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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.

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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.

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

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2,000 Haitians Mark 10th Anniversary of U.S.-Backed Coup

2,000 Haitians Mark 10th Anniversary of U.S.-Backed Coup

In Haiti, some 2,000 people marched in Port-au-Prince to mark the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup that ousted Haiti’s first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. On Feb. 29, 2004, Aristide was forced to flee Haiti in what he called a kidnapping by the U.S. government. The protesters denounced the current government of Michel Martelly and called for his resignation.

Via @ http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/28/headlines#2286

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“Black Trans Bodies Are Under Attack”: Freed Activist CeCe McDonald, Actress Laverne Cox Speak Out

After serving 19 months in prison, the African-American transgender activist CeCe McDonald is free. She was arrested after using deadly force to protect herself from a group of people who attacked her on the streets of Minneapolis. Her case helped turn a national spotlight on the violence and discrimination faced by transgender women of color. In 2011, McDonald and two friends were walking past a Minneapolis bar when they were reportedly accosted with homophobic, transphobic and racist slurs. McDonald was hit with a bar glass that cut open her face, requiring 11 stitches. A brawl ensued, and one of the people who had confronted McDonald and her friends, 47-year-old Dean Schmitz, was killed. Facing up to 80 years in prison for his death, McDonald took a plea deal that sentenced her to 41 months. In the eyes of her supporters, CeCe McDonald was jailed for defending herself against the bigotry and violence that transgender people so often face and that is so rarely punished. At the time of the attack, the murder rate for gay and transgender people in this country was at an all-time high. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs documented 30 hate-related murders of LGBT people in 2011; 40 percent of the victims were transgender women of color. Transgender teens have higher rates of homelessness, and nearly half of all African-American transgender people — 47 percent — have been incarcerated at some point.

McDonald joins us on her first trip to New York City. We are also joined by one of her supporters, Laverne Cox, a transgender actress, producer and activist who stars in the popular Netflix show, “Orange is the New Black.” She plays Sophia Burset, a transgender woman in prison for using credit card fraud to finance her transition. She is producing a documentary about McDonald called “Free CeCe.” We also speak to Alisha Williams, staff attorney with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

“I very easily could have been CeCe,” Laverne Cox says. “Many times I’ve walked down the street of New York, and I’ve experienced harassment. I was kicked once on the street, and very easily that could have escalated into a situation that CeCe faced, and it’s a situation that too many transwomen of color face all over this country. The act of merely walking down the street is often a contested act, not only from the citizenry, but also from the police.”

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/19/black_trans_bodies_are_under_attack

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Former NAACP Official Approved for Top Civil Rights Post

Former NAACP Official Approved for Top Civil Rights Post

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved attorney Debo Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. He previously served in top posts with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and, along with other attorneys there, represented prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal – a move some Republicans unsuccessfully used to try to discredit him.

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Trial Begins in Case of Man Who Murdered Florida Teen Jordan Davis Over Loud Music

The case of a Florida high school student named Jordan Davis who was shot dead in 2012 on the day after Thanksgiving over a dispute about loud music. The trial of his killer, Michael Dunn, began Thursday. Dunn claims he felt threatened by Davis and his three teenage friends after in an SUV that pulled up next to him. According to his police interview, one of the teens in the car said something about “killing.” Dunn said when Davis allegedly bent down in the car he feared he was reaching for a weapon. Dunn then used his handgun to shoot four times into the SUV. When the teenagers started to retreat, Dunn chased their vehicle and shot four to five more shots. Jordan was fatally shot in the backseat. Dunn is expected to use the Stand Your Ground defense during his trial, in which he faces the same prosecutor who argued the Trayvon Martin case. We play excerpts from the trial’s opening arguments, and speak with Michael Skolnik, editor-in-chief of GlobalGrind.com, who has been closely following the case and has been in contact with Davis’ parents. He serves on the board of directors of the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Skolnik also explains why he’s asked the rapper DMX not to fight George Zimmerman in a celebrity boxing match.

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http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/7/trial_begins_in_case_of_man

Hear the words of Jordan’s Mother of how this man murdered her son because he was black. This Stand Your Ground law has made it easy for white men to kill and use as reason for their racist minds to commit crimes.

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State of California Drought

California is facing a major drought that is threatening water supplies across the state. At least 17 rural communities, home to around 40,000 people, are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120 days. California saw less rainfall last year than in any other since becoming a state in 1850.

Cattle ranchers have had to sell portions of their herd for lack of water. Sacramento and other municipalities have imposed severe water restrictions. Wildfires broke out this week in forests that are usually too wet to ignite. Ski resorts that normally open in December are still closed.

LET’S HOPE FOR EDUCATION, MEDIA ATTENTION AND MUCH NEEDED AWARENESS WHEN IT COMES TO CLIMATE CHANGE. OUR BELOVED EARTH WILL NOT FOREVER STAND MANKIND’S TORTURE OF IT’S NATURAL RESOURCES.

Sources: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/3/headlines#238
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/18/us/as-californias-drought-deepens-a-sense-of-dread-grows.html?_r=0

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Bill Moyers on Dark Money, the Attack on Voting Rights & How Racism Stills Drives Our Politics

In 2013, more than 1,000 people were arrested in North Carolina taking part in a series of protests called “Moral Mondays.” For 13 weeks, demonstrators rallied in the state capital of Raleigh to fight moves by Republican lawmakers to attack voting rights, education, the environment, healthcare and women’s rights. Now organizers are planning their largest protest yet — the Moral March on Raleigh, scheduled for February 8. The protests in North Carolina are the focus of a recent special on Bill Moyers’ show “Moyers & Company.” The documentary, “State of Conflict: North Carolina,” reveals how untraceable political donations called “dark money” have pushed North Carolina far to the right politically and how citizen protesters are fighting back.

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/27/state_of_conflict_bill_moyers_on