Friday, July 18, 2008

"Our children are crying" by; Ms. Beauty Turner

By; Ms. Beauty Turner

“A nation is judge by the laughter of her children
Our children are crying; so what is that saying about our nation?”

Hey little black boy; why are you crying and holding your head down?
“I planted my sister last week in a grave, A SHALLOW, hallow ground!”
Little boy why are you standing in the rain?
Trying hard to hide my grief, my pain!
Where is your mother?
In jail with my older brother!
It’s been bad!
Where is your dad?
I don’t know, he left my mother, mad!
I been standing for hours on my bare feet,
With nothing in my belly,nothing to eat!
Excuse me, but I don’t mean to make you cry
But how did your sister die?
She were shot in the head by a gang member
who was a crank , trying hard to earn his rank.
Listen, just listen to the ticking of the genocide clock.
There’s been so many shooting on our block,
Young people shooting off gun Tech nines and Glocks.
Young boys standing on the corners smoking weed,
Selling crack and rocks.
Drinking rum, like pigeons eating bread crumbs
.Too many of our Children are dying,
That why this Black boy is crying !



Friday, July 11, 2008

Walking Dead by Larry Turner Jr.

Walking Dead
By; Larry Turner Jr.

Larry is the son of Ms. Beauty Turner
A winner of the Young Authors Association/ as well as an Honor student.
His insight at the age of 10 after reading and realizing the beauty of
his mother's writings as a child helped his mother
become a National award winning writer and fighter.

Too many of us are walking around dead and don’t realize it.
We walk around mentally dead because we can’t get pass some pain that stops us from loving ourselves.
We no longer want to feel emotions because we are afraid of being hurt again.
Numb on the inside, sounds dead to me. Sounds like you are waiting to be called home to me.
We are walking around mentally dead and people don’t understand why we can’t function. Some of us died along time ago, we are just waiting for the physical box and the pastor words.
Here lay a fool who let his life slip away because they refuse to live in the here and now.
Don’t be like them, live. I mourn for your family they never got to know the real you.
Some of us are to sick to realize we need help talk to someone before it is to late, save yourself.
People show signs, so help them get through it before we be mourning two, you and them.
Pain is killing people it’s true just look around!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Killing our youth: A national passtime?

Ms. Beauty Turner
Killing our youth a national pass time?

It use to be moms apple pie, and baseball that led the nation in pass time now in Black and Latino communities it seems to be the killing of our youth.

Shock waves are being felt all around the nation as well as on the windy city streets of Chicago , as of yet nine more Chicago Public School youth are gunned down and killed right here on American soil over the weekend leading into early spring near April 2008.

“Our youth are going on a suicide murder mission as if they are in a war in Iraq !” according to Arne Duncan CEO of Chicago Public Schools in a recent interview.

In 2007,40 school age youth were shot and killed at the ending of summer .
“This year so far 22 youth have been shot and killed and summer haven’t even begin yet!”

Instead of colorful pompoms being shake at pep rallies or cockwheels, and splits being done by cheerleaders for basketball , baseball and football games, youth are protesting, marching and rallying in the streets in front of the Thompson Center demanding that more be done to end the killing and are asking for stricter gun laws.

Mayor Richard M. Daley and Governor Rod R. Blagojevich as well as many community leaders like Father Michael L. Pfleger, CEO of Chicago Public Schools Arne Duncan and people who have lost a child to gun violence such as Ron Holt; Blaire Holt father. Holt is the young man that was shot and killed on a bus in the Roseland area while coming home from school in 2007. They were there demanding stricter gun laws in order to stop the killing.

“Every Child need a license to drive a car but gun seller do not need a license,” Mayor Daley said.

“We need to lobby every politician in Springfield to make stricter gun law’s! Governor Rod R. Blagojevich said in a rally in front of the Thompson center.

“I’m for stricter gun laws;” CEO Arne Duncan said.

“I believe that stricter gun laws will help, but we do need other resources as well!”
CEO Arne Duncan said.

Dario’s Cougar age 17 a student at Simeon High school said “If we had stricter gun laws it will slow the killing down, but it will not stop!”

But Darryl Young a Military veteran disagree with Mayor Daley as well as Governor Blagovic about stricter gun laws.


“All this killing isn’t because of gun laws but due to a lack of resources in low income communities,” Young said.

“I totally disagree with Mayor Richard M. Daley as well as with the Governor about having more gun laws.

“Stricter gun law what is that going to do?, “All that is going to do is lock up more of our people and throw away the key!” Young added.

“We need much more resources because If this is allowed to continue there will be blood even with striker gun laws!” According to Young

“This random shooting and killing is due to drug tuff this is a drug war otherwise over money!” Community Activist Paul Mc Kinley a member of VOTE Voices of the Ex-Offender said,

A young man by the name of James E. Gierach agrees with Mc Kinley “America society has been transformed by the 1970-2008 Drug War. Drug Prohibition has made drugs like heroin,cocaine,meth and marijuana stronger, cheaper, and more available commodities on the face of the earth.” Gierach added.
“ While guns need to be controlled and regulated There are an estimate 200 million guns in private hands in the U.S) “gun control alone is not the answer to the endless killing, we must end Al Capone’s Prohibition II to stop Tommy Gun.” Gierach continues.
“You want the killing to stop we must legalize, control and regulate drugs, to take the profit out of the drug; to bankrupt gangs and destroy their ability to afford guns.” Gierach ended.

According to Diane Coles a grandmother of three who strongly disagreed with all of them she think that the killing wouldn’t happen if they had better parenting and by putting the fear of God in our youth!

“A wise man once said that a nation is judge by the laughter of their children and our children are crying!”
So what does that say about our nation?

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A Black Out In The Hood

An event that took place in the hood earlier
during the year. [don’t forget}
When the lights went out on the south side.
A Black-out.
Ms. Beauty Turner

Com Ed drops the ball and the city fumbles

Electricity didn’t flow for almost two days in a high rise on the south side doing the most
Intensive heat wave that this city have ever seen since 1995.
In 4048 South Lake Park families as well as the elderly was without electricity denying many of the low income residents that reside there the sweet swift gentle breeze of an (AC) Air Conditioners.
I don’t know what the Mayor was thinking when he un leached what many of the residents who are predominately Black think was a fraud plan to evacuate by using Hitler or slave catcher tactics to make them leave their apartments.
Doing the intensive sweltering heat wave the city sent out the fire departments, police officers and the Department of Human services.
Many people who was just looking on might think that this was a good thing,
But there was one slight problem that upset a few of the residents that lived there; it is what they consider the other side of darkness.
On television what the city was doing looked like a good thing right? After all they was looking out for the welfare of the people or were they?
“The police and the fire department went door to door .knocking with some type of battle ramp,” Larry Turner a long time resident said.
The department of Health would yell out is somebody home and if no body would answer they would have the police and the fire department break the door off of the hinges after they had already evacuated the residents down to the street knowing that now nobody was home, Turner said.
I yelled out to the people that was doing this; why are you breaking into the people homes, instead of getting the pass key from management so that they can accompany you all to the residents apartment, Turner asked.
Why are you breaking in to those people homes? Turner asked angrily.
“We have order from the Mayor to do this if you have any complaints take it up with the Mayor office,” a Caucasian police officer said.
Turner notice that across the street in the perfectly new mixed income Lake Park Crescent homes that the residents was not being treated the same as the ones in the low income subsidized buildings instead they received Com Ed generators to supply them lights.
The Lake Park Crescent homes are in a gentrifying community that holds a healthy hearty luxury price tag that was also without lights the police department and the Health department wasn’t breaking their locks and entering their apartments without permission..
"I believe that our civil rights has been grossly violated," Turner added.
Maple Hardy who has health conditions who is also a long time resident of 4048 South Lake Park
was informed by Turner that her apartment has been broken into by city officials.
"I think that it is wrong for the city to break into people apartments," Hardy said.
"I do believe that they should have gotten in contact with the management company and used their several pass keys that they often used when I wasn’t at home before, Hardy said.
Turner and Hardy feel that the city executed a poorly thought out plan concerning the poor.
A lack of generators and lights created a safety hazard conditions for the elderly as well as others when the city are making people walk down dark hallway stairs when it is pitch black and they can’t see their hands in front of their faces, Turner and Hardy said.
I believe that the city should have treated every body on our block equally the same because the same threat that we faced in our building exited for the people in the luxury high price buildings across the streets but they were given generators while we was forced to leave, Turner said.
And still yet no one have informed me when will I be able to go back home, Turner added.
I paid my rent on time but yet I have no where to stay! Turner went on to say.
I work hard every day of my life, plus I vote and I’m a tax payer and this is how I ‘m being treated this is not right, Turner added.
Tatanisha Phillips a single mother of three and a long time resident of 4048 South Lake Park was evacuated out of her apartment at 4:30 am in the wee hours of the morning she was taken to the Crown Plaza hotel on the west side of Chicago.
After finding out that her apartment door lock had been knocked off the hinges even after she told them that there were no one else in her apartment which at the time she could have easily show them through her apartment if they had asked her but instead they let her walk down the dark stairwells and still knocked her door off the hinges after they watch her close it..
"I have kids so how long do they expect for us to stay in a hotel," Tatanisha Phillips said.
"We don’t have our clothing, we don’t have our important papers, I don’t even have underwear on," Phillips added.
The officer told her in a sarcasm type manner go to the store and buy you some.
Commander Martinez from the twenty first district told me that what the city is doing are doing well being checks and evacuation to keep people safe.
"What are my babies suppose to wear? Phillips said.
"I don’t have money like that," Phillips added.
Cletris Davis told me that she was on her way to work when the city official came in but found herself locked out from her apartment when she got back from work.
“I’m disappointed in the way the city played us because I’m tried and I can’t even enter my apartment now; since I didn’t go with them early this morning people like me don’t have any where to go, Davis said.
“This is the first time I ever witness anything like this they treated the residents here like they did in hurricane Katrina, “Rufus Jackson
Latoya Artis who works in management said that the electricity should be on by twelve o clock tonight at least that what 311 said
Out of 63 apartments only 27 of them was broken into.
The people that lives in this building is not news worthy at least that is what the city thinks I have been though many of these things and nobody cares, a janitor that was wearing the name tag reading Rambert said.
I called East Lake management company and spoke to the President of the company Leroy Bannister.
"I don’t know the extent of the damages that have occurred in this building but we have been informed by police officers not to allow any body back into the building," Bannister said.
We are trying to make sure that we can make the building as secure as possible and as for people doors being broken into we don’t look favorable on that! Bannister added.