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Sigma Gamma Rho Releases Official Statement Calling For Members Not To Hashtag Or Protest The Death Of Sandra Bland

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On Thursday, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. released an official statement addressing the death of their sorority member, Sandra Bland who died suspiciously in Texas jail cell on Monday. The statement from the sorority calls for the end of hashtags, petitions and commenting on the death and also asks that no protests or marches be held.

According to the statement, these requests are coming from the family of Sandra Bland.

The hashtag #JusticeForSandy, #SandySpeaks, and #WhatHappenedInBland have created a large wave on social media and have even become trending topics on Twitter. The African-American community, friends, classmates, social justice advocates and members of the Black fraternities and sororities have been speaking out since the story went viral on Tuesday, questioning the official reports from the police department which claim that Sandra died after “self-inflicted asphyxiation.”

Sandra was a member of the Delta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Before the official statement about not commenting on the death was released by Sigma Gamma Rho, her line sister, Alana Taylor, reached out to WatchTheYard.com with the following comment about Sandra’s death:

“Sandra Bland is my line sister. Her personality and outlook on life alone DOES NOT resemble uncertainty or depression. She was a strong force that took life head on. Suicide would be the LAST thing on her mind as she was on the brink of starting a new chapter of life: a new job, a strong cause to fight for and a thick network of support. There are just too many discrepancies and holes in the official report. As far as her friends, chapter, alma mater and family are concerned: Sandy is still speaking and somebody is gonna listen. #SandySpeaks”

Please read the official Sigma Gamma Rho statement below.

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  1. Rash

    July 17, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    The headline is slightly misleading. The sorority is asking on behalf of the family (at least according to the statement at the end of the article). The group itself isn’t asking. It’s requesting that members honor the family’s wishes.

    • Jasira Monique

      July 22, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      Completely false… The family is on camera asking everyone to voice outrage

      • Rash

        July 23, 2015 at 2:55 am

        Ok. Point taken. So my question is: why did SGRho post this? Because what’s in the release doesn’t match. Interesting.

  2. AnyaDiggsWYRT

    July 17, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    So the sorority is calling for inaction from it’s members? That’s backwards.

    • Kimberly Patrice

      July 17, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      But they are honoring the request of the family, so how can you argue with that

      • Peachie Maat

        July 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

        That’s not true, her family is on fb and using the tag. This letter is BS

        • AnyaDiggsWYRT

          July 22, 2015 at 1:03 pm

          That is my point exactly. The family wouldn’t contact a sorority of 100k people and say, “Be silent on the issue”. Please…..

  3. Brandon Carter

    July 18, 2015 at 12:29 am

    To not raise awareness is to put another life at risk. is the grieving of a family greater than the lives that the awareness could potentially save? Also think about what else is going on. The media will go through her background with a fine tooth comb and begin to assassinate her character. The only way to combat that is with friends and family showing who she truly was. To silence the people who care only presents one narrative to the people. I can not fathom how this will help anything. I personally would rather hear it from a mother or family member, not from the Sorority. There are too many politics involved. I am saddened as a greek but I am also hurt as a black man. At the very, least suicide or not, she was unjustly and violently arrested and that deserves attention. praying for the family and my people as a whole. please be safe.

  4. Sandra Rivers

    July 18, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Ah deliver us from Kneegro misleaders that would try to block vociferous OUTRAGE over pig MURDERS

  5. Rhonda Walker

    July 18, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Her family was on the television questioning, raising doubt and voicing disbelief in what was purported to have happened to their loved one. So I too am confused. If u are iso expedited answers to ur questions, why not have them shouted from the highest mountain tops? Why would a sorority of such a Stand up woman being soo willing to Lie down at a time like this???

  6. Jasira Monique

    July 22, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    This is ridiculous!!! I just saw an interview of her sister saying for EVERYONE to use the #SayHerName & #SandraBland hashtag… Somebody better start speaking the truth!!!

    • Rash

      July 23, 2015 at 2:57 am

      Yep. Interesting. I wonder who gave this release the OK?

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The Davidson College Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Just Released This Video About Trump’s DACA Repeal

The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha at Davidson College are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s DACA repeal.

The brothers of the Tau Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. recently released a video publicly standing against the actions to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – which provides a level of amnesty to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children – with a six-month delay for current recipients.

On Tuesday, President Trump urged lawmakers to “do your job” with DACA.

In the statement that the chapter released, they stated that their chapter, “stands with the Dreamers and against the proposed DACA repeal.
This is about more than statistics or policy decisions. About 800,000 human beings currently hold DACA status in the U.S. These are our friends, our peers, our neighbors, our family and we have to stand against bigotry & xenophobia and fight with them now.”

Watch their full statement below.

Today, we want to make a public statement. The Tau Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. stands with the Dreamers and against the proposed DACA repeal. This is about more than statistics or policy decisions. About 800,000 human beings currently hold DACA status in the U.S. These are our friends, our peers, our neighbors, our family and we have to stand against bigotry & xenophobia and fight with them now. We ask that you fight with us in our aim to #DefendDACA by donating to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), United We Dream, The Immigrant Defence Project, etc., attending a protest, using social media as a platform to spread awareness regarding this human rights issue, working with the campus community and administration at your institutions to protect your peers, and calling your Congressional representatives. The numbers for the NC Senators and websites for donations are listed below. Sen. Tom Thillis: (919) 856-4630 Sen. Richard Burr: (800) 685-8916 https://action.aclu.org/donate-aclu?ms=web_horiz_nav_hp https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/unitedwedreamaction?refcode=homepagebutton https://www.immigrantdefenseproject.org/donate/ #AΦΑ #ΤΟ #DefendDACA

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The brothers urged the people watching to defend DACA and pointed them in the direction of organizations that are fighting for the rights of immigrants in the United States.

“We ask that you fight with us in our aim to #DefendDACA by donating to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), United We Dream, The Immigrant Defence Project, etc., attending a protest, using social media as a platform to spread awareness regarding this human rights issue, working with the campus community and administration at your institutions to protect your peers, and calling your Congressional representatives.

The numbers for the NC Senators and websites for donations are listed below.

Sen. Tom Thillis: (919) 856-4630
Sen. Richard Burr: (800) 685-8916″

We at Watch The Yard would like to commend these young brothers for speaking out and using their platform to help others. This is what it is all about.

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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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These Young Afro Latinas Reciting Victoria Santa Cruz’s “Me Gritaron Negra” Will Give You LIFE!

Me Gritaron NEGRA

Victoria Eugenia Santa Cruz Gamarra was an Afro-Peruvian choreographer, composer, and activist who is widely regarded as “the mother of Afro Peruvian dance and theatre.”

She lived from 1922 to 2004 and was one of the major players in the revival of Afro-Peruvian culture and Afrocentrism in Peru that took place during the 1960s and 1970s. In tribute of her impactful work, her poems, specifically “Me Gritaron NEGRA” (They Called Me Black) recited by young Afro-Peruvian and Afro-Ecuadorian girls have started to spread across the internet.

“Me Gritaron NEGRA” is a poem which follows Santa Cruz’s journey to accept and embrace her blackness, starts out with her telling the story of how at the a very young age started to shout “Negra” (the spanish word for Black) at her on the street everywhere she went. This shamed her into straightening her hair and wanting to lighten her skin but eventually she realized the beauty of her blackness and that the truth of this beauty was being hidden from her.

The original version of the poem recited by Santa Cruz is EXTREMELY powerful and might even give you chills.

What is even more powerful than the poem itself is that young Afro Latinas who are the age of Santa Cruz at the beginning of the story that she tells in the poem are now reciting the poem and the message is going viral. By reciting this poem at this young age, these girls, who are Black just like Santa Cruz, are able to take this woman’s story and find pride in it. They are able to put words to their struggles of living in a society with eurocentric beauty ideals and recite this peom as a reminder to themselves about how beautiful and strong they truly are.

Check out this video from Ecuador of a little girl reciting the poem.

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