In what has been a series of unfortunate events in the past year and a half, a growing number of African American youth, and now in a more recent set adults, have been the target of police officers to a seemingly much to frequent deadly extent. On Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, Phi Beta Sigma teamed up with National Action Network, in an effort to create a united front against the heavily blossoming trend of police inequality and brutality. The March for Justice, as its been titled, included 6 busses of activists, both young and old, in the Staten Island area of New York City.
Alpha Delta Chapter President, Sherland Kellman (shown above to the far left), has been one of the leading participants in the attempt to buck this trend. The march, which included members of the Phi Beta Sigma from across the city, as well as other organizations and multiple groups of NAN members, was in Staten Island due to the recent police brutality case which lead to the death of Eric Garner. Mr. Garner's case gained national recognition, due to the fact that it was considered to be a case of excessive force captured on video. Notable audible is the man gasping for air and stating " I can't breathe".
The march and protest was a peaceful one, in support of Mr. Garner's family, the entire group was chanting "no justice, no peace! no racist police!" and of course "I can't breathe". The march started from the location of Eric Garner's death to the Staten Island Yankees' stadium with Bro. Rev. Al Sharpton leading the way.
- Brother Cabril DeAbreu
For more than a short period of time, the New York City area has been missing a presence. In community service, in awareness, on campuses, and in class rooms. However, the efforts of many of the chapters of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc's NYC undergraduate chapters may finally be paying dividends. Chapters Like the Alpha Delta Chapter (CUNY: City College), Xi Epsilon Chapter (Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus), Theta Gamma Chapter ( New York City Wide),Alpha Alpha Phi Chapter (Medgar Evars College), and Lambda Rho Chapter(St. John's University), have united in an effort to increase the positive message of "Culture for Service & Service for humanity". These gentlemen, all very engagable, have increased presence in class rooms, wheter through educational outreach, or as the Alpha Delta chapter has established for the Fall of 2013, tutoring services. The brothers of the chapter, invite students out to recieve help, from graduates members, who have experience in the specific fields which may be causing students difficuly. If you attend a community service event, don't be surprised to see one of these young gentlemen present. They are like volunteering. In awareness, their increased presence has been a sight for sore eyes. Students have been coming in the bunches to find out about programs offered, volunteer activites or about the newly Revived New York City Step Team.
To find out more about Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc in your NYC school, visit PBSAD.org, or email the ADSigmas@gmail.com. They'll point you in the right direction.
- Brother Cabril DeAbreu.