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ACTIVIST BRYAN X STANDS WITH MRS. NIKKI BRAZIEL (WIFE OF ALVA BRAZIEL WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY POLICE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. ● ● ● ● ● ●

PAGE 2: Q&A: MRS. BRAZIEL DISCUSSES ALVA BRAZIEL’S CASE PAGE 4: STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY PROTEST POLICE BRUTALITY AT UH CAMPUS PAGE 5: EXCERPT FROM STAGE PLAY SERIAL KILLERS BY NIKKI LUELLEN PAGE 7: HISTORY OF THE FIRST BLACK COP IN HOUSTON, TX PAGE 8: STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE PROTEST TEXAS PIPELINE IN NORTH DAKOTA PAGE 9: INFORMATION ABOUT BLACK MOVEMENT MEDIA


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Q&A: Mrs.Braziel Discusses Alva Braziel’s Case On July 9, Mrs. Braziel received a call telling her that her husband, Alva Braziel was just murdered by Houston Police. Since her husband’s murder, she has had to cope with her loss. Student activist Bryan X contacted the TSU Herald asking if we could do a story on Mrs. Braziel. On September 6, TSU Herald interviewed Mrs. Braziel on her thoughts about the case, what happened the night her husband died, updates on the case and support she has gotten from the community. TSU Herald: Mrs.Braziel, can you explain your thoughts when you found out that the police murdered Alva Braziel? Mrs. Braziel: Well, first I got a phone call from him (Alva Braziel) at 11:21 saying he was on his way home. Then I turned around and got a phone call at 12:20 saying the laws had just shot him down. I just woke up so my thoughts were like, this can’t be true. I kept saying this can’t be true all the way to Houston but once I got to Houston it was true. He was laying in the middle of the street with a sheet over him. TH: When you arrived on the scene what happened? MB: I was asking them what happened (HPD) and then the man said, “Well, were gonna send somebody over to talk to you.” …I was standing there and I was praying and as I was praying this little boy came over named Eric and he said, “ma’am, they just shot him down cold like that.” And the newsman came and then the police came back over and said, “you gotta move from right here” and I said, “I’m not going nowhere, the way you move me is if you take me to jail cause I’m going to stand here and watch what yah’ll did to my husband…” And it was a lady in the background and she was sittin there hollerin’, “they shot him for no reason and then they also tried to handcuff him after he was dead.” And then the police officer walked away, he walked straight away cause he didn’t want to answer no more questions. …It was another police officer that came and she went into the store and they were trying to get the store video…and the man in the store kept saying, “He didn’t do nothing to them. He didn’t do nothing to them.” TH: Are they talking about charging these officers? MB: The only thing I know is that they won’t release anymore paperwork from the police department.

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TH: So there has been no indictment on any of these officers? MB: No there hasn’t been nothing yet. The case is still being investigated. How long does it take to investigate? TH: Can you explain why you went to City Hall and what happened? MB: I went to City Hall for justice and I went to City Hall with intentions on asking why did he (Mayor Sylvester Turner) say that he saw a video of my husband pointing a gun? Can he release this video? Basically he was sitting there telling a story saying that I said I didn’t want the video to be released to the public which was a lie. Then he turned around and tried to say I didn’t see the video, that was a second lie. Then the police came up to him and whispered in his ear, “She saw the video.” TH: What would you like us to know about this case? MB: I just want justice. I don’t understand how they sleep at night knowing they killed somebody with a family. What was the purpose? You still haven’t gave me a purpose why you killed him. TH: What is something you would like people to know about Alva Braziel? MB: Alva was a friendly person; he would give you the shirt off of his back. He was a loving caring husband. He took care of his family. He liked to go fishing. He liked to ride horses. He liked to do family things. Everything he did he made sure his kids was involved. He didn’t do nothing without them. And he got four and I got five. I’m taking care of all of us now. TH: Have people from the community came and shown support? MB: The Black Panthers, Crystal Muhammad, J-Dawg, Paul Wall, they have came. Eric Puckett, he calls me all the time, Brian X. I just wanna thank them all. I’m getting through it by them. Sometimes it’s hard but I’ll be alright, long as I walk with faith.

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Students for a Democratic Society Protest Racism and Police Brutality at U of H

On September 15, ​2016, Students for a Democratic Society led a protest and march throughout the campus of University of Houston. The students were protesting against police brutality of African Americans and racism. Soon the protesters were joined with students from Texas Southern University. Fabian Sneevliet, City Wide Coordinator of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) proclaims, “Were a radical student organization that organizes students into popular movements against racism, police brutality, against violence against women, against all forms of oppression. Were here today to say that Black Lives Matter and were calling for an end to police brutality.” The organization has been very active on campus and are taking a stand against Trump and the Republican Party calling their agenda racist, hateful and fearful. “Many of those racist republicans supports the very police departments that maintain a systematic state of white supremacy and we call an end to this criminal system of imperialism”, said Sneevliet. Students for a democratic Society is a student movement founded in 1959 and the group was known for its protest against the Vietnam War, occupying buildings on campus at 4


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universities and also a March on Washington they organized. The organization continues to fight against injustices with chapters in several states across the U.S.

EXCERPT FROM STAGE PLAY SERIAL KILLERS: THE HISTORICAL CRUCIFIXION OF THE BLACK MAN IN AMERICA Written by Nikki Luellen (C) all rights reserved Scene description: Gabriel is trying to wake Sleepin Negro up but is unsuccessful. Gabriel represents the angel Gabriel who blows the trumpet. He also represents the activist Gabriel Prosser. He is a representation of black activists who is trying to wake up the sleeping black man and woman. Sleepin Negro represents sleep black people who only want to drink, eat and live a normal life. (Photo Credit of Angel: Thomas Blackshear)

GABRIEL​ - Black Man Wake up!!!!!Wake Up Black Man!!! It’s time to be free Black man!!! It’s time to Fight!!! ​(Gabriel looks around and see that Sleepin Negro is sleep. He walks over sl and tries wakes him up)...Awww man!!! Come on, You gotta be kiddin me!!! Man you still sleep?!!?? Sleepin’ Negro!! Wake up man!!! It’s the year 1800, 300 years have passed!!!!! Wake up Sleepin’ Negro!!!!Wake up Black Man!!! SLEEPIN NEGRO ​- Damn! I thought I was back in Africa!!!! Try to close my eyes, only to find myself back here, trapped, still trapped on this here slave ship!!! It’s the year 1800 and I been through 300 years of pure hell!!! You hear me man? Pure Hell!!!! For 300 years!!!! So excuse me if I wanna sleep! It sure as hell better than bein woke!!! (Sleepin Negro takes another sip of his liquor and wipes his face. He stares at the 5


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floor.) GABRIEL​ - I mean, I hear you Sleepin’ Negro, trust me...I do...but man, we gotta fight back...I mean, come on brotha, we gotta do sumthin!

SLEEPIN NEGRO​ - what? What you talkin bout man? GABRIEL​ - Look, Ima just tell you the truth Sleepin Negro...we gotta rebel man, ain’t nuthin gone get better for us...They got us working in the sun all day, pickin cotton and cuttin wood for white folks, aint you tired of livin like that? Aint you tired of making the white man rich? Sleepin Negro it’s time to wake up man! It’s time for us to fight back!

SLEEPIN NEGRO ​- fight back??? ​(Laughs) Nigga is you crazy? How we posed to fight and we po? Every time we fight, they fight, and they got guns!!! Last time somebody fought back was a slave named Gabriel. Before he could even finish his plan, two niggas told the white folks on him...and boy...when them white folks found out what he was plannin on doin in Virginia...On October 1800, Governor James Monroe, found Gabriel and 26 black folk guilty and he hanged all of em! GABRIEL​ - okay man look, I see where you’re comin from Sleepin’ Negro but if we don’t wake up and find a solution to this problem now, we may all become extinct!!! We can’t be afraid to unify and do somethin!!!! SLEPPIN NEGRO ​- Now, ​(puts down liquor bottle and gets up staggering.) you can take yo crazy ass out there and get shot but not me, you see I LOVE my life. Yeah, you got that right, I'm sleep and I LOVE bein asleep!!! I BEEN SLEEP FOR 300 YEARS AND I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!! I’m Sleepin’ Negro of the 15th ​ century, that’s right...close yo eyes baby and go to sleep! 6


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GABRIEL​ - No!!! We gotta fight!!!!! SLEEPIN NEGRO ​- NIGGA!!! LET ME SLEEEEEEEPPPPP!!!!!!

How A Black Man’s Life Became Blue: History of the first Black Cop in Houston We stated in our previous issue that the Houston Police Department is a racist and criminal institution. We also went into the history of the Houston Police Department and using the evidence we found, we were able to conclude that the Houston Police Department is still inherently racist and that conditions for black people under this oppressive system has gotten worse. In that same article we mentioned the history of the black cop and stated that we were not sure which role Black cops played back then but now we have the evidence to show what these Black officers went through dealing with the racist police department in Houston. Recently an article by Alice Barr of Khou News was released about the history of the first Black officer, Mr. Edward Thomas, who is also HPD’s longest serving officer. The history about the first black officer is sickening. Given the challenges Mr. Thomas faced as a black officer makes one wonder why he did not choose a different profession. According to Khou News, "Mr. Thomas was not allowed to attend role call with his white counterparts…He was not allowed to eat in the cafeteria, and he was not allowed to drive a car. He was not allowed to arrest a white person…If he made an arrest, he got on a city bus and the bus took the prisoner and himself to the police station." Can you believe that? A black man who is a police officer cannot arrest white people, did not have a police car and couldn’t eat with the white people at a job that he worked at. Imagine Officer Thomas, a black man, arresting another black man because he couldn’t arrest whites, paying to get on the bus with his officer uniform on with a black person handcuffed right beside him. There is no honor and no great legacy in degrading yourself and your people. To be in the Whiteman’s society black people subject themselves to all kinds of humiliation. Stories like these should be retold over and over again to remind us of black people’s miserable plight here in America, even the black cop. So the next time a black officer calls black people thugs and criminals, he should reflect back on the history of the true thugs and criminals in his own department. . 7


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Officer Thomas with suspect headed to police station

Standing Rock Sioux Protest Texas Pipeline at North Dakota On September 9, 2016, Native American Tribe Standing Rock Sioux won a major victory after an ongoing battle with the pipeline company Dakota Access. Since April, the tribe has protested the 1,200-mile-long pipeline that is projected to be built on their land by the end of the year. The tribe petitioned the U.S. government in hopes of halting Dakota Access from doing construction on their land until legal issues with the Army Corps of Engineers was handled. According to USA Today, “The tribe had challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits at more than 200 water crossings for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8 billion pipeline, saying the project violates several federal laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act, and will harm water supplies. The tribe also says ancient sacred sites have been disturbed.” U.S. District Judge, James Boasberg admits that since America’s foundation, the U.S. government has disregarded the rights of the Indigenous people, which has led to their painful relocation off their own land and on to reservations. Though Boasberg proves that he is knowledgeable about the injustices that America has perpetuated upon Native Americans, he ruled against the tribe’s interests and in favor of Dakota Access. Boasberg defended his position by stating that the tribe has not shown how the project will destroy sacred sites and burial grounds.

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After the ruling, the Department of Justice and Department of the Interior countered the judge’s decision and stated that the Army Corps will not allow Dakota Access to continue their construction until they evaluate the permits that were issued by the Army Corps of Engineers to begin the project. Oil companies and big businesses were not happy about the decision. According to BBC News, “A coalition of oil and business interests said the government's move could threaten the jobs of thousands of workers…"Should the Administration ultimately stop this construction, it would set a horrific precedent…" Native Americans were pleased with the outcome and felt that their struggle was not in vain, "Our hearts are full, this is a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and for tribes across the nation…Our voices have been heard" said tribal chairperson Dave Archambault.

Although the Standing Rock Sioux tribe was successful in stopping the building of the pipeline, this victory did not come without a fight. Thousands of protestors have come out to support the tribe and over 200 Native American tribes from around the U.S. and Canada have joined Standing Rock Sioux in their protests. On September 3, less than a week before the ruling, violence broke out at a Dakota Access company work site and Native Americans were threatened by private security guards and guard dogs. According to the tribe's spokesperson Steve Sitting Bear, "six people was bitten by security dogs, including a young child and at least 30 people were pepper sprayed." Though Native Americans were faced with bitter opposition, they did not give up. They fearlessly chained themselves to bulldozers, hanged American flags upside down and petitioned the government to hear their voices. Though the battle is not over, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has shown that their persistence against injustice was heard from around the nation and thousands of people from different walks of life have joined in their struggle.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Nikki Luellen is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Movement News. She is also the Political Columnist for The TSU Herald Newspaper, Graphic design, Writer for The Houston Sun Newspaper, Playwright and Poet. DONATION: Thank you for your donation to Black Movement Media. 100% of your donation will go towards items we need for our production company.

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