Wednesday, April 30th, Rev. Sharpton called
me at 6:30am. He wanted to have a meeting of the coordinators of the
six sites. We agreed that Councilman Barron and I would coordinate Brooklyn.
I did a couple of radio interviews. One with Mimi Rosenberg on WBAI
and with Ann Tripp on WWRL
At the Thursday night meeting, we had finalized our Action Plan. The
committees made their reports:
Boycott Committee – Called for a boycott on Mother’s Day
Legal Committee – Continue to demand that the Justice Department
indict cops on the violation of Sean Bell, Joe Guzman Trent Benefield’s
Legislative Committee – called for a special prosecutor,
Demonstration Committee – mass demonstration in Manhattan,
Civil Disobedience (CD) – six sites were identified for meeting
places. The actual sites of the action would be kept secret. After the
meeting Rev. Sharpton announced to the press the six sites. We refused
to identify where the CD would take place.
It is important to note that a piece of paper almost fractured my relationship
with Rev. Sharpton and seriously wrecked our plan. During our weekly
Thursday NRLAA meeting, there came to my attention an e-mail that was
sent to several people. This e-mail gave directions for the CD at the
Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. At 1:30pm Saturday May 3rd, the
e-mail stated that Rev. Sharpton was organizing this effort. I was furious.
This was directly contrary to what Rev. Sharpton and I had agreed upon.
We had agreed that Councilman Barron and I would coordinate Brooklyn
and the CD would start Wednesday, May 7th. I decided that if the e-mail
was accurate, I would pull away from the effort. I called Rev. Sharpton,
told him about the e-mail. He said he didn’t know anything about
it. But he was on his way to the church we could discuss it then. I
said okay, but we will have to resolve it before the meeting starts.
When he arrived, he convinced me he didn’t know anything about
the e-mail or the content of the e-mail. He didn’t even know the
person who had sent the e-mail. Later, after investigation, we discovered
the source of the problem. Whether it was a deliberate attempt to derail
or seriously damage our relationship and our venture, I know not.
On Saturday, May 3rd, at the National Action Network headquarters (NAN)
Rev. Sharpton continued to lay out the sites of assemblage. Still no
hint regarding the action sites. After the broadcast/rally, recruitment
for CD was initiated. About 70 people came forward. They were asked
to go to the six designated sites where coordinators were stationed.
Flyers were disseminated, identifying the meeting places and time –
3pm. I decided since we would be meeting in the church, I would set
the Brooklyn meeting time for 2pm or earlier if people so desired. The
other sites were outside. I wanted to use the time for reflections,
instructions and Q&A.
On Sunday, May 4th, I received a call from Rev. Sharpton. The Mayor’s
office wanted to assure us of their cooperation, but wanted to know
the action sites. Rev. Sharpton suggested a meeting, Monday May 5th,
5:30 at NAN to develop a response. At the Monday meeting we met at NAN
at the agreed upon time. In the meeting were Rev. Richardson, Chairman
of NAN and Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Ms. Hazel Dukes,
President NYS NAACP, Michael Hardy, Attorney, Rev. Sharpton and I. After
lengthy discussion we decided we would give details provided we would
have time to pray or block the traffic at the action sites. We suggested
an hour from the time of our arrival at the action sites to our being
carried away in the patty wagon, would be sufficient time to achieve
our objective. If the Mayor broke his promise, we would go to another
action site. We would have in readiness a Plan A and a Plan B. The Mayor’s
office rejected the one-hour, offered 10 minutes at the Bridge before
the arrest. We accepted. We reasoned marching to the action sites, having
arrived at the site, using delaying tactics before and after the command
of the police officer to move or be arrested would be sufficient time
to achieve our objective.
One of the main reason we agreed to provide detail, we knew we would
bring new people into the movement, especially regarding civil disobedience.
We wanted to guarantee a peaceful, smooth action. (To repeat for emphasis,
we wanted a peaceful, smooth arrest. This is important to remember in
the light of what happened later with Councilman Barron and I at the
After the meeting, we met with lawyers and coordinators. Attorney’s
selected the sites where they would be present. We went over instructions
to participants, especially, those who would be arrested:
No outstanding warrants or fines
Citizens of the USA only
Don’t resist arrest – resistance would mean additional charge.
Even falling down, a refusal to move when officers command compliance
with arrest instructions could be, and probably would be, considered
One other meeting was planned Tuesday, May 6th at 1199 to finalize plans
with all participants and to continue CD recruitment. That meeting failed
Attend the Timbuktu Learning Center’s weekly Thursday Night Community
Forums. All Forums are held at the House of the Lord Church from 7pm
Join Operation Life Line if you need assistance or know someone who
needs assistance with their mortgages as it relates to foreclosures,
predatory lending and/or subprime lending.
Attend NRLAA’s monthly forum Focus on Africa the 2nd Saturday
from 2pm to 4pm.
Organizing Meetings regarding Darfur every Thursday - 12noon @ the House
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On Sunday, June 1, 2008 8am & 12noon worship experience –
Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry’s sermon will focus on his 50 years
of ministry and will e entitled “Reflections on my life an Ministry.”
All are invited.
On Sunday, June 8, 2008, Rev. Leah Daughtry, Pastor of the House of
the Lord Church in Washington, DC and CEO of the 2008 Democratic National
Convention in Denver, Colorado will be the guest preacher at the 12
noon Worship Service at the House of the Lord Church, located at 415
On June 19–20, 2008, in honor of Juneteenth, The Downtown Brooklyn
Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA) will host its Annual Emancipation Day Celebration.
At 12noon on the 20th there will be an Unveiling & Dedication of
a Plaque marking the stop on the Underground Railroad at the Old Bridge
Street Church, which served as a safe house for runner away slaves.
Many invited guest speakers. A Luncheon (invitation only) will follow
with Dr. Adelaide Sanford as the keynote speaker. At 7pm, there will
be a musical concert, free to the public, at the House of the Lord Church
featuring The House of the Lord Anointed Voices, the renowned singer,
Minister Lawrence Craig, Bishop Nathaniel Townsley & The Gospel
Jubilee and many others. Dinner will start at 5pm (No cost with reservation).
Contact Peggy Iman Washington, the Program Coordinator, @ (718) 596-1991
or (718) 797-2184. On Juneteenth (19th) we will sponsor a Student Leadership
Luncheon. Call the numbers above for further information.
On Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 2pm the 30th Annual Randolph Evans Memorial
Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held at the House
of the Lord Church. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke will be the keynote
On Sunday June 29, 2008, Rev. Dawnique Daughtry-Pemberton, Pastor of
the House of the Lord Church of Bergen County in Englewood, NJ will
be the guest preacher at the 12 noon Worship Service at the House of
the Lord Church, located at 415 Atlantic Avenue
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