Tuesday, July 23, 2019

LA City Hall Water Department, PwC & FBI - I Thought It Was Detroit

At first I thought this was Detroit.

But, after reading the article, seeing Pricewaterhousecooper, I may be correct.

FBI raids at DWP, L.A. City Hall related to fallout from billing debacle

FBI agents leave Los Angeles Department of Water and Power building
FBI agents leave the downtown headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, one of four locations where searches were conducted Monday.

FBI agents fanned across the Los Angeles area on Monday, serving search warrants at multiple government offices, including the Department of Water and Power, as part of an investigation into how the city responded to the disastrous rollout of a new customer billing system.

Wearing suits and navy blue FBI jackets, investigators searched the DWP headquarters on Hope Street and the offices of City Atty. Mike Feuer a few blocks away at City Hall. Search warrants were also served in two other locations — one in Beverly Hills, the other in an office tower that houses multiple city agencies.
An FBI representative would not describe the nature of the investigation. However, Rob Wilcox, Feuer’s spokesman, said the warrants served at the city attorney’s office were connected to the city’s settlement of a class- action lawsuit filed over the inaccurate DWP bills that resulted from the launch of the new billing system in 2013.

FBI agents carry bags of evidence from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power office as part of an investigation into the city's handling of lawsuits filed over the 2013 rollout of a new billing system at the utility.
Wilcox also said the warrants were related to a separate lawsuit filed by the DWP and city against PricewaterhouseCoopers, the global consulting firm that oversaw the launch of the new billing software.

“We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the expectation that the investigation will be completed expeditiously,” Wilcox said in an emailed statement.

The FBI raid was the second to occur at City Hall in less than a year. In November, agents hauled out boxes and bags of materials from two of Councilman Jose Huizar’s offices as well as his Boyle Heights home.

Since then, a search warrant indicated that federal investigators are looking into the activities of several other city officials.

“It looks bad,” said Jaime Regalado, professor emeritus of political science at Cal State Los Angeles. “Nobody wants to believe that their city is going down a dark path. There is a point where the voting public will start to wonder, ‘What else will these investigations turn up?’”
No arrests have been made, a law enforcement source said.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, who selects the DWP’s top executive and chooses the panel that oversees the utility, said in a statement that he has “zero tolerance for any behavior that violates the public trust.”
“My message to city employees is that if you are asked to assist with the investigation, be prepared to help,” Garcetti said. “And if you’ve done anything to cross the line, be prepared to pay the price.”
Garcetti’s statement did not identify the information sought by the FBI.

However, an excerpt of a federal search warrant reviewed by The Times shows that investigators are seeking information about DWP contracts — awarded or proposed — with companies affiliated with New York attorney Paul Paradis, who was retained by Feuer’s office.

Paradis was hired by Feuer to help the city’s legal team as it sued PricewaterhouseCoopers in the wake of the billing debacle. The companies mentioned in the warrant, which was filed last week, include Paradis Law Group, Aventador and Ardent.

The warrant excerpt reviewed by The Times said investigators were seeking information from several locations, including the offices of the DWP’s top executive, General Manager David Wright, and the DWP’s Board of Commissioners, the five-member panel appointed by Garcetti.

Investigators are seeking evidence of a wide array of possible crimes, including bribery, kickbacks, extortion, mail fraud and money laundering, according to the warrant.

Attorneys for Paradis did not respond to multiple requests for comment. An attorney for PricewaterhouseCoopers said he was still reviewing Monday’s events and declined to comment.
Federal agents also searched the Beverly Hills law office of attorney Paul Kiesel, an FBI spokesperson said. Kiesel, along with Paradis, was hired by Feuer’s office to work on the city’s lawsuit against PricewaterhouseCoopers over incorrect utility bills.

Kiesel confirmed in an interview Monday that his office was searched. “I gladly provided access to all the information that was requested,” Kiesel said.

FBI agents showed up at the DWP headquarters at about 9:30 a.m. and left after 5 p.m. with several backpacks and rolling storage carts. Investigators also descended on Figueroa Plaza, a pair of downtown office towers that house several city agencies.

More than 10 agents arrived on the ninth floor, in an area shared by DWP employees and contractors for Ardent, a firm hired by the utility to provide cybersecurity services, according to a person familiar with the proceedings who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The FBI investigators asked the dozens of employees working on the floor to grab their personal belongings and go to the conference room, the person said. Workers for the DWP were sent back to their desks less than an hour after the search began, but Ardent employees were kept in the conference room much longer.

The agents escorted Ardent employees to their desks one at a time, the person said. The employees logged into their computers using biometric information so the FBI could search them, and then were sent home.

The footage of FBI agents striding into the offices of the city’s water and electrical utility could deal a serious political blow to Garcetti, who promised to reform the DWP, an agency frequently criticized over its billing practices and customer service, when he took office in 2013.
Instead, he and his appointees have found themselves mired in a controversy stemming from the launch of its billing system six years ago. At the time, hundreds of thousands of DWP customers received inaccurate bills, some of them wildly inflated.

Outraged customers sued, culminating in a $67-million legal settlement between the utility and its ratepayers. Separately, the city filed a lawsuit against PricewaterhouseCoopers, seeking financial damages for the botched rollout of the billing system.

As that case progressed, lawyers for PricewaterhouseCoopers alleged they had uncovered an arrangement at City Hall that constituted a massive conflict of interest.

Paradis, hired by Feuer’s office to assist with the city’s case against PricewaterhouseCoopers, had also served at one point as the lawyer for the Van Nuys ratepayer who filed a class-action lawsuit against the DWP, according to testimony in the case.

Paradis also secured lucrative no-bid contracts from the DWP to help the city comply with the terms of the settlement of the class-action lawsuit filed by ratepayers. The utility ultimately approved more than $36 million in contracts with companies connected to Paradis, in part to address problems stemming from the overbilling debacle.

Paradis, through his attorney, has previously denied wrongdoing. During a deposition in the PricewaterhouseCoopers lawsuit, he invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination in response to nearly every question.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Cocktails $ Popcorn: #ColoredRevolution Detroit Update: Stabenow, Tlaib, Pelosi & NAACP In Detroit No One Will #sayhisname

Image result for eating popcorn gifThey eat each other alive.

On this exciting episode of Cocktails & Popcorn, we are in the 48 hour countdown to meltdown in Judiciary with the testimony of Mueller.

The NAACP, Stabenow, Tlaib & Nancy did not #sayhisname.

Will Nancy throw Rashida under the bus first?

Has Rashida joined forces with Stabenow to proceed with the next episode of the #coloredrevolution in Detroit and blame Pelosi for 2010 - 2018 election interferences?

Stay tuned, because the NAACP has a half time show that will blow your minds.

Stabenow, Tlaib just blasted Trump at NAACP convention in Detroit

Michigan’s congressional leaders sounded a call to action Monday, urging people attending the national NAACP convention in Detroit to stand up and fight the current administration of President Donald Trump.
Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, speaks during the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 110th Annual Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit Monday, July 22, 2019.
Debbie Stabenow

U.S. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, used the president’s own words – “I really wish she wasn't from Michigan, I think we should send her back” – when talking about Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who hails from Grand Rapids.

She also said that today is no time to be complacent.

"Let’s be clear today, President Trump is a bully and we stand up to bullies," she said. "This is a critical moment in our history, the leadership of NAACP is needed as we see the poison of racism. Donald Trump has given permission to people who used to stand in sheets in the middle of night to stand in the light in front of the microphones. This is wrong."

More: Diverse Michigan leaders criticize Trump's racist tweets and attacks

More: CNN sets night-by-night lineup for July 30-31 Democratic debates in Detroit

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, who has been the target of racist tweets from Trump, got a standing ovation from the crowd and said, “I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president.”

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-Detroit, speaks during the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 110th Annual Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit Monday, July 22, 2019.
Tashida Tliab
She also said that "The Squad" is not just the four progressive congresswomen — Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — who have created a stir at the U.S. Capitol.

"It’s beyond just the four of us. You are all the squad, trust me," she said.

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-Detroit, speaks during the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 110th Annual Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit Monday, July 22, 2019.Buy Photo
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-Detroit, speaks during the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 110th Annual Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit Monday, July 22, 2019. (Photo: Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press)

Trump ignited a firestorm last week after he tweeted about the four women of color, saying they "originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world … Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Opinion: Hey, Michigan Republicans: Come back to where you came from

Opinion: Donald Trump's racist tweets are an offense against America

Three of the four congresswomen – Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley — were born in the United States and Omar is a refugee from Somalia and an American citizen.

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, speaks during the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 110th Annual Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit Monday, July 22, 2019.
Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, didn’t speak of the tweets or the president directly, but quoting both Thomas Payne and Martin Luther King Jr., she told those attending the 110th annual NAACP convention that the turbulent times have found us.

“The times have found all of us to make the difference that our country is crying out for now,” she said. “This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off … Today, the times have found us to achieve a future full of justice, worthy of our founders.”

Pelosi has been plagued this month with a pair of problems. First, there has been a simmering tension between much of the Democratic caucus in the House and the Squad.

The four, and their supporters, have been highly critical of Pelosi for a vote on immigration aid that they opposed and Pelosi has been dismissive of the strength of their coalition.

But Trump, and his racist tweets about the four women and attempts to paint them as the face of the Democratic Party, have actually worked to unite the warring factions of the party against Trump.

Pelosi spoke of the need for justice in many aspects of public policy, from the environment, to criminal justice, to civil rights.

Quoting Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a bus in Alabama, saying, 'I'm tired of giving in," Pelosi said, "We, too, must be tired of giving in. We, too, must continue to stand for fairness and genuine equality."

But she left the more fiery rhetoric to Michigan's Democratic congressional delegation and they delivered.

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, spoke of the importance of the 2020 election.

"If you can't believe what's happening and you’re tired of all the attacks and you feel like there's a cloud over America, black people, we can change all of that," she said. "Our mission: we cannot have a black person sit at home on election day because we know that we fight with our vote."

The convention continues through Wednesday when a presidential forum will be held, featuring Democratic candidates, including former vice president Joe Biden, U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker; former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and Republican candidate Bill Weld.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Avern Cohn - One Of The Original Old School Civil Rights Legal Dogs Celebrates His Birthday In Detroit

Image result for detroit coney island birthday party
"Happy Birthday, Original Old Dog!
Show the world how we do it in
Happy Birthday, Precious!

I would pop by and grab a few coneys for the boys, but that may be a bit awkward for some.

Instead, from afar, I send my love and shall see you soon.

Yes, there is a complete volume of Civil Rights that is being suppressed by the #coloredrevolution, but fear not, for I am recording the fall of the heavens.

At nearly 95, Judge Avern Cohn 'calls it the way he sees it'


Detroit — The first time Matthew Schneider met Judge Avern Cohn, Cohn threw him out of the courtroom. But that's not the point of the story.

Avern Cohn, Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, talks in his courtroom at the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse.
Avern Cohn, One of the Original
Old School Civil Rights Legal Dogs
The point is what happened next — and what happened next helps explain why there will be a throng in that same federal courtroom Tuesday, eating Coneys and raising plastic cups to Cohn's 95th birthday.

They'll be toasting an eventful near-century.

A medical school dropout, as he likes to put it, Cohn is legendary for his blasts of temper, but also renowned for his ability and his intelligence.

He represented looters for free after the 1967 uprising, served as a Detroit police commissioner when that meant working to integrate the force, had his name taken in vain in an Elmore Leonard novel, and keeps quasi-effective hand-written reminders taped to the low ledge that stands between his stern gaze and a parade of nervous attorneys:

"Keep cool!!!"
My first drawing of Avi

"He who angers you controls you."

"No matter how high the throne, there sits but an ass!"

Cohn has been on the U.S. District Court bench since 1979, and you hate to say he's still sharp because that's a low-threshold term you use for someone who can keep track of four bingo cards.

“He calls it the way he sees it, and we need more of that in this world.”

He carries a full caseload. He reads six newspapers a day and gives three news sites one last check before bed. He has an intellect and a tongue as keen as Ginzu knives, even as he's trying to get a handle on the temperament.

He has "a relentlessly curious mind," as former chief judge Gerald Rosen puts it, and a history of important cases.

And he has Schneider, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, as a friend.

Schneider is 45, still less than half Cohn's age. At 29, he was four years out of law school and new on the federal prosecutor's staff, at a hearing for a case about human smuggling.

The details aren't vital. What's important, he says, is that he made a mistake and Cohn "invited me in no uncertain terms to leave his courtroom."

Schneider was stricken, he says. He thought his career was over. Then the phone rang.

It was Cohn. They met that day, Schneider says, and had a long, open talk about procedures, judicial philosophy and history.

They're still talking: Schneider an appointee of Donald Trump, Cohn an appointee of Jimmy Carter, both striving for honesty, even if their methods of delivery aren't quite the same.

"My philosophy is about candor," Schneider says. "Judge Cohn's philosophy is about candor.

Judge Cohn keeps notes to himself on the bench inside his courtroom to help keep perspective on the cases before him.
Judge Cohn keeps notes to himself on the bench
inside his courtroom to help keep perspective on the cases before him.
"He calls it the way he sees it, and we need more of that in this world."

Finding satisfaction
The way Cohn sees it, it would be wrong to enjoy his job.

He's devoted to it, and he has no plans to step away from it, even if his steps these days involve a walker. But lives change in room 218, often for the worse, and it would be inappropriate to take pleasure in that.

"I find satisfaction," he says, in a well-reasoned decision, a thoughtful application of the law or a solid instruction to a jury.

He is pleased as well when he is moved to change his mind, as he did earlier this month; having taken a stand in a case about city liability, he kept reading and pondering and invited the opposing side to file another brief.

"Wisdom is in short supply," he likes to say. "The fact that it comes late is no reason to reject it."

A recent morning docket included what appeared to be a routine sentencing for a chronic drug abuser who had assaulted a fellow resident of the federal prison in Milan.

“Wisdom is in short supply. The fact that it comes late is no reason to reject it.”

Partway through, wisdom once again made an appearance. Wouldn't it be better, Cohn asked, for the judge who would handle sentencing on the defendant's latest drug case to also decide on his punishment for the kicks and punches?

Cohn's sentence, he said, might affect the decision of the other judge. Or it might not. But true justice demanded patience.

The defendant, his legs shackled, shuffled away. Cohn, leaning on a railing, labored down the two steps from the bench to his waiting walker.

Outside the courtroom, the defendant's attorney said, "I love Judge Cohn."

Alvin Sallen, 70, comes from a family of lawyers. His father and uncle both practiced in Cohn's court.

"He has no reluctance to do what he thinks is right," Sallen said. "Part of me would love to go to trial in front of him someday."

The other part probably knows about the taped-up notes, and the reason Cohn posted them.

'Excitable, forceful'
Cohn was born in Detroit. His mother, Sadie, was a homemaker, and his dad, Irwin, eventually became the fourth name on the door at Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn.

Cohn enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1942, just in time to have his academic career waylaid by World War II. The Army sent him to engineering school, abandoned the program and redirected him to pre-med classes.

Discharged in 1946, he says, he gave medicine six more weeks, then enrolled in law school.

“Always remember that the lawyers have as much right to be in the courtroom as the judge!”

Amid three decades of practice, he volunteered as a lawyer with the ACLU, aligned with various other civic and political causes, and came to the attention of the Detroit Police Red Squad, whose dossier on him turned out to be boring — some newspaper clippings, he has said, and maybe a surveillance report.

He'd been angling for a federal judgeship for more than a decade before Carter finally chose him. At one point, he was torpedoed by Sen. Donald Riegle, a fellow Democrat, who questioned his temperament.

"He was right," Cohn later told the federal court's historical society. "I was militant, excitable, forceful, occasionally probably interrupted people, occasionally irritated people."

Today, he says he has changed. At least a little. Or anyway, he has tried. But it's a resoundingly bad idea to come to his courtroom unprepared.

'No limitations'
Another note taped to the bench: "Always remember that the lawyers have as much right to be in the courtroom as the judge!"

He wants to act that way, he says. Honest.

"I've cooled down," he contends. "Age. But every so often, I get impatient."

The years, Cohn says, have done the usual things to his body. He doesn't offer specifics, but he shakes hands like someone with aching fingers. Though he hires a driver for the commute to and from his home in Birmingham, he says that's to give him more time to read; on weekends, he pilots a Cadillac SUV.

Avern Cohn, Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, talks in his courtroom at the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse.
Avern Cohn, Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, talks in his courtroom at the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse.
(Photo: David Guralnick, The Detroit News)

Doctors have told him to eat or drink more protein, says his judicial assistant of 15 years, Lori Van Hove. They suggested Ensure, but he hated it, so she slipped him some of her Atkins chocolate shakes until he decided he didn't want those, either.

Van Hove will catch him sneaking a Diet Coke, "and I'll look at him and be like, 'Judge?'"

Whatever he's doing, or avoiding, Cohn says he's fine where it counts.

"So far," he says, "as far as I can tell, I have no mental limitations."

Rosen, who's now a principal in a mediation service, concurs.

"He's brilliant," Rosen says. "He's an icon and a legend. And a force of nature."

Within nature, says Detroit Zoo CEO Ron Kagan, Cohn is something else entirely.

In the late 1990s, Kagan led a photo safari to Kenya and Tanzania for civic leaders and zoo donors. Among them was Cohn, his authoritative presence and "probably the most well-read person I know," Kagan says.

At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, he says, the spectacle of elephants, zebras and giraffes "brought tears to Avern's eyes."

Travel is one of the pursuits kept in Cohn's past, along with sailing and tennis

“He's brilliant. He's an icon and a legend. And a force of nature.”

Now he does what his health will dependably allow, which is hear cases.

Officially, he's been on senior status since 1999. Effectively, he's doing exactly what he did before.

He's technologically adept enough to serve as a visiting judge in California without leaving his chambers in Detroit, but he refuses to send emails. Instead, he mails letters — "some of the most beautiful, thoughtful, kind notes I've gotten from anybody," Rosen says.

Also in contrast, he was malleable enough to pay for an official portrait at the urging of his wife, Lois Pincus Cohn, who owned an art gallery in Birmingham until four years ago.

The painting is a judicial tradition.

But he's either modest or stubborn enough that it moldered in a courthouse closet for 12 years, until Rosen insisted he let it hang on another judge's wall.

In another art form, he had no options.

At a Michigan Opera Theatre benefit, Cohn bid $1,500 to have Leonard attach his name to a character. The Detroit News was given an advance copy of "Mr. Paradise" in late 2003 and called to tell him about his role: a greasy lawyer who served as the agent for a pair of blue-collar hit men.

"Oy," Cohn said. "Oy, oy, oy."

Chili dogs and pizza
The flesh-and-blood Avern Cohn presided over the case of former Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers, who drew 37 months for taking bribes.

Thirty years ago, he struck down UM's anti-hate-speech code, determining that it was too broad. He dismissed criminal charges against a UM student who had published fantasies about violent crimes against women on the Internet, and declined to jail Nada Prouty, a Lebanese immigrant an FBI and CIA operative accused of sharing secrets with her brother-in-law.

Across four decades, he has taken another firm stand a few blocks from the courthouse: Lafayette Coney Island over American.

He's held a lunchtime open house there on his birthday every year since his appointment. Van Hove, ruling that Tuesday's celebration will be too large for the space, instead hired Lafayette to set up a grill and chili pot in Cohn's jury room.

"I could live on chili dogs and pizza," Cohn says. Unfortunately, the women in his life — his wife of 27 years, and assistant of 15 — won't allow it. They're not big on sweets, either, though he keeps a deep bowl of candy on his desk for visitors.

But a fellow only turns 95 once, and his objection has been duly noted. Van Hove cleared his schedule for the afternoon, she says, and he can eat whatever he wants.

Then Wednesday, he'll be back at work, the way he always is.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: Judiciary Jollly Jerry, Fake Fox Polls & Watergate Impeachment Flashbacks

Judiciary Jolly Jerry is not that jolly lately.

Fox is back to using fake polls, again.

21 + 27 + 50 = 98; where, 98 does not equal 100.
[This is the best I got on the background of this poll]

Looks like it is a race to the court to find out what Mueller found in his report so they can challenge his findings in court, but what if Mueller already beat Jolly Jerry to the court?

"Impeach, I say!"

"Dilly, dilly."


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Cocktails & Popcorn: Trump, Jr. Prefaces The Detroit NAACP-DNC-CNN #coloredrevolution - Featuring Rashida Tlaib

I wonder if Hillary Clinton will be in Detroit for all the fun.

I do hope someone does a story on the Hamtramck NAACP, which is an entirely different kind of #coloredrevolution.

Someone should check on http://rashidatlaib.com 


National NAACP convention opens in Detroit with sense of urgency

NAACP President Derrick Johnson said a "xenophobic and racist climate (is) germinating from the White House," citing recent controversial remarks from President Donald Trump directed at four freshmen members of Congress including Detroit Democrat Rashida Tlaib.
"Don't you dare ask me about the NAACP Voter Slush Trust.",
said Derrick Johnson, NAACP

The 110th annual NAACP convention opened in Detroit Saturday with calls to increase voter participation, tackle economic issues affecting African American communities and confront racism.

"When we were last here we tried to bury the N-word," said NAACP Chairman Leon Russell during an opening news conference Saturday. "This year, once and for all, we hope to have a real conversation about racism in the United States of America. We want to talk about what part public policy plays in racism in the United States and we want to talk about what role the NAACP ... plays in trying once and for all to eliminating racism."

The NAACP last held its national convention in Detroit in 2007.

Russell said it is fitting that the NAACP is gathering here again, saying "we have a history in this city" citing various court challenges including the 1925 Ossian Sweet case which ended in the acquittal of the black physician and some family members who fought to protect themselves against a white mob when Sweet moved his family into a white neighborhood on Detroit's east side.

An estimated 10,000 people are expected in town for the convention, which opened with a press conference Saturday.
This is not an ass-backwards picture of the
Detroit 2010-2018 Election Interference Coalition
NAACP President Derrick Johnson, who grew up in Detroit, said a "xenophobic and racist climate (is) germinating from the White House," citing recent controversial remarks from President Donald Trump directed at four freshmen members of Congress including Detroit Democrat Rashida Tlaib.

Johnson added: "If there is ever a need for the NAACP it is now."

An estimated 10,000 people are expected in town for the convention, which opened with a press conference Saturday.

Trump was heavily criticized and labeled a racist by some for telling the four women of color to "go back" to where they came from.

The Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, said during the newser, "Mr. President, we ain't going nowhere."

Anthony said other issues such as health care, education, incarceration rates and economic development also need to be discussed.

Trump declined an invitation to speak at the convention.

Johnson said mobilizing voters to take part in the election process and protecting voters' rights is a key role for the NAACP.

Democratic presidential candidates are expected to address the NAACP convention during a forum Wednesday.

Vice-chair of the NAACP Karen Boykin-Towns said African American women are a big segment of voters and politically engaged.

"Black women are a voting bloc like no other," said Boykin-Towns Saturday.

Ten thousand people are expected for the convention at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, pumping an estimated $11 million into local economy.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was among the officials who attended the news conference Saturday to open the convention, which runs through Wednesday.

Comerica Bank used the occasion to announce a citywide financial education initiative, which includes a series of financial literacy workshops across Detroit beginning next month.

Michael Cheatham, vice president of Michigan Corporate Contributions, said indicators of financial well-being tend to be lower in communities of color. He said he hopes the workshops and partnership with the NAACP will help improve the financial literacy of those communities.

"The more we can pour this information into those communities, the more empowered they'll be," Cheatham said. "The great thing about financial education is that it can be carried throughout the family. So we're hoping to not only impact the person sitting in the classroom, but also their families and generations going forward."

James Coney, 70, said he came all the way from Merritt Island, Florida, to enjoy the exhibits at Cobo Center. Coney also said he hopes the NAACP will address issues he sees facing the black community.

"Economic empowerment is very important," he said. "Predatory lending is another one I'd like to see them talk about."

Detroit resident Carla Spearman, 57, said while she did not come to see any particular issue addressed, she was excited to see what organizations at the convention had to offer.

"I'm just here going around to see the booths and see what all is happening in Detroit right now," she said.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: LDS Teams Up With NAACP In Detroit For The #Coloredrevolution

With all the heraldry of the 1960s, the Church of the Latter Day Saints teams up with the NAACP to roll out the next #coloredrevolution.

I guess you can say racial harmony can always be achieved through foreign funded psyoptics when you are looking at the possibilities of war crimes.

Opinion: Collaboration jangles discord into harmony

Russell M. Nelson
"The NAACP is my new Ride or Die.  Are you ready, Swindle?
Go tell Mittens we launch the
Detroit #coloredrevolution in 3...2....",

said Russel Nelson, LDS
On May 10, 1963, the first organizers of Detroit’s historic “March to Freedom” gathered to begin planning an event that Martin Luther King would dub one of the “largest and greatest demonstration(s) for freedom ever held in the United States.”

And yet without the influence of Detroit’s NAACP leaders, the event might have restricted participation. No doubt the early organizers had their reasons for seeking a more exclusive march. But the local NAACP leadership didn’t budge. They understood the value of an integrated community voice — if the march wasn’t open to all supporters, they wouldn’t back it.

Eventually, the whole community was invited to the historic gathering along Woodward. Most Americans are familiar with the “I Have a Dream” speech delivered in Washington, D.C. that year, but it was here in Detroit, inside Cobo Hall, where King foreshadowed those immortal words.

Thousands of civil rights supporters will once again descend on Detroit’s Cobo Hall — now Cobo Center — for the 110th NAACP Annual Convention this week.

With its history of facilitating wide participation, as demonstrated during Detroit’s “March to Freedom,” the NAACP has invited for the first time the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Russell M. Nelson, to speak alongside notable civil rights supporters and organizers. In recent years the NAACP and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have found significant common cause. And the partnership has become something of a parable in what coaction can accomplish in an era too often marked by division. The relationship started small when local leaders from both groups initiated a modest, but symbolically important, project to restore the historic NAACP field office in Mississippi once occupied by civil rights martyr Medgar Evers.

Eleven days prior to the Detroit march, Evers was shot by a member of the Ku Klux Klan while returning home to his family. During King’s speech at Cobo Hall he paid tribute to Evers, stating that “nothing can be more redemptive” than dying in the cause of freedom.

From this initial partnership, the NAACP and the church have cooperated to pilot free, in-person, multi-week workshops on personal finance. The preliminary results are promising. "I now have tools and resources to better manage my money (and save for family goals)," one participant reported. Another stated candidly: "I feel like I can stop living off of the payday loan people. I thought I would never get out of that trap." Meanwhile, the NAACP has also begun partnering with Brigham Young University’s law school, which is sponsored by the Church, on a community initiative that leverages the school’s large alumni lawyer network to assist people — pro bono — with minor legal issues before the courts.

During Martin Luther King’s 1963 speech in Detroit, he spoke about love as “redemptive goodwill for all men,” and he emphasized Christ’s teachings on the subject.

“History,” King observed, “is cluttered with the wreckage of communities that failed to follow this command.”

By having the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speak in the same city and space where King once marched, the NAACP is demonstrating once again that it stands on the side of collaboration and cooperation. And, at a time when we have too many social divisions and partitions, this emerging partnership between the NAACP and the Church echoes, in some small way, King’s call in Cobo Hall to transform “the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”

Karen Boykin-Towns is the vice chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Board of Directors. Sharon Eubank is the First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I give this group project a B+ for creativity.  The picture of Russel was Dr. Evilishly awesome.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

CONYERS: FBI Broke the Law and General Counsel’s Office, Headed by Valerie Caproni, Sanctioned It and Must Face Consequences - April 14, 2010

MARCH 20, 2007

FBI Use of National Security Letters

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on an independent report of the inspector general on the use of national security letters by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Witnesses testified about the amount and type of information reported to Congress on the use of the letters to gather information on individuals, civil rights concerns, and operational procedures used by the FBI in domestic surveillance. 
Dean of the U.S. House
of Representatives
John Conyers, Jr.
(Washington) April 14, 2010 - House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement after the Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on the Report by the Office of Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Justice on the FBI’s Use of Exigent Letters and Other Informal Requests for Telephone Records.

"Today’s hearing showed that the FBI broke the law on telephone records privacy and the General Counsel’s Office, headed by Valerie Caproni, sanctioned it and must face consequences," said Conyers. "I call upon FBI Director Mueller to take immediate action to punish those who violated the rules, including firing them from the agency. This must include the FBI Office of General Counsel, headed by Valerie Caproni, which the IG testified today had ‘approved [the] continued use’ of exigent letters and ‘provided legal advice that was inconsistent with’ federal law.

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Valerie Caproni
"Between 2003 and 2006, the FBI improperly obtained personal telephone record information from U.S. telephone companies for more than 5,500 phone numbers, including private details protected by federal law. The IG found that, during this period, much of this information was obtained through the use of so-called ‘exigent letters’, which do not exist in the Patriot Act and have no statutory basis whatsoever. In some cases agents sent letters with information known to be false.

"The FBI must fulfill its obligations to protect the rights as well as the security of all Americans. I share the concerns of my colleague, the former Republican chairman of the Committee James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), who today said,

‘I’m extremely disappointed that every time Congress has tried to plug potential civil rights and civil liberties violations in our counterterrorism activities, the FBI seems to have figured out a way to get around it.’

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What I Would Ask Robert Mueller If I Was A Member Of Judiciary

Well, there seems to be a new game going around the cyberverse called "What I would ask Robert Mueller."

Since members are only allotted five minutes, I decided to respect the economy of time.

Here are my 5 questions:

  1. How much longer before you #sayhisname?
  2. When are you coming to Detroit?
  3. When is the Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed to be released?
  4. Did you ever learn to dig clams?
  5. Which member will be the first to have a meltdown?

I reserve the balance of my time for the other members.

The public must understand it takes a few extra moments to compose oneself to frame the questions properly when experiencing a spiritual implosion.

What I Would Ask Robert Mueller

By James Comey

If I were a member of Congress with five minutes to question Robert Mueller, I would ask short questions drawn from the report’s executive summaries.

Volume One: Russia

Did you find that there were a series of contacts between the Trump campaign and individuals with ties to the Russian government? (p. 5)

In particular, did you find that a Trump foreign policy adviser learned that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails? (pp. 5-6)

Did you find that the Trump foreign policy adviser said the Trump campaign had received indications from the Russian government that it could assist the campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to candidate Clinton? (p. 6)

Did you find that senior members of the Trump campaign met with Russian representatives at Trump Tower after being told in an email that the meeting was part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump? (p. 6)

Did you find that, despite the fact that candidate Trump said he had "nothing to do with Russia," his organization had been pursuing a major Moscow project into the middle of the election year and that candidate Trump was regularly updated on developments? (vol 1, p. 5: vol 2, p. 19)

Did the Trump campaign report any of its Russian contacts to the FBI?

Not even the indications from the Russian government that it could assist the campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to candidate Clinton?

Volume Two: Obstruction

Did you reach a judgment as to whether the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?

Did you find substantial evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?

For example, did you find that the president directed the White House counsel to call the acting attorney general and tell him the special counsel must be removed? (p. 4)

Did you find that the White House counsel decided he would rather resign than carry out that order? (p. 4)

Did you find that the president later directed the White House counsel to say he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed? (p. 6)

Did you find that the president wanted the White House counsel to write a false memo saying he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed? (p. 6)

Did you find that the White House counsel refused to do that because it was not true? (p. 6)

Did you find that the president repeatedly asked a private citizen—his former campaign manager—to deliver a message to the attorney general to restrict the special counsel to investigating only future campaign interference? (p. 5)

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Algerian American Couple Told To Go Back To Their Country - But Which One? Another Failed #coloredrevolution

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"If I pour them into one glass, I can get the
civil rights I want out of both countries."
If Ameur Dhaimini and his wife, Alaa Kouider state in the public record that they are Algerian-Americans, well, that would mean that they posses dual citizenship.

How can you have dual citizenship if you are born in the United States if there are no public records, but I would not know anything about that because I have no intentions of vetting.

I am just castigating.

So, if the worker made the passionate statement to go back to your country, my question would be, "Which one?"

No one provided any due process for the worker because we only have one side of the story, starting from the point of the cell phone footage.

The worker was fired, without allowing her to bear witness.

In reversal, Trump disavows criticism of chanting crowd

I believe there shall be a gaggle of lawyers swooping down upon this young lady, who was visibly triggered from more than a corrective coffee order, but hey, what do I know?

I know I see CAIR and Dawud Walid, so, I am just going to call this for what I think it is.


I have noticed that for the last two years, the latest and greatest craze in proatcive legal defensive moves is to preemptively file a racial discrimination lawsuit, where they are always settled out of court, to prevent criminal prosecution of the crimes your are covering up, like money laundering.

Everyone loves legal fees when it comes to money laundering, you know.

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

I suggest they stay far away from Detroit, or any political meeting in Detroit, having been insulated from the world around them.

I would adore seeing this play out in a full, public trail.

Couple say Tim Hortons worker told them to 'go back to your country'

Alaa Kouider describes the alleged discrimination as her husband, Ameur Dhaimini, listens.

The local office of a Muslim advocacy group filed a Michigan civil rights complaint Friday on behalf of an Ann Arbor area couple who say a Tim Hortons employee told them to "go back to your country" when the couple stopped in last month.

Algerian-American couple file civil rights complaint over Ypsilanti incident. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News

Ameur Dhaimini, 31, and his wife, Alaa Kouider, 27, who are Muslims and live in the Ann Arbor area, say they went to a Tim Hortons on Hewitt and Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti June 28 on their way to northern Michigan for a family vacation.

Kouider, a native of Lansing, said the clerk for the drive-through got their coffee order wrong and when she and her husband went inside to get a replacement order, an African-American clerk became belligerent with them and hurled "hostile" insults at them, eventually telling them to "go back to your country" and cursing at Kouider.

Koudier said the female employee told her during the tirade: "This isn't your country. Go back to your country. I thought you had your papers."

Koudier said it was even more "shocking" than the words came from the mouth of another racial minority.

"I don't expect any minority to treat another minority (that way) so it hurts a little more," Koudier said during a news conference at the CAIR Michigan office in Farmington Hills. "It was very hurtful. I've never been treated like that in my life."

The couple is Algerian-American.

A store manager declined comment Friday and told a reporter to go to the company website to get a corporate phone number. Tim Hortons corporate media relations did not immediately respond to an email from The Detroit News.

Koudier, a mental health therapist, said the words stung and made her "ashamed of my country" to experience the "mistreatment" by the employee.

Dhaimini, an accountant, said: "I never thought I would experience that kind of treatment. I was shocked."

Koudier urged others who encounter similar incidents to speak up and "definitely not to stay silent." She said a Tim Hortons representative called her to apologize and to offer her a gift card for a free cup of coffee.

Dawud Walid, the executive director of CAIR Michigan, said the offer was "offensive." He said similar acts are on the rise and are "permeating American society" as people are "emboldened" by the behavior of President Donald Trump toward people of color.

Koudier said she would like to see Tim Hortons offer better employee training.

Amy Doukoure, the staff attorney for CAIR Michigan, said Friday that the manager for the store on Michigan only learned about the incident Thursday though it occurred about three weeks ago.

Doukoure said she filed a complaint with the Michigan Civil Rights Department on the basis of religious discrimination on behalf of the couple.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: Reese Everson Of AfroFuture Sucks & Failed Her Detroit #coloredrevolution Operation

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"I wonder if Reese would have given me that
African American discount."
Carol Channing.
It was when I saw RT America, do this piece on Detroit, the week before the big NAACP and DNC, invite only, Detroit 2020 Presidential Candidate Debate, that I just had to drop my head, in shame, for the simple fact that some more foreign, Predictive Modeling Crappers had come up with another one of their Monte Carlo Meth Smoking Behavioral Analysis Models on who the people of Detroit are and what they are supposed to look and act.

The African-Americans, a term Jesse Jackson coined, needs to told as his tale.

If Africa is a continent, and the United States is a nation, does that mean African Americans have dual citizenship or are these votes disqualified under Voter ID laws?

Not everyone from the continent of Africa is of the darker persuasion.

Not everyone of the darker persuasion is from Africa.

If Colored Person A procreates with Colored Person B, producing Colored Offspring X; and, Colored Person C procreates with Colored Person D, producing Colored Offspring Y; where, Colored Offspring X and Colored Offspring Y procreate to produce Colored Offspring XY, does the zygote qualify for reparations?

This is Detroit and we do not play that crap.

This is that privatization, re-animation of the residuals of the peculiar institution and I smell Perkins Coie.

I also smell the stench of Julian Epstein, of whom I have so affectionately bestowed the appellation of "Mr. Slimy, Slime, Slime" to describe the content of his character.

This is one of those Detroit #coloredrevolutions.


This was so embarrassing because it went viral, global, and is preserved, forever, in the annals of history, that I had to transform into the Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed and tell the tale of another failed attempt of a #coloredrevolution, for The Meanies are trying really, really hard to cover up, bleachbit, change the narrative, create plausible deniability, or whatever other "colored" excuse they could conjure from their excreted findings of statistical crap, like this AfroFuture.

Gather round, my dearies for I shall tell you the tale of the invasion of the #coloredrevolution in Detroit.

Once upon a time, I did a quick and dirty search for the corporate filings of AfroFutures.

But, alas, AfroFutures was dissolved January 8, 2019, long before this Detroit propaganda invasion was to have taken place.

AfroFutures LTD, is, oops, was owned by Dennis Stapfuma

Dennis seems to be an expert in the realms of propaganda and colored revolutions.
Dennis Tapfuma is an accomplished digital consultant who has spent the last 12 years delivering digital projects for agencies and corporate clients in London. He has worked with leading firms such as Accenture, SapientRazorfish, POSSIBLE, Havas, Wunderman, OgilvyOne and others. As a digital programme management consultant, Dennis has managed the delivery of Digital Strategy, User Experience, Global Web Platform Builds, Digital Marketing Campaigns, CRM Strategy and Implementation and Digital Transformation for a number of clients. These include Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, Glencore, HSBC and others. Dennis also provides consulting services to SME’s on how to implement effective digital strategies to grow their businesses.
The only color Dennis cares about is the color of cryptocurrency in the profit margins.

I could easily hear the melodious sounds of foreign propaganda because Reese Everson, an attorney,  being interviewed was promulgating the reasons why there was poverty and despair in Detroit.

She went what we call "color-struck".

Yes, she was dealing out full hands of race cards which tells you she is not from Detroit because one of the performers dropped out due to the pervasive disgust of these foreign political propaganda operations, probably funded through some child welfare fraud scheme, to play clean up to their other predicitive modeling crappy Public Private Partnership programs like the Detroit Land Bank Authority and its willing participation in gerrymandering to interfere with the 2016, and before that, elections.

She was brought in to cover up for the nefarious activities of public corruption in Detroit because there was *russian/israeli/ukrainian* election interference, which has me wondering if the Detroit NAACP is hosting this op, to follow up with the big CNN DNC 2020 Presidential Invite Only Event.

Then, I took pause, and found that she came out Michigan State University, which means she should she makes false claims in the public record.

After completing law school, and operating her own firm in Chicago, Illinois, M. Reese Everson’s proven legal expertise propelled her to be chosen to serve as legislative staff to some of the most senior elected members of the United States Congress. It was there that she realized a need, and set out to fill it. Having been targeted by sexual harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination on Capitol Hill, Reese realized that young women often lack the tools for successfully navigating sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace. Further, there were few support systems and safe spaces one could go to seek guidance without the fear of retaliation. Reese decided to create a manual for young women in the workplace to address sexual harassment while maintaining their integrity,  entitled “The B.A.B.E.’s Guide to Winning in the Workplace: You Don’t Have to Compromise” and to create a digital safe space to provide women with a support system and resources.

M. Reese Everson is now a tireless advocate for young women, committed to helping them to find their voice and showing them how to walk in their purpose, uncompromised. While serving as Advocate in Chief, she travels the globe as a Sexual Harassment Expert and Advocate, Workplace Integrity Engineer, Amazon Best Selling author, and speaker. Reese works to advocate for removing discrimination and harmful biases in the workplace that can be very problematic, specifically for women of color. She is the Founder of B.A.B.E.S in the Workplace which provides peer-advocates for women dealing with sexual harassment and gender discrimination in universities and workplaces across the U.S. She also founded the B.A.B.E.S in the Workplace Foundation to provide economic resources for women devastated by sexual harassment and entrepreneurship training for K-8 students.  

M. Reese Everson is formerly the Principal Attorney for the Everson Law Group. The Everson Law Group specialized in Corporate, Municipal, Real Estate and Asset Protection. M. Reese Everson began her legal career as American Bar Associate Fellow on behalf of the Nevada Attorney General’s office. In this role, M. Reese Everson was entrusted to assert Nevada’s right to share a $173M damages settlement from a multi-state class action lawsuit. 
M. Reese Everson’s proven legal expertise propelled her to be recruited by senior United States Congressional officials to serve as Legislative Counsel to some of the most senior elected members of the United States Congress. This position entailed providing advice and counsel on all things judiciary, including civil rights, voting rights and Constitutional policy. In addition, M. Reese Everson drafted amendments for legislation proposed by the Judiciary Sub-Committee Ranking Member on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. 
M. Reese Everson also worked as a Legislative Staffer on behalf of the House Financial Services Committee’s Capital Market and Government Sponsored Enterprises staff, where she also spearheaded a Conaddressing the student loan debt crisis with world-renowned financial guru, Suze Orman. Ms. Everson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Michigan State University and holds a Juris Doctor and Certificate in International Law from DePaul University College of Law. She is a member of the Illinois Bar. Ms. Everson has studied law in Madrid, Spain and Beijing, China. She is a humanitarian with a passion for financial literacy and food security. Her collegiate accolades include being awarded 8 Scholarships including the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, Michigan Merit Award, and the Ernest & Cammille Green MSU Black Alumni Scholarship and also creating a fundraising campaign that raised over $27,000 to support relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina (click for more detail). <===another money laundering operation out MSU, which gave me much more pause as to her character.

It only took her 4 years to come out and say something.

It took me 3 seconds to figure out that she is a wanna be operative still in training because she went through congressional staffer training which means she knew how to file a complaint, or hire an attorney, like the majority of those staffers did to get a quick settlement before hoping over to their next assignment.

You suck, Reese, badly.

Questions, doubt about credibility of Rep. Robert C. Scott’s accuser

Bobby Scott liked to look, but I highly doubt her credibility based upon the date of her grande entrance into the junior society of little operatives.

This was the same time the Meanies were really, uber mean to my Sweetie.

Reese gives me the Great Saddy Face.

I say we should ask her where she got those colored-struck talking points.

I knew I smelled Congressional Black Caucus and that NAACP go-to chick who likes to package up these really dumb, cover up operations of her associates.

Praise the Lord, in a cacophony of *russian/israeli/ukrainian* afrocentristic screams from the obsequious, sycophantic psychotics who are willing to do just about anything to prevent the release of the Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed who will bring down the heavens.

There have been lots of paid operatives who are more than willing to take any form of money in order to survive, or not be prosecuted for war crimes.

I wonder if she is going to defend the Detroit NAACP?

Someone should sue AfroFutures....oh, wait, I forgot, they were dissolved earlier this year.

How did they get permits from the City of Detroit to perform?

How are they selling tickets, online, when they have no instrument of authority?

How were they insured?

I really hope no one signed any legal documents with the County or State using the name "AfroFutures" like the Detroit Land Bank Authority does, because it never incorporated, but hey, what do I know?

I know propaganda when I see it because I am the original source.

I also know they were mean to my Sweetie.

I believe Reese may have one of those pesky attorney client privilege issues coming up in Detroit.



As the Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed, I hereby issue a Proclamation Of Apology to the world for having to experience the work of "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending).

Much love, my dearies, this too shall come to pass.

AfroFuture Fest in Detroit wanted to charge white people double. Backlash ensued.

A Detroit music festival is changing its ticket pricing system after organizers say they were harassed by white supremacists and racist comments. 

When AfroFuture Fest, an August Afrocentric music and art festival, opened ticket sales, organizers were charging "early bird" people of color $10 and “non-POC” $20, with other tickets as high as $40 on Eventbrite.

Last weekend, after the event was widely publicized and debated across social media, the national attention prompted organizers to change the pricing to $20 for all attendees.

Organizers originally posted the event with an explanation: The prices were based on the idea of equitable access to festivals, which they said are often cost-prohibitive and do not benefit the black communities that host them. 

“Events often designed for marginalized Black and Brown communities can be easily co-opted by those with cultural, monetary, and class privileges,” organizer Numi Ori wrote on Facebook. “Our goal is to ensure that the youth of our communities can participate in the building of a just society; one that promotes EQUITY over EQUALITY.[sic]”

While organizers said they intended to make the festival more accessible, the doubled price for white festivalgoers sparked pushback from performers as well.

Tiny Jag, a Detroit-based rapper who is biracial, was slated to perform at the festival, but pulled out of the lineup in a Twitter announcement, writing the pricing system “does not reflect the views of myself or the Tiny Jag team.” 
Social media accounts like The Shade Room reposted the festival pricing, prompting thousands of replies. Some called the system racist, while others pointed out white privilege as a factor in the ticket scale. One commenter wrote: “Like 1950s racism in 2020. No bueno,” receiving thousands of likes.

The event’s hosting site, Eventbrite, threatened to take the festival’s page down if organizers did not change the pricing, which an Eventbrite spokesperson said violated company terms. "We also let them know that if they did not comply, we would remove the event completely from our site," the spokesperson said in a statement. 

"While the creator removed the discriminatory pricing for admission, we were made aware they added an optional donation ticket type that was still based on a protected characteristic," Eventbrite's statement reads. "Given this also violated our Terms, we removed that specific ticket type and communicated to the creator that they can include a donation option so long as it’s inclusive of all attendees."

In a Monday post, Ori wrote that she and fellow organizer Franchesca Lamarre were changing the pricing system because of racist harassment. “There is no other reason why. This was for the sake of safety,” she wrote.  

“I don’t feel not one ounce of sadness or regret about Franchesca Lamarre and I’s choice for creating this ticket structure,” Ori wrote in a July 5 Facebook post. “...Don’t comment on here about what we could have done differently with the structure. We did what we did and equity matters.”

Artists slated to perform at AfroFuture Fest include Curtis Roach, Pri$m and White Buffs on the Astral Plane.

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