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New Yorkers Kick Off Spring with Protests Against New Police

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Protesters against systemic racism and police brutality took to New York’s city streets this past weekend. Not only were activists protesting racist policies, they’re calling to add 1,000 new officers to the New York Police Department.

New Yorkers wasted no time hitting the streets this Easter weekend with multiple protests against racist policing and calls by politicians for new cops.

Though protests against systemic racism and police brutality continued in New York City through the winter months, most actions consisted of disruptions of business-as-usual by smaller groups of activists. This past Easter weekend, New Yorkers welcomed the spring by marching against racist police practices and calls to add 1,000 new officers to the New York Police Department.   Continue reading

Justice Department Investigating NYPD Cop Caught Killing Eric Garner on Video

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Justice Department Investigating NYPD Cop Caught Killing Eric Garner on Video

Andrew Emett, News Report
Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Wednesday that the Justice Department will conduct an investigation into the death of Eric Garner after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the NYPD officer responsible for using a banned chokehold resulting in Garner’s death. Garner is one of at least nine unarmed black people killed by police in recent months. To date, no officers have been charged with the deaths.

Around 4:45pm on July 17, Eric Garner and his friend, Ramsey Orta, were discussing where to eat dinner when a fight erupted nearby. After Garner assisted in breaking up the fight, NYPD Officer Justin Damico approached Garner and accused him of selling untaxed cigarettes. Continue reading

Trayvon Martin and St Vincent’s UN Ambassador: the Racist Similarities

Trayvon Martin and St Vincent’s UN Ambassador: the Racist Similarities

Monday, April 2, 2012 – 17:12 By Sir Ronald Sanders – Commentary

It seems that institutional racial profiling continues to be a massive problem in the United States notwithstanding that the country has an African-American President, several African-American Congressmen and Mayors of Cities, and accomplished African-Americans in the media and in corporate America.

I have not mentioned the entertainment business – either sport or music — because for decades those are the two areas in which black people were expected to be.  They have long been ‘racially profiled’ as acceptable within the confines of these two categories.

Sir Ronald Sanders

Even though there are thousands of African-Americans in the police forces across the states of America, institutional racial profiling is particularly evident amongst the police.  In part, this is because the police force is the institution that most confronts black people every day in the United States, and the reports of abuse are legion.   As a friend, former diplomat and current commentator, Peter Simmons, puts it: “Obama’s election does not mean that the country has moved to post-racial status”.

In reality, although he is the President of the Unites States, Barack Obama himself continues to be a target of racial abuse.  Some of the statements made about him by bigoted and prejudiced Americans – even within the US Congress – would never have been made about any former US President.     Continue reading

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