I am finally going to way in on the trayvon martin case here is the statue on Florida  

The 2012 Florida Statutes

Title XLVI
CRIMES
Chapter 776
JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE
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776.013 Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.—
(1) A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if:
(a) The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered, a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person’s will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and
(b) The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred.
(2) The presumption set forth in subsection (1) does not apply if:
(a) The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner, lessee, or titleholder, and there is not an injunction for protection from domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person; or
(b) The person or persons sought to be removed is a child or grandchild, or is otherwise in the lawful custody or under the lawful guardianship of, the person against whom the defensive force is used; or
(c) The person who uses defensive force is engaged in an unlawful activity or is using the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle to further an unlawful activity; or
(d) The person against whom the defensive force is used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who enters or attempts to enter a dwelling, residence, or vehicle in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person entering or attempting to enter was a law enforcement officer.
(3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
(4) A person who unlawfully and by force enters or attempts to enter a person’s dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle is presumed to be doing so with the intent to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence.
(5) As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Dwelling” means a building or conveyance of any kind, including any attached porch, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, which has a roof over it, including a tent, and is designed to be occupied by people lodging therein at night.
(b) “Residence” means a dwelling in which a person resides either temporarily or permanently or is visiting as an invited guest.
(c) “Vehicle” means a conveyance of any kind, whether or not motorized, which is designed to transport people or property.

now here is my opinion  of the case 

The killing of 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin has touched off a fierce debate over race, violence, and equal treatment under the law.

Here are the details: On February 26, Trayvon was visiting a house with his father in a gated townhouse community in Sanford, Florida (outside Orlando). Trayvon left the house and walked to the local 7-Eleven. On his way back, George Zimmerman, a white 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain, called the police because the boy looked “real suspicious,” according to a 911 call released late Friday. Even though the operator told Zimmerman not to pursue Trayvon, he did anyway, getting out of his car and confronting the boy.

According to the New York Times’ Charles Blow, “Trayvon had a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. Zimmerman had a 9 millimeter handgun. The two allegedly engaged in a physical altercation. There was yelling, and then a gunshot. When police arrived, Trayvon was face down in the grass with a fatal bullet wound to the chest.”

Zimmerman was taken into custody, but said he acted in self-defense, so he was questioned and released with no charge.

Celebrities have begun to weigh in on the case: Most notably, Def Jam Recordings founder Russell Simmons tweeted, “Trayvon Martin didn’t die so we can create a race war he died so we can promote better understanding. We must start honest dialogue…pls join our facebook page as we seek justice for Trayvon Martin.”

But, so far police have still not charged Zimmerman with a crime. Trayvon’s parents have created a petition on Change.org (with close to 400,000 signatures), in which they call for Norman Wolfinger, Florida’s 18th District State’s Attorney, “to investigate my son’s murder and prosecute George Zimmerman for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.”

In the petition, his parents say: “When Zimmerman reported Trayvon to the police, they told him not to confront him. But he did anyway. All we know about what happened next is that our 17 year-old son, who was completely unarmed, was shot and killed. It’s been nearly two weeks and the Sanford Police have refused to arrest George Zimmerman. In their public statements, they even go so far as to stand up for the killer – saying he’s “a college grad who took a class in criminal justice.”

The case has reignited a furious debate about racial-profiling, vigilante justice, and equal treatment under the law. The police chief said: “Our investigation is color blind and based on the facts and circumstances, not color. I know I can say that until I am blue in the face, but, as a white man in a uniform, I know it doesn’t mean anything to anybody.”

 

This is the first time i am writing about this topic so please bear with me in this post 9/11 world  we as human have become more fearful and we are constantly making adjustment in are life’s to deal with growing threats IE:gun security levels  ,border patrol  but before i dive into that i will start from were it begin in the early 1970 till about the early 1990s  U.S  citizens would  get there information from one main news source and  it was for the most part accurate as the 90’s  rolled in and the internet and cable became  the new source of info we saw a new  upswing in slanted  news sources also people want to hear what the believed in as well   this also played a role in the way you received your info you political views played a part in what you that was more relative to you  and then we started to see the birth of shows like Fox’s news and CNN and the death of public TV shows  also we seen a spring board of new  ways to seek out information it was the technology age the has giving the right wing Conservatives more and more  power.

Many experts believe that media reports contribute to the “fear factor” experienced by the public during and after a terrorist event. I think the omnipresence of media venues does make this dilemma more exacerbated but only for a select group of viewers. As more people become aware of the role of the media, it often becomes clear that the media is airing events to gain ratings and a following from viewers. Companies such as NBC, FOX, and CNN show footage of nearly anything that can be even remotely digested by the public.

The Internet has possibilities for even more uncensored media coverage. At present, people seem to be keener in discerning how the media portrays terrorist events. The number of educated people has risen substantially, as has the number of people that look for information in more reputable sources. Humans have become more autonomous over time in regards to seeking information. It is my understanding that the widespread use of the Internet, ephemeral literature, books, and other publications makes for an omnivorous mind.

According to White (2006) mass media serve as a force multiplier for terrorists mainly in part due to the augmentation of terrorist events which may cause a fearful psychological aura. In order to protect the public from the omnipotent media and their omnidirectional messages of fear we must focus on certain type of censorship as a protective measure. I also believe this censorship would include the Homeland Security Agency in many aspects, since a lot is at stake. Here are some issues to consider:

Mass panic due to an overreaction would be a catastrophe to the U.S. economy and the country in general, as people would be fending for themselves fearing of another unconfirmed terrorist threat.
Security forces, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies need to do their jobs and often the media may interfere with the performance of such jobs due to an avaricious need to gain ratings and in turn make money (White, 2006). It is often the case that the media reports something before the intelligence gathered, or the impending hostage crisis, is resolved. People’s lives are on the line when a medium/media tries to boost its rating by propagating false or sensitive information.
In other countries the view of America by the media sources is quite different than the one American media portrays here. Therefore, it is encouraged to keep the country united and not allow for a division of citizens to support one side over the other. The eager or the wise will discern the messages reported by the media, and they will be able to “read between the lines.”
Policing other countries from airing “fear factor” content is a different issue all together. It would be nearly impossible to do so due to the propensity for a widespread boycott against the U.S. Even if political means were used to control some content aired on other nations’ airwaves, we (the U.S.) would still be found guilty of global censorship. I think it’s enough that many countries don’t like the United States, especially after the fall of the Soviet Union, as we have become a global supremacy; not a “crowd pleaser” (White, 2006). Therefore, in my humble opinion, we cannot have a strong impact on other nations’ media and content aired by them.

In retrospect, I would highly recommend for the Homeland Security Agency to intervene in certain aspects of airing terrorism related material. This would be highly beneficial to the intelligence agencies and other agencies directly involved with sensitive missions. Censorship of some kind needs to be implemented and the media outlets should be held accountable for divulging unsupported, and often times, dangerous information. I think that the regulation of Internet based content is nearly impossible, and at present, there is little we can do to control other nations’ media and Internet sources.

This is a question and answer interview about how Dr. Epps feels about the civil rights moment&n his& prospective on the Occupy Movement this interview took two days to complete talk about the last hour of Dr king last Hour of his life

The Voice :So Dr Epps what are the commonality in The Occupy movement The Civil Right Movement?

DR Epps:The Occupy and Civil right Movements are similar in one objective that is the fulfillment
of the principles of the Declaration Of Independence And the Constitution Of The United State of America.

The Voice:so What Are the Differences?

Dr.Epps:The apparent Difference is the method of tactics use by these groups

The Voice:how do you feel that Dr. King would Feel About the Occupy Movement?

Dr Epps He would Embrace and support them because of their Non-violent tactics and there focus on the fulfillment of the Declaration of Independence And the Constitution

The Voice : What made you so interested in social movements?

Dr Epps: I was reared in an environment of discrimination and mistreatment of individuals because of there color however my parents were god fearing people who taught us to love everybody.

The Voice :How was Dr King On April 4th 1968

Dr. Epps: He reflected his normal demeanor of self-sacrifice and service Dr King had Personal relationship with many clergy in
Memphis including DR H Ralph Jackson Rev Ezekiel Bell Rev Kyle’s
William Lacey Dr king and myself were in a strategy with Dr. King When Rev. Kyles  Came and was ready to pick up Dr King He was not ready because of the meeting went long then expected so we were leaving  and as we were  got back to the hotel we heard the news that Dr king had been shot

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I am about to list some name let see if  some people remember these name Oscar Grant Sean Bell Emmit Till James Byrd Trayvon Martin ths blog was post because i was shock at the new fad of police brutality Some observers think police brutality may be on the rise, as a pair of recent court cases would appear to indicate, but more than anything, the cases – and a pattern of police behavior since the so-called “war on terror” began – definitely project a growing police state mentality among civil servants charged with serving the public.

Perhaps the most famous instance of police misconduct in recent history is the L.A.P.D. beating of the late Rodney King. A construction worker who was on parole for robbery, he became known nationally after a video showing him being beaten by several officers following a late-night car chase on March 3, 1991 made headlines.

But there have been a number of cases since then, and while the vast majority are not nearly as high profile, when taken together, they could be the foundation of darker days ahead.

Case in point

Such concerns are rooted in cases like this recent one in near Rockford, Ill., a mid-sized city located on both banks of the Rock River in far northern Illinois. There, police have been accused of using a taser on a suspect before beating him for telling a friend she could refuse to take a field sobriety test, then allegedly accusing the man of assaulting an officer.

According to federal court papers, the plaintiff, Craig Clark, has named the Village of Pecatonica, which is west of Rockford, and Officer Douglas Hendricksen, as well as Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Broullard, in a suit.

Clark has claimed that he was leaving a bar in the town of Durand, which is also west of Rockford, with a female friend when his car was stopped by Broullard. While the deputy ran the female friend’s identification and called for back-up, Clark went back into the bar, court papers said.

“Plaintiff was standing on the rear porch of the bar when defendant-Officer Broullard-started administering the field sobriety test to Colleen,” the female friend, the papers said. “Plaintiff yelled out to Colleen that she could refuse the field sobriety test.”

When he did so, the deputy allegedly began to yell at Clark. “At this time, defendant-Officer Hendricksen approached plaintiff on the porch and pointed his taser at plaintiff.” The papers say that Clark was not taking an aggressive stance towards the officers, but that Hendricksen told Clark he was placing him under arrest.

“Really?” Clark said, according to the papers. “Defendant-Officer Hendricksen then fired his Taser at plaintiff,” says the complaint, which then said Hendricksen drew his asp from his belt and began striking Clark – an act that Broullard allegedly did nothing to stop.

The complaint says that Hendricksen told Broullard that Clark had taken his Taser, though Broullard had allegedly dropped it.

“Defendant-Officer Broullard struck plaintiff in the face with his fists and elbow,” according to the complaint before Hendricksen used a Taser on Clark once again.

Did Clark get beaten, tased and arrested because he really deserved it, or because the officers involved just didn’t think he had a right to speak his mind? And if what he said was against some statute, did it warrant the violent treatment?

Patterns of behavior

Those questions, and others, scream for answers, as you read about other recent cases of alleged police brutality:

— In Nashville, two brothers recently filed suit in federal court against officers they say assaulted them; one brother says he was assaulted by the officers for videotaping them assaulting his brother.

— An officer assigned to a Dolton, Ill., school physically assaulted a 15-year-old special needs child in 2010, all of which was caught on surveillance camera, ostensibly because the boy’s shirt was not tucked in. That same officer was later accused of rape.

— Officers in St. Paul, Minn., maced a 30-year-old suspect then kicked him, apparently for asking why he was being arrested, earlier this month.

— An undercover Greenville County officer tased and punched an 18-year-old in the face 13 times. Though at a known drug house, it did not appear as though the suspect was giving the officer much grief prior to his beat down.

— A security camera from a nearby Del Taco restaurant caught L.A.P.D officers (a pattern here in and of itself?) roughly handling Michelle Jordan, after being pulled over on a routine traffic stop (she was texting on her cell phone while driving). Post-arrest images showed bruises on her face and body after being mishandled by police.

— From the March 6, 2012, edition of the Chicago Tribune: “Eugene Grubber was drunk, hostile and uncooperative when he walked into the Lake County Jail, but a day later, he was paralyzed, had a broken neck and barely registered a pulse after an encounter with guards, records show.” He died four months later.

Profile of A civil right hero

Posted: March 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

Jesse Epps: Civil Rights Activist 
and Champion of Workers’ Rights


Born in the farming community of Dublin during the heart of the depression and the segregation of Jim Crow Mississippi, Jesse Epps made an early acquaintance with the struggles of individuals and their families. He is the second youngest of 15 children. His father was a graduate of Alcorn University, owned a small farm, and was the first black man registered to vote in their poll-taxed, racially discriminating county.

Epps studied labor relations at Syracuse, Rutgers, and Cornell Universities and has spent the last 40 years fighting for and defending the rights and conditions of all working men and women. He began his professional labor experience working for the International Union of Electrical Workers at Local 320 in Syracuse, NY, where he served as chief steward and as an executive board member on the Educational and Civil Rights Committees.

From 1960-1972 Epps served as assistant to the international president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In that capacity he assisted in the oversight and direction of an international field staff of officers and volunteers which numbered more than 18,000. He personally directed field operations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, and New York City, and directed state-wide operations in Ohio and New York.

It was while he was serving at the AFSCME that Epps was sent to Memphis in the spring of 1968 to assist in settling the sanitation workers’ strike in that city. Suffering from significantly lower wages than their white counterparts, practically non-existent benefits, and inhuman working conditions, the battle cry authored by these men was simply, “I am a man.” In the waning days of this monumental struggle for simple human dignity and compensation, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., agreed to the request of AFSCME officials for the inspiration and exposure that his involvement would lend to the struggle. The strike ended with the tragic assassination of Dr. King. In spite of this tragedy, or perhaps as a result of it, Epps and the AFSCME successfully negotiated a contract for the 1,300 striking sanitation workers.

From 1964-1968 Epps was an advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s White House on the participation of young people, students, and minorities both in the Democratic Party and the government in general. With Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey serving as co-chairperson, this team of advisors assisted President Johnson in navigating and productively involving students and minorities in the governmental process during those turbulent and struggling social and political times.
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Epps also serves and champions equality, fair treatment, and justice outside the workplace. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP, reorganizing its local chapter of Central New York at Syracuse in 1958 and subsequently serving as its president, as well as serving on the New York state board of the NAACP. More recently Epps served as co-chairperson on the Labor and Industry Committee of the Philadelphia Branch, and currently serves on its Executive Board. Also in New York, Epps assisted in the organization of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Central New York, and also served as a co-chairperson. 

While continuing his involvement with the mission of the NAACP, the AFL-CIO, and other local, national, and international labor entities, Epps has been involved in the organization or operation of various other social bodies. Over his lifetime he has served the Mississippi Voters League, the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.), and the National Housing Committee of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. As an appointee of President Johnson, Epps served on a task force that led to the legislation that established the Office of Economic Opportunity which is responsible for such current programs as Head Start.

To be an effective advocate for the people, there is no greater attribute than to have connectivity to the avenues of power. Through his tireless efforts over many years of activity in labor and social causes, Epps has developed such connectivity to influential people in the arenas of government, politics, labor, and religion. A lifetime participant, witness and true believer in collective bargaining as a tool for working people and their families, as well as a citizen activist and advocate, he has focused his energies in recent years on establishing the National Union of American Families (NUAF). The NUAF is essentially a marriage between the two philosophies. Epps’ vision of collective bargaining as a tool for the community gives working families of all races, colors, creeds control to improve the quality of life both in the workplace and out.  stay tuned for the sit down interview i had with MR. Epps

 

Hello again, readers.

Over the next few weeks I will be writing a series of posts that compare and contrast The Occupy Movement with The Civil Rights Movement. I will speak with people who lived through both Civil Rights and Occupy participants across the country, as well.

It is not my goal to prove that one is better than the other. Rather, I am interested in discussing what common ground these two political groups share, how they differ, and how the media has influenced each.

Above all, I think both movements are reminders of how far we still have to go.

Please feel free to comment on these posts. I want to know what you have to say.

That was then this is now part 1

Posted: November 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

hello again readers over the next  weeks i was be writing a series of a compare and contrast  occupy movement & civil right movement  the thing  they have in common and the differences i will be talking to people who have lived though the civil right movement an members of occupy  in all the states and i will be doing polls and studies on both movement this is not to see which movement is better it is simple a comparison  both of this movements were great reminders of how far we still have to go  and we will take a look at how the media played apart  in these movement and what was the dynamics in these to great movements there similar in message but let  look and see how close are these movements are please feel free to comment and tell me i will be learn and maybe some of the thing we uncover will be new