Saturday, August 6, 2016

Moreno, Wood, Moses, and Neal: Justice Delayed

My computer and modem were rabidly attacked recently to prevent my advocacy for justice in four cases:
1) Justice4LeonardMoreno - An 18-year-old  who has awaited trial for three years in solitary confinement in Arizona. Moreno had ADHA at age 15 when arrested and tortured, but his mom says he seems schizophrenic now and tried suicide recently. He is being tortured to enforce a plea bargain on false charges.
2) The battle to SaveJeffWood - a mentally challenged white man who is scheduled to be  on Aug. 24 under the law of parties, which means acknowledges that Wood killed nobody.
3) Justice for Pastor Jonas Moses - A minister who was set up on false child molestation charges in  as punishment for refusing to return a former church member's contributions. The church member is a white, male Caucasian and a corrections officer.

4) The secret arrest and wrongful death of my own mentally, physically disabled brother, Larry Neal. The thirteenth anniversary of his slaying in Memphis Shelby County Jail was August 1, 2016, and hackers sought to prevent spread of information about this case of justice denied.

The stole my photo of Pastor Jonas Moses from my computer overnight. Today, I only saw mug shots of him at , but I could not find the photo of him in his study. Luckily, I saved that photo from Google Images last night and posted it at , where I was told by a  friend, Liz Smith, that my interview with Moses's daughter, Jennifer, will not play. Hear Jennifer re Pastor Moses at or call (605)562.0029, code 992212650, Tape 67. (When I tried to play the interview on July 28, four days BEFORE his trial was scheduled to begin, I reached a black screen that said Blogtalkradio was offline for maintenance - see it on my G+ page).

Pastor Moses is a doctor of theology, a thoughtful, contemplative man with above-average intelligence. He loves his wife and claims that his hands only touched his own wife, certainly not juveniles in his church. No intelligent man would molest a girl who had already accused three men of molesting her and had them all imprisoned, like the foster girl declares. No intelligent man would molest the girlfriend of a boy whose father was in a heated battle to get his money back from the church. These are the two girls who were supposedly victimized by Pastor Moses.

Poor and working class people who are black, white, Latino, and Native American are NOT allowed to use the Internet in the USA to expose wrongful prosecution, wrongful convictions, solitary confinement torture, wrongful executions, police violence, and other crimes against humanity, , , and .

I suppose by August 25, the  might release their tenacious hold on my use, . By that time, Pastor Moses's trial should be over, Leonard Moreno will have had his scheduled court date, and Jeff Wood might be dead by . Tax money might be used to continue suppression of my testimony about the secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal.

The U.S. Senate voted almost unanimously to draft girls for the military, Arlington National Cemetery plans expansion, and U.S. war ships were positioned near . U.S. women are expected to be required to fight for freedom and justice for all - people like Pastor Moses's daughter, Jennifer; Jeffrey Wood's sister, Terri Been; and family members of  teenager, Leonard Moreno. Thousands of black women are also expected to register for the draft, people who buried their brothers, fathers, sons, cousins, and uncles who were killed by unrequited police violence. These include women who are increasingly becoming police targets themselves.

The link to our Blogtalkradio show presenting Jennifer Moses-Smith discussing her father's wrongful prosecution is below. If you cannot hear it there, please use the link in the second paragraph above.

Average Americans, especially blacks, must use different media companies and facilitate personal relationships with local activists in order to effectively expose and oppose oppression. Unfortunately, Korryn Gaines, 23, who Baltimore police killed on August 1, 2016, primarily used two media companies, and police had Facebook to deactivate her account while she was killed and her young son was shot. Continue to publish your social media posts, but please add your voices to your concerns. Share your human rights petitions, news, and viewpoints with a diverse audience at "MaryLovesJustice Radio" broadcasts every night at 6:30pmEDT by calling (605)562-0020, code 992-212-650. 

Select broadcasts will be uploaded to our "Human Rights Demand" channel at Blogtalkradio. You will receive a link that carries your tape, and your tapes will be archived at both and at Blogtalkradio as well as in my Google cloud. Diversify, and HAVE YOUR SAY. I know from personal experience how hard it is to expose crimes against humanity in the USA; therefore, I created this media opportunity for you. No judge will keep certain testimony and evidence out of our court of public opinion. I look forward to speaking with you on these nightly broadcasts for an indefinite period.
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Texas: Drink arsenic or die of heat stroke

Despite the fact that America reaffirmed its adherence to the United Nations Convention Against Torture in 2015, Texas correctional facilities force inmates to choose between drinking water with arsenic in it or dying of heat stroke. WFAA journalists investigated the story and reports, "A federal judge is ordering Texas prison officials to stop forcing inmates to drink water laced with dangerous levels of arsenic. The cancer-causing chemical has been found in the water at one Texas prison for the past 10 years. Yet, according to the judge, state prison officials have done little or nothing to make the water safe." Read more at the link below and see the news broadcast.

Eugenicists over correctional facilities in the United States use a myriad of ways to kill inmates. Some are inmates are baked, boiled, starved, beaten and/or Tasered to death, suffocated, killed by proxy (guard use other inmates) and forced duels while guards take bets as to which inmate will win. Texas prefers executions and arsenic poisoning. Eugenicists in Washington wink at the crimes against humanity. Justice Department officials could be accepting payoffs in prison profits or other good and valuable consideration to let police departments and correctional institutions brutalize and kill inmates, as was alleged in Wallacy County, Texas in 2008 regarding former Vice President Dick Chaney and former Attorney General Antonio Gonzales. The charges led to indictments against these and other parties in the legal system, but the criminal cases never went to trial. They were dismissed by a judge whom the district attorney had asked to recuse himself.

It should not be surprising that Texas gives inmates a choice between drinking arsenic water or dying of dehydration or heat stroke. The state set an execution date of August 24, 2016, for a mentally disabled man who the state acknowledged killed NOBODY - Jeff Wood, who was convicted under the "law of parties." Sign petitions to Save Jeff Wood

While America bombs other countries and executes presidents, reportedly because they killed their own citizens, it would behoove U.S. officials to stop killing so many Americans under the color of law, although it is apparently entertaining and financially lucrative for them. In blaring conflicts of interest, most U.S. officials over crime and punishment are also prison investors who benefit every time an American is sentenced to jail or prison - the longer the better. Condemned people and citizens with serious mental illness are most lucrative, because they are generally isolated in solitary confinement. 

Americans can combat human trafficking (also known as mass incarceration) three ways: 1) Pass congressional bill H.R.3543 "Justice Is Not for Sale Act," which would end government contracts with privatized jails and prisons within three years; 2) pass congressional bill H.R.2646 "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act," which includes provisions for treatment before avoidable tragedies, such as murders, by untreated mental patients; and 3) insist that all judges, district attorneys and defense lawyers, forensic laboratory technicians and administrators, and lawmakers must Divest or Resign . When given a choice between doing justice or making money, officers of the court and other government officials usually choose the money.

The description below of H.R.3543 is an excerpt from an article in "Justice Gagged" blog about Leonard Moreno, 18, called "Facebook Hides Teen in Solitary in Sheriff Joe's Jail 3 yrs"

The H.R.3543 - "Justice Is Not For Sale Act" was introduced in September 2015 by Senator Bernie Sanders and other representatives. "CommonDreams" reports at the link below that the bill would
~Bar federal, state, and local governments from contracting with private companies starting two years after the bill is passed;
~Reinstate the federal parole system to allow "individualized, risk-based determinations regarding each prisoner and restore fairness in the system;"
~Increase oversight to prevent companies from overcharging inmates and their families for services like banking and telephone calls;
~End the requirement that Immigration and Customs Enforcement maintain a level of 34,000 detention beds; and
~End immigrant family detention.

H.R.3543 should be amended to add two more provisions: 1) Make the Fair Sentencing Act retroactive; and 2) mandate that no defendant can be denied trial for years while under arrest even if they are influenced to waive their right to a speedy trial, particularly children and mentally ill defendants. There should be a mandated time limit set for prosecutors to present their evidence in court or release the defendants. In Mississippi, two mentally ill, black men were held without trials for 7 and 8 years, respectively. Meanwhile, taxpayers were forced to pay prison fees for the containment of these defendants who were innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.

All Americans should join the Human Rights for Prisoners March. According to Justice Scalia, deceased, the notion of incarcerating masses of Americans in concentration camps without cause and minus any opportunity for defense is foreseeable. 

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. ~Proverbs 29:2
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Save Jeff Wood from TX

Help Texas Man Who Is Set for Execution Under the Law of Parties – Jeff Wood Did Not Kill Anyone. Texas does not assert that he did, yet Texas plans to kill Jeff Wood, a mentally challenged inmate, on August 24, 2016. SAVE JEFF WOOD, who has been on death row for 20 years!

What will you do to help Jeff Wood? Will you share this article? Will you sign the petition at his website? Would you be willing to write letters? Make phone calls? Please state your intentions below, members and friends of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI). Jeff was hospitalized for a period of time after his arrest and treated for mental illness to get him "trial ready." Unfortunately, he fired his attorneys during the trial and never called any witnesses. American officials seemingly enjoy killing U.S. citizens with mental illness. Please help us tell eugenicists to desist. 

Hear more about AIMI's efforts to SAVE JEFF WOOD at

Join AIMI at Facebook, G+, or Care2. At Twitter, AIMI's director is @koffietime.

"Democracy Now" published three videos about Jeff Wood when a death warrant was issued in 2008. All are embedded below along with their individual links:

Jeff Wood on Death Row Part 1

Jeff Wood on Death Row Part 2

Jeff Wood on Death Row Part 3

Question: What did the U.S. Supreme Court mean when it ordered that mentally ill people must not be executed? Obviously, Texas and other states need clarification, and the American people deserve clarification.

Save Jeff Wood from Texas DP under Law of Parties

Update: We took the fight to SaveJeffWood to "The Prison Show" at 90.1 at KPFT on July 8, 2016. Mary Neal was a guest, and Jeff's sister, Terri Been, spoke before the end of the broadcast. We are grateful to Hank Lamb for his dedication to ending capital punishment. Please listen, download, and share:

Please comment below to notify Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI) and Jeff's family how you plan to help prevent this tragedy. Thanks in advance. Just voicing your outrage might help. Blessings.

Mary Neal, a/k/a "MaryLovesJustice"
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI)
Phone (678)531-0262
Proverbs 31:8-9, Hebrews 13:3, Matt. 25:40, Psalm 102:19-20
Thank you for giving Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill.
It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog in deadly restraint for control. That happens to mentally ill people routinely in the nation's correctional facilities. What happened to Larry Neal? Why are we still asking that question after nearly 13 years, since August 1, 2003? Cover-ups regarding the wrongful deaths of mentally challenged inmates and free people in the USA are common and vile.

Mentally Ill People Deserve Dog Justice!
Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally. 
(1) Support the H.R. 2646 "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." The U.S. congressional bill provides for crisis intervention team (CIT) training for police and corrections officers, assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) programs (subsistence assistance plus mandated treatment) to stop recidivism, resumption of Medicaid insurance for certain facilities, and other needed changes. 
(2) Support "AIMI vs. USA" to compensate mentally ill people and their families for health discrimination.
(3) Support Bernie Sanders' bill H.R.3543 to end contracts with private prison companies.
(4) Help share the cost of advocating to decriminalize mental illness in the USA at PayPal
I will post a video of why our human rights blogs have no depository featured for public assistance at our YouTube channel "MaryLovesJustice Neal" and on our CreateSpace videos, which will be available for order or possibly free with a purchase of "The Cochran Firm Fraud" book, which reveals extreme censorship and persecution human rights advocates face from prison investors, with requests to law enforcement for relief from destruction of property and other crimes ignored.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

NC Inmate Found Headless, Naked

The naked body of a so-called "escaped" North Carolina inmate was found decapitated. His murder is listed as a "suspected homicide," and his head was not yet found. Activists are demanding proof that Kevin Singleton, 26, actually escaped.

According to the CorrectionsOne, Singleton escaped two weeks ago from Chowan County Detention Center after threatening a correctional officer with a toothbrush shank. Therefore, he was likely in SHU.

A year ago we aired radio broadcasts about Houdini blacks who allegedly committed suicide while in custody and handcuffed behind their backs. Most of them supposedly managed to retrieve weapons that were not found during multiple searches. Now we have prison escapees who turn up dead and decapitated, but there are no suspects.

Condolences to the family and friends of Kevin Singleton.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sanders and Grijalva: Justice Is Not for Sale

"H.R.3543: Justice Is Not for Sale Act" has only 30 cosponsors, all Democrats. See the few representatives who are willing to alienate the powerful private prison industry for the sake of righteousness. Provisions include:

People whose names you might expect to find on the list are NOT there, such as Rep. John Lewis, who is supposedly the "moral voice in Congress" and a supporter of Hillary Clinton for president.

Please read a summary of the "Justice Is Not for Sale Act" by Senator Bernard Sanders and Congressman Raul Grijalva. The summary is not available at yet for some reason.

Bernie Sanders Introduces a Bill to Ban Private Prisons
Sanders says that America will "no longer have the world's largest prison population by the end of his first term," "decriminalize marijuana on a federal level," "ban private prisons from operating in the US," and "end monthly immigration detention quotas." ‪#‎feelthebern‬

Activists who say they care about human rights for prisoners will certainly want to support an end to private prison companies that capitalize off the suffering of prisoners and their families. Families of prisoners should support H.R.3543 and the officials who introduced the bill and co-sponsor it. All Americans should write to their representatives and urge their support to end slavery in America.

Americans should realize that "stop and frisk" and racial profiling were/are measures to arrest more people, particularly Blacks. This has particular impact for New York, which will soon hold its primary elections. Mass incarceration continues for several reasons: greed, racism, and eugenics (preventing population growth among certain classes of people). Once we eliminate government contracts with private prison companies, officials will be able to make decisions based on what is best for their constituents rather than how their decisions will impact their prison stocks. The only way to remove that conflict of interest is to eliminate private prison profiteering altogether.

Congratulations to the co-sponsors of "Justice Is Not for Sale Act." Thank you for not accepting campaign contributions from private prison companies or investing in America's 21st century slavery system.

Thanks for participating in the "Human Rights for Prisoners March" across the Internet to demand respect for all people. All lives matter.
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Letter from Ray Jasper, Executed

Letter from Ray Jasper, an Executed American, dated March 4, 2014
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rapper - Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: November 29, 1998
Date of arrest: Same day

Mr. Nolan,
When I first responded to you, I didn't think that it would cause people to reach out to me and voice their opinions. I've never been on the internet in my life and I'm not fully aware of the social circles on the internet, so it was a surprise to receive reactions so quickly.
I learned that some of the responses on your website were positive and some negative. I can only appreciate the conversation. Osho once said that one person considered him like an angel and another person considered him like a devil, he didn't attempt to refute neither perspective because he said that man does not judge based on the truth of who you are, but on the truth of who they are.
Your words struck a chord with me. You said that my perspective is different and therefore my words have a sort of value. Yet, you're talking to a young man that's been judged unworthy to breathe the same air you breathe. That's like a hobo on the street walking up to you and you ask him for spare change.
Without any questions, you've given me a blank canvas. I'll only address what's on my heart. Next month, the State of Texas has resolved to kill me like some kind of rabid dog, so indirectly, I guess my intention is to use this as some type of platform because this could be my final statement on earth.
I think 'empathy' is one of the most powerful words in this world that is expressed in all cultures. This is my underlining theme. I do not own a dictionary, so I can't give you the Oxford or Webster definition of the word, but in my own words, empathy means 'putting the shoe on the other foot.'
Empathy. A rich man would look at a poor man, not with sympathy, feeling sorrow for the unfortunate poverty, but also not with contempt, feeling disdain for the man's poverish state, but with empathy, which means the rich man would put himself in the poor man's shoes, feel what the poor man is feeling, and understand what it is to be the poor man.
Empathy breeds proper judgement. Sympathy breeds sorrow. Contempt breeds arrogance. Neither are proper judgments because they're based on emotions. That's why two people can look at the same situation and have totally different views. We all feel differently about a lot of things. Empathy gives you an inside view. It doesn't say 'If that was me...', empathy says, 'That is me.'
What that does is it takes the emotions out of situations and forces us to be honest with ourselves. Honesty has no hidden agenda. Thoreau proposed that 'one honest man' could morally regenerate an entire society.
Looking through the eyes of empathy & honesty, I'll address some of the topics you mentioned. It's only my perspective.
The Justice system is truly broken beyond repair and the sad part is there is no way to start over. Improvements can be made. If honest people stand up, I think they will be made over time. I know the average person isn't paying attention to all the laws constantly being passed by state & federal legislation. People are more focused on their jobs, raising kids and trying to find entertainment in between time. The thing is, laws are being changed right and left.
A man once said that revolution comes when you inform people of their rights. Martin Luther King said a revolution comes by social action and legal action working hand in hand. I'm not presenting any radical revolutionary view, the word revolution just means change. America changes as the law changes.
Under the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution all prisoners in America are considered slaves. We look at slavery like its a thing of the past, but you can go to any penitentiary in this nation and you will see slavery. That was the reason for the protests by prisoners in Georgia in 2010. They said they were tired of being treated like slaves. People need to know that when they sit on trial juries and sentence people to prison time that they are sentencing them to slavery.
If a prisoner refuses to work and be a slave, they will do their time in isolation as a punishment. You have thousands of people with a lot of prison time that have no choice but to make money for the government or live in isolation. The affects of prison isolation literally drive people crazy. Who can be isolated from human contact and not lose their mind? That was the reason California had an uproar last year behind Pelican Bay. 33,000 inmates across California protested refusing to work or refusing to eat on hunger-strikes because of those being tortured in isolation in Pelican Bay.
I think prison sentences have gotten way out of hand. People are getting life sentences for aggravated crimes where no violence had occurred. I know a man who was 24 years old and received 160 years in prison for two aggravated robberies where less that $500 was stole and no violence took place. There are guys walking around with 200 year sentences and they're not even 30 years old. Its outrageous. Giving a first time felon a sentence beyond their life span is pure oppression. Multitudes of young people have been thrown away in this generation.
The other side of the coin is there are those in the corporate world making money off prisoners, so the longer they're in prison, the more money is being made. It's not about crime & punishment, it's about crime & profit. Prison is a billion dollar industry. In 1996, there were 122 prisons opened across America. Companies were holding expos in small towns showing how more prisons would boost the economy by providing more jobs.
How can those that invest in prisons make money if people have sentences that will allow them to return to free society? If people were being rehabilitated and sent back into the cities, who would work for these corporations? That would be a bad investment. In order for them to make money, people have to stay in prison and keep working. So the political move is to tell the people they're tough on crime and give people longer sentences.
Chuck Colson, former advisor to the President once said that they were passing laws to be tough on crime, but they didn't even know who the laws were affecting. It wasn't until the Watergate scandal and Colson himself going to prison that he learned who the laws were affecting. Colson ended up forming the largest prison ministry in America. He also foreseen in his book THE GOD OF SPIDERS & STONES that America was forming a new society within its prisons. Basically, that prison would become a nation inside this nation. He predicted that over a million people would be locked up by the year 2000. The book was written in the 8O's. Now, its 2014 and almost two million people are locked up. It's not that crime is the issue. Crime still goes on daily. It's that the politics surrounding crime have changed and it has become a numbers game. Dollars & Cents. You have people like Michael Jordan who invest millions of dollars in the prison system. Any shrewed businessman would if you have no empathy for people locked up and you just want to make some money.
I don't agree with the death penalty. It's a very Southern practice from that old lynching mentality. Almost all executions take place in the South with a few exceptions here and there. Texas is the leading State by far. I'm not from Texas. I was raised in California. Coming from the West Coast to the South was like going back in time. I didn't even think real cowboys existed. Texas is a very 'country' state, aside a few major cities. There are still small towns that a black person would not be welcomed. California is more of a melting pot. I grew up in the Bay Area where its very diverse.
The death penalty needs to be abolished. Life without parole is still a death sentence. The only difference is time. To say you need to kill a person in a shorter amount of time is just seeking revenge on that person.
If the death penalty must exist, I think it should only be for cases where more than one person is killed like these rampant shootings that have taken place around the country the last few years. Also, in a situation of terrorism.
If you're not giving the death penalty for murder, then the government is already saying that the taking of one's life is not worth the death penalty. Capital murder is if you take someone's life and commit another felony at the same time. That's Texas law. That makes a person eligible for the death penalty The problem is, you're not getting the death penalty for murder, you're actually getting it for the other felony. That doesn't make common sense. You can kill a man but you will not get the death penalty......if you kill a man and take money out his wallet, now you can get the death penalty.
I'm on death row and yet I didn't commit the act of murder. I was convicted under the law of parties. When people read about the case, they assume I killed the victim, but the facts are undisputed that I did not kill the victim. The one who killed him plead guilty to capital murder for a life sentence. He admitted to the murder and has never denied it. Under the Texas law of parties, they say it doesn't matter whether I killed the victim or not, I'm criminally responsible for someone else's conduct. But I was the only one given the death penalty.
The law of parties is a very controversial law in Texas. Most Democrats stand against it. It allows the state to execute someone who did not commit the actual act of murder. There are around 50 guys on death row in Texas who didn't kill anybody, but were convicted as a party.
The lethal injection has become a real controversial issue here of late because states are using drugs that they're not authorize to use to execute people. The lethal injection is an old Nazi practice deriving from the Jewish Holocaust. To use that method to kill people today, when it's unconstitutional to use it on dogs, is saying something very cruel and inhumane. People don't care because they think they're killing horrible people. No empathy. Just contempt.
I understand that it's not popular to talk about race issues these days, but I speak on the subject of race because I hold a burden in my heart for all the young blacks who are locked up or who see the street life as the only means to make something of themselves. When I walked into prison at 19 years old, I said to myself 'Damn, I have never seen so many black dudes in my life'. I mean, it looked like I went to Africa. I couldn't believe it. The lyrics of 2Pac echoed in my head, 'The penitentiary is packed/ and its filled with blacks'.
It's really an epidemic, the number of blacks locked up in this country. That's why I look, not only at my own situation, but why all of us young blacks are in prison. I've come to see, it's largely due to an indentity crisis. We don t know our history. We don't know how to really indentify with white people. We are really of a different culture, but by being slaves, we lost ourselves.
When you have a black man name John Williams and a white man name John Williams, the black man got his name from the white man. Within that lies a lost of identity. There are blacks in this country that don't even consider themselves African. Well, what are we? When did we stop being African? If you ask a young black person if they're African, they will say 'No, I'm American'. They've lost their roots. They think slavery is their roots. Again, its a strong identity crisis.
You take the identity crisis, mix it with capitalism, where money comes before empathy, and you'll have a lot of young blacks trying to get money by any means because they're trying to get out of poverty or stay out of poverty. Now, money is what they try to find an identity in. They feel like if they get rich, legal or illegal, they've become somebody. Which in America is partly true because superficially we hail the rich and despise the poor. We give Jay-Z more credit than we do Al Sharpton. What has Jay-Z done besides get rich? Yet we see dollar signs and somehow give more respect to the man with the money.
A French woman who moved to America asked me one day, 'Why don't black kids want to learn?' Her husband was a high school teacher. She said the white and asian kids excel in school, but the black and hispanic kids don't. I said that all kids want to learn, it's just a matter of what you're trying to teach them. Cutting a frog open is not helping a black kid in the ghetto who has to listen to police sirens all night and worry about getting shot. Those kids need life lessons. They need direction. When you have black kids learning more about the Boston Tea Party than the Black Panther Party, I guarantee you won't keep their attention. But it was the Black Panther Party that got them free lunch.
People point their fingers at young blacks, call them thugs and say they need to pull up their pants. That's fine, but you're not feeding them any knowledge. You're not giving them a vision. All you're saying is be a square like me. They're not going to listen to you because you have guys like Jay-Z and Rick Ross who are millionaires and sag their pants. Changing the way they dress isn't changing the way they think. As the Bible says, 'Where there's no vision the people perish'. Young blacks need to learn their identity so they can have more respect for the blacks that suffered for their liberties than they have for someone talking about selling drugs over a rap beat who really isn't selling drugs.
They have to be exposed to something new. Their minds have to be challenged, not dulled. They know the history of the Crips & Bloods, but they can't tell you who Garvey or Robeson is. They can quote Drake & Lil Wayne but they can't tell you what Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton has done. Across the nation, they gravitate to Crips & Bloods. I tell those I know the same thing, not to put blue & red before black. They were black first. It's senseless, but they are trying to find a purpose to live for and if a gang gives them a sense of purpose that's what they will gravitate to. They aren't being taught to live and die for something greater. They're not being challenged to do better. 
Black history shouldn't be a month, it should be a course, an elective taught year around. I guarantee black kids would take that course if it was available to them. How many black kids would change their outlook if they knew that they were only considered 3/5's of a human being according to the U.S Constitution? That black people were considered part animal in this country. They don't know that. When you learn that, you carry yourself with a different level of dignity for all we've overcome.
Before Martin Luther King was killed he drafted a bill called 'The Bill for the Disadvantaged'. It was for blacks and poor whites. King understood that in order to have a successful life, you have to decrease the odds of failure. You have to change the playing field. I'm not saying there's no personal responsibility for success, that goes without saying, but there's also a corporate responsibility. As the saying goes, when you see someone who has failed, you see someone who was failed.
Neither am I saying that advantages are always circumstancial. Sometimes its knowledge or opportunity that gives an advantage. A lot of times it is the circumstances. Flowers grow in gardens, not in hard places. Using myself as an example, I was 15 when my first love got shot 9 times in Oakland. Do you think I m going to care about book reports when my girlfriend was shot in the face? I understand Barack Obama saying there is no excuse for blacks or anyone else because generations past had it harder than us. That's true. However, success is based on probabilities and the odds. Everyone is not on a level playing field. For some, the odds are really stacked against them. I'm not saying they can't be overcome, but it's not likely.
I'm not trying to play the race card, I'm looking at the roots of why so many young blacks are locked up. The odds are stacked against us, we suffer from an identity crisis, and we're being targeted more, instead of taught better. Ask any young black person their views on the Police, I assure you their response will not be positive. Yet if you have something against the Police, who represent the government, you cannot sit on a trial jury. A young black woman was struck from the jury in my case because she said she sees the Police as 'intimidators'. She never had a good experience with the Police like most young blacks, but even though she's just being true to her experience, she's not worthy to take part as a juror in a trial.
White people really don't understand how it extreme it is to be judged by others outside your race. In the book TRIAL & ERROR: THE TEXAS DEATH PENALTY Lisa Maxwell paints this picture to get the point across and if any white person reading this is honest with themselves, they will clearly understand the point. I cannot quote it word for word, but this was the gist of it...
Imagine you're a young white guy facing capital murder charges where you can receive the death penalty... the victim in the case is a black man... when you go to trial and step into the courtroom... the judge is a black man... the two State prosecutors seeking the death penalty on you... are also black men... you couldn't afford an attorney, so the Judge appointed you two defense lawyers who are also black men... you look in the jury box... there's 8 more black people and 4 hispanics... the only white person in the courtroom is you... How would you feel facing the death penalty? Do you believe you'll receive justice?
As outside of the box as that scene is, those were the exact circumstances of my trial. I was the only black person in the courtroom. Again, I'm not playing the race card, but empathy is putting the shoe on the other foot.
The last thing on my heart is about religion and the death penalty. There are several well-known preachers in Texas and across the South that teach their congregations that the death penalty is right by God and backed by the Bible. The death penalty is a governmental issue not a spiritual issue. Southern preachers who advocate the death penalty are condoning evil. They need to learn the legalities of capital punishment. The State may have the power to put people to death, but don't preach to the public that it's God's will. It's the State's will.
If God wanted me to die for anything, I would be dead already. I talk to God everday. He's not telling me I'm some kind of menace that He can't wait to see executed. God is blessing me daily. God is showing me His favor & grace on my life. Like Paul said, I was the chief of sinners, but God had mercy on me because He knew I was ignorant. The blood of Abel cryed vengeance, the blood of Jesus cryed mercy.
There are preachers like John Hagee in San Antonio who have influence over thousands of people, who not only attend his church, but also watch his TV program, and hear him condoning the death penalty. Hagee doesn't see his Southern mentality condones the death penalty, not the scriptures. There is absolutely nothing in the Bible that condones the way Texas executes people today.
Southern preachers use scriptures like God telling Noah, 'Whoever shed's man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed'. 'That's murder. Under Texas law, you cannot receive the death penalty for murder. There is no such thing as capital murder in the Bible, where murder must be in the course of another felony. Yet, they preach capital punishment is God's will. Even if you're guilty of capital murder in Texas, it doesn't mean you'll receive the death penalty. People get the death penalty when a jury has judged them to be a 'continuing threat to society'. 'That means they are deemed so bad that they have no hope of redemption or change in their behavior. That is the only reason a person gets the death penalty. They are suppose to be the absolute worse of the worse, so terrible  that they cannot live in prison with other murderers.
That in itself is contrary to the whole Christian faith that believes no one is beyond redemption if they repent for their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ. For a Christian to advocate the death penalty is a complete contradiction.
As easy as it is for a preacher to stand up in the pulpit with a Bible and tell thousands of people the death penalty is right, I challenge any preacher in Texas, John Hagee or any others to come visit me and tell me that God wants me to die. Martin Luther King said, 'Capital punishment shows that America is a merciless nation that will not forgive.'
Again, Mr. Nolan, this is only my perspective. I'm just the hobo on the street giving away my pennies. A doctor can't look at a person and see cancer, they have to look beyond the surface. When you look at the Justice system, the Death Penalty, or anything else, it takes one to go beyond the surface. Proper diagnosis is half the cure.
I'm a father. My daughter was six weeks old when I got locked up and now she's 15 in high school. Despite the circumstances, I've tryed to be the best father in the world. But I knew that her course in life is largely determine by what I teach her. It's the same with any young person, their course is determined by what we are teaching them. In the words of Aristotle, 'All improvement in society begins with the education of the young.'
Ray L. Jasper
Ps: Forgive me for being longwinded, but I was speaking from the heart. Thanks for the opportunity.
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Ray Jasper
Date of birth: August 25, 1980
Victim profile: David Alejandro, 33 (music recording studio owner)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Bexar County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on February 4, 2000. Executed by lethal injection in Texas on March 19, 2014, by his government. This March is the second anniversary of Jasper's execution.
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