By Frederick H. Lowe
Protests in Europe against slavery in Libya
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Demonstrations recently have been held in major European cities to protest African men, women and children being sold into slavery in Libya, a practice that began after the United States and other countries overthrew Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, leaving the country ungovernable.
Nearly 4,000 individuals protested in Stockholm. Large demonstrations also have been held in London, Brussels and in Paris by men and women who are reacting to news reports of refugees and migrants passing through Libya being sold at auction into slavery.
Television camera crews photographed black men sold into slavery for $400 and black women being sold as sex slaves. The migrants are traveling through Libya to reach Europe to find work and a better life.
London’s demonstration was organized by Slavery Remembrance. Supporters said if they refuse to acknowledge what is happening in Libya, they are destined make the same mistakes when it comes to racism and slavery. The United Kingdom was the world’s largest slave trader during the transatlantic slave trade. Some migrants, mostly Nigerians, Ghanaians and Gambians, are forced to work for the slave traders.
Slavery Remembrance members picketed the Libyan Embassy in London on November 26. The organization also posted #End Slavery in Libya.
The demonstrators carried signs that read “We are not slaves” and “I can’t believe I’m protesting for this shit in 2017.”
Celebrities from Nigeria and the United States have demanded that Libya stop its slave trade. Chris Brown, Common and T.I. have denounced Libya’s slave trade.
“Heartbreaking, barbaric and unacceptable. We must fight to end this! Speak up, spread awareness. The inhumanity must end,” said television host Steve Harvey.
Slave trading began in 2011 after the United States, France and England overthrew Gaddafi.
Since the overthrow of Gaddafi, Libya has been ungovernable; the country’s climate has been characterized by sporadic violent clashes by various factions. Soon after Gaddafi was murdered, militias began executing Africans living in Libya.
Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State, reportedly knew that the executions were taking place but she did not do anything about the killings.
“Probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do intervention in Libya,” Obama told Fox News. After Gaddafi was killed, Libya fell into chaos with militias taking over and rival parliaments and governments forming.
Obama said Libya has been a mess since the fall of Gaddafi.
Singer LL Cool J said the West used its military to remove Gaddafi and that the West has a moral obligation to get Libya back on a healthy footing.
Libya is not getting all the blame for the current situation. African leaders are being urged to fix their countries to stem the flow of illegal immigration.
Citizens and by-passers gathered to watch as the local fire department and the Livingston Fire Department try to save Family Dollar of Eutaw, destroyed by fire Thursday, September 22, 2017. The official ruling was listed as, a transformer near Church’s Chicken caught fire and then fire spread down the power line to the Family Dollar building.
By Frederick H. Lowe
Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from NorthStarNewsToday.com
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – A Las Vegas police officer pointed a gun at Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett’s head and threatened to kill him if he moved after arresting him for no reason on Saturday, August 26. Bennett posted his experience on twitter.
Bennett was walking to his hotel after attending the Mayweather-McGregor fight when he and other members of a crowd heard what they believed were gunshots.
“Like many people in the area, I ran away from the sound, looking for safety,” Bennett said.
Police, however, singled him out, placing a gun near his head, warning him not to move and if he did, he would blow “ ‘my fucking head off,’ ” Bennett charged. The cop ignored Bennett’s pleas that “he had not done nothing.”
Bennett was lying on his stomach and a second cop came over and put a knee in his back, making it difficult for Bennett to breathe. The cop handcuffed Bennett, cinching the handcuffs so tightly his fingers went numb.
What was going through Bennett’s mind is that the cops would murder him for being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time. “My life flashed through my eyes as I thought of my girls. Would I ever play with them again? Or watch them have kids? Or kiss my wife again and tell her I love her.”
When police learned that Bennett played for the Seahawks, they took the handcuffs off and released him without an explanation or an apology.
The Las Vegas police said the officer arrested Bennett because he was acting suspiciously, two words black men often hear from the police. The cops said Bennett was hiding behind a gaming machine before he jumped over a fence.
As it turned out, there were no gunshots.
The police union, however, wants the NFL to investigate Bennett’s allegations that he was arrested after being racially profiled.
Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, supported Bennett who he said represents the best of the NFL— “a leader on his team and in his community.” Goodell said there will be no investigation.
Bennett has hired a lawyer and intends to sue the police department.
Cydney Lauren Chatters and Donald Wayne Fondel, Jr., both of Lake Charles, LA, were united in Holy Matrimony on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in New Orleans, LA. Cydney’s Maids of Honor were her sisters, Jodi and Drew Chatters. Donald’s brother David Fondel and friend Joseph Gallien, served as Best Men. Chase Zippert was Ring Bearer and Ava Alfred was Flower Girl. The wedding party included eight bridesmaids and accompanying groomsmen.
Cydney is the daughter of Rachel Zippert Chatters and Benard Chatters of Lake Charles, LA. Donald is the son of Brenda and Donald Fondel, Sr., also of Lake Charles, LA. Grandparents of the groom are Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Mayes and the late Mr. & Mrs. Marion Fondel, Sr. Grandparents of the bride are Mr. & Mrs. Maynard T. Chatters, Sr. and John and Carol Zippert, Publishers of the Greene County Democrat.
Cydney is a Pre-Med graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and is currently a medical school student at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, MS. Donald received his B.S. Degree in Health Science from Dillard University, New Orleans, LA, and his Master’s Degree in Public Health fromTulane University, New Orleans, LA. He is currently employed with Cheniere Energy, Cameron, LA, as Environmental Health and Safety Specialist. Donald is a Certified Safety Specialist (CSP) from the American National Standards Institute.
Mike Espy, former Secretary of Agriculture received the Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday night in Birmingham as part of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives’ 50th Annual Meeting and anniversary. Shirley Blakely of Mississippi, Board Chair, joined by other board members and Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director, presented the award. The meeting continued Friday and Saturday at the Federation’s Rural Training and Research Center. More than 500 people attended the three-day celebration. The Federation was founded 1967 by 22 cooperatives and credit unions, arising out of the Civil Rights Movement, who banded together for mutual assistance, training and pooled resources. For more information, see the organization’s website at: http://www.federation.coop.
The annual Black Belt Folk Roots Festival features Ole Timey Blues artists on Saturday and Ole Timey Gospel artists on Sunday. There is no contradiction in the appreciation of both. As the elders tell it: The wailing blues tell the stories of our struggles, hardships, heartaches, lost loves and lost lives. The prayerful gospel music lifts the stories of our faith, determination, perseverance and How We Made it Over. Many of the founding festival musicians are no longer with us, including Willie King, Bo McGee, Jesse Daniels, George Conner, members of the Echo Gospel Singers, members of the Tishabee Male Chorus, members of the New Gospel Travelers. Shown above are festival founders Clarence Davis, Lemon Harper, Burlie and Liz Daniels, who, along with many others, will be with us at this year’s festival, Saturday August 26 and Sunday August 27 on the Old Courthouse Square in Eutaw, AL.