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Mumia Abu-Jamal & the Struggle for Prison Abolition

Mumia Abu-Jamal & the Struggle for Prison Abolition | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

“…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."


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Businessman Allegedly Raped Woman On Job Interview In His Home

Businessman Allegedly Raped Woman On Job Interview In His Home | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Recently released police documents detail an alleged grotesque rape of a mother of four who wanted a housekeeping job in the home of a Memphis businessman.


The suspect is the businessman himself,Mark Giannini, the co-founder of IT company Service Assurance, according to WREG. He allegedly repeatedly raped a 26-year-old for several hours until she blacked out on June 19.


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This Woman Was Raped In South Sudan, But Here's Why She Keeps Going Back | VIDEO

This Woman Was Raped In South Sudan, But Here's Why She Keeps Going Back | VIDEO | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


For the last decade, Kimberly Smith and her husband have provided complete care and protection from slave trafficking to more than 1,500 Sudanese women and children, but it's come at a steep personal cost.


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Powerful Cartoon Asks Americans To Consider The Potential Of The Children At The Border

Powerful Cartoon Asks Americans To Consider The Potential Of The Children At The Border | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Invoking well-known undocumented immigrant and Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas who came to the U.S. as a child, the cartoon wonders about what could be.
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I will start asking people, "What kind of refugee was your family?"War refugee, Economic refugee, Political refugee, Climate refugee, Oppression refugee
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The Alarming Rise of Migrant Deaths on U.S. Soil—And What to Do About It

The Alarming Rise of Migrant Deaths on U.S. Soil—And What to Do About It | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


More migrants’ lives could be saved with a few inexpensive adjustments in water availability, rescue beacons, and search-and-rescue capability. A directive by the Department of Homeland Security for the Border Patrol to establish water drums, particularly alongside rescue beacons, would be an important step to avoid preventable deaths on U.S. soil. Increasing the number of rescue beacons, as well as providing additional funds to expand Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit teams (BORSTAR), particularly in southwest border sectors with high numbers of migrant deaths, could also help to assist migrants in distress.


Many of the recovered remains of migrants, which now number in the thousands, are unidentified. Local officials in Brooks County, Texas, estimate that the costs of dealing with the unidentified dead, including mortician fees and autopsies, amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. No unified procedure exists to process remains and DNA samples of bodies found in the border region. Many remains have not had their DNA sampled, and there has been no consolidated effort to match the DNA of unidentified remains with family members searching for missing loved ones.


Measures such as the following would greatly contribute to identifying these remains and provide answers to family members of missing migrants about the whereabouts of their loved ones:

  • Providing federal funding to counties and tribal governments for the handling and DNA analysis of migrant remains;
  • Creating a Missing Migrants program within the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs); and
  • Encouraging genetic laboratories receiving federal grant monies to process samples from unidentified remains and compare the resulting genetic profiles against samples from the relatives of missing migrants


Immigration reform legislation currently before the U.S. Senate (S. 744) includes billions of dollars in new funding for border security. It makes no mention, however, of steps to prevent needless deaths of migrants on U.S. soil, or to help cash-strapped counties identify the dead. The current bill offers an important legislative opportunity to stem the rise of this alarming human tragedy on the U.S. side of the border.


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Texas recently sent 1000 National Guard to the border. That should prevent some deaths. But we need to prevent all the deaths. 


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Mexico-born law professor Cuellar chosen for California Supreme Court

Mexico-born law professor Cuellar chosen for California Supreme Court | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he was nominating Mariano-Florentino Cuellar -- a Mexican immigrant who teaches administrative law at Stanford University -- to the California Supreme Court.
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Congratulations to Your nomination Counsellor Cuellar

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Florida moms, fearing racism, sending babies to Canada for adoption

Florida moms, fearing racism, sending babies to Canada for adoption | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


At a time when international adoption is on the wane in many countries, it is becoming a surprising — and controversial — growth industry in Florida, where some birth mothers are seemingly looking to Canada as a kind of promised land.


Growing numbers of Florida mothers wishing to place their African-American or mixed race children up for adoption are choosing Canada. Many have told adoption officials in Florida they want Canadian families to raise their infants so their children can escape the kind of racism they live with. Others mention Canada’s parental-leave benefits, saying that will mean their babies have a better chance of bonding with their new parents.


“Many birth mothers are choosing to have their children placed in Canada because they feel that Canada is a much more open society and they feel they will have less exposure to racism here,” said Cathy Murphy, executive director of Ottawa-based international adoption agency Children’s Bridge, which has had a Florida program for nearly two years.


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11 Year-Old Genius Ramarni Wilford Scores Higher Than Einstein on IQ Test

11 Year-Old Genius Ramarni Wilford Scores Higher Than Einstein on IQ Test | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


An 11-year-old in the U.K. found out he’s a genius after taking an IQ test. His 162 score makes him smarter than Bill Gates – and Albert Einstein – according to the Romford Recorder.


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Congressional Candidate Calls On Fox News Host To Resign Over Racial Slur

Congressional Candidate Calls On Fox News Host To Resign Over Racial Slur | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


A congressional candidate in California is urging Fox News host Bob Beckel to resign after Beckel used a racial slur on air last week.


While discussing a report on Chinese hackers delving into U.S. government records on Thursday's episode of "The Five," Beckel began ranting about "Chinamen."


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Choke Holds Are Intended To Kill – Eric Garner; Ethan Saylor

Choke Holds Are Intended To Kill – Eric Garner; Ethan Saylor | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King. I’m reading the news about Eric Garner and it causes me to ask questions while getting that sick feeling in my stomach...


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Rush to Deport Could Trample Asylum Claims - The Boston Globe

Rush to Deport Could Trample Asylum Claims - The Boston Globe | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
HARLINGEN, Texas — The first time her aunt in Mexico took her out at night, the young teenager was told they were headed to a party. It was no party. “It was trafficking people, drug dealers,” she recalled. “I just saw a lot of guys. They had guns. I was in shock. I was shaking. The more I was saying no, the more they treated me badly.”
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My neighborhood supports Ted Cruz for President.  His bumper sticker tells me a lot about his stance on immigration issues.


His views originate on the opposite political spectrum from mine. 


Yet, we can dialogue, and we can discuss immigration in a manner uncommon to much of the American public.


This morning, I bumped into during my morning walk.  Quickly, the conversation turned to our Murrieta neighbors and the Central American border crisis. 


I conceded, as an asylum attorney, that many of the child refugees will not win their cases.  Proving both a subjective and objective fear of persecution is not easy.


He acknowledged that if the U.S. is to remain a beacon of liberty for nations to emulate, we must demonstrate what due process means in terms of handling the influx of Central Americans.


We both broke ranks with our ideological peers.  If they could hear us, would the rush to trample asylum claims be halted?


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White Preacher Sets Himself On Fire To Inspire Justice For African Americans

White Preacher Sets Himself On Fire To Inspire Justice For African Americans | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


When Caucasian retired pastor Charles Moore (pictured) set himself on fire on June 23 at a Grand Saline, Texas, step mall parking lot, he was reportedly prayerful that his act of suicide did not go in vain. Moore, who had dedicated his life to fighting against racism, left behind a suicide note that reportedly states he has decided to kill himself  because he was haunted by the yester-year lynchings of African Americans and wanted his death to inspire social reform, according to the New York Daily News.


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Charting the shocking rise of racial disparity in our criminal justice system

Charting the shocking rise of racial disparity in our criminal justice system | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
By 2010, nearly a third of black male high school dropouts aged 25-29 were in prison or otherwise institutionalized.
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Trial Begins For Man Who Shot Unarmed Black Teenager On His Porch

Trial Begins For Man Who Shot Unarmed Black Teenager On His Porch | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


DETROIT -- As a prosecutor showed a jury photos of Renisha McBride, her father rushed out of the court room. The photos of the 19-year-old -- first smiling, and then lying lifeless on a porch -- were shown in quick succession at the beginning of one of the most highly publicized and racially charged trials of the year.


Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of Theodore Wafer, the 55-year-old Dearborn Heights, Michigan, man charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of McBride.


Wafer is accused of shooting her with a shotgun through his locked screen door around 4:40 a.m. on Nov. 2. His attorney seeks to show that he was in fear for his life and shot her in self-defense, while the prosecutor has maintained Wafer had no reason to be fearful, and killed an unarmed, impaired woman.


“His actions that night were unnecessary, unjustified and unreasonable,” Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Danielle Hagaman-Clark said.


Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter said what happened to McBride was “horrible” but that the jury should set aside their feelings and focus on the law.


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Botched Execution In Arizona Drags On For More Than Hour

Botched Execution In Arizona Drags On For More Than Hour | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Lawyers filed emergency papers to stop the execution of Joseph Wood in Arizona on Wednesday, saying prison officials botched the lethal injection.


"He has been gasping and snorting for more than an hour," according to the motion filed in federal district court in Arizona. "He is still alive."


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Torn Apart: Immigration and the American Family

Torn Apart: Immigration and the American Family | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


We are a compassionate nation. We look back with sadness and horror at parents and children separated in centuries past, and then turn our heads when it happens in our day. The separation of parents and children is not confined to history.

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American history is replete with stories of parents and children forever separated. Slaves were sold as individuals and families were wrenched apart to suit their owner's needs. The tide of 19th century European immigration brought children to America on their own or parents without their kids hoping that family members would one day follow.

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Immigration is surely a political issue, but it is also a parenting and family issue. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, approximately 17 million people live in families with an undocumented family member. About 4.5 million children who were born in the US have at least one undocumented parent.

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Academics from Harvard and NYU wrote in the New York Times, "The extraordinary acceleration in the dismantling of these families, part of the government's efforts to meet an annual quota of about 400,000 deportations, has had devastating results. Having a parent ripped away permanently, without warning, is one of the most devastating and traumatic experiences in human development."


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Eric Garner

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Eric Garner (1971?-2014), an American street vendor, beloved husband and 43-year-old father of six, became yet another unarmed Black man killed by the New York City police (NYPD) on July 17th 2014. His crime: selling untaxed cigarettes.


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The police have taken officers Pantaleo and Justin Damico off the street. They took Pantaleo’s badge and gun. No charges, no arrests.


The hospital
 takes it a bit more seriously: the four ambulance workers are suspended without pay.


Mayor de Blasio
 finds the Garner case “very troubling” and promises a “thorough investigation”.


The coroner has yet to report the official cause of death.


There have been at least two protests so far.


Today is his funeral.


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Lives in limbo: A guide to who’s waiting for immigration reform

Lives in limbo: A guide to who’s waiting for immigration reform | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Immigration policy is leading to broken families, children in crisis and border deaths.


Since border security has increased, deaths of (im)migrants and refugees has escalated.


The data: This year, an average of 31,410 captives were held daily in U.S. detention facilities. In 2012, 478,000 foreign nationals were detained — an all-time high. Officially, 2013 saw the second-highest number of migrant remains found on the U.S.-Mexico border.


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Trigger Warning - Unseen Video Of Eric Garner Death - Over 7 minutes handcuffed not breathing NYPD chokehold AFTERMATH


Eric Garner laying on ground not breathing for over 5 minutes, no resuscitation, he is placed on stretcher and taken into ambulance.

AT 6:56 The Officer Who Put Him In A Chokehold Waves At The Camera


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47 Chicago residents shot over the weekend. 5 dead.

47 Chicago residents shot over the weekend. 5 dead. | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Police say 47 Chicago residents were shot over the weekend; five lost their lives. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other officials meet to discuss the violence.



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11-year-old Shamiya Adams was one of the 5 fatally shot.


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KKK recruiting with candy in South Carolina

KKK recruiting with candy in South Carolina | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
theGRIO REPORT - The Ku Klux Klan is recruiting in South Carolina, using candy and flyers that read at the top "Save our land, Join the Klan."
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Video shows man clinging to car after hit-and-run

Video shows man clinging to car after hit-and-run | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

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Elton Kim attempted to stop a driver who hit his SUV. Instead of stopping, the driver accelerated into Kim. 


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Scholarship Coach Shanice Miller Shares How She Graduated College with No Debt and a $10,000 Refund

Scholarship Coach Shanice Miller Shares How She Graduated College with No Debt and a $10,000 Refund | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Today, one woman shares how she amassed enough scholarships to graduate from college debt-free.


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Hamill: Cop who put man in chokehold and others who watched should be off the force

Hamill: Cop who put man in chokehold and others who watched should be off the force | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


No way can you look at that video of Garner being yoked in a chokehold from behind by a plainclothes coward without saying this guy belongs in an orange jumpsuit.


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Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases

Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Gil Kerlikowske, head of Customs and Border Protection, tells NPR that he is reviewing scores of incidents. "We need to be better at admitting when we're wrong or where we've made a mistake," he says.
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Immigrant or refugee? - CNN.com Video

CNN's Miguel Marquez explains the difference between those immigrating to the US and those seeking refuge.
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