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Smiley & West ~ Tom Daschle; Ron Dellums; David Bonior; Dick Gregory

Smiley & West ~ Tom Daschle; Ron Dellums; David Bonior; Dick Gregory | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle explains why Congress is gripped by gridlock and greed.

Former Oakland Congressman Ron Dellums recalls the day he was introduced to Nelson Mandela by his colleague, former Philadelphia Congressman Bill Gray, who died this week at the age of 71.

Former Michigan Congressman David Bonior reflects on the legacy of UAW president Walter Reuther and his time as campaign manager for John Edwards' 2008 presidential run.

And comedian Dick Gregory brings the funny. 

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Dick Gregory is sooo funny on this episode!!

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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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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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QUALITY iPhone iPad iPod Cables and Chargers - at a REASONABLE price and in MULTIPLE COLORS!

QUALITY iPhone iPad iPod Cables and Chargers - at a REASONABLE price and in MULTIPLE COLORS! | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Lightning cables and chargers for iPhone and iPad


I spent hours looking for cables for my iPhone and iPad that do not easily break
 
I searched for cables with good reviews at a reasonable cost - (less then the $29.99 that Apple charges)

Here is what I found
Belkin is good brand name in cables and chargers that have nice build quality and offer great value. 
(Other good brand names are listed below)

This wall charger is big. It's 2.1 amps. The size will remind you that it can charge an iPad. 

Belkin also makes the small square wall charger that is 1 amp for iPhone and iPod. 

This is the best value you will find if you would like a whole kit for car and home. 
 
  • Home charger that also works with iPad - 2.1 amp
  • Car charger that also works with iPad - 2.1 amp
  • 4 ft lighting cable included (longer than the standard one meter included with the iPhone, iPad, iPod)

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Task force studying law enforcement issues to be paid

Task force studying law enforcement issues to be paid | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"Sonoma County supervisors this week unanimously approved the allocation of $40,000 from the county’s general fund to compensate members of an appointed task force studying law enforcement issues in the wake of the fatal Andy Lopez shooting last year."


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Police Officer in Ferguson Needlessly Waves Assault Weapon in Face of Peaceful Protesters And Threatens to Kill Them [VIDEO]

Police Officer in Ferguson Needlessly Waves Assault Weapon in Face of Peaceful Protesters And Threatens to Kill Them [VIDEO] | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Corporal Ray Albers of the St. Ann Police Department approached peaceful demonstrators last night with his assault weapon drawn and threatening to kill them.
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Man arrested in hate crime hit and run

Man arrested in hate crime hit and run | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
"Driver called Sikh victim a "terrorist" before running him over with his truck"

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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

U.S. Immigration Before 1965 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


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...

White America's Response to the Killing of Mike Brown... | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"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

WHAT STANDS BETWEEN US - Lee Mun Wah | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


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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A disarming approach to protests

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"...it seems every time there’s a questionable officer-involved shooting... a code of silence is enforced and the general public gets the message: “Yes, this was a tragedy. But it wasn’t personal. It was protocol.”


No admission of responsibility. No acknowledgment of how the situation could have been handled differently. And, certainly, no apology.

It’s a dead-end conversation. And the result is predictable: More public outrage, more distrust, more lawsuits.


It’s no doubt one reason why many Sonoma County residents were frustrated last week at the news that Deputy Erick Gelhaus, the officer responsible for the shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez was put back out on patrol. Yes, 10 months later, the community appears to be moving toward some significant changes, including putting cameras on deputy uniforms, improving oversight of officer-involved shootings and, possibly, creating a public park at the corner of Moorland and W. Robles avenues where the shooting occurred. But putting the deputy back on patrol was a harsh reminder that we’re no closer to having assurances that what happened on Oct. 22, 2013 won’t happen again.


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Man Savagely Beaten By Police On Video May Now Be Deported [VIDEO]

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"A man brutally beaten by police in June after he surrendered and lay down on the ground is now at risk of being deported.


Police officers in Santa Ana, California, beat Edgar Vargas Arzate on June 20, according to surveillance video of the incident and interviews with Arzate's attorney. Arzate, who has struggled with addiction and mental health issues, went to visit the house of a friend, apparently not realizing that the friend no longer lived there, according to his attorney, public defender Frank Bittar. The new residents saw Arzate mumbling incoherently outside their house and called police.


Arzate ran when he saw the officers, leading them on a roughly four-block chase before he surrendered in the front yard of a neighbor's home, Bittar said. In the video, Arzate can be seen lying facedown on the ground. The officers then begin to savagely beat Arzate, punching, kicking and swinging a flashlight at him.


In the video, two officers on the opposite side of the fence look up and appear to notice the surveillance camera, then say something to the officers beating Arzate, who quickly move him out of view of the camera.


"He's lucky he wasn't put in a wheelchair," Bittar told HuffPost.


Once he was taken into custody, Arzate was charged with assaulting a police officer. The charge was then enhanced to a higher-level felony when police accused him of having "personally inflicted great bodily injury" on one particular officer who claimed to have broken his hand, according to the charging document.


On Monday, Arzate, 27, who came to the U.S. without documentation as a teenager, was riding with family members to a preliminary hearing to face the charges. Suddenly, three unmarked cars pulled the family over and Arzate was quickly taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.


"They stopped them and made everyone get out of the car and then arrested my brother," said Araceli Vargas, Arzate's younger sister. "Right now he's under immigration hold and we're just waiting on a bail so we can get him out of jail again. I don't know what's going to happen next, honestly."


"My mom told me that the ICE agents made her feel less than human," Vargas continued. "My dad was so disappointed in the system. My grandpa was so scared, he's been in bed since. My aunt started crying. Nothing had happened since June, he was just living his normal life, but we have cameras here and we saw the cars that stopped my brother yesterday morning -- it was a gray Chevy Impala -- they didn't have markings, but they had been spying on us. They passed by the house at least four times that morning, so they knew what they were doing. Why did they wait until we were leaving the house and going to court?""


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EDITORIAL: Ferguson, Michael Brown and the Renewed Mission of Good Black News

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"As the editor of a website dedicated solely to providing and promoting Good Black News, it has been admittedly hard in the past week to bring myself to post what were starting to seem like frivolous accomplishments and events in the wake of a soul-stirring grass roots movement against tyranny and injustice.  This unrest in particular feels like it has the makings of a sea change from the status quo into a new era of human rights, where systemic and commonplace brutality is voted down and rooted out of any and all policing bodies that are meant to Protect and Serve, not Terrify and Dehumanize."


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Why Ferguson Matters to Asian Americans

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"For weeks I have been in awe of the organizers and writers – Rev. Osagyefo SekouJamala RogersMalkia CyrilTa-Nehesi Coatesjohn a. powellFalguni A. Sheth, and so many others – who have placed the situation in Ferguson into critical historical and political context. This despite persistent attempts by police, elected officials, and mainstream media to erase that context with vilifications of black political protest and black life. I write this post to express my solidarity and rage, and to offer a response to the disturbing question that I’ve heard asked, and that demands an answer: Does Ferguson matter to Asian Americans?"


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