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What is The Ferguson Moment?

We call on artists across the nation to share their responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance to racially motivated police brutality

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Marcia Chatelain, an assistant professor in the Department of History, created the #FergusonSyllabus in response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Friday, May 22, 2015

What is the punishment for aggravated menacing in Ohio?






What is the punishment for aggravated menacing in Ohio?
 (draft 1)
By Claudia Alick
This poem is made of language sampled from the answe to this question on ask.com and The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Examiner autopsy  report.




part 1

Judicial
QUICK ANSWER
punishment for first-degree misdemeanor aggravated menacing
in Ohio is up to 180 days in jail
a fine of up to $1000
Under special circumstances
the crime can be a fourth or fifth-degree felony
the punishment is more severe.

KNOW MORE
KEEP LEARNING
What is a first-degree misdemeanor in Ohio?
What is a fourth-degree misdemeanor in Ohio?
What is a "Felony 5" in Ohio?

FULL ANSWER
If the victim of aggravated menacing is either an officer
or a children service agency employee engaged in job duties,
aggravated menacing is a fifth-degree felony
This is punishable by a sentence of 6 to 12 months in prison
 a fine of up to $2500,
 If the offender commits aggravated menacing in these special circumstances
has previously been convicted of or pleaded guilty to an violent offense
the crime is a fourth-degree felony
This is punishable by a sentence of 6 to 18 months in prison
a fine of up to $5000

part 2
Extrajudicial

be it remembered
the dead body of a boy
supposed to have come to his death
the result of criminal
or other violent means
or casualty
or suicide
or suddenly when in apparent health
or in any suspicious
or unusual manner

Tamir Rice was single
12 years of age
a resident of Cleveland Ohio
a native of Cleveland Ohio
was
of the black race
brown eyes
black hair
no beard
no mustache

upon full inquiry
based on all known facts
Tamir E Rice
came to his death officially
there is history
outside a recreation center
shot by a police officer
a legal intervention
collapsed to the ground
treatment and drug therapy were administered
Tamir E Rice failed to respond
pronounced dead
mortuary services dispatched
gunshot wound of torso
injuries of major vessel
intestines
pelvis
HOMICIDE

Thursday, May 21, 2015

St. Louis-born author's new book challenges traditional American narratives


""As the situation in Ferguson or Baltimore or Staten Island, the kinds of crises that we are seeing in so many places and cases suggest, we cannot really go forward until we come to terms with the past. And part of coming to terms with the past requires that we understand the past. And it’s not only historical facts and the amazing work that historians and sociologists and political scientists do, but also art can illuminate the past in ways that very few other things can. I feel like that with this book and other texts they help to enlighten us about the past in ways that can be very very, productive for understanding where we’ll be going in the future."

Read more here: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-born-authors-new-book-challenges-traditional-american-narratives

St. Louis-born author's new book challenges traditional American narratives


""As the situation in Ferguson or Baltimore or Staten Island, the kinds of crises that we are seeing in so many places and cases suggest, we cannot really go forward until we come to terms with the past. And part of coming to terms with the past requires that we understand the past. And it’s not only historical facts and the amazing work that historians and sociologists and political scientists do, but also art can illuminate the past in ways that very few other things can. I feel like that with this book and other texts they help to enlighten us about the past in ways that can be very very, productive for understanding where we’ll be going in the future."-- 

Read more here: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-born-authors-new-book-challenges-traditional-american-narratives

For Aiyanna by Timothy Veit Jones

For Aiyanna
by Timothy Veit Jones

Perhaps she dreamt of princes
castles, forests, fairies,
her future queendom,

perhaps she clutched a teddy bear
with fragrant fur

perhaps she had visions of lavender fields
mile high ferris wheels

perhaps in this dream
a prince arrived at that couch

perhaps this princess
expected to be awakened by her royal father

perhaps in some other world
a king kissed her forehead

instead of a bullet

‪#‎SayHerName‬


Installation by Sade Lythcott at the National Black Theatre

Aggravated Menacing

Aggravated Menacing  (draft 1)
By Claudia Alick
This poem is made of language sampled from

No person shall knowingly cause another
to believe that
the offender will cause serious physical harm to the person
property of the other person
the other person's unborn
a member of the other person's immediate family

any other basis for the other person's belief that
the other person's belief may be based on words
conduct of the offender
directed at or identify 
a corporation
association
other organization that
employs the other person
to which the other person belongs

Whoever violates is guilty of aggravated menacing
a misdemeanor of the first degree
the victim of the offense is an officer
employee of a public children services agency
a private child placing agency
 the offense relates to the officer's
employee's performance
anticipated performance
official responsibilities
duties

aggravated menacing is a felony of the fifth degree
if the offender previously has been convicted of
or pleaded guilty to an offense of violence
the victim of that prior offense was an officer
employee of a public children services agency
private child placing agency
that prior offense related to the officer's or employee's performance
anticipated performance of official responsibilities or duties
a felony of the fourth degree

Organization
includes an entity that

is a governmental employer



#SayHerName #AiyanaJones #BlackGirlsMatter #BlackWomenMatter

#SayHerName #AiyanaJones #BlackGirlsMatter #BlackWomenMatter
art by @sandra_nadine



Source: https://www.facebook.com/yaba.blay 

Find more info about Aiyana Jones here: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2010/11/aiyana-stanley-jones-detroit

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Inconsistent Coverage

Inconsistent Coverage
by Claudia Alick



Hug a thug
Bang a gang
What’s in a name
You say
News say
Chicken or the Egg
No big deal what the fearless feel

Waco Tribune say
altercation
incident

CNN say
It’s melee
ruckus
fracas
brawl
fistfight
brouhaha
“issues”
trouble
chaos

New York Times say
chaos
shootout
fight
confrontation
problems


police says
“What happened here today”
police says
“gun fights”
melee
scuffles and disturbances
on the issue of related violence around the city
very dangerous, hostile criminal biker gangs
not motorcycle clubs

something akin to a war zone
turned a local restaurant into a shooting gallery
a rival motorcycle gang fight
melee
absolute chaos
a situation like happened Sunday afternoon
9 dead 100 weapons

in Baltimore they say
in Cleveland they say
in LA they say
in New York they say
in Chicago they say
In Ferguson they say
In America they say
Riot
Protest
Looting
Unrest
Due to Legal
Illegal
Extra legal
Extrajudicial punishment
Accidental damage
To body to property
Broken windows
Broken spines
Injuries sustained
Police custody
Mass arrest
Property damage
Curfew
Silent
Accepting
Tolerant 
Police
Brutality
Police state
Police protection
Protect
serve
serve
serve
Unseemly
Uproar
Uprising
Polite
Disagreement
Murder
Rebellion
Violence
revolt
Savage
Thugs
Criminals
Outside agitators
Dehumanize
Pathologize
Working class
Poor
Lazy
Disenfranchised
Disaster
Tragedy
Mess
disgrace
Discrimination
Economic exploitation
Call attention
To seek revenge
protest
people gather together to show strong disapproval 
about something
riot
a situation in which a large group of people behave 
in a violent and uncontrolled way
They say
You say
We all say
Who can say
at this point
No say
A reaction to
Supremacy
Oppression
In America



She Thought Perhaps Azalea

She Thought Perhaps Azalea
by Liesl Garner, 4/29/15 As Baltimore was burning

My troubles are so damn small
in comparison to cities burning;
they are not the world's troubles
like the anger, anguish
and outrage bursting
from the inside out
of our cities and our towns,
our neighborhoods broken,
our people destroyed.

And as much as I want
to claim them as mine
to feel a solidarity,
I know I am a pale outsider.

Sitting on a bench at the playground
next to a beautiful brown mama
and her precious, brown baby boy,
tears welled up in my eyes:
the weight of my privilege
too much to carry today.
Wanting too much to seem casual,
I glanced out at the green grass,
sun-dappled through enormous, beautiful trees,
the pink and white flowering bushes.
"Do you know their names?" I ask.
"Are those Rhododendron?
I can never be sure."
She thought perhaps azalea.

She saw my tear-filled eyes,
and I gulped, and mused
at the beauty all around us.
I could not ask a total stranger
How to talk
about Race in America today.
I just sat on the bench with her
and adored her little son,
and breathed in and breathed out
and tried to will our world to do better.

She laughed at my boys and their antics.
We had the common ground of motherhood,
which I'd always thought
could not be under-rated;
but see that I will never
have to worry over mine
in anywhere near the same way
as she will worry for hers.

I kept wanting an entry into conversation
that would give me the chance to prove
my worthiness as a non-hater,
that would give me a reason
to enumerate my encounters with hatred,
with me and my black friends on
this side, or list my affiliations,
the amazing men and women
who I have considered friends, roommates,
Family. But there was no segue
from clapping, chubby baby hands
to any deeper issues. And my brushes
with color do not give me,
do not begin to give me...

I only know the outsiders anthem,
I do not carry inside me the root,
the flower, the core. The baseline
of this descent, the chorus through
the ages, through the cages,
through the caged and chained,
the families broken,
The stand-up tall - no matter,
The don't cry - does not matter,
The run, the hide.

I never knew run.

I have never known hide,
nor life or death;
no one to trust.
I talk to cops, I have flirted
my way out of tickets.
I know nothing.
I stand helpless on the outside
knowing f*ing nothing.
Knowing beautiful babies
Grow up to be target practice.
Shoot. Fire. Aim.
Think later.
Cover up.

Source: http://lieslgarner.com/2015/04/29/she-thought-perhaps-azalea/

Inducing Panic

Inducing Panic
a poem by Claudia Alick



Cleveland Police department
Case description
Inducing Panic
Primary Victim
OHIO STATE OF…

Weapon 1
Area District 1
Section Zone 16
Grid Ward 16
Case Status 
Open

Number of offenses 2
Number of offenders 1
Number of victims 3

Offense number 1
Crime Code
Aggravated menacing
Attempted Committed Completed
Aggravated menacing
Location Type Street
Criminal Activity No gang
Alcohol Related Unknown
Drug Related Unknown
Domestic crime
Not domestic
Code INTIMIDATE
Hate Crime No Bias
Not applicable
Assault Other

Offense number 2
Crime
Code
Inducing panic
 Attempted Committed Completed
Inducing panic
Street
Criminal Activity
No gang
Alcohol related
Unknown
Drug related
Unknown
Domestic crime
Not domestic
Code
Public Peace
Hate Crime
No Bias
Not applicable
Unknown

Suspect Rice, Tamir, E.
AKA
Rice, Tamir
Race
Black
Sex
Male
Age
12
Eyes
Brown
Complexion
medium brown
Ethnicity
Unknown
Extent of injury
Fatal
Medical treatment
Unknown
Statement type
None
Related offenses  
1     
2

Victim
OHIO STATE OF
Victim Offender Relationships
Rice Tamir E

Unknown

Victim
Primary individual
Police Officer
Race unknown
Sex unknown
Hair unknown
Eyes unknown
Ethnicity unknown
Extent of injury
minor
Medical treatment
treat and release
Transported by unknown
Related offenses
1
Victim Offender Relationships
Rice Tamir E

Unknown

Victim
Primary individual
Police Officer
Race unknown
Sex unknown
Hair unknown
Eyes unknown
Ethnicity unknown
Injury type none
Transported by unknown
Related offenses
1
Victim Offender Relationships Rice Tamir E

Unknown

Property Rice Tamir E
Subject type Suspect
Property type weapon
Property class firearms
Initial value 
Nothing
Recovered value
Nothing
Notified how?
Colt 1911 Pellet Gun Facsimile Firearm
BB Gun

Original narrative
Aggravated menacing
Facsimile firearm
Police intervention
Shooting
Named suspect
Juvenile complaint
Abated by death