On Friday, December 27, Chilean Judge Miguel Vásquez charged two Chilean officials, Pedro Barrientos and Hugo Sanchez, in the 1973 murder of Chilean folk singer Victor Jara; six others were charged as accomplices. Four of the eight took courses at the School of the Americas. Pedro Barrientos, the second-in-command of the National Stadium, which was turned into a open-air prison following the September 11th US-sponsored coup, and Raúl Jofré took the same Officers' Orientation course in 1968; Edwin Dimter Bianchi took a Combat Arms Orientation course in 1970; and Jorge Smith Gumucio took a Combat Arms Orientation course in 1972. SOA graduate Pedro Barrientos currently lives in Deltona, a city southwest of Daytona Beach in Florida.
Victor Jara was one of the Pinochet regime's first victims. SOA graduates filled the ranks of the Chilean dictatorship's military and the feared intelligence unit, the DINA.
Victor Jara was a symbol of justice and progress in the Americas, and his voice encouraged millions to continue moving towards a just and fair society. Though his life was cut short by the brutal US-sponsored dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, his legacy lives on through the changes happening throughout Latin America.
Blog #17: The Parole Board and the P.B.A.: One and the Same?In Blog #12 “NYS Division of Parole—A Den of Iniquity?,” subject to a New York Law Journal article by John Caher, I offered my take on his article abut the rift between NYS Division of Parole and the legislature. Essentially, NYS Division of Parole fails to fully implement new legislation providing Parole Commissioners “… with political cover if they release someone with a violent past, or someone whose crime resulted in the death of a police officer …” [quoted from NYS Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry]. The new legislation offered Parole Commissioners a new tool to evaluate a prisoner’s prospect to be granted release on parole and not recidivate.Since then, NYS Division of Parole has ignored the “Risk Assessment” tool, especially as it pertains to prisoners convicted of assault or the death of a police officer. On November 26, 2012, John Caher published an article in the New York Law Journal titled “Ex-Parole Commissioners Decry Rescission of ‘Cop-Killer’ Release.” This time, Mr. Caher informs that six (6) former members of the Parole Board, including one former Chairman of the Board, filed an unprecedented Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) Brief in support of two prisoners’ appeals to the NYS Appellate Court appealing their denial of parole.Both prisoners were convicted in separate cases in the death of a police officer. One prisoner was granted parole after several denials. Then, a couple of days before he was to be released, the Parole Board rescinded his release due to concerted (late) opposition from the NYC Police Benevolent Association (PBA), The Daily News, and letters from the victim’s family urging the board to reconsider its decision.On appeal, the former Parole Commissioners proclaim that the PBA has too much influence over the decision-making process of the Parole Board. The Amicus Brief is reported to state:“The Parole Board cannot treat victims or prisoners fairly in an atmosphere that is easily sensationalized and conducive to improper influence.”In response, PBA President Lynch holds the position that “cop killers” should never, ever get parole. Such a position is contrary to the ideal of fairness and justice according to the law. If a convicted person is not sentenced to life without parole, the presumption and expectation by law is that person can be granted release on parole. This presumption and expectation is based upon the prisoner’s behavior while serving the Court-imposed sentence, moving toward rehabilitation and redemption.As an example, in the case of Silmon v. Travis, 718 NYS 2d. 704, at 708, a prisoner convicted of killing his wife continuously proclaimed his innocence. Because he would not admit his guilt or show remorse for his actions, he was denied release on parole. The Court ruled: “However, the Board is empowered to deny parole where it concludes that release is incompatible with the welfare of society. Thus, there is a strong rehabilitative component in the statute that may be given effect by considering remorse and insight …” The Court further held that, “Additionally, if an individual has been convicted of a crime, it is generally not the Board’s role to reevaluate a claim of innocence, either by someone who maintains innocence in the face of a guilty verdict, or by someone who allocates to the facts (plea bargain) but later claims to be innocent.” Hence, the Court effectively establishes the Parole Board can deny release on parole to a prisoner who continuously proclaims his/her innocence despite the conviction, and that parole consideration should be granted if the prisoner shows remorse and has moved toward rehabilitation.The two “cop killers” featured in the New York Law Journal article both had exemplary prison records and neither was the actual shooter during the crimes for which they were convicted. During their parole hearings they expressed remorse for their participation in the crime, and both had tremendous support for release on parole. Yet the PBA launched, in September, a “Keep Cop-Killers in Jail” web initiative, listing 64 prisoners that their members and supporters can oppose release on parole. Albert O’Leary, communications director of the NYC PBA, “said in the first two weeks of the initiative 300,000 opposition letters were electronically delivered directly to the Parole Board.” He is further reported to have said, “Our policy at the PBA is, if you are convicted of killing a police officer, we are going to oppose your parole forever, because we believe cop killers should never see the light of day …”At my last parole (the seventh), one Parole Commissioner had been a 20-year member of the NYC Police Department and a detective, and was currently a dues paying member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Detective Endowment Association, and the other Parole Commissioner had been a Senior Investigator of the Crime Victims Board. As stated in Blog #12, the NYS Division of Parole is comprised primarily of former law enforcement personnel. All of which, unfortunately, makes it necessary to organize a continuous and persistent campaign for freedom. The Parole Board is no longer a quasi-judicial administrative institution, but has devolved into a political arm of law enforcement to decide how long a prisoner is to remain in prison despite Court-imposed sentences. For those convicted of the death of a police officer, the PBA’s proxy—the Parole Board—is imposing sentences of “life without parole” in a draconian act of political reprisal and retribution.In this regard, I have asked friends and supporters, to initiate a monthly letter writing project, beginning in January 2013, directed to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo and each member of the NYS Division of Parole listed on its website. These monthly letters should decry the PBA’s overwhelming influence over the NYS Division of Parole, and the failure of the Parole Board to adhere to its legislative mandate to make decisions subject to Risk Assessments and a prisoner’s efforts toward rehabilitation and redemption. To further urge that I be granted release on parole at my next scheduled parole hearing. While we may not be able to compete with the PBA’s web initiative, these continuous monthly letters will establish a persistent presence offsetting any backward notion of not having community support, or, in the words of the Court in Silmon v. Travis, “… release is incompatible with the welfare of society.”The more we get folks to join in these monthly letter writings, the more of a positive impact for real change can be made. This is especially true for the eventual building of a “Community Prison and Parole Review Board with Ombudsman” as proposed in Blog #12.In fierce struggle for freedom, Jalil A. Muntaqim, Attica 12/25/12
W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News interviewed The Honorable Mayor Johnny B. Thomas of Glendora, MS...Johnny B. Thomas is also the Executive Director of The Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Center... Johnny B. Thomas comes clean about his father's (Henry Lee Loggins) involvement in the murder of Emmett Till and the effect it has had on him and members of his family...He also talks about the ongoing efforts that he helped initiate to heal from one of the most tragic and traumatic events in our nation's history...Henry Lee Loggins was the right hand man of J.W. Milam who was the half brother of Roy Bryant whose wife, Carolyn Bryant, Emmett Till allegedly and infamously wolf whistled at...It is said that maybe as many as 10-14 people were involved in the actual kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till...Henry Lee Loggins was kept in several jails in the area under a different name for 2-3 weeks by the area's White power structure to keep him from testifying in the Emmett Till murder trail...Johnny B. Thomas is also a cousin of the legendary Bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson...This interview takes place in March 2012 near the Black Bayou Bridge where on August 28, 1955, Emmett Till's body was thrown into The Black Bayou which leads to the Tallahatchie River where it was discovered three days later on August 31, 1955.
"Princeton University Professor Dr. Cornel West appeared on the Tavis Smiley radio show on Thursday where he weighed in with his thoughts on how the media and lawmakers are responding to the tragic massacre of teachers and children in Newtown, Connecticut. West expressed his frustration over how eagerly the media demanded a conversation about gun laws after Newtown, but seems unmoved by endemic gun violence in America's cities where the victims are primarily minorities."*
When a shooting victim is white, does the public care more than they would if the victim had been black? How do people rationalize which victims deserve deep sympathy and who are simply casualties? Where do we delineate the difference? Cenk Uygur, Ben Manckiewicz (Host, Turner Classic Movies), and John Iadarola (Host, TYT University) discuss the matter.
For W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News poet & local historian Bro. Archie Quinn performs his original piece "Thank you Emmett" at the spot on the Black Bayou Bridge where Emmett Till's horribly disfigured and probably lifeless body was thrown off, with a 70 pound cotton gin fan tied around his neck, into the Black Bayou which leads into the Tallahatchie River where it was eventually found 3 days later on Aug. 31, 1955.
It's been a violent year in Chicago. A 12-year-old boy tells how a "peace circle" helps him and his peers cope. The boy's guardian and school allowed taping on the condition that they not be identified
Howdy! In this video I share how I went from being homeless to a graduate student with the help and support from a teacher. I am now pursuing a Masters in Education seeking to make a difference in the lives of my students. In order to pay for College I crochet beanies, scarves, etc. I ask you to please help me and support me by buying beanies and other crafts. Please share this video and tell your family and friends about it. I know everything is possible. CROCHETING MY WAY THROUGH COLLEGE. You can Order here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHFPNVhfQjNrb1Nia3dBX0tn...
Facebook is purging accounts that carry pro-second amendment and pro-liberty information in a censorship purge that has accelerated over the past few hours, with innumerable pages being disappeared merely for posting legitimate political content.
NaturalNews.com's Mike Adams contacted us to alert us to the fact that "Facebook banned our account for posting this," with an attached image of a Gandhi quote about how the British disarmed the citizenry during their rule in India.
Read More http://www.infowars.com/facebook-purges-pro-gun-accounts/
An analyst says the introduction of psychotropic drugs in 1962 directly relates to the increase in mass killings in America yet medical records of killers are suppressed.
In the wake of the shooting massacre of 27 children and several adults at a school in Connecticut, blame is set firmly against US gun laws and several America states are now deciding whether to allow school teachers to possess fire arms in school for their own protection and the protection of the children under their care. Utah is among a handful of States that already allows teachers to carry guns in school
HATE CRIME ON CHRISTMAS EVE? A 30-Year-Old Baltimore Man Says 5 Toughs Beat Him Severely After He Left A Local Liquor Store Because He Is Gay.In a neighborhood where he’s heard comments from other men about “faggots on the block,” and where he stands out as a 6-foot man with dyed blonde hair and a career path as a hairstylist, Shaw maintains that homophobia lead to the attack. “This needs to be spoken to because somebody needs to take a stand,” he said. “Hate crimes happen every day.” http://newsone.com/2114852/kenni-shaw-assault-hate-crime-baltimore/
Join us this episode of Critical Insight for an in-depth discussion with Kali Akuno of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement regarding their report (Every 36 Hours). This well researched and comprehensive report details the extra-judicial killing of black people throughout 2012. Every 36 hours (at least) a black person was murdered by US "Law Enforcement" in 2012. Please watch this important interview and spread it to all of your contacts. This is a human rights crisis that can be stopped if everyday people get involved. We must stop this modern day lynching of African/black people in the US. Please also visit: www.mxgm.org for more info on the report.
The grisly reality of Israel's eight-day war on Gaza in mid-November still haunts the minds of many Gazans. They continue to bear the psychological traumas of the Israeli wanton aggression in which at least a thousand people were either injured or maimed in the tiny coastal enclave.
According to psychiatrists, Children who make up nearly 60 percent of the population in Gaza, are still traumatized and psychologically weak. However, children are not the only ones who are suffering.
Thousands of civilians, including women and children, lose their lives every now and then in the U-S assassination drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal regions. But Political analysts are now questioning the American policy over the killing of innocent civilians.
They say the Americans and their president, Barack Obama, shed tears over the killing of 20 children and six adults in a school in Connecticut while keeping a blind eye on news about the frequent death of Pakistani civilians in who are being killed during Washington's drone attacks in the country.
One child at a time
Seeking Changes in the irrational and illogical Juvenile sentencing laws, we developed the One Child at a Time Network. One Child will highlight, Advocate and Campaign for the end of life without Parole for all Juvenile Defendants, seek the abolishment of Juveniles tried in Adult Court rooms and fight for recognition of the benefits of Rehabilative methods rather than Retributive.
According to reports released by FBI local law enforcement officials teamed up with The Department of Homeland Security in order to deal with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Moreover, the FBI used the term "domestic terrorism" when referring to the non-violent movement. Foya request, an independent journalist and activist Anna Lekas Miller joins us to break it down.
I have conquered and survived will be an encouraging impact to everyone. Rather you are a victim or know someone who is, I hope that the details of my past be the pilot to a better future for those who may be involved in a domestic violence situation. I have had suffered and I have survived in many ways than more. My story is of a woman who was held captive, starved, and tortured by her polygamist husband in one of the worst acts of domestic violence in California history. I am Laura Cowan and I hope that what you learn of the events of my life can be the stepping stones that you need if you are not free from abuse or an abuser.
Widower), Single mom of 3 children. A graduate of Bryant & Stratton College, working in the field of Information Technology at Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority as their I.T. Technical Trainer; training CMHA employees at orientation and beyond, coordinating all computer labs on CMHA estates and conducting special resident educational classes. Also, a trainer at the CMHA Police Department presenting classes on Domestic Violence to the new cadets and residence of CMHA. An Advocate for Domestic Violence-and a survivor of Domestic Violence and abuse turned my personal experience into a tool to empowerment for other women. Volunteer at the Domestic Violence Center of Greater Cleveland and a member of Peace In The Hood under Director Khalid A. Samad, as their Domestic Violence Advocate and coach. (2010) was nominated by the Judging Committee for the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland Hero Awards and was selected as a finalist in the Hero Challenge of the Educational category for being an inspiration to many and educating the public about domestic violence. (2010) was selected as one of the Plain Dealer’s community heroes. http://lauracowanstory.com/ http://www.facebook.com/cowanl.dvsurvivor1?fref=ts
She was a student. She was 23. She was
coming back from a date with her
boyfriend. Her fault: she boarded the
wrong bus. And oh yeah, SHE WAS A GIRL!
Six men raped her one by one and then used an iron rod to tear her vagina, small intestine and large intestine . They left
her to die on the road. Naked. Wounded. Exposed. Devastated.
What’s more no one
even turned to look at her. No one even
bothered to throw a shawl on the ill-clad,
ill-fated girl. She can never lead a normal
married life again. She has gone into coma
five times since 16th December. She is unconscious,
critical and hasn’t been able to stop crying.
But don’t worry, she wasn’t
your sister. She wasn’t your daughter.But
she could be. The brutality has to stop
right here guys. These people deserve
capital punishment for their heinous, perverted act.
I VOTE FOR A CAPITAL PUNISHMENT! Please show her that you
care. Please show her that you all are there for here. Maybe that’s all she will ever have to live by. I didn’t know her. But she is related to me by the universal bond of humanity. From a girl who doesn’t want to face the same fate
MY HUMBLE REQUEST PEOPLE PLEASE SHARE IT AS YOUR STATUS AND TELL ANYONE AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
USE PHONE, BBM, WHATSAPP, FACEBOOK, TEXT MESSAGES. INFORM AS MANY PEOPLE YOU KNOW.
DO THIS FOR HER. DO THIS FOR YOURSELF. SHE NEEDS YOUR
SUPPORT, NOT SYMPATHY.........
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For my dad never for gotton
When we lose something that is precious to us, we are left with a feeling of sadness. Whether it is a precious friend or even a treasured object, the loss can be hard to bear. It is as if a part of you has gone missing. Throughout our life we amass collections of friends and treasured possessions. Having close relationships help us feel as if we are not alone in the world. When we lose someone or something that is precious to us, we may realize that there is a certain aloneness that can never be filled. Ultimately the condition of life is one of being alone before G-d.
Source: Loss Poems - Poems about Loss http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/death/loss-poems.asp#ixzz2FwGwP12Ewww.FamilyFriendPoems.com
The true gift of giving and helping others isn't about what you get back in return or even expecting anything at all and it's not about what you gain or profit from it either. Helping and giving is all about that feeling you get knowing you've made a difference in the life of someone else, knowing that you've helped to make the world a better place in some way by reaching out when someone could use a little kindness and compassion. Maybe they won't always say thank you or acknowledge what you've done for them but what's most important is that you went out of your way and took your time to reach out to someone in need and that because of what you did for them their life is a little better then it was before. - Copyright (c)
Jenna Kandyce Linch http://www.facebook.com/j.k.linch?fref=ts
Free Calvin Buari an innocent man doing life in prison for a double-homicide he did not commit.
song is the Lyrical Affidavit of the Real Killer, Dwight Robinson's
confession of the murder he committed in 1992 slaying the Harris in
front of a restaurant as they sat down in their car to eat he ambushed
them from an alley and riddled their BMW with bullet holes....then he
framed Calvin Buari for the Murders..we are grateful Dwight Robinson has
realized it is never too late to "Man up" and now we ask the courts in
the name of Democracy and Justice to Free Calvin Buari!!!
FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) pursuant to the PCJF’s Freedom of Information Act demands reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful protest and did “not condone the use of violence” at occupy protests.The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country. “This production, which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement,” stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF). “These documents show that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity. These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”“The documents are heavily redacted, and it is clear from the production that the FBI is withholding far more material. We are filing an appeal challenging this response and demanding full disclosure to the public of the records of this operation,” stated Heather Benno, staff attorney with the PCJF.
As early as August 19, 2011, the FBI in New York was meeting with the New York Stock Exchange to discuss the Occupy Wall Street protests that wouldn’t start for another month. By September, prior to the start of the OWS, the FBI was notifying businesses that they might be the focus of an OWS protest.
The FBI’s Indianapolis division released a “Potential Criminal Activity Alert” on September 15, 2011, even though they acknowledged that no specific protest date had been scheduled in Indiana. The documents show that the Indianapolis division of the FBI was coordinating with “All Indiana State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies,” as well as the “Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center,” the FBI “Directorate of Intelligence” and other national FBI coordinating mechanisms.
Documents show the spying abuses of the FBI’s “Campus Liaison Program” in which the FBI in Albany and the Syracuse Joint Terrorism Task Force disseminated information to “sixteen (16) different campus police officials,” and then “six (6) additional campus police officials.” Campus officials were in contact with the FBI for information on OWS. A representative of the State University of New York at Oswego contacted the FBI for information on the OWS protests and reported to the FBI on the SUNY-Oswego Occupy encampment made up of students and professors.
Documents released show coordination between the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and corporate America. They include a report by the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), described by the federal government as “a strategic partnership between the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the private sector,” discussing the OWS protests at the West Coast ports to “raise awareness concerning this type of criminal activity.” The DSAC report shows the nature of secret collaboration between American intelligence agencies and their corporate clients - the document contains a “handling notice” that the information is “meant for use primarily within the corporate security community. Such messages shall not be released in either written or oral form to the media, the general public or other personnel…” (The DSAC document was also obtained by the Northern California ACLU which has sought local FBI surveillance files.)
Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) reported to the DSAC on the relationship between OWS and organized labor for the port actions. The NCIS describes itself as “an elite worldwide federal law enforcement organization” whose “mission is to investigate and defeat criminal, terrorist, and foreign intelligence threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps ashore, afloat and in cyberspace.” The NCIS also assists with the transport of Guantanamo prisoners.
DSAC issued several tips to its corporate clients on “civil unrest” which it defines as ranging from “small, organized rallies to large-scale demonstrations and rioting.” It advised to dress conservatively, avoid political discussions and “avoid all large gatherings related to civil issues. Even seemingly peaceful rallies can spur violent activity or be met with resistance by security forces. Bystanders may be arrested or harmed by security forces using water cannons, tear gas or other measures to control crowds.”
The FBI in Anchorage reported from a Joint Terrorism Task Force meeting of November 3, 2011, about Occupy activities in Anchorage.
A port Facility Security Officer in Anchorage coordinated with the FBI to attend the meeting of protestors and gain intelligence on the planning of the port actions. He was advised to request the presence of an Anchorage Police Department official to also attend the event. The FBI Special Agent told the undercover private operative that he would notify the Joint Terrorism Task Force and that he would provide a point of contact at the Anchorage Police Department.
The Jacksonville, Florida FBI prepared a Domestic Terrorism briefing on the “spread of the Occupy Wall Street Movement” in October 2011. The intelligence meeting discussed Occupy venues identifying “Daytona, Gainesville and Ocala Resident Agency territories as portions …where some of the highest unemployment rates in Florida continue to exist.”
The Tampa, Florida FBI “Domestic Terrorism” liaison participated with the Tampa Police Department’s monthly intelligence meeting in which Occupy Lakeland, Occupy Polk County and Occupy St. Petersburg were discussed. They reported on an individual “leading the Occupy Tampa” and plans for travel to Gainesville for a protest planning meeting, as well as on Veterans for Peace plans to protest at MacDill Air Force Base.
The Federal Reserve in Richmond appears to have had personnel surveilling OWS planning. They were in contact with the FBI in Richmond to “pass on information regarding the movement known as occupy Wall Street.” There were repeated communications “to pass on updates of the events and decisions made during the small rallies and the following information received from the Capital Police Intelligence Unit through JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force).”
The Virginia FBI was collecting intelligence on the OWS movement for dissemination to the Virginia Fusion Center and other Intelligence divisions.
The Milwaukee division of the FBI was coordinating with the Ashwaubenon Public Safety division in Green Bay Wisconsin regarding Occupy.
The Memphis FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force met to discuss “domestic terrorism” threats, including, “Aryan Nations, Occupy Wall Street, and Anonymous.”
The Birmingham, AL division of the FBI sent communications to HAZMAT teams regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The Jackson, Mississippi division of the FBI attended a meeting of the Bank Security Group in Biloxi, MS with multiple private banks and the Biloxi Police Department, in which they discussed an announced protest for “National Bad Bank Sit-In-Day” on December 7, 2011.
The Denver, CO FBI and its Bank Fraud Working Group met and were briefed on Occupy Wall Street in November 2011. Members of the Working Group include private financial institutions and local area law enforcement.
Jackson, MS Joint Terrorism Task Force issued a “Counterterrorism Preparedness” alert. This heavily redacted document includes the description, “To document…the Occupy Wall Street Movement.”
Defiant protesters are once again out on the streets of New Delhi for the seventh day in a row. They are demanding immediate justice for the 23-year-old girl who was brutally gang-raped in a bus last Sunday. Although the city is notorious for rapes and sexual harrassment, the viciousness of this attack seems to be a tipping point for many Indians. Al Jazeera's Subina Shrestha reports from New Delhi.
A parody, and a twist on the Charles Dickens Classic. Go on the soul changing journey of an Evil and Wicked Child Protective Worker. And for all the dirt on the Child Protective Industry visit http://www.LegallyKidnapped.com
Maverick filmmaker Bill Maloney's latest film declares: "Amnesty for child abusers who expose the rings they're working with".
For more information and to view Bill Maloney's activist films against child abuse and the erosion of civil liberties free visit: www.pienmashfilms.com
ONA MOVE! Our brother William Phillips (Africa), who has been imprisoned at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas PA, was rushed to the Wilkes Barre General Hospital and is in intensive care. We need all of our supporters to call the prison (570 675-1101) and the hospital (570 829-8111) to inquire about Phil. We are very concerned because this is exactly what happened with our sister, Merle Africa. She had stomach cramps and was taken out to the hospital and the next message that we got is that she died. This is a very serious situation. Please give his correct name (William Phillips #AM 4984) when calling so they can't say that they don't know who you're talking about. Thanks for all your support-----Ramona
Given the Irish/British media BLACKOUT of the plight of Marian Price it is imperative that we ensure that her cause is kept in the public eye!!
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The National Rifle Association's press conference called in the wake of the Newtown massacre was interrupted as a protester held up a banner and yelled "The NRA is killing our kids." After he was escorted out, another protester broke in - READ MORE http://on.rt.com/5xdi8z
Thimerosal - A methyl mercury compound that causes severe, permanent nervous system damage. Mercury is highly toxic to the brain. You should never touch, swallow or inject mercury at any dose. There is no safe dose of mercury! Doctors and vaccine pushers LIE to you and say there is no mercury in vaccines. Even the CDC readily admits vaccine still contain mercury (thimerosal).
An international lawyer says that there is a cover up by Canada's ruling class and its police over disappearance and killings of Aboriginal women and children in Canada.
In the background of this, Amnesty International has issued a damning report of serious violation of human rights in Canada concerning the indigenous people, women and refuges/migrants. Most concerning is the government's police kidnapping aboriginal children from schools and away from their parents, at gun point, to put them in child care centers.
The Canadian government has also recently lodged a Bill C45 through parliament to change the rules about aboriginal land and its recourses, which have been unofficially violated for some time and which has triggered protests and hunger strikes.
Please check out this just-published interview with David Gilbert about today's social movements. (As I'm sure you all know, David is a former member of SDS and the Weather Underground who has spent more than 30 years as a political prisoner.) I did the interview over many months through the mail last spring, and after several revisions and the glacial pace of academic publishing, it is now out. I am thrilled!
The interview appears in The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture. The Sixties is an academic journal, but they are so excited about the interview that they are making it available for free. Please post, share on Facebook and elsewhere, forward, assign in classes, read in study groups, etc.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit involving a young man who believes his constitutional rights were violated when police forced a catheter inside him.
Stephan Cook, 22, brought the lawsuit against several law enforcement officers in Sanpete County and Ephraim City, claiming that they performed a forced catheterization on him, after he refused a drug test in 2008 while attending Snow College.
As the plaintiff in the case, Cook claims the incident in question started on a quiet side road in Ephraim where he was parked smoking cigarettes inside a car with friends. Cook says police officers approached the car, suspecting the young men were smoking marijuana.
"When they approached us, they said it smelled like marijuana, but we said no, we're smoking cigarettes and we just put the cigarettes out like you asked us to," says Cook.
Cook refused to offer a urine sample after the cops demanded it numerous times. He adds that he repeatedly asked for an attorney to be present.
After obtaining what Cook's attorneys call a "botched" search warrant, he was forced by police to be catheterized at Sanpete County Hospital. "The nurse told the officers to hold my shoulders while they cathetered me, and after that they took me straight to jail," said Cook. According to the attorneys, Sanpete County Hospital still has not produced the urine sample as evidence, or even a record of Cook coming to the hospital. They say it further adds to their belief that the law enforcement agencies involved did not follow correct procedure.
Criminal defense attorney Lindsay Jarvis calls the forced catheterization the ultimate violation of her client's civil rights. "I would say anybody who's in that position would feel as though they were sexually assaulted - yes. You've got a female nurse who is unbuttoning his pants while another invidivual holds him down. And then, they stick an object into his private parts."
Prior to filing his civil lawsuit, Cook fought the case in criminal court, where he accepted a plea of abeyance. The agreement allowed him to admit to one count of possession of marijuana and a fine, in exchange for dropping the rest of the charges against him. According to Cook's legal team, the federal judge dismissed his civil lawsuit partially due to the fact that Cook had previously admitted guilt. However, both Cook and his attorneys say the plea of abeyance was made under duress. The attorneys, who plan to appeal, say the ruling to dismiss the case on those grounds is just plain wrong. "Irrespective of whether he committed this crime, that's irrelevant to whether they're entitled to forcibly catheterize him," said attorney Justin Heideman.
Peter Stirba, defense counsel for the Sanpete County officers issued this statement in response to the dismissal of the lawsuit: "The officers' behavior was fully justified and certainly was not violative of any of Mr. Cook's constitutional rights."
Cook's mother who is a fellow police officer for a different city strongly opposes the defense counsel's statement, calling this a matter of police brutality. "This is a story of contemptive cops. He (Stephan) wouldn't voluntarily pee, and they were gonna do whatever it took to get his urine - period," said Stephan Cook's mother Holly Ziegenhorn.
Cook wants to keep fighting and move forward with an appeal. He says he does not want another person to have to go through what he did. "I never wanted this to happen. I'm willing to stand up for everybody else who can't," said Cook.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gave an address from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday to commemorate six months since he first entered the facility. Assange, who is wanted for questioning in Sweden, has been granted asylum in Ecuador, but despite that offer he remains inside the embassy awaiting safe passage. Speaking from the balcony of the building Thursday night, Assange called for justice for accused sources Bradley Manning and Jeremy Hammond and promised a busy year for his organization in 2013.
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The man on the frontline of the information battle, Wikileaks editor Julian Assange, is to give a Christmas address. He'll deliver his speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he's been ensconsed for six months, after being granted political asylum. There's much anticipation as to what Assange will say.
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RFE / FL December 20, 2012
A Iranian-American pastor, Saeed Abedini, has reportedly been arrested and charged in Iran while visiting his family.
Reports say the 32-year-old Christian convert has been detained in Tehran’s Evin prison since late September.
The charges against him are not clear.
The American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing his wife, has alleged that Abedini was jailed because of his Christian faith.
The group says it is launching a campaign to demand the release of the pastor, who became a U.S. citizen in 2010.
Earlier this year, Iran released pastor Youcef Naderkhani, a Christian convert, who had reportedly been sentenced to death for apostasy for refusing to renounce his faith.
In the Islamic republic, a Muslim who converts to another faith can face the death penalty.
SOURCE : RFE / RL
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