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Racial Struggles: Rally For Rumain Brisbon Shot by Phoenix PD Tonight 8:00 pm PDF Print E-mail
Written by DD   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 08:25
(Above Rumain Brisbon with his baby)


Date:  Tonight, Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time:  8:00 pm

Where:  Downtown Phoenix Civic Space Park, 424 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Reverend Jarrett Maupin and other local black and brown leaders speaking for justice tonight.


Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:45
Racial Struggles at Orinda Schools / Superintendent Joe Jaconette Denies Free Lunch To Little Girl PDF Print E-mail
Written by DD   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:22

The buck stops with the superintendent…

We know that the Orinda Union School District Superintendent Joe Jaconette has been in a lot of hot water before in light of making sure a complaint filed by one of their own teachers via Kristen Nielson never got heard.   Nielson wrote the reason for leaving was exhaustion.  She was tired of a superintendent who does not put teachers first.

But Superintendent Joe Jaconette is in hot water again for his utter disregard for the concern and safety of a 7 year old little girl.  According to the Mercury News:

Days before kicking a second grader out of the district for living outside its boundaries, the Orinda Union School District twice denied the Latina girl access to its free lunch program while recognizing that she lived in the city.   …  The school district hired a private investigator who instead determined last month that Vivian lived in her grandmother’s Bay Point house. School officials sent a letter kicking her out but reversed their stance a day after the Bay Area News Group ran an article about her situation.


The absolute worst part of this story involves the mother of this precious seven year old little girl where her mother was hiding their address in light of filing a domestic violence restraining order against her ex.

Adding salt to injury, we were disgusted in learning that Lozano Smith’s attorney via Harold Frieman essentially justified the schools’ position denying the little girl a free lunch when he said:

“In general, free and reduced lunch applications are considered on their own merits, not directly related to any residency issues,” attorney Harold Freiman said.

If that were the case, why didn’t the domestic violence restraining order render any merit with Harold Frieman of Lozano Smith?  We would like to see Lozano Smith’s Attorneys at Law reprimand Harold Frieman else stop with their pride in representing a fair educational setting in public schools.

But the icing on this cake has to do with a woman by the name of Loreen Farrell who prides herself on 30 years of experience.  This is Orinda’s tax payers as work, folks, where Farrell should have conducted her due diligence involving a domestic violence abuse victim and her daughter.

According to the San Jose Mercury News:


The district first refused Vivian’s free lunch in an Oct. 6 letter written by Loreen Farrell, the district’s business services director, who also wrote the girl’s residency dismissal letter.


That is your tax dollars at work, people.  Harold Freiman of Lozano Smith, Loreen Farrell, Superintendent Joe Jaconnette and the private investigator they hired to chase a little girl around should all belong in the Hall of Shame.

If you are disgusted in with this school wasting tax payer dollars with a private investigator to chase the child to her address but denied this young 7 year old little girl the free lunch program, please send the Fiscal Advisory Committee a note expressing your disgust.  Some of the emails can be found here. Members include of the Fiscal Advisory Committee include:  Nathan Anthony,  Nolan Hornbuckle,  Jan Coe, Shauna Simmonds, Bobby Glasser,  Julie Rossiter,  Denise Tuemmler,  Colleen Sullivan,  Ron Langer,  Loreen Farrell,  and Ken Gallegos.

Sin verguenza.



Vivian, 7, hugs a big stuffed bear in her Orinda bedroom Nov. 25, 2014.

Vivian, 7, hugs a big stuffed bear in her Orinda bedroom Nov. 25, 2014.

Photo credit: Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group

Written by DD   
Monday, 24 November 2014 20:23

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 (202) 514-2007
>WWW.JUSTICE.GOV< TTY (866) 544-5309


WASHINGTON—Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Monday regarding the conclusion of the St. Louis County grand jury proceeding in the shooting of Michael Brown:

“While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing. Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now. Even at this mature stage of the investigation, we have avoided prejudging any of the evidence. And although federal civil rights law imposes a high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted forming premature conclusions.

“Michael Brown’s death was a tragedy. This incident has sparked a national conversation about the need to ensure confidence between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve. While constructive efforts are underway in Ferguson and communities nationwide, far more must be done to create enduring trust. The Department will continue to work with law enforcement, civil rights, faith and community leaders across the country to foster effective relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve and to improve fairness in the criminal justice system overall. In addition, the Department continues to investigate allegations of unconstitutional policing patterns or practices by the Ferguson Police Department.

“Though there will be disagreement with the grand jury's decision not to indict, this feeling should not lead to violence. Those who decide to participate in demonstrations should remember the wishes of Michael Brown's parents, who have asked that remembrances of their son be conducted peacefully. It does not honor his memory to engage in violence or looting. In the coming days, it will likewise be important for local law enforcement authorities to respect the rights of demonstrators, and deescalate tensions by avoiding excessive displays—and uses—of force.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 02:37
TeaDREAMers hijacked by GOP not helping Black Brown Coalition PDF Print E-mail
Written by DD   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:34

TeaDREAMers losing more allies for disrespectful heckling towards President Obama

It's a well known fact there are a few DREAMers who were hijacked by the Republican Party.  We call them "TeaDREAMers" for pushing the Republican Party agenda ... never mind the 2012 anti-immigrant platform adopted by the Republican National Committee in 2012 on the eve of their GOP convention that was essentially blessed by Kris Kobach [sarcasm included].

These TeaDREAMers include DREAMACTIVIST.org and cohorts of Mohammad Abdollahi,  [and whom Rep. Luis Gutierrez had to distance himself from for their racist views], DRM Action (a for profit company) with the likes of Erika Andiola downplaying importance of the Latino vote even though she can't vote herself, and their surrogates.  Our organization asked Jose Antonio Vargas and Gaby Pacheco to take leadership and speak against folks who supported the likes of Mohammad Abdollahi for stating he wanted to hijack comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 but we saw no leadership from the likes of them.

Now we are seeing more backlash from folks we consider allies.

Lack of "DREAM Act" leadership and turning a blind eye leads to heckling and showing utter disrespect for the Office of the Presidency.

Ungrateful TeaDREAMers who find it cute to disrespect the President of the United States and interrupt his immigration speech are getting more backlash from those who are considered immigration allies.  (See below.)


Photo: Former immigration activist allies getting sick of disrespectful #TeaDREAMERs and interruption of President Barack Obama

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 02:36
Arizona Civil Rights Leader Rev. Maupin Responds To Ferguson Grand Jury Decision PDF Print E-mail
Written by DD   
Monday, 24 November 2014 18:58

Civil Rights Activist Rev. Jarrett Maupin Responds To Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

"The Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in relationship to his role in the unjust slaying of 18 year old Michael Brown is extremely disappointing.

This jury has behaved in an unusual way from the start of their proceedings. The role of a grand jury is to decide whether or not there is sufficient evidence, on its face, to indict/charge someone with a crime. The extraordinary length of the jury's deliberation time and the prosecution's failure to present it's best case for charging Officer Wilson as Michael Brown's killer is suspicious at best.

Subsequently, many in the Black community are justifiably angry. As protests unfold, I am encouraging people everywhere not to engage in acts of violence. If we must strike back against this injustice - let us strike back with our unbridled tongues, our marching feet, and the casting of our ballots.

As we continue to seek justice for those we've lost to police brutality, we pray that God will help us to write words of hope and healing across the sable breast of racism with fingers of fire.

Our work, our cause, our struggle continues. We will not stop. Michael Brown's martyrdom continues to inspire and unite us. Our prayers are with the Brown family. Keep the faith."


Media Contact: 602-518-5144

Rev. Jarrett Maupin is available to comment on tonight's grand jury decision and subsequent protests.





Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 08:22
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