The Political Agitator response: Now this is what up! Brother has ties to Edgecombe County aunts, sister and other family members live here in Edgecombe County.
A targeted jobs program with a proven track record for keeping at-risk youth safe from summer violence is in line for a dramatic expansion, thanks to a $10 million gift from a former NBA great.
Hall-of-Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, along with Mark and Kimbra Walter, are partners in Inner City Youth Empowerment LLC.
Their two-year, $10 million gift to the city will triple the size of the program known as “One Summer Chicago Plus” — and provide 5,000 summer jobs for young people at risk of being exposed to violence. The city will contribute $6 million during the same period.
One Summer Chicago Plus is a costly but effective summer jobs program whose 16- to 19-year-old participants are drawn from high schools in high-crime areas. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: Folks you can be fooled to think that only the children are at-risk when it comes to being profiled, well you better wake the hell up because all of us are at-risk. I have said that years ago when the at-risk mess was so hot and heavy in the schools as it related to our young black males.
An NYPD officer gave a powerful assist to a class-action lawsuit against stop and frisk Thursday, according to a New York Daily News article.
Officer Pedro Serrano (pictured), who also testified in Manhattan Federal Court Wednesday, secretly recorded deputy inspector Christopher McCormack telling him to stop “the right people, the right time, the right location,” at a Bronx precinct.
“He meant Black and Hispanics,” Serrano testified on the stand Thursday. Serrano can be heard voicing that suspicion on the tape: (Source: Read more)
Okay we have the President of These United States that has been disrespected beginning before he was sworn in, Ferguson case with Michael Brown being murdered and allowed to lay in the street for hours with his body exposed along with Bill Cosby and several women coming forward after numerous years saying he sexually assaulted them and more on the black man in the news. Some say it is a black man thing. Some say justice is not being served and that we the black man are an endangered species. Well if you believe this is true, how do you suggest we deal with it? Or can we deal with it or just wait for the next black man to become the next target? Folks it do not have to be a famous black man who encounter this stuff but black men from all walks of life can be the next suspect.
Well my thing as a black man has always been is to not allow what they say and do to you be the truth but does it really matter. Look at the President, it does not matter what he says or does, they will never respect him.
The Michael Brown case, it was one thing for the officer to murder him but to not even cover his body while lying there in the street is another thing.
Bill Cosby, I don’t know what to say about this because he ain’t saying anything so I am only getting one side. Well I hope it is not true.
One thing I have said over and over again is that since I have been actively engaged in politics is that when I leave home that a red flag goes up and that I will not allow money, sex and drugs to be on my agenda because I know “they” want to get something on me. “They” ain’t just white folks either because we have some black folks who have a problem with the black man being vocal.
I remember some years ago when the saying was black males in the school system were at-risk. I said all black males are at-risk. Endangered? Whatever?
So again I ask, how do you suggest we deal with it? Or can we deal with it or just wait for the next black man to become the next target?
But black youth and black men, you must stay clean so that if “they” come after you, you can live with knowing that you have not done anything wrong no matter what “they” try to do to you. You don’t have to sell your soul because you have to live with a lie knowing that you did something and you have to try to hide it. Just do the right thing and stand up for righteousness because you will be able to sleep at night knowing that you tried to do the very best that you could however life comes with consequences and choices but make the right choices and let the chip fall where they lay. It is a hard pill to swallow when folks accuse you of something but I have found peace knowing that I know that what they accuse me of was not true and “they” will have to live with “their” lie.
Charter School for At-Risk Youth Facing Eviction
West Palm Beach, FL — April, 2009 After a decade of service to Palm Beach County’s disaffected youth, the students and faculty of the only African-centered charter school in the State of Florida are hoping to weather a storm of financial uncertainty.
The national economic crisis is dire. Foreclosures, failing banks and unemployment are the fodder for incessant headlines and office water cooler conversations around the country.
Budget cuts and furloughs are affecting South Florida public schools, as well, including the Joseph Littles- Nguzo Saba Charter School in West Palm Beach, which is struggling to keep its doors open.
The school for at- risk youth has been unable to make its rent payments. School founder Amefika Geuka said he believes the school will continue to defy the odds, as it has in the past.
He said the school’s financial issues are a result of inadequate funding from the state, along with a number of severe budget cuts this year.
Geuka said, he, the faculty and staff are discussing several options in case the eviction becomes a reality. They are thinking about how to make a smooth transition for the sake of the students. Your support can help us reach our goal of raising $150,000 to keep the school open for these children.
Richard Keitel, landlord for the school’s facilities, said he agrees that the students should come first. He said he will try to hold off from the eviction for as long as he can, adding that he hopes to work something out with Geuka for the sake of the children.
"I have been carrying the school because I’m in a position to do so at the moment,” Keitel said. "I don’t want to take action that will harm the students."
We have made a modest beginning with just over $6,000.00 from small contributions all across the country. While billion dollar bailouts are being considered for Wall Street, your support is needed to keep the doors open for this school which is helping the least of us. CLICK HERE to make a secure online donation.
The Thompson Family
Paula Thompson, with children Curtis, Alexander, Corey and Yolanda
Photo by Elgin Jones, South Florida Times
Mrs. Paula Thompson is a working mother of three children who graduated from the school, and one who is currently enrolled there. She strongly believes that the teaching style and uniqueness of the charter school has brought her children much more educational success than regular public school. She is active in school life of children. She says, "Someone told me about the school, and when my children went there, I felt like I was a part of a family who were committed to taking care of my children. Alex started in 4th grade. His grades were great. He has always has been a good student. We moved from New York, and liked this school much better. He is in 11th grade, and he wants to go to college and study Marine Biology."
"Mr. Geuka is like a father to the children,” she said. "And the staff pays close attention to each child’s individual needs. They act as parent substitutes."
In spite of the struggle to keep his school alive, Geuka said he refuses to turn his back on his community and the foundation he started. Faculty members do not merely address formal and academic education, but also a social and self- disciplinary education. The school provides students with a sense of family and belonging that is best suited to meet their individual learning needs, Geuka said.
"Our school is special because the children are at the center of the universe," he said. "The whole world revolves around them."
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Joseph Littles-Nguzo Saba Charter School
5829 Corporate Way, West Palm Beach, Fl. 33407
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Telephone: (561) 689-1536