Trial Begins For Officer Jeronimo Yanez In The Shooting Death of Philando Castile — We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, when he was fatally shot by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer. Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter were passengers. Diamond live-streamed Philando’s dying moments and the aftermath on Facebook. The officer shot 7 times, hitting Philando […]

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Ray Tensing’s Retrial Begins For The Killing of Samuel Dubose — We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Ray Tensing is a former University of Cincinnati officer who shot and killed Samuel Dubose during a traffic stop in 2015. A mistrial was declared on November 12, 2016. The straw poll by jurors was unanimous for murder. After 25 hours of deliberation however, four jurors were ready to convict Tensing of murder, four were […]

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Over 21,000 Drug Convictions To Be Vacated By Massachusetts Supreme Court — We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

On April 19, 2017, The Innocence Project reports: “This morning, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced that it will vacate 21,587 drug conviction cases. This is the largest dismissal of wrongful convictions in U.S. history. The decision was made in response to a massive drug-testing scandal involving Annie Dookhan—a former chemist for the Hinton State […]

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Ethiopia Warns Emergency Drought Aid to Run Out Next Month — Atlanta Black Star

Ader Ali Yusuf, center, a mother of 12 who was displaced from her village due to the ongoing drought in Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Elias Meseret )WARDER, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s government is warning it will run out of emergency food aid starting next month as the number of drought victims in the East African country has…

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1619: The First African Slaves Arrive in a Ship into What Would then Become the United States — Black Then

BY WALTER OPINDE It was during the late summer and out of a violent storm appears a Dutch ship. The ship had no cargo except for the twenty or so Africans whom the captain and his crew had recently robbed from a Spanish ship. The captain exchanged the Africans for food, then set back on…

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Deecolonize Academy students report on self-determination movements around the world — San Francisco Bay View

Shack Dwellers Movement in South Africa by Bella Chapman, Deecolonize Academy UN-Habitat, the UN’s human settlements program, states that the number of people living in slum conditions is now estimated at 863 million, which was only a couple hundred million less in the 1990s. This was the motto of the South Africa Shack Dwellers Movement…

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Who cares when children are taken from home to foster home – and abused? — San Francisco Bay View

by Michelle Chan Our children are our future. We must nurture them, protect them, give them the tools necessary to survive in this harsh and unforgiving world. What if I told you that the very system designated to care for and safeguard abused and neglected children is in gross and willful negligence of its role…

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