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H. RES. 517
Supporting the designation of a “Slavery Remembrance Day” on August 20, 2021, to serve as a reminder of the evils of slavery.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 1, 2021
Mr. Green of Texas (for himself, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Lowenthal, Ms. Adams, Mr. Carson, Mr. Levin of Michigan, Ms. Kuster, Mr. Brown, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Rush, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Sherman, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Pappas, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. David Scott of Georgia, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Payne, Mr. Evans, Mrs. Luria, Ms. Norton, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Moore of Wisconsin, Ms. Omar, Ms. Speier, Mrs. Hayes, Mr. Auchincloss, Mr. Bowman, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Castro of Texas, Mr. Neguse, Mr. Morelle, Mr. Vargas, Ms. Bass, Mr. Mfume, Ms. Blunt Rochester, Mrs. Fletcher, Mr. Doggett, Mr. Veasey, Ms. Strickland, Ms. Waters, Ms. Williams of Georgia, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Welch, Mr. Torres of New York, Mr. Khanna, Ms. DelBene, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. Carter of Louisiana, Ms. Escobar, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. Chu, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Takano, Mr. Pallone, Mr. McEachin, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Ms. Meng, Mr. Perlmutter, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Allred, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Ms. Kaptur, Ms. Garcia of Texas, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Connolly, Ms. Pressley, Ms. Jayapal, Ms. Barragán, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Mr. Cuellar, Ms. Tlaib, Mr. Grijalva, and Mr. Jeffries) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform
Supporting the designation of a “Slavery Remembrance Day” on August 20, 2021, to serve as a reminder of the evils of slavery.
Whereas, on August 20, 1619, the first 20 enslaved Africans were brought to what is now Fort Monroe, then Point Comfort, in Hampton, Virginia against their will;
Whereas the House of Representatives recognizes August 20, 2021, as “Slavery Remembrance Day” and commemorates the lives of all enslaved people while also condemning the act and perpetuation of slavery in the United States of America and across the world;
Whereas African tribal chiefs captured, enslaved, and sold their captives to transatlantic slave traders;
Whereas, over the period of the Atlantic slave trade, from approximately 1526 to 1867, millions of humans were abducted and shipped from Africa, and 10,700,000 arrived in the Americas as personal property;
Whereas the majority of enslaved Africans brought to British North America arrived between 1720 and 1780;
Whereas about 6 percent of African captives were sent directly to British North America;
Whereas, by 1825, the population of the United States included about one quarter of the people of African descent in what has been called the New World;
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SECTION 1. Short title.
This resolution may be cited as the “Original Slavery Remembrance Day Resolution of 2021”.
Many libraries offer free or discounted passes to local attractions and cultural destinations, so before paying to visit nearby museums, zoos or other places, see what your library has available. Some libraries have physical passes you must pick up and return, while others provide access to tickets online through programs like Discover & Go in California. Getting free and low-cost admission tickets through your library is an affordable way to explore your area’s attractions.
Audiobooks, e-books and digital magazines
Go beyond the books on your library’s shelves. Many branches provide free access to e-books, audiobooks, digital magazines and newspapers through apps like Hoopla, Libby, Flipster and PressReader. You’ll find an almost limitless selection.
TV, music and movie streaming
If you subscribe to one or more streaming services, you may want to see what your library offers. Many libraries provide access to online services such as Kanopy, Hoopla and Freegal for free music, TV and movie streaming. The options may not be as up-to-date as some paid-for services, but you’ll find quality content.
Study rooms and meeting spaces
Need a change of scenery from your work-from-home setup, a quiet space for your book club or a conference room to hold a meeting? Many libraries allow patrons and community groups to reserve study rooms and meeting spaces for free, so you can skip the day rate at the pricey coworking space in town. Some libraries may even equip their rooms with video conferencing equipment, interactive whiteboards and other items.
Career training and small business resources
With job search platforms, career coaching, interview training, and test-prep and resume-writing help, many libraries offer free career and business resources in person or through online platforms like Learning Express and LinkedIn Learning. The Broward County Main Library in Florida has a complete Small Business Incubator and Hub, including a coworking space, tech equipment and other career and business resources.
Before paying to get important documents notarized, see if your library offers notary services. Many branches provide it free or for a small fee or suggested donation.
Electronics and tech support
Your library may have a variety of electronic devices you can borrow. For example, at Scranton Library in Madison, Connecticut, patrons can borrow laptops, iPads, Kindles, digital cameras, video cameras, podcasting equipment and more. And 3D printing is available at many libraries — for a small fee, in some cases. These offerings provide an affordable way to explore new technology or test a device before buying. And if you need help with new devices or ones you already own, many libraries also have tech support.
Many libraries loan out instruments such as the guitar, ukulele, keyboard and more. Head to YouTube for music lessons; boom, you can learn how to play an instrument for free!
Household items and appliances
Many library branches have a Library of Things — a collection of household and recreational items. For example, the Center Moriches Free Public Library in New York has a microscope, a telescope, a Cricut Joy Machine, an inflatable outdoor movie screen and a sewing machine in its collection. Richland Library in South Carolina has nearly 200 items in its Library of Things, including a metal detector, a bird-watching kit, gardening tools, a tent, and folding chairs and tables. Your branch may have various useful items you can borrow instead of buying.
Workshops, classes and groups
Your library may have classes and workshops for multiple interests in person and online, from self-defense and yoga classes, walking and crafting groups, writing workshops and discussion series. Be sure to browse your library’s events calendar to discover its offerings.
If you want to pick up a new language or brush up on one, your library is an excellent place to start. Some branches have language classes — for example, the Free Library of Philadelphia offers Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. But in addition to classes, many libraries provide free access to online language platforms such as Mango, Rosetta Stone and Transparent Language, which offers over 100 languages.
Summer meals for kids
Many children lose access to free or affordable meals when school’s out. Thankfully, many libraries run food initiatives through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and local partnerships. For example, Richland Library offers free lunch to children ages 18 and under through its Summer Break Café. And the Miami-Dade Public Library System in Florida provides seven breakfasts and lunches to kids weekly in the summer.
Puzzles, games and toys
You may be able to borrow board games, puzzles, toys and other similar items from your library. For instance, Scranton Library loans out chess sets, beach toys and backyard games. Many libraries also create themed toy kits — perfect for kids or grandkids.
Trivia night, movie showings, concerts and more. You’ll find a range of entertainment and cultural events at your local library. And for kids and grandkids, libraries often have playgroups, story time, craft projects and other offerings.
I clearly do not understand why #Cadillac would put 160 mph on the dashboard if going 95 mph is too fast. I wasn’t causing any harm there were no other cars in front of me, none to my right, and no one was behind me. There was however this ugly brown car with what looked like it had gumball machines on top of the hood, shoot I assumed it was a clown car because I was so close to the #amusementpark Universal Orlando Resort!
Anywho, he proceeded to take my info (I tried to go live on Facebook but it didn’t work). When the officer returned with 2 extremely long pieces of paper like #CVS, he told me that the tint on my license plate was illegal. I said, “Well, Sir, why in the world would #Autozone sell me a tint-colored plate to put over my tag if it was illegal?” I strongly suggested to him that he give Autozone a ticket for selling illegal tint-colored tags. He said to me, “Ma’am drug dealers sell weed and that’s illegal.” I said where, where are there drug dealers selling weed – I want names, I need names and addresses!!!
I then told him I should have bought a #horse and thanked him for not shooting me.
Seriously, it could have gone all kinds of crazy in these times in which we are living. #TravelingMercies work, but they won’t prevent you from getting a speeding ticket.
Paul Sorvino, an imposing actor who specialized in playing crooks and cops like Paulie Cicero in “Goodfellas” and NYPD sergeant Phil Cerretta on “Law & Order,” has died. He was 83.
His death was announced by his publicist Roger Neal on behalf of Sorvino’s wife Dee Dee Sorvino, who was at his side when he passed.
He was one of my favorites…
As soon as I figure it out I’ll write a story.
This is going to be a story in progress. I have suffered from many traumas in my life. I used to think trauma was blood on the floor in the ER – oh contra – trauma is not just blood and physical pain – it’s emotional and spiritual pain as well.
I’ve heard and read folk say – “Straighten your crown and move on!” (For the Black Girl). Straighten my crown!, what crown?, what have I done to deserve a crown?
So just for today, I think I found a jewel on the floor.
To be continued…
Thinking of filming a police encounter in Arizona? Make sure it’s not within 8 feet.
People who say they have faced violence for filming police interactions are condemning a law in Arizona that will restrict recording police officers from within 8 feet of police activity.
Without cellphone footage, victims said, it will be harder for residents to hold police accountable and seek justice in cases of police misconduct.
Mariah Hereford, 30, said police officers in Hemet, California, allegedly knocked her phone and her mother’s phone out of their hands and attacked them as they filmed authorities searching her fiancé’s car last year.
According to Hereford’s lawsuit against the city, an officer slammed her to the ground and hooked his fingers inside her jaw, “as if she were a fish, and yanked her upward from the ground,” choking her and making her lose consciousness.
“As I was being attacked, I felt like I was going to be a George Floyd,” Hereford, a Black mother of four kids in Riverside County, California, told NBC News. “I thought I was going to die that night just from recording.”
A spokesperson for the Hemet Police Department did not immediately respond to NBC News’ requests for comment.
According to the Arizona law, which was signed by Gov. Doug Ducey last week and goes into effect in September, a bystander could face a misdemeanor charge for recording a police officer within 8 feet of “where the person knows or reasonably should know that law enforcement activity is occurring,” the law states. According to the law, violators will face consequences if they continue to record officers after they are warned to back up.
This applies to situations where police officers are issuing a summons, questioning a suspicious person, conducting an arrest, enforcing the law or handling an emotionally disturbed person. However, there are some exceptions for people on private property and individuals subjected to police activity if they are not being handcuffed, searched or subjected to a field sobriety test.
The law also says people in a vehicle that has been stopped by police can record “if the occupants are not interfering with lawful police actions.”
Hereford’s lawyer, Toni J. Jaramilla, said if that incident weren’t being recorded by the neighbors, there would be little to no evidence of it happening.
“Had they not been recording that, had it been an illegal conduct to be recording police officers performing their duties, they would not have captured the civil rights violations,” Jaramilla said. “The Arizona law in my view is unconstitutional.”
‘You’re going to break my arms’
Patricia Rodney, 61, of Brooklyn, New York, said she headed to a police station two years ago to file a police report for a lost glucometer, a device that measures blood sugar levels. Rodney, who has diabetes, said her insurance would not send a new one without the report.
Days earlier, Rodney had been instructed to return to the station for a report. However, officers later declined to provide one when she arrived. The police told Rodney that their body cameras were on. That’s when she began holding up her cellphone to act like she was recording.
“I felt that I needed to show what they were actually doing to me,” Rodney said. “There was a reason for me going to the precinct to begin with.”
An officer then pointed to a sign that prohibits recording in police stations while another officer said, “You can’t record. Ma’am, we are asking you to leave.”
Rodney protested, and within seconds, according to video footage reviewed by NBC News, officers pushed her to the ground and restrained her, shouting, “You’re going to jail,” and then grabbed her phone. That day, Rodney faced multiple charges, including resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. The charges were later dismissed.
“I was horrified. … I just couldn’t believe it,” Rodney, a school cafeteria worker, said. “I told them, ‘Stop grabbing my arms. You’re going to break my arms.’”
As a result of the alleged attack, Rodney said she fractured her elbow, and she did not receive a note for the glucometer, according to a lawsuit she filed against the NYPD earlier this year citing her First Amendment right to record.
The NYPD declined to comment on Rodney’s lawsuit Tuesday, citing pending litigation.
Earlier this year, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a former New York Police Department officer, said recording the police creates a dangerous environment.
“If an officer is on the ground wrestling with someone that has a gun, they should not have to worry about someone standing over them with a camera while they’re wrestling with someone,” Adams said. “If an officer is trying to prevent a dispute from taking place and deescalate that dispute, they shouldn’t have someone standing over their shoulders with a camera in their face, yelling and screaming at them without even realizing what the encounter is all about.”’
Kevin Detreville of Aurora, Colorado, said he began recording police interactions after the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black Aurora native who died after police violence. Some videos posted to Detreville’s YouTube channel show him berating, taunting and criticizing officers during traffic stops. Detreville said he wants to prevent further acts of police brutality.
“I’m not anti-police; I’m pro-accountability,” he said. “I don’t want another Elijah McClain in my neighborhood.”
Detreville said he is aware of the dangers of recording the police. He has been arrested twice for filming them. He is urging advocates to fight Arizona’s new law.
“It’s unconstitutional, plain and simple,” he said. “The First Amendment is demolished if we’re not allowed to do that.”
Madusa Carter, a Philadelphia-based activist, artist and rapper known as Blak Rapp Madusa who uses the pronouns “they” and “them,” said they were assaulted by police in 2018 for filming a group of Black girls being aggressively harassed and berated by a white officer at a movie theater.
Carter, who also recorded their own arrest, was charged with resisting arrest, defiant trespass and disorderly conduct. The charges were dropped.
The North Versailles Police Department in Pennsylvania did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Carter filed a lawsuit in 2019 against the police and the theater, accusing them of violating their civil rights.
Without their footage, Carter said they would not have had a case. “It would have been my word against the officers,” they added, “so I feel for the folks in Arizona.”
A father said to his daughter “You have graduated with honors, here is a Jeep I bought many years ago. It is pretty old now. But before I give it to you, take it to the used car lot downtown and tell them I want to sell it and see how much they offer you for it.”
The daughter went to the used car lot, returned to her father and said, “They offered me $1,000 because they said it looks pretty worn out.”
The father said, now “Take it to the pawn shop.” The daughter went to the pawn shop, returned to her father and said,”The pawn shop offered only $100 because it is an old Jeep.”
The father asked his daughter to go to a Jeep club now and show them the Jeep. The daughter then took the Jeep to the club, returned and told her father,” Some people in the club offered $100,000 for it because “it’s an iconic Jeep and sought by many collectors.”
Now the father said this to his daughter, “The right place values you the right way,” If you are not valued, do not be angry, it means you are in the wrong place. Those who know your value are those who appreciate you……Never stay in a place where no one sees your value.