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Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.


This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.

What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

10 Stop And Frisk Comandments

Death Penalty in the USA
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The Death Penalty in the USA. Produced from ArrestRecords.com

Thursday, March 05, 2015

'Searing' DoJ report condemns Ferguson policing for racial bias Rachel Maddow reads passages of the Department of Justice report on its investigation into racial bias in the policing in Ferguson, Missouri, and shares video of Attorney General Eric Holder's statements on the report's findings.



The Rachel Maddow Show on msnbc

'Direct evidence of racial bias' After a scathing report from the Department of Justice, Chris Hayes asks what's next for the Ferguson Police Department.



All In with Chris Hayes on msnbc

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Psychedelic drugs like LSD could be used to treat depression, study suggests | Science | The Guardian

Researchers warn that patients are missing out on potential benefits due to prohibitive regulations on research into recreational drugs



Psychedelic drugs like LSD could be used to treat depression, study suggests | Science | The Guardian

Did John Roberts Tip His Hand? - The New Yorker

"Roberts’s one question may turn out to be extremely important. The issue in the case is whether the Obama Administration, in implementing the Affordable Care Act, violated the terms of that law. The plaintiffs assert that the A.C.A. only authorizes subsidies for individuals who buy health insurance on the fourteen state-run exchanges, or marketplaces. Under their reading of the law, the eight million or so people in the other thirty-six states who currently buy their insurance from the federal marketplace should be denied their subsidies."



Did John Roberts Tip His Hand? - The New Yorker

11 alarming findings in the report on Ferguson police | MSNBC

The Department of Justice released a scathing, 102-page report in full on Wednesday, condemning the Ferguson Police Department of routinely violating the constitutional rights of African-Americans living in the St. Louis suburb. The months-long investigation unearthed instances of when money and racial bias factored into the police department’s unlawful activities – here’s a small window into what investigators found:





11 alarming findings in the report on Ferguson police | MSNBC

Darren Wilson Is Cleared of Rights Violations in Ferguson Shooting - NYTimes.com

"Wilson shot and killed Mr. Brown in the street. Many witnesses said Mr. Brown had his hands up in surrender when he died, leading to nationwide protest chants of “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

But federal agents and civil rights prosecutors rejected that story, just as a state grand jury did in November. The Justice Department said forensic evidence and other witnesses backed up the account of Officer Wilson, who said Mr. Brown fought with him, reached for his gun, then charged at him. He told investigators that he feared for his life.
“There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety,” the report said.
The report found that witnesses who claimed that Mr. Brown was surrendering were not credible. “Some of those accounts are inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence; some of those accounts are materially inconsistent with that witnesses’ own prior statements with no explanation,” it said.
“Although some witnesses state that Brown held his hands up at shoulder level with his palms facing outward for a brief moment, these same witnesses describe Brown then dropping his hands and ‘charging’ at Wilson,” it added.
“Those witness accounts stating that Brown never moved back toward Wilson could not be relied upon in a prosecution because their accounts cannot be reconciled with the DNA bloodstain evidence and other credible witness accounts.”


Darren Wilson Is Cleared of Rights Violations in Ferguson Shooting - NYTimes.com

New Yorkers for a S**ttier New York Jon Stewart on de Blasio and crime


New Yorkers for a S**ttier New York

New Marijuana Policy - Saturday Night Live

DOJ: Pattern of bias among Ferguson police | MSNBC



DOJ: Pattern of bias among Ferguson police | MSNBC

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Elected Judges (HBO)

Eric Holder on Malcolm X legacy

Out of Trouble, but Criminal Records Keep Men Out of Work - NYTimes.com

"Michael Hugh Mirsky landed a temporary job in December rolling stacks of crated milk and orange juice to the loading docks at a commercial dairy in central New Jersey. He’s not making much, and he doesn’t know how long it will last, but after 30 months of unemployment, he counts himself lucky. Mr. Mirsky is a convicted criminal, and work is hard to find."




Out of Trouble, but Criminal Records Keep Men Out of Work - NYTimes.com

South Korean President Urges Japan to Admit Past Wrongs - NYTimes.com

"SEOUL, South Korea — President Park Geun-hye of South Korea urgedJapan on Sunday to have the “courage and honesty” to admit to its historical wrongdoings against Koreans and other Asians, including its enslavement of Korean women in military brothels during World War II.

“As Germany and France overcame conflict and mutual enmity and became leaders in building a new Europe, it is time for South Korea and Japan to write a new history together,” Ms. Park said in a nationally televised speech. “But despite their geographical proximity, the two nations could not get close in heart because of tensions surrounding historical issues.”


South Korean President Urges Japan to Admit Past Wrongs - NYTimes.com

Saturday, February 28, 2015

South Carolina college: We didn't put a ban on being gay | MSNBC

The document then proceeds to cite biblical verse to bolster those beliefs and concludes by saying, “members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality and institutional decisions will be made in light of this position.”



South Carolina college: We didn't put a ban on being gay | MSNBC

Hotter Than Lava: Every Day, Cops Toss Flashbang Grenades With Little Oversight and Horrifying Results - ProPublica

Justin Volz for ProPublica

Hotter Than Lava

Every day, cops toss dangerous military-style flashbang grenades during raids, with little oversight and horrifying results.

by Julia Angwin and Abbie Nehring, ProPublica
January 12, 2015
IT WAS JUST BEFORE DAWN when 18 police officers poured out of an armored truck and an unmarked white van at the Laurel Park apartment complex on the outskirts of Atlanta. A few days earlier, a confidential informant reported seeing “a brown skinned black male” with “a small quantity of a green leafy substance.” The 22-year-old suspect, paroled for forging a check, lived in a small ground floor apartment with easy access. But the police didn’t plan on taking any chances.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Recreational Marijuana Now Legal In D.C.

After months of debatethreats and uncertainty, recreational marijuana became legal in Washington, D.C., Thursday -- at least according to the city government.
Adults 21 and over may now legally use marijuana, possess up to two ounces and grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes for personal use. Marijuana sales remain illegal, but the District Council is considering a bill that would regulate and tax marijuana sales, similar to laws in Colorado and Washington state. Because of the city's unique oversight by Congress, it's unclear if any measure legalizing marijuana sales and regulation could go into effect before 2016.
The legalization of marijuana on the federal government's home turf adds to a shift in U.S. marijuana policy that began when Colorado and Washington state allowed recreational marijuana two years ago. Alaska's new recreational marijuana law also took effect this week. Oregon's legalization takes effect later this year.
“This is a significant milestone in the movement for racial justice, civil liberties, and drug policy reform,” said Dr. Malik Burnett, D.C. policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance. “The racially-biased enforcement of marijuana laws in the nation’s capital is officially a relic of history.”


Recreational Marijuana Now Legal In D.C.

Faces From Ferguson: Ashley 'Brown Blaze' Yates | Maytha Alhassen

"If they are killing us every 28 hours, what do I have to lose?"
Ashley Yates, also known to the Twitterverse as @brownblaze, was citing a Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) report, "Operation Ghetto Storm," on the extrajudicial killings of Black people at the hands of law enforcement and vigilante violence. (The report was first issued in 2012, and the most current data adjusted the previous finding of 36 hours to 28 hours.) More than a nod to a deterministic nihilism, this was an accentuated skepticism in a system of domination that routinely devalues Black lives, one that operates on the logic of "state-sanctioned or extralegal production and exploitation of group-differentiated vulnerability to premature death" (as CUNY Graduate Center geographer Ruthie Gilmore defines racism) to Black bodies. In doing so, Yates located vitality in righteous resistance to police brutality and state-sanctioned violence, because, as Assata Shakur (often quoted by Yates) said, "We have nothing to lose but our chains."
Crowded in the basement of St. Louis' Saint John's United Church of Christ ("Beloved Disciples Building Beloved Community") at the end of the Labor Day weekend, Yates continued by recounting almost a month's worth of harrowing encounters with a militarized police force to a room of Black Lives Matter freedom riders. She woefully explained that as the days bled into one another, she began "marking days by police tactics."
After that weekend, I was fortunate enough to continue communicating with Yates via tweets and texts, at rallies in Ferguson/St. Louis (Ferguson October: Weekend of Resistance), and over soul food meals. It was only natural to profile her for the Faces From Ferguson series, as our conversations seemed to organically engage the theoretics and practices of justice:


Faces From Ferguson: Ashley 'Brown Blaze' Yates | Maytha Alhassen