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NO JUSTICE!! NO PEACE!!
True Freedom Fighters Needed In War For Justice; Fight For Black Youth
DALLAS- Police brutality, harassment and criminal and social injustice are the greatest symptoms that something is wrong with justice in America.
That is why activist and mother Caseptla Bailey got involved with changing her community with her organization “Organizing in the Trenches”.
“There are serious issues affecting every African-American community across the United States,” Bailey said. “Hot air talk does nothing to help our community or help our youth prosper.”
Her visit to speak to the Dallas Chapter of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) energized and encouraged African-Americans to stand up and become freedom fighters in the war to achieve true freedom and justice.
She and her co-founder lead an organization with the purpose of the organized activity that brings about community beautification, youth leadership, youth empowerment and social justice.
Her organization focuses on the children with a two-fold theme: “OUR KIDS ARE THE FUTURE!!! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!!”
“It is important for all of us to realize that we must do for ourselves,” she said. “We cannot depend on others to rescue us. We must stop talking about it and be about it.”
Bailey is from JenaLouisiana. She is the mother of Robert Bailey - one of THE JENA 6 and is actively involved in her organization called “Organizing in the Trenches.”
Bailey found her true calling as a ‘FREEDOM FIGHTER’ when her son Robert L.
Bailey Jr. and five other classmates were charged for Attempted Second-Degree Murder.
From the act of writing letters, protesting, contacting the media the story exploded into international/worldwide news and protests calling for justice.
Jena Six was the name given to a group of six black teenagers charged with the beating of Justin Barker, a white student at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana on December 4, 2006. Barker was injured, but was released from the emergency room the same day.
He has since brought suit against members of the Jena Six, their parents, the school district, and others allegedly involved.
A number of events took place in and around Jena in the months preceding the Barker assault, which have been linked to an alleged escalation of racial tensions.
These events included the hanging of nooses from a tree in the high school courtyard, two violent confrontations between white and black youths, and the destruction by fire of the main building of Jena High School.
Bailey said having the courage to talk tough and demand action on key issues affecting the community is the beginning of change.
Some of those issues include dealing with a biases court system, racial profiling, negative police attitudes about Black Americans, police brutality, intimidation and harassment, the shooting of innocent Black males and the unlawful detaining of citizens.
“We are seeing the same issues in every community,” she said. “We must stop this domino effect that targets Black men and allows the “hunting down” and continual abuse of police authority and assaults on Black men in our communities across this nation.”
In recent years, the killing of Black men in the custody of the Dallas Police Department is nothing short of an epidemic.
Dallas police have been responsible for several questionable deaths of African-Americans in Dallas. In each case, no police officer has ever been indicted by a grand jury for those deaths.
The latest occurred on Sept. 16, when Derrick Jones, 31, was shot in the heart by Dallas Police Office Rene Villanueva. Vilanueva, a rookie cop, has been with the DPD for about a year and a half. The shooting allegedly happened after Jones was involved in a minor traffic accident.
According to police reports, Jones allegedly got into a tussle with the officer and in the ensuing struggle the officer contended that he felt he might lose consciousness, feared for his life and took one shot at Jones striking him and killing him.
A video released later did not fully corroborate the officer’s story as it did not offer definitive proof that the officer was under duress or feared for his life. The tape revealed that Jones was standing with hand stretched out when the officer drew the weapon and fired at close range killing Jones.
Activists pressed police to admit that Jones was unarmed and did not have a weapon.
Jones is the latest death in a series of killings of Black males by the DPD. Others include Tennel Hurd, Alan Simpson, James Wood, and Brandon Washington.
According to Bailey, apathy and inaction are and continue to be the greatest enemies to changing the Black community
She is especially concerned about the apathy in the Black church and among pastors and minister who preach in community, collect from Black communities and do nothing to offer needed direction and leadership for neighborhoods.
“Why have some stood back and turned their back on kids and the community,” she said. “I am concerned that too many come in on Sundays, pass the collection plate and leave without caring or showing concern for the issues and people happening in the community.”
She said it is time for real leaders to stand up and start real organization that reach out, touch and make visible differences in young African-American lives and prepare them for leadership roles.
“Survival is about us helping us,” she said. “Black America must get informed and get involved and participate now. It’s “Jena time” across America.”