#SheWoke: Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls

I don’t know how I missed this last month, but I’m so glad to hear about this historic caucus. It definitely touched my heart and soul to see my Soror,  U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, formed part of this historical coalition. In the wake of Amy Joyner-Francis’ death, we need a caucus to protect our girls and each other. I would love to find out how to become part of this caucus. 

From Black Voices on The Huffington Post:

Three black women in congress made history on Tuesday when they announced the formation of the first and only Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls.

U.S. Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) confirmed the news in a press release issued by the U.S. House of Representatives. The release described the caucus as a group devoted to creating public policy that “eliminates significant barriers and disparities experienced by black women.” 

Demand A Plan To End Toy Gun Violence

Yesterday, I was saddened to learn about the police-involved shooting of a black male youth in Baltimore. On the one-year anniversary of the Freddie Gray riots, I was concerned that this shooting could create another uprising. Thankfully, my former home remained calm.

The youth was brandishing a BB gun, which unfortunately looked like a real gun. When police officers commanded him to stop running and to drop the gun, the youth did not respond to the commands. Ultimately, he was shot twice with non-life-threatening injuries.

This post, interestingly enough, is not about police shootings. If you follow me on Facebook, you know I am a victims’ advocate. In fact, this post isn’t really about the victim. That may be another post or article. Rather, I want to focus on the third party within this sad tale—the BB gun.

In an age where Tamir Rice was shot for playing with a toy gun—one that was even identified by a 9-1-1 caller as probably being fake. Would you allow your child to play with a gun that looks real? In fact, would you play with a BB gun in the streets? I posed this question on Facebook, and most agreed that in this climate, we are all too scared to let our children play with any type of toy guns—BB guns, water guns, or NERF guns. They could be black, yellow, orange, or green. We are all scared of how the community, and in turn, law enforcement will respond when a 9-1-1 call is received about a black boy brandishing a gun outside.

Yet, we have greater problems on our hand. How can we get back to a time when there will not be a fear about our children playing with toy guns? What can we do so that our children are not afraid of police officers? Our children should see the police as their friends and protectors. If we do not see that, how can we expect our children to believe that? We know there are many good police officers in the streets, but people like Daniel Holtzclaw, Brian Encina, George Zimmerman, and Daniel Pantaleo have tainted the profession.

There is no immediate solution. Rather, we must all work together. The community, the schools, the police, and our government officials have to change the underlying tones that are running rampant throughout our cities and suburbs. Until then, I am fearful that we will be sharing many more stories about ending toy gun violence.

 

Idea for featured image from publichealthwatch

Idea for featured image from publichealthwatch

Mary Pat Eye Roll

It’s ok Mary Pat, I roll my eyes every time Donald Trump speaks too. 🙄

Rest In Peace Willie Williams

A Philadelphia trailblazer has passed today. Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Willie Williams died at the age of 72. He was the first African-American police commissioner in the city’s history, and later was the first African-American to lead Los Angeles’ Police Department.

 

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Cruz Picks Fiorina

Ted Cruz announces Carly Fiorina as his running mate. This election has been better than some scripted dramas. 

Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea

Image from Phat Girl Fresh

Repost from Phat Girl Fresh:

Guess what ladies, the world doesn’t end because you have haters and naysayers. You will never be everyone’s cup of tea and the truth is, this shouldn’t bother you if you aren’t offering them a sip! #phatgirlfresh #ijs #curvyconfidence #goldenconfidence #fatgirlsbewinning #phatgirlbouteeque #phatgirlgear

Dresses…Really?

Why are you concerned about Hillary Clinton’s clothes? She could be the first female president, and you are more concerned about when she will wear a dress. Sometimes, we are our greatest enemies. Why defend ourselves against conservative misogynists if we are going to continue to make comments like this? If you’re not going to discuss the ties (or the lack of) of Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz, then let’s get back to the important issues at hand. 

Pursue Your Dreams

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”—Walt Disney

Pursue your dreams

Food for thought — Etcetera Etcetera Etcetera

Sydney April 2013 – March 2016 (7 photos) “Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.” … Dorothy Day, Journalist/Social Activist.

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Prayers for Amy

Still praying for the family and friends of Amy Joyner #SayHerName #AmyJoyner #RIPAmy