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


Trayvon Martin


Marissa Alexander


Jordan Davis


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:



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


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:

Black History Books

1) African Presence in Early Europe by Ivan Van Sertima


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


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

by August Meier


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


5) The Harder We Run by William H. Harris


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


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 


9) Black Families by Harriette Pipes McAdoo


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


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


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


13) Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur


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


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

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


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

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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 31, 2014


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

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



 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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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.

Racism, Sexism, And The 50-Year Campaign To Undermine The War On Poverty

povertyIt has been 50 years since Lyndon Johnson first declared that the nation could, “for the first time in our history,” conquer and win a war on poverty, pledging a “total commitment by this President, and this Congress, and this nation, to pursue victory over the most ancient of mankind’s enemies.”

1960s –

Reagan: “She wanted a divorce to get an 80 dollar raise.”

Late 1960s – Early 1970s –

Nixon claims the War on Poverty programs led to race riots, “violence and failure across the land.”

1980s –

Reagan seizes on “the continued backlash against civil rights” to oppose welfare programs.

1990s –

Bill Clinton’s welfare reform and chastity training for poor single mothers.

2000s –

President Bush expands food stamps and unemployment benefits.

2012 –

The 47 percent.

Read the complete article By Igor Volsky here:


Trayvon Wasn’t the First: Sanford’s Black Problem

trayvon-martin-death-photos-6-27-13-1Not guilty.

I wasn’t surprised by the verdict. I was born and raised in Sanford, a city of 54,000 people north of Orlando. For many years, an invisible line separated Black and White, rich and poor.

The shooting exposed Sanford’s racist history and the years of mistreatment and mistrust by the mostly White police department in the Black community.

I had been a journalist for more than 20 years, but this was my first time covering a trial. Even so, I knew something was terribly wrong during jury selection when a White woman in her 50s said that Trayvon Martin would have never been shot and killed if he hadn’t been suspended from school. She was chosen for the jury. I watched as a blond woman in her 30s seemed to flirt with defense attorney Mark O’Mara. She also was chosen. From the beginning I wondered, “Will this group of mostly middle-aged White women really understand the life, the challenges, the fears of a 17-year-old Black boy?”

Read the complete story here: http://http://www.essence.com/2013/07/18/trayvon-wasn%E2%80%99t-first-sanford%E2%80%99s-black-problem?XID=OUTBRAIN_EE

Want to know what REALLY happened in the Islan Nettles case? Listen to this:

Justice for Islan Nettles UNCUT – The Radio Interview


Call for Action!! Lawyer claims hefty sentencing for murderer of Trans Woman should, “..be reserved for people who are guilty of killing certain classes of individuals”

Excerpt taken from Gothamist.com:

120613_gonzalezandujarLast month, 32-year-old Rasheen Everett was convicted of the 2010 murder of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, a transsexual prostitute. Prosecutors said Everett, who has a history of abuse, choked the 29-year-old Gonzalez-Andujar to death allegedly after he discovered she had male genitalia, bleaching her body and fleeing her Queens apartment with her camera, suitcase, keys, laptop, coat and cell phone. “He said he choked her until she wasn’t breathing,” the prosecution’s witness, Darius Ferguson, told the court.

But at Everett’s sentencing hearing yesterday—at which he was served a sentence of 29 years to life—defense attorney John Scarpa caught the ire of the judge when he argued against the victim’s character. “Shouldn’t that [sentence] be reserved for people who are guilty of killing certain classes of individuals?” he reportedly asked, adding, “Who is the victim in this case? Is the victim a person in the higher end of the community?”


Luz’s Daughter Cares Statement:

We have a VERY serious dilemma when any individual in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA feels  proper sentencing for murder of a Trans Person is unnecessary because Trans People are of a lower class!! I’m certain LGBT organization’s are already seeking for this lawyer to be disbarred, right??

We are appalled by this inhumane declaration. It is yet another example of why Trans People rights and not gay marriage should be at the forefront of the LGBT equality movement and not at the tail end.

As a Lesbian, I will give up my right to marry if it means putting more effort and resources towards the safety, well-being and equality of Trans People. I don’t want to get married in a country that is okay with killing my Trans Sisters and Brothers.  Gay marriage does not have the same importance to me!!

My heart hurts and my fists are clenched in frustration.What are we waiting for? The Genocide of Trans People before we take SERIOUS action!? I am NOT okay with any HUMAN having less rights than an animal.

While we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela and his transitioning to the Heavens, I ask who amongst our leaders, who amongst our community, who amongst out support groups, who amongst our heterosexual allies, who amongst our organizations, who amongst our churches,who amongst our celebrities, who amongst Trans People are ready to risk what little has been accomplished in order to gain EQUALITY for Trans People??

I am sick of the “pillow talk” approach to Trans People Equality!

I am Luz’s Daughter.

Mandela on U.S. imperialism in Africa in 1950s

Imperialism in disguise

The American brand of imperialism is imperialism all the same in spite of the modern clothing in which it is dressed and in spite of the sweet language spoken by its advocates and agents. The USA is mounting an unprecedented diplomatic offensive to win the support of the governments of the self-governing territories in the continent. It has established a network of military bases all over the continent for armed intervention in the domestic affairs of independent states should the people in these states elect to replace American satellite regimes with those who are against American imperialism. American capital has been sunk into Africa not for the purpose of raising the material standards of its people but in order to exploit them as well as the natural wealth of their continent. This is imperialism in the true sense of the word.


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