Union Station Homeless Community Evicted

Union Station Homeless Community Evicted

March 10th, 2016 – WASHINGTON, DC – “More than a dozen people who had sought refuge next to Union Station were evicted from their encampment under the H Street overpass on Thursday morning. The effort was coordinated by the office of Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services (DMHHS) Brenda Donald on behalf of Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Cleanup efforts began promptly at 10 a.m., but city and nonprofit outreach workers arrived hours earlier to connect camp residents with various homeless services. They worked tirelessly to help prepare campers for the move by cleaning, packing and labeling their belongings.

The number of residents and tents at the Union Station camp fluctuated over the past few months, with as many as 19 counted in February. At the time of Thursday’s cleanup, there were approximately 14 tents and 12 residents, according to Michael Czin, Communications Director for Mayor Bowser’s office.**”

“The destruction of people’s lives as city employees rushed to erase and “disappear” these people for Muriel Bowser’s so called safer and stronger DC. Lack of a decent living wage, the destruction of housing for working class people, the closing of shelters, doubling and tripling of rents and more are just some of the many tactics that are being used to push Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples out of Washington.***”

** Written by Michael Brice-Saddler

*** Written by Ebony Outlaw

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Upstream from the Hoover Dam

Clark County, NV

Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover.

Morgan State University Homecoming – Jail Killer Cop David Lewis

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[L to R] Me with the West Family

(Baltimore, MD) – October 18, 2014 – the West Coalition, Baltimore Public Safety Collective, and various other grassroots organizations assembled in front of the Northeast Baltimore Police District, calling for the suspension of multiple Violent repeat offenders from the district.

Violent repeat offenders such as Nicholas David Chapman and Jorge Omar Bernardez-Ruiz (from the plainclothes “Special Enforcement Section” unit) should have been suspended after they illegally stopped, beat, and arrested MSU alum Abdul Salaam on July 1, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqJkOIMAhcQ

However they were not, and 17 days later, less than five blocks away, the same offenders went on to beat Tyrone West to death on July 18, 2013. One of the offenders in the beating death of Tyrone West was Morgan State University police officer David Lewis.

David Lewis was the only officer who was not identified throughout the investigation. His identity was discovered over 200 days after Tyrone’s killing, when the West Family obtained the MPIA files. They discovered that David Lewis refused to be interrogated by the State’s Attorney’s Office during the investigation. However, one of the officers who did cooperate gave a statement saying “David Lewis had been sitting on Mr. West’s back for over two minutes after he had been cuffed, until his face turned gray and stopped breathing.“

Still, David Lewis was not suspended or prosecuted and remains on active duty. As are Nicholas David Chapman, Jorge Omar Bernardez-Ruiz and many others in the city of Baltimore district and city.

The West Coalition and Baltimore Public Safety Collective mobilized to raise awareness among the Morgan State community and asked them to join the petitioning for Morgan State University’s President David Wilson, to fire Killer Cop David Lewis. Also for Officer Lewis to apologize to the Family of Tyrone West for his inaction.

National March on the White House: Stop the Massacre in Gaza!

A mother plays with her daughter near the end of the protest

(Washington, DC) – August 2nd, 2014 – Thousands of people from all over the country came to the nations capital to condemn the Israeli massacre in Gaza. They started out with speakers in Lafayette Park (across the street from The White House), as well as other activities that went on throughout the park. Prior to the march taking off there were a small group of counter-protestors via police barricade. They were escorted out shortly after. From there Pro-Palestinian protestors took the streets and headed towards the Washington Post.

When the protestors arrived back at The White House, there was a peaceful sit-in in the street on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Police forces brought in horses to break up the crowd. Some people got hurt during that time, not hospitalizations. Two arrests took place but as of right now one person is currently released.

In conclusion: Israel receives $4 billion in “aid” from the United States each year. This money is being used to commit war crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza. More than 1,500 people in Gaza have been killed and more than 8,000 have been wounded from Israeli bombs and missiles. This has to end!

Counter Protest of Israel Solidarity Rally

(Pittsburgh, PA) – July 27th, 2014 – About 45 people came to protest the attacks on Gaza and the Palestinian people at the Jewish Community Center (JCC). In the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, about 300 pro-Israeli’s packed the JCC to support and hear religious and political leaders that support these killings. Not to mention Israel’s illegal usage of gases, the bombing of hospitals, schools, homes and UN shelters. As the death toll has reached 1,000 Palestinians in just under 3 weeks, activists rallied to demonstrate that public opinion has changed. They believe that the populous of Pittsburgh is educated and will be swayed no longer by Israeli hate and “self defense” rhetoric. While they pummel, rob, punish and suppress the people of Palestine.

Return of S.I.N. (Service, Industry, Night) Features

Shad Ali performing

Shad Ali began writing creatively at age 9. Experimenting with poetry in personal journal entries, he found it to be a self-rewarding form of expression. Persisting to work on this hobby, his writing has become recognized as a developing talent.

A passion for music has passed through Shad’s family tree. His father, an avid fan of jazz, can be credited for Shad’s soft spoken delivery of lyrics and his knack for an often jazzy selection of hip-hop instrumentals. His dedication to the pen and notepad expanded upon being introduced by an older sibling to many of the genres most praised lyricists. It was at this time, during his teenage years, that Shad’s curiosity guided him as a student of lyricism. He began researching the structure and usage of the words and stories told by varying artists.

The ladies of 1156 brought back all 7 features that have performed at the S.I.N open mic. With special performances by: Hubbs, C.H.R.I.S., Jon Quest, Vaig, Blak Rapp Madusa, Parker Webb and Shad Ali.

S.I.N (Service, Industry, Night) is an open mic on the second Sundays of every month at Howlers Coyote Cafe located at 4509 Liberty Ave Pittsburgh PA 15224. With a promise of a host, a DJ, and a band they allow the artist to choose whatever outlet they need to perform. It also has a monthly feature, that is chosen from the vast hip hop community. The feature and allowing performers to perform to their own music is what sets this open mic from the rest. SIN was created by 1156 Artist Management Company. Whose soul purpose is to “create and implement innovative management for performing and visual art professionals.”

https://soundcloud.com/shad_ali

@ShadAli_

Welcome Home Celebration & Fundraiser for Eddie Conway

Marshall Eddie Conway speaking

(Baltimore, MD) Mr. Conway was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence. At the time of his arrest and trial, he was a prominent member of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, the militant black-rights organization that was the principal focus of COINTELPRO, the FBI’s illegal “counterintelligence program.” The FBI, under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover, surveilled and infiltrated Black Panther chapters from coast to coast, disrupting their organizing activities, often with violence.

The prosecution alleged Conway was behind the fatal shooting of Baltimore police officer Donald Sager. The case hinged on the testimony of a police officer and a jailhouse informant, who claimed Conway described the crime while they were sharing a cell. Former Baltimore NAACP President Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, a longtime supporter of Conway’s, told The Baltimore Sun: “This was when the COINTEL program was at its height. … They did not have a witness who saw him there. They had no fingerprints or evidence there. They basically convicted him on the basis of what we now call an informant.” A global movement grew calling for Conway’s release. In 2001, the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution asking the Maryland governor to pardon him.

Conway’s arrest happened a full year before a group of anti-war activists broke into the FBI field office in Media, PA., and took thousands of pages of classified FBI documents and released them to the press. The word “COINTELPRO” was exposed for the first time.

One of Conway’s attorneys for more than 20 years, Bob Boyle, explained: “Mr. Conway’s trial took place in January of 1971. The break-in at the office in Media, Pennsylvania, which led to the disclosures concerning COINTELPRO, did not occur until April of 1971. So Eddie went to trial at a time when COINTELPRO was still active and the jury did not know that there was this campaign to neutralize the leadership and the organization of the Black Panther Party.”

It was in this environment that the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party was created. Conway had been in the U.S. Army in Germany and was bound for Vietnam. Then, in the summer of 1967, he saw a photo of the riots in Newark, N.J. and said, “They put armored personnel carriers in the center of the black community, and they pointed .50 caliber machine guns at about 25 or 30 black women standing on a corner … something was wrong with that picture, and I could probably come home and help join some efforts to reform that.”

He joined the NAACP, and he joined CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality). He continued: “I looked at all the different organizations, and the Black Panther Party represented at least a serious attempt to start feeding the children, to start educating the population, to start organizing health care and stuff like that. So I joined and started working with them.”

What Conway didn’t know was that the Baltimore chapter of the Panthers was actually created by a police infiltrator. Conway became suspicious of one of the local Black Panther leaders. He told me: “There was a defense captain named Warren Hart, he worked for the National Security Agency. … I was instrumental in exposing him after a lengthy investigation, and he fled the country.” Not long after exposing the agent, Conway was arrested for the charges that ultimately landed him in prison for close to 44 years.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/3/6/44_years_a_prisoner_the_case