Luz’s Daughter Cares successfully urges NYPD Crimestoppers to initiate $2,000 reward on the homicide case of Trans Woman Islan Nettles!!

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After weeks of urging and various forms of communication with the NYPD Foundation, Nariko Wright of Luz’s Daughter Cares FINALLY gets CRIMESTOPPERS to post $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest on the Islan Nettles case!!! NYC Crimestoppers WANTED Islan Nettles

Luz’s Daughter Cares will continue  to strengthen the “reward  for indictment” process by raising $10,000 from private donations and the community via GoFundMe:  $10,000 “Reward for Indictment” Fundraiser by Luz’s Daughter Cares

Please continue to support Justice for Islan Nettles by donating to the fundraiser, spreading awareness and keeping hope alive.

Together, we CAN catch Islan Nettles Killer! 
TRANS LIVES MATTER!

#islannettles

#justice4islan

#iamislan

 

Nariko Wright
Founder – Luz’s Daughter Cares
 

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LDC petitions against the NAACP hosting major leadership event in racist Florida!

 HERE ARE 3 REASONS WHY

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The state of Florida has demonstrated time & again, the demoralization, dehumanization and devaluation of African-American persons residing in that state. So much so that, complete divestment of matters financial, political and ethical should occur immediately.

Surely, the NAACP of all organizations can host their summit somewhere African-Americans are not living in a “State of Emergency!”

Follow this link to sign the Petition:

https://www.change.org/petitions/naacp-don-t-host-the-leadership-500-summit-in-racist-florida

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Luz’s Daughter Cares launches “Reward for Indictment” Fund for Islan Nettles unsolved homicide case

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Luz’s Daughter Cares seeks to pursue justice for the beating death of beloved Transgender woman Islan Nettles by raising reward money for information leading to the arrest and indictment of her killer.

Nearly 7 months after Islan’s gruesome death, no one has been arrested and the case has gone cold. To that end, NYPD has failed to initiate their Crimestoppers Program that offers monetary awards for anonymous information that could help solve the case.

We seek to initiate this process because Islan Nettles life mattered. Trans Lives Matter.

Donate to Islan Nettles Reward for Indictment Fund

The Kitty Bella Radio Show discusses the Islan Nettles case from a very different perspective. Go ahead, take it personal.

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Tune in for our 1st invite to discuss the Islan Nettles case by a radio show hosted by a  “Trans Woman about Trans Women”.  It’s the The Kitty Bella Show Online Radio!

We are delighted and honored to be a guest.

Listen as Luz’s Daughter Cares shares one of the appalling disappointments encountered in the quest to keep Trans Women safe during a volunteer project in seeking Justice for Islan Nettles.

Hear it for yourself here:  OUR LIVES MATTER STATE OF EMERGENCY

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Let us know if you have any questions or comments!

Top 15 African-American MUST READ Books for Black History Month

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In order to celebrate where we are, we have to know where we came from. My collection is mostly first editions or used books overlooked and sold for as little as $0.25.  Lucky me. While I read a lot, I do not save all the books I read. I believe these books in particular educate, torture and nurture our souls in the truth. These books are not “whitewashed” to minimize the sting of what we have endured. Nor do they patronize excuses or make American seem less than the horror it was. Especially original editions.

My take on recently published history books is they are not as forthright unless the “source” is reliable. When I purchase “contemporary” history books, I cross reference them with my dated ones for accuracy. Try, if it is cost effective, to purchase retro editions as the text will be more original. Otherwise, well – you get it.

These books are NOT just for People of Color. I encourage other races to explore the history of where African-Americans “Truly” came from, where we been and how it impacts where we are going. The truth may hurt but the truth shall also set you free.

So to all I say, enjoy!

Here are the Top 15 African-American “Must Read” Books for Black History Month:

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1) African Presence in Early Europe by Ivan Van Sertima

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2) The African Slave Trade (pre-colonial History 1450-1850) by Basil Davidson

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3) Negro Thought in America 1880-1915 Racial Ideologies in the Age of Booker T. Washington

by August Meier

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4) A profile of the Negro American by Thomas F. Pettigrew

http://amzn.com/B003NHLLXC

5) The Harder We Run by William H. Harris

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6) The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Dubois 

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7) Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (An American Slave)

 http://amzn.com/0486457575  (Both Classics in one Book)

8) Black Leadership in America 1895-1968 by John White 

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9) Black Families by Harriette Pipes McAdoo

http://amzn.com/0803931808

10) Black Leaders of the Nineteenth by Leon Litwack  & August Meier

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11) Black Leaders in the Twentieth Century by John Hope Franklin & August Meier

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12) Eyes of the Prize America’s Civil Rights Years (1954-1965) by Juan Williams

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13) Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

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14) The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X, AlexHaley and Attallah Shabazz

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15) In the Name of Elijah Muhammad: Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam

(The C. Eric Lincoln Series on the Black Experience)

http://amzn.com/0822318458

Let us know if you have any book suggestions, questions or comments!

Help us get “Justice for Islan Nettles!”

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Luz’s Daughter Cares is asking the community to  download & print out the attached Flyer as is or in black & white. Please distribute and post the “Wanted” flyer around the 5 boroughs of New York City and Everywhere else! Never underestimate where information can come from. We have all witnessed the effectiveness of such an action from a very recent tragic case here in NYC.

It’s been six months since the gruesome beating death of Trans Woman Islan Nettles took place in Harlem, New York.  Lack of action by New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly prompted Luz’s Daughter Cares to Petition for an informative investigation and the arrest of Paris Wilson who was on the street on $2,000 bail. Yes, a mere $2,000 bail was all Paris Wilson was given despite the “fact” Islan Nettles was already unconscious when police arrived on the scene (scene being across the street from the precinct).

As information and awareness about the case withered, we wanted to make “sure” authorities knew, “TRANS LIVES MATTER” and we were “Very” much aware of their “shabby” investigation of a Transgender of color murder case.  Despite Several “Occupy the Courthouse” protests organized by E. Nariko Wright of Luz’s Daughter Cares and endorsed by a few Transgender & Cisgender groups during the 2013 court dates – The Manhattan DA dropped the “silly” misdemeanor charges against the accused attacker Paris Wilson, due to lack of evidence during the November 18, 2013 court hearing.  The Nettles Family, and the LGB/Trans community were devastated. Paris Wilson appears to have gotten away with Murder or in the least, knows the person who did.  That Wilson clan has refused to “Do the Right Thing”. The Wilsons remain silent and unapologetic for their involvement in the death of a human being.

A very unified LGBQ and Trans People coalition of Human Rights Groups made it very clear silence was not an option. On January 30, 2014, we roared  “JUSTICE FOR ISLAN NETTLES” at One Police Plaza, NYC!

Still, my heart remains torn and I cannot be satisfied until we have justice in this case. An arrest for the murder of Islan Nettles! No has been charged and the case is cold.  Authorities need more information.

Lastly, Islan Nettles R.I.P.

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For the rest of us and the Nettles family, until there is Justice, there shall be no Peace. Period.

E. Nariko Wright,

Luz’s Daughter Cares

Let us know if you have any questions or comments:

Post Demonstration Press Release: Transgender and Cisgender Groups Demand Transparent Investigation of Transphobic Murder of Islan Nettles

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 31, 2014

CONTACT:

E. NARIKO WRIGHT Luzs.Daughter.Cares@gmail.com 718-924-3322

TERRY ROETHLEIN  tkr2001@columbia.edu 347-449-2881

WEBSITE:

https://luzsdaughtercares.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/press-release-justice-for-islan-nettles/

 Transgender and Cisgender Groups Demand Transparent Investigation of Transphobic Murder of Islan Nettles

 On Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 4 p.m., over 150 transgender protestors and their supporters braved sub-zero temperatures to gather outside of NYC Police Headquarters in Downtown Manhattan to demand incoming NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton and the NYPD explain thier negligent investigation in the immediate aftermath of the brutal beating death of transgender woman Islan Nettles last summer in Harlem. The emotionally charged group also demanded a report on the current status of the case’s lagging homicide investigation by NY County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and later in the evening emailed an extensive list of questions to Bratton and Vance.

“There is a target on the backs of trans women of color!” said Lourdes Hunter, Co-Founder, Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater New York, who spoke at the event.  “If Islan was a white woman we would not be out in the cold demanding justice!” she said from atop snow-encrusted steps at One Police Plaza.

A series of impassioned speeches by Hunter and others were punctuated by fiery chants against the NYPD, including “NYPD do your job!”  Enumerating the many errors and delays in the investigation, protestors chanted “How many more? Not one more!” and “Trans lives matter!”

Speakers angrily repeated the puzzling details of the August 17, 2013 attack, including the fact that officers from Public Service Area 6, where the crime occurred, pulled Paris Wilson, the accused assailant, off of Nettles yet failed to adequately question Nettles’ or Wilson’s companions and never checked on Nettles’ condition after her admittance to Harlem Hospital, where she later died. A failure to obtain DNA evidence from the assailant’s hands and ten broken surveillance cameras at the location were viewed as serious problems that had not been addressed in the case.  Speakers also expressed disgust over the fact that Simone Wilson, Paris Wilson’s mother, coerced another man into falsely confessing to the crime but she was never held accountable for hindering the investigation. Five months after the unsolved murder, protesters were still enraged that even a misdemeanor charge against Paris Wilson was dropped and that the D.A.’s office had produced no new charges in its homicide investigation.

Delores Nettles, mother of the victim, said the NYPD’s handling of the case was so inept that an officer called her three weeks ago to ask for Paris Wilson’s address.

Telling the crowd about findings published in her recent report on various statistics on transgender Americans, Jennifer Louise Lopez, of media group Everything Transgender in NYC, said that of the approximately 750,000 transgender people in the United States, 90% are likely to experience discrimination, mistreatment, or harassment. She also said that 61% of Black and Latino transgender individuals report harassment by police, and that there were 16 reported murders of transgender people in the United States in 2013.

“Islan Nettles is my fourth trans client who has been murdered in the streets of NYC in the twenty years I have worked with homeless youths,” said Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, which houses homeless LGBT youths. “Not one of their murderers has been brought to justice. This is a disgrace that reveals a pattern of transphobic bias on the part of the NYPD,” he said.

“The murder of Islan Nettles is an unspeakable tragedy and the police and district attorney’s response has been underwhelming and disappointing,” said Melissa Sklarz, President of Stonewall Democrats of New York City. “The New York trans population is probably the biggest in America and yet, young people like Islan Nettles, and Lorena Escalera before her, are killed in cold blood and no justice is done,” she said.

Endorsers included the Transgender/Cisgender Coalition, ACT UP NY, Luz’s Daughter Cares, Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC), Harlem Pride, Lambda Legal, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, Translatina Network, Strategic Trans Alliance for Radical Reform (STARR), Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC, Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand, Destination Tomorrow, Ali Forney Center, VOCAL-NY, ETNYC, Global Network of Black Pride, and Make the Road.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition of Human Rights Groups Demands Transparent Investigation of Brutal Transphobic Murder of Islan Nettles & all victims of transphobic violence in New York City.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 20, 2014

CONTACT: E. NARIKO WRIGHT

EMAIL: Luzs.Daughter.Cares@gmail.com // http://wp.me/p44SHq-bu

NYC Human Rights Coalition Demands Transparent Investigation of Brutal Transphobic Murder of Islan Nettles

On Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 4 p.m., a coalition of representatives from New York City human rights organizations (including transgender and cisgender [non-transgender] activists) will protest the NYPD’s negligence in the immediate aftermath of the brutal beating death of transgender woman, Islan Nettles. The protest at One Police Plaza demands an explanation by incoming NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton and the NYPD for its initial malfeasance and demands a report on the current status of the felony investigation by NY County District Attorney Cyrus R.Vance, Jr. Members of The Transgender/Cisgender Coalition, ACT UP NY, Luz’s Daughter Cares, Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC), LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, Harlem Pride, Strategic Trans Alliance for Radical Reform (STARR), Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand, Ali Forney Center, Lambda Legal, Everything Transgender New York City (ETNYC), Translatina Network, Stonewall Democratic Club of NY, VOCAL, Make the Road, Global Network of Black Pride and Destination Tomorrow have all endorsed the action.

Several glaringly obvious breaches of procedure stand out about this case. At midnight, August 17, 2013, Paris Wilson, accompanied by friends, flirted with Islan Nettles in Harlem, directly across the street from Police Service Area 6 at 2770 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between West 147th and West 148th Street.  (Public Service Area 6 covers the 24th, 26th, and 32nd Precincts.) Upon realizing Nettles was transgender, Wilson became enraged and began to harass Nettles and her transgender companions with transphobic slurs. Wilson began punching Nettles vigorously in the face until she fell to the pavement, slamming her head on concrete, according to the NYPD. Notified by one of Nettles’ friends, police officers arrived at the scene and pulled Wilson off of Nettles, according to DNAinfo.com. Nettles was then transported to Harlem Hospital and admitted with severe head trauma. Officers at Police Service Area 6 did not question Nettles’ companions thoroughly and never checked on Nettles’ condition after her admittance to Harlem Hospital, law enforcement sources have confirmed. Officers at the scene never obtained DNA evidence from Paris Wilson’s hands. Investigations were halted until August 23rd, when the D.A.’s office learned that Nettles was declared brain dead and removed from life support. When asked about crucial footage from the ten surveillance cameras located on the PSA 6 edifice and on surrounding structures, the D.A.’s office said all cameras were broken and no footage existed.

After the assault, Simone Wilson, mother of Paris Wilson, coerced an inebriated friend of her son to confess to the crime but he later denied the allegations, according to the NYPD. Shockingly, Simone Wilson was never held accountable for falsifying evidence or for hindering the investigation. Nettles’ friends and family also report that Simone Wilson aggressively photographed them at Harlem Hospital, as if threatening them if they filed charges. Following a misdemeanor charge of third degree assault, Paris Wilson was immediately released from jail on a mere $2,000 bail and on November 19th even that charge was dropped due to “lack of evidence.”  The D.A.’s office has since said it is “aggressively investigating the crime as a homicide,” but no suspect or statement on the progress of the investigation have been presented in the two months since the investigation began.

The Jan. 30 protest calls for the NYPD to explain its failure to immediately and adequately investigate the crime scene, question witnesses, retain DNA samples and surveillance footage, and check on Nettles’ condition, even if the crime was initially misperceived as merely an assault. We call for the NYPD to explain why Simone Wilson has never been charged with obstruction of justice. We demand that D.A. Vance provide a status report on the investigation. Finally, we call for the NYPD to audit the 24th, 26th, and 32nd Precincts and all city precincts for their capacity to conduct timely and unbiased investigations of this and all transphobic violent crimes.

“The transgender and cisgender communities together call on William Bratton and the NYPD to set an example with the Islan Nettles case by committing to seeing justice served, for Islan Nettles and all victims of transphobic violence in New York City,” said Brooke Cerda Guzman.

PROTEST: Thursday, January 30th 2014, 4 p.m., One Police Plaza, Manhattan

Take the 4,5,6, J, Z trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, walk on Chambers St. straight through the One Centre Street building, past the large red sculpture, to the front entrance of One Police Plaza.