Last year I announced that I would be throwing my hat in the ring to run for Houston City Council and this remains true. The general election will be held in 2019 which gives me less than a year to prepare for my run... Meanwhile, I noticed a fact that no one EVER BRINGS UP, the FACT that there is only ONE Black woman on Houston's City Council and FOUR women total. This is problematic because Houston has SIXTEEN council seats and women are the minority in this situation. The time has come that we ELECT more Black women to city government! Period!
Truth be told, I had been seriously considering a run in the upcoming special election to replace the late Council member Larry Green, BUT I became conflicted about that race. The conflict being: Why run now when we can put a Black woman in office and wait to run for one of the term limited seats?
With that said, We can't just elect the first Black woman who steps up without vetting them to make sure they won't block ordinances that protect Black people on the fringes like the Trans community and the black LGBT community at large. We need people who will have intergrity to govern with respect to separation of church and state, and the strength to be open and honest. We need people willing to do what many of the men on council have failed to do, we need someone who will represent the interests of ALL Houstonians and not their donors. It is clear that city government is going in the wrong direction and not taking the time to address racial and economic disparities in Houston's Black & Brown community. Instead, the focus is to criminalize the homeless, beautify the city, and pedal the "Houston is a welcoming city" lie.
We need to shift that focus to building institutions that will increase the ability for Black and Brown Houstonians to thrive in all areas of their lives. We need a clean slate in this city, Houston we have to do much better and elect more women.
ESPECIALLY BLACK WOMEN.
Predictably, it appears that a white person has decided to attack Black leadership within Houston's LGBT Political Caucus. They are being accused of throwing the transgender community under the bus, and there are SEVERAL holes in this argument. The biggest one is that the Houston Ministers that came out against the HOUSTON EQUAL RIGHTS ORDINANCE are to blame for its failure at the polls. We all know that the PRO HERO side screwed up by not including Black and Brown people and letting HRC (HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN) call the shots in a campaign to provide equal rights. Keep in mind that Houston Unites was created two months before the 2015 GENERAL ELECTION to turn out the vote in support of HERO. In contrast, the opposition started theirs on May 1st of 2014 while the ones with all the money and power, who, ***gasp*** are WHITE decided to drag their feet to make an effort to counter the opposition's narrative. The racism within the LGBT community on a mainstream level is very prevalent, yet very micro aggressive to the point that they managed to never reach out to Black and Brown voters. They have little insidious ways of denying their subtle racism while unknowingly destroying efforts for equality.
While these Ministers have continued their Hate campaign, the biggest issue is that BLACK LGBT people have a stronger voice than before and will not stand for white people shutting them out or speaking for them. The TRUTH is that Black people are at a stage where we have to have conversations amongst ourselves about our differences. The only issue I have is with Folks talking to the ministers without the inclusion of Black Trans folk in a binary sense (Trans men and women), we have to teach people who look like us, about us and that includes having a conversation between Black LGBT people (Trans folk especially since they are attacked the most) and our straight/cisgender counterparts. Let me remind you that Black Transwomen in particular are predisposed to hate on a level beyond comprehension and I do not recall seeing many white names on the list being of Trans folks who were senselessly murdered called out at TDORs across this country.
I do not recall white women being criminalized like Black women for being Trans and again murdered while Black and Trans. With that said, the leadership of all groups who happen to be Black must have a seat at a table and talk our issues out and move forward without interference from privileged white folks like the author of this article Cristan Williams who has been called out on her racism before... But, before I go any further there read the article and pay close attention wording and images:
This attack on Black board members is clearly an OBVIOUS one, Mike is Genderqueer.. RESPECT THEIR PRONOUNS Cristan. Also, I would love for you to prove this:
"Most worrisome, is Humphries assertion that the transgender community has no place at the table when discussing this issue, even though it was the transgender community that was directly and maliciously attacked by HBVHAV during the fight to protect HERO..."
While I don't see eye to eye, trust or even like them at points, they are Black people advancing a cause of equity as opposed to that weak as ideology of equality white folks are pushing. There has been an aggressive campaign to stop Black folk from reaching leadership roles or to sabotage them while they are in them. Alexis Melvin is another who loves to hide behind her privilege of whiteness and throw stones from rented glass houses. She has a race issue as well and while she was on the board made sure to make life hard for People of Color who were also on the board with her at the time. Now, AGAIN they want to control Black folks narrative while living comfortably and watching Black Trans folk struggle in every way imaginable. The real truth is that The Caucus lost their 501C3 (nonprofit) status in 2014 while under MAJORITY WHITE LEADERSHIP and they brought in "diversity" by electing a majority POC board who in turn got the 501C3 status back. Not only did they do that, these folks increase leadership and raised some of the highest sums of money for the caucus at fundraisers.
WHITE PEOPLE WANT THEIR CONTROL BACK! Ask Jack Valinski why he was elected, ask him why he curated a membership database, as a board member, and only recently gave other board members access to it. What is the real truth, ARE TRANS PEOPLE REALLY BEING THROWN UNDER THE BUS? or is it that BLACK TRANS PEOPLE BEING LEFT OUT AND ARE BLACK LGBT FOLKS BEING THROWN UNDER THE BUS THEMSELVES?
Just look at Cristan's affinity for symbolism using memes:
Cristan has definitely made clear in the past that she does not see color when it comes to LGBT people and that we are all one group with no racial strife and that is a dangerous thought process. The thing is that Cristan is seen as a leader and in her whiteness she took a BLACK bus and positioned it as the thing rolling over the Trans community. Why is that bus Black? The caucus is POC led org, but with a LARGE WHITE BODY WHO does not move very far towards inclusive anything. SO, this Black bus represents the Black community and how she things that we are rolling over the Trans community as if Black Trans folks dont exist and are not on board with this idea to get groups to stop fighting to focus on dismatling white supremacy in all of its forms. Facts are facts, this article that Cristan wrote IS AN ATTACK ON ANYONE BLACK AND LGBT and exclusionary of Black folks. Look at this article I wrote over a year ago, Cristan let it be known where she stands:
AGAIN, DO BETTER WHITE PEOPLE!!!
I wrote a piece recently that ruffled a lot of feathers about Laura Moser and how her words over the years are based in racism and microaggressions. Initially the reaction to my post was negative and many White folks showed their cards by attempting to tell Black people what is or isnt racist. A new development occurred in the last hour or so, Laura Moser acknowledged what I called out and APOLOGIZED. Before I go any further, here is the apology:
"To all of my supporters, critics, and especially members of the black community, I want to address concerns raised about some of my past writing as a freelance journalist:
First, I want to apologize.
I now understand how my words – including those of my initial response – were hurtful and damaging to people and communities for whom I care greatly. Frankly, some of what I have written in the past demonstrated both my own privilege and my need for greater awareness of the full legacy of racism in America. I have no excuse, and I am sorry.
The reactions of many individuals close to me and of my fellow Houstonians have affected me greatly. As a result, I have taken time to listen before speaking out again on this issue. I have been meeting with members of my team, racial justice activists, and local community leaders about how best to move forward constructively.
All racism – whether it is intentional or unintentional – is a threat to our shared humanity. As a congressional candidate and as a human being, I have a responsibility to do better, and I will.
Going forward, I will be more deliberate about putting my values into practice. I will do more to educate myself, and I will continue to reach out to communities of color within my district and beyond.
I am fully committed to this work. This is only the start." - Laura Moser
SCREENSHOT OF APOLOGY BELOW:
While this apology is a welcome start, I now call upon Moser and any other candidate who is white to have conversation with constituents about racism whether it be overt or systemic. If we are to truly defeat Trump in Washington, WE must address the Trumps in our backyard. I am looking forward to speaking with Moser and any other candidate about REPRESENTATION on their staff(s) and in policy. Our votes are not free, and yes we want to live free from oppression, but to do so requires people to acutually address it head on.
This apology is a far cry from her previous one:
"Moser's words" (the original apology from her private page) "looked nothing like an apology to me. To be honest, saying "...I am sorry, full stop." sounds more and more like Moser is saying that she is sorry for how she made us feel and not about her actual words on video and in print. As of now, NO ONE from Mosers campaign has reached out to me or other folks in the community to addressed the issues raised by Kandice and I."
I will be updating as things develop. STAY TUNED!
Who is that officer???
This is the officer who slammed Essence to the floor, Elizar Mares...
Before you go on a tear about how this isn't racism because he is a Brown person, consider that anti - Blacknes among NON BLACK People of Color is a very real thing. ESPECIALLY, when they put that uniform on and toe that thin blue line they love so much. Humble ISD the ball is in your court, produce probable cause for the level of force used, share the police report and be transparent. FOR THE ORIGINAL STORY AND TO VIEW THE FOOTAGE CLICK HERE... Updates will be forthcoming, in the mean time catch Ms. Dawson and I on the Isiah Factor tonight on Fox 26 Houston at 10:30pm CST.
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Today I was contacted by a very upset mother who told me about her daughter being assualted by an Humble ISD police officer during an altercation. As I listened intently to Ebony Dawson, the mother of Essence Prince, I could hear the pain and hurt in her voice. She went on to send me a statement, pictures, and video of the "the arresting officer," throwing "her to the ground in order to break up the fight. Using excessive force, "he then proceeded to put his knee and elbow in her neck and head. From there she was handcuffed and thrown in to glass and drug her." To make things worse "she is being charged with two felony assaults to a public servant. One for spitting -which was coughing a reaction of being chocked. The other for hitting the officer." Before I continue, Please review the statement provided by Ms Dawson about the brutal attack on her daughter Essence prince and video/images below:
My name is Ebony Dawson. I am in need of assistance with a police brutality case. My 16 year old daughter Essence Prince was assaulted and was refused medical attention for approx. 5 hours.
Essence and another 10th grade student was involved in a fight yesterday March 9th. This fight took place approx. at 12-12:30 pm. I received a phone call from her principle 2:46. This call was missed due to a meeting that I was in. I was not left a message. I returned the call at 2:59. I was told that Essence was being suspended for a fight with another student. At 3:06 pm I received another call from Mr. Castillio, the principle I had just spoken with. He informed me that Essence was arrested. He stated if she gets a felony she will not be allowed back on campus. I was never told that she had been beaten by an officer or possibly needs medical attention. I was told that she was already downtown at Juvenile.
I immediately left work. I started to call around to see where my daughter was. I found that she was actually still at Humble ISD police dept. I asked to speak to an officer. I spoke to an officer that informed me she was booking my daughter. She informed me I was unable to see her, I could pick her up from downtown once she was transported. I was told that she had already questioned my daughter. She stated that Essence said that she spit on the office because she couldn’t get her hands back in the cuffs. The officer stated Essence is fine and I couldn’t see her. I still proceeded to the station. I asked the officer what about the male officer chocking her. She said well he needed to do that to detain her. She was resisting arrest so he had to place his elbow in her neck. The officer also stated, well he really isn’t that big of a guy. I explained it doesn’t matter. She cannot match his weight. The officer told me when kids are fighting they can match the officers force and weight.
The videos show she can’t move there is no resistance in the video where he is on her neck. This child feared for her life. She couldn’t breathe. She has a trained office taking sleep tactics to bring her down..."
Trigger Warning: Graphic Video
The statement continues...
"Essence was detained and question with no consent. She asked for medical attention for several hours. Essence asked for Medical attention and help with her neck in the 12 pm hour. Essence cried for them to call me. They told her that I was at work and I said she was in trouble and I wasn’t leaving work. They lied to her to stress her out. I wasn’t contacted until after she had already been arrested. The lied, scared her and questioned her without my consent. After arriving at the police station I was told , I cannot see her but she is fine. I was told that they could allow Essence to call me but not to see her. I was in rage. I explained I was not leaving until I was confirmed my child was fine. I explained this is a child with Asthma and a heart murmur. I explained from this video she cannot be fine. I told them I was calling the news. They then agreed to call EMT. EMT notified me her heart was beating a little faster but seem to be fine from their knowledge. They do however have concern with her neck. She is complaining of soreness and seems to not be moving well.
At this time the same female officer came out, while EMT was there and admitted that Essence has been complaining of pain in her neck. She smiled at me. I told her you told me my child was fine, you never mentioned that she was complaining or in pain. She was involved in a school fight. As a result of the this incident the arresting officer, throw her to the ground in order to break up the fight. He then proceeded to put his knee and elbow in her neck and head. From there she was handcuffed and thrown in to glass and drug her. She is being charged with two felony 3 assaults to a public servant. One for spitting -which was coughing a reaction of being chocked. The other for hitting the officer. She blacked out she didn’t know who was on her. She just know she couldn’t breathe. They have yet to show me the video of her hitting him directly. They have denied me the right to the videos.
The school attendants threw at least two more students into the wall. Those students were begging for help for her. They were telling them she can’t breathe. They even suspended one saying that she interfered with a crime. Essence was taken down town after 8pm. The exact reason is to cover and bruises. They counting on her not seeing the judge. They want to make this look like a result of the school fight. This was extreme force to a 16 year female by a male office. I need help for my baby. She is an A/B student drug free. She is not an angel but a typical teenage girl. She has court at 7:30 Monday morning. I need help and justice for her."
With the information provided, I am searching for an attorney who will work pro bono on Essence's behalf. Essence is scheduled to be in court Monday (3/12/18) mornng at 7:30am and "she is being charged with two felony assaults to a public servant. One for spitting -which was coughing a reaction of being chocked. The other for hitting the officer." The next steps will be to demand the identity of the officer so that he can be terminated and charged with assualt and excessive use of force. Our children, Black children are expected to learn in an environment that is hostile to them in a time when fools want to arm teachers that probably have implicit bias against Black people. I am calling for an investigation by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg and the Texas Rangers. I demand that all charges be dropped and that Essence be reinstated to school or at least allowed to transfer to a school with a safer environment.