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  • Inspired by our Black youth

    We the Afrikan/Black people born/living in America are issuing the call to 

    BLACK-OUT BLACK FRIDAY

    WHY???

    America has a black president and tons of rich black entertainers, sports figures, and businessmen/women. It has a large black middle-class. Black America makes more money than any country in Africa – even more than Nigeria with its oil or South Africa with its diamonds and gold.

    Yet:

    The systematic oppression of Black people in America is deeply embedded in the fabric of US society.

    25 percent of the black population lives below the poverty line

    • No justice received for George Stinney (falsely accused and executed 14yr old black boy by the USA)

    • No justice received for Assata Shakur (falsely accused, imprisoned, now hunted by the USA)

    • No justice received for Trayvon Martin (murdered by a racist wanna-be-cop)

    • No justice received for Mumia Abu Jamal (false imprisonment by the USA)

    • No justice received for Amadou Diallo (brutally tortured by police)

    • No justice received for Troy Davis (murdered by the USA)

    • No justice received for Oscar Grant (murdered by police)

    • No justice received for Sean Bell (murdered by police)

    • No justice received for (your name here)

    • No justice received.. again and again

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    The Black fact is

    • Black people are twice more likely to be out of work than whites

    • Black people have four cents for every dollar a white person has

    • Black people are six times more likely to be in prison than a white.

    • Black people are murdered by police or extrajudicial persons every 36 hours

    • Black people are one million deep in a prison population of 2million

    • Black people were left to save themselves or drown in 2006 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans

    • Black people are spending over a $trillion dollars in the American economy.

    “Negroes who have been so long inconvenienced and denied opportunities for development are naturally afraid of anything that sounds like discrimination.”

    Carter G. Woodson

    “Slavery has never been abolished from America’s way of thinking.”

    Nina Simone

    • We are asking that you spend no money on the day known as Black Friday

    • we will no longer march in the streets for justice, receive none, then spend a $Trillion which pays the cops that profile and kill us, pays the judges and politicians that do not value or respect us

    • we will circulate our money back into our communities and empower ourselves

    • we will value and respect ourselves

    • we must flex our economic leverage and let the system of governance know that we are truly sick and tired of being sick and tired

    Please spread the word

    A multi-organization National campaign

    Feel free to add your organization to the list as you forward it to your constituency

    NCOBRA/Atlanta chapter (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America)

    UNIA-ACL Division 421-Atl (United Negro Improvement Association)

    PG-RNA/MOY,MTI (Provisional Government Republic of New Afrika)

    AAPRP (All Afrikan People Revolutionary Party)

    MXGRM (Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement)

    WADU (World Afrika Diaspora Union)

    SHI (Sovereign Haiti Initiative)

    FOTC (Friends of The Congo)

Inspired by our Black youth We the… – Baba Mwalimu Baruti.

 

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unarmed black people murdered by killer cops

Trayvon Martin’s death has not only sparked a national debate over racial profiling and prompted a federal investigation, it has also made many recall other fatal shootings of unarmed civilians. In less than two months since Martin died, reckless police behavior has been cited in the deaths of two other people. In some instances, law-enforcement officials have acted unlawfully themselves—and not in self-defense. On Wednesday, five New Orleans police officers were sent to prison following the deaths of two unarmed civilians and a subsequent coverup. Will the crackdown set a new precedent for rogue cops? From the post-Katrina victims to Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell, see the cases of other unarmed civilians who were shot dead by police.

Kendrec McDade

Less than a month after the death of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed black teen was shot dead, this time in Pasadena, Calif. Kendrec McDade, 19, was shot and killed on March 24, after the Pasadena Police Department received a 911 call about an armed robbery. Investigators later determined the caller had lied about McDade’s possession of a gun, and that the teen had allegedly acted as a “lookout” during a burglary at a restaurant. When police caught up with McDade and his juvenile accomplice, an officer reportedly shot McDade several times after he allegedly made a motion at his waistband. His family has since filed a federal wrongful-death lawsuit citing racial profiling.

Rekia Boyd

Last week, some 200 people protested outside the home of a Chicago police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman on March 21 while he was off duty. Chicago Police have admitted that the victim, Rekia Boyd, 22, was an innocent bystander. She was struck in the head by a bullet after an officer opened fire at a man who police say was approaching him with a gun in his hand. While police maintain 39-year-old Antonio Cross was indeed armed, Cross and his family insist he was only carrying a cellphone. No weapon was recovered from the scene. The shooting that killed Boyd is being investigated by Chicago’s independent police review authority.

Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.

Last November, Marine veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. was killed at his home in White Plains, N.Y., by police who were initially responding to a call for medical help. Chamberlain, 68, suffered from a chronic heart condition and wore a pendant that could signal for help in case of a medical emergency. Having accidentally set off the pendant in his sleep, he was surprised when an armed police squad showed up outside his apartment early in the morning and reportedly demanded to be let in, despite his assurance that he was OK. Chamberlain grew increasingly agitated as cops allegedly swarmed his home and the clash resulted in him being shot twice in the chest. As in the case of Trayvon Martin, the incident was apparently sheltered from the media and authorities initially resisted a grand-jury probe. But as reports about the incident have become widely circulated, and at least one officer has reportedly been recorded on tape taunting Chamberlain and using racial slurs just before they broke down his door. More than four months later, a grand jury is hearing evidence regarding the incident.

Ronald Madison

Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old mentally disabled man who lived at home with his mother, was shot by New Orleans police officers near the now-infamous Danziger Bridge, six days after Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans. Ronald’s brother, Lance, said they were walking across the bridge when a group of teens came up behind them and began shooting. The police showed up and began firing at people on the bridge. Madison was hit in the back and reportedly stomped on while dying by former Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday.

James Brissette

Along with Ronald Madison, James Brissette was a victim of the Danziger Bridge shooting for which five NOPD officers were sentenced to prison on Wednesday. (Aside from Madison and Brissette, four others were gravely wounded in the gunfire.) Speaking in court, Brissette’s mother mentioned that he was only 17 when he died and that “he never knew what hit him.”

Oscar Grant

Oscar Grant was in a BART transit station in San Francisco on Jan. 1, 2009, when he was shot in the back while laying face down. Dozens of witnesses said they saw the shooting, which was filmed on several cellphones. Johannes Mehserle, the BART officer who shot Grant, said it looked like Grant was going for a gun. Grant was unarmed. The district attorney filed murder charges, but Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served 11 months for the crime. Grant’s family filed a $25 million civil suit against six BART police officers who were present during the shooting.

Amadou Diallo

Hit by 19 bullets, Amadou Diallo died in the doorway of his apartment building in New York City on Feb. 5, 1999. Diallo was a 22-year-old West African immigrant whose death became a symbol of police brutality. Four plain-clothes police officers approached Diallo at his apartment because they thought he might be the suspect in a rape case. When Diallo reached for his wallet, the officers said they thought he was reaching for a gun and fired 41 shots at the unarmed street peddler. The officers were acquitted of second-degree murder charges.

Sean Bell

The morning before his wedding, Sean Bell died in a hail of bullets in Queens, New York. Bell was out with friends for his bachelor party, and police suspected one of them had a gun. Bell and his buddies were driving out of a parking lot, when Detective Gescard F. Isnora reportedly ordered them to stop. Bell instead accelerated and crashed into a police minivan. Isnora thought he saw one of Bell’s friends reach for a gun and the team opened fire, blasting 50 bullets at the car. Bell was killed, while his two friends survived. Isnora and two other detectives were acquitted in a criminal trial in 2008, although Isnora was kicked off the force in March 2012.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2012/04/04/unarmed-civilians-shot-by-police-photos.html#slide1

 

 

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trial begins for cross burner

Jeremiah L. Hernandez, a member of a group that burned an 11-foot cross near  a mixed-race Arroyo Grande family’s home in 2011, was captured on a gas station  video, had ties to people with white supremacist beliefs and was overheard  talking about the incident, a prosecutor charged Friday.

An attorney representing Hernandez disagreed, and said his client was not  even at the scene, had no white power ties because he is Hispanic and Native  American, and that the video is inconclusive.

The two sides squared off Friday during opening statements in the trial of  the last member of a group that burned the cross overnight on March 17 last year  in a vacant lot on South Elm Street adjacent to a 19-year-old woman’s  window.

Hernandez, 32, of San Simeon, has pleaded not guilty to arson, cross burning,  terrorism, conspiracy to commit cross burning and related enhancements.  Hernandez faces a maximum of 14 years in prison if found guilty of the charges  and unrelated pending criminal cases.

The three other defendants in the case have accepted plea-bargain agreements  and are scheduled to be sentenced by San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge  Jacquelyn Duffy on May 21.

Jason W. Kahn, 36, of Orcutt, pleaded no contest to arson, cross burning and  terrorism-related charges including hate crime enhancements and is expected to  receive a 12-year state prison sentence.

William Soto, 20, of Arroyo Grande, and Sara K. Matheny, 24, of San Simeon,  also pleaded no-contest to arson and cross burning charges with hate crime  enhancements and will most likely receive five-year state prison  sentences.

The deals, which also involved unrelated past convictions and present  offenses moving through the court system, focused on burning the cross that was  stolen from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arroyo Grande but not the theft of  it.

Prosecutor David Pomeroy told the jury, which was selected this week, that  Hernandez, also known as Smurf, was at the scene and that there is plenty of  evidence to prove it.

Pomeroy said there is a video that was taken at a nearby Chevron gas station  at about 11:30 p.m. on March 17 shortly before the cross was burned, that shows  Hernandez with the three others in a vehicle with “lumber” on top in Arroyo  Grande – most likely the disassembled cross.

He also told jurors that evidence will show Hernandez called himself an  “outlaw,” and told a friend in a jail letter to “stick to the script” and  “always keep your mouth sealed when law enforcement talks to you.” Pomeroy also  said that Hernandez was heard talking about the cross burning by a person who  will testify, and a day planner that belongs to Matheny indicates his  whereabouts.

The day planner, which contains a cross drawn in pen on St. Patrick’s Day and  remarks like we made the “front page,” was taken by authorities who arrested the  pair at a hotel on unrelated offenses.

“Jeremiah was there with the three others,” said Pomeroy, adding that the  group should have seen the mixed-race woman and her friend watching television  within 24 feet of where the cross was burned.

Hernandez’ attorney, Raymond Allen, told the jurors he has many problems with  Pomeroy’s evidence.

For starters, he said, the gas station video only shows the top of someone’s  head and the officer who identified Hernandez did so after receiving additional  information.

“Mr. Henandez was at the Grover Beach Motel where he rented a room with his  family,” said Allen, adding they will all testify. “Several people saw him  there. The manager also saw him when the cross burning happened. Mr. Hernandez  was not involved.”

Allen said Hernandez also has no white power or Nazi tattoos like Kahn does.

One of the first witnesses to testify – who asked that her identity  remain anonymous because she fears for her safety – was the former owner of the  property where the cross was burned.

Both Pomeroy an Allen asked her if she knew Hernandez or had even seen him  before.

“No,” said the woman, adding none of the four had permission to be  there.

Throughout the case Kahn’s attorney, Trace Milan, claimed that Kahn and the  others did not know the mixed-race family lived in the home and that the cross  was burned in an adjacent lot in a celebration of death for Kahn’s father, Ricky  Kahn, on the eve of his father’s birthday.

The elder Kahn was killed at the scene by sheriff’s deputies in 1994.

http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/trial-begins-for-cross-burner/article_53dc9242-9bf9-11e1-b56c-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz1ukyYceOU

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New Orleans prisoners abandoned to flood waters during Hurricane Katrina

As Hurricane Katrina began pounding New Orleans, the sheriff’s department abandoned hundreds of inmates imprisoned in the city’s jail, Human Rights Watch said today.

Inmates in Templeman III, one of several buildings in the Orleans Parish Prison compound, reported that as of Monday, August 29, there were no correctional officers in the building, which held more than 600 inmates. These inmates, including some who were locked in ground-floor cells, were not evacuated until Thursday, September 1, four days after flood waters in the jail had reached chest-level.

“Of all the nightmares during Hurricane Katrina, this must be one of the worst,” said Corinne Carey, researcher from Human Rights Watch. “Prisoners were abandoned in their cells without food or water for days as floodwaters rose toward the ceiling.”

Human Rights Watch called on the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an investigation into the conduct of the Orleans Sheriff’s Department, which runs the jail, and to establish the fate of the prisoners who had been locked in the jail. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, which oversaw the evacuation, and the Orleans Sheriff’s Department should account for the 517 inmates who are missing from the list of people evacuated from the jail.

Carey spent five days in Louisiana, conducting dozens of interviews with inmates evacuated from Orleans Parish Prison, correctional officers, state officials, lawyers and their investigators who had interviewed more than 1,000 inmates evacuated from the prison.

The sheriff of Orleans Parish, Marlin N. Gusman, did not call for help in evacuating the prison until midnight on Monday, August 29, a state Department of Corrections and Public Safety spokeswoman told Human Rights Watch. Other parish prisons, she said, had called for help on the previous Saturday and Sunday. The evacuation of Orleans Parish Prison was not completed until Friday, September 2.

According to officers who worked at two of the jail buildings, Templeman 1 and 2, they began to evacuate prisoners from those buildings on Tuesday, August 30, when the floodwaters reached chest level inside. These prisoners were taken by boat to the Broad Street overpass bridge, and ultimately transported to correctional facilities outside New Orleans.

But at Templeman III, which housed about 600 inmates, there was no prison staff to help the prisoners. Inmates interviewed by Human Rights Watch varied about when they last remember seeing guards at the facility, but they all insisted that there were no correctional officers in the facility on Monday, August 29. A spokeswoman for the Orleans parish sheriff’s department told Human Rights Watch she did not know whether the officers at Templeman III had left the building before the evacuation.

According to inmates interviewed by Human Rights Watch, they had no food or water from the inmates’ last meal over the weekend of August 27-28 until they were evacuated on Thursday, September 1. By Monday, August 29, the generators had died, leaving them without lights and sealed in without air circulation. The toilets backed up, creating an unbearable stench.

“They left us to die there,” Dan Bright, an Orleans Parish Prison inmate told Human Rights Watch at Rapides Parish Prison, where he was sent after the evacuation.

As the water began rising on the first floor, prisoners became anxious and then desperate. Some of the inmates were able to force open their cell doors, helped by inmates held in the common area. All of them, however, remained trapped in the locked facility.

“The water started rising, it was getting to here,” said Earrand Kelly, an inmate from Templeman III, as he pointed at his neck. “We was calling down to the guys in the cells under us, talking to them every couple of minutes. They were crying, they were scared. The one that I was cool with, he was saying ‘I’m scared. I feel like I’m about to drown.’ He was crying.”

Some inmates from Templeman III have said they saw bodies floating in the floodwaters as they were evacuated from the prison. A number of inmates told Human Rights Watch that they were not able to get everyone out from their cells.

Inmates broke jail windows to let air in. They also set fire to blankets and shirts and hung them out of the windows to let people know they were still in the facility. Apparently at least a dozen inmates jumped out of the windows.

”We started to see people in T3 hangin’ shirts on fire out the windows,” Brooke Moss, an Orleans Parish Prison officer told Human Rights Watch.  “They were wavin’ em. Then we saw them jumping out of the windows . . . Later on, we saw a sign, I think somebody wrote `help’ on it.”

As of yesterday, signs reading “Help Us,” and “One Man Down,” could still be seen hanging from a window in the third floor of Templeman III.

Several corrections officers told Human Rights Watch there was no evacuation plan for the prison, even though the facility had been evacuated during floods in the 1990s.

“It was complete chaos,” said a corrections officer with more than 30 years of service at Orleans Parish Prison. When asked what he thought happened to the inmates in Templeman III, he shook his head and said: “Ain’t no tellin’ what happened to those people.”

“At best, the inmates were left to fend for themselves,” said Carey. “At worst, some may have died.”

Human Rights Watch was not able to speak directly with Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gussman or the ranking official in charge of Templeman III. A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department told Human Rights Watch that search-and-rescue teams had gone to the prison and she insisted that “nobody drowned, nobody was left behind.”

Human Rights Watch compared an official list of all inmates held at Orleans Parish Prison immediately prior to the hurricane with the most recent list of the evacuated inmates compiled by the state Department of Corrections and Public Safety (which was entitled, “All Offenders Evacuated”).  However, the list did not include 517 inmates from the jail, including 130 from Templeman III.

Many of the men held at jail had been arrested for offenses like criminal trespass, public drunkenness or disorderly conduct. Many had not even been brought before a judge and charged, much less been convicted.

http://www.hrw.org/news/2005/09/21/new-orleans-prisoners-abandoned-floodwaters

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