Posts Tagged ‘Civil Liberties’

Center for Constitutional Rights: NYPD Stop And Frisk

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The first time Kasiem Walters was stopped, he was 13 years old.

Lawyers’ Committee Honors Life and Legacy of Medgar Evers, 50th Anniversary of His Assassination

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Today, June 12, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, who worked tirelessly to secure equal rights in the state of Mississippi. After becoming the first state field secretary of the NAACP in Mississippi, Evers organized and participated in voter-registration efforts, demonstrations, and economic boycotts of companies that practiced discrimination. Evers also worked to investigate crimes perpetrated against African Americans.

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Protected: NYPD Guilty …

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

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NYPD Guilty … UPDATE

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

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Which Ones Want to Censor the WORD?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

At the D:F/M faculty meeting today, irate Colleagues expressed plans to censor the WORD? They said they were upset that the department’s dirty linen was being exposed across the spectrum of the Internet.

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A Talk by Carl Dix

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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This Is Happening Whether “They” Like It Or Not!

Monday, February 13th, 2012

DON’T SUPPRESS OWS!

Supported by: Occupy Wall Street General Assembly; Occupy Cleveland GA; OWS Anti-War Working Group & 700 signers online including Boots Riley and Scott Olsen from Occupy Oakland.

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Additional Pics from the February 4 GA Meeting of OCCUPY WALL STREET

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Two video photographers capturing a moment in history. Have no idea what the plans are for their footage.

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A Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

The Atrium, Wall Street Area, Meeting With General Assembly, OCCUPY WALL STREET. Saturday, February 4, sometime after 7 p.m.

I’ve been working with an ad hoc group that wants to do a mass action rally against the blatant political suppression – via NYPD – of OCCUPY WALL STREET in New York City and the attack on the movement in general across the country. The purpose of the nonviolent rally is a quick infusion of visible energy and support to OWS  in this time of crisis, to stir up the spirit of millions in the wake of the NYPD attack on Zuccotti Park, evicting OWS. I was concerned that though the spirt of OCCUPY is manifest, the NYPD eviction could be interpreted as a defeat for OCCUPY and that the movement has been thwarted.

Members of the ad hock group believe that a quick response is necessary as a response to the police eviction. So, I was there in the Atrium with the ad hoc group seeking approval to move forward with the plans: An interesting experience for this writer who did not participate directly in the Zuccotti Park action. Most of the 50-plus GA members seemed generally supportive of what we wanted to do. There were at least four who didn’t and, based on the rules formulated by OCCUPY, one could block the support. And, of course, there were four.

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9/11

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Several days ago, New America Media invited this writer to attend a meeting of New York City-based ethnic journalists who would be talking about their articles for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Asked about my plans – this writer hadn’t been planning to share –  he spoke in tongues, that is, his response was as articulate as a person speaking with his tongue flailing the roof of the mouth and the sides of his teeth, upper and lower.  Caught off guard, he couldn’t articulate, didn’t enunciate.

What follows is what  might have been said or referred to if this writer had had the presence of mind many wish for when a signature moment beckons them to rise to the occasion:  From the Center for Constitutional Rights regarding a panel discussion, September 12: The 9/11 Decade and the Decline of U.S. Democracy.

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This Semester

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The WORD Blog (and maybe the WORD) plans to test the boundaries of: Academic Freedom. Free Speech. The First Amendment.

BREAKING NEWS An Alert from the Center for Constitutional Rights

Friday, September 25th, 2009

“Right now, thousands of activists who have gathered in Pittsburgh to protest at the G20 summit have been met with what we have come to expect: Overreaction by authorities and illegal preventive tactics by law enforcement officials at all levels. A secret communications hub with “electronic eyes” has been established by the Secret Service …

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A Commute Tale

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Students in the instructor’s feature writing class have been assigned to write about their commuting experiences to and from campus. The instructor will be providing pedagogical tidbits from time to time. Mostly images.


ACLU Petitioning for an Important Cause

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Omar Edwards, Andrew Duton, NYPD, New York City, Civil Liberties, America, Et Al

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Was race a factor in the death of  NYPD Officer Omar Edwards?

Possibly.

Was Officer Andrew Duton acting like a racist? Trash that question. Better ones are: Does he live in a racist society? Was his fatal mistake the result of his growing up and living in a racist society? What was his mindset at the moment he squeezed off several shots? Would he have shot a white man, woman or child under similar circumstances?

Who the hell is capable of answering such questions considering the epistemological challenges, regardless of the torrent of news reporting as well as commentary manipulated to look like news reporting?

No one.

Google, this date, listed 1,184 links to news stories about Omar Edwards’s slaying. Yet, every sane New Yorker, however, knows the answer to this one: When was the last time a black NYPD officer mistakenly shot a white police officer under similar circumstances?

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