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By Anti-State STL on 2015/12/16
josh williams 2Josh was transferred today to the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He will be held there for an undetermined amount of time before being transferred to a more long term facility.
Josh has expressed that he would like to receive letters, so please take a moment to drop him a line to help him remember he’s not alone and to help him acclimate to his new surroundings.
If you would like to donate to Josh’s commissary, please write to him and ask him to send you a deposit slip to send checks or money orders, or make an account at Access Corrections to send money electronically.
Write to Josh:
Josh Williams #1292002
2727 Highway K
Bonne Terre, MO 63628
*As always, please remember that all incoming letters are read by prison staff. Never write to anyone in prison about anything illegal or potentially incriminating.
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Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe as a Marxist dictator since the country became independent from Britain in 1980, is telling his country’s few remaining white landowners: Your time is up.
“We say no to whites owning our land, and they should go,” Mugabe told supporters, according to The Christian Science Monitor. “They can own companies and apartments…but not the soil. It is ours and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.”
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The legacy of the Civil War is in the news. The debate over the Confederate flag in South Carolina brought up reminders that the rebel banner flies along I-5 in Washington in a private park dedicated to Jefferson Davis. A Confederate veteran’s memorial on Capitol Hill has been vandalized and a local group is calling for its removal. One hundred and fifty years after the war’s end, we are learning that our region was not untouched by the conflict or its politics, and that issues of race are still unresolved and infuse our present-day politics.
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Freddie Gray’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby. Six officers have been charged with a number of crimes, including second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct, and false imprisonment. A warrant has been issued for their arrest.
Mosby said Freddie Gray’s arrest was illegal, and that he suffered a severe neck injury as a result of being shackled without a seat belt in the van.
From the Baltimore Sun:
Mosby said an investigation found officers placed Gray in wrist and ankle restraints and left him stomach-down on the floor of a police van as they drove around West Baltimore. Despite his repeated requests for medical attention, they did not provide it and continued to drive without securing him in the van, she said.
Officers on at least five occasions placed Gray in the van or checked on him and failed to secure him, she said. By the time they reached the Western District police station, he was not breathing and was in cardiac arrest, she said.
Officer Caesar R. Goodson, 45, who was driving the police van, was charged with second degree murder (maximum sentence of 30 years), three counts of manslaughter (10 years for two charges, three years for the other), second degree assault (10 years), and misconduct.
Officer William Porter, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter (10 years), second degree assault (10 years), and misconduct.
Lt. Brian W. Rice, 41, was charged with involuntary manslaughter (10 years), two counts of second degree assault (10 years each), two counts of misconduct, and one count of false imprisonment.
Officer Edward M. Nero, 29, was charged with two counts of second degree assault (10 years each), two counts of misconduct, and one count of false imprisonment.
Officer Garret E. Miller, 26, was charged with two counts of second degree assault (10 years each), two counts of misconduct, and one count of false imprisonment. And Sgt. Alicia D. White, 30, was charged with manslaughter (10 years), second degree assault (10 years), and misconduct.
“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man,” Mosby said near the end of the press conference.
The Baltimore police union has, of course, condemned the charges, saying “none of the officers involved are responsible for Freddie Gray’s death.”
Full video of the press conference, via Jezebel, is below.
UPDATE 1:26 pm: Five of the six officers are in police custody, according to Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
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The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489.
What went wrong? In the 1970’s SWAT teams were estimated to be used just a few hundred times per year, now we are looking at over 40,000 military style “knock and announce” police raids a year.
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Black Lives Matter:
Where Do We Go From Here?
January 17th, 2015 // 10am – 12pm
Public Reception // 12pm – 1pm
Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98144
You are invited to the 2nd Annual African American and African Diaspora Gathering 2015
“Black Lives Matter: Where Do We Go From Here?”
Hear dynamic presentations and vision for the future; be a listener and connect with our community on the state and interests of African Americans and residents from the African Diaspora in Seattle/King County.
This gathering will bring us together with invited local policy and decision makers for an opportunity to present 2014 wins and challenges, opportunities and recommendations including: housing, economic development, education, arts, technology and community inclusion.
Lead Community Convener
Honorable Dawn Mason
Former WA State Representative
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10:15 Welcome Royal Alley-Barnes, Executive Director, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institue
10:20 Introduction of Mayor Hon. Dawn Mason
10:25 Opening Statement Mayor Ed Murray
10:35 Bridging The Gap Building The Village Marcia Tate-Arunga, Cultural Reconnections
10:45 State of Africatown Seattle K. Wyking Garrett, Founding Director, Umoja PEACE Center/Africatown Community Development Initiative
10:55 Introducing Black Community Impact Alliance Jaebadiah Gardner – CEO, GardnerGlobal
11:05 Ethiopian Cultural Dance Africatown Artists Alliance
11:10 Elder of Distinction Award Presentation David Harmon – Principal, Olio Design
11:15 Education, Art & Culture Dr. Joye Hardiman
11:25 Children’s Presentation Africatown Center for Education & Innovation
11:30 Technology & Innovation David Harris, Technology Access Foundation/Hack The CD
11:40 Continuing The Legacy Panel
Ayanda Chisolm & Naomi Zemeadim, Garfield HS Black Student Union
Amman Girma, Black Lives Matters 206
Jazmine Cañez, Women of Color for Systemic Change
Mara Willaford, Outside Agitators 206
12:10 Recognition of Emerging Youth Leaders K. Wyking Garrett
12:20 Closing Remarks Evelyn Allen, Executive Director, Village Spirit Center for Community Change
12:30 Reception LHPAI, Grand Rehearsal Hall
Hear dynamic presentations and vision for the future; be a listener, get connected and give your input on the state and interests of African Americans and residents from the African Diaspora in Seattle/King County.
This gathering will bring us together with invited local policy and decision makers for an opportunity to present 2014 wins and challenges, opportunities and recommendations including: education, housing, economic development, arts, technology and more.
There will also be an Elder of Distinction & Emerging Leaders recognition ceremony.
Seating Capacity is 300 Maximum.
Questions? Contact africanamericangathering
Marcia Tate Arunga
Marcia Tate Arunga is an artist, writer, educator, entrepreneur, and cultural custodian. She is the principal consultant for Arunga and Associates and co-founder of Cultural Reconnection Mission. Since 2000, she has led delegations of women of African descent to Kenya, where she lived for over a decade. She is author of The Stolen Ones: And How They Were Missed is a well told, colorfully illustrated story about children for children.
Is the reitred Executive Director of The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus, a position she held from 1991-2007. She is an educator, scholar and life-long learner. Dr. Hardiman is a frequent keynote speaker, a sought-after institute and workshop designer/facilitator. She has over 25 years of experience as an engaged and reflective practitioner of Learning Community Excellence and Higher Education Reform.
A social entrepreneur and educator, K. Wyking Garrett is the founding director of Umoja PEACE Center and part of the leadership team of the Africatown-Central District community development initiative. He is a recognized change agent and recipient of the 2014 Center for Ethical Leadership Legacy Leadership Award. He is also founder and principal of Remix Marketing & Consulting, a communications firm specializing in the areas of youth and cultural program development, marketing, and event planning.
David is a cultural entrepreneur that works as a manager at TAF, where his focus is on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Integration and Entrepreneurial Education. He’s also a graduate student in the University of Washington’s Human Centered Design and Engineering Master’s Program. His passion is facilitating resource-constrained communities learning, creating, and sharing of knowledge, tools, and materials to create feasible, culturally relevant opportunities for upward economic mobility. In 2014, he formed Hack the CD – a collective of self determined social innovators focused on the creation of sustainable, equitable growth through entrepreneurship in the Central District of Seattle. Currently, they’re focused on answering the question, “How might we create fertile ground for the African American community in Seattle to grow with the city’s current tech boom?”
Jaebadiah is the Founder & CEO of GardnerGlobal, Inc. and is the Managing Partner for Onpoint Real Estate Services, LLC. He manages the day-to-day business at Onpoint which consists of a healthy portfolio of residential properties currently under management, leads in negotiations and drives business development. Jaebadiah earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Washington and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to attending law school, Jaebadiah worked as project engineer for Turner Construction building commercial high-rises in downtown Seattle. He currently sits as a Board Member of Capitol Hill Housing, in the Emerging Leader seat; is a member of the Washington State Department of Commerce Minority Business Roundtable; is an ambassador for the Friends of the Waterfront Seattle redevelopment project; member of the Mayor’s Kitchen Cabinet though the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
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