Lets Go Beyond Hallmark Cards & Brunch to Honor our Mothers…How about Justice & True Equality?

This mother’s day if we wanna honor the mothers in our lives & around the world how about we END the poverty so many mothers are experiencing?…

We can honor the mothers in our lives and around us by ENDING the abuse of women.. We can start by not calling women out their names. Talk about giving a gift to the mothers of the world, try to forever ban the word “BITCH’ from your lips.. Looking back at how many men got bent out of shape at the notion Jay-Z was pondering taking such action and how relieved they were when he said he would still be calling women bitches,  I would say erasing that harmful word from our lips when referring to women, might be a gift of the ages..

Lets make this a mother’s day where we uplift those mothers around us who are in dire straits i.e Marissa Alexander the Florida woman sentenced this week to 20 years for defending herself against an abusive husband is one name that comes to comes to mind..But there are so many others. How about all of us take a firm stance against domestic violence. Let’s create a climate where the mothers in our lives can feel safe, and free of such a heinous act.. If your a man who puts hands on women and you’re running around giving out mother’s day cards.. how about you get some help.. serious help?  Try calling this hotline.. and stop the damage you’re causing 1−800−799−SAFE (7233)

Today lets comfort the mothers in our community who are in pain..Many have lost precious children to violence i.e. Sabrina Fulton who is Trayvon Martin‘s mom.. Rekia Boyd‘s mom, Alan Bluford’s mom, Oscar Grant‘s mom.. These are just a few of the countless who lost children to police violence..Can we make a commitment to help ease their pain? Can you join in their public and private fights to seek justice?

We must not forget the moms who live in our community who are in pain because of the senseless violence we inflict on each other.. How about we make a commitment to end all bloodshed as away to honor our mothers?  Forget the Mother’s Day card.. How about we go all out to affirm life? Let’s end war in our hood and war overseas. Let’s convince our government to stop sending drones that result in the deaths of mothers..Let’s encourage our government to pressure countries that we do business with to stop the practice of rape as a weapon of war.. How about we end female genital mutilation? Let’s end the mass incarceration of women and the shameful deportation and detention of mothers from their children…Those would be some serious gifts that would honor the mothers who struggled for such aims in the past and presently and would benefit from it greatly in the future.

Let this mother’s day be one in which we end the ‘war on women‘ If we wanna honor moms lets stop allowing them to be political punching bags for those unscrupulous politicians who would sell their souls for political gain vs doing whats right by the mothers in their lives. Do the mothers in your lives have health insurance? Are they working 2 & 3 jobs & still not making it? Are these moms making the same wages as the men around them? Are they being abused? Let’ honor our moms by ending those sorts of shortfalls.Here’s great article that came out this morning from Alternet outlining 11 things we can do to really honor Mother’s Day.. 11 ways to Really Help Mothers This Mother’s Day

This mother’s day let’s make a commitment to change the world and make room for our mothers to truly shine, be respected and loved and more important have a seat at the table.Lets honor all those heroic mothers from Harriet Tubman to Fanny Lou Hammer to our own moms who tireless sacrifice, put up the good fight day in and day out to help bring us all brighter tomorrows

As we close out here are two Mother Day mixes that’ll hopefully help all feel inspired this Sunday..One is by myself..(Davey D) the other by DJ Sloepoke out in LA.. the links are below..

Below is the mix by DJ Sloepoke.. you can peep it HERE

http://thesoundstrike.podomatic.com/entry/2012-03-10T19_19_08-08_00

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTq84OWZc6Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkrdiABTcaI&ob=av2e

Serious Injustice from Coast to Coast: Family of Oscar Grant & Marissa Alexander

The Grant Family, Uncle Bobby, Oscar Grant’s Mother-in law and Grant’s mother Wanda Johnson

Yesterday I attended  a press conference where the family, friends and supporters Oscar Grant came to speak out about something hideous. The family, like everyone else in the Bay Area found out through local news reports that the person who murdered Oscar Grant, former BART cop Johannes Mehserle went to court to file an appeal. There’s a strong possibility, given the way things have been MIS-HANDLED in court, the walking psychopath may have his felony record expunged and be reinstated as a police officer… Yes you read that correctly..

During the press conference, Grant’s family cited the state law for victim rights which clearly notes the family was supposed to be notified of any appeal by Mehserle appeal.. The Alameda County DA Nancy E O’Malley admitted her office ‘made a mistake’ in not contacting them..That in turn enraged the Grant family and supporters even more..

‘How many mistakes are people in this justice system who are supposed to protect the people, going to make? asked Cephus ‘Uncle Bobby’ Johnson..

During his remarks he read a list of mistakes made all throughout the proceedings including the big blunder by presiding  judge Robert Perry who said he ‘made a mistake’ in giving the jury instructions hence he had to reduce key sentencing components to Mehserle’s sentencing..

You can hear the press conference at the link below

As this heart-wrenching press conference was unfolding, we got word about another grave Meanwhile in Fla a sista named Marissa Alexander just got sentenced to 20 yrs for shooting a gun at ceiling to protect herself from an abusive husband who had a restraining order and had beaten her while pregnant.. When he violated the restraining order and attempted to beat her again,Ms Alexander who legally owned a gun shot the gun into the ceiling to scare him away.. Florida where Ms Alexander is from has the infamous ‘stand your ground law‘, but it was disallowed as a defense.. Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison.. her three kids have not seen their mother since the incident a year ago.. Talk about injustice..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htVE9qrzyWk

Florida is Home to a Rapper Sent to Jail for 2Years for doing a Cop Killer Song

Antavio Johnson

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin situation many are re-examining the strange case of Lakeland, Florida resident Antavio Johnson. Two years ago Johnson known as DJ TO was charged with 2 counts of Treat To a Public Servant due to saying the names of two Lakeland Police Department officers from Polk County Florida. According to an article detailing the case in the The Ledger, DJ TO was facing 5 years on each charge but accepted a plea bargain for 2 years total. You can read that story HERE

The song was discovered by Polk County sheriff’s Cyber Crime unit  after it was put on the MySpace page of a local record promotion company called Hood Certified Ent .

On the YouTube page, HCE head Lucky posted the following;

I myself, “Lucky” from HCE was locked up with T.O. and I still remain friends with him. I’ve come out publicly saying that I take full blame for the outcome of this case. With that said like I said on a news interview “I will never apologize to the law enforcement community however I do apologize to T.O. because if cops are threatened by the lyrics of a song, then they are in the wrong line of work.”

Apparently because DJ TO was on parole, it’s speculated that him making threats even in a song was somehow a violation.. The ACLU disagrees.. All of us should pause for a minute and take stock in how powerful police officers have become over the past few years. We now have some states where it’s illegal to film them. We have a Policeman’s Bill of Rights in states all over the country including California and Florida where its difficult for the public to have access to police abuse reports. In Cali, its damn near impossible to use that information in court cases. We in Cali found this out during the Oscar Grant case, when the past abuses of former BART cop Johannes Mehserle was inadmissible

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ9yCmhnfNk

Here’s Lyrics to the song

Hi, Grady

Free My Ni**a Chico

Straight up

Free My Ni**a Chico

Im’ma see you when you get home, homey.

Im’ma kill me a cop one day

He’ey

Cause I’m tired of em playin’ with my life

Lord, I know it ain’t right.

It ain’t right, no

If Officer ……………….[name removed upon request by LPD] he care at all

Get my timing wrong

Im’ma be puttin’ one in his dome

Mr. Officer

Mr. Officer

Try me on the wrong day

And I’m offin’ ya

I gotta grudge with the judge

Rugers for prosecutors

Calicos for C.O.’s

Bullet holes for P.O.’s

Call me crazy but I think I fell in love with the sound

Of hearing the dispatcher saying, “Officer Down”

Im’ma kill me a cop one day

He’ey

Cause I’m tired of em playin’ with my life

Lord, I know it ain’t right.

It ain’t right, no

Hey!!! T.O.!!!

If Officer …………… [name removed upon request by LPD]

The Wonder Woman

Get my timing wrong

I’m a be puttin’ one in her dome

Mrs. Officer

Mrs. Officer

Try me on the wrong day

And I’m offin’ ya

I gotta Glock for a cop

Choppers for crime stoppers

And one in the cartridge

For the Lakeland Police Department