Monday, November 30, 2020

Six-Year-Old Girl Arrested; 14-Year-Old Honestie Hodges Dies


As I said in my previous post, why was this child arrested?  What could she possibly have done to warrant her being taken out of her classroom and led away in handcuffs?  

Did she kill somebody?  

Links to resources are below.   My work is about solutions, so please do check out the resources below.  

I have now watched the full video - apparently, the child threw a temper tantrum.  A TEMPER TANTRUM, Y'ALL!!!  The teacher thought the appropriate thing to do in this situation was to call the cops.  The cops came and arrested this six-year-old girl, and as far as I can tell, did not even read her her rights or tell her the charges against her.

Another question:  Why did they arrest her before her grandmother arrived?  There are a lot of child protection issues and safeguarding issues here.  Could this really not have waited until her grandmother was able to get there, to talk to the child, to ride with her in the police car, to be there with her when she was arrested?

And another:  what kind of psychological scarring has she been left with?  She is going to make some therapist very wealthy one day.  

I have now learned about another handcuffing incident.  Honestie Hodges, 11 years of age  when she was arrested and handcuffed AT GUNPOINT, has now sadly died of covid-19 at the age of 14.   George Stinney was the same age when he was executed.  

Apparently, the police mistook Honestie for a middle-aged white woman who was a suspect in a stabbing.  

Again, I have questions about the type of psychological damage she will have suffered.  We may never know the answers in Honestie's case.  

The United States incarcerates more children than any other country.  We have a long history of arresting and incarcerating children, including George Stinney, who was executed at the age of 14

Also, check out this article about the incarceration of children in the U.S.  The rate of arrest and incarceration of Black children in the U.S. is twice the rate for white children. 

I'm so upset about these incidents, both recent and historic, and I'm sure you are, too.  To see young lives cut short by the criminal injustice system is just heartbreaking. 

Go here for my blog post, How to Escape from the Prison System.

We have so much power.  It's time we started to use it for our benefit.

Go here for How to Get Clear, Precise Answers.  Our minds are incredibly powerful, and we MUST use them to protect our children and protect our communities.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) can help to PREVENT these kinds of incidents from happening.  Go here for some NVC resources and go here for books about NVC.

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Brilliant Video: You about to Lose Your Job


Brilliant video:  You about to Lose Your Job. 

I saw this on this article from The Root:  White Couple Lose Jobs and Face Eviction.   This white couple decided to verbally abuse a Lyft driver, repeatedly calling him a "sand n-word" because he insisted that they wear face masks while he drove them during the pandemic.  The woman RECORDED THE INCIDENT on her phone. 

As a result, the couple have lost their jobs and are facing eviction from their home.   

I am wondering, how can we get other white people to record their own racist and abusive behaviour? 

My heart is breaking.  My tears are flowing.  No, hang on, wait a minute, those tears are for all the Black people who have lost their jobs, been denied opportunities, been unlawfully detained, been falsely convicted of crimes and been killed in officer-related incidents.  

See also:  Six-Year-Old Girl Arrested.  This child was taken out of the classroom in handcuffs. 

See also:  Injustice:  The Film the Police Tried to Ban.  

The government have told us to wear face masks in order to avoid infecting others with covid-19.  If the covid restrictions are getting you down, check out my Coronavirus Resources

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Small Axe: The Mangrove at the BBC

The Real Mangrove NIne
Imagine you are sitting in a local Caribbean cafe, enjoying a meal with your friends and loved ones, and the police come in and smash the place up.  I heard about the Mangrove  many years ago.  


This is the first of four films which The BBC will be screening on the BBC under the heading of "Small Axe".  

These films by Steve McQueen, who directed Twelve Years a Slave, will explore the experience of Black people in Britain.  

All the proprietor, Frank Crichlow, wanted was to run a Caribbean restaurant which reflected his culture and that of his local community.  But the racism of the police turned it into a battleground.  They are shown brutally trying to close down the Mangrove and even assaulting Frank Crichlow in the courtroom. 

This film, The Mangrove, is still available on iplayer.  This article about the Mangrove and the Mangrove Nine contains footage of the events described.  It also gives background information, including the fact that drugs, which apparently came from a police lab, were found on the premises.  

Black activists, including Darcus Howe, got involved in the struggle around the Mangrove.  This was an education for many people, not least Frank Crichlow.  

If you have not seen this film, you definitely need to see it.  I hope it will be shown internationally.  

Plus journalist Peter Kellner talks about giving evidence at the Old Bailey trial of the Mangrove Nine

See also:  Injustice:  The Film the Police Tried to Ban.  

Plus, we discussed television showing films about the Black experience here.  

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Success Strategies with Zhana: What's on Your Mind?

Kamala Harris
At the time of recording, the result of the U.S. election had just been announced - a few minutes before we went on air, we found out Joe Biden was the new President, with Kamala Harris his new VP.  Listen below for more. 

What do you think about this?  What prospects does a Biden Presidency hold for our communities? 

Did you listen to our Election Day Roundtable?  Or our Post-Election Roundtable

Meanwhile, here in the UK, we are back in lockdown due to the coronavirus covid-19.  How do you feel about this?  Will it work to stem the rise of covid-19?  And what will it do to the economy? 


This scientist says the pandemic is over in the UK.  I find this fascinating.  What do you think? 

Our caller from Ghana told us the President of Tanzania had tested a papaya - and it had been found covid-positive.  

Plus:  Before Black History Month in the UK, why was there so much Black programming?  What are your thoughts?  

Go here to listen

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Injustice: The Film the Police Tried to Ban

My guest on the most recent edition of my Success Strategies online radio show was Ken Fero, the director of Injustice.   You have probably heard of, or seen, Injustice, Fero's film about seven UK families that are still fighting for justice after a family member died in police custody.  The police tried to ban this film - every time a cinema was scheduled to screen it, the police would phone them 15 minutes beforehand and tell them not to show it. 

Go here to listen.  

Ken Fero spoke to me about the fact that the police are, in his words, "killing Black people", and that this must stop.  

Some people believe the "Black Lives Matter" movement only pertains to the U.S.  Ken Fero talked with me about filming the experience of Black people and other migrant communities in many places, including the UK, Germany and France.  Go here to listen

He also spoke about his new film, Ultraviolence, and the fact that deaths in police custody are just "the tip of the iceberg".  

For more about Ken Fero and Injustice, see Ken Fero on Deaths in Police Custody.  

Go here to listen to our conversation.  

See also:  Protecting Our Communities.  

As I am sure you know, October is Black History Month/African Heritage Month here in the UK.  

And, of course, every month is Black History Month/African Heritage Month.  

Go here for my recent conversation with Brother Tony Warner of London Black History Walks:  Does Black History Really Matter?  As usual, he offered us loads of information about Black British history. 

Go here for more of my Black history blogs.  

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Go here for more from the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2020.  

Monday, September 14, 2020

Girl Knocked Unconscious in Racist Attack after Telling Boy “My Black is Beautiful”

Nevaeh Thomas, an 11-year old girl from Kansas City, says that she was racially harassed and assaulted by a 12-year old boy while playing outside. The boy allegedly began calling her racial slurs and then knocked her unconscious when she told him “my Black is beautiful.” 

Go here to read more about this.  

I see this photograph of her lying wounded in a hospital bed and it just breaks my heart.  

Your Black IS beautiful, baby.   One has to wonder why this boy is so hateful at the age of 12.  Why can't he tolerate a Black child celebrating her own beauty?  So sad.  These stories break my heart.  

This is just one more reason why we need Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and The Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence.  

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Global Peace Summit with Naimah Latif

I am delighted to invite you to The Global Peace Summit with Naimah Latif, owner and Executive Producer of The Female Solution, which will be held this weekend. We will be live on Blogtalk Radio, on Facebook and on Zoom - see below for details including the full schedule.

The presenters on The Female Solution - including me - will speak during the weekend, sharing thoughts about practical methods for achieving and maintaining global peace. I will be speaking about Nonviolent Communication (NVC) on Friday at 10 a.m. Central Time/4 p.m. UK time.

The full schedule is below. Please join us for as much of the programming as you can, and please share this with your networks.

As we are still reeling from the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and so many others, never was there more of a need for the Global Peace Summit.

For more about the Global Peace Summit, see:  How Can We Create aPeaceful World? Part 5. For more information, check out The Female Solution on Facebook.  

We will be live on Zoom (with segments heard on Blogtalk Radio on Soul Purpose Healing, It’s My House, and The Female Solution Radio show.)

Friday, August 28, 2020 9 am-2 pm Central Time / 3 pm-8 pm UK time

Zoom Meeting ID: 853 2272 7205 Passcode: 200663Okk

Saturday August 29, 2020 9 am-2 pm Central Time / 3 pm-8 pm UK time

Zoom Meeting ID: 853 5219 9959 Passcode: 040656

This two-day international meeting of the minds will feature presenters from all around the world sharing programs that provide for the health, interests, rights and needs of the people.  Many organizations whose members envision a world of peaceful coexistence through cooperation and mutual respect have demonstrated great success with initiatives that provide solutions to the challenges we face.  This gathering is for the purpose of sharing these solutions so that each of our local successes can spread to the global community. The format is as follows:

Each half hour segment will feature three presenters that give a five minute synopsis of their program, their successes, the challenges they overcame and their website and contact information. In the next 10 minutes, members of the audience may ask a one-minute question or make a one-minute statement regarding the information presented.

Watch us live on Zoom or listen live on Blogtalk Radio and call in and comment:

Friday, August 28th

9-10 am Central / 3-4 pm BST


10am -12 noon Central / 4 pm-6 pm BST



12 noon to 2 pm / 6 pm-8 pm BST


Saturday August 29th 2020

9 am-11 am Central / 3 pm-5 pm BST


11 am-2 pm Central / 5 pm-8 pm BST,



The program is as follows:

Friday, August 28, 2020

9:00 Introduction of Presenters for the Day

9:30 Energy Healing: The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection

10:00 Non-Violent Communication: The Foundation For Peace (with Zhana)

10:30 How To Discipline Children Without Hitting Them

11:00 Peace Schools: Teaching Values in The Classroom

11:30 Cooperative Farming, Urban Gardening

12:00 Avoid Hospitals With Healthy Food Prepared At Home

12:30 Humanity First: Helping Our Neighbors

1:00 Housing Cooperatives, Tiny Houses

1:30 Solar Energy, Own Your Own Power

2:00 Closing

Saturday August  29, 2020

9:00 Introduction of Presenters For the Day

9:30 Bitcoin: A New Global Currency Empowering People

10:00 The Pan African Connection: Doing Business Overseas

10:30 Ending Conflict Through Interfaith Communications

11:00 Declaration of Peace, Cessation of War (DPCW)

11:30 Ethics In Elections: How To Protect Your Vote

12:00 Creating A Culture of Gender Equality

12:30 Redefining Manhood: Bringing Fathers Back Home

1:00 After Incarceration: Transforming New Citizens

1:30 Security With The Right Spirit: Police Officers Who Pray

2:00 Closing

For more information, check out The Female Solution on Facebook.  

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