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Category: Justice / Injustice


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Los Angeles police plan to map Muslims in their homes.

Fri Nov 9, 10:54 AM ET

LOS ANGELES - Civil rights advocates criticized plans by the Los Angeles Police Department to map the city’s Muslim communities, calling it racial profiling.

The LAPD’s counterterrorism bureau plans to identify Muslim enclaves in order to determine which might be likely to become isolated and susceptible to “violent, ideologically based extremism,” said Deputy Chief Michael P. Downing on Thursday.

“We want to know where the Pakistanis, Iranians and Chechens are so we can reach out to those communities,” said Downing, who heads the counterterrorism bureau.

Downing said the plan is still in its early stages, but the LAPD wants to work with a Muslim partner and intends to have the data assembled by the University of Southern California’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis.

Downing testified about the plan before a U.S. Senate committee on Oct. 30.

In his testimony, Downing said his bureau wanted to “take a deeper look at the history, demographics, language, culture, ethnic breakdown, socioeconomic status and social interactions” of the city’s Muslim communities.

There are an estimated 500,000 Muslims in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.

On Thursday, several Muslim groups and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California sent Downing a letter expressing “grave concerns” about the program.

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Posted by SPN on 11/11 at 09:21 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Divest for Darfur National Grassroots Action

There is an important divestment rally coming up in New York City. Join the NYC Coalition to Save Darfur and Brooklyn Parents for Peace and demand that JPMorgan Chase divest from companies that help fund the genocide in Darfur.

The rally, to be held at noon on Monday, October 15, outside JPMorgan Chase headquarters, is part of a National Day of Action. You will join thousands of activists around the country urging the top offending investment firms - including JPMorgan Chase - to divest for Darfur.

What: Divest for Darfur National Grassroots Action
Where: JPMorgan Chase Headquarters, 270 Park Avenue
When: Monday, October 15, noon - 2:00 p.m.

The National Divest for Darfur Day of Action was organized to encourage investment firms, especially JP Morgan, Franklin Templeton, Fidelity Investments, Capital Group (American Funds), and Vanguard, to withdraw investments from companies that help fund genocide in Darfur. Millions of Americans have their retirement funds invested through these firms and are inadvertently investing in genocide. The goal of divestment is to put economic pressure on the Sudanese government to end the violence.

For more information on divestment, check out http://www.divestfordarfur.org

Posted by SPN on 10/11 at 09:04 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Hanging noose found at Columbia University

This is for those of you with innocent souls that continue to deny that racism is alive and well in the US.

Columbia University planned a town hall meeting Wednesday for faculty and students to discuss the discovery of a hangman’s noose on a black professor’s office door, an incident which the university’s president described as an assault on the entire university.

Police are investigating the incident, which was discovered Tuesday night, as a hate crime. The noose, an echo of other recent incidents involving the symbol reviled by many for its association with the lynchings of the Old South, was hung up on the door of a professor at the university’s Teacher’s College.

“This is an assault on African Americans and therefore it is an assault on every one of us. I know I speak on behalf of every member of our communities in condemning this horrible action,” Columbia President Lee Bollinger said Tuesday.

Columbia did not immediately say which professor was targeted, but she was identified in the local media as Madonna Constantine, a professor of psychology and education and author of a book entitled “Addressing Racism: Facilitating Cultural Competence in Mental Health and Educational Settings.”

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Posted by SPN on 10/10 at 11:05 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticePersonalRacism / PrejudiceThis is just stupid!
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Friday, September 21, 2007

Bail denied for only Jena beating suspect in jail

Ruling comes day after civil rights demonstration in La. town.
As seen on MSNBC website.

Posted by Nuttshell on 09/21 at 03:57 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Another Double Standard - Why isn’t the news media playing up the shooting @ Del State?

When Cho was shooting up VA Tech, it was breaking news 24-7.  A shooting at a black college gets barely any mention.  WTF!

Posted by Nuttshell on 09/21 at 11:21 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticePoliticsNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Noose Found on Maryland College Campus

I bet you hadn’t heard about this yet.  Go to NPR and listen to the broadcast.

Noose Found on Maryland College Campus

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14496865

September 18, 2007 · A noose, long associated with lynching and racial hatred, was recently discovered hanging outside the University of Maryland’s hub for black cultural affairs. The discovery sent shockwaves through the campus. Bonnie Thornton-Dill and Ron Walters — both professors at the university — explain student reaction on campus and how the university is responding.

Posted by SPN on 09/18 at 02:44 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Black High School Students Charged with Attempted Murder

Here is an article that has a lot of detail about the ‘Jena 6’ case.

The Case of the Jena Six: Black High School Students Charged with Attempted Murder for Schoolyard Fight After Nooses Are Hung from Tree

Six black students at Jena High School in Central Louisiana were arrested last December after a school fight in which a white student was beaten and suffered a concussion and multiple bruises. The six black students were charged with attempted murder and conspiracy. They face up to 100 years in prison without parole. The fight took place amid mounting racial tension after a black student sat under a tree in the schoolyard where only white students sat. The next day three nooses were hanging from the tree. [includes rush transcript] Jena is a small town nestled deep in the heart of Central Louisiana. Until recently, you may well have never heard of it. But this rural town of less than 4,000 people has become a focal point in the debate around issues of race and justice in this country

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Posted by SPN on 09/15 at 08:30 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeNewsRacism / Prejudice
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‘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.

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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 http://www.savedarfur.org/gdfd or http://www.24HoursForDarfur.org 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!

Sincerely

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.

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