New America Media - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:48
Michael Brown. Rekia Boyd. Oscar Grant.They were all unarmed black youth at the center of high-profile shootings that spurred protests about police use of excessive force and reignited debates about police relations with communities of color. Brown was shot by... Adeshina Emmanuel http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:10
Editor’s Note: Obama announced last week that he is ending Secure Communities, the controversial program of cooperation between ICE and state and local police that claimed to focus on serious criminals but actually ended up deporting many people who had... Reshma Shamasunder http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:30
On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was sickened and "outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops.... Earl Ofari Hutchinson http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
Colorlines - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:24
Atlanta rapper Killer Mike was performing in St. Louis last night when it was announced that a Ferguson grand jury would not indict Darren Wilson for Michael Brown's death. He spoke openly to the crowd about his own fears as a black father to two sons. "I knew it was coming and I knew when Eric Holder resigned, I knew it wasn't going to be good." the rapper said tearfully. "I have a 20-year-old son and a 12-year-old son and I am so afraid for them."
New America Media - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:43
A national poll found that 89 percent of Latino voters support for President Obama’s use of executive authority on immigration. Eighty percent say they are opposed to congressional Republicans’ plans to block executive action by defunding programs that would support... New America Media http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:04
Last night hundreds took to the streets of Oakland to protest the ruling by a grand jury that officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters marched from Downtown Oakland to... Anna Vignet http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
Colorlines - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 08:49
After a Ferguson grand jury failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson in Mike Brown's killing, nationwide protests and actions took place to bring attention to the extrajudicial killings of young black men. Here's a look at different scenes from across the country.
Ferguson: Protesters gather in 90 cities http://t.co/P7NLTXBU4U Black lives do matter but why don't they matter w/black on black murder-- NJ Kingston (@jakeandpooky) November 25, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri: November 24, 2014 November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014
Oakland, California:November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014 Chicago, Illinois: November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: November 25, 2014 Seattle, Washington: November 25, 2014 Washington, D.C.: November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014 New York City: November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014
Union Sq protest in NYC for Ferguson and Mike Brown https://t.co/MhQSxsI3qW-- Mikell Kober (@mikellkober) November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014
Colorlines - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 08:11
Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, visibly broke down before a crowd of supporters and a phalanx of cameras last night as news spread that a St. Louis grand jury decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of her unarmed, 18-year-old son. McSpadden learned of the decision, according to USA Today, through a phone call received by Benjamin Crump, a family attorney, minutes before the public announcement.
[She] cried and shouted when Crump told her there was no indictment and that the prosecutor was willing to meet with the family. ... Her body vibrated with pain as she jumped to her feet. "I do want to meet with him right now," McSpadden screamed. "What do you mean no indictment?!" She then ran out of a hotel room followed by family members.
Wilson, like Brown's family, issued a public statement last night stating in part, "Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law." Wilson's testimony to the grand jury in which he describes encountering and ultimately shooting Brown, has been publicly released (see page 195). At one point, Wilson, a little under 6 '4" and 210 pounds to Brown's 6' 4" nearly 300 pound frame, describes grabbing him: "I felt like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan." Summaries can be found at CNN and the Washington Post.
Colorlines - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:04
This is what I'm reading up on today:
- A Ferguson grand jury failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, triggering protests nationwide.
- St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch released Officer Wilson's grand jury testimony late on Monday night, in which Wilson said that Brown "looked like a demon." Also released: photos of Wilson after Mike Brown's shooting.
- The night's most heartbreaking image: Mike Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, screams and sobs over the grand jury's decision.
- Despite President Obama's pleas for peace, anger and violence broke out on the streets of Ferguson. One police officer was shot near Ferguson; 61 people were arrested.
- Don Lemon said predictably Don Lemon-esque things from Ferguson.
New America Media - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 03:25
Photo: Hong Kong-based dementia-care expert, Timothy Kwok, PhD, spoke at the recent Gerontological Society of America conference in Washington, D.C. The University of Miamis Sara J. Czaja looks on. (Rong Xiaoqing/Sing Tao Daily)WASHINGTON, D.C.--International research is demonstrating that online educational program... Rong Xiaoqing http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 22:18
President Obama, who addressed the nation Monday evening shortly after a grand jury announced that it declined to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, said that while, “the decision was the grand jury’s to make,” disappointment and anger about... Colorlines http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
Colorlines - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:50
President Obama, who addressed the nation Monday evening shortly after a grand jury announced that it declined to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, said that while, "the decision was the grand jury's to make," disappointment and anger about the announcement "is an understandable reaction."
Obama echoed the calls of Michael Brown's family who in recent days have called for peaceful protests following the grand jury's decision. "Michael Brown's parents have lost more than anyone. We should be honoring their wishes," Obama said, also adding an appeal to police officers in Ferguson, "to show care and restrained in managing" protests.
But Obama also commented on the popular frustration with law enforcement officers and their policing of black and Latino communities. "We need to recognize the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges we still face as a nation. The fact is in too many parts of this country distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color."
"Some of this is the result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country," Obama said. "This is tragic because nobody needs good policing more than poor communities with high crime rates."
"There are still problems and communities of color aren't just making these problems up," Obama said, adding that there are still too many cases in which "the law too often feels as if it is being applied in a discriminatory fashion."
New America Media - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:34
A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, has decided against indicting a white police officer in the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, the office of the St. Louis County Prosecutor announced Monday night — a decision local and national... Washington Informer http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:20
A St. Louis County grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in a case that has sparked national protests. Darren Wilson, 28, will not be indicted for killing 18-year-old... The Root http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
Colorlines - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 18:57
A St. Louis grand jury today decided not to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, 28, with the fatal shooting this August of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. The much anticipated decision comes three months after the Saturday afternoon shooting ended with Brown's body lying uncovered in the street for four hours and Wilson reportedly leaving town soon after. Local police and city government response both in the immediate aftermath and the ensuing weeks drew national and international attention to Ferguson, Missouri, population 21,000, and ignited more than 100 days of protests.
New America Media - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 18:52
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, a St. Louis grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed Mike Brown which took place earlier this year.“Today, immigrant youth across the country are coming together... New America Media http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
Colorlines - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:55
To acknowledge the amount of time that Ferguson, Mo., police caused the dead body of unarmed, black, 18-year-old Michael Brown to lay in the street after his slaying by white officer Darren Wilson, Brown's family is requesting a 4.5-minute moment of silence after the decision of the Wilson grand jury is announced. The moment of silence is in keeping with the message of Brown's parents, who have consistently demanded justice through the courts and peaceful protest.
Today, Brown's family explained:
We are not here to be violent," says the family statement, as quoted at Fox 2 Illinois. "We are here in memory of our son. We are here for protection of all children. We are here to support justice and equality for all people. We lift our voices to ensure black and brown men, women and children can live in this country without being devalued because of the color of our skin.
Brown's killing by Ferguson Officer Wilson has renewed a nationwide dialogue about the police accountability in brutality cases.
New America Media - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:15
Last week, President Obama took bold action to grant relief to an estimated five million undocumented immigrants who are currently living in the United States.This step represents a huge victory after Congress refused to pass legislation to overhaul and repair... Maya Rupert http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
Colorlines - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:34
Police in Utah have killed more people in the past five years than gang members, drug dealers or child abusers. That's the sobering finding of a Salt Lake Tribune review of nearly 300 homicides over the same period. Only intimate partner violence surpasses police use of force as the most common way that Utah residents kill each other. A number of high-profile incidents this year--Michael Brown's, Eric Garner's and John Crawford's deaths, the death this weekend of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy holding a toy gun, and a slew of cell phone videos capturing police brutality--has catapulted the issue of "police use of force" and public trust into main street conversations. Last month, outgoing attorney general Eric Holder urged the creation of a national commission to examine and modernize police tactics and training.
Colorlines - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:52
Under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, undocumented youth are eligible to obtain a work permit and relief from deportation for a renewable two years at a time--so long as they meet certain criteria. They must have arrived to the U.S. before the age of 16, have been here for a minimum of five years, have graduated high school or have a GED, or have completed a tour of military service. But, any person seeking DACA must have been under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012, the date DACA was first announced.
Activists have long insisted that that upper age limit is far too arbitrary. Under Obama's executive action, the upper age limit is suspended--which means that anyone who was at least 16 when they entered is now eligible, no matter their age today. The date of arrival for eligibility moves from June 15, 2007 to January 1, 2010. DACA will also be available for a renewable three years at a time, instead of the current two years.
Anyone who arrived over the age of 16, regardless of whether they attended and graduated high school in the U.S., is still not eligible. The cost is still $465 to apply, and a background check, including biometrics, remain part of the program.
The program's expansion will take 90 days to roll out, by which time newly qualified immigrants can apply. It's estimated that close to 300,000 people will be eligible for DACA under this move.
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