The police are paid by the public and carry a public trust, and they take an oath to protect us as citizens. The police have lost sight of that and must be reminded that we pay them to protect us, not to simply engage and cage us.

We trust police with the power of life and death and with that trust comes a greater responsibility to be better than the current standard of policing I see across America everyday.

23.08.14
The Magic Butter-Softening Knife We've All Been Wishing For
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Escalating Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri | MetaFilter
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heytoyourmamanem:

“Whose little boy are you?” ― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Photo: “The young colored American”, from The Colored American magazine, October 1900. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

heytoyourmamanem:

“Whose little boy are you?” ― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Photo: “The young colored American”, from The Colored American magazine, October 1900. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

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revolutionary-afrolatino:

peoplepowermovement:

Read about us today on the Riverdale Press as we organize tenants to fight gentrification in Kingsbridge Heights, the Bronx!

Residents blame rink for raise in rent
By Maya Rajamani, The Riverdale Press
Posted 8/21/14




(photo) Jay Espy, a resident of 2800 University Ave. and member of the People Power Movement, speaks out against potential rent hikes at his building at a tenants’ association meeting on Aug. 14.
Kingsbridge Heights residents are pushing to reverse a proposed rent hike they believe to be caused by the imminent construction of a large new ice sports center at the Kingsbridge Armory. 
On the evening of Aug. 14, about 25 tenants and activists gathered in the lobby of a rent-controlled high-rise at 2800 University Ave., a few blocks away from the Armory location, to discuss a potential increase of $11.69 per room for the building’s tenants. 
“People like us are getting kicked out of our homes because our rent is going up,” said Jay Espy, a member of People Power Movement (PPM). 
The group, which describes itself as a democratic people’s organization dedicated to social change, organized the meeting for the building’s tenants last Thursday night.
The landlord of 2800 University Ave., Jac Zadrima of the Bronx-based Genesis Realty Group, LLC, did not respond to multiple calls for comment. 
Mr. Espy joined PPM while he was advocating against raising tuition costs at SUNY and CUNY schools during college. 
But the group’s latest fight hits particularly close to home for the 23-year-old, who has lived with his family at 2800 University Ave. for the past 22 years. 
“It’s going to change the neighborhood for the worse for us,” he said of the Armory development, which he believes is the impetus behind rent hikes and evictions in the neighborhood. 
The historic site is set to house the largest indoor ice rink complex in the world, after the city inked a $300 million deal with KNIC Partners to develop the center last November. 
His organization’s focus on the 2800 University Ave., along with two other buildings on the same street, began after the former building’s landlord filed an application for a Major Capital Improvement (MCI) rent increase.



this just came in today, read about us !!! we’re building a movement in the Bronx against gentrification, building by building, block by block! (that’s me on the right)

revolutionary-afrolatino:

peoplepowermovement:

Read about us today on the Riverdale Press as we organize tenants to fight gentrification in Kingsbridge Heights, the Bronx!

Residents blame rink for raise in rent

By Maya Rajamani, The Riverdale Press
Posted 8/21/14
(photo) Jay Espy, a resident of 2800 University Ave. and member of the People Power Movement, speaks out against potential rent hikes at his building at a tenants’ association meeting on Aug. 14.

Kingsbridge Heights residents are pushing to reverse a proposed rent hike they believe to be caused by the imminent construction of a large new ice sports center at the Kingsbridge Armory. 

On the evening of Aug. 14, about 25 tenants and activists gathered in the lobby of a rent-controlled high-rise at 2800 University Ave., a few blocks away from the Armory location, to discuss a potential increase of $11.69 per room for the building’s tenants. 

“People like us are getting kicked out of our homes because our rent is going up,” said Jay Espy, a member of People Power Movement (PPM). 

The group, which describes itself as a democratic people’s organization dedicated to social change, organized the meeting for the building’s tenants last Thursday night.

The landlord of 2800 University Ave., Jac Zadrima of the Bronx-based Genesis Realty Group, LLC, did not respond to multiple calls for comment. 

Mr. Espy joined PPM while he was advocating against raising tuition costs at SUNY and CUNY schools during college. 

But the group’s latest fight hits particularly close to home for the 23-year-old, who has lived with his family at 2800 University Ave. for the past 22 years. 

“It’s going to change the neighborhood for the worse for us,” he said of the Armory development, which he believes is the impetus behind rent hikes and evictions in the neighborhood. 

The historic site is set to house the largest indoor ice rink complex in the world, after the city inked a $300 million deal with KNIC Partners to develop the center last November. 

His organization’s focus on the 2800 University Ave., along with two other buildings on the same street, began after the former building’s landlord filed an application for a Major Capital Improvement (MCI) rent increase.

this just came in today, read about us !!! we’re building a movement in the Bronx against gentrification, building by building, block by block! (that’s me on the right)

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What you NOT gone do is…
African American Proverb - said in response to someone who is trying to handle you any kind of way. (via blackproverbs)

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23.08.14

A line of roses lines the street where Michael Brown was shot

A line of roses lines the street where Michael Brown was shot

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23.08.14

mvgl:

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 2x09 - “Cased Up” (November 11, 1991)

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23.08.14
Damn.

Damn.

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23.08.14
jessehimself:

Holding up a mirror to a riot officer… #Ferguson http://t.co/9p8GAZVnQn

jessehimself:

Holding up a mirror to a riot officer… #Ferguson http://t.co/9p8GAZVnQn

23.08.14

Public Service Announcement

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23.08.14

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23.08.14
Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group. They have had to understand white men, white women, and black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society.

- Angela Davis, activist, author, educator

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23.08.14

itsdleon:

A mother lost her child. A father lost his son. A young man lost his life. #JusticeForMikeBrown

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22.08.14

daughterofzami:

"My political obligations? I am a Black woman … in world that defines human as white and male for starters. Everything I do including survival is political.” 

- Audre Lorde

The Audre Lord.

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22.08.14