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White Supremacists Enter Houston’s 3rd Ward Carrying Confederate Flags & Racist Slogans

United States Hypocrisy

Armed with assault rifles, confederate flags and white supremacist slogans, a group of the extreme fascist right-wing calling itself ‘white lives matter’ stood on the grounds of the Houston Chapter of the historic civil rights organization – the N.A.A.C.P. – to sing the praises of police officers who’ve killed unarmed Black people and decry activists who’ve spoken out against police abuse. They claimed to be exercising their “second amendment right to defend ourselves”, despite their going into the overwhelmingly black third ward to spread their toxic agenda.

Perhaps not surprisingly these white supremacists with their stated pro-cop agenda were barricaded and protected by police officers. It goes without saying that the response to this demonstration on the part of police was completely different from their response to Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Imagine for a moment organizers of a #BLM march carrying assault rifles and wearing bullet proof vests! You can’t imagine it…

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Obama Administration to End Federal Use of Private Prisons


A government report found that violent incidents were more common in private prisons. (GETTY IMAGES)

article via bbc.com

The U.S. Justice Department will phase out use of privately owned prisons, citing safety concerns. Contracts with 13 private prisons will be reviewed and allowed to expire over the next five years .”They do not save substantially on costs and … they do not maintain the same level of safety and security,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said explaining the decision.

The majority of US prisoners are held in state-run prisons. On Wall Street, the stocks of private prison companies declined sharply after the news was announced.  By Thursday afternoon, Corrections Corporation of America stock had plunged by nearly 50%.  An Inspector General’s report released this month found that private prisons saw higher rates of violent incidents and rule infractions in comparison with government-run institutions.

Jonathan Burns, a spokesman for the Corrections…

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Texas Scaling Back Jail For People Who Can’t Afford Fines

Social Action

It’s not a crime to be poor. In theory. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://tytnetwork.com/join

“A proposal to help Texans who cannot afford to pay their traffic tickets elicited sharp, and in some cases racially charged, responses from several judges and law enforcement officials across the state.

“Don’t think by giving them this help that they are going to go out and get Insurance-No not going to happen. What is going to happen is our court loses and once again the defendant wins no lesson is learned, and where is the Justice,” wrote Lisa Myrtle, the chief clerk at a Bowie County court, near the Texas-Arkansas border. “Remember the day in Ferguson when the Payless shoe store got looted? Well guess what no a single pair of work boots were taken. Go…

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The Life and Death of Georgia Sheriff Deputy Kyle Dinkheller

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

In my research for the series Defining Black Lives Matter, I found some articles about Blue Lives Matter.  I was going to include the following in a part of the series, but decided that this needs its own post.  It is about Georgia Sheriff Deputy Kyle Dinkheller.  First, please watch the video.  When I first watched it, I fell to my knees sobbing.  It’s one of those painful things that we need to watch to see what humans do to other humans, and should remind us of the precious gift of life.

Andrew BrannanConvicted cop-killer Andrew Brannan

Andrew Brannan was convicted of the 1998 murder of Laurens County, Georgia sheriff deputy Kyle Dinkheller.  Deputy Dinkheller was 22-years old when he was murdered.  Dinkheller pulled Brannon over for driving 98 mph. Brannon used a M-1 carbine rifle.  At the time, Brannan was 49 years old when he deliberately shot Officer Dinkheller 9…

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Sound the Trumpet for Student Debt Jubilee

Trumpet the sound for Student Debt Jubilee

JoAnn Chateau

Maybe it’s time for Student Debt Jubilee. Student loan forgiveness would not only give a reprieve to those in debt, it would create an economic upswell for all of America. Imagine the boon to our economy if student loan debtors could afford to replace old shoes, cars, and washing machines — instead of merely paying down the compound interest of their student loans. 

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John Carlos


john-carlosJohn Carlos (1945- ), a Black American runner, won the bronze medal for the 200m dash at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. It was he and gold-medal winner Tommie Smith who held up their black-gloved fists in a Black Power salute as the US national anthem played.

That was Plan C. Plan A was a boycott, but they killed Martin Luther King, Jr. Plan B was to meet with the Mexican students protesting the Olympics. But they killed the Mexican students. As they stood there doing Plan C, they were both listening for a gunshot.

Why he did it:

“I thought about how humiliating and difficult it was for a black man to get a decent job to support his family. At the same time, while education was hard to find, the pusher man wasn’t. I thought about the way drugs were as easy to find as a…

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War update in Syria and Iraq as of the 16th of August, 2016

Eyes on Europe & Middle East News

  • Syria

Syrian_civil_war August 2016Source: Wikimedia

  • Probably we’ll see a joint operation in Aleppo between Russia and the United States.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow and Washington, which back opposite sides in the civil war,Assad and the so-called “moderate opposition” respectively are edging closer to an agreement to defuse the fighting in the contested city.

The airstrikes by the United States so far have been limited to al-Qaeda and Islamic State groups, while Russia has targeted with airstrikes a larger number of opposition groups backed by regional countries. (Al-Monitor)

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Consequences of Dehumanizing Black Children

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

ashley-cook-8-stages-of-genocide-7-728Hat-tip to CFBostonBrian who referenced a link on his blog.  Reading that link, I found another link to a 20 page report by Phillip Atiba Goff and Matthew Christian Jackson of the University of California, Los Angeles; Brooke Allison Lewis DiLeone of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Boston, Massachusetts; Carmen Marie Culotta and Natalie Ann DiTomasso of the University of Pennsylvania.  The research paper is titled “The Essence of Innocence: Consequences of Dehumanizing Black Children.”

Their study, conducted in 2008, indirectly corrected me on using the term “demeaning”.   I should have been using the term “dehumanizing.”

When Trayvon Martin was killed in 2012, there were people online who vigorously argued against Trayvon being a child.  That argument continues today.  Memes of Trayvon and his family being apes and raccoons were used to justify his killing.  On May 4, 2014, I blogged some of the screenshots.  …

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Official Trailer for “Hidden Figures” Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae Debuts During Olympics


article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (follow @lakinhutcherson)

The trailer for “Hidden Figures”, the Fox 2000 drama starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons, directed by Theodore Melfi, with original music from Pharrell Williams, debuted last night on NBC during the women’s gymnastics individual event finals at the Rio Olympics.  In case you missed it – watch it here and mark your calendars – the movie will go into wide release on January 13, 2017.

The film, based on the upcoming book by Margot Lee Shetterly, is the true story of the black female mathematicians who worked at NASA in the 1960s and helped put John Glenn into orbit.  To learn more about the movie and the history, click here.

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Gelhaus Promotion Protest Gets Coverage From FOX News

Justice for #AndyLopez


SANTA ROSA, . (KTVU) – In the North Bay, a weekly farmers’ market offered some food for thought. Silent protesters wove their way through the Wednesday evening event in downtown Santa Rosa.

They were protesting the promotion of Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus to the position of Sergeant.



n 2013, Gelhaus shot and killed thirteen year old Andy Lopez as Lopez walked in his neighborhood carrying a replica firearm that Gelhaus thought was real.

Sonoma County deputy’s promotion protested in Santa Rosa
“We’re just walking through silently, very peaceful with our signs,” protest organizer Enrique Yarce told KTVU, “because nothing has changed. It’s been three years now and he’s getting promoted? Nothing has changed.”

The Wednesday night market was a captive audience. It draws thousands of people, with a mix of live music, crafts, food vendors and produce stands.

But the lighthearted mood was jarred as…

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