Audit Details Racial Discrepancy in OKC Schools Suspensions | Latina Lista

By Nate Robson
Oklahoma Watch

With two months still left in the school year, administrators at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City have already suspended more than half of their black students.

At Capitol Hill High School, the average length of a suspension is nearly 12 days, or more than two weeks of missed class time. Capitol Hill officials also told several parents that re-enrolling their children was a “waste of time” because of the re-enrollment date.

Northwest Classen High School and Douglas Mid-High School each referred 20 percent of their students to alternative education programs meant for students at risk of failing or getting kicked out of school.

These and other findings are part of an internal audit, obtained by Oklahoma Watch Monday, that was conducted by Oklahoma City Public Schools. The audit was partly in response to a U.S. Department of Education civil rights investigation focusing on complaints of race-based bias in how students are disciplined.

School officials also said Oklahoma City Superintendent Rob Neu, who is in his first year on the job, requested the audit after arriving in Oklahoma because of the improvements it led to in his old school in Washington state.

The audit, which Oklahoma Watch obtained through an Open Records Act request, corroborates what a release of federal data revealed last year: According to the three-year-old data, Oklahoma City’s black students are two to three times more likely to be suspended than their white classmates in middle or high school.


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PA Police Officer Charged With Criminal Homicide


On February 2, 2015, Hummelstown, PA police officer Lisa Mearkle pulled over 59-year-old David Kassick for an expired inspection sticker. David ran and Mearkle used her stun gun. That activated the recording device on the stun gun and it recorded audio and video portions of the encounter.


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Disarm the police.


The police need to stop being judge, jury, and executioner.



When Baltimore police broke Freddie Gray’s neck, the president said nothing.

When the police, who had arrested Freddie Gray for running, would not arrest anyone for killing him, the president said nothing.

When the police would not say who killed him or how, the president said nothing.

When the people of Baltimore protested, day after day, the president said nothing.

When some protesters broke car windows and shop windows, the president said nothing.

But when people in West Baltimore rioted, robbing and burning a CVS pharmacy, owned by the 12th largest company in the country, a White-owned business, the president spoke out.

He called what the rioters did “violence”, but not what the police did.

He called the rioters “thugs”, but not the police.

As if the rioters had killed someone, not the police.

As if it was the CVS pharmacy that could never be brought back, not Freddie Gray.

The president said the “violence” was “counterproductive”. He, the Drone Master himself. He who helps Israel bomb women and children.


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In a capitalist country, what is the best way to get the attention of those in charge?


PS – President Obama called those who started the fires in Baltimore ‘thugs’. Shame on him. No human is a thug. Civil rights activists know we the disenfranchised and disrespected are being pushed into a corner and are crying out. The president has not called the police ‘thugs’ for killing #FreddieGray


Thug is the new n-word.


The word ‘thug’ is dehumanizing, just like the n-word.


Drop the t-word

Hillary Clinton calls for end to mass incarceration, reversing Bill Clinton legacy

Hillary Clinton wants to end the over-imprisonment of Americans. Her husband’s signature crime law is part of the problem.



Hillary Clinton almost says #BlackLivesMatter


I still have not heard one politician say the words.

.@Carl_Dix in Baltimore for #FreddieGray

Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA and a co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network speaks out in Baltimore against the police murder of Freddie Gray and the larger genocide this is part of.
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HBO’s Vice takes in-depth look at Alabama after harsh 2011 anti-immigrant bill | Latina Lista

By Obed Manuel

“Them Hispanics work hard as hell,” Jesse Durr tells Vice correspondent Thomas Morton during a segment of Friday’s new episode titled “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Durr was one of the few people in Alabama who took on one of the thousands of agricultural jobs that undocumented immigrants left vacant after 2011, when the state’s governor signed the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, or HB56, into law.

The law intended to make life so difficult for undocumented immigrants in Alabama that they would have to leave the state or the country. Morton started reporting in January 2014 and spent the next six months checking in on the small independent farmers featured in the latest episode of Vice.


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AT&T Fires President Aaron Slator for Sending Racist Texts and Images, Faces $100M Employee Discrimination Suit

Telecom giant AT&T has fired an executive who was sued this week for allegedly using his work cell phone to keep and send racially offensive images.  Aaron Slator was fired as AT&T’s President of Content and Advertising Sales after employee Knoyme King, 50, accused him and other executives at AT&T of subjecting her to discriminatory behavior.

“There is no place for demeaning behavior within AT&T, and we regret the action was not taken earlier,” the company said in a statement confirming Slator’s dismissal.

The images at issue were found in Slator’s possession when he asked an assistant to transfer data from an old phone to a new one, the lawsuit said.



#JordanDavis Documentary “3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” Theatrical Release Dates Set for June

HBO took U.S. television rights to director Marc Silver’s “3 1/2 Minutes,” after its premiere in documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival this year. And now Participant Media has announced a limited theatrical release of the acclaimed and timely feature documentary, which is now going to be titled “3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets,” opening on June 19th, 2015 in New York, and then on June 26th, 2015 in Los Angeles.

The film chronicles the story of Jordan Davis, the unarmed black 17-year-old, who was shot to death at a Florida gas station by a white fellow customer, Michael David Dunn. “3 1/2 Minutes” explores the aftermath of Jordan’s tragic death, the latent and often unseen effects of racism, and the contradictions of the American criminal justice system.


To see a trailer and 2 new clips from the film, click here.


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Two South Carolina Police Officers Sentenced For Depriving Mentally Disabled Woman of Her Rights

Posted by Xena
Yesterday, federal Judge Bryan Harwell said that the bad actions of two officers ruined the good work of thousands of honest officers.
“This one incident can cause the public to lose respect and overshadow the good work, the hard work, done by thousands of officers every day,” Harwell said.
In October last year, Franklin Brown and Eric Walters pleaded guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law.  The DOJ took the case from the state and the officers reached the plea deals through federal prosecutors.
It happened in April 2013 in Marion, South Carolina. Eric Walters was patrolling when he saw Melissa Davis walking out of the yard of a home for sale. He asked her what she was doing, thinking she might have broken into the home. He tased Melissa because she did not quickly respond. While on the ground, Walters ordered Melissa to put her hands behind her back, but he shocked her 4 more times with his taser before she could respond.
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Not one bad apple. The whole orchard is rotten.

police brutality in Baltimore

The Baltimore Police Department
 (BPD) is supposed to maintain law and order in Baltimore, Maryland, a US city not far from Washington, DC. They are supposed to serve and protect and yet the president of the city council says they are more feared than drug dealers.

From 2010 to 2014
, according to the ACLU, the BPD killed 31 people.


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