Category: Racism / Prejudice

Saturday, September 15, 2007

‘Jena 6’ felony conviction vacated

Louisiana beating case stirred cries of racism

By Howard Witt | Tribune senior correspondent
September 15, 2007

HOUSTON - With the prospect of a major national civil rights protest looming next week in the central Louisiana town of Jena, a state appeals court on Friday abruptly vacated the felony conviction of a black teenager accused of beating a white student in a case fraught with racial tensions.

Louisiana’s 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on an emergency defense appeal, reversed the aggravated second-degree battery conviction of Mychal Bell, 17, ruling that the youth had been tried improperly as an adult in a case that has raised allegations of unequal justice in the small, mostly white town.

Last week, the judge who presided over Bell’s trial in June, LaSalle Parish District Judge J.P. Mauffray, vacated a conspiracy conviction against the youth for the same reason, but inexplicably let the more serious battery conviction stand. Now the local district attorney, Reed Walters, must decide whether to refile the entire case in juvenile court.

Posted by SPN on 09/15 at 08:26 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

24 Hours for Darfur starts Sunday, September 16, 2007

I wanted to let you know about 24 Hours for Darfur, a rally in New York City urging world leaders to remember Darfur when they meet for the U.N. General Assembly on September 18.

24 Hours for Darfur is the flagship event for Global Days for Darfur - a day of rallies and events that will bring together thousands of activists on six continents demanding international action to end the genocide in Darfur.

What: 24 Hours for Darfur
When: Sunday, September 16, 11 am - 2 pm
Where: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan

The rally will feature hundreds of short video appeals collected from Darfuris and concerned citizens around the world. Several Darfur experts from leading human rights organizations will also speak about the importance of a long-term peace process

Visit or for more information, or to add your video appeal to the rally.

The Darfur People’s Association of New York will collect clothes and school supplies to be sent to Darfuri refugees in Chad. Please bring any clothes or materials - especially children’s clothes - you can contribute.

Thanks for your support, and we hope to see you on Sunday!


Ben Prochazka
Save Darfur Coalition

Posted by SPN on 09/13 at 12:29 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeInternationalRacism / Prejudice
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

How Does This Happen in 2007?

The following story is horrific.  This young, black women was abused mentally, physically and sexually.  I hope the perps are put in jail for life!

W.Va. mulls hate crime probe
W.Va. suspects allegedly used racial slur, tortured woman for a week
The Associated Press
Updated: 9:47 a.m. MT Sept 12, 2007
BIG CREEK, W.Va. - Inside a shed on a remote hillside of this coalfield community, authorities say a young black woman was tortured for days, sexually assaulted, beaten and forced to eat rat droppings.

Her captors, all of them white, choked her with a cable cord and stabbed her in the leg while calling her a racial slur, poured hot water over her and made her drink from a toilet, according to criminal complaints.

It wasn’t until an anonymous tip led Logan County Sheriff’s deputies to the property on Saturday that her ordeal ended and she was able to limp to safety, arms outstretched as she cried, “Help me!”

“I don’t understand such a horrific crime being committed here,” said Johnny Meade, pastor of the community’s Apostolic Church of God in the Name of Christ Jesus.

Posted by Nuttshell on 09/12 at 01:33 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeRacism / Prejudice
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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The people of Darfur cannot afford another delay.

Last August, when the UN Security Council authorized a
peacekeeping mission for Darfur, we thought the wait for
peacekeepers had finally come to an end.

A year later, stalled by Sudanese objections, that peacekeeping
force has still not been deployed. Never in the history of the
United Nations has it failed to deploy such a mission once

Today the UN Security Council authorized another peacekeeping
force: a hybrid United Nations-African Union force mandated to
protect civilians and humanitarian operations in Darfur.

The people of Darfur cannot afford another delay. Click the link
below now to send a message to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
and urge him to press world leaders to contribute to peace in
Darfur, and to stand behind their commitments.

Every nation in the world has something to offer this
peacekeeping mission. Some will need to contribute troops. Some
will need to give funds. Some will need to use diplomatic and
economic pressure to make the Sudanese regime fulfill its
promise to accept this force.

But all nations must work to ensure that this time, the UN
upholds its commitment to the people of Darfur.

Click the link below to sign the petition to Secretary-General
Ban and tell him that the people of Darfur have waited long
enough. It is time to act!

Once you’ve signed the petition, please forward this message to
your friends and family and ask them to join you in taking

As always, thank you for helping urge our world leaders into
action for the people of Darfur.

Colleen Connors
Save Darfur Coalition


Donate to Help Save Darfur
Help build the political pressure needed to end the crisis in
Darfur by supporting the Save Darfur Coalition’s crucial
awareness and advocacy programs. Click the link below now to
make a secure, tax-deductible online donation.

The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 180
faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations whose
mission is to raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide
in Darfur and to mobilize a unified response to the atrocities
that threaten the lives of more than two million people in the
Darfur region. To learn more, please visit

Posted by SPN on 08/01 at 10:16 AM in Justice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalRacism / Prejudice
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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Walgreens to settle race lawsuit

America’s largest pharmacy chain, Walgreens, has agreed to pay $20m to settle a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination against black workers.

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) - a watchdog agency - says Walgreens sent black staff to low-performing stores in black areas.

African-American employees, including pharmacists and managers, were also denied promotions, the EEOC claims.

The settlement deal must still be approved by a federal judge.

“We commend Walgreens for working cooperatively with us to reach an amicable settlement of this case without protracted litigation,” EEOC Chair Naomi Earp said in a statement.

Walgreens, which has denied the allegations throughout, said it was glad to have resolved the issue.

The EEOC launched its case after carrying out an investigation into 12 complaints filed by current and former Walgreens staff across the country.

Most of the complaints in the class action suit came from workers and former staff in St Louis, Florida, Detroit and Kansas City.

Lawyers say the $20m (£9.8m) will be split among lawyers who handled the case and the more than 7,500 employees who brought a class action against the company.

Walgreens says it is the largest US pharmacy chain by sales, with more than 5,638 stores in 48 states and Puerto Rico, and recorded sales of $47.4bn (£24.5bn) in the 2006 financial year.

Posted by SPN on 07/14 at 02:42 PM in Racism / Prejudice
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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Won’t you sign the Divest for Darfur petition?

It’s only been two days since we launched our Divest for Darfur petition and already more than 57,000 people have added their names to this effort to cut off financial support for the genocide.

It’s not too late for you to get involved.

Click here to sign the petition calling on Fidelity Investments to divest from companies that help fund the genocide.

By withdrawing investments from companies that help finance the genocide, we can build economic pressure to end the atrocities.

That’s why we are calling on investment firms with the largest ties to Sudan to divest their holdings now, before more lives are lost.

Fidelity is a major holder of PetroChina, the Chinese oil company that is one of the biggest offenders in helping to fund the genocide in Darfur.

Despite complaints from concerned citizens and investors, Fidelity has not accepted responsibility for its role in investing in companies that fund the genocide in Darfur and has thus far refused to withdraw these investments.

Tell Fidelity the people of Darfur can’t afford to wait.  Click here to sign the petition asking them to cut their ties with companies that help fund the genocide.

While diplomacy is crucial, most international efforts have failed to get through to Sudan.

But money talks—Sudan has been very responsive to economic pressure in the past.  That is why we believe divestment could be highly effective in forcing Sudan to cooperate with the international community.

Divestment helped end apartheid in South Africa in the late 1980’s and it can help end genocide in Darfur in 2007.

Click here to demand that Fidelity do its part to help end the violence by divesting from companies that help fund the genocide.

Once you’ve signed, please forward this message to your friends and family and ask them to join you in helping to cut off funding by adding their names to the petition to Fidelity.

Thank you again for your commitment to helping the innocent people of Darfur.

Best regards,

David Rubenstein
Save Darfur Coalition

Posted by SPN on 05/10 at 02:09 PM in Justice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalRacism / Prejudice
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Monday, April 16, 2007

Imus isn’t the real bad guy

Instead of wasting time on irrelevant shock jock, black leaders need to be fighting a growing gangster culture.
Some of this guy’s article pissed me off more than those despicable words uttered by Imus.  I definitely plan on writing this guy.  Some of what he says I will agree with but his “shame” at the appearance of the Rutgers women and their coach at a news conference just floored me.

Posted on Wed, Apr. 11, 2007 - Kansas City Star

Thank you, Don Imus. You’ve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem.

You’ve given Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson another opportunity to pretend that the old fight, which is now the safe and lucrative fight, is still the most important fight in our push for true economic and social equality.

You’ve given Vivian Stringer and Rutgers the chance to hold a nationally televised recruiting celebration expertly disguised as a news conference to respond to your poor attempt at humor.

Thank you, Don Imus. You extended Black History Month to April, and we can once again wallow in victimhood, protest like it’s 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.

The bigots win again.

Posted by Nuttshell on 04/16 at 10:46 AM in Racism / Prejudice
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Urge President Bush to save lives in Darfur by launching “Plan B” immediately.

A letter from Bill Frist

Join Me in Calling the White House

Dial 1-800-671-7887 to urge President Bush to save lives in Darfur by launching “Plan B” immediately.

Once you’ve hung up, click here to report your call back to the Save Darfur Coalition.

Each year I travel to Africa as a medical missionary. I’ve just returned from my latest trip, a deeply troubling visit to the Sudan.

Due to a series of increasingly violent attacks on foreign aid workers in Darfur over the past six months, international efforts to protect civilians and provide them with food, clean water, shelter, and medical care are in a state of crisis.

Countless men, women, and children are in real danger of falling prey to violence, starvation, or disease as a result of these attacks.

The U.S. must take the lead in working with the international community to end the violence. The lives of millions hang in the balance.

Please join me in calling the White House comment line today to urge President Bush to launch “Plan B,” his tough, three-tiered plan to push Sudan to end the genocide, before more lives are lost in Darfur.

It will only take two minutes of your time and could make a world of difference for millions of people in need. Just follow the steps below:

Posted by SPN on 03/21 at 03:27 PM in Racism / Prejudice
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Friday, January 26, 2007

Urge President Bush to Act on Darfur

Unfortunately, the President spared few words on Darfur in his speech and failed to call for the actions needed to stop the violence that threatens millions of innocent Darfuri civilians.

The time for talk has passed—it has been nearly four years since the violence began in Darfur!

Will you please take two minutes to call the White House comment line now to express your disappointment in the President’s handling of Darfur in his State of the Union address and urge him to push for real action?

Step 1: Dial 202-456-1111 to reach the White House comment line.
Step 2: Use the talking points below when prompted to leave your comment.
Step 3: Click here to report your call back to us (this is very important - please don’t skip this step!)

Posted by SPN on 01/26 at 12:31 PM in Racism / Prejudice
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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Is Michael Richards a racist?

Maybe he was just misunderstood.  You decide.

Posted by SPN on 11/30 at 12:21 PM in Racism / Prejudice
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