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Ferguson Case Highlights Need for National Data on Police Shootings

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
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PEP-Comm: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

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
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Obama Should Follow Bush Sr.'s Example, Support Federal Prosecution of Ferguson Cop

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
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Rapper Killer Mike in St. Louis: 'I'm So Afraid' for My Sons

Colorlines - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:24
 'I'm So Afraid' for My Sons

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." 

(h/t Gawker)

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National Poll Finds Overwhelming Support For Executive Action on Immigration

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
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Photos from the Oakland Protest in Solidarity with Ferguson

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
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Nationwide Protests Erupt for Mike Brown After Grand Jury Fails to Indict

Colorlines - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 08:49
Nationwide Protests Erupt for Mike Brown After Grand Jury Fails to Indict

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:

See tension mount in Ferguson as protests begin anew. Photo: @barrettemke http://t.co/372ymRXZxP pic.twitter.com/CyO4T0useL

-- TIME.com (@TIME) November 24, 2014

Day of Rage: #Ferguson residents take to streets after cop cleared in killing (PHOTOS) http://t.co/SlLKZI1flh pic.twitter.com/XrFx16B4Z8

-- RT (@RT_com) November 25, 2014

Day of Rage: #Ferguson residents take to streets after cop cleared in killing (PHOTOS) http://t.co/SlLKZI1flh pic.twitter.com/XrFx16B4Z8

-- RT (@RT_com) November 25, 2014

See stirring images from Ferguson's night of protest. Photo: @barrettemke for TIME http://t.co/x0YjadgKsW pic.twitter.com/xfZEFw1V6m

-- TIME.com (@TIME) November 25, 2014

Watch our raw coverage from last night's protests in #Ferguson: http://t.co/pjumg212ok pic.twitter.com/dZuFnjNL8J

-- VICE News (@vicenews) November 25, 2014

Oakland, California:

PHOTO: Police prepare to advance during demonstration in Oakland, California #Ferguson http://t.co/xbbxRDgLBf pic.twitter.com/uCHxytMWiE

-- RT (@RT_com) November 25, 2014

Protestors shutdown the 580 freeway in #Oakland during the protest last night. It took several officers to reopen it pic.twitter.com/ZweMH4jXcO

-- KTVU (@KTVU) November 25, 2014

Peaceful protest happening in Oakland, CA. #HandsUpDontShoot #blacklivesmatter #Ferguson #MikeBrown via @cececarpio pic.twitter.com/E1mG0R0vmc

-- ACLU of Northern CA (@ACLU_NorCal) November 25, 2014 Chicago, Illinois:

Ferguson protesters in Chicago march through the streets. Photos: http://t.co/AGQ9afNPgr pic.twitter.com/QgzpngzCNI

-- Brian Moore (@BriTheWebGuy) November 25, 2014

Thousands protest nationwide after #Ferguson grand jury decision http://t.co/8lkYE1tXiV

-- HuffPost Chicago (@HuffPostChicago) November 25, 2014

Chicago protest for the grand jury's #Ferguson decision. pic.twitter.com/InnN3Gdclk

-- Stratos Moraitis (@stratosmoraitis) November 25, 2014

#Chicago: March downtown after Ferguson decision #Chi2Ferguson v @PeterNickeas & @JeremyGorner http://t.co/YzeD6uwEj0 pic.twitter.com/YiX7E18Ip6

-- Occupy Chicago (@OccupyChicago) November 25, 2014 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Sights of the Ferguson protests in Philly: anger, pain, tears, but protesters remain peaceful http://t.co/ZztGEQlvCv pic.twitter.com/5RVmnT5UUn

-- MetroPhilly (@MetroPhilly) November 25, 2014 Seattle, Washington:

DOWNTOWN #SEATTLE: #Ferguson Protests Shut Down Traffic At 4th and Pine @charlieharger pic.twitter.com/aquETzRkGl

-- Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 25, 2014 Washington, D.C.:

Students protest lack of indictment in fatal shooting of Michael Brown: https://t.co/6lFBYrkHjX pic.twitter.com/QgdCyRQrH9

-- Inside Higher Ed (@insidehighered) November 25, 2014

Washington, DC --> #Ferguson protests RT @daveweigel: Chinatown pic.twitter.com/ai8zYFzs7T

-- Margarita (@margarita) November 25, 2014 New York City:

Protests are underway in New York City and Chicago ahead of the grand jury announcement: http://t.co/a34puZtqW8 pic.twitter.com/pLp9Q86Xwg

-- Slate (@Slate) November 25, 2014

living in New York City where peaceful protests take place is an absolute blessing , #AllLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/2hDlbqySHm

-- cee cee (@bowserbetch) November 25, 2014

NYC #MikeBrown #Ferguson protest right now Ariel view, lots of people are here announcement will be made soon pic.twitter.com/T9cBWOv8tt

-- Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) November 25, 2014

Seen @ Union Square, NYC Ferguson protest #mikebrown pic.twitter.com/A299xUit4t

-- Annie Wu (@annieeenyc) November 25, 2014

Union Sq protest in NYC for Ferguson and Mike Brown https://t.co/MhQSxsI3qW

-- Mikell Kober (@mikellkober) November 25, 2014

Crazy in NYC tonight!! Got caught up in a protest on the way home!! #MikeBrown & #SoManyOthers ???????????? pic.twitter.com/FdN05oLdZc

-- Tiffany Woodruff (@tiffalexis40) November 25, 2014
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How Lesley McSpadden Learned About the Grand Jury's Decision

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

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Grand Jury Fails to Indict Darren Wilson, a Country Mourns

Colorlines - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:04
Grand Jury Fails to Indict Darren Wilson, a Country Mourns

This is what I'm reading up on today:

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Online Classes Help Families Globally Cope With Alzheimer’s Stress

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
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Obama on Ferguson Grand Jury: Anger ‘Is an Understandable Reaction’

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
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Obama on Ferguson Grand Jury: Anger 'Is an Understandable Reaction'

Colorlines - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:50
 Anger 'Is an Understandable Reaction'

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."

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Ferguson Grand Jury Exonerates Police Officer in Michael Brown Shooting

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
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No Indictment for Ferguson Officer

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
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Grand Jury Does Not Indict Darren Wilson

Colorlines - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 18:57
Grand Jury Does Not Indict Darren Wilson

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.

Missouri remains under a 30-day state of emergency, an order issued by governor Jay Nixon on November 17. Protests have been planned all around the country in response to today's decision.

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Dreamers: We Are All Mike Brown

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
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Michael Brown's Family Asks for a Moment of Silence Post-Decision

Colorlines - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:55
Michael Brown's Family Asks for a Moment of Silence Post-Decision

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.

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Left Out of Obama’s Executive Action: Many LGBT Families

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
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Utah Police Kill More People than Gang Members

Colorlines - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:34
Utah Police Kill More People than Gang Members

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 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.

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Here's How DACA Will Be Expanded Under Obama

Colorlines - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:52
Here's How DACA Will Be Expanded Under Obama

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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