Remembering King’s Dream BLM Wakes Up Memphis

Change begins with those who envision change… I see change on the horizon… Can you see it?

#BlackLivesMatter Memphis Chapter

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On January 18, 2016, the City of Memphis held its annual King Day celebrations.  Members of Black Lives Matter, Memphis Bus Riders Union, Mid-South Peace & Justice, and various sororities and fraternities participated in the annual King Parade organized by Dr. Isaac Richmond.

Auction Street historically known for it’s immoral, social, and economic degradation where Blacks were sold into bondage to the highest bidder is where all participants assembled by the slab.  Drums were beating as a remembrance of our African Culture that some have forgotten.  The Reclaim King March preceding the parade, which was led in prayer by Meredith Pace of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center on the auction block. The Reclaim MLK March began on the same street that our ancestors were sold as slaves,  arrested, beaten, and killed.

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By Invitation Only – Attorney General Eric Holder

Despite the city of Memphis having many large venues, Attorney General Eric Holder’s public forum/roundtable was held in Midtown at the newly built Hatiloo Theater.  This small setting was used to promote the place and not a public forum. Upon influx, I was greeted by a host of educators, elected officials, and elite members of the Memphis community.  I didn’t see many common Memphians inside the building but near the back there was a nice size roundtable with an active open discussion.

new-buildingI heard countless ideas promoting genuine philosophies to curb youth violence. One gentleman began to overshadow the moderator by explaining how the city had destroyed the Parks department. The dialogue elaborated to entail why youth resort to violence in Memphis. This former director of parks department made valid points such as “they don’t have anything to do that’s why it so much crime.” A lady concurred and stated, “The youth use to stay with us until their parents got home, so they were not in the streets, but the city closed all the gyms.” It was sad to know that these former leaders and members of past administrations had the right concepts in moving the city forward, but I could not help but wonder why the Mayor and the Attorney General were not there listening at this roundtable. I guess they were on their way.

10599220_10204537119500443_474516145308828895_nI’m not sure who paid for the $7.00 box lunches from Firebird’s, that were provided to everyone inside, but the fact that the event was public, but then at the last-minute made invitation only {private} makes me question the city’s real intentions on Holder’s visit. I’m not saying it wasn’t nice to receive a free meal courtesy of the city, but I did not understand why regular people were not allowed in this forum. There were about 25 box lunches left after everyone had eaten. I wanted to take them and give to the homeless, but I wasn’t allowed to do so. I guess the employees took them home you know this is Memphis. I am sure the good ole citizen’s of Memphis footed the bill for this entire event, which also consisted of an unusual entourage of secret service men and women, SUV’s and Vans to drive them throughout the city. With gas being at $2.25, I guess this was acceptable.


After eating our free meals, all of the persons who were on the “list” were permitted to go inside of the theater.20141209_125043  My name was on the media list but because certain people do not consider a blogger actual media my credentials were rejected. A lady name Meki Bracken, who works for Department of Justice, googled me on the spot. She opted not only to deny me entry but have the secret service watch me carefully. Ultimately, I was deprived of the right to hear Attorney Holder speak, so I don’t know what he said or if he said anything meaningful.

I did hear Director Tony Armstrong talk from a TV in the hallway while waiting to get inside the theater. As always I felt sorry for him, because, on the surface, he is very humble man and speaks of genuine concern of the crime in the city. He seems like a good officer overshadowed by an institution of several dysfunctional officers.

In my opinion, Armstrong was doomed from the beginning of his tenure. He has so many bad apples in his barrel and no real way to rid the department of them, especially since the internal affairs department offers no real checks and balance and a District Attorney who is clueless to what real crime is when it comes to a “blue shield”.  Prior to Armstrong’s appointment, he held his head high but while speaking to this group his head was down for the most part.  He began with how his mother raised him and the difference she made in his life. It is my opinion if Memphis had more officers with his rationale we could make progress and combat crime, but he is just one person.


While watching the director speak, I observed the same lady Meki Bracken give instructions to the secret service not to allow me entrance after a city official told her too. It was very disheartening to be denied entry by an African-American female, but the fact she told two Caucasian secret service agents to watch me was even more disturbing.  I suppose she was doing her job. Hard as jobs are to come by, at the executive level, I guess we have to do as we are told as good house Negroes always do. Remember, these are the people who work for Attorney General Eric Holder, and this is the reason, no serious attention is given by the Justice Department to the issues going on in our communities. In my opinion, in 2014, there are too many House Negroes and not enough Abolitionists, and that is why the police have declared war on blacks. It is important to weed out elitism and ignorance no matter what race. Affirmative Action only benefits those who understand how they arrived.

From what I have seen, this tour is a joke and a publicity stunt to distract and pacify protesters. It is also a waste of tax dollars because it brings no real clarity about the problems that are faced among blacks in America. I was denied access after being granted access because they were afraid I might confront Holder on the real issues, or because they wanted to control the media. Holder’s tour consist of traveling to cities that he knows possess police problems and speaking to selected/elected individuals who are just simply not in touch with the black community.  Most of them don’t even live there. Holder’s staff was instructed by city officials to deny a person like myself, who is in touch with the black community, who does understand the real issues, and offer solutions an opportunity to address or even speak to him. Consequently, it is my belief they do not want to do anything about the problems because they are apart of the conundrum. The fact that this was a public forum but then subsequently made private illustrates the City of Memphis systematic corruption, which seeks to cover up real issues and not address any of the problems in our community.


Despite not being able to hear Attorney General Eric Holder speak, I was blessed with my own platform outside amongst the Memphis United protestors who welcomed me.  I was able to give them suggestions and encourage them not to give up hope. Local radio and news press interviewed me about my opinions of the event inside and the issues of Ferguson. They were very organized, peaceful, and passionate about the problems in Memphis. There were no incidents, and the police were on their best behavior, when I appeared and few of them gave me nods.


Memphis is a city full of racial tension not just amongst Blacks but also amongst classes and socio-economics, which continues to divide the city. America is at a breaking point and if action is not taken we will soon live in a society like other countries that are not free.


I often visit the National Civil Rights museum just to pay homage to where Dr. King took his last breath. I always talk to tourists and find out where they are from when I am downtown. Ironically, tourist of the museum are always from another country.  I enjoy meeting such interesting people because it gives me an opportunity to see our city through foreign eyes. Today, I met two Canadian food connoisseurs who greeted me with love and admiration for just merely speaking to them. I explained to them I have three uncles that live in Ontario and a cousin in Toronto. I sometimes reminisce when I was 16 and wish I could move to Canada. It was so different being black in Canada even 15 yrs ago. I remember getting into a casino with no issues and traveling to Eaton’s, and no one followed me in the mall, and they didn’t even want to check my bags.  20141209_154108The “Cooking Ladies” stated, that “Canadians are very trusting people.”  It dawned on me Americans are not.   Our ideologies of others are so preconceived that we sometimes misjudge people. This is one of the biggest problems in America. We prejudge people. We as Americans refuse to give people the benefit of the doubt in most situations.

In closing, if I could have spoken to General Holder, I would have told him that it is important, that law enforcement convert immediately and their training should consist of reprogramming them, not to be so suspicious and learned to be more trusting of people. Just because a person is black doesn’t mean they are a criminal and just because a person is white doesn’t mean they are racist, and just because they are poor doesn’t mean they don’t have something to offer.

In the great words of Martin Luther King, “I hope that one day my four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character, and that will speed up the day when all of God’s children black men, white men, Jew and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negros spiritual: Free at last Free at last thank God all mighty We are Free at last.”


                                                                  P. Moses


Tell Attorney General Eric Holder: Stop attacking the First Amendment & Protect Civil Rights

The Attorney General has the highest duty to protect all rights don’t forget about the First Amendment when you think about all the senseless killings at the hands of law enforcement.

.Attn. General Holder Testifies At Senate Judiciary Hearing On Justice Dept Oversight

Attorney General Holder department’s seizure of two months worth of the Associated Press’ phone records amounts to nothing less than an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment.  This indiscriminate surveillance of journalists is part of a larger pattern within your department to go after whistleblowers without consideration of the vital role a free press plays in our democracy.

We join the Associated Press in calling on you to return the records you seized and to destroy any copies you have made. In addition, we call on you to end your dangerous war on whistleblowers and people who exercise Freedom of Speech.

We Call For Immediate Action for Los Angeles, Cleveland, Memphis, St. Louis, New York, and every city that has become a victim to Police Brutality and the continual over-zealous militarization training that plaques our communities and caused constant distrust in Government.

“We The People By the Power Vested in the United States Constitution Call For Action.”

We demand that the Civil Right Act of 1964 be enforced in all states.
We demand Racial Reform in all Police precincts and appropriate affirmative action, in regards to demographics.
We demand removal of office of any person who fails to adequately maintain rape kits and protect women rights.
We demand action into racial profiling walking and driving.
We demand action into abuse of power from elected officials who shield guilty parties including District Attorneys.
We demand protection of Civil Liberties.
We demand prison reform and humane treatment of prisoners.
We demand Civil Rights Charges against George Zimmerman.
We demand Civil Rights Charges against Darren Wilson.
We demand Civil Rights Charges against Timothy Loehmann
We demand Civil Rights Charges against Daniel Pantaleo
We demand that you do the job you were appointed to do.
We do not accept excuses and we Demand Action Now!


Update on P. Moses Fight For Freedom of Speech in Memphis


On 11-21-2014, P. Moses {Community Activist & Musician} showed up at 8:30 am at 201 Poplar, only to find that her scheduled hearing had been postponed to 11:00 am and transferred to the Supreme Court room in 140 Adams. Moses was not aware of the changes and contended, “This is just a tactic of confusion to distract me from the real issues of seeking justice.” All witness had been notified but not Moses. When Moses entered the Supreme Court room there were 20 armed sheriff officers to observe the proceedings.

The Honorable Judge Paul B. Conley, of Crockett County, Alamo TN,  took a recess after Moses gave an opening statement. After 2 hours in his chambers reading, Moses file and with 2 green TCA law books from he obtained from the law library, Judge Conley came back to the bench enlightened.  He recused himself from hearing the matter.  Conley is the 7th judge to recuse himself, in respects to Moses’ legal matters, but not before the charge of disorderly conduct was voluntarily dismissed by the prosecutor Bryan Davis. Davis vowed that he would make sure Moses is found guilty of the escape charge, in which she was significantly injured almost died on Interstate 240. He could not explain his reasons for vehemently pursuing the charge but assured onlookers, that he was just doing his job and following orders from the District Attorney.

20140411_200904The disorderly conduct charged stemmed from Judge Joe Brown Hip Hop celebration and fundraiser in early May.  Moses said this event was hosted by one of her rap idols MJG, and was designed to energize African-American youth to register to vote.  The event was successful until the end, where the police showed up and she was falsely arrested.

Moses arrest came moments after she informed Judge Joe Brown, in the parking lot, that several police cars had arrived. Moses encouraged Brown not to drive his Mercedes Benz and to leave with another judicial candidate who gave him a ride away from the A-Game Bar and Grill located on Winchester.  Brown left without incident.  Moses was an appointed as a social media political, strategist and severed ties with Brown’s campaign the night of the false arrest.

Moses said, “The police had not been called, they just showed up claiming that there was a fight in the McDonald’s located next door.” Moses proclaimed she was arrested because the same police were apart of an association who endorsed Amy Weirich, Brown’s opponent. The police were highly upset because Moses tipped off Brown of their presence. The police assumed Brown was intoxicated and that she was friends with him. Moses stated that, all of the democratic supporters and campaign workers were becoming targets, being pulled over for no reason, and she could not continue to be harassed because she had children and only wanted to see competent, level minded, people elected to public office.

Moses was also terminated from her position as machine operator with the Shelby County Election Commission after the arrest. She stated, “they didn’t want anyone working inside who could possibly figure out how elections are manipulated and with my expertise in computers I could have easily figured it out what they have been doing to steal elections, Richard Holden sent me an email firing me no reason was given”.Picture 010

The Escape charge has been reset to 2-09-2015, and will be heard by former Attorney General the Honorable Paul Summers of Nashville. Attorneys Marlinee Iverson and Virginia Bozeman have signed on as attorneys of record for Phyllis Gardner in Federal Court.  Moses anticipates that a hearing on the order of protection should take place shortly. Moses seeks to depose Phyllis Gardner prior to the hearing because she states she is not being truthful.

Moses stated, that she “just wants to be heard and have an impartial judge and a former Attorney General should understand Due Process and realize that the real crime was committed against her, and then JUSTICE will be served.