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The Estate of Ramarley Graham and “Hush Money”

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.


On February 1, 2015, I made a cameo appearance on the “Michael Coard Show” in Philadelphia. The topic was supposed to be People v. Orta and the chokehold death of Eric Garner which should be a work-in-progress and a matter of legislative reform. There has been a possible setback with the offer of “hush money” to the Graham family. Justice would have required the prosecution of the rogue cop.

The problem with hush money is that it is only offered to the victim and not to the target. All Blacks are potentially subject to the treatment that was administered to Ramarley Graham. The New York Police Department refuses to honor any rights under the Fourth Amendment.

The class subsequently engaged in protests which “inflated’ the damages but the target has been misguided into believing that it is not eligible for compensation. The class has been short-changed. “Hush Money” has a tendency to seal Black lips. Any and every class action should embrace “Race First.”

While the victim is entitled to personal justice, the class is entitled to protective justice. The Freedom Party is the appropriate delivery system for protective justice. A goal in 2015 should be to sponsor a candidate under the banner of the Freedom Party for Bronx district attorney who will indict the rogue cop. The Democratic Party is unwilling to take this action on behalf of descendants of enslaved Africans.

Students should be encouraged to attend the February 5 oral arguments on Staten Island for the release of the secret proceedings of the grand jury panel that refused to indict Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo of the NYPD in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Public officials and the National Action Network should share their amicus curiae briefs, which they should have prepared, with the students. Copies of the U.S. Constitution should be given to students of the Claire Muhammad School. I had advised them on January 22, 2015 to be in possession of copies of the U.S. Constitution when they attend the courthouse in Staten Island.

These students should be taught the difference between personal justice and preventive justice in addition to explaining to them the difference between Scott v. Sandford and Plessy v. Ferguson and the background and legal basis for both Supreme Court decisions which fit within both Black history and legal history.

I will be on radio in Philadelphia on 900AM WURD in Philadelphia on this Wednesday, February 4 at noontime to discuss both People v. Orta and the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island. The broadcast will be streaming at www.900amwurd.com.

In the meantime, it is incumbent for us to demand legal representation on Staten Island on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Blacks should be heard through amicus curiae briefs. These briefs can be conditions precedent to legislative reform. It is not unusual for legislators to file amicus curiae briefs.

Legal decorum will be my topic for UAM Weekly forum on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Christian Center. I will also dissect the issues in CPW Towers LLC v. Maddox which will be heard on next Monday, February 9, at 9:30 a.m. in Manhattan Housing Court.

On Thursday, February 5, at 5:00 p.m., I will discuss “Military Science in the Courtroom” at Newark Public Library, 5 Washington St., Newark, NJ, This topic should be of special interest to lawyers and politicians. The discussion will emphasize the import of strategy and tactics in courtrooms and legislative halls.

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Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please support the movement to Reinstate him. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471.

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February 3rd, 2015 at 8:21 pm

“We [Blacks] Are a Joke!”

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

I was listening to satellite radio between the hours of  5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. when a caller complained about George Zimmerman getting away with murder while Blacks were going to sleep.  He said, “We are a joke”.  When sheep get behind Judas goats, they become a joke.

 I understood this young man’s frustration but his reasoning is imbued with mythologic.  A people who gave the world civilization is not a joke. To be sure, we have been detoured.  Our drum majors are now “silver rights” leaders.  Hopefully, we will return to our right minds in time to save the race.
 Like the Titanic, we have hit rock bottom.  It is too late to save relationships. We must save the race.  Black people, en masse, must rise never to fall again.  To get the Titanic back on track, all Black hands must be on deck pushing in the same direction at the same time.  This division is what got us off track four hundred years ago.
 In December 1987, Blacks demanded that I represent Tawana Brawley who had been kidnapped and raped by six white men.  This case started a movement and it jumpstarted the career of the “Head Negro in Charge” today.  It would take an encyclopedia to do her justice.  In short, whites created a “hoax”.  “Tawana” told the truth.
 In a movement, Blacks must be able to do two things.  First, they must be able to connect the dots.  Among other things, this requires an appreciation of history.  Blacks must also be able to think outside the box.  Because of censorship, Black minds have been warehoused.  Dr. Carter G, Woodson peeped white supremacy.  They taught us fallacies as survival tools.
 More importantly, a movement must have a financial system.  While Blacks in the 1950’s and 1960’s in the South put up the muscle, whites put up the dollars. This was a problem. Dr. William A. Jones, who raised Rev. Al Sharpton, said it best, “If you eat the king’s meat, you must do the king’s bidding”.
 In 1954, white America needed a facelift.  It stared with Brown v. Board of Education.  “All that glitters is not gold”.  It went into second gear with the Montgomery Bus Boycott which followed the lynching of Emmett Till.  The third gear was the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham and the fourth gear was the violent confirmation on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.
 When the smoke had cleared, the result was social and “political” legislation in 1965 and 1968.  None of this legislation, however, is based on the Fourteenth Amendment.  The Confederate States of America defeated the Fourteenth Amendment in the Compromise of 1877.  This means that Dred Scott lives on.
 History has proved that it is dangerous for any Black man to put a white man behind bars. There is a difference between putting a white man behind bars and hollering, “No Justice, No Peace”.   This history is not taught in any school. We must learn this history, however.  It is in the body of laws of the United States.
 In seeking justice for Trayvon Martin, Blacks are treading on dangerous ground.  White men are like members of the KKK.  Someone must step up to the plate and take a swing at white supremacy.  We continue to ignore history to our detriment.  Judas goats will not save the Trayvon Martin case.
 The Trayvon Martin case is going down the tube simply because Blacks devalue the teachings of their ancestors. We refuse to satisfy their commands.  American jurisprudence is based on respect for white ancestors.  Whites respect the teachings of Chief Justice Roger Taney in Scott v. Sandford.  Blacks concur.
No race can respect a people who disrespect their ancestors.  A lack of knowledge of history demonstrates a lack of respect for one’s ancestors.  This is why “we are a joke”.  I give personal thanks to Dr. John Henrik Clarke and Dr. Yosef ben-Yochannan.  They have  taught us so much.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471


Beware the Race-Dialogue Police

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They hear no racism, see no racism







by Chris Stevenson

There’s a growing number of people today who are taking up the challenge to prove the opposite of what has already plainly been proven. They seem to lie in wait for news of a racist attack on generally blacks only, just so they can broadcast their suggestion that it wasn’t a race issue. These people sadly know they’re in the wrong, but could care less, the goal for them is more of a racially selfish nature. If left up only to the Sanford police, the Trayvon Martin shooting wouldn’t even be known. Credit black media and the internet for exposing the efforts of the Sanford FL Police Department’s racist cover-up of suburban-commando George Zimmerman. This week represents roughly a month after the shooting, and news of it has been common knowledge only a couple weeks now.

I mean how in the Hell is it “not about race” when the Dispatcher asks “what was he wearing?” And Zimmerman’s answer was “He looks Black.” But it’s not about race? Really? To Zimmerman he was wearing black skin, which in his mind was illegal and reason enough to call the police. Since racism is devoid of logic, it didn’t matter to him that he knows there are other blacks living in that community. Zimmerman went to a lot of trouble and work to prove it’s about race, so let’s not re-interpret his efforts just because it’s your race that’s in the hot-seat. I think that’s what this is all about when you hear that. Much of this column is really bits and pieces of a Facebook post (in response to a column I wrote) and comments on various pages that I have pasted together regarding my feelings on these mostly self-appointed Race Dialogue Police (RDP).

As an African American with 54 years of experience in this country, I do NOT need and never have needed anyone white or black to tell me what constitutes a race or racist incident, and what doesn’t. But apparently some of you will try your hand with this anyway. Fine. When I write an article, you are fully within your rights, and are in fact invited to disagree with me. But you cannot regulate me or my readers.











Geraldo (Jerry Rivers) says blame the hoodie, Hannity claims it could have been an accident, Beck says Trayvon was a threat, Newt implies Barack’s speculative son is dividing the country (because Barack said he would look like him).

This is what I been noticing on some pages and posts over the last 2-or-3 days now. I’m also wise to those of you who are trying to be slick with it; on my recent column on btweetz.com about the sub-human George Zimmerman one of you made a statement (no need to name names) claiming to support Trayvon but you pretty much made it sound like your support was conditional by stating you don’t want people to view it as a race thing. Here is the exact words:

“I am a resident of [blah blah blah], California and I am forming a day of honoring a day for Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and RaMarley Graham, I need to say this isn’t a color or race thing it is a human rights thing, this could have easily been one of your babies being use as a target, if they I say they (whoever it may concern) want to practice go to the firing range and practice, our babies are human beings, not targets!! This situation could have been one of mines, yours, or someone you knew who live was losted due to gun battle! So Monday March 26, 2012 all day I will do all that I can to get the word out to have everyone to wear their hoodies in honor of all the families. Let them know that they did not die in vain. I’m asking for your help also please post on your site that I [Ms. blah blah blah] is doing whatever I can do help, last but not least change your facebook profile picture, take a picture with your hoodie on and show your support, the internet is a tool just for reasons like this to help.”

Did any one of you out there understand any of this shit? 1st she expresses a desire to represent Trayvon, Ramarley, and Oscar as if she’s doing them and maybe us poor blacks a favor (after all she lives in Cali, she could be out hanging with the Kar-Assians), hell she’ll even toss a hood over her scalp for good measure, tells us to do the same, even on our profiles. It completely passes her by that the hoodie is pretty much half the reason it’s about race. I feel like I’m talking to either Miss Ann or Wendy Williams. You’ll notice she implies “it’s not a color or race thing it is a human rights thing.” This obviously will shock some of you out there. It doesn’t have to be either/or as she is selling, it can be both color AND human rights, as it has been in many cases.

She is one of those types of whites who must frame a black person or situation to her liking, get you to do it (provided you are gullible enough to accept the slop she is dishing on your plate), before she feels comfortable marching side-by-side with you. People like this will even create false delusional scenario’s implying that it could have been her white son in a hood that Zimmerman was stalking, and eventually shot, only to have the police arrive and take his body away (without contacting his family for several days? Yeah right). It could have been her white son in a hood that ran up in Ramarley’s grandmother’s house with several cops in hot pursuit banging in his door and breaking through without a warrant to blast him in his own bathroom, and detain his grandmother or 6 or 7 hours in order to cook up a plausible story. Miss Ann, I missed the wave of headlines and stories of police shooting white male youths in hoodies. Enlighten us Please!

Listen closely. If you have to verbally or in writing tell people ‘it’s not about race,’ then it’s PROBABLY ABOUT RACE. We’re all adults here, give us the benefit of the doubt, I mean really. And it’s really nothing new, pretty much talk-radio-induced. But it’s some of the dumbest, stupidest, most obtuse thinking that is becoming a by-product in the aftermath of an obvious racial tragedy. It’s becoming too common, and it smacks of a selfish people who want to divert dialogue away from black-specific issues onto a more generalized way of interpreting the incident in order to make white would-be supporters feel more comfortable. There are blacks who push this kind of agenda too. You’ll notice they’ll go from being ghetto to hippy instantly, when they feel they are being called-upon to join some black movement, because they fear offending their white best-friend, work-mate, lover, next-door neighbor etc., who may view them differently. So suddenly you’ll notice them talk about love, peace, forgiveness. Most of them don’t believe in those things at all, they just worry that they’ll become useful on the merits of their own skin color to only their own people. Where’s the thrill in that?

Whites who engage in this RDP nonsense are not going to change the way they look at us. They may be accepting us in NBA and NCAA Basketball, TV sit-comms, and relationships with the opposite sex, these have done nothing but lull us to sleep. When it comes to fear of their personal safety all those other things like March Madness becomes anti-black madness and their selfish relationships get tossed-out the window. You will notice these race-discussion regulators have one glaring weakness, they have no record of confronting or correcting racists, or hard-bitten bigots. They are the only thing that’s worse than the so-called “good people” who stand by and do nothing. The prime reason for this is what you pretty much have guessed the point I’m trying to make; many of them are racist themselves. When they look at situations like the Trayvon shooting and listen to the 911 voice of Zimmerman, coupled with the final result, and the far worse treatment of the Sanford police in the handling and attempted cover-up, they see themselves and the commonality in how they probably would have handled it. They “understand.” Social networks are doing a good job of smoking out racists in some of the simplest situations, and RDP; who only prove to be a weak faction of undercover racists. More information is coming out all the time regarding the comparatively uneducated nature of right wing White America. Only blacks can change this conversation, and the New Black Panthers are the only ones offering a different solution than those that no longer work.

The same people who criticize the NBPP for posting wanted posters and conducting their own independent search for Zimmerman know little or nothing about a group of rich white panthers calling themselves ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) that pushed an adjustable model of the Castle doctrine, i.e. “Stand Your Ground,” “Shoot First,” “Make my Day,” across the country, and 16 states have adopted their own version of this measure. Members of ALEC include representatives of ExxonMobile, Johnson & Johnson, Wal-Mart, NRA, and and the Koch brothers. In my opinion this is a law that took blacks completely by surprise, until it virtually pulled the trigger on a 17-year-old, and inspired inaction on the part of Sanford law enforcement. No rational humans dream up ideas like this, but it proves how tireless and scheming the white right can be. In my opinion “Stand Your Ground” seems to be a law based on the late President Ronald Reagan’s fictional white “rugged individualism;” the right to use deadly force when in imminent danger, as an alternative to, or option to “duty to retreat.” For one thing retreating, just like fighting, are personal choices, human nature, but I digress.

Race could be the only factor in a homicide, or there may be other elements added to it. In this case the more information is leaked, the more racist it looks. The RDP took on quite a challenge when they decided to whitewash the Trayvon incident in the first place. This episode has racism from different classes of whites; 1-Poor burned-out white male loser (Zimmerman), 2-Corrupt Obstructionist Police Chief (Bill Lee), 3-Retired high-powered Judge no-doubt calling in a whole slew of favors on the night of Feb. 26/27 and writing a letter that attempts to declare his son as the victim, to the daily paper (Zimmerman’s father–> } ).

Even though that redneck gun law is the going excuse by Lee, the Seminole County State Attorney Norman Wolfinger, and the City Manager Norton Bonaparte as to why they can’t arrest Zimmerman, I don’t buy it. Activist Dick Gregory recently aired a great idea for some legislation that blacks need to look into with all the tireless energy that the group ALEC did to push their “make my Day” law into reality in 16 states. 1-Push for police to have to require a license to be a cop, subject to be taken away by community if he is proven to have engaged in conduct where he misused it 2-A national Anti-profiling law that also holds cops accountable and punishable if they step out of line.

Recently there have been reports of Trayvon’s girlfriend having been admitted to the hospital. Shortness of breath and fear of police-harassment due to her co-operating with investigators (it’s not as if she didn’t give the police a chance to hear her out). We keep dying, they keep living. We keep going to the hospital, they keep staying healthy. We keep going to funerals, they keep hiding out. Non-violence in the long-run didn’t change a thing about too many white people, either we got to push Gregory’s ideas into law (Obama of course wrote and signed an anti-profiling law years ago as a Senator), or we have got to get in the habit of reversing some of these conditions ourselves.

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, Political Affairs Magazine, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice and The Network for clbTV. Sign his Petition to permanently Abolish the Death Penalty @ Change.org. Respond to him on the link below.

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March 24th, 2012 at 12:30 am

Citizen’s Arrest or Civil Disobedience?

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman, in Sanford, FL, fatally shot an unarmed Trayvon Martin. There was no probable cause for his seizure. This is a homicide and it requires the prosecuting agency in Florida to immediately empanel a grand jury and vigorously seek an indictment. Any homicide requires a criminal prosecution and a jury verdict.

So far, Zimmerman is offering reasons why he should not be arrested for the homicide. He argues that Florida has a license to kill law which exonerates him from any criminal charges. The point that he is missing, however, is that only a judge or a jury may find a reason for an acquittal.

The condition precedent for an acquittal is an arrest. Zimmerman is not willing to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the court and public officials are not willing to arrest him. In the meantime, no one is willing to effect a citizen’s arrest of him even though probable cause exists for his arrest.

When animal rights activists obtained evidence that Michael Vick had abused some dogs, they demanded swift and certain justice. Both the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia invoked their criminal laws to successfully initiate criminal actions against Vick who could explain his actions at trial. He could also present character evidence at trial.

Public officials claim that Florida’s “stand your ground law” has actually muddied the waters. This law may muddy a conviction but it does not muddy an arrest. Any claim of self-defense may be invoked after the prosecution has presented its case to a petit jury. It is premature to present this claim of self-defense before trial. The media should back off.

A claim of self-defense is a jury question. It is incumbent on a defendant to make this claim at trial. It should be aired before a judge or petit jury. A defendant may also offer character evidence at trial. Zimmerman, however, chooses to try a murder prosecution in the media while he is in hiding.

It is good for the governor of Florida to appoint a special prosecutor to show a lack of bias in local officials but Zimmerman must be taken into police custody forthwith. This arrest can be achieved by a citizen. The special prosecutor must be unbiased and the grand jury investigation should have started yesterday. Zimmerman has already admitted that he killed Martin.

Instead of making a citizen’s arrest, Rev. Al Sharpton is urging civil disobedience. This advice is wrong-headed and suicidal. Civil disobedience has no place in jumpstarting the arrest process. Persons who engage in civil disobedience to arrest a suspect are engaged in a questionable tactic since those same persons can effect the arrest of Zimmerman without fearing an arrest of themselves.

Given the fact that Rev. Sharpton heads the Madison Avenue Initiative, this idiotic ploy will only help the media and its advertisers. These false arrests will add excitement to evening news program in addition to public affairs programming. Rev. Sharpton is cashing in on a dead body.

Black’s Law Dictionary defines “civil disobedience” as follows:

A deliberate but nonviolent act of lawbreaking to
call attention to a particular law or set of laws
believed by the actor to be of questionable
legitimacy or morality.
[Emphasis added]

The protest of the killing of Trayvon Martin also involves the lack of an arrest. The right to arrest Zimmerman is clear. To be sure, some persons do have concerns about the text of Florida’s self-defense laws but the problem is not the failure of anyone to invoke the arrest laws of Florida. Civil disobedience makes no sense in provoking the arrest of Zimmerman. It is civil suicide.

In effecting the arrest of a criminal suspect, an arrest by a law enforcement officer is the second option. There can be a citizen’s arrest and not civil disobedience. Moreover, “wanted posters” should be circulated to encourage Zimmerman to come out of hiding. The arrest of Zimmerman by a citizen is lawful. It is also lawful to circulate “wanted posters”.

A Black person, in hiding, would hope that a Jim Crow sheriff catch him or her before a white mob did. With a white mob, “justice” would be swift and certain. A Jim Crow sheriff may have other options and other concerns. The end game, however, may be the same.

Instinctively, whites always consider self-help. On the other hand, Blacks never consider it. They never consider themselves as playing a meaningful role in the criminal justice system except as suspects. Many white outlaws are roaming the countryside, because Blacks believe that only whites can arrest other whites.

This arises from the three-fifths provision of the U.S. Constitution. Blacks still see themselves as fractions while whites see themselves as whole numbers. This happens because Blacks are still engaged in mythologic and are unable to master the skills of critical thinking. This absence of critical thinking handicaps Black success.

After arriving in New York in 1973, I decided to be a poverty lawyer. This was supposed to be a temporary goal. I was hired by Harlem Assertion of Rights, Inc. [HAR]. This legal services program had no Black nor Latino staff lawyer even though the clientele was Black and Latino. This was of no concern to Black lawyers.

New York has always been in the vanguard of white supremacy in the United States. The “War Between the States” was actually a “War Between Democrats and Republicans”. New York was an exception to the Republican Party in the North. Southern states were in the Democratic Party”. New York sponsored the “Tilden-Hayes Compromise” which allowed for the withdrawal of federal troops from the South.

Whites know how to conduct war. Warfare in the United States started with the landing of Europeans in North America and it continues to this very date by connecting all dots and thinking outside the box. New York had a financial stake in the continued enslavement of Blacks in the South.

Samuel J. Tilden, a Democratic governor and presidential contender, was from New York. Rev. Al Sharpton was a student at Tilden High School in Brooklyn. This was no accident. Sharpton vigorously advocates the disarmament of Blacks. This is a revisit of the “Tilden-Hayes Compromise”.

One of my first cases at HAR was a Black woman who sought to file a well-founded criminal complaint against a white man. The NYPD told her that it would have to urge the white man to file a baseless criminal complaint against her. The white man filed a cross-complaint. The office of Manhattan district attorney decided to prosecute the cross-complaint against her.

This was a standard practice in New York City in 1974. She was later convicted of making an accusation against a white man. Censorship prevents Blacks from learning about the true workings of the criminal justice system in their own urban communities. Blacks favor censorship because it promotes personal agendas which are inspired by self-hatred.

If Blacks in Harlem had favored a policy of self-help, her conviction would have probably been avoided because of the arrest of the white man. At the very least, censorship would have been unable to raise its ugly head. Instead, Blacks have been endorsing and financing their own oppression.

Self-help is an ancient practice and it is sanctioned by the laws of the United States. There had been a spate of anti-lynching legislation before 1950. Congress, however, has refused to make it a crime for whites to lynch Blacks. Self-help is a condition precedent to lynching which also includes judicial lynchings.

Soon after I arrived in New York City, I learned of two legal stalwarts in the law. Both of these men had shaken up the legal profession in either New York or New Jersey. They dominated the headlines for their legal prowess and legal courage. Justice Bruce Wright was situated in Manhattan. Ray Brown was the attorney in New Jersey.

Before I was graduated from high school in Newnan, GA, attorneys like Donald Hollowell, C.B. King, Leroy Johnson and Howard Moore were dominating the headlines. Even before I had met them personally, they were already my role models. It took courage to be a fierce Black lawyer in Georgia in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

To be an effective Black lawyer representing unpopular Blacks, you must not only be knowledgeable but also courageous. The legal profession in the United States is not only adversarial but it is also rooted in the notion of “trial by combat”. It is intended to have casualties like Trayvon Martin and Ramarley Graham.

There are prisoners of war. Each side, on paper, has the power to make an arrest. This is a problem for descendants of enslaved Africans, however Whites enjoyed the right to arrest in the seventeenth century. Three centuries later, some Blacks in law enforcement were given the power to arrest.

When whites observe a Black person commit a felony, they are instinctively inclined, at the very least, to make an arrest. Most whites, however, are also inclined to be judge, jury and executioner. “100 Years of Lynching” contains examples of the white, modus operandi. It starts with a seizure and ends with stretching the neck of a Black person. In the alternative, there is a propaganda campaign followed by a kangaroo trial.

A white police officer murdered an unarmed Ramarley Graham in his Bronx home on February 2, 2012 without a warrant or probable cause. George Zimmerman murdered an unarmed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL on February 26, 2012 simply because of the color his skin. Blacks in both venues are outraged. Nonetheless, they are demanding that whites arrest their own.

Both whites and Blacks are entitled to effectuate arrests under self-help laws. Whites have no problem in putting handcuffs on Black wrists. Blacks, on the other hand, wrongfully see themselves as “heathens”. It is not right for a “heathen” to put handcuffs on “Sons of God”. Whites must do the honors. Old habits are hard to break. Slave codes are still in effect.

Joe Oliver appeared on ABC‘s national news program this Sunday morning as a character witness for George Zimmerman. Oliver is a person of African ancestry. In the meantime, the leading Black “lawyer” in the country who has fought for Black children, without fee, for four decades can only be heard this Sunday on City College’s radio station in New York City.

“100 Friends of Like It Is” will also, among other things, discuss self-help laws not only under the criminal justice system but also under real property laws and the Uniform Commercial Code at the Cotton Club, 656 West 125th Street in Harlem on Saturday, March 31 at 9:00 a.m. What you don’t know can kill you.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

Striking Distance:

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Blacks need a million more bullets movement










by Chris Stevenson

An extremely under-reported shooting incident has been circulating thanks to the black press and the internet (Not of course the deservedly-highly-publicized Trayvon Martin shooting). This is based on the video footage of a young teenager casually climbing the stairs to his front porch, opens the front door, and enters his home. A few more seconds of real-time reveals what looks to be several frantic police officers rushing in the middle of a seemingly unrelated manhunt. Were they searching for a terrorist? Their anger and white-hot-rage is clearly evident, one young officer is seen banging and kicking on the door (he even turns and kicks backward) until officers who enter the home through the rear open the door from the inside. Only the title of the footage tells you what you really shouldn’t be seeing; the young black teen seen going home, would actually turn out to be his final moments of life. He was eventually shot by an officer after they all barreled past his grandmother (without a search warrant), all that was allegedly found on him was a bag of marijuana.

It’s too bad the building security-cam couldn’t give us inside scenes of the incident, I was recently told by Dr. Johanna Fernandez; a Black & Hispanic Studies Professor at CUNY and a legal adviser to political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, that the shooting was just the beginning of these atrocities. These same cops detained Graham’s grandmother for up to seven hours. No doubt trying to come up with some kind of justifiable angle to what clearly seems to be an outright murder. Several different versions of the incident were told by Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Kelly was not known to have been present in Graham’s home during the incident. These lies should be of no surprise to us, these types of white people have been lying ever since their humble beginnings as snakes in the Garden of Eden. Perhaps the officers involved should be drug-tested.

To be sure, there are lessons to be learned here, blacks think the burden of this learning should be placed on white officers and maybe a lot of whites in society. Yet all the prayer-vigils, marches, meetings, protests, lead to grand jury (grand wizard), nullification, or rigged-jury nullification and at most, sensitivity-training sessions for the officers involved. Blacks still haven’t learned their most basic lesson because the avenues they associate and travel in-Christian Churches to neighborhood youth gangs-aren’t telling them.

Imposing sensitivity training to most of these erring cops is like teaching a rattle-snake to recite poetry. A white officer on mandatory suspension after taking out a member of your family is simply a rattle-snake that’s been transferred from a dessert to a Forrest. In a country where black people love to stare at other blacks, look at blacks they never seen before from their head to their shoes, there is an outright refusal by these same blacks to study and directly confront whites-especially white cops-the way they should. I’ve written before that when you deal with whites, you are dealing with a people who can scale the highest steepest mountains and swim underwater with deadly sharks, do it in the name of “sports,” get one of their limbs bitten off, and go back later saying they want “closure.” Yes there is an amoral factor tie-in psychologically, that matches this no-limit behavior. A black man who has barely traveled a half-mile outside of the immediate two blocks he grew up in is simply not going to garner the same respect from these types of White Americans (even if the black man brags to you that he does). This achievement gap seems to start in the blood, way before school.

The ongoing scenario of police officer shooting a black adult or child (we even have “Neighborhood Watch” people shooting at us now), or attacking a black adult or child in their own home or on the street, and then weathering the storm of public outcry, media hype, and Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson or maybe even Louis Farrakhan, only to return to their jobs business as usual, is taking place one million times too many.

I am mystified that we have this reputation as violent people, but the white police officer(s) in question returns home without a scratch to him or his family members who are ALL present and accounted for. Should “Stop Snitching” be changed to Stop giving Police a Freebie? Black people’s biggest problem, is we don’t want to consider the only possible solution. Most of the police problem is a black problem, so why aren’t blacks taking care of it?

I know that some of you are going to assume I’m trying to spark violence against police. In order to get people to change their actions, we tried for years to make them change their minds. Blacks who are victimized by members of law enforcement argue their plight based on some proof that they were right, and the officer(s) was wrong. Been doing it for years now, decades. The only way to make a wild-no-limit amoral segment of the white community change their minds, and action is through an equal dose of action. Rioting is not the action I’m speaking about. My beating up a white cop from Long Island, Bensonhust, or Cheektowaga NY, is not going to make whites from these suburban towns throw bricks through windows of homes and businesses on their blocks, and loot stores of hardware and appliances.

On the other hand the type of black youth that fancies himself a “Thug” or “gangsta” and concentrates only on “Thuggin” or “frontin'” only on those who look like him, proves to be of no threat to the white community. Blacks poor and embedded deep in the hood, and conditioned to only running game on each other, will always run from the mere sight of the police. Most of the thrill of a drive-by-shooting is the knowledge of their taking people by surprise, therefore reducing the chances someone will shoot back. Where is the news of their drive-bys in the suburbs? What about a drive-by on a police precinct? Not gonna happen, most of these guys are just scared, soft single-mamas’ boys who fear the eventual police and white community reprisal.

Black people and black youths know fully well, if they become a major problem to white neighborhoods, the men of the white community will swiftly step up and take care of it. Black people-men especially-do not believe it is incumbent on them to take care of the problem of bad police in their own communities. Black men run to the same white legal process to take care of a racist white cop while preparing for a funeral or making hospital visits, whereas he may not do this after being victimized by black gang-bangers. Black men often take a beef with another black or black gang to the streets. The only kind of black you hear about attacking white cops nowadays is a lone stranger with some kind of bipolar disorder. Hence the message you gotta be crazy to take on the cops. The last organized effort from blacks to match the police eye-for-an-eye was done by members of the Black Panther Party. Back in the ’60’s they had well organized efforts to take police to task, and put a few notorious cops six-feet-under. But even this was short-lived as people such as Huey Newton, and Maulana Karenga (US) began using hard drugs and committing non-political murders against their own. Panthers and other blacks proved more paranoia-driven and false-ego-driven, eventually defeating the exact same purpose that they effectively came together for.

Never believe it when Ray-Ray tries to convince you he’s fearless just because he talks loud. In truth he’s more loaded with fear than he is with bullets. He may not be afraid to shoot me for example, but he’s deathly afraid of the white man. Black people by-and-large harbor in their minds more than a few logic defying beliefs, one of them being that white people’s bullets will keep us dead longer than black people’s bullets. While much of black youth anger today is simply an act, there is no faking the pure violent rage that would inspire several white police officers to try and pull the dreadlocks off the scalp of Travis Rattrey (15) of Newark, NJ on 3/28/10, and Jordan Miles (18) a classical and jazz violinist from Pittsburgh, PA on 1/12/10. Any black police officers caught pulling the long hippy-type-hair of white male students, would be fired immediately, put on trial and subject to intense psychological examination for such bizarre behavior.

Contrary to what many-especially blacks-believe, there is a solution to this problem of police misconduct and low regard that blacks always seem to be at the boot-end of, but it requires a nationwide concerted effort. There is hardly any black parents for example, who don’t live in fear of their sons not coming home one evening due to the actions of those sworn to protect him. Whites fear blacks as well, most of their fear is unfounded, and it’s immediate results are underqualified racists officers within their ranks. Blue-collar northern racist whites in cities like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, Boston, Newark, New Haven, actually fear successful blacks more than they fear black criminals. Look at their reaction to President Obama and his family. One of the few black men they don’t fear is Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, but he had to rule against blacks for 20 years and keep silent for 5 years to work his way up to not being feared. I used to think that the only way to get the most obvious racist incidents to stop, is for black men to organize to a level far beyond even that of the original Panthers, and systematically go to the home of the specific officer(s) in question, an do unto him the same that he did to said victim.

For example as in the case of Rattrey and Miles, a network can be made, and that officer’s home found and eventually the same thing is done to them. One sister broke it down to me further a couple years ago. She actually said that my way wouldn’t work because “a cop can take an ass-whuppin’, it won’t change anything.” He next words shocked me: “You have to go after their kids… think about it, all they do is go after ours,” she reasoned. “You have to make them feel it, feel some of our pain, some of our loss. The only way to make them feel that is to go after their kids.”

My response is hey they’re kids, they didn’t do anything to us. She shot back “You are being considerate, that’s the problem. You can’t be considerate. Do you think they are considerate? No! Go after their kids when these things happen, then it will stop if it’s consistent.” I thought about this a long time, and each time I hear about new outrageous episodes of police brutality against black taxpaying families I think about her solution. One thing for certain, most of these officers don’t live within the city limits of the towns where they’re victims reside, but some of them brag about going to work everyday. Which means they live close by, no further than a 15-minute drive in many cases. Striking distance.

Such a network among African Americans would have to be multi-faceted, information-gathering, and a highly-disciplined strike force. They would have to do this even in spite of court proceedings and irregardless of whether the department chooses to take any disciplinary action towards the officer(s). If it’s a trend that catches on throughout the US, then the nation’s law-enforcement would have nothing else to do but respect the lives of blacks. This movement would encompass blacks from various economic status, but have safety-nets that would guard against using resources for personal or selfish needs or vendettas.

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Double Jeopardy in Graham Killing

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

“An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. These are the words of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. They fit the police-sponsored assassination of unarmed Ramarley Graham in his Bronx home. “A man’s home is [supposed to be] his castle”. The Fourth Amendment requires an arrest warrant or a search warrant.

Normally, the police department performs its arrest duties especially if the perpetrator is Black and the victim is white. A Black police officer would also be immediately arrested if the victim were white under similar circumstances. This is a dual system of justice. The United States still has a dual system of justice.

Black people, however, must be creative if they are to secure a semblance of justice. This creativity works best if a Black leader knows the law and has the courage to implement it. This sounds like a Harry Moore, Jr., Malcolm X, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. or a Medgar Evers.

Today, Black leaders want to take all bows and avoid all bruises. Although they are either leading Blacks, leading Black preachers or Black selected officials, they perform, during times of danger, as self-appointed leaders. Stated differently, “they run with the hares and they hunt with the hounds”.

The police entered the home of Ramarley Graham (18) on February 2, 2012 without probable cause, an arrest warrant, a search warrant or a warrant of execution. Graham was unarmed and no one in the home feared for his or her life. Yet, the police gunned him down. So far, Dred Scott applies.

Three decades ago, an unarmed Eleanor Bumpurs was also gunned down in her Bronx home. The police was armed with only a civil warrant in a non-payment of rent proceeding and a shotgun. Her lifeless body was stripped of any clothes. She was taken out of her apartment like a hunter would take a deer out of the woods.

“Those who fail to learn from the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them”. C. Vernon Mason and myself conducted a two-person campaign against New York to replace Mario Merola with a Black district attorney. Merola was a police agent.

Black selected officials and leading Blacks kept quiet about the killing of Bumpurs even though they should play key roles in elections. It takes more than Black skin to correct an injustice. Robert Johnson became the first district attorney of African ancestry in New York through pressure from two Black lawyers.

History has shown that a pro bono attorney will not work in New York. A “private attorney general” will also not work in New York. A pro bono lawyer can take the first step but the people must have his or her back. The lawyer is fighting for them.

Blacks in New York despise the work of a courageous pro bono lawyer. Everybody in the Black community will fight this person like he or she had stolen something. The right of representation does not belong to a lawyer. It belongs to the people. Any benefit goes to the people.

On the other hand, whites are one hundred percent sure that no Black person can connect the dots and think outside the box. If such a Black person exists, he or she has already been murdered, imprisoned or disbarred. Anyone else breathing, who is Black, will behave like a chicken. There is no community spirit among chickens.

Even though there is a dual system of justice in New York, Blacks can always refuse to go to the back of the bus. Blacks, however, wait on police action. In addition to waiting for the police, whites will also rely on self-help under CPL §§ 140.30 and 140.35. They usually do. It is always appropriate for whites to arrest Blacks including Black police officers.

Blacks are still financing their own oppression. P.O. Richard Haste, who gunned down Ramarley Graham, is still collecting a paycheck from the City of New York. If a civil suit is successful, Blacks must also pay for it the judgment. The New York City Council refuses to shift the financial burden to the police department.

Attorney Neville Mitchell, this past Monday, asked me if I had a prescription for the police killing of unarmed Ramarley Graham in his Bronx home on February 2, 2012. Every New Yorker should be concerned about this killing. The public and not the family can prosecute the criminal case. The public, however, has no right to choose counsel. The district attorney is imposed on the public.

Whites have always taken matters into their own hands. If Richard Haste had been the victim and if Ramarley Graham had been the police officer, whites would have been entitled to and would have secured swift justice or, stated differently, self-help. A white mob would have done the honors in the past.

Of course, we should fast-forward to the present time. While Blacks are being told that they must disarm themselves under the guise of gun control, whites are in their legislative bodies seeking greater rights to arm themselves. For example, whites are seeking the right to carry concealed weapons.

Soon after United African Movement was established in 1988, it invited guests from around the world, weekly, to speak on myriad topics. An hour was also designated for me to speak on a legal topic. The Black Panther Party had also stressed understanding the “law”. This is the major culprit. “Everyone is presumed to know the law”.

This is the problem with the Black Church. By law, there is a wall between church and state. Blacks spend one hundred percent of their time in the Black Church. On the other hand, whites make a pit stop at their churches. Afterwards, they spend time at gun clubs, for example. They allot most of their time to the state and not to the church.

In suburban, white communities, whites take some of the functions of the state into their own hands. For example, they organize volunteer fire departments. This reduces the burdens on their pocketbooks. Yet, they satisfy the fire standards of insurance companies. Volunteer firefighters pay for their own training and their own equipment.

These whites get kickbacks from larger, organized fire departments in cities that provide services and protections to Blacks and Latinos. Whites get extra points in urban employment for being volunteer firefighters or emergency medical technicians in the suburbs. This means that the fire departments that serve Blacks and Latinos are mostly whites. These whites receive good pay from us.

Blacks and Latinos believe that “freedom is free” even though Thomas Jefferson said that “the cost of freedom is external vigilance”. Stated differently, whites will not go to sleep without the presence of a shepherd. These shepherds are either employees are volunteers.

If you end up attempting to short-change freedom, the consequence is a police state. We always want something for nothing. In all of the time on this planet, freedom-loving people have always paid for the cost of freedom. This is the difference between a not-for-profit corporation and a profit corporation or a free person and a slave.

United African Movement meets every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Plaza, 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) (nr. Classon Ave.) in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin Avenue.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

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Low Intensity Warfare ©

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

Eleven members of the New York City Transit Police Department in 1983 fatally beat Michael Stewart for kissing a white girl at a Manhattan subway station. On behalf of the police department, Mayor Ed Koch and Dr. Elliot Gross immediately started a cover-up. Public officials, Black and white, owe this to the “system”.

If the medical examiner were to find that Stewart died from natural causes, there would be no need for a grand jury investigation. With Stewart lying in a coma in a hospital, Dr. Gross was doctoring the medical records. Fortunately, there were three attorneys on the scene who would take New York City to the mat. This is unusual.

This case would eventually call for the national press. Television rating and newspaper subscriptions would jump off the roof. Congress would investigate the fatal beating. All of a sudden, Louis Clayton Jones, Michael Warren and Alton Maddox were given daily media attention. Medgar Evers would have applauded this event.

For Maddox, Howard Beach would be the next big stop. The international media and the national media would join the posse. Maddox was fighting the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government who advocated Dred Scott. New York also intended to crush Maddox in Howard Beach but it failed.

While Blacks were awaiting the outcome of the Howard Beach trial, six white men, including Steve Pagones and Harry Crist Jr., kidnapped and raped 15-year-old Tawana Brawley in Dutchess County in November 1987. Led by Sonny Carson, the Black community insisted that Maddox represent the Brawley family and represent them pro bono. Maddox had no choice.

The rape of Tawana Brawley, for journalists, made Howard Beach look like a Sunday school picnic. New York had hoped to bury Maddox in Howard Beach. Now, all hell had broken loose. New York had to get a handle on Maddox and the movement for social justice. It would take some time, however, to erect a stop sign. International media was crawling all over the place.

In 1988, white members of the New York Legislature decided to file a bill of attainder against Maddox. Any bill of attainder is expressly forbidden under the U.S. Constitution. This would happen, nonetheless, since Blacks refuse to learn the law. Jails and prisons are filled with ignorant people and not necessarily Black people.

Maddox would still refuse to go down easily. He was involved in the trials of the following cases: Jonah Perry, Marla Hanson, Central Park 7, Andre Nichols, the death of the racially-motivated killing of Yusuf Hawkins and the police sponsored killing of Phillip Pannell in Teaneck, NJ. These were pro bono cases. Blacks typically associate pro bono with a “free case”. Actually, pro bono means “public good”.

On May 21, 1990, whites would start low intensity warfare. It started with the summary and permanent suspension of Maddox from the practice of law. The Giuliani administration would sue Maddox and UAM in 1994. The Liberal Party also took the Freedom Party to court in 1994. In Albany federal court in 1994, state election officials stated, under oath, that Blacks would never have their own political party in New York.

Maddox would be stripped of any opportunity to enjoy financial support from Blacks who believe that they could organize and function without the guidance of whites. No Black selected official nor any leading Black would touch Maddox with a ten-foot pole. He had been exiled.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. tried to start the People’s Party in 1970 without whites. Blacks, on the other hand, can start a third party in New York with an “Oreo” or “switch-hitter” at the helm. Slaves are never to enjoy bargaining rights or collective bargaining. Slaves also can never associate with each other without the presence of a white person.

The intent of Maddox to destroy white supremacy has been labeled criminal. This goal has remained the same for our revered ancestors to this very date. It is opposed by all of those Black selected officials and leading Blacks who are enrolled in the Democratic Party. This is still the political party of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.

Blacks are living a lie. In the meantime, virtually all of them are on the sidelines. No Black person, committed to the liberation of Black people, has ever enjoyed support from whites. The oldest and only civil rights organization for Blacks in the United States is the NAACP. Blacks refuse to pay dues for their freedom. They will finance integration.

Maddox has gone from the international press to the Internet and public access television. He is barred from all commercial radio and television stations. He is also barred from newspapers. Whites will never finance the liberation of Blacks even though they will take down Russ Limbaugh in a heartbeat.

Medgar Evers got it right. He died fighting censorship and calling for a boycott of merchants in Jackson, MS. Today, leading Blacks are openly working with the police and they vigorously oppose any boycott. In the meantime, they are leading us to believe that they are fighting for justice for Ramarley Graham. Instead, Blacks are witnessing a full-scale, pacification program.

The United States has never intended to treat its Black and Latino denizens equally to its white denizens. A variety of legal tricks have been employed to treat different people differently. It started with the U.S. Constitution itself. The highest rights in the land are common-law rights derived from England. Common law rights are not applicable to non-whites.

When the U.S. Constitution was penned in 1787, there was no Bill of Rights. A Bill of Rights would follow in 1791. These constitutional amendments would not apply generally to Blacks, browns and yellows. The Reconstruction amendments would be ratified by 1870, and they, generally, would address slavery, equal rights, due process and voting.

There have been inns and taverns in New Amsterdam since the seventeenth century. They were frequented by whites only because Blacks and Indians did not enjoy common-law rights. There was no public accommodations bill in the United States until 1875. It was enacted for the benefit of Blacks who had become “citizens” of the United States in 1868.

Until the Fourteenth Amendment, the U.S. Constitution failed to mention or make any reference to citizenship. Yet, whites were not only citizens but they enjoyed the right to be admitted to any inn or tavern. This right for whites started in the United States in the seventeenth century.

In 1883, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the Civil Rights Act of 1875 on the ground that citizenship does not mean equal rights like it did for the Dutch after the English Conquest of 1664. After the Dutch were conquered in New Amsterdam in 1664, they continued to enjoy the same rights as the English.

Blacks would finally get another public accommodations bill in 1964. It was now based on the Commerce Clause. This means that Blacks were never intended to be citizens. Whites had no “Citizenship Clause” in 1787; yet, they still enjoy greater rights than Blacks. A Black police officer who had murdered a white person and burglarized his home, for example, would have been behind bars from day one.

What happened to Ramarley Graham? Does citizenship for Blacks mean that police officers, without probable cause, can chase a Black person through the public streets and into his home without a warrant and fatally shoot him in the chest. Are any constitutional rights violated in this police-sponsored killing?

The Graham family is outraged but the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. What is the purpose of a free press? A newspaper can be established without a license by anyone. Blacks prefer to read news in a white press or a press that, at best, will not only give half-truths but also may openly practice censorship.

Is it better to receive half-truths in an established newspaper than news in e-mails because the readers refuse to make any contributions to the development of an independent Black newspaper. Information is power. Is the Black community powerless? Censorship is a culprit. A self-boycott is another problem. Whites should feel the economic pain of a boycott until a Bronx grand jury indicts P.O. Richard Haste for the murder of Ramarley Graham.

I know that Wilbert Tatum must be turning over in his grave. He believed in advocacy journalism. The key word is “advocacy” journalism. This comes from Freedom Journal. “We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us. “This was in the first editorial in the first Black newspaper in the United States.

Bill Tatum believed that a Black newspaper must take a stand on community issues. Tatum supported the “Central Park 7″ which were being railroaded by law enforcement agencies. Every week, he ran an editorial entitled “Koch Must Go”. He could have simply collected profits while giving the Black community the finger.

About two decades ago, he said that the Black community had to hear from me weekly. I was given space in his newspaper. He never challenged me on any article that I wrote for his newspaper. I knew that his daughter opposed all of my writings. Bill had given me a life estate in his newspaper, however. The Black community should have extended it.

District Attorney Cy Vance of Manhattan has refused to compensate six of the young men wrongfully convicted in the Central Park jogger case. He also illegally dismissed the indictment against Dominique Strauss Kahn for raping Nafissatou Diallo. This case should have gone to a jury. Credibility is a jury question.

A million things are happening to Blacks in New York today. Whites are paying “leading Blacks” and “Black selected officials” to look the other way. Blacks, on the other hand, believe that anyone who helps the Black masses should do so at his or her own risk and expense. Any “sacrificial lamb” should not expect any help from Blacks during a manhunt.

Cy Vance was honored last Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the New York Sports Club, 180 Central Park South in Manhattan. Vance expected “all cheers” from leading Blacks. Persons who continue to buy the NY Am News are financing their own oppression.

Black’s Law Dictionary defines “self-help” “as an attempt to redress a perceived wrong by one’s own action rather than through the normal legal process”. On the civil side of the law, self-help should be executed without breaching the peace. It is permitted under the UCC and real property statutes in compliance with the law.

On the criminal side of the law, a person executing self-help should have personal knowledge of the facts. Hearsay is not sufficient. Compare self-help with the action of O.J. Simpson in Nevada. He is now behind bars for attempting to recover his property without the assistance of the police. This was self-help gone wrong.

A police officer who enters an unarmed person’s home without a warrant nor probable cause and kill him has engaged in an extralegal remedy. On the other hand, a person who arrests a murderer based on personal knowledge has employed an extrajudicial remedy. This is self-help.

P.O. Richard Haste while on duty and without a warrant nor probable cause, entered the Bronx home of unarmed Ramarley Graham on February 2, 2012 and gunned him down. His grandmother witnessed the shooting. This allows the grandmother to make a citizen’s arrest or to initiate a criminal action. Either action would lead to Haste’s immediate arrest.

Heretofore, there has been no arrest of Haste nor the empanelling of a Bronx grand jury to investigate the shooting. This suggests that the NYPD is attempting to get away with murder or it is attempting to get its story straight before the commencement of a grand jury investigation. Neither option is available to most criminal suspects.

Although he is not entitled to notice, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson should be warned that a “posse” has been formed, accompanied by Graham’s grandmother, and that Haste will be arrested pursuant to Criminal Procedure Law §§140.30 and 140.35 of the Criminal Procedure Law.

Haste has been assigned to desk duty without a weapon even though he has committed a serious felony. Police Commissioner Richard Kelly not only has the right to initiate disciplinary action against a police officer but he may also arrest a criminal suspect. The police commissioner has hindered a prosecution and is subject to Penal Law § 205.65.

“Everyone is presumed to know the law”. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”. The criminal justice system is fully aware that Blacks have no interest in learning the law. Blacks prefer to spend time behind bars instead. Ignorance of the law is a crime. This is the reason for law enforcement agencies targeting Blacks for false arrests.

“Friends of Like It Is” will meet on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. for a legal seminar, buffet breakfast and media meeting on public affairs programming and the use of public access channels for programs like “Community Cop”. Blacks must pave the legal foundation for their liberation. Communications is an element of warfare. Call 718-834-9034 for more information on the legal seminar.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

Animal Rights or “Negro” Rights:

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Which Comes First?








by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

At the end of today’s “Here and Now” show on WABC-TV, a representative of ASPCA (212-660-2555) asked listeners to mail in a monthly donation of Eighteen Dollars ($18.00) to help ASPCA protect dogs. I guarantee you that thousands of dollars were raised this Sunday for the protection of dogs.

On the other hand, “Friends of Like It Is” was formed after the demise of “Like It Is” to continue public affairs programming in the tri-state area. Case law requires that only an organization formed in compliance with the law has standing. No such organization existed in the Black community.

This effort was undertaken after Black selected officials showed no interest in it and no organization would fight to sustain public affairs programming for the Black community. “Friends of Like It Is”, a temporary name, arose because of a “default judgment”. Blacks were unable to connect communications with military science.

This half-baked program on the assassination of Ramarley Graham on “Here and Now” this past Sunday would have not been aired without consistent pressure from “Friends of Like It Is” applied to WABC-TV. Whites employ censorship to put a lid on a boiling pot.

Members of the NYPD performed the assassination of Ramarley Graham and violated myriad constitutional amendments. This type of conduct was the basis for the American Revolution. It is a practice and policy of the NYPD which has now expanded its jurisdiction to ensnare Muslims in New Jersey.

This pressure for public affairs programming in the tri-state area was started by “Friends of Like It Is” before February 2, 2012. It must also expand to public access channels. Blacks might have a fighting chance to protect the dream of Medgar Evers and the work of Gil Noble and Elombe Brath. This is a work in progress.

Nonetheless, people show a greater interest in protecting dogs than in protecting people. There is not even a trust fund for Blacks victimized by the police or a defense fund to arrest police criminality and police brutality. There is a trust fund for the protection of dogs. Ask Michael Vick.

“Friends of Like It Is” is an advocacy group and holds a monthly seminar and meeting. The initial membership fee is Fifty Dollars ($50.00). Each subsequent seminar, which includes a lecture, course materials and a buffet breakfast, is Thirty-five Dollars (35.00). Sixteen Dollars (16.00) goes to the Cotton Club for the monthly space for the seminar and food.

Nineteen Dollars (19.00) is for monthly expenditures. Members receive well-researched bulletins throughout the month. No other organization comes close. Every month, “Friends” interact with various media outlets, research issues, conduct investigations and pressure media outlets. Some Blacks, however, want everything for free including a buffet breakfast. They will pay for dog food.

If you plan to attend the next seminar meeting at the Cotton Club on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:00 a.m., you may send in a donation today. Any donation of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) will be applied to the initial membership fee or first seminar. Medgar Evers lost his life fighting the news media.

The Cotton Club is located at 656 West 125th Street in Harlem (nr. the Westside Highway). Work must be carried out between now and the next seminar on March 31, 2012. The struggle continues. Who will finance this work and who will do the necessary work between now and March 31?

I hope that at least 100 persons will turn out on March 31. The name of the media organization must be “100 Friends of Like It Is” at the very least. Any white supremacist would suspect that at least 100 persons in the tri-state area would support “Like It Is” in order to be credible.

This media project is bigger than United African Movement itself. This should be a new tri-state organization. It needs officers and members from the tri-state area. United African Movement can ill-afford to make any contribution to shoulder any responsibility for this project. I am acting as an individual.

Anyone who believes in justice should be thankful that Alton Maddox chose to come to New York City in 1973. Whites believe that Maddox has altered their plans for mentacide. The Graham Movement for Justice is in a stalemate. Before May 1990, no Black person had ever sent Maddox a check exhibiting thanks for his pro bono work. Dr. John Henrik Clarke is still making a monthly donation to this day.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

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March 4th, 2012 at 1:11 am

“General” Agenda for “Friends of Like It Is”

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Saturday- March 3, 2012 Cotton Club, 656 West 125th Street, Harlem, NY









by Alton Maddox

A. “Community Cop”
1. This public affairs program, which regularly features Noel Leader, Michael Greys, Father Lawrence Lucas and Julian Harper, can be aired live on some public access channels in New York City every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. These persons are members of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.

2. This same program can be aired on other public access channels in New York City on a delayed basis with no particular date in mind for the program to be aired. There is no guarantee that the program will be aired on a delayed basis. No reason exists for any delay.

3. An effort will be made to ensure that all segments of “Community Cop” will be aired live and simultaneously. This will require coordination in the five boroughs of New York City. Currently, the timing for “Community Cop” is quilted. Contact must be made with the borough presidents.

B. Public Affairs Programming
1. There are six commercial television stations broadcasting in the Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York City areas. Most, if not all of these commercial television stations, are located in New York City. By law, each of these television stations has a legal mandate to air public affairs programming and made available to Black consumers.

2. Given the experiences with “Like It Is”, “Positively Black” and “Black News”, Blacks must ensure that the program is public affairs and it is aired regularly. At this time, public affairs programming to the Black community is not available. Blacks must be organized to have standing for public affairs programming. Informed voters benefit from public affairs programming.

3. The killing of Ramarley Graham, by members of the New York Police Department, should be an example of topics for public affairs programming. It is not simply a news program. There must be a measurement of the magnitude of the problems and solutions. In this respect, the concern is the unauthorized use of force by members of the NYPD. Another concern is “stop and frisk”.

4. Public affairs programming can be controversial. In May 1963, Medgar Evers publicly denounced white supremacy in Jackson, MS over a commercial television station in Jackson. Three weeks later, he was assassinated in the front lawn of his home. In 1963, the philosophy of white supremacy was in full force in Mississippi.

5. The goal of “Friends of Like It Is’ is to ensure that weekly public affairs programming for Black communities in the tri-state area is aired weekly. Issues that are especially important to the Black community should be presented to the local television stations.

6. The airwaves are public. Television stations are licensed to broadcast matters in the public interest including public affairs programming. There is a periodic review of the licenses. The public can participate in the licensing process. Media outlets should operate in the public interest. Commercial interest is only a part of the public interest.

C. General Mission
1. An effort is afoot to institutionalize “Friends of Like It Is” under this name or another name to ensure that media laws are exercised in the best interest of the Black community. A single individual has no standing to participate in the licensing process. Interested persons of the workings of the media must be members of an organization.

2. This will require a formal structure with the ability to raise funds for resources including personnel to challenge media policies adverse to the Back community. “Friends of Like It Is” will give Blacks of the tri-state area a barometer for the structure and funding for a media organization.

3. On each meeting date of “Friends of Like It Is” there will be continuing education programs on media history and media law. There will also be a lecture on these subjects. There will be a breakfast buffet since each Saturday meeting is from at least 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

4. In its formative stage, the initial meeting of “Friends of Like It Is” is Fifty Dollars and any subsequent meeting is Thirty-five Dollars. “Friends of Like It Is” will later decide the costs of membership meetings without training wheels. Even Rosa Parks needed training wheels before she refused to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man.

D. Membership Goal
1. For the membership meeting on March 3, 2012, our goal is to have at least 100 persons in attendance to undertake myriad responsibilities. These responsibilities will require some knowledge and intelligence. This is an ambitious project since it covers three states and several electronic media outlets.

2. The media outlets are situated mainly in New York City but the antennas spread throughout three states. An informed public needs to benefit from informed decisions. Although legislation is on the books for public affairs programming, the programming itself is not for self-actualization.

3. It will require a substantial body of activists in the tri-state area to prevent the conditions that existed in the United States in 1953 and still continue throughout the United States in 2012. Censorship is a hidden killer. Segregation had visible signs. Censorship, on the other hand, is silent.

4. During the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. said “Segregation is the Negro’s burden and America’s shame”. Today, “[Ignorance] is the Negro’s burden and America’s shame”. “Censorship is the culprit. It was the Black guide on slave ships.

5. “Friends of Like It Is” will soon elect its own officers and fashion its own agenda. So far, this has been a training period. In the history of Blacks in the tri-state area, this period for training has been unprecedented. Blacks should be able to make informed decisions without white input.

E. African Drum
1. Samuel Morse, with assistance from others, designed and first employed the electric telegraph in 1844. The African drum continued to be a standard means of communication for persons of African ancestry. In states that practiced slavery, the African drum was outlawed, however.

2. In the United States, the Communications Act of 1934 created the Federal Communications Commission. The basic premise behind the FCC is that the airwaves belong to the public but that broadcasters are licensed to operate the airwaves. The FCC is the regulatory agency to, among other things, dispense licenses.

3. Unlike in Africa in the early twentieth century, broadcasters in the United States are given licenses to operate airwaves. These licenses are only for a fixed period of time. Now, organizations and not individuals have standing to challenge license renewals. In the United States, the African drum is outlawed. Thus, certain members are banned from ownership of the media.

4. You do not need the fingers on one hand to count the number of television stations in the United States that are owned by persons of African ancestry. Moreover, a few hands, on the other hand, are needed to count the radio stations owned by persons of African ancestry. The numbers are minimal, however.

5. For example, in New York City, there is only nominal Black ownership of radio and television stations. It is at least rumored that the days for WBLS-FM and WLIB-AM are short-lived. New York City is the largest media market for Blacks in the United States. The death of these media outlets will be a nearly fatal blow to Blacks in New York City.

Members of the New York Police Department fatally shot Ramarley Graham (18) in his back and in his home on February 2, 2012. There was no probable cause and no warrant. The shooting has not been accompanied by much media attention and any grand jury action.

Although the deaths of Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell were accompanied by multiple shots by the NYPD but absent probable cause, the shooting of Graham involved more constitutional violations than in Diallo and Bell. Thus, the NYPD is getting worse and not better. It is now crossing state lines to violate constitutional rights.

Given the absence of any justification for the home invasion and subsequent, fatal shooting, law enforcement agencies have gone into hiding while the media is engaging in censorship. This is the same response that Mississippi had after the lynching of Emmett Till on August 28, 1955.

Blacks in the tri-state area are entitled to six public affairs programs every Sunday. This right is being honored in the breach. Blacks have no rights. WABC-TV is flirting with the possibility of complying with the law. “Police brutality” is an appropriate topic for public affairs programming.

After intense pressure from “Friends of Like It Is”, WABC-TV has agreed to air this police-sponsored killing on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at noontime. This showing of the Graham shooting will be a first for commercial television stations on this subject in the tri-state area.

To fight police brutality, Blacks must also fight censorship despite their right to public affairs programming. The PBA is lobbying for quiet. This will require no fewer than 100 active members of “Friends of Like It Is” to energize the white media. The work of Medgar Evers and Gil Noble, among others, require our commitment.

The next meeting of “Friends of Like It Is” is this Saturday March 3, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the Cotton Club, 656 West 125th Street in Harlem, NY. Join “Friends of Like It Is” on Saturday. Is it fair for a few people to struggle in order for thousands to see “Here and Now” on this Sunday at noontime on WABC-TV? Police brutality affects all of us.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

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March 1st, 2012 at 11:17 pm

New York in the Seventeenth Century

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

Members of the New York Police Department invaded the home of an unarmed Ramarley Graham (18) without probable cause and without a warrant on February 2, 2012 and fatally shot him in his chest. New York considered his home a “slave quarter”. So far, neither the NYPD nor the Bronx District Attorney has taken any legal action against any police officer.

No person is supposed to be above the law. The crimes of murder in the second degree, burglary and felony murder are awaiting the filing of criminal charges against a suspect. Two uncharged suspects are gainfully employed by the NYPD. The family of Graham as well as “The People of the State of New York” should be seeking justice.

Because the deceased is a descendant of enslaved Africans in a police state, the outcome is already determined. The top priority of the NYPD is “to get away with murder” anytime that the victim is Black and the perpetrator is a member of the NYPD. The demographics of the county are unimportant if the residents are politically unconscious.

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson is a person of African ancestry. Graham is also a person of African ancestry. This is the only similarity between the victim and the top law enforcement officer in the Bronx. Johnson represents the organized rich. Graham represents the disorganized poor.

The state’s penal code was written when Blacks were still in slavery. It was once called the slave code. This code provides the framework for the criminal prosecution of Blacks. Police officers enjoy the benefit of clergy. When the victim is Black and the accused is an oathtaker, the district attorney must “file and forget” or “plan and acquit”.

Blacks have no knowledge of the history of district attorneys in New York since this history embraced English institutions beginning in 1665 and military rule. There is also now a wall between church and state. Preachers are not allowed to invade this wall and Blacks are not allowed to enjoy competent and zealous, political and legal representation.

The problem is not Graham. It is a system that prevents legal and political representation when the aggrieved person is a descendant of enslaved Africans. Blacks are looking at the senseless killing of Graham from the wrong end of the barrel. History will continue to repeat itself. See Amadou Diallo.

Early in a criminal prosecution, the family of the Black victim of state-sponsored police violence should not only retain a personal injury lawyer for compensation but also a “private attorney general” for justice in the criminal justice system. This is a necessity for a Black person in order to prevent the NYPD from jus sibi dicere.

There are obstacles for both attorneys, however. The personal injury lawyer in a case of state-sponsored police violence will be urged to take hush money instead of pursuing a civil trial. A civil trial would compel New York City, for example, to disclose information that would be unavailable in a criminal trial. There is limited discovery in a criminal prosecution.

A “private attorney general” can be a thorn in the side of a public prosecutor. During the criminal prosecution, the “private attorney general” receives and investigates complaints from the public. The “private attorney general” may also criticize government action and issue reports to secure public rights.

To secure the rights of a public trial, for example, there must be an ongoing public forum to air grievances. In a police state, on the other hand, censorship runs rampant. Medgar Evers was assassinated for fighting against censorship which is very prevalent today in New York. It hides the rights of the oppressed. See “The Help”.

An article appeared in the Daily News, February 3, 2012, entitled “Where’s Your Big Mouth Now, Punk”? Luiz Ortiz is accused of attempting to assassinate Police Officer Kevin Brennan. The article reads that Ortiz “appeared before a judge Thursday [Feb. 2] in a Brooklyn courtroom packed with uniformed cops –and they stared daggers at him”.

Only law enforcement personnel was in the courtroom. “His family and friends, who had tossed verbal jabs at the NYPD on Wednesday, weren’t there. All Ortiz, 21, saw was a wall of blue” Id. This was not only an unlawful assembly in violation of the New York Penal Code but it also violates the Second Amendment. The NYPD is a “standing army”.

A majority of the members of the New York City Council are from groups that have suffered group and ethnic oppression in the United States. Most of these councilmembers are descendants of enslaved Africans. They are followed by Latinos and an Asian. White councilmembers are in the minority but, under the current system, they exercise power and influence.

Unfortunately, it is a political system and not bosses of political parties that rule the roost in New York City. Under this system, the majority members are “selected officials” and not lawmakers. Whites select them through a rigged primary system and Blacks, Latinos and Asians elect them. Although the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed it in 1944, the “white primary” is still alive and kicking without regard to race.

Since Adam Clayton Powell became the first “minority” member of the New York City Council in 1941, he has been followed by only two other Black lawmakers. Powell endorsed Benjamin Davis to follow him in the New York City Council. He later was sent to prison for violating the Smith Act.

James Davis was assassinated, nearly five decades later, in City Hall. New York City refused to conduct an autopsy or to convene a grand jury as is required by law. This suggests that this assassination happened with the blessing of City Hall and done with the intent to frighten all Black selected officials. It did.

There is no incentive to accord justice to the family of Ramarley Graham or any other family of descendants of enslaved Africans. Even though the New York City Council funds the NYPD, Blacks continue to endorse and finance their own oppression and they continue to refuse to support and defend a collective bargaining unit geared to express the views of historically-oppressed groups.

The rights of workers in the marketplace did not improve until they won the right to bargain for themselves. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association acquired the right to bargain in 1964. While Blacks may have acquired the right to vote in 1965, they still do not enjoy the right to bargain. This is akin to sharecropping. Thus, there will be no justice for the family of Ramarley Graham.

Similarly, there will be no justice for Luiz Ortiz. A criminal defendant has a right to a public trial under the Sixth Amendment. This constitutional amendment is not satisfied when the only persons capable of admittance are members of law enforcement agencies. The right to a public trial belongs to the defendant and not to the police.

A judge has the power to accord a criminal defendant a public trial. The New York City Council and the New York Legislature may also put the police in check through legislation. This must happen forthwith. Neither the state nor the city is empowered to deny this right of a public trial to a criminal defendant. The police is the enemy of any criminal defendant.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471