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Hearing What They Want: The Illusions of NY Police Reform

By Josmar Trujillo

It was policing activists and members of the public that left the highly-anticipated hearing with no answers and hours wasted on phony solutions. This was in addition to the news that Bratton wants 1,000 new cops, which (coupled with trainings and re-trainings) would cost the taxpayer somewhere around $30 million. “I think we had a good morning” a smiling Bratton said as he walked out of the council chambers.

Members of the public who stayed around for the public testimony at the end of the hearing spoke to a room that mostly cleared out after Bratton, his entourage, the media and all but one or two city councilmembers left the room after the commissioner’s Q&A. The words of everyday people echoed through the almost empty council chambers. Asked his reaction to Bratton’s testimony, one man replied “Standard operating procedure… we’ve been bamboozled.”

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Zoom On Sept. 9, 1971, the Attica Prison riot (Rebellion) began. 
As Howard Zinn explains in A People’s History of the United States: “The most direct effect of the George Jackson murder was the rebellion at Attica prison — a rebellion that came from long, deep grievances… . 54% of the inmates were black; 100% of the guards were white. Prisoners spent 14 to 16 hours a day in their cells, their mail was read, their reading material restricted, their visits from families conducted through a mesh screen, their medical care disgraceful, their parole system inequitable, racism everywhere.” 
Here are links to two primers on Attica and films for teaching outside the textbook about Attica: http://bit.ly/NiOWd6 
Image of Elliot L.D. Barkley by Katy Groves from the free, downloadable “Attica Uprising 101: A Short Primer” produced by Project NIA, see here: http://bit.ly/1qbKgt9
Via Zinn Education Project

On Sept. 9, 1971, the Attica Prison riot (Rebellion) began.

As Howard Zinn explains in A People’s History of the United States: “The most direct effect of the George Jackson murder was the rebellion at Attica prison — a rebellion that came from long, deep grievances… . 54% of the inmates were black; 100% of the guards were white. Prisoners spent 14 to 16 hours a day in their cells, their mail was read, their reading material restricted, their visits from families conducted through a mesh screen, their medical care disgraceful, their parole system inequitable, racism everywhere.”

Here are links to two primers on Attica and films for teaching outside the textbook about Attica: http://bit.ly/NiOWd6 

Image of Elliot L.D. Barkley by Katy Groves from the free, downloadable “Attica Uprising 101: A Short Primer” produced by Project NIA, see here: http://bit.ly/1qbKgt9

Via Zinn Education Project

09.10.14 85
At Hearing On NYPD Force, The '5,000-Pound Elephant In The Room' Is 'Broken Windows'

NEW YORK — It took two hours during Monday’s packed City Council hearing with NYPD Commissioner William Bratton for someone to mention “broken windows.” It was council member Robert Cornegy (D-Brooklyn) who finally broached the subject, calling the controversial policing strategy the “5,000-pound elephant in the room.”

Cornegy made the remark while questioning Bratton about the NYPD’s continued crackdown on subway dancers, a classic example of the policing theory that holds that targeting low-level offenses helps curb more serious crime.

Josmar Trujillo, of New Yorkers Against Bratton, told HuffPost he was disappointed at the “softball questions” many council members posed to Bratton.

He said the call for training, although a “politically savvy” response to Garner’s death, does little to address the “fundamental” problems with broken windows. The council, Trujillo added, needs a hearing on broken windows “immediately.”

But even if the council were to reform the NYPD’s embrace of broken windows, it’s unclear whether Mayor Bill de Blasio would support such a move. Despite coming into office this year with a promise to end stop and frisk, and to improve the NYPD’s relationship with communities of color, de Blasio has thus far been steadfast in his support of Bratton’s use of broken windows.

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Human Rights Lawyer Arrested For Standing On NYC Sidewalk Waiting For Kids To Use Bathroom

A human rights lawyer who was formerly the top attorney for Public Advocate Tish James was arrested for blocking the sidewalk following a pro-Palestinian rally in Times Square while waiting for her children to use the bathroom.

Chaumtoli Huq, 42, was standing outside of Ruby Tuesday on July 19th when her husband and children went into the restaurant to use the restroom. Police officers told her to keep moving down the sidewalk.

"I’m not in anybody’s way. Why do I have to move? What’s the problem?" Huq told police, according to the criminal complaint obtained by DNAinfo.

Police officer Ryan Lathrop and his partner then pinned her against a wall and arrested her.

“At that point I didn’t know what was happening. I was just thinking, ‘What’s going on?’ and all of a sudden the officer flips me [around]…he [turns] my body and presses me against the wall of the restaurant,” Huq told DNAinfo. “He shoved my left arm all the way and kept pushing it and handcuffed me. At that point I just like instinctively yelled, ‘Help!’ because I was alone. I screamed, ‘Help!’”

In her lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court, Huq claims the NYPD acted with “unreasonable and wholly unprovoked force” and that their behavior was “characteristic of a pattern and practice of the NYPD in aggressive overpolicing of people of color and persons lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights.”

09.06.14 26
Zoom 
National Caravan to the Mexico & Texas borders in solidarity with Central America refugee children and all children & youth under attack
Immigrant rights, labor union, faith-based community and many progressive and social justice activists are organizing a caravan to South Texas in support of migrant refugees. This caravan will take badly needed material aid to the children on the border as well as to organizations that are supporting immigrants. We will carry out a National Educational Campaign.
 WE DEMAND: 
• Refugee status for all Central American children
• An end to the deportation of all immigrants
• Legalization for the over 12 million undocumented immigrants
• An end to U.S. Neo-liberal foreign policy, both economic & political, that leads to forced migration around the world
• An immediate end to the Prison Industrial Complex and mass incarcerations
• An end to the killing and abuse of children and youth from Ferguson to Gaza to the Mexico & Texas borders
   How you can help: 
• Attend our organizing meetings in NYC. For dates and locations, check our website.
• Make a monetary or material aid donation. Payable to:IFCO/Solidarity Caravan 2014
• Participate in the Caravan as a driver or a passenger.
• Ask your church, mosque, synagogue, union or community organization to make a donation, send participants or collect material aid.
• Organize a local Caravan committee in your city.
• Volunteer to host the Caravan in your city.
For more info, call: 917.328.6470
Caravanasolidaridad@gmail.com
www.may1.info
Caravan leaves NYC around Oct. 2nd!
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Caravana nacional a la frontera de  México y Tejas en solidaridad con los niños refugiados de Centro América y todos los niños y jóvenes bajo ataque
Defensoras de los derechos de los inmigrantes, sindicatos, comunidades de fe, y luchadoras por la justicia social están organizando una caravana con destino al Sur de Tejas para apoyar a los niños migrantes refugiados. La Caravana llevará víveres y otras provisiones a los niños refugiados en la frontera así como también a las organizaciones locales que les ofrecen apoyo. También se va hacer una Campaña de Educación Nacional para informar, educar y movilizar.
 DEMANDAMOS: 
• Estatus de refugiado para todos los niños Centroamericanos
• Fin a las deportaciones de todos los inmigrantes
• Legalización de los 12 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados
• Fin a la política exterior neoliberalde Estados Unidos, tanto política y económica, el causante principal de la migración
• Fin inmediato a las políticas de encarcelación masiva y la construcción de prisiones y centros de detención
• Fin a los asesinatos y abusos de niños y jóvenes desde Gaza a Ferguson a la frontera de México y Tejas

 Como Puede Ayudar: 
• Participe en las reuniones organizativas de NYC. Revise en nuestra pagina de Internet la fecha y lugar de nuestra próxima reunión.
• Haga una donación monetaria o de provisiones. Envíe su contribución a: IFCO/Solidarity Caravan 2014
• Sea voluntario en la Caravana como conductor o pasajero.
• Pida a su iglesia, mezquita, sinagoga, sindicato o organización communitaria que haga una donación, una colecta de provisiones o que envíe voluntarios para la Caravana.
• Organize un comité local de la Caravana en su ciudad.
• Ayude a recibir la Caravana en su ciudad.
Más Info: 917.328.6470Caravanasolidaridad@gmail.com www.may1.info
La Caravana sale alrededor del 2 de octubre desde Nueva York!

National Caravan to the Mexico & Texas borders in solidarity with Central America refugee children and all children & youth under attack

Immigrant rights, labor union, faith-based community and many progressive and social justice activists are organizing a caravan to South Texas in support of migrant refugees. This caravan will take badly needed material aid to the children on the border as well as to organizations that are supporting immigrants. We will carry out a National Educational Campaign.

 WE DEMAND: 

• Refugee status for all Central American children

• An end to the deportation of all immigrants

• Legalization for the over 12 million undocumented immigrants

• An end to U.S. Neo-liberal foreign policy, both economic & political, that leads to forced migration around the world

• An immediate end to the Prison Industrial Complex and mass incarcerations

• An end to the killing and abuse of children and youth from Ferguson to Gaza to the Mexico & Texas borders

   How you can help

• Attend our organizing meetings in NYC. For dates and locations, check our website.

• Make a monetary or material aid donation. Payable to:
IFCO/Solidarity Caravan 2014

• Participate in the Caravan as a driver or a passenger.

• Ask your church, mosque, synagogue, union or community organization to make a donation, send participants or collect material aid.

• Organize a local Caravan committee in your city.

• Volunteer to host the Caravan in your city.

For more info, call: 917.328.6470

Caravanasolidaridad@gmail.com

www.may1.info

Caravan leaves NYC around Oct. 2nd!

———————————————— 

Caravana nacional a la frontera de  México y Tejas en solidaridad con los niños refugiados de Centro América y todos los niños y jóvenes bajo ataque

Defensoras de los derechos de los inmigrantes, sindicatos, comunidades de fe, y luchadoras por la justicia social están organizando una caravana con destino al Sur de Tejas para apoyar a los niños migrantes refugiados. La Caravana llevará víveres y otras provisiones a los niños refugiados en la frontera así como también a las organizaciones locales que les ofrecen apoyo. También se va hacer una Campaña de Educación Nacional para informar, educar y movilizar.

 DEMANDAMOS: 

• Estatus de refugiado para todos los niños Centroamericanos

• Fin a las deportaciones de todos los inmigrantes

• Legalización de los 12 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados

• Fin a la política exterior neoliberalde Estados Unidos, tanto política y económica, el causante principal de la migración

• Fin inmediato a las políticas de encarcelación masiva y la construcción de prisiones y centros de detención

• Fin a los asesinatos y abusos de niños y jóvenes desde Gaza a Ferguson a la frontera de México y Tejas

 Como Puede Ayudar: 

• Participe en las reuniones organizativas de NYC. Revise en nuestra pagina de Internet la fecha y lugar de nuestra próxima reunión.

• Haga una donación monetaria o de provisiones. Envíe su contribución a: IFCO/Solidarity Caravan 2014

• Sea voluntario en la Caravana como conductor o pasajero.

• Pida a su iglesia, mezquita, sinagoga, sindicato o organización communitaria que haga una donación, una colecta de provisiones o que envíe voluntarios para la Caravana.

• Organize un comité local de la Caravana en su ciudad.

• Ayude a recibir la Caravana en su ciudad.

Más Info: 917.328.6470Caravanasolidaridad@gmail.com www.may1.info

La Caravana sale alrededor del 2 de octubre desde Nueva York!
09.02.14 24

Five Days in Ferguson

A delegation from the People’s Power Assembly movement went to Ferguson, Mo, to ask the community about their experience in the murder of Michael Brown and the subsequent police violence.

Video produced by People’s Video Network

09.01.14 35
Ferguson: 'High Threat Team' of Former US Navy SEALs to be Deployed to St Louis Area

With clashes between police and protesters increasing in Ferguson, reports indicate that a high threat team, comprising of Special Ops contractors and former Navy SEALs, will be deployed to contain the situation.

Racial tensions in the Missouri city escalated further on Tuesday, after another African American man was shot down by the police, within a week of the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The decision to deploy Special Ops contractors and former Navy SEALs was announced by a private military security service provider - Asymmetric Solutions - on its Twitter account.

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Countries Criticized by US Turn Tables Over Ferguson Crisis

Police aggression. Detention of journalists. A call for respect for minority populations. They’re the type of issues the United States is usually scolding other countries about. This time, however, the criticism is coming the other direction.

Iran’s Grand Ayatollah tweeted about the “brutal treatment” of black people in the United States using the #Ferguson hashtag, China’s official mouthpiece wrote about America’s “human rights flaw,” and the Egyptian government called for “restraint and respect for the right of assembly and peaceful expression of opinion.”

The condemnation is not only limited to countries who may be gloating about the chance to slam the United States about its internal affairs for a change.

On Monday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, through a spokesman, called on authorities “to ensure that the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are protected.”

“He calls on all to exercise restraint, for law enforcement officials to abide by U.S. and international standards in dealing with demonstrators,” Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman said.

Amnesty International, the global human rights organization, said it had sent observers to Ferguson. It’s the first time the group has deployed such a team within the United States.

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Zoom PFLP leader Jarrar ordered deported to Jericho from Ramallah in dawn raid
Occupation forces raided the home of Khalida Jarrar, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, in Ramallah early on Wednesday morning, August 20, handing her an order for deportation within 24 hours to Jericho for an indefinite period.
The occupation forces attempted to force Jarrar to take sign the order, which she refused. A soldier read the text aloud, saying that the military courts, due to information from the occupation intelligence and security services, have ordered Jarrar to be deported to Jericho within 24 hours and to remain for an indefinite period within the city limits of Jericho; the soldiers left a map of the Jericho city limits.
Jarrar, a well-known prisoner advocate and chair of the prisoners’ committee of the PLC, refused to sign the order and plans to meet with her lawyer today. This is the one of the first times occupation forces have attempted to deport Palestinian political leaders internally, from one city to another inside the West Bank, since the mid-1980s.

PFLP leader Jarrar ordered deported to Jericho from Ramallah in dawn raid

Occupation forces raided the home of Khalida Jarrar, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, in Ramallah early on Wednesday morning, August 20, handing her an order for deportation within 24 hours to Jericho for an indefinite period.

The occupation forces attempted to force Jarrar to take sign the order, which she refused. A soldier read the text aloud, saying that the military courts, due to information from the occupation intelligence and security services, have ordered Jarrar to be deported to Jericho within 24 hours and to remain for an indefinite period within the city limits of Jericho; the soldiers left a map of the Jericho city limits.

Jarrar, a well-known prisoner advocate and chair of the prisoners’ committee of the PLC, refused to sign the order and plans to meet with her lawyer today. This is the one of the first times occupation forces have attempted to deport Palestinian political leaders internally, from one city to another inside the West Bank, since the mid-1980s.

08.21.14 114
Ferguson: Police Draw Guns on Rosa Clemente, Talib & Others

Rosa Clemente, Talib Kweli, the Dream Defenders and many others had guns drawn on them by police in Ferguson during protests.

This is a harrowing account from Rosa Clemente who is down in Ferguson with a group of folks who she names in her Dispatches about what went down last night.. It’s important to compare her account with what’s being hailed in corporate media as some sort of major turning point…This sounds like a turning point in the wrong direction.. keep in mind about who is mouth piecing for the police.. Davey D

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