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NAACP President and CEO: Video of School Resource Officer Violently Flipping, Tossing and Thereafter Banging the Head of a Young Girl in Her South Carolina Classroom is Offensive

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NAACP President releases statement on S. Carolina School Resource Officer

Baltimore, Md – NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks released the following statement after video surfaced of a school resource officer violently taking down a young teenage girl in her Columbia, S.C. classroom:

“The video we have seen of a school resource officer violently flipping, tossing and thereafter banging the head of a young girl in her South Carolina classroom is offensive. The videos shot by students display in morally vulgar vividness an unacceptable level of brutality and misuse of force.  This type of brutality deserves no place in modern policing – it is even more outrageous that it would occur in a high school classroom.  This young student may have broken school rules, but there is nothing that indicates she broke any criminal laws or was a physical threat to anyone at the level that would require this officer to treat her like a violent criminal.  This is yet another example of the misuse of force and the exceedingly disproportionate contact of resource officers with young minority students.

“This officer’s actions in front of a room full of young teenagers will no doubt have a devastating impact emotionally on the young victim and her classmates.  It is our hope that these students are provided with counseling after witnessing and experiencing such a violent encounter.  Those who provide security in our schools should only hold those positions after rigorous and thorough training, education and strict oversight.  It is even more disturbing that the guidance crafted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education on the use of Resource Officers in our Nation’s schools have clearly not been implemented in this public high school.

“This is also a clear indication that the shifts in resource and spending by school districts have created an over-reliance on armed police instead of educated and trained school administrators.  It is unfortunate that our school principals and vice principals, the traditional administrators of discipline, have been put in a position to rely on street policing inside our school classrooms rather than administering tried and true education discipline tactics.  There is no acceptable explanation for this officer’s treatment of this young student.  The NAACP applauds federal officials on their announcement of a full investigation and demands that this officer be terminated and never again employed in a position where he has any law enforcement encounter responsibility with the public.”

Black Women Leaders Outraged By Police Violence Against S.C. Student

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By Hazel Trice Edney

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Leading Black women across the nation are expressing outrage this week over the videotaped violent incident showing a White police officer in Columbia, S.C. grabbing a Black 16-year-old female high school student around her neck, flipping her desk; then dragging her across the floor and tossing her across the classroom.

“I was shocked and immobilized to watch the brutal officer physically abuse a young girl because she ‘disobeyed’ his orders. She may have been disobedient, but she did not deserve to be dehumanized and, indeed, defeminized,” said Dr. Julianne Malveaux, a Black press columnist and former president of the Bennett College for Women. “Imagine the national outcry if a young White girl, blonde hair streaming, was so brutally tossed about in a classroom.”

Melanie Campbell, convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, described this kind of treatment of students as “unconscionable and unjust.”

She said the Black Women’s Roundtable is “extremely troubled” by the video “showing the attack displayed by an off-duty police officer man-handling a young Black female student in his attempt to arrest her for not leaving the classroom fast enough…Our children are our most precious commodity and their education and safety are paramount.”

The outrage grew this week as it was learned that the officer, identified by students as Deputy Ben Fields of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, has a record and a reputation for violent conduct; including previous public charges of excessive force and battery.

The Department of Justice and the FBI have said they are investigating Monday’s incident, videotaped by students in the classroom. Posted on multiple social media platforms, the viral videos were quickly picked up by national news outlets.

It has become a familiar scene. In recent years, such videos have led to escalating protests of police misconduct in Black communities.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has told the media that the deputy, assigned to the Spring Valley High School as a resource officer, went to the classroom after being summoned by school officials who said the teen was disruptive and refusing to leave. The incident reportedly sparked from her refusal to put away her cell phone.

Fields, reportedly the recipient of a commendation from another school, has been suspended from the Sherriff’s department without pay, pending completion of an investigation. Lott, who said the teen swung at the officer as he grabbed her, said he would announce this week whether Fields would return to the force or be fired. He said he will focus solely on his conduct, not the teen’s behavior.

Barbara Arnwine, president/founder of the newly formed Transformative Justice Coalition called for the “immediate firing” of Fields, saying she saw no need to wait after seeing the video.

“There is nothing she could have said to justify the body slamming of her and the physical assault by Deputy Fields. Even a refusal to leave the class could not justify these abusive actions,” Arnwine said. “The Transformative Justice Coalition opposes zero tolerance policies and the routine presence of police in schools as it contributes to the school to prison pipeline. We call upon all Americans to decry this incident and demand justice.”

Said to be known to students as “Officer Slam”, Fields can be seen on video warning the student that if she does not leave he would remove her. Then he suddenly grabs her, toppling the desk. He dumps her on the floor, drags her from the desk and tosses her across the classroom floor. He then leaps into the air with his hands spread by his side like a wrestler before crouching over her, placing her hands behind her back and making the arrest.

Another student, Niya Kenny, 18, who told her classmates to tape the incident and openly voiced her disdain for the violence, was also arrested.

“Seeing her being thrown across the classroom like that was really traumatizing. I mean, I’ve never seen anything like that in my life and it just really broke my heart to watch it,” said Kenny, interviewed with her mother and attorney on CNN. She was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. “We’ve heard about his reputation and we’ve heard about he’s a really…dangerous man to get involved with.”

Kenny was arrested after the 16-year-old was escorted out of the classroom. He returned asking, “‘Do you want some of this too?'” she recounted. Fearing his violence, she said she peacefully placed her hands behind her back.

Other students in the classroom appeared stunned and immobile as they watched the scene unfold. Malveaux said the demeanor of the male students reminded her of how Black men have historically – including during slavery – “been forced to watch the denigration of Black women, who have been raped and beaten to ensure that the men of our race will stand frightened and mute in the face of oppression. Watching a classmate brutally torn and tossed from a desk, anyone with the inclination to speak up must have feared brutal retaliation.”

As people across the nation awaited the fate of Fields this week, Black women, known nationally for their leadership, continued to condemn the treatment of the teen, some calling for policy changes.

“I read an article earlier this year that referred to Black girls as ‘Pushed out, over policed and under protected’. This came to my mind when I saw the video,” said Dr. Elsie Scott, founding director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University. “The young lady was pushed out of school by a police officer who clearly seemed to be using more than necessary enforcement. Then when I saw the Black male teacher just standing by, I felt bad that she had no one to protect her. We are seeing increasingly more cases where Black girls and women are being subjected to abuse and over enforcement. We must start placing more attention on the plight of females in the criminal justice system.”

The incident also recalled another videotaped police incident in McKinney, Texas earlier this year when a Black teenaged girl wearing a bikini at a pool party was dragged across a yard by a White police officer. In the face of national criticism, that officer resigned from his job.

The Rev. Omarosa Manigault, a reality television star who pastors in Los Angeles and is active in civil rights, called for White female counterparts in civil rights to rise up.

“Where are the women’s rights organizations like the National Organization for Women when little Black girls are being treated in this inhumane way? Where is the outrage?,” Manigault said. “This young lady was treated like a thug or a thief – instead of a pupil sitting in a class room behaving like a regular teen.”

Many fear the growth of such incidents unless corrective action is taken. Says Arnwine, “Black women and girls are the victims of police killings, sexual assault and abusive treatment. We cannot [stand by] as Americans allow more Sandra Blands, Natasha McKennas and our girls to be assaulted at swimming pools and while sitting in class. We all must #SayHerName!”
Photo Caption: In this screenshot of one of the videos, Officer Ben Fields wrestles 16-year-old to the floor before dragging and tossing her across the classroom. 

Community Organizations: Community Policing is Not the Answer

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Activists and Community Organizations Release Report on Community Policing in Response to President’s Recommendations for Policing.

CHICAGO, IL – On Wednesday, October 28 at 12:30 p.m., community organizations will convene at City Hall to release a report on Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS). The report is a response to President Obama’s call, in his speech at the meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), to increase funding for police agencies and renew the commitment to community policing.

The report, titled “The Counter-CAPS Report: The Community Engagement Arm of the Police State,” finds that data gathered at CAPS meetings in several neighborhoods around the city shows that CAPS further strengthens divisions within mixed-income communities. The report found CAPS meetings permeated with racially coded language, where police officials inappropriately encourage small groups of self-selected residents to harass young people of color and target low-income housing.

The report challenges the president’s claim that community policing can improve the relationships between the police departments and minority communities. It shows that community policing mobilizes residents already committed to police involvement, increasing police surveillance of a community’s most vulnerable residents or visitors. The solution is not, as President Obama suggests, renewed commitment to community policing and further investment in law enforcement. Instead, the appropriate response is reduce funding for police agencies and reinvesting that money in social services like education and public health that will meet real community needs.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 12:30 PM
WHERE: City Hall, 2nd Floor
PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS: We Charge Genocide, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Black Lives Matter-Chicago, Black Youth Project 100, Showing Up for Racial Justice-Chicago

The release of the “Counter-CAPs Report” comes on the heels of a series of non-violent direction actions organized around the IACP meeting. On Saturday, Oct 24th, 60 activists, from the same organizations releasing this report, were arrested after they blocked intersections and entrances of the IACP meeting.

FOR MORE INFO: Follow the #CounterCAPS hashtag on Twitter.


Clifford Law Offices Files Lawsuit Against Uber for Driving Against Traffic and Injuring Passenger

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Clifford Law Offices, a nationally renowned personal injury firm, filed a lawsuit (Oct. 26, 2015) against Uber and an Uber driver for injuries to a passenger when the driver turned into oncoming traffic at the busy Ohio Street intersection that merges off the Kennedy Expressway.

Yates M. French, a Chicago attorney, was injured as a passenger in the back seat of an Uber car on Oct. 14, 2015, that turned westbound from Wells Street onto the one-way eastbound Ohio Street.

The driver, George C. Lekkas, owner of a 2012 Honda sedan, was named a defendant in the action as well as Uber Technologies, Inc.  He crashed his vehicle into another and both cars sustained severe damage.  French is under the care of a physician.

Clifford Law Offices represents a number of passengers who have been injured by or while in Uber vehicles.  Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at the firm, has been very outspoken to the state legislature, the Chicago City Council and the media about insurance deficiencies regarding Uber and Uber drivers.  He has called for greater regulation and oversight of this ride-sharing business.

For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices Communications Partner Pamela S. Menaker at 847-721-0909.

In the Midst of Grief, Loss of NYPD Officer Prompts Examination of Sentencing Options

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NEW YORK — National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial issued the following statement in response to the slaying of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder:

“A tragedy like the murder of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder can overwhelm a community looking for solutions to street violence and criminal justice reform.

“On behalf of the National Urban League Movement across the country, I offer deepest sympathy to Officer Holder’s family, his fellow NYPD officers and the tight-knit Queens community of Little Guyana that nurtured him and grieves his loss. We pray for justice and healing.

“The grievous slaying of Officer Holder has thrown intense scrutiny on a judge’s decision to place the suspected shooter, Tyrone Howard, in a drug-treatment program earlier this year following Howard’s guilty plea on a drug charge.  While we welcome this national discussion of alternative sentencing, we are hopeful that our collective grief over Officer Holder’s loss will not cloud our judgement on the issue.”


Congressional Black Caucus and Joint Economic Committee Democrats Hold Public Forum and Press Conference in New York

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The American Dream on Hold: Economic Challenges in the African American Community

Congressional Black Caucus and Joint Economic Committee Democrats Hold Public Forum and Press Conference in New York

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A public forum on the impact of economic challenges and persistent inequities facing African Americans across the country will be held on Friday, October 30, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT at the Harlem Hospital Center located at 506 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, New York.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Ranking Democrat on the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), Congressman Charles B. Rangel, founding member of the CBC and Dean of the New York State Congressional Delegation, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Senior member of the House Judiciary Committee will host the forum.

Participants will hold a press conference immediately following the event.


•           Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC)

•           Joint Economic Committee Ranking Democrat Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

•           Representative Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)

•           Representative Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY)

•           Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)


•           Professor William “Sandy” Darity, Professor, Duke University

•           David R. Jones, President and CEO, Community Service Society of New York

•           Hope Knight, President and CEO, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

•           Jennifer Jones Austin, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

•           Walter Edwards, Harlem Business Alliance

•           Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, President, NAACP New York State Conference

•           Gregory Floyd, President, Teamsters Local 237

•           C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO, National Black Leadership Commission

•           Clayton Banks, Founder and Co-Executive Producer, Silicon Harlem

•           Alejandra Castillo, Esq., National Director, Minority Business Development Agency

WHAT: Public forum, “The American Dream on Hold: Economic Challenges in the African American Community”

WHEN: Friday, October 30, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

WHERE: Harlem Hospital Center

506 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY  10037

The press conference will be held at the Mural Pavilion.

House Passes Kirk-Heitkamp Ex-Im Reform Bill with Supermajority

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement after the House passed, with a supermajority of 313 members, the Kirk-Heitkamp Export-Import Bank reform bill (S. 819):

“American manufacturers can be confident that the Export-Import Bank has a clear supermajority in the Senate and now the House. This vote is a great indicator of support but is not the final hurdle in keeping American jobs in America.” 


The Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act (S. 819), which Senator Kirk introduced with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), passed the Senate in July after it was adopted as an amendment to the DRIVE Act by a vote of 64 to 29. The Kirk-Heitkamp bill would extend Ex-Im’s charter, which expired June 30, until 2019. The bill was brought to the House floor today through a discharge petition filed by Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.-08).

The top Illinois companies supported by Ex-Im are The Boeing Company, CNH Industrial America and Caterpillar. The agency also assists hundreds of small businesses throughout the state. Ex-Im operates at no cost to the taxpayer, and in the past three years the bank has returned $2.5 billion to the U.S. Treasury. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Kirk-Heitkamp bill would save taxpayers an additional $2.3 billion. 

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 25-31, 2015

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Bruce Rauner has issued a proclamation declaring that Illinois will observe National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 25-31, 2015. The Illinois Department of Public Health joins Governor Rauner, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build awareness around the hazards of lead poisoning during this week of observance. Lead poisoning occurs most often from exposure to lead-contaminated dust created by deteriorating lead-based paint. In addition, other lead-containing products may also lead to exposure and result in life-long negative effects.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director, Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., wants all Illinoisans to be aware that exposure to lead remains a serious health concern. “Given the many health and developmental problems that can occur in children exposed to lead, it is imperative that we build awareness and take the appropriate precautions,” he said.

In 2014, Illinois identified approximately 18,500 Illinois children with blood lead levels greater than the intervention level recommended by CDC. IDPH is pleased to join with health care professionals, agencies, and their delegates in efforts to reduce lead poisoning in children by:

• Raising awareness about lead poisoning;

Stressing the importance of testing the highest-risk children 6 years of age and younger (preferably by ages 1 and 2) if they have not been tested yet;

Highlighting partners’ efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning; and

Urging people to take steps to reduce lead exposure.

No Judgment Allowed: Uplifting New Book of Poems & Essays Captures Life Eternal Struggles; Giving Readers Hope & Solace to Emerge Victorious

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Masterfully crafted from the life and experiences of Antwanette Howard, ‘No Judgment Allowed: Poems and Essays’ is sad, inspiring and encouraging – as it showcases life’s true struggles and the brevity required to carry on amid vicious adversity. But the book comes with a wider message; that hope always exists through the loving eyes of God. It’s life-changing to say the very least…

Longview, TX – There’s no way to sugarcoat it; life’s joys and celebrations are frequently marred by adversity, hardships and the feeling that things couldn’t get any worse. However, while many give up in the face of adversity, Texas’ Antwanette Howard has used her steadfast relationship with God to turn any challenge in a bold opportunity for growth.

Aware that millions are searching for answers to their own problems, Howard has compiled her wisdom into a compelling new book. ‘No Judgment Allowed: Poems and Essays’ is as gripping as it is life-changing.


This is a book about hardships and growths. It is a poetry/Essay book that are also full of inspirations. Warning: this book will be full of sorrow and laughter.

“I believe that this volume is different to anything else currently out there, as I put life’s collective adversities on a literary pedestal that allows them to be viewed from a uniquely holistic perspective,” explains Howard. “The over-riding goal is to help people feel better about their lives and seek the comfort they crave through God.”

Continuing, “It’s a unique fusion of creativity and vignettes from my own life. Like most, I have faced my own struggles but have always tried to turn them into positive experiences. If I can do it, then anyone can!”

With the volume’s demand expected to increase, interested readers are urged to secure their copies without delay.

‘No Judgment Allowed: Poems and Essays’, from AuthorHouse, is available now: http://amzn.to/1Pm7CrI.
For more news and information, follow the book’s progress on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AntwanetteHowardAuthor

About the author, in her own words:
Antwanette Howard From: Dallas, TX AGE: 25. I am a young woman with just a dream of being a successful independent writer one day. I have been writing since I was seven years old. My teacher and my mother saw the creativity I had in my writing. My mother made me write every day and made me use correct vocabulary every day. Now I have grown and so has my writing. I believe that others will be able to understand or relate to any book I might write. I believe that there are people out there that are like me.

National Afrikan Amerikan Family Reunion Association Launches Campaign to End Poverty in Black Communities

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Dr. Donald Evans, founder of NAAFRA

Mound Bayou, MS (BlackNews.com) — Whenever the Afrikan born in Amerika sets out to accomplish anything significant, it becomes historic. This announcement to the public that “NAAFRAs Unity Sunday Operational Plan Activation Date”, is no exception, for three reasons:
1) It is being announced on the anniversary date of President Obamas winning a second term in the White House.
2) NAAFRAS announcement is being made from the oldest Black Townsite in Amerika, Mound Bayou, Mississippi, founded July 12, 1887, to the present.
3) And the first time that the Afrikan born in Amerika has collectively joined with the Black Church, to officially launch a campaign to end poverty from the lifestyles of far too many of our families; all of these dates will prove to be of great significance to our people.

Dr. Donald R. Evans, Sr., founder of NAAFRA, comments, “The National Afrikan Amerikan Family Reunion Association (NAAFRA) has set up its Black Church Umbrella Alliance (BCUA), creating a databank registry of all churches willing to make a commitment to the NAAFRA Unity Sunday Operational Plan, putting the Black Church/Black Family in the Vanguard Position as an example to build our membership to a Marcus Garvey size number and our resource base to 100 Million Dollars for the following reasons.”
He continues:
“Until the day our families are fully free of the evil forces that seek our destruction; Until our females are safe in their homes, schools, communities, churches, colleges, walking the roads and streets of their village, town or city; Until all eligible adults are fully employed with wages that provide decent livability for all families; Until the day our male youth are no longer seen as targets for killers of all hues, or victims to be fed into the pipeline to prison, or miseducated and frustrated to the point of acute distress of self hatred; Until all of our children are educated to the point of being proud of their Alkebu-Lan (AFRICAN) heritage; Until all gang members across our country come to realize their territories can become learning centers, with the assistance of our family movement, and Minister Farrakhan and the FOI where Knowledge of Self can be taught and books over guns is valued; Until all of our children know who Imhotep was; Until all Afrikan children know the title of The Oldest Book in the World and the name of the author; Until families that make up our congregational church body across Black Church Amerika realize our children must be taught their ancient African history, or they will continue to be miseducated. These are a low number of myriad reasons that daily erode the foundation of the Afrikan/Afrikan Amerikan family, and there are many more. We the Black Family that make up the collect body of Black Congregational Amerika; can, and will, carry out the blessing of our Heavenly Father, to bring positive change to our beloved country. It must be clearly understood during this activation process, the old blame game must not be used. Blaming our beloved Mega Ministers, across Black Church Amerika is not acceptable by our movement. No member of any church in Amerika is a slave to any Minister; we are all first class citizens in the greatest country on this planet, with the greatest potential for mass change among its Black Citizens.”

Dr. Evans says that “the Black Congregations across Amerika must hold ourselves accountable for the success, or failure, of all the objectives on this date.” To provide a factual report within a few days after Activation Day, their NAAFRA.org website has a link posted as Church Umbrella, where all of of their churches that are committed to supporting our Unity Sunday Plan can be registered. Also, on the same website is a PayPal account set up to receive the deposits from each church congregations ($1) donation to begin building the proposed 100 Million Dollar Perpetual Fund for change.

Dr. Evans adds, “Last, but not least in importance in our family movement is that each family name that make up the congregation of each church are needed to be registered on our website on this date. To send out the message that our families are in complete alignment with the mission of the Million Man March in calling for Maat — truth, Justice, righteousness, balance, order. The personification of order of the world which was established at creation.”

“This is what our vanguard position brings to the table of the change that will be asking the following groups by name, to come forward and commit to support of our Unity Sunday Operational Plan on a specified date; for example, Black Church/Black Family November 8, 2015; Hip-Hop/Rap Nation December 26, 2015; Gospel Family January 19,2016; R&B Music industry February 12, 2016; Sports World March 10, 2016; Wealthiest Family Members April 15, 2016; and Entertainment/Film/TV/Theater May 30, 2016,” he says.

He adds, “This plan is workable, if enough Black Amerikans still remember how we have fought our way through the greatest holocaust, in the history of mankind; still, we are not full of hatred for any other people, though there is justification. Therefore, let us work this plan and continue to love this land, where our blood, sweat, and tears is not yet dry where we stand across our beautiful land.”
For more details about the National Afrikan Amerikan Family Reunion Association (NAAFRA), visit www.naafra.org or www.naafra.org/support.html

Photo Caption: Dr. Donald Evans, founder of NAAFRA

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