ACLU Petition Against Police Brutality|Killings

act14-nottheenemy-500x280-rel1With enough widespread public pressure, we can push our leaders to implement effective structural changes and transform policing across the country. It’s about time.

The Department of Justice (DOJ):

1.  Release the Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies including updates that would:

  • Make the Guidance enforceable
  • Apply the Guidance to state and local law enforcement who work in partnership with the federal government or receive federal funding
  • Close the loophole for the border and national security
  • Cover surveillance activities
  • Prohibit profiling based on religion, national origin, and sexual orientation

2.  Require racial bias training against the use of force for state and local law enforcement that receive grants

Sign the petition at: https://www.aclu.org/secure/DOJ-racial-profiling?ms=web_141124_racialjustice_taf

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Another Black Life taken by the police

Tamir-Rice

12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot by a Cleveland police officer on Saturday (Nov. 22) while playing with a BB gun that was mistaken for a real weapon. After being asked to put his hands up, one officer fired two shots at Rice. He was pronounced dead at the MetroHealth Medical Center on Sunday (Nov. 23).

Police arrived to the Cudell Recreation Center after a 911 call was made. “There’s a guy in there with a pistol, you know, it’s probably fake, but he’s like pointing it at everybody,” the 911 caller said, according to Cleveland.com. “He’s sitting on a swing right now, but he’s pulling it in and out of his pants and pointing it at people. He’s probably a juvenile, you know?”

Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association President Jeff Follmer remarked that the shooting officer was not aware that Rice was a child, and that the officer as following what was taught in the police academy, reports CNN.

“I can tell you the officer that fired had no clue that he was 12, he just thought it was an older male,” he said. “There was more concentration on his hands because we are taught in the academy that hands will kill you.”

So, this child playing in a park with a toy gun looked like an adult who posed a threat to people…? This is yet another racially motivated murder by the police. New Jim Crow – officers can kill at will any black men/boys without punishment.

The identity of the shooting officer has not been released. Police are currently investigating surveillance video of the incident. Both responding officers are on administrative leave.

Q-Tip Leads Ferguson Protesters in Times Square

Q-Tip was vocal on his discontent with the grand jury’s decision stating on his Twitter:

No value for black life. But they extrapolate our magic, sweat, our voice our fire… And leave us stripped of our right to exist.

#blacklivesmatter

Also, seen out protesting and taking to social media was Macklemore.

http://www.vibe.com/article/q-tip-macklemore-ferguson-protests

#BLACKLIVESMATTER

tumblr_nf8ztx3pr21qexjbwo1_500Officer of this unjust law Darren Wilson was not indicted by the grand jury of 9 whites and 3 blacks for the racially motivated murder of Michael Brown Jr. of Ferguson, Missouri.

This decision was not completely misunderstood as the history, the current day atrocities which happen at the hands of so-called “officers of law” here in the states has become so often.

An indictment of the Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown would not prove that black lives matter in America.

Vincent Warren of the Center on Constitutional Rights writes:

Without accountability, there can be no rule of law. 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 this country are. It would say to the cry that “Black lives matter” that, no, in fact, they do not.

This is the sad truth in this country – we cannot forget the Unites States is an institution built on racism, sexism and classism. The authors of Struggle for Justice wrote in 1971 “without a radical change in our values and a drastic restructuring of our social and economic institutions” we can only achieve modest reforms of the criminal punishment system (including policing).

“A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

School system teaching our children lies, mainstream hip hop owned by our ancestors masters sons who also have a large part in the industrialized prison system, taxes being spent on wars… Black (& brown) lives are only a mean to a head count in prisons for profit along with cheap labor – civil war.

Yes, we have certain freedoms, but at the cost of so much more that is detrimental to our present and future. A day without police brutality, killings, prison sentences lacking moral/lawful reason and equal rights to all seems to be too far in sight – unreachable.

R.I.P. to all the Black names unspoken and forgotten.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/25/black_lives_matter_ferguson_erupts_after

Kerry Washington – Sojourner Truth

Born in New York circa 1797, Sojourner Truth was the self-given name, from 1843 onward, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Her best-known speech on racial inequalities, “Ain’t I a Woman?”, was delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention.

Aaliyah – Rock The Boat

Just watched the Lifetime Aaliyah movie and I was not happy with the acting.The family and those who closely worked with Aaliyah were not involved with the production or content of this film – and should have not been made without those who truly knew Aaliyah.

The film did not feel genuine and the actors did not play the roles to full capacity. It was apparent the artists Aaliyah, R. Kelly, Dame, Timbaland and Missy were not studied by the actors. On top of that, the actors who played Timbaland & Missy couldn’t be more off – Missy at that time, was a heavy set brown skinned woman – the actress looked nothing like Missy and they put darker make-up on her instead of casting someone who looked the part.

With that said, the Aaliyah movie was a failure.

R.I.P. Baby Girl – You are missed.