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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Demonstrations for Justice

Well, it appears that many Americans are ready for change.

Black, white, red, and yellow are all coming together to fight injustice accross America and around the world. There are only a few stupid people who refuse to moveon and fight the power.





As an example, as reported With the prospect of a major national civil rights protest looming next week in the central Louisiana town of Jena, a state appeals court on Friday abruptly vacated the felony conviction of a black teenager accused of beating a white student in a case fraught with racial tensions. Louisiana's Third Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on an emergency defense appeal, reversed the aggravated second-degree battery conviction of Mychal Bell, 17, ruling that the youth had been tried improperly as an adult in a case that has raised allegations of unequal justice in the small, mostly white town."

National civil rights leaders, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III, had been planning to join African-American celebrities and thousands of Internet bloggers in a demonstration in Jena next Thursday, the day Bell had been scheduled to be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison on the battery conviction.

Nearly 200,000 people have signed petitions criticizing the prosecution of the black students and calling on Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco to intervene in the case. Bus caravans headed toward Jena have been organized at scores of churches across the country and organizers had predicted more than 20,000 protesters might show up in the town of 3,000.

But with the reversal of Bell's felony convictions, the extent of next Thursday's demonstration is now unclear. Read More HERE



Meanwhile, in Washington, DC a fight for justice at the international level is taking place. WaPo's Jerry Markon and Dion Haynes report "War protestors marched through the streets of Washington today, from near the White House to the Capitol, where they staged a "die-in" to demonstrate their fervant opposition to the war in Iraq. Protesters and counter-protesters started to gather by 8:30 a.m. for the first major anti-war protest in Washington since January, which is expected to be followed by a week of civil disobedience in the area intended to shift the anti-war movement to a more confrontational phase.

Rallies for and against U.S. presence in Iraq likely to be followed by week of civil disobedience in D.C. intended to heighten intensity of antiwar efforts. Read More HERE

AAPP: What Does this all mean?

Times they are changing! But is the end near? Or is America just getting ready for a new
Big Creek Six or The Next War?












John Edwards Exposed?




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African American Internet, Social and Political Activist Francis L. Holland has a powerful post on his Francis L. Holland Blog. Here is just part of what Francis Hollands has to say about John Edwards calling Obama the "Kumbaya" candidate, while Edwards' staff discriminates against black bloggers




One of the reasons that many Black bloggers refuse to participate in the whitosphere is "bloglist apartheid." Many pseudo-progressive whitosphere bloggers simply refuse to link to any Black blogs in their bloglists. Although not universal in the whitosphere, some white bloggers' bloglists evince a clear policy of pretending that Black-operated blogs ("Black self-determination blogs") don't exist at all.

Tracy Joan says she "works" on behalf of John Edwards at DailyKos. Look at her bloglist. Because I'm no expert on whitosphere blogs, I cannot say with utter certainty that none of the blogs on her bloglist is Black owned and operated. I likewise cannot assert with utter certainly that none of the blogs on her bloglist is owned and operated by Latinos.

However, I am a member of the AfroSpear, the largest national group of Black bloggers, born in March and now with over sixty Black blog members from across the United States and in five countries and three continents. I can say with utter certainly that none of the blogs on Tracy Joan's bloglist are member of the AfroSpear.

I have also reviewed the bloglists of all sixteen of the blogs on Tracy Joan´s bloglist. Among all of the blogs on the bloglists of those sixteen blogs - literally hundreds of blogs - I can only find one blog that I know with certainty is a owned and operated by a Black person. This tendency toward bloglist apartheid obviously puts John Edwards at a distinct disadvantage as he tries to reach out to Black voters.

The 96% white CIA-sponsored(?) MAMZosphere, that practices blog apartheid and bloglist apartheid, is supporting John Edwards for the presidency. That's a blog-apartheid sponsored endorsement that will be heard loudly and clearly in the Afrosphere and in Black Democratic neighborhoods throughout America.

This tendency to ignore and reject Blacks (even while claiming that poor people are the focus of his campaign) explains why John Edwards has been unable to gain significant support among Black people. Recognizing this, Edwards seems to have a new strategy: emphasizing that he is the only white man among the top three candidates. The following is excerpted from a diary posted at the John Edwards website: Read More HERE

Friday, September 14, 2007

Mike Huckabee

GOP Needs Minorities!


Republican presidential candidate and
former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

AAPP: Well, well, well, even as Project 21, and other black Republicans remain quiet, Jack and Jill PoliticsGOP candidates. You see a number of GOP candidates have said they will not attend the PBS, Tavis Smiley, Republican Candidate Forum at Morgan State.

(AP) and CBS News reports Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee of Arkansas said Friday his fellow Republicans would be making a devastating mistake in the race for the White House if they ignore minorities, unions and other traditionally Democratic groups. Read More HERE.

Asked about Iraq, Huckabee said he agreed with President Bush's decision to reduce U.S. troop levels to pre-surge numbers by next summer as recommended by top commander Gen. David Petreaus.

"I understand the American people want to get out of Iraq, but I also don't believe the American people want to lose. What they want is they want victory. They want it now," he said. "The question is do they want to get out now even if it means that we lose. And I don't think the answer to that is yes."





It's interesting that these Black Republican talking heads have nothing to say about Republicans who hide behind a 1920-1950's "white sheet of excuses" on why they can't talk to black audiences about issues important to blacks.



But these black Republican talking heads can find time to get in front of the Camera to support George W. Bush.

Martin on CSpan 2002


I guess I already know why they are so quiet. Do you?

What's your Next Step?


I just got this email from the Democratic Leadership Council with the heading:




Bush Buys Time, But For What?

The email said: The president's address to the nation last night is being viewed in some quarters as representing the long-awaited Bush pivot toward accepting a change of strategy in Iraq and the initiation of troop reductions. We wish that were true, but it's not.

For more than two years, the Bush position has been that "as Iraqis stand up, we'll stand down." The "surge" begun earlier this year was entirely predicated on the idea that improved security would immediately lead to steps toward a political settlement in Iraq. That hasn't happened at all, and the most favorable interpretation of the security situation as presented by General Petraeus in Washington this week simply reinforces the failure of the administration's overall strategy of perpetually awaiting political breakthroughs that never seem to occur. And the president's pledge to end the surge and go back to the same troop levels we had at the beginning of the year, if political conditions improve, is both empty and disingenuous: Why is he continuing a strategy that has so repeatedly failed? And what can the U.S. military ever hope to accomplish in the absence of a plausible strategy for breaking the Iraqi political logjam?

On the military front, General Petraeus did bring some good news. The counterinsurgency tactics America should have adopted years ago seem to be working in parts of Iraq. Terror attacks and civilian deaths, though still horrendous, are down. And the growing Sunni repudiation of Al Qaeda in Iraq in Anbar Province, and now Diyala as well, is of genuinely strategic importance, since anything that weakens AQI is good for the United States' long-term goals in the Middle East. But as Sen. Joe Biden rightly pointed out, none of this adds up to progress toward a viable, non-sectarian Iraqi State that's willing to police and defend itself across communal lines. As a nation, Iraqis are still not standing up, and a continued U.S. military occupation will likely prolong the Iraqi stalemate.

Nonetheless, Bush's speech and the Petraeus testimony may succeed in buying the administration time -- not with Iraqis or with the American public as a whole (which would prefer a bipartisan strategy to end the war, but is not being fooled into thinking that a withdrawal of "surge" troops represents a step toward a reduced U.S. military presence), but with the small band of Republican Members of Congress who might otherwise join Democrats in forcing a change of strategy. Bush also obtained a new lease on his stay-the-course policies from the 2008 Republican presidential field, who in their competition for votes from an increasingly isolated conservative GOP base, are self-destructively competing to embrace the entirely illusory idea of a military victory in Iraq.

But as in so many issues, the Bush administration appears to be buying time for no particular purpose beyond refusing to admit mistakes and change course, at a horrendous cost in life and treasure, and in the opportunity to end the Iraq war in a way that promotes a viable Iraqi state, and U.S. security objectives as well.


AAPP: My questions to the Democratic Leadership Council, are this:

Are you going to let Bush continue to hold America hostage? What are your next steps Democrats?



Jena 6


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Source: journalgazette.net

A state appeals court Friday tossed out the aggravated battery conviction that could have sent a black teenager to prison for 15 years in last year's beating of a white classmate in the racially tense north Louisiana town of Jena.

Mychal Bell, who was 16 at the time of the December beating, should not have been tried as an adult on the battery charge, the state Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles ruled.

Bell is one of six black Jena High School students charged in an attack on fellow student Justin Barker, and one of five originally charged as adults with attempted second-degree murder.

The charges brought widespread criticism that blacks were being treated more harshly than whites after racial confrontations and fights at their school.

Attorney Louis Scott of Monroe said he didn't know whether Bell, whose bond was set at $90,000, would get out of jail immediately.

"It means that at the present time all charges are dismissed," Scott said. "But we don't know what approach the prosecution is going to take - whether they will re-charge him, where he would have to be subjected to bail all over again or not.

"We're working on that right now," he said.

Bell was to be sentenced Thursday in a case that has brought international attention to Jena. Civil rights leaders, including the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, have been planning a rally in support of the teens that day.

"Although there will not be a court hearing, we still intend to have a major rally for the Jena Six and now hopefully Mychal Bell will join us," Sharpton said in an e-mailed statement.

"Mychal Bell's parents will still join me in Chicago tomorrow and we will still continue mobilization on this miscarriage of justice."

Jackson said, "The pressure must continue until all six boys are set free and sent to school, not to jail." More HERE

Black Republicans' Quiet in 2007

2007 not the Year of the Black Republican.

(AP)

Remember how the GOP targeted Democratic Constituency in 3 High-Profile Races in 2006? Remember the article in the Washington Post and other newspapers around the country about J. Kenneth Blackwell the Ohio secretary of state -- a crusading conservative with an appetite for political combat -- who also assumed a leading role in the Republican Party’s efforts to break the Democrats' decades-long grip on the black vote.

The article also talked about former Maryland, Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, whose candidacy had benefited from his friendship with two Republican National Committee chairmen.

Remember former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann who challenged Democratic Gov. Edward G. Rendell.

They called themselves the new Black Republicans and THEY LOST!

You remember the article by Associated Press, They are the new black Republicans and they have a new name for the party. GOP they say stands for the Grow Out Party. These are African American Mayors and State lawmakers who say for far too long, Democrats have taken the black vote for granted. And they're fed up.

It's time, they say, for black voters to take back the party of Lincoln, to make the GOP look more like them: African American faces, young and old. Rich and poor. Professional and working class. And as more young black voters identify themselves as Republicans, some African American leaders hope this could be a year to fundamentally change the Party, to give it new color and a new attitude.

AAPP: I guess the Republican don't remember all of the bogus lies. Yes, I guess Black Republicans' don't remember their effort to change the party failed. As noted by Rikyrah at Mirror on America blog, the GOP's leading candidates don't care about black or Latino people for that matter, and have snubbed the Tavis Smiley Forum at Morgan State.

Read More HERE.

I guess candidates like Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and John McCain. Have no love for the folks at:

Project 21
Larry Elder
Republicans for Black Empowerment
Walter Williams
LaShawn Barber
Thomas Sowell
Booker Rising
The Cultural Strategist
Dell Gines
Vision Circle
Hugh Hewitt
Star Parker
Daniel Drezner
Ed Brown


What's up with black conservatives and Republicans like Bob Parks? He has been very quiet on the issue. I wonder why? I guess there won't be a taking back of the party of Lincoln by the American people. A new color and a new attitude for the Republican Party? Not!

Not in 2007, or for that matter, any time in the near or distant future.



Thursday, September 13, 2007

To Black Women

Larry "Village People" Craig to Judge: I got Set Up!



If Larry "Village People" Craig can withdraw his guilty plea for his sexual play at an airport, all the black men and women doing time for stupid shi* should also get an opportunity to get their guilty plea's thrown out. Damn, I have not heard that "The bitc* set me up" excuse since Marion Barry in Washington, DC back in 1990.'

Why should a millionaire and play homophobic Senator get off (at airports and) in the courts. Because of influence and power? Why should the American people allow it? Where is the Outrage?

(AP & Politico) — Sen. Larry Craig's request to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting will be heard Sept. 26, just four days before he has said he will step down from his Senate seat.

A spokesman for Craig has said he is unlikely to try to finish his third term unless a court moves quickly to overturn Craig's conviction. Craig's spokesman could not immediately be reached Tuesday and it was unclear what impact the Sept. 26 hearing would have on Craig's plans. Craig has been under intense pressure from Republicans to resign.

Craig was arrested June 11 by a Minneapolis airport police officer in a bathroom sex sting. The Idaho Republican pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and in exchange, prosecutors dropped a gross misdemeanor charge of interference with privacy.

Craig has since said that his guilty plea was a mistake. He filed a request to withdraw the guilty plea on Monday.

AAPP: Next time he should go piss at the YMCA!

Don't Shake That Hand!

Key anti-al-Qaida sheik slain in Iraq



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AP Photo: President Bush shakes hands with Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, right, leader of the Anbar Salvation Council.

BAGHDAD - The assassination Thursday of the leader of the Sunni Arab revolt against al-Qaida militants dealt a setback to one of the few success stories in U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq, but tribesmen in Anbar province vowed not to be deterred in fighting the terror movement.

AAPP: Whatever! Let's see if another Sheik would be so bold as to partner with a government that is telling Arabs to kill Arabs. Arabs have been fighting each other for many hundreds if not thousands of years. They don't need any help from America.

Let's get the hell out of hells' kitchen.



George Bush Iraq Policy ....Blah, blah, blah, Blah, blah

Bush addresses the nation about U.S. Policy in Iraq.

Here is what he really said: You know my lies! Did you Expect something different. Everyone quit on me, I'm in the white house by myself (oh I still have Condi), but I don't give a shit.

American People, Democrats, Your Move!

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The Military Industrial Complex

"Over-grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty."

--George Washington (1732-1799), 1st US President





"[The] conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. . . . In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

--Dwight D. Eisenhower



"Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." More HERE

--Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), 34th US President, Farewell Address, Jan. 17, 1961


AAPP: While the Military Industrial Complex grows look what the folks in China, (who are kicking our economic butts are reading) in the Asia Times:


China - Asia Times: Since Bush came into office in 2001, the Pentagon's budget has increased by more than one-third. The US$481 billion proposed for 2008 –the $459 billion appropriations plus the nuclear weapons programs of the Department of Energy - is a jump of more than 10% over current spending. To be clear, this is a huge figure even before factoring in the costs of military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in under the "war on terror". A recent analysis of the emergency supplemental budgets to pay for the war by the Congressional Research Service finds that (so far) a total of another $607 billion has been spent since September 11, 2001.


The United States is currently spending more on the military than at the height of the Ronald Reagan military build-up (when the US had a nuclear-armed superpower rival) or during the Vietnam or Korean wars. Thanks to the Bush administration, the United States now spends about as much on its military as the rest of the world spends collectively, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Given these figures - and the fact that preponderant military spending has not equaled an unassailable military or the fulfillment of the Bush administration's objectives - there is plenty of fodder for Democratic candidates wishing to take on the Bush administration's love affair with the Pentagon.

In the 2008 military budget, the White House showed its devotion to weapons manufacturers and its disdain for men and women in uniform by packing the "reconstituting the forces" area of the budget with $51 billion in weapons that are not only not worn out by the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan - but aren't even relevant.

There is money for 20 F-22 tactical aircraft originally designed to engage Soviet fighter planes in high-speed aerial dogfights. Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia does not have any fighter planes. Among other useless programs was $74 million to continue research on an unmanned spy plane that is years away from being fielded.

A tale of two budgets

While this administration justifies the spending as necessary to fight the terrorists over there so that the US does not face them at home, the numbers tell a different story - a story of two separate military budgets.

The first is bursting with billions for new fighter planes, nuclear-powered submarines and ballistic missile components. This is the budget that has propelled spiraling profits for weapons manufacturing companies like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

The other military budget is plagued with the belt-tightening one usually sees in education and social service programs. The army suffered a $530 million shortfall in 2006 that led to cuts at military hospitals and no new money for medical research on key procedures like dealing with traumatic brain injuries - the signature of the improvised-explosive-device war in Iraq.

All the Democrats who wish to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office criticize the administration for not providing ammunition, communication systems, armored vehicles and helicopters to US soldiers in the field. They also take Bush to task for always leading with the Pentagon and not providing enough support to the State Department's non-military counter-terrorism programs.

After $20 million was slashed from their counter-terrorism program budget in 2007, the State Department is requesting only $150 million for 2008. Its highly touted Regional Strategic Initiative, bringing together different agencies to collaborate on the ground, is getting a mere $1 million each year - the kind of money the Pentagon loses in its sofa cushions every week.

More HERE

The five pillars of the U.S. military-industrial complex

so... now you really realize what we are up against?

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AAPP: "Our world is small. We must all reach out to one another. Visit the Angry Indian at: Inteligenta Indiĝena Indigenismo Novaĵoservo, you'll be glad you did."

Engaging in the banalities of life has become a death-defying act

AAPP: These men appear to have been men of character unlike Gen. Betray Us and his bogus "see through" effort to Buy Bush More Time for his Vietnam like/Bush War on Iraq Strategy.

"Engaging in the banalities of life has become a death-defying act," the seven soldiers wrote of the war they had seen in Iraq .

They were referring to the ordeals of Iraqi citizens, trying to go about their lives with death and suffering all around them. But sadly, although they did not know it at the time, they might almost have been referring to themselves.

Men of Character




Man of Less Character

Hiding behind the General.

Bush has made Petraeus the arbiter of Iraq policy when it should be set by the President.

- Time Magazine

Illustration source: TIME by Stephen Kroninger, Petraeus: Susan Walsh / AP


Now to the weak men. As Democracy Now reports, "President Bush's prime time address before the nation tonight culminates a carefully orchestrated public relations campaign to win support for the continuation of the war in Iraq. The campaign began in August when a group called Freedom's Watch headed by President Bush's former spokesperson Ari Fleischer began airing pro-war television commercials. Then, President Bush flew to Iraq for an unannounced visit where he met with Iraqi leaders at a U.S. military base in Anbar province. On the eve of Sept. 11th, General David Petraeus and Ambassador David Crocker testified before Congress. Then they appeared exclusively on Fox News in what the network described as a "briefing for America." To talk more about the Bush administration's public relations campaign, John Stauber, founder of the Center for Media & Democracy and PR Watch, joins us in Madison Wisconsin." To listen to this interview, click here.

TWO OF SEVEN SOLDIERS WHO WROTE NEW YORK TIMES OP-ED DIE IN IRAQ:

AAPP: I guess one has to watch what you say about the American government, even if your a soldier in Iraq.

Source: AmericanProgressAction.org



Two of the seven active duty soldiers in the 82nd Airborne who wrote an Aug. 19 op-ed in the New York Times died in an accident in Iraq on Monday. Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance Gray were killed when their vehicle overturned in western Baghdad. News of their deaths reached Washington as Gen. David Petraeus wrapped up his testimony to Congress about the Bush administration's strategy in Iraq.



The soldiers' op-ed challenged overly simplistic press accounts of "progress" in Iraq, and reminded readers that the war had "robbed [Iraqis] of their self-respect" as the Americans had become "an army of occupation." The soldiers' courage to speak out about their experiences in Iraq helped change the debate in Washington. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) read from soldiers' op-ed during Tuesday's hearing, and Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) referred to the column to challenge Petraeus's rosy assessments of the progress in Iraq: "They laid out a pretty different scenario, General, Ambassador, from what you're laying out today." Mora's stepfather said that his son believed the "situation in Iraq was desperate" and was sad that children in Iraq were "having to live" with the war going on. Mora and Gray each leave behind a wife and young daughter.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Jena SIX

FREE THE JENA 6 ...ENOUGH IS ENOUGH... FREE THE JENA SIX


Source: Michael Baisden.com


On September 20, 2007 more than 1 million people will wear BLACK as we unite in one voice with one message to declare that UN-EQUAL JUSTICE is just not acceptable. The world will be watching when not just African Americans but people of all races take a stand for something that we all believe in. Mychal Bell and the Jena Six should be free. If you have not heard about their case and why these average teenagers, good students, great athletes and are now fighting for their lives (one student Mychal Bell has been in jail since Dec. 2006) please CLICK HERE NOW to view this video for the shock of your life and on any of the links below for more information. This is clearly a case of racism, but Michael Baisden reminds us the protest in Jena, LA, the US and around the world is not an attack on white people but against a system that has failed us all. It is not about black and white but about what is wrong and what is right!

Enough is Enough...Un-Equal Justice is just not acceptable! ..Wear Black on September 20th to show your support!


Big Creek Six - Fed's think it's Love American Style?

Captive and Tortured by the "Big Creek Six"

The case is "something that would have come out of a horror movie," Logan County Sheriff W.E. Hunter said.




Suspects arrested for allegedly holding a black woman captive in a West Virginia home for at least a week; top (l-r): Alisha Burton, Bobby Brewster, Danny Combs; bottom (l-r): Frankie Brewster, George Messer, Karen Burton.

Federal prosecutors will step back for now in the case against six West Virginia residents accused of kidnapping and torturing a young woman.

Details emerge in West Virginia torture case

WEB EXTRA: Mother Interview

AAPP says: Should I file this under, watch out who you date - The Federal Government does? They must think it's love American style.



I've been talking about this type of issue over the past month or so, and I got all the haters questioning why I have my strong opinions on this issue of watching out for who you date. I still say, watch out who you date black women, watch out who you date! Read more about how the choice you make can come back at you, as far as the Federal government is concerned.

The woman was forced to eat rat and dog feces and drink from a toilet, according to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court based on what the suspects told deputies. She also had been choked with a cord, it alleges. Deputies say the woman was also doused with hot water while being sexually assaulted.

AAPP:
This is truly an assault on a black woman. And the Federal government says it was not a hate crime. What! Why, because she made the choice to be with a white man. Ouch!

Associated Press (AP), WSAZ News and WaPo - reports a Charleston woman held captive and tortured in a Logan County home for a week was apparently not a random target.

Logan County Prosecutor Brian Abraham tells The Associated Press that 20-year-old Megan Williams had some sort of prior social relationship to one of the six people accused in her sexual and physical abuse.

Abraham says there is nothing in the investigation thus far to indicate she was lured to the home by someone she met on the Internet -- as authorities were first led to believe. And he also says there is no evidence she was abducted from another point in West Virginia and taken to Logan County against her will.

Twenty-four-year-old Bobby Brewster was arrested July 18th in a domestic dispute involving Williams. Brewster was charged by State Police in that case with domestic battery, domestic assault and providing false information to an officer.

In the latest case, Brewster is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, malicious wounding and assault during the commission of a felony.

Williams was found, battered and bruised, on Saturday at the Big Creek home of Brewster's mother after deputies went there to investigate an anonymous tip. More HERE

Woman tortured

The Pictures of White HATE 2007 style

The photos provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail and
Correctional Facility Authority

Democracy While Black

UPI reports a capitol police beat down of a black man, under the heading, check this out; "EMERGING THREATS - BRIEFING"


An anti-war minister and U.S. Air Force veteran was treated in hospital after his arrest by Capitol Hill police outside this week’s Iraq congressional hearings.

The Rev. Lennox Yearwood, president of the Washington-based Hip-Hop Caucus, was charged with disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer after being denied entry to a House hearing room in which Gen. David Petraeus was giving evidence Monday, Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider told United Press International.

But a video of his arrest, posted on the Web site YouTube, does not seem to show any assault. Yearwood shrugs an officer’s hands off his shoulders and is immediately bundled to the floor by five or six policemen.

A spokeswoman for the Hip-Hop Caucus, Liz Havstad, told UPI that Yearwood was treated at George Washington Hospital for injuries to his ankle.

She said he had been released on his own recognizance Tuesday evening and had not had time to weigh whether to make a formal complaint about his treatment.

In a statement Wednesday, Yearwood, who was a U.S. Air Force reserve lieutenant until his honorable discharge in August, called his arrest an example of “Democracy While Black,” asking how he could “convince other African-Americans to come to Capitol Hill to participate in democracy, when Capitol Police will go so far as to jump me when I question my exclusion from a hearing that is open to the public?”
HERE and HERE


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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Assault of America - Rev.Lennox Yearwood attacked, and hospitalized

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence


The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.

--Martin Luther King, Jr., 27 January 1965


Beyond IRAQ: A Time to Break Silence



Protesting The War

Meanwhile we in the churches and synagogues have a continuing task while we urge our government to disengage itself from a disgraceful commitment. We must continue to raise our voices if our nation persists in its perverse ways in Vietnam. We must be prepared to match actions with words by seeking out every creative means of protest possible.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967





Please read the speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City HERE.

This Madness Must Cease

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.

This is the message of the great Buddhist leaders of Vietnam. Recently one of them wrote these words:

"Each day the war goes on the hatred increases in the heart of the Vietnamese and in the hearts of those of humanitarian instinct. The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism."

If we continue, there will be no doubt in my mind and in the mind of the world that we have no honorable intentions in Vietnam. It will become clear that our minimal expectation is to occupy it as an American colony and men will not refrain from thinking that our maximum hope is to goad China into a war so that we may bomb her nuclear installations. If we do not stop our war against the people of Vietnam immediately the world will be left with no other alternative than to see this as some horribly clumsy and deadly game we have decided to play.

The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve. It demands that we admit that we have been wrong from the beginning of our adventure in Vietnam, that we have been detrimental to the life of the Vietnamese people. The situation is one in which we must be ready to turn sharply from our present ways.

In order to atone for our sins and errors in Vietnam, we should take the initiative in bringing a halt to this tragic war. I would like to suggest five concrete things that our government should do immediately to begin the long and difficult process of extricating ourselves from this nightmarish conflict:

  1. End all bombing in North and South Vietnam.
  2. Declare a unilateral cease-fire in the hope that such action will create the atmosphere for negotiation.
  3. Take immediate steps to prevent other battlegrounds in Southeast Asia by curtailing our military buildup in Thailand and our interference in Laos.
  4. Realistically accept the fact that the National Liberation Front has substantial support in South Vietnam and must thereby play a role in any meaningful negotiations and in any future Vietnam government.
  5. Set a date that we will remove all foreign troops from Vietnam in accordance with the 1954 Geneva agreement.

Part of our ongoing commitment might well express itself in an offer to grant asylum to any Vietnamese who fears for his life under a new regime which included the Liberation Front. Then we must make what reparations we can for the damage we have done. We most provide the medical aid that is badly needed, making it available in this country if necessary. More HERE.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967

General Betray Us
























AAPP says: As MoveOn.org has coined him. “General Betray Us.” is doing a great job for his commander and chief. He's giving the American people the same old Sh*t!

Moving the conversation from the War on Iraq to the surge. The Republicans are pissed that MoveOn calls a 4 star general General Betray Us. Hell, Colin Powell is the one that really betrayed America, telling us that Iraq had WMD at the United Nations.

Let's see what the Democrats do, Will they fold and let Republicans tell them to: “make a choice today: Either embrace the character assassination tactics MoveOn.org has leveled against the four-star general leading our troops in the fight against Al Qaeda, or denounce it as disgraceful.”

That coming from Republican neo-con, Boehner.

AAPP: Reality check folks, Bush will pass this war on to the Democrats. as far as I'm concerned this is more than "a disastrous foreign policy mistake." It's another American colonalism nightmare. Democrats and Republicans in the house and senate are gutless turds, and war mongers.

Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker



Black woman in VA raped by 6 whites, made to eat rat and dog feces.

What Year is This???

Six West Virginia residents have been charged with kidnapping, torturing and sexually assaulting a Charleston woman for at least a week, the Logan County Sheriff's Department said Monday. “Deputies found her with two black eyes, part of her hair had been pulled out, she had lacerations on her neck, and she had been physically, mentally and sexually abused.”

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PWT of another Kind

Hat Tip: MrsGrapeVine.com for the link. Posted by CNN
Bossip.com
and Smoking Gun

This sick and racist couple, that was part of a group of 6, was charged with torturing a Black woman in VA and made the innocent woman eat rat and dog feces. This is being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime:

The 23-year-old woman had stab wounds on her left leg and bruises around her eyes, authorities said. The wounds were about a week old, the release said. “Deputies found her with two black eyes, part of her hair had been pulled out, she had lacerations on her neck, and she had been physically, mentally and sexually abused,” Logan County Sheriff W.E. Hunter said.The victim was forced to eat rat and dog feces and drink from the toilet, according to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, The Associated Press reported. The victim was forced to eat rat and dog feces and drink from the toilet, according to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, The Associated Press reported.


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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Jena 6 - A call for Justice

Press Release

The Jena Six are students who have been charged crimes as part of a concerted retaliation against them for asserting their opposition to segregation at Jena High School.

It is now apparent that their will be a massive and historic march on Jena, Louisiana on September 20, to protest the persecution of Black youths in Jena, Louisiana for attempting to integrate the "white tree" at Jena High School. One observer suggested that as many as ten thousand marchers, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, will chant "Justice for the Jena Six" at this protest march.

Since the city's entire population is only 3,000, there is the very real prospect that the number of marchers may exceed the city's population by a factor of 3 to 1 or more. This presents a public safety challenge that the Jena, Louisiana police, fire and ambulance departments may be unable to meet constructively, particularly in light of the city's notorious antagonism to Black people.

"The parish is a major contributor to Republican politicians, and former klansman and
Louisiana gubernatorial candidate David Duke received a solid majority of local
votes."

One of the goals of the AfroSpear Jena Six Committee is to get Governor Blanco actively involved in obtaining justice and equality for the Black students at Jena High School. We also want to assure the safety of our marchers. We call upon Governor Blanco to assure that public safety officials in Jena, Louisiana will act ably and responsibly to assure the safety of all of the marchers and the public on September 20.

To compel the Governor's involvement and guarantee the safety of the march, I propose that the AfroSpear Jena Six Committee issue a press release announcing that the March will be a non-violent march for justice, and calling on Governor Blanco specifically to guarantee the safety of the marchers who will march on Jena on September 20.

This request will at once further publicize the March and will also focus international attention on the antagonistic behavior to which Blacks have been subjected in Jena, Louisiana.

Governor Blanco is responsible for Louisiana's public safety, and she failed notoriously in the case of Hurricane Katrina. Having been notified weeks ahead of time, there is no reason why she needs to fail again in the matter of guaranteeing the safety of the historic March on Jena, of September 20, 2007.

Sincerely,

Francis L. Holland, Esq.

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