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‘They stole us, they sold us, they owe us!’

first_imgDespite threatened thundershowers, 50 people took to the streets of Newark, N.J., on June 23 to demand reparations for Black people.Every year the People’s Organization for Progress — a dynamic grassroots group based in Newark — calls a rally and demonstration to demand justice for the African Holocaust. POP Chairman Lawrence Hamm proclaimed the slogan initiated by the December 12th Movement: “They stole us, they sold us, they owe us!”Hamm described how Black people were betrayed after the Civil War. Land that had been turned over by Gen. Sherman to formerly enslaved Africans was taken away by force.The Union army’s triumph would have been impossible without the valor of hundreds of thousands of Black soldiers and sailors, 40,000 of whom died. Before 1860, the vast majority of U.S. exports were produced by Black people on slave plantations.Roger Wareham, a lead attorney for the reparation lawsuits filed in federal court, spoke from the December 12th Movement, which organizes in the Black and Latinx communities around human rights violations, particularly police terror. The Reagan administration tried to jail Wareham and other activists in connection with the failed New York Eight frame-up in the early 1980s.Other speakers included representatives from the Black Is Back Coalition, Black Lives Matter New Jersey and the Green Party.Speakers pointed out that people were standing on land that was stolen from the Lenni-Lenape Nation, which is now fighting a New Jersey pipeline. Reparations were demanded for Indigenous peoples, too.The activists marched down Market Street to the busy downtown intersection at Broad Street. Along the way people raised their fists in support. Drivers honked their horns for reparations.Newark was deliberately deindustrialized and impoverished by the ruling class in retaliation for its historic 1967 rebellion against racism. Yet within the city’s devastated downtown is the headquarters of the fantastically wealthy Prudential Insurance Company. Just dividing up Prudential’s $766 billion pile of assets among the estimated 46 million Black population would provide more than $16,000 to every Black person in the United States.The participants in this march and rally came from diverse backgrounds. Among them was 81-year-old Clarence H. Seniors, who was active with Workers World Party during the 1960s and 1970s. Seniors fought segregation in Atlanta and was the second African American to receive a library card there. He helped lead the Monroe Defense Committee, which fought for the freedom in 1962-63 of liberation fighter Mae Mallory, who died in 2007. Mallory was framed because she helped Mabel Williams and Robert Williams, who organized armed self-defense against the Ku Klux Klan in Monroe, N.C., in 1961.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

US military at Guantanamo try to implicate Al-Jazeera cameraman’s lawyer

first_img United StatesAmericas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at US military attempts to threaten and discredit British lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith, who is defending an Al-Jazeera cameraman, Sudanese citizen Sami Al-Haj, held at the US navy’s Guantanamo Bay base since 13 June 2002. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is trying to claim that Stafford-Smith encouraged three Guantanamo Bay detainees to commit suicide.“Do the Guantanamo military authorities think they can escape blame for the inhuman treatment of their detainees by making such stupid and crass accusations against Stafford-Smith?” Reporters Without Borders asked. “Defence rights are constantly flouted at Guantanamo. Lawyers can barely get access to their clients. It is hard to see how a lawyer could advise three detainees to commit suicide when he was not even defending them. This alone is sufficient grounds to close the camp.”The press freedom organisation added: “The failure to execute the supreme court decision of 29 June invalidating special military tribunals and the attempts by congress now to hastily create a legal basis for Guantanamo clearly show that the US authorities are trying at all costs to make us forget that most of the detainees have never been charged. We reiterate our call for the release of Al-Haj, who has been held for no reason for four years and denied treatment.”In a note to Reporters Without Borders, Stafford-Smith said he was threatened with imprisonment by an American NCO at Guantanamo on the morning of 5 August after he asked to see two of his clients (one of them Al-Haj), who are identified at the base by the numbers 905 and 906. To Stafford-Smith’s surprise, the NCO said his clients were refusing to see him. He went on to accuse Stafford-Smith of violating the camp’s rules by encouraging one of his clients, Saudi citizen Shaker Aamer (“number 239”) to go on hunger strike, although Stafford-Smith had in fact been unable to see him during his preceding visit a month before. The NCO than threatened to have Stafford-Smith arrested by the US justice department.Stafford-Smith said he discovered that another of his clients, Mohammed El Gharani, a young Chadian, was constantly pressured by guards to implicate him during July and August. Tortured and subjected to racist taunts, he had been placed with Shaker Aamer in the high-security Camp Echo section of Guantanamo in March in an attempt to get Aamer to give up his hunger strike.Gharani was then forced to confess – under pain of being moved to the maximum-security Camp 5 unit – that Aamer had told him that Stafford-Smith had urged him to go on hunger strike and had encouraged three other detainees – two Saudis and a Yemeni – to commit suicide. In fact, Stafford-Smith had never acted for these three and does not even known their names.Despite calls from the international community for Guantanamo’s closure and despite announcements of more respect for defence rights, “no information filters out about the condition of detainees, not even to their lawyers,” Stafford-Smith told Reporters Without Borders. “The military authorities assure me that Al-Haj, who I briefly saw a couple of weeks ago, is being treated for his throat cancer but I have no way of verifying that,” he added. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemns attempts to intimidate and discredit British lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith, who is defending a Sudanese cameraman, Sami Al-Haj, held at Guantanamo Bay since 13 June 2002. The press freedom organisation reiterates its call for Al-Haj’s release. to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more News United StatesAmericas Organisation News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States April 28, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists September 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US military at Guantanamo try to implicate Al-Jazeera cameraman’s lawyer RSF_en June 3, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Three Bills into Law

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Three Bills into Law SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed three bills into law, including:Act 44 – Senate Bill 61, sponsored by Sen. Greenleaf, which amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in operation of vehicles, and further provides for drivers of emergency vehicles.Act 45 – Senate Bill 489, sponsored by Sen. Yaw, which amends the Check Casher Licensing Act and further provides for definitions, for authority of department, for conditions, for conditions for licensing, and for fees and charges. The bill also provides for recovery of losses due to theft and misrepresentation.Act 46 – Senate Bill 1153, sponsored by Sen. Vogel, which designates highways and bridges.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img June 17, 2016last_img read more

Move to Israel cost me my spot in the national team – Derek Boateng

first_imgFormer Black Stars midfielder Derek Boateng says his transfer to the Israeli league in 2006 resulted in him losing his place in the Black StarsThe 37-year-old after the 2006 World Cup joined Beitar Jerusalem in Israel from AIK, a Swedish top-flight club.According to Boateng, the transfer meant that the national team moved on from him, leading to a sequence of events that culminated in him also missing the African Cup of Nations in 2008.In an interview with Joy FM, he disclosed that after 2006 World Cup the team expected him to move to a bigger European side but instead he joined Beitar Jerusalem, which led to him being frozen out.“After the World Cup, I was expecting that the players who represented the country have to report back to the team but it didn’t happen. I think we destroy our tournament squad a little too early and we need to try and maintain the same squad for some time so there will be cohesion in the squad.I saw that after the tournament, I moved to Israel but people were expecting me to move to any of the top leagues in Europe. And that was the era where most of our players were playing in the top-flight leagues. But I think moving to Israel was the reason why the coach dropped me because I don’t see why he should drop me”.Background of Derek BoatengThe former Black Stars midfielder made over 40 appearances for the national team and scored just a goal.He has played for several clubs including Panathinaikos in Greece and Getafe in Spain among other clubs.last_img read more

Model charged in theft

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Information obtained from a search of Peele’s home resulted in the second felony charge being filed on behalf of an Orange County man who used his card at a modeling agency where Peele was employed. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] VALENCIA – Model Beverly Peele, whose face and figure have graced magazine pages and runways for designers Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Prada and Versace, was charged Wednesday with using stolen credit cards for some $10,000 in purchases to furnish her Saugus home. She is accused of buying furniture, large appliances, bedding and decorative items using credit cards that were in a wallet Peele found in a local supermarket and returned to the owner, a Valencia resident, sheriff’s detective John Howard said Wednesday. “The victim who lost the wallet started getting charges on her credit cards,” Howard said. “She found out from one of the stores where they shipped the items and recognized the address as where she went to retrieve her wallet. Then she called us to report it.” Peele was booked Monday at the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station where she remained in custody Wednesday. She was charged with two counts of grand theft by access card. She did not enter a plea at Wednesday’s arraignment, where a Jan. 5 hearing was set to review her $20,000 bail. last_img read more

Giants can’t beat L.A. in Bochy’s final game

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — It had the feel of a spring training game. .Nothing was on the line in the regular-season final Sunday between the Giants and Dodgers at Oracle Park. The Giants were going home after their third straight sub-.500 season. The Dodgers were headed to the postseason with the best record in the National League.And yet, for the sellout crowd of 41,909, Sunday afternoon will be a memory most of the fans will …last_img