Friday, October 30, 2009

Journey for Justice: Largest Civil Rights Rally In Missouri Set For Kennett Missouri Monday, November 16, 2009 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Does She Look Like A PreMed Student


a Perp that needs 15 Years to keep her from cutting in line?

Short answer - Neither. Heather Ellis' dreams of medical school were trashed three years ago when she was arrested for assaulting 5 Kennett, MO police officers. You can learn more at TheHeatherEllisCase.

Now the question is - will Heather Ellis get a fair and just trial in Kennett? And where is the evidence (a hidden Walmart videotape) that Kennett, MO, Prosecutor Stephen P. Sokoloff has yet to show? Maybe Reverend Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Professor Watkin, Michael Baisden, the national media and concerned American can help promote justice and equality in Kennett.

What makes matters worse is the fact that the Ellis family alleges that admitted KKK card carrying police officers (not all of Kennett's police carry KKK calling cards, but one is too many) have intimidated them by distributing KKK calling cards.

Donations for Heather Ellis' legal defense fund will be presented to the family with checks made payable to THE HEATHER ELLIS LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (or click the link to donate through Paypal if you cannot personally attend).

Lets go meet the Ellis' on this "Journey for Justice." eams of practicing medicine away by assaulting 5 police officers in a parking lot.

If you want to go. If you want to support justice. If you want Missouri's criminal justice system to find the truth, e-mail so that you can march in defense of core American values.

On November 16, 2009, the van leaves at 5:30 AM from Jefferson City, MO Community Center at 621 E. Dunklin. We will arrive in Kennett at 10AM and then at 11 AM, we will meet at the Walmart where she was arrested (1500 1st St., Kennett, MO) and march to the steps of the courthouse square (200 Slicer St) where Prosecutor Sokolof says she will be sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Anyone with an interest in justice is welcome.

This is just one opportunity to help set justice on the right path. Missouri needs your help.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Local Law Enforcement Gets Help In the Investigation & Prosecution of Crimes Motivated by Hate




Google the names of Heather Ellis and Walter Currie, Jr., and you will know that hate crimes are an issue in Missouri. Reports of violent hate crimes are increasing. Walter Currie, Jr.'s attacker set him on fire reminiscent of lynchings thought long in the past. Heather Ellis reports that the Kennett Police force has officers/members of the KKK who are intimidating her family while the prosecutor files criminal charges unequally. Both cases have drawn the nation's attention to the Show Me State. In the face of local inaction, the federal government has once again passed legislation to protect all Missourians because Missouri's existing state laws are not being properly enforced at the local level.

October 28, 2009, President Barack Obama signed legislation into law that significantly expands the role the federal government can play in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes. The full House of Representatives passed this legislation on October 8, 2009, by a vote of 281 to 146; the Senate passed the final version of the bill on October 22, by a margin of 68 to 29.

Hate crimes remain a festering and horrifying problem in the United States. This form of domestic terrorism is designed to intimidate whole communities on the basis of personal and immutable characteristics – and can spark widespread neighborhood conflicts, even damaging the very fabric of our society. Although there are laws on the books that help deter hate crimes and protect their victims, significant gaps remain unfilled. Sadly, the number of hate crimes in America continues to increase, and the number of “hate groups” (an organization that promotes hate or violence towards members of an entire class of people, based on characteristics such as race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation) in the United States increased to 926 in 2008, up 54 percent since 2000.

Prior to enactment of the legislation earlier today, the federal government was allowed to intervene in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes only if they occur on federal property or if the victim was participating in one of six very specific activities, such as voting. The Matthew Shepard, James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act expands existing hate crime prevention laws and allow the federal government to assist local authorities in the investigation and prosecution of crimes motivated by hate, regardless of where or what the victim was doing at the time the crime occurred. It would also expand the definition of a hate crime to include those motivated by the victim’s disability, gender or sexual orientation and it would provide money to states to develop hate crime prevention programs.

In short, this proposed hate crimes prevention legislation would allow the federal government to work with state and local authorities to prevent or, if necessary, punish hate crimes to the fullest extent possible. As past cases have clearly demonstrated, the federal government is often needed to compliment state and local efforts to investigate and prosecute these very complicated and expensive cases.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Morning with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Jefferson City

October 25, 2009
Worship service: Sunday, 10:30 - 11:30 A.M

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
P.O. Box 1245
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1245

Telephone: (573) 636-0684 (answering machine)

Meet with the Fellowship this Sunday as we discuss the impact of the NAACP on America over the last 100 years as we look forward to next year. Imagine faith in action. Proud partners for justice and equality.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

100 Years: Living the Legacy

NAACP Announces Centennial Awardees

Jefferson City, MO, October 3, 2009 — “Ideas such as Justice and Equality are

only as relevant as we make them.” Says Nimrod Chapel, Jr., president of the Jefferson

City, MO, Branch of the NAACP. “These individuals and organizations we are

recognizing have shown a sincere interest in turning democratic concepts into reality.

It’s a fitting tribute that they are recognized at this year’s 46th Annual Freedom Fund

Dinner, Silent Auction and Centennial Celebration on October 3, 2009 at the Capital

Plaza. I encourage each of you to get to know these individuals and organization and

continue your support for these most American of ideals.”

The 2009 Awardees are:

ROY WILKINS AWARD – Vera Thomas (Mother of Reginald Clemons)

The Roy Wilkins Award is given in recognition of individuals who have devoted their

lives to finding solutions to racial inequality, promoted educational excellence, and

demonstrated courage in the fight for equality, justice, and civil rights.

ROSA PARKS AWARD –Phyllis Launius

The Rosa Parks Award is given to individuals who have committed their lives, and have

exhibited dedication and commitment to the cause of equality and justice in the face of

personal sacrifice, and for standing up against racism and discrimination.


The Missouri Supreme Court - Public

This Corporate/Public Image Award is given to a company or individual in the

public/private sector, in recognition of its/their commitment and dedication to equal

opportunity, employment, diversity, community support and leadership.


Larry Weber, Esq., Chuck Hatfield, Esq., Lieutenant Colonel Christina Case,

Master Sergeant Percy Johnson

This Presidential Choice Award is given to an organization or individuals in the

public/private sector, in recognition of its/their commitment and dedication to equal

opportunity, access, employment, diversity, community support and leadership.


The Myrtle Smith Oden Service Award is given to individuals who have worked faithfully

in the NAACP or other civic organizations for the overall betterment of the community.

LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD – Nimrod and Dr. Cynthia Chapel

The Lifetime Service Award is given in recognition of an individual for a lifetime career,

dedicated toward the cause of justice, equal opportunity and civil rights for all people.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Tyronne Allen, James Tippin, Esq.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given in recognition of an individual who has

worked diligently and given honorable and dedicated service in the safeguard of justice

and democracy.

“Honor those who have worked in their professional and private capacities as citizens to

make our Community, state and nation a better place to live and truer to the ideals set

forth in the Bill of Rights and Constitution.” Said Chapel. “Civic duty is the debt we

owe for being a part of society and it is our only real opportunity to make communities


Founded in 1909, the 100 year old NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights

organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier

advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and

monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.