It’s too bad that so many political and social activists aren’t getting the media attention that their particular battles merit. They are struggling for the rights of the people. They have seen inequity, unfairness, and downright heinousness–in their workplaces, their communities and in the world! Rather than turn a blind eye, they have raised their hands and proclaimed “Here am I, send me”! These warriors fight the good fight, oftentimes alone, or with few along side of them. This doesn’t stop them, though. What it does is toughens them. They become lean, mean fighting machines–snatching every advantage to further their battle. They are focused like lasers and are fearless in every sense of the word.
Brother Maurice Copeland is just such a man. A self described “revolutionary brother” he battles against the “Powers That Be” at Honeywell in Kansas City. Not only is he a revolutionary fighter, but he’s also an artist! One day he visited my blog and left this message:
I am a Old School Brother, not afraid to use the word revolution! I am fighting EVERYDAY for my people, just search the name: Maurice Copeland, poet, Artist, Activist, whistlerblower, honeywell Kansas City.
Token Blackfolk are what is proving to be my greatest roadblocks.
Now how about that? I like his attitude! So I went ahead and Googled him and this is what I found out about the brother. He worked at Honeywell in Kansas City where many unskilled black workers were offered these good paying jobs back in the day. Many of them were doing support type work, like sweeping up, running errands cleaning up and the like. They were making good money for this and oftentimes these jobs kinda fell in their laps. They were easily got. (suspicious). Their workplace was where “nuclear component parts” were being fabricated. They must have been told it was safe, or probably told nothing, just paid their good salaries. They probably thought they had finally got a piece of the American pie. But what actually was happening after time was many of these black workers were becoming very ill with all kinds of cancers and mysterious diseases, yet they were only in their mid and late thirties and forties. (More suspicion).
What was discovered was that the making of “nuclear component parts” is as dangerous as making the weapons themselves, and these black support workers often went in behind the workers, not wearing any protective gear, not washing themselves down afterwards and not taking any precautions or doing any of the protective steps that is required of workers in nuclear plants. Honeywell just had these people going in and dusting and vacuuming up radioactive stuff, fluffing it all around, kicking up the dust of it, and they weren’t even aware of what it was. Honeywell simply sent them in and the workers cleaned up without questioning anything. They didn’t even think to question anything. Until they were very ill, and unable to even function, by which time their illness forced them to stop working. Some didn’t even make the connection of their illness to their jobs. In the meantime Honeywell just lured more workers with those nice salaries. Some really foul stuff was going on and being covered up.
In the meantime, brother Maurice Copeland worked his way through the ranks and reached the level of manager, but avoided the dangers somehow. But he found out about all of this and made his decision to fight against it. He says that the company in promoting him to manger, made a grave error thinking he might have been one for laying down and rolling over, and not fighting. Elder Maurice has got me thinking about the Spook sitting by the door! Check out the video and the newpaper article links, and learn about what a warrior brother looks like!
I’m honoring brother Maurice Copeland for being a fighter and not laying down when so many others would have. He’s still struggling against the cover up that happened. I found a blog post dated 12-20-2010 written ironically about that same Honeywell plant being awarded a pretigious award of some sort. Of course Brother Copeland wrote in a response denouncing this travesty by exposing the fact that there is a list of over 250 workers who have actually DIED because of the egregious wrongs committed by Honeywell. http://blogs.knoxnews.com/munger/2010/12/kansas_city_plant_gets_baldrid.html
He’s still fighting!