#Refugees Tweets 9.4

#Refugees Tweets 9.4

‘This is a Nightmare and I Have Not Woken Up’

(L-R) Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin; Samaira Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice; and Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown Jr; join the ‘Justice For All’ march and rally in the nation’s capital on December 13, 2014.


by Akiba Solomon


More than six months after a troubled rookie officer, Timothy Loehmann, fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a Clevland park, the Cuyahoga sherriff’s department has finally completed its investigation and handed its results to Cleveland-area prosecutor Timothy McGinty. There is no official word on what they’ve uncovered about November 22, 2014 when police found Rice playing with a pellet gun by himself at Cudell Recreation Center park and shot him wthin two seconds of their arrival. (One local news outlet has reported that the department found no evidence to support criminal charges against Loehmann; a call to the department was not returned in time for publication.)

What we do know, all too well, is that the name “Tamir Rice” sits on a long, horrifying list of young people of color killed by police and extrajudicial violence. Tamir is now among the Trayvons and the Rekias, the Jessies and the Michaels. It’s a devastating distinction.

I talked to Tamir’s mom, Samaria Rice, in late May as she was planning a community celebration for her youngest son’s birthday. She opened up about who Tamir was, what she thinks of protests in his name, and what she and her other children—Tajai, Kavon and Tasheona—are doing to heal from this unimaginable loss.


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33 Senators Join Chorus of Voices Condemning Obama’s Family Detention Policies

One third of the Senate has had enough of the Obama administration’s abusive imprisonment of vulnerable mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday, they wrote:

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Police Admit Fault for Beating & Kidnapping Man with Down Syndrome, Refuse to Apologize

It takes a rare breed to unlawfully beat down a person with the mentality of a 7-year-old and then refuse to apologize.

Source: thefreethoughtproject.com









Charlie Hebdo: Free Speech for Whom and to Say What?


In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Western media has wasted no time tooting its own horn regarding the value of “free speech” in our liberal societies.
But what should we think about this defense of “free speech”?


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Source: anti-imperialism.com


The U.S. claims free speech but goes after whistle blower Edward Snowden.



‘Selma’s Missing Epilogue: The Recent Dissolution Of The Voting Rights Act

The final scenes of the 2014 film Selma, which depicts Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle for federal voting rights legislation to protect African Americans in the South, leave viewers applauding, content with our nation’s civil rights progress after witnessing a concrete example of how a protest effected meaningful national change. But what the movie doesn’t provide is an update — a scene that flashes forward almost 50 years to show how the exact rights granted to blacks who marched across Alabama in demonstration have recently been eroded by our highest court and then by states across the country.

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Source: kstreet607.com

Do you think we will every be able to vote from home to avoid all this voter ID mess and votes getting thrown out because someone has the same name? 

Police Taser and Arrest Severely Autistic Man for Walking Down the Street [VIDEO]


“Tario Anderson was simply walking down the street.”

“Anderson had committed no crime but since he did not immediately bow down to the police, he was tasered and cops piled on top of him.”

Source: thefreethoughtproject.com


In a similar story a deaf Black man was beaten by the police, and in another story a Latino with a colostomy bag (‘looked like a gun’) was tackled by the police.


#BlackLivesMatter #LatinoLivesMatter #DisabledLivesMatter


Cops Profile and Tramatize Innoncent Black Mother

What These Cops Do to This Black Mother and Her Young Children Is Past Despicable

Source: socialaction2014.wordpress.com


Imagine if the child had a cell phone in his hand. The police may have shot him.


A is for Activist – Kindle edition by Innosanto Nagara


A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents’ values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.


Source: www.amazon.com

VIDEO: Extended Interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal on New Pennsylvania Law Restricting Prisoners’ Speech

Mumia Abu-Jamal speaks with Democracy Now! about Pennsylvania’s new law that authorizes the censoring of public addresses of prisoners or former offenders if judges agree that allowing them to speak would cause “mental anguish” to the victim.

Source: www.democracynow.org


The ‘victim’ could choose to not listen.


And the convicted are not always guilty.


What happened to the liberty of free speech?