Holding Down the Intersection: From #FireDanteServin to #FightforDyett

Pure dedication for our children’s future.

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Dyett hunger strikers take center stage when an action for Rekia Boyd converged with a vigil for Dyett High School Thursday night in Chicago. (Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee) Dyett hunger strikers take center stage when an action for Rekia Boyd converged with a vigil for Dyett High School Thursday night in Chicago. (Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee)

Thursday night, hundreds of Chicagoans gathered at police headquarters at 35th and Michigan to once again demand that police officer Dante Servin be fired for the fatal, off-duty shooting death of Rekia Boyd. Servin, who many say avoided a homicide conviction on a technicality, has been the focus of a local manifestation of the national #SayHerName rallying cry, which highlights the stories of Black women and girls killed by police.

Thursday night’s action was a multi-staged event, and sprawled across several locations. While protesters rallied outside police headquarters, some organizers and supporters entered the building to sit in on the monthly police board hearing. Inside, police were clearly on high alert, ready to halt any disruption after Black Youth Project 100 successfully…

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A quiet vigil for the fate of Dyett School showed community commitment

Dyett Candle HolderI remember the Dyett vigil near Chicago residence. The reverentsilence resounded and the positivity from the hunger strikers greatly moved me.I remember the Dyett vigil near Chicago residence. The reverent silence resounded and the positivity from the hunger strikers greatly moved all.

“Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
let our rejoicing rise,
high as the listening skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea
sing a song full of faith that the dark past has taught us,
sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on till victory is won. ”

September 11, 2001

09-11-01I wrote this during the first week of the 9/11/2015 tragedy. At the time, I lived in an effected New Jersey. In northern New Jersey, people saw the World Trade Center collapse live. Many New Jersey people had family or knew of friends I lived in southern New Jersey, where unclaimed cars remained in train parking lots/

Pilot Terror

By Kathy Powers
September 2001

Infinite reports immerse my senses,
Colossal towers melt to charred rubble,
Mighty radio transmitters relay immutable silence
Abandoned cars populate parking lot cemeteries.

A voiceless nation mutely scrambles,
Prepares never-used trauma stations,
Collects unneeded blood and organs:
Powdered remains need no nourishment.

Skyjackers, people-erasers expunge
Big Apple’s workforce to DNA dust.
Vapors spew acrid breath over
Body-part raindrops.

Tacit pandemonium watchers, struck dumb in awe,
Monitor newspeak and comprehend not,
Why terrorists airbrush NYC’s skyline in
Smoldering, sooty, steely, smoked down.

Breaking: Washington State Supremes rule charters are not public or constitutional.

Fred Klonsky

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This afternoon the Supreme Court of Washington State ruled that charter schools were neither public nor constitutional and could receive no public funding.

The full decision is here.

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