Monday, April 9, 2012
Let's get active!!!!!
Friday, April 6, 2012
Trayvon Martin March and
Rally!!! Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
Seattle King County
NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)Mount Zion
Baptist ChurchNo New Jim Crow in Seattle Campaign-CoalitionArtwork by
Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski...
Martin Luther King, Jr. County Justice for Trayvon Martin Committee
*We ask the public for assistance in bringing personal video cameras and media devices to independently document the day of events*Rally at 3:00pmWe will gather at the North corner of 19th and Madison. March at 3:30pm toWestlake Park401 Pine
Street Seattle, WA 98101Enough is enough. The calls for justice must
spread.Following the news these days is like witnessing a parade of
horrors. Trayvon Martin, Shaima Alawadi and others are the latest victims of a
deeply bigoted society, and their killings are the bitter fruits of the most
recent trends in institutional racism.On March 14, a few weeks after
Trayvon's murder, police in Del City, Okla., killed Dane Scott Jr., an
18-year-old Black man, after pulling him over for a traffic stop. Scott--who the
cops say was armed when they killed him, although no weapon has been
produced--was shot in the back by police. He is among the latest African
Americans killed by police this year, in a long list that includes Ramarley
Graham in New York City, and Stephon Watts and Rekia Boyd in
Chicago.Then came the murder of Shaima Alawadi on March 21, one week
after Dane Scott Jr. died.The mother of five was viciously beaten into
unconsciousness with a tire iron in her home in El Cajon, Calif. She died five
days later after being removed from life support. According to Shaima's
daughter, who discovered her mother's body, the killer left a note near Shaima,
an Iraqi Muslim who wore a hijab, which read in part, "Go back to your country,
you terrorist."Michelle Alexander had this powerful call to
action:"Is this 1962 or 2012? The fact that the Justice Department has
to step in and investigate a vigilante killing of a black teenager -- because
the local authorities refuse to arrest the killer -- is more than a little
reminiscent of an era we supposedly left behind.People have been asking
me "what can I do besides sign online petitions?" There's a whole lot people can
do. We've got to get serious about consciousness-raising and organizing in our
communities.We've got to move beyond these bursts of outrage in response
to travesties of justice (think Troy Davis, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, and Trayvon
Martin) and awaken to the reality that Jim Crow justice is alive and
well.These aren't isolated, disconnected events. Use this tragedy to
start a broader conversation in your school, your place of worship, your
workplace, or your community center, about what is necessary to end this new Jim
Crow system -- a system that our nation keeps pretending doesn't really
exist.Honor Trayvon's memory by challenging yourself to do more -- to
make a real commitment to join or begin a movement for justice right where you
are, wherever you are. Outrage is not enough."
Thursday, March 10, 2011
When: March, 19, 2011 @ 6:00 p.m.
Where: First AME Church, 1522 14th Avenue, Seattle WA 98122
Please join us as we celebrate our triumphant past and prepare for the future.
Hilary O. Shelton, one of the most powerful figures in national and international politics will be our key note speaker. Mr. Shelton is the National Field Director for the NAACP and has had the ear of Presidents, Senators and others of political influence. In an era where the government is contemplating significant budget cuts, it is critical that we force politicians to focus on the human condition.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Resolution supporting the immediate release of Barry Massey and opposition to the imposition of life without the possibility of parole sentences for juveniles.
Whereas the NAACP has passed a national resolution which opposes life without the possibility of parole sentences for juveniles;
Whereas it has been long recognized that many children have not yet developed to the degree that they fully understand the consequences for their actions. (example: we don’t give licenses to those under sixteen and we don’t grant children under the age of 18 the right to vote) ;
Whereas Barry Massey was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole at the tender age of thirteen;
Whereas Barry Massey has served twenty three years in prison and has had very few infractions;
Whereas Barry Massey has worked hard to be a positive influence while in prison through joining the Black Prisoners Caucus and speaking to community youth;
Whereas many community members, social justice advocates and others familiar with Barry Massey and the prison system spoke out on behalf of Barry Massed during his clemency hearing;
Whereas the clemency board of the State of Washington voted 4 to 1 to approve the clemency petition of Barry Massey;
Whereas the Governor of the State of Washington rejected Barry Massey’s petition for clemency approximately two years ago;
Whereas Barry Massey is prepared to be a positive contributing member of the public
Therefore, be it resolved that the AOW State Conference and the individual branches work toward the release of Barry Massey from the Washington State Prison System;
Therefore, be it further resolved that the President of the AOW, Legal Redress for the AOW and the President or representative from the Tacoma Branch meet with the governor of Washington State to request release of Barry Massey from prison;
Therefore, be it further resolved that a letter be written on behalf of the AOW state conference requesting that the Governor of the State of Washington grant clemency to Barry Massey;
Therefore, be it further resolved that the AOW make it’s position in reference to Barry Massey known to the general public;
Therefore, be it further resolved that the AOW work with other groups that are in support of release of Barry Massey and the elimination of life without the possibility of parole sentences for juveniles that have been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.