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The Alt-Right: America’s Nazi Movement

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

With the presidential election nearing, it is important that individuals become aware of specific terms, ideologies, background support, etc. If you’re anything like me, then you already know that no matter which presidential candidate wins, whether it be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, we are pretty much screwed. While some can sleep at night voting the lesser of two evils, my take is that you’re still choosing an evil. I personally cannot do that. While Hillary is belting out the same old tired rhetoric we hear from old, bought out, corporatism leaders, Donald Trump is standing out in a way that has many thinking that America is about to become the new Germany.

Alt-Right Movement

Some hear the term, “alt-right” and don’t give it much thought, making an assumption that it’s some type of extreme right-wing garbage used by GOP heads and move about their day. However, the term has become so popular that it has trended on the internet a few times now. Many wouldn’t guess that the Alt-Right is actually a movement, a growing group of Americans with very specific ideas, beliefs, and actually has serious political power. The Alt-Right is defined as a group segmented of right-wing ideologies presented as an alternative to mainstream media conservatism – a movement of unified support for presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Alt-Right ideologies are aligned with white nationalism, white supremacyright-winged populismwhite nativism and neo-reactionary types.  One might include White Lives Matter heavily supported and backed by the Alt-Right. The Alt-Right is mainly known to push their movement online using social media to push their well-known meme’s to express their beliefs. The group is largely seen as racist and hateful. That is only the beginning of what the Alt-Right truly is and what it could mean for America.

Jared Taylor is an American white nationalist who is the founder and editor of American Renaissance magazine which is noted as a white supremacist publication. Taylor is also one of the many self proclaimed leaders of the Alt-Right movement. Taylor is also the former director of the National Policy Institute, a Virginia based white nationalist think tank. Taylor is involved in numerous organizations associated with promoting racist ideologies. He has questioned the capacity of blacks to live in a successful civilized society claiming that blacks generally create chaos everywhere, using New Orleans after hurricane Katrina and the violence in Chicago as his backdrops to further his opinions. Taylor was noted as saying:

“When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, any kind of civilization disappears.” – Jared Taylor, Alt-Right 

Taylor goes on to say “Racially conscious whites tend to be suspicious of Jews because Jews have been prominent in the effort to demonize any sense of white identity.” He has also spoken out against women’s rights, other races and cultures, and the need for white men to not only lead America but lead in every aspect of life across the country. It’s worth stating that Taylor is an avid supporter of Donald Trump and believes that Trump can certainly lead America back to being a white nationalist country again.

Matt Forney who is another self proclaimed leader of the Alt-Right movement considers himself (according to his website) blogger, author, journalist and entrepreneur of all things extreme conservative. Forney recently cited that for decades. globalists have sought to destroy white nations by flooding them with foreigners. The Alt-Right fights for continued white nations and white people. He supports the idea that anyone who is not white needs to go back to their “own” countries (sound familiar?) and argues that the problem can only be addressed by mass deportations.

“If Latino’s become the majority, we will no longer be the United States. We will be just another Latin country. Whites should have a country of their own. Whites don’t have a country of their own while everyone else does.”   -Matt Forney, Alt-Right

The important concept to the Alt-Right movement is “White America First”. They believe that America was, is, and should be a nation for white people, by white people, led by white people only. By now I’m certain the name that keeps coming up in mind is Trump. Trump is heavily supported by the Alt-Right. Deeper research shows that the CEO of Trump’s campaign is Beitbart’s former head, Steve Bannon. In fact it was Bannon who popularized the Alt-Right through Breitbart media during his tenure and was brought on board by Trump to lead as CEO. Bannon has also re-popularized the word cuckold (defined as a husband who is married to a cheating spouse). The term emerged from white supremacist movements which is a term of abuse: white conservatives who are deemed “race traitors” unwillingly to defend the interests of white America. Bannon believes that it is a “glorious and effective insult” to white American leaders which he believes has sold out to white America and white people.

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The 1488ers

Alt-Right extremists even call this branch of the Alt-Right “extreme”: the 1488ers. The 1488ers references the 14 words of neo-nazism (14 words: We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children) and the 88 is the doubling of the 8th letter of the alphabet, H, which represents “Heil Hitler“. The 1488ers consists of white purity enthusiasts who assemble on 4chan and Twitter. They were once a fringe portion of the Alt-Right but are now a dominant power to the movement. Beginning in 2015, mobs within 1488ers began purging moderates of Alt-Right who followed non white people on Twitter, who took vacations to non white countries like Asia, or flirted with women who were non white. Shortly after, becoming more extreme after becoming a more vocal force within the movement, they continued to examine blood purity of Alt-Right members by demanding genetic testing of those members, their girlfriends/wives and anyone closely associated with those members. Roosh Valizadeh who is a former leader of Alt-Right believes that the 1488ers are now the driving force behind the movement.

Manosphere

Alt-Right embraces opposition to feminism which they call this opposition “manosphere”. This is their own pushed propaganda that idealizes “white alpha male masculinity” and notably caters to white men’s rights. They are focused on concerns of the “heterosexual masculine white male” and is not to be challenged anything that isn’t described as listed. Their beliefs go on to keeping women as subservient to the white heterosexual males in America.

Basically this is about the white man’s fragility taking place and the possibility that white men won’t run this country alone sets fear among those who are involved in the Alt-Right, as if minorities are incapable of leading. Donald Trump exudes all the above behaviors. Learning that a leader of the Alt-Right is also heading Trump’s campaign makes much more sense seeing that the beliefs that surround Alt-Right is the exact bile we see coming from Trump’s mouth on a near every day basis. The Alt-Right has been deemed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center as will be White Lives Matter come February 2017. One cannot help but have flashing images of what took place in Germany in the late 1930’s through 1940’s as Hitler rose to power using a lot of the same rhetoric Trump uses today, only to see what happened to millions of Jews after his rise to power. They say history repeats itself and unfortunately because we are dealing with so many poorly educated, conditioned  Americans, we could very well have a Hitler 2.0 on our hands come Wednesday, November 9th.

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The New and Improved Facebook Run by Fascist and Racist

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Sunday, September 11, 2016, 11:48 p.m.

Chances are, if you’re involved in community activism, Black Lives Matter, social awareness, anti police brutality or just about anything that calls out corruption of the system and/or government, you are going to get put in Facebook jail a time or two, or three, or more. Facebook started out as being the building block of real social media, connecting people worldwide by sharing photo’s, post updates about life in general. You were not required to use your full government name and Facebook certainly didn’t censor or punish you as they do today. Mark Zuckerberg made his billions off of stolen ideas then became a publicly traded company. I knew then that Facebook was going to shift and not in a positive way.

Social media has played an intricate role in spreading social awareness and protests that sparked up all over the world. Social media was crucial in helping the Occupy movement grow worldwide as it did. With the help of Twitter and YouTube, more and more information began pouring out about corruption in our own system whether it was concerning posts that informed the public of x, y, z violations taking place against protesters or video’s of police officers manhandling peaceful protesters all over the country or the seering images of a college police officer intentionally spraying peaceful protesters in the face with pepper spray. Not long after, video’s would go viral of various police officers abusing their power by brutalizing a minority or even downright murdering an unarmed man as we saw with Walter Scott and Eric Garner. Then Facebook demanded that an individual with a Facebook account be required to use their government name otherwise the individual would no longer be able to access their account. Facebook also tested out their own facial recognition program that is still used today. Take a photo, upload it and test it out to see for yourself. Many photo’s uploaded have already pre-tagged people in the photo without you ever clicking a button. Does it sound like “Big Brother” to you yet?

As some movements faded out, more movements sparked ahead. In America, Black Lives Matter came to be a popular term among the movers and the shakers who wanted to see police violence change in this country – for police officers to be held accountable for misuse of power and outright murdering of the black community. Social media continued to be used to spread the word like wildfire informing others of the ongoing’s taking place. Faceboo soon came out with the “Facebook Live” feature that allowed people to record live events taking place by the user. For most people, it’s just a cool feature to post mindless chatter. To others, this tool would be used to document police once again misusing their power. For example, Philando Castile was murdered live on Facebook after his girlfriend began recording the interaction between the officer and Castile. Castile’s girlfriend is heard saying that Castile told the officer he has a CHL and had a gun concealed in his vehicle. When the officer demanded his ID, Castile reached for his wallet and was immediately shot by the officer. The video of Castile’s murder went viral within minutes. Not even an hour after the video was spreading across the world, Facebook removed the content from the girlfriend’s account. Later Facebook would claim it was just a “glitch”.

A few months ago Mark Zuckerberg announced that he would be running an investigation internally within his company over several complaints of censorship, especially where it concerned Black Lives Matter activists. Many cited that their posts would be taken down by staff of Facebook claiming that the posts “didn’t comply with community standards” although many posts never violated those standards. Unfortunately as quickly as Zuckerberg announced the investigation, the issue went dead and we never heard anything more about it. Clearly this was a ploy to save face and pretend that Facebook wasn’t acting as fascists, censoring free speech among users because to date, Facebook staff has continued to remove content that doesn’t violate community standards while turning a blind eye to other users who use open, blunt racial slurs, threats, and explicit sexual comments.

December 2015 I had been banned 6 times by Facebook. What happens is that an individual sees a post or a photo/meme they deem inappropriate and they “report” the content to Facebook. Facebook generally reviews the report within 6 hours and makes a determination whether they’re going to remove the content or let it remain. Take into account if you have an individual who is constantly trolling your page daily reporting every item you post, including photo’s, video’s and comments, it is easy for Facebook to ban you. Since December, my primary account was banned a couple more times but most recently, I received a 30 day ban by Facebook and their reason for the ban was astonishing! At this point I realized that Facebook employee’s are not only censoring material, but taking posts personal and banning a person because of it. A couple of weeks ago racial slurs were tossed at a group of black individuals who had enough of these slurs. Seeing the reactions of these white supremacists were quite comical and I posted a comment “They are MAD! White ppl mad. That’s scary!” Within 4 hours I was banned 30 days from Facebook.

30 Day Facebook ban for posting the comment "They are mad! White ppl mad! That's scary!"
30 Day Facebook ban for posting the comment “They are mad! White ppl mad! That’s scary!”

The problem is that the Facebook employee lacks any real training on how to do their job without being a biased, racist, fascist asshole. I’ve reported content when called a “ni**er lover” and received feedback claiming that it didn’t violate community standards. Recently a man was upset with a mattress company in San Antonio because they recorded a commercial that basically made light of the 9/11 event by using mattresses as the twin towers only to have people fall into the mattresses, resembling the towers coming down. This commercial was advertised by the owners daughter who was in the video with two male employees, attempting to push a 9/11 sale. It backfired and since the commercial aired, the company has been closed indefinitely. People across the country have taken to Facebook to air their issues with the mattress company by writing one star reviews on the company Facebook page. I crossed several posts that all mimicked the same sentiments until I crossed one that really upset me. A man by the name of Bert Falcor had written that he hoped that the children of those in the commercial were to get raped. That statement alone sent me boiling. You just do not say that about children. What kind of sick person would wish that on a child? It was one thing to be upset with the participants of the commercial but to echo these sentiments towards innocent children really struck me. Though I rarely report content on Facebook, I couldn’t help but report this to Facebook. Above that, Bert was commenting on other reviews telling one user how if “they came to New York, he’d f*ck them in the ass”. Basically bullying anyone who had an opinion that didn’t align with his. By morning Facebook responded stated that the post did not violate community standards.

Facebook user Bert Falcor posts this on a review he gave a mattress company and Facebook didn't feel that it violated community standards
Facebook user Bert Falcor posts this on a review he gave a mattress company and Facebook didn’t feel that it violated community standards
Facebook claiming that a post citing that a man wanted children to be raped didn't violate community standards
Facebook claiming that a post citing that a man wanted children to be raped didn’t violate community standards

By Sunday evening I received a notification from Facebook once more claiming that they removed my post because it violated community standards. When I saw the post, I realized that a Facebook employee took my post personal when I spoke out against Facebook for refusing to remove the content posted by Bert Saturday night. I included FB workers being pedophiles for refusing to remove content referring to the rape of children as well as calling them Fascists. Facebook didn’t take that too kindly and removed the post.

A post made early afternoon on Sept 11, 2016. Facebook cited that my post violated community standards. Facebook doesn't like it when you speak bad about them... as you can see.
A post made early afternoon on Sept 11, 2016. Facebook cited that my post violated community standards. Facebook doesn’t like it when you speak bad about them… as you can see.
Facebook goes on to claim that some of my images might contain "nudity" shortly after receiving feedback from Facebook that an earlier post violated community standards
Facebook goes on to claim that some of my images might contain “nudity” shortly after receiving feedback from Facebook that an earlier post violated community standards

Moments later I received another notification from Facebook citing that the images they’ve chosen “might contain nudity” and I needed to verify whether the photo’s contained any nude images.

Facebook assumed these were "nudity materials"
Facebook assumed these were “nudity materials”
Facebook assumed these were "nudity materials"
Facebook assumed these were “nudity materials”

Petty is a word that comes to mind when I think of Facebook these days. As frustrating as it has become to be under a microscope via Facebook, it almost impossible to communicate with anyone if you’re not using social media so what do we do here? I’ve heard some say that we the people should create our own Facebook. As good as it sounds, anything that will bring a million users will eventually be corrupted by Big Brother/our government for the sake of spying or keeping tabs on individuals who refuse to conform to being a sheep. As a kids born in the 70’s, I miss the days of the use of telephones, pagers, personal communication. Analog wasn’t as easy to track and though social media has been wonderful for connecting many people, it has also blown the door wide open for constant surveillance, for internet trolls who hate anything out of the social norm and much more. I guess one way of dealing with the insanity of Facebook is just to deactivate the Facebook account and walk away or… there is always MySpace.

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Houston’s Activist Community Begins To Push #ByeDevon Campaign As The Election Nears

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Houston Harris County: Across the nation groups and movements have been protesting against police violence for at least a couple of years now. The constant reports of minorities being gunned down by trigger happy officers mixed with the daily images that blanket social media with video’s of black/brown men/women being brutalized and murdered in cold blood has become the norm. It is almost expected and excepted today. These images continue to desensitized the masses who are eagerly looking for any tiny excuse to demonize the victim, echoing their strong support for the murdering gang in blue. The excuses for that support are pretty mind numbing. We live in a society where mainstream media pours disinformation and lies 24 hours a day. It doesn’t take much research to learn the truth and/or facts but this is our world today. The lazy, uneducated, desensitized, overly emotional, self centered, hypocritical, closed minded, biased, anti anything that’s not “Christian” or not white United States of America and many people are getting fed up with these types of individuals who continue to make our country look its worst.
I’ve constantly stated that education is key to waking up the masses. But as it seems, many of us are having to work overtime to fight against systematic racism and a judicial system that caters to the white community. Our numbers are small in comparison to other countries where a whole nation will show up to oust their corrupted gov’t or officials. Sadly, in Houston it’s even worse because of the laid back atmosphere and attitude of “well, I’m not affected so why bother”. Problem is, a large amount of people know someone who has been directly affected by systematic racism which had a domino effect into the oppressive judicial system, especially in Texas.

Meet Harris County DA Devon Anderson

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(Photo Credit: #ByeDevon Campaign)

Governor Rick Perry appointed Devon Anderson  as Harris County District Attorney on September 26, 2013 after Devon’s husband who was the original sitting District Attorney, had passed away. On November 4, 2014, Anderson was reelected to her first term which officially began in January 2015. In less than 3 years of her career as DA, Anderson has tarnished the city of Houston Harris County’s image when it comes to the judicial system and especially minorities. June 9, 2015 Devon Anderson dropped capital murder charges against Alfred Dewayne Brown and he was released shortly thereafter after being accused of murdering Officer Clark. The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals overturned Brown’s conviction in November 2014 because of evidence withheld during his trial in 2005. On August 2015, Anderson alongside Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman held a press conference after Officer Darren Goforth was murdered in Northwest Houston. In that press conference, both Anderson and Hickman pointed fingers directly at Black Lives Matter activists. This dangerous rhetoric caused many threats to trickle down to local Houston activists and forced a plea deal with the State by two local activists who would not have had a fair jury trial due to the sentiments led by Anderson and Hickman. Hickman later apologized for his statement however Devon Anderson went on record citing that she “refuses to apologize to Black Lives Matter” when local media contacted her office for a response to the demand for an apology by Houston activists. To date, BLM has yet to receive any kind of apology by Anderson. Anderson nearly leads the country in jail overcrowding and incarceration of black men in the Harris County Jail located in downtown Houston. Jail overcrowding has been so bad that there has been talk of moving some inmates to the Fort Bend County jail to help with the overflow of inmates. Not only does the overcrowding prove that Houston has a problem, but it is costing the taxpayer millions annually to house inmates in jail for something as small as jay walking, being homeless, not updating an address on a drivers license. Not to mention, Anderson’s overcrowded population comes largely by inmates who are waiting for trial but cannot afford to get bailed out. Basically it is an issue of the system oppressing the poor for the smallest of crimes. Though many complaints were launched to Devon Anderson, she continued to ignore these cries by inmates affected most along with their families. The most recent damning evidence of oppression by Anderson comes by a young rape victim who was placed in Harris Co jail after having a breakdown on the witness stand. Anderson claims that she was using this young woman as a witness to convict her rapist. Instead of seeing to it that the victim was cared for, to receive psychological treatment and more, Anderson threw the young woman in jail and tossed the key. The prosecutor was more worried about the victim disappearing, not testifying against the rapist so they put her in jail. The young woman received a black eye after being attacked by another inmate then was placed in segregation for protection. This only did more damage to the victim. Since it was learned that this took place, a lawsuit has been filed against Anderson/Harris Co. A District Attorney was more worried about her career and convictions than a rape victim. That alone should speak in volumes of her professional and personal character. Anderson has offered nothing but excuses since the lawsuit was filed and media began raking Anderson over the coals.

ANDERSON CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR MURDEROUS POLICE OFFICERS

Our own black men murdered by police in Houston. (Top Left: Jordan Baker Bottom Left: Ashtian Barnes Right: Alva Braziel)
Our own black men murdered by police in Houston. (Top Left: Jordan Baker Bottom Left: Ashtian Barnes Right: Alva Braziel)

January 16, 2014, 26 year old Jordan Baker was riding around on his bicycle in northwest Houston. An off-duty officer Juventino Castro of considering Baker a suspect because he was a black man in a hoodie. Video released 13 months later by former city of Houston Mayor Annise Parker shows Jordan at a strip center, riding his bike. The grainy video doesn’t show any kind of confrontation however Officer Castro claimed that he “feared for his life when Jordan reached for his waistband”. The typical rhetoric that we hear each time a person is murdered by police. Jordan was unarmed. On January 23, 2014, Officer Castro was no-billed by a Harris Co Grand Jury. A civil lawsuit against the city was filed a month later by Janet Baker, mother of Jordan Baker.

April 28, 2016 Harris Co Pct 5 Officer Roberto Felix pulled over 23 year old Ashtian Barnes claiming that the vehicle had “toll violations” although Ashtian stated that the car he was in was a rental car. Video footage nor the officers name was never released until after a grand jury no billed officer Felix on August 31, 2016. Information was intentionally kept from the public because the county stated that they didn’t want the outcome of the hearing to be affected by releasing the name of the officer or the dashcam video. Felix claimed that Ashtian reached for his hand that was on his gun, which caused Felix to fear for his life and shoot Ashtian in the chest. Felix also claimed that Ashtian began to drive off which caused the officer to retrieve his weapon and begin shooting. Then the video was released on August 31st by Tommy Barnes, father of Ashtian Barnes. Tommy handed the video over to Black Lives Matter Houston who then made it public. In the video you see the officer bring up the toll violations. Ashtian explains that he’s in a rental car as he’s fishing through to find the rental contract for the officer. The officer then claims that the car “smelled of marijuana”. Again, we are all aware of the rhetoric used by officers who are racially profiling black and brown men/women. Moments later you see Felix pull out his weapon, killing Ashtian then the car starts moving which the officer jump onto the vehicle before the car came to a stop. Felix murdered Ashtian before the car began moving. It only began moving because the car was not placed in park. Once Ashtian was murdered, it caused his foot to come off the break, lunging the car forward. You also never see Ashtian’s hand anywhere near the officers belt, or anywhere outside. However a Harris Co Grand Jury announced around 10:15 a.m. that they no-billed the officer. The grand jury waiting room fell in silence by the many supporters who came to be with the family. Again, no justice for another black man murdered.

(Alva Braziel was murdered on July 9, 2016 however a grand jury has not formed to conclude whether the officers involved will be indicted for murder)

Time and time again, Anderson has issued statements in support of grand jury findings and police officers. It is business as usual for Houston’s top attorney. The redundancy has weighed on the Houston community, especially among the millennial generation. Fed up with a systematic racist and corrupted DA, it was decided that Houston launch their own campaign against Devon Anderson called #ByeDevon. In Chicago the people were fed up with their District Attorney building her career off the black community. They launched a #ByeAnita campaign and won! Anita was ousted out of the running for DA. Then days ago, a Florida State Attorney, Angela Corey, one of the most polarizing political figures in Jacksonville history who generated national attention and enormous criticism for her prosecutions of ( or lack thereof in Zimmerman’s case) George Zimmerman, Marissa Alexander, 12-year-old Cristian Fernandez and many others. Corey is noted as the cruelest prosecutor in the U.S.

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Now it’s Houston’s turn to get rid of one of the worst DA’s Houston has ever seen. Anderson comes with a lot of excuses, throwing ADA’s under the bus to cover herself. As November nears, more and more people are learning about the DA and they are not happy, including individuals who are of her same party line, the Republicans. Through social media, there has been a large amount of Republicans who’ve spoken out against Anderson. We hope that the day following election night, we will have reason to celebrate. Gutting the system from within is crucial in changing this system. Make no mistake about it, Black Lives Matter Houston is NOT endorsing any candidate for DA. So whoever beats out Anderson better take heed of our complaints. We are always watching!

You can link onto the #ByeDevon campaign Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ByeDevon/

Groups involved with the #ByeDevon campaign can be linked here on Facebook:

Truth2Power https://www.facebook.com/truth2power1/

Black Lives Matter Houston https://www.facebook.com/BLMTexas/

Nazi White Supremacist Protest In Houston Backfires On The Group

It was May 22, 2016 where a group of Nazi White Supremacists who call themselves “White Lives Matter” appeared to protest at a Mosque located in downtown Houston attempting to intimidate the Muslim community. Of course Muslim supporters in Houston out numbered the Nazi group by far. This same group attended the action with automatic weapons, bullet proof vests, white laced boots, shoots with red laces, a “White Lives Matter” banner, Confederate flags, and a lot of ignorance, spewing bile about Muslims that mirrored the same narrative led by Fox News.
What stood out most was their “14 Words” banner which many are unaware. The “14 Words” refers to the most popular white supremacist slogan: We must secure the existence of our people and a future for WHITE children.” The slogan was coined by David Lane, a member of the white supremacist terrorist group known as The Order. Lane died in prison in 2007.

Fast forward to August 21, 2016 where the same Skinhead Nazi’s who call themselves White Lives Matter II decided to host a protest in front of the NAACP building off of Wheeler St. Take note: Instead of the II to be assumed as #2, it is actually an alliance to the two strike lightning bolts, commonly used among the white supremacist groups all over the world. White Lives Matter II was founded by Kevin Harris and Rebecca Barnette who fill their social media’s with hate for anything non-white. They also tend to push support for other WLM groups around the country to step up and protest against black people, not just Black Lives Matter alone. Rebecca, who is from Surgoinsville, Tenn, proudly displays pages that are riddled with tons of hate propaganda. Rebecca is also affiliated with the “Loyal White Knights” and the “Aryan Nation” commonly referred to “AN” on social media.

Rebecca Barnette, co-founder of White Lives Matter, pushes hate propaganda
Rebecca Barnette, co-founder of White Lives Matter, pushes hate propaganda
White Lives Matter II White Supremacist Group pose with their hate propaganda
White Lives Matter II White Supremacist Group pose with their hate propaganda

Further from that comes a group of White Lives Matter zombies in Houston who protested on August 21, 2016, a Sunday afternoon when the NAACP building was closed. The group was led by Ken Reed, another white supremacist who was surrounded by 12 individuals and less than a handful of Houston Police officers. This time, as they did back in May, the very same individuals brought automatic weapons, bullet proof vest, the WLM banner, their 14 Words banner, Confederate Flags, boots, laces, bottled water, and a lot of stupidity once again.

White Supremacist Group White Lives Matter II proudly display their ignorance in front of Houston's NAACP Sunday
White Supremacist Group White Lives Matter II proudly display their ignorance in front of Houston’s NAACP Sunday

Many found their action to be cowardice. Protesting an empty building on Sunday was almost comical. What wasn’t so funny is that their action was held in Houston’s 3rd Ward area, which is a heavily populated black community. The WLM action was utterly disrespectful to black individuals living in the community. WLM shouted their hate speech across the street from a church and a school. It’s worth noting that although individuals with WLM showed up with weapons and hate propaganda, Houston police did not show up as an army as they do any Black Lives Matter Houston actions.  The protest was held one block from 288 South, Houston police did not block the feeder road. There were barely any Houston cops on the scene. There were no barricades, no helicopters, initially no horses, no riot gear and no armor trucks close by. July 14, 2016 Black Lives Matter Houston held a protest at Southmore and Dowling, south of downtown Houston. The location was one block from 288. Black Lives Matter protested against Houston Police who had just murdered Alva Braziel on July 10, 2016 after claiming that Braziel pointed a gun at police. He was flagging down police to get assistance when Houston police shot Braziel 10 times (could be more). Nikki Braziel, widow of Alva Braziel, also claimed that the Houston officer came back and shot him a 2nd and 3rd time when Braziel was begging for his life. Police released a video that looked doctored. Body cams on police were magically turned on only after the shooting occurred. Black Lives Matter Houston decided to host an action in response to the lack of accountability and the continued police attitude of “shoot first, ask questions later”. Though the Southmore protest started out slow with 15 participants, long before the protest even began, Houston police had partially closed off the 288 feeder near Southmore, a helicopter was seen flying constantly, armored police trucks, horses, several police cars throughout the area and 300+ police on standby with more than 30 cops surrounding the protest along with CID tagging along. Not one participant had any kind of weapon. Not one sign echoed racial hate speech. Not one chant cited violence of any kind. Houston protests have generally been passionate yet laid back. Several arrests that have occurred have done so due to aggravated police officers who already have issues with Black Lives Matter so at times, a few cops will attempt to incite a confrontation. It comes with the territory of calling out police violence however none of the above mentioned dealing with BLM was presented to the White Lives Matter protest. In fact, Houston cops were seen chatting, laughing, obtaining bottles of water from the WLM group, even offering extra protection for the terrorist group. Shortly after WLM started, members of the 3rd Ward community began showing up, questioning the motive for WLM to be at the NAACP office. More and more counter participants showed up when Houston police began to put up barricades, even fencing in the WLM group for that added protection. Horses arrived and several police officers showed up. It is obvious that Houston police was sending a clear message to counter protesters.

The most interesting piece of the WLM protest is that Ken Reed and his followers assumed a connection between Black Lives Matter Houston and the NAACP Houston chapter. Had any of the individuals done proper research or even Googled the connection, they would find that there is no correlation between the two groups. Through the murder of Sandra Bland, Alfred Wright, Jordan Baker, Symone Marshall and Alva Braziel the NAACP remained completely silent. When Robbie Tolan was shot on his own driveway by a Bellaire police officer, the NAACP remained completely silent. When Jesse Valez was manhandled and falsely accused by police in Harris County, the NAACP remained completely silent. When Black Lives Matter Houston, The People’s New Black Panther Party, NBPP, National Black United Front, Truth2Power and a slew of independent activists/activist groups banned together to fight back against police oppression and violence, the NAACP remained completely silent. Harris County Officer Darren Goforth was murdered back in August 2015, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman came forward in a press conference blaming Black Lives Matter on the murder of officer Goforth. It was later learned that Goforth was having an affair with a well known badge bunny who happened to be servicing several Harris County officers and investigators for quite some time and that BLM had nothing to do with the officers death. Nonetheless, the rhetoric spread by Anderson and Hickman had already done its damage as several activists within Black Lives Matter Houston began receiving threatening messages, full on harassment, even death threats. Personal and private information was posted publicly. Again, the NAACP stood by in silence, never uttering disappointment in such a highly sensitive matter.

William Duncan who is part of The People's New Black Panther Party holds a sign during a protest in February 2016 that is telling of Houston's NAACP and their total silence concerning black lives murdered/oppressed/brutalized locally (Photo Credit: Deidre Scott)
William Duncan who is part of The People’s New Black Panther Party holds a sign during a protest in February 2016 that is telling of Houston’s NAACP and their total silence concerning black lives murdered/oppressed/brutalized locally
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Instead, the NAACP awarded Devon Anderson the ALEX Award on February 11, 2016. Anderson built her career by the high incarceration of the black community (along with the brown community) while overlooking criminal acts led by whites. Statistics show that Anderson has a high incarceration rate of African Americans and Latinos over whites. Black men and women are incarcerated 5 times the rate of a white person. In Texas alone, there are more incarcerated black men in jail/prison than there are in the education system. Partly because Anderson has pushed harsher prosecution against the black community throughout her career. Recently Anderson attempted to enact the Southlawn Gang Injunction that would have permanently banned black men from their homes for life. Thankfully due to a massive blowback by the Southlawn community and Houston activists, especially Truth2Power, the suit was dropped which was a blow to Anderson. That didn’t stop the NAACP from brown nosing Harris County’s top attorney. Most likely there were some incentives and kickbacks for the NAACP and Anderson… a few special favors… the typical under the table hush, hush corruption.

(L-R_ Shere Dore & Ashton P Woods attend the Houston NAACP press conference on August 22, 2016. Ashton addressed media concerning Black Lives Matter Houston's decision to not counter protest White Lives Matter II Protest last Sunday (Photo Credit: Nata Koerber)
(L-R_ Shere Dore & Ashton P Woods attend the Houston NAACP press conference on August 22, 2016. Ashton addressed media concerning Black Lives Matter Houston’s decision to not counter protest White Lives Matter II Protest last Sunday
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To date the NAACP has yet to lend their support to Black Lives Matter. After the White Lives Matter protest went national via media outlets all over the U.S., the NAACP decided to host a press conference in front of their building the following day addressing media. NAACP Houston President James Douglas stated that the Houston Police contacted them in regards to the protest being held in front of their building prior to WLM showing up. Douglas’ response was “let them do it”. Though the sidewalk in front of the building is public space and protected by the First Amendment, it was disturbing that Mr. Douglas was so passive of this event. Douglas went on to denounce racial hatred of any groups combined with the typical speech you’d see coming from a person who isn’t being sincere. Next stood Rodney Ellis who took the opportunity to tell media that people who want to offer support for the NAACP should do so by sending a check. He went on to cite that the NAACP office was old and needed repairs. In reality, it allowed the NAACP the ability to capitalize from White Lives Matter. Later in the press conference, a reporter with the Houston Press questioned Douglas on his support for Houston’s Black Lives Matter. Douglas offered a blanketed statement indicating that the NAACP supports black lives, going into detail how the civil rights movement in the 60’s were comprised of people of many nationalities and the same goes with Black Lives Matter but on his ending statement, Douglas never sounded any level of support for Black Lives Matter/Houston.

Black Lives Matter Houston took a stance on Sunday, choosing to not counter protest the WLM protest. A statement issued by the BLM Houston chapter:

OFFICIAL STATEMENT:

RE: “White Lives Matter” Protest

It came to our attention earlier this week that there would be a “White Lives Matter” protest today. While it is always tempting to go and challenge those White people who come out and attack our movement, it is more important that we teach Black people that #BlackLivesMatter. People like these White supremacists are a waste of space and time, their minds are already made up and so are ours, What would we need to discuss with them?

The hard truth is that the Houston Police Department has been waiting to pounce on us. The situation would have endangered us in a way that dishonors why one would die for the liberation of Black bodies. The moment we would have arrived, they would have protected those white folks who came to a Black community to protest not just BLM but all Black people and perpetuate the racism that has always been part of their ideology.

Hate is a powerful thing, but only IF you give it power and narrative.

The lasting impression: We have a white supremacist terrorist group protesting at the NAACP when the NAACP has zero ties or collaboration with Black Lives Matter Houston. Epic failure. WLM gains national attention for being cowards at best. Various social media’s were trending the protest as many laughed off their efforts protesting on a Sunday in front of an empty building. The NAACP will now get a little money from sympathizers who truly have no idea that the WLM protest was about Black Lives Matter which the NAACP doesn’t support so essentially, White Lives Matter did the NAACP a favor by thrusting them into the spotlight. Their own protest backfired on them. The best that the WLM group has so far is making sure that they spell words correctly on their signs. It’s almost like watching the Republican Debate all over again.  At the end of the day we can proudly hold our heads high with knowledge that BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER in Houston, Ferguson, Baltimore, everywhere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Houston Activists Continue Surveying Synthetic Weed Epidemic Targeting Homeless Community

Synthetic marijuana has been a problem over the years in Houston and nationwide. Through mainstream media, the stories are few and far between where it concerns overdoses and serious affects from use of this dangerous “drug” so much that the City of Houston and media didn’t rake real notice to the problem until there were 16 overdoses a week ago at Hermann Park. However, there has been a group of local activists who’ve already been at work, surveying the epidemic, assisting the homeless, gathering information on treatment programs, confronting store locations that sell synthetic weed, calling for medical help when needed, and much more. This group has far more experience with this crisis than city leaders, treatment centers, and local churches.

For the last couple of months, a group of activists from various local groups banded together to fight against this massive problem. “Kush” is the commonly used name however is labeled incorrectly. Kush is a form of real cannabis marijuana and isn’t harmful to anyone who uses it. The name “kush” was adopted by sellers so that it could appeal to users. Some users make the purchase assuming they are buying real marijuana when in reality, they are buying synthetic weed with absolutely no ties to original and real marijuana.

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WHAT IS FAKE KUSH?

First off, again I want to make it clear that the synthetic weed is not in any form of real marijuana. It is crucial that if an individual is buying marijuana from someone, that they know who they are buying from otherwise they could receive synthetic weed and after 1 – 2 puffs, it can cost a person their life. Synthetic marijuana has various names: K2, Spice, Kush, Climax, and Space Cadet just to name a few. Synthetic weed also has levels of potency. Lower levels of potency start at 6x. It climbs to 10x, 15x, 50x, and 100x. Space Cadet contains the highest potency and most likely is the synthetic marijuana used at the time that 16 individuals overdosed at Houston’s Herman Park on June 23rd. The higher the potency, the more likely one is to have constant seizures, vomit, aggressive behavior, body temperatures rise, irregular heart beat whether it increased or decreases the beats per minute, impaired motor skills, paralysis, coma, and even death. The more frequent chemicals involved in the synthetic marijuana is Raid (roach spray), rubbing alcohol, cat nip, and potpourri incense which is sold in packages similar to what is pictured below. The high itself only lasts 10 – 15 minutes. It only costs $1 to purchase a kush blunt compared to a marijuana blunt which runs $5. Synthetic weed is much cheaper to buy and is easily accessible. We see cases where an individual displays aggressive behavior. In those cases, most likely the kush blunt was laced with meth, which causes their aggression and can put others in danger. Though we are always on guard because of the laced drug, for the most part we generally see individuals on 6x – 10x levels of potency. Most will sleep it off for 20 – 30 minutes then be right back up like nothing happened. Most times the person will not remember what took place while they were high.

ER visits to local hospitals since Sept 2015 drug count:

  1. Kush                            1396
  2. Alcohol                         545
  3. Script Drugs               337
  4. Cocaine/Crack          203
  5. Marijuana                   126
  6. Opiates                        113
  7. Amphetamine           109
  8. Heroin                            95
  9. Ecstasy/MDMA            33
  10. Inhalants                      19
  11. LSD                                  12
  12. GHB                                   7
  13. Ketamine                        5

 

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MASSIVE DRUG BUST AND EMERGENCY PERSONNEL

On May 16, 2016, the DEA and HPD seized 9.5 TONS of synthetic marijuana from a drug ring which included a professor from the University of Houston. The DEA arrested 16 people linked to the drug ring which should have crippled the sale of “kush” for a few weeks at least however that isn’t the case. On May 23, 2016 we saw the use of “kush” jump in record numbers. EMT’s/Houston Fire Dept are called all day, every day to assist with individuals who react to “kush”. This takes away from other emergencies taking place in the community. Not to mention it desensitizes EMT workers who have to see this multiple times a day. For example, the evening of June 26, 2016, an older man was seen staggering on Lamar Street in downtown Houston. He managed to get back on the sidewalk then fell onto his side as he began to have seizures. We contacted 911 to obtain medical assistance in the event that this individual could go into cardiac arrest. EMT’s arrived on the scene where one worker, Erica Czyz, was seen using her radio communicator to literally dig into the ribs of this man, yelling at him to wake up. She did not display gentle use of the object as she continued to push her radio harder, digging further into his ribs, once again demanding that he wake up. One worker was overheard laughing and saying “Y’all should take him to Southeast Memorial hospital so that way we won’t have to deal with this problem for a couple of days.” In other words, move kush users further outside the city so that no one is bothered with another user. That is not the answer.  We continue to request the faithful diligence and professionalism of our EMT workers/fire fighters which we see so often.

We are currently looking into why synthetic marijuana has hit the streets in mass quantity after Houston Police and the DEA obtained 9.5 tons of synthetic weed back on May 16, 2016. Five weeks ago (specifically 5/23/16) the use of “kush” drastically rose. Synthetic marijuana was seized awfully close to the time the quantity of “kush” in massive doses hit the streets, specifically targeting the homeless community in the downtown area 6 months before Houston hosts the Super Bowl. We continue to ask the question: Who is bringing it downtown in such high quantity?

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(For the most part, those who smoke lower levels of potency to kush react in this manner – sitting upright, sleeping off the drug after their 10 – 15 minute high)

HOUSTON POLICE DEALING WITH THE CRISIS

On June 8, 2016 it was a hot Wednesday afternoon. A homeless black male (Mike) who I’ve known for a couple of years appeared with his longtime girlfriend, who I know as well. Both had told me how they spent the majority of their day trying to get on the housing list while also trying to look for a place to stay. Both of them were clearly exhausted from the heat and humidity. If you don’t live in Houston then you don’t know that temps get up to the high 90’s in June with humidity levels over 70% most days. There is no dry heat here. You’re guaranteed to sweat and if you’ve been walking around all day, you’re going to be exhausted the moment you sit down to cool off. That is exactly what happened to this couple after walking around Houston throughout the day. Houston Police Officer Pham, badge# 8193, frequents the library plaza/west end of downtown Houston. He is not liked. Why? Because Officer Pham has a history of being aggressive and has every intention of baiting individuals into an argument so that he can arrest them and take them to jail. Several people have claimed that they saw Pham “kick a homeless woman” as she was laying down one afternoon. Outside of his behavior with the homeless, Pham is combative with homeless advocates. He’ll attempt to argue when he realizes he’s being filmed. Pham has forced us to film him because his professionalism is lacking and he’s known to be aggressive in his personal dealings with the homeless community.

On this particular day, Pham along with two reps from the Sobering Center approached Mike who was leaned up on his girlfriend as he sat on a ledge. He was questioned several times whether he was on “kush” or whether he “intoxicated”. Many times he cited that he was neither kushed out or intoxicated. One of the reps asked him 5 times whether he wanted to be medically evaluated. Each of those times Mike said “no”. At this time it’s clear he’s not high nor is he drunk. Anyone with experience, especially in the drug abuse field, could see that Mike was fine. Not every person who is resting is high or drunk. This is when inquiries turn into harassment. I began filming the incident. How many times does a man have to say “no” to get another to leave him alone? Officer Pham asked for his ID which Mike questioned his reasons. Pham refused to give one, just continued to request his ID. Pham began to ask additional questions while the Sobering Center reps are standing near, watching, not saying anything. Mike was clearly upset, feeling his rights were being violated. By that time I advised Mike to not give any consent to searches nor answer anymore questions without an attorney since it was clear Pham had no intention of backing off Mike. Officer Pham pulled out his handcuffs and detained the man immediately after my suggestion. After Mike was placed in the car, he gave his name which came back clear – no warrants. He was free to go after. The very next day the very same man was done the very same way by Officer Pham, this time without the Sobering Center reps. At what point is this considered “helping the homeless” or attempting to combat the kush crisis? Everything that took place on June 8 screamed violation of civil rights. It is not illegal to lay your head on your girlfriends shoulder. In fact, it is not illegal to rest at all. However, Houston officers are using this as leverage to stop and harass homeless that are not intoxicated in any way.

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(Officer Pham detains a homeless man after wrongly profiling and harassing the man)

On June 10, 2016 Officer Caster, badge# 8746, profiled a black Muslim male who was sitting on a ledge at the downtown library plaza. She too assumed he was intoxicated. The same reps from the Sobering Center came and assessed the man. like the others, he fell victim to untrained officers. The man was cleared by Caster and free to leave. Moments later, Officer Pham appeared and became combative when he saw that we were filming the incident. That same night at 9:08 p.m., Officer Pham accused three homeless men of jaywalking across the street in the downtown area although the men had the signal to “walk” when the light changed. Officer Pham arrested one of the men when he asked why was it that Pham was harassing him all the time. Pham uttered “I’ll show you” then placed the homeless man under arrest claiming he was jaywalking the street.

On June 10, 2016 at 7:12 p.m., not long after Officer Caster and Officer Pham left the plaza, Officer Hill, badge# 4879 appeared profiling two homeless men. He claimed they looked intoxicated when both men were resting on their arm, waiting for the 8 p.m. food sharing to begin. Had he engaged the two men appropriately, talking to them a couple of minutes, he would have learned that neither were intoxicated or high. Officer Hill demanded their ID’s which each complied. Hill returned their ID’s after the men were cleared (no warrants) then went back to his car and began to take photo’s of us who were standing out there witnessing further violation of a individuals civil rights. It is clear that common sense is lacking with these officers. This cannot be reduced to a lack of training. To demand ones ID for merely sitting down is wrong. To constantly do this to the homeless community because officers are allowed to get away with it downright shows these officers as being bullies. Picking on people who cannot defend themselves.

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(Officer Hill profiles two homeless men in downtown Houston)

MAYOR TURNER’S PLAN TO TACKLE THE KUSH EPIDEMIC

June 30, 2016 Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner called a press conference to give a plan of action in effort to handle the kush issues. The press conference was held at the Hermann Park pavilion, right where 16 individuals were taken to the ER from an overdose the week prior. Aside from the Mayor, the interim HPD Chief of Police, Metro Police, Pastor Rudy from St John’s Church, Mr. Kincaid from the Sobering Center were just a few who spoke in front of local media and concerned homeless advocates.

Mayor Turner pushes his plan to combat the use of synthetic marijuana on June 30, 2016
Mayor Turner pushes his plan to combat the use of synthetic marijuana on June 30, 2016

Mayor Turner expressed that there is a problem in Houston with “kush”. However, because Turner and others involved in the press conference are not knowledgeable of the details of this epidemic, their plans to combat the crisis leave lots of room for error. Mayor Turner wanted to make it clear that the City of Houston wanted to partner with other medical facilities in effort to get real treatment to those who are addicted to kush. Unfortunately, there are no immediate treatment facilities or programs for kush users at this time. In fact, state funding doesn’t even recognize kush as a drug which requires treatment. The Mayor announced the deployment of 175 Houston police officers, many being pulled from desk jobs and investigators, being placed on the street to assist with the “kush clean up effort”. I specifically asked the interim Chief of Police whether these officers would be trained. I was never given a direct answer. Seeing the officers were being deployed the following day, it is clear these officers are not going to be trained to deal with anyone using kush, including the homeless who will be profiled due to the stereotype. Bottom line: If an officer comes across an individual who is high on kush, the best he/she can do for that person is take them to the Sobering Center which the person will spend the night to sober up then be released the very next day just to go out and do it again. There is no real help right now. Calling 175 cops to the streets who are untrained is a recipe for disaster. One must take a humane approach no matter how frustrating the situation is. Being compassionate to the persons needs is a requirement. If one lacks people skills and holds little empathy for others, they cannot do this job. We cannot assume all homeless are kush users. While the majority of kush users are located in the downtown area, you can see the map below that pin points other kush hot spots around the city, including the suburbs. Lastly: Who is bringing it downtown? Homeless people aren’t transporting massive amounts of synthetic marijuana to the downtown region.

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(Left: The red signifies kush hot spots. Right: Green dots indicate how many kush users in that area visited an ER facility. You can see in downtown Houston alone, there were 347 cases since Sept. 2015)

There is a lot of work to be done here. None of us have all the answers however we need to be smart about this epidemic. Addressing the needs of mental disorders, depression, PTSD, and much more is crucial at this point. Whether Houston have the capacity to balance mental health still remains unknown. Until we begin to understand that using drugs of any sorts mainly focuses of embedded mental pain that is being masked by drug or alcohol use, we are going to continue to see drug use rise. Of all the homeless individuals I’ve worked with over the last 5 years, 95% of those I’ve spoken with have some sort of mental issue they are dealing with that has been left untreated and prohibits them from moving forward to get housing or use resources offered to help some of the homeless. The majority of homeless I’ve interviewed over the years do not want to be homeless however one should recognize that a form of PTSD takes place when one is thrusted to the streets to survive day to day, minute by minute because the streets are not always safe. The majority of those smoking kush do it to escape the reality which they call “hell”. We truly have no idea what it is like to be on the streets day after day, trying to survive. Many assume help is there but that is not always the case. For example, if you’re a healthy person between the ages of 25 – 64 with no real mental or physical disabilities, or not a parent with children, nor a military veteran, you can be on a housing list for years. In Houston to be placed on a housing list, one must get a homeless letter stating they are homeless and be on the streets for one year before they go on that housing list. Shelters are not the answer either. Shelters in Houston are deplorable. Aside from bed bug infestations and TB, food is extremely inadequate and the volunteers who staff these shelters lack any real compassion or empathy. When a person is forced to a shelter, their dignity is all one has left however too often many of the volunteers strip that from the person as well. I always challenge others to volunteer at the local city shelters to see for themselves just how bad it really is and why it is that so many would rather live on the streets rather than a shelter. This is going to take a lot of us to stay committed if we want to truly resolve the epidemic. If you want to get involved in assisting the homeless in any way, please contact us at homelessadvocateprogramhoutx@gmail.com

 

Sandra Bland was the target of police voilence that ended her life after her civil rights were trampled on by former DPS Trooper Encinia

Supporters Will Gather In Prairie View To Remember Sandra Bland On The One Year Anniversary Of Her Arrest

Sandra Bland is a name known internationally. However from time to time, I am asked “Who is that person on your button” as I wear my Sandra Bland button almost daily. It gives me a chance to tell her story of what happened that hot day in Waller County, July 10, 2015.
Sandra had just gotten a job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M, recently relocating from Illinois. On July 10th, DPS Trooper Brian Encinia pulled Sandra over for simply not utilizing her lane change signal.
Brian Encinia stands about 5’6″ or so. Looking at him without a uniform, you automatically can determine he has a Napoleon complex. His attitude and behavior definitely exuded that on July 10th. Sandra, knowing her rights as a citizen, expressed her knowledge to Encinia. Instead of Encinia kindly respecting her 1st and 4th Amendment, giving her a ticket and going about his way, instead his behavior became erratic and began making threats towards Sandra, saying “I will light you up” when demanding she get out of the car after she refused to put out her cigarette.
Smoking a cigarette in your own vehicle, your personal property which is protected by the 4th Amendment, is allowed. A cops ego doesn’t trump civilian rights. The problem is that so many in America have been “conditioned” to follow orders no matter what is being done by that officer. Assuming that police officers never break the law, bend rules, or flex their power on citizens, as the public would think, Sandra was not breaking any laws.
Encinia forced Sandra out of the car as she follows him out of dash cam view (how convenient) and is heard saying that she looks forward to dealing with him in court over this matter. Moments later you hear Sandra yelling that he’s hurting her, he’s gonna break her wrist, he’s slamming her head on the ground. Sandra was found dead 3-days later in Waller County jail.
Sandra’s family and supporters do not believe the official story that Sandra killed herself in the jail cell. Since that time, Sandra’s mother, Ms. Geneva, has filed a civil suit against all involved in the murder of Sandra Bland. In January 2016 a Grand Jury in Waller County indicted Brian Encinia of “perjury” which is a misdemeanor charge, a slap on the wrist. His case is still pending as the Judge in the case continues to push Encinia’s case to later dates, recently pushed from June to October. In the civil case heard at the Harris County Federal Courthouse, that case is set in January 2017. The family and supporters continue to fight forward for Sandra Bland. In April 2016, the main road leading from  Highway 290 to Prairie View A&M was changed from University Drive to Sandra Bland Parkway after months of constant pressure on the City of Prairie View and PV City Council. PV Council passed the measure and on April 16, 2016 street signs were changed to Sandra Bland Parkway.
On Sunday, July 10, 2016, we will be meeting at Prairie View, at the spot where Sandra was taken into custody at 4:30 p.m. (719 Sandra Bland Parkway, Prairie View, TX)
Wear BLACK for power and PURPLE for pride. If you want to get more involved in supporting Sandra Bland’s family, please feel free to contact myself or utilize the email on the action flyer. We look forward to seeing you there!

#SandyStillSpeaks #SandraBland

Sandra Bland was the target of police voilence that ended her life after her civil rights were trampled on by former DPS Trooper Encinia
Sandra Bland was the target of police voilence that ended her life after her civil rights were trampled on by former DPS Trooper Encinia

 

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Houston’s Homeless Targeted By Community and Houston Police

Petra Olvera (courtesy of Change.org) is heading an anti-homeless petition
Petra Olvera (courtesy of Change.org) is heading an anti-homeless petition

Houston, TX – By now many of you have heard that earlier this week, a bright young child named Josue Flores was brutally stabbed 22 times as he was walking home from school. This happened just two blocks from his home. This came as a shock to the community Josue lived in as well as the city. The community was outraged – how can a person randomly walk up to an innocent child and murder him. Houston Police were quick to make an arrest of 31 year old Che Calhoun who “seemed” to fir the description of one eyewitness. However, describing a black man, 6 feet tall, age ranging from 25 – 30, weighing 200 lbs could identify a pool of black men if one is unable to tell one black man apart from the other, which seems to be the case with the eyewitness, Houston Police, and the District Attorney’s office. The DA’s office dropped the murder charges against Calhoun Friday, citing that Calhoun was able to prove an alibi that put him in Pearland at the time little Josue was murdered. Evidence was able to prove his whereabouts. Houston Police and the DA severely screwed up on this case. The murderer has had time to leave town while police, prosecutors, media, and the public were focused on Calhoun. HPD, along with the lead detective had a press conference on Friday morning explaining why Calhoun was not their suspect while trying to save face on their massive failure. An apology to Calhoun was never tendered meanwhile after his release, he will be a marked man, reputation ruined entirely. Careless actions led by Houston Police and District Attorney Devon Anderson’s office have been plentiful. Even after the epic fail led by Houston Police, the interim Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo continued to paint Calhoun as a criminal rather than fessing up and issuing a public apology.

COMMUNITY BACKLASH AGAINST THE HOMELESS

By Friday afternoon, a anti-homeless petition started by Petra Olvera asks the public to sign her petition which she intends to send to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s office, demanding the closure of the Salvation Army located off N. Main, just north of downtown while completely defaming the homeless community as a whole, not on an individual basis.

The "explanation" of the anti-homeless petition (1)
The “explanation” of the anti-homeless petition (1)
Continued anti-homeless rhetoric (2)
Continued anti-homeless rhetoric (2)
Continued anti-homeless rhetoric (3)
Continued anti-homeless rhetoric (3)

It is clear that Ms. Olvera and her supporters have spent little to no time with the homeless community. It was later determined that Calhoun was not homeless however, Ms. Olvera continues to push her agenda, using a murdered child as reason to target the homeless, using hateful assumptions one moment then the next inserting “God” in her post. Anyone who considers themselves to be of God, should never attempt to oppress those who cannot defend themselves, especially when it comes to the poor. What makes matters worse are the following comments left by anti-homeless supporters expressing stereotypes, fueled anger, assumptions, and more.

Without all the facts, people continue to spread their hate of the homeless community in Houston
Without all the facts, people continue to spread their hate of the homeless community in Houston
More comments spreading hate of the homeless
More comments spreading hate of the homeless
Comments left on the anti-homeless petition judges the homeless as a whole
Comments left on the anti-homeless petition judges the homeless as a whole

Combating issues of addiction and mental illnesses will not be fixed by shutting down the very services needed for the homeless community through the Salvation Army. Services they provide include free meals, housing homeless in their facility, funding homes for homeless who are now off the streets, counseling, medical needs, clothing, and monies donated by Salvation Army to other organizations who are helping the public. Maybe Ms. Olvera and her supporters could focus their anger and energies on how we can better the situation rather than making it worse. Shutting down the Salvation Army will only create more problems for that community and that is why I know Ms. Olvera has absolutely zero experience with our homeless. Diverting energies into pushing for programs that deal with addiction and mental illnesses is a step in the right direction. Not trying to banish and close an organization that certainly does more good for the homeless. If community members are so upset and want change, why aren’t they asking for more patrol units in their area? Why are police off the hook in this case? Laws are already in effect that deal with crime. If crime is on the rise in the area, this is when you call on police or even community watch dogs to assist. What about the homeless who are truly doing all they can to get services by Salvation Army? I’m guessing they don’t matter much to Ms. Olvera and the others who hate the homeless community.

HOUSTON POLICE BEGIN TARGETING BLACK HOMELESS MEN DOWNTOWN HOUSTON

As a homeless advocate, I spend a good amount of time with the homeless community each week over the last 4.5 years. I’m not paid for what I do. Everything is done because I truly care about our homeless and want to do everything I can to assist where I’m able. This includes fighting for the homeless since so many are unable to defend or fight for themselves. As I arrived at a homeless hot spot Friday afternoon, several black men approached me, letting me know that Houston Police requested to see their ID, some were patted down, while the majority were clueless to why this was taking place. What’s worse is that many of the black men didn’t fit the description implied by the police. One gentleman is in his 60’s however his ID was requested with the excuse of Josue’s murder. Some of the men were older than 30 and many of them were much shorter than 6 feet. Houston Police were up and down Main Street in downtown Houston questioning nearly every homeless black man they saw. Police were also questioning homeless black men at Tranquility Park, Houston City Hall grounds, the downtown library plaza, and over by Wheeler St, south of downtown. If a witness accused the wrong man, then credibility is shot. Eyewitness accounts are highly incorrect most times. Is this a case of cops truly looking for Josue’s murderer or intimidation tactics led by police to make it seem as if they’re doing their job? Houston police have been known to harass the homeless over the years for little to no reason at all. It still happens today. If a cop is unable to identify a black man who is 6 feet tall, age ranging from 25 – 30 years, 200 lbs, by pulling random black men who vary in age, height, age, and weight outside the identifying criteria, then we need to have a serious discussion with the police chief. Due to an assumption that the murderer was “homeless” we now have community efforts to hurt rather than help the homeless and police who seem desperate to find a murderer. Meanwhile the murderer is probably long gone since the police and prosecutor took the word of one lone person who couldn’t describe one black man to the next.

A message from a homeless woman confirms continued harassment led by Houston Police of homeless black men
A message from a homeless woman confirms continued harassment led by Houston Police of homeless black men

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Homeless are people too. I have been echoing these sentiments for years because society tends to dismiss the homeless, using stereotypes to fuel their hate and discrimination to further oppress. All that many have left is their dignity. A community and a police department are looking to strip dignity from undeserving people because of careless assumptions. We will always have chronic homelessness. We will always have criminals. There is no difference between a person living in a community who is a criminal and a homeless criminal. I’m certain that not all criminal acts that have taken place in the community were done by a homeless man or woman. I’m sure some criminal acts were caused by an individual who might have lived or have ties to that community. We let the police handle those matters where it concerns a non-homeless criminal, so why now is the entire homeless community being judged and ridiculed now? It seems Ms. Olvera, her supporters, and the police that arrested the wrong man/are harassing black homeless men downtown need to have a reality check, gain some compassion,  obtain common sense and possibly check their facts before proceeding against the homeless. It would do all of them some good to spend time, REAL TIME, with some of the homeless. A good majority of homeless are not addicts, drunks, criminals, etc. Criminal behavior is not led by a race, class, gender, or whatever title you choose, but led by individuals on a human level!

In the spirit of countering the anti-homeless petition, I’ve started a petition in support of our homeless community. This to show that many of us are not okay with labeling the homeless in a negative manner and that we do not support cutting services to homeless that are in true need of help. Please link here: https://www.change.org/p/community-we-support-houston-s-homeless

We will be linking with other homeless advocates, homeless orgs, and local homeless charities to assist in countering Ms. Olvera’s attempted action moving forward.

 

15 Year old Alec Hunter is facing a felony forgery charge by the Ft Bend Co DA's office (Images may be subjected to copyright)

Ft Bend County More Interested In Criminalizing Innocent Black Teen Than Charging A Violent Asst Police Chief

Alec Hunter is a 15 year old black male who is a sophomore, attending Elkins High School located in Missouri City, a suburb in southwest Houston. Alec has been noted to be a good student, respectful young man, a normal outgoing teenager and very well liked by many of his teachers.  On November 4, 2015, Alec found a $10 bill on campus grounds. At lunch he attempted to use the $10 bill to purchase his lunch. The cafeteria employee tested the bill and the bill by sight, didn’t seem to look counterfeit. The cafeteria employee utilized her counterfeit pen detector and the bill didn’t pass inspection. The cafeteria worker gave the $10 bill to Ft Bend ISD police who then wanted to question Alec without his parents being present. Alec’s mother expressed that the police did not have permission to run any inquiries through her son without her being there, this including a formal statement that the police wanted from Alec. Ft. Bend is now trying to use this against Alec and his family as if there was intent to hide information. Alec is now facing felony forgery charges before he’s even old enough to get a job and make his own money. Alec is now facing accusations that he “engaged in delinquent conduct” and could formally be charged with forgery and the “intent to defraud” violating the Texas Penal Code.

15 Year old Alec Hunter is facing a felony forgery charge by the Ft Bend Co DA's office (Images may be subjected to copyright)
15 Year old Alec Hunter is facing a felony forgery charge by the Ft Bend Co DA’s office (Images may be subjected to copyright)

Attorney Deron Harrington researched the counterfeit issues taking place in Ft Bend County and linked the following which is quite disturbing.

  • Over a one-year period – the total money in question was only $152 leading to approximately six incidents.
  • Each circumstance led to individuals denying that they knew the bill was counterfeit, Each time, FBISD Police forwarded the matter to the Ft. Bend District Attorney’s office to charge the individual.  

Here is the more disturbing information concerning these cases:

  • In every single incident – the suspect was African American.

Louis Hunter who is the father to Alex stated that court officials encouraged his son to take a “deferred prosecution” deal that very much resembles a guilty plea. Typically this is very common among the DA’s office – to criminalize the innocent just so they can have a “win” on their books and appear to be pushing fair and unbiased justice however when counterfeit cases that all target black individuals in Ft Bend County, that’s hardly fair to those children who are truly innocent. It is dangerous to think that our own justice system cares more about their own record than the records of black youth who’ve not even begun to start their lives. How many young teens would actually know a bill was counterfeit? It was obvious that the cafeteria employee didn’t know the bill was counterfeit until she used her detection pen. I’m guessing that it would be safer to purchase counterfeit detection pens and put them in the hands of ALL black youth to test each bill used before giving money to school employees so that they won’t be facing charges. This is the message Ft Bend ISD Police and the Ft Bend DA’s office is sending to black families. It is also unnerving because this is a clear case of wasteful tax dollars being used on a very weak case with no evidence.

Ft Bend DA Drops Charges Against Rosenberg Asst Police Chief 

The Ft Bend DA’s office, the very same office looking to criminalize 15 year old Alec Hunter with no evidence, cites charges have been dropped against Rosenberg Asst Police Chief Tracie Dunn after a grand jury indicted Dunn back in November 2015. Dunn was accused of kicking a handcuffed suspect while at the police station. Ft Bend Prosecutor Scott Carpenter claimed that charges were dropped after the victim refused to move forward in filing charges against Dunn. Of course it is not surprising that the victim didn’t want to press charges against the Asst Chief of Police in fear of retaliation. Fort Bend District Attorney John Healey confirmed that after the victim was located, she claimed in a recorded statement that she remembers nothing that took place after the arrest, and wants nothing more to do with the matter. What is more disturbing is that there was plenty of evidence which to charges and prosecute Dunn. In cases of domestic violence, an individual can file charges on their partner for physical abuse. If the victim chooses to change their mind at a later date and attempt to drop charges, the State will continue to move forward with those charges whether the victim drops the charges or not. Interestingly enough, the Ft Bend DA’s office didn’t deem it necessary to go after a top cop for physical violence although there is enough evidence to prosecute Tracie Dunn. Biased much?

Tracie Dunn, Asst Chief of Police Rosenberg, TX - Charges were dropped by the Ft Bend Co DA's office earlier this month after Dunn was indicted by a grand jury for kicking an inmate who was handcuffed. (Images may be subjected to copyright)
Tracie Dunn, Asst Chief of Police Rosenberg, TX – Charges were dropped by the Ft Bend Co DA’s office earlier this month after Dunn was indicted by a grand jury for kicking an inmate who was handcuffed. (Images may be subjected to copyright)

These two cases is a clear indication of the hypocrisy by the Ft Bend DA’s office. How the DA will carry favor with the Asst Chief of Police who was allowed to get away with violently acting towards a handcuffed inmate. Nonetheless, a black teen who had no idea that he was using a counterfeit bill for his lunch that one day in November, is facing felony charges resulting in a case so weak due to lack of evidence. What we’re seeing is corruption, profiling, and now what seems to be a plan of school to prison pipeline initiated by an individual planting these counterfeit bills in Ft Bend County schools. Instead of the DA and Ft Bend police investigating where these bills are coming from and who is planting these bills, they worry about freeing a violent and oppressive cop who in her position, knows better than to act in that manner. The fact that the police and DA are not interested in finding the responsible parties concerning the fake money, is raising some eyebrows. When you have at least 6 incidents in Ft Bend County which is targeting black youth, that should be a red flag that something is going on and rather than to victimize another black male or female, police should be doing their job to find the responsible party. Or could it be that this is an operation led by police intended to further criminalize black lives? Anything is possible when there is great money to be made by mass incarceration, especially when blacks make up the largest population in the jail and prison system. Obviously this is a weigh in of opinion but when we begin to see black youth targeted over 6 times, each leading to Ft Bend police sending files to the Ft Bend DA’s office to charge these black youths, there is something very wrong here. As silly as my given opinion sounds, the entire case against Alec Hunter is even more silly. It should infuriate tax payers that money is being wasted on a child in this magnitude when the money could be well spent elsewhere.

On May 23rd, 1:30 p.m. we are joining the family of Alec Hunter at the Ft Bend County Courthouse at 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, TX. We want to lend our support to Alec and his family while raising awareness that wrongly criminalizing our black youth will not be tolerated. The DA’s office should be focusing their efforts on others who are true criminals like Tracie Dunn. If the DA can drop charges against an officer who acted violently against a handcuffed female, an incident that’s surely to be repeated in time to come, then the DA could drop the charges against a black teen who has his whole future ahead of him. This young man doesn’t deserve this kind of treatment and the DA along with police only seem to take interest in the charges because he’s black. The Ft Bend County counterfeit statistics to date do not lie. If you’re interested in attending the rally for the Hunter family, please see below:

Alec Hunter meme spread on social media, raising awareness of this frivolous case by the Ft Bend Co DA's office. (Images may be subjected to copyright)
Alec Hunter meme spread on social media, raising awareness of this frivolous case by the Ft Bend Co DA’s office. (Images may be subjected to copyright)

***UPDATE AS OF 10:30 P.M. 5/16/2016: According the ABC13 Houston News, Monday night, board trustees asked if there is space to interject discretion by school administrators before police are called.

Fort Bend Superintendent Charles Dupre previously shot that idea down suggesting police are the experts not school staff.

Police Chief Rider on Monday told school board trustees, “We do not enjoy referring students to the district attorney when they break the law. Arrest is a last resort.”

Tuesday’s meeting was called according to Superintendent Dupre, because “the story has not been told completely.”

Rider claimed abc13’s investigation was inaccurate. We stand by our reporting.

Rider told the board, his department invested 30 cases of forgery since 2013. Of those, seven were forwarded to the district attorney. In some, a suspect is never identified. However whenever a suspect is, police reports identify the suspects as African American or Hispanic. Fort Bend ISD is not unique in that. No white students were identified as suspects in the police reports turned over to abc13 by three Houston-area school police departments (Fort Bend, Houston and Cy-Fair). Demanding a racial breakdown on the forgery suspects Fort Bend ISD School Trustee Addie Heyliger asked Chief Rider, “How or when do we engage the police? Is there an opportunity to stop it before the (police) get involved?”

Chief Rider responded, “From our end of it, the skin color has nothing to do with it.”

Rider acknowledged all seven of the suspects were students of color, but said policy matters are not his decision, “Just as police officers do not get involved in (educational issues), educators do not get involved in police matters.”

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Houston Launches Their Own #ByeDevon Campaign Against Harris County D.A.

Houston is one of the largest cities in the county, certainly the largest deemed in the South. It’s said that Houston is known for its diversity, civil manners, but also known for having one of the highest incarceration rates of the county in the country and State.  District Attorney Devon Anderson succeeded her late husband, Mike Anderson, and became Harris County’s District Attorney in September 26, 2013.

#BYEANITA – CHICAGO – REKIA BOYD & LAQUAN MCDONALD HISTORY

Anita Alvarez was elected as Cook County’s District Attorney in 2008. Chicago has been known for many years, to hold a high death rate due to gang violence. However, there are is also a large problem taking place in Cook County: Corruption of the DA’s office and the Chicago Police Dept. In 2012, a young black woman named Rekia Boyd https://twitter.com/hashtag/rekiaboyd?lang=en was murdered by off duty police officer Dante Servin on March 21, 2012. Servin called 911 at 11:49 pm to report a loud party in Douglas Park. Soon after, he approached a group of four people who were walking down an alley and harassed them for talking too loudly. He never identified himself as a police officer. The group turned to leave and Servin fired multiple shots from a 9mm firearm from his car, into the group. One bullet hit Boyd in the back of the head and killed her. DA Alvarez UNDERCHARGED Servin with involuntary manslaughter rather than the much deserved first degree murder. Because the officer was undercharged, Judge Porter had to throw out the case because Judge Porter felt the murder was intentional, which isn’t carried in an involuntary manslaughter charge. Alvarez wanted to carry favor with the Chicago Police Dept and she felt by assisting Servin in this matter, would gain her more friends than foes.

Rekia Boyd murdered March 21, 2012 by Chicago police officer Dante Servin who has yet to be charged adequately in her murder. (Photo may be subjected to copyright)
Rekia Boyd murdered March 21, 2012 by Chicago police officer Dante Servin who has yet to be charged adequately in her murder. (Photo may be subjected to copyright)

Laquan McDonald was a 17 year old black male who was also murdered by Chicago Police, under Anita Alvarez. October 20, 2014 McDonald was reported to have a 3 inch knife and was shot by Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke 16 times in 13 seconds as McDonald was running. Meaning McDonald’s back was facing the officer at a great distance, a distance that couldn’t use the excuse that the officer feared for his life. DA Alvarez ignored pleas to charge the officer accordingly. In fact, it took 13 months for the dash video to be released which clearly shows cold blooded murder by the hands of a police officer whose job it is to protect and serve.

17 Year old Laquan McDonald is murdered by Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke, shooting McDonald 16 times in 13 seconds from 10 feet away. (Photo may be subjected to copyright)
17 Year old Laquan McDonald is murdered by Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke, shooting McDonald 16 times in 13 seconds from 10 feet away. (Photo may be subjected to copyright)
17 Year old Laquan McDonald is murdered by Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke, shooting McDonald 16 times on October 20, 2014. (Photo may be subjected to copyright)
17 Year old Laquan McDonald is murdered by Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke, shooting McDonald 16 times on October 20, 2014. (Photo may be subjected to copyright)

By now, among many other issues that transpired in the DA’s office that were left unturned and/or many cases or intentional cover ups, corruption, refusal to go after violent police officers, the black men and women along with activist group,  Assata’s Daughters felt it was time to oust Cook County DA Anita Alvarez in which #ByeAnita was born. Alvarez was initially winning at the polls however after the #ByeAnita campaign launched, months later Anita Alvarez was ousted as DA after serving from 2008 through 2016, replaced by DA Kim Foxx after black lives successfully engaged the public, showing that Alvarez was crooked, filthy, a dirty politician, and most of all, she could no longer be trusted. The same individuals who’ve campaigned Alvarez out of office have echoed their sentiments to the new DA, Kim Foxx, that they will be watching her as well. To date, there are still no charges filed against Officer Dante Servin in the murder of Rekia Boyd.

#BYEDEVON – HOUSTON – JAIL

Harris County is the largest county in the state of Texas. Its also made up of many diversities. However, Blacks, who make up 18 percent of Harris County’s population, account for 48 percent of the jail population, according to charts distributed by the county. Is the county simply saying that Blacks are more prone to act criminally or is there a larger picture here that Houstonian’s are refusing to face. A Houston Chronicle investigation last year found that at any given time, as many as 75 percent of the jail’s 9,000 inmates have not been convicted of any crime but remain behind bars awaiting trial because they can’t afford to get out. (Source: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Jail-reform-tackles-racial-disparities-7247268.php) This is where systematic racism plays a role. Most men who are targeted are those who are non-white, living in poor neighborhoods and are frequently profiled by Houston Police officers. If officers target minorities, using their own discretion to arrest each individual, then most likely that individual coming from the these communities will not be able to afford their own attorney or get bailed out of jail which leaves them in jail until their trial date. So much for innocent until proven guilty. See below statistics:

Harris County Jail Pre Trial Population: 5,655 (66%)

» Number of Pretrial Defendants with Misdemeanor Charges: 380

» Number of Pretrial Defendants with State Jail Charges: 648

» Number of Pretrial Defendants with Felony Charges: 4,627

Average Cost to Harris County Taxpayers to Incarcerate the Entire Harris County Jail Pretrial Population, PER DAY: $333,645

This means we are footing the bill every day in cases of individuals who simply cannot afford to get out of Harris County Jail. Many of those cases are non-violent offenses, also many of them being traffic/driving offenses. However Harris County citizens are forced to pay because we have a District Attorney who refuses to release those who are truly not a threat to society. End result: Devon Anderson is costing us over a quarter of a million dollars daily. This means that we’re paying $121,780,425 annually.

DARREN GOFORTH MURDER – ANDERSON/HICKMAN’S ANTI BLACKLIVESMATTER RHETORIC

The rising of the Black Lives Matter movement, Houston begins taking action, peacefully. (Photo Credit: Burnell McCray - Photo's are subjected to copyright laws)
The rising of the Black Lives Matter movement, Houston begins taking action, peacefully. (Photo Credit: Burnell McCray – Photo’s are subjected to copyright laws)

On August 28, 2015 Harris County Officer Darren Goforth was murdered while pumping gas at a gas station located off of Telge, far Northwest Houston. Goforth was in uniform and was driving his patrol car. Speculations grew however nothing would shock us more than our local city officials hours after Goforth was murdered. Devon Anderson and Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman was out for blood and they did not care who they took down to get it. County officials, especially a top cop and a district attorney, should always study evidence and make sure anything they portray to the public is carefully worded. This didn’t happen the night of August 28th. Anderson and Hickman angrily greeted a room full of media asking questions to what happened in the murder of Goforth. Literally hours after his death, without gaining any substantial proof, Hickman and Anderson began pointing fingers in the direction of #BlackLivesMatter activists/movement. Houston had been hosting their own BLM actions over 12 months by that time. Shortly after they held their press conference, angry citizens who literally assumed BLM activists targeted Officer Goforth in an ambush, took to social media to echo their distaste for those involved in the movement. The majority of individuals who were angered used social media to air their issues with the movement, tossing insults and inaccuracies. Unfortunately, there were a few others who made it their life’s mission to not only target but to share private and personal information of those known in the Houston area for protesting against police violence, literally putting lives in danger due to reckless and harmful rhetoric. To date, Anderson has refused several times, to apologize to BLM activists in the Houston area.

Harris County Devon Anderson, Houston, TX (Images may be subjected to copyright)
Harris County Devon Anderson, Houston, TX (Images may be subjected to copyright)

SOUTHLAWN GANG INJUNCTION & JORDAN BAKER

Jordan Baker was a 26 year old black male, wearing a hoodie, on his bicycle the night he was murdered by Houston Police Officer Juventino Castro in January 2014. Baker did not have a weapon when he was murdered. Instead, Castro cited that Baker reached for his waistband and Castro shot Baker. “Reaching for the waistband” is a code largely used by police officers all over the country so the murdering cops could easily cite that they “feared for their life”. In fact, several former or retired officers have come out, confirming this code, making us aware that this is a taught effort to police officers. Nearly a year after Baker’s murder, a Harris County Grand Jury refused to charge the officer in the murder of Jordan Baker. Many are not aware how the system works when dealing with a grand jury. Grand juries have been known to be made up by former police, city department heads, and other closed door officials. It’s also the job of the prosecutor to give all information to these grand juries so that they may review all the evidence and charge or not charge without prejudice.  All too often, we’ve seen many DA’s and ADA’s not put forth enough evidence when it comes to police, done intentionally so that the officer doesn’t get a grand jury ruling that goes against them. Cops, ADA’s, and judges all work hand in hand. There’s a lot of favors given, a lot of cover-ups, a lot of oversights and purposely turned heads to cater to those who are misusing the system. The same was said in the case against Castro. This is why it’s rare we see an officer receive rightfully deserved charges when acting violent and oppressive. The prosecutor for the county simply doesn’t want to make enemies with the very same people that help them keep their jobs and no one wants the entire police department to turn against them, especially when you’re up for re-election. In Harris County, the last time an HPD officer was charged for a shooting was in March 2004, when Arthur Carbonneau was indicted in the death of 14-year-old Eli Escobar Jr. Carbonneau was convicted of negligent homicide in that case. Houston police officers have been cleared by Harris County grand juries 288+ times for shootings. Most judges in Harris County use a system to impanel grand juries that is discarded by nearly all other states because it can result in grand juries that are not diverse. More than a quarter of the 121 civilians HPD officers have shot in the last five years were unarmed. Most using the excuse that the “suspect” reached for their waistband leaving the officer to fear for their life. This means that under Devon Anderson and under her late husband’s watch when he was DA, that each of them have done nothing to protect citizens against murdering police. In fact it’s largely known that Anderson is a cop apologist no matter the circumstance. How safe should we feel with a DA who caters to oppressive police officers rather than the public she’s to serve?

26 Year old Jordan Baker was profiled and murdered by HPD officer Castro January 2014 (Harris County Devon Anderson, Houston, TX (Images may be subjected to copyright)
26 Year old Jordan Baker was profiled and murdered by HPD officer Castro January 2014 (Harris County Devon Anderson, Houston, TX (Images may be subjected to copyright)

The Southlawn Gang Injunction was implemented by Harris Co DA Devon Anderson and County Attorney Vince Ryan attempting to banish 42 black men from the community of Southlawn that sits south of downtown Houston. First off, it amazes me that two powerful attorney’s are rejecting the Texas Constitution which prohibits banishment of any kind in this state. (Texas Constitution: Article 1, Sec. 20) Anderson and Ryan backdoored the Southlawn community by initiating this case. Each never communicated with the Southlawn community themselves, and each have refused to attend community meetings over this matter after Anderson and Ryan were personally invited so the community could get an explanation. What’s worse is that many Southlawn businesses were listed on the case in favor of the gang injunction however, business owners who were interviewed by community activists were appalled when learning that the DA listed their name without consent. The businesses even claimed that no one from the DA’s office had ever come by to interview and/or confirm their stance. Why would DA Anderson and County Atty Ryan do this to the residents and business owners of the area? There are already laws in place for criminal activity should a specific individual perpetuate violence in that area. What this comes down to is money. If Mike is banished from his home then Mike cannot be home during special holiday’s, birthday’s, not even to take his mother to go vote. Mom will not continue to reside in an area where Mike is no longer allowed. When mom moves, then business is essentially affected. This isn’t something that will take place overnight and the city is aware that this takes time. In the coming years, it will force the area to be largely abandoned, giving free space to greedy land developers who’ve had their eyes on several of Houston’s Wards and other communities surrounding the downtown area. This is called gentrification. This takes place when a community is bullied/profiled by police and city officials so much so that they give up and move out. Soon you see these townhome structures built so tightly together, each costing $300k and more, turning these once own black communities into a largely unaffordable white upscale community, shredding any and all black history in the area as gentrification has been done in Third Ward.

Anderson and Ryan couldn’t care less about the Southlawn community, much less any poor community in Houston, and definitely do not care about black or brown individuals. If Anderson is so worried about crime, then maybe she should focus on those who are currently sitting in county jail on non-violent charges, release those individuals then focus on real criminals in Houston, INCLUDING MURDERING COPS! Harris Co Jail has been overcrowded so much that outsourcing inmates has been initiated to wing off the overflow rather than releasing the non-violent offenders. Anderson has proven herself to be a tool, arrogant, and definitely not a friend to the black and brown communities. There’s a reason why she’ll charge an individual with a felony drug charge if they have TRACE EVIDENCE of crack on them, however if you have trace evidence of cocaine, you’ll only be charged with a misdemeanor. We all know that crack is prevalent in black communities while cocaine is prevalent in white communities.

#ByeDevon Campaign (Images may be subjected to copyright))
#ByeDevon Campaign (Images may be subjected to copyright))

These are many of the reasons we want to say #ByeDevon. We will continue to push for Anderson to be ousted come November. What has been presented to you is only a fraction of what Anderson has done to serve her own agenda or the agenda of those who have funded/elected her in the past, while failing the public over and over again, especially the black community. 48 percent of blacks making up the jail population is not good and here we have a DA who claims to be fair and impartial. If we are successful in the #ByeDevon campaign, we also want to make aware to the new DA that we will be watching just as closely. It’s time to turn the page in Harris County. You can link to us here:

https://www.facebook.com/ByeDevon-127127871023178/

Stay tuned for more actions to come.

(The #ByeDevon campaign is not initiated by Black Lives Matter alone, but represents groups of all origins, cultures, diversities, etc, in the Houston area.)

Police Protest Beyonce Houston Concert With An Epic Fail

Beyonce at the halftime Super Bowl Show 2016 (Images may be subjected to copyright)
Beyonce at the halftime Super Bowl Show 2016 (Images may be subjected to copyright)

Houston, TX – By Friday afternoon, rumors were confirmed by local Houston media that police officers were planning to protest Beyonce’s concert Saturday night at NRG stadium. Confusion set in as to which police agencies were attempting to protest her concert. Immediately both President and Vice Chair reps for the Houston Police Union were quick to cite that Houston police would not be protesting Beyonce’s hometown concert and would be fully staffed to work concert detail for her that night. So who were these officers claiming to protest Beyonce’s show? Speculation was that these individuals (at most maybe 10 people) were from out of town. It hasn’t been confirmed if these were even police officers or supporters of the Blue Lives Matter campaign.
Houston’s Nation of Islam stepped up and quickly indicated they were welcoming any opportunity to watch over Beyonce if there were to be any problem with officers looking to protest her. The NOI also wanted to support Beyonce’s freedom of speech, standing with and in solidarity with Bey’s right to speak against police violence.
Dr. Robert Muhammad who is a long time activist, one of the most respectful individuals fighting injustices in Houston, who is also the SW Regional Representative of the Nation of Islam penned a letter to media stating the following:

“Beyonce is a cultural treasure, an ambassador of goodwill, and Houston, Texas’ gift to the world. Her good works in Houston and beyond outshine the purposeful misrepresentation of her Superbowl halftime performance by elements of law enforcement and conservatives seeking to deflect attention away from cases of police brutality, prosecutorial misconduct, and systemic injustice.
We are calling on those members of law enforcement, whether on duty or working an extra job at the concert, to walk your post in a perfect manner keeping always on the alert. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has given his followers clear instructions on this matter. If for any reason, law enforcement will not protect and serve Beyonce or those gathered to enjoy her performance, the Fruit of Islam will.
We are calling on the Bey-Hive and community supporters to join the Fruit of Islam at the corner of Kirby and Murworth Drive at NRG Stadium by 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 7, 2016 to stand for our cultural icon’s freedom from intimidation.” Dr. Robert Muhammad

Panthers and Nation of Islam stand together waiting for the anticipated "police protest of Beyonce". (Photo Credit: Burnell McCray - Images are subjected to copyright)
Panthers and Nation of Islam stand together waiting for the anticipated “police protest of Beyonce”. (Photo Credit: Burnell McCray – Images are subjected to copyright)

Dr. Muhammad and other local activists including the Black Panthers appeared Saturday evening at the NRG stadium. Men standing in “Formation” dressed in black suits, silently onlooking the area as the Panthers stood guard around the NOI, watching with careful eyes. No one knew what to expect. Initially this “group of cops” had stated that they would be protesting Beyonce’s concert at the corner of Murworth and Kirby, right at the front entrance of the NRG stadium. However, from 6:30 to 7:30, no show as activists continued to protest in silence as Bey Hive concert goers passed by with piercing stares asking “what’s going on?” 7:30 to 8:15, still no show. No media. Nothing. The NOI had dispersed while the Panthers and a few activists lingered still in waiting. The fear was that the moment activists were to leave, police would radio in the protesting cops who’d then show up and claim victory over their protest however minutes before we were to leave, KHOU, Channel 11 News appeared to do interviews and had confirmed that the protesting officers were nowhere near stadium grounds, that they took their protest a mile away – never appearing on grounds as they said they would.

Dr Robert Muhammad: "If for any reason, law enforcement will not protect and serve Beyonce or those gathered to enjoy her performance, the Fruit of Islam will." (Photo Credit: Burnell McCray - Photo's are subjected to copyright)
Dr Robert Muhammad: “If for any reason, law enforcement will not protect and serve Beyonce or those gathered to enjoy her performance, the Fruit of Islam will.” (Photo Credit: Burnell McCray – Photo’s are subjected to copyright)

It is pretty common for groups similar to those protesting Beyonce to coward out last minute or not even show at all. How can one send a message a mile away from her concert? They could have saved their gas along with their time and simply gave a phone interview. Protesting a mile away from the stadium only proved how silly their protest is to begin with. If anyone with common sense watch Bey’s “Formation” video, nowhere in the video is she hating on police. A submerged police car in water in New Orleans very well might represent the many who ignored cries of help by Katrina victims in 2005. It’s a fact that many calls to police were greatly ignored. It’s a fact. Why are people getting upset? The young boy who was dancing with a black hoodie on as a line of riot police stood watching him, only to put their hands up to mimic “hands up, don’t shoot” along with the spray painted “Stop shooting us” on a wall is not hate towards police! It’s a plea to think clearly and rationally before shooting our black men and women! Tamir Rice was murdered by a cop in 1.5 seconds in Ohio which is an OPEN CARRY state. Tamir was merely holding a toy gun which was even recited by the dispatcher to police however the officer pulled up and murdered Tamir in less than 2 seconds. That is not rational thinking. The officer didn’t even give Tamir a chance to put down his toy gun. Yet people don’t get outraged about a 12 year old child as they do a black woman icon who simply sends a plea to corrupt, violent, biased, racist police to “stop shooting us”.

Beyonce's "Formation" stirs controversy. (images may be subjected to copyright)
Beyonce’s “Formation” stirs controversy. (images may be subjected to copyright)
Beyonce's "Formation" stirs controversy as a child in a black hoodie is dancing in front of riot police. (images may be subjected to copyright)
Beyonce’s “Formation” stirs controversy as a child in a black hoodie is dancing in front of riot police. (images may be subjected to copyright)

Is this a case of the massed blindly following the conditioning of this country that cops cannot do wrong no matter what? Surprisingly, after the protest by police was announced, many took to social media sharing their distaste of such a protest while others were quick to slander Beyonce’s intent to speak against police violence that is a very real issue in this country that many people refuse to see. We give special props to Queen Bey for expressing herself concerning this matter which too many celebrities remain silent on. And I think we’re even more proud that she not only comes for our city of Houston, but that she did not let the police protesters deter her show one bit! Way to go Bey and to all who supported Beyonce’s stance on police violence! For more images of the protest that evening, link here:

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