline – 6.1.15-7.31.15

African-American History

Timeline: 1910 to 1919
How Did African Americans Fight Racial Injustice from 1910 to 1919

Overview
Like the previous decade, African-Americans continued to fight against racial injustice. Using various methods of protest–writing editorials, publishing news, literary and scholarly journals as well as organizing peaceful protests–African-Americans began to expose the ills of segregation not only to the United States, but the world.
1910
• According to U.S. Census data, African-Americans make up ten percent of the United States’ population.
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• Black History Month
• African American
• NAACP
• Black Slavery
• Civil Rights
• The National Urban League (NUL) is established in New York City. The purpose of the Urban League was to help African-Americans find jobs and housing resources.
• The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) established the first issue of Crisis. W.E.B. Du Bois becomes the monthly magazine’s first editor in chief.
• Throughout the United States, local ordinances are established to segregate neighborhoods. Towns such as Baltimore, Dallas, Louisville, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Richmond, Roanoke and St. Louis establish such ordinances separating African-American and white neighborhoods.
1911
• Kappa Alpha Psi, an African-American fraternity is established at Indiana University.
• Omega Psi Phi is established at Howard University.
1912
• An estimated sixty-one African-Americans are lynched.
• W.C. Handy publishes “Memphis Blues” in Memphis.
• Claude McKay publishes two collections of poetry, Songs of Jamaica and Constab Ballads.
1913
• The 50th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation is celebrated.
• Delta Sigma Theta, an African-American sorority, is established at Howard University.
• Woodrow Wilson’s administration establishes federal segregation. Across the United States, federal work environments, lunch areas and restrooms are segregated.
• African-American newspapers such as the California Eagle began campaigns to protest the portrayal of African-Americans in D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation. As a result of editorials and articles published in African-American newspapers, the film was banned in many communities throughout the United States.
• The Apollo Theater is founded in New York City.
1915
• The Great Migration picks up steam as African-Americans leave the South for Northern cities.
• The Oklahoma Grandfather Clause is overturned in Guinn v. United States.
• Carter G. Woodson establishes the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). That same year, Woodson also publishes The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861.
• The NAACP proclaims that Lift Every Voice and Sing is the African-American national anthem. The song was written and composed by two brothers, James Weldon and Rosamond Johnson.
• Booker T. Washington dies.
1916
• Marcus Garvey establishes the New York branch of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).
• Woodson’s ANSLH publishes the first scholarly journal dedicated to African-American History. The publication is called Journal of Negro History.
• James Weldon Johnson becomes field secretary for the NAACP. In this position, Johnson organizes mass demonstrations against racism and violence. He also increases the NAACP’s membership rolls in southern states, an action that would set the stage for the Civil Rights Movement decades later.
1917
• When the United States enters World War I on April 6, an estimated 370,000 African-Americans join the armed forces. More than half serve in the French war zone and more than 1000 African-American officers command troops. As a result, 107 African-American soldiers are awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government.
• The East St. Louis Race Riot begins on July 1. When the two day riot is over, an estimated forty people are killed, several hundred are hurt and thousands are displaced from their homes.
• The NAACP organizes a silent march in response to lynchings, race riots and social injustice. Considered the first major civil rights demonstration of the 20th Century, almost 10,000 African-Americans participate in the march.
• The Messenger is established by A. Philip Randolph and Chandler Owen.
1918
• Three African-Americans and two whites are killed in the Chester, Pa. race riot. Within days, another race riot erupts in Philadelphia killing three African-Americans and one white resident.
1919
• Eighty three African-Americans are lynched–many of them soldiers returning home from World War I. At the same time the Ku Klux Klan is operating out of 27 states.
• The pamphlet, Thirty Years of Lynching in the United States: 1898-1918 is published by the NAACP. The report is used to appeal to lawmakers to end the social, political and economic terrorism associated with lynching.
• From May 1919 to October 1919, a number of race riots erupted in cities throughout the United States. James Weldon Johnson names these race riots as the Red Summer of 1919. In response, Claude McKay publishes the poem, “If We Must Die.”
• The West Virginia State Supreme Court decides that an African-American is denied equal protection under the law if there is no African-American jury members.
• Claude A. Barnett develops the Associated Negro Press.
• The Peace Mission Movement is established by Father Divine in Sayville, NY.
• The Homesteader is released in Chicago. It is the first film to be produced by Oscar Micheaux. For the next forty years, Micheaux will become one of the most prominent African-American filmmakers by producing and directing 24 silent films and 19 sound films.

By Femi Lewis, African-American History Expert

Editorial Corner/Judy Martin, Julia A. Shearson – 6.1.15-7.31.15

EDITORIAL CORNER:
Judy Martin, Founder, Survivors/ Victims of Tragedy, Inc.; Treasurer, Black on Black Crime, Inc. No Truth. No Justice. No Peace.

UNBELIEVABLE
TOTAL ARROGANCE BY POLICE UNION

A 17 year old young unarmed man is killed by a police officer.
The police union decides to have a fundraiser for the officer.
The police union decides to raffle off a gun. A GUN! A gun very similar or the same as the one used to kill the young man.

Total arrogance, insensitivity and a family traumatized further by actions being taken by the police union.

DID YOU KNOW?

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
WHERE DOES IT GO?
HOW IS IT ALLOCATED?
DOES ANYONE BENFIT?

DETROIT— So far during fiscal year (FY) 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) has seized over $7,900,000 in unreported currency at ports of entry within the Detroit Field Office.

HOUSTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working in the Houston Field Office area of operations seized over $2.37 million in unreported currency from the start of the fiscal year through June 30, 2015. U.S. law requires international.
Question: Where does this money go? What is it used for? That’s a lot of money. It could help a lot of people.
CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry Wednesday discovered more than $457,000 in unreported U.S. currency in a vehicle bound for Mexico. The incident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. on…
Sterling, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), at Washington Dulles International Airport seized almost $50,000 recently from two outbound travelers for violating federal currency reporting regulations….
LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents conducting outbound examinations at the Laredo Port of Entry this week seized nearly half a million in undeclared currency in a single enforcement action. “This is one of the…

Flaws in consent decree will undermine confidence in police reforms: Letter to the Editor
July 17, 2015 at 3:51 PM
On June 29, we filed an amicus brief concerning flaws in the agreement between the DOJ and the City. Although we support the overall agreement, we believe certain provisions will undermine the intended reforms. The parties have refused to amend the agreement, hence our call upon the judge to use his authority to intercede in the public interest. Here are the key flaws in the agreement:
1) It undermines the inspector general’s independence by forcing the IG to answer to the police chief, whose policies and actions the IG is supposed to critique;
2) It allows the police — rather than an independent investigative agency — to police themselves by investigating their own use of force resulting in death or grievous bodily harm;
3) It fails to require collection of demographic data on complainants to track the “bias-free” policing reforms;
4) It fails to develop youth-focused policies and training to prevent excessive force;
5) It fails to provide the Community Police Commission with the necessary powers, resources, and structure to inspire belief in its effectiveness;
6) It grants the Monitor illegal immunity from ever testifying in court.
If the parties are serious about heeding public input, they will fix these flaws now.
James Hardiman, Cleveland Branch, NAACP
Terry Gilbert, Ohio Chapter, National Lawyers Guild
Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, Collaborative for a Safe, Fair and Just Cleveland

Julia A. Shearson
Executive Director | Litigation Assistant
CAIR-Ohio, Cleveland Chapter
Council on American Islamic-Relations
2999 Payne Avenue, Suite 220
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Tel: 216-830-2247 Fax: 216-830-2248

Editorial Corner/Judy Martin – 3.1.15-5.31.15

EDITORIAL CORNER:
Judy Martin, Founder, Survivors/ Victims of Tragedy, Inc.; Treasurer, Black on Black Crime, Inc. No Truth. No Justice. No Peace.

Apparently Our Laws and Rules Don’t Apply to Everyone

If regular people make a mistake, there are usually consequences.
If regular people commit a crime and are caught, they usually go to jail.
If regular people commit a murder and are caught, they usually go to jail.
When police officials don’t follow their training or protocols and policies and hurt or murder someone, they say they were in “fear” for their lives and they are found not guilty or get administrative leave or a slap on the wrist.
They are not doing the best job they can.
What about all the police officials who are doing the best job they can. They follow the rules and protocols.
Why aren’t they upset when they are being tarnished by the same brush?

VERDICT

And now we know for sure. If you are a policeman and stand on the hood of a car and fire at least 49 rounds through the windshield of the car and into the bodies of two unarmed people, you will be found “innocent.” Amazing.
We also now know that if are one of the other 11 or 12 officers who were near the above car and you fired innumerable rounds into the car, you won’t even be charged.
I’m sure that most officers intend to do a good job, be a decent officer and human being and are not dangerous to the public. But how do we know who they are?

DOUBLE STANDARD
AS USUAL?

WILL THE DOUBLE STANDARD CONTINUE?

I hope that Aliza Sherman’s family can find out who killed her and have him or her prosecuted.
I don’t begrudge them the coverage they get whenever they march or have a vigil.
But I wonder why other families with cold cases cannot get the same coverage or interest from the media.
Why?
There are too many other families who don’t know who killed their family member or friend. They don’t know who killed their mother, father, brother or sister.
There is:
A family that lost their mother over 30 years ago. It hasn’t been solved.
A family that lost a brother a few years ago. It hasn’t been solved.
Another mother lost her son five years ago. It hasn’t been solved.
Another mother lost her son over nine years ago. It’s still unsolved.
So many others still unsolved.
Why aren’t their cases covered?
Is it because they aren’t white families?
Is it because they don’t have $50,000 as a reward for information?
I hope not.
Is it because of a double standard?