BLACK RAGE – LAURYN HILL

black rage

http://soundcloud.com/mslaurynhill/black-rage-sketch

Disparities spoken – Truth. Reality. War. Hatred. Black. Racism. Classism. Sexism. Voices. Silenced by a white wall.

And she wrote: An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO.

President Obama signs order to protect LGBT workers

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An executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT people employed by the federal government or firms with federal contracts.

President Obama: “It doesn’t make much sense, but today in America millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job, not because of anything they do or fail to do, but because of who they are: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. And that’s wrong.”

The order will reportedly impact about 28 million workers.

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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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Danny Glover & Kathleen Cleaver on “Black Power Mixtape”

Based on the film with the same name, the extraordinary new book “The Black Power Mixtape” chronicles the black freedom movement in the United States using found footage of top African-American leaders between 1967 and 1975. Shot by Swedish journalists and discovered in the basement of Swedish public television 30 years later, the film features some of the leading figures of the Black Power movement in the United States, including Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver. Renowned American actor, film director and political activist, Danny Glover; and Kathleen Cleaver, professor at Emory Law School, who is featured in the film during her stint as communications secretary of the Black Panther Party, talk about the film.

I saw this film at http://www.laemmle.com/ in Los Angeles, purchased the DVD when made available and I try to make as many friends watch it as possible. It is a must see, it is an eye opener, it is my history. These people featured in the film along w| many other names unknown made it possible for my sister, brothers and I to have careers, go to school, sit down in restaurants and much more. We owe much homage to them.

See the Democracy Now video clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZIzby9F6eY
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The author, activist, and intellectual Angela Y. Davis is this year’s UC Regents Professor and Professor of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary PhD program, and Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. The event is sponsored by the Gender Studies Department.
She will be giving a lecture titled “Feminism and Abolition: Extending the Dialogue”
at UCLA Los Angeles, Ca in the Royce Hall
Thursday May 8th, 2014
5:30pm to 7:00pm

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Cindy Sheehan for Governor of California 2014

Cindy Sheehan for Governor of California 2014

While listening to 90.7FM http://www.kpfk.org Connect the Dots w/ Lila Garrett this morning, a guest made me get online and look her up. Cindy Sheehan was saying all the things that a person who wants equality, free education, programs for mothers who would like to stay longer than 6 weeks with their newborn children, an end to privatization of the prison industrialized caste system, continued Medicare and Social Security and a universal healthcare system to name some important issues within this country.

I live in the State of California and would love to see this woman as governor. She could and would make a difference for the people. She had my vote when she stated: “I voted for Cynthia McKinney in 2008”.

Cindy Sheehan, aged 56, is an internationally renowned peace and social justice activist.
Sheehan’s oldest son Casey was killed in Iraq on April 04, 2004 and many came to know about her and her work when she set up a peace camp near the faux-ranch of then president George W. Bush in Crawford, TX in the summer of 2005.

Since then, Cindy Sheehan, has traveled the world working with fellow activists demanding peace and working with others to help create a world that is peaceful and more economically secure and equal.

Cindy Sheehan is a native Californian who was raised in a California where education was excellent and other social safety nets were not as small and filled with holes so big, millions of Californians fall through while the rich and corporations keep exploiting more of this state’s wealth and resources.

Sheehan majored in California History at UCLA and envisions a state that leads the world in peace, economic stability and equality, environmental sustainability and delivering high-quality public education from pre-K through university. She knows it can be done because it has been done before.

Cindy Sheehan has published seven books, been arrested for peace about 21 times, is currently a resident of Vacaville, CA and the mother of three surviving children and four grandchildren who are her love and her inspiration.

VOTE FOR CINDY SHEEHAN!

http://www.cindy2014.org/

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Colorado Retailers Begin Legal Marijuana Sales

Colorado Retailers Begin Legal Marijuana Sales

Colorado has enacted a law allowing recreational sales of marijuana following approval by voters in late 2012. The world’s first state-licensed marijuana retail stores opened their doors on Wednesday to long lines of customers. The first person to make a purchase was Sean Azzariti, an Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD. Azzariti spoke to reporters, along with marijuana advocate Betty Aldworth.

Sean Azzariti: “Now I get to use recreational cannabis to help alleviate my PTSD and it’s a stepping stone for other states to help other veterans, as well.”

Betty Aldworth: “In Colorado we expect nearly $400 million dollars in sales next year. Across the nation, the marijuana industries will create $2.34 billion dollars of economic activity.”
Possession and private use of marijuana has been legal in Colorado over the past year but it will now be legally produced and sold as well. Around three dozen stores have been licensed to sell to customers.

via @ http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/2/headlines#1211

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Feminist Radio on KPFK

Feminist Radio on KPFK

Tune into 90.7FM Los Angeles right now or live stream at http://www.kpfk.org

http://feministmagazine.org/

Mission

WOMEN’S COALITION DECLARATION

“Moving from silence into speech is for the oppressed, the colonized, the exploited, and those who stand and struggle side by side a gesture of defiance that heals, that makes new life and new growth possible. It is that act of speech, of “talking back,” that is no mere gesture of empty words, that is the expression of our movement from object to subject – the liberated voice.” (bell hooks)

“Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.” (Cheris Kramarae)

“People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat…”
(Rebecca West)

Feminist Magazine is on the air to educate, advocate, inform, and entertain through a variety of feminist lenses. We provide the tools necessary to implement feminist analysis and action via interviews, commentaries, performances, news, open dialogues and other features involving activists, intellectuals, and artists, etc.

We are open to all feminist-identified women. In our interactions with each other, and on the airwaves, the members of the Women’s Coalition strive to narrow the disparity between feminist theory and practice.

Feminism represents a transnational, progressive movement to end patriarchy/sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression. We are committed to women’s empowerment and share an understanding that the oppression of women is rooted in patriarchy, racism and classism. Patriarch/sexism is a gender-based system of domination that intersects with other systems of domination.

We see feminism as a maximally inclusionary movement which actively includes working against discrimination and oppression based on age, color, disability status, education, employment, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, immigration status, licenses/degrees or lack thereof, marital status, national origin, physical or mental attributes, race, religion, sexual orientation or preference, military service, or any other actual or perceived differences among us.

We are committed to creating a world in which peace, with social/economic justice and compassion, prevails, in which we all have equal rights and in which differences are honored, respected and celebrated instead of persecuted, judged or even just tolerated.

We share a commitment to self-determination both in the microcosm of one-to-one relationships and in the macrocosm of group-to-group and nation-to-nation interactions. We actively support (and see ourselves as a part of) the people who struggle against social injustices in all their multi-dimensional forms.

We are committed to:
Maximizing our effectiveness in producing quality feminist programming;
The progressive development of the Women’s Coalition and Feminist Magazine;
This declaration;
Skills and resource sharing (following the model of “each one, teach one”);
Decision-making by consensus (except in extreme circumstances);
The spirit and practice of criticism/self-criticism;
Supporting feminist women and men and LGBT peoples involved in KPFK programming;
Advocating for feminist values at KPFK and throughout the Pacifica network; and supporting the KPFK/Pacifica mission.

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Coalition of Concerned African Americans Marches on the White House

Coalition of Concerned African Americans Marches on the White House

A contingent of African Americans concerned about the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration marched this week on the Obama White House, demanding that attention be paid to the devastation taking place in “Dark Ghettos” across America. Dr. Ron Daniels, Rev. Jesse Jackson and others came together to speak on the issue of mass incarceration and the impact that it’s had on the black community.

Thus far, the Obama Administration has been relatively silent on the incarceration problem. Two years ago, the president pushed forward with the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the crack-to-powder disparity from 100-to-1 to 18-to-1. But some say that this is not enough. Darrell Padgett, a former inmate who studied law and wrote legal documents requesting his own release, says that many of his friends behind bars aren’t able to benefit from the Fair Sentencing Act, largely because the legal standards are too difficult for them to meet, or they can’t afford the representation necessary to secure their release.

Padgett also speaks candidly about the torture that he and other inmates regularly endure for doing things as simple as learning too much about the law. According to Padgett, when he began studying the law and working on his own case, his legal books went missing and he was sent to solitary confinement.

In the middle of the night, I was awaken by a gang of prison guards. The guards instructed me to get dressed and to back out of the prison cell with my hands behind my back. Immediately, I knew this was a “set-up.” So I inquired. I was informed that I was being placed in solitary confinement because the investigative services of the prison had information that I was planning to murder a prison guard. With allegations of such magnitude, I realized that I could be hidden in solitary confinement for years.

That possibility became real to me after I was placed in a prison cell where a prisoner had been strapped to a concrete slab in the same way that it is alleged that Jesus was nailed to a cross.

America incarcerates more of its citizens than any country in the world. African Americans are disproportionately impacted by the disparity. Incarceration is linked to juvenile delinquency of the children of inmates, the spread of disease, poverty, urban violence and a whole host of issues. The coalition is seeking to confront the matter directly and are asking that President Obama lead the way.

http://www.yourblackworld.net/

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Brittney Griner Lands Nike Contract to Model Mens Wear

Brittney Griner Lands Nike Contract to Model Mens Wear

Brittney Griner caught the attention of the masses when she was a college basketball at Baylor University. Currently she is a player with the Phoenix Mercury of the Women’s National Basketball Association and now she is joining another team: Nike’s.

Brittney has been tapped to model for the sports brand. She will become the first openly gay athlete to sign with Nike.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there, the 6’8″ Brittney won’t be styling in sports bras, she’ll be modeling men’s apparel. The contract supposedly reflects Griner’s more androgynous clothing style and according to ESPN, the style is being picked up by more and more major sports companies, so naturally Nike wanted to be the first to tap the niche market.

I love this! Why should a woman who feels comfortable in so-called men’s clothes have to wear anything else but that. Society has accepted lesbians, gays, trans-sexual people to a certain extent and it is time to open all doors and minds when it comes to human’s. We are bleed red, we all love, we all breath the same air and want to be accepted, whether its from society or our own family.

So much hatred comes from closed minds and the wrongs things being taught. Change is definitely needed across the lands for a better world.

But, on a bigger and worldwide issue is:
Nike’s Indonesia contractors are accused of horrific labor practices that range from vicious name-calling to physical injury, running sweatshops that would be illegal back in the bucolic burg of Beaverton, Oregon, where Nike has its corporate HQ.

According to the AP report, the 10,000 workers in the Taiwanese-managed plant are mostly women who earn 50 cents an hour. “They throw shoes and other things at us. They growl and slap us when they get angry. It’s part of our daily bread,” said a 23 year-old worker from the embroidery division.

THIS IS AN EPIDEMIC WITH US CORPORATIONS & A STRIKE OF BUYING THESE GOOD NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN ORDER FOR THEM TO CHANGE.

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Judge Orders Google to Disclose User Info to FBI

Judge Orders Google to Disclose User Info to FBI

A federal judge has ordered the Internet giant Google to hand over customer data sought by the FBI. In a ruling disclosed Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston said Google must comply with the so-called national security letters granting the government access to users’ private info without court warrants. Judge Illston’s latest ruling appears to contradict her decision earlier this year ordering the government to stop issuing the letters. A group that has challenged the letters in court, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said: “We are disappointed that the same judge who declared these letters unconstitutional is now requiring compliance with them.”