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Migrant deaths - real photos

Voice Of Art follows Favianna Rodriguez, Culture Strike and Sound Strike to the front lines of the immigration battle in Tucson, AZ. Local human rights lawye...
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Smiley & West - ACLU President, Susan Herman; Smiley & West reflections on Supreme Court decisions June 2013

Smiley & West - ACLU President, Susan Herman; Smiley & West reflections on Supreme Court decisions June 2013 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

ACLU President Susan Herman shares her legal perspective on this month's historic Supreme Court decisions.  

Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the political implications of those decisions, the global manhunt for Edward Snowden, and the start of the Trayvon Martin trial. 


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Remembering Vincent Chin: Postcard Project

Remembering Vincent Chin: Postcard Project | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"The RememberingVincentChin.com postcard project is a small independent project of Frances Kai-Hwa Wang to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the baseball bat beating death of Vincent Chin and to ask the question of people everywhere: What does the Vincent Chin case mean to you?"

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How to tell if a white person is a recovering racist

How to tell if a white person is a recovering racist | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
In America there are only racists and recovering racists. It is like alcoholism. There is no point at which you are rid of it completely - racist thinking is too much a part of American culture. No...
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The House I Live In Official Trailer #1 (2012) Drugs Documentary Movie HD

"This film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2012 for Documentary.

An investigative look at America's war on drugs and its impact on the criminal justice system, with a focus on the experiences of Nannie Jeter, a former employee of filmmaker Eugene Jarecki's family."

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"the drug war is a holocaust in slow motion"

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Senate passes sweeping immigration bill

Senate passes sweeping immigration bill | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The Senate passes a sweeping immigration reform bill, but House Republicans call it a nonstarter.
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California man faces 13 years in jail for scribbling anti-bank messages in chalk

California man faces 13 years in jail for scribbling anti-bank messages in chalk | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Jeff Olson, the 40-year-old man who is being prosecuted for scrawling anti-megabank messages on sidewalks in water-soluble chalk last year now faces a 13-year jail sentence.
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"...judge had opted to prevent Olson’s attorney from "mentioning the First Amendment, free speech, free expression, public forum, expressive conduct, or political speech during the trial,

 

"The State's Vandalism Statute does not mention First Amendment rights," ruled Judge Shore

 

"I've never heard that before, that a court can prohibit an argument of First Amendment rights," said Tosdal."

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Court sees images of Trayvon's body - CNN.com Video

The jury was shown images of Trayvon Martin's body during the responding police officer's testimony.
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SPLC lawsuit: Massive human rights violations at Mississippi prison | Southern Poverty Law Center

SPLC lawsuit: Massive human rights violations at Mississippi prison | Southern Poverty Law Center | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, describing the for-profit prison as a filthy, dangerous facility “operating in a perpetual state of crisis” where prisoners...
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Video: Paula Deen on Race in 2012 TimesTalk

Video: Paula Deen on Race in 2012 TimesTalk | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The Times’s Kim Severson asked Paula Deen her thoughts about race relations in the South during a TimesTalk event last year.
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you can tell she's not being 100% honest with the long pauses and saying race relations are "okay", then saying that everyone has prejudice. It's not okay if everyone has prejudice. If she cared enough about race relations she would know for a FACT that hate crimes are too many, microaggressions are too many, the wage gap is real, stop & frisk is out of control along with the prison industrial complex (New Jim Crow). These are all proof that there many modern day issues of the privileged hording privleges and the oppressors continuing their oppression. 

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Ronald Ebens, the Man Who Killed Vincent Chin, Apologizes 30 Years Later

"After 30 years the killer of Vincent Chin told me in an exclusive 

interview that the murder, known as a hate crime, wasn't about race, and
that he doesn't even remember hitting Chin with a baseball bat.

As incredible as that sounds, there is one thing Ronald Ebens is clear
about.

Ebens, who was convicted of second-degree murder but spent no time in
prison for the act, is sorry for the beating death of Vincent Chin on June
19, 1982, in Detroit

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It's undisputed that Chin egged Ebens to fight on.

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Later, when Chin and his friends left, Ebens' stepson went to get a
baseball bat from his car. (Ironically, it was a Jackie Robinson model.)"

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MAP: Border Security Spending Is Often Wasted

MAP: Border Security Spending Is Often Wasted | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
And it's not clear that immigration reform will solve the problem.
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click to check the red dots on the map

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The Paul Frank x Native Designers Collaboration is Here! | Native Appropriations

The Paul Frank x Native Designers Collaboration is Here! | Native Appropriations | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Dr. Bryan Brayboy at ASU often uses the term “Genesis Amnesia” (from Pierre Bourdieu) to discuss how, especially in regards to Indigenous and colonized peoples, we often forget the beginning. Everything becomes normalized–the power structures, the historical narrative taught in schools, policies towards Indigenous Peoples–and society accepts this as “the way it’s always been” and stops wondering why. Hegemonic power structures rely on us forgetting the beginning."

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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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Why Are Things Creepy?

Why Are Things Creepy? | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Trayvon Martin said that a "creepy ass cracka" was following him. 

Highlighted below are reasons why the word "creepy" is key to Trayvon Martin's defense. Excerpts are taken from the academic paper "On the Nature of Creepiness".

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Would you feel creeped out if a man was following you at night? 

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Why White People Don’t Feel Black People’s Pain

Why White People Don’t Feel Black People’s Pain | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
George Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin because he perceived him as dangerous. The defense argues he was, the prosecution argues he wasn’t.

Via Rexi44
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The title alone explains why the U.S. continues to have racial disparities in health care, education, poverty and incarceration. The majority who write the laws and control the courts don't have empathy for the oppressed.

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Community Village Sites's comment, July 5, 2013 2:02 AM
The title alone explains why the U.S. continues to have racial disparities in health care, education, poverty and incarceration. The majority who write the laws and control the courts don't have empathy for the oppressed.
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5 Things Not To Do When Accused Of Racism: A Note To Paula Deen And The Rest of White America

5 Things Not To Do When Accused Of Racism: A Note To Paula Deen And The Rest of White America | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Okay, I know this subject has been beat to death but I need to go there one more time. Why? Because Paula Deen’s crying, pleading, borderline belligerent I is what I is, and I’m not changing play for forgiveness mirrors the way that too many white people react to accusations of racism. And that reaction is no small thing. It’s one of the obstacles to ending interpersonal racism which, as we know, is the justification for institutional racism and the perpetuation of racial inequality.

 

So, for white people who want to be good allies, here are five things not to do when accused of racism:"

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The New Jim Crow -- with Cornel West

"Dr. Cornel West's spirited challenge to the "New Jim Crow" in the All Saints Rector's Forum. 

Inspired by Michelle Alexander's book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," | All Saints Church, Pasadena, on Sunday, February 3, 2012."

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Paula Deen

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Paula Deen (1947- ) is an American television cook of down-home Southern cooking. In June 2013 the American press and the Internet went nuts over her admitted use of the n-word. Her empire the day ...
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Does Paula share her wealth with her whole "family"?

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LAPD chase and EXECUTE man

http://twitter.com/tweet4409 LAPD chase a man down shoot him in the back and then EXECUTE him at point blank range. Then if that was not bad enough they have...
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Another incident similar to Oscar Grant (police stand over a man who is on the ground and murder him in cold blood)

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A Dark Girl's Reaction To Dark Girls

http://OurLegaci.com writer Jessica Ann Mitchell addresses different topics discussed in the documentary Dark Girls. JAM is also the founder of Black Blogger...
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And the Supreme Court Punted…

And the Supreme Court Punted… | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"...nothing works as well as race conscious affirmative action in promoting educational opportunity for people of color once you get to the point of admission

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Currently the ratio of wealth of whites to blacks is eight to one. And since parents’ wealth is the most powerful indicator of a child’s future success, that wealth gap is a driver of inter-generational poverty."

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I love this article. I'm also pro desegregation.


I've been trying to figure out if the freedom of pluralism (segregation) can play nice with the freedom of multiculturalism (desegregation).


In other words, I get confused how there can be both pluralism (Native American schools on reservations, Private schools, Religious schools), and at the same time multicultural schools - public schools, without people growing up biased and afraid of those 'other' people.


I suspect our new socially networked world will help tie the two worlds together.

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Paula Deen Damns Herself By Excusing Her Racism By Claiming She’s Old

Paula Deen Damns Herself By Excusing Her Racism By Claiming She’s Old | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"When it comes to race, the lights are out and no one is at home at Deen manor."

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My parents are her age and my parents do not say racial slurs. Like Nakagawa says, age is no excuse for racism. And yes, using a racial slur is a racist thing to do. 

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Dr. Cornel West on Racism, Inequality, & American Empire

Abby Martin talks to activist, author and Princeton professor, Dr. Cornel West, about class warfare, race issues, corporate greed, and the American empire. L...
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Carlos Batara's comment, June 24, 2013 12:37 AM
As always, Dr. West is right on point. His ability to defuse notions like Obama is a socialist, I wish, would be heard by more.
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Black Family Sues Disney For Racist Amusement Park Character | Our Legaci

Black Family Sues Disney For Racist Amusement Park Character | Our Legaci | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"According to Yahoo News, Fox5SanDiego.com, Jason and Annelia Black took their children to a Disney amusement park in Anaheim, California for a day of fun. However, according to the family, the children received the cold shoulder from the Alice In Wonderland character, the White Rabbit. The person inside of the character suit allegedly refused to hug or hold the hand the African American children.  At one point the family states that the actor actually, “pushed away.” Yet, the White Rabbit had no problem hugging and snuggling up with Caucasian children for photo opts. Jason and Annelia Black are suing Disney for the apparent  racist snub. According the story, Disney offered the family $500 if they signed a confidentially agreement and VIP tickets. However, the family was uninterested in this offer. They want the park to fire the worker.

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