Jamala Rogers: The progress of Black, Brown and poor people has been sporadic since 1968. The trump administration in its quest to Make America Great Again is trying to take us back 50 years. It’s appropriate that the concept of the Poor People’s Campaign be resurrected.
Jamala Rogers: In the African American community, the silent nature of sexual violence is real. The stats are alarming yet Black women – even mothers of child victims – are less likely to report incidents than white women.
Jamala Rogers: Videos have not proven to make such cases a slam-dunk because of the same kind of police interpretation presented in the Rodney King case.
Jamala Rogers: The Flint water crises was born out of government/corporate decisions that believe black and poor people are collateral damage in the financial strategy to make the state of Michigan solvent.
Jamala Rogers: Are we allowing Hillary to ride the wave of her president-husband who somehow received the undeserved and unearned title of “black” president because he played the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall Show? President Bill Clinton severely altered black lives with his crippling welfare and criminal justice reforms that will impact black families for generations.
Jamala Rogers: The movement for social, political and economic justice is not for sale or trade. Gettin’ paid in dollars or recognition cannot be the motivating factors as to why people are in these democratic spaces.
Jamala Rogers: It isn’t just about the surplus military equipment that local police departments get from the Department of Defense; it’s also about the interrogation practices between civilian and military that gets mixed into one circle of torture.”
Jamala Rogers: The 2014 election was more than a Democratic shellacking; it was the consolidation of states’ rights around a white supremacist ideology and strategy.
Jamala Rogers: We need to expose, challenge and change the heart and minds of people in all sectors of society if we expect to create an environment that respects and protects the aspirations and lives of women wherever they are in the world.
Jamala Rogers: Missouri has a history of screwed up executions. It once employed a dyslexic doctor with a history of malpractice suits to carry out its executions.
Jamala Rogers: Since police have these super toys, they feel compelled to use them resulting over-reactions and over-kill such as botched raids and deadly encounters with innocent citizens.
Jamala Rogers: At a time when Detroit needed him the most, Kwame chose the opportunist path by adding to the oppression of black folks and looking out for himself.
Jamala Rogers: What was different is that Zimmerman quickly rose to be the darling of the right-wing, gun-toters. It was a battle between progressive and reactionary forces and we were out-organized. This doesn’t have to be the end of the story.