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OpEd: Here’s to This Flag of Mine

Posted by Admin On March - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

                                                          By Dr. Sunni Ali


Why should African Americans celebrate allegiance to the U.S. Flag?


Many people argue that the long history of slavery, Jim Crow, and racism alone entitles black people’s exemption away from pledging their allegiance to this nation’s flag.


From President Trump’s recent harsh statement toward National Football League players’ refusal to stand during the National Anthem to NFL owners and politicians’ perspectives over this issue, generations of black folk since the time of Frederick Douglass and the black emigrate movements of the1820s questioned their patriotism.


The powerful lesson of Colin Kaepernick is similar to that of a patriot, a person who sacrifices themselves fighting injustice and unfairness to birth change. Since its conception, America has needed patriots around to demand that equality and equity become common for all people living in this nation.


Kaprenick’s refusal to stand during the National Anthem served as notice to the nation it is not living up to its creed, which struck a chord for people choosing to ignore the current racial issues shaking up the American landscape such as, the unjustifiable police homicides of black civilians.


The history of having patriots, rebels, and intellectuals apply rhetoric, civil protest, and rebellion helped progress America. Yet as perplexed, challenged, and complicated American history has been toward African Americans, their loyalty and honor toward the American flag continues to celebrate an abundant country they helped make possible while arguing for more progressive change to improve a nation.


Hence the title of text, Here’s to This Flag of Mine springs forth from Marcus Garvey’s Black Nationalist Song, written by his wife, Amy Jacques Garvey, which provides a metanarrative of the African American experience dealing with the challenges paying homage to a nation’s flag.


Such arguments emerged through the 20th Century between W.E.B. Dubois and Marcus Garvey as well as Malcolm X and Dr. King Jr. Despite this, majority of African Americans continue to believe in the hopes, dreams, and values America promises.


The significance of African American’s patriotic debate is also rooted to W.E.B. Dubois’ Double Consciousness Theory that says African Americans harbor a divided soul living in America; they struggle with being African and American while paying homage to both.


Especially considering the magnificent contributions blacks have made to the nation before its conception. Indeed, African people have helped to develop the Americas as far back as 700 A.C.E.


Hence, the journey of African Americans goes beyond the pages of any history textbook or lesson that emphasize a narrative of chattel slavery. African Americans have been the scientists, mathematicians, architects, artisans, domestic engineers, horticulturalists, agrarian specialists, and soldiers for a nation that marginalized their existence. Thereby blacks’ loyalty or patriotism should never be questioned.


Here’s To A Flag of Mine celebrates the struggles, successes, and challenges imposed onto African Americans fighting to improve their second-class status. A history that deserves reparations and appreciation as America transitions beyond the 21st Century.


Curse Inflicted: From Slavery To Sex Trade

Posted by Admin On March - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
By Ebonique Harrison

As Black History month begins many people think of others who have paved the way for blacks and others in America. To have freedom, liberty and justice were not just given to blacks, it was fought for and blacks are still fighting for equality.


As society think of black women in black history, brings acknowledgement of Oprah Winfrey referencing Recy Taylor in her great speech when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes Awards. Oprah mentioning her legacy brought worldwide attention to the past, the history of women in America to the #Me Too Movement. Shining light on her story brought many at home watching to tears. The story of Recy Taylor is that she was walking home from church and suddenly abducted at gun point and raped by a group of six white men in 1944. The white men took her into their car to a secluded area. She was threatening to be killed and she thought they were going to kill her, but they let her walk home in fear. She survived the traumatic, sexual violence event, and she reported it to law enforcement right away. She stood up. She spoke up as many women never have the courage to do, because of fear of losing their life. She didn’t remain silent and used her voice for herself and all the other women who were afraid to use theirs. The sheriff sought after the suspects who committed the crime, but no arrest was made. Her house was firebombed at night, and she and her family moved to her father’s house. Many of the men had denied the rape while 4 of them confessed in doing it consensually. Our historic Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks of the NAACP stepped in to bring exposure to her case. Sadly, she didn’t receive any justice in the court of law in Alabama. Two grand juries declined to indict the men. She eventually separated from her husband and moved to Florida with one child. She partnered with another man but didn’t have any more children because the vicious sexual assault left her infertile.


Those times were fragile, and many black women never saw any justice to sexual misconduct. With the women’s movement taking place in America and during Black History Month, a salute goes to honor all the black women for their strength, perseverance and desire to have their voices heard. The debut book Curse Inflicted: From Slavery to the Sex Trade examines black women in history to present day and the sexual harassment, sexual violence and sex trafficking that often takes place.


Crime and violence are so prevalent in black women lives and Recy Taylor storygives birth for other women to continue to fight the fight. The criminal justice systemneeds to be reformed, and so does criminalizing sex trafficking victims. The newlyreleased book Curse Inflicted, will discuss the reasons why all of this sexual misconduct takes place in black women lives and how they can stop it.


An Open Letter to President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress: War’s Hell!

Posted by Admin On October - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

By Rev. Dr. Harold Bailey

President and Founder of Probation Challenge & the PCC Network



Without question, the ‘repulsive intention’ of WAR is HELL!  With war declared by these Not So United States, the first to defend the front lines are ‘generally’ African American and Hispanic youth!  The U.S. Army infantry is ‘generally’ reserved for those who lack the completion of an educational or acceptable skill.  However, prime duties are ‘generally’ reserved for recruits who have acquired and exceled in training. I reiterate, the first into battle are ‘generally’ those who are affiliates of the U.S. Army Infantry, who are habitually blacks and hispanices, followed by some whites!


Enough Said?


With the President daily tweeting subliminal messages that often include a subordinate suggestion of war – I shudder to reason that the Commander-in-Chief is void of history!  I prayerfully recommend that there be no contemplation to send United States youth to war established on unfamiliar hypotheses… which are undergirded with hatred for another country on hazardous impulses!


Educated citizens of this country who were afforded an educational opportunity can discern the authentic motive for war—and not that which has been spewed upon us.  Educators and historians have well authenticated that war was profitable for some and not others.


Noticeable political entanglements on numerous political fronts are unfolded daily before a world who humorously smirks at us… The unsettling mocking of this country signifies that there is malignance in our U.S. Government which has become an embarrassment to the Nation!


I’ve become perturbed as U.S. adolescence were intellectually taught that those entrusted with leadership were elevated to such positions to serve as role-models, however some governmental personalities have fallen from the Grace of God – to serve only themselves and not their Health-Care Constituents.


And, as youth succumb to minor drug misdemeanor they are questionably sentenced to what seems as an eternal life in the waiting rooms to hell – which is jail!  The dire political query becomes; what are the consequences for those guilty of governmental acts of fraudulence?


As the world observes… they have noted envy in the eyes of the President Donald Trump, who ferociously seeks to discredit and unravel ‘constructive procedures’ that typifies eminent accomplishments by those who’ve taken political philosophies to heights as none before! These asinine displays of hatred have brought about blatant acts of stupidity in effort to replace acts of intelligence with an over-aggression of ignorance!


Releasing of Mr. Trumps sublime tweets across the Internet identifies hate, fear and division.  Authenticated Christians, undeniably know this spirit of fear, confusion and uncertainties only come to: Rob, Steal, Kill and Destroy Righteousness!  These undertakings symbolize an evil spirit direct from the Pit-of-Hell.


Mr. Donald Trump and Members of Congress: It has been spelled-out and is unequivocally clear that biasness and racism from the White House has now extended into many congressional districts simply because of fear – fear of this president and of losing an election! Fear is not of God and Politics over humans is unacceptable!


With ambiguous dialogue between President Donald Trump, United States and Kim Jong Un, North Korea, it appears that Mr. Trump is without qualms in creating war rather than coherent dialog!


It is to be noted that not a child of the president or congressional members will serve in battle!  Meanwhile those who sacrifice their precious children will them lose to war – The President’s Provoked War! 


President and Congress of these Not So United States … shall have to answer to a higher power for the insanities that are presently seeking to form under the cloak of political darkness.


I ‘respectfully’ serve spiritual notice to the entire Congressional-body that youth nor elders are yours … their humanities belong to God!


Honorable Servants of the People who sit in leadership, I beg-of-you to bow your knees to whomever your immortal is and query if decisions to include innocent youth into a game-of-war is righteous!  I plead that the ‘God of Creation’ will open understandings and that all concerned will not mishandle citizens for selfish anxieties.


Politicians who Shepard God’s flock Shall answer for contrived acts against the ‘Nonviolent and Peaceable God’ of the Heavens and Earth.




It’s Apparent President Donald John Trump has Consuming Malice Regarding Former President Barack Obama!

Posted by Admin On March - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

By Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey

Founder & CEO, Probation Challenge & the PCC Network

“It’s apparent President Donald John Trump has consuming malice regarding former President Barack Obama! Also, noted are President Trumps malicious behaviors causing spiritual conflicts coupled with extremist rebellion around the world. Sources of faith based communities believe President Donald Trump’s conduct to be demonic with criminal intent.”

It’s quite evident that there is a personal vindictiveness going on with the United States President Donald John Trump! There’s something apparently deviously troubling this autocrat as it relates to former President Barack Obama, and if Mr. Trump is not careful his compulsion to destroy others will eventually swallow him up in pride! And, pride comes before the fall!

President Barack Obama and his family proceeds gracefully into the sun-set of their lives not looking back at the White House where he governed without a hint of a scandal! However, on the slippery-slop of reality, massive day-to-day scandals continue surfacing with Mr. Trump and a dubious administration!

While in the mist of Trump’s false accusations and biased name calling, president Obama progresses onward without casting any aspersions!

Trump has suffered administrative failures one-after-another, yet continues to point blames at others, while continuing to place at the top of his agenda – an assignment to devour President Obama. Is it simply because the revered President Obama, was president for not a select body of individuals but governed thoroughly for all the people!

On the flipside of this reality show presentation, Donald Trump sources have stated that he behavior’s as an individual who is with a demonic spirit. This new way of the president’s doing things are unbecoming a leader of the free-world.

In the U.S. history, various personalities from around the world have always watched America with an admiration – wanting to follow in the foot-steps of these United States and its principles. The U.S. then represented honesty and values coupled with respectable leadership – others sought to emulate us! Now, What Has Now Taken the Place of Trust and Honesty?

Mr. Donald Trump for the first time in the history of this country has desecrated the memory of those who fought in all wars for freedom and the dignity and safety of this county. Those admiring us came from distant lands to these native shores based on a thing called love. However, Mr. Trump playing god, has with distant lifted his arrogant voice of authority to declare as to who can and cannot visit these shores. Ah, but God has a master plan for this gentleman!

I’ve lived long enough to deem Mr. Trump’s behavior as the works of a racist! Or, could it be the actions of a bigot who has little else to think of while he’s temporary sitting on the seat of authority… knowing spiritually, it is merely a matter of time!

Well, in the scriptures it is stated that Lucifer is going to and through the earth seeking who he can devour … devour especially those who have lived in the likeness of Christ, knowing the disciples of Christ would have an impact on those desiring to do good.

It’s rather difficult to conceive how tons of bible reading, church-believers have been taken- in by the world’s offering of those bearing: deceit, hate, confusion, and only come to; rob, steal and will destroy! These negative along with other offerings are brought to the people in pretends of peace on the lips … but not in the heart! This spirit which comes to deceive is real and will fool the very elect – if possible!

A former politician who many say represents yet another with an evil-spirt – speaks of WAR! The scriptures speak of many Anti-Christ (s) but in the latter days there would be a strong one, and would be a deceiver!

The Holy Scriptures tell us that there will be many embodied spirits of Anti-Christs, dwelling among us, however do we yet see that one (1) Anti-Christ who’s seeking to rule with great power? This one (1) is Promised to Be a Liar and Dangerous!

It’s advised that the people of God, read the scriptures and note if this spirit of dissention and confusion be of God!

God is not the author of confusion! Lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge God and He shall direct your path.


For more information, contact: Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge

Chicago: Telephone: 773.978.3706.

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network

Contact: WWW.MRHEB@aol.com





Time to Shine a Light on Perpetrators of Ugly Political Climate

Posted by Admin On March - 29 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

OpEd By Barrington Salmon
As the legal battle continues over President Trump’s executive order barring citizens of certain Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, his allies on the far right have become increasingly emboldened about driving their insensitive and some say “bigoted” agenda.

It is a situation that poses a threat to communities of color around the country – as well as a stark reminder of the work we must continue to do to fight against discrimination, no matter how or where it rears its head.

We can start by shining a light on a loose network of individuals and groups reportedly responsible for the ugly political climate that has enabled President Trump to target people with a wholly un-American policy that amounts to a ban on Muslims.

Case in point: the LA Times and NewsOne have both reported regarding the work of a North Carolina non-profit, Foundation for the Carolinas (FFTC) that casts itself as a “catalyst for charitable good” that is “dedicated to the collective strength of communities.” But that is not the whole story behind the Foundation for the Carolinas. What the group conveniently neglects is that it has also been the source of an alarming amount of funding for this network of hate.

According to the LA Times, the foundation has quietly become one of the top supporters of the groups fueling the acrimonious and dangerous debate playing out nationally over immigration policy. Over the last decade, the foundation has spent a staggering $20 million to fund this network of extreme anti-immigration groups, according to its tax records. For example, just in 2015, Numbers USA, a nonprofit that seeks to reduce U.S. immigration levels, received $3 million from the Foundation.

The foundation’s activities dovetail with the far right anti-immigration agenda of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and senior presidential advisor Steve Bannon. They have already put in motion a plan to help Trump significantly lower the number of immigrants coming to the U.S.

We see daily the impact of the rhetoric these groups employ. These groups divide, rather than unite, us. The values they champion are at odds with the principles and ideals that have made our nation a place where people of different colors, nationalities and creeds coexist.

Now that there has been news of the FFTC’s work to support the sponsors of hate, the FFTC has sought to distance itself from these donations.  We all know the importance of money to drive these efforts.  It’s time that the FFTC put its money where its mouth is and work to leverage the collective strength of our communities rather than sow division.   

I urge you to take a few minutes and read these stories and join the effort to stop forces of discrimination that FFTC is helping unleash.  Consider calling  the Foundation for the Carolinas, attending their annual meeting  later today in Charlotte or reaching out to one of these corporate sponsors and tell them to stop supporting an organization that sponsors hate. 

As these dark forces continue to drive their agenda with the support of a sympathetic Administration in Washington, our voices and work are critical.

Barrington Salmon is a freelance journalist, specializing in political and immigration policy issues pertaining to people of color. He has published in USA Today, Voice of America, the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the Trice Edney News Wire.

Immigration Foes Have Roots In Population Control, Report

Posted by Admin On March - 29 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
While eliciting boos from Democrats, Trump’s immigration orders likely elicited cheers from some deep-pocketed foes.
By Lynette Holloway

When President Donald Trump was booed Tuesday after announcing a new immigration crime office during his State of the Union address, several groups were likely celebrating the news.

Trump, who signed the executive order last month, announced plans to establish a new office to help victims of violence committed by undocumented immigrants, saying, “The office is called VOICE: Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.”

While the announcement elicited boos that echoed throughout the House Chamber, the news likely elicited cheers from a cadre of folks who appear to be foes of immigration, including NumbersUSA, the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Center for Immigration Studies.

The groups, which have worked with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the past, “push for lower immigration levels, and Sessions has worked closely with them to stop legislation advancing a path to citizenship.”

But “the ideological foundation of these groups, dating from a different political era, was more about limiting population than securing the border,” Consider the words of Roy Beck, NumbersUSA Founder and president about the perils of immigration: “The key factor in immigration policy is choosing the right number of authorized immigrants for future years,” he says. “To choose a lower number does not imply anything negative about the immigrants who already are legally in this country. We’re talking about the future number that is best for both U.S.-born and foreign-born citizens.”

Although the group calls itself pro-immigrant, such language reeks of jingoisism and isolationism.

“Every government in the world has the obligation to decide what immigration number is right for the community in its care,” Beck states on the site. “My greatest concern is how the number that is chosen will affect our grandchildren’s grandchildren. Will we condemn them to live packed in a highly regimented country approaching a billion people? Or will we make it possible for them to enjoy the qualities of life we today hold the most dear?”

While most backers of these groups extol altruism, the rhetoric portends a darker message about exclusivity and membership.

The groups have deep pocketed supporters, which does not bode well for advocates of immigration, who usually represent the poor and voiceless.

The Los Angeles Times notes a major supporter of the cause is Fred Stanback Jr., a rich man from Salisbury, North Carolina, who has been a major donor to the Foundation For The Carolinas.

From 2005 to 2014, NumbersUSA, the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Center for Immigration Studies received nearly $12 million from the Foundation For The Carolinas, a philanthropic group that is widely respected for its donations to church programs, homeless shelters, and museums, the newspaper reports. “Grants also went to other immigration restriction groups, like Californians for Population Stabilization, along with millions for population control and environmental groups,” the Times writes.
All of this is coming against the backdrop of President Trump’s immigration raids that are creating deep anxiety and concern in communities of color.

The question is, are deep-pocketed immigration foes hiding their intentions behind charitable donations? Let us know your thoughts in comments.

Are Policie Reacting Stereotypes or Responding Individuals?

Posted by Admin On November - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

By Bobby F. Kimbrough, Jr.
Police Making Arrest

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – For the last 55 years of my life before I was ever Blue I was Black. Undeniably black. While spending 30 years in law enforcement, before I was ever recognized as a Senior Special Agent with the U.S. Department Justice, they saw and see a Black man.

Whether I speak to you from a perspective of a seasoned Law Enforcement Expert or an extremely proud Black Man born and raised in the 60s I must give you what is true. The truth is there are times when the police deal with the stereotype instead of the individuals. There are indeed times when those on the inside of the system must ask themselves, Are we doing what is RIGHT or what is WHITE? Conversely, there are times when the Black man lives up to the stereotype in grand fashion.

In our society we function on the rules of law. Within those rules of law there is a moral justice that circles the universe which exists or gets ignored. African American males become the victim of the stereotypes of a white culture. Whether our adornment is given at birth or dispensed over the counter, we are often stereotyped based on our pigmentation, our style and our decoration. The truth in America, while we are advancing in certain parts of our society, there are areas where we are at a standstill. Stagnate. If law enforcement would be honest, there are still some cities that fall under the good ol boy culture. As one presidential candidate called it locker room talk. This locker room talk goes far beyond gender and shows up in encounters people have with law enforcement professionals. There is a distinct culture in law enforcement. There is undeniably a culture within a culture. Many people know it exists but have no clue the depths of its impact. We know there is racism. There is unbridled hatred. Some do not how expansive it is until they become a victim of it.

As a Black man and a law enforcement expert, I understand the need for one culture. I recognize the need for law enforcement to understand the Black, the Hispanic, Islam. If you look across America to those who protect and serve, the numbers are skewed and it impacts how society is served. Go to an even higher level, federally, the numbers are even more disproportionate to the population. In order for us to change the current atmosphere between law enforcement and communities of color, we have to begin an ongoing dialogue that equips everyone with the knowledge to make sound decisions and take appropriate actions. It is essential to start the consistent training of law enforcement to manage their emotions when they come face to face with the stereotypes embedded in their minds. It is imperative that we teach children at the youngest ages in our school systems how to interact with law enforcement officers. It is the things we do not know that harm us and jeopardize our lives.

The Truth: 1. We must know the system. 2. We must prepare for the fact that the system has issues. 3. We must realize that sometimes the system reacts to the stereotype and not the individual. Moving forward armed with knowledge is the only way to disarm and alter the system.

Bobby F. Kimbrough, Jr. is a retired Senior Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Justice. He is the author of “Surviving the Stop“, a law enforcement analyst, security expert and keynote speaker. Contact him at bobby.kimbrough@bfk.inc.com.



Posted by Admin On November - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

By Jim Smith Jr., CSP
Jim Smith, Jr

Get Ready For a Makeover – Heal the World

Anger, insult and disdain have become more prevalent than hope, harmony and togetherness this past year. Discord has been the lay of the land on both sides of the fence. Some have felt a sense of helplessness and others have acted like the end was near. So how do we begin to turn the tide and refocus?

We need to come together as a community. We need to stop bickering and start building. We need to eliminate unproductive patterns and focus on providing an amazing blueprint for our children to follow and replicate. We need to turn our obstacles into opportunities and our problems into possibilities. We need to forgive and move forward. The world is ready for a makeover! And it starts with YOU.

Five Tools to Remedy Post Election Blues:

  1. Breathe: Dedicate 30 minutes each day to just be still and exhale. During that time unplug all technology and think about what you can contribute to better yourself and community. Everyone can make a contribution to bringing about change in their own personal space.
  2. Eliminate Right-Fighting: Being right is not always right. Take responsibility and accountability for your future, but remember to eliminate red-zone thinking, responding and behavior. Build connections by seeking to understand the other persons point of view.
  3. Share: Develop (a list) and personally share with others what youre going to do to help OUR country heal. Create three columns on your list (i.e., What, How and Why). This process opens the door for collaborative efforts.
  4. Connect: Use social media to encourage others to help with the healing process.
  5. Heal: Take the Help with the Healing Challenge. For 21 consecutive days only post positive comments and pictures on social media (or create short Help with the Healing positive video messages).

Jim Mr. Energy Smith, Jr., CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is a lightning rod in the personal development and motivational world. As the Founder, CEO and President of Jim Smith Jr. International, he has started a personal power revolution to help individuals and organizations, around the globe, dramatically transform into the best versions of themselves. He has taken this message to 15 countries. Jim has authored three books. “The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws At You” was nominated for a NAACP Image Award. He has the rare ability to walk the line between direct and encouraging. When it comes to personal empowerment, leadership, presentation and facilitation Jim helps take your skills beyond the next level. www.jimsmithjrintl.com


Some Are Expecting Us to Stay Home on Election Day… Let’s Prove Them Wrong

Posted by Admin On November - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS


Op-Ed By Glynda C. Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen
(TriceEdneyWire.com) -With a few days left until Election Day some are speculating what the overall turnout will be among Black women.

Black women were among the most active voters in the 2008 and 2012 elections.  In fact, Black women make up 6.3 percent of the total U.S. voting age population, but represented 9 percent of the 2012 and 2014 electorate due to their higher voter turnout.

Over the past several election cycles, Black women have demonstrated that their robust involvement is an absolutely essential foundation of any winning coalition.

Black women’s participation in the last two Presidential elections transcended just showing up at the polls and voting.  A closer look at our involvement reveals that voting was just the beginning. The Obama for America strategy provided meaningful tools of engagement -from hosting house parties to organizing virtual phone banks and door-knocking opportunities.

The effectiveness of the campaign’s engagement, investment and tailored messaging resulted in a surge in Black women’s overall engagement.  That participation has not only expanded the electorate of first-time voters, but it has also mobilized a record number of first-time political donors and bundlers.

This crucial post-Obama bridge election presents a movement-building opportunity designed for and by Black women, independent of any particular candidate.

The 2016 election provides an opportunity to harness Black women’s power by turning out the vote. Furthermore, it gives us the opportunity to leverage that voting strength into the power to shape and inform political debates from equal pay and affordable health care to reproductive rights and community safety.

This November’s election results will be determined in large part by the turnout rates among Black women. There are several factors to consider this cycle: Will Black women voters, many who voted for the first time in 2008 and 2012 return to the polls?  Is there an enthusiasm gap among Black women voters? What strategies and messages will motivate Black women’s engagement?

Can we activate this critical 2008 and 2012 voting bloc, turn them out to the polls and motivate them to organize their communities?  The answer is yes!

The late Shirley Chisholm, once said, “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”

This statement rings true today and Black women have a pivotal role to play in helping to move the country forward.  But, we must activate our networks.

History has demonstrated that when you fire up a Black woman she does not go to the polls alone.  She brings her house, her block, her church, her sorority and her water cooler.

According to Nielson, Black women are one of the largest users of social media.  The #BlackWomenVote campaign is tapping into the organizing power of Black women, encouraging them to raise their voices, cast their votes and show their power.

The campaign is engaging Black women vote this election and to mobilize their networks to the polls.   The campaign has tools and resources to help everyday Black women organize their networks from shareable graphics and videos, FaceBook Live events and ‘Share Your Vote Story’ opportunities.

We need you to flex your power and help us move hundreds of thousands of voters to the polls by November 8th.   Join the campaign and help to register your folks to vote, take them to the polls, and discuss the issues and candidates that matter.

Go to www.blackwomenvote.com, where you will find all of the tools, information and planning guides you need to educate yourself and mobilize your network. Some are expecting us to stay home, let’s prove them wrong.

Glynda C. Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen are co- founders of Higher Heights for America, a national organization focused on harnessing black women’s political power and leadership potential. They have organized #BlackWomenVote, a nonpartisan voter-activism campaign which is the leading, independent and trusted voice for Black women leading up to and beyond Election Day 2016, www.BlackWomenVote.com.

Photos (L-R): Glynda C. Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen

Are We Forgetting ‘Central Park Five’ and Mr. Donald Trump?

Posted by Admin On October - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

By Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey

Founder and President, Probation


Mr. Donald Trump the Republican presidential candidate, continues to express his inner feeling regarding these African American and Hispanic youth… saying that he still believes them to be guilty! 

Mr. Donald Trump, the 2016, Republican presidential candidate, caused a stir regarding a statement made on “The Central Park Five”, five former New York City teens, four black and one Latino, who in 1989, were falsely accused of gang-raping a white woman jogging in Central Park.  However, this miss-carriage of justice has altered the lives of five people and their families. It also appears that not many portions of mainstream press continue to press Donald Trump in what has now faded into political darkness.

At the height of what might been a matter halted between the courts and the world-courts of opinions, Trump took out several full-page ads in major New York newspapers which in large print read, “Bring back the death penalty! Bring back our police!”

The falsely accused youth convictions were vacated in 2002, when the real culprit, Matias Reyes, confessed to the attack while serving time for multiple murders; DNA collected at the scene proved a match. At this point all five are now grown men and have served their sentences, ranging from seven to 13 years.

It appeared then as now, that Donald Trump’s sentiments toward African Americans and Hispanics remains the same after twenty-seven long-years! Trump the Republican front contender for the white house, continues to express his inner feeling regarding these youth… saying that he still believes them to be guilty!  He told a prominent news station, “They admitted they were guilty. The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same.” Trump, has yet to truly apologize for much of anything!

Noted filmmaker Ken Burns along with his daughter Sarah Burns made a film called: The Central Park Five, which helped to clear the names of all involved. Their action in turn led the city of New York in 2014 to settle a lawsuit filed against it by the men in 2003, awarding them $41 million.

As blacks are historically subjected everyday to being coerced and forced into admission of guilt…little has changed! These youth were lied on and were also lied to when told that if they implicated someone else they would be able to go home. When they finally did, at their parents’ urging, they not only did not go home, they went to jail for between seven and 13 years.

It is reported that each of their “confessions” had the absence of the sixth person — whose DNA was the only DNA found at the scene.

As the eldest, Korey Wise, sat in jail at a maximum security prison, this sociopathic murderer named Matias Reyes, who because of police incompetence went on to murder other people that very same year — a woman and her unborn child, as well as rape other women — he did confess! His DNA matched the DNA, 13 years old, that they had been sitting on unable to match with anyone else. None of the boys’ statements suggested that there was anyone else at the scene of the crime.

What did Trump do back in 1989 to turn public opinion against these five boys?

At the time, Donald Trump took out full-page ads in all of the New York dailies. These daily newspapers included Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Post and the Daily News … asking them all to bring back the death penalty.  And, with implicit threats of “Second Amendment remedies” he was essentially asking for these boys who were innocent to be executed!  And today, knowing that he was wrong he continues to hold to this complete fabrication! The public should not forget Donald Trump at the polls!  Check the record!

Many Republicans are finding themselves in a quandary following the release of a video in which Donald Trump makes inappropriate remarks about women. Trump is trying to allow his dollars to form a negative impression within the public’s rank that helps in his campaign.

Spiritually speaking I ask a question: If you have determined that evil has invaded your political home/camp, would you allow it to fester and digest the entire body?  If your right-hand offends you the scripture says to – cut it off!  Would or should Christians voters separate from the very appearance of evil as the word of God has suggested?  Again, the bible says ‘It is better to obey God rather than man’.

Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence suggest that he is proud to be with Trump.  Pence, a stated believer in Christ should take note that the scripture clearly says that the believer should avoid the very appearance of evil! Without question there is no fellowship with unbelievers … and… the scriptures declare: How can two walk together unless they agree! Question: Do they (Trump and Pence) agree to disagree?

Voters should remember that it is the same Donald Trump; on most subject matters has a negative history trailing.  Check the record.

After much fuss over immigrants and other crucial issues, it is reported that Trump’s strong views against immigrants contradict his family history! His father’s parents moved to the United States from Kallstadt, Germany in 1885. Trump lied for many years that they originated from Sweden, because he had many Jewish business partners and “it wasn’t a good thing to be German”.  Check the record.

The man running for the highest seat in the land, has over and over again been proven to be a bare-faced lair … and one not to be trusted with the lives of anyone—especially African Americans and Hispanics… Check the record!  After a close examines of the records your vote should now be a matter of having an honorable intent.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey

Founder and President, Probation Challenge

Contact: 773-978-3706.



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