March 2021

Phoenix Civil Rights Attorney

Black Poverty In America Was Designed To Subject Black People To Violence

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“Black poverty, particularly in urban areas, is different from white poverty. Black poverty is built into the structure of neighborhoods and labor markets. Sociologist have described how the neighborhood environments of low-income blacks are unusually disadvantaged compared to the neighborhood environments of other racial groups. Being black and poor relegates one to living with other poor people in a racially segregated neighborhood where the local unemployment rate is high, families are more likely to be led by single mothers and street crime is common. White poverty that touches the criminal justice system—concentrated among men who are loosely connected to families—is closer to skid row, rooted in mental illness, drug addiction and the scarcity of treatment services.” —Bruce Western, “Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison” —Bruce Western, “Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison” Tweet If we want to build safer communities we need to listen to Bruce. The number one predictor if someone is going to re-offend, in the first three months after release, is who picks them up from prison. If no friend or family member comes to provide a formerly-incarcerated person, with a ride home from prison they are almost guaranteed to immediately re-offend. Why? The person lacks the social-network to provide basic material and emotional needs they require to transition back into society. One thing that we can do is create programs that provide the supports these people would normally receive from family and friends. We can create programs that provide a place to stay, a… Read More »Black Poverty In America Was Designed To Subject Black People To Violence

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The Great Migration Was Caused By The Failure To Protect Black People’s Civil Rights

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“The people did not cross the turnstiles of customs at Ellis Island. They were already citizens. But where they came from, they were not treated as such.” ― Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Candidates, politicians, media commentators, and people of good-intent like to profess “we are a nation of immigrants.” Yet, that is one of the most dehumanizing lines that can ever be uttered. It is a lie. It is an offensive mischaracterization of our history. It erases the fact that a race of people lived here, before you or your ancestors arrived. A race of people that had their own languages, customs, cultures, economies, and religions. Every-time this lie is allowed space to breath, it conceals the fact that people were dispossessed of their land. This lie allows us to ignore that a genocide was perpetuated against a race of people, for your benefit. If we say this lie, we don’t have to confront the injustice that was sustained by the people who lived here before us. After the indigenous population was nearly destroyed, black bodies were stolen, smuggled in the hulls of ships, and sold into perpetual bondage to work this misappropriated land. The lie of “we are a nation of immigrants” attempts to circumvent the fact that the value of all slaves was $75 billion dollars in todays dollars. That prior to the civil war, the wealth of this country was concentrated in the Mississippi River Valley. Black bodies… Read More »The Great Migration Was Caused By The Failure To Protect Black People’s Civil Rights

Car accidents can worsen fibromyalgia

Can A Car Crash Worsen Fibromyalgia

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Can Car Accidents Worsen Fibromyalgia ? The answer is yes: car accidents worsen fibromyalgia. In a Canada court trial, where the Plaintiff was involved in an auto accident, her auto accident attorney had her doctor testify that as a result of the car accident her fibromyalgia had worsened. There are a number of factors in this case that do not make it the typical case, but the medical proof offered in this case suggested that fibromyalgia can not only be aggravated by a car accident, but it can be made worse. We have written about how a Phoenix auto accident attorney from our auto accident law firm would handle a case with a client who has fibromyalgia. The woman was awarded over $366,000.00. The Facts Of This Auto Accident Case: In this instance the woman was traveling at about 90 KM per hour and a truck towing a U-Haul trailer pulled out and hit her in the left side (this was horrible reporting on the court case, because all cars should be referred to by either driver side or passenger side). The trailer bounced in the air and struck the woman’s car a second time. She was traveling with her 2-year-old child. She did not know what her body did in the car, she was focused on not losing control. The woman had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia in the past. We must say that her auto accident attorney was very skilled and brave to embrace her fibromyalgia diagnosis. Many Phoenix… Read More »Can A Car Crash Worsen Fibromyalgia

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Why White America Is Now Black. Let Me Explain

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Why White America Is Now Black. Let Me Explain 40% of all white people do not have any black friends. 55% of white people only have one black friend. The average black person has eight white friends. This is my lived experience. I personally know two white people, with more than one black friend. I have a number of close white friends, so close I would call them my family. These people would clothe me, feed me, shelter me, protect me, and fund me if I asked. I love them and they love me. Yet, if I am being honest…I am their only black friend. This is not an indictment on these people, whom I truly love, but it is a truthful statement said out of love. Many of you reading this are not proximate to the pain and experience of being black in America, until now. I must confess that I have abdicated my duty to you, my newly black friends. See no one has told you, out of anger or in love, that all of you formally white people are now black. See whiteness is a fickle and fleeting concept. Any groups’ grasp on it is tenuous. It is something that can be bestowed upon a people and can be removed. Many of you have heard the concept of white privilege, but white privilege is too small and clumsy to express and define our existence. White privilege is not rooted in history. It is a term that fails… Read More »Why White America Is Now Black. Let Me Explain