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Mother, Advocates to Birmingham, Ala., Police: Stop Using Pepper Spray on Our Children | Southern Poverty Law Center

Mother, Advocates to Birmingham, Ala., Police: Stop Using Pepper Spray on Our Children | Southern Poverty Law Center | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A mother whose daughters were hit with pepper spray by a police officer at their school in Birmingham, Ala., joined the SPLC and a coalition of advocacy groups today to present the city council and Mayor William Bell with a petition signed by more...
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Migration is Beautiful

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"Artist and co-founder of CultureStrike, Favianna Rodriguez, created the “Migration is Beautiful” butterfly image. “The butterfly symbol was not my idea. Immigrant rights activists have seen the butterfly as a symbol of fluid and peaceful migration for generations. To me, the monarch butterfly represents the dignity and resilience of migrants, and the right that all living beings have to move freely. I believe that we shouldn’t allow our identity to be defined only by our suffering, nor by the actions that others have taken to devalue our families and our labor — rather, let us celebrate our beauty, pride, and resilience in the face of inequality and injustice.”


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Native American Council Offers Amnesty to 220 Million Undocumented Whites

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A council of Native American leaders has offered partial amnesty to the estimated 220 million illegal white immigrants living in the United States.

At a meeting of the Native Peoples Council (NPC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico yesterday, Native American leaders considered several proposals on the future of this continent's large, unauthorized European population. The elders ultimately decided to extend a pathway to citizenship for those without criminal backgrounds.

"We are prepared to offer White people the option of staying on this continent legally and applying for citizenship," explains Chief Wamsutta of the Wampanoag nation. "In return, they must pay any outstanding taxes and give back the land stolen from our ancestors.

"Any white person with a criminal record, however, will be deported in the next 90 days back to their ancestral homeland. Rush Limbaugh will be going to Germany. Justin Bieber will depart for Canada. And the entire cast of Jersey Shore will be returning to Italy."


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Behind the series: Product of Mexico

Behind the series: Product of Mexico | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Los Angeles Times reporter Richard Marosi and photojournalist Don Bartletti explain what it took to get access to places that have long escaped outside scrutiny.
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The U.S. allows child labor in harvesting as well. 


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Samuel L. Jackson Just Challenged Celebrities to Call Out the “Violence of the Racist Police”

Samuel L. Jackson Just Challenged Celebrities to Call Out the “Violence of the Racist Police” | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


In a bold move, heavyweight actor Samuel L. Jackson has issued a call to action, similar to that of the ice bucket challenge, but for police.


Saturday, on his facebook page, Jackson offers to “all [the] celebrities that poured ice water on [their] head, a chance to do something else.”

Jackson challenges celebrities to sing the “We ain’t gonna stop, till people are free” song.


The song starts off with a reference to Eric Garner’s last words.

I can hear my neighbor cryin’ ‘I can’t breathe’

Now I’m in the struggle and I can’t leave.

Callin’ out the violence of the racist police.

We ain’t gonna stop, till people are free.

We ain’t gonna stop, till people are free.

Jackson then ends the 47 second challenge asking celebrities to “come on, sing it out.”


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#WhiteCoats4BlackLives: Medical Students Stage Nationwide Protests Against Police Brutality

#WhiteCoats4BlackLives: Medical Students Stage Nationwide Protests Against Police Brutality | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Medical students from more than 70 schools on Wednesday protested racial profiling and police brutality through the social media initiative #WhiteCoats4BlackLives.


Hundreds of medical students wore white coats at “die-ins” and other protests on campuses to spotlight racial bias as a public health issue.


The medical students joined others who have demonstrated since grand juries in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City declined to indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men. Some of the protests have involved students, including those in high schoolscolleges and Ivy league schools.


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Knox College lifts suspension for player's Ferguson protest

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Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, reversed its decision to suspend a women’s basketball player who protested the Ferguson decision right before  a regulation game in St. Louis, County Missouri over the weekend.


“I could not go into that gymnasium and pretend that everything was okay. I could not, in good conscience, I could not play that game,” said Ariyana Smith, a junior from New Lenox, Illinois.


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These 'team players' are the WORST, clueless uneducated about solidarity and uneducated about human rights and uneducated about social justice, college students to not back their Black teammate during the largest Civil Rights protest period since the 1960's Civil Rights marches. 


And if her 'team players' are not uneducated then they are heartless as hell - I'm calling out both heartless and uneducated


#BLACKLIVESMATTER 

#ICANTBREATHE 

#HANDSUPDONTSHOOT 

#SHUTITDOWN  


Privileged people who don't get it are making me sick to my stomach. 


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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised -Gil Scott-Heron

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The revolution WILL be tweeted. 


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Alia Atkinson Becomes 1st Black Woman to Win World Title in Swimming [VIDEO]

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Alia Atkinson of Jamaica poses with her gold medal after winning the women’s 100 breaststroke during the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Dec. 6, 2014. (Karim Jaafar/Getty Images) 


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Woot! 
Fastest runner in world from Jamaica, and now fastest female swimmer in world from Jamaica!


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Find (or submit) Ferguson Response Location

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Listing of planned #ThisStopsToday events after the Eric Garner Grand Jury announcement. 


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#iCANTBREATH #HANDSUPDONTSHOOT #SHUTitDOWN 


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Meet the woman spearheading the federal probe of Ferguson

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Vanita Gupta was only weeks out of law school in 2001 when she began looking into a strange series of drug busts in a tiny West Texas ranch town named Tulia.

In 1999, a third of the town’s black population had been ensnared in the biggest drug bust the Texas Panhandle had ever seen. Forty-six people, almost all of them poor African-Americans who had prior run-ins with the law, were convicted on charges of cocaine dealing and sentenced to years in prison based solely on the testimony of a former rodeo clown turned undercover cop who had little experience investigating narcotics.

Gupta, then 26, had just joined the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, and she began assembling a team of attorneys and civil rights groups to look into the drug arrests, which didn’t smell right to her. It was her first case as an attorney. Two years later, a Texas judge overturned many of the convictions, calling the cop’s testimony not credible. After the officer was found guilty of perjury, Gov. Rick Perry pardoned most of the defendants whose convictions had not been previously overturned.

It was one of the highest-profile cases of racial injustice in recent memory, and it branded Gupta, so young she still resembled a college student, a rising star in the legal world. “Don’t be surprised if she ends up on the Supreme Court someday,” the Houston Chronicle mused in 2003. And Hollywood took notice too, optioning a book about the Tulia case. 

In the decade since, Gupta has gone on to become one of the best-known civil rights attorneys in the country — leading the charge on prison reform, immigration law, police overreach and other issues.

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Resources to Help You Understand Administrative Relief

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We have compiled a number of resources to help you better understand and navigate the administrative relief process.
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On Being a Black Male, Six Feet Four Inches Tall, in America in 2014

On Being a Black Male, Six Feet Four Inches Tall, in America in 2014 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Just like Michael Brown, comedian and commentator W. Kamau Bell is six feet four inches tall. And he knows it.
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In a heavily armed country like the U.S. men, and boys need to watch every move they make. Where their hands are, what color is the object in their hand, how suspiciously are they walking, too fast, too slow. 


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Meet a Native American for Native American Heritage Month [VIDEOS]

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Santa Clara County, CA passed most comprehensive living wage ordinance in the nation $19.06 / hr

Santa Clara County, CA passed most comprehensive living wage ordinance in the nation $19.06 / hr | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014


Santa Clara County, California supervisors passed a new living wage measure touted by some to be the most comprehensive in the nation.


The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors passed the Living Wage Ordinance by a 3-1 vote with one abstention.


The proposed law will require every employer who does business with the county to pay a minimum hourly wage of $19.06 per hour. A living wage ordinance differs from minimum wage laws in that it incorporates health care and other standard-of-living requirements.


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Grandma passes out, 4-year-old does this - CNN Video

Grandma passes out, 4-year-old does this
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I love his hair. Reminds me of my son's long hair, and everyone thinks he's a girl 'cause of it. 


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"Sorry for the inconvenience we are trying to change the world"

"Sorry for the inconvenience we are trying to change the world" | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Sorry for the inconvenience we are trying to change the world" #BlackLivesMatter #ICantBreathe #nyc #Seattle pic.twitter.com/eUGsqNJ4VM

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settler colonialism

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Settler colonialism is the process where a country or people creates an offshoot of itself in a new land. Countries like the United States, Australia, Liberia and Israel were created by settler colonialism. Countries like Haiti, Nigeria and Iraq, on the other hand, were created by extractive colonialism.

Settler colonialism, says Andrea Smith, is one of the three pillars of White supremacy in the US, the other two being anti-Black racism and Orientalism.


In extractive colonialism
 there are two main parts:

  • metropole – the country that rules an empire;
  • periphery – the countries it has power over.

Metropolitans extract wealth from the native peoples and lands of the periphery. Wealth flows from the periphery to the metropole. Metropolitans may work for a time in the periphery – as soldiers, slave traders, priests or plantation owners, for example – but consider the metropole their homeland.


In settler colonialism
 a third element is added: settlers. They move from the metropole to the periphery to create a new homeland. The Pilgrims are a good example. In the long run they cause trouble for both natives and the metropole as they gain land, wealth and sovereignty.


Settlers and natives:
 Settlers are not mainly interested in ruling over natives or joining their society or even in making them slaves. They want their land and therefore want them to disappear by any means necessary, even genocide. To replace natives they bring in:


Cheap labour:
 Convicts, slaves, refugees, immigrants, contract labourers, etc. These people serve settler society, becoming part of it in time, sometimes a racialized part. Unlike settlers, they do not create homelands of their own. Sometimes they are forced out.


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The revolution will be live-tweeted: why #BlackLivesMatter is the new model for civil rights

The revolution will be live-tweeted: why #BlackLivesMatter is the new model for civil rights | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


The events of the past few months, now simply referred to as Ferguson, have touched off nationwide protests of a scale not seen in a half-century. From billboards to T-shirts, protest banners and news headlines – all emblazoned with the words #BlackLivesMatter – we are witnessing the makings of a social movement of the 21st century kind. The revolution that Gil Scot Heron famously said, “would not be televised”, is today, in fact, recorded and tweeted.


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How to Use Twitter to ‘Fight the Power’ 

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MARCH! Dec. 13th 2pm Downtown Santa Rosa! Justice for Andy Lopez! Justice for Mike Brown! Justice for Tamir Rice! Justice for Eric Garner!

MARCH! Dec. 13th 2pm Downtown Santa Rosa! Justice for Andy Lopez! Justice for Mike Brown! Justice for Tamir Rice! Justice for Eric Garner! | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


DEC. 13th @ 2:00pm Downtown Santa Rosa, CA.

JOIN ON FACEBOOK!

We need to continue to build momentum in struggle for justice for Andy Lopez, Mike Brown,Tamir Rice and all victims of police murder. Join us Saturday 12/13 at 2pm at Old Courthouse Square. We’ll make the short trek to the Santa Rosa Plaza where we will participate in a die in inside the mall in solidarity with Ferguson. After that we will regroup and decide together (on the spot to neutralize police interference) where to march, and YES, we will march. Please invite everybody you can to come! Let’s do this!


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What Native Americans really look like

What Native Americans really look like | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Photographer Matika Wilbur's Project 562 aims to capture the diversity of Indian Country.
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I have highlighted Matika Wilbur's Project 562 before but it is such a powerful project I thought it worthy of mention again. America needs tor recognize the new face of Native America and not just the Johnny Depp Hollywood fiction one.

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Chris Rock Calls Hollywood A Mexican ‘Slave State'

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Chris Rock has gone on a race-talking spree that has caught the eyes of many these last few days.

The comedian is known for his hilarious rants in his stand-ups, but to call Rock’s recent words a “race rant” would be a disservice...
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Pay Reparations 2.0

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Every penny donated here will be paid straight back as reparations. 

Who should pay reparations?

All Americans. Yes, even if you are of color and even if you are a first generation immigrant. We are a democracy, so we are all guilty. And yes, White people are WAY more guilty - so dig deep in those pockets White people.   

Who whould collect reparations?

  • African-Americans who have been in the U.S. for generations. 
  • All Native Americans
  • All Latinos of Amerindian heritage


Thank you to 
Thank you to Damali Ayo for her genius workReparations Day.


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What Obama Says He’ll Do About Police Brutality

What Obama Says He’ll Do About Police Brutality | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


The president’s plan leaves activists with questions and doubts.


1. Establish a task force on police accountability

2. Demilitarize the police

3. Fund body cams for cops

4. Convene community meetings


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The Gun Shop Owner

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When Ralph Demicco realized three people took their lives just hours after purchasing a gun from his store, he was disturbed – and he took action.
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Hundreds Block The Streets In Cleveland To Protest Police Killing 12 Year Old Boy

Hundreds Block The Streets In Cleveland To Protest Police Killing 12 Year Old Boy | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Cleveland, Ohio - As the riots and police state presence in Ferguson has taken center stage in the news, people in Cleveland protested the killing of a local 12-year-old boy, and also showed their support for the Michael Brown family as well. Young Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a cop this past Saturday, because…
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Show Thanks to Farmworkers for Your Thanksgiving Meal!

Show Thanks to Farmworkers for Your Thanksgiving Meal! | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Help us send a message of thanks to farmworkers and poultry workers for bringing food to your table this Thanksgiving Day.
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