Monday, March 30, 2009

Whenua Fenua Enua Vanua: G20 Meltdown Solidarity

Whenua Fenua Enua Vanua: G20 Meltdown Solidarity: "Wednesday April 1st

12-12.30 pm

British Consulate
90 Collins Street

'People are in an incendiary mood,' says Bone. '1 April will see the biggest ructions on the street since the poll-tax riots and possibly even the Gordon riots of 1780. I don't think politicians realise quite how angry we are. In the past six months, this country has been turned upside-down. A deep recession has been created by a few greedy bankers and as a result, thousands have lost their homes and jobs. A dam of resentment has built up and 1 April is when all these pissed-off people march on the City to take what's theirs. Capitalism itself is on the ropes.'"

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Attorney Chiquita Tate Murdered

Slain attorney Chiquita Tate was such a believer in the legal system that she had a tattoo of Lady Justice on her back, college friend T. J. Crawford recalled.

Chiquita Tate was in the midde of a high-profile murder trial when she was stabbed to death in her law office.

"She just had an attachment to justice and doing what's right by people. She was always very serious about that," said Crawford, a teacher and community organizer in Chicago, Illinois.
But Tate, described by colleagues as a tenacious defense attorney who fought for her clients, could not save herself.
Family members and friends in Chicago; Atlanta, Georgia, and Tate's adopted home -- tiny Baker, Louisiana -- are reeling from the grisly details of Tate's slaying, and police say it was at the hands of her husband, Greg Harris. They had been married about 14½ months.
Harris, 37, is in custody, accused of stabbing Tate to death. He is charged with second-degree murder and the illegal use of a dangerous weapon. A judge last week set his bond at $500,000.
In a phone interview with CNN, Harris' attorney, Lewis Unglesby, said police have the wrong man.

"Greg Harris by all accounts ... is innocent. I don't know anybody that thinks he did it, except the police," Uglesby said. "There's nothing in his background. He has cooperated completely with the police; he's signed everything they've asked him to sign. He's let them search his house, his car."
Tate, 34, had started her own law firm in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was doing well, family and acquaintances said.

"She was up and coming," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely, a police spokesman in Baton Rouge.
Tate was representing a defendant in a high-profile murder trial when, police say, she became a homicide victim herself. Her body was found inside her law office on February 20. Tate was stabbed 38 times, according to a police warrant for Harris' arrest obtained by CNN.
While questioning Harris about Tate's death, police discovered an outstanding warrant for him in connection with a battery-domestic violence case. It stemmed from a December 22, 2007, incident at the couple's home.

Harris was accused of using "force and violence" against Tate, according to Baker City Court records. The court said Harris entered a not guilty plea on March 6, 2008, but did not appear for a May 8 pretrial conference. A warrant was issued for his arrest for contempt of court.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Police Shooting in Pasadena - NAM


Black residents in Pasadena are furious with the Pasadena Police Department after the shooting death of Leroy Barnes, 38. Adena Cole, a friend of Barnes' family, is fearful for members of her community.

Barnes was riding in the backseat of a car driven by Ameka Edwards at 4:20 p.m. on February 19 when they were pulled over by the police. It is unclear exactly what led to the fatal shooting of Barnes because the Pasadena Police Department has put a hold on the autopsy results, written and taped reports, recorded interviews regarding the shooting and surveillance videos from the officers squad car.

The first report from the Pasadena Police Department was that Barnes stepped out of the car and fired upon the officers. But a report the next day from the police department said that Barnes did not step out of the car and that he did not fire a shot.

Barnes does have a criminal record, and there was a gun in the car, but according to Cole, he did not have the gun in his possession at the time of the shooting. She claims that when the car was pulled over Edwards told Barnes to put the gun into her purse because she is a security officer and has a license to carry a gun.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Aunt Linda Walker, R.I.P.

Today, my beautiful Aunt Linda passed away from this world. She was only 59 years old. She's remembered as a loving aunt.

May Aunt Linda be a peace and may God watch over her family.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Natasha Richardson, R.I.P.

Natasha Richardson 1963-2009

Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson, a member of Britain's Redgrave acting dynasty, died on Wednesday at age 45 after a suffering a severe brain injury in a skiing accident in Canada earlier this week.

Rest in peace, Natasha.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tajah Monique Hilliard is missing!

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division describes Tajah Monique Hilliard as a black female, standing 5 feet 3 inches and weighing 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Hilliard, however, was said to be wearing green contacts at the time she went missing.

Read more and ses Tajah's picture here:

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Domestic Violence in the Black Community, real talk

I am sure by now that many if not of you have heard of the Chris Brown Rihhana incident by now. Chris Brown was dead wrong and as bad as this whole thing was it has opened up the door for us to talk about the 500 pound goriilaa in the African American Community, Domestic violence. On this weeks show host George Cook discusses:

* The lack of male role models contributing to this problem.

*Black men have to step up and start protecting our women.

*The conflicting messgaes some boys get from some black women about hitting girls.

* Yes, girls hit too and do start fights with men.

*From a male perspective he wonders like many men do why more women don't just leave the situation and pleads for women to do so.

Listen to the show here:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

NZAID changes will harm women in developing countries

Scoop: NZAID changes will harm women in dvlping countries


“UNIFEM is becoming increasingly concerned about the messages that are coming through from the Minister of Foreign Affairs. We oppose the move from the NZAID goal of poverty elimination to economic development. This move would be actively harmful to women in developing countries”, said Rae Julian from the National Committee of UNIFEM New Zealand in response to the announced reviews of NZAID.

The Minister has initiated a review of NZAID, with the possibility of reintegrating it within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Despite requests from a number of non-governmental organisations, there is no provision to receive submissions from the public to this exercise. The review includes a reconsideration of NZAID’s core policy of poverty elimination.

NZAID was reviewed twice since its inception in 2002, by the OECD and by Dr Marilyn Waring, a former politician from the Minister’s party. Both reviews were very positive about the work of the agency, praising its semi-autonomous status and its focus on poverty elimination.

UNIFEM’s main concern is the possible effect of any changes on the women in developing countries who have benefitted from NZAID’s policies on both poverty and gender. Women in those countries are likely to be the poorest. If they survive the possibility of death in childbirth, they are then threatened by preventable diseases or violence. Many raise children alone with no financial support.

We support the economic development focus – if the development is targeted to benefit those in greatest need, and the poor are part of the necessary planning. Economic development should ensure that all of the people, including women, can be at a level where they can participate. This implies access to basic education and good health services as a starting point – rather than as an outcome of the process. It requires good governance processes at all levels, peace building and conflict prevention. Fair trade and private sector development are also components to increase income generation for all.

Aid must not become a tool of foreign policy, a carrot used to persuade developing countries to support New Zealand’s political agenda or a stick to punish those whose policies we do not like. There are other ways to ensure that effective aid gets past corrupt governments to where it is needed, especially through working with civil society organisations in those countries. NZAID funding support for governance programmes from the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific has been stopped by the Minister. These programmes, often led by women, have been invaluable in a number of Pacific countries.

“We add our voice to those asking to have input to the review of NZAID. Empowerment of women through aid is too important to be sacrificed to political whims”, concluded Rae Julian.


Sunday, March 08, 2009

1600 show up to help little girl with Leukemia

In NY 1600 people showed up in the hopes that their bone marrow would be a match for little Jasmina Anema.

Jasmina has Leukemia and needs the bone marrow to survive.
Read this heart warming story here:

Saturday, March 07, 2009

The Grim Sleeper- 11 Black Victims, No Suspect

Go to The Grim Sleeper

How long will it take for police to investigate the serial murders of 11+ Black women? Tell me? Is it going to take 10 more years as in the South Side Slayer serial murder? I want to know. Here's an article at BlackVoices on the Grim Sleeper murder:

"'The Grim Sleeper': A Dozen Black Victims, Two Decades, No Suspect
Posted Mar 4th 2009 9:00AM by Denver LouisFiled under: BlackSpin, Crime and Courts, News
The LAPD is staking it's claim as the most inept police department in the country. In nearly two decades, 11 or more people have been murdered by the same man, with the police department nearly powerless to stop it. Recently, an emergency call from 1987 was released in hopes of getting a lead on L.A.'s most notorious serial killer, dubbed the "grim sleeper" for the significant time lapse in between his killings. The killer has been at large since 1985, despite a $500,000 reward and samples of his DNA on file. As far as the police know, all of his victims have been black. So what's taking so long? ...

The biggest lead the police have is a call from a man who says he saw a body being thrown out of a van. Unfortunately, the caller couldn't identify the driver and declined to identify himself.According to the Associated Press...

Six victims were found with the killer's DNA on them but a search of prisoner databases came up blank. Detectives went on to ask the California Department of Justice to run a DNA search that sought possible matches to the killer's relatives.''

Can the police and the community connect the dots sooner on the murders and diligently find the suspect? Had they done their jobs, some of those women would have been alive.

The Grim Sleeper Killer

Thank you, Ann, for finding more details of the Grim Sleeper Killer. The media and society in general place far less value to Black life. There's a pattern in LAPD which never give priority to solving murders of Black women in LA. Nor do the public give a thought about the murders. What's worse is that some Blacks don't give a thought to the murdered women, shrugged them off as "prostitutes" when many aren't. They are decent everyday people with lives of their own. It's time to end this neglect.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Little girl fighting Leukemia needs help

Jasmina was diagnosed with NK cell Leukemia on Jan. 20.

Jasmina Anema turns 6 years old Wednesday, and the birthday party planned for her - with a fashion show, cake and an appearance by singer Kelly Rowland - is a dream come true.
But the celebration could be Jasmina's last.

The bubbly Greenwich Village kindergartner is suffering from a rare and especially fatal form of leukemia that doctors fear will take her life within two months unless she receives a bone-marrow transplant.

Read the entire article here:

Monday, March 02, 2009

Black Girl Beaten By Two Jailers

Where's Al or Jesse on this one? Black men aren't the only ones who are abused by police.

Betty Jean Susie Baucum

In Memorium: Betty Jean Baucum March 7, 1970- March 10, 1994.

A sweet virtuous young woman with a beautiful smile, Betty Jean Susie Baucum was going places. Her life was cut short when a serial killer took her life, leaving a beautiful adopted daughter and many relatives and friends.

May she rests in peace.


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