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Zoom Today in History: The Silent Parade

On July 28, 1917, thousands of African-Americans marched in silence down New York’s 5th Avenue to protest lynching.

Via The Crisis Magazine
Today in History: The Silent Parade
On July 28, 1917, thousands of African-Americans marched in silence down New York’s 5th Avenue to protest lynching.
Via The Crisis Magazine
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Zoom #GazaUnderAttack
#JusticeForEricGarner

#GazaUnderAttack

#JusticeForEricGarner

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Across the U.S.: NO TO MIGRANT BASHING

Members of Voces de la Frontera, its youth arm Youth Empowered in the Struggle, and their allies confronted anti-immigrant racists at various locations in Milwaukee on July 18. Voces and YES called their counterprotests “Defend Refugee Children: Stop Anti-Immigrant Hate.”

Pro-immigrant demonstrators outnumbered anti-immigrant protesters 10-to-1 at opposing rallies outside the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia on July 18.

Chanting “The people united will never be defeated! El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!” a crowd of more than 100 people in Syracuse, N.Y., rallied July 18 to support migrant children. Their voices drowned out intermittent anti-immigrant shouts from about fifty right-wingers across the street.

Activists and community members gathered outside the Mexican Consulate in downtown San Diego on July 18 to tell racist anti-immigrant protesters they’ve got it all wrong. The same racists that in Murrieta, Calif., turned around buses that were carrying Central American refugees showed their ugly sentiment at the consulate.

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Bastrop, Texas: March to free Rodney Reed, an innocent Black man on death row, July 24, 2014.

Photos by Allison Hubbard / Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement

Judge Doug Shaver on Monday set Rodney Reed's execution date for 6 p.m. on Jan. 14. Attorneys for the Innocence Project argued there is more evidence in the case that needs to be DNA tested. Reed’s family claims prosecutors withheld evidence during the trial.”

Texas judge sets execution date for Rodney Reed

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What I Saw on Rikers Island

By Cecily McMillan

I RECENTLY served 58 days of a three-month sentence on Rikers Island. I was convicted in May of assaulting a New York City police officer as the police cleared Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street protesters in 2012. (I am appealing my conviction.) I got a firsthand experience that I did not seek of what it is like to live behind bars.

On one day in May, I was waiting outside the jail pharmacy for my daily A.D.H.D. prescription. A male officer began harassing me, and when I made the mistake of looking at his badge to get his number, he slammed his body into mine and shouted a sexual slur at me.

I wrote up a complaint and then showed it to my lawyer, but he advised me not to file it, because of the risk of retaliation. Despite formal rules governing the interactions between correction officers and inmates that are detailed in the inmate handbook issued to everyone at intake, in reality we had no rights and no recourse in these kinds of conflicts.

Violence is easy to grasp and to condemn. What’s harder to understand for people who haven’t done time is the day-in, day-out degradation and neglect.

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Zoom Staten Island, NYC: Justice for Eric Garner — the latest victim of the racist NYPD
Saturday, July 26 
Gather 1pm at Port Richmond Projects and Stapleton Projects for march
Rally 2pm at the murder scene, 204 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY

Staten Island, NYC: Justice for Eric Garner — the latest victim of the racist NYPD

Saturday, July 26 

Gather 1pm at Port Richmond Projects and Stapleton Projects for march

Rally 2pm at the murder scene, 204 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY

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Gaza: Displaced Palestinians forced to leave UNRWA schools

By Ahmed Hadi, Al-Akhbar

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) displaced Gazan refugees again when it asked them to leave its schools serving as shelters in al-Maghazi refugee camp to a nearby camp after informing them that their lives were at risk. 

A woman in her 40s told Al-Akhbar: “The UN staff told us that our lives are in danger and we have to leave right away. We were shell-shocked because we were in the street again and did not know where to go.”

Meanwhile, Ban Ki-moon offers “condolences” to Israel…

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Gaza death toll at 570 as Israel bombs homes, hospital

Updated 9:11 pm: Nonstop Israeli jet, tank and naval attacks targeting homes and a hospital killed at least 53 people in Gaza Monday, bringing the death toll in a two-week-long assault on the besieged strip.

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Protestors Call For Bratton’s Resignation In Wake Of Staten Island Man’s Death In Police Custody

A group of demonstrators is calling for the resignation of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton after a Staten Island man died in police custody last week.

The group, known as “New Yorkers Against Bratton,” held a small protest Monday outside City Hall. Protesters said Bratton needs to be fired after the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner last Thursday.

“Commissioners need to pay the political price. If that were to happen, if Commissioner Bratton were to resign, if Mayor de Blasio were to ask for his resignation, it would send a signal to all future commissioners that brutality is unacceptable, that their jobs are on the line,” New Yorkers Against Bratton Spokesperson Josmar Trujillo told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

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