About JUSTICE Ministration

Link to photo gallery (below) of JUSTICE Ministration gathering at the HOLLA Center in Morven, NC on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

JUSTICE Ministration services will be held  at HOLLA each 3rd Sunday at  3 p.m.

Photos taken by Derwin J. Marshall

http://https://www.facebook.com/curtis.e.gatewood/videos/10210441441612540/

What is JUSTICE Ministration?

Jesus Uniting Souls To Increase Community Engagement -JUSTICE Ministration

J.U.S.T.I.C.E. is the acronym for “Jesus Uniting Souls To Increase Community Engagement.”

“Ministration” is defined as “The services of a minister of religion or of a religious institution.”

Fed up communities rally across the nation crying out for “JUSTICE” and to say “Stop Killing Us,” as police kill a series of unarmed black citizens in various cities.

JUSTICE Ministration realizes as far back into the pages of history as the arrival of African slaves, influential entities, media and other powerful mainstream forces have systematically downplayed how the ministry of Jesus the Christ and the ministries of most other key Biblical figures such as the “major and minor prophets” spoke to the need of “doing justice” or “letting justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Commingling “Christianity” and “white supremacy” has been one of our nation’s larger sins. Using religion to enforce oppressive and degrading traditions has deep roots which cannot be underestimated. This gives JUSTICE Ministration and Jesus’ words – “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” new meaning.

While the act of commingling the Bible and “Christianity” with racism and revisionism is not as blatant as it once was, this ministry understands the problem remains, especially as “politically conservative Christians” often use the Bible as a political football.

“Conservative”  tendencies to focus loudly on anti-abortion and anti-gay messaging while sinfully ignoring the needs of the poor and oppressed (which include poor and oppressed Blacks, poor and racially profiled immigrants, poor and bullied gays, those “broken-hearted” ones at the abortion clinic, and others who are often judged and discriminated against by “conservative” politics) is not consistent with Jesus’ teachings and his introductory sermon according to the book of Luke.

JUSTICE Ministration seeks to reconnect Jesus back to his original mission of Justice and the need to “bring good news to the poor… and set at liberty them that are oppressed,” as recorded in Jesus’ initial sermon in Luke 4:18.

Gatewood lectures during one of his “Faith, Hope, & Justice” outreach community services in Durham, NC.

Therefore, JUSTICE Ministration’s active ministry will be focused on “JUSTICE – Jesus Uniting Souls to Increase Community Engagement.” This will be carried out by using Jesus’ powerful Luke 4:18 sermon as our guiding principles and categorized outline for community action.

“Increasing Community Engagement” simply means JUSTICE Ministration will seek ways to work together with youth, churches, parents, religious groups, organizations, social justice activists, and neighborhoods in securing “justice” and improving the conditions of our communities which face the most pain, obstacles, poverty, crime, hardship, and injustice.

Community mourns in Durham, NC after a slained 7 year-old is caught into the crossfire of street violence.

Below is a newsletter which gives more details regarding JUSTICE Ministration’s plans, mission, and ministerial objectives.  In short, our community-engaged platform is powerfully connected to Jesus’ initial sermon also outlined below.

  • “The spirit of the Lord is upon me;
  • He Has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor;
  • He Has sent me to heal to broken hearted;
  • Preach deliverance to the captives;
  • Recovering of sight to the misinformed;
  • To set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

About the JUSTICE Ministration & Stop Killing Us (SKU) Founder

Founder and Community Minister Curtis Everette Gatewood (pictured praying) is best known for his consistent and enduring presence as an organizer for the North Carolina NAACP,  Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Coalition, and the Moral Monday movement during Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II’s tenure as NC NAACP President (2005 to 2017).  Gatewood has often been referred to as “the Bayard Rustin of the movement.”

Gatewood was part of the organizing group of pioneers Barber called together during the 2006 inception of what ultimately became the   HKonJ People’s Assembly with over 250  Coalition Partners and a talented organizing team and staff which have collectively worked to mobilized upward 90,000 marchers with Gatewood as “coalition coordinator” and Barber as the visionary convener.

Gatewood was appointed by President Barber to serve as the volunteer  “HKonJ Mobilization Committee Chair.”  From the onset, as “Mobilization Chair” Gatewood was responsible for organizing and “mobilizing” HKonJ mass turnout.   The first mass mobilzation of “thousands” in pursuit of an “HKonJ 14 Point People’s Agenda” would occur on the 2nd Saturday in February 2007.

Curtis E. Gatewood, Statewide HKonJ Coalition Coordinator for the NC NAACP giving instructions to the crowd at the Annual HKonJ People’s Assembly where attendees flood the streets of downtown Raleigh, NC.

Both Barber and Gatewood were elected the in 2005 – Barber as NC NAACP President, Gatewood as NC NAACP 2nd Vice President.  Ms. Debra Tyler-Horton, one of many outstanding organizers, would serve as volunteer HKonJ Coordinator for the first four years of the HKonJ Movement beside Barber who led as Convener.  Tyler-Horton and Reuben Blackwell would serve as Co-Chairs of the HKonJ Steering Committee.

Meanwhile, in 2010 in conjunction with NC NAACP and National NAACP, Gatewood would be hired as the North Carolina State Coordinator for the National NAACP “One Nation Working Together” march on Washington, D.C. for meaningful Jobs, Education, and Justice on 10.2.10 (October 2, 2010).

“One Nation Working Together” for Jobs, Education, Justice rally in Washington, D.C. held 10/2/10. Curtis E. Gatewood served as NC State Coordinator for the National NAACP.

This  would greatly prepare Gatewood as a prime candidate to be later hired in 2011 as the NC NAACP’s full-time Statewide HKonJ Coalition Coordinator.  Gatewood would subsequently become the longest serving organizer and staff member under the NC NAACP Barber Administration for the next 6 years in addition to serving as the State Coordinator for the National NAACP-sponsored “America’s Journey for Justice (AJ4J)” in 2015.

Curtis E. Gatewood, State of NC Coordinator for “America’s Journey for Justice,” sponsored by the National NAACP carries a child during the walk across the state. The 30-day march journeyed from Selma, AL to Washington, DC. Gatewood would ultimately march more than 110 miles across North Carolina.

AJ4J was an approximate 30-day NAACP-led march from Selma, AL to Washington, D.C.  Gatewood was responsible for organizing the North Carolina leg of the “journey.”  Gatewood (known for his unique and sometimes humorous way of leading chants) would ultimately march and chant over 110 miles across the state of NC and also march in segments of VA and D.C. as part of the humbling and historic journey.

Gatewood’s role in Moral-Monday organizing was equally humbling, spiritually revolutionary, and developmentally awesome.

Gatewood pictured  at State Capitol during Moral Monday while giving instructions to crowd.

As NC NAACP President Barber continuously led beyond expectation, Gatewood was the first Moral Monday protester arrested of the eventual more than 1,000 over the course of the year; Gatewood assisted Barber in touring over 20 counties across the state where Gatewood coordinated and often led local mass meetings to generate statewide support for Moral Monday.

Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood with Bible engaging Moral Monday supporters during one of its side street rallies which enthusiastically took place after the larger Moral Monday assembly/program had ended.

Getting arrested for civil disobedience and protesting institutional injustices did not begin at Moral Mondays for Gatewood.  He has been arrested over 20 times for nonviolent protests beginning in 1993.

Gatewood’s first arrest was during a protest he initiated at the trial of Michael Seagroves, a white male who was charged with the shooting death of 15 year-old Jamal Elliot who was shot in the back four times in Durham, NC.

Seagroves came out shooting as 4 black youth, including Jamal  were running away from the Seagroves home.  A bullet also grazed the head of a 17 year-old who survived.  The youth were said to have broken into Seagroves’ garage but began running once they realized Seagroves was home.

On Dec. 8, 1993, Curtis Gatewood is being arrested during his protest at the trial of Michael Seagroves, a white male who was charged with shooting to death 15 year-old Jamal Elliott. Elliot was with 4 other Black youth running away from the Seagroves home when he was shot in the back 4 times. A bullet also grazed the head of an 18 year-old who survived.

Seagroves was acquitted and his case was largely used by legislators who sided with Seagroves and passed legislation known as “The  Castle Doctrine” – very similar to today’s controversial “Stand Your Ground Laws.”

Ironically, over 20 years later, Gatewood and NC NAACP President Barber were being held and waiting to be released from the Wake County jail for protesting at the NC General Assembly when the breaking news of Dylan Roof’s relentlessly evil and racist massacre – the lowdown shooting at point blank range of nine beautiful and loving Christians who were holding Bible study at the Mother Emanuel AMEZ Church in Charleston, SC.

While exhausted and emotionally drained, God chose Gatewood to spend 13 consecutive hours on the ground in front of the Mother Emanuel Church just days immediately following the shooting.

This meant Gatewood was not one of those who were just helicoptered in to do a press conference and leave when the cameras left or when CNN decided these killings were no longer newsworthy.

Curtis Gatewood at prayer meeting with area Charleston ministers at church directly next to Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC on 6/30/15. The service was originally scheduled to be at Mother Emanuel but was relocated to neighboring church where a diverse group of about 150 clergy attended as a show of ministerial recommitment to the true Gospel of Jesus the Christ in memory of the Emanuel 9.

“When I arrived God provided me the heart, ears, and eyes to understand -this is not an opportunity for a press conference – it is an opportunity to heal the broken-hearted; minister to the less fortunate community’s tears, grief, confusion, and need for love, prayer, and consolation. People were still standing in the streets crying.  Known gang members were finally showing remorse and chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ and thanking me for being there,” said Gatewood.

Beginning April of 2016, Gatewood would serve a  full year as the NC NAACP Director for Field & Branch Operations, asssisting President Barber in supervising staff and “field operations” as Barber’s charismatic voice and success caused a growing and national demand for his presence beyond the state of NC.

Minister Gatewood began the process of organizing JUSTICE Ministration on May 13, 2017.

Minister Curtis E. Gatewood (center) with family of Akiel Denkins who witnesses say was shot in the back while running away from Raleigh Police. The Raleigh grassroots came together to show their love and demand for justice. Gatewood’s daughter Activist Desmera Curtise Gatewood is pictured left; Denkins mother and family members on right. Curtis Gatewood was one of several compassionate grassroots speakers at a series of events regarding the unjustified shooting.

Prior to working under the Barber Administration of the NC NAACP, Gatewood emerged onto the national stage fighting the over-commercialization of Christmas and it’s financial burden on the poor during the mid 90’s as a young President of the Durham NAACP.  The simultaneous re-energizing the local NAACP and following God’s call to build a street ministry in Durham’s  most violent, drug-infested, and most populated “public housing” communities raised consciousness while also raising the eyebrows of traditionalists.

Gatewood’s initial sermon was preached inside Durham’s Few Garden Community shortly after 2 year-old Shaquanna Atwater was shot and killed by a stray bullet from a driveby shooting as the toddler was on the porch.   In response Gatewood spearheaded the largest march (with more than 1,000 Black males) against street violence in the city’s history.

Similarly, rather than sticking to the custom of holding all local NAACP meetings in churches, Gatewood began holding the local meetings in public housing centers, homeless shelters, and on street corners.

Gatewood reemerged on the national scene in 2001 due to his early public opposition to President George W. Bush’s plans to use military force against Afghanistan and Iraq in response to the 911 attacks.

After first receiving much public persecution for publicly opposing President George W. Bush planned wars early on, Gatewood would later be called to speak at A.N.S.W.E.R. anti war rallies in New York and other major peace events and campus teach-ins in other parts of the country.

Many leaders and politicians became more visible in their critique of the Bush wars once both Bush and the wars became more unfavorable in the court of public opinion.   But Gatewood did not wait or waiver.

Gatewood was on the less traveled road of facing the blistering persecution, reprimand, ridicule, and even death-threats which came with being part of the few who loudly resisted the unjustifiable, unjust, and deadly plans of war at the time the country united solidly under the banner of the American flag and as Bush enjoyed over 90 percent approval and  favorability ratings.

Gatewood is married to what he refers to as his “better half” – Odessa B. Gatewood.  He is the 12 th child born in a closely knitted family of 14 children of Christian parents whose 70 years of matrimony proved to be extremely loving, caring, and “Holy.”

Gatewood is an ordained Baptist minister who sees far beyond the labels of denomination, tradition, and religious affiliation.  “I believed God called me beyond a ministrial tradition of ‘saving souls’ of those who may or may not go to hell when they die – God called me to further do all I can to save lives and demand justice and seek mercy for those who are already catching ‘hell’ right here on earth right now,” says Gatewood.

For more about founder see – “About Founder – Autobiography” Tab 

Upcoming Events

 http://spectacularmag.com/2017/07/20/new-stop-killing-us-campaign-announces-national-day-of-action/

Monday August 7, 2017

at 12 noon, join a 21-day march leading up to the SKU National Day of Action on 8.28 @ 6 pm.

One of “Stop Killing Us – SKU” regional organizers will be leading a 21-day “Stop Killing Us March” beginning Monday 7 August 2017 at noon.
Jamal Johnson can be reached at uscmdi@aol.com. Please support this serious effort and new movement!

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 6 p.m.

SKU

Stop Killing Us

Solutions Campaign & Movement for Justice 

(see flyer below)

The date August 28, denotes both some of the highest and lowest  moments in African American history.  On the early morning of August 28, 1955, 14 year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped from his uncle’s home and horrifically murdered with his young body mutilated, tortured, and brutalized beyond recognition.  Needless to say, the vicious racists who terrorized the family and relentlessly murdered little Emmett  were acquitted by the all white jury in September of the same year.

On the same date, August 28, 1963, the “March for Jobs & Justice” later known as the “March on Washington” used the savage killing of young Emmett Till as a  key part of their spiritual and emotional rallying cry to fight back and began to realize, by organizing and fighting they could win as a series of civil rights victories began to come to fruition.

However, since those victories, we have not only seen the continuous loss of certain economic and civil rights gains,  even more problematic, we continue to see the loss of “Black Lives” as more and more young African Americans and other people of color are being killed needlessly on a daily basis.  On August 29, 2014, 17 year-old Lennon Lacy was found hanging in Bladenboro, NC.

More and more of the heart-wrenching killings come as a result of systemic injustice, economic genocide, crime/gang entrapment, and by some of the same out-of-control deadly forms of institutional racism and “white supremacy.”    Even more troubling, all too often, African Americans are dying needlessly  when they are stopped by  “law enforcement.”

See the link below to see the “Mapping” of Police Killings of unarmed Black citizens in 2015.

https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/unarmed/

The blatant wrongful killing of Philando Castile in front of his 4 year-old baby daughter and girlfriend was appalling and intolerable enough.  To  now see the jury “acquit” and have found the police officer “not guilty” of a crime should be the straw that broke the camel’s back.  It is therefore time for all people who have the consciousness and courage to stand up loudly, clearly, and in solidarity, to say to America – “Stop Killing Us!”

We are therefore calling upon God’s people from neighborhood to neighborhood, city to city, state to state to come together in a new wave of love for our people and communities to meet us on the streets on August 28, 2017 to rejuvenate the movement against the systemic murder of our neighbors we love. “Stop Killing Us! (SKU)!”  Send an email to gatewoodlovesjustice@gmail.com if you would like to help to organize and be part of this movement.

Curtis E. Gatewood, Minister

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Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 3 p.m.

JUSTICE Ministration

“Jesus Uniting Souls To Increase Community Engagement”

Launch its

JUSTICE Ministration Kickoff

HOLLA CENTER

229 E.  Main St. Morven, NC 28119

Link to photo gallery (below) of JUSTICE Ministration gathering at the HOLLA Center in Morven, NC on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

JUSTICE Ministration services will be held  at HOLLA each 3rd Sunday at  3 p.m.

Photos taken by Derwin J. Marshall

http://https://www.facebook.com/curtis.e.gatewood/videos/10210441441612540/

What is JUSTICE Ministration?

Jesus Uniting Souls To Increase Community Engagement -JUSTICE Ministration

J.U.S.T.I.C.E. is the acronym for “Jesus Uniting Souls To Increase Community Engagement.”

“Ministration” is defined as “The services of a minister of religion or of a religious institution.”

Fed up communities rally across the nation crying out for “JUSTICE” and to say “Stop Killing Us,” as police kill a series of unarmed black citizens in various cities.

JUSTICE Ministration realizes as far back into the pages of history as the arrival of African slaves, influential entities, media and other powerful mainstream forces have systematically downplayed how the ministry of Jesus the Christ and the ministries of most other key Biblical figures such as the “major and minor prophets” spoke to the need of “doing justice” or “letting justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Commingling “Christianity” and “white supremacy” has been one of our nation’s larger sins. Using religion to enforce oppressive and degrading traditions has deep roots which cannot be underestimated. This gives JUSTICE Ministration and Jesus’ words – “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” new meaning.

While the act of commingling the Bible and “Christianity” with racism and revisionism is not as blatant as it once was, this ministry understands the problem remains, especially as “politically conservative Christians” often use the Bible as a political football.

“Conservative”  tendencies to focus loudly on anti-abortion and anti-gay messaging while sinfully ignoring the needs of the poor and oppressed (which include poor and oppressed Blacks, poor and racially profiled immigrants, poor and bullied gays, those “broken-hearted” ones at the abortion clinic, and others who are often judged and discriminated against by “conservative” politics) is not consistent with Jesus’ teachings and his introductory sermon according to the book of Luke.

JUSTICE Ministration seeks to reconnect Jesus back to his original mission of Justice and the need to “bring good news to the poor… and set at liberty them that are oppressed,” as recorded in Jesus’ initial sermon in Luke 4:18.

Gatewood lectures during one of his “Faith, Hope, & Justice” outreach community services in Durham, NC.

Therefore, JUSTICE Ministration’s active ministry will be focused on “JUSTICE – Jesus Uniting Souls to Increase Community Engagement.” This will be carried out by using Jesus’ powerful Luke 4:18 sermon as our guiding principles and categorized outline for community action.

“Increasing Community Engagement” simply means JUSTICE Ministration will seek ways to work together with youth, churches, parents, religious groups, organizations, social justice activists, and neighborhoods in securing “justice” and improving the conditions of our communities which face the most pain, obstacles, poverty, crime, hardship, and injustice.

Community mourns in Durham, NC after a slained 7 year-old is caught into the crossfire of street violence.

Below is a newsletter which gives more details regarding JUSTICE Ministration’s plans, mission, and ministerial objectives.  In short, our community-engaged platform is powerfully connected to Jesus’ initial sermon also outlined below.

  • “The spirit of the Lord is upon me;
  • He Has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor;
  • He Has sent me to heal to broken hearted;
  • Preach deliverance to the captives;
  • Recovering of sight to the misinformed;
  • To set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

About the JUSTICE Ministration & Stop Killing Us (SKU) Founder

Founder and Community Minister Curtis Everette Gatewood (pictured praying) is best known for his consistent and enduring presence as an organizer for the North Carolina NAACP,  Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Coalition, and the Moral Monday movement during Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II’s tenure as NC NAACP President (2005 to 2017).  Gatewood has often been referred to as “the Bayard Rustin of the movement.”

Gatewood was part of the organizing group of pioneers Barber called together during the 2006 inception of what ultimately became the   HKonJ People’s Assembly with over 250  Coalition Partners and a talented organizing team and staff which have collectively worked to mobilized upward 90,000 marchers with Gatewood as “coalition coordinator” and Barber as the visionary convener.

Gatewood was appointed by President Barber to serve as the volunteer  “HKonJ Mobilization Committee Chair.”  From the onset, as “Mobilization Chair” Gatewood was responsible for organizing and “mobilizing” HKonJ mass turnout.   The first mass mobilzation of “thousands” in pursuit of an “HKonJ 14 Point People’s Agenda” would occur on the 2nd Saturday in February 2007.

Curtis E. Gatewood, Statewide HKonJ Coalition Coordinator for the NC NAACP giving instructions to the crowd at the Annual HKonJ People’s Assembly where attendees flood the streets of downtown Raleigh, NC.

Both Barber and Gatewood were elected the in 2005 – Barber as NC NAACP President, Gatewood as NC NAACP 2nd Vice President.  Ms. Debra Tyler-Horton, one of many outstanding organizers, would serve as volunteer HKonJ Coordinator for the first four years of the HKonJ Movement beside Barber who led as Convener.  Tyler-Horton and Reuben Blackwell would serve as Co-Chairs of the HKonJ Steering Committee.

Meanwhile, in 2010 in conjunction with NC NAACP and National NAACP, Gatewood would be hired as the North Carolina State Coordinator for the National NAACP “One Nation Working Together” march on Washington, D.C. for meaningful Jobs, Education, and Justice on 10.2.10 (October 2, 2010).

“One Nation Working Together” for Jobs, Education, Justice rally in Washington, D.C. held 10/2/10. Curtis E. Gatewood served as NC State Coordinator for the National NAACP.

This  would greatly prepare Gatewood as a prime candidate to be later hired in 2011 as the NC NAACP’s full-time Statewide HKonJ Coalition Coordinator.  Gatewood would subsequently become the longest serving organizer and staff member under the NC NAACP Barber Administration for the next 6 years in addition to serving as the State Coordinator for the National NAACP-sponsored “America’s Journey for Justice (AJ4J)” in 2015.

Curtis E. Gatewood, State of NC Coordinator for “America’s Journey for Justice,” sponsored by the National NAACP carries a child during the walk across the state. The 30-day march journeyed from Selma, AL to Washington, DC. Gatewood would ultimately march more than 110 miles across North Carolina.

AJ4J was an approximate 30-day NAACP-led march from Selma, AL to Washington, D.C.  Gatewood was responsible for organizing the North Carolina leg of the “journey.”  Gatewood (known for his unique and sometimes humorous way of leading chants) would ultimately march and chant over 110 miles across the state of NC and also march in segments of VA and D.C. as part of the humbling and historic journey.

Gatewood’s role in Moral-Monday organizing was equally humbling, spiritually revolutionary, and developmentally awesome.

Gatewood pictured  at State Capitol during Moral Monday while giving instructions to crowd.

As NC NAACP President Barber continuously led beyond expectation, Gatewood was the first Moral Monday protester arrested of the eventual more than 1,000 over the course of the year; Gatewood assisted Barber in touring over 20 counties across the state where Gatewood coordinated and often led local mass meetings to generate statewide support for Moral Monday.

Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood with Bible engaging Moral Monday supporters during one of its side street rallies which enthusiastically took place after the larger Moral Monday assembly/program had ended.

Getting arrested for civil disobedience and protesting institutional injustices did not begin at Moral Mondays for Gatewood.  He has been arrested over 20 times for nonviolent protests beginning in 1993.

Gatewood’s first arrest was during a protest he initiated at the trial of Michael Seagroves, a white male who was charged with the shooting death of 15 year-old Jamal Elliot who was shot in the back four times in Durham, NC.

Seagroves came out shooting as 4 black youth, including Jamal  were running away from the Seagroves home.  A bullet also grazed the head of a 17 year-old who survived.  The youth were said to have broken into Seagroves’ garage but began running once they realized Seagroves was home.

On Dec. 8, 1993, Curtis Gatewood is being arrested during his protest at the trial of Michael Seagroves, a white male who was charged with shooting to death 15 year-old Jamal Elliott. Elliot was with 4 other Black youth running away from the Seagroves home when he was shot in the back 4 times. A bullet also grazed the head of an 18 year-old who survived.

Seagroves was acquitted and his case was largely used by legislators who sided with Seagroves and passed legislation known as “The  Castle Doctrine” – very similar to today’s controversial “Stand Your Ground Laws.”

Ironically, over 20 years later, Gatewood and NC NAACP President Barber were being held and waiting to be released from the Wake County jail for protesting at the NC General Assembly when the breaking news of Dylan Roof’s relentlessly evil and racist massacre – the lowdown shooting at point blank range of nine beautiful and loving Christians who were holding Bible study at the Mother Emanuel AMEZ Church in Charleston, SC.

While exhausted and emotionally drained, God chose Gatewood to spend 13 consecutive hours on the ground in front of the Mother Emanuel Church just days immediately following the shooting.

This meant Gatewood was not one of those who were just helicoptered in to do a press conference and leave when the cameras left or when CNN decided these killings were no longer newsworthy.

Curtis Gatewood at prayer meeting with area Charleston ministers at church directly next to Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC on 6/30/15. The service was originally scheduled to be at Mother Emanuel but was relocated to neighboring church where a diverse group of about 150 clergy attended as a show of ministerial recommitment to the true Gospel of Jesus the Christ in memory of the Emanuel 9.

“When I arrived God provided me the heart, ears, and eyes to understand -this is not an opportunity for a press conference – it is an opportunity to heal the broken-hearted; minister to the less fortunate community’s tears, grief, confusion, and need for love, prayer, and consolation. People were still standing in the streets crying.  Known gang members were finally showing remorse and chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ and thanking me for being there,” said Gatewood.

Beginning April of 2016, Gatewood would serve a  full year as the NC NAACP Director for Field & Branch Operations, asssisting President Barber in supervising staff and “field operations” as Barber’s charismatic voice and success caused a growing and national demand for his presence beyond the state of NC.

Minister Gatewood began the process of organizing JUSTICE Ministration on May 13, 2017.

Minister Curtis E. Gatewood (center) with family of Akiel Denkins who witnesses say was shot in the back while running away from Raleigh Police. The Raleigh grassroots came together to show their love and demand for justice. Gatewood’s daughter Activist Desmera Curtise Gatewood is pictured left; Denkins mother and family members on right. Curtis Gatewood was one of several compassionate grassroots speakers at a series of events regarding the unjustified shooting.

Prior to working under the Barber Administration of the NC NAACP, Gatewood emerged onto the national stage fighting the over-commercialization of Christmas and it’s financial burden on the poor during the mid 90’s as a young President of the Durham NAACP.  The simultaneous re-energizing the local NAACP and following God’s call to build a street ministry in Durham’s  most violent, drug-infested, and most populated “public housing” communities raised consciousness while also raising the eyebrows of traditionalists.

Gatewood’s initial sermon was preached inside Durham’s Few Garden Community shortly after 2 year-old Shaquanna Atwater was shot and killed by a stray bullet from a driveby shooting as the toddler was on the porch.   In response Gatewood spearheaded the largest march (with more than 1,000 Black males) against street violence in the city’s history.

Similarly, rather than sticking to the custom of holding all local NAACP meetings in churches, Gatewood began holding the local meetings in public housing centers, homeless shelters, and on street corners.

Gatewood reemerged on the national scene in 2001 due to his early public opposition to President George W. Bush’s plans to use military force against Afghanistan and Iraq in response to the 911 attacks.

After first receiving much public persecution for publicly opposing President George W. Bush planned wars early on, Gatewood would later be called to speak at A.N.S.W.E.R. anti war rallies in New York and other major peace events and campus teach-ins in other parts of the country.

Many leaders and politicians became more visible in their critique of the Bush wars once both Bush and the wars became more unfavorable in the court of public opinion.   But Gatewood did not wait or waiver.

Gatewood was on the less traveled road of facing the blistering persecution, reprimand, ridicule, and even death-threats which came with being part of the few who loudly resisted the unjustifiable, unjust, and deadly plans of war at the time the country united solidly under the banner of the American flag and as Bush enjoyed over 90 percent approval and  favorability ratings.

Gatewood is married to what he refers to as his “better half” – Odessa B. Gatewood.  He is the 12 th child born in a closely knitted family of 14 children of Christian parents whose 70 years of matrimony proved to be extremely loving, caring, and “Holy.”

Gatewood is an ordained Baptist minister who sees far beyond the labels of denomination, tradition, and religious affiliation.  “I believed God called me beyond a ministrial tradition of ‘saving souls’ of those who may or may not go to hell when they die – God called me to further do all I can to save lives and demand justice and seek mercy for those who are already catching ‘hell’ right here on earth right now,” says Gatewood.

For more about founder see – “About Founder – Autobiography” Tab 

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Welcome to JUSTICE MINISTRATION!! Stay tuned as we keep your abreast of the world of justice and our fight for the same. Please click onto the link below – “JUSTICE Ministration Remix” (in red)  to read more about “Jesus Uniting Souls To Increase Community Engagement (JUSTICE) Ministration!” You may email us at wewantjustice@justiceministration.com or gatewoodlovesjustice@gmail.com JUSTICE Ministration …

“Stop Killing Us – SKU Campaign”

NEWS


Click link below for Jamal Johnson’s YouTube Stop Killing Us 150 Mile March

The Metro  Philadelphia News

Philadelphia activist Jamal Johnson, of the new national “Stop Killing Us” movement which is based in North Carolina, is marching from Philly to D.C. to bring attention to the need to “stop” police from “killing” Black unarmed citizens. Johnson is headed to D.C. to meet SKU leaders and others at the U.S. Justice Department  to deliver SKU Universal Standards for Law Enforcement on the SKU 8.28@6P.M. National Day of Action.  Johnson is carrying a large poster version of the flyer and wearing a tshirt which announce the SKU and the national day of action.

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The Herald-Sun

They call themselves Stop Killing Us.  Here’s what they want

The Herald-Sun article dated 8/8/17 features the “Stop Killing Us (SKU)” solutions movement

DURHAM – A new organization is calling for universal standards for law enforcement across the nation to reduce fatal shooting by police and others…(see link below to read more)

http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article165936732.htm

STOP KILLING US – SKU SOLUTIONS CAMPAIGN HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE NC DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ON 7/25/17.
While there will be those diversely coming from a variety of races and sexual identities/orientations supporting our new “Stop Killing Us (SKU)” Solutions Campaign & Movement, isn’t it refreshing to see God stirring up the unity, spirit, and activity of strong Black men who have been missing from the social justice and police accountability scenes in Raleigh and country?

ABC NEWS
New campaign aims to stop police-involved shootings

Link to “Stop Killing Us” Press Conference and Unveiling of SKU Universal Standards for Law Enforcement
http://abc11.com/news/new-campaign-aims-to-stop-police-involved-shootings/2249388/

Alicia Vick at SKU Press Conference on 7/25/17 helping to unveil SKU Universal Standards for Law Enforcement at NC Department of Justice

New “Stop Killing Us” Campaign Announces National Day of Action

Takira Wilson is a case-and-point example of why SKU was born. She is pictured in her red cap and gown. Although her appalling death received little and in many cases no attention – she was killed by SWAT police in Lima, Ohio in 2008 in her home while holding her youngest 14 months old baby. The baby was also shot twice but miraculously survived. Police were there to arrest her boyfriend for drug charges. The policeman charged with her death was acquitted.

SKU will highlight a new little-known heart wrenching killing on this invitation each week and each day as we get closer to the SKU 8.28@6P.M. National Day of Action. In the name of Takira Wilson – SKU!


Stop Killing Us! (SKU!)

Solutions Campaign & New Movement for Justice

SKU 8.28@6P.M. NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

THE 5 THINGS YOU CAN DO

  1. MOBILIZE & RALLY AGAINST WRONGFUL KILLINGS AT  YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT ON MONDAY, AUGUST 28 AT 6 P.M.  (8.28@6P.M.)  If you are planning to attend a local rally  or if you need assistance on how you can organize a rally send your request for assistance to gatewoodlovesjustice@gmail.com.
  2. IF YOU WILL NOT BE PART OF A LOCAL RALLY AT YOUR POLICE  DEPARTMENT ON 8.28@6P.M. YOU MAY JOIN US IN D.C. AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ON  8.28@6P.M. 950 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. NW WASHINGTON, D.C.  If you are planning to attend this action notify us at gatewoodlovesjustice@gmail.com.
  3. BEGINNING ON MONDAY, AUGUST 7 YOU MAY PARTICIPATE IN A 21-DAY MARCH LEADING UP TO THE SKU 8.28@6 P.M. NATIONAL  DAY OF ACTION – MEET AT 4200 WHITAKER AVE. PHILLY, PA. at NOON.  If you would like to participate or support this march or have other questions regarding this action send your email to uscmdi@aol.com.

    Jamal Johnson (picture left in white SKU tshirt) standing with his grandson will walk for 21-days (from Philly to D.C.) leading up to the SKU 8.28@6P.M. National Day of Action.
  4. DELIVER UNIVERSAL DEMANDS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDARDS TO YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPT.  THAT WILL SAVE BLACK LIVES ON  8.28@6P.M.  If you or your organization have recommendations you would like to be considered to minimize unarmed and wrongful killings send them to gatewoodlovesjustice@gmail.com SKU Universal Demands Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0caVcSGo9qDU0dsQnlza1NpRVpldVNGYmp4bHpLY2pmenpj/view
  5. LET LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CITY OFFICIALS  KNOW YOU WOULD LIKE AN OFFICIAL RESPONSE TO OUR UNIVERSAL DEMANDS BY SEPTEMBER 11  (911) A DAY SKU WOULD LIKE FOR ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR KILLED BY AMERICA’S OWN DOMESTIC ACTS OF TERRORISM TO BE REMEMBERED WITH THE VICTIMS OF 911 AND THE NATIONAL CALL TO “END TERRORISM.”  For questions pregarding follow up by 9/11 – send your email to gatewoodlovesjustice@gmail.com

Sign Up on Facebook 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1920572791500804??ti=ia

Fed up communities rally across the nation crying out for “JUSTICE” and a call for law enforcement to “STOP KILLING US” as police kill a series of unarmed black citizens across the nation.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/371922419626827/permalink/850205341798530/

The date August 28, denotes both some of the highest and lowest  moments in African American history.  On the early morning of August 28, 1955, 14 year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped from his uncle’s home and horrifically murdered with his young body mutilated, tortured, and brutalized beyond recognition.  Needless to say, the vicious racists who terrorized the family and relentlessly murdered little Emmett  were acquitted by the all white jury in September of the same year.

14 year-old Emmett Till’s brutally mutilated corpse is shown in casket.  The 2 local KKK murderers were acquitted – “No crime committed.”

On the same date, August 28, 1963, the “March for Jobs & Justice” later known as the “March on Washington” used the savage killing of young Emmett Till as a  key part of their spiritual and emotional rallying cry to fight back and began to realize, by organizing and fighting they could win as a series of civil rights victories began to come to fruition.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. plants his feet on the world stage at the 1963 March on Washington on August 28. The full fledged Civil Rights Movement begins and wins a series of legislative victories.

However, since those victories, we have not only seen the continuous loss of certain economic and civil rights gains,  even more problematic, we continue to see the loss of “Black Lives” as more and more young African Americans and other people of color are being killed needlessly on a daily basis.  On August 29, 2014, 17 year-old Lennon Lacy was found hanging in Bladenboro, NC.

17 year-old Lennon Lacy found hanging on August 29, 2014 in NC.  Federal Investigation closed – No one was charged with a crime.

More and more of the heart-wrenching killings come as a result of systemic injustice, economic genocide, crime/gang entrapment, and by some of the same out-of-control deadly forms of institutional racism and “white supremacy.”    Even more troubling, all too often, African Americans are dying needlessly  when they are stopped by  “law enforcement.”

On August 9, 2014, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. The police officer was acquitted – “No crime committed.”

See the link below to see the “Mapping” of Police Killings of unarmed Black citizens in 2015.

https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/unarmed/

The blatant wrongful killing of Philando Castile in front of his 4 year-old baby daughter and girlfriend was appalling and intolerable enough.  To  now see the jury “acquit” and have found the police officer “not guilty” of a crime should be the straw that broke the camel’s back.  It is therefore time for all people who have the consciousness and courage to stand up loudly, clearly, and in solidarity, to say to America – “Stop Killing Us!”

Philando Castile was shot by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota on July 6, 2016. A graphic video streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, captured the aftermath of the shooting from inside the car and has been viewed millions of times. Almost a year later, a jury acquitted police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, of two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm .  The officer was acquitted – “No crime was committed.”

Furthermore, Black women are also killed by police misconduct – Stop Killing Us.

Tarika Wilson – Died Jan. 4, 2008, age 26, Lima, Ohio. She was killed by Lima Police SWAT who raided her home to arrest her boyfriend on drug charges. She had her youngest 14 months old son in her arms when she was shot; the child was also shot twice – in the shoulder and hand – but survived; policeman was acquitted – “No crime committed.”

Black women such as the following, to name a few, will be at the heart of the Stop Killing Us (SKU) campaign:

Tanisha Anderson – Died Nov. 13, 2014 at age 37 in Cleveland, OH.  The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, the result of being “physically restrained in a prone position by Cleveland police.” Her heart condition and bipolar disorder were also considered factors.
Anderson’s family alleges CPD Officers Scott Aldridge and Bryan Myers did not provide medical attention as Anderson lay on the ground unconscious.  Aldridge had previously been suspended for violating the department’s use of force policies, and was disciplined in 2012 for his role in the deaths of Malissa Williams (also listed below) and Timothy Russell.

Yvette Smith – Died Feb. 16, 2014, age 47, Bastrop, Texas;

Miriam Carey – Died Oct. 3, 2013, age 34, Washington, D.C. (Unarmed but shot 5 times by while in car by Capitol police with her baby in the back seat);

Shelly Frey was killed after she and two other women were allegedly caught stealing from a Walmart in 2012, the Houston Chronicle reports. Louis Campbell, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy working as a security guard, tried to detain them and then shot into a car in which Frey was a passenger. She was struck twice in the neck.

Darnisha Harris – Died Dec. 2, 2012, age 16, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana;

Malissa Williams – Died Nov. 29, 2012, age 30, Cleveland, OH (as passenger she was hit by 24 bullets; the male driver was hit by 23 bullets; both were unarmed);

Tanisha Anderson – Died Nov. 13, 2014, age 37, Cleveland, OH (Tanisha was killed by one of same officers involved with Malissa Williams’ horrific shooting).

Alesia Thomas – Died July 22, 2012, age 35, Los Angeles, CA (kicked to death while in handcuffs);

Shantel Davis – Died June 14, 2012, age 23, New York City;

Rekia Boyd – Died March 22, 2012, age 22, Chicago;

Shereese Francis – Died March 15, 2012, age 29, New York City (Needing medication for schizophrenia; Beat and tasered to death by 4 officers);

Aiyana Stanley-Jones – Died May 16, 2010, age 7, Detroit (7 year-old Killed while sleeping on the couch during a no-knock raid);

Tarika Wilson – Died Jan. 4, 2008, age 26, Lima, Ohio (Killed by Lima Police SWAT who raided her home to arrest her boyfriend on drug charges; She had her youngest 14 months old son in her arms when she was shot; the child was also shot twice – in the shoulder and hand – but survived; policeman was acquitted);

Kathryn Johnston – Died Nov. 21, 2006, age 92, Atlanta (killed in a “no knock” drug raid based on false information; Officers broke down her security gate and without warning; Johnston fired her pistol in self-defense; Officers fired back 39 times; Five or six bullets hit Johnston;

Alberta Spruill – Died May 16, 2003, age 57, New York City (Died after police conducted a “no knock” raid at her home in error; Officers broke through her door and threw a concussion grenade; Spruill died of a heart attack;

Kendra James – Died May 5, 2003, age 21, Portland.

Shelly Frey – Died Dec. 6, 2012, age 27, Houston

Four of the above women were killed during police raids.

Three women had young children with them when they were killed.

Two were children when they were killed.

Two women with mental illnesses were killed after their family members called authorities for help.

Seven of the incidents resulted in charges. Only only one woman’s death has led to conviction. Several cases are still open.

There are many more women of color who have died in incidents involving police — including all-too-frequent encounters with the mentally ill, like Michelle Cusseaux, Aura Rosser, or Margaret Mitchell. 

The link below provides more details regarding these Black women whose stories will bring you to tears and overwhelmingly reaffirm the neccessity for this SKU Solutions Campaign & New Movement for Justice.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6644276

We are therefore calling upon God’s people from neighborhood to neighborhood, city to city, state to state to come together in a new wave of love for our people and communities to meet us on the streets on August 28, 2017 to rejuvenate the movement against the systemic murder of our neighbors we love. “Stop Killing Us! (SKU)!”  Send an email to gatewoodlovesjustice@gmail.com if you would like to help to organize and be part of this movement.

Curtis E. Gatewood, Community Minister

JUSTICE Ministration & SKU Founder

The Stop Killing Us (SKU)  Solutions Campaign & New Movement Agenda
Experts, organizations, organizers, and others who already work and pursue justice under any of the following agenda categories are encouraged to send an email to gatewoodlovesjustice@gmail.com and become a permanent part of this SKU movement for action, solutions, persistence, and victory.

The SKU Justice Agenda

  • – Stop Killing Us with Police Misconduct – Disrespectful, Racist and/or Incompetent Deadly “Law Enforcement” Misconduct and the Obvious Infiltration of Racial Terrorism within Law Enforcement Agencies

– Stop Killing Us with Gang Entrapment – Street Violence which is largely produced by economically deprived neighborhoods – low wage jobs, black business closings, bank redlining, and the shipping out of meaningful jobs. Meanwhile there is the systematic shipping in of guns and  drugs as this is exploited by gang recruiters and an entertainment industry and media system which invite and exacerbate “black on black killings” and negative black stereotyping.

– Stop Killings Us with Legislative Genocide- the Death Penalty or “Capital Punishment” whereby empirical data confirms systemic racism and classism create a disparate impact upon those Black and poor (another form of Legislative Genocide).

– Stop Killing Us with Domestic/Racial Terrorism as terrorist groups like the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) have been allowed to exist for over 150 Years as new violent militias and racial terrorists are given birth and further embolden by Trumpism and racial politics.

– Stop Killing Us with Health Care Denials which have a disparate impact on African Americans, the poor, and other communities of color (another form of Legislative Genocide)

– Stop Killing Us with Environmental Racism as contaminated water food, and air continue to have a disparate impact on the poor and people of color

– Stop Killing Us with the New Plantations of Mass Incarceration and Sentencing Disparities

– Stop Killing Us with other forms of Unjust Laws and Legislative Genocide – Now!