Family sues over police officer abusive arrest of unarmed woman


Reported by Liku Zelleke The family of the woman that was knocked down and punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol trooper – and whose whole ordeal was caught on camera – is asking for justice. The woman, a great-grandmother, had been walking barefoot on eastbound Interstate 10 west of downtown Los Angeles before the officer tackled and started to ...

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Temple professors were paid by private prisons to produce favorable study


by Dr. Byron Price The latest effort by for-profit prison corporations to laud their superiority over publicly-run prisons is supported by two Temple University professors who failed to initially disclose that their research study was funded by the private corrections industry. This pertinent fact was not revealed until Alex Friedmann, Managing Editor of the Prison Legal News filed an ethics ...

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Dr. Sinclair Grey asks why isn’t anyone serious about ending gun violence?


By Dr. Sinclair Grey III Gun violence is no stranger to what’s happening in the inner cities. The number of killings in Chicago, Washington, DC, and other major metropolitan areas can’t help but raise eyebrows as to why this problem continues to occur, but little attention is brought to it. Permit me to say that the shooting at Sandy Hook ...

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You’ll never believe what Bishop Desmond Tutu said about Israel


South African Nobel Peace laureate and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu has never been one to back out of a fight over human rights and justice. He has always been outspoken, even when it meant certain death for him, like during the time his country was under the rule of Apartheid. One topic he has always seen as ...

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BET’s Rocsi Diaz releases a film about the struggles of immigrants

Reported by Liku Zelleke BET’s Rocsi Diaz has come forward with her directorial debut, “The Secrets of Strangers” – a public service announcement that tells the stories of undocumented immigrants in the US as they share their illegal status with total strangers. Diaz, who was the former host of “106th & Park“, is making the public announcement videos in commemoration of ...

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Income inequality in the US grows as factories continue to shut down


In August 2008, factory workers David and Barbara Ludwig treated themselves to new cars – David a Dodge pickup, Barbara a sporty Mazda 3. With David making $22 an hour and Barbara $19, they could easily afford the payments. A month later, Baldwin Hardware, a unit of Stanley Black & Decker Corp., announced layoffs at the Reading plant where they ...

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No billion-dollar Sterling exit?: Sports plantations still bastions of White control, Jewish power


Reported by The Final Call News of a reported agreement to sell the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers basketball team to Jewish billionaire Steve Ballmer grabbed sports headlines as pro basketball’s championship kicked into high gear. It fell through with late night reports that the Clippers owner had balked at the sale. As The Final Call went to press, news broke ...

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Sociologist on incarceration: “This is no way to run a country”

April Taylor Sociologist Salvatore Babones recently began a series on that centers around policy issues relevant to 2016 political campaigns.  One of the most pressing issues is mass incarceration.  Nearly 3 percent of the adult population in the United States is under the control of the country’s criminal justice system by either being in prison, on probation, or on ...

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It is now illegal in 33 cities to feed homeless people


Reported by Liku Zelleke The next time you can be bothered enough to feed a homeless person you might find yourself at odds with the law. Yes, you have to be “bothered” because you are under no obligation to help your fellow mankind, who has fallen on hard times and on harder concrete slabs. That’s right, because if you help ...

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Charges: Neighbor pulls gun on dad teaching daughter to ride bike

A man is accused of pulling a gun on a neighbor who was teaching his 7-year-old daughter how to ride a bike in Rosemount. Gary Drake, 61, is facing second-degree assault and terroristic threat charges after he pointed a shotgun at his neighbor and threatened to kill him on May 25, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint says: While a father was ...

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