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Juneteenth

Juneteenth

To this day, we still have a caste system… Across the world, the hunger for control over people has plagued many communities. From here in the states to Egypt to Palestine & any land where man finds monetary gain as his number one goal.
My ancestors built this country, but the white oppressors did not break their backs.

Via Pulitzer Winner & Author of The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson:
On this day, June 19, 1865 — two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation — word finally reached the last of the enslaved people that “all slaves are free.” Union General Gordon Granger read these words from the balcony of the former Confederate Army headquarters in Galveston, Texas, 80 miles west of the Louisiana line.

There are several theories as to the two-and-a-half year delay that left slaves in Texas toiling for under the lash for so much longer than they should have. One theory is that a messenger had been killed on the way to read the Proclamation. Another is that slave owners purposely withheld the news (which would have been all too easy in the days before the technology we now take for granted).

In the end, it took 2,000 union troops to capture the state to enforce the law. Only then could General Gordon read the Proclamation stating that the enslaved people were now to be employees rather than property. The reactions among the newly freed people ranged from shock to jubilation. Some stayed to see what employment would mean. Others left the plantations immediately and set out to find family members spread out over the region.

Slavery was quickly replaced with sharecropping and a Jim Crow caste system that would hold formerly enslaved people and their descendants in the grip of a brutal new social order which millions would ultimately flee.

Here in this photo, survivors of slavery soberly observe Juneteenth in their hats, canes and bonnets in Austin, TX, 1900. In the early years, the newly freed people and their descendants took pains to dress up for Juneteenth, as laws had forbidden slaves to do so in certain jurisdictions, even in the rare instances when owners would have been so inclined to provide them with decent clothing.

Juneteenth has been a state holiday in Texas since 1980, and has long been celebrated in California, where many Texans journeyed during the Great Migration. Now, a total of 42 states and the District of Columbia recognize it as a state holiday or special day of observance. Celebrations now often include parades, storytelling, barbecue and red soda pop, prayer and recognition of the elders. And the building from which General Granger read the Proclamation all those years late is now a historic landmark.

Happy Freedom Day to everyone, in honor of the last enslaved Americans to be set free…..

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Wal-Mart Worker Fired for Helping Assaulted Woman

Wal-Mart Worker Fired for Helping Assaulted Woman

A Michigan man says he was fired from his job at Wal-Mart after he tried to help a woman being assaulted in the parking lot of one of the retail giant’s stores and ended up fighting with her attacker.

Kristopher Oswald told WXYZ-TV in Detroit ( http://bit.ly/18qGyBh ) that Wal-Mart has policies against workplace violence to prevent employees from assaulting co-workers or tackling a shoplifter, but that it appears that nothing allows for them to assist in situations of imminent danger and self-defense.

A spokeswoman for Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. told The Associated Press on Thursday that while the company understood Oswald’s intentions, his actions violated company policy.

“We had to make a tough decision, one that we don’t take lightly, and he’s no longer with the company,” company spokeswoman Ashley Hardie said.

Oswald, 30, said he was in his car on his break about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when he saw a man grabbing a woman. He said he asked her if she needed help and the man started punching him in the head and yelling that he was going to kill him. Oswald said he was able to get on top of the man, but then two other men jumped him from behind.

Livingston County sheriff’s deputies arrived and halted the fight.

Oswald said the Hartland Township store’s management gave him paperwork saying that “after a violation of company policy on his lunch break, it was determined to end his temporary assignment.” Oswald had worked for Wal-Mart for about seven weeks and said he would not have been considered a permanent employee until after his 180-day probation.

“The last thing I expected was to not have a job,” Oswald said.

This is how much the Walmart capitalist corporation values it’s employees. They’re low pay, warehouse issues that included blocked emergency exits, non-functioning forklift brakes and a lack of sufficient ventilation and water under intense heat, overseas factory in Bangladesh hundreds killed and over 1,000 injured due to cracks found in building and employees forced to work. I would go on, but there are so many atrocities that the wretched corporation has practiced, this would end up being a book.

May see more Walmart corporation crimes @
http://www.democracynow.org/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=walmart&commit=Search

When will our government, our law makers, our so-called officers of the people stand up and be for the people? Not for the CEO’s of corporations….

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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/