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"Snap into it, from ordinary moments to extraordinary connections" : Holly Stiel at TEDxNapaValley

Holly Stiel talks about "Snapping Into it" as part of the TEDxNapaValley 2012 "Connected" event. Holly Stiel is a trailblazing service philosopher who innova...
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I like it. "Snap into your humanity"

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The Deserving Poor | CHANGELAB

The Deserving Poor | CHANGELAB | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"This picture in the of a resident of publicly subsidized housing in New Orleans playing with an ipad sparked a hailstorm of responses.

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Apparently, in order to be among the deserving poor in the U.S., one must also live in misery. No refrigerator or stove, no air conditioning or fans, TV, or clothes washers. Or perhaps the suggestion is that one should sell all of these items to put off going on public assistance."

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Smiley & West | Blues Legend Buddy Guy | Project Censored

Smiley & West | Blues Legend Buddy Guy | Project Censored | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Listen to our 2010 conversation with blues legend Buddy Guy, in celebration of his Kennedy Center Honor this month. 


Plus, Smiley and West reveal the five most censored stories of 2012 with the help of Project Censored and Sonoma State University."
Listen on PRI
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The NRA Thinks More Guns Are The Answer. Bless Their Hearts. Then Watch This.

The NRA Thinks More Guns Are The Answer. Bless Their Hearts. Then Watch This. | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
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Chicago Appears To Have Hit 500 Homicides In 2012

Chicago Appears To Have Hit 500 Homicides In 2012 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the city has logged its 500th homicide of the year.
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This is crazy. Where is the massive public outrage?

got damit

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Affirmative Action Debate Always Misses The Point

Affirmative Action Debate Always Misses The Point | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Looks like the affirmative action debate is still going strong.

In an interview on the Huffington Post Live, Professor Lino Graglia, a University of Texas law professor, pointed to test scores on the SAT and LSAT, where he said:

“blacks generally score hundreds of points lower than whites and Asians”, to buttress his claim that affirmative action translates to admitting “the blacks… that come closest to meeting the ordinary standards. And these are going to be the most advantaged blacks.”

Amazing how historical and current discrimination that impacts urban schools, funding and therefore test scores are left out of his equation.

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First People of America and Canada - Native American Indians. Turtle Island. Legends, Treaties, Clipart.

First People of America and Canada - Native American Indians. Turtle Island. Legends, Treaties, Clipart. | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
(Native Americans) American Indians - the First People of America and Canada aka Turtle Island.
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This site has Amerindian photos and Tribal Links

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Indian Removal Map

Indian Removal Map | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

This is a political map with a legend. This map illustrates the Native Americans' path and location during the Trail of Tears. This map also shows the location of the American forts, which is interesting because the majority of the forts are built of the land that was assigned to the Native Americas. This showed the use of the military during 1830. From that bit of information it can be inferred that the American's were violent/forceful with their attempts to move the Native Americans. This map was drawn to show the extreme distance the Native Americans were forced to travel. This map just shows how ridiculous the Americans were to force the Native Americans to travel such a great distance. What is the scale of the map and the length of time it took to travel?


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Furor over footage of police shooting

Furor over footage of police shooting | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Police in Manteca (San Joaquin County) say the officer opened fire after seeing a knife in the man's hand as the suspect got out of a pickup truck, and that a knife was later found in the bed of the vehicle.

Via Randy L. Dixon Rivera
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Randy L. Dixon Rivera's comment, December 13, 2012 5:55 PM
Was the unloading his clip on the guy part of his training? Excessive force comes into play. Seen it before. An example of a Cop in Puerto Rico using excessive force and went to prison. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3YniejJ9bI … Unnecessary shots were fired.
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Supply Side Gun Control | CHANGELAB | Scot Nakagawa

Supply Side Gun Control | CHANGELAB | Scot Nakagawa | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"...the mentally ill aren’t the problem. They are less rather than more likely to commit gun-related homicides."

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Would you trust your family and co-workers with a gun? 

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If Our Drones Are So Accurate, Why Do Their Missiles Keep Hitting Children?

If Our Drones Are So Accurate, Why Do Their Missiles Keep Hitting Children? | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Despite repeated claims from both the Bush and Obama administrations that missile attacks from unmanned drones provide a surgically precise means of eliminating suspected terrorists, U.S. drone policy has led to the deaths of at least 178 children in Pakistan and Yemen (the U.S. is officially at war with neither) as of December 2, 2012. While one hellfire missile is obviously preferable to leveling an entire block with a bombing run, one has to wonder how effective a campaign like this really is in curtailing terrorist activity. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that the friends and families of those 178 children are probably more sympathetic to anti-U.S. propaganda now rather than before the U.S. started dropping missiles on their loved ones."

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Eugene Jarecki On Small Victories In The Drug War And What it Will Take to End It

Eugene Jarecki On Small Victories In The Drug War And What it Will Take to End It | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Eugene Jarecki, director of Freakonomics and now The House I Live In a must-see documentary about the origins and impact of the war on drugs shares his thoughts about the drug war and how to end it in this terrific interview with ChangeLab friend, The Nation and GritTV’s Laura Flanders talks here about the drug war and what it will take to end it.

 

Jarecki challenges us to personalize drug enforcement. I found myself asking the question, if I found a joint on an 18 year old in my life, would I call the police, have them arrested and thrown into prison? Obviously not. Yet this is what we are doing daily to young people who are randomly stopped and frisked by police. When small amounts of drugs like marijuana are found on them, they are often arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated. For the rest of their lives, they must live with the memories and stigma of prison, and a criminal record that will label them as second class citizens, and all for something many of us consider a mere youthful phase.

 

Watch the interview, see the movie, take action."

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Bowling for Columbine - 2002

"Bowling for Columbine is a 2002 documentary film written, directed, produced, and narrated by Michael Moore. The film explores what Moore suggests are the causes for the Columbine High School massacre and other acts of violence with guns. Moore focuses on the background and environment in which the massacre took place and some common public opinions and assumptions about related issues. The film also looks into the nature of violence in the United States."

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If the video is blocked, please do a new search on YouTube. 

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Ryan Talley: California farmers need immigration reform - San Jose Mercury News

Ryan Talley: California farmers need immigration reform - San Jose Mercury News | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Ryan Talley: California farmers need immigration reform
San Jose Mercury News
I grow bell peppers on the central coast of California on land my family has been farming for three generations.

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Carlos Batara's curator insight, December 29, 2012 4:11 PM

You can’t get a more honest opinion than Ryan Talley’s recent article in the Silicon Valley Mercury News about the economic necessity for immigrants:

 

“I'm pretty typical of farmers who rely on immigrant workers. I look at employees' papers and fill out I-9 employment forms -- after all, the last thing I want is to put my operation at risk by hiring an unlawful labor force. I'll raise wages when I have to in order to attract people, although of course I can only raise them so much before my produce becomes too expensive to sell. And there's nothing I'd like better than to hire American workers.”

 

Only bonehead legislators can fail to understand the importance of getting done to serious business and fixing our immigration system.

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Woman charged with murder in NY subway shove death

Woman charged with murder in NY subway shove death | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who told police she shoved a man to his death off a subway platform into the path of a train because she has hated Muslims since Sept.
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This murder is wrong on so many levels. 

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99.9% Of Everyone On Television Is Demanding Stricter Gun Regulation

99.9% Of Everyone On Television Is Demanding Stricter Gun Regulation | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
I didn't even realize I could recognize this many celebrities, but every single one of them is advocating for more gun regulation.
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Where are Our Snowflakes?: An East Oakland Educator’s Response to the Connecticut Shootings

Where are Our Snowflakes?: An East Oakland Educator’s Response to the Connecticut Shootings | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"When are people going to honor the many slain brown and black children that are killed in neighborhoods like the one where I teach?

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People outside our environment rarely, if ever, talk about the realities my students face.

 

Sadly, those living and working within an environment like East Oakland rarely discuss the tragedy of children knowing the sound of a gunshot better than a Nina Simone song. Many of us who work in the schools have become numb to the war zone in which we function. Why? Partly, because we have to become numb in order to do what we need to do– educate our students. We have also become numb to our reality because when we do tell the “outside world” about our experiences, we’re often met with wavering responses like, “That’s sad,” causing us to feel like we must move onto a topic more lighthearted, so they don’t feel as depressed."

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I just read that Chicago had 500 homicides in 2012.
How many murders does it take before we are outraged?
Is the major media talking about why some cities have more homicides than others? I haven’t heard them talk about it. Has the major media talked about what will as a society will do to reduce the number of homicides?

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"Maybe they should move 'stop and frisk' to the suburbs" | Sharif Rasheed

"Maybe they should move 'stop and frisk' to the suburbs" | Sharif Rasheed | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Maybe they should move 'stop and frisk' to the suburbs because all these shootings and plots aren't coming from "the hood"

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Understanding Affirmative Action: An Argument in Two Parts | CHANGELAB | Scot Nakagawa

Understanding Affirmative Action: An Argument in Two Parts  | CHANGELAB | Scot Nakagawa | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The Fisher v. University of Texas case has put the debate over affirmative action front and center among discussions of racial justice...again.

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For most of [U.S.] history, the fight was not about whether racial preferences could be given to people of color, but about whether we could be admitted at all."

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and I never knew about "500 federal marshals were sent to to stop the riots. 160 marshals were wounded, 28 by gunshots, and 2 bystanders were killed." regarding James Meredith attending the University of Mississippi.

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Trial of Tears Cherokee Family- ThingLink

Trial of Tears Cherokee Family- ThingLink | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

This is an interactive photograph from the Trial of Tears Time period. The Native American family is being thrown out of their land by American soilders.


Via amanda millatt
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Oppressors with guns. 
Click into the picture to see comments about the picture. 

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Native American and American Ideas of Land

Native American and American Ideas of Land | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Clashing ideas of these two groups of land and possession clash as the Americans push further out west.
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Native Appropriations: Idle No More Los Angeles Solidarity Rally

Native Appropriations: Idle No More Los Angeles Solidarity Rally | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"I wanted to try something different to share my experience at the Idle No More solidarity rally in LA on Friday, so I made a podcast-of-sorts. I give some thoughts on the Idle No More movement, a little background, and set the scene. But then, the exciting part, I was able to interview some awesome folks at the rally: Andrea Landry, Crystle Lightning,Adam Beach (yes, ADAM BEACH), and Kevin Gonzaga. The podcast is about 20 minutes long, and the interviews give background on the movement and legislation in Canada, Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike, what this means for Native people in the US, how these rallies and collective action are changing perceptions of Indigenous Peoples, and what the role of settler allies (non-Native allies) can be in the movement. Some really good stuff in their own words. Soundcloud link below, and more pictures after the jump:"

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Understanding White Privilege by Frances Kendall, Chps. 1 & 2

Understanding White Privilege by Frances Kendall, Chps. 1 & 2 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"It is important to note that in the United States, while any racial group might view itself as superior, only the white group has the power to institutionalize that belief into laws, policies, practices, and culture and to subordinate other groups based on that institutional held power (page 21-22).”

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“If we do not work to change ourselves and our systems, we continue to be complicit in the oppressions of others whether we mean to or not (page 23).”
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There is a cost to not keeping race and white privilege as a regular part of conversation as we loose a critical lens through which we can interpret situations.
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We must know about ourselves before we can learn fully about others.”
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Kendall spends some time reflecting on the financial benefits of a “racial contract”. Clothes manufactured mostly by people of color globally at low wages, and loss of jobs by people in the lower classes of the US, many of whom are people of color, because of the offshoring of jobs are but two examples.
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Kendall goes on to discuss the emotional costs for whites to ignore the negative impact that our white supremacy has on the rest of the world. Ultimately, we can only survive by anesthetizing ourselves. “I think that most of us who are white don’t even know that we’re not whole. We feel like something is missing, but we’re not sure what. Some sense of ourselves as whole human beings is not there, because for us to be whole and present every day means that we have to re-member ourselves, and that is painful (page 38).”
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“I wonder what would it be like to feel that all others are as valuable as ourselves? What if we believed in the humanness of each person? What if we understood that each of us is connected to all others – that if others aren’t able to thrive, we aren’t either? (page 40)”"

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Drug Smugglers Shoot Drugs Across Border with Cannon | ABC News

Drug Smugglers Shoot Drugs Across Border with Cannon | ABC News | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Border Patrol agents say they believe a pneumatic cannon was used to launch dozens of containers of marijuana over the border and 500 feet into Arizona on Friday. Eighty-five pounds of marijuana -- tucked into soup cans and then inserted into larger sealed containers -- were found in a field near the Colorado River in San Luis, Arizona."

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Aiyana Jones

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"Aiyana Stanley Jones (c. 2003-2010) was a seven-year-old girl shot dead by the Detroit police in a military-style raid on her home in the middle of the night. This was at 4054 Lillibridge in east Detroit at 12:40 am on Sunday May 16th 2010. The police were looking for a murder suspect, who it seems they later found in the upstairs flat of the house."

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