Category Archives: Ethical

Ramad Chatman to Spend 5 More Years in Jail Despite Being Found NOT GUILTY

Ramad Chatman (24) will spend an additional 5 years in jail despite being found NOT GUILTY for armed robbery.

According to The Independent, in 2012 Chatman, age 19, was convicted of breaking and entering for stealing a television worth $120. It was his first offense and Chatman was sentenced to five years’ probation. Chatman abided by his probation by attending all meetings, completing community service, and keeping a steady job. Then in 2014, a clerk who had been robbed in a convenience store identified him as a suspect in the crime one year after the event.

Chatman saw that his face and name were circulating for a crime that he did not commit. As part of his probation he had to submit his whereabouts to law-enforcement officials monthly. To clear his name, Chatman turned himself in. Judge Jack Niedrach was very adamant about sending Chatman to jail based on the clerks testimony. As some know, the justice system is very flawed and many young black men and women are encouraged to take plea deals to obtain a cleaner record or receive less time; Chatman tried this but the deals were rejected.

As a result, Chatman went to trial and was found NOT GUILTY because there was no evidence that he had committed the crime.

Judge Jack Niedrach did not care.

Niedrach revoked Chatman’s probation and resentenced him for his original 2012 crime.

If Chatman hadn’t been arrested for the convenient store robbery, he would have finished his probation and his record would have been clear in July 2017. He was sentenced because turning himself in broke the probation. He turned himself in because he wanted to CLEAR his name! The judge is a RACIST PIECE OF SHIT who wanted to make an example of Chatman. He saw that Chatman was trying to do right after his crime but did not care. These are the type actions that make someone delve back into crime and feel like they have nothing to lose. Please SHARE this story and info so that Ramad Chatman can receive some justice!

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Black Lives Matter organizers set to post Mother’s Day bail for black mothers across the nation

This week dozens of black mothers who are currently awaiting trial and cannot pay their bonds will be released just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day. The movement entitled, Mama’s Bail Out Day, was organized by many groups including Black Lives Matter Atlanta, Healing Hearts of Families, Southerners on New Ground, Color of Change, and local churches and businesses. Joining forces, the groups raised $250,000 to pay bail for black mothers in 16 cities. These women have not been convicted of any crimes and have been jailed for low level offenses like loitering and small drug possession. 62% of people in jail are there because they cannot afford bail. The system has negatively affected women of color and poor women across the nation with black women making up 44 percent of women in jails.

Arissa Hall, an organizer for the event and project manager at the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, told The Nation that Mother’s Day, with its idealized notions of family and womanhood, is the right moment to force an examination of women in jails.

“All mothers are not celebrated, this is especially true of women who struggle with poverty, addiction and mental-health issues—in other words, the women who fill our jails.”

“Black moms especially have not been granted that title of motherhood,” Hall added going on to describe how slavery shredded kinship bonds. Black women, have historically taken on caretaker roles that have put them in charge of other people’s children and away from their own.

Mary Hooks, co-director of the Atlanta-based LGBTQ organizing project SONG, was one of the first people to brainstorm an idea with other activists on how to combat against the money bail and jail-related fine issues specifically for the LGBTQ community. The activist and organizers understood the ways race, class, and gender identity all play a role in criminalization so they decided to expand on who qualifies as a mother. “When we talk about black mamas, we know that mothering happens in a variety of ways,” Hooks said. “Whether it’s the mothers in the clubs who teach the young kids how to vogue, or the church mothers who took care of me.” Women who are birth mothers and chosen mothers are eligible to be bailed out.

The organizers are still raising money so they can release more women and are planning on possibly having a similar bail out for black fathers for Father’s Day.

To support the Mama’s Bail Out Day movements visit:

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Shop 100+ Black Owned Businesses for the Holidays and Beyond!

That’s right! Over a hundred black owned businesses and items to get your holiday shopping spree on. Apparel, cosmetics, home decor, children items, and more all from talented black business owners and artist! Bookmark this link because buying black shouldn’t be a one time thing. Credit to Essence, Madame Noire, The Culture, Okay Africa, Melanin Makeup, Official Black Wall Street, The Huffington Post, A Black Life, I Don’t Do Clubs, Black Girl Long Hair, and Quirky Brown Love for providing brands to help with the list!

 

Bold Apparel

Sit Back n Relax

The Motherland

Sophisticated

Nerdy and Proud!

Got Somethin’ To Say?

Care Free

Art x Apparel

 Empowerment

Get Ya Sweat On

Accessories

Undergarments

Fun & Games

Art

Social Organizations and Movements

 

Self-Care

 

Hair

Makeup

The Kiddies

Home Décor

Yummy

Stationary

 

#BuyBlackFridaySale: AdornedbyChi

Head over to AdornedbyChi for free shipping on U.S. orders all this weekend! Bring out your inner nerd and blackgirlmagic with the brands bright pastel colored clothing and floral crowns. Visit the site here.

 

 

Ethical Pick of the Day: Reformation (Huge Sale)

Head over to Reformation.com for a huge sale on ethically made bottoms, jumpsuits, and tops as low as $20.

Visit the site here.

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         Amador Jumpsuit – $53    

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           Avalon Bodysuit – $23

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           Flax Slim Crew Tee – $17         

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               Moraine Top – $41

 

 

Black Clothing Line of the Day: Zelie for She – The” Wildest Dreams” Short ($55)

Today’s Black Clothing Line of the day is Zelie for She. The line was founded by Designer Elann Zelie. The brand provides vibrant and fashionable pieces for plus size women and all garments are made in the U.S. I chose the colorful and stylish, ” Wildest Dreams” Shorts. Very fitting for the summer!

Visit the Zelie for She website here.

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Twitter: @zelieforshe

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