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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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Killed by the NYPD in 2013

Killed by the NYPD in 2013 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


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“Asian Privilege”: Racial Stereotyping 101

“Asian Privilege”: Racial Stereotyping 101 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


As the Ferguson crisis continued to roil this week, the Fox News talking head chimed in to deny the existence of “white privilege” in the United States. The implication, of course, was that deeply-rooted, historical patterns of anti-black racism had nothing to do with African American poverty, unemployment, disenfranchisement, and criminalization.


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Virginia Cop Sentenced To A Mere 3 Years For Killing Unarmed Woman

Virginia Cop Sentenced To A Mere 3 Years For Killing Unarmed Woman | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


She has a name; Patricia Cook. She was killed in Culpeper, Virginia on February 9, 2012.


Patricia was 54 years old. No one knows why she was in the parking lot of Epiphany Catholic School, but while there, she was approached by Culpeper Police Officer Daniel Harmon-Wright.  Officer Harmon-Wright said he received a call of a suspicious vehicle.

Wright fired two shots into Patricia’s vehicle. The first two rounds, fired at point-blank range, tore into Cook’s face and arm. Patricia managed to drive away, but Harmon-Wright did not stop shooting. He shot Patricia 5 times; a round entered her brain, and the another round severed her spine and veered into her heart.


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I Am an Undocumented Immigrant [VIDEO]

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant [VIDEO] | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


In this short documentary, filmmaker Pang Tubhirun explores the role of "deferred action" for people like herself, who were brought to the United States as children and live in the country illegally. (Under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order, eligible immigrants—commonly known as "DREAMers"—are granted employment authorization and temporary reprieve from deportation.) An interview with Tubhirun is below, where she discusses her life as an undocumented immigrant, her fears about making the film, and what she'll do if she is deported. The interview has been edited and condensed for the sake of clarity.


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Migrant Workers sue for being underpaid, poor housing, unsafe transportation and inadequate water

Migrant Workers sue for being underpaid, poor housing, unsafe transportation and inadequate water | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Grand Rapids, accuses Johnston, Iowa-based DuPont Pioneer and two recruiters of violating federal wage and migrant labor laws.


...allegations include poor housing, unsafe transportation to the fields and inadequate water.


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Not White Privilege - Oppression of the Black and of the Poor

Not White Privilege - Oppression of the Black and of the Poor | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Bill O'Reilly brought Megyn Kelly on his Monday show to have a discussion about the concept of "white privilege." He asked Kelly if she believed it was real.


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O'Reilly says that culture is the issue.


The issue is the culture of the privileged classes oppressing people of color and the poor.


Both O'Reilly and Kelly never mention oppression, racism and poverty. 


The Huffpost article talks about this being a conversation about 'white privilege', but then Kelly goes on to quote statistics caused by lack of wealth, opportunity, oppression and racism. 


White privilege is about whites getting the benefit of the doubt while people of color are thought to be guilty at the slightest perceived possible misstep. 


White privilege is not about opportunities through wealth. That would be called 'wealth privilege'. 


O'Reilly and Kelly need to go back to school.


They can start by reading Peggy McIntosh's  'White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack'


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Shooting instructor accidentally shot with Uzi by girl, 9, dies

Shooting instructor accidentally shot with Uzi by girl, 9, dies | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A 39-year-old shooting instructor accidentally shot by one of his 9-year-old students on Monday has died.
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Why do the parents think it's a good idea to teach a 9 year old how to fire an Uzi?


Now this poor 9 year old girl has to live with the fact that she accidentally killed this man for the rest of her life. 


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White Privilege - explained another way

White Privilege - explained another way | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Two pictures of racial tensions in the US, taken 50 years apart.

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The challenge with white privilege is that most white people cannot see it. We assume that the experiences and opportunities afforded to us are the same afforded to others. Sadly, this simply isn’t true. Privileged people can fall into the trap of universalizing experiences and laying them across other people’s experiences as an interpretive lens…



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Death by Law Enforcement: What the data tells us – and what it doesn't

Death by Law Enforcement: What the data tells us – and what it doesn't | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"When a police officer kills someone while trying to stop a crime or make an arrest, government agencies classify the death as a legal intervention. The death of Mike Brown, the 18-year-old and unarmed teenager killed by a police officer earlier this month in Ferguson, Missouri will likely be classified under this term when it comes time to report the circumstances of his death to the national databases that track such information."


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'A cemetery for our people': Guatemalan consul sees life and death of Texas migrant crisis

'A cemetery for our people':  Guatemalan consul sees life and death of Texas migrant crisis | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
In 2013 Alba Caceres sent back 48 bodies from South Texas. But it’s not the dead she worries about so much as the living
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It's not just a Texas migrant crisis. 


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My life as a colony: a self-portrait in four parts -by Claire Marie O'Brien

My life as a colony: a self-portrait in four parts -by Claire Marie O'Brien | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"It’s funny how much people hate

to see me standing at the Gates,

presuming  I can give expression

to real,  system-wide oppression.

To them I say,” Well you tell me

why nothing here applies to me.

Why every  fundamental right

applies to everyone  in sight

except for those you single out

as people who just do not count."


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Check the whole post to get the full impact. 


It's haunting and powerful. 


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Mexican president calls for immigration reform - US News

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By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mexico's president spoke of the need for U.S. immigration reform on a two-day visit to immigrant-friendly California, saying those who reject diversity and inclusion will ultimately be proven wrong.


"We want to be a factor of cohesion, not division, with full respect for the sovereignty of the United States," President Enrique Pena Nieto said Monday. "This, at the end, is about — and only about — a matter of justice for those who contribute so much to the development of the American society."


Pena Nieto was welcomed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who played up his immigration credentials in a speech that highlighted the close cultural and historical ties they share across borders.

"It wasn't very long ago that the governor of California was outlawing driver's licenses for people who were undocumented from Mexico," Brown said. "That's not the law anymore."


Brown signed a bill into law last year that will enable immigrants to get driver's licenses next year. He said he got the message after a visit to a Monterey artichoke field where the workers yelled "licencia, licencia."


During an upbeat speech embracing the ties between Mexico and California, Brown didn't entirely gloss over a relationship that has, at times, been fraught with tension and he referred to past ethnic problems.


California voters in 1994 passed Proposition 187 that sought to ban immigrants who are in the country illegally from access to social services including health care and education, though it was reversed by the courts.


Hispanics have now become a force to be reckoned with in California. They now make up the largest of any racial or ethnic group in the state, though their voter registration numbers still lag behind whites.


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Five-Year-Old Navajo Boy Denied Admission on First Day of School Because His Hair is Too Long

Five-Year-Old Navajo Boy Denied Admission on First Day of School Because His Hair is Too Long | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Five-Year-Old Navajo Boy Denied Admission on First Day of School Because His Hair is Too Long


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6 Steps to Help Stop a Deportation

6 Steps to Help Stop a Deportation | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


We first heard Erik Zumaya, an Austin father in deportation, from Patrick Fierro, a friend and member of GetEqualTX, and later in the day by Mario Tapia, an outstanding supporter and former radio host at NotiHispano.


We knew we had to fight back for this family, here’s what we did:


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Think you can solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Play this game.

Think you can solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Play this game. | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
PeaceMaker, the unsurprisingly hard, suprisingly exciting game of Middle Eastern conflict and diplomacy.
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If this interests you I also suggest that you search geo political simulators... they 're worth the purchase.

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Protestors say Utah cops kill unarmed man - CNN Video

Protestors in Salt Lake City say police are withholding evidence from the public in the shooting death of Dillon Taylor.
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Aunt says that when he reached to pull up his pants so that he could kneel down, then he was shot twice. Once in the chest and once in the stomach. 


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NYPD Chief Ignores A Quarter of Police Misconduct Rulings

NYPD Chief Ignores A Quarter of Police Misconduct Rulings | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


It’s rare enough that citizens file complaints against the police and even rarer that those complaints are investigated. So, it’s appalling to hear that in 25% of cases where a NYPD police misconduct review board ruled that an officer be disciplined, Chief Bill Bratton did nothing. The New York Times has the story:
 

In the first six months of 2014, the department has declined to sanction officers in over 25 percent of cases in which the board found cause for discipline. That rate is near the high end of what was seen during the last years of the Bloomberg administration, when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly were generally hostile to external oversight.

How officers are disciplined has come under new scrutiny following the death of Eric Garner during an arrest that included, the city medical examiner said, the use of a chokehold, which is banned by…

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A list of unarmed Blacks killed by police

A list of unarmed Blacks killed by police | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Here is a list of unarmed Blacks killed by police in the US. It is extremely incomplete. A complete list for just 2005 to 2012 would have at least 760 killings. I have only 6% of those. This list is just the tip of the iceberg.


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Police Shooting In Orlando: Maria Godinez, 22, Killed By Stray Bullet

Police Shooting In Orlando: Maria Godinez, 22, Killed By Stray Bullet | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


A police shooting in Orlando, Florida, killed an innocent bystander, 22-year-old Maria Godinez.


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Russell Brand absolutely demolishes Fox News over Ferguson coverage

Russell Brand absolutely demolishes Fox News over Ferguson coverage | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
On the latest episode of his Web series, the British comedian takes Fox to task for its one-sidedness VIDEO
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Why All Communities Must Demand an End to Police Brutality

Why All Communities Must Demand an End to Police Brutality | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


The images out of Ferguson, Missouri, these past two weeks have been shocking: tear gas blanketing suburban streets, law enforcement creating a war zone and defiant protesters braving it all. But it is important to remember that what started Ferguson’s fight is far too common: the police killing of an unarmed black teen.


African-Americans are the primary targets of law-enforcement profiling and violence, as the killings of Oscar GrantSean BellJonathan Ferrell and Eric Garner all attest. But during this past week, LatinoAsian-AmericanArab-American and Muslim organizations have all released statements of solidarity informed by similar experiences with discriminatory law enforcement practices, as well as an urgency to collectively identify and implement solutions.


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Police shoot and kill 18-year-old Joseph Jennings 3 hours after out of hospital

Police shoot and kill 18-year-old Joseph Jennings 3 hours after out of hospital | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The KBI and Franklin County Sheriff's Department are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in Ottawa.
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U.S. Immigration Before 1965

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January 1, 1892
, Annie Moore, a teenager from County Cork, Ireland, was the first immigrant processed at Ellis Island. She had made the nearly two-week journey across the Atlantic Ocean in steerage with her two younger brothers. Annie later raised a family on New York City’s Lower East Side.



Some of America’s first settlers came in search of freedom to practice their faith. In 1620, a group of roughly 100 people later known as the Pilgrims fled religious persecution in Europe and arrived at present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they established a colony. They were soon followed by a larger group seeking religious freedom, the Puritans, who established the Massachusetts Bay Colony. By some estimates, 20,000 Puritans migrated to the region between 1630 and 1640.


A larger share of immigrants came to America seeking economic opportunities. However, because the price of passage was steep, an estimated one-half or more of the white Europeans who made the voyage did so by becoming indentured servants. Although some people voluntarily indentured themselves, others were kidnapped in European cities and forced into servitude in America. Additionally, thousands of English convicts were shipped across the Atlantic as indentured servants.


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This article mentions the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 but fails to mention the Asian Exclusion act of 1924. 


It also fails to mention that non-Europeans were not allowed to become citizens at many points in U.S. history. 


People born in India were not allowed to become US citizens till 1946


All Asians were allowed to become citizens in 1952 with the Walter–McCarran Act


If we do not talk about citizenship rights when we talk about immigration, we are missing half of the discussion about dignity, respect and humanity. 


Today's social injustice issue is still about who is allowed to immigrate and become a citizen. 


History shows that humans were allowed to (im)migrate to the U.S. for both religious and economic reasons. 


Today's (im)migrants move for reasons of survival (like the Irish did).


And they also move as war refugees, climate refugees, economic refugees and political refugees. 


Drop the i-Word. 


No human is illegal. 


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White America's Response to the Killing of Mike Brown...

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"Last night, I made the abominable mistake of reading the comments under Fox News’ Facebook page’s post of the alleged Mike Brown “strong-arm robbery” video. What I read was altogether infuriating and heartbreaking, yet I could not stop reading. Many of the comments, by what appeared to be “average white Americans,” were seething, sarcastic, racist, and steeped in hate. They called Mike Brown a “thug” and spoke about his killing in a bizarre celebratory way―some implicitly and others explicitly expressing how the video justifies his murder. Some of the comments even unnecessarily brought up Trayvon Martin, also speaking about him in the most derogatory and disparagingly of ways. These white Facebook users were so quick to dehumanize, demonize, generalize, speak hatefully, and justify the death of a young black man―in rhetoric oozing with racism, white supremacy, and white privilege―that I began to wonder if they were able to acknowledge that Mike Brown was a human. How and why do they hate him so much?


It made me sick to my stomach.


I think the part that was most troubling to me was the fact that most of these white people making these horrendous comments were not the anonymous, faceless, cowardly, racist internet trolls that I often encounter on Twitter―though enraging, I can somehow shrug them off as “fake.” These people had faces, rather. These folks were seeminglyreal people, behind seemingly real Facebook accounts―some of their profile pictures were family pictures or pictures of them with their kids, even lovingly embracing them. I imagine they are people who have authentic, caring relationships with individuals who they choose to love deeply―friends, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, grandmothers, grandfathers. But the hatred they verbally spewed for a dead black teenager they do not even know, and the dehumanizing nature of their discourse, led me to begin to see them void of humanity―their dehumanization of Mike Brown was the cause of my dehumanization of them. It’s a vicious cycle. It’s truly ugly.


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WHAT STANDS BETWEEN US - Lee Mun Wah

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James Baldwin once said that “America is one tough town.” Those words came back to me as I thought of what is going on these past few weeks in Ferguson, Missouri. So much of the focus has been on the issue of a white police officer killing a young black man, Michael Brown, but almost nothing is said about the environment that creates these types of scenarios that are becoming all too familiar in describing the state of racial relations in the United States, particularly how they negatively impact African Americans.  Often, when the issue of a racial divide arises or is even intimated, denial and shock quickly fills the room, as was evidenced in the past two days when an all white male Fox News panel showed disdain for Capt. Ron Johnson (who is Black) for sympathizing with the African American community over the killing of Michael Brown. Bo Dietl, immediately said, “We’re dividing black and white again. America has no color, it’s all one color.” So often times I have wondered…so, what is that ‘one color’ and what would it mean if we did see color? 

Soon afterwards, the mayor of Ferguson declared that “There’s not a racial divide in Ferguson.” One of the great myths in this country is that if we say that ‘everything is fine’ loud and long enough, the problem will go away. This is perhaps because as someone once said, “When the truth becomes too hard to bear, we create another.” 


So what kinds of environments, attitudes, and behaviors ‘create’ a racial divide?  First of all, having an almost all white police force creates an ‘ethnic vacuum’ that shields the white officers from ever having to see outside their ‘white bubble’ or to get feedback on their actions and attitudes from someone who is non-white. Another is never interviewing officers prior to hire to see if they possess any racial prejudices towards any particular group of people and how that might heighten their perceptions and feelings of distrust and fearing for their safety. This may explain why so many blacks are shot repeatedly, sometimes over twenty times. 


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