“today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut, that held its ground.” -david icke – vote. — image credit: courier news“tell the children the truth.” – bob marley
For Immediate Release—–Tuesday, July 28, 2020, Black Lives Matter Memphis held a scheduled press conference at the Shelby County Election Commission. It is of grave concern that the absentee ballot process is being tampered with and we have concerns about the election’s integrity because voting should be as easy as possible. This is true in every county in Tennessee except for Shelby County where there is systematic disenfranchisement. The Future of democracy in the United States of America could come down to southern swing states. Black Lives Matter Memphis Activist’s conference on the voter suppression exposing the lies in which the administrator who put on the SCEC website you could not email absentee ballot request forms to the election commission. The State law say that you can email them and instructs voters to send to the local commission. The deception and illegal practices have been a common practice for over a decade and voter intimidation language was drafted, specifically, for Shelby County by coordinator Mark Goins approved by Republican majority State commissioners. Candidates participated in rally for change to protect the black vote in Memphis.
Across the U.S., many politicians have passed measures making it harder to cast a ballot. Strategic measures have been put in place to deceive and intimidate voters particularly in Shelby County due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Their goal is to manipulate political outcomes, which will not accurately reflect the will of the people. Our democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate and have their voices heard. The state law is clear and the Shelby County Election Commission (SCEC) election commission has engaged in illegal tactics to suppress votes and intimidate disabled voters from requesting by email an absentee ballot. Legislators have not passed any laws that would allow Shelby County to be exempt from email during Covid-19.
SCEC has publicly discriminated against voters to suppress the vote in a predominantly black Democratic county. All actions were initiated and approved by a Republican designee and this illegal process will determine the outcome of our votes. Communities susceptible to suppression are outright targeted- people of color, students, the elderly, & people with disabilities. We claim discrimination for this class of protected people.
Currently, the Davidson County Chancery Court is reviewing racial bias in the criminal justice system. Felony disenfranchisement laws disproportionately affect Black people in Tennessee, who often face harsher sentences than White people for the same offenses such as loss of citizenship. Many of these tactics are rooted in the Jim Crow era when legislators tried to block Black Americans’ newly won right to vote by enforcing poll taxes, literacy tests, and other unconstitutional barriers such as fines and court costs that must be paid to be restored to be eligible to vote. SCEC actions are equivalent to Jim Crow tactics.
The most disproportionate incarceration rate of Black people in the nation has resulted in the disenfranchisement of an estimated one in four voting-age black men. Every 10 years states redraw district lines based on population data gathered in the US Census. Legislators use these district lines to allocate representation in Congress and state legislatures. When redistricting is conducted properly, district lines are redrawn to reflect population changes and racial diversity. The State of Tennessee will use redistricting as a political tool to manipulate the outcomes of future elections. Just as the election commissioner move the marker and told us that we could not stand on the public steps this is what they always do cheat, move the ball, hide the ball, blow the whistle, they will do anything to stay in power. It is pertinent to deliver this information to the public so that this undemocratic practice that is stifling the voice of millions of voters is clearly understood.
All Shelby County voters are disenfranchised by these illegal practices of our local administrator and disproportionately affect voters with suppression tactics. Our democratic State Election Commissioner Greg Duckett was unable to provide us any information or clarification he did not even know about the email law. He has yet to respond to respond he was appointed by the State Caucus and is an attorney for Baptist Hospital. Black lives won’t matter until Black Lives Matter. #blacklivesmatter #blackvotersmatter #protecttheblackvotd
Its been over a month since the senseless murder of Lil Jadon Knox in the historic Orange Mound neighborhood. No leads, No tips, and No Arrest. One might say, our city spent $500,000 on sky cops and millions on other pole surveillance. We have the capability to solve anything according to the data. We have blue lights on every block. So what are they really filming if we can’t solve serious crimes? Memphis just got more new deputy sheriff, but no solved homicides.
One might ask, do we need more police well wait what are our current police and sheriff in Memphis doing? The answer, is they are following people, surveilling people, but not catching criminals. Is this what our tax dollars are being used for in Memphis? Our District Attorney can located a person in an airport, of another state, by law enforcement in a few minutes but we can’t locate a killer in Orange Mound, a predominantly black neighborhood where senior citizens attend a neighborhood community center.
This is the same child who attended an elementary school which is a few feet from the Brentwood City Park. Across the street is a corner store where Arabs are jibbing children out of their money all while surveilling their property. A person may ask did the police request their footage? What steps are being done to find the person who killed an innocent child who wanted to be a rapper? Nothing. Do black lives matter? If a white child named Jason were playing in his neighborhood in Collierville, would they have made an arrest a month later? We all know they would have captured that fugitive within hours.
What can we do to help? The community must catch a killer. We can’t wait on law enforcement they are preoccupied with surveilling and following activists, not opioid drug dealers, kidnappers or murders. The city of Memphis Police Department & Shelby County Sherriff Dept has wasted millions of tax dollars following people who criticize them rather than criminals who are harming the communities in which we pay taxes too. We have a right to live in a safe protected community and the change begins within when we change the standards and the people who make critical community decisions. We must hold our current elected officials accountable especially when our children’s lives are at stake, and replace them when needed. They too have unclean hands and several wasted tax dollars on following foolishness. If you have any information that will lead to an arrest for the senseless murder of Lil Jadon Knox please go to 201 Poplar Ave. Suite 301 or contact the police. #blacklivesmattermemphis #jadonknox #catchachildkiller #justiceforjadon
Please call District Attorney Amy Weirich (901) 222-1300 and demand an arrest now for the senseless murder of Lil Jadon!
P. Moses community activist who ran for mayor found a group of children playing in Brentwood Park in Orange Mound. Trash cluttered their neighborhoods and Arab store owners deprive children of their monies. On the campaign trail for change P. Moses decided to film when asked was she a volunteer. Kinda “I’m a public servant”, she explained to the children that she was seeking public? office. One child asked, “When you become Mayor are you going to get the guns off the streets?”
She told them she would try and explain that it was the role of our federal government to change legislation but she could work on local issues like cleaning up the parks and asked them what type of amenities would they like to have. All of the children offered some input and spoke of current issues that needed to be addressed.
Before leaving there was one little boy who didn’t have much to say but was listening when asked his name he said “Jadon”. He proudly told P Moses that when he grew up he wanted to be a rapper an attended Hanley elementary. He also disclosed that he had asthma and that’s why he couldn’t rap as much but he tried. Many children suffer from asthma in Memphis but many more fear being killed.
Unfortunately, Jadon, 10, pictured in white Memphis Grizzlies shirt was gunned down January 19, 2020 in his community not far from the park where his friends asked an activist to get the guns off the streets. According to MPD, the shooting happened around 6:12 p.m. in the 700 block of Josephine Street. He was 1 of 3 children murdered in a 3 day period.
It’s very tragic that our children have more concerns about their lives than those making the decisions. It’s clear from the 5 minutes video that all topics discuss gun violence, gentrification, economics, and blight are major problems and the solutions will come from allowing those mostly affected to have input on how to protect our communities and children.
Jadon will never get to rap about his hood story but he will never be forgotten just as meeting him once and having a 5 minutes conversations reaffirms that our children are our future and #blacklivesmatter Memphis.
What do we to save our children? Will our leaders make decisions that will protect our children? Will we clean up our city?
In Harmony Plaza, located in the Bay Area of Frayser, a group of residents gathered for a Feelings sessions to process the murder of Brandon Webber. Aside from the sketchy media reports that he was involved in a robbery of a vehicle in Hernando, Mississippi June 3, 2018. None of the media outlets have released an official report or copy of a warrant barring Brandon Webber’s name.
The chain of events are being transcribed to the media and all stations are releasing the same story. In Memphis, the media is very consistent in painting black men as villains. One might ask did the officers murder the wrong person? Was this a mistaken identity, and they just covered up the wrongful execution of a young man who had several vehicles are known for flipping them and he possibly just bought a stolen vehicle? These questions should be answered but they have not as of today. Most teachers, classmates, and friends had only positive thoughts of the young man whose body was riddled with bullets in front of his mother’s home, where she was detained in the back of the police car for hours after seeing his dead body lay on the ground where they have to continue to live.
The Black Lives Matter Memphis chapter is currently organizing strategic sessions to deal with the trauma in our community. This was the first public session we had since forming in 2014. It was important to keep the circle youth-centered because they were the ones who witnessed the tragic murder and aftermath on Facebook live and knew the young man who was murdered.
No matter how distressed and impoverished our communities are, we have feelings too was the sentiments shared at the Frayser Feelings & Healing circle. Jayla Mariee Frayser native offered a heartfelt song and gave her 1st performance that was birthed out of this tragic event. “Dear Memphis” the song has gone viral because of her plea for the youth that are dying not only at the hands of untrained officers but each other. “I’m sorry for the things that we go through, I’m sorry for the lies that they told you, Oh Dear Memphis, please don’t fall apart, and I know these times get hard but We are all we got, They will never understand what we go through for them bands Oh Dear Memphis.” Our children attend more candlelight vigils than birthday parties and this has become a norm in our neighborhoods where the children bear faces on their tee-shirts of lost loved ones. The balloons represented a release of the pain that we struggle and as Frayser attempts to heal from another senseless loss of life
BLM Memphis wants to shed light on the fact that in spite of all the crime, there is hope for Frayser. The hope may not be found in a church, a charter school or non-responsive elected officials but it is in our youth. They are watching and their eyes are wide-open. Our youth will lead the way. The healing will come from their responses and how we guide them. They threw bricks out of anger and rage and now it is up to the adults to show them the love that they need, that they have not received for quite some time and that begins with our communities demanding that our elected officials give us better tretament, better schools, better jobs, better economic opportunities and resources that make the Frayser community feel included in Memphis.
Our children are our future do we want them dead?- do we want them throwing things at the police?- or do we want them using their talents to make the world better? You get what you pay for. Invest in black youth because Black Lives Matter Memphis… #RIPBrandonWebber #Blacklivesmattermemphis ***Special thanks to Little Ceasars Frayser Bay Area for allowing us to use their space****
We will be planning healing events please stay tune to the Facebook & Instagram page for more information email us at email@example.com or text/call 901-430-0477
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In a city which is the birth of Aretha Franklin and the birth of many greats, there is only one question one might ask. Why won’t black people vote? In a city where 75% of the population is black and brown and could control every elected office. Why not vote at least so you could employ yourselves? If we run the government we decide who is in charge of budgets and employment. Many mishaps can happen in an election but no matter what Your vote is Your voice. We have the numbers. Why not Stack the Deck?
There are just as many blacks in Memphis as Atlanta, as St. Louis. So why won’t blacks vote? According to intense community canvassing data reveals that there has been a systematic and intentional distribution of the incorrect information and a disease called “lack-of -knowledge” this illness is contagious and spread from one family member and passed on generation after generation. The reality is most citizens in Shelby county do not understanding the political process and how it affects them. The high school graduate rate does not soar but the crime and poverty rate triple daily in Memphis. There seniors citizens who are registered to vote but are afraid to cast their vote in an election because they would be summons to jury duty if they vote, but when their grandson is convicted for a homicide he didn’t commit they will scream “He didn’t get a fair trial!” The lack of intelligence of how the criminal justice system functions is a direct correlation to the low voter turnout and intentional voter suppression tactics to keep black people uninterested and uninvolved.
The United States Congress had passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866, ostensibly guaranteeing citizens equal protection under the law and outlawing race-based discrimination.
One month later, three days of riots in Memphis, Tennessee, left nearly 50 dead, several were injured, over 90 buildings wrecked, and black residents scattered and terrified. Around the same time, a white mob assembled, including police and firemen, and attacked the camp of former slaves and Black neighborhoods.
Government officials led the mob. City Recorder John C. Creighton rallied the attackers, saying, “Boys, I want you to go ahead and kill every damned one of the nigger race and burn up the cradle.” Defying the orders of the Shelby County sheriff, the rioters fanned out from Causey and Vance Streets. That night, “the Negroes were hunted down by police, firemen and other white citizens, shot, assaulted, robbed, and in many instances, their houses searched under the pretense of hunting for concealed arms, plundered, and then set on fire,” according to an Army investigation.
“During [this] no resistance . . . was offered by the Negroes.” Violence resumed late the next morning when “a posse of police and citizens again appeared in South Memphis and commenced an indiscriminate attack upon the Negroes, they were shot down without mercy, women suffered alike with the men, and in several instances, little children were killed by these miscreants.” For the next two days, the city seemed to be at the mercy of the mob. “All crimes imaginable were committed from simple larceny to rape and murder,” a Army investigator reported. “Several women and children were shot in bed.” This happened in Memphis!
An African American woman, Rachel Johnson, “was shot and then thrown into the flames of a burning house and consumed. Another was forced twice through the flames and finally escaped. In some instances, houses were [set ablaze] and armed men guarded them to prevent the escape of those inside.” In the aftermath, no arrests or attempts at prosecution were made. Federal civil-rights enforcement was lacking, and General Stoneman refused to intervene.
Memphis Mayor John Park washed his hands of the matter. Congress investigated, producing a detailed report. But there were no arrests, no trials, and no convictions. Even if the Fourteenth Amendment seemed to solve the legal problems of Reconstruction, there was no political will to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The massacre started with a rumor of black-on-white crime: Black soldiers stationed at Fort Pickering on the city’s south bluffs had allegedly killed white policemen attempting to arrest an African American soldier. Former Confederates could murder, rob, and rape African Americans with impunity. Although much has changed since the end of the Civil War, the fact remains that political violence undermines the democratic process even where civil-rights protections are supposedly in place.
If we don’t know our history we are bound to repeat it. In-spite of our history a small group of citizens today continue to fight over confederate statues but what about the statues in the Tennessee Code Annotated that are being violated daily and the Due Process that is trampled by racism and incompetence in our courts. The illegal seizure our property, our liberty and our civil liberties that are supposed to be protected are being massacred daily and your families will pay dearly in the future unless we RISE UP.
We live in a city when voter suppression is the norm by other blacks folks who have worked their way up the system by stepping on other blacks necks and disregarding the law. Until blacks who are in high positions lend a helping hand to those beneath them and unite with the majority we will continue to have voter suppression, poverty and crime.
Everyone has the power to exercise their rights.
One of the constitutional rights is the right to vote.
There are over 300,000 eligible voters in Shelby County who are not registered. Many are convicted felons who just need to be restored, others are those who just don’t know the importance of voting, and refuse to participate in the process. BLM has partnered with Rise Up North Memphis to restore 5000 convicted felons free of charge. We are also checking to see if you are registered at your current address and disseminating crucial civic awareness information. If you would like to volunteer for any of our initiatives email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also collecting data for the US Human Rights Network for human rights violations please stay tuned for more information. #blacklivesmatter #riseupmemphis