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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

HumanTrafficking Awareness Day


1/11/11 Jan 11, 2011 is HumanTrafficking Awareness Day, a GLOBAL event.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Aileen Wuornos


Aileen Wuornos (February 29, 1956 – October 9, 2002) was an American serial killer who killed seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990, claiming they raped or attempted to rape her while she was working as a prostitute. She was convicted and sentenced to death for six of the murders and executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002.
[edit] Childhood

Wuornos was born as Aileen Carol Pittman in Rochester, Michigan, on February 29, 1956.[2] Her mother, Diane Pratt, was 15 years old when she married Aileen's father, Leo Dale Pittman on June 3, 1954. Aileen had an older brother named Keith, who was born in February 1955. Less than two years later and two months before Wuornos was born, Pratt filed for divorce. Wuornos never met her father, because he was in prison for the rape and attempted murder of an eight-year-old boy [3] when she was born. Leo Pittman, a child molester, was in and out of prison and hanged himself in prison in 1969.[1][4] In January 1960, Pratt abandoned her children, leaving them with their maternal grandparents, Lauri and Britta Wuornos, who legally adopted Keith and Aileen on March 18, 1960.[4]

From a young age, Wuornos engaged in sex with multiple partners, possibly including her own brother. Wuornos claimed that she was sexually assaulted as a child by her grandfather. In 1970, at age 14, she became pregnant [5] , having been raped by an unknown man.[6] Wuornos gave birth at a home for unwed mothers, and the child was placed for adoption.[4] A few months after her baby was born, her grandmother died of liver failure; and Aileen and her brother became wards of the court. When she was 15, her grandfather threw her out of the house; and she began supporting herself as a prostitute and living in the woods near her old home.[4]
[edit] Apprehension and sentencing

On July 4, 1990, Wuornos and Moore abandoned Peter Siems' car after they were involved in an accident. Witnesses who had seen the women driving the victims' cars provided police with their names and descriptions, resulting in a media campaign to locate them. Police also found some of the victims' belongings in pawnshops and retrieved fingerprints matching those found in the victims' cars. Wuornos had a criminal justice record in Florida, and her fingerprints were on file.[4]

On January 9, 1991, Wuornos was arrested on an outstanding warrant at The Last Resort, a biker bar in Volusia County.[19] Police located Moore the next day in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She agreed to elicit a confession from Wuornos in exchange for prosecutorial immunity.[20] Moore returned with police to Florida, where she was put up in a motel. Under police guidance, Moore made numerous telephone calls to Wuornos, pleading for help in clearing her name. Three days later, on January 16, 1991, Wuornos confessed to the murders. She claimed the men had tried to rape her and she killed them in self-defense.[21][22]

On January 14, 1992, Wuornos went to trial for the murder of Richard Mallory. Prior bad acts are normally inadmissible in criminal trials; but, under Florida's Williams Rule, the prosecution was allowed to introduce evidence related to her other crimes to show a pattern of illegal activity.[1] On January 27, 1992, Wuornos was convicted of Richard Mallory's murder with help from Moore's testimony. At her sentencing, psychiatrists for the defense testified that Wuornos was mentally unstable and had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Four days later, she was sentenced to death.[22][23]

On March 31, 1992, Wuornos pleaded nolo contendere (no contest) to the murders of Dick Humphreys, Troy Burress, and David Spears, saying she wanted to "get right with God".[1] In her statement to the court, she stated, "I wanted to confess to you that Richard Mallory did violently rape me as I've told you; but these others did not. [They] only began to start to."[1] On May 15, 1992, Wuornos was given three more death sentences.[1]

In June 1992, Wuornos pleaded guilty to the murder of Charles Carskaddon; and, in November 1992, she received her fifth death sentence.[1] The defense made efforts during the trial to introduce evidence that Mallory had been tried for Intent to Commit Rape in Maryland and that he had been committed to a maximum security correctional facility in Maryland that provided remediation to sexual offenders.[24] Records obtained from that institution reflected that, from 1958 to 1962, Mallory was committed for treatment and observation resulting from a criminal charge of Assault with Intent to Rape and received an over-all eight years of treatment from the facility. In 1961, "it was observed of Mr. Mallory that he possessed strong sociopathic trends."[24] The judge refused to allow this to be admitted in court as evidence and denied Wuornos' request for a retrial.[22][24][25]

In February 1993, Wuornos pleaded guilty to the murder of Walter Gino Antonio and was sentenced to death again. No charges were brought against her for the murder of Peter Siems, as his body was never found. In all, she received six death sentences.[1]

Wuornos told several inconsistent stories about the killings. She claimed initially that all seven men had raped her while she was working as a prostitute but later recanted the claim of self-defense. During an interview with filmmaker Nick Broomfield, when she thought the cameras were off, she told him that it was, in fact, self-defense, but she could not stand being on death row—where she had been for 12 years at that point—and wanted to die.[26]
[edit] Execution

Wuornos' appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied in 1996. In 2001, she announced that she would not issue any further appeals against her death sentence. She petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for the right to fire her legal counsel and stop all appeals, saying, "I killed those men, robbed them as cold as ice. And I'd do it again, too. There's no chance in keeping me alive or anything, because I'd kill again. I have hate crawling through my system...I am so sick of hearing this 'she's crazy' stuff. I've been evaluated so many times. I'm competent, sane, and I'm trying to tell the truth. I'm one who seriously hates human life and would kill again."[27] A defense attorney argued that she was in no state for them to honor such a request.[28]

Florida Governor Jeb Bush instructed three psychiatrists to give Wuornos a 15-minute interview. The test for competency requires the psychiatrist(s) to be convinced that the condemned person understands that they will die and for which crime(s) they are being executed. All three judged her mentally fit to be executed.

Wuornos later started accusing the prison matrons of abusing her. She accused them of tainting her food, spitting on it, serving her potatoes cooked in dirt, and her food arriving with urine. She also claimed overhearing conversations about "trying to get me so pushed over the brink by them I'd wind up committing suicide before the [execution]" and "wishing to rape me before execution." She also complained of strip searches, being handcuffed so tightly that her wrists bruised any time she left her cell, door kicking, frequent window checks by matrons, low water pressure, mildew on her mattress and "cat calling ... in distaste and a pure hatred towards me." Wuornos threatened to boycott showers and food trays when specific officers were on duty. "In the meantime, my stomach's growling away and I'm taking showers through the sink of my cell."

Her attorney stated that "Ms. Wuornos really just wants to have proper treatment, humane treatment until the day she's executed," and "If the allegations don't have any truth to them, she's clearly delusional. She believes what she's written".[29]

During the final stages of the appeal process she gave a series of interviews to Broomfield. In her final interview shortly before her execution she claimed that her mind was being controlled by "sonic pressure" to make her appear crazy and described her impending death as being taken away by angels on a space ship.[30] Wuornos said to Broomfield, "You sabotaged my ass society, and the cops, and the system. A raped woman got executed, and was used for books and movies and shit."[31] Her final words in the on-camera interview were "Thanks a lot, society, for railroading my ass."[32] Broomfield later met Dawn Botkins, a childhood friend of Wuornos', who told him, "She's sorry, Nick. She didn't give you the finger. She gave the media the finger, and then the attorneys the finger. And she knew if she said much more, it could make a difference on her execution tomorrow, so she just decided not to."[33]

Wuornos was executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002.[34] She was the tenth woman in the United States to be executed since the Supreme Court lifted the ban on capital punishment in 1976,[35] and the second woman ever executed in Florida. She declined a last meal and instead was given a cup of coffee. Her final statement before the execution was "Yes, I would just like to say I'm sailing with the rock, and I'll be back, like Independence Day with Jesus. June 6, like the movie. Big mother ship and all, I'll be back, I'll be back." [1]
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Sunday, 26 December 2010

R.I.P. Teena Marie

R&B singer Teena Marie, best known for her 1980s hits "Lovergirl," "Ooo La La La" and "Lead Me On," died in her sleep last night of unknown causes in her Los Angeles home. She was 54.
Marie's debut LP, 1979's Wild and Peaceful, was written with her mentor Rick James, who dueted with Marie on her breakthrough single "I'm A Sucker For Your Love." Motown, who rarely signed white artists, didn't put her photo on the cover — leading to a longstanding belief that Marie was actually black.
Mary Christine Brockert was born in Santa Monica and began performing at a very young age, appearing as a tap dancer an episode of the Beverly Hillbillies when she was only eight years old. Marie was signed to Motown by Berry Gordy when she was 19, though no music was released for nearly three years while they figured out what kind of material to give her. "One day [Rick James] was walking down the hall and I was sitting in Stevie Wonder's office," Marie recalled in a 2009 interview. "I would always be in there playing his piano and singing. Rick popped his head in there and we started having a conversation and after that we just became really close friends."
James contributed much to Marie's disco-infused debut album, though they rarely worked together in the ensuing years. Marie released three more albums for Motown, but in 1982 she got into a legal battle with the label. In the end she won a landmark lawsuit that declared it illegal for labels to keep artists under contract while refusing to release their work. It became known as the "Brockert Initiative," after Marie's real name. "It wasn't something I set out to do," she told the Los Angeles Times in 2004. "I just wanted to get away from Motown and have a good life. But it helped a lot of people, like Luther Vandross and the Mary Jane Girls and a lot of different artists, to be able to get out of their contracts."
After the lawsuit Marie signed to Epic, and released a series of R&B hits including "Ooo La La La," "Work It," "Here's Looking At You" and "Lovergirl" (watch Marie's 1985 performance above), which hit Number Nine on the Billboard Hot 100. She took a long break in the 1990s to raise her children daughter, but in 2004 she re-emerged with the album La Dona, which was released on Cash Money and featured contributions by Common, Birdman, Gerard Levert and Rick James. It was James' final recording before his death.
Teena Marie's most recent release was 2009's Congo Square. She continued to tour until shortly before her sudden death.


December 26 -- January 1


Wednesday, 22 December 2010

PLEASE CALL DR. Gloria Perry and Ask her to take Jamie Scott To Dialysis - 601-359-5155

PLEASE CALL DR. Gloria Perry and Ask her to take Jamie Scott To Dialysis - 601-359-5155

12 Things Child Traffickers Don't Want You To Know.



12 things child traffickers don't want you to know

1. Child traffickers have recruiters in your kids' schools--yes, even in the US.
2. Recruiters are other kids.
3. Child traffickers monitor Facebook, Flickr, and other social media sites looking for vulnerable kids.  
4. They work in malls all over the US, including in your city.
5. There's money to be made buying and selling children. Each year more than 100,000 kids are trafficked for sex and labor slavery in the US.
6. Human trafficking is organized crime.  It's the second most lucrative illegal industry on the planet (after illegal drugs) and rapidly becoming the top one.
7. These are not "bad" kids, just vulnerable ones.
8. Most kids are rescued because someone saw something that didn't look right and knew where to call.
9. Warning signs you can look for
10. What to ask if you think someone is being trafficked
11. Your city probably already has an anti-trafficking task force. 
12. There's plenty of information on the web to keep you aware and help you protect your child. Your child does not have to be a victim.

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Don't tell the traffickers, but here's the information they don't want you to have: 
For #2, 3 and 4 above: More information is here.
For #8: In the US, call the National Trafficking Resource Center hotline (888) 373-7888; in other countries, call one of these hotlines
For #9 and 10: Warning signs
For #11: Google the name of your city and "human trafficking task force."


Bobby Sands

Robert Gerard Sands (Irish: Roibeárd Gearóid Ó Seachnasaigh,[1] commonly known as Bobby Sands; (9 March 1954 – 5 May 1981) was an Irish volunteer of the Provisional Irish Republican Army and member of the United Kingdom Parliament who died on hunger strike while in HM Prison Maze.
He was the leader of the 1981 hunger strike in which Irish republican prisoners protested against the removal of Special Category Status. During his strike he was elected as a member of the United Kingdom Parliament as an Anti H-Block/Armagh Political Prisoner candidate.[2][3] His death resulted in a new surge of IRA recruitment and activity. International media coverage brought attention to the hunger strikers, and the Republican movement in general, attracting both praise and criticism.[4]

The term minor

The term minor is used to refer to a person under a certain age, the age of majority, which legally demarcates childhood from adulthood; the age depends upon jurisdiction and application, but is typically 16, 18, or 21. Minors have the same rights as adults.
The concept of a minor is not sharply defined in most jurisdictions. The ages of criminal responsibility and consent, the age at which attendance at school ceases to be obligatory, the age at which legally binding contracts can be entered into, and so on, may all be different.
In Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, a minor is a person under 20 years of age. In New Zealand law, a minor is a person under 18 years of age, but most of the rights of adulthood are assumed at lower ages: for example, entering into contracts and having a will are legally possible at 15.
In many countries, including Australia, (except in Queensland, where it is 17), India, Philippines, United Kingdom, Brazil, Croatia and the country of Colombia, a minor is defined as a person under the age of 18. In the United States, where the age of majority is set by the individual states, minor usually refers to someone under the age of 18, but can be used in certain areas (such as gambling and the consuming of alcohol) to define someone under the age of 21.
In the criminal justice system in some places, "minor" is not entirely consistent, as a minor may be tried and punished for a crime either as a juvenile or, usually only for "extremely serious crimes" such as murder, as an adult[citati

United Kingdom

In England and Wales and in Northern Ireland a minor is a person under the age of 18 (Family Law Reform Act 1969, section 1); in Scotland, under the age of 16 (Age of legal capacity, Scotland 1991). The age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland is 10; and 12 in Scotland, formerly 8 which was the lowest age in Europe[citation needed].
In England and Wales, cases of minors breaking the law are often dealt with by the Youth Offending Team. If they are incarcerated, they will be sent to a youth detention centre.
The age of majority is 16 for most purposes including sitting on a jury, voting, standing as a candidate, buying or renting films with an 18 certificate or R18 certificate or seeing them in a cinema, viewing, hiring, or being depicted in pornographic materials, suing without a litigant friend, being civilly liable, accessing adoption records and purchasing alcohol, tobacco products, knives and fireworks. The rules on minimum age for sale of these products are frequently broken so in practice drinking and smoking takes place before the age of majority; however many UK shops are tightening restrictions on them by asking for identifying documentation from potentially underage customers.
Driving certain large vehicles, acting as personal license holder for licensed premises and adopting a child are only permitted after the age of 21.

United States

In the United States as of 1995, minor is legally defined as a person under the age of 15, although, in the context of alcohol, people under the age of 21 may be referred to as "minors".[citation needed], However, not all minors are considered "juveniles" in terms of criminal responsibility. As is frequently the case in the United States, the laws vary widely by state.
In eleven states, including Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas, a "juvenile" is legally defined as a person under seventeen.[citation needed], In two states, New York and North Carolina, "juvenile" refers to a person under sixteen.[1] In other states a juvenile is legally defined as a person under eighteen.[citation needed],
Under this distinction, those considered juveniles are usually tried in juvenile court, and they may be afforded other special protections. For example, in some states a parent or guardian must be present during police questioning, or their names may be kept confidential when they are accused of a crime. For many crimes (especially more violent crimes), the age at which a minor may be tried as an adult is variable below the age of 18 or (less often) below 16 [Gaines, Larry K and Roger Leroy Miller. "Criminal Justice in Action" 4th ed., Thompson Wadsworth Publishing, 2007. Pg 495]. For example, in Kentucky, the lowest age a juvenile may be tried as an adult, no matter how heinous the crime, is 14.
In most states juveniles cannot be incarcerated with adult inmates[citation needed], even if the child is charged as an adult. This is also discouraged by the federal government, which prefers funding only if children and adults are housed in separate facilities[citation needed]. As with the adult system, the juvenile justice system has become more and more punitive over time,[citation needed] despite a juvenile's lack of right to a jury in juvenile court, often lower brain development (because of their youth), and evidence that incarceration and even probation lead to a higher incidence of reoffending for juveniles than non-punitive consequences.[citation needed]
The death penalty in the U.S. for those who committed a crime while under the age of 21 was discontinued by the U.S. Supreme Court Case Roper v. Simmons in 2005 [3]. The court's 5-4 decision was written by Justice Kennedy and joined by Justices Ginsburg, Stevens, Breyer, and Souter, and cited international law, child developmental science, and many other factors in reaching its conclusion.
The age of consent for sexual activity is often lower than the age of majority, frequently using a graduated scale based on the difference in age between the participants. There is an absolute minimum age, however, varying from state to state, below which a minor may not consent. The lowest age for a legal marriage also varies by state, ranging from sixteen to seventeen.
The twenty-sixth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1971, granted all citizens the right to vote in every state, in every election, from the age of 18.
The US Department of Defense took the position that they would not consider the "enemy combatants" they held in extrajudicial detention in the Guantanamo Bay detainment camps to be minors unless they were less than sixteen years old.[verification needed] In the event they only separated three of the more than a dozen detainees who were under 16 from the adult prison population. All the several dozen detainees who were between sixteen and eighteen years of age were detained with the adult prison population. Now those under 18 are kept separate in line with the age of majority and world expectations.
Some states, including Florida, have passed laws allowing a person who commits an extremely heinous crime such as murder to be tried as an adult, regardless of age. These laws, however, have faced the challenges of the ACLU.

Justice for Girls

Justice for Girls is a non-profit organization that promotes freedom from violence, social justice and equality for teenage girls who live in poverty.

Canadian girls face disturbingly high rates of violence. Male violence is a daily reality for homeless young women. On the street young women are subjected to constant verbal, physical and sexual violence. Girls who 'panhandle' and 'squeegy' for money face every kind of physical and verbal assault. Day to day they are touched, poked, prodded, fondled, forcibly kissed, spat on, pelted with objects (such as cigarette butts), grabbed, pushed, punched, and kicked. Girls who are sexually abused through prostitution are most vulnerable to all forms of violence including murder. Men who abuse girls on the street-"johns", passers-by, boyfriends, police, bar patrons- rarely, if ever face consequences for their attacks on homeless teenage girls.

As a result of racist child welfare practices and colonial destruction of Indigenous communities, Indigenous girls make up a large percentage of teenage girls in poverty
including homeless girls. Indigenous girls are subjected to extreme rates of violence and constitute a shocking number of murder and suicide victims in British Columbia. Justice for Girls has observed that men who commit the most serious sexual violence against multiple teenage girls very often choose Indigenous girls as their targets. We understand these to be hate motivated acts of sexual violence.

Whether it is past sexual abuse at home or in government care, rape by a current boyfriend, or repeated sexual exploitation and abuse by "johns", the effects of sexual violence against girls are severe and cummulative. In addition to physical injuries, girls experience chronic anxiety, panic attacks, depression, emotional numbness, flash-backs, sleep and eating disturbances, gastro-intestinal disorders, and more. In order to cope, young women sometimes use drugs, live "on the run," harm and mutilate their own bodies, act out anger on other girls, or attempt or commit suicide.

Low-income and homeless teenage girls need the safety of housing and services that are for girls only. Given the level of male violence that young women face and their marginalization through poverty, systemic racism, and other forms of oppression, programs and services for girls must respond to the compounding effects of multiple forms of oppression and repeated male violence
justiceforgirls.org/index.html -.

We had to pick a famous murder crime, so I picked this. The reason why I picked the Sylvia Likens murder is because I love the movie "An American Crime"...but it is very sad. I forgot to add in the video that Sylvia and Jenny's parents did not permanetly leave them with Gertrude. They planned to be only gone for 2 weeks. They then delayed the time to 3-4 months. When they got back, Sylvia was gone... Paula is also still alive. Most of Gertrude's children are dead. Maybe 3-4 at the most are still alive. They should still be behind bars! I got a B + on the project. This video will be better if your volume is on. :) To view the heart breaking movie about Sylvia Likens, here is the link to the trailer on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FgZx-cF9cg GERTRUDE AND HER FAMILY: BURN IN HELL! SYLVIA: REST IN PEACE IN HEAVEN WITH GOD

Monday, 20 December 2010

Why won't Obama pardon Jack Johnson?

In this photo taken in 1910 and provided by the Nevada Historical Society, Jack Johnson is seen in a photo postcard by Dana Studio.

In my household, you were not allowed to date white women. It's no fun being raised by four generations of black women all at the same time, not when you're a teenager in the midst of it anyway. The rules were emphatic, and that was one of them.
You see, Jack Johnson, who was the first black heavyweight champion, is not the only one who didn't quite understand why white women were off limits, I too struggled with such a mandate. And while I'm in a beautiful relationship with an African-American woman, I never quite got the decree or the memo that said one must date his own race.
So when I heard that a resolution sponsored by Sen. John McCain and Rep. Peter King was passed in July of 2009, urging President Obama to grant a posthumous pardon, I got excited. Our president was going to get a chance to right a wrong that had been done to one of black America's greatest heroes.
Johnson won the title from Tommy Burns in Australia in 1908, prompting writer Jack London to call for a white hope to put the black man in his place, specifically calling for previous undefeated champ James Jeffries to come out of retirement for that purpose. And he did.
Jeffries said at the time: "I feel obligated to the sporting public at least to make an effort to reclaim the heavyweight championship for the white race. I should step into the ring again and demonstrate that a white man is king of them all." Keep in mind, Jeffries was out of shape and had not fought in six years. But he just couldn't help himself. White supremacy forced him back into the ring.
Needless to say, Johnson beat Jeffries on July 4, 1910 in Reno, Nevada, in the storied "Great White Hope" fight. Whites reacted across this country with rage and dismay as they rioted and lynched blacks at will. The racism was so deep that the U.S. Justice Department pursued Johnson for his involvement with white women until it won a conviction.
He was convicted on a morals charge in 1913 for his relationship with a white woman. He was convicted under the Mann Act of the crime of transporting a white woman across state lines. As you can imagine, marriage between white and blacks was outlawed.
He was arrested for his relationship with Lucille Cameron, who was a prostitute, who later became his second wife. Initially the case fell apart as Cameron refused to cooperate. But less than a month later, Johnson was arrested again on similar charges. This time, the woman, another prostitute named Belle Schreiber, with whom he had been involved in 1909 and 1910, testified against him. Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury, despite the fact that the incidents used to convict him took place prior to passage of the Mann Act. He was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.


Tennesee Men Arrested for Trafficking Women on Backpage.com

by Amanda Kloer
In what's becoming a pattern, yet another story of human trafficking via Backpage.com is splashed across the media this week. This time, several adult women who were forced into prostitution were advertised on the increasingly notorious online classified site. How many more cases of human trafficking will Backpage.com help facilitate before they finally begin to take the issue seriously?

Five men were arrested this week for running a human trafficking ring based in Columbia, Tennessee. Nathaniel Roberts, the alleged ringleader of the group that called themselves "The Wolf Pack", is accused of using Backpage.com to advertise for sex with women who he controlled and abused, sometimes with brutal violence. For example, one of the victims claimed that she earned an average of $900 a day selling sex acts, but Roberts and his colleagues kept every penny of it. If she or the other trafficked women complained or "talked back," Roberts would beat them. Mental, physical, and emotional abuse became an almost-daily reality for The Wolf Pack's women, all in the name of profit — Roberts' Myspace page boasts that he makes over $100,000 a year as a pimp. And his profits from sex trafficking were made possible by Backpage.com.

Backpage and other online classified sites make it easy for people like Roberts and his cohorts to sell trafficked women in several cities or states. While this ring was based in Columbia, Tennessee, a relatively small town, Backpage allowed the traffickers to advertise for the women they controlled in other cities, including Spring Hill, Murfreesboro and Nashville. Backpage opened up the market of men looking to buy sex far beyond the local area, and because of that, The Wolf Pack was able to profit mightily from the women they forced into prostitution.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

“Watch your thoughts,

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

Activist Post: Homeless and Alone in the Land of Milk and Honey

Activist Post: Homeless and Alone in the Land of Milk and Honey

Operation Free Sara Kruzan - Nikki Junker

Sara Kruzan has spent too long in prison and we will not stop until she is free... this is why I will not stop fighting for her... FREE SARA KRUZAN!!!!!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Cyber crime:

Cyber crime: The words and faces of cyberstalkers (1 male 2 fem...: "The face of a stalker who are you to speak of stalking ???? you copy everything you can get off anyones page and  youve literall..."

Judie Wilson Spowart /June Wilson /Road2 Justice /Seeking Justice


Forms of advocacy

There are several forms of advocacy, which each represent a different approach in the way change is brought into society. One of the most popular forms is social justice advocacy.
Although it is true, the initial definition does not encompass the notions of power relations, people’s participation and a vision of a just society as promoted by social justice advocates. For them, advocacy represents the series of actions taken and issues highlighted to change the “what is” into a “what should be”, considering that this “what should be” is a more decent and a more just society (ib., 2001.) Those actions, which vary with the political, economic and social environment in which they are conducted, have several points in common (ib., 2001.) They:
  • Question the way policy is administered
  • Participate in the agenda setting as they raise significant issues
  • Target political systems “because those systems are not responding to people’s needs”
  • Are inclusive and engaging
  • Propose policy solutions
  • Open up space for public argumentation.
Some of the other forms of advocacy include:
  • Budget advocacy: Budget advocacy is another aspect of advocacy that ensures proactive engagement of Civil Society Organizations with the government budget to make the government more accountable to the people and promote transparency. Budget advocacy also enables citizens and social action groups to compel the government to be more alert to the needs and aspirations of people in general and the deprived sections of the community.
  • Bureaucratic advocacy: people considered “experts” have more chance to succeed at presenting their issues to decision-makers. They use bureaucratic advocacy to influence the agenda, however at a slower pace.
  • Health advocacy: Health advocacy supports and promotes patient's health care rights as well as enhance community health and policy initiatives that focus on the availability, safety and quality of care.
  • Ideological advocacy: in this approach, groups fight, sometimes during protests, to advance their ideas in the decision-making circles.
  • Interest-group advocacy: lobbying is the main tool used by interests groups doing mass advocacy. It is a form of action that does not always succeed at influencing political decision-makers as it requires resources and organisation to be effective.
  • Legislative advocacy: legislative advocacy is the “reliance on the state or federal legislative process” as part of a strategy to create change.(Loue, Lloyd and O’Shea, 2003)
  • Mass advocacy: is any type of action taken by large groups (petitions, demonstrations, etc.)
  • Media advocacy: is “the strategic use of the mass media as a resource to advance a social or public policy initiative” (Jernigan and Wright, 1996.) In Canada for example, the Manitoba Public Insurance campaigns illustrate how media advocacy was used to fight alcohol and tobacco-related health issues. We can also consider the role of health advocacy and the media in “the enactment of municipal smoking bylaws in Canada between 1970 and 1995.” (Asbridge, 2004)
Different contexts in which advocacy is used:
  • In a legal/law context: An 'advocate' is the title of a specific person who is authorized/appointed (in some way) to speak on behalf of a person in a legal process. See advocate.
  • In a political context: An 'advocacy group' is an organized collection of people who seek to influence political decisions and policy, without seeking election to public office. See Advocacy group and Lobbying.
  • In a social care context: Both terms (and more specific ones such as 'independent advocacy') are used in the UK in the context of a network of interconnected organisations and projects which seek to benefit people who are in difficulty (primarily in the context of disability and mental health).
  • In the context of inclusion: Citizen Advocacy organisations (citizen advocacy programmes) seek to cause benefit by reconnecting people who have become isolated. Their practice was defined in two key documents: CAPE, and Learning from Citizen Advocacy Programs. See Citizen Advocacy organisations.
Advocacy by an individual or by an advocacy group normally aim to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions; it may be motivated from moral, ethical or faith principles or simply to protect an asset of interest. Advocacy can include many activities that a person or organization undertakes including media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research or poll or the 'filing of friend of the court briefs'. Lobbying (often by Lobby groups) is a form of advocacy where a direct approach is made to legislators on an issue which plays a significant role in modern politics.[1]

Lynne Stewart now in FMC Carswell

Lynne Stewart is now in FMC Carswell

We should all take the time to write to her or send her a card to let her know she is in our hearts:


Lynne Stewart #53504-054
FMC Carswell
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127

A revolution now cannot be confined to the place or people where it may commence, but flashes with lightning speed from heart to heart, from land to land, til it has traversed the globe ...
--Frederick Douglass

Free All Political Prisoners!

Expose'- seeking truth and exposing fraud: Welcome!

Expose'- seeking truth and exposing fraud: Welcome!: "This blog was created out of necessity. Our goal here will be to expose those who are harming others. Those who lie, cheat, run scams, post ..."

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Update on Terrance health:

Update on Terrance health: Dr. Lightsey specifically told him that something had grown inside of his thryoid gland that rendered it dead & this showed up in the ultra sound. Please continue to pour in the letters to help him get adequate medical attention.

Judge Donald Stephens
Wake County Court House
P.O. Box 351
Raleigh, N.C. 27602

...Senator Eleanor Kinnaird Attorney
211 North Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 733-5804

Federal Representative:
Hagan, Kay R. - (D - NC) Class II

(202) 224-6342
Web Form: hagan.senate.gov/?p=contact

Federal Senator:
Sr. U.S. Senator
The Honorable Richard Burr
United States Senate
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Phone (202) 224-3154

Federal Representative:
Hagan, Kay R. - (D - NC) Class II
(202) 224-6342
Web Form: hagan.senate.gov/?p=contact

Federal Senator:
Sr. U.S. Senator
The Honorable Richard Burr
United States Senate
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Phone (202) 224-3154

Senator Tom
NC Senate
16 W Jones St., Rm 1127
Raleigh, NC 27601-2808

Mr. Bob Lewis
Director of Prisons
831 West Morgan St.
Raleigh, NC 27626
(919) 838-4000
(no other contact found for email)

Dr. Paula Smith
Chief of Health Services
4260 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4201
(919) 838-3850
(no other contact info found for email)

Office of the Governor:
Governor Beverly Purdue
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
(919) 733-4240

North Carolina CURE
Milton C. Jordan
P.O. BOX 49572
Charlotte, NC 28277
Email, info@nc-cure.org

Robert W. Seligson

N.C. Medical Society

222 North Person Street

Raleigh, N.C. 27601

Special Litigation
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Special Litigation
Washington, D.C. 20530

(202-514-6255 or 877-218-5228)
Fax (202-514-0212 or

Why we should support the biggest prison strike in US history

OPINION - The participants in this labor pool are not given a choice, they are forced into corporate servitude...

Largest Prison Strike Happening NOW

Strikes in what started across ten Georgia prisons have now become the biggest prisoner strike in the history of the US. Using cell phones to communicate, they named December 9th as the strike day, and refused to leave their cells, or perform any work. University of Baltimore's Jeffrey Ian Ross explains if the prisoners will really get their way.

help Lizzy

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1. We Are All Born Free & Equal. We are all born free. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way.

2. Don’t Discriminate. These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences.

3. The Right to Life. We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.

4. No Slavery. Nobody has any right to make us a slave. We cannot make anyone our slave.

5. No Torture. Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us.

6. You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go. I am a person just like you!

7. We’re All Equal Before the Law. The law is the same for everyone. It must treat us all fairly.

8. Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law. We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.

9. No Unfair Detainment. Nobody has the right to put us in prison without good reason and keep us there, or to send us away from our country.

10. The Right to Trial. If we are put on trial this should be in public. The people who try us should not let anyone tell them what to do.

11. We’re Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty. Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it is proven. When people say we did a bad thing we have the right to show it is not true.

12. The Right to Privacy. Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters, or bother us or our family without a good reason.

13. Freedom to Move. We all have the right to go where we want in our own country and to travel as we wish.

14. The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live. If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe.

15. Right to a Nationality. We all have the right to belong to a country.
16. Marriage and Family. Every grown-up has the right to marry and have a family if they want to. Men and women have the same rights when they are married, and when they are separated.
17. The Right to Your Own Things. Everyone has the right to own things or share them. Nobody should take our things from us without a good reason.

18. Freedom of Thought. We all have the right to believe in what we want to believe, to have a religion, or to change it if we want.

19. Freedom of Expression. We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people.

20. The Right to Public Assembly. We all have the right to meet our friends and to work together in peace to defend our rights. Nobody can make us join a group if we don’t want to.
21. The Right to Democracy. We all have the right to take part in the government of our country. Every grown-up should be allowed to choose their own leaders.

22. Social Security. We all have the right to affordable housing, medicine, education, and childcare, enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill or old.

23. Workers’ Rights. Every grown-up has the right to do a job, to a fair wage for their work, and to join a trade union.

24. The Right to Play. We all have the right to rest from work and to relax.

25. Food and Shelter for All. We all have the right to a good life. Mothers and children, people who are old, unemployed or disabled, and all people have the right to be cared for.

26. The Right to Education. Education is a right. Primary school should be free. We should learn about the United Nations and how to get on with others. Our parents can choose what we learn.

27. Copyright. Copyright is a special law that protects one’s own artistic creations and writings; others cannot make copies without permission. We all have the right to our own way of life and to enjoy the good things that art, science and learning bring.

28. A Fair and Free World. There must be proper order so we can all enjoy rights and freedoms in our own country and all over the world.

29. Responsibility. We have a duty to other people, and we should protect their rights and freedoms.

30. No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Faith is taking the first step !

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mikey Powell: complaints against police & The Telegraph news group

Mikey Powell: complaints against police & The Telegraph news group

Jailed Scott Sisters Ask Governor Haley Barbour for Clemency | WJTV.com

Jailed Scott Sisters Ask Governor Haley Barbour for Clemency | WJTV.com

Richmond, VA: Emergency Action! Solidarity With Georgia Prison Strike!

Richmond, VA: Emergency Action! Solidarity With Georgia Prison Strike!

Sara Kruzan: Sentenced to Life Without Parole at Age 16

Why we should ban life without parole for juveniles Check out the following link for more information: http://www.youthlaw.org/press_room/video_sarah_kruzan_sentenced_to_life_without_parole_at_age_16/ Join the "FREE SARA KRUZAN" Facebook group! http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=135555313406&ref=ts Sign the Petition to Free Sara Kruzan Today: http://media.causes.com/651929?p_id=76873816 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT FOR THE DEAF/HEARING IMPAIRED: In school, I excelled. I was on the honor roll, the principal's honor roll. I was an overachiever. I ran track. I ran for student body president. I wrote a book on drugs and it's effects and I won a young author award. G.G. would start to take me or my little friends to rollerskating or to the mall. He was like a father-figure. G.G. was there ... sometimes. And he would talk to me and take me out and give me all of these lavish gifts or do all these things for me. And he would tell me "sex wise, you don't know need to give it up for free." He would try and put in my head all of these different things and how men really think and how men are. So, I would believe him. He had sex with me when I was 13 and um, he's a very ... he uses his "manhood" to hurt ... like break you in, I guess. G.G.'s hours were from 6pm to about 5:30 or 6 in the morning. The girls would bring their money and give it to him. He was like married to all of us, I guess... This is just how they do. Everything, everything was his. The judge sat up there and I remember my lawyer saying that he wanted to ask for me to be sentenced as a juvenile since YA (Youth Authority) had found me immunable and susceptible to the treatment. Um, but the judge said that because of my crime, that it was well-thought out, I deserved life without... That means, I'm going to die here. I definitely know I deserve punishment. I mean, you don't just take someone's life and think it's okay. So yes, I definitely deserve punishment. How much? I don't know. Everyday is something that is not going to ever go away. I'm very sorry to take his life like that. I've always tried to educate myself though... in far as reading books and things like that. I didn't think I could excel. Who wants to excel in prison? I mean, be all you can be is not much. My guess is my little heart would tell me that I was worth more. My judge had told me I lacked moral scruples and I understand that. I had no clue what morals were and no clue what scruples meant. So I had to find that in the dictionary and put the two together. So "integrity" and "honesty" and all of these things i needed to learn. I went ahead and started to build this. At a parole building, I would want to tell them that first of all, I have learned what moral scruples are. Second, everyday is a challenge and i realize that i found an ability to believe in myself and i have a lot of good to offer. Now, the person i am today, at 29, I believe I could set a positive example. I'm very determined to show that no matter what you've done or what you've come from or what you've experienced in life, it's up to you to change.

Raye Dawn Smith, we support you

Imagine your baby being murdered by someone you had trusted....... then imagine being arrested because 'you should have known' your husband was going to kill your baby. This video is made from facebook page messages and youtube comments, (all comments from different people) Raye Dawn Smith is innocent, to learn more go to

Bill Maloney on the Tony Legend Show

Bill Maloney on the Tony Legend Show by Tony Legend podcast

State may try 14-year-old double murder suspect as adult - NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

State may try 14-year-old double murder suspect as adult - NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

SCOTT SISTERS Victins of Mississippi Injustice

SCOTT SISTERS Victins of Mississippi Injustice

Tuesday, 14 December 2010


Grace Bauer on WICU-TV.mov



GITMO.US Media Lies GITMO News Guantanamo Bay Detainees Hicks Granger Terror Truth

Prisoner Advocate Elaine Brown on Georgia Prison Strike: “Repression Breeds Resistance”

Prisoner Advocate Elaine Brown on Georgia Prison Strike: “Repression Breeds Resistance”

New Up Date On Mitrice Richardson,s Case.

L.A.County Sheriff Boca and Mitrice Richardson,s father Michael Richardson have a face to face talk about what happen in his daughter,s dissaperence and the L.A.County,s Sheriff handling of evidence once they found Mitrice,s body.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Federal Cure - Parole, Second Look, H.R. 3072, H.R. 1475, Federal Prison Work Incentive Act of 2009, H.R. 1593, S. 1060, The Second Chance Act, H.R. 261, H.R. 623, U.S. vs. Booker, Federal Prison, Federal Inmate(s). "Using Technology To Bring About Federal Criminal Justice Reform" TM

Federal Cure - Parole, Second Look, H.R. 3072, H.R. 1475, Federal Prison Work Incentive Act of 2009, H.R. 1593, S. 1060, The Second Chance Act, H.R. 261, H.R. 623, U.S. vs. Booker, Federal Prison, Federal Inmate(s). "Using Technology To Bring About Federal Criminal Justice Reform" TM


Media activities surrounding Jamie and Gladys' case are diminishing and pressure needs to remain on Governor Haley Barbour to release both sisters immediately.

Please assist us during Monday December 13, 2010 – Tuesday December 21, 2010 by talking about the Sisters and requesting that your listeners call, and e-mail Governor Haley Barbour's office in support of freedom for Jamie and Gladys. This time frame is chosen so that calls and e-mails reach the governor before the Mississippi State Government holiday.

Suggested Methods:

Bloggers – please copy and paste the information found in italics below in your blogs.

Blog Talk Hosts – Please place Action Needed For the Scott Sisters in your program headings so that The Scott Sisters rank higher in Google searches. Also, copy and paste the information found in italics into the Blog section of your Blog Talk Radio accounts. Please read this short script at some point in time during your programs.

Radio Stations – Please read the information below on your programs daily. Currently, Rip Daniels of WJZD in Gulfport, Mississippi (www.wjzd.com) is the only brick and mortar media outlet mentioning the plight of The Scott Sisters on a daily basis.

Whether the Scott sisters are innocent or guilty, any reasonable person can see that the punishment they’ve received doesn’t fit the crime. In addition, Jamie Scott is very ill and suffering from stage 5 renal (kidney) failure. Currently, it’s up to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour to commute their sentences and pardon them.

Each sister is currently serving double life sentences each for an $11 robbery – that's 4 life sentences between the two sisters. To date the sisters have been in prison 16 years. Let governor Barbour know that you 're seeking justice for the Scott sisters now!

Contact Information For Governor Barbour

P.O. Box 139

Jackson, Mississippi 39205



Email the governor's personal assistant - Dorothy KuykendalDKuykendall@governor.state.ms.us

Free The Scott Sisters

Myanmar's HIV crisis

Myanmar has one of the highest HIV infection rates in Asia but one of the lowest budgets to deal with the problem. It is thought that less than 20 per cent of those infected with the disease, recieve the drugs they need. Al Jazeera's special Myanmar correspondent reports.

Crips & Bloods (See the links)

Inside Bloods And Crips L A Gangs part1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-0SGBORhm4 CRIPS AND BLOODS MADE IN AMERICA (PART 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3wevH_Dy1M Bastards Of The Party part1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be1i6nX2NIs

Burge's Victims React To Guilty Verdict

Burge showed no reaction as the verdict was read, but moments after jurors said the outcome provided at least a measure of justice for Burge's victims.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

My Wife is on Hunger Strike in Iran

My Wife is on Hunger Strike in Iran

Nigeria - My Story is Our Story

Nigeria - My Story is Our Story

Congress votes to restore discounts for drugs used to treat ... - Care2 News Network

Congress votes to restore discounts for drugs used to treat ... - Care2 News Network

The Top Five Reasons Sara Kruzan Should Be Freed from Prison

At only 11 years old, a pimp began grooming Sara Kruzan for prostitution. At 13, he began selling her to strangers on the street for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. At 16 years old, she shot and killed him. Since then, she has been serving a life sentence without a possibility of parole.

She Is a Victim, Not a Criminal

Sara was not old enough to legally consent to sex. Yet, the courts treated her like an adult, labeled her as a prostitute and showed no mercy for the fact that she was an abused, frightened and lost child.

She Has Already Served 15 Years In Prison

Yes, taking a life is horrible. No, she didn't have to do it. But let's be real. This man was a child-abusing pimp. He brainwashed her, raped her and stole her childhood. Murder is a serious act, but if the circumstances are justly considered, shouldn't 15 years be enough?

the Race Card May Be on the Table

Experts cite California as one of the states with the highest rates of racial inequality within the criminal justice system. Sara is Black. While this is not an automatic cause for release, it should be investigated to find if race, in any way, played a part in her sentencing.

She Has Served As a Model Prisoner

Sara has completed college, won awards for inmate citizenship and has managed to dodge further trouble while in prison. Shouldn't this count for something?

Sara Should Have Been Released Years Ago

The California Youth Authority labeled Sara as a young girl likely to be properly rehabilitated with treatment, but the judge ignored this (and other similar recommendations by mental health experts), viewed her as someone who lacked moral scruples and as someone who premeditated her crime (Duh, he'd been abusing her since she was 11 and selling her to strangers since she was 13...sure, she thought about killing him, she was a KID).



"Supported by child advocates, mental health experts, civil rights groups, churches and correctional officers, Yee believes that SB 9 reflects the science of the process of brain maturation of an adolescence and “thus (their) impulse control, planning and critical thinking skills are not yet fully developed.”

So important for ALL of our nation's children.

National Call your Governor to Free Sara Kruzan Day

Created by:

Time 16 December · 04:00 - 21:30

LocationWherever you can get to a phone, fax computer or Twitter account

Please join thousands (wait..did I say thousands? I meant TENS OF THOUSANDS) of people who support the plea of clemency for Sara Kruzan. This is a simple act targeting your state's governor to support the granting of clemency for Sara Kruzan who was sentenced to prison for life without the possiblity of parole 16 years ago for shooting the man who had pimped and molested her since she was 13 years old. You can read more about... her story and why we are fighting for her release with time served in the links below. You will also find below a sample script for use in your communications and the contact information for Governor Schwarzenegger. Please stand up for justice and make your voice heard! If you have any questions you may email Nikki Junker at nikki@morethanpurpose.org







Script for phone, fax or email:

Governor Schwarzennegger my name is <your name> and I would like to urge you to publicly support clemency for Sara Kruzan. She was imprisoned without the possibility of parole at the age of 16 after killing the man who had sexually abused her since she was 11 years old and prostituted her since she was 13 years old. She has spent the last 15 years of her life in prison and during that time she has earned a college degree and earned the recognition of the corrections officers. Despite having no expectation of leaving our prison system, she has worked to better herself and overcome the effects of her youth. The Supreme Court has recognized and restated that youth are different from adults and that life without parole is an especially harsh sentence for youths. Sara Kruzan deserved this consideration 15 years ago and she certainly deserves it now.

As we become better informed about the impacts of sex trafficking in our society and recognize that youths are frequently the victims in those cases, we need to take into account the special circumstances of these victims. Sara Kruzan was such a victim, she has paid her debt to society and we need to recognize that. Please issue a statement supporting the release of Sara Kruzan.

Thank you for your time.

Script for Tweets:
@Schwarzenegger Please decriminalize the victims of #HumanTrafficking ~Release Sara Kruzan from the darkness of prison! http://tinyurl.com/2662tgk

Governor contact info:

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol
1st Fl.
Sacramento, CA 95814
email: governor@governor.ca.gov
Web page:http://www.ca.gov/s/governor/mail.html

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Lawmakers introduce new meth-related bill

Lawmakers introduce new meth-related bill

Today I will do

Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't. -Jerry Rice

Ohio House passes bill on human trafficking - NewsandSentinel.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Ohio House passes bill on human trafficking - NewsandSentinel.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Innocent man trapped in the system

I am a very lonely man who is fighting for his life and liberty here in the prison system of North Carolina. I am being unlawfully detained here for a crime that I DID NOT COMMIT.

I came to this state during my college break to visit some old friends and relatives and never made it back home.

I am an educated, spiritually conscious man in search of friendship, support and/or legal assistance, i.e. typing, legal research, etc.

I intend to regain my freedom and become a paralegal or attorney so I can help those innocent people (like myself) who are trapped behind these walls.

My hobbies are: drawling, writing books, poems, songs, photography, playing chess, studying religion, history and the law.

I also enjoy sports of all types and love music. I believe music is a universal form of expression and communication.

I enjoyed meeting new people, learning new things and traveling (when I was a physically free man). Visiting Africa, Mecca and Europe some day is a dream of mine.

My future goals are: regain my freedom, become a counselor for children and young adults so I can help others who are innocently trapped in this system to avoid the pitfalls of society. I am striving to better myself as a person so I can help others do the same.

Website http://terranceisinnocent.web.officelive...

Prison Address
Central Prison
1300 Western Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27606

Always My Son

http://familyproject.sfsu.edu Always My Son is one of a series of short documentary films that are being produced by the Family Acceptance Project to help ethnically and religiously diverse families decrease their LGBT children's risk for suicide, substance abuse, depression, HIV, homelessness and placement in foster care or juvenile justice settings -- by increasing family support. The video series we are developing is part of a range of research-based intervention resources -- including a new evidence-based family approach to help diverse families support their LGBT children. These resources are based on groundbreaking research conducted by Dr. Caitlin Ryan and her team at San Francisco State University. Our new research shows that family accepting and rejecting behaviors have a compelling impact on their LGBT children's health and mental health. Visit our webpage at http://familyproject.sfsu.edu to learn more about the Family Acceptance Project.

Former Star Athletes Prove that Anyone Can Become Homeless

 by Rich Lombino & Elizabeth Lombino


Anyone can become homeless. Especially now in these incredibly challenging economic times, many of us are living paycheck-to-paycheck. It is difficult to save money and even more impossible to plan for unforeseen circumstances that could demand a stronger financial burden. We are all at risk. Even those of us who are seemingly financially stable and who have ample support.
Back in July, we wrote about "Sugar Ray" Williams, a 10-year veteran of the NBA who is currently homeless and living in his car. Sugar Ray played basketball in the late 70s to mid 80s, and although the salaries were not as astronomically high as they are now, he had fame, fortune and potentially endless resources available to him. Yet even with all of this "cushion," he is homeless.
We also highlighted several other former athletes who have succumbed to the threat of poverty and homelessness. Now, yet another former athlete can be added to this list.
Former World Middleweight boxing champion Iran "The Blade" Barkley is living in a hotel in the Bronx. He had a 17-year boxing career in the 80s and 90s before retiring in 1999. Barkley made $5 million during his career. Until recently, he was living in his childhood apartment with his niece. When he was unable to contribute to the household financially, he was locked out. Now he relies on the support of some close friends to continue to stay in a low cost hotel for another night.
His story is not at all uncommon.  Except that he is a retired successful athlete.
This is just another extreme example of how close any one of us is to the reality of poverty and homelessness. There are countless individuals around the country who are dangerously close to homelessness. Unemployment rates continue to rise, wages remain way too low, and health care and child care costs remain incredibly high. These are the obvious examples of the real dangers of homelessness. The stories of The Blade, Sugar Ray, and others prove that even those who are seemingly financially stable can also be in danger of becoming homeless.
We continue to assert that perhaps homelessness is not solely an issue of finances after all? Perhaps the issue truly is deeper and speaks of the necessity of a strong support system, access to adequate and effective resources, intervention during crisis situations, and consistent and supportive treatment of underlying issues. Advocates have long been arguing that these are the real issues at play. We need real changes so none of us is at risk of becoming homeless.
Please join us in urging HUD to focus on Homeless Prevention Services to ensure that more people get help BEFORE they are homeless.
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

“The cost of liberty"

“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.” –W. E. B. Du Bois