20 Jul

Week in Review: Assault on Gaza Continues, Police Killing Fallout, Dame Dash’s New Attitude, Iggy Azalea Minstrel Show, more

gazaattackThe death, destruction and human suffering caused by Israel’s 11-day-old onslaught against the impoverished and densely populated Gaza Strip increased sharply Friday. Israeli troops and armored columns continued pushing into the territory in an invasion launched the night before, even as the bombardment from air, land and sea intensified. The death toll rose rapidly to the 300 mark on Friday, while the number of wounded climbed to well over 2,200. What is unfolding in Gaza is a calculated and savage war crime against a largely defenseless population carried out with the full and open support of Washington and the complicity of the European Union, the Arab regimes and the Palestinian Authority (PA) of President Mahmoud Abbas.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/19/gaza-j19.html Continue Reading »


24 Jun

Why You Should Always Videotape the Police

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“I now have a policy to film every police officer that stops to avoid being brutally beaten and arrested for no reason.”
Cheers Nates Vlogs! This is how its done.

If you choose to record the police you can reduce the risk of terrible legal consequences and video loss by understanding your state’s laws and carefully adhering to the following rules.

Rule #1: Know the Law (Wherever You Are)
Rule #2 Don’t Secretly Record Police
Rule #3: Respond to “Shit Cops Say”
Rule #4: Don’t Share Your Video with Police
Rule #5: Prepare to be Arrested
Rule #6: Master Your Technology
Rule #7: Don’t Point Your Camera Like a Gun
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/videotape-police/#dw4dZxtQWHGVKMqr.99


24 Jun

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Four year-old Abby Dean from Washington, Wisconsin ruined a plan to falsely accuse her black next door neighbor of robbing her house last Wednesday.

On June 18th Abby and her babysitter were home alone when two men broke into the house stealing the family’s iPod, Xbox and Wii consoles.

The 17 year-old sitter told the police that two armed black men had broken into the house and that one of them looked like the family’s African-American neighbor, Cody Oaks. Soon after, police arrested Oaks and questioned him for hours. But it wasn’t until Abby spoke up that they were able to solve the crime. Abby told the police that “It wasn’t the right skin color,” explaining that the invaders had been white, not black. Continue Reading »


20 Jun

Justice Delayed: Wrongfully Convicted Central Park 5 to Settle for $40Million

central park 5 pictureThe five men whose convictions in the brutal 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park were later overturned have agreed to a settlement of about $40 million from New York City to resolve a bitterly fought civil rights lawsuit over their arrests and imprisonment in the sensational crime.

The agreement, reached between the city’s Law Department and the five plaintiffs, would bring to an end an extraordinary legal battle over a crime that came to symbolize a sense of lawlessness in New York, amid reports of “wilding” youths and a marauding “wolf pack” that set its sights on a 28-year-old investment banker who ran in the park many evenings after work.

The confidential deal, disclosed by a person who is not a party in the lawsuit but was told about the proposed settlement, must still be approved by the city comptroller and then by a federal judge. Continue Reading »


17 Jun

Eve Ties the Knot

evemarriedCongrats to Eve and Maximillion Cooper!

Wearing a gorgeous wedding gown by British designer Alice Temperley and a cathedral-length veil, the 35-year-old hip-hop star and xXx actress wed the British Gumball 3000 motor rally CEO and co-founder and fellow fashion designer on Saturday, June 13 in Ibiza, Spain.

“I’m so happy to make Eve my wife,” Cooper told E! News exclusively. “The whole experience has been amazing and we are both so happy to have tied the knot.” Continue Reading »


12 Jun

No More Big Brother: Kanye and Jay-Z on the Outs

Okay, Internet, you want a Kanye West/Jay Z feud? Fine. You win, at least according to the latest speculation.

Rumblings of tension between the Carter and West/Kardashian clans have been bubbling for a while now, cemented by Jay Z and Beyonce’s absence at the Kimye wedding last month. West added fuel to the supposed fracas this past weekend while performing at the X Games in Austin, Texas. During at least three songs, the rapper omitted Jay’s name from his usual lyrics. Continue Reading »


04 Jun

A Revolutionary Remembered: World Renowned Pan Africanist Joins the Ancestors

elombe brathOn the very day his friends and comrades were celebrating the birthday of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz), Elombe Brath was joining his fellow revolutionary on the other side of our struggle. Brath, 77, made his transition on Monday, May 19 at the Amsterdam Nursing Home, according to his son, Cinque.

Brath had been at the nursing home for several years after a series of strokes limited his ability to function in the capacity that had made him a legendary freedom fighter of international acclaim.

While our struggle for total liberation could have continued to use his wise counsel and unwavering commitment to civil and human rights, his legacy was established years ago. His Pan-African and Black Nationalist credentials were impeccable, and his devotion to African liberation was sealed with the founding of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition, over which he presided with eloquence and peerless determination. Continue Reading »


26 May

Tim Wise Brilliantly Explains What’s Wrong With Mark Cuban’s Statements

Tim Wise Brilliantly Explains What’s Wrong With Mark Cuban’s Statements
“Conservative Black Chick” taken to school
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/05/23/exp-erin-panel-mark-cuban-controversial-comments-on-race.cnn.html


18 May

It Can Be Done: Germany Generating 74 percent of Energy from Renewable Sources

Germany remains one of the best examples around the world for countries, regions and communities with dreams of amping up their renewable energy generation. The country on Sunday set a record by generating 74 percent of energy from renewable sources, according to Renewables International.

The news follows a record-setting first quarter for the country, with renewables meeting 27 percent of demand. Renewable generators produced 40.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity during this year’s first three months, compared up to 35.7 billion kilowatt-hours in the same period last year, the Federal Association of Energy and Water Industries told Bloomberg. Continue Reading »


18 May

Bee Gone: Study Links Pesticides to Bee Population Collapse

Once again, new reports have surfaced providing more evidence that the destructive use of pesticides in large-scale agriculture must be stopped in order to protect the plummeting global bee population due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

The first study, from Harvard School of Public Health, found that two widely used neonicotinoids appear to significantly harm honeybee colonies over the winter, particularly colder winters. The study—which replicated a 2012 study from the same research group, that came to a similar conclusion—links low doses of the neonicotinoids imidacloprid and clothianidin to CCD and finds that “bees from six of the 12 neonicotinoid-treated colonies had abandoned their hives and were eventually dead with symptoms resembling CCD,” while those colonies not exposed to the neonics survived their hibernation Continue Reading »


17 May

WWJD: Daytona Beach Couple Fined and Banned From Florida Park for Feeding Homeless

After feeding the hungry in a Daytona Beach park every weekend for more than a year, it’s just as easy to imagine Chico and Debbie Jimenez given a ticker-tape parade as what they actually got: a slew of citations and a permanent ban from the park.
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Chico and Debbie Jimenez, a husband and wife team, aren’t handing out food in the Florida heat every Wednesday because of a court order or for a paycheck. They do it because they believe helping the poor is their religious duty. The pair run a Christian outreach group, Spreading the Word Without Saying a Word Ministry, that gives food to the needy every week, pointing to Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Continue Reading »


20 Apr

Passing Storm: Rubin “Hurricane” Carter Passes at 76

TORONTO — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.

His death was confirmed Sunday by John Artis, a caregiver and associate.

Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976.

Carter was freed in 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane,” several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington.


15 Apr

Resistance Brewing: Corporate Education “Reform” Being Resisted Nationwide

Late last month, over 100 teachers, students, and parents from across the country gathered in Denver for the United Opt Out National Spring Action, a conference aimed at growing the resistance to corporate education reform and high stakes standardized testing across the nation. Throughout the weekend, the education activists brainstormed and planned in area-focused work groups, interspersed with talks from, among others, a Finnish teacher and education scholar, a parent turned education activist, and a high school senior. All of it revolved around one central theme: organizing resistance to the global corporate education reform movement. Continue Reading »


14 Apr

Ripoff: The Largest Cartel in World History

Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it. According to an SEIU report:

Derivatives . . . have turned into a windfall for banks and a nightmare for taxpayers. . . . While banks are still collecting fixed rates of 3 to 6 percent, they are now regularly paying public entities as little as a tenth of one percent on the outstanding bonds, with rates expected to remain low in the future. Over the life of the deals, banks are now projected to collect billions more than they pay state and local governments – an outcome which amounts to a second bailout for banks, this one paid directly out of state and local budgets.

It is not just that local governments, universities and pension funds made a bad bet on these swaps. The game itself was rigged, as explained below. The FDIC is now suing in civil court for damages and punitive damages, a lead that other injured local governments and agencies would be well-advised to follow. But they need to hurry, because time on the statute of limitations is running out. Continue Reading »


14 Apr

Armed and Ignorant: Right Wing Militias Help Rancher Flagrantl Violate Law

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhJ6H9vlEDA[/youtube]“We provide armed response,” according to a Montana militia member named Jim Lordy. Lordy traveled to Nevada in order to support a local rancher for believes that he should not have to follow federal court orders. When he arrived there, he told a local reporter that “[w]e need guns to protect ourselves from the tyrannical government.” Continue Reading »


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