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' When Will You Be Satisfied?’ “We Can Never Be Satisfied As Long As Blacks Are Victims of Police Brutality". (606 hits)

“There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights: ” ‘When will you be satisfied?’ Martin Luther King Jr. said when he presented his dream to the world. The first yardstick he gave: “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.”
Our leaders invoke the dream frequently, but as a society, we rarely measure ourselves against it. Police brutality permeates the surface of a community, and it scars the psyche of everyone who lives there. When police officers can get away with violating the law under the pretext of enforcing it, they have all the power, while the people have none. It chills the lifeblood of a city and paralyzes the lives within it.

Most of those who live in fear of wrongful arrest in their neighborhoods are people of color, and it’s not limited to New Jersey. African-Americans make up a huge presence in America’s poorest cities, where the “content of their character” seems as if it’s already been predetermined in the eyes of law enforcement. But outside the borders of the neighborhoods where it happens, the problem is invisible.

That’s why the ACLU-NJ is committed to holding police accountable. The ACLU-NJ has two major actions underway, both of which began in summer 2010, in hopes of restoring democracy and dignity to ordinary people living with the real fear of unchecked police power.

Joel Barnes’s fight for his constitutional rights in Camden. After serving a jail sentence based on drugs planted by police, Joel Barnes contacted the ACLU. We’re representing him to make sure no one else endures that fate. His sentence is just one of about 200 that were dismissed once officers in the Camden Police Department admitted to planting evidence.

A call for U.S. Department of Justice intervention in the Newark Police Department. Fifty years after the ACLU-NJ’s founding, we took on an institution that has been a familiar defendant in our docket over the years: the Newark Police Department. We documented a level of misconduct that demanded not a slap on the wrist, but reform of the department’s culture.

We’ve made progress since 1963, but we’re nowhere close to fulfilling the dream, nor feeling satisfied. In order to live the dream, we can’t forget the steps that were laid out to get there. This Monday, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we hope you’re able to spend it celebrating the freedoms we have and resolving to claim the freedoms we all deserve.
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Friday, January 14th 2011 at 11:29PM
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Rev. AL Sharpton reminds us to what extent Martin Luther King Jr. rose above the violence and lived his life as an example to us all: “Although his house was bombed, he was stabbed, and he lived under constant threats, Dr. King never pointed his finger at others. He sought to be a healer rather than exacerbate tensions.”

Living the Legacy: MLK Day in 2011
http://immigrationimpact.com/2011/01/14/living-the-legacy-mlk-day-in-2011/
Friday, January 14th 2011 at 11:48PM
Jen Fad
For those who would lead, its a question of leadership. For those who would follow, its a question of responsibility. "The Dream" are mere words without that.

Saturday, January 15th 2011 at 1:08PM
Hello to All,

By this blog Ms. Jen and to those who responded are you all finally agreeing with me that our only permanent solution is that we desire to become a sovereign people or have complete independence from White America on a fertile portion of this continent that we could call our very own country with borders to worship God, pursue life, liberty, happiness and prosperity in our own way?

It seems that is what you all are doing and perhaps not realizing that you are subliminally agreeing with me.

I am the way, and besides me, there is no other way that Black Americans could become a real people in this world among other real people, am I right.

Tell me what you think.

Saturday, January 15th 2011 at 9:30PM
Harry Watley
@ Sister Irma,
Wow make sure you come back and blog about your day. I wish I could be there to hear some of those story tellers tell stories. I really love that.
Monday, January 17th 2011 at 4:33PM
Jen Fad
hE KNEW HOW TO GET OTHERS TO WANT TO LIVE PEACE EVEN WHEN YOUR WANTED TO BEGIN TO START WAR...BUT THEN THEY CALMED EVERY THINGS WITH THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC...IF IT WAS SOLOM THEN A SLOW SONG WITH IS GETTEN CALM IT NOW TIME FOR THOSE RAISE THE ROOF SONGS AND PREACHINGS TO GET RID OF NERVES AND GET UNITED AND READY TO DO YOUR JOB YOU HAVE VOLUNTERRED TO DO...SOME HANDED FLIERS OR JUST TALK AND LOOK PRETTY AND RESTED GIVING OUT INFORMATIONS, SOME WATCHING THE CHILDREN PLAYING

i AM SO EXCITED ABOUT OUR CELEBRATION WE WILL HAVE...WE DO A WALK, RIDE (ON BUSES THOSE WHO CAN'T WALK THE FEW MILES) IN ALL OF THE MAJOR CITIES AND IN MY SMALL TOWN...

tHEY WILL BEGIN THE dR. kING dAY ANUAL WALK FROM bETHAL AME CHURCH THROUGH YUBA CITY GOING ACROSS THE FETHER RIVER BRIDGE INTO MARYSVILLE COURT HOUSE AND HAVE SPEECHES THEN GO HAVE A GIANT POT LUCK DINNER AT THE PARK.

wE HAVE SOME OF THE BEST STORY TELLERS THERE ARE FOR US TO SPEND HOURS LISTEN TO SO MANY DIFFEENT STORIES..WHERE DO THEY GET THESE STORIES FROM ANDY WAY?LOL BUT WE ADULTS HAVE JUST AS MUCH FUN AS THE LITTLE ONES.

tHE WEATHER IS SO GOOD OUT HERE i KNOW YOUR COAST MUST BE HAVING IT HARD.

TRUTH. I LOVE TO HAVE SOME SNOW.LOL. (SMILE)

AND MOTHER NATURE PROMISES A SUPRISE. A DAY OF BLUE SKY AND A SUN THAT WILL GIVE US 60 TO 65 DEGREE WEATHER...WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE.(SMILE)
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