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                                      A NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
     I want to explain my background on civil rights, and why I feel there is a need for a new civil rights movement; a coda to the moral imperative this country set about to rectify but never fully achieved. And now, when we have risen to the pinnacle of success to that promise there has been a reversal of fortune. When I was born my birth certificate had my father’s and mother’s name, and who the doctor was who delivered me. And it identified me as being ‘colored’. It was not until I was six years old that legislation was passed that would guarantee me a right to a vote when I became eighteen years of age.
     Many things happened between 1964 and 1976, for me and my family. My father had returned from Europe in WWII; thrice decorated with bronze star medals for bravery. He had a ninth grade education, a respect for himself and love of his country. He made himself a painting business, and befriended a black minister who came to town and moved next door into the house we formerly occupied. Reverend Ware liked the property because it had an abandoned church on it. He and my father worked together to repair it, to give the 6% of the black population of the town a church of their design.
     It irritated some neighbors. One summer day, in 1966, a motorcycle gang drove back and forth on our street, flying the confederate flag. They didn’t say anything to us…just kept driving their motorcycles up and down the streets trying to intimidate us.
     That night, they came back. Supported by whites in the community who were upset that the congregation was growing, they vandalized the church. They put racist writing on the wall with black paint. Made swastikas. That was what the people saw when they came to worship that Sunday morning. We were Christian Scientists, at the time. But we had attended the inaugural service of Reverend Ware’s church. That is where my father decided he needed to take action.
     He began to organize in the community. He talked with people in the town who were Black, Mexican, Polish, and formed the Streator Interracial Council. It was a grass roots civil rights organization that worked to get housing for minorities in the town. It made the police and city government more responsive to the needs of its marginalized citizenry. Reverend Ware left, but the malignancy that forced him out of our midst was still in my town.
     Daddy continued. His business grew, along with the Interracial Council. Maybe, because of it. Sometime, in the closing months of 1967 or early 1968, a conference by the HUD department was going to be held in Chicago, Illinois on April 5, 1968. I found out Bobby Kennedy had asked Vernon Jordan to reach out to my father and to invite he and my mother to the conference. He had said he hoped to be able to meet them when he would come to speak at the keynote.
     Robert F. Kennedy did not come to the conference, however, because the night before Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated. My mother and father were in downtown Chicago when the city began to riot. We were watching all the events from a close family friend’s home. Where we were safe, but worried about our pregnant mother, and our father. God watched over them, and they made it back to us safely, but I would never forget it. And then, the whole thing got the scab tore off again, months later, when Bobby was killed.
     Civil rights, and fighting for them, is in my DNA. My father gave me that legacy. When I was an assistant principal at a high school district on the coast of Central California, I stood up to teachers and administrators who were discriminating against black students.
     They demoted me because of it and I took them to court. Of course, I didn’t have the money to afford an attorney, but I had an education. I knew how to find the answers needed. I took what knowledge I had from a year of law school and filed a discrimination suit in the Ninth District. The NAACP would not help me. Al Sharpton would not help me. Jesse Jackson would not help me. But I kept forward. For four years. The school district did everything they could to kill my case. The federal judge did not want to hear it, and refused to manage the case objectively. He gave a summary judgment, without speaking to the merits of the case. I appealed, and a new review was done of the case.
     The Ninth Appellate District read my briefs and set my case for oral argument. Now, that is quite a feat, but then they reneged on that and did a panel review. Their response to the appeal was something to the effect: though you have proven three out of the four prerequisites for a discrimination action, you have not filled the most important requirement. You cannot prove that you are a descendant of slaves, or that your forefathers are African.
     That was a bridge to the 1854 Chief Justice Toney decision where he said, “No negro will ever have a cause of action against a white man, that that white man is bound to honor.”
     So…there we had it. A complete EEOC hearing, and a court litigation enlightened me tremendously on what to do, and not do, when seeking redress of civil rights. I said to myself that it would be knowledge that I would use to continue fighting for others. And then this election season came around.
     As of November 8, 2016 America has lost the high moral ground as leader of the free world. The president-elect has appointed a man for the attorney generalship who is a racist, immigrant-hating man, who chaired a House sub-committee on immigration. Now, as attorney general, he can work with the Congress to enact legislation that will allow for the rounding up of illegal immigrants, of all colors.
     The idea of such a thing ever happening in this country is appalling. What message is sent to our citizens whose families were irreparably harmed by the last time America stood by as fascism gathered Jews in ghettos in Europe? As Japanese Americans were placed in interment at Manzonar. We vowed as a country, “Never Again”, but our memory is short term, it seems.
     A third of my brothers and sisters are gay. I have bi-racial children, and grandchildren. And I am sitting in a classroom where, through the walls, I hear 10th graders listening to the audio of the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. To hear the word “nigger” used in teaching while disciplinary students sit in front of me, hearing it just as well. And yet, if they said that it would be wrong. As wrong as me not being protected from that. America is so much more. It was.
     We endeavor to still form the more perfect union. There are still self-evident truths that propaganda and hate cannot incinerate because the literal fact of the matter is: there are more people in this land who want to live together in peace, than those who don’t.
     It is in that spirit, that I seek to lead the American Interracial Council. With your help, and God’s blessing, we will all join together again to say, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, We are free at last.”

NEW TRENDS FOR US THIS JULY 4TH

The website has passed the 110,000 visitor mark! The average monthly outreach of my blog and articles, etc. is 1,000 people per month, now. The editing of the film is crucial, at present, and hence the lack of new material being placed. So, there probably won't be too much committed to print until after Halloween. There is much content on here that could interest a newcomer, so spread the word. Thanks!

STATE OF THE COMPANY


The state of the company is very, very, busy. There are presently many projects coming into fruition, all living up to our mantra of being diverse and dynamic. We have an historical novel (Four and Twenty Blackbirds) that will publish shortly. Our feature film, Moon Creek Cemetery is into the midst of heavy editing on the last 30% of the footage shot for it. Approximately 70% of the movie has already been edited, so it's only a matter of combining the two segments. Now, there are the animation effects that need to be folded in, as well. We had hopes for New Years, and will bust our butt up until that point, but it might be more around Spring Break before you see it.  IT WILL BE WORTH THE WAIT. Our composer, Michael D. Koehler is laying down tracks for the first scenes that have been blocked out. If anyone saw the trailer on the movie's Facebook page, you can hear the recording artist's work.

T.R.I.A.G.E GROUP has been juxtaposed (compared) to other seminars in multicultural education. Mr. Pierce took in a recent seminar in Cultural Proficiency at The Museum of Tolerance, in Los Angeles. While there, he had a chance to hear keynote speaker Dr. Terrence Roberts, who was one of the nine students in Little Rock, Arkansas that volunteered to integrate Little Rock High School. Mr. Roberts was presented a copy of Pierce's "Microaggressions Across The Great Divide", which he immediately recognized as dealing with the threat of stereotype and it's nominative innovator, Dr. Claude Steele. Dr. Roberts shared an amusing aside with Mr. Pierce as to how dissimilar, politically, Claude is, to his twin brother Shelby. Pierce in turn shared with the civil rights icon how he felt encased in history, having met Martin Luther King, Sr. and one of the Little Rock Nine...Pierce saw how his T.R.I.A.G.E. program was as viable as any that was being offered by institutions or resource centers dealing with sensitization. He looks forward to taking the next step forward with this empowering process.


JURISDICTIONARY TESTIMONIAL

The fundamentals of legal structure that I learned (and modified my preliminary legal training) through the Jurisdictionary instruction continues to be essential to me. I cannot speak to the particulars because of a pending settlement, but I am on the verge of getting an out of court payment against a defendant in a civil suit. It is a property management firm.

That's powerful. I have used Jurisdictionary to enable me to plead a case through four years of litigation and an appeal to the Ninth District's Circuit Court of Appeals; I was even going to be given an oral argument hearing. That again, is powerful.

I am no more intelligent than any of you, that is, we all have the ability to learn what we choose to have value and meaning. To be able to defend or litigate for oneself is a great accomplishment. I wholeheartedly encourage you to purchase the materials. They are yours to go back for reference and there are many resources within it. Worth every cent, believe me.



Haven't Heard From Us in Awhile...

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The publisher had my approval for going-to-print in her junk mail !  No worries...nothing lost, but time. Rest assured (to our faithful friends in Dublin, and St. Petersburg's, and China) that the novel "Four and Twenty Blackbirds" is now HERE !

AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC 

http://www.rosedogbooks.com/foandtwbl.htm

On other fronts..."Moon Creek Cemetery" has hit a post-production snag, due to the editor having a personal crisis and working under pressure (poor me) the film media of the wrap segments has been hidden in the laptop drive. A technical call to Avid should get things right. Fingers crossed.

HAD A VERY NICE CLIP OF THE NEW MOVIE OPENER, BUT MY SITE HERE ISN'T DOING YOUTUBE TOO WELL 
                                                                  
                                                                   
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Jurisprudence still reaps dividends to those who use it. And T.R.I.A.G.E. Consultants is still poised to deliver much needed discussion facilitation for cultural proficiency needs. We are still here, because you are.  Use what we have to offer.

Premiering...

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"Four And Twenty Blackbirds"
A new novel

APPROACHING SIX FIGURES!

The blog is just 9,940 people from reaching 100,000 visitors over a span of 7 years. There is naturally an increase in viewership every year, but the interest in the past 2 years has shown great strides.  We are happy to maintain such a presence, and will be doing our utmost to translate that into more reciprocal interactions. Our production company is prepared to monetize our film, and its marketing products. Our multicultural group is five steps ahead of the current diaspora concerning human rights in America, and has a seminar that is avant garde in its approach. Our legal videography component is fully prepared to deliver swaying testimony on behalf of customers, both in and out of court.  Mark A. Pierce, Inc. and its companies Lundy Street Productions, T.R.I.A.G.E. Group and Victory Video are directed, dynamic, diversity.

"MOON CREEK CEMETERY" UPDATE

September 19, 2015

Half hour of drone footage done for spfx composite footage and aerial establishment shots, today. Vital pieces of needed film for the final master. Good day.

September 20, 2015

The Moon House in the local lore of Streator, was a Victorian that was about an eighth of a mile from the cemetery. The Hatchet Lady would have been able to see any nefarious wanderers out by the graves, and then would set out to do her duties. Our Moon Mansion is an old farmhouse right off the South 101 in Santa Maria, CA. As you pass Betteravia Drive exit you'd see it starkly cornering the land for about an 8 hectare area of farmland. Lil' Nellie went out from the edge of the field, across from the house and flew about halfway in towards the house. Had to admit, it's a little scary to   trust it coming back, but the aircraft is a serious tool that brings up production value immensely.

September 21, 2015

Location, location, location, is the cliche', but settings relative to a story must be found, and to serve full benefit to the film. Finding any location that makes this prerequisite value is a boon--what takes it to a higher level of characterization, as it were, is the ability of the omnipresent audience to see the focus from an altered perspective. Not more than 15 years ago, shots like these would cost a production company hefty insurance premiums, and that not even adding the cost of a helicopter or single-engine plane. DJI and the Phantom Series of drones has rewritten independent film budgeting and production value. The farmhouse is California, but the area has the expanse of Illinois prairie, and--there's a very important excavation that you see there...in the front, which has historical meaning in the story. There, will be some gentrfied distressing done with animated facades to bring it all together, but the place has a presence--and that's what we were after; drones are tricky to operate and maintain between flights. But what a budget beater, and uptick in production value, big time. But believe you, me, everything has not been all that rosy during this post-production. More later--the good, the bad, the asinine.






OLD-FASHIONED PROSTHETICS

This is one of two rubber appliances that we made for one of the final pick-up scenes for the movie.  The green half-dome will be used for a chromakey effect.  So, the outer parts of the appliance will be all trimmed away--make-up applied, and...well, I can't tell you the rest.  That would be spoiling it for Halloween.

                                                                   In other news, we have copyrighted the name "Moon Creek Cemetery" and the concept of the film.  What does that mean?  Well, merchandising, for one.  And secondly, anything revolving around the title or conceptualization of Moon Creek Cemetery has been assigned rights by the U.S. Copyright Office.  No one may use the title or the plot of the film without the producer's permission.

Still plugging away at the editing and we have a new trailer that will be trotted out this next week.  Check us out on Facebook using the film title, or Lundy Street Productions. Both pages have lots of information about the making of the movie.  Thanks

UPDATE

Of all the skills a person should have if they are going to produce independent film is a skill for meta-organization; by that, I mean having visualized the end result so firmly and planned (thinking about the organization necessary). It's one thing to differentiate between short and long term goals on a particular project. Even one that is longitudinally challenging, and takes years to achieve. But it is highly unusual to be able to plan for the synchronization of accomplishing 3 to 4 complex operations--in different venues, and pulling it all together, somehow. I will give a little blurb about goings-on with a 3 company subsidiaries: Lundy Street Productions, T.R.I.A.G.E. Group, and Victory Video.

LUNDY STREET PRODUCTIONS

Post-production on the movie got slowed because of having to shift modalities on legal, intellectual property venues, and those things needing some deliberate attention for a week,  but now we are ready to proceed with the editing. Our workflow is to create all the special effects sequences first, and then splice them into the dramatic film. You can search around the rest of the sight and see the 3D characters that were created, as well as some matte composite work. Went into post-production also about 14K in the whole, but have been able to restructure and have paid out 3K to date to the talent. Getting the master done will right the ship. Now, I know I said that organization is vital to accomplishing your goals.  So, that being the case, how couldn't I have not foreseen that more funds were going to be needed.  My answer is, we did know...rather, I did. But we were soliciting funding for the final deficit up to and through the segment production. But I would not have gotten the film to this point without knowing where I was going, what I needed to have done, and what I had done. That's what true organization gets you, and every film is picked apart this way for its production.  Some require daily line item budget, I believe. Film finance is a mother. lundystreet1@markapierceinc.com


Life happens after you've planned everything all out, sometimes.


T.R.I.A.G.E. Group Educational Consultants

The organization plans on filing non-profit paperwork next year in order to put our charter in place and begin to actively seek clients. A number of talking points about the stance I have regarding the modern civil rights era, education, capital punishment, and social sensitization are on our Facebook page.

Please go to that link in the web site menu to get more information regarding what the company can offer and what resources it will make available to begin meaningful discussions about rewiring cultural mindsets.

Please email us, too: triage1@markapierceinc.com


VICTORY VIDEO

We have edited two projects for evidence in both a federal appeals case and a superior court probate case; cannot say enough again, how powerful the Jurisdictionary training is for me, and can be for you as well.  A judge tells you that your petition doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of going to a trial.  He tells you, make an offer of proof (show what things you have that would give you a cause of action), which he highly doubts you are able to do. If you don't get that brief to him, your case is dismissed. The judge is counting on (1) you not having the money to retain an attorney; (2) you are stupid and don't know how or where to begin.


He's not expecting you to be able to cite the perjury code and then have proof rendered on a DVD desk, besides a kickass offer of proof.

Jurisdictionary law program is a real deal valuable asset.  You can frame a pleading to any legal action. Several of you have clicked on the icon. Follow it through and join the 46% of Americans who know how to fight for their own rights, on paper. It's the best money you've spent concerning litigation. $250 to know how to fish for the rest of your life, or pay an attorney $2500 who might throw you a fish head every now and then.


Please check out the page for "Four and Twenty Blackbirds", my new historical novel that is getting ready to drop probably in October or November. Peace.