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President Trump has Wrecked the Core Fabric and Spirit of This Country

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

My Two Cents Worth: Part 1


By Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Publisher & CEO, CopyLine Magazine


In a short period of time, President Donald Trump has wrecked the core fabric and spirit of this country. He has divided the citizenry little by little, has torn the country’s cultural fabric apart and cultivated it into small racial pieces, and at the same time, ignored what is good for America and what is good for the American people (Of course he would strongly disagree with that assessment) inasmuch as he’s too busy trying to “Make America Great Again” (his campaign slogan that will never happen).

Trump takes no responsibility for anything. He has a habit of always pinning the blame (if it’s something negative) on someone else; and his usual targets are former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or just about anyone he gets into a strong public debate with. He is the master when it comes to “playing the blame game.”

Trump is known to give out “false or misleading claims” on a daily basis, according to the Washington Post. And there are others in the news media who think likewise. He has a habit of calling the news media the “fake media”.

Trump bends the truth about any and everything and takes no responsibility for nothing. Some people I’ve talked to in conversation call him “the liar-in-chief”. Nonetheless, this is the man elected president of the United States and is leading our country.

There’s an old saying that “you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” There are many Americans that are on to Trump’s non-leadership skills and leadership abilities to adequately run this country. They have a general idea about happenings in this country and their workplace – politics, current events and otherwise. They can’t be fooled by Trump’s pathological untruths.

In a Washington Post article January 10, 2018, titled: “President Trump has Made More Than 2,000 False or Misleading Claims Over 355 Days”, authored by Glenn Kessler and Meg Kelly, it noted that “After a year in office, President Trump has made 2,140 false or misleading claims and flip-flops. He now averages 5.9 per day….”

Further, the article noted that “With just 10 days before he finishes his first year as president, Trump has made 2,001 false or misleading claims in 355 days, according to our database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. That’s an average of more than 5.6 claims a day.”

A majority of Americans (Trump has low favorability ratings in all polls) have been overwhelmed by Trump’s inaction and/or misleading information since he arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., surrounded by cabinet members who know very little to nothing about the jobs they were selected to serve in.

And as long as Trump stays in the Oval Office he will continue to destroy the country even more with his legislative agenda and Executive Orders. Trump signed 24 Executive Orders in his first 100 days in office; his way of trying to make sure he erases many of President Barack Obama’s legacy accomplishments.

But remember, Trump didn’t do it (set policy all by himself), he had the help of powerful Republican enablers. They have to bear some of the blame. Trump has had the help of many enablers -The national Republican Party and Congressional Republican leadership – Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Devin Nunes and many others. The Republicans are in control of the House, Senate and Presidency. Let’s remember Trump and his comrade enablers on election days when they’re up for re-election.

Trump is unpredictable, irresponsible, unaccountable, and uses strong derogatory and incendiary rhetoric when making remarks about certain racial ethnic groups.  His racist maneuvering and remarks have divided and torn this country apart. Furthermore, his administration has been subject of many scandals.

I’ve been covering politics and presidential campaigns/elections for more than 42 years. In January 2016, I celebrated 40 rock-solid years as a journalist/news reporter/author/publisher. But I must say the 2016 presidential campaign is unlike any campaign I’ve seen during my tenure as a journalist/news reporter/author/publisher. That campaign was a stark difference from the others!

I’m weary now of what I continue to see happening in and coming out of the White House. And I’m concerned about what is taking place politically in this country.


Something Is Wrong In America


By Juanita Bratcher

Copyright © 2006


Something is wrong in America

When a man has no place to sleep

There’s something wrong in America

When a man has nothing to eat


Something is wrong in America

When violence constantly roars through the streets

There’s something wrong about America

When the evils of racism lie at its feet


Something is wrong in America

When justice and equality can’t prevail

There’s something wrong about America

When its justice system has failed


Something is wrong in America

When leaders are corrupt from greed

Something is wrong in America

When it can’t help its citizens in need


Something is wrong in America

When poverty robs a man of self-esteem

There’s something wrong about America

When a man can’t realize his dreams


COMING SOON: PART 2 will focus on President Donald Trump’s useless maneuvering since taking over the presidency.


Another Black Mom Attacked by Police

Posted by Admin On February - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

20-Year Old Black Mom Brutally Attacked and Arrested by Undercover Police Officer Right In Front of Her Toddler Children

Diamond Rust

Washington, DC — Diamond Rust, a 20-year-old woman from Southeast Washington, DC, was slammed on the ground and brutally arrested by a Metro transit police for not paying to get on a bus. All that happened right in front of her two children.

On Tuesday, Rust, together with her one-year-old son and two-year-old daughter, boarded a bus at Alabama Avenue in Southeast D.C. She reportedly walked past the fare box without paying and sat down.

After a while, an undercover police approached her and demanded her to get off the bus.

“I’m pacing back and forth like ‘can you hurry up?’ He said he felt threatened with me pacing back and forth,” Rust explained.

She admitted that she didn’t stop pacing and just kept walking. Police also claimed that she kept putting her hands in her pocket and ignoring the police’s commands.

“He said I was resisting. He pushed me to the fence,” Rust recalled of the horrifying moment.

According to the police report, Rust kept pulling away so the officer had to slam her to the ground to finish the arrest.

She was with her two children at the time and they saw the violence.

“The girl lifted my face up and I seen her — my daughter like right there crying. That’s when I started crying,” Rust said.

Rust suffers from a fractured knee, open wounds on the face, and four broken teeth. She was rushed to the hospital shortly after the arrest but she was more worried about how this would affect her children.

“My son he don’t even like looking at me now. My daughter keeps saying police did this to mommy.”

Rust, a graduating student from Ballou STAY High School, has a DC One fare card which allows her to have a free bus ride. But she doesn’t have it with her on the day of the incident. A picture, however, shows her bag with cash and two smart trip cards.

When asked if she would have done anything differently, Rust told WUSA9, “No. because this is just the person I am.”

Rust plans to file a complaint with Metro. Metro Transit Police haven’t further commented yet about the incident.

Civil Rights Leaders Denounce Census Bureau’s Residence Criteria and Situations Rule

Posted by Admin On February - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Washington, D.C.  – National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial, joined national leaders of civil rights organizations to denounce the U.S. Census Bureau’s failure to change their “usual residence” rule by continuing to count incarcerated  persons at the prison of confinement instead as part of their home community in the upcoming 2020 census. This decision serves to perpetuate the practice of prison gerrymandering.

The National Urban League began in 2010 pushing the Census Bureau to count incarcerated persons at their home address rather than at their place of confinement.  It also led a campaign in 2016 opposing the Bureau’s proposed 2020 Census Residence Criteria and Residence Situations Rule and joined leaders in submitting comments to the Bureau urging it to reconsider counting the nearly 2 million incarcerated individuals across the country as part of their prison populations, giving undue power to those communities while “diluting the representational equity of a prisoner’s home community.”

“The Census Bureau’s announcement that it will continue to count incarcerated people at the location of their confinement, rather than their home communities, is unfair and unjust. It disenfranchises and strips individuals of their rights while incarcerated, and makes it more difficult for their overwhelmingly poor and urban communities to provide them with adequate resources upon their reentry. The Bureau has a clear bias with regards to how it will classify military personnel, who will be counted as members of their home bases and not their residence of deployment, versus prison populations, making this decision all the more  indefensible,” said National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial. 

“The U.S. Census Bureau’s failure to change their ‘usual residence’ rule is but another example of the tone deaf agenda of the U.S. Census when it comes to underserved communities and populations of color. The Census continues to exploit prison populations for unfair economic gain, rather than allowing communities of color to receive the support and benefits they

Senator Collins and Activists Gather to Oppose Rate Hike on Check Cashing

Posted by Admin On February - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

State regulatory body has postponed vote


SPRINGFIELD, IL – In opposition to a proposal that would charge working families higher fees just to cash their paychecks, State Sen. Jacqueline Collins praised a state regulatory commission for postponing a vote on the issue and called on the community to make raise its voice.

“Raising check-cashing fees would primarily hurt households without bank accounts — commonly referred to as the unbanked,” Collins said. “Unbanked households are disproportionately lower-income, African-American and Hispanic, and working-age people with disabilities. A large portion of unbanked households are already skimping on basic necessities such as soap, heat, and medication, including their children’s medication. Forcing them to pay more to cash their checks would make a dire situation worse.”

Businesses like Currency Exchanges charge fees to cash checks, a solution that for some is the only way to receive their paychecks. The Rauner administration has proposed an increase in the maximum allowable rate that can be charged for check-cashing services. In response to a request from Sen. Collins and other activists, a state regulatory committee ruled today to delay consideration of the rate hike. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration proposed this rate hike following a request by the currency exchange industry.

Sen. Collins also spoke about her legislation, Senate Bill 2433, the Check Cashing Fairness Act. The legislation would cut and cap the rates on certain types of checks such as public assistance checks.

Brent Adams of the Woodstock Institute also spoke about research arguing against the burden a rate increase would place on consumers, whose median household incomes have declined since 2005.

“The bottom line is that the population expected to pay for this rate increase simply cannot afford it,” Adams said. “How long has it been since consumers had a ‘rate increase?’ When I say a rate increase for consumers, of course, I mean an increase in wages and/or income that would enable them to absorb a check-cashing rate hike without cutting into necessary expenses such as rent, gas, and prescriptions.”

Collins is the chair of the Senate Financial Institutions Committee. Senate Bill 2433 has been introduced in the Senate and details of it can be viewed here. More information about the Woodstock Institute’s check cashing rate research can be viewed here.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman to Hold a Vote on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

Posted by Admin On February - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
Now’s your chance to advance sentencing reform in Congress

On Thursday, February 15, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley will hold a vote on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. The legislation seeks to check the federal government’s harsh sentencing structure frequently applied to convictions for nonviolent drug offenses. You can help advance the legislation by contacting your senators today.

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act gives judges greater flexibility in sentencing below a mandatory minimum in low-level cases and curbs outsized sentences – including life without parole – for nonviolent and non-serious drug crimes. Importantly, several of the bill’s provisions will allow some current prisoners to petition for retroactive relief, including 3,100 people still incarcerated under the old 100 to 1 crack cocaine disparity.

The legislation does contain counterproductive provisions, including the creation of two new mandatory minimums for other offenses, and a sentencing enhancement for trafficking of heroin laced with fentanyl. We have researched the sentencing increases and determined that the overall impact will be minimal. We believe supporting this bipartisan compromise will be an important incremental approach to advancing justice for many thousands of people.

Please join us in advocating for passage of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act by contacting your senators and asking for their support.

To learn more:

  • Read The Sentencing Project’s letter endorsing the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
  • Read the recent Washington Post op-ed highlighting the importance of the retroactivity provisions in the bill by Kara Gotsch, Director of Strategic Initiatives.
The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.Sign up for our updates here.

CTU Endorses Kwame Raoul for Illinois Attorney General

Posted by Admin On February - 8 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

State senator’s commitment to elect representative school board for Chicago, support for collective bargaining and opposition to school closings cinch endorsement for CTU members


CHICAGO, ILThe Chicago Teachers Union endorsed Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul in his campaign to serve as Illinois’ next attorney general, in a gathering that included current and retired teachers and allies.

“Senator Raoul has been a rock-solid advocate of an elected representative school board for the City of Chicago and for collective bargaining rights for workers, and he has consistently raised concerns about school closings as an attack on the viability of disenfranchised neighborhoods and the basic rights of students and parents,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “We can count on Kwame to put the people’s business and the people’s needs front and center as attorney general, something we simply could not expect from some of the other candidates vying for this office. We’re proud to support him.”

Raoul has served as state senator of Chicago’s 13th District on the city’s South Side for the last 13 years, where he’s been a champion of issues that include criminal justice reform, pre-school and early childhood education, and garnering the right of Chicagoans to elect their own school board members, just as every other school district in the state does—a right that continues to be denied to Chicago voters.

“Kwame has consistently demonstrated his belief in workers’ rights and voting rights,” said Hubbard High School teacher Ben Coyle, who chairs the Union’s legislative committee. “He is committed to protecting both the families who depend on public education and the union educators, clinicians and paraprofessionals who are the backbone of our school communities.”

“After a vigorous review of all the candidates for A.G., we are proud to endorse him,” Coyle added.

CTU President Karen Lewis also expressed her unequivocal support for Raoul in a statement:

“Kwame believes in fairness—for our children, our families, our public workers and all of Illinois’ residents. He cares deeply about the rights and needs of Black students across the city, and as the child of immigrant parents, he’s also committed to the needs of immigrant students and families. As Illinois’ highest ranking legal advocate, he’ll advocate for fair treatment for the city’s Black educators, who have seen their numbers decimated by school closures and so-called ‘turnarounds.’ He’ll put the needs of public schoolchildren front and center in his agenda. He’s the candidate we need in the age of Trump and Rauner’s attacks on moderate-income and poor families, and for all of our state’s schoolchildren

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctunet.com.

NAACP’s “Real State of Our Union” Refuted Trump’s Misleading Claims, Rallied Black Community to Vote in November

Posted by Admin On February - 6 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
BALTIMORE – On the night of President Trump’s first State of the Union Address, NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, hosted its own rebuttal, “The Real State of Our Union,” hosted by acclaimed journalist, Roland Martin.In direct response to President Trump’s racism, detachment and disinterest towards African-Americans and immigrants, many in the advocacy community gathered at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. to have a candid and forthright conversation about the true politics of Trump’s first year in office.While President Trump rallied for a wall on the border and credited his presidency for the drop in the Black unemployment rate, panelists at “The Real State of Our Union” called attention to key Trump policies that plague the Black community: voter suppression, an unequal criminal justice system, and the ostracizing of immigrants. The powerhouse panel urged participants to wield their power in the polls this November, using the midterm elections as a means to steer the country back on the course towards freedom and equality for all.“We have to be steadfast on our course of resistance,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “Our right to vote, the quality of our children’s educations, and so much more is at risk. We must stay focused.” Bringing attention to the Trump administration’s repeated attempts at voter suppression and the need for the Black community to participate in the midterm elections, Johnson said, “In a democracy, our vote is our currency. We must protect it with everything we have and use it at every turn.”Adding to Johnson’s call for Black civic engagement, Tiffany Loftin of the National Education Association added, “We must support candidates that stand with our families and our communities. Skip the coffee in the morning and donate to a black woman running for office.”Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, chimed in on the issue saying, “I am deeply troubled by the wedge the President has placed throughout the country. Our unity at the polls can help close it.” Clarke also drew attention to another area of concern: the stark lack of diversity in the court system.  Clarke said, “We can’t turn a blind eye to what this administration is doing to the court system in this country. 91 percent white; 81 percent male.”

With the sting of President Trump’s recent racist remarks towards immigrants of African descent still in the air, Johnson reminded participants of the importance of immigration and the significance of DACA’s promise to protect America’s most vulnerable residents – a promise that must be kept. Panelists encouraged people to urge Congress to fight for a Clean DREAM Act.

By the close of the event, it was clear that the one antidote to President Trump’s penchant for divisive policies, tactics and rhetoric, is to vote in the November midterm elections. “In this moment, we have got to be clear it’s movement time,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. “We’ve got to take action every single day.”

Supporters can take action by texting “NAACP” to 40649 to take the NAACP’s pledge to vote.

National Urban League President Responds to President Trump’s Criticism of National Anthem Protests

Posted by Admin On September - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s criticism of athletes who symbolically protest by kneeling during the National Anthem: 


“Rather than disparaging Colin Kaepernick and other athletes in vulgar terms, President Trump should be addressing the systemic racism and police brutality that inspire their protests. Kapernick and others are part of a long American tradition of sports as a force for social change, including Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali,  Tommie Smith and John Carlos, and Billie Jean King. Standing up – or kneeling down – for our ideals is the most patriotic of acts. We support the right of all athletes to free speech, and urge the President to pay more attention to the reason for their concerns rather than the manner in which they express them.”

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Black Boys Abused at Florida School Want Compensation

Posted by Admin On August - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Black men who were used as modern day slaves, abused, and raped at Arthur G. Dozier Reform School want compensation and reparations

Antoinette Harrell & Johnny Lee Gaddy Researching at the Florida State Archives

Kentwood, LA (BlackNews.com) — Peonage Researcher and Peonage Detective Antoinette Harrell has spent the past five years researching peonage that took place at the infamous Arthur G. Dozier Reform School in Marianna, searching for a lead that could confirm that peonage practices took place in the state operated school campus.

The Florida School for Boys, also known as the Arthur G. Dozier for Boys was a reform school operated by the state of Florida in the panhandle town of Marianna, from January 1, 1900, to June 30, 2011. According the Harrell’s peonage research, the average daily population by month showed that there were more black boys at the school than white boys. The school remained segregated until 1967.

Between the years 1903 and 1913, six legislative investigative committees were formed to investigate the school and found that children as young as five years were shackled with irons and chains, children were hired out for labor and unjustly beatings. In the early years of the school the boys were hired out to work along with the State of Florida convicts and forced to work with hardened criminals.

They were hired out to pick cotton on surrounding farms. In 1906, the school built a brick-making machine, which could produce 20,000 bricks per day. The students made enough bricks to sell to the residents of Marianna. Other produce and lumber was sold to people throughout the Marianna community.

In the year of 1966, the school made $127,030.30, from the boys labor. The general farm produce report can be found in the Florida State Archives. Every division was reported monthly; dairy, poultry, produce, livestock, lumber and, swine can be found in these monthly reports. This is just two items pulled from the Farm Transfer and Sales Reports on February 1963; 10,300 feet of lumber sold for $669.50. From the poultry report, 3,180 dozen of eggs valued at $1,304.12 was sold. In 1966, the school made a total of $127,030.30.

The school’s sawmill was capable of turning out 5,000 feet of lumber a day. The lumber will be used in minor construction and repairs at the school, as quoted by Mr. Mitchell in the 1957 Yellow Jacket newspaper. “I saw the trucks coming in and out to pick the lumber. We stacked the lumber on the trucks and they left,” said Gaddy. Harrell asked Johnny Lee Gaddy a former student at the school in 1957, if he knew the names of the trucking companies, he told Harrell that he did not know the names.

At the age of twelve, Gaddy was driving a tractor with logs to the sawmill. He stated that black boys as young as six and seven years old were cutting heavy lumber such as 2×4 and so forth. Once the boys cut the logs, Gaddy would haul the log to the sawmill for the black boys to cut into lumber. Gaddy saw the trucks and trailers coming in to pick up the lumber once it was processed.

Harrell interviewed Robert Straley, a 70 year old white male who was sent to the reform school in 1963 at the age of thirteen, he was and release in 1964. Straley informed Harrell that he worked in the hospital as a hospital boy. He said he considers himself lucky to get the job considering he wasn’t working in the sun doing all labor work with concrete, brick and mortal work, and carpentry. “I helped the doctor with take stool and urine samples, the nurse would give me the needle over the counter and I would give the white boys shots,” said Straley.

“The black boys did the most of the farm work said,” said Straley. Most of the white boys had access to hospital jobs, carpentry, auto repair, paint shops, and electronic.

Harrell hopes that Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg and Rep. Tracy Davis, D-Jacksonville reviews the records that indicate the amount of money that was made off the sweat and labor of the boys. During the operation of the reform school millions of dollars were made from the livestock that the boys raised and slaughtered, sugar cane cut and process to make cane syrup, timber they cut and processed into lumber, agricultural they planted and harvest.

Harrell will write a letter to Sen. Darryl Rouson and Rep Tracy Davis asking them to review the annual financial records of the produce, livestock, timber, and poultry, dairy of the school before any compensation agreement is made.

Rouson will sponsor a bill to give money to more than 400 black and white men who are now seniors, who said they were beaten and sexually abused. Several black men had stated that were used as modern day slaves at the infamous Arthur G. Dozier for boys. Rep Tracy Davis, D-Jacksonville, will be the House sponsor.

“All annual financial reports and statements should be analyzed and taken into consideration before a settlement decision can be reached,” said Harrell.

Harrell can be reached at 504-858-4658 or by email at peonagedetective@gmail.com

Peonage Researcher: Antoinette Harrell & Johnny Lee Gaddy Researching at the Florida State Archives
Photo Credit: Walter Black, Sr.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not of CopyLine Magazine.



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