Bloody Sunday

Voting Rights Remain Under Attack 50 years after the Bloody Sunday march in Selma.

DemocracyNow at the March in Selma anniversary Jesse Jackson, NAACP leaders, civil rights activists who were there 50 years ago and those who respect the struggle.

Selma Director Ava DuVernay Interview on DemocracyNow!


The lack of diversity, opinion and understanding in America | Hollywood of films which don’t portray Black people as slaves or the housemaid.

This film gives a look into Martin Luther King Jr. and the countless people who stood next to him in the fight for civil rights. The fight that has still not been completely won to this current day – give homage to the powerful voices and bodies which paved the path for us today.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – MLK Jr.

A Prisoner of the U.S. Guantanamo Bay – Torture Chamber


A place where the United States finds any justification to oppose terror upon a people they name as terrorists (with little to no proof). This country’s last two presidents – Bush who opened these doors & Obama who kept them closed with prisoner’s who had no charges brought upon or fair trial show face to lack of conscious.

A prisoner kept a diary and has a story to tell.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – A Tribute

DemocracyNow shows a speech heard by few.

The United States government murdered him, but his legacy will never be forgotten along with all the other Black names unspoken in the struggles of racist oppression. Civil rights has been a never ending fight for laws that still hold Blacks in shackles.

R.I.P. to one of great ones.

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Egypt is a Police State: Senior Muslim Brotherhood Member Condemns New Mass Death Sentence for 628

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Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has announced plans to block $650 million in military aid to Egypt after an Egyptian court sentenced to death 683 alleged supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, including the group’s spiritual leader Mohamed Badie. Leahy, who chairs the Senate subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, described the judicial proceedings as a “sham trial.” Leahy’s announcement comes a week after the Obama administration said it would ease the suspension of military aid to Egypt that followed the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi last year. In another controversial move, an Egyptian court has banned the April 6 movement, a pro-democracy group that played a key role in the popular uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011. We get an update on these developments live from Cairo with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous. We also speak with Mohamed Soudan, the exiled Foreign Relations Secretary of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Obama Admin Details Historic Clemency Eligibility for Drug Offenders

Obama Admin Details Historic Clemency Eligibility for Drug Offenders

The Obama administration has unveiled its plan to grant early release to federal prisoners sentenced under harsh drug laws. The Justice Department will widen the criteria for clemency to consider nonviolent felons who have served at least 10 years behind bars and who would have received shorter terms had they not been sentenced under old laws. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 reduced sentencing disparities between users of crack cocaine and powdered cocaine to address a racial imbalance in prison terms. But the law did not apply retroactively. Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the new policy is a matter of basic fairness.

James Cole: “These defendants were properly held accountable for their criminal conduct. However, some of them, simply because the operation of sentencing laws on the books at the time, received substantial sentences that are disproportionate to what they would have received today. … Correcting these sentences is simply a matter of fairness that is fundamental to our principles at the department, and it’s a commitment that all Department of Justice employees stand behind.”

The move marks the most substantial clemency effort since President Jimmy Carter offered a reprieve to those who avoided the Vietnam War draft. But while tens of thousands of prisoners may be eligible for the new clemency guidelines, experts warn a lengthy review process and other restrictions could lead to just hundreds being released. Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, called the shift a small step forward, saying: “We’ve had a significant rhetorical shift in the war on drugs, but we’ve had a moderate policy shift.” Both President Obama and drug reform advocates are now calling on Congress to take additional action with major sentencing reforms.

Via @ http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/24/headlines#4241

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