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hersheywrites:

jessehimself:

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
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Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.

Stay FUCKING Woke.
We are not crazy. This shit is happening.

hersheywrites:

jessehimself:

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System

Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.

Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.

His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.

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Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.

Stay FUCKING Woke.

We are not crazy. This shit is happening.

humansofnewyork:

This woman spoke about how she had been visiting her sister in Juba when the fighting broke out, and had been unable to return home. To make matters worse, she had left her older children behind in her village, because she thought it would just be a short trip. She had not seen them in nearly a year. As I was interviewing her, she kept a very resigned, unsmiling, faraway look on her face, which can be seen in the previous post. But when we finished, my translator asked her what village she was from. When she told him, he pulled out his phone. “I’ve just been to your hometown on an aid mission,” he said, “I can show you photos.” As he scrolled through photos of her village, her expression suddenly changed.(Tongping Internally Displaced Persons Site, Juba, South Sudan)

humansofnewyork:

This woman spoke about how she had been visiting her sister in Juba when the fighting broke out, and had been unable to return home. To make matters worse, she had left her older children behind in her village, because she thought it would just be a short trip. She had not seen them in nearly a year. As I was interviewing her, she kept a very resigned, unsmiling, faraway look on her face, which can be seen in the previous post. But when we finished, my translator asked her what village she was from. When she told him, he pulled out his phone. “I’ve just been to your hometown on an aid mission,” he said, “I can show you photos.” As he scrolled through photos of her village, her expression suddenly changed.

(Tongping Internally Displaced Persons Site, Juba, South Sudan)

postracialcomments:

DECATUR, Ga. — Police are searching for suspects in a deadly Decatur kidnapping.

Authorities say a man and a woman were kidnapped early Saturday morning and found just a few hours later handcuffed and each shot in the head. Their families have pulled together a $15,000 reward for anyone who can tell them who did it.

The family says Jeronta Brown and his fiance, Briana Brooks, took their 8-month-old baby and 14-year-old niece out for a meal. When they got back to their Decatur home, several men jumped them.

The children were able to get away, but Brown and Brooks were put into the back of a van.

Brown’s aunt, Myesha Brown, said the men tried to get inside the house before leaving.

"The guys walked up, started ringing on the doorbell, beating on the door, yelling, ‘FBI, FBI,’" Brown said.

Instead of opening the door, Brown said they called 911. Police did show up, but Brown said they didn’t take the kidnapping seriously.

"We were unable to get the kidnappers what they wanted due to Dekalb County thinking that this was a joke, this was something Jeronta set up," she said.

Brown said a family member got a call shortly after the kidnappers took off, demanding $150,000.

By daybreak, a driver 17 miles away in northwest Atlanta spotted Brooks and Brown lying in the street.

Jerota Brown was dead. Brooks, seven months pregnant with the couple’s second child, was alive. Doctors were able to deliver the baby girl by C-section. Brown says the infant is doing fine, but Brooks’ condition remains uncertain.

DeKalb County police were unavailable to talk about the crime and their response to it because of the holiday weekend.

Source

Take a look at the image above. Just look at it. I knew this movie wasn’t going to be a masterpiece when I saw Joe Manganiello (Alcide from True Blood) with cornrows.
Anyway, the biggest joke in this movie isn’t Manganiello’s cornrows, it’s that we’re supposed to believe that Terrence Howard is a tough as shit, bad ass elite DEA agent from the Special Ops division. Terrence freakin’ Howard. This guy…

I haven’t seen someone this miscast since Tyler Perry played action hero cop Alex Cross.
Terrence Howard’s nickname in the movie is “Sugar”. Everyone on the team has bad ass nicknames like Breacher, Grinder, Pyro, and Monster, but not Terrence Howard. This motherfucker is called Sugar.
Anyway, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character (Breacher) leads this unit of renegade special ops agents. Breacher is this bad ass veteran with tattoos on his neck and shit, so you know he means business. I won’t go into much more because I don’t want to give spoilers, but there is a scene where Breacher and Sugar are in a high speed chase and shoot out. Fucking Terrence Howard is in an action, high speed chase, shoot em up scene with Arnold Schwarzenegger. How much am I supposed to suspend my belief in reality to believe this shit? I couldn’t do it. I was laughing my ass off. Arnold is in the back of a pick up truck with a shotgun yelling unintelligibly, and Terrence is swerving through traffic with the skill of a race car driver, while packing heat. It was pure nonsense.
That whole sequence made me realize that we don’t have good Black action heroes anymore. I mean, Wesley Snipes did his thing for a little while, but not since Carl Weathers has there been a bonafide Black action star. To date, Carl Weathers in Action Jackson is my favorite. I still like watching the Action Jackson trailer. See it here.
Terrence Howard ain’t no action star that’s for damn sure…lol

Take a look at the image above. Just look at it. I knew this movie wasn’t going to be a masterpiece when I saw Joe Manganiello (Alcide from True Blood) with cornrows.

Anyway, the biggest joke in this movie isn’t Manganiello’s cornrows, it’s that we’re supposed to believe that Terrence Howard is a tough as shit, bad ass elite DEA agent from the Special Ops division. Terrence freakin’ Howard. This guy…

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I haven’t seen someone this miscast since Tyler Perry played action hero cop Alex Cross.

Terrence Howard’s nickname in the movie is “Sugar”. Everyone on the team has bad ass nicknames like Breacher, Grinder, Pyro, and Monster, but not Terrence Howard. This motherfucker is called Sugar.

Anyway, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character (Breacher) leads this unit of renegade special ops agents. Breacher is this bad ass veteran with tattoos on his neck and shit, so you know he means business. I won’t go into much more because I don’t want to give spoilers, but there is a scene where Breacher and Sugar are in a high speed chase and shoot out. Fucking Terrence Howard is in an action, high speed chase, shoot em up scene with Arnold Schwarzenegger. How much am I supposed to suspend my belief in reality to believe this shit? I couldn’t do it. I was laughing my ass off. Arnold is in the back of a pick up truck with a shotgun yelling unintelligibly, and Terrence is swerving through traffic with the skill of a race car driver, while packing heat. It was pure nonsense.

That whole sequence made me realize that we don’t have good Black action heroes anymore. I mean, Wesley Snipes did his thing for a little while, but not since Carl Weathers has there been a bonafide Black action star. To date, Carl Weathers in Action Jackson is my favorite. I still like watching the Action Jackson trailer. See it here.

Terrence Howard ain’t no action star that’s for damn sure…lol

rachelstewartjewelry:



BETTY BOOP - OriginMs. ESTHER JONES, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was an ” African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at the (The Cotton Club) in Harlem. Singer Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and (COPIED or stole ). Ms Jones’ ‘baby’ Singing Style! > for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Ms. Jones’ singing style went on to become the inspiration for (( Max Fleischer )) cartoon character’s Voice and SINGING style of BETTY BOOP, was YES a Black Woman. Her singing trademark Was.. “boop oop a doop “.. In a baby voice at the cotton club in Harlem. - Esther Jones who’s stage name was “Baby Esther” was a popular entertainer at Harlem’s Cotton Club in the late 1920s. Baby Esther interpolated words such as ‘Boo-Boo-Boo’ & ‘Doo-Doo-Doo’ in songs at a cabaret. Helen Kane SAW Baby’s act in 1928 and (stole) Used it in her hit song I Wanna Be Loved By You.An early test sound film was also discovered, which featured Baby Esther performing in this style, disproving Kane’s claims. Baby Esther’s manager also testified that Helen Kane had saw Baby Esther’s cabaret act in 1928. Supreme Court Judge Edward J. McGoldrick ruled: “The plaintiff has failed to sustain either cause of action by proof of sufficient probative force”. In his opinion, the “baby” technique of singing did not originate with Kane.$250,000 infringement lawsuitEsther’s manager also testified that , Helen Kane & her manager , saw Baby’s act somewhere between 1928-1929.Scholar Robert G.O’ Meally said, Betty Boop The WHITE CARTOON herself had, as it were, a BLACK grandmother in her backround.Baby Esther was presumed dead by 1934, just when the lawsuit had ended.@Learn your History or they will Hide it from you.@BLACK-American MUSIC and DANCE Styles. - Influential WorldWide “

rachelstewartjewelry:

BETTY BOOP - Origin

Ms. ESTHER JONES, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was an ” African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at the (The Cotton Club) in Harlem. 

Singer Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and (COPIED or stole ). Ms Jones’ ‘baby’ Singing Style! > for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” 

Ms. Jones’ singing style went on to become the inspiration for (( Max Fleischer )) cartoon character’s Voice and SINGING style of BETTY BOOP, was YES a Black Woman. 

Her singing trademark Was.. “boop oop a doop “.. In a baby voice at the cotton club in Harlem. - 
Esther Jones who’s stage name was “Baby Esther” was a popular entertainer at Harlem’s Cotton Club in the late 1920s. Baby Esther interpolated words such as ‘Boo-Boo-Boo’ & ‘Doo-Doo-Doo’ in songs at a cabaret. 
Helen Kane SAW Baby’s act in 1928 and (stole) Used it in her hit song I Wanna Be Loved By You.

An early test sound film was also discovered, which featured Baby Esther performing in this style, disproving Kane’s claims. Baby Esther’s manager also testified that Helen Kane had saw Baby Esther’s cabaret act in 1928. 

Supreme Court Judge Edward J. McGoldrick ruled: “The plaintiff has failed to sustain either cause of action by proof of sufficient probative force”. In his opinion, the “baby” technique of singing did not originate with Kane.

$250,000 infringement lawsuit

Esther’s manager also testified that , Helen Kane & her manager , saw Baby’s act somewhere between 1928-1929.
Scholar Robert G.O’ Meally said, Betty Boop The WHITE CARTOON herself had, as it were, a BLACK grandmother in her backround.

Baby Esther was presumed dead by 1934, just when the lawsuit had ended.

@Learn your History or they will Hide it from you.
@BLACK-American MUSIC and DANCE Styles. - Influential WorldWide “

Oklahoma cop accused of raping black women finds supporters on social media »

harboua:

atane:

Supporters of an Oklahoma City police officer who was charged with raping or sexually abusing eight black women have raised more than $7,000 for the 27-year-old cop.

Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested in August on charges of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, and indecent exposure for allegedly sexually assaulting women while on patrol. He is being held on $5 million bond.

Friends and family of the three-year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department have created a Facebook page called “Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw.” They insist the criminal allegations against him are false, and have been using the page to try to sell shirts that read, “Free the Claw” and “#JusticeForDanielHoltzclaw.”

More than 500 people have “liked” the Facebook page.

Supporters of Holtzclaw have also launched a crowdfunding campaign on the websiteGoFundMe. The page was created by Holtzclaw’s sister, who hopes to raise $100,000 for her brother, according to MLive.com. The crowdfunding campaign has raised $7,390 so far.

“The pursuit of Justice will be lengthy, but with the support of Family, Friends, and the Community, Daniel Holtzclaw will be vindicated and justice will prevail,” the page states. “All funds raised will assist Daniel and his Family as they seek the JUSTICE Daniel Holtzclaw so rightly deserves.”

Prosecutors claim that Holtzclaw stopped women, who were all black and between the ages of 34 and 58, while on patrol and threatened to arrest them or physically harm them unless they exposed themselves, allowed him to fondle them, or had sex with him.

You can be a cop who raped and sexually abused 8 Black women and still have supporters. They will galvanize to raise money for this rapist cop without a lick of shame in the world.

I would have to read more articles on this case to be certain but I’ve read a few so far and haven’t yet heard the word “targeted”. But that’s what he did, right? He targeted black women for rape and sexual assault. OKC is only 15% Black but all of his victims were Black. That’s not an accident, he picked them out on purpose. So far articles have just made it seem like it was a coincidence or not important that these women were all Black but this is important. 

Of course. Targeted is the right word. You don’t rape and sexually assault 8 Black women in a row randomly. Predators know who to target. Society collectively places Black women lowest on the totem pole. It was no coincidence that all his victims were Black women. Black women were his victims because he thought he would be able to commit these crimes and get away with them.

Even after he’s been arrested on these charges and is currently being held on $5 million bond, he still has community support and people raising money for him. Let me tell you, if you get held on $5 million bond, then the evidence they have against you must be stacked, damning and overwhelming. Despite all this, he still has support. That should tell you how much people care about Black women.

saharareporters:

Nigerian Senator Says Boko Haram Took Over Bama, Killed Two Of His NephewsSenator Zanna told SaharaReporters today that the sect overwhelmed Nigerian troops, took over Bama and had been driving around in armored tanks and military pickup in the second largest town in Borno State.The senator stated that the insurgents killed two of his nephews named Babagana Mala Zanna, 28, and Yusuf Mala Zanna, 20, after finding them in his brother’s house in Bama early this morning.Read More…

saharareporters:

Nigerian Senator Says Boko Haram Took Over Bama, Killed Two Of His Nephews

Senator Zanna told SaharaReporters today that the sect overwhelmed Nigerian troops, took over Bama and had been driving around in armored tanks and military pickup in the second largest town in Borno State.

The senator stated that the insurgents killed two of his nephews named Babagana Mala Zanna, 28, and Yusuf Mala Zanna, 20, after finding them in his brother’s house in Bama early this morning.

Read More…

Oklahoma cop accused of raping black women finds supporters on social media »

Supporters of an Oklahoma City police officer who was charged with raping or sexually abusing eight black women have raised more than $7,000 for the 27-year-old cop.

Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested in August on charges of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, and indecent exposure for allegedly sexually assaulting women while on patrol. He is being held on $5 million bond.

Friends and family of the three-year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department have created a Facebook page called “Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw.” They insist the criminal allegations against him are false, and have been using the page to try to sell shirts that read, “Free the Claw” and “#JusticeForDanielHoltzclaw.”

More than 500 people have “liked” the Facebook page.

Supporters of Holtzclaw have also launched a crowdfunding campaign on the websiteGoFundMe. The page was created by Holtzclaw’s sister, who hopes to raise $100,000 for her brother, according to MLive.com. The crowdfunding campaign has raised $7,390 so far.

“The pursuit of Justice will be lengthy, but with the support of Family, Friends, and the Community, Daniel Holtzclaw will be vindicated and justice will prevail,” the page states. “All funds raised will assist Daniel and his Family as they seek the JUSTICE Daniel Holtzclaw so rightly deserves.”

Prosecutors claim that Holtzclaw stopped women, who were all black and between the ages of 34 and 58, while on patrol and threatened to arrest them or physically harm them unless they exposed themselves, allowed him to fondle them, or had sex with him.

You can be a cop who raped and sexually abused 8 Black women and still have supporters. They will galvanize to raise money for this rapist cop without a lick of shame in the world.

thisiseverydayracism:

New Zealand Policewoman to Indian cab driver, “You come here and get all the Kiwi jobs. Eat your fucking curry and fuck off to India. This is a Kiwi job.”

NEW ZEALAND - A (white) policewoman has been found guilty of racially abusing a taxi driver of Indian origin in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Constable Jeanette May McNee, 44, had denied the charge, laid after an incident in November last year.

But Judge Tony Couch found her guilty of using insulting words to Ganesh Paramanathan after a two-day trial in Queenstown District Court.

Judge Couch found she had told Mr Paramanathan among other things during a dispute about a fare to “eat your f***ing curry and f*** off to India” and “this is a Kiwi job”.

Mr Paramanathan said he warned her not to touch him and that he would call the police. “She got very aggressive, held the door handle and said 'I am the police' .”

Fleeing court as soon as the guilty verdict was delivered, Jeanette McNee was whisked away by one of the many supporters who accompanied her in court during the trial.

McNee will be sentenced on September 23.

Source: 3news.co.nz

5centsapound:

Émilie Régnier: Mali Passport

via foam: ‘I am really driven by the idea of showing a West African society that is growing,’ says Régnier. That means ignoring the easy and the rote: pictures of elites quaffing champagne, or images cataloguing the atrocities of war. Witnessing with a camera takes many forms. For Régnier, photographic truth is located in the bodily presence of young West Africans proudly negotiating their future, a diverse future of many possibilities.’

rachelstewartjewelry:

My grandmother. My dad on the far left. She eventually had 14 children.
My great grandfather was a preacher who tried to organize blacks in the south, because of this the klan burned down their home and later tried to kill them again  by ramming their car loaded with babies and small children and causing a serious accident, putting my dad and some siblings in the hospital which by the way wouldn’t accept black people so they had to leave and find another one in another city, all the while bloody and injured.
Because of civil rights riots there was a curfew placed on the town, my dad broke curfew at 12 because he wanted a coke from the vending machine across the street, he told me while he walked a pickup truck pulled up next to him and pointed a rifle in his face, they said nothing but followed him back home with the gun pointed at his head, HE WAS 12
My grandfather was also blacklisted, nobody would hire him, rent a home to him, sell a car to him…the klan has members in all areas of life, denying black people jobs, cars and property it was and still is one of the ways they kept black families destitute, and starting your own business was at the risk of your life.
There were many more incidents but after this one my grandmother sent my dad and his older brothers away, she knew they would probably end up shot or hung.
All because his dad was a civil rights advocate.
There are many more stories but I’ll wait till his book comes out which he is working on now.

rachelstewartjewelry:

My grandmother. My dad on the far left. She eventually had 14 children.
My great grandfather was a preacher who tried to organize blacks in the south, because of this the klan burned down their home and later tried to kill them again by ramming their car loaded with babies and small children and causing a serious accident, putting my dad and some siblings in the hospital which by the way wouldn’t accept black people so they had to leave and find another one in another city, all the while bloody and injured.
Because of civil rights riots there was a curfew placed on the town, my dad broke curfew at 12 because he wanted a coke from the vending machine across the street, he told me while he walked a pickup truck pulled up next to him and pointed a rifle in his face, they said nothing but followed him back home with the gun pointed at his head, HE WAS 12
My grandfather was also blacklisted, nobody would hire him, rent a home to him, sell a car to him…the klan has members in all areas of life, denying black people jobs, cars and property it was and still is one of the ways they kept black families destitute, and starting your own business was at the risk of your life.
There were many more incidents but after this one my grandmother sent my dad and his older brothers away, she knew they would probably end up shot or hung.
All because his dad was a civil rights advocate.
There are many more stories but I’ll wait till his book comes out which he is working on now.

humansofnewyork:

"My father left for war in 1992, and never came home. Our mother didn’t tell us he was dead for a long time. We just thought he was still fighting. But one day we were being extremely difficult, and she started crying, and said: "Please behave. I’m a single mother now. So I’m going to need you’re help."(Juba, South Sudan)

humansofnewyork:

"My father left for war in 1992, and never came home. Our mother didn’t tell us he was dead for a long time. We just thought he was still fighting. But one day we were being extremely difficult, and she started crying, and said: "Please behave. I’m a single mother now. So I’m going to need you’re help."

(Juba, South Sudan)