The CFC

6 Dec 2012

socialismartnature:

MORE THAN two years have passed since Detroit police murdered 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones.

She was asleep on a sofa in her grandmother’s living room when she was shot to death by officers of the Detroit Police Department (DPD), as a reality TV crew filmed the tragic incident. Today, the Jones family has still not seen justice and continues to be brutalized by the DPD.

Detroit police raided the Jones family’s duplex around midnight on May 16, 2010. Police believed a suspect in a murder that happened a few days earlier was hiding in the home. Rather than wait for the suspect to leave the house, as police officers have since told the media is standard protocol, the cops chose to storm the house in a nighttime raid—bringing camera crews with them—despite the children’s toys scattered across the lawn.

Cops approached the home and threw a flash grenade into the living room through a first floor window, temporarily blinding the occupants inside. According to attorneys for the Jones family, video evidence shows that at that point, Officer Joseph Weekley, a regular guest on reality television, shot inside the home, killing Aiyana. The film has still not been released to the public.

The cops’ version of events has been inconsistent. First, they claimed that Weekley’s gun went off when Aiyana’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones, tried to grab it in a scuffle with Weekley. But Mertilla was arrested, drug tested and examined that night for gunpowder residue on her hands. All of the tests came back negative.

The police have since backed off that story, and now claim that Mertilla brushed against Weekly as she ran from the room, causing his gun to misfire. But there was “no contact with any cop,” Mertilla told reporters. “None. They’re lying.”

 … IMMEDIATELY AFTER the incident, the media set out to cover for the police and blame the Jones family for the tragedy. The day after Aiyana’s murder, Rochelle Riley, a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, wrote that Detroiters “need to stop harboring criminals and averting our eyes to thuggery.”

The Free Press ran a profile of Officer Weekley the next day, saying that he “helmed several charitable endeavors…including one that raises money for children of domestic violence victims.” The profile neglected to mention that a group of Detroit cops, including Weekley, were under federal investigation for a 2007 incident in which police raided a home, shot two dogs to death and pointed guns at children, including infants.

Weekley was arraigned in October 2011, 17 months after the fatal raid, and charged with involuntary manslaughter. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. The family is still waiting for the trial, which begins in late October.

Meanwhile, Charles Jones, Aiyana’s father, has been accused of aiding in the murder that police were investigating. He has been charged with first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison.

Detroit’s millionaire Democratic Mayor Dave Bing released a statement following Weekley’s arraignment, saying that the city “must use this difficult moment to continue bringing our community and police department together.” But the Jones family has seen what it looks like when the police come together with—or rather, against—the community: terrorism.

In spite of the court system’s foot-dragging, the Joneses have not given up hope for justice. In April 2012, Mertilla Jones made a statement to the press, saying, “I know it’s people out there praying for us…While they’re reaching out, I’m going to grab a hold of their hand. It’s time for us to stand up and speak out for Aiyana.”

28 Nov 2012

womenwhokickass:

Justina Williams: Why she kicks ass
She was a cosmetologist and legal assistant. 
She was the mind behind The National Gender Dysphoria Association, which has helped many people in the Detroit area transition, lead happier, healthier lives and provides gender counseling, electrolysis, legal advice and SRS guidance. 

womenwhokickass:

Justina Williams: Why she kicks ass

  • She was a cosmetologist and legal assistant. 
  • She was the mind behind The National Gender Dysphoria Association, which has helped many people in the Detroit area transition, lead happier, healthier lives and provides gender counseling, electrolysis, legal advice and SRS guidance. 

22 Jun 2012

fiercenyc:

Help FIERCE, Branching Seedz of Resistance (BSEEDZ), and Reteaching Gender and Sexuality (AKA Team Werk It!) get to Allied Media Conference!

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What is Werk It?

Werk It! will bring together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth organizers from across the country for a day of fabulous, creative, and radical media-making and strategizing! Through interactive activities, skill-shares and strategy sessions, we will share knowledge, develop leadership and build a network for strengthening the power of our communities to fight back—locally, regionally and nationally!

Network Gatherers will work on implementing social media platforms to amplify youth voices, create mapping tools to share information, and explore ideas for broader collaborations. We will also discuss ways to build and maintain active, sustainable networks that support youth-organizing efforts across geographical borders and help us stay connected throughout the year.

What is the Allied Media Confrence?

The Allied Media Confrence is a network of networks – youth organizations, international solidarity activists, anti-violence organizers, technologists, educators, media reform advocates, alternative economists, musicians and artists, disability activists, and many others – all using media in innovative ways. Some of these networks have sprouted from the conference, grown over the course of the year, then reconvened in Detroit larger and healthier. Through cycles of collaboration, question-asking and experimentation, our networks continue to grow, bringing new analysis, and new tools to the AMC every year.

Gonna be there?

Have you already registered for AMC? Come to our Network Gathering on Thursday June 28th from 10am-5pm! RSVP TODAY! Fill out this survey to help us make Werk it! better! 

How can you help?

If you a can, donate! By donating to Team Werk It! you will be helping Queer and Trans Youth from various organization build there leadership through 

For more information about Werk It!, each organization and the AMC, please visit our indiegogo page

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Yes! Let’s Werk! 6 days to go!!!!

29 Apr 2012

larepublicadedet:

Western International High School - Detroit

Student protests

14 Oct 2011

buildinghugger:

This is Occupy Detroit’s (in solidarity with Occupy Wall St) first General Assembly.

Monday, October 10 ·  7:00pm -  9:00pm

Spirit of Hope1519 Martin Luther King Jr BlDetroit, MI