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Mumia Abu-Jamal & the Struggle for Prison Abolition

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“…the struggle against the death penalty is bigger than me. The struggle against the prison industrial complex is bigger than me. The struggle for social justice is bigger than me. And they will continue long after I’m gone. Struggle goes on. It’s just important to know which side you’re on.”
-Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Migration is Beautiful

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"Migration is Beautiful symbolizes a commitment from the creative community to see, show, and celebrate the humanity of the migrant story."


VIDEO here


Re-tweet "Migration is Beautiful"  here 


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Fatal Invention with Dorothy Roberts - AUDIO

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Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century

Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law.


"Every time there is a census there is a different definition of race."

-Dorothy Roberts


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Constant State of Rage Part II: No I Don't Need to Be Nice to my Oppressors

Constant State of Rage Part II: No I Don't Need to Be Nice to my Oppressors | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"Being nice to your oppressor and tending to their emotions and standards has never freed any oppressed group.  Audacity and bravery are required." -SHENITA ANN MCLEAN


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Trans Girl’s Friend Helps Stop Stabbing Attack on D.C. Metro

Trans Girl’s Friend Helps Stop Stabbing Attack on D.C. Metro | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


A 15-year-old transgender girl was stabbed in the back Wednesday while riding on a D.C. metro train. According to witnesses, 24-year-old Reginald Anthony Klaiber began verbally assaulting the teen before attacking her. One unnamed witness and friend of the teen told NBC News 4 that they intervened in the attack to protect her: “He pulled out a knife and he stabbed my friend. And that’s when I maced him.”


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On Yellow Face, Racial Parody, and White Denial

On Yellow Face, Racial Parody, and White Denial | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Seattle Times columnist Sharon Pian Chan went after the play [The Mikado] in an editorial on July 13. Chan begins her critique with the following:


"Remember when someone pranked a San Francisco TV station into reporting that the names of the Asiana plane crash pilots were “Captain Sum Ting Wong” and “Wi Tu Lo”?

After the station KTVU realized its mistake, it fired three producers.


But in Seattle, at least one theater plans to spend the summer guffawing about how Asian names sound like gibberish…Set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu — get it? — [The Mikado] features characters named Nanki Poo, Yum-Yum and Pish-Tush. It’s a rom-com where true love is threatened by barbaric beheadings.


All 40 Japanese characters are being played by white actors, including two Latinos. KIRO radio host Dave Ross is in the cast.


It’s yellowface, in your face."


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I haven't seen people of color dressing up like white people and making fun of them. 


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NOT AGAIN: NYPD Places Pregnant Woman In Chokehold [VIDEO]

NOT AGAIN: NYPD Places Pregnant Woman In Chokehold [VIDEO] | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Less than a week ago Eric Garner was laid to rest after dying from being placed in an illegal chokehold by Staten Island police, and now it looks as if the NYPD has once again, broken the rules.


Their reasoning? Allegedly grilling illegally outside.


Captured on a cell phone video, 27-year-old Rosan Miller is noticeably pregnant, but that doesn’t stop the NYPD from placing the woman in what looks like a chokehold.


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Choke holds are deadly, and should be illegal. 


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Man brings assault rifle into Phoenix airport, then...

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Police arrested a 54-year-old man after witnesses said they saw him displaying an AR-15 at Sky Harbor.
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If he was Black or Brown and brought an assault weapon out in public what would happen? 


Remember what happened ten seconds after seeing 13 year old Andy Lopez carrying a toy gun that looked like an assault rifle?  


Andy was shot 7 times within 26 seconds


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Synagogue Vandalized In NE Miami-Dade - CBS Miami

Synagogue Vandalized In NE Miami-Dade - CBS Miami | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
For the second time in as many days, messages of hate targeted members of South Florida's Jewish community. Early Monday morning, spray painted swastikas and the word
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Thank you for sharing +Rishona Campbell


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Changing the Way We See Native Americans


This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In 2013 Matika Wilbur took on a project of massive scope: to photograph members of each Federally recognized tribe in the United States. "My dream," Wilbur says, "is that our children are given images that are more useful, truthful, and beautiful." 


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ICE Detains Pregnant Women Against Its Own Policy

ICE Detains Pregnant Women Against Its Own Policy | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"According to its own policy, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, only detains pregnant women if they pose a public safety threat—but new evidence illustrates the practice is quite common.


Over at Fusion
, Cristina Costantini found that at 559 pregnant women have been detained by ICE in just six facilities since 2012, and there’s no reason to believe they meet ICE’s own policy for holding expecting mothers. At least 14 women suffered miscarriages while in detention in 2012. According to Fusion’s estimate, up to 57 pregnant immigrant women are being detained per day.


Read more over at Fusion."


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Hillary Clinton backs refugee screening abroad for Central American kids

Hillary Clinton backs refugee screening abroad for Central American kids | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Hillary Clinton thinks the U.S. should create a refugee screening process for Central American children in their home countries to help prevent more young people from undertaking a dangerous trek north.


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Does Hillary Clinton know that Central American governments are likely to recruit to a drug gang or murder any child who asks for asylum? 


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Social justice class removed as direct result of the systematic racism that it was teaching students about


"Yasab, the student of color, is NOT intended to be muted. If you cannot hear his audio, it is due to an issue with channels on certain systems. He has very important input and I am working on fixing it as fast as I can."

A couple of articles on the removal:

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/arch...

http://news.yahoo.com/popular-seattle...

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/opinion...


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This reminds me of when an Arizona school district canceled Mexican-American studies. 


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Witness: Cop stomped on suspect's head - CNN.com Video

Bystanders say they captured video of a NYPD officer stomping on the head of a suspect while making an arrest.
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Kevin Sweat pleads guilty to killing 2 girls and fiance

Kevin Sweat pleads guilty to killing 2 girls and fiance | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The man accused of killing two Weleetka girls and his fiance pleaded guilty on Thursday. Kevin Sweat entered three guilty pleas for the deaths of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker, 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker and his fiance Ashley Taylor.
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How to Decolonize Your Mind

How to Decolonize Your Mind | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"How do you decolonize your mind? 

You have to begin by questioning some of the most basic ideas you take for granted every day." 


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785 of this year's unaccompanied child migrants were under 6 years old

785 of this year's unaccompanied child migrants were under 6 years old | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Little kids, including a troubling number of children age five or younger, make up the fastest-growing group of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the US border in fiscal year 2014. So far this year, nearly 7,500 kids under 13 have been caught without a legal guardian—and 785 of them were younger than six.


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I'm guessing that the parents of these little kids were murdered. 


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Teen raped on lawn at Keith Urban show, police say

Teen raped on lawn at Keith Urban show, police say | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


(CNN) -- A teenage girl was raped at the same Keith Urban show where 20 people got so drunk they were hospitalized, police said.


The attack happened in front of a large crowd of other concertgoers on the lawn of the Xfinity Center, an outdoor amphitheater in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on Saturday night, a police statement said.


The rape ended when a woman in the crowd pushed the alleged attacker off the victim and he fled, police said.


Sean Murphy, 18, was arrested "a short time later" and charged with rape, police said.


"Officers conducting the investigation were assisted by patrons that had been concerned and took photos and video of the assault on their cellular phones," the Mansfield Police statement said. "Those phones are being processed to recover the digital evidence of the assault."

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"WHAT'S THAT MATTER WITH YOU PEOPLE": 346 Words on How to Fix Our Problems

"WHAT'S THAT MATTER WITH YOU PEOPLE": 346 Words on How to Fix Our Problems | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


So many of the problems in the United States today could so very easily be solved with a tiny bit of common sense and basic humanity. In the following list (below the image), I propose changes that should happen immediately (yes, utopian), changes that would actually be automatic if we were at all sincere about continuing our “great experiment with democracy.” 


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Toward a Truly Multiracial Democracy

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Note: This is another in my continuing series on Possible Racial Futures for the US. This one is based on the last chapter of “The White Racial Frame” (2010) by Joe R. Feagin, a White American sociologist.


The US is capable of becoming less racist and more democratic
, as shown by Reconstruction in the 1800s, which freed slaves and made them citizens, and Civil Rights reforms in the 1900s, which overthrew Jim Crow.


But
 both Reconstruction and Civil Rights were later seriously weakened because they left two things in place:
 

  1. Ideological: The white racial frame (white racism).
  2. Economic: Huge racial inequalities in wealth, income and education.


Therefore you need:
 

  1. Ideological: The liberty-and-justice frame of the Founding Fathers along with an understanding of stereotyping and institutional racism.
  2. Economic: Reparations, especially for Black and Native Americans.


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An excessive force epidemic? - CNN Video

Susan Candiotti reports on what many perceive to be an alarming increase in the use of excessive force amongst police
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Have police always been like this, but now we are learning due to cell phone videos? 


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VIDEO - A THUNDER-BEING NATION - The Oglala Lakota of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation


The journey of the Oglala Lakota of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, from their origins through to their contemporary life. The most comprehensive look at an Indian Reservation in a documentary made over 13 years by international award winning film-maker Steven Lewis Simpson director of Rez Bomb.


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How Failure to Fix Immigration Affects a Young Girl -- Again

How Failure to Fix Immigration Affects a Young Girl -- Again | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Outside the chambers and hallways of the Capitol, the immigration reform debate isn’t political. It’s personal. When Washington, D.C. resident Cindy Monge saw the images of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border it hit home. Eight years ago she was one of them.
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At least eight children killed at Gaza refugee camp

At least eight children killed at Gaza refugee camp | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


At a refugee camp near the beach in Gaza, parents took their children out to play. It's Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Children need to be children, even during war.


A boy named Mohammed was happy for a moment playing in the street yards from his family's front door.


Then an explosion, and the ground shook. Holes as large as fists pockmarked a nearby building, and 10 people -- eight of them children -- were killed, according to Gaza's Health Ministry.


In the chaos, they were rushed to nearby Shifa Hospital A TV news outlet run by Hamas showed live footage of the hospital. The channel blamed the carnage on an Israeli drone.


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Should Latino be a Race Part 1 of 7 - VIDEO

Should Latino be a Race Part 1 of 7 - VIDEO | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Multiracial Americans President Thomas Lopez delivers a talk on changing the Census categories to allow Latino to become a race. In this episode, the talk is introduced with a brief history of the Census. Special emphasis is made on how Hispanic became a Census category and mixed race people succeeded in checking one or more racial categories.


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Chicago boy killed, 6 others shot - CNN Video

A Chicago boy was killed and 6 people were wounded, police say.
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How The Washington Football Team Creates A Hostile Environment For Native American Students

How The Washington Football Team Creates A Hostile Environment For Native American Students | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON -- Much of the debate over whether to keep the Washington football team's name has centered around whether it's actually offensive to Native Americans. Owner Dan Snyder has searched high and low to find American Indians who aren't put off by the term "Redskins" as justification for keeping it.


But according to Erik Stegman, an author of a new report on Native mascots and team names, that discussion misses the point.


"This entire debate is being spun in the wrong direction, and it doesn't really matter whether or not one Native person you talk to supports or doesn't," Stegman said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "When you have kids in schools who are getting harassed, who are feeling a lack of self-worth because they themselves have become a mascot for someone else, I think that's really what the point is all about. We need to stop having this debate over which Native people are offended because it's a ridiculous debate."


Stegman is associate director of the Half in Ten Education Fund at the progressive Center for American Progress. Previously, he served as majority staff counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. He and Victoria Phillips, a professor at American University Washington College of Law, argue in a report published Tuesday that derogatory team names create an "unwelcome and hostile learning environment" for Native students that "directly results in lower self-esteem and mental health" for these adolescents and young adults.


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