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Occupy Wall Street
“Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.”

Black in Latin America
Mexico & Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet
In Mexico and Peru Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of two significant black population. Do you know when Mexico had its first Black President?
Brazil: A Racial Paradise?
In Brazil, Professor Gates delves behind the façade of Carnival to discover how this ‘rainbow nation’ is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy.
Cuba: The Next Revolution
In Black in Latin America’s second episode, Professor Gates explores race and identity in Cuba.
Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided
The first episode of the Black in Latin America series explores race and identity in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Black in Latin America. WATCH the full episodes here.

On this eve of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, we host a wide-ranging discussion with TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson and author Michelle Alexander about the mass incarceration of African Americans that has rolled back many achievements of the civil rights movement. Today there are more African Americans under correctional control, whether in prison or jail, on probation or on parole, than there were enslaved in 1850.
Watch the video on Democracy Now.

List of parades, festivals and other FREE events in the boroughs Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island of New York City.
Lista de desfiles, festivals y otros eventos GRATIS en los condados Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

New York Metro Progressives
New York Metro Progressives is a network of progressive activists based in the New York City metropolitan region who share a commitment to good government, peace and social justice.

NYCLU – Stop and Frisk
Under the Bloomberg administration, the NYPD has conducted more than 4.3 million street stops. About 88 percent of those stops resulted in no arrest or summons. And just because somebody was arrested or got a ticket it doesn’t mean he/she is a criminal. The police can arrest you or give you a ticket just for being in a park after dark or for any other reason.
In 2010, NYPD cop Adil Polanco said that the 41st precinct in New York pressures cops to write at least 20 summons and make 1 arrest each month.
In 2010, NYPD officer Adrian Schoolcraft secretly recorded NYPD top brass giving orders that tickets must be written and arrests must be made.
On February 23, 2012, The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the repeated retaliation against veteran police officer Craig Matthews who has disclosed the use of an illegal quota system for arrests, summonses and stop-and-frisk encounters in the 42nd Precinct in the Bronx.
On March 2012, Sergeant Robert Borrelli Said that cops systematically downgraded and misclassified serious crimes in Queens’ 100th Precinct to pad crime stats, then transferred him to a graveyard shift in retaliation.
New York City Police Sgt. Lesly Charles to a young man: “I have the long dick. You don’t. Your pretty face — I like it very much. My dick will go in your mouth and come out your ear. Don’t fuck with me. All right? I’ll take my gun and put it up your ass and then I’ll call your mother afterwards. You understand that? And I’ll put your shit in your own mouth.”

Slavery Full Program
“I caught a great documentary on PBS last night called “Slavery by Another Name” which told the story of the thousands of Blacks who long after Slavery was abolished in the US were treated like slaves and worse under the ruse of “Convict Leasing” and “Peonage”. Locking up blacks and immigrants has been big business in this country for many years and though we aren’t sending convicts to work to death in coal mines anymore, we are still feeding the prison industrial complex human lives day after day.”_Sinchy

Eating in Public – Pleasure or peril by Annia Ciezadlo.
New York Senator Bill Perkins, a Democrat, has introduced legislation that would ban eating in the New York City subway trains, platforms and stations and fine first-time violators $250 (twice that for repeat offenders).
If you don’t agree, tell Perkins you oppose the bill.

Who Do You Think You Are? – Reba McEntire
Country superstar Reba McEntire embarks on an ancestral journey to discover how her family came to North America.
The singer discovered things that pained her greatly, such as the fact that one of her great grandfathers was a slave owner and slave trader while another was an indentured servant and traveled alone from England when he was 10 years old.

“La preservación del imperio Estadounidense depende de la ignorancia y de la opresión de su propio pueblo.”

7 Rules for Recording Police
“Courts are expanding rights but cops are cracking down. Find out how to keep your footage, and yourself, out of trouble.”

Big Brother ‘legal’ in US: Mumia Abu-Jamal exclusive to RT
National Lawyers Guild: “World-famous political prisoner and NLG Jailhouse Lawyer Vice President Mumia Abu-Jamal gives his first interview since being moved off death row late last year.”

Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention. Fault Lines investigates the business of immigrant detention in the US.
Center for Constitutional Rights: “Under the Obama administration, the detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high. Here is an investigation into the growing private prison industry in the US and how these companies have influenced our immigration laws.”

Transgender Basics is a 20 minute educational film on the concepts of gender and transgender people. Two providers from the Center’s Gender Identity Project (GIP) discuss basic concepts of gender, sexual orientation, identity and gender roles. Three transgender community members share their personal experiences of being trans and genderqueer. The film targets service providers and others working with the LGBT community, but it also provides a fascinating glimpse into gender and identity for the general public. “Our culture likes to make things simple, and gender isn’t.” Carrie Davis, Transgender Community Organizer, in Transgender Basics. For more information contact the Gender Identity Project at 212-620-7310 or at .

Inside Job | Subtitulada en Español.
“‘Inside Job’ provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.”

How to take group photos outdoors: “Ah, the great outdoors! Soccer in the park, a garden party, or a day at the beach can be great opportunities to take frame-worthy photos of family and friends. Photographer Nigel Barker shares great tips for shooting outdoor group photos.”

Court rules granting class certification in CCR’s lawsuit challenging NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices as unconstitutional.
As a result of today’s ruling, all those for whom stop and frisk has become a daily reality will now have an opportunity to challenge it as a violation of their fundamental constitutional rights and ask the Court to order real changes in NYPD stop-and-frisk policy. Judge Scheindlin noted: “Suspicionless stops should never occur. Defendants’ cavalier attitude towards the prospect of a ‘widespread practice of suspicionless stops’ displays a deeply troubling apathy towards New Yorkers’ most fundamental constitutional rights.” To learn more about this case visit the website of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

End Stop and Frisk. Silent March against racial profiling on 6/17/2012, Father’s Day.
”Silence is a powerful force that, like other forms of non-violent protest, holds a mirror to the brutality of one’s opponents. On June 17, we will hold up a mirror to New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy. It is not only discriminatory, it actively seeks to humiliate innocent citizens—particularly African American and Latino men—and criminalize otherwise legal behavior.”

SB 1070 opponents blast Pearce e-mails
“Opponents of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, are using dozens of e-mails sent by Russell Pearce over the past six years to allege that the law was racially motivated and that the former senator and sponsor of the legislation fabricated data to persuade the Legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer to support it.”

In New York, Mexicans Lag in Education
“In the past two decades, the Mexican population in New York City has grown more than fivefold, with immigrants settling across the five boroughs. Many adults have demonstrated remarkable success at finding work, filling restaurant kitchens and construction sites, and opening hundreds of businesses.
But their children, in one crucial respect, have fared far differently. About 41 percent of all Mexicans between ages 16 and 19 in the city have dropped out of school, according to census data.”

8 Reasons to End Prohibition of All Drugs Immediately.
“The drug war is one of the most misunderstood subjects in the mainstream political dialogue, even among people who are sympathetic to the plight of responsible drug users. It is rare for someone to come out and say that all drugs should be legal, but in all honesty this is the only logically consistent stance on the issue.
There is no doubt that drug abuse is a serious issue in our culture, primarily because people are so depressed and beaten down that they self medicate just to be able to tolerate the average day. However, a prohibition policy is a policy of violence, because if you happen to be caught with any of these banned items you will be forcefully taken against your will and put in a cage, and if you dare to prevent this kidnap from taking place you will inevitably be killed. This is the fundamental issue surrounding the drug war that we need to be focused on. Instead of bickering over how to slightly reform drug policy, or arguing about which drug is more harmful than the other, we need to be pointing out that prohibition itself is an inherently violent policy that rests upon the stone age concept of punishment.”

Government Releases List of Prisoners Approved for Transfer from Guantánamo
“Today’s release is a partial victory for transparency, and it should also be a spur to action. These men have now spent three years in prison since our military and intelligence agencies all agreed they should be released.”

Walmart: “The High Cost Of Low Prices”
WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE is a feature length documentary that uncovers a retail giant’s assault on families and American values.
The film dives into the deeply personal stories and everyday lives of families and communities struggling to fight a goliath. A working mother is forced to turn to public assistance to provide healthcare for her two small children. A Missouri family loses its business after Wal-Mart is given over $2 million to open its doors down the road. A mayor struggles to equip his first responders after Wal-Mart pulls out and relocates just outside the city limits. A community in California unites, takes on the giant, and wins!
Producer/Director Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films take you on an extraordinary journey that will change the way you think, feel — and shop.

Aurelio Martinez Documentary. Honduras y Belize: La aventura Garífuna.
Un documental sobre la comunidad Garífuna en Belize y Honduras.

What to do if You’re stopped by the police (2011).
We all recognize the need for effective law enforcement, but we should also understand our own rights and responsibilities — especially in our interactions with the police.
Que hacer si te para la policía
Todos reconocemos la necesidad de una aplicación eficaz de la ley pero a la vez debemos entender nuestros propios derechos y responsabilidades — especialmente en nuestras interacciones con la policía.

The Dark Side Of Chocolate. The Chocolate Industry: Child Trafficking & Slavery.
Are the chocolate bars you eat or the chocolate you drink the product of child labor in Africa? Watch the documentary.

Ancestral Trauma with Dr. Maria Abegunde –
“In preparation for a presentation* on Ancestral Trauma at the Association of Black Psychologists Conference in Indianapolis in July, Drs. Bolden and Ball sat down for a skype interview with Dr. Maria Eliza Hamilton Bispo de Jesus Abegunde. Abegunde is an egungun (ancestral) priest in the Yoruba Orisa tradition and Reiki Master, a healer, birth and post partum doula, poet, writer, and Black Studies practitioner with a focus on the recovery of ancestral memory from the Earth and human body. Abegunde is the first doctorate from the African American and African Diaspora Studies department at Indiana University. The focus of the conversation ranged from howAbegunde came into the healing arts and learned to connect with ancestors, how to identify the point of origin for trauma among ancestors, and her teaching experiences on the sea travels of the Middle Passage. In another thread of the conversation, we traced her scholarly evolution in African studies and how she envisions conducting research in African women’s studies within the paradigm of Africana studies.”

Photographing and videotaping anything in public view, including federal buildings and the police, is completely legal in NYC, so long as the documentation doesn’t impede any law enforcement activity. Nevertheless, plenty of people—including journalists—continue to be arrested and harassed by camera-shy NYPD officers. But in the wake of the death of Eric Garner (which was captured on videotape), confrontations between police and protesters in Ferguson, and recent lawsuits, the NYPD brass felt compelled to send out a stern reminder to officers about these facts earlier this month. Check out this exclusive NYPD internal memo.

NYPD will stop arresting people for minor marijuana offenses.
“The New York police department, the largest in the US, will stop arresting people in possession of small amounts of marijuana, in a marked policy change that mayor Bill de Blasio said reflects his campaign promise to repair frayed relations between officers and the city’s minority communities.

Starting next week, NYPD officers will have the option to issue court summonses rather than arrest those caught with less than 25 grams of pot, the mayor and the NYPD police commissioner William Bratton announced during a joint press conference on Monday afternoon.”

“Focused on police accountability and “cop watching”, Peaceful Streets was founded by Antonio Buehler after his own battle with the Austin Police Department. This video explores the work of Peaceful Streets Project, APD and the current state of order in Austin, Texas.” This is a film by Quinton Boudwin.

Why I didn’t call the police when I saw two black boys with guns next door by Victoria Brown on The Guardian.
“I grew up in Morne Diable, a small Trinidadian village, where the wooden houses were scattered along the one main road. Everyone looked out for each other’s children. This is not a utopian memory. A neighbor’s son once interrupted my conversation with an unfamiliar boy to find out who he was. I was fourteen and to my everlasting mortification he told me to watch myself. In Brooklyn, in America, there’s so much hesitation to communally parent. I do it – I’ve told teenagers to stop smoking (actually what I said was I’d prefer they smoked pot than cigarettes), glared at them for roughhousing on the subway and given them the eye for swearing in front of my children.”

I also come from a place where “Everyone looked out for eachn other’s children.” We can have communal parenting everywhere.

Tulipanes/tulips. Nueva York/New York City.
Photo by Javier Soriano. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form is prohibited.
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Nieve en el Parque Central. Manhattan, Ciudad de Nueva York.
Photo by Javier Soriano. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form is prohibited.
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Male fine nude art - Desnudo artistico masculino fino.
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