They died so we could vote: James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman

They died so we could vote: James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman: [dailykos.com] Our voting rights were paid for in blood, and as we watch voter repression and suppression rulings pass in state legislatures, and the current radical extremists on the Supreme Court gutting voting rights, it is time to fight back even harder to ensure that these young men and so many others did not die in vain.

"The right to vote is precious and almost sacred, and one of the most important blessings of our democracy. Today we must be vigilant in protecting that blessing."
Congressman John Lewis



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Israel killed 23 Palestinians since start of 2015: PLO

Israel killed 23 Palestinians since start of 2015: PLO: [middleeastmonitor.com] In its report, the PLO added that 131 Palestinian homes had been destroyed in armed operations carried out by the Israeli army in the first half of this year alone.

The report noted that the Israeli army killed at least 42 Palestinians in the same period of 2014.

In July and August of last year, more than 2,150 Palestinians were killed and 11,000 injured - mostly women and children - during a 51-day Israeli military onslaught against the blockaded Gaza Strip.


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'They burned Mohammed once, but we burn every day': One year since the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir

'They burned Mohammed once, but we burn every day': One year since the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir: The Israeli Border Police – a paramilitary unit tasked with enforcing occupation – were stationed near the light rail stop close to the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev, and appeared ready to launch a full-scale military operation. One unit was deploying an aerostat surveillance balloon. Among several military and police vehicles, a skunk truck idled, ready to blast the neighborhood with its putrid mix that smells of decaying flesh and feces. Overhead, an Apache attack helicopter passed by. Locals said it had been making rounds all day.


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Black Woman Artist Poses Nude at Former New York City Slave Trading Sites, Including Wall Street | Black Girl with Long Hair

Black Woman Artist Poses Nude at Former New York City Slave Trading Sites, Including Wall Street | Black Girl with Long Hair: “Slavery was introduced to Manhattan (then New Amsterdam) in 1626 and, for two centuries, remained a significant part of New York life. In fact, the New York City Common Council declared Wall Street the city’s first official slave market on December 13, 1711, deeming it a space where human beings could be enslaved for the day or for the week. The slave market took the shape of a wooden structure with open sides, and held approximately 50 people at a time. It operated as such, on the corner of Wall Street and Pearl Street in the heart of the Financial District, until 1762. Slavery was legally abolished in New York in 1827.”


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Cecilia Baptiste | June 30, 2015

A topic near and dear to many people's hearts was awarded Indigenous Newsmaker of the Year at a recent Saskatoon Aboriginal Professionals Association (SAPA) event.

SAPA hosted its ‘Celebrating Success – Indigenous Newsmakers’ event on June 19th at the Bessborough Hotel. This event showcased top stories that our Indigenous media experts have covered in the past year and culminated in the acknowledgement of the panelists’ top story. The vision was to highlight positive stories of individuals or organizations that covered Indigenous people, promote role models, including possible ‘hidden heroes’. The SAPA team hosted this celebration in recognition of Aboriginal History Month and in honor of the Summer Solstice. An event of this type focuses on the good within our community, and provides a venue for the non-Indigenous community to witness the many encouraging things happening in Saskatoon.

Panelists Larissa Burnouf and Creeson Agecoutay with moderator Leisha Grebinski.
Panelists (L to R) John Lagimodiere, Betty Ann Adam, and Merv Brass.
All the panelists with the moderator discussing who or what should be named Indigenous Newsmaker of the Year.
Myrna LaPlante accepting the distinction of Newsmaker of the Year on behalf of the MMIW movement and the advocacy of Iskwewuk E-Wichiwitochik.
Two nominees for Newsmaker of the Year: North Saskatchewan regiment chief warrant officer Joel Pederson (nominated by Larissa Burnouf) prepared youth to run the Metis Veterans Memorial Run in July 2014 and Belinda Daniels, who helps the communities regain the power of language by holding camps with youth. She has won awards such as the Aboriginal Research Excellence Award. She was chosen by Betty Ann Adam for her work she does with the youth and her continued desire to build stronger communities by bringing back the languages.
The SAPA team
Leanne Bellegarde speaks on behalf of the title sponsor, PotashCorp. SAPA’s other sponsor for this event was the U of S President’s Office. These are two organizations that continue to showcase strong leadership in corporate leadership, and recognize the importance of partnerships with the Aboriginal community with both sponsorship dollars and active participation.

What we found interesting at the event is that while we wanted to focus on positive stories, in reality there are many hardships and difficult issues that are inherent in who we are and what we face. While the media panel did a great job identifying inspiring people, the discussion continued to circle around the MMIW movement, the call for an inquiry, and the TRC work. In the end, the media chose MMIW and the advocacy of Iskwewuk E-Wichiwitochik.

This was a tremendous moment, as it acknowledges that within the context of difficulty and hardship, we are a resilient people who will not be quiet and will continue to be the voice for those that cannot speak for themselves. While the reason behind the MMIW movement is not positive or exciting, the work that people such as this group does is important and critical in order to push for understanding in the wider Canadian society.


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Why Realness Fails Us in Native Studies | against a politics of disposability

Why Realness Fails Us in Native Studies | against a politics of disposability: Andy Smith has done more for Indigenous people than I ever will and this is not because I think she blocked me but I just never had the energy she had to dedicate every waking moment to ending oppression. To me the question or desire should not be for a self-confession from Andy about what went wrong or what she is or is not, because I think her actions speak louder than that. My desire is for Indigenous people to stop tearing each other apart and to stop attacking someone who really tried to do some good. Why didn’t so many people call out Kevin Costner when he was adopted by the Rosebud Nation and then built a casino and that was not about sovereignty or decolonization. I tell you, I saw Andy go through her tenure battle at Michigan and the institution would have never treated a white woman that way, but it most certainly would have done so to a Native feminist.


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wltx.com: Female Pastors In Clarendon County Receive Threatening Letters

Female Pastors In Clarendon County Receive Threatening Letters: [wltx.com] The letters quoted several bible verses, which the person writing the letter feels, makes reference to women not being head of the church, or home and the women must repent and turn away from what they are doing in the church, home or the letter threatens "you and your children will die".

The Clarendon County Sheriff's office is continuing to attempt to locate the person or persons responsible for distributing the letters and will have deputies posted at every church that received a letter.


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BlackCommentator.com - July 02, 2015 - Issue 613 Cover Story: Has the Neo-Confederacy Fallen? -... - Linkis.com

BlackCommentator.com - July 02, 2015 - Issue 613 Cover Story: Has the Neo-Confederacy Fallen? -... - Linkis.com



Last Thursday and Friday I read that the Dallas Morning News editorialized that the Confederate statues need to go. They interviewed me in a story and I am now a sort of pioneer. It still is hard to believe, though I have read the article three times and will enjoy reading it again.
After being defeated, I went down to the downtown Dallas Public Library. During my campaign I had seen in the card catalog a magazine called the Southern Partisan and it was in the back room. I asked to have all the issues brought out to me to browse through.
The contents were astounding.  It wasn’t just the racism, it was seeing who was involved in this publication.  It was professors, authors, columnists, elected officials, and prominent conservatives.  It wasn’t something poorly produced by marginal individuals on the fringes, it was a magazine produced by highly educated people who were in the system and able to exert influence in multiple venues. 


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London 'anti-Jewification' demo dwarfed by anti-fascist counter-protest | World news | The Guardian

London 'anti-Jewification' demo dwarfed by anti-fascist counter-protest | World news | The Guardian: The demonstration against the Shomrim, a Jewish neighbourhood watch group, was originally due to be held in the strongly Jewish community of Golders Green, north-west London, but was confined to a static demonstration in Whitehall.

Their numbers were dwarfed by anti-fascists, who targeted them with chants of: “Nazi scum – off our streets”, drowning out speeches the neo-Nazis made from behind police lines.


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Criticising me is creating disunity and you go to Hell! | Sarawak Report

Criticising me is creating disunity and you go to Hell! | Sarawak Report: He said the Rohingya refugees were far more grateful than Malaysians, who were unaware how fortunate they are to live in a peaceful country.

“The Rohingya risk their lives to come here by boat, as soon as they enter Malaysia’s shores, they kneel down and kiss our ground.

“But we condemn our own country. We are not aware. We are ungrateful that we live in a peaceful country that is constantly improving,” said Najib.


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JURIST - HRW to US: Adopt new criminal justice reform bill

JURIST - HRW to US: Adopt new criminal justice reform bill: The bill proposes reforms [HRW report] to federal sentencing statutes, which include the modification of mandatory minimums to exclude people in drug trafficking offenses with minimal roles. If adopted, the reforms would prevent prosecutors from being able to threaten unfairly long sentences in federal drug cases. Under the bill, the US Attorney General would be required to ensure that the staff of federal correctional facilities have the training necessary to identify and respond to those in custody who have mental disabilities.


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Controversies - Federal Hate Crime Conviction Rate: 11% - AllGov - News

Controversies - Federal Hate Crime Conviction Rate: 11% - AllGov - News:


Federal data examined by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University found the Justice Department
has received 270 hate-crime referrals since 2009. Out of those 270
referrals, only 29 individuals were convicted, or about 11% of cases.







“An additional six were prosecuted but were not ultimately convicted,” according to TRAC.


 


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Lakota Warrior Leader Arrested 48 Hours After Filing Emergency Injunction |

Lakota Warrior Leader Arrested 48 Hours After Filing Emergency Injunction |: [cantetenza.wordpress.com] Black Hills– Lakota activist and Strong Heart Warrior leader Canupa Gluha Mani was arrested Friday afternoon by the Pennington County Sherriff’s Office in retaliation for his leadership in protecting his people from the Rainbow Gathering in the sacred Black Hills.

Less than 48 hours ago, Canupa filed an Emergency Injunction in Rapid City Federal Court to force the U.S. Forest Service and other State and local agencies to remove the Rainbow Gathering from unceded Lakota Territory based on International law and U.S. treaty law. Pennington County Sheriff’s Office – arresting agency – was one of the Defendant’s named in the emergency appeal.


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Obama Admin Blocks Stadium Until Redskins Change Their Name | Mediaite

Obama Admin Blocks Stadium Until Redskins Change Their Name | Mediaite: The Redskins were hoping to set up shop in a tract of land near the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, where the soccer team D.C. United play. But the land is owned by the Park Service, and would require the Interior Secretary’s permission in order to sell. But The Washington Post reports that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser that they wouldn’t accommodate construction of a new stadium unless the Redskins change their name.


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Obama Admin Blocks Stadium Until Redskins Change Their Name | Mediaite

Obama Admin Blocks Stadium Until Redskins Change Their Name | Mediaite: The Redskins were hoping to set up shop in a tract of land near the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, where the soccer team D.C. United play. But the land is owned by the Park Service, and would require the Interior Secretary’s permission in order to sell. But The Washington Post reports that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser that they wouldn’t accommodate construction of a new stadium unless the Redskins change their name.


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Security up across Gulf to thwart Daesh plots | Arab News

Security up across Gulf to thwart Daesh plots | Arab News: With the extremist group choosing to strike at Friday prayers, nerves are stretched tight across the region on the eve of another Friday.
Reflecting the sensitivity, Bahraini Justice Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ali Al-Khalifa warned of legal action “against anybody implicated in the incitement of hatred or sedition.”
In Kuwait and in Bahrain, Sunnis and Shiites will pray together in main mosques, as a sign of national unity and in a challenge to the militant group.


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SA farm attacks to be raised at Aussie conference on crime victims | News24

SA farm attacks to be raised at Aussie conference on crime victims | News24: “We hope to achieve significant international awareness concerning farm attacks and that the world will pay attention to the atrocities committed against these South Africans,” the organisation’s researcher Lorraine Claasen said in a statement.

Her presentation, entitled “Victims of farm attacks in South Africa”, would be delivered at the 15th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology being held in Perth from July 5-9.

She said it was imperative to tell the world that since 1990, 3 542 farm attacks had been recorded and 1 747 murders committed during those attacks.

“The severity of the problem cannot go unnoticed any longer,” she said.


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Charges possible against church shooter’s associates | The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Observer

Charges possible against church shooter’s associates | The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Observer: The expanded scope of the investigation now includes people with whom Roof associated in the weeks before the June 17 shootings of nine African-Americans at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, the sources said. Roof, 21, of Columbia, is white.

Although it appears Roof traveled alone to and from Charleston on the day of the killings, it is possible others had some knowledge of what he planned to carry out, said the sources, who are not being identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.

Investigators began to explore how much Roof’s associates knew, and when they knew it, after reviewing his cellphone and computer records, the sources said.


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