Candles are seen at the memorial of Garner in Staten Island

The funeral was held in New York City for Eric Garner, an African-American father of six who died after police placed him in a chokehold. Police say they confronted Garner because he was selling bootleg cigarettes. Graphic video of the incident shows an officer pulling Garner to the ground by the neck and then holding his head against the pavement. As other officers crowd on top of Garner, he repeatedly says, “I can’t breathe.” Garner soon stops moving. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. On Wednesday, Bishop Kareem Evans addressed mourners at Brooklyn’s Bethel Baptist Church.

“This is an awesome task because Brother Eric is not only a friend, but he is family. Not only is he family, but he is one that you consider close family.”

The officer who used the chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo, has been moved to desk duty and ordered to turn in his badge and gun pending investigations. Three men have sued Pantaleo in the past two years for unlawful, racially motivated arrests. The New York City Police Department says it also plans to overhaul training procedures in the wake of Garner’s death. Four emergency response workers who were at the scene have been suspended without pay.

See the video of Eric Garner and NYPD here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-5UY9I1EbU

And more Democracy headlines at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS9A_WI3OT4&list=PL50BDB9BCCFAF09CA

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Another slap in the face for the women of America

by who other than our oh so generous when it comes to their daunting beliefs in which they love to force upon the rest of society.

It is such a sad truth that the religious people and along with these politicians (99% men) lack the common sense to acknowledge that a woman should be the only one making the decisions when it comes to her body!

While religious people (not all, but a large number) are going around this world fighting to take basic rights away from society and building mega churches and in turn killing Mother Earth – people like I and other rather spiritual human beings don’t force what we believe on others and we respect Mother Earth – She is our GOD – She is our church.

When all these church building fall and their semi-conscious believers die, – Mother Earth will heal and make way for the better.

See the excerpt for this DemocracyNow topic at http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/1/it_s_a_basic_healthcare_issue

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YesAllWomen: Rebecca Solnit on the Santa Barbara Massacre & Viral Response to Misogynist Violence

This world’s view on women will not change until our leaders think or are female and male feminists.
Santa Barbara is grieving after a 22-year-old man killed six college students just after posting a misogynistic video online vowing to take his revenge on women for sexually rejecting him. The massacre prompted an unprecedented reaction online with tens of thousands of women joining together to tell their stories of sexual violence, harassment and intimidation. By Sunday, the hashtag #YesAllWomen had gone viral. In speaking out, women were placing the shooting inside a broader context of misogynist violence that often goes ignored. In her new book, “Men Explain Things to Me,” author and historian Rebecca Solnit tackles this issue and many others. “We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern,” Solnit says. “Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender.”

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/27/yesallwomen_rebecca_solnit_on_the_santa

As I listened to this man and his reasoning for killing, I automatically sensed how he felt entitlement as a male to women (their bodies). This is from culture, religion and/or the way boys are taught at a young age so seek women for pleasure, in which they should submit themselves to.

Now, not all men think this way. There are a large number of men who respect, love and appreciate what a woman has to offer in an equally distributed relationship whether it be strictly sexual or mental.

But, there are most men who feel women are here to serve their sexual needs. Sexism is real and rapes happen everyday. Voices of women are not to be shunned because she may have been drunk, dressed a certain way, knew her rapist or even had a relationship with in the past. No means No!

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Nigerian Official Says Location of Missing Girls Known

Nigerian Official Says Location of Missing Girls Known

A top military official in Nigeria has said officials have located the nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, but will not risk going in with force to attempt a rescue. Air Marshal Alex Badeh reportedly made the remarks in the capital Abuja as demonstrators there rallied to demand the girls’ return. They have been missing for six weeks. U.S. military specialists have been participating in the search. Over the weekend, Nigeria was rocked by further violence, including an attack by gunmen in the northeast that killed 20 people at a market.

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/27/headlines#5272

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Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: Dave Zirin on the People’s Revolt Challenging 2014 World Cup

Via http://www.democracynow.org./2014/5/22/brazils_dance_with_the_devil_dave

In his new book, “Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics and the Fight for Democracy,” sportswriter Dave Zirin tackles the growing unrest in Brazil in the leadup to one of sport’s biggest spectacles. Thousands of police officers have joined bus drivers for day two of a massive strike in São Paulo, just weeks before the World Cup is set to begin. Meanwhile, more than ten thousand people have occupied a lot next to one of the arenas that will host the World Cup’s opening match. They call their protest, “The People’s Cup” and are opposing the nearly half a billion dollars spent on the stadium, even as their communities lack adequate hospitals and schools. Demonstrations throughout the country have called attention to similar concerns. Zirin joins Democracy Now to discuss the protests rocking Brazil, as well as the biggest sporting controversy in the United States — the NBA’s attempt to oust owner Donald Sterling over his racist comments about African Americans. Zirin is a sports columnist for The Nation magazine and host of Edge of Sports Radio on Sirius/XM.

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Headline: Nigeria Rejects Prisoner Swap with Boko Haram

Headline: Nigeria Rejects Prisoner Swap with Boko Haram

The Nigerian government has already rejected a Boko Haram proposal to free the girls in return for the release of the militant group’s prisoners. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau floated the offer in a video on Monday.

Abubakar Shekau: “By Allah, these girls will not leave our hands until you release our brothers in your prison. You took our brothers four or five years ago, and now they are in your prisons. You do many things, and now you talk of these girls. We will not let them go until you release our brothers. We will not let them go until you release our brothers.”

The Boko Haram’s video showed close to half of the nearly 300 missing girls. It was the first public image of the kidnapped schoolgirls since their abduction nearly one month ago.

Via: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/13/headlines

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“The Trials of Muhammad Ali”: Boxing Champ’s Refusal to Serve in Vietnam Was The Fight of His Life

Documentary Highlight –

Democracy Now excerpts from the documentary that examines the struggle Muhammad Ali faced in his conversion to Islam, his refusal to fight in Vietnam, and the years of exile that followed before his eventual return to the ring. Ali is considered the greatest boxer in the history of sports. When he refused to be drafted into the military and filed as a conscientious objector, he was sentenced to prison and stripped of his heavyweight title. He appealed his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and did not go to prison, but he was forced to wait four years before regained his boxing license.

This Black Man did not see himself fighting a war for a country which did not care about his well-being. The United States was built on racism, sexism and classism. My people, Blacks were not considered human and still to this day are oppressed by this so-called great country’s inhabitants | leaders.

Why would a Black Man | Woman | Non-Caucasian person want to fight a war for people’s who are their oppressor…? Not I.

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Uprising Radio on KPFK

Uprising Radio on KPFK

A campaign to televise Uprising, the popular radio program hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar, on KPFK Pacifica Radio.

Uprising is a daily radio program produced at KPFK Pacifica in Los Angeles. Our content is unique, compelling, and from a people’s perspective, not corporations’ or politicians’.

Free Speech TV, a national, commercial-free television network with distribution to 40 million households nationwide, has invited Uprising to be part of its regular television line up.

I listen to Uprising Monday through Friday and love Sinali’s passion for what she does, getting the truth out. I support all she and Pacifica does for the people.

Be sure to visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/uprisingtv

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter Dies at 76: Wrongly Jailed Boxer Championed Justice After Winning His Own

The celebrated boxer and prisoner-rights activist Rubin “Hurricane” Carter has died at the age of 76. Carter became an international symbol of racial injustice after his wrongful murder conviction forced him to spend 19 years in prison before he was exonerated. Since his release, Carter championed the cause of wrongfully convicted prisoners. His ordeal was publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane,” several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, “The Hurricane.” We are joined by two guests: John Artis, Carter’s co-defendant and close friend, who cared for him until his death; and Ken Klonsky, co-author of Carter’s autobiography “Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom,” and a Director of Media Relations for Carter’s group, Innocence International. We also a broadcast an excerpt from a 1994 speech by Carter about his life’s struggles and triumphs. Says Artis about his close friend: “He was a David against the justice system’s Goliath.”

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/21/rubin_hurricane_carter_dies_at_76