April 7, 2012
The Coalition to Free the Wrongfully Convicted will rally Monday, April 23, at 8 a.m. outside the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice at Gratiot and St. Antoine in downtown Detroit on the behalf of wrongfully convicted Devontae Sanford.
Will update you on our last report of Devontae Sanford being abused by prison guards and look more in detail in Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Brian Sullivan ruling that prevented Devontae Sanford from withdrawing his guilty plea. Sullivan angered many familiar with case with his ruling and for good reason.
April 5, 2012
I was joined by MOVE 9 spokesperson Romana Africa.
The MOVE Organization surfaced in Philadelphia during the early 1970's. Characterized by dreadlock hair, the adopted surname "Africa", a principled unity, and an uncompromising commitment to their belief, members practiced the teachings of MOVE founder JOHN AFRICA.
Move's work is to stop industry from poisoning the air, the water, the soil, and to put an end to the enslavement of life. The purpose of John Africa's revolution is to show people through John Africa's teaching, the truth that this system is the cause of all their problems (alcholism, drug addiction, unemployment, wife abuse, child pornography, every problem in the world) and to set the example of revolution for people to follow when they realize how they've been oppressed, repressed, duped, tricked by this system, this government and see the need to rid themselves of this cancerous system as MOVE does.
In 1978, a standoff with police over orders to vacate the Powelton Village MOVE house occured. MOVE failed to relocate and police later attempted forced entry. Philadelphia police officer James J. Ramp was killed by a shot to the back of the head. MOVE representatives claim that he was facing the house at the time. This would negate the notion that MOVE was responsible for his death and that he was killed by friendly fire from fellow officers. Nine MOVE members would be found guilty of third-degree murder in the shooting death of officer James J. Ramp. Seven of the nine became eligible for parole in the spring of 2008, and all seven were denied parole. Parole hearings now occur yearly.
In 1981, MOVE relocated to a row house at 6221 Osage Avenue in the Cobbs Creek area of West Philadelphia. During another incident with police, a police helicopter dropped a four-pound bomb made of C-4 plastic explosive and Tovex, a dynamite substitute, onto the roof of the house.
The resulting explosion caused the house to catch fire. The resulting fire was allowed to turn into a massive blaze which eventually destroyed 65 houses total. Eleven people, including John Africa, five other adults and five children, died in the resulting fire. The firefighters were stopped from putting out the fire based on allegations that firefighters were being shot at, a claim that was contested by the lone adult survivor Ramona Africa, who says that the firefighters had earlier battered the house with two deluge pumps when there was no fire. Ramona Africa and one child, Birdie Africa, were the only survivors. No police officer or public official was ever charged for the loss of life and property damage caused by their negligent actions.
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April 4, 2012
LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin penned an editorial yesterday on the Huffington Post giving the DEA and other agencies a scathing over the raid on cannabis-related facilities while, "just blocks away", a deadly shooting was taking place on a college campus where six people lost their lives.
Retired Chief of Police Tim Datig joins me on the program tonight to discuss ending Drug Prohibiton.
Tim Datig's 28-year career in law enforcement began in October 1968 with the New York City Police Department.
I was joined during the second hour by Presidential candidate Anisa El Fattah to discuss Rick Santorum's latest verbal slip which adds further proof that Rick is racist. She also touched upon Trayvon Martin and her proposal to the bring peace to the middle east.
April 3, 2012
Black Talk Radio News welcomes Marcus Orelias to the program. Marcus is an 18 year old who contacted me because he wanted to share with our listeners his thoughts and opinions on injustices he sees in our society.
“I wanted to contact Black Talk Radio for many reasons, my main reason is all the media and news coverage around the Trayvon Martin case. I myself being a young person, young activist and a artist would like to give insight on my opinion and how I feel about the injustices that I've seen and heard about in my life time, from Rodney King (which was on tape) to Troy Davis, Oscar Grant, who was a local friend and now Trayvon Martin who was senselessly murdered, the list continues.”
Marcus says he is also working on an album that will deal with societal political issues.
The Black Panthers say they will start conducting firearm training in the Black community so that it can protect itself from people like George Zimmerman.
“Malik Zulu Shabazz, the national chairman of the New Black Panther Party, told a radio program over the weekend that he wants African-Americans in the US to be prepared for further victimization and, in hopes of preventing further attacks, wants blacks to be briefed in self defense.”
What do you think? Is their focus to narrow? Is it a good ideal? What are some of the other things they should focus on? In addition, are the mainstream media and members of the Black community smearing the group? Are they being misunderstood or purposely lied on? What other propaganda should the Black community be aware of?