This has been a painful and turbulent week for this country. Just when we thought people were starting to come together, bridges were being built and brighter tomorrows were looming on the horizon, here come not one but two individuals who have set this country and white womanhood back at least 100 years.
In Texas, 31 percent of Hispanic eligible voters are 18 to 29 years old. These young Latinos are on their way to becoming the majority demographic overall among Texas Latino voters, a position that is currently held by 30- to 44-year-old Latinos. “Couple these numbers with the fact that Latino voters comprise almost 40 percent of eligible Texas Democratic voters,” wrote Marisa Treviño for Spot On in 2008. “It's an implication that deserves attention.”
Colorlines: A rapidly expanding federal program that checks the immigration statuses of anyone booked into state and local jails is creating SB 1070 like conditions all over the country, according to recently obtained data.
The program, called Secure Communities, sends Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE) information on anyone in police custody. So far, it’s resulted in almost 50,000 deportations.
On Thursday, July 29, 2010, the Austin city council took a vote that was a pivot point for race relations in Austin, Texas. Statistics show what folks know by talking to each other - Black people are leaving Austin quickly and moving to other cities. Many point out that it is because of the feeling that people of color don't belong and are not accepted by the majority. Housing in Austin continues to be almost 100% racially segregated. Social life is segregated by skin color with a few notable exceptions.
Some say the most disturbing difference is the way that police treat people of color compared to the way they treat folks West of the racial dividing line of IH-35.
APAC invites all concerned citizens to join the movement whether online or in person. This message is from APAC to all residents of Austin:
We are a group of organizations and individuals who are dedicated to common principles of meaningful police transparency and accountability for the Austin Police Department. We want to see APD provide safety for all residents of Austin.
"We want to know when our city leaders are going to settle with the people of Austin and fix our broken system of police accountability so this does not happen again."
- The Austin Police Accountability Coalition (APAC)
Austin city council members have a choice to make on Thursday, July 29.
At 11:45am APAC is hosting a Rally for Reform at City Hall. At noon, John Bush will address council about police accountability as part of citizens communications. Later in the afternoon or evening, the city council will vote on whether to accept the $750,000.00 Sanders family settlement for the death of their son at the hands of Officer Quintana. Citizens of Austin can sign up to address city council regarding the settlement and public comment is expected.
People in Oakland, California and probably all over the country reacted to the 'slap on the wrist' verdict of involuntary manslaughter handed down to Johannes Mehserle.. Later people would riot in downtown Oakland..We have a first-hand account.
On the eve of the verdict to one of the most watched and controversial trials around a police shooting, we dedicate this video to those seeking Justice for the murder of Oscar Grant...
Inspired by what's been going down with the trial, we flipped the last speech from Martin Luther King's.. 'I've been to the Mountain Top' and mashed it up with BOB's 'Nothing on You' .. we juxtaposed it with footage from the early Oscar Grant rallies and Black Panthers rallies held in the past in Oakland, California.. The dancers are from Detroit.. we met them during Allied Media Conference i Enjoy
Thirty-five year old San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was quick on his feet and even got in a lick or two of his own as a guest on the Steven Colbert show last night, something not many guests are able to do. Watch the video here - Castro rocks!
Just got word about Senator Robert Byrd dying and not too sure what to make of it. The first thoughts that came to mind are, he's been serving my entire life and damn near my parents entire lives. Dude has sat in the Senate for almost 60 years. That's a long time. I keep asking myself, why do we have so many Senators who get to sit up in office till they are that old? The late Strom Thurman, Jesse Helms and Ted Kennedy are a few long time fixtures that come to mind...If you serve in office for that long can you be effective? Did they do what was needed for their states? If you're a Democrat or left leaning was he and others strong advocates or obstacle?
The high post drama and glaring hypocrosy of Radio One's KBXX continues as former DJ Brandi Garcia speaks out about why she was fired. KBXX has stooped to all-time lows and fired her for playing a song where Trae was featured..
Day 1 of USSF (US Social Forum) in Detroit. We caught up with a number of activists who poured out in the streets of Detroit for the historic march to Cobo Hall in downtown. Folks were there to let the world know social justice movements are uniting. An estimated 20 thousand took part.
Here in pt 1 we caught up with folks from Southwest Workers Union in Texas, Just Cause in Oakland and folks from Alto Arizona... All spoke to the pressing issues of the day. Check out the videos below..
Like the rest of the nation, we here in Texas were utterly horrified when Congressman Joe Barton who represents the 6th district in Texas, got on the stand and accused the President of these United States of trying to shake down a company (BP) that was beyond negligent in their duties.
The entire Gulf Coast is suffering and will continue to suffer for years to come and the very least that can happen is that a company that makes up to 63 milliion dollars a day can start compensating all the businesses that are shut down.
We caught up w/ Florida Congressman and US Senatorial candidate Kendrick Meek during the America's Future Now conference in Washington DC.
He weighed in on a number of topics including the Gulf Oil spill and as heard in this clip Immigration Reform and SB1070. Meek who is a former cop talked about how the new law will create major distrust between Law Enforcement and Immigrants
Strange things seem to be happening as of late when it comes to political positioning around the country and how it may impact the Democrats. First in South Carolina, the nation was stunned when an unemployed, army vet with no noticeable political experience and who held no political rallies or functions won the Democratic nomination for US Senate in last weeks 'Super Tuesday' primaries.
The brand new Austin Police Accountability Coalition (APAC) is encouraging members of the public to attend city meetings to discuss the future Austin Police Monitor. Next meetings are Wednesday, June 9, 2010 from 3-5pm and 6-8pm at the Carver Library on Rosewood Avenue.
The next APAC meeting is Tuesday, June 15, 2010 from 6-8pm at 5604 Manor Road. The public is invited.
APAC plans to issue their first statement over the weekend.
Catch up on the latest activity with these videos:
The other day while doing our daily Hard Knock Radio show we were blessed to have Felipe Matos, Carlos Roa and Juan Rodriguez from the Trail of Dreams come to the studio to talk about their historic meeting with Sheriff Joe Arpaio over immigration. Also in the studio was former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther party Emory Douglass.. Wow what a moment.. Intergenerational, cultural and just seeing freedom fighters old and new break bread...
We recently spoke w/ educator and Texas State Board of Education candidate Rebecca-Bell Metereau about the issues surrounding Texas Text Books and the right wing changes being pushed in upcoming curriculm.
She gave us an insightful breakdown by explaining all that led up the TSBOE being hijacked by far right wing Christian conservatives who have set out to rewrite history and have Texas Text Books and curriculm reflect a world view that is white washed. Rebecca-Bell describes it as 'Happy History'.
We also talked about why people need to be concerned about Texas and what it does with it's Text Books. It will impact 90% of the country.
Here's a video of Austin City Manager Marc Ott answering the question "What do you think of Austin?" at Huston-Tillotson University in Jan, 2010.
This is an incredible lecture that everyone needs to peep that breaks down the current state of affairs with our economy. This cat Professor Richard Wolff is a beast when it comes to this as he lets us know what is going down goes beyond money... The quality on these clips aren’t all that great... You can get better qualities at his website..http://www.capitalismhitsthefan.com/
Below is a more detailed description of what’s on these clips…They come in 9 parts.
With breathtaking clarity, renowned University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today’s economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself.
Wolff traces the source of the economic crisis to the 1970s, when wages began to stagnate and American workers were forced into a dysfunctional spiral of borrowing and debt that ultimately exploded in the mortgage meltdown.
By placing the crisis within this larger historical and systemic frame, Wolff argues convincingly that the proposed government “bailouts,” stimulus packages, and calls for increased market regulation will not be enough to address the real causes of the crisis – in the end suggesting that far more fundamental change will be necessary to avoid future catastrophes.
Richly illustrated with motion graphics and charts, this is a superb introduction designed to help ordinary citizens understand, and react to, the unraveling economic crisis.
This interview with Rand Paul is interesting on a number of levels. The way it's being spun is that he handed ABC host George Stephanopoulos his ass. I can see that being the case only in the sense that Paul was prepared for the inevitable questions on his controversial stances around Civil Rights. Up to now a lot has been made about his take on things in this arena and to be honest it’s more than obvious what conclusions you can draw from them - dude is smooth, but anyway you slice it he simply wasn’t down for the advancements of the Civil Rights Movement.
When liberal leaning Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced that he was retiring, many of us who voted for President Obama assumed that with a 59 seat majority in the Senate, he would pick a justice that would reflect some of the progressive leaning views of the millions who voted for him... Apparently we figured wrong. Bruce Dixon of the Black Agenda Report goes in on Obama's Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and leaves us wondering if the Democrats are worth supporting. With Supreme Court picks like these who needs Republicans?
Over the past year lots of folks, in particular those residing in the Gulf Coast states currently impacted by the BP Oil Disaster, have railed against the evils of socialism. They claimed they did not want any sort of government restrictions on businesses and they didn't think folks who have a failed business should be bailed out. Shoiuld we allow the ecology and the economy of the Gulf Coast to sink since in theory this is what people have advocated. Should we remind folks about the 'Drill Baby Drill' slogans they chanted? Should we allow them to show us how one can recover from such a horrific far reaching tragedy without government intervention?
Almost 20 years ago, sometime in 1991, I found myself on local CBS station KPIX in a heated debate about the rap group Public Enemy. They had come under-fire for doing a video to the song 'By The Time I get to Arizona'. The song was a protest against Arizona lawmakers who at that time steadfastly refused to go along with honoring the Martin Luther King holiday. This was 7 years after it was signed into law by President Ronald Regan who had also refused to honor him but was forced to sign the legislation into law because he was Congress had handed him a veto-proof bill.
Just so folks know this new law to ban ethnic studies was first proposed by the same white supremacist/ Neo-nazi Russell Pearse who co-wrote the immigration bill. It was SB 1108. If folks have not realized it, what we see is all out war, supported by out and out ignorance. The banning of ethnic studies in Arizona is no different than the Texas text book saga where they are removing ethnic heroes like Thurgood Marshall and Cesar Chavez. Some people feel like what is going on in Arizona won't impact them, when in fact it will sooner or later... Right now they are firing teachers in Texas who teach outside the lessons and try to slip in the extra history. In Arizona they are removing teachers who speak with an accent. This is happening in 2010. Hope folks stay abreast and keep pushing back...