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A War on Campus? Northeastern University Suspends Students for Justice in Palestine Chapter

The Northeastern University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine has become the latest student group to face reprimand for organizing around the Palestinian cause. Northeastern has suspended the group until 2015, barring it from meeting on campus and stripping it of any university funding. The move comes just weeks after student activists distributed mock eviction notices across the campus during Israeli Apartheid Week. The notices were intended to resemble those used by Israel to notify Palestinians of pending demolitions or seizures of their homes. Democranow Now speaks to Northeastern Students for Justice in Palestine member Max Geller and Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of the new book, “The Battle for Justice in Palestine.” His new book includes a chapter tiled “The War on Campus.”

Democracy Now!, is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,200+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9am ET at http://www.democracynow.org.

I WENT TO UCLA TWO WEEKS AGO TO LISTEN TO A PANEL OF ACTIVISTS, ARTISTS, PROFESSORS AND WRITERS WHO TOOK A TRIP TO PALESTINE. THEY TOLD THE STORIES OF CURRENT DAY APARTHEID, MURDER, HATE AND THE SUFFERING OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE AT THE HANDS OF ISRAELI CIVILIANS ALONG WITH GOVERNMENT.

IT IS AN ATROCITY THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENT COLORED LICENSE PLATES FOR ROADS WHICH ONLY ISRAELI’S MAY CROSS, THE EVICTIONS FORCED ON PALESTINIANS AND THE CRIMES AGAINST A PEOPLE WHO ONCE HAD A LARGE MASS OF LAND, NOW TAKEN FROM THEM.

THIS COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES AIDES ISRAEL. OR GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT AND IS THE TRUE FACE OF EVIL. THE VIOLATIONS OF MANKIND HERE ON U.S SOIL AND ABROAD GO WITH NO PUNISHMENT.

LET THE TRUTH BE KNOW, DON’T BE BLINDED BY THE LIES TOLD ON MAINSTREAM NEWS. DON’T JOIN IN THE HATRED OF OTHERS.

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LA City Council vote to ban Vaping

LA City Council vote to ban Vaping

By Brad Friedman on 3/5/2014, 5:58pm PT

On Tuesday, the L.A. City Council voted to join cities like New York and Chicago by banning e-cigarette use in the same public spaces where tobacco use is banned, such as “farmers’ markets, parks, recreational areas, beaches, indoor workplaces such as bars and nightclubs, outdoor dining areas and other places where lighting up is banned.”

On this week’s BradCast on KPFK/Pacifica Radio Brad spoke with L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5) about why they voted to impose the ban, despite the dearth of evidence that e-cig ‘vaping’ is harmful to either the user or anyone else, and the evidence (include my own personal story) that vaping is, hands down, the most effective way for smokers to stop smoking. In fact, as describe during the show, view it as a “miracle” that will save countless lives and that banning it — or making it harder to vape in any way, without good reason — will, quite frankly, result in countless unnecessary deaths.

Even Koretz admitted during the interview that there’s a “99% possibility” that vaping is “much safer than smoking”.

But he was low-balling it, frankly. As you’ll hearing during the show, this is a very personal issue for me. But you can decide for yourself if Koretz makes the case for the L.A. City Council’s ban. Either way, the ban will only go into effect if Mayor Eric Garcetti approves it.
Garcetti can be contacted at http://www.lamayor.org/contact

Via : http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10525

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A Louisiana prisoner has been freed after 30 years on death row. Glenn Ford walked out of the Angola penitentiary on Tuesday after a judge vacated his murder conviction and death sentence. Ford’s exoneration came after new evidence emerged clearing him of the 1983 murder for which he was convicted. Details have been kept under wraps in order to prosecute the actual killer. Ford, who is African-American, was tried by an all-white jury. He spoke briefly to reporters as he left the prison a free man.

Glenn Ford: “My mind’s going all kinds of directions, but it feels good. I was locked up almost 30 years for something I didn’t do. My son, when I left, was a baby. Now he’s a grown man with babies.”

With 30 years behind bars, Ford becomes one of the country’s longest-serving death row prisoners ever to be exonerated and released.

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/12/headlines#3126

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Nina Simone – Young Gifted And Black

Written and originally sung my Nina Simone in 1969 – the black diaspora.

This is a song you would hear in black parlors, meetings of the black civil rights movement and in our homes.

Author Shana L. Redmond is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is a former musician and labor organizer. Her book Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora uses of Black anthems allows for a more complex reading of racial and political formations within the twentieth century, Redmond expands our understanding of how and why diaspora was a formative conceptual and political framework of modern Black identity. By tracing key compositions and performances around the world—from James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” that mobilized the NAACP to Nina Simone’s “To Be Young, Gifted & Black” which became the Black National Anthem of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)—Anthem develops a robust recording of Black social movements in the twentieth century that will forever alter the way you hear race and nation.

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Decia – Black Woman Who Hates Her Own Skin

Decia - Black Woman Who Hates Her Own Skin

Cameroonian-Nigerian pop star Dencia sent out a Twitter attack aimed at Lupita Nyong’o after the “12 Years a Slave” star revealed that she persuaded a fan not to purchase Dencia’s skin-bleaching cream.

Lupita Nyong’o was a guest speaker at the Essence Women in Hollywood Luncheon where she opened up about the importance of loving your skin complexion and I much commend her for doing so. There are so many black women who feel their skin isn’t light enough, their noses are too wide, waists not small enough or body frame too voluptuous.

During her speech she shared her own journey toward accepting her dark skin and revealed that a fan wrote her a letter thanking her for influencing her decision not to purchase Whitenicious, Dencia’s skin-bleaching cream.

The typo- and grammatical error-filled Twitter rant captured quite a bit of attention as Dencia claimed that white companies own Nyong’o.

“Every year the Oscars use 1 black scape goat 2 fool blacks 2 support them,this is ur year,next year another black person get over urselves,” one tweet read.

“& oh @Lupita_Nyongo cln’t talk abt the bleaching creams white people (Companies) make cuz the white man pays her, they own her!!,” she tweeted. “And oh while u claim she isn’t thinking of me, I’m on Her brain 4 her 2 mention me in a speech she shld have thanked u stupid fools.”

“I don’t have a record deal or pple who pay me i pay every1 who works 4 me so I can tweet how I feel unlike most celebs n my money still here,” another tweet read.

Now, I can partly agree with Dencia regarding the Oscar’s and using one black face a year to show as if there is no racism with lack of black parts for the main screen when it comes to Hollywood. But, it does not change that Dencia hates herself to the point where she has completely changed her skin tone and seems to have had a nose job, as if she wasn’t beautiful in her natural born state. She looked better w/ her brown tone than this pale color…

Many Twitter users stepped in to defend Nyong’o against the attacks, but it’s not as if the star needs the help. Nyong’o hasn’t responded and is instead continue to flaunt her beauty, love her gorgeous skin and shine amid the dozens of awards she has snagged this season.

As for the letter that made Dencia so angry, it was intended to be the center of a beautiful moment — not a Twitter war.

“Dear Lupita,” the letter read. “I think you’re really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.”

Nyong’o said her “heart bled a little” when she read those words and she said she hopes she can continue to encourage young women to embrace their black beauty.

Dencia cannot be angry with a fellow black woman who loves herself for who she is, and for this woman inspiring other black women to do the same. Maybe Dencia needs to look at Lupita as an example of self-love and embrace her own self.

I can’t say it enough, Black Woman – Love yourself!

News Source: http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/03/04/skin-bleaching-nigerian-pop-star-attacks-lupita-nyongo-twitter/

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ngela Davis on Prison Abolition, the War on Drugs and Why Social Movements Shouldn’t Wait on Obama

ngela Davis on Prison Abolition, the War on Drugs and Why Social Movements Shouldn’t Wait on Obama

Via http://www.democracynow.org

For more than four decades, the world-renowned author, activist and scholar Angela Davis has been one of most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States. An icon of the 1970s black liberation movement, Davis’ work around issues of gender, race, class and prisons has influenced critical thought and social movements across several generations. She is a leading advocate for prison abolition, a position informed by her own experience as a fugitive on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list more than 40 years ago. Davis, a professor emerita at University of California, Santa Cruz and the subject of the recent documentary, “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” joins us to discuss prison abolition, mass incarceration, the so-called war on drugs, International Women’s Day, and why President Obama’s second term should see a greater wave of activism than in his first.