Tag: African Americans

Happy Birthday To Nelson Mandela at 94 Years Old

Nelson Mandela doesn’t want you to paint the town red to celebrate his birthday — he wants you to help clean it up!

To celebrate the South African peace leader’s birthday today, people all over the world are spending 67 minutes volunteering in both big and small ways to commemorate the 67 years Mandela spent fighting injustice.

In 2009, the United Nations declared July 18 as International Mandela Day, celebrating the birthday of South Africa’s first black president, who spent 27 years in apartheid jail.

Desmond Tutu encouraged South Africans on Monday to celebrate the peace leader’s birthday by honoring his giving legacy, according to AFP.

“Mr Mandela taught us to love ourselves, to love one another and to love our country,” Tutu said. “He laid the table so that all South Africans could eat; we must ensure all members of the family are invited.”

Residents of South Africa are carrying out acts of service on both large and smaller scales, the Associated Press reports. Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity are building 67 houses across the nation. People are also distributing books and essentials such as sanitary pads. And on his visit to see Mandela, former President Bill Clinton planted an avocado pear tree, an African symbol of growth and sustenance.

South Africans are also getting creative when it comes to honoring Mandela. One tattoo parlor seeks to ink 67 images of Mandela’s face on clients and donate the proceeds to charity, the AP reports.

Tell the NY Legislature: Stop unlawful, racially-biased marijuana arrests

Dear friends,

New York’s police departments are targeting Black and Latino youth —subjecting our communities to illegal searches and frisks that lead to thousands of unlawful marijuana arrests. These arrests saddle people with permanent criminal records, which often carry devastating life consequences.[1]

Last September, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly ordered the NYPD to stop arresting people for small amounts of marijuana, but the police have continued their massive campaign of harassment with no significant decrease in the number of arrests.[2] More than 55,000 arrests for marijuana possession were made in 2011, the highest number of marijuana arrests ever recorded in New York’s history.[3] Shamefully, nearly 85% of all those arrested are Black and Latino — most of whom are under 30 years old — even though young whites use marijuana at higher rates.[4] These racially-biased arrests have severe and long-term consequences on people’s lives, often restricting a person’s work, housing, credit, and educational opportunities.[5]

Currently, there’s bipartisan reform legislation in front of the NY legislature — supported by Governor Cuomo — which would eliminate the false justification police are using to make marijuana arrests.[6] If passed, public and private possession of small amounts of marijuana would be a violation similar to a traffic ticket and would not lead to arrest. We have a great opportunity to do what New Yorkers have demanded for years — to end these discriminatory, destructive, and expensive practices once and for all, please join us in calling on the NY Legislature to act, it takes just a moment:

New York decriminalized marijuana in 1977, and possession of small amounts became a violation that triggers a $100 fine, and doesn’t result in arrest. For nearly fifteen years after decriminalization, there were relatively few marijuana possession arrests in NY. But changes in policing practices — fueled largely by the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program — have led to dramatic increases in these arrests. In 1990, there were only 892 arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana in NYC. Since Michael Bloomberg became mayor in 2002, there have been over 400,000 marijuana possession arrests.[7]

A law was also put in place to punish people who smoke marijuana in public — making it a misdemeanor to have marijuana “in public view.” Most people arrested for marijuana in New York don’t actually have the drug “in public view.” Through questionable and illegal searches and seizures, police order people to empty out their pockets. Many people don’t know that they’re not legally required to do so, and comply with the officers. Once in “public view,” the marijuana possession becomes a misdemeanor — a criminal offense — and the person is arrested. In many cases, police reach into a person’s pockets — illegally, since they have no warrant. When they find marijuana, they make an arrest and falsely charge the person under the “public view” law.[8]

Targeting Black and Latino youth

Black and Latino youth in New York City feel most of the impact of this abusive law enforcement practice. Blacks and Latinos account for nearly 85% of the marijuana arrests in New York City, and almost 70% of people arrested for marijuana are under 30 years old.[9] But government studies show that Blacks and Latinos use marijuana less than Whites — 58.6% of Whites reported having used marijuana in their lifetime, versus 48.3% of Black people.[10]

Most of the arrests are the result of illegal searches and false charges, causing tens of thousands of people to be swept up into the criminal justice system. Every day, Black and Latino New Yorkers experience a New York that’s markedly different from that experienced by their White counterparts, and with police mostly targeting Black and Latino neighborhoods, harassment and abuse by police has become a daily reality for many young people of color in New York.

Police officers are under intense pressure to make as many arrests as possible, and marijuana arrests can be a relatively easy way for them to meet quotas.[11] That’s part of why these arrests have become such a huge portion of what officers do — arrests for small amounts of marijuana are now the number one arrest in New York City — one out of every seven arrests. That’s a huge amount of time and resources that police could spend focusing on more serious crimes. And, these arrests cost the state tens of millions each year. This money could go a long way in many other areas, especially at a time when tight city and state budgets are causing cuts to schools and all kinds of important services and programs.[12]

Momentum for change

Thanks in large part to our partners at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), bipartisan reforms are under consideration in the NY State Legislature to standardize penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana, making both public and private possession a violation, similar to a traffic ticket, finishing the job the Legislature started in 1977. State legislative leaders need to hear from you that these marijuana arrests, especially in NYC, are illegal and racially-biased.

By demanding action from state elected officials, we can change these criminalization policies once and for all. Please join us in calling on state legislators to end NY’s discriminatory and illegal marijuana arrests, and when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same:

http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/ny_mjarrests?referring_akid=2511.1600172.cwB3EX&source=taf

Thanks.

References

1. http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-05-17/news/29570010_1_marijuana-busts-nypd-arrests-drug-conviction
2. http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2012/feb/01/city-hits-highest-marijuana-arrests-more-decade/
3. http://www.drugpolicy.org/resource/marijuana-arrests-nyc
4. http://marijuana-arrests.com/graph9-use.html
5. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/the-cost-of-zero-tolerance.html
6. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/04/nyregion/cuomo-seeks-cut-in-stop-and-frisk-arrests.html
7. See reference 3.
8. http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2011/apr/27/alleged-illegal-searches
9. See reference 3.
10. See reference 4.
11. http://mxgm.org/nypd-police-stop-frisk-quotas-revealed/
12. http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2011/03/cost-nycs-marijuana-possession-arrests-2010-75-million

My frightening enlightenment about the “Illuminati and the Illuminated” Part 1

I was surfing Youtube last night, May 5th, 2012, and ran across celebrities, government and key decision makers in the World who are Illuminated through Secret Societies.  I do not have all of the details of how everything works with such cults, yet rest assured I am doing my research.  And in my opinion it makes a lot of sense of what these video’s are exposing….

Black Women Sue Florida Nursing School For Racism

Black Women Sue Florida Nursing School For Racism | Bossip.

A federal lawsuit against a Florida school district alleges two black women who scored well on an adult skills test in 2010 were accused of cheating because, they were told, “you people don’t score that high.” The lawsuit, filed in Ocala on April 20 and announced Monday by the Florida Civil Rights Association, which is representing Lelia Jackson-Burch, alleged violations of civil rights, defamation and false imprisonment.

“Not only did the racially charged statement offend Plaintiff (Jackson-Burch), the manner in which it was stated reveals a level of comfort and bigotry that is usually reserved for private embrace,” the lawsuit states. FCRA president J. Willie David told Reuters that the civil rights group hopes to discover through the lawsuit whether a racist attitude is widespread within the Citrus County school system in west-central Florida where the incident occurred.

The lawsuit comes at a time of heightened racial tension in central Florida following the February 26 shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, by a white, Hispanic neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, in the town of Sanford, barely 80 miles south-east of Ocala. Jackson-Burch could not be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for the Citrus County School District said all executives were in a meeting, and none returned a call for comment.

The lawsuit states that Jackson-Burch and Aretha Thomas, who are relatives, took the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE), an entrance exam for nursing school and other vocational training. Three administrators at the Withlacoochee Technical Institute in Inverness on Florida’s west coast accused the women of cheating, telling Thomas that they scored “too high,” according to the lawsuit.

Calls for comment to the administrators named in the lawsuit, director Judy Johnson, and assistant director Denise Willis, and Helena Delgado, a test administrator, were not returned. The lawsuit states that Willis and Johnson are white females and Delgado is a Hispanic female. The lawsuit describes the alleged chronology of events: Willis explained the administrators’ suspicions by saying “you people don’t score that high.” Although no other evidence of cheating was produced, the administrators demanded the women return their test scores and re-take the two-hour test. Jackson-Burch refused and got in her car but Johnson used her body to block the car from leaving. The administrators called 911.

Three deputies arrived, and Jackson-Burch allowed them to make a warrantless search of her cell phone, according to the lawsuit. In the subsequent sheriff’s report, a deputy wrote that they found no evidence of cheating and that Jackson-Burch believed the incident was racially motivated, the lawsuit stated. The administrators notified the Florida Department of Education, the Orange County School Board and Columbia College where Jackson-Burch had been a student for three years, that she had cheated, and refused to validate her TABE test score for eight months, causing her to miss out on a pre-planned nursing course, according to the lawsuit.

David said Thomas later accepted a $2,500 settlement from the Citrus County School Board but Jackson-Burch refused the offer.

How much y’all think Jackson-Burch should get for this one??