Brother Deric Supports www.lifeoverfashion.org


 

 

(Dazie Williams (right) wipes away tears as Deric Muhammad addresses on the local media regarding the latest Air Jordan release and Ms. Williams’ Life Over Fashion campaign. Photo: Houston Chron)

Saturday, December 21st marked one year that Dazie Williams’ son was murdered in Houston over Air Jordan sneakers. That same day, Nike also released a new pair. Those of you who want to support go towww.lifeoverfashion.org and sign the petition to change the dangerous way Nike markets these sneakers. Her holidays will never be the same without her son. It is the least that we can do to support her. Let’s Go!

She was joined by community activist on Friday for apress conference held at the offices of the Houston Forward Times Newspaper. According to news reports, she said, “I push what I am doing so hard because I wish someone would have done this and maybe my son would be here,”

In fact, reports circulated that numerous fights took place across the country, particularly at a mall in Stockton, over the release of the new Air Jordans. A video quickly went viral and further confirms why Ms. Williams will not let up on her campaign.

In an official statement she released on the Life Over Fashion Facebook page, Ms. Williams said:

“Today marks exactly one year since my son, Joshua D. Woods, was stolen away from us by a group of teenagers who gunned him down to steal his Jordan sneakers. There was absolutely nothing that could have prepared me to receive the news that is every parent’s worse nightmare, and this is the news that your child has been gunned down and killed in the middle of the street. As I laid my son to rest on January 5, 2013, I promised him that I would fight to ensure that those responsible and those who could bring about a change would not let his death be in vein. His killers have been caught and are currently facing justice, but holding the killers accountable alone is not enough. I am embarking on a campaign (www.lifeoverfashion.org) to address the root of the issue, and that is calling on our political leaders to enact background checks legislation as well as legislation that would hold current firearms owners responsible for the safekeeping of their guns.

Did you know that while 9 out of 10 Americans want background checks for firearm purchases to be mandatory, for some reason our Congress still refuses to consider this legislation? Did you know that to this date the source of the firearm used to kill my son has not been identified? For the protection of our youth, we must push for legislation that would protect our children from harm.

I am asking on today that you join me, by signing the petition athttps://www.change.org/petitions/choose-life-over-fashion, in calling on our legislative officials to help stop the perpetual political gaming and pass the common sense background check legislation that America wants and needs. In addition I am asking for legislation that would hold gun owner responsible for their guns. I am not against anyone having the right to legally own a gun; I am opposed to guns being placed in the hands of the wrong type of people. Reducing the access that minors, criminals and the mentally ill have to firearms can only save lives; who could possibly be against that?”

For more information on Life Over Fashion visit http://lifeoverfashion.org/

She was joined by community activisSaturday, December 21st marked one year that Dazie Williams’ son was murdered in Houston over Air Jordan sneakers. That same day, Nike also released a new pair. Those of you who want to support go towww.lifeoverfashion.org and sign the petition to change the dangerous way Nike markets these sneakers. Her holidays will never be the same without her son. It is the least that we can do to support her. Let’s Go!

t on Friday for apress conference held at the offices of the Houston Forward Times Newspaper. According to news reports, she said, “I push what I am doing so hard because I wish someone would have done this and maybe my son would be here,”

In fact, reports circulated that numerous fights took place across the country, particularly at a mall in Stockton, over the release of the new Air Jordans. A video quickly went viral and further confirms why Ms. Williams will not let up on her campaign.

In an official statement she released on the Life Over Fashion Facebook page, Ms. Williams said:

“Today marks exactly one year since my son, Joshua D. Woods, was stolen away from us by a group of teenagers who
gunned him down to steal his Jordan sneakers. There was absolutely nothing that could have prepared me to receive the news that is every parent’s worse nightmare, and this is the news that your child has been gunned down and killed in the middle of the street. As I laid my son to rest on January 5, 2013, I promised him that I would fight to ensure that those responsible and those who could bring about a cha
nge would not let his death be in vein. His killers have been caught and are currently facing justice, but holding the killers accountable alone is not enough. I am embarking on a campaign (www.lifeoverfashion.org) to address the root of the issue, and that is calling on our political leaders to enact background checks legislation as well as legislation that would hold current firearms owners responsible for the safekeeping of their guns.

Did you know tha
t while 9 out of 10 Americans want background checks for firearm purchases to be mandatory, for so
me reason our Congress still refuses to consider this legislation? Did you know that to this date the
source of the firearm used to kill my son has not been identified? For the protection of our youth, we must push for legislation that would protect our children from harm.

I am asking on today
that you join me, by signing the petition athttps://www.change.
org/petitions/choose-life-over-fashion
, in calling on our legislative officials to help stop the perpetual political gaming and pass the common sense background check legislation that America wants and needs. In addition I am asking for legislation that would hold gun owner responsible for their guns. I am not against anyone having the right to legally own a gun; I am opposed to guns being placed in the hands of the wrong type of people. Reducing the access that minors, criminals
and the mentally ill have to firearms can only save lives; who could possibly be against that?”

For more information on Life Over Fashion visit http://lifeoverfashion.org/

 


About Deric Muhammad

Deric Muhammad believes that man is given power for one reason; and that is to serve others. Muhammad is an accomplished Houston-based Activist/Organizer who addresses issues on Social Justice, Black Male Development, Police Brutality, Racial Inequality and other critical topics. Muhammad prides himself in being an “on the ground watchman” of Freedom, Justice and Equality for the Black community and other poor, underserved, disenfranchised communities, as well. A native Houstonian, Deric grew up on the rough and tumble streets of Northeast Houston. At the age of 11 his father died and his mother struggled with an addiction to drugs that she, later in life, overcame. Deric was raised in an environment where drugs, gang violence, prostitution, police brutality and other “social cancers” were prominent. This is important to know, because it verifies that Muhammad addresses these issues based on vast knowledge and personal experience. Like countless Black men who came before him, he changed his life around through his studies as a member of the Nation of Islam. Muhammad hosts an annual “Smart’n Up” Black Male Summit that deals with the unique issues that Black men and boys face in society. In 2009 he independently produced and starred in a critically acclaimed documentary called “Raising Boys: Tips for Single Moms” that addressed the plight of Black women raising sons in the absence of a father. He recently launched a Houston-based Black Male Initiative called Project FORWARD that focuses on Stopping Inner-City Violence and creating Economic Development. His writings have been published in many newspapers and he is currently working on his first self-published book. Muhammad has been, for years, seen on local and national television stations addressing the tough issues faced by Black people in America. He says that he is unashamed of his love for Black people and thanks God every day for giving him the honor of serving his community.

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