Good Brother Shaka Senghor Gets a Good Word from Sister Rochelle Riley


This a wonderful brother who has exhibited a model of genuine transformation and redemption.  He has dedicated his life to the liberation and education of Afrikan people, especially our children.  It’s a privilege to be able to soldier and labor with our good brother as he helps to rebuild and restore our community.  Check this article out!

Article about Brother Shaka Senghor. A must read!

Shaka Senghor was on a bad road traveling fast when the knock came at his door.

At 18, he was selling drugs for a living and had been shot about a year earlier on a corner in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood, so Senghor was carrying a gun when a friend came by with two strangers.

“I refused to sell them drugs,” Senghor recalled. “I got into an argument and told them to get off the block. We made threats back and forth … I shot several times and tragically caused his death.”

He tragically caused a death. That’s how Senghor describes it now. But in 1991, he killed a guy. Was charged with second-degree murder. Got sentenced to 17-40 years. A month after his 19th birthday. His girlfriend was three months pregnant.

Senghor is the kind of guy that used to be written off. But everybody gets second chances. His came eight years later in a letter from his son.

“He just really was talking to me about why I was incarcerated,” Senghor said. “It was a moment of epiphany. I realized that, although I was incarcerated, I had a responsibility to set an example for him. I made up my mind that if I was released, I would have some type of positive impact on his life and the lives of young people in the city of Detroit.”

Senghor found a way with his Live in Peace Digital and Literary Arts Project, which he founded in 2010 after his release from prison.

“They come from a place where violence has been normalized,” Senghor, now 39, said of his young charges. “So I said if we write about it and talk about it, we can come up with how to deal with conflict when it happens.”

Senghor wants his students to “take control of their own destinies through literature.”

Live in Peace was among 10 programs that recently won Black Male Experience Leadership Awards from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in partnership with the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement. The awards honor black men who act to improve their communities.

Senghor and his fiancée, Ebony Roberts, began the program at Tri County Educational Center in Southfield, an alternative school that is part of the Berkley district. Its student body includes Detroit teens.

“I’m thrilled about the program,” said Tri County’s dean, Mindy Nathan. “Shaka has a way of connecting with kids that is a hundred percent authentic, and it’s almost instantaneous what he can do for them. He barely has to tell his story. He just uses their language, and it’s incredible how the kids open up.”

Nathan said one of the biggest obstacles to graduation for some kids is having parents, guardians or loved ones in prison — “a source of shame and confusion,” for them, she said. But Senghor’s program helps them deal with the separation and grief.

“My goal has been to find ways to humanize these losses,” Senghor said, “because they’re not even statistics because people don’t even talk about them. You go to the funeral. You wear the shirt. But what did that life mean and what kind of potential was lost?”

Senghor plans to use his $25,000 award to do the program a second time at Tri-County and to start one at Cody High School in Detroit. He wanted to kick the program into high gear after a family tragedy last summer.

“My nephew got shot and his childhood friend murdered,” Senghor said. “We were at the hospital with him and all these young people had “Rest in Peace” T-shirts on for different guys who had gotten killed. I wanted to counter the culture of ‘Rest in Peace’ with something positive so maybe we could empower them to understand that peace doesn’t mean weakness. … I changed the name to ‘Live in Peace.’ ”

Senghor still does speaking engagements and encourages kids to write about and videotape their feelings.

He also plans to publish something of his own: the journals he kept and the letters he and his son wrote to each other while Senghor was in prison.

His son, the 8-year-old who helped his father choose a different path, is 20 and was starting down the same path his father took. But he now is interested in becoming a carpenter.

“He’s definitely moving in the right direction,” Senghor said.

For information about the program, go to www.lipeace.com.

Obama’s Urban Agenda Yet to be Fulfilled, but atleast he has one!!!


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It’s safe to say that Barack Obama came to the White House with more street cred than any president in recent memory. As an African American, Obama was certainly privy to the forces of institutional racism that still shackle much of urban America. Before he got into politics, he worked as a civil rights lawyer, and before that, he worked as a community organizer in the mean streets of Chicago. (You will recall that Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin took turns mocking him for that last one at the 2008 Republican national convention.) When Obama became president, hopes were high that American cities would finally get a little love from Washington, which had spent fifty-plus years pouring money into the suburbs.

To be fair, with the national economy circling the drain and the suburban housing market disappearing down it, the president has had other things to worry about. Nonetheless, healthy cities are crucial to our economic recovery, and if we’re going to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, we’ll need to get serious about building communities that allow us to shake our dependence on cars. So as the 2012 elections come into view, we thought we’d take a look at Obama’s record on issues specific, if not exclusive, to cities.  Read the link for the rest……http://grist.org/cities/president-obama-and-the-forgotten-urban-agenda/

Obamas Urban Agenda

Peacekeepers


Captain Dennis Muhammed, one of the leaders of the 3rd generation Urban Peace and Justice Movement is doing wonderful work organizing brothers all over the country.  He was one of the founding members of the the movement that birthed the Detroit 300. Captain Muhammed, Bro. Raphael Johnson, Teferi Brent, Derek Blackmon Sr., Derek Blackmon Jr. and Brother Keith Bennett organized 140 brothers in 2006 and marched down on a known drug den in the city.  That, along with several other similar initiatives over the years, was the begining of the great work we are doing now with the Detroit 300.  We are forever appreciated of this good brother and his outstanding service to our community.

http://www.thepeacekeepers.org/events.html

Strong Sister from Chicago Puttin Work Creating Peace in the Village: Check out Sister Ameena


Ameena Matthews to appear on The Colbert Report

January 25, 2012

Has Stephen Colbert finally met his match? Ameena Matthews, one of the stars of The Interrupters, will be his guest on Wednesday, February 1st at 11:30pm (10:30pm CT) on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
 
Ameena, recently named “Chicagoan of the Year in Film” by The Chicago Tribune, will be discussing her work as an Ceasefire Illinois Violence Interrupter ahead of the film’s US television premiere on PBS Frontline at 9pm on Tuesday, February 14th (check local listings) and same day DVD/Blu-Ray release.
 
Colbert’s on-air persona is known to put his guests in the hot seat, but Matthews is no stranger to pressure. “I’m so excited,” she says. “I just hope I won’t need to kick his ass!”
 
The film’s North American television premiere is this Saturday, January 28th at 9:30pm ET/PT on Canada’s CBC News Network series The Passionate Eye. In reviewing the film for broadcast Canada.com / PostMedia News’ Alex Strachan stated “The Interrupters is as memorable and hard-to-forget as any documentary you’ll see this year.”
 
The Interrupters continues to screen across the US, and is available for DVD/Blu-Ray pre-order from our store.ameena-matthews-on-community-violence-credible-messengers

http://ceasefirechicago.org/interrupters/ameena-matthews-on-community-violence-credible-messengers

Close the Crack House Rally and Vigil in Detroit


This Sunday Jan 29th 3pm The New Marcus Garvey Movement will be sponsoring a prayer vigil on An alleged crack and supply house 14520 Southfield service Dr. at Lyndon.We’ve been informed congressman Hansen Clerk & State Rep, Harvey Santana will be amongst our supporters! We encourage all other able bodied personsons to show a sign of unity with our Community!

DPD Central District Community Walkthru


“Be Good or, Be Gone Initiative”

Friday Crime Walks in problem areas

in Central District

First walk is on May 27th in Woodbridge Estates

Come out and Join Commander Kenneth Williams, Central District

As we WALK to TAKE Our Neighborhoods Back!!!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

5:00pm

Woodbridge Estates

4106 Supreme Blvd.

Detroit, MI 48201

All are invited to attend any walk in any neighborhood.

We will do this initiative every Friday in Central District.

Please contact Central District Community Relations

@ (313) 596-1364 to register your Neighborhood.