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The Year 2020 Calls For And Most Definitely Demands A Resurgence Of Like MiNDS, Able BODIES And Strong VOICES To Take To The Front Lines To Address, Confront And Deal With Senseless Violence In The Community [Especially Among The Youth]. THE COALITION CONSISTS OF ACTIVISTS, SOCIAL WORKERS, CHURCH MEMBERS, COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE, AUNTS, UNCLES, MOTHERS, FATHERS, SISTERS,

The Year 2020 Calls For And Most Definitely Demands A Resurgence Of Like MiNDS, Able BODIES And Strong VOICES To Take To The Front Lines To Address, Confront And Deal With Senseless Violence In The Community [Especially Among The Youth]. THE COALITION CONSISTS OF ACTIVISTS, SOCIAL WORKERS, CHURCH MEMBERS, COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE, AUNTS, UNCLES, MOTHERS, FATHERS, SISTERS,

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3 Princeton DEI staff members resign, alleging lack of support
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3 Princeton DEI staff members resign, alleging lack of support

3 Princeton DEI staff members resign, alleging lack of support

Three Princeton staff members who were hired to conduct work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion have resigned within the past 15 months and allege a lack of support from the University, an investigation by the ‘Prince’ has found.

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To believe with all our hearts in our people and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

In whatever you strive for have faith in the outcome. Focus your attention and intention on what you desire. Seed positive energy. Live in accordance to universal law. Practice a culture of affluence and abundance. Behave think and exemplify righteousness. Be a leader in your family, community and nation. Work with like minded. Bring into fruition a plan to help other who are less fortunate. Unite for a common cause. Stand for change. Pool resources. Create a new paradigm.

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They won’t be home for the holidays!Remembering Unheralded Police Violence Victims in New Jersey                      by...
12/29/2022

They won’t be home for the holidays!

Remembering Unheralded Police Violence Victims in New Jersey

by Zayid Muhammad



One of the aspects of police violence taking innocent Black and Brown lives is how its trauma rips through the families of those left behind, even in those rare moments when accountability actually happens.

Take for example, from among the more well known cases, such as the Eric Garner case. His mother, the amazing Gwen Carr, has become an incredible beacon of strength for Black and Brown mothers all over the country, but not without paying another price along the way. Her granddaughter, Eric’s daughter, Erica Garner, who was becoming a very vocal presence against police brutality in her own right, died suddenly from a cardiac episode just months after detailing on Democracy Now, an important social justice national news source, how the trauma of her father’s death was affecting her health.

She was only 27 years old...27 years old...And had just given birth to her second child, a son, whom she named after her father, Eric, just a few months before.

That interview has bone chilling, near prophetic dimensions.

Not to be missed is that she suffered her episode on Christmas Eve and passed on December 30th, 2017, in the heart of an already painful ‘holiday’ season.

The Earl Faison case, the most noted case in New Jersey where some measure of accountability took place, saw his fiancée also die not long after his death. She too was quite young.

Earl’s sister, Taaj Williams, in a 20 year retrospective on her brother’s death said very pointedly “that our family goes through this every time another one of these cases happens.”

“Every time”...I restate here with emphasis, because of the continuing litany of police brutality cases that they have been tormented by for over 20 years now. And her brother’s killers, five Orange police officers, did federal time in that case.

More recently in New Jersey, we have the Jerome Reid case...

December 30th, again in the heart of the holiday season, 2014, Jerome is shot and killed with his hands up on videotape by Bridgeton police officer, Braheme Davis, at point blank range in his chest and head. As if that was not enough, we would soon learn that Davis, not only held a grudge against Reid from a past police encounter he had as a teenager, but who also had a competing personal interest in Reid’s former girlfriend. Yet no Jersey prosecutor, in that case from Cumberland County, nor from the federal government later for that matter, saw fit to charge Davis.

Jerome’s mother, Sheila Reid, who already had some health challenges, valiantly became a strong voice against police brutality. She became the ‘soul’ of the Justice Monday protest of the People’s Organization for Progress, a weekly protest that was launched in February 2016, to lift up the cases of Jersey police victims that have not been lifted up in national media, much like this article attempts to do. The Justice Monday protests went on without interruption for nearly 300 Mondays until the Covid Pandemic. Courageous though she be, her health too failed and she passed just away recently without the officer who killed her son on videotape being held accountable.

Other continual instances that sharpen the traumatic dimensions of this kind of loss are the victims’ birth anniversaries, the anniversaries of their tragic deaths, and the point of this article, the holidays when families come together across generations and long distances.

Several New Jersey cases merit spotlighting. In this wave, however, New Jersey has a tool of accountability that it is simply not employing with integrity...It’s Independent Prosecutor’s Bill, signed into law by a nervous Governor Phil Murphy in 2018, a law that puts the investigation of any deaths in police custody in the hands of the Attorney General’s office and takes them out of the hands of the former county-based prosecutorial framework. Murphy was scared to death to sign this bill until a young man named Jameek Lowery was viciously beaten to death in the custody of Paterson police while in a mental health crisis, and the streets of Paterson got hot with protests, even though the bill had already passed both the New Jersey Assembly and Senate.

The bill was stewarded through the New Jersey Legislature by a brave, and at the time, brand new assemblywoman Brittany Timberlake, who explained why she was so determined to get it done in a very pointed way, ‘I’m pushing this bill for my son.’

Unfortunately, since the inception of the bill, the Attorney General has hardly been transparent at all with his investigations and how that office has been dismissing claims against police officers in some cases that scream for something else!

Most recently their dismissal of the case of Hasani Best, for instance. Best was killed in August 2020, a day after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled against Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s groundbreaking Civilian Complaint Review Board ordinance, one that give that city a CCRB with Subpoena Power, the Authority to do Independent and Concurrent Investigations, one that had a social justice based community character and a Disciplinary Matrix police leadership had to abide by.

Best was in a mental health crisis, one in which his situation was actually contained by several Asbury Park police officers, including one who already knew him. He had nothing on him but a butter knife and the authorities had supports better suited to address that kind of crisis en route when the officer who actually knew Hasani, Sargeant Sean DeShader, went ahead and shot him to death anyway.

Jersey’s Attorney General, with a new tool of ‘public integrity and accountability’ in hand, the Independent’s Prosecutor’s Bill, let it slide!

Hasani’s former wife, a valiant young Kay White, who organized a number of meaningful rallies in Asbury Park all the way from New York City where she resides, is now enduring a torturous pain management challenge that is defying any health challenge she has actually been diagnosed for!

That is unresolved ongoing Trauma!

New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2021, Carl Dorsey finds himself suddenly swarmed by undercover Newark police officers and is shot to death by Detective Rod Simpkins. Simpkins get lauded as ‘heroic’ in its aftermath by the Newark’s Fraternal Order of Police, but he is actually shown to have an abusive history, one partially documented by the epic ACLU Petition to the Justice Department that would culminate in the Federal Consent Decree now overseeing a court mandated set of reforms over the Newark Police.

Clearly those mandated reforms were not enough to have made a difference here. Simpkins should have been made gone long ago, but he wasn’t, and it cost an innocent Carl Dorsey his life...On New Year’s Day!

His family is still reeling in grief, shock and disbelief.

On the 4th of July, 2021, retired major Gulia Dale III, besieged by the cacophony of local holiday fireworks in his suburban home in Newton, goes into a mental health crisis.

His wife, worried that her husband may harm himself, calls the police for help. Twelve seconds upon their arrival and encounter with Dale, he is dead as they fired on him immediately,...a decorated career vet who gave his entire adult life to the US Army killed like that on the 4th of July of all days!

His sister, Valerie, and his niece, Boshia, courageously pursue justice for her incredible with great dignity and resolve, but are clearly unnerved when they have to recount his horrific ordeal in public.

Incredibly, not much earlier and worsening their pain, a white vet, Edwin Greene, in a similar mental health crisis, in the same town, his situation was properly contained and he was taken into custody alive, even though he actually fired on the officers who first encountered him!

So much for ‘Thank you for your service’!

Just in September, Bernard Placide Jr. of Englewood, is killed on the back end of a mental health crisis, one in which the worst aspects of it was over, one in which his family only needed the police, so they thought, to take him to the hospital to get help. He wound up getting shot to death while in the agonizing, but non- threatening, throes of being tasered!

He was only 20...Only 20!

While his mother, Myrlene Hilaire, a brave proud Haitian immigrant, is trying to be strong in pursuing justice for her son, the Thanksgiving holiday ripped through her family and home, painfully recalling her son’s central presence. With culinary gifts, Bernard was not only a presence at their family table, he was the family cook who prepared their epic annual holiday feast. That and other dimensions of his humanity will only get marginally lifted up in Jersey press rooms as will what that family now has to go through in the aftermath of his death.

Bernard’s death, incredibly, comes on the heels of an MSNBC Four Part Documentary Series ‘Model America’ which documented how the local authorities in the Englewood-Teaneck area of Bergen County refused to acknowledge what was wrong with the police killing of 16 year old Phillip Pannell, who was shot in the back with his hands up by officer Gary Spath back in 1990. The incident ignited an uprising that totally shattered that suburban community’s treasured ‘Model City’ reputation. From the looks of what just happened to Bernard, and its continued denial of what happened to Phillip, that Bergen county community has learned nothing at all from all that was wrong from Phillip’s still haunting case.

So none of these men will be home for the holidays! And as long as the State of New Jersey and the Federal Government refuse to demonstrate the will to implement real change in police accountability, those holidays will continue to be tortuous tormenting times for their families with dimensions of anguish that may never see the light of day and that so painfully deserves real support.

We need to fix that.

Make the NJ Attorney General do Transparent Investigations of police involved killings.

Strengthen Federal Consent Decrees with strong discipline for officers and police leadership who refuse to comply with mandated reforms and with civilian oversight that includes specific enforcement and accountability measures for abusive officers.

Pass into law with the fierce urgency of now strong police reform bills such as the CCRB Bill, Ban No Knock Raid Bill, the Police Transparency Bill and more.

Legislators, how about daring to lead from a place of principle and courage; not a place of fear, expediency, privilege and non-transparency, as is Jersey’s ‘gangster’ political tradition...

We say this, not just in the name of Minneapolis’ George Floyd, but in the name of Jerome Reid, Hasani Best, Carl Dorsey, Major Gulia Dale III, Bernard Placide Jr., Maurice Gordon and Thelonious McKnight...New Jersey’s George Floyds!

The time has come...



Zayid Muhammad is the organizer of Newark Communities for Accountable Policing, (NCAP) a veteran activist with a social justice profile of more than 40 years. He is the founding press officer of Malcolm X Commemoration Committee-NYC, and was recently spotlighted in the critically acclaimed Netflix docuseries Who Killed Malcolm X. He is a contributor to the recently released ‘The Trials of Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Biography in 25 Voices’, edited by Todd Steven Burroughs, Diasporic Africa Press...

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Happy Kwanzaa!Habari Gani!Umoja (Unity)To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
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Umoja (Unity)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

We Are Holding A Peace Vigil To Honor The Life of Junior Rodriquez, The Latest Victim of Senseless Killing in Trenton.Pl...
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We Are Holding A Peace Vigil To Honor The Life of Junior Rodriquez, The Latest Victim of Senseless Killing in Trenton.

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I guess this is why the Federal government and NJ doesn’t want to go there 😂 The amount of wealth systemically stripped from Black communities is phenomenal. This is just one state. Failure to systematically INVEST in Black communities given the history is symptomatic of moral bankruptcy.

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If Not Now - Then When?!!

If Not You - Then WHO?!?

Greetings,
My name is Deac, and I am a mass shooting survivor. I'm also a peer supporter and network coordinator for the Disaster Distress Helpline.
Our organization recently spearheaded a new online peer support community for Survivors of Mass Violence (including any first responders, families or friends) on Facebook.

Please consider joining us, survivors need one another more now than ever.

SURVIVORS OF MASS VIOLENCE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/survivorsofmassviolence
Thanks for the share
RIP SANAA MAHARI AMENHOTEP

WE LOVE YOU.

MAY THE ANCESTORS BE PLEASED

Sharif Malik Amenhotep i am praying for you and your family.

I am so Heartbroken. I am so Sorrowful
I greive with you Beloved. Please find peace and strength!

I Am Here For You!

I Love You!
See You In Newark.







We're back in Wilbur Section this Sunday! This time we're bringing games for the kids in the neighborhood. We pride ourselves in being a grassroots organization, trying to bring back the oldies but goodies! Hula hoops, football, jump rope, hop scotch, and more!
Let us know if you want to donate any cleaning supplies, or games for the kids!

We need volunteers to help clean the streets, trim over grown weeds/grass, and engage with the neighborhood kids with games.
Also, volunteers to go door to door asking people to sign up to form a neighborhood committee.

We are also inviting other organizations out that has programs for kids and young adults to come hand out information, etc. Any free giveaways are welcome.

I the community need peace so tied of the killing. this pass July a 19 year old was shot and kill. September 15 another 19 year old in the Mill Hill section lost his life. gone to soon. where is the reward for there killer. Peace Stop The Violence.
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