BREAKING NEWS: Policing in America: Time for Repair or Reform

Thompson, Conyers, and Cummings request
in-depth hearings into Garner, Brown, and
other deaths

JANS – On Tuesday, Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D–MS), Elijah E. Cummings (D–MD) and John Conyers Jr. (D– MI), Ranking Members of the House Committees on Homeland Security, Oversight and Government Reform and the Judiciary, respectively, requested a series of in–depth hearings to examine issues raised by the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and others, as well as incidents that followed these killings.

“We fi rmly believe that events in Staten Island, New York, Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere have fractured the trust of Americans in the integrity of the criminal justice system,” the Ranking Members wrote.

“The Federal government has a critical role to play in ensuring that all Americans are treated equally before the law, especially by their local police, and it is our responsibility to exercise oversight of the funding and resources that the Federal government allocates to these local jurisdictions. Hearings into these topics will be important early steps on the long road of healing across the country.”

JMAA gets first black

JANS – The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority has named Carl D. Newman, A.A.E. as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) and Hawkins Field (HKS). Newman will begin his new position on January 2, 2015.

Newman will have the responsibility to plan, direct, manage and oversee all activities and operations of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority. He will establish goals and objectives for airport operations, coordinate all airport activities with administrators and officials of the counties and cities in the metropolitan area, and provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the JMAA Board.

Prior to accepting the CEO position with JMAA, Newman was General Manager of Bush Intercontinental Airport. He served for 32 years at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, holding several positions including Assistant Aviation Director and Deputy Aviation Director.

Horhn says he won’t blow
second chance

JANS – State Senator John Horhn plead no contest to DUI in Jackson Municipal Court this week. His sentence: non-adjudication, fine and court cost.

Non-adjudication is the process of allowing a first time, nonvio-
lent defendant to complete certain conditions and avoid a conviction on their record.

Mississippi’s non adjudication process is similar to Louisiana’s pretrial diversion program. In both states, your criminal defense attorney must specifically ask for the prosecutor and judge’s consent to allow you to enter into the program.

Senator Horhn was represented by Blackmon and Blackmon Attorneys at Law in Canton.

“It has been a year since this matter started,” says Horhn. “Not all the facts in this case were revealed, but I have decided to plead no contest to this traffic violation so that I can put this matter behind me for the sake of my family, colleagues, friends, and constituents.

Their mission: Improve quality of life, reduce lower–limb amputations

By Alice Thomas–Tisdale

Jackson Advocate Publisher

Since 1978, Jackson Cardiology Associates, PA has been on the cutting edge of health therapies to improve the quality of life for African Americans in Mississippi. In 2014, the specialty group upped its game by adding two interventional cardiologists – Almois Mohamad and Harsha S. Nagarajarao.

“Drs. Mohamad and Nagarajarao are well trained and certified in advanced peripheral arterial interventions,” commented Dr. Malcolm Taylor, co–founder of Jackson Cardiology Associates, PA. “They specialize in circulation, heart attacks and angioplasty, a nonsurgical procedure that can be used to open blocked heart arteries. These guys really care about their patients and provide excellent patient care.

Josie Lee Stokes was everybody’s ‘granny’

“I don’t remember a time that Granny wasn’t Granny. From the fi rst time I met her, I didn’t call her by any other name. And she always called me baby, or NuNu like all my loved ones called me growing up.”
– DeAnna Tisdale.
By Alice Thomas–Tisdale

Jackson Advocate Publisher

Family, friends and admirers will gather Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 653 Claiborne Ave., Jackson, MS at 11 a.m. to celebrate the life of the one and only Ms. Josie Lee Thompson Stokes. She died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, not long after celebrating her 83rd birthday on Oct. 10.

The little country girl from Rolling Fork, MS was loved by all who knew her, and she was happy to be called “Granny” by all. Grandparenting held a special place in Ms. Josie’s heart. Deprived of the opportunity to be raised by her own mother, Johnnie Mae, who died at an early age, Ms. Josie was reared along with her cousin, Tilford, by her grandparents, John and Johnnie White.

“I don’t remember a time that Granny wasn’t Granny. From the first time I met her, I didn’t call her by any other name. And she always called me baby, or NuNu like all my loved ones called me growing up,” shared DeAnna Tisdale.

“Just the sound of her voice and how excited she was to see the people she loved and cared about was enough to put
a smile on your face. Granny had so much spunk and joy for life that it was contagious. I will miss her dearly. I will miss her robust laugh that fi lled the air like sweet music and I will miss the sparkle in her eyes when something tickled her fancy. Granny was one of a kind and she will never leave my heart.”

Ms. Josie attended schools in Anguilla, Panther Burns and Rolling Fork. During the summers, she attended Southern Christian Institute along with her grandmother, who was furthering her education. At the age of 16, Ms. Josie completed studies at Anguilla High School.

Stokes plans to reclaim his Ward 3 council seat

By Alice Thomas–Tisdale

Jackson Advocate Publisher

Ms. Josie Lee Thompson Stokes lost her battle with cancer on Monday. But not before giving her blessing to her son, Kenneth, who serves as Hinds County Supervisor District 5. Stokes plans to run for the seat being vacated by his wife, Councilwoman LaRita Cooper – Stokes who won her bid for Hinds County judge in the Nov. 25 runoff.

John W. Provine High School:
A shining example of a school overcoming obstacles in order to achieve academic success

John W. Provine High School is located on the western side of Jackson, Mississippi. It is in a part of the city that is occupied by low to lower middle income families. For those who are victims of stereotypes, the school would be expected to be near the bottom of the heap in terms of academic achievement. Despite its demographics and other conditions; however, Provine High School was able to move from being a D school last year, to a C school this year.
That places it in the top tier of the city’s public schools and on average in the state, when it comes to the assessment done by the Mississippi Department of Education. That is reason to celebrate; reason to congratulate the Provine High School Community because it had tremendous obstacles to become that successful.

Negative External Conditions. One does not have to be given to stereotypes to realize that the school has had to overcome negative conditions that are common to it and the other Jackson public schools. Consider the fact that
the state of Mississippi has so notoriously underfunded all of the state’s public schools through the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) until at least two state wide efforts are underway to correct and/or reverse the situation.

The fi rst of these efforts is the initiative that proposes a Constitutional amendment REQUIRING the State Legislature to fund the state’s public schools. (Believe it or not, the legislature has not fully funded MAEP but one year since the law was passed in 1997.) The outcome of this proposal we will see in the Fall of 2015.

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