BAMBOOZELD Part 2                BREAKING NEWS!!




“Department of City Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux told Bronzeville residents Tuesday night that he “dropped the ball” and should have known sooner that Dollar Tree, and not a full service grocery store, was going to open at the corner of W. North Ave. and N. King Drive. “

Rewind….. Although he made that statement last night, wait a minute before you forgive him. Mr. Marcoux has been down this road before and this time you need to know about it and make some decisions Black Milwaukee. Somebody really bamboozling us and this time the fix is in.

City of Milwaukee and current aldermen knew all along Commissioner Marcoux might possibly be a pay to play, bait and switch operative for Anup “Andy” Khullar, and Dollar Tree.


In last night’s meeting with 6th district residents, Rocky Marcoux, Commissioner of the Department of City Development admitted to dropping the ball on the Bronzeville/Dollar Tree fiasco. However thanks to Sister Shakara, the Milwaukee Drum has learned that Marcoux has dropped the ball quite a few times, his department had some criminal investigations and he personally called for removal from office. YET here he was entrusted to be a key player on a most important project to revive Bronzeville. What were you thinking Bronzeville project managers and Mayor Barrett?

I ask does it ever end in Milwaukee? The mess we put up with in trusting some of our elected and what they sign off on is just impressive. Bravo because you all had me fooled for a minute. Why did you agree to re-nominate this man to his position and then turn around and work with him on this most important project? BUT I will lay out the facts and stories and let you be the judge so you cannot say you did not know or I influenced your due process. Maybe it is not big deal as the city tells me. HOWEVER we must press on with the fact that there cannot be a Dollar Tree on that corner. The pay to play ends now and we must stop the foolishness that has been going on. Mr. Marcoux must be handed his marching orders despite the mayor’s full support of his work. Why should we allow him his $$$ under the table at our expense? This should be the last time “drop the ball” and “bait and switch” are used in this city. The end to the Department of City Development and its Tony Soprano-like days need to end. By the way If y’all don’t see me tomorrow you know what happened to me!!Check the Milwaukee River family, check it!! Come for me.


Since 2012 at least two aldermen complained to the city about Marcoux’s antics and bullying of companies and if that was not enough the county also shared in the frustration of working with him specifically. All told the mayor and other alderman about this commissioner’s inability to play nice and move the city forward and my favorite, GET THIS and see if it sounds familiar, “BAIT AND SWITCH” moves.

Yeah sounds jacked up doesn’t it!!



Accusations and more about Marcoux and DCD from other sources:

From Bruce Murphy of Urban Milwaukee:

“…But the Abele administration soon ran into a roadblock: Department of City Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux.”

“Marcoux has generally made it more difficult for the county and city to join forces…”

“He (Kovac) accused DCD of spending money on new applications, developed by Precision Consulting Inc., despite the funds not being authorized by the council for this purpose.  The funding was only stopped when the city comptroller issued a cease and desist order.”

“But Kovac added that he’s heard complaints from private developers who say they are afraid to publicly speak out against Marcoux for fear of retaliation: “privately we’ve all heard it…everybody knows it,” Kovac contended.”

Bohl said he, too, had heard from a number of developers, and some staff members who have voiced concerns about the leadership of DCD.

The net effect is to delay the reappointment by Mayor Barrett and send notice that there are problems with Marcoux’s leadership….

From Don Walker of The Journal/Sentinel:

Kovac and Bauman had led opposition to Marcoux, saying that, under his tenure, his agency had been too secretive and lacked a vision for the city.

Marcoux had been under a cloud for weeks since Barrett renominated him. At a previous council meeting, Kovac said that a decision by a city development staff member to move money from one city account to another without council approval constituted an illegal act.

That statement prompted Ald. Bob Donovan to ask the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office to review the allegation. Assistant District Attorney David A. Feiss ultimately found no evidence to suggest any wrongdoing.

Marcoux has acknowledged that mistakes were made with the fund transfers and said steps had been taken to prevent it from happening again. Sound familiar…

On Tuesday, Kovac called the fund transfers a “slush fund,” adding that it may have not been a criminal act but was a violation of municipal law.


Journal Sentinel

Georgia Pabst

Don Walker

Bruce Murphy   Urban Milwaukee

Dave Reid Urban Milwaukee

Scott Paulus/City of Milwaukee

Karen Sherlock/Journal Sentinel

Sadly disappointed at this point….

Peace Family,



We Are The Drum New Season!!

We Are The Drum

We Are THe Drum Student Show Flyer

“We Are The Drum – A Rhythm In Wisconsin” 2012

CAPITA (City At Peace In The Arts)

Productions Presents…

“We Are The Drum – A Rhythm In Wisconsin” 2012

Inspired by a distinctive movement for racial justice in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.

Since 1990, CAPITA Productions (City At Peace In The Arts) has been presenting a Black History Program yearly for thousands in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

This year we are adding a very special and overdue segment which will celebrate those brave marchers and demonstrators, from all backgrounds, who risked their lives for the cause of civil rights, especially in Milwaukee. It will be a dramatic reenactment of the Underground Railroad, prominent in the Waukesha area; the escaped slave Joshua Grover, and Fr. Jim Groppi’s “March on Milwaukee”.


For 200 consecutive nights hundreds marched for open housing through rain, snow and fear of physical attacks. These heroes have not been properly honored until now. Their stories should be known by our youth as well as everyone in Milwaukee and across the nation.


We will celebrate those who lived this experience, sharing the stories of those who participated in the demonstrations, served on the NAACP Youth Council, Commandos, and all organizations that led or joined in some way, the historic Milwaukee’s Civil Rights Movement.

Public Shows:

Tickets are $10 (balcony) $15 (floor)per person

• Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 7:30pm

• Saturday, February 25, 2012 @ 7:30pm

• Friday, March 2, 2012 @ 7:30pm

• Saturday, March 3, 2012 @ 7:30pm


Buy Now Online

Student Shows:

Tickets are $4 per child.

For more info on the student shows,

Call Liz Coleman- 414-807-7322

• Tuesday, February, 21, 2012 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm

• Wednesday, February, 22, 2012 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm

• Monday, February, 27, 2012 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm

• Wednesday, February. 29, 2012 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm

All shows will once again take place at:

North Division High School Campus


1011 West Center Street

Milwaukee, WI 53206

Candle Light Vigil For 2011 Homicide Victims In Milwaukee Decmeber 30th at 6 pm

Candle Light Vigil For 2011 Homicide Victims

Tabernacle Community Baptist Church

2500 West Medford, Milwaukee WI

Friday, December 30, 2011   6:00pm

Mother’s Against Gun Violence (MAGV) is an organization in this community trying to help stop the violence in our community. Please join us in supporting these families and praying over them and saying ENOUGH bloodshed in our community.

A Letter from Mayor Barrett:

A Call for Action to Fight Crime and Reduce Violence Dear Friends: Warm weather typically brings an increase in violent crime, and I believe it is critical that we act early and aggressively to provide law enforcement with the tools they need to keep Milwaukee neighborhoods safe. Many of these tools require the approval of the State Legislature, and the time to act is now – before summer arrives. We need tougher consequences for felons and others who think little of using, carrying or selling illegal guns to terrorize our residents; we need specific legislation to deal with illegal guns; and we need appropriate resources so law enforcement has the manpower and technology it needs to crack down on illegal guns and the criminals who use them. Specifically Chief Flynn, District Attorney Chisholm and I believe the State Legislature must adopt legislation that will address the following: Minimum Mandatory sentences for felons and individuals with prior criminal records in possession of a weapon. Tougher sentences for crimes committed with firearms. Mandatory background checks on all sales of handguns. Adoption of micro-stamping technology legislation. Funding for Community Prosecutors, Drug Prosecutors and Violent Crime Prosecutors in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. Direct the 911 emergency surcharge collected within the City of Milwaukee to help pay for police, firefighters and paramedics in the City of Milwaukee. The Legislature has convened Special Sessions to address the state budget and the Great Lakes Compact. I believe fighting crime and reducing violence in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin are equally worthy of a Special Session. The governor has been an ally in the mission to keep Milwaukee safe, and I know he shares my strong belief that gun violence must not be tolerated. Gang members, felons and other criminals who choose to commit violent crime in Milwaukee must face serious consequences for their reckless acts. It’s time to toughen the message, enforce stiff penalties and fund the prosecutors and police needed to put away the bad guys. The time to act is now, and I ask the State Legislature to provide the tools to make Milwaukee safer.


Mayor Barrett

MICAH, a church-based organization, sponsors non-denominational prayer vigils as part of their “Holy Ground” campaign at the sites of homicides in Milwaukee. To be put on the phone tree to be notified of the time of these vigils, please call Marna of Mothers Against Gun Violence at 414–372–4358.

Please note that this count of homicides in the city of Milwaukee is for all homicides in this year. The Holy Ground Campaign count of homicides, which comes to MICAH from the Milwaukee police department does not coincide with the official count of the city of Milwaukee. The official count of the city of Milwaukee excludes some homicides involving a vehicle (vehicular homicides), some on or near county grounds in the city, and homicides resulting from police shootings.


Listing of those Murdered in 2011

January 8, 2011

1. Adam Jon Sobel (age 41) male body found in an alley in the 2800 block of N. 50th Street.

January 18, 2011

2. Dedrie A. Kelly-Baldwin (age 39) female was slain in the 3900 block of N. 28th Street.

January 20, 2011

3. Trinitee Carson (age 2) female suffered multiple injuries at a home in the 9000 block of N. 75th Street.

February 6, 2011

4. Rufino-Dominguez-Rosas (age 34) male was struck by a car in the 1000 block of S. Cesar Chavez Drive.

5. Jarrell D. Johnson (age 25) male.

February 7, 2011

6. Kewondo Boyd (age 30) Female was stabbed to death in the 900 block on N 28th in a domestic violence incident.

March 6, 2011

7. Scott Benton (age 40) male died in a fire at 500 N. 29th Street.

8. Jesus Carlos (age 50).

March 7, 2011

9. Oscar Vega (age 18) male was shot during a robbery in the 1900 block of W. Galena.

March 8, 2011

10. Bruce Jerzey (age 38) male shot and killed inside a house in the 500 block of E. Potter. A 15 year old also was shot at that location but injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.

March 11, 2011

11. Michael J. Grabowski Jr. (age 30) male was helping a pedestrian who was hit by a car when he was struck by a vehicle in the 3300 block of W. Lincoln.

March 15, 2011

12. Diamaris Gonzalez (age 23) female shot.

March 18, 2011

13. Yvontae S. Young (age 18) died in a shooting in the 4700 block of W. Rohr. A 15 year old also was shot but suffered only non-life threatening injuries.

March 19, 2011

14. Robert L. Horne (age 60) male was stabbed to death in a transitional living facility in the 4300 block of N. 27th Street.

15. Daniel L. Thompson (age 25) male was shot to death in the 3200 block of N. 26th Street.

March 25, 2011

16. Oshay D. Shaffer (age 17) male was shot outside a friends house in the 500 block of W. Maple Street.

April 2, 2011

17. Kamari J. Curtis (age 2) boy beaten at 2224 W. Wisconsin Avenue.

April 7, 2011

18. Brandon C. Thomas (age 26) shot and killed in an apartment in the 1300 block of W. Locust Avenue after a quarrel.

April 10, 2011

19. Joseph Johnson (age 27) was shot from an argument during a basketball game at O’Tiefenthaler Park near N. 24th and W. Cherry Street.

April 12, 2011

20. Dominique Greenwood (age 21) male shot at the intersection of N. 53rd and W. Fairmont Avenue.

April 19, 2011

21. Alvin Fuller (age 34) male shot to death in the 6000 block of N. 63rd Street.

April 23, 2011

22. Tajun L. Spencer (age 29) shot in the 3200 block of N. 11th Street.

April 24, 2011

23. Norma L. Williams (age 47) female killed in the 4600 block of N. 27th Street.

April 26, 2011

24. Meanie M. Jones (age 38) female shot to death in the 5800 block of N. 38th Street.

25. Cleveland D. Walker (age 37) male shot to death in the 5800 block of N. 38th Street.

April 27, 2011

26. Benita Castro (age 23) male was shot while driving in an alley after an altercation in the 2400 block of W. Mitchell Street.

April 28, 2011

27. Royality Sanders (age 10 months) boy died in the 5100 block of N. 47th Street after the infant was fed morphine and oxycodone.

May 2, 2011

28. Devon J. Butler (age 17) male was shot before he crashed a SUV at the corner of N. 38th and W. Fond du lac Avenue.

29. Shelton D. Smith (age 16) male shot to death in a scrap yard in the 9000 block of W. Fond du lac Avenue.

May 7, 2011

30. Anthony F. Brown (age 25) male killed in a shooting in the street in the 2300 block of N. 15th Street. A 44 year old women was also shot but she is expected to survive.

May 16, 2011

31. Luz E. Cardona-Baez (age 31) female fatally shot in the 1500 block of S. 23rd Street.

May 23, 2011

32. Lee E. McTiller (age 31) male shot to death in the 2400 block of N. 49th Street.

May 24, 2011

33. Luis E. Santiago (age 30) male was fatally shot during a bar fight inside LaPiazza at 1504 E. North Avenue. Another 28 year old man was wounded his injuries not life threatening.

May 26, 2011

34. Antonio L. Stewart (age 20) male shot.

May 28, 2011

35. Derrick Marquez (age 10 months) boy died after being hit with a video game controller.

36. Javonte Bohanan (age 18) male killed in a vehicular accident at the intersection of N. 35th and W. Townsend Street.

37. Ahmed N. Cooper (age 52) male died from blunt force trauma on a porch in the 2000 block of N. 37th Street.

May 29, 2011

38. Kenlance Wherry (age 34) male was shot in an alley in the 2700 block of N. 38th Street.

39. Gennie Cooks (age 50) male was shot on a porch in the 2300 block of N. 15th Street.

June 8, 2011

40. Jenaya Hicks (age 1) girl died of blunt-force injuries of the torso. Her death was ruled a homicide.

June 16, 2011

41. Shelton Atterberry (age 36) male stabbed during a fight over the relationship in the 2800 block of W. Meinecke Avenue.

June 17, 2011

42. Kenda M. Baker (age 25) male shot and killed in the 1700 block of W. Mineral Street after an argument.

June 26, 2011

43. Latare Nixon (age 37) male was killed by police in the 3100 block of N 44th Street.

June 29, 2011

44. Rebecca Manzke (age 34) female stabbed by her boyfriend in the 7300 block of W. Burdick Avenue.

July 10, 2011

45. Ashantia L. Lindsey (age 19) male shot inside a house in the 1300 block of W. Madison during an ongoing feud with the suspect.

July 11, 2011

46. Kenneth Cunning (age 26) male shot in the 3500 block of N. l0th Street by his friend.

July 13, 2011

47. Curtis J. Walker (age 18) male was shot several times and killed outside a home in the 5500 block of N. 34th Street during an ongoing dispute.

July 17, 2011

48. Cordell Robinson (age 22) male was shot in the 1800 block of W. Kearney Place.

July 19, 2011

49. Terrence Leverson (age 27) male died of gunshot wounds at a family barbecue in the 3500 block of N. 23rd Street.

July 20, 2011

50. Antrell C. Blake (age 22) male was shot and killed in the 2800 block of N. 24th Place.

July 26, 2011

51. Johnny Jordan (age 43) male thrown into the river from the Wisconsin Avenue bridge during a fight and drowned.

July 30, 2011

52. Terry Jordan (age 53) male shot during domestic violence in a home in the 3800 block of N. Humboldt Blvd.

August 2, 2011

53. Darrin L. Moore (age 19) male shot to death while driving a van in the 3200 block of N. 15th Street.

August 7, 2011

54. Sharon Staples (age 34) pregnant female who was shot during a robbery.

August 13, 2011

55. Charles Evans (age 32) male 3300 block of N. 9th Street.

August 20, 2011

56. James L Currin (age 26) male was shot to death in the 2100 block of N. 26th Street.

August 21, 2011

57. R V Boyd (age 71) male who was beaten August 10th died from his injuries.

August 22, 2011

56. Rickie D. Blaeske (age 58) male stabbed to death in the 2800 block of N. Fratney Street.

August 23, 2011

58. Lawrence C. Allen (age 30) male was shot multiple times in the 2400 block of N. 1st Street.

59. William E. Washington (age 54) male died in the 3700 block of N. 13th Street.

September 1, 2011

60. William C. Roberson (age 28) male of Waukesha died after a stabbing in the 100 block of W. Mitchell Street.

September 11, 2011

61. Dwight H. McCoy (age 35) male a local producer shot in the 4600 block of N 54th Street.

September 13, 2011

62. Carmen M. Santana (age 30) female was found dead at a house in the 6100 block of W. Medford Avenue in a domestic violence-related homicide.

September 17, 2011

63. DeWayne W. Harris (age 30) male was found dead at a house in the 2300 block of N. 44th. Street.

September 25, 2011

64. Jarvis J. Nash (age 29) male found shot in a house in the 6500 block of W. Villard. Shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute.

September 26, 2011

65. Louis A. Candelaria (age 19) male shot during an altercation at E. Ring and N. Palmer Street.

66. Millie Joi Smith (age 11 months) baby girl died from abuse.

September 27, 2011

67. Darnell M. Kendricks (age 17) male shot while waiting to see a fight between two other students and collapsed in an alley behind MATC in the 900 block of 72nd Street.

September 28, 2011

68. (age 19) male 1500 block of N. 39th.

October 1, 2011

69. Willie L. Boyd (age 28) male shot in the 2700 block of N. 21st Street.

October 6, 2011

70. Maritza Ramirez-Cruz (age 23) female who was killed, in the 1600 block of S. 7th Street along with her unborn infant in a fetal abduction.

October 9, 2011

71. Aaron Allen, Jr. (age 22 months) boy died after being suffocated with a sock by his father.

October 16, 2011

72. Billy W. Murray (age 63) male was found strangled to death in a room at the Village Inn at 3001 W. Wisconsin Avenue.

73. Marshall K. Johnikin (age 22) male was fatally shot in an alley in the 2400 block of N. 23rd Street.

74. Mitchell A. Oshkenaniew (age 17) male was shot and killed in an altercation in the 2300 block of W. Becher Street.

October 22, 2011

75. George R. Yensh (age 70) male died of heart attack after a robbery at 2919 W. Wisconsin Avenue.

October 28, 2011

76. Shawn J. Jenkins (age 41) male found shot to death at Midtown Auto & Metal Recycling 3211 W. Burleigh Street.

November 6, 2011

77. Frances Pizzaro (age 49) female was pronounced dead after a drunken driver who fled hit her and her son Edward G. Lindsey. She was crossing the street in the 1400 block of W. Greenfield Avenue.

November 11, 2011

78. Shante D. Alford (age 31) male shot and killed by police in the parking lot between George Webb after a robbery on Old World 3rd Street.

November 14, 2011

79. Neal A. Tellis (age 24) male died from gunshot wound in the 3000 block of N. Buffum after an quarrel over a jacket.

80. Michael L. Scott (age 21) male died from a gunshot wound in the 2700 block of N. Palmer.

November 15, 2011

81. Edward G. Lindsey (age 20) male died as a result of a hit and run drunken driver while crossing the street with his mother Frances Pizzarro in the 1400 block of W. Greenfield.

82. Marvin Thomas (age 37) male was shot after a brief quarrel in the 3200 block of N. 9th Street.

November 18, 2011

83. Darryl L. Ramsey (age 34) male was stabbed to death after an argument with his girlfriend.

November 21, 2011

84. Barbara McIntosh (age 58) female died in a motor vehicle accident near 34th and W. Forest Home by a teen driver chasing another vehicle.
85. Dararlle J. Addison (age 32) male shot while on the porch of house in the 2200 block N. Hubbard Street.

November 22, 2011

86. Harvey Johnnies (age 35) male was shot and killed inside a residence in the area of S. 37th and W. National Avenue during a robbery and home invasion.

87. Thomas Watson (age 25) male shot in the 4800 block of W. Meinecke Avenue.

November 24, 2011

88. Jiyto Cox (age 36) male stabbed to death on Thanksgiving day after past arguments with a tenant in the 4900 block of N. 55th Street.

November 29, 2011

89. Jesse Greer (age 61) male 5004 N. 39th St. homicide victim of undetermined cause.

December 5, 2011

90. Andrew Tyler (age 24) male shot inside a residence in the 4400 block of N 50th Street.

December 13, 2011

91. John M. Astenborski (age 35) male found inside a vehicle in the 7200 block of N. 7th St.

92. Joseph A. McBeath (age 26) male shot to death inside a car on N. 46th & W. Lisbon Avenue.

December 15, 2011

93.Charles A. Hart (age 34) male shot in an alley near N. 53rd Street & W Auer Avenue.

December 19, 2011

94. Clementina Hernandez (age 65) female hit by a vehicle while pushing a child in a stroller across S 6th Street.


Calling All Civil Rights Leaders Past & Present in Milwaukee

Between 1958 and 1970, a distinctive movement for racial justice emerged from unique circumstances in Milwaukee. A series of local leaders inspired growing numbers of people to participate in campaigns….

Calling All Civil Rights Leaders in Milwaukee

“We Are The Drum – A Rhythm In Wisconsin” – 2012

Since 1990, CAPITA Productions (City At Peace In The Arts) founded by Brother Booker Ashe and others has been presenting a Black History Program yearly for thousands in the Greater Milwaukee Area. 

This year we are adding a very special and overdue segment which will celebrate those brave marchers and demonstrators, from all backgrounds, who risked their lives for the cause of civil rights, especially in Milwaukee. It will be a dramatic reenactment of the Underground Railroad, prominent in the Waukesha area; the escaped slave Joshua Grover, and Fr. Jim Groppi’s “March on Milwaukee”.

For 200 consecutive nights hundreds marched for open housing through rain, snow and fear of physical attacks. These heroes have not been properly honored until now. Their stories should be known by our youth as well as everyone in Milwaukee and across the nation.

We are calling on those who lived this experience to share their stories with us in special listening sessions on Tuesday, November 15th and Wednesday November 16th from 5 pm to 8 pm and again November 19th from 10 am to 1 pm. We will meet at North Division Room #102, 1011 West Center Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

We are looking for all those who participated in the demonstrations, served on the NAACP Youth Council, Commandos, and all organizations that led or joined in some way, the historic Milwaukee’s Civil Rights Movement.

If you are interested in attending and would like more information please call 414-397-8661 or email (zero, zero). Otherwise we would love to see you at the meetings. Please share this announcement with everyone. We want to make sure we honor and thank you for your courage and brave acts that moved Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the nation so powerfully.

Thank you,

CAPITA Productions

An excerpt taken from

The Selma of the North:

Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee

Patrick D Jones

Between 1958 and 1970, a distinctive movement for racial justice emerged from unique circumstances in Milwaukee. A series of local leaders inspired growing numbers of people to participate in campaigns against employment and housing discrimination, segregated public schools, the membership of public officials in discriminatory organizations, welfare cuts, and police brutality.

The Milwaukee movement culminated in the dramatic—and sometimes violent—1967 open housing campaign. A white Catholic priest, James Groppi, led the NAACP Youth Council and Commandos in a militant struggle that lasted for 200 consecutive nights and provoked the ire of thousands of white residents. After working-class mobs attacked demonstrators, some called Milwaukee “the Selma of the North.” Others believed the housing campaign represented the last stand for a nonviolent, interracial, church-based movement.

“We Are The Drum – A Rhythm In Wisconsin” – 2012 Show Dates:


Public Shows:

Fri, Feb. 24th, Sat., Feb. 25th, Fri. Mar. 3rd & Sat., Mar. 4th at 7:30 pm-

Tickets will go on sale on Dec. 1st

Student Shows:

The dates are: Tues. Feb.21st, Wed, Feb. 22nd, Mon., Feb.27th

 & Wed. Feb. 29th at 10am & 12 pm. tickets are $4 per child.

For more info on the student shows, call Liz Coleman- 414-807-7322

You can find more about CAPITA by visiting us on our Facebook Page

or Twitter @CAPITAProd

Rev. Sharpton FBI Informant… Old News Or Relevant Today

Activist say that without doubt, Reverend Al Sharpton tried to set up for the re-capture the FBI wanted escapee/fugitive Joann Chesimard aka; Assata Shukur!

By Ron Howell, Newsday, Friday 21 October 1988

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who has worked as a federal informant, tried to set up a meeting with black fugitive radical JoAnne Chesimard in 1983, according to activists who said they were approached by Sharpton.

JoAnne Chesimard

The black activists said they feared Sharpton was trying to deliver Chesimard into the arms of federal agents, but said they had no proof.

One law-enforcement source, who declined to be identified but has detailed knowledge of Sharpton’s activities as an FBI informant, said this week that Sharpton was working as an informant at the time he sought to meet Chesimard. The source said that one of Sharpton’s assignments was to try to lead agents to Chesimard, who escaped from prison in 1979 after being convicted in the killing a New Jersey state trooper.

It wasn’t a big massive operation. It was just a small shot, an everyday deal, the source said. I would equate it with setting up 10 traps a day trying to catch a fox . . . He said Sharpton was not a major participant in the search for the woman, who goes by the African name Assata Shakur.

A top FBI official said that Sharpton was not used in any manner to lure Shakur into a trap. This is the first I’m hearing of it, it’s bull———, FBI Assistant Deputy Director Kenneth Walton, who led the Shakur investigation, said earlier this week.

Sharpton flatly denied trying to make contact with Shakur.

Newsday reported in January that beginning in 1983 Sharpton secretly supplied federal law enforcement agencies with information on boxing promoter Don King, reputed organized crime figures and black leaders and elected officials. And in a two-hour interview, Sharpton admitted to Newsday that he had assisted the government in drug and organized crime cases. He said he also accompanied undercover federal agents wearing body recorders to meetings with various subjects of federal investigations. He said he had allowed the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York to install a tapped telephone in his Brooklyn home.

Sharpton has insisted he never turned over information on black radicals or on King.

This week, Sharpton denied assertions by Ahmed Obafemi, a long-time activist, and Kwame Brathwaite, an activist and photographer who says Sharpton asked him to set up an encounter with Obafemi. Both men say that Obafemi acted as the intermediary in the failed discussions with Sharpton to reach Shakur.

Sharpton called the men liars and said they were possibly police agents. He charged they are part of an element in the black community that has lost out . . . and that will fabricate any story out of jealousy because they have no following . . .

Obafemi, the national organizer for the New Afrikan People’s Organization, said Sharpton met with him in Manhattan at least four times in 1983, over a period of about two months. He said that Sharpton offered to donate money to help black revolutionaries running from the law and that Sharpton was particularly interested in setting up a meeting with Shakur, once referred to as the soul of the Black Liberation Army.

Sharpton told Obafemi he was representing two former Black Panthers, who wanted to see Shakur, according to Obafemi.

The ex-Panthers were supposedly trying to make useful contacts in case they had to flee the country someday, Obafemi said he was told.

The first discussion was that they were close to her, that they had been in the [Black Panther] party with her and that they wanted to talk to her, Obafemi said. I wanted to find out who they were, but he said they really didn’t want to be known.

Shakur was once a member of the Black Panther Party, but went underground around 1971 because she said she believed the group was being infiltrated by city and federal law enforcement officers.

The 1983 deal fell through at a final meeting when Sharpton insisted that money would be donated only if the two former Panthers could meet Shakur. Failing that, Obafemi said, Sharpton was interested in making any kind of contact with her or with any of her close associates also on the run from the law. Naturally, I never got back to him, said Obafemi, whose organization believes that blacks should have their own country within the United States and that they have the right to fight for it.

Obviously we had to feel that a definite possibility existed he was working for the government, and we would have felt that way about him or anybody else who approached us in that manner, said Chokwe Lumumba, an attorney and chairman of the New Afrikan People’s Organization.

Lumumba had been informed in 1983 by Obafemi about Sharpton’s proposal. The attorney said his organization was more interested in getting information about Sharpton’s motives than in receiving money from him. I can’t say that we were able to make any definite conclusions about whether Sharpton was acting as an agent for the government, Lumumba said.

Both Lumumba and Obafemi denied knowing where Shakur was at the time.

Sharpton’s first broached his interest in Shakur during a chance encounter with Brathwaite, a black nationalist, Brathwaite said. Brathwaite said he happened to run into Sharpton one day in midtown but he could not remember the month. Already acquainted with each other from entertainment circles, the two men started talking and Sharpton said he wanted to make a donation to Assata, Brathwaite said.

A day or two later, Brathwaite told Obafemi of the offer. I told him to watch out, said Brathwaite. I knew that authorities were trying to find out where she [Assata Shakur] was and that they were trying to get close to somebody who was close to her . . . And then I just knew that he’s always been a hustler.

Last year, Newsday disclosed that Shakur was given political asylum in Cuba and was living there with her daughter, now 14 years old. She is probably the most sought-after of the 1970s radicals linked to bank robberies and police killings over a 10-year span.

The specific amount of the contribution Sharpton said he was prepared to make in 1983 on behalf of the ex-Panthers was not discussed, Obafemi said; but Sharpton said the prospective contributors gained the money by ripping off the system, Obafemi recalled.

He said that at least two of the meetings occurred in a luxurious apartment at 30 Lincoln Plaza, near Lincoln Center. That was the building where, according to a law enforcement source and a report published in the Feb. 2, 1988 edition of The Village Voice, a federal agent using the name Victor Quintana set up an apartment in 1983 or earlier to lure boxing world denizens suspected of illegal activity. Quintana in that year ensnared Sharpton into working for the FBI, New York Newsday reported in January.

The Village Voice article reported that apartment was on the 29th floor, but Obafemi could not recall the floor on which he had his rendezvous with Sharpton. Sharpton lives in Brooklyn and Obafemi said he did not explain why Sharpton had access to the apartment. He made me think it was his, said Obafemi. I was saying (to myself), ’What kind of money must they have to have a spot in here.’ He had the keys and everything.

Sharpton denied this week ever being in the building.

Obafemi said that up until 1983 he knew Sharpton only as the head of a youth organization, the National Youth Movement, and as someone with vague connections in the entertainment world.

Obafemi is the ex-husband of Nehanda Obafemi, once known as Cheri Laverne Dalton, who is still wanted by the federal government in connection with the notorious Brink’s robbery which took place seven years ago yesterday. She is allegedly connected to the group of black and white revolutionaries convicted in the Brink’s heist. A guard and two police officers were killed in that incident, which took place upstate near Nyack.

In 1983, Obafemi was busy trying to gain support in the black community for the people arrested in the Brink’s case. In October of that year, several blacks and whites were convicted in that robbery and in the highly planned breakout of Shakur from prison in 1979.

The law enforcement source implicating Sharpton in the hunt for Assata Shakur said that Sharpton was also, secondarily, trying to help agents get other fugitives, especially Mutulu Shakur, who was still on the run at that time. Mutulu Shakur, no relation to Assata, was later apprehended and convicted in connection with the Brink’s robbery and the escape of Assata Shakur.

Robert E. Kessler contributed to this story.

[***The following appeared in the City version***Brathwaite is the brother of Elombe Brath, an official of a black nationalist organization called the Patrice Lumumba Coalition. Brath and several associates have been opposed to Sharpton because of his FBI ties. ]

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Cease Fire Sabbath Sunday: Innovative Way to Fight Crime or a Waste of Time?

Cease Fire Sabbath Sunday: Innovative Way to Fight Crime or a Waste of Time?

For seven years the mayor and several important staff members including District Attorney John Chisholm, embark on the inner city and other “trouble” spots to preach non-violence to THE CHOIR!!!!

Again our dear mayor misses the mark. Why in the hell are you going into churches when you should be on the streets with this message? Why do you think the very same people who deplore this violence have any more power than you do to stop it? The people you ought to be talking to are walking on the streets, riding in cars (like the street was I-94), and loitering at the gas station, ALL OF THIS OUTSIDE THE CHURCH!! Why not start there? Are you afraid to visit your neighborhoods at night Mayor Barrett? Possibly take in the sights at Bronzeville and see the progress? Stop by a housing project maybe? Although with elections not far off, I am sure we will be seeing you more and more as 2012 gets closer.

Well welcome to our world! Where have you been? The only difference between the church folks, pastors, and neighborhood organizations is that you have security detail and a MPD Chief in your back pocket so why not walk the streets of high crime areas instead of going to extreme safe zones like churches? They’re already preaching that message, been doing it for years. Why not visit gas stations, liquor stores, neighborhood porches where groups of people are hanging, or young people walking aimlessly about, and any other place that is “questionable” and then tell THEM your message if you truly want to get the “good news” to the “right” people! Being mayor is not a Sunday morning, 9-5 job. We need to see you at night, here battling with us, standing next to us.


Secondly, I offer this as a question for you to ask yourself. In the past 2 years Milwaukee has reported a surge of crime, but yet all the Cease Fire Sabbath reports referred to crime rates in Milwaukee as low. The MPD has excuse after excuse for their “fuzzy math.” So I ask who’s zooming who here? Either crime is up and you’re fudging numbers which puts us at risk, or you can prove how safe it is by doing some night time mayoring and preaching to the masses.


It is bad enough that Milwaukee media did not cover the current North side rapist story very well. No warnings from Chief Flynn or press releases from the mayor warning our women to take extra precautions during the rapist’s months of terror, no profile of typical activity, nada. It was a “page 15” story until the guy got caught. So you will excuse me if I don’t trust this mayor on crime. Watch your back out here family!

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For more on the Cease Fire Sabbath Day:

Mayor Barrett preaches gospel of non-violence at pre-Cease-Fire Sunday breakfast.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett addressed a gathering of the city’s faith-based community, community-based leaders and law enforcement Thursday, May 13 during the annual Ceasefire Sabbath breakfast he hosted at St. Martin de Porres Congregation, 128 W. Burleigh. The breakfast, which gives the mayor and faith leaders an opportunity to exchange ideas on how to strengthen their partnership in addressing violence, especially gun violence, was held before the “Cease Fire Sabbath” May 15 and 16 in which the mayor and members of his staff visit churches, synagogues and mosques all over the city and preach non-violence and peaceful co-existence. The Ceasefire Sabbath is the brainchild of Mayor Barrett that enlists leaders in the faith community to preach sermons stressing peace and the rejection of violence to solve problems; as well as extend a hand to those whose lives have been affected by violence.

Peace Family,


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