Reclaiming Our Way promoting the well-being of African American children & families

21Jul/150

Michelle Alexander: Beyond Black Spring – Understanding the Roots of a Growing Movement

A brief discussion with Michelle Alexander about the undergirding factors that have shaped community conditions across the country... factors more recently spotlighted during the uprisings in Baltimore, and that continue to inform and shape the national response to incidents like the killings of Sandra Bland (in Texas) and Kindra Chapman (in Alabama), among too many others.

Protests against police violence continue across the US, and this week's episode continues our exclusive reporting on the movement behind the protests. How are the legacies of the eras of slavery, reconstruction, and Jim Crow still with us today? Laura talks to civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar Michelle Alexander about citizenship and the prison industrial complex. Michelle Alexander is author of the best-selling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, a book which has taken on even more urgency in the current protest moment. This episode also features an exclusive new report from Baltimore, with a look at the issues behind the recent uprising, from housing to education to jobs, and Laura connects the issue of lead paint in Baltimore homes to the death of Freddie Gray.   [Published on Jun 2, 2015]

11May/150

Baltimore (Prince feat. Eryn Allen Kane)

Peace is more than the absence of war...

If there ain't no justice, then there ain't no peace!

7May/150

Cities In Crisis – From Ferguson to Baltimore: Howard University Television Special

Here is a comprehensive discussion of what's happening in cities throughout the country, from Ferguson to Baltimore and beyond, centered in an affirmation of the integrity and dignity of African American families and communities.

From May 2, 2015:

Join WHUT's Rock Newman and WHUR's Harold Fisher for a Howard University Special Presentation on the events that have garnered national attention in Baltimore.

5May/150

Howard University Professor Dr. Greg Carr Details The History Of Abuse & Resistance In Baltimore & America

As much as people say violence and civil unrest is counterproductive, the reality is that violence is the language that captures both the attention and the imagination of 'the state'. The media, national and local alike, tend not to pay attention to Black suffering, and certainly don't listen to the cries of Black people, unless there is some level of pressure and disruption to normal societal operations.

In the TV One segment below, Howard University professor Dr. Greg Carr discusses the historical context of the Baltimore uprising last week, and the role of violence in capturing the attention of the media and elected officials.

30Apr/150

Kweisi Mfume on Baltimore Uprising: A 40+ Year Indictment on Failed Leadership, Community Oppression & Political Exploitation

As many others have said, the conditions shaping the uprising in Baltimore are not new. They have developed and evolved since the April 1968 uprisings following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the short clip below, former U.S. Congressman and NAACP leader Kweisi Mfume talks about the consistency of the conditions during that period, and the conditions now. The tensions won't disappear anytime soon, and they are likely to stay extremely high with the new update from the Baltimore mayor that no public presentation of the early findings of the investigation into Freddie Gray's killing will be forthcoming.

A brutal and oppressive political and legal structure doesn't go away easily. And the growing organization and clarity among young people, and a reawakening of the consciousness and sense of responsibility among members of the older generations within the African American community, not to mention the increasing awareness and related experiences among other groups, suggests that the pressure and organizing for fundamental structural change will continue.

As it should and must.

28Apr/150

Baltimore Uprising – Gang Members Speak For Themselves: Truce is About Justice for Freddie Gray, Not Hurting Cops

Please watch this from beginning to end, and share with others. This is not the narrative you'll get from the major television news networks. The gang truce in Baltimore is focused on achieving justice for Freddie Gray, and not harming the cops.

If you want to understand young people and their sensibilities, you first have to listen to young people and what they say about their sensibilities.

From Baltimore's WBAL-TV News...

Members of the Black Guerrilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips talk to 11 News, saying they did not make a truce to harm police officers.