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Trayvon Martin’s death and the need for alternatives to policing


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Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, Fred Hampton, Rodney King, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Kenneth Harding, Jr., the long list of African-American males killed by racist police officers or vigilantes goes on. On the evening of February 26, 2012, that list got longer. In Sanford, Florida, a suburb of Orlando, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African-American male, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a half-Latino/half-white self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self-defense. He was recently arrested, charged with second-degree murder, and the case is still in court.

Like so many cases of state or vigilante violence against people of color, this is an example of systemic racism. Systemic racism — a system of power and inequality in which one racial group subjugates another racial group. This is why there are massive levels of inequalities (in housing, employment, education, etc.) between whites Read the rest of this entry »

 

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“War is a Lie” – The Real News Network interviews David Swanson about his new book


David Swanson argues that all wars are based on lies in order to get people to support them. I highly recommend watching this interview.

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Israel’s attack on the Gaza aid flotilla


It’s been a while since I last posted a blog so I decided to comment on Israel’s attack on the Gaza flotilla. This is an excellent segment by The Real News Network. It shows how Israel planned its May 31st attack on the Gaza humanitarian aid flotilla, which resulted in the deaths of 9 people.

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Goldman Sachs, the economy, torture, human rights, and war – a collection of thoughts (Part 2)


Here’s Part 2:

TORTURE/HUMAN RIGHTS/WAR:

When it comes to torture, war and human rights, the United States recently unveiled its extended Afghanistan prison at Bagram airbase. Clara Gutteridge, an investigator on secret prisons for human rights organization, Reprieve, told Al-Jazeera that while the U.S. claims that this prison is supposed to more open and transparent, the government refuses to release a list of names of prisoners who are Bagram and none of them have access to a lawyer. However, she does says, “But one thing that the US government is saying is that Afghan prisoners in Afghanistan have less rights than any other prisoner which just seems absurd.” Read the rest of this entry »

 

Goldman Sachs, the economy, torture, human rights, and war – a collection of thoughts (Part 1)


It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a blog and a lot has happened over the past several weeks. Since I am at home on Thanksgiving break and away from school, I thought I’d jot down some of my thoughts on some of today’s pressing issues. I’m breaking this up into separate parts because there are a lot of things I’d like to cover. This post is Part 1. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Hello world!


This is my new website/blog. I plan on using this to say how I feel about the world, to educate people about important issues and encourage them to think outside the box. There’s more to come so stay tuned…

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

 
 
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