Category Human Rights

SCLC director calls on black families to arm themselves | www.ajc.com

The remarks came one week after 23-year-old Goodyear employee Nicholas Thomas was fatally shot by Smyrna police serving an arrest warrant on a probation violation. Police say Thomas tried to run them over in a customer’s Maserati, though lawyers hired by the dead man’s family have challenged the official account. Earlier this month 27-year-old Anthony […]

The Color of Feminism | The Women’s International Perspective

For many years women all over the world have been fighting for their rights. As I was discussing gender equality with some classmates, I realised how Western women have achieved a lot compared to women in my country. And while wage equality is one of the priorities of some Western feminists, it is not the […]

LGBT advocates interrupt Jamaican prime minister’s speech

Members of the advocacy group also confronted her outside the church. They chanted “Gay rights Portia. Protect Jamaica’s gays” as she entered the building. “We pretty much interrupted her speech,” Michael Forbes, a member of Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand who protested Simpson-Miller, told the Washington Blade on Friday during a telephone interview from New York. Forbes […]

A prosecutor apologizes for his role in putting an innocent man on death row

In March 2014, after prosecutors and Ford’s attorneys filed motions to vacate his conviction, the state district court ordered his release. However, more than a year later, Ford is still fighting the state for compensation. He’s also facing an advanced cancer diagnosis. Stroud knows all of this. He says he knows now that Ford was […]

Austin Police Investigate ‘Exclusively For White People’ Stickers On Businesses – keyetv.com Austin News, Weather, Traffic KEYE-TV Austin – Top Stories

Austin Police are now assisting in the investigation. Police sources say that if someone is caught posting these stickers, they will face graffiti charges.Austin Police are expected to give a statement on the investigation this afternoon.The city released this statement, ” Between midnight and 7 a.m. today, a number of local businesses in East Austin […]

Killer of Malcolm X’s grandson sentenced but questions still remain about his death

According to media accounts, the 28-year-old was a victim of beating in a Mexico City bar on May 9, 2013. “The circumstances surrounding his death are still not clear, and it is now February 2015,” said Sabrina Green, a human rights activist with the Baltimore-based Free the Move 9 Mumia. New York magazine reported at […]

Piers Morgan: ‘The N-word should be whipped like a slave’ | The Voice Online

In the column, Morgan said: “The N-word is a grotesque, odious, evil stain on the English language. It symbolises everything multi-cultural America has fought so hard to move on from – white-run, imperialist, violent, sexually malevolent barbarism.” Morgan makes some observant points, backed up with research and statistics, and many readers may deem his call […]

The Capitalist Origins of the Oppression of African Women » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Matriarchy in ancient Africa was not a mirror image of patriarchy today, as it was not based on appropriation and violence. The rituals and culture of matriarchy did not celebrate violence; rather, they had a lot to do with fecundity, exchange and redistribution. Early man was unaware of the link between intercourse and birth, therefore […]

Civil rights movement history: The long tradition of black Americans taking up arms to defend themselves against racial violence.

In his new book, 1919, The Year of Racial Violence: How African Americans Fought Back, David F. Krugler, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville, looks at the actions of people like Jones and Davis, who resisted white incursions against the black community through the press, the courts, and armed defensive action. The year […]

Ezkool | Seattle Police Issues Apology to 69 Year Old Black Vet for Arresting Him For No Reason

“You just swung that golf club at me,” Whitlatch yells. “No, I did not!” exclaims the shocked pedestrian. Whitlatch is heard telling the man that he is being recorded and videotaped, but review of that recording led the Seattle police department to issue the apology, as no threats were ever made to the officer. The arrest […]

Jim Crow lynchings more widespread than first thought, report concludes | World news | The Guardian

“The trauma and anguish that lynchings and racial violence created in this country continues to haunt us and to contaminate race relations and our criminal justice system in too many places across the country,” it concluded. The report, titled Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, is the result of nearly five years […]

Rape and HIV as Weapons of War – United Nations University

While the history of wars and conflicts is replete with systematic incidents of sexual violence against vulnerable women, modern-day wars have witnessed large-scale indiscriminate deployment of rape as a “weapon” of war by combatants. In recent armed conflicts — such as in the former Yugoslavia, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, the Central […]

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away

Here is the photograph. Take a good look at Jesse Washington’s stiffened body tied to the tree. He had been sentenced to death for the murder of a white woman. No witnesses saw the crime; he allegedly confessed but the truth of the allegations would never be tested. The grand jury took just four minutes […]

The History Of Lynching In America Is Worse Than You Think, Says Study

He cited racial differences in reactions to last year’s shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer. The group said the report was aimed at spurring Americans to face the lasting impact of their history. It also would like to see historical markers placed across the South to […]

A Worker Reads History by Bertolt Brecht

Who built Thebes of the 7 gates ? In the books you will read the names of kings. Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock ? And Babylon, many times demolished, Who raised it up so many times ? In what houses of gold glittering Lima did its builders live ? Where, the […]

Video: Seattle Police Jail Elderly Military Veteran for “Walking in Seattle While Black” | Slog

Wingate spent the night in King County Jail. That moment from the video, when Wingate had trouble getting into the paddywagon on his own, said former Democratic Washington State representative Dawn Mason, “was awful. That one touched my soul.” She took an interest in the case after a neighbor told her what happened. “The man […]

Video: Seattle Police Jail Elderly Military Veteran for “Walking in Seattle While Black” | Slog

On the video, Officer Whitlatch can be heard insisting that the recording would show Wingate swinging his golf club at her and hitting a stop sign with it. According to the SPD, there exists no video to back up this claim. (SPD did not make Whitlatch available for comment.) “The allegation that he swung at […]

DNA Exonerates Man Who Served Nearly 40 Years For Murder : The Two-Way : NPR

“The expert said none of the evidence collected in the case — hair, DNA and fingerprints — belonged to Sledge. A key jailhouse informant had also recanted his story, saying authorities promised him leniency in his own case for his trial testimony against Sledge. “A district attorney who was not originally involved apologized to Sledge […]

I’m tired of suppressing myself to get along with white people – Salon.com

“What’s happening in Ferguson?” one of my white roommates asked. “I heard some kid got shot or something like that.” The words clamored in my ears. How could he not know? Weren’t his Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds flooded with opinions and hashtags? I’m sure he meant nothing by his statement. We’re all ill-informed from […]

I am Albert Woodfox | Max News

by Kevin Maxwell • January 19, 2015 Like many since watching the documentary In The Land Of The Free, I have followed the progress of the Angola 3. Three inmates placed in solidarity confinement, after the 1972 killing of a prison guard. I guess the obvious question is, why waste any breath on three men who killed a prison guard? Like so […]

#WrongfullyConvicted Brothers Win $17,000,000 Settlement From NYC – The Root

According to the Post, approximately 70 of the homicide detective’s murder convictions are currently under investigation by the district attorney, who is probing allegations of coerced testimony, false confessions and hiding exculpatory evidence. The Post reports that most of Scarcella’s convictions rested on the testimony of a Teresa Gomez, a prostitute with a known drug […]

Muslim Man Hailed for Life-Saving Courage During Paris Siege | Afro

In the days after the bloody end of twin French hostage crises Friday, stories of life-saving courage are beginning to filter out. One of the most striking is the story of Lassana Bathily, a young immigrant from Mali who literally provided police with the key to ending the hostage crisis at the supermarket. Bathily was […]

Two Ohio Cops Suspended With Pay Over ‘I Hate N***ers, I’ll Stab A Coon’ Texts

WHIO-TV reports that it was NAACP Dayton President Derrick Forward who brought the racist texts to light. He would not reveal how he got them or the names of anyone who may have provided them. The shocking comments included the following. “I hate n***ers. That is all. “I’ll stab a coon. “What do apples and black people have […]

Petition · Free Jimmy Dennis: Innocent on Death Row · Change.org

Free Jimmy Dennis: Innocent on Death Row THE CASE: In Philadelphia on October 22, 1991, a young woman named Chedell Williams went to the Fern Rock subway station to buy a transit pass. At approximately 1:50 p.m. she was approached by two men, one of whom demanded her gold earrings and shot her. These two […]

Tasha Thomas, Girlfriend Of John Crawford III, Killed In Car Crash | Global Grind

Autopsies will be performed Friday on Thomas and Bailey, a coroner’s official said. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene. Bailey was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he later died. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.   via Tasha Thomas, Girlfriend Of John Crawford III, Killed In Car Crash | Global Grind.

Movement growz to pardon freedom fighter Assata Shakur | Moorbey’z Blog

In 1973 an incident of what would now be called “racial profiling” takes place on the New Jersey Turnpike. Ms. Shakur, actively involved in the Black Liberation Army (BLA), is traveling with Malik Zayad Shakur (no relation) and Sundiata Acoli. State troopers stop them, reportedly because of a broken headlight. A trooper also explains they […]

Freed from prison, but they’re still paying the price

A bill in the state Legislature would have made changes in Michigan,but it died last week for lack of support when the 2013-14 session came to a close early Friday. Those who did support the measure, Democrat and Republican, say exonerees deserve state-sponsored financial help. Even parolees in Michigan receive assistance with housing, medical care, […]

Gambian security agents arrest more homosexual suspects – Africa – News – StarAfrica.com

Gambian security forces from both the police and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) have embarked on a raid to round up suspected homosexuals who may possibly exist in the Greater Banjul metropolis, especially in the Tourism Development Area (TDA), APA learns here Tuesday. The NIA operatives on Sunday arrested three suspected gays. However, according to […]

What Whites Will Never Know • My Open Letter to White People or Why I Hate…

When I say ‘I hate White people’, I’m saying I hate that I have to be compared to you in order to get any recognition. I’m saying that I hate the fact that everything that I do is judged by your standard. I hate that no matter where I go, I will be scrutinized based […]

Extradition of Assata Shakur from Cuba unlikely despite restored ties | Al Jazeera America

Shakur and other black activists, including Black Panther Party (BPP) founder Huey P. Newton, fled from U.S. intelligence and security agencies in the 1960s and 1970s to Cuba, which was sympathetic to socialist ideals. Now supporters of Shakur, also known as Joanne Chesimard, wonder what the future holds for the 67-year-old exile. Questions have also been raised over […]