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

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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

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The “Bounty” Police Force? Albuquerque Officers Face Protests, Probe over Spate of Fatal Shootings

PIGS just can’t seem to get it right for the people they are sworn to protect.

They arrest, beat and kill the homeless along with other citizens of this so-called great country…

How long is it to train a person to become a police officer? How extensive is the training – physical and mental?

The lack of educating those who train to become an officer of the law is the driving force of discrimination, racial profiling, extensive force and police shooting being deadly or not.

You have to understand people, you have to know how to deal with different people and situations. Police come across the mentally ill, handicap, oppressed and law abiding citizens. They need to know how to properly deal with people form all walks of life. Unfortunately, use of any force found necessary or the easiest while dealing with a possibly dangerous situation seems to be the way for the police.

If and when you see an officer of the law harassing, beating or holding a gun up to a citizen, pull your phone out and record. You never know what you’ll catch on video.

Source:
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/1/the_bounty_police_force_albuquerque_officers

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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.

 

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Senate Race-Baiting? Dems Join GOP to Block Obama DOJ Pick Tied to Legal Defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal

In a stunning vote, a group of U.S. Senate Democrats has broken ranks to join Republicans in rejecting President Obama’s pick to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Debo Adegbile. The confirmation fight focused almost solely on Adegbile’s role in the legal defense of imprisoned Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer, despite Abu-Jamal’s longstanding position of being not guilty. Adegbile was part of a team of lawyers at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who successfully argued the trial judge’s jury instructions violated Abu-Jamal’s rights. Adegbile’s supporters say the attacks on him mark a new form of Willie Horton politics and race baiting. We discuss the controversy with two guests: Johanna Fernández, professor of history at Baruch College-CUNY and a coordinator with the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, and Ryan Haygood, director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Political Participation Group.

Source:
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/6/senate_race_baiting_dems_joins_gop