Bostons 10 Point Coalition


These Sisters and Brothers have been doing some wonderful work in Boston.  We solicited their help with helping us to establish our Street Worker and Clergy Night Walk Initiatives.  Attached is a link about the organization and little background:

The Boston TenPoint Coalition (BTPC) is an ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders working to mobilize the community around issues affecting Black and Latino youth.

The Boston TenPoint Coalition’s programs are unique because they:

  • Focus on some of our communities “troubled youth,” youth that other agencies most frequently are unable to serve. We work with high-risk youth as their shattered lives and dreams are reflected in their violent and oftentimes callous and/or self-destructive behaviors.
  • Operate in collaboration with other community-based, governmental, and private sector institutions that are also committed to the revitalization of the families and communities in which our youth are raised. By working with other institutions, we reduce duplication of effort.

The Boston TenPoint Coalition is faith-based because faith breeds a sense of hope and provides the nurturing yet structured principles and environment that many youth lack. We are a coalition that collectively aspires to make the “Boston Miracle” continue to work.

http://www.bostontenpoint.org/index.php

Detroit 300 Patrols Neighborhood Where Teen was Raped


DETROIT (WJBK) –

Locking arms in a west side neighborhood, the Detroit 300 praised, then patrolled.  They marched to the alley in the area off Pacific near Tireman where a 13-year-old girl was recently raped on her way to school between 7:00 and 8:00 in the morning.  Police say the girl was pulled into the bushes.

Detroit 300 went door-to-door showing the police composite picture of the suspect.

During their patrol, the 300 asked Fox 2 to listen in on some information they believe is new.  A woman told the group of another rape to a teenager.  The woman supplying the information asked us not to disclose her identity.

“Another 13-year-old, she was around 13, 14, she was raped Sunday morning on the Pacific bridge, early in the morning.  He jumped from the side of the bridge with a pistol and pulled
her back down and raped her and then let her go.”

“We just learn that there may have been a rape just on Sunday of another teenage girl that may not have been reported,” said Angelo Henderson with the Detroit 300.  “So we learn this kind of information when we’re out talking to people. They share.  And so that’s what we’re trying to do, to be the bridge when it comes to information.”

We asked the Detroit 300 what would they do if they had somebody who pointed out the rapist?  They said they would call their contact with Detroit Police.

 

Meanwhile, if you have any information, you are asked to call Detroit Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Detroit 300 Looks for Rapist

Detroit Night Walks: The Black Church Stands Up for Peace!


 

Detroit Night Walks: The Black Church Stands Up for Peace!

DETROIT (WXYZ) – The crime and violence in Detroit, the carjackings, shootings and break-ins, have sparked a new initiative called “Night Walks” and they will be happening week after week.

Bishops, pastors, parishioners and others will be walking through different neighborhoods to let people know someone cares and something is being done.

Friday night was the first walk and 7 Action News went along. There were instructions and prayers, then walking and singing. It’s all intended to send a very serious message.

They are tired of the crime and they want a better city for all the people who live here. They walked several blocks and even stopped cars to spread the word.

They are calling themselves soldiers and say they won’t stop the walks until the crime rate goes down and even then they may continue.

UPDATE:

After their first training and “Night Walk,” on Friday on at Solomon’s Temple on Detroit’s east side , the Detroit Clergy Team organizing Detroit Night Walks are calling for anyone of good will to join them in prayer and set a new tone in the City. On Saturday May 26 at 2pm, thousands are expected to gather at five churches for a “313 Prayer Rally” to end the violence.

Here are the participating churches: Second Ebenezer Church, 14601 Dequindre, Lighthouse Community Church, 15820 Wyoming, Third New Hope , 5439 West Warren, Citadel of Faith Covenant Church, 1419 W. Warren Ave. and Grace In Action, 7725 West Vernor, Fellowship Chapel, 7707 West Outer Drive

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/detroit/pastors-and-bishops-will-be-walking-the-streets-of-detroit-to-send-a-message-to-the-bad-guys#ixzz1w8CTf3fE

Detroit 300 on a Mission to Catch the Lame that Shot a 9 month old Baby with a AK-47!!


We will catch this lame!  The streets are screaming information on this one!

Read this Article about Detroit 300 initiative

The Detroit 300, a community activist group, announced Thursday that it will begin weekly patrols in the city’s most violent areas in response to the recent murder of a 9-month-old boy.

“We’re going to send a message to these guys that it’s no longer allowed to victimize children, to victimize women,” said Che Daniels, secretary for Detroit 300. “We have individuals that are running around and choose to shoot recklessly into a home … but don’t feel enough remorse and sorrow to turn themselves in.

“We’re going to come looking for you.”

Police don’t have any suspects in the death of Delric Miller IV, who was shot around 4:20 a.m. Monday when his west-side house was sprayed with about 40 bullets.

Detroit police are working with the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department on the case.

Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens said Wednesday that any help from citizens is appreciated.

Angelo Henderson, vice president and co-founder of Detroit 300 and local radio talk show host, said the plan is to knock on doors and look for clues that can lead to an arrest in the case.

The initiative is called “One Hour of Power.”

“I don’t believe heavy gang bangers believe a 9-month-old should be killed,” Henderson said.

“We’re going to try to appeal to their hearts.”

Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown said he applauds the efforts because there needs to be a culture shift in the city to put an end to the violence.

“It’s going to take the community to be outraged, to get involved and to make sure that everyone understands that this is not normal … and it won’t be tolerated,” said Brown, a former police deputy chief.

Detroit 300 looking for murderer of 9 month old

Public Defense Reform Movement in Michigan Led by The Michigan Campaign for Justice


http://www.michigancampaignforjustice.org/

Public Defense Reform led by Sister Stephanie Chang

For poor people in Michigan, justice is uncertain and at times unattainable. A recent report from the Campaign for Justice, a coalition seeking to change the state’s dismal system for indigent defense, highlights the need for reform.

The report details 13 cases of men who were wrongly convicted or, at least, convicted on suspect grounds. In each case, the men received an inadequate defense because of court-provided attorneys who did not have the time, resources or ability to adequately do the job.

Michigan is one of only seven states that leaves trial-level indigent defense entirely to counties. Counties set their own pay rates for attorneys and maintain wildly varied standards for representation. In Wayne County, for instance, part-time public defenders handle as many as 2,800 cases each year, an unworkable caseload that far exceeds national standards for public defenders.

No surprise then that Michigan has one of the worst public defender systems in the nation, according to a 2008 report from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.

The dismal state of indigent defense violates a basic constitutional right to “effective assistance and competent counsel” as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court. The justice system doesn’t work at all if it doesn’t work for everyone.

In nine of the 13 cases highlighted in the Campaign for Justice report, the convictions of defendants were overturned. The others are challenging their convictions and awaiting court decisions.

Berrien County resident Charles Walker was sentenced to as many as 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. His court-appointed attorney did no preparation for the trial, did not call a single witness, and ultimately left Mr. Walker, who is illiterate, to represent himself. The Court of Appeals overturned the conviction, noting the lack of evidence against Mr. Walker and unreliable witnesses used to convict him.

In most of the cases, defense attorneys were either too inexperienced or rushed to provide adequate counsel. In some cases, the court refused to provide expert witnesses who could have helped exonerate defendants.

The costs for these shortcomings are many. Defendants endure a basic injustice because their constitutional right to effective representation is compromised. Taxpayers pay to incarcerate wrongly convicted people and fund the appeals that inevitably follow. The state is spending an estimated $50 million annually to house wrongly convicted people, estimates the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School.

In addition, wrongful convictions leave the real perpetrators out on the street. In some instances, those individuals have gone on to commit other crimes and victimize other people.

Michigan should have a state-wide defender system that brings consistency and quality to representation of poor defendants. Legislators and Gov. Rick Snyder should fix this problem and create an office within state government that will perform this important function. This report is further compelling evidence that the system is broken.

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.