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Renewing the American Dream (A Book Review)

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"Like many other authors and activists, the three authors of this book agree that America is in a new era where we have declined in several areas including:

Job creation, Education, Political participation, Political consensus, Business creation, Social mobility, And overall global impact…."

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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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Jessica Hernandez’s Autopsy Contradicts Police Report

Jessica Hernandez’s Autopsy Contradicts Police Report | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


by Xena


We previously reported on the death of 17-year old Jessica Hernandez. Jessica was killed on January 26, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Authorities said Jessica was in a stolen vehicle and tried running over one of the officers, striking him on the leg, which led to that and another officer firing their guns.


A witness, 16-year old Trina Diaz, who was in the passenger’s seat during the incident, stated that the officers were standing next to the car when they fired, and that the car hit the officer only after Jessica was struck, which veered the car in his direction, pinning his leg between the car and a fence.


The coroner’s report shows that Jessica was shot twice to her left side; once to the chest where the bullet went through her heart and both lungs. The coroner determined that none of the shots were fired at close range. Jessica also had bruises and abrasions to her face, torso and neck.


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The Atlas of Beauty project

The Atlas of Beauty project | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

DTo photographer Mihaela Noroc, beauty cannot be defined by one country, race or ethnicity.

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and water is wet. but I still like the photos ;

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All I Want for My Birthday Is to Help Fight Homelessness

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“The stereotypes of people living in poverty throughout the United States are among the most negative prejudices that we have. And people basically view particularly homeless people as having no redeeming qualities” ~ Susan Fiske, Professor of Psychology. Princeton University

My Birthday Wish Is To Fight Homelessness

Donate to this Fundraiser 


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I've been following this guy for a while on Facebook. He does great work. 


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What to unlearn to learn African history

What to unlearn to learn African history | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


In the West, Africa is seen through a thick White lens that makes it hard to properly understand its past and present. It goes beyond mere Eurocentrism into outright racism. It affects how Blacks in the West see Africa.
 

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Islamism

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Islamism (fl. 1979- ) is Islam seen as an -ism, a set of ideas suitable for a democratic, revolutionary or ruling party. Islamists think that Islam should inform government policy. (Before the 1990s, “Islamism” was mainly just Voltaire’s old word for what we now call “Islam”.)


Islamism is not a monolith.
 Some Islamists are extreme and violent, like Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Others are mainstream and democratic, like in Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey. Some push sharia (Muslim law), some do not. Some fight holy wars (jihadists). Some fight for the freedom of their people (nationalists). Some provide education and health care that the government does not.

Most older leaders of the Muslim world, like Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and the Shah of Iran, were secularists, not Islamists.


Secularism
 – keeping religion out of government – is a Western idea, one that grew out of Protestantism. It has been tried in the Muslim world and found wanting. Instead of bringing freedom and democracy, as advertised, it brought banana republicanism: police states led by men who turned their backs on God while they licked the boot of the US. Many people argued for a return to Islam, sometimes to a “pure” form of it: fundamentalism.


Fundamentalism
 arose in the 1900s in all the world’s main religions. It arose not among the poor or people “stuck in the past”, but among those with university educations. It is an understanding of religion that was rare before 1900, a reaction to secularism.


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Deconstructing identity labels is crucial to understanding who is labeling who and why. 


In other words, take note of majority groups applying labels to other groups to demonize them.    


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Just do right

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These three words are Maya Angelou’s and they have inspired this morning’s post.  I don’t know about you but I search for wisdom.  And as is evident in her three words, it does not take many.  I don’t need a long or grand speech, just a couple of thought-filled and authentic words can release me from longer words that have bound me hand and foot.


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Why I'm Watching Fresh Off the Boat

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The first Taiwanese American family hits network TV with ABC's Fresh Off the Boat
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Loretta Lynch Defends Obama's Immigration Actions

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"I think that citizenship is a privilege," she said. "Certainly, it's a right for those of us born here. I think it's a privilege that has to be earned."
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And what term do lawyers and politicians use for those who invade Amerindian Nations and appropriate their land? Thieves? Criminals? Settlers? 


U.S. practices #DoubleStandards 

 

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Randall Kennedy "For Discrimination" [VIDEO]

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This is a great talk and Q & A on affirmative action. 


A few key points I got out of it: 


  • Affirmative action is designed to stop intentional negative discrimination 
  • Affirmative action is not about certain individuals effected. It's about improved justice for our society as a whole
  • Part of U.S. culture is to take inequities for granted. 
  • If the U.S. wanted to eliminate more inequities, such as economic, we could - if we had the will to.  
     
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Allegories on race and racism | Camara Jones | TEDxEmory


Published on Jul 10, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. 

Dr. Camara Jones shares four allegories on “race” and racism. She hopes that these "telling stories" empower you to do something different, and that you will remember them and pass them on.

Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).

As a methodologist, she has developed new methods for comparing full distributions of data, rather than simply comparing means or proportions, in order to investigate population-level risk factors and propose population-level interventions.

As a social epidemiologist, her work on "race"-associated differences in health outcomes goes beyond documenting those differences to vigorously investigating the structural causes of the differences.

As a teacher, her allegories on "race" and racism illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss. She hopes through her work to initiate a national conversation on racism that will eventually lead to a National Campaign Against Racism.

Dr. Jones was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1994 to 2000, and a Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2000 to 2013. She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College, her MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and both her Master of Public Health and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She also completed residency training in both General Preventive Medicine (Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health) and Family Practice (Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Hospital).

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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This is a great summary of a complex topic. 


#Race #Racism 

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A wake-up call for Oakland mayor

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JANUARY 19, 2015 — A group of about 40 Black activists from the #BlackLivesMatter movement attempted to give Oakland’s new mayor Libby Schaaf a wake-up call at her home in the city’s Upper Diamond neighborhood starting at 5:00 AM this morning. The protesters erected seven-foot tall signs spelling “DREAM” in LED lights in front of the mayor’s house, and chalked body outlines on the street. They also projected quotations by Martin Luther King Jr onto Schaaf’s garage door, set up altars along the street, and illuminated a banner reading, “If we can’t breathe, you can’t dream.”


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Watch the Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s New Documentary on the Black Panthers

Watch the Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s New Documentary on the Black Panthers | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The film premieres at Sundance this week.
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Police Officers in Mississippi Town Are Now Required to Take 2 hour Spanish Class

Police Officers in Mississippi Town Are Now Required to Take 2 hour Spanish Class | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


By Cindy Rodriguez


“The purpose of this program is for our officers to learn basic commands,” said Jackson Police Department Police Chief Lee Vance,.

“We’re not looking to make anybody fluent,” Vance added.


According to Fox News Latino, the two-hour Spanish class is designed for those who have no prior knowledge of the language and is mandatory for all officers.


A super helpful skill that will come in handy if an officer encounters a Spanish native speaker from anything to a traffic violation to more serious matters.


Latinos have been drawn to Mississippi the past few decades because of the state’s burgeoning chicken processing industry, according to Fox News Latino. Jackson, the state’s capital and its largest city, has a population of about 200,000 – roughly 2 percent of whom are Latino, according to the latest U.S. Census data.


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Great idea...2 hours isn't much, though...

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HOW TO GET OUT OF A COP CAR! [PRANK!]

In case you ever find yourself in the back of a police car here's a tip to get out! We rented a cop car for the day to see if anyone would let us out. Watch ...
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Cop Saves a Woman’s Life After Choosing to Understand a Dog Instead of Shooting It

Cop Saves a Woman’s Life After Choosing to Understand a Dog Instead of Shooting It | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Instead of fearing the dog, the officer tried to understand its behavior and saved a life.
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5 Fun Apps to Upgrade Your Black History Knowledge

5 Fun Apps to Upgrade Your Black History Knowledge | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


If you’re looking to learn more about history or discover other African Americans making their mark on the world, check out this list of Black History apps for your smartphone or tablet.


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From Truth Telling to Land Return: 4 Ways White People Can Work for Indigenous Justice

From Truth Telling to Land Return: 4 Ways White People Can Work for Indigenous Justice | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


For those of us who consider ourselves progressive, it’s not enough to, as Andrea Smith puts it in Conquest, “bemoan the genocide of Native peoples” while “implicitly [sanctioning] it by refusing to question the legitimacy of the settler nation responsible for this genocide.”


We have to act — and in doing so, we have to risk something.


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Black Prophetic Fire: Cornel West on the Revolutionary Legacy of Leading African-American Voices [VIDEO]

Black Prophetic Fire: Cornel West on the Revolutionary Legacy of Leading African-American Voices [VIDEO] | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"The renowned scholar, author and activist Dr. Cornel West, joins us to discuss his latest book, "Black Prophetic Fire." West engages in conversation with the German scholar and thinker Christa Buschendorf about six revolutionary African-American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Ida B. Wells. Even as the United States is led by its first black president, West says he is fearful that we may be "witnessing the death of black prophetic fire in our time."


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My favorite role model here.

Dr. Cornel West. 


He is the closest living person that I know of to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his passion for social justice and oratory eloquence.  


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Love Dr. West always speaking with truth and passion; always reminding me of Dr. MLK Jr. 


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CLICK HERE to support Alien Hunter

CLICK HERE to support Alien Hunter | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Where innocence is lost, two kids embark on a journey and discover what it truly means to be human.


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Family And Friends Of Teen Killed By Denver PD, Speak Out Challenging Official Story

Family And Friends Of Teen Killed By Denver PD, Speak Out Challenging Official Story | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Passenger in the car of slain teen tells a very different story of how 16-year-old Jessica Hernandez was killed by police.
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How Will You Use It? New Website Let’s You Rate and Review Police Officers

How Will You Use It? New Website Let’s You Rate and Review Police Officers | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Americans find themselves in a state of flux in 2015. Many people are dealing with the hard reality that those who are sworn to protect and serve, often do the exact opposite.


The topic of police behavior is at the forefront of discussions, worldwide. Market reactions to this interest in responsible application of authority as well as interest in the abuse of authority, are popping up online.


Trying to rely on the system, to report on itself, has proven to be a futile task. In instances of police killings alone, the official method for tallying these deaths was shown to be incredibly skewed and inaccurate. 


The unaccountable nature of the state, coupled with today’s network of technologically savvy activists has paved the way for third party accountability sites that are proving to be quite helpful in the struggle for justice.


Up next in the world of answerable innovation is the site CopScore, aptly named for its interface which allows users to submit, “officer performance reviews.”


Anyone can register in a matter of seconds upon going to the site. However, in order to submit a review on an officer, you must know his or her name, department, and title. The form also requires that the registrant specify whether or not the officer arrested them.


If you actually want to post a performance review on CopScore, you will need to sign in and provide the officer’s badge number as well.


The site’s creator, Arion Hardison, explains that he, “put the badge number there because I did not want people posting fake reviews.”

“I wanted only people that had an actual interaction with the Cop to be able to vote,” said Hardison.


Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/it-website-rate-review-police-officers/#1quceSAc3VhCq6De.99

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We need to talk about racism: Gillian Schutte at TEDxJohannesburgWomen 2013


Writer and filmmaker Gillian Schutte fearlessly and creatively tackles issues of race, identity, sexuality and social justice. She is founding member of Media for Justice and co-owner of handHeld Films and online reality TV show 'The Schutte Singiswas - A South African Love Story'.

Twitter: @GillianSchutte, Web: mediaforjustice.net

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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Gillian Schutte (white) explains learning about racism through the eyes of her mixed race child. 


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Skid Row’s Indian Alley Adorned with Native Murals to Honor Tragic Past

Skid Row’s Indian Alley Adorned with Native Murals to Honor Tragic Past | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Artist Jaque Fragua rests after completing his mural in Indian Alley. (Stephen Zeigler)


Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/01/10/skid-rows-indian-alley-adorned-native-murals-honor-tragic-past-158563
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By 1954 approximately 6200 Native Americans had been relocated to cities. -Indian Relocation Act of 1956 


Also see: Indian termination policy 


During 1953–1964, more than 100 tribes were terminated, approximately 1,365,801 acres (5,527 km2) of trust land were removed from protected status, and 13,263 Native Americans lost tribal affiliation. -Effects 


From the native standpoint, Northern Cheyenne former U.S. Senator from Colorado Ben Nighthorse Campbell said of assimilation and termination in a speech delivered in Montana: 


“ If you can’t change them, absorb them until they simply disappear into the mainstream culture. ...In Washington’s infinite wisdom, it was decided that tribes should no longer be tribes, never mind that they had been tribes for thousands of years. ” 
—- Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Opening Keynote Address


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Ka-pow! Why Sikh Captain America should be your new favorite superhero

Ka-pow! Why Sikh Captain America should be your new favorite superhero | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes—but you’ve probably never seen one wearing a turban. Cartoonist Vishavjit Singh is out to change that with a unique twist on an iconic costume, and a bunch of Sikh-centric pop art.


Check out this short doc on what this superhero is all about—at 2:00 he explains his art over breakfast, at 7:03 he takes his message to the streets, and at 8:15 Captain America proves there’s room for all of us in this beautiful country.


In Captain America’s words: “It’s time to kick some intolerant [butt].”


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This superhero fights oppression. 


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Erica Garner daughter of Eric Garner


Kudos to her for stepping up and speaking out. 


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I like what I've been seeing from this younger generation of organizers and activists since relatively early on into the #Ferguson and #Garner protests.  I just hope they can keep it up and make it into something more than just "protests"


 Hoping for that day to come where nobody is forced to take to the streets, or pick up a mic in an effort to raise awareness to injustices, or to mourn lost loved one's, but we're not there yet.