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Born Suspect: Stop-and-Frisk Abuses & the Continued Fight to End Racial Profiling in America

Born Suspect: Stop-and-Frisk Abuses & the Continued Fight to End Racial Profiling in America | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
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Sending kids to prison -


It's called the school to prison pipeline and it's a national trend where children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. 
Special thanks to Five Mualimm-ak, director of the Incarcerated Nation Campaign for co-producing this segment with us. 

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"The Soul of Black Folks: Rediscovering A Critical Truth" Dr. Tommy J. Curry

"The Soul of Black Folks: Rediscovering A Critical Truth" Dr. Tommy J. Curry | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
"Empowering black America to Achieve Itself" Tonight: "The Soul of Black Folks: Rediscovering A Critical Truth" Guest: Dr. Tommy J. Curry Professor of Philosophy, Critical Race Theories and Africana Studies "Transforming Truth to Power, One Broadcast At A Time" Solutions, ideas and notions of the critical issues facing the Black community so that " . . . it may Achieve itself". We present serious Black scholars, philosophers, thinkers, activists and grassroots leaders of our time. Informed and forward looking discourse in a safe sanctuary for "Black truth". BROADCASTING BOLD . BRAVE . BLACK Follow Us on Twitter: @JaniceOCG #TalkthatMatters Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OCGTALKRADIO OCG Blog: http://www.ourcommongroundtalk.wordpress.com/ email: OCGinfo@ourcommonground.com
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The United States Admits It Crossed a Line. That’s the Least of It.

The United States Admits It Crossed a Line. That’s the Least of It. | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, the United Nations Committee Against Torture began its review of the United States’ record on torture—not only at the infamous Guantánamo Bay but closer to home, in our prisons, police forces, and immigration facilities.
The U.S. delegation acknowledged, “we crossed ...
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Thirteen people arrested over trafficking ring in Greater Manchester

Thirteen people arrested over trafficking ring in Greater Manchester | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Human traffickers receive £15,000 a time for forcing women to have babies following sham marriages. Emerged as officers arrested eight men and three women during raids in Greater Manchester.
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Counter-terrorism police visit journalist at home over fracking film

Counter-terrorism police visit journalist at home over fracking film | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Since early last year, Netpol has heard stories about unexpected, intimidatory visits by police to the homes of anti-fracking activists: nineteen people who responded to our recent survey have repo...
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Malnourished boy with 'oozing' wounds 'was so hungry he stole snacks from pals'

Malnourished boy with 'oozing' wounds 'was so hungry he stole snacks from pals' | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The young boy was taken off his parents and has since put on weight but is now back with them again but under close council scrutiny
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Black and Brown Deaths at the Hands of Police Are a Crisis Boiling Over

Black and Brown Deaths at the Hands of Police Are a Crisis Boiling Over | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
If Wilson is not indicted, or is under-indicted, the clear message is that it is open season on people of color, that St. Louis has declared that Darren Wilson is not a criminal but that the people who live under the thumbs of the Darren Wilsons of t...
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British Man May Have Florida Double Murder Conviction Overturned After 28 Years in Prison

British Man May Have Florida Double Murder Conviction Overturned After 28 Years in Prison | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Kris Maharaj was given the death penalty for the 1986 killings in a Miami hotel. Now, a court has heard evidence that Pablo Escobar's Medellin drug cartel carried out the murders — and that police officers helped frame him.
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Benefit cuts force tenant evictions to record levels - Guardian

Benefit cuts force tenant evictions to record levels - Guardian | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The cost of benefits cuts is starting to filter through as record numbers of people lost their homes by the end of September, according to Hilary Osborne in The Guardian. The number of tenant house...
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The disabled children locked up in cages

The disabled children locked up in cages | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Disabled children in Greece are being locked up in cages at a state-run care home - the authorities say they want to improve conditions but are struggling to find money.
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She Brews Coffee House creates jobs for recently incarcerated women, keeps them out of prison

She Brews Coffee House creates jobs for recently incarcerated women, keeps them out of prison | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that two-thirds of released prisoners will end up back behind bars within three years of their release. Because of that alarming rate of recidivism, a Claremore nonprofit organization is trying to help formerly incarcerated women straighten out their lives and start fresh.
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Reilly aims to set up probe into mother-and-baby homes

Reilly aims to set up probe into mother-and-baby homes | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Children’s Minister James Reilly is to seek Oireachtas approval for the establishment of the inquiry into mother-and-baby homes before Christmas.
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Latest report on Alabama prison abuses implies system cruel to its core: opinion

A new report this week by the Equal Justice Initiative of Montgomery highlighted what it called repeated horrendous injustices, including rapes of young male inmates by guards.
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Three Ways Courts Screw the Innocent Into Pleading Guilty - The Intercept

Three Ways Courts Screw the Innocent Into Pleading Guilty - The Intercept | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
You should go read Jed A. Rakoff’s essay in The New York Review of Books, in which the senior federal district judge tries to explain why innocent people so often plead guilty. But even if you have better things to do this weekend than digest Rakoff’s thorough, convincing, 4,400-word essay, it’s still worth considering why>>
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Ft. Lauderdale City Officials: Drop the charges against 90-year-old Arnold Abbott for feeding the homeless

Ft. Lauderdale City Officials: Drop the charges against 90-year-old Arnold Abbott for feeding the homeless | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
It’s illegal to feed homeless people in public in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Earlier this week 90-year-old Arnold Abbott was arrested and now faces 60 days in jail for offering food to the homeless with his church. Ft. Lauderdale police should drop the charges against Mr. Abbott and repeal the law against feeding homeless people in public.
My children and I were homeless for 6 years. It wasn’t easy, but luckily I had the kindness of strangers to lend me a hand from time to time. They would buy me meals, give me hope, sometimes stop to see how I was and it showed me that I wasn’t alone and that although I was homeless, I wasn’t invisible. It was in large part because of them that I got off of the streets and can now proudly say I have a place to call my own,  a husband and 5 beautiful children.
I remember my time on the street often. Thats why I was so upset when I learned that not even a 30 minute drive from where I live, 90-year-old homeless advocate Arnold Abbott, along with two Christian ministers were arrested for violating a new Ft. Lauderdale ordinance that virtually bans public feeding of the homeless. Now Mr. Abbott and his companions each face 60 days in jail and a $500 fine! It's outrageous to think that someone’s kindness could land them in jail.
As an ex-homeless person I take every chance I get to repay the goodwill strangers afforded me. I give what I can to those in need and I teach my children treat others as they wish to be treated and that means being compassionate and understanding. I’m sure many of you do the same. Just imagine being arrested and thrown in jail for 60 days for buying a sandwich for a person in need!
I want the Ft. Lauderdale City Council to repeal this disgraceful ordinance and drop all charges against Mr. Abbott and his companions.  All of us deserve to be treated with kindness whether or not we have a home. City officials should encourage it rather than ask us to turn a blind eye.
If this ordinance is allowed to stand and the charges are not dropped, many homeless will lose a vital source of support and precedents could be set for other cities to follow suite.
Join me in signing this petition and demand that Ft. Lauderdale repeal this cruel ordinance and drop the charges against all those involved.  
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How the Prison-Industrial Complex Kills People For Profit • BRAVE NEW FILMS: JUSTICE


Failing to provide sick prisoners with needed care turns out to be pretty good for Corizon's profits. WATCH MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6vuY... SUBSCRIBE:http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c...

While Corizon's new CEO Woodrow A. Myers claims that his company "save[s] lives instead of tak[ing] them," sick inmates continue to die due to their neglect and refusal to render even the most basic of medical services. This is the the "Get-Rich-Quick" plan that's actually killing people.

This video is part of the Prison Profiteers series produced by Brave New Foundation's Beyond Bars campaign in partnership with the ACLU and The Nation. Narration by Henry Rollins. Research help provided by Prison Legal News.

http://aclu.org/corizon #prisonprofiteers

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It isn’t at all surprising to hear that Corizon is profiteering from sick prisoners; if it hadn’t been them, it certainly would have been someone else. Unfortunately, this entire situation brings forth the question of how much the public actually cares about prisoners. Are the people who’ve committed crimes in our nation worthy of the care that it takes to say ‘yes, this is absolutely wrong and these people are entitled to healthcare?’ Or would the cries of outrage begin as soon as the issue is mentioned to the general public? In a nation where the Affordable Healthcare Act is constantly under fire for providing healthcare to innocent citizens in the U.S., I can’t imagine that many would agree with Brave New Foundation’s Behind Bars campaign. Then again, a large majority of the country disagrees with gun control and then acts shocked when elementary schools are shot up, so who knows exactly how the public would feel about this one. If I were to make a wager, it’d probably be that this campaign will have a steep hill to climb before they begin seeing any progress.
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Infant Starved And Relatives Malnourished In Allegedly Incestuous Family

Infant Starved And Relatives Malnourished In Allegedly Incestuous Family | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) — A man and his 23-year-old daughter have been arrested outside Atlanta after the man's infant daughter starved to death and three other children and a disabled adult were found to be severely malnourished, police sa...
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Judge lowers Richmond’s sex offender classification - WTOV Steubenville-

Judge lowers Richmond’s sex offender classification - WTOV Steubenville- | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio Judge Thomas Lipps ruled Friday that Ma'Lik Richmonds sex offender status will be
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U.S. Asylum Seekers May Face Barriers from Border Patrol – Immigration - FRONTLINE

U.S. Asylum Seekers May Face Barriers from Border Patrol – Immigration - FRONTLINE | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Immigration attorneys say the agents sometimes dismiss or ignore credible claims.
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Shackling juvenile offenders can do permanent damage to our kids

Shackling juvenile offenders can do permanent damage to our kids | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Shackling juvenile offenders can do permanent damage.
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Want to feed the homeless in the USA? Be prepared to pay the government for the privilege

Want to feed the homeless in the USA? Be prepared to pay the government for the privilege | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Cities across America are enacting politics to keep homeless people out of sight and uphold a social order riven by racial and economic inequality... This is one of the many reasons we are calling ...
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Write a Letter - Save a Life: How to organize your Write for Rights event -


A short instructional video explaining how International Members (people from countries where there is no Amnesty International office) can hold exciting Write for Rights events or gatherings. Write for Rights is a global letter writing marathon, where activists from around the world come together in December to write letters to and on behalf of, those who have suffered human rights abuses. In 2014, Write for Rights is from the 3rd to 31s December 2014.

If you are interested in holding an event or gathering this year email us at mobilization@amnesty.org 

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Homeless figures double in Northern Ireland since 2000

Homeless figures double in Northern Ireland since 2000 | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
This major problem was likely to worsen unless 5,000 homes a year were built to tackle a longstanding shortage of houses, Shelter NI said. More than 4,000 were homeless, with thousands waiting in h...
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