I’ve Seen It Before – Rachel Motley [Spoken Word]

White Plains – Spoken word artist Rachel Motley performed her piece, “I’ve Seein It Before,” Saturday at the Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network’s discussion on Criminal Justice Reform at Theodore D. Young Community Center located at 32 Manhattan Avenue.

“I’ve seen it before, over 400 years ago
Mothers having to let go of their babies
except it wasn’t bullets abducting them, it was slavery
They weren’t cops shooting us at red lights
They were masters whipping us for learning to read and write…”

(see I’ve seen It Before in its entirety in video below)

Other speakers included Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., son of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr and Lydia McNulty, mother of Rashad McNulty. The panelists included Dr, Jim Isenburg, the Executive Director of the New York Region of the North American Family Institute (NAFI), Jared R. Rice Esq, New Rochelle Councilman, Co-Chair of My Brother’s Keeper New Rochelle and an attorney with Rice and Rice Attorneys at Law, the law firm started by his parents in 1983, Sheralyn Pulver who has been practicing criminal law for over 30 years and Damon K. Jones, publisher of Black Westchester and New York Representatives of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America (BLEA).