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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

A ‘bad idea’ becomes wildly successful

By LEONARD PITTS JR.

Posted on Sun, Sep. 16, 2007 in the Miami Herald

ATLANTA—The consensus was that Tom Cousins was either crooked or crazy.
The former opinion was held by residents of the gritty East Lake Meadows housing project who didn’t believe him when he said he wanted to tear down East Lake and erect a mixed-income apartment complex in its place. The latter opinion was held by observers who did.

The residents thought it was just a land grab. They thought Cousins, a wealthy developer and philanthropist, was lying when he said they would be able to move back into nice apartments at subsidized rates and that the drug gangs that had held East Lake in thrall would be banished.

The observers thought it was nuts, this idea that you could effect change by tearing down a crime factory and building an apartment complex where the poor and the middle class would be neighbors. Charles Knapp, then president of the University of Georgia, told Cousins it was a bad idea. ‘He looked at me and said, `Professor’—which he always called me when he was trying to make a point—‘I have wasted a lot of money on other people’s bad ideas, including some of yours. And now I’m going to waste some on one of mine.’ ‘’

Fifteen years later, Cousins’ ‘’bad idea’’ has produced miracles. As detailed in my last column, crime is way down, income is way up, children’s test scores have exploded. Knapp is now board chairman of the East Lake Foundation.

This is a What Works column, part of my series on programs that are successfully attacking dysfunctions that plague black children. The success of East Lake suggests you can win that battle by not isolating poverty.

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Posted by Nuttshell on 09/18 at 07:09 PM in BloggingNews
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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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Monday, September 17, 2007

La Raiz Olvidada

La_Raiz_Olvidada.pdf

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Posted by SPN on 09/17 at 08:51 AM in BloggingArtInternationalMovies
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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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Monday, September 03, 2007

The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against Iran

From The Sunday Times
September 2, 2007
Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran
Sarah Baxter, Washington

The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert.

Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said.

Debat was speaking at a meeting organised by The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal. He told The Sunday Times that the US military had concluded: “Whether you go for pinprick strikes or all-out military action, the reaction from the Iranians will be the same.” It was, he added, a “very legitimate strategic calculus”.

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Posted by SPN on 09/03 at 02:14 PM in BloggingPoliticsInternationalNews
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