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    Monday
    Aug052013

    Remember Trayvon with 50th "I have a Dream"

    The "Emancipation Proclamation" freed this nation's Blacks from slavery but not oppression. Fifty years after "I have a Dream", this nation can't count the number of oppressions that still exist for many Blacks.

    Many would quickly dismiss the oppression claim by saying, "But we have a Black president." However, a more realistic picture would be from the Bureau of Labor Statistic. Unemployment for Blacks has been double digits the entire time President Obama has been in office. Some would also respond quickly by saying, "It's the president's policies" but I see something else.

    Before Obama was sworn into office, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was quoted, "I hope he fails." Limbaugh took advantage of a request to utter his version of "Shock and Awe." Then, nearly two years into Obama's presidency, Senator Mitch McConnell gave a speech where he said, his first priority was to make sure Obama was "A one term president."

    Set to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "I have a Dream"; the greatest speech of the 20th Century. August 28, 1963, civil rights champ, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an inspiring speech that is sure to cause many to reflect fifty years to the day later.

    Black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, returning from a walk to the store in a Florida town never made it back to his father because volunteer neighborhood captain, George Zimmerman determined he was up to no good.

    Trayvon's parents lost any hope of a dream for their son due in major part to what most Blacks view as racial profiling and injustice from a "Not Guilty" verdict of Zimmerman's second degree murder trial.

    Many of today's civil rights leaders have embarked on a "Justice for Trayvon" campaign with the blessings of Trayvon's devastated parents.

    Published reports of a boycott of the entire state of Florida and the NAACP demand for a federal pursuit of justice for the man who killed Trayvon is leading the march up to what was supposed to be a time of celebration.

    Since the root of this problem is that Blacks are not respected, I have proposed a solution that is designed to make a 21st Century statement of worth.

    Renaming City College of San Francisco (CCSF) to that of "Trayvon Martin College San Francisco" would be only a starting point where young Blacks will be hard pressed to use the excuses that they are not valued. However, those who are thinking only of themselves, see my dream, as a bad one.

    When I shared my dream with my young nephew who dropped out of CCSF several years ago, he responded with the smile of new hope for so many who have been uninspired by a higher education.

    Wednesday
    Jul312013

    Take a Stand Against Injustice San Francisco

    Attention: All members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors,

    I just learned through a published report, SF supervisors have absolutely no power concerning City College of San Francisco. I share the reluctance by some members of the SF Board of Supervisors to introduce symbolic resolutions.

    Nevertheless, I am suggesting the symbolic resolution of renaming CCSF, "Trayvon Martin College San Francisco" by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

    200 gathered on the steps of SF City Hall, after, the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman, charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon. They were lead by some members of this Board as well as outraged community leaders and members of the clergy.

    It is one thing to look like a leader on the steps of City Hall but it is another thing to actually take a stand and lead.

    The gesture of even symbolically renaming CCSF will help Trayvon's parents and do a whole lot more to inspire more young future leaders to take a stand against injustice through education.

    Those who are threatening to take away the accreditation of CCSF will be forced to look afresh at their reasoning for closing this fine college that currently serves more than "86 thousand" students. In addition, this huge statement against injustice from SF City Hall will not allow America to revert to apathy so quickly.

    Many former students and even current staff will not be as enthusiastic about this idea as current and future students aware, of the tragedy that took the life of a seventeen-year-old. That being said, I suggest that members of this Board consider the future student's desires over that of past students or current staff as it gives serious consideration to what could lead to a historic statement if acted upon by those who have the power to change the name of City College of San Francisco.  

    Slain civil rights leader, Medgar Evers, who was denied entry into law school simply because he was Black before he was killed in June of 1963 was honored by a city he was not from. In 1970 Medgar Evers College New York opened in honor of a victim of injustice.

    I am aware of the efforts by Supervisor Eric Mar to look into the plight of CCSF further, as it impacts so many who are employed at CCSF. However, I have worked with enough young people to know that they are looking for a sign that suggests they are being thought of by decision makers, in a way that they can feel in their heart.

    I am also confident that enrollment in CCSF, which is also an issue here, will greatly benefit by this simple gesture. Enrollment has already suffered with the news that CCSF will lose its accreditation in 2014. And all the money currently being thrown at advertising by CCSF is a good indication that they are not spending wisely as charged.

    The main charge against CCSF is that it is mismanaging its finances. As much as I hate to admit it, I see the current advertising campaign "City College is open and accredited" as evidence of mismanagement. However, those who threatening to take away CCSF accreditation have forced this desperate move to keep enrollment numbers up.

    All that is needed here is the leadership that would take a bold step forward in the name of Trayvon Martin.

    Tuesday
    Jul232013

    Gay Conniption or Justice for Trayvon

    I am embarrassed for Black America, in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict. Blacks are being made to look like we are a bunch of sore losers, by a bunch of sore losers.

    As a Black homosexual, I admit, I am having a gay conniption to the response from the NAACP, Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. CL Bryant and many others who I claim are also having a conniption, over the George Zimmerman "Not guilty" verdict.

    Grace and dignity is how Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, Bayard Rustin and so many other civil rights champions handled a setback in the pursuit of civil rights and justice for Black Americans.

    When I first heard that there was a planned boycott of the state of Florida, where the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman and subsequent trial took place, I first thought, how many Blacks live in Florida?

    According to BlackDemographics.com "In 2011 Florida had the second largest Black population of any state in The United States. With 3,141,840 Black residents Florida ranks just under New York and just above Texas."

    Therefore, for Black leaders to call for a boycott of the State of Florida, in the wake of the George Zimmerman "Not guilty" verdict that I am still having trouble swallowing, is, an indictment against "3,141,840" Black Floridians.

    Then I asked myself what is justice in this case, after the verdict?

    According to the NAACP, which sent me an email that contained a troubling statement. "The first step is clear: we must make sure that George Zimmerman is held accountable for his actions..." This statement was sent after the verdict.

    A young White friend of mine told me he was walking down Market Street San Francisco the day after the verdict. For the first time in his seven years of living in the city, he felt tension and noticed young Blacks looking at him as the enemy. What should I tell my young White friend whom, I befriended by the "Content of his character, not the color of his skin"?

    Young Blacks--mostly men-- continue to starve for the message that would propel some of them into law school, by hearing leaders continue to tear the process down. In this case, what was needed was a better lawyer, if you asked me.

    However, the sore loser attitude displayed by today's Black leaders explains the reason why I believed the story recently told by an older death row inmate. The famous but infamous inmate was asked by a twenty something inmate, "Who was Martin Luther King, was he a rapper"?

    If these so-called Black leaders had not offered up a quick or knee jerk response of boycott to, what many of us Blacks see as another case of injustice and looked at a bigger picture, they might have offered something that would have helped the healing process.

    Trayvon's parents would have been proud to have lent the name of Trayvon Martin to a law school fund for young Black law students, fully funded by wealthy Black leaders.

    Did anyone notice the young volunteer intern for the defense. A Black women who was willing to give the  Zimmerman defense team the benefit of the doubt on him being a racist, in pursuit of justice. No doubt some will soon search her out and label her as an Uncle Tom Boy. However, from what I saw, she was a determined Black women who chose a career in law and I could not be more proud of the grace and dignity she carried into that courtroom.

    Furthermore, real leaders could have offered justice to the still grieving parents of Trayvon by not suggesting boycotting Florida but pursued a name change of the "Orlando-Sanford International Airport" to that of  "Orlando-Trayvon Martin International Airport."

    Thursday
    Jun202013

    Respect the Court Gov. Brown

    I could not be happier about the three judge federal court order of the release of almost ten thousand inmates. As reported in this LA Times article.

    This is a step in the right direction. However, we must all watch it closely. The same prison officials who said that the public's safety is at risk if California releases any more prisoners, also are now saying the public can be assured that the right prisoners will be released.

    I don't trust them. All they have to do is release one wrong prisoner among the thousands of low risk offenders. Then here we go again, more prisons.

    Monday
    May132013

    Update on California inmate Santos Reyes

    In 1998, Santos Reyes was sentenced to 26 years to life for cheating on a driving test under California's Three Strikes Law that was passed in 1994.

    As many of you know, I became homeless due to a foreclosure in June 2008. While looking for an apartment and finding it difficult, I got philosophical. I decided to remain homeless because of the treatment of California inmate, Santos Reyes. http://youtu.be/tkIWen_wHuM

    The UPDATE: Due to the passing of Prop. 36 a revised Three Strikes law, which I did not vote for and still do not support, California inmate, Santos Reyes was able to win his release on March 28, 2013 after, serving 15 years for cheating on a California driving test. He was immediately deported by ICE.