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The blame game

By Gordon T. Davis

The president of the New York Police Department (NYPD) union has opportunistically used the murder of two good NYPD officers to further his political agenda with the Mayor of New York City (NYC).  Patrick Lynch has blamed the Mayor of NYC for the deaths of police officers Liu and Ramos.

Not only is Lynch hiding behind two dead cops in making his comments, he is also creating a racially charged climate in NYC by insinuating that the Black community wants to kill cops. We in the Black community want justice and bad cops off the job. The Mayor of New York City has Black children.

Some people have raised the point that there is a connection between the protests against the racist conditions faced by dark skin people and the shooting of police officers.  Beside the NYC murders, another police officer was murdered in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The shooting in NYC was done allegedly by a man who also allegedly shot a woman in an act of domestic violence, and he killed himself. In Tarpon Springs, the alleged murderer was trying to avoid a return to prison. There is no direct connection between the protests and the murders; there is an indirect connection through the media.

The irrationality of Patrick Lynch’s rants are seen when he said nothing when two White people indirectly connected to the Neo Nazis ambushed and killed two police officers in Las Vegas earlier in the year. He also said nothing when the “survivalist” Frein ambushed two police officers in Pennsylvania, killing one officer.

Although the union has reportedly agreed to refrain from further rants, the harm is done.

A modern definition of White supremacy and White privilege is Black people having to apologize for our race when one person commits a crime, while the “privileged” such as Patrick Lynch never apologize for the acts of the White neo Nazis or for a White survivalist who kills cops. 

Patrick Lynch never even said he was sorry for the victim of domestic violence. She, like the police officers, was also a victim of a mentally ill man.

I recently read a story where some Black police officers in New York City have said they feel threatened by other cops when they change into civilian clothes and are off duty.  A fear that is magnified by unarmed Black people who, when confronted by the police, understand the police can shoot and kill us with impunity. Cops can kill us based on their “belief” their lives are in danger. This logic is nonsensical, as the definition of a first responder is that they put their life in danger. The standards for the police using deadly force must be a higher bar.

Many times I agonized over this issue, as I have relatives who are cops. I love them dearly and wish only that they remain safe.

I hope other police departments do not create a more racially charged environment by repeating the shameful, slanderous and racist comments made by Patrick Lynch.

Yet in many ways Patrick Lynch’s comments are an indicator of how effective the protests have become. He has taken notice of them, as has the Mayor of New York … and the rest of America.

Power to the people! 25,000 march against racism in NYC. Thousands more march in Washington D.C. … Worcesterites join them! Welcome to the NEW Civil Rights Movement!

NYC_12-13-14 Young Faces from Worcester in New York City. Photo courtesy of Robert Blackwell Gibbs.

Our young people are part of a new nation-wide civil rights movement! Go, Worcester young people, go!!!!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN/LEARN MORE ABOUT AMERICA’S NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, START NOW! Email Gordon at hellowithfire1@aol.com and he’ll connect you!

By Gordon T. Davis

The demonstrations against the killing of unarmed Black men are a good thing.

This fight against racism will eventually benefit everyone, as it will cause a review of police procedures and policies throughout America.

Our criminal justice system is rigged in such a way that no police officer who kills anyone is ever indicted. This should change to a new standard: any police officer who wrongfully kills someone should be fired. The standard will be a long struggle before it’s effectuated. And it might never be accomplished without an overhaul of our justice system.

On November 13, 2014, there were demonstrations for racial justice in Worcester, Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C. At least 25 people from Worcester went to the NYC demonstration. The trip to New York was organized by Communities United Collective (CUC) – a group formed shortly after a Support Ferguson Mo rally in July of 2014 on the Worcester Common.

The CUC consists of mostly relatively young people of all races who are too young to have participated in the civil rights movement of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.  All of the people in CUC are enthusiastic and this showed when they and students boldly blocked the streets of Worcester and made their voices heard at the Worcester City Council meeting.

A weakness of the CUC seems to be that they are never certain from meeting to meeting what is needed to be done, but their description of the rally in New York by some of the people who went shows their enthusiasm and hope:


The Millions March was a peacefully organized Rally. It was very successful. We shut the streets down and raised awareness. This won’t end until justice is brought to those who ripped families apart and took the lives of the innocent. If I had to do it again, I’d do it a thousand times over.”


The bosses have to have heard and that is why they are discrediting the marchers in any way that they can. This was no rowdy bunch of hoodlums. This was an extremely well organized political action. I expect reforms to come in the long term. This is just the beginning of a growing movement. The police can’t do this anymore. The people aren’t going to let them.”


“… I thought it went really great, and it was amazing how many people came out in solidarity. I think our point of why we’re fighting got across, but we still have a ways to go, and we need to take that people-power past protesting.”


“Uplifting while sorrowful! It was moving to see so many like minds there for the main cause. The police were calm, but we knew what they really wanted. When we all took Brooklyn Bridge and shut down both sides to traffic it was a show of real power.”


The rally in Washington D.C. might indicate a difference in tactics between the old guard civil rights activists and the young activists. For example, a group of younger demonstrators from St. Louis wanted to go up on the stage where the TV cameras were and speak. The people running the rally said that the people from St. Louis needed VIP passes to get on stage!

This new civil rights movement apparently has reached a critical stage. What is next? More blocked streets, more teach-ins – or something else? Will there be a division between the younger and the older civil rights activists?

Hopefully, our new Civil Rights Movement will have the lasting power and the effectiveness of the old.


This Baby Boomer considers herself old guard. And we old guard-types had great musical spokespeople who sang what we all felt: Dylan, Baez, Havens, Hendrix, Odetta, Young, Lennon, to name just a few. YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY NEED TO FIND THEIR DYLANS, THEIR LENNONS, their own musical/political geniuses! They’re out there – we just know it!
– R. Tirella

His Honor, Mr. Koch

RIP – Rest In Puckishness – Mayor Koch! From The New York Times. – R. Tirella.


His Honor, Mr. Koch

It is hard to imagine New York City without Edward Koch impressing himself on its every facet, demanding, in his trademark imperiousness, to be saluted by one and all. His death Friday at the age of 88 is a moment of unalloyed sadness in the city’s history. For while Mr. Koch had a decidedly mixed record of City Hall management through some of the best and worst of times, he made an über-career of distilling and billboarding the city’s essence as he saw it, usually with himself at the center of things.

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As mayor from 1978 to 1989, Mr. Koch enthusiastically helped the state right the city’s fiscal keel after the city’s calamitous brush with bankruptcy. He used a growing budget to restore city services and jobs. He endorsed public campaign financing. While dismissing rivals’ insinuations about his bachelor status (“nobody’s business but mine,” he said), he ordered an end to sexual discrimination in city jobs. Mr. Koch initiated a $5 billion housing renovation plan in 1986 that greatly enlarged the housing pool for the working poor and repaired the Bronx’s image as a hopeless case of urban blight.

But by his third term, Mr. Koch found himself wearing down at the center of a skein of City Hall corruption involving assorted commissioners. The fact that he was not personally part of the schemers’ municipal greed only underlined his growing disconnection from effective management. The one-time slayer of the Tammany Tiger had grown too close to machine politicians.

All the while he delighted in dressing down his critics in bursts of Kochisms punctuated by his impish grin. He insulted rivals on the political stage as a strategy that paid off in support in all the boroughs from voters who savored his cheekiness. “You punch me, I punch back,” he fairly bragged. His liberal political persona waxed conservative across time for different constituencies, and his aggressiveness repeatedly roiled race relations. …

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If that “Mosque,” isn’t built, this is no longer America

By Michael Moore

I am opposed to the building of the “mosque” two blocks from Ground Zero.

I want it built on Ground Zero.


Because I believe in an America that protects those who are the victims of hate and prejudice. I believe in an America that says you have the right to worship whatever God you have, wherever you want to worship. And I believe in an America that says to the world that we are a loving and generous people and if a bunch of murderers steal your religion from you and use it as their excuse to kill 3,000 souls, then I want to help you get your religion back. And I want to put it at the spot where it was stolen from you.

There’s been so much that’s been said about this manufactured controversy, I really don’t want to waste any time on this day of remembrance talking about it. But I hate bigotry and I hate liars, and so in case you missed any of the truth that’s been lost in this, let me point out a few facts: Continue reading If that “Mosque,” isn’t built, this is no longer America