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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Denzel Washington's Top 10 Rules For Success

He's an American actor and filmmaker.

He has received two Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards.

In 2015 he was selected as the recipient for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.

He's Denzel Washington and here are his Top 10 Rules for Success.

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1. Dreams need goals
He earned a B.A. in Drama and Journalism from Fordham University in 1977.

2. Aspire to make a difference
After dropping out of school for a semester, he worked as creative arts director at an overnight summer camp.

3. Ignore the opinions of others
He participated in a staff talent show for the campers and a colleague suggested he try acting.

4. Stick to your guns
He attended graduate school at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he stayed for one year.

5. Bring your dreams to life
made his screen acting debut in the 1977 made-for-television film
Wilma, and his first Hollywood appearance in the 1981 film Carbon Copy.

6. Share your gift
A major career break came when he starred as Dr. Phillip Chandler in NBC's television hospital drama St. Elsewhere.

7. Work hard
His performance as the black nationalist leader in Malcolm X earned him another nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

8. Fall forward
During the early and mid-1990s, he starred in several successful thrillers, including The Pelican Brief and Crimson Tide.

9. Take what's useful
In 2000, he appeared in the Disney film Remember the Titans which grossed over $100 million in the U.S.

10. Tell great stories
He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2001 cop thriller Training Day, where he played a corrupt Los Angeles cop.


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A Change Is Gonna Come | Live in Brazil | Playing For Change Band

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. Join the movement at http://www.playingforchange.com.

are proud to share with all of you this special performance of the PFC
Band Live in Curitiba, Brazil. This one night of music created our first
PFC music school in Brazil that will give the gift of music education
for generations. As Grandpa Elliott and Clarence Bekker sing, "It's
been a long time coming but I know a change is gonna come..." Enjoy the
music and share this positive energy with everyone you meet!

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

#BlackLivesMatter: A New Generation Of US Civil Rights Activists

#BlackLivesMatter: A new generation of civil rights activists emerging from racism and violence in the USA

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Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, many Americans predicted the end
of racial inequality in the United States. But as black communities
continue to be torn apart by violence, America remains a country
divided. Taking cues from their forefathers in the 1950s, a new
generation of civil rights activists has emerged from the bloodshed,
determined to have their voices heard in the fight for racial equality.

"Witnesses say he was beaten from this side of the street all the way to
that side. He was screaming for help, but none of those animals
stopped"​,​ explains Tawanda Jones tearfully. Her brother Tyrone was
killed by police, in what she says was a ​​"brutal murder". Tawanda
believes her brother fell victim to a police force that routinely
discriminates against black lives: ​​"There's no justice, it's just us.
We need to stick together and dismantle this corrupt system"​​

movement however is not just about changing policing: it is pursuing
real reform in gang-tormented neighbourhoods, as often the most
dangerous violence comes from within these communities. For example in
the South Side of Chicago, brutal gang violence is a part of daily life:
it is easier for many young black men to get a gun than a job, and on
average someone is shot every three hours. Campaigners are fighting to
provide an alternative to the epidemic of gang warfare, determined to
stop the violence from within. ​​"They want to close down schools, they
don't want kids to read, don't want them to learn...but that's what's
going to curb the violence"​,​ explains one woman.

​​"I think what we're seeing is the birth of a mass movement."​

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Jesse Perez prevails

Jesse Perez prevails: Prison guards found liable for retaliatory abuse of California’s solitary confinement policies

by Jesse Perez

San Francisco, Dec. 13, 2015
– In what amounts to an improbable plaintiff victory, a federal jury unanimously found several Pelican Bay State Prison guards liable for retaliating against a prisoner in solitary confinement for successfully exercising his first amendment right to file a prior lawsuit against other guards. In the case, I was the prisoner plaintiff alleging that after favorably litigating a near decade‐long federal suit challenging my placement in Pelican Bay’s harsh isolation unit as a “gang associate,” the guard defendants conspired to retaliate and did retaliate against me.

The guards’ unlawful conduct, I claimed, was also spurred by my participation in peaceful civil disobedience actions that included the 2011 and 2013 California prisoners’ hunger strikes as well as my authoring articles critical of the department’s solitary housing policies and advocating for the scaling up of prisoners’ engagement in the public political process.
The retaliation at issue in the case was exacted in various forms. Specifically, I accused the guards of stripping me naked, trashing my cell, improperly taking legal documents relevant to my prior lawsuit (ongoing at the time), vocalizing threats about pursuing lawsuits against department employees and falsifying a disciplinary report with a gang nexus intended to keep me in solitary longer.
In defending against the lawsuit, the defendants – all guards assigned to the gang squad at Pelican Bay – denied the retaliatory accusations and argued that they were merely “following orders” and “standard procedures.”
On the stand, however, the factual testimony, spurious safety issues, ignorance asserted of the regulations governing their acts and rationalizations trotted in support of their defense contained gripping inconsistencies, inherent incredibility and were ultimately unpersuasive – at best.

I accused the guards of stripping me naked, trashing my cell, improperly taking legal documents relevant to my prior lawsuit (ongoing at the time), vocalizing threats about pursuing lawsuits against department employees and falsifying a disciplinary report with a gang nexus intended to keep me in solitary longer.

Following the parties’ decision to rest their respective cases, a gender‐balanced jury of eight – acting in their fact‐finding role – retreated to deliberate for two days. After considering the evidence and counsels’ arguments, the unanimous verdict returned was against several of the guard defendants.
The jury saw plenty of evidence to convince them that the guards’ actions were not the bumbling creature of ignorance and error – but, rather, the well‐designed and malicious strategy to retaliate against me for pursuing constitutionally protected legal action in court contesting my placement in isolation.
While prisons are ultimately about public safety, this case lifts the cloak of secrecy to provide a rare window for the public to see how the department’s Institutional Gang Investigators (IGI) violate the public’s trust and abuse the practice of solitary confinement in which the state continues to engage.
The large number of prisoners released from isolation since the class action Ashker v. Brown was settled also reflects the IGI’s heavy handed influence in placing and retaining prisoners there under the now discredited and empty rhetoric of safety and security.
There is also a compelling underlying truth here, I believe. What was proven at trial is necessarily emblematic of a deeper pathology existing within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, one pointing unerringly to the sheer inefficiency of the “leadership” of the agency’s administration, and the public frankly deserves better.
This is particularly so when prison officials willingly violate the constitution and refuse to remedy those violations, instead choosing to engage in protracted litigation – which only results in greater cost for taxpayers.
This alone is basis to ratchet up the tempo in the growing drum‐beat calling for substantive reforms to the state’s correctional system.

The large number of prisoners released from isolation since the class action Ashker v. Brown was settled also reflects the IGI’s heavy handed influence in placing and retaining prisoners there under the now discredited and empty rhetoric of safety and security.

The plaintiff’s prevailing case was presented at trial by the outstanding team from the WilmerHale law firm, attorneys Randall Lee, Matt Benedetto and Katie Moran. They were assisted in its preparation by Jessica Lewis and Tiffany Tejada‐Rodriguez as well as other incredible support staff that contributed to the favorable outcome.
Send our brother some love and light: Jesse Perez, K‐42186, PBSP A5-106, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532.
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

When Cops Rape: Daniel Holtzclaw & the Vulnerability of Black Women to Police Abuse

former Oklahoma City police officer is facing life in prison for the
serial rapes of African-American women. An all-white jury convicted
Daniel Holtzclaw last week of rape and other crimes against eight of the
13 women who accused him. All 13 victims testified during the trial,
each with similar stories of rape, sexual assault, and threats if they
did not comply with Holtzclaw’s demands. Holtzclaw targeted them during
traffic stops and interrogations, forcing them into sexual acts in his
police car or in their homes. Prosecutors say he deliberately preyed on
vulnerable black women from low-income neighborhoods. He was reportedly
under investigation by the Oklahoma City police sex crimes unit six
weeks before his final crime. That means Holtzclaw assaulted half of the
women he was convicted of attacking while under investigation. While
Holtzclaw’s conviction may bring his victims some relief, the case has
raised questions about whether it’s part of a wider problem of devaluing
African-American lives, in this case African-American women. Despite
the charges and ultimate convictions of serial rape, the Holtzclaw
prosecution got far less corporate media attention than other criminal
trials. We hear from some of his victims and speak with three guests:
Kimberlé Crenshaw, law professor at UCLA and Columbia University and the
founder of the African American Policy Forum; and Candace Liger and
Grace Franklin, co-founders of OKC Artists for Justice, an Oklahoma
City-based advocacy group founded around the Holtzclaw case.

A Tragic Bloody Mess (important Message)


A Lesson For All of Us 

A couple had been married for several years without a child. For the purpose of companionship, they bought a Rottweiler puppy, named it Hatchi and loved her like a child.
The dog had access to all the rooms in the house. The puppy grew to become a large, beautiful dog and had on several occasions saved d couples from robbery.
Hatchi was always faithful, loyal and defended its owners against any danger.
Seven years later, the couple was blessed to have the long awaited son. They were very happy with their new son and decreased the attention they had been giving the dog. Hatchi felt neglected and began to get jealous of the baby.
One day the couple left the baby sleeping peacefully in his cradle and went to the terrace to prepare a roast. They were shocked as they were heading to the nursery and saw Hatchi in the hallway with a bloody mouth, wagging its tail.
The dog's owner thought the worst, pulled out a weapon and immediately killed the dog. Rushed to the baby's room and found a beheaded snake close to the baby. The owner begins to mourn and exclaims I killed my faithful dog!
How often have You misjudged people without finding out facts.
The next time You are tempted to judge and condemn anyone remember the
story of a faithful dog Hatchi

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0:02 / 3:54 DECEMBER 18th Demand Medical Treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal and 10,000 Prisoners with Hepatitis C

DECEMBER 18th Demand Medical Treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal and 10,000 Prisoners with Hepatitis C in a landmark court hearing.

WHERE: William J. Nealon Federal Building, U.S. Court House, 235 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, PA 18501.

WHEN: 9:30am December 18, 2015

March 2015, Abu-Jamal was rushed to a hospital after collapsing from
near lethal blood sugar levels and renal failure. Even after treatment
for diabetes, he continued to suffer severe skin rashes and lesions over
much of his body as well as swelling of his arms and legs. His skin
developed a leatherlike appearance, and he had difficulty standing and

In August he was finally diagnosed with the hepatitis C virus, which impacts nearly 10,000 prisoners in Pennsylvania.

the diagnosis, prison officials refused to give Abu-Jamal a new
direct-acting anti-viral drug with a 90-95 percent cure rate for HCV.
The medication, manufactured by Gilead Sciences, comes with a hefty
price tag. At about $1,000 per pill, it costs $95,000 for a 12-week
course of treatment. Prison officials decided to hold off on treatment
until the final stages of the condition — in other words, when it would
be too late to save Mumia.

Speaking at a November meeting in
Philadelphia, Abu-Jamal’s attorney Robert Boyle noted that the cost of
the hospital care Mumia needed because the HCV went untreated was easily
double that expense.

For transportation from Philadelphia, call 215-724-1618 or email HepCcure4Mumiaallprisoners@gmx.com.

In New York call 212-330-8029.

If you are unable to get to Scranton, you can still show your support on Dec. 18 by calling:

PA Department of Corrections at 717-728-2573
PA Gov. Tom Wolf at 717-787-2500

Demand immediate hep C treatment for Mumia and 10,000 other prisoners.

Monday, 7 December 2015

My 98 days in detention – Illegally framed in a criminal case.#SaeedKhanFalahi

In recent years, Intolerance & religious, lingual & regional extremism has been rising so fast in all corners of India. The movement of peace, harmony & human rights is being weakened as an strategy of communal forces, opportunist political leaders & selfish clerics.
In December, 1992 after demolition of Babri Masjid when communal forces, opportunist political leaders & selfish clerics were playing their dirty game to spread hate among Hindus and Muslims to fulfill their own political and monetary interests. India was burning,
At that time, I was a young & devoted students leader in Aligarh Muslim University, India. I was really very shocked to see the massive declining of religious harmony & brotherhood. So I started a reformist movement “Haiya Alal Falah Movement” on 12 December, 1992 just after 6 days of Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya, Faizabad district in Uttar Pradesh. “Haiya Alal Falah” is an Arabic slogan which means “Come towards success & betterment” and for me in that burning time, to strengthen communal harmony & social fabric was prime duty hence I devoted myself in this noble cause.
My efforts to foster peace, harmony, brotherhood & understanding were highly appreciated by the common people of all religions who were poor & educationally backward. Those poor & backward people of all religions were being misguided, betrayed and misused by the traders of hate. Naturally my efforts were highly criticized and attacked by the extremists of all religions.
Now, I have many unknown enemies. Every religious extremist and trader of hate is my enemy and my life & dignity is at stake.
Social activists are soft targets in India. Everyone is living in fear. Rising of religious, lingual & regional intolerance is a great sign of danger for humanity & democracy of Indian republic. Peace & rights activists are being killed, threatened and framed in false criminal cases.
A big conspiracy has been taken place against me to assassinate my character and to stop my voice. In 2012 a fake, false & fabricated F.I.R. Crime Number 1-218/2012 was lodged in Wagle Estate police station at Thane city in Maharashtra under section 465, 468, 471, 420 0f I.P.C. & 66(K) of I.T. Act. All the facts & contents of this F.I.R. are bogus like a false story. This F.I.R. is a dirty attempt to malign my image and to spoil my social and family life.
The role of police is always seen as an ally of political leaders, mafias and capitalist. It is a big threat to the human rights of all common people and activists. Moreover the criminal justice system in India is not so effective. The Indian government must think and act over this issue keeping in view that the police is often use its powers so unfairly & dishonestly. All police actions, complaints & complainants are not always right similarly all accused are not also always wrong. Accused should not be treated as a criminal by the police & lower courts. Human rights violations, torture must be checked in police custody & in prison as well.
On 13th of August, 2015, I was arrested by the police ignoring all my pleas & clarifications from my home at Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India and produced me before the Thane court in Maharashtra on 15th of August, 2015 about 2000 kilometer far away from my home town. 15th August is celebrated as Independence day in India. The court sent me in police custody for 6 days where I experienced severe human rights violations, humiliations and insults. On 21st August I was sent to the central prison, Thane as an accused of the crime of cheating & forgery which I never committed. As a prisoner, I experienced that all prisoners are not treated as human being. Jail manual and other relating laws are only seen in the book shelves but on the ground, they are not applied. On 18th of November, 2015, I was released on bail by the court. During this period of 98 days, I have been harassed mentally & physically. Not only me but my family members, supporters & friends faced too much pain and grief. Now, I have to prove my innocence in the Thane city court in Maharashtra during trial. Crime Number 1-218/2012. Government of Maharashtra State versus Mohd. Abdul Saeed Khan. God help me!

Friday, 4 December 2015

ICAN in Nevada 2015

Nevada was one of three states that abolished life without parole for children during the 2015 legislative session.

Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN), which is an initiative
of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, puts a human face

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Woodfox wants U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on his request to be freed and block a third trial in 1972 killing

Inmate seeks to block third trial in guard’s 1972 death

Albert Woodfox, the high-profile accused murderer from New Orleans who’s fueled a national debate over solitary confinement, is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
One of Woodfox’s attorneys, George Kendall, said Tuesday he plans to file a request to the nation’s high court to hear the case, nearly a month after a federal appeals court ruled the inmate can be tried a third time in the slaying of a prison guard. Woodfox’s request will join the 10,000 petitions the Supreme Court receives each year, some 80 of which are heard.
Also Tuesday, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals filed the necessary paperwork to finalize its Nov. 9 decision that overturned a lower court judge’s sweeping ruling in June that sought to free Woodfox and bar him from being retried.
Woodfox, 68, was twice convicted in the 1972 stabbing death of Brent Miller, a guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Both convictions, in 1973 and 1998, were thrown out, first due to Woodfox’s ineffective counsel and the next time, because of racial disparities in the grand jury.
Woodfox has become a lightning rod in the controversy surrounding solitary confinement, a practice opponents say is a form of unconstitutional imprisonment generally defined as being held alone in a cell for at least 23 hours a day. Having served four decades, Woodfox is believed to be the longest-jailed inmate in solitary in the U.S.
State officials have previously challenged the description of Woodfox’s imprisonment as solitary confinement, citing his access to television and ability to converse with other inmates despite only being allowed to leave his cell one hour a day.
Aaron Sadler, a spokesman for State Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell, who is prosecuting Woodfox, said Tuesday he can’t discuss the issue of solitary confinement because it’s the subject of ongoing litigation.
In Woodfox’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys are expected to argue that U.S. Middle District Court Judge James J. Brady had appropriate authority when he ruled in June that the inmate’s situation was so exceptional that a fair trial would be impossible.
The unusual elements to Woodfox’s case include his advanced age, faltering health, and the fact that many of the witnesses to the killing for which he’s accused are dead, Brady found.
“The American trial assumes that a certain number of critical witnesses are going to show up at the courthouse, raise their right hands, testify and be subject to cross examination. There’s no dispute anymore. That can’t happen in this case,” Kendall said.
“The central, important role the jury plays is to look at the witnesses ... and say, ‘Who do we believe and who do we not believe?’ ” he said, adding that critical testimony should not be delivered by actors reading a script in court.
Sadler said the state agrees with the 5th Circuit’s ruling last month, which found the problem of dead witnesses would be best addressed at retrial by a state court.
“This case,” wrote 5th Circuit Judge Carolyn King in the 2-1 decision with Judge Priscilla Owen, “does not present a constitutional defect that cannot be cured at retrial.”
Fifth Circuit Judge James L. Dennis dissented, aligning himself with Brady.
Woodfox is the last remaining member of the “Angola 3,” a group so named for the members’ long terms in what they’ve argued is solitary confinement.
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