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White Rage, the Hunger Games, and the Lack of Justice

Olivia A. Cole

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Today, like too many days, I am angry. Today a grand jury voted not to bring criminal charges against the white officer who killed Eric Garner, father of six, with a chokehold. The killing is on video, which many people hoped would mean an indictment and, eventually, a conviction. Not so. Today, America tells us once again that the value it places in black life is nil, insubstantial, nonexistent.

The protests have already begun in New York, and I’m thinking about anger, rage. I’m thinking about things that burn. When the grand jury in St. Louis County announced that it would not be indicting Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson burned. Over the weekend, I saw the latest Hunger Games film—Mockingjay—and in it, the Capitol executes unarmed civilians, their deaths broadcasted for millions of eyes. I couldn’t stop thinking about Eric…

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Sunday Message From Syria.

THE ONENESS of HUMANITY

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-32After recently listening to an interview of Grand Mufti of Syria Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun by Father Dave Smith, the Syrian leader’s words were moving, so the interview became the focus of this post.  In Islam the Grand Mufti is the highest official of religious law, so Dr. Hassoun is one of Syria’s most prominent religious leaders. Father Dave is known as the “boxing priest” for his years of entering the ring as a since-youth boxing enthusiasist, surprising people by being an atypical Catholic priest who punches others for sport. Both men have been involved in working for an end to the war in Syria begun in 2011 – ongoing, and recently entering the fifth year.

The war has resulted in over 200,000 men, women and children perishing, widespread destruction of towns and cities, millions of refugees leaving Syria to surrounding countries or internally displaced, and what observers unanimously agree is the world’s largest and…

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John Pilger: Truth About Venezuela Coup Attempt.

THE ONENESS of HUMANITY

(Source, thank you to: https://zcomm.org – ZNet: A Community of People Committed to Social Change / Posted on February 16, 2015 / Comment: According to veteran journalist and documentary film producer John Pilger, Washington, “ruled by true extremists”, has a problem with Venezuela’s “threat of a good example”)

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Albert: Why would the U.S. want Venezuela’s government overthrown?

Pilger: There are straightforward principles and dynamics at work here. Washington wants to get rid of the Venezuelan government because it is independent of US designs for the region and because Venezuela has the greatest proven oil reserves in the world and uses its oil revenue to improve the quality of ordinary lives. Venezuela remains a source of inspiration for social reform in a continent ravaged by an historically rapacious U.S. An Oxfam report once famously described the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua as ‘the threat of…

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US Intelligence Link to Brazilian Plane Crash that Killed Presidential Candidate

US Intelligence Link to Brazilian Plane Crash that Killed Presidential Candidate.

“They Lootin’!!! AHHHH!!! Made Ya Look!!!” – @NovaSankofa

Brother Nova Lights it up again

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I send my condolences to Michael Brown’s family and all people worldwide feeling heartache as a result of police brutality.

Now, I have something to say about the looting at the protests… … …

Fuck those stores!

The bad guys aren’t the people looting those stores. The real bad guys are the people putting liquor stores & McD’s there in the first place. It shouldn’t even be there. Every hood you go to, you can’t find a library or community center, but there are liquor stores and poisonous foods in abundance. Parasites in the community. Then Black folks are proud of people for protecting these business that tranquilize (liquor) and poison (McD’s) their own neighborhood, while the media pits the “good negros” against the “bad negros”.

1) Those aren’t Black businesses

2) Protecting the financial interests of “community outsiders” isn’t a win to me

3) There are better things that can be…

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Tweet from Rick Cooley (@rcooley123)

Rick Cooley (@rcooley123) tweeted at 10:30 PM on Fri, Aug 15, 2014:
Police as Occupiers and Agents of Violence: Reflections on the Death of Mike Brown http://t.co/H4UtJKPeqC
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One solution to the problem of Police Violence and misconduct.

My name is Claude Conkrite, I am the Secretary of the Black Caucus of the Democratic Party of Washoe County Nevada. This includes Reno, Carson City, Virginia City, and most of the towns and cities in Northern Nevada. I am also a community organizer with Organizing for Action, Move-On, and numerous other progressive organizations. I am the Nevada State Coordinator for the Progressive Democrats of America Issue team dedicated to Ending  the Mass Criminalization and Incarceration of Black and Brown people. I have been observing the pattern of out of control police, and as upsetting as it is, I will attempt to address this with a logical and unemotional perspective.

I have a proposal, I call it  J.C.L.O.C. the Joint Civilian Law enforcement Oversite Commission.

JCLOC as I call it will be an official commission made up of law enforcement command staff, and line officers, civilians from a variety of races and backgrounds, overseen by Federal Law enforcement officials from the DOJ, and representatives of the various activist organizations. There will be a monthly review of all complaints lodged against local police, and sheriff’s departments, and after a review process to be determined, this commission thru the Department Of Justice, will have the power to investigate, and prosecute violators of the law within the law enforcement community nationwide.

This commission will have at its disposal within budgetary limits, a legal team, forensic accountants, investigators, warrant and subpoena powers.

There will be a special task force assigned to this commission made up of, the U.S. Marshall’s office, FBI, DEA, and Department of Justice Agents.

The to these agents will be able to circumvent the chain of command and report directly to the Attorney General who will report directly to the President of the United States.

This will insure that POTUS is informed of all aspects of each case, should the need arise.

I am presenting this outline of a plan that if combined with other ideas such as body cameras, demilitarization, updating and changing the culture and policies, ending the code of silence, and a “real” race relations program.

Personally, I am afraid that until we all make the effort to show more compassion toward one another, and respect the dignity of human life, things are going to get worse. We must exercise our right to speak up about injustice, and change this poison into medicine.

Human beings possess within their lives the wisdom to transform despair into hope, the courage to change misery into happiness, and the generosity to turn hatred into compassion. (Daisaku Ikeda)

We are also getting ready to introduce two bills of  legislation in a few days to put a stop to this trend.

I hope this will be of some assistance, and help find a solution to this tragic and criminal behavior.

We must hold our public servants accountable, and at the same time acknowledge the fact that they are human too, subject to the same flaws and frailties other people have.

It is time to do a RESET.

 

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