I prefer to embrace Chief Justice Roger Taney in Dred Scott than to embrace the $ilver rites movement. Taney advocated a class action. This means that blacks must “fight fire with fire.” This is why zebras run in a pack. A zebra running through the jungle, alone, is a lion’s dinner. Therefore, the $ilver rites movement, calls for personal justice. It means mentacide and genocide.
Sarah Parker Remond comes to mind when I think of a class action. She was a member of the Salem Female Anti-Slavery Society and the Massachusetts and Essex County Anti-Slavery Societies. In 1853, the police ejected her from a Boston theater. She was seriously injured.
Instead of Parker suing for personal damages, she sought, from the outset, class relief. Blacks should be allowed to attend a Boston theater without suffering personal injuries. She could have sued for “hush money” for herself. Compare the $ilver rites movement and see the “Central Park 7.” Where are they, and their $ilver rites attorneys, today?
Before I came along, blacks had to see and hear court cases in courtrooms in New York resembling “closets” with court officers reminiscent of the “Bull Connor” days in “Bombingham.” I began forcing the legal system to hear all of my cases in ceremonial courtrooms. See e.g. Pagones v. Maddox et al.; People v. Sharpton and Matter of Alton H. Maddox. They were all tried in ceremonial courtrooms.
I will be returning to the practice of law soon to secure preventive justice — not simply personal justice for all blacks. In the meantime, the civil rights movement has been captured by the $ilver rites movement. It is going to take time for blacks to get back to civil rights and move on to human rights. Your presence on Monday will be a step toward returning to pre-May 21, 1990 days.
Law schools use the case method. On this Monday at the Manhattan Housing Court and next Wednesday at United African Movement, we will be studying CPW Towers LLC v. Maddox, Index No. L&T 86146 (Civ. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2014) and companion cases that must be retrieved from the court archives for a subsequent court appearance. This case will be heard in Housing Court, Part C of the New York Civil Court, 111 Centre Street in Manhattan.
On July 13, 2015, I will demand a copy of a transcript of the court proceedings for that date. This transcript will be personally studied by those in attendance at the United African Movement on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Classon and Franklin) in Brooklyn.
All tenants in New York City have an interest in ensuring that all of their housing courts comply with NYCCCA § 110. These housing courts, operating contrary to law, provide the basis for gentrification and homelessness. Landlords, through their attorneys, are seeking to control housing courts. This is like putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop. We must resist. Leola and I are in agreement.
Mayor William de Blasio is engaged in a bait-and-switch scheme. Landlords are seeking to “warehouse” their properties until they can re-let them to upper middle-class whites. William de Blasio is able to appoint all housing court judges. These landlords are encouraged to engage in judge-shopping and to promote their selfish interests.
The zero rate increase for rent-stabilized tenants is a “trick.” It is a bait-and-switch scam. Therefore, we must demand a rollback of all rents for at least the past five years. Displaced tenants will need this compensation to survive the onslaught. Blacks need visionary leadership and not reactionary leadership.
The “Police Protection Act of 2015” is another scam. It allows NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (Robert Abrams) to exclusively investigate all police killings. In Matter of Tawana Brawley, I established that it is an “oxymoron” for an elected official to also be a special prosecutor. I will refresh the recollection of the black community at UAM in August 2015.
Black and Latino selected officials are like used car salespersons. They traffick in lemons. The “Police Protection Act of 2015” is a “lemon.” “Victims” in the $ilver rites movement are being employed to market it. As Justice Laura Blackburne said in 1983, “calling 911 can be hazardous to your health,” The NRA concurs.
P.S. I was arrested on July 11, 1984 in Manhattan Supreme Court for defending, in more ways than one, Willie Bosket whose whereabouts are now unknown because of a lack of counsel. After I am reinstated to the practice law in New York, he is at the top of my “things to do list.” In the meantime, All God’s Children is a must read.
President Barack Obama should visit him next week. He can also visit Mumia Abu-Jamal and Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. He claims to be seeking an education on America’s criminal justice system. For starters, he can free all black and Latino prisoners and encourage all governors to follow suit. No black or Latino defendant can get a “fair trial in the United States.