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Democrats Shift Toward Conservatives

Nancy Pelosi made a statement a while back which led me to ‘assume,’ although I know, the party is looking for moderate conservatives, who are fed up with Trump and the Tea Party, to become part of the Democratic Party. Democrats are going as far as vetting, preparing, supporting and running candidates who are moderate conservatives.

A recent courting and public support of Mitt Romney, a Republican, supports this new chapter within the Democratic Party.

This is all because they refuse to support Progressive values and quite frankly, they are still salty with Senator Bernie Sanders for running a wildly successful campaign against Hillary Clinton and rallying people around the issues that matter to the majority of Americans. The fact that they are unwilling to truly help the people who need the most help says so much.

The Democratic Party appears unhappy with people rallying around the issues and that’s a major clue they are using us as a base they don’t intend to serve. Most of us are going along for the ride without truly knowing where we’re headed.

Let’s face it, it’s tough for poor and middle-class people to keep up on all the politics going on in America. We are working harder than anyone else, raising children, taking care of our parents and trying to keep up with our own health, well-being and daily lives. If you ask most people in the inner city neighborhoods what their primary concern is, it’s not Russian intelligence interfering in our elections.

The problems we are facing largely stem from the inaction of our political party and our Black organizations charged with being our voice.

For Democrat leaders to make such a bold move, some would think, Progressives and “Berniecrats” must be calling for some sort of radical ideals. These so-called left wing radicals prompted a mass exit, after the primary election last year. Many Progressives and unsatisfied Democrats moved away from the party after seeing how the party neglected the voices and the issues of the poor and middle-class people.

If fighting for cheaper prescription drug prices, better and affordable health care, taking a position and action on Black Lives Matter by writing bills to help protect us is too radical a position to take, then we’ve been misled.

It is by no means, too much to ask for basic human rights. Clean water is not a radical ideology. It’s a basic human right. It’s right and it’s the duty of the party and those who are groupies of the party, to act accordingly. Where were the Democrats on the poisoning of the water in Flint, Michigan before and after this tragedy? Where are they on changing the law to fit Black Lives Matter? How are they going to fight and assure people the Sabal Trail Pipeline will not poison our water supply and cause even more sinkholes?

We, black folk and we women, have been the firewall of the Democratic Party for years and enough is enough.
Among other things, we asked for the basic human necessities and the Democratic Party went out and backed Republican Mitt Romney in an effort court a conservative base.
In addition, the party doesn’t get to act like Black Lives Matter means less than marriage equality. That’s not ok. If the cause is great for someone, it should matter to all of us. These issues should be equally important in our party and we should act accordingly. The party doesn’t get to tell it’s base and firewall, it’s ride or die group of people, that mass incarceration or convicting Black men for non-violent crimes, are free labor and will significantly lower the labor pool, as Kamala Harris’ team so boldly spelled out in court.

At least, you don’t get to do that without a fight.

Two men murdered, one injured, defending Muslim women from racist attacker

In Portland, Oregon, a man shouted racist, anti-Muslim rhetoric at two Muslim women. According to police, 35-year old Jeremy Joseph Christian, who has prior convicted felonies, hurled hate speech at two women of color; one was wearing a hijab.
Three men intervened and tried to protect them by attempting to stop Christian from assaulting the women. Eyewitnesses say, one of those men was 53-year old Military veteran, Ricky John Best, who was stabbed to death on the scene of the confrontation by Christian.
The other two men were taken to the hospital where 23-year old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche died. The third victim, 21-year old Micah David-Cole Fletcher was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
There is so much hate in this world, yet in the midst of it all these men stood for all that is good at a time when it was so very necessary to step up and do so. They did not cower nor hesitate when it came time to act. Instead, they put their lives on the line willingly and died as a result of protecting two Muslim women from this race and hate-filled man’s rampage.
All to often the press mentions the race of people involved in race-related incidents and this time should be no different. All of these men were white. The protectors and the suspect were white men. Three of those white men protected two Brown-Muslim women from what would likely have been a hate crime against them. The media should proudly display their pictures.
There has been an increase in hate crime in America as a result of Donald Trump’s rhetoric and many of his supporters. Some feel empowered to say and commit some of the most heinous crimes against people of color. When the President of the United States co-signs it and doesn’t denounce it, that too sends a clear message that it’s “ok” to act and attack people in such a despicable manner.
This must stop. We also cannot allow ourselves to put all white men into one demographic in our minds. There are hate-filled people that come in all races yet there are protectors across every color spectrum as well. We live in a time when some Americans believe all those associated with the Islam are terrorists. That kind of thinking is a threat to all Americans.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, Ricky John Best, American heroes

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, Ricky John Best, American heroes

These brave and compassionate men should never be forgotten and there is no better time to recognize and remember them than this Memorial Day. So many soldiers are not on a traditional battlefield. They are in Anytown, USA fighting for people like you and me. These men are now victims at the hands of hate but in my eyes, they are not just that. They are heroes. Actually, they are superheroes to be quite accurate because, how they died is highly indicative of how they lived their lives. What a blessing it must have been to know them.

Dear Democrats

I know Clinton’s loss was an upset. I know some have yet to get over it. I know some may never get over it.

But, Jordan Edwards, a Black child, is dead because a White police officer shot and killed him either out of fear or hate.

In Anaheim, an officer won’t face charges for assault and attempted murder of a young Brown child.

We still have a jacked-up health care system that should already be a single-payer system and Democrats are more passionate about proving Trump conspired with the Russians than taking care of the American people.

Our seniors are still cutting their prescription medications in half, if they can buy them at all, while also trying to decide whether to pay their rent or buy medicine.

Our Vets are dying in VA hospitals while waiting for care.

Over 70% of Floridians voted for medical cannabis to be legalized and the state Congress has yet to enact a plan to give the voters what they want and need to treat ailments and illnesses themselves.

Democrats in Congress are voting against lower prescription drug prices and young people are drowning in debt over student loans.

There is STILL a Muslim Ban in America and racial and religious profiling happens everyday.

Democrats are voting against bills without having written one better than the one they’re voting against.

These are just snapshots of the issues that matter to us.

Democrats, you’re touting yourselves as the party of the people but you seem to have forgotten for whom you work.

On second thought, maybe you haven’t forgotten.

Maybe you are working for your true bosses and that’s big corporations.

Maybe, just maybe, our donations aren’t big enough for you to consider working for us as opposed to working for them. Maybe those companies Trump us on the amount of money given to your campaigns, but while you weren’t looking, you got Trumped. Literally. And you still are losing elections across this nation.

Here’s the real deal.

Black Lives Matter.

Our Elders matter.

Our economy matters and our health care and clean water is everything.

While you worry about Trump and the Russians, the Dakota Access Pipeline and other pipelines are still an issue.

In Florida, Democrat Congresswoman Corrine Brown was found guilty of corruption. While that is a black eye for the party, we, the people, have two black eyes, a worn-out back and a broken heart from trusting you. Yet, we have a fiery spirit.

We will not allow our Elders to be neglected.

We won’t allow Black Lives to NOT matter and we won’t stand for jacked-up health care.

We won’t just protest a Republican President and Congress.

We will stand up to you, too, our own party who we trusted to fight for us.

What we’ll do is primary each of you who neglect us by turning the world’s attention from the embarrassment of Clinton’s loss, to building upon the greatness we can do together as a unit.

Have fun in DC while it lasts, because if you are one of the Democrats who are neglecting us, we are coming for your seats.

See you soon,

Your constituents

From Columnist to Columnist

On last Friday, two of my friends and I, clicked the link to Scott Maxwell’s column about ’10 people in Orlando who are making the city a better place.’

I loved it.

My mouthy friend had already skimmed to the bottom of the article and said, ‘oh, is that the guy that called you and other women racist, woman-hating names?’ She was referring to a man who many of us know will slay women personally on social media with the most degrading and disgusting comments he can think of, if some disagree with his position. I read further, identified his name and said, “OMG yes!”

For the sake of this commentary, let’s refer to this person as “the guy.”
My friend said, ‘how in the hell is he making Orlando better when he can’t control his mouth, fires off racist and mysogynist remarks and has a history of assault on women?’ She was bending back her fingers one-by-one as if she was counting as she blurted out each “charge.” I agreed with her.

She was fire-hot-mad. Frankly, so was I. Yet, no part of me thought Maxwell knew about “the guy’s” rants and history.

So, I sent Maxwell a direct message on Facebook telling him I loved his column but there’s one name in there that makes me cringe and I cited why and sent proof. I guess I’ve read Maxwell’s columns enough to feel comfortable saying that. I was so wrong.

For the record, Maxwell did not cite him as one of the top 10 people, but he hinted at “the guy” being close to it, because he said some people had floated “the guy’s” name around as being a good candidate and that the Orlando Sentinel had covered some positive attempts at community issues or events in which “the guy” was involved.

Why am I ranting about all this? Stay with me. I’m getting there.

“The guy” I’m referring to used some of the worst names you can call a Black or Brown woman. To me, the name-calling he used was equivalent to calling a Black person the n-word and “the guy,” well, he’d pour salt in the wound by adding a touch of mysogynist verbiage to it to make sure those women, who didn’t agree with him, felt the sting.

For the record, the n-word and other remarks, including a word that degrades women, is what recently led to the resignation of Florida Senator, Frank Artiles further proving that words matter.

In addition, “the guy” has a history of physically abusing women, although the charges were dropped according to what Scott Maxwell wrote back.
When I put this in my direct message to Maxwell, we instantly started chatting back and forth, but it then led to a reaction I never saw coming.

He thanked me for my kind words about his column but immediately defended the abuser or “the guy” in this case, by saying they ran a background check after I sent him what I thought and that the alleged physical assault happened in 2005 and those charges were dropped. I didn’t know what year the assault happened but Maxwell checked me on it. However, the year still really didn’t matter to me; the assaults did.

Maxwell messaged me this: “I usually take issue with people who try to use dropped charges against candidates – or anyone really … especially as it is a tactic that disproportionately affects minorities and lower income folks. I understand you don’t care for him. And I appreciate background. But I’m also trying to live by standards i try to demand form (from) others.”

My jaw hit the floor. “Take issue?” I had a look on face as if I were a kid in the backseat of a car that had just passed by a sewage dump. My friend said, “what’d he say?” I said, “nothing.”

Scott Maxwell is one of my favorite columnists. He was a Jeopardy question for crying out loud. He’s a journalist’s hero or heroes.

Initially, I felt small, embarrassed and ashamed to have told him about “the guy,” yet, pissed that he played the race card in a discussion to defend the abuser and hadn’t stopped short once of defending the victim. Let me say that another way. He defended the abuser by questioning the victim because she had dropped the charges, all the while sitting with screenshots of “the guy” calling Black women “negro bed-wenches”.

Stick a fork in me, because I am so done.

This blame victims. I have to believe it’s often not intentional, but the damage can be huge whether someone is saying it intentionally or not.

With all my personality (good or bad) and passion, I felt small because I told him information that should have been known prior to writing a story on the 10 best people and sideways mentioning someone who we all whisper about but rarely shout out about. It’s the exact same thing we do, to defend offenders while making victims feel so much smaller.

This is wrong.

The mentality is something I may never understand.
I know people change their lives and try to become better, we all do, yet when an alleged crime happened by “the guy” in 2005 and women are still being attacked online by “the guy” just days ago, any reasonably sound person must ask themselves why highlight someone as a community leader who can’t control his emotions and feels this way about women?

But, Maxwell didn’t do that.

Instead, I got schooled on this happening to black people and middle income people.

My goal is not to bash Maxwell. My goal is to sound-off about what I’ve been writing about for weeks now. This is why so many victims don’t speak out. This is why victims drop charges against their abusers. This is why little things like words, matter.

How many people in Black & Brown communities drop charges on the abusers because they are afraid? Plenty do. How many remember Alex Zaldivar who was a witness to a crime and was set to testify and was murdered by the defendant? I’ve said this before and I’ll say it now, my first roommate in college was a victim. Her mother was murdered by a man she was dating and my roommate witnessed it, as a child. That man was incarcerated for a short time but then released because he had turned his life around.

My roommate would go back to her home city on the holidays and certain weekends and would run into her Mother’s killer in the grocery store, often. The damage that did to her family was immeasurable and I hope no one ever suffers like that. I am confident, many women who have been abused have dropped charges against their abuser at least once and I know I don’t need to remind you that some victims of domestic violence have been murdered.
The fact that my roommate’s Mother was a black woman makes me want to challenge the opposition that much more.

In the case of “the guy,” I don’t know if the victim dropped the charges or if the state dropped them, but the victim absolutely could have been terrified.

Let’s face it, in our politically correct world, no one really stands for victims. We give them the side-eye if they claim they’ve been wronged and I’ll never understand why many liberals are not standing up for the good, law-abiding, victims in the Central Florida community.

This exchange led me to think about the black man that was shot in the face by another black man on Easter Sunday. The murder was broadcasted live on Facebook. If that killer would have come out alive, many liberals would be fighting for him if he so much as said he’s changed his life for the better.

I understand we want to defend people who are black and have had run-ins with the law and claim to have changed their lives for the better. I get it. But, if they truly have changed, it should show in their behavior.

I challenge all of us to think about the victim on the receiving end of their actions, regardless of whether an attack physically happened in 2005 or just last week via an exchange of words on social media.

I figured, from columnist to columnist, Maxwell just didn’t know. There are issues in our communities we know must be addressed. We absolutely must recognize injustices and racial disparities. I don’t need that speech. Especially, not from a white guy. What I need is simple understanding of what the other side of the aisle thinks, feels, believes and knows to be truth.

Nina Simone once said, “I tell you what freedom is to me: no fear.” That’s what it means to me, too. I don’t want to fear a community that I love so deeply.

I’d rather raise-up those who are truly doing the best they can to respect and value us all. As Black women, we wear a lot of crowns and take a lot of crap from all sorts of people with all kinds of beliefs. The last thing we need is our own Brothers tearing us down and victims voices to be silent.

While some fight for offenders and offenders who have changed their lives, I am but one voice of many that will speak out also on behalf of victims to a point of no concern about whether it offends a violent offender. There are innocent people tied-up in our justice system and they should be the first group of people we fight to free. There are those who have non-violent offenses and we should fight for their freedom, too. I will, forever stand against those who are violent toward us, regardless of the color of their skin and with all due respect, I don’t need a lesson from a white man to teach me about the racial disparities that I know all too well.

Should the Democratic Party Support Aramis Ayala by suing Governor Rick Scott?

Should the Democratic Party support Aramis Ayala by launching a lawsuit on her behalf against Governor Rick Scott?

Someone asked this question, in our social media group, The Black Politico

My response was why would they? Why in the world would the Democratic Party co-sign the hot mess Ayala has made? They should NOT defend her stance.

She doesn’t speak for all Democrats although her positioning seems to imply that she does.

By the way, she certainly doesn’t speak for me.

Ayala has run “game” on Central Florida voters and is now having people rally behind her when they should be rallying behind each other.

She’s made this about her. It’s not. It’s about our communities.

She shouldn’t be using our people to save her job.

She shouldn’t be pushing people to call their representatives and senators to ask them to support her. If anything, we should be calling our representatives and senators to ask them to support us.

Ayala & her position shoves one of the most important offices in Orlando to side with Public Defenders. In case she’s not quite sure, a State Attorney’s position is to be a “rough neck OG” for victims, not a politician who’s sensitive to the desires of people who sell drugs, rape and murder our people.

Remember George Zimmerman, the infamous man who shot Trayvon Martin?

Ayala is standing for the George Zimmerman’s of this community.

Our response to that should be hell-to-the no.

She mentioned “violent rape”. What rape isn’t violent?

On a radio show, Ayala mentioned she is now getting death threats. If that’s the case, people should not do that. That solves nothing and makes those in opposition look awful. Although, I don’t agree with what she did, how she did it and her stance, no one deserves to be threatened.

However, she’s lied to us before. We must ask ourselves, if she is getting threats did she call the police and document it accurately, in an effort to find out who’s doing it? Those people should be caught if that’s true. Otherwise, if she didn’t call the police about it, is she really getting death threats?

The NAACP and other organizations fight for people wrongfully convicted and that’s fantastic. We need that kind of fight.

But, who’s fighting for victims? Certainly not the State Attorney in Orange and Osceola county and that’s partly what all this noise is about.

This community should be scrounging up bus fare to send Ayala back to Michigan on the next thing rolling up there.

I’ve witnessed people become victims and they’ve had to sit by with absolutely no recourse, bury their loved ones, live with their trauma and become too afraid to become a witness in anything.

Ayala is lenient on crime and is refusing to enforce Florida law.

Ayala’s time would be better spent launching a campaign to protect undocumented immigrants so they can be witness to heinous crimes while being in a sanctuary.

If anyone I know and love including the readers of this post and the people in The Black Politico, God forbid, become victims of violent crime, I’ll be shouting to the top of my lungs for that violator to at least sit before a judge and jury with the thought of death on his or her mind.

That’s the law.

And that’s what she swore to uphold.

You should be safe and the law should always be on the side of good, law-abiding, people.

One thing makes me sad in all of this and it’s the headline and narrative she propelled and that read as, The First Black State Attorney removed from cases by Governor Rick Scott.

This was not about removing power or cases from a Black State Attorney. It was about removing cases from a  State Attorney who drafted a policy that superseded the law. Playing the race card is an act of desperation. Race is such a sensitive issue that if it is a problem, we deserve to be believed. This makes it harder for white people to understand the struggle of what Black professionals actually face when we whip out the race card without evidence of it being so.

Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi are 100% right both legally and morally to take on this fight. Whether I agree with all the Governor has done or not, he is a “governing governor” and he will act on what he knows to be right for this state.

I’m confident, Scott and Bondi will be the victors and so will the people of the state Scott has worked so hard to grow and protect.

President Donald Trump attacks Syria without Congressional approval

President Donald Trump initiated a ban on Syrian refugees almost immediately after taking office.

Last week Syria’s President Assad used chemical weapons to attack his own people.

Trump’s response to Assad’s attack was to attack Syria with Tomahawk missiles. The American attack on Syrian soil left 7 dead and 9 civilians wounded.

Trump didn’t seek Congressional approval before he launched the attack on Syria.

At her open house this past weekend, Representative Val Demings said President Trump should have sought approval from Congress before he attacked.

She’s right.

This was an atrocity committed by President Assad however, If President Trump is able to make decisions to launch missiles without Congressional approval, we’re in trouble.

Impeachment could be a response to Trump’s actions, but for now, the damage is done in more ways than one.

There are Syrian civilians who died in that attack and some whose lives will be forever altered because they are now wounded.

This is war although it has not been officially declared.

Most importantly, the issue of making a decision that is outside of the realm of what this country has put on paper should scare many. If we attacked Syrian civilians, what would stop Assad from doing the same in America? On social media, a man raised the question, what if another country bombed us for poisoning the people of Flint, Michigan?
As far fetched as that may sound, that is along the same lines of what Assad did to his people.

God forbid, but what if we, American civilians, were attacked on our soil, in the same manner that led us to flame-up Syrian civilians? Does it even make any sense to attack the very same people who are actually victims? Syrians now are the target of their own country and ours. To make matters worse, we have put a ban on Syrian refugees for fear they are radicalized people who want to kill us.

Does that make sense to you?

We killed and wounded innocent civilians last week simply to send a message to Assad. Well, he seems to want his citizens dead, too, so aren’t we just helping him do that? There are plenty of other ways to get Assad than to take innocent livesSocial media post on Flint vs Syria crisis, especially when the very reason we say we attacked them was to save innocent lives.

Ayala’s position on the death penalty is still a hot topic

Yesterday Governor Rick Scott pulled 21 death penalty cases from Orange and Osceola county State Attorney Aramis Ayala.

This morning, Representative Bob Cortes held a press conference calling for Ayala’s removal from office.

Last week, there was a rally supporting Aramis Ayala in Tallahassee and a press conference held by victims of violent crimes and law enforcement. Both were sparked by the State Attorney’s decision to not pursue the death penalty in any case in Orange and Osceola counties which are located in Florida; a state that lawfully uses the death penalty to punish those guilty of heinous crimes.

We, as a unit, are fighting about where to fight. Some say we should be standing with Ayala and if you’re not, you’re called a sell-out. Others say we should be following the letter of the law.
As black people, we march and take to the streets, the capitol or anywhere else we see fit. We have that right to be able to peaceably assemble. But what really are supporters of Aramis Ayala marching for?

I’ve heard they are marching to protest the death penalty and Ayala’s decision to not enforce it. The fact of the matter is the death penalty is already legal in this state and Ayala’s decision to not enforce it is unlawful. Color of Change was a part of the movement and helped to provide petitions showing Floridians are against the death penalty.

Many of those petitions aren’t from Florida residents.

Ayala spent over a million dollars pleading her case to a small portion of Orange and Osceola counties to win the seat of State Attorney after she disenfranchised Republicans, Independents, Libertarians and NPA’s by dumping a write-in candidate into the race. With all those ad dollars coming in, never once did she use the airwaves, online or print media to tell voters her position on the death penalty. Do you think that was just by happenstance or because no one asked her?

On the flip-side, when she was an Assistant State Attorney, she had no qualms about the death penalty. She was even excited to try her first homicide case.

Prosecutors are typically questioned extensively about their position on the death penalty and most are questioned when being interviewed for the job. Someone who is uncomfortable with the death penalty would likely not be suited as a homicide prosecutor nor would they be rising through the ranks as she did in Jeff Ashton’s office if she were anti-death penalty.

But, let’s say her views changed after she launched her campaign. After receiving $1.4 million dollars in campaign money from a billionaire donor named George Soros, who is an anti-death penalty proponent, her decision to not seek the death penalty is being questioned, and rightfully so.

As State Attorney, Ayala does have prosecutorial discretion. She used that when she decided not to seek death against Markeith Loyd, who police say killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend and Officer Debra Clayton. Governor Scott removed her from the Loyd case and assigned State Attorney Brad King from the Fifth Judicial Circuit in Florida. The Governor’s reasoning to do so is absolutely on point.

Ayala’s error is not that she used prosecutorial discretion to keep from charging Loyd with death, but her error lies in announcing a blanket policy not to pursue the death penalty in her administration. At all. Ever. For any case current or in the future.

That’s right. Even cases in the future. God forbid another Pulse nightclub tragedy happens and the suspect is taken alive.

Florida Statute 782.04 1(b) states, “In all cases under this section, the procedure set forth in s. 921.141 shall be followed in order to determine sentence of death or life imprisonment.” Shall within a statute is a must. It’s mandatory. It’s imperative. She did not follow the law.
On another note, Florida Statute 921.141 then continues to spell out the proceedings for the sentence of life or death imprisonment for capital felonies. The aggravators for pursuing the death penalty are within this same statute. It appears, Loyd’s case fulfills at least 5 of 16 aggravators. Prosecutors only need one to seek the death penalty.

Making this about race, inflames both sides. Florida Senator Randolph Bracy even wrote an op-ed saying Florida Governor Rick Scott is being “vengeful”. Vengeful? Really? That’s not just a stretch, it’s outright wrong to describe him as such and to use the media to brand him as a “vengeful Governor” simply for upholding the law and the Florida Statutes.

Gov Rick Scott removes 21 cases from State Attorney

Gov Rick Scott removes 21 cases from State Attorney

Ayala announced her policy which supersedes the law and that is what this is all about. Nothing more. Nothing less. Making this about law, is the only way and this case should be sitting before a judge and jury as a death penalty case. The jury would have the option to sentence Loyd to death, certainly not a State Attorney who is the prosecutor. If the framework in Florida Statute 782.04 1(b) on capital felonies is to be followed on a case-by-case basis, how in the world can Ayala do that when she has a policy to never pursue the death penalty?

Ayala has neglected her duty as prosecutor by not looking at each on a case-by-case basis and therefore should be removed from office as her personal beliefs and her donors personal beliefs clearly conflict with the law.

State Attorney’s decision to be anti-death penalty in a death penalty state is a dangerous one

There has been an outcry from those who support and those against the death penalty over the past several days.
State Attorney Aramis Ayala held a press conference saying she would not seek the death penalty on accused murderer Markeith Loyd.
She also said, she would not seek the death penalty on any other cases during her administration; current and future.
She stood with her pastor at her side while making this announcement. When a reporter asked shouldn’t voters have known about her position on the death penalty, Ayala arrogantly responded, “they know now.”
Well, we do know now and so does the Governor of Florida. Governor Scott rightfully asked the State Attorney to recuse herself from the case yet she refused.
This decision is a big one as it means she took control by taking a piece of the law from the hands of legislators in Tallahassee and decided to govern it as she sees fit. In other words, she’s legislating her own anti-death penalty rules from the office of “Top Cop” in Orange and Osceola counties. In case anyone is wondering, a Prosecutor’s job is to be the bad guy in the eyes of criminals, not their advocate. In this case and all future cases, she is claiming to be an advocate for crime and criminals.

Sorry, Ayala, but you don’t get to do that. At least not in Florida.

State Attorney of Ninth Judicial Circuit at press conference telling community she will not seek the death penalty on any cases

State Attorney of Ninth Judicial Circuit at press conference telling community she will not seek the death penalty on any cases

It’s clear she’s not ready for the position of Prosecutor, in recent stories she’s shown she’s not ready to manage an office by holding a press conference and outting employees that she thought did drugs during off-duty hours. She’s never had any management experience prior to being elected and she likely should have put her name in the hat for Public Defender instead of State Attorney since her sympathy toward criminals far exceeds her ability to be a prosecutor.

Seeking only Life without Parole for an alleged cold-blooded killer is disturbing and some are silent because they fear retaliation.

On Monday, a hearing was live-streamed and Ayala, who was recused from the case by the Governor, was there. So was Markeith Loyd and so was Brad King, the prosecutor appointed to take over the case. As Loyd left the courtroom he looked at the State Attorney and nodded at her as if they were working together.

This is a situation that most have never seen before. Even Judge Lauten, who presided over the hearing, said he’s not seen anything like this before in his career.

This is dividing communities of color, further and here’s one reason why. The Black and Brown communities are filled with good people. People who want to provide their children with a great education and it oozes people who want to be safe. Ayala’s move shows there is no system in place in Orange and Osceola counties to defend the rights of Law Enforcement or law abiding citizens.

My Mother used to take us to the bus stop armed, to let the drug dealers, prostitutes and all other criminals know that Rhea, Rhetta and any other kid that rode our bus, were not to be bothered. She is fearless. Many are not. Having a system in place that protects us is warranted. Having a balanced judicial system is necessary.

On the other hand, it’s clear, we have a problem with justice in America. Black and Brown men and women populate prisons for violent and non-violent crimes. However, what Ayala is doing is not the way to make the necessary changes and legislating from a Prosecutor’s seat means she lied when she took the oath of office to uphold the law.

After the hearing on Monday Ayala released a motion to stay on the case. In that motion, she mentioned, she is a “popularly elected” State Attorney. That is also untruthful.
She was elected after closing the primaries against State Attorney Jeff Ashton with a fake write-in candidate. That loophole disenfranchised Independents, NPA’s and Republicans.

She still couldn’t get her head above water during the campaign so she sold her soul to billionaire and Black Lives Matter financier, George Soros, who then ran a campaign against Ashton to the tune of $1.4 million in slanderous ads that called Ashton a biased, racist, State Attorney.

Furthermore, over 20,000 people wrote-in another name on the general election, ballot as opposed to selecting Ayala, something that has never happened in a State Attorney’s race in Orange and Osceola counties.

Ayala’s oath appears to uphold Soros’ agenda and not the law of the State of Florida.
If she leaned on her Christian beliefs to make this decision, she did not separate church and state and that should scare everyone. Not all people believe in Christianity and if a non-Christian was in that seat and made a decision based on their faith, all hell would break loose. In this case, all hell is breaking loose because many believe having the Death Penalty on the table is a tool prosecutors use to get the harshest punishment they can. Ayala’s actions are summing up to look like political suicide.

There are many active groups and caucuses out there claiming to represent Black people. But, they are listening to organizations like the NAACP and other Black groups that may not represent the perspective we truly have. But, these same organizations are the ones that in the 1990’s helped fuel the mass incarceration problem by asking President Clinton to crack down on crime in the Black communities; and that wasn’t the work of the Republicans, that was the work of the Democrats. They then sketched out a plan to help stop and punish crime and that led to many people of color being incarcerated for non-violent offenses.

Ayala has a history of being sympathetic to criminals. She worked as a Public Defender and also mentioned on her campaign trail that she is married to a felon who spent 7-10 years in federal prison for dealing drugs. According to Ayala, he has since done his time and is living a new life.

But what about those who were addicted to drugs and purchased drugs from him? Do they get a new chance at life? Likely not. Addicts, if they survive, are treated as criminals and not as people suffering from a disease called addiction.

As for the real movement to make change between some law enforcement officers and the Black and Brown communities, currently, there are over 32 bills in Congress for Blue Lives Matter and none for Black Lives Matter. Congress is where the change really takes place.

If Ayala and Soros are using Markeith Loyd as their poster child for stopping mass incarceration or the death penalty, their actions have put the final nail in the coffin of the Black Lives Matter movement and shame on all the Black and Brown organizations that are allowing this to happen.

Sabal Trail Pipeline Resolution Passed

Sabal Trail Pipeline Resolution Passed

The Sabal Trail Pipeline is similar to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that has garnered so much attention over the past year. DAPL will transport oil and the Sabal Palm pipeline is going to transport natural gas.

In North Dakota, Energy Transfer Partners’ pipeline was initially going to be constructed on land that ran through a predominantly white community. Because pipelines often contaminate water and they explode often, that community fought back and Energy Transfer Partners moved their construction to Treaty land, which is land occupied and owned by Native Americans. The Army Corp of Engineers OK’d the permit for both the North Dakota Pipeline and the Sabal Trail Pipeline.

The Sabal Trail Pipeline’s purpose is the same as the DAPL and that is to get oil or natural gas from one place to another. The problem is, communities that sit atop that pipeline do not want their water and environment threatened by the oil and the process. The Sabal Trail pipeline runs through Georgia and Alabama and the bulk of it runs through Florida spanning 260+ miles in the state alone. It crosses Reedy Creek near Disney and runs along the southern end of Lake Kissimmee.
The Sabal Trail Pipeline is a project spearheaded by Florida Power and Light (FPL) which is the parent company to NextEra, Duke and Spectra Energy. Set to carry a billion cubic feet per day of gas, this pipeline is meeting resistance head on by some community leaders.
Last year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the project. The approval and the project itself sparked protests and reform.

Opposers believe the pipeline is not a necessity in Florida and our state should rely more on solar-generated energy.

Adam Woodhall, President-elect of the Central Florida Progressive Caucus, drafted and presented a Resolution that would call for the elected officials and residents to take part in stopping the pipeline. Woodhall’s resolution was passed by Democrats last Thursday night in Orlando when both the Osceola county and Orange County Democratic Executive Committees voted in favor of the Resolution. Moving toward stopping the pipeline is a big step to protect the environment. Woodhall said, “I wanted to bring to light, to local residents, the dangers of having a pipeline run through their back yards.”

Shortly following the victory, a supporter of the Resolution, Ansh Grover posted on social media, “Tonight, Orange County DEC joined Orange County in passing the resolution to #StopSabal (Pipeline) and take a strong stance to pressure our elected leaders across the state and #divest from those special interests that continue to threaten our clean water, our environment and keep us back in time.”

Unfortunately, construction has already started and some parts of the pipeline is already completed. According to a statement released by Spectra Energy, the project is expected to be operational by May of this year.

But, if it isn’t completed on time, the company could lose a $200 million bond.

State Commiteewoman Sama Nuzuma (D) said, “I will be taking rigorous actions to create more awareness in my community. It’s right in my backyard and I am very concerned for its harmful affects. I will be knocking on all of our elected official’s doors for it to stop. They have already started the construction, but I do believe that it’s never too late to stand for what’s right!”

Osceola county resident, Aimee Imami said, “We support the resolution because this pipeline is extremely harmful to the environment and the future of us and our children.”

Imami added, “This resolution is important to the community because being against the construction of this pipeline stands for protecting the water and the earth. It is being constructed near our precious bodies of water in the north of Florida and has the potential to impact our Florida aquifer. Here in Osceola county, it is built next to schools and communities. There are 3 compressor stations being built in Osceola county alone which can cause nose bleeds and other harmful heath effects as well as air pollution. The fracking involved in this will cause our porous Florida land which is already prone to sinkholes to only get worse and has the potential to cause earthquakes. We need being so energy dependent on oil and natural gas and go solar in this Sunshine state. This natural gas pipeline is not even for our benefit. It is for overseas consumption. We need to stop these pipelines now before it’s too late for our Earth and lives.”

Sen. Dana Young (R) Tampa, filed a bill (SB 442) with bipartisan support, banning all fracking in the state of Florida. This bill will be considered during the legislative session that starts on March 7th. If passed, it could have an impact on the construction of the Sabal Trail Pipeline.

Currently, Woodhall’s resolution is up for a vote in the Miami-Dade DEC as well.

Woodhall added, “It doesn’t bring jobs. It doesn’t bring money into the local economy. It destroys the environment for the sake of profits, over the health of the people. The absolute last thing I want to happen was Central Florida becoming the next Flint, Michigan. I did not want it to be ‘our turn’ to participate in an environmental disaster. “

Protestors sound off against Trump’s Immigration Ban at Orlando International Airport

Sunday, protestors took over the Orlando International Airport to protest Trump’s ban on immigrants. Ironically, OIA issued a statement on Saturday that no detainees were being held at the airport due to the ban but on Sunday, as the protests were underway, 3 people were detained due to Trump’s new and unconstitutional policy at Orlando International Airport.

Protestors, or protectors as they called themselves, met at a nightclub called Haven on Semoran Boulevard not far from the airport to get instructions on what to do and how to behave during the protest.

“We will not engage,” shouted one march organizer as she instructed the crowd on what to do. One major rule was to not engage any Trump supporters so that violence would not break out. Protestors then caravanned over to the airport and began chants and a march that lasted for about an hour. An estimated 1500 people or all races and religions were in attendance.

Some elected officials were in attendance. State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith and U.S. Representative Darren Soto marched and showed their support.

A lady wearing a hijab, with tears of joy in her eyes, rested her head on Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith’s shoulder. She was overwhelmed at the support Central Floridians showed. Smith said to her, “Look around. This is your community. We are here for you.” That wasn’t done on a stage or in plain view, but happened naturally as the crowd moved about the airport.

Not all elected officials who claimed support were in attendance. The ACLU showed up with a banner and shouted, “No Ban, No Wall” and “Islamophobia has got to go!”

Trump’s ban on immigration is unconstitutional but his supporters are backing him. A Fox News poll read 48% of Americans agree with Trump’s position on immigration.

Even people with green cards and visas were being detained in the past few days due to Trump’s Executive Order. They were asked to give up their contacts in their phones and were instructed to list the websites they’ve visited.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit and was able to overturn Trump’s ban but airports around the country were still detaining people.

President Obama also banned immigrants coming into the United States but not on a scale of this magnitude.

Trump, an immigrant himself, banned refugees from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya (only one refugee from Libya entered the United States in 2016), Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

During his campaign, Trump’s immigration plan also includes building a wall along the Mexican border and having Mexico pay for it. He has since changed his position and said Americans will first pay for it and then we’ll have Mexico pay us back with a 20% tax on imports to the US.