Like being in a James Bond movie

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I am participating in a project I think you will be interested in.  I am collecting the names of all of the neo-fascists, the alt righters, the KKK members and the Nazi’s in Prince William County.  I want to thank all of those who provided me with their names last week by writing into my podcast and making such disparaging and dehumanizing comments about me and people of color and allies of the BLM movement-just like Mr. Knight from Prince William County’s Coles District did at the beginning of last week’s podcast. You remember, pointing his finger at the young lady, he said “I hope your family gets shot!”  

I’m Jamie Beletz, it’s not about me.

We rename places and things all the time – Opal Fruits became Starburst, Adam’s Chunk Stuffers became Nestle’s Hot Pockets and Dannon Yogurt is now Activia.          

That is why I think it’s odd that people object to renaming our military bases from the names of Confederate soldiers – traitors to this country – to the names of people we can all be proud of.  How about Fort Colin Powell, Christa McCauliffe Air Force Base or the USS John Glenn. Can these people have a problem with that?

It seems strange to me that many of these same people that cling to one of the ugliest parts of our nation’s history claim the moral high ground when it comes to the pandemic.  As if morals – not science – should have anything to do with it.  The anti-maskers claim that “We have the constitutional right to wear or not wear a mask anywhere we choose.”  Will you give that same “right to choose” to a woman over her own body?  Heck No!

Speaking of choices, the dehumanizing language and tactics directed against women and people of color at the hands of right wing and violent racists continues in this country.  Not every cop is a killer and not every African American male is a thug.  But every young African American male is nine times more likely to be arrested because they are profiled and our country has deployed federal militarized law enforcement squads using excessive force, tear gassing mayors and kidnapping civilians off the street and pulling them into unmarked vans.  This is still America, right? It’s like being in a James Bond movie!

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#4 – The Prince William County Board of County Supervisors, Part III

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“I hope you and your family get shot!”  I served during Vietnam and Afghanistan and I never was greeted this way once.  This man was using “fighting words” language as defined by Martilla v. City of Lynchburg so I’m not just making this stuff up.  My name is Jamie Beletz, it’s not about me.

This same man, a white man, was allowed to walk up through a crowd of protesters by police, allowed into a public building to exercise his civil rights and attend a hearing of the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors while the crowd of protesters, largely of color, were denied theirs.  Instead, four of the protesters were threatened with criminal prosecution, threatened with pepper spray, falsely arrested for assault and battery. One by one the four individuals, people of color, were brought into the courthouse, handcuffed and locked up. 

Ironically, while the police were clearly abusing their power outside, they were being heaped with praise by the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors inside.  That’s right.  Praise which included the words “for their steadfast commitment to fairly and impartially enforcing the law, and for faithfully honoring the constitutional rights of all.”  

This is the 50th Anniversary of the Prince William County Police Department.  A police department with a long history of anti-black racism. A police force which only weeks ago used chemical agents and rubber bullets to disperse protesters.  A police force which disproportionately targets minorities by police stops using bias based profiling.  A police force notorious for using excessive force and denial of medical care.  A police force, when nobody is looking, is still choosing to divide a community, not unite one.

The last thing, if I were a county supervisor in Prince William County, that I would want to do is heap praise on a police force that has a culture of corruption and racism-especially if I was elected to make a change. I’m not for defunding the police, just changing the culture.  

In service to America, I worked with the Afghan National Police, Afghan Border Police and other local and regional police forces in that country and it wasn’t any better and it wasn’t much worse.  And for the same reason.  It’s the culture.  Or maybe it’s just because the cops in Prince William County who are anti-black racists have been allowed to run their department with no oversight by people who aren’t.  It’s time for new supervision, it’s time for senior leadership changes starting with the County Executive and working our way down the chain of command.

Either way, I’m Jamie Beletz, It’s not about me.  

The Prince William County Board of County Supervisors, Part II

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When five democrats were elected to the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors, democrats thought they were going to see a “New Normal”, not the normal reminiscent of the days of Confederate, Alt Right and Anti-Semitic Corey Stewart.  A “New Normal” free of administrators who support conversion therapy or the policies of the Alt Right, Anti-Semitic and Anti-Immigration who were hired by former County Chairman Corey Stewart. 

Hello, this is Jamie Beletz, It’s not about me. 

We learned from President “bone spurs” Donald Trump that passing legislation isn’t enough, but it is whether or not that legislation is implemented.  It isn’t enough to budget dollars to those in need, but whether or not those same dollars get to those in need in time to help them.  Even on the defense side, Trump managed to divert billions of dollars meant to support our troops and instead used them to build his wall.  

We know that if enough people fail to take action, Donald Trump will keep doing things just like he is doing – both now and for four more years.  If good people fail to take action on the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors, the Confederate administrators appointed by Corey Stewart will keep their jobs and nothing will change.

Confederate flags, Confederate high school names and Confederate monuments are not the only things in Prince William County that need to be removed.  So do the Confederates at the top of the food chain we call County Administration.

Hello, this is Jamie Beletz, it’s not about me and I will see you next time.

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The Prince William County Board of County Supervisors, Part 1

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Okay, it’s true.  I did ask our 19 year old daughter Sarah and her friends to get into our chlorinated hot tub before they came into our house.  Yes, it was to kill the COVID 19 virus.  Yes, I asked them to gargle too.  It’s not like I asked them to drink chlorine straight out of the bottle.  Hi.  My name is Jamie Beletz, it’s not about me…

Our President says that chlorine, bleach, disinfectant….pick your preference, these are  sure fire way to kill the virus!” he says.  

Speaking about our own Jefferson Davis, President “bone spurs” is the leader of the Confederate Party Nationally!  That is unless you include Vladimir Putin.  Again, he is threatening the security of our nation by threatening the defense authorization bill if Congress removes the names of Confederate soldiers from military bases, soldiers who took up arms against America, soldiers who fought for the right to enslave people, soldiers who fought for the right to be racist and bigots.  

So who is the leader of the Confederate Party in Prince William County?  Hands down it has got to be Brentsville County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson.  The good news is that after 150 years, the Klu Klux Klan has made great gains in gender equality and racism!  Congratulations Jeanine on becoming the leader of a traditionally all male organization.  And ditto to County Supervisor Yesli Vega who becomes the first openly racist Latino American female to be welcomed into the KKK.  Bravo! Brava!  I don’t want to be sexist.