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This story was originally published on June 6th, 2016.

Donald Trump is in the news again and this time for making racist remarks toward Federal Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel on his Mexican heritage.

In a recent speech, the presidential candidate launched a full scale assault on Curiel, a judge on two of the high-profile Trump University civil suits. Trump said that Curiel presiding over the case is a conflict of interest for a number of reasons including the fact that he is “Mexican” and that Trump’s stance on immigration and wanting to build a wall between the US and Mexico, would make Curiel biased.

The following is a video released by the Hillary campaign about the attack:

These reasons have been decried by Democrats and Republicans alike as unnecessary and outright racist.

Judge Curiel’s parents arrived in the United States from Mexico before Donald Trump’s mother did according to MSNBC, and he was born in East Chicago, Indiana.  His father reportedly arrived in the United States after the Bracero Program was established in 1942, becoming a legal resident by the time Curiel’s mother arrived in the country.

Judge Curiel received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University in 1976 and his Juris Doctor from the Indiana University School of Law in 1979. He is a Nupe and crossed through the founding chapter of the fraternity, the Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 1974.

This is an excerpt from a post that his fraternity brother, Michael Gordon wrote about him on Facebook.

“Gonzalo Curiel, was one of our students at Indiana University and a member of Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity which had been founded at Indiana University in 1911. Gonzalo was beginning as a student at Indiana University Law school at that time. It is a rather long and complicated story behind this, but the gist of it is that I, a brand new professor at Indiana University and Gonzalo, he and I only, formed a committee of two persons, to organize and apply for a Charter, for the first time in its history, an Alumni Chapter of the fraternity, right there in Bloomington, Indiana, in order to provide more and direct counseling, advisorship, and more accountability for undergraduates at our very first chapter in the nation. This was in 1977, and I became the very first President of that new chapter, president in our fraternity is called “Polemarch”, and I was appointed by the Province Polemarch as the Alpha Chapter Faculty Advisor.”

Not only is Judge Curiel a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, he crossed through the fraternity’s Alpha Chapter in early 1970s and is a charter member of the Bloomington (IN) Alumni Chapter.

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While Kappa Alpha Psi is a non-partisan organization, there is a group of Nupes who have started a #NupesAgainstTrump campaign against the presidential hopeful, stating that they do not agree with his discrimination toward muslims, latinos and african-americans and they do not like how he is treating their brother.

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This Is How the Kappas Reveal New Initiates at Tennessee State University

The Kappas at Tennessee State University revealed a line that will go down in history!

The brothers of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at Tennessee State University introduced their Spring 17 initiates to campus and these brothers put on a show!

Check out their video below and show these brothers some love if you think they HELD IT DOWN!


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Kaepernick Just Donated $25,000 to Help Immigrant Youth Affected By Trump’s Repeal of DACA

San Fransisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick has decided to use his own money and the money he has made from his jersey sales to help the people of the Chicago area by supportingthe largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation to deal with Trump’s removal of DACA.

The 28-year -old member of Kappa Alpha Psi, who refused to stand during the national anthem during NFL games last year said he would donate the first $1 million he made from last season to organizations assisting communities affected by racial injustice and police brutality.

“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and be able to make the kind of money I do,” Kaepernick said. “I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in the position to succeed or given those opportunities to succeed,” he said last year.

“I will donate one million dollars plus all the proceeds of my jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities, 100k a month for 10 months,” he said on his website.

One of these communities just so happens to be immigrant children who are currently being threatened by the repeal of DACA.

For his recent pledge, which was announced yesterday,  Colin donated $25,000 to United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.

“We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status,” the about section on United We Dream‘s website states.

According to Kaepernick’s website, the $25,000 will go toward the following:

  • Addressing the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth. Over 100,000  members. Current focus: Organize and work for immigrant children to keep DACA in force.
  • 10k for upcoming travel. Air, hotel, lodging, and ground transportation.  United We Dream recently held event in Washington DC and sent 300 dreamers to lobby to keep DACA. This budget will pay for 75-100 attendees for a similar rally upcoming.
  • 10k for series of upcoming local gatherings in NY, CT, TX, FL, NM. Facilities rent and security, transportation, food, technology
  • 5k for text service for the network of over 100,000 members.

Along with this $25,000 donation, Kaepernick has donated to DREAM (Formerly RBI Harlem) a baseball program in Harlem, Coalition For The Homeless, and War on Children.

 

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The Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi in Houston Just Published This List of Things You Can Do to Help Hurricane Survivors

The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. just released the following “Disaster Response Update” regarding Hurricane Harvey and the work that the members of the fraternity are doing to help survivors in the city. The message, which was penned by the alumni chapter’s Polemarch Ronald J. Lockett, II, covers FEMA, volunteer opportunities and ways that people can donate.

Read the full letter below

The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is working with the other area alumni chapters, the Kappa Disaster Response & Recovery Team, FEMA, the Red Cross, and the City of Houston.  We have offered the Houston Alumni Kappa House as a POD (Point of Distribution) related to the flood recovery effort.  There are truckloads of resources that are already moving into position to service the area.  This will allow us to play a vital role in the response and the ongoing long-term recovery efforts.  At this time, the Kappa House (3349 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004) has not been activated as an official FEMA Point of Distribution, but we will begin accepting supplies from those able to donate starting Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:00am – 4:00pm and continuing daily (*Suggested supply list attached)

There are many immediate volunteer opportunities at shelters in Houston and the surrounding communities where our assistance is greatly needed.  If you are safely able to leave your home to serve our fellow neighbors at a shelter, please do.  We encourage you to wear Kappa Alpha Psi paraphernalia. (Thank you to those who were able to volunteer over the past few days)

Monetary donations can be made directly to the Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi to purchase supplies, water, clothing, food for displaced members & their families along with the citizens of Houston communities: www.houkappa.com/donate 

We have recently spoken to the Polemarchs of the Beaumont & Port (TX) Arthur Alumni Chapters and they are dealing with the storm as well. They have several brothers who are currently waiting to be evacuated from their flooded homes while the rain is still pouring down. Please keep them and their families in your prayers as well as those in the Lake Charles, LA area.

We encourage affected individuals to immediately register with FEMA. Registering online at: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance.  Those who do not have access to the internet may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Those interested in becoming a part of FEMA’s standing disaster workforce should visit: https://careers.fema.gov/reservists-program

Please stay safe and heed the guidance and warnings of local authorities.  Keep the Faith and remember your life is more important than any material possessions.

Yours in the Bond,
Ronald J. Lockett, II
Polemarch, Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
info@houkappa.org
“Brotherhood, Achievement, Service & Social”

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