Tuesday, January 27, 2009

BART shooting did not have to happen

The shooting death of Oscar Grant by BART Officer Johannes Mehserle could have been avoided. It turns out that Johannes Mehserle and others officers beat Kenneth Carrethers a black man just two months prior to Grant's death.

Kenneth Carrethers tried to file a complaint to no avail because the one officer who handles such complaints was on vacation up until the week after Grant's death.You have to wonder whether or not that report had been filed would Mehserle been in position to kill anyone. It seems that police brutality was the norm with BART Officers and what's worse no one at the top seemed to care. Watch video of Kenneth Carrethers tell his story by clicking the link:


Thursday, January 22, 2009

CENSORED NEWS: AIM West protest in solidarity with Leonard Peltier

CENSORED NEWS: AIM West protest in solidarity with Leonard Peltier: "All My Relations, Companeros, Friends in Solidarity,
By Tony Gonzales
In view of what occured Tuesday to our friend, Sun Dance Brother, a GrandFather and Elder, Leonard Peltier, AIM-WEST calls on friends and allies to come out this Friday in San Francisco and demonstrate their solidarity and deep concern for Leonard's life, safety and security. Please to go www.aimwest.info for detailed location and time.Our allies are encouraged to hold rallies and demonstrations in cities across the country, and throughout the world, and register their concern as well, those who know the case of Leonard Peltier's imprisonment these last thirty-three years. This is a moment in time where we can take the opportunity to share with the outside world another example, and further expose the treatment and injustices committed against Indigenous peoples' held hostage by an oppressive government."

Obama's Inauguration Speech

Obama's Inauguration Speech

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.
Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. Those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers ... our found fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.
This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
"Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive ... that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it)."
America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.
Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza's Offshore Gas Fields

War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza's Offshore Gas Fields: "The military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Forces bears a direct relation to the control and ownership of strategic offshore gas reserves.

This is a war of conquest. Discovered in 2000, there are extensive gas reserves off the Gaza coastline.

British Gas (BG Group) and its partner, the Athens based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) owned by Lebanon's Sabbagh and Koury families, were granted oil and gas exploration rights in a 25 year agreement signed in November 1999 with the Palestinian Authority."

Barack Obama's open letter to his daughters

Check out President Elect Barack Obama's open letter to his daughters Malia and Sasha. He lets them know how much he loves them and what he wants for their future.

Click here to read letter: http://www.letstalkhonestly.com/blacknewsblackviews.html

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Oscar Grant, R.I.P.

Hat tip: Abagond.

The police was totally unjustified in Mr. Grant. The police in general need to be sensitive when it comes to policing people of color in their communities. They need to be more respectful as well. He was a good young man who was struggling to raise his child and go to school at the same time.

There is a pattern in police departments around the country to target Blacks, men and women, for no particular reason at all. Remember Eleanor Bumpurs, Amadou Diallo, Taniysha, Sean Bell, anyone? Let's remember them as well.

Rest in peace

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hip Hop's negative portrayal of black women

I have often defended Hip Hop as some have tried to blame it for every societal ill that befalls the United States. One thing I can not defend Hip Hop on is it's negative portrayal of women, especially black women.

Click the link below to listen to my interview with Towanna Freeman a women's empowerment speaker who often speaks on Hip Hops effect on our youth. We discuss the topic of Hip Hop's effect on our young girls and some "grown" women.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

R.I.P. Nixzmary Brown


This story of Nixzmary Brown is beautifully written by Dovesblood.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Tragic Child Abuse Angels in Heaven

This video took me along time to get together, and get right! I also had to take several breaks from this as I became very emotional! All the children's names are listed in First Name Alphabetical Order!

Alijah James Mullis
October 29th 2007- January 29th 2008

Allison May Newman
May 24th 2004-September 22nd 2006

Alyssa Kay Logue
November 20th 2004- October 26th 2006

Breanna Marie Courtney Loveless
May 22nd 1995-February 22nd 1996

Brianna Lopez
February 14th 2002- July 19th 2002

Camryn Jakeb Wilson
January 1st 2008-March 25th 2008

Christopher Michael Barrios Jr.
January 2nd 2001-March 8th 2007

Christopher Wayne Allen Banard
August 19th 2003-April 28th 2008

Cohen Smith Legacy
March 29th 2008-May 11th 2008

James Patrick Bulger
March 16th 1990-February 13th 1993

Javon Thompson
2005-2006..Birthdate and Date of Death Is Unknown.

John Samuel Yates
December 15th 1995-June 20th 2001

JonBenet Ramsay
August 6th 1990-December 25th 1996

Katelynn Angel Sampson
October 24th 2000-August 3rd 2008

Katlin Joy Violette
October 16th 2002-January 12th 2007

Keenen Taylor
June 18th 2002-June 9th 2005

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs
December 28th 2002-October 11th 2005

Kyle Andrew Klein
October 15th 2003-December 15th 2006

Lattie McGee
December 29th 1982-August4th 1987

Elizabeth " Lisa " Launders or Steinberg
May 14th 1981-November 4th 1987
It is believed that the song " Dear Mr. Jesus" was written for Lisa.

London Marie Sherwood
September 4th 2007-December 4th 2007

Luke David Yates
February 15th 1999-June 20th 2001

Marcus Fiesel
June 24th 2003-August 3rd 2006

Margaret Elizabeth Schlosser
January 2004-November 2004

Mary Deborah Yates
November 30th 2000-June 20th 2001

McKenna Sharee Brown
December 1st 2004-September 14th 2006

Michael and Alexander Smith
Michael-October 10th 1991
Alexander-August 5th 1993
Both children were killed on October 25th 1994.

Michael Vallejo-Seiber
August 12th 2002-August 29th 2005

Neveah Ann Richardson
November 15th 2007-November 24th 2007

Ngatikaura Ngati
2002- January 31st 2006

Nixzmary Brown
July 18th 1998-January 11th 2006

Noah Jacob Yates
February 26th 1994-June 20th 2001

Paul Abraham Yates
September 13th 1997-June 20th 2001

Peter Connelly ( Otherwise known as Baby " P ")
March 1st 2006-August 3rd 2007

Riley Ann Sawyers
March 11th 2005-July 24th 2007

Ryan Aubrey Luke
December 28th 1992-March 5th 1995

Sirita J Sotelo
February 12th 2000-January 21st 2005

Skyla Brooks
June 15th 1998-March 21st 2000

Skylar Roininen
April 24th 2006-March 28th 2008

Summer Marie Phelps
July 6th 2002-March 10th 2007

Taegen Elise McKinney
November 11th 2005-April 15th 2007

Tesslynn O'Cull
June 8th 1994-June 14th 1997

Friday, January 09, 2009

Alexis Glover is missing!

Alexis Glover is a thirteen-year-old developmentally disabled teen who was last seen on 01/07/09 Wednesday afternoon at the Central Library on Mathis Avenue in Manassas, VA. Alexis also suffers from other medical issues.

Because of her condition Alexis may actually hide from police in the false belief that she is in trouble. Se needs to be found quickly as it is could and she needs her medication. Click the link below to see her picture and learn more:


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Why are so many black men in prison?

Why are so many of our black men in prison. Reasons range from lack of education to lack of fathers involved in a child's life. Over 70% of men who don't get a high school diploma wind up in prison. Learn more by clicking the link below:


Monday, January 05, 2009

Is racism in America over?

John McWhorter, in his Forbes.com article, “Racism In America Is Over” (December 30th 2008), says that the election of a black man as president proves that racism against blacks is no longer a big issue in America. I expect white people to say that sort of thing, yet McWhorter is black.

McWhorter is not saying that racism has gone away completely, that no white person will ever use the n-word again, say. America will continue to be imperfect. But a racism that allows a black man to become president can only be so bad - and, in practice, not bad enough to matter much. It certainly cannot be the main issue or even one of the main issues that affects black Americans. Those who truly want to help blacks should give their attention to other, more important things.

I agree that America has come a long way in the past 50 years and the election of Obama is a big step on that road, but that does not mean racism no longer matters.

Socialist Aotearoa: Palestine’s long torment

Palestine’s long torment

by Anindya Bhattacharyya

The Gaza Strip is effectively the world’s largest prison camp.

Zionist terror gangs drove its population from their homes during the creation of Israel in 1948.

That event – known in Arabic as the Nakba (catastrophe) – saw 750,000 Palestinians ethnically cleansed. They fled to the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and to other countries.

Prior to this Britain controlled Palestine. The British imperialists had promised the land to both the native Palestinian population and to the Zionists, who had settled there over the previous 50 years.

Zionism was a Jewish nationalist movement that arose in Europe in the late 19th century as a response to the growth of anti-Semitism.

Zionism’s founder Theodor Herzl argued that anti-Semitism could never be defeated and that Jews should found a new “homeland”. Only a small minority of Jews backed this. Herzl and his supporters looked to the major powers for support.

In 1917 the British foreign secretary Lord Balfour gave official backing to their colonial ambitions. He hoped that a Zionist state in Palestine would serve the interests of British imperialism.

After the horror of the Holocaust, when Nazi Germany exterminated six million Jews, Zionism became a majority trend amongst Jews.Tragically, some Jews went from being the oppressed in Europe to becoming the oppressor in the Middle East.

Aotearoaa/New Zealand: Major Mobilisation for Justice in Palestine

Socialist Aotearoa: Major Mobilisation for Justice in Palestine- Auckland Sat Jan 10th

Global Peace and Justice Auckland and the Palestine Human Rights Campaign are planning a major mobilisation to protest the latest Israeli outrages against Palestinians living in the Gaza strip.

The protest will gather at 12 noon, Aotea Square, Auckland on Saturday 10th January.

We have received numerous calls asking what actions are planned for Aucklanders to register their outrage at Israel's actions. Saturday's mobilisation gives that opportunity.

(An organising meeting for the mobilisation and to plan immediate steps in the campaign to boycott Israel will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 6th January at the Unite Union Office at 6A Western Springs Road, Auckland)

Meanwhile like most New Zealanders we find the government's failure to condemn the Israeli massacre an outrage. The utterances of Foreign Minister Murray McCully are obsequious and embarrassing. His fawning to the US position will be welcomed in Israel but will be condemned around the rest of the world. He is putting New Zealand well out of step with the United Nations.

United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto called the launching of the ground offensive in Gaza "a monstrosity" in an accurate reflection of international opinion. McCully on the other hand has yet to issue a single word of criticism.

Mike Treen – (09) 8452132 or 0295254744
John Minto – (09) 8463173(H) or (09) 8469496(W)
For the GPJA Committee

Janfrie Wakim – 09 5200201 or 027 629 1004
For the Palestine Human Rights Campaign

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Radio New Zealand News : Stories : 2009 : 01 : 03 : Vatican not bound by Italian laws

Radio New Zealand News : Stories : 2009 : 01 : 03 : Vatican not bound by Italian laws: "Italian laws do not automatically apply in the Vatican, owing to a ruling signed by Pope Benedict XVI designed to give the Holy See more autonomy.

Jose Maria Serrano Ruiz, president of the Vatican commission on law revisions, explained in the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano that there are too many Italian laws, many of which are not in line with Catholic doctrine.

Under the new ruling, which went into effect with the New Year, Italian laws and ordinances must be specifically ratified by the Vatican to have the effect of law.

The change revises the 80-year-old practice, agreed to in 1929 by Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini, by which the Vatican automatically took over Italian laws affecting Rome and the surrounding region for areas where the Holy See did not have its own ordinances."

Israeli Steps up its Genocide Against the the Palestinian People

Radio New Zealand News : Stories : 2009 : 01 : 02 : Israeli sends tanks into Gaza Strip
Israeli tanks and infantry battled Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in a ground offensive launched after eight days of deadly air strikes failed to halt the Islamist group's rocket attacks on Israel.

Wearing night-vision goggles on their helmets and camouflage paint on their faces, Israeli soldiers entered the densely populated enclave on Saturday along with tank columns that swept in from four points as combat helicopters flew overhead.

In initial fighting, Israeli ground forces killed eight Gazans, five of them gunmen, bringing the Palestinian death toll since the start of an air campaign on 27 December to more than 450, medical officials said.

There was no official word of any Israeli casualties.

Israel said it called up 10,000 reservists and the military's chief spokesman estimated the operation in the Hamas-run territory could take "many long days".

Friday, January 02, 2009

The ‘Other’, Older Palestinian Coup D’etat

Aotearoa IMC: The ‘Other’, Older Palestinian Coup D’etat

PLO commitment to the Annapolis understandings was a milestone that vindicated Hamas fears and accusations that Abbas was leading and pursuing an older political coup d’etat to deprive the Islamic movement from its electoral victory
The ‘Other’, Older Palestinian Coup D’etat

By Nicola Nasser*

Failing to substantiate for the President of the autonomous Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas, a credible “legal” basis to extend his term from the Basic Law, which is the constitutional terms of reference that govern the rotation of power and the renewal of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the PA, Abbas in his capacity as the chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) convened the rubber stamping Fatah –dominated Central Council (CC) of the PLO in the West Bank city of Ramallah to elect him also President of the State of Palestine on November 23.

The move could have been the last “constitutional” resort to extend his term as PA president before it expires on January 9 next year in order to secure himself as the supreme “legitimate” authority on Palestinian decision –making in the context of the “make - or – break” bloody wrangling with the rival Hamas on the leadership of the Palestinian national movement.

The symbolic position secures his presidency for life in line with the “tradition” of his predecessor, but without any constitutional stipulation to support it as the PLO regulations lack even an official text of a presidential oath, an embarrassing fact that threw his senior aides into a whirlwind of frenzied last minute efforts to write down an oath for him to read out on November 23.

The position has been vacant since the death of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004. The PLO lawmakers in exile withheld the position from Abbas because they were demanding a separation between the PA presidency and the PLO chairmanship as a precautionary measure lest Israeli tanks bulldoze away the PA as they did in 2002 taking down with it the PLO, the internationally – recognized sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, which legitimized the creation of the “Palestinian National Authority” (PNA) in 1993 as a subsidiary reporting to the PLO.

Nixzmary Brown 1998-2006

This video is a tribute to Nixzmary Brown who died three years ago this month.

May she rests in peace.


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