From Davey D via Facebook:
Sad News.. The trial to bring justice for Aiyana Stanely-Jones has just ended in a mistrial..For those who dont recall, Aiyana as the 7 year old from Detroit was shot and killed when a reckless police officer named Joseph Weekly along with a SWAT team busted into the wrong house..as they were trying to show off for a police reality TV show..
Aiyana was asleep in the same bed with her grandma when police tossed flash grenades causing her bed to catch on fire This lying cop told the jury that the grandma tried to grab his gun and that’s why he shot the little girl..Of course that was bullshyt.. In fact another officer backed the grandma who was startled from her sleep..
Yet here in this land called America, the police can do no wrong.. so no matter how strong the evidence and how egregious the crime, some simply cant accept the fact, that those who are charged with protecting and serving do not see Black folks as human beings.. Life is disposable.. whether ur a gun yielding thug or an innocent 7 year old… Weekly the officer who shot Ayanna gets to walk..
Lastly we should remind folks that such actions against little kids are not unsual.., A couple of years prior to 7 year old Aiyana being killed, a thousand miles away in Pittsburgh, a cop named Eric Tatusko who pulled over a mom for not coming to a full stop got upset that her 7 year old girl would not stop crying.. He pulled out his 9mm gun and threatened to shoot her if she didnt calm down..he then charged the mom with interference when she freaked out over the officer pulling a gun on her daughter.. The mom was cleared, the officer was not arrested or even disciplined.. he later went on to shoot and kill mentally ill man..
No Justice for Aiyana Mo’Nay Stanley Jones
Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, it was not enforced in the state of Texas due to a lack of Union troop presence and enforcement in the confederate state.
However on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger and his regiment entered Galveston, Texas to override the resistance to the law and to enforce the Executive Orders. Union Major-General Gordon Granger read General Orders, No.3 to the people of Galveston. It stated:
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”
Since 1865 black Americans have regarded June 19th as the official emancipation day, and on January 1, 1980, the state of Texas proclaimed June 19 an official state holiday thanks to the African American state legislator Al Edwards.
Today, June 17, 2013, North Carolinians gathered for the seventh “Moral Monday” protest at the North Carolina Legislative Building. Since late May, thousands have protested the General Assembly’s ultra-conservative agenda and over 450 people have been arrested as part of a growing wave of non-violent civil disobedience. Holly Marie Jordan is a public school teacher from Durham who was arrested as part of today’s protest. Her testimony is below:
As a public school teacher in North Carolina—not an “outsider” that Governer McCrory alleges is at the helm of the Moral Monday protests, but an educator grounded in and devoted to the community of Durham—I am ardent to stand up for the future of my students by getting arrested at Moral Monday.
From Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement:
Rep. Sylvester Turner is once again hosting the 3rd Annual Acres Homes Juneteenth Parade on Sat., June 22, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
The Parade will start at the Acres Homes Multiservice Center, 6719 W. Montgomery, head north on W. Montgomery, turn left on Dolly Wright and then end at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1620 Dolly Wright.
We will meet at 9:00 AM to decorate our truck. The family of Duane Buck will join us. He is a man sent to death row because he is Black!
Bring some water, your family and friends, and put on your walking shoes! It’s gonna be a great time!
New York City: Disorderly Conduct charges dropped against one of our Cop Watchers arrested during the East Flatbush protest for Kimani “Kiki” Gray. Charges of Resisting Arrest & OGA remain. More soon. #CopWatchIsLegal #WatchtheCops
Via Justice Committee
Number of students currently attending the thirteen Washington, D.C., public schools expected to close this year : 2,633
Number of them who are white : 2
Percentage of state-owned land in the West Bank allocated by the Israeli government for Palestinians : 0.7
Via Pamela Stamoulis
Livingston, Texas: Father’s Day protest outside the Polk County Detention Center, which holds many immigrant workers facing deportation, June 16, 2013.
Photos by Gloria Rubac
Barring a last-minute stay, Kimberly McCarthy on June 26 will become the 500th Texas killer to be executed since the state re-activated the death penalty in 1976. Texas leads the nation’s 33 death penalty states in executions, killing more than the next five most active states combined.
Virginia, with 110 executions, places second.
Minutes before the killing hour, McCarthy, 52, condemned for the 1997 murder-robbery of a 70-year-old Dallas County woman, will be strapped to a gurney in a room deep within the 164-year-old prison. Then, as a warden and chaplain stand silently nearby, she will be injected with a lethal dose of a drug commonly used to euthanize cats and dogs.
McCarthy, a one-time occupational therapist and home health care worker, will be the fourth woman in Texas executed by injection.
Supported by law since Texas’ earliest days, executions like hers remain at the heart of a raging dispute pitting most Texans against an array of death penalty opponents here and abroad.