"No Justice!" "No Peace!" "No Justice!" "No Peace!". This rising chant from the streets has escalated in answer to the seemingly endless incidents of police brutality throughout this great nation. If I Die Tonight started following the shooting of Amadou Diallo by 4 members of the NY City Police Department Street Crimes Unit as filmmaker Seyi heard chants on the street from heartbroken and enraged voices. He quickly realized there are two sides to every story and that the truth is often found where you least expect it.
From Diallo's sorrowful father lamenting that he is now the victim of police brutality to Maureen King, the widow of slain NY police sergeant Patrick King musing how life changes in a split second. Violence on the streets continues in the streets throughout America triggered by racial profiling and ignorance. This is a look at the system that allows these enigmas to exist and persist, as seen through the lives and stories of those who live on both sides of an impenetrable divide.
Cenk Uygur (host of The Young Turks) shares comments from conservative Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour regarding his questionable memories of segregation and integration.
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Call it a legal mess. California voters passed it- a federal judge overturned it- and now- Prop 8 is stuck in the appellate court. But a decision by the California Supreme Court might get it moving again.
After the judge ruled the measure unconstitutional, Prop 8’s backers wanted to appeal the decision- but the state refused to do so. That’s when the group Protect Marriage stepped in - hoping to defend Prop 8 in the appellate court.
But does that group have legal standing to appeal the ruling? That’s what California’s high court will decide... but not for another 10 months. One LA Weekly blogger says- that sucks.
“…overall, the...decision, which is being reported as some kind of victory, was a complete buzzkill (especially for all those couples who were hoping to get hitched anytime in the next year anywhere outside Massachusetts). In short? Summer 2011 same-sex weddings now a no-go. And that, your honors, is lame.”
Oakland’s KTVU reports- the case is moving forward- great, but the court is stalling on answering the big question.
“Is there a constitutional right to gay marriage or is there not, that’s the big question that’s the one that everyone would like to see answered, so this is a year long detour.”
And MSNBC reports - if the Protect Marriage group isn’t approved to defend Prop 8- the California courts may never have to reconsider the measure.
“But it would end the appeal it would mean the case would not be coming to the US Supreme Court, if on the other hand the California court takes it and says these folks can appeal then that keeps it alive for a while longer.
A blogger for the blog National Center for Lesbian Rights argues- since California officials already decided to drop the case- Protect Marriage shouldn’t be allowed to jump in.
“...in several well-known cases, California’s elected officials have refused to defend voter-enacted initiatives on appeal.… In these cases, California officials were doing what the voters elected them to do — deciding whether these laws could and should continue to be defended on appeal after courts decided that they were unconstitutional.”
If Prop 8 gets through the appellate court- the case will probably make its way to the California Supreme Court- and then ultimately to the U.S. Supreme Court. A Wall Street Journal blogger says- well- at least the decision will be thorough.
“But at least in regard to the litigation surrounding Proposition 8, you can be sure that when the dust settles, it’ll have been given a good hard look by not one, not two, but possibly dozens of judges.”
The California Supreme Court says it will hear oral arguments in September about whether Protect Marriage can defend the Prop 8 decision.
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It appears no Middle Eastern country is safe from protests.
Minority Shiite Muslims in oil-rich eastern Saudi Arabia are protesting the government, calling for it to release political prisoners and to create more jobs. (Video: Press TV)
The Saudi government says the protests go against Islamic law - and are therefore forbidden, but Link TV translates for an analyst on Iran’s Al Alam TV - who says, these protests in the Kingdom were bound to happen.
“It is clear that the winds of change flowing through a number of Arab countries will not continue to blow without reaching a country that has resisted political and social changes, such as Saudi Arabia. This was reflected by the Saudi authorities dealing with protesters in the area of al-Qatif and the eastern cities, dominated by aspirations for freedom of expression and legal rights.”
A reporter for CBC News witnessed the protests and says they are unlike protests in other Middle Eastern countries like Tunisia and Egypt, with only a few hundred demonstrators -- but the government seems wary.
"There are no violent clashes, though police eventually forced the demonstrators to leave, pushing them down the street... In the last two days, large numbers of police have been seen in the cities where protests have been held, and checkpoints have been erected on the roads.”
The Los Angeles Times explains one of the reasons why Shittes are protesting against a ruling Sunni monarchy.
“Shiites in Saudi Arabia regularly complain about discrimination and say they still face restrictions in getting some jobs, although their situation has improved somewhat under King Abdullah and the reforms he has implemented. The government denies charges of such discrimination.”
Protesters are also organizing through Facebook’s “Day of Rage” on March 11. London’s The Independent reports if Saudi Arabia decides to use violence against protesters, it could cause a major headache for the United States.
“In Egypt, [President Obama] only supported the demonstrators after the police used unrestrained firepower against protesters. But in Saudi Arabia – supposedly a ‘key ally’ of the US and one of the world's principal oil producers – he will be loath to protect the innocent.”
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Ken O interviews Pulitzer Prize winner Douglas A Blackmon,
author of Slavery by Another Name.
Maafa21 Black Genocide in 21st Century America:
They were stolen from their homes, locked in chains and taken across an ocean. And for more than 200 years, their blood and sweat would help to build the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever known.
But when slavery ended, their welcome was over. America's wealthy elite had decided it was time for them to disappear and they were not particular about how it might be done.
What you are about to see is that the plan these people set in motion 150 years ago is still being carried out today. In this documentary, this hidden racial agenda is dragged out of the shadows and into the light.
When you view Maafa21 in full, you will learn things America's politicians and power-brokers never intended for you to know and you will see things that the media was never going to show you....Maafa21 Black Genocide in 21st Century America:
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Description: In MATERIAL Thomas Heise shows never before released film shot from the late 1980s to 2008. the images are Heise's contribution to a personal history of the changes precipating and following the Fall of the Berlin Wall and their repercussions to this day.
July 7, 2011(1:50)
A Michigan inmate is suing the state government and the governor for the right to have porn in prison.
Attorney Marc J. Victor talks about your Fourth Amendment Rights
information and advice on what is a civil partnership, how to register a civil partnership, who can register a civil partnership, giving notice, registration, the cost of registering a civil partnership, people subject to immigration control.
Terry Ingram Vietnam Vet & Former Police Detective Teaches Citizens how to handle encounters with police in A POLICE STATE
A Mr. Filthy Rags Production:
(Featuring Malcolm X)
-I condensed the entire "The Ballot or the bullet" speech into a 12 minute rant. (Less than 12 minutes...)
I took out all racial content to better focus on the issues that we all ultimately face, even today.
-"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
( Johann Wolfgang von Goethe )
This is what happened. In our town we have a four lane highway that follows the river. In between the highway and the river are a BP gas station,(where 4-7 cops can be seen standing around drinking coffee at any given time) and a large doctors office to the right of it. Behind those are train tracks with a tunnel underneath for legal access to the river. Well, as we are driving up the doctors office parking lot, we can clearly see from the highway that there are two cops in the doctors office lot,(one from another jurisdiction), with their cars parked, beside each other facing opposite directions, talking to each other. My son (16) says, "let's just go somewhere else". I say "why, where not doing anything wrong." So we we drive down into the parking lot and park about 3/4's of the way across the parking lot from them, (its Easter sunday, we are he only three cars in the lot, so we are clearly not acting sketchy.") we get out and walk all the way across the parking lot and halfway down a pretty long muddy tunnel when we hear an extremely loud horn which makes us both jump.(Thats right, they called us back like dogs, using a horn when they where well within calling distance). So we turn and see two cop cars pulled up at the end of the tunnel with two cops standing next to them with their hands on their guns, looking at us. We walk all the way back to them and the conversation went as follows. Me: "Happy Easter guy's, whats up?" Them: "What are you guy's doin'?" Me:"Nothin' just gonna take a walk by the river." Cop:"Why?" I say "huh?" and look at him a little confused. Then he says,"Well most people that we see going to the river have fishing poles with them." I say,"Its Easter Sunday, I'm his father and we can't go my house right now so we where just gonna go walk around at the river to spend some time together. Why?" Cop says,"Well, it's illegal to be down there unless your fishing." This time I looked at him even more confused and said in a fairly sarcastic voice,"I can go get a fishing pole if you want me too." Then the cop, visibly flustered said,"Whatever!" Here is where I punk out, avoid conflict, and leave. I got halfway home when I began to think about Ademo's video's, and how this situation is very similar to what they fight every day. Then I thought to myself,"What would those guys do?" The answer was simple, they would go back, find that cop and in some way, let him know how wrong he was for doing what did and I will not be complying with any of his orders. So thats what I did. I was very careful to mind my tone inside the police station. I kept my voice down, (even though he immediately began yelling), I did not use foul language and I spoke clearly and with conviction. I did not make any aggressive moves toward the officer knew when and how to end the conversation. This was very effective. When I exited the police station he was visibly shaking. He did not like that I followed him back the station, confronted him and flexed my rights in front of their cameras so he couldn't crack my head open in a tunnel by the river, then give me a disorderly conduct charge. PittsburghCopblock****
A short biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Portrait of the renowned civil leaders Dr Martin Luther King Jr
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Some jerk left a note on Fortress of Attitude's car. The band turned this note into the greatest rock song of all-time.