Sunday, December 1, 2013
Today is a special day because it is the 58 year anniversary of the bold actions of Rosa Parks. Rosa refused to give up her seat for a white person on a Montgomery , Alabama bus ride. This act of civil disobedience caused an uproar, and arrest, prosecution, vilification, harassment and persecution by the masses. Rosa stayed strong, ran the course and changed the world. Amen to Rosa for her courage. She is my favorite icon in American history.
A brief synopsis of the Montgomery bus incident is described below:
"On December 1, 1955, during a typical evening rush hour in Montgomery, Alabama, a 42-year-old woman took a seat on the bus on her way home from the Montgomery Fair department store where she worked as a seamstress. Before she reached her destination, she quietly set off a social revolution when the bus driver instructed her to move back, and she refused. Rosa Parks, an African American, was arrested that day for violating a city law requiring racial segregation of public buses.
On the city buses of Montgomery, Alabama, the front 10 seats were permanently reserved for white passengers. The diagram shows that Mrs. Parks was seated in the first row behind those 10 seats. When the bus became crowded, the bus driver instructed Mrs. Parks and the other three passengers seated in that row, all African Americans, to vacate their seats for the white passengers boarding. Eventually, three of the passengers moved, while Mrs. Parks remained seated, arguing that she was not in a seat reserved for whites. Joseph Blake, the driver, believed he had the discretion to move the line separating black and white passengers. The law was actually somewhat murky on that point, but when Mrs. Parks defied his order, he called the police. Officers Day and Mixon came and promptly arrested her.
In police custody, Mrs. Parks was booked, fingerprinted, and briefly incarcerated. The police report shows that she was charged with "refusing to obey orders of bus driver." For openly challenging the racial laws of her city, she remained at great physical risk while held by the police, and her family was terrified for her. When she called home, she spoke to her mother, whose first question was "Did they beat you?"
Mrs. Parks was not the first person to be prosecuted for violating the segregation laws on the city buses in Montgomery. She was, however, a woman of unchallenged character who was held in high esteem by all those who knew her. At the time of her arrest, Mrs. Parks was active in the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), serving as secretary to E.D. Nixon, president of the Montgomery chapter. Her arrest became a rallying point around which the African American community organized a bus boycott in protest of the discrimination they had endured for years. Martin Luther King, Jr., the 26-year-old minister of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, emerged as a leader during the well-coordinated, peaceful boycott that lasted 381 days and captured the world's attention. It was during the boycott that Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., first achieved national fame as the public became acquainted with his powerful oratory.
After Mrs. Parks was convicted under city law, her lawyer filed a notice of appeal. While her appeal was tied up in the state court of appeals, a panel of three judges in the U.S. District Court for the region ruled in another case that racial segregation of public buses was unconstitutional. That case, calledBrowder v. Gayle, was decided on June 4, 1956. The ruling was made by a three-judge panel that included Frank M. Johnson, Jr., and upheld by the United States Supreme court on November 13, 1956.
For a quiet act of defiance that resonated throughout the world, Rosa Parks is known and revered as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."
Posted by West Easton Foot Print at 6:36 AM
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
This Final Determination came in the mail today. Cheers!
Its another win. The $19.00 fee was paid by check in August. Time for West Easton to ante up the info.
Posted by West Easton Foot Print at 9:58 AM
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Mezzacappa Pro Se Knocks Out Mickey Thompson Esq, and Peter Layman, Esq, In Yet Another RTK Law Battle
Good evening readers. This is a big one. I just won access to the DUI Center Impact Fees , for a second time this year, by gaining access to the cancelled checks from the Abe Atiyeh Enterprise , West Easton Development, LLC. West Easton Borough has been collecting cash for the DUI Center inmates, through an impact fee (per prisoner) paid by the landlord, West Easton Development. This scheme is curiously (and suspiciously) similar to to the “Cash for Kids” scandal that landed a couple of Luzerne County judges in the slammer.
I have been trying to follow the money through RTK Law requests at West Easton Borough Hall for some time now. Each request is curiously (and suspiciously) denied under a whole host of secretive and deceptive attempts to hide the accounting records of the cash that has supposedly been received.
West Easton Borough has religiously maintained that they have no accounting records for the $50,000.00 annual impact fee that is paid direct from Abe Atiyeh. This cash represents about 25% of West Eastons’ tax levy for a given year.
Not only has West Easton Borough thrown tyrannical tantrums over these requests, denying them at every step of the process, but Mickey Thompson Esq, the Abe Atiyeh COO, has jumped on the secrecy bandwagon, to back up the lack of transparency in the Impact fees that his company has paid (per prisoner) for over a year.
They lost....and now must turn over the cancelled checks showing the dates and amounts of cash paid for the prisoners who are sentenced to stay there. I am sure Peter Layman, Esq ( through an unproscecuted corrupt Borough Council President who thinks laws do not apply to her, and who collects private LTCF info illegally from the Sherriff’s Dept, and whose prosecution is pending an appeal in Superior Court Docket 2538 EDA 2013) , Abe and Mickey will appeal to Common Pleas Court, where I look forward to knocking them down again, pro se.
Posted by West Easton Foot Print at 4:44 PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Posted by West Easton Foot Print at 2:43 PM
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Though the minutes are now (thankfully and finally) posted outside Borough Hall on a bulletin board, I continue to receive frequent denial of records for other requests, redaction fees that are not in accordance with the state RTK law, and a contempt of court (pending) for refusal to honor a Commonwealth court RTK decision decided in my favor....there is one matter that does deserve some thanks from Borough taxpayers.
Its the new West Easton police force. The projected budget for this new force is, according to the Mayor, just $165,000.00 annually. It seems slim, when one considers that the salaries of a chief, part time officers, vehicles, service weapons, ammunition, insurance, pensions, benefits, communication equipment, gas, etc...are all included in this number, but maybe its a great start , after City of Easton dumped the contract in July of 2013. The vehicles are being purchased for $1,000 and $700, respectively, for 2 used Jeeps, which became available at auction. The Mayor reported that a chief is being hired, but has not been named as of last night.
The mayor gave thanks last night to Borough Vice President Lou Niko (chair of public safety committee) , who devoted an abundance of his time to making this happen. So do I.
I am happy to see that an effort is being made to have a private police department without relying on the state police (whose response times) leave a potential crime unanswered for much longer periods of wait time.
Though it still remains unclear if the Borough plans to construct a police station and the required holding cell in the event of arrest, it seems to be a great start for a small borough whose mill rate has ballooned from 5 mills to almost 13, in the last 10 years. The efforts made to make this endeavor affordable to citizens is a service that deserves some thanks....
So, THANK YOU, West Easton, for providing a vital service without a major tax hike on the horizon.
Posted by Doug Camaro at 4:35 AM