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Friday, December 19, 2014

Explaining US Media New Infatuation with Assata Shakur as Decades of Tension are eased with Cuba

Photo Credit - onkwehonwerising.wordpress.com African-American Activist Assata Shakur remains on the FBI 10 Most Wanted Domestic Terrorist List for the May 1973 alleged murder conviction of a New Jersey State Trooper. Shakur has remained under Political Asylum in Cuba since 1984.
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African-American Activist Assata Shakur remains on the FBI 10 Most Wanted
Domestic Terrorist List for the May 1973 alleged murder conviction of a New Jersey
State Trooper. Shakur has remained under Political Asylum in Cuba since 1984.


Since President Barack Obama's announcement on December 17, easing decades of tense relations with Cuba, American media resources have jumped on the bandwagon labeling whom or what is defined as a terrorist.

In this case, Assata Shakur known as the only African-American Woman on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 10 Most Wanted Terrorist List under the name of Joanne Chesimard as a quasi 'Domestic Terrorist' -- is the latest media sensation.

Shakur is wanted on the charge of a May 1973 shooting death of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Forester and injuries to another Trooper James Harper. According to the narrative, Shakur and two co-horts Zayd Malik Shakur (born James F. Costan) and Sundiata Acoli (born Clark Squire) confronted and shot at the officers after a traffic stop over a broken tail light.

The trial which took place four years after the incident --- and after Shakur was either acquitted, had charges dismissed or received a hung jury conclusion over the years to seven other alleged charges -- resulted in a guilty verdict for Assata Shakur for First Degree Murder and a host of other convictions on March 25, 1977.

Despite the convictions, questions of fact remain today in Shakur's case.

Including facts such no finding of gun residue from the May 1973 incident on Shakur's hands and no fingerprints found from Shakur on the alleged murder weapon or other weapons found at the crime scene.

In way similar to the alleged "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" surrender stance alleged by numerous witnesses of 18 year-old murder victim Mike Brown before former Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson shot Brown 8 to 11 times -- evidence suggest Shakur also was shot multiple times upon capture with her hands up.

Why has Assata Shakur or known by the FBI Most Wanted list name of Joanne Chesimard made the media circles again?

On November 2, 1979 Shakur escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey after three members of the Black Liberation Army (BLA) - which Shakur joined after leaving a high level position in the Black Panther Party - during a prison visit drew concealed .45-caliber pistols, temporarily took two correctional officers as hostages and escaped with Shakur in a prison van.

No one was injured in the escape. The correctional officers taken hostage, were freed shortly thereafter in the prison parking lot, unharmed.

While maintain a presence underground as a fugitive, attorney's working on Shukar's behalf tried to launch an appeal of the 1977 murder conviction, Shukar fled to Cuba in 1984 after being granted Political Asylum by then President Fidel Castro.

On December 17, 2014, 
President Barack Obama announced a historical lifting of 54-year-old American trade embargo against Cuba and subsequently released three US based Cuban prisoners.  In return, Cuban President Raul Castro released of former US political prisoner Alan Gross and another unnamed American spy. The same day, Officials with the New Jersey State Police Department demanding the U.S. Government force Cuba to return Assata Shakur back to the States to face imprisonment.

To date, there is no indication the Cuban government or President Raul Castro will comply with the New Jersey State Police Department orders. 


Now 67 years old Assata Shakur remains in Cuba as her supporters in the States including The National Conference of Black Lawyers, Hip-Hop Artists Mos Def, Common, Public Enemy, Digable Planets, was Godmother of the Late Tupac Shakur and growing The "Hands Off Assata" campaign organized by Journalist Dream Hampton and maintained by The Talking Drum Collective.


THE TRADITION 
A poem by Assata Shakur from AssataShakur.org
Carry it on now. 
Carry it on. 
Carry it on now. 
Carry it on. 
Carry on the tradition.

Their were Black People since the childhood of time 
who carried it on. 
In Ghana and Mali and Timbuktu 
We carried it on. 
Carried on the tradition.

We hid in the bush. 
When the slave masters came 
holding spear 
And when the moment was ripe, 
leaped out and lanced the lifeblood
of our would-be masters.
We carried it on.

 On slave ships, 
hurling ourselves into oceans.
Slitting the throats of our captors. 
We took their whips.
And their ships 
Blood flowed in the Atlantic 
and it wasn't all ours.
We carried it on.

Fed Missy arsenic apple pies. 
Stole the axes from the shed.
Went and chopped off master's head.
We ran. We fought.
We organized a railroad.
An underground.
We carried it on.

In newspapers. In meetings. 
In arguments and street fights.
We carried it on.

In tales told to children. 
In chants and cantatas.
In poems and blues songs
and saxophone screams,
We carried it on.

In classrooms. In churches. 
In courtrooms. In prisons. 
We carried it on.

On soapboxes and picket lines. 
Welfare lines, unemployment
Our lives on the line, 
We carried it on.

In sit-ins and pray ins 
And march ins and die ins,
We carried it on.

On cold Missouri midnights 
Pitting shotguns against lynch mobs
On burning Brooklyn streets
Pitting rocks against rifles,
We carried it on.

Against water hoses and bulldogs. >
Against nightsticks and bullets.
Against tanks and tear gas.
Needles and nooses.
Bombs and birth control.
We carried it on.

In Selma and San Juan. 
Mozambique, Mississippi.
In Brazil and in Boston,
We carried it on.

Through the lies and the sell-outs,
The mistakes and the madness.
Through pain and hunger and frustration,
We carried it on.

Carried on the tradition. 
Carried a strong tradition.
Carried a proud tradition.
Carried a Black tradition.
Carry it on.

Pass it down to the children. 
Pass it down.
Carry it on.
Carry it on now.
Carry it on
TO FREEDOM!

Assata Shakur 


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Episode 369 - It's All About Witness 40 Sandra McElroy - Ferguson's Grand Jury Decision 12/18 - IU Radio LIVE

Photo Credit - The Smoking Gun Ferguson Grand Jury Witness 40 has been identified by The Smoking Gun website as Sandra McElroy of St. Louis, MO
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Ferguson Grand Jury Witness 40 has been identified by
The Smoking Gun website as Sandra McElroy (pictured above) of St. Louis, MO

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We will go deep into the Ferguson Grand Jury, Witness 40 Testimony or should we call them flat-out lies? The Smoking Gun has exposed Witness 40 better known as Ex-Felon, Racist with a history of telling lies Sandra McElroy in the Exposing A Fraud in Ferguson, MO story.

Michigan is knee deep in the Charter School Business, however a recent article by Salon Magazine calls to question if the Charter School Hype is nothing but that --- Hype with little to no real results.

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Episode 367 - Guest-Leslie McGraw -Fight to save Washtenaw Cty Only Black Judge 12/10 - IU Radio LIVE

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-Many have read the headlines and the stories, however, what is the truth in the plight of Washtenaw County's Michigan only African-American Judge Cedric Simpson and a former intern accused of Driving while Intoxicated?


-Did Judge Simpson practice quid pro quo with a local law enforcement department to delay a warrant? Has this story been overly-marketed in the media to cover up another scandal with a embattled Caucasian Judge and alcohol. We will discuss the facts of this case with Judge Simpson spokeswoman Leslie McGraw in an Exclusive Interview don't miss interview on IURL.

-Also, funding roads or schools and the legislating discrimination towards the LGBT Community in Michigan and other Lame Duck Madness.

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Episode 368 - Bill Cosby Lecturing 'Black Media', #Black Lives Matter & Justice? 12/15 -IU Radio LIVE


Photo Credit - mega949.com Actor Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable on the former program The Cosby Show
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Actor Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable on the former program
The Cosby Show

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-Does Bill Cosby think "Black Media" owes him something? According to a reason article in the New York Post, he does. We'll discuss with our special guest The Bearman of The Bearman Radio Show!!

-How what led the Economic Collapse of 2008 was just passed last week by Congress again for Citi-Group, a bank that we bailed out with opening up credit based "swaps" again.

-Why are some trying to change the motivation behind #BLACKLIVESMATTER to #ALLLIVESMATTER?

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

(Op/Ed) Explaining “I Can’t Breathe” to White People


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By Michael Allen of the Blog Allen Insight's

“I Can’t Breathe” is about more than police brutality. It is about the basic unfairness many African Americans experience every day in America through no fault of their own. Let that sink in for just a moment.


Through no fault of their own, African American shoppers (even Barack Obama) are suspected of being shop lifters and are stalked by store owners or store security. Though no fault of their own, African America drivers are often targeted by police and pulled over and harassed without probable cause. Through no fault of their own, African Americans who want to rent an apartment in a nice neighborhood with good schools are told that there are no apartments available.

 Or, that the apartments have just been rented. Through no fault of their own, the average African American child who acts out in school is given a more punitive punishment than the average white child who acts out in school. Through no fault of their own, African Americans who are completely qualified for a particular job are told untruthfully by employers that they are not qualified. If you had to live in this reality, wouldn’t you feel like, “I Can’t Breathe.”

Many white Americans cannot accept this truth – that African Americans are treated unfairly in America through no fault of their own. And yet, each of the examples above has been documented and studied over and over by scientists who study racism. When testing for housing or employment discrimination, these researchers use both white and black testers who are equally matched in education, language skills, and demeanor. And the results are always the same.

Whether it is for a job interview or an application for rental housing, the bias is always there. Not every test run results in discrimination against the black tester. But over many test runs, the bias to the white testers is measurable, consistent, and strong. And there is nothing the African American tester can do to overcome his blackness. Nothing he can do to be treated as an equal to his white counterpart.


And it gets worse. The researchers who study racism have also found that many employers offering entry level jobs often prefer a white tester who just got out of prison for felony cocaine possession over a black or brown tester with no criminal record. If you had never done anything wrong, and desperately needed a job to support yourself and your family, but still had to struggle against this strong racial discrimination, wouldn’t you feel like, “I Can’t Breathe.”

The final insult to injury for many African Americans comes from the criminal justice system. African Americans are incarcerated at much higher rates and given longer prison sentences than whites FOR THE SAME CRIMES. And the basic reason for this is that white suspects are most often given the benefit of the doubt and African American suspects are not. And when seemingly clear cut cases of police misconduct and abuse present themselves, the justice system almost always sides with the police.

Being black in America is not easy. It is very difficult. And still, many elected mayors and other local officials deny this reality. Wouldn’t that make you feel like, “I Can’t Breathe.”


And this is why the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner resonate so strongly among African Americans. Each of these victims represents the unfairness that many African Americans must live with each day in America. Before he was shot to death, unarmed Trayvon Martin was stalked by a neighborhood watchman who was carrying a concealed handgun. And before unarmed Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer, some witnesses said he was on his knees with his hands in the air in the universal gesture of surrender.

True or not, this image rings true with the unfairness that many African Americans (who have done nothing wrong) face when encountering police officers. And finally, unarmed Eric Garner’s last words while being choked to death by a police officer were: “I Can’t Breathe.” A simple plea he repeated over and over for help and for mercy. And yet his pleas were completely ignored by the police officers standing around him. In all three of these homicides, the white perpetrator received no criminal punishment. Not even involuntary manslaughter.

And to top this all off, the dismissive rhetoric from many white Americans and conservative media toward the valid complaints from African Americans about racial discrimination gets louder every day. Surely that would make you feel like “I Can’t Breathe.”


Racism is ingrained in American culture and will be part of American life for a while longer, but racial discrimination does not need to be. We can enact government policies to expand economic and educational opportunities for those Americans (of all races) who need it most. This would greatly reduce the economic impacts of racial discrimination. And we can enact government policies to greatly reduce racial profiling and abuse by the police.

Strong government efforts in both of these areas would level the playing field for many African Americans and give them a fair chance to participate as equals in American society. But to make these changes we need to elect leaders who recognize that racial discrimination is a real thing in America. And we need to begin this political work now before the next election so that someday we can all breathe again.



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CNN Tonight's #ASKACOP Episode Evokes a Harsh Twitter Response



Photo Credit - citypaper.com CNN Tonight 'Cops Under Fire' segment using the Twitter hashtag #AskACop generates a harsh response.
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CNN Tonight 'Cops Under Fire' segment using the Twitter hashtag
#AskACop generates a harsh response.
Before airing the latest 'CNN Tonight' installment the network requested users of the social media site Twitter pose questions for a panel of law enforcement officers during its self-entitled 'Cops Under Fire" segment.

Anger over the grand jury non-indictments of former New York City, NY resident Eric Garner, 18 year-old Mike Brown of Ferguson, MO and the recent shooting death of 12 year-old Tamir Rice boiled over as user's questions were mixed with strong sarcasm, outrage and disappointment in response to recent incidents of police violence.

The hashtag #AskACop climbed to the top of the list of U.S. Twitter trends Tuesday night. CNN's Town Hall Style Panel included five officers who previously used deadly force on the job.

Below are some of the Tweets forwarded to CNN for using the #ASKACOP hashtag:














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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

(Op/Ed) Post Ferguson – It’s More Than Michael Brown


Photo Credit - IU News & Talk Students at the University of Michigan participate in a #BlackLivesMatter Protest in Late November 2014
Photo Credit - IU News & Talk
Students at the University of Michigan participate in a #BlackLivesMatter
Protest in Late November 2014

Crosspost by Michael Allen from the Blog Allen Insight

For many African Americans, the refusal by a grand jury to file criminal charges against white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of unarmed Michael Brown has become a symbol of America’s basic unfairness.

In a nutshell: white Americans most often are given the benefit of the doubt and African Americans most often are not. And the image (true or not) of Michael Brown on his knees with his hands in the air and being shot to death by a police officer resonates with millions of African Americans. Why? Because this image (true or not) rings true with the real racism African Americans experience today.


Unlike the past, we can now measure with science, the barriers African Americans face in obtaining employment, housing, education, and fair treatment in the criminal justice system. And the data is not pretty.

 These barriers are real, enormous, unjustified, and widespread. Through no fault of their own, African Americans experience persistent discrimination and unequal opportunities throughout American society. And those who suffer most from these economic and social barriers are African Americans with the lowest incomes.


Conservative whites and at least a few Republican politicians will quickly respond that most of the problems suffered by African Americans are self inflicted. But these conservatives refuse to admit that the sociologists who study racism know what they are doing. These researchers design their test cases with both white and black testers who are equally matched in education, language skills, and demeanor. And the results are always the same.

Whether it is for a job interview or an application for rental housing, the bias is always there. Not in every single test run. But over many test runs, the bias to the white testers is measurable, consistent, and strong. And there is nothing the African American tester can do to overcome his blackness. Nothing he can do to be treated as an equal to his white counterpart. This is also the core of what Ferguson is about: not being treated as an equal in America.


For many conservative whites and at least a few Republican politicians, the refusal by the grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson is an exoneration of America itself – its criminal justice system, its economic system, and it’s societal fairness.

For these conservative whites, the legitimate grievances of African Americans are easily dismissed as ‘having nothing to do with this case.’ And Michael Brown becomes a symbol and a confirmation that the problems within the African American community are all ‘self inflicted’. This is the deep denial which allows racial discrimination to fester in American society today.


America has made many great strides, but still has many difficult steps ahead to finally fulfill its promise of ‘liberty and justice for all.’ There are neither quick fixes nor easy solutions. But there are many government policies which would make America more just for all races.

Government policies which tighten labor markets to drive down unemployment and drive up wages would help a lot. The implementation of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in the southern states would help a lot in the South. Better access to good public schools, better policing strategies, and more diverse police departments would also help.


But nearly all of these policies are opposed by the Republican Party. So to take more strides to reduce racial inequality, we probably need to elect many more Democrats. And at the very least, we must challenge our current elected officials to admit that Ferguson isn’t all about Michael Brown. Ferguson is about us, and Ferguson is about America.

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(Op/Ed) Open Letter to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Lon Johnson and all other State Democratic Party Leaders


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A map of the Blue and Red U.S. House of Representatives
Districts

By Larry Benjamin of Random Thoughts Blog

Madams and Sirs,

When you get together to do an autopsy on the most recent election results, don’t waste too much time.

We got spanked again because of actions like the one that just took place in the U.S. House of Representatives. Democrats voting to approve disabling of the Dodd Franks law and increased monetary donations.

Until we, as Democrats, grow some gonads and stand up for what we believe in we will continue to get stomped in elections.

We must go on the aggressive rather than trying to appease the Republicans for fear of losing something.

Offer the voters something that they are concerned about and they will come out and vote.
In congress add riders to bills seeking an increase in social security while suggesting an increase will stop us from increasing taxes on the 1 percent by any more than 10 percent.

Bring up a bill to eliminate or lower interest on student loans with a similar stipulation.

Bring up a bill to increase earned income credits and again the promise to restrict tax increases to the 1 percent to less than 10 percent. (This one fits in Michigan also.)

Promote Gun control!

These are the type of actions that will inspire the people and get the voters to the polls.

Now chew on this for a bit and do something positive.

I feel better now, thank you.



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