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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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"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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New video about Mexico - From Mexico


And check the video that preceded this - over at Community Village


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Positiveness for the win. And you can tell they employed a native Spanish speaker because the word gross is pronounced funny. 


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SD Police Say Tazing 8-Year-Old Native Girl Was Justified, Family Sues

SD Police Say Tazing 8-Year-Old Native Girl Was Justified, Family Sues | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


The family of an 8-year-old Native American girl who was tazed by police in October is suing while the Pierre Police Department say it was justified.


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Police Kill Yet Another Civilian in Ferguson

Police Kill Yet Another Civilian in Ferguson | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Just a few short miles from where police officer Darren Wilson publicly executed 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, police officers have shot and killed yet another Black man dead in the street.


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California Mayor Urges Cops to Wear Body Cameras After Ferguson

California Mayor Urges Cops to Wear Body Cameras After Ferguson | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Few police departments in the U.S. use body-worn cameras in the field
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Reinforces the need to get our #bodyworncamera standard approved ASAP! Incidents like those in  #Ferguson could benefit from the use of these technologies! 

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8 of the Youngest Black College Graduates You Should Know

8 of the Youngest Black College Graduates You Should Know | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Some of these gifted children started taking classes before they could even legally drive.
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Ferguson Protests Erupt Near Grave of Ex-Slave Dred Scott, Whose Case Helped Fuel U.S. Civil War

Ferguson Protests Erupt Near Grave of Ex-Slave Dred Scott, Whose Case Helped Fuel U.S. Civil War | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


AMY GOODMAN: Just miles down the road from the scene of protests in Ferguson, we’re hearing a lot about Florissant. Just down Florissant is the grave of Dred Scott, who’s buried in the Calvary Cemetery on West Florissant Avenue. Born a slave in Virginia, Dred Scott sued in a St. Louis court for his freedom. The case went to the Supreme Court, resulting in a landmark Supreme Court decision that’s called the worst ever. In 1857, the court ruled African Americans were not citizens of the United States, and therefore had no rights to sue in federal courts. The court described blacks as, quote, "beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect," unquote. Again, the Dred Scott decision, considered the worst decision in the history of the Supreme Court, in the slave state of Missouri, the seven-to-two decision. The chief justice was a slave owner himself. In fact, a number of the Supreme Court justices were slave owners themselves.

To talk more about the significance of this case today, we’re joined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia University, founder of the African American Policy Forum.

Kimberlé, thank you for joining us. Professor Crenshaw, talk about the significance of Dred Scott’s body just lying down the road on Florissant, the road we’ve heard so much about, as these protests continue and escalate.


KIMBERLÉ CRENSHAW:
 Well, really couldn’t be more symbolic. As you point out, Dred Scott is widely regarded as being one of the worst cases ever. And there are two ways in which we might see its relevance in this particular moment. One, when the Supreme Court was trying to decide whether African Americans could be citizens, what they considered was the way African Americans were treated. They weren’t necessarily looking at formal law. In a lot of ways, free blacks had more rights than white women did. But the overall idea was that they could be enslavable. The overall idea is that they weren’t seen as having the same social worth as white Americans and could be enslaved for their own good. So the very possibility of their enslavability meant that, at least as far as the founders were concerned, they were going to be forever and permanently a stateless people. And that would have likely been the case had the case not led to a civil war.


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Biden welcomes HUD Secretary Julian Castro

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Vice President Joe Biden gave a hearty welcome Monday to the man many Democrats hope will someday replace him.
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Kroger Under Fire From Gun-Control Moms

Kroger Under Fire From Gun-Control Moms | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


The fight over whether shoppers should be allowed to tote guns openly in American businesses is about to spill into the aisles of Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket chain.


Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national gun control organization backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will kick off a campaign on Monday that seeks to pressure the grocery giant to ban the open carry of firearms in all of its nearly 2,500 stores. The moms' group decided to take action in response to recent demonstrations by open carry activists in Kroger stores in Ohio and Texas, and after conducting research that identified more than a dozen shootings on Kroger property since 2012, said Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman.


"Kroger employees shouldn't have to determine whether the person holding a gun in the frozen aisle is someone dangerous or someone making a political statement," Lamb said.


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Remember when 13 year old Andy Lopez was shot DEAD for carrying the same looking TOY. 


Remember when John Crawford was shot DEAD for carrying the same looking TOY in Walmart? 


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Autopsy results enough to charge officer, Brown family attorney says

Autopsy results enough to charge officer, Brown family attorney says | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


An autopsy of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, provides "ample" evidence for the arrest of the police officer who shot him, a family attorney says.


Bullet shot in top of head came out of his right eye #MikeBrown #Ferguson http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/18/us/missouri-teen-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1


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Erick Gelhaus, deputy who shot 13 year old Andy Lopez, returning to patrol

Erick Gelhaus, deputy who shot 13 year old Andy Lopez, returning to patrol | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus will return to patrolling the streets next week, nearly 10 months after he shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez, sparking protests that revealed deep distrust of law enforcement among some residents, especially those in the Latino community.


The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office in July cleared Gelhaus of any criminal wrongdoing for his actions in the fatal Oct. 22 shooting, which ignited an emotional debate about officers’ use of deadly force and the dangers of toy guns made to look like real firearms.


Lopez was shot while walking down a residential street on Santa Rosa’s southwest outskirts carrying an airsoft BB gun made to resemble an AK-47 assault rifle. Gelhaus told investigators he ordered the boy to drop the gun, then opened fire when Lopez turned toward the deputy, partially raising the barrel of the gun.


Gelhaus did not return a call seeking comment about his return to patrol duties. His attorney Terry Leoni said in an email that the veteran deputy welcomed “this assignment, and knows his nearly 25-years in law enforcement will continue to benefit the community.”


“He will continue to proudly serve the people of Sonoma County, as he has always done,” Leoni said.


Gelhaus, a firearms instructor in the Sheriff’s Office, has been back at work since December, largely in administrative assignments within the department. His return to patrol, including a wide range of duties interacting with the public, marks another potent moment in what has been a painful and tumultuous chapter in Sonoma County history.


For those who have continued to protest the deputy’s actions, news of Gelhaus’ return to patrol was met with surprise and a sense that their concerns had gone unheard


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Palestine's Letter of Solidarity With Ferguson, Missouri

Palestine's Letter of Solidarity With Ferguson, Missouri | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
People of the Third World know very well what it is like to have their voices forcibly suppressed by neo-colonial governments funded and armed by the U.S. and its Western allies.
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Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times

Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"A private, family-requested autopsy shows that Michael Brown was shot at least six timestwice in the head — with all of the bullets striking him in the front."

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“The sheer number of bullets and the way they were scattered all over his body showed this police officer had a brazen disregard for the very people he was supposed to protect in that community,” Mr. Crump said. “We want to make sure people understand what this case is about: This case is about a police officer executing a young unarmed man in broad daylight.

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‘You’re not supposed to shoot so many times,’ said Dr. Baden


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Henry Davis

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Henry Davis (c. 1957- ), an American welder, was beat up by the police in Ferguson, Missouri in 2009. After that they charged him with “damage of property” for getting blood on their uniforms.


Davis is not from Ferguson. He pulled off the road there in the middle of the night to wait out bad weather. It was raining so hard he could barely see.


The police approached his car.
 They took his phone from his hand, put on hand cuffs and took him to the police station. They did not say why.


At the station
 the police found out that he was the wrong Henry Davis – the one they were looking for had a different middle name.


Instead of letting him go, they threw him in jail and beat him up while hand-cuffed. Then they charged him with bleeding on their uniforms:


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Exonerated Man Jabbar Collins Reaches $10 Million Deal With New York City

Exonerated Man Jabbar Collins Reaches $10 Million Deal With New York City | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"After three years of litigation, Jabbar Collins, a man who spent 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, has reached a $10 million settlement with New York City."


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Father of 5 Dies in Custody After Deputies Use Taser

Father of 5 Dies in Custody After Deputies Use Taser | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Authorities are investigating the death of a Victorville man after deputies used a Taser stun gun to take him into custody.
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12 Ways to Be an Ally to Black People

12 Ways to Be an Ally to Black People | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Because Ferguson is happening right now, but systemic racism happens every day.
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Obama Voices Concerns on Police Militarization in Wake of Ferguson

Obama Voices Concerns on Police Militarization in Wake of Ferguson | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
"There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines blurred"
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Gaza's zoo animals caught in crossfire of Israel-Hamas conflict [PHOTOS]

Gaza's zoo animals caught in crossfire of Israel-Hamas conflict [PHOTOS] | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The sights at the Gaza zoo couldn't be sadder.
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"A Human Rights Crisis": In Unprecedented Move, Amnesty International Sends Monitors to Ferguson

"A Human Rights Crisis": In Unprecedented Move, Amnesty International Sends Monitors to Ferguson | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org,The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. As we continue to look at the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, we’re joined by the executive director of Amnesty International USA, which has taken an unprecedented step in sending a 13-person delegation to monitor the developments in Ferguson. Amnesty has never before deployed observers inside the United States.

We’re joined here in our New York studio by Steven Hawkins, who has also worked as an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where he represented African-American men facing the death penalty throughout the Deep South in the United States.

Welcome to Democracy Now!, Steven.


STEVEN
 HAWKINS:
 Pleasure to be here.


AMY
 GOODMAN:
 Talk about this decision.


STEVEN
 HAWKINS:
 Well, Amnesty saw a human rights crisis in Ferguson, and it’s a human rights crisis that is escalating. We sent observers down because there was a need for human rights observers. Clearly there are violations of international human rights law and standards, in terms of how the policing is being done on protests. So, for example, we’ve issued reports on, for example, Israel and the Occupied Territories, how tear gas is supposed to be administered—never in an indiscriminate way where children and the elderly could be subject to very harmful effects, even death, from tear gas. So, we sent down observers to be on the ground. We have been thwarted in our efforts to be able to go out on curfew with the police, which would be a clear standard in these circumstances, as well as the opportunity for the press to be able to be in the space. So, we also went down to make sure that the citizens in Ferguson understood that the eyes of the world were watching, that Amnesty is deeply supportive, and we will be continuing to monitor the situation.


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When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims

When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
This pervasive and not-so-subtle media bias is right in front of your eyes....
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New video shows moments after shooting - CNN Video

Piaget Crenshaw, a witness to the Michael Brown shooting, talks with CNN's Michaela Pereira.
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#LastWords: A Tribute to Men Killed by Police

#LastWords: A Tribute to Men Killed by Police | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Shirin-Banou Barghi created this series of graphics dedicated to those killed by police officers.


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respectability politics

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Apostles: Booker T. Washington, Don Lemon, Bill Cosby, Barack Obama, Chris Rock in “Niggas vs Black People”.


Glory days:
 1895 to 1955, from Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Compromise to the murder of Emmett Till. Its low point was from 1965 to 1984, from Carmichael to Cosby. It seems to be a reaction to racial nadirs, periods of White racist backlash against anti-racist reforms.


In the US, Whites dehumanize Blacks, 
partly through stereotypes. Blacks are seen as lazy, unintelligent, violent, criminal, oversexed, etc. Most Whites think the stereotypes are true. They inform not only “realistic” television dramas, but even news reporting, policing, court cases and government policy.


Therefore, says respectability politics, the main thing wrong with Black people is their behaviour.
 Change the behaviour and Whites will see Black people as human and worthy and therefore do right by them. Stuff like police brutality and high unemployment will melt away.


There are two things wrong with that:


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Eyewitness to shooting of Mike Brown tells her story

Eyewitness to shooting of Mike Brown tells her story | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Tiffany Mitchell, eyewitness to the shooting of Michael Brown, tells Lawrence O'Donnell about the night Michael Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer.
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Mike Brown EyeWitness Crime Scene Video Ferguson, MO [VIDEO]


This is among the earliest video shot of Mike Brown laying dead on the street after being gunned down.According to the videographer, Brown was gunned down just before filming. Voices on the video highlight that Brown had no weapon, and had his hands in the air when shot. 

Residents are heard around the 1:00 mark explaining the chain of events and clearly state that Michael Brown was unarmed and not fighting with police when he was shot.

Note how the Ferguson PD do nothing to give Brown aid or even to secure his body at the scene beyond roping off the general area. Note the nonchalant behavior of the PD as Brown lays dead. 

At the 3:00 mark, a man appearing to be either Michael Brown's father or his uncle runs to the scene but is stopped by the PD. 

While this video is only 10 minutes long, eye witnesses and reporters have stated that Brown's body wasn't moved for 4 hours. Other video clearly taken after this one show Brown's still on the ground.

This video along with other facts coming to light disprove the Ferguson PD's initial claims of Michael Brown being armed as there are no weapons at the scene in this video and no officer is scene doing anything to document evidence, or interview witnesses who are heard throughout the video recounting the events in disbelief. There is no CSI on the scene to examine the body or crime scene. 

It's as if the Ferguson PD on the scene had already made up their minds as to what happened and what story they were going to go with regardless of the facts or the truth.


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