Tag: Justice

SCLC Fights To Free Death Row Inmate

By Michael July 13, 2021 2

While Evidence in Pervis Payne Case for Killing White Woman Disappears

Last week President Joe Biden hosted an impressive list of civil rights leaders at the White House. They came to discuss national efforts by Republican officials to restrict voting rights and criminal justice reform considering an alarming uptick in police killing of Black people since the 2008 election of Barack Obama. read more

Black Skin As a Perpetual Threat

By Michael April 13, 2021 1

Brooklyn Center another case of trigger happy policing

I’ve lived through three encounters with the police that could easily have ended in my death. Each time I see another Black man lose his life to a trigger-happy cop; it brings back that same dread I had on those three occasions.

In the mid-1970s, I was a young reporter covering the city hall beat for a Black-owned weekly tabloid. One day I went home for lunch with a couple of girls who worked in the newsroom. They were curious to know how I prepared a vegetarian hamburger. This was decades before the meat alternatives we have on the market today and a lot less appetizing. read more

Did The Civil Rights Lawyers In The Floyd Case Leave Money On The Table

By Michael April 3, 2021 2

Is $27 Million Enough to Set An Example for Other Police Departments?

Two months after a stunned, pandemic world watched the killing of George Floyd at the corner of 8th Street East and Chicago Avenue, a battery of civil rights attorneys filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the three cops who participated in Floyd’s death. The lawyers’ chief spokesperson is Benjamin Crump, who has built a cottage industry in police misconduct cases following the Trayvon Martin family’s representation nine years ago. read more

There Is No Justification for Ratifying Injustice

By Michael February 14, 2021 0

Zip it Mitch – Spare Us Another Lie

The novelist and social critic Norman Mailer once wrote, “You can be the best in the world and still lose.” Mailer uttered these profound words to lament his defeat in a race for the office of Mayor of New York City. His prodigious ego led him to believe he was the best candidate in the race. Perhaps history will give him the benefit of the doubt and adjudge Mailer the best novelist turned politician in that contest. read more

Freaknik Lawyer Wins Book Award!

By Michael August 21, 2020 8

We are excited to announce that Harold Michael Harvey has won a bronze medal from the Living Now Book Awards in the category of male memoirs for his work Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance ( Cascade Publishing House, Atlanta, 2019).

Harvey’s book will be featured next year in the Awards section at the prestigious BookExpo America 2021. His novel Paper Puzzle received similar exposure at BookExpo America 2011. read more

A Death Sentence in America: Black Skin

By Michael May 27, 2020 0

It’s a hard world out there for Black people in America. Especially hard for Black men. When a Black man gets up in the morning, looks in the mirror as he grooms his face, teeth, and hair, he does not know if the executioner will carry out the unspoken death warrant on his life that day.

It is not easy to muster up the strength to walk out the door at the beginning of a new day, even before COVID-2019 arrived in the fall of 2019. The horrors inflicted on Black men in the full light of any given day on any given street in any given park in America sadden my soul. read more

GBI Arrest Camerman in Ahmaud Arbery’s Murder

By Michael May 21, 2020 0

Two weeks after a father and son duo was arrested for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, a third man, William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr., has been arrested and charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. The GBI lodged Bryan in the Glynn County Jail.

From the very start, Arbery’s family have pled with the authorities to charge Bryan in the death of the Black jogger. Several videos show that Abrery frequently exercised in this predominately white subdivision — where the trio Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and Bryan live. read more

Nothing Short of Lethal Injection Is Justice in Ahmaud Arbrey Matter

By Michael May 8, 2020 2

BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA

Ahmaud Arbrey, a peace-loving Black man, should be alive today, May 8, 2020, to celebrate his 25th birthday. But he will not reach a quarter-century of life because of two Georgia Crackers, Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael.

This trashy white father and son duo decided Arbrey was a thief and deserved the death penalty three months before his birthday. The McMichael’s were the arresting officers, the judge, jurors, and executioners of Mr. Arbrey, all without legal authority of any kind, except some illusion of white privilege wrapped in racial hatred and lurking in the murky still waters of the “Marshes of Glynn.” read more

A Funeral, a Mourner, and a Murder Trial Equal a COVID-19 Outbreak

By Michael April 3, 2020 0

Down in tiny Albany, Doughtery County, Georgia, 837 people have tested positive for Coronavirus, 32 of whom died after contracting the virus as of 1:05 pm on Friday, April 3, 2020 (See https://www.phoebehealth.com/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus/coronavirus-update).

Of the 176 Georgians who have died from this respiratory disease, Albany’s 32 deaths are more than Atlanta’s 23 as of Thursday evening, April 2, 2020 (See https://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-news/breaking-coronavirus-cases-top-georgia-163-deaths-reported/3jRQEx8o1JUecocEVUz9KO/). read more

Joshua Brown’s Murder Spin Maybe Adding Up to Fake News?

By Michael October 9, 2019 0

How does a young man go from being a scared, sacred, and shy witness against a police officer one week and a bold, brutal, and brazen marijuana dealer the next week?

How many pot distribution centers did the men from Alexandria, Louisiana drive pass on their way to Dallas, Texas?

How could there have been a gun battle which killed one person and severely injured another one, and there is not one media report over the weekend of gun-battle injuries related to the death of Joshua Brown? read more