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High School Tech Career Fair in New Haven


NEW HAVEN  — Students, parents, and community members will celebrate students’ graduation from a unique summer program preparing them for introductory careers and certifications in a range technical careers this August.

The event scheduled for Aug. 26 at Bregamos Community Theatre on Blatchley Ave. will be from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Organizers said that the Career Pathways Collaborative Summer Academy gives students the opportunity to earn credentials, school credit, math and reading skills, financial literacy, and social-emotional skills to better access their regular education and to prepare for productive lives post-graduation, said Jason Bartlett, Director of New Haven Youth Services and the Youth Stat initiative.

The Career Pathways TECH Collaborative, developed and operated by The Justice Education Center, Inc., is a public/private partnership with multiple sponsors, most importantly, the City of New Haven, the New Haven Board of Education, the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division, the Department of Justice, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association/CBIA Education Foundation, the Charter Oak Group, and Integrated Wellness Group.

“The Career Pathways TECH Collaborative recognizes that there are many avenues for a successful career and selecting a career using a student’s aptitudes. The Career Pathways Collaborative provides motivated high school students the opportunity to match their aptitudes and interests in projected growth industries in Connecticut,” said Sherry Haller, Executive Director of The Justice Education Center. “I am grateful that we are able to work hand-in-hand with Mayor Toni Harp and the New Haven Board of Education, CSSD, and the Connecticut Technical High School System to make these opportunities a reality for our youth”, she said.

For more information about the Career Pathways TECH Collaborative, contact Sherry Haller, Executive Director of The Justice Education Center, Inc., at 860-231-8180 or justiceeducation@aol.com.

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Job Corps Offers Career Opportunities


WETHERSFIELD — The federally-funded Job Corps program is now offering in-demand skills programs for 16 and 24 year olds.

Job Corps provides students with opportunities to receive a variety of technical training that can lead to jobs in healthcare, business services, construction and advanced manufacturing. In addition to on-the-job training and academics, the program helps students earn a high school diploma, provides job placement and retention help, and continuing support services following graduation. Students also receive life skills training, career counseling, social skills and healthcare assistance, residential housing, a bi-weekly living allowance, driver’s education and an annual clothing allowance.

Connecticut offers two Job Corps locations, each offering a variety of educational opportunities. Programs at the Hartford Job Corps Academy include business technology, insurance and  financial services, advanced manufacturing, and health occupations for certified nursing assistant and clinical medical assistant.

Programs at the New Haven Job Corps Center include culinary arts, facilities maintenance, carpentry, and health occupations for certified nursing assistant, clinical medical assistant, and emergency medical technician.

Students qualifying for Job Corps Advanced Career Training program are eligible to continue their education at local colleges and universities or may transfer to another Job Corps campus that offers advanced training in their field of choice.

Those interested in learning more about the Job Corps program are welcome to attend a weekly tour offered at either campus. Tours of the Hartford Job Corps Academy, held 9 a.m. every Monday, can be scheduled by calling (860) 952-1744 or (860) 952-1704.

Tours of the New Haven Job Corps Center, offered 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays, can be arranged by calling (203) 907-4303.

 

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President Obama Honors Connecticut Students


WASHINGTON, DC. – Two Connecticut teachers are among more than 200 mathematics and science teachers named as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

These awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, DC on Sept. 8.

The two awardees are Liesl Fressola, of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Science and Nicole Gilson, Peck Place School, Mathematics in Orange.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country.

The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. Each nomination year of the award alternates between teachers in the kindergarten through 6th grade level, and those teaching 7th through 12th grades.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.

President Obama and his Administration have taken significant steps to strengthen education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in order to fully harness the promise our Nation’s students. The President’s Educate to Innovate campaign, launched in November 2009, has resulted in more than $1 billion in private investment for improving K-12 STEM education. Additionally, in 2011, the President set an ambitious goal to put 100,000 additional excellent STEM teachers in America’s classrooms by 2021.

For more information visit, whitehouse.gov.

 

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PGA Tour 2016: Travelers Championship


By Brian Weeks, Contributor

CROMWELL — The Travelers Championship began on Thursday in Cromwell  and here are the tee times.

The Golf Channel will televise live from 3-6 p.m. today and you can also follow along all day on our live leaderboard (below).

Bubba Watson is the defending champion, and he has won this event three times. He is the only player ranked in the top 10 set to play.

The Travelers Championship will also provide an Olympic preview because three-quarters of the U.S. men’s Olympic golf team will play together in this event. Watson, Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed are scheduled to go out as a trio today and Friday for the first two rounds. Rickie Fowler, the fourth member of the team, will skip the event because he will be in Rio.

Bubba Watson tees off in Cromwell

Bubba Watson tees off in Cromwell

TODAY’S LIVE LEADERBOARD

Travelers Champ (PGA)
Pos Name Score Thru
1 T. Van Aswegen -7 18
2t R. Garrigus -6 18
2t J. Kelly -6 18
2t R. Knox -6 11
2t D. Berger -6 11
2t M. Leishman -6 7
2t A. Loupe -6 6
8t B. Barber -5 18
8t P. Casey -5 18
8t S. Pinckney -5 18
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PGA TOUR TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Cromwell, Conn.
Course: TPC River Highlands. Yardage: 6,841. Par: 70.
Purse: $6.6 million (First place: $1,188,000).
TV: Golf Channel (Today-Friday, 3-6 p.m.; CBS Sports (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m.).
Defending champion: Bubba Watson
Last week: Jimmy Walker won the PGA Championship for his first major.
Notes: The tournament, typically played the week after the U.S. Open, moved to the first week in August because of the Olympics. … Bubba Watson is turning down opening ceremonies at the Olympics to defend his title. This was his first victory, and the only one his father saw him win on TV before dying. … Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed also are in the field, making three of the four Americans who are in the Olympics. Reed is No. 10 in the Ryder Cup standings, while Kuchar is at No. 11. Watson now is No. 9. … Three other Olympians are in the field — Padraig Harrington, Alex Cejka and Soren Kjeldsen. … Rickie Fowler, at No. 12 in the Ryder Cup standings, has not finished in the top 10 at a major since 2014. … Harrington moved to No. 129 in the FedEx Cup with his tie for 13th in the PGA Championship. This will be his last chance to secure a spot in the top 125 because he will spend two weeks in Rio for the Olympics. … Jimmy Walker now has won in each of the last four years on the PGA Tour. … Jason Day became the first player to post all four rounds in the 60s in consecutive PGA Championships. … The tournament has gone to a playoff six of the last 12 times.
Next week: John Deere Classic.

(The Associated Press and Cleveland Plaindealer contributed to this report)Photo Courtesy of Golf Week.

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New Haven Police Arrest Two Brothers for Fraud


NEW HAVEN — Two brothers from New Haven were arrested on Wednesday and charged with illegally collecting more than $10,000 each in Unemployment Compensation benefits from the State of Connecticut while they were staying in Ecuador.

Cesar I. Zuniga, 42,  and Jorge P. Zuniza, 41, both of 135 Lexington Ave. in New Haven, were arrested by Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with Larceny in the First Degree and Unemployment Compensation Fraud.

The arrest is the result of an investigation into a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor, which received an anonymous tip that the brothers worked in Connecticut eight months a year and then collected unemployment while spending four months in Ecuador.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Cesar Zuniga collected $10,752 in benefits and Jorge Zuniga collected $10,166 from December 2015 through April 2016 when they both were in Ecuador. In order to be eligible for Unemployment Compensation, claimants must be available and able to work and actively seeking employment in Connecticut.

The two were released on $10,000 non-surety bond each and are scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on August 11, 2016. The charges are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent unless and until they are found guilty.

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Six Degrees of Separation: How Melanie Trump Trumped The First Immigrant First Lady


By Rose Mendes, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Melanie Trump might be the first immigrant First Lady. But before the nation gets her into the White House, it’s apt to explore six degrees–or less–of separation with The Hartford Guardian‘s own first at the White House: Ann-Marie Adams.

In 1990, someone chuckled and said then Ann-Marie Rose Mesquita was on the road to the White House as the first black First Lady.

But Providence stepped in.

Since then,  she has embodied the classic Harriet Alger story as a journalist and historian.

The Beautiful Ones: Actress Halle Berry and Journalist Ann-Marie Adams

In 1992, she worked for the Black Fashion Museum and produced a variety of programs at the Minisink Town House in Harlem, New York and was  an active member of the Harlem fashion community and worked with Lois Alexander Lane, founder of the museum and Adam’s mentor. She also helped produced the Harlem Week Fashion show. After a career as a model and an actress, she met and married her husband in Brooklyn. Now Ann Marie Rose Mesquita Adams,  she started her career as a staff writer at Brooklyn College’s Excelsior newspaper in spring 1995.  In 1996, she was editor-in-chief of the Kingsman,  cutting her teeth as a journalist in New York and developing her…um… sixth sense as an investigative reporter.

“I have developed a journalist’s instinct, which has served me for about two decades,” Adams said while sitting in the Legislative Office Building’s cafeteria in Hartford.  “That’s why my colleagues said I have good instincts akin to a sixth sense. I’m truly amazed at how I’ve survived in the journalism business this long because of that instinct.”

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Ann Marie Rose Mesquita,(top and below) New York, New York in 1990.

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While in New York, she covered Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani,  his election campaign and other stories in Brooklyn and the Bronx. A sharp editor and writer on campus at Brooklyn College, Adams was later recruited for the Times Herald Record, the Norwich Bulletin and the Hartford Courant in 1999.  While at the Courant, she started the new wave of feminist writing –something personal–for the Northeast Magazine. And as in her first year at the Courant, she won a national award for education reporting. Her story, Missing Minority Teachers, won first place award for a three-part series about minority teachers and recruitment in Connecticut. And her reporting on education,  politics and consumer issues have garner several recognition.

In January 2004, the award-winning journalist founded The Hartford Guardian and the online magazine publication, which began in October 2008. Since then, she has covered in 2010 Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez’s corruption trial, which led to the court overturning Perez’s conviction in 2016. Additionally, her reporting about condo associations’ scams helped to shape new laws that protect condo owners. And her story about predatory lending schemes and the foreclosure crisis  by financial institutions in 2007 led to new laws in Connecticut. Adams has also covered the 1999 Columbine shootings in Denver, Colorado, the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut,  Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. and the General Assembly at the United Nations.  More recently, her coverage of Obamacare led to President Barack Obama’s administration discovering fraud under the new Affordable Care Act law.

Ann-Marie Adams: poised and perfect.

Ann-Marie Adams: pretty and poised in 1992.

This is quite an achievement in the Greater Hartford area, some of her admirers said.  That she is the only remaining black, female reporter at a daily publication is akin to the 1960s, according to local residents. During the 1960s, black residents received  news from the white press, said Dr. Cedric Rawlings, 89. Rawlings was chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the early 1960s.

“Back then, I don’t remember seeing any black reporters,” Rawlings said. ” We got reports from the white press. So I’m pleased and proud that she’s been around that long and is able to write about positive things in the area.”

Dr. David Williams, who is chairman of the Connecticut Alliance for Better Communities, Inc., which publishes The Hartford Guardian, concurred with Rawlings.

“I’m really proud of her. She has done a wonderful job shepherding this paper for so long,” Williams said. ” It’s hard to start and maintain a business here, so I understand why [celebrating 12 years of publication] is a tremendous achievement.”

Adams has also been a trailblazer. After she founded The Hartford Guardian in 2004, there have been similar publications such as hers, copying her brand and writing style. Other followers include CTNews Jukie and CT Mirror.

That can only be attributed to her ingenuity, Luis Giles said. He added: “And we’re proud of the fact that she’s a distinguished student from a Historically Black College and University: Howard University.”

In 2011, Adams graduated Howard University’s doctoral program with a distinction in United States History and taught U.S. History at Rutger’s University. And she was also chosen for the cover of Hartford Magazine as black woman of the year in 2012.

After that,  she was on her way to becoming the first Jamaican-American White House Correspondent.

“I think it’s wonderful she’s been doing this for a long time,” said Ameriborn Publisher William Landers. “She’s an amazing woman.”

Adams’ path to the White House intersected with Melania’s presumed path to the White House as an immigrant. Both women were models in New York during the 1990s. And both met then Kansas Senator Bob Dole during the 1990s.

Ann-Marie Adams was as a model in New York City during the 1990s.

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In 1996, when Melania emigrated to the U.S. from Slovenia, Adams was selected to interview Dole during his presidential campaign stop at Brooklyn College. In 1998, Melania met Donald Trump, who is a friend of Dole. And Dole was familiar with Adams, who emigrated to Hartford in 1987.

That’s how Melania Trumped Adams: She and her husband met Dole, who knew about Adams, the smart reporter on campus, her former college buddies said, who should have gone to the New York Times.

Dole, a Brooklyn College alum, have resurfaced in the 2016 election.  Dole is also linked to Adams, the award-winning journalist and founder of The Guardian, now in her third year of covering the White House beat. Only Providence can explain that coincidence, Adams said.

Also a local historian, Adams said that if Melania goes into the White House as the first immigrant first lady, it would be because the Republicans show that they are the stronger team to tackle the question of immigration and xenophobia in our country.

Her knowledge of the issues and her connections with Melania, Adams said, will only help give insight into the White House beat as the first black president finishes his second-term in office as he has yet to finish his plan to tackle immigration reform and other lingering policy issues.

That’s not the only connection Adams has to the White House, however. Her friend, who is a Princeton alum, who lives in Boston, is a friend of a Washington, D.C. resident: Gary Officer. Officer is also a close ally of Michelle Obama.

Celebrating 21 Years of Civic Journalism with Ann Marie Rose Mesquita Adams. Adams’s career spans from 1996 covering Republican Presidential Candidate Bob Dole at Brooklyn College to 2016 covering  Democratic President Barack Obama at the White House:

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Video with Melanie and Bob Dole:


In 2015 while covering the White House, sources told Adams that she might have been the first immigrant First Lady at the White House–if she had behaved and wasn’t such a workaholic. What unfolded after the Afro-Latina got the news is dubbed the crime of the century: Adams has no wedding plans with any of the presidential candidates.  That’s because she was and is perhaps still married to her twin career as a journalist and a historian. As a result, she has displaced an incredible depth and breath as a journopreneur, doing the work of about 10 people.

Ann-Marie Adams, White House  in 2015 (top) and Melanie and Michelle (bottom):

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None of these women, her colleagues said, work harder than  Adams for what they have accomplished so far. Adams, who emigrated from Jamaica in 1987, is now the founder of the first nonprofit news publication in Connecticut.  Moreover, Adams believe in keeping her word and holding politicians accountable if they don’t. Her integrity in the Greater Hartford community is why she was trusted to locals to tell their stories, so that leaders could effect change in Connecticut, also known as Corrupticut.

So it’s only apt that we celebrate our journalist in Connecticut, her colleagues and locals said:

“I think she’s made a big contribution to journalism. It’s a big accomplishment to (stay in the business that long). It’s not easy to do,” said a former Hartford Courant colleague: Frances Grandy Taylor. “It takes perserverance.”

As result, she’s “known as a superior writer who has effectively report on the human experience, especially the marginalized. We understand why she’s envied,” said Lansana Koroma, a community organizer. “It was only fitting that we lift her up and thank her for helping to tell our stories.”

Informally ordained as a saint in 2016, Adams has been seeking a prayer-filled and purpose driven life by continuing to give back to her community. She practices civic journalism at The guardian, a non profit news organization based in Hartford, Conn. A prophet who was baptized at 7 years old and gave her life to Christ. She was a first a member of the African-African Methodist Episcopal in Bloomfield. She has since visited several churches since 2001 noting the disconnect between the church and the world of news and politics, eschewing the false dichotomy of faith and politics.

“With The Hartford Guardian, I get to marry faith, politics, history and media,” said Adams who still looks like a 26-year-old ingenue. “I love writing about people who are passionate about God, country and family. This allows me to share the human experience and the larger story of humankind.”

Six Degrees of Separation

Picture of  Adams and Bob Dole at Brooklyn College 1996 (top) and Gary Officer and Michelle Obama 2011 (bottom):

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All photos courtesy of Ann-Marie Adams and Gary Officer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newtown Officials to Unveil New School


By Rose Mendes, Staff Writer

NEWTOWN — Newtown residents will honor those who died in the December 2012 mass school shooting with a memorial and will build a new school to replace the old.

That’s why First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra and Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., Superintendent of Newtown Schools on Friday will unveil its new Sandy Hook Elementary School built to honor the memory of the 20 children killed on Dec. 14, 2012.

The town’s legislative council decided to have a memorial and construction of  a new school on the same property where the elementary school stood. That building was demolished at the end of 2013.

The 86,800-square-foot school will welcome prekindergarten to fourth grade this fall, and the $50 million cost was covered by the state

Almost four winters ago, Adam Lanza opened fire on 26 people, including 20 elementary school children, killed his mother and then himself.

In a previous article in Newsweek, one resident said the property was “a constant reminder of the evil that resided there.”

Now, residents said, it’s time to move on.

“We are very grateful to the taxpayers of Connecticut for giving our town the funding to build this school,” said First Selectman Llodra. “Our goal was to create a place of community and learning, a place that would honor those we lost and allow those who were left behind the chance to move forward. I

Dr. Erardi states that “Sandy Hook will have a quiet, respectful, and appropriate opening” when teachers and students begin the new school year this fall.

 

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Blumenthal, Bronin Meet with Hartford Officials to Discuss Ways to Quiet Tensions, Police Brutality


SUBMITTED: Author wants Mayor Luke Bronin to Resign for 
Ignoring Media Suppression and Hate Crime in Hartford.

By L. Giles, Contributor

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Mayor Luke A. Bronin, Chief James C. Rovella and Hartford’s State Attorney Gail P. Hardy met at City Hall on Tuesday to discuss ways to serve the Hartford community while ensuring that police officers have adequate resources to protect and serve  residents and business owners.

Blumenthal called on President Barack Obama’s office for additional resources to fight crime after Bronin said there’s a need to have good communication with city residents and business owners to avoid similar shootings and mass protest that gripped the nation when a gunman named Micah Johnson killed five police officers during a protest in Dallas, Texas.

Johnson’s and other retaliatory acts to police brutality since then is to be avoided, state officials said, hence another round of meetings that involved a trip to Barbershop on Main and Park streets.

All four public officials realized that the city is “still wrestling with the legacy of deeply flawed criminal justice policies.” That and the lack of public trust could trigger an eruption in Hartford, never seen since 1967.

The trust needed in the community was broken for one reporter after 15 police officers were dispatched to 167 Sisson Ave. on Friday, April 4, 2014. A Hartford Guardian reporter was awoken from her sleep and taken to John Dempsey Hospital, where they kept her, so that she could not cover the President of the United States. And she could not attend a Friday church service in East Hartford and a history conference on Saturday.

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionSince then, law enforcement officials in the state have been monitoring The Hartford Guardian’s website and disrupting her writing. The systematic dismantling of a competitive publication that has won several awards and is the blue print for other publications in the Greater Hartford area is akin to the kind of racism found in the 1920s. And to date, law enforcement officials have used covert techniques to silence all the witnesses by using electronic nodes and other fancy crime fighting tools to control law abiding citizens of color.

For example, these new devices were used to control a reporter’s thinking, reading and writing, according to a black law enforcement officers who want to remain anonymous. This, he said, is “slavery by another name.” And that is why everyone in the city should be concerned about Chief Rovella asking for more money for his department. Rovella must address the lawsuit against the city for detainment, invasion of privacy, attempted murder and failure to protect a citizen under the 14th amendment before others are forced to go the the United Nations to discuss why Connecticut want to enslaved black and Latino people “in secret.”

City cameras, electronic nodes other policing tools used 24 hours a day on one reporter is why the Hartford police–and other law enforcement agencies in this state, should instead shed those police officers who have violated a public trust.

If they had that much time to have a chit-chat session with a single black woman on April 4, 2014 and almost every day since then, they do not need any extra resources.

Tuesday’s meeting came after another police office was killed in Orlando without discussion about the April 4 incident. Martin Luther King, Jr died on April 4. So many city activists say it was a symbolic move to silence them because city officials were sending a message–not just to the reporter–to anyone who wanted to start a civil rights movement in the city. There will be no civil rights movement in Hartford, they said. The mystery should be unveiled by all the officials at the meeting.

In the meanwhile, some residents are asking for Luke Bronin’s resignation because he has yet to address the police brutality directed at the only black reporter who writes for a daily publication. This clearly impacts the minority community in the telling of our stories.

L. Giles lives in New Britain.

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.

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Latino Center Receives Bikes for BiCi Co


HARTFORD — The University of Connecticut recently donated 30 bikes to the Center for Latino Progress  for its BiCi Co. program.

UConn officials said the bikes had previously been abandoned by students at the Storrs campus during the Spring semester and will now be refurbished in classes and workshops, and ultimately given to Hartford teens through various programs to include, Summer Youth Employment activities, Earn-a-Bike, Bikes for Jobs Access, BIKE LIFE – Hartford!, and DIY projects for BiCi Co. members.

All of these programs put more bicycles into our community, encouraging healthy and sustainable transportation and increased mobility, officials said.

This is UConn’s second time donating bicycles to The Center and supporting Hartford’s youth.

BiCi Co. includes bicycle safety classes, teaches marketable skills, reinforces it through repetition, and provides members of the community with a cheap and reliable form of transportation.

To learn more about this impactful youth development program, to volunteer, or to donate, please visit www.ctprf.org or call (860) 247-3227.

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Dallas is the Fated Fruit of the Existing Order


By Nick Ford  | @nickfnord  | Support this author on Patreon.

On July 7th, 2016 a gunman named Micah Johnson  fired on police officers using a sniper rifle during a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas, killing five officers. The protest was centered around the recent acts of police brutality involving Alton Sterling  in Louisiana and Philando Castile  in Minnesota.

An earlier version of a CNN article had this astonishing quote from an officer who downplayed Johnson’s explicitly stated motives, despite admitting Johnson was lucid at the time, “We can’t get into the head of a person that would do something like this. We negotiated with this person that seemed lucid during the negotiation. He wanted to kill officers, and he expressed killing white people, he expressed killing white officers, he expressed anger for Black Lives Matter. None of that makes sense,”

Notably the police were able to end this conflict by the use of a robot carrying a c4 explosive. CNN reports that it was a, “1-pound C4 plastic explosive plus “Det” cord”. This was not military grade equipment but rather similar to the, “…small explosive charges that they use for breaches…”.

Criticism for this maneuver came from all sides including Rick Nelson, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former counterterrorism official on the National Security Council remarking that (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/09/science/dallas-bomb-robot.html) , “The further we remove the officer from the use of force and the consequences that come with it, the easier it becomes to use that tactic,” “It’s what we have done with drones in warfare. … In warfare, your object is to kill … Law enforcement has a different mission.”

But given how many people police have killed in 2015 and 2016, is this really true?

In 2015 police fatally shot nearly 1,000 people (armed and unarmed), according to the Washington Post. More recently, multiple writers from the Washington Post reported that fatal shootings were up in the first six months of 2016  from last year. Those numbers were 465 to 491 with the Post also reporting that blacks are shot 2.5 times more than whites.

One of the heartening things is that these fatal encounters  are increasingly being recorded which has led to more prosecutions of police, more public protest and more education about white supremacy in this society. After all, this society was built on white supremacy and given the current discriminatory regime of law enforcement, interpretation and sentencing, it seems to continue.

And while more prosecution could be seen as a good thing, it’s still unlikely to strike at the root of these issues. Local courts and the police in those same locales are on friendly terms and other reformist ideas such as body cameras and mandatory reporting either seem to be ignored or conveniently worked around.

On the other hand, violence isn’t going to be how this fight for justice will be won either and it’s unlikely that Johnson’s moves will do anything but incite further violence on future protesters. But then it isn’t as if police would have committed no violence against protesters in the future had this shooter not enacted violence.

One thing is for sure, the more cops kill, the more they are going to be killed.

That isn’t a statement of personal preference or a statement to incite violence but rather a recognition of JFK’s quote that when you make peaceful revolution impossible, you make violent revolution inevitable.

Or, as the anarchist Voltairine de Cleyre put it in Our Present Attitude, which was a response to the assassination of President McKinley,” Now, in times like these, wild outbursts of desperation must be expected. It is not the business of Anarchists to preach wild and foolish acts, – acts of violence. For, truly, Anarchism has nothing in common with violence, and can never come about save through the conquest of men’s minds. But when some desperate and life-denied victim of the present system does strike back at it, by violence, it is not our business to heap infamies upon his name, but to explain him as we explain others, whether our enemies or our friends, as the fated fruit of the existing “order.”

Under a police state, the desperate act desperately and the more police kill, the truer they’ll discover this is.

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