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Najee Ali & Jussie Smollett

*Najee Ali, a Southern California based civil rights activist and CEO of Project Islamic Hope, calls for the arrest and prosecution of “Empire” star Jussie Smollet for lying and filing a false police report to Chicago police stating he was the victim of a hate crime by Donald Trump supporters.

Press Conference
Sponsored by Project Islamic Hope
Date: Sunday February 17, 2019
Time 12:00 Noon
Location: 77th Street Police station
7600 S. Broadway. Los Angeles CA. 90003

In a statement, Ali says:

“Jussie Smollett is nothing but a modern-day version of Tawana Brawley. In the era of Donald Trump where black people continue to fight police abuse, racial profiling and violence nationwide and our LBGTQ brother and sisters continue to struggle for acceptance for the way they choose to live their own lives, Smollett lies has and will have a very damaging effect on our community’s.

“His lies will only embolden Trump and all his MAGA supporters. Smollett’s actions and lies will make real incidents of racists attacks and homophobia much easier to immediate dismiss.

“Since Trump has taken office white people have become so embolden, they have attempted to stop black people from going into and sharing space at Starbucks, apartments, public parks, school dormitories, Napa Valley wine trains and public sidewalks.

“Black people and our LBGTQ brother and sisters are legitimately attacked because of their race and sexual orientation every day. For Smollett to lie helps continue to put our community in danger and at risk nationwide. Smollett must be held accountable for betraying the movement and the LBGTQ community. Our organization is calling for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Smollett.” — Najee Ali, CEO of Project Islamic Hope.

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*With Atlanta’s vaunted Civil Rights legacy on display … Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., along with Andrew Young and John Lewis, participated in the opening coin toss of Super Bowl LIII this past Sunday (02-03-19).

Reverend Bernice King had the honor of actually tossing the coin. The Patriots captain called heads. The coin came up tails. The Patriots elected to defer.  Additionally, moments prior to the coin toss, the NFL ran video across the Halo Board of Martin Luther King Jr., along with excepts from his speeches. The video was also included in the live CBS game broadcast, reports AJC.com.

Civil Rights history was there in the form of Representative John Lewis (D), who represents Atlanta in Congress. Lewis is known for his role in Civil Rights protests, including the Selma, Ala. voting rights marches. Andrew Young, who was an aide to Martin Luther King Jr. , later served as United Nations ambassador during the Jimmy Carter administration, as a member of Congress and as mayor of Atlanta. Bernice King is CEO of the King Center in Atlanta, which works to carry on the work of her father.