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Topic: Racism, Rape Culture, Social Inequities, etc.
Posted By: Organic
Subject: Racism, Rape Culture, Social Inequities, etc.
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:19pm
Family,

It is with great disquiet that there exists a need for this thread.

In effort to change the world (i.e. highlight social disparities among minorities/marginalized groups in American society), please post links in this thread that highlight the aforementioned inequities. basically, this thread would be a reference point. For what? Anything. School assignments. discussion over the turkey at Thanksgiving. Work. Individual enlightenment. Whatever works for you.

The inspiration for this thread is here: http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/cops-aint-shyt-another-one_topic336624.html" rel="nofollow - http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/cops-aint-shyt-another-one_topic336624.html

Specifically, incidences relating to:

  • African Americans/Black Americans/Black people 
  1. Lack of media coverage for kidnappings (Mitrice Richardson, etc.)
  2. Police brutality (couple in NY who had office plant drugs on them, Sean bell, Oscar Grant, et al.)
  • Women (rape culture)
  • War on women's healthcare (planned parenthood, access to birth control, sonograms for abortion, etc.)
  • White privilege

Feel free to add as needed.


Of course we don't want to jump the gun and scream from the rafters that every person of African descent is innocent, but an injustice is an injustice is an injustice...

I have had a hot toddy and may be a bit incoherent, so please excuse me.

Gracias




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Posted By: mellowkat01
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:21pm
Ok...I'll be the first to start...with the Trayvon Martin Successor (although he's thankfully still alive)

Here's the link to the video
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/03/howard-morgan-ex-cop-shot_n_1399834.html?ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices" rel="nofollow - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/03/howard-morgan-ex-cop-shot_n_1399834.html?ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices
Howard Morgan, Black Off-Duty Cop Shot 28 Times By White Chicago Officers, Faces Sentencing        
 
Howard Morgan Shot 28 Times
Howard Morgan.

As much of the country follows the Trayvon Martin case, activists in Chicago are hoping to bring some of that attention to Howard Morgan, a former Chicago police officer who was http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/11680969-452/chicago-has-its-own-trayvon-like-scandal.html" rel="nofollow - - officers -- and lived to tell his side of the story.

Morgan was off-duty as a detective for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad when http://www.suntimes.com/10292468-417/ex-cop-guilty-of-trying-to-kill-four-officers-during-traffic-stop.html" rel="nofollow - - as pulled over for driving the Chicago Sun-Times reports. While both police and Morgan agree on that much, what happened next is a mystery.

According to police, Morgan opened fire with his service weapon when officers tried to arrest him, which caused them to shoot him 28 times. His family, however, very much doubts those claims.

“Four white officers and one black Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad police man with his weapon on him — around the corner from our home — and he just decided to go crazy? No. That’s ludicrous,” Morgan's wife, Rosalind Morgan, told the Sun-Times.

She was not the only person to doubt CPD's side of the story. A http://www.change.org/petitions/please-help-us-free-howard-morgan" rel="nofollow - as then charged with attempted murder of the four white officers who brutalized him," Occupy wrote on their website, adding that http://occupychi.org/direct-action/event/final-rally-free-howard-morgan" rel="nofollow - - as found not guilty on three counts , including discharging his weapon. The same jury that cleared him of opening fire on the officers, however, deadlocked on a charge of attempted murder -- and another jury found him guilty in January.

That jury was not allowed to hear that Morgan had been acquitted of the other charges.

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Protesters and Morgan's family say the second trial amounted to double jeopardy, and claim officers http://www.change.org/petitions/please-help-us-free-howard-morgan" rel="nofollow - - the cHoward Morgan's van was crushed and destroyed without notice or cause before any forensic investigation could be done.

...

Howard Morgan was never tested for gun residue to confirm if he even fired a weapon on the morning in question.

The State never produced the actual bullet proof vest worn by one of the officers who claimed to have allegedly taken a shot directly into the vest on the morning in question. The State only produced a replica.

“If they can do this and eliminate double jeopardy and your constitutional rights, then my God, I fear for every Afro-American — whether they be male or female — in this corrupt unjust system,” Morgan's wife told the Sun-Times.

Howard Morgan will be sentenced Thursday. He http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-muckrakers/2012/04/barber-shop-preview-the-case-of-howard-morgan-gun-violence-and-police-accountability/" rel="nofollow -



Posted By: MsBMW
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:21pm
Thanks Organic for making this thread...Admin can you make this a sticky please 


Posted By: nitabug
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:23pm
They need a section for this stuff.

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Posted By: mellowkat01
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:24pm
Originally posted by mellowkat01 mellowkat01 wrote:

Ok...I'll be the first to start...with the Trayvon Martin Successor (although he's thankfully still alive)

Here's the link to the video
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/03/howard-morgan-ex-cop-shot_n_1399834.html?ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices" rel="nofollow - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/03/howard-morgan-ex-cop-shot_n_1399834.html?ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices
Howard Morgan, Black Off-Duty Cop Shot 28 Times By White Chicago Officers, Faces Sentencing        
 
Howard Morgan Shot 28 Times
Howard Morgan.

As much of the country follows the Trayvon Martin case, activists in Chicago are hoping to bring some of that attention to Howard Morgan, a former Chicago police officer who was http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/11680969-452/chicago-has-its-own-trayvon-like-scandal.html" rel="nofollow - - officers -- and lived to tell his side of the story.

Morgan was off-duty as a detective for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad when http://www.suntimes.com/10292468-417/ex-cop-guilty-of-trying-to-kill-four-officers-during-traffic-stop.html" rel="nofollow - - as pulled over for driving the Chicago Sun-Times reports. While both police and Morgan agree on that much, what happened next is a mystery.

According to police, Morgan opened fire with his service weapon when officers tried to arrest him, which caused them to shoot him 28 times. His family, however, very much doubts those claims.

“Four white officers and one black Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad police man with his weapon on him — around the corner from our home — and he just decided to go crazy? No. That’s ludicrous,” Morgan's wife, Rosalind Morgan, told the Sun-Times.

She was not the only person to doubt CPD's side of the story. A http://www.change.org/petitions/please-help-us-free-howard-morgan" rel="nofollow - as then charged with attempted murder of the four white officers who brutalized him," Occupy wrote on their website, adding that http://occupychi.org/direct-action/event/final-rally-free-howard-morgan" rel="nofollow - - as found not guilty on three counts , including discharging his weapon. The same jury that cleared him of opening fire on the officers, however, deadlocked on a charge of attempted murder -- and another jury found him guilty in January.

That jury was not allowed to hear that Morgan had been acquitted of the other charges.

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Protesters and Morgan's family say the second trial amounted to double jeopardy, and claim officers http://www.change.org/petitions/please-help-us-free-howard-morgan" rel="nofollow - - the cHoward Morgan's van was crushed and destroyed without notice or cause before any forensic investigation could be done.

...

Howard Morgan was never tested for gun residue to confirm if he even fired a weapon on the morning in question.

The State never produced the actual bullet proof vest worn by one of the officers who claimed to have allegedly taken a shot directly into the vest on the morning in question. The State only produced a replica.

“If they can do this and eliminate double jeopardy and your constitutional rights, then my God, I fear for every Afro-American — whether they be male or female — in this corrupt unjust system,” Morgan's wife told the Sun-Times.

Howard Morgan will be sentenced Thursday. He http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-muckrakers/2012/04/barber-shop-preview-the-case-of-howard-morgan-gun-violence-and-police-accountability/" rel="nofollow - ....

         .....SHOT 28X BY FOUR YT COWARDLY BASTARDS FELLOW COPS Angry

                ......HE ACTUALLY LIVED..... Shocked Clap

             ......BUT BECAUSE THE COPS TRIED TO COVER THEIR ASS LIKE IN THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE Angry

      .......... HE IS ABOUT TO GET 80 YRS FOR SOMETHING HE DIDN'T DO Cry

A CONTEMPORARY CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IS AFOOT Y'ALL ! Exclamation



Posted By: mellowkat01
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:24pm
Originally posted by MsBMW MsBMW wrote:

Thanks Organic for making this thread...Admin can you make this a sticky please 


Yes ! Thanks Organic !!

ADMINS PLEASE STICKY THIS THREAD !!!


Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:39pm
Originally posted by nitabug nitabug wrote:

They need a section for this stuff.


Yea - how do we go about getting one?

Admin, whats the price?


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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:39pm
how do you quote articles without it coming through as a huge giant sea of words.

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Posted By: JasmineE02
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:41pm
Originally posted by nitabug nitabug wrote:

They need a section for this stuff.


I like it being in TTT, so people have to see it.


Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:41pm
You have my full attention. Give me a few days and I'll come back in this thread and participate as best I can. BTW, if we want to turn the thread into a sticky, we all have to e-mail mod5 to make it happen. That's what we did for the other thread.
 
And I agree with Nitabug. They need to add a new section pertaining exclusively to civil rights. Hopefully we can drum up interest on BHM regarding this issue and push to make it happen.
 
@Organic : lay off the rum, girl! We don't need one of our resident super activists laid flat by the drink! LOL
 
I'ma turn in for the night. Talk to y'all soon!


Posted By: Lite Brite
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:42pm
Blacks are overrepresented in involuntary psychiatric hospitalization rates. I wrote a paper on this before that I'll try to find. Most of the sources come from psych journals I don't have access to anymore, but i'll try to find some regular links
 
Blacks are also misdiagnosed as having schizophrenia at a high rate.
 
A lot of it is due to socieconomic disparities, ease of access etc. A major reason for the misdiagnosis is due to a huge lack of multicultural education/training of the psychiatrists and psychologists. They need to do better in making it mandatory to have a number of courses on this in all psych programs
 


Posted By: mellowkat01
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:42pm
Originally posted by JasmineE02 JasmineE02 wrote:



I like it being in TTT, so people have to see it.


Agreed. Thumbs Up


Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 10:47pm

This case literally sickened me to my stomach.


Two New York City Police Officers Acquitted of Rape
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/nyregion/two-new-york-city-police-officers-acquitted-of-rape.html?pagewanted=all" rel="nofollow -
After the verdict, from right, Officers Franklin Mata and Kenneth Moreno, and Joseph Tacopina, Officer Moreno's lawyer.

A jury acquitted two New York police officers on Thursday of charges that they raped a drunken woman after helping her into her apartment while on patrol.

The woman had described snippets of a harrowing night in which the officers, called to help her because she was extremely intoxicated, instead abused her. They insisted no rape occurred, with one allowing only that he snuggled with her while she wore nothing but a bra.

The verdict brings to an end a criminal case that drew outrage across the city when the officers were indicted in 2009, and provides some measure of vindication for the officers, http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/m/kenneth_moreno/index.html?inline=nyt-per" rel="nofollow - Kenneth Moreno and http://nyti.ms/kWNTfi" rel="nofollow - Franklin Mata .

The officers were convicted of three counts of official misconduct for entering the woman’s apartment, but the jury found them not guilty of all other charges, including burglary and falsifying business records. The Police Department said the officers were fired Thursday.

For http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/v/cyrus_r_vance_jr/index.html?inline=nyt-per" rel="nofollow - Cyrus R. Vance Jr. , the Manhattan district attorney, the verdict was an unsatisfying conclusion. The decision, after a trial that lasted almost two months, also comes at a critical juncture for an office that is navigating the biggest case of Mr. Vance’s brief tenure: the sexual-assault charges against http://nyti.ms/mJkZx3" rel="nofollow - Dominique Strauss-Kahn , the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

The jury’s decision also underscores the difficulty of obtaining favorable results for women who say they were sexually assaulted, and who often are http://nyti.ms/lI3Zd9" rel="nofollow - subjected to scrutiny and skepticism that keep many of them from speaking out. In this case, defense lawyers pounced on the credibility of the woman because she was very drunk on the night in question and did not remember many details.

After the verdict, Officer Moreno said outside the courthouse that his accuser, who has a $57 million lawsuit pending against the city and the officers, was “mistaken and confused,” and that “she made the whole thing up.”

But the officer, who appeared tense and tight-faced, also said he was not angry.

“I’m glad it’s over,” he said. “It’s a lesson and a win.”

When a reporter asked Officer Moreno what he meant by lesson, his lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, interjected, saying, “Well, we’ll just leave it at that.”

Both officers could face up to a year in jail on each count when they are sentenced on June 28 before Justice Gregory Carro of State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

The case presented a formidable challenge for prosecutors: there was no http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/d/dna_evidence/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier" rel="nofollow - DNA evidence suggesting that either officer had committed a sexual act.

The jurors, who reached their verdict on their seventh day of deliberations, left the courthouse without commenting, and most reached for comment later declined to do so.

One juror, Richard Schimenti, said there was not enough evidence to prove that a rape had occurred.

“I did think that they might have had sex, but that doesn’t mean that they did have sex,” he said. “There is nothing to substantiate this. There’s no DNA, there’s no proof in any way that they had sex.”

Mr. Schimenti said he believed the prosecution was hampered by the accuser’s memory loss.

“It was very hard to make a leap to charge people with rape when the principal person in the trial didn’t remember so many things,” he said.

As the verdict was read, Officer Mata looked straight ahead, while Officer Moreno cast his eyes downward, placing his fingertips on his lips.

After the verdict was delivered, Officer Moreno’s mother, Aida Moreno-Ruiz, called a relative from her cellphone. “Hey, Freddy,” she said. “It’s over. It’s over. Not guilty.”

She said in an interview that she knew her son was “not capable of doing something so ugly.”

“Thank God it’s over and the truth came out,” she said.

Mr. Tacopina, who tried the case along with Chad Seigel and Officer Mata’s lawyer, Edward J. Mandery, called it one of his biggest victories.

“These guys were publicly presumed guilty more so than any other case I’ve been involved in,” Mr. Tacopina said in an interview. “These guys were called ‘rape cops’ before the trial even started.”

While many people thought a conviction would be a formality, Mr. Tacopina added, “I believed in this guy and we believed in these guys since Day 1.”

Nonetheless, the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, said Thursday that the officers would be fired immediately. (They had been suspended with pay.)

“The guilty verdicts involved violations of the officers’ oaths of office and, as a result, warrant immediate termination,” Mr. Kelly said.

More than 35 witnesses testified at the trial, which was highlighted by combative, dramatic cross-examination between Coleen Balbert, an assistant district attorney, and the officers.

Prosecutors had accused Officer Mata, 29, of standing guard while Officer Moreno had sex with the woman. She was so sick that the officers should have called an ambulance, prosecutors said, while the defense argued that the woman, though drunk, was walking and talking.

After initially helping the woman into her apartment, the officers were captured by surveillance cameras as they re-entered the woman’s East Village building three times.

Officer Moreno, 43, testified that he was a recovering alcoholic and had developed a rapport with the woman that night, when she confided in him that her friends were angry at her because she drank too much. The two flirted, he sang Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to her and she actually came onto him, wearing nothing but a bra, he said. He testified that he kissed the woman on the forehead and snuggled with her in her bed, but insisted they did not have sex.

But the woman, now 29 and living in California, told a much different story of what happened on that night in December 2008.

The woman, who was drinking heavily at a Brooklyn bar to celebrate a job promotion, conceded that she had blacked out many details of the evening, although she insisted she did not have a drinking problem. Still, she testified to vivid memories of hearing police radios crackling and Velcro tearing open, of feeling her tights being rolled down, and then of being penetrated as she lay dazed, face down on her bed.

Susan Xenarios, director of the Crime Victims Treatment Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, said she was unhappy but not surprised by the verdict. She said she felt that the jurors placed some responsibility for what happened on the woman, a common hurdle in rape cases.

“I know that these cases are so” complicated, said Ms. Xenarios, who has worked with rape victims for about four decades. “Because of her incapacitation, it just made everything so much more complicated.”






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Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 11:02pm

Ultrasound Abortion Bill Nears Vote in Virginia


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/us/virginia-bill-requiring-ultrasound-before-abortion-nears-vote.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/us/virginia-bill-requiring-ultrasound-before-abortion-nears-vote.html

RICHMOND, Va. — A bill requiring a woman to get an http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/test/ultrasound/overview.html?inline=nyt-classifier" rel="nofollow - ultrasound before having an http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/surgery/abortion/overview.html?inline=nyt-classifier" rel="nofollow - abortion is poised to pass Virginia’s legislature this week, placing it on track to be signed into law by Gov. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/robert_f_mcdonnell/index.html?inline=nyt-per" rel="nofollow - Bob McDonnell .

http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/295207-virginia-hb462.html" rel="nofollow - The bill , which could pass the Republican-led House of Delegates as early as Tuesday, is one of the stronger ultrasound laws passed by states in recent years. If it is adopted, Virginia will become the eighth state to require ultrasounds before abortions, a rule that anti-abortion forces hope will cause some women to change their minds but that women’s advocates call an effort to shame women and interfere with their privacy. The Senate, which is split evenly along party lines, narrowly adopted the bill this month.

Mr. McDonnell, a Republican who sponsored similar legislation when he was a lawmaker, initially voiced strong support. But the bill has drawn intense public attention, and a spokesman struck a more muted tone over the weekend, a shift that opponents said could mean that the governor might amend it before signing it. A throng of the bill’s opponents held a vigil outside the Statehouse on Monday in protest.

“If the bill passes, he will review it, in its final form, at that time,” said the spokesman, Martin Tucker. In Virginia, a governor can amend a bill after final passage by the legislature.

The nature and tone of legislation is particularly important for Mr. McDonnell, political analysts say, because he is seen as a possible contender for vice president on the Republican ticket and could be calculating how the bill will be perceived by a national audience.

Requiring ultrasounds before abortions has become one of the principal tactics of the anti-abortion movement, with similar rules now in effect in seven states and being held up by legal challenges in two more — Oklahoma and North Carolina.

While the Virginia bill does require an ultrasound, it does not require the woman to view it, making it less strict than laws in Texas and Oklahoma, where the doctor must place the screen in front of the woman.

In its current form, Virginia’s bill requires that the ultrasound find and monitor the fetal heartbeat and provide an image of the shape of the fetus. As in other states with ultrasound laws, this will often require a probe to be inserted into the vagina. The nonintrusive http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/test/abdominal-ultrasound/overview.html?inline=nyt-classifier" rel="nofollow - abdominal ultrasound , on the other hand, often cannot capture the fetus at its small size in the first trimester, when most abortions are performed.

Vaginal ultrasounds are often performed by doctors before abortions anyway, but opponents say that the legal act of requiring it for nonmedical reasons is a violation of the doctor-patient relationship. http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/014f2f536999a31885256c0d005171db/51b20fa834aec7678525753500606f67?OpenDocument" rel="nofollow - Delegate Charniele L. Herring , a Democrat who opposes the bill, said the requirement that the probe be inserted vaginally was tantamount to “state-sponsored http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/specialtopic/rape/overview.html?inline=nyt-classifier" rel="nofollow - rape .”

Anti-abortion groups say that it is a tool for “informed consent,” and that they hope some women will be deterred when they see or hear about the physical traits of the developing fetus.

As in other states, Virginia’s rule would impose a 24-hour wait between the ultrasound and the abortion, which critics say adds unnecessary expense and inconvenience. It would also require that a printout of the ultrasound image be placed in a woman’s medical record, whether or not she wants to view it. Critics also say that in the current bill, the cost of the ultrasound will be borne by the woman.

“This is a forced bodily intrusion, and it could be going against a doctor’s better judgment,” said http://www.naralva.org/about-us/staff.shtml" rel="nofollow - Tarina Keene , executive director of Naral Pro-Choice Virginia. “If a woman says she doesn’t want to have an ultrasound, she shouldn’t have to have one.”

http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/014f2f536999a31885256c0d005171db/1771bfb5ba7e8fa9852570d2005e9e70?OpenDocument" rel="nofollow - Delegate Bob Marshall , a Republican who plans to vote for the bill, contends that the argument does not ring true because the abortion itself is far more invasive.

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 11:05pm
Woman unhappy with care at St. Mary's hospital is arrested for trespassing, dies in jail



Quote Richmond Heights police officers stand with patient Anna Brown, who sits on the floor inside St. Mary's Health Center telling the officers she did not need to leave because she did not receive adequate care for the pain in her legs Thursday, Sept. 21, 2011. A short time later Police arrested Brown for trespassing and resisting arrest. Still frame from surveillance video obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Richmond Heights Police Department via Sunshine Request.


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Quote RICHMOND HEIGHTS • Anna Brown wasn’t leaving the emergency room quietly.

She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary’s Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn’t stand.

She had already been to two other hospitals that week in September, complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle.

This time, she refused to leave.

A police officer arrested Brown for trespassing. He wheeled her out in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up.

Brown was 29. A mother who had lost custody of two children. Homeless. On Medicaid. And, an autopsy later revealed, dying from blood clots that started in her legs, then lodged in her lungs.

She told officers she couldn’t get out of the police car, so they dragged her by her arms into the station. They left her lying on the concrete floor of a jail cell, moaning and struggling to breathe. Just 15 minutes later, a jail worker found her cold to the touch.

Officers suspected Brown was using drugs. Autopsy results showed she had no drugs in her system.


http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/woman-unhappy-with-care-at-st-mary-s-hospital-is/article_ed640f3d-64a0-516c-88ff-fb770b5e9677.html?mode=story" rel="nofollow - full article

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Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 11:07pm

Arizona Employers 'Could Fire Female Workers For Using Birth Control Pills' If HB 2625 Bill Is Passed

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/14/arizona-employers-could-fire-female-workers-for-using-birth-control-pills-if-hb2625-bill-is-passed_n_1344104.html" rel="nofollow -
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/14/arizona-employers-could-fire-female-workers-for-using-birth-control-pills-if-hb2625-bill-is-passed_n_1344104.html



A proposed law in Arizona could apparently allow employers the right to fire female workers for using birth control pills.

The Republican-backed http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/50leg/2r/bills/hb2625h.htm&Session_ID=107" rel="nofollow - HB 2625 bill would allow bosses to ask women whether they are using contraception and even demand provide proof they are using the pills for non-sexual reasons.

Employers would also have the option to deny women contraception coverage if they are morally or ethically opposed to it, http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/national/employers-could-ask-why-women-are-on-the-pill" rel="nofollow - ABC 2News reported.

The bill was drafted by female state legislator http://debbielesko.com/" rel="nofollow - Debbie Lesko , who believes employers should not have to pay for insurance for contraceptives if it conflicts with their moral values.

She said: http://politics.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981185719" rel="nofollow - “I believe we live in America. We don't live in the Soviet Union.

"So, government should not be telling the organisations or mom and pop employers to do something against their moral beliefs...My whole legislation is about our First Amendment rights and freedom of religion. All my bill does is that an employer can opt out of the mandate if they have any religious objections."

The bill has already been passed in the house and a Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on its way to the full State Senate.

Arizona law currently allows religious employers to deny contraceptive coverage at their discretion. The new proposals would allow all businesses the same rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union has started a https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4203" rel="nofollow - petition calling for the Arizona Senate to kill the bill.

It says: "This bill is about discrimination, plain and simple. It is about taking away a woman's access to basic health services. We know this bill isn't about religious freedom.

"Real religious freedom gives everyone the right to make personal decisions, including whether and when to use birth control, based on our own beliefs. It doesn't give the boss at a non-religious business the right to impose his or her beliefs."

The current law says: “A religious employer shall not discriminate against an employee who independently chooses to obtain insurance coverage or prescriptions for contraceptives from another source.”

But as http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/EJMontini/157343" rel="nofollow - azcentral points out, the provision has been removed from the HB 2625 bill, indicating that not only can employers opt out of providing contraception insurance, but they are also off the hook in terms of discriminating against workers who source their own birth control.

As blogger E J Montini asks: “Doesn’t that open up the possibility of discrimination or firing?”

The ACLU adds: "This bill takes away existing protections that prevent employers from firing or otherwise punishing employees for using contraception."

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 11:08pm
87% Of People Stopped And Frisked By The NYPD In 2011 Were Black And Hispanic



Quote Now this is interesting and crazy at the same time. The Wall Street Journal reports that NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk reached an all time high last year (2011) with just about 684,330 stopped and questioned. What is more alarming is that 87% of those folks happen to be Black and Hispanic. Here are some stats:

And who was it that got stop-and-frisked the most? 92 percent of those stopped were males, and 87 percent of those stopped were black or Hispanic, a glaring disparity considering blacks and Hispanics make up only 59 percent of the city’s population. Just 12 percent of those stopped were arrested. “Last year alone, the NYPD stopped enough totally innocent New Yorkers to fill Madison Square Garden more than 30 times over,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. “It is not a crime to walk down the street in New York City, yet every day innocent black and brown New Yorkers are turned into suspects for doing just that. It is a stunning abuse of power that undermines trust between police and the community.”


http://www.thelifefiles.com/2012/02/14/87-of-people-stopped-and-frisked-by-the-nypd-are-black-and-hispanic/" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 11:14pm
Black men over-diagnosed with schizophrenia, University of Michigan research says

Quote New University of Michigan research indicates black men are over-diagnosed with schizophrenia at least five times higher than any other group, a trend that dates back to the 1960s.

Jonathan Metzl, an associate professor of psychiatry and women’s studies, examined archives of Ionia State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and learned that black men, mainly from Detroit during the civil rights era, were taken there and often misdiagnosed with schizophrenia.

“Some patients became schizophrenic because of changes in their diagnosis rather than their clinical symptoms,” Metzl, a 2008 Guggenheim award recipient, said in a press release.

Events at Ionia mirrored national conversations that linked the disease with blackness, madness and civil rights, Metzl said.

How the psychiatric profession defined schizophrenia also changed during that period. From the 1920s to 1940s, doctors considered the illness as affecting non-violent white individuals - mainly women - but later changed the language to violent, hostile, angry and aggressive as a way to label black men, Metzl said in the release.

“It’s an easy thing to say this was racism, but it’s a much more complicated story … that’s still playing out in present day,” said Metzl, director of U-M’s Culture, Health and Medicine Program.

Despite increased efforts for cultural competency training, over-diagnosis of schizophrenia in black men has remained, the release said.

Metzl’s findings appear in the new book, “The Protest Psychosis How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease.”



http://www.annarbor.com/news/black-men-over-diagnosed-with-schizophrenia-university-of-michigan-research-says/" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 11:19pm
Black Students Are Three Times More Likely to Be Suspended Than Their White Classmates



Quote As my third-grade son walked down a school hallway last week, a teacher stopped him and accused him of stealing something. He told her he didn't know anything about the incident, but she pressured him to confess. She even asked her students—who were also in the hallway and heard the whole exchange—if they thought he was the thief.

It's tempting to write off the incident as one educator's lapse of judgment, but, in fact, my son's experience is a symptom of a larger pattern of discrimination in our nation's schools. Data released this week by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights provides hard evidence of prejudice against black and Latino students in America's education system.

After surveying 72,000 schools—collectively serving 85 percent of the nation's students—the Civil Rights Data Collection found that although black children comprise just 18 percent of students, they represent 35 percent of suspensions and 39 percent of expulsions. They’re three-and-a-half times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers. Seventy percent of students arrested or referred to police are black or Latino.

It's not that these kids misbehave more often than students from other backgrounds. Research has shown that black students are disciplined more severely than white students, even when they commit less-serious offenses. Teachers often dole out harsh consequences to black kids for perceived crimes, like "having an attitude" or "not respecting authority." I've observed classrooms in which teachers sent black children—especially boys—to the office for talking out of turn or getting up to sharpen a pencil without asking permission, while white kids saw no consequences for the same actions.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told reporters this week that the CRDC data shows that "the everyday educational experience for too many students of color violates the principle of equity at the heart of the American promise." That's a start, but other educators have addressed the problem in far more direct terms.

"Our discipline numbers are horribly skewed, and any given day you can visit the in-house suspension room of a high school and see a disproportionate amount of black youth sitting there not learning," says Kelly Wickham, an assistant principal in Springfield, Illinois. Wickham says she used to work at a school in which the librarian stood at her door during passing periods so she could stop black boys with sagging pants to write them up. "These kids see the injustices and call racism where they see it, only to be told that they're playing the race card," she says. "White teachers seem more interested in making them obey than they are in teaching them."

The CRDC data shows black children are also more likely to be retained and labeled as special needs. Forty-nine percent of third graders nationwide who were retained at the end of the 2009-10 school year were black. By fourth grade, that number climbed to 56 percent.

Los Angeles-based writer Britni Danielle, a former middle-school teacher, says black and Latino boys are often written off in public schools before they get a chance to prove their abilities. "Some teachers are afraid of them and will do anything to get them out of the class," she says. Danielle's son's first-grade teacher recently told her that her child is struggling in almost every subject. But the teacher's report didn't match up with what Danielle sees him doing at home—because of her background in education, she knows that her son’s challenges with learning to read aren't unusual for a child his age. She says black and Latino parents must take control of their children's education themselves and use classroom education as a backup plan. "Don't even think the teacher will help them do better," she says. "Assume they won't."

The teacher who accused my son of stealing might not be consciously discriminating against him, but that doesn’t change her impact: He was afraid to go to school, afraid she might corner him in the hallway and try to force him to say he stole. And I know this won't be the last time my son will be treated in a discriminatory way in a school system in which only 40 percent of black males graduate. "It's a systemic issue that comes with delicate conversations and racially centered solutions," Wickham says.

Wickham believes the CRCD data has to be "front and center" so that all stakeholders can take honest looks at their actions and develop real solutions. Teachers and administrators who care about equality need to "fight this battle amongst their own colleagues," she says. If that begins to happen—if we all work toward the cause of equity and excellence at our schools—the next round of OCR data might reflect a different story.

Photo via (cc) via Flickr user John Steven Fernandez


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Posted By: TokyoRose
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 11:20pm
It's convenient for whites to believe that racism is somehow in the imaginations of the people who experience it on a daily basis.  This is why I tell white people that they don't get to decide what is racist and what is not, because that is racist in itself--to shape MY reality and to tell ME that what I am experiencing is all in my head.

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 11:27pm
Race, Skin Color and Candidate Preference

http://www.uky.edu/AS/PoliSci/Peffley/pdf/Weaver%20Race,%20Skin%20Color,%20and%20Candidate%20Preference.pdf" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 11:36pm
Black Women Perceived as Being More White Receive Judicial Leniency in the United States

Quote Despite the incessant, ignorant harping in the United States media about how this country has entered a "post-racial era," i.e. racial discrimination is no longer a major problem, it is in fact a continuing and serious issue. Among the large body of damning evidence is that of racial disparities in the judicial system, e.g. who gets sent to jail or prison and for how long.

For example, blacks are over-represented by a factor of three in jail and prison relative to their proportion of the population (40% of inmates yet only 13% of the population). This is well-known (or should be well-known) in the United States, but less well-known is discrimination within racial groups, e.g. based on skin tone.

Plenty of research has shown that blacks with a lighter skin tone have a greater chance of success in life. This crosses over into the judicial system: black males (e.g. in Mississippi) with a lighter skin tone receive a more lenient prison sentence than those with a darker skin tone.

Is the same true for black women? Given the facts that black men are stereotyped as violent, black women are stereotyped as lazy, and attractive convicts receive more lenient sentences, it's challenging to speculate as to whether black women experience similar intra-racial disparities in the United States judicial system as black men.

Jill Viglione (Villanova University, United States) and coworkers have investigated the role of skin tone on sentencing and time served among a large group of recent black female prison convicts. They found that a lighter skin tone correlates with a significantly shorter sentence and earlier release.

This research is complimentary to a 2010 study which investigated possible racism among devoted basketball fans, and experimental confirmation of the "broken window theory" in 2008.

Tracking intra-racial disparities.

The scientists examined a group of over 12,000 black women prison convicts in North Carolina from 1995 through mid-2009. Of particular interest was the maximum possible servable term and the actual time served.

The North Carolina Department of Corrections tracks certain information about each inmate to faciliate prisoner identification in case of misconduct or escape. This information includes inmate hair color, eye color, height, weight, and body build.

Most relevant to this study, skin tone is also recorded. Light skin tone is assigned a code of 1, and dark skin tone is assigned a code of 0.

As noted by Viglione and coworkers, one can imagine that different correctional officers have different opinions as to what constitutes "light" and "dark" skin. However, this means that if a statistically significant correlation between skin tone and judicial outcomes is found, it's especially noteworthy due to the large inherent extent of noise in the data.

It turns out that only 4% of the black women were noted as possessing a light skin tone. This suggests that corrections officers viewed white women as the standard for a light skin tone.

However, due to the 12,000+ size of the total sample, this results in a large subset of black women (several hundred) designated as possessing a light skin tone. Women were excluded from the analysis if they had been sentenced prior to 1995, or had been sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The scientists also investigated other possibly relevant prisoner variables. These include correctional officer assessment of whether the women were "thin" upon incarceration, criminal background, the number of convictions at sentencing, conviction for robbery or homicide, misconducts during incarceration, and conviction date.

Skin tone and judicial outcomes.

Black women who were perceived as possessing a light skin tone were sentenced to roughly 12% less time in prison than those with a dark skin tone. Being thin, convicted more recently, not having prior convictions, and not being convicted of robbery or homicide were also correlated with shorter sentencing durations (approximately 32% of variance in the data).

Black women who were perceived as possessing a light skin tone served roughly 11% less time in prison than those with a dark skin tone. Being thin, convicted more recently, not having prior convictions, not being convicted of robbery or homicide, and not having disciplinary infractions while in prison were also correlated with less time served (approximately 28% of variance in the data).

Black women who were perceived as possessing a light skin tone received considerably more lenient sentences, and spent considerably less time in prison, than other black women. Other possible mitigating factors considered in the study cannot explain these results in their entirely, and a statistical analysis suggests that data outliers didn't alter the fundamental results.

In summary, being perceived as more white is correlated with significant judicial leniency among recent black women prison convicts in North Carolina.

Study limitations and concluding remarks.

A limitation of this study is that it did not rely on photographs, so other possible mitigating facial features (e.g. possessing a broad nose) were not considered. Furthermore, for the same reason, a quantitative analysis of skin tone vs judicial outcomes could not be performed.

Other judicial outcomes, e.g. probation time, could have also been considered. This and other analyses would add to a more complete assessment of judicial outcomes.

This proven correlation between skin tone and judicial outcomes doesn't absolutely prove that skin tone directly causes shorter sentences and earlier release for recent black female prison convicts in North Carolina ("correlation is not the same as causation"). However, it's hard for me to envision what these intervening factors may be, and there's clearly a strong link between the two.

NOTE: The scientists did not list any funding sources for their research.



http://www.nasw.org/users/mslong/2011/2011_05/Prison.htm" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 03 2012 at 11:40pm
Looking Deathworthy

Perceived Stereotypicality of Black Defendants Predicts Capital-Sentencing Outcomes


http://www.stanford.edu/group/mcslab/cgi-bin/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Looking-deathworthy.pdf" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 12:07am

US: House Bill Would Permit Hospitals to Let Women in Need of Care, Die


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/human-rights-watch/us-house-bill-would-permi_b_1010042.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/human-rights-watch/us-house-bill-would-permi_b_1010042.html

(Washington, DC) – The United States House of Representatives approved a bill on October 13, 2011, that would put women’s lives at risk, http://hrw.org/" rel="nofollow - Human Rights Watch said today. The bill, if it becomes law, would reverse longstanding federal policy requiring hospitals to provide life-saving care regardless of expense, Human Rights Watch said.

The Protect Life Act, HR 358, would amend the healthcare reform law to grant hospitals far-reaching powers to deny patients abortion care, without any exception for emergency situations. US law currently requires hospitals receiving federal funds to provide emergency care to anyone in need up to the point at which they can be stabilized or transferred, if the original hospital is incapable of providing the care they need.

“The misnamed Protect Life Act is about allowing women to die if they need an emergency abortion,” said http://www.hrw.org/bios/meghan-rhoad" rel="nofollow - Meghan Rhoad , women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “It is a vicious attack on women’s rights and on the most basic right to life.”

The bill passed 248 to 173, with no Republicans voting in opposition and 11 Democrats voting in favor. It is not expected to pass the US Senate, and the White House has indicated that the president would likely veto the bill were it to reach him.

The bill would also prohibit anyone receiving a federal subsidy for health insurance from using it to purchase a comprehensive insurance plan including abortion coverage, except in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest.

The Protect Life Act is one of a series of attempts to curtail women’s rights by the House of Representatives this session, Human Rights Watch said. These include initiatives to narrow the definition of rape, end funding for providers of basic women’s health services, and cut off assistance for critical international family planning programs.

Abortion services have been subject to a federal funding ban since 1977, except in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest. The majority of US states do not provide funding for abortion services that fall outside these exceptions. HR 358 would go farther by prohibiting people receiving federal healthcare subsidies from purchasing private comprehensive health insurance plans that cover abortion.

Because a safe abortion in the United States often costs between $500 and $1,500, an available safe procedure may remain out of reach for a woman if her insurance plan does not cover it, Human Rights Watch said. Low-income women may be forced to choose between carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term or taking desperate measures that could seriously jeopardize their health and lives.

“HR 358 would seriously undermine healthcare reform’s central objective of ensuring that Americans have access to care that can preserve their health and save their lives,” Rhoad said. “With the bill’s restrictions, women could be forced to continue pregnancies that threaten their health and even their lives.”





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Posted By: noneyons
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 12:17am
Black Vet, 68, Shot Dead

As the Trayvon Martin case draws national attention, another fatal shooting of an African-American male has received far less scrutiny. Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., a 68-year-old African-American Marine veteran, was fatally shot in November by White Plains, N.Y., police who responded to a false alarm from his medical alert pendant. The officers broke down Chamberlain’s door, tasered him, and then shot him dead.


On the morning of November 19th, Chamberlain, who has a heart condition, accidentally pressed the button on his medical alert system while sleeping. Responding to the alert, police officers from the city of White Plains, New York, arrived at Chamberlain’s apartment in a public housing complex shortly after 5 a.m. By the time the police left the apartment, Kenneth Chamberlain was dead, shot twice in the chest by a police officer inside his home. Police gained entry to Chamberlain’s apartment only after they took his front door off its hinges. Officers first shot him with a taser, then a beanbag shotgun, and then with live ammunition.


Police have insisted the use of force was warranted. They said Kenneth Chamberlain was emotionally disturbed and had pulled a knife on the officers. “The officers first used an electronic taser, which was discharged, hit the victim, and had no effect,” said David Chong, public safety commissioner in White Plains.”While the officers were retreating, the officers then used a shotgun, a beanbag shotgun.”


Relatives of Kenneth Chamberlain have questioned the police portrayal of events that led to his death, and they say audio and video recorded at the scene back up their case. According to the family, Kenneth Chamberlain can be heard on an audio recording of his call to the medical alert system operator saying, quote, "Please leave me alone. I’m 68 with a heart condition. Why are you doing this to me? Can you please leave me alone?" Officers allegedly responded by calling Chamberlain a racial slur while urging him to open the door. The audio recording of the incident has not been made public and remains in the possession of the Westchester District Attorney’s office.


In early December, Chamberlain, a retired marine, was buried with military honors. The family posted video of part of the ceremony. Several months after his death, the name of the officer who killed Kenneth Chamberlain has yet to be released. The DA has vowed to convene a grand jury to determine if any of the officers should face charges. The White Plains Police Department and the Westchester DA’s office declined to issue a comment for this report. Following is an excerpt of the interview by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on “Democracy Now!” with Chamberlain’s son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. He starts by describing the audio recorded of the incident by the medical alert system.


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Yes. He’s saying that he’s OK. He’s saying that he did not call for them. But they were very insistent. They were banging on the door, banging on the door, banging on the door. So you hear one of the officers say to him, "Well, you pushed your—you triggered your alarm now." He said, "That’s because I want you to leave me alone." And they just kept telling him, "Open the door. Open the door. Let us see that you’re all right." At some point, the door was cracked open, because the police officers have a taser that has a camera on it, and it also has audio. So you could see where the door was cracked open. So, once you’ve gotten a visual, and you’ve seen that my father is OK, and he’s telling you that he’s OK, why would you still insist on getting into the apartment? Which is the question that I have. And they weren’t responding to a crime. He was sleeping and accidentally triggered his alarm.


JUAN GONZALEZ: And the officers then did what?


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Ultimately, after using expletives and racial slurs, they broke down the door. You can see on the video from the taser that they fired a taser at him. And I’m assuming that both prongs didn’t go in. He stood about maybe eight to 10 feet away from them with his hands down to his side. And at one point, you hear one of the officers say, "Cut it off." And it was at that point they shot and killed my father.


AMY GOODMAN: They shot him with beanbag also?


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Well, we didn’t see that. So I can’t—I can’t confirm or deny that.


AMY GOODMAN: Did you hear what the police officers were saying, were shouting to him before they—did they take the door off the hinges?


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: They took it completely off the hinges.


AMY GOODMAN: To get in.


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Yes. There were no orders given to him once they knocked the door down, though, which you would have expected, that they would have given some type of verbal command and said, "Get down on the floor. Put your hands up. Get against the wall." None of those things were said.


JUAN GONZALEZ: And the allegation that he tried to attack them with a weapon first through the crack in the door and then once they got in the house?


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: I didn’t see that. I can’t say that it didn’t happen, but from the video that I’ve seen and from what I gathered from the audio, I didn’t see where my father attacked them. And he was inside his home, so where was the immediate threat?


AMY GOODMAN: What exactly did you hear your father say? He was inside the house as the police are coming inside, and the medical pendant company is recording all of this.


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: I’ve heard—I heard several things on there. One thing you hear is my father pleading with them to leave him alone. Excuse me. You hear him asking them why are they doing this to him. He says, "I’m a 68-year-old man with a heart condition. Why are you doing this to me? I know what you’re going to do: you’re going to come in here, and you’re going to kill me." You also hear him pleading with the officers again, over and over. And at one point, that’s when the expletive is used by one of the police officers.


AMY GOODMAN: What did they say?


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Where they say, "I don’t give a F." And then they use the N-word. And then, as I said, ultimately, they bust down the door. And it hurts because, as I said, it didn’t have to go to that point. You also hear the operators from the LifeAid company call the police station and say that they want to cancel the call, Mr. Chamberlain is OK. And at one point you hear the officer there at their central office say, "We’re not canceling anything." They say, "Call his son. Contact his son." And they say, "We’re not contacting anyone. We don’t need any mediators."

…I have his Marine ring, his veteran’s card. He was proud to be a marine. And even on the audio, you hear the police officers making fun of the fact that he was a marine. And—


AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean?


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: They asked my father to open the door. He refused. He said, "I’m not opening my door." They said something to the effect that they were going to knock it down. He said, "I won’t let you in." And he said "Semper Fi." So they said, "Oh, you’re a marine. Hoo-rah. Hoo-rah." And this is somebody that served this country. Why would you even say that to him? And my father always said, "Once a marine, always a marine," if he was ever in trouble and couldn’t get help from anybody else, to call on a marine. And a lot of those things come back now, where things that I had—just I thought went in one ear and right out the other, but in light of these things, when you hear the audio, when you look at the video, all of these things come back.
And in 45 years of me being on this earth, that was the very first time that I ever heard my father where he was pleading and begging for his life, someone who I looked at as being extremely strong, to hear him beg for his life, to say that this was his sworn testimony on the audio, which the police did not know that was being recorded. He said, "My name is Kenneth Chamberlain. This is my sworn testimony. White Plains police are going to come in here and kill me."


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Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 12:46am
Can we please make this a sticky ADMIN? This is one of the few places this topic is openly discussed.Smile

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Posted By: mellowkat01
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 1:11am
Originally posted by noneyons noneyons wrote:

Black Vet, 68, Shot Dead

As the Trayvon Martin case draws national attention, another fatal shooting of an African-American male has received far less scrutiny. Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., a 68-year-old African-American Marine veteran, was fatally shot in November by White Plains, N.Y., police who responded to a false alarm from his medical alert pendant. The officers broke down Chamberlain’s door, tasered him, and then shot him dead.


On the morning of November 19th, Chamberlain, who has a heart condition, accidentally pressed the button on his medical alert system while sleeping. Responding to the alert, police officers from the city of White Plains, New York, arrived at Chamberlain’s apartment in a public housing complex shortly after 5 a.m. By the time the police left the apartment, Kenneth Chamberlain was dead, shot twice in the chest by a police officer inside his home. Police gained entry to Chamberlain’s apartment only after they took his front door off its hinges. Officers first shot him with a taser, then a beanbag shotgun, and then with live ammunition.


Police have insisted the use of force was warranted. They said Kenneth Chamberlain was emotionally disturbed and had pulled a knife on the officers. “The officers first used an electronic taser, which was discharged, hit the victim, and had no effect,” said David Chong, public safety commissioner in White Plains.”While the officers were retreating, the officers then used a shotgun, a beanbag shotgun.”


Relatives of Kenneth Chamberlain have questioned the police portrayal of events that led to his death, and they say audio and video recorded at the scene back up their case. According to the family, Kenneth Chamberlain can be heard on an audio recording of his call to the medical alert system operator saying, quote, "Please leave me alone. I’m 68 with a heart condition. Why are you doing this to me? Can you please leave me alone?" Officers allegedly responded by calling Chamberlain a racial slur while urging him to open the door. The audio recording of the incident has not been made public and remains in the possession of the Westchester District Attorney’s office.


In early December, Chamberlain, a retired marine, was buried with military honors. The family posted video of part of the ceremony. Several months after his death, the name of the officer who killed Kenneth Chamberlain has yet to be released. The DA has vowed to convene a grand jury to determine if any of the officers should face charges. The White Plains Police Department and the Westchester DA’s office declined to issue a comment for this report. Following is an excerpt of the interview by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on “Democracy Now!” with Chamberlain’s son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. He starts by describing the audio recorded of the incident by the medical alert system.


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Yes. He’s saying that he’s OK. He’s saying that he did not call for them. But they were very insistent. They were banging on the door, banging on the door, banging on the door. So you hear one of the officers say to him, "Well, you pushed your—you triggered your alarm now." He said, "That’s because I want you to leave me alone." And they just kept telling him, "Open the door. Open the door. Let us see that you’re all right." At some point, the door was cracked open, because the police officers have a taser that has a camera on it, and it also has audio. So you could see where the door was cracked open. So, once you’ve gotten a visual, and you’ve seen that my father is OK, and he’s telling you that he’s OK, why would you still insist on getting into the apartment? Which is the question that I have. And they weren’t responding to a crime. He was sleeping and accidentally triggered his alarm.


JUAN GONZALEZ: And the officers then did what?


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Ultimately, after using expletives and racial slurs, they broke down the door. You can see on the video from the taser that they fired a taser at him. And I’m assuming that both prongs didn’t go in. He stood about maybe eight to 10 feet away from them with his hands down to his side. And at one point, you hear one of the officers say, "Cut it off." And it was at that point they shot and killed my father.


AMY GOODMAN: They shot him with beanbag also?


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Well, we didn’t see that. So I can’t—I can’t confirm or deny that.


AMY GOODMAN: Did you hear what the police officers were saying, were shouting to him before they—did they take the door off the hinges?


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: They took it completely off the hinges.


AMY GOODMAN: To get in.


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Yes. There were no orders given to him once they knocked the door down, though, which you would have expected, that they would have given some type of verbal command and said, "Get down on the floor. Put your hands up. Get against the wall." None of those things were said.


JUAN GONZALEZ: And the allegation that he tried to attack them with a weapon first through the crack in the door and then once they got in the house?


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: I didn’t see that. I can’t say that it didn’t happen, but from the video that I’ve seen and from what I gathered from the audio, I didn’t see where my father attacked them. And he was inside his home, so where was the immediate threat?


AMY GOODMAN: What exactly did you hear your father say? He was inside the house as the police are coming inside, and the medical pendant company is recording all of this.


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: I’ve heard—I heard several things on there. One thing you hear is my father pleading with them to leave him alone. Excuse me. You hear him asking them why are they doing this to him. He says, "I’m a 68-year-old man with a heart condition. Why are you doing this to me? I know what you’re going to do: you’re going to come in here, and you’re going to kill me." You also hear him pleading with the officers again, over and over. And at one point, that’s when the expletive is used by one of the police officers.


AMY GOODMAN: What did they say?


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Where they say, "I don’t give a F." And then they use the N-word. And then, as I said, ultimately, they bust down the door. And it hurts because, as I said, it didn’t have to go to that point. You also hear the operators from the LifeAid company call the police station and say that they want to cancel the call, Mr. Chamberlain is OK. And at one point you hear the officer there at their central office say, "We’re not canceling anything." They say, "Call his son. Contact his son." And they say, "We’re not contacting anyone. We don’t need any mediators."

…I have his Marine ring, his veteran’s card. He was proud to be a marine. And even on the audio, you hear the police officers making fun of the fact that he was a marine. And—


AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean?


KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: They asked my father to open the door. He refused. He said, "I’m not opening my door." They said something to the effect that they were going to knock it down. He said, "I won’t let you in." And he said "Semper Fi." So they said, "Oh, you’re a marine. Hoo-rah. Hoo-rah." And this is somebody that served this country. Why would you even say that to him? And my father always said, "Once a marine, always a marine," if he was ever in trouble and couldn’t get help from anybody else, to call on a marine. And a lot of those things come back now, where things that I had—just I thought went in one ear and right out the other, but in light of these things, when you hear the audio, when you look at the video, all of these things come back.
And in 45 years of me being on this earth, that was the very first time that I ever heard my father where he was pleading and begging for his life, someone who I looked at as being extremely strong, to hear him beg for his life, to say that this was his sworn testimony on the audio, which the police did not know that was being recorded. He said, "My name is Kenneth Chamberlain. This is my sworn testimony. White Plains police are going to come in here and kill me."


Cry



am I the only one that thinks all these brutal racist incidents happening is just too surreal, especially for the so-called "post-racial" 21st century ? Shocked

It's like traveling through a time warp...

 and these are supposed to be law-enforcement officials, Just terrifying a 68 y.o. man, calling him a N*gger, then busting down his door and killing him ? Angry

Bunch of uneducated COWARDS .... it so cowardly to GANG UP on one person, let alone a senior citizen...

What Goes Around WILL come around to those officers...BEST BELIEVE GOD ALWAYS GETS THEM BACK IN THE WORST POSSIBLE WAY Angry

Cry

Update: This case is going to a Grand Jury....but this is exactly what I mean....IS THIS GOD'S DIVINE TIMING TO EXPLOIT THE BRUTAL RACISM/WHITE PRIVILEGE IN THIS COUNTRY OR WHAT Y'ALL ? Shocked

Seems like it to me.








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Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 1:56am
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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 2:10am
Does Racism Cause Psychological and Emotional Injury?

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 2:12am
Persuasion and Resistance: Race and the Death Penalty in America

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Gg5YxnyQ01AJ:www.unc.edu/~fbaum/teaching/POLI891_Sp11/articles/AJPS-20007-Peffley.pdf+white+people+support+the+death+penalty+even+more+after+learning+racist+statistics&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEEShV6uYrgz3id_J7-UQnuNgU03_GsazEN_raV-_pXvdjiT2Oji63b7ZjhRmisEi5bFTCSUI4QSFFT9vzdRDTrDX3gdHoJ8mLSRGoR3YSAvHYZwDmU4NZVvLdZdvuxNNBB7McBK6P&sig=AHIEtbS3jxbPEnrn1PbFFstsJiucI04-Yg&pli=1" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 2:19am
Quote Color-blind racial ideology linked to racism, both online and offline

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Images from racial theme parties that are posted on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace not only elicit different reactions from different people based on their race and their attitudes toward diversity, they also represent an indirect way to express racist views about minorities, according to published research by a University of Illinois professor who studies the convergence of race and the Internet.

In a study that examined the associations between responses to racial theme party images on social networking sites and a color-blind racial ideology, Brendesha Tynes, a professor of educational psychology and of African American studies at Illinois, discovered that white students and those who rated highly in color-blind racial attitudes were more likely not to be offended by images from racially themed parties at which attendees dressed and acted as caricatures of racial stereotypes (for example, photos of students dressed in blackface make-up attending a “gangsta party” to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

“People who reported higher racial color-blind attitudes were more likely to be white, and more likely to condone or not be bothered by racial-theme party images,” Tynes said. “In fact, some even encouraged the photos by adding comments of their own such as ‘Where’s the Colt 45?’ or ‘Party like a rock star.’ ”

To conduct the study, Tynes showed 217 ethnically diverse college students images from racially themed parties and prompted them to respond as if they were writing on a friend’s Facebook or MySpace page.

“Since so much of campus life is moving online, we tried to mimic the online social network environment as much as we could,” Tynes said. “What we saw were people’s responses almost in real time.”

Fifty-eight percent of African-Americans were unequivocally bothered by the images, compared with only 21 percent of whites. The majority of white respondents (41 percent) were in the bothered-ambivalent group, and 24 percent were in the not bothered-ambivalent group.

In the written response portion of the study, the responses ranged from approval and nonchalance (“OMG!! I can’t believe you guys would think of that!!! Horrible … but kinda funny not gonna lie”) to mild opprobrium and outrage (“This is obscenely offensive”).

The students also were asked questions about their attitudes toward racial privilege, institutional discrimination and racial issues. Those who scored higher on the measure were more likely to hold color-blind racial attitudes, and were more likely to be ambivalent or not bothered by the race party photos.

Respondents low in racial color-blindness were much more vocal in expressing their displeasure and opposition to these images, and would even go so far as to “de-friend” someone over posting those images, Tynes said.

According to Tynes, a color-blind racial attitude is the prevailing racial ideology of the post-Civil Rights era, and is the view that seeing race is inherently wrong.

“If you subscribe to a color-blind racial ideology, you don’t think that race or racism exists, or that it should exist,” Tynes said. “You are more likely to think that people who talk about race and racism are the ones who perpetuate it. You think that racial problems are just isolated incidents and that people need to get over it and move on. You’re also not very likely to support affirmative action, and probably have a lower multi-cultural competence.”

Tynes, who recently was awarded a $1.4 million grant to study the effects of online racial discrimination by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said that along with the role children and adolescents play in producing online hate, her inspiration for the study was the numerous racially themed parties that occurred on college campuses across the country in 2007 and the resultant blowback when images from the parties were posted on Facebook and MySpace.

“I wanted to see whether color-blind racial attitudes played a role in condoning images,” she said. “What we found is that the color-blind ideal commonly socialized and valued among whites may actually be detrimental to race relations on college campuses.”

Tynes’ research also revealed an incongruence of reactions among white students that she’s dubbed “Facebook face.”

“To their friends, they would express mild approval of the party photos or just not discuss race,” Tynes said. “But in private, in a reaction that they thought their friends wouldn’t see, some students would let us know that they thought the image was racist or that it angered them. We think that it’s because whites have been socialized not to talk about race.”

While the anonymity of social network sites can contribute to indirect racism, Tynes also says that the very same websites can be used for good, not only by throwing light on what happens at racially themed parties, but also by crowd-sourcing users’ opposition to the parties.

“Just as people use Facebook and MySpace to post photos from the racial theme parties, others use it to criticize and protest against the parties and the images,” she said. “They would use it as a forum for long discussions about the implications of throwing these types of parties, and why they’re fundamentally wrong.”

Since a color-blind racial ideology is associated with endorsement of the racial theme party photos, Tynes says that mandatory courses on issues of racism and multicultural competence are necessary for students from elementary school through college.

Specifically, beginning in elementary school, texts should provide a more comprehensive view of American history and culture, not just focus primarily on whites.

“Simply telling people to celebrate diversity or multiculturalism or saying, generically, that we believe in tolerance isn’t sufficient,” Tynes said. “We need to teach people about structural racism, about the ways that race still shapes people’s life chances and how the media informs our attitudes toward race.”

Tynes and co-author Suzanne L. Markoe of the University of California, Los Angeles, published their research in the March issue of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.


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Posted By: soarlikecruz
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 8:41am
These titles are disgusting. People need to change


Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 9:47am
Link to Kfoxx's thread : http://forum3.blackhairmedia.com/caste-system-the-war-on-drugs-the-new-jim-crow_topic336536.html" rel="nofollow - http://forum3.blackhairmedia.com/caste-system-the-war-on-drugs-the-new-jim-crow_topic336536.html

Caste System: The War on Drugs = The New Jim Crow


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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:08am
Quote Cop gets named “Officer of the Year” for killing unarmed African-American student



Apparently police officers now get rewarded for killing unarmed college students while justice fades away like an idealistic pipe dream.

In a tragic series of events on October 17th of last year, Danroy “D.J.” Henry was fatally shot by a so-called peace officer. According to the official police story, Henry hit one officer with his car and was threatening the other officers’ life. In response apparently the only option was shooting the Pace University student three times.

Contrary to the official account, other Pace University students were in the car and reported the following,


“I remember everything. I was in the backseat of the car, we were in the fire lane, officer came up on the left and banged on DJ’s door, he indicated us to move, DJ followed instruction. He pulled off at a nice normal speed, not speeding; as he turned I remember the officer on the left comes and jumps out in front of the car, next thing I know…I see three holes in the windshield (and) the car came to a sudden stop. I saw the bullet holes in the windshield, then i heard DJ yell ‘they shot me! they shot me!”

Even if the official story is a more accurate picture of the events, this does not sound like any cause for a fatal shooting. Henry did not brandish a weapon or run over any police officers yet apparently in the eyes of the local police union, killing a young man for no reason deserves commemoration.

I find this thoroughly disgusting and I sincerely hope that the Department of Justice will make themselves useful and actually live up to their name. Usually the Department of Justice would be better off being called the Department of Injustice.

The association that awarded the officer responsible for murdering Henry defended it by saying,

In defense of their choice for the officer of the year, PBA President Matthew Listwan said, “The PBA’s Award is an expression of support for the dignified and professional manner in which Officer Hess has conducted himself throughout this ordeal, and most particularly, the very difficult aftermath of this tragic incident.”

Oh, well that is a lot better.

He wasn’t honored for killing him but honored for how he acted after he killed him. I guess showing no remorse and taking no responsibility for a senseless murder is “dignified and professional” in today’s law enforcement world.



http://endthelie.com/2011/04/14/cop-gets-named-officer-of-the-year-for-killing-unarmed-african-american-student/#axzz1psyNV7Xd" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:13am
Quote Cop freed after only 11 months for shooting an unarmed, prone man in the back

A white former San Francisco Bay area transit officer convicted of the fatal shooting of an black unarmed black man on an Oakland train station platform was released from jail early Monday after serving 11 months of a two-year sentence, officials said.

[...]

A judge ruled Friday that Mehserle should be given credit for time served and good conduct.

Mehserle, 29, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last July in the shooting death of Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009. The incident was recorded by bystanders, and video posted online showed the Bay Area Rapid Transit officer firing a bullet into the back of Grant, 22, as he lay face down after being pulled off a train, suspected of fighting.

The videos were subsequently used as evidence during Mehserle’s murder trial and posted online, further stoking the racial tensions brought on by the shooting.

Facing a second-degree murder charge and a maximum 14 years in prison, Mehserle tearfully testified at his trial that he meant to use his stun gun instead of his .40-caliber pistol.




http://endthelie.com/2011/06/13/cop-freed-after-only-11-months-for-shooting-an-unarmed-prone-man-in-the-back/#axzz1psyNV7Xd" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:18am
Quote

Trenton Police Shoot, Kill Unarmed Black Man who 'acted in a threatening manner

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011 AT 01:07AM

TRENTON — Three Trenton police officers shot and killed an unarmed man after police say the man raised his hand as if he had a gun. The man was identified as 31-year-old Corey Brown of Trenton.

Police responded to a report of an assault in progress about 1:20 a.m. Monday and were advised the suspect might be armed. They saw Brown walking from the area. Police say Brown put his hand into waistband as if he had a weapon and ignored officers' commands to show his hands. The officers fired when Brown raised his hand as if he had a gun. After he raised his hands, all three officers fired at least once, police said. Thus far, the media has not talked to any witnesses.

Police also said that a woman had approached Brown in an attempt to calm him down. He threw her to the ground, police said, and then raised his hand "as if he had a gun in a threatening manner," according to statement issued by acting Police Director Joseph Juniak.

"Unfortunately, the aggressive actions of the suspect appears to have dictated the actions taken by the officers in resorting to the use of deadly force," Juniak said.

Police would not say how many shots were fired. Sgt. Tom McDonough said no weapon was recovered. The officers were placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

At least one woman was disturbed by the sight of handcuffs on Brown’s prone body, but police said handcuffing even a wounded suspect is standard procedure.

“Suspects are handcuffed, even after a shooting,” acting Capt. Steve Varn said. “Because you don’t know what effect the shots had on that person.”



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Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:25am
Oh how I Heart you for this thread Organic.   I woke up with such a heavy heart this morning Cry.

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:33am
Quote After brutal police shooting, Miami officers attempted to destroy video evidence

By Michael Stapleton
11 June 2011



Police in Miami Beach, Florida attempted to cover-up evidence of a brutal police shooting of an apparently unarmed man on May 30. An eyewitness captured the killing on video (see below), then had his cellphone seized and smashed.

The victim of the shooting was 22-year old Raymond Herisse. At least nine officers opened fire on Herisse in a hail of bullets, injuring four bystanders in the process. Eyewitnesses say that Herisse never fired back.

After killing Herisse, the officers chased down bystanders, including Narces Benoit and a photographer for a local news organization, and confiscated their cameras and cell phones. In the video that Benoit took from his phone, an officer can be seen pointing his gun, shouting expletives, and telling Benoit and Benoit’s girlfriend, Ericka Davis, to turn off the video and get out of their car.



Benoit told the Miami Herald that a Miami Beach officer said “You want to be [expletive] Paparazzi?”, took Benoit’s phone, stomped on it, then shoved the phone into Benoit’s back pocket and placed him in handcuffs. Benoit and Davis said they joined several other witnesses who had been placed in handcuffs and had their cell phones smashed. Police took Benoit to headquarters where they photographed and interviewed him and demanded Benoit’s video. Benoit hid the phone’s SIM card in his mouth and told police that his phone was broken.

“They handled us like we were criminals,” said Davis. “The officer came over to the driver’s side, on my left, and just put the gun to my head. They took everyone’s phones and smashed them.”

The police claim that Herisse, a 22-year old black man, hit an officer with his car during a traffic stop and then took off and hit or nearly hit four other officers before coming to a stop less than three blocks away. They further claim that Herisse was shooting from his car. Benoit and Davis told the Miami Herald that they saw “bullets flying everywhere” but only from the police.

The police initially stated that they did not find a gun in Herisse’s car. However, two days after the shooting they reported locating a semiautomatic pistol in the car. Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega claimed that they did not find the weapon earlier because it was out of sight. Even assuming the pistol was not planted, its hidden nature raises the question of how Herisse could have been firing it.

Chief Noriega claimed that he had not heard anything about officers threatening people and destroying their cameras and cell phones until Benoit and Davis went to the media.

John DeLeon of the American Civil Liberties Union noted, “This isn’t a question of police trying to secure evidence. It’s a question of police trying to destroy evidence of what they had done… There were First Amendment violations. Arguably, there were Fourth Amendment violations to the Constitution and police using excessive force.”

On the same day, a police officer also shot at Carlos King, 45, a fire captain at the North Charleston Fire Department who was on vacation. The police claim that the officer shot at King after he drove into a police perimeter while intoxicated. King, who was not injured, told the Miami Herald, “The way these police act is crazy.”

The separate but nearby Miami police department has a long history of police brutality and killings. It just underwent an assessment prompted by the City Manager after police shot and killed seven black men in as many months, two of whom were unarmed. Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito recently appeared in a reality-show pilot in which officers refer to themselves as “hunters” and “predators.” Benoit’s video certainly makes those characterizations seem apt for the Miami Beach police as well.




http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jun2011/flor-j11.shtml" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:36am
Eden, I remember this case in Miami!!!!

You might as well post your tumblr,star Geek.


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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:38am
Quote Occupy Atlanta and the Community Gather for Justice in Police Shooting

Posted on December 28, 2011 by SaraA

In response to the recent fatal police shooting of yet another unarmed black man, this time 19-year old Ariston “Asteroid” Waiters, Occupy Atlanta will be joining the Waiters family and the Union City community at Union City’s City Hall this Wednesday December 28th at 7:00pm to shed light on a problem which is all too common for an area plagued by a history of police misconduct.

In a narrative unfortunately familiar to many in the Atlanta area, Ariston Waiters was unarmed and posed no threat when he was shot twice in the back and killed by a Union City police officer on December 14th. Occupy Atlanta will be joining NAACP, National Action Network, The Malcolm X Grassroots Organization, Concerned Black Clergy, and former Atlanta city councilman Derrick Boazman, among others, to demand accountability in yet another case of unwarranted police violence.

We ask that justice be served for the Waiters family, and for the families of all victims of police violence, and we demand that the city properly investigates the murder and makes serious efforts towards repairing the deteriorating relationship between the police and the communities they vow to serve and protect.


http://occupyatlanta.org/2011/12/28/occupy-atlanta-and-the-community-gather-for-justice-in-police-shooting/#.T3xqfvAS34t" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:42am
Originally posted by kfoxx1998 kfoxx1998 wrote:

Oh how I Heart you for this thread Organic.   I woke up with such a heavy heart this morning Cry.


We need to KNOW this this stuff does not exist only in our heads. We need physical proof of that elephant in the room, since there are many people who enjoy so delicately waltzing around it.

I will eat my hat if anyone could find comparable incidences involving the killing of others...

Whenever we are asked to give examples of these so-called wild, outlandish incidences of attacks on our race that are prominent only within our society, kindly reference  this thread to serve them a nice cup of shut the *@%! up tea.

This does not only exist in our minds.


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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:47am
Quote

Ramarley Graham: NYPD Slays Unarmed Black Teen as Outrage over Targeting of People of Color Grows


The New York City Police Department is under mounting criticism after police shot dead an unarmed teenager inside his own home. Eighteen-year-old Ramarley Graham was shot at close range in his parents’ apartment in the Bronx after being chased into the house by narcotics detectives. Police said they found marijuana in the home and think Graham may have been trying to flush some down the toilet.

The NYPD is coming under criticism not only for shooting Graham, but also for its broader stop-and-frisk policy, which critics say disproportionately targets people of color. On Monday, about 500 protesters rallied in the Bronx to condemn the police treatment of black youth. We speak to Jamel Mims, an organizer with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, which is working to end the practice of "stop and frisk," and Nicholas Peart, who is serving as a witness in a federal class action lawsuit challenging "stop and frisk" as racist and unconstitutional.


http://www.democracynow.org/2012/2/8/ramarley_graham_nypd_slays_unarmed_black" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:50am
Thank you Organic.  Anyone black who is still in denial only needs to spend 24 hours reading all of the stories that have happened in just the last 5 years and the pattern will be crystal clear.  This is not black people complaining for no reason.  This is the REAL world that is thinly veiled for all of us by assimilation.

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:50am
Originally posted by Organic Organic wrote:

Eden, I remember this case in Miami!!!!

You might as well post your tumblr,star Geek.




lmao my tumblr reflects absolutely nothing that i have posted

lolli can vouch for me

when i make it bhm presentable, i swear i'll post it lol

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:54am
Quote Killings of Young, Black, Unarmed Men by Police Escalate



By Editor Raushana Karriem

What do Oscar Grant, Ken Harding and Joetavius Stafford have in common? Answer they were all shot in the back by transit police while either laying or the ground or running from them.



Oscar Grant, a young black father coming home from a night out on New Year’s Eve was laying on his stomach when Bart police officer Johannes Meherle shot him in the back numerous times killing him.



Ken Harding ran away from police in at a San Francisco transit station after being asked to produce a transfer to prove he paid his fare on the train. He was shot in the back 10 times by police who left him to die in the street and prevented any of the bystanders from helping him.



The latest transit police killing was of Joetavius Stafford, who ran from police at a transit station inAtlanta. According to eyewitness accounts, he was shot in the back, fell on the ground and shot 2 more times in the back.   News reports inAtlantaquote the Marta transit police as stating whether he was armed or not, an officer can determine if this was a ‘reasonable’ shooting.



Are these modern day lynchings? Why don’t these killings happen in white neighborhoods to white people?   How are people who don’t pay their fare handled in white districts?



The San Francisco Bayview a newspaper in the Black section of
San Francisco reported that the police were laughing and enjoying themselves as Kenneth Hardings blood was being cleaned from the streets inSan Francisco,California.



Johannes Meherle the Bart officer who killed Oscar Grant was only given a 2 year sentence, his defense was paid for by a wealthy benefactor and he only served 6 months of his sentence.



No justice for our people.





http://www.muhammadspeaksonline.net/2011/11/01/killings-of-unarmed-black-men-by-police-escalate/" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Rumbera
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:58am
Sometimes, it's just hard to read it all..Cry
 
 


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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 10:59am
Quote




Tarika Wilson, the 26-year old unarmed, bi-racial mother of six who was fatally shot by police officers during a raid-gone-wrong in early January of 2008.

She was likely on her knees and complying with a SWAT team’s orders to get down when she was hit in the neck and chest, two experts testified.

A forensic pathologist and firearms expert each said that bullet wounds indicate that Tarika Wilson wasn’t standing or struggling with officers.

She was holding her 1-year-old son on her knees when she was shot. The boy also was hit and had a finger amputated.

This tragedy set off protests and debate about race relations in the city (LIMA, Ohio), where one in four residents are black.


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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 11:09am
Quote Ervin Jefferson, Atlanta teen, shot and killed by private security guards

By Kunbi Tinuoye
3:30 PM on 03/26/2012



ATLANTA - A distraught mother says that all she wants is justice for her teenage son, who was shot and killed by two African-American security guards just minutes away from his home in metro Atlanta on Saturday night.

Candy Grimes, who insists her son was unarmed, wants police to arrest and prosecute the men who killed 18-year-old Ervin Jefferson. Officers have said that the killers are two private security guards.

Jefferson's family and friends claim that all he just trying to protect his family late Saturday night, before he was killed in cold blood.
Jefferson's mother alleges that he ran outside their home on Pleasant Wood Drive, Dekalb County, Georgia, towards a crowd of people who had driven up in at least two cars, and were threatening his sister.

"We heard gunshots," Candy Grimes said in an emotionally charged interview with WXIA, the NBC-affiliate in Atlanta, "I seen the dude in the green shirt shoot my son. I seen the guy, he had two hands, and he shot my son."

Grimes said that, as soon as her son was shot, someone else drove a car into him. "By the time I got down there, the car was on top of my son. He was literally under the car."

Jefferson suffered a gunshot wound to his chest and was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Jefferson was the father of a baby girl.

Police have confirmed he was gunned down by security guards from the Village at Wesley Chapel Apartments, located just down the road from Jefferson's home. The shooters told police they left the apartment complex to check out a suspicious car at about 10:30 p.m, when they heard gunshot fire.

If, indeed, police confirm Jefferson was unarmed, then some may say the case has parallels to the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman.

There are still many unanswered questions regarding the Jefferson case, and DeKalb County Police Department said the investigation is on-going.
Authorities have released the following statement:

DeKalb Police responded to a Person Shot at the incident location. The responding officers located the victim suffering a gunshot wound to the torso. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The on scene investigation revealed the victim was shot by security guards who were checking out a suspicious vehicle. The investigation is on-going at this time.




http://www.thegrio.com/local/atlanta/ervin-jefferson-atlanta-teen-shot-and-killed-by-private-security-guards.php#46857170" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 11:16am
Originally posted by Eden. Eden. wrote:

Quote Color-blind racial ideology linked to racism, both online and offline

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 11:23am
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Pasadena Police Arrest 911 Caller After Unarmed Suspect Is Killed

By IAN LOVETT
Published: March 29, 2012

LOS ANGELES — On a 911 call to the Pasadena police Saturday night, the caller said two young black men had put a gun in his face and had stolen his backpack.


When officers responded to the scene, they shot Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old black man from the nearby city of Azusa, who died of his injuries at a local hospital.

But on Wednesday, the Pasadena police announced that they had arrested the man who made the 911 call, Oscar Carrillo, on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, because he lied to the police about the suspect being armed.

Lt. Phlunte Riddle said the police now believe that neither Mr. McDade nor his 17-year-old companion was armed. But when officers saw Mr. McDade reach for his waistband, she said, they believed that he was armed and that “their lives were in jeopardy.”

“Mr. Carrillo is partly responsible for creating that situation,” Lieutenant Riddle said.

Mr. McDade’s killing, less than a month after the fatal shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, has stoked racial tensions in Pasadena, the city east of Los Angeles known for its annual Rose Parade. Local black leaders said the event highlights the need for reforms in the Pasadena Police Department, and have called for the Department of Justice to investigate.

“With African-American teens, the perception is that they are all gangbangers, or they are all packing,” said Joe Brown, president of the Pasadena chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. “It does increase the instances of shoot-to-kill with law enforcement, and Pasadena is no exception.”

Lieutenant Riddle said Mr. McDade was running from the officers when they saw him reach for his waistband. Believing he was armed, both officers discharged their weapons from “very close proximity.”

Another officer arrested the 17-year-old, who admitted they had stolen the backpack, Lieutenant Riddle said. The teenager, whose name has not been released by the police, has since been charged with burglary, grand theft and failure to register as a gang member, a condition of his parole, the police said.

But after days of searching without success for the guns, police reinterviewed Mr. Carrillo, who admitted that he had lied to officers about the weapons in hope that they would respond faster.

A lawyer for Mr. McDade’s parents, Caree Harper, said that the account her clients have gotten from the police since the shooting has been inconsistent. First, she said, the chief told them that the officers had fired 10 bullets. Then he revised the number to 8, Ms. Harper said.

She demanded that a full account of the shooting be made public, and said her clients had not ruled out a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

The Pasadena police have asked the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Office of Independent Review to investigate Mr. McDade’s shooting.

The shooting is not the first time in recent years that Pasadena police officers have had to answer questions about the shooting of a black man. In 2009, after the police fatally shot Leroy Barnes Jr. during a traffic stop, the department said it would carry out major changes that had been recommended by the Office of Independent Review.

Lieutenant Riddle said the department had already put those recommendations into effect.


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Kendrec McDade Shooting: Oscar Carrillo Once Considered Victim, But Is Now A Suspect

By GREG RISLING 03/30/12 03:04 AM ET     

PASADENA, Calif. -- Police initially considered Oscar Carrillo a victim of an armed robbery and rushed to the spot where Carrillo claimed one of two young men pointed a gun in his face.

Now police are laying part of the blame for the fatal shooting of Kendrec McDade, whom officers believed was one of the armed thieves, on Carrillo, arresting him on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors are weighing whether to file charges.

Police say Carrillo admitted that he lied about the men being armed in a 911 call so officers would respond faster. "The actions of the 911 caller set the minds of the officers," police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.

The unusual arrest raises questions about the role and responsibility of reporting crimes and led to criticism that police were deflecting the blame from officers.

"They can't blame the caller because they shot an unarmed black man," said Caree Harper, an attorney representing McDade's family. "He didn't pull the trigger and the officers can use discretion."

Police arrested Carrillo on Wednesday, the same day that Harper called on authorities to prosecute him for filing a false police report.

Sanchez said a videotape shot near a taco truck where the alleged theft occurred shows a 17-year-old reaching into Carrillo's car and allegedly grabbing both a backpack and a laptop computer. McDade acted as a "lookout" during the alleged burglary, Sanchez said.

Police declined to release the videotape

No weapons or the stolen items have been found.

The juvenile with McDade was charged with two counts of commercial burglary, one count of grand theft and one count of failure to register as a gang member as a condition of his probation.

Police said the teens matched descriptions provided by Carrillo, witnesses and surveillance footage.

Scott Thorpe, of the California District Attorneys Association, said he's not aware of any cases in the state where prosecutors have filed charges against someone for the consequences of a false 911 call.

On the call, the dispatcher asked: "Do they have any weapons?"

"Yeah, they have a gun," Carrillo replied.

McDade was spotted in an alley about two blocks from the spot where Carrillo told police he'd been robbed, Sanchez said. McDade ran from police until an officer used the police cruiser to block his path in an alley and rolled down his window, authorities said.

McDade made the motion at his waistband and the officer opened fire, police said. A second officer who was chasing McDade on foot also opened fire. McDade, a Citrus College student and a high school football standout, died at a nearby hospital.

As the nation focuses on the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watchman, the police shooting in Pasadena raises more questions about the role and responsibility of those who report or witness crimes.

While experts say it's not uncommon for people to exaggerate the circumstances of a crime – especially if they are the victim – most are unaware about the importance of their role in an emergency response and the potential consequences.

"Lots of people's lives are in jeopardy," said Joseph Pollini, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. "If you make a bogus call, you may be taking away from something where someone else's life is in danger."

One state lawmaker compared McDade's shooting to that of Martin's. Martin, who also is black, was killed last month during a confrontation with George Zimmerman. Martin was walking home from the store. Zimmerman said the 17-year-old Martin attacked him.

Police haven't charged Zimmerman, who has a white father and Hispanic mother. That has set off widespread public outrage and protests across the country.

Pasadena police haven't released the officers' names or their ethnicities.

Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said that like the Martin case, the Pasadena shooting highlights the need for a continuing discussion about racial profiling.

"The bigger picture is bias and racism," said Mitchell, secretary of the Legislative Black Caucus. "And while the particulars of the two cases may be different – while the perpetrator who actually fired the weapon may be different – the fact of the matter is two young black men are dead."

The Los Angeles County of Independent Review will investigate McDade's shooting, Sanchez said.

Harper, the McDade family attorney, said she is considering filing a federal civil rights lawsuit but will hold off on any decisions until a full investigation is done.

"We will let the police do their investigation but we are mindful of the facts as they stand now are suspicious," Harper said. "To continue to perpetrate the story they are giving only exacerbates the family's emotional distress."


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/us/after-police-shooting-of-pasadena-student-911-caller-arrested.html?_r=3&hp" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 11:30am

Ninth-grader says teacher told him to read Langston Hughes poem 'blacker'

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/17/10737634-ninth-grader-says-teacher-told-him-to-read-langston-hughes-poem-blacker?ocid=twitter" rel="nofollow - http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/17/10737634-ninth-grader-says-teacher-told-him-to-read-langston-hughes-poem-blacker?ocid=twitter

A veteran Fairfax County high school teacher has been accused of using racially insensitive language by telling a student to read a Langston Hughes poem in a "blacker" style.

Jordan Shumate, a ninth-grader at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Va., http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/fairfax-investigates-allegation-of-racially-insensitive-behavior-by-high-school-teacher/2012/03/15/gIQA6IyGHS_story.html" rel="nofollow - told the Washington Post that he was reading Hughes' "Ballad of the Landlord" when the English teacher interrupted him.

"She told me, 'Blacker, Jordan. C'mon, blacker. I thought you were black,'" Shumate told the Post. The 14-year-old student claimed that when he refused to continue reading the poem, the teacher read it herself, apparently to demonstrate the style of speaking she meant.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Fairfax-Teacher-Probed-After-Insensitivity-Allegations-143041306.html" rel="nofollow - Read NBCWashington.com's coverage of the Fairfax school investigation

"She sounded like a maid on the 1960s," Shumate told the Post, saying he asked the teacher if she thought all black people spoke that way. “She read the poem like a slave, basically.”

He said he was reprimanded for talking out of turn and was told to sit down.

Shumate told his mother, Nicole Cober Page, about the incident on Tuesday, the Post said.

According to the Post, mother and son identified the teacher as Marilyn Bart. Bart has not spoken publicly about the alleged incident, the Post reported.

Principal Jay Pearson declined to provide further details on Friday, adding, “We take these allegations very seriously, and we’re investigating.”



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Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 11:33am

Students Asked To Wear African Animal Clothing For Black History Month

http://www.styleite.com/media/black-history-month-animal-clothing/" rel="nofollow - http://www.styleite.com/media/black-history-month-animal-clothing/

Another link: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/school-black-history-month-animal-attire-letter-causing-173139080.html" rel="nofollow - http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/school-black-history-month-animal-attire-letter-causing-173139080.html

A spokeswoman for an elementary school in North Carolina has apologized for a "poorly worded" letter sent to parents in February, which suggested the students wear "animal print" clothing in honor of Black History Month.

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/black-history-dress-letter-suggesting-animal-print/nLY6f/" rel="nofollow - WSOCTV reports that the Western Union Elementary School in North Carolina's Union County sent the letter, which also suggested dressing in "African-American attire," in celebration of the school's Feb. 28 Black History Day. The letter was published online by the LGBT rights blog http://unicornbooty.com/blog/2012/03/20/students-asked-to-dress-african-american-or-as-safari-animals-for-black-history-day/" rel="nofollow - UnicornBooty.com .

"While it was well-intended, it was poorly worded," Union County Public Schools' Chief Communications Officer Luan Ingram said in a statement. "We are reminding all of our principals to be very sensitive in word choices when communicating with parents concerning different ethnic groups and cultures that make up our world."

Ingram said the students had been studying the history of Africans who had been forcibly brought to America as slaves and that the clothing suggestion was meant to honor their cultural heritage, not be a commentary on modern African-American clothing.

Ingram told the http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/03/21/3115670/union-county-school-system-addresses.html" rel="nofollow - Charlotte Observer that a similar letter had been sent home to students for the past seven or eight years and that none of the students' parents had complained about it.

An image of the letter first appeared on the photo sharing site http://imgur.com/d8slf" rel="nofollow - Imgur and quickly made its way to http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/r5902/so_this_happened_in_north_carolina_last_month/" rel="nofollow - Reddit . The full text of the letter reads:

"Parents, during the month of February, Western Union students have been studying Black History. On Tuesday, February 28, WUES will participate in a Black History Day. We will have speakers from 8-10am. We are encouraging students to dress in 'African American attire.' If you do not have this, students could wear animal print clothing or shirts with animals native to Africa (zebras, giraffes, lions, elephants, etc.) Thank you!"



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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 11:40am
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Husband and wife shot as children watch



Monday, March 26, 2012

Gilbert Baez

RAEFORD, N.C. (WTVD) -- Hoke County deputies have charged a man with shooting a husband and wife outside their home in the Rockfish community Saturday evening.

Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said it happened around 7:30 at 110 T.C. Jones Road.

Neighbors said 35-year-old Tommy Brown was playing basketball with his sons and was concerned because neighbor John Oliver Hill Jr., 48, was shooting a gun in the area

"And this nut from across the street - who had been outside shooting his gun - the gentleman asked him if he would quit because of all the kids outside playing. And so he took it upon his self to come over here and he just shot the man. Shot him in the head," said neighbor Lois Clairmont.

Deputies said the weapon was a .30-30 hunting rifle. The three boys who witnessed the shooting ran inside to get their mother and when she came out, Hill allegedly shot her twice.

Thalia Rebecca Mook, 35, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where she died Sunday.

Peterkin said when his officers arrived, Hill had returned to his home on Philippi Church Road - around the corner from the Brown's house. A short standoff ensued, and Hill surrendered after about 30 minutes.

Ten weapons were seized at Hill's home.

Hill was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He was being held without bond in the Hoke County Jail.



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Posted By: pattigurlatl
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 11:47am
Great thread. The innocenceproject.org has a number of egregious events and accounts.

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Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 11:56am
Benton Harbor, Michigan is a city with a mostly black population.  Basically democracy has been suspended in the town, the first and only time this has ever been done.  The Govenor basically appointed a king to run the town and sees no end to the siege.  Keep in mind that leading up to Jim Crow Laws many black towns were thriving and the local government was run by blacks.  The whites came in and kicked them out of office and installed white mayors, legislators etc and took over the businesses.  This should sound familiar....

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Democracy Usurped in Benton Harbor

Posted By Christine A. Scheller On February 22, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

A state-appointed emergency financial manager is single handedly running Benton Harbor, Michigan, and some say it’s an affront to democracy in the largely African American city. We gathered local voices to find out what’s really happening.

Democracy has been usurped in Benton Harbor, Michigan, http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/13/10398925-the-silencing-of-benton-harbor-michigan" rel="nofollow - according to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow . Last Friday, Maddow reported on attempts by a state-appointed emergency financial manager to sell the economically distressed city’s public radio station http://www.flickr.com/photos/therachelmaddowshow/6849404681/" rel="nofollow - on eBay . She said the station was the last place for residents of the predominantly African American city to hear from elected officials who currently have no power to act.

The Facts and the Players

The story is not new. The New York Times Magazine http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/magazine/benton-harbor.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=all" rel="nofollow - took it up in December , offering an in-depth look at how the situation evolved. In that article, readers learn that http://www.whirlpool.com/" rel="nofollow - Whirlpool has its headquarters in Benton Harbor and that an aggressive redevelopment plan was sidelined by the Great Recession in 2008.

The Times described the EMF, Joseph Harris, as “a 67-year-old African American man with a salt-and-pepper mustache,” and outlined his job and how he got it like this:

“He was first sent to the town in April 2010 under a law that provided the state with limited authority to intervene in the financial affairs of failing cities. His power grew exponentially last spring when Governor [Rick] Snyder and the state’s Republican Legislature passed Public Act 4, which allows emergency managers to renegotiate or terminate contracts, change collective-bargaining agreements, even dissolve local governments (subject to the governor’s approval). They have almost unfettered control over their respective cities. This approach to governing is still in its infancy, but if it proves successful in Benton Harbor and elsewhere, emergency managers could be dispatched to troubled municipalities across the state. Snyder has even made it clear that Detroit is a strong candidate for takeover.

Maddow isn’t the only person with a national platform to address the situation. The Times reported that the Rev. Jesse Jackson compared Benton Harbor to Selma, circa 1965, “because of the disenfranchisement of its largely black electorate,” and that comedian Stephen Colbert “offered a mock tribute to Harris: ‘I say good for him, because the people of Benton Harbor brought this on themselves. . . . Benton Harbor’s elected officials are incompetent, therefore, by electing them, the voters are incompetent. So they should lose their democracy.’”

Harris isn’t bothered by the attention, according to The Times. “Blissfully free of the checks and balances of democratic governments, he is living the dream of every frustrated city administrator.” He has fired numerous city employees, merged the city’s police and fire departments, and prohibited elected officials from doing anything other than calling meetings to order, recording their minutes, and adjourning them.

Local Voices

The Rev. Antoine Headspeth: "I don't think it's a stretch to say it's a dictatorship."

UrbanFaith talked to three people who are deeply invested in the city. http://www.bethelcr.com/PastorAntoine.html" rel="nofollow - The Rev. Antoine D. Headspeth is senior pastor of Bethel Christian Restoration Center and a lifelong Benton Harbor resident. He said although times have been worse there — particularly when http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0620/p01s04-ussc.html" rel="nofollow - rioting took place in 2003 and when unemployment was at an all-time high in the 1980s — he’s never seen the kind of political instability that exists now.

“I don’t think it’s a stretch to say it’s dictatorship at its worst in terms of taking the voice away from the people,” said Headspeth.

Because years of “financial irresponsibility” and “incompetence” took a heavy toll on the city, Headspeth believed bringing in the EMF was a good idea, but he didn’t expect Harris to wield unilateral power to the degree he has.

“He can buy and sell as he chooses. He promised that at the beginning of the 2012 year, there would be a balanced budget. That has not happened. He promised that we would have a surplus. That has not happened. And so, when you do things that seem more personal that don’t benefit the city, then I have a problem with that,” said Headspeth.

In particular Headspeth sees Harris’s attempt to sell the radio station license and its equipment on eBay as “a slap in the face of the people” that is motivated by a desire to “shut people down” who were critical of him and his actions.

“To me that is unfair and just not right,” said Headspeth.

Dawn Yarbrough: "Change comes when people are informed."

Dawn Yarbrough also grew up in Benton Harbor, where her father once served as mayor and where both her parents have served as city commissioners. Although she has lived in Milan, Italy, for many years, on visits home three years ago, Yarbrough took note of various programs for youth that she thought deserved attention, like the Boys and Girls Club and glassblowing and martial arts programs. She began videotaping positive aspects of city life.

“They were stories that needed to be told, because lots of people who live here don’t realize what’s going on. They don’t the see the good things, because when you’re involved in your everyday life, you just hear the big picture,” said Yarbrough.

The local PBS affiliate, WNIT, has agreed to air her eight-part video series, http://www.harborlightstv.com/" rel="nofollow - Harbor Lights TV , and she is currently fundraising to make that happen.

“The objective is actually to help effect change. Change comes when people are informed about what exists, when they know there are programs that can help them or their children, and when they are encouraged to come out and participate in those programs,” said Yarbrough.

She declined to discuss the city’s problems, other than to say, “It is clear that our city needs assistance. If I am sick, then I am going to find a good doctor and I’m going to go to him and do my part in working with him to get well. … I hope that both sides: the emergency financial manager as well as the people who need to … find a spirit of collaboration so that we can all do what is best for our city and our citizens.”

The Rev. Brian Bennett: "A lot of it ties back to polarization racially and economically."

http://www.occda.com/about/staff/" rel="nofollow - The Rev. Brian Bennett has lived in Benton Harbor since 2005. He is pastor of Overflow Church and executive director of the Overflow Christian Community Development Assocation. Bennett thinks the attention Benton Harbor is receiving is “well-deserved, given the historic nature of the transformation that’s happening.”

“There are very few places where the long-standing residents of the community have a voice any longer,” said Bennett. “I think large portions of the community that used to have a voice just no longer do, or the voice that they had has been compromised by being a part of the change. As a result, I think [the attempted radio station sale] is a striking metaphor.”

“The EMF was probably within his rights legally with the sweeping power he’s been given, but I don’t think that what he did was right. There is a difference,” he said. “Some of what is being felt here is, ‘Yes, there needs to be change, but how we’re getting there is happening with such audacity. The word that is coming to mind is velocity. It is happening so quickly.”

Bennett sees broken relationships as the heart of the problem in Benton Harbor and said the EMF’s actions are an example of that.

“When you look racially and economically at our area, a lot of it ties back to polarization racially and economically,” he said. “Our ministry is focused on unifying and being a place for all people and building bridges. That’s happening, but it takes time.”

The ministry focus at Headspeth’s church is also community building. “We believe if we build a strong community, we’ll build a stronger church and ultimately we’ll build stronger people,” Headspeth said. “I know the hearts and the passion of the constituents of the city of Benton Harbor and the people are not going to bow out easily.”

What do you think?

Is it undemocratic for states to unilaterally exercise power over “failing” cities?



This story was covered by Rachel Maddow two days ago (video below).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/" rel="nofollow - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/



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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 11:58am
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Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves Detained By NYPD

By EDITH M. LEDERER 03/28/12 07:46 PM ET

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. ambassador from the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was briefly arrested and handcuffed by a New York police officer Wednesday for alleged disorderly conduct after he walked through a barricade to get into his office building.

Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves told The Associated Press that he was returning to his office after lunch and stepped out of his official car, through a barricade in front of the building – as he has done for the past five years – when he was confronted by an officer who shouted: "What do you think the barricades are there for?"

He said he walked to the elevator and the officer ran into the building, "grabbed me by my neck and shoulders, spun me around and said, `Didn't you see me talking to you.'"

Gonsalves, the son of St. Vincent's Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, said he replied: "You couldn't have been talking to me."

He said the officer then demanded identification. "I said, `Why? Am I under arrest?' He said, `Well you are now.'"

"At that point he handcuffed me, with assistance from other officers he called as a backup," Gonsalves said.

He said other ambassadors with offices in the building – including the envoys of Gambia, Dominica and St. Lucia as well as his own staff – came into the lobby and began to tell the officer he was in the wrong. As a U.N. diplomat, Gonsalves has diplomatic immunity.

"The officer, for the first time, inquired who I was," Gonsalves said. "I told him. He called for his superiors. The U.S. State Department, as host country, was also called and they sent representatives."

He said, "The initial position of the NYPD was that I was disorderly, and something should be done because of my disorderly conduct."

But Gonsalves said after discussions with him, the State Department representatives, and the other diplomats, "the NYPD were persuaded to release the handcuffs, and I'm back in my office now."

He said he was in handcuffs for about 20 minutes.

"Separate and apart from any diplomatic immunities, I personally think the officer was wrong and committed an assault against me," he said.

"We will be following up," Gonsalves said. "We will seek other forms of redress, but what form it will take, I can't say."

The NYPD disputed the account, saying that the officer didn't mistreat Gonsalves, and that the diplomat wasn't arrested.

A police spokeswoman, Deputy Inspector Kim Royster, said Gonsalves was detained in handcuffs after ignoring the officer's repeated requests to stop and identify himself. He was released as soon as he produced identification, she said.

Gonsalves said that aside from the officer who handcuffed him, the other police officers who came to the scene were "very professional and very courteous," and he also praised the State Department officials from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations who arrived promptly and "were exemplary."

Gonsalves explained that the building where his country's U.N. mission has its office has extra security because Israel's U.N. Mission is located there.

"There's nothing novel about what I did today in terms of entering the building," Gonsalves said. "There's never been an incident before."



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Posted By: TokyoRose
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 12:04pm
OH, we're arresting foreign diplomats now?

How special.

NYPD needs to get a fukking grip.  Power-tripping dumbasses.


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Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 12:10pm
Yet another thing we need to get out of denial on. 

California and NY are the most liberal states in the country and both are out of control killing black people and trying to lock them up. 

The South is not worse or better, the states are ALL the same. 

I've lived in NY State all my life and see racism happen on a DAILY basis.  My local newspaper website is filled with racists who actually believe they are intellectuals.   

If NY is a melting pot it seems to be treating the black people as the residue left in the bottom.


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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 12:28pm
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Woman shot by off-duty officer dies



Thursday, March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A woman shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer on Wednesday morning died Thursday. Family members say she was an innocent bystander and are calling for an investigation into her death.

"How could this be justified? They took my sister away from me," said Martinez Sutton, the brother of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd.

The suburban man is grieving the loss of his sister, who died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital after being shot in the head by an off-duty Chicago police officer.

Boyd and a man were both shot early Wednesday morning by an off-duty detective on the city's West Side.

Family and friends who were at Boyd's side when she passed away Thursday are calling for a federal investigation into her death.

Boyd's family insists she was an innocent bystander.

"This young beautiful girl dead in the streets. Why?" said Sutton.

Boyd's family brought two photos of her Thursday to the hospital. In the first, she is a smiling, happy 22-year-old woman. The second photo was snapped shortly before she died.

"All we want to know is what happened?" said Sutton.

Just after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, the police union says, an off-duty detective rolled down his car window and asked a group of people gathered near Douglas Park to quiet down. In response, police say, a 39-year-old man pointed a gun at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired. The bullets hit the alleged gunman in the hand and Rekia Boyd in the head as she stood nearby.

"They said the shooting is justified, but how is it justified when you got a young girl up there with a bullet hole in her head? What kind of justice is that?" said Sutton.

Witnesses told ABC 7 Wednesday that no one pulled a gun on the off-duty officer. And prosecutors only charged the man who police say had a gun with aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.

"There were 60-70 people in the park and no one had a gun. Everyone was just out there to hang out, that's it," said witness Leo Coleman on Wednesday. Coleman is the alleged gunman's cousin.

Boyd's large family from south suburban Dolton sees similarities between what happened to her and the case of the unarmed Florida teen shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

"First you got Trayvon, now you got Rekia," Sutton said. "Senseless, senseless violence. It didn't have to happen."

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.

Late Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Police Department told ABC 7 that CPD had been in contact with Boyd's family and would like to express sincere condolences.



http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8591349" rel="nofollow - link

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 12:34pm
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12 y/o being charged as an adult



Cristian Fernandez

This was a horrifying case before Trayvon Martin was killed. Now it is as clear a sign of the hypocrisy and racism of our system as one could find. In Florida, the state where Trayvon’s killer walks free, they are trying a 12-year old as an adult and attempting to sentence him to life in prison.



https://www.change.org/petitions/reverse-decision-to-try-12-yo-cristian-fernandez-as-an-adult" rel="nofollow - petition & info

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Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 12:45pm
Originally posted by pattigurlatl pattigurlatl wrote:

Great thread. The innocenceproject.org has a number of egregious events and accounts.
 
Absolutely, that's the idea. Innocence project is great.  I was thinking along the lines of a web site that gathers all of these cases that have happened over the years, with special emphasis on the ongoing ones (those should be in the forefront) and aimed at rekindling activism in BLACK FOLKS. There would be easy to access info on ongoing protests, boycotts, etc...
 
 The idea is to get BLACK PEOPLE to get out of their apathy. If we can get through this major hurdle, the new civil rights movement might gain some traction. But it won't work if the concerned communities are not aware in the first place.


Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 12:46pm
Originally posted by Eden. Eden. wrote:

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12 y/o being charged as an adult



Cristian Fernandez

This was a horrifying case before Trayvon Martin was killed. Now it is as clear a sign of the hypocrisy and racism of our system as one could find. In Florida, the state where Trayvon’s killer walks free, they are trying a 12-year old as an adult and attempting to sentence him to life in prison.



https://www.change.org/petitions/reverse-decision-to-try-12-yo-cristian-fernandez-as-an-adult" rel="nofollow - petition & info


Signed the petition but SMFH that the prosecutor in this case is the same one who STILL hasn't arrested George Zimmerman.   This petition is to REMOVE her ass. 


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Posted By: Zaliatia
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 12:55pm
Originally posted by nitabug nitabug wrote:

They need a section for this stuff.


this made me sad


Posted By: Bunnyahh
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 1:07pm

Student sues over 'Jesus is not a homophobe' shirt ban

4 hrs ago
Jesus is not a homophobe t-shirt (© WLWT/http://aka.ms/k4xlst)

​A gay student in Ohio has sued his school district after he http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46946854" rel="nofollow - was banned from wearing a T-shirt with the slogan "Jesus is not a homophobe." Maverick Couch, 16, claims he was told to turn the shirt inside out and later threatened with suspension if he wore it again -- apparently it was deemed "sexual in nature" and inappropriate for school. Couch disagrees and says, "I've been bullied and called names, and I wanted to wear this shirt to promote respect for all students, gay or straight." He's now claiming his right to free speech was violated. The Cincinnati school district hasn't commented on the suit, but District Superintendent Patrick Dubbs did say he was "disappointed that it has gotten to this point."



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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 1:10pm


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Unlike the beautiful 6-year old Jonbenett Ramsey who received coverage all over the media - every tabloid, newspaper, news channel, talk show, 7-year old Aiyana Stanley was killed by a police officer during a raid while she was sleep and her murder received very little coverage at all.

Police, searching for a murder suspect, threw a flash grenade through the window of her family’s apartment around midnight. According to Aiyana’s father, it landed on the couch, setting Aiyana on fire. A police officer’s gun then went off, and shot Aiyana in the neck.

Aiyana was asleep on the living room sofa in her family’s apartment when Detroit police, searching for a homicide suspect, burst in and an officer’s gun went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck, family members said.

Her father, 25-year-old Charles Jones, told The Detroit News he had just gone to bed early Sunday after covering his daughter with her favorite blanket when he heard a flash grenade followed by a gunshot. When he rushed into the living room, he said, police forced him to lie on the ground, with his face in his daughter’s blood.

“I’ll never be the same. That’s my only daughter,” Jones told.

We haven’t forgotten about you baby. R.I.P.


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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 1:11pm


Quote Racial disparity in the coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.


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Posted By: Bunnyahh
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 1:15pm
Fl is all kinds of effed up

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Posted By: Bunnyahh
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 1:18pm
bush doesn't care about blk ppl--Kanye West

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Posted By: Rumbera
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 1:24pm
Originally posted by Organic Organic wrote:

Ninth-grader says teacher told him to read Langston Hughes poem 'blacker'

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/17/10737634-ninth-grader-says-teacher-told-him-to-read-langston-hughes-poem-blacker?ocid=twitter" rel="nofollow - http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/17/10737634-ninth-grader-says-teacher-told-him-to-read-langston-hughes-poem-blacker?ocid=twitter

A veteran Fairfax County high school teacher has been accused of using racially insensitive language by telling a student to read a Langston Hughes poem in a "blacker" style.

Jordan Shumate, a ninth-grader at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Va., http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/fairfax-investigates-allegation-of-racially-insensitive-behavior-by-high-school-teacher/2012/03/15/gIQA6IyGHS_story.html" rel="nofollow - told the Washington Post that he was reading Hughes' "Ballad of the Landlord" when the English teacher interrupted him.

"She told me, 'Blacker, Jordan. C'mon, blacker. I thought you were black,'" Shumate told the Post. The 14-year-old student claimed that when he refused to continue reading the poem, the teacher read it herself, apparently to demonstrate the style of speaking she meant.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Fairfax-Teacher-Probed-After-Insensitivity-Allegations-143041306.html" rel="nofollow - Read NBCWashington.com's coverage of the Fairfax school investigation

"She sounded like a maid on the 1960s," Shumate told the Post, saying he asked the teacher if she thought all black people spoke that way. “She read the poem like a slave, basically.”

He said he was reprimanded for talking out of turn and was told to sit down.

Shumate told his mother, Nicole Cober Page, about the incident on Tuesday, the Post said.

According to the Post, mother and son identified the teacher as Marilyn Bart. Bart has not spoken publicly about the alleged incident, the Post reported.

Principal Jay Pearson declined to provide further details on Friday, adding, “We take these allegations very seriously, and we’re investigating.”

 
This made/makes my blood boil.
 
 


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Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 3:05pm

Beyond Trayvon: Black and Unarmed

These 17 sad stories prove that it's nothing new for a black man without a weapon to be killed.


The killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood-watch captain who deemed him "suspicious" and claims that he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense has started a heartbreaking national conversation about race and justice. His story is all the more tragic because it follows a familiar pattern. The Root reviewed incidents in which black men and boys without weapons lost their lives to law-enforcement officers or others who decided that they were dangerous enough to die.




Family photo

Ervin Jefferson

There are still unanswered questions about this case, unfolding a month after Trayvon Martin's shooting. But http://www.11alive.com/news/article/235081/3/DEKALB--Security-guards-shot-killed-teen-Saturday-night" rel="nofollow - police have confirmed that the 18-year-old Jefferson was shot and killed by two security guards -- also African American -- outside his Atlanta home on Saturday, March 24, 2012. His mother says he was unarmed and trying to protect his sister from a crowd that was threatening her.



CBS

Amadou Diallo

In 1999, four officers in street clothes approached http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/d/amadou_diallo/index.html" rel="nofollow - Diallo, a West African immigrant with no criminal record, on the stoop of his New York City building, firing 41 shots and striking him 19 times as he tried to escape. They said they thought the 23-year-old had a gun. It was a wallet. The officers were all acquitted of second-degree-murder charges.



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Patrick Dorismond

The 26-year-old father of two young girls was shot to death in 2000 during a confrontation with undercover police officers who asked him where they could purchase drugs. An officer claimed that http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,41921,00.html" rel="nofollow - Dorismond -- who was unarmed -- grabbed his gun and caused his own death. But the incident made many wonder whether the recent acquittal of the officers in the Amadou Diallo case sent a signal that the police had a license to kill without consequence.



Dallas Weekly

Ousmane Zongo

In 2003 Officer Bryan A. Conroy confronted and killed http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/21/nyregion/21zongo.html?_r=1&ref=ousmanezongo" rel="nofollow - Zongo in New York City during a raid on a counterfeit-CD ring with which Zongo had no involvement. Relatives of the 43-year-old man from Burkina Faso settled a lawsuit against the city for $3 million. The judge in the trial of the officer who shot him (and was convicted of criminally negligent homicide but did not serve jail time) said he was "insufficiently trained, insufficiently supervised and insufficiently led."



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Timothy Stansbury Jr.

Unarmed and with no criminal record, 19-year-old http://articles.nydailynews.com/2004-01-25/news/18263822_1_stansbury-housing-project-rooftop" rel="nofollow - Stansbury was killed in 2004 in a Brooklyn, N.Y., stairwell. The officer who shot him said he was startled and fired by mistake. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly called his death "a tragic incident that compels us to take an in-depth look at our tactics and training, both for new and veteran officers." A grand jury deemed it an accident.



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Sean Bell

In the early-morning hours of what was supposed to be 23-year-old http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/sean_bell/index.html" rel="nofollow - Bell 's wedding day, police fired more than 50 bullets at a car carrying him and his friends outside a Queens, N.Y., strip club in 2006. Bell was killed, and two of his friends were wounded. The city of New York agreed to pay more than $7 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the family and two friends of Bell. The three detectives who were charged -- one of whom yelled "gun," although Bell was unarmed -- were http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/26/nyregion/26BELL.html?pagewanted=all" rel="nofollow - found not guilty of all charges. http://www.theroot.com/nypd-fires-sean-bell-officers" rel="nofollow - Just this March , the NYPD fired four of the officers involved in the shooting for disobeying departmental guidelines on the scene.



Review Journal

Orlando Barlow

http://www.lvrj.com/news/deadly-force/incident/61" rel="nofollow - Barlow was surrendering on his knees in front of four Las Vegas police officers when Officer Brian Hartman shot him in 2003. Hartman was 50 feet away and said he thought the unarmed 28-year-old was reaching for a gun. The deadly shooting was ruled "excusable." But a federal investigation later revealed that Hartman and other officers printed T-shirts labeled "BDRT," which stood for "Baby Daddy Removal Team" and "Big Dogs Run Together," and that they'd used excessive force during two separate investigations.



Family photo

Aaron Campbell

In 2005 http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/02/portland_commissioner_dan_salt.html" rel="nofollow - Campbell was shot in the back by Portland, Ore., police Officer Ronald Frashour, who said he thought the unarmed man was reaching toward his waistband for a weapon. Witnesses said the 25-year-old was walking backward toward police with his hands locked behind his head moments before the fatal shot was fired. A grand jury cleared Frashour of criminal wrongdoing but sent a letter to the county district attorney's office condemning police handling of the incident. Campbell's mother http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/02/aaron_campbells_mother_says_sh.html" rel="nofollow - received a $1.2 settlement in the family's federal wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Portland.



ABC

Victor Steen

In 2009, 17-year-old http://www.indianagazette.com/article_4e55441a-ca08-538d-b0b0-5de294a2ebaf.html" rel="nofollow - Victor , who was riding his bicycle, refused to stop when chased by a police officer in a cruiser in Pensacola, Fla. In response, the officer aimed his Taser out of the driver's window and fired and then ran over the unarmed teen, killing him. The deadly incident was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl1cXmcYIAw&feature=player_embedded" rel="nofollow - captured on video. A judge http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/judge-no-crime-in-victor-steens-death" rel="nofollow - ruled that no crime was committed.



ABC

Steven Eugene Washington

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/23/steven-eugene-washington_n_509392.html" rel="nofollow - Washington was shot by gang-enforcement officers Allan Corrales and George Diego in Los Angeles one night in 2010 after he approached them and appeared to remove something from his waistband. The officers said they'd heard a loud sound in the area and the 27-year-old, who was autistic, was looking around suspiciously. No weapon was ever recovered.



CBS

Alonzo Ashley

Police say that 29-year-old http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/29553561/detail.html" rel="nofollow - Ashley refused to stop splashing water from a drinking fountain on his face at the Denver Zoo one hot day in 2011, then made irrational comments and threw a trash can. The responding officers, who didn't dispute that he was unarmed, killed him with a Taser, saying he had "extraordinary strength." http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/01/29/officers-cleared-in-denver-zoo-death/" rel="nofollow - No criminal charges were filed against them.



Family photo

Wendell Allen

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/03/family_of_wendell_allen_meets.html" rel="nofollow - Allen was fatally shot in the chest by officers executing a warrant on his house on March 7, 2012, in New Orleans. The 20-year-old was unarmed, and five children were home at the time of his death. Police found 4.5 ounces of marijuana on Allen after they killed him. An attorney for the family says that New Orleans police are investigating whether Officer Joshua Colclough was wrong to pull the trigger.



Danziger Bridge (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Ronald Madison and James Brissette

In 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, five officers opened fire on an unarmed family on the east side of the Danziger Bridge, killing 17-year-old http://ihrlaw.org/2011/08/11/five-new-orleans-police-officers-convicted-in-post-katrina-shooting-deaths-of-civilians-on-danziger-bridge/" rel="nofollow - James Brissette and wounding four others. Next, officers shot at brothers Lance and http://ihrlaw.org/2011/08/11/five-new-orleans-police-officers-convicted-in-post-katrina-shooting-deaths-of-civilians-on-danziger-bridge/" rel="nofollow - Ronald Madison . Ronald, a 40-year-old man with severe mental disabilities, was running away when he was hit, and an officer stomped on and kicked him before he died. In a federal criminal trial, five officers involved in what have become known as the "Danziger Bridge Shootings" http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/August/11-crt-1021.html" rel="nofollow - were convicted of various civil rights violations, but not murder.



City of Sanford Police Department (Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Travares McGill

In 2005 in Sanford, Fla. (the same county in which Travyon Martin was killed), the 16-year-old was killed by two security guards, one of whom testified that http://staugustine.com/stories/071805/new_3210529.shtml" rel="nofollow - Travares was trying to hit him with his car. But evidence showed that the bullet that killed the teen hit him in the middle of the back and that the guard kept firing even after the car was no longer headed toward him.



ABC

Ramarley Graham

In 2012 Officer Richard Haste shot and killed 18-year-old http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/ramarley-graham-new-york-police-_n_1266715.html" rel="nofollow - Graham in the bathroom of his grandmother’s Bronx, N.Y., home after a chase while he was attempting to flush a bag of marijuana down the toilet. Police did not have a warrant to enter the house, and Graham had no weapon.



Getty Images

Oscar Grant

Oakland, Calif., transit-police Officer Johannes Mehserle said that he accidentally used his gun instead of his Taser when he shot http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/06/johannes-mehserle-bart-officer.html" rel="nofollow - Grant on a train platform on New Year's Day 2009. The 22-year-old was lying facedown with his hands behind his back, being subdued by another police officer, when he was killed. Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to only two years for taking Grant's life. He was released after 11 months.




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Posted By: amira88
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 3:44pm
"Message to the Grass Roots" by Malcolm X

http://www.csun.edu/~hcpas003/grassroots.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.csun.edu/~hcpas003/grassroots.html



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Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 3:46pm
Originally posted by Eden. Eden. wrote:



Quote Racial disparity in the coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.


Shocked SMH!!!!


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Posted By: DWeird
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 4:06pm
Such a good thread! I can think of quite a few who need to see it. 

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Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 04 2012 at 4:17pm
Originally posted by amira88 amira88 wrote:

"Message to the Grass Roots" by Malcolm X

http://www.csun.edu/%7Ehcpas003/grassroots.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.csun.edu/~hcpas003/grassroots.html



I posted this video in the other thread as well.  Thank you for posting this!Clap




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Posted By: csungrl09
Date Posted: Apr 05 2012 at 3:18am
The war on women: Shocking Quotes from the GOP

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Posted By: Bunnyahh
Date Posted: Apr 05 2012 at 6:20am
Susan Powell's father-in-law skipped work at time of disappearance
By Isolde Raftery, msnbc.com
April 5, 2012, 4:09 am
MSN.com
 

Susan Powell, seen in this undated photo, disappeared from the Salt Lake City area in Dec. 2009.

The tragic saga of a woman who disappeared two years ago in Utah and her husband who later killed himself and their two young sons in Washington State continued to unfold this week with even more puzzling details.

Adding yet another wrinkle to the story, the Salt Lake Tribune learned Tuesday that Josh Powell’s father, Steven Powell, called in sick to work for two days a day after his daughter-in-law Susan Powell disappeared in Dec. 2009. He worked for the Washington State Correctional Industries at the time, selling furniture made by inmates.

The days Steven Powell took off coincide with when Josh Powell rented a Ford Focus and drove it 800 miles before returning it, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

West Valley City police in Utah would not comment on the absence, but said  investigators believe Steven Powell may have had a role in the disappearance, KING 5 TV in Seattle reported. Susan Powell's body has not been found.

At the time of the disappearance, Josh Powell told police officers that she had run off from a midnight family camping trip. He later moved their two young sons to Washington State, where his father lives.

And then the story exploded. In early February, during a supervised visit with his sons in Puyallup, Wash., near Tacoma, Josh Powell hacked at them with a hatchet and blew up their home. All three died.

Cops: Josh Powell murder-suicide house was sham set up for social worker visits

Details started pouring out: Susan Powell had written a letter to family and friends, which she had stored at a bank near their home, warning that if she died, it might not have been an accident. Blood was found in the family home. A search warrant revealed that Josh Powell had given police his wife’s cell phone with the memory card removed. The children had started to talk to people about their mother, but then had been promptly shut up by their father.

Steven Powell is currently serving a sentence for possession of child pornography and for secretly videotaping women and girls. He has not cooperated with police in this investigation.

Last week, Mark Lindquist, the Pierce County prosecutor in Washington State, said that he did not believe that Steven Powell was involved, according to KING 5. He did, however, say that he would have charged Josh Powell with murder given the evidence that has come out in the last two months.



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Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 05 2012 at 10:49am

Race & Prison - Tables

(1990, 2000 and 2007-2009 - race & prison - minorities under control of the U.S. corrections system) The table below estimates the number of persons under control of the U.S. corrections system who are minorities, mostly blacks and Hispanics/Latinos. It shows that in 2009, there were almost 3.6 million people of color who were on probation or parole or housed in federal, state or local jails. During the 20 years since 1990, the number of minority offenders has grown by about +51.1% and have consistently represented about 50% of those under control of the system, even though they collectively comprise only 30% of the U.S. population (blacks about 12.6% and Hispanics/Latinos 16.3%). Numbering about 1.3 million, blacks and Hispanics/Latinos made up about 60% of those housed in America's prisons and jails in 2009.



Minorities under control of the U.S. corrections system
Minority Group
1990
2000
2007 2008 2009
% Chg

1990-2009












                     
TOTAL persons in system
  4,346,941
  6,423,708
  7,326,734   7,319,419   7,234,209
  +63.0%
                     
Minorities in system
  2,351,516
  3,309,566
  3,622,726   3,607,341   3,611,911
  +51.1%
Minority % of TOTAL
54.1%
51.5%
49.4% 49.3% 49.9%
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Blacks in system
  1,614,195
  2,347,066
  2,446,834   2,453,170   2,472,920
  +49.5%
Blacks % of TOTAL
37.1%
36.5%
33.4% 33.5% 34.2%
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Hispanic/Latinos in system
  737,321
  962,500
  1,175,892   1,154,171   1,138,991
  +54.8% 
Hispanics/Latinos % of TOTAL
17.0%
15.0%
16.0% 15.8% 15.7%
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Percentage of minorities in prison
60.0%
63.4%
60.3% 60.4% 60.5%
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Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 05 2012 at 10:53am
A great article on Mass Incarceration of blacks Clap

Originally posted by Originally posted by mzmee Originally posted by mzmee wrote:

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/America_s_New_Slavery_Black_Men_in_Prison_4475.shtml" rel="nofollow - http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/America_s_New_Slavery_Black_Men_in_Prison_4475.shtml
(FinalCall.com) - A new American slave trade is booming, warn prison activists, following the release of a report that again outlines outrageous numbers of young Black men in prison and increasing numbers of adults undergoing incarceration. That slave trade is connected to money states spend to keep people locked up, profits made through cheap prison labor and for-profit prisons, excessive charges inmates and families may pay for everything from tube socks to phone calls, and lucrative cross country shipping of inmates to relieve overcrowding and rent cells in faraway states and counties.

Advocates note that the constitution’s 13th amendment, ratified in 1865, abolished slavery in the United States, but provided an exception—in cases where persons have been “duly convicted” in the United States and territory it controls, slavery or involuntary servitude can be reimposed as a punishment, they add. The majority of prisoners are Black and Latino, though they are minorities in terms of their numbers in the population.

According to “One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008,” published by the Pew Center on the States, one in nine Black men between the ages of 20-34 are incarcerated compared to one in 30 other men of the same age. Like the overall adult ratio, one in 100 Black women in their mid-to-late 30s is imprisoned.

“Everyone is feeding off of our down-trodden condition to feed their capitalism, greed and lust for money. They are buying prison stock on the market and this is why they want to silence the restorative voice of Minister Louis Farrakhan, because he is repairing those who fill and would support the prison system as slaves,” said Student Minister Abdullah Muhammad of the Nation of Islam Prison Ministry.

The report states that the rising trend stems from more than a parallel increase in crime or surge in the population at large, but it is driven by policies that put more criminals in prison, extending their stay through measures like California’s Three Strikes Law.

chain_gang03-18-2008.jpg
Prisoners from the Limestone Correctional Facility do a trash detail along I-65 in North Alabama near the Tennessee State line while working on a chain gang.
Atty. Barbara Ratliff, a L.A.-based reparations activist, said the prison industrial complex’s extension of the slave plantation plays out in a pattern of behavior that Black people must study in order to survive. “I’m not talking about behavior of the individual incarcerate, but the pattern of treatment that digs into institutional racism. Corporate profit from prisons is no different than how slave owners received benefit from their labor, and that impact remained even after slavery. For instance, freed Blacks were arrested and put on chain gangs for their labor which continued to benefit slave owners, so this is no accident,” she said.

Inmates produce items or perform services for almost every major industry. They sew clothes, fight fires and build furniture, but they are paid little or no wages, somewhere between five cents and almost $2.

Phone companies charge high amounts for collect calls and inmate care packages can no longer be sent from families directly. Inmates must purchase products from companies to be sent in, which feeds capitalism, activists charge.

Although the costs of prisons is skyrocketing and consuming state budgets, money continues to be spent to push more Black youth into prison, activists assert. Many education and prison advocates charge there is a plot to populate U.S. prisons based on the dumbing down of America’s youth. Figures show those most likely to be incarcerated and to return generally have the lowest level of education. The report said, “While states don’t necessarily choose between higher education and corrections, a dollar spent in one area is unavailable for another.”

U.S. spending on prisons last year topped $49 billion, compared to $12 billion in 1987. California spent $8.8 billion on prisons last year and 13 states spend more than $1 billion a year on corrections.

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The chain gang was re-established in 1995. Becoming one of the first convicts in perhaps a half-century to break rocks, William Crook, 28, of Gadsden, Ala., takes a swing with his 10-pound sledge hammer. Shortly after sunrise, 160 inmates at the Limestone Correction Facility marched a half-mile in leg irons from their dormitories to the rock pile.
Data from the National Association of State Budget Officers indicates:

• Vermont, Michigan, Oregon, Connecticut and Delaware spent as much or more on corrections than on higher education;

• For every dollar spent on higher education, Alaska spent 77 cents on corrections;

• For every dollar spent on higher education, Georgia spent 50 cents on corrections;

• On the average, all 50 states spent 60 cents on corrections for every dollar spent on higher education; and

• For every dollar spent on higher education, Minnesota spent 17 cents on corrections.

Between 1985 and 2005, Texas’ prison population alone jumped by 300 percent.

“All we have to do is follow the logic to see this connection between prisons and enslavement. When you look at prison costs and they say it cost $45,000 to house one prisoner, where does that break down? There’s only three square meals a day. The prisoners make their clothes and bedding in sewing factories and about 90 percent of the items they use in the prisons,” said Nathaniel Ali of the National Association of Brothers and Sisters In and Out of Prison (NABSIO).

He believes the majority of prison costs support guard unions and pay enormous base and overtime salaries of prison guards and other staff.

“They receive these exorbitant wages regardless of their education and training. You don’t have an I.Q.; all you have to have is the ability to be brutal” to command these wages through this new slave system, he said.

Mr. Ali said the public school system has become the feeder to prisons and their slave populations by increasing the heavy presence of school police and sheriffs on middle school campuses and penalties students face for often trivial offenses, other activists added.

Prison watch groups note corporate-owned prisons feed job-starved communities where businesses have disappeared. By incarcerating so many people, America deals with warehousing them and not finding out why they are incarcerated in the first place, advocates said.

“The fact is, it’s a business and a readily accessible, ‘free’ workforce removes prisons’ incentive to rehabilitate, especially those that are owned by corporations,” Atty. Ratliff said.

Laini Coffee, a self-described “unity activist” said, “At current trend, we could very well see the number of so-called free Blacks rival to the same number of those that are incarcerated. The answer is simple: Unity.”

Related news:

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_4059.shtml" rel="nofollow - (FCN, 11-07-2007)

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/2797/" rel="nofollow - (In These Times, 09-04-2006)

http://www.finalcall.com/national/prison_workshop03-05-2002.htm" rel="nofollow - (FCN, 03-03-2002)

http://www.finalcall.com/national/incarceration03-06-2001.htm" rel="nofollow - (FCN, 03-06-2001)

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=852" rel="nofollow - (CorpWatch, 1999)

http://paulsjusticepage.com/crimepays.htm" rel="nofollow - (Paul's Justice Page)



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Posted By: SeducTress
Date Posted: Apr 05 2012 at 11:23am
Perhaps we should consider a internet radio station of some sort of immediate platform. In your face, real, raw, consistent, and without fear of the powers that be. *rubs chin* Such a simple medium could gain ground if done correctly , as "the", go to place for information relative to our community. Segments could include the lost& missing, social injustice, community dialogue, panels, education and informing our people. 

I am flirting with the idea.....

Start a Youtube channel. There is no reason why it *wouldn't* work as long as those involved are consistent. Even when it appears bleak and zero viewership....remain consistent and allow it the opportunity to grow. Can you guys imagine what Dr King, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and leaders of the past could do with this type of social media!

One thing stuck out to me after speaking with several prominent elder activists in the community, social media is a God send. It should be used accordingly. Sausage Gregory said it would be impossible to mobilize people so quickly and efficiently back in the height of the civil rights movement. There is hope ladies and it's literally at our fingertips.

*will post this in the Trayvon thread*


Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 05 2012 at 12:21pm
Originally posted by kfoxx1998 kfoxx1998 wrote:

I love the term "sex sells" and that's pretty much what I was thinking from your last post.  Basically it has to stir emotions and be current and relevant enough for people to want to watch and keep coming back. 

The other thing I have to type  right now is that we only have a very, very short window before editing is locked on here.  This made me think we need another collaborative forum where we can share ideas, documents and information privately.  Maybe we can pool resources and open a gotomeeting account or some other collaborative meeting space online with our own private conference bridge. 

Does anyone know of anything like this?  Google, Mircosoft, etc.   I know these these are used by small businesses all the time.   

If anybody has any ideas I'll do the research. 


From Trayvon thread.  Will post my idea for collaboration below


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Posted By: BeatriceBean
Date Posted: Apr 05 2012 at 12:23pm
Originally posted by SeducTress SeducTress wrote:

Perhaps we should consider a internet radio station of some sort of immediate platform. In your face, real, raw, consistent, and without fear of the powers that be. *rubs chin* Such a simple medium could gain ground if done correctly , as "the", go to place for information relative to our community. Segments could include the lost& missing, social injustice, community dialogue, panels, education and informing our people. 

I am flirting with the idea.....

Start a Youtube channel. There is no reason why it *wouldn't* work as long as those involved are consistent. Even when it appears bleak and zero viewership....remain consistent and allow it the opportunity to grow. Can you guys imagine what Dr King, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and leaders of the past could do with this type of social media!

One thing stuck out to me after speaking with several prominent elder activists in the community, social media is a God send. It should be used accordingly. Sausage Gregory said it would be impossible to mobilize people so quickly and efficiently back in the height of the civil rights movement. There is hope ladies and it's literally at our fingertips.

*will post this in the Trayvon thread*
 
Excellent idea!!


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Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 05 2012 at 12:26pm
Small start but powerful tool.  I've used them for work meetings before.  We could collaborate using this and take Seductresses social media idea and execute our results based on our work

Go To Meeting Option:
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/m/g2mab_49sideLMlp.tmpl" rel="nofollow - https://www4.gotomeeting.com/m/g2mab_49sideLMlp.tmpl




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Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 05 2012 at 1:01pm

Trayvon Martin killing gets 2 cold cases notice

Associated Press

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Felipe Santos


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Tampa, Fla. -- Felipe Santos, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, and Terrance Williams, a black man, had little in common until about eight years ago. That was when they disappeared three months apart in the Naples area, both of them right after crossing paths with sheriff's Deputy Steven Calkins.

Investigations by local, state and federal authorities went nowhere. Calkins, who is white, denied doing anything more than dropping off the young men at different convenience stores. He was never charged but was fired after he stopped cooperating with investigators. The men's families were left to wonder and grieve after public interest faded.

Now, their disappearance is back in the spotlight, in part because Hollywood star Tyler Perry and civil rights activists are using the Trayvon Martin case to draw attention to what they see as a string of injustices and incomplete investigations involving minorities.

"They were never arrested, never brought to jail," Perry wrote Sunday on Tylerperry.com. "They were put into the back of Deputy Calkins' car and never heard from again. And to this day Deputy Steve Calkins is a free man. I guess it's time to march in Naples now."

Santos, who did farm work and construction, was 23 when he vanished in October 2003. He had been driving with his brothers to work when he got into a fender bender. He didn't have registration or insurance, and Calkins arrested him, put him in the back of his patrol car and drove away.

When his brothers went to the jail to bail him out, he wasn't there.

Later, Calkins told investigators that because Santos was so cooperative, he decided not to arrest him and instead dropped him off at a store.

Williams, was 27 and had moved to Naples from Chattanooga, Tenn., to be closer to his mother after trouble with the law. His white Cadillac broke down in January 2004. Calkins spotted it and called in to the Collier County Sheriff's Office to run the vehicle number and have the car towed. In the recorded conversation, Calkins and the dispatcher both talked in exaggerated black dialect.

Later, Calkins told investigators that Williams asked him for a ride to a store, and he let him off there. Police reports said Williams was last spotted by witnesses near a cemetery.

Don Hunter, the Collier County sheriff at the time, said Calkins' patrol car was tested for blood and signs of a struggle, but nothing was found. A tracking device was put on Calkins' car in case he had dumped their bodies and went back to the scene, Hunter said, but again nothing turned up.

Hunter eventually fired Calkins, saying that the deputy became uncooperative and that one of the three polygraph tests he took indicated some deception.

A working phone number for Calkins couldn't be found. In a 2006 interview with the Naples Daily News, he called his involvement in the two cases "coincidence extreme," and he told other news organizations that he didn't know anything about the disappearances.

In a September 2004 letter to the sheriff, Calkins said his use of black dialect was "not meant to be offensive," but he admitted it was "in poor taste." He also asked the agency to reconsider his firing, saying that he was on medication for stress, anxiety and depression.

On Wednesday, Collier County sheriff's spokeswoman Karie Partington said the case is still "open and active" and that investigators are checking out a tip that came in after Hunter, now police chief in Marco Island, near Naples, appeared on CNN earlier this week.

"We're pleased with the attention it's received recently," she said.

This article appeared on page A - 9 of the San Francisco Chronicle


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Posted By: amira88
Date Posted: Apr 05 2012 at 1:05pm
I agree with the youtube channel I also think that starting a forum would be great. We can post ideas and organize events and talk with other people that care about the struggle.

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Posted By: livi123
Date Posted: Apr 05 2012 at 1:05pm

I cant load the video but here is the link, (be warned, its hard to look atCry) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/deryl-dedmon_n_1372184.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/deryl-dedmon_n_1372184.html





Deryl Dedmon Pleads Guilty In Mississippi Hate Crime Hit-And-Run Of James Craig Anderson

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Deryl Dedmon Guilty
Deryl Dedmon, 19, charged with capital murder in the June 2011 death of 47-year-old James Craig Anderson in Jackson, reads a letter to Anderson's family after pleading guilty to murder and committing a hate crime, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in Hinds County Circuit Court. The teenager's charges stemmed from running over Anderson, who is black, with his pickup truck. Dedmon was sentenced to two concurrent life sentences. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A white teenager pleaded guilty to murder and a hate crime Wednesday for running over a black man with his pickup truck in a killing a judge called a stain on Mississippi that will take years to fade.

Deryl Dedmon, 19, apologized to the victim's family before he received two life sentences for the June 26 death of James Craig Anderson, a 47-year-old car plant worker who loved to sing in his church choir and was remembered for his sense of humor.

Dedmon, a slight, blonde man wearing a blue jumpsuit, looked down as prosecutors described the killing. Dedmon admitted that he and a group of white teens were partying in Puckett, a small town outside the capital city, when he suggested they find a black man to harass and went to Jackson because of its majority-black population. They found Anderson before dawn outside a hotel. He was beaten before Dedmon ran over him.

Prosecutors said Dedmon and others had targeted blacks for harassment before, usually homeless or drunk people who weren't likely to report it to police.

The victim's sister, Barbara Anderson Young, fought back tears when she addressed the court.

"My brother Craig would give you the shirt off of his back. Because of my brother, James Craig Anderson, our lives were richer, with love, respect and a love of God," she said. "We, the Anderson family, are praying for racial reconciliation not just in Mississippi but all over this land and country. We are praying for the defendant, Dedmon, and his family that they find peace."

When it was his turn to speak, Dedmon's shackles rattled as he turned and faced the Anderson family.

"I am sincerely sorry. I do take full responsibility for my actions on that night. I pray for y'all's family every day ... and that God will soften your hearts to forgive me," Dedmon said.

Members of both families, sitting on opposite sides of a wooden court bench, wiped away tears.

"I was young. I was dumb. I was ignorant ... I was not raised the way that I acted that night. I was raised in a godly house. As I stand before you today, I am a changed man. I am a godly man. God has showed me to see no colors. God showed me that we are all made in the image of God so we are all based on the same thing ... I do not ask y'all to forget, but I do ask y'all to forgive."

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill Sr. had the last word.

"Your prejudice has brought shame upon you and placed a great stain on the state of Mississippi. Whatever excuse you may offer for what you have done, forget that. There's no excuse that you can offer for the family of Mr. Anderson or to your fellow Mississippians who have to try to reconcile the horrible damage you have caused," Weill said.

Weill recalled the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers who were murdered and buried in an earthen dam in a rural area in what became known as "Mississippi Burning."

"All the hard work we have done to move our state forward from that earthen dam in Neshoba County to here has been stained by you. A stain that will take years to fade," the judge said.

The case received widespread attention after a video of Anderson's death was obtained by news organizations, including The Associated Press.

The video, taken by a hotel surveillance camera, shows a green Ford truck back up in the hotel parking lot, then lunge forward. Anderson's shirt is illuminated in the headlights before he disappears under the vehicle. Police said Dedmon was driving the truck and later bragged that he ran over Anderson, using a racial slur to describe him.

Dedmon was indicted for capital murder, which in Mississippi carries a sentence of death or life in prison without parole, but District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said prosecutors couldn't have gotten a conviction. For capital murder, there must be an underlying offense, which had been robbery. Smith said that the investigation revealed that the group did not take Anderson's wallet, as investigators first believed.

Anderson's family also asked prosecutors not to pursue the death penalty, saying they oppose it. They have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against seven teens, including two young girls who were allegedly in the truck with Dedmon.

One of the teens, John Aaron Rice, is charged with simple assault in the case. Authorities said he left the scene in another vehicle before Anderson was killed. Rice has pleaded not guilty and is free on a $5,000 bond.Angry

The FBI has been investigating the case, too, and the judge told Dedmon that his guilty plea in state court would not prevent him from facing federal charges.

Smith said after the hearing there may be additional arrests and promised more details at a news conference Thursday. Smith said this is the first hate crime prosecution in Mississippi that he could find.

"This guilty plea is just the beginning," Smith said.






Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 06 2012 at 8:26am
Afro (thanks AfroClap) posted a portion of this speech in my Caste System thread but I wanted to share the whole thing here.  I wasn't aware of Tim Wise before this so listening to him speak is pretty amazing.  I don't know if his message resonates with whites and I don't really care at this point.  He has been speaking about these issues for years but have white people put this high on any agenda.

What I do think is that his framing of the issues can be beneficial for us.   He is pulling no punches in this speech AT ALL. 

I can easily understand why Michael Eric Dyson called him “One of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation.”






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If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary. - Malcolm X

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Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 06 2012 at 10:03am

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-jesse-jackson" rel="nofollow">Rev. Jesse Jackson

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-jesse-jackson" rel="nofollow - Rev. Jesse Jackson

Civil rights activist


School Suspension Policy in Chicago Brutal, Unfair

Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Sanford, Fla. He was there visiting his father while suspended from school. He was suspended last month after school officials claimed to have http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57404664/pot-traces-behind-trayvon-martin-suspension/" rel="nofollow - found marijuana "residue" in his book bag. No actual contraband was found; no arrest or citations were issued by police.

When news of the suspension was leaked, Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, was understandably outraged. "They killed my son," she http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/16/trayvon-martin-911-audio-_n_1354909.html" rel="nofollow - said , "and now they are trying to kill his reputation." But in part because the man who killed Trayvon remains uncharged and at large, the leak served mostly to shine a glaring spotlight on the racially skewed suspension policies in our public schools.

Early last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a report on school equity issues that revealed that minority stu­dents face "much harsher discipline" than whites in our public schools. African Americans were more than http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/education/black-students-face-more-harsh-discipline-data-shows.html" rel="nofollow - three times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white students. More than http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/education/black-students-face-more-harsh-discipline-data-shows.html" rel="nofollow - 70 percent of students arrested or handed over to law enforcement in school were black or Hispanic.

Chicago's schools rank among the worst in racial discrepancy. African-American students represented http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/11087696-418/black-students-face-tougher-discipline-in-chicago-and-nation-federal-analysis-finds.html" rel="nofollow - 45 percent of the Chicago Public School enrollment in 2009-10, but http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/11087696-418/black-students-face-tougher-discipline-in-chicago-and-nation-federal-analysis-finds.html" rel="nofollow - 76 percent of students receiving at least one out-of-school suspension that year. African-American students were http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/11087696-418/black-students-face-tougher-discipline-in-chicago-and-nation-federal-analysis-finds.html" rel="nofollow - five times as likely to be suspended as their white classmates.

Students from Voices of Youth in Chicago Education http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/11087696-418/black-students-face-tougher-discipline-in-chicago-and-nation-federal-analysis-finds.html" rel="nofollow - calculated that students lost a stunning 306,731 days of school last year due to out-of-school suspensions. VOYCE made the common sense conclusion: Public schools are too quick to suspend, particularly for nonviolent incidents, and too seldom talk out problems with students.

"We need a discipline code that works for all students, not one that sends black and Latino students a path to prison," said Victor Alquicera, a Roosevelt High School student. (The protests have had an effect, with expulsion rate dropping 43 percent compared to last year, according to school officials.)

Alquicera has it right: five- and 10-day suspensions are brutal punishments. They put kids on the street. They put them behind in class work. They label them for trouble. There is a range of positive interventions that could be done -- including personal meetings, restorative justice, classroom management and a range of in-school discipline. The vast bulk of the suspensions are for disruptive, nonviolent behavior. These are kids in need of discipline, not in need of suspension.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan admitted he was "troubled" by the data.

"The undeniable truth is that the everyday education experience for many students of color violates the principle of equity at the heart of the American promise," he http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/education/black-students-face-more-harsh-discipline-data-shows.html" rel="nofollow - said . "It is our collective duty to change that."

We have moved to a multiracial society, but we have not moved beyond disparate treatment.

It is time to revisit the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; it has been noticeably absent in this crisis in Sanford. In the great legacy of Theodore Hesburgh and Mary Frances Berry, I would appeal to the president to take this opportunity to reconstruct and revitalize the commission and charge it once more with investigating discriminatory practices, rousing public concern and forcing the pace of reform.

The effort to diminish Trayvon Martin's reputation succeeds only in raising questions about whether young African-American men can gain equal protection under the law.



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Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Apr 06 2012 at 12:03pm
From here: http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/was-this-posted-kendrec-mcdade-killed-after-false_topic336792_page2.html

Kendrec Mcdade killed after false [police call]



Parents of Slain Teen, Kendrec McDade, File Lawsuit Against Pasadena Police Department
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On March 19, Kendrec McDade and his 17 year old friend were gun down by the Pasadena police officers after they received what is now believed to be a “false report” from Oscar Carrillo who called the police after he claimed to be robbed at gunpoint by two black men dressed in all black hoodies. Carrillo claimed that two black men held him at gunpoint and took his book bag which included his laptop.

The officers spotted the two teens walking in the area where the alleged robbery took place and began to chase them down. One officer claims that he saw McDade reach for his waistband when he decided to fire first hitting the teen several times in the chest. Once he was on the ground the officers handcuffed McDade. The teen was taken to a nearby hospital where he died. After two days of extensive searching with the help of helicopters and bloodhounds, no gun, book bag or laptop was found.

Since then Carrillo has been arrested for falsely reporting a crime which ultimately left a young boy dead. After listening to the 911 call, it is obvious that Carrillo was lying because although the call only lasted for 5 minutes he changed is story several times during the call. The police department later determined that Carrillo lied about being held at gunpoint. Carrillo was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter.

Attorney Caree Harper, who represents McDade’s family, held a press conference only an hour before the police chief made the announcement of Carrillo’s arrest where she expresses her own suspicions of the whether or not there ever was a robbery.

Harper will be assisting the family in filing their lawsuit.




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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 06 2012 at 2:07pm
i posted that on pg 5.

i should have made a separate thread, i thought yall saw it

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Posted By: SoutherNtellect
Date Posted: Apr 06 2012 at 2:11pm
Originally posted by kfoxx1998 kfoxx1998 wrote:

Trayvon Martin killing gets 2 cold cases notice

Associated Press

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Associated Press

Felipe Santos


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Tampa, Fla. -- Felipe Santos, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, and Terrance Williams, a black man, had little in common until about eight years ago. That was when they disappeared three months apart in the Naples area, both of them right after crossing paths with sheriff's Deputy Steven Calkins.

Investigations by local, state and federal authorities went nowhere. Calkins, who is white, denied doing anything more than dropping off the young men at different convenience stores. He was never charged but was fired after he stopped cooperating with investigators. The men's families were left to wonder and grieve after public interest faded.

Now, their disappearance is back in the spotlight, in part because Hollywood star Tyler Perry and civil rights activists are using the Trayvon Martin case to draw attention to what they see as a string of injustices and incomplete investigations involving minorities.

"They were never arrested, never brought to jail," Perry wrote Sunday on Tylerperry.com. "They were put into the back of Deputy Calkins' car and never heard from again. And to this day Deputy Steve Calkins is a free man. I guess it's time to march in Naples now."



i hope he goes to jail
i remember being pissed off watching the disappeared episode on tv


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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 06 2012 at 2:25pm
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Dallas teen missing since 2010 was mistakenly deported



DALLAS - “It's very frustrating," Lorene Turner said.


She has spent hours on Facebook trying to find her granddaughter, Jakadrien.

"Once I get home I am up until 3 or 4 in the morning searching and looking," Turner said. "It's all I can think about. Finding my baby."

Turner has been searching for Jakadrien since the fall of 2010, when she ran away from home. She was 14 years old and distraught over the loss of her grandfather and her parents’ divorce.

Turner searched for months for a clue.

"God just kept leading me," she said. "I wake up in the middle of the night and do whatever God told me to do, and I found her."

Turner said with the help of Dallas Police, she found her granddaughter in the most unexpected place - Colombia.

Where she had mistakenly been deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in April of 2011.

"They didn't do their work," Turner said. "How do you deport a teenager and send her to Colombia without a passport, without anything?"

News 8 learned that Jakadrien somehow ended up in Houston, where she was arrested by Houston police for theft. She gave Houston police a fake name. When police in Houston ran that name, it belonged to a 22-year-old illegal immigrant from Colombia, who had warrants for her arrest.

So ICE officials stepped in.

News 8 has learned ICE took the girl's fingerprints, but somehow didn't confirm her identity and deported her to Colombia, where the Colombian government gave her a work card and released her.

"She talked about how they had her working in this big house cleaning all day, and how tired she was," Turner said.

Through her granddaughter’s Facebook messages, Turner says she tracked Jakadrian down.

U.S. Federal authorities got an address. U.S. Embassy officials in Colombia asked police to pick her up.

But that was a month ago, and the Colombian government now has her in a detention facility and won't release her, despite her family's request.

"I feel like she will come home," the grandmother said with tears in her eyes. "I just need help and prayer.”

There are still many unanswered questions about how an African-American girl who speaks no Spanish is mistaken for a foreign national. Immigration officials are investigating and released a statement late Tuesday.
"ICE takes these allegations very seriously," said ICE Director of Public Affairs Brian Hale. " At the direction of [the Department of Homeland Security], ICE is fully and immediately investigating this matter in order to expeditiously determine the facts of this case."
ICE officials also noted there have been instances where ICE has seen cases of individuals providing inaccurate information regarding who they are and their immigration status for ulterior motives.


http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Dallas-Teen-Is--Mistakenly-Deported--136626533.html" rel="nofollow - link


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Jakadrien Turner: Deported Texas Teen Returns to U.S.

An American-born teen from Texas who told law enforcement officials that she was a 21-year-old Colombian woman and ended up deported to that South American nation was returned to her waiting family at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Jakadrien Turner, 15, was reunited with her mother Friday night, ABC News' Dallas affiliate WFAA reported.

"After they said she was on the plane, I didn't hear anything else they were saying. I'm going to hug her tight and let her know we love her, and everything's going to be alright," grandmother Lorene Turner told WFAA, which broke the news of Jakadrien's fluke deportation.

Dana Ames, of Urban Search and Rescue, which also helped locate Jakadrien said finding the teen is a "tremendous blessing for the family."

"I'm sure the child is going to have a lot to go through over the coming days and months, and the family, too. We just want to welcome her home," Ames said.

As soon as Jakadrien disembarked at DFW airport, police placed Jakadrien, who doesn't speak fluent Spanish, in a car and whisked her off the tarmac to a secluded area where state and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials questioned her for three hours.

Her relatives said Jakadrien ran away in Nov. 2010.

When she was arrested on April 2, 2011, for misdemeanor theft, she told Houston police her name was Tika Lanay Cortez, a Colombian woman born in 1990.

Unable to determine her true identity or immigration status, officials at Houston's Harris County Jail handed the teen over the federal immigration officials.

They said they found nothing to indicate that Jakadrien wasn't a Colombian woman, and that the teen claimed to be Cortez throughout the criminal proceedings in Houston and federal deportation process.

An immigration judged remanded Jakadrien to Colombia, where officials provided her with the necessary travel document and declared her a citizen.

According to the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the girl was enrolled in the country's "Welcome Home" program after she arrived there.

She was given shelter, psychological assistance and a job at a call center, a statement from the agency said. Her lawyer said she she'd been placed under detention.

On Friday, Jakadrien's family said they planned to spend the coming days together quietly, sorting through and trying to answer some questions.

The girl's mother, Johnisa Turner, had arrived at DFW Airport carrying what she said was her daughter's favorite Snuggie, a lavender blanket imprinted with peace symbols and the word, "Love."

"They want to get their daughter home. They want their daughter to be able to get some rest. They want to reunite the family. That's the purpose of this day. They're very happy they were able to get her home," Attorney Ray Jackson said on behalf of the family.

Jackson, vowed to sue over "civil rights violations" linked to the deportation and the planned lawsuit aimed to "make the people who are responsible pay for the civil rights violations that Miss Turner has had to go through."

http://abcnews.go.com/US/jakadrien-turner-texas-runaway-returns-deportation-colombia/story?id=15311341#.T39BXJkS34s" rel="nofollow - link



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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 06 2012 at 2:58pm


Last summer, CeCe McDonald, a young African American transgender woman, was violently attacked in the heart of South Minneapolis.

As she and several friends, also African American and queer or allied, were walking to the grocery store, a group of white adults standing outside of a bar started shouting racist and transphobic insults at them, calling the youth “faggots,” “Brotha Mans,” and “chicks with dicks”.

Tragically, the violence did not stop there- one of the white adults slashed CeCe across the face with a broken bottle, cutting all the way through her cheek, and another of the attackers was fatally stabbed.

Amazingly, in the aftermath of this racist and transphobic attack, the only person facing charges is CeCe McDonald- the victim.

Michael Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney, has charged CeCe with two counts of second degree murder. Because of these charges, she has been unable to recover from the attack and prevented from continuing her studies at the Minneapolis Community Technical College.

Considering that County Attorney Michael Freeman has dropped charges in similar situations this year and that he has advocated strongly for programs to keep kids in school, arguing “We all know that when kids miss school they don’t learn,” why is Michael Freeman ruthlessly going after this young student?

We refuse to allow racism and transphobia, on Minnapolis streets or in Minneapolis courts. We support CeCe. We are waiting for County Attorney Michael Freeman to honor his committment, in his words “to serve all of our citizens with understanding, dignity, and respect” by dropping the charges against CeCe McDonald.

http://www.change.org/petitions/free-cece-we-re-looking-at-you-michael-freeman-drop-the-charges-against-cece-mcdonald#" rel="nofollow - petition

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 07 2012 at 6:47pm
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White Woman Intentionally Drives Vehicle Into Go-Cart Ridden By Two Black Teens In Pearland, TX

“You don’t belong in this neighborhood!”

These are the words that Jules Moor, a 13-year old black child, says that Deanna Johnson, a middle-aged white female, said to him after Johnson slammed her 2011 Jeep Wrangler into his go-cart on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.


According to court documents obtained from Jules’ attorney, Sylvester Anderson, Jules went for a ride in his go-cart in his neighborhood with another 13-year old boy who had been spending spring break with the Moor family. A third minor boy, another friend of Jules’, rode a small bicycle behind the go-cart.

Jules saw two cars behind him while driving back home, so he decided to drive his go-cart completely off the road to his right onto the grassy edge of the neighborhood park to avoid being in the way of traffic.

It is then that Jules states that Johnson swung her vehicle across the south-bound lane of the road, ran over the curb onto the grass and deliberately and intentionally rammed her vehicle head-on into the go-cart.

According to Jules, Johnson got out of her vehicle and confronted the boys in a hostile and threatening manner yelling “Where do you live? Who are your parents?” while shaking her finger at the kids. Jules goes on to say, “With all due respect, Ma’am, I live down the street,” to which Johnson allegedly tells him that she didn’t care and that she was calling the police.


Jules called his mother and told her that Johnson had hit his go-cart and didn’t know why.

“He thought he was going to die,” said Theresa Moor, mother of Jules. “All I could do was stop what I was doing, grab my keys and make my way to my child.”

As Theresa arrived, she saw that the go-cart had been damaged severely and learned from Jules that Johnson had accused the boys of not living in the neighborhood. As Theresa approached Johnson to find out what happened, Johnson put her palm up to her face in a dismissive manner, refused to talk, went back to her truck and rolled up the windows.


Frustrated at the way things were transpiring, Theresa contacted the police and several Brazoria County Sheriff’s deputies arrived.

According to Theresa, she overheard Johnson claim that she was trying to “detain” the boys because they looked like some kids that they had seen earlier riding bicycles onto the driveways of houses in the neighborhood.

Jules and the other 13-year old boy in the go-cart sustained back and neck injuries as a result of the wreck. The boys had collars placed on their necks, were placed on stretchers and taken by ambulance to the emergency room of Southeast Memorial Hermann Hospital. They were treated and released, but Jules has since been diagnosed with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and is seeing a therapist regularly.

“My son is not the same,” says Theresa. “He doesn’t want to play outside anymore or leave the house alone. I just don’t know why she did this to my child.”


It is still unclear why Johnson decided to do what she did. Johnson never apologized for ramming her truck into the go-cart and jeopardizing the lives of the three children and according to witnesses, was seen laughing as she spoke with the Sheriff’s deputies.

Johnson was not arrested or drug-tested upon the admission of her actions. The Sheriff’s department Captain that came on the scene decided not to arrest Johnson upon consulting with the District Attorney.



Johnson has responded to the Moor family’s claims

Quote “As a mother of two children, I was concerned for the safety of these kids because they were driving their vehicle erratically and at high speeds through the neighborhood and also came dangerously close to a lake. When I saw them driving erratically for the second or third time that evening, I pulled my vehicle over and stopped” she wrote.

“They were still driving fast and because they had driven onto a grass area, when they hit the brakes to stop, they skidded and ran into my vehicle after I had stopped. This is about the safety of children and nothing more.”




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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 07 2012 at 7:00pm
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'Long Live Zimmerman' Spray-Painted On Black Cultural Center Building



COLUMBUS, Ohio - The executive director of the Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center called for the arrest of the person responsible for graffiti that might have been racially-charged after it was found on a campus building Thursday morning.

The words "Long Live Zimmerman" were found spray-painted on the walls of The Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center, located at 153 W. 12th Ave., on the Ohio State campus, at about 8 a.m., 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.

Some said that the graffiti indicated support for George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in February.

The vandalism was found one night after a student rally took place in memory of Martin, Landers reported.

"Ignorance is bliss," said Larry Williamson, the executive director of the Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center. "We want the person brought to trial, caught. We want to make sure these kinds of things don't happen."

Brittany Fennell, president of the campus’ Black Student Association, said that the graffiti shocked her.

“It’s very saddening to me that there’s a lot of intolerance here on the campus of Ohio State University,” Fennell said.

Student Brandon Conley said that he agreed.

“The only reason why someone would do that would for them to get a reaction, and I won’t give them that,” Conley said.

Ohio State President Gordon Gee said that racism has no place on campus.

“I was really outraged by this on a university that takes great pride in civility and respect,” Gee said.

Police said that no witnesses to the crime were identified. The graffiti was power-washed from the wall later in the morning.

A rally was scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in response to the crime.







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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 07 2012 at 7:10pm
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Oklahoma parole board agrees to give Spottedcrow, guilty seller of $31 in pot, early hearing



Patricia Spottedcrow sits on her bunk in a dorm at the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility in Taft in December. Spottedcrow is one year into her eight-year prison sentence for selling a small amount of marijuana to a police informant with her children present in Kingfisher.

A Kingfisher woman serving an eight-year prison sentence on a first-time offense for selling $31 in marijuana is getting a chance at parole after the board unanimously agreed to hear her case early.

Patricia Spottedcrow, 26, is scheduled to appear on the Pardon and Parole Board's docket April 17-20 in Oklahoma City.

Board member Marc Dreyer of Tulsa had asked for a pre-docket investigation report on Spottedcrow. After reviewing the findings, he made a motion at the January board meeting to speed up her parole hearing.

Others agreed.

"I thought her case was worthy of consideration," Dreyer said.

Spottedcrow was arrested and charged for selling the marijuana to a police informant in December 2009 and January 2010. Her mother, Delita Starr, 51, was also charged.

Because children were in the home, a charge of possession of a dangerous substance in the presence of a minor was added.

In blind pleas before a judge, Spottedcrow received a 12-year sentence and her mother received a 30-year suspended sentence. Neither had prior criminal convictions.

At the time, Kingfisher County did not have a community sentencing program, such as a Drug Court or Women in Recovery.

When Spottedcrow was booked, after her sentence was handed down, marijuana was found in the jacket she was wearing. She pleaded guilty to that additional charge and was sentenced to two years running concurrent with the previous sentence.

After her story was published in the Tulsa World, a groundswell of support grew. Supporters expressed concern with possible racial bias, unequal punishment among crimes, women in prison, effects on children of incarcerated parents and extreme sentences for drug offenses.

In October, a Kingfisher County judge took four years off her sentence.

"It's fantastic the board is taking such an interest in this," said Oklahoma City attorney Josh Welch, who has been donating his services to represent Spottedcrow. "It speaks volumes that one member of the board, on his own, thought this is worthy to do."

Welch filed for post-conviction relief Tuesday, alleging the original attorney was ineffective and had a conflict in representing Spottedcrow and her mother. The petition also argues the sentence "is excessive and shocks the conscience."

In the filings and court records, the original defense attorney, Mark Clayborne, has since been convicted of two felony charges - perjury by subornation and allowing the introduction of a false exhibit as evident - after a jury trial in an unrelated case.

Clayborne's license to practice law in Oklahoma is suspended while he appeals the conviction and he will be disbarred if the conviction is upheld, court records show.

Clayborne has declined a request by Welch to provide a statement about Spottedcrow's case.

Welch said he will proceed with the appeal to contest the merits of her sentence and possibly get an early release from probation.

Welch called the move "a step in the right direction."

"Unfortunately, there are a lot of Patricia Spottedcrows in the state that many do not know about - where people have been incarcerated when there are better alternatives to treat them," Welch said.




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Posted By: csungrl09
Date Posted: Apr 07 2012 at 7:11pm
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/04/06/459961/derbyshire-avoid-concentrations-of-blacks/" rel="nofollow - http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/04/06/459961/derbyshire-avoid-concentrations-of-blacks/

racist conservative writer's advice to white people.


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Even with a low LSAT, i'm a hot commodity.


Posted By: f8dagrate
Date Posted: Apr 07 2012 at 7:27pm
This thread Just reminds me that the more you know the more power you have to do something. It may not be directly in these horrible situations but, indirectly. And to use technology as a tool, to video tape and record everything that happens with law enforcement. Black young men need to be more informed in churches ,school, and where ever they meet about their rights.. Because many other injustices have and are occurring daily because of this. So many times my brother has been pulled over and stripped search for no just cause by the police.. It breaks my heart, because he thinks the police can do whatever to him because, they got a gun or they are the lawCryCry

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Posted By: Eden.
Date Posted: Apr 21 2012 at 2:01pm
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On December 23, 2011, my goddaughter, Jasmine Thar, a 16-year-old African American, was shot and killed while in my mother’s front yard in Chadbourn, North Carolina.

When the shot rang out, Jasmine was preparing for a routine shopping trip and doing what most teens do—texting. Two others, my niece and myself, were also injured in the shooting.

The 23-year-old Caucasian male who fired the fatal shot from the house across the street was taken in for questioning,but he has not been charged with a crime of any kind.

Because he claims it was an accident, the police let him go—despite the fact that he admits he fired the shot and police found a Confederate flag and Nazi literature in his home.


The message being sent is that you can shoot and kill someone like Jasmine and get away with it by simply claiming it was an accident. That can’t be the world we live in.

That’s why we created a petition on SignOn.org to District Attorney Jon David, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and Assistant District Attorney Chris Gentry. The petition says:

We demand justice for Jasmine Thar, who was shot and killed. Three months after the shooting we still have no answers. We urge you to sign this petition to demand a lawful, thorough, and unprejudiced investigation from the SBI and sound judicial decisions from Columbus County District Attorney Jon David and ADA Chris Gentry.

Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:


http://www.moveon.org/r?r=274217&id=39852-9173195-bfuEy%3Dx&t=3" rel="nofollow - petition link
Thank you.

–Treka McMillian




Posted By: Organic
Date Posted: Aug 20 2012 at 9:30pm
Bump! I'm sure we've got quite a few recent entries to add...unfortunately.

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Cut from full hip to full waist
Maxi Glide with coconut oil
Pin curls
VOILA!


Posted By: Alias_Avi
Date Posted: Aug 21 2012 at 7:49am
Sad that a good father was taken from our community *sigh*

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Chicago Cop Kills Father After Motorcycle Accident

Deadly confrontation happened after 4-year-old girl was hit by off-duty police officer's bike.
08/13/2012


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