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Friday, February 5, 2016

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Ja'Mal Green vs Dorothy Tillman

As the Chicago Police Department remains under investigation of the Department Of Justice we must also remain fair and balanced in our assessment of police brutality and the politics thereof precipitated by various individuals. In particular we see young activists' taking lead roles relative to marching and protesting police brutality in Chicago. 

A young man by the name of Ja'Mal Green has emerged as one of Chicago's protest leaders under 21 years old. Mr. Green and about a dozen of his followers can be seen protesting in front of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's house on any given day at any spare of the moment.

Ja'Mal has for some odd reason focused his attention on former Alderman Dorothy Tillman - Tillman is a Chicago legend that has served with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and as an Alderman. Dorothy Tillman has made great contributions to Chicago in general and the African American community in particular. 

Ja'Mal Green made statements about The Honorable Dorothy Tillman that are not only false, but are also laced in skullduggery.

I was present at the 30TH INTERFAITH BREAKFAST  (January 15, 2016) actually, me and Wallace "Gator" Bradley spoke with Ja'Mal and told him not to protest within the breakfast because the day was meant to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr! We explained to Ja'Mal this particular breakfast has been going on for now 30 years! 

Thus after us talking with Brother Ja'Mal Green he stood-down and didn't make any noise. He ate his breakfast and left. However, we had no clue he was on facebook and other social media outlets making false statements about former Alderman Dorothy Tillman. 

As The Honorable Dorothy Tillman was giving her speech at the 30TH ANNUAL INTERFAITH BREAKFAST (and by the way she gave a great speech that challenged the Mayor and all those in attendance, including the Masons, Eastern Stars, and all Fraternities to better our communities) never once did she speak down on protesters inside or outside the event. 

In fact Mrs. Tillman said the protesters need guidance on when and how to protest, she also offered them admission to attend her civic engagement trainings. Meanwhile a woman was protesting while Tillman was speaking, Dorothy Tillman said "Its okay, she's alright. I came from protesting and marching. What she's doing is nothing new, she's just doing it at the wrong time because today is about honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr!"

Those were the words of former Alderman Dorothy Tillman, anything else is an outright lie. Brother Ja'Mal Green should not only remove the false statements he made relative to The Honorable Dorothy Tillman but he should also apologize for misleading his followers!

Nevertheless, it's been discovered Ja'Mal Green is also marching and protesting to build a name for himself as a R&B singer. The same day Mr. Green was at the 30TH ANNUAL INTERFAITH BREAKFAST he also had a piece in rollingout newspaper/magazine coming out about his album and R&B career. Click this link

Meanwhile as this is happening, a disgruntled Bishop James Dukes, mad because Mayor Rahm Emanuel wouldn't back his Aldermamic campaign, also had a guy inside the breakfast as well. This particular guy had on a clergy collar, he ate breakfast and then stood up and started screaming "16 shots and a cover up!" As I looked in his face he seemed disoriented and as if he was forced by his Pastor and by Bishop James Dukes to do what he did. 

All who protested inside the breakfast was treated with respect and was escorted outside the breakfast. Besides that the breakfast was a huge success and well attended.

"As the protesters inside the 30TH ANNUAL INTERFAITH BREAKFAST honoring Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr., screamed 16 shots and a cover up, I vividly remember seeing a table full of professional White women asking each other 'what are they talking about?' To also add insult to injury, a table full of beautiful African American seniors were so upset at the protesters for choosing the wrong place and time to demonstrate".

As someone involved in marching and protesting we must continue our efforts, however, we must have a strategy as well. Marching and protesting in front of someone's house is stupid and inconsiderate of ones family has nothing to do with politics.  

As Community Leaders we have a responsibility to tell our constituents the truth. Making false statements only shows ones character and undermines our efforts as a collective. 

Written By: 
Min. Jim Allen, 
Activist and Organizer 

Left to Right:
Min. Jim Allen, 
Wallace "Gator" Bradley 

Monday, January 11, 2016

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

White Lives Matter: Defeat the NRA!

White America is key to passing background check legislation. I say White America is key for several reasons. Yes, there's much black on black crime and yes that should be addressed; however, when we deal with sensible gun law legislation is when it'll trickle down to all areas of society. When White America gets serious about mass school shootings and theater shootings is when the NRA and Republicans will begin to listen. Mass school and theater shootings is a public health crisis.

In 2015 America saw just as many mass shootings almost on an everyday basis. Guns unregulated and to a degree unregistered have become a public health crisis and epidemic. The notion almost anyway can get their hands on a gun is sickening. On January 5, 2016 - President Barack Obama broke down in tears talking about gun violence relative to Sandy Hook Elementary School and the streets of Chicago.

Why did the President have an emotional breakdown when talking about Sandy Hook Elementary School? It's simple, President Obama saw those little 1st graders with their brains blown out, bullet holes in their heads, chests, faces...everywhere! That's enough to drive any civilized person insane!

Can you imagine being President and in your briefings seeing 20 school children ranging from ages 6 - 7 years old lying in a pool of blood?! Let's look at the ages of the children killed:
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace Mcdonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6

Also to add 6 staff was killed. The perpetrator's mother, Nancy Lanza was killed. The perpetrator Adam Peter Lanza committed suicide. The weapons he used: Bushmaster XM15-E2S and a GLOCK 20SF!

If a movie is ever made about Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting that took place December 14, 2012 it would be a powerful view of why sensible gun laws and background checks are so needed.

When Whites folks take a page from groups like Black Lives Matter, Rainbow Push Coalition, Faith Community of St. Sabina, Tha Movement University, etc., and begin organizing on a national level thwarts Tea Party Republicans and the NRA is when we'll see real change.

When will the WHITE LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT standup?!

Fighting For Washtenaw Park

Washtenaw Park has had the same facility since 1948. Our community has drastically changed since 1948. We have a diverse community of African-Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics. We're fighting for a new and improved facility with an indoor basketball court, rooms for arts and crafts, community meetings and a computer lab. Please consider donating to Washtenaw Park. Your donations will help us build a newer facility for our community. Many thanks,

Jim Allen, President
Washtenaw Park Advisory Council
2521 S. Washtenaw Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Laquan McDonald: Where Do We Go From Here?

In light of the murder of Laquan McDonald at the hands of unjust Chicago Police officers, various community and religious leaders responded through marches and protests across the city of Chicago.

The first major march, protest and demonstration happened on Black Friday on the Magnificent Mile. Our goal was to shut down the financial flow of the Magnificent Mile not by blocking stores or physically stopping shoppers from shopping, but rather through our presence raising the conscience level of shoppers thus mentally causing them to avoid shopping on the Magnificent Mile.

On the outside the march on the Magnificent Mile was a huge success, on the inside it wasn't. The march on the Magnificent Mile had too many egos and intergenerational struggles for the limelight as many fought to be interviewed by various news stations for their own personal fame. Also there were many marching among us who were only there to cause chaos and confusion. 

After the march on the Magnificent Mile there have been other marches, protests and demonstrations attempting to chase the "high" of the Black Friday Magnificent Mile demonstration. 
Yes, we must continue to march, protest and demonstrate for those killed unjustly by crooked cops, but we must also deal with black on  black violence as well. We must address poverty in black communities from an inside out approach. 

To continue too march and protest until Mayor Rahm Emanuel resigns is not only stupid but also wrongheaded. To say Emanuel is responsible for the corruption of rogue cops would be like saying black parents should be held legally responsible for when their children shoot at gang bangers but miss and kill innocent people!

A lot of the protesters are being fueled by various groups and organizations that supported Chuy Garcia for Mayor of Chicago. Thus, there's a personal hatred and agenda to remove Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The Mayoral Recall is the brain-child of Chuy Garcia supporters to weaken Rahm at a time when Chicago is in a state of moral confusion. 

I've meet with various black community and religious leaders and sadly to say outside of marching and protesting they don't have an agenda for the African American community. We can't allow marching and protesting to be our only card! Nor can we continue arbitrary demonstrations that block main streets used by Chicago Fire Department, Police and Ambulance in cases of emergencies. 

The marching and protesting should continue but should be more organized in a way that doesn't hurt our fellow citizens. We must also be willing to sit down with the current Mayor of Chicago and submit our PLANS and AGENDAS for our communities and constituents. If we do not have a plan or agenda for our communities then our marching and protesting is in vain and will lead to the same path. 
We must be honest with ourselves, as a community we failed Laquan McDonald and other young black men like him way before their murder by Chicago police or gang bangers! Look at the black community in Chicago, we have BLACK Alderman, St. Representatives, State Senators, Cook County Commissioners, community and religious leaders yet our communities are blighted. Whose fault is that?!

As black folks we can't allow emotions to override logic. We can't allow action to override strategy. We need emotion and logic, we need action and strategy. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his December 9, 2015 speech before City Council and indeed the nation, asked for community leaders and religious leaders to help him make Chicago better. Are you in? I am! 

No, I don't agree with everything Mayor Rahm Emanuel has done thus far, but as a Community Leader I'm willing to work with his administration during these troublesome times. The reality remains, as of right now he's the Mayor. Folks don't have to like him, but at least respect the office. 

My constituents need jobs and resources! I'm willing to work with anyone to make that happen. As long as Rahm Emanuel is Mayor of Chicago we should work with him to better our communities until his time expires. 

Let's go from marching to movement, from rhetoric to results, from protests to programs! The Mayor has taken responsibility for things that happened under his watch. As Community Leaders, let us also take responsibility for things going on in our own communities. 

Jim Allen, President of  
Vineyard Chicago and
Washtenaw Park Advisory Council