Over the weekend, groups gathered in Phoenix to protest Sheriff Joe Arpaio's racist policing. Al Sharpton joined the voices calling attention to the civil rights violations against immigrants. via New America Media by Khalil Abdullah
There is "strong circumstantial evidence" that police covered up the 2000 beating of drug suspect Jerry Amaro III, who died a month after suffering broken ribs, according to confidential city documents obtained late Wednesday. Two other people also arrested in the same drug sting and put in a police car with Amaro later told investigators Amaro was "complaining constantly that he was in pain, and wanted to see a doctor and that (he) was sweating profusely, consistent with a painful injury," the document states. Amaro was denied immediate medical care.
House Dems Pass Stimulus Plan "Without a single Republican vote, President Obama won House approval on Wednesday for an $819 billion economic recovery plan as Congressional Democrats sought to temper their own differences over the enormous package of tax cuts and spending." New York Times.
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday included $2.8 billion for Indian tribes in its portion of the nearly $900 billion economic stimulus bill, and a House version to be voted on Wednesday includes a similar amount. That includes hundreds of millions of dollars for schools, health clinics, roads, law enforcement and water projects. Dante Desiderio, an economic development policy specialist at the National Congress of American Indians, which has lobbied for the money for the past year, calls the bill a "once in a lifetime opportunity" for tribes.
H/T Jack and Jill Politics In what I can only describe as a Clayton Bigsby moment, Michael Contreras (above), 18, and a group of friends went out after Barack Obama's win on Nov. 4 to harass Black people. Their lynch mob, armed with a police baton and metal pipe, ended up terrorizing people of all races.
Now that Caroline Kennedy has dropped out of the running to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate, reports speculate Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand from upstate New York is going to be announced tomorrow as the new Senator. Gillibrand has a poor record on immigration and her appointment will be extremely disappointing to the pro-immigration community.
We are in Washington, D.C. covering the inaugural events and talking to some of the thousands here to witness the historic event. Here are a few photos from the opening ceremony on Sunday. Check back here for more photos, videos, and blogs.
Berry takes a few seconds to respond to an email sent by chief of the Justice Department's voting section, John Tanner in which he calls the former chairwoman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights "black and bitter." Also read Berry's op-ed in the NYT in which she calls for Obama to create a new commission that will "address the rights of many groups, including gays."
A new report from United for a Fair Economy finds that people of color are being hurt by the economy far more than the general population. While race did not prevent a Black man from becoming President, it does impede many people of color from achieving the same economic success as their white counterparts. Read the report (PDF)
Julian Bond, NAACP board chairman, has been an advocate for the LGBT community for many years. He was one of the first civil rights leaders to unequivocally link gay rights and the civil rights movement. The nation's oldest civil rights organization is taking a stand in the name of racial justice in favor of same-sex marriages by filing a friend of the court brief challenging Proposition 8 in California.
ANNOUNCING THE 7 CONVERSATIONS IN 7 DAYS YOUTUBE VIDEO CONTEST People all around the country are using every tool possible to talk to their friends, family, and community about why marriage equality is important to them. Here's your chance to make your voice heard! Grab a camera and make a short video about why marriage matters to you. Upload it to the Freedom to Marry YouTube Group Page. Then share it with all of your friends and encourage them to vote for your video. 1st and 2nd Place winners get $1,000 and $500. Hurry, the last day to upload is February 6, 2009.
The award-winning feature film, Follow Me Home, will be shown on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Ave., in Oakland. This screening is presented by Speak Out, and will be followed by a discussion with Native American activist Lakota Harden. Click through for more info. Follow Me Home is a defiant, humorous, poetic tale exploring race and identity.