TOPIC: “Still I Rise”
Tune into tonight’s episode of REVIVE entitle Still I Rise! We’ll be focusing on Women’s History Month and celebrating women and their contributions to society, their success and some obstacles women still have to face! Be a part of the conversation!
Sarah Khan, a community activist, an educator, and founder of United for Equality. She empowers individuals in her area to be more politically active, have conversations about race, and facilitates training on how to become better allies. After earning her Master’s in Education, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Turkey for a year. Currently, Sarah serves as the Director of English Curriculum at Paper Airplanes, a non-profit which helps displaced Syrians learn English by pairing them up with American and British volunteer tutors & Katharine “Kate” Bullard, a historian, former professor, and organizer based in Stroudsburg, P.A. where she helps develop grassroots activism. For the past twenty years, Kate has worked in higher education and the labor movement. As a graduate student I was at the forefront of the labor union’s fight and as a professor, I taught classes in labor history, gender studies, race and colonialism . She’s the author of “Civilizing the Child: Discourses of Race, Nation and Child Welfare in America.”
YOU CAN CATCH REVIVE EVERY SUNDAY 11AM-1PM & EVERY WEDNESDAY 8PM-10PM!!!
WE NEED YOU ALL TO BE APART OF THE CONVERSATION!!!
You Might also like
By Elliot Booker — 3 years ago
Credit Mario Tama/Getty Images Q. Near the West 85th Street entrance to Central Park, there is what appears to be the corner of a foundation. What was it?
A. The foundation is a testament to Seneca Village, one of the first communities of black landholders in New York, which was destroyed in 1857 to create Central Park.
In 1853, after weighing several options for a great municipal park modeled after those of London and Paris, city officials selected a mostly vacant tract of land between Fifth and Eighth Avenues, and 59th and 106th Streets.
While more than 1,600 people lived in the footprint of the future Central Park, including the nuns of the Academy of St. Vincent and a number of farmers, the nearly 300 residents of Seneca Village represented the most concentrated population.
Seneca Village was between about West 81st and 89th Streets, and what would have been Seventh and Eighth Avenues, southwest of today’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. The site is marked with a plaque honoring the community’s history.
It’s easy to see why the city picked this terrain for a park: the ground undulates, and bedrock pokes through at regular intervals. In other words, it’s not the easiest place to build the dense housing required by a growing city.
Neither housing nor open space was much of a concern in 1825, when a black shoeshiner named Andrew Williams bought three lots there; the area was several miles from the center of New York City, then concentrated below 14th Street. Several other black residents soon joined him in buying property, as did the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, whose building likely sat atop the foundation. (Seneca Village eventually boasted three churches, one of which housed Colored School No. 3.)
While living conditions in Seneca Village were far better than those of other black areas, like the infamous Five Points, getting the right to vote also served as an enticement to owning land.
From 1799 to 1827, New York State gradually eliminated slavery. The transition included an 1821 law that gave suffrage to free black males — provided they owned at least $250 worth of property. By 1845, more than 10 percent of the city’s black voters lived in Seneca Village.
Seneca Village is usually remembered as a free black community, but by the end of its existence, nearly a third of its population was white — mostly Irish immigrants who had escaped the potato famine, along with a few Germans.
In the debate over where to place the great park, however, uptown landowners and newspapers painted the village as a shantytown at risk of becoming the next Five Points, occasionally describing it with racial slurs.
The initial choice was along the waterfront on the Upper East Side, but those landowners had enough clout to make the city look elsewhere, unlike the residents of Seneca Village.
The state authorized the city to claim the land through eminent domain, reportedly undervaluing many properties. The community disbanded, failing to form again elsewhere. Researchers have yet to identify any living descendants of Seneca Village’s black residents.Post Views: 1,052
By Elliot Booker — 4 years ago
All Marvin Anderson ever wanted to be was a firefighter. Instead, at 18 years old, he was wrongfully convicted of rape, sodomy, abduction and robbery.When a Virginia judge sentenced him to 210 years in prison, “My whole body went numb,” Anderson told CNN. “I knew I was going to prison for something I didn’t do.”It took 15 years behind bars and five years on parole before Anderson was exonerated for his crimes — the result of DNA testing.“I trusted in the justice system and it failed me,” he said.Anderson is just one of hundreds of black men who have been convicted of and exonerated for crimes they didn’t commit. A new report from the National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project between the University of California, Irvine; University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law, shows that black people are more likely to be wrongfully convicted than white people and are also likely to spend longer in prison before being exonerated for their crimes.While black people represent 13% of the US population, they represent a whopping 47% of the 1,900 exonerations in the registry.“In some cases, you see some type of explicit racism,” said Samuel Gross, a law professor at University of Michigan and a senior editor of the report. Implicit racism is also a factor, Gross said.Researchers focused on three types of crimes where black people were more likely than whites to be exonerated: murder, sexual assault and drug crimes. While they acknowledged that the causes of each exoneration “differ sharply from one type of crime to another,” they also said they found patterns of racial discrimination in all three groups.According to the researchers, innocent blacks are seven times more likely to be convicted of murder than innocent white people. Gross said this was partly because homicide rates among black people are higher than among white people, and innocent black people are therefore more likely to get suspected and convicted of murder. (According to data from the FBI, 52% of murder victims in 2014 were black and 46% were white, and 53% of offenders were black compared to 45% who were white).In addition, murder cases where a black defendant was wrongfully convicted were 22% more likely to involve police misconduct than those involving white defendants.Black people serving time for sexual assault are three-and-a-half times more likely to be innocent than white defendants that have been convicted of sexual assault. The bulk of the racial disparities in sexual assault convictions can be explained by white victims who mistakenly identify black assailants, said Gross, particularly when the victim is a white woman and the offender a black man.Gross said white people are less likely to accurately identify black faces — a concept known as “own race bias” in cross-racial identification.When it comes to drug crimes, innocent blacks were 12 times more likely to be convicted than innocent whites. While black and white people have similar rates of illegal drug use, black people are more likely to be arrested and convicted of such offenses than white people are, researchers found.To read more Click or Copy link below:Post Views: 1,061
By Elliot Booker — 3 years ago
11-year-old girlDec. 6, 2017 Grand Rapids, Mich. Related Article »
A police body camera video shows an 11-year-old girl being held at gunpoint and then handcuffed as she screamed. Chief David Rahinsky of the Grand Rapids Police Department said in a news conference that the episode was “inappropriate.”Grand Rapids Police Department
Richard Hubbard IIIAug. 12, 2017 Euclid, Ohio Related Article »
A police dashcam video shows Richard Hubbard III, 25, being beaten during a traffic stop in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid, Ohio. Officer Michael Amiott can be seen repeatedly punching Mr. Hubbard, who is black, and hitting his head on the pavement.Euclid Police Department
Demetrius Bryan HollinsApril 12, 2017 Lawrenceville, Ga. Related Article »
Cellphone video shows Demetrius B. Hollins, 21, being kicked in the head and punched in the face by two officers during a traffic stop. The Gwinnett County Police Department later dismissed 89 cases involving the officers, Robert McDonald and Sgt. Michael F. Bongiovanni, who were fired and face criminal charges.Black Lives Matter Greater Atlanta
Nania CainApril 10, 2017 Sacramento, Calif. Related Article »
Footage from a dashboard camera and a cellphone shows Nania Cain being thrown to the ground and repeatedly punched in the face by an officer who claims Mr. Cain had allegedly jaywalked. Mr. Cain, 24, was initially charged with resisting arrest, but was released the next morning. The Sacramento police officer was placed on paid administrative leave.Naomi Montaie via Facebook, Sacramento Police Department
Dejuan HallMarch 10, 2017 Vallejo, Calif.
Dejuan Hall, 23, was chased and apprehended by a police officer who is seen punching Mr. Hall and striking him with an object. In a bystander video, people can be heard yelling, “Police brutality.” The Vallejo police officer then shouts back: “Shut up. Get back,” and brandishes his gun.
A Rolesville High School studentJan. 3, 2017 Rolesville, N.C. Related Article »
Cellphone video shows a police officer slamming a 15-year-old female to the floor in effort to stop a fight involving three students. Officer Ruben De Los Santos was placed on paid administrative leave, and did not face criminal charges. He resigned in March.@ahunnaaa_ via Twitter
Jacqueline Craig and her childrenDec. 21, 2016 Fort Worth, Tex. Related Article »
Jacqueline Craig, 46, and her daughters, ages 15 and 19, were arrested after reporting to police that a neighbor had choked her 7-year-old son for littering. Bodycam video shows the responder, Officer William Martin, asking the mother, “Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?” Later, he aims a Taser toward the family and then handcuffs the women. Mr. Martin received a 10-day suspension for excessive force and continues to defend his actions.YouTube video uploaded by Shaun King
Charles KinseyJuly 18, 2016 North Miami, Fla. Related Article »
Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, was trying to help a young man who has autism when Mr. Kinsey was shot in the leg by a North Miami police officer. Jonathan Aledda, the officer, was fired for shooting the 47-year-old. His commander, Emile Hollant, is to be fired as well.@toddtongen via Twitter
Carnell Snell Jr.Oct. 1, 2016 Los Angeles Related Article »
Carnell Snell Jr., 18, was fatally shot by the police in a strip mall parking lot. Surveillance video shows Mr. Snell running into the parking lot while tucking what appeared to be a handgun into his pants. The video was released after two days of protests over the shooting.Los Angeles Police Department
Keith Lamont ScottSept. 20, 2016 Charlotte, N.C. Related Article »
Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was fatally shot by the police at his apartment complex. The police were there to serve someone else with a warrant. Mr. Scott had parked his car in a visitor’s space, where he often waited for one of his children to return home on a bus. The video was captured by his wife on her cellphone.Evan Grothjan/The New York Times
Terence CrutcherSept. 16, 2016 Tulsa, Okla. Related Article »
Terence Crutcher, 40, was fatally shot by a Tulsa police officer who was responding to reports of an abandoned vehicle in the road. Footage from the dashboard camera of a police car shows Mr. Crutcher walking toward a car with his hands raised before being Tasered and then shot.The New York Times
Paul O’NealJuly 28, 2016 Chicago, Ill. Related Article »
Videos taken from police officers’ body and dashboard cameras show two officers firing their guns at a stolen car moments before the driver, Paul O’Neal, 18, crashed it into a police vehicle. Mr. O’Neal was shot and killed in the back as he fled the scene and ran behind a nearby house. Police officers could be seen gathering around Mr. O’Neal as he lay on the ground.Chicago Police Dept.
Joseph MannJuly 11, 2016 Sacramento Related Article »
Dashboard camera audio suggests that police officers tried to hit Joseph Mann with their patrol car as he fled on foot. “I’m going to hit him,” one officer is heard saying. “Go for it,” another says. Officers then followed Mr. Mann on foot and fired 18 shots, 14 of which hit him.Sacramento Police Department
Philando CastileJuly 6, 2016 Falcon Heights, Minn. Related Article »
Philando Castile, 32, was fatally shot during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb, the aftermath of which was captured in a grisly video recorded by the car’s front-seat passenger and streamed live as the man slumped against her. Her young daughter sat in the back seat. In June, a jury found the Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, not guilty of all charges, including second-degree manslaughter. Dashboard camera video was released days later.Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Diamond Reynolds
Alton SterlingJuly 5, 2016 Baton Rouge, La. Related Article »
A cellphone video shows a black man, Alton Sterling, 37, being tackled and then held to the ground by two white officers. Someone shouts, “He’s got a gun!” and one officer appears to hold a gun above Mr. Sterling’s chest. Multiple gunshots are heard while Mr. Sterling is pinned down. Mr. Sterling died at the scene.Nola.com
South Carolina High School StudentOct. 26, 2015 Columbia, S.C. Related Article »
Videos, apparently shot by students in a high school classroom, show a white school police officer grabbing an African-American student by the neck, flipping her backward as she sat at her desk, then dragging and throwing her across the floor.YouTube video uploaded by Reginald Seabrooks
James BlakeSept. 9, 2015 New York Related Article »
James Blake, a retired tennis star who is biracial, was standing outside a Manhattan hotel when Officer James Frascatore threw him to the ground, mistaking him for a thief. Investigators studying the surveillance video concluded that the officer had used excessive force.New York City Police Dept.
Christian TaylorAug. 7, 2015 Arlington, Tex. Related Article »
Surveillance cameras at a car dealership showed what occurred just before a white rookie police officer shot and killed Christian Taylor, 19, an unarmed black college student and football player. Officer Brad Miller was fired for using poor judgment.Classic Buick GMC
Samuel DuboseJuly 19, 2015 Related Article »
The body camera for Officer Ray Tensing, of the University of Cincinnati police, captured the moment when he shot Samuel Dubose, 43, during a traffic stop involving a missing front license plate. Officer Tensing, who is white, faced a jury twice on charges relating to the death of Mr. Dubose. Both times ended in a mistrial.Hamilton County Prosecutor
Sandra BlandJuly 10, 2015 Prairie View, Tex. Related Article »
Dashboard camera video revealed that the white Texas State trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland, 28, threatened her with a stun gun as their encounter escalated, partly because of her apparent unwillingness to snuff out a cigarette. Ms. Bland, a black woman, was arrested and later found dead in a jail cell.Texas Department of Public Safety
A Teenager and a Pool PartyJune 5, 2015 McKinney, Tex. Related Article »
Cellphone video showed a white police officer, David Eric Casebolt, pointing a gun at teenagers in bathing suits and shoving a black girl’s face into the ground.YouTube video uploaded by Brandon Brooks
Freddie GrayApril 12, 2015 Baltimore Related Article »
Freddie Gray, 25, suffered a spinal injury while in police custody. He died a week later. The six officers involved in his arrest, a mix of black and white, were charged with crimes that included murder and manslaughter.YouTube video uploaded by The Attorney Depot
Walter L. ScottApril 4, 2015 North Charleston, S.C. Related Article »
A bystander recorded a white officer, Michael T. Slager, shooting an unarmed black man, Walter L. Scott, 50, in the back as he ran away. The video showed Mr. Slager firing eight times then casually walking over to Mr. Scott, who was pronounced dead at the scene.Video made available to The New York Times
Tamir RiceNov. 22, 2014 Cleveland Related Article »
Surveillance video showed Officer Timothy Loehmann, who is white, hopping out of a police cruiser and immediately firing two shots at Tamir Rice, 12, killing him at close range. Before the shooting, Tamir, who was black, had been using a fake gun that looked strikingly like the real thing.Northeast Ohio Media Group
Laquan McDonaldOct. 20, 2014 Chicago Related Article »
A dashcam video shows Laquan McDonald, 17, running, then walking past police officers when he is struck by bullets. One of the officers, Jason Van Dyke, who is white, was charged with murder on Nov. 24, 2015. Mr. McDonald, who is black, was shot 16 times.Chicago Police Dept.
Michael BrownAug. 9, 2014 Ferguson, Mo. Related Article »
A bystander’s video showed Michael Brown, 18, lying in the middle of the street after being shot and killed by a white officer named Darren Wilson. His body stayed in the street for hours. He was unarmed. Mr. Wilson was not indicted.Ace Johnson via Facebook
Eric GarnerJuly 17, 2014 Staten Island Related Article »
Eric Garner, 43, died after police officers tried to arrest him for the illegal sale of cigarettes. He was wrestled to the ground and placed in a chokehold. A cellphone camera held by a friend recorded the struggle as Mr. Garner told the police multiple times, “I can’t breathe.”Post Views: 1,117