Thursday, May 16, 2013
Malcolm Latiff Shabazz's funeral arrangements are set for Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. at the Islamic Cultural Center, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, Calif.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Bombs fall from Drones
children, women men
a wedding party
citizens of America even
no trial no arrest no charges
what man is this
so called black
no slave history here
some clone perhaps
made for the USA
organizer from Chi town
beloved of Wall Street
no bank the bankers here
give 15 year girls
morning after pill
for his daughters too
let's see if they get the pill
without Michelle's permission
murder list in hand
Afghanistan or USA
Badder than Bush
You wit me or against me
I don't like you
so you enemy combatant
civil rights workers
Mumia Abu Jamal
down in the American gulag
Will Ruchell McGee ever see the sun again
why you lie about closing Gitmo'
No bankers in jail for robbing the poor
No bankers in jail for money laundering Cartel money
slap hands with a fine
2.4 million doing petty crimes
did you give up Benghazi for election win
spy on AP
you tell IRA interrogate Tea Party
what is you, man
the devil in black face
imperialist African style or Jamaican
won't talk to Cornel and Tavis
won't discuss the poor the black
talk of gays, lesbians, Mexicans
no mention of boyz and girls in the hood
give boyz and girls in Iraq, Afghanistan
jobs, education housing
if they lay down arms
why not jobs, education housing in the hood to stop the violence
Chicago is Iraq, Oakland Afghanistan
New Orleans is Yemen
Philly is Somalia
this drama must end.
You got Osama
Now get man in mirror
Coming Soon: Pull Yo Pants Up: Critical Notes on Obama Drama: 2008-2013, Marvin X,
Black Bird Press, Berkeley, 2013.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Father Stands By 12-Year-Old Son Arrested in Sister Leila Fowler's Stabbing Death
The father of a 12-year-old boy arrested in the stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister, Leila Fowler, said he supports his son and believes he is innocent until evidence proves otherwise.
Barney Fowler told The Associated Press today that his family is standing behind the boy "until they have the proper evidence to show it's my son."
On April 27, Leila's 12-year-old brother, who has not been identified because he is a minor, told Valley Springs, Calif., authorities he found his sister stabbed to death after an intruder broke into their home.
The 12-year-old said he called his parents, who alerted sheriff's deputies. The boy told authorities the intruder, who he described as a tall man with a muscular build, fled the scene. The boy's description launched a 15-day manhunt that included door-to-door searches and divers in a reservoir.
The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office in Northern California announced the arrest of the 12-year-old boy late Saturday. He is expected to be charged with homicide.
Neighbors in Valley Springs, Calif., where the family lives, said they feared all along that Leila's brother -- not a mystery man the boy described -- might be responsible for the girl's stabbing death. Community members were both relieved and saddened by the news of the boy's arrest.
"It made us sadder, because he's just 12 years old," Barron told ABCNews.com. "The family has lost two children now."Barbara Barron, who lives two doors down from Leila Fowler's home, said she suspected the brother from the beginning and found it unusual that he allegedly called his parents before calling police when he found his sister.
She described the neighborhood as "really quiet" and "very somber."
"Everybody speculates, and everybody said this and that, but I just prayed," Mary Gallagher, a friend of the Fowler grandparents, told ABC News' Sacramento affiliate KXTV. "I prayed it wasn't him."
Neighbors said they had not seen Leila's family since her death, but Leila's grandfather said the family is struggling.
"I don't know what to think. They had been trying to make a case for a while now," grandfather Dennis Fowler told KXTV. "It's been really hard on the family."
Several knives were taken from the Fowlers' home to determine if one of them had been used in the murder, The Associated Press reported. In the days after the stabbing, a neighbor, who told police she saw a man flee the home, also recanted her story, the AP reported.
Authorities initially said Leila's brother was not a suspect, but acknowledged they were continuing to talk with him.
"We are continuing to talk to him, which would be normal because he was the last person with the child," Calaveras County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo said at a news conference last month.
Macedo said at the news conference that investigators had collected fingerprints and what they believed to be DNA at the crime scene.
Authorities have not said what led to the arrest the 12-year-old boy on Saturday.
After a tense two weeks, Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz said he hoped the arrest would bring some peace of mind to a community that has been on edge.
"Citizens of Calaveras County, you can sleep a little better tonight," he said.
ABC News' Alyssa Newcomb contributed to this report.
2 Waiters Arrested in Killing of Malcolm X’s Grandson
Mario Guzm�N/European Pressphoto Agency
Published: May 13, 2013
Xiomara Michel/The Shabazz Family, via Associated Press
Procuraduria General de Justica del Distrito Federal, via Associated Press
Procuraduria General de Justica del Distrito Federal, via Associated Press
The men taken into custody, David Hernández Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Pérez de Jesús, worked as waiters at the Palace Club, a downtown bar where Mr. Shabazz, 28, was beaten, in what the city prosecutor called a dispute over an excessive bill.
Two other bar employees who the authorities said participated in the beating, which left Mr. Shabazz with fatal skull, jaw and rib fractures, were being sought.
The body of Mr. Shabazz, who for years had wrestled with living in the shadow of his grandfather’s fame, was still at a city morgue on Monday while American consular officials worked to have it returned to the United States. A family spokeswoman said they would have no comment, and no funeral plans have been announced.
Mr. Shabazz arrived in Mexico City from Tijuana, the prosecutor, Rodolfo Fernando Rios Garza, said at a news conference. He went to the bar on Thursday with a man whom friends identified as Miguel Suárez, a Mexican labor activist whom Mr. Shabazz had befriended in the United States and who had been recently deported.
When the argument over the tab broke out around 3 a.m. as they prepared to leave, the two were separated by bar employees, but, for reasons the prosecutor said had not yet been determined, only Mr. Shabazz was beaten. A blunt object was used but no other details were given.
Mr. Shabazz’s companion was taken to another part of the bar and robbed but said he managed to escape and call for help.
The pair disputed a tab that came to around $1,200, Mr. Rios Garza said. Two young women had approached them on the street and invited them to the bar, but although Mexican newspapers have identified the bar as a known brothel, Mr. Rios Garza waved off questions regarding prostitution. Many of the bars in that rundown area charge customers for even a conversation with their female employees, according to Mexican news reports.
Mr. Shabazz consumed several drinks; a prosecutor’s office statement said he had a blood alcohol concentration more than three times the legal limit for driving in most American jurisdictions. But the prosecutor, while not offering details on how much liquor was consumed, said the bill was excessive and was part of the effort to rob Mr. Shabazz and his companion.
He said he found no evidence that race or any motive other than robbery was in play, and there was no indication that the attackers knew Mr. Shabazz came from a famous family.
The investigation, however, has had its stumbles.
There were security cameras in the bar, but after a search of the property two days after the attack, video recording equipment was missing and the cameras were turned toward the walls, the prosecutor’s statement said. It was unclear why the search was delayed, but justice reform advocates have long complained that Mexican investigators do not always move with the speed and forensic acumen of the police in the United States.
The police have interviewed Mr. Suárez, who could not be reached for comment.
Mr. Shabazz was 12 when he set a fire in Yonkers that killed his grandmother, Betty Shabazz. After serving prison time, he walked an erratic path away from his troubled youth.
He had gone to Mexico City with Mr. Suárez with plans to draw media attention to his deportation, Mr. Suárez said on Facebook.
Karla Zabludovsky contributed reporting from Mexico City, and Kia Gregory from New York.