by Alton Maddox
All of the great political thinkers and writers agree that politics is based on warfare. Similarly, law is based on warfare. Cong. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was a general. In associating my law practice with “trial by combat” both the New York Times and Newsday considered me a general. Blacks would later refer to me as the “attorney-at-war”.
I always considered each of my cases as a “military campaign”. Money is the mother’s milk of politics, however. A “war chest” is also needed to wage war in courtrooms. During my twenty years of not being “barred” from courtrooms, no Black person ever contributed one dime to a legal defense fund. I had to personally finance each “military” campaign. I am still an attorney but the right of representation belongs to the people. Their right of representation is being abridged while they stand clueless.
Tawana Brawley is a “movement” and not a “moment”. So far, no one has come forward with the money to bankroll and wage a “military” campaign. There have been a few donors, however. A sacrificial lamb must keep this military campaign afloat. The next battlefield will be in Virginia in July 2013. Preparation, in advance, will be the key. The goal is to end “legitimate rape” in the United States. Tawana has already been raped.
Before the United States invaded Iraq, preparation started at the Pentagon with lawyers and not with generals. These lawyers had to develop the rules of engagement. Among other things, these rules world identify the tools of warfare and the combatants. The second stage of the Iraqi invasion involved language.
Both New York and the Commonwealth of Virginia are aware that no court can make a judgment against a minor unless a guardian-ad-litem has been appointed and a summons and complaint has been served on the guardian-ad-litem. Neither of these conditions happened against Tawana Brawley. Under these circumstances, the Full Faith and Credit Clause is unable to be invoked against Tawana Brawley. Virginia and New York are conspiring to bankrupt the “movement”.
New York knows two things. No lawyer will competently represent Tawana in Virginia and the Black community will not support my right to represent Tawana or anyone else especially since I have not been disbarred. Under the law, I can still be referred to as an attorney. Every leading Black and Black selected official supports injustice against Blacks.
This same course of action must be pursued for the invasion of Virginia and the defense of Tawana Brawley in July 2013. In addition to the rules of engagement, the acquisition of the necessary tools of warfare and the identity of the combatants, other concerns will arise such as communications, logistics, intelligence and terrain.
Given the myriad problems of Blacks in New York including “stop, question and frisk”, the high unemployment rate of Black men, gentrification, the misuse of education in the public schools, a policy of racial exclusion in municipal jobs and the political system of electing Blacks after whites have selected, them, every Black person in New York City should have the political consciousness to have his or her political weapon trained on City Hall in 2013.
Before Blacks in New York were emancipated in 1827, New York held a Constitutional Convention in 1821. Blacks would be forever barred from running for City Hall. “White minority rule” would kick in when Blacks and other despised groups would become the largest voting bloc in New York. See, for example, South Africa.
Before Cong. Powell made his transition on April 4, 1972, he had penned “My Black Position Paper” consisting of 17 points and filed in the Congressional Record, Proceedings and Debates of the 89th Congress, Second Session. Afterwards, he would promote “Black Power” on Capitol Hill. This was too much for the Democratic Party.
The Freedom Party was formed in 1994 to continue the work of Cong. Powell in establishing a delivery system for Blacks in politics. Before his death, Cong. Powell sought to form the People’s Party. He recognized the limitations of the Democratic Party despite his legislative achievements in it for the benefit of all Blacks.
Black people should have felt the necessity of continuing the political mission that had been undertaken by Cong. Powell. This obligation is spelled out in Sun Tzu’s, “The Art of War” which states: “If one is born into a prominent family that goes back for generations, it is sufficient to deeply consider the matter of obligation to one’s ancestors ….”
After Cong. Powell made his transition in 1972, he left few adherents in Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. This allowed for a takeover of this historic church by the Rockefeller family and Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. By his actions, Dr. Calvin Butts would disown Cong. Powell. Butts, like most preachers, oppose “Black Power” in City Hall. “Jewish power” or “Irish power”, on the other hand, is encouraged.
Despite the overflow crowd of leading Blacks and Black selected officials, in New York, the Freedom Party is making a valiant effort to connect ancestors like Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., Malcolm X and Cong. Powell to our present goals and our future aspirations.
By former Cong. Anthony Weiner possibly announcing that he may throw his hat in the ring, it is obviously not too late for the Freedom Party to be meeting to take over City Hall. In the meantime, leading Blacks and Black selected officials are working out deals for themselves with the Black masses as bargaining chips. They plan to maintain the status quo.
This is the way that plantation politics has worked in New York City for decades. Black people have never had a bargaining agent in politics. Slavery is defined as the absence of bargaining. Through a non-existent Black political convention, we have never even required white candidates, among others, to publicly embrace a Black agenda. Politically, Blacks are rudderless.
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