Saturday, May 9, 2015

Rape, Murder, Military and Coverup - ISeeNews: Abuse of Women in US Military - PFC LaVena Johnson - T...

Warning: Some images in the ISeeNews youtube video are graphic.

Rape, Murder, Military and Coverup

The words, Military + Rape + Murder + Cover Up should not even go together in the same sentence; or, should they and it's just my naiveté?  In any case, like me, there are people who want to know about the death of 19 year old PFC LaVena Lynn Johnson who died in Iraq in 2005.  This issue is not just about the shadowy and cloaked circumstances of LaVena's case which unfortunately is just one of many -- it's also about us as American citizens. 

From 2005 to present day, LaVena's death remains embedded in the hearts and minds of those who love her most. Her parents will not 'stand down' and have sustained a vocal and vigilent campaign seeking justice.  As American citizens, we need to be outraged and demand answers as to why LaVena Johnson's brutal death was ruled a 'suicide' by the Military.  This heartbreaking story without an end in sight is alive and not going anywhere. This is just one of many stories that the military hopes will just go away. 

LaVena was a world away in Iraq fighting for her country in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sadly and shamefully her death did not come at the hands or acts of combating forces but came at the hands of those she fought along side. The Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner said her death was a 'suicide'.  LaVena's dead body told a very different story.

In addition to a gun shot wound to the head, there was evidence of a sexual assault, she had a broken nose, loose and knocked out teeth, bite marks, facial abrasions, dislocated shoulder, acid burns on her genitals and her body was set on fire. AND, as for the gun shot, there was no bullet or bullet casing at the scene--WTH!!  "Suicide??" -- that is insulting to say the least.

I am shocked to learn that the issue of sexual assaults, murder and the military is quite old, however, is inching further and further into the light.  American citizens need to know what happened to this young woman. We need to know who is responsible for her death and why did the military rule this a  suicide?  Is the U.S. Army protecting individuals and covering up a brutal rape and murder?

Given the savagery and viciousness of LaVena's death, I find it hard to fathom that the military actually believed they could simply say her death was 'self inflicted' and folks would accept it and just walk away. Unbelievable!!

More to come!

Youtube video: ISeeNews - March 2012. The Silent Truth

Tags: LaVena Johnson, Military Sexual Assault, Murder in the military, military coverup.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Asha's 25th Year Celebration Campaign - Help US help victims!

We need your help to take it to the next level!  Asha Family Services, Inc. (Asha) is 25 years old. We want to celebrate by expanding and tweaking to better assure another level of self-sufficiency for victims of domestic and sexual violence and sex trafficking. This wonderful flyer design is the gift of my mentee, Jodine Basterash, a rising and talented victim advocate.

Asha, a non-profit, 501 C 3 agency has reached 25 years of service to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking, serving over 25,000 victims throughout Wisconsin and within 3 prison systems across the U.S. The goal of Asha's 25th Year celebration is to raise $25,000. These dollars will be used to operate and complete the equipment installation and remodeling that will allow us to again open Sistahs' Cafe & Deli and finally launch the nearly complete Sistahs' Nail & Hair Salon. By achieving this goal, these micro-enterprises will generate the revenue we need to operate in a dwindling funding climate and to hire survivors at livable wage jobs with career options in food service, customer service or beauty and barbering. 

My hope is that with your help, we will be able to get 500 people to donate $50 or more to help us reach our goal between now and the end of October which is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Another thought is that there may be an investor(s) out there who will put up the needed dollars to help us complete this crucial project. In either case, I need your help to move this campaign along so please encourage your family, friends and colleagues to choose Asha as a source for giving. Gifts are easy to do at Asha's website via our secure Paypal button on our website at:   www.ashafamilyservices.org  Check it out to learn more!

I thank you for your support and please do not hesitate to contact me via email at: antoniaadv@gmail.com -- in your Subject Line put 25th Year Campaign Response. Together, we can help save lives.  Thank you! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Asha Family Services Needs Your Help to Help Victims and Survivors - 25th Year Campaign Goal - Take It To The Next Level!


Photo of US Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Antonia Drew Vann and Asha Advocates

MILWAUKEE, WI –  ASHA FAMILY SERVICES, INC. (Asha) is celebrating 25 years of services to the community!  Asha is asking supporters, friends and the community to join the agency in helping survivors reach the next level! You can help Asha help others by giving the cost of a manicure or a movie ticket and popcorn --just $1.00 for each year of its existence. Your $25.00 or more gifts will contribute to the safety and independence of survivors in Milwaukee. With these generous and especially meaningful tax-deductible donations, Asha will help more survivors and help them to ‘take it to the next level’ by attaining long-term safety, skills and livable-wage jobs. 

Help Asha celebrate!  Give your gift of $1.00 for each year!  Make your check payable to Asha Family Services and stop by or mail it today to their offices at 3719 W. Center Street * Milwaukee, WI * 53210 OR please go on line to www.ashafamilyservices.org and donate via our PayPal link. Thank you for your support!

Since 1989, Asha, a small non-profit organization nestled in Milwaukee’s central city continues to work with the abused, as well as the abusers, in the streets, homes, prisons and communities serving over 25,000 individuals.  Asha has helped many survivors achieve their goals for a new life, new careers/jobs, homeownership, higher education and most of all a new normal of safety and security with peace of mind for themselves and their children. Asha will build on its successes.

Asha is a word meaning “life” and “hope” and it’s Founder and CEO Antonia A. Drew Vann have achieved local and national acclaim for their pioneering work and influence in the field of violence against women and children prevention. Asha’s unique strategies and holistic service model have been adopted by other organizations around the country.

While a number of effective battered women programs have been established over the years, until Asha’s founding 25 years ago, none were framed to fit and address the culturally and historically relevant perspectives of poor, women of color in Milwaukee.  In 1992, Asha was written into State Legislation and today, remains the only culturally-specific domestic violence prevention organization for African American populations. Asha’s services are valued by many groups –it’s client base is 67% African American, 25% White, 5% Latino and 3% Native American.

A few of Asha’s many accomplishments over their 25 years:
1993-Asha launched Ujima Men’s Program specific to African American men who batter that requires men to address men’s violence against women.
1996 Asha launched the first Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Team.  A pioneering partnership between Asha and the City of Milwaukee Police Dept.
1999 – State of Wisconsin partnership – Asha personnel placed at the City Central Health Clinic for rigorous training to provide STI, HIV/AIDS education, testing and counseling to victims
2003 – Asha’s program is a national Model. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) released the national publication “Developing Culturally Relevant Responses to Domestic Abuse: Asha Family Services, Inc.”  The direct link: http://www.Vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/NRCDV_Asha.pdf 
2007 Asha opened “Sistahs’ Café & Deli”. This micro-enterprise, job training and job development site is a jewel in the community. Operated by survivors, this quaint, eat-in establishment provides employment skill building, jobs and training on Excellence in Customer Service to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and sex trafficking.  Asha also began working on developing Sistahs’ Nail & Hair Salon for job/career development for survivors. This is the next level focus!

Help Asha, help victims and survivors!! To celebrate its 25th Year, Asha requests $1.00 for each year from those who love and support front-line violence prevention programs for lower income women, children, men and families whose lives are devastated by violence and abuse.  Asha’s goal is to make some needed repairs and improvements to Sistahs’ Café & Deli and Sistahs’ Nail and Hair Salon –Good News… they are almost there and need your help more than ever!  These businesses sitting next to their main offices in the heart of the city will initially give 10 survivors a chance at life-changing success. Asha believes this employment opportunity and training with support is a key element for victims and a unique sustainability resource for non-profits.  

Antonia Drew Vann (far right front) and Asha Women of Color Advocates Jessica, Gwen, Myrtle, Joice and Bridget in 1992.

Asha is seeking your tax-deductible donation of $25.00 to fine-tune these businesses in celebration of its 25th Year—taking it to the next level!  Learn about Asha and donate now at: http://www.ashafamilyservices.org.  

Together, we can save and change a life. Please, help us today! Make your check for $25.00 or more, payable to Asha Family Services hand-deliver or mail it today to 3719 W. Center Street * Milwaukee, WI * 53210. Feel free to go online to Asha’s website and donate via PayPal at www.ashafamilyservices.org      Want more information? You may contact me at: antoniaadv@gmail.com or antonia@ashafamilyservices.org 

I thank you for your support!

Antonia A. Drew Vann
Asha Family Services, Inc. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Incarceration Nation | Moyers & Michelle Alexander

Link to full interview:
Full Show: Incarceration Nation | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Michelle Alexander, author of the book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, (2010) is  candid in her interview on mass incarceration with Bill Moyers on his show, Moyers & Company. 

Alexander, also an activist says there needs to be "abolition on the system of mass incarceration". She talks of being encouraged by the movement that she sees is building to end the system of mass incarceration in the U.S.

Moyers and Alexander discuss the issues and direct links to the "War on Drugs" born of the "Law & Order" movement that she states was in direct response to gains achieved by African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement. Alexander says, "A wave of punitiveness swept the nation...we failed to develop a moral consensus about how we treat one another".

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Judge convicted of racketeering for selling Black Children

Judge must serve 28 years

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System

Click the two links above for the full stories.   Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, 63, was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to 28 years in prison for selling Black Children to private prisons.

Filled prison beds means increased profits for correctional facilities AND in this case, increased personal profit for Judge Ciavarella and his comrade, Judge Conahan. These 'bound by the law' individuals received more than $2.6 million dollars from PA Child Care, the privately run youth center for making sure that their prison beds were kept filled.  
Juveniles with minor offenses would be sentenced for months and even years for the love of money! As well, because Race matters only one particular group were those primarily sold.  One teenage girl was sentenced to three months in jail…" for creating a MySpace page that mocked her school’s assistant principal." "Ciavarella also sentenced another teen to 90 days in jail after a simple schoolyard fight."
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.

Ciaverella is also ordered to pay $1 million in restitution.

SHOCKING - Human Trafficking statistics

SHOCKING - Share these human trafficking statistics with your friends -- if you can handle them - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online\









Most victims of human trafficking unknowingly enter the market after being lured by promises of work and opportunities by predatory individuals and organizations. Others are children that are literally sold into slavery by parents as a means to pay debt or to reduce the number of children they must feed.

Women tend to be the most frequent victims. This may be because they are fleeing gender inequality, forced marriages, or other misogynistic practices back home. In so doing, they get caught up in a cure that is worse than the disease. And sex appears to be the predominant use of females slaves.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Welcome Milwaukee Buck's Coach Larry Drew

Come out to meet and greet Coach Larry Drew, the new Head Coach of the Milwaukee Bucks! FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013 from 5pm to 9pm at the beautiful river front restaurant - Ryan Braun's Graffito. In doing so at this event, you will help support the work of Asha Family Services, Inc., a 24 yr old non-profit domestic abuse prevention agency in ending domestic and sexual violence in our communities! Ticket donations are $50.00 (includes food and drink specials).  This is a family friendly event. As a matter of fact, to support the work of the agency, my daughter ordered the first 2 tickets to bring my 13 year old grandson!

A new business friend recently said, "Everyone can do something"... to help end violence and abuse in our homes and relationships!

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS ARE AMAZING!!  The event's Auctioneer is Business Community Celebrity Ms. Martha Love!!

ITEM 1) The Milwaukee Bucks Honorary Team Attendant Package!  OMG!! This includes an opportunity for a youth (ages 10-17) to serve as a Honorary Team Attendant for one game during the 2013-14 Season!! AND...comes with four (4) complimentary game tickets AND... an opportunity to watch pre-game warm-up!!!!

ITEM 2) Milwaukee Bucks Behind the Scenes VIP Photo Experience! OMG!!   This includes tickets for four (4) to attend a 2013-14 season game...HOLD ON THERE IS MORE!!!  This also includes a Milwaukee Bucks Center Larry Sanders Autographed Jersey, AND, an opportunity to watch pre-game warm ups AND a chance to snap a photo pre-game with Bucks Center Larry Sanders!!!

ITEM 3) Dinner For Ten!! Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue! OMG!! This includes dinner for TEN - 8 guests plus the attendance of Coach Drew and his guest in the private dining room of  the new Milwaukee downtown Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue Restaurant. This is a great GIFT!

ITEM 4) Dom P'erignon Champagne Basket!!  A beautifully packaged basket of Dom Perignon and treats!!! 

ITEM 5) Premium Wine Basket!!  Beautifully package with a selection of treats!

 ITEM 6)  Gorgeous flowing train wedding gown!!  Victoria's Beaded Wedding Gown (size 10)

ITEM 7)  $250 Tattoo Certificate - Serenity Ink Tattoo Shop Also two (2) Original Framed Wall Hangings.

Learn more about Asha or consider a donation of any kind at www.ashafamilyservices.org


Rape in the Military, Domestic violence, sexual violence, murder, sex trafficking