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“It Was Time to Do More Than Protest”: Activists Admit to 1971 FBI Burglary That Exposed COINTELPRO

One of the great mysteries of the Vietnam War era has been solved. On March 8, 1971, a group of activists — including a cabdriver, a day care director and two professors — broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. They stole every document they found and then leaked many to the press, including details about FBI abuses and the then-secret counter-intelligence program to infiltrate, monitor and disrupt social and political movements, nicknamed COINTELPRO. They called themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI. No one was ever caught for the break-in. The burglars’ identities remained a secret until this week when they finally came forward to take credit for the caper that changed history. Today we are joined by three of them — John Raines, Bonnie Raines and Keith Forsyth; their attorney, David Kairys; and Betty Medsger, the former Washington Post reporter who first broke the story of the stolen FBI documents in 1971 and has now revealed the burglars’ identities in her new book, “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.”

Video Part 2 of 2 @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoTjCrq2BDc

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/8/it_was_time_to_do_more

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Hundreds Protest After Teenage Rape Victim Burned to Death in India

Hundreds Protest After Teenage Rape Victim Burned to Death in India

In India, hundreds of people took to the streets to protest the death of a 16-year-old rape victim who was set on fire. The victim was gang-raped in October. The next day, she was gang-raped again while returning from the police station after reporting the crime. Her family said they faced constant harassment from the rapists. Last week, the victim, who was pregnant, was set on fire, reportedly by two of her attackers. She died this week after identifying the men. At a protest Thursday, a lawmaker blamed authorities in the state of West Bengal.

Brinda Karat: “I stress that the government is answerable for the girl, who would have been present among us today if the West Bengal administration had exercised the laws properly. We do not seek anything else. But where is the law? A girl was gang-raped twice, and still you are unable to punish the accused. Why?”

The young woman’s death came two days after the first anniversary of the death of another woman who was gang-raped on a New Delhi bus. That case ignited the country and drew attention to sexual violence around the world.

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/3/headlines#1311

When will men feel they have only the right to respect and treat the women who give them birth…. It has been a travesty throughout decades that men have felt that they were able to do to women what they please… That we are their property, their vessels for child baring, their sex toys with pleasure unknown to she because of this man’s lack of thought….

This sex inequality epidemic needs to see justice, no matter how a woman may present or carry herself. Rape is NEVER okay.

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Public Advocate Letitia James: Time to Tackle “Gilded Age of Inequality” in New York City

Letitia James was sworn in on Wednesday as New York City’s new public advocate, the position previously occupied by new mayor Bill de Blasio. James is the first African-American woman to be elected to citywide office in New York. In her speech, she condemned “a gilded age of inequality” that grew under de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. An 11-year-old homeless girl named Dasani Coates, who was recently profiled in The New York Times, held the Bible during James’ swearing in.

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Harry Belafonte Urges de Blasio to Fight Poverty, Stop-and-Frisk & “Dickensian Justice System”

Bill de Blasio began his term as New York City mayor on Wednesday with a bold pledge to tackle income inequality in the nation’s largest city. De Blasio was sworn in following last year’s historic victories in the Democratic primary and general election on a progressive platform. In his inaugural address, de Blasio focused on his campaign pledge to tackle what he called “a tale of two cities,” a growing gap between rich and poor. “New Yorkers [will] see our city not as the exclusive domain of the One Percent, but a place where everyday people can afford to live, work, and raise a family,” de Blasio said. “We won’t wait. We’ll do it now.”

This is Harry Belafonte’s address to him….

And, see de Blasio’s address to New York @ source:
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/2/newly_elected_mayor_bill_de_blasio

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Colorado Retailers Begin Legal Marijuana Sales

Colorado Retailers Begin Legal Marijuana Sales

Colorado has enacted a law allowing recreational sales of marijuana following approval by voters in late 2012. The world’s first state-licensed marijuana retail stores opened their doors on Wednesday to long lines of customers. The first person to make a purchase was Sean Azzariti, an Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD. Azzariti spoke to reporters, along with marijuana advocate Betty Aldworth.

Sean Azzariti: “Now I get to use recreational cannabis to help alleviate my PTSD and it’s a stepping stone for other states to help other veterans, as well.”

Betty Aldworth: “In Colorado we expect nearly $400 million dollars in sales next year. Across the nation, the marijuana industries will create $2.34 billion dollars of economic activity.”
Possession and private use of marijuana has been legal in Colorado over the past year but it will now be legally produced and sold as well. Around three dozen stores have been licensed to sell to customers.

via @ http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/2/headlines#1211