I think it was the Trayvon Martin situation that was my initial introduction to activism. Just watching that case and being in the hotel room in Florida while the case was happening and while they were reading the verdict and being so crushed that I started crying. At that time I had an eleven-year-old son, and I identified with him being so much like Trayvon that it just scared me.
The government is working for a small group of very rich individuals that exploit the people around the world, and they need the military to keep those people in check. The same way they use the police department to domestically to keep the poor communities and the black communities and communities of color in check. So it is not in the government’s best interest to make conditions better.
we are not taught how to empathize with people and the most we can say is keep going brother you are strong. Well, I am sure that Kalief heard that too damn much. Not because they were mean but because they did not know how to help him. He did not need to relive his story by telling his story over and over again. That is torture. But we do it because we want people to get help from it and shut down a system that is killing us and we want to stop it.
more people realize that they have to speak up not just for themselves but for the masses for who they identify with and I think it is necessary and more people need to speak up and why not the industry professionals. Everybody is affected by this stuff, not just Sara that works in the back office in the small cubicle, a lot of people in high places are affected by this. Prejudiced, sexual harassment, racism so why not speak out about it and get something done about it as opposed to sitting quietly.
For me growing up I grew up in a single parent home. I was with my moms up until I was about 14-15 and then with my grandparents during my high school years. For me, like my dad in my early years, he was in and out of jail rippinG and runninG through the streets you know so he was kinda around, but he really wasn’t around as much as I would have wanted him to be. He originally was a boxer growing up in Brooklyn, NY.
It is a children’s book. But it is not written so immaturely that grown-ups, teachers, parents would not enjoy it. I personally love this book. Not because I wrote it, but I love this book because of what it means and what it stands for. I think it is extremely important that children know exactly what is happening. We can’t sugar coat it, we can’t hide it under a rug and pretend like it is not happening. You know Tamir Rice was twelve years old and was murdered by police sitting in a park playing with a toy gun. So we cannot pretend that children are not affected by what is going on anymore.
A key factor would be to bring out the level of institutionalization and modern-day slavery that is our current penal and justice system. This is big business and the more money flowing in per prisoner the bigger and deeper the pockets of the people running it and it has to stop. Learning how to get out and stay out is key.
Well, you know we go to schools and talk to the youngins, talk to the kids about a lot of different things like the importance of health care, the importance of taking care of yourself. We talk to them about the importance of believing in yourself and being successful. We do that all over the United States and Canada.
The most inspirational tattoo I think was a sleeve and it is on one of my good friends Matt Toulin and it is a Greek sleeve and it had to deal with strength. We both have the same kind of dad, the same kind of upbringing and it was like his breakthrough tattoo.
I have a lot of designs now and like each day when I get home, mostly in the summer, I get a lot of work done to come up with new designs. When I come up with them, I go down to see how I would set it up; what colors, what shirt and then I will talk to my parents.
Alyssa Tran was supposed to die that night in the George Washington Cemetery. She was 15, and she and her friend Nancy Diaz had gone to the graveyard in Adelphi with a couple of members of the Latino street gang MS-13. They were supposedly going there to drink, but Tran thought something wasn't right. Twice she asked to be dropped off elsewhere, to no avail. She was about to become a victim of the gang violence that has wracked local Latino enclaves such as Langley Park.
For me I recognize that if you really want to help people, you give them a job that is cool but what else do they need? This young man who is with me name Corey, back in the day he was who he was and he got 50 years from the feds. He went there and he turned his life around and the way he turned his life around he became a paralegal.