By Tennessee Tribune News
By Tennessee Tribune News
This week (Tuesday, Feb. 11) the Common Council unanimously sponsored and approved legislation supporting the principles of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW was originally adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979, and became an international treaty in 1981. The United States signed the treaty but did not ratify it. As such, Cities for CEDAW was then created in 1988 to allow municipalities to tackle this issue at a local level. Milwaukee becomes the 43rd city to pass CEDAW related legislation.
File #191069, primarily sponsored by Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, also creates a partnership between the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission to analyze public- and private-sector efforts to adhere to the principles of CEDAW. Both bodies will provide an update to the Council within 12 months on public and private efforts to adhere to CEDAW.
“I would like to thank all of my Council colleagues for their overwhelming support and unanimous sponsorship of this legislation. It’s a moving testament to show how we can all come together to support such an important issue,” said Alderwoman Dodd. “Local government has a role to play in eliminating all forms of discrimination, and I look forward to this legislation taking us one step closer toward making Milwaukee a top tier city where women can thrive.”
In 2019, the Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission passed a resolution supporting the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. More information on CEDAW can be found at ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/cedaw.
In celebration of Black History Month, Chrishella Roche has been featuring local Black authors at her Vibez Creative Arts Space throughout the month of February.
Her “It’s Lit! Author Meet & Greet” series has included an author showcase night that featured authors from various genres and events at which individual authors’ hosts their events.
On Thursday, February 27th Clarene Mitchell will host her event. She is the author of “Shine Online with LinkedIn.” Mitchell describes the book as a hybrid between a novel and a tech book.
Her goal with the book is to help others understand LinkedIn more and empower them to effectively use the platform.
Clarene sees a digital divide when it comes to African Americans having training regarding the platform and using it.
She is passionate about bridging that gap.
LinkedIn is the only social media platform that was created exclusively for professional and business purposes. Many people believe it is just for job seekers. But as the subtitle for her book states, LinkedIn isn’t just an online database of resumes.
WHAT: Event will include: Networking – Imani Ray, owner of Natural “E,” will interview Clarene Mitchell about her process with publishing her book within less than 60 days and why LinkedIn is important. – Open Q&A about LinkedIn – Mitchell’s book will be available for just $20
WHO: Clarene Mitchell, LinkedIn trainer and author of ‘Shine Online with LinkedIn: LinkedIn Isn’t Just an Online Database of Resumes!’
WHEN: Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Vibez Creative Arts Space, 3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave. (2nd Floor Balcony of Sherman Phoenix)
By Thomas E. Mitchell, Jr.
If one thing can be said about Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Jill Karofsky that can’t be said about her opponents–incumbent Justice Dan Kelly and Marquette University law professor Ed Falone, it’s this: she has practical experience presiding over court cases.
To Karofsky, a Dane County Circuit Court judge and a former assistant attorney general with the state Department of Justice, the law is not an esoteric exercise. Not when you preside over criminal and civil cases that impact people, especially the economically disadvantaged.
“Real people are impacted (by crime),” Karofsky said during an MCJ interview about her candidacy. “I see it every day.”
Karofsky presided over 1,700 cases in 2019, which gives her a huge advantage over her opponents who have no judicial experience. Incumbent justice Kelly was a lawyer on the federal, county (Milwaukee), and private levels. Fallone has spent 25 years in a university classroom.
The state’s first violence against women resource prosecutor, Karofsky also headed the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services. “We helped victims all over the state get the help and services they needed,” she said. Karofsky was also an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin law school teaching about victims in the criminal justice system and trial advocacy.
Karofsky said she’s in the race to get the state’s high court “back on track” following the rule of law, not corporate interests. She said Kelly represents everything that’s wrong with the court, which is currently dominated by conservative justices, 5 to 2.
“Governor Walker didn’t appoint people with judicial experience,” Karofsky said, referring to former Governor Scott Walker. “He wanted people who are going to carry the water of corporate and wealthy special interests, which is what Dan Kelly has done.”
That’s a critical point to Karofsky, who noted the next few years will be an incredibly busy one for the high court as it tackles such issues as redistricting, women’s access to health care, and criminal justice reform.
“Who we have making decisions (on the supreme court) matters,” Karofsky said. “These (judicial) elections have incredible consequences. I want to live in a state where the court makes decisions on these issues based on the law. The state Supreme Court has been bought and paid for by corporations.”
The Dane County judge says she will bring Wisconsin values to the court. She credits her parents for teaching her the importance of public service. Her mother Judy was one of the first women mayors in the state (Middleton, where Karofsky grew up), and her father Peter, a pediatrician who opened a free clinic for teens after retiring.
Now as a single mother of a daughter in college and a son in high school, Karofsky is passing down to them the values taught to her, and that she wants to bring to the state Supreme Court.
“I talked to my kids every day about the importance of rights for women, for workers, and civil rights. My kids are concerned about gun violence, ‘code red’ drills, climate change; they see corruption on the state and national level. And they’re depending on adults to solve the problems. It’s those values I would bring to the court.”
Karofsky believes her experience on the bench dealing with a myriad of cases will be useful to the state’s high court and give the other justices a different perspective on what’s happening in urban communities like Milwaukee, Madison, and the rest of the state.
“We need justices willing to share with the state legislature what they see so lawmakers can make changes in policies that are needed.”
Karofsky says she understands the Black community’s distrust of the criminal justice system, because she’s seen it and has fought it first hand. “I’ve seen examples of racial bias. I acknowledge racial bias. I’ve seen injustice (in the courtroom) and took action to correct it.”Do you want someone (on the Supreme Court) who acknowledges racial bias, or someone who denies there is racial bias?”
To Karofsky, it’s about bringing back balance–as well as confidence–to the court.
The court candidates will square off on Feb. 18. The two top vote getters will meet each other in the April 7 Spring election.
Republican congressional candidate Tim Rogers believes his chances of defeating incumbent Gwen Moore better than in 2018
Once again Republican Tim Rogers is running against incumbent U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore.
You’re probably shaking your head recalling the MCJ article the newspaper published in its October 24, 2018 edition in which the conservative, life-long Milwaukeean announced he was throwing his proverbial hat in the ring against a hugely popular democratic lawmaker in a predominately Black democratic district.
Right now, you’re asking out loud—to a friend, loved one, relative or no one in particular—“WHY! What makes him think the outcome will be any different the second time around?”
The reporter wrote at the time Rogers was on a “political suicide mission.” And just as the reporter noted then: Rogers still believes—just as he did in 2018—that he can beat Moore for her fourth congressional district seat.
With no social media presence and for less than $700 spent on his campaign, Rogers garnered 60,000 votes to Moore’s 200,000. But Rogers stressed there are 600,000 total voters in the 4th Congressional District. And not everyone voted.
“A lot of people didn’t know I was running last time. Now I’ll have more support this time.” Rogers will also have the advantage of running in a presidential election year. He has a campaign manager, and more support from the Republican party.
During a recent interview, Rogers explained why he was running again, which was a carbon copy of what he said in the 2018 interview (and we quote): “People (living in the district) have voted Democratic all their lives, but nothing’s changed.”
Just as he did two years ago, Rogers said if he’s elected he would introduce legislation calling for a federal emergency declaration to deal with housing, economic development for low-income Milwaukee neighborhoods, and address the problem of lead contaminated water and replacing lead-lined water laterals.
In his last interview, Rogers was also critical of his own Republican Party at the time, saying they should be more focused on the Black community as it relates to getting votes and implementing conservative ideas such as job and business creation that would benefit the community.
This time around, the GOP has opened two campaign offices, one in Milwaukee (at 2244 N. Martin Luther King, Dr. Drive) and the other in West Allis.
This means the Republicans are serious about capturing the Black vote, convinced there are many more Black Milwaukeeans like Rogers who are conservative and tired of the Democrats taking them for granted…until it’s election time again.
“We’re serious Republicans,” Rogers said about Black people who are in the party and support the party’s leader, one President Donald Trump.
“Black Republicans care about America and Milwaukee. It’s time to get some work done, not fix our mouth to say anything like the Democrats.”
“This is a new Republican Party,” Rogers claimed. “I’m part of their new party. We now have a chance—for the first time in American History—to really get things done. I’m willing to lead the charge. We have to vote Trump for four more years and implement his agenda.”
Though the congressional primary isn’t until August, Rogers is in the streets talking to potential voters about the advantages of a conservative ideology and singing the praises of Trump (as he did in the 2018 interview).
He’s also inviting curious (if not wary) fourth congressional district residents to join him at a “I Love Milwaukee” rally to be held Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Mr. J’s, 4610 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
There, amidst music and $2 tacos, the candidate and GOP representatives hope to convince “potential” Rogers voters they have nothing to lose and everything to gain jumping on the “pachyderm party” bandwagon and abandoning a party more obsessed with overturning Trump’s presidency then governing.
What also gives Rogers more confidence in his second try for the political brass ring is what happened at a political meet and greet he attended and where Moore was also present. Rogers spoke and shared his platform with those in attendance.
Afterward, according to Rogers, Moore came up to him, impressed by what he had to say. “She said: ‘If you do what you say you’re going to do, I’ll give you my seat.’”
Rogers said unlike the Democratic party, which he believes is floundering because it lacks a clear vision for America’s future, the Republican Party has a vision based on its belief in personal liberty, free markets, limited government, personal freedom and development, criminal justice reform, and personal employment.
“We need Trump for four more years to hold on to and implement his agenda,” Rogers added. “We need things locked and set before he leaves office that will benefit people of color and all Americans.
“What we do in Milwaukee (by implementing the Trump agenda before Rogers would take office, should he win) will resonate all over the U.S. in every inner city. It’s about helping all Americans. It’s not just about Black people. There are still neighbors we have to love.”
I’ve never fully brought into the concept of coincidences, believing instead what some may attribute to mere chance, could be the byproduct of divine providence, or manipulation.
Whatever your belief, I found it fascinating that the first thing I saw Sunday morning after removing an eye patch placed following surgery two days prior, was an explosive scene in the movie “Amistad.”
Later, while enroute to services at the House of Grace, my satellite radio oldies station played the 1972 hit song, “I Can See Clearly Now.”
Then, to top things off, the opening gospel requested by my pastor, Reverend Deborah Thomas, at the morning service was, “Open Your Eyes.”
I could accept those unrelated occurrences as mere coincidence, but then again, some things operate outside our realm of understanding.
On my way home after service, I couldn’t get my mind off the Amistad movie, one of Hollywood’s best social justice films dealing with “slavery” as contrasted against the fundamental principles upon which this nation was supposedly conceived.
The Steven Spielberg epic was based on the true story of African captives caught up in a legal battle over whether they were slaves by Divine design or human beings with the God-given right to fight for their freedom.
But it wasn’t just the historical significance of the movie that obstructed my vision last Sunday. It was also the fact that DNA tests revealed my ancestors were Mende, the same tribe as Cinque, one of the central characters in the Amistad saga.
In case you’re among the naive, the disconnected or the brainwashed Colored Disciples of Snoop Doggy Dud and as such are disdainful of learning about our sorted history, particularly slavery, Amistad was the name of the Spanish slave ship overtaken by its Mende captives while heading to a Cuban slave port in 1839.
Originally captured and held at the slave fortress Lomboko in Sierra Leone, the Mende prisoners were transported to the Americas by the Portuguese.
They were then transferred to the Spanish ship La Amistad where they were to be taken to a slave auction on the Cuban island.
As fate (or coincidence) would have it, however, Cinque (also known as Sengbe Pieh) and his brethren were able to pry loose their chains and overcome the crew, killing all but two passengers who it turned out were actually the slavers.
Those two “men” convinced the escaped African’s that they would steer the ship back to the Motherland but instead headed toward America, where they were intercepted by an American patrol ship.
Based on the false testimony of the two slavers, the human cargo was put in prison, pending their execution for mutiny and murder.
But as word got out about their plight, local Connecticut abolitionists intervened and hired an attorney to represent them in court.
The original trial turned on evidence that posited the captives were not, in fact, slaves, and instead were illegally captured free Africans, and as such, had the God-given right to use whatever methods possible to secure their freedom, including the justifiable killing of their kidnappers.
To the surprise of many, the Africans prevailed in that initial trial, only to find themselves returned to prison as various special interests, including the pragmatic (spelled cowardly racist) president, appealed to the U.S. Supreme court.
The appeal was obviously politically, culturally, and theologically motivated, as pressure from southerners raised the possibility that the African’s release would set a bad precedent, as well as move the nation closer to an inevitable war over the issue of slavery and the rights of Africans.
The newly-organized defense team was headed by former president John Quincy Adams.
Most assumed the justices would overturn the lower court ruling, as seven of the nine were slave owners themselves.
Again, evidence was presented that hypothesized that the Africans were, in fact, slaves since they were captured and interned at the hellish prison camp Lomboko.
The horrific internment camp, which was later destroyed by naval bombardment, had eerie similarities to the Nazi death camps used to exterminate the Jews during WWII.
I visited a similar “house or horrors” when I visited Senegal’s Goree Island with my late son. It was one of the most moving and emotionally draining experiences of my life.
It was a Satan-conceived place of horrors where captured Africans were tortured and frequently murdered if they didn’t submit to a regimen that served as their introduction to hell on earth.
The women were brutally raped, as were some of the young boys by the “devout Christians” who didn’t recognize the tenets of the New Testament about loving your neighbor as yourself.
Or maybe they did, but didn’t consider the African captives to be neighbors or human.
Many of the proud captives were starved to death or put into insanely small grottos where they died from suffocation and disease.
The captured Africans who survived Lomboko were treated similarly on the Portuguese ship.
They were literally stacked on top of each other in damp and dreary spaces below decks, forced to defecate on each other.
The women were routinely released long enough to be assaulted.
On that particular voyage, 50 of the captives—including women and children– were tied to weights and thrown overboard because the crew miscalculated the amount of ‘mush’ needed to keep all of the Africans alive during the Atlantic Ocean voyage.
Some captives jumped overboard when they had the opportunity, preferring a sure death over continued captivity and torture. History records that sharks frequently followed the slave ships knowing they would be fed human tuna.
Those experiences reportedly brought tears to the eyes of several White courtroom observers as they had little first-hand knowledge of the real horrors of America’s inhumane and Satanic slave institution.
While slavery was legal in many Northern states, it took on a form that was vastly more ‘humane’ than it was in the south.
In the Godless south, African slaves were routinely tortured, castrated, and raped. Thousands were beaten to death if they didn’t produce enough, and a seemingly insignificant offense–like looking into a White man’s eyes–could get you burned at the stake as cheering crowds of White men, women, and children looked on.
You could say in the northern states, slaves were viewed as redeemable—albeit– inferior beings and many citizens were followers of the New Testament compared to the Old.
In the south, our ancestors were not considered human at all, thus making their “mutiny” a crime against White privileged and manifest destiny.
But a compelling argument by Adams, which focused on the core tenets of Christianity, as well as the dichotomous foundation of American democracy itself, swayed the justices to free the captives and return them to their home country.
Ironically, Cinque, who was later elevated to national hero status both in Connecticut and West Africa, returned to Sierra Leone to find his country in a civil war. His family was never located, and it was assumed they have been captured and forced into slavery.
I guess it would be another coincidence if Cinque and his family passed each other during their respective Atlantic Ocean voyages.
The heart of the Amistad scenario, as was dutifully detailed in the historical book, “Cinque: Exploring Amistad at Mystic Seaport” by George Thompson, and Robert Hayden’s poem “Middle Passage,” details how the subsequent trials contributed to the national dialogue on the inhumanity of slavery and the importance of that institution to America’s economic engine.
Beyond the inhumanity of America’s system of slavery, was also the essence and interpretation of the bible–the old vs. new testaments. Indeed, Christianity was put on trial, an unusual case that continues to this day.
The day before my surgery, I had just concluded reading a fascinating book, “The Road to Dawn,” about the real-life character who became the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
Some may include that my chance selection of reading material was also a coincidence.
But when you combine it all, you have to question whether fate also raised its hand. And the new sight given me by VA surgeons was an action verb, prompting me to reassess my understanding of the elements of racism in America and to fuel my challenge of Christianity as presented by those with a vested interest over the past 2,000 years.
Watching Amistad again 20 years after its release, took me on a new journey. The Henson story served as a prerequisite.
Both Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Amistad trial were said to have contributed significantly to the eventual war that sought to unite, but instead forever divided, this country.
That dichotomy was rooted in not only political and economic realities that shaped America, but also in a battle over the very soul of Christianity.
Jude (read your bible—or borrow one—if you don’t know who he was) foretold of the philosophical conflict that led to the civil war in America that claimed more American lives than all other wars combined.
But let’s not ignore the fact the southern case for slavery (but not its methodology) was rooted in the bigots’ reading of the bible which, strangely, endorses slavery, going so far as to mandate the enslaved faithfully and obediently serve their “massas.”
Indeed, that debatable scripture was at the center of Henson (Uncle Tom’s) real-life story, a page in history I will discuss in another column.
The Amistad and Uncle Tom dramas are at the core of my conflict with Christianity and Islam.
While it is endorsed in both the Old and New Testaments, the new covenant does posit that all men are brothers and that we should love and treat each other as such.
But that has never been a reality anywhere that I know of, and various interpretations of the bible underscore the cancer that continues to eat away at our American moral fabric.
Of course, it is possible the Prophets, and later Jesus did condone slavery. But, if He did, his statements were among the excluded books of the bible or were lost in translation as the original text was translated to Greek and then Latin.
It could also be theorized the “men” who put together the template for Christianity did what men do to support an agenda or culture.
Those were among the questions my new vision focused on during the week of contemplation since watching the movie.
Did the abolitionists, and many Northerners, read a different version of the bible? Was slavery, as they proclaimed, a great moral sin and an afront to the very principles of Christianity?
It was inevitable that these two contrasting’s views would, as the most celebrated White abolitionist and cleric John Brown predicted, be decided through blood, which he said would cleanse the nation of its hypocrisy and evil.
Brown was wrong in one respect: the blood didn’t cleanse the American soil. It only stained it.
Much of my adult life has been consumed by the quest to understand how and why America is the way it is; a nation of haves vs. have nots; of separate and unequal; of Black and White, exploitation vs. salvation.
I have spent a significant segment of my life trying to understand why the God of love would allow His children to hate and torture each other.
Through those prisms, I have also tried to uncover the truth about the seeds of a cancer we erroneously refer to as racism.
Are we so naïve a people that we don’t see there is but one race, as ordained by God? But then again, had it not been for slavery and hatred, this country would probably have not morphed into the strongest “nation” on the planet.
The America I loved, served, and put my life on the line for in Vietnam and wars at home is not the place foreigner’s envy, or the beacon of democracy Donald Trump tries to convince the world it is.
But it is conversely not the “WASP nation” many of the founding fathers envisioned it would become.
I read recently there were plans during the time of the Amistad incident to project economic growth in the mid-20th century based on slavery! Can you imagine that?
Or could you imagine what America would be like if the Mende had lost that final legal battle? Or if the church had subscribed to the New Testament and fought the evil of slavery. Would Frederick Douglass have denounced what he called “White Christianity.”
Or Martin Luther King a century later had reason to write his “letter from a Birmingham Jail?”
Whoever said you can’t understand the present without exploring the past, knew of what he (or she) spoke. The courtroom battle portrayed in “Amistad” also put on trial the perceived economic necessity of slavery, the complicity of foreign nations, and the underlying truth that the devil is alive and well.
I don’t’ know what final conclusions I will draw from all of this or whether the time and energy I shall put into my internal debate will bear any fruit.
I do, however, note a quote from Frederick Douglass, who once said, “When we get a little farther away for the conflict, some brave and truth-loving man, with all the facts before him will gather from here and there the scattered fragments…and give to those who shall come after us an impartial history of this the grandest moral conflict of the century.”
And this one as well.
Compiled by MCJ Editorial Staff
One of the main priorities—if not “the” main priority—of Mayor Tom Barrett was making sure Milwaukee businesses and entrepreneurs, especially those of color, were totally involved in every aspect of the Democratic National Convention, which will be in the Brew City in July.
The mayor delivered on his main priority when it was announced recently that JCP, a local Black owned and operated construction company has been selected as the DNCC’s construction general contractor.
“We’re very pleased JCP will play a major role preparing the Fiserv Forum for the convention, especially making the “national stage” (from which various speakers—including the eventual nominee of the party—will speak),” said Barrett during a phone interview with Clifton Phelps, one of three brothers who make up the construction firm.
Since winning the DNC over such major convention cities as Houston and Miami, Barrett has emphasized local residents, neighborhoods, and businesses–especially minority residents, neighborhoods and businesses– benefit from the economic windfall the political convention will bring to the city.
“The city of Milwaukee has a tremendous amount to showcase when we welcome the convention this summer and I am pleased that will include local expertise and talent that has been selected as part of the Democratic National Convention Committee’s construction and event management teams,” Barrett said in a press statement officially announcing JCP, Populous (announced as the event architect), Milwaukee’s American Design, Inc. and Hargrove (the event management firm selected for the convention).
Said Cong. Gwen Moore—who, with Barrett, co-chairs the DNC Host Committee—of the selection of JCP and the other local firms: “I made it a personal mission that our community enjoys the economic benefits of hosting the Democratic National Convention.
“I am excited that this mission is being delivered upon with the selection of these companies, which reflect our diversity. I know they will bring a caliber of excellence that makes our city shine proudly.”
JCP will have the task of transforming the Fiserv Forum from a basketball arena into the epicenter of American politics. The company will do the construction work on the one-year-old arena so that it is suitable for delegates, the media, and political figures who will be on hand to participate in or witness political history.
Founded in 2008 by Clifton and his brothers James and Jalin Phelps JCP brings decades of combined experience to the convention and provide an array of services including pre-construction, general contracting, and construction management.
JCP focuses on commercial, adaptive reuse, and large residential construction. JCP Construction has been a part of some of Milwaukee’s flagship construction projects of the past decade including Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee Mitchell Airport, and Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons.
“I appreciate the mayor bringing the DNC to Milwaukee,” said Phelps. “It’s great to be in a project like this. This is an historic moment for Milwaukee and the Midwest. The opportunity to be a part of this event is further recognition of our leadership in this industry and commitment to be an inclusive employer in our city.”
JCP’s task will be to adjust existing suites, closets, the arena bowl and the floor (or court) and other spaces into suitable areas for journalists, convention officials, delegates and their guests.
Phelps said he and his partners have been studying the arena’s schematics to determine what they will need to do in reconfiguring the home of the Milwaukee Bucks.
One challenge JCP, it’s partners on the project or the host committee has no control over is the possibility of the Bucks playing in the NBA Finals for a world championship.
If the Bucks were to reach the finals (and hopefully win), that will leave less time for JCP and its partners to do the necessary reconfiguration to make the forum convention ready.
Barrett said that possibility came up during the negotiations with the DNC to get the convention. The mayor said that would be a nice problem to have.
Phelps said such an “ideal problem” would mean a compressed schedule. “It’s going to be tight, but it will be done.”
MILWAUKEE – On Thursday, February 13, Board of Supervisors will host its second-annual Milwaukee County Community Black History Month Program at the Milwaukee Black Historical Society from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
Supervisors Marcelia Nicholson, Sequanna Taylor, Willie Johnson, Jr., Supreme Moore Omokunde, and Felesia A. Martin will present three awards to local community members: : the Isaac N. Coggs Legacy Award, for demonstrating “the exceptional characteristics of perseverance and passion,” the Calvin C. Moody Community Angel Award, for personifying “the characteristics of a true protector,” and the Clinton and Bernice Rose Community Duo Award, for conveying “qualities of charity and dedication to their community through service” in support of environmentally focused community organizations.
The Community Black History Month Program will also feature live performances by the Riverside High School Band and the Holy Redeemer African Dance troupe.
Judge Derek C. Mosley and local entrepreneur Stephanie Crosley will serve as emcees.
WHEN: 5:30pm-7:00pm, February 13, 2020
WHERE: Milwaukee Black History Society, 2620 W. Center St.
WHAT: Community Black History Month Program
WHO: Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson, Supervisor Sequanna Taylor, Supervisor Willie Johnson, Jr., Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde, and Supervisor Felesia A. Martin, Judge Derek C. Mosley, Stephanie Crosley