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Michigan Judge Pulls No Punches in 30-Minute Sentencing Tirade Against Police Officer

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In a speech that lasted almost 30 minutes, Judge Vonda Evans of Detroit laid into 47-year-old William Melendez, the former Inkster, Michigan, police officer caught on video beating an unarmed black man in January 2015.

Melendez was sentenced to 13 months to 10 years in prison Tuesday for his role in the attack on Floyd Dent, a 58-year-old black auto worker, that occurred during a late night traffic stop in the struggling Wayne County suburb last winter.

“The one image [from this trial] that stood out to the court was looking at Mr. Dent in his cell, shaking his head in disbelief of what had occurred to him,” Evans said in a courtroom video published by local television station WJBK.

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How school makes kids less intelligent | Eddy Zhong

How school makes kids less intelligent | Eddy Zhong | TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet

People killed by US law enforcement agencies

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(en) UPDATE ON AAHM&CC AND A RESPOSNE TO NEGRO DREAMKILLER DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN.

(en) UPDATE ON AAHM&CC AND A RESPOSNE TO NEGRO DREAMKILLER DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN.

From Greg Jackson
Date Wed, 20 May 1998 14:11:56 -0700 (PDT)

Peace all,

I. Update as of May 20th.

Last Monday (May 18), we met with King Co. Councilman Larry Gossett,
Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver, Lt. Harry Bailey (SPD-east
prct.), Capt. Diaz (SPD-east prcnt.), and reps from the Wa. Department of Transportation, and King Co. Sheriff’s Office.

Neither Bob or anyone from his camp was present at this event.

On our side were members the Youth Action Committee (myself included), founder Omari Tahir, co-founder Earl Debnam, students from Evergreen State College, a rep from the Nigerian Community Association of Washington State, and a sister from the Ethiopian community.

Also present was Tony Orange of the African-American Affairs Dept. of the State of Washington.

Each side remains steadfast in their intentions: the city and state
want us out, and the museum and grassroots (us) intend on staying and serving the people.

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AFRICATOWN ARRESTEES HEARING FRIDAY JULY 25, 2014 9AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: END THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE!

MORE 4 MANN COALITION CHALLENGES SCHOOL DISTRICT’S BAN OF AFRICATOWN ARRESTEES

Contact Leith Kahl : (206) 940-3807 http://more4mann.blogspot.com/p/the-crisis.html

Hearing:

9 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014

Judge Kimberley Prochnau

King County Superior Court, 516 3rd Ave., Seattle

Courtroom E-201 Supporters and journalists encouraged.

The More 4 Mann Coalition of Historic Africatown (in Central Seattle) is continuing to challenge the unconstitutional “EXCLUSION NOTICE” imposed upon three of our members by the Seattle Public School District since last November, in direct violation of the First Amendment.

The three members, Omari Tahir, Greg Lewis and Leight J-K, appealed this decision to the King County Superior Court. Judge Prochnou will hear the appeal at 9 a.m. Friday, July 25, in Courtroom E-201, at 516 3rd Ave..

The Exclusion Notice bans the three members of the More 4 Mann Coalition from any and all public meetings and community events held on any SPS property for one year.

Former Seattle Public Schools social studies teacher Omari Tahir has served as the elected co-chair of the Seattle Alliance For Black Education since 1970. Greg Lewis is a martial arts and fitness instructor. Leith Jasinowski-Kahl is a local longshoreman and community activist who has served as a member of SPS’s Horace Mann-African American Community Partnerships Task Force since August 22, 2013, at the request of outgoing Superintendent Jose Banda. In September, that task force reached overwhelming joint District-Community agreement on thirteen (13) clear recommendations (attached), which the More 4 Mann Coalition continues to support.

We believe this perverse and backward “Exclusion Notice” to have been concocted by loyalists of SPS General Council Ron English, and his old-guard faction within the School District. This is the same School District (and Ron English faction) that has always welcomed the infamous former Urban League chief James Kelly into its facilities, even after he brought a firearm onto Rainier Beach High School campus and publicly threatened people with it in May of 2002 (http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/City-right-to-bring-charge-in-gun-case-1091852.php ).

Last Autumn, Ron English sabotaged the Superintendent’s pragmatic efforts at multicultural dialogue, and abruptly shifted the District’s tone and policy. In early November, the District suddenly and unilaterally began addressing the More 4 Mann Coalition as “tresspassers” instead of Partners. The District also sent a letter to task force member Leith Kahl, threatening to exclude him from Board meetings if he so much as mentioned Ron English by name, title, or pronoun (also attached).

The Ron English machine is using District Exclusion Notices and Seattle Police to silence its critics because it does not want Seattle’s taxpayers to pay attention to the record of Ron English’s involvement in the 1986 through 2005 process of privatizing Queen Anne High School (http://seattletimes.com/html/education/2002440838_queenanne15m.html ), the illegal 2003 “transfer” of the African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center’s Coleman School Building to the Seattle Urban League ( http://www.aahmcc.org/a-brief-history/ ), the theocratic 2010 giveaway of MLK High School to a religious institution (http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2015242396_mlk06m.html ), and the Seattle Public Schools Small Business Contracting Program Scandal of 2011 ( http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2014375410_potter03.html ). A thorough review of this long related train of abuses and usurpations would lead most taxpayers to conclude that Ron English is not a good steward of public resources, and that he should, at the very least, be let go from his job at SPS.

The District still had yet to implement any of these task force recommendations by November 19th, when a Seattle Police SWAT Team raided the Mann building at Ron English’s desire, arresting Leith, Omari, Greg and one random bystander who was not a Coalition member. They were each issued the District’s one year Exclusion Notice at the time of their release the same day. Not a single task force recommendation had yet been implemented by December 12, when we appealed the Exclusion Notice within the District’s internal Kangaroo “appeal procedure”, where it was of course upheld by THE SAME PERSON WHO HAD WRITTEN IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. Not a single recommendation had been implemented by December 19th, when we appealed this matter to Superior Court.

Since then, we are happy to report that at least ONE important task force recommendation was achieved, when SPS signed an interim re-location lease agreement with one of the More 4 Mann Coalition’s affiliated organizations. However, to date, less than four out of the thirteen task force recommendations have been achieved.

The programmatic and visual presence of ALL Africatown activities have been, at least temporarily, displaced from 2401 E. Cherry Street, the historic heart of Africatown. This was the opposite of both the letter and spirit of the task force’s recommendations, and of the School District’s stated intent in convening that task force.

Our attorney will therefore ask the Superior Court to quash this unlawful exclusion notice.

Global Power Project, Part 1: Exposing the Transnational Capitalist Class

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By Andrew Gavin Marshall, Occupy.com

The Global Power Project, an investigative series produced by Occupy.com, aims to identify and connect the worldwide institutions and individuals who comprise today’s global power oligarchy.

By studying the relationships and varying levels of leadership that govern our planet’s most influential institutions — from banks, corporations and financial institutions to think tanks, foundations and universities — this project seeks to expose the complex, highly integrated network of influence wielded by relatively few individuals on a national and transnational basis.

This is not a study of wealth, but a study of power.

Source: http://truth-out.org

SPD admits it broke state law by withholding May Day memo

By Steve Miletich

The Seattle Police Department has admitted it violated the state Public Records Act by withholding from The Seattle Times an internal memorandum about the department’s response to the violent demonstrations of May Day 2012, and has agreed to pay $20,000 to the newspaper and its attorneys to avoid a lawsuit over the issue.

In a settlement agreement signed by Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel, the SPD “acknowledges that it had a duty to either produce the [report]” or cite a valid Public Records Act (PRA) exemption to its release.

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OCCUPY SEATTLE URGENT ALERT!!! COURT THREATENS OMARI WITH “WESTERN STATE DETENTION”

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THESE “GEORGE WASHINGTON PLANTATION EUROPEAN SETTLE COLONIAL COURTS ARE OBSCENE!!! WHEN DID COLONIALISM / RACISM END BRITISH SELF=GOVERNING SETTLER SUPER-COLONY END. “AFRICATOWN/CD BECOMING “LITTLE AMSTERDAM “? STAY TUNED AND DON’T SAY I DIDN’T TELL YOU??? ” ETHNIC-CLEASNSING / GENTRIFICATION IN NAZI GERMANY DID’T WORK AND IT WON’T WORK HERE IN “AFRICATOWN / CD (CHINATOWN / ID)??? ” LITTLE AMSTERDAM / TWILIGHT EXIT”? THE YOUNGSTERS DON’T LIKE THIS MOVE AT ALL AND SERIOUS RACIAL CONFLICT IS BREWING? THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES….

ON JAN 31, 2013 I APPEARED IN JUDGE ROSEN COURT 902 FOR HEARING ON PUBLIC PRETENDER JESSE SALOMAN’S MOTION TO WITHDRAW AS MY PUBLIC PRETENDER.

CONTINUED OPPOSITION TO THE “EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER TERRORIST GEORGE WASHINGTON’S / ADOLPH HITLER PICTURE HANGING ABOVE JUDGE ‘ROSEN’S HEAD, THE FASCIST JUDGE THREATEN ME WITH “MENTAL DETENTION AT WESTERN STATE”!!!
ROSEN’S NAZI MOVE WAS DESIGNED TO INTIMIDATE ME WHY TRYING TO FORCE ME TO TRIAL NEXT WEEK WITHOUT PROVIDING ME WITH MONIES FOR INVESTIGATION WHILE REFUSING TO FORCE PROSECUTOR TO GIVE ME FULL DISCOVERY (SURVIELANCE FILES, WITNESS LIST, ETC). PROSECUTOR EVEN ASK JUDGE ROSEN TO NOT FORCE HIM TO GIVE ME WITNESS’S NAMES AND ADDRESSES BECAUSE OF HIS CONCERN OF MY MENTAL CONDITION. THE SILLY JUDGE THEN ASK ME INAPPROPRIATE QUESTION, “HAVE YOU EVER HAD PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT”????? MY REPLY WAS” AS MANY TIMES AS I HAVE OBSERVED COURT PROCEEDINGS, I HAVE NEVER HEARD A JUDGE ASK A LAWYER IF HE HAS EVER HAD PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT? SINCE YOU THE JUDGE ARE TRYING TO UNCONSTITUTIONALLY FORCE ME TO GO TO TRIAL PRO SE AS MY OWN ATTORNEY AND WITHOUT EFFECTIVE LEGAL REPRESENTATION,WHY ARE YOU ASKING ME THIS IGNORANT DISRESPECTFULL AND INAPPRORIATE QUESTION????

ANOTHER HEARING IS SET FOR THIS MONDAY FEB 4, 2013 AT 1:30 PM IN COURT RM 902 IN MUNICIPLE COURT AT 5TH AND JAMES. I NEED ALL OF THE COURT OBSERVERS AS POSSIBLE TO WITNESS THIS NAZI LEGAL ATTACK ON THE OCCUPPIED SEATTLE ARRESTEES INCLUDING ED MAST, PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND AND BROADCAST THIS EMAIL ALERT AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES,

Omari Tahir-Garrett
Website: http://www.prison2president.blogspot.com

Wyking: Seattle Mayor’s “Juneteenth” Town Hall

Mayor’s “Juneteenth” Town Hall
By Wyking

(re-printed from Central District News)

I was at the meeting that was held on Juneteenth. I found it ironic that the staff of a Black history institution nor the elected Mayor acknowledged the significance to US and world history.

But on to the issues. I did not notice anyone at the meeting promoting anarchism or “Black Bloc” as they’ve been called. There were a number people that were VERY vocal about issues related to police misconduct and accountability. There were also other issues raised.

The media, and Mayor’s office it appears, is not mentioning the biggest issue raised that led to the arrests were about corruption related to the ownership and occupancy of Colman school.

The meeting started with representatives of the African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center asserting ownership and the founder presenting the Mayor with legal documents regarding ownership of the Colman school building and demanding an full scale investigation into corruption and fraud resulting in current occupancy by Urban League Village. They challenged the attempted corporate takeover involving prominent white Seattle power brokers including Bill Gates mother in law Mimi Gates. Barbara Thomas, the director of NAAM admitted that their organization did not own the building.

People also expressed:

-a need to stop the “plantation politics” and high level institutional racism and corruption that has effectively destabilized the African American community creating the conditions that foster the negative culture of crime and violence leaving everyone vulnerable as evidenced by tragic death of Tyrone Love and Justin Ferrari in the same block.

-Questioned the wasting of public resources such as the situation with Horace Mann being funded by the city yet kept empty.

– Reiterated ongoing need for a world class cultural center, an institution that effectively inspires and nurtures positive culture, pride and productivity. Too many African American youth who lack a positive cultural identity and framework adopt negative lifestyles trying to imitate European mafia gangster culture (i.e., Al Capone, John Gotti and Al Pacino Scarface). Colman school was fought for to be a center of cultural and economic revitalization for the community but was co-opted into a real estate development with a milquetoast museum-gallery that has not significantly impacted the issues of education/youth development, culture, economic development and public safety. The estimated 30 million dollars that has gone into this building could have made a serious difference if strategically invested.

-Raised questions about $200 million being spent on new juvenile jail development and ineffective incarceration model rather than invested in effective prevention and intervention.

-Raised questions about the administration’s commitment to diversity, equity and “shared prosperity” in light of people being pushed out of Seattle in general and the Central District and how the pending Yesler Terrace redevelopment in specific and mitigate or exacerbate the problem.

-Highlighted institutional inequity where white organizations use black faces on brochures to raise money in the name of “helping” the community but are really serving their own interests, perpetuating the status quo and keeping power among their own while problems in Black community have continued to get worse.

Personally, I would have preferred the meeting continued and feel that the Mayor got a pass to avoid dealing with hard issues and go beyond his talking points.

What I don’t understand is how everyone is going to live together in harmony if all lives and interests are not respected and valued. How can you expect peace without justice? There needs to be some honest dialogue if there is going to be any common ground or resolution. Other than that it will be business as usual, polarization will increase and tensions continue to rise.

Source: http://www.centraldistrictnews.com

9/11: The Secret War Against the Jews

Suppose the narrative was changed. What if the box-cutter hijackers were replaced by an entirely different crew of bad guys responsible for bringing down the World Trade Towers?

Source: http://www.scribd.com