Lisa Ward: All in for Alabama

“I want to bring attention to rural Alabama. Focus on the neglected parts of the state that are drying up. Make sure the federal funds are properly allocated and that no one is left out.”–Lisa Ward

Lisa Ward running for State Senator in Alabama November 8th 2022.

I first became aware of the remarkable Lisa Ward just about two-years ago. I was struck by how smart she is, Lisa is also very resourceful,affable, and honest. She will always give you a straight answer. I like to say Lisa Ward is Obama smart. So when Lisa agreed to sit down and do this interview I was over the moon. Lisa works 17 hours a day, seven days a week; she really is all in for Alabama.

Lisa Ward thank you.

Q.) What is your ambition after the November election should you win this race for state senate?

A.) To bring attention to rural Alabama. Focus on the neglected parts of the state that are drying up. Make sure federal funds are properly allocated and that no one is left out.

Q.) If President Biden asked you how he could help Alabama right now, what would you tell him?

A.) Put prisons under investigation and do an outside audit on the secretary of state’s office. Check the ballots, election results and campaign finances.

Q.) What is the best investment you’ve ever made?

A.) My children. I made many sacrifices to ensure they were happy, healthy and successful. I spent more time than normal instilling values that could be paid forward. That was important to me. I was charged with their lives, and I didn’t take it lightly.

Q.) What do you hope for?

A.) Real equity not just superficial words. Healing between the races, respect and decency restored in Alabama and for the Trumpism to be gone. To work towards restoring that trust in legislators so voters can have honest communication with their representatives.

Q.) Who were your heroes in high school?

A.) I didn’t have any heroes, but I admired and followed Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and actions.

Q.) What’s your favorite quote?

A.) An African proverb:

If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together.

Q.) What is your memory of Viola Liuzzo?

A.) She died on my sister’s birthday. It was mentioned growing up what a strong fighter she was. Unafraid not much more than that.

Q.) Vice President Kamala Harris has said,

“If you’re a woman, your life is political whether you like it or not.”

How so, from your perspective?

A.) Living in Alabama and being employed around mostly men, they received higher pay and better promotions. Often I was asked to do work behind closed doors and not get the credit, but asked to order lunch and make coffee when men needed service. Laws are made for women and about women without women. For far too long, men have been making oppressed laws for women and as the majority of the population, it is important we have a seat at the table to diversity and respect for our gender.

Q.) Who is your favorite poet?

A. Maya Angelou and my father.

Q.) When did you step into the political arena?

A.) I was asked by Congressman Pete Visclosky in Indiana to intern. He taught me to always be true to myself and I would be true to others. I carried that through my life. I’ve always advocated for causes. Volunteered in hospitals and nursing homes. Took my ministry to the streets, called, wrote and protested for the least of these among us. In 1998 I was city councilwoman and in 2000’s I was commissioner for planning and zoning. I’ve worked on campaigns for Jon Jester, Jamie Harrison, Andy Beshar, Jon Ossoff, Rapheal Warnock, Doug Jones, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden and Barack Obama.

Q.) When did you first read Anne Frank’s Diary of A Young Girl?

A.) 1975. 9-years old…kid’s version.

Q.) What’s your greatest accomplishment?

A.) I don’t know.

I don’t think about it much or keep score. I just try to do as much good each day that I can, knowing I can’t get that day back.

Q.) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere in Montgomery with anything on it, what would it say?

A.) Dear Alabama, why don’t you believe you deserve better than this? Who is Gerald Allen?

Q.) Has Gerald Allen yet agreed to debate you?

A.) No one has responded to the letter yet.

Q.) We weeks away from November 8th what do you need to get the most traction in these last few weeks to win this race?

A.) Money to pay for radio and a third ad to reach the black belt that doesn’t have broadband and are elderly. We’ve tried to reach them all, but running short on time.

Q.) Have you received financial support from Democrats out of state?

A.) All 50 states we have received small donor contributions from individuals. None from state or national party. However, the Chairman, Jamie Harrison of the DNC did send me $25.00 personally.

Q.) So if Maya Angelou is your favorite poet, what is your favorite quote by Maya Angelou?

A.) “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Thank You-Lisa and all best wishes in November.

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You can follow Lisa Ward on Twitter:

@lisaward4senate

To donate to her campaign:

lw4al.win

Charles Micheaux

Viola Liuzzo…it’s everybody’s fight.”

We’re going to change the world. One day they’ll write about us. You’ll see.” -Viola Liuzzo

We are fast approaching election day and this November democracy hangs in the balance. Will the voter suppression Republicans take over the senate and the congress? Will the corrupt Donald Trump throw his hat into the ring again in 2024? I think, if the voter suppression Republicans win over the house & the senate Donald Trump will run again in 2024 and you can be sure he would continue to find the most ignoble justices and put them on the courts.

When I think of voting rights I think of Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, Evelyn Lowery, Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr. Marian Wright Edelman, Joan Baez and Viola Liuzzo. Today every child of color in America stands a little taller and when they look up they can see blue skies thanks to the noble and resolute Viola Liuzzo.

One day while watching TV she saw the horrible events of “Bloody Sunday” and she decided after witnessing the gross violation of Black Americans she would get involved. Her motto was always: “It’s everybody’s fight.”

Early one morning Viola Liuzzo loaded up her car alone and drove 1,000 miles from Detroit, Michigan to Selma, Alabama leaving behind her children and husband. Viola Liuzzo drove 1,000 miles to fight for the rights of 22 million Black Americans who did not have the voting rights promised to all Americans.

Martin Luther King Jr. made the call to action to White America and Viola Liuzzo gave full measure to the action. When she arrived in Selma, Alabama she humbled herself to do whatever was needed of her. Viola Liuzzo used her car to transport other voting rights activist into the community and help register Black people to vote. During one transport as she was driving the KKK pulled along side her car and shot her in the face killing her instantly.

It was March 25th 1965, Viola Liuzzo was only 39-years old. In the aftermath of her death Viola’s best friend, a Black woman-Sara Evans would go on and become permanent caretaker of Viola’s five children.

Immediately upon hearing that Viola Liuzzo had been killed by a sniper’s bullet President Johnson came on TV to address the nation.

“MRS. VIOLA LIUZZO WENT TO ALABAMA TO SERVE FOR JUSTICE. SHE WAS MURDERED BY ENEMIES OF JUSTICE WHO FOR DECADES HAVE USED ROPE AND GUN, THE TAR AND FEATHERS TO TERRORIZE THEIR NEIGHBORS.”

-President Lydon Baines Johnson

LEGACY:

The tragic killing of Viola Liuzzo did prompt the federal government to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Viola Liuzzo is the only known White woman to be killed during the civil rights movement.

Today as we face a fascist-voter suppression Republican Party it is incumbent we heed the words of Viola Liuzzo:

“It’s everybody’s fight.”

Make sure you are registered to vote because in November we will get the democracy we deserve.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

I Have a Dream speech valued at $25,000,000

“That’s a lot of money, selling the speech would cheapen the memory of that remarkable day.”–George Raveling

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. & March on Washington, August 28th 1963

There are so many wonderful stories we hear about the kindness and generosity of Martin Luther King Jr. but my favorite has to be the story of George Raveling a young college student who would meet Dr. King for the first time on August 28th 1963. On August 26th, 1963 while George Raveling and his schoolmate- Warren Wilson were sitting at the dinner table, Warren’s father–Dr. Wilson asked the two young men if they were planning on attending the March on Washington. The young men informed Dr. Wilson they were not going to the march. Dr. Wilson urged the boys to reconsider and he even told them he would cover the cost. With this nudge the young men promised to attend the march.

On August 27th as the young men were strolling about the mall one of the event organizers asked the young men if they would help out with security. They gladly said they would and surprisingly George Raveling was to be stationed four feet from where Martin Luther King Jr. would be speaking.

On the day of August 28th, 1963 George Raveling’s world would be turned upside down by the grace shown to him by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

When Dr. King finished his speech and began to walk away from the podium, young George Raveling quickly approached Dr. King and asked him if he could get a copy of the I HAVE A DREAM speech. This is the original speech Dr. King held in his hand and without a second thought Dr. King gave George Raveling his speech.

WOW!

In 2014 George Raveling received a phone call from a collector offering him $3.5 million dollars for the I HAVE A DREAM speech. George Raveling declined the offer:

“That’s a lot of money, selling the speech would cheapen the memory of that remarkable day.”–George Raveling

It is worth noting the I HAVE A DREAM speech is the most important seventeen-minute speech in American history.

Today, Martin Luther King Jr.’s amazing speech–I HAVE A DREAM is valued at $25,000,000.

We remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in one of the most glorious events in American history–March on Washington.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

George Washington Carver dishonored at elementary school in Florida

“Few are guilty, all are responsible.”–Abraham Joshua Hechel

George Washington Carver perhaps the most accomplished American of the 20th century.

In the state of Florida there is now an infamous elementary school because of a group of white racist who were responsible for removing the images of Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Colin Powell and George Washington Carver. The school, O.J. Semmes Elementary School is located in a black community in Pensacola, Florida.

61-year old teacher Michael James thought it important his class become aware of these four great Americans. Some woman from the school district had all four pictures removed from the classroom which resulted in the teacher, resigning from the school. What about the black parents of the children of O.J. Semmes Elementary, do they not have a say in their children’s education? Should these children have great American role models to look up to and be inspired by? My heart hurts for the children should their parents let this foul action stand. Many people still do not know George Washington Carver is perhaps the most accomplished American of the 20th century.

Challenge me if you dare-charlesmicheaux6@gmail.com I welcome all challengers!

Me giving lecture on George Washington Carver at College Park Library in Georgia.

George Washington Carver the world’s greatest agricultural scientist of the 20th century and perhaps the most accomplished American of the 20th century.George Washington Carver was born into slavery around 1864 in Diamond Grove , Missouri, a frail and sickly child most of his young life. He was so ill suited to work in the field that his owner traded the young slave boy for a broken down race horse. I often wonder how this boy without mother or father could ever dream of being free and educated. The harshness of his existence and the nonexistence of a single role model baffles the mind.

In 1984 I was a New York Stage actor and I was asked to portray George Washington Carver in an Off-Broadway Play; I portrayed a young George Washington Carver. In preparing for my role I thought my head would explode. No person in American history has overcome more hardships than George Washington Carver.

The accomplishments of George Washington Carver are too many to list, but I will try to give you some of the accomplishments that stand out to me. George Washington Carver had 325 global products made from peanuts and he also had 155 global products that were made from sweet potatoes.

George Washington Carver the world’s greatest agricultural scientist of the 20th century.

In 1918 the great inventor Thomas Edison offered George Washington Carver $200,000 to come work for him at an annual salary of $100,000.

During World War I George Washington Carver worked to replace the textile dyes that were being imported from Europe. He ended up producing over 500 different shades.

In 1927 George Washington Carver invented a process for producing paints and stains from soybeans. He also invented shoe polish!

In 1938 a Hollywood movie was made about the life of George Washington Carver; the movie was called, “Life of George Washington Carver” and in 1942 Henry Ford erected the George Washington Carver Museum.

President Roosevelt and George Washington Carver were very good friends.

In 1943 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure providing funds for a national monument honoring George Washington Carver.

In 1950’s there were more schools named after George Washington Carver than any other American living or dead. In 1960 there were more than 55 high schools across America that bear his name.

Today, George Washington Carver is the only American to have two U.S. Ships named after him. George Washington Carver is also the only American to have two U.S. Postage Stamps of his image.

In 1951 The George Washington Carver Half Dollar was issued by the United States Mint; the coin was designed by Issac Hathaway.

On August 14, 1965 the first nuclear powered submarine was named for a Black man, USS George Washington Carver.

If you were to take a poll and ask who is the most accomplished Black American, of the 20th century many would say Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. had superb parents and he was raised like a prince.

I will be the first to say Martin Luther King Jr. is our greatest civil rights leader.

It breaks my heart, that young Black children don’t know anything about George Washington Carver, because if they did, they would know they can make their dreams come true just by knowing the story of this amazing man who never had a mother or father, a boy traded for a broken down horse, a teenager castrated by his owner.

One day George Washington Carver walked eight miles to attend a white school only to be told by the school master,

“We don’t teach niggers at this school.”

The next morning George Washington Carver got up early walked ten miles to the next school where he was accepted. He was not going to let anyone stop him from getting an education.

In my speeches I always close by saying:

Look closely at the life of George Washington Carver and you will discover for the very first time, there is a way, if there is the will.

When George Washington Carver is removed from a classroom because of the whim of a group of political racist America becomes inglorious and ignoble. George Washington Carver is perhaps the greatest, most accomplished American of the 20th century.

I am often asked where did he get his name.

George Washington Carver named himself; he never used his slave name.

He alone decided to name himself so he took the first two names from President George Washington and he took the last name from his caretaker-Moses Carver. George Washington Carver never knew the actual date of his birth because of slavery.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

FOR GOD SAKE, FREE LEONARD PELTIER

To President Joseph Biden:

“Please pardon our Elder Leonard Peltier. He has paid many lifetimes for being an innocent man.” –Ember Spotted Elk

#Free Leonard Peltier

There are some men that have been imprisoned unjustly: Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, a little hunch back sitting in a Roman jail named Paul and today an American Indian named Leonard Peltier. Each of the men listed were imprisoned by the state for crimes they did not commit. The cry to free Leonard Peltier must be enlarged everyday if we are to win his freedom. The Greek philosopher Seneca once said, “The man who moves a mountain begins with small stones.” This is true, because each of us can send a tweet to President Joe Biden requesting a pardon and release of Leonard Peltier. If we really want to move the mountain, we will sit down and write a heartfelt letter on behalf of Leonard Peltier. These small actions added up by each and everyone gives birth to a gigantic perpetual wave clamoring for justice. So often the small ripple becomes enlarged beyond our wildest dreams and the ripple is the wave that is felt and heard and justice arrives to us.

I will always believe in the power of the masses; we need look no further than Nelson Mandela. The call for freedom would not rest or be extinguished. Today we are at that place again where “freedom” seems impossible, until it’s done.

“To turn a blind eye to injustice towards one of us, is a guaranteed gateway to injustice for all of us.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

Just imagine if there were no voices clamoring for the freedom of Nelson Mandela? Without the voices of the people Nelson Mandela would have spent his whole life in prison. Imagine if you were sent to prison for a crime you did not commit? Now try to imagine being locked up for 47-years?

Would you cry for the voices that gave freedom to Nelson Mandela? We all have a voice and together we can have an enlarged voice, an enlarged voice for justice, a loud clamoring voice for freedom for Leonard Peltier. Today the freedom of Leonard Peltier is in our hands. We must become a collective voice, a perpetual voice, an impossible voice, impossible to be unheard.

Please pick up a pen and write a letter today to President Joe Biden and ask him to pardon the innocent Leonard Peltier. You can also call the White House comment line at (202) 456-1111.

To send tweet to President Biden @POTUS

“The incarceration of Mr. Peltier is unjust. We were not able to prove Mr. Peltier personally committed any offense on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

–James H. Reynolds/ former U.S. Attorney *

Your actions, my actions, our actions together will make all the difference in the world and that mountain in front of us will be removed.

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On Thursday, May 12th 2022 we ask all supporters of Leonard Peltier to pick up the phone and call the White House in support of pardon. Call (202) 456-1111

Please help us free an innocent man

Every call matters!!!!

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Bessie Coleman Biography

“I never took no for an answer.” –Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman 1st. Black female aviator in America.

Bessie Coleman believed she could fly way before there ever was a song that played over the radio airwaves. Born on January 26th 1893, her mother a black woman and her father Native American. Bessie Coleman was a girl who dreamed big dreams her entire life. The petite and attractive girl saw a plane flying overhead and something inside her spoke to the universe, “I can do that!”

From that moment on Bessie Coleman had an insatiable desire to become an aviator, no matter the cost in sweat and toil. The challenges she faced were countless to acquire her pilot’s license, but she was resolute in her ambition.

Bessie Coleman had every right to feel discouraged as all of her applications for aviation school were rejected. In 1919 Bessie Coleman boarded a ship from New York City bound for Europe where she would continue her quest for flight school. She was warmly greeted when she arrived in Paris, France where she applied for aviation school and was accepted. Bessie studied under German and French instructors and after completing aviation school she went on to become a pilot at Fokker’s Aircraft Corporation a German company based in Paris.

Bessie Coleman was the first person, male or female, black or white to receive an international pilot’s license; no one before her had one. *

Bessie Coleman would return to America in late 1922 with her international pilot’s license. She has graced the history books as the very first Black female aviator in America. Sadly, on April 30, 1926 Bessie Coleman would lose her life during an air show for the Memorial Day celebration when the controls of her airplane jammed and Bessie Coleman was violently catapulted out of the plane and fell to her death.

In all of my reading and profiles of great women of color I have never read of a woman with more grit, fortitude than Bessie Coleman, she is to be celebrated as one of Black America’s greatest role models for girls everywhere regardless of their race.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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“I want young men and young women who are not alive today…

to know and see that these new privileges and opportunities did not come without somebody suffering and sacrificing for them.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK

Denise Oliver Velez -Profile

“I suppose that it has always been difficult to be a writer. Writers tell us so; and so does the history of any given time or place and what one knows of the world’s indifference.”–James Baldwin

Writer- Denise Oliver Velez

Denise Oliver Velez is an artist, activist, anthropologist, writer -highly intelligent person who inspires us each day with her wisdom and superb writings. Denise is that one person who reminds me of James Baldwin. I have been following her for the past three years and each week I learn something new. I highly recommend everyone to follow her on Twitter- @Deoliver47

Thank you for granting me this interview today.

Q.) Tell me, what is your ambition for 2022?

A.) To work harder at GOTV and to stress to young people not to walk away from the electoral process. We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors who fought, were beaten, jailed, and some died for that right.

Q.) What is your connection to Puerto Rico?

A.) I grew up with, hung out with, and have family members including my husband who is Puerto Rican. As a member of the Young Lords Party, I developed strong ties to Puerto Rican struggles.

Q.) If President Biden asked you how he could help Puerto Rico right now, what would you tell him?

A.) To help them gain self-determination.

Q.) What is the best investment you’ve ever made?

A.) Buying a farm where I could be comfortable practicing my African diasporic religion.

Q.) What is your favorite vacation spot?

A.) The Caribbean- I especially love St. Thomas and Barbados.

Q.) Where were you born?

A.) Brooklyn, NY.

Q.) What do you hope for?

A.) An end to systemic racism. I know I won’t live to see it-but hopefully I can help make that timeline shorter.

Q.) Who were your heroes in high school?

A.) Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, Paul Robeson, Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes and Audre Lorde.

Q.) Who was your favorite high school teacher?

A.) Mrs. Winston-who made sure the art students in her classes at the High School of Music & Art had excellent supplies

(Her husband owned an art supply store)

I also have to add trumpeter Donald Byrd- who taught jazz chorus.

Q.) What’s your favorite quote?

A.) “If you’re in a coalition and you’re comfortable, you know it’s not broad enough coalition.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon

Q.) What role did James Baldwin play in your life?

A. His writing entranced me. However it was not just his writing; I remember watching him debate William F. Buckley in 1965-and my whole family watched-and we were cheering him wipe the floor intellectually with an arrogant, condescending white man was one of the high points of my young life.

Q.) Do you remember the first time you met James Baldwin?

A.) Yes, it was in the south of France, while I was traveling with Kathleen Cleaver.

Q.) Who is your favorite poet?

A.) Langston Hughes and Pedro Pietri.

Q.) What is the thrust of your Twitter platform?

A.) I try as much as I can to post history-and, I made a promise (a promesa) to post something about Puerto Rico everday.

Q.) When did you start writing?

A.) I started writing when I was very young-3rd or 4th grade.

Q.) When did you first read Anne Frank-Diary of A Young Girl?

A. I think I was in the 5th grade-not sure. However, since I grew up in a Hasidic Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn I grew up with stories of the Holocaust from people who survived it.

Q.) Over the years you’ve profiled the most accomplished recording artist of the last 100 years; who is your favorite recording artist?

A.) That’s tough…it would be easier to list them by genre, I have favorites.

John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Buffy Saint Marie, Laura Nyro, and Eddie Plamieri.

Q.) What is your greatest accomplishment?

A.) Helping build, and out the first Black controlled public radio station on the air-WPF-FM in Washington, D.C.

Q.) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere in New York City, with anything on it, what would it say?

A.) Police the police.

Q.) If you were asked to give a lecture at NYU about the Black Panther Party what would you tell the audience that they do not know about the Black Panthers?

A.) The Free Breakfast Program (which resulted in cities finally doing the same) it wasn’t just about feeding children’s bodies-we also fed their minds as they ate. Our children are our future.

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Dear friends, please follow Denise on Twitter…@Deoliver47

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Sitting Bull Champion of the Lakota People

Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am Sioux? Because I was born where my father lived?” -Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull was a Lakota who was born near the Grand River in South Dakota around 1831. Sitting Bull belonged to the Hunk Papa tribe. Sitting Bull’s parents named him Jumping Badger when he was born. At the age of ten he killed his first buffalo. At age 14 he displayed such bravery as a young warrior that his father changed his name to Tatanka Yotanka ( Sitting Bull), when he was 20-years old the U.S. government tried to force the Sioux to give up their land for money. They refused the annual payments of $50,000 dollars. The payment would allow white settlers to pass across their land at will.

In 1863, Sitting Bull became the supreme chief of the entire Sioux Nation. The noble and brave, warrior- Sitting Bull brought together the Sioux, the Northern Cheynne and Arapaho to fight against the U.S. government to give up their land.

“If we must die, we die defending our rights.” -Sitting Bull

On June 5th, 1876, a large group of Sioux and Northern Cheyenne gathered at Rosebud Creek in Montana for the annual Sun Dance. They fasted, and prayed to the “Great Mystery” -Wakan Tanka.

Sitting Bull cut pieces of flesh from his skin as a form of sacrifice. He then went into a trance where he had a vision of victory over the great white army. He shared his vision with his fellow warriors but he warned them not to take the weapons or the horses of the dead white soldiers.

Little Bighorn Battle June 25th 1876

On June 25th, 1876 the battle of Little Bighorn began, this battle is also known as Custer’s Last Stand. This famous battle is the most decisive American Indian victory against the U.S. Army ever recorded. This defeat of Custer and his men outraged white Americans to no end.

Today, in the history books Sitting Bull is recorded as a great warrior, spiritual leader who was defiant, brave Lakota who refused to back down or walk away from his noble Indian heritage.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Native American Heritage

Marsha Vivinate A Remarkable Woman

“I’m so proud of my four daughters; rasing them as a single parent and seeing them go on to become successful young Black women is truly my greatest accomplishment.” –Marsha Vivinate

Marsha Vivinate is the person who first introduced me to Kamala Harris. Marsha told me many years ago that Kamala Harris was a fast growing superstar in the Democrat Party. Marsha would go on to write five essays on Kamala Harris and I don’t know of anyone who knows more about the life and rise of Kamala Harris. I have wanted to interview Marsha for over a year. I am thankful she agreed to do this interview with me today.

Q) How are you doing in the face of Covid-19?

A) I am blessed. I am a strong believer in science. I believe in being fully vaccinated, booster shot, always wearing my mask and santitizing frequently has protected me from Covid-19.

Q) What is your ambition for 2022?

A) In 2021, I worked exceptionally hard to achieve a goal that happened this year. I have a passion for working with and helping battered women and their children experiencing domestic violence. I am a survivor. Together with my sister, this year, we will be launching a brand new nonprofit business pertaining to assisting battered women to help move them beyond the darkness and soar into a new life of independence.

Q) What do you hope for?

A) It is my hope that the impact our services will provide in the community aspiring new dreams to women who have otherwise given up hope.

Q) Are you a registered Democrat?

A) Yes, I am a registered Democrat.

Q) What do you tell young people about MLK when you have to give a speech in San Francisco?

A) I express to young people, it is not about being powerful, rich, or famous in the eyes of your peers. Dr. King was not looking for fame. He was a peaceful powerhouse with a vision and he was a great leader.

Q) Do you have a favorite MLK quote?

A) “Everyone has the ppower for greatness, not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

Q) What is the best investment you’ve ever made?

A) Investing on behalf of my children.

Q) Do you remember your favorite teacher in high school?

A) Yes, I do remember my favorite teacher; she was a Black woman from France with this beautiful accent. Miss LeCompte, she was petite and elegant and she was the first person to tell me,

“Marsha, there’s something very special about you. Your IQ and talents are way abovenormal.” Miss LeCompte alsobought me a beautiful prom dress to wear to my senior prom. My parents religion would not allow them to buy a prom dress for me, or even go to dances.

Q) What college did you go to?

A) San Jose State University.

Q) Someone told me you are related to Muhammad Ali, is this true?

A) Yes, I am related to the great Muhmmad Ali through my grandmother.

Q) What is your favorite vacation memory?

A) I took a vacation to Miami, Florida and it was simply amazing. I was introduced to so many exciting people who ended up being my close friends today.

Q) What are your feelings about Vice President Harris?

A) Vice President Kamala Harris is thee pheonomenal woman of the century! She’s blazed trails no other woman in the history of the United States. She is the future and will be the First woman of the USA.

Q) How long have you followed her rise in the Democratic Party?

A) I’ve followed her career since 1990 and have watched her become a superstar in the Democratic Party. She earned her spot with that brilliant mind. Like the great Shirly Chisholm, she is unbought and unbossed.

Q) I know you’ve written many essays about Kamala Harris; have you ever sent her copies of your articles?

A) I”ve never sent her copies ofmy essays although I have a sneaky feeling she may have read them on Twitter.

Q) Alot of very famous people follow you on Twitter, do they know you are an advocate for abused women and children?

A) I hope my followers are aware that I am a strong advocate and also a survivor of domestic violence. I write about domestic violenece especially during the month of October- Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Q) What is the one lesson your mother taught you that you have taught your four daughters?

A) I was molested as a young girl and my dear mama taught me to love myself and I taught that to my four beautiful daughters.

Q) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere in San Francisco with anything on it, what would it say?

“Let us learn to live together in harmony, peace, and love no matter the color of our skin.”–Marsha Vivinate

Marsha Vivinate is a champion for women’s welfare all across America.

You can follow Marsha Vivinate on Twitter @marsha_vivinate

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Ember Spotted Elk Voice for American Indians

“The dishonorable way Native Americans have been treated is only a single thread in the tapestry of human depravity.”–Marlon Brando

Ember Spotted Elk

Ember Spotted Elk is someone I follow on Twitter and she more than anyone I know reminds me so much of the noble and brave Russell Means. Ember Spotted Elk is a very gifted speaker and no one on Twitter does a better job of clearly explaining the culture and plight of the American Indian. Several weeks ago I asked her to do this interview. I am happy she granted me this interview because I feel, her voice is important, she speaks clearly, strongly and truthfully.

Thank You, Ember Spotted Elk…

Q.) How are you doing after being assaulted by the police?

A.) Well I’m still here I survived the assault by the police. There are many who are not able to say that.

Q.) Can you tell me what happened?

A.) I had just moved to Longmont, Colorado about five months ago, one day I took out the trash and came across a big scene of cops, fire trucks and ambulance inside my apartment complex. So I watched as others watched and there was this woman who was drunk making noise, being loud and unruly; she was looking for someone who lived in the apartment complex. I was concerned for her and so I asked a cop near by to get her some help.I never said anything to the lady and the cop turned to the drunk lady and asked her if she wanted to press charges against me for harassment. She said yes and that’s when four cops grabbed me violently. I asked them why were they doing this. I kept saying I didn’t do anything wrong. I did resist them as I didn’t understand why they were being violent to me; I never hit any of them. They threw me hard down to the ground and then cuffed me. I was bleeding at this time because of the cut they caused on my finger; it was bleeding bad. They picked me up and put me in the ambulance. They strapped me to the gurney.

WHAT DID I DO WRONG?

One EMT was nice to me and as we were talking the other EMT injected me with something and I passed out. I don’t know how long I was out, but when I awoke I was in the hospital. Soon after that I was taken to jail. I was originally charged with assaulting an officer , but that charge was dropped.

Q.) What made the police grab you?

A.) They attacked me because the cops asked the drunk white lady if she wanted to press charges against me for harassing her and she told them she did want me charged. I never said anything to that lady. I don’t like to throw out race but that’s what it’s about.

Q.) What are you going to do now to let other women know what happened to you?

A.) The Wiyans (women) are gathering. The ones that are strong enough to speak. I am being guided by a Dakota relative who is an elder and she and others have started a society called ‘Honoring of Women Society’ …our women are being hunted, assaulted and killed by KKK-Cops.

Q.) When did this assault by the police happen to you?

A.) It was May of 2021.

Q.) What would you like for the American Indian Movement to know about your experience?

A.) Well I’m sure the American Indian Movement knows full well the injustices done to the American Indian. This is why the movement was formed, because of laws that don’t work for us.

Q.) What is your ambition for 2022?

A.) My goal is to establish my business site, I want it to be a Spiritual & Cultural Center.

Q.) Where were you born?

A.) I was born in San Jose, California.

Q.) What do you hope for?

A.) Well, first, I hope they would stop assaulting us this way. First off we are women who are unarmed, we are armed only with our Voice. They don’t like what we have to say.

Q.) Who were your heroes?

A.) My Grandparents without a doubt! They fought and held onto who we are as Oceti Sakowin ( 7 Council Tribes) …they fought oppression by holding onto our spirituality.

Q.) What is the best investment you’ve ever made?

A.) Lol, well I am a poor Lakota in “society” so there are no wealth investments. But as a proud Sicangu Oyate ( Burnt Thigh Nation) my best investment is my children.

Q.) I know one of your daughters has a wonderful YouTube Channel where she teaches arts & crafts. “The Paper Owl” –YouTube

Have you ever done a YouTube Channel?

A.) No.

Q.) Will you ever run for a political office?

A.) Tribal politics.

Q.) What’s your favorite quote?

A.) “What doesn’t kill you make you stronger.” –Frederick Nietzsche

Q.) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say?

A.) You are not guilty. You are wanted and needed by your tribe.

Q.) Do you think Leonard Peltier will ever be released from prison?

A.) I don’t believe he will. The oppressors like to keep that noose tight around our necks.

Q.) What is your favorite quote by the brave and noble Sitting Bull?

A.) “If we must die, we will die defending our rights.” –Sitting Bull

Thank You, Ember Spotted Elk*

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Charles Micheaux

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