Wednesday, December 31, 2008

In the Final Throes

Seated


April 15, 2009 - Anarchy & they don't even Know It!
Knoxville, Tenn April 15, 2009 - The Original Knights of the KKK were established in Jackson, Tennessee. They are requiring all military, veterans, law officers & those who took the oath to "protect & serve", "to defend the Constitution of the United States of America", "against enemies foreign & domestic" to stand against the policies of this present GOVERNMENT. This will no doubt bring about violence-these are fighting words. Boehner of Ohio & Cornyn of Texas are the main proponents of this coup attempt. Cornyn wore his Texas Lawman hat on Inauguration Day & Boehner had the subversive glare.

Oath Keepers aka Tea Party
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Crawford, Tx.,Iconocast[lonestaricon.com]Current Issue-Oath Keepers
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Seattle Action Network LibertyBelle w/Rick Santelli
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The Chicago Tea Party
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Now, the signification is, we're in the final throes. Don't believe it? God, forbid if something would happen to 44.
Re Oathed?!----------------------------------------------------------------
January 21, 2009, 7:53 pm
Oath Is Administered Once Again
By Jeff Zeleny
WASHINGTON – President Obama was re-administered the oath of office on Wednesday evening by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., one day after the two men stumbled over each other’s words during the inauguration.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Roberts stood in the Map Room of the White House at 7:35 p.m. and recited the oath before a small group of advisers and a handful of reporters.

Robert Gibbs, a spokesman for the White House, said the oath was re-administered out of an “abundance of caution” because a couple of words were out of place on Tuesday. The White House Counsel’s office thought the original oath was proper, Mr. Gibbs said, but Mr. Obama did a second oath anyway.

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The final painful struggle out of the past, into the "New Day" is signified in the current media frenzy about "the defendant left hanging" in the noose incident of 2007 that some say spark a new civil rights era.

Now some want to say, the proverbial - see there, I told you. What occured on that dawn of autumn day concerned the travesty of a weighted system. The indivduals, were themselves, mere "vehicles" to cause to occur, what must.

But, we find our selves in the final throes. A painful struggle is in process. It is only the beginning.

The organisms of disorganization, should be prepared to experience chaos.

Re Oathed?!

Saturday 11July09

Ghana Slave Port tour


Obama Recounts African Roots

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Go Back To Jena!


--UNEQUAL JUSTICE REIGNS STILL!!

--Guantanamo On the Bayou!!


Melissa Bell Held by Jena Justice System!!! $100,000.00 Bond. "When saw we thee in Prison" It's Still UNEQUAL JUSTICE in Jena, Louisiana in 2008!!

Mauffray to retire from the Bench in December! - His brand of UNEQUAL JUSTICE will remain in force.

Jindal Visits Jena!! - Introduced at church service by Reed Walters.


Bush Visits Alexandria just prior to killings!!!

Black Mother & two (2) daughters run over & KILLED IN ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA. Driver of Vehicle had history of DUI's & other vehicular related incidents!!! FREE ON $30,000.00 BOND - The DRIVER of the SUV is a white guy.

21 year old, white guy kills 3 BLACKS - $30,000.00 Bond *** Melissa Bell alledgedly assaulted 2 with shovel $100,000.00 STILL IN JAIL!!!
Alexandria, Louisiana is 30 minutes from Jena, Louisiana: Remember - you all took the ride just over a year ago!!
* * * * * * * U N E Q U A L - - - - - J U S T I C E * * * * * * *

3 pedestrians killed in Alexandria
10/24/2008, 9:13 p.m. CDT
The Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A woman and her two, teenage daughters, were killed Friday when a car ran into them as they walked on the shoulder of Louisiana Highway 1.

The driver was seriously injured when the car went off the road about 3:45 p.m. and into a ditch after hitting the trio, police said.

The victims' names were not released.

Witnesses say the victims were on the shoulder of highway on the southbound side when a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox, veered off the road, hit them and continued into a ditch or culvert. Police say two of the pedestrians were pronounced dead at the scene; the other died at an area hospital.


Driver charged in Alexandria accident that killed mother, two daughters on La. Highway 1
Town Talk staff • October 25, 2008

A Lafayette man faces three counts of negligent homicide after he veered off the side of La. Highway 1 and hit three pedestrians Friday, killing a mother and her two teenage daughters, authorities reported.

The wreck happened around 3:40 p.m. Friday on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of La. 1 near Henry Street, in front of the Louisiana Machinery Co. dealership.

The victims were identified by police as Joann Isaac, 33, and her daughters, Brittany Isaac, 15, and Nyeisha Dumars, 13, all of Alexandria. Dumars died at Rapides Regional Medical Center while the other two were dead at the scene, authorities said.
The driver of the vehicle, Justin Brouillette, 21, was also charged with failure to maintain control and driving with a suspended license, Alexandria Police reported.


Brouillette was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox south on La. 1 (North Bolton Avenue) when the vehicle went off the roadway and hit the pedestrians, police reported.

It does not appear that Brouillette intentionally hit the pedestrians, police said, and the investigation into the cause of the wreck is continuing. More charges could come as officers continue to look into what caused the wreck.

Brouillette was seriously injured when his vehicle hit a culvert after hitting the pedestrians, police said. He was reported to be hospitalized in stable condition Friday night, and although he has officially been charged, he hasn’t yet been booked into the Rapides Parish Jail.

Brouillette graduated from Marksville High School and is a former Alexandria resident, according to profile information on a personal Web page.

Southbound traffic on La. Highway 1 was closed for a few hours following the wreck as police gathered evidence and interviewed witnesses. Northbound traffic in that area was reduced to one lane for a while.

Personal belongings were scattered along the roadway and in a nearby ditch.

Some police officers investigating the wreck were visibly shaken by the scene.

An accident-reconstruction team tried to piece together what had caused Brouillette to leave the roadway, police said. The team stayed on the scene until dark and will return today for additional investigation.

Reporters Abbey Brown and David Dinsmore contributed to this report.
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Driver in fatal wreck had DWI conviction





Associated Press - October 28, 2008 5:14 PM ET

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The 21-year-old man accused of killing a woman and her two daughters as they walked along a highway had at least six speeding tickets and a drunk driving conviction in the three years before that accident.

Justin Paul Brouillette, of Lafayette, was booked Sunday, after he was released from a hospital. He was released on $30,500 bond - $19,000 in property and cash and $11,500 recognizance.

The charges against him are careless driving, driving after his license was suspended and three counts of negligent homicide.

The accident Friday killed 33-year-old Joann Isaac, 15-year-old Brittany Isaac, and 13-year-old Nyeisha Dumars, all of Alexandria.

Brouillette does not have a listed phone number.

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office says he pleaded guilty to DWI when he was 18.


Police Report

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Nonviolent Resistance

May 7, 2008




Taylor Branch is the author, most recently, of “At Canaan’s Edge,” the third volume in his history of the modern civil rights era. This article was adapted from a speech he gave on Monday at the National Cathedral.

The Last Wish of Martin Luther King--By TAYLOR BRANCHRev. Bernice King-Memphis 040408

One Last Time.
The Op-Ed piece by Taylor Branch is placed in the midst of the posted story below on STALLED legislation to fund a special DoJ investigative section on 60's era civil rights MURDERS.

Bell Protest Closes Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges
May 7, 2008 Brooklyn, NY
Law enforcement sources told WNBC.com that an NYPD task force and precinct officers are prepared to arrest anyone blocking traffic or snarl the evening commute.

Anyone with warrants or past records will go to jail, sources told WNBC.com, while others get a summons for disorderly conduct.

Chopper 4 was overhead as a several protesters were being arrested near the 59th St. bridge around 4:10 p.m.

Sharpton, Nicole Paultre Bell Arrested
Sharpton and Nicole Paultre Bell were both arrested in downtown Brooklyn near the Brooklyn bridge. “Somehow, someone will be held accountable for what happened to Sean,” Paultre Bell said on Tuesday. “No one’s held accountable. Sean died for no reason, and everyone walk away from it fine.”
Sharpton, shooting survivors Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman and Bell's fiancee, Nicole Paultre bell, lined up and peacefully put their hands behind their backs as police put plastic handcuffs on them. Sharpton and Bell were placed in a police vehicle. Arrests! Nicole,Benefield,Sharpton,Guzman & others.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Keeping America in the Dark

.Sharpton response to [Germany's] Prince Frederic von Anhalt Click the Title of this post and listen to von Anhalt's statement! Week of May 15, 2008 in America the great democracy gone awry, as the president panders to the shiekhs for relief!!


Legislation to beef up investigations into unsolved murders from the civil rights era looked like it would breeze through Congress. The House passed it 422-2 this summer. Its Senate sponsors included some of the most senior Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., right, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill with Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., in Washington in this Arpil 6, 2006 file photo. Coburn is blocking legislation to beef up investigations into unsolved murders from the civil rights era

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., right, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill with Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., in Washington in this Arpil 6, 2006 file photo. Coburn is blocking legislation to beef up investigations into unsolved murders from the civil rights era


But the bill has stalled since the House vote in June. Its supporters acknowledge that prospects are slim this year with just days left on the legislative calendar. The breakdown offers a case study in how even the most popular legislation can get caught up in Washington gridlock.

"The bill should have passed a long time ago," said Rita Bender, widow of Michael Schwerner, who was killed in Mississippi in 1964 along with fellow civil rights organizers Andrew Goodman and James Chaney. "Every indication is that if it were brought to the floor and voted on there would be enough votes to pass it."

The bill is named after Emmett Till, a black teenager who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a white woman. His killers were never convicted.[continued below-after the interrupt]

April 6 Interrupt-jl
The Last Wish of Martin Luther King
By TAYLOR BRANCH
Published: April 6, 2008
FORTY years ago on March 31, at the National Cathedral, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what would be his last Sunday sermon, on his way back to Memphis. That same night in 1968, President Johnson shocked the world by announcing that he would not seek re-election.

I was a senior in college. My mother was visiting four nights later when all conversation suddenly hushed in a busy restaurant. A waiter whispered that Dr. King had been shot.

Civil rights, Vietnam, Dr. King, Memphis — these are historic landmarks. Even so, this year is a watershed. Because Dr. King lived only 39 years, from now on, he will be gone longer than he lived among us. Two generations have come of age since Memphis.

This does not mean that our understanding is accurate or complete. A certain amount of gloss and mythology is inevitable for great figures, whether they be George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, Honest Abe splitting a rail or Dr. King preaching a dream of equal citizenship in 1963. Far beyond that, however, we have encased Dr. King and his era in pervasive myth, false to our heritage and dangerous to our future. We have distorted our entire political culture to avoid the lessons of Martin Luther King’s era.

He warned us himself. When he came to the pulpit that Sunday 40 years ago, Dr. King adapted one of his standard sermons, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution.” From the allegory of Rip Van Winkle, he told of a man who fell asleep before 1776 and awoke 20 years later in a world filled with strange customs and clothes, a whole new vocabulary, and a mystifying preoccupation with the commoner George Washington rather than King George III.

Dr. King pleaded for his audience not to sleep through the world’s continuing cries for freedom. When the ancient Hebrews achieved miraculous liberation from Egypt, many yearned to go back. Pharaoh’s familiar lash seemed better than the covenant delivered by Moses, and so the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness. It took 40 years to recover their bearings. Dr. King has been gone 40 years now, but we still sleep under Pharaoh. It is time to wake up.

Dr. King had been in Memphis marching in support of sanitation workers. Two of them, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, had been crushed in a mechanical malfunction; city rules forbade black employees to seek shelter from rain anywhere but in the back of their compressor trucks, with the garbage. But looting had broken out from Dr. King’s march, for the first time.

When he showed up in Washington that Sunday morning, he was scarcely the toast of the United States. Headlines in Memphis called him, “Chicken √† la King,” with accusations that he had run from his own fight. The St. Louis Globe-Democrat called Dr. King “one of the most menacing men in America today,” and published a wild-eyed minstrel cartoon of him aiming a huge pistol from a cloud of gun smoke, with the caption, “I’m Not Firing It — I’m Only Pulling the Trigger.”

So Dr. King stood in the pulpit a marked man, scorned and rebuked, beset with inner conflicts. Yet as always, he lifted hope from the bottom of his soul. He urged the congregation to be alive and awake to great revolutions in progress. “I say to you that our goal is freedom,” he cried, “and I believe we’re going to get there because —however much she strays from it — the goal of America is freedom!”

We face daunting precedent in history. Our nation has slept for decades under the spell of myths grounded in race. I grew up being taught that the Civil War was about federalism, not slavery. My textbooks even used a religious term, the “redeemers,” to describe politicians who restored white supremacy with Ku Klux Klan terrorism late in the 19th century. Modern Hollywood was founded on the emotional power of that myth as portrayed in “The Birth of a Nation.” Progressive forces advocated racial hierarchy with a bogus science of eugenics.

More than once, the dominant culture has turned history upside down to make itself feel comfortable. And when a civil rights movement rose from the fringe of maids and sharecroppers, making it no longer respectable to defend racial segregation, wounded voices adapted again to curse government as the agent of general calamity. We have painted Dr. King’s era as a time of aimless, unbridled license, with hippies running amok.

The watchword of political discourse has degenerated from “movement” to “spin.” In Dr. King’s era, the word “movement” grew from a personal inspiration into leaps of faith, then from shared discovery and sacrifice into upward struggle, spawning kindred movements until great hosts from Selma to the Berlin Wall literally could feel the movement of history.

Now we have “spin” instead, suggesting that there is no real direction at stake from political debate, nor any consequence except for the players in a game. Such language embraces cynicism by reducing politics to entertainment.

Democratic balance has slept for 40 years, and we face a world like Rip Van Winkle run backward. We wake up blinking at Tiger Woods, Condoleezza Rice and Barack Obama, while our government demands arbitrary rule by secrecy, conquest and dungeons. King George III seems reborn.

Please resist any partisan connotation. Our problem is far too big for that. Indeed, I think the most pressing challenge for admirers of Dr. King is to recognize our own complicity in the stifling myths about civil rights history. Battered, long-suffering allies of Dr. King discarded him as a tired moderate long before the reactionary campaign to make the word “liberal” a kiss of death for candidates across the country. Similarly, forces called radical and militant turned against liberal governments for taking so long to respond to racial injustice, then for the Vietnam War. Only a convergence of the political left and right could cause such lasting erosion for the promise of free government itself.

Many of Dr. King’s closest comrades rejected his commitment to nonviolence. The civil rights movement created waves of history so long as it remained nonviolent, then stopped. Arguably, the most powerful tool for democratic reform was the first to become pass√©. It vanished among intellectuals, on campuses and in the streets. To this day, almost no one asks why.

We must reclaim the full range of blessings from his movement. For Dr. King, race was in most things, but defined nothing alone. His appeal was rooted in the larger context of nonviolence. His stated purpose was always to redeem the soul of America. He put one foot in the Constitution and the other in scripture. “We will win our freedom,” he said many times, “because the heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.” To see Dr. King and his colleagues as anything less than modern founders of democracy — even as racial healers and reconcilers — is to diminish them under the spell of myth.

Dr. King said the movement would liberate not only segregated black people but also the white South. Surely this is true. You never heard of the Sun Belt when the South was segregated. The movement spread prosperity in a region previously unfit even for professional sports teams. My mayor in Atlanta during the civil rights era, Ivan Allen Jr., said that as soon as the civil rights bill was signed in 1964, we built a baseball stadium on land we didn’t own, with money we didn’t have, for a team we hadn’t found, and quickly lured the Milwaukee Braves. Miami organized a football team called the Dolphins.

The movement also de-stigmatized white Southern politics, creating two-party competition. It opened doors for the disabled, and began to lift fear from homosexuals before the modern notion of “gay” was in use. Not for 2,000 years of rabbinic Judaism had there been much thought of female rabbis, but the first ordination took place soon after the movement shed its fresh light on the meaning of equal souls. Now we think nothing of female rabbis and cantors and, yes, female Episcopal priests and bishops, with their colleagues of every background. Parents now take for granted opportunities their children inherit from the Montgomery bus boycott.

It is both right and politic for all people, including millions who are benign or indifferent toward the civil rights movement, or churlish and resentful, to see that they, too, and their heirs, stand with us on the shoulders of Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer.
Dr. King showed most profoundly that in an interdependent world, lasting power grows against the grain of violence, not with it. Both the cold war and South African apartheid ended to the strains of “We Shall Overcome,” defying all preparations for Armageddon. The civil rights movement remains a model for new democracy, sadly neglected in its own birthplace. In Iraq today, we are stuck on the Vietnam model instead. There is no more salient or neglected field of study than the relationship between power and violence.
We recoil from nonviolence at our peril. Dr. King rightly saw it at the heart of democracy. Our nation is a great cathedral of votes — votes not only for Congress and for president, but also votes on Supreme Court decisions and on countless juries. Votes govern the boards of great corporations and tiny charities alike. Visibly and invisibly, everything runs on votes. And every vote is nothing but a piece of nonviolence.

SO what should we do, now that 40 years have passed? How do we restore our political culture from spin to movement, from muddle to purpose? We must take leaps, ask questions, study nonviolence, reclaim our history.

What Dr. King prescribed in his last Sunday sermon begins with the story of Lazarus and Dives, from the 16th chapter of Luke. Told entirely from the mouth of Jesus, it is a story starring Abraham the patriarch of Judaism, set in the afterlife. There’s nothing else like it in the Bible.

Dr. King loved this parable as the text for a fabled 1949 sermon by Vernon Johns, his predecessor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery. Lazarus was a lame beggar who once pleaded unnoticed outside the sumptuous gates of a rich man called Dives. They both died, and Dives looked from torment to see Lazarus the beggar secure in the bosom of Abraham. The remainder of the parable is an argument between Abraham and Dives, calling back and forth from heaven to hell.

Dives first asked Abraham to “send Lazarus” with water to cool his burning lips. But Abraham said there was a “great chasm” fixed between them, which could never be crossed. In his sermon, Dr. Johns drew a connection between the chasm and segregation.

But according to Dr. Johns, Dives wasn’t in hell because he was rich. He wasn’t anywhere near as rich as Abraham, one of the wealthiest men in antiquity, who was there in heaven. Nor was Dives in hell because he had failed to send alms to Lazarus. He was there because he never recognized Lazarus as a fellow human being. Even faced with everlasting verdict, he spoke only with Abraham and looked past the beggar, treating him still as a servant in the third person — “send Lazarus.”

Dr. King’s sermons drew more layers of meaning from this parable. He said we must accept the suffering rich man as no ordinary, nasty sinner. When refused water for himself, he worried immediately about his five brothers. Dives asked Abraham again to send Lazarus, this time as a messenger to warn the brothers about their sin. Tell them to be nice to beggars outside the wall. Do something, please, so they don’t wind up here like me.

Dr. King said Dives was a liberal. Despite his own fate, he wanted to help others. Abraham rebuffed this request, too, telling Dives that his brothers already had ample warning in Torah law and the books of the Hebrew prophets. Still Dives persisted, saying no, Abraham, you don’t understand — if the brothers saw someone actually rise from the dead and warn them, then they would understand.

Jesus quotes Abraham saying no. If the brothers do not accept the core teaching of the Torah and the prophets, they won’t believe even a messenger risen from the dead. Dr. King said this parable from Jesus burns up differences between Judaism and Christianity. The lesson beneath any theology is that we must act toward all creation in the spirit of equal souls and equal votes. The alternative is hell, which Dr. King sometimes defined as the pain we inflict on ourselves by refusing God’s grace.

Dr. King then went back to Memphis to stand with the downtrodden workers, with the families of Echol Cole and Robert Walker. You may have seen the placards from the sanitation strike, which read “I Am a Man,” meaning not a piece of garbage to be crushed and ignored. For Dr. King, to answer was a patriotic and prophetic calling. He challenges everyone to find a Lazarus somewhere, from our teeming prisons to the bleeding earth. That quest in common becomes the spark of social movements, and is therefore the engine of hope.

END INTERUPT - [Dr. King's death was an assassination! Conspired by the government and the ruling class of that era. Malcom X-Identified the Southern White Co-conspirators in the speech the labelled the "Ballot or the Bullet" - jl]-The legislation is held up to continue the cover-up.

The legislation would authorize $10 million annually over 10 years for the Justice Department to rejuvenate its prosecutions of pre-1970 civil rights murders. It calls for another $3.5 million annually for Justice to provide grants and other help to local law enforcement agencies.

The man most responsible for obstructing the measure is Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican. Coburn says he supports the cause but feels the FBI can pursue the cases with existing resources.

A spending hawk, Coburn has put a hold on the legislation and dozens of other bills that would increase the federal budget without offsetting costs elsewhere.

"It's absolutely outrageous that one senator and one senator only appears to be blocking us from passing this piece of legislation," said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Of course, Coburn alone can't stop the bill. He can only hold it up by forcing time-consuming debate and registering his opposition.

If the measure is so important, he asks, why not bring it to the floor?

So far, Senate leaders have declined to do that. The process could eat up several days and require a series of votes on procedural motions. It also could open the measure to amendments that could weaken the bill.

Senate Democrats say Coburn is blocking about 90 bills, and working around him on all of them would take months — leaving little room for other work.

Coburn's spokesman, John Hart, acknowledged that Coburn would try to amend the Emmett Till bill by cutting its cost. But if his efforts failed, Hart said, Coburn would simply vote against the bill and let it go.

Hart said no one — including the bill's Senate sponsor, Chris Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat who is running for president — has personally approached Coburn about a compromise for floor debate.

"It doesn't make sense for the majority leader to blame a freshman Republican for scheduling problems," Hart said. "(Coburn's) intent is not to tie up the Senate for days on this."

Democrats dismissed the suggestion that they haven't made the bill a priority. Dodd's office insisted that he tried to bring it up three times, only to be thwarted by Coburn.

Dodd's spokeswoman, Justine Sessions, said the bill is "critically important" to the senator and he will "hit the ground running" to pass it early next year if it doesn't pass before Congress adjourns this month.


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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Noose Displays must Go!!


Feb 12, 4:53 PM EST
Bush calls noose displays 'deeply offensive

By DEB RIECHMANN
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Tuesday that recent displays of nooses are disturbing and indicate that some Americans may be losing sight of the suffering that blacks have endured across the nation.

"The era of rampant lynching is a shameful chapter in American history," Bush said at a black history month event at the White House, which began with serious comments about prejudice and ended with music performed by The Temptations.

"The noose is not a symbol of prairie justice, but of gross injustice," the president said. "Displaying one is not a harmless prank. Lynching is not a word to be mentioned in jest."

As a civil society, Americans should agree that noose displays and lynching jokes are "deeply offensive," Bush said.

"They are wrong," the president said, referring to such displays and jokes. "And they have no place in America today."

For decades, the noose was a symbolic part of a campaign of violence, fear and intimidation against blacks, the president said. Sometimes, he added, it was orchestrated by the law enforcement officers charged with protecting them. Bush also said the noose was a tool for intimidation and killing that conveyed a sense of powerlessness to millions of blacks throughout the country.

"Fathers were dragged from their homes in the dark of night before the eyes of their terrified children," he said. "Summary executions were held by torchlight in front of hateful crowds. In many cases, law enforcement officers responsible for protecting the victims were complicit in their deaths."

The Justice Department says it is actively investigating a number of noose incidents at schools, work places and neighborhoods around the country.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who was at the White House, said he was pleased that Bush addressed the issue.

Sharpton helped organize a massive rally in September in Jena, La., to protest what marchers believed to be the unfair treatment of six black students charged with beating a white student at Jena High School. The beating came months after three other white students were suspended, but not criminally charged, for hanging nooses in a tree at the school.

"I am encouraged that the president addressed the issue that caused me to bring 30,000 marchers to Jena, Louisiana, in September and 50,000 marchers in front of the U.S. Department of Justice on November 16th," Sharpton said. He said he hoped the president has discussed specific legislation to address the rising tide of hate crimes and increasing displays of nooses.

The FBI reported in November that hate-crime incidents in the United States rose in 2006 by nearly 8 percent. Police across the nation reported 7,722 criminal incidents in 2006 targeting victims or property as a result of bias against a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin or physical or mental disability. That was up 7.8 percent from the 7,163 incidents reported in 2005.

At the event, Bush honored Rep. John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat who was a leader of the civil rights movement and organized freedom rides, sit-ins and voter registration drives; and William Coleman, the first black American to be a clerk on the U.S. Supreme Court and who served as President Ford's transportation secretary. Coleman thus was the first black to hold a Cabinet post in a Republican administration.

Bush also recognized Ernest Green, one of the nine black students in Little Rock, Ark., who were escorted into the city's all-white Central High School following the historic Brown vs. Board of Education of the mid 1950s, and Otis Williams, a leader of the "The Temptations."

After the president's remarks, his podium was replaced with five microphones and the members of the group, sporting gray suits trimmed in black, got the packed East Room clapping in time to their music. By the end of the eighth tune, "My Girl," the group had the audience standing and singing along.

© 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Make Up Your Mind:Where will you be January 21, 2008

"We have found no security or justice:we must speak to Hagar's children!"
January 6, 2008 1400 hours

Barker Parents denounce Barrett! Jena will become Ground Zero for HATE!!!


1524 hours January 6 2008

Jan 5, 6:59 PM EST
Another telephone conference scheduled Monday

JENA, La. (AP) -- There is no settlement between Jena and a white separatist group that wants to march through town on Martin Luther King Day, but another conference is scheduled Monday, attorneys say.

Richard Barrett, an attorney for the Nationalist Movement, Walter E. Dorroh Jr., who represents the town, and U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell conferred by telephone on Friday.

"The settlement talks did not work out. And there is a settlement conference on Monday that covers several issues," Dorroh said Saturday evening.

He did not comment on Barrett's statement that town attorneys asked to have the case postponed from 1:30 p.m. Tuesday the following Tuesday - six days before the Monday holiday.

"We don't want a continuance, but as a courtesy when one side asks for a continuance, the judge will usually give it to them and the other side goes along with it," Barrett said Friday.

The Nationalists plan a "Jena Justice Day" rally in response to the thousands who rallied Sept. 20, supporting six black teens who have become known as the "Jena Six," who were initially charged with attempted murder of a white student who was attacked at Jena High. All charges have since been reduced to aggravated second-degree battery or second-degree battery.

The Nationalists want rulings that the town cannot impose a $10,000 bond, ask them not to bring firearms, change the parade route by one block, or require a "hold-harmless" clause exempting the town from liability.

The Nationalists say those rules governing public demonstrations are invalid and unconstitutionally over-broad.

© 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

Jena event may occur as planned
Louisiana Gannett News

A favorable ruling by a federal judge could mean the Nationalist Movement can hold its "Jena Justice Day" rally and march without the town of Jena's proposed revisions, attorneys say.
The Nationalist Movement, a group that describes itself as "pro-majority" but is widely reported to be a white supremacy organization, will be in Alexandria's federal court on Tuesday along with representatives from the town of Jena for a hearing regarding a temporary restraining order.

The Nationalists allege the town's ordinance requiring a $10,000 bond along with the parade route change and ban on firearms are unconstitutional.

"I don't believe in having a price tag for constitutional rights," said Gregory Aymond, the local attorney for the group based out of Learned, Miss.
Aymond, who has admitted past membership in the Ku Klux Klan, said he doesn't share the Nationalists' racial views but does support their rights of freedom of assembly, speech and expression and their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.

Richard Barrett, an attorney and member of the Nationalist Movement, said Aymond's past had nothing to do with his selection as the group's attorney. Barrett said he called more than a dozen attorneys seeking local counsel but that all were unwilling to "become involved in the controversy."

A few of the attorneys recommended Aymond, he said, saying he was an "eclectic" person.


The proposed rally
"Jena Justice Day" is planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, partly to protest celebration of the civil rights leader's birthday, Barrett said, and also in response to the thousands who rallied in Jena on Sept. 20 in support of the "Jena Six."
The town's ordinance requiring proof of a $10,000 bond for possible damage is the main problem for Aymond, said Barrett.

The two attorneys said they tried to get a bond from several bonding agents but were refused.

"Whether or not we agree with the Nationalist Movement's statements or not, we do agree with their right to express (those views) and say them publicly," Aymond said.


'Willful and reckless conduct'
"I'm surprised that the town and the mayor have not dropped their objections (to the event) because the law is so clear, and the expense for the town and the mayor are potentially considerable," Aymond said.
In the past, the group has sought only court costs and attorney's fees, but in this case the Nationalists may seek additional relief in the form of punitive damages, Barrett said.

"When you are dealing with settled law, law in effect for over 15 years, that could be considered willful and reckless conduct by the town and the mayor," Barrett said, speaking of the town sticking to its ordinance.

Barrett has been down this road before and won, he said. He fought similar cases against Morris County, N.J., and York, Pa., and York currently is paying the organization about $100,000, Barrett said.

If the judge rules in Barrett's favor, the event will go on as planned, he said.

And if the ruling goes another way or is delayed with an appeal, the rally at the courthouse will go on without question, as the only issues in question are the bond required for the parade, the parade route itself and banning firearms, Barrett said.

Walter Dorroh, attorney for Jena Mayor Murphy McMillin and the town, declined to say much about the case pending the hearing.

"We're going to comply with the law," he said.
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