New York City: The Central Park 5 and their legal team are honored by the CUNY Public Interest Law Association (PILA) with the 2014 Distinguished Community Leader Award, April 11, 2014.
Top photo, from left: Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam
Photos: CUNY PILA
— Raymond Santana via Facebook
New York City: Raymond Santana's sister gave one of the most powerful and moving talks I have ever heard on the 25th anniversary of the Central Park 5 frame-up. She had people in tears and renewed with energy to fight.
Photo by Catt Waters
New York City: “25 years is too long! Justice for the Central Park 5!” City Hall, April 17, 2014.
In April 1989, five youths of color were framed by the NYPD, local officials and the media in the infamous Central Park jogger rape case — “the modern Scottsboro Brothers.”
After the five (now grown men) won their freedom when the true rapist confessed, and more than a decade after they launched a civil suit demanding reparations from the city, they and their families have still not received justice.
Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to settle the case within a week of taking office. Now more that 100 days into his administration, the Central Park 5 and their supporters rallied to demand an end to a quarter century of racist injustice.
Honor to our brothers who continue to stand up: Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, and Kharey Wise.
Report by redguard
Photos by Catt Waters and redguard
By Gloria Rubac
East Texas, long known for its racism and active Ku Klux Klan terrorism, has made headlines again. A young Black physical therapist named Alfred Wright called his spouse on Nov. 7 to say his truck had broken down. The 27-year-old had recently begun doing home visits in Jasper and neighboring counties. When his family went to pick him up in Hemphill, an hour from Jasper, he had vanished.
The next day his scrubs and watch were found on a ranch near where his truck had broken down. The Sabine County sheriff, police and firefighters began searching for Wright, but after only four days they said they’d run out of funds and called off the search.
Wright’s family and friends began their own search and found him 19 days later. His mutilated body was on the same land that had supposedly been carefully searched. Left wearing only his boxer briefs, Wright’s left ear had been cut off and his eyes gouged out. Three front teeth and his tongue were missing, and his throat was slit. Yet the medical examiner ruled his death an accident due to drug overdose.
By Lamont Lilly
In commemoration of Lenin’s death 90 years ago. Excerpted from a talk given at the March 29, 2014, “Hard Times are Fighting Times” conference in Durham, N.C.
Just as Vladimir Lenin did in October of 1917, it is time that freedom fighters once again revisit the importance of the National Question. As thinkers and revolutionaries today, it is time that we face the reality of our constantly changing conditions. It is time we re-evaluate the ways in which imperialism and capitalist rule continue to tweak the oppression of various groups, global regions and nationalities.
I just so happen to belong to a very special but highly oppressed nation right here in the U.S. — the African American. My ancestors were forcibly brought to North, South and Central America to work for free. They were brought here in steel chains to toil the soil. They experienced the most brutal and sadistic conditions known to modern times, resulting in social conditions today throughout the Western Hemisphere of extreme institutionalized racism.
In the United States, African Americans are still kept as hostages in mass pockets of poverty. Our families and communities are being dismantled by the Prison-Industrial Complex. Our children are being stolen every day by the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Valuable members of our community are being murdered by local police departments and vigilantes with impunity. Regarding our right to work, African Americans are the last ones hired and first ones fired while Black workers are still primary subjects of racial discrimination in the workplace. In reference to the National Question and Black Liberation, African Americans are still frustrated, angry and deservedly so. As revolutionaries, we have to be honest with these conditions. We must learn about them as much as we can.
On April 15, 1889, A. Philip Randolph, founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters — the first successful Black trade union in the U.S. — and a leader in the African-American civil-rights movement, was born.
Via Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - New York Office
New York City: Community Report and Speak-Out on the first 100 Days of NYPD under Bill Bratton, April 11, 2014.
"New Yorkers Against Bratton and Picture the Homeless hosted a community report and speak-out marking the first 100 days of the second Bill Bratton tenure at the NYPD. We were joined by activists and New Yorkers affected by Bratton’s most recent policing tactics outside of 1 Police Plaza to discuss the crackdown on low level crimes in public transportation systems, attempts at coordinated sweeps of homeless New Yorkers, as well as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ‘Vision Zero’ initiative."
Via New Yorkers Against Bratton
Stockton, California: Police attack BBQ and speak-out sponsored by parents of police brutality victims, April 14, 2014.
"Pigs at BBQ, vamping on kids and throwing free speech out the window. They tried to kettle us & prevent us from leaving the park in any direction. The youth finally found a way, and had the pigs running back and forth as the youth kept outsmarting them! Power to the people!"
Via Terry Kay / Intercouncil for Mothers of Murdered Children
Holy. Fucking. Shit.