Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Devoted Teacher's Refections on Kierra Mae Jones, Murdered Victim in Triple Shooting

Police Identify Victim In Triple Shooting 

By my daughter who was one of Kierra's teachers email the following to me:

Kierra “Twin” Jones was one of a kind. At just about five feet, ninety pounds, she had a huge spirit that was belying of her stature. With braids, tattoos, and oversized clothing it would be easy to look at her and assume the worst. But once she smiled, all of that melted away. And you saw her for what she was. A young woman who dared to be herself, a young woman who loved openly, a young woman who was just as quick to give an encouraging word as she was to crack a joke. And as she spoke--slow and measured, you could feel the reservoir of wisdom that was deep inside of her.

She wasn’t perfect, as none of us are. However, she was strengthened through every mistake, fortified through every failure. And throughout the revolving door that is night school, she remained constant. When her peers’ resolve weakened she said, “I have faith.”

 Twin exemplified everything that All City is supposed to represent. She dreamed through adversity. She strived every day; even in the midst of the complacency that surrounds us all. She was a leader, she was a peacemaker, so much so that it cost her life.

 And through her death, life continues. Old students are coming back through that revolving door. They’re saying they’re going to graduate for Twin. And though they may stumble, though they may never pass a Regents, or walk the stage, they have all LEARNED.

 Hopefully we too can learn from this. Our success as educators is not limited to test scores. Our success comes when we dig deep within ourselves and continue to hope. Our success comes when we look past the statistics and see our students as people who deserve dignity and respect. Our success comes when we forgive the students who disrespect and underappreciate us. Our success comes when we treat our students like we would want someone to treat our own kids. Our success comes when we don’t coddle students, but when we push them to excel. Our success comes when we lead by example.

Kierra’s family is requesting donations to buy her headstone. Please give as much as you can.

I am feeling better, death is a part of life and I am going to use her death as motivation. I love y'all :-)

Vera Richardson

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pray for President Obama, America, John Boehner, and the Republican Party

--> A video to encourage Obama supporters of all races and national origins to pray for him and our nation during this time of GOP opposition and unfair political tactics. Praise God in song and dance and he will deliver us from the "EVIL" that has caused many fearing "CHANGE" to forget God and country to destroy President Obama. We should also pray for the GOP because the bible tells us to pray for our enemies and our leaders.
Vera Richardson
Click on link to preview  my book Screwed by Former Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Kierra Mae Jones 5/14/13 Murder: Racism to Maintain the Prevailing Order by Supplying AND Selling Illegal Guns to Blacks to Murder Each Other

--> On May 14, 2013, Kierra Mae Jones, who was 20 years old and a student of my 29 year old daughter was gunned down in Rochester, NY. According to the Democrat and Chronicle website Jones was celebrating the graduation of two of her cousins at her aunt’s home on York Street on May 14, 2013, when two vehicles approached.
Their occupants fired multiple gunshots and drove away. Jones, herself set to graduate from All City High in a month, was struck multiple times and died at Strong Memorial Hospital a short time later, her family said. The day before Kierra Jones was murdered my youngest daughter called me in Houston to tell me that Kierra Mae Jones watched one of my Youtube videos on racism as part of one of her assignments. On May 15, 2013, I read a haunting and provocative Huffington Post article titled “The Reactionary Nature of Black Politics.

In the article Pascal Robert stated “Jim Crow was rooted in economic control, not simply racism and brutality. Those were the tools used to keep the system intact.” Robert’s story has led me to believe that gun violence and the unwillingness of the GOP, Tea Party members, NRA, and others to support background checks for gun control is a form of racism to maintain the prevailing order: The time is now for African-Americans to stop being reactionary and become proactive in saving our children and OURSELVES.

We should demand action from Senator Harry Reid, the Democrats, and more importantly President Obama. President Obama can have a successful second term if Reid do filibuster reform NOW. With reform the Senate can pass a background check gun control bill. Reform will also allow the Senate to skip the delaying tactics of Rubio and GOP who don’t have any intentions of passing Immigration Reform before or especially not after the 2014 elections.

Filibuster reform will also allow the Senate to confirm President Obama nominated federal judges that have lifetime appointments over the GOP unprecedented opposition. At the end of his article Roberts asks who is up to the task to provide a new politics that is not rooted in reactionary response to racism but seeks to foster cross-racial coalitions with those similarly situated to crush the barriers to economic equality. My answer is PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!

July 26, 2013, UPDATE

I am so glad that President Obama's comment on the Trayvon Martin's murder and jury verdict.  Our president message encouraged us and will motivate us to greatness.

Vera Richardson
Click link to preview, borrow for free and/or buy my book and join movement to respectfully request that President Obama amends CivRightsAct of 1964 again.  Screwed by Former Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer