October is National Domestic
Violence Awareness Month.
Domestic Violence in some way
affects us all, and it's a known fact that it's about POWER and
CONTROL! It's best defined as a pattern of abusive and
controlling behavior that one partner uses against another in an
intimate relationship. Behaviors which includes physical
(battering/Family violence), sexual and verbal abuse, economic
coercion and other intimidating behaviors. It has crossed all barriers, all racial and all
economic lines. Actually, chances are every one in this world
knows someone, even in their families, who has been hurt by a
spouse or loved one. The National Domestic Violence
Hotline's (NDVH) is focusing heavily on prevention and
intervention, they believe the best solution for our nation's families is that
they never experience violence in the first place, and the
purpose of primary prevention efforts is to stop violence from
occurring in future generations and to leave a lasting legacy
of safety and respect within all families.
I'm not sure if you are aware
that even though there have been
significant efforts for many years to address the problem of
domestic violence in our nation, approximately 33 million+ women
continue to experience abuse every year (men's violence against
women). Mind you it's no
longer just women experiencing abuse, it has now expanded to
include men, many who are in same-sex relationships. There
are some cases where men who are in heterosexual relationships
become victims as well. Facts indicate that women who are
at greater risk for experiencing violence from an intimate
partner are young women between the ages of 16-24, women living
in poverty (women with annual incomes of less than $10,000
experience significantly higher rates of violence).
Experts believe that domestic
violence is not about stress, anger or "out of
control" behavior but is instead a choice. They also
believe men who batter choose to use violence against, or seek to
maintain power over their partners, while using this power and control
tactics to commit their violent acts to their partners;
which of course is done to induce fear and intimidation.
(Keep in mind these violent acts are never done outside the
family setting.) Another important fact is that men who
use violence against their partners also can be abusive to their
children, and if not abused physically, then they are used as
another tactic of abuse toward the mother.
Most women try to deny the
abuse, make excuses for it, and they often hide it and don't even tell their families or
friends, because most women (foolishly) don't want to leave
their husbands, they simply just want the violence to end. In
many cases too, they hide it because of the fair of being harmed
more severely by their abusive partners. They also fair if they
are to tell someone they would be encouraged to end the abusive
relationship, which leaves them contemplating some difficult
issues/choices, such as: threats of violence, intimidation,
economic dependence and concern for their children. As we
all know the risk of homicide increases when a victim is
attempting to separate from an abusive partner (statistics and
headlines have revealed murders and murder/suicides takes place
when a victim has filed for a protective order or seeks
If you are experiencing
domestic abuse, or if you know of someone who is experience
domestic abuse, please do something to stop it. I
personally am very passionate about this problem, because I have
experienced family members and friends on numerous occasions
making excuses for the problem stating: "it's nothing, he
loves me and I love him", my answer has always been:
"if he loved you he wouldn't hit or abuse you, and abusing
someone is not a way for anyone to show their
There are many resources for
you to reach out to for help, such as: battered women's
shelters, community-based organizations, activists within
communities of color, faith-based groups, government officials
and even policy makers, whom all have played a part in shaping
our nation's response to the violence. Intervention is
very important, so don't feel dreadful about intervening you
might be saving a life. Click on the following for help: Do
You Know A Woman Being Battered?; Do You Think
You Might Be Abusing?
If you want to read some more
details on domestic violence visit the National
Domestic Violence Hotline
or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or (TTY) 1-800-787-3224.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or
National Domestic abuse - 1-800-363-7233
www.endabuse.org; and www.nnedv.org
Local Hotlines: MARYLAND - www.oag.state.md.us/Family/dvhotlines.htm
WASHINGTON DC: DC Coalition Against Domestic
Violence (DCCADV): 202-299-1181; DC Rape Crisis Center:
202-333-RAPE (7273); Domestic Violence Support Center:
202-347-3090; Men Can Stop Rape: 202-265-6530; SOS Center (DCCADV):
202-889-8878; and Domestic Violence against Men: click the
for Battered Men or www.menweb.org/battered/gjdvdata.htm
By now, I'm sure you are aware Mychal Bell was
ordered back to prison last Thursday, October 11th. This
took place after he attended a routine juvenile hearing (according to
one of his attorneys Ms. Carol Powell Lexing). At this
routine hearing the state District Judge J. P Mauffrey, Jr.
decided Bell had violated probation and sentenced him to 18
months in a juvenile facility on two accounts of battery, and criminal
destruction of property, which was unrelated to the December
2006 event (Jena 6). His parents were also ordered to pay
all court costs and witness fees. I understand he even
has to pay a substantial amount monthly for his stay at the
Of course, many across this country and
nation are extremely upset about this. I understand Civil
rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton denounced this decision as
"REVENGE" by the judge and called on Louisiana Gov.
Kathleen Blanco to intervene. He stated "we feel this
was a cruel and unusual punishment and is a revenge by this judge
for the Jena 6 Movement" (Sharpton help organized the protest
on Sept. 20th). I strongly feel after
spending almost a year in an adult jail, Mychal has served his
time...PERIOD, and he has indeed served more than enough time for
a simple school yard fight between teens. A few days ago
Congressional hearings took place about this issue, and nothing
was done to resolve this issue, absolutely nothing!!
Clearly, no one in Congress cares about this young teen's
life. Honestly, I'm not quite sure what's going on with
this case anymore, I am angry and completely fed up with this
injustice. I also feel a sense of hopelessness since so
many of us have been fighting for justice for this young man,
many of us dropped everything we were doing and headed to Jena
to demonstrate against the injustice bestowed upon Mychal and the
other 5 young man who were charged in this case. We were
all elated when he was released on bond two weeks ago, now to learn
about this news is pretty devastating to many of us.
I must say candidly, that we are being shown
that we are nothing, absolutely nothing; nor are we a part of this society...in this
America, with equal rights and equal justice...we have
none!!!. What we raise our voices for and fight for is
ignored, and we are even punished (such as like Mychal
Bell.) No matter how much we come together and fight
for our rights and fair/equal justice, clearly we get none and
honestly really accomplish nothing!! You know, they all must
be sitting around having a great laugh and saying "...who the hell those
_ _ _ _ _ think they are, coming to our city and
protesting, and expect us to jump or do as they wish...ha,
they'll see..." I surly see, and I hope many of you do
Still there are many racial
incidents occurring all over America now, and I know it's going to
get worst, so everyone must be ready to support the
movement. The most astounding for me this week was learning
about the 8 people who were acquitted of Manslaughter of a Black
Teen at a Boot camp in Miami.
I urge you not to give up on
this fight, we all must stay strong to the cause and work hard
towards obtaining fair and equal justice.
on Enough is Enough Campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Julia Pollard -
CAMPAIGN BRINGS WEEKLY PROTEST TO HOME OF VIACOM CEO
York, NY – The “Enough is Enough” Campaign against
corporate sponsorship of visual images and lyrical
messages that degrade women glorify violence and
negatively portray blacks and Latino men as pimps,
gangsters and thugs comes to New York. The
campaign regards Viacom as one of the leading media
outlets for production and distribution of offensive
lyrical and visual content that sexually objectifies
women and stereotypes men of color. Beginning
this Saturday, October 20th, at 12:00 noon EDT we will
protest outside the Manhattan residence of Philippe P.
Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom, Inc. located
on East 65th Street between Lexington and Park
press conference will be held at the site of the rally @
1:00 p.m. EDT.
Supporters of this campaign include Rev. Al Sharpton of
the National Action Network; Dr. E. Faye Williams the
Chair of the National Congress of Black Women; noted
human rights activist Dick Gregory; Rose S. Afriyie
of the National Organization for Women; Keith Silver,
President of the DC Chapter of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference and several New York City Pastors
and their congregations.
The campaign is inviting the hip-hop community,
women’s groups, Latino organizations, the faith
community, and all those concerned to join the
weekly rally. Supporters can take the F
Train to the 63rd Street Station or the 4 Train to the
68th Street Hunter College Station.
organization will continue its Saturday rally
outside the Washington DC residence of Debra L. Lee,
President and CEO of Black Entertainment Television
Networks from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with a Press Conference
onsite at 2:00 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an interview with
Rev. Delman L. Coates regarding this campaign, visit the
website or send an email to: EnoughIsEnoughCampaign@hotmail.com.
The Enough Is Enough Campaign
New York City. The date for the New York
Saturday, October 20th at 12noon.
Outside the home of
BET Exec. Debra Lee.
This weekend is Howard University's Homecoming and
there are lots of events happening celebrating HU's
Homecoming. Huge stars are in town for the celebrations such
as Keyshia Cole, Diddy, LL Cool J, Tarajhi Henton, Little Wayne,
and many, many more including Raheem DeVaughn. I know on the Caribbean tip Mr.
Energy himself Machel Montano will
be performing in DC.
If you haven't seen this young
man perform, then you have missed something, he is extremely
energetic and very entertaining. Our favorite Soca DJ from
Jamaica Kurt Riley is in town.
If you get around to checking him
out - it will be a treat, because he is excellent.
and Stone Love
are also in town this weekend. So to everyone
who are celebrating HU's Homecoming, please enjoy this exciting
weekend and be safe!!! Good Luck HU on your
Before I close out I must say congratulations to a member of our
community on being honored at the Baltimore Chapter of the NAACP
on October 17th at their 2007 Banquet Award Ceremony. Dr.
Eaine Simon a beautician, community activist, and most importantly
the President and CEO of the Baltimore Caribbean and American
Carnival that is held in mid July every year. Dr. Simon we
congratulate you on receiving such an important award and being
honored by the NAACP. www.bcacarnival.net
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