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'Sesame Street' now has a show for kids with parents in prison

'Sesame Street' now has a show for kids with parents in prison | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Sesame Street has produced a 30-minute program for kids dealing with parents in jail, not for regular broadcast but to be sent to schools and therapists.
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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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Black Spring

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The Black Spring
 (2014- ) is the name some give to the current protests in the US by Blacks and others, especially those against police brutality.


It gets its name from how it is oddly like the Arab Spring
 of 2011 in

Egypt and elsewhere:

  1. Lack of human rights.
  2. High rates of poverty and unemployment that the government is doing little about.
  3. Use of Twitter and street protests.
  4. The government answering legitimate demands with a police crackdown. Go back to Step #1.


There is a difference
, though: in the US the protesters in Egypt were seen asheroes, while protesters in the US are ignored or called “thugs”, even by a Black president.


I date the beginning of the Black Spring to Ferguson in 2014.
 There were protests before that, like for Rekia Boyd and Kimani Gray, and huge ones for Trayvon Martin. 


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Police Sergeant and Dispatcher Arrested On Federal Charges

Police Sergeant and Dispatcher Arrested On Federal Charges | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Newtown, Connecticut is now added to cities where staff on its police force have been charged with committing crimes.

(Eventually, all the bad might just be rooted out and we can build trust.)


The investigation was called “Operation Juice Box.” It involved a ring of people who received shipments of steroids from China, and also conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. It took almost 2 months and involved wire and electronic surveillance. Federal law enforcement officers seized hundreds of vials of steroids, about 600 grams of raw testosterone powder, 350 grams of powder cocaine, and 4 long guns.


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Apparently some people get into 'law enforcement' to try to get above the law, rather than to enforce the law.


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Emory University School of Law to Name an Endowed Chair in Honor of John Lewis

Emory University School of Law to Name an Endowed Chair in Honor of John Lewis | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

The Emory University School of Law has announced that it is establishing an endowed chair to honor civil rights legend and Georgia Congressman John Lewis. The John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice will be funded by an anonymous $1.5 million donation.

The law school will raise an additional $500,000 to fully fund the professorship.


Robert Shapiro, dean of the law school, said that “this gift will allow us to perform a nationwide search and name a professor who will further scholarship on the issues of civil rights and social justice. Through this chair, we are honored to recognize Congressman’s Lewis’ historical achievements in these vital areas.


John Lewis was a keynote speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. As chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on Bloody Sunday in March 1965. He has served his Atlanta district in Congress since 1987.


The anonymous donor stated that “John Lewis exemplifies the values of courage, commitment, dignity, humanity, fairness and equal opportunity that were and are the hallmarks of the movement. Congressman Lewis is an inspiration to us as he continues to speak out against injustice and to fight for equality and civil rights. Atlanta holds an important place in the history of civil rights in the U.S. and John Lewis is a central figure in that history; we hope that a professorship at Emory Law School in his name will in some small way help to continue the good and great work that he has done these last 50 years.”

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China Replaces Mexico as Top Sending Country of Immigrants to US

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In recent months, there has an increase in the number of negative stories about immigrants who were born in China and India.


Now, as I view the latest population totals, it raises a question whether these adverse views were provided to elicit a certain public reaction in advance, prior to the release of these totals .


As noted in an article about the immigration reform layaway plan, politicians can reach across their ideological divide to make bills appear to go in a direction contrary to their underlying values.  Almost like illusionists.


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76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck

76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Roughly three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little to no emergency savings, according to a survey released by Bankrate.com Monday.
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Baltimore Big Brothers Program Sees 3,000 Percent Increase in Mentorship Requests

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In just 36 hours, following shocking television images of youths rioting in the streets, the Baltimore chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has received the largest surge in mentor applicants in the organization’s history — a whopping 3,000 percent increase.

 

That spike in interest is unprecedented, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake Terry Hickey told NBC News.

 

“To have people reach out and say, ‘I want to make a commitment for the next year of my life spending every week with a young man or woman,’ is blowing my mind actually,” said Hickey.

 

The organization has received over 500 mentor inquiries in the past few days, compared to the usual four to five inquiries a day.


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Welcome to Asian American History Month 2015

Welcome to Asian American History Month 2015 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

The month of May in the US is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2015. I will try to have at least ten posts that have to do with Asia, the Pacific or their diasporas, especially in the US.


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Carl Dix at Oakland May Day ILWU anti-police-terror Rally after Longshoremen shutdown the port

Carl Dix at Oakland May Day ILWU anti-police-terror Rally after Longshoremen shutdown the port | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

http://stopmassincarceration.net  http://revcom.us — http://revolutionbooks.org

Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA is co-founder of the Stop Mass incarceration Network. Here he was speaking at a rally on May Day, 2015 held by the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) following a shut down of ports in the San Francisco Bay Area in protest of Police Terror.

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Hillary Clinton calls for end to mass incarceration, reversing Bill Clinton legacy

Hillary Clinton wants to end the over-imprisonment of Americans. Her husband's signature crime law is part of the problem.
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Hillary Clinton almost says #BlackLivesMatter 


I still have not heard one politician say the words.

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In an effort to end mass incarceration, Hillary Clinton plans to suggest providing body cameras to police departments throughout the country should she become president. This directly opposes Bill Clinton's crime bill, which authorized multi-billion dollar prison construction, an additional 100,000 police on American streets,  and made college courses inaccessible to federal inmates.

 

I agree with Hillary's belief that reforms in the criminal justice system are needed, and the way to make that happen is to reform the way we think about punishment and prison. Changes to probation and drug diversions are parts of her plan, as well as stronger "support for mental health and drug treatment." There also seems to be a theme in the articles I've read of lessening punishments for misdemeanors and nonviolent crime. 

 

I previously did not know about Bill Clinton's crime bill, and since it so starkly contrasts Hillary's proposals, I was very surprised to hear about its logistics. It was refreshing to read that Hillary is taking a different stance on the matter than Bill did because mass incarceration is a high priority for many people in her party, and Bill's approach increased the number of wrongly arrested citizens.

 

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Child migrants without lawyers pay a high price

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Without an attorney, child migrants from Central America face overwhelming odds in seeking relief from U.S. immigration courts, according to newly released government data that paint a far grimmer picture than what the Justice Department has admitted in federal court. Since last July, 352 children without lawyers have succeeded in having their removal...
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Why I fled: New migrants to Italy share their stories - CNN.com

Why I fled: New migrants to Italy share their stories  - CNN.com | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
They come in their thousands, crammed onto barely seaworthy boats to make the treacherous journey from Libya to Italy. So why do they do it?
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How Texas Shut Down A Prison • BRAVE NEW FILMS

How Texas Shut Down A Prison • BRAVE NEW FILMS | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Texas saved $2 billion for taxpayers by cutting prison spending while making the state safer. Now it's time to renew those reforms and make even more progress to be smart on crime in Texas.

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Black Eyed Peas - Bebot (Generation One)


Abagond has the translation :D


This is one of my favorite Black Eyed Peas songs even though I had only understood 'Chicken Adobo' and 'Filipino' :D


Thank you Abagond


A few emotional songs you know are important, even without knowing the language - this one and

* Roberto Darvin's - Fronteras - sung by Mili Bermejo


and


* Mercedes Sosa - Sólo le pido a Dios


My wife doesn't by a lot of music, but she bought CDs for these two artists - so good, and I bought all the Black Eyed Peas CDs :D


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Courageous Passenger Kenneth Smith Hailed As Hero After Tackling Gunman On Megabus

Courageous Passenger Kenneth Smith Hailed As Hero After Tackling Gunman On Megabus | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

A passenger on a Megabus that was heading north from Chicago has been hailed as a hero after he reportedly subdued an armed man who fired at least one shot minutes after the bus started its journey.


Kenneth Smith
, 28, told the Chicago Tribune that he had just settled into his seat late Tuesday when a loud noise resounded through the bus. Smith was traveling to Minneapolis to visit his 6-year-old son.


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Gunmen can be subdued without killing them. This passenger (with no bullet proof vest) subdued this gunman. 


Police have bullet proof vests and are still quick to pull the trigger on unarmed civilians. 


#DisarmThePolice 


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Immigrants For Sale • FULL DOCUMENTARY • BRAVE NEW FILMS

Countless lives of undocumented immigrants are being taken and sold for billions of dollars. Watch the disturbing details unfold and listen to the first-hand accounts of the real cost of private prisons. SUBSCRIBE http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... WATCH MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6vuY...

2:12 Private prisons such as the CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) own over 200 facilities in the nation and makes a profit close to 5 billion dollars per year on inmates. They rely on anti-immigrant laws like Arizona's SB1070 and copycat laws across the nation for fresh inmates and continual profit.

5:58 Mother and son, Emily and Logan, suffer the repercussions of private prison greed as they commute to her husband's final court date in Georgia, the victim of anti-immigration laws.

8:47 "El Refugio" offers free food and overnight housing for families visiting loved ones in the detention centers. The CCA tries to prevent this service by escorting anyone handing out fliers off the premises. Family members share testimonials about how these prisons do not accommodate inmates who have health conditions such as diabetes.

11:22 Public Health Services denied urgent medical attention to detainee, Roberto Marinez-Medina, who was arrested for not having a valid drivers license. He died a month later.

14:31 American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, pours millions of dollars into creating anti-immigration laws like SB1070 for their own benefit. ALEC "persuades" town officials. They claim that private prisons cut public budgets, but the reality is different.

17:12 The detention center of Littlefield, TX sucked the town dry. The city invested a large amount of money into a facility and did not get much in return. Many businesses closed down and the hospital nearly did as well. 

18:40 A former detainee recalls the numerous injustices she lived through in prison.

23:58 The GEO Group, Inc is heavily invested in providing immigration detention services for the federal government. A mother of a mentally ill man who was detained because of his immigration status shares her story of frustration. He was beaten by officials and sent to the hospital while in custody.

27:53 An ex-CCA Florida Correctional Officer shares what she has witnessed and why she was terminated. CCA has made it very difficult for her to find a job.

31:30 Pembroke Pines residents talk about how CCA prisons are affecting their communities. 98% are opposed to the new detention center.

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#StandWithNanHui: For Immigration and Gender Justice

#StandWithNanHui: For Immigration and Gender Justice | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

 
BY SALLY J. KIM

Korean immigrant mother Jo, subjected to abuse by her daughter’s father and former partner, Jesse Charlton, found herself entangled in criminal, family law, and immigration systems.

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Immigration law has many flaws.  Deportation rules are at the top of the list.


This case represents one of several examples in which innocent victims of domestic abuse wind up being placed in immigration court proceedings to face removal charges.


For now, the only solution is to follow in the footsteps of this victim.  Don't give up.  Fight back.   


However, trying to handle a VAWA immigration case on your own is generally not a good idea.  The ordeal of this woman shows why.


Until VAWA protections are taken seriously by all agencies involved, and proper translation protections are put in place, immigrant women will remain crucially vulnerable to misguided deportation laws






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Clinton to Call for 'Full and Equal Path to Citizenship' - US News

Clinton to Call for 'Full and Equal Path to Citizenship' - US News | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to draw an early distinction with Republicans on immigration reform, pointing to a pathway to citizenship as an essential part of any overhaul in Congress.
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‘Our Demand Is Simple: Stop Killing Us’

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How a group of black social-media activists built the nation’s first 21st-century civil rights movement.
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Follow them on Twitter - seriously. Follow them. 


@deray 

@nettaaaaaaaa 


And follow @ShaunKing 



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“I’m Here For You”: Baltimore Police Sergeant Gives Moving Speech To Protesters (VIDEO)

“I’m Here For You”: Baltimore Police Sergeant Gives Moving Speech To Protesters (VIDEO) | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

A police officer’s kind words during a period of unrest over the death of Freddie Gray touched many across Baltimore, who have for so long witnessed police violence in their communities.


Sgt. K Glanville
 spoke to a crowd on Saturday during a festive rally about her role as a police officer and expressed that not all officers are in the business of harming unarmed civilians. Glanville retold stories of her encounters with pedestrians in the city and says she understands why so many have questioned the tactics of police officers.


The mother says she gives out her number to children in an effort to show she is a protector of the community. According to the Huffington Post,


“My heart is in this,” Glanville told a small crowd. “I’m not wasting time on someone that’s not trying to let me in, when I got all these other people that got the door wide open, saying ‘Sgt. Glanville, please step in.’ I am here, I’m available. I give kids my phone number, I tell people ‘you need something, you call me.’ It all starts with relationship building.”


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Baltimore Photographer Devin Allen Captures Uprising In Touching TIME Cover Photo

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An amateur photographer from 
Baltimore is being celebrated for his photos taken during the recent demonstrations in the name of Freddie Gray. His images are so touching, in fact, that the 26-year-old’s work is featured on the latest cover of TIME Magazine.


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Day of Action to #StopBorderBrutality and for Justice & Accountability - YouTube

Maria Puga: On May 28, 2010, my husband and father of my 5 children was brutally beaten and tortured at the San Diego border by federal agents. Anastasio Hernandez Rojas died the following day. The San Diego coroner's office described Anastasio's death as a homicide and found that he had "several loose teeth; bruising to his chest, stomach, hips, knees, back, lips, head and eyelids; five broken ribs; and a damaged spine."

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#LatinosAreHuman 

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Families Reunite At San Diego-Tijuana Border As Door Opens Briefly

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Four divided families were able to reunite for two minutes each at the border on Sunday in commemoration of Mexico's Children's Day.
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Love and #BaltimoreUprising

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"Throughout history, love has often been used as justification for the need to destroy in the interest of reformation #BaltimoreUprising" HT @PricklyPundit

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#BlackLivesMatter


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Heart of Decolonization Gathering

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Heart of Decolonization
A gathering for decolonizing people of diverse backgrounds who are in positions of teaching and inspiring others to decolonize while occupying stolen Native lands still under resistance.

SAVE THE (TENTATIVE) DATE!

September 4-6, 2015

Independent Lakota Territory
Hosted by the Lakota Cante Tenza Okolakiciye (Strong Heart Warrior Society)


This unique gathering is intended to bring together a diverse group of decolonizing people under observation of Native warriors and activists. In particular, we are focusing on those non-Native persons in positions of leadership, teaching, or mentoring others in movements of decolonization. Over the three days, we hope to engage in conversations that will create understanding, build relationship, and ensure accountability in the critical movements to return Indigenous lands and lifeway.


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Gambian Mother Siabatou Sanneh Walks Paris Marathon with 40-lb. Water Container on Head to Bring Awareness to Need for Clean Drinking Water in Africa

Gambian Mother Siabatou Sanneh Walks Paris Marathon with 40-lb. Water Container on Head to Bring Awareness to Need for Clean Drinking Water in Africa | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

In the middle of 54,000 runners at last week’s Paris Marathon, Siabatou Sannehstood out. Carrying a 40-pound (20kg) water container on her head and wearing her race number 64173 on top of a multi-colored traditional dress, Siabatou wanted to make a statement.


It was the first time the mother of four had ever left her country, Gambia, but this didn’t deter her from wanting to raise awareness about the difficulties African women face in accessing clean drinking water. Siabatou was there on the behalf of Water for Africa, a non-profit which builds boreholes in her village.


“I came to Paris to do the marathon to raise awareness and help the African women get clean water for their domestic use – for drinking, cooking, washing and gardening to grow agriculture,” the 43-year-old told IBTimes UK, speaking through a translator.


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