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What a cop sees - CNN Video

A close look at police body cameras and how they can help answer questions in controversial cases. Alina Machado reports.
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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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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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Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The explosion in the number of needy children in classrooms has profound implications for the nation.
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Y'all. Raising the minimum wage is a start to help with this. 


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"Selma" Earns Two Academy Award Nominations, Including Best Picture

"Selma" Earns Two Academy Award Nominations, Including Best Picture | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning, and among them were two for "Selma", for Best Picture and its Original Song "Glory" by Common and John Legend.  The o...
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Long live the King!

Long live the King! | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Today, I remember the birth of a preacher.  I know that persons will hail him has a civil rights icon.  But, I, along with so many others, have not forgotten that he stood behind a pulpit and fought not for civil rights but declared the truths that must be practiced if the kingdom of God is to come to earth.  Reducing his words and ministry to legislation would be a travesty.  No, he came to give us sight, the vision of how God sees us– equally.


God created human beings, no one more or less than the other.  It is not God that needs convincing as God knew who He created and why.  King came to remind us that we are created equally and until we get it, there will be others.


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Dr. King is the Jesus of the U.S. 


He spoke truth to power and ascended back to heaven too soon. 


PS - Dr. Cornel West is the living Jesus of the U.S.  He speaks crystal clear truth to power, just like Dr. King. 


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The Colonialism of the Present

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Scholar and activist Glen Coulthard on the connection between indigenous and anticapitalist struggles.

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Demonstrations against the police murders of Eric Garner and Mike Brown in recent months have adopted tactics that, to me at least, seem reminiscent of some indigenous practices in Canada: the seizing and blocking, if only temporarily, of major public infrastructure, for instance.Do you see connections in these struggles?

The blocking tactic, the impeding of critical infrastructure and flows of capital through that tactic is an important one, but more so, I think the expressions of anger and outrage and resentment towards a state that is profoundly violent, colonial and racist is really where I see the relationship.


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Powerful article. 


HT unsettlingamerica.wordpress.com


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Selma Revisited

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I had the opportunity to see the movie Selma a few days ago, which was OUTSTANDING! I can remember the time from my youth. As a point of reference, I grew up and lived in the north but witnessed the same bigotry and racism. What struck me was it was jarringly similar to what I see today.


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Obama Proposes Free Community College Program For All

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The White House on Thursday announced a proposal that President Barack Obama said would make community college “free for everybody who is willing to work for it.”


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Most employers want college educated workers, so this would be a win/win/win/win for everyone (employers / employees / teachers / parents.)


I'm just wondering why the idea has taken so long. 




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Department of Homeland Security: CBP Drones are Dubious Achievers — Southern Border Communities Coalition

Department of Homeland Security: CBP Drones are Dubious Achievers — Southern Border Communities Coalition | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


After spending eight years and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has yet to prove the value of its Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) program while drastically understating the costs, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG). Based on its findings, OIG recommends that CBP abandon plans to spend $443 million more on additional aircraft and put those funds to better use.


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‘Selma’s Missing Epilogue: The Recent Dissolution Of The Voting Rights Act

‘Selma’s Missing Epilogue: The Recent Dissolution Of The Voting Rights Act | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


The final scenes of the 2014 film Selma, which depicts Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle for federal voting rights legislation to protect African Americans in the South, leave viewers applauding, content with our nation’s civil rights progress after witnessing a concrete example of how a protest effected meaningful national change. But what the movie doesn’t provide is an update — a scene that flashes forward almost 50 years to show how the exact rights granted to blacks who marched across Alabama in demonstration have recently been eroded by our highest court and then by states across the country.


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Do you think we will every be able to vote from home to avoid all this voter ID mess and votes getting thrown out because someone has the same name? 


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Tweets you must see 1.0 - Oppression Monitor Daily

Tweets you must see 1.0 - Oppression Monitor Daily | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Petition Calls For Answers In #ShenequeProctor’s Mysterious Jailhouse Death ……………………….. http://t.co/Kv4JEXdU4W — UsaSlumdog (@UsaSlumdog) December 31, 2014 Via @nprnews: How To Fight Racial Bias When It's Silent And Subtle http://t.co/D0vTZYC6wa — Adrienne Cabouet (@acabouet) January 1, 2015 "The Science of #Racism" http://t.co/Mfo7chAbXB While I'm not a fan of the methodology, for those who need 'data' …
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Nominations for Black History Month 2015

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Nominate or second topics you want to see posts on for Black History Month in February 2015. It can be anything about Africa or the Diaspora, but topics that concern the history of US Blacks are preferred.


My own suggestions (in alphabetical order):

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A wake-up call for Oakland mayor

A wake-up call for Oakland mayor | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


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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Community Village Mug set

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Set of mugs from the Community Village websites, including Mixed American Life, 500 Nations, and Oppression Monitor.
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Buy a set of all four Community Village mugs from our shop. 


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Must see Tweets 1.17 #BlackLivesMatter

Must see Tweets 1.17 #BlackLivesMatter | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
This is what #solidarity looks like. This kind of support is truly beautiful. #ReclaimMLK rt @violentfanon pic.twitter.com/FE7huWj9w1 — BlackWomenUnchecked (@BlkWmnUNchecked) January 16, 2015


Indigenous group dances, speak of valuing black lives and land before US borders #3rdworld4blacklives #ReclaimMLK pic.twitter.com/wg1WKwP96e — Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) January 16, 2015 Protesters hug, cheer after releasing chains, helium banner …


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This 7-year-old understands immigration reform better than Congress.

This 7-year-old understands immigration reform better than Congress. | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


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Charlie Hebdo: Free Speech for Whom and to Say What?

Charlie Hebdo: Free Speech for Whom and to Say What? | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


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In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Western media has wasted no time tooting its own horn regarding the value of “free speech” in our liberal societies.


But what should we think about this defense of “free speech”?


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The U.S. claims free speech but goes after whistle blower Edward Snowden.



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35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants

35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Take a tour through America's immigrant heritage — at its most and least welcoming
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Fascinating how the U.S. (and the world) is constantly changing and so fast. @getgln

 

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About Mrs. King | The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

About Mrs. King | The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Coretta Scott King was one of the most influential women leaders in our world. Prepared by her family, education, and personality for a life committed to social justice and peace, she entered the world stage in 1955 as wife of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and as a leading participant in the American Civil Rights Movement. Her remarkable partnership with Dr. King resulted not only in four children, who became dedicated to carrying forward their parent’s work, but also in a life devoted to the highest values of human dignity in service to social change. Mrs. King traveled throughout the world speaking out on behalf of racial and economic justice, women’s and children’s rights, gay and lesbian dignity, religious freedom, the needs of the poor and homeless, full-employment, health care, educational opportunities, nuclear disarmament and environmental justice. She lent her support to pro-democracy movements world-wide and consulted with many world leaders, including Corazon Aquino, Kenneth Kaunda, and Nelson Mandela. -

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A life-long advocate of interracial coalitions, in 1974 Mrs. King formed a broad coalition of over 100 religious, labor, business, civil and women’s rights organizations dedicated to a national policy of full employment and equal economic opportunity, as Co-Chair of both the National Committee for Full Employment and the Full Employment Action Council. In 1983, she brought together more than 800 human rights organizations to form the Coalition of Conscience, sponsors of the 20th Anniversary March on Washington, until then the largest demonstration ever held in our nation’s capital. In 1987, she helped lead a national Mobilization Against Fear and Intimidation in Forsyth County, Georgia. In 1988, she re-convened the Coalition of Conscience for the 25th anniversary of the March on Washington. In preparation for the Reagan-Gorbachev talks, in 1988 she served as head of the U.S. delegation of Women for a Meaningful Summit in Athens, Greece; and in 1990, as the USSR was redefining itself, Mrs. King was co-convener of the Soviet-American Women’s Summit in Washington, DC.


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Random facts:


  • Yolanda Denise King (1955-2007) is the first child of Mrs. King and Dr. King. Yolanda experienced threats to her life, designed to intimidate her parents.
  • Denise McNair (age 14) was one of the four little girl victims in the Bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
  • Denise is my sister's name.  
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Must-see video of Nicki Minaj throwing a phone in high school acting class

Must-see video of Nicki Minaj throwing a phone in high school acting class | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
VIDEO - A rare video of Nick Minaj in an intense scene in her high school acting class has emerged on YouTube...
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The Stories of Immigration to Chicago

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Immigrants learned that to survive and prosper in a hostile urban environment of unleashed capital, they needed to stick together. Mutual aid societies and houses of worship provided support and kept their histories and languages alive. The strong communal bonds that could in effect relocate a European village to a single tenement are evident today in many of Chicago's neighborhoods. While the points of origin may have changed over the years, Chicago continues to welcome a significant immigrant population.



Decades of Immigrants
Examine Chicago's top immigrant groups decade by decade, in U.S. Census data from 1850 until 1990. Each year highlights a different country of origin from the top five immigrant groups of that year.


1850 (France)
1860 (Scotland)
1870 (Norway)
1880 (Ireland)
1890 (England)
1900 (Bohemia)
1910 (Austria)
1920 (Russia)
1930 (Germany)
1940 (Sweden)
1950 (Poland)
1960 (Italy)
1970 (Mexico)
1980 (Philippines)
1990 (Korea)




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The use of the word 'lure' in the image above without mentioning that (im)migration is a such a big decision that to imply that a whole group (im)migrates because of only one reason seems troublesome. 


(im)migration involves both push and pull factors. People will often be prompted to leave their country because of a push factor (war, economy, environment), then they choose which country to go to for it's pull factor (liberal immigration policy, availability of jobs and availability of freedoms). 


Although interesting, many of these synopses are so oversimplified as to be misleading. 


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How To Fight Racial Bias When It's Silent And Subtle [AUDIO]

How To Fight Racial Bias When It's Silent And Subtle [AUDIO] | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


In the popular imagination and in conventional discourse — especially in the context of highly charged news events such as the shooting of Trayvon Martin — prejudice is all about hatred and animosity.


Scientists agree there's little doubt that hate-filled racism is real, but a growing body of social science research suggests that racial disparities and other biased outcomes in the criminal justice system, in medicine and in professional settings can be explained by unconscious attitudes and stereotypes.


Subtle biases are linked to police cadets being more likely to shoot unarmed black men than they are unarmed white men. (Some academics have also linked the research into unconscious bias to the Trayvon Martin case.)


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Are You Aware of the Ziplock Method for DUI Checkpoints? Watch, Learn, and Be Amazed

Are You Aware of the Ziplock Method for DUI Checkpoints? Watch, Learn, and Be Amazed | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
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While this worked for this Euro-American, it doesn't mean it will always work and it doesn't mean it will work for people of color. 


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DeRay and Netta Newsletter - Saturday, Jan. 3rd

DeRay and Netta Newsletter - Saturday, Jan. 3rd | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


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